Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Latisse Lash Growth Drops
3dogsnight73 9/17/2010 12:50:00 PM
Latisse Works! On the advice of my dermatologist, I have been using a fine eyeliner brush (Sonia Kashuk) to apply the product every night. She stated that the applicators are much too large and you don't need that much product. I am currently on my 11th week of use and still have product left. I really don't know if more product produces faster results but due to the cost, i'm willing to wait a little longer to reach "full impact". My initial issues with my lashes were sparsity and gaps. I had decent length. The first changes i noticed were more length. Around 8 weeks I noticed that one gap in particular had filled in. At this point, my lashes are not darker, or thicker, but the gaps have all filled in, my lash line as a whole has become fuller, and they are really long. Also, at around 8 weeks is when other people began to notice a difference. As for the side effects...I already had darkened lids and I haven't noticed any difference. The first few weeks and randomly now there is itching, but it's tolerable and not long-lasting. I have had no redness, burning, or eye discoloration. The only "side effect" i've had that has been an issue is that I have gotten tons of new/longer eyelashes on the inner corners of my eye and they tickle the sides of my nose and drive me crazy. I have remedied that, to some degree, w/ better eyelash curling. I also have tried to avoid putting any more product there. I will definitely repurchase and am looking forward to more changes. My dermatologist also told me that she has many patients who, after "full impact", only really use it every other night for maintenance. This will also make the bottle last much longer.
There is one problem with this product...buying a full-size will make me feel horrible about the other 6 bronzers i have that i likley won't use again. ;-) I am about to finish up my sample and am prepared to buy the full size. I don't typically use bronzers for bronzing per se, i use them more for contouring as well as matching my face to my neck. face is slightly darker. i also have a lot of redness so the combination of a good yellow based foundation and some bronzer really diffuses it well. this bronzer looks matte on me. not in a flat way. it looks like skin. it also has no orange tinge. frankly, i don't even consider it a bronzey tinge. it's just a beige-brown. it doesn't bother my skin in any way like itchiness. and to boot, its so inexpensive. i would say i'm an nc25 and the matte light is the perfect color for me for my intended use. it's great.
bought this early on drugstore.com presale. at first i wasn't impressed. i adore original lashblast. i have been using both the volume and length versions together attempting to get the best of both. i'm happy to say after about a week of use i am getting the best of both. its not clumpy in the least, it lengthens fantastically and it provides ample volume. it doesn't provide as much volume as the original but it comes darn close and the clean, non-clumpy application means i can do two coats if necessary w/o a problem. it also removes easier than the original lashblast (volume). this is one of the few mascaras that looks great w/o eyeliner on me. i have very sparse lashes so it's rare that i can pull that look off. will definitely purchase again.
Eyes -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Eye Lights Matte- Matte Shell
3dogsnight73 4/3/2010 1:42:00 PM
this is a staple for me. i bought it at sephora so i have the dual matte/shimmer and i never use the shimmer side so i will be purchasing off the anastasia website next time. it's very creamy to apply and a very thin line under my brows make them look instantly polished. it blends out very nicely and shadows go over it very well. once blended it doesn't even look like i have anything on there, it just makes my brows look freshly plucked. i also use it on the lower waterline every day and it makes my eyes look brighter and more awake and it lasts pretty much all day. it works great on the inner corner as well. it also works well around the lipline in the cupid's bow. (i have a little redness there that looks like bleeding lip color). this is a multi-functional product and worth every penny to me.
this is a very sheer, easy to blend, pretty cheek color. it looks scary orange but goes on light and corally. it's perfect for a low maintenance or in-a-hurry look. i plan to buy more because it's l/e.
Lip Gloss -Bobbi Brown - Golden Nectar Shimmer Lip Gloss
3dogsnight73 2/17/2010 5:01:00 PM
I have several BB glosses and I love them. I would probably not repurchase this particular gloss again because i'm always trying new colors. BB glosses are on the stickier side, but have staying power. Also, the brush applicator sucks. The doe foot has been introduced in another collection and hopefully that will eventually spread to all of her glosses. This color is bright, corally-pink with good shimmer. It goes great with the Calypso Coral pot rouge.
i have several bb glosses but this one does not impress me. thinking about returning it. first, her glosses are sticky, but i don't mind that because of the lasting power. second, i don't like the brush applicator. third, bb glosses tend to be sheer and i don't normally mind that but in this case, it's simply too sheer. i could probably put on a clear and it would be hard to notice a difference. i tend to buy the shimmer glosses but this particular one had a creamy/milky appearance to it. i prefer the golden nectar which is slightly brighter and more shimmery.
Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Calypso Coral
3dogsnight73 2/17/2010 4:52:00 PM
essentially this review is identical to my review of cabo coral. bb's pot rouges have great staying power (not too creamy), beautiful coloring, and a little goes a long way so you get your money's worth. i haven't tried this one on my lips yet but for the most part, i don't like them on the lips. i wore this on a very gray, gloomy day in mid NY and it brightened me up completely. wouldn't repurchase because i'm sure i'll have this forever.
Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Cabo Coral
3dogsnight73 2/17/2010 4:48:00 PM
i have several pot rouges and really love them. pigment is just right, they last all day (although i rarely wear them without a complimentary powder blush on top), easy to apply with my 188. (i make a mess with fingers). i don't really care for most of them on the lips because the colors are off but the cabo coral is nice under one of the coral glosses. i probably won't repurchase because these tend to last so long that they will likely be long gone by the time i finish them. for this reason, i'm also willing to pay the steep price. they really are a great cream blush because of their great coloring and staying power.
being a big fan of high impact i thought i would try high lengths, and was intrigued by the wand. the good news is, the formula is nice, not too heavy, not clumpy, not too wet. the bad news is, so far i'm having difficulty with this wand. not so much the bizarre shape but the fact that it's just too long. i don't feel i have enough control and i end up using the tip of it and not realizing the full benefit. i also like to get my lashes right at the root due to sparsity and i can't really accomplish that with this wand. i'll keep trying and maybe it will grow on me but i won't likely repurchase.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Glosswear for lips in Kissyfit
3dogsnight73 2/14/2010 10:02:00 PM
got this as a gwp and am so in love with it. it's springy, bright, pinky-lilac. the formula is balmy and comfortable. will definitely buy this in full size.
this is hands down, the one product i will never be without. i have tried imitations, sonia kashuk, sephora, cheap drugstore wedges, to no avail. they are NOT the same as the beautyblender. is it an expensive sponge? on it's face, i guess, but when you consider how long this thing lasts that is no longer a consideration. i guess if you are a die-hard brush lover, then this will likely not change your mind. but i tried brushes and i come back to this over and over. i've turned on multiple women in my family to it. it is awesome for liquid foundation and because i wet it i don't feel like it sucks up any more foundation than any other implement. i also use it dry to apply my mac msfn for spot application. any makeup lover out there owes this thing at least one try. if you don't like it, return it. but don't even bother trying to save a few bucks with imitations and think they are even close to the same as this, they aren't. wow, i sound militant. we'll just call it enthusiasm. :-) pros: lasts a very long time when cleansed and cared for properly, applies liquid and powder foundation beautifully cons: my dogs love to get their paws on it
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
3dogsnight73 1/21/2010 1:03:00 PM
I really love this product. I gave it a 4/5 for packaging because it is a little clunky. I actually keep the puff in the packaging to keep it from getting all over and because i use the puff. I tap it off slightly and/or bang it on the back of my hand and roll the powder into my skin with the puff, then i sweep a brush over it to remove excess. It works better than anything i've tried to touch-up and to keep my oily nose looking great. I've never experienced a problem with it getting all over the place. I wish there were a travel size because I do lug this thing to work with me everyday. Plan to buy over and over.
I have a love/hate relationship with this product. Ten days in a row it will work great and then the 11th day it acts up. Nonetheless, I continue to use it because it's a great overall mascara. I don't find it clumpy, I like the brush, it makes my lashes look great. I find it gives me a natural + (like natural with a boost) look. I probably use it 3/5 days a week. It doesn't smell bad. It doesn't flake or feel heavy. It's a really good everyday go-to mascara.
I wanted to wait until I gave this a good honest try and now I have to say I LOVE it. I use Shell and the match is perfect. Just enough yellow. The pump is great. The consistency is liquid enough to spread but thick enough to control. I has light to medium coverage and is very buildable over my rosacea. It has great staying power over my combo/oily (super oily nose) skin. It even keeps my oil at bay better than most others i've tried, including my MUFE mat velvet +. Overall a great foundation. I was surprised because I hated Colorstay and had pretty much written Revlon off. Thankfully the buzz urged me to give this a try. As for the sparkle people speak of, I can see it under certain lights but i've never felt it was noticeable in a bad way. In fact, I only ever noticed it on the back of my hand, not my face. My co-worker just wore it today for the first time and I had to remark on how great she looked.