Hair Styling Tools -Babyliss - 2 ¼ Inch Ceramic Straightening Iron
purseaddict 6/15/2008 3:59:00 PM
I purchased this about 5 years ago when it first came out. At the time, I thought it was pricey ($200 or so), but still to this day, it is probably the best $200 I have ever spent. My hair is wavy with some curl and lots of frizz. The babyliss straightens my hair perfectly every time!!! I will admit, this is not a tool if you actually want to have volume or even "style" to your hair. This is amazing if you want stick straight hair. It is not the best for the tiny hairs around your bangs, etc, but those are fixed with my cheap conair one. My friends all got hooked on it 5 years ago when they tried mine, however, most of them went and bought the 1". I recently also bought a 1" GHD.....and if I had to pick between my Babyliss and GHD, my babyliss would win hands down.
After reading all of the great reviews on this site, I decided I would go for it. I purchased the pink "limited edition" from sephora. Not sure why its considered limited...maybe just because of the color? Anyways, it was $240 plus tax, and the lady recommended the thermal protector so I got that too. All I can say is that I am on the fence about this product. I showered, blow dried my hair as usual, then used the GHD to straighten and give a bit of a flick at the end for volume. Needless to say, I was not crazy about it! It didnt not give me the smooth look I was hoping for. My hair is long/blonde/damaged. Normally I use the Babyliss (2"?) to straighten. Ive had it for 5 years now, and it makes my hair super straight and smooth and I would never leave home for more than a day without it. Yesterday, I washed, blow dried, used my Babyliss to smooth it out for the most part. THEN I used my GHD to give me some waves/curls. It turned out quite nicely, however, I shouldnt have to be using 2 different flat irons for this!!!!!! I expected my GHD to be able to handle the whole process on its own. I have been searching the net and watching youtube for the techniques....I have tried tighter curls, and yes, they do look good, but I can get the same result with my conair curling iron. I'm not sure what I'm going to do...Maybe I'm not "straightening" it properly...I'm going to give it a few more days, maybe it's my technique that is the problem. Needless to say, I am disappointed in the fact that it may be going back to Sephora...it just doesn't seem to be worth the $$ yet.
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Wave Creating Spray
purseaddict 6/7/2008 11:55:00 AM
I was excited to try this product, because my hair has waves and curls in it (plus frizz) and I thought that I could just wash, spray, and let dry....Well, let me tell you I'm glad that I decided to do a trial run, because there is no way I would have walked outside with the final result. My hair dried as usual (gross and frizzy). I was pretty upset and decided I was going to return it when I got a chance (I got it at Sephora). This morning I decided to come on MAU and read what others thought about this product. After reading reviews, I realized it's not a good idea to spray it on wet hair. I read the suggestions to spray it on almost dry hair. I use my flat iron everyday to make my hair straight, so when I woke up my hair was still somewhat straight from yesterday. I decided to give it another try...I sprayed quite liberally on my hair, and I actually LIKED the result. To make a long story short, I think this product is going to be great for "second day hair", especially for those days that are going to be rainy/humid and your hair is not going to stay straight anyways. The smell is really nice too. I've decided I'm going to keep it....I'm glad I gave it another chance! Again, I have to emphasize that if your hair is curly, do not use it on wet hair!!!!!!!
HG for me!!! It's so light, and even though it seems like it doesnt last, it really does. I get so many compliments on this and about 5 of my friends have gone out and bought it because they love it so much.
I have been using soft black for over 10 years. It is probably the only item that has been permanent in my makeup bag. I use it for the inner rims of my eyes. This pencil is literally the base for the rest of my makeup. Yes, it does smudge sometimes, however I feel fine putting it on in the morning and leaving my house without it for the next 12 hours. Ive tried the other black pencils that are slightly different color (ie black ink), but soft black is hands down the best.
I cant express how much I LOVE this lipglass. It is the perfect color for me (NC 25, blonde hair, green eyes). It makes my eyes stand out so much. It is also not too bright either.
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
purseaddict 7/29/2007 9:27:00 PM
I love this product for super dry patches on my face, especially around my nose (or even in my nose when it is dry...gross I know). I dont find it does much for my lips though.
I have been using "Soft black" for years, and I have to say it is my fave black eyeliner pencil EVER. Its the perfect black color for me, and I usually use it to line the innner rims of my eyes. It does smudge, but not more than any other expensive product I have used.