My ever-continuing hunt for foundation led me to this. The price was pretty good (2 for $11) so I figured why not. I ordered it in Light Beige, and it's a smidge too dark for me but it doesn't look horrible and it leans yellow so I'm content for now. It goes on smooth and evenly with a cosmetic sponge (the applicator Avon included is horrible) for pretty decent coverage. A kabuki brush did not give me enough coverage. The wear is fantastic. I get some breakthrough shine around 3-4 hours after application which for me is a miracle. I only have to re-apply on my nose, not the entire T-zone. It does not fade patchily or unevenly nor it does not settle into my giant pores. I do use a primer underneath. I'm waiting for it to go on sale again so I can try the lightest shade, but for now I'm pretty happy with this. My only real complaint is that there isn't a separate little compartment for your applicator or sponge, so you either have to lay it on the powder (which strikes me as a bit unhygienic) or let the sponge float around in the makeup bag. I'll get over it though.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
KingTaco 9/17/2011 12:17:00 AM
This is just okay for me. It cleans my face, but nothing amazing is going on. My skin does not look any different after using it for a month than it did before I bought it.
I'm on my second tube of this. It really does work! I've had to stop using it on my lower lashes because they were looking kind of weird being so long, and my upper lashes are lush and long. I had a bit of a bald patch on one of my upper lash lines, but I can't remember which one now because it's totally evened out. Also, I have to curl my lashes now to make sure they don't tangle up with the bottom lashes, that's how long they are now. Definitely a product worth the money!
This stuff is amazing. It makes me look like I'm wearing falsies, and my lashes look incredibly long and lush. I don't give it a perfect score because: *the product in the tube seems to dry out quickly around the rim. I imagine this tube will last maybe 6 weeks instead of the usual 3 months for mascara. *it doesn't come in brown. Black mascara is kind of harsh on me *washing it off isn't the easiest task in my nightly routine. Might be worth the trouble though
I used this at night and it made my skin really, really red. I think it's the Niacinamide in it? My face would still be red in the morning and since I was using this in hopes of evening out my skin tone, it was a total bust. And it smelled...grassy, even after I showered. I suppose if I'd kept using it for the longterm I would have got those benefits but the redness + grassy smell were too much for me to overcome.
I had a hard time applying this initially; despite what the directions state I still had to part and separate my hair into small bunches to get the color down to the roots. Besides that, I really liked this. I switch my colors from time to time so it was a huge plus that I was *supposed* to saturate all of my hair with the color because it ensured that my color was even. I will definitely try this again to see it was a fluke or if it really worked as well as I thought it did. I didn't experience any (additional) damage to my hair and it actually seemed healthier after application Update - I've used this a few more times and I.love.it.! So easy to apply, completely covers greys, and nice, even color. My hair seems softer and smoother having used it.
I had high hopes for this product, but it failed to remove mascara and a sweep of toner afterward showed that foundation stayed behind too.
Treatments -Silk Naturals - Vitamin C Peptide Serum
KingTaco 4/11/2011 12:17:00 AM
This has become a holy grail item for me. One sample bottle has removed more hyperpigmentation that a series of lasers was unable to do. I'm not wild about the pump though - it seem a bit erratic and dispenses too much, but I'll live with it because the product inside has brightened and evened out my complexion more than I could have hoped for.
Cleansers -Avon - planet spa - palm desert rose clay facial cleanser
KingTaco 8/22/2010 4:58:00 AM
This cleanser is amazing. I have oily skin, lots of blackheads, just generally dull skin. I looked at my pores closely in the mirror and they are looking remarkably clean. I wear a lot of makeup, and this cleanser takes it all off, even my eye makeup. Washing my face is also kind of fun now, I really like rubbing and massaging this cleanser in. It rinses off clean and leaves my skin very soft.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Foundation
KingTaco 7/18/2010 4:35:00 PM
This foundation has a creamy consistency and anti-oxidant ingredients. Learning how to apply it properly takes a few practice runs, but totally worth it. A little bit goes a very long way! My skin looks even, smooth, and natural with this foundation. I used the Oil Control Formula with Silica and it held up pretty well in 90-degree heat today. There are also regular and Light foundation formulas, in addition to Oil Control with Calcium Carbonate. My partner even commented on my flawlessness today, and he hates it when I ask him to evaluate my foundation trials, so I'll take his word for it! Because of customer demand, a Pale Olive shade was recently added. I use Cream mixed with some Snow White. edit I've been applying this is with a cosmetic sponge to save time and to ward off the frustration when I put on too much product with a kabuki brush. This is definitely the way to go for me.
Great bargain - for a penny plus shipping you get six baggies stuffed with product. I ordered foundation, and the baggies filled a 10 gram jar easily! Long enough for last a couple of months. The product inside is good too - I really like the Veena Velvet foundation!
This stuff is MAGIC. I put it on and was quite unimpressed, until I saw my reflection in better light - my ultra dark blue circles were gone! Totally gone! Amazing. I'm going buy a lifetime supply of this.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Adorned with Grace - Beautiful
KingTaco 6/6/2010 2:16:00 AM
Beautiful Blush is just...beautiful. It's a sweet pink, a bit on the cool side, and semi-matte so it has a very subtle glow. It is gorgeous and natural-looking, even with my heavy hand. My skin is really really oily, but it hasn't yet faded, even though I was out and about in the heat today. I just got it in the mail today, and it's already achieved HG status.
EDM reformulated their products recently, and all the pearl concealers were changed. It's so, so disappointing. The old Pick Me Up Pearl was beautiful on cheeks, under eyes, under brows, on the cupid's bow...now it's just flat and chalky.
I got this thinking it would be a blackish grey, or a greyish black, but it's actually forest green. I like forest green, but it's not at all what I expected.