This eyeliner pencil is okay. I received this as a Christmas present in Engraved and I use it to tightline my upper lashline and sometimes for my waterline. The color is good and it glides on quite smoothly. I don't use this pencil often so it has lasted me about a year and a half with a lot left. I think though if I used it more frequently it would run out quickly, as I have to sharpen this pencil quite often. Also, I feel that it smudges quite easily. For the price though this good and comparable to the expensive Urban Decay 24/7 pencils so I would probably get this again. UPDATE: Have been using this a little more often and this just smudges too easily...may just spend the extra money for the 24/7 pencil.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Milk & Honey Body Lotion
ximachikenx 4/24/2010 6:16:00 PM
I received a rather generous sample size of this in the grab bag as a birthday gift. The first time I used it I was a bit put off by the smell but after awhile I got used to it and this became a pleasure to apply :). It isn't greasy like a lot of other lotions I use and I actually like the runny consistency. I like the fact that its a lot more natural than the other lotions I use and that it's paraben-free. Will probably purchase a full-size bottle after I run out of my other lotion ^^.
Rewriting previous review. This is my first bb cream, purchased in No. 23 for around $20 when the Missha US website had a sale in April 2010. I used to dislike this bb cream because it was too light and the pink undertone did not match my NC30 skin at all and it just looked very unnatural. However I think I have gotten a little paler so it looks better on my face now. I do have say this can give off a slightly greyish/whitish appearance. Would not recommend if you are going to take flash photos but on a regular day I think this looks very nice. I use this as I would a regular foundation. You should NOT use this as a substitute for your sunscreen, even though it says SPF42 always double up with sunscreen for added protection. With the amount needed to give you adequate coverage from UV rays you would have to apply a generous amount, which would look very cakey and unnatural as you really only need a small amount of this product. I still put moisturizer underneath this bb cream but for more oily skintypes I don't think it's necessary. With the way I apply this (moisturizer,sunscreen, then about 1-1.5 pumps, depending on the coverage I want), it gives a very nice dewy finish, don't need to apply finishing powder if you don't want to. Probably would not repurchase because I would like to try different bb creams, but this is pretty nice and is not too expensive if you get it on sale.
Concealers -Revlon - ColorStay Blemish Concealer with Soft Flex
ximachikenx 4/23/2010 10:00:00 PM
This stuff sucks. I got this on sale at CVS but it was still sort of expensive for a drugstore concealer, I wasn't expecting this to be around ten dollars when it's not on sale o_o. Granted this is the first concealer I've used I don't have much to compare it to. I used it on my chin for my winter formal as I had some spots there but the color did not match my skin color well and it looked kind of awful in some of my photos (I probably did not get the right shade though so that is probably my fault). I tried to use it again a couple of days ago to cover up a pimple I have and it did nothing. It did not cover the redness at all, only the area surrounding it, which was annoying. I'm actually not put off by the scent or the packaging too much, but this just does not work. Will probably try the studiofinish concealer instead when I get the chance.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - High Performance Balancing Oil - enriched version
ximachikenx 4/23/2010 9:55:00 PM
My mom had a pack of three small size different Shu Uemura cleansing oils awhile back and she gave me the enriched version to me to try. For a VERY long time I didn't touch it, as the idea of cleaning my face with oil was appalling. Recently I read good reviews on this and I decided to try this. I never really needed a cleansing oil before but I've started to wear foundation, and I find this cleanses my face REALLY well of my makeup. Once I wash the oil off my face it actually feels a little dry! I follow up with a foaming cleanser to clean up anything I might have missed as well. I started to break out a little while after I started to wear my foundation but if I cleanse my face with this oil I don't break out. It also smells fantastic :) Not sure I would buy the full size version as it is very expensive for a student like me but I really like this stuff.
Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder (ALL)
ximachikenx 4/23/2010 9:49:00 PM
I was looking for a translucent setting powder that would leave a matte finish and this does it for me; it does come out slightly pale but not too much to give a ghastly look. The packaging would be inconvenient to carry around as the lid comes off easily but I don't take it out of the house so it's fine. The powder itself is very good in my opinion and is a good bargain; it only takes a couple of light swipes from my brush to give my face a nice matte finish, and it lasts for a long time. I think after about 8 or 9 hours you'd have to reapply it, but I'm usually not out for that long so this is great for me. :) Would purchase again.
Eye Makeup Remover -Equate - Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
ximachikenx 4/8/2010 9:09:00 PM
I wanted a cheaper alternative to the Neutrogena eye-makeup remover, which I really like. Bought this at Walmart for a fraction of the price and in my opinion it does the exact same thing. You do have to let it sit on your eyelashes for a moment to take off mascara but it's very effective for the price. One bottle takes me a loooong time to use up so it's worth every penny.
Love love love this palette. I got this nearly two years ago, used it quite often before but not as much now. I still have a lot left, the primer is long gone but I purchased a full size :). The colors seem to fade away without primer but they are awesome with, the colors are amazing and very pigmented. There's a lot of fallout when I apply this but that's easily prevented. This is great if you like lots of glitter, and there are so many looks you can achieve with the colors. This palette will probably last me forever but if I happen to run out I would buy this again, it's a great deal.
Blush -Maybelline - Mineral Power Blush Original Rose
ximachikenx 4/7/2010 3:16:00 AM
This is a nice and inexpensive blush. The color is very soft and feminine and I like that it is buildable. I use a very small amount therefore this blush is probably going to last me forever... Packaging isn't the greatest, the powder always falls out of the container and though I don't mind too much since I have so much left after nearly a year of use, it does get messy. I don't think I would buy this again, partly because I don't really have to since I have so much left but also because I prefer the convenience that comes with pressed blushes.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Illuminance Cream Quad - Khaki Suede
ximachikenx 4/7/2010 3:11:00 AM
Love the colors. Packaging is good, I've used the two lighter colors a lot and while there is creasing it doesn't bother me too much, just fix it a little with your fingers and it's gone. The colors are great to use either as a base or by themselves in my opinion. Would get this again.
Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Foundation Brush
ximachikenx 4/7/2010 3:08:00 AM
This brush is very good in my opinion. It does not streak and applies foundation evenly and well. However this sheds so much every time I use it x_x I'm always picking hairs off of my face when I applly foundation. However for the price this brush is quite a bargain so I will probably buy again :)
This is the best cleanser I have ever used. Most cleansers do very little in removing makeup and while this does not remove everything it leaves my skin feeling a lot cleaner than other products. This doesn't do much in removing eye makeup, but it wasn't meant to; I don't recommend putting this near your eyes as it stings A LOT if you get it in your eye >< Otherwise it is actually quite a gentle cleanser and I like the micro-beads, it's a very gentle exfoliator that can be used everyday. A little pricey in my opinion for a cleanser but would buy it again.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner
ximachikenx 4/7/2010 2:55:00 AM
I really like this toner, I'm on my second bottle :) This really helps with removing any impurities cleanser did not get, and it smells great. Sometimes it stings a little but the feeling goes away. I like that this is paraben-free and pH balanced, so I don't break out and I'm not putting a bunch of preservatives on my face or whatever D: . The cap is pretty hard to open but that's a minor detail, this is a great toner and it's a good deal ^^ will buy again and again!
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Radiance Serum with Royal Jelly
ximachikenx 4/7/2010 2:51:00 AM
I received this as a gift and I was really excited to try this out. It's a nice product but ehh... When I first used this I thought that it made a big difference in evening out my skin, but I've been using this for a couple of months and I don't know if this is doing anything to my skin. It feels very sticky when I put this on, which I don't mind at night but I can't use this in the daytime because it feels sticky for a long time after...The packaging is very nice and I really wanted to like this because it's made with natural ingredients but probably won't get this again because of the price :\ Don't feel like I need a serum now.
I received quite a generous sample of this and I was glad to try this out. However I feel like this doesn't make that much of a difference to my skin. It smells great and feels great, but when I wake up my face doesn't feel or look any different. I'm happy i got to try it out, but I like the strawberry yogurt pack better in terms of a hydrating mask :) **EDIT: 5/3/2011: I bought the full size version of this in November 2010. Did they change the packaging? I was disappointed because it doesn't have the amazing scent it used to, but rather has a kind of chemical smell. Didn't check the ingredient list so I don't know if they no longer add fragrance. Still does the same job though but it's not as enjoyable to put on :(