Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
nakedmannequin 3/15/2013 9:56:00 PM
I initially bought this for my wedding day a couple of years ago (outdoor wedding in may, in florida, on the water...) and it did an *ok* job of keeping my makeup in place; so at first I deemed it a take it/leave it product. then i started using it regularly and it really does do as claimed; keep my makeup in place and flawless for at least a few hours. heat and humidity, of course, play a major role. on a summer day it helps for 2-3 hours (i try not to wear too much makeup in summer anyway).. but on a cool, dry winter day i've had great results through the workday and into the evening without touch-ups. i find that misting after foundation, blush, shadow - then applying a finishing powder and mascara - then misting once more - really ups the staying power. also, spraying on a cotton ball or makeup sponges and *very lightly* dabbing over eyemakeup helps keep in in place (be careful if using liquid liner, it will smudge it) the only complaint i have is packaging, its THE cheapest spray bottle out there. I'm at the end of my second bottle (in the old packaging) and was hoping that the newer bottles had a different spray nozzle (maybe like an aerosol mist?) but nope... still a regular ol' pimp. i'll continue to buy.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Full Repair Root Lift Foam
nakedmannequin 3/15/2013 9:47:00 PM
I picked this up at walgreens on clearance for $3.50 and I had a $2 coupon. I figured I had nothing to lose I normally use mousse for root volume when I blow out my hair, and had recently been using a tresemme mousse which was pretty light and non-sticky. What i usually do it towel/air dry my hair until damp, apply a serum from about mid-shaft down, and then a ping-pong size dollop of mousse in my roots; flip my hair over and blow dry at the roots using a round brush. Have been doing this for years, its a great way to get smooth volume. the problem with most mousses is that after blowing out my hair, the next day my hair is slightly sticky, crunchy or oily looking. The volume is still there but there is a heaviness. This product did not do that. I used it exactly the way I would use any mousse, except i used 2-3 pumps because the foam is not dense like mousse ... it gave me soft, weightless volume... 24 hours later my hair is not flat, sticky, or greasy at the roots; nor does it feel dried out of flaky. Just soft, still has much of the volume from when i first blow-dried yesterday. I can't say how it will hold up in high-humidity; i'm in central florida but we have been unusually cool and dry lately. also one thing to note- shaking the bottle seems to make the product foam less. i do like this product a lot so it's disappointing that they seem to be discontinuing it.
Hair Styling Tools -Conair - Infiniti You Curl No Clamp Curling Iron
nakedmannequin 5/1/2011 10:01:00 PM
OH MY GOD i'm euphoric right now. my hair is very long, color treated, thick, dry, coarse, naturally wavy and frizzy. In my 25 years on this planet it has never held a curl from a curling iron for more than 20 minutes, if that. i am getting married next week, having a destination wedding, and have been losing my mind over the hair issue. i know no stylists where i am going, wanted to wear my hair down, and to cut costs style it myself. have been nearly in tears because every technique i've tried (large barrel, small barrel straightningin iron, pin curls, etc) either didn't work or left disgustingly weird results (pin curls) bought this on a whim today, $30 at walgreens, and I feel safe in saying it is the best $30 i have ever spent. in 10-15 i'd curled half my head in perfect spiral curls THAT DID NOT FALL OUT. i waited a while, BRUSHED MY HAIR AND - even better- THERE ARE STILL GORGEOUS *soft* VOLUMUNOUS CURLS (kardashian style), AND NO HAIRSPRAY. i did not use a drop of spray, only a heat protectant (tresemme) so easy incredible easy to use, fast, amazing, awesome, SAVED MY WEDDING HAIR I AM SO HAPPY I COULD CRY
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Vitamin C Serum
nakedmannequin 1/5/2011 11:16:00 AM
just started this last night. i work in a compounding pharmacy so i made a little batch at work :3 titurated (finely crushed) four plain ol' 500mg vit c tablets, levigated then brought the final volume up to 30ml with distilled water, put it on the magnetic stirrer for about 15 minutes until the particles were dissolved, transferred to an amber glass vial. which puts it at a strength of about 6% (didn't want to start too high) it was pretty liquidy and hard to work with but i didn't want to use glycerin so when i got home i actually added about 5ml of jojoba oil... which puts the strength at about 4% also it's a oil water combo so i shook it vigorously before use anyway, used it after my nightly routine but before moisturizer (actually fell asleep before moisturizing oops) this morning my skin was EXTREMELY smooth. the leftovers of a breakout i had last week are very faded. i'm really excited. this cost me basically NOTHING to make. will update in the next few days.
Eyeliner -Jordana - Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen
nakedmannequin 10/4/2010 5:24:00 PM
if sharpie made eyeliner this would be it. intense black easy to control does not smudge great precision and cheap cheap cheap. will continue to purchase
For the price you really cannot beat these polishes. They do tend to goop up and thicken after a few months, and you do need to wait a while between coats to keep it from dragging and smudging. A good top coat also helps with the mediocre staying power. I've noticed that some of the darker colors tend to stain pretty badly so use a base coat. Walgreens offers these for 99 cent on sale, so these polishes are just plain fun, especially with the wide range of colors. Will continue to purchase.
My hair is long, wavy, medium-thick, color-treated and pretty frizzy if left natural. I first tried this product a few years ago and disliked it, probably because I was using it as a finishing balm on dry hair. Bought another tube about a month ago and I don't know how I lived without it! I just followed the directions on the packaging: I applied about a quarter size amount through SOAKING wet hair: right out of the shower, wring it out - no towel drying. I comb it though, wrap in in a towel for a few minutes, then towel dry. I usually use a serum afterwards, but I'm finding that I don't necessarily have to. If I blow dry straight, I get great sleek results and have minimal need for a flat iron (less heat damage yay) If I let it dry naturally, my waves are defined and have minimal frizz. AND if I happen to get lazy and fall asleep on wet hair, it's a breeze to brush and run a straightener through in the morning and my hair looks freshly done. A+++ I love this product. The only this that beats this one for me is Frederick Fekkai glossing creme, and that ain't cheap.
My lone mascara fell in the toilet one afternoon so I ran out to get another so I could go out that night. I picked up the two pack of this in the "ruby midnight" or whatever color. Cost a little over $5 for two tubes. This isn't the WORST mascara I've ever used (that honor goes to L'Oreal Telescopic ugh)... the brush is very large but it gives me a really quick application (I have very long lashes). You have to be sparing, as it will clump easily, but it's a decent every day mascara when you only have 30 seconds to apply in the morning, you really only need 1 coat. It does get somewhat flaky towards the end of the day. I won't trash this one, but I won't buy it again.
Oh sugar, how I love thee. You make my coffee sweet, my cookies delicious, my skin divine. At any given moment on the edge of my bathtub is a sticky little bowl where my sugar was from my previous shower. Basically I mix it into any body or face wash to turn it into a scrub. The great thing about white sugar is that you can't scrub too hard... because it will dissolve faster than you can irritate your skin with it. My favorite thing to do is to drizzle olive oil into a cup of sugar... just until the sugar is saturated. Scrub all over in a steamy shower... absolutely fantastic.
Scrubs -L'Oreal - Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub
nakedmannequin 2/10/2010 10:22:00 PM
I usually default back to the Skin Genesis pore minimizing cleanser.... it just seems to have the perfect balance for my skin. I picked this up because I kept squishing the scrublet on the display and I wanted to know what it felt like on the face. It smells nice, fruity, peachy-mango. The "scrublet": it feels okay on the skin. As far as exfoliating goes, it's not stiff enough. Also, it must have been designed for people with FAT fingers because I can't hold on to the darn thing as per the diagram (slipping it between your fingers). The product: decent exfoliation, fine for every day use I suppose but nothing that it going to slough off dry winter skin. It has a small amount of salicylic acid so that it controls acne and oil without drying, I like that. Also, its gentle enough (for me) to remove eye makeup. Much like the Skin Genesis cleanser. The only problem is that the apricot pit grains can irritate your eyes if you happen to get them in there. Overall a decent product. I'd purchase again if I found a sale or coupons.
I ADORE honey to cook with, but it's equally as fantastic as a facial mask. I usually mix 1 teaspoon of honey, the contents of 1 vitamin e capsule and a drizzle of olive oil.... use it as a mask after a hot shower in the evening. Leave it on 20 minutes or so and then rinse really well with warm water. No need to moisturize. It just smooths everything out, leaves the perfect amount of moisture and evens out skin tone. Just fantastic.
I'm not a lipstick girl by any means, my lips are already so full that I always feel over-done when I wear more than a clear or nude gloss. Picked up the lip stain in "flirty nude"... it's a natural coral-y color when put on. I really like the marker tip... it's like coloring on your lips with a Sharpie! The smell is light, sort of fruity, has a slight flavor. The color is sheer and you can build the intensity. Lasting power is a few hours... bought this on my lunch break and it lasted until the end of my shift without budging. The reason I like it is that once it's on, you forget it. It's not going to slide around like lipstick... doesn't look heavy, easy to wear. Throw some gloss on top if you'd like. I was unsure of how to rate it since I do not use lipstick and this is my first lip stain, but I like it and will probably purchase another color.
My mom has this in the late 80s, early 90s and even when I was a little kid I was repulsed by it.
Very underrated fragrance, I bought it for DH for Christmas and I'm pissed because he's worked 6 days straight so I've yet to smell it ON him (he goes to work several hours after I do) However, it is very warm, masculine, woodsy in the bottle... lovely fragrance.
Going to start off by disagreeing with the majority of reviews... I really do not like the fragrance. Reminds me of Palmer's Cocoa butter, which I also dislike. As far as it's moisturizing properties go, I love it. I basically massage it into wet or damp skin for 10-15 minutes after a shower. It takes a while to really sink in, but your skin is buttery, supple and absolutely radiant. The gel formula is so much easier to control than a traditional liquid body oil... so you don't end up making a mess and get just the right amount of product. This is great for rubbing on bare shoulders and legs for a night out because it gives a FANTASTIC sheen to the skin. A little goes a long way and it is CHEAP. Great product.