Friday, June 17, 2016

Weak in the Knees...

I know it seems kind of odd to talk about this on a beauty blog, but it's hard to feel beautiful when you've been in pain for a long long so...

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a knee disorder and my X-rays showed narrowing of the joint corridor. Needless to say, I've been in pain for months - especially anytime that I have to stand for more than 6 ours or accidentally wrench or turn the knee. Sometimes it will just give when I'm walking. This knee brace was just what the doctor ordered.

The brace has three Velcro straps that secure it around the knee, and rubber treads that help keep it in place. There are four springs sewn into two channels on either side of the knee brace that provide support to the ball joint while you are wearing it. I found that I was able to walk faster and stand longer while using it. It in improved my confidence when wearing it. Before, If my knee was even a little sore or if I had sat for a long period,  I would be afraid that the knee would give.

Now,I can even walk right down the stairs from my third floor apartment with very little to no discomfort. Unfortunately, there is a con...

The brace is basically one size fits most, so it does not secure as well as it would around someone with even a slightly smaller upper leg. Because of this is often slides out of alignment and I have to tug it back into place. I've been trying to wear black to make the brace less obvious but people are going to notice you tugging at it. It will stay in place better if I strap it really tight but that can't be good for my circulation. I would suggest the company try making one the is for larger legs, too.

The con aside, this is a lifesaver.There is a marked difference in my mobility when I wear it and when I don't. I've been able to become more active now that I can keep my knee stable. I'm looking forward to returning to the gym and getting back my leg strength.

Disclaimer: I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Majestic Pure Argan Hair Mask

Majestic Pure Argan Hair Mask is a type of conditioner that promises super hydration, restoration and nutrition. The mask is a product of Morocco being distributed by a San Diego company. You're supposed to apply it like a conditioner after washing and towel drying your hair. You leave it in for 5 minutes and then rinse it out. I used mine a little differently.

I have 3c curly hair which has a tendency to get very dry. I worked the mask into my hair, coating the ends especially. I left it in all day. The conditioner smells so good and has a light, creamy texture. A little goes a long way and it's not waxy or greasy.

In the evening I rinsed it out and applied more to sleep in. I got that idea from another reviewer whose hair looked similar to mine. I loved how the mask made my hair silky and soft. It smelled fantastic.

I give it a 5/5 stars! You can purchase it here.

I received this free or at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Betrayed! A Lipstick Tale

Evil Shades Fiendish was my favorite non-pink.
Then along came Cyanide and gave my a wink.
The blue perfect blue: not navy, not baby,
Sweet Cyanide, how happy you've made me

But then...

WTF!?  My tube won't turn!

I knew that Japonesque palette kit I bought was more than just an shopaholic fix a good look.  I emailed the Mistress of Color at Evil Shades and she suggested scraping it out and melting it for 5-10 seconds in a microwave safe dish.  Then I remembered that I had this thing.  It took me like fifteen minutes to find it amongst all my other totally necessary and NOT impulse beauty buys.

Pretty sure I bought this from but check around.

There was so much product still in the tube.  Of course after I had already made a mess scraping it out, it decided to turn.  Whatever, Cyanide, I'm so mad at you! 

I scraped it into the kit's silicon dish with the spatula that's provided and nuked it for like 30 seconds.  The instructions said 1 minute but 30 seconds sufficed. 

When it was all hot and liquidy, I poured it into one of the empty pans in the palette I got from Beauty On Blast 101.

Viola.  Saved my fave.

(Of course I also bought two tubes more just in case.)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lime Crime Sale!

Don't miss this sale: 55% off all eyeshadows and primer.  I personally am going for Shoe Addict and the primer.  I've heard the primer works great on lips.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Improving The Sunday Bob w/Creaclip

I'm not going to be lazy and video-blog everything.  Really.  After the elastic fiasco on Sunday, I purchased a Creaclip and used it to get a better cut.  I'm probably not using it as advertised but I still like the results.  It cost me about $36 after shipping so unless you absolutely have to have one the says CreaClip on it, I suggest you stalk eBay for the generic version.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Empty Palettes Galore: Beauty On Blast 101

Remember those Covergirl magnetic pots?  Well I have a whole lot of them that I bought off eBay.  Problem is popping them in and out of those stingy little 4-pan palettes is time consuming.  I guess you could store them in the clear plastic snap cases they come in but it's still time not very practical.  Solution: empty palettes!

I have purchased a total of four palettes, the first of which came from a site called BeautyOnBlast101.  BeautyOnBlast101 is run by a woman named Selima.  She's on YouTube and funny as hell so check her out.  She also sells them through eBay but I say buy them through her webstore.  I'm done supporting (fe)eBay, having left them myself after their last decision to collect a final value fee on shipping and handling.  Sellers have to charge more to compensate and eBay was supposed to be about finding bargains.  They had the nerve to pitch this as a "reward" to sellers who keep low S/H costs because they were reducing the overall fee rate to 11%  (it was 12% of just the sale) for store subscribers.  They are about to force 30day cash refunds on sellers, too, but I digress.

From BOB101 I got a small palette that looks a little like a stamp pad and a large 28-well palette with foam spacer and sticky-dot secures.  The small one is a freestyle palette with a magnetic sheet bottom. Immediately, I tried to add the CoverGirl magnetic pots.  I quickly found out that, though they fit, the fact that they already have a magnet attached raises the pan just enough to cause issues with closure.  Namely, there are protruding L-shaped ridges on the inside of the lip that dig into the pan, gouging its contents.  This wasn't really a big deal since I wanted to make a lipstick palette anyway.  I bought empty square tins from mehndi911, a seller on eBay, that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing since they fit so nice.

Small palette closed.
Open to show magnetic bottom.
15 pans fit so nicely.

I haven't decided what to do with the 28 well one.  It does not come with pans and I do not have a lot of eyeshadows that are round that can be depotted.  I've never depotted anything but I'd like to try it.  I like how it has the foam insert because I'm one of those strange people that likes order in the darnedest places.  The whole living room could be a mess but I'll be irritated if my DVDs are not neatly on their shelves.

28 wells + stickies.

Next time: recycled palettes!