Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
FastKitty99 3/15/2013 8:38:00 PM
Glad I tried this before I read the reviews. I have older, more mature skin which is on the dry side. I always moisturize well and apply sunscreen before applying any foundation to my skin so I did not have any problems with the product being too dry. It is very matte, but I find it works great as a concealer, covering the redness and broken capillaries on my ruddy cheeks (from many years of sun exposure). A little dab goes a long way! If you over apply it does cake and look like a mask, so I had to practice a few times to get just the right amount. I love the pump dispenser! I tuck an extra bottle into my purse and touch up at the end of the day if needed. Really covers redness well. I was never a Cover Girl user until I found this product. The ivory shade works perfect for me. Will definitely repurchase.
BB Cream -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium
FastKitty99 4/29/2012 6:08:00 PM
This is a surprisingly good product. For the inexpensive price, I wasn't expecting a miracle cream, but this covers amazingly well. It does tone and even out my ruddy skin complexion. SPF 15 is a joke, so I add an additional higher SPF sunscreen product over Skin Renew when going outdoors. I just bought my second tube of this yesterday.
I'm still a little on the fence about this product. I've only been using it a couple of weeks and bought it primarily because I was going to be traveling. I normally use the Bare Minerals line which tends to be a little messy, especially when packing it in a suitcase. So I went to my local CVS and picked this up in the lightest shade, Ivory, which usually works well for my fair skin. I had the experience others reported with it being way too light - I looked very washed out and pale like a ghost. I took it back and exchanged it for the Creamy Natural shade which is the fourth lightest shade, and this looked much more natural on me. They really need to provide testers in the store as I'm sure this happens a lot. Anyway, it provides decent coverage if you apply it with your finger or with a foundation brush, I don't care for the sponge that is provided in the compact. I use it with a moisturizer to even it out. I probably won't use it as my everyday foundation, but it works well for travel and/or packing it in your purse for quick touch-ups. I doubt I will repurchase when this runs out.
I cannot understand the hype over this product. I do have dry ends and had high hopes for this, but it really did not make a dramatic difference in softness or shine. I am very careful about only using a small amount and only applying it to my ends. At first I thought maybe I did not apply enough because I did not see a significant difference, but applying only a tad more made my hair limp and lifeless, so that didn't work. I do love the smell and I will rub it over my arms and hands afterwards, but since I bought it for my hair, I will have to find something else if I want silky shiny hair.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set
FastKitty99 4/19/2009 10:44:00 PM
Surprisingly good! More expensive is not necessarily better. I bought this set at Target because my old lash and brow groomer brush broke in two. For just a few bucks more, you get 5 different brushes. You can't go wrong with this one.
This shadow is gorgeous! I am cool toned, so for me, a smoky grey purple with a buttery smooth finish suits me very well. When will I meet a MAC shadow that I don't adore? I only own about 15 MAC shades so far, but I LOVE every single one - Shale is beautiful.
I admit I was not overly impressed with this color when I first received it (ordered on-line from MAC). It was kind of "blah" brown taupe in the pan and appeared very light. Now that I have worn it a few times, I LOVE it. I see more grey once it's on the lid. It creates a very natural looking beautiful eye when paired with Brule, perfect when you need a neutral polished look with very little effort. Great blendability and lasts all day with a base/primer.
Treatments (Eye) -Olay - Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
FastKitty99 2/27/2009 8:00:00 PM
I wanted to use this serum for at least a month before I reviewed it. It works okay under the eyes as a moisturizer, but it seemed to irritate my eyelids, which is where I wanted the "lift." I stopped using it, then started again, just to make sure it was really this product causing the irritation, and yep, it is. I'm not usually super sensitive to eye creams, and have never had a reaction to Olay products before, but I guess I will not be buying this again. Even under the eye, which doesn't seem to get irritated like my lids, I don't see any significant results to justify buying this product again. This was a disappointment because I love some of the other Regenerist products.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Paint Pot in Perky [DISCONTINUED]
FastKitty99 2/10/2009 11:03:00 PM
Not as versatile as Painterly, my all-time fave, but Perky is a beautiful coral pink shimmer on the lids. I sure love these Paint Pots...I wish they were a smidge creamier, I find them a tad dry to work with, but overall they are great and I highly recommend 'em. Makes your shadows more intense and longer lasting.
I don't find Groundwork to be as versatile as Painterly, but I do like it. It's a soft taupe brown which definitely pops out and makes my brown toned shadows last a whole lot longer. Whereas Painterly can be swiped all over the lid with a finger, I do have to be more precise with Groundwork since it comes out darker on my light skin. I prefer finger application to the brush since the texture is a tad on the dry side and the finger application seems easier and smoother to apply. Paint Pots are a fantastic concept, they definitely add some pizazz to your eyeshadow application and make your shadows last a whole lot longer.
I really love this matte2 finish even though the color isn't exactly what I was looking for. I admit I've gotten a bit lazy about going out to the stores and trying on make-up before I buy it. Instead, I like to shop from the comfort and privacy of my home via the Internet, including most of my make-up. I went a little overboard during the recent MAC online F&F sale and purchased about 10 new MAC shadows, one of them being Copperplate. The MAC website described this as a muted mid-tone grey. It's more like taupe grey with a hint of purple. Don't get me wrong, I love purple against my brown eyes, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Still, this is a great color, very smooth and blendable with great staying power like all the MAC shadows I've tried so far - I love it.
First of all, these are beautiful colors. I love this purple palette and think they did a great job of selecting complementary shades. However, when I hear people comparing a $4.99 drugstore eyeshadow palette to the the quality to MAC, UD, and Stila, I become a little skeptical. So I put it to the test. Yesterday I applied my Too Faced Primer and Painterly Paint Pot as a base. Then I applied my MAC shadows. I removed my e/s 13-14 hours later and it still looked good, no creasing and minimal fading. Today I applied exactly the same primer base, and then Wet'n'Wild Paradise Cove. Looked good in the morning, but by noon it was looking shiny and beginning to crease. By evening it was noticeably faded and creasy-looking (I have dry, not oily lids). For an inexpensive, low-end e/s, this brand is decent and the colors are lovely. If you aren't expecting long-lasting color, I would tuck this in my purse or take it on a weekend trip for convenience - you cannot beat the price. But is it comparable to my beloved MAC and Stila brands? - I don't think so.
I thought that this was an awesome deal for 16 e/s, 3 blushes, a highlighter, and 3 lipglosses. I purchased a LORAC palette in the past and was VERY impressed with the quality of the e/s, so I expected something similar. There are 2-3 e/s in this set that are very pretty and pigmented, but the majority of the colors are washed out and not too exciting. They are not the usual silky, highly pigmented colors LORAC has been known for. The blushes aren't the best for my cool coloring as they are on the warm side. I also find the packaging very annoying. The case opens like a book and you have to "flip the page" of e/s to get to the blushes and glosses underneath on the next page. This was a total disappointment. I would maybe recommend this to a novice (teenager?) who has few eyeshadows and blushes because it does give you a lot for the money. However, if you are an e/s collector and already own lots of colors, this probably won't impress you.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Heavenly Face Brush
FastKitty99 1/11/2009 3:13:00 PM
If BE put this brush in their Get Started kits, they'd have a lot more fans. This brush is very dense yet soft. I use an old EM kabuki to apply my EM foundation, but once applied, I then use the Heavenly Brush to buff the minerals in. It does a fabulous job. I purchased another Moxie Kit on clearance at Target just to get this brush, plus it's "little sister," the eye buki, another excellent brush!
If I could only own 1 or 2 UD eyeshadow shades, Sin would be one of them. It is a gorgeous champagne highlight color and not too frosty. I like this more than Stila Kitten, another fave of mine, because the sheen is more subtle, I don't find it frosty at all. This is a staple for me, can be worn with any shade and it lasts all day.