Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Microfiber cloths
AlyssaRose 11/29/2011 9:15:00 AM
MF cloths have so many uses. They are ridiculously absorbant. I use them in the kitchen, and have sewn them in as a hidden layer in cloth diapers (yes...cloth diapers!) for maximum absorbancy. You can use them as a a reusable Swiffer pad and you will never go back to the expensive paper refills again! So, it came to no suprose to me that this would make a great beauty tool. After seeing how easily it cleans surfaces in my home, I can't believe I never thought to use it to wash my face. One or two gentle swipes over my whole face with a damp MF cloth takes off all traces of MU after I've applied my Pond's cream. Before this I was using cotton prefolds, and had to keep folding to get a clean spot for all the wiping. Not anymore! I highly recommend. BARGAIN ALERT: Costco has a pack of 36 of these for $16 or so. They are yellow. I bought them years ago and they are still holding strong. ANOTHER PLUS: These hold up very well to heavy duty washing. I've always washed my MF towels in hot water and bleach (extra rinse to get all the bleach out.)
This has been extremely moisturizing for my lips. When mid-October rolled around, I noticed my lips getting chappy and rough. This product has completely reversed this issue. There are tons of shades, so I have an option for every day of the week if I wanted to. But, I would buy this if it only came in clear, just for the moisture factor. I am a sucker for packaging, and I appreciate the quilted tube with the clear top. It's not tacky at all. I do with that the black base that says "REVLON" was about a quarter inch longer. It would make it easier to grip the base to take the cap off. Not a big issue, but it's a little detail that they may have overlooked.
This is the only lipgloss I use, as I really hate lip gloss. I find that they do not last long and can be sticky and easy to overapply. This, however, is such a beautiful shade that I can temporarily un-shun lipgloss just for this product. I have the Gaga 2 lipstick as well, and find the gloos to be much more wearable. Considering getting backups. For reference, I am an NC30ish.
I need about 2 or 14 more of these. This is a super soft and dense brush. I wish I can explain it better but it just makes blending even my most problematic eyeshadows seem so effortless. I like how it is semi-flat, so you can twist it around to get different use out of it. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.
I fell in love with this in December 2010 when waiting on line in Sephora and playing around with their rollerballs. I tried it on and loved how it smelled after the hours passed. I went and bought a bottle the next day. Fast forward a year, and I am completely over it. One pump is enough to last for hours. But I like to apply fragrance on my neck and wrists, so I need at least two pumps with this, which is completely overwhelming. I've had to open my car window in freezing weather because the scent was so overpowering. I would love this in a toned down version.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Angled Eyeliner brush
AlyssaRose 10/31/2011 1:18:00 PM
This product is ergonomically designed and performs great. I get a nice crisp line everytime I use it. The tip is very tapered, so you can get a super thin almost non existent line, or it can be used to make a thicker line. I've only used it with eyeshadows. I spray some Fix Plus onto it before swiping it onto the shadow.
I have repurchased this many times. I've tried HE and DS mascaras and this is the only one that won't smudge on me. It does a pretty good job at volumizing, but I'm most impressed with the staying power and of course the non-smudging. I gave it a 3 for packaging, only because it is bulky and kind of tacky. I would appreciate something that would take less space in my makeup bag and that didn't scream "DRUGSTORE" lol. But, that's the least of my worries. I love this product and will buy it until it (hopefully never) gets discontinued.
I had this brush for a long time not knowing what to use it for. One day, I decided to use it to lightly apply some bronzer. It worked great. It's now the only brush I'll use for applying bronzer and tranluscent powder to my face. I will repurchase.
This would ahve been my HG foundation if it didn't transfer so easily. It looks flawless when applied with a flat top kabuki.
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Last Matte Lipstick in 901B Think Pink
AlyssaRose 1/4/2011 11:34:00 AM
For reference, I am a NC 25-30. Pure matte in an uber pink shade. This only looks good on me when my lips are healthy. Chapped/dry lips look horrible with this lipstick. I use it almost daily underneath NYX Mega Shine lipgloss in "Sugar Pie" and under MAC's Gaga lipstick. Basically, whenever I want a light pink undertone, I apply this as it has awesome lasting power. I don't really wear it on it's own, BUT I might during the summertime. Will definitely repurchase.
This lipstick is ALWAYS in my purse, as it pretty much goes with anything. Creamy, smooth, feels good on the lips, and has lasting power. Will be buying again and again
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - ColorIcon Palette in #249 Vanity [DISCONTINUED]
AlyssaRose 12/15/2010 8:36:00 AM
I work in a pretty conservative office, and this palette is my go-to for a neutral eye, that is pretty but not to flashy. I tend to use the mattes more for work and the shimmers for the weekends/evenings. I have the UD Naked palette but find myself reaching for this more only because it is so small and slim that I can easily fit it into my purse for applying makeup on the train or at my desk when I am running late. The packaging seems flimsier than some others, but it's not like I'm going to be abusing it or slamming it against the wall. I LOVE palettes that have clear tops, so it is easy to see the colors right away, instead of opening them. It sounds silly, but makes a difference when you're half awake in the morning or in a rush. Sorry for rambling. Would buy again...and again!
I didn't get the big deal about this product until I sprayed it over my powder makeup. I bought it and had used it as a toner before my moisturizer and after using facial masks. But, I kind of felt like it was a novelty. I usually never wear any powder makeup or setting powder because it tends to look cakey on me, plus I have dry patches in the winter. Well, not only did this spray make my powder makeup look flawless, but it also keeps it hydrated. Yeah...now I definitely GET IT!!!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
AlyssaRose 12/3/2010 8:03:00 AM
After 10 years of having my shadow crease on my lids after a couple of hours, I finally got out of the rock I was under and discovered this product. I apply my makeup at 6am and at 5pm, I still have no creases and my shadow and liner still look good. Obviously it is not going to look FRESH after 10+ hours, but that is to be expected. I have a feeling that this product is going to last me a LONG time, since all you need is one "pump" for both eyes, so the proce doesn't bother me at all.