Naughty & Nice List 2011! (and Merry Christmas :)12:19 AM
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.
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.
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!