Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
Karin1539 3/26/2013 1:48:00 PM
I picked this up at Sephora, the tube version which I strongly prefer to a tin. I have been using this morning and night and really, really like it. I am always looking for great products for lips because mine are very prone to dryness, cracking and peeling. I honestly didn't mind the price because I have spent more on lip products in the past. To me this works better than Aquaphor or Vaseline which I had been using for the majority of this past winter. I found this rosebud salve gave me much smoother lips.
This did not hold my eyebrows in place! I thought it would be great - I love the pencil form so I can avoid placing my own fingers in wax and getting wax smeared all around my eyebrow areas. But since this wax didn't hold, it is a waste. Will not repurchase.
I tried this because in hopes it would be good for an natural everyday, non-irritating foundation. However, it did not work out for me. I found it very drying. As soon as I applied it, I could see a very powdery finish on my skin and especially my pores. It really accentuated the bad parts of my skin and made my face feel very dry. No matter how much water or fixing spray I used, the finish would not improve. My skin isn't even that dry. I gave this about a week, trying to apply it different ways but it is just not for me.
Hair -Alberto Vo5 - Alberto V05 Conditioning Hairdressing
Karin1539 3/17/2013 5:52:00 PM
Wow, how have I not ever seen this stuff until recently??? I was wandering in Walmart and found it and figured I'd give it a go since it is cheap. When I got home I stuck it on my hair (dry hair) and used way too much which resulted in a very greasy look. So lesson learned a VERY little bit goes a long way. The next time I used it after my shower on towel dried hair as a leave-in. I used only a very small amount on my lower half/ends. It was AMAZING, my hair was silky, looked so healthy with a gloss and sheen it hasn't had in a while. It really did keep my hair from frizzing out later on - I had amazing hair for the next two days just from that little drop. For reference, I have thin/highlighted/long hair that can be prone to frizzinness and dull ends. I will continue experimenting with ways to use this - the package says it can be a prewash treatment, and leave in for wet or dry hair.
I said I would buy this product again, however if I find a duplicate that costs less of course I wouldn't. The price is high. That being said it is lasts me quite a while. Also remember to use a brush or Qtip to get the product out once you reach the very end of the tube - there is lots of product BELOW the packaging stick once it stops rolling up that is perfectly usuable if you just dig it out. As far as product quality it is quite amazing. I use light which just blends perfectly (I'm NC20), is never dry and stays on quite long when set w/powder. It is perfection for under eyes - never had it emphasize those wrinkles and it absolutely will cover brown spots or any other crazy marks I have on any part of my face. So barring a magical dupe I probably will be forking out that $$$ for this wonderful product again one of these days.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
Karin1539 3/17/2013 5:33:00 PM
When I used this product I use it with all of the MUFE HD line - from primer to finishing powder. I don't hate this at all, it does give a nice finish and does a good job covering. I do like the way my face looks when I leave in the morning. My problem with this is later on in the day my face looks very bad. I catch a look of myself in a mirror and my skin looks so dull and flat. Its not like the product completely comes off on me, it just looks like the finish has changed. I have better long term luck with a lot of other products. For that reason, I only use this for short trips out or something and refuse to wear it for a long work day.
Sunscreen -SkinMedica - Daily Physical Defense SPF 30
Karin1539 3/15/2013 7:44:00 PM
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this as it has been my go-to sunscreen for several years now. I started using Skinmedica products after I had their Vitalize peels a while back. This sunscreen is physical which I strongly prefer to chemical ones. I swear when I was using chemical sunscreens my hyperpigmentation INCREASED. This products works with my skin, never causes breakouts or enlarged pores and I love it. I have purchased many times and will continue to do so many more.
This is a gorgeous pale lavender. In certain light you can detect a slight sheen/shimmer in the bottle however I didn't find this came out once it is applied to the nails. The polish went on well - I use 2 coats for perfect color coverage. The color really is amazing, it is a sophisticated really pretty shade of lavender. A great spring color you can wear anywhere. This is my first purchase from this line, and I plan to check some of the other items.
Primer/ Corrector -Guerlain - L'OR Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold
Karin1539 2/1/2013 11:23:00 PM
I like this primer very much. I have used it with the Parure Gold foundation as well as all other Guerlain foundations, and I think I've tried about them all. This product sinks quickly into the skin and will not add grease or give a suffocating feeling to the skin. It will improve the staying power of any Guerlain foundation. It adds a little radiance and will not clog pores whatsoever. A little goes a long way so this usually lasts me a while. I have repurchased a couple of times and will again.
I like the formulation and I feel that this is not drying and very good for undereye area. However, I have some sun spots that this does not completely cover and also wears off. I wish Smashbox would have a more full coverage product. I used to love their full coverage cream foundation which was perfect but sadly discontinued
This is a very good performing mascara as far as lengthening, and some curling. It goes on lashes beautifully but I would have some flakes when applying. It is on the drier side. My main problem with this is that I paid the price for the fancy case w/mirror and planned on paying the lower price for the refills. However, I dropped this and a part of the closer popped off and now my mirror won't close. I'm annoyed by that. So I guess if you are prone to dropping things like me and don't really love spending so much on mascara, learn from my mistake and handle this product with care!
Eye Primer -Smashbox - Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Karin1539 12/31/2012 4:33:00 PM
I've now received two large sample sizes of this with orders from Smashbox.com. This is not something that I would think would do anything and I am actually not a fan of using many products under my eyes because I truly believe some products make my undereye area look a lot WORSE. However, I have actually found this product to make my undereye area look amazingly better and it has made improvements that pricey skin care eye creams have not. Very impressed. Double thumbs up and will repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
Karin1539 12/7/2012 2:10:00 PM
I have used so many hand creams. My work dries out my hands something crazy and the winters are always rough on my hands. I typically use Aquaphor continuously through the cold weather months but recently picked up this in Target on a whim. It was almost $12 - kinda pricey. But I have been so impressed. I love the almond scent - it does linger which does not bother me. The big thing is that I have not had my hands look or feel this good in ages. It is improving the overall appearance of my skin drastically.
Most amazing lip gloss. I truly love this stuff. I have a particular fondness for 867 Pink Pearl. I've received so many compliments on this. It has the perfect glistening shimmer that I've never found in another gloss. The formulation is the best. I really wish the tube lasted longer. I do repurchase it because it is so divine but I wish the amount of product per dollar was better.
Yes! This is a great brush. It is so soft but when using a fine powder it will buff it in very well. I can get an airbrushed look. I use this w/either MUFE HD powder or Smashbox Halo. It is so soft I can buff real well with no irritation. So far I've had this brush several months and no shedding and it seems just as good as new.