Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Megashield Lip Color SPF 15
Doodleses 3/10/2013 10:53:00 PM
This doesn't live up to the hype as much as its sister--the Megalast lipsticks (the flat-top shaped ones). Not even the SPF 15 can bring me back to buying this--this is great for letting little girls experiment and play with looks, but in terms of color payoff and staying power--it falls flat. It's fizzed out. I bought this yesterday in It's A Girl! hoping it was a good peachy/salmony shade. It is. But the performance of the lippy was ick. It dries out my lips and runs a bit more on the sheer side (Megalast has more pigment, definitely) and is mostly gone within the hour. I've seen some reviews, and I paraphrase, saying that it's a great dupe for Viva Glam Nicki. No, it's not. I've swatched VGN and not only is it more pigmented and a solid patch of color, it's a bit more on the peachy side. It's A Girl! is like a natural, rosy pink. To spend $1 more on a lippy that doesn't even rival Megalast isn't so much of a waste if you're willing to branch out and try other WnW products, but, I just wouldn't dip my foot in that water again after this.
Primer/ Corrector -Rimmel - Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002
Doodleses 3/10/2013 10:44:00 PM
Compared to the 001 Primer that Rimmel also markets, 002 is a milky white color with a liquid-gel consistency (001 is of the same texture, but is a peach-tan shade that fades into a sheer, soft nude--nothing radical). I JUST bought this primer to be precise, and pitched the two side to side on both of the backsides of my hands. Both do great at smoothing lines and pores, by the way--although I'm 19 I have the cracks and wrinkles of a 40-year old on my hands and feet--001 does a bit better with evening out skintone. 002 Pro feels softer to the touch, a tad bit more moist and hydrating, like as if you've been soaking in lotion overnight to and woke up to baby-soft skin. 001 looks more natural in terms with blending with the skin texture and being "matte". That's my two cents so far in comparing the two to each other. I bought the 002 Pro Primer because I generally reach out for the translucent primers rather than the tinted ones which can alter the look/shade of my foundation--and having Rimmel 50% at my local Walgreens, paying an extra 60 cents isn't terrible (in fact, it's pretty terrific). Asides from that I haven't actually tested the primer with my BB cream, which wears beautifully even without primer--but I do have BAD (and I mean BAD!) acne scarring which I hope the primer will settle down flat so I can at least fake having perfectly smooth skin. This primer definitely looks promising.
Moisturizers -Garnier - Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF 15
Doodleses 3/5/2013 3:14:00 PM
Garnier is one of those brands I trust when it comes to facial moisturizers (and, frankly, my acne). I've tried other brands such as Olay and L'Oreal but not to much avail. I visited family in San Francisco a few months ago during Christmas and accidentally left my current oil-free moisturizer at someone's house in San Jose. Much to my dismay, it was cold, and it was winter, so I promptly bought a moisturizer the first thing I realized my routine one was gone. I picked up this jewel at a corner Walgreens which was on sale for $4--great, because San Francisco is relatively expensive for a Texas gal like me--and the scent, moisturizing properties, and texture just wowed me. Garnier can do me no wrong. It's very lightweight, but got me through the winter months (I still use it daily, and I'm 1/3 through it) and it my face still feels moist after application, which I adore. There's also a lockking mechanism so if you toss the bottle into your bag, it won't "explode" in there. I just checked to see if online retailers still stocked up on it, but I don't see it anymore? Was it discontinued? For 4.5 oz at the normal Garnier price, it still would be great to buy. I love it since it seems "fruit" formulated creams and moisturizers work well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin. They have another moisturizer Garnier still regularly markets, but it's a smaller package (1.7 oz I believe). It'll still do the job, but still, Moisture Rescue has a bit of an upperhand in the fragrance and quantity department.
I had just bought this today when I had a little extra money to spare at my local Fiesta, and I had to pay mind to getting the #3 sort. Something that irks me is that there is no expiration date on the packaging, and with organic and viable compounds like lemon juice with no preservatives--I worry it may spoil once I remember to come back to it (I have a lofty tendency to switch from one product to another). Onto the product. None of the containers (box and jar) are flimsy, which is great--however I'm leaving this on the bathroom counter upright for the most part, so I can't really say it can endure the jiggles of a purse. The product itself is a peppered, off-grey color. Grainy. Consistency of a semi-thick cream. Do mix before using, it separates. A lot goes a long way, and I barely scraped the surface for an entire face masque so that's more bang for your buck. After 55 minutes I washed it off with cold water, but it was mainly the cold water that gave me that brightened complexion. HOWEVER! The cream did lighten a currently-healing acne scar from a blush red to a fleshy pink. Not so sure about my age-old acne scars, though, since this was my first go. The GRISI Concha Nacar soap works for me, although it's very drying (someone said it was greasy) and needs a follow-up application of a good lotion. But, I use it on my body, not my face.