Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
FiestyFemme 5/4/2013 10:37:00 AM
This is an ok mascara. I feel like it could be great for a lot of people, but it just wasn't what I'm looking for. On the plus side, it never flaked, smudged, and always came off easily when I washed my face at night. Those qualities are non-negotiable for me, so A+ in that respect! However, what makes it not for me is that it's too natural looking, not black enough (despite having the blackest black shade), and the curved brush. I like thick lashes, and all this gave me was hardly plumped up separated lashes. The blackest black shade is more of a soft black, and that just doesn't provide enough definition on my almost black lashes. And finally, the curved brush just doesn't do it for me. I did find a way to make it work though. I use the outward part of the curve to apply mascara from root to tip, then flipped it over and used the inside curve to wiggle at the roots then pull through. That's the best application technique I found, and I used it for 3 months. All in all, definitely not horrible, and I would certainly use again in a pinch. I think it could be just the ticket for some girls though! Definitely worth a try if you're remotely interested.
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Coral
FiestyFemme 2/21/2013 8:31:00 PM
I can't believe that nobody has reviewed this yet! Love this lipbalm. It's got the great lemon scent like all the Fresh balms, though the texture isn't quite as slick as the original or rose versions. It's a reddish coral that just brightens my face and looks fresh and youthful. I'm not one for much color on my lips, but this is sheer and just a wash of color. I love this so much I want other colors!
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry
FiestyFemme 2/21/2013 6:50:00 PM
For my birthday, I bought the Sugar Berry and Sugar Coral lipbalms. I already knew I loved the formula from the birthday gift from Sephora last year, so it was just a matter of picking out the colors. I had originally planned to get the plum version, but once in store, I was really drawn to the Sugar Berry shade. While true it is more pigmented than say Sugar Rose, it still is sheer and doesn't look like lipstick (which I love). It gives my lips this sheer wash of berry color, which can be built into a deeper color with a few more swipes. It really does brighten my face, and I throw it on with next to no makeup and it still makes me look fresh. I'm really glad I chose to go with Sugar Berry over Sugar Plum since we're going into spring soon. I'm so in love with these balms, I'm thinking about going back for more!
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Calming Creme Daily moisturizer
FiestyFemme 2/21/2013 5:22:00 PM
HG. I'm kind of picky when it comes to lotion. I want something that's heavy enough to moisturize my skin until my next shower. I need it to absorb so that my skin doesn't feel tacky all day. I prefer it has no scent because if I want to smell pretty, I'll use perfume. Bonus if it's in a tube and has a luxurious feel. This meets all my requirements, and on top of all that, it's the only one I've found so far that seems to keep my itchiness and eczema under control. It seems pricey but a tube lasts me a few months with daily/almost daily use. Will keep buying as long as they make this!
Patina is one of the few eyeshadows I've hit pan on... but I feel like that's kind of deceiving. It's not an eyeshadow that I feel like I've worn a ton, so I think it's due to the soft texture why I've hit pan. I like Patina, don't get me wrong. It's a dirty light golden brown shade, and it's not unflattering on me (light skin, hazel eyes, brown hair). I just don't find it anything special, but I chalk that up to personal preference. I'm kind of on the fence about repurchasing. I would repurchase in the sense that it does work for me, but chances are, I'll replace it with another brand/shade.
Powder -Meow Cosmetics - Flawless Feline Mineral Foundation
FiestyFemme 2/21/2013 5:03:00 PM
I've been using Meow since Aromaleigh went out of business awhile back. I tried all three formulas, but Flawless Feline seems best suited to my skin. I like medium to full coverage, and if my skin is behaving, FF delivers. I've been struggling with hormonal acne since going off the pill, and this definitely doesn't contribute to my skin problems. In fact, it probably saved my skin because wearing heavy liquid foundation every day to hide my hideousness wasn't letting my skin breathe. Even though this doesn't cover every little blemish/scar, it does make my skin look decent enough that I'm not insecure about it. I also love the it can hold up the extremes of my skin. I have normal to dry skin in the winter, and oily to really oily skin in the summer. One of the biggest perks I've found is their amazing range of shades! I'm fair but really yellow, and Meow has given me the best color match so far (I use Naughty Angora). I've been through one of their munchkin sizes, and after using it up, I repurchased but in the full size. I love how affordable Meow is! I've been using the full size since July 2012, and I have more than half left after using it every single day. I wouldn't go so far as to say this is my HG, but because it works for me and is affordable, I don't really have the desire to look for anything else.
I don't find this product anything special, but it's been a part of my routine for a long time. I don't use it by itself though. If used on it's own, it looks green underneath my foundation no matter what. I got the idea from an internet makeup buddy to mix Mint with EM Sunlight concealer. The yellow tones it down just enough that it doesn't appear green under my foundation, but it's still green enough to cancel out redness. I use it for spot concealing blemishes and acne scars, and it works pretty good for that. My one real problem and why I will not repurchase this again is because EM changed the formula of their makeup and it started causing people skin problems. I have not purchased since the ingredient change (so you can imagine how old my jar is), and I will be replacing it with Meow's Camo Cats concealer.
Concealers -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles
FiestyFemme 2/21/2013 4:12:00 PM
Not only are my dark circles hereditary, but they are exacerbated by my allergies. I'm always looking for something that will cover those bad boys and make me look less tired, sick, etc. My absolute favorite concealer is Tarte's Dark Circle Defense, but it looks like it's discontinued, so I like having a cheaper alternative to stretch out what remains. I'm not saying this is a dupe by any means, but it is certainly acceptable for my day to day needs. The things I like: - covers well. I use the shade 'Brightener' and it really does help conceal and illuminate the darkness under my eyes. It doesn't completely cover it, but it makes me at least not look like a zombie. - inexpensive. I think I paid $7-8 at Ulta, but I usually use their coupons so things come out pretty cheap. - lasts a long time. I've been using the same tube since last spring, and I've got about half left. The things I dislike: - the packaging. It seemed like I never got enough product out no matter how many times I turned the dial when the little puff was on top. So I pulled it off, and I can get the perfect amount out now. However, without the puff on top, it gets a little messy in the cap, and I'm not a fan of that. - the shades. I'd like something that's more peach/salmon toned, but they don't have anything like that. The 'Brightener' shade works ok, but it can look greyish or ashy sometimes. All in all, I think this is a great, affordable underye concealer and I will repurchase when I use up my current tube, unless there is something I want to try more.
Eyeliner -Stila - Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple Tang
FiestyFemme 2/9/2013 3:22:00 PM
I love the formula of this liner! I love that it's an automatic pencil, doesn't budge once set, and it lasts all day. I only have one color, Purple Tang. It's a dark, bordering on black purple shade. If I tilt my head at an angle, I can see the purple reflects in it, but mostly, it just looks black. However, if I'm going to wear black, I just want a rich plain black. I have hazel eyes, and purples usually make them pop, but this doesn't really do much for them. For that reason, I will use this up because it's a perfectly good liner, but I will not repurchase this particular shade.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
FiestyFemme 10/25/2012 2:00:00 PM
I ended up trying this foundation because I'd heard it was the drugstore equivalent to NARS Sheer Glow. I've never tried SG, but I don't really think I want to after my experience with Neutrogena's Healthy Skin. The coverage was medium, and it looked good initially, but it just couldn't hold up to the oilyness of my skin. My skin is super oily after coming off the pill, so after a couple of hours, it really started to break the foundation down, and it would slide across my face. While that was enough of a deal breaker for me, the real kicker is that it breaks me out. I didn't want to believe it was the culprit, so I kept on using it, but once I discontinued use, I didn't break out nearly as often. I also had a decent, but not great color match. No shades were yellow enough for me. I'm sad that this didn't work out because I really hoped to like it, but I've discovered that I need a long-wearing type foundation now that my skin has changed.
I don't know how anyone could not love this sparkly shade of red! It reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz (fave movie ever growing up!), so it makes me happy to see this color on my nails. I'm typically not a China Glaze girl, but I have no problems with the formula on this particular shade. Love it!
Polishes -Revlon - Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Pale Cashmere
FiestyFemme 10/25/2012 1:27:00 PM
I bought this specific nail color after seeing Allison (amarixe on YT) rave about this color and this line of nail polishes. I bought this for about $5 at Target, but I've seen it as high as $8 at the drugstore. Unfortunately, I'm not as pleased with Pale Cashmere as I had hoped. The good things: - the brush. I love the shape of the brush. I'm used to the skinny little Essie brushes, and while those are fine, I like the wider brush this has. - the shine. Revlon says this will have a gel-like shine, and I would say that's true. I probably didn't even need a topcoat, but I always wear one anyway to help speed up drying time and help protect my mani. - the color. I've been wanting a color like this, a pale white-pink. It's very light, but you can easily tell it's pink-tinged. The bad: - the formula. It streaks. I had to use 3 thin coats to even out the streaks, and I really hate using more than 2 coats because I feel like it starts to get too thick. - the chips. Revlon touts this can wear up to 11 days with no chips if used with their base and top coat. I used my own (NailTek Foundation II, Orly Bonder, Poshe topcoat), and I got maybe 2 days before it started to chip. Today is day 5 with very noticeable chips, and I usually do not have this problem. Mostly tipwear if anything, so I'm not impressed with the longevity of this formula. - the price. For $5, I guess this was ok, but if I had paid $8 at the drugstore, I'd have been mad. The quality of this is nowhere near close to Essie or OPI, and that's what those cost. I'm pretty bummed this didn't work out. It's not terrible, but I just have used so much better that I don't know if I want to keep using this. I'd rather just find a comparable color in OPI or Essie.
I had been seeing all over the internet about oxblood being one of the pantone colors for the fall, so when I ran across Essie's new fall collection, I was so excited to see Skirting The Issue! I love a dark, vampy red for fall, even better that it's a jelly finish. I'm not sure if I just got a better bottle or what, but mine was easy too apply, opaque in two coats, just beautiful. I'm really happy to have this in my collection! I don't have anything else quite like it, and I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.
Love this beautiful greige shade! I love these kind of colors on my short nails. Looks so chic, IMO! The other reviewers are right that this is a chameleon-type shade. Sometimes it looks more brown, sometimes more purple. I've actually gotten a few compliments on this, and I can see why it would appeal to a wide range of people. Formula is great, easily opaque in two coats. Love the OPI brush too! I usually wear Essie or CG, so the pro-wide brush is a nice change.
When I finally got a look at the OPI Germany collection, Don't Talk Bach To Me was the one color that really stood out to me. I literally have nothing like it in my collection! It's a dirty chartreuse with a super fine silver shimmer to my eye and on my nails, and it's such a fun color for fall, IMO. It's not something I'd want to wear all the time, but it's nice to change things up every once in awhile. Formula is good, easily opaque in two coats. I'm glad I bought it, and I think I'll be wearing it quite often this fall and winter.