When I first started getting into makeup I never would have guesed Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadow would become an HG for me. I thought I would at some point only accept Chanel and Guerlain. Well, 8 years later I do not own eyeshadow from either company! I am just amazed at how such an inexpensive eyeshadow could have such multi-dimensional pigment and look good on such a wide range of people. I can hardly complain about the packaging considering the price and it deosn't matter that much to me, but FYI: it does tend to crumble away easily out of the packaging. If your careful (unlike myself) this shouldn't happen. Without a doubt, I will continue to buy this! UPDATE*** I just have to add that the other day I couldn't find my beloved eyebrow pencil and had to leave the house in 5 minutes so i grabbed this with a little shadow brush to fill in my brows! I SWEAR my brows looked better that day than they had in a long time! Who knew
This scent really changes from the initial spray to the dry down, which turns out to not be a bad thing. I also agree with other reviewers this reminds me of Beyonce Heat Rush at first. It has notes of rasberry, but with a touch of musk and powder mixed in. It's quite sweet at first. Later on it dries down to more of a powdery scent with a hint of black licorice! This was my take on it anyway. I like it. It's nice that you can get this in a smaller size for about $18 at the drugstore.
EXCELLENT cleanser!!! Have been searching high and low for a cleanser that was approved by dermatologist standards to not be clogging, drying, or irritating. Here's a list of the ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Floral Fragrance Drop this in cosdna.com ingredient analysis and you will see it has mostly zero's for comedogenicity and irritancy level! It is moderately foaming. The smell is a little strong, kind of this herbal/ floral/ baby shampoo scent, but I've gotten used to it. My skin felt sooooo amazingly soft, clear, and not overly dry after a week of using this. LOVE!!!
Oh darn! The cute packaging gets me everytime! It was only 3.99 at Walgreens, which isnt bad for lip balm. But the bottom line is, I applied it the morning and by the end of the day, my lips were dry and flaky. I don't know how this could happen from a lip balm. But all I know is I didn't have a problem with flaky lips until today. This is probably destined for my junk drawer were I have an amazing collection of bad lip balm. But I will say I did kind of like the color in 'grape' (turns berry toned on your lips) so *maybe* I'll use it under a moisturizing gloss.
This is just a moisturizing lippie. You would think with the hype of this, this is a new concept. I do like the shades but the formula hasn't much staying power. They have too much color to be a chapstick and not enough for a lipstick and in the winter when when my lips are dry this accentuates the cracks beleive it or not. I prefer to do mattes myself and just use a good chapstick all day.....but I did like shades and would say they would suit a wide range of skintypes. Subtle, good for maybe younger girls but this is pretty overrated so far.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
missymarissa 11/5/2011 6:55:00 PM
Well what can I add.......other than I agree with the majority that this is quite greasy and NOT good for oily/acne prones. It always seems to be in the Clinique bonus gift and like clockwork, I hand them over to my mom, who has gorgeous skin, doesn't need to be picky about skincare, and likes it. It works out :P
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Application Face Brush
missymarissa 11/5/2011 6:50:00 PM
This is odd to say, but I actually prefer brushes that have some form and are a little more sturdy, so I like that this isn't overly soft. (I hate floppy soft brushes. They're totally worthless in my opinion!) I do not use this for all over powder, I use it as a bronzing brush. I find Kabuki brushes to be too big most the time and I end up bronzing most of my face rather than highlighting cheekbones and temples. This works perfectly for this purpose. I love the shorter handle and shape. The price made me wince a little at 22$, but there definitly are more expensive brushes out there. Definitly in the minority here, but I like this brush!
This is my first UD palette! I really like the mix of colors that this has to offer -two perfect browns (toasted and smog) a bright blue and bright purple, an earthy green, and a subtle peach. The quality of UD shadows are something else! Super smooth and pigmented. The packaging with the creepy girls on the front I don't particularly like but it deosn't bother me either, I can ignore them.. I just care what's inside. Now I definitly get why UD palettes are so talked about!
On a scale of 1-10: Plumping -8 Moisturizing -9 Packaging -10 Taste -10 As a gloss -10 Combined score of 9.2 ! (i think..lol) Overall this is my HG for lip plumpers. There are other plumpers out there that work, yes, (ahem,toofacedlipinjectionextreme*cough*) HOWEVER, I find that if your wanting to use as a gloss over your lipstick or plain lips for when you go out, you sacrifice in that the taste is horrible, the formula is thick and sticky, or it works so well that it makes the edges of your lips become inflamed and makes you look like you just rubbed a habanero pepper all over your mouth. Not what we exactly want, right? The price is exorbitant, yes, but I must admit I have 2 of these now. One is in my skincare case that has 2 ends with the original micro-injected collagen gloss and the 2x injected on the other end that I use at nighttime and in my M/U case I have the full size gloss of the 2x micro-injected collagen HA whatever..YA. Forget the flowery name, it works!!! I don't care about them saying the 2x is for nighttime use, it works better IMHO for use as a top coat gloss than the other original one that has a more milky color to it. Obviously the price hasn't really deterred me yet...because I keep buying these suckers and am about to purchase another because I'm almost out and I don't want to go a day without having this! :P
I have tried other lip plumpers that have a similar function of plumping the lips of collagen and this did nothing. I didn't even moisturize! Hated the glue-y color of this (it's not clear) and the cap is totally stupid. It just squeezes out of the tube with no applicator to smooth it on to your lips evenly..I suppose they figure you can use your finger. I would have let the packaging slide if the treatment actually worked..but as far as I'm concerned this is a total disappointment and waste of money.
Bronzers -Too Faced - California in a Compact - Beach Bunny
missymarissa 10/17/2011 7:23:00 PM
THIS BRONZER IS THE BINESSS!!! California in a compact, indeed ;). Sometimes multi-colored compacts are nothing more than a cute-sy gimmick, but in this instance the colors blend so nicely together into a coppery-gold bronzer with a touch of shimmer that also works as a highlighter. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Received this as a bonus gift with 21$ purchase from Clinique. Pros: no fragrance, isn't harsh, easy no-fuss packaging (in a tube). Cons: really deosn't have the level of exfoliation to make a huge difference in your skin texture. I use chemical exfoliants (as in glycolic and lactic acid) and woudn't want to use a scrub everyday. I would prefer to do a micro dermabrasion crystal scrub once a week and use my glycolic acid cleanser, which makes a fantastic difference in my skin, everyday. Maybe this is just a personal preference because of the other products I use, I don't really need this and because the other I products I use are so effective at exfoliation and clearing pores, this scrub didn't wow me.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Posh Blunt Cut Mineral Brush
missymarissa 10/13/2011 2:48:00 PM
Would have been great for applying blush because of the flat, soft top....but, I am almost embarrassed to say atleast a 1/2 hour of my life was wasted trying to get all the loose hairs out. IT NEVER ENDED and made me crazy...VERY poorly crafted brush. I think if I would have pursued trying to pull out every last hair, I would have been left with just a handle.
This *would* have been amazing, had there have been my shade :(. The soft sponge-y tip on the end of this thing is genuis. Flawless application and easy to apply, you can get the concealer in a perfect curved shape right where you want it under your eyes and just above cheeks. However, the lightest shade was just simply too pale and the next shades up were a little too yellow. (I'm NW20 in MAC world.) 1 lippie off because of this. Even if you are NW20 try it out anyway because you may find a shade that works. It's worth a shot because it's a great formula and in a nice neat little package.
I have been using Sonia Kashuk's foundation brush with the white handle for a year now, but finally decided it was time to try a HE one and Clinique had thier bonus gift going on if you spend $21 or more. This is around $30, comparible to the price of MAC's f/d brush. So far I definitly notice a difference in how much more even my foundation looks. This kind of brush works best with the kind of light foundation I use (MAC face and body). The process is still more time consuming than I would like, so I may resume my search some day for a brush that cuts time, but for now this works. Seems well crafted like it will last a long time.