Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Trim Easy Hold Value Kit
sallysellsseashells 7/11/2011 11:28:00 AM
Wow, I'm impressed with this kit. This kit includes a pair of tweezers, toe nail clippers and finger nail clippers. They are equipped with a thick teal colored rubber grip that allows the user to use products with ease. The tweezers are slanted and they do a great job pulling out my thick coarse brow hairs. They even work great on my thin small upper lip hairs. The tips of the tweezers are nice and sharp. I find that the clippers are nice and they snip well without any pulling or tugging.
Naked Lunch is one of the best versatile colors out there. It plays well with others and it can be applied on the brow bone, tear duct area or lid. I reach for Naked Lunch when I don't feel like putting in the effort or if I'm in a rush. Naked Lunch adds a bit of color and illumination to the eyes and it makes you look awake. Naked Lunch is a warm toned light pinkish beige with a frost finish. I can understand how this color can be less then fabulous on certain skintones. Naked Lunch is indeed a sutble color in the nude family. Honestly, I apply two layers to achieve my desired pigmentation level on my NW30 skin. Naked Lunch is a great addition to my makeup collection because it goes well with about 90% or more of my other shadows. When in doubt, pair it w/ Naked Lunch and you are good to go!
I do appreciate the color of this shadow. It's quite saturated and it's certainly not a boring color. The color is a beautiful cantaloupe with hints of gold. I find the color to be very unique and special to me. The tone is extremely warm but somehow flatters my NW30 skin. The finish is high frost, maybe a tad bit too frosty for my liking. The formula of this shadow is mediocre. X creases bad and it lacks staying power. This shadow doesn't perform unless I use a good e/s primer first (not that pleased for a $18 shadow,imo). I'm not sure if it's the frost that is making the formula bad. I have frost e/s from MAC and NYX that perform a lot better than X and don't crease even without primer. If it wasn't for the gorgeous color, I would have recycled this one. However, I don't think I'll ever repurchase.
Shampoo -Head and Shoulders - Classic Clean Shampoo
sallysellsseashells 7/6/2011 11:12:00 AM
I purchased the Classic Clean 2:1 shampoo plus conditioner. PROS: 1. Calms dry itchy scalp. 2. Helps reduce dandruff. CONS: 1. Hair resembled hay (dry and crispy). 2. Doesn't condition that well. Overall, this inexpensive dandruff shampoo does deliver good results for it's main purpose (reducing dandurff). However, I don't like how it makes my hair feel. Plus, I purchased the large economy size and the cap is cheap and doesn't snap shut. I don't think I'll repurcase.
Styling Products -Suave - Professionals Sleek Anti Frizz Cream
sallysellsseashells 7/5/2011 3:53:00 PM
I'm reviewing the silver package w/ orange lettering and this product states it's a dupe for a Matrix product. I really like this smoothing cream a lot. It has no hold and it isn't sticky at all. In fact, it's really light and resembles more of a lotion then a thick cream. On the days I don't wash my hair, it gets wavy, frizzy and unmanagable. I use about a dime size amount and run it through my dry unwashed hair. This lotion allows me to get by another day w/o washing my hair yet leaving me with nice smooth hair. I LOVE that this product NEVER weighs down my hair! I liked Bed Head's After Party and used that for many years. However, if you use too much of it, it really weighs the hair down and it's rather sticky and waxy. With Sauve, I can't even tell that I have a product in my hair. I also love the scent of this. It's got a very light mix of clean and citrus. I'm very happy I picked up this product and will continue to repurchase it. Also, of course, it's Sauve which means that it's very affordable :-)
Hair Type: Long, very thick w/ natural wave and tends to be frizzy. I bought this shine spray hoping it would work just as good as Chi Silk Infusion Serum but for a lot less $$$ or my past time HG Citre Shine Shine Mist (no longer to be found at any of my local pharmacies). Sorry, but this shine spray didn't perform that well. After using the Sauve Sleek shampoo (which I love) and a deep conditioner, I blow dryed my hair and at this point, it is already pretty smooth with the exception of some flyaways and frizziness at the ends. After applying this shine spray, I did notice some shine when the light hit it a certain way but nothing spectacular. If I apply more then two sprays, it weighs my hair down and it looks wet looking. I even notice that it will activate my natural wave creating a look I was trying to avoid! I wasn't impressed with this and I will put it up for swap. I'll be sticking to my Silk Infusion. I gave this product two lippies: 1 for price and 2 for packaging.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
sallysellsseashells 6/28/2011 9:44:00 AM
Decent product. The blush is fabulous on so many levels. For one, I love peach hued blushes but they tend to clash with my skintone. So, what do I do? I buy another peach blush but this one really works for me! I tried so hard to get that "universal" blush Orgasm to work for me but it always look odd and crazy shimmery making my pores look like the rocky mountains. I also love that this blush stays on all day and it's very pigmented. It provides the right amount of shimmer that won't showcase pores. The bronzer is.....nice. I mean it's not the best out there but I am pretty fussy with powder bronzers. First of all, this bronzer gives me a small breakout everytime I use it. So, be careful if you have reactive skin. Also, it has tons of tiny sparkles in it. I don't understand how some reviewers are claiming this is matte. It's not a true matte. Providing you use a large powder brush and lightly dust over the face, you do get a glowing sunkissed complexion with this bronzer. If you use too much, it's too metallic and shimmery. Trust me, apply it with a heavy hand and take a good look at yourself in a mirror outside under direct sunlight. Scary huh? Congrats, you now look like a tanned Data. But, one of the most outstanding qualities with this bronzer is the depth and pigmentation of the color. The shade is very natural and doesn't lean muddy or orange-the shade is perfect and that is a huge problem with most bronzers. The pigmentation is superior quality as well and you don't need to layer this. I find that this duo is a great find for the price @ $3.00. If I didn't breakout easily w/ this, I would repurchase.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Studio Single Eyeshadow Coffee Bean
sallysellsseashells 6/28/2011 9:20:00 AM
I'm not a fan of ELF shadows especially the dollar quads-those are terrible. However, Coffee Bean isn't bad. Coffee Bean is a medium warm toned brown with tiny sparkles. The sparkles really don't show up that much on the eye (which is a good thing). I love the color of this shadow and it works well on my complexion. However, the quality is lacking a bit. I use Coffee Bean as a transition color, not on it's own. For instance, it's a great crease color. I'm NW30ish now and with two layers and a primer, it will show up nicely. Coffee Bean works great with navy blues, forest greens and colors from the beige and cream families. These shadows look deceiving in the pan assuming your going to get great pigmentation. However, it's rather sheer and this is a shadow that requires some layers and help from a good primer. The texture of these aren't as creamy as some of my other brands but they aren't bad either. I compare them to some of the NYX shadows which can be hit or miss. I do absolutley love the packaging on Elf's studio products. It's not common for an inexpensive makeup line to do a sleek modern quality package. Overall, I'm pretty content with this shadow as I got it in a swap and didn't pay for it. But, honestly, it is a three dollar product so it's decent for the price.
I was looking for inexpensive neutral eyeshadows to keep on my boat for when I sleep there. I found this at Ulta for under three dollars. I didn't want to spend $$$ on staples like Lorac, MAC and Shiseido when I'll only be using the shadows maybe 4-5x for one season. To be honest, I'm impressed with this e/s quad. I swatched the four colors on my fingers and they all were very creamy and smooth with good pigmentation. In fact, these shadows were 10x smoother then the Elizebeth Arden shadows I swatched that cost just over fifteen dollars. I find that they are also smoother then some of my MAC, NYX and even as creamy as Stila. All four shades are very wearable and will suit most skintones. The shades are: 1. Matte Peach 2. Shimmery Taupe (a lot like Satin Taupe). 3. Shimmery Silver and 4. Shimmery Black. Out of all of these, I like the peach and taupe shade the best. The silver and black isn't as pigmented but they are very buildable and they don't crease. The packaging is thick plastic and it's hard to open it with the potential of breaking a nail. All in all, I'm happy with this purchase.
I'm always stalking concealers because it's the one makeup product I must wear daily to hide my dark circles. Cover Stick is actually pretty good. This concealer is in a stick form and from my experience, they tend to be on the thick and dry side. Cover Stick is actually very creamy and the texture is light. The shades are nuts. The names of the shades absolutely make no sense and all three available shades run light. The Shades are: 1. Matt Sand 01 which is basically a very warm toned off white - light complexion. 2. True Nude 04 (my shade) which is cool toned and fair-medium complexion. True Nude is the right tone for me but it's a tad too light for me. 3. Matt Beige 05 which is very strong warm toned yellow beige for medium complexion and this shade is actually on the light side as well. The coverage is actually nice and I'm content with the cover after three layers. This concealer didn't settle into fine lines and it works great on the lid and gets rid of my pinkish purple tone. The feel is light and airy. Would I love most about this is that even though it's not the best in coverage, it is extremely easy to layer and it will always look natural. I do like this and rate it a 3.5 not a 4. I'm still wanting something with a bit more coverage and look natural. This concealer is a 0.1 oz tube and cost $1.99 @ Ulta.
Mascara -Essence - No Limits Waterproof Volume Mascara
sallysellsseashells 6/24/2011 11:00:00 PM
I wanted to try another Essence mascara since I absolutely love their Black Mania Carbon Black Volume mascara but it smudges a lot and will run when sweating or being humid out. I bought No Limits Waterproof Volume mascara with high hopes but this just sucks and I will be returning this. What I didn't like about it: 1. The formula is like tar. It's so heavy and goopy and really adheres to the brush making it a hassle to have to wipe the excess off all the time. 2. It takes a long time to dry. 3. It provided no volume nothing nada! Even with three coats, I just had boring skinny lashes. 4. The brush and handle are flimsy. 5. It's not as black as I wanted it to be. What I did like about it: 1. The packaging is a pretty turquoise color with silver writing. 2. The brush tapers nicely to reach small lashes. 3. No offensive scent. 4. Provides decent length. 5. I have natural curl to my lashes and this really didn't ruin the curl. Overall, this reminds me of Maybelline's Full & Soft which I consider BORING.
This is probably one of the best drugstore foundations out there. Why? 1. Great color choices. So many ds and he lines cater to the yellow family or don't provide shades for the very fair or dark ladies. This line provides a nice even selection for everyone. 2. I like that this foundation is suitable for acne prone and senstive skin types. I experienced no ichiness or breakouts from this. My shades are: Nude Beige (NW20) for winter and Creamy Beige (NW30) for summer. However, I can't use this because a major con with this foundation is the finish. For my skin, I found this to be way too "dewy" and it gave my face a shiny greasy look that powder couldn't even tame. I got the same results with MUFE HD :( Also, this foundation just slip slided away and faded into nothing after noon time and left me naked. So, if your are dry and want that real dewy look then this will be good for you. I do still think this is a good foundation, it's just not the right formula for me.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipgloss - Nude Lustre
sallysellsseashells 6/20/2011 3:34:00 PM
A nice warm toned pinky nude with subtle shimmer. This gloss shows up a bit on the sheer side but still a good everyday color gloss. The stick factor is on the high side but it isn't so high that it's uncomfortable to wear like some of the Dior glosses and MAC lip glasses. The perfect stickiness allows the product to stay on the lips for a long time. I love the packaging of these glosses! I veiw the packaging on the Revlon Lustrous lip glosses as the cute, funny likable chubby sister of Chanel glosses. I do love the square tubes with the black and gold tops, it looks highend and classic. I rate this a four not a five because I wish the color was more pigmented on me.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac 270
sallysellsseashells 6/20/2011 3:21:00 PM
I LOVE THIS COLOR TOO ALONG WITH THE OTHER CRAZY IN LOVE REVIEWERS BELOW ME. WOW, just wow. I've been looking the for right shade of lilac for a very long time. Lacey Lilac reminds me of a colored Easter egg it's so wonderful and cheerful to look at. The color is a very creamy opaque lilac with no shimmer. ONE COAT!!! (shhhhh, I'm too overzealous here. I'll stop yelling). This color is so opaque that it covered my nail completely with just one coat. The staying power seems to be decent. It's lasted three days so far with no chipping but it could just be the particular base and top coat I'm using. The formula is a bit goopy and lays down streaky at first. Once you brush it on, it takes a second or two to settle down flat. The end result, you should have flat even color. The brush sucks and is annoying almost like it has a cowlick the bristles seem to separate a bit. All in all, I'm loving this color so much and it was super cheap and found almost everywhere! :-)
I'm not sure what the hell happened to my hair in the past month but it's so wavy and frizzy lately. My usual shampoo just wasn't cutting it and I needed something to smooth and soothe my hair. So, I picked up this shampoo (the new grey bottle) up for $2.50. I always wanted to try Matrix Sleek but didn't care for the smell of it at all! I can't bring myself to use a shampoo that smells all sorts of rancid. Sauve Sleek smells sooooo nice. It's a bit sweet and floral but not too overpowering. I must say, this did a good job taming my crazy hair. I do feel a coating with this shampoo and I can foresee this causing build up if you wash your hair daily. I would rec a clairifying shampoo on your every 3rd or 4th wash to prevent any build up. But, I'm not worried, I'll take anything just to have shiny smooth hair!