Archive | November, 2012

Serge Normant Meta Silk Shampoo & Meta Velour Conditioner

29 Nov

Recently decided to try Serge Normant Meta Silk Shampoo and Meta Velour Conditioner, after seeing what kind of sulfate-free shampoos Sephora offers that I haven’t yet used. Conclusion? Love it! Love them both! Sold!

From the Sephora website:

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

So yeah, already a winner as far as I’m concerned.

I wasn’t crazy about the smell in the bottle, as it’s very traditionally shampoo-y. I tend to prefer gourmand scents, or fruity scents, or flowery scents. Not just “soapy.” But after I used it on my hair, I really, really liked the way my hair smelled. Super clean, just aromatic enough. Plus my hair has never been softer. Additionally, my huzz could use it and not smell like a lady, which is a plus for both of us.

Pretty pricey for what you get, but not outrageous – I have been using it (every other day) for a couple weeks now and haven’t run out.

Totally a fan of this stuff, and would buy it again – for me or my husband!

Oh the weather outside is frightful….

28 Nov

…but Zulily is having a sunglasses sale – Tom Ford, Chloé, Emilio Pucci, and Ray-Ban! Go, see, buy! I love some cheap end of season designer sunglasses!

Naked Princess/theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer/October’s Birchbox

19 Nov

I kinda love Birchbox. And by that I mean I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them. I am always excited to get my surprise box of samples in the mail. I am always excited to open it. But I am only sometimes excited by the samples inside. I have to stay faithful to them, because they did introduce me to my favorite hair product ever, Orofluido. And I have NEVER been faithful to a hair product as long as I have to Orofluido. It’s truly the best. But sometimes their boxes are just meh. However, they can’t have a home run every month, I guess, so I try to be patient.

Well last month’s box was not just a home run, but a straight up grand slam. TWO products I love AND a product so ridiculous that it’s blog worthy. How much more can a girl ask for?!?

First the good – theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer. Super cute “luminizer” you’re meant to be able to use all over your face. I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of anything that makes my face look shiny – it’s not a good look on me. Or, I think, on most women who are not either at a photo shoot or on a runway. But that’s just personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, I DID use it as an eyeshadow and it is DARLING! A lovely, shiny gold color, just enough to be noticeable without being overbearing or too fancy. A perfect every day shadow. My main issue with this one is the cartoon woman on the front of the packaging, who looks just like this girl I used to know and hate. I might scribble her face out or something to make it easier for me to use it. Otherwise, a great product.

Next, the even better – Naked Princess Naked Shine Lip Gloss. Okay, again, main issue is very superficial – the name. “Naked Princess?” Are you effing serious? What…. I don’t… Okay moving on. The color I received was called Barely Nude and it is SO fabulous! It really is very nude, but shiny shiny, soft, not sticky, and smells like white chocolate! I can’t say enough good things about this gloss. If you’re looking for a sweet, pretty, simple, every day gloss, you found it. I went on Amazon and bought several more in different colors and I don’t regret a one. I am, however, embarrassed to tell people the name. Naked Princess… Jesus.

And finally, the most hilarious – tili Bags Small. Ahhahahaha, ahhhhahahahahaha, hahahaha, haha, ha – you’re kidding, right? Because I see you calling it a “Lifestyle extra” and a “stylish reusable bag” but it’s actually a crappy Ziploc, not even as heavyweight as the Hefty Zip bags I use, and it’s kinda ugly, and you’re trying to sell me 12 of them for $8.50, when I can get 22 heavier weight and more see-through Hefty quart-size bags for $2.68. (Let me break that down for you – that’s 12¢ for a Hefty bag, or 71¢ for a “tili” fashion bag. Made of plastic. Exactly like the Hefty bag. But not as heavyweight.) I just couldn’t let this one go, Birchbox. Super silly. Nice try, though.

Anyhow, all that said, last month was a real coup for the Birchbox! Two awesome items, one HEElarious item, and one happy shopper. Well done!

 

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System

18 Nov

In a word: weird.

I suck at putting on false eyelashes, and for the most part, there’s really no reason for me to do so. I am genetically blessed with lovely, curly natural lashes that only require some darkening and thickening to look almost as good as fake on their own. Nonetheless, there are times when I want that over the top, mascara ad look that can only be accomplished with falsies, and I have absolutely no luck applying them. It takes me hours, I end up with glue everywhere, and about 60% of the time eventually just give up.

So when I saw this “Lash Extension System” from Too Faced (whom I like a lot) at Sephora, of COURSE I thought, “Well why the hell not?” Date night with the huzz Friday was the perfect excuse to try it out.

The positive: my eyelashes looked awesome, no doubt. They did NOT look like fake lashes, nor did they look anything like the lashes on the box. But they looked damned good – better than any just-mascara-alone has ever made them look. Thick, long, and black as night.

The negative: everything else. You have to do about 4 coats all told for the entire process to be complete: base, weird fibrous middle, then 2 top coats. That alone is a deal breaker for me, because I just don’t have the time to do four coats of anything. Another problem is the stuff flakes off under your eyes (just a tiny bit, I have seen worse), and is VERY hard to remove. I was still taking it off the next day – probably another issue related to the whole four coats thing.

But none of those things are the worst thing. The worst thing is the weird, fibrous middle coat. Oh god just thinking of it actually makes me shudder a little.

It is white and like cotton candy. For some reason I thought it would be at least moist, but it’s not. It’s dry as paper. So you use a mascara wand to apply a dry, white, cotton-candy-esque – god I can’t even think of a word to describe it – COAT of stuff to your eyelashes. And it doesn’t stick too well so you’re kind of repeating it again and again wondering if you’re doing it right. It reminds me of the tiny furs on caterpillars. Seriously weird. Anyhow if you make it through this step, which I barely did, you then follow with two coats of the other normal mascara-like stuff on top. And then, as the pièce de résistance, your eyelashes stick together. I don’t mean the top ones stick to each other. I mean the top ones stick to the bottom ones, like a Venus flytrap. And I didn’t even use the caterpillar fur on my lower lashes, for fear of that very thing. It seemed to subside after about an hour – either that or I just stopped noticing – but at first I basically wanted to rip my eyelashes out.

I cannot in good conscience recommend this “system,” no matter how good it makes your lashes look. Maybe if you’re doing a photo shoot or something and can wash it off right away – no, not even then. It gave my eyeballs the creepy crawlies, and that is never okay.

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

9 Nov

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – are you a believer?

I have heard this stuff hyped up and down for virtually every skin ailment known to (wo)man. I have bought a couple of tubes of it here and there, but so far, I fail to see the big deal.

Currently, I have a dry spot on my tummy that no doctor has been able to correctly identify/treat. I finally decided maybe Eight Hour Cream was the answer. Dabbing it on does in fact reduce the itchiness of it short term, but I have yet to see any long-term advantages or difference in it, nor have I found any other use for Eight Hour Cream that justifies its cult status or yucky, medicinal smell. And also, it’s not a damned cream, it’s an oily, ointment-like gel.

I thought I’d post here to see if any of you are believers, and if so, what it is that you find so special about this “miracle product?”

 

Tarte Winner!

1 Nov

Almost 200 entries and our winner is right here in Seattle, per Rafflecopter’s very complicated system! CONGRATULATIONS Michele C., whose birthday was yesterday! Can’t wait to get you your fabulous set!

Thank you to all the entrants – you made this the biggest contest yet!

New contest coming up soon, just need to decide what I should give away this time. Suggestions?