Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight

In my monthly favorites, I included the John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray. I have naturally wavy hair, and when I do straighten it, I find that I need to touch it up everyday until I wash it again. I bought this because I don't mind taking an extra step while styling my hair if it means not having to redo it later. I'm really satisfied with the results I've had with this product, because it actually does what it promises.

Here is what the John Frieda website claims this product does:
Weightless spray with heat protection blocks out frizz as you straighten. Proprietary blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in straight styles for up to 3 days.* Keeps hair glossy, smooth, and swinging with body.

*or until next shampoo if less than 3 days
The directions say that you are suppose to spray onto DAMP hair, not dry, 7-15 times, then comb through. Blow dry and then flat iron your hair to seal in the product.

Here are my results after 3 days:

Forgive the dirty mirror
 I do have a few recommendation when it comes to this product:
  1. I wouldn't bother using this product if you are someone who washes their hair everyday, because that sort of defeats the purpose. However if you do find that your hair is hard to work with while flat ironing it, then maybe this will help.
  2. This spray does have built in heat protection, so I would not use this with any additional heat protection. I normally use Tresemme Heat Tamer spray, but I ran out of it and tried using the Generic's version of the CHI Iron Guard with this. My hair felt AWFUL when I was done straightening it. It felt sticky and dirty and I felt like I needed to wash my hair again. GROSS. If you still want to use a heat protectant, focus it more towards the ends of your hair.
  3. If your hair tends to be a bit oily, or if you like to have a bit more volume at the roots, I suggest spraying this more towards the middle and ends of your hair and avoiding the top of your head. I found that I did need to use a tiny bit of dry shampoo to keep my hair from looking too dirty.
So I really love this product and that it makes straightening my hair a lot easier.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Challenge Finale / FOTD

OK! Last few questions:

Favorite makeup remover?

I pretty much just use whatever I can find that is cheaper. I have used the Neutrogena one, and I like it. I am using a grocery store brand remover now, and it's decent. I have also used Vaseline for makeup remover in a pinch. It's a little messy, but it's definitely a viable option.

Do you like wearing liquid liner? If so, what is your favorite?

I like the way liquid liner looks once you have it on, and the fact that it last a long time on the lids, I just find that the application is frustrating. I have L'Oreal Linear Intense (with the brush applicator, not the felt tip) and the brush tip is a pain in the butt. The formula is nice, but I am going to try the felt tip one when I run out.

Post a picture of yourself with and without wearing makeup?

HUGE Difference! LOL

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel
MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Highlighter
MAC MSF Natural in Light
MAC Pinch O' Peach Blush
Nars Laguna Bronzer
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Burmese Beauty on the lid and over liner
MAC Skintone 2 in the inner corner
MAC Showstopper in the outer corner
MAC Prized on the browbone
Physicians Formula Matte Quad in Canyon Classic (medium brown in the crease, and dark grey to fill in brows)
Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner in black
Maybelline One by One Mascara

MAC Milan Mode
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Hot Pink (just picked this up the other day. It matches Milan Mode beautifully)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bitchin Kitchen Inspired FOTD / Challenge Day 27

I'm doing another inspired look today. My favorite cooking show is Bitchin Kitchen. The host, Nadia G, is absolutely insane. She has this crazy rocker personality, and I just love her attitude and her style, and her recipe's always sound amazing. I liked her show so much that I asked for her cookbook for Christmas, and in it she has a lot of fun and sometimes crazy makeup looks, so I want to duplicate a few of them. The first one I picked was from her Bag 'Em Tag 'Em Meals chapter, which is a neutral eye, but with a bright teal liner, so it adds a fun twist.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel
MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Highlighter
MAC MSF Natural in Light
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Orgasm Blush
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
ELF Makeup Setting Spray

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Satin Taupe on the lid
MAC Beauty Marked in the outer corner
MAC Blanc Type on the browbone
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder in the inner corner
ELF Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Twinkle Teal (I totally recommend these liners! Super pigmented!!)
Bare Minerals Loose Shadow in Azure to set liner

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

Favorite Powder?

MAC MSF in Light!! I use it everyday. Love love love it! I don't know how it's able to cover well without looking cakey, and still let my natural skin come through but it does, and I will repurchase over and over and over again.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Monthly Favorites: March 2011

It's a little late, but better late than never. Hopefully this month I wont be as lazy when it comes to posting

Last month I included the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer and highlighter duo in my monthly favorites, even though I had only just purchased it. I'm happy to say that it has worked really well for my this past month. I posted a better review for it a few posts back, so go check that out. My only complaint is that the concealer end runs out of product much quicker than the highlighter. Whenever I use it, it doesn't look like their much left in the container. But, since I've had good luck with this product I might have to check out some more of Maybelline's concealers. I've heard great things about their Mineral Power line. I've been using the NYX 10 Color Eye Shadow Palette in Champagne and Caviar a lot when I just want a neutral look. I used this palette for my makeup look I'm wearing today, which you can see in the post beneath this one. I bought the Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner a long time ago and have only just recently started using it regularly. It's great for days where I don't want to take the time to carefully draw on cream or liquid liner. I just run it quickly over my lash line and smooth it out with my Studio Tools Angled liner brush. I got this Urban Decay Lip Junkie lipgloss sample as my 100 point gift from Sephora, and I really like it. It's one of the more comfortable lip plumping glosses I've used because it's not too overpowering. The color looks kind of dark in the tube, but it's actually a very flattering shade. It's kind of like a "my lips but better" shade.

I was feeling kind of bored with my nails, and frustrated that I could never get them into the shape  that I wanted. So I picked up this at home Acrylic Nail Kit from Kiss, and I was really pleased with the results. First I used the white french tips included in the kit, and then after a few weeks I replaced them with the clear tips and painted over them. I still have a lot of the product left, but I ran out of the acrylic liquid. It takes a bit of patience, but it was really fun while it lasted, and I'd definitely consider picking this up again. I picked up the John Frieda 3-Day Straight spray because I had heard that it helps to keep naturally wavy/curly hair straight and frizz free. I can definitely say that it does exactly what it claims. I'm going to do a more in depth review soon, and I'll be sure to include before and after pictures.

I have been using this perfume called Laila a lot this past month. It's a Norwegian brand that I purchased while I was working in Disney World because they sell it at their Norway pavillion in the World Showcase. It's this lovely clean linen fragrance and has a bit of a floral scent. The notes are listed as watermelon, lavender, Norwegian lily, snowflower, herbs, flowers and musk.It's really pleasant and I've really been loving it..Finally, for my weird choice, I have been listening to Eisley's new album The Valley just about everyday this month. It's amazing! If you are interested in folk rock music, definitely check this band out. They're all really talented.

What have your favorites this past month?

FOTD 4.07.11 / Inspired Look / Challenge Day 26

I think I'm getting back onto a regular posting schedule now, I hope. I want to do my first inspired look today!! I'm going to try to do more of these so I can show some off some newer and more fun looks. This look was inspired by the makeup worn by Alison Krauss in her new music video Paper Airplanes! It's neutral, but really smokey and looks great on her.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel
MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15
Maybelline Instant Rewind Concealer and Highlighter
MAC MSF Natural in Light
Nars Laguna Bronzer

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne and Caviar
Physicians Formula Matte Quad in Quartz Quartet
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean (cream liner)
Maybelline One by One Mascara
Urban Decay Lip Junkie gloss in Wallflower

Do you wear makeup everyday?

Definitely not! I wear it when I work or if I'm going out, but if I'm just hanging out at home or if I don't feel well, I don't wear makeup.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Another Challenge catchup post

But not as bad this time... heh heh... ummm...

Where do you buy for makeup?

I buy all of my MAC makeup online because I don't have a MAC store near me. Most of my other high end makeup came from Sephora. I buy my drugstore makeup at either Walmart, Target or CVS. I bought my ELF makeup online, because my local Target only carries their products occasionally, and their selection is limited.

Favorite Toner?

I don't use toners very often. When I was using the Proactiv system I would use the toner that came with kit, and I liked it because it didn't contain any alcohol so it didn't sting or dry out my skin.

Favorite eye shadow palette and blush palette.

I don't have a favorite blush palette, but my favorite eyeshadow palette is the MAC Burmese Beauty Quad (surprise, surprise)

Which do you like: cream, matte, powder, sheer, or shimmer eyeshadows?

I prefer my eye shadows to be in a powder form, though sometimes cream shadows can be very useful. I tend to not like sheer shadows, and whether I prefer matte or shimmer really depends on my mood and what look I'm going for.

Favorite eyeliner?

I love to use my NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean as a cream liner since I melted it into a pot form. I set that with a black eyeshadow (usually Bulletproof by Sugarpill).

Friday, April 1, 2011

Challenge Day 19/20

What is your favorite concealer?

I've been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Highlighter duo and I've really been loving it. It gives really nice coverage but doesn't cake onto my skin like some of the concealers in a jar that I have been using. I had used the NYX jar concealers and they were alright but they felt too heavy on my skin. I like this one because it's nice and lightweight, and the highlighter is actually lighter than my skin tone so it adds brightness and dimension to my face without looking shimmery or unnatural.

What is your favorite eyeshadow primer?

I really like using the MAC Painterly Paint Pot as an eyeshadow primer. I understand that it's not intended to be a primer, but I use it for that purpose anyway. I have the Urban Decay Primer Potion sample in Greed, and while I do like it, I don't think it does a better job than the Paint Pot. I have oily eyelids, so no matter what primer I use, I have to first put some powder over my lids (I use my MSF for that) and I find that the oil doesn't break through as quickly. When I do that, I can make my eye makeup last for about 12 hours or so.
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