One of the things that is true about the product is that it does dry fast - extremely fast that is. It also claims to have no smell but I find that it smells like spraying alcohol on my body and I'm sure the alcohol content in the product is high to have it dry that fast. The alcohol smell will evaporate after a couple of minutes. However, the problem with having it dry so fast is that you very well might have missed a spot - and then you just have to sit it out for 5-7 days for the tan to all go away and re-try it again. So this self tanner does last about 5 full days which is longer than all the other self tanners I have tried so far. The good thing is that if it dries so fast, you don't have to wait around to put on your clothes after you apply it or have it stain your clothes/furniture you might get in contact with. Each time I have used this product I have always managed to miss a spot on my skin. The colour is slightly orange but it is quite brown on me so it looks pretty real if you applied it evenly. I much prefer Jergens Express Natural Glow as I can apply it much more evenly. It will take 3 applications of the Jergens one to achieve the same skin tone as one application of Glow Fusion, but it's really about being able to apply it evenly or not with this very fast drying spray.
Lip Gloss -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Lips - Dominique
girlinto 8/4/2008 1:06:00 AM
I find the tingling sensation of this lipgloss quite annoying as it does last a very long time. I don't mind a lipgloss that will tingle the first few minutes after application for the plumping action but having it tingle this strongly for as long as it's on your lips is too long for me personally. I love glitter lipglosses or lipsticks so I have no problem with the grainy texture as you'll always get this if there is glitter in the colour. What I do like about this lipgloss it the type of wet look it gives your lips. The wet look on your lips is not due to a thick coating of goo-ey lipgloss. It has a very nice wet finish to it. I also tend to smack my lips together a bit and with that kind of tendency with lipgloss, the lipgloss will often smear out of the lipline- but not with this gloss. I find that this gloss really stays within your lip area that you applied it even with smacking your lips! That being said, the stinging sensation has not died down after a half hour of application and because of that I will not buy it again.
Eyeliner -Smashbox - Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Black
girlinto 8/4/2008 12:59:00 AM
Seems like this product has reviews from people who really love it or really don't like it. I'm one of those that really love this product. I use it almost everyday and before I started using this, I was using Maybelline's waterproof liquid eyeliner. The nice thing about this Smashbox eyeliner is that you can smudge it a bit unlike a liquid eyeliner which goes on very boldly. I apply the eyeliner with Smashbox's #21 eyeliner brush which is recommended for this product. I find that it goes on very very smoothly and stays on forever. I've even slept with this stuff on and it still looked great in the morning (I don't recommend sleeping with make up on though-I just found myself in that predicament sometimes). I've cried with this stuff on too and it didn't run at all so it is very waterproof. For the ladies that had it dried out, I find that around 3 months into the product if you use it every day or so, it will start to dry out and you need to buy a new one at that point. The new pots apply very smoothly. I won't be giving up on this product anytime soon! ***UPDATE*** Okay, I read the bad reviews on here and saw that there were suggestions for MAC fluidline or L'Oreal HIP cream liner. My Smashbox cream liner was drying out and I needed another one so I decided to get the L'Oreal HIP cream liner since some ladies said that the colour is more intense than the MAC fluidline. Well, well, lets just say that I'm now addicted to the L'Oreal HIP cream liner. The brown one works perfect (you can read my review on it). I also bought the black one which is terrific but it's more intense than the black Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner; so I only use the black one at night. I highly recommend the L'Oreal product over this one because (1) it actually has more staying power when I tested it in running water (although the Smashbox one has always stayed on well for me) (2) when I curl my eyelashes after applying the Smashbox liner, some of the liner does transfer onto my eyelash curler but this is not the case with the L'Oreal HIP liner (3) the L'Oreal product is much creamier than the Smashbox one so I find it more smudgeable however it does set to dry in about one or two minutes (4) L'Oreal HIP liner was $15.99 CDN while the Smashbox one is $28 CDN. So I won't be buying this Smashbox liner again. The only problem is trying to find the L'Oreal HIP liner in Toronto Canada. You can get it at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Yonge and College which is open 24 hours, but it took me like 4 or 5 different stores to discover this.
Lipstick -Sephora - Maniac Long Wearing Lipstick 01
girlinto 8/4/2008 12:45:00 AM
I have the #13 colour which is a really glittery bright pink colour. I love how there is a lot of glitter in the colour. I find this product to be great as it does not crack and flake off like many of the other long wearing lipsticks that I have bought. I tend to also smack my lips together quite a bit and that did not ruin the consistency of the lipstick. If I smack my lips together with almost all the other long wearing lipsticks I have tried (Revlon, L'oreal, Maybelline, Max Factor, CG..etc..) it will cause the lipstick to crack and flake off in bits which is really ugly. I will be buying this again.