I had used henna for a year, but my hair is actually blonde, so the upkeep on the roots was too much. How to get rid of henna though without an UGLY growout?? Cut it short--NO! Color over it--can't be done! Bleach it--turns bright orange! Then I discovered this product. It can do it, but it takes more than one time, and you have to leave it on a long time (2+ hours) and then rinse for 30 minutes. So it's a commitment in time to do this, but your hair will not be damaged, it will remove the henna. Key here: do NOT use the 3rd step. Throw it away immediately so that you are not tempted to do it. I think it's there so that you will have to buy another box because it actually brings BACK the color you just tried to remove. I was warned, so I didn't make that mistake.
I used the former eyebrow corrector, but it was too red. When this came out, I waited, but I missed how long-lasting the product was. So I bought the new lightest shade. It lasts and lasts, which is phenomenal, but I still have to use pencil with it to finish off the tails of my brows and fill in underneath. I just can't get a nice, defined line on the bottom of my brows with it. But I'm okay with that because it makes it all last longer. I have very oily brows, so pencils fade fast and then it's hard to touch up--this makes it all work.
Eye Primer -Tarte - clean slate 360 creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer
sawmakeup 1/13/2013 2:27:00 PM
I tried everyone else's holy grail Urban Decay primer, but that left my lids flaky and irritated. I have a nearly full tube of it to swap! So I skipped primers for a long time, but then I got some sheer shadows and they just didn't even show up. I thought, "maybe I need primer." I picked up Tarte because it's paraben free. Like others said, it is a thinner consistency, which made me doubt it would do anything. I also found that I need to shake the tube to make sure it's not separated. But I don't need much, and I also swiped some under my eyes as an experiment to see if it would help stop the concealer from creasing. Since it's virtually colorless, it seemed harmless. Well, that experiment succeeded, AND my eye shadow suddenly showed up and stayed on until I washed off makeup at night. My concealer looks lovely, no creasing anymore! I'd keep using it for that alone. But I love how it keeps shadows from creasing, too! All in all, I think this is amazing. Few bad chemicals, no irritation, no strange color to interfere with your eyeshadow color, and it doesn't make shadow drag on application. I also don't need to use much, so I haven't had any trouble with it drying slow--it's dry pretty much right after I put it on--so this tube should last at least a year. Update: trying it today on my brows also, and so far it's kept them from getting oily like they always do, and the brow color looks just like I put it on this morning. As long as it doesn't irritate them, I'm going to keep using it!
Concealers -Korres - Quercetin & Oak Concealer Correcteur
sawmakeup 11/10/2012 9:58:00 PM
I tried this after much frustration with everything else. Even Smashbox, which got such great ratings. Sigh. This is working out very well, I must say. It doesn't cover my dark circles completely, but I am actually using it down my nose and my cheeks right by my nose to help with redness, and it's great for that! I get a nice, smooth finish with some powder on top. For my eyes, I use this first, and then add a mineral concealer lightly on top, and it stays all day, no creasing. Before I put it all on, I've been using some argan oil under my eyes, and it's not quite dry when I put on the concealer. But I think that's why it's easy to blend. It's not breaking me out at all! The color match is perfect, and it feels like nothing on. I also like pots because it's easy to dip a brush in for spot concealing.
Concealers -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty 'Un Cover-Up
sawmakeup 10/28/2012 6:12:00 PM
I just got this a few days ago, and like a lot of cream products, I believe there is a learning curve to the product. Day 1; tried as an undereye concealer. It was weirdly hard to apply and dragged. I had not applied eye cream before because this was supposedly so moisturizing, but that was a mistake. I next put some Smashbox concealer on top, and it just got more cakey and awful. Had to go drop off son at school, so decided to try again later. Later on Day 1: applied eye cream and smeared off makeup under eyes. Waited a while and then reapplied uncover. Did better than the first time, but still had to add a bit of Smashbox concealer near my nose. Put some silica powder on top to take down the shine. Does have a bit of shine to it if you don't. Day 2: Put on moisturizer first. Put on uncover under eyes and on nose and cheeks this time. Tacky finish, but kept working it in. Nice match to skintone. Still added some Revlon stick concealer at the very edges of dark circles and some powder on top, but WOW! My dark circles disappeared! Did not cake at all the entire day. Day 3: Same routine as day 2. Remarkable results. I'm used to using 2 products to conceal my undereyes, and I was hoping to use just 1, but the results are so good, I'm not minding so much. I have oily skin, but this is not making me more shiny on my cheeks. The tacky feeling is gone with some powder on top. It doesn't look like makeup. I've realized I've been using a concealer that is too light and makes my undereye circles look too white. This concealer is darker than what I used to use, but the color is much better. Nice to know! I'm concerned that it will make me breakout over time. Will update if it does. I think when this is running out, I'll try Vapour next just to see if it's better, but for now, I'm satisfied with this. Like others wrote, I get tired of mineral powders and I like cream concealers. Update: I think it was starting to make me break out after 4 days, so I stopped using it. Also, on day 4, I had some ruddiness by my nose that it just did not cover. Since that's what it's supposed to be for, I don't see the point of using it. It's not so easy to use. I gave it to my mother who is older and has dry skin.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner - Skinny Jeans
sawmakeup 9/16/2012 9:52:00 AM
This is an interesting color. For all those who say they don't see the gold, I think it's all in the application, just like Fyrinnae shadows. With this color, if I use a brush, I see no gold, and predominantly a greenish gray. When I use my finger, it's definitely a goldish pewter, even some green hint showing through. It's more complex when I use my finger. In fact, when I apply it with my finger and pat it on, it resembles Fyrinnae's Snow Leopard, but it's more gray than brown. I like it. It is sheer, but it covers the veins in my eyelid and gives me a delicate smokey eye easily. It lasts for hours and I don't use primer. The one thing I have found is that I have to put any liner on first because once this shadow sets, the liner drags and won't smudge well on top. It's also more shimmery if I use a brush than my finger, so I guess I'll be putting this on with my finger from now on because I don't want all that glittery look during the day. Took off a lippie for the price--I hate to pay $20+ for eyeshadow. Update: had to return because it was irritating my eyelids! Darn my sensitive eyes! But this was no small irritation--my lids were swollen and red and getting flaky. Watch out for the long-wear products if you have sensitive skin, but THANKS Sephora for taking things back!
Loose Powders -Fyrinnae - Finishing Powder in Sunkissed
sawmakeup 3/14/2012 10:14:00 PM
I love this! I don't use it all over my face since I made that mistake one day with another brand's glow powder that they claimed you could use that way, and I ended up looking like an alien. Sadly, I didn't have time to start over, and had to wipe off what I could, but at work, I definitely got some weird looks. That being said, this is not a glow powder. It's a finishing powder with a slight, very slight sheen, so I use it last with a skunk brush on my cheek bones. A quick swipe with a tiny bit of powder, and I just look a little warmer. It is like magic that a white powder gives you a bit of a golden sheen. Can't beat the price either.
I got this as a sample, and I'm glad I tried it. It's really beautiful, and I don't see a lot of sparkle in it, especially since I only use a teeny-weeny bit with a skunk brush. I put on a light bronzer first on my cheekbones, then I put this on just the apples of my cheeks for a bit more pop, and it's perfect. I look really healthy and fresh, not made-up.
I have this in the travel roller-ball container, which works pretty well to deposit color on your lid, but I wouldn't use that to apply it without blending. Once blended, the sparkly-ness pretty much goes away, and you're left with a purple-ish shadow. Not the brown I was hoping it would be. But Everyday Mineral's product descriptions are terrible, so who knew it would be so purple-ish? If you're looking for a dark purple color, don't worry about the sparkles--you can definitely buff those off. However, like another reviewer said, it wears off fast.
I happened to buy this for my brows and it's making me pretty happy so far. I was tired of how red the Makeup Forever brow gel was, so I was in Target, saw this and bought it. It's a great color for brows, a little too dark, but I just brush it quickly with a spoolie and it smudges out perfectly. Then I use my favorite taupe pencil to touch up the arches and ends, and my brows are done! Can't beat the price. Definitely need to use a different brush, but luckily I have 2 or 3 of those already. I think it's worth a try because it's so cheap and the color is a true brown with no red or ash to it.
Mascara -E.L.F. - Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
sawmakeup 12/12/2011 10:05:00 PM
I'm so surprised by the bad ratings. I bought it without reading about it, and I'm glad I did. The wand is a little long, which is weird, but I like the brush. It doesn't have tons of product on it since the bristles are separated more than most brushes. That works for me because other mascaras cause a lot of clumping. I find I can control this easily. And I get long lashes from it, not necessarily really thick unless I do multiple coats. I like it, and I have bought it twice. Can't beat the price. I would say I like Clinique lengthening mascara more, but I can live without out.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eyeshadow in Snow Leopard
sawmakeup 11/7/2011 7:23:00 PM
I know that sometimes the wait time for your order can get long, but I got mine in about a week when they were saying to expect 48-65 days. I only ordered 3 things, so that's the trick--make a small order! I got the snow leopard eyeshadow, and it's everything people claim it is. It's a gorgeous taupe, and the container is packed, but it has no sifter, so you have to be careful not to dump it all out. Beautiful finish! I think this will be my favorite, and perhaps I'll never stray. The only reason I kept trying other shadows was I had never found the perfect taupe for me. Most were either too gray or too bronze. I'm pretty spankin' happy!
Brows -Make Up For Ever - Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector
sawmakeup 10/2/2011 6:56:00 PM
I have this in #0, which is supposedly the lightest, so I'd be scared to see #1. It's not really very light, and it has a lot of red to it. I'm a strawberry blonde, so that's okay with me, but I still use a taupe pencil to go over the tails of my brows and take away some of the redness. It's a very thin consistency, which is great because it doesn't get thick and cakey like powders can. It lasts really well, but if I'm particularly oily that day, it does smudge a bit. It's the best thing for now until something else comes along. I'd like it better if the color weren't so red.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
sawmakeup 5/30/2011 2:48:00 PM
They have redesigned the package so it's now a squeeze tube, and there's no problem getting the product out. I use this on my eyebrows, not my eyelids. I have eyebrow hair, but it's not as thick as I'd like, nor as dark, so I need pencil or powder, but nothing would stay. I was looking for Makeup Forever's liquid brow gel, but the Sephora near me didn't have it. So rather than continuing to try every powder, pencil, stencil, and pen out there, I thought to try this. It's been great! It's only 2 days, but it's been 2 hot, humid days, and my brows stayed on! Plus, the bare spots at the start and end of my brows stayed on, and those were the ones that bugged me the most. It's not very pigmented, so it works on my brows. I would think it wouldn't affect shadow color either. It's not cheap, but it's not hideously expensive either considering that you don't need much. And I can keep using the brow powder that I like, and it looks so much better than it ever did. Edit: it's now been 3 days, and over 90 degrees today. Not even a smudge! My brows look as good at the end of the day as at the beginning, and putting on the pencil/powder routine is even easier as the primer helps "grab" the products. And no fading or smearing or changing color on the top of my brows as the day goes on! Who needs eye shadow when your brows can look this good? Edit: I had to stop using this because it was irritating the skin around my eyebrows. I know some other people have said it irritated their skin, but I was hoping I wouldn't be one of them. Darn it, I am.
Concealers -Fresh - Umbrian Clay Absolute Concealer
sawmakeup 4/12/2011 8:07:00 PM
I read the reviews before I bought this, but I bought it anyway primarily to cover any blemishes or rashes I might have at the moment. I took a chance because it sounded like it might help heal spots, and I think it does. I don't use it under my eyes because I actually use a powder concealer from Meow for that. I used Kat von D concealer until now, but I found the finish to be too flat, and I thought it made blemishes show up more. Plus I had had that tube for about 2 years, so it likely is growing a colony in there by now. Back to this product--I think it does cover blemishes, but I don't have a lot to cover. It is fairly thin, but you can layer it easily without caking, in my experience. It covers better than Lancome's Effacernes by far. Bottom line: buy it from Sephora, so if you don't like it after a week, you can return it. I'm keeping it.