Bronzers -Colorescience - Smoothster - Wild to Mild
colormechic 9/8/2010 2:20:00 PM
This is my best friend in the summer! I love that it is not overwhelmingly dark as a bronzer and it just give your skin that gorgeous sun kissed glow! For darker skin ladies, try the Chocolate Mousse instead. It is a mousse and glides on effortlessly to give you that velvety smooth feel. I absolutely adore the feel of my skin after putting this on. Also, this can also help soothe sun burn since it is packed with aloe vera oil, oats, rice peptides and Vit. E. Of course, ColoreScience product is excellent because they have SPF in it and this particular one has SPF 20. Although when you first pumped it out, the consistency can feel a little buttery (greasy), it doesn't give any kind of sheen or feel oily at all. I can use this alone as my sunscreen when I am just walking down the street. Love it and highly recommended!
The moment this buttery mousse primer touches your face, you could immediately feel a world of difference. The primer itself is yellow in color but it goes on matte on your skin and gives the most velvety feeling ever. The scent is clean, crisp and fresh. I use this as a face primer before foundation and it helps my foundation to glide on smoothly and blends beautifully. Because it is mattifying so you don't see much color difference on your skin (if you have fair/medium complexion). My pores, especially those around my cheeks appears smaller, and it also reduces the redness around the side of my nose. Using this alone, I almost never have to use concealer. It has SPF 20 and loads anti oxidant (green tea, lavender, tangerine), so it is more like a skin care product as opposed to just being a makeup primer. I would think that this works best if you have dry to normal skin. I don't have oily skin but sometimes my T-zone would oil up some and I could see sheen after a while, if I use this product alone, without any other coverage. This product also claims to be hydrating so those with drier skin could really benefit. I use this mostly during the colder months and for summer, I switch to Wild to Mild skin bronzer which has similar powerful properties.
Bought this just because it is ONE DOLLAR. It's an oil blotting paper or as they would call it, Professional Shine Eraser. Works just as good as any other blotting paper. There is absolutely nothing to dislike but there is nothing to rave about either, unless you factor in the dirt cheap cost. If you just need to blot oil, spend a dollar on this. Well worth it.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Studio Tools Foundation Brush
colormechic 9/7/2010 11:06:00 PM
I bought this brush initially to use as a foundation brush but then again, I realized I have also purchased the Ecotools one. Hey, double purchases happen all the time! LOL .. Anyway, not wanting this to go to waste, I use this instead to apply my homemade mask. I like that the size is perfect to pick up the mask and the application is flawless. When soaked, this brush is even softer and doesn't irritate my face at all. I am glad I got this for such a reasonable price too.
I received this as a gift and I love it! I am not sure how much it helps to de-stress but the lovely aroma does have a very calming property. I enjoy the luxurious foam too (I dislike non foaming bath products) and it lather up even without the help of a bath sponge or bath towel. This body wash leaves my skin feeling super smooth and smelling good. The smell doesn't linger too long unlike some other more pricey body wash that I've tried. But for the price, this is really a good buy. Another good thing is you don't have to use a lot so a bottle will really last you a couple of months! Highly recommended to all!
I bought this on a whim during a trip to the drugstore and decided to try something new since I've been too dependant on my Diorshow. :) Of course I cannot compare the two, it's like comparing apples to oranges, day to night. The wand/bristle is huge, all pumped up and I really thought this will give my lashes mega volume. I was partially right because it did volumize my lashes to some extend..but..I simply cannot deal with the smell! It's like a bad combination of cleaning chemicals and fragrance. Oh my...and it flakes, so bad that the flakes actually stained my cheeks. And it made my lashes very stiff as well and I didn't like that one bit. I might have overcoated my lashes but still, I don't expect my lashes to feel like tiny sticks. I am afraid to say that I will not repurchase.
I am very surprised that there are only 2 other reviews on this exceptional product! Granted, these are not easy to find but the company has collaborated with CVS (through their upscale Beauty360 Boutique - now in DC and CA - not sure if they have more locations atm). You can also purchased them from Amazon and the CVS website. I call this the *magic pink stick* because this is my No. 1 defense in fighting blemishes. It is all natural with 8 essential oils and smells wonderful. A little minty like peppermint but not quite. It's hard to explain but bottom line is, it's very pleasant. The best time to use this pink stick is at the first sign of a blemish eruption. You know when you have that itching and burning sensation before one actually pops out. This will stop it at its track right away and it also has anti bacterial properties. You have to roll in on the spot a couple of times a day but since it's so small and has a metal ball applicator, it's really easy. One caution though is that if you have very sensitive skin or rosacea, this product might be a little harsh on your skin. I had a period of time when my skin was super sensitive and rolling on this pen a couple of times a day caused some mild burn on my skin. I guess I got too carried away and overdosed on the product. Other than that, if you have normal skin, that shouldn't be a problem. The price is not cheap but for what it does, it's worth it. I hope more people will get to know this wonderful product. This will really save you from a full blown nasty eruptions!
This brush is always OOS in my local Target mainly because it is an awesome brush - that also needs to be replaced quite frequently - for me at least. My first brush broke after two weeks - the metal part totally loosen up from the handle. With that said, I do not mind repurchasing this brush again because I love it. The size of the brush is just perfect for my lids and it can pack on e/s really good too. The bristles are really soft so I don't really know why for some, it can be so rough that it hurts their lids. For the cost of $1, you really can't go wrong. I condition it really well (my conditioner costs more than the brush itself! ... ) so it doesn't shed for me. The last time Target got it back in stock, I purchased them all (yeah, I know, I hoard them). And strange enough, this brush is not uniformed. One brush can differ from length, bristle/brush size but the softness is always the same for me. The other reason why I purchased by the lots is because I use them for different e/s colors. I like that I have that many brushes at my disposal. Spoiled rotten by E.L.F brushes!
Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - Wild Shine - Metallica #468
colormechic 9/7/2010 1:43:00 PM
As the previous reviews have mentioned, this is a muted metallic silver so if you are looking for shimmer/glitter, this will disappoint. You would definitely use more than 2-3 coats to achieve the bottle color and it can pile on thick if you are not careful. I use a base and top coat and it lasted me more than week without chipping! I am quite impressed. I like that it is more muted because I don't do shimmer well but most of the metallic colors in the market has them. So, I am lucky to find one that is doesn't shout too loud. If you use both a base and top coat, you will get it to shine and reflect light. I would wear this again, that's for sure.
Eye Shadow -NYX - Jumbo Eye Pencil - Pots and Pans
colormechic 9/7/2010 12:26:00 PM
I have an array of colors but I find I use Pots and Pans the most. Recently, I stumbled upon a YT vid on KimK's silver/brown eye m/u and was eager to try it out. I used P&P's as a base and it really did helped bring out the silver e/s. I wouldn't use it as an only e/s because after a while, the color will fade even though when first applied, they do look very pigmented. It is best to use the eye pencils as a base to bring out whatever e/s color you are wearing. The only gripe I have, as with all the NYX jumbo pencil is that they always crease on me. :( I do use an eye primer (UDPP) underneath and no matter what, after half and hour or so, the inner corner of my lids will start to crease like mad. The only reason why, that I can think of, is because my eyes tend to water easily (a very bad consequences of staring at the computer monitor all day/night long (sigh...) Anyway, I can always use this pencil to do little touch up throughout the day since they are so travel friendly.
The only reason why I purchased these (plural - I have them in Lychee, Violetta, Cassis Noir, Apples, Blood Orange, Rosebud, Peach Nectar, Green Tea and Honeysuckle) is because of their lovely packaging. I am a sucker for those little pretty tins. That said, those pretty little tins are a nightmare to open, especially when your fingers are already *sticky*. Indeed, they are way more expensive than your regular sticks but they do last you all through winter and more. I love the scent, they are really a packful and they do last a long while. Reapplication is usually very minimal and they gives your lips a lovely shine too. I like Apples and Lychee Flower the most because I feel that they have the strongest but very pleasant scent. For men, go with Violetta, it's less *perfumy* than all the others. Another plus point is these products are not tested on animals and paraben free, if you are into eco friendly products. But they do contain petrolatum which can be a turn off for some.
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - Moisture Surge Eye Gel
colormechic 9/5/2010 4:06:00 PM
Generally, this eye gel is very lightweight and easy to apply. It's serum like consistency is more liquidy than other gel products that I've come across. It is supposed to give moisture and hydrate eyes but after using almost half a tube, I really don't feel any difference. It has a slight cooling effect immediately after application but will fade after a few minutes. This product does not help with under eye circle at all and I doubt it is marketed as such either. I am using a different product for my under eye circle now and have seen major improvements.
I have always loved Dandelion and was on the market to look for a nice bronzer for the summer. I was on a shopping spree in Sephora and decided to pick it up. Bad move, I returned it two days later. I have a medium complexion and was hoping to use this to highlight my cheekbones. It's dark enough to bring out the highlight color but the shimmer, glitter, or whatever you call it is just too much! I looked too theatrical and I tried toning it down by using less product. Still, I could not get it to work. If I use less, it won't show much on my skin, just look like as if I have a bad case of uneven skin tone. I am disappointed because I really tried to love it.
This product is not widely available in the US but in Asia, it is extremely popular. I managed to get hold of this and used it over a span of a few weeks. What I love about this cream is the lovely scent and the pink color! It comes in a tube that you can easily squeeze out (like a toothpaste) and it is thick. You don't have to use a lot and it is a good and reasonably priced moisturizer. I have combination skin and I don't feel greasy at all after using it. Although it appears thick, I don't feel over moisturized at all. In fact, I would have really liked it if it is a little more moisturizing. I used these during winter time and that could explain why it didn't do it for me. In the hotter months perhaps, I would have loved to used it daily. I do however, love the Body Milk that has the same scent and pink color! I used it after a good shower at night and in the morning, my skin is baby smooth and smells incredible! This line also has a lovely serum that is supposedly anti aging. It comes in a bright pink tube and because it is a serum, the consistency is more liquid. It has a whitening property as well and I use it mainly as an eye serum to tackle my under eye circle. So far, I can see major improvement. Besides, it also helps to firm and tighten the delicate under eye skin area so my eyes looks fresher and brighter.
This is the only product that I have used that will calm down my allergic reaction after waxing. I don't use this as a moisturizer at all and I doubt it works well as one. I have combination skin that becomes easily irritated after brow/lip wax. No amount of soothing aloe gel will help calm it down but a dab of this will reduce redness and bumps right away. I am also mildly allergic to my cat (dander) and when she comes to close to my face (cat tongue anyone?), I almost always breaks out in hives. Again, I would reach for the barrier repair and I get relief almost immediately. Who knew this stuff works for cat attacks? This is one item that I can always count on in emergency situations and after waxing sessions.