To me this balm is the best ever. I have tried several products for my super dry lips and nothing comes even close to this. Things I love: Smell - honey/lemon, not too aggressive. Very smooth texture, leaves lips soft without making them glossy, which means I can apply any lipstick without smearing. Lipstick does not dry out my lips and now my lips look really good (I had flaky lips before). Things I do not like too much: I wish it would come in other form. The glass container seems luxury but not very sanitary. At least I do not have to reapply during the day. Overall, this product is A-m-a-z-I-n-g! Will buy again and again.
I received this balm in a swap. At least I did not spend money on this product that does nothing but dries out your lips. Oh and the smell is so plasticky or some kind of chemical smell. My husband refuses to give me a kiss if I'm wearing it, that says it all. Applies very waxy too. The only thing I like is the packaging because it is cute. Other than that I wold never ever buy it.
I see I will be a minority here but I did not like it too much for my dry lips and I had such high expectations... I was drawn to it by reading good reviews here and by many raving about it on boards. However it did little to my lips, it just sit on top of them and that's about it. It did not sink in and moisturizer them. Maybe it is good as a protectant in the cold weather but I did not feel like it helped me with my overly dry cracked lips.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Insta Dri Clearly Quick Polish
Karolyte 2/15/2013 11:59:00 AM
I use this polish as a top coat and I must say it gives me the effect I'm looking for. My nails have this wet shine that I like, it holds my polish under it very well, not cracking, not fading, no chipping and it dries fast. The brush is wide and I like it as well. Mine did not get clumpy at all but I'm half way through the bottle maybe it will later but so far for the price it is a very good product.
Vey pale cool pink wish microscopic shimmer to it. With two coats it is still pretty sheer, so three coats might be needed depending on what you like. What I love the most about this polish that it stays on for a week with a top coat. I work at the hospital where I wash my hands many many times, so staying power is very important to me and this polish does it just right :) What I do not like very much about Essie polishes in general is the brush, I wish it would be wider, but hey if I manage it use it then who cares.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
Karolyte 2/15/2013 11:44:00 AM
First I would like to note that I am reviewing 187se brush. I like this brush a lot since it gives me this airbrushed look when using liquid foundation. It does not leave any streaks and applies the product very well, giving a decent coverage and not looking mask like at all. My only problem is that this brush sheds :( if not for that I would give is brush a 5/5 but for now it has to be 4/5. Do not get me wrong I still like it a lot and would buy it again because it does it's job very well and I do not mind picking one or two bristles of my face once I'm done :)
I love this blush and I find myself using it almost daily. The color suits my fair tone skin perfectly. It is pinky-peachy color which once applied gives this nice illuminating sheen on the highest point of the cheek. So using this blush really eliminates the need for the highlighter for the cheekbones. Some say that they do not like the packaging, well I love it, not only it is pretty and colorful, but because I do not waste any product because of the high walls of the box and the blush does not get everywhere on my sink for the same reason. I do not use the brush that is included but it is a nice touch for those who do. I would definitely buy it again.
Got this brush from one generous swapper and I must say this is not a powder brush by no means it is terrible for powders, but it is great for liquid foundation. It is super soft and very dense and applies foundation like a dream. No streaks just fast and flawless application. I saw others stating that it sheds, well mine does not shed at all. I use this brush when I'm getting ready for work, which is at 5 am and I need to get ready fast. Great brush for a very very reasonable price. Edit: ok so now I used it for about 3 months and it started to she'd like crazy. I mean not 5 or 10 hairs but more like 50 when I wash it. It also became almost impossible to apply make up without having multiple hairs left on the face. However, it was an amazing brush up until now. I took one lippie off because of the extreme shedding after few months of use. Not sure if I would buy it again, I will shop around for another flat top synthetic kabuki brush to compare the longevity.
I really really like this product. I received a sample of it in a swap and was not sure if I want to use it at all because I have oily flat. Everything that says smooth or glossing is a big no no for me. I'm glad I did try this. It actually added volume to my hair and did not dry them our too much. Just bought two bottles of it online. Love it :)
Skincare - Face -Mary Kay - Extra Emollient Night Cream
Karolyte 4/19/2012 6:42:00 PM
I absolutely love this product, although I'm not a huge fan of MK. I received it in a swap as an extra item and God bless the person who decided to give it to me :) It's consistenct appears to be vaseline like, but it is not oily and my skin absorbs it very well. I love how my skin feels after the application; it is smooth, super soft and velvety. I apply it to my hands and to my legs as well. Does not have an aggressive smell which is a huge plus to me. Amazing product I would recommend it to everybody, even if you do not have dry skin it can be used for elbows, heels, knees you name it. Will buy again and again and again.
Absolutely amazing blush!. Peachy/pinkish color that has golden glow. The texture is very soft and it is very easy to apply. Pigmentation is great, not too bright, just right. Received it in a swap and I'm pretty sure I will be buying again.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
Karolyte 2/2/2012 2:38:00 PM
Thanks to Makeup Alley reviews! This is an amazing mascara. No wonder it is named like this because it is really the BEST. My HG no doubt. I have tried many different ones including Clinique Lash doubling mascara which was good for day looks, Dior Show which I think is OK, L'oreal Voluminous which was my HG for the long time, Lancome Hypnose and Drama which were also OK and many others. But this one blew my mind. It adds volume like no other, it also holds a curl very well and also adds length. It is not waterproof but it is ok because that is what I usually wear. It is easy to remove. Overall it makes my lashes look fabulous. I will buy again. My HG.
I love this primer so much I can not live without it :) I have hooded eyes so almost everything creases and it was a major problem to me. Ever since I started using shadow insurance it NEVER creased and the colors stayed the same for hours. Candlelight has a little light golden shimmer to it which I like because that means that if I'm in the rush I can just apply it then put some mascara on and I'm ready to go. It makes my eyes brighter. I will buy again.
Love this mascara and actually I'm surprised with bad reviews. It does give enough of volume and lenghl. It does not clump up and smear. It does not irritate my eyes and does not flake by the end of the day. It is easy to remove so I do not have to rub my eyelids like crazy. Love it and will buy again.
Cleansers -Jan Marini - Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser
Karolyte 1/6/2012 2:36:00 PM
I love this cleanser. Although it took about 2 months to see the results but nothing else really ever worked. It does not dry my skin and it really helps with blackheads and large pores. It states on the bottle that it should be used twice a day but I only use it at night before bed and it works like magic. It was stinging just a little bit once I have started using it, but it's a minor sting (well it's acidic). My HG and I will def by it again and again.