Moisturizers -Olay - Olay Complete - Fragrance Free
KatieRoxx 1/11/2008 11:17:00 PM
Very good moisturizer for my fair, somewhat sensitive skin. Works well just about all year long - though sometimes in the extreme winter cold, I need to switch to something a little heavier as I can get flaky and dry on forehead and nose. Like that my skin never looks greasy or shiny and the product absorbs rapidly and leaves skin feeling soft. Nice price for a drugstore moisturizer. Yes, it comes in a plastic bottle, but I don't see the need to buy a department store line of skincare unless you want to waste money on a prettier package. I have used Olay products for years and get compliments regularly on how good my skin looks and often people think I am 10 or 15 years younger than I am (by people who ARE 10 to 15 years younger than me).
Love these! Use the Sensitive Skin (although have used the ones for dry skin on occasion) ones daily. They are excellent at removing all but the most stubborn waterproof mascara and don't make my skin feel tight or like all moisture has been leeched out of it (especially in winter months). While some feel the cost is expensive, it is a drug store cleanser, so it's fair enough. Especially considering most American drugstores offer these on sale every other week and you can regularly find $1.00 off coupons in the newspaper - I rarely pay more than $6.00 for a box. Add to that the fact you can cut 1 sheet into 4 squares and still remove all your makeup, and it's a better deal. Unbeatable for travelling - especially since the airlines crack down on liquids and it would be a pain to try and find 3 oz bottles of eye makeup remover and a liquid skin cleanser! Have tried Dove, Aveeno and other similar drugstore brand facial sheets, but none seem to work as well when it comes to removing eye make-up.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner - Strut
KatieRoxx 1/11/2008 10:44:00 PM
I purchased this at the BeneFit store in San Francisco and thought it was a very nice charcoal grey. It goes on as a charcoal grey, so I was surprised to read description in the BeneFit catalog and online as a "denim blue" color. I do like the packaging it comes in and it is really easy to apply (especially with the BeneFit Talent Brush I bought to go with it) - very creamy consistency. But the staying power SUCKS and I don't have oily skin at all. For that reason, and that reason alone, I would not bother buying this product again. Too bad...the colors are all very pretty.
Makeup Brushes -BeneFit Cosmetics - Get Bent Brush
KatieRoxx 1/11/2008 10:24:00 PM
I only like this brush when it comes to applying cake or liquid eyeliner. I don't feel the bristles are stiff enough to use for applying cream or shadow liners. The angle is great. When washing this brush, be extremely careful with the bristles - especially when drying, as bristles can start to separate and stick out all over the place if not dried properly.
Eyeliner -BeneFit Cosmetics - Babecake eyeliner [DISCONTINUED]
KatieRoxx 1/11/2008 10:11:00 PM
As cake eyeliners go, this one can't be beat. I do like that BeneFit has packaged 2 colors together in one case (great if you are travelling because you've got 2 colors to choose from instead of having to cram separate containers in your cosmetic kit). Works great with BeneFit's Get Bent eyeliner brush. My only gripe is BeneFit used to offer more colors of Babecake a few years ago. If any BeneFit cosmetics execs are reading this: Bring back the discontinued Bridget (dark grey Babecake)! Or better yet, how about packaging a dark grey with a dark navy or dark green Babecake liner???
My skin is normal, but in winter I can get a little dry, especially around eye area and then this product tends to not blend well at all. Not easy to sharpen this pencil. Instead of a pencil, I would probably like this product much more if it came in the same packaging as Boi-ing and you could just apply it with your finger or a concealer brush.
While I love the result - it is the closest product out there to the natural flush I get on my fair skin - the packaging really is lousy. The brush is completely useless unless I am applying a light stain to my lips. For my cheeks, I just use my fingers. The bottle neck is very small, so only a few drops come out at a time. You definitely need to work quickly at applying this because it dries really fast. Would actually prefer if they packaged BeneTint in a tube with a roller ball applicator to apply to cheeks (or lips) and got rid of the brush. While the price is steep, a little is all that is needed and a bottle lasts a very long time.
I love Boi-ing as it is the only concealer that really hides my dark circles. Does a nice job if you get an occassional pimple. My skin is normal, but sometimes if it is very hot outside I do notice a little settling of product in very fine lines underneath eyes. I did try LemonAid by Benefit to hide dark circles, but did not like it as it was dry/tacky and hard to work with and it seemed to really dry out the skin around my eyes. Boi-ing has a much creamier consistency and blends very easily with fingers or concealer brush.