The Product Aisle | Nars Lipgloss

Many months ago I bought a Nars lipgloss based on a video on YouTube featuring Makeup Geek’s Marlena. She had used the shade Belize.

I thought it looked great on her so I went out and bought it. I’m on my third shade now and I’ve got to say Nars is the best lipgloss I’ve ever used. It’s smooth and sheer with just a hint of shine.

Never sticky, never gooey, never clumping, very long-lasting without looking like my lips are dripping with gloss. The shades I’ve used (Belize, Dolce Vita and Stella) have all been great shades that are complimentary to a variety of skin tones.

In the past with other brands I’ve had to combine two colors together to get just the right shade or consistency and I’ve found plenty of combinations I like. But now, with Nars, I just need one swipe per lip and I’m good to go. I love this gloss so much I don’t see any reason to ever wear another lipstick or gloss again.

The Product Aisle | Lancôme Teint Idole

Today from “The Product Aisle,” I will be reviewing Lancôme’s Teint Idole foundation.
I’m not sure how many of you use foundation on a daily basis, but I just have to rave about a product I just started using.
If you are looking for an excellent foundation I highly recommend Lancôme’s Teint Idole. I picked this little wonder up yesterday at Sephora based on a review from MakeupGeek’s Marlena. This stuff isn’t cheap…I think I paid $43 (you can find it on Lancome’s website for $34), but worth every penny if you use foundation the way I do.
I need full coverage matte finish that lasts through my incredibly oily skin. I’ve been using MAC’s Studio Fix for years. I’ve never been too happy with it, but more impressed than with drug store finds. Recently I’ve grown tired of Studio Fix and when the last of the bottle was in sight I decided I needed a change. I took Marlena’s advice found on her website.
I am beyond happy I did. In MAC I’m a NW20. In Lancôme, I’m a Buff2. Buff2 is a superior color match and the matte finish couldn’t be more flawless. I wore it about 6 hours today without a single touch up. Only a very small dot of shine on my oiliest part of my nose could be seen when I went to take it off. Had this been the MAC I would have touched it up at least three times with rice paper blotters and powder. I would have looked caked and still shiny.
The Teint Idole does contain SPF 15, but I went ahead and applied it to my eyelids. I can not do this with MAC because their sunscreen makes my eyes burn and water. The Teint Idole not only didn’t make my eyes burn and or water, but it also made my eyeshadow last all day as well. No need for eye primer. No caking. No oiliness. No transfer to the hooded part of my lids. AMAZING!!!
My skin felt great, not at all heavy. It looked great (covered my problem areas along my jaw). And the makeup was easy to take off (wet cleansing cloth). The application (I use a brush) was easy and smooth. It didn’t dry too fast or get streaky (MAC tends to streak). I can gush on and on about this product, but I won’t. Just trust me, this stuff is bomb. If you’re a big foundation user, invest in Lancôme’s Teint Idole foundation.

The Product Aisle | Wen Hair Care

Today, from “The Product Aisle,” I will be reviewing the Wen hair care product line.
Yes, Wen…the stuff in pop up ads and infomercials.  I’m on day four of using this stuff and my hair just keeps getting better and better.
Day 1 – I was leery. First of all working this product into your hair is a lot like trying to work kindergarten paste in. It’s not at all like other shampoos neither in consistency, application, rinsing nor the feel afterward. My hair felt like total crap. I couldn’t get a comb through it and there is no conditioner to help. After I towel dried I was able to get it combed, but still my hair had a texture as if it had been completely stripped of oil. I was about to send the product back, but then I blew my hair dry. I can’t express how beautiful my hair looked that first day and everyday since. It was so smooth (without a flat iron) and shiny. Because I didn’t have to use a flat iron I had body and bounce. The texture balm that came with the package deal was just the right amount of control to shape my hair and hold it in place. I felt like a hair model walking around tossing my hair about.
Day 2 – About the same as day one, but it was slightly easier to use the product in the shower. However, believe it or not the smoothness and shine were actually amplified after blowing it dry.
Day 3 – So much easier to use in the shower and my hair didn’t feel nearly as bad when wet. I think my hair has hit the maximum shine and smoothness because it looks the same as the day before. However I’m starting to wonder how they can market this product to women with curly hair. The way my hair feels and looks before blowing it out is well awful. My normally wavy hair is stringy and lifeless while wet. This is the reason for not saying anything before. Most of us have natural wave/curl we like or need to work with.
Day 4 – Today I remembered the package came with “styling creme.”  I don’t typically put products in my hair pre-blowout so I hadn’t bothered with this product before. The minute I put it in my hair I knew how they could market this stuff to wavy/curly hair. My waves were intensified. They weren’t frizzy, crunchy, hard, sticky….they were soft and bouncy. Before I stepped out in to the rain my hair was AMAZING. But it’s pouring rain here and I don’t use umbrellas so I got a bit wet. Still, my hair looks better than my most controlled pre-Wen days and it’s still soft. Had I gone out in the rain with my normal products I’d be a big crunchy mess.
So there you have it. Wen…who knew? Totally awesome. Does what they claim. No more expensive than my normal products. It is difficult to use (especially at first), but you do get use to it. If you can try it, I say go for it. Your hair will be improved. If nothing else you can toss your flat iron in the trash because you won’t need it.

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