I am surprised by the reviews on here. I really love this mascara, I think it's one of my favorites. Normally I buy drugstore mascaras, but I have yet to find a dupe for this at the drugstore. I am pretty picky when it comes to mascara, and I really cant think of one complaint. Fist, it goes on easily. I have small eyes and I sometimes feel like I am challenged when it comes to using a lot of mascara wands. I have small eyes and some of those big wands are a disaster - I end up with masacara everywhere all over my eye lid and brow bone, except for the inner corners, where I cant get the brush to reach. I usually hate large wands for this reason, but there is something about this one that works amazingly. The brush may very well be why I like it so much. It really puts on a good amount of product without taking my eye out or clumping up. The formula is more of a drier one, so it's best for volumizing. I have pretty wimpy lashes and I love how this mascara makes them look full and fluttery, soft, feathery, not like I clumped up a bunch of mascara at all. Is is a bit more of a dramatic mascara, in my opinion. I love this one days when my makeup is rather underdone, because this sort of glams up the look very quickly. Best of all, I have no problems with flaking, smearing or coming off until I wash it -- and it's not too bad to remove with remover of some kind. This is more of a splurge item then a staple for me, but it is the only HE mascara I have every really thought was worth the price tag.
Price $6-8 or so for 4.5 oz, which will last a long time! I tried this because of a recommendation here on MUA - I was looking for a new scrub that I hoped would be in between the apricot scrub and the Neutrogena pore refining scrub I was using. I do not like the apricot scrub for the face - it is just too rough. I need something smoother, and so I like to look for scrubs that have plastic breads or other smaller/smoother granules. While there are some nice once out there, it seems every one I try just isnít it. They are either too rough, or not rough enough. Sometimes the beads are just too big and/or there just arenít enough of them. I also try to stick with more natural ingredients, or formulations for sensitive skin. Things with lots of perfumes, methyl or other irritants seem to be rampant in drugstore scrubs. When I finally got down to the end of my Neutrogena pore refining scrub I knew I wanted to try something else in hopes that one day I would be more scrubbing. This is PERFECT! The granules are small, but they are SO dense, so you get a lot of exfoliation without ripping up you face! It includes salicylic acid, which should also help with exfoliation and acne treatment, but it is my understanding that they are rather ineffective in a cleanser, but that really doesnít matter much to me since I was only looking for a physical exfoliate anyways. I use other items for my AHA/BHA. It smells really nice Ė very fresh and clean. It does not smell artificial at all, which is what I was expecting. It really does smell like natural green tea, and I am impressed. The results are wonderful! My skin is left feeling super smooth and very clean and invigorated. It does feel a bit drying, but I always follow up with a moisturizer anyways. It claims to help with acne and redness. I suppose it helps with acne the same way any exfoliate would, and I canít tell that it does anything for redness other then that it does not contain anything harsh or irritating. Just be careful not to over exfoliate! I use this about once a week, more then twice and it makes me oilier.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete All Day Moisture Cream SPF 15 (Normal)
kissjacksparrow 12/12/2011 4:50:00 AM
Olay complete spf15 - Normal skin. 2oz jar, around $5-7 I have combination skin, oily T zone that is sensitive and clogs/breaks out from some products. I am still on the search for the right daily moisturizer with SPF and still havenít found it. I found the one I was currently using just was making me way to oily and was looking for something lighter. This did turn out to be lighter and it doesnít make me as shiny, but I still felt oily mid day, even with oil absorbing powder. This only has SPF15, which in my opinion, is not enough. I do get a lot of contact with the sun walking around on campus and hanging out outside with the kiddos I work with and I really prefer a minimum of SPF30+. 15 is ok if itís just incidental sun exposure but not enough it youíre actually going to be outside for a little bit. I believe it is also a chemical/synthetic sunscreen, as apposed to physical. That is a matter of personal preference, but I thought I prefer something like Zinc Oxide, I have no concerns using them. I looked the sunscreen active on beautypedia, and this does provide both UVA and UVB protection In terms of moisture, it is pretty basic. Nothing fancy about this, no exciting ingredients, itís not going to do much to improve the quality of you skin, but if you really do have normal skin, then this might be enough for you. I am happy to say that it doesnít break me out or clog my pores and it seems to give me a nice glowy/dewy finish on itís own. It doesnít burn my eyes, but I find I do have to layer it a bit around my eyes to get them hydrated enough. It does have scent, which is not ideal in skincare, but it doesnít bother me. I actually like the smell. I find it comforting. It doesnít seem to last after applying, either. Itís jar packaging is less then ideal, but I use it only right after showering with clean hands, so Iím not so bothered by it like others are. They recently redesigned them, and they are much nicer looking then they used to be. The plastic is thick and sturdy, I think it would travel well. I have to give this some credit though - its better then some other DS daily moisturizers Ive used. There are so man DS moisturizers with unreliable SPF rendering them rather useless (ahem... Im talking to you Garnier) so I almost feel bad for only giving it a 3... I really want to give it a 3.5.... because I reserve 4s for products that I really like, because a perfect 5 is something extra special IMO... In all, this is an OK product. It is usable, and I was able to get through the jar without too many complaints, but it just doesnít do enough for me. It really is pretty unexciting compared the their Regenersit line, which I would argues is much more ďcompleteĒ then this so called ďcompleteĒ line. It served itís purpose and is a fine inexpensive moisturizer for light days. Next time I think I will spend a little more and get something that has more beneficial ingredients and higher SPF, but thereís really nothing bad about it either. I can seem myself continuing to use this on days when I might just be outside to run errands for a little bit and donít need anything to fancy. Since I tend to like hopped up more expensive moisturizers I may repurchase this to stretch my dollar a bit.
Cleansers -Equate - Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser
kissjacksparrow 12/7/2011 3:00:00 AM
Mine is actually labeled "age resisting daily renewal cleanser" but says compare to Olay age defying cleanser. This one comes in a pump and costs under $3. I havent tried this particular Olay cleanser, but I have tried others from this line. I picked this up because I am on a tight budget at the moment and needed a cleanser right away and couldn't wait for a sale. This was about the cheapest thing I could find. Overall I have been very impressed with the Equate brand products. They are usually less then half the price of the national brand and are usually very good quality. I was mostly happy with this purchase. The pump is very practical. It comes out a thick cream and I was suprised when I first rubbed it on my skin and felt the little granules because you can see them in the product. The little granules are very find and small, but still dense enough to do some work. I am really picky about scrubs, as I was very impressed with this one. I do not like really tough scrubs that are harsh like those made with shells, they are just to rough on my sensitive skin. Then there are those with the plastic breads, but there are few in concentration compared to the base to really do much. This is the perfect size, the perfect balance between exfoliating without being too rough. I do not feel like it is to rough for everyday either. For something a little more scrubby I still love my St Ive's green tea scrub 1-2x a week. The directions say to use a generous amount and I would have to agree with that, since it doesn't foam. I agree that it is a little hard to rinse off, so using a microfiber towel helps, and make sure you really take the time to rinse it all off. But despite this, somehow it doesn't clog up my skin, which was not what I would've expected since everything seems to clog my pores. Although I still think I prefer a foaming cleanser for my skin type. When using this at night, I remove as much make up as possible before washing with this. It seems like it does a good job removing make up, but when I used toner the cotton pad would pick up traces of makeup, so I try to remove as much before and then cleanse twice to make sure I get all the make up off because my skin is really prone to clogging. Even though this is creamy, it does not make me feel oily or greasy. It leaves my skin feeling rather balanced (my skin is combination with an oily t-zone). I noticed an improvement in the condition of my skin within a few days. I felt like it really helped with my enlarged/clogged pores quite a bit. If I felt like it did a better job removing makeup and sunscreen it would be a 5 start product. Because it doesn't, i switched to using this in the AM and started using the Equate version of Clearasil's Daily Face Wash with the Olay ProX bush at night to remove makeup and sunscreen and saw my skin improve even more. My skin is somewhat sensitive skin and it does not irritate my skin at all. The fragrance doesn't bother me. This is something I would consider buying again in the future to use as a daily light exfoliating cleanser. I would recommend it for normal to dry skin, but it you get clogs/acne it might not be the best option, unless you us it in the AM with something a little more clarifying at night. And let's not forget, the price is pretty incredible. One bottle lasted me about 2 months with daily use. Just a side not: I have reviewed several other Equate brand items and am still trying more out, so see my other reviews if you are curious. I have found these products to be very good for current budget when I don't have the time to shop around for sale/coupons to get the products I usually use.
Cleansers -Oxy - Oxy 10 Balance Maximum Strength Acne Wash
kissjacksparrow 12/2/2011 11:47:00 PM
reading some the reviews for this products really frustrate me - for 2 reasons. First of all, it proves that people dont even read packages before use, and second, people dont do pay attention to ingrediants. First ting I want to address a few things in response to some of the complaints people have made. First of all, this is not a cleanser that is designed to remove make up. If you are looking for a makeup removing cleanser, THIS should not be even considered. It is called "MAXIMUM STRENGTH" so yeah, it's going to be harsh! It's medicated, so why would you put it near your eyes? I'd think it would be common sense, but com'on people, it clearly states on the bottle to keep away from you eyes! So if you put it near you eye and it hurts, well, that's what you get... If you wear makeup, you need to remove it all before using this. enough said. So now to get to my review: I follow pretty closely to Paula Begoun's philosophy on skincare, and I highly recommend her book/website, but there I times I do stray. My skin face is too sensitive of 10% BP, it makes me really dry and itchy and irritates my skin, so I use a 2% or a 5% if it's really bad, topic BP gel on the spots I get. Paula does not recommend using face washes with actives, like this one - her logic being that they these kinds of ingredients need to be left on the skin and they do little work in the short amount of time that you spend cleansing. With those two facts in mind, I would not normally even glance at a product like this. However, I was starting to break out really badly on my back, and it was getting a lot worse during the hot summer, that made my combination skin much, much worse, so someone recommended that I try this. I was using the topical BP gel, but it was really hard to apply so I thought this might work for my "bacne" because 1) it is higher percentage, so may work better on my stubborn bacne, but the fact that it is not left on maybe it would make me dry/peely/itchy like the topical and 2) its so much easier to get on my back this way. Yup. works well! I use a regular body pouff and cleanse my chest and back with this. I leave it on for a few minuets before rinsing. I do this after I shampoo & condition my hair because those can clog up pores. It really does help me clear up breakouts! It is drying, so I only use it until it clears up, and then maybe once every few days after that to be preventative. If I get a major breakout on my face, I have used this, and as long as I dont leave it on as long and moisturize after, its ok, but I really prefer a lower dosage gel for my face. Packing is manly, so I like the shape of it - it's easy to hold and squeeze product out. It's about $6 or so, and since I only use it as needed, it's lasted me MONTHS, you really don't need a lot. It doesn't really lather a whole lot though. If you suffer from body acne, I recommend this. Otherwise, for the face, I only would recommend this for people who have very stubborn acne, oily skin (as it is drying), and skin that is not thin or sensitive. For me this is just way too much for my face.
this is the walmart house brand of Clearisal daily cleanser, and I belive it was under $3 for a tube that will last a long time! this is really good if you have very oily skin. In the summer this works well for me because in the heat I become a mega-grease ball! It is somewhat drying, so if you have dry skin, I wouldn't recommend it. If you have dry skin try the equate version of the age-defying cleanser in the pump - its about the same price and is more moisturizing/less stripping. I bought this because I have been having good luck with equate products and have been curious. I had seen/heard several great reviews for particular one. I think it works really well with my Olay ProX cleaning brush. I wet my face, apply his all over and then use the brush for about 2 min or so. It gets off all my make up and sunscreen. When I rinse, my skin feels SUPER clean and my pores instantly look smaller, less clogged... overall my skin looks GREAT! If you aren't using it with a brush like I am, I would suggest using a microfiber wash cloth to help rinse it off as it is a bit heavy. It is much easier to rinse off if you wait until it turns foamy as well, because when it is still in the cream form it can be hard to rinse away. This takes a little time working it into the skin if you are not using a brush/washcloth. My skin is some what sensitive, and this does not irritate me at all (aside from feeling a little dry, but I always moisturize after, so its not a problem for me). It works up to a foam pretty quickly - either by massaging by hand or using the brush - and it removed every trace of makeup! I was having some issues with my previous creamy cleanser not removing all my makeup/sunscreen and that wasn't' helping with my clogged/large pores and mild acne. This makes my skin clear and beautiful! I have no gripes about the packaging. Scent doesn't bother me either - it just smells kinda medical to me... This is also VERY similar to the Lancome foaming cream face wash. I like the Lancome better, but the difference is not where justifying the price difference. I will for sure be buying this again in the future! But I rotate between a few cleansers, 2 of my favorites being Clean & Clear Foaming/Senstive and Loreal 360 Sensitive
$3.27 for 21 fl oz. vs $7.49+ Jergen's Original Cherry Almond Scented Moisturizer is one of those classic products. I picked this up after having good luck with some of the other equate brand items, as I am on a tight budget these day since going back to school. While there are some minor differences between the name brand and the house brand, they are so small that I couldn't justify spending more if not necessary. This is a nice medium gel-like consistency. It is not too heavy to put on right before I dress in the morning, yet it is really good at hydrating skin. My legs tend to get a little ashy, so using a moisturizer after I shower is a must, but I HATE the feeling of my jeans chaffing due to sticky or heavy lotions. This I can put on, let it set for a few minuets, pull on my clothes and I am fine, comfortable... comfortable because my skin is hydrated and comfortable because my clothes aren't sticking to me and I do't feel like I am covered in a heavy, greasy body cream. I used this though out the summer when it was really hot and still felt good and it seems to be serving me well not that we are heading into the cold weather. When it gets colder and my skin gets drier I use a heavy body cream at night and then use this in the morning. Oh, yeah, and it does make my skin silky soft and smooth! After using it for a few days I could feel an improvement in my skins overall tone and texture. It makes my skin soft and supple. And it is a nice hand cream to use throughout the day as well. It hydrates, but absorbs quickly so I can go on about my day. The classic cherry almond scent should be familiar to a lot of us. It's a pretty common scent in hand soaps, I've noticed. I rather enjoy it. However, this is where I can tell the difference between then authentic and the knock off. When first squeezed out, the Equate brand has a stonger, sweater cherry smell. where as the Jergens is lighter, and more balanced with the almond scent. The sweetness dissipates quickly though, and I still like the sweet smell - although my boyfriend is not a fan. He said "that's pretty intense" one morning when I was putting it on, and he refuses to use it on himself and requested I buy him some fragrance free stuff if I insist on buying this.... which I do.. I mix up my body sprays/perfumes pretty often and I have never noticed anything clashing, I think it's because the scent of this lotion lightens quickly and ends up being very light a few minuets after applied. I really like the pump - It makes it easy to work with. Well, that is until I get down to the bottom, but that's with all lotions. At least I CAN screw off the top and get every last bit... It's not cheap looking either. Its not eye sore on my dresser top. Over all, this is a real staple for me. I cant think of a single things I dont like about it! When it comes to products I am pretty hard to keep interested, as I always have a wondering eye, but I will continue to buy this!
Loose Powders -Maybelline - Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder
kissjacksparrow 11/27/2011 4:35:00 PM
When I got this I really had hoped it would work a miracle, and when it didn't I was a little disappointed. However, after using is a while I found I liked it. It seems to me that most loose powders I've tried work well and so I never really spend a lot of money on them. I was using the L'oreal Sheer Translucide powder and it was fine - that is until my skin changed on me. I was getting super oily really fast - like an hour after applying it was already becoming a shiny mess. I was doing some research for some ingredients that would help absorb oil and was trying to find an inexpensive/easily accessible powder that would work better. Enter Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder: The key ingredient that attracted me to this powder was the inclusion of kaolin clay which is an ingredient known for mattifying/oil control. It was also the cheapest and easiest powder I could find that included this ingredient. My skin is slightly sensitive and acne prone and this powder gave me no problems. It goes on sheer, not powder or cakey. It does control shine longer then the regular powder I was using, but I still needed touch up through out the day. I fine it works best using a round cosmetic sponge and pressing it onto the skin/over foundation. Even if I don't use foundation or tinted moisturizer, I think it still helps make my skin look better then just being bare. It doesn't extenuate pores and blends easily. I was impressed by the texture of this, it really quite smooth. Oh, and it should last you a LLOOONNNGGG time! even using it every day for 6months and I still have a ton left. While it didn't solve my oil problem, it is a nice basic powder for normal to slightly oily skin. It works fine for me most of the time, but I need to find something with more oil control t use during these hot summers. Since I likes this I tried the Shine Free pressed powder and did not like it. It doesn't really do anything for oil control as it does not have the kaolin clay in it, just talc. I have light skin, about nc20 or so, and I have no problem with the color at all. I use it over foundation, over TM or over nothing but moisturizer and I never notice any color to it.For me it really does seem sheer - but I really dont apply much either. Some people say it looks cakey... well, this doesnt really happen for me either, so maybe it's the application technique. I dont use the cheap puff that comes with it. The only gripe-- the packing SUCKS! I dont travel with it, but the top is just such thin and flimsy plastic that it cracks too easily! When I got more then half way through the jar, the lid was cracked beyond usable so I ended up mixing it in with another powder jar I had and kind of regret doing it because now this mix doesn't have as smooth as a texture anymore -- which I find odd because they both felt smooth on their own... But I guess if they are going to make something so cheap they have to skimp somewhere... I am on the look out for some nice powder jars I can use to transfer these into in the future that are more sturdy and more attractive. If anyone know where to find some please, pm me! So in all, if you are looking for a good loose powder for very inexpensive, I think this is a good option - very impressive for the price! I will probably buy this again when I finish up the powders I am currently working on.
Lotions/ Creams -Equate - Anti-wrinkel Night Cream
kissjacksparrow 11/26/2011 10:56:00 PM
I picked this up out of curiosity after I finished my jar or Olay of the Night cream that this is supposed to be a dupe of. I didn't LOVE the olay of the night, but it was OK and was working for me as a night time eye cream while I was on a tight budget. This was slightly more lackluster.. It's basic, I guess.. there's nothing really wrong with it, but I wouldn't recommend it or purchase it again. The smell is ALMOST like the Olay scent, but slightly off, a little more powdery... Its like that 'old lady' smell, but a bad version of it... I normally kinda like rose/"old lady" scents. I am not so much a fan of the smell of this, but I like the orginal Olay scent. It's a thick, pink cream and adds sufficient moisture to plump up the skin, but I dont think it does squat for wrinkles around my eyes other then moisturize....
Styling Products -Suave - Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray
kissjacksparrow 11/24/2011 1:02:00 AM
ugh... this is one of those "what was I thinking?" & "why did I bother!" moments. I bought the MAX hold hairspray but didnt like it because it wasy super crispy & flakey. Against my hunch that this might be the same, I decided to give this a try thinking maybe the "professionals" line would be better... NOPE! It wasn't as crispy, but it was MORE flakey! It left tons of white flakes. If you use this you better not touch your hair! It better not move! Or you will have snow falling around you with in second. Literally. I spray this and seconds later I see flakeys. Touchable? Heck no! bad bad bad bad bad.... I am going back to my Garnier hair spray. This was awful!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Stylish Smokes in Natural Smokes
kissjacksparrow 11/14/2011 1:13:00 AM
I love this quad! I actually like a lot of maybelline eyeshadows. they have come a long way form the crapy formula I remember when I first started getting into makeup. I find them to be very good quality these days. Natural Smokes is one of my favorites. I am more into neutral/natural looks, so to me, this quad is more of a glam look then a natural look - that begin said, it isn't too harsh or anything, so I can wear this during the day and not feel all made up. It acutally comes out lighter on my skin then I expected it to. In the pan all the colors look very dark, but the lid shade is actually sheer. I love the lid shade! It has such a pretty shimmer to it and I just love! And if you are a taupe lover, I do not think you will be disappointed. Although it is sheer, a sticky base and packing the color on with the sponge will make it show up darker. I like to wear this shade alone as a wash on the lid sometimes. In this quad, this color has the largest dip. I love the quad for this shade alone. The only thing is, the shimmers do have some fall out in this shade, but it's not too bad -- not like, say, UD's glitter fall out! As a quad, I like this set. I like how it has a verity of finishes rather then all just shimmer like a lot of other drugstore eyeshadows - it really helps give it some depth. It is also versatile. You can wear is sheer for daytime, or really pack on the colors and intensify it with the darks. I do think they blend well and wear very well (although I always wear SOME kind of base). I find I use this a lot around the holidays or events where I want to be a bit more dolled up then usual, but not formal- like parties or nice dinners. this + falsies is sort of my go-to for those kinds of events if I dont feel like trying anything new. Overall, very impressed! I would for sure buy again if need be.
My hair: 3b curly hair that is very prone to dryness, frizz and breakage and is color treated and I do use occasional heat tools on it. I purchased this to use in conjunction with my leave in to give my hair extra strength. It took me a while to figure out how to use this product,and before I did I had sort of a love hate relationship with this stuff. When I would start to use it, I really loved what it did for my hair - it made it feel strong, soft, and healthy. But then, it would start to look crappy again and I would stop using it. The when I would get bored and rotate my products again, I would try this and the same thing -- I would like it at first then it would stop working.. come to find out, you have to be careful about protein products, especially ones with keratin, it being a the strongest of the proteins. Once I figured that out and started using this less often (once every few days for maintenance) I had continuously good results for the rest of the bottle, which did last me a long time. I found this to be true with most protein treatments. I haven't used this in a while, but have been using the Redkin anti-snap the same way and also like it very much. I would use either. This stuff is a little pricey, but since I dont have to use a whole lot, I think it's worth it. I have been lucky enough to find a bottle on occasion at TJ Maxx/Ross and jump on it when I do! I personally think the bottle kind sucks. Once I got down to the end it was hard to get all the product because the spray bottle is pretty cheapy. Also, people who complain about the smell - it doesnt really bother me, but it is sort of strong.
I have tried a few of the different softsaop body washes -- they go on sale a lot and I get them for next to nothing. I always thought they were just OK - they did the job but not much to rave about. Well, I picked up this one, and I am gaga for it! I love the smell! It's not an overly fake, sugary-sweet coconut. It's rather clean smelling and even my SO likes the smell and he's not into super sweet, fruity or food-y smells. The smell is SOOOO wonderful & I just cant get enough! It is rich and creamy in lather and it moisturizes quite a bit more then the others I have tried from softsoap. It has apricot shell in it to exfoliate, but it's not majorly harsh so I can use it daily without a problem. But I think it is more exfoliating then the Spa Radiant I used right before that has salt in it. I love this stuff and I will FOR SURE buy it again the next time I stock up.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
kissjacksparrow 10/30/2011 3:18:00 AM
Love this stuff! I have been using this on and off for years. First, as a TM I like it. It gives light coverage and light moisture. I can build it slightly where I need it. Its not going to cover major flaws, but it will even out skin tone, redness, and make pores less visible. I always pair it with a powder to take down shine and five it a better finish. Sometimes I even use it as a base for other foundations if I desire more coverage. I love that it has reliable SPF. And over time it really does improve skin. I sometimes break out and have post acne dark marks. When I start using this again both problems fade away. It really DOES enhance your skin. I start to look brighter and more glowy after wearing this for a while. Packing in a jar pump is great, but you cant get every last drop. Its a little pricey for DS, but considering what it does and that it's like 3 or 4 products in one, I'd say it's worth it. Definitely a go-to product for me! I would say HG but there really is no such thing for me as I am always switching it up, but this is one of those rare things that I seem to use up and repurchase much more often then most other things. Love it.
Misc Beauty Tools -Revlon - Cushion-Grip Lash Curler
kissjacksparrow 10/30/2011 3:10:00 AM
I'm surprised this doesn't get better ratings because I have tried several eyelash curlers from the drugstore and this is the only one that I can use. All the others are too big, not curved enough, or pinch... this one *almost* fits my eyes, I still have to really maneuver it around to get all the lashes, but so far I haven't found anything better. I guess I have small eyes. Everyone loved ELF but I couldn't reach as many lashes and found it painful. I have purchased a few of these, after a few years the pads wear out and the grips for the fingers don't fit anymore, but it's cheap so it's not a big deal. Maybe someday I will buy a HE one, the Mally one looks promising, but for now Revlon is the only one I can stand to use.