*Combo/Oily in Natural Tan, NC40 for reference* I personally prefer this over MAC Fix Fluid. The shades are a lot more neutral, the coverage is better and it isn't as drying. My favourite way to apply this, is with my Sigma flat top kabuki. I don't have a problem with breakouts, maybe it's because I use the combo/oily version which has a low spf. High spf breaks me out. This does stick to and exaggerate dry spots, just make sure to exfoliate well and moisturize. The lasting power is amazing, even on my oily oily forehead and doesn't oxidize like Fix Fluid. Love it, just needs a pump!!!!
First let me say I have used every kind of hair extension including Russian Virgin, Indian Virgin, Remy and cheap generic brands in the earlier days of extension wearing years ago. My favorite kind of hair hands down, is the Indian Virgin hair from JuJu Hair Co. OUTSATANDING hair, truely. Better than Russian which tangled really bad and not to mention costed my right arm. That said Indian Virgin hair tends to get quite thin on the ends the longer you go which ends up making me have to wear a ton of hair to get the desired length and thickness I like which can get uncomfortable! Onto HeadKandy, I ordered the 24-26 inch in Soho Black. All of the pieces are 25 inches, very soft, super thick from top to bottom and crazy long. Too long for me. I got about 4 inches cut off and they feel and look so much better. Very minimal shedding. The clips are awful, hard to clip and always popping open. The quality of hair is comparable to Indian Virgin in that they are very fine strands of hair and feel quite light on your head, however they do tend to tangle quite easily, Indian Virgin doesn't at all. The HeadKandy doesn't hold curl very well, while Indian Virgin holds curl incredibly well. All in all these are the best non-virgin hair extensions I've come across. If they didn't mat or tangle and held curl better they'd be a solid 5.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Volupte Lipstick - #1 Nude Beige
tammallama 9/18/2011 12:21:00 PM
I own 4 of these amazing lipsticks....beautiful formula. Creamy, highly pigmented and smell great. The trick I have found to wearing these is to apply a lipliner, my fav is MAC's stone, then apply a heavier coat of Rouge Volupte and then finish with a clear gloss, my fav is MAC's clear gloss in the squeeze tube. Lasts 4 solid hrs. My lips have never looked so big and luscious!
Gels/Soaps -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Satin Shower Body Wash - Tea Tree
tammallama 9/18/2011 12:07:00 PM
HG body wash! I have sensitive acne prone skin, this removes oil and bacteria incredibly well but leaves skin hydrated and soft. LOVE IT! Will never be without.
Treatments (Eye) -Arbonne - FC5 - Hydrating Eye Creme
tammallama 9/18/2011 12:00:00 PM
Just ordering my second jar. I have been without for 2 weeks and my undereyes are a mess. Firstly let me just say that this is amazing for under eye circles and puffiness! Truely unmatched. It has a thick cream/gel like consistency that takes some blending to really get it into the skin, very hydrating. It leaves no sticky/greasy feeling either which is a plus for make up application. The downside is I cannot put this on my incredibly sensitive eyelids, it left them puffy, red and itchy. For that I give it a 4...
Cleansers -Arbonne - RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser
tammallama 4/13/2011 2:10:00 AM
I can use some of the RE9 products, but the entire line used together, is too strong for my sensitive skin. This cleanser in particular really didn't agree with my skin. Too strong, left it dried right out and caused a rash. Otherwise it removes make-up easily and smells great!
AMAZING!! Covers very well, dries very quick, doesn't oxidize, doesn't move and best of all it doesn't sink into fine lines around the eyes! It almost has a firming effect. Incredible stuff, truely!!
Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
tammallama 1/22/2011 2:19:00 PM
I will never wash my hair with shampoo again!!! I finally broke down and bought the Cucumber Aloe version, for my fine hair. It says it's their most clarifying for oily to fine hair. My hair lacks oil but is very fine, so I am always worried about build up and weight. I cannot tell you how incredible my hair feels and looks! It is the softest I think it's ever been, the shiniest and it is full of body! No weight or build up either. I didn't find it to be as time consuming as it seems, since you usually have to shampoo, rinse, put in the regular conditioners, leave on and then rinse anyway. I found it the same in terms of time. I just put maybe 3 pumps massaged into my scalp, splashed with water and massaged again, then maybe 4 more pumps for the rest of my hair, then I used a butterfly clip and put it up for the remander of my shower. Rinsed really well and voila! That easy! I towel dry and put in a bit of the Cucumber Aloe styling cream (which is amazing as well), and comb.
The absolute best flat iron...EVER! I finally broke down and bought one after me Sedu died R.I.P. The Sedu and Solia irons are really great irons, I've owned both. But IMO the GHD just makes my hair that much more straight and silkier, plus it automatically turns off after a certain amount of time without use. Also the quality of the iron is solid. VERY durable. Whereas my sedu chipped and the plates started shifting after I dropped it. Worth every penny.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
tammallama 10/20/2010 2:22:00 PM
I have the Light and am NC40 for reference. I use it as a powder over my foundation, I really like it! I have MAC MSF Natural too and prefer this. The outcome is very similar. It really adds a nice natural dewy look which I prefer over a powdered matte finish. I find the MSF Natural breaks me out and this doesn't. Very expensive but will last a very long time!
Lipstick -MAC - Pro Longwear Lipcreme Collection in Overtime
tammallama 9/28/2010 8:18:00 PM
Really loving this lipstick!! I am devoted to my Angel lipstick and this is almost identical. It apply's super smooth and is very opaque, 2 light coats is all I need. What I love most about it, is that it doesn't feather or separate on my lips like longwears usually do!! I don't find it near as drying as Angel either, odd being that it lasts much longer?! After it dries I apply my Underage gloss on top and the combo lasts significantly longer than my Angel/Underage combo did. Definatley worth the buy if you love Angel!
I am NC40 in Fix Fluid and bought NC40 online...there is a diffrence in the two. I'd say the Fix Fluid is more yellow and the pro longwear more beige with a slight pink too it, barely but it's there. That said I prefer the pro longwear shade! What the majority of the reviewers are saying, is true! This foundation is pretty incredible. Compared to the Fix Fluid, the formula is much lighter but with the same coverage. It isn't super matte like Fix Fluid, it almost has a sheen to it, but isn't sticky or tacky at all. It looks very natural! I also found it firmed my fine lines on my forehead! I have an oily t-zone, I found I do have shine after a couple of hrs, but NO joke I took my finger and rubbed my forehead and the foundation didn't come off at all! Just oil. WOW! Also LOVE that it doesn't oxidize at all!! I agree with what others are saying about dry skin. I have some patches on my cheeks that look a bit scaley after a few hrs. I just have to moisturize well and exfoliate. The lasting power is unmatched, truely! Awesome stuff. UPDATE: this breaks me out...I will only use it when I need to. Bummer!!!!
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion
tammallama 9/19/2010 4:01:00 PM
HG moisturizer, it keeps my skin supple for 24+ hrs. I have sensitive skin in that I break out easily and fragranced lotions cause rashes. I have been using this for years!!!! LOVE!!!!
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
tammallama 7/7/2010 2:05:00 PM
Awesome primer! I have used Smashbox, MUFE and MAC primers and they fail in comparison. The best thing about this is it fills in fine lines and pores, it makes my face a perfectly smooth canvas. My foundation stays put a lot longer and doesn't migrate or sink into fine lines. I love this stuff!!
Okay this has changed my life...seriously people!! I have wavey somewhat curly fine hair that instantly fuzz's up if humidity even looks at it! It never stays pin straight when I straighten it, even with the best flat irons out there and it never has nice smooth curls that are crisp free and soft. So needless to say I was hesitant....NOTHING works! But I am completely stunned at how this has changed my hair entirely. Used on my damp hair I work it through as per directions then air dry and voila, super soft, smooth waves and curls that are frizz free and moisturized without any crispy feeling whatsoever! I love, love, LOVE it when I flat iron...my hair is poker straight and soft with not a single fly away and it feels like I have nothing in my hair at all! Where it really shines is in humidity, it holds like a hot dam! I cannot say enough great things about this product! I have since purchased 2 more items and can't wait for them to arrive!!!!