Lip Treatments -Jack Black - Intense Therapy Lip Balm spf 25
mochaholic 10/25/2010 7:51:00 PM
I think this has HG potential. I have suffered from HORRIBLE dry peely lips pretty much all my life. The original version is my favorite lipbalm out of all the ones I have tried. My lips don't become amazingly smooth and supple w/ this, but it definitely helps a lot. I also love the minty feel/scent, the SPF, and the packaging. It's a lil pricier than your average drugstore lipbalm, but not by much and is much cheaper than many other h/e lip products...definitely worth it in my book. I think Aquaphor is a bit more moisturizing, but this has SPF for the daytime.
Lip Treatments -Neosporin - Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy Suncreen SPF 20
mochaholic 10/25/2010 7:14:00 PM
I got this b/c it was on sale at the supermarket and I lost my beloved Jack Black lipbalm. I do think this is pretty moisturizing and I love the spf, but I still like Jack Black's better. This is a white creamy gelly substance and it seems to accentuate any existing flaky peely skin, so you have to exfoliate first or be very careful putting it on over flaky lips. After it is on, it stays on and keeps lips hydrated for a good amount of time and leaves a nice glossy finish. It has a very very faint scent, but it fades quickly (I hate scents other than mint/menthol on my lips), so I don't mind it at all. This is on the pricey side for a drugstore product ($5), so I will be going back to Jack Black ($7 or $5.60 if you can get it for 20% off w/ Sephora FF sale or skinstore.com coupons). However, I would repurchase if I see it on sale for a really good price.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - ColorIcon Palette in Lust [DISCONTINUED]
mochaholic 10/11/2010 11:44:00 AM
I absolutly love the colors in this palette, but the quality of the shadows are not that great. I find that the matte purples are not very pigmented and fade very quickly after you apply (even w/ primer). The shadows are pretty soft, but there is a lot of fall-out. I got this on BOGO, so you can't really complain. This is a case of "you get what you pay for". My skin is quite dry at the moment, so I can't comment on it's creasiness.
I just got the silver pro cosmetic case from Target and I love it. If I strategically place everything I can fit almost all of my modest little makeup collection. The second level trays are perfect for a row of regular lipsticks and leave a lil room for some lip liners (unfortunately, I've already filled my two lower levels, so no more lipstick for me). The case looks very nice and professional, but the quality is just so-so. The trays and hinges seem flimsy, so I feel like I have to open and close each side very slowly/carefully. I would have loved to get one from Sephora or something, but this was way more economical since I don't intend to haul this around much (it was more intended as a cute storage thingy). It is also pretty heavy after it's filled. If you have a small makeup collection and want something cute to store everything with the option of easily moving it around, then I'd highly recommend this. http://www.target.com/Caboodles-Pro-Cosmetic-Case-Silver/dp/B000AU1CMK/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1
Eyeliner -Prestige - Total Intensity Eyeliner Deepest Black
mochaholic 10/1/2010 5:39:00 PM
This is very very black and very pigmented. It's smooth but not as smooth as UD 24/7 to me. I have Asian eyes w/ a small fold and have experienced smudging on my oilier days even with primer underneath and shadow over, so I would only recommend this to people w/ normal to dry skin or if your upper eyelid doesn't touch your lash line (hope that makes sense). I tried to use this on my waterline a few times and it seems to irritate my eyes, so this may not be good for ppl w/ sensitive eyes. If you don't have issues w/ oiliness, small eyelid fold, or sensitive eyes, then go for it...it's a beautiful black eyeliner for a really good price.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - ExpertWear Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte
mochaholic 9/15/2010 3:13:00 PM
Ever since I saw xteeener rave about this, I had been thinking abt getting it for the longest time. I thought the orange-ish bronze color looked really questionable and could possibly be hideous on my skintone. I finally caved and bought it and really like it. I used it all wkend and easily went from day to night by just adding a lil black shadow. On my Asian eye, I prefer swapping the lid and crease color, so I put the bronze on my lid and then blend out w/ the taupe. I love the matte colors. The bronze does add a nice warm shimmer to the look, but I still think I would have preferred something cooler and I do experience some fallout. The browbone color is not very pigmented, but it still has enough sheen to show up. My skin is quite dry right now, so I can't really vouch for it's crease-resistancy, but it did last all day (about 14 hrs) with TFSI underneath. Overall, this is a great on-the-go palette and one of the best drugstore eyeshadows.
I was on my way to Sunsplash water park this past wkend and I forgot to bring my favorite Jack Black lipbalm w/ spf 25. I am currently taking Accutane, so my lips are not only super duper dry and peely, but very sensitive to sun. I did not want to fork out a lot of money, since I just recently started a new tube of Jack Black, and I didn't have time to hunt around, so I stopped by Rite Aid on the way to just pick up a Neutrogena one (which I recently saw positive reviews for). My bf spotted Lizard Lips and remembered I had wanted to try it a while back, but was never able to find it. I decided to try it since it was only $2 and I remembered seeing good reviews and getting recommendations for it. My dry sensitive lips survived the day in the sun, so I can definitely conclude that this is very moisturizing w/ nice sun protection. It feels slick on the lips, and can feel a greasy if you put too much. Love that is supposed to be a natural lipbalm w/ antioxidants, SPF 22, and protection against UVA and UVB. The only reason I did not give it a 5 is b/c it has a slight weird sweet scent/taste that I don't care for. It's nothing unbearable, but I'd prefer something minty. So if you don't mind that, then I would HIGHLY recommend Lizard Lips. I would repurchase this as a back-up lipbalm or for regular use if I learn to get over the scent/taste.
UPDATE 9/19/2012: This is no longer a favorite or must have liquid liner. Much prefer Physicians Formula Eye Booster E/L+Serum. I got this in brown and I LOVE it! It dries to a beautiful dark smokey brown and works w/ my dark brown (almost black) hair. Great for a daytime or neutral look when you don't feel like wearing black liner. I think this will now replace Maybelline Utra Liner and L'oreal Lineur Intense in my book for best liquid liner. The applicator is super pointed and makes for a much easier application than L'oreal's felt tip. The formula is on the thin/watery side and takes some time to dry, but I prefer this b/c it gives me time to fix mistakes and clean off the liquid liner that gets on my lashes. Like Ultra Liner and Lineur Intense, this does not smudge or rub off on to my upper lids (oily Asian eyelids w/ the little fold). It did flake the tiniest bit (w/o primer or shadow) by the end of the day, but it was no biggie and still flaked/peeled less than the other two. One downside is that it may take a couple swipes to get the color to show up evenly and really opaque. Also, I think i prefer the Ultra Liner brush applicator over this
I much prefer Aquaphor over this. I started Accutane a few weeks ago, so my lips have started to get SUPER dry/peely and this didn't feel like it was doing much (I'd end up putting Aquaphor on my lips a few minutes later). The worse part is that it clogged pores and caused blackheads around/under my lips. I'll have to try this on areas that are not cloggable, like my feet.
FAVORITE LIPGLOSS at the moment! Creamy lilac/lavender lipgloss w/ the slightest bit of pink(?) shimmer (can only see it if you stare really closely at the tube). I have very pigmented lips, so a sheer coat of this just slightly mutes out my lips and results in a lovely pink color. I don't like how it looks w/ a thick opaque coat of this on my lips, but that's just me b/c I don't like too much of any gloss on my full lips (reminds me of swollen greasy sausages). Other pros: moisturizing, SPF 15, not too sticky, and scent is almost undetectable. Only con for me is the packaging...I'd prefer it in a squeeze tube, so I don't have to double-dip.
HOLY MOLY! I have oily Asian eyelids that have a small crease. The problem w/ eyeliners for me is that they smudge onto my upper lid. It is soooo hard to find eyeliners that don't, and I have finally found an automatic one to add to my list. I love automatic pencils, but until this, have not been able to find one that can last on my eyelids. I have this in bronze and indigo. Bronze is pretty light and I primarily use it on my lower lashline just to give it a lil definition w/o it being harsh. It goes really smooth, but seems to melt a lil during the day. Indigo is a dark navy (almost looks grey black), and it is perfect for days when I don't have time to put on makeup, but need a lil bit of oomph. It definitely does not go on smoothly and kinda flakes off during the day, but it does not smudge! I wore it for maybe 16 hrs one day. Didn't look fabulous at the end of the day, but didn't look like crap either. I can't wait til it goes on sale at Ulta again, so I can get more colors. This might become HG, but I'll have to test out the black first.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad - Nude Elements
mochaholic 4/8/2010 5:34:00 PM
The colors are pretty dull and ashy looking on me (-1). The formula is definitely not smooth and not pigmented (-1), but it lasts a decent amount of time w/o creasing (I always use an e/s primer, tho). I also think it irritates my eyes (-1). I do like the simple compact packaging and it is good for a low-key look, but the cons outweigh the pros for me. I just leave this in the office for days when I need to do my makeup at work and don't feel like packing a bunch of (or forget to pack) makeup.
Ugh...The brush is way too hard (hurts if you poke yourself) and the formula smudges on me.
Concealers -Maybelline - Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer
mochaholic 4/1/2010 8:26:00 PM
I got this for undereye circles, b/c I was not liking the Instant Age Rewind double-ended one. I had this for one day, and returned it. Had everything I didn't like abt Instant Age Rewind and seemed less pigmented. Didn't go on smoothly and creased in my lil fine lines withing a few short hours. I still gave it 2 lippies, b/c I like how it claims to be gentle and non-comedogenic, so this could work for someone with nice non-oily, non-flakey skin. I think I'm gonna give up on d/s concealers.
Makeup Brushes -Stila - #2 Under Eye Concealer Brush
mochaholic 4/1/2010 8:00:00 PM
I got this as part of a set from Costco (5 brushes for $15), so I'm not sure how this compares to the brushes sold at full price. It is one of my favorite brushes from that set (the other is the #9 blending brush). I would get another one if it was part of another set, but I don't think I would buy this for full price. I'm still working on the technique, but it definitely helps w/ under-eye concealing. Prior to this, I just used my fingers, and I found that sometimes it can look cakey, but this helps blend the concealer onto my skin so well, sometimes I'm amazed. The brush is a bit on the flimsy side, so it can be a challenge to work with sometimes (I'm no professional) and I'd imagine other fluffy brushes to be able to do something similar.