Mascara -Cover Girl - Fantastic Lash [DISCONTINUED]
Angel_Ling 4/7/2004 12:10:00 AM
I'd give this mascara a C+/B-. While it lengthens, it's nothing spectacular. And though it thickens, again, it's nothing spectacular. But at least it's noticable on my lashes (unlike some other mascaras - L'Oreal's Featherlash, I'm looking at you). I did a side-by-side comparison of this mascara versus Maybelline Illegal Lengths, and the results show that Maybelline lengthened and defined/separated my lashese more, while Cover Girl give a bit more thickness. But I bet no one except myself (and make-up obsessed ladies) could tell the difference between my lashes.
Lip Treatments -Neutrogena - Lip Nutrition Berry Smooth Balm
Angel_Ling 4/1/2004 7:23:00 PM
This is what happens when I don't check MUA for reviews before purchasing! Man, this lip balm is lame. It smells nice, like berries, and it's all cute with pretty pink colors and cute little packaging, but it does nothing for moisturizing the lips. It's waxy and hard to spread on my lips, and, perhaps worst of all, it's one of those balms that give you that weird aftertaste in your mouth. So whenever I try to force myself to wear this (to get my money's worth!), I get an icky fake-berry taste in my mouth. Oh - and there's no "pink color" on your lips, either. It goes on clear. Try Kiehl's Baby Balm for a far better balm.
Concealers -L'Oreal - AirWear - Brightener [DISCONTINUED]
Angel_Ling 4/1/2004 7:19:00 PM
I like the concept of having a concealor that brightens under the eyes, but alas, this one didn't really do much (and I had such high hopes!). When I tried to use this to cover pimples, it looked orangey and noticeable on my cool-toned NC20 skin. When I tried to use this to cover my panda eyes, it didn't really hide the darkness, and, worst of all, it creases beyond belief. It's creamy in consistency, which I like, but I think that's the main reason why it creases so much. Wish I could recommend another concealor now, but I'm still searching for it, alas.
Concealers -Almay - Amazing Lasting [DISCONTINUED]
Angel_Ling 4/1/2004 7:16:00 PM
This is an average concealor. I bought it because I have a serious problem with creasing, and I heard this worked wonders. But no, it creases, too. I'm a cool-toned NC20, and the lightest color is too tan for me. It reminds me of MAC Select Tint concealor, which I also disliked. While this concealor doesn't crease as much as L'Oreal's Airwear Brightner, it still creased noticeably. The search for a creaseless concealor continues, sadly.
After years and years of seaching for the right foundation at department stores, imagine my surprise at finding the right one at my drugstore! I'm a cool-toned FFF (NC20) with very pink cheeks, so finding the right shade is hard. Plus, I have combo skin, so I need something to help combat that. And this foundation does all of it!
I was very skeptical of this "color adapt" technology they were using, esp. when I saw that the lightest shade looked too dark and orangey for me. But I decided to go for it anyway, because of the reviews, and lo and behold, MUA has not let me down again! The texture is like whipped cream, so while it's creamier to spread, I can see how it's more difficult to spread on dry skin (since it's more solid than liquid). But on my combo skin, esp. after I put on sunblock, it's great. As for the "color adapting technology," well, it has me convinced. It looks too beige on me when I swipe it on, but once your blend it, it's gone. There's not even any difference between the color of my face and my neck, either. I don't know how they did it, but they've done it. Buy this - it's awesome.
I went into the drugstore needing to pick up some mascara - any mascara. So, on a whim, I decided on this since I figured it might give me "feathery" lashes. And, I figured, any mascara on my lashes is better than no mascara.
Oh, how wrong I was. When I applied it, I could barely tell I had mascara on! The only difference was that my lashes were now clumped together into 3 lashes overall, all straggley and skimpy. My lashes looked better with no mascara than with Featherlash on it. It was so bad that the next day, I bought another mascara (which I never do, because I'm quite cheap), even though this was only used twice. I'm giving it a pity 2 lippies, only because 1 lippie seems too harsh.
I love the texture of this balm - more of a slippery feeling! No waxiness or stickiness. The only bad quality about this balm is that there's no SPF. Other than that, it's perfect! It moisturizes my lips well, is very glossy, and comes in stick form. Highly recommended.
Hair Color -Clairol - Natural Instincts Hair Color
Angel_Ling 3/12/2004 12:57:00 AM
Since this was the first haircolor I ever dyed my hair, I have a certain affinity for this line, and have used it several times. However, for dark haired people like myself, I don't think that there's a wide variety of color. Also, the color washes out within 2 weeks (if not less). It makes my hair shiny, and the color is natural, but I think there are probably better semi-perm colors out there.
Lotions/ Creams -Bare Escentuals - French Vanilla Lotion
Angel_Ling 3/2/2004 5:17:00 PM
Let me start off by saying that I'm extraordinarily picky about the scents I use--for instance, no perfume (too strong, makes me queasy) and absolutely no musky or spicy scents. I've always wanted to smell like vanilla, but each and every single one of the vanilla scents I came across smelled musky or plastic-y or too much like vanilla beans, and I couldn't stand the scent on my skin.
So when my dearest SO got me this lotion after I commented about my vanilla-search, I was a bit dubious (and worried about what I should do, if it smells bad on my skin). But I slathered it on anyway, and lo and behold, it smells like real French vanilla! Some people cannot tell the difference between vanilla and French vanilla, but, rest assured, I can; this lotion smells a bit more like vanilla than French vanilla, but it still smells wonderful--no vanilla beans-scent or musky undertones. I cannot believe how utterly yummy it is. In fact, I'm still in shock--I smell like delicious vanilla! After all these years of hunting down lotions, smelling countless versions, rubbing on icky-smelling vanilla-wannabe lotions, finally! In case you can't tell, I highly recommend this lotion to everyone who wanted to smell like vanilla but just couldn't find that right scent. Just rub it on, wait for about 15 minutes and then let everyone fawn over that fabulous scent you're wearing. (A most definite Holy Grail.)
Loose Powders -Sonia Kashuk - Barely There Loose Powder in Naked
Angel_Ling 3/2/2004 3:47:00 PM
This is an excellent loose powder. I have cool-toned, pale skin (NC20), but this powder is translucent, so no color shows. It helps keep my combo skin at bay (more than any other foundation/powder/etc I've ever used), and gives a very finished--but natural!--look. There's tiny shimmer particles in it, but none appear on your face; the end result is more matte, but it's really great. Highly recommended.
I bought this product primarily based on the raves here on MUA, and because so many claimed that it would be a good "refresher" product, a concept that has always fascinated me (but never worked on my hair). Alas, when I sprayed it on my hair on a no-washing day, it didn't take care of the greasiness, although it did make it a bit less limp and stringy--but only a bit.
The reason why I'm giving this 5 lippies, though, is because it's great as a leave-in conditioner. I have TR'ed hair, and sometimes I feel as though my hair doesn't have enough bounce or life to it. But with this sprayed on my roots and all over my hair, I've gotten a lot more body and spring to my hair. This definitely does not weigh hair down--it gives it life! I'm not too crazy about the smell (cherry-esque), but it wears off after a few minutes. Great price for the amount you get, too.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Spotlight detangler
Angel_Ling 3/2/2004 3:37:00 PM
This is the one product that takes care of the baby-hairs I have along my part. As long as you use the right amount (I use a dime-sized squirt, and I have long, TR'ed hair), greasiness shouldn't be a problem--even along the roots. I don't notice "shimmering shine," as they promised on the tube, but it does make my hair noticeably softer and a bit more shiny. Defintely worth it.
Moisturizers -Dove - Essential Nutrients Day Creme SPF 15
Angel_Ling 3/2/2004 3:33:00 PM
Thank you to everyone who reviewed this! I was sure that this cream would be too heavy for my oily/combo skin, but I took a chance after reading all the raves, and wow! I love this cream! It has a "whipped" consistency and is so light and fluffy, it's not heavy at all, nor does it make my face oily throughout the day. (If anything, it seems to keep it a bit more matte.) It keeps my sometimes-blotchy skin calm and clear. Plus, it has Vitamins A, B5, E, with green tea extract and pure spring water with SPF 15, so what more can you ask for? Well, actually, I'm not that fond of the jar--you have to dip your fingers into it--but other than that, I have no complaints.
Styling Products -Beyond The Zone - Get N Creamed [DISCONTINUED]
Angel_Ling 11/5/2003 2:19:00 AM
It's a great finishing product, definitely. The texture of the actual product is not as silky as I would have thought--it's thick and slightly hard to spread. But oh well, it goes on the hair fine. And when I look closely at my hair, I can see tiny flecks of blue glitter--awesome! Very very tiny, but noticeable if you peer closely. It moisturizes okay, but FF glossing creme is better for that.
The AHA and BHA in this cleanser convinced me to buy this product. Well, and it was on sale. While it comes with AHA/BHA and tiny microbeads for exfoilation, I think this is a fairly average cleanser. I don't notice my face anymore exfoilated, and I still get pimples. Based on the reviews on MUA, I'm going to try Aveeno's Skin Brightening Scrub next, which has microbeads without the AHA/BHA.