things that Kitty likes

Latest

Laura Geller on HauteLook

If you’ve ever wanted to try some items from Laura Geller, now is a good time if you have a HauteLook account and even better if you have enough things you want from this brand or another (hello, Stila!) to reach $100 for free shipping. I caved and placed an order 2 days ago. While I do wish there were more sets (more value and a nice mix), there was enough for me to hit the checkout. Here’s a few items that ended up in my cart:

Laura Geller Portofino Collection

I mentioned I love Laura Geller sets and that was one of the few that appealed to me. I love her baked stuff a lot, especially the marble ones so this ended up in my cart as well:

Laura Geller Ethereal Duo – Berry

I’ve been wanting this eyeshadow duo for about a month now. I love Rome/Milan that I got with my Beauty Brands order and looked up online to see what other shades they have and this one was calling my name:

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo – Amethyst/Lagoon

The one that almost made it into my cart but didn’t (because I could only justify adding one eyeshadow duo to my order and chose the one above instead):

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo – Forest Mist/Unearthed

And here’s something I would’ve gotten if I didn’t end up getting some stuff already from this set:

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter Trio

My experience with her products has so far been really good. It actually surpassed another brand in terms of what I’m looking for (something that doesn’t make me feel like I have makeup on at all, but not that I’m not looking for full coverage or anything like that really). I didn’t want to chance what I like selling out by waiting for the Stila event (went live a few hours ago) but looks like I’m not missing much at all. This ends tomorrow at 8 AM Pacific so grab whatever you want before that!

Curtain Call: Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser

Hey guys! I’m back with another Curtain Call post. It makes me extremely happy to finish up a product that’s part of my beauty routine. There’s always a LOT of new stuff coming out that I want to try, but I can’t cause I have a ton of those type of products already. I’m just at a stage where I’m trying to use everything up as much as I can and only getting something new cause I need it and don’t have any backups stocked. It will take a while for that to happen unfortunately. But here’s what has been laying empty on the shower floor for a few days now: Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser.

At 6.8 fl oz / 200 ml, this retails for $14.99 at their online store and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores where it is sold. This entire pump top bottle lasted me for about 4 months. This definitely lasted longer than I thought for using it both in the morning and before I go to bed. Some days during the morning though I do end up using something else I have in the shower. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“This purifying, foaming gel cleanser is perfect for lifting make-up and pore-clogging debris without over-drying skin. Special pH-balanced formula with Chamomile and Cucumber helps soothe, revitalize, and hydrate skin. Skin Prep Cleanser is part of the Eclos™ anti-aging skin care system. Eclos™ products are exclusively formulated with Apple Stem Cell Technology, extracted from a rare Swiss Apple, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture in 2 weeks.* Antioxidants help tone and revitalize for a fresh, super clean surface.

Directions: Using gentle circular motion, massage a quarter-size amount onto damp skin. Rinse with warm water. User morning and night.

*100% of 20 participants in a clinical study on Apple Stem Cells experienced a decrease in wrinkle depth after 28 days.”

Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser

Verdict? It’s not bad as a cleanser really, but on the pricier side for a drugstore product. It does a good job of cleaning my face well while leaving my skin soft and not drying at all. After getting the hang of how much product it dispenses with one full pump, I adjusted and figured out how much pressure to apply to get the desired amount for washing my face. The smell is fresh like ginger. It’s not bad but I do know some people who dislike scents like this. I can’t say I saw much of a difference with all the good things this Apple Stem Cell Technology brings. I personally think something like that would be more evident in a leave-on product like a facial moisturizer (which I also have and will start using eventually) rather than a wash-off product like this. I’m not saying that their claims aren’t true — everyone’s different and it just didn’t work that way for me. If I didn’t get this as a Klout Perk for free, I wouldn’t have purchased it without it being on a good sale at the very least.

This product can easily be purchased at the online store here or at various retail and drugstores such as Target, ULTA, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.

Shimmer Polish Nichole

Hey guys! How have y’all been? I actually ventured out this weekend to visit my husband’s side of the family since it was his birthday weekend. It was hot out and it also happened to be the tax-free weekend for back to school. There were more people out than usual but we managed to just stick to the few stores he wanted to go to (I could care less….I don’t like crowds). We also shaved down our dog so he would stay cooler in this heat. I’ve been doing a mini polish inventory at home and slapped on a neon shade for my toes and a glittery number on the nails. What went on my nails is Shimmer Polish Nichole.

Shimmer Polish Nichole

I feel like I should’ve worn this on July 4th since the color scheme would work very well for it. It’s made up of primarily red, silver and blue glitter, just like how the creator described it on the website. The sizes of the glitters are all different, but that just makes this shade more fun in my opinion. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. Glitter is decently packed. I had to retake the close-up shots later on because I actually ended up dinging that nail onto the corner of a table. Formula is good and it applied beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Nichole (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Nichole (lighting changed again)

Another winner in my book definitely!

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Curtain Call: Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Hey guys! I haven’t done a Curtain Call post in a while. I’ve been struggling to finish some items I have open in the shower and my bathroom counter. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag. Here’s Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask.

At 60 ml / 2.03 fl oz, this retails for $12 at their online store and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores where it is sold. The entire tube lasted me for almost 3 months. Keep in mind that I have long hair that goes down my back. The back of the tube reads the following:

“The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.”

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Verdict? I love it. I notice the difference more on first use, but it works pretty well until this morning as a deep conditioner I use about once a week. The directions listed on the back instructs you to us this either as a weekly treatment or an everyday conditioner. I use a generous amount enough to coat my hair from the tip to close to the roots but not touching it. I wait for 5 minutes usually and rinse thoroughly after. It kept my hair smooth and soft. The color is a creamy white and the texture is just like what I would expect from a conditioner. In fact, both color and texture reminds me that of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Conditioner with the texture part just a little bit more firm/less viscous compared to that. The scent is more on the warm side for me like what I would think of with sandalwood. My co-worker sister Renix thinks it’s pretty close to sandalwood. It’s a bit pricey, but if you end up really liking it I don’t see a problem dropping the dough for what you get. $12 isn’t too, too bad really for a once a week product that lasts for months. For me, I’ll pick more up if it goes on sale or clearance for a good price.

This product can easily be purchased at the online store here or at various retail and drugstores such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Kohl’s, ULTA, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.

Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have another collection from Finger Paints that got me pretty excited when I got them in the mail. The colors are so pretty and the shades look very promising. I love vibrant colors of the sea. Here’s Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Collection.

First up is Underwater Enchantress.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress

Underwater Enchantress definitely wowed me just by looking at the bottle. It actually made me think of shades like Chanel Peridot and such. It’s vibrant and stunning, but I wish they left the shades that way and not add in anything else for the texture. They were trying to get the texture to be kinda like fish scales. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (in shade)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (close-up)

Next up is Tails Of Love.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love

Tails Of Love is the one I thought I’d love the most initially. It’s a beautiful teal shade with the same texture finish. They achieved this finish with round glitters that I think are clear. You can see them pretty clearly in most of the shots. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (in shade)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (close-up)

Next we have Sailor’s Lure.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure

Sailor’s Lure is a nice duochrome shade….with the same texture finish. While the shade is pretty, I think the duochrome property would be prettier and more evident if it didn’t have the texture finish. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (in shade)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (another shot)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Sea Temptress.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress

Sea Temptress is another duochrome that would fare better if it didn’t have the texture finish. This white opal shade is the one I have most trouble with picturing myself using it. I can see myself using the other shades, but not this one as much. I usually wear light duochrome shades by itself or over a dark shade like black and I can’t see myself doing either with this. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (in shade)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (close-up)

Overall? This is one collection I definitely think it looks better in the bottle than on the nails. Some can actually pass to my liking to actually wear them, but not as a full mani. Something more along the lines of an accent nail or something. My favorite is Underwater Enchantress. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

%d bloggers like this: