Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Walking on Eggshells
GoldTeef 12/16/2012 12:41:00 AM
Maaaaaan, Wet n' Wild done did it again. I love this little dude. It combines all of my favorite things in an eyeshadow: nude, shimmer (especially a shiny ass highlight color), and a dirt cheap price. I love the lid color. It's perfect to wear alone when you just want a little *shazam* on your face. I will say that I don't use the crease color as much, not because it's not awesome, but because I'm not too sure how flattering the color is on me. I'm not sure what it is - I'm no student of color theory or anything - maybe it's too... warm? I don't know. Still great though, so don't let that dissuade you. I don't know what sort of deal with the devil Wet n' Wild has struck in order to bring us such high quality products at such fantastic Malaysian sweatshop prices, but I'm very impressed. This is not the Wet n' Wild of yore.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Quad - Country Woods
GoldTeef 12/16/2012 12:31:00 AM
It's no Shimmering Sands, but it's a nice nude eye palette for us thrifty shoppers nonetheless. My favorite shadow is the one second from left - it's very shimmery and looks nice alone, so it's good for those days when you don't really want to spend too much time on your face. The highlight color doesn't do much for me, as I have a penchant for obnoxiously sparkly browbones, but it's decent enough. The two remaining colors, presumably the crease colors, are nice as well, but a little too similar for my taste. I plan on using it up just so I get my four bucks worth, but I don't think I'll buy it again, just because there's other stuff I like better. Incidentally, "Country Woods" is abbreviated as "CNT WDS" on the barcode, which means that I will forever refer to this as the Cunt Woods palette. It makes me laugh every time.
Okay, I understand that this is waterproof and everything, but good grief - this stuff is impossible for me to remove. No matter how thoroughly I think I remove my makeup, the next morning I awake to black smeary nastiness around my eyes. Honestly, I bought the waterproof formula accidentally because I'm an idiot and apparently can't read packaging, and I hate waterproof mascara with a fiery passion for this very reason. I like to, you know, be able to actually REMOVE my mascara at some point... eventually... just a little bit... possibly... GOOD GOD GET OFF MY FACE. This is like mutant waterproof mascara from Chernobyl. All that said, I do like the effect this gives. I'm not sure it's worth all the OMG BEST MASCARA EVAAAAR hype, but it's nice enough. I'll go for the non-waterproof formula next. Clearly, this is beyond my capabilities.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
GoldTeef 12/15/2012 11:59:00 PM
I'm usually a big fan of Maybelline mascaras, but this is one of the few by which I've been disappointed. It's not bad per se, but it doesn't do anything exceptional to my eyelashes. I guess you could say it's just underwhelming. I don't like my lashes huge and black and chunky or anything (as a matter of fact, I HATE that), so I like that it provides a more natural look, but it's just sort of... meh. Also, I have a particularly hard time maneuvering the brush. I'm terrible at putting on mascara in general, but this stuff is just impossible for me. The brush is huge, and the flexibility of the wand makes it awkward to use. I always end up poking myself in the eyes with the bristles. I'll use the rest of it up, because I'm cheap and it's not exactly a bad product, but I don't plan to repurchase.
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Peppermint Castille Soap
GoldTeef 12/15/2012 11:49:00 PM
I was compelled to buy this after watching a documentary about it on Netflix. Escape from a mental institution? Crazy religious propaganda? Count me in! I'm not religious in the slightest, but I like seeing Dr. Bronner's wacky ass ramblings all over the bottle. It's a nice deviation from the norm (it's not a bad philosophy, either). It's also a product that weighs less heavily on the consumer conscience, as it's organic and fair trade and not tested on animals and all that good stuff. I have a slight obsession with peppermint, so this product is pretty dear to my heart. I primarily use it to wash my body and hair, but occasionally use it on my face as well, with no ill effects (it does a pretty good job of removing makeup, actually). It's SO frickin refreshing that I always inadvertently end up making creepy sounds of enjoyment in the shower. And after a workout? Giiiirl, please. Best thing ever. I was worried that it would be drying, especially used as shampoo, but it's very gentle and lathers well. I love using it on my hair - mine is thin and flat and blah, and this gives it some texture and body without feeling gross.I follow up with whatever conditioner I feel like using and my hair looks awesome (relatively speaking, anyway). Consider me a convert - I am now one of Dr. Bronner's devoted followers. ALL-ONE! ALL-ONE! *cackles maniacally*
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment
GoldTeef 10/14/2012 2:37:00 PM
I was initially a little skeptical about this product, as I had never heard of it before, but my skin looked like crap and I had tried everything else, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I'm so glad I suspended my disbelief, because this product is frickin' sweet. I sorta deviate from the package instructions; I believe it says to use this as a spot treatment and wash off the ointment after 10 minutes or something, but I take a small amount and rub it all over my face before bed. My issue these days isn't pimples as much as it is just little clogged pores all over my cheeks, and I find that a little bit of this goes a good job of keeping them under control. Yes, unfortunately this product does, in fact, smell like sulfur, and that stank will linger on your face for a while, but it's a small price to pay, if you ask me.
Gels/Soaps -Kiss My Face - Olive Oil and Chamomile Soap
GoldTeef 10/14/2012 2:26:00 PM
I was looking for a "natural" soap to use on my face and picked this up on a whim. Now, I had pretty considerable acne for about 3 years before I started using this, so I don't know if my results are due to the product or if I simply grew out of my skin issues, but my skin is COMPLETELY different now. I still get zits now and then, but they always disappear quickly, with none of the horrible inflamed/scabby mess that I was used to. My skin is nice and even, and my pores aren't as terrifying as they were. The blackheads on my nose are still large and in charge, but pretty much nothing affects them, so I've learned to live with it. It did take a while to see results-- I'd say around two months-- but my skin has been consistently well-behaved since. I went to Sally's and got a little scrubby face brush for around 2 bucks (take that, Clarisonic!) and use that in combination with the soap every day. This has helped reduce my acne scarring too. As others have said, this will melt and get all nasty if you don't use a soap saver (99 cents at Target). I also cut my bar in half, because it's pretty hefty. I'm still using up my first bar, and I bought this all the way back in May for around 5 bucks.
This used to be my everyday foundation before I switched to the Maybelline Fit Me. The lightest color matched my skin pretty well, and it did a great job covering up my ghastly acne. The secret to getting a natural look (relatively speaking) with this foundation is using a damp sponge to apply it. I usually just use my fingers with foundation, but doing that with Colorstay just resulted in a big cakey mess that settled in all of my dry patches. It's like a completely different foundation when used with a sponge. As everyone else mentions, I really wish it came with a pump, but it's not a big deal.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - ColorIcon Palette in #249 Vanity [DISCONTINUED]
GoldTeef 1/9/2012 4:06:00 AM
The star of this pallete, for me, is the lightest matte color. I draw my eyebrows on everyday and use it to set them, and it works great. I went out and got the single (Brulee-- or at least I think it's the same color. Close enough in any case) because I'm almost out of it. The other colors, specifically the matte ones, are awesome. I use the middle matte as a crease color, and the darkest as a liner if/when I feel like it. The shimmery colors are nice too, except I can't really comment on the gold-- I have yet to wear it, just because I don't really like gold on me. Despite all that, I'm not sure I'll repurchase this, because I can get the lightest matte in a single. The other colors are great, don't get me wrong, but I don't use them much, simply because I have a lot of other colors like them.
There was a pretty substantial period of time where I wore this color literally every day, until I discovered the Shimmering Sands trio from Covergirl and made the switch to that (this is like a crappier version of the middle color). It's a great neutral color-- close enough to my skin tone to be appropriate for work/class/Grandma's house/whatever, yet shimmery enough to add a little BAM to my face. The drawback is that it's just not a very good quality eyeshadow. The texture is dry, and the color payoff isn't very impressive. You have to put on a little more to get the desired effect. I still use it every now and then, really only because I don't like to waste things. It's not a terrible product or anything, but when I run out I don't plan to repurchase.
This is one of my favorite mascaras, second only to the LashBlast Length. It gives more impact than the LashBlast Length, but still looks really natural. At first I thought the whole "mousse" thing was nothing but a gimmick, but I really do notice that this is lighter than other mascaras, which is great since my lashes can't hold a curl to save their lives and they can get weighed down easily. This goes on so smoothly that you'd really have to try to get clumps. Plus, the packaging is cute :)
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Trio - Shimmering Sands
GoldTeef 1/9/2012 2:38:00 AM
I use this just about every day. I'm not very exciting when it comes to makeup-- I just go for a light, neutral shimmery eye and I'm good to go. I wear the middle color and the highlight the most often, and use the darker color when I want to be a little bit more jazzy. The colors are great worn alone or together, and you never look overdone. As others have said, the middle color should be sold separately, but it's not that big of a deal as the trio only costs a couple bucks. The one drawback is that the packaging isn't of the best quality-- the little eyeshadow tin things will fall out occasionally, and the lid of mine broke off so I have to snap it on and off when I use it now. But, hey, it's a small price to pay.
I've been drawing my eyebrows on for a few years now, so I consider myself a bit of a brow pencil connoisseur. This is my favorite-- I've tried plenty of others, but I always go back to this. I use "Midnight Brown" which, admittedly, is a little dark, but the next lightest color is too light/yellow. I make it work by, after drawing on my eyebrows, setting them with skin-toned matte eyeshadow. Then they match pretty well. People don't realize I have "fake" eyebrows unless I tell them, and I really have no eyebrows naturally. It's not like I just fill them in. I like this because it's firmer than a lot of eyebrow pencils, so I can get a nice precise line. Creamier brow pencils are just a disaster for me. Most importantly, this stays on great, especially when set with eyeshadow. My brows stay on all day. If I decide to take a nap during the day (don't judge!), I can leave them on and when I wake up they'll generally look okay (I sleep on my stomach). They might need a little touching up, but they're still there. On the 4th of July this year I even got into a Super Soaker fight and afterwards they looked exactly the same.
I LOVE this concealer. First of all, it's the first concealer I've ever used that's been light enough for my skin tone. I would buy it just for that alone. But, it just so happens that it's an awesome quality product as well. I have moderate-ish acne, and a LOT of acne scarring, and this covers everything. It dries really fast, so you have to work quickly, because once it dries it's not going anywhere (which is good). I don't have to worry about it "sinking in" after a while and having all my nasty skin being exposed. For such a thick concealer, it looks pretty natural on my face. It'll look cakey if you wear too much, but I think that goes for pretty much any concealer.
I was apprehensive to try this, since most of the reviews I've read have said it sucks because it has such light coverage. It was on sale (6 bucks!) at Walmart one day, so I decided to give it a shot, and it turned out great. My skin gives me a lot of trouble-- not only do I have pretty considerable acne, but my skin is also very dry and very sensitive. Oh, and I'm freakishly pale. Usually, the lightest color isn't light enough for me. This foundation is a win because, first of all, the lightest color matches me perfectly. The consistency and coverage are way better than I was expecting. I'd say you get medium coverage with two layers. When I'm having a "bad" skin day I need to add some thick concealer, but it's not a big deal. This foundation is also kind to my dryness. A lot of foundation kinda settles in any dry patches and accentuates them, but this is "moist" enough to keep me looking like a normal human being. I will say, though, that you definitely need a setting powder for this, since without it the foundation never really seems to dry all the way. I bought the Fit Me powder with this, and it's okay, but nothing special. Another thing I might warn about is this product's smell. It doesn't smell bad per se, but it has a stronger fragrance than most. It just smells like cheap perfumey flowery crap. I actually like it, but I figured I'd mention it if you're sensitive to smell.