I bought this at Target yesterday in hopes that it would be a good undereye powder similar to the Benefit Powderflauge. It IS exactly the same as the Powderflauge EXCEPT it is a white powder instead of pink. So I mixed this powder with the powder I had been using under my eyes (Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder) which is pink but not quite a fine as the powderflauge. It's a very good dupe! I love it! If you combine these 2 powders you get like 20 times as much for less than the price of 1 Powderflauge! Another bonus is that this comes with a sifter that you can actually close!
Powders -Clinique - Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder
tmab 5/16/2010 1:18:00 AM
I really like this stuff. I have a lot of redness all around my mouth and nose and this truly helps to even it out. I apply my foundation (i'm so red that foundation does not cover it) then set it with a regular powder avoiding the red areas. Then I take a small amount of this powder and lightly dust it over the problem spots. Now, I don't believe that this is a breakthrough product. I can't tell a difference between this and any other yellow powder but it works for me. It does not make the redness disappear is just masks it. At the time that I bought it I could not find a cheap yellow powder anywhere so I ended up paying $32 for this but that's ok because there is A LOT of product.
Eyeliner -Cover Girl - Liquiline Blast-Silver Spark
tmab 5/14/2010 10:55:00 PM
Found this at Target. It's a charcoal gray with silver sparkles. The texture is very smooth and soft. It's not very pigmented. On the back of my hand it seemed fine but when I applied it to my eye the color wasn't as intense. I guess you could say that it doesn't have much "color pay-off". It also has a lot more shimmer than it appears to have. I am pale (NC20) with blue eyes so this works for me, but I don't think it would really show up to well on dark skin tones. I did a smudge test (see pics) and it held up just as well as Urban Decay's Zero but I really feel that if you have oily lids that this will not stay long at all. But that's just a guess. I don't have oily lids. Overall, I'm not crazy about it. Don't care for all the shimmer. I am, however, curious to try the black one.
Primer/ Corrector -MAC - Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
tmab 4/7/2010 9:28:00 PM
First of all I want to say that this IS NOT a regular everyday primer like Smashbox Photo Finish. It is a pore minimizer/oil control so you only apply it to areas of large pores (i.e. nose & cheeks). It's nothing special in my opinion. I works just like most masks do. It's wet when you put it on, it constricts as it dries thus making the pores look smaller. It doesn't work for me because I wear liquid foundation so it gets wiped away in the application process. When I wear mineral foundation with this product it exacerbated my fine lines because it does make the skin tight (pore minimizing). Overall this is basically causing the skin to become dry and tight just like washing your face with bad face wash.
I ordered this on drugstore.com and I love it. I have used the original lashblast for a long time now, but I think this is better. I must say that it is the exact same tube and wand as the original (except it's purple obviously). At first I figured it was a gimmick, but the more I use it the more I notice the very subtle difference. My biggest complaint with the original lashblast is that the formula is just too wet. I love it when it is about a month old. It's had time to dry out. Well, this new lashblast is a tiny bit drier. Not overly dry, but perfect in my opinion. With that being said I must add that sometimes mascara formulas are not consistant. I may buy another one of these in the future and it may be as wet as the original. Hope not:) So basically, they are exactly the same except the new one is a teeny tiny bit drier.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
tmab 4/5/2010 3:26:00 PM
I really love this foundation, but it breaks me out:( It doesn't break me out real bad so I will use it on special occasions, but not everyday.
I like this soooo much better than the St. Ives counterpart. They are pretty much the same but there is one big difference. The equate scrub seems to be more gritty. It actually "scrubs" better because of that. I have tough skin when it comes to exfoliants, but sensitive to chemicals. I have no problems with this. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. It could certainly be too harsh for some. I have ugly, acne-prone skin so I use a sand blaster if I could lol. I do use this everyday which is a no no for most people but, like I said, I have ugly skin. It has made such a dramatic difference! The main benefits are fewer clogged pores and my skin is much more radiant.
This product works pretty well for me. I apply it as a spot treatment (eventhough it's not) every night to the affected area. I have a whopper of a zit right now! I put some on it last night and today it has shrank by about 25%. It does work, but my only gripe is that it doesn't decrease the redness. Maybe that's just too much to ask for lol. You definetly have to be consistant!!! If you're not then it will just come back. Don't stop using it just because the inflammation went down some. Keep using it until you can't feel a lump under the skin.
This is my go-to everyday e/s. It's perfect for my complexion (NC 15-20). Because I am so pale I like that it's not intensely pigmented. Otherwise the colors would be too dark.
Liquid -Make Up For Ever - Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
tmab 3/2/2010 3:56:00 PM
Well I am on my 3rd bottle of this stuff so I think it's safe for me to post my opinion. For me, this is the best foundation I have found. I have combination skin that is prone to cystic acne. I had been using the MUFE HD foundation, but, sadly, it isn't oil free and makes me break out. If you don't have a problem with acne then the HD is an amazing foundation. The Mat Velvet + gives a medium-full coverage. It gives a mostly matte finish with a tiny bit of dewiness. It's very blendable and last forever. And, unless you are extremely oily, you don't need a setting powder. I took off one lippie because the shades are slightly to pink for me. Other than that I love it! PS- If the price ($34.00 USD) is over your budget then I recommended Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily skin (avg. $10-13 USD). I prefer the MUFE because it doesn't dry as fast as the Colorstay so it's easier to blend.
It takes a very particular complextion to pull off this color. Doesn't work for pale girls (NC15-20) like me. If Pepto Bismol looks good on your lips then you should really try to get your hands on this.
I have 2 of Sigma's face and eye kits, the new premium kit, and this travel kit. I bought the travel kit because a popular makeup "guru" on Youtube said that they are no different than the originals. While I agree that the eye brushes and concealer brush are the same as the originals, I don't agree that the face brushes are the same. They are much smaller. I uploaded some pic comparing the travel set to the regular size. These aren't horrible brushes, but they are not worth $50 + shipping. As with MAC's special edition brushes, they are just subpar to the regular ones. Compared to a lot of other travel kits they are great, but they are a lot more expensive. I'm glad I have them. They are convenient. I just think they should be $20-30 cheaper.
Loose Powders -Maybelline - Mineral Power Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder
tmab 1/10/2010 9:37:00 PM
i really like this stuff! it is a very good dupe for benefit's powderflauge (not as glittery though). i only use it to set my undereye concealer (because it's light pink it helps to brighten). i'm 30 so i do have some fine lines, but i don't notice any settling or cakiness (sp?). also, it lasts FORVER only using it under my eyes!!!!! i bought a backup because i know that in 10 years, when i finish using my current one (lol), this is be discontinued.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
tmab 11/7/2009 11:51:00 AM
Ok, I must start out buy adding that I have had the most horrible skin for the past couple of years! Cystic ance and all that!!!! I have tried EVERY drugstore, and some non-d/s, cleanser. For the past year I have been doing EVERYTHING that one is supposed to do to have "normal", beautiful skin and nothing has worked. Jojoba oil was great at controling those GIGANTIC zits, but it still clogs my pores, causing whiteheads. Just resently I've decided to go for the "less is more" approach. I wash my face twice a day with the Cetaphil gentle bar cleanser and apply a small amount of moisturizer. So far, so good. My skin is still not "normal", but it's looking the best it has in a LONG time. The cleanser itself is really basic. It lathers really well and removes all of my makeup (except the HIP cream liner). I keep hoping and praying that this the miracle I've been looking for. UPDATE: Still liking this cleanser. I was worried that it would clog my pores because it's a bar, but I haven't noticed any more clooged pores than I was having before I started using this. It rinses off with no residue left behind like I would get from other bar cleansers. Will update again if things change for the worse. Hopefully that will be never :D
I only got it because it was in a set with Kitten e/s. I like the e/s but hate the lip glaze. It is no better than the 99 cent l/g you can get at any discount store. It's a pretty color. Very sheer with gold glitter, but it's SUPER sticky. I'm sooooo glad I didn't pay the RIDICULOUS $22 for this! Def. won't buy any stila lip glazes every again.