BB Cream -Estee Lauder - Daywear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35
Cactus_Pear 7/11/2012 9:15:00 AM
I love the way this BB cream smells/ feels on my skin, very light/clean and it definitely feels more like a skincare product than foundation to me. And it has antioxidants which is great. Unfortuneatly the shade didn't match my skintone so I ended up giving this away.
BB Cream -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium
Cactus_Pear 7/11/2012 9:13:00 AM
This stuff is AWFUL. Oily, greasy, only has spf 15 sunscreen, felt nasty to put on and wear. I am sorely disappointed that I wasted $13 on this junk.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Dry Skin Therapy Calming Creme
Cactus_Pear 4/30/2012 9:35:00 AM
This lotion is amazing!!!! It moisturizes very well and it doesn't leave a greasy residue... it just seems to blend right into my skin. Even though it's a body lotion I love to use it on my face. Best lotion I have ever used, hands down. HG moisturizer. I will continue to buy this season after season. It has no fragrance.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme
Cactus_Pear 4/30/2012 9:30:00 AM
Pros: --Very rich, very moisturizing-- seemed to 'plump' up my skin & it did make my wrinkles/fine lines less noticeable. --My skin gets extremely dry and flakey in the wintertime but this creme really helped keep the flakes to a minimum --love the packaging! it's a heavy white glass jar with a hard plastic top. Cons: the SMELL!! It's supposed to be fragrance free... it's not! Some reviewers said it smells like vanilla or buttercream frosting... to me it smells like a faint but gross synthetic smell that I can't really explain. Maybe a fake sweet smell. This moisturizer is awesome in every other aspect besides the smell tho, and if it didn't bother me I would def buy this product again. But the smell is a dealbreaker for me.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair (Serum)
Cactus_Pear 2/25/2012 11:45:00 AM
After seeing a ton of ads about this in asian magazines, I bought it & was sorely disappointed. Besides moisturizing my face, it really did not do anything. I forgot how much it cost-- 39-43? but it was way too much for what little it did. After a week of using it I gave it away. It really didn't do anything & I'll just be sticking to cheaper but far more effective night face creams & serums.
Huge yay for ecotools mu brushes!! Their bristles are sooo soft and velvety, like Too Faced's Teddy makeup brushes. and they are super dense and packed closely together so that you pick up enough pigment, and it feels good on your skin. Plus they are pretty, I like the way the ecotools bamboo brushes look
this brow pencil is absolutely great. it just looks natural unlike many other brow pencils that have that weird unnatural look to it...it's very flattering and fool-proof. the brush is nice to use too BUT it's very flimsy--i had my define-a-brow pencil in my pocket one day and the comb part just broke off. i rarely ever use or like d/s makeup but this is definitely a keeper. i bought this in medium blonde as a replacement for my Shu Uemura seal brown pencil, bc the Shu pencil is wayyy too long to carry in a normal sized makeup pouch. the maybelline pencil will fit anywhere tho, bc it is small.
I totally agree 100% w/the review below me--Shu brow pencil is AMAZING!!! It's the best for ultra natural, polished beautiful brows. If you're more into an artificial brow look, Shu pencil is not the way to go. When u try to test Shu brow pencil on ur skin, it will not look very pigmented---but when u try it on ur brows, it shows up a lot better. It's supposed to work w/the natural oils on the base of your brow hairs. Stone grey was a little too flat and cool for me-- I have brown hair/brown eyes/warm tan skin so Seal Brown worked better for me bc it looked more natural. HG!!
Color: medium warm peachy pink with TONS of gold/peachy shimmer--glitter. Texture frosty-ish, chunky glitter...this is hard to wear if your lips are dry, must pair this with a good lip balm/gloss. I LOVE this lipstick!!!! My favorite MAC lipstick, ever. The problem I have with some frosty lipsticks is that they are over the top, garishly frosty--like the tan-aholic neighbor from "There's Something About Mary". But Sandy B. somehow manages to stay gorgeous/unique/attention grabbing while being toned down....unless your lips are dry/you apply too much, then it starts to look too frosty. I just love the color--it's the perfect balance of peach and pink. This is a must-have color for spring/summer looks--I pair this with Love Nectar lustreglass, my favorite lip combo but the best lipgloss to pair with Sandy B. is Enchantress lipglass---GORGEOUS. I think Sandy B. is *definitely* a must have in a MAC lippie collection, one of the best lipstick shades from MAC.
If you love pink-peachy-coral blushes with gold shimmer, this is a MUST HAVE! This is like a pinker, less sheer/more pigmented, golden, coral version of Orgasm. Main differences between Orgasm and Torrid were that O was a sheer wash and more peach toned w/peachy gold sheen, and Torrid is a medium pink toned coral/peachy blush that has gold shimmer/glitter particles rather than just a 'sheen' like Orgasm. Torrid is a great color for spring/summer, it's a lively color that just brightens up your face. Torrid is so pigmented that it's very easy to overapply and end up looking clowny, I wore this for my high school senior yearbook portrait and put on too much. I used to love this blush but as I got older, I lost my love for coral/bright hues of blush and don't wear this anymore. If you were disappointed with Orgasm and thought it was too sheer and unspecial, Torrid might just be what you were looking for! Gorgeous pink-peachy-coral w/gold shimmer, definitely one of NARS's best/unique/must have blushes!
Texture: silky, not gritty, blendable, mediocre pigmentation (which actually was a bonus for me). Color: gorgeous! medium toned down muted green with gold reflect/shimmer. I've owned this eyeshadow for a year and have only worn it a handful of times...not because the eyeshadow is lacking in quality or uniqueness, I only wear neutrals on an everyday basis so I never reach for this. But if you like greens/different colors for eyeshadows, Mildew is a must have! It works AWESOME as a wash because of its pigmentation---it's not *too* pigmented, it's sheer enough that you could apply 1 light layer as an all over e/s wash for a green-based smokey eye. Or you could layer this on for a dramatic eye....this is just a very easy eyeshadow to work with, versatile--toned down enough for an everyday work FOTD, but unique/pigmented enough for a night look/special occasion. This eyeshadow is similar to MAC Humid, except I found Humid to be a slightly deeper hue of green with less gold, and more pigmented. I wore Mildew for my senior yearbook portrait.
Texture: MAC Sheertone shimmer blushes have such a light, silky, soft and finely milled texture, flawless application/ very blendable--and Trace Gold is no exception. Color: in the pan, Trace Gold looks like a base of very light bronze/peach reflecting gold--I mostly just see a 'sheen' of light medium gold. Swatched on my hand, this looks like a sheer wash of frosted-slight tan-shimmer of gold. It is not pigmented with color applied, more like a glow/sheen on your skin---your skin shows though so it's like your skin, but with a slight gold glow. However, when I apply this blush on my cheeks---it looks different. 1 coat=subtle glow, 2 coats=tanned glow, and 3 coats=very slight bronze with gold sheen and a hint of peach. Any blushes/bronzers with any hint of warmness gets amplified when I apply it on my cheeks--maybe it's because I have very warm skintone--C4 in MAC studio fix. I love this blush, it is the perfect blush for those minimal looks--I apply this when I wear a little amount of makeup for just a subtle glow on my cheeks. Trace Gold really does impart a glow to your face, when you angle your face and look at yourself in the mirror, you can really see how the light reflects off the gold shimmer glow in this. Or I layer TG over another blush, esp. matte blushes, to give my dull looking blushes a kick. This is just a healthy/natural/effortless looking blush. 3 words that describe Trace Gold are--sheer, glowy, sheen.
This mascara sucks, don't buy it. You're better off buying a drugstore brand for cheaper, honestly. If you wear contacts, this may flake on you and into your eyes, irritating and hurting your eyes, making them feel gritty like a bit of sand got in. And after you remove Splashproof with eye makeup remover, your eyes may be very irritated/painful. This was the first mascara from MAC that I ever tried and I am wary of trying another MAC mascara, just because this one sucked so much.
Lash Blast waterproof holds a curl like NO OTHER. seriously. I'm pretty amazed at the results I've had with this mascara--I curl my lashes with a curler than I apply this---this adds SO much length to my lashes, not so much volume but I love the length--and by the end of the day, my lashes STILL have a major curl from the curler/mascara. I've never tried a mascara that lengthened as much as Lash BLast wp did. HOWEVER....I think the waterproof formula is hurting my eyes..I wear contact lenses and since I started wearing Lash BLast wp, my eyes have been very irritated. It only happens when I wear my contacts though, I can wear Lash Blast wp w/my glasses on and my eyes will be fine. I'll have to switch to Lash Blast original b/c my eyes just hurt too much. ALSO this mascara really is a b*tch to take off, the other reviewers were not lying when they said Lash Blast waterproof is terrible to remove. Oil based removers are really the only thing that'll get this off, I use jojoba oil and still have to wipe over my lashes a few times with Lash Blast wp whereas other mascaras just slide right off. But the pro of this is Lash Blast wp definitely stays on and does not smear or raccoon eye during the day. Cons: this does have a dry looking finish and does tend to flake and clump if you are not careful in applying or apply too many coats. It clumps on me after 3 coats. The finish of this mascara is kinda dry looking. Although this mascara has some really wow! results, the cons of it being too hard to remove, eye irritation, dry/weird texture on my lashes just outweigh the benefits. I could put up with it once in a while but to use it on a daily basis is just too much of a hassle. Great mascara though if you can put up with the cons!
Excellent brush, this is great for bronzer or blush. Not so good for powder foundation, because the head of this brush is smaller than what I prefer for powder foundations, kabukis are my fave. This is a great blush brush for that natural wash of blush on your cheeks---when you want to apply that 'glow' of blush. This is not the blush brush to go for if you want the 80's style defined blush stripe line or for contouring--for that, I think the 168 is far better. Price is a bit steep at almost $40 for a brush, but a MAC brush will last you years.