Treatments -Paul Mitchell - Super Strong Treatment
misti_parrott 4/27/2013 7:17:00 PM
To all the people that are saying this is drying to the hair- that's what protein treatments DO. Too much protein will make the hair feel hard and brittle, that's why you only use it every 6-8 washes. Use a softer one inbetween. Brilliant treatment when you are using it properly!
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - The Porefessional
misti_parrott 6/7/2012 3:04:00 PM
I really dont get the hype about this product. I got a sample from glamour magazine and was quite shocked to discover that it had a tint to it, i was always under the impression that it was clear? Anyway i applied some to the tip of my nose which is where my pores are more noticeable and all it did was make them look a bit hazy, like i'm looking at my skin through a foggy window. I also applied some to the bit of my forehead between my eyebrows, again no major difference, but at the end of the day my partner commented saying that the area between my eyebrows looked bigger (he did not know i applied the pore minimiser) so it just made me look shiny and apparently enlarged!?
This is my perfect pale lipstick! This is a beautiful,soft, candy pink which goes on slightly glossy at first but then builds to a more opaque colour. This is a really great lipstick if you like the pale look on lips but dont like to look like you've got the dreaded 'foundation lips' which i see on so many girls as they've chosen a colour which is way to pale or matte. The only thing which i rate down on this lipstick is the annoying little sword on the packaging which you pull the lipstick out with, and i imagine if it breaks off- it would be near on impossible to get it open! Other then that, i will definitely be re buying!
I was wondering through Boots and glanced over to the No.7 counter and the 'Poppy King' stand instantly caught my eye with it's adorable polka dot packaging! I've been on the hunt for a 'perfect pink' lipstick for ages now and 'Glamour' looked like it could easily fit the bill. I got the sales lady to try some on me and i fell in love with it and bought it on the spot! The shade looks like an intense rose in it's packaging but comes out a little brighter when it's on the lips. Th great thing about it is that if you want a dramatic look for night time you can apply it bare to your lips but if you want a more muted version of it then apply a little lip balm to you lips first and then apply Glamour over the top of it and it looks equally as lovely :)
Styling Products -Ojon - Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
misti_parrott 4/4/2012 10:40:00 AM
I really wanted to love this serum but sadly not. The serum smells divine, the pipet is very annoying to use, i would prefer a pump or to just measure it out myself. The actual serum is very concentrated and i found that even a few drops applied to my mid lengths and ends made my hair feel like an oil slick when it was dry, even to the extent that i had to re wash it as it felt so greasy. I haven't completely given up on the serum, when i watched the QVC video on it, the man selling it said that the serum could also be used as a booster for the accompanying conditioner, so i squeezed out some conditioner onto my hand and then mixed in a few drops of the serum, creating a treatment conditioner so all is not lost. I think this serum is only suitable for people with severely dry/damaged hair as the hair will soak it up and not leave it sitting on it like mine.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light
misti_parrott 3/25/2012 1:54:00 PM
I'm extreamly pale and even this shade is a little too light for me. Has a tendency to make my skin look look a little ashy, almost grey in pictures so i have now opted for the Light Plus shade.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light Plus
misti_parrott 3/25/2012 1:49:00 PM
I have FINALLY found my HG powder! 'Light Plus' is the perfect powder for very fair skinned ladies like myself who like to look like they have blood running through their veins without looking tangoed. It has just the right amount of extra pigment to set off my foundation with a healthy dewy looking glow. Leaves me looking flawless and smooth. This is the third powder i've tried out of the Mac Mineralize skinfinish range. The first i tried was 'Medium' which made me look badly tanned and people actually commented telling me that i'd 'caught the sun' so i gave it to my sister and it matched her skin perfectly! The second i tried was 'Light' and i got on with it for a while, i even re purchased it but then i started noticing that in pictures of myself- my skin was starting to look a little grey! A bit too ashy and definitely a no no in the winter unless you like the 'corpse look'. Definitely sticking to Light Plus now :)
First of all- the name is very deceiving! This is nowhere near what i imagine the colour should look like based on the name, which is a good thing in my case. It's a matte, cool toned plum/pink. On first application it's very light but you can build it up to a bit of a bolder colour if you like your blusher to be noticeable like i do. I'm very happy with this shade, it's the perfect summery pink without looking too OTT. Can be worn in the day and also built up to a more defining night time shade.
To say that i was disappointment with the 'Albert Road Top Coat' would be an understatement. I purchased it because i'd heard very good things about it from a friend of mine that keeps a nail art blog and Albert Road is one of her staples. So i get it and try it out straight away and the first thing i notice is that it doesn't apply very smoothly, it almost doesn't want to come off the brush. The overall shine is ok, nothing special,my Revlon Quick Dry leaves a much glossier finish, The drying time on Albert Road is phenomenal (the one thing that this nail varnish has succeeded in!) A few hours later i look down at my nails and almost ALL of them have chipped in several different places, not just at the tips, but at the base and sides. No longevity.Very disheartening.
When the girl behind the MAC counter put this blush on me- i loved it, when i got home and put it on myself, i hated it. I think it's a mixture of the fact that- 1- I dont apply it as well as the Mac girls. 2- The Lights in the shop are alot more flattering then my dingy home. 3- I'm probably using too much. With all that being said, i still dont think i like it which is a real shame, it's just too red, matte and dull.
I discovered this foundation about a year ago after years trying to find my HG foundation and here it is! I use the shade 'Shell' and like any person with extremely pale skin, youl know how hard it is to find a foundation that looks skin coloured and still has enough pigment so that you dont look like a ghost. Let me tell you, i've tried MAC, Benefit, all sorts of high end foundations and none of them have given me the smooth coverage or velvety texture that 'Photo Ready' does. It blends fantastically, and has a very moisturizing finish to it. Because it has a pump dispenser you can evenly portion out applications which prevent over using or wastage. It would take a lot for me to try any other foundation at this stage as i feel like it has no faults.
I've always had mixed feelings about this cream. It's a thick heavy moisturizer that's very greasy/oily to touch and doesn't seem to wear off for hours BUT it definitely does the job in terms off moisturizing. If my skin is feeling really dry then i'l put it on before i go to bed, treat it as a night cream and when i wake up my skin is instantly softer with no trace of dryness. I think that's the best way to use it, as it has time to fully sink in over night and do it's job properly but as a day cream it's too heavy because you have to wait a long time for it to fully absorb.
This is from the MAC Ice Parade Holiday Collection in 'Plum Ornament'. I saw these in the Mac store and fell in love with them, I was purchasing the 'Smokey Berry Ornament' for my sister and dropped heavy hints to my partner about this one (not knowing that he had already bought me it!) I'l start off by saying that these are harder to use then the regular mac pigments, they are crushed metallic and the clumps seem to be harder to break up so you need to smudge them out in the lid before applying them to the eye otherwise there is alot of fall out. They come in 2 sets of stack-able pots, not the easiest way to store the pigments but it's a small sacrifice to pay for such lovely shadows. The colours are- Violet- A sheer sparkly light violet. This metallic is a major disappointment to me, trying to get any of the colour on my lid is a nightmare, it is so chunky that it goes on in clumps and trying to break it up in the lid does nothing, and when i do finally manage to get some on- my eyes are awash with the insane glitter fall out. I highly doubt i will ever make a dent in this pigment, i may add it on top of another colour for a bit of sparkle but it really isent worth the effort in trying to avoid the glitter fall out. Grape- A rich dark purple that looks almost black in the pot but when it's on the lid it is completely different. This is probably the closest in comparison to the regular pigments, the clumps break up very easily and it feels very velvety and easy to blend. Definitely one of my favorite purple's. Misty- An icy silver which after you break up the initial clumps is a beautifully smooth metallic that looks great in a smokey eye look. I have been paring it with Urban Decay's 'Gunmetal' with sliver glitter eyeliner on the lower lash line. Seasonal Cool- A Sparkly taupe which is very versatile and looks beautiful worn as part of a day or night look. This metallic is a little easier to break up and once it's on looks as smooth as any other pigment. The only reason I've said i would not re-purchase these is because of the poor quality of the violet shade and also i dont think i would ever run out of them.
I am in love with Speed dial! It's a lovely candy pink with a subtle gold shimmer which applies nice and smoothly and the great thing about it is that it looks good during the day with a toned down make up look and goes nice with smokey eyes as it's not too full on.
So I've wanted this palette for a year and i finally have it! I must admit i as a little worried as I've been reading people's reviews on MUA and members have been saying that it does not live up to the hype but let me tell you something- it most certainly 100% does! I already have the Urban Decay 'Alice in wonderland' shadow book so i knew what to expect quality wise but even so i was still very impressed. I have the versionwhich comes with a brush instead of a liner but that is fine with me as I've never rated those liners, ended up giving away both of the liners that came with the 'Alice' box as they just seemed to melt on me throughout the day. The shadows are- Virgin- Pale shimmery beige. Sin- Frosty pink champagne. Naked- Matte beige brown. Sidecar- Medium bronze brown. Buck- Matte beige brown. Half Baked- Gold metallic bronze. Smog- Medium bronze. Darkhorse- Deep chocolate brown. Toasted- Medium pinkish brown. Hustle- Chocolate brown with plum tones. Creep- Dark blue/black. Gunmetal- Dark grey/silver. The only colours that i dont really appreciate are 'Half baked' because i already have 'Baked' in the 'alice' box and dont think they are any different in my opinion. Also 'Creep' because i dont really like to use black eye shadow as i feel it makes the eyes look tired but i have put a little in the crease over gun metal and it adds abit more depth. Overall i think this is a fantastic palette and would recommend it to anyone especially those who are thinking about it for a first time pallet, you cant possible go wrong with this array of neutrals. I would definitely buy this again but i think after Naked 2 comes to England i'l have enough neutrals to last a life time!