Hair Color -Clairol - Natural Instincts Hair Color
ELIZApatricia 8/7/2008 4:08:00 PM
I just used this in medium neutral brown (Hazelnut), b/c I wanted to deepen my already dyed golden brown hair, but not damage it (any more than it is). I usually use Revlon's Colorsilk, which I still love and adore, but only when I want to use a permanent color. Natural Instincts is SO easy to use, since it goes on wet hair, I just did it while I was taking a shower (mess free that way too!) I just shampooed my hair, quickly applied NI all over, (then shaved my legs, washed my face etc.), and by the time I was done with my regular shower routine, the 10 mintues was up, and it was time to wash out the color and condition. Awesome, it's even, looks natural, and made my hair SO VERY soft and shiny...and took like zero time out of my day (since I did it during my regular daily shower). No damage either, this stuff is AWESOME!
I love this concealer. I use it in "Fair" and it blends in flawlessly with my Neutrogena SkinClearing foundation in "Natural Buff". I like that it's an oil-free formula, and that it doesn't cake around the eye or over blemishes, while providing full coverage. I apply using a proff. concealer brush, over foundation, then set with powder, and you can't even tell where my "spots" are. Last all day on me!
I have this in "Translucent", and it's just that, it goes on very sheer (which I like), and takes away shine without looking powdery. I don't care for the packaging, I prefer a traditional compact style. This doesn't keep shine at bay for very long at all, and for the price, it just doesn't seem worth it to me. For less than $3, I can get N.Y.C.'s translucent pressed powder, which is also non-comedogenic, and the finish is exactly the same, but with better oil control, so I most likely will not repurchase this. Decent powder, better than a lot I've tried, but still not amazing.
Well, I really love Almay's Clear Complexion foundation, but am also a huge Revlon Colorstay fan, so I just had to try Almay's TLC foundation out. The shade "Naked" is a great color match for my light skin. The coverage isn't nearly as full as Revlon CS, it is also not as easy to apply/blend as CS, but the finish is natural looking (and matte).The texture is very sticky, so I recommend applying over a moisturizer or primer, with a sponge, and stippling onto the skin, once it "sets" it will look flawless and blended. I should also mention I have true combo skin (oily and dehydrated at the same time), and this holds up as well as CS did (all day). Love the pump, why don't all foundations have them?! Colorstay or Almay's Clear Complexion makeup are still the better options IMO, as they offer fuller coverage, and are MUCH easier to apply/blend.
Hair Color -Clairol - Herbal Essences Hair Color [DISCONTINUED]
ELIZApatricia 7/24/2008 12:48:00 AM
I used this about a month ago in "Chocolate Velvet", and it turned my medium-dark brown hair pitch black with weird lighter blueish patches of hair! It was awful, and I had to strip out the color and re-color my hair (not with HE)! Never has a dark brown turned so black on my hair before! I will say that it was probably the best smelling hair dye I've ever used...but that it also gave me the worst results I've ever gotten from a haircolor! It's my fault I guess, I should have done a strand test first. I'll stick with my cheap, but always reliable Colorsilk!
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
ELIZApatricia 7/24/2008 12:39:00 AM
I used this in "Chestnut" (med. golden brown), it turned my natural light ash brown roots a light ORANGE shade, and turned the rest of my hair a very dark reddish brown. I fixed it though, with good old reliable Colorsilk. But hey, everyone's hair is different and reacts differently to haircolor, so it might work for you, but I recommend doing a strand test from root to tip prior to coloring. Feria and Colorsilk are the only 2 drugstore brands that have given me great and EVEN results, so I will stick with them!
Liquid -Revlon - Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup SPF 15
ELIZApatricia 7/22/2008 11:03:00 PM
I love Revlon foundations! I am a huge Colorstay fan, but it's a little to thick/heavy for summer...so when Meijers was having a 40% off sale on all Revlon Beyond Natural cosmetics, I got this in Light/Pale. Since I'm light but not exactly fair skinned, it was a little too pale for me, but I loved the finish so I purchased in Light/Medium, and it's a better match. The finish is satiny matte, if that makes since, it looks VERY natural! Seems to have the staying power of the Colorstay foundation, even in the heat of summer, or exercise, this stuff doesn't budge! I would say the coverage is on the lighter side, but it makes my complexion look bright (as in youthful), and velvety smooth. I do prefer a fuller coverage foundation, and I doubt I'd ever pay full price for this, since I seem to need to use a lot for a full face application. UPDATE: The shade is just "off" on these. At first it looks weird/greyish, then after awhile it looks fine, then by the end of the day, it's orange! Have found my HG, Almay's Clear Complexion Makeup.
I just realized they changed the formula for this! I hate when companies change formula's and d/c products I love! Anyhow, I use this in "Neutralizer", it's the best neutralizing shade I have found in a stick concealer! Covers flawlessly to hide blemishes, and blends very well with foundation. I also love this concealer b/c it doesn't cause more blemishes. Haven't tried the "new" version yet...
I use this powder in it's fragranced form (the one in the brown compact) over CG's orginal 'Clean' foundation, b/c I think the one in the green compact oxidizes, and this one doesn't, and also I luv the Noxema smell! I have light-med skin, and use this in Ivory or Classic Ivory (it's pretty translucent). The powder itself it good, it mattify's my skin while keeping my makeup looking fresh and natural. It can look cakey w/touchups, but I have found applying w/a brush eliminates caking. But overall a really great d/s powder, that I seem to keep coming back to.
I use this powder in it's fragranced form (the one in the brown compact) over CG's orginal 'Clean' foundation, b/c the one in the green compact oxidizes and this one doesn't, and also I luv the Noxema smell! I have light-med skin, and use this in Ivory or Classic Ivory (it's pretty translucent). The powder itself it good, it mattify's my skin while keeping my makeup looking fresh and natural. It can look cakey w/touchups, but I have found applying w/a brush eliminates caking. But overall a really great d/s powder, that I seem to keep coming back to.
I use this in light and also light/medium depending on the season and what I'm trying to cover ;-) I really like this stick concealer, I was worried at first, because it looked sort of pink in the container versus other stick concealers I have that are more yellow...but as soon as I applied it (over blemishes), my fears were laid to rest, as it blends and covers beautifully! I should mention that the "Light" one isn't super pale like some, which I happen to like, it doesn't leave whiter spots under/over your foundation. The texture is perfect, since some concealers are either to dry and chalky, or they're too soft/oily. . This one is nice and creamy and opaque...and did I mention it's dirt cheap?!
I bought this in "Natural", because I wanted just a translucent mattifier that wouldn't alter my foundation color..and it is totally translucent. This keeps oil at bay for a really good amount of time. It doesn't look cakey or turn orange either. The only bad thing is the horrible packaging...just throw that ridiculous sponge away, and put in a reg. round powder puff (u will still be able to close the compact w/no prob.). And despite the over-sized compact, the mirror in it is tiny! So one lippie off for bad packaging. Did I mention the dirt cheap price??
Foundations -Wet 'n' Wild - Ultimate Cover smooth foundation
ELIZApatricia 7/16/2008 5:38:00 PM
I have tried probably over 100 foundations, and this was teh worst on yet! Very blotchy coverage, that's also very drying, and I have oily skin! I do kind of dig the Clove/Noxema scent, it smells "clean". The blotchiness is alleviated SLIGHTLY as the day goes on and the oils from my face mix/w the foundation. There is only one shade that looks like it's made for humans, and that's "Honee", but it's almost too dark for me. Oh yeh, and I just pulled out that white plastic thingy so I could actually get the foundation out of the bottle. If you are looking for a cheap foundation...keep looking!
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Silk Finish Blush 831D Pearlescent Pink
ELIZApatricia 7/16/2008 5:29:00 PM
WnW had the BEST blushes you can find at a drugstore, they are smooth, silky, and highly pigmented. I have every shade, but this one is hands down, my fav. It's got enough shimmer to be sexy, but not over the top, beautiful deep peachy/pink shade that goes with everything! This would look gorgeous on all skin tones, IMO.
Pressed Powders -Sally Hansen - Cornsilk Shineless Classic Translucent powder
ELIZApatricia 7/15/2008 11:25:00 PM
I'm always looking for a powder that will help keep my oily skin matte, for longer, especially in the summer. This was the only powder at the drugstore I hadn't tried, but I took a look at the ingredients online, and immediately went and bought one. This has Silk Powder, Kaolin, and Zea Mays three excellent oil absorbers that most pressed powders lack, so I was excited. I love the compact it's very cute and feminine, the spongey puff actually gives a decent application, the powder itself really minimizes pores and doesn't really alter my foundation color, just makes it smooth and shine free. The only bad thing I can say, is that the fragrance in this powder is overwhelming, not sure why they made it so strong and perfumey, so one lippie off for that, but I do love this powder so far, and will continue to use it, barring any breakouts. UPDATE: I changed my mind, I can't tolerate the fragrance in this! It never goes away, it's VERY strong, and I feel like it's suffocating me all day until I wash it off. It literally gives me a horrible headache, and I generally don't mind fragrance. If they ever take out the overbearing perfume scent, I'll wear it again.