I can only add to the high praise this shadow has already received. Sin is an amazing fleshy champagne shimmer, perfect as a highlight or all over lid color. For me it's shimmery but not frosty (unlike, say, Stila Kitten) so it works well all over the lid and pairs with just about any other color you can think of. I also find that it works well on its own for a day time look - it's one of those multidimensional shades that can be sheered out on the lid and built up in the crease to look like two different colors. The quality is stellar like almost all UD shadows I've tried. It is highly pigmented and long lasting. I just got this color not long ago but I can already see it becoming one of my favorite all around shadows. I think Sin would make a great workhorse shadow in any collection.
This review is for the color Light Dawn Blonde (10N). I have been using Garnier hair color in Chamomile (100) for the past few years, and loved the color but wanted to try something that was less harsh on my hair. When I first saw this product at my local natural foods store I was skeptical that it would lift my naturally brownish-blonde roots without all the chemical additives. Well, much to my surprise this color is nearly identical to Garnier Chamomile on my hair (maybe even a tad lighter). It is definitely not an ash blonde, as the in store hair swatch looked. It is a neutral, natural looking light blonde. And without the ammonia fumes of drugstore hair color! Although Naturtint does have a mild, rather odd smell (sort of like swamp water). The only reason I took off a lippie is because of the application process. The color is quite drippy and difficult to thoroughly spread on the roots - when I first rinsed out the color I had two dark patches on my head where the color had not penetrated (and I applied the color like I normally do) so I had to redo those spots. Next time I will probably use a bowl and application brush. Also the shampoo that comes with it burned my scalp, and the conditioner wasn't conditioning at all. So I will likely toss those next time and use my own color safe products. Other than those issues, I am impressed with the color. Even though it's more expensive I think it's worth the price to repurchase this over the drugstore counterpart.
This polish is a staple for me, particularly in the late winter/spring. I don't own China Glaze Grape Juice (for reference) but this looks similar to the online swatches of it. It has a cool toned purple jelly base with intense silver microglitter. It is a bit on the sheer side - takes 3 coats to become fully opaque. I have not had any problem with wear on this polish (or any Sinful Colors polish for that matter, save for the neons) but I always use a base and topcoat with it. It lasts 4-5 days, which is about average for me. I think of this color as a unique sheer. It's understated and looks great against my PPP skintone.
I think these glitters are outstanding. I never used to wear glitter polish but recently there have been so many unique ones coming out that I think I've turned a corner. Be-Jeweled is the lavender/silver/pink glitter from the Gem Crush collection. It is supposed to be a dupe to WnW It's All in the Cut which I wanted but never found. But this color is gorgeous. It has a lavender base with round medium sized pink and holo glitter. There is also silver microglitter which shows up better on the nail. The formula is fantastic. These glitters really are full coverage (at least the two that I have are) and they are easy to work with. I feel like the complex colors and great formula are worth the $7 price tag. I also have Razzle Dazzler (pink/silver) and plan on getting Big Money (gold/purple) in the future.
I have been buying these lip balms for years and have gifted many to friends as well. I love tinted lip balms in general, being into low maintainence beauty products, and these are some of the best imo. Peony is my absolute favorite color. It is the perfect warm nude pink with a small amount of shimmer. I love to wear it with a lip liner underneath for more color. Total HG product for me and wearable for almost anyone. I also like Watermelon, which is a darker pink with a hint of purple to it, and Strawberry which is a bright neutral shimmery pink. A couple the other colors I've tried haven't worked out; Champagne is a bit too frosty for my taste (I prefer Yes to Carrots Cotton Candy for a pale shimmery pink) and Rhubarb was just too red for me, but for the most part I think these are great. I will repurchase again and again (esp. Peony - need to buy a back up!).
Following the popularity of TJ's Nourish All in One Antioxidant Cleanser, they've recently introduced this oil free moisturizer, which according to the packaging is intended to be used with the cleanser. I am a fan of the cleanser myself and have been shopping around for a decently priced everyday moisturizer, so decided to try this. I really like it! It's creamy, lightweight, has no fragrance and seems to moisturize my skin well. It says that it is suitable for all skin types, and I haven't had any issue with breakouts. My sensitive, combo skin seems to tolerate this moisturizer which is nice because I've had allergic reactions to other similar products. This moisturizer has a matte finish to it, and is also vegan and paraben free. I adore the packaging - it has a pump! Finally a company that listens to what customers want skin care packaging. The only thing that I don't love about this moisturizer is that it takes a while to sink in and at first leaves a slight white cast on the skin. But I think the price ($6) cancels out that one minor flaw. I will most likely repurchase this.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Matte Collection Quad in Quartz Quartet
cloroxcowgirl 4/24/2012 11:25:00 AM
This palette would likely be HG material for me if I wasn't allergic to the shadows. The color selection is a perfect blend of cool toned neutrals. They are extremely pigmented and never creased on me, with or without primer, and have excellent staying power. However, like the other reviewer this product irritated my eyes and made them slightly swollen and crusty (gross, I know). This is esp. annoying considering the packaging says that it is formulated for sensitive eyes. I have four of the PF shimmer strips palettes and have never had an issue with those. Too bad because it is very rare to find good quality matte drug store eye shadows. If you don't have sensitive eyes I would still rec. this palette because it is inexpensive and the colors are easy to wear.
I love this palette. I have not been interested in other naked/nude/neutral palettes that have come out in the last couple of years because they tend to lean too warm for me. But when I saw the color selection in this palette, I knew it would be wearable for my cool toned coloring. I have several other PF shimmer strips palettes (and love them) but the shadows in this palette seem to be softer, more finely milled. I find them to be well pigmented and easy to blend. With primer they last as well as my higher end shadows. All the colors work well together and are neutral enough to wear on most occasions (as long as you don't mind shimmer). For that reason, I can see myself reaching for this palette a lot. My only real gripe is the packaging. As cute as it is, it is much more flimsy than the sturdy, thick plastic case the other shimmer strips come in. This is made with a very thin, cheap plastic covering over the shadows which looks like it could break easily. I don't know why PF changed the packaging, because I wouldn't travel with this the way it is :( Otherwise I would highly rec. this palette.
Love this color! I am picky about pink nail polish but this one is a unique greyish nude pink which has a slight lilac undertone to it. It is creamy (no shimmer) and reminds me of the color of a strawberry milkshake. I find it a very flattering and easy to wear shade, especially for spring when I want something light and subtle. I put a rainbow hex glitter over it and it looked awesome like that too. The only issue I had was that the formula was a bit streaky and required three coats. But I still love this shade and can see myself getting alot of use out of it.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Quad - Urban Basics
cloroxcowgirl 4/22/2012 9:19:00 PM
I found this to be a decent neutral palette. Urban Basics consists of a matte medium grey, a shimmery taupe brown (possibly Tapestry Taupe in the eyeshadow single), a nude pink with silver microglitter and a satin off white (French Vanilla in the eyeshadow single). French Vanilla is one of my most used colors in my collection so I am happy to have it in this palette as well. The nude pink is a beautiful base color but would be so much more wearable without the silver microglitter - it reminds me of some Urban Decay shadows with the amount of glitter and fall out. I haven't reached much for the taupe color because I don't wear brown often, but it is nicely pigmented. The matte grey is a really lovely color, but slightly sheerer than the other colors in the palette. I have to build up the color a bit. All in all, this is a decent everyday palette, but I think I prefer the CG Sheerly Nudes palette if I were to repurchase a quad from this line.
This stuff smells so delicious! I have been wearing it non stop and I couldn't pinpoint what other fragrance it reminded me of. Then it came to me - it reminds me of a lighter version of Comptoir du Pacifique Vanille Abricot. This is a lot less cloying, less fruity (and way less expensive) though. I just love this scent, and I am not really a fan of red velvet cake. It smells like cream cheese frosting and vanilla to me. So yummy. I wish Calgon would make more products in this scent, at least a body lotion to go with this. Will def. repurchase.
Masks -Freeman - Facial Hydration Mask - Gogi Berry
cloroxcowgirl 3/24/2012 8:14:00 PM
I really like this mask. I tried this in the travel size, which was a good deal for the price (yielded three generous uses for just under a dollar). I have been using chemical exfoliants quite alot lately and that combined with the cold weather was making my skin dry and flaky. I normally have combo skin but in the winter the driest areas need more hydration. This mask is a thick clear gel that you simply slather on. It has a light generic fruity scent that is not unpleasant. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after I wash it off my face is noticibly softer and more hydrated. The hydrating effect usually lasts a day or two. It does help my dry, flaky winter skin although I wish the effect lasted longer. But, for the dirt cheap price I can forgive that. I would and probably will repurchase this in the larger size, but would like to try some of the other Freeman masks as well.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Blossom
cloroxcowgirl 3/12/2012 7:08:00 PM
I have to say that this lip balm surprised me. I normally love Burt's Bees lip products but when these tinted lip balms came out I thought they were too pricey. I figured no lip balm can be worth $7. So I decided to swap for this item (brand new) and I actually love it! The formula is sooo incredibly moisturizing and has a nice slip to it. The lasting power is very good for a tinted lip balm. I also love the color - Pink Blossom is the perfect MLBB color on me, and it has no shimmer whatsoever which I like. I think it would make a good base for another lip color or with a lip gloss over it too. I would go as far as to say that this is the best tinted balm I've ever tried (and I've tried Korres lip butter as well as many others). I think this is making my HG lip product list. And most definitely an item I'd purchase in the future - it turns out it is worth the price afterall imo :)
This mascara is just ok for me. I decided to try it when I needed to replace my mascara and couldn't find my HG (Full n Soft wp) in the right color. I had heard good things on Youtube about this one and it sounded comparable to FnS. I like more natural looking mascaras because I have fairly long lashes and light coloration, so "falsie" type mascaras are overkill on me. I like that this mascara doesn't smudge or flake excessively, and stays on well but washes off easily. However, even for someone who likes natural looking lashes this isn't very pigmented (I have the color Black Brown). I have to do several passes with the wand in order to get my lashes looking dark enough. Also, I have some lashes that grow cross ways and tend to clump with mascara, and this does nothing to separate them or enhance curl. In fact, the more coats I use the more they seem to clump together. All in all, this is an average mascara that doesn't do much lengthening or volumizing. I haven't noticed my lashes growing longer or thicker yet either but will update if that changes. Also the packaging could use work because the top of the wand unscrews way too easily. I will use this up but won't repurchase. UPDATE: So I just used up this mascara and wanted to update my review a bit - I did notice that my eyelashes were longer when I used this consistently. I found also that this is a wet mascara at first, so it works best when it has dried out slightly. I also like the brush - it's thick but not too big. So, I may or may not repurchase this mascara, it's still not exactly what I'm looking for but I was impressed with the fact that it encouraged lash growth and wanted to update my review to reflect that. One lippie added!
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry
cloroxcowgirl 2/20/2012 7:02:00 PM
I like the original (minty) BB's lip balm so decided to try this one on a whim. It is a clear balm with a pleasant mixed berry scent to it. It does moisturize my lips well but I find that the lasting power is not that great. Ideally I like my lip balm to have an spf as well. But I love the berry scent. I may or may not repurchase (since there are so many lip balms to try) but this is a nice, moisturizing lip product.