Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Garnier Fructis' Sleek and Shine

As part of being a Buzzagent I was sent Garnier Fructis' Sleek and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner to try out. I've been using it over a month now. I actually like this a lot, and I might even buy it again when I run out. I haven't decided yet because I always like trying new things.

Sleek and Shine system promises: Get the most intense smoothing yet from Sleek & Shine Shampoo.
Now it locks out frizz for a full 3 days, even in 97% humidity.
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The products themselves have the same generic Garnier Fructis smell, a citrusy, flowery scent. The shampoo is light green clear in color. It has a semi runny constancy. It lathers super easily and a lot -so a little goes a long way.   The conditioner is white in color. Thick Constancy. It's super creamy and you might need a little extra than normal to get the product to distribute evenly through the hair. 


What I found was that I didn't have a lot of frizz to contend with after using this for a week. Also I have a kink in my hair ever since I started to dye my hair. The kink is gone. Which is great! Then again it hasn't really been humid at home yet, since it's only May. It does make my hair super soft. Which surprised me since my hair never feels that soft unless I use a hair mask. I don't know how it will affect those who dye their hair, because I recently went blonde, and don't have to worry about my color fading. 


So during Memorial Day weekend, I went to Wildwood, NJ. Which is a beach town. My favorite beach to go to personally. I had a fabulous vacation, spending tons of time on the beach (I didn't even get burnt!) When I came home from the beach I washed my hair with the sleek and shine shampoo and conditioner, let my hair air dry and at night I went to the boardwalk. What happened at the boardwalk was a major disapointment. My hair frizzed up like crazy. It puffed out and got really thick. I felt like I didn't even use an anti-friz product. Which it's a shame that this duo couldn't really stand up to the humidity like it said it would.

VERDICT: So even though this didn't stand up great against beach weather. I still like this product and will recommend it to others, just for the fact of how soft this product made my hair feel. For $4 for each product, I think this is a steal for such soft hair results. My hair masks usually cost around this, but doesn't nearly last as long. repurchase!


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

ELF e.l.f. Studio Bronzers

e.l.f. Studio Bronzers
I promise this will be the last elf post for awhile, this is the last of the items from my last haul. This is probably the third or fourth time I've bought this bronzer in Golden. 

I didn't actually use this as a bronzer. More like a blush due to the tons of glitter. It's a glitter di festa! I add it to my cheeks and temple to give me a nice soft glow, and love it. I use it just about everyday. 

It's a beautiful combo of colors that make the perfect blush. Honestly I think I would use this all over my face if it wasn't for the glitter. The four colors go with each other perfectly!! Love, love LOVE can not rave about it enough, honestly. 


e.l.f. Studio Bronzers

The makeup itself is on the powdery side, so watch out for fallout on your clothes.  Like I've said about ten times already it has tons of glitter. It applies to the skin without a problem. It doesn't make me breakout. There's no scent to it. There is a problem with wear time, I do have to reapply, but I can live with that. It's housed in a nice little compact that comes with a mirror. I throw it in my purse all the time and I don't worry about it breaking because the packaging is pretty sturdy. 
e.l.f. Studio Bronzers

VERDICT: This seriously the best way to add a little warmth to your face when you apply it to your temple and cheeks. My serious only problem is the crazy amount of glitter in it and the wear time. For $3. I will definitely buy again! You can find it on eyeslipsface.com or at target. 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Worth the Splurge? Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner zero
I got tons of giftcards to all my favorite makeup stores for Christmas/My Birthday (same day). So slowly but surely I've been spending them on things I wouldn't normal buy that I've had my eye on for awhile. Which led me to buy Urban Decay's 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner. I've heard great things about it so naturally I had to try it for myself!



I instantly fell in love.  I've had it for about 2 months now? Three? I've had it for awhile now. The super thin felt tip hasn't lost it's shape yet. I use it at least 4 times a week. It's my new go to liner. It creates the best subtle winged look that I do all the time. Also great for forming the outline for a think cat-eye look, but not good for filling in the outline due to it's super thin tip.
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner zero swatch
Pros:
    Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner zero
  • Super thin tip that doesn't dull over time
  • Really is waterproof. I wear it going into teaching swim lessons, and it's still in perfect condition when I get out of the pool. 
  • Dries super quick
  • Doesn't move at all. Once it's on it won't budge! 
  • A wide array of colors.
Cons:
  • I can't use on my waterline. It's a con because it's time consuming to switch from two different liners when lining eyes.
  • Price
The first con isn't much of a problem either, just an personal annoyance nothing from stoping me from buying again.

VERDICT: I will repurchase! I love it. Perfect for summer with it's wide selection of colors, and the fact that it doesn't budge and is really water proof! For $19 each it's a bit steep but if you use it four times a week for 4 months it's like 48 uses, each use would cost $.39cents each. I find it worth the price, for it's long wear and quality. 
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Monday, May 7, 2012

e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo

Awhile back I made a big order at ELF online.  I decided to pick up and try ELF's makeup brush cleaner. It's only $3, so I figured if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be that much a hit to the wallet. 
It claims: 
  • An anti-bacterial brush cleanser for thorough cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Washes away traces of dirt, makeup, oil and debris from your brush while conditioning the hair to provide a clean and soft application for every use.
 I found it easy to clean my brushes with this, I never realized how dirty my brushes were. It was gross. I definitely think this got my brushes cleaner than using Baby shampoo. 

The soap itself is a clear liquid, a little on the runny side. It's easy to work through the brushes. It has a faint smell but not a bad one. 

It was super easy to lather up my brushes, this didn't make a lot of bubbles which is good, means there's less sulfate in the soap. I'm not sure if it's sulfate-free or not. I noticed a smell of the soap, it wasn't a bad smell. It was gone once I washed it off the brushes. I really believe this did an amazing job of cleaning my brushes because you could see all the make coming off the brush when you washed and squeezed the brushes. 

Afterwards when my brushes were dry they were still just as soft. No lingering smell, and it was super easy to adjust the brustles. I used this on ELF, MAC, Sigma, and Avon brushes. I will use again. I've used this so far about 5 times? Around there. I feel it cleans better, and leaves the brushes softer than baby shampoo. 


Before washing

A very dirty face brush

All my brushes now squeeky clean!

VERDICT: I will buy again! I love it. It's a dollar more than baby shampoo at $3, but so worth that extra dollar. It cleans my brushes really well. No after scent, and doesn't irritate my skin after washing it. Like I said ELF products can either be a hit or a miss. You can buy them at eyeslipsface.com or at Target. 
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Worth the Splurge? Shielo leave in Protectant

I won a contest months back, Maybe in December. I honestly can't remember when or who I won this from, but Thank you anyway! So I won a full size bottle of Shielo's leave in protectant antioxidant spray. I'm in love, I honestly am.
Here's what it promises:


  • This antioxidant rich leave in protectant is designed to fortify every strand of hair, creating texture, as well as protect your color-treated hair from the elements. Our unique protective complex with pro-vitaminsproteinsand amino acids infuse hair with vitamins while providing UV protection. For deeper natural and color-treated hair color. Excellent in eliminating frizz and protecting hair from styling tools.
  • • UV Protectants and natural antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.
  • • Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.
  • • Innovative Wheat Crosspolymer creates an invisible safety net around each hair to shield color, increase flexibility and reduce breakage
  • Also cruelty free brand. 
So I've been using this in my hair after I shower for about three months now. I've noticed a big, BIG difference in the health of my hair. I started using this before I found Argon oil hair masks. This is what first saved my hair, and started my hair's road to recovery from being dyed so much. 


I spray about 6 to 10 times throughout my wet hair then comb in. It has a pleasant tropical smell, I really love the smell a lot. It sprays clear into my hair. It has a watery consistency. It does not weigh down my hair nor make it oily/greasy. It feels like I didn't use anything in my hair when I used this, which I like because I don't want something noticeable. 


How long it lasts I've used this for about 4 months now. I use it at least 3 times a week spraying it 6 to 10 times. The bottle is 4fl oz. I feel like I still have half the bottle left. This lasts for a super long time. 


VERDICT: This item is on the pricey side for those on a budget $19.99 but I believe it's so worth the splurge! Here's why -  I've got 64 uses so far out of this bottle for far, so it's like paying $.32 per use. I have no problem with that, it's not even a dollar for a week of use. My hair smells nicer and is happier since I've used it. You can buy this online at Shielo.com I will repurchase this! You can buy it here
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blogger Appreciation Award

One of the new bloggers I've recently started to love and follow Beauty Makeup Addict nominated me for this lovely award, Thanks so much!


1. How long Have You Been Blogging?
     One month shy of a year. 

2. What are 1-2 reasons you started blogging?
I've been looking at blogs for over a year now and from looking at reviews made me want to write my own. I always find reading what others read on products super helpful. So I just want to help others like they help me. 

3. What types of blogs do you like to follow/read?
 Mainly Beauty blogs but I like to throw a few fashion blogs in for fun, and DIY sewing blogs too! 
4. What is 1 thing you would like to improve on as a blogger on your blog?
I feel that I need to work better on my quality of reviews which I'm working on. 
 

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award with their blog link on your post.
2. Answer the following 4 questions.
3. Award the Blogger Appreciation Award to as many people as you like.
4. Let the blogger know you have awarded them.


I nominate the following Bloggers:
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sinful colors nail polishes were on sale at Walgreens!

So I went to buy Garnier's dark spot corrector while it was on sale at Walgreens last week and came across Sinful color neon color display.  So the nail polish was on sale for $.99, and I can't say no. Ha! I bought myself 6 new polishes. You'll see five of them. I didn't' try out 'Cinderella' yet.

So on to the review!

I bought 4 of the new polishes from Sinful colors bright color collection.


  • Dream On- A Bright Neon Purple.  Dried super fast and matte. I am disappointed in how it photographed, it looks pinkish but it's actually purple. It's a super pretty color in real life, I just wish I could capture it's color. 
  • Why Not- A bright blue creme polish, not quite neon but almost bright enough. Two coats give full coverage. 
  •  Pink -  a super bright neon pink. Two coats gave full coverage. Dried super fast and matte. I know it looks red in the photo but it's a super awesome neon pink. 
  • Irish Green- a Super pretty neon light green. three coats gives it almost full coverage. You can still see your nail line, but only if you look closely. It's on the runny side, but with the long brush(my favorite kind) it was easily workable.  Dried super fast and matte.
  • Nail Junkie- a dark Teal in color. It has medium size silver, blue, green glitter in it. Jelly like texture. It takes about four to five coats to get full coverage, which is then kinda thick on the nail. It is also hard to get it to not look patchy. You really have to work to make sure it coats everything evenly. When applying I suggest to wait 10minutes between coats. 


This is Dream on, it looks almost like a red orange in the picture but it's actually in real life pink. 
VERDICT: So buying these nail polishes are a steal in my opinion, especially when they're onsale for $.99. Now I can't comment on the wear time on any of these because I never wore any of these polishes longer than two or three days tops. But for this price even if the wear is bad I'd still buy it. So all in all if you're looking for super bright, fun neons then pick these babies up!



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