I have got to stop trusting YT Gurus! Half of my make up purchases have been influenced by their constant raves. Emilynoel83 on YT raved so much abt these lip butters. I was so excited to try these when it hit my shores. It was available locally about 2-3 months after it was released in the U.S. When I first saw these in my local pharmacy/watson. I was so excited as I had heard so many good reviews on them. I immediately grabbed them! And for starters bought two shades, peach parfait and Macaroon. And then fullstop never went and buy another shade again. WHY? Cuz this is really over-hyped! For starters, I dont really think its extremely moisturizing as many have claimed. Seriously i feel that NYX's lipsticks are way more hydrating and moisturizing.This actually felt oily on my lips. Not creamy-comfortable but actually greasy-oily. And the color? Pigmentation is high on the macaroon shade(the darker one) but the peach parfait has very little pigmentation and to me seem to sheer. And the GLITTERATI BOMB! yes, i can feel the flecks of glitter sitting on my lip as i rub my lips together, and to be honest it actually hurts a little. You know you can feel the grainy bits of the glitter like tiny sands on your lips? Not really a great feeling. And not only that,when it faded it left a glitter mess on your lips that made people wonder whether you intentionally wore actual glitter on your lips. Longevity of the product-4 hours max-without eating or drinking. Price-Overpriced for such a subpar poduct. Packaging is actually cute, the only thing positive about it so far. Will I buy again? No. But then, this is my honest opinion. To each their own....
I bought this after emilynoel raved how beautiful the milani baked blushes are. So since this line is not available locally I had to purchase this on cherry culture and waited for about a month before it arrived. I got this and another called Coralina. While I dislike Coralina for being a glitterbomb. This I actually liked much much better. The color of this blush is a dusty rose with swirls of golden flecks of shimmer/glitter. This is a supremely pigmented blush, you only need a soft swirl or else you might end up looking like a clown. Really Really great pigmentation. A light hand is the key in application. The longevity is great, lasts well up to 14 hours of wear and the color stays fairly visible and does not fade. This has glitter in it, no doubt but thank god, it's not as bad as coralina. This has flecks of glitter in it but not overwhelming. The glitter here is not over the top and imparts a nice glowy sheen on your cheeks when applied. It doesnt make you look like you have chunks of glitter on your cheeks and it doesnt turn you into a golden disco ball (Thank heavens for that). The packaging is flimsy and cheap looking, very easily breakable too. the brush it comes with is useless. All in all, this is a great blush, really good pigmentation, really good staying power and really beautiful color. And cheap too. I got this for USD 6.99. Highly recommended.
I bought this off ebay in #55 Dark Beige. For reference I am 3w1 Tawny in ELDW, NC35 in Prolongwear, 310 in Revlon CS. I also have very very oily skin with medium acne-scarring and I live in a tropical weather. I bought this mainly because of the great review. The color is a tad too pinkish for my olive asian skin tone. But the color itself is not too dark on me nor too light. After 3-4 minutes of application, it oxidizes and suits my skin tone rather well aside from looking too pink. I have to say, upon application this has got to be the best finishes i have ever seen. It has really beautiful satiny finish and makes my skin almost translucent and glowy and natural. It really made me look radiant. Really love love the finish. It blends seamlessly into the skin and is very lightweight. But the staying power is bad, not 16hrs as it claimed. It lasted about 6 hours with regular (3 times)touch up. This doesnt help control any oilies I have. And this has a light-medium coverage, does not cover acne scars well, but it does even out the skin tone. I'd say that this would probably work best for someone with normal skin or dry skin and with relatively zero to minimal scarring, I'd imagine this could be HG for them. I'd probably wear this when I know I'd be out for less than a few hours and when i have good skin days.
I bought this mainly because emilynoel on youtube raved about how beautiful this blush is. This line is not available locally and I had to purchase this from cherry culture and waited about a month before it arrived. The color is really gorgeous, flat out coral with swirls of orange. but what I DONT LIKE about it is the Glitter! It has flecks of glitters not pearly sheen, not subtle shimmer or pearly glow but MAJOR WHAMMY SILVER GLITTER. And like a reviewer below me stated, the glitter when swatched on my wrist falls off (as it is drier than my face) and what is left is the beautiful coral shade with no sheen or shimmer, but on my face i look like a silver disco ball, not a pretty sight. A little disappointed actually as this was a major lemming for me. Should have known that what works for others may not necessarily work for me. SIGH~~~. The longevity of this blush is actually pretty good. After 12-14 hours of applying make up, the color is still very visible and has not faded. The pigmentation of the blush is also very very good, too good to the point that you only really need one soft swirl of the blush or else you'd end up looking like a clown-A light hand is the key in applying this blush. The packaging is tacky-very flimsy and cheap looking as with all milani's packaging. This would have been a great blush had it not have flecks of glitters in it. If you actually like glitter then this maybe your cup of tea.
I got this on a whim. I usually dont do eyeshadow when I apply make up simply because i have semi-double lid. So anything you put on is covered under the hooded layer. So it is only visible if i close my eyes. Therefore I usually put on a really bold eyeliner. For me, for the price I have to shell out, I Feel that the quality of these eyeshadows are mediocre. I have tonnes of fall out, especially with suspect, ydk, snakebite and pistol. Not just on my face but on the palette as well. I dont own naked 1, so i cant compare. but for the price there shouldnt be mega fall out. Second, I find that it's not as easy to pack on the color on the lid, i feel that you need at least two application to see a vibrant color and by the second application, major fallout on your cheeks. And not as smooth as compared to WnW. Not really easily blended either. Some colors go well with my skin tone NC35 here, some dont, indeed this is probably more suited to those who have a cooler undertone. The longevity is okay, slightly better than drugstore ones, and with UDPP, it lasts the whole day. But of course, by the end of the day, most colors are not as vibrant and they have been reduced to a wash on the eyelids. All in all. I feel that these are one of those over hyped product, not really worth spending USD60 on, I'd rather spend the money on WnW and get more quality shadows and plus for USD 60 I could get like 8 mini pallettes...
Hhhmmm, after hearing such great review. I had to try this. For reference my HG foundation is ELDW in Tawny and 2nd HG would be Revlon Colorstay in 330 mixed with 310. I got this in NC35. Disappointed. I should never have strayed...Sigh~~ such a huge waste of money. This cost around USD 42.00 in my country and the worst bit about it is that we dont have return policy for make up. Sigh~~~~~....I have super oily face, and the only two foundations that last long enough are ELDW and CS. Wear: This lasts up to maybe 8 hrs and it started separating from my face after just 7 hours wear. (I live in a hot and humid weather and I sweat a tonnes) Color: NC35 was a pretty good match for my skin, but towards the end of the day it oxidizes and left me looking dark and dirty. Application: This applies well, great blend-ability and doesnt dry too quickly i find this applies just as well with hands or with stippling brush and the texture is slightly thicker than ELDW but not as heavy as CS. Feel: It doesnt feel heavy and felt quite light weight. But doesnt control oil all that well, my face is a grease ball by mid day. Doesnt leave a whitish casts in photos though. Coverage: This gives medium to full coverage. It builds nicely too and doesnt leave me cakey no matter how much i build it. So this does not cake as much as the CS. This also did not leave my pores looking larger neither did it make it invisible. The formula did not break me out. All in all this is a mediocre foundation in its class, I would definitely be going back to my ELDW...why did i stray? i got bored..i wanted to try something new and now i know better. Would I buy again? No...simply because I can get 2 Revlon colorstay for the price and Rev CS performs wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bettterrr
Lotions/ Creams -Crabtree & Evelyn - Gardeners Hand Therapy
Aishteru85 12/25/2011 8:26:00 AM
Okay, I have been using this a good three months. This for me is a very decent hand lotion. I have been using this every night before i go to bed for the last three months. And I have to say it has improved the condition of my hands tremendously. I started noticing that my hands were getting very dry after each hand wash. This was never the case before. I guess as we age, we start to have drier skin, and at 26 I've been starting to see the change in my skin. I am not one to use lotion, as i felt that they are a hassle. But now, i use them religiously as my skin has changed quite a bit. The consistency of the lotion is much like most hand lotions, but i felt that this is less oily as compared to other brands. Easy to absorb and not super thick. After a few minutes of applying this, it would have absorbed completely making my hands super soft and nicely hydrated. It felt somewhat sticky and greasy upon application but goes off after a few minutes of application. The scent of this lotion is very green and garden-like, it smelled as though you have just stepped into a garden. I like the earthy smell to it. And its mild enough not to be offensive. I feel that even after a handwash, this still keeps my hands pretty moisturized. I purchased this in the 100g tube and it costs around USD 24.00 where i'm at. Very pricey. But even after 3 months of using I've only used 70% of the tube, so it will perhaps last me another 6 months or so. Would I repurchase this? Yes, for the reason that this actually helps my hands become softer with regular use and that my roughened spot is completely gone. Highly recommended!
Wow, am super surprised by how this cheap lil thing performed! This lasted me through a 12 hour work day. I have super oily lids, and without any primer this withstands sweats and oils and the crazy humidity and extreme heat where i live. I dont notice any smudging or flaking at all, even after a hectic day at work. Nope, no smudge even when i apply it. This is also fast drying. So it doesnt give room for smudging or mistakes. And the color is very pigmented and I got this in Black. the black is really deep Black, You can control how thick you want the liner. The thing i didnt like about this is that it actually hurts a lil when i draw the line cuz the end of the pen is pointed and rather sharp. And the cap is very hard to remove and put back on. This is kinda hard to remove with plain water, be sure to remove it with make up remover. But overall a great cheap liner that actually works and lasts
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Mocha Rose Lip Balm
Aishteru85 12/17/2011 7:45:00 AM
I love this. Despite the fact that this has the same consistency as vaseline minus the color, this one is a translucent pink. This actually does moisturize unlike vaseline. When I first put it on, my lips were quite chapped and i could feel the ugly hardened membranes jutting out when i pressed my lips. As soon as I put this on, this melts away all the hardened bits. It was as though my lips were never chapped at all. A small little miracle! I've never had a balm that actually sinks in and smooths away all the hardened bits of my chapped lips. This is the only balm that has managed to do that. The rest usually flakes them off. I love this and love the fact that a tub will last you a long time. Oh And the smell! So heavenly chocolatey-vanilla goodness! Sometimes, I cant resist from licking em! The wear is quite good, my lips felt pretty moisturized after 4 hours without touch up and no foof or drink intake.I will continue buying this despite the fact that the tub is so unhygienic.
Lipstick -NYX - Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie #630
Aishteru85 12/10/2011 8:07:00 AM
I have medium-skin tone. NC35 to be exact. This is sooooo gorgeous on medium skin tone! This is the perfect nude lip stick! It doesnt make me look sick. Very hard to find a great nude color for medium skin tone. The texture is also very creamy and it lasts fairly oaky around 2 hours before it starts to rub off without eating or drinking. What I dont like about this is that since my lips are pigmented, it tends to highlight the lines on my lips so i had to get a lip concealer from etude house. But the color is really great. A pale peach color with a slight coral tinge to it. This is my go to everyday wear as i like to do my eyes a lil dramatic..LOVE! will definitely repurchase
I have been lemming for this forever. Since I dont live in the U.S, its really hard to get a hold of. But I managed to track down a local seller who purchases this in bulk from the U.S and sells it locally. The price is quite cheap. The color in the pan looks super-boring. And to be honest after wearing this for a week, I could say with great conviction this is perhaps one of those overrated hypes. First of, the color. It is a light coral-pink blush and leans towards the pink spectrum more so than the coral and has TONNES OF GOLD specks. I wouldnt say that this has out right huge sparkles. Its more like tiny gold specks and if you look at it from a far it looks more like a sheen. I think the Gold specks are too overwhelming and unevenly distributed in the blush and when you apply it, the gold is more obvious than the light-coral pink blush. The staying power sucks. it lasted about 3 hours or so before totally disappearing. And this, on me NC35, took more than 5 swipes before i could see any flush, but dont be fooled, by that time your cheeks would have been a mini golden disco ball, with a tiny hint of pink lights. So not really a pretty sight. If they had cut back on the golden specks, i think this would have made a pretty and interesting blush I dont find the texture chalky as many have complaint. But i certainly wouldnt be buying this again. Such a huge letdown....SIGH~~~
I have been using the Studio Finish Concealer forever in NC35. But recently I found that as the product ages, the staying power has been really bad. And towards the end of my work day, it separates from my foundation and made me look like i have patches of mud on my face....not a pretty sight. I mean i dont blame it..its partially my skin's fault. Its so goddamn oily...yes even ELDW is oily on me and disintegrates after 8 -hour wear. After reading rave reviews on this, i decided to try this. On my first swatch, prolong wear in NC35 is slightly lighter than the studio finish. Hence, i decided why not....BIG MISTAKE! it oxidizes pretty bad and makes my face looks darker than it is...Hmm, considering that I have moderate to severe acne scarring, i needed to cover quite a large area. And after this product oxidizes, it left my cheeks and chin looking a tad darker than the rest of my face...eww...Hmmm, aside from the fact that it oxidizes, I'd say the staying power is okay...it lasted at least 8 hours before it started to wear off. It doesnt break me out. And its pretty easy to blend and doesnt dry too quickly. I dont have a problem with the pump. I think mainly because i need to use a whole pump as i have quite a large area on my face to conceal, so i dont feel it dispenses more product than needed. Maybe if you are only trying to conceal the undereye area. then, perhaps it would. The consistency is thick, like a thick foundation actually and the coverage is medium, i dont think this is a full coverage concealer, as some of my scars can still be seen through. The price is okay not overly expensive. but it comes only in a 9ml glass bottle...so we see how fast i'd run out. This isnt as drying as the studio finish, so i think it works wonderful for undereye area. This isnt cakey either, no matter how much you layer it. It looks pretty natural. The color selection sucks. It doesnt have a wide range. So, thats a minus there. Just a tip, consider buying this in a lighter shade when you first swatch it, as it oxidizes quite badly. All in all, i probably would be happy if i had only purchased this in a lighter shade. But then again, this isnt so mind blowing, and i dont think i'd repurchase.
This is surprisingly good. It adequately moisturizes my face without feeling greasy. It still feels moisturizing after 5 hours in an air-conditioned room. This gets oily on me after 7 hours, I mean, seriously...amazing right? Even then the shine is only minimal like on my nose, mind you I have quite an oily skin and live in hot and humid climate. This doesnt break me out either has no scent and its so cheap I got this for like 6 USD. It comes in a large bottle that will last you well over a year. What I like abt this product is that it has clear expiration date and usually thats 3 years after your first purchase. How great is that. This I also feel adequately moisturizes my face when I have dry patches resulting from acne medication/treatment. It feels light without being gloopy and absorbs well into the skin as opposed to just sitting on top of my skin. For me to tell if I have got a good moisturizer, its how my face feels in the morning after. If I am oily all over then thats an indication that it does not hydrate my face well enough to stop the oil from over-producing oil=hence oily face. But if my face feels soft and matte after say 8-9 hours of sleep (after moisutizing at night) that means the moisturizer does its job great as my face is moisturized and hydrated enough that my oil glands do not feel the need to produce more oil=non-oily face. This I'm pleased to say leaves my skin matte and soft the morning after which means its reallllllllyyyyyyyyyy working and doing its job properly. For such a cheap product this works great. One thing however though, I hate the top part of the bottle, the product gets stuck to the green top and hardens there. Not particularly a fan of that but other than that..this is a definite repurchase! Amazing stuff!!
I am surprised with the low ratings here, this moisturizer has served me well throughout my high school and college years, just because its dirt cheap and works well. I have been battling with acne all my life, even though this particular moisturizer didnt necessarily combat them, but it didnt worsen my skin. I dont get break-outs when I'm using this. I have tried other oil balancing moisturizers prior to this, and after prolonged usage, the moisturizers usually dry out my skin and I'm left with skin that's as rough as sand papers and dry patches all over. This hydrates well and really sinks in to the skin. Its oil controlling properties arent really great as i get shiny after 4 hours with this. regardless, this hydrates well and doesnt dry out my skin and doesnt break me out. The texture is a lil weird like some sort of paste, but once applied it doesnt feel heavy at all. I dont necessarily think this hydrates me well, when i get dry patches from acne medication. This, i believe is suitable for the truly oily skin girls that want adequate hydration minus it being thick or breaking you out. I have used 4-5 tubs of this. One tub can last you up to a year with daily-twice-a day usage. I will not repurchase this simply because my skin has changed a lot since those oily days. I have more of a combination skin now, so i need a little more hydration than this could provide, hence i've moved elsewhere. But I would still recommend this for truly oily skin girls who want basic good moisturizers that doesnt clog pores
After seeing all the rave reviews here, i finally decided to try this foundation. I have been disappointed by the likes of high end brands such as shiseido, dior, M.A.C and chanel, none of these brands' foundations could come up close to my much loved foundation revlon colorstay...and when i went to the counter the s.a was very friendly. she stated that my color match was 3w1 tawny, initially i was skeptical, the liquid looked too orange and light to me. i was mismatched horribly when i tried dior extreme, and maquillage lasting liquid uv. the color was too light on my skin, but the s.a always insisted it looked perfect, needless to say i looked like i slathered on cement-paste. i bought it as the s.a told me there was a return policy. im really happy with DW, it matched my skin tone to a tee and the texture is so much lighter than revlon, and a little goes a long way, if u put on too much, you might end up looking pasty though, so very little is needed to achieve a flawless look. pros: -long wearing-up to 14 hours, -sweat resistant-seriously seriously sweat resistant -full coverage(i have moderate acne scars, i can go without concealer with this foundation) -it doesnt get cakey and feels light if applied correctly. -and controls oil moderately -so far no break outs for me -one bottle can lasts awhile, i purchased this in january and i have only used up around 85% of this, i wear this at least 4 times a week. -and it ds not transfer on clothes - this does not oxidizes on me, stays true to color even after 8 hours on. -This has a semi-matte finish. I put it as positive as i dont really like to have super matte finishes. But when i want one, i usually dust powder on top. So, if you're looking for a matte finish, this isnt it, but when you dust a powder on top it gets matte and stays that way. -I guess because of the drying formula, this helps dry out any active pimples I have. If I put it in the morning any swollen active pimples that i have will have shrunk by the time I take it off at night. What can I say? I dont need acne medication! Cons: -packaging is horrible, i wish they would come in a pump instead. -the smell isnt that nice either. -fast-drying, and quite hard to blend. -can be drying, as, if you dont exfoliate regularly, and have dry patches this highlights them really badly.(so moisturize and exfoliate properly prior) -doesnt look good in photographs -whitish casts -this is quite hard to get off, (make sure to use cleansing oil to remove), and when i say quite hard I'm not kidding. You really need to double cleanse, using a cleansing oil and cleanser afterward, or you might end up with clogged pores, i feel removal is very important when wearing this. This will not be removed by simply just using your face wash. i think this foundation is suitable for oily skin gal, if u have severely dry skin, stay away P/S: I was initially struggling with the application, more often than not it ended up looking cakey and heavy with damp sponge or normal fdtn brush. Horribly cakey, super-mask like and it feels like cement-paste. When I use fingers, it looks horrible, it streaks and covers so poorly that it made it look like it was a bad drugstore fdtn, i was giving up on it as i figured putting fdtn on shouldnt be like rocket-science, until i purchased ELF powder brush, and i have to say, this makes all the difference in the world- I mean really...major difference, if it wasnt for this brush despite the pros, i would have probably thrown this away, I need just a tiny bit of this like a pea sized to cover my entire face, pls note that i have moderate to severe acne scarring. I stipple it, just stipple and it on areas i need more coverage. i dont swirl and stipple however as i find i get less coverage when i swirl, so i just stipple it on with the elf brush and it feels light and looks airbrushed without looking cakey or heavy or mask like..Yay! On another note, I was attending this outdoor wedding, and its really hot outside, i mean i live in a tropical climate, who on earth would have a wedding out at 2pm when the sun is one of the hottest right? Hah, my cousin! I was sweating profusely, I mean really really sweating like I was running a 10 block race, this foundaton doesnt budge! Amazing, not even a lil! Not a tiny inch, it looked like as though i had just applied it. I have not seen a star performer like this.....really really great! You really get what you paid for! HG, my foundation search ends here. Period, it has finally ended! Yay