Powder -Lancome - Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup
MBROOKS425 2/20/2013 7:30:00 PM
The texture of this powder was very nice, finely milled and felt good on the skin, but thats about it.. not worth the $32 price tag at all. I was not impressed with this powder, and returned it at Macy's. I was looking for a powder that had medium coverage, and this really didnt cover much at all. I also think I had the wrong color, a bit too orange-y, even though I was color matched at the counter. Overall, I felt like Maybelline Dream Matte powder covers just as much, and would set your foundation. Maybe not as finely milled, but a heck of a lot cheaper! If you are looking for an amazing HG powder, I recommend Jane Iredale pure pressed base powder with spf 20. That stuff is amazing, and my new holy grail. I dont even need foundation or hardly any concealer anymore- I just swirl that on top of my sunscreen (which I wear even though it has spf 20) and it makes your skin look airbrushed without looking like you have much on at all! The compact is expensive initially $55, but the refills are $40, or $33 on ebay.. and when it replaces your foundation, powder and cuts way back on concealer.. I feel like I save money that way! Check it out. Never breaks me out, and its just awesome.
I really don't get what the rave is about this concealer. I was looking for a great under eye concealer and after reading all the amazing reviews on this product, decided to try it out. I had to try two different colors- Medium Bisque, which was a little too light and made my under eye area just look gray-ish, and then Dore, which was darker and covered a bit better. But in the end, it was just average coverage. It is thick, so it does have decent staying power, but doesnt seem to cover all that well. Mac Prolong concealer works better. I will probably exchange, or use it and not re-purchase. The search continues.
Lips -Revlon - Color Burst lip butter - Cotton Candy
MBROOKS425 1/29/2013 4:21:00 PM
Love this color! I usually never end up liking drug store items unless its mascara or Essie polish, and was pleasantly surprised with the lip butter in cotton candy. It is an adorable shae of light bubble gum pink, goes on smoothly, feels good on the lips. I added a dab of light pink gloss and it made it look even better. Great color, not too light or bright, would definitely re-purchase.
I bought the Revlon lip butter color burst in Cotton Candy, looking for a light pretty pink for my olive skin and I love it! This may be the second item from the drugstore that I dont return! I have tried so many lipsticks, foundations, bronzers and glosses hoping to save money and am usually always disappointed in the quality and end up returning to Target or CVS. Anyhow, the lip butter feels good and soothing going on, and this shade of pink is an adorable shade of light bubble gum pink. My lips are dry and at first the color looked flaky on my lips, but thats more my fault (dry lips) than the product. I added a dab of light pink gloss and it looks amazing with a little more dimension. I love this color and would definitely repurchase.
This is a standard in my makeup daily routine. I have been using it for a few years now as a base for my eyeshadow. I love it. I am Asian and have smaller lids, and the eyeshadow always use to crease into a dark line, or my eyeliner would leave a line on my eyelid wall, which is never a good look. I apply painterly all over my lid, and eye lid wall after sunscreen, let it sit for a minute and then apply my shadow like normal. It helps prevent my eyeshadow from creasing, and helps my eyeshadow last so much longer than when I dont wear this as a base. This product helps the color stick if you will, and not slide or disappear off your skin . Would highly recommend.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in bourbon
MBROOKS425 1/28/2013 4:59:00 PM
I love this eyeliner, it has been my HG for the past few years, even though I wish it wasnt because of the price. For me, it stays put better than any other eyeliner, and I like that I use a sharpener for it, and that its not a twist up (which always breaks and goes so fast) I love the color which is a shimmery darker brown, I love that it goes on soft and smoothly. Would recommend.
I agree with other reviews- this lipstick is definitely a pretty shade of nude/pink, but can also wash you out if you arent careful. I would recommend putting a little gloss on top if its too flat. I originally saw it on one of the sales associates at MAC, and thought her lips looked amazingly soft and light natural pink. It looks great with a darker smoky eye. For me, I need some blush to make me look more alive, but I love the softness of this color, and how it tones down my naturally red lips. I would recommend.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35
MBROOKS425 1/28/2013 4:38:00 PM
I am shocked by the bad reviews on here, as I love this sunscreen and I am picky :) I used to use Lancome Bien Fait sunscreen, but after a while it was getting too pricey so I looked for a drug store spf that would protect my skin, and not make me break out or leave a white case, or sting my eyes. This product is perfect. I use it everyday after washing my face, and before applying makeup. It never makes my combination-trouble skin break out, never stings my eyes. I have never had issues with it balling up. I would definitely recommend this product!
I really love this product. I dont like "painting" my face with foundations and concealer, and was looking for something quick that would even out my skin tone and not break me out, and leave a nice finish. Its a tall order, but this product filled it. You definitely have to wear some sort of primer/sunscreen/lotion underneath. I use a SPF 35 everyday, so I would put a light layer on, and then use a kabuki brush to use the JI pressed powder. It helps cover all my spots/freckles/red/dark spots. I only needed minimal concealer on a blemish. My skin looked even, glowy,soft and natural- just like I wanted. The only downfall is the price! I used the pad inside the powder for the first month since I needed good coverage, and used the kabuski brush the second month. After only 2 months, I have started to hit the bottom pan :( I am going to re order the refill, which is cheaper than buying a whole new compact. Overall, great product. Younglood Also has great mineral pressed foundations as well for a bit less.
Bronzers -Rimmel - Natural Bronzer - 22 Sun Bronze
MBROOKS425 1/28/2013 4:24:00 PM
I was running low on my Nars Laguna and thought I would try the Rimmel bronzer, hoping I would enjoy it enough to save myself from shelling out the money for Nars bronzer. I am suprised at the reviewers who say this is close to or competes with Nars. This didnt even come close to Nars. The pigment was no where as strong. I wa strying to use a lot of product, and barely got any color. I will be retuning :( I am going to try Milani next.
Lipstick -Bare Escentuals - Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Free Will
MBROOKS425 8/8/2012 8:00:00 PM
LOVE this lip color! Perfect for everyday wear to work, or also with a smokey eye. Its a very pigmented soft, light nude-pink color. I originally tried Bare Escentuals gloss 100% natural gloss in "7 layer cake" which was moisturizing but sheer, and so I layered this pigmented lip gloss on top, and it looked awesome. I have naturally deeper red lips, so I try to find nude/light pink colors to tone down the red, and this did an amazing job. Paired with the 7 layer cake gloss from Bare Escentuals it was perfection. I would definitely buy Free Will again.
Lip Gloss -Bare Escentuals - 100% Natural Lip Gloss - 7-Layer Cake
MBROOKS425 8/8/2012 7:56:00 PM
I love the texture of this gloss. It is moisturizing and makes my lips feel soft. There really wasnt a lot of pigment in my opinion, my lips are naturally a darker red and this didnt really do much to lighten them, so its pretty sheer. However, I added Bare Escentuals Amazing lip color in "Free Will" and it was an amazing mix. Free Will is a light nude/pink color, very pigmented and they look so good together, I had to buy both. I would definitely re-purchase the gloss and Amazing lip color again.
I really like the color of MAC Viva Glam II. My lips are naturally a deep red, which I dont like too much. So I usually look for pigmented lighter pale pink lipsticks or nudes to bring down the redness. This is a light nudish pink on me. I dont use it too often as it's kind of flat.. but if you put some gloss on top it looks awesome. It's a very pretty color. I would definitely buy it again.
I love this blush to add some nice color to my olive colored skin. I was a devoted user of Nars Orgasm for years. I finally decided to try Tart's Amazonian Clay in Blissful, hoping to find something that lasted even longer. I have fallen in love with this product. It doesnt last as long as it promises, honestly it lasts about half my work day.. but I also dont use a primer or a powder to set it. Overall I love the packaging, the color and I would definitely keep buying this product!! Beautiful color!
This product makes your skin look amazing, but breaks my combination skin out bad every time I use it. I have gotten desperate and used it a few different times, and each time I regretted it. Sad, as it is not heavy and makes my skin look so soft. Will not re-purchase as its not worth the break outs :/