Pressed Powders -Maybelline - NSTANT AGE REWIND® THE PERFECTOR POWDER
Miaoudeminou 5/19/2013 2:20:00 AM
I'm actually in love with this powder. I bought the lightest shade (fair 10) not believing when someone else wrote that it matched their NC5 skin. I'm about a NC15 right now and it's too light! I used it under my eyes and it brightened them up so much! I might keep it for highlighting, buy the light 20 for the rest of my face and buy medium 30 for contouring or shading. This stuff is amazing. I was sweating like crazy at work and most powders turn into a mess. This product does not budge. I have very acne prone skin that's combination (mostly normal with some oily spots). I wasn't even paying attention to the shine (so I can't comment on that yet). But the rest of my face looked fantastic and I didn't break out in acne from this. I was glowing, my skin looked flawless...etc. Some mentioned "sparkle" or "glitter" in this and it does have it. So if you don't like flecks of glitter in your make-up then this isn't for you. As for coverage this is pretty good. I'd say dark circles or pimples will need concealer as it isn't full coverage but it's a good medium and covered up redness (cheeks & around my nose is some broken capillaries). I can't emphasize enough how much this makes my face glow and look flawless.
Honestly with this entire brand the only thing I liked was the packaging. Everything's pretty cheap and doesn't last long. I'm not even sure what color I got my blush & bronzer in but I threw it away. Yes there's a lot of color pay off. I'd have to look like a drag queen at first to get it to last for the entire day. As I tried using very little blush to see if I could get a nice natural look out of this and it was just gone within two hours.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Clean Whipped Creme Foundation
Miaoudeminou 5/18/2013 1:37:00 PM
I wanted to like this. It was a weird mousse texture but I liked it. I applied it both with my hands and a brush. The initial application is a dream. It looks great coverage is a good medium and I loved it. Yet after about 3-4hrs this foundation is nowhere to be found on my face. It just melts into the skin and you can't tell you're wearing anything (all coverage is gone). So I threw this away. I was sad because the initial application seemed so promising. I guess if you only need a foundation for a few hours then this would work for you (which is why I left it a 2). I don't think this product deserves a 3. As for color and undertones, this did seem to match okay with my skin. Usually CoverGirl only had weird pink undertones (I'm yellow) and so they don't work for me. I'd say this is neutral.
I had to use Mario Badescu products or my skin gets out of control. It's the only skincare I've been able to find that doesn't clog my skin more than it is and doesn't cause acne or irritation. That being said, I was trying to find a cheaper alternative. I can't keep splurging on $20+/product. So I thought I'd go ahead and try this out since it was recommended to me. I had made a post in a blog about my acne prone skin. I've used AHA before and have dealt with "stinging" so this wasn't much new. I was aware that'd happen. To those who don't like the stinging feeling on their face then be warned not to buy this! As for cleansing it seemed to do jack. My acne seemed to get worse as I was using this. It did nothing to make the acne pop up less, help my skin glow or soften. So my skin just looked awful after using this. I think the only positive thing I can say about this is that I kind of liked how it didn't suds up and it smelled like oranges. Other than that this is a waste of money... I guess unless you have perfect skin already.
I'm going to start this off by writing a bit about MK. My mom has bought from MK since I was a small child. My sister started selling MK within the past few years. Both try to push it off on me because my mom loves the brand and wants me to support my sister. I get this but I went with my mom one time to a hotel meet-up. They had this thing where you could try out and buy the make-up. The make-up I tried there caused my face to be tender, red, and have a few hives. So you can understand why I'm hesitant to re-try MK. My sister tends to think that pushing MK on me for birthdays and Christmas is a good idea. It isn't and I tend to not really use the stuff. So I have this mascara sitting in a box unused. I have one I have used and I'm not impressed. I love Covergirl Clump Crusher so much better. The Lash Love mascara doesn't really separate, give thickness, or length. It's just a mediocre mascara for an expensive price ($15). You could buy 2 CG mascaras for that price. I just don't see the love for this and probably will toss it. I have no idea what to do with the spare I have along with the make-up remover (both still in box). Might be worth trading...
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Gelatin Milk Pore Cleansing Masque
Miaoudeminou 4/7/2013 5:02:00 PM
I was trying to find something similar to what I used here. Well I guess this is kind of right. I used Knox Gelatine to create a peel off mask (it's supposed to act like Bioré strips). Basically you take the gelatin, add water until it looks chunky, heat it up in the microwave for 10 seconds, let it cool a little, and apply to your face (do not get on any hair you want to keep). I personally did not feel like this did anything for me. My pores were not cleaned out. I broke out in acne the day after using it and have come to notice it's the only reason why I've been having pimples. Peeling this off is a pain and hurts like no other. You're taking all the hair on your face with the mask when you peel it off (feels like you're waxing your face but not as fast). The worst you can do is try this and see if it works for you. If it does it's cheap. A package of 4 envelopes of Knox Gelatine was not even a $1 at my grocery store.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips - Coral Crush
Miaoudeminou 3/31/2013 10:59:00 AM
So I usually can't vary too far from Blistex, Nivea, Carmex or natural balms (Burts Bees or any with beeswax). I tried a few different brands years ago and my lips broke out in blisters (EOS). This made me weary when trying this because I didn't want a reaction. I had heard a lot of good things. Trying this wasn't too bad. I like the orange smell it has. My lips are already fairly pigmented but I like colored balms because white or clear ones leave a residue look. Over all this is nice but a bit on the expensive side for what it is (I said a bit because I know there are balms that run a lot more expensive than $6). I wish they could make balms a bit cheaper because I use them so quickly and lose them.
Someone claimed online that this felt tip wouldn't dry out and didn't have the same issues others did. I have a big dislike for felt tips because they don't work for me. The tip is not saturated with product and they dry out within a day or two for me (no matter how I store them- this one was even stored upside down and it dried out). I've had this pen for maybe a week and the tip is just a mess. I can't get any product out so I tried cutting it. Only have the very base almost where the felt & plastic meet does actual product come out. If they could create something that doesn't do this and doesn't have issues like the felt tip pens have, I'd buy them up. I have to say that I do love the product inside this pen. It's nice, it matches my dark brown hair, and it works. If you have a nice shape to your brows but need them to be fuller looking then this would work nice for you. If I didn't have so many issues with the packaging I'd love this and recommend to all. For now I'd have to say you're better off with eye shadow or a pencil instead of this.
Pressed Powders -Sephora - Mattifying Compact Powder
Miaoudeminou 3/30/2013 4:24:00 PM
I have the 8hr Mattifying Compact Foundation. It's in a black oval compact that comes with a sponge and a mirror inside. I love this stuff. It's lightweight, doesn't get cakey, and has decent coverage (no redness poking through). I can use a flat top brush to apply this. It doesn't cause the powder to fly everywhere and there's a seamless application. You can't tell where your skin and the powder stop/start. It's decently priced ($22) for a powder at Sephora. I had wanted their Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder but they didn't have my shade (even the drawer below the display didn't have it). So I got this instead. I'm not disappointed as this looks like your skin yet matte. It's hard to explain. The color selection is nice and worked well for my NC15 (pale yellow) skin. Over all if you can afford this then I'd recommend it.
I like how this has a pump. I have no issues with the packaging. The problem I have is with the formula. I have weird skin. Most liquids tend to cake on me no matter how little I use. I couldn't get this to not do that on my skin. So I have switched back to powders. I honestly don't remember the coverage or if it did or did not settle into my pores. I just know that I didn't like this and it's sitting in a drawer. I left my overall rating at a 3 because I know others can get this to work with them. My skin is just weird with liquids caking on it.
Cleansers -Olay - Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser
Miaoudeminou 3/24/2013 2:10:00 PM
I'll start this by saying I have combination skin. It was never super oily to begin with but annoying when my make-up would be gone from certain places or settle into pores due to the oil (cheeks & nose mostly). Using this every other day has caused my skin to be a bit on the dry side. I should probably reduce my use and see how little I have to use this. Honestly I'd rather be a bit on the dry side than oily at all. So it has worked on getting rid of my shine. I use shea butter to combat the dryness and it seems to be working nicely. I got a tiny tube of this with that scrubbing brush but I don't use the brush. They never work for me no matter how much I want them to. I've reached the end of my tiny tube and plan to buy a full sized one today. Over all I'd recommend this but be warned it might dry you out. I think it's worth it.
I didn't even use this. I just swatched a bit of product on the back of my hand. I got light because it looked more neutral than fair (I have yellow undertones). Light is too dark on me by a shade. I don't think I'd want to get fair as it looks very pink. Light alone was dark & orange. I wish drugstores could stick to neutral colors (such as the neutral in L'Oreal or the undertones of Revlon). Sadly they don't care and this horribleness will continue to happen. It shall go back to Walmart tomorrow. I just wish this had worked for me :(
Cleansers -Simple - Kind to Skin Refreshing Wash Gel
Miaoudeminou 3/17/2013 6:58:00 PM
I haven't tested this out yet. I am very acne prone and will update my review. However for those who want to know here are the ingredients in mine**: * Water * Cocamidopropyl Betaine -shown some allergic reactions (I'm assuming this is due to it being derived from Coconut oil- which is also comodogenic- aka stuff clogs your pores) - it is a foam booster * Propylene Glycol -this is what makes it a clear gel wash * Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose -basically helps hydrate your skin * Panthenol -provitamin of B5 -helps with skin penetration * Disodium EDTA -shown to enhance the foaming and cleaning capabilities of a cosmetic solution -it counteracts the adverse effects of hard water by binding with heavy metal ions contained in tap water, which in turn prevents the metals from being deposited onto the skin * Sodium Hydroxymethylcinate -prevents bacterial or fungus growth -this has replaced parabens -also known to irritate skin **disclaimer: I am not a doctor, scientist or professional. The information was taken from a simple google search on the product names. 3/27/13 update: I have since discontinued using this. I found it did nothing for my skin. I'm not sure what I was hoping for but most cleansers just don't work for me. This is included in that bunch.
I had went to Sephora months ago. I bought a Lorac foundation and was given a bit of this in a sample container (a little pot; they gave me a ton). I had wanted to try it out because I have dark circles and no concealer by far has fully covered them up. I'd love to find that concealer and buy cases of it. I think it's a completely fictional product though. Anyways, onto the concealer. I tried many ways to use this. One Youtube guru mentioned taking concealer, such as this, mixing it with a moisturizer and making a weird tinted moisturizer out of it. I thought "hey I could try that with this!" and I broke out in acne all over the place. I did try using it to cover acne and it gets cakey. Around my nose, to cover capillaries, it gets cakey. To cover broken capillaries to the right of my mouth (there's 3 lines I don't know what's going on there but I cover it) and using it there it caked horribly. Now I try to use ever so little but it doesn't cover. When I get to an amount that covers. It cakes. I tried it under my eyes and it caked. I tried mixing it with a serum to use under my eyes (thinking it might work) and it caked. I seriously could not get this POS to work for me where it wouldn't cake. Now I'm sure someone else got it to work for them. It's that just about every liquid product out there cakes on my face (yes I have tried many a things- various primers & moisturizers).
Foundations -Wet 'n' Wild - Coverall Cream Foundation
Miaoudeminou 3/17/2013 2:23:00 PM
To start out I am about a NC15 (in the winter I'm a NC10; summer is NC20) and I have yellow undertones. I have large orange-rind pores on my cheeks, some acne spots, some capillaries to cover, and unevenness. In other words I need at least a good medium coverage. My skin can get to be combination but for the most part is normal (due to skincare; I used to have oily spots though). With that being said this is a decent foundation. I'm pretty acne prone and didn't break out from this. It did slightly sink into my orange-ring pores though. Other than that it covers well and I'd say this is about a medium at most (I couldn't get more from it). I tried covering up around my nose and my capillaries but those became cakey later on (aka don't try to build up layers with this it will cake). I'd say if you have anything to actually cover (dark pigmented areas, acne, or dark circles) you'll need a concealer. The rest of the foundation did not cake though because I only applied one layer with a flat top brush. The finish on this is nice. It's a matte finish that still ends up looking like your skin. I don't know how else to describe that. It's very natural looking and doesn't look fake at all. As for oily skin I'd say you'd have to powder. I did set this with MAC mineralized skin finish even though I don't get oily anymore. As for the packaging, even when closed a bit gathers around the opening of the squeeze bottle. Mildly annoying but I could work with it (I gave packaging a 4). And last is color because I hated the coloring in these. They are either pink or orange. My store had #816 as the lightest (the website shows a #815). I think I shall try to keep a look out for the #815 and try that because it looks to be much lighter. The color in this started out almost being slightly too orange for my skin tone (aka barley noticeable and I'd work with it). As the day went on and I went to leave for work and it seemed to oxidize. I was so sad because the foundation seemed to work nicely other wise for me. If I get the #815 I'll update my review about how the color works for me. I wish I could get these to work but drugstore foundations always tend to be pink undertoned :( Over all it's a nice foundation. If you have pink undertones and don't get too oily, this could work very nicely for you. I'd almost compare this to Revlon Colorstay. Except Colorstay doesn't sink into my pores, gets a little cakey (WNW doesn't except when applying more than one layer), and Colorstay has neutral undertones.