Mascara -Bourjois - Glossy Wet-Look Mascara Top Coat
stephani99 3/8/2006 3:21:00 PM
I like this stuff for about 30 seconds -the time it takes to dry during which they look wet, sparkly and pretty. After that, you can't even tell I have it on, except that my lashes look and feel stiff and clumpy. Yay. The search for a nice sparkly/glossy top coat that actually stays the way it looks after applying continues....
Mascara -Maybelline - Lash Stylist Waterproof ] [DISCONTINUED]
stephani99 3/8/2006 3:05:00 PM
Edit 3/14/06- I have a new love, this stuff rocks in every way, with ONE coat. HG. nuff' said :D
I got this as part of a BOGOF offer at Rite Aid, the other being XXL Intense. Lash Stylist was the one I thought I wouldn't like, but the exact opposite occured - I love it, and dislike XXL. At first the comb is awkward; it takes more time and precision than I'm used to at first or it deposits too much and can clump. Once you get the hang of it, it's awesome. I get LONG, sculpted, defined lashes in ONE COAT. The ultra black shade really is; my lashes stayed curled, didn't smear, smudge or flake all day. I even fell asleep in it that night and although it smudged a little as all masacaras do, I didn't wake up with awful raccoon eyes. It's easy to remove as well, unlike some waterproof formulas.
Blush -L'Oreal - Blush Remix by Blush Delice-Retro Rose
stephani99 3/8/2006 2:59:00 PM
This was the only loser out of the last few L'Oreal blushes I've picked up. Even on my PPP/NC15 skin this shade barely showed up, and looked a bit muddy when it did. Not enough pink for me I guess (that thin strip on the side is nearly useless), but it sure was pretty in the pan.
Blush -L'Oreal - Blush Delice- Freeze Frame Fuschia
stephani99 3/8/2006 2:57:00 PM
Love this! At first I was terrified it would look as garish on as it does in the pan, but not at all. I'm PPP/NC15 & bright blush easily looks clownish on me, but this doesn't. It's the perfect in-from-the-cold pink flush I was after in a powder blush, with a bit of shimmer. it's finely milled, lasts a long time, little goes a long way and doesn't break me out. Too bad it's LE.
This is exactly what I wanted NARS Orgasm to be, but wasn't. I'm PPP/NC15 and this is the perfect sheer (but not too sheer), shimmery peachy-pink (but not too pink!) shade that gives a lovely healthy glow. Awesome stuff; finely milled, no glitter, a little goes a long way on me and lasts a long time. I wish it weren't LE but isn't that always the way it goes?
I like these due to the innovative packaging and the fact that the product is actually as touted on the box. I have Love Bites, a medium mauve-bronze pink (Sephora calls it "Sugar Plum"), heavy on the shimmer (they all are). It really does last and look like a lipstick, but goes on like a gloss. It lasted hours on me, even through eating. In fact, I had to scrub a bit to get it all off at the end of the day. It doesn't feather, bleed, cake, flake, feel or look dry; my lips looked and felt great all day- good thing at $18 a pop. I may go back and get Material Girl, the golden pink shade, but the other ones were either too pale or too brown for me (PPP/NC15, hazel eyes, dyed flaming red hair).
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
stephani99 2/27/2006 11:25:00 PM
This is okay, which isn't necessarily a bad thing I guess. It covers okay, blends okay, wears okay, looks okay. Nothing really spectacular but nothing really bad either. The lightest Ivory shade works for my combo NC15 skin, neither too pink or too beige. I mostly like this foundation because of the blemish fighting properties when my skin is acting up, naturally it doesn't break me out, although I do need to add a bit of powder to my t-zone to keep it matte. My main issue with this is that it's WAY to thin and runny and the packaging sucks so it either ends up spilling or leaking and making a mess, which is just wasteful. They really should add a pump, or thicken it up just a little bit.
Powder -Cover Girl - Tru Blend Powder foundation [DISCONTINUED]
stephani99 2/27/2006 11:09:00 PM
I've used a lot of powder foundations, high to low end and surpisingly, this is one of the best. However, for me it seems to apply, look and wear best worn over a thick moisturizer or foundation primer (such as Smashbox Photo Finish), and then it's nearly flawless. I have pale combo skin and the lightest Ivory shade is perfect, really does blend in, covers well and looks nice, not cakey, powdery or overly dry as some powder foundations can. It controls my t-zone well and doesn't require a lot of touchups, which is nice and it doesn't break me out. The small-size compact is great but I dislike the sponge so I use my own, or a kabuki brush, which gives a lighter finish. Worth a try if you're in the market for a drugstore powder foundation and haven't been happy with the other selections.
Concealers -Maybelline - Pure Concealer ] [DISCONTINUED]
stephani99 2/27/2006 10:40:00 PM
My skin has been a bit freaked out lately so I bought this to treat and conceal my sporadic blemishes and so far it works beautifully. I'm NC15/PPP & the Light shade is perfect; I don't notice any orange tones in this shade, nor does it turn that way later in the day. It's easy to apply and blend, the perfect concealer to carry in my purse for touchups, and really does help clear up blemishes. I wish there were a little more product for the price (I paid 5.99 at Rite Aid) but I'm very happy with it regardless.
Highlighters -Too Faced - Pressed Afterglow in Betrayal
stephani99 2/9/2006 3:46:00 PM
Love this stuff, a little goes a long way on me and it's one of the best glowy pink highlighters I own, if not the best. I've tried many and either they don't show up at all, or they make my face shiny and pores look huge - this one never does and it's never OTT. I just fluff on this dreamy pink, gold-shimmered lovliness with a big powder or bronzer brush and it softens and illuminates my face nicely whether day or night, by itself or over blush. It's also got adorable packaging which makes it fun to pull out of your purse. I think I swapped for it so I will purchase when I run out, if I ever do because the compact is huge.
Liquid -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Foundation
stephani99 2/9/2006 3:23:00 PM
I was intrigued by the claims of this foundation being for sensitive or breakout prone skin, which I've been lately. After wearing for awhile and based on my previous forays into mineral foundations, I guess they just aren't right for my combo skin. I think you have to have much oilier skin than I do to use this and have it look good. It was a bit hard to blend, looked and felt dry, mask-like and settled into my smile lines (and the sponge applicator is useless; I squeezed into my hand to apply). It was so matte on me I could tell I had makeup on, regardless of what light I was in, how little I applied or how, it still looked like I had a ton on. The lightest Ivory shade was great for my PPP NC15 skin and the only good thing I can say about this, other than it didn't seem to break me out. Back to L'Oreal Infallible and Maybelline Age Rewind, and glad I did the rebate so this will end up being free.
I've been waiting for a product like this for so long- colored brow wax in an easy to use pen-style applicator and PF finally made it (I've been liking a lot of their new stuff lately, what's up with that?). Shades are limited, (only three I think so) I chose the dark brown one as I'm somewhere between brunette and redhead at any given moment. It fills in and keeps my brows in place all day, doesn't smudge, flake, run or smear, even when humid. It's convienent, easy to carry, no muss, no fuss, long-lasting and available at drugstores, what more could you want? My only complaint is that I think the actual product could have been a little thinner in diameter (to avoid having to sharpen often, sharpener is included) and they need more shades, but otherwise it rocks. Thank you PF, you have a customer for life :)
Mascara -Physicians Formula - F L A T Fabulously Long And Thick
stephani99 2/9/2006 3:04:00 PM
I'm with ProductJunkey on this one, this stuff is wayyyy too goopy and gave me spider lashes. I don't remember the last time I used a mascara this goopy so I'm glad I'm getting the rebate. Once the whole tube dries out more, I'm hoping it will be better because once it (finally!) dried, I got long, lush, defined lashes with one coat. I would have gone for two but one took so danged long to dry I had to keep wiping it off my lids and bottom lashes and de-clumping so I never got that far. However, once fixed and dry it lasted all day with no smudging, flaking or further clumping, and the Ultra Black really is. The brush is nice and I like the tube with the mirror on the side, it actually works in a pinch.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - HIP Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss--COY
stephani99 2/9/2006 2:47:00 PM
I love these new Hip glosses. They are much, MUCH better than Color Juices, no question. Coy looks like a medium brownish, warm red shimmer in the tube, but on my fairly pigmented lips it goes on quite sheer which is okay, just not what I was expecting. Still, I like it and because it's not a screaming red it's good for everyday wear. The texture is thick, sticky and long-lasting, but at the same time isn't gummy, gritty or tacky so you don't feel like you just glued your lips shut. Smells like cake batter to me, but not overpoweringly so and doesn't have a taste. The round-tip applicator is the main thing I dislike about these, and the price is a bit steep for drugstore but it's worth it for some of the shades- this one and Adoring especially.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - HIP brilliant shine lip gloss - adoring
stephani99 2/9/2006 2:41:00 PM
I find myself reaching for this shade a LOT, it's so pretty and goes with almost everything... warm, cool or neutral. I'm not a fan of L'Oreal Color Juices but the Hip line is a totally different animal - I only hope it's here to stay (even though they're a bit expensive for ds). Adoring is a medium mauve pink with gorgeous golden and reddish finely textured shimmer. There is plenty of pigment in these babies, hence the name "High Intensity Pigments". Smells like cake batter to me, but not sickeningly so and I don't notice any taste. The texture is thick, sticky and long-lasting and doesn't get gummy or that nasty buildup like some glosses can, and isn't gritty or glittery at all. The round tip applicator leaves something to be desired, but once it's on my lips look so good I can overlook it :)