My Overgrown shadow finally ran out so I bought Bitter as it looked to be a very similar shade but to my disappointment it wasn't. I found that it was far more matte a shade than Overgrown so it was very hard to work with. I had to really layer it on to get the colour to pop which I hate to have to do- too time consuming in the morning. I didn't have any problem with staying power as I always use my Lise Watier Makeup Base for Eyes so it did last me all day. When I saw Rated "R" in the Mac store I tried it and it went on so smoothly and required little effort to make the colour pop so I had to buy it to replace Bitter!
I essentially got this for free when I cashed in my Shoppers Optimum points. I thought that this might be an inexpensive lengthening mascara to replace my more expensive ones. Truth be told, I was totally not impressed. The lengthening aspect was okay but the formula made my lashes look clumpy and flaky. So I guess it's back to the more expensive mascara...at least I know they work!
I had run out of the Sephora brand Matte Blotting Film and needed to get more. I accidently grabbed these ones thinking they were the same ones that I used. Um no, these were the blotting papers and I hated them. They always tear when I rub these on my face and I need 2-3 to absorb the oil on my face as opposed to only needing 1 of the film sheets.
I have been on the hunt for a nice plum coloured mascara since I ran out of my Clinique Black Honey mascara (and was reluctant to spend $37 on Guerlain's Le 2 Mascara). I tried to make do with Almay's Intense I-Colour mascara in Raisin Quartz but no matter how I applied it, it would look like a clumpy mess- plus it did nothing to lengthen or volumize my lashes. When I went to the Sephora website and saw that BeneFit had made a plum version of their BADgal mascara, I couldn't buy it soon enough! And let me tell you it did not disappoint- the mascara goes on smooth and clump free and made my lashes look like I have falsies on (which I love). The colour is a rich beautiful plum shade that is not too purple-y, not too burgundy and it really makes my blue-green eyes pop! Now if only they made it in a nice brown colour! ;)
Powder -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation
tornadogirl 9/14/2008 5:16:00 PM
I used this when it first came out and really liked it but jumped on the Bare Minerals bandwagon when it came to Canada. After using Bare Minerals for 2 years, I found that it was really clogging my pores and since I was forgoing the sun and was quite pale, the lightest BE shade was too dark for me. I decided to try the L'oreal Bare Naturale foundation again as it now came in lighter shades than BE plus BN came out with the Mineral Finishing powder (which was very similar to BE Mineral Veil which I loved). I love the texture, it doesn't emphasize my large pores and gives very natural coverage. More importantly, it does not clog my pores. The only thing I don't like about this product is the ridiculous packaging, It comes with a really useless pseudo-kabuki brush that is very bristly and does not give a nice even coverage- it also adds a lot of bulk to the packaging. I use the Bare Escentuals kabuki brush and the results are much nicer. I think that L'oreal should ditch the stupid brushes so that the containers fit better in my cosmetics bag.
Being the cosmetics junkie that I am, I am always on the lookout for the perfect mascara, lipstick, blush, etc, etc. One of the Cosmetic Consultants at Shoppers Drug Mart, gave me a sample of the black Le 2 mascara and I really liked it. So I tried the brown which was a really nice chestnut brown. It made my lashes really REALLY long and wondefully defined- it didn't clump and best of all it didn't smudge all day! I really don't care for the mini brush but I just dip the big wand into that side of the tube to get more mascara...no big deal. This mascara doesn't come off easily but a little makeup remover definitely helps!
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Couleur Experte -hair dye / highlight
tornadogirl 6/19/2008 10:36:00 PM
I have used this before in red tones but I thought that I would give it a try in the 5.3 Chocolate Macaroon (medium golden brown with blonde highlights.) I used the first part of the kit and got a nice brown shade (darker than medium but it was not bad) I then put in the highlights (no easy feat). The highlighting product was messy, hard to apply with a flimsy mascara-like wand, and really hard to grab small sections to highlight. I was careful to make sure each section I wanted highlighted was saturated thoroughly and left the product on for 45 minutes (my hair is hard to lighten). After the 45 minutes I washed it out and I had splotchy patches all over my head- some brassy blonde, some red (not the lighter golden blonde in the picture.) Now to be fair I tend to pull red anyways but it was the uneveness that disappointed me. The fix was easy, I used my Revlon Nutricolor Condition in dark chestnut and it darkened the highlights and the god awful blonde patches into subtle highlights. Whew, dodged that bullet! Long story short, this stuff is not suitable for anyone that isn't a lighter brown/blonde. If you have ANY red in your hair (unless you use the red colour) you will not be happy with the results.
Revlon Professional Nutricolor is a colour depositing conditioner that is absolutely the best conditioner that you can buy if you want to rev up your colour (natural or not). It comes in a ball shaped bottle with a pump top which makes it easy to dispense with one hand. The colour is UNBELIEVABLY concentrated so I would strongly advise that you wear gloves so the product doesn't stain your hands. You put it in your hair, comb it through for even distribution and leave it on for 3 minutes. The colour selection is excellent- from soft subtle blonde shades to my personal favorite- Red Violet which made my hair a gorgeous burgundy shade. This stuff is really conditioning and leaves my hair soft, silky and shiny. Plus, the smell is a light fruity smell which I adore. Other info... Instant electrostatic interation with the colored hair fibre Powerful instant color Smoothing, antistatic effect. High performance of fruit acids (AHA) Restores and maintains moisture Nourishing, softening and detangling properties without weighing hair down. No ammonia, no peroxide Light reflection for high shine
This is great stuff...I wanted to add some ooomph to my lashes as they are okay- not great. I have been using it for about 6 weeks now and I have defintely noticed a difference in my lashes....not as much in my top lashes but my bottom lashes are waaay longer. I apply it on both my top and bottom lashes by wriggling the brush from root to tip. That's it! Works like a charm.
I have terribly damaged nails from my ongoing use of fake nails... my natural nails have always been soft and have peeled very easily so I thought that I would give this a try. So far so good....I have definitely noticed my nails getting harder as well they are splitting and peeling far less. Will update once I have used this for a full month. Oh ya, for all the people in Canada looking to buy this, I found Mavala product at London Drugs.
I went to Sephora with the intention of buying the Shu Uemura eyelash curler but found out that Holt Refrew was the exclusive retailer for this item. I remembered all the good reviews that the Shiseido curler got so I thought I would give it a try. In the past I have used Tweezerman, Lise Watier and MAC's curlers but I can truthfully say that this one is the best by far! I found the frame to be not as curved so I was able to get most of my lashes into the curler. I do 3 squeezes, root, middle and tip of lashes and the curl lasts all day. The one thing I really liked about it is that the curl is a natural curl and not a nasty looking crimp that a lot of the curlers seem to do. So far very, very happy with this one! Shu Who? ;)
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - marc anthony root touch up
tornadogirl 5/3/2008 11:38:00 PM
I thought that I would give this a try to see if I could cover my blonde/grey roots and match my red hair. The bottle was easy to assemble but I found that it was really hard to squeeze product out of it. It was not runny at all but there wasn't enough to do my whole head. At first glance it didn't look like it worked at all but while the change wasn't obvious it did blend in my roots a bit (which gives me another 2-3 weeks before I have to see my hairdresser). Overall, not a great product, I'm afraid.
Diorshow Mascara always gets Editor and Magazine picks for best mascara so I thought I would try it. Sorry to say...way overrated! When I first got it, I didn't mind how it went on and I do have to say I loved the smell (like rosewater). But it's only been a month since I opened it and it is clumping like crazy and yes, it was closed tightly. My other challenge was the brush- it was too big and cumbersome and I found that I couldn't get to my little outer/inner lashes without getting mascara where I didn't want it. So, I gave it a fair shake but for almost $30 a tube, I will keep looking for my HG! Cheers!
So I just picked this up at Sephora and at $38- not a cheap aquisition! I love the colour, it's a beautiful rusty-red which is so much nicer that a lot of the blue reds out there. I put it on as I would normally put a lipstick on but I found that it smears everywhere! So I patted it on as per the advice of MUAers and it looks great. I'm not sure about the longevity so I will give it a couple of days and if I can't get it to last longer than a few hours...its going back! I'm torn though- I do loooove the colour! Will update soon! UPDATE: Sorry guys, it's gotta go back...I just can't get this stuff to stay on my lips for any length of time...especially when you add the Moon Fleet over top. If they could make a long lasting lipstick/gloss combo, I would buy it in a heartbeat. So very sad....
Skincare - Body -NADS - Hair Removal System - No-Heat Hair Removal Gel
tornadogirl 4/19/2008 5:20:00 PM
I bought this stuff a few years ago when I was going to Mexico to get married. I thought that this would be an ideal way to get smooth legs, underarms ,etc and I really wouldn't have to worry about shaving. I bought it for about $70. What a bloody waste of money! I tried spreading it on my legs and it didn't go on smoothly at all. I had to put the container in some hot water to soften it up but it really didn't help much! Once I got some semblance of a layer of product on my leg, I put the strip on, rubbed it and then pulled. Well, holy crap, the pain was horrible but I thought, if it pulled the hair out, the pain was worth it. You know what, there wasn't even hair on the strip. What the??? As far as I could tell, I ripped the first layer of skin off but that was about it! Tried it a few more times but no hair was on the strip. So, I gave up, and threw it in the trash can. So, two things I learned 1) don't always believe what you see on TV and 2) NADS is total CRAP!