Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Original Moisturizing Lotion
RealDealBeauty 11/11/2009 3:42:00 AM
I tried this lotion when I was pregnant and my body skin became so dry and flakey that NOTHING would help it, and it would look scaley withing minute of applying lotion. This helped a little, but would be a miracle for 'regular' (not hormone induced) dry skin. The lotion is a bit like the consistancy of glue, but leaves an oily feel afterwards. This is non-scented. You definately want to allow time for this to absorb (not less than 10 minutes) before dressing. You skin will feel silky smooth like your hands are gliding over silk after one application. The product itself feels almost like a protectant when it coats your skin - not typical of a lotion which is usually formulated for absorption regardless of weather or not it moisurises. Overall, I have purchased this more than once and will continue to do so. It's a bit more expensive than other body lotions, but if you actually NEED more moisture, it's worth the money. If all you want is a 'regular' lotion - you should pass. you'll find it too heavy, and it's you can find lesser lotions for less money.
This is one of the few prouducts I have purchased more than once. This basic black pencil is my HG, though I am willing to venture out because it can SOMETIMES not glide on as smoothly as I would like. The staying power is acceptable but you must remember, it's ment to smudge easily - which it does... and usually the compromise for that is staying power. It lasts long enough to get through a night at the club, and is still visible after a full day (though for more than6hrs, you might want to do a touch up). I suggest it to my friends and will probably purchase a 3rd pencil as I use up the two I have. It's my fall back and I love it.
I have purchased 5 pairs of tweezermans and won't stray yet.... maybe someday for Anastasia's, and a good pair of medical ones, but I will ALWAYS have AT LEAST one pair of tweezerman's as a back up. At first, I was put off by the price of the tweezers, but was talked into my first set by a sales person who informed me they have a lifetime warranty & will re-tune them if they don't tweeze like they're supposed to (unless its because you dropped them)... so I was really interested in the tweezers because they seemed like a quality product since the company was so willing to stand behind them. Using the tweezers is a pleasure. Besides grabbing the larger eyebrow hairs, these even grab the short ones that are barely peeking past the surface of the skin, and the thin ones you can barely see. I tried to stray to a similar looking pair (Revlon), with the same slanted tip, but could definately tell the difference in the ability to grasp hairs. With tweezerman's you're not 'grabbing' for the hair 4 & 5 times, its once and you got it. The hair rarely 'slips' from the tweezer's grips and this helps make tweezing a less painful experience. I love these, have purchased repeatedly and in full and mini size. (Only the slanted ones though, I can't talk for pointy tip), and would recommend anyone splurge for a pair. I can't imagine regretting it. Just remember not to drop them because (supposedly), if they lose their percision after that, you can't have them fixed. I have never used the 'send them in' service, but its only because I couldnt wait without my tweezers. My love for these is so bad that if I can't find mine, I won't tweeze until i buy another pair. And this is how I ended up with 4 pairs in my drawer.
whats not to like about this. put your dept store eyeshadows in a palette small enough to travel. mix and match. SOO CHEAP 20% of the cost of others. Love it. Only down - hard to find.
Id try this again - its second to last on my try-again-someday-list, but am sure I won't buy it. This is a low lather cleanser that left my skin feeling slightly dry (I'm not a dry-skinner), and slightly 'filmy' at the same time. dissapointed.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash
RealDealBeauty 11/10/2009 2:04:00 AM
Plain and simple: a good body wash that smells pretty good. gets the job done - i feel clean. My skin doesnt feel dry. Doesnt leave a film or greasy after feel. I like it and would not hesitiate to buy agian
Lip Treatments -MAC - Lip Conditioner Stick SPF 15
RealDealBeauty 11/9/2009 1:54:00 AM
This is a waste of money. I purchased this because my lips became really dry when I moved to a dry, hot climate - & it was making my lipsticks look like crap. I got this in clear and was very dissapointed. This treatment is very light and may be best used as a primer (though it doesn't make lipstick stay any longer - just makes them feel a bit smoother and more even during application), but definately NOT as a treatment. In fact, after using it for 3 days, my lips cracked on the sides. I'd much rather purchase chap-stick w/SPF for the day, and use vaseline at night. Rediculously overpriced. As far as packaging goes, I was afraid to put this in my purse for fear that it would melt in the heat. I will never purchase this again - not even the tinted kind - I've got neutrogena for that.
This is one of the few products that I have (1) hit pan on and (2) purchased a back-up of. I don't use this product much as a brozer, instead I use it as a face powder. I first purchased this product looking for a fairly matte bronzer without much shimmer, and purchased it in "Light Bronzer." On my NC42 skin, it made me have a very slight 'healthy-ness.' I primarly use this as my under eye powder to catch fallout. I use a brush, apply an ample amont before I do my eyeshadows & am able to easily brush away any fall out. I like using this instead of any other powder because it doesn't cake up easily, doesn't look heavy (if some lingers behind), and overall looks very natural on the skin - so I don't mind leaving some. If using it on the face, you can re-apply & layer it without it looking cakey. Its a light powder that feels light on the skin. The "Light Bronzer" color even looks good on darker skintones (when used in moderation), my browned skinned friends have even tried it and really liked it. I've purchased this item 3x (and it's one of only TWO products I've repurchased so much), and -from what I can tell- it will be one of my staples forever.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
RealDealBeauty 11/8/2009 3:06:00 PM
I purchased this originally as a preventative measure expecting dryness & cracking when breastfeeding my first child. I didn't end up using it for that, but since I had this huge tub (about $14), I started using it as a susbsitutue for vaseline. It is just as people say, glorified vaseline... and to that end - it works just fine. I use it for everything I normally would use vaseline for & I love it just the same. recently, I started getting contact dermatitus, so now i slather it all over my body. I do find that it absorbs JUST A TOUCH faster than vaseline (which still means - at least an hour), but does not irritate my skin at all. So, overall, this product is great for anypart of your body that you would normally use petroleum jelly for, but is not worth the extra money. I would not buy it again only because I can get a huge tub of petroleum jelly for a whole lot less ($4), that will do the same job.
A UNIQUE FRAGRANCE - I've not smelled a dupe. I got this because I'm an impulse shopper who can't resist a bargin. I happened to see this marked75% off (and i saw the orginal price $90+) so I HAD to get it. Now, normally - I don't like florals too much and I HATE powdery (& vanilla - but vanilla is not in this fragrance so it really doesn't matter). I'm not a super fragrance person, so I won't be able to use all that 'flowy' language to describe this - I'm going to tell you from a 'regular' nose. The fragrance itself its starts as VERY strong floral with a little bit of powder and a litle 'hospital'. The flower/powder even comes close to smelling 'old lady-ish' On the skin- it dires to the same. a powdery floral. I can smell the tuberose as mentined by other reviewers. and feel as this is a deep, sensual scent. (Not light & airy for summer). It reminds me of date nights & a man nuzzling the scent but not knowing its because it reminds him slightly of his mother. (sick sounding - but pretty accurate) the bottle is nothing sexy to look at. black and fairly basic (I got he tiny parfum - dab on kind). The fragrance lasts for at least 5 hours.
this makes your lashes stick straight. Your lashes are no thicker, a bit longer and and stick straight out - like stiletto heels... and like any cheap ol' mascara can do. Flakes a little by the end of the day too. HATE IT. would return it but don't have the packagaing. instead - throwing it away - and I don't throw anything away. I hate it THAT MUCH.
smells like standing water. makes lashes look stick straight, like a cheap drugstore product. BUT when you first apply it, it looks a little curly. they straighten out within a few hours, and stay crappy.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup
RealDealBeauty 7/26/2009 2:13:00 PM
I like this foundation and I will go back to it. I originally tried this after seeing a girl/woman with BEAUTIFUL skin, I asked what found she wore (I thoght it would be mineral) and she said this so I HAD to try it. Amazingly this color actually matched my skin (pretty rare in drugstore & dept store). The consistancy is liquidy (not thick at all), but the coverage is pretty light (not quite sheer, but not much if you're looking to HIDE as well as HEAL breakouts). I didnt notice any reduction in breakouts, but also didn't notice an increase. I doubt the small amount of S.A. in this wouls REALLY help anyways. Either way, it has no heavy scent (if one at all), but the packaging kind of sucks. You have to pour some out, or q-tip in which I don't like. A pump would have probably been better. Overall, I will definatley re-purchase this. I will try others in between time (Not A H.G.), but won't be afraid to come back to this.
Woud buy again. No real problem with the gloss. Thinner texture, not thick & gooy. No scent. Gloss has two sides - cool - a pearlescant white and warm is a lime green (similar to Mac's green bean) THere is some shimmer to the cool and no glitter/shimmer in the warm. Warm leaves pigmented lips a light caramel color though too much will make them green tinted.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Coffee Cake
RealDealBeauty 5/5/2009 4:37:00 PM
This was my first blush. Now that I've tried others, I'd STILL come back to this one. I used to have combination skin, 'normal' on the cheeks & this didn't break me out. It looks great on tan skin (a peachy bronze color). The texture is soft & fluffy, but goes on smooth like a creamy powder. It's 'dry' so you don't have a wet feeling...and you have no drying time. The product lasts about 10 hours, but is easy to touch up. The color is buildable but the first application is not sheer. Too much will end up too 'sparkly' but this does not have GLITTER. *I HATE GLITTER* even on eyes and ESPICALLY on the 'face.' Overall, the price is inexpensive compared to other's and I can't think of anything I'd change about it. A real winner!