I am so unimpressed with Ulta brand cosmetics and this is no exception. I believe this came in one of the free sets from last summer. I recently tried it out for the first time. It did apply smoothly and the pigmentation was pretty good. I was actually pretty excited about this until I looked in the mirror an hour later. The eyeliner had smudged all under my eyes. I looked like I had been sleeping in my makeup all night. This another Ulta brand fail for me.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
birdybee 2/17/2012 11:22:00 AM
LOL I love that this is listed on MUA! I've worked for Starbucks before and used to use their napkins to blot my face daily - they worked so well! Since quitting, I forgot about how wonderful they were. Now that MUA has reminded me, I will stock up next time I'm out for coffee.
This blush is so cute in the pan, I love the little mint heart in the center. For a blush, this is not so great. It is extremely powdery and the peachy shade doesn't really show up on my cheeks (NW20 for reference). However, the mint heart is very pigmented and works well for a highlighting shade. I imagine it would look nice on the eyes as well. When swirled together, this makes for a nice finishing powder all over my face for a luminous sort of glow.
Bad Gal Lash makes my lashes look full and soft. It holds a curl well and doesn't smudge on me. The only problem I've ever had with it is some flaking from time to time - nothing too bad. This is one of my favorite mascaras.
Cleansers -Garnier - Fresh Complete Cleansing Cloths - Normal and Combination Skin
birdybee 2/17/2012 10:55:00 AM
These are okay - nothing special. The packaging really bothers me the most. The adhesive on the opening loses its stickyness quickly so you have to take other measures to make sure the package is properly sealed so the wipes do not dry out. As for the product itself, it does remove makeup, including eye makeup, quickly and easily and has a nice, refreshing scent. I do feel like it leaves a bit of a film on my face after using them, though. I've used better m/u remover wipes before so I won't be repurchasing these.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Salux Nylon Japanese Bath Towel
birdybee 2/16/2012 11:09:00 AM
These are brilliant. I can't imagine anything working any better to soften and exfoliate skin. The first time I used this I didn't expect immediate results, but my skin was instantly smoother and felt velvety. I also use this on my face about once a week. I just rub VERY gently and my face is smooth and glowy.
This was a huge let down for me. In the past I have loved some of the BeneFit boxed blushes, but this one is awful. Its extremely light on the skin (nw20 for reference). It barely shows up on me and I never have trouble with blush showing up on my skin. Its also very powdery and chalky. It makes my face look dull.
I've been using this steadily for years. I mainly use it to wash my face in the mornings before doing my makeup and use a different cleanser in the evening. I've never had a problem with Noxema drying out my face or causing any breakouts. It always makes my skin feel soft and clean. I'll be using this for many years to come, I'm sure.
I like this, but don't love it. It is very similar to Urban Decay Fishnet. I prefer the UD only because it is much more pigmented and applies more smoothly than Stars n Rockets. I have to apply a lot of SnR to get any color payoff.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Naturals Face and Body Bar
birdybee 2/14/2012 3:11:00 PM
I liked this bar for a few days. It quickly cleared up a minor breakout on my hairline, but after using it for about one week I've noticed that the skin on my cheeks are extremely dry. I never have problems with dryness, I have normal to oily skin. I may continue to use this only when I have a breakout, but definitely not for everyday use.
Theres nothing I can say about this brush that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers. Just believe the hype and pick this brush up. Its extremely inexpensive and fantastic quality.
I love Essie, their polishes are consistently great w/ lovely shades and good formula. Bangle Jangle is no exception. I wasn't blown away by the Essie winter 2011 collection when it came out and didn't purchase any of them. However, I recently picked afew up from Walgreens on clearance. This is the first one I have tried and I love it. Its a pretty grey-lilac shade with a creme finish. It applied smoothly and was even and opaque in two coats.
This is okay - I definitely wouldn't buy it again and I probably won't even try any other mascars from the Volumious range after using this. For starters, I hate the packaging. Its overly bulky and the gold is so tacky. The brush itself isn't bad but the formula is so dry. It pulls at my lashes during application and it sems like I have to swipe ten times to get any product on. Beyond all that, the final outcome its pretty nice. It doesn't give me a false lash look, but it does lengthen and separate. Its just too much work for a decent payoff.
I recently purchased this with the Cook/Shop collection. It is a vibrant orange shade that compliments my skin tone (nw20) more than I would have imagined. I was expecting a very bright cheek with this, which you can acheive if you put enough on, but it is very easy to get a natural look with this, too. I used my Sephora stippling brush to apply and blend a light amount and I got a lot of compliments. It was long lasting and hadn't faded at all when I removed my makeup 8-9ish hours after applying. Love it.
This is the only lip balm I'll ever need (although, I continue to hoard other kinds like a crazy person). It applies smoothly without making your lips feel sticky or tacky and without being too greasy feeling. I probably apply this 4-5 times throughout the day and I never have a problem with my lips being chapped or dry. I love it.