Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mark Hill Haircare at Walgreens in the States!

Yesterday I had yet another salon misadventure; by far not my worst, but I was not at all pleased.  I asked for the usual buttery blonde highlights, my hairdresser confirmed, and then I walked out with brassy brunette strands.  What went wrong?  I'm still waiting on a call back about that, my friends.  In the meantime I stopped by a Walgreens to oggle their hair department (as if it could somehow call back my blonde tresses into being).

When one of my favorite youtubers Fleur de Force did her haircare routine video, one product that especially caught my attention was from a company called Mark Hill; I figured it was probably an uber posh UK-exclusive brand.  I'd been idly on the lookout for his products ever since she talked about them so imagine my excitement to discover that you can get his line in the States!  As you can see, Walgreens has two shelves' worth of different shampoos, conditioners, masks, and styling products to choose from.
Mark Hill is a celebrity hairdresser in the UK and according to the Walgreens website, he was also voted International Hairdresser of the Year.  The ultimate recommendation for me is that Fleur likes his line; her hair always looks flawless!  She had reviewed the Work It Girl! styling product, which works to add shine, protect from heat, and style.  A three-in-one for under $10 sounds pretty good! I was especially drawn to the sulfate-free, paraben-free MiracOilicious line he has.  However sulfate-free shampoos are hit or miss for me; I know we're supposed to avoid sulfates but often the new sulfate-free products don't work well with my eczema.  

Currently all the products are on sale for 25% off.  Not a bad time to try something new, right?  I'll keep thinking about it as I get used to my hair being a shade I did not expect... that might take a little time but I'll get over it, I promise.  Silly how a little thing like a bad dye job can throw a girl off her stride!  In any case I definitey see a foray into the Mark Hill line in my future.  Have you tried any of his products?  I'd love to hear your thoughts if so! xoxo

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Shadows have landed at CVS!

If you've been following the hype online regarding Milani's new line of eyeshadows, then you will be thrilled to hear CVS already has all of their Bella Eyes shadows on display!  Milani describes these as a "gel powder" combination, and the range offers pretty much every color you can think of as well as a variety of different finishes.
A while back, Milani had launched matte eyeshadows which sounded intriguing but never showed up at a store near me.  I didn't get too excited about their new launch of the Bella Eyes Eyeshadows, figuring I might not see them.  However as you see, not only are they out on display at CVS, they are also currently on a buy-one-get-one-half sale!

Looking over the color options, I did not see one that I felt I needed.  My collection is quite well stocked at the moment, but if you have a need for an all-over shadow, a crease shade, or a brow bone color, then I think Milani will be a very affordable and quality option for you.  If you pick any of these up, let me know what you think!  xoxo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hits & Misses! June Empties Part III

June was all about using up as many products as possible, as I moved at the end of the month!  On my youtube channel I posted two videos showing a ton of different things that I finished.  Here are a few stragglers, rounding out the month in empties :)).
Essie A Crewed Interest~ This was one of my all-time favorite polishes.  I fell in love with it all the way back in 2012 when it launched.  Click here to see my original review and how it looks when applied.  A beautiful blend of soft peach and pale pink, it was super flattering and helped to neutralize the red tones in my skin.  I especially adored this for pedicures!  However as you can see what's left has gone bad.  I don't think this is still available, even if it is, the last thing I need is more nail polish!  Definitely a hit.
Lancome Bifacils Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover~ I've gone through so many bottles of this.  It's a good eye makeup remover, gentle and efficient.  My mom gives these to me when she gets one as a "GWP" from Lancome; I'm not quite sure what the price point is, but I imagine it would be too high for me to want to purchase.  However it is as I said a good product!

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe~ This was a truly stunning shade, and the Infallible formula is on par with the quality of many luxury brands.  Bronzed Taupe really flatters blue or green eyes especially.  However I have so many eyeshadows that I don't think I need to repurchase this one.  Still a hit, even though I won't get it again!
Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Organic Eye Cream~ This was pretty much the only product that semi-worked for me from the Michael Todd things I bought last summer.  Even so, I would not repurchase.  It did not wow me, I couldn't see any harm from it but I also couldn't see any improvement.  I prefer the Bobbi Brown eye cream.  More of a miss than a hit.
Sara Happ One Luxe Glosses in the Pink Slip and the Nude Slip~ Love, love love these!  This is the third tube of The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss - .21 oz  I've polished off!  It's my first tube of the Nude Slip that I've finished.  These glosses are holy grail status for me; the gel formula is very gentle and moisturizing on the lips, and even gives the appearance of a fuller pout!  1000% a hit.
I hope June was a good month for you, and that you have a great 4th of July weekend.  xoxo

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lise Watier Summer 2014!

After hearing for years (that's right folks, literally, years!) on Youtube all about how fabulous Lise Watier is, imagine my delight to learn they now ship to the US!
I picked two products to try.  I'll post a video on these soon, but I wanted to share this little teaser with you in the meantime.  What better way to get back into blogging than with these stunners?  On the right, we have the Imagine Blush and on the left is the Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder.  I can tell you now I am in love with the Imagine Blush~ it might be the most stunning pink blush I've ever tried, and also may be the best powder formula I've ever tried.  I'm on the fence about the Bronzer~ still experimenting with it.  Once I have a full sense of how they both work (and once I'm settled in my new digs) I will do a review for you!  Let me know what your favorites are from Lise Watier?  I've had my eye on the Satellite bronzer for a long time but I think this will be my last haul for a while.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I ran to Rite Aid- aka drugstore haul time!

I ran out to Rite Aid on this sleepy little Sunday afternoon with a couple items in mind.  I needed a new tube of mascara (totally out), a new regimen to try to tackle my insanely knotted hair, and I was on the hunt for the Sally Hansen kit Kandee Johnson used in a tutorial about lightening your brows. 
As you can see, I found everything I was looking for, plus one extra!  I think this is a good haul because I basically bought exactly what I needed, and only got sidetracked by one item.
My holy grail mascara that I repurchase regularly is the L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Mascara.  I have been using it for over a year, and nothing has come between us.  However lately I have been curious about the new Maybelline Pocket Rocket Mascara, and it was $2 off at Rite Aid, making it about half the price of my cherished Telescopic.  So, I went for it because I'd wanted to try it and it was the cheaper option.  I picked it up in Brownish Black in the waterproof formula.

Also for eyes, I picked up the L'Oreal Colour Riche by Pencil Perfect Wood Pencil Eyeliner in Black Brown.  I had seen this advertised but had not found it in stores until today.  L'Oreal liners have historically worked very well for me, and I don't own any wood pencil liners, so the concept intrigued me.  In the launch they also have a beautiful royal blue and a white, in addition to the expected shades.  Can't wait to try this baby!  I did also see the Maybelline Loose Pigments for the first time, but I reigned myself in.  I think I will get more use out of the Pencil Perfect liner than the loose pigments, so I chose wisely.
These two are more of a forced chore, but it has to be done.  I'm still recovering from my head injury and I have not been very vigilant with regards to getting all of the knots out.  To be truthful I am never a big fan of intensive brushing, and can commonly be found to have a snarl somewhere in the back, but this is beyond the realm of acceptable.  I look like I was dragged through a hedge backwards; I have several huge dreadlocks floating around back there.  I've already tried two different detanglers (one from Pantene, one from L'Anza) and neither one has solved the problem.  I'm hoping this L'Oreal Kids Tangle Tamer will do the trick.  I could be wrong, but I think this was actually around when I was a kid!  I seem to remember the bottle and the pear scent, in any case.

I've decimated my Wet Brush in my quest to conquer the knottage (word?), and it is now in the garbage.  I really need to repurchase the Tangle Teezer (if any brush is going to save this ship, it's that one) but no one near me sells it and I can't drive long distances yet.  The Conair Colorvibes Everday Styles brush says it is designed for thick hair, so here's to hoping.  It also came with a few free hair ties which was nice; my cat will likely steal them away but it's always good to have some extras.  I may just have to cut my hair off but this is a last ditch attempt before going that route.  If you have any other recommendations, don't be shy to say, I'm desperate!
Pretty much any MUA you speak with will emphasize the importance of eyebrows.  I've experimented with my brows over the years and have never found that elusive, made-for-my-face formula.  Plucking, waxing, scissoring...You name it, how to shape and style them still is a total mystery to me.  I've never tried lightening them, however, and I just watched an amazing tutorial by Kandee Johnson using this Sally Hansen Crème Hair Bleach kit.  She definitely inspired me!  I'll let you know it goes when I try, here's to hoping it's what I've been after.
That's everything I picked up; mostly essentials, plus an eyeliner.  Not too naughty at all.  When I got home Pretty Kitty had wrecked her box and was glaring at me balefully; she's gotten a bit spoiled having me home this much.  Any fellow animal lovers out there?  What have you tried recently from the drugstore?  Anything here you would like a review of?  ♡ Teresa

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction- Does this product work??

A nice CC Cream we can all support.  But what if it's not for your face- it's designed for...your hair?  So says Alterna, a high end hair brand that I absolutely adore.  I love my BB Creams and CC Creams, but making such a product for hair seemed completely alien to me.  Of course, the minute they mentioned caviar I had to give it a second look.  I have tried some of their caviar-based products in the past and been quite impressed, so this was on my radar!
I decided to try it, equal parts curiosity, admiration for how fabulous Katie Holmes' hair looks in the promo pics, and it also did not hurt that I had a credit enough to cover it at Sephora.  Side note, Katie Holmes is a partial owner of the Alterna line.  Her hair really does always look gorgeous; usually I am skeptical of celeb faces for products but in this case it worked.  I made the plunge!  And after using this for the past two weeks, I am thrilled to say I really do love it! 
The packaging is solid, not too big, and contains a list of the ten ways this CC Cream will improve your hair.  Of note, Alterna recommends using it on clean, towel-dried hair.  So it seems like all of your necessary steps are combined into one and then some, going by the claims on the back!  Now, I do not think you will find this to do all ten of the steps it claims to; however, it does deliver on most of the promises and I am very pleased with it.  It does help make hair more manageable, it definitely adds fantastic shine.  Hair is smoothed overall, this seems to tame the more unruly waves I have going on.  I will say that the CC Cream does fall a little short on the frizz-control front, but to be fair, I have a lot of breakage which the humidity is not helping with, so if you have average frizz or live in a less humid climate, it probably would get the job done for you.  It does help a lot with my frazzled strands, but it does not completely solve the problem.  It leaves my hair feeling "fuller," somehow!  Oh and it smells like oranges, which I like.
I am also thrilled this has a pump!  I feel like it gives me more control about how much product I want to use.  The pump dispenses just a little product, which means you won't waste any.  As you can see the consistency is in between white and clear.  Texture is on the lighter side, not too heavy feeling.  It was trial and error in figuring out how much to use, the product does not have any advise about that.  It's not at all a heavy cream, so I have not overdone it yet.  I have quite long hair and I use between four and five small pumps.  Shorter hair obviously would not need this much.  It disperses well into your hair, no clumps or uneven application problems here. 

I do worry about how fast I will go through the bottle though, based on how much I need to use. Are you trying this product out or thinking about doing so?  Leave your thoughts in the comments, I love to hear from other beauty junkies!  ♡ Teresa