Styling Products -L'anza - Anti Aging Neem Plant Silk Serum
voxpop 2/5/2013 9:11:00 PM
Can't live without it. I don't use a lot of hair products and honestly I don't do a lot of styling for someone who works in a hair salon but this is the only thing I ALWAYS use after a shower. It's great because unlike other serums it can also go on dry hair without making it oily. The smell is great and my hair looks healthier since I started using it. I'm a sucker for L'anza products but out of all of the ones I've tried this is my fav from the brand.
I work as a receptionist in a hair salon so I try a lot of shampoos. I also smell a lot of the ones I haven't even tried so I can help customers with specific requests. One day when I was checking out some products I hadn't really looked at before I happened to smell this shampoo and I fell in love. I bought it that day and I don't want to go back to anything else now. I also bought the matching conditioner. I find that other shampoos that aren't drying, aren't really cleansing either. But with Goldwell, my hair actually feels clean after. I loved L'anza for everything else but my hair never truly felt freshly washed after. I like how I can get that feeling with Goldwell without my hair feeling stripped like it would from a clarifying product. Can't wait to pick up a bigger size.
When I heard Lady Gaga was coming out with a fragrance I was a little afraid. I have mixed opinions on celebrity fragrances with my favorite ones being by Britney Spears and JLo. Well Lady Gaga just blew these out of the water. It smells not only better imo, but also more expensive than the typical celebrity scents. I am head over heels for the packaging and the black fluid innovation is pretty sweet. I'm mostly wear super citrusy scents but this is my new exception.
Lipstick -Revlon - Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
voxpop 2/5/2013 8:58:00 PM
I was hesitant to try this after reading the reviews on here but something about the product appealed to me regardless. I actually quite like it and don't find that I have the issues mentioned here. I do wear it with a coat of vaseline on top though..just something I prefer with lipstick...and maybe that fixes some problems. I've had it on for twelve hours and in that time I've only reapplied it once and the color is still quite visible. In that time I've eaten two meals, drank coffee, water and iced tea and spent time out in the rain. I might use another brand if I wanted an ultra bold pigmented shade but I bought "Flashing Lights" and it's a good day to day shade for me. I will purchase another everyday color for sure.
I like the product itself and the results I got with it, but I found that I went through it really quickly. I also found with the shape of the palette it was difficult to get my preferred brush in one color without dipping into the other when I wasn't always using both. I loved the sculpted look I could get from using both shades but overall I like other bronzers more than the bronzy shade in this duo. I also didn't like it as much as an eyeshadow as I have with other highlighters.
The most amazing thing I found about this product was that you need so little that it seems to last forever. I love it on both my cheeks and my eyes and as long as it's not overdone it looks great. I've tested out their other highlighters and cheek tint products but this is my favorite. Also when I'm super tired, mixing a dot in with my foundation works wonders. The only reason I took off packaging marks is because I found the brush kind of useless, I think I would prefer a paddle.
I gave full marks on the packaging because I love the double ended mascara instead of a couple brands where you need to buy the primer separately. When I take the time to build up a good layer of the primer before applying the mascara my lashes are so long they almost look fake. I LOVE the way this washes off neatly in tubes instead of smudging and staining. This also makes it great for a night out dancing or living like I do in a place where it rains all the time. The only downside I've found is that it dries out quicker than other mascaras so I have to buy it more often then I do other products. The primer dries out too so if you try to keep using the same tube for too long it starts to go on goopy. Lucky the results are worth it up until it dries.
Currently this is my favorite mascara though I have the habit of trying something new instead of repurchasing mascaras. It has one of my favorite brushes ever, a shape I've seen many times but the slight wiggle it has seems to help. I wish it came off cleaner though, it takes a bit of work to get the smudges off my face during removal compared to other brands.
I would buy this product again if I wanted simply to stick to something I was familiar with, but honestly it wasn't special. The formula seemed the same as every other covergirl mascara I've tried and while I like the brush, I have used many others that I prefer. I don't have any real problems with it, but it's not something I can get excited about.