Urban Decay's Lush Lash Mascara will "indulge your lashes with the hardest working mascara on the planet. Our unique formula delivers instant length and volume and allows them to grow LONGER!". This mascara is supposedly infused with a growth serum which conditions the lashes with nourishing ingredients like panthenol and peptides. Urban Decay suggests using this mascara in conjunction with their Lush Lash Serum. I got a sample of this mascara as a gift with purchase at Ulta. The full size tube retails for $20. This mascara is vegan. Urban Decay is a cruelty free brand, but they were recently acquired by L'Oreal, a brand known for testing on animals. This mascara was made in Canada. Urban Decay products can be bought on the brand's website, at Sephora and Ulta, and I believe select department stores as well. Lush Lash, like most Urban Decay products, has attractive, edgy, and intricate packaging. Lush Lash comes in a pretty lavender tube with purple detailing. The name of the product and the Urban Decay logo are written on the tube in purple lettering, along with a short claim that be can found on the tube. Very pretty stuff, Urban Decay, not very informative, but it is a sample after all. Lush Lash has an interesting brush. The rubber brush is average in length and comes to a rounded point. This brush has short, evenly spaced bristles that really grab the lashes well. The brush is widest at the bottom, nips in at the middle, and rounds off again towards the top. The bristles are the shortest where the brush curves inwards. I'm not entirely sure of Urban Decay's thoughts when they were designing this brush, the taped middle section of the brush doesn't really make sense to me. All that being said, the brush isn't bad, it's easy to work with and good at separating the lashes. Urban Decay's Lush Lash doesn't Really live up to it's name. The results are ok, I just wouldn't call my lashes "lush" when I wear this mascara. Urban Decay says that this mascara will "nourish, thicken, and lengthen". Honestly, I only see the length, which it gives a nice amount of. This mascara seperates my lashes well, except on the outer corner, where it tangles them up a little bit. Lush Lash offers no volume, which is kinda disappointing. This mascara is very much a "daily" mascara, there's no drama at all, which is the exact opposite of what I expected. I've never actually noticed any flaking from Lush Lash, but it loses a lot of oomph throughout the day. At the end of the day I only have half of the mascara I applied left. I don't know where it goes, it doesn't flake or smudge, it's so strange. I feel a little disappointed by Urban Decay's Lush Lash. With a name like that I thought I was going to get big, thick lashes (I guess that's what Big Fatty is for), but instead I just get a nice amount of length, nothing amazing. My question is, where does that length go? The flakeless disappearance of my mascara is worthy of a spot on Unsolved Mysteries. I don't really have anything to say for the effectiveness of the serum in this mascara; I haven't noticed a difference in my lashes and I doubt I would if I used the entire tube. I think you'd need to use only this mascara for a few months to really see results and I'm not capable of that kind of cosmetic commitment. If you can devote your lashes to on mascara for the sake of growing your lashes, try Lush Lash, but otherwise, there are better mascaras to try. I wouldn't repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea butter
SparkleBunny37 2/21/2013 8:25:00 PM
St. Ives Natural Soothing Oatmeal&Shea Butter Body Lotion will "wrap your skin in soothing hydration with this award winning lotion. Natural ingredients help deliver long lasting relief from itchy, dry skin. This formula, with oatmeal and natural rich shea butter, nourishes and intensely hydrates the skin for immediate relief while it works to restore your skin back to health." St. Ives says that this lotion is dermatologist tested, safe for sensitive skin, vegan friendly, and paraben and phthalate free. I received two huge 21fl oz (621ml) bottles of this lotion from Free Beauty Events. This lotion retails for between $5-6, a fair price for such a large amount of product. St. Ives does not test on animals, but they are owned by a parent company that does (Unilever). This body lotion was made in America. St. Ives Oatmeal&Shea Butter Lotion comes in a recyclable, opaque, white bottle topped off by an orange cap with a white pump. I'm not particularly fond of the pump, it tends to get stuck and clog. The label is quite appealing, it features the St. Ives logo, the product name, and images of oats and cubes of solid shea butter. Turn the bottle around and you'll find a product description, the St. Ives ~philosophy~, a full ingredient list, and more. I love brands that include lots of information on their packaging. Good job St. Ives, just work on that pump. St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal&Shea Butter is a thick, creamy, white lotion. Despite it's thickness, it absorbs quite quickly, but can be kinda stubborn to smooth over the skin. I feel like I use a lot of lotion with each application (ex: 3 pumps per leg), but I don't seem to go through a bottle very quickly. St. Ives promises intense moisture and it really delivers. This lotion leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and sufficiently hydrated without a hint of greasiness. The moisture lasts a full 24 hours. I barely even feel the need to reapply it to my hands more than twice a day, which is pretty impressive. St. Ives Oatmeal&Shea Butter lotion has a soft, generic, lotiony scent that may stem from the shea butter, I'm not sure. There isn't a whole lot to say about St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal&Shea Butter Body Lotion. It's great, very moisturizing with a light scent. It's not really a product to get excited about though, it's a basic lotion that gets the job done well. The value is phenomenal, the high point of the product in my opinion. You get enough lotion to last you months for just a few bucks. If you're on the market for a super moisturizing, super affordable, fairly natural body lotion, I recommend any of St. Ives lotions, I trust and recommend this brand as a whole.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Covergirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation
SparkleBunny37 2/21/2013 3:34:00 PM
Covergirl&Olay teamed up last year to create a line of anti-aging makeup infused with Olay serum. I had mixed feeling about the Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, but I'm back with another Covergirl&Olay product, hoping for the best. My first ever foundation was from Covergirl, a brand I don't typically like, but I actually really enjoyed that foundation, so I had high hope. Covergirl&Olay claims that they "combine foundation and hydrating serum to cover fine lines and wrinkle and help hydrate to improve skin tone over time." This foundation is also said to "instantly cover discoloration and age spots." I don't believe that the Tone Rehab foundation contains SPF. Covergirl offers fourteen shades, I have the third lightest shade, Creamy Natural (120), which is definitely not my shade. This is one of the most expensive foundations on the drugstore level, selling for between $12-16, for 30ml (1 fl oz). I was sent this foundation by Free Beauty Events. Unfortunately, both Covergirl and Olay test on animals. This foundation was made in America. Packaging for Covergirl&Olay's Tone Rehab foundation is nice. Mot of the bottle is clear, offering a peek at the swirling of foundation and serum. The product name and both logos are written in purple lettering. The shade name and number are also easy to locate on the front of the bottle. The back of the plastic bottle features a product description in multiple languages and a full ingredient list. Remove the translucent purple cap, and you'll find something rare int he world of drugstore foundations, a pump! That's useful. The pump doesn't clog, though it does leak a little bit of product from time to time. This foundation is kinda thick, I'd call it more of a cream foundation than a liquid. I assume that the foundation and serum are mixed together in the pumping process. Tone Rehab gives medium coverage, but it could be sheered out or built up, depending on your preference and application method. I apply this foundation with my Avon Precision Grip Blender. Tone Rehab's finish is pretty natural, and it feels quite comfortable on the skin, I never feel like I'm wearing foundation with this one. Covergirl&Olay's foundation is best suited to evening out the complexion; it doesn't entirely cover redness but it diffuses any discoloration. This foundation isn't good for covering blemishes, a concealer is definitely a must if you have problematic skin. I can't speak for whether or not this foundation actually masks fine lines. As for the claim that it will even out your skin tone over time? I cannot vouch for that claim, I've only been wearing this foundation on and off for about three weeks, but I have my doubts about any anti-aging benefits offered by makeup products. Covergirl&Olay's Tone Rehab wears really well. I can get all day wear from it, even when I wear it to work. Thus creamy foundation doesn't play nice with powder products, it seems to absorb them and cakes up instantly. As you can imagine, the Simply Ageless Cream Blush works great in conjunction. Creamy Natural is no where near my skin tone. I can't really blame anyone for that, I got the shade that was being sent out to everyone. I only where this foundation around the house for testing purposes, or to work where I'm surrounded by men who won't judge me for wearing foundation three shades too dark. I think the lightest shade, Ivory, could work for me. Creamy Natural has a very peachy undertone that kinda makes me look ill. In some lights it looks like this shade could work for me, but for the most part it makes me look a little jaundiced, but wearing the wrong shade can do that to you. Covergirl&Olay's Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation is good, but not great..definitely not $14 great. Coverage and finish are nice, as long as you don't apply a powder over it. I don't believe any of the beneficial claims, but I'm always skeptical. This foundation is prone to caking and isn't suited to oily skin. Covergirl&Olay's foundation would be best for slightly dry to normal skin, as well as aging skin.I like a lot of stuff about Tone Rehab, but I wouldn't buy it again, its very overpriced, and there are better foundations out there for half the price. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with the rest of this foundation.
Primer/ Corrector -Tarte - Clean Slate Poreless 12 hr perfecting primer
SparkleBunny37 2/19/2013 11:38:00 PM
Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer is a "skin perfecting, waterproof, mattifying base that not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to twelve hours, but also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections. The natural fruit and plant derived extracts deliver anti-aging and skin restorative benefits to your skin. The face primer features good for you ingredients like avocado oil and rosemary, and no bad for you ingredients like parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, and synthetic fragrance. I got a little 7.5ml (.25 fl oz) tube in Tarte's Clean Slate Primer Trio, which I picked up from Ulta for $9. This value pack of primers is limited edition, but still available at Ulta. The full size of Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer retails for $30 and contains 30ml (1 fl oz). Tarte is a cruelty free brand. This facial primer was made in America. Tarte products can be bought from the brand's website, Ulta, and Sephora, and is offered on QVC from time to time. Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer has great packaging. It comes in a purple (Tarte's signature color) squeeze tube. Silver, white, and spring green flowers encircle the top and bottom of the tube. The name of the product and Tarte's logo are written on the front of the tube in silver lettering, Poreless is written down the side of the tube. This tube is closed off with a black plastic twist off cap, the full size has a lacquered wooden cap. Tarte's squeeze tubes are made of a stiffer material than most, which is nice, it makes it easier to control how much product is dispensed. Cute, functional packaging; kudos Tarte. Tarte's Poreless primer is similar to Benefit's Porefessional, but even better! This primer is thick, smooth, and clear. Poreless feels like a silicone based primer, it has that semi-slick texture to it, but it's actually silicone free. Tarte claims that this primer will "refine the appearance of pores and diffuse fine lines" and it truly does. I don't have many fine lines, but I do have prominent pores on my nose and cheeks. Poreless reduce their appearance alone, and makes them look virtually erased under foundation. When Tarte called this primer "Clean Slate Poreless" they weren't kidding. Tarte's face primer gives such a perfected, smooth finish, it's kinda hard to believe. This primer isn't entirely perfect though, believe it or not. Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer can feel a little heavy on the skin and I've experienced a couple small white heads on the side of my nose since I began using it. A few blocked pores isn't enough to deter me from using this great primer though. For the record, I do not use this primer all over the face, just across my forehead, all over my nose, chin, and parts of my cheeks. Poreless does a decent job of controlling oil. Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer is awesome! If you're looking to mask your pores or fine lines, this primer would be a great choice for you and I totally recommend it. I'm going to reserve the rest of my sample tube for days I really want to look my best. I doubt I'll ever find a face primer that's more effective at smoothing over my pores. The results really amaze me! This product may not be for everyone though, it has the potential to cause breakouts. Go out and pick up the Tarte Clean Slate Primer Trio, it's a great deal. I much prefer Poreless over Flawless, and I'd certainly consider buying the full size tube of Poreless. I use such a small dab of this product, a 30ml tube would last me ages.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray
SparkleBunny37 2/19/2013 1:52:00 PM
ELF wonders if you "wish you could have a product for your makeup like hairspray for your hair? Keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting, invisible hold with Makeup Mist&Set. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients; aloe, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins A,C,&E. The lightweight, comfortable, and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents colors from running or fading." If you didn't gather from the description, this is a setting spray. Setting sprays are a fairly new, trendy product that hasn't really caught on among drugstore brands yet, so when I wanted to try one for cheap, ELF's was really my only option. This setting spray is part of ELF's Studio line and retails for $3 for 2fl oz (60ml). This, and most ELF products, are vegan friendly and made in China. I purchased my bottle of Mist&Set at Target, but ELF products can also be bought from the brand's website, and at select Kmarts, Walmarts, Big Lots, and drug and dollar stores. ELF's Makeup Mist&Set comes in a black cardboard box. The back of the box offers plenty of product info, including a product description, directions, and a full ingredient list. The product comes in a rectangular , recyclable, translucent black bottle. The name of the product and ELF logo are written on the bottle in white lettering, which is already starting to rub off. The bottle is topped off with a black spritzer that's pretty inappropriate for the product. This spritzer would be much better suited to a body spray or something. ELF's Makeup Mist&Set doesn't really mist as much as squirt, spritzing this setting spray on doesn't result in a fine, delicate mist, so much as an intense spurt of product that concentrates on just a few spots. I had heard about this problem in other reviews, but remained hopeful. Oh first spritz I was very shocked. This product is badly in need of a packaging redesign I gotta be honest, this setting spray doesn't really do much for me. I've tried a few different application methods; spraying it straight on, doing little half spritzes, spraying it on to a cosmetic wedge and patting it on. Nothing really works out for me. I feel like instead of reducing powdery-ness or cakey-ness, ELF's Makeup Mist&Set makes my makeup look kinda splotchy. I can definitely see where the droplets have landed and ran down my face. The only way I've found to counteract the spotty application is to pat it in with a sponge immediately. That's an awful lot of work for a setting spray, isn't it? Especially one that barely reduces powdery makeup. I'm not really one to have problems with the wear of my foundation, so I can't speak for whether or not ELF's setting spray improves their wear time. I'm inclined to think it would, because it forms a slight film over the skin, which I assume would protect makeup from environmental factors. ELF's Makeup Mist&Set, despite it's alarming application, feels pleasant on the skin, it's very cooling. I'm not a fan of ELF's Makeup Mist&Set. I don't feel like it does much, and it's application is kinda finicky. I think a lot of the product's problems stem from poor packaging. I think if anything, this setting spray would improve the longevity of makeup. If you're looking for a product to combat cake-face, look elsewhere. I would't repurchase or recommend this setting spray unless ELF repackages it. I'll keep this spray around for foiling eyeshadows, but I don't think I'll be using it on my face anymore.
Too Faced Glamour Glosses are "richly pigmented and enriched with our exclusive Lip Injection Comfort Plump to provide the plumping results of Lip Injection with a sensual cooling sensation." Too Faced offers twelve shades, I have Sex Pot, which Too Faced calls a "sheer lilac". This is my first Too Faced product, I got a mini .10fl oz tube in the limited edition Beauty Editor Darlings value kit, which sold for $19. The full size Glamour Glosses retail for $19. Glamour Gloss' formula is paraben free. This lip gloss was made in Canada. Too Faced does not test on animals. Too Faced products can be bought through the brand's website, Sephora, and Ulta. Packaging for Too Faced Glamour Gloss is very cute. My little tube seems to be exactly the same as the full size. The cylindrical tube is made of clear plastic with a reflective pink cap. The Too Faced logo and product name are written on the tube in black cursive lettering. A black curtain detail surrounds the top of the tube. A product description and company info can be found on the tube. The shade name can be found on a label on the bottom of the tube. Glamour Glosses come with a basic doe foot applicator. I've been loving high end lip glosses lately, and most of the ones I've fallen for have been plumping glosses, so I fully expected to love Glamour Gloss. I find the formula so average though. This gloss has a decent consistency, but feels a little sticky on the lips, and it only gets stickier the long you wear it. Because of the sticky texture, Too Faced Glamour Gloss wears pretty well, I get about two to two and a half hour of wear. This lip gloss does transfer a bit onto cups and straws, but stays on well through munching and talking. The "Lip Injection Comfort Plump" is very cooling on the lips and has a slight, comfortable tingle to it. This is, however, not a good gloss to wear outside in the winter. When the wind blows it feels like my lips are burning in the most intense flames of hell. It's comfortable otherwise though, I swear! I don't notice a significant amount of plumping from this gloss, it's pretty slight. For me that's a good, I have naturally full lips and don't need plumping, but those who want a good plumper may be disappointed. Too Faced Glamour Glosses have a slight artificial sweet scent but no flavor. Sex Pot, which Too Faced called a sheer lilac, is a little mauvey in my opinion. Its a pretty neutral color that's almost a "my lips but better" shade for me, but a little too pinky. A little bit of the lilac tone shows up in photos, but I don't think it's as apparent in person. I'm a little confused as to what level of opacity I should expect from Sex Pot. Too Faced says this gloss formula is highly pigmented, but goes on to call this shade sheer. I'm a little puzzled. Sex Pot seems to run right down the middle of pigmentation. The finish of Sex Pot is pretty glossy, but also has a milky quality to it. I feel like this gloss can accentuate lip lines a bit. Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot is good, it just doesn't wow me the same way other high end lip glosses have. Packaging is very cute. The consistency of this gloss is ok, a little stickier than I prefer, but it helps keep the product on. Sex Pot is a nice, mauvey lilac that's quite flattering. I think I'm gonna put this gloss on the shelf until spring, because oh man is this gloss uncomfortable when it's cold outside. If you like plumping glosses, but can't stand the way they sting, Glamour Gloss might be something you should look into, it's pretty comfortable for a plumper. I wouldn't repurchase Too Faced Glamour Gloss, I'd rather invest in a different expensive gloss. That being said, this is a solid lip gloss formula that's worth the money if you find a shade you love.
Urban Decay's Good Karma Crease Brush is a "must for shading your crease and creating contours. No too stiff or soft, long or short, we've perfected this brush." Feeling confident, Urban Decay? I got the Good Karma Crease Brush as part of the double ended brush included with the Naked2 Palette. I wouldn't normally review a brush included with a palette, because let's be honest, they usually suck, but this brush is actually the exact same as the regular, individually sold brush. Kudos to Urban Decay for including a good quality brush! The Good Karma Crease Brush has taklon bristles and is vegan friendly. This brush regularly retails for $26. Urban Decay calls themselves a cruelty free brand, but they were recently acquired by L'Oreal, a company that does practice animal testing. This brush was made in China. Obviously, since my brush came with a palette and is double ended, its designed a little differently than the usual Good Karma Crease Brush. Mine has a reflective greige handle (it's usually grey) with the Urban Decay and Naked2 logos on it. This brush has no obvious ferrule, which I always find strange. The brush is very lightweight in the hand, but it also feels sturdy. I really had my doubts about this crease brush. It seemed too large for my small crease, I was convinced it wouldn't work for me. I was wrong. Yes, the brush head is large, but it comes to a precise tip. Urban Decay says that their crease brush "has a rounded and tapered shape, perfect for getting right in the crease while softening and feathering color out. The tapered bristles put you in complete control with every application." There has never been a truer product description. The bristles, which are taupe with white tips, have the perfect density and softness. The shape isn't exactly uniform, a few bristles splay out on the sides, but not enough to disrupt the general shape of the brush head. Urban Decay's Good Karma Crease Brush is well constructed. I've never lost a bristle from this brush. It stands up to washing well and keeps it's shape, best of all it dries super fast! Despite my initial concern that the Good Karma Crease Brush would be too large for my crease, its now one of my go-to brushes. The tip of this brush fits perfectly right along my socket line. This brush is excellent for placing and blending color into the crease. However, if I' m going for a heavier application, this brush isn't ideal. For some reason, no matter how dark or pigmented the shadow I try to use in the crease, this brush sheers it out quite a bit. I don't know if it doesn't pick up as much product, or it just blends products more thoroughly and I over blend with it. I'm not really complaining though, I feel like the sheerer application gives me more control of the look, overall. Aside from being excellent for applying color in the crease, Urban Decay's Good Karma Crease Brush is also great for dusting shadow over the lids and brow bone, and general blending as well. I'm pleasantly surprised by Urban Decay's Good Karma Crease Brush. i thought the brush would be useless for me, but instead it's become a favorite. The size, shape, and density are perfect for my crease. Urban Decay isn't a brand I, or a lot of others, think of when I think of high quality, high end brushes, but maybe it should be. This is a great quality, functional, and kinda stylish brush. I wouldn't repurchase a second brush, personally, but I think it's well worth the money if you like to invest in your brushes.
Benefit's They're Real! is a wildly popular. Never have I ever wanted to try a mascara so badly, so I was overjoyed to get a mini tube as a gift with purchase at Ulta. Benefit says that this mascara will "lengthen, curl, volumize, lift, and separate. Our jet black, long wearing formula won't smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!" Benefit claims that their consumer panelists say "94% more visible lift and volume", "90% base to tip curl" and "100% say long wearing results". Benefit's They're Real! mascara retails for $23 for an 8.5g (.3oz) tube. Don't want to invest in a full size? This mascara is also available in a $10 mini tube, and in multiple Benefit value kits. It's also frequently offered as a gift with purchase. Benefit does not test on animals. This mascara was made in France. Benefit products can be purchased through the brand's website, at Benefit counters and free standing boutiques, Sephora, and Ulta. Like just about every Benefit product, They're Real! comes in pretty cute packaging. The mascara comes in a black cardboard box. The name of the product is printed on the front of the box, clinical claims and a "before and after" photo can be found on the side of the box. Directions and a full ingredient list are offered on the back of the box. The mascara's tube is grey and topped with a silver metal cap. The name of the mascara is printed vertically on the tube in black and orange lettering. What's supposed to make They're Real! so special is the brush. They're Real!'s brush is quite large, about an inch long. The rubber bristles are pretty average and uniform in length, except at the tip of the brush, which comes to a rounded poit. The bristles on the tip are significantly longer than the ones on the body of the brush; these longer bristles are meant to separate and catch the shortest lashes. These elongated bristles are loaded with product and can be difficult to clean off. Benefit has a suggested method for using this unique brush. You're meant to wiggle and sweep the brush from root to tip, as usual, but you're then meant to turn the brush vertically and use the rounded tip to separate and add lift to the lashes. So how does that work out for me? Not so well, sadly. I find Benefit's They're Real! very clumpy, heavy, and hard on the lashes. One coat of this mascara looks nice, but doesn't deliver the dramatic false lash look Benefit promises. Well, that's an easy fix right? Just apply another coat or two. It's not that simple with They're Real!, this mascara begins to clump immediately when I begin to apply the second coat. I've tried a few application methods, including the one suggested by Benefit, all with no luck. The formula is very heavy and quite stiff on the lashes, causing my lashes to lose any curl they had and stick almost straight out. They're Real! is quite lengthening, but the length is canceled out by the heavy formula. This mascara also leaves weird little balls of product at the tips of my lashes that eventually flake off if I don't manually remove them. So They're Real doesn't give me dramatic lashes, but does it live up to the long wearing claim? Oh my yes. Aside from the weird clumps on the tips of the lashes, They're Real stays in place all day. It's actually pretty difficult to remove even with my best makeup remover. I don't think this mascara is truly waterproof, but it certainly performs that way. Benefit's They're Real! is one of their bestselling, most buzzed about products. Its been recommended to be by friends and bloggers alike. I'm so disappointed that it didn't work out for me. Application can take some time and practicae. The formula doesn't layer well, more than two light coats and my lashes stick together. The length They're Real delivers is awesome, but they stiff, heavy formula uncurls my lashes, and what good is length without curl? If you're looking for a super long lasting but non-waterproof mascara, Benefit's They're Real! might be a good choice for you. I wouldn't repurchase this mascara, I'll stick to BadGal Lash when it comes to Benefit mascaras. I really wish They're Real! was as great as it is for almost every one else. If you're looking to try this mascara out, check your local Sephora or Ulta for the mini tube first.
Polishes -Revlon - Nail Art Moon Candy in Galactic
SparkleBunny37 2/14/2013 4:19:00 PM
Revlon's Moon Candy polishes are nail art duos, one side is a cream polish, the other is a flaky holographic glitter. Revlon says that these lacquers will give your nails a "cosmic 3D effect for out of this world nails!" These nail polishes came out sometime earlier last year, but I ever saw them at any stores near me. They hit the shelves again at the end of the year, maybe this time as a permanent product, I'm not sure. Revlon offers ten duos, I have Galactic, the blue duo. Each Moon Candy duo contains .26fl oz (7.68 ml), which isn't very much product at all. I bought my polish at Target for $7, kinda expensive for what it is. Revlon claims to not test on animals, but I've heard of some controversy about that. This nail polish was made in America. Packaging is just ok. A cylindrical glass nail polish bottle stems out on each side from the plastic middle portion. A label wraps about the middle bit that features the product name and some company info. The label peels up to reveal directions and a ingredient list for both shades. The brush for Revlon's Moon Candy is pretty similar to the one that comes with their standard Nail Enamels, but smaller. The brushes are thin but rounded, on the stiffer side, with no splayed bristles. The base shade of Galactic isn't too exciting. It's a dark navy with a cream finish. The cream finish gets dull very quickly, a common problem with Revlon's creams. I like the color of the polish. Its a dark navy but it's still obviously blue. Application is a dream, this polish goes on entirely opaque in one coat and is very smooth. This nail polish dries very, very quickly; I swear its almost instantaneous. I've never worn this polish on it's own, but I feel like it would probably wear decently. This polish does stain the nails a little bit. The flaky polish i the Galactic Candy Duo is beautiful! In the bottle it appears to be loaded with holographic, multi-shaped, multi-sized flaky glitters, which were a huge trade last year. The base of the polish is a very translucent sky blue with a jelly finish. The base color is so sheer that it likely won't influence any color it's layered over. I bought Galactic for the flaky side and I'm sad to say that is't very good. You really have to fish the flakes out and pressed them on to the nail with the brush. How many flakes of glitter you get vastly differs from nail to nail; some may get loads of glitter, others may get only one flake, or even none at all. The effect is gorgeous, at first, but just like the cream finish, it gets pretty dull. The flakes peel up and fall off and while it doesn't chip, it peels all the way off when it gets wet. Very disappointing. Sadly, I don't love Revlon's Moon Candy Nail Duo in Galactic. It's beautiful when first applied, but it gets dull so quickly. Application is problematic for the flaky blue glitter. Wear isn't great, I can get two or three days of wear, but eventually I need to wash the dishes or bathe, and that's the end of Galactic. I don't feel like this nail art duo is worth the price. You get a very small amount of product; I've applied this polish four times and have put a significant dent in both polishes, even though I only need one coat of each per application. I wouldn't repurchase Revlon's Moon Candy duos, nor do I recommend it. It's not a very good intro to flaky polishes and aside from Galactic I didn't find any of the duos very unique or pretty.
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is a corn starch and mineral based setting powder. The brand says that this powder will "make the most of your makeup" and calls it a "see through but spectacular finale for any kind of complexion. Minimizing lines, absorbing oils, and softening your complexion. It gives you a flawless finish that's too good to miss. And best of all, it's utterly weightless. Just a bare veil of minerals that locks makeup in place and give your skin an airbrushed perfection." Bare Minerals offers a few different formulations of their Mineral Veil, I just have the regular one, no SPF or anything. I have a 2g (.6oz) jar of this setting powder, it was passed on to me by my sister in law, who didn't like it. A full size jar retails on it's own for $20, but this product is also available in several value kits. Bare Escentuals and it's subsidiary brands Bare Minerals and Buxom are cruelty free. I'm not sure where this product was made. Bare Minerals products can be bought through the brand's website and free standing stores, as well as at Ulta and Sephora. Packaging isn't anything to get excited about. A clear plastic jar with a screw on black cap. The name of the product can be found on the lid. An ingredient list can be found on the bottom of the jar. This jar includes a sifter, which is convenient at first when you have a load of product, but gets in the way of dispensing product when you barely have anything left, like I currently do. Luckily the sifter pops out without much of a fight. Plain but very functional packaging, I can't complain. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is a very finely milled, soft powder. Bare Minerals has a very specific application method that they recommend for this powder. I'm pretty sure "Swirl, Tap, Buff" is the brand mantra, and it works well for this product. Mineral Veil is very different from the only other loose powder I've used; Palladio's Rice Powder. I feel like I only need to use a very small amount of product per application. And the results? Amazing. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil sets any liquid foundation or concealer and really provides a flawless look as promised. It gives a more refined, almost airbrushed, but very natural look to the skin, all while being practically invisible. I've used this powder with every foundation I own, and in a variety of weather conditions, and never once has my skin looked powdery or cakey. Mineral Veil blends and buffs in beautifully. This look powder even provides a touch of coverage all on it's own. Not lots, just a slight reduction in redness, and some oil absorbtion. Mineral Veil lasts all day when applied over foundation, but it will need reapplied if you wear it alone over bare skin. Obviously, like any loose powder, this isn't the best product for on the go touch ups, so it isn't travel friendly. Bare Minerals calls the color of their regular Mineral Veil "translucent", but honestly it seems to be just about the same color of my skin; more of an ivory than translucent. I hate when brands call very light ivory colors translucent; they usually match my skin tone (which I do not consider translucent). I don't think this powder would work out too well for those with darker skin. I think Bare Minerals may offer a darker shade as well, I certainly hope they do. I really enjoy Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. I'm not a fan of their bronzer or mineral foundation, but their Mineral Veil setting powder totally makes up for their fail. The packaging is boring, but does loose powder really need a cute container? The texture of this powder is great and that totally translates into application, which is smooth and easy to blend. This powder is very natural looking on the skin and so lightweight. While I really enjoy this loose powder, I doubt I'd repurchase it. The price isn't too bad, but $20 seems a little bit much to spend on a powder that's comprised of corn starch and stuff. If you're on the hunt for a very good loose powder and don't mind spending a bit more for a great quality product, please consider Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. Thanks for this awesome powder, sister in law.
Cleansers -Juice Beauty - JUICE BEAUTY CLEANSING MILK
SparkleBunny37 2/11/2013 6:32:00 PM
Juice Beauty is an organic cosmetics brand that specializes in skincare. I fired heard of this brand when I received a sample of their Green Apple Moisturizer in a MyGlam bag, and ever since I've been hearing more and more about them. I guess they're really an up-and-coming brand! I purchased their Organics to Go kit at Ulta about three weeks ago and have been using their Cleansing Milk as my morning cleanser ever since. Juice Beauty says that their Cleansing Milk's "creamy formula deeply cleanses and removes all makeup with organic grape seed and and sunflower seed oils while soothing normal, aging, or sensitive skin with organic juices, chamomile, and calendula. A daily essential perfect for cleansing and removing makeup." This cleanser is suited to all skin types. A significant portion of the ingredients are USDA certified organic. I have a generously sized 2fl oz (60ml) travel sized tube, the full size contains 6.75fl oz (200ml) and retails for $22. Juice Beauty is a cruelty free brand that's working their way to becoming vegan. Juice Beauty products are made in America. Their products can be bought through the brand's website and at Ulta. I really like the style of Juice Beauty's packaging. My travel sized squeeze tube is white with a white plastic cap. The Juice Beauty logo and all lettering is printed on he tube in soft grey lettering. The signature green drop of juice really stands out against the white tube. The back of the tube offers a description of the product, directions, and a full ingredient list. I love when companies put a lot of information on their packaging, including their trial and travel sized products, so hats off to you, Juice Beauty. The tube is recyclable, by the way. The full size of this product comes in a round bottle with a pump. I think I'd prefer the tube, but yinz know me and my squeeze tubes. I didn't know what to expect from a cleansing milk, I'd never tried one before. I guess I expected it to be think and kinda watery, like milk..but it isn't like that at all! Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk comes out looking like any old white moisturizer. After you wet it and rub your hands together, this cleanser thins out significantly but still feels creamy. This cleanser is sulfate free and does not suds up at all, which feels really strange if you're used to Clean&Clear like I am. As you wash your face with Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk, it still feels like you're applying moisturizer! You'd think after nearly two weeks I'd get used to it, but I haven't, it's very novel! I can't speak for how this cleanser removes makeup, since I only use it in the morning. I can, however, vouch for how well Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk soothes and balances my skin. My normal to combo skin feels very moisturized and softened after use. My moderate redness seems to have subsided a little bit and I haven't had any breakouts since I began using this cleanser. I honestly wasn't aware that a moisturizer could be moisturizing on this level. Sometimes I feel like I could skip moisturizer after washing my face with this Cleansing Milk. This is a great cleanser for those with sensitive or dry skin. On top of being sulfate free, Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk is also fragrance free. That doesn't mean it has no scent though, it has a slight earthy note to it that doesn't transfer onto the skin. Juice Beauty's Cleansing Milk is really interesting! It's very different from what I thought it'd be, but I'm not disappointed. This creamy cleanser is very moisturizing and really makes my skin feel good. Packaging is very nice as well. I think this is a great, relatively natural cleanser that's worth investing in. I'd consider repurchasing the full size of this cleanser, but not right away, there are so many cleanser out there that I want to try! I look forward to trying the other products from the Organics to Go kit, I can only hope they're as good as the Cleansing Milk!
Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion is a "sheer, oil free, broad spectrum SPF 15 facial sunscreen lotion". Benefit says that this moisturizer 'hydrates, protects, and comforts the skin with an oil free, lightweight formula. contains exclusive ultra moisturizing ingredients to help capture and maintain water on the skin's surface." This moisturizer's broad spectrum SPF 15 protects against UVA/UVB radiation. This is my third moisturizer from Benefit's relatively new Radiant skincare line. I got a tiny 8.9ml (.3fl oz) bottle in the Benefit B.right Radiant Skincare Intro Kit, which sold for $12. The full size of Benefit's Facial Emulsion contains 50ml (1.7fl oz) and sells for $28. Benefit's entire skin care range is made in France. Benefit does not test on animals. Benefit products can be bought through the brand's website, at Benefit boutiques and counters, as well as at Ulta and Sephora. There are not enough adjectives for the packaging of Benefit's Facial Emulsion. Beautiful, elegant, vintage, infuriating. The bottle looks lovely, but it is oh so impractical. The bottle is made of a light, aqua tinted glass with textured bumps running up the sides. The bottle is topped with a beige plastic cap, on the full size the cap is made of imitation cork. The shape of the bottle is a rounded polygon that narrows up into the beck of the bottle. And that's where our problems begin...and end. It's pretty hard to get product out of this little bottle. It needs to be stored upside down and tapped against the hand a lot to get product out in a timely manner. I'm pretty sure the full size bottle has a pump, but I could be wrong. Packaging is plain, otherwise. The name of the product can be found on the bottle. A full ingredient list is present on the bottom of the bottle on a peel off sticker. Benefit's Facial Emulsion is a thin, white lotion. This moisturizer is incredibly lightweight, as promised, and sinks in just about immediately after application. Something about Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion feels very soothing and cooling on the skin. Because it's such a lightweight moisturizer it doesn't impart a lot of hydration into the skin; if that's what you're looking for you should check out Total Moisture instead. This would be an excellent moisturizer for normal to slightly oily skin. Immediately after application, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion feels slightly greasy, but that quickly fades away to leave my skin feeling super refreshed and very soft. Benefit's Facial Emulsion, which I used in the morning, provides just the right amount of light moisture to keep my skin feeling good all day long. My only problem with this product is that it's intensely fragranced. There's no reason for any skincare product to contain so much fragrance, a common skin irritant. Yes this product does smell good, but it's far too strong. I really like Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion, it's a great day time moisturizer, very light yet very effective. I wouldn't recommend it if you have dry or sensitive skin, or if you can't handle strongly scented products. The packaging is lovely, very olde school, but not very functional, well at least not the mini version. While I likely won't repurchase it, just because it's so expensive, but I do recommend it if you have normal to oily skin and are looking for a high end, lightweight moisturizer. I wish there was more buzz about Benefit's skincare line, from the four products I've tried, everything is very good!
Lotions/ Creams -Soap and Glory - The Righteous Butter
SparkleBunny37 2/8/2013 12:03:00 AM
Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter is their "award winning body butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera. Smooth on a handful after your shower and you'll swear you're wearing velvet. Scented with our original Pink fragrance." Soap&Glory is a UK drugstore brand but their products can be bought here in the States at Sephora and their US website for an inflated price. Soap&Glory offers two sizes of their Righteous Butter, a 50ml (1.69fl oz) travel size tub which sells for $5, and a 300ml (10fl oz) large tub for $20. I was sent a little mini tub by my friend Rae as a Christmas gift. She couldn't have timed it better, as I recently got an anonymous request for Soap&Glory products. Soap&Glory does not test on animals. This body butter was made in the UK. Soap&Glory is known for their adorable, pink packaging. The Righteous Butter comes in a recyclable pink tub with a screw on cap. The Soap&Glory logo and directions can be found on the label on the top of the jar. The name of the product and a quick claim are printed on the side of the jar. A full ingredient list can found on a peel up sticker on the bottom of the jar. I love the size of the mini tub of The Righteous Butter, it's exactly the size of the palm of my hand. The size is just right for travel, it's even small enough to bring along in your carry on if you're flying. (You should totally take body butter on a plane with you. Legit. Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter has a wonderfully rich, thick consistency. This body butter smooths over and melts into the skin, it really feels lovely, delivering an immediate punch of hydration and softness. My dry, cracked elbows and peely gross hands healed after just a few applications. I haven't used Soap&Glory's body butter all over my body because it seems a little too rick for me. My bodily skin doesn't really get dry except in a few places; elbows, ankles, feets, and sometimes my knees. The Righteous Butter is significantly thicker and seemingly more nourishing than the other two I've tried (Solace and Yes To Carrots). One of my qualms with this product is a little does not go a very long way. I've put a decent dent in my tub just from using it on small areas. If I were to use The Righteous Butter all over, this little tub would only last me three or four uses. My other problem with this product? It's highly, highly fragranced. I personally enjoy the strong, perfumey scent, but it's borderline overwhelming. It settles into towels and clothing and clings to the skin. If you don't like strong, perfumey scents in your body care, skip Soap&Glory products in general. I like Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter body butter. It's worked wonders on my scaly elbows and even on a dry spot on Dean's face. (You probably shouldn't use body butter on your face, but it was a last ditch kinda thing). The fragrance may be a bit too much if you have sensitive skin or sense of smell, but if you're a fan of Soap&Glory's Pink scent, you'll love this body butter. The full size of Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter is costly, but it's the same price as The Body Shops' body butters for lots more product, so I guess the value is there. I likely won't purchase a full size tub, but I can see myself getting another tiny tub for next time I travel. I really wish Soap&Glory was as cheap and easily accessible in America as it is in the UK. It used to be sold at Target, hopefully one day it'll return, for lower prices. I'll be all over that. If you're on the market for a new body butter, grab a mini size of Soap&Glory's The Righteous Butter non your next trip to Sephora. Your dry elbows and ankles will thank you.
Nailtini's Millionaire is a beautiful glitter polish from this indie brand's limited edition Speakeasy collection. Nailtini products are made by Tini Beauty Bar, a cocktail themed beauty brand. I feel like I was aware of this brand, but never heard much buzz about it. I got this nail lacquer in my November Ipsy bag. This is actually my first indie-ish polish. I've been meaning to start trying more indie brands, but wasn't quite sure where to start. This glitter polish contains the standard .5fl oz (15ml) and retails for $13. Nailtini Nail Lacquers are 3free, cruelty free, and made in the USA. Tini Beauty products can be bought on the brand's website, and in select boutiques; a locator is available on the brand's site, but there don't seem to be any locations in Pittsburgh or Sydney, so I'm left out. :( Packaging for this nail lacquer is incredibly cute, and represents the brand well! This polish came in a black cardboard box, offering a description of the product and a full ingredient list. The round glass bottle resembles a liquor bottle and is quite tall. A Nailtini label wraps around the bottle and features a stylized martini glass, along with the brand name. The tall bottle is topped off with an equally tall black plastic cap. Nailtini's brush is really nice! It's very long, flat, and flexible with no splayed bristles. Nailtini describes Millionaire as "teal and gold tinsels awash in rose gold micro glitter". I don't know if that's quite how I'd put it, I don't really see the rosy-goldness of this polish in person, only in photos. I would describe this lovely layering polish as having a clear base with loads of gold micro glitter and very fine yellow gold and teal bar glitter. I've never owned a polish with bar glitter before, so this is a very unique polish in my collection. As much as I admire the bar glitter in the bottle and on my swatch nail, I gotta say, they're a bit of a hassle during application. The way they hang off the edge of the nail is really annoying (could I complain about anything more trivial?). Anyways, Millionaire is ideal for layering, I love it over China Glaze's Holly Day and Bend Over Backwards. The effect is beautiful and so holiday appropriate. Millionaire can be built up to be just about opaque in three coats. While Nailtini's Millionaire doesn't seem to affect the wear of any polish underneath it, it doesn't really wear well on it's own. You know how some glitter polishes go on really thick and start chipping and peeling the first time you get it wet? Yeah, this is one of those polishes. I took a bath last night and my accent nail is bare now. As you can imagine, like most glitter polishes, Millionaire is a pain in the butt to remove. Tini Beauty's Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire is beautiful and so unique. I'm really glad I go to have this indie polish experience, but I don't know if I was sold on the brand. Thirteen bucks is a lot of money to spend on one polish, especially from a not so well known brand. Nailtini does offer a lot of unique colors, so I recommend checking them out if you're an avid collector of nail lacquers. I doubt I'll purchase any more of their products, because they're out of my price range, but I'll continue to enjoy and wear Millionaire. Also, I have to compliment the brand on their adorable and creative packaging!
Nailtini, a sub-brand of Tini Beauty Bar, calls their nail lacquers "cocktails for your nails". I received the shade Bloody Mary in my January Ipsy bag. I gotta say, I'm not really a fan of the name. I do not want to be bloody! Jokes aside, Nailtini calls Bloody Mary a "classic, true red". This is my second Nailtini polish, I previously received and reviewed Millionaire, a limited edition glitter polish. Each Nailtini Nail Lacquer contains .5fl oz (15ml) and retails for a pretty pricey $13. Nailtini Nail Lacquers are 3-Free, cruelty free, and made in America. Tini Beauty products can be bought through the brand's website, and in select boutiques, a listing can be found on the brand's website. Nailtini has some pretty cute packaging, I gotta say. Each lacquer comes in a black box with the Nailtini logo and a stylized martini glass on the front, a full ingredient list and product description on the side. The bottle is equally cute, tall and made of glass, topped off with an equally tall black plastic cap. The shape is pretty reminiscent of a wine bottle. The label features the same logo and martini glass design. The shade name can be found on the bottom of the bottle. the label is poorly affixed to the bottle, all bumpy and stuff, but that doesn't really matter. Nailtini's brush is probably the highlight of the product, it's very long, flat, and stiff with no splayed bristles. Nailtini's Bloody Mary is a "classic red" with a cream finish. The cream finish can get pretty dull, so if you're a fan of the hyper shiny look you'll be in need of a top coat. There really isn't too much to say about the color, it's just a basic red. Bloody Mary is a spot on dupe for Revlon's classic Revlon Red Nail Enamel. Bloody Mary applies nicely, almost opaque in one coat, fully opaque in two (one will really get the job done). The formula has a nice consistency, and goes on smooth, drying quickly; about a minute per coat. I've had variable wear from Bloody Mary, for some reason it refuses to stay on my thumb nails, but I get about 2-3 days of wear from it before major chipping and peeling starts to set in. Bloody Mary removes easily, but does stain the nails a little bit pink. Nailtini's Bloody Mary Nail Lacquer is a nice, basic red nail polish, the kind of color every girl should have. But do you need this specific polish? No, you can get the exact same color and finish from Revlon for a fraction of the price. The packaging is really cute though. I only recommend this polish if you're into trying or supporting indie nail brands. I'll most likely swap Nailtini's Bloody Mary polish, I only need so many red polishes. I wouldn't repurchase this nail polish, $13 for one polish is far, far out of my price range.