L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Review

To be honest I don’t wear eyeshadow very often. My everyday look is black liquid eyeliner and red lipstick, so I often feel when I add eyeshadow into the mix I look like a total whore! However, since I died my hair red I found that golds and copper shades look awesome with the new do and don’t clash with my everyday red lips (red lips get top priority in my life).

Holiday 2011 I picked up the Lancôme Ombre Magnetique eyeshdow in Disco Gold because I fell in LOVE with the gold color (it wasn’t too light nor too dark, not orange, not bronze… but just a nice aged gold color) It was my first dabble at an eyeshadow in the pressed pigment texture, and I loved it. However it wasn’t very long-lasting or very vibrant in color (it would just fade away after a few hours). Then I made the fatal mistake of leaving the lid off and it dried out entirely changing the easy application of the eyeshadow. BUMMER! I have serious issues with putting lids back on things; you have no idea how many products I’ve ruined because of this horrible habit!  (Below is a picture of my Lancôme Ombre Magnetique eyeshdow in Disco Gold to give you a visual on the comparison to the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow).

When the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow came onto the scene I noticed the gold/bronze shades immediately but decided to wait a while and see how the reviews were on these suckers.

Reading the reviews I noticed people talking about the pressed pigment texture, and I got a little excited because I thought of my Lancôme Disco Gold I had ruined. I caved, went to the local drug store and bought the following colors: Eternal Sunshine (hoping this would be a close match to the Lancôme disco gold), Amber Rush, and Taupe.

 From left to right- Eternal Sunshine, Amber Rush, Taupe.

Once I got home and ripped into these L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows I realized that yes, they were a dupe of the Lancôme limited edition 2011 version! But they are even better because I feel they are more pigmented.

Onto the colors- each of these colors on their own don’t do a whole lot for me. Eternal Sunshine is not the same ‘aged’ gold as the Lancôme (even though they look so similar in the pictures), it’s close… but doesn’t have the depth I was looking for. Taupe is too brown for me, and Amber Rush is far too pink for me. I almost wish all three of these colors would have an orgy and make me a bronze-ish colored love child!

The awesome thing about these shadows is their blending abilities and the smooth velvet texture. I love eyeshadow that I can apply with my finger, applying eyeshadow with a brush always takes up too much time for me. I want to savagely blend it with my finger! With these eyeshadows you can do just that, so I started playing around and blending the colors. Turns out when I lay down a layer of Amber Rush on my lid, then blend Taupe into my crease line and then highlight my brow bone and inside corner with Eternal Sunshine I get an amazing vivid wash of golds/bronzes. They blend beautifully together! I got the orgy bronze-ish color I was after.

Lasting power on these shadows is not so great without a primer, I invested in the L’Oreal eye primer and when I use that on my lids with these shadows I got a solid 8 hours of perfect wear, and even after the 8 hours the creasing is minimal and fading is minimal. Obviously 24 hours is a hard claim to live up too, and besides that who honestly needs eyeshadow to last 24 hours? Hell, I am happy with 8 hours. Maybe it doesn’t take all that much to please me? Hmm. If that’s the case I really should have a boyfriend by now?….

Anyways I would recommend L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow’s, especially if you are looking for easy blend eyeshadows at an accessible price. I feel these are virtually screw-up proof because they blend so amazingly well. Grab a few colors and play around.

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April 12, 2012. Tags: , , , . beauty. Leave a comment.

Natural Deodorant Reviews- Pit Putty, Healing-Scents, In Love with Body Care, and Relax Deodorant

It’s a joke among friends and family that I should be paid to be a deodorant tester… I am literally obsessed with trying natural Deodorants (you can read one of my first run ins with natural deodorant here: https://glambomb.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-battle-of-antiperspirant-vs-lavilin-underarm-deodorant-defeat-the-b-o/ ), and for the last few years I’ve probably tried 60+ different natural deodorants.

If you’re questioning my dedication here’s a picture of just ONE of my deodorant stashes. I have many more drawers, boxers, make-up bag stashes littering my entire bedroom and bathroom.

Obviously it’s been a journey exploring natural deodorants, and I think the biggest tip I could offer anyone is this is a process of trail and error. I run into more deodorants that don’t work than do work. But the more you try you start to learn what your body likes, and now that I know what works best for my body chemistry I am finding more and more deodorants that work for me.

For me I’ve learned:

  1. My body chemistry mixes horribly with Unscented, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Mint, and Tea Tree. I do best with lemon, citrus and spicy essential oils/scents.
  2. Baking Soda is a must for me in any formula.
  3. Spray deodorants are not effective for me.
  4. No matter what I have to re-apply/touch up during the day to keep odor at bay (hey I’m honest, I battle BO!).
  5. I do best when I layer different deodorants. I know it sounds ridiculous, but come on I gotta do something with all my dozens and dozens of deodorants! My layering routine changes/rotates, some days I’ll layer 3 different deodorants, and some days I’ll layer 6 different deodorants (I have a sex and a out dancing layer routine that is dynamite…. It’s a no fail godsend!). But I have a few deodorants that are my secret weapon, which I’ll share with you!

If you happen to read this and have a question about a certain deodorant you are looking into feel free to hit me up, chances are I’ve tried it!

Bubble and Bee- http://www.bubbleandbee.com

No matter what deodorants I am layering I always finish off and touch up throughout the day with Bubble and Bee Lemon and Clove with Baking Soda Pit Putty. I love the scent- mild lemon spice, but it strangely mixes well with my sweet perfume, but better than the scent is it’s outstanding performance.

I can confidently say that out of the 60+ natural deodorants I have tried over the years this little gem is the ONLY one that keeps me dry. I don’t have much of a wetness issue, but in summer everyone gets a little sweaty. If you happen to get a little puddley once you apply this it quickly absorbs any moister (and funk) to make you feel fresh right away. A lot of natural deodorants are full of coco and shae butters leaving you with that overly moisturizing/greasy feeling (which I can’t stand). There is nothing worse then applying a deodorant especially on a hot day that feels too moisturizing/slippery, it just adds to that gross sweaty feeling. Pit putty has an odd consistency compared to most natural deodorants. When it’s at room temp it’s kind of hard/powdery clumpy when you apply, and even when Pit Putty gets a little melty in hot weather it’s more of a thicker firm melty?… but once you can rub it in it automatically spreads and dries with no greasy feeling while absorbing wetness.

Yes, if do some research you’ll find some people complain about the white crumbly mess this can leave behind. It works best if you apply it and then rub it in with your fingers. I don’t see this as a deal breaker; I mean I’d rather rub my fingers over my armpit than have BO! However, I will say that this deodorant can be messy! I apply my deodorant in my bedroom, and stuff crumbles all over my hardwood floors. Stephanie (the owner of Bubble and Bee) mentions some tips on making this less messy such as don’t over apply and keep it in the refrigerator (prevents the coconut oil from getting too warm so it keeps the pit putty more solid/harder and less crumbling). Well, these tips are GREAT, but if you’re like me… a self proclaimed over applier of product then these tips aren’t very realistic! That being said I’ve briefly considered a mini fridge in my room to store this deodorant because it is so much less messy when it’s kept at a colder temperature… but that would be over the top, and I thin people would really question my sanity!

Beyond making a mess on my bedroom floor (which I clean up daily with a dust buster) I think the major con of Pit Putty is if you are like me and carry your deodorant around with you for touchups throughout the day… this isn’t the best choice due to messy factor (however that’s never stopped me!). Last summer I was on a date at a guys house (he was cooking for me, awwww), and I raced to the bathroom for a sneaky deodorant touch up (I felt a make-out session coming on), well Pit Putty ended up all over his bathroom floor and in a mad rush I was trying to pick up the little crumbles which prolonged my bathroom visit making me take a suspiciously long time. When I came out of the bathroom I wanted to announce “No I wasn’t taking a crap, I was reapplying deodorant that got all over your floor and I was trying to clean up…” but that sounded like a ridiculous excuse!  The best tip is if you’re using Pit Putty in warmer months is to barely turn the deodorant up, keep it almost level with the sides of the deodorant container and this helps prevent it from crumbling.

Stephanie also offers cream deodorants which eliminate the mess but work just as well as the Pit Putty Sticks for most, I tried the Lemon and Clove Cream version and while I like it, I prefer the stick- keeps me fresher longer. I just deal with the mess, and you also have to keep in mind my mom uses this deodorant- one swipe on each pit and while she has mentioned the fact it is a bit crumbly she doesn’t have much of a mess issue with it like I do.

The awesome thing about Bubble and Bee is that they understand not every deodorant formula/scent is going to work with your body chemistry, so they will keep sending you a new deodorant until you find one that works to keep your BO at bay. I’ve honestly tried every single scent/formula of Bubble and Bee (they offer Pit Putty’s, Creams, Sprays, and bee’s wax sticks!), and most of them didn’t work for me. Stephanie probably got sick of my whiney e-mails, but she always responded and was so helpful. I would have given up on Bubble and Bee right off the bat because the first Pit Putty I tried did not work for me, it’s all about trial and error and Stephanie realizes this and she makes that awful trial and error process as smooth (and stink free) as possible.  So what do you have to lose?

Healing Scents- http://healing-scents.com/natural_deodorant.html

I discovered Healing-scents.com a year ago or so by accident. I think their website is a bit confusing but it’s chuck full of information and a great selection of natural products.

They offer the same deodorant in four different formulas- Cream, roll on, spray, and powder. They’re all the same scent, which is basic a herbal/earthy/natural scent.  Side note: The stick and the cream are the SAME… it’s a thick cream, but you can either get it in the stick or the pot. However the cream is cheaper, so I buy the cream but again a lot of people have issues with applying deodorant with their fingertips and prefer the stick. I’m too cheap for that!

The deodorant states that you should give it up to three days to really work for you, and I found this to be true. By day three it really kicks in, so give it a fair chance.

Consistency/texture wise I am not a HUGE fan, like I mentioned it is very thick and a bit difficult to spread, but the plus side is it doesn’t have a greasy feeling too it. If you apply too much you’ll wind up with a gross thick coated feeling pits, so I’ve learned a little goes a long way with this stuff (which is obviously very hard for me and my heavy handed applications!). I tend to use this for a week or so in my routine and then skip a week, simply because my body seems to get used to a deodorant and then stops working, and I really don’t want my body to get immune to this deodorant because it’s really tough on odor and works awesome!

In Love With Body Care- http://inlovewithbodycare.com

I ended up buying 3 different scents and formulas of In Love Deodorants after hearing rave reviews (My credit card hates me!). I ordered the original, the Est Soothe in freshmint, and the Est in Greece (citrus).

Out of all of them I liked the Est Greece scent and it’s performance, it’s tough on odor! The trouble with this is I cannot use it regularly because it irritates my underarms, which is odd considering I don’t have sensitive pits in the least. While this doesn’t leave a ‘rash’ it simply makes my underarms feel raw if I use it for more than two days in a row. This really bums me out because it works exceptionally well. So I save this for my sex or out dancing deodorant layering routine!

I also had ordered the Est Freshmint Soothe, and it stated the new soothe formula was for sensitive skin, however this also made my pits feel sore, just maybe not as bad. I didn’t think it worked as well, but that also could have been the scent as mint scents don’t seem to blend with my chemistry very well.

The original didn’t bother my pits (I also liked the consistency of the original much better, it’s more silky and invisible where the other two formulas are a pit thick/sticky and needs a few to dry and sink into the skin), but this original unscented also didn’t help tame any BO, but generally anything unscented does not work for me. They offer the original (silk) in the Greece and freshmint scent, so I think I may try the Silk formula in the Greece scent and see what happens.

I would recommend giving this a try though, but I would probably start out trying the Soothe formula and going from there.

Relax Deodorant- http://www.etsy.com/listing/83160515/you-choose-scent-deodorant-2oz

I came across this on Etsy.com and the ONLY reason I bought it was because I was able to mix my own scent and I wanted/ordered a blend of Lemon, Clove, Ginger and Bay Rum. Formula wise it didn’t seem to be anything special at first glance- your normal mix of baking soda, beeswax and so on. I’ve tried dozens of cream deodorants that sounded exactly like this.

When it arrived I could BARELY smell the scent, which honestly made me mad. I felt like I got gypped on the essential oil front, so I chucked it in my stash as disappointment took over.

Recently I went to a funeral so a combination of stress, and a polyester black jacket left me totally pitted out by the end of the day. Generally when I pit out there is no ‘covering’ it up or neutralizing it, I just have to start from scratch and wash my underarms (even with my number 1 favorite deodorant- Pit Putty, if I pit out Pit Putty can’t completely freshen me up, it does a better job at preventing ordor). However I was feeling lazy, and I grabbed this Relax Deodorant and rubbed it on as an experiment. To my absolute shock it completely ridded me of my BO and left me with the lightest of light scents, and then I applied a layer of Pit Putty and I was completely fresh and odor free the rest of the evening. No odor crept  through!

The next day I used only Relax Deodorant on freshly cleaned pits (I do like to initially test deodorants by themselves without my layering routine) and it kept me pretty fresh for half of the day without reapplying (which is actually a big feat), and the second I started to get a little funky I reapplied Relax Deodorant and it took away all traces of  odor.

So I am pretty obsessed with this. It’s the only deodorant I have ever run across that will eliminate odor if I’ve pitted out and the damage is done. For anyone who has BO issues you know how valuable this is, and even if you don’t major pitting out issues we all have days where our deodorants majorly fail! This little guy is AWESOME to keep in a purse, locker, or wherever in case you’re in need of a total touch up/refresher!

Now I am not sure if the effectiveness of this is contributed to my Lemon, Clove, Ginger, Bay Rum concoction… a lot of the blends/scents they offer are fragrance oils and I blended mine mostly with essential oils which are better for battling odor, plus I know what essential oils work best with my body chemistry so this could be another factor in why it works so well for me. But I strongly suggest giving Relax Deodorant a try and blending you own scents of Essential Oils if you are familiar with EO’s- or give one of the MANY blend/scents a try! Plus at the affordable price you can’t go wrong.

….In conclusion I hope this helped some of you out. Keep in mind I am VERY hard to please when it comes to deodorants, almost nothing is ‘strong’ enough for me so I thought it was time to praise the ones that work well for me in hopes it can help someone else out!

April 2, 2012. Tags: , , , . Deodorant. 29 comments.