Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tutorial: Day to Night look using Wet N' Wild's I'm Getting Sunburned Palette

This is another day to night look, this time using Wet N' Wild's I'm Getting Sunburned Palette.

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Review and Swatchfest: e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadows

I am finally getting down to the last of my e.l.f. haul! One of the last things I have to review are the Studio Eyeshadow singles. While I found Mystic Moss at the Dollar Tree, the rest were purchased during the 70for70 sale. Now, without further ado, some swatches and then a review.
Amethyst

A deep gem-toned purple with very fine purple shimmer
I just used Amethyst in a tutorial that should be up within the next few days!
Mystic Moss

A deep smoky grey-green with fine gold shimmer
 Mystic Moss needs a heavy hand to apply both wet and dry. It sheers out pretty fast and the grey color takes over once that happens.
Butter Cream

A soft yellow based cream with very fine gold shimmer (almost a pearl)
This color gives such a nice glow and would be good not only as a brow bone and inner corner highlighter, but as a cheek highlighter! Love a product that can multitask.
Raspberry
A brownish garnet color with brown shimmer

  This shade was the most disappointing as far as performance goes. I had such high hopes, as I have been on the hunt for a great cranberry color. But, the color payoff and ease of application just wasn't there for me! It was a little chalky and swatches very unevenly. Even when used wet, it still proved difficult.
Wild Wheat

A light brown taupe with gold shimmer
This going to be a great blending color!

Overall, this is a good lot of shadows. But for my disappointment in Raspberry, I intend to use these in many upcoming looks. Across the board, they are consistent in their silky texture and okay color payoff (they definitely need more building and less toning down). Another plus is that they can be used wet! With gorgeous gem-tones like amethyst and raspberry, that is excellent news. As for uniqueness, I'm not sure they aren't dupable elsewhere. The colors that I am excited to use for blending (Wild Wheat and Butter Cream) are available anywhere from Wet N' Wild palettes to the Naked Palette. I'm sure the others are dupable as well considering it seems gem tones come back every fall and winter.

So then, who do I recommend these for? If you see a color you like and are sure you don't already have in your collection, go for it! At $3 a shadow, I don't know how else you could beat these! If, however, you think you might have something vaguely similar, I would save the $3.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: Redken Flash 02 Glistening Mist

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I received Redken’s Flash 02 Glistening Mist in my July Birchbox and my first impressions are that it’s just so-so. I have only used it four times, so I have not yet see n the long lasting effects it has on my hair, but then again I don’t think there should be any as this really is just for adding daily shine to your style. I’ll be the first to admit that shine is never my first priority when it comes to hair. I have thin, fine hair so volume is always numero uno on my list. I also think that I have been deterred from trying products that promise shine because I’m worried that they will make my hair appear greasy and weight it down. Hopefully all of this gives you some insight as to my personal hair type and preferences as you read my review.

Upon first spray, the scent is pleasant and evenly distributed into a broad, but fine mist. Given the phobia I have of weighing my hair down, I stuck to applying this to the body and ends of my hair. Once applied, I found the product to be basically weightless on my hair. Another plus! Unfortunately, though, I didn’t notice a huge difference in shine. My hair definitely felt softer, and looked less dull,  but it wasn’t glossy or begging to be in a hair commercial by any means. Maybe I need to apply more, but out of all the times I have used it, these have been my results. It’s for this reason that I am still on the fence about this product. I liked the way it makes my hair feel, but it doesn’t do what it claims to do. Not much a review, I suppose, if I can’t recommend it or tell you to steer clear, but it is what it is. If you are looking for a lightweight way to get your hair feeling softer and slap the dull out of it, you should definitely try this product. But if it’s shine you are looking for, I would say no.

And so, my lovely blog readers, I ask you: have you tried this product? Are these results typical?

Youtube Tutorial: Editorial August 2011 Allure Look



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