Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hair Of The Day & Mini Review of Cortex Clipless Curling Iron

I got this new 1 inch Cortex Clipless Curling Iron on ebay for just $30 (it sells for $125 on other websites) from this seller. There is always a chance of getting fakes on ebay but I'm fairly certain this is the real deal and this seller ships really fast. This iron heats up fast, curls fast, and cools down pretty fast. There are other types of curls you can do with it too, I'm sure I'll have a few tutorials up soon. In the mean time you can watch ItsJudyTime's tutorial with this iron.

click here to buy this iron

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here are some S shaped curls from yesterday

and these are looser curls from today

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ELF Mineral E/S Primer vs UDPP

ELF: $3 for .15 oz
UDPP: $17 for .34 oz

Both the ELF primer and UDPP are the same color and apply totally sheer. ELF's MP is almost watery while UDPP is thicker but performance is about the same. I've had days where ELF's MP creased before UDPP, and days where UDPP creased before ELF's MP. For both products they usually don't crease until 9-10 hours after application.

Due to the price difference, and the fact that eventually you have to cut open Urban Decay's Primer Potion to get the rest of the product out, I'd buy the ELF primer over UDPP any day.

Check out my post on L'Oreal De Crease vs UDPP.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Review: ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: .15 oz
Price: $3.00
Where To Buy:
Would I Buy Again: Yes

God bless the people at ELF who made this product! It is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, especially for just $3.00!

This gentle and completely sheer Eyeshadow Primer has key vitamins A, C and E to help prevent aging and moisturizes the skin. The formula glides on easily and disappears instantly to create longer-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow. The Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is designed to be used with your favorite mineral eyeshadow to provide ultimate staying power for beautiful and vibrant color that lasts. 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes.

I think we all know about Urban Decays Primer Potion. We all know that its a bit expensive, and we know that the packaging sucks so you have to cut the sucker open just to get your money's worth. ELF has made a affordable alternative that, in my experience, works just as well as Urban Decays more expensive primer.

I'll start by saying that I have very oily eyelids. Without a primer my eyeshadow creases within 2-3 hours. With ELF's Mineral Primer my eyeshadow lasts about 8-9 hours (as long as I'm not out in super hot weather) with only a bit of fading. It stays vibrant most of the day.

The primer is totally sheer. The tube I got is kind of watery but I don't know if this is the norm. The tube is clear with a doe foot applicator so you can see how much you have left inside. It easy to blend and you don't need to use a whole lot.

-very affordable, $3.00
-makes e/s vibrant
-last a very long time (8-9 hours)
-no parabens or dyes


INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Cylopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).



Don't forget to use the code CAROLINA at the ELF website for 50% off orders up to $15. Also use Ebates for 4% cash back.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Aw, look what hatched from the Golden Egg...

While this woman is undoubtedly beautiful I find her features are washed out by this unnatural shade of bronze. I don't know what possessed her to spend that much time with the spray tan but she came out looking like the spawn of a Ooompa Loompa and an Amazon. Summer glows are great, but this is too much.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Powder Brush

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Price: $3.00
Where To Buy:
Would I Buy Again: Yes!

This brush is so great! Its the first flat top brush I've tried, and it'll probably be the last. I had been thinking about getting a more expensive one from Coastal Scents but kept putting it off, finially I decided to try this one since its $10 cheaper. I've used it for both powder and liquid foundation with great results.

For powder foundation it gives great coverage and I've never had powder foundation look so good. It was easy to get the foundation around my nose but harder to get it around my eyebrows.

Applying liquid foundation with this brush was so much easier then any other brush I've used and quicker then using my fingers. Plus I got a great smooth streak free finish with zero effort. Today was really the fastest and easiest time I've ever had applying liquid foundation.

This brush is super soft, and it was easy to wash out my stubborn Revlon CS. Also there was very little foundation left on my brush, I expected there to be more on my brush then on my face like with other brushes but that doesn't happen with this brush.

-super soft
-no shedding
-no smell
-applies both powder & liquid foundation like a dream
-cleans easy, doesn't suck foundation up into the bristles
-affordable for everyone
-vegan, bristles are synthetic

-takes a few hours to dry like most synthetic brushes

Don't forget to use the code CAROLINA at the ELF website for 50% off orders up to $15. Also use Ebates for 4% cash back.