Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Champagne
tokyorosa 11/19/2009 11:00:00 PM
This is a good shadow, more shimmery than I expected. Works great as a highlight and a little goes a *long* way--so much so that I probably will pass the very product I purchased on to any future generations in my family.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Purple Pop
tokyorosa 11/19/2009 10:57:00 PM
On my search for the perfect purple eyeshadow, I came across this. It is a good shadow (when used with a primer and/or base), but it's not a great shadow, yanno? I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again.
Blush -Physicians Formula - Mosiac Blush-Blushing Berry
tokyorosa 11/19/2009 10:50:00 PM
I really, really want to like Physician's Formula products, so I keep buying them. And I keep getting disappointed. Take this blush, for example. For my $10, I really wanted a light, flattering berry-colored blush. Instead I got an orange-y blush--which oxidizes to a deeper orange when I wear it. (That's even when I apply it with a light touch.) Yuck! Yes, this stuff will just sit forever in my stash because I don't want to throw out $10 worth of product and I don't want to go around looking like an orange-cheeked clown. Sigh. I'll probably plunk down even more money on PF stuff, too. Because I really want to love PF stuff!
For the price, it's a very good mascara. It's not a great mascara, no. But it is very good. Of course, my mascara expectations are not terribly high. I mean, I don't expect the mascara itself to "curl" my lashes. I don't expect it to make me look like I'm wearing a double set of false lashes. I don't expect it to make my lashes look half a mile long. But I do expect for it to accentuate my lashes, not to dry them out, not to flake or melt or be hard to remove at the end of the day. Rimmel Sexy Curves does accentuate my lashes. It makes them look pretty darn good, actually. And it doesn't flake or melt or dry out my lashes. So for a $7 mascara? I'm happy with it!
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Combination Skin Moisture Oil Free
tokyorosa 11/19/2009 6:20:00 PM
This left my face red and itchy. (Probably an allergic reaction, though it didn't develop immediately.) It didn't moisturize at all! I'm pretty disappointed with Neutrogena these days. It's been ages since I've had a good product from them!
Moisturizers -Dove - Deep Moisture Facial Lotion SPF 15 ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
tokyorosa 11/19/2009 11:57:00 AM
I really didn't like this moisturizer. It was horrible on my sensitive skin (made me feel red and itchy, so I probably had an allergic reaction), felt goopy and sticky, and it smelled awful. I will never buy this again.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Morning Burst Facial Cleanser
tokyorosa 11/18/2009 4:54:00 PM
This seems a little gimmicky and cheap, but when I got a sample of this while buying another C&C product I thought, what the heck? I'll try it. Guess what: It is gimmicky and kinda cheap and the scent? Ugh. I will say that I'm not a fan of strong citrus scents anyway (they always smell like that industrial orange-scented bathroom cleaner). I tried it on my hand because I couldn't bear to put it on my face. It was fun squishing the little beads of stuff. But that was about it. (One lippie for the squishy fun.)
I have combination, breakout-prone, sensitive skin and I was a little hesitant to try this moisturizer because it seemed so heavy and I was sure it was going to clog my pores up and make things worse. A couple of persistent dry patches convinced me to give it a try and I am so glad I did. It is a pretty heavy cream but not oily feeling and it smooths in nicely. I've been using it every day (yes, I use it as a day cream) and it works to moisturize my dry patches and it doesn't cause me to break out. The only drawback is the fragrance in it. It truly is gag-worthy when you first open the jar. After awhile it seemed to fade a bit (or maybe I just got used to it). But at first I was tempted to toss it based on the smell alone!
I was looking for a nude, shimmery lipstick because I dislike lipgloss (too sticky!) and I adore very dark red matte lipsticks (but they are often very drying). I wanted to try something different and this is perfect. First, it's got a terrific feel to it, very soft but not at all sticky. And it's a nice, sheer nude color that's easy to wear. I also find that I like to wear it, so i do, often. I even keep it by my bed to use as a kind of lip balm at night! (Plus, it's cheap, so I don't feel bad "wasting" it the way I might with a $20+ dollar lipstick.)
Meh. This stuff is so not worth your $8 or $9. Seriously. It clumps up if you even look at it wrong. Yes, when you use it you can see those little tiny lashes, but that's only because they're clumped up with this yucky mascara. It's not an applicator problem--that is, I have no trouble applying it--it's a formulation/product problem. It's yucky, sticky, clumpy and not worth the time, trouble, or cash.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
tokyorosa 11/17/2009 2:07:00 AM
This has the exact same ingredients as more expensive primers, so I went ahead and bought it. I'd never used a primer before so I wasn't expecting much. But this stuff is amazing! It made my skin really smooth and foundation glides on and lasts a long time. (I usually only wear foundation--Mac Studio Fix--on special occasions). It doesn't seem to cause any acne flare-ups (which I am prone to getting). I really like this product! (It can be found in multipacks on Amazon for cheap!)
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
tokyorosa 11/16/2009 3:06:00 PM
This is a fabulous powder, matched my skin tone exactly, didn't exacerbate any oiliness or dry out any dry patches. I wore it daily for a year instead of foundation and it was the perfect amount of coverage, looked natural, and I rarely, if ever, needed to touch it up over the course of a ten or twelve hour work day. The problem? Something in the foundation, most likely one of the frangrances, caused an allergic reaction! Here's how much I loved the powder: it didn't occur to me that it could even be the powder causing the reaction, so I tried cutting out everything from my diet that might be the culprit (milk, tree nuts, sesame, you name it, I stopped eating it!). Then I stopped using the powder for about a month and and huh! No allergic reaction. Back to the powder, back to the reaction! Grrrr! But if you don't have sensitive skin or problems with skin allergies, I would recommend this product *very highly*! I would still be using it, too, if I could.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Tinted Lip Conditioner - Plum Perfect
tokyorosa 11/16/2009 11:00:00 AM
I love the color (a very sheer brownish red), the wear (not sticky), the packaging (nice to have some glass packaging but it does kind of suck to have to put it on with your fingers. I could carry a lip brush, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a low-maintenance look that this lip conditioner should be about.) It is very moisturizing, yes, but it tastes *awful.* Apparently, I end up eating a lot of lipstick and gloss and balm, which I never really noticed until I started to get some of this stuff in my mouth. It has a bitter, fake taste maybe from the sunscreen in it? (Please don't eat sunscreen. You'll thank me later!) I'm giving it a high rating because it is a high quality product--but I wouldn't buy again.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
tokyorosa 11/15/2009 8:23:00 PM
After many allergic reactions to many different moisturizers, in desperation I turned to EVOO. Lo and behold, this stuff is amazing! I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, and this doesn't bother me a bit. I pour a bit into my hand and rub all over my face. It's especially good in winter when I get horrible, persistent dry patches. The extra, I just rub into my cuticles. I don't particularly like the smell (or taste!) of EVOO, but this stuff is great on skin--and as a deep-conditioning treatment for hair.
A friend recommended this product to me and I thought since she used it every day that it would be a light-medium coverage foundation. Turns out, it's pretty heavy! I use it on special occasions, usually for evening makeup since it is a heavier coverage. It doesn't make me break out (and I am super break-out prone), but like I said, I use it only on special occasions, over a foundation primer. I also have problems with allergies to fragrances and typical sunscreen ingredients, but I have no problem with this product. No allergic reactions at all, which is really great! I really like how smooth it goes on (and I hated the sponge and a brush didn't work, so I just use my (clean!) fingers to apply it) and the coverage is flawless and it lasts all evening.