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Sunday, June 26, 2011

L'Oreal Sublime Mousse Haircolor #90 Pure Light Blonde

Every post that I have made thus far on my blog have been about products that I happen to like and enjoy using.  With that being said, this will be my first negative post on my blog.

I previously tried another brand of Mousse/Foam hair color, John Frieda (see earlier review), and I was pleased with the results, but not thrilled.  So, this time I thought I would try another newcomer in mousse hair color; L'Oreal Sublime Mousse.

PRO'S:  I really like the ease of these new mousse/foam hair colors.  They are easy to apply; you just shampoo it in and leave it in for the specified time, and rinse and condition, that's it!  I like how the L'Oreal Sublime Mousse left my hair shiny with lots of highlights and lowlights.  

Some people have complained that it has a strong ammonia odor, and I did not detect any strong odor at all.  Actually, it had a nice, light and pleasant scent. 

Also, some reviewers said that it "stained" their hairline and scalp.  I did not have any issues whatsoever with this formula staining my scalp.

The kit comes with everything you need and the instructions are very easy to follow.  I have long hair (past my shoulders), and there was more than enough mousse to saturate my entire head.  It's very foamy at first, but then the foam starts to liquify after a few minutes, but it was not "drippy" at all.

CON'S:  The color I chose was "LIGHT" Blonde, and the end result was not what I was aiming for.  Keep in mind that my hair color was already a light blonde, but what I ended up with was "darker" than what I started with.  I would say the "Pure Light Blonde" is more of a medium blonde.  I am disappointed that I spent $10 on a hair color that I am not satisfied with.  The color on the box shows a girl with very "light" pale blonde hair, and even the before and after photo samples on the back of the box did not match what my results were.  My roots are still dark, all over my head!  WTH? Also, it does not provide good "gray" coverage, like L'Oreal claims.

I'm not sure what is going on with L'Oreal, but they are supposedly #1 in hair color, and it seems they missed the mark on the Sublime Mousse hair color.  Perhaps the developer is not strong enough?  I don't know.  This product is made by an outside company, so that may be the issue?  I have read other negative reviews on this hair color, but I decided to give it a try, anyways.  Now, I will have to wait a couple of weeks to "re-color" my hair, and I hope that I will get satisfactory results, next time.  I highly doubt that the color will improve after a few washes.  

I usually purchase my hair color at Sally's Beauty Supply for around $5.00 USD, and I never had an issue with the results.  Prior to the mousse, I was using L'Oreal Professional.  I thought I would prefer using the mousse hair color, instead of coloring the traditional way, with the liquid formula.  I guess I will go back to the traditional method to color my hair.  It's really a shame, because I really could like this mousse hair color; it did not stain or irritate my scalp, like traditional hair colors do.

In conclusion; will I be purchasing ANY other brand of mousse hair color?  no, no NO!!!!!  Not unless L'Oreal perfects their formula.  Or, any other brand, for that matter.

Sorry, L'Oreal.......but, you let me and my hair down this time.

**** UPDATE **** 6/30/2011:

I did some research online and educated myself on a few things regarding "at-home" hair coloring.  

I found out that "boxed" hair color that is sold in drugstores/supermarkets will typically only "lift" the color 2-levels #20 developer... (did not know this);  I usually use a #30 developer, so that is why I did not get the blonde results that I was seeking.  

I also learned that you should use a "30" developer when coloring your hair "blonde" (blonde shades are classified as level 9 or 10); the higher the number, the more blonde/lighter the color results.  Any color that is a level 9 or 10; you should be using a developer #30.  

Now, I know not to purchase any "boxed" hair color that is sold in stores.  I will go back to using professional color (mixing color w/developer) to get the results I need.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

L'Oreal H.I.P. Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor "Euphoric 660"

I really like these lip glosses; they are very moisturizing and although some shades seem more sheer than others, they still give off good color.  I think the creams are more opaque than the frosts are.  I also like that the frosted shades are not "metallic"; they give more of a "pearly" finish.  

Some people are put-off by the caramel-vanilla-cotton candy scent, but it does not bother me.  It reminds me of candied caramel apples at an amusement park; Yummy! LOL

The applicator is very nice also; L'Oreal and Lancome has done a very good job in that department.

The color I chose, "Euphoric" is a light pink frost and although it looks a bit intense in the tube, it looks more of a soft baby pink on your lips; very pretty!  Looks awesome with a pink lip liner!  Very pretty for the summer time:-)

I hope L'Oreal has plans to extend their H.I.P. cosmetic line; I think it's quite good.

L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick

This is a nice lipstick; it goes on smooth and creamy;  has a light feel to it, and sort of matte, but not "too" matte.

It was so hard to choose a shade.  At first, I was going to get a berry shade, but walked back over to the display and switched my selection to "Perpetual Peach", and I love it!!  I have been trying to find a good "peach" color, with warm under tones, and this one is it!  It's not a bright coral shade, it's just the right shade of soft nude-peach.

You may want to use a lip balm before applying this lip color, because as with any long-wearing lipstick, it may tend to make your lips feel dry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chanel Glossimer

A few of my current faves are "Brilliance", "Glow", "Sarong", "Nougat", and "Scintillance Twinkle #11".

Color description is as follows:

Brilliance (light pearly-pink/lavender)
Glow (light peachy-bronze pearl)
Sarong (pinky-brown pearl)
Nougat (warm beige-pink pearl)
Scintillance Twinkle (pink-opal pearl)

I love all of these shades.  I love the texture of these lip glosses; they are gel-based and although sheer, they have good pigmentation and last quite long, for a gloss.  They are beautiful to wear alone, with a lip liner, or over a complimentary lipstick.  You can never go wrong with Chanel Glossimer.

It's quite a large tube and they do last a long time.  Chanel Glossimer's are, in my opinion, the best lip glosses out there and are well-worth the price.  Also, they are fragrance-free; another thing I love about Chanel.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

I am a bit late in trying the Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick, but I have to say it was well worth the wait!  The shade I purchased is "Perle"; a very lovely light, natural pink with champagne shimmer; it's gorgeous!  

I've always been a huge fan of Chanel's lippies and glossimers, and this formula has not let me down either.  The application is very smooth and creamy and feels good on the lips.  I love the scent of Chanel's lippies; it's very sophisticated and grown-up-like; nothing sweet or candy-like....just a nice, light scent that is not offensive.

I love the case too; very sophisticated and has a nice "click" sound when you close it.  Very chic, oh so very Chanel!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick

One of my fave lippies, EVER is Guerlain's Kiss Kiss Lipsticks!  Two that I currently own are "Rose Strass" and "Forever Beige".  They are both beautiful colors.  Rose Strass is a gorgeous medium-tone mauve/rose with shimmer.  Forever Beige is a beautiful, warm-beige-nude color, with shimmery golden undertones.  

Guerlain's Kiss Kiss formulas are fabulous!  They apply like velvet, feel good on your lips; have good staying power and smell delicious!  I would describe the scent as cotton candy and Pez (for those of you who are old enough to remember Pez candy).  It's a beautiful aroma, like their meteorites powder.  If you are familiar with Guerlain, then you recognize their famous "violet" scent.  If you can recall, Guerlain once made the fragrance, which I still have in my possession.  That's another blog, lol.

The gold lipstick case is a work of art, and I feel so special every time I apply this lipstick.  Guerlain is a french luxury brand (a bit pricey, but worth it) and I think that every Woman out there who loves lipsticks, should own at least one or two!  Aside from their lipsticks, Guerlain knows how to make beautiful cosmetics, that women want to wear.  They know how to make a woman feel special.   

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick will always be one of my favorites.  

Lancome Color Design Lipstick

Lancome's Color Design Lipsticks (Sensational Effects Lipcolor) comes in five different formula's; cream, sheen, metallic, shimmer and matte.  The formula and color I own is the sheen in "Vintage Rose".

The texture is sheer finish, and very moisturizing; feels like a lip balm.  Really nice for the summer months.  Even after a couple of hours, my lips still felt protected and moisturized and had a hint of color.

The shade I chose, "Vintage Rose" is a very soft, medium-mauve tone and is great for every day wear.

The lipstick case is very pretty and elegant looking.  Also, I love that this lipstick is fragrance-free too!

Overall, I am enjoying the Lancome Color Design Lipstick, and I think I will try their other formula's as well.

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick

I love this lipstick made by Boots No7.  It's a long-wearing lipstick that comes in a array of beautiful colors.  I always noticed this brand at my local Target store, but did not know very much about this brand from the U.K.  After reading reviews on-line, I just had to try it.

The shades I purchased are "Under the Sun" and "Chinchilla".  I love them both.  The shade, "Under the Sun" is a rich, bronze - almost terracotta, with golden undertones.  It's a beautiful shade to wear in the summer.  The shade, "Chinchilla" is a beautiful, warm-nude that is an easy-to-wear every day color!  

I was pleasantly surprised when I first applied this lip color.  It is super-pigmented and you only have to apply a "thin" layer to get good coverage.  This lipstick can be a tad drying, so you may want to apply a lip balm before application.  Even with applying a lip balm beforehand, the color still lasts for hours!  After 6 hours, my lips still looked great.  You will want to touch-up after you drink or have a meal, but the color will stay on. 

I would compare this formula to L'Oreal's "Endless" lipstick (may be discontinued), minus the fragrance.

I love how this lipstick applies; it's difficult to explain....when you put it on, it's so light and feels like velvet, and it stays in place (you could go without a lip liner).  I also love that this lipstick is "fragrance-free"; big plus!

In conclusion, I love Boots No7 Stay Perfect lipstick, and it does what it says it does...stays PERFECT!