Eyes -Unlisted Brand - Supergoop! Advanced Aging Eye Cream
ThinkPink2683 4/17/2013 11:40:00 PM
I'm sure glad I received this as a sample, because it's horrible. My skin is sensitive, and it basically feels like I just applied drugstore sunscreen to my eye area. It provides me with the same heinous burning and irritation that is the reason why I use a different sunscreen on my body than I do on my face. Oat peptides or not, I feel like I'm now developing a chemical burn. My eyes are watering and burning, but I don't even get the joy of being at the beach or pool. Thanks for nothing.
I can't believe it took me this long to try this cream. I'm 29 and just "discovered" this wonder, even though I've grown up seeing a tin of it in just about every bathroom of every woman I've ever known. I have very oily skin, prone to hormonal breakouts, sensitive to almost every commercial brand of mineral makeup, and I have tried probably 100 different facial creams in my time. This creme is thick, but not greasy, and absorbs very quickly. I'm using it as a cold cream, and a moisturizer. As I massage it in, I can feel hard little blackheads/comedones just loosen out of my skin right away. As a moisturizer (after cleansing) I'm able to go right outside in the humid Florida air and my skin doesn't become greasy and shiny at all! My skin is supple, due to its oiliness, but also very dry and flaky in patches. This creme evens out my whole complexion, and smooths out blemish areas that I've abused by squeezing and popping. My boyfriend and I have two pet squirrels that have very sharp nails and leave our hands and arms covered in tiny scratches. After 3 days of repeated applications, my boyfriend's fresh scratches are nearly healed, and his older pink scars are already fading. Needless to say, I now have a jar of this creme in the bathroom, living room, and tiny travel tins in my purse at all times. If you haven't purchased it recently, they've changed the packaging. It's still dark blue, but is now in a screw-top jar instead of the older metal tin. The screw-top is very secure, and easy to open and close with wet or creamy hands!
I have purchased this lip butter (twice...nothing is a good enough backup, IMO) in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss. No matter how chapped my lips are, I only need a touch of it to smooth them and soften peeling flakes. It does build up a white sheen if I reapply too often, but blotting takes that right away. That's a tiny negative, since sometimes I want to make sure that my lips are coated at all times! (The whiteness is probably due to the titanium dioxide which hopefully adds some SPF protection, even though it's not advertised to provide SPF.) It's very smooth and silky with a 'sheen' instead of a 'gloss'. There's absolutely no stickiness to this whatsoever. It's more firm in the tin than other Nivea products, but not so firm that you need to scrape it or smush it to get enough out, as with more waxy lip butters. It doesn't leave a drying buildup and leave my lips sapped for moisture like other petroleum products. It does have petrolatum, but it also has Castor and Sweet Almond oils as well as Shea butter. (Castor bean/seed oil may have many uses, but it really is an amazing skin product. Seeing it on the ingredient list is actually made me willing to look past the petrolatum!) "Flavor" is listed in the ingredients, but I feel like it's just scented and not actually flavored. It was just under $4.00 a tin at CVS, but the tin comes absolutely filled to the brim. With the small amount needed for application, I see this lasting months! The only drawback is that now I want to go back and buy the other 3 formulas! They could have called this "Lip Lotion" or "Lip Creme", and "heavenly" should be used to describe it.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
ThinkPink2683 11/15/2011 2:02:00 PM
This is the best eyeliner pencil. It is very soft, so it's easily possible to apply too much of it. I like to draw a thin line with the pencil and then smudge it out with the rubber/silicone tip at the end. The line still looks bold, not like smudged out shadow like some pencils do when you use the built in smudger. It has the intensity of a liquid liner but the forgiveness of a pencil. If I want winged liner I will use liquid though. Since you have to sharpen the pencil with a sharpener, there isn't always a thin enough tip to draw a precise wing. This is still a 5 out of 5, but the only downside is that it's not auto-sharpening/mechanical like my old staple- Revlon Colorstay liner. Tightlining is super-easy with this one too. My eyelashes are so thick that if I don't tightline my eyes I get a gap that looks strange. This liner is perfect for when you want a liquid look, but don't have time or a steady enough hand to apply liquid. I've used Revlon Colorstay liner for about 15 years now, (And Stila Stay-All-Day liquid for about 5) but I think that will repurchase this one from now on.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
ThinkPink2683 11/1/2011 3:18:00 PM
The formula of this isn't as soft and smooth as MAC Fluidline, and the end result is just the same as a soft pencil liner. Staying power is incredible, but only along the lash line. The formula is dry so when I made a little cat/winged end, it only lasted about 3 hours before it faded and looked smudged. I like the brush, but I'll use it with softer fluid/gel liners. Because of the time it takes to use the pot and brush I'd prefer a pencil liner for this softer smudged out look it can give, or just a real liquid liner for the precise liquid look it can give.
Wet formula, and very thickening! I wish is were waterproof, and I prefer it when these plastic brushes are rounded on the ends like Buxom or Rimmel. I hate Covergirl Lash Blast because the inner bristles are basically non-existent. This Maybelline brush is small enough to hit my inner lashes though, and strong enough to comb out any clumps I get. The clumps are because the formula is so wet and my lashes lean over and stick together, but the brush separates them again before they dry together. I do prefer Buxom mascara, and should have just ordered it again instead of spending the same amount of money searching for a good drugstore mascara, but I'll use this until it dries out or it gets empty. I'll recommend it to people and buy it again in a pinch.
I do like the big brush on this mascara, and this formula isn't too wet. I'm using Latisse, and now I have the opposite problem of everyone else! My eye lashes are so long and thick that wet formulas make my lashes heavy and lean into each other and clump. This doesn't do that. It's a lighter formula, and gives me a nice coat of color. The Lots of Lashes formula is a little too wet! CVS has a buy one get one 50% off though!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Eye Studio Color Explosion in Caffeine Rush
ThinkPink2683 11/1/2011 2:55:00 PM
Incredible little compact of shadows! The shadows all apply smoothly, and are all pearly on their own. The gold mica illuminator powder does cause lots of fallout, but the solution is to do your eyes before your foundation. The fallout issue really is lessened with the use of the sponge applicator though. The applicator is miniature and I use brushes anyway, but I think that the applicator is useful for blending the shadows softly together. You can get high contrast, and lower contrast day or night looks from these colors. I think I've purchased the 28 color neutral palette, three of the 88 neutral-range palettes, and the 120 neutral palette in the quest for the daytime look I get from this set of shadows. (That's exaggerating, as I'm a fan of the 88 palettes and I'd have bought them anyway!) The neutral/brown look that this gives can be striking, and the mica/illuminator is beautiful. The illuminator reminds me of larger particles of MAC Vanilla pigment. Adding it on top of your finished eye look is like adding twinkling Christmas lights! If you have $10, then you should buy this. I think I'll be buying the purple set next. Purples look great with my brown eyes. The final results look like they are from much more expensive products.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Perfume Oils
ThinkPink2683 6/5/2010 4:12:00 PM
I have only purchased Imps from this company, but I've purchased 15 of them now. I have yet to find a scent that I even like. They all give me a headache and most of them smell disgusting. These are not blends of natural essential oils, but blends of horrible chemical perfume scents. There is nothing natural about any of these. Even combinations that sound simple wind up smelling like garbage. If I wanted to spend money on a larger amount I would go to Walmart and buy some of their scented potpourri liquids they have. There are about 50 different scents there for $3 a bottle and I'm sure I could make something that smelled better than anything I've gotten from BPAL.
I love this product! It's so much better than the Mary Kay stuff I was using. It's a tad expensive, but it is worth it. I don't have to spend 5 minutes cleaning my eye anymore. One swipe with a cotton pad removes layers of UDPP, MAC greasepaint stick, eyeshadow. A second swipe and my fluidline, and waterproof mascara are gone. It doesn't make my eyes blurry or sting when I clean my lash line. I like it because there is basically no rubbing needed on the eyelid. It dries quickly and the excess of whatever makes it feel slightly oily wipes right off with cotton or a tissue. I was able to wipe off eyeshadow I'd just done and re-do it without having the makeup remover residue melt my eyeshadow! I wish the bottle came with a top that had a small hole in it. I'm afraid that if the bottle falls over it will spill everywhere. I like the childproof cap though. No spills in my makeup bag! One bottle will probably last me 6 months. I'll try the CVS generic next time I buy a bottle just to save money, but there would be no need to try another type or cosmetic brand. Nothing could work any better than this one for me!
I own this balm in 2 flavors. It is fantastic. I love Paraben-free and Petroleum-free balms. This is a firm stick, but once you smooth it on your lips it feels very soft. It isn't sticky or waxy, and is made of wonderful oils. Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond, safflower, and aloe, just to name a few. It's not overly scented, or flavored, but when you first apply it it does have a sweet lemonade flavor for a second. This is one of the balms that actually softens your skin and doesn't just smooth it over with a waxy layer (even though it is made with Beeswax). It leaves your lips feeling moisturized, and if you had dead, dry skin, it will hydrate it again. The only downside is that it does such a good job of moisturizing and healing that the flaky skin will peel off your lips, but I like that anyway! I want the crusty parts exfoliated. I love the big fat stick of balm, and the fact that it is actually a little shiny! It stays on for quite a while if you aren't eating or drinking, but it doesn't leave your lips feeling like a desert after it's gone either. (petroleum-based things do that to my lips!) It's a nice formula and if you happen to kiss someone, namely boys who hate having things on their lips, it doesn't transfer a whole lot, and isn't like kissing someone with sticky gloss or dry, waxy lips. My review for the Blueberry Pomegranate flavor would be the same, only the scent is different. This one is definitely lemony, and the other is wonderfully berry-scented! I will slowly start collecting the other tubes of balm made by this company! I can't wait to try their Strawberry flavored balm!
I am in love with the two Style Black Glimmerglasses I own. I couldn't pass this on up when I went to the counter! I can't wear it on it's own though, because it just makes my lips look a little dirty. It's not right on my skin-tone either. However, I absolutely love layering it over lipsticks. I like putting it over Girl About Town, Show Orchid, and Pink Nouveau. It turns them a really interesting shade of purple. (Blue Comet does the same thing to them, but Blackware is much deeper.) The color itself looks black in the tube and when you layer it on, but it's actually a really dark, iridescent purplish. The consistency is just like Blackfire. Smooth, non-sticky, jelly-like formula that doesn't slide around or dry out my lips. After reading the other reviews, I am curious to try it over red or nude colors and see what happens!
I love this Glimmerglass. On my bare lips it's a purple-grey with beautiful tiny glitter, and with just a thin coat it just sort of darkens my lips. It actually looks like a slight berry colored lip that is great for fall. I just can't pull off purple lipstick or gloss, and I'm cool toned so red berry colors just don't look very good on me. This is a nice deep fall color that isn't over the top intense like the rest of the lip products in the collection. I would buy this again if it weren't LE. I actually got it in a swap. It was BNIB and I couldn't be happier. You cannot feel the glitter in this, and it has the consistency of a slightly thicker Lipgelee. Non-sticky, super shiny, and actually really soothing on dry, chapped lips.
Palettes -Unlisted Brand - BH Cosmetics - 120 Color Palette 1st Edition
ThinkPink2683 11/17/2009 1:55:00 AM
I love this palette! (I have had version 1 for a year and I just bought version 2 off eBay for $20.00 with free shipping.) I actually bought the first one for about $35, but it was worth it. There are colors in here that are perfect dupes for every MAC pigment that I have in my collection. (Luckily I only have 1tsp samples of the MAC.) I actually think that with a good primer like UDPP, these give me much better payoff than any MAC pigment I own. Gilder's (sp?) Green, Mutiny, Grape, Violet, Pink Pearl, Vanilla, Cornflower, Dark Soul, and Fuchsia are just a few of the pigments you can dupe with palette Version #1. I am anxious to get my hands on #2 to see what exactly is different in there. Even if there aren't many differences, they have replaced those silly speckled colors with something, and there are actually 2 blacks and many more neutrals in that palette. I really could do without all the horrible yellow, orange, and gold colors that are in #1. This palette and the two 88 color palettes are the best things I have ever spent my money on. I keep buying new single shades or tiny palettes from high end makeup every once in a while, but I find that I always have better versions in my palettes! Yes, the colors are chalky and you can literally blow them off your skin if you don't have something to stick them to. I think that is part of the secret though. Something about that chalky, powder base makes the colors opaque once they adhere to a great primer. They really won't budge for 12+ hours!
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
ThinkPink2683 11/11/2009 12:29:00 AM
I am on my 3rd jar of this. I must say that a 2oz. jar lasts me months and months! I'm sad that it has such a low rating. I wash with Purity and the Clarisonic Pro brush, and apply this in the morning and at night. (I have a mixture of the On A Clear Day H2O2 cream that I use at night.) My skin is oily, but does dry out and get tight after cleansing, no matter what I use. HiaJ solves that problem for me. I only ever use the smallest amount, but it makes my skin incredibly soft. Using this helps keep my oily skin less oily too. I feel that when my skin is moisturized it doesn't over-produce oil! It's not greasy so I don't break out and my mineral makeup doesn't settle strange or stick in weird places. Expensive, but 100% worth it. I would like to see this in a squeeze tube, but then that complicates things because they already have a product with the name Hope in a Tube! Hope in a Pump Bottle maybe? lol.