Eye Shadow -Almay - Pure blends eyeshadow - Cinnamon
gommiebears 8/22/2011 7:01:00 PM
I too purchased this from my local Dollar Tree and I am somewhat shocked by the color payoff. The color is very similar to the shade on the right of NARS Cheyenne, except Cheyenne is much more pigmented and pinker/more purple. I used a shader brush from Sonia Kashuk to pat apply the color and it comes off more pigmented on my NW45+ skin tone. I used a dark brown and black in the crease (not too much) and a gold color on the crease. Looks good to me.
This is okay but for some reason I like the China Glaze Crackle better. I will give this to a friend.
Honestly the formulation of this one is very tricky for me. It clumps up rather quickly so when you apply it on the base color, you better work quickly. Secondly the shatter effect stands out more if you are using a dark color like grays, navy blue, black, etc. I tried it on pastels and neons and it looked gross. Get it cheap if you can but I think I am over the crackle craze.
Primer/ Corrector -NARS - Pore Refining Primer - Oil Free
gommiebears 8/19/2011 8:11:00 PM
I honestly do not care for this product. It doesn't diminish the appearance of my pore, improve the look of my skin texture, and it doesn't control oil or keep me matte at all. At best, it makes me dewy but most of the time, my face is shinier than a newly minted penny. I will keep it but I will not repurchase. I guess I will try the MOM since it is raved about so much on the interwebz. The reason for the two lippies is that this stuff does not break me out or make me itch.
Worst white nail polish I have ever used. I thought I got a bad batch but when I saw the sole review below me and she rated it low, I oddly felt better. This is the among most difficult polish I have ever worked with. The other one is the 2012 crackle polish by Cherimoya (sold in select Walgreens and several beauty supply stores) in blue and bronze. I was using this as a base color for neon polishes. It applies unevenly and takes forever to dry. I even added some nail polish thinner and it still sucks. Pass on this one ladies.
Described as a shimmering lavender and shimmering sable on the NARS website, on me the lavender shade reads more of a sheer lavender with a bit pink tones and the sable side ironically reads more rosy pink but no brown/black that I expect sable to be on my lids. That is not to say that it is a bad shade at all, just disappointed that wasn't sable. But truth be told, I was half hoping that the sable would read more of copper/bronze shade, since technically I don't have one. I am not wild about the lavender shade but personally I feel that pastel shades on my skin tone make me look ashy. I wished the sable was offered as a separate shadow but I will manage. I use the lavender as a slight highlight or a wash of color over a darker base shadow.
I am not totally in love with this color on me. On me, it looks like old blood clots underneath the nail bed. But on my mother, it looks amazing. She likes it but complains about the texture. I will repurchase for her.
Looks like I found my work safe polish. On me it comes off as a rose color, nothing at all like OPI Barefoot in Barcelona. This looks like it would be part of my regular rotation.
Polishes -Sinful - Sinful Nailpolish in Timbleberry
gommiebears 8/17/2011 11:28:00 AM
On my nails, it is not that bright. But maybe if I applied a white base, I will get the bright color that is often talked about. I don't like the runny texture but it is bearable.
Honestly on my dark and cool complexion, it doesn't look half bad. But I jazzed it up a bit by using the OPI Silver crackle and it took it to another level. I like dark colored polishes like navy, which I think looks amazing on my fingers. Here is a picture of nail color combo:
Gels/Soaps -Origins - Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Wash
gommiebears 8/15/2011 11:30:00 PM
This is my go to shower gel after a vigorous workout. I love the fresh feeling after using this and this products helps with the rare body acne I get when I don't shower ASAP after working out or I use certain sunscreen on my décolletage. I use this with a Salux-like washcloth microfiber and my skin is aglow. Plus using it with a puff or Salux washcloth, you don't need a lot, just a pea size and enough foam for two people and I have hard municipal water.
I have a huge jar of raw honey purchased from the local farmer's market. One day it struck me to try honey mask again. A little back story: years ago I use regular honey (the kind sold at stores and bulk stores) as a face mask and it broke me out something vicious. I mean I had so many milia and a rash that my mom who saw my face told me to stop using it. So I did. Fast forward to last Saturday. I applied some honey on my face after washing my face with my usual cleanser. I smeared it on and the first thing I noticed is that my face is not itching. So I guess commercial honey that comes from a variety of source (Look at the honey in the stores. Many of them are not originated in the US. Some come from Argentina, Brazil, China, Indonesia, etc) does not agree with my skin. Also the raw honey I purchased comes from farms not too far from my home. I live on the south side of Chicago, not too far from the Indiana border and the honey is from somewhere outside of Whiting. So the pollen is from my area so to speak. I left it on for about ten to twenty minutes and my face looked brighter and I used witch hazel as a toner and applied my acne treatment that used salicylic acid and my Clinique Clinical Even Better serum. The next evening, I kicked it up a notch and added turmeric powder to the honey and used my e.l.f. foundation brush (that cost a dollar) and applied as normal. I rinsed it off after about ten to twenty minutes and applied my usual treatment. The turmeric powder did brighten up my face a lot. It did stain my skin but I have a dark complexion so it wasn't obvious at all. I had one cystic acne (well it is three melded into one) that has shrunk considerably. Last night I did the honey mask again but this time I added a pinch of cinnamon. Why I added cinnamon, I read that it helped with acne. That was a bad idea. I felt a slight burning sensation and a bit of tingling. Thankfully I didn't break out in a slew of acne but it brought out three pustule acne to a head. Now it confirms that my skin does not like cinnamon or its cousins like cassia. I highly recommend that people who suffer from acne to give the honey mask a try. But I would advise that you should purchase local honey at least. You are supporting local small farmers and you could reduce the chance of irritation since you are already exposed to the pollen, enzymes, etc. This honey is helping to heal acne scars and shrinking the already existent acne on my face. I will repurchase and continue
Lotions/ Creams -California Baby - Calendula Cream
gommiebears 8/13/2011 9:16:00 AM
Nice cream to use when I am suffering an itchy skin. I tried using it for acne but it was a no go. Actually broke me out even more with prolonged usage. But for itchy bug bites and allergic reactions, this is tops.
I use this in a pinch to seal the moisture in my ends of my hair. I am not wild about the scent and frankly on my scalp, it does nothing beneficial. Will not repurchase because the small jar I do have will last me years.
I mainly shop here just for the accessories and that is it. The clothes are terrible in quality in my opinion. On the same level as Rainbows. But it is popular in my area so I don't get pressed over the hype. I understand that they specialize in trendy but inexpensive clothes but I like quality items and I don't mind spending money for it.