Now. My experience with these could be completely different than yours, so don't let me deter you from buying (or liking) whatever your heart desires.
For what it's worth -- and I realize it's not worth much -- here are a few of the things I've tried this month and my honest thoughts.
The product: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer - I like it!
What it does: This stuff is both a heat protectant and also a blow dry primer. This means that it is supposed to make your hair nice and smooth while also shaving minutes off your drying time.
Thoughts: The first time I used it, I couldn't tell a tremendous difference in the amount of time it took to dry my hair. The second and third times though, I made sure to start with a completely wet head and was super impressed. It cut about ten minutes off my drying time!
The product: Tarte Lights. Camera. Lashes. Mascara // Best in Faux - Not for me.
What it does: A two-step fiberlash mascara, Tarte's formula is supposed to give you the look of fake lashes.
Thoughts: I really liked the initial look that it gave my lashes, but the fibers were constantly falling into my eyes all day. For anyone that wears contact lenses, this is the nail in the coffin for a mascara. I wanted so darn badly to give this one a thumbs up, but I just couldn't. For everyday use, I'll take my Lancome Hypnose Mascara.
The product: Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo - Not a fan.
What it does: This stuff works as a dry shampoo to buy you a couple extra days between washes.
Thoughts: Really not a fan. Of all the products I tried, this was my least favorite. Maybe (probably) it was just my specific hair texture, but it gave my hair a weird texture and honestly made it feel more dirty. I ended up shampooing it out that night. What I DO like? My Bumble and Bumble Prêt–à–Powder Dry Shampoo/Volumizer. It's light, airy and smells terrific. And, best of all, it actually does make second or third-day-hair feel clean.
The product: Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland (a pale gold) - Get it today!
What it does: This pencil is actually a stick eyeshadow, but I used it as an eye brightener and fell in love! A little more pricey than what I'd typically spend on shadow, (because I'm cheap...err, frugal), but well worth it.
Thoughts: Do not pass go, do not collect $100...get this little miracle stick now. I applied just a tad right into the inside corner of my eyes and it really did give me a more rested look. I noticed that my eyes looked brighter throughout the day and the formula seemed to be long-lasting.
So, there you have it. My recent product purchases, both the good and the less than stellar.
I'm curious to know...what was your last beauty product purchase and what did you think? Give your two cents below!