Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deconstructing The Hairbrush

Late last year, I decided to do a revamp of the tools and products I used on my hair. If you caught the feature I did on some Conair hair dryers last October, that was just a part of the process. I inspected every gadget that I owned: curling irons, flat irons, a hair setter and a slew of hair brushes and combs. I sorted all the hair products, tossed things that were old or past their date, and then I went about to get a little advice on what I should be using and what I didn't need. The thing is, I don't style my hair very often. I generally keep it long but on a typical day, I just pull it back into a pony tail. The priority is to keep frizz at bay and to tame flyaways.

Growing up, I relied on Denman hairbrushes. It wasn't a decision I arrived at after much deliberation. My sister used to buy them, so I did too. The oldest hairbrush I have that's still functional is one I'd bought about eight years back, the Denman Classic Noir Styling Brush D3BW, which is a black and white version of the original D3 classic styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pins.

Denman Classic Noir Styling Brush D3BW

It's a perfectly good all-purpose hairbrush that you can also use to style the hair with heat. But admittedly, it's a bit small for my needs. It may be better suited to shorter hairstyles (like a bob) and the curve makes it great for rounding those bottoms perfectly.

I buy new brushes and combs periodically but never armed with the research I had when I placed my order with Folica (all the brushes featured here, except for the Chi, are available on their website). I bought a bunch of brushes and after going through some of them, I thought it would be good to outline my thoughts on each one. So here are a few things I've learned along the way in this hair experiment, and a few hairbrushes you may want to consider getting next time.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in 956 Eggplant

I never thought that I asked much of my eyeliner but after testing a whole slew of them lately, I realize that I'm actually quite picky. I was reasonably happy with the L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner of which I've reviewed Blackest Black and Navy. However, L'Oreal doesn't have a purple in its lineup. I was attracted by the prospect of a beautiful aubergine from Maybelline although I was disappointed that this shade had a lot more brown to it than violet.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mascara Quicknotes V: multi-tasking mascaras

Mascara samples are probably some of the more commonly given away samples at every department store. While it's easy to create a little sample jar of foundation or moisturizer, most GWPs throw in a tiny mascara to add value. They're great when you really just want to try something new. In the last few years, I've been a little overwhelmed by the number of releases and have already thrown away samples that have been discontinued even before I got a chance to try them. This year, I'm determined that that's not going to happen.

Choose a brush L-R:
Guerlain Noir G, Benefit They're Real!, Sephora Collection Full Action Extreme Effect

I picked these mascaras to feature together as they all seem to make similar promises of added volume, length and curl. Seems reasonable to expect the perfect mascara from this bunch, no? When a mascara claims to basically do it all, I'm here to listen.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chanel Liquid Eyeliner in 20 Platine and 30 Purple

Chanel Liquid Eyeliner in Platine

Many times in the past, I had thought about buying a new liquid eyeliner from Chanel. I had stopped myself because I try my best to buy new products instead of old ones and these weren't out yet (the idea of loving something that was going to be discontinued soon means setting myself up for eventual heartbreak) and the Chanel associate that I used to buy the products from, she wasn't a big liquid eyeliner fan.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Grey Pearl

How do you look in taupe eyeshadow? I know there's a taupe-lovin' club out there and Laura Mercier has an offer for you. The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Grey Pearl.

Grey Pearl is one more color just released by the brand for spring. Sephora does not sell this shade at this time (and I'm not sure they ever will) but you can easily locate it at the nearest Laura Mercier counter at your favorite department store. I've gotten the four shades sold by Sephora and of the other four sold by Neiman Marcus (including Mint Snow, Seashell and Pink Opal), Grey Pearl was the only one I felt like getting. While I usually do an ensemble feature, this ended up being a solo as I foresee that this will be the last one that I will be buying for now.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes (lots o' latte and ample amber)

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes
02 lots o' latte (top) and 04 ample amber (bottom)

Four quick swipes patted down with the ring finger will get you out the door faster than you can say Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in lots o' latte and ample amber. Seriously, if you find that you're always in a rush, this product might become your new best friend.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in 60 Soft Raspberry

It's not a Clinique Chubby Stick but the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick. Mine comes in the shade Soft Raspberry, number 60.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral Invisible Skin-Fusion Loose Powder

I am trying to figure out why I haven't yet reviewed this product as I've been using it a lot. I figured it was probably because I couldn't really figure out what to say about it that wasn't new or didn't sound overindulgent. Guerlain's Les Voilettes Mineral Invisible Skin-Fusion Loose Powder is quite simply loose powder that you would use to set your foundation and for the occasional touch up.

That it's a mineral powder sometimes conjures images of Bare Minerals but I beg you to think of this as your everyday loose powder with healthy minerals and not a mineral powder foundation. It does not offer coverage. What it does give is a light mattifying veil to blot out shine without caking or looking mask-like. Like all Guerlain powders, it feels good against the skin and is imbued with that signature Guerlain scent of violets.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Precious Crown

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Precious Crown

The Rimmel display at my local Target has a number of eyeshadows on clearance as well. (My previous post shows a variety of other products on clearance.) I thought I'd pick one up because I had a coupon. Just for fun, here is Precious Crown.

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Precious Crown

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Target Makeup Deals 2-3-13

This is a repost, originally from January 28th, now updated with pricing for the products pictured.

We made our weekly trip to Target over the weekend and I spied a number of clearance displays worth noting. As always, each store is different but if it goes on clearance at one store, it does up the likelihood that it will be on clearance somewhere else. Discounts typically begin at 30% off.

L'Oreal Magic Souffle Makeup ($10.14) and The One Sweep Sculpting blush duos ($7.90)

L'Oreal Wear Infinite Studio Secrets Eyeshadows (quads $4.33, duos $3.58, singles $2.86)
L'Oreal HIP Concentrated Shadow duos ($5.17)