Eyeliner -Maybelline - Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner
shortyjdm 6/10/2011 3:55:00 PM
Wow, I'm actually pretty impressed by this liner. I purchased the darkest black (I think it's called 'blackest black'). I have really oily eyelids, and this liner lasts quite a long time. I'll put it on in the morning after I apply my UDPP and it lasts until I'm home from work (usually 12 hours). I love the felt tip, it's soft and flexible. I purchased the ColorStay liner thinking that it would be comparable to the foundation and the tip scrapes my eyelids HARD and it hurts, but this one glides on smoothly. The only downfall is that blackest black color isn't really that dark - I would say it's just 'black'.
Wow. I cannot believe how disappointed I am with this liner. I wanted to love it so badly. I love love love the colourstay foundation and thought this liner would be just as good... pros: - for me, it actually does last all day and I have slightly oily eyelids. I put it on at 7:30 am and usually take off all my makeup before bed. Usually by then the liner is slightly smeary, but it's still there. If I use a gel liner (I use Stila smudge pot), it's all oily and smeary by the end of my work day (around 4-5 pm). cons: - the stupid felt tip!!! I feel like I'm scraping off my eyelid everytime I put it on. It HURTS!!! I've tried running it on the back of my hand, on paper, on tissue, to 'soften' it up but to no avail. - it comes out greyish when you use it...UNLESS...you tilt it completely sideways and apply the liner using the SIDE of the felt tip. Maybe the product doesn't get dispensed to the tip... - it isn't 'liquid-y'. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I think the reason why it stays on so long is because it isn't really liquid...it's more like a slightly damp powder. The best comparison I can think of is when you have a slightly dried out magic marker and it has color, but it chalky... Would I buy it again? Probably not. I used to use another felt tip liner (I think it was also Revlon...or some other drug store brand) and I'll probably go back to that and occasionally use my Stila gel liner (it's too much work to clean the brush after every use for gel liners).
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Polysporin daily care lipbalm
shortyjdm 12/11/2010 10:36:00 PM
Love this lipbalm. I purchased a 4 pack at costco that came with 2 daily ones and 2 with spf. I haven't tried the spf one, but this is my new HG lipbalm!!! My boyfriend also LOVES this lipbalm too. It does have a minty smell to it as others have said, but when your lips are peeling and dry, it feels nice and soothing. I used to love Softlips Sparkle Mint before they changed their packaging and stopped making it and this is a very comparable replacement.
I received this perfume as a gift and I had no idea what it would smell like. I thought the star was pretty and thought it would smell as pretty as it looked. WRONG!!! Oh god, this perfume is disgusting! I spritzed it once on my arm to see what it smelled like, and it lingered ALL DAY LONG. It's a horrible scent and completely overpowering. When I found out how much it costs, I gagged a little more. Thankfully, I received this as a gift. Maybe I could re-gift it to someone I hate.
Brows -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Perfect Brow Pencil in Brunette
shortyjdm 11/17/2010 9:04:00 PM
LOVE this brow pencil!! Stays on, pencil is slightly waxy in consistency so no need for an eyebrow wax, and doesn't fade. The color is perfect for me since I'm asian and I have black hair. Doesn't look too 'fake' or drawn on, but the key is to use the spooly on the end to brush it out a bit. I was born with weird eyebrows that get reallllly sparse near the ends (thanks dad...) so it looks like I only have half an eyebrow, so a brow-pencil is a must for me. It honestly stays on all day!!! I prefer to draw it on with a heavy hand and use the spooly to brush it out to a perfect color. Please keep in mind to wash out the spooly every so often to keep it nice and dense.
Gels/Soaps -Bath and Body Works - Anit-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Soap
shortyjdm 11/17/2010 8:44:00 PM
Absolute 'NO' to re-purchasing this product. Nothing wrong with the product itself, it works great, just the main 'antibacterial' agent in it. Not sure if anyone has done any research on the harmful effects of triclosan, but for this one ingredient alone, I will not buy Bath and Body's antibacterial hand soap products. Triclosan is an ingredient that is meant to kill the bacteria, but it is also known to stay on your skin AFTER you wash your hands so inevitably anything that you touch after washing your hands will come in contact with this chemical, therefore creating a greater resistance/tolerance buildup on day to day bacteria. Triclosan can only be destroyed via UV light. Think about all the people using this product and how much of it is floating around in your drinking water. I'm from Canada, and this chemical is still being research as to whether or not they're going to ban it. Tap water in Canada isn't subject to UV light (not that I know of), so the chemicals will still exist after filtration. I will only use their hand sanitizer because they use alcohol in it, instead of triclosan. Triclosan products have been banned from my household, as well as my family's.
LOVE this!! I actually first heard of it from a few youtube videos and wasn't too interested. After seeing it a few times, I decided to do it since it's relatively cheap and I had the ingredients handy. I'm thoroughly surprised!!! After the first time I used this, my face actually looked clearer and softer. My mom was over and I made her feel how soft my face was, and she was impressed too. I have since recommended it to a few of my family members, as well as my boyfriend! It clears the dead skin off your face without being too drying. Side note though, since the skin of your face will be slightly thinner, remember to wear sunscreen when you go out! (Which you should really be wearing all year round...)
I used to work in a hair salon, so I have the liter size of the shampoo and conditioner combo. The shampoo by itself is okay. I love the scent of it, but I don't find that it really does much for my hair. If I use it in combination with the conditioner, I feel it weighs my hair down too much and make it feel greasy by the end of the day. Strangely enough, I decided to use it to clean my makeup brushes thinking that it would keep my brushes soft and clean....wrong. I know that the purpose of the shampoo is not to clean your makeup brushes...but this shampoo doesn't work. Makes me wonder about the shampoo itself...if it doesn't even remove, let's say, powder foundation, that well from a makeup brush, how well is it removing oil and dirt from my hair? Also, my hair is thin and wavy so it only really makes it 'soft' and does nothing else for me...other than the greasiness at the end of the day. Overall, love love love the scent, but not something I would re-purchase just because it's a little too heavy for my hair. I used to recommend it to clients who had thick, coarse hair (ie. African-American), and they LOVED it...so...
Accessories -Bath and Body Works - Wallflowers Wall Plug Home Fragrance
shortyjdm 11/17/2010 1:00:00 AM
I generally use Glade plug-ins, but was super excited when they came out with this since there is a few scents that I can't get enough of. However, since the intensity of the fragrance can't be adjusted on the diffuser, this product is just rated average. I have it plugged in right by the entrance of my apartment, and I don't smell it unless I'm really close to it (unlike the Glade one that you can smell before you even enter my apartment). The major design flaw with this product is that the diffuser it can't stand up by itself when you're changing it (so when you go to replace the empty fragrance bulb, you have to unscrew the old fragrance bulb - which has a tendency to roll btw - put it on it's side on your table, unscrew the cap on the new fragrance bulb, screw it onto the diffuser and screw the new cap back onto the old fragrance bulb to toss it out...) Maybe if I cared less, I could just toss everything out as I'm unscrewing it, but I'm slightly OC (eek). HOWEVER, I keep on buying them just because I LOVE two of their scents...
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream
shortyjdm 11/17/2010 12:51:00 AM
I was in the States at an outlet mall when I purchased this product. They were having a Christmas sale so I picked up two of the purse-sized ones. Upon applying it to my hands, I noticed how 'soft' my hands felt, not to be confused with moisturized. Considering the second ingredient in the product is a variation of silicon, I'm not too surprised. The smell is a sickly sweet vanilla scent mixed with some other strange smell that I can't quite distinguish. It does however, absorb into the skin relatively quickly, which is why I purchased it originally. I gave some to my mom to try one day and I smelled it on her for a good half of the day (gag). I LOVE the smell of vanilla, but the weird undertones really bothers me (actually...it smells a bit like sandalwood now that I smell it again). For the scent alone, I would not purchase this product again, it really bothers me.
I purchased the regular (behemoth) sized bottle after a co-worker raved about it to me. I work in Finance and have to constantly shake hands with clients all day (therefore leading to excessive hand washing) and I find that this cream leaves my hand feeling greasy, no matter how little I use, or how much I rub it in. I personally believe its due to the paraffin in the product itself. I'm slightly on the fence with this product. I only use it at night. I slather it on thickly and wear gloves to lock in the moisture. It feels okay in the morning, but nothing overly impressive. If I use it during the day, my keyboard at work is covered with fingerprints, which leads to a dirty keyboard covered with cream and dust. Also I find the pump sometimes doesn't fully work and I've actually had to pop open the bottom to push the product up. It smells great though and it can be a good product if you don't really need to do much after you apply it.
LOVE this product!! Second gel-liner that I've purchased (the first one was Avon...bleh) and it's been amazing. This lasts all day (I use UDPP before application) and stays really nice and black (well-pigmented!) I like that this liner doesn't fade to a grey-ish colour at the end of the day. The only downfall to this product is that I find that sometimes I'll get smudges under my eyes during the day (I have small Asian eyes, and my contacts sometime irritate me so I blink a lot), but overall a pretty good product. I would suggest applying it with a firm angled liner brush to get the best colour application for it. Would definitely purchase it again, but the container is so darn huge and contains a lot of product, so it won't be for quite some time...
Toners -Clarins - Extra Comfort Toning Lotion for Dry/Sensitive Skin
shortyjdm 11/17/2010 12:18:00 AM
I was lured into purchasing this product after a sales rep at Sephora was raving about it. I decided to give it a try and I must say, it's pretty darn good!! Yes, I would have to agree with the other reviews that the product is a bit sticky and is a slightly gel-like consistency, but I just overcome that by pouring a dime-sized amount into the palm of my hand, then applying it to my face instead of a cotton pad/ball. I find you will get more milege out of this product by doing that as well. Once on the face, it will feel a bit tacky, but I just gently pat my face until the product fully absorbs, and follow up with a skin cream. Other than the price, this product is pretty good! It's worth my investment! Also, this product is alcohol-free unlike a LOT of toners out there! Another 'plus'!