Eyeliner -Maybelline - Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner
iheartowls55 1/23/2013 3:09:00 PM
I heard a lot of hype about this product, and I wasn't sure about purchasing it, but I found it on sale, and I thought I'd give it a try. The felt tip applicator on this is perfect for creating a defined line with a wing. You don't even have to think about it. I have pretty shaky hands and applying liquid liner can sometimes be a challenge for me, but this is incredibly easy to work with. I'd recommend it if you're new to liquid liner or if you want a product you can apply quickly and with precision. It's quickly become my go-to liquid liner for an easy, put-together look. And at drugstore prices, it's an absolute steal.
This is the best bronzer I own. It's so matte, it's perfect for contouring. I got mine in the travel size for $10 on the Sephora website, along with the poreless primer, which I thought was a pretty good deal for a trial run. This formula blends very easily, without making you look dirty, which is a problem I run into since I'm fair-skinned. Plus...y'all...it smells like chocolate. And it TASTES like chocolate (not that you should eat it. You shouldn't). It makes me happy to use this product. It's a beautiful color, and I think it would work for much darker complexions. It also lasts me all day. If you're on the fence about buying it, give it a try, especially if you can find it in the travel version. It's well worth it.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush In Flush
iheartowls55 1/23/2013 3:02:00 PM
I love this blush, and I adore this color. The Flush shade was the first I purchased from this formula, and I'm so glad I did. I bought mine for $22 at Ulta as part of a holiday set. It came with an Amazonian Clay eyeshadow and brush, all full-sized (which was such a steal, I couldn't resist). I find the texture to be a creamy kind of powder. There's almost no fall-out for me. I use a regular angled blush brush to apply, not on the apples of my cheeks, but just above my contour leading from my hairline. I find that works best for me with this shade, which is a little overpowering for my fair skin if I concentrate it too much. I think that's the key with this shade if you have a light complexion. If you pile it onto your cheeks, it can look clownish. This is especially great for cooler tones. Seriously, if you can get your hands on it, do it. This has become my most-used blush since I purchased it, and I'm seriously lusting over about 6 more shades of this. It's that great. EDIT: Gah! I dropped this blush and it broke! I was pretty heartbroken until I began googling (of course) to try if there was a way to fix it. I took others' advice, smashed it into a very fine power, mixed it with a few drops of 90% alcohol, then pressed it back into the compact and let sit overnight. It worked like a charm! My blush is good as new (though slightly less pretty), and I'm so glad I didn't waste the money to buy a new one. I definitely recommend this method if you have a cracked powder/blush you don't want to throw away.
This is the most expensive foundation I own, and I'm still kind of on the fence about it. I picked mine up for $45, and I think that's the price most places, which is expensive for a such a small bottle. The pros: The finish of this is awesome. I have oily-combination skin, and it doesn't make me look super shiny, as long as I blot around midday. It just gives you a slightly dewy look, without going overboard, which I love. If you have drier skin and can get away without a powder, it's even better. The cons: It's definitely not a full coverage foundation. I always have to use concealer to cover blemishes or redness. I also find that because of the watery consistency, I have to use a bit more product than I'd like. Granted, these aren't secrets. You can see that as soon as you swatch this, and I knew what I was getting, but just be aware if you're considering purchasing for the first time. Overall, I'd recommend this if you're looking for a very polished, youthful looking finish. If you're looking for a full coverage matte product, you might want to go elsewhere. I love this for special nights and when I'm taking photos, and I'll definitely re-purchase.
I like this system. I'm not sure it deserved all the hype it got a few years back, but it basically does what it says it will do. I don't have terrible acne, but I do get breakouts from time to time, and I get pretty oily in the T-zone area. I bought this about two years ago, and I still have the first and third step products, because I like to mix it up with some of my other skincare products. The toner worked well, too; it's just easier to go through that product more quickly. This also worked very, very well for my brother when he was a teenager and had troublesome acne spells. I don't think this formula is magical, and I think it's a little bit of a bait-and-switch that they suck you in with the low price and then charge you a ton of money for your second order, but it's worth then introductory cost. You can also buy these indiviudally at some mall kiosks (my mall has a vending machine-type kiosk), for a reasonable price.
I really, really wanted to like this. I love most Revlon products, and I think the Photoready line is great. I even like the Photoready face primer. This, though, just didn't work for me. The packaging is okay, the application is simple, the product just doesn't do what it says it will. It didn't brighten or prime my eyes at all. It's much too dark to be any kind of brightener, and my eyeshadow creased a couple of hours after I applied my eyeshadow, which is earlier than mine normally does. It's also around $12, which is kind of expensive for a drugstore product, especially one that doesn't work. Major disappointment.
I love these nail polishes. They're about $3 a piece, and sure, they're small, but I never use up a whole nail polish bottle anyway. I'd rather be able to buy a bunch of different colors than be stuck with the same old expensive shade all year long. These aren't any longer-wearing than any other drugstore brand for me, but if I apply two coats and a quality topcoat, it won't chip for about four days, which is about average for me. The brush is easy to work with, and most of the colors are incredibly opaque. I especially love the spring and summer shades. It's so much fun to mix them up during the warmer seasons. A must-have, and for $3, totally worth it.
Holy frickin moly. I don't know how anyone cannot love this foundation. For years, I've used high-end foundations, but this works even better, for a fraction of the price. I'd pay twice what they're asking for this. It's under $10 at my local drugstore, and a lot of times you can get the "Buy 1, Get 1 Free," and you're set for like a year. I feel like I've been throwing my money way on expensive foundations. The coverage of this is perfect. It's medium to full for sure, but I don't think it looks cakey at all on the skin. It's incredibly blendable and it feels light and fresh. It has the slightly classic makeup-y smell to it that I love. The packaging isn't all that fancy. It's just a bottle you have to shake out, and that can be kind of annoying-a pump would be great. All in all, though, that's the worst thing I can say about this foundation. It's the best. Like, ever.
Chubby stick is the bomb. I love this stuff. When I first got it in a free gift with purchase when it first came out, I hated it. I rediscovered it a few months ago, though, and now it's one of my favorite lip products. It adds moisture and color at the same time. I find applying a little bit of very moisturizing balm right before I apply the chubby stick really helps the product to glide on smoothly. It also comes in an awesome array of colors. The only negative is the price. It's pretty expensive for what it is. I mean, it's great, but it's still just a lip product, and there are lots of great ones at the drugstore, for drugstore prices. I'll re-purchase, but I can't afford to stock up on all the colors the way I'd like.
Okay, I love this stuff. I'd seen it in stores before, but heard not-so-great reviews, and I wasn't going to spend $15 on a drugstore foundation that had such negative feedback. I saw it in my Walgreens for $8 on Clearance, though, and decided to give it a try. Ohmygosh. I love it. Love it, love it, love it. I have oily combination skin, and I'm prone to blemishes and redness. This foundation, though, covered it all. It gave me this super smooth, silky, natural finish. It felt so light on my skin, and I love the way it looks and feels. Fair warning: it's not full coverage, and it's not meant to be. If I had a ton of active breakouts right now, I would be using something that provided a lot more coverage. I heard this was being discontinued, so I ran out and bought two more on Clearance. If you want to try it, get it now. I would recommend it while it's dirt cheap. If you do try it, be sure to note that it looks darker than it actually is. It goes on lighter than it appears, and there's absolutely no oxidation. If you notice it balling up, you're using too much. This product works best spread out a little at a time, using the fingertips. A second coat will give you medium coverage. I have to mention, too, the packaging. It looks so much higher-end than it really is. I don't think it was worth $15, for $8, it's well worth the try.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
iheartowls55 12/29/2012 5:03:00 PM
This mascara does an amazing job of separating and lengthening my lashes with NO CLUMPS, which is amazing for me. It seems like almost all my other mascaras clump up, even my Maybelline The Falsies, which I love. I used a curler before I applied this and the effect was amazing. I looked like I had a million super-long eyelashes. The staying power is great. I had no flaking or smudging at all. I've only had this product about a week, so I don't know how it will hold up over time, but so far, I'm loving it. It's so worth the price. If you have problems with clumpy mascara, give this a try. It worked for me.
This was my first-ever UD product purchase, and I've been so in love with it ever since. The color are great. Some of them are probably a little too adventurous for everyday use, but they're great for a night out. Peace is one of my all-time fave blues. Underground and Scratch are great colors for anything, though. If you're into experimenting, you can find some gorgeous color combinations with this palette alone. UD eyeshadows are PIGMENTED. I mean, a little dab with a brush will get you an amazing amount of product. These will crease on me without a primer, but I have fairly oily lids. With a primer, they stay put all day. This palette was on sale for like $20 on UD's website the other day, so I got one for myself and another for my sister. I love this so much. Plus, the packaging is adorable, if you're into that. It looks so cute on my makeup table. Always a plus!
I just adore this little concealer. I picked it up on a whim for the ridiculous price of ONE FREAKING DOLLAR. I'm so glad I did, because it blows some of my more expensive concealers out of the water. I use this as a blemish cover-up, not for my under eyes. I think it may be a little too creamy for that, and tends to cake up and make my bags more evident. If you're just looking for spot control, though, this is amazing. It's in my makeup bag at all times, just in case I need a touch-up. It takes care of the blemish super quickly, and the staying power is great. I prefer it to any of the Clinique concealers or the Revlon ColorStay. I am so impressed with the Wet and Wild brand lately. Super product.
I am so torn over this product. It was the first mascara I got from Clinique, and it is much better than most drugstore foundations. It makes my lashes dark and long. The only problem? MEGA CLUMPS. I don't know if it's the brush or what, but this clumps up my lashes like crazy. I usually get another mascara brush to separate them a little after I apply it. I love the formula, but the brush is just not great. I'm almost out and I'll probably repurchase it, because I do love the super black color. I just wish it came with a better brush, because combing out my lashes afterward is a major pain.
This is the best lip balm ever. It feels so soft and makes my lips super smooth. I have Cherry, Quenched and Watermelon. I love the nice pink color you get with Cherry. It does what I wish the Revlon Lip Butters did for me. These don't have any particular smell or taste, good or bad. They're just super moisturizing. I apply this balm probably ever hour of the day throughout the winter, just for that extra bit of moisture. You can't go wrong with these. Plus, the packaging is ADORABLE. I love them.