Powder -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Transparent 001
Jorid 5/18/2013 3:48:00 AM
Even if I'm very careful with the application this powder leaves my face looking powdery. I find that it doesn't really help matting down my face and that my face actually become more oily using this powder. It also has a really prominent "old lady makeup"/talcum scent, to me it's actually somewhat pleasant, but I assume some people will hate the scent. I really don't get the hype of this powder, there has to be better options out there!
A sophisticated sweet scent, who would have thought! Prada Candy smells like caramelized sugar, its girly and sweet without ever stepping over in the celebrity-scent range. I love it for those days I want to wear something fun and uncomplicated, but still want to feel somehow classic and polished.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Shea Whip Body Lotion
Jorid 2/18/2013 3:57:00 PM
I love that this comes in a pump, and the scent is nice. A scent that reminds me of summer and beaches. The lotion itself has a nice consistency, but it seems a bit watery. I don't really like the moisturizing effect of this, somehow it's not moisturizing enough but still feels a bit sticky on the skin. it's annoyingly hard to get out the last bits of the lotion, so the packaging could have been a little bit better.
Concealers -Collection 2000 - Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer
Jorid 2/8/2013 11:38:00 AM
I seriously do not get the hype of this product. The concealer itself isn't that covering and it contains something that stings my skin. It doesn't last, even with primer and setting powder. The color selection is poor and the packaging is just awful and messy.
Gels/Soaps -The Body Shop - Sweet Lemon Shower Gel
Jorid 10/27/2012 4:15:00 PM
I was really surprised by the smell of this. Lemony body products tend to remind me of house cleaning supplies, but this smells great! The scent smells like zesty lemon peel, and is really refreshing, it also has a tiny hint of sweetness to it which is really nice. The scent does not linger on your skin, which is a great plus for me. The shower gels I've tested from The Body Shop does not dry out my skin, and they last a really long time because you don't really need a lot of product. It is nice and foamy, even though it's soap free. I'm not really a fan of the packaging, but it works. I got my regular sized bottle on sale, for the price of the travel size, but the full price is still not really intimidating. You can check out the scents in store, and if you don't like this one you're bound to find another scent that works for you!
I only expect one thing for an eyeshadow primer: for it to keep my eyeshadow in place for a reasonable amout of time. With this primer I'm worse off than if I didn't use a primer at all. My eyelids are now a complete crease and grease fest, and I'm glad I used a neutral eyeshadow. Primer fail! I'm happy I only got a really small product (2.5 ml, from a kit), but it's still a waste of money. I'll give it a shot as a primer for concealer, even though I don't really feel the need for a product like that and I don' have any hopes for this to do any good.
I've only used this as a general moisturizer, and not looked to hard into it's claims and promises. This moisturizer smells really strong of roses, no surprise maybe? The scent lingers on your skin for a while after application. The moisturizer feels greasy on the skin, and makes even my dry skin look shiny after I've applied it.
This is a nice balm that moisturizes your lips and leaves a glossy hint of dark berry red colour. I'm not really fond of the smell though, it smells like rose scented turkish delights, but I'm sure people who love candy smell make up will love it. The texture of the balm is almost gel like and it leaves my lips soft and hydrated. I'm not really a fan of the packaging though.The jar is large and chunky and it will easily get messed up with the tint from the balm. I'm also not a fan of jar-balms in general, next time I'll pick up the tube version. You get 6 grams of product in the jar (£6 on HQhair), and the balm is free from parabens.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream
Jorid 5/12/2012 10:41:00 AM
I like the scent and texture of this hand cream. I'm a big almond fan, and the smell of this product is neither too synthetic nor too strong. It is more a lotion concistency than a cream, which makes it easy to distribute and quick to soak into my skin and leaves it soft and silky. This is a product for "all skin types" in contrast to TBS' other hand cream for dry skin. I expected this cream to be moisturizing, but not a life saver for super dry hands. As my hands are not really dry at this time of year, I find that this cream moisturizes them sufficciently. I would believe, however, that this might not be moisturizing enough for very dry handd. I am also unsure that this is a super cream for cuticles, after some days using this cream, my cuticles are not as dry as they used to be, but they could be better. When I apply this cream to my hands, my skin get a faint tingly feeling. I'm suspecting that I'm having some kind of allergic reaction to it, but I have yet to develop redness or itchyness. The worst thing about this hand cream is the packaging. The large metallic tube is highly impractical if you want to carry it around with you. And the cap is plainly idiotic - it's really hard to get on right, and you might end up with cream all over your purse!
My go-to remover! This nail polish remover from H&M is reasonably cheap and works great compared to the price. The remover comes in a clear plastic bottle with a screw cap and tinted liquid. It comes in two varieties a blue acetone free and a pink with vitamin E. I buy the pink one, as I prefer acetone removers. The remover smells quite fun, liker a super fake strawberry scent that covers up the smell of the acetone itself. Both the scent and the color fades after a while. This is probably not the best remover around, but it is good enough for me. I can remove normal creme polish from all nails with just one cotton pad soaked in this stuff. Although it contains vitamin E, I don't really find it moisturizing. It is easily available (at all H&Ms with cosmetics) and it works. In Norway this remover costs $5 for a bottle (145 ml) which is quite cheap.
I got this in "Coral Sunshine", which is a shimmery sheer coral color. This balm is not as pigmented as, say Korres lip butters, but it gives you a nice neutral glossy sheen to the lips. My lips are a bit pigmented, so I don't get much of the coral color effect, but neither does my pale arm. When you apply the lip balm it feels tingly, sort of like the Burt's Bees lip balms. It does not have the same "healing" and moisturizing feeling the BB's have though, it feels like an average lip balm. Because of the sheer color, it's easy to apply - you don't have to worry about missing your lips or something. I wish this balm was a bit more tinted, and that it had a better healing effect on chapped lips. This, and the small size - 2.6 grams is almost half the size of regular lip balms, takes away a couple of lippies. I paid £4.99 for it. It is 95% organic, without parabens and mineral oil and all that jazz. // I would reccomend this to those looking for a very neutral and organic lip color, with little to no need for a super moisturizing lip balm . //
This product is the best I have tried for my short-medium softly curly hair! I have gone through two tubs of this stuff, and as my second tub is nearing empty, I'm planning to buy one more. The product is a softly pink tinted gel cream in a round tub. I'm not a big fan of the packaging, as I would rather prefer something that was easier to open and dispense product from. But to the price of £1.35, I really can't complain. I apply a small lump of creme to wet hair and let it air dry, this leaves me with soft and defined curls with only a tolerable amount of frizz - no crunch or heaviness to the hair. If I want to define & shine my hair a bit more, I put in some mousse and Moroccanoil. I get a lot of compliments on my hair when I style it this way! For longer haired people I would recommend something with a little bit more hold to it though, as it didn't do as much to my hair then. I, however, will definitely purchase this again!
These lipsticks have been raved about in many beauty blogs, so it's funny there are no reviews here. They come in 10 different colors, mostly pink and red. And contain apricot, almond and peach oil. I have two of these lipstick, one in "Rose Blush" which is a neutral mlbb-color and "Rasberry Kiss" a cool pink color. The lipstick is a gel formula that is moisturizing and gives a semi-transparent pay off. They are really glossy and feel soft and moisturizing on the lips. The lipsticks smell sweet and vanilla-y, similar to the ones from MAC. I love these for an everyday look, as they are pigmented but still neutral and softening. They don't last really long on the lips, but I don't expect that from a formula so soft and moisturizing as this. The lipstics are pacaged really nicely, in sleek metallic bullets that snaps close. The IsaDora logo is printed around the cap and the other info is printed underneath the bullet. They look really sleek and pretty, but I wish it was easier to see which color was which, as I carry both with me in the purse. I would have given the Jelly Kisses 5 lippies if the wear time was a bit longer and if it was easier to see which bullet you were holding. But other than that these are great! Really recommended!
I got this lipstick in Sociable, because I wanted to test out a pink color on my lips. Too bad I trusted the colos on the ELF site! This lipstick is not a cool blue-ish pink at all, but a warm orange toned pink-red color. It is a satin-matte finish, with GLITTER chunks in it. Nothing on the ELF page said that this lipstick had glitter in it. The glitter chunks are small-ish, but highly visible on the lips. In my opinion the color would have looked much more sophisticated and less cheap if they just had let out the glitter. The lipstick is very pigmented, more to the stain-y side than the good side of pigmented. It feels somewhat dry on the lips, and the glitter chunks are a bit irritating. The lipstick smells faintly of sweet berries. The formula feels plastic-y and more like some children's play make up than something designed for actual usage. The packaging feels cheap, but is sturdy. It is a grey metallic tinted plastic bullet with a clear glass part where you can see the colour of the lipstick. It has the silver ELF-logo on its side, which really easily wears off, and a tiny sticker underneath with the name of the colour. This is a cheap product, and you get what you pay for. A plastic feeling and -smelling lipstick in a ugly plastic casing. If I ever were to buy ELF lipsticks again, it would be as a gift for small children wanting to have some make up to play with. The glitter chunks in it certainly adds to that image. Even though it is 1/10 of the price of a MAC lipstick around these parts, I would much rather buy one higher quality products than ten of these.
Mascara -Unlisted Brand - ASTOR Volume Diva Mascara
Jorid 12/3/2011 6:20:00 AM
I bought this mascara on holiday in Europe, and I don't know how much it cost but it sure was a reasonable drug store price. I was mainly drawn towards the Volume Diva-mascaras because of their beautiful packaging. As I'm used to the clumpy and colourful mascaras from Maybelline and Max Factor, this curved golden tube with ornaments sure stood out! This mascara claims to give you "volume and luxurious curves", the formula contains Lycra for smoothness and and volume. The mascara has a wire brush, but it is quite special - in stead of being symmetrical the wand is different all the way 'round. I find that this unique brush really helps to coat and separate all the lashes without clumping. The mascara liquid is quite black, and even though I've had this mascara for over a month now it is as liquid-y as when it was new (I find that many mascaras tend to dry a bit out after a while). This mascara almost does what it claims! It gives me voluminous and long lashes with a slight curve. I subtracted one lippie because I would have liked it to curl my lashes a bit more. I use this mascara every day, as it does not flake or smudge and is easy to remove ay the end of the day. If you want a more dramatic effect you can put on several coats without it clumping, but on a day-to-day basis I stick to one coat. If you live some place that sell the ASTOR cosmetic brand, I would totally recomend you to try this mascara. I will be sad when this tube is empty and I have to go back to the ugly Max Factor mascaras.