This foundation is amazing. It evens out my complexion without covering my light freckles and is very lightweight, giving my skin a healthy, hydrated appearance. It doesn't totally cover big acne spots I might have, but I feather concealer on those spots with a skunk brush then cover with a layer of F&B. It really blurs the pores on my cheeks and doubles as an undereye concealer. I got Porcelain 2 and worried that it was too pink, but it's sheer, so the color in the bottle isn't necessarily how it'll look on your skin. It's expensive, but the bottle lasts me a year of almost-everyday use. The fragrance dissipates quickly enough that I don't even really notice it anymore. I've never really been a foundation girl, but I don't think I can live without MUFE F&B.
This stuff is great. I've been looking for a new dry shampoo after not loving Tresemme's. Batiste is wonderful, but I don't like using it often because I find it a bit on the expensive side for a drugstore hair product. On days when I don't wash my hair, I'll spray this into my roots, rub in with my fingertips, and give my hair a quick blowdry, and I immediately notice how freshened, volumized, and thickened my flat, thin hair looks. Personally, I think the grapefruit scent is very cloying and obnoxious. I haven't had any problems with the product disappearing, as others have. I've used it maybe ten times and have 1/3 of the bottle left. It costs less than $3 and works like a charm, so I'll definitely be keeping this around.
Batiste is undoubtedly a great dry shampoo, probably one of the best in the drugstore price range, but I think it's too expensive for how many uses I get per container. I have to use it sparingly, alternating between Batiste and Suave, because I don't want to shell out $8 every couple of weeks. Out of all the scents, Fresh is my favorite. I will definitely repurchase because I love the texture it gives my flat, freshly washed hair and the way it sucks up the oil of my second- or third-day hair, but like I said, it's a little expensive for my preference.
I always thought I hated Carmex, but I tried it again and am surprised with how much I love it! It's so thick that I can just pat it on instead of slathering it on like other balms. It's great for daytime and stays put during the night. I usually use Nivea A Kiss of Moisture at nighttime but sometimes wake up with flakies; when I use Carmex at night, my lips are smooth sailing in the morning. And you can get three tubes for $0.98. Are you kidding me? If I weren't such a balm addict, this would be the only one I'd ever buy.
Lotions/ Creams -Olay - Complete Night Fortifying Cream
regrebs 5/10/2011 4:20:00 PM
I purchased this night cream in hopes of waking up with softer skin, as several others mentioned. This cream didn't have much of an effect on my face—at least not positively. I think this is the cause of my most recent (and really awful!) breakout. I want to love this cream because of its decent reviews and beautiful scent, but I just can't use it on my face anymore.
This is such a pretty coral. It's not as orangey as I would like but is cute nonetheless. It's very sheer and looks best with three coats. I love wearing a bright blue bracelet when my nails are painted this color to bring out the orange in the polish. So pretty! I've only worn it on my fingernails, but how pretty would this be on your toes during the summer?
I completely love Strobe Cream. I picked it up at a CCO on a whim several months ago and use it when my combination skin looks dull. I've used it both underneath and over my makeup, and both techniques basically give the same glowy/healthy-skin effect. I like using it over powder to take away the powdery finish and make everything feel settled. I love the squeeze-tube packaging (pumps are nice, but I hate the hassle of trying to get out the last bit of product that won't come up through the pump). It has a strange but pleasant scent that I've grown to love. It'll probably take years to use up the whole bottle, but when it's gone, I'll replace it with another.
I saw this when I went to repurchase Garnier's Anti-Puff roller and thought I'd try it out. I prefer Aveeno's packaging and how the actual roller feels on my undereye area, but those are the only better things about it to me. Something about the serum makes it sting (is it the fragrance?), and I don't notice a difference when I use it daily and have seen no improvements over two months' time. It's also a few dollars more expensive than Garnier's with about half of the amount of product. I'll go back to Garnier when I run out.
Polishes -New York Color - Long Wearing Nail Enamel - Skintight Denim 115
regrebs 4/28/2011 4:43:00 PM
Beautiful sapphire color (has pink/purple and green/blue sparkles in the bottle, but they don't really show up on your nails, which I like), opaque with one or two coats, super inexpensive, but horrible quality. I'm lucky if I make it to day 2 without chips. I want to give it 3 lippies because the quality is so bad, but it's so so pretty that I don't have the heart. I have two bottles (repurchased because I lost one, found it a year later) and will not be getting a third; I'd rather spend a few extra dollars on Yoga-ta Get This Blue because it's less of a headache.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Fresh Start Dry Shampoo for Oily/Straight to Normal Hair
regrebs 4/14/2011 12:32:00 AM
I've gone through two bottles of this because it worked well enough for me and I didn't want to go through the trial and error of finding the perfect dry shampoo for me. It gives me a little volume and some great texture on the second day (my hair is super fine and literally NEVER has texture, so kudos to this product for giving me a little—sometimes I even put it in freshly washed hair so it's not so flat and boring) and usually makes my roots look less oily, but "sometimes" just isn't good enough for me anymore. I want to be in love with my dry shampoo and know that it'll get me out of a bind, never let me down, and make my second-day hair look good, not good enough. I picked up Batiste today after reading sparkling reviews and am looking forward to testing it over the next few weeks.
Skincare - Body -Essence of Beauty - Moisturizing Gloves
regrebs 4/12/2011 2:29:00 AM
I don't use these for their intended purpose but love them just the same. I've picked at my nails for as long as I can remember and haven't been able to completely kick the habit. Nowadays, I can usually let my nails grow for two or three weeks without picking too much, but sometimes at night I'll just go crazy and feel nervous and pick at/peel off whatever parts of fingernail I can reach. And that's where these gloves come in. I keep a pair next to my bed for those nights when I know I'm gonna cave in if I don't do anything to stop myself. Works every time. Wearing them also stops me from picking at/scratching my face and scalp, which I also have a problem with when I'm laying in bed. These gloves in particular are so soft, comfortable, and affordable. I'll never be without them.
So beautiful! This is my first gray nail polish, and I'm very happy with it. Break a Leg-Warmer has blue undertones and sort of reminds me of MAC's Blue India, one of my all-time favorite polishes. On an overcast day at the beach today, it looked like a dusky purple. Like the others have said, it reaches full opacity with one coat. I've never been disappointed with a Sephora by OPI polish. I'd definitely recommend this polish, but I don't think I'd wear it enough to warrant another bottle in the future.
Blush -MAC - Prim & Proper - Liberty of London [DISCONTINUED]
regrebs 4/6/2011 10:43:00 PM
Prim & Proper is one of my favorite blushes, hands down. It perks up my complexion and gives a soft, rosy glow. It looks boring in the pan and bronze in some swatches, but it's definitely a dusty rose on my NW20ish cheeks.
I was giddy when I saw this polish in the store a few months ago. The color is right up my alley in theory, but for some reason I'm not in love with it. I think I'd like it better if it weren't so...shiny? It's almost metallic, and I feel like that aspect takes away from the beauty of the color. If this shade came in a cream formula, I'd be head-over-heels. It's definitely one of my best OPI's in terms of opacity and brush width. I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.
Best red nail polish I've ever owned. It's one of the smoothest, most opaque OPI's in my collection, and the brush is the perfect width. One coat for candy-apple red, two for maraschino cherry. The color is always flattering on my fair skin. I'll never be without Big Apple Red.