Friday, March 30, 2007

L'Oreal's Vive Pro Shampoo

It's been a while since I have posted. My apologies!

I used to be a salon snob. In all fairness, I worked in salons. I knew the products on the shelf - I sold them and I used them. I was a big fan of Rusk products, as my own personal stylist was a Rusk regional trainer at the time. That was a good time in the history of my hair.

And then I moved here. No longer working in salons or having the contacts (old co-workers could still order me products at cost because I was well-loved), I was forced back into the tragic world of buying shampoo at the dread drugstore. The first time I bought a drugstore shampoo I almost felt like crying. I could no longer afford to buy salon products. I know, I know - what a sad tale! Haha!

Anyway, I've been using either Pantene Pro-V or L'Oreal's Color Vive shampoos and conditioners ever since. I've been fairly happy, once I got used to drugstore products again. Recently, I noticed that L'Oreal changed their Vive line of shampoos and conditioners and I thought - what the hell, I'll give it a try. I'm worth the five bucks.

Boy, was I wrong. I thought it was just me. I thought, maybe I have been careless at the art of washing my hair. It's long so it gets dirty quicker. I washed it again. I tried it one more time. And yet again. The results have been constant - my hair feels like absolute crap when I wash my hair with their Vive Pro line of shampoos and conditioners. I feel like I wasted five dollars...and when you are on a budget, it kind of sucks.

First of all, I can't stand the scent of the product. It used to smell nice, refreshing. Now, it smells like candy. It's too sweet and I can't stand it.

Secondly, and most importantly, it doesn't make my hair feel clean. It feels dry and yet oily. It makes my hair look stringy and it feels gummy. I leave for work in the morning far from satisfied. My hair looks like crap. I can't believe how awful this new formula is.

Thirdly, and not important at all, I hate the color of the packaging. It's bright orange. Orange can be cool, especially for creating some sort of 70's atmosphere...but for shampoo, it looks terribly outdated. It doesn't look sleek and professional. It's, of course, a minor detail.

Yes, I have discovered that I hate this product a lot. It makes me want to constantly wash my hair...and that's not a good sign. I swallowed my schemes of budgeting and bought myself another bottle of shampoo today. I may sound ultra lame but I hate knowing that I just wasted my hard earned five bucks.

Le sigh!

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Surfin' Around

Ah, the Make-Up Mistress is tragically suffering from a headache today. Aunt Flow has hit with a vengence this time around, making me cranky and making my head pound and helping me feel like a walking balloon. I have another Saturday off and I had plans of writing an interesting blog about the new products I have tried and fun makeup techniques I have playing with. Alas, my head feels like a two-ton heavy thing.

Instead, I was searching about the web for interesting websites for women. I came across a site called WomanSavers. I was hoping to find some makeup advice, tips, and information. You know, a site that brings women together in many aspects.

What I discovered was that the website's motto is "research and rate B4U date". They are, apparently, the leader in online men's database ratings since 2003. It is to help other women with dating - primarily, warning other women before they date your ex. I don't really know what to think of this.

I have ex, just like everyone else, that I think should come with a warning label. It would say something like - "Proceed with Caution" or "Danger!" (in a 1950's robot voice). I'm not sure, however, if I would go to the extreme to post their photograph and write a blurb about the horrors of dating him. To each their own, I suppose.

I was curious. I did a search people I knew and I felt a bit strange doing so. My search came up empty and I'm kind of glad. I like to think that there is some good in everyone and maybe my experience was just one simple shitty time, moving us forward to become better people to ourselves and the people we spend time with.

A good thing about this website is that they do have helpful intentions. All the money made from this particular website is donated to charities that help abused women and children. I think that aspect is great - I just don't know what to think of the website in general.

What do you think? I'm curious to see what other woman think of this website. Do you think it is a good thing or a negative thing to have available on the internet?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

First Day of Spring!

To welcome the first day of spring, I colored my eyelids with a lovely combination of bright and dark green. Clearly, it did not go over well with the girl in the subway who called me a bitch for no apparent reason, haha.

I was also inspired by another gal's makeup I saw last night on an online dating site. No, I wasn't looking for a "prince charming" - I'm happy with the one I've got. Every once in a while, I browse online dating websites to find eligible ladies for my wonderful and single friend back home. As well, to have a bit of a chuckle.

So in the midst of hilarious, desperate, and a few sincere profiles, I was taken aback by this one woman's profile pic. Her eye makeup was amazing! I can't even describe it, it was that stunning. Her eyeshadow looked like a dewy meadow - such a beautiful emerald green that lit up her face and made her look intoxicatingly mysterious at the same time. Ah, I totally had makeup envy! I could never wear green like that!

Speaking of which, does anyone have a favorite green eyeshadow they swear by?

Anyway, besides being green with envy - I had a few laughs while browsing this particular website. There are A LOT of makeup disasters going on in the world of online dating. I'm sure they all have hearts of gold but they could definitely use some tips on applying black eyeliner. Yikes!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Loose Powder Dilemma

Every other day, I browse eBay to find my face powder that I have used faithfully for years. For the past few months, I have had a hard time finding it. That's odd, I thought. I knew it was available at a salon outside of my city but I didn't want to travel nor did I want to pay salon prices. I used to work at a salon - I know how much salons jack up the price of everything from cosmetics to an hour's worth of hair dye. It's ridiculous. So I compromised. A few months ago, I bought a simple pressed powder by Cover Girl so I could save the little amount of loose powder that I still have for special occasions.

After a lengthy internet search (I'm easily distracted online), I discovered that my favorite loose face powder has been discontinued along with the entire line. I silently screamed inside, a long and drawn out "noooooo!". EBay doesn't have any. There are no links online to the product. Sephora doesn't carry it.

So it's official, I'm now searching for a new face powder and I would sincerely appreciate all the help I can get.

The powder that I have used for years was a line of cosmetics by Graham Webb, called Bibo. It was in loose powder form, in the shade of "light". It was a perfect blend - it went on lightly, it made your skin soft, and it didn't look chalky. It gave your skin a finished look. It was the perfect color. It came in a big container so the powder would last a long time. It...was...perfect. And now it's gone.

So I need your help. Any suggestions from my loyal readers. I know at least one of you out there has a good suggestion! What do you use? What do you love? What brands should I avoid?

To make it easier, I have made a list of things that I want/don't want in a face powder:
- Ideally, I want a loose powder. However, I am willing to try out a pressed powder if it's good.
- I want something that is in my price range. I'm not a cheapskate but I don't want to spend a ton of money on something that will run out quickly when I already have bills to pay.
- I don't like the powders from MAC Cosmetics.
- I don't like the powders from Maybelline.
- I have never tried the loose powders from Cover Girl but the pressed gives me blackheads, unfortunately. I think I'd like to steer clear from them.
- I don't want something that makes my skin look orange. I'm pale and proud of it.
- I want something light and not chalky.

Any suggestions would be more than helpful! Thanks!

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