I bought this in "Runaway," because it was on sale on Urban Decay's website, and I LOVE it. It is super glossy with great pigmentation, but it's not sticky at all. Plus, it lasts forever, even after drinking and eating. It also has a very pleasant minty kind of taste when you apply it, but the taste doesn't stick around, so it's not annoying. I will be trying a few more of these in different colors. They're way worth the investment. Plus, the packaging is uber cute, and that never hurts!
This stuff lives up to its name. It is absolutely my hair miracle. I'd heard the great reviews about it, but I wasn't going to pay $20 for it before I had a chance to check it out. Then I saw it on sale as part of a Buy 1-Get 2 Free with a bunch of other semi-pricey products I already love, so I took the leap. I am so glad I did! The first time I used this, I saw a difference. I just use a dime-sized amount on wet hair, spread it from the roots to the tips, then blow dry and style. It gave my hair so much volume and oomph, it was amazing. It made my hair feel soft, healthy, really--just about all I wanted it to feel. I can't believe such a small amount could make such a difference. This product is definitely pricey, but it's worth it for what it does. I'll repurchase forever!
Aww man, I really, really wanted to love this, because I love Lush products, but this just didn't do it for me. It didn't moisturize my lips at all. I applied it both on my normal lips and after using a lip scrub (Lush Mint Julip, which is awesome). I felt like I was really having to scrape the product to get it out of the tub, and when I put it on, it didn't hydrate at all. I get better results with Maybelline Babylips or even an EOS balm. Very disappointed after all the hype.
Primer/ Corrector -Rimmel - Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer
iheartowls55 2/12/2013 4:42:00 PM
I don't like this primer at all, mostly because of the coloring. I mean, it's orange. I bought it in 001, which is supposed to be a neutral shade, but it comes out as way too dark and warm for my skin. The color doesn't fade, either. It sticks around and oxidizes. I don't find it does much in keeping my makeup in place as long as my other primers, and for the overall look, it's just not worth it. I've been on the hunt for a great drugstore primer for awhile, and this is not it. If you want a cheaper alternative, try the Revlon Photoready version. It's colorless, smooth and will keep your makeup in place for at least half the day (on oily skin). I wanted to like this, but it was a HUGE flop for me. I'm giving it to a friend with darker, warmer-toned skin. On fair girls, it's a disaster.
This is my favorite palette ever. If you're a beginner to makeup or just want to expand your collection to some good quality shadows, this is the way to go. Every shade in this kit is completely wearable and will stay put all day long. The color is incredibly pigmented, the shadows are just the right consistency. Yeah, it's sort of pricey ($50 full-priced, although you can get it cheaper now with Urban Decay's 20% off sale on their website), but it's worth it. I mean, if you're constantly buying and trying to work with drugstore eyeshadows that aren't up to par, you can easily waste more than $50 on junk. I wear this palette almost every day, and I've never regretted buying it for a second. I'd pay twice what they're asking and cut back on other products. It's that great.
I honestly can't rave about this palette enough. It's the first thing I ever bought from The Balm. I got it from Birchbox for just $25, which was so amazing, I had to try it. Every single shadow in this palette is perfect. There are 8 shimmery shades and 4 matte shades, all of them very wearable. These shadows are super creamy, almost buttery in consistency. The pigmentation is incredible. This palette also comes with circles of Frat Boy blush and Mary-Lou Manizer illumintaor. They're incredible products, too. I will definitely be going back for full sizes. The packaging is super cute, kind of like a little notebook, which folds over to protect a couple of lip glosses. The glosses are nice, but I really haven't used them. I prefer glosses in a tube for easy carrying. You could do TONS of different looks with this palette, and it's very travel-friendly. Plus, all the names of the shadows are based on rock and roll themes. Just an extra touch of cuteness to make it my go-to palette. I adore this, and it's definitely sold me on The Balm. If you get a chance to pick it up, do it. You won't be disappointed.
This stuff does exactly what it is supposed to do. It makes my skin feel extra clean and refreshed, without breaking me out or making me red. A lot of toners I've used in the past, particularly from ProActiv, were a little too harsh for my sensitive skin, but this stuff gets the job done without drying out my skin. I really recommend this for anyone with sensitive skin looking for a little extra oomph in her skincare routine. It's become a staple in mine.
I use this as my everyday moisturizer, and it does the job perfectly. I'm younger, so I don't have many wrinkles or fine lines, but this product still smooths and moisturizes so that my makeup goes on nice and evenly, and I figure it can be a preventative to wrinkles. It has a great smell that doesn't linger too long. My skin feels super soft after using this, and it hasn't broken me out at all. The product comes with a nice pump, so you can control exactly how much comes out, which you don't see for every product at this price point, especially ones that actually work! Even if you don't feel like you necessarily need the collagen factor, this is a great base for any look. I'll definitely repurchase.
Moisturizers -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Nutrifying Night Cream
iheartowls55 2/7/2013 12:13:00 PM
I really, really like this night cream. I'd never noticed the Salma Hayek line until recently in my drugstore, but it was on BOGO at CVS last week. I've been using this night cream for a few days now, and I can already tell a difference. My skin feels so soft and hydrated! The product itself is like a thick kind of cream, the same sort of consistency Cool Whip might have if you leave it in the refrigerator for awhile. It feels really light when it's on, and it has a nice, refreshing, light smell to it. Just make sure not to over-apply, though, especially if you have oily skin. The first time I applied the same even layer across my face, and when I woke up, my T-Zone felt a little greasy. Now I just lightly cover my nose, forehead and chin, and it works much better. I was pleasantly surprised by this product, and I'll definitely continue to use it. A great value for the price.
This is the best stick concealer I own. I think it's pretty easy for almost anyone to find a shade that fits her without too much trouble. The formula is long-lasting and it will cover just about anything. If you're having problems with it feeling tough when you apply it straight from the stick, try running a couple swatches on the back of your hand to warm it up. I use this lightly and I don't have any problems with cakiness whatsoever. It's such a nice formula, you don't have to apply too much. Mine has a nice pink undertone which is perfect for my under eyes. Plus, it's only just a little over $20, which is a lot for a stick concealer, but not for one that's so high quality. I love it, and I'll buy it again and again.
I bought this a couple of weeks ago, and I've been playing with it ever since. I love the combinations you can get with this! The shades are half shimmer, half matte, no chunky glitter to be found. It comes with the prettiest highlight shades to some super sexy dark colors to really rev up a look. The only downside, and it's one a lot of other reviewers have mentioned: there's a ton of fallout with these shadows. Be sure to tap the excess off your brush before you apply, or you'll end up with raccoon eyes. Overall, though, the quality is top-notch. You can throw this in your bag for a weeklong trip and be good to go for anything. I like that the packaging is super slim, but I wish it was plastic or metal instead of cardboard. I've gotten a lot of use out of this already, and I'll repurchase if I ever run out.
I have this product and I like it, but I won't buy it again, because I have found a perfect drugstore dupe for it. Check out Nyx's "Pinched." It is exactly the same. Seriously. I don't use the word dupe lightly, but that's what this is. Same classic pink, same gold shimmer-y tones. The Nars is a bit longer wearing and a bit more finely milled, but for a $40 difference in the price tag, I don't mind reapplying the drugstore version! There's just not enough difference in quality to justify it.
For almost as long as I've been wearing makeup, I've always used my fingers too apply foundation. It's just worked best for me. I've found that brushes tend too give me a lighter coverage than I'm used to, and I feel like I have so much more control if I used my own hands. Sponges are just expensive to constantly re-purchase, and I feel they use up too much valuable product. This tool, though, is the best of both worlds. I truly feel like I have control over how much product goes where, and it blends seamlessly. It's like nothing I've ever used before. The $20 price may seem expensive for a beauty tool, but it's so worth it, especially if you ignore the gimmick-y cleanser that comes with it. That makes it costlier. The beauty blender does amazing things with almost any foundation I've tried, and the shape lets you fit it into tight spaces like under your eyes and around the nose. I'm very, very happy with this, and it's totally revolutionized the way I apply my makeup. Give it a try if you're on the fence. I think it's way worth the hype.
This is my all-time favorite lip product by Maybelline. I bought a nude color and a peach color over the weekend, and I loved them so much, I bought two more today. At less than six bucks each, these are a super affordable alternative to people who aren't crazy about the Revlon Lip Butters. Personally, I think these are much better. The color comes off slightly more sheer, but the product glides on so smoothly, it feels amazing on the lips. I feel like the darker colors have a little more color pay-off, but you can get a decent amount of coverage no matter what color you choose. These are now my go-to moisturizing lip products. I definitely recommend them! PLUS--omg. The packaging. It's the cutest freaking thing EVER. Good job, Maybelline. This one's a keeper.
Lipstick -Revlon - Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
iheartowls55 1/23/2013 3:14:00 PM
It hurts me to say this, because I love Revlon lip products, but this was a loser for me. I bought it because it was a BOGO at my drugstore and I'd heard some good things about it. I bought the shade Iconic, which is a really pretty berry-ish color, and a coral color. This product really does go on with a velvet-like consistency. It's very smooth and comfortable. After about half an hour, though, it seems to get very patchy and dry on my lips. I tried applying a lip blam beforehand, and I got the same results. The color is nice and buildable, but the intensity fades quickly. The darker shade sort of stained my lips, but not evenly. If you have time to re-apply this once and hour, give it a try. If not, save your money for the 3-trillion other lip products out there that are way, way better than this one.