Eye Shadow -Revlon - Wet/Dry Eyeshadow quad in Coffee Bean
RedNailz 8/6/2006 3:57:00 PM
I didn't think I needed more neutral eyeshadow but since it was on sale, I decided to try it. I have many "single" packs of eyeshadow and I liked the idea of everything in one compact. I used 3 shades for going to a wedding, and was happy that they blended well because I didn't have alot of time to fuss over my makeup. After 10 hours on a warm day, the colors still looked good, with maybe a tiny bit of creasing. I used the darkest shade as a liner on both the upper and lower lid, and it stayed in place without turning into a ring around my eye. Best of all, the shades weren't glittery, as so many seem to be lately.
I bought this at BBW last weekend because it was only $5 on sale and I figured it was worth a try. The salesperson said it's good as a lip balm, even if you don't need the "plumping" effect. It didn't seem to plump as much as it seemed to make the lines in my lips less noticeable. The numbing effect was short lived and I was left with something that really moisturized and looked glossy. It lasted longer than gloss, too! I plan to see if it's still on sale tomorrow and buy more. It's a steal at $5 but I'm not sure I'd pay $16.
Treatments (Eye) -Neutrogena - Visibly Firm Eye Cream
RedNailz 5/12/2006 11:19:00 PM
This is my nighttime eye cream (I read somewhere that products with copper peptides are best used at night) and I've been using it for a couple of years. It definitely moisturizes and keeps my lines small. If you want something to de-puff, tighten, and lighten, this won't work. I see it as more of a treatment than a cosmetic solution.
Treatments (Eye) -Nivea - Q10 Plus Wrinkle Control Eye Creme (SPF 4)
RedNailz 5/12/2006 11:11:00 PM
I've been using this as my daytime eye cream and, while I can't complain about it, I'm just not seeing any results. I am at the end of the tube and will try something else next because I can't see any at all difference in my lines. I originally got it for the sunscreen but then realized I'm wearing sunglasses all the time anyway that cover the area, so what does it matter? Plus SPF 4 doesn't do much.
I had a bottle of Cherries Jubilee that I got with one of my Ulta Rewards coupons awhile ago and I sort of forgot I had it. Last weekend I finally tried it and I am surprised to see how well it has worn! Usually I need to touch up darks or reds once during the week but wow - no chips! It did not go on as smooth as I would like (maybe it's the brush or the fact that I was outside) but it dried fine without streaks or uneven spots.
The only thing I will buy from VS anymore is the Body by Victoria demi-bra. And since they keep pushing the IPEX, I have to wonder if they will dump my bra some time soon. OVERALL, I am no longer happy with VS. I used to buy clothes from there because the fit was fairly consistent and the quality was decent. Not anymore! I have re-ordered some items that I previously liked and was really disappointed in the quality. The style was close to what I had gotten before but the fabric was really cheap! Also, I liked the Bridget fit slacks, but there are so few options available in that fit. Plus, for the price and shipping and handling charges, and the real possibility that I will have to return my order, it simply isn't worth it.
I got a tube of this in some promo; otherwise I would never have tried it because it seemed like a waste to use a primer for everyday. I thought it was something I would use just for big, going-out lashes. Much to my surprise, it looks good for every day at the office - dark, defined lashes that don't flake or smudge. The key with using the primer is to be sure you cover the primed lashes with mascara; otherwise if you miss a few they look light. My HG mascara was Max Factor 2000 Calorie but neither Target or Ulta are carrying the brand right now. Instead of trying to track it down elswhere, I just repurchased Lash Fantasy. It may be my new HG - we'll see! UPDATE: I'm still using this product but found that the primer product seems to get really affected by age. The mascara part may be working fine but the primer gets thicker and more noticeable, harder to cover, with time. And I don't keep mascara that long, so this is inconvenient!
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Sensitive Skin Deep Action Cream Cleanser
RedNailz 4/14/2006 11:41:00 AM
I use this as a make-up and sunscreen remover (not for eye make-up though!). I used to use Clinique cleanser before their 3-step routine but this is just as effective and far cheaper! I don't have sensitive skin but I still watch for anything that could be overdrying or irritating. In the winter, this could work as my only cleanser. The packaging is good - just one big tube - and the formula is thick enough that you can get what you need without extra oozing out.
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Hard as Wraps - Acrylic Gel
RedNailz 3/19/2006 4:03:00 PM
What I have is called Hard As Wraps Acrylic Gel, and it looks bluish in the bottle. I'm not sure if it's the same thing some of the other reviewers mentioned because it is just a one-step clear coat. I have no clue if it is "hard as wraps" because it peels off! I tried using it alone on bare nails and it did absolutely nothing. The directions say to use under nail color but I can't see where that would make a difference. I got a two-for-one deal and really hoped this would be a decent product. Instead, it is a total waste and I'll probably throw away both bottles unless I think of another use for it.
Lotions/ Creams -Lubriderm - Oat enriched therapy lotion
RedNailz 3/12/2006 3:14:00 PM
I had a coupon for $1 off on a Lubriderm product so I tried this, thinking it would be like Aveeno. I used up the entire bottle but was never thrilled with it. It worked initially but at the end of the day, my skin was dry again. Also, it didn't rub in well at all.
Styling Products -Redken - Full Frame Protective Volumizing Mousse
RedNailz 3/8/2006 9:48:00 PM
After trying all sorts of volumizing sprays and lotions, I went back to mousse for my fine hair. This stuff really works to build volume while providing hold! I have chin length hair with a few layers and I style with a round brush while blowdrying. I use the mousse throughout my hair and get body that lasts all day. It's not cheap but it works better than anything else I've tried. (Except Graham Webb Nolita styling liquid that I can't find anymore. That worked as well).
Styling Products -Dove - Body & Lift Volumizing Mousse
RedNailz 3/8/2006 9:38:00 PM
This mousse is just too soft to provide volume. I have fine hair that I blow dry every day and I really rely on products to get any volume and hold. I really wanted to like this because it's so cheap but it doesn't provide any lift or texture at all. True, it is better than no product but I had to go back to salon mousse (Redken) to get something that works.
For the price, this product can't be beat. I have been a Revlon lipstick fan for years and still have fun trying new shades. The range of colors is great, provided they are in stock. My most recent purchase was Blushed. It's a pearl, which I usually stay away from, but it isn't overly shimmery and the color goes with alot. Also, I love that Revlon put a clear top on the tube. Great improvement!
I first tried Sephora lipstick because I was trying to match a discontinued color from L'oreal. I was happy with it and actually liked it better than the lipstick I was replacing. So I bought more. Loved the colors, the scents, etc. Then I went to restock and couldn't find the shades I loved so much. It was too much hassle to try to match the colors so I gave up. (Ironically, I replaced some of the old Sephora neutrals with Revlon colors.) I did buy one new Sephora lipstick and it is still decent quality but I don't prefer it over other brands.
I never felt the need to use primer and was afraid that they would make my skin look "made up" and fake. However, I have noticed lately that my skin is not what it used to be (even though I have used sunscreen religiously for years, I am paying for damage I incurred about 15 years ago). I tried a sample of DHC Velvet Skin Coat and, while I liked it, it is really expensive for the size tube you get. Plus it seems a bit heavy. I checked out the reviews here for MAC Prep & Prime and figured I try it. Since I ordered it online, I didn't really know how much product to use so I went on the low side, about 1/2 a pump. I was disappointed with the results. So I went with 1 full pump and wow, what a difference! I was afraid it would feel heavy or greasy but instead it is just smooth. My foundation goes on easier and the result is natural looking. Plus, I don't feel like I have a layer of gunk on my face. It does have a slight sparkle to it, but I doubt anyone would notice it unless they were really looking cloesly. UPDATE: I had to update my review to give the highest rating! The more I use this primer, the more I like it. It is now one of my essential products.