I love the Nivea lip balms. As others have stated, it is super moisturizing and gives a nice gloss. When I want to do a treatment, I use a homemade coconut oil and granulated sugar mixture to exfoliate and then follow with this product. Heals my lips so well. I prefer to use this one at night since I prefer the color tints for use during the day.
Lip Treatments -Nivea - A Kiss of Flavor Strawberry Tinted Lipcare SPF 4
CrimsonCountess 4/8/2013 10:49:00 PM
I love this lip balm. It is super moisturizing and gives a sheer tint of red. When I want to do a treatment, I use a homemade coconut oil and granulated sugar mixture to exfoliate and then follow with this product. Heals my lips and makes them look kissable! I like the strawberry is good but I prefer the Cherry.
I love this lip balm. As others have stated, it is super moisturizing and gives a sheer tint of red. When I want to do a treatment, I use a homemade coconut oil and granulated sugar mixture to exfoliate and then follow with this product. Heals my lips and makes them look kissable!
I really, really love this foundation. I have used it with and without primer and haven't experienced any issue with breakouts. The color I used is Warm Beige and it matches my winter skin decently. Not sure what I am going to do in the late spring or summer as I will not be this color then and I won't be the other colors (undertone) in the range. It blends beautifully and gives good coverage while looking like skin. It doesn't feel heavy and doesn't look cakey. The bottle is sleek and make of glass. It is very classy in appearance. It's moderately priced. The only negative is no pump. I don't understand why companies do not put pumps on their foundations. I would pay a couple bucks more just to have a pump. It is more sanitary and you don't waste product.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Revitalift Miracle Blur
CrimsonCountess 3/9/2013 12:06:00 AM
I received a full size in the mail. I don't remember is this was from a survey or contest. Anyhoo, I used it as a primer under my foundation. Like the other reviews have stated; it is a pretty thick, silicone based product. I have super, duper sensitive skin and I didn't experience a reaction or breakouts. No issues at all. I also used it on its own and it did give me an airbrushed look to my skin. I don't have major skin issues at all. A little redness on the cheeks but that's it. When I went into the store and saw the price - I almost fainted. It is high priced to just be a silicone primer with not stellar skin care benefits. I like it enough to for sure use up the tube but would not purchase it when it runs out.
Lipstick -Sonia Kashuk - Luxury Lip Color in Sugar Plum
CrimsonCountess 3/2/2013 10:55:00 PM
This lipstick is super creamy and has a nice sheen. The color looks nice with my skin, hair and eye color. I found this on clearance so the price was fantastic too.
I can't stand this mascara. It makes my lashes a bit longer but I want volume. XXL means bigger not longer. Sheesh! Neither side 1 or side 2 did anything that any old run of the mill mascara does. I have to do a bajillion coats to even get moderate coverage.The wands are short compared to traditional mascara. I am going to try to make this work. When I use it with my other recent horrible mascara purchase (different brand)- the result is tolerable. I don't believe I should have to stack mascaras just to get a result I can get with one good mascara but I can't bare to toss out two brand new mascaras. I gave it two lippies because the very black is a nice black. Oh well. Hopefully both tubes of bum mascara will dry up really fast and I can go back to a better product soon.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Totally Toffee
CrimsonCountess 2/27/2013 9:39:00 PM
I LOVE THESE LIPSTICKS! The Maybelline Colorsensationals Lipsticks are fantastic. They have a faint sweet smell but I don't think they taste bad or waxy. The Totally Toffee is a great nude for my skin tone and is very versatile. I use it alone and also layer gloss on top. It just looks so great on. They don't dry my lips and are relatively long lasting. The pigmentation is very good and they are creamy. I am a huge fan of these and have multiple different colors in my make-up stash and am looking to add more.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Colorsensational in Magnificent Mauve
CrimsonCountess 2/27/2013 9:37:00 PM
I LOVE THESE LIPSTICKS! The Maybelline Colorsensationals Lipsticks are fantastic. They have a faint sweet smell but I don't think they taste bad or waxy. The magnificent mauve is so versatile. I use it alone and also layer gloss on top. It just looks so great on. They don't dry my lips and are relatively long lasting. The pigmentation is very good and they are creamy. I am a huge fan of these and have multiple different colors in my make-up stash and am looking to add more.
This mascara is just average. It is not the worst I have ever used but certainly not the best. The brush is HUGE! I don't mind a large head with bristles but the handle on this is awkward to use. Since the brush is huge you think your lashes are going to have tons of volume and then.....nope. Just regular, ol', average lashes. It doesn't clump so I guess that would be a plus, however, it shouldn't clump because it doesn't build enough volume to clump. Thankfully it was one sale AND I had a coupon so I didn't waste that much money. Gonna toss it.
Cleansers -Olay - Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash
CrimsonCountess 1/16/2013 8:36:00 PM
This is so not for me. I thought that this could possibly work for me per the other reviews about this product. I purchased the tube version of this cleanser in a kit with a moisturizer. FIrst of all, I made a huge error in judgment by putting this on/near my eyes. It felt like I was washing my face with acid. My face essentially broke out in hive looking blemishes after one use. I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed the cleanser off but my face still itched and tingled. What a huge mistake. I will return to my other cleanser that does not cause such a negative reaction. Hard to believe this is designed for sensitive skin.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
CrimsonCountess 1/2/2013 3:21:00 PM
I love this mascara. So much so, I have repurchased this multiple times. I rarely repurchase mascaras, however, there are only two that I repeat buy and the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing is one of them. And trust me, I have tried scores of mascara brands and types and the quality on this one far outweighs the cost. Very, very, very black. Lengthens and volumizes nicely and does not clump. It does not transfer or move around on me. Like I said - I love it!
Eyeliner -Jordana - Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen
CrimsonCountess 1/2/2013 3:09:00 PM
I purchased both the brown and black Fabu Liner. This marker eyeliner pen is wonderful! It applies very easily, especially if you like to do the winged eyeliner look. The brown is very, very dark so if you feel black liner is too harsh - try the brown. Once it dries down (which happens pretty quickly but not too fast), it stays put. I have terrible allergies and watery eyes and I don't have an issue with it transferring or migrating. The price is ridiculously reasonable. The quality of this Jordana eyeliner far exceed the price.
I purchased at Ulta and per the other reviews, I must have gotten a bad marker. I must have received a lemon because I thought this item was mediocre at best. I could only swatch on my hand. It does dry down quickly and doesn't seem to wipe away. I really like the Revlon eyebrow product that has a pencil on one end and a colored gel on the other a lot so I will stick with that.
....and I thought my makeup brushes were clean. Unbelievable, I purchased the 4oz size from Michael's with a 40% off coupon. I figured if it didn't work then no biggie, but let me tell you - this brush cleaner/conditioner is A - MA - ZING!!! I took brushes that I just "cleaned" and used the Pink Soap, added water in a small bowl, swished them around and the water went from clear soapy to completely opaque and the color of my foundation. The water was dirty and this was from my clean brushes??!!!! I had no idea. Ladies, if you think you are getting your brushes clean, think again. I have used baby shampoo, mac brush cleaner, sephora brush cleaner, homemade brush cleaning solution, various facial cleansers, 100% alcohol, alcohol mixtures, high end, low end - you name it. For the price, (especially with a coupon) and the peace of mind knowing my brushes are actually getting clean - I am a fan for life.