I recently threw out all my make up and went to all natural products. I picked this up in raisin on a hunch and I am glad I did. It's a great natural lipstick replacement. Love the mint feel, love how I can control the color density, don't love the dryness. Raisin happens to compliment my complexion and blue eyes very well and works great for all occasions. I may try other colors later. For now, I love using this for every day. I docked a lippy for sort if cheap packaging. My balm won't twist down. Just up. And I feel like it's a little on the pricey side.
Definitely my go-to eye m/u remover and recently I've started using it as an all over pre-cleanser. I remove it with a warm washcloth but then wash with clean & clear & follow up with an olay night moisturizer. Good HG for sure Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
Miss these so much. :( they were better than revlon and covergirl versions. The trick was to dab a little on, & with a wet finger rub the color into your lips. I still use the ones I have and will cry when they're gone. Maybelline has dc'd so many good products in favor of gimmicks. So sad.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
CreativeBeauty 7/26/2012 8:34:00 PM
I like this foundation but it's oh, so pricey for my budget. I got it for my wedding, so that's how I justified the expense this time. A lot of people are complaining about how this foundation sits. I found a trick that makes it a bit easier. First I apply a moisturizer, then If you mix equal parts monistat gel (or any gel primer, I suppose) and foundation and apply with your fingers, it glides on without settling into lines or pores. I actually like adding a third product with the mix, the Napoleon Set Liquid Veil, because it adds a glow and a slight darker tint to the foundation to compensate for the slight tan I have now. I also add this in an equal amount to the blend. I rarely use an entire pump for my whole face. I also will just dab a little of the straight foundation on my finger and touch up spots that need more attention. I've also mixed half a pump with moisturizer and used it like a TM. I, then, buff on BE mineral veil with a fairly stiff powder brush in circular motions to even out the foundation and set with the powder. I'm sure you can use a kabuki and then a powder brush afterwards. I just don't own a kabuki. :) Hope this helps.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick in Abstract Orange
CreativeBeauty 7/23/2012 2:44:00 PM
Great great color! Turns a touch pink on me but that's ok. I still get the orangey/copper out of it. Long lasting for a d/s lippie and no had taste/smell. It works for late summer and into fall and maybe to compliment a bolder eye in spring. Definitely a more natural looking color for me. Win!
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
CreativeBeauty 6/19/2012 11:03:00 PM
So far, it's an HG for me! Thank you, Maybelline! Bought this on a whim while looking around at Wally World. I was out of washable mascara, when I saw the big ad end cap for it. I hate crunchy lashes, and have been hunting for a replacement for the Ulta Volume whatever whatever (orange tube) washable mascara that I used to love, but the price makes me hate it. (They upped it to $10! I'm cheap, and poor, and that's ridiculous.) I was weary at first. I had tried Cover Girl's mousse mascara from their naturals line and it was a flop. Especially their "water resistant" formula. Anyway- Mega Plush gives a boost of volume, though not as much as the Ulta stuff I was using before. But, it does a great job of lengthening, darkening and holding curl. I LOVE that it's not a rubber brush. HATE rubber bristles. I don't get the wobbly wand. So, I took a lippie off for that. Leaves my lashes pretty darn soft. No crunch. Very easily buildable. No clumps; no flakes. Big thumbs up on this one! Now to try the wp formula. I'm hoping it's just as awesome, and won't smudge on me! Then, I will *really* be in love with this mascara!
Got this in my Black Honey Glow set. LOVE IT. This was my first gel blush, and the color looked really great and natural on me. I'm something like a light medium, to dark light-- something like an NC20 but I'm more neutral. Anyway, I loved the staying power of this gel blush and my skin is really oily so I was hesitant about putting more goo on top of my already goo prone face, but it blended and dried like a dream. Just-- don't use too much! I didn't see any color at first, and so I layered more on and ended up wearing a bit too much so I looked like I had been running a marathon before work! haha. It was a bit tough to get off, so I just had to deal with that flushed look all day. oh well. lessoned learned. ;)
These other reviews are including a bronzer and a mascara but the glow set I bought had a gel blush in black honey and a moisturizing lipgloss in black honey, as well as the almost lipstick. I am IN LOVE with this trio. I'm not a huge l/g person, but this l/g is very pleasant to wear, true to the original black honey shade, and relatively long-lasting. The almost lipstick itself is unbelievable. I used a bit of primer underneath and it kept a base color of the black honey on my lips all day, then I would re-touch to get a deeper, glossier look. The gel blush is pretty cool. This was my first gel blush, and the color looked really great and natural on me. I'm something like a light medium, to dark light-- something like an NC20 but I'm more neutral. Anyway, I loved the staying power of this gel blush and my skin is really oily so I was hesitant about putting more goo on top of my already goo prone face, but it blended and dried like a dream. Just-- don't use too much! I didn't see any color at first, and so I layered more on and ended up wearing a bit too much so I looked like I had been running a marathon before work! haha. It was a bit tough to get off, so I just had to deal with that flushed look all day. oh well. lessoned learned. ;) LOVE this kit. I would buy one for everyone in the world if I could.
I'm actually in love with this color. It's only slightly darker than my natural lip color. With exfoliated lips, I have pretty good luck with the staying power too. One coat and it pulls my look together completely without stealing the show. It's the best thing to wear when I'm flaunting my eyes but don't want to go completely naked on my lips. The packaging for the one I got (it came in a kit) suuuucks, but the packaging to the ones that you buy individually is a little bit better. I don't see any noticeable "shimmer" to this, but it does have a nice sheen. I usually layer it on top of my nivea kiss of moisture, and the two work together nicely.
It's alright. It's super cheap and the applicator is alright though I prefer the marker/pen type. The formula is rather thin and doesn't clean up well when you try to smooth out your lines.I usually apply it directly on top of lid primer,apply shadow, then use an angled liner brush & black shadow and top the liner to make the line bolder. I don't have any real qualms with the staying power & a little baby oil takes it right off. I probably won't buy it again unless I'm desperate for liner & in a pinch.
Primer/ Corrector -Bare Escentuals - Bare Vitamins Skin Rever Upper
CreativeBeauty 11/25/2010 1:34:00 AM
This is actually a salycilic acid based exfoliator...not a moisturizer. It helps oily skin types tremendously by sloughing off dead skin to even skin tone, and zapping zits at the same time. It exfoliates just as well for normal-dry skin types, but use it seldom! It's pretty drying. Every other day usually does the trick. It does a good job for a chemical exfoliator but if you have sensitive skin, I would skip it.
So, I've never owned this product, but we sell it at work and during the winter, I love wearing it. I noticed that this is primarily sold to and worn by an older generation, but I still love it. Out of the bottle, it does smell like a grandma perfume, but something about my body chemistry mellows it out and it smells like a great big HUG. It's spicy and sweet and warm (it's considered "modern oriental" with middle notes of jasmine and some other things) and it is a great feminine winter scent. Something about it makes me a little nostalgic for my childhood too. Maybe the spices.... This is a winner in my book. :) I said "no" to buying this bc it's too pricey for me. But if I ever had the chance to own it for free, count me in. lol
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Holiday 2010 LE Night Elf eyeshadow palette
CreativeBeauty 11/20/2010 5:45:00 PM
After reading reviews, I knew I had to get this! Normally, it would never had caught my eye but these are some of the best colors! The greenish brown that is said to be a dupe for MAC's "club" is one of my favorites! I blended it with the shimmery champagne and shimmery cream color. I used a little laura gellar eye spackle and, let me tell you, these shadows are creamy, super blendable, & have yet to crease or fade (going on 7 hours). Awesome!
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails - Clear
CreativeBeauty 11/18/2010 11:33:00 PM
I've been using this a while and really only now have gotten the hang of using it effectively. Like a lot of people on here, using it as a base AND top coat is a super way to keep your color on without chipping. I usually have a method for applying nail color now. 1. hard as nails 2.sally hansen quick dry,no-chip top coat 3.color 4. more color if needed or 5.sally hansen quick dry,no-chip top coat 6.hard as nails 7. sally hansen quick dry,no-chip top coat now, that *does* seem like a lot, but the quick dry in between layers really speeds the process up, and bc it's an acrylic base, it makes the polish even firmer. Getting back to the actual product being reviewed-- I don't really see a difference in my nails when I have been wearing this for a while, and then take it off. My nails still want to chip, flake, etc w/o the polish. But, when I do have it on, they are as sturdy as cardboard. They seem to grow faster too. So, I'm not sure how to rate this as an actual treatment, but it does help your nails repair themselves by protecting and making them sturdier while the damaged part grows out.
I've used Pampers, and a million other brands, and they all pretty much are the same to me...for my purpose. I love, love, love keeping them on hand! I have a refillable wipe container that stays on the back of my toilet (for, well..obvious reasons) but then I love using them as make-up remover wipes. I've never had an issue with them breaking me out. They even remove my eye make-up. I'll use them to wipe down my brushes for a quick change (ex. on a liner brush from shadow to lip stick). I even use them for a quick wipe up on the counter after I've applied my make up. I get a little messy with the powders. :p I've yet to replace them, but I did have a travel size pack that I kept in my purse. An Emergency must-have! All-in-all, a great, inexpensive, all-purpose product...even for those of us who are baby-less! :p