I am used to buying different brands of lipstick (Shiseido, Chanel, Body Shop, L'oreal, Red Earth, etc) and have acidic and chapped lips. I have trouble finding the right shade since I can't go with something too neutral as it won't show, or something too dark since it will get even darker. I've always seen Nivea lip care in the local drugstores and Watson's but it never occurred to me to try them since I've used cheap glosses before and after I'm tired of them, out they go. Finally, due to a cherry-scent addiction, I decided to buy this yesterday. I said, ok why not risk it. It's cheap anyway. I was pleasantly surprised with this product. It has good pigmentation (even better than some expensive glosses out there) and of course, moisturizes well. I'm not too crazy about the scent though, it smells artificial. Doesn't taste as yummy as Body Shop's or Bath and Body Works' either. Overall though, it's still a good find for me.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
tofusteak 10/6/2009 7:14:00 AM
I don't understand how anyone could call this a miracle product or "Hope in a Jar." The product looks like mayo and smells ABSOLUTELY horrible. No exaggerations, I can hardly leave this product on my face because of the horrid smell. It also looks greasy on my skin. And it's very expensive. I don't know if anyone could get hooked to this.
Skincare - Face -Philosophy - When Hope Is Not Enough - Serum
tofusteak 10/6/2009 7:07:00 AM
I bought this as part of the Makeup Optional kit. Big investment for a kit, if you ask me. Anyway, this product was surprisingly good for me. I wasn't really looking for a serum, but since it came with the kit I decided to try it. A little of this product goes a long way. Only apply a few drops and it spreads easily. I like the way it makes my skin feel afterwards-- soft to the touch and has a little glow. A good product to add to your skin regimen at night to make your skin feel healthy after a day's worth of makeup. It's a bit expensive though. I would consider trying other products with the same effectiveness.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Purezone skin clearing gel cleanser
tofusteak 10/6/2009 6:56:00 AM
I bought this as part of a bundled kit with the toner and moisturizer. I decided to try it since I wanted to control breakouts. The first time I used this product, I was happy in that it left my face looking and feeling clean. You get that minty, tingly feeling after washing. However, it can be a bit drying so I use it 3-4x a week only. Did it help my breakouts? All I can say is that it cleaned my face effectively. I think you need spot treatment like clindamycin or tea tree oil to dry zits up. I like that it comes in a pump bottle, so it's easy to dispense and sanitary. Overall though, I think that there are better and more effective cleansers out there.
Toners -L'Oreal - Pure Zone Pore Tightening Astringent
tofusteak 10/6/2009 6:50:00 AM
I bought this as part of a bundled kit with the cleanser and moisturizer. Being acne-prone, I wanted to try the whole regimen. Unfortunately, this toner is a bit harsh, even for one with oily skin like me. The product stings and dries my face, especially the skin near my eyes which is very sensitive. It peeled after a few uses, which shows how strong this astringent is. I would not recommend this for one with sensitive skin.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Beyond Natural Cream to Powder Eye Shadow
tofusteak 10/6/2009 6:44:00 AM
This is the first cream to powder eyeshadow that I've tried. The colors are okay and natural, but it doesn't have much staying power. It's easy enough to blend and to use, which I like, since powder shadows can be a hassle to blend. I dont use it much though, maybe other people have had better luck with it.
This is one of the better products I've tried from Revlon this year. I like the fact that it's a brow gel and pencil in one. Good value for its price. The gel is well-pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It also improves the shape of my brow and keeps it in place. The pencil is soft too, and glides well. I just wish the pencil was longer, as I think it's too short and I've used it only a few times.
I like this lipstick range for its moisturizing qualities and extensive shade range. I tend to have very chapped, acidic lips so I have trouble finding the right shade and texture. When I was buying this at the counter, I was actually having a hard time choosing between three shades. I wanted all of them! :) I finally chose the Velvet shade, which gives my lips a natural pink color. For the price, this is a good buy. The only downside is the case...the cover is a bit hard to remove and doesn't slide like other lipsticks do.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Tinted Lip Conditioner - Petting Pink
tofusteak 10/6/2009 6:27:00 AM
True to its name, this moisturizes well. However, you need to touch up every so often and it doesn't have that much staying power. The shade is too also too nude for me. May work well for those looking for a neutral lip balm. For the price though, there are more inexpensive ones out there.
This is the first ELF brush that I bought, and it performs well for its price range! First of all, it's really inexpensive but the bristles are very soft. I use it all the time. Good for beginners. Also, it does not shed a lot and the bristles stay in place-- better than most cheap brushes out there. Quite handy too, I can store it in my wristlet for instant touch-ups. Just wish they had a retractable version too. Overall, a good buy for a cheap price.
This powder foundation is very fine and has good staying power. It can last morning until afternoon with no touch ups. The shade also matches my skintone well, as I have asian skin. Also, even if my skin is acidic, the color still looks good after a few hours. Coverage is excellent. A little goes a long way. Doesn't clump up on your pores. The compact is pretty, but very pricey. It has a deep violet color with glitter on it. Easily gets thumbprints on it though. Overall, it's a good investment. Just wish it was a little cheaper.
Concealers -The Body Shop - Concealer (Crayon Correcteur)
tofusteak 10/6/2009 6:01:00 AM
I'm used to buying liquid concealer, but since it doesn't cover up my zits that well, I decided to try this. The product definitely isn't cheap. It's currently more expensive than my Maybelline liquid concealer which I use underneath my eyes. Insofar as coverage is concerned though, it does a pretty good job at it. Plus, the shade closely matches my skin tone =) It's also very easy to apply, even kids can do it. A downside though is that you need to re-apply after a few hours. However, it has more lasting power than my liquid concealer.
Being new to mineral makeup, I decided to give this one a try when I happened to buy a cream shadow from the Revlon counter. I have mixed feelings about this product-- the shade matches my skin tone and does not cause me to break out. However, the pros aren't enough for me to keep buying the product since I can get more effective ones. This powder does not seem to have strong staying power. You need to touch up after a few hours. It doesn't adhere to my skin very well, so I need to put on more powder to have enough coverage. The brush is also of poor quality (probably because it just comes with the container) and scratches my skin. I don't recommend anyone using it. The small opening of the container also makes it hard for you to use your own kabuki or face brush, so it's hard to get the product out. You probably need to transfer it to a different container to use it effectively. Overall, this probably would have been an okay product if it wasn't such a hassle to use. But then again, for the price, this should have been more than an ok product. I think there are better mineral foundations out there.
This was one of my first purchases from the Face Shop's skin care line. I like their makeup, so I decided to give this one a try. This nose pack is white, gooey and very sticky. In my experience, I need to slather it about a millimeter in thickness and make sure it spreads thickly over my nose pores. This is just to make sure that when I pull it off, there's more leverage against the black/whitehead. Since it's really sticky, I can say that it has managed to pull out a lot of whiteheads. Blackheads are trickier though since they tend to be deeper in my skin. I noticed though that after using it four times (once a week), I have more white/blackheads. I don't know if this is normal so I stopped using it temporarily to see what happens.
In my quest for an effective mattifier to control shine on my face, I have to say that this is one of the more effective ones in the market. I have a very oily T-zone as well as visible pores. Initially, I had wanted to just use pressed powder to keep the shine to a minimum, but when I chanced upon this, I decided to give it a try. Shiseido products have worked well for me in the past, so I decided it would be worth the investment. I wear this veil underneath my face powder. True, it casts a whitish shade when you first apply it, but when you blend it, it smoothens out. You don't need to apply it to your entire face, just the parts that are oily (T-zone in my case). After more than a month's use, I can say that my T-zone is more manageable and I need less touchups. I also like the scent, which is mild and relaxing. The texture is also velvety and moist. I use the product sparingly, since it's a bit pricey. Overall though, this is a product I can depend on for those nights out with the girls when I dont want to be bothered with frequent touch-ups. So, this is a good product for me.