Moisturizers -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Vitamin C Renewal Facial Creme
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 1:24:00 PM
I love this moisturizer! I use this every morning before I put on my makeup (I use a different cream for at night) and it makes my face feel wonderful. It is moisturizing enough for my skin but doesn't feel greasy like some creams do. I feel that this product (along with the other products in my skin care routine) has significantly improved the appearance of my skin. It keeps my skin moisturized and provides it with lots of vitamins, which has helped in fading my acne scars . Also, a little goes a long way, so it will last your a good amount of time. Overall: LOVE IT! One note: This brand contains a lot of organic ingredients in their products. This is an awesome thing for those of us that like to support organic companies, BUT if you have sensitive skin, this might not work for you (organic ingredients can irritate some people's skin). I have not had any problems, but I also do not have sensitive skin.
I use this every morning on my eyes before my moisturizer and makeup. It is so soft and luxurious feeling on the eye and I have noticed that my lashes are much longer and thicker then before I used this. Also, a little goes a long way, so this will last you a long time. Overall a great product! One note: This brand contains a lot of organic ingredients in their products. This is an awesome thing for those of us that like to support organic companies, BUT if you have sensitive skin, this might not work for you (organic ingredients can irritate some people's skin). I have not had any problems, but I also do not have sensitive skin.
This is a great, very affordable brush. I use this every day to apply my pressed powder (I use Maybelline Dream Matte powder). It is very soft and doesn't shed much at all. I have had this brush for quite a while and it still soft and has held up quite nicely.
I use this clear mascara as my every-day brow gel. I use it over my Maybelline Define-A-Brow eyebrow pencil to set the color and also to keep my brows perfectly in place. I notice that if I apply this I don't need to check or comb my eyebrows as often throughout the day. My one compliant about this product is that it is a little too wet of a formula for my preference, but I'm sure it will dry out slightly over time (as regular mascaras do).
This is my favorite drug-store brow pencil. The color payoff and lasting power are great and it comes in a pretty good variety of colors. My color is dark blonde and I pair it with my Maybelline Great Lash mascara in clear (as a brow gel). It is pretty affordable too and is easy to get your hands on (I bought mine from my local Wal-Mart). The appearance of the product is nice (I like that the cap is the color of the product) but I don't really ever use the eyebrow brush on the other end.
Self Tanners -Banana Boat - Summer Color Sunless Lotion Deep Dark
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 7:28:00 AM
Pros: This is a great, affordable self tanner that you can get your hands on pretty easily (I buy mine at my local Wal-Mart). The product has great color payoff and doesn't' leave a streaky appearance on the skin. The color is great too; "deep dark" like the packaging says, but it has more of an olive tone compared to other tanners. This is great because it leaves your skin with a more natural appearance and you run no risk of looking orange. Cons: A bottle of this does get used up somewhat quickly, since you're using it on your entire body, but the price is pretty low so that doesn't bother me too much. Also, after several uses, the opening of the bottle and under the cap get kind of messy (not really a big deal, but I thought I'd mention it). Yes, I would buy it again.
This is my "holy grail" hair product. I have straight, thin hair that tangles very easily and this product is a life saver for me. After I get out of the shower I ring out the excess water from my hair and put about a quarter-sized amount of the product on my palms and then work it into the ends of my hair. I then put my hair into a towel and let it air dry before brushing it out. This has greatly improved the health of my hair and also its appearance and texture (it is much less frizzy and much more soft). Since you don't need to use very much product, a bottle will last you a long time. I have had my 150 mL bottle for almost a year now and there is still like 30% of the product left. Also, my boyfriend always comments on the good scent it leaves in my hair ; )
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - 6 Piece Eye Brush Set (5 brushes + case)
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 6:58:00 AM
A nice, little kit of eye brushes. I use these brushes pretty regularly to apply my makeup (especially the Angled Crease brush and the Petite Eye Shading brush). The packaging is cute, but not very practical (I've never used the little bag they come with). Overall, these are some pretty good brushes and a very reasonable price.
Toners -Neutrogena - Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 3:07:00 AM
Pros: pretty inexpensive really helps control oil production cleans face well (I use this after my Neutrogena make-up removing wipes and it takes off any remaining makeup or oil/dirt) easily available (I get mine up at my local Wal-Mart) prevents future acne (by controlling oil production) helps to get rid of existing acne (dries up any current zits and helps them heal faster) Cons: can be drying if used too often (I wouldn't recommend using this every day if you have dry skin) stings if used on existing acne (because it contains alcohol and salicylic acid) bottle doesn't last a very long time (I use this about once or twice a day, so I making my way through the bottle pretty quick. This doesn't really bother me because of the affordable price.) Overall: This is the best toner I have used to date! I have seen quite a bit of improvement in my acne and oil production since I started using it. Also it is a great value for the price.
Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder (ALL)
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 2:43:00 AM
For the price, this is a overall pretty good pressed powder. This is my second favorite drug-store powder (Maybelline's Dream Matte powder being my all-time #1) because it is nice at controlling oil and is very resistant to becoming cakey looking. Some downsides: I feel like I have to use more of this product than with other powders and the packaging is terrible (the lid is not hinged or attached to the base in any way so if you need to throw it in your purse it will make a mess).
Makeup Brushes -Revlon - Contour Shadow Brush 1159-05
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 1:49:00 AM
This is an awesome eye brush for an unbeatable price! I use this nearly every day on my eye crease with the color Darkhorse (from the Urban Decay Naked Palette). I own the newer version of this brush (the red and black one that is shorter). One thing: if you are looking to use this brush as your main blending brush it might be too small. This is better (in my opinion) for smaller tasks like further defining the crease or smoking out the shadow on the outer corner of the upper or lower lid.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
RachelD9311 12/6/2012 1:33:00 AM
A very, very nice eyeshadow primer. When I use it my eyeshadow doesn't budge. I'm not saying you can't get good ones at drug-store prices (e.g. E.L.F. Essentials Eyelid Primer for $1) but if you want to spend your money on a great high-end primer, Urban Decay is the way to go. One complaint: the packaging makes it hard to get every bit of product out (but this is only on the old packaging, the new packaging is great).
Great simple, black nail polish. Has awesome pigmentation and applies nicely. Very nice polish overall.
A beautiful navy blue with tiny specs of blue and purple sparkle (on the nails it just looks like a sheeny finish). Nice application and lasting power. I've only worn this color once and I got compliments on it, so it must be good, right? ; )
A beautiful mint green color. When I wear this nail polish I always get compliments. Some people on here haven't liked the formula, but I didn't really have any problems. Pretty good polish overall.