LOVE this brush!! I use this to apply finishing powder but I also want to take it out with me in the purse so I'm trying to find a real powder brush with long handle to use at home but I just can't find anything that's as soft as this one. I've been using it daily for about 3 months and it never sheds. Not even one hair fell out, well not that I know of. TBS certain makes great brushes.
Deodorants -Kiehls - Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant Cream
xliu4 7/29/2010 4:20:00 AM
i'm so sad to write that this doesn't work for me at all. I really wanted it to work, but it just doesn't do anything to me. Can't control sweats and odor AT ALL. I do like its cream texture but that's not helping.
LOVE the color HATE the price! I personally like this more than the Orgasm.
It does the job of cleaning my face but it doesn't leave my face looking radiant afterwards. In fact, I think my face looks dull after using this. Also it dries out my skin. I use it in the shower and when I'm still taking a shower I can feel the dryness already.
Sunscreen -Hawaiian Tropic - Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 Spray Lotion
xliu4 7/12/2010 9:53:00 PM
I was tempted to try this out after reading the 2 reviews here on MUA. Thank you to 2kids2kats & yumi1 for this!! This is the least sticky, greasy feeling sunscreen i've tried by far. Absorbs fast, no scents, convenient to use. What more to ask for? I couldn't find it in Target, Walmart or Walgreens etc so I ended up ordering it online. But just a few days ago I saw BigLots has it for $4. Definitely try this out if you're looking for a new sunscreen!
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals in 1.2, fairly light
xliu4 7/10/2010 3:08:00 AM
I really liked this at the beginning - as many of you did and that's why we all bought it right? It's very light and easy to apply, the coverage was good enough for me, with the help of a concealer brush my skin did look healthy, BUT it's only lasts a few hours. In the afternoon my face turned orange and by night my face looked SCARY!! It was completely orange and the powder had gotten on top of my face!! Like they were just sitting on top of my face, with oil. GROSS. Returned it immediately.
Makeup Brushes -Coastal Scents - Italian Badger Buffer Brush Large
xliu4 7/10/2010 3:00:00 AM
UPDATE: I love this brush so much!! I've used it to apply liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, maybelline mouse foundation, blush and bronzer. Brilliant. I have dry skin that's why I said below that it makes dry patches visible, but I guess it's my skin's problem not the brush lol. HOWEVER, the funky smell is still there.....it's been about 5 months and I washed it probably a dozen times but the smell won't go away.....good thing is the brush is now softer! =) This would be a great brush if the hair is softer and not stink as much. I've washed it several times by now and the unpleasant smell is still there, although not as strong, there's still a smell on the brush. And the brush scratches my face. Pros: Great multi-functional brush. I used it to apply liquid foundation, blush, & bronzer and I'm really liking the effect it gives with both the blush & bronzer. Not much for foundation as it makes the dry patches show up. Overall, it's a great brush but I won't repurchase. I'd probably try the other brushes by Coastal Scents tho.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream
xliu4 7/8/2010 5:30:00 PM
Smells amazing and 100% of the money is donated to the organization. Absorbs quickly and leaves hand smooth. It's great for the summer but it won't be moisturizing enough during winter.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
xliu4 7/8/2010 12:31:00 AM
Love the color (carbon black, very natural) love the creamy formula and it's very easy to apply. The only problem is that it smudges no matter what. i've tried putting eyeshadow on top of it, wear a base underneath, it just creases and create a black line on my crease area which is something I absolutely hate. I wanted to love this but I guess I'll just keep searching for a HG gel liner.
Makeup Brushes -The Body Shop - The body Shop Eye Shadow Blender Brush
xliu4 7/6/2010 12:50:00 AM
Love this brush!! It makes the most unusual colors look right on my eyelids. It's super, super soft, washed it a several times already and so far no shedding at all! Bottom line: a must have! p.s. like all other Body Shop products, wait for a sale to get this if $18 is too much.
HG status! This is the first ever mascara that does not smudge! I can wear it from morning to night without worries. I reach for it everyday and am very happy with it. I would be using this forever in my life IF it could hold a curl on my super straight asian lashes, unfortunately it doesn't do well in this criteria. All and all, very happy with this mascara! Would recommend to girls like me that easily get raccoon eyes! This is the first ever CG mascara that I've tried so I can't compare it to the original lash blast, but I'll definitely try that one out!
Deodorants -Dove - Ultimate Clear Cool Essentials Anti-perspirant Deodorant
xliu4 7/3/2010 9:12:00 PM
Hate this. Does not control odor and definitely doesn't keep my underarm from sweating! Always leave a white residual on my shirts, the scent of this is too strong to put underarm. It's just gross especially when the scent of the deodorant mixed with the odor from sweating! It's just embarrassing & gross. GROSS.
Love this color!! I got this color in a palette along with other colors as a GWP. I like this the most out of the 8. It's a very natural base color and it matches great with most colors (at least the ones I used). Esp. love to use this to line my lower lash line! Very classy! I've just bought the Covergirl single eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe 760 which I think is very similar to Truffle. But I think I like Truffle more still =P I've found that it's best to use the sponge tip applicator if you really want the color to show up! It's even better to use with a primer.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
xliu4 6/9/2010 4:23:00 PM
I am in the boarder line with this cleanser, I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It works just okay, nothing impressive. The SA at Sephora recommended this to me when I was looking for a brush cleanser, she said this could be a 5 in 1: cleaner, moisturizer, toner, brush cleaner, and one other function that I can't remember. But honestly, I think it works great as a brush cleaner, but nothing more. It removes makeup pretty well, but leaves my skin a bit dry afterward which I don't like. Overall, I will use up this $10 traveling bottle, and that's it.
I didn't realize how much I miss this cleanser until now I am back home from college for summer and didn't bring this back with me! I've tried the cleansers at home - Aveeno, Olay, Philosophy (bought from Sephora), Clinique, Origin, and then a Japanese one, none of them impresses me, all seem to dry out my skin. This cleanser is simple yet gentle, removes makeup perfectly and leaves my face clean and refreshed. It doesn't dry out as the others do to me, and it doesn't sting my eyes.