Thursday, August 13, 2009

L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara - Review


Can you tell I'm obsessed with mascara?? :)

I tried the L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes mascara. I bought it b/c it was on sale for about $10 on Target. Kind of a lot for drugstore mascara but I was extremely curious about this beauty tube business. It's got 2 ends, one side is primer (which has actually never really done anything for me) the other side is the mascara. I curled my lashes and applied the primer first and then the mascara. Again, this mascara immediately straightened my lashes and like I've said before I like my lashes CURLY. It was ok as far as thickness and darkness goes but overall, I didn't like this mascara (I tried it quite a few times, I'm not judging it from just that one try). I also tried it without the primer and the same thing happened. Watch out though, it's very strange when you wash it off. It looks as if your lashes are falling off onto your face, but I guess it's just the tubes washing off. Very weird!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Are Expesive Haircare Products Worth it?? Moroccanoil?


Ok, so I went and got $49 partial highlights again and they came out great! They used this AMAZING smelling stuff to wash my hair and then some oil afterward. I'm telling you, it smelled like heaven! They didn't have the product at the salon for me to purchase so I planned to buy it elsewhere. However, I failed to find out the name of the product. I did remember seeing Sebastian haircare products at the salon so I went out and bought some Sebastian conditioner at Ulta for almost $10 and used it the next day. The smell was nice but just not the same. But you'd think paying $10 for a conditioner would make one's hair a little nicer. Nope. My hair was just as frizzy and witch-like as ever. But I was on a mission, I was obsessed to get that heavenly smell back into my hair! So I emailed the owner of Plan B salon and he said that they used Moroccanoil brand products. I went to Dellaria and purchased a $22, yes $22 bottle of conditioner. This was it, the smell is amazing but it didn't stay at all and my hair was still frizzy!!! Grr. SO, my next step was to try the hair oil. It got great reviews online but one full size bottle was $43!!! I did some research and discovered that they also make a travel size version for about $15, so I bought that online. Sure, my hair smells nice but the fragrance is still not as strong as when I left the salon that day. Not to mention that my hair was still frizzy! It was as if I hadn't put anything in it at all. In conclusion, I guess I'm glad I bought this stuff b/c it does smell really nice. However, I will not repurchase b/c it doesn't make my hair look any better.  

Update 9/19/2013: Ok, so I did repurchase Moroccanoil Treatment b/c after I tried it a few more times I realized that it really does make a difference in my hair! I put it in my hair when it's still wet and then blow dry and style right away or let it air dry and style it later. Not only does it smell amazing, it holds my curls (from a curling iron) longer and makes my hair look much healthier in general. There are very few haircare products that I'm attached to and this is definitely one of them.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MJ

This might sound weird but I'm genuinely sad that Michael Jackson has passed away. I keep watching his old videos and listening to his old songs and get so sad. There were a few times that I had tears in my eyes. I feel like part of my childhood died with him. You will be missed MJ. :(

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Twilight Obsession


Oh lordy am I obsessed with these books! Stephenie Meyer is an evil genius! Sure, they are in the "young adult" genre but I think that any girl or woman can relate because we can see ourselves as Bella. Average, clumsy, insecure, and not feeling worthy of the hottest boy in school. Edward for some reason loves this girl and the best thing about him is he worships her and is extremely protective which for me personally is super sexy! I read all 4 books in the series and I rarely read books twice but I'm currently on my second read through of Twilight. I read them at first using my 14 year old sister's books but I felt the need to purchase the books for myself so I got myself the Twilight Saga boxed collection. Oh, and like all the other teens in the country I've become obsessed with Rob Pattinson, the man who plays Edward Cullen. Swoon...

Estee Lauder Projectionist Mascara - Review


I just got a sample of Projectionist mascara as part of a gwp from Estee Lauder. Sorry, but I did not like this mascara at all! I like my lashes to look full, dark, and most of all curly. I curled my lashes and put this mascara on and it completely and immediately straightened my lashes so they stuck straight out. Sure, my lashes looked a TINY bit darker and fuller but for the most part the mascara didn't do much. Actually, it's very similar to Benefit Bad Gal mascara which uncurled my lashes and barely gave it any volume or color. Thumbs down.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Highlights

Soooo, I haven't had higlights in 6 months due to the price I had been paying for a few years. I was paying $125 just for partial highlights! What was I thinking!? I finally came to my senses and realized that is just outrageous. So my co-worker Kelly and I decided to try our other co-worker Erica's more reasonably priced salon in Watertown.

A couple of months ago Kelly and I went into Salon Sama for a haircut for $30. We both loved our haircuts and for $30 how can you go wrong! We decided to go back in the spring for highlights which were going to be about $80.

This past week I decided it was time for me to get some highlights and I was just about to call Salon Sama for an appointment but Kelly showed me an article she found on Boston.com. It talked about a salon called Plan B Salon in Harvard Square that was doing a special on Friday nights. They were doing partial highlights for $49! So I went on their website and they seemed like a decent place. I made an appointment for the following Friday night which was tonight.

The place is TINY but the people were really nice and the owner was great. My stylist who's name I don't know b/c she didn't introduce herself or ask for my name was great! She talked me into an auburn-ish color so I went for it. While I had the bleach in my hair the owner offered me wine, woohoo! :)

Anyways, she added the color and even trimmed my bangs for free and dried them a bit to make sure they came out ok. The rest of my hair I had to dry myself, which was part of the deal.

I love my hair! I'm almost a red-head! It's subtle yet noticeable and I don't look like a skunky freakshow. Hooray for Plan B Salon!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Negative Shopping"

I have to dedicate this post to my good friend Lucy who coined the term "negative shopping". Negative shopping refers to returning things. I have to say that I really truly feel like I make money when I return things! When shopping I usually don't feel the guilt of the money I spend until I get home and try everything on again and realize that I spent $40 or $50 on a short sleeve cotton top.
Often I get stressed out in the dressing room when trying to figure out what items to purchase so what I usually do is buy everything and figure it out at home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking those rejected items back to the store and getting that money back onto my credit card, even if it's on a bill I haven't received yet. I know I'll see a bill with a big charge and then most of that charge credited back. What a feeling! What's sad is that today I was returning some super ugly jeans at Old Navy and accidentally said out loud, "I love returning, I just made $20!" and the teenage cashier boy laughed at me. Oh well, I'm glad I put a smile on his face b/c he looked pretty miserable before that! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jeans

So I recently bought a pair of 7 jeans at Macy's. With discounts and coupons and opening a new Macy's charge card, they went down from $198 to $126. Not too shabby! Anyways, I brought them home and started to feel guilty about the price (note that these are NOT my first pair of designer jeans so I'm not quite sure where the guilt is coming from!). Anyways, since I bought these I've been on a quest to find comparably flattering jeans for much cheaper.
First stop...Old Navy. With a 30% coupon and a sale that day I bought 2 pairs of jeans for $20 each. I really truly believe that when it comes to denim, you get what you pay for. Of course they looked alright in the store, but when I tried them on at home they were hideous. Well, the lighter ones were terrible and are definitely going back. The darker ones don't look too bad. Being 5'2", I bought the "short" style. These are so short even on me that I wouldn't be able to wear them w/ any sort of a heel, however they would be great for the summer w/ flip flops or ballet flats. I shall keep the dark Old Navy jeans for $20.
Next up...Gap. With the 30% coupon I found a pair of jeans that came to around $27. They felt good at the store and when I tried them on at home and compared them to the 7's they looked almost as flattering. How is that possible?!?! I was shocked. I DO have to get the Gap jeans hemmed but still that will bring them to only about $37. Going to keep these ones too.
Last...Banana Republic. I tried on a bunch of jeans b/c their demin was 30% off in addition to my 30% coupon. There was only one pair that weren't hideous and not only were these not hideous, they were beautiful! They were a gorgeous dark indigo color and had a trouser type fit to them. I got these for around $47. I tried them on again when I got home and wow, they look great if I do say so myself! I have to get these hemmed too.
In conclusion, I'm returning the 7 jeans for $126 and keeping 3 other pairs for a grand total of $114. Not too bad!

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