Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
akd616 1/6/2013 6:47:00 PM
I love this mascara! I have short lashes and wear contact lenses and have tried most drugstore mascaras at least once. I like the sexiest, longest *non spidery* lashes I can get. Personally I don't see much point in having long thick lashes that are obviously caked with mascara. I don't think it's a very pretty look. I liked Maybelline the Falsies but it needed a jackhammer to take off, Jordana Best Lash is excellent but tends to clump, Cover Girl Lashblast tended to clump and didn't make them as lush looking as I like. I liked Maybelline Full n Soft for ease of removal and the somewhat natural look but the lashes didn't get as long and thick as I would like. This comes off easily without rubbing with eye makeup remover, can be easily layered without flaking or clumping, doesn't irritate my contacts, and gives me very long and full looking lashes. Only downside is that that I hate the name (Clump Crusher? Really?)
I like the packaging. Feels expensive and heavy - leaves a nice matte finish and lasts a while on your skin. Didn't need to set with powder as it set to a very powdery finish. Not very expensive although a bit more expensive than standard ds foundation. However, I had no perfect color match (I'm very fair with slightly yellow undertones), it didn't look attractive on the drier parts of my skin (I have combination acne prone skin), and it had the dubious distinction of being the first foundation I ever wore that broke me out. Ever. Three days after I stopped wearing it my skin was fine and for the two weeks I wore it, it was new breakout after new breakout. I tried applying it with a stippling brush, a foundation brush, a sponge, and my fingers. No matter what the finish was too heavy and matte for my taste although the sponge application was best.
I'm nc15 cool toned and dark haired and this color is absolutely gorgeous. Rich purpley deep pink. Looks amazing. Creamy looking (not particularly shiny, glossy, or sparkly) and applies smoothly and evenly.Lasts about three hours. The packaging of the jumbo lip pencils is awful. The caps are thin plastic and crack easily but at 2.99 I can live with it.
I'm nc15 with pigmented lips and this color is definitely not red on me, it's a warm deep pink (slightly coral looking). Flat out hate the color. However, I'm not rating this based on it's color. The packaging is garbage like all the jumbo lip pencils. The plastic cap has already cracked. It's very inexpensive, looks creamy and leaves a satiny (not shiny or glossy finish), goes on smoothly and lasts a few hours. Love the lip pencils just don't care for this color.
I really like this lipstick. It does leave a stain on your lips after it fades (if I don't totally remove it before I go to sleep, my lips will still be stained pink in the morning) but I consider that a good thing. Helps keep me looking somewhat made up even after my lipstick is gone and it stains evenly. CG Lip Perfections are great lippies but they do seem to require about five to ten minutes to settle into your lips. They sometimes go on slightly clumpy and you need to have put on lip balm before you apply if you have dry lips. The color is a gorgeous purple-y mauve and it feels creamy and soft on the mouth. Great lipstick.
I'm nc15, dark hair, brown eyes and love this color. It's a pretty browned pink on me (a slightly pinker version of Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle) and a lovely neutral - not nude though. I add a slick of pinky gloss when I want to brighten it, clear gloss if I just want a bit more shine. The formula does not go on as cleanly as I would like, it looks dry and unattractive initially. But after about ten minutes (as a previous reviewer mentioned) it does seem to settle into your lips and gives an attractive satiny color that lasts.
I have yellow undertones and like the pinky/lavender hue this highlighter gives my cheeks. I know it sounds like a bad combination but it works for me. Doesn't look natural unless I apply it very lightly but there's no glitter or obvious sparkle, it applies smoothly, and is inexpensive and easily purchased.
I bought this a couple of months ago and use it as a contour almost every day. It's a good cool toned contour for me and I easily use it on my warm-toned sister as a contour simply by adjusting what sections I sweep over. It's very pigmented so I sweep the brush over the powder, shake or wipe off excess, and then apply. Works for me and I'm nc15. Not my HG contour (it would have to be more cool toned) but you get a good amount of product, it's cheap, and easy to find at Ulta, on cherryculture, or on Ebay.
I bought this product because the reviews here were so phenomenal. I still had some ELF eye primer left so I tried it every day the first week with the ELF on one lid and this on the other. They literally wear the exact same. I got about five hours of eyeshadow wear before the shadow starts to smear and crease. Apart from the fact that the Lorac costs literally twenty times as much and has a slightly thicker consistency there's no discernible difference. That's very disappointing to me. I could overlook the ugly, cheap packaging but a performance that can be equaled by a one dollar product is pretty outrageous. Thus far of the eye primers I've tried, I've gotten the best results from UDPP (it does a demonstrably better job "gripping" my gel eyeliner) though I still intend to try Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Nars Smudgeproof.
I got the Tarte Inner Rim Brightener a week ago and have used it every day since. It's a nude peachy tone that's not frosty and is less obvious than most of the white pencils I usually use on my waterline (like Ulta Yeyo, NYX Milk, WnW White kohl, etc.) although I have to be careful I don't apply too much because it can be a bit too obvious looking for my taste if I do. I also use it on the inner corner of my eye though I've noticed it doesn't last as long there as it does on my waterline. On my waterline it just wears and wears and I'm not sure how they've managed to make it stay as well as it does but it lasts about ten hours on my waterline (with a little fading but I find I like it better with a little fading anyway) and I'm a contact lens wearer so my eyes can be watery. I'm very pleased with it so far, though I'll update this review if I find anything better.
I really like this lovely strawberry red color (it's definitely not a true red and it has the finest gold shimmer throughout) and it goes on smoothly and I achieved a nice rich color in two coats. That said, I bought it on clearance at Target for five bucks and change and I wouldn't consider it worth more than that money wise.
Toners -Formula 10.0.6 - So Totally Clean Everyday Cleanser
akd616 2/12/2012 12:17:00 PM
I am very pleased with this product. It says cleanser + toner on the description but I only use it as a toner with a cotton puff. My skin is acne prone and oily in some places, so dry it's flaking and peeling off in others due to winter and an 8% BHA serum I use twice a week for acne control. It takes off any remaining dirt and makeup after I cleanse, very gently and thoroughly. It balances my skin nicely, not drying it out at all. It's very gentle and effective, the packaging looks fresh and cute, and you get a lot of product for $5.99. Best toner I've used so far in terms of the total package.
I wanted to love this. I really did. $1? I wanted this to work. Unfortunately, although when applied generously it does a reasonable job of making shadow stay for about 4-6 hours, it does nothing to prevent eyeliner creasing or rub-off. At all. Zero. Although I do have oily lids and someone with naturally dry lids that aren't prone to creasing would probably find this more than sufficient.
I've bought this product twice. It's kind of expensive for the amount you get but I must admit it works substantially and noticeably better than the other methods of exfoliation I've used (St. Ives, washcloths, scrubbing face pads). It leaves my skin incredibly smooth and soft and radiant and smells wonderful. It doesn't really help clear up breakouts but neither does any other scrub I've ever used and it doesn't cause any new ones.
Lipstick -New York Color - Ultra Last Lipwear in Garnet
akd616 1/19/2012 4:17:00 PM
This color is fantastic on me. A rich light red with a little shimmer - it doesn't look at all pink/purple on me like it looks in the woman in the example photo. Very flattering, not drying at all, and it wears ok. I do find I have to be careful applying it because it's pretty lasting and doesn't take to being wiped off the edges well. I would consider that a positive though personally.