I love this brush! It's $3, and works just as well as my more expensive ones. Actually picks up and deposits my product. I have been dreaming about getting a flat top brush, but I didn't know if I'd use it enough to justify the price. So glad I got the ELF one and for so cheap! So far, it's easy to clean. Of course, as with all ELF brushes, the top and handle is becoming loose. A few drops of glue should do the trick.
I love Oxy, but I don't think I'll try the Clinical line again. Don't put this on forming zits or ones that haven't come to a head. It will burn off layers of skin if you don't put an extremely thin layer on, and it doesn't dry out the zit very well. I think regular Oxy is much better.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
MlizK 3/29/2011 7:58:00 PM
Got this in Eggplant, and I absolutely love it! The price has gone down, which is great. It glides on smoothly and lasts forever. I've even used this on my entire eyelid and it doesn't budge. Hasn't dried out on me and I've had it for 6 months. I keep it sanitary by always washing my brush after using. Perfect little jar for traveling! The brush? Great brush, but I don't use it for applying the liner. I use an angled eyeliner brush which makes this so quick and easy. I want to try the other colors.
The wash is nothing special and smells strong. The hydrating lotion is my favorite! It does hydrate, but is very light and doesn't dry my face. The acne treatment? Disappointing. Works better than most cheap products, but from Oxy, I was expecting better results. Their original is miles better. I'll buy the lotion, but no thanks to the others.
Treatments -AcneFree - Acne and Blackhead Terminator
MlizK 3/27/2011 6:43:00 PM
This did more in half a day than Oxy Clinical has done in 2 days. Swelling, redness, and pain went down tremendously. My only complaint is the packaging; the cap breaks pretty easily.
Great volume! However, lengthening is not the best. Very black, and no clumps. Kind of gooey, brush has lots of excess product when I take it out. If you're looking for something new and different (and cheap!) then it's worth a shot. May or may not buy this again.
I love how this is creamy and pigmented. STAYS ON. Can be used wet, too! But I use it as eyeliner, and I have a lot of fallout. Even when I shake off excess and have switched brushes. I love the packaging, sturdy and easy to travel with.
Bronzers -Maybelline - expertwear_solarenergy_bronzer_sundust
MlizK 3/23/2011 7:47:00 PM
Got this at the Dollar Tree. Just when I was looking for a bronzer! It's nothing super spectacular. Shimmery, but the color > the shimmer. Blend it in well to get depth...or half the color gets shaken off.
I bought these in Passion and Crave. Crave is a bright magenta that isn't very wearable. When it fades, it's very pretty. Passion is gorgeous. It's a pigmented highlighter pink. I love that the balm is on the end, but like everyone else says, why isn't it retractable? If they sold this balm separately, I would buy it instead of Chapstick. LOVE the stuff. Anyways, you have to exfoliate your lips and make certain they are moisturized. But you have to have the product sink in. Lasting power is only OK. Sometimes it lasts 2 hours. If you have dry lips like me, these are more trouble than what they're worth. Passion will work best since it is pretty light. Even when my lips are slightly dry, I don't notice it sinking into the cracks. Love how these are bright and not dull, but I don't want to pay $7+ for them. I'd rather spend half that on low maintenance lipstick that I have to reapply. And how sanitary is a marker or felt tip? It'll be hard to find a replacement color for Passion, though.
I gave it a 4 because it's a good shape and decent at blending the crease, and it's a buck. I use this brush a lot, but not for its intended purpose. It doesn't pick up a lot of product, and it doesn't deposit it very well. I use it for blending or with browns because the color gets muddied out anyways. Great idea, but I think spending $2 more will get you something that works better. The first one I bought had the bristles all clumped together by a drop of glue. I was able to return it, but watch out for defective brushes.
I love this eyeshadow. Pigmented, smooth, no fallout (yippee!), lasts a really long time (with no primer...and I have oily lids). Love the color (colors). Reminds me of The Little Mermaid. :) The packaging is so-so. I hate the little slide-y lid thing, but it does take up less room. I won't run out of this any time soon, but I would repurchase. Only buy Lancome when you can get free gifts.
Concealers -Neutrogena - SkinClearing Blemish Concealer
MlizK 3/14/2011 4:46:00 PM
I don't really like the tip of the applicator, and things that you have to twist to get the product out are irritating. However, this stuff not only covers up my zits, it heals them better than any acne medicine I've ever used. Somehow it works that well for me! A little expensive, but it works and does what it says on the package so I give it a 5.
I love that this makes blemishes invisible. Not the easiest to use under the eyes though. The shade I use matches me so perfectly, it's scary. Also lasts a long time.
So I read that these concealers are slightly darker than the matching foundation/powder. When buying, I notice that in the tube, my shade number still looked too light. I went to the shade darker, and I am so glad I did! Somehow, the shade I got (25 medium) is slightly darker than my skin tone (which is, in Maybelline Fit Me language, 115-120), but when blended in under my eyes makes the area look brighter and natural. Go figure. Do plan on re-buying when I run out. Luckily they have many shades and aren't that expensive, so I can buy a darker one for summer. I tried this on blemishes and it does a pretty decent job making them less noticeable, more so than I would expect based on the reviews I've read. The only thing I can find to complain about is the amount you get for the price. After the second time I used it, my tube looked not even 3/4 full. And this is only a dollar cheaper than the foundation. But I'd recommend especially for keeping in the purse for retouches or if you like simple, easy concealer. Quick and easy to use, and doesn't dry out your undereye area.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
MlizK 2/9/2011 6:25:00 PM
Even though it's in a jar, it hasn't crumbled or dried out on me! This blush does have a lot of shimmer, but I love it because the color looks natural on me, it's easy to control, and my cheeks are the driest parts of my face...making this blush not only last longer but not dry me out! I also like how this gives me an air-brushed looked. Most shimmery blushes accentuate my pores, but this doesn't! Also counteracts some of the greenish color I have under my eye/on my cheekbones. I haven't used this in warm weather, but I haven't noticed it melting off. Sturdy jar; I have dropped it several times and travelled with it, but it hasn't broken. :)