Lipstick -Ulta - All Over Color Lip Crayon (all colors)
shazzar 7/21/2011 12:40:00 AM
I have this in "American Girl". It's nice nude color, matte, very creamy. Not particularly long-lasting but really cheap so not a big deal. Great for daytime, would buy again.
Eyeliner -Milani - Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil - brown
shazzar 7/15/2011 11:54:00 AM
Amazeballs. A perfect dupe for UD as a lot of others have mentioned. Glides on perfectly, lasts forever, massively pigmented, gorgeous dark brown colour and cheap as chips. Not recommended for tightlining though, it's too soft and irritates my eyes just a bit. I'm going home to throw out all my other eyeliners now.
As far as $5 eyeliners go, this is great. I have it in Chocolate, it's a lovely rich dark brown. It glides on very smoothly. It's best worn smudged I think, it can transfer to upper eye lid if not smudged. It only lasts a few hours but for $5 that is fine with me. Would repurchase.
Toners -Thayers - Rose Petal Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
shazzar 7/8/2011 11:51:00 PM
I used this on my face for about 2 months. I was hoping the witch hazel would be gentle enough to help my sensitive, sometimes dry, acne-prone skin. I didn't feel it did anything to improve or aggravate my skin so moved on to a salicylic acid toner that I'm having greater success with. To use this up, I used it on my chest in the evenings and it broke me out, so maybe it had been contributing to my face acne all along. Will steer clear of witch hazel from now on.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
shazzar 7/8/2011 12:58:00 AM
I made the mistake of using a few samples of this after the Clear 2% Toner over the course of a few nights, not realising they are basically the same thing. This is a bit tackier and greasy though. It caused some irritation, redness and flakiness (but I'm sure this is due to using two 2% products one after another). Previously I had tried samples of the 1% BHA Gel after the toner with great success, so will probably buy a full size of that. The gel seems like it would last longer, as you have more control over the amount used and I just liked the feel of it in general.
Useless little jar of sparkly rubbish. I have since learned to stop buying crap from Origins. They are all packaging, marketing, fragrance and irritants, and this is no different.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel Exfoliant
shazzar 7/3/2011 12:02:00 PM
I just finished 2 samples, each sample lasted about a week using it in the evenings only. I started using PC's Clear Targeted Acne Relief Toner with 2% Salicylic Acid at the same time and have seen great results. I have very senstive combo skin and have no irritation at all from this. I suffer from clogged pores and the occasional cystic zit. The gel managed to keep one or two cystic zits down, and helped with the inflammation on one that got through. I think it's better suited to treating clogged pores, I have a significant decrease in the last 2 weeks. I have several other samples of PC's BHA products to work my way through, but would definitely purchase this one in the future.
Concealers -Bourjois - Anticerne pour petits matins
shazzar 6/23/2011 12:12:00 PM
This is more like a highlighter than a concealer, it's pretty useless as a concealer. I am using it on my lids (like it recommends on the pen) just to use it up. Wouldn't repurchase even if I could (Bourjois no longer available in the US).
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Pro - Steel Grey
shazzar 6/20/2011 12:37:00 PM
I love this colour. As mentioned a million times before, it's more purple/taupe than grey but it's the prefect purple. Application is very easy with the rounded brush. Docking one lippie because this does tend to chip within a few days, but would definitely repurchase.
I'm surprised at the high rating for this foundation. I liked this foundation's predecessor a few years so picked this up recently hoping it was similiar. The colour and smell are similiar, but that's it. This stuff has the strangest texture, it's quite thick and is very difficult to apply. I tried applying it with a flat brush, a stippling brush, traditional foundation brush, beauty blender and finally my fingers, all with the same lousy result. It takes a lot of work to get it smooth and even looking and the payoff is not good, the coverage is very light and lasts only a few hours. There is nothing luminous about it either, unless the gross shine is intended as luminosity.
Completely useless eyeliner. I was quite pleased with the Colorstay pencil eyeliner so decided to give this a shot. It lacks pigment and looks a day old when first applied
I can't say anything that hasn't already been mentioned, this is utter crap. No pigment whatsoever; the black comes off as a watery grey, even with several layers. There is no control with the bulky marker. I threw this away after 3 uses, should have known to read reviews before buying impulsively.
Treatments (Eye) -Origins - Youthtopia Firming Eye Cream
shazzar 6/10/2011 12:40:00 PM
This product gave me puffy, red, itchy and oozy eyes. Had a sample that I used last weekend and had the same reaction but suspected it might have been a new eye make-up remover, so I waited until the irritation went away. I used it last night and this morning and here I sit looking like I've been crying all night. Lousy.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Cuticura Medicated Bar Soap
shazzar 5/12/2011 10:53:00 AM
I used this last night for the first time, it has a very medicinal smell and left a strange film on my face. My felt a bit dry afterwards but nothing major. I woke up this morning to a bumpy, red, itchy and inflamed skin, even my eyes are irritated and swollen. Obviously I had a very bad reaction to something in this soap. I have somewhat sensitive skin but can usually tolerate stuff like this. Binned it.
Blush -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush in Healthy 26
shazzar 5/11/2011 10:45:00 AM
This is a decent daytime blush, it's very subtle and sheer, no sparkle or glitter. Looks nice on my pale skin. It doesn't have much staying power though, it's good for about 2 hours and it's gone. Packaging is not great and the brush is dreadful, I don't know why they bother with it. Will not repurchase due to lack of staying power.