My DH is currently wearing this. He wears one type of scent til its gone,then buys something different. He smells very nice in this, but our son, not so much. Its more of a mature mans scent. Scent is so different on everyone... on my hubby it smells very $$$$, not cloying and no weird citrus or aquatic scents...I find them very immature and almost feminine. So yes, this is a winner and I would have no problem if he would repurchase.
Highlighters -Too Faced - Absolutely Invisible Candlelight
yankeerose 9/3/2012 12:52:00 PM
I've had this product since Xmas. I've used it a few times when we went out at night, I just dusted a very light coat all over my face as a finish. Looks beautiful in restaurants, clubs, anywhere there is lower lighting. But what a mess in natural or flouresent lighting...my face looked like it had a oil sheen sprayed on. Not attractive. Yes, I will continue to use this when we go out until it is used up, but won't be repurchasing.
I've had this pallette for about a year now, and I have been using it at least once or twice weekly. I just never got around to reviewing it... I have gray eyes, the colors in this set work so well for me, whether I want the dark smokey eye look (which I'm afraid, because of my age, doesn't work for me as well as it used too :( or using the light pink as a wash and just lightly line top lid with the gray shadow. The colors all blend beautifully and with UD primer, lasts about 8 hours. I do not use the brow color, its too dark for me, and the eye bright is a cute idea, but dried out fairly quickly due to the packaging. This also comes with tiny tweezers that work well for a quicky touch up of a wayward hair. The brush is useless and the liner pencil is okay at best. But the true stars of this pallette are the 2 shadows and the liner (which I use dry as a shadow also). I still have quite a bit left, but will repurchase since this is the only pink/gray combo that actually looks good on my skin tone.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Vitamin C Serum
yankeerose 9/2/2012 3:36:00 PM
I started making my own Vit C serum about 1 month ago. I use 1 teaspoon crystalized vit c from Trader Joes and 1/2 cup rosewater. I put everything into a cobalt glass spray bottle. Shake until vit C is dissolved. I apply a thin spray on face, neck, upper chest and back of hands AM and PM, followed by CeraVe moisturizer. I do not rub/pat the serum in my skin, I just allow it to dry. To be honest, I haven't seen any miraculous changes in my skin. Nothing bad either. I must admit, I have pretty nice skin (thanks to using ProActive about 10 years ago), so I am using this for maintanance. I am going to test on cellulite on one thigh, I'll use it for 2 months and report back on my findings. If this stuff works on cellulite...I'm going to make batches in barrels! Edited to say, I am now using plain distilled water instead of the rosewater and have noticed a tad more stinging, but in the a.m. my skin looks radiant. Will continue to use distilled water, which is nice because its much cheaper than the rosewater. Not noticing any difference in celulite yet, but going to keep applying for a few more weeks.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
yankeerose 8/30/2012 11:33:00 AM
I have tried so many different mascaras that I've lost count. I found my HG a few years ago...but of course it was discontinued...so my quest was on again to find that one mascara that would do everything! I tried Lancome (great but the price is ridiculous), MAC (what a joke), Stila, Tarte, Clinique (all ok but nothing special), Estee Lauder (another good one,but still too pricey), and more drugstore brands than I have room here to list. I was in Walgreens and remembered reviews for this product...found a tube, $2.50...hmmm, why not??? Guess what? This is even better than my old HG!!! Huge, false looking lashes, not only long, but thick. Wore it all day and had very small amount of smudging under eye, but no more than any other brand, including waterproof formulas I've tried. I'm going to buy a few more back-ups cause this stuff is what mascara is supposed to be. YEAH Jordana!
Only been using this for 1 week and already purchased a back-up. I have been a die hard fan of MAC blacktrack for years. It stayed on my waterline a good 8 hours without smearing etc. I read some reviews that this product was darker than the blacktrack and stayed on the waterline forever. It was $4 at Ulta, had a coupon, had nothing to loose by trying it. WOW!!! This stuff is ink black, never seen any gel liner this dark. And it stays on my waterlines like a permanent tattoo. Does not budge for 8/10 hours. I have absolutely nothing but raves for this product and would be willing to pay much more than $4 for it ,though I'm glad I don't have too. If you are looking for the ultimate, black as night, stay on til you force it off, gel liner for your waterline...look no further.
I was really excited to receive my rollerball of this scent from Sephora. I wore it today...within 1 hour I smelled like Fruit Loops cereal...cheap, sugary fruit and wheat! Seriously, I am so disappointed in this. To add insult to injury...it lasts at most 2 hours. I guess I should be greatful that it didn't have great lasting power. This baby is going to my DD, maybe she'll have better luck with it. I implore you, if you have not tested this, do not buy anything other than the rollerball. Then of course if you love it, buy the econo barrel size...
This is my review for the Revlon Colorstay Base Coat...I purchased this because of a bad experience I had with Zoya Zuza nail color. I have never used base coats before, but when I removed the Zuza it left my nail beds this sickly green color. I used everything I could think of to remove the staining and finally had to purchase nail bleach to get it off. So of course its summer and I'm still craving blue's and green's so decided to purchase my first base coat to avoid nail staining. So I picked the colorstay base coat...well gosh darn it...my polish has been on for 6 days and I've had no chipping...I mean NONE. And the polish I used was OPI's, No Room For The Blues, OPI chips on me within 2 days, but I love their colors so I put up with it. But the real test was when I removed the blue polish...Yep no staining, not one bit. I am so pleased with this product. Oh and as a side note, I've used the base coat on my toe nails and even though I wear enclosed heels all day long, my pedi is still perfect 6 days later. This stuff is AMAZING!
I have this in Sand Beige. Its the perfect color. It blends like a dream, a little goes a long way. I tried using my beauty blender...it took forever to get it looking right, my fingers blend it in quickly and perfectly. I love the way my skin looks initially, but by noon my face looks greasy and it seems that quite a bit of the foundation has either slid off my face or my skin absorbed it!!! I tried using powder to set it, but the same thing happened...by noon I looked as if I had no foundation on at all. I tried using the all-nighter spray from UD, that will usually guarantee me 6/8 hours of wear...nope not even that helped. I just can't condone applying foundation every 4 hours. So, won't be repurchasing. If they reformulate this, I would give it another try, but since its so popular I don't see that happening.
First off let me state for the record that I am a HUGE fan of Zoya polishes. They last forever on me, no chipping for at least 4/5 days. BUT...the color Zuza, though a cute metallic teal, perfect for summer color, has stained everyone of my nailbeds a weird green, it actually looks like I have a fungus on everyone of my nails, it is utterly disgusting. I have used Zoya polish remover, and then pure acetone...nothing gets the staining out. I am making a trip to Sallys in the a.m. to purchase nail bleach...yes, there is a product that does this ( a wonderful poster told me about it on the nail board). I must admit, I do not use base coats, never did (may start now after this fiasco), I have used black/dark burgundy/navy etc polishes and never had this happen before. Maybe its the color, mixed with the metallic sparkle...I don't know, but right now I am a very unhappy, green nailed yankeerose!
Clean smelling, it seems like a comforting scent. When I wear it, I think of clothes detergent...not a scent I'm aiming for. While not terrible, this one is definitly not for me. Let me explain how I test scent....I buy the smallest available bottle or roll-on of a fragrance that I like. I then wear that scent for 2 straight weeks (yes, this is the time frame that works for me ;), if hubby/family/no one has commented on the fragrance, You know the standard...you smell good/nice/sexy etc...then I know its not a winner for me. I enjoy many perfumes, but I especially like knowing that those around me like them too. Yes, there are a few that I wear just because I love them...but honestly, we don' t continue to smell our scent after wearing it for awhile, if people we deal with daily aren't enjoying it, whats the point???
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray
yankeerose 5/16/2012 11:48:00 PM
I use this product daily. Both of my bottles never had any real smell to them. Both of the sprayers tended to drip instead of spray...so I just poured ELF's into a old UD all-nighter bottle and Voila! nice light spray with no drips. I like both UD's and ELF's, but lets face it...$30 vs $3 for basically the same product...I'll stick with ELF.
Primer/ Corrector -Korres - Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Face Primer
yankeerose 4/9/2012 10:10:00 AM
So glad I did not pay for this,I received a large sample in a Birchbox. I cannot say anything, and I mean anything positive about this product. I applied it as a primer and within 2 hours my face was a slick, oily mess. I thought maybe its just me (because lets face it, sometimes its just something about our chemistry that makes a good product react terribly), so I had a friend try it...she had the EXACT same reaction. I cannot imagine how Korres is saying this is a mattifying primer...its actually the worst product I have ever used and thats saying something, cause I'm a product whore and I've used my share of really crappy products but this takes the cake.
Styling Products -Schwarzkopf - Instant Volume Powder
yankeerose 2/26/2012 9:37:00 AM
I like the idea of this product, but it just doesn't work for me. I have longer than shoulder length, very fine but a ton of hair. Since my hair is so fine, I really need something to add a bit of "muscle" to the roots. This is not the product. I think it would work great for short, layered hair. I will not say this is the worst product I've ever used, but it just didn't do what I was hoping it would.
Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Concealer Brush
yankeerose 2/26/2012 9:27:00 AM
This review is ONLY about the concealer brush. I am a klutz when it comes to using shadow brushes. I don't know if my lids are weirdly shaped or what, but no shadow brushes really deposit the color the way I want it too...except for this "concealer" brush. I use this brush to cover the entire lid with a light coat of base shadow then flip the brush on its side and its the perfect size to do my crease...flawlessly. My shadow always looks perfect (to me anyway =) and its all because of this cheap, little beauty. I just bought 2 more from CVS (only place that sells them in my area).