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  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

    This is a great product don't get me wrong but honestly you can buy the Maybelline color tattoos and get the same thing, I am a makeup junkie and normally say there is a huge difference between high end and drugstore but in this case unless you need a special color it is better to go with the Maybelline color tattoos. What I do like is that the color is gorgeous, long lasting, highly pigmented, and creamy. Tip: store upside down for extended use and to prevent it from drying. (FYI: I won this in a giveaway on Youtube by KathyLouee all opinions are my own)

    May 31, 2013

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  • Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow

    I was new to UD so I started with the ammo palette and the deluxe palette which contains Fishnet. If you are thinking of trying these please do yourself a favor and try them. Over primer the colors are very bold and beautiful. This is a fuchsia color with a purple shift. It is metallic looking if you wet it first. These eye shadows, if worn with primer, will last all day night and day if you need them to. I have washed my face, sans eye makeup, and went to bed woke up late and wore it the next day. Throw on some foundation or whatever and still have people compliment you. You will not be disappointed but they are discontinuing them against a lot of customers critisism. So grab them while you can. Some are available through the company for $6.00 but not all. Great Product!

    May 31, 2013

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  • NYX Cosmetics Single Eye Shadow

    I was a MAC eyeshadow devotee just because I liked a few other things of their brand (their lipsticks, I fiend for!!) but Smashbox always performed better in the eyeshadow department. Every time I'd use a MAC eyeshadow I'd think, "these cost HOW much? Shouldn't they be easier to work with/deeper color/longer lasting" etc. But it was MAC so I kept using it. Finally a friend sent me an NYX color, and as I used it I thought wow these things must cost a fortune! The color payoff, the ease of application were so amazing, they FELT like I had expected the MAC should. Then I found out how inexpensive NYX is; if I had known how 'cheap' they were before I used them I might have been biased against them before I used them. Now? I can't get enough of them. The only other brand of eyeshadow I will not toss out is my Smashbox, but the NYX has beat everything else to death. I see people occasionally say they get a lot of fallout; I don't know why you would with THIS color. But if it is a glittery color (like Hot Green), use Glitter Glue by Too Faced. Apply with a sponge or a dabbing motion with a nice thick eye brush like this one real Techniques Shading Brush Just pack and dab. I promise the stuff will stay on, and be rich. As for SENSUAL, I apply it wet just because when I put on my eyeshadow in the morning, I need it to last at least 10 hours. I stopped using Urban Decay Primer Potion when I found out that Mac Paint Pot does the job and at a fraction of the price, so that's what I recommend. I dab on a Paint Pot normally in Painterly (I recommend directly from MAC to avoid fakes), but you can use any other color under the Sensual to enhance the color. Or, use a Jumbo NYX Eye Pencil and dab it on your lid; it acts like the Paint Pot (ALMOST as good!) Then I put a drop of MAC Fix+ on the surface of my eye color (you can also use Visine! It's cheaper!) and dab my eye brush on the surface and pat the color onto my eyelid and/or crease. I take a fluffy blender and make tiny circular motions on the crease color to blend it up and out, it dries very quickly and won't give you a problem. And after everything I spray my face with Urban Decay DeSlick spray, only because my face ends up like an oil slick and this seems to help delay that a little. Little eyeliner and mascara and that's it for 10 hours or more. Sensual looks good for day, and it really looks good as a smokey eye for going out. Not that I go out much! But when I do, I know I can grab ANY of the NYX colors to match my outfit and they will stay on through sweat and humidity and anything. A big plus, I am NOT 'younger' any more. My eye area can't take a lot of frost or shimmer without screaming "WRINKLES!". That's why I had to give up my Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 Palettes, they just aged my eye area. So far, the NYX does not enhance or amplify my less-than-perfect eye area. It dries smoothly, it sits smoothly, and that's a lot to ask from ANY eye shadow. *Groundwork paint pot (or French Fry NYX jumbo eye pencil) as a base on my lid/crease, Apricot Moose wet on the lid, with Sensual in the crease (and inner corners for me, I have almond shaped, close-set eyes so have to reverse where the corners are). Dry-brushed NYX Angel blush over the Sensual in the crease and up into the browbone for a transition color. MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline eyeliner top and bottom (it is a dark plummy charcoal). AMAZING. Long lasting and a tippy balance between made-up and effortless! *As a wash shade over NYX Golden (which isn't THAT golden and has an olive/yellow base).

    May 31, 2013

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  • Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm

    I won a free sample bottle of this 5 years ago and ever since then, I cannot live without it! Both my husband and I have long hair with mine nearly to my waist. Even though we don't use heat to style our hair, the normal damage from brushing & combing adds up. When you have long hair, even with proper brushes and combs, you tend to stretch the hair as you comb it out wet and further stretch when you brush during styling. The result is split ends, fragile hair and the need for frequent trims. We have found that applying the Super Skinny Serum to towel dried hair and then letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes makes comb-outs much easier and less damaging if you use a proper wide-tooth comb. You can also use on dry hair to eliminate frizzies on a humid day- put a dime sized amount in your palms, rub your hands together and then lightly touch your hair from the ends up to the roots, running your fingers through the hair as we go. Then lightly brush your hair and pat the top side from the part to the ends with what little remains on your hair. The only way you can go wrong with this product is to over-apply it. A little goes a very long way when your hair is dry. When wet, you can get away with using more. The product is easy to use but very slippery. You will have to towel off your hands after using it or wash them. The fragrance is fruity and pleasant but light enough not to clash with your cologne or perfume. I prefer to use this on damp hair in place of a leave-in conditioner. Once hair is dry, I use Kenra Platinum Silkening Mist . instead of another round of of serum. The silkening mist is lighter, tames flyaways better and does not look greasy. If you have had problems with greasy hair using the Super-Skinny Serum, try using my method: Super-skinny serum on damp hair, Kenra Silkening mist on dry hair. When you combine the two products, you get a nice layered control of frizz. I then further treat my hair once a week or once every two weeks with a hot oil treatment. Using all three of these products together can go a long ways towards ridding you of split ends, frizzies and breakage. if you really still have problems with frizzies on your part line, use a tiny dab of hair wax or dread loc wax very lightly on your finger tips and then pat super gently in the sides of your part - that will lock down the short stick-ups without weighing down the rest of your hair. If you resort to layering on a humectant, you'll have heavy, greasy hair. Carol's Daughter makes some nice hair waxes for that purpose and no, you don't have to be African-American to need hair wax on your parts! One added caution - The Super Skinny Serum will coat your hair. That's how it makes comb-thru so much easier. If you don't wash your hair everyday or every other day, the build-up of product on your hair can start to look dull and greasy. If you only wash a couple or a few times a week, consider using a clarifying shampoo or one that is specifically forumalted to address styling product build-up on the hair. ANother added problem is that the serum seems attract dust and air pollution particles. My husband washes his hair every day but doesn't shampoo but every other day. He likes to rinse out any of the dust that using a serum like this can attract. At least use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of the excess product and you'll be golden!

    May 31, 2013

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  • Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash

    The product name "Stress Relief Body Wash" says it all. This wonderful product, put out by Aveeno, does the job. Made with wonderful ingredients, like lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang, you feel the stress of the day melt off of your body. Its special soap free formula gets the job done, in addition to the wonderful addition of oatmeal, as a base. It smells heavenly, without being tacky or overly perfumed. Please use this if you need a lift, or, simply a release from day-to-day pressure. This is good as a companion item to any shower in America......

    May 31, 2013

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  • Philosophy Pure Grace Perfumed Shower Cream

    I have been a loyal user of Inner Grace for more than a year--and that remains my fave Philosophy shower gel. However, I got a yen to try one of the others. I almost got the Amazing Grace, but at the last minute, changed to this one. Why? There's something about this scent that takes me back. There is this "baby cologne" smell that is reminiscent of the way children smelled in my Cuban childhood. Not the violet baby cologne, but a more perfumey, less floral one--crisper, more unisex and "soapy". That nostalgia is worth paying extra for. I like the creamy formula, even though it does have a strong surfactant--SLS--which will irritate some. I have supersensitive skin and, sometimes, I have to go strictly with Cetaphil or Aveeno or Aquaphor or other unscented products. But when I can handle scents, I like Philosophy's line, as it doesn't irk me like some skinwise. Between the more sensual Inner Grace and this crisper Pure Grace, I have shower gel/cream to cover a couple of my moods. For a cream, this lathered exceedinly nicely on my washcloth. I felt very clean--well, duh, it has a strong cleanser--but also moisturized somewhat, which is nice. Not everyone is gonna love this scent. Some might find it on the sharp side, on the Zesty soapy side, but it fades quickly, like all other Philosophy bath scents. Layering only helps slightly. Dunno why, but Philosophy scents just don't have "hold." But that's okay. Smells so nice while you're showering. One star off for the 1. strong cleanser when they've made a cream formula to be "gentler" and 2. the quick dissipation of scent. But I would rebuy just the same. Nostalgia is a potent thing. Enjoy,

    May 31, 2013

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  • L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

    I love this stuff, I have dry skin and I'm prone to eczema if I'm not careful. Many people complaining about this product seem to be using it in place of a moisturizer or a lotion. Maybe they're thinking about it wrong. Soap is drying and harsh on your skin, this is a replacement for soap not moisturizer/lotion. I love the way my skin feels after using this (I still use lotion as well). I don't have any issues with dryness like I get with soap. I also love the faint almond scent. It's hard to describe, it's not a shower oil the way most would think of a shower oil. It's actually a lathering cleansing shower oil and a soap replacement. When I first got a sample in my Christmas stocking 2 years ago I was expecting a typical shower oil and used it after soap. I thought it was odd that it rinsed off, so then I read the directions and information on their site. :D

    May 31, 2013

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  • Neutrogena Rainbath Deep Moisture Body Wash

    I bought this after reading glowing reviews about the product. I don't have overly dry skin, but in the winter, if I just use any bath wash, I itch like crazy and have to use tons of moisturizer. I am always looking for a product that will leave me feeling smooth and soft and leaves my skin moisterized without having to use heavy duty creams and lotions after my shower. I started using this as soon as the weather changed and it seems to have helped a bit, but I can't say that it has relieved all my itching as some others have claimed. I still have to use more lotion than I'd like after my shower. The real test will be once winter hits. For the moment, my skin feels a bit smoother and appears less dry. Don't have to wait until the real winter weather. It's dipped well into the 20's and 30's where I live and I find this product is no better than others that I have tried. It's nice, it's creamy, it lathers well, but preventing that itchy feeling that I so was looking for..............it did not. For me this is a good fair weather product, but not a winter weather product.

    May 31, 2013

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  • Beecology Natural Body Wash

    This smells great and feels clean when I use it. I think it is so great that there is someone out there who makes a soap that is free of any harmful chemicals. I feel like I am helping the planet in my own insignificant way when I use it, and I feel like this soap is very high quality. I have been using beecology soap for about a year now and I am very happy with them. They give free samples in the box when you order and are very accommodating. I love the squirt bottle top and the quality of the soap too.

    May 31, 2013

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  • Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil

    I have been using Jojoba Oil for about a year now. It's probably the best thing that has ever happened to my scalp. Not to mention the advantages to using it for my hair. I recently started using it for OCM as well. I'm going to include a blog entry I wrote on the Long Hair Community- If you are looking for something to add moisture into your scalp or achieve stronger healthier hair, this is the stuff you need to get! It can be used on any hair type, but is especially good for brittle and dry hair. Background - Jojoba (ho-HO-ba) Oil comes from the seeds of a shrub (Simmondsia chinenisthat) that is found in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Although it is called an oil, it's technically a liquid wax or a wax ester. Of all of the compounds in nature, Jojoba Oil is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It's hypoallergenic, non-irritating and non-comedogenic. It also contains vitamin E and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. No wonder Jojoba Oil is one of the most used ingredients in hair products! For the Scalp - Jojoba Oil seals in lasting moisture to your scalp without leaving an oily residue. It balancing PH levels and strengthens you hair follicle shafts to promote stronger and healthier hair with less shedding. It also helps control the sebum production of the scalp, effectively balancing the natural oil's your body makes and preventing dry scalp flakes (commonly mistaken for dandruff). Dandruff is caused by a fungal or bacterial infection and can be contagious. If you have large, greasy or waxy flakes that are yellow or grayish that is dandruff. If the flakes are white and smaller it is just dry scalp (very common). For the hair - Dry hair is one of the biggest causes of split ends and breakage. Jojoba Oil protects your hair by infusing long lasting moisture. Unlike most water based product, it does not evaporate but instead soaks into your hair shafts. This makes your hair stronger and gives you a long lasting healthy shine. How to Use Jojoba Oil - . You can use Jojoba Oil as an ingredient in a hair mask or as a mask by itself. This is probably the most effective way to use this oil, because it allows an adequate amount of time to penetrate your hair shafts and soak into your scalp. You should message it into your scalp and leave it in your hair as long as possible. Cover with a shower cap or saran wrap to keep in heat and speed up absorption (and keep in the mess). . You can add a couple drops (a little goes a long way!) of Oil into your normal conditioner. This will give you more of a deep conditioning effect every time you shower. . If your hair is looking frizzy or dull you can use a small amount of Jojoba Oil to smooth out the cuticle and make your hair shiny and healthy.

    May 31, 2013

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