Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Colour Caresse Shine Stain / Shine Caresse
CG1981 4/28/2013 9:51:00 PM
The product is very drying and doesn't sit evenly on lips so color doesnt look good. It also has an odd sticky feeling to it. Ive used long wearing lipsticks before and also stains, but this got my lips dry to point id want to rip off my lip-skin. Returned this to CVS. I like the doe-foot applicator though but nothing about product.
LOVE! I have forgotten about MAC for a while, then passed by, asked for an everyday neutral, SA recommended Creme Cup, which i wore and its nice and i still have. More light baby pink though and requires few more swipes to get look i want, I kept Creme Cup but went back for an everyday pinky beige again and SA suggested Sangria Spice, but alas, i got this. I dont think in my life ive ever finished a lipstick, they just sit, get used, get forgotten, get new stuff, and eventually get a smell and i toss, but ive had this two months and close to finishing??!!! ilove. Perfect matte pinky beige, of course ones natural lip color will effect end color but its good color (biggest + for me), decent lasting ability, and if i want to soften it can always use lip balm. I find i can also mix this under other lipsticks to good effect.
This is a great foundation for heavy all-day coverage. I dont use it often because it can def feel heavy. If I use this I moisturize and then use my fingers for this or mix moisturizer and this to lighten the coverage. If i use any type of brush it seems heavy. I have this in Sand Beige and i am around NC 30-35. It lasts all day, covers everything and photographs well. Due to the heavy feeling for me though i only use this on special occasions, events which will run all day, when traveling or if i am super tired and nothing is making my face look 'awake and even'. Its an effort to take it off, wash, tone, wipes and ill still find some-- but stays fresh looking all day for sure! I bought Revlon Colorstay and for comparison, I was not a fan. Do I use this often-no. Does it do what it says it will-yes. It is a good full coverage foundation-yes-the best for that purpose.
Primer/ Corrector -Cover Girl - Simply Ageless Corrector
CG1981 4/24/2013 11:26:00 PM
I def think for drug store and for Cover Girl this is way too expensive but you do get a lot of product and yes, it does have Olay in it. Whats up with all the drug store stuff getting so $$$ (ahem physicians formula). Anyhow points off for that. The product itself is great. I DID get it by mistake as a concealer and in retrospect should have bought the same bottled product but in "light" or "medium" if thats what i wanted. Per other reviews, its not actually a concealer, its very yellow toned corrector, but for me, does a good job at concealing/evening out and brightening under-eye. I do not have very dark under eye circles, but find a little under eye product like this can really wake up your face. It applies smoothly and like i said there is a ton of product. I do not mind the twist top. This doesn't work so much for covering pimples and can slip off the rest of the face but for eyes its great because its smooth and can be patted in nicely without feeling like your tugging at the delicate eye-skin.
Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Soft Clean Tender Creme Cleanser
CG1981 4/23/2013 1:17:00 AM
Not very impressed with this but its not horrible. I have combo skin but more on the dry side, it doesn't dry out my skin or irritate it which is good but i do not feel my face is "clean" afterwards. After using in shower, i always use eye-make remover and toner to get skin cleared of make up and dirt. Its a nice traveling cleanser though and feels nice to put on and good to use with clarisonic because it is creamy.
Lotions/ Creams -Suave - Naturals Sweet Pea & Violet Lotion
CG1981 2/16/2013 1:24:00 AM
I slather it on to get rid of it. It does not absorb well or moisturize at all. I have a few others in my bathroom and have even tested one on each side. It feels watery almost. In any case, its cheap but better off adding a few dollars and getting Aveeno, Jergens, bb&w or one of my new favs c.boots honey and almond body butter. Literally cant wait to finish this product. An extra lippie only because it smells nice and like convenience of pump bottles with lotion.
Wow. Its rare im impressed with anything esp for hair and i am impressed with this! I often saw it and thought its insanely over priced. I also got the Masque from the same line once and was not impressed. Ive always used my biosilk as a serum which i love, but this is def better but with a huge price jump. I got this at nordstrom rack so there it was about $36 which is insane for a serum but its def worth it for my hair type. I also rationed it thinking I wouldnt go to salon as often. My hair feels silky, I saw an immediate difference in my hair before and after flat ironing. It made my color more vibrant because of shine and took care of pesky cowlicks and tamed my ragged tips. The packaging is great because only squirt out a little. I have very long, thick thick dry and course hair so for those with fine hair this may not be for you but for those with similar hair i highly recommend.
Concealers -BeneFit Cosmetics - Erase Paste #2 Medium
CG1981 1/28/2013 12:05:00 AM
Im conflicted on this, Id almost give it a 4 actually because it does brighten up under eye area excellently. Ive done one side with this and another side with a different concealer and found it to be more brightening and def much more long lasting. This does nothing for red pimples or spot covering, also, its a very thick hard formula to work with esp in the sensitive under eye area, so pts off for that too as i do not like to tug or press down in that area much. Overall though i do like this for under-eye brightening and concealing.
Gels/Soaps -Dove - Moisturizing Body Wash - "Deep Moisture"
CG1981 1/28/2013 12:01:00 AM
Feels moisturizing and smells nice. I do notice a slight difference in the spots I do not use this on when out of the shower- I find the most moisturizing in shower are oil type body washes, however, I'd re-purchase this.
I love love love this nail color. I have had it for over a year and i love looking at my nails when it is on. I always get compliments. Formula is easy to work with, i put on a thin first coat which is usually a little streaky but not in a bad way, 2nd coat makes it perfect. Highly recommend, very flattering color on all skin tones and will wear often.
Conditioner -Aussie - Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner
CG1981 1/5/2013 2:25:00 AM
This doesn't work for my thick, dry hair. My hair has a lot of body, and textuure, Its pretty long. I have had Brazilian tx done and need to put a leave in conditioner daily (or when i remember) I am not a fan of this, it doesnt do anything for me, however it smells nice. I have had much better results and increased conditioning , manageability and softness from Potion 9, Redkin Anti Snap, Pantene Keratin leave in and Carol's Daughter Vanilla leave in's.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Telescopic Explosion in Blackest Black
CG1981 1/5/2013 2:19:00 AM
I always heard this wasnt a good mascara but couldnt resist the 75% clearance at CVS and thus i have no problems throwing it out or letting it settle into drawer anonymity. Its very dry and clumps and is awkward to use. Its hard to build up any type of volume or length. The shape is a total gimmic, not sure how the Givenchy one actually applies but im not a fan of the concept so wouldnt splurge and try.
I know there are many mixed reviews on this but i have no problems with it. It is often my lifesaver on super quick mornings. I have this in Golden Medium (NC30-35). I also have Pur Minerals which is pressed mineral foundation that tends to be quicker and less cakey with a much more natural look. This gives a more glowy look. I dont get any irritations or breakouts from it. Application sometimes needs some assistance, this can have a tendency to stick to dry skin or get into eye creases, but with a little work its worth it.
I did not like this at first, it applied poorly & blotchy but then i realized it was the brush it comes with. I used the Sonia Kashuk flat brush instead and i really like this now. It is quick to use, applies evenly and looks very skin like. You can build it up and it wont settle oddly. I will still try other things but for quickness and quality I am a fan. I am usually NC 30-35 and got this in Golden Medium. Got the starter kit. I have Bare Minerals foundation as well, that gives me a more glowy look whereas this is more a natural and buildable look. They are both good but this needs less work, BM tends to stick to dry spots and eye creases.
Shampoo -Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair
CG1981 12/30/2012 1:45:00 AM
I have very thick, dry hair. Its been drier lately due to Brazilian treatment. I bought this with matching conditioner and kpak, using all 3 is def helping my hair. Ive been using this for about a month.