I am not convinced that this product does ANYTHING. I was using it, just in good faith because it was insisted to me by the saleslady (a very biased source) that it really made a difference. I really don't see it though. And it has a bit of a glittery sheen to it, which I hate, as I generally want glitter and all glitter-esque products to be far away from my face. And it makes my pores look bigger (all Bare Minerals makeup seems to do this, but this is like the icing on the big-pore-cake).
Edit: i will increse the lippies due to the fact that i have come to like their eyeshadow. their foundation still sucks though. There is something appealing about this product- appealing enough that I purchased the little 60 dollar (at the time, they are cheaper now) starter kit. Probably mainly the repeated claims of it being natural and non-irritating. This claim is true- and the one positive thing I can say of this product- it did not break me out. This product is probably only really good for people with very clear skin already who just want very light coverage. Bare minerals claims it can have full coverage, but that is a complete lie. This is medium coverage AT BEST, if you slather on (excuse me - "buff" on) layer after layer on your skin. Which takes forever and just looks cakey at that point. At first I thought it was the "mineral veil" in this product (applied all over your face after the concealer is applied) that was making my (already large) pores look MASSIVE, but I think it is just the foundation in general. A makeup artist (not affiliated with Bare Minerals, obviously) said that the "buffing" action is what pushes the product into your pores, making them appear larger. This is kind of a deal-breaker for me, as I seek out products which have the opposite effect. If one is not worried about their pores and wants light coverage, then this product may work for that person. In addition, the price is not great (despite what they claim, those little pots will NOT last very long, especially if you are trying to get medium coverage out of it) AND the application is obnoxious. I repeatedly accidentally spilled the little pots. Also, the "warmth" color is just orange, and I have no desire to have an orange face.
I mistook this one for the "honey" lipbalm by Burt's Bees (both in a review and when purchasing. This one, I don't like. It is mentholly, which I don't like, and too dry.
I am always looking for the perfect mascara (yet to happen)... and when I saw the commercials for this, with Drew Barrymore prancing around looking cute, I totally wanted it. Unfortunately, this is a completely average mascara. Not the worst, but no where near worth all the hype that it (for some reason) receives. It doesn't live up to its hype at all. You could do worse (Maybelline's Great Lash mascara), but I'm convinced you could do better, too.
This product is repeatedly hailed in numerous beauty magazines as the best drugstore mascara. I really don't know what delusion they are all suffering, or if they were just paid off by Maybelline, or what. This mascara is absolutely underwhelming. It just clumped my lashes together, and was smeary. I do not see the appeal at all. It's hard to say a 5 dollar tube of mascara is a waste of money, because it's so cheap anyway, but it's still a rip-off.
Scrubs -Burt's Bees - Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
gorbe 2/10/2010 8:36:00 PM
The first few weeks I used this product, I loved it. It left my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. However, at a certain point (perhaps my skin got "used" to it or something) it seemed to no longer be doing much. Not a bad product, but St. Ives scrub may be a better choice. Also, this does not bother me, but it actually has a bit of a "dirty" smell (that is- it smells like dirt, kind of). I assume this is because of the Willowbark.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
gorbe 2/10/2010 8:34:00 PM
I am surprised by the general low reviews on this product. I think this may be due to people expecting a different result from it than what it is meant to do. This is NOT a good produt if you have acne-prone skin- it may dry it out, or (more likely) do nothing. This is for people with fairly normal-ish skin. I have dry skin, and I have been happily using this product for years now. It smells great, and is very simple, and just leaves my skin feeling refreshed, and washed. It does not feel like you are using harsh chemicals on your skin (because you aren't), which is great. Some people do not like the consistency, so make sure you are okay with putting a product on your face that feels a bit sticky, and does not "foam" up like many facial cleansers. This does not bother me, as the product rinses off and does not leave residue. The tube is also reasonably priced and lasts a fairly long time. Totally recommended.
Eye Shadow -Milani - Runway Eyes - Designer Browns
gorbe 2/10/2010 8:30:00 PM
At first I liked this, but as my eyeshadow collection has grown, I am trying to weed out the weak. This one isn't going to make it. Because: the application is obnoxious due to each color being in a bar-shape. It's also too glittery for my taste, and while it's decently pigmented, it is over-glittered.
This product looks great with Benefit's Coralista, is a nice bronzer (though I usually wear it as a blush which i can pull off due to having medium toned skin). This can also be used in the crease on the eye for kind of a soft daytime smokey eye.
I love this product! This is applied right under the eyebrows to make them appear higher and better shaped. It definitely works. The product can also be applied to the inner eyes (like over the tear ducts) or any other part of the face that you want to highlight/make appear brighter. The consistency is easy to blend, but at the same time stays on for a reasonable amount of time once applied. This could also work on eyelids as an eyeshadow base, if needed. It's not CHEAP, but given that it will last a reasonable amount of time, and how versatile it is, it's well worth it in my opinion.
I do not like this product at all. Benefit's salespeople convinced me that this was going to make me look glorious (as they say about all products) but basically all it did was make me look like I had glittery-stuff around my eyes. I even got one of the Benefit salespeople to admit that it was "basically just glitter". I am not a glitter fan, but even for those who are, I am willing to bet that you can buy glitter at a much cheaper price. Also.. the consistency is kind of gooey/unpleasant, and it makes me nervous to slather something around my cheeks/eyes that is not noncomedogenic (will NOT clog pores).
The color of this mascara is SO pretty. It is neither too subtle (other purple mascara's I have tried are so suble that they just look black, even when looked at close-up, and I have a hard time believing that they really do anything to enhance my eye color. This one does not LOOK purple from a distance (I think that would be creepy) but if looked at closely, it is definitely a pretty plum-y shade, and I believe that this product will make green or brown eyes pop out. Also, the brush is fairly dense and applies the mascara fairly well. On the downside, the actual formula (as with their original "bad gal" lash product) is very flaky/prone to clumping, which is unfortunate since this is the best purple mascara (hue wise) that I have encountered. The brush could maybe be used to better apply a different, cheaper, mascara, though.
This product is fairly useless. First of all, it doesn't stay on AT ALL. It's basically gone off my face within an hour. Second of all, though the color I used (2) seemed to blend in with my skin okay, I really doubt that having three shade options (1,2,3) is going to be viable for every skin tone. I tried to see if I could use this product just under my eyes to hide the brownness; if anything it highlighted the area and made it look creepily greasy/miscolored. Waste of money.
This has great coverage, which is what I told the MAC salesperson I was looking for. In this regard, and perhaps this one only, it is a good product. The downsides of this product are: the price (to be expected with MAC makeup, but for this product especially its not a very good deal since the product will be used up fairly quickly), the coverage is a bit "cakey".. really not as bad as it could be, considering how good the coverage is, but it definitely looks like you are wearing makeup, and it is kind of thick/potentially could cause breakouts/clog pores. If you have sensitive skin or are worried about putting a heavy product on your skin, this wouldn't be the best. This product would be a good one to use for going out at night, when you want good coverage. Not a product to be used everyday.
This product is advertised as a "face brightening primer". Primer meaning something that is put on the skin before foundation, which is intended to make foundation apply smoother and last longer. The product does not do this at all. I think the product would be more accurately marketed as simply a face brightener. This claim would more readily hold up, as the pink-ish hue does (albeit temporarily) make one's skin look a bit brighter. Benefit claims (as they seem to for many of their products) that That Gal will work on all skin tones. This seems a bit unlikely, and for this product I definitely don't believe it. It does not really do anything for my skin (which is medium complexion- olive/red undertones). As it is, this product is highly overrated (I bought it because of seeing numerous reviews extolling its virtues) and not worth the steep price.