Wednesday Reviews: Drawing the Line

Tic-tac-toe three in a row! So this is the third week in a row of my reviews. I’m pretty excited that I have maintained this!

As a reminder, these are products I bought and use. If you purchase form a link, I get a small commission, but all opinions are my own.

This week, I have decided to talk about some eyeliners. I have quite the collection so I figured I would go with these three brands in eight colors.

First, the eyeliner I use the most is the Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil. I have four of this eyeliner and use three of them pretty much every week. The colors from the top down are Halo, Indigo, Penny and Silver Dust. These literally glide onto my eyelid. It is a very smooth application and it lasts all day. It is a bit tough to get off with a face wipe at the end of the day, but I think it’s worth it.I don’t use the halo color that much, mostly because it doesn’t show up too much and tends to just turn the pencil colors from the eye shadow.

I do love the sparkle and the pigmentation of these pencils. All but the halo really show up well against my eye shadow colors.

The top two colors in this swatch picture are both Julep Gel Eye Glider in Smoky Plum and Navy Smoke. These are really old and they don’t make them anymore, but these are their new similar formula. Once again, these are gel so they go on very smoothly. I prefer the Ulta ones because they are shiny and sparkly. I just really love to have sparkle on my eyes. These are more matte than sparkly.

The next one down is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag. So this is my very favorite eyeliner as evidenced by how small it is. This is the eye liner that goes on the smoothest, stays on all day and comes off pretty easily with a make-up wipe. This color is a matte one, but I have been wanting to get more in pretty sparkly colors.

The last eyeliner is Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner. Can you tell I am obsessed with gel eyeliners. So I got this sample as a gift, and while it works as a black eyeliner, it is not my favorite. I find that it skips more than the others. I also am not a fan of the fact that it does not sharpen. Once the end gets dull, there is no way to get sharp again. I like it enough to not buy one to replace it, but not something I would buy.

What are some of your favorite gel liners? Do you have some non gel liners that go on very smoothly?

Let me know!

Wednesday Reviews: Mane Attraction

Happy Humpday and first day of March! I’m excited for a new month and for the continuation of my Wednesday Reviews.

Just to recap, Wednesday Reviews is a weekly series in which I will review products. Right now, these are products I buy and choose to share with you, my wonderful readers. While purchasing something from a link may mean a small commission for me, all opinions are my own.

So this week, I was trying to figure out what to review when someone complemented me on my hair. This is not the first time that someone has asked me what I do to my hair to keep it so full and soft looking (it feels soft too, but e the list of people who feel my hair is quite short). So I decided that I would review some of my hair products here.

turbo-dryer

First, I use this Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray on my damp hair. This spray truly has cut down my drying time. I don’t typically dry my hair on an everyday basis because it takes 10-15 minutes just to dry my hair. I have long thick hair that likes to stay wet. I use this spray even if I choose to air dry my hair. In my opinion, my hair dries faster either way with this spray.It also helps my hair be less frizzy after drying.

hot-tools-hair-dryer

So on the days I choose to dry my hair, I use Hot Tool’s The Gold Touch Turbo Ionic Dryer. I bought this dryer after I received my first bonus. It was taking me so long to dry my hair and I knew that getting a better quality dryer would cost me some money. I read reviews and shopped around and ended up with this one. The part I liked the most was the price, but once I started to use it, I fell in love with it. It cut down my drying time by 5-7 minutes. I like the sleek look and the back comes off easily so I can clean out the lint. I have had this dryer for three years now and it still works great. I am not going to claim that it is the best hair dryer, but at this price point it is pretty good.

Even with my hair being not as frizzy as before after a blow dry, I still feel the need to straighten it. I typically use Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector beforehand. I don’t have much attachment to this spray, but it’s cheap and seems to keep my hair from frying when I use my Solia Professional Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. This one is 6-7 years old so it is no longer sold, but Folica sells a very similar one here. I like this flat iron because it heats up quickly. AS you can probably tell, I hate spending a bunch of time doing my hair in the morning. I used a different flat iron for about year before coming back to this one because the other just took longer to get the end result. I can pass this through strands one time and it will be straight. I also like that the edges are rounded so I can curl my hair with it too if I want to take the time.

living-proof-no-frizz

The last product I use is my very favorite.I got the Living Proof ‘No Frizz’ Humidity Shield in a sample from Sephora. I had never used Living Proof but heard good things that were soon confirmed. I used to spray hair spray on my brush and use it to tame my frizz, but it always left my hair feel sort of crinkly. Now, I spray some of this stuff on my brush and pass it through my hair after I straighten it and my hair looks and feels awesome. My hair feels softer and looks shinier after using this spray. Not only does it do good things for my hair cosmetically, but it also provides UV protection.

So I just realized that I started and ended with the two products I am most likely to buy again. The tools I hope to one day upgrade and the flat iron protector I choose because it’s cheap.

What are some of your favorite hair products? Are you ever surprised by complements you get?