Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Megalast Matte Lip Color (2010 reformulation)
bethb216 4/19/2011 3:58:00 PM
I picked this up on a whim at CVS for $2.99. I got the shade, "Just Peachy," which looked like it should be a nice, neutral, peachy mauve. I never thought the words "neon" and "mauve" would go together, but that's how it looked... like a bright peachy brown that had a kick of neon orange in it. Very 80s, just AWFUL!! The tube itself is nice, you can see the color and it is shaped more like a balm than a lipstick/bullet shape, which I like, and the tube does stay together nicely, no worrying about the cap popping off in your purse. The formula is decent, but kind of drying, as with any long wear, so I highly recommend balm under or on top of it. I would probably try this in another shade, but Just Peachy is terrible.
I bought this because after I stopped my BC pills my skin has gone nuts. I'm oily and breaking out worse than I EVER did as a teenager in the midst of puberty. Blackheads, and small whiteheads which are semi-normal for me during that time of the month, but actual PIMPLES now and then, which I never get. As a result, I'm having to use a lot of harsher products (salicylic acid and AHA and whatnot) on my face a few times a day to keep my face in shape. I don't have sensitive skin, or dry skin, but the salicylic acid was drying me out in places, and the cold weather had my face feeling as tight as a mask. I picked this up at Walmart when I was out of town because 1) it was cheap 2) it was nice and thick and 3) Ponds doesn't break out my skin, even though I don't generally use it. I've been using it daily for about a week and a half now, after using strides pads, and my face is looking WAY better. I've gotten the breakouts 95% under control. The salicylic acid cleared up my skin, and the ponds dry skin cream keeps it healthy and moisturized. It comes in a pot, which I actually prefer to a tube. Some people think it's unhygienic, but since I always apply it after I wash my face, my hands are clean, so I'm not concerned. It has a nice, thick consistency, that doesn't break out my skin. It's best as a night cream unless you have really dry skin, because it does leave a small sheen until it absorbs, but after that it doesn't leave your skin greasy. The only reason this got a 4 instead of a 5 is the smell. It smells like it came straight out of a nursing home. Ick. I usually mix mine with a drop of lavender essential oil to camouflage the granny scent.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
bethb216 2/2/2011 6:26:00 PM
I picked this up at Walgreens for about 6 bucks the other day, after reading tons of MUA reviews. Previously I had been using plain grape seed oil on my cuticles, however, while it works great, it is really greasy. This cuticle cream comes in a cute, travel friendly round tin that opens easily but stays securely shut when not in use. The cuticle cream is thick, and waxy, and smells like real, natural Meyer lemons, not that artificial lemon citronella smell that Lush's lemony flutter has. a few swipes of this on my cuticles keeps them in shape and prevents hangnails, all without leaving greasy fingerprints on everything I touch. While the tin was about 6 bucks, which could be a little steep, the amount of product you use per application, means this should last months. I'm pleased, and would purchase again.
I am super-impressed with Revlon's entire ColorBurst line of Lipglosses. I own four shades: Papaya, Peony, Rose Pearl, and Strawberry. Strawberry is a cool toned HOT HOT pink, with subtle gold shimmer. Not barbie pink, not magenta, but kind of a bright hot strawberry pink (I'll upload a pic ASAP.) I think it'd be very flattering on all cool toned girls, it looks great on my NC40 skin and green eyes. All of the ColorBurst line is phenomenal. It goes on silky, buttery, creamy, non-sticky and the color lasts all day, even after the gloss fades. The price point is excellent. $7.99 each, and Walgreens frequently runs BOGO 1/2 off sales...so 2 ColorBurst glosses are still cheaper than one MAC gloss. I prefer it to MAC myself, after considering the wear, consistency, applicator (kind of mobius strip shaped, allows for the application power of a doe foot with the precision of a brush,) and price. KUDOS to Revlon!
I am highly impressed with the entire Revlon ColorBurst lipgloss line. I have four shades: Strawberry, Peony, Rose Pearl, and Papaya. Papaya is a bright medium orange peach, which I believe would be universally flattering. The entire line of glosses are phenomenal, they are buttery, creamy, silky, non sticky, and last all day. Even after the gloss fades, the color remains for hours. The applicator is unique. More mobius strip shaped than anything else. It's the application of a doe foot with the precision of a brush. Walgreens frequently runs BOGO 1/2 off sales on these glosses so you can get 2 for 12.00 or one for $7.99. The price, wear, and consistency makes me prefer this to my MAC glosses. Way to go Revlon!!
I am highly impressed with Revlon's whole line of ColorBurst lipglosses. I have 4 shades: Strawberry, Papaya, Peony, and Rose Pearl. Each shade is unique and each wears fabulously. Rose Pearl is a light/medium neutral mauve-ish brown with a hint of subtle non-tacky shimmer. It's very flattering on my NC40 skin and evergreen eves. All of the Revlon ColorBurst glosses that I have tried are amazing. Creamy, buttery, silky, non-tacky, and non-drying. The color remains EVENLY for hours even after the gloss fades. The applicator isn't a brush and isn't a doe foot. It's more like a mobius strip. It allows the application of a doe foot with the precision of a brush, This gloss is frequently BOGO 1/2 off at Walgreens, so you can get 2 for 12.00 (or one for $7.99.) I prefer this brand gloss to all of my MAC glosses in terms of price, color, and wear.
This will probably be my go-to shade of neutral lip gloss from now on. I love the Revlon colorburst line of lip glosses. I have 4 shades: Strawberry, Papaya, Peony, and Rose Pearl. Each shade is unique and highly pigmented. Peony is a neutral light pinky brown with a hint of non-tacky shimmer. This would look great with a dark or smokey eye, and it also looks great with just a hint of mascara on those au natural days. The consistency of the gloss is amazing. Buttery, creamy, not at all sticky and very non-drying. When the gloss eventually wears off, the color remains for hours after, and more importantly, it remains evenly. The applicator is not quite doe foot...It's longer, almost mobius strip shaped. But it allows for the application of a doe foot with the precision of a brush. A++ to Revlon for this fantastic line!
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Color Chrome Eyeliner- Gold Charge
bethb216 12/29/2010 9:31:00 PM
WOW. I was pleasantly surprised with this liner. It is a "liquid pencil" that glides on effortlessly, with no tugging or pulling, and unlike many other gold liners, this is not chalky, crumbly, or faint. It goes on like gold foil, and dries instantly to a smudge proof finish. It's more of a burnished gold than a 24kt gold, but it is very gold nonetheless. I'm very impressed with the HIP chrome eyeliners.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner Silver Lightning
bethb216 12/29/2010 9:29:00 PM
Holy moly! I've been looking for a good silver eyeliner forever, but most of them were chalky and unflattering, or just plain gray. Not so with this one! It's like lining your eyes with aluminum foil, no kidding! It's a bright silver, truly metallic eyeliner. It glides on with no tugging, and dries immediately to smudge proof. It was buy one get one 1/2 off at Walgreens, so I paid $15 for two (silver lightning and gold charge,) so I guess it wasn't too unreasonable. If you're looking for a nice, metallic, bright, shiny silver liner, then this is it!
Feria by L'Oreal is the only at home coloring product I will ever use. I have been using various Feria shades for 5 or so years, and have never had the tones come out orange or brassy, whether I'm using a blonde, red, or brown dye. My current Feria shade is "light reddish brown," and I'm absolutely impressed. The colors have all complimented my skin tone, whether I use a warm or a cool color (I'm a mac NC40 just for reference.) They all start out significantly darker than the package indicates, but after one or two washings, they fade out to the color they are supposed to be. After that, there really is no fading whatsoever. The color lasts until you change it. The Feria line comes with the developer, the toner, a shimmer package, and a really nice, thick tube of conditioner, that lasts easily 6 weeks. The condition of my hair has never suffered after using this product. If anything, it's actually improved. The color itself has a conditioner built in, and the additional conditioner keeps my colored hair smooth, soft, and shiny. I'm impressed, and will always stick to L'Oreal hair color.
Lip Gloss -MAC - A Tartan Tale (Holiday '10) 5 sassy coral lassies lip kit
bethb216 11/18/2010 11:51:00 AM
This kit is part of MAC's 2010 Holiday Collection "A Tartan Tale- Chapter 2." I purchased the "5 sassy coral lassies" kit, but there are 2 more available. "5 sassy pink lassies," and "5 sassy neutral lassies." Each kit contains 5 mini sized lipglasses and comes in an adorable tartan plaid tin, adorned with a MAC "crest." I'll be honest, the whole reason I purchased the kit is that I loved the packaging...I'd never purchased MAC before, but now I'm a convert. The 5 Sassy Coral Lassies kit came with 1 pale milky peach color, 3 various peachy pink colors, and 1 raisin color. I like all of them except the 2nd lightest color ( I can't think of the name off the top of my head, but the color was "plasticky" if that makes sense.) The consistency of the lipglass was nice, thick but not outrageously sticky. It felt nice on, and the color lasted a while. The lipglass kits are $29, which is pricey, but you do get 5 lipglasses (even though they are about 1/3-1/2 of the normal size) and you get the really cute tin, which I have on my desk at work to hold my pens. These tins would make great gifts for any of you ladies who 1)have a "thing" for Scotland, (such as myself) 2)are a sucker for tartan plaid (such as myself...) 3)like a variety of lipglasses in similar shades. I think these are perfect stocking stuffers.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Dazzleglass Creme- Radiant Jewels
bethb216 11/18/2010 11:44:00 AM
This shade, Radiant Jewels, is a LE shade from the Christmas 2010 "A Tartan Tale" collection. This was my first MAC lip purchase, and I'm pretty pleased with it. The shade is a bright cool-toned magenta, with just a hint of golden shimmer, (think "her blooming cheek blush, but for your lips.) It's very pigmented. At $18 per tube, it's kind of pricey for a lip gloss, but I figure that the tube will last me quite some time. The applicator is a brush, rather than a doe-foot applicator, I prefer doe-foot myself, but the brush included is actually quite nice, so I don't mind. The bristles are smooth and don't splay in all directions. The consistency feels nice on, very smooth, not sticky, however; I have noticed that the pigment tends to migrate toward the outer ring of my lips almost immediately, so, to put it on, you have to use light layers, and really mush your lips together to get the color to apply evenly, which is why I took off a lippie. Once the color is even, it lasts for quite some time, even after the gloss itself has worn off, the pigment lasts for a couple of hours, so you don't really need to reapply. I was impressed with that. If I felt like I would run out in a short amount of time, I would definitely re-purchase, however, gloss this pigmented should last me at least a year, if not two. EDIT: MAC DAZZLEGLASS CREME IN *CREME ALLURE* is radiant jewels, but part of the permanent collection! I was pleasantly suprised when in ran across creme allure in "the cosmetic supply company" retail store. I thought it looked just like it, but since I wear radiant jewels all the time I purchased it to compare. Sure enough, it was identical- from the tube, color, micro glitter, application etc.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Deep Dark
bethb216 11/18/2010 11:10:00 AM
For a pressed powder, this is pretty expensive, I think I paid about $28, which is about $20 more than I normally pay for pressed powder (I'd been using cover girl.) But, I've decided to graduate to more high-end makeup for the daily basics, and I'd heard great things about MAC. I got this in NC40 (medium-dark) and it is a perfect match. I love the finish, it goes on velvety smooth, but doesn't look at all cakey or powdery when it's on my face. I haven't suffered any breakouts in the week I've been using it, and it keeps my T-zone oil free (my skin is combination/normal- in the summer the T-zone can get shiny, but other than that, I'm pretty grease free.) I'm pretty impressed with this powder, and will probably continue using it. The size seems to be larger than my old Cover Girl powder, and I like the domed shape, as it's easier to swirl my brush through without powder flying around. A good buy, if you don't mind the price.
I purchased this concealer hoping it would work well for my undereye area. Sadly, It didn't... they're not kidding when they say "sheer," it barely covers the circles at all. It's fine for minor blemishes, but my blue genetic under eye circles glare right through this concealer, even after 3-4 layers, at which point it cakes, slips, and creases terribly. Even with the setting powder. I love the packaging, and the consistency, but the formula just sucks.
Blush -MAC - Satin Blush - Her Blooming Cheek (A Tartan Tale Holiday '10)
bethb216 11/5/2010 5:19:00 PM
This blush is great! It's my first ever mac blush, and I balked at the price, but I've never seen a color like this in my normal drugstore selections. I finally caved and bought mac when they came out with the tartan tale line as I love all things Scottish/Plaid. The bright fushcia color freaked me out a big but it goes on in a very sheer wash, that is buildable up to clown levels, if you wanted to. It lasts all day and there's no shimmery fallout. Very flattering shade on my medium/fair cool toned skin. I'm a convert!