Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
xyz07 3/9/2013 10:45:00 PM
I have thick, dense, dry hair, it isn't oily at all. I can go about a week without washing my hair (hairdresser says that's actually better for my hair since it's so dry). I purchased a kit from Sephora and a five bottle sampler kit from QVC thinking it was the answers to my prayers to make my hair manageable and soft. I used the recommended amount of pumps, did a lot of massaging, I worked in the product well, clipped my hair up for the rest of the shower and did a lot of rinsing. My landlord probably noticed a spike in the water bill while I was using this. But after using it for awhile, I noticed a crazy onset of dandruff in the bathroom at work that has way better lighting than my own. I thought "My gosh, I wonder how long I've had the flakes?" I'm not sure what is in it to cause that issue but needless to say, in the end it did not work for me. I now use the remaining bottle for shaving cream, it works well but clogs the razor fast. Would I recommend it? I don't know. I was happy with it until I saw the dandruff. It was a major turn off since I've never had dandruff prior to that incident and there was nothing else going on that could have caused it. At a current rating of 55%of reviewers will buy it again, I recommend to satisfy your curiosity and try it out. Buying from QVC was hassle free and I received the shipment quick. I wasn't bombarded with junk mail afterwards, which was something I had worried about prior to ordering from them.
This is the best shampoo I have tried in awhile. I have very thick, dense, straight that has both thin and thick individual stands. I suffer from frizz and extreme dryness. On a bad hair day, my hair reminds me of a broom. I struggle to find shampoos that won't rob whatever moisture may be left in my hair and conditioners that will sufficiently condition my hair. Enter Hydra Recharge. Finally a shampoo and conditioner combo that actually works for me. It's a plus that it smells great and has an amazing non-drying lather. Plus it's more affordable compared to what I was using prior to switching. My troubled hair and I highly recommend this to anyone that has crazy, dry hair.
I need to cancel my Julep Maven subscription. The glitters are a pain to remove no matter what method I use to try to remove them, the creme colors chip very easily (even when using the Julep base and top coat) and I've had a few colors (Joy was one of them) that have actually peeled completely off without me initiating the peeling. A few colors left my nails stained even when using a base coat, I don't recall the names of the colors though. I never had an issue with their brushes as of yet and I don't mind the slender bottle because they are easier to store in a box. I've been painting my nails for years and I never once had these problems with any other brand I've tried. I never use thick coats and always adhere to the basic "rules" of applying polish. There are other brands out there that are cheaper, readily accessible and perform a heck of a lot better than Julep. I actually prefer Wet N Wild and Sinful Colors but I like OPI and Zoya as well. I even have a few Chanel colors but they're expensive so I don't buy them very often.
I'm picky when it comes to mascara. I like something unscented with a nice sooty black color that leaves my lashes looking fuller and longer without drying to a crunchy finish. This mascara is the regular black color fits the bill perfectly. I'm very impressed with it. Doesn't clump and it doesn't leave me with raccoon eyes at the end of the day either. Definitely with repurchase!
I have Pink Truffle, Tutti Frutti, Gumdrop and Creme Brulee. Out of the four, I like Gumdrop the best. It offers my pigmented lips just a hint of lilac color that isn't overly pale and scary looking. Pink Truffle is the perfect MLBB color for me. Tutti Frutti is like a coral color, very pretty for summer and Creme Brulee is a bit too sheer for my lips to give a nude look but I do use it on work days because it offers a nice sheen. They are all pretty moisturizing but the only gripe is that the wear time is pretty short.
Eyeliner -Tarte - EmphasEYES waterproof clay eye shadow & liner
xyz07 1/15/2012 1:14:00 PM
I would have given this product 5 stars when I first bought it but over time, it dried out to a thick clay consistency which made it hard to work with and made cleaning it off my brush into a nightmarish task. Not worth the effort so I chucked it to the trash.
This did not work for me at all. That's really all there is to my review. If anything, it irritated my zits and dried out the surrrounding skin. It's mostly alcohol so no wonder. However, I do keep my exisiting bottle around because I found that it helps to relieve itching associated w/ mosquito bites (must be the calamine).
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
xyz07 10/21/2011 6:06:00 PM
Looks like everything has already been said about this gorgeous liner! It's fantastic...everything I want in an eyeliner; easy to apply, dark dark black pigment and great staying power even on the waterline. A total rebuy for me!
The brush was great and the pigment was a rich, sotty true black. I also liked that it didn't make my lashes feel crunchy however, I hate to say it but this stuff is terrible. I only applied a couple coats to the top lashes and mid day I had panda eyes. Luckily I purchased this in the mini set at Sephora for $10 along with Thunderbird. "High end" mascaras are never impressive to me, drugstore mascaras are just as good if not better for a fraction of the cost. Save your money!
I used the shade "Me, Vain?". It looked fine once applied but it seemed to oxidize throughout the day which made for a unnatural look. It also looked cakey to me, or maybe just flat so I used a dusting of lumizining powder to give my face some life. I was pretty modest with my application of this powder everyday and found I hit pan in a week and a half after buying it. There isn't much product in the compact to justify the price so I won't buy it again, plus I don't care to look like an oompa loompa by the end of the day.
It's an ok formula that doesn't leave my lashes clumpy or stiff. It has a great black color and gives my lashes a full look. It's easy to wash off with my regular cleanser. It does sometimes smudge below my lower lash line though which is why I don't wear it to work but if I'm going out for a few hours or something, then I use it. The other thing I don't like is the packaging, it's way too tacky.
This foundation is made of creams that are swirled together before it's baked and the effect is cool, looks like a planet. I received the color "Regular/Medium" in the Vanilla Baked Nudes kit from Ulta.com (I mention this because counterfeit products do exist). I have tried to apply it with kabuki brush and a stiffer brush meant for bronzer but I have to apply it multiple times before I get to "foundation galaxy" (had to make a solar system pun, sorry). However I imagine that if your face isn't littered with acne scars like mine than you'd probably get away with a lighter coverage than what I need. I find that the color also oxidizes during the journey to bedtime and it settles into my oily areas, accentuating my pores. I like her blush and eyeshadow in the same kit but this foundation is a pass for me. However the only thing I like is the finish, it gives a nice mattified sheen. If you are familiar with DuWop's Mattilume or Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Illuminating Powder Duo, you'll know what I mean. I think I will use this up as a finishing powder but I won't purchase it again unless if it comes in a kit that I can't resist because of the blush or eyeshadow.
I purchased Fantasme, Illusoire, and Epatant via the Chanel website (I say this because there are counterfeit products out there). At $36 a pop, they are expensive, but if you are lucky to afford them, I totally recommend them. It's a stiff mousse like formula, it kind of moves like a sponge when you press your finger against it. Epatant is bronzey sort of olive color and Ilusoire is a plummy charcoal color. Fastame is the sheerest and glittery of them all, pure white shimmer but it's pretty and chic, not tacky at all. They are housed in a glass container that is larger than your average cream shadow compact. Because I need so little product (especially with the damp brush technique), I can see these lasting quite awhile. Before giving up on them gems and returning them, I suggest applying them with a damp small smudge brush or a liner brush depending on the look you are going for. Ironically I am a fan of ELF's brushes $3 a brush! :) I found that when I applied them with my finger, it yielded a glitter fest on my lid; the formula did not set either and I experienced fall out. I tried applying it dry with a brush which seemed to work ok, but I prefer the look a damp brush gives which is more shimmery than glittery. IMO, the brushes that come with the product are pretty worthless, they are too thin and slippery for my liking.
Palettes -Tarte - TEN Limited Edition Collectors Palette (eyeshadows)
xyz07 9/9/2011 8:39:00 AM
If you like to do colorful looks but on the softer, more subtle side, then this palette is for you. There are only two matte which are also neutral shades (a matte vanilla and a matte "almost black" and the rest are gorgeous shimmers that are not glitterbombs nor do they have obvious shimmer particulars, they apply with more of a sheen. The amethyst is my favorite; really brings out the green in my hazel eyes. I will note that to achieve the full intensity of the color of the pan, you will need to apply a primer (I use UDPP) and maybe do a couple coats of the eyeshadow but I prefer the look one coat's worth gives me. If you're like me and hate using boring neutrals day in and day out for work, then this palette is for you. Also, I plan on checking on emailing Tarte and askingwhere the eyeshadows are manufactured because I'm pretty sure just the palette itself was made in china.
This is by far the best remover I have tried. Just a couple swipes with a bumpy nail square and polish is removed. It also leaves my nails feeling hydrated and it smells good. I plan to repurchase but I find that Zoya's website is sometimes finicky to order from.