Johanna H.'s (beauphoria) Beauty Product Reviews
DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT
This is probably the worst thing that you could use on your hair ESPECIALLY if you bleach or color your hair. The reason that it leaves your hair "soft and shiny" is because it is made almost entirely of wax. It coats the hair shaft in a thick residue that's really difficult to lift with professional product and so to get results you have to use stronger chemicals to cut through the wax. After long periods of time it can build up and cause issues as simple as split ends and as noticeable as dandruff and even scalp irritation. It's awful.
I use this powder almost every day. Not only is it great for turning my HD foundation into the perfect matt finish, but it's also great for touchup's during the day. My t-zone can get REALLY oily throughout the day (especially in the summer), but I just blot a little of this on and I'm good to go. I NEVER leave home without it!!!
I totally thought this was a gimmick ... until I tried it
There are a ton of makeup products out there that companies say that you "need", but that really don't have any overall effect on your skin or your routine and really don't make that much of a difference, well, ladies (and drag queens) ... this is not one of them. Not only does it help keep my skin and foundation looking fresh and flawless all day long, but it actually moisturizes my skin and helps my foundation go on smoother. I notice a HUGE difference with application as well as all day wear and comfort when I don't use this product. But it's just like any other thing, you really have to see it to believe it.
This Product is FANTASTIC!!!
I would like to start off my saying ... I really hate stuff on my face. If I can avoid anything on my skin I do, even including lotion on my arms and legs ... if I can avoid it. This used to include foundation, until I found this primer, paired with Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation. It feels so light and airy, the only way that I can tell that it's there is that when I take it off at night my skin feels AH-MAZING!!! It also helps with wear. My foundation stays on twice as long and goes on twice as smoothly when I pop this on underneath ... it's kind of incredible.
For a Dollar ... TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!
I am a lash FREAK, my faves are usually Ardell strip lashes, but one evening I was wandering through my friendly neighborhood Target and saw that e.l.f. had these available and I thought, "uh, for a buck, I can make ANYTHING work." They feel like they're going to crumble when you pull them off the tray, and they don't have an "invisiband" so if you don't put liner down you can see them, but they're really flexible and really light and as long as you use your trusty DUO glue and NOT the glue in the package, you're golden.
Seriously, this is the only pallet you will ever need
Now, I'm a HUGE color fan, so I'll never really be able to rely solely on this pallet because what would the world be like without a bright Barbie pink shadow ... am I right? But, if my house was burning to the ground and I could only take one make up product with me, this would be it. I have blue eyes and so EVERYTHING in this pallet looks good on me and the quality is unmistakable. You can do everything from subtle and natural to dramatic and smoky. When I travel, this is the only shadow I take.
I will never wear another foundation
I was a HARD CORE Mac Studio Fix Fluid fan. Not only do I have SEVERE discoloration on my face, but I also have unwanted facial hair that I feel the need to cover with my foundation and I simply resigned myself a long time ago that I was just going to have to cake it on in order to solve this problem. Not true with this foundation. Not only does it have AMAZING coverage in just one pump, but it also feels like nothing is on my skin. I also throw in some of the Makeup Forever Elixir to add some moisture and my skin feels AMAZING when I take it off @ night. No dryness, no irritation, just flawless skin :)
This is the first cream shadow EVER that I've used that doesn't crease. I can put it on @ 5am when I start work and by 8pm, when I'm done, it looks just as vibrant and pristine as when I put it on this morning. I use it when I'm running late, for a vibrant splash of color or just a subtle shimmer and pair it with some toned down lips and some winged liner. This is an especially great product to go with the fall trend of color blocking on the eyes :)
TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY!!!
When I tell my clients how much this flat iron costs most of them have to grab on to their chair for fear of falling out of it. HOWEVER ... once I tell them that they can replace their cheap flat iron and all their curling irons ... forever, the math usually does the trick. Women spend an average of $50 on each of their styling tools. If you have a flat iron and two curling irons that's $150. Most tools in that price range will go out or just start to get gross after about 18 months (another $150). ghd's are guaranteed at least 5 years, and in 18 months, it's already paid for itself. Plus, with the hair sensory technology, it senses the texture of your hair and adjusts the heat accordingly, this cuts down on the stress and heat damage of your hair, which will, in the long run, save you money on salon visits and conditioning products.
It ACTUALLY rebuilds split ends
The K-PAK product line by Joico is kind of amazing ... it contains keratin, which is the protein that your hair is made up of and actually infuses the strands with keratin and restores the peptide bonds that hold the cuticles down and together, resulting in smooth, sleek, moisturized hair that is free of frizz and split ends. This particular one also helps prevent fading for salon color.