Blush -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Blush & Highlighter
MegamiMoon 3/16/2010 8:35:00 PM
I purchased this blush in Autumn Catwalk. This rosy ombre trio is nicely pigmented and long lasting. It's been about 8 hours now and I haven't had to touch up. Pretty amazing for a drugstore product. I dip into the dark/medium half for contour and use the light/medium half for blending and highlights. Autumn Catwalk consists of outstanding pinky shades that really pop and will probably compliment most skin tones. The presentation is very pretty, however, like another user had mentioned, the packaging is extremely lightweight and doesn't seem very durable. I'm not sure how much product we actually get, most likely not a whole lot.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon in Intricate
MegamiMoon 2/13/2010 2:21:00 AM
This pencil is a deep blue shade. I was very excited to try it because I have the same product in black, however, I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was the batch that I got, but I found it to be harder, more lacking in pigment, and drier than the black one. I think I may try purchasing another one in case I got a dud, because it's a truly beautiful color.
Powder -Lancome - Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup
MegamiMoon 2/13/2010 2:13:00 AM
My current favorite foundation! I'm generally a mineral foundation girl. If you've read any of my past reviews, you'll notice that I raved about Mineral Basics and Lancome Ageless Minerale. Mineral foundations are great, however I find that they feel slightly heavy and tend to make my skin a bit oily as the day wears on. I guess it's just how minerals react with my chemistry. I don't have that problem with Dual Finish. I disregard the sponge and puff that it comes with and apply with a kabuki brush like mineral makeup. The powder settles VERY lightly on my skin so I feel as if I'm truly not wearing makeup at all. The finish is matte and flawless and the fragrance is light and lovely. The shade I wear, Matte Ecru II, blends perfectly with my complexion. No dryness, yet no oiliness either. I do need to touch up once somewhere along the course of the day, but who doesn't, regardless of what foundation you use? Definitely worth every penny. I only wish it came with SPF built in.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Dermitage- Instant Lifting Creme
MegamiMoon 1/29/2010 2:37:00 PM
I can't judge this product because I never tried it. My mother was curious and ordered the "free trial" online thinking she was going to get a sample. Instead, they sent her the full-sized product and the fine print on the invoice said that she would be billed $99.95 at the end of the month and for every month thereafter if the product wasn't returned after the 14-day trial period. With product unused and unopened, I phoned Dermitage right away in order to get an RMA. I didn't have a problem with the return at all. The customer service rep was pleasant, and while she offered to extend the trial period to 30 days and cut the monthly cost down to $49.95 instead, we politely declined. She promptly emailed us a return label with the RMA. No harm no foul, except for the non-refundable cost of shipping.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon in Perfectionist
MegamiMoon 1/15/2010 2:35:00 PM
Oh why did I have to discover this product when they've decided to discontinue it? After endlessly searching for a drugstore eyeliner to replace the overpriced Benefit Bad Gal that I love so much, I finally stumbled upon HIP's fat eyeliner crayon in Perfectionist. Extremely highly pigmented as labeled, this pencil is the blackest black. The formula is remarkably smooth and glides effortlessly onto the eyelid. It sets very well after application without budging or smudging. I use it as a base layer under MAC's Carbon eyeshadow for the ultimate black/goth/smokey eye look. Very dramatic. Now that I know that they're not making any more, I'm going to buy out the rest of them at my local CVS. Oh, it's easily removed using Mary Kay's Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, btw.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - CVS Night Firming Cream
MegamiMoon 1/15/2010 3:52:00 AM
I believe this is the drugstore generic version of Night of Olay Firming Cream. Again, I wish they would let us choose "maybe" as an option when we're asked if we would repeat a purchase. I guess you could say there are more pros to cons when using this moisturizer. The scent is similar to Olay, not exact, but close enough. I don't buy Olay products because of the fragrance anyway, reminds me of the way my mom smells, which isn't bad, but isn't what I strive for either. The formula is pretty good, adequately moisturizing without being greasy at all. The texture is nice and light. The only problem that I have is that my eyes sting a little after I apply it to my face. Never happened with Olay products. Otherwise, I wouldn't mind sticking to this moisturizer. It's the poor girl's Olay. It's sad when you have to buy generic versions of an already-cheap skincare line. Oh well, that's life.
Eyeliner -Revlon - Beyond Natural Defining Eye Pencil
MegamiMoon 1/6/2010 8:18:00 PM
I know it's called "Beyond Natural" because it's supposed to look subtle, but c'mon! Why bother making a fat, BLACK eyeliner when smokey, black-rimmed eyes are the opposite of natural? This eyeliner had no pigment. What a waste, literally. This product is garbage.
Meh. I have the same pencil in brown that I use to enhance my eyebrows which works great! I've been using Benefit's Bad Gal for years now and recently ran my latest pencil to a useless stub. In a pinch, I went to the drugstore to pick up Prestige's eyeliner in E-10. In general, I love Prestige pencils, but this one just didn't work out. The pencil is waaaaaaaay too hard and almost painfully pulls at the sensitive skin around my eyes. Not much pigment for a black pencil either. I think I'll chuck it.
Cleansers -Ponds - Fresh Start Daily Exfoliating Cleanser [DISCONTINUED]
MegamiMoon 12/18/2009 3:00:00 AM
I like the creamy texture of this cleanser and its effectiveness at removing makeup from my face. (although I use a separate eye makeup remover afterward to thoroughly erase waterproof products) The fragrance is nice, floral yet earthy...probably from the white tea and clay elements. I dislike the exfoliating beads. They're so sparse, I'm pretty sure they're not really doing much exfoliating at all. They have a tendency to get stuck in my eyelashes and subsequently find their way into my eyes which can be somewhat irritating. I have naturally clear skin, so it's hard to say whether or not it really clears up acne, however I haven't gotten any pimples since using it, which means it doesn't cause breakouts, at least for me. I'd buy it again because it does the job without any adverse effects.
Eye Makeup Remover -Mary Kay - Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
MegamiMoon 11/28/2009 2:49:00 AM
I was running out of my Lancome Bi-Facile Double Action Eye Makeup Remover and I can't afford to buy anymore. After doing a little research on MUA, my #1 consultant before I purchase any beauty products, I decided to go with the Mary Kay Oil Free Makeup Remover. Works just like the Lancome version for a fraction of the price. I picked mine up off of eBay for about $10 including shipping and handling. It's simple to use and works efficiently, gently removing even the most stubborn eye makeup on contact. We all know that too much pulling around the eyes can cause wrinkles and this is a great way of removing makeup without stretching that delicate skin. I will continue to buy this product again and again. *update* I removed a lippy because I recently compared it side by side w/Lancome Bi-Facile and I noticed that for an "oil-free" makeup remover, it leaves an oily residue. Still works though.
I have very sparse, thin, straight, and short eyelashes. With regular mascara brushes, I've always had trouble coating the lashes in the outer and innermost corners of my eye. However with the great new Telescopic Explosion brush design, I can easily and accurately apply my mascara without missing a single lash. The formula itself is decent. It's smooth, dries nicely, and makes my lashes thicker and longer. I do use Kanebo's Kate mascara base before application of any mascara. Minus one lippy because it smudges a little after some wear. The brush is most definitely the best aspect of this mascara. If Maybelline made Waterproof Full and Soft with this brush design, I'd never look to buy another brand of mascara again.
Moisturizers -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Body Souffle Candy Baby
MegamiMoon 10/10/2009 3:53:00 PM
I wish MUA had a "Maybe" for their "Would you buy this product again?" prompt. I really like the fluffy texture and pearly appearance of the cream. It's almost like a whipped dessert! The fragrance starts out very sweet and cotton candy like, but then starts smelling a little funny over time once it sets into the skin. It's pretty moisturizing though.
Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - Enhance Eye Color - Sadye Pink
MegamiMoon 9/21/2009 1:53:00 AM
I was looking for a fleshy, matte color with warm, pink tones to use as a base shadow. Sadye Pink fits the bill. This shadow is gorgeous and blends well with other shades in the same family, while also harmonizing nicely with complimentary colors. The texture and pigmentation are decent quality, lasted through a hot summer day without creasing or fading when used with a primer. You also get a lot of product. I expect this will last me well over a year, although I would definitely repurchase once I've used up every bit of it.
Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - Eye Shadow Duo -- Taunting Teal
MegamiMoon 9/21/2009 1:43:00 AM
Cute packaging, pretty colors, solid application and lasting power. I would definitely purchase this eyeshadow duo again, although you get a generous amount so it could potentially last quite some time. The deeper, jewel-toned teal is vibrant and sparkly while the matte aqua is a creamy pastel shade. Sweep them over the entire lid for a bold, colorful look or use them as subtle accents along the bottom lash line or inner corners of the eye. Very versatile. One very important tip is to apply a proper shadow primer beforehand to get more punch out of the pigment.
*update* I'm going to have to "bump" the 5 star rating down to 3. I wore them to a formal event that lasted all evening and had to remove them before the event even started. They just didn't stay in place through mild activity, such as walking. When my sister told me she could totally see the plastic through my hair, I yanked it out and shoved it in my purse. How embarrassing! *previously*I have long, super-straight asian hair. I purchased the brunette one. I didn't know that they have black available, but it didn't matter because they work just fine. Very easy to use and feels secure, although I've only done 2 tests and haven't worn them in for a long period of time. I'll try it out this weekend to an event and will come back to remark on extended-wear performance.