This promises to be a multi-use product - a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner in one. I found it at Ulta and figured for the price ($4 and change) I might as well give it a shot. I like trying new concealers and have also been looking for a nude eye pencil for the waterline. While I think this product has some good points, I also think it over promises and under delivers. What I like: it comes in three flesh toned colors. The lightest color is a good match for my skintone and I like that the color range will suit most skin tones. It works fairly well as a concealer. Although the texture could be a bit creamier, the coverage is decent and I haven't had any adverse reaction to it. I wouldn't use this on any active blemishes though, esp. if you are also using it on the waterline because it could become a bacteria fest. What I don't like: As a nude eye pencil, it didn't pass the test. It doesn't stay on the waterline very well, and starts to fade after only an hour or so. It does brighten the eyes and is a good shade for that, but it just doesn't have the lasting power I'm looking for. So, all in all, this is an ok product and I will continue to use it as a concealer (haven't tried it as a reverse lipliner) but my search for a decent nude eye pencil continues.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Champagne
cloroxcowgirl 3/22/2013 4:44:00 PM
This is a great highlight shade! Champagne is a ivory shimmer with a slight hint of beige. I use it as a highlight for neutral and warm toned eye shadow looks and use CG Pink Chiffon to highlight more cool toned looks. Both have great pigmentation. I would not use Champagne all over the eye since it can be too frosty for that, but as a highlight it gets an A+ from me. And it's pretty cheap too!
I have mostly had good luck with CG eyeshadows, with a couple of exceptions. I decided to try Mink recently after hearing such good things about it for so long. It is a soft copper shade with pinkish undertones. When I picked it up it looked familiar and I soon realized I already had an exact dupe for it - Makeup Store Venus. I haven't tried Mac All That Glitters so can't speak to it being a dupe for that, but I feel like there are a lot of similar colors out there. Unfortunately, the pigmentation was lacking on Mink as well. I soon exchanged it. I like most CG eyeshadows that I've tried but wouldn't recommend this unless you can't find a higher quality dupe.
See You Soon is very similar to What's Your Name?, also from Sinful Colors. The only difference is that SYS has teal shimmer in a black base rather than turquoise microglitter in a black base. So it looks slightly lighter/more shimmery than WYN. I do get the teal shimmer on the nail; it doesn't come off as black on my skintone. However, the formula gave me a couple of issues. First, it was streaky to apply. I also found that it didn't wear very well - the shimmer became rather dull looking after a few days (worn with a top coat) and it chipped after about a week on my feet, which is unusual for me. I still like the color a lot and will keep it in my collection, but I think I prefer WYN between the two since it didn't give me any issues and also works better for layering with glitter. Overall, still a pretty nice polish for $2, just not quite up to par with my other Sinfuls.
Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Tangle Teezer
cloroxcowgirl 3/18/2013 6:37:00 PM
I have very thick hair with a fine texture that tangles and mattes quickly, making it a nightmare to brush out, especially when it's wet. I usually use a paddle brush (have tried combing also but my hair is too thick) but that just wasn't cutting it anymore - so I decided to purchase a Tangle Tamer after hearing about it on Youtube. Well, like gmsterling this product was not a miracle worker for my hair either. But, it is a vast improvement over previous brushes I've tried. It does slip through my hair more easily but with big knots and snarls I still have to work it through (carefully) and add lots of detangler to brush them out. So, for me this brush is good but not great. I am still glad I bought it though, and it wasn't very expensive - $8 at SallyBeauty.com.
This color is just stunning. Sweet Peacock is a saturated aqua blue foil, one of those polishes that glows on the nail. The formula was nicely opaque in 2 coats as well. It lasted 5 days on my nails with minimal wear, which is great for me. Orly is one of those brands that makes really great foil polishes (one of my favorite finishes) and this one is absolutely perfect imo. I held out on getting it for a long time because I wasn't sure it would flatter me, but once I put it on I was sold. I think this color would flatter pretty much anyone. It's a neutral turquoise blue but with an edge. Nail polishes rarely knock my socks off but this one did. It may just become an all time favorite, time will tell ;)
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Blush Orchid
cloroxcowgirl 3/9/2013 3:16:00 PM
I really like these tinted lip balms. They are a bit over priced imo but they are incredibly moisturizing. I have couple of colors that I enjoy and so was excited to see that BB's was coming out with some new shades in this line. Blush Orchid is a very pale milky pink color. If applied thickly it will blank out my lips - so I use it as a base for creating a nude lip. Like the majority of the colors I've tried the pigmentation is not super strong (except Pink Blossom, which has excellent pigmentation) but I do find this color can be built up somewhat. I'm may or may not repurchase this particular color, but I do find it useful for creating a nude lip.
I completely agree with the previous reviewer about this lip balm. I love to try new lip products and was drawn to this because it is suppose to be a lip butter (i.e.very moisturizing) and it has spf 15. However, it wasn't moisturizing in the least, and had a gross, grainy texture that left my lips feeling greasy. It smelled and tasted like sunscreen (not pomegranate) and made my lips burn slightly. I normally never throw away lip balms without trying to use them up, but this one went right in the trash after one use - it was that bad for me. Sadly, Yes to Carrots has apparently discontinued the only product of theirs that I like - the C Me Blush lip tints. All the other products I've tried from them have been a miss, and I probably won't be purchasing anything else from them after this experience.
I used this mouthwash pretty much everyday for several years. I actually liked the taste of it (kind of like root beer to me) and it seemed to clean my mouth well and freshen my breath. However, a few months after I started using it I noticed these brown stains on my teeth like people are mentioning. It looked like I had been drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes heavily (neither of which I do). I didn't equate it to the mouth wash until much later when I stumbled onto these reviews on MUA. I would never have dreamed that something called Pro-Health would cause such issues. I have to thank the people who took the time to write these reviews about how awful this product is. I had to go to the dentist twice to remove the brown stains from my teeth! It also caused one of my salivary glands to swell. Now that I have discontinued use, there are no more stains and my mouth feels healthier. There is indeed a class action law suit against this product. I for one can't believe it is still on store shelves. If you use this product, I would consider switching brands, and if you are considering buying this product I would stay away from it! The dental bills and dark brown stains are not worth it.
Styling Products -Organix - Renewing Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil
cloroxcowgirl 2/25/2013 7:39:00 PM
This is stuff is amazing! Unlike any other serum/hair oil I've tried so far. My hair is long, dry and damaged from color treatment and this makes it look shiny and healthy again. It also makes it more manageable. I usually apply a small (less than dime size) amount on wet hair and it helps with detangling as well as adds superior shine. I've also used it on dry hair and noticed an instant difference - super model hair :D Ok, not quite - but almost! And it doesn't weigh my hair down or leave it greasy. It supposedly helps block UV damage also, but that remains to be seen for me. I have not tried 100% pure Moroccan oil so I can only imagine how incredible that makes your hair look and feel, maybe in the future I'll splurge and try it. But for now this product has exceeded my expectations, and it isn't expensive ($6-8 depending on where you buy it) so will most definitely repurchase this.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - triple moisture deep recovery hair mask
cloroxcowgirl 2/25/2013 7:10:00 PM
I have been using this deep conditioner for several months now, and I am really pleased with it! My hair is long and thick, but with fine texture so it tangles easily. I also dye my hair several shades lighter every 6-7 weeks so it is quite dry and damaged from that. So, I require a good deep conditioner. I have tried quite a few at the drug store (as well as EV coconut oil which I like but is a pain to rinse out) but this is the first one I've been impressed with. It has a very thick, creamy consistency - a little goes a long way. I don't apply it to the roots but use it on the rest of my hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse. It leaves my hair very soft and manageable. It also smells great - like almond oil (which is one of the three main conditioners in it - the other two are olive oil and meadowfoam seed). Sometimes I will use a tiny amount mixed in with my regular conditioner, and sometimes I use it alone depending on how dry my hair is. Loving this product and I don't see any reason why I wouldn't repurchase, although this jar should last quite awhile.
I bought this to replace my Burt's Bees lip balm that I keep by my bedside. It was on sale so I figured I would try it. I love this! It has great slip but is not overly greasy like some lip balms are. I'm a fan of peppermint so the scent is great - nice and cooling :) The formula is also long lasting and very moisturizing. No spf which is why I use it as a night time lip balm. A great lip balm all around (and I'm a lip balm aficionado). I will be trying other flavors of this and will repurchase peppermint when I run out.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
cloroxcowgirl 2/17/2013 4:09:00 PM
This is an excellent drugstore foundation for oily/combination and non-sensitive skin types. But for those of us with dry and/or sensitive skin, I wouldn't recommend it. I have sensitive/acne prone/combo skin that tends to react to drugstore brand foundations. I was really excited to try this foundation due to all the positive reviews, and I have been looking for a full coverage foundation. I love the packaging, first of all - the pump is something every foundation should come with imo. The product itself gives very good coverage (I would say 85-90%) but I still would use a concealer with it for problem areas. The finish is gorgeous on my skin, giving my acne-scarred, hyper pigmented skin nearly flawless coverage. I was really in love with the finish of this foundation, it is like a liquid to powder formula (you can see why this would not work well for dry skin). My T-zone never got oily at all and the foundation stayed in place until I took it off. There was little to no transfer as well. However, my skin became irritated almost immediately - it was itchy and burned slightly. I wore it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't imagining it and got the same result each time :( I took off this foundation last night and my skin is still irritated today. It didn't break me out, though, which is good. I'm so bummed because this foundation would have been HG for me if not for my sensitive skin. But, it is wonderful for oil control and has great lasting power and a beautiful finish, so I would still recommend it to people with non-sensitive and combo to oily skin.
I try not to review limited edition nail polishes anymore because I feel like there is no point, but this color is an exception for two reasons. 1) It has a number of dupes, although this is the cheapest version that I am aware of and 2) This color is just that pretty. I would describe this color as a blue-grey base with gold/amber/silver micro shimmers in it. It is a very complex color. The formula is a bit sheer (at least three coats to reach opacity), which is why I didn't give it a perfect rating but the color itself is stellar. There are several polishes like this one out now (OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Zoya Fei Fei are two). I will likely seek out another version of this to see if I can find one more opaque, since this color is so wearable and gorgeous, esp. for wintertime :)
I purchased two of these polishes after hearing raves about the Colorstay line from several Youtubers. I was hesitant at first because they are pricey for drug store nail polish, but I found them at Walmart for around $6 so decided to try them. I chose the colors Provence, a gorgeous pale lilac-grey, and Indigo Night, a bright, saturated medium blue. In short, Provence was a complete fail for me. It was streaky and thick to apply, slow to dry, and bubbled on nearly every nail. I tried it on two different occasions because I so loved the color and got the same result each time :( Indigo Night was better application wise - still thick and rather slow drying but it stayed on well. The only issue I had was that it dried much darker than the bottle color - it looked dustier and almost a shade darker on the nail. I will still wear it, but was a bit disappointed since I really loved the color in the bottle. So, all in all, I won't be repurchasing from this line unless (BIG unless) I see a really unique color from it. Otherwise, I will stick with the regular Revlon and Top Speed lines.