Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
ChaseSpearing 8/3/2012 1:25:00 AM
So I have within the last few months realized that I was using WAY to many different products for my skin that was actually making it so much worse! I went to Target to get this, knowing it was the most basic and simple and gentle face wash you can get anywhere. I think it was less than 5 dollars (but I got a smaller bottle) And it has helped SO much. I use this morning and night in combination with a few LUSH products (which I also have reviews for), and my skin has never been better. I do still get the occasional breakout, but as is the life of a senior in high school! If you are reading this and are using ninety billion face washes hoping one of them will work, just throw them out. This helps the skin balance itself and create a much more natural pH, which will improve the skin over time. HIGHLY recommend.
After being SO disappointed by Essie's 'ballet slipper' I decided to grab a bottle of this at Target. It did after all have an 'editors pick' sticker underneath it :D And I am OVER THE MOON with this polish. It is a VERY sheer pink that makes your nails look so much healthier and looking less like you hit each one with a hammer. I have a lot of little white specks on my nails and this polish fades them and makes them less noticeable. I do dance and gymnastics so my nails always have those little specs on them. Be warned however, what you see in the bottle is not what you get on your nails. Like I said before, it is VERY sheer, so if you aren't into that try a more opaque pink from the line :) I've only been wearing it for around an hour so I can't really say anything for lasting power and chipping but so far I enjoy it quite a bit. FIVE LIPPIES.
Concealers -Neutrogena - SkinClearing Blemish Concealer
ChaseSpearing 7/28/2012 1:36:00 PM
I think I have found my HG blemish concealer!!!! :D In the past month I have bought and returned probably 10 different concealers, everything from the cheapest to the most expensive and NONE of them cut back on the redness of my blemishes like this little powerhouse. I don't get many blemishes, but when I do they get RED. As in, see it from across a football field red. So I needed a concealer that could cover that but wouldn't feel to heavy and cakey. This concealer does just that. It isn't SUPER high coverage, but definitely medium toward full coverage, at least for me. It covers active blemishes really well, as well as those that I've messed with and have scabbed over. (I know I know it's bad to pick your blemishes...) I have it in the color light and it matches my skin PERFECTLY. The finish of it is also quite natural, not to matte, which is something I am not fond of :P Neutrogena claims that it will also aid in the reduction of blemishes, seeing as it contains salicylic acid. I've only been using it for a few days so I can't testify to that right now but I will definitely come back with an update. I got this for 9 dollars and some change at Target, which is nice because I have seen it up to 12 freaking dollars at other places, so Target is the place to go! You can also return cosmetics there that are opened, no problem :)
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 8:12:00 PM
I was really hesitant buying this color. I mean, it's orange! But I wanted to be brave and try something new! I am impressed!! Just as with all the other butters it is moisturizing and has great color payoff. The color is something you don't see much and is a perfect summer color! With a neutral eye and cheeks the color really pops and I got a ton of compliments when I wore it to a party :) Definitely not a neutral pink or red, this color is different and could look funny on some skin tones so be sure the store you buy it from has a good return policy just in case ;)
These are not the worst shadows ever but they also aren't the best. Matte shadows are hard to find for cheap with good quality. Granted I only have one shade which is tryst. The color appears in the pan as a neutral light brown color. I thought I could use it for my brows since it is matte. When applied to the brows, since it is not super pigmented it doesn't make a dramatic difference. It does help to fill in the gaps but I could probably find other things that do the same thing. I do like it quite a bit on my eyes, because it is not SUPER pigmented it can lightly define my crease and a bit under my eyes for a subtle definition. I'll come back later with an update when I have used it a few more times as I just bought this today :) For now, it gets a neutral review
Eye Shadow -NYX - Eyeshadow Single in Frosted Lilac
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 8:01:00 PM
I have bright green eyes and I love the way purple shadows make them pop! I have been on the hunt for a good one fro a while, but to no avail :( I was about to cave in and buy an urban decay one at Ulta today and a saleswoman said NYX made good ones so I took a look around and I kinda liked this one. I wished it was a bit darker, but I bought it anyway. I'm not sure if I'm TOTALLY in love with it yet, but I do like it. It swatches a frosty lilac that is quite opaque, but on the lids it is not as intense. But I may just be applying it wrong. For now, a neutral rating and I will come back with an update!
I got this as a sample at Ulta, so it doesn't have the pump bottle that many don't seem to like. It is much like the UDPP with its little doe foot applicator. However, this is leagues above UDPP. I have VERY oily lids that just EAT up shadow and liner, so most products help but don't really stop the breaking down of product. This has been the best primer I have used thus far. Not only does it keep my eyeshadows and concealer from creasing it helps to even out my eyelids which I think is great!! A double use products make me feel better about having to buy the full size when I run out of my mini sample D'x UPDATE: Yeah. no. This really didn't do anything that special for me. The pump was also REALLY BLOODY ANNOYING. So I returned it. The NARS primer is better.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Stippling Brush
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 7:38:00 PM
I am convinced the real techniques brushes are made by angels. I have owned 2 stippling brushes previous to this, and my main complaint with both was the bristles were too long and flimsy to do any damn good!! The bristles on Sam's brush are short and dense, meaning they apply my Garnier BB Cream like a dream. I start by dotting a small amount my BB cream on my face and blending with my fingers to start, then I use this brush to add another layer. I start by gently swirling the product to fully work it into the skin and then start "stippling" to mimic a more natural skin like texture. This creates a flawless finish that has people asking me if I am wearing any foundation, which is always my goal!!! For less than $10 bucks this blows every other stippling brush OUT THE WATER. Totally recommend.
Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 7:19:00 PM
Wow. I heard that this stuff is great but I wasn't expecting THIS level of amazing. I am wearing this in combination with my smashbox green primer (I have a review on that too!!) and have been wearing my makeup for close to 5 hours and nothing has budged. Not even my blush. And THAT is a sign of a good product as my face tends to eat blush faster than anything else!! I got this at Ulta today for $11 for the tiny travel size. I'm sure the travel size will last me several months and do plan to repurchase this little guy when I run out!!
I bought the green mini version of this at Ulta today after much deliberation between the green on and the 'light' one. I decided on this and so far I am impressed. I don't really think the 'color correcting' idea is all that effective unless the product stays relatively opaque, which this does not. It thins out and becomes transparent once blended into the skin. Granted, I have only used it once so I can't really say if it does calm down the redness as it claims. It is a silicone-based primer so if you are sensitive to silicones then I would try the 'light' version which I believe is silicone free :) I have been wearing my makeup with both this and the urban decay all-nighter spray for around 4 or 5 hours and my makeup hasn't budged, even my blush, which is a shocker because my face eats blush like I eat Milano orange cookies... I am very impressed. If you aren't quite sure if you will like this primer, head to Ulta because that is the only place I have seen the mini versions of most of the smashbox primers. I got mine for $17 and if I like it I plan to buy the full sized version :) update will come soon!!
Eyeliner -Clinique - Cream Shaper for Eyes-Egyptian
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 6:58:00 PM
My mom bought this on a whim, and as this often happens, she hated it and ended up giving it to me. I had been looking for a color like this for a while and hey this was free so I took it happily!! And happy is I with this liner! I am not usually a fan of traditional wood pencils because I find sharpening them a total hastle and wasteful, but this one is different. The color is soft enough to be easy to line with, but has enough structural integrity to not crumble when sharpened. The color is a very complex gunmetal grey-green color with a slightly golden shimmer that is subtle enough to not look like too much, but also apparent enough to catch the eye of somebody if they looked closer :) I like to wear this either a) smoked out around my eyes for a more sultry effect, very popular with the boys ;) or b) instead of using a black liner, I will put this in my lower waterline to add that definition without being as harsh as black could be. When placed in my waterline it does fade, as all liners do. But instead of smudging in a nasty way around my lower lashline it almost 'sticks' to my bottom lashes and makes them appear thicker and more defined :) I didn't pay for this, but when I do end up running out I will repurchase in more colors! And this one too of course :)
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
ChaseSpearing 7/18/2012 6:46:00 PM
I got this with my NAKED palette a couple months back and was so excited to use it from all of the rave reviews I had read and heard from all over the beauty community! Even the woman who rang me up at Sephora said it was the best on the market!! eh. not impressed. I've heard the formula has changed? Must have, because this is not the magical product I was expecting it to be. I have VERY oily lids that tend to eat any shadow I put on it, no matter if it's $1 e.l.f. shadow or $18 urban decay. I was hoping this would keep that from happening. again, eh. It also states that it will "intensify shadows". another eh. I will finish it because I paid for it, but I am not impressed and will not repurchase. I am glad it has worked for others but for me it just didn't :( EDIT: okay so I didn't end up finishing it. I ended up returning it. The woman at Sephora and I started chatting as she returned it, and she said the formula has changed. Boo.
This. Is. Perfection. In. A. Brush. I do not like long handled fluffy complexion brushes, I find they are more often than not hard to control and flimsy. I got this from a friend who had too many kabuki brushes. This may sound weird, but I really like the two-toned bristles. The black ones at the tip tell you how much product is on the brush, so if you need to tap some off you know. The white ones are also good indicators of how dirty the bristles are, the more beige "stained" they are the dirtier it is!! It is SO soft. I am not kidding, better than some higher-end brushes of its kind. It isn't quite bunny fur soft, but it is damn close!! This has also never shed a hair. I wash it weekly and it never budges. It has also kept it shape shockingly well. Every other kabuki I have ever owned has "drooped" after about 2 months of use and washings. You can get this at Target now too and it is a great deal for 3 bucks (I think it's 3 bucks...)!!!
Before buying these I had been using the Covergirl line blast and was unimpressed. These are only a little bit better. I was hoping to find the slide-on glide-on but of course those were out of stock so I brought the black and brown in these. They stay MUCH better than the Covergirl ones and are more opaque as well. They say on the packaging that they are waterproof and I would say that's about right. They stay in my tightline and waterline for a pretty long. I'm very picky about my eyeliner but these are okay, I will finish the two I bought then I might just cave in and buy the urban decay ones I have been eyeing for months.
I have no idea how I lived without these little guys. My hair is thin and silky and a million bobby pins is not only annoying and time consuming, but also ineffective. I can literally twist my hair into a bun anywhere on my head until it wraps into the shape I want, spin these in, and have a bun that looks cute and will LAST in about 2 seconds. The box tells you not to cross them but I always do, I find it helps to hook them together better and hold the hair, just like when you cross bobby pins over one another for a better hold. You can get them in a darker color or a lighter one, and most people are in one of those two categories! I've seen these everywhere from grocery stores, to Target, to drugstores, to Ulta. So it won't be an epic quest to find them! If you are sick of hair ties or bobby pins, or both then check these out! I have thin hair that is a few inches longer than shoulder length and they work great for me!! I have also tried them on a friend with very thick hair down to her waist and they worked great for her too, she just had to add another set ;) You can also get little short ones if you have really short hair!!