Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping [DISCONTINUED]
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 1:02:00 AM
WOW! This is my first MSF ever and I bought it as soon as it came out. Before this I was using a cheapo Wet n Wild All over Shimmer as a highlighter and it did work well but this is a million times better. My skin has been changing from an olive undertone to a golden one and this is a perfect golden highlight. It surprised me because I thought it would be more pinkish toned because of the lavender and such but it looks very golden to me. I do videos on youtube and more than 5 subscribers asked me if I was pregnant after I started using this because they said I had such a "glow" about me. I had to tell them it was this lol I use it everyday and I am so sad I didn't buy a backup. :( It's perfect for my skintone!
Moisturizers -Olay - Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Daily SPF15 Lotion
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:57:00 AM
To me this product is a little expensive, as I am used to buying HUGE bottles of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion to use as a moisturizer ( for face and body...works great!!!) but I had noticed I was getting a couple wrinkles between my eyes( I'm only 20!!) because I am supposed to wear glasses and I dont ( darn eye squinching) :S So I decided to give this a try. The smell is wonderful. It reminds me of my grandma because she always used Olay when I was a child ( she passed when I was 7) and it has diminished those wrinkles A LOT!!!! It smells great, doesn't make my super oily skin oilier than it already is and moisturizes well. This is my new moisturizer for ever and ever! :D
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:52:00 AM
The best primer ever!!!! I have tried, MAC Prep and Prime SPF 50, Laura Geller Spackle and Smashbox PhotoFinish and this thing tops them all! A must for oily skinned girls. The combination of this and Revlon Colorstay lasts all day for me, which is unheard of with my yucky oily skin! A++++ Will for sure buy over and over and over! Oh and one tube lasted me from October 2008 to now ( June 2009)!!!! WOW! A very little bit goes a long way!
Eyeliner -Revlon - Colorstay eyeliner in Blackberry
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:49:00 AM
Found this for a great deal on ebay, (around 3$). The color is fantastic, very subtle yet different. The only thing I can complain about is that it did tug a little on my eye (that's why the -1 lippie) not the smoothest eyeliner to apply but it does last ALLday, even in 90 degree weather! And for that I can sacrifice tugging!!!! A+++ Will for sure buy again!
Highlighters -Revlon - Bare it All - lustrous lotion
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:42:00 AM
I have this in goldi-locks and pink-a-boo and both are amazing. The best way I have found to use this is mix it in with my Revlon Colorstay foundation and use the ELF studio powder brush (3$ and works better than the MAC 187!!!!!!) to apply and I get fantastic glowy skin every time. Fantastic. I'm not sure if this is discontinued or not but I heard great things about it and picked it up on ebay and I use it everyday so I hope not :( Revlon is THE best drugstore brand ever! I like most of their stuff better than MAC! Try it if you can find it! Check big lots!
I have bought this brand and the Family Dollar Store brand of this cream and both are fantastic. This is the only cream that makes taking off Revlon Colorstay foundation easily. You can also use this to remove eye makeup and your eyes don't sting, but I still prefer the equate knockoff of neutrogena eye makeup remover for that. It is a fantastic cream and very moisturizing. I just put it on my face, leave it on for 2 minutes. Rub it in circular motions and then wash off with a warm wet washcloth... Sometimes I follow with washing my face, sometimes I don't. Depends on how lazy I am. But I am hooked and I will never use any other makeup remover ever again. (I can wash my face with a regular cleanser then use this and the amount of makeup that STILL comes off is insane!) It's amazing and the Family Dollar version is identical! Check it out! :D
Liquid -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Enriched w/ Minerals
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:17:00 AM
I do Youtube videos on makeup and makeup application and I normally use Revlon Colorstay but since it is such a long lasting foundation and sometimes I just put on makeup to do my videos I wanted to find a cheaper alternative that would do the trick for making videos but was easy to remove. Colorstay is a hassle to remove and is more expensive. In my search I happened upon this, thanks to emilynoel83( I think that is her name, I dunno the screenname but I LOVE her) of Youtube. This foundation's lightest color matches me perfectly and is very easy to remove. This would be a fantastic everyday foundation except for the fact that it wears off super quickly. I recently took a trip to West Virginia from my hometown in KY,(about a 4 hour trip) to see my niece ( in 90 degree weather I might add) and I decided to wear this instead of my colorstay just to see how it held up. It wore off within an hour and a half. Where as Revlon Colorstay would have lasted all day. But for a short time or days inside with air conditioning this would be great! Very good foundation, some shades are orange-ish so be wary of that, great coverage ( I used no concealer), great packaging, only downside is the lasting power. Other than that A+!
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Black
ericaleigh777 6/28/2009 12:02:00 AM
This is the best eyeliner ever made. I love it so much. I remember the first youtube videos I ever watched were of fafinettex3 and she talked about this liner. My hubby knew I had just started watching youtube and found this concept intriguing and one day on his way home from work he picked it up for me. I was already wearing black eyeliner and I decided to try this out as soon as he brought it over top of the liner I already had on.... This is BLACK! It made the liner I had on look grey. It was insane and I still love it til this day. Only thing is I am having a hard time finding a good brush to use with this. Best one yet is the Laura Geller Baked Cake eyeliner brush. :D Maybe I will try another MAC brush the angled eyeliner brush from mac wasn't the best for this I think the script brush would be better. It will dry out in a couple of months but if you add a few drops of visine, fix + or baby oil and mix it up it is good as new! A++++ LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
EDIT: I had to completely redo this review because this is now my holy grail foundation! I found out that I had gotten a bad bottle and that what I thought was breaking me out (this) really wasn't it was a face powder. Originally I had ordered a bottle of this off of ebay at a very good deal, around 2 dollars, but it was insanely thick and wouldn't blend at all. Girls, make sure you open the bottle in the store and take a look because this foundation is supposed to be super runny. After that ordeal, I decided to give it one more try and I picked up a bottle at my local walmart. The consistency was great, blended easily (with my sonia kashuk blue sponge, damp sponges are best girls! it helps so much with blending) and actually stayed on all day in 90 degree weather with my super oily skin. I am hooked! I set it with my Maybelline Dream Matte powder and this is the only combo I have ever found that will last on my skin. I wear Buff in the oily/combo version. And I wear the lightest shade in the dream matte powder. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a pump but I am going to buy a foundation with a pump and empty it out so I can use this with it :D And out of all the application methods I have tried... (MAC 109, 187, sponge etc...) The best ones I have found are using the 3$ ELF Studio Powder Brush and the Sonia Kashuk blending sponge damp( I spray the brush and this sponge with either water or MAC Fix +). Try it out oily skinned girls! Just make sure you get a fresh bottle! You won't regret it!
Powder -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium [DISCONTINUED]
ericaleigh777 6/27/2009 11:26:00 PM
Like everyone else I bought into the hype that this is a great substitute for foundation in the summer.... I will say that it most definitely has the coverage and seems to be quite gentle on the skin. I was really worried about that because we have all heard the horror stories about MAC foundation/powder products and breakouts. I applied it with my flat top brush from everyday minerals and was delighted with the look. That is until I looked in the mirror a few hours later and I was bright orange :( I used a primer and I do have oily skin but I have never seen any other product oxidize that badly on me before. I can still use it as a setting powder in small amounts but I inevitably always get that orange glow. It makes me sad because this powder is fantastic. If you can get it to work for you and not oxidize congrats because you have found a holy grail! Oh and the packaging is wonderful too! :D
Overall, I really like this concealer. I have it in the lightest shade. Porcelain, I believe. I wear Ivory in Revlon Colorstay so I thought it would be a good match. I'm about NC15-20 in Studio Fix for reference. I originally ordered this for undereye circles and blemishes but honestly I think it works a lot better for the undereye circles then blemishes. It is a very thick formula and because of that it can be very hard to blend and you really have to warm it up with your finger to get it to do anything. It also will enhance fine lines around your eyes if you have any so be careful about that. But I'm only 20 so I haven't had that problem SO FAR. lol The main reason it doesn't work for blemishes is that it kind of highlights them I guess you could say. It seems to make them more prominent at least on me. But for now this is wonderful for my circles. I do think I will invest the money in a MAC concealer that I can use for both. But on a budget this is pretty good.
WOW!!! I am totally in love. I have been looking for my holy grail mascara for years and I think I have finally found it! I uploaded a picture along with this review it's number 4. Look at that before and after!!! I was so shocked. I also uploaded a picture of the wand. It is number 5 above. The brush is tapered so it gets smaller towards the end, which I like. That way you can get to those inner corner lashes and the bottom lashes without to much of a fight. I have it in very black and to me it's just black, I really don't see any difference in shine or color between this and other mascaras I have tried but... This stuff gives me insane length, hasn't flaked or gotten in my eye and kept my lashed curled and pretty. Only one bad thing I have to say...all Maybelline mascaras have a horrible smell but I can deal with it for performance like this at this price. :D
I really like this product. I got it in the color "Toasted". It's a bronze brown shade and I really like it. Gives a nice bronze glow to the cheeks, a nice brown shimmer to the lips and makes a great quick out the door eye. Will crease like the dickens on eyes though even with primer but maybe used as a base would be better? Overall this is a nice go to product when you are in a hurry and I will repurchase.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White
ericaleigh777 12/20/2008 9:27:00 PM
I really like this one. Very nice color, helps me to look alive. Soft and easy to apply. Only bad thing I have to say is that I have found it fades very quickly but for this price? I'll carry it with me and retouch. A+
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Pencil - White
ericaleigh777 12/20/2008 9:25:00 PM
I'm not sure if I just got a bad one of these or what but mine was incredibly hard. There was no possible way to use it. It is a beautiful white color but it just would not work at all for me. Even tried warming it up and took a lighter to the tip to try and soften it. Not the best idea but hey I really wanted it to work. And it didn't :( I do like the idea of covering a blemish with this first and then putting on concealer as another reviewer mentioned. Maybe try it for that? But for eyeliner this is a no go product.