Monday, September 26, 2011

Estee Lauder Ideal Light Concealer

Working third shift is a PITA. I don't care who you are. The rest of the world keeps on spinning, even though you're trying to sleep. Neighbors are mowing their grass. Kids are outside screaming. Dogs are barking. And my neighborhood is actually quiet compared to some other places.

Needless to say, a few weeks of continuously interrupted sleep left me cranky and with some serious undereye shadows. I say shadows because they're not really circles. I just have thin skin that looks shadowy in the inner corners.

After reading some glowing reviews, I decided to try out Estee Lauder's Ideal Light. It's classified with the concealers, but they call it a "Brush-on Illuminator." Whatever, as long as it makes me look wide-eyed and bushy tailed.

Sadly, I don't have a swatch of the actual product for you since I returned it about a week after purchasing it and didn't think to snap a picture. Why did it go back? Let me enumerate them for you.

1) It's a click-pen style (which is fine!) that had a tendency of leaking while it was being stored (not so fine.)
2) The illuminating particles that are supposed to help diffuse shadows and all that jazz = giant flecks of glitter under your eye. I looked like a Cullen.
3) It creased, despite being set with a silica powder.
4) It faded after a few hours, except for the aforementioned glitter chunks.

For $24.50, I expect it to last a minimum of 8 hours on me and do the job it was intended for - not make me look like a fairy spit in my eye.

Friday, September 23, 2011

TRESemme Waterless Foam Shampoo

Being a Pretty Little Liars fan, it was probably inevitable that I got suckered in to all the TRESemme commercials they air during the show. I've been intrigued by the concept of a "dry shampoo" for a while now and I picked this one up for less than $5 at my local grocery store. They only had two options available there (the waterless foam for dry hair, which I got, and an aerosol/clay powder one for oily hair).

TRESemme describes how it works:
  • Formulated with Witch Hazel- a powerful natural astringent, absorbs excess oil and impurities when you skip a shampoo.
  • Aloe Vera containing formula conditions hair, replenishing moisture and restoring lustrous shine
  • Eliminates odor, adding a naturally fresh scent through formula with Citrus Extracts.
Basically, you pump it into your hand two-three times, depending on your hair length, and spread it all over. Then, towel-dry your hair. In another minute or two, your hair is completely dry and can be styled like usual.

I have to say, I really do like this product. I was worried I would end up looking like a grease ball by the end of the day, but I didn't. It kept my hair soft and smooth and smelling good. I can see this being a good product for girls to take to the gym, for example, or days that you wake up late and can't take a shower.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NOTD Sally Hansen Runway Red-y

I'm not usually a fan of red nails on myself because I feel like they a) make me look paler than I am b) chip within a few hours, which then makes me mad and c) emphasize my short nails. However, this summer I was feeling especially bold and I purchased Runway Red-y. This was actually my Fourth of July NOTD and for some reason, I'm just getting around to posting it now.

I like that Runway Red-y is a neutral red. I can't discern an overwhelmingly blue or orange base, which is good because tomato-colored products do not look good on me. This color, on the other hand, looks like it can work for the Fourth of July or Christmas.

Monday, September 19, 2011

H2O Face Oasis Cleansing Water

Recently I've been trying the H2O Face Oasis Cleansing Water that was a part of the Oasis Daily Hydration System that I was more or less forced to buy because Ulta was out of my regular Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. I was bound and determined to make this stuff work, but no matter how much I try, it just isn't.

For starters, I'm used to soapy, liquidy cleansers, like Purpose and Neutrogena. The Cleansing Water, however, is just that. Water. Perfumey water. As soon as you pour it into your hand, it runs through your fingers and you end up spilling a good portion down the drain before you can even apply it.

You're supposed to apply it to dry skin and then rub water over it to make a mild lather. I have never gotten it to lather. I don't know if that's because I'm not using enough (water is kinda hard to hold on to...) or if by "mild" they mean "nearly non-existent."

As far as cleansing goes, I always always have makeup left over when I'm done with this stuff. I usually look like a raccoon and have to follow it up with another cleanser, like Purpose, to get rid of everything. So by the time I'm done actually washing my face, I've spent an extra five minutes that was really unnecessary when I could have just used Purpose to begin with. If you buy the daily system, like I did, you can feel a little better about tossing the mini bottle. But a full size one is 8.25 fl oz and will set you back $24.

I do not recommend this product at all. I can find no redeeming qualities about it. It doesn't cleanse, it's hard to use, and the regular retail is kind of ridiculous when there are so many better cleansers out there for cheap.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Salt Inspired EOTD

When it comes to movies and makeup, Angelina Jolie is one of those women who seems to look gorgeous no matter what. After watching Salt the other day, I was inspired by her slight cat eye and tried my best to recreate it.

I used to have a list of the products I used, but I think my husband got a little over-zealous in cleaning the other day and tossed them. :( If I recall correctly, I think I used the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes palette and MAC Smolder kohl, topped with a black eye shadow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Zoya Touch

Shay; Pandora

Recently Zoya had a Buy One Get Two Free promotion and since I had been eyeing the colors Shay and Pandora since earlier this summer when the Touch collection launched, I figured it was a good time to buy. Other than online and in certain salons, Zoya is available (with limited colors) at Ulta. Each bottle retails for $8, regularly.

Shay; Pandora - inside.

Shay is a neutral nude color on me that's slightly peach, slightly tan depending on the lighting. It's enough to give my nails some color but is the ultimate office-appropriate shade. There's some shimmer to it, which keeps it from looking dull in my opinion.

Pandora is a dusty pinky nude on me. It's the "cool" color of the color, as opposed to neutral (Shay) or warm (Minka, which I didn't feel the need to buy since it looks practically yellow in all the other pictures I've seen). Pandora was a little darker than I expected, but I still really like it. It's pretty and conservative, which is great for me since my head boss decided to instill a new rule at work: conservative, neutral light colors only. :(

Monday, September 12, 2011

L'Oreal Le Gloss

Nude Illusion on top, Raspberry Splash on bottom.

L'Oreal's new Le Gloss lip gloss is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. As the only drugstore lip gloss to include Argan Oil in the formula (for the time being, anyway), it's nice and moisturizing with a wide range of colors to choose from. I wouldn't throw out all of my lip balms and just rely on these, but it's nice to just throw this in my pocket and go run errands and not have to worry about dry lips.

While most of the colors look glittery/shimmery, there are a few creme choices as well. They cost around $7-8, depending on the store/sale at the time.

Nude Illusion; Raspberry Splash - in normal lighting.

Nude Illusion; Raspberry Splash - in sunlight.

Nude Illusion

Raspberry Splash