This stuff is seriously awesome. It is totally unscented, light, and effective. I keep it in my car in the cooler seasons (it will sweat when it is warm in the vehicle), and apply it while I am driving. I dont need to look away from the road, I just rub it on my face wherever I feel dry. My eyelids tend to get kind of dry and itchy and I just apply it everywhere including my lids, and my skin is doing really well. It seems to last a long time too. You get a lot of value. It also seems to have a lot of natural, soothing ingredients. I am very impressed with this, and what it has done for my skin. LOVE THIS PRODUCT :)
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner
Vivaglam76 6/28/2010 2:55:00 PM
This is the pits. When I apply it, it goes on really light, and is hard to get an even application. Probably due to some bad manufacturing, bc other reviewers said it went on dark but I can barely get it on. Since the very long bendy tip made it so hard to get a nice thick dark line, I snipped off a bit of the edge, but that didnt help at all. I cant even really get much onto the applicator unless I keep putting it in the bottle and shaking, and its new. For about half the price, I love palladio (i think that is what the name is) and prestige, both used to be found at Walgreens, but I am going to go to Ulta to see if they have either. Those are really nice HG lines. This sucks.
I have to say, I bought this today and really like it. It is a creme makeup but very powdery, if that makes sense. And the roller gives a very flawless look, with decent coverage. Today I was putting it on, and it seemed a tad light where I had blemishes. So I used the roller up and down (ie vertically so it didnt roll) and it worked wonders. I hardly had to use my fingers to blend at all. I think the trick is to hold the roller vertically and use like a still sponge applicator for places needing much more coverage. It is kind of expensive at $15 bucks, but it seems like it might last a little longer with the roller applicator than the other true match creme foundation in a circlular pot. I went through that one pretty fast. If it turns out to deplete quickly, I will update my review. But after day one and a generous application, it hardly had a dent. I think this one is a good one to try, especially if you like true match products. I do because they blend well without a line around the chin.
I really thought this would be like the Givenchy product. It was not. That is both a good and bad thing, because the Givenchy product was very wet and heavy and never dried. Also was hard to get off. This one wasnt like that, but didnt have the dramatic effect on lashes that the Givenchy product had either. This is an okay mascara, but the wand doesn't make the end look any different than most other drugstore brands. I have tried everything, and there doesn't seem to be a cheap way around cosmetic counter mascaras IMHO. Diorshow or Bust!
Lip Gloss -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Lips Full Color - Chloe
Vivaglam76 9/10/2009 1:55:00 PM
This color is AWESOME for me. I love the buxom glosses but the color was to sheer. This is a real lipstick with tons and tons of shine and shimmer (no sparkes, just metallic shine). I am so glad that full color lipsticks came to this line. I do wish that this had the same brush as the glosses, I liked the sponge tip instead of the brush, which can cause a messier application. ' I do wear lipliner (neutral tone) with this or it tends to spead outside my lips...not horribly, but not as neat as you might like when dealing with lipstick versus lipgloss which can be a little messy and not that noticeable. My fave thing about this line is how coooool these feel on my lips. Venom or Injection use a hot feeling to plump. I dont know if any of these plump, but I love the icy feeling.
Fragrances -BeneFit Cosmetics - My Place or Yours Gina
Vivaglam76 9/10/2009 1:48:00 PM
I do like this product, but I think it goes on really heavy. I got a dirty look in my elevator right after applying it. But I think it is pretty interesting, has a lot of layers, and I like it as a cheapy fragrance (vs prada or the like). I think it stays on for a while, but that could vary by user. One of the reviewers below said it smelled like the Avon bug stuff (Skin so Soft) and I can actually see that now. Some of the soft notes are similar. As soon as I smelled this, I knew it was a love it or hate it smell. Then again, I am pretty much in the middle, but that is mostly because of how it develops over time. PS to those who said the packaging is weird, I think its supposed to be a martini shaker...kitchy.
I agree with previous reviewers: Stays wet or greasy all day, so it smudges. But it's true that it doesnt come off easily either. I tried to use an eyelash curler about 8 hours after application because my lashes seemed really flat and low. My lashes stuck to the curler. (Yes, I know you really aren't supposed to do that, but I do that sometimes...oh well!) And I also agree that it doesn't layer well. If you run it thru your lashes once, it is great, but as you build, you clump. I actually had to use my lash brush to separate, and I normally don't need to do that...I think I am pretty good at application of mascara, or maybe because I tend to buy formulas that don't clump. Anway, I have only needed the lash brush one time in about 6 applications. There are pros: the wand is brilliant, I think the application is pretty quick actually, and the coverage is very black and makes my long but thin lashes look full. It's good, but not worth the money. I will go back to Diorshow after this, or maybe try lancome (I forgot which one).
I LOVE this lipstick. Here's why: 1- The colors are like they are in the tube, but more sheer and wearable. I was worried about the reds and corals (lets face it, at 32 years old, reds arent my friend like they used to be) but they are sheer and flattering. 2- The packaging is really great so far. Chic and looks more expensive than they are. 3- These are cheap! 4- They go on smooth, and stay on, with no smells or taste. Some ELF products have that weird orange smell, but these dont. I normally wear glosses now because lipsticks have been hard to find for me for some reason. I always feel that they arent a good complement or they dont feel nice on, or stay for a while. These are really, really nice!!! Good staying power and natural and pretty.
Just like I use the eyeliner brush for concealer, I think this one is good as a shadow brush. Its soft like the foundation brush, but smaller. I like using the eyeliner brush for concealer because its stiffer. It's a good basic small brush, which could have a lot of uses. I dont use lip brushes, but this would probably work for that too.
I seldom use brushes for what they are meant for. That said, this one is a great brush, but not for eyeliner. I dont think the shape is right. Love the stiffness, but flat and wide isnt the best or most precise way to apply eyeliner IMHO. I have used it, and love how it picks up the color, but again, the shape. Its still a great brush for concealer. Its stiffer than a foundation brush, and small enough to blend around a blemish. As I always say with elf, its a good buy for a buck.
Pretty good for a dollar, but shed on my face and clothes. Still, I brush the shedding away, and the brush is still a buck. Not bad at all.
I like this brush. For a buck you cant go wrong. I think the quality is pretty good, and I use this to apply liquid and mineral powder foundation. It really isnt streaky at all, and gives good mineral coverage. I just got the studio version of the foundation brush for $3, and I like it for mineral powder, but I dont know that it would be as good for liquid. Its really soft. My point is that this $1 brush is just as good or maybe better.
This isnt good at all. I am a liquid liner person but this did not fit the bill. It was like some other drugstore brands. I use prestige or palladium normally which are great. This one is like a lot of other waterproof ones, which end up peeling of flaking in strips instead of smearing. I stay away from waterproof, but ELF doesnt offer a non waterproof. Like others, I think it was hard to get good color saturation, it peeled, and i think it stung too. Also, the brush tip is long so it is hard to control. It's better to find one with a denser shorter brush or a sponge tip IMHO. Try Prestige, that one is the best, at least I think so! Oh, and I hated Bourjois and Lola too, so I know how hard this can be to get right! Finally, ELF has a new studio line, and I really dig their liner pen. It seems to stay without "chipping", and its only $3. The brush is a little pointy and sharp, but its good stuff.
This is awesome. I have had a zillion of these, and they usually die after just a few months because of the way that the air blows into the hair. I bought a replacement (Vidal) that overheated the first time I used it. This one has been with me for a few years. Its losing power now, but its by far the longest I have been able to keep one of these things. BTW they are getting harder to find arent they? Used to get at Target, Walgreens, anywhere, now I cant find anywhere!
NIGHTMARE: I hate this stuff. First of all, it goes on in clumps. I guess its okay if you are fine with rushing to comb thru your lashes before it dries, but for me, that defeats the purpose. With dior or even some good loreal mascaras you dont have to. Also, this kind of reminds me of blinc mascara tubes because I cant get it off with remover but have to kind of pull it off. The brush is odd. Yuck. Stay away, there is an excellent chance you wont like this. Oh, and BTW, I am definitely someone who likes big bold lashes. The thicker and longer the better, as long as they are mine (ie not fake).