Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Mr. Pumice - Pumi Bar
kmichael 7/23/2012 12:26:00 PM
Can't live without it, especially in the summer when I'm barefoot or wearing sandals a lot. A simple, perfect buffer that lasts forever and works like a charm.
There's definitely a learning curve to this product, but once you get the hang of it, the results are fantastic. It's a little time-consuming to apply - maybe four minutes to do both eyes crazy dramatically - but it's not too expensive for what you get and it's waterproof and non- crunchy. The best thing I figured out is to do one eye at a time! Within two coats my lashes are almost too much for daytime wear, and with three they're outrageous and stay that way all night.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
kmichael 7/10/2012 3:41:00 PM
Very nice, gentle skin brush. I usually use a manual Japanese brush with exfoliant once a week but this is much softer and does all the work for you! Removes flakies and makeup remnants beautifully. I can't use it more than once a week but when I'm particularly dry and grimy it really helps to smooth everything out and prep skin for post-shower moisturizer. Took off a lippie because this is flat out different than the Clarisonic, as another reviewer pointed out, and marketing it as similar is inaccurate. However, while the Clarisonic irritated my skin, this brush does not! If you find the "sonic" technology of the Clarisonic to be too much for you, but still want gentle physical exfoliation, it's worth a try.
So let me preface this review by saying that I'm totally not the demographic for this makeup AT ALL - I'm dry, I like dewy skin, and I seldom use anything with decent coverage. That said, I got a sample of this stuff and of course I had to try it (hey, free = viable). The sample was easily two shades darker than my normal skintone so I sheered it out with a tiny bit of some super-light tinted moisturizer. Lo and behold, my skin looked fantastic and stayed looking nice all day! It didn't suck all the moisture out of my skin or settle into pores. And it wasn't chalky-matte, either - just looked fresh all day long. If I was in the market for matte I'd definitely go for this one.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
kmichael 6/26/2012 12:31:00 AM
Pleasantly surprised, though, as usual, I thought it would be sheerer based on the reviews here. On my skin it was a medium-coverage natural finish - definitely more than I usually wear but nice for a night out or the morning after that night out. ;) Fantastic staying power, too! I never powder over my foundation but I set this one once and it stayed on through a 90-degree humid Texas summer day! I've been wearing it sheered out with moisturizer and it seems to stay on fairly well even with that.
Blush -Physicians Formula - Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in rose
kmichael 6/26/2012 12:23:00 AM
This is, hands down, my very favorite blush. Gives an absolutely perfect, glowing flush to my fair skin - it's bright and cheerful but still looks soft. Will repurchase again and again, while my NARS blushes wait sadly for use! A summertime must for me.
Holy moly. This is, hands down, the best lip stain I have ever, ever used. It stays on forever and it takes almost nothing to give lips a perfect rosy tint. Used full-on, it's a gorgeous satiny red. I don't often use it full strength but as a stain it's stayed put through dinner, drinks, and kisses - not a million of them, but hey, better than most lip stains! ;) Smells good, not drying...almost too good to be true.
I don't use this every day, but I love it under a super-light spray of airbrush foundation in wintertime. Keeps things looking fresh and dewy without being too OTT. Took off a lippie for the slightly offputting smell, but it goes away after a few minutes.
Such a disappointment! I've bought two bottles of this, thinking that the first was just a dud, but the formula for both was a goopy, globby, streaky mess. I own a lot of Essie polishes and the formulas are often hit-or-miss...this is a big miss for me. It's a shame because I think the color looks nice on my pink-toned skin.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
kmichael 5/27/2012 10:23:00 PM
Loooooove this stuff! One of my favorite summertime products! It's a lovely refreshing gel that soothes my dry skin without making me greasy and cloggy in the summer - I usually wear Philosophy HiaJ but in the summer it's just too gross feeling when I'm sweaty and it's humid. :) This is much lighter, and feels like a dream going on. I have to reapply every 4 or 5 hours if I'm really really dry, but otherwise it leaves skin baby-soft under makeup. My skin is usually combo to dry but I bet this would feel great on oily skin that needs a little extra hydration, too.
Really great for those who hate smudgy mascara! Gives a beautiful daytime lash without any clumping, and it's glossy and a nice wet formula. My lashes are very curly on their own so I haven't had any problems with it straightening them out.
Disappointing! Dried out my skin like mad. It took off all my sunscreen and eye makeup, sure, but it also sucked out all the moisture. I much prefer MAC Cleanse-Off Oil, as it's way cheaper, smells better, and leaves my skin moisturized while working just as well to remove makeup and clear gunk out of pores.
As a foundation, this was a dry, chalky mess on my dry-ish skin. However, I've repurposed it and it works fantastically as a spot and under eye concealer! I won't repurchase because it'll last me forever, because it takes barely any to cover my dark circles and conceal any blemishes. Stays put, and looks flawless as long as I don't forget to moisturize before I conceal - otherwise it can look a little cakey if I go overboard, especially under my eyes.
Excellent, excellent mascara. As the name implies, it's pretty dramatic - on me it's a little too much for daytime with a single coat. Staying power is phenomenal, too - wore it to the beach without a smudge and then was able to wash it right off with my regular Philosophy Purity cleanser without rubbing too much at my eyes. I'll keep buying it for dramatic evenings as long as they keep making it, even if it does cost an arm and a leg.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Intensive Care Healthy Hand and Nail Lotion
kmichael 5/19/2012 12:25:00 AM
On my second tube! Smells heavenly, and sinks in right away. It's drastically improved my awful cuticles and I can actually feel good about painting my nails now! I usually can't stand lotion on my hands but this is non-greasy enough for me to tolerate, and the nice smell motivates me to use it daily. My biggest issue is that I can't seem to find it in a bigger tube - the little ones are good for my purse but they should really make a big giant one.