Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - CVS Pharmacy After Sun Body Butter
awful_cherry 10/15/2006 6:12:00 PM
The texture is nice, but the smell is horrid. It smelled nice and fruity in the tube, but when I actually put it on my skin, it is nasty and chemical and gives me a bad headache. I will definitely not buy this again -- there are many decent-smelling lotions out there.
Treatments -Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA
awful_cherry 7/11/2006 6:45:00 PM
It's a great product if you have used AHAs and like them. No matter how long I use it, it always stings like hell when I put it on my face. It also is kind of thick, and doesn't absorb into my skin very well -- I have to wait for my Duac gel to dry completely before putting this on, or they mix into thick white stuff that won't absorb into my skin. It's great for my skin texture, and is helping even out some light sun-induced freckles (I'm 19 and refuse to call them age spots). I may repurchase this, depending on where my skin is when I finish the tub -- retinoids, I've found, are better for evening out skin tone and clearing acne scars, but this is much cheaper and gentler so I would like to keep using it.
This goes on very bright! It looked like a pretty coral and went on as an electric coral pink. I love the color, it's gorgeous. Unfortunately, I have cool toned skin and get pale in the winter, so it's not flattering at all, it just looks wrong and out of place on me. This looks pretty in summer when I have a deep tan, especially on toes, and within a few days it fades and the color is more muted anyways. I just wish it suited me when I haven't been spending loads of time at the beach.
I imagine this will be a good everyday color for me. It's a nice berry pink, just a tad deeper than my natural lips and with a very flattering frost. I usually hate frosty lipcolors -- if they are lighter than my natural lips I will not touch them -- but the frost in this one is plumping and flattering. These lipsticks smell like chocolate, have no taste, and are nicely moisturizing. There is some sheen in halo due to the frost, but it's not shiny like a gloss. The only problem is the staying power, but having gotten these at buy one get one half off (which averages to what, $2.50 each?) I'm going to tolerate one imperfection.
Eh, it's okay. It's sort of a mildy frosty coral pink. For someone who really likes that kind of color, it would be good. These smell like chocolate and have no taste. The formula is sheer, not shiny but not drying. I'm not crazy about the color, but I'm usually into berry and red colors anyways. I'm NW20 and this does work decently on me, which is unusual for a color with warm or coral tones. I imagine that I'll love this later this summer when I have a tan, but right now, with my pale skin and pigmented lips, it just isn't a "wow" color.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
awful_cherry 5/25/2006 2:52:00 AM
This is not a "thickening" mascara. It's not an awful mascara but the name is misleading. I wanted a 2000-Calorie style really good thickening mascara (since 2000 Calorie is so hard to find) and I got the equivalent of a black lash tint. Which is utterly pointless, because my lashes are already black, thick, and long. This is quite good at separating, so sometimes I use it as a base coat under my MAC fibre rich. As a mascara on its own, however, it's only for those who want to make their lashes darker.
Hmm...I'm undecided about this stuff. I didn't want to give it a bad rating because it's not a bad eyeshadow in formula, and I'm a bit of a klutz with makeup (so I usually wind up just going smudgey). I've yet to wear this out, but everytime I play with it at home I wind up looking like Robert Smith from the cure. Also, it's not nearly as sparkly on as it looks in the pan, but it is labeled as a velvet and not a frost so I suppose I can't complain about that. The formula is decent, I'm just not sure I'm ready to deal with black shadow yet -- I think I'll stick with just smudging my black liner. In fact, I'm not even sure why I bought this...I blame the evil influence of MAC marketing, making me think I could somehow pull off the disheveled-sexy look of the Lingerie ads if I bought it. But if you want a pigmented, slightly sparkly black eyeshadow and you happen upon some of this (it's LE) go for it...however I tried Urban Decay's deluxe shadow in Zero in Sephora and I think it may be a better, more pigmented formula than this (I can't tell for sure because I was certainly not going to attempt to put it on my eyes in public, but it felt smoother and looked darker on my hand).
Very cheap, and taste delicious. These are not faintly flavored but mostly scented glosses -- they really taste like you're licking frosting off your lips. The staying power isn't the greatest, probably because I always lick my lips when I'm wearing them. I just wish they had darker colors in the selection, a red or purple perhaps. I have pretty pigmented lips, and I'm just not into light, frosty colors. They look decent over lipstick, though.
Lipstick -Clinique - Different Lipstick - Tenderheart
awful_cherry 3/19/2006 8:55:00 PM
Love it, the perfect "natural" YLBB lipstick. I have gotten a couple of these through GWPs so I've never actually bought a stick of it, but I may repurchase when I run out. I used this all the time when I was strictly into natural lip looks; I'm getting more experimental as I get older so I don't know that I would buy this lipstick over others, though. It is, pretty much, the color of my lips, just a very slight bit darker and creamier.
I actually love this gloss. Usually I can't wear very warm shades, but this looks pretty on me. I use a very thin layer of Gatsby over my lips (you have to wipe most of the gloss off the applicator first), and then a touch of Daisy on top. I am NW20 and this is not too dark for me. This could easily be an everyday shade for me, but it's quite expensive and the color seems to have been discontinued so I save it for when it really goes with the rest of my makeup.
Love it. I normally only wear black liner, but decided to give this a try. I have brown eyes that sometimes have green flecks in them, and this liner really brings out the green. It doesn't match the smog eyeshadow, but I love wearing it with Stila shadow in La Douce. I also love that I somehow manage to put it on without getting it all over my eye. I tried a maybelline liquid liner at one point and never managed to make it look decent. I have almost as much control applying this as I do with a pencil.
Concealers -MAC - Studio Touch-Up Stick [DISCONTINUED]
awful_cherry 3/12/2006 4:40:00 AM
Love it! Wasn't planning on buying a concealer the last time I went to MAC as I just bought one there, but I just loved this. It goes on so smoothly, it's like filling in your blemish with a crayon. I barely have to blend. I don't think it's an all day concealer -- it really is a touch up stick. It also has several oils on the ingredient list and petrolatum is the first ingredient, so I wouldn't use it as my standard concealer for fear of it breaking me out (I use concealer over a lot of my cheek due to acne marks). I intend to keep using my studio finish in the mornings, and then carry this around to touch up the really bad spots that become more visible as makeup wears off. My only concern is breakouts, but I'll update if that happens.
Generally I would wait a bit before reviewing a foundation to make sure it didn't break me out, but I know there's a lot of hype about this and a lot of people are wanting reviews so I'll do one :)
I love this. I've only worn it twice so far but I really love it. It's very smooth, it doesn't make me flake like liquid foundations tend to do. I've been trying to use powder foundations instead but can never get smooth, even coverage. I was actually at MAC to try to find a primer to make my Clinique perfectly real powder foundation go on smoother and tried this on a whim, and the Clinique is definitely going to be returned. MAC has the best color match I've found in foundation -- NW 20 -- everything else is always too yellow or orange for me. It's been years since I've used a MAC foundation but I'm the same color in this as I am in both MAC concealers I've bought recently and the color has stayed true on me more so than most other foundations do. Used over moisturizer, the finish is matte but not overly or unnaturally so. My one gripe is the packaging -- I don't like that you have to pay extra to buy the pump; MAC isn't expensive but it's enough that you should get decent packaging for your money rather than having to buy it seperately. Unless my skin changes drastically (as it's been prone to do), I could see this being the first foundation that I ever repurchase.
Update: The more I use this the more I love it. I'm really not sure why I was so obsessed with finding a powder foundation that worked, this is perfect. The "buildable" coverage is actually buildable, I've never seen it work without caking before. I apply a very tiny bit all over my face, then another thin layer over my cheeks where my acne marks are, cover up the worst ones with studio finish concealer, and use the studio touch up stick during the day for (duh) touchups. I have neither broken out nor had it dry my skin out. It's a very matte finish, my skin (normal in oil level but breakout prone) doesn't even need a powder with it, but it's not powdery looking like maybelline pure or the clinique perfectly real. Of all the foundations people are making a big deal of right now, this is the only one I consider worthy of its hype.
This is a pretty good tinted moisturizer. The coverage is very minimal, hence only having 3 shades (the lightest one worked for me in summer and winter, and my skin goes from white to very tan). My only problem was the finish was a little shiny. I used this for about a year when I had basically perfect skin -- when I barely broke out and when I did it didn't leave marks. I used cover girl because I didn't want to pay for coverage I barely needed. This plus pressed powder evened me out and didn't look made up. I wouldn't repurchase only because my skin started breaking out (not related to this makeup) and now thanks to acne marks I need a lot more coverage.
Clothes -Victoria's Secret - PINK Panty Collection
awful_cherry 3/11/2006 4:47:00 AM
Love the cut and the price, but why can't they sell more solid colors or at least sexier prints? When they have the 5-fors I can never actually find 5 pairs that I like. I prefer the Sexy Little Things -- more expensive, but softer material and sexier designs.