Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm just a product junkie looking for conditioners to love

Recently I have been doing some research on conditioners.  I've read that a lot of people don't need them but instead just need a detangler. Not I. I like to experiment and try new products, possibly more than the average gal, but I would always come back to Biolage Ultra hydrating balm.  As I was going over reviews on makeupalley for the next conditioner, I saw my beloved buhb was rated somewhat high and I decided to take a peek at what others were saying. Recent ones complained of a formula change making it useless and ineffective to some!  The horror!  I was picking out products not much after and the stylist convinced me to give it a try. Sure enough, the rumors were true.  It was crap!  I came across curly nickis page and saw she wrote about all products she has tried, good or bad. Today a ding went off when I realized I'm a product junkie.

I'm caucasian with natural 6a hair that is curently bleached. On the hair type charts I'm not sure if I'm a 1c or 2c. My hair is not as straifht as it used to be, maybe due to damage?  My hair is somewhat fine and I have a lot of it. Very long with frequent frizz issues.  Tangles are the biggest issue but since I have an oily scalp I only condition from about the ears down. Hot mess?  Oh yes!



Dove nourishing oil care daily treatment conditioner:  very good. Hair is soft and moisturized and it detangles well; strong scent that was pleasant but too strong.

Suave moroccan infusion deep conditioning shine mask:  very good.  I don't know about the shine, but it detangled and made my hair manageable. Once again, a very strong scent, this time not so pleasant. For such a low price, its workable. I added some to another mask and it took the edge off.

Osmo intensive repair mask:  good.  Now I have mixed feelings about this one because my hair wasn't super soft and detangled, but this appears to possibly be a protein treatment. I will update this later.

Biolage fortetherapie:  very good.  This has been discontinued but was a great product if you can get your hands on some old stock. I do think it was working to strengthen my hair but was also moisturizing at the same time.

Biolage hydrating balm: fair. This has also been reformulated and is not as great of a product anymore.  Not much for detangling or softness.

Joico Moisture recovery conditioner:  good.  This wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. When paying extra for salon products I hold them to a higher standard as far as if I'll keep using it or return it. This I returned. Not bad, but I need something that is really good for my finicky hair.

Redken real control conditioner:  good. Now this product is rated according to my needs which basically are.detangling and softness. The stylist at Ulta told me this is also part protein treatment too so I'm going to give this one some more time.

Aussie 3 minute miracle:  good.  I remembered this to be better than this last bottle. It made my hair soft but detangling could've been better, hence the rating.

Aussie dual personality conditioner:  fair. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt because it has been a while but it didn't do much for me.

Organix argan oil of morocco mask (turquoise jar):  fair. This one didn't do much for me, especially for a mask. Maybe a little softening. I don't recommend.

Organix pomegranate conditioner:  bad.  My hair was more snarly afterwards and it was super staticky.

Ojon damage damage reversal conditioner:  fair.  I got these when they first came out as a promo from Sephora. A set of the full size containers.  So in this case I actually did use it with the matching conditioner and I still wasn't satisfied. Especially considering how much retail price is!  Some softness, minimal detangling. These I assume are protein treatments too so maybe that's why?  But it never said to follow wish another conditioner, etc.

Mayo mask from Sally:

Samy deep conditioning treatment:  poor.  I think my hair was more tangled after and there was no softness as the product claims. Total fail.

Tigi bedhead moisture maniac:  poor. I don't know if they.make this anymore, but they shouldn't.  It was bad, not moisturizing, left my hair in knots, and no softness.

Lanza healing moisture kukui nut conditioner:  good.  Nothing groundbreaking here. It made my hair soft and helped with the tangles a bit, but I liked its shampoo counterpart much more.

Lanza healing moisture moi moi hair masque:  fair. I really don't think this was much better than the conditioner and with a mask I guess I expect more than a light.conditioner.

Biolage colortherapie delicate care mask:  poor. This one was a dud. I'm not sure if it was because it was their first foray into more natural products or what. Returned.

Finesse clean & simple hypoallergenic conditioner:  poor. I think it made my hair worse. More tangles, dry, with really no benefits.

L'oréal evercreme mask:  good.  Once again, a decent product that stinks. Ok its an ok vanilla scent but is incredibly strong. Smell before you buy and only if bathing in it suits you.

John frieda rejuvenating mask:  fair. A disappointment as a mask, ok as a conditioner. Mild detangling and softness.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Liquid liner lemmings

Pardon my snobbery, but you can not be a beauty connoisseur/guru/pro/authority if you do not know your liquid liner.  Maybe not everyone had the pleasure of slapping it on without a care at 13, but I sure did.  That being said, a decade and a half later I am still testing.  When it comes to liquid liners, a formula can be fantastic but if the applicator fails, it's out.  I have tried all sorts applicators, but my favorites are still felt and foam tips.  They are just so much easier to manipulate than brushes.  All liners have their place but with cream/gel you need that extra brush and you have to clean it (me=lazy), with regular pencils there is the need to sharpen and lack of precision, and with mechanical pencils it seems they come with so little product and I also find a lack of precision at times.  If you want pencils (mechanical and regular) to be precise you have to sharpen often and waste product too.  I find even if I give myself adequate time to get ready, I always seem to be in a rush when it comes down to the end with liner and mascara.  That leads me to liquid liner, with its low maintenance properties.  This isn't to say I don't have an arsenal of other liners, because I do, but this post is about liquid.  There are many fabulous felt tipped liner pens out there, but this does not include them.  I have problems with them running out or drying out fast.

Felt or foam tip liquid eye liners:

Lancome Artliner .04 oz. $30
Estee Lauder Pure Color/Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner .10 oz. $23
Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Aqua Liner .058 oz. $23
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner .05 oz. $22
MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner .06 oz $19.50
Sephora Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner $12
Prestige Total Intensity Against All Odds Liquid Ink Eyeliner .095 oz. $9.49 (Ulta)
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner .05 oz. $7.94 (Wal-Mart)
Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner .058 oz. $7.79 (CVS)
Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner $5.97 (Wal-Mart)
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner .08 oz. $4.97 (Wal-Mart)

Honorable mention
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner (formula & packaging is similar to MUFE/MAC but it has a brush tip applicator)





Top to bottom: Sephora, Lancôme artliner, L'Oreal, MAC, Estée Lauder, Stila, Prestige Total Intensity, Milani ultrafine liner, Mufe, UD 24/7 liquid, real techniques fine liner brush, MAC 211, 210





These are the liners I would recommend.  If you have a suggestion for me to try please comment.  I have pictures of all EXCEPT Maybelline Line Stiletto (eye infection, threw away) and L'Oreal Lineur Intense (lost somewhere between Milwaukee and New Orleans).  Lately I have only been able to find Prestige at Ulta.  I purchase Milani from CVS, milani.com, and cherryculture.com.  CVS runs sales from time to time, milani.com usually has great Black Friday sales, and cherry culture often runs 20% sales but you usually need to purchase $50+ to get free shipping.  If you don't have a local CVS you can check the website because they do run shipping promotions too.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Blog sale 3



  • paypal only
  • If you are international and you want something let me know I would have to find out how much shipping would be for you and you would need to gift payment unless sent with tracking which can cost a bit more.  (The reason I say this is b/c I'm inexperienced w/int'l shipping.)
  • US shipping is $3 plus $.50 for each item (can be more if an item is heavier) USPS
  • Delivery confirmation is included
  • No returns
  • You will receive your item(s) in a padded envelope wrapped with bubble wrap
  • I am not responsible once a package leaves my hands
  • Please leave a comment below or send me an email perfumesnob@gmail.com  If I do not reply within 24 hours by email, please feel free to send another in case I didn't get it or whatever.


ebay:  missalisha546
MUA:  alisha546
both with 100% positive feedback

I will be using paypal and when it ships you will be able to view your tracking information.  I'm having this sale because I'm in a bit of a bind and really need the money so please, no low balling.






mac sur blush sold
KORRES 45 coral $12 swatched only,
Laura Geller Spun Sugar (baked) swatched only- $8,
nars orgasm multiple deluxe size



L-R
Dior Addict High Shine #174 sheer rose high shine (old packaging) $11,
Dior Addict in Paris-swatched only $18
Lancome color fever rose tempest swatched $12,
Laura Geller Creme-Nude swatched $7,
Laura Geller Cider swatched $7,
Napoleon Perdis corporal drama swatched $8
Napoleon Perdis governor summer 3x $8

T-B

TheBalm balmshelter lip gloss in The girl next door NEW $10,
Kevyn Aucoin liquid lipstick in AquaRouge new $7,
SOLD
SOLD
MAC lipglass in glamoursun used 3x $15 (HTF)
SOLD
SOLD
MAC dazzleglass in Love Alert BNIB $20


L-R
SOLD
Thrills A20 $28 obo (tip swatched)
SOLD
15 minutes A46 $20 obo
Hot Scotch AB3 $30 obo
not for sale



Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color #5 Blue Raspberry (ret. $23) 1x $16
EL crystal baby 1x $22
EL Rose Amethyst 1x $30
MAC pink aura $30 obo (ebay $70)
MAC lollipop loving $20 1x A88  sold
MAC melrose mood $25 obo AC7 SOLD


Cover FX Translucent Mineral Powder Radiant FX Golden Bronze-swatched only $12


Napoleon Perdis in Atalanta 2x $10
YSL #66 Rosewood $15
YSL #147 1x $15
Clarins 710 swatched $13
sold


CK summer affair bronzing powder in sun dance-1x $12
CK tempting duo in #207 night & day swatched $10



Not for sale
YSL palette #6 $21
MAC 183 brush discontinued 2x no nail polish over label $40


T-B
MAC lipglass in crystal rose A56 80%+ left-purchased from makeup artist and was only used w/disposable applicators $10
MAC greasepaint stick w/box in dirty used 1x-$11
Jemma Kidd liquid waterproof eyeliner in #04 aesthetic swatched only $2
Hard Candy liquid eyeliner in sugar plum $2 swatched a couple times
MAC technakohl eyeliner in Full of fuchsia used 1x $11
Boscia lavender blotting linens -possibly 1 used $7



PURminerals mineral glow mineral powder BNIB (sealed) $12
MAC dsquard2 bone beige/emphasize sculpt & shape powder A59 used 4x maybe $20

tarte amazonian clay blush in passion swatched 1x $18
mac dirty plum blush swatched 1x LE Liberty of London packaging $21 (I may have box somewhere also)



Tarte miss fix-it palette
swatched 1-2x $11 (You can't see very well but there is piece of plastic over the eyeshadows to separate from cream products.)


BN sealed thebalm staniac in beauty queen $12






MAC Belightful $13 discontinued
used 3x but was not showing up/being picked up with brush I was using so I scraped the surface a bit


Nars Wicked duo $8 1x,
tarte peaches & cream liquid powder foundation medium spf 20 1-2x $10,

Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow in copper swatched 2x $4,

Capri #27,$.50
Sinful Colors boogie nights, $1
SC see you soon, $1
SC what's your name, $1
Maybelline foreverstrong in berry persistent $1
L.A. Colors (not sure on color) swatched $`, Diandra maple sugar 1x $`, SH maximum growth sweet tulip swatched $1, Essie it's in the bag (to the line above the e) $4, OPI Our Song (black label) $5, Sinful Colors tahiti breeze $1


Revlon sweet nothings #720 $1,
Goldie swatched only $1,
Milani bare necessity $3 possibly 1x,
color club best dressed list $3 1x,
maybelline wet shine peach gleam $1 2X



Tarte daisy dukes eyeshadow $6 1x

 $1 each or all for $5
SH Frozen Solid,
SH Sturdy Sapphire,
SH Blizzard Blue,
Pure Ice starry nights 1x ,
Rimmel 810 chill ,
naturistics deep freeze,
cover girl electric blue

Clinique Acne Solutions Concealer #3 $7
3x

C.O. Bigelow Citrus Skin Tonic Oil Control #098 $5

I made a mark with my eyeliner to try to show how full it is

Bare Escentuals Angle Brush $8




Maybelline Heather bn $1,
Avon Bronze treasure $1,
L'oreal hip kohl eyeliner swatched $3,
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer Beige:  medium 2-4 used 4x $3,
L'Oreal Hip liquid lip color in pretentious never used $2,

L'oreal roll on shadow in-line ice $1,
bonnebell lipfashion $.50 see picture



 Foundations L-R

Physician's Formula Healthy wear tinted moisturizer light to natural 2x $4 (expires march 2012 but purchased in October 2011- but it's an airless pump),
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Loose face powder 1x 742a Naturally Beige $1



Fusion cream blush in Haute- 1x $9, Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Bronze $8


Chanel insouciance #51 rouge allure extrait de gloss 2x $17 (tester), urban decay lip junkie .12 oz new $5,  NARS blonde venus swatched 1x $14, dior ultra-gloss reflect # 587 2x $13, Dior ultra-gloss reflect # 457 1x $13


Tarte go go goji double dose berry boost & gloss 1x $7, ud heavy metal glitter liner 3x $5, co bigelow my favorite lip balm 3x $2


Estee Lauder illuminating powder gelee 01 shimmering sands 2x but applicator is unused $30


Make Up For Ever smoky palette purple used 1x, all other colors swatched $40


Smashbox eye shadow trio glow on 2x $5, MAC eyeshadow in frappe (old style packaging with 2x product as current shadows $10


Barbie Stila smudge pot in purple pumps $10, Stila smudge pot in bronze $10 (label on bottom is off but will come with)


(see above for gelee illuminator) Lancome brush #17- (similar to MAC 224) used 2x $10


Physian's Formula baked bronzer-dome flattened $2, MAC florabundance 2x $7, Sephora plumping gloss 1x (clear w/glitter) $1, Physician's Formula healthy wear spf 50 bronzer  in tan- swatched only $3, Too faced lipstick in totally nude-used 3x and wobbly $5, Collection 2000 lipstick in pink shock (UK brand-Candy yum yum dupe) 1x $6


Essie absolutely shore 1x $4

Lancome cream blush used 2x
copperazzi (shimmer) $10


Good Skin (Kohl's) cream blush
03 flushed 2x $4

Victoria's Secret whisper lipstick $8-3x?
Victoria's Secret breathe lipstick, swatched only $8


Benefit boi-ing/eye bright duo
used 2-3x boi-ing is shade 2 $9

Benefit BadGal mascara New no box brown- $12

 


I will be adding more items soon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

House



 Living Room -other side of brown wall is kitchen
Living Room

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring blog sale (#2)


  • paypal only
  • If you are international and you want something let me know I would have to find out how much shipping would be for you and you would need to gift payment unless sent with tracking which can cost a bit more.  (The reason I say this is b/c I'm inexperienced w/int'l shipping.)
  • US shipping is $2 plus $.50 for each item (can be more if an item is heavier) USPS
  • Delivery confirmation is included
  • No returns
  • You will receive your item(s) in a padded envelope wrapped with bubble wrap
  • I am not responsible once a package leaves my hands
  • Please leave a comment below or send me an email perfumesnob@gmail.com  If I do not reply within 24 hours by email, please feel free to send another in case I didn't get it or whatever.
I'm open to reasonable offers, especially on multiple items.  Make an offer :)


ebay:  missalisha546
MUA:  alisha546
both with 100% positive feedback

I will be using paypal and when it ships you will be able to view your tracking information.  I'm having this sale because I'm in a bit of a bind and really need the money so please, no low balling.

There are also items listed on my previous sale:

http://atallgirlinheels.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-sale.html


ISO:

chanel tweed fuchsia


I would prefer to sell but if you see something you'd like to swap for also let me know.



L-R
Dior Addict #174 sheer rose high shine (old packaging) $14,
Dior Addict #260 Rose Deshabille swatched only  -swapped
Lancome color fever rose tempest swatched $12,
Laura Geller Creme-Nude swatched $10,
Laura Geller Cider swatched $10,
Napoleon Perdis corporal drama swatched $10
Napoleon Perdis governor summer 3x $10

T-B

TheBalm balmshelter lip gloss in The girl next door new $10,
Kevyn Aucoin liquid lipstick in AquaRouge new $8,
Rock & Republic luxe lip gloss in hot sauce 2x w/disposable lip brush $15
Rock & Republic luxe lip gloss in mistress swatched $15
MAC lipglass in glamoursun used 3x $10
NARS lip gloss in Harlow deluxe size (.14 oz) new $10
MAC lipglass Viva Glam gaga 2 LE used 1x w/disposable lip brush $16
MAC dazzleglass in Love Alert BNIB $22


L-R
pend
Thrills A20 $30 obo (tip swatched)
pend
15 minutes A46 $18
Hot Scotch AB3 $30 obo
pend



Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color #5 Blue Raspberry (ret. $23) 1x $16
EL crystal baby 1x $20
EL Rose Amethyst 1x $30
MAC pink aura $40 obo (ebay $70)
MAC lollipop loving $20 1x A88  sold
MAC melrose mood $30 obo AC7


Cover FX Translucent Mineral Powder Radiant FX Golden Bronze-swatched only $15


Napoleon Perdis in Atalanta 2x $15
YSL #66 Rosewood $15
YSL #147 1x $15
Clarins 710 swatched $15
pend


CK summer affair bronzing powder in sun dance-1x $15
CK tempting duo in #207 night & day swatched $15



Hello Kitty Pretty baby beauty powder used a couple times $30
YSL palette #6 $23 
MAC 183 brush discontinued 2x no nail polish over label $40


T-B
MAC lipglass in crystal rose A56 80%+ left-purchased from makeup artist and was only used w/disposable applicators $15
MAC greasepaint stick w/box in dirty used 1x-$15
Jemma Kidd liquid waterproof eyeliner in #04 aesthetic swatched only $4
Hard Candy liquid eyeliner in sugar plum $2 swatched a couple times
MAC technakohl eyeliner in Full of fuchsia used 1x $11
Boscia lavender blotting linens -possibly 1 used $7



PURminerals mineral glow mineral powder BNIB (sealed) $16
MAC dsquard2 bone beige/emphasize sculpt & shape powder A59 used 4x maybe $20

tarte amazonian clay blush in passion swatched 1x $18
mac dirty plum blush swatched 1x LE Liberty of London packaging $21 (I may have box somewhere also)

Nars concealer (medium shades) $15sold

Tarte miss fix-it palette
swatched 1-2x $12  (You can't see very well but there is piece of plastic over the eyeshadows to separate from cream products.)


BN sealed thebalm staniac in beauty queen $12



Clinique Acne Solutions Concealer #3 $7
3x




MAC Belightful $13
used 3x but was not showing up/being picked up with brush I was using so I scraped the surface a bit

Lancome cream blush used 2x
copperazzi (shimmer) $10


Smashbox Fan Brush $14

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Bronze $8
not sure how many times used, was too dark for my mom so she gave it to me

Good Skin (Kohl's) cream blush
03 flushed 2x $4

BNIB Marine life $40
Victoria's Secret whisper lipstick $10-3x?


Benefit boi-ing/eye bright duo
used 2-3x boi-ing is shade 2 $9

Benefit BadGal mascara New no box brown- $12


I will be adding more items soon.



I have some things I'm not sure I want to get rid of but I could use the money.  Please email me with your offer if you are interested:

-Summer 2011 Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in 001 Aurora in clam packaging.  It has been lightly swatched but there is a small chip in the bottom that happened when it was shipped to me.  (Ret. $46)
-Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating powder new no box but has pouch
-Chanel Horizon de Chanel Spring 2012 BNIB -but when it arrived from Nordstrom a little bit of powder had come off inside the package.  retails for $58
-Chanel Topkapi 2 colors used 1x-(I may have the box somewhere if it's important)