Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Magalast Retractable Eyeliner
Dee652 1/29/2012 2:06:00 PM
You get what you pay for. It's very difficult to get the color to show up on my eyes- requires a lot of tugging. It's like using a cheap restaurant crayon that has a watery line... shell out a few bucks more for a retractable liner from another drugstore brand. I liked the idea of the smudging tool at the end, but the color isn't waxy enough to smudge. It just sits there. And I lost the cap to the smudging tool after about 10 minutes of opening the package.
I have this in Cream, because Buff was sold out at Target. I was a little nervous as it looks like it might be more peachy, but rest assured it comes out of the tube a true yellow. I'm half asian with light-medium skin tone, most products are either too light or too dark or too pink, but this seems to blend in and correct redness. Since it's light-medium coverage, if you're off on your shade you should be alright. I have to catch a train in the morning to go to work so I'm always rushing to do my makeup, and what I love about this stuff is that I can just pat it on after moisturizing and I don't have to prime, buff it in, or rub it out of lines or pores for it to look good. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the stickyness of the foundation. It feels kind of unpleasant on for the first 30 mins. I usually dust it with Neutrogena mineral compact powder. It definitely has a scent, but it's not that bad and wears off after you apply it. I bought this while I was on accutane and every product seemed to settle into dry skin and pores like crazy. This stuff did the trick- I recommend for winter use as it's not drying and handles the flakies well. Since my medication stopped my skin from producing oil I didn't have to worry about breaking out from it. So if you have sensitive/oily skin you may want to be careful, I suspect it would be a bit too thick for you.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin
Dee652 8/28/2011 1:21:00 PM
HG moisturizer. Super gentle and has never caused a breakout. Wish it was a little cheaper as it's difficult to get out of the bottle towards the end, other than that the pump dispenser is great.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30
Dee652 8/28/2011 1:17:00 PM
HG sunscreen product for the face. Dries silky and matte, and actually helps to keep the oilies away. I use it much like a primer as it seems to smooth my skin and absorb oil.
Damn! I borrowed this from my mom while on vacation and was impressed by how long and defined my lashes looked. They did get a bit clumpy/spidery with a second coat, but I also didn't have a lash brush with me which would have helped. For the record, I am half asian with long but sparse, straight eyelashes that lose their curl quickly.
I have oily, combo skin that is acne-prone and typically difficult to match. Infallible in sand beige is not a perfect match, but comes pretty darn close to being an HG product. Not as pink as most drug store foundations and good coverage that blends pretty well into the rest of my skin. The coverage is medium, enough to cover blemishes without feeling masklike. It will transfer, but did a pretty good job of staying put at the beach and even after swimming. It does best with a light dusting of powder to set, and I do blot later on in the day, but it doesn't turn into an oily mess like most foundations do on my skin. Best of all it has not led to any breakouts. I recommend for others with oily skin in need of liquid coverage.
Eye Shadow -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Eyeshadow "Plum Crazy"
Dee652 7/14/2011 11:53:00 PM
Got this during the semi-annual sale for 75% off, and I've been pleasantly surprised. It's a bit washed out for me when it's dry, kind of a grayish sheer purple, but a dark purple-black when wet that I don't have problems with smudging or being too glittery. Get it if its on sale!
Liquid -Boots - No7 Intelligent Balance Foundation Mousse
Dee652 7/14/2011 9:57:00 PM
Got this recently at Target, where the product is still being sold. This product is very similiar to Maybelline's Dream Matte mousse, which means yes, it will emphasize ANY dryness or flakiness in your skin. However, if you're as oily as I am at times, and you're willing to take the risk of possibly breaking out, you might want to give it a try. This is probably the only foundation I've ever used (including Dream Matte) that actually stopped shine and mattified my skin for a few hours. I found its results even better than powder and mattifying serum (Boots Instant Matte). It's still tough to use, though. I can only use it when my skin is completely hydrated, usually after I've showered and slathered on face lotion. I primarily use it to even out my skin tone, as its light-medium coverage and best used sparingly to prevent flaking. All in all, I like it in my make up bag for when i'm running out the door and looking a little shiny. Or, after I put on a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen that leaves a layer of shine on my skin. Not something I turn to for touch-ups, though- it gets cakey when layered, and can pool if your skin is oily.
Foundations -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
Dee652 6/15/2011 12:16:00 AM
Mehr. For me this leaves a sticky finish even if I just use a bit- it reminded me a bit of the of my Physicians formula healthy wear spf 50 TM, as it never seemed to absorb but rather just sat on the surface of my skin. I wanted to apply it with a light hand, but found I got little coverage that way. The color is off on me, so that doesn't help either, but all in all I would not repurchase. I just find it unpleasant to wear.
My mom swears by Mary Kay- and I do think that the skincare products and antiaging line in particular have had a lot to do with how young-looking her skin is at 54. She has no need for make up really, but the products she has bought from MK have been awful in my opinion. Their models and sales reps always look clownish and cakey, and indeed I have worn MK make up as stage make up for its unnaturally bright and caked on appearance. The blush is chalky and color selection is awful, it reminds me of 80s make up. Don't waste your money on any of their make up products- better to go with drug store or no make up at all!
Lip Liners -E.L.F. - Studio Lip Definer and Shaper
Dee652 12/19/2010 4:55:00 PM
The highlighting side of this stick is fun, and I liked how it works on my cupid's bow and the corners of my eyes. It did highlight without being glittery or unnatural and I noticed a plumping effect on my lips. The "natural" liner color, however, is far from wearable for me. It shows up as a very pigmented brown color that seems slippery. The color is all wrong for me, even if applied with a light hand, and I feel like it is apt to smudge off and make a mess. I would go without this product and use a regular highlighter or concealing pencil if I wanted the same effect on my cupid's bow- no need to buy this separate product.
Tinted Moisturizer -Stila - SPF 30 oil-free tinted moisturizer TM
Dee652 12/19/2010 4:51:00 PM
got this on sale for $10 and thought it was worth a try. Love the higher spf and the oil-free formulation, and it applies nicely and doesn't seem to get too oily for me. However, it's SUPER sheer- the color I got, Medium 1, was super yellowish but it didn't make a difference once I applied it. I need a little more coverage than this personally, I don't feel that its worth the full price for such a minimal effect on my complexion. Might as well just get a regular sunscreen.
Highlighters -E.L.F. - All Over Color Stick in Toasted
Dee652 12/9/2010 2:57:00 PM
I love ELF. Sure, there are better quality products out there, but that doesn't warrant spending $30 on a product when I can try it in ten different colors for $1 a pop! Toasted is a true bronze with lots of shimmer. No pinkish undertones like other bronzers I've tried, so it works as a contour or eyeshadow color on me. Yeah, the sparkles aren't the most sophisticated look, but it's a fun product when I want a little extra oomph or I'm looking washed out midday. Perfect for purse touch ups, its easy to blend and apply when you're on the go. Don't expect a HG for fun little products like this, but if you just want some new make up to feel cute, try it!
I highly recommend picking up a free sample size of this foundation- not only did it last me more than ten days, but seeing it in different lighting made me realize the shade I had was farrr too pinkish for my skintone. With that said, I did love the coverage and staying power of this foundation so I wore it anyway, without any skin problems to report and a decrease in midday oil. If I found a shade that matches I would definitely buy, but in my experience with Estee Lauder and Clinique, I've yet to find a shade that works for my complexion (I'm half Japanese with a golden-neutral skin tone). I think their shades tend to look quite unnatural in sunlight.
Eyeliner -Sonia Kashuk - Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner
Dee652 12/9/2010 2:38:00 PM
Excellent dupe for mac's fluidline. Love this kind of eyeliner because it lasts forever, doesn't smudge on my asian eyes, and is easy to apply and more natural looking than liquid, which tends to look harsh on me. My mac fluidline dried out after I'd had it for a year or so (granted, you're supposed to throw it away around then, but I had a ton left!) and I can't tell if that's because I took better care of it or the SK packaging is just superior, but no such problems with this product after having it for almost a year. Definitely recommend for anyone who has problems with smudging or liquid- but I must note that I use a mac brush for it!