This is the only drug store foundation I'll buy. First off, it seems to work with my yellow toned skin well. Maybelline Fit Me has a good range, and they display it easily for people to figure out what would be a good color match. For reference, I wear MUFE HD foundation in 155 and I originally picked up Fit Me in 310. 310 actually was a shade lighter, and when I went back to Walmart they ran out of the next shade, 315, so I grabbed 320. 320 is too dark, so now that I have two bottles I mix them. Which actually worked out for me as sometimes when I'm more tan I can add more of the 320 shade, or if I'm a bit more paler I can use more of the 310 shade. Nonetheless, it's affordable hence why I didn't hesitate to pick up another bottle ($6 something at Walmart). Packaging is nice, simple glass bottle with black cap, but wish it came with a pump. But, not a total deal breaker for me. This comes in the standard 1 oz amount. Application is easy, easy to blend. Coverage is light to medium, so if you have scarring, blemishes or a lot of redness or skin discoloration, uneven tone, this won't really help you. I'd say two layers of this will give you medium coverage, any more layers you'll look cakey. The finish is really dewy... natural but really dewy. The staying power of this foundation is pretty decent, It usually lasts me all day (8 hour+ work day). I would NOT suggest this to those who have oily skin.. you'll end up looking like a grease ball. I have normal skin but when it gets hot and humid my nose gets a bit oily and this melts right off my nose. But, during cooler months it seems to be okay. Overall, I do love that this foundation works with my yellow toned skin as 99% of drugstore foundations tend to be too pink for me. Both shades I have, 310 and 320, seem to not be pink and more neutral. Hope that helps!
Palettes -E.L.F. - ENDLESS EYES 100 EYESHADOW PALETTE
PlaysWithMakeup 11/7/2010 8:11:00 PM
I got excited seeing this at Target for only $10! Great array of colors (100 colors!) and super affordable. Cost less that ONE mac e/s. Great colors, decent pigment and payoff. Of course the spong applicators it comes with is useless. But, hey, if you want a bunch of different eye shadows, you should definitely get this. Other reviewers said that they found the matte colors to be chalky, but I didn't find it chalky with the pallette I bought. The color payoff is actually pretty good for "cheap" e/s. Of course not MAC, but I can't afford a whole pallette of MAC e/s anyway! But these will do and I love all the colors. You get matte, shimmer, glitter, and all the colors you could ever need. Definitely use with primer though.
I wanted to try something drugstore (aka cheap) cause I ran out of my MAC and didn't want to shell out that much money. I was at target and decided to try this foundation. There were testers so I tested Tan on the back of my hand and then held it up to my face (I'm kinda sketchy about putting testers on my face... afraid of germs! At least I can easily wash my hands). I'm a perfect NC43 in MAC Select SPF Liquid Foundation. When I got home I held up the Boots bottle next to the MAC bottle and got worried cause the Boots one looked way lighter. But when I put it on, it actually matched me! SO happy. Its SO hard to find a yellow toned foundation at a drugstore, because most are either pink or neutral (which... neutral seems too pink on my skin anyway). Albeit this is the first night I wore it, I am more than impressed. I had a work event tonite, it was humid, I was dancing, and a litttle sweaty. I came home and looked at my skin and it was still good - my skin looked great, the foundation didn't fade or anything. The texture of this is really watery. Kinda threw me off at first, but I apply my foundation with a damp sponge so I guess it doesn't really matter. This foundation is light to medium. This is in no way a full coverage foundation. Which is fine with me, cause I want a medium coverage as I don't have much to cover - just want to even out my skin tone and tone down some redness. I'd definitely keep buying this!!! Last long (with primer and a light patting of powder), and good color match. Love that it comes with a pump. And of course, its affordable!
Lipstick -Clinique - High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 - Citrus Rose
PlaysWithMakeup 6/8/2010 4:04:00 PM
I love Clinique lipsticks - they go on well, keep lips soft and moisturized and have a wonderful array of colors. And, they are affordable! I was searching for a new color, something a little bright but not too bright and easy to wear for every day. I ended up getting citrus rose. Citrus Rose is kind of like peach, pink and rose all in one. So, it obviously goes well with a lot of looks. I am pretty tan (NC43) and this goes well with my skintone. Its a buildable lipstick, so if you want a subtle look, just swipe once, if you want more color, just add more. I love it cause the color is very complimentary, it is not too bright, its not clownish at all, its a lovely color perfect for spring and summer! Been wearing it every day and getting compliments :) Definitely brightens up your look :) Not bad for $14 and clinique lipsticks fade evenly and has decent lasting power for lipstick. Love how it keeps my lips soft.
I was searching for a drugstore (aka cheap and affordable!) dry shampoo, because I recently been coloring my hair as well as straight ironing more often. So, to keep my style and preserve my color, I wanted to try a dry shampoo. Tresemme is always affordable so I decided to try this. Now, you really have to be careful when using this. I have black/dark brown hair, and the first time I tried it I put WAY too much product in and hated it. It made my roots all gray and powdery. But, I decided to try again. And I actually like it! The trick is, shake shake shake the can, and spray a spurt (1-2 second long burst) then shake shake shake then spray a spurt. If you spray too long, too much product comes out, and if you're dark haired like me, you'll end up with white powdery roots. So, a little goes a long way and just spurt little by little. Then after spurting all around, wait 2 mins then brush it out. Voila! Hair is "clean" and you can extend your hair style another day! It smells good and hair looks and feels clean. I haven't tried higher end dry shampoos so I can't compare. But, for around $4 this will do. Just play around with it and I'm sure you'll find that it can work for you.
This mascara is great for definition and a natural look. That is about it. I tried with 2-3 coats and I didn't notice any improvement on the length of my lashes. The good things are that I like the packaging better than lash blast volume. its easier to hold and manuever in your hands, not bulky like lash blast volume. Its great at really defining your lashes. it doesn't flake or smudge and it lasts all day, and all this with the regular nonwaterproof formula. I tried layering with the lash blast volume to see what it would do but it didn't make any difference. i'll stick with lash blast volume for now. but if you really want long lashes, Fiberwig is a good one. You can add and add and add length! Itl'l make you look like you're wearing falsies. But... doesn't add much volume. So depends on what you're looking for.
Treatments (Eye) -Korres - Evening Primrose Eye Cream
PlaysWithMakeup 5/17/2010 9:44:00 PM
I got this in one of the regimen packs. I must say, this is better than any eye cream I've used. I've tried many Olays, Clinique, Garnier Nutrisse, Loreal, etc (mostly drug store brands). I love that it is natural, vegan, and it actually works!! I'm old enough that I'm starting to get fine lines, and they're getting worse. Everything I've tried just moisturized but didn't do anything for my lines. When I started using Korres primrose eye cream, I instantly saw that my fine lines disappeared!!!!! I seriously haven't found anything that works as well as this. Being that I'm in my early 30s I am getting wrinkles around my eyes, and this product works wonders. This moisturizes the skin well, but does NOT leave a greasy residue. It absorbs fast that in the mornings, after I dab some under my eyes, I only have to wait a few seconds for it to set. And a little does a long way, you don't need to slather it on. Just dot it on and voila! I dab some under my eye, around my eyes, and on the top (away from my lash line) of my lid, every night, and just under my eyes in the morning.
I bought this about 2 months ago, and wanted to wait before I wrote a review. This is so far, my HG foundation! First of all, this is the first foundation that matches me PERFECTLY. I'm a NC43 (and I notice that Select SPF15 foundation is the only foundation of MAC to offer this color). I've tried several other brands (not MAC) and the colors never matched me quite well. Fed up, I finally gave in and went to MAC. Select SPF 15 is a medium coverage foundation. I have a slight pinkness to my skin, with yellow/golden undertones. I have some, not much, hyperpigmentation from old pimples/acne. This covers up great even though its a medium coverage foundation. It evens out my skin tone and gives my skin a warmth (NC is for those with a yellow/golden undertone). I have normal/teeny bit oily on my nose/teeny bit dry on my chin/jaw area, and this doesn't make me oily nor does it dry me out. I'm not sure how it would work on oily skin tho. The staying factor is all day, when I set it with MSF natural powder (medium dark). I do blot once day only, usually around lunch time. This provides a natural finish, not matte not shiny, not shimmery/luminous, nor is it "dewy". Just.. a natural finish. It really looks like I'm not wearing any foundation, which is my goal when using foundation. The cost is $26, with no pump (you can buy a pump for $6 separately, and just reuse the pump when you buy another bottle). I would say its worth it because who knows how much $$ I spent looking for a good foundation that matches and makes me look natural. And I use probably 1 and 1/2 pumps for my face, so I can see this bottle lasting me a while. I've had it for two months, and I use foundation 6 days out of the week, and it hasn't even put a dent it in, it appears. I've played around with applying it, and I've found that the best way is with a slightly damp (not too damp) sponge. I usually just spray my sponge with a little evian spray (you probably could just get an empty spray bottle and put good ol water in it). I pump some foundation on the back of my hand, dip the sponge, then stipple all over my face. The results look airbrushed. Its literally like my sponge is an eraser and I see my pinkness and hyperpigmentation disappear! I've tried with a flat foundation brush and it comes out streaky. I've tried with my sephora 55 brush and stipple but It seems to come out not as good as when I use a slightly damp sponge. Using your fingers are okay too, especially when you're in a rush. It doesn't dry too fast too, so you have enough time to blend. It is a water based foundation, which is good for my skin. It doesn't clog up my pores (I admit I wash my face twice a day with a deep cleanser) so no break outs or bad skin reaction. The only con I see, if I had to list something, is that because this foundation is hat because its water based, you do have to shake the bottle well prior to using. Other than that, this is my HG foundation :)
I'm not sure why this is getting such bad reviews! I love that this comes with a corrector color. I got mine in Medium, and the corrector is a nice salmon color. The corrector isn't greasy, is lightweight and works well and countering those dark circles without making me look ashy. The concealor itself is nice and creamy, opaque yet light weight feeling. Most often than not, I'll dab my finger in the corrector, then dab some concealer and mix it on the back of my hand. This works so well and makes me look awake and fresh, dark circles are gone! I tried Benefit's Erase Paste but because it has petro chemicals (look at the No#1 ingredient - petrolatum!) it started to give me milia. But I liked that Erase Paste was an apricot/peachy shade because it covers up dark circles so well without making you look ashy. DuWop's Circle Block is just as good without the bad stuff in it and it does NOT give me milia. Mixing the corrector and concealer makes it apricot/peachy like Erase Paste. The important thing to do with this concealer is warm it up on the back of your hand so its more pliable and not sticky/cakey. Some people say the colors are too dark, but if you warm it up it seems to match well and not be so dark. For reference, I'm about a NC40 and I got it this in medium. My HG concealer!!
I bought this in Runway Ripened (berry red, on the darker side) which is perfect for my skin color (NC40). I've received a lot of compliments whenever I wear it. I love that this is like a marker, its easy to apply and it sticks to where you put it. Its very pigmented compared to other lipstains I've tried. And it doesn't dry out my lips. However, it doesn't last as long as I'd like, which I why I took off a lippie. When I wore it on the weekend, it was fine, but today at work I've had to reapply it once already. Maybe because I'm sipping on a bottle of water all day? But, it would be cool if it lasted longer. I will buy more colors though :) With all that being said this is the best lipstain I've tried.
Liquid -Revlon - SPA Age Defying Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
PlaysWithMakeup 2/16/2010 3:42:00 PM
as far as the actual foundation, its a good lightweight foundation. easily covers up redness and looks natural. it does well with my oily skin. doesn't look matte but i'm not an oil slick either. the color range is okay, i'm usually a NC37 and med/deep worked for me. i use this foundation on days i don't want to wear too much (i usually wear revlon colorstay, but that can look/feel heavy at times). this is a good alternative for those days you want to look more natural and want to look like you're not wearing makeup. i set this with a light dusting of revlon colorstay mineral foundation and i'm all set to go for the day. lasts pretty well, i wore this all day without even touching up. it does have this weird almond butter/peanut butter smell. but after you apply it, it seems to go away. it is off-putting at first tho. the packaging really is bad. i just did what someone else here suggested - i got pliers and pulled out the bristles of the brush. surprisingly it came out easily. once i took it out its much better. the brush wasn't good anyway. your fingers are the best application for this foundation. for a drug store foundation, i say this is second best (first is revlon colorstay). i'd def buy again.
this is my HG foundation. i seriously cannot try anything else cause everytime i try a different foundation, i always end up coming back to revlon CS. PROS: - its affordable! its $10 at the walmart near my house - comes in a lot of shades - lasts and doesn't fade. i put it on at 6am and when i get home from work around 7pm, its still on - doesn't settle into pores or fine lines/wrinkles (although i don't have any deep wrinkles, just little fine lines around my eyes) - controls my shinyness/oiliness - doesn't oxidize - feels light - medium to full coverage, based on how you layer and blend CONS: - although there are a lot of shades, its hard to find the one that really matches you. after trying 4 different shades, i realized that i have to combine two to make the perfect match. i am a NC42, and i mix equal parts of natural tan and golden caramel (rich tan and early tan - the colors in between natural tan and golden caramel - are pink undertones and do not match me AT all, lol) - doesn't come with a pump, or even a squeeze tube. - can feel heavy I dab a less than a dime size amount of each color onto the back of my hand, then dip my sephora airbrush #55 into the foundatino and buff onto my skin. ever since i used this brush my skin looks airbrushed and flawless! you can get great results by using a damp sponge too. i have some small pimple scars and a little redness, and this foundation covers it up, i don't need concealer (i only use concealer under my eyes). so happy its affordable and easy accessible at most drugstores :)
I am pretty hesitant on ever finding a eye shadow palette where I'd use ALL colors in it. AND I FOUND IT WITH THIS! Actually, I also have Beethoven and use all of those too!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these eye shadows! Definitely my go to looks. You can create dramatic smokey eyes, or for a fun day look, just use the colors (in Beethoven, the blues and purples, or in Ludwig, the green and bronzes). Its very versatile. If you want you can use the black or dark brown as a liner too. It is $34 for a palette at Sephora, but it is a great investment, as I stated earlier - I use EVERY color in it, so I'm definitely getting my money's worth. The color payoff is great. I'm pretty tan so my skin absorbs color and these show up well, and I can layer it on to intensify the color. The staying power is okay too - then again I always use a primer. With a primer (I never tried it without) it doesn't crease and it lasts all day, doesn't fade. The combination of colors make it so easy too. Before I would be confused as to which colors would go well together. With these palettes it makes it easy to create a look. I can't say it enough, I really do love these palettes! I LOVE these eye shadows. I LOVE all her palettes! I have Ludwig and Beethoven and I love them both so much!!
I am pretty hesitant on ever finding a eye shadow palette where I'd use ALL colors in it. AND I FOUND IT WITH THIS! Actually, I also have Ludwig and use all of those too!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these eye shadows! Definitely my go to looks. You can create dramatic smokey eyes, or for a fun day look, just use the colors (in Beethoven, the blues and purples, or in Ludwig, the green and bronzes). Its very versatile. If you want you can use the black or dark brown as a liner too. It is $34 for a palette at Sephora, but it is a great investment, as I stated earlier - I use EVERY color in it, so I'm definitely getting my money's worth. The color payoff is great. I'm pretty tan so my skin absorbs color and these show up well, and I can layer it on to intensify the color. The staying power is okay too - then again I always use a primer. With a primer (I never tried it without) it doesn't crease and it lasts all day, doesn't fade. The combination of colors make it so easy too. Before I would be confused as to which colors would go well together. With these palettes it makes it easy to create a look. I can't say it enough, I really do love these palettes! I LOVE these eye shadows. I LOVE all her palettes! I have Ludwig and Beethoven and I love them both so much!!
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Noah's Naturals anti-oxidant toner
PlaysWithMakeup 8/20/2009 3:22:00 PM
I usually don't use toners at all. But this is more of a mist; you just spray on your face at night after cleansing your face, or in the morning prior to makeup. I noticed that my skin is in better condition and I love how this makes my skin feel refreshed. I even took a little and added a drop or two of glycerin and it really made my skin look great! Although, if you do use glycerin, please remember you still need to moisturize. Glycerin just hydrates the top of your skin but doesn't moisturize it deep down. This toner mist is great! The only thing I'll keep buying :)