Monday, December 26, 2011

Naughty & Nice List 2011! (and Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are at home, relaxing with your loved ones and enjoying the holiday break. Tonight I'll be heading off to a couple different family Christmas get togethers, but I wanted to quickly post this year's Naughty & Nice list!


You may remember last year's list where I came up with my top 5 disappointing products and top 5 most loved products for this year and I wanted to continue the tradition.



Naughty List



1. Suave Dry Shampoo $3
Initially a medium-hit, this affordable dry shampoo ($3) is readily available at mass retailers and comes in a 5oz container. The smell is actually quite nice, like candied grapefruit, but the big miss is that by the afternoon my hair would become greasy again. Unacceptable in my opinion!


2. Covergirl Lashblast Length Water-resistant mascara $6.23
This mascara was a huge let-down for me. I was hoping for clean, long lashes and instead got wimpy lashes that neither held curl nor lengthened my lashes much. There is no volume added to speak of and it just did none of the things I look for in a mascara. Remember ladies, there is a big difference between water resistant (boo) and waterproof (yay)! Waterproof holds curl, water resistant does not.


3. B&C Pore Peeling Tsururi $9.80
After testing this out incorrectly the first time, I tried it out again with tips from helpful youtube comments who could read the instructions. ;) Sadly, even after massaging this nose mask as instructed, I found no difference in the state of my blackheads. I don't think I would repurchase this, plus is smells pretty strongly of glue and chemicals. I'd rather use my Queen Helene Mint Julep mask!


4. Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing Shampoo $12.60
This shampoo was very liquidy and hard to manage. It doesn't spread well though the hair and smells very strongly, reminding me of tea tree oil. It left my hair stripped to the point where my conditioner couldn't compensate and my hair just felt drier. I'd skip this and try a drugstore option instead.


5. Barielle Intensive Hand Treatment Cream $20
This hand cream came with cotton gloves and the idea is to apply this at night to supposedly wake up with soft, supple hands in the morning. Instead I had waxy, coated hands that didn't feel super hydrated. The product just didn't sink into my skin even with the cotton gloves on all night. I'd rather stick with my beloved Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy instead.

Nice List



This is by far my favorite lip product for this year! Revlon Lip Butters are a moisturizing lipstick that imparts more color than traditional "lip butter" products. It's much more of a lipstick than a lip balm and is nearly identical to my former favorite Dior High Shine lipstick. I love this lip product so much that I dedicated an entire video/blog post to my collection of these lipsticks. My favorite shades are Peach Parfait (everyday natural peach) and Lollipop (flattering fuchsia).


2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed $25
A surprise favorite, this is hands down my favorite blush of the last year. I bought this on a whim from Ulta since I don't tend to go for brownish blushes and I knew it would be unique in my collection. Ever since, it has been difficult to put this baby down. It's been an everyday favorite and I don't even remember the last time I've been this consistently devoted to one blush! The other pinks, plums, and corals in my collection are jealous. ;)


3. Stila Hair Refresher in Jade Blossom $28
This dry shampoo is the best-performing dry shampoo that I've used to date. The smell is nice and fresh without being too heavy or powdery and the clincher is that at the end of the day, my hair still looks as nice as it did in the morning. I don't really think any other dry shampoo I've tried has lived up to that! The only downside is that the powder is white and my hair is black so I have to do a thorough brush-through, but the effort is worth it for no grease all day.



4. Sigma Sigmax F84 Angled Top Kabuki brush $16
This is the magical brush that makes your foundation look airbrushed. The fibers are very soft and dense and I like this rounded angled version because it gets in all of the contours of the face easily. Using this brush makes foundation application quick and flawless and makes streaky liquid foundation a thing of the past.


5. Tarte Smooth Operator Powder $28
I first got a sample of this powder from Sephora via a suggestion from the sales associate. I've tried quite a few powders this year and didn't have high expectations, especially since I tend to avoid loose powders due to inevitable powder accidents, but this powder had the smoothness of MUFE HD Powder with the oil-controlling abilities of my favorite MAC Blot powder. Actually, I think this powder actually holds up longer than my MAC Blot! It's the best of both worlds.

I hope you enjoyed this year's edition of the Naughty & Nice list! I'll be posting up the makeup tutorial of the look in this video very soon. Let me know in the comments your own naughty and nice products and if you'd like to also do this tag, feel free to link to your post as well. Have a restful holiday and be safe!




29 comments:

  1. The smell of that suave dry shampoo actually gives me a headache. I can't use it and it doesn't work well either. You must try Batiste in the "fresh" scent. It's still hands down my favorite and I've tried dozens. I also saw new blonde and brunette versions at Ulta. so if the original scent isn't for you- give it a shot! I enjoyed reading your list- I think I'll give Tarte smooth operator a go next time I run out of powder!

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  2. Lovely eye makeup. Can you do a tutorial? :) Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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  3. Thank you for this list Jenn. Any idea where we (international subbies) could find the Revlon Lip Butter online ? Revlon is impossible to find in France

    Cheers, hope you had a merry christmas

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  4. Hi Jen,

    Sorry for being off topic, but if you could ever so kindly inform me of what type of camera/camcorder you are currently using to film your videos..I would be so grateful! I'm in the market for one as a graduation present for my baby sister's graduation present..and she's been hinting for me to watch your videos.. :) thank you if you could help out a nontechy person as myself! Thanks!!!

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  5. I agree with Cat! It's a gorgeous look! Could we request a tutorial? :)

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  6. have you tried the dried shampoo pssssssst!? i have super oily skin and this seems to revitalize my hair beautifully. its also super cheap.

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  7. Thanks for the reviews Jen! You're looking fabulous as usual! Im definitively contemplating on getting that brush now!! Happy Christmas!

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  8. I love your watch! What model/brand is it?

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  9. Either I am not looking hard enough, or I really just live in a podunk town, but I cannot find the Revlon lip butters anywhere. It's really quite depressing.

    I am almost tempted to check out that dry shampoo for those days at work when the AC goes out. If it only works for a few hours, it would come in handy right at the end of the day so I can leave work feeling as good as when I came in :)

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  10. Thanks god! Like u know i gonna ask for the tutorial of ur make up...the glamour one!
    Cant wait to see!

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  12. Thanks for doing this! I stopped at Sephora today and bought their last Exposed blush. I'm so excited to use it. I also just purchased the Sigma brush so hopefully that comes soon. After seeing your review of the watch, I changed my mind and got that one instead of the tortoise.

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  13. Aww what a bummer that the Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Shampoo didn't work out for you. My hair must be significantly oilier than yours. I love the stuff! I have been pairing it with the Essential Honey and Shea butter hair mask in the orange tub. Whenever I use the shampoo, I mask the ends of my hair with the treatment and my hair is soooo soft, smooth and manageable. Maybe this is something you may want to try if you still have the shampoo and if you have the hair treament. :/

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  14. I super love your makeup in this Video Jenn! Thanks for sharing the Naughty and Nice list and I am wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!!!!

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  15. What pink eyeshadow are you wearing??? It looks amazing on you!

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  16. hi jen! i was wondering if you use anything to remove eyelash glue. i have trouble getting it off sometimes. i've looked online, and have seen something about avoiding ones that have formaldehyde. could you do a blog post on this?

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  17. Great list! You look very beautiful!

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  18. Regarding the Stile Dry Shampoo. When you use it, do you find that you can skip a day of hair washing?

    Thanks!

    Jane
    http://janemyalterego.blogspot.com/

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  19. I've never tried sigma brushes before, but the price is so reasonable! I think I'll give that a go!
    Happy Holidays!
    Check out my blog at http://desertheels.com/

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  20. I'm in love with the top that you're wearing. Where did you get it from?
    And I'm crossing my fingers for you to do a makeup tutorial on this look! :)

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  21. I want to try that Tarte blush in exposed but it's difficult to get it here in the Philippines. I hope the Revlon lip butters will become available here.


    http://daintyblush.blogspot.com

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  22. Hi Jenn. Dying to know how you did your makeup for this video. Can you do a tutorial? Thanks!

    Janelle

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  23. I tried doing this makeup and posted the pictures in my first blog, and without the tutorial FAILED. lol.
    Thanks for posting the tutorial! Looking forward to a fab looking New Years!!! :)

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  24. I really enjoyed watching your video, however, it frustrates me that the products you're loving are not brands that I could get here where I live. Like Revlon isn't available in my country any longer which is terrible since I hear so many good things about the newly released lip butters. =____=;;

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  25. Nice post! Do you have any recommendation for fragrance free dry shampoo? I really don't like to use any hair style products mainly because of the scents, but once in a while I might need to use it, but most hair style products have the scents that are too strong for me, I know you also prefer fragrance free products, if you can recommend one or some, that would make my day ^_^! thanks in advance!
    I also tried that Covergirl lashblast mascara, also very disappointed!! :(

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  26. Hi Jen, can you try out Tarte dark circle defense and do a quick review on it? xxx

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  27. I'm gonna try that dry shampoo out. I had never even heard about such a product until you mentioned it! My bangs get insanely oily by the end of the day... it's nasty.

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  28. Nice list! Here is mine!
    http://seethruaheart.blogspot.com/2011/12/naughty-and-nice-list-2011.html

    Hopefully next year there will be more nice than naughty products.

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  29. I am a fan of Revlon Lip Butter too! Peach Parfair is super wearable <3

    Happy New Year Jen!!!

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