I've been using this since I was probably a baby--everyone in my family uses this. It really is different from your normal bar of soap because it's very, very moisturizing. Sometimes I can even skip putting my lotion after this. It's also very mild that when I run out of my facial wash, I use this to wash my face and it's feels very soft and supple afterwards. And time and time again, I always go back to this soap whenever I get allergic to a bath gel or wash I'm currently using, or if I want something that'll really moisturize my skin. Love this product and will continue to use it.
I have never tried translucent powders in my life ever since seeing the pictures of celebrities with white casts on their faces due to the MUFE HD. But after trying a couple of translucent powders in stores, I was torn with how silky they made my skin feel afterwards and the amazing finish they gave to my makeup. So when I came across Youngblod's HD Powder in warmth, I instantly had to buy it because if I'm not mistaken, it's the only HD powder in the market that's not stark white, eliminating that awful white cast that people often get. But I have to admit, when the lady at the county told me that with my fair-medium skintone, I could get away with the white translucent powder, I was a bit hesitant and still bought the one in warmth, just in case despite the fact that there really wasn't any difference with the color on my skin since it cam on pretty sheer, almost translucent, but I just wanted to make sure. This on is like liquid pearl on my face. My skin was so much smoother that my friend who was as into makeup as I was just culdn't figure out why my skin looked different that one day I decided to wear this, meaning, it was virtually undetectable color-wise even to the makeup-trained eye. I rubbed a small amount at the back of my hand and the difference of the one with the HD powder and the one without is just amazing! I'm seriously a believer of HD powders now! Highly recommend you guys get this one in particular if you've always wanted to try HD powders but are scared of getting that ghastly white cast because the warm bronzey color won't just make your skin smoother, but it'll give it that perfect glow. :) PS. It's also mineral based to it's good for your skin unlike some HD powders that are silica-packed! :D
Crème -The Body Shop - Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation
msmarielliejellie 2/6/2012 12:33:00 AM
I originally bought this product because the liquid foundation matched my skintone and I though that I might use this thicker formulation as a concealer since it might match my skintone as well. Apparently, the liquid foundation, cream compact, and the loose powder from this brand all have different shades, even though you used the same shade number. The liquid foundation, I find oxidizes faster than this one and the powder was just way lighter than my skintone. And this one, well, let's just say that it highighted my pores, it slipped and slided throughout the day,and when I used this solely as a foundation, my skin had little bumps on my chin and was starting to develop rashes. I was really disappointed about this one especially since The Body Shop products are supposed to use all natural products. But for some reason, even my dry skin couldn't take the fact that this had a great concentration of Marula and Extra Virgin Olive oil in it. I don't think I'll be repurchasing this, which is so sad since the liquid foundation is actually the perfect match for my skintone!
Powder -The Body Shop - Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder Foundation
msmarielliejellie 2/6/2012 12:24:00 AM
I bought this because I found that the liquid foundation was perfect for my skintone and thought that this would be a perfect setting powder to go along with it. And sadly, I was a bit disappointed. This product comes with a sifter, that makes the powder extra fine, which is one thing I really like about this, but for some reason, it goes on really streaky and blotchy and it doesn't blend out well. The color isn't the same as the foundation color and was too light for some reason. I even had to double check if I got the right one. I'll be using this until I finish it, but I wouldn't be repurchasing anything from this line again because even though the foundation proved to be the perfect match for my skin, it accentuated my pores and it was not at all flattering.
THIS MASCARA RUINED MY LASHES! Do not, I repreat, do not buy this mascara if you don't have an industrial strength makeup remover. That being said, let's move on to the review. At first I bought this mascara because I have to admit, the limited edition Hello Kitty packaging caught my eye and thought that since Maybelline had pretty good mascaras--with the exception of of the over-rated and over-hyped original Great Lash, I thought this would be a good enough product. I always buy their waterproof versions, because I know for a fact that their waterproof mascaras are great for holding curls, which is probably the only redeeming factor of this mascara. First of all, I love how Maybelline has pretty wet formulations because this reduces clumping on my lashes, but little did I know that this only holds true for their mascaras with thicker wands such as the Falsies or Colossal. But for a mascara with a comb wand rather than a brush, the formulation sucked big time. The wand in itself had two combs whose bristles intersected like a claw, but for some reason, this added to the clumping of the product because it coated my lashes with too much mascara every time I run the wand on my lashes. It made my lashes clump together so bad that I looked like I had five to seven lashes on each eye. It took forever to dry that when I blinked, the wet mascara smeared on my lower lash line. The brush didn't do justice to putting mascara on my lower lash line as well. Again, because of the wet formulation, it smudged before it was even dry. Now if getting this mascara on was an ordeal in itself, taking it off is a bigger hassle. First up, THIS MASCARA IS NOT WATERPROOF---IT'S MAKEUP REMOVER PROOF. I could not take off this mascara for days--no matter what kind of makeup remover, cleansing oil, natural oil, petroleum jelly, pond's cold cream I used. I literally had to scrape the mascara and pull my lashes off to remove this and it still wasn't completely off! I had to wash and wash my face and still had this for on for the next three days because it wouldn't come off! And don't think that because it was still on that it made my lashes really pretty those thee days I was forced to have it on. The moment this thing came into contact with water, it clumps like hell! My supposed five to seven lashes per eye was reduced to four or three! So I basically had to endure three whole days with four lashes on each eye because I couldn't take this off. And after finally taking off the last bits of this, I had so few lashes left due to pulling off the product that I had to buy lash serums and lay off the mascara for a month just so I could grow my lashes back! I have so much against this product that I thew it away--yes, despite the cute Hello Kitty packaging after one try. I will not repurchase or recommend this product to anyone, I didn't even give it a second chance because of how horrible my first try was. Stay away, ladies, unless you want the same nightmare I had to go through. Stay away for the sake of your lashes. D;
I've only used this foundation a couple of times, but for some reason, I couldn't justify having it in my collection because it's too full coverage for me on a daily basis. It does do what it does and photographs really well, but on a daily basis, it's not natural. It has flecks of glitter on it--noticeable glitter that doesn't look flattering on everyday lighting and it's a pain to remove. You really need a heavy duty makeup remover to get every trace of this baby off your face, something I cannot afford to do every single day. I don't think it's something worth investing on, especially you'll only need this during special occasions, which for me, are really rare since my everyday foundation photographs just as well. For me,buy foundation with minimal SPF does the same trick, and won't cost you as much. Not planning on repurchasing.
My Clumpiest Lashes, more like. Well at least for me. I had great difficulty with this product because it was too thick and wet anf was definitely not very buildable because it will weight your lashes down and make them clump like crazy! I've had this for weeks anf despite letting it dry out a bit. It still doesn't grow better with age! Even scrapping the excess product at the sides didn't help either. I was very disappointed especially since I bought this specifically because Makeupalley had good reviews of this product, which really shows how different mascara reviews are for everyone, so take this with a grain of salt. But I won't definitely be repurchasing this.
I have to admit, I've never owned a legit blending brush my whole life because I had a fluffy eyeshadow brush that did the job of both blending and packing shadows onto my eyes, But after buying StudioMakeup's blending brush, I was smitten at how much of a difference using a blending brush could do to your eye makeup, that being said, the StudioMakeup one was a bit too expensive to buy a couple more as backups in case the other one was dirty or was drying. So imagine my surprise when I came across this on sale for about $10! I immediately bought two of these because they were so soft and the shape is just perfect for blending out shadows into the crease or creating a feathered, tapered edge. So far I'm really loving this brush--even more than my StudioMakeup one, which is supposedly more expensive. This can actually pick up product really well, so sometimes if I'm on the go, I don't even bother using an eyeshadow brush to pack in the color, I just go straight to using this to apply and blend the shadows. Highly recommend you guys get a hold of this, it has not only become a staple in my collection, it's a much used and much loved brush as well. :)
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
msmarielliejellie 1/13/2012 3:48:00 AM
This thing really lasts me forever because I don't have oily skin, but if I do want to freshen up my makeup, I'll use on of these before putting on powder. I find this a staple in my bag and this, together with my powder and travel sized kabuki brush is something I have to bring with me wherever I go. Highly recommend this.
Liquid -The Body Shop - Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation
msmarielliejellie 1/13/2012 3:25:00 AM
I've been doing a lot of reviews on this site about my HG products, but never have I written anything about an HG foundation before, well, glad to say that I have finally found it! I was looking around The Body Shop because I wanted to grab their eyeshadow blending brush, which was said to be a really good dupe for the MAC 217 brush, and upon getting it, I also came across their display of this line of foundation products. This is their new line which has liquid, loose mineral, and cream foundation. And my eye caught Golden Ivory, which, surprisingly looked very similar to my skintone. Now one of the reasons why I haven't written reviews about an HG foundation is exactly because if this problem, I have a very, very hard time finding a good foundation that would a. match my skin perfectly, and b. won't break me out. I don't care having to reapply powder all the time or the finish and coverage this gives because all these years I have never found anything that would live up to these basic needs. Well enter this. I swatched this and found that it looked just like my skin, which even MAC nor BB could do. (I'm supposed to be NC30/C30, but those colors are still too pink for me, I find Asian brands give more yellow-based foundations, but they still come off too pink or too dark) The coverage is very buildable, medium to full, and the lasting power is amazing! This is seriously an instant HG product for me! And I'll be buying this baby as long as they're selling it. I'll probably head out to buy more backups eventually because I don't want them to stop making these. EDIT! I have been using this and was forced to go back to my favorite BB Cream because this gave me milia. I was so heart broken because I thought this was the most perfect for my skintone but somehow it oxidized on my skin throughout the day and eventually looked orange on me. I don't think I'll be repurchasing because after a few tries, I found that it also made my skin more oily throughout the day and it settled into my pores which makes me more hesitant to use it because it's oil based and I'm really scared it might clog my pores. I haven't touched this in a week and my skin improved a lot during that time, which is sadly why I don't think I'll be repurchasing this again. :( It's off my HG list.
Makeup Brushes -The Body Shop - Eyeshadow blending brush
msmarielliejellie 1/12/2012 8:41:00 AM
I just bought this a couple of days ago after hearing that this is a really good dupe for MAC's 217 and so far, I'm really liking it! It's relatively cheap compared to the MAC brush, but definitely not the cheapest one out there. However, having said that, the reason why I prefer this is because it's cruelty free. It blends color really well, which I think is one problem I have with some synthetic brushes because they're sometimes too smooth, compared to some real hair brushes that are a bit kinky, which help "grab" the eyeshadow more. This definitely isn't a problem when it comes to that, and I find that this does double duty, packing on color and at the same time blending it in. Apart from that, I find that because the bristles are very stiff and long, this can easily be a crease brush that also pack on and blend colors. Definitely recommend you guys go get this brush. :)
I really like this mirror because it is very sleek and easy to carry in your purse even though it's pretty huge. One side is magnified while the other is just your ordinary mirror. I use this basically every single day, when applying eyeliner, or mascara, or tweezing my brows because even though I have a vanity mirror that has better magnification, I like being able to move the mirror around to quickly.
I like this product. Whenever I break out during that time of the month or due to a reaction on a really bad makeup product, I immediately switch to this cleanser and it brings my skin back to normal. I don't really use this everyday since I want my cleanser to remove makeup residue that my makeup remover has failed to remove and I find this doesn't really do a good job considering it's to gentle on your skin. But if I do use another cleanser, I use this dry, which, according to the instructions, you should apply to your damp skin and wipe of with a clean cloth to leave a thin film. If I do use this dry, I find my skin really supple and soft and my moisturizer clings to it more. Highly recommend this cleanser, not just to those with sensitive or acne prone skin, but to those even with dry skin.
I have very dry skin, to the point that when colder seasons come along, my heels tend to get really dry and flaky. And this, by far, is the only thing that could combat that. And what's even better, this doesn't only combat dry skin, it also doubles as a protectant from chapped lips, dry cuticles, elbows, hands, the list goes on. This is a staple in my makeup drawer and in my purse. Always keep this near you!
This product was okay for me. For the longest time, my favorite lip balm was Carmex or sometime I'd switch with MAC's lip conditioner, but bought this one because I needed an emergency lip balm when I forgot mine. I got this in the classic mint flavor and loved the texture when you apply this on your lips, very smooth and not too greasy. It did moisturize my lips but not as long was I hoped for it to be. Won't be buying this again, but will probably leave it at the car or my office in case I do forget to bring my other lip balm.