Beauty Product Reviews

Leaves hair soft and bright

My hair is silver grey and is down past my bra strap. I’ve been using purple shampoos for a long time, but while they help with the yellow, most brands are very drying.

I tried this one, although I thought it was odd that it was white. Yet, it still keeps my hair sparkling, and without the dryness I had before.

It doesn’t lather as much as others but many purples don’t either. And it leaves my hair softer than it’s ever been. My hair stylist has even commented on how manageable it has become.

If you have natural gray, you know that it can get wiry and rough. This shampoo has changed that, and I’m never going back! My only problem is I’d like to try others in the line, but won’t give up the one with Centaury!

Vacation Dreams in a Bottle

I’m a life long perfume addict. As a.teen, I discovered a cologne called 4711, which I fell in love with. It lasts only about 10 minutes, but I was so refreshing I didn’t care. I live in a hot climate so I bought big bottles and would splash it on by the handful. At some point, I couldn’t get it anymore and forgot about it.

Tom Ford had a perfume event at my nearest Nordstrom and I went, smelling his various perfumes, nearly all of them exquisite. Then it was Neroli Portofino’s turn, and an electric shock hit my body. The scent of my youth! Well, sorry Beautylish, I spend a lot of money with you but I had to buy it instantly.

I love it so much. I’ve never been to Italy but this is what I imagine it smells like. Orange flowers and blue crystal waters. It’s amazing. It is the scent of my life.

But, as people have said, it is not a long-lasting fragrance. I don’t know why. I understood my 4711 was a refreshing and cheap cologne and not meant to last, but this one should. Yes, it does last longer than the cologne, but not more than a couple hours. That may be on purpose, as the drydown is so clean and pure. So I bought a bottle and a purse spray to refresh. I do want to smell this all day.

That is my only complaint about this marvelous perfume. It has made me want to try Tom Ford everything.

For those who love it but can’t imagine the price for a scent that doesn’t last, here are my tips and it’s all about fragrance layering. I use the 4711 soap and/or body wash. There is no cream so I’ll likely buy Ford’s team. Deodarant, and oil. Then I liberally splash 4711 from head to toe (yes, now that there is online shopping I have it again). The final touch is Neroli Portofino perfume, with the mini in my bag. A trick my grandmother taught me-spray a Cotten ball with your perfume and tuck in your bra.

You might ask why I don’t just stick with 4711, but it truly doesn’t last more than minutes and Tom Ford’s scent does last a few hours. And while they are nearly identical, Ford’s fragrance has an extra depth. Yes, there are other Neroli fragrances that are close, but none like this for me.

Others would take off a star for longevity but not me, because this fragrance transports me like no other-and I literally have hundreds of other perfumes. I am a collector. It will always be my favorite scent. Beautylish, please add the oil!

Nice for little marks

The only we get, the more spots we seem to get. Even after doing laser treatments I still have some brown spots and tiny capillaries. All those years of sun worshiping are showing.

I’ve tried concealer but can’t get the right look. But this pencil is perfect. I can draw on top of the spots and they just magically disappear. I can wear foundation right over it and nothing shows. It’s also great for little marks on my chest and arms where I don’t want to cover with foundation.

This pencil is going to be a new part of my makeup routine. The only problem is that the stick isn’t screwing down the way I’d hoped. I haven’t tried it to get new product up yet, but I have confidence that if it doesn’t work, Beautylish will make it right.

To me, this is the best product to cover small marks on the skin. If you don’t need foundation, this may be all you need.

Georgeous colors

A lovely glitter that doesn't get everywhere. If you hate cleaning up messy glitter for three days, but want a glittery look, this is for you. Goes on easy and comes off easy.

The three colors are lovely. I bought it for the pinky bronze one, but the silver is very pretty, as is the coppery brown. The make your kids shine without overdoing a color.

As a person with deepset, hooded eyes I love these glitters that call attention to my lids without being overwhelming. They don't smear everywhere and don't get on the hood. Yes, they are glitter so you might find a speck on your cheek but it's never a mess. Well done.

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Seems to be good for nails but changes color.

My toenails are getting dry and also now have white spots. I was terrified I was getting some sort of fungus, but searches show it's merely dry and likely from the chemo I'm on continuously. Still, we cancer patients want to look good too, so I find products like this that can help me look healthy and cared for while also solving a problem.

So if my nails need air, why not try breathable polish? Don't want them to suffocate.

The color I picked was beautiful but darkened considerably after it dried. It was still pretty so didn't bother me, but is something to note. It got darker still as days went buy.

Coverage is good, and is easy to apply. No problems with the brush. It lasted as long on my toes as any other polish.

And here's where it gets good-the white spots started to disappear. They seem to be gone now, and I did nothing different but use this polish. It isn't even the only one I used-I did go back for a color switch to OPI from time to time. But I kept this as my main polish a few months.

I confess-I'm not really a believer in the magic some cosmetics say they can achieve. I don't know that breathable polish solved my problem or if it would have happened anyway. I don't know if there is a chemical in polishes that my nails don't like, or if a soap affected me, or any number of things. But I also see no reason to not keep a bottle around and use it from time to time.

My main concern is the color change but it's minor and as long as you aren't doing an exact match for something, and you are not intense about colors, it should be fine.

I didn't use it on fingers much, as my fingernails are very soft and brittle from my treatment and nothing lasts more than a few hours. Fortunately, the white spot issue was strictly toes.

Brows look great

I confess, I've always used cheap brow brushes. Wax gets clogged in them and the shape changes quickly so I figured, why bother? I watch Wayne and know what a stickler for brows he is so I should have known to get better tools! Anyway, I got these in my lucky bag, and I'm so glad I did-I now see the difference the right tools can make.

After losing my hair to chemo, my brows did now grow back fully and I have weird gaps. I've tried a lot of products, from waxes to pencils to powders. These brushes are the best I tried. When using powder and brushes, and even smoothing out pencil. The hero brush stands up to powder and wax, and you can get a great looking shape. The spoolie is stronger than a regular spoolie and is better for corralling those wayward hairs, and the comb is great for eyelashes. I have gaps in them too so this helps me even them out before putting mascara on. They are also a good size for working in front of a mirror-some brushes are too long.

I probably would never have splurged on these brushes but I'm so glad I have them.

Naturally Glorious!

When I was a teen, the beauty magazines all focused on "the natural look. " Not to give away my age, but the style then was to appear like you weren't wearing makeup and were magically oerfect. Then the 80s came around and bright blue eye shadow with tons of blush and a magenta lip was in-natural was out. The 90s was a transition period, typically with one area highlighted, either lips or eyes. Shine was more important than color.

And now we have the perfect makeup decade. We wear beautiful colors, we know about blending and tools, we can wear green lipstick or neutral eyes. We have so much to choose from, and everybody can find their own style. Technique is shared. I really wish I was young now to take advantage, but glitter and sparkles don't look well on a woman in her 50s, (although I have been known to wear purple lipstick.)

What does this have to do with the Becca palette? Well, it is full of beautiful colors, perfect for everyday, whether you are young or older. The colors are subtle but earthy and exotic at the same time, like the 70s and 00s. They are finely milled, beautifully pigmented, and there is no fallout. The colors lead to each other, light to dark, like a line of lovely ducklings. You can keep them light or deepen them for smoke. They will go with every skin tone. It has already replaced my favorite Naked neutral pallet. Basically, this palette is timeless.

If you need a palette that is great for work, or just the old 70s natural look, maybe want something for your daughter to get started, want to create light and shadows, or just enjoy plain beautiful colors, this is it. It's my favorite now.

Fab products, amazing value

So, one needs to remember that this is a grab bag. You take your chances-for me, knowing the kind of products Beautylish carries, it's not much of a gamble. Even if I have it or it's not my color, they are all high quality products that make good gifts.

That said, I won't be giving anything away. I loved everything, which included: Becca eye shadow palette, IT pore perfector pressed powder, the most beautiful Kevyn Aqcoin creme blush, Wayne Goss Eyebrow brush set, Nudestyx Blur pencil, and Bioderma make-up remover. I paid $75.00 and while I didn't add it up, I'm sure the value was double what I paid. Not only that, there isn't one thing in the bag I won't use or am not delighted with. Some things I was familiar with-I have many of the IT products and am a Bioderma addict. Some I'd not heard of such as the Becca palette, which I'm wearing right now and love-it's exactly what I like for every day eye makeup. And I got some I knew about but may not have purchased (Nudestyx) but after trying it, I like having it.

For me, the point of this grab bag is to get things I may not have considered purchasing and hopefully get a little bargain in the process. I got both, and then some. I liked my bag last year, loved my Lucky bag this year, and I only hope to be able to buy one next year.

Thank you Beautylish for an amazing value and products I'll love all year.


My night time routine has changed because of Bioderma. Now, I sit and watch TV, with a pack of cotton pads and a bottle by my side, and gently remove the day's makeup and dirt, almost like a mini spa treatment. I can do this chore away from my bathroom, when relaxing.

By bedtime, my makeup is off, my skin is clean, and I can complete the rest of my routine, (Retin a and a moisturizer) saving extra time and hitting bed that much quicker. It's gentle on my aging skin, soothing, and removes all but the thickest mascara. (I keep a small bottle of an oil-based remover for those rare days.)

I adore this product and now have several bottles socked away. I can't resist a sale. I'm sending some to my sister so she can become as addicted as me.

Unique Wand

My lashes are precious to me. Having done chemo, I lost my hair but it was losing the lashes that really bothered me. I have babied them ever since they grew back; I tend them like a newborn baby. They are skimpier than they used to be, with gaps here and there, and they're also shorter, so mascara is a must. I also have hooded eyes so have to be very careful with the liner. I was fascinated by the idea of this skinny little wand creating the tightline look without liner. I was more fascinated when it actually worked! No, it doesn't look like you put eyeliner on but it does create thickness at the base of your lashes, giving that illusion. You can get closer to your lashline with this mascara than any other I've ever tried. This skinny wand lengthens and separates your lashes, giving you a great look -not clumpy at all. Because it's a primer, if you want to use a thickening mascara over it you can, and with ease, not tugging through already dried, clumped mascara. Because my lashes still have noticeable spaces, I do often use a thickening mascara on top but I always start with IT's tightline so I can hit the base. I think it is a must have in any makeup drawer.

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