Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher Water Resistant
allxdolledxup 12/29/2012 3:53:00 PM
I am a bit of a mascara hoarder. I have a lot of mascaras... A lot. I've been looking for a mascara that keeps my eyelashes separate because for some weird reason (or maybe not so weird) my lashes often criss-cross and if the mascara clumps I end up with spider lashes. Packaging: Large and bright green. I like it. It makes it really easy to spot in a full makeup bag and I have no issues using the handle. Brush: I go back and forth between bristles and plastic teeth. I feel like the plastic teeth of this brush do a better job at separation and remaining clump-free. The brush is also curved which is a big plus in helping me get the corners, the lower lashes, and giving a bit of a curl boost. Formula: This mascara is not as waterproof as other formulas I've tried, even in the LB series. I did note that it is called "water resistant" as opposed to "waterproof." Like others said, it is a bit on the dry side. However, I like how it's drier since I don't really need to wait for my lashes to dry. Downside, it does make it harder to get rid of smudges. Overall: I like this mascara. It doesn't really add as much volume as it claims but it does prevent clumps. A downside is that if you load up on the product it does kind of kill the curl. I still like this better than more expensive brands... but maybe not as much as some others. I would repurchase though... as long as it's on sale =).
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
allxdolledxup 3/21/2012 3:44:00 PM
For some reason, the version I have does not have the spf 15 benefit, which is one of the reasons why I took off a lippie. Packaging: - easy, simple squeeze tube - no product leakage - not sure how much product will be left when I finish the cream - it seems like I get the most access to the product with this coverage Smell: - Smells like all garnier products - fresh and clean Texture: - a light, cool tinted cream Application: - blends pretty easily and it actually seems to "melt" into my skin - feels more like a moisturizer than any kind of cover up - basically just use my finger at it does the trick Coverage: - minimal, but it doesn't claim to have any coverage - it claims to even, which I think it does achieve Pros: - nice, smell - colour matches well and blends very well - evens and moisturizes Cons: - I have oily/combo skin and I think this would be better suited to drier skin types - throughout the day I get pretty shiny and I am not sure if this causes it, does nothing to help it, or makes it worse. It does add a bit of a sheen so that must be making the shine worse. - it does nothing for my pores, in fact, I think they make them worse Overall, I would still recommend that people try it because I think it has a lot of potential to work for people; it just didn't happen to work for me. I think I may try this under something with more coverage. I will finish this tube but I am not sure if I will buy this again. Pity, because I've always wanted to try a BB cream and this one was cheap.
Lip Gloss -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Soothing Lip Balm
allxdolledxup 6/16/2010 6:24:00 AM
If I could repurchase this product again, I would - but according to the other reviewers on here VS cosmetics will no longer so sound at La Senza... so, sadface =(. anyway, I'm not sure how much this costs, I got it as a secret santa from a friend. But I'm pretty sure he got it for a 3 products for $15 deal or something. I don't know what colour this is because I peeled off the ingredients/product info at the back (habit of mine). Packaging: Cute bright pink tin. It's easy to open and easy to close. Also, the tin is sturdy. My Rosebud Salve ones get dented pretty easily, and one got so badly dented (I'm accident prone) that it was a pain to open and close). It's a little bulky - I personally would've liked the tin to be shallower and then wider, as opposed to how deep and narrow it is. The reason for this is sometimes when I dont want to rub my finger in it (dirty fingers!) i just open the tin and rub my lips against the product (it sounds gross, but you do it with chapstick)(it also sounds stupid, and indeed, it really does look stupid, but at least you're not getting germy fingers - just do it when no one is looking =P). My Rosebud Salve tin (i'm going to be comparing this product to the Rosebud because that is my favourite and the closest I feel in consistency) was shallow and wide and therefore easy to just stick my lips in. I'm about a third of the way through this balm, and i know once I get to the bottom, fingers will be necessary. Colour: A bright hot pink. At first I was like - wow, why did he get me this? But i recently discovered that hot/bright colours look good on me (it was a fluke that he got this right). Anyway, the colour pay off is sheer and comes out really pretty on me (medium-light chinese-filipino). It's also glossy, which isn't something I always want in a balm, but I can live with it. Another thing that I said to myself right when i opened it was "are those sparkles?!" Sparkles in a balm - really? Thankfully the sparkles are practically undectectable when on the lips, they just add to the glossy effect i suppose. Overall, love the colour! Texture: The sparkles do not effect the texture of this balm. It goes on smoothly (not as smooth, I will admit as Rosebud). It's not sticky and doesn't feel too thick. I was afraid that this balm, not knowing the brand to well and the sparkles, would clog the area around my lips - so far all it's done is handle my dry lips beautifully! (And I get dry, skin peely lips if I don't use product). The mint in it does cause a little tingle, but I feel like it's way less tingly than other mint lip products I have tried (espeically Bath and Body works which has 2% peppermint oil in them). And I love the mint tingly-cool feel; so that's a bonus. Smell: I was really turned off by the smell. It's a weird mint smell. Right now, it smells like old Trident gum - and that's on a good day. When I first smelled this it smelt like some kind of topical medication you rub on for sore muscles. One friend told me it smells like tiger balm and i agree. On my lips, however, I don't think you can smell it, but I don't think the smell would bother many people anyway - I've smelt way worse and tasted way worse. (I'm pouting my lips right now in an attempt to smell them haha). This actually doesn't taste like anything to me which is fine. (Overall, I prefer the smell of my minted Rosebud!) Other Notables: My mom got some kind of allergic reaction on her lips a month ago. It got really red, a little swollen, and bumpy (VERY unattractive). Since this said "soothing" on it, I potted some for her in a little container and she used it at night time. Worked like a charm and now her lips are back to normal =). Overall: I like this, it's my second favourite balm after the Rosebud, which is definitely more expensive and harder to come by. In fact, this is so good and it's inching on to tie for first. I had no idea that this came in different colours so it's too bad it's no longer going to be sold in Canada if the rumours are true. I would highly recommend this. (My friend can pat himself on the back for stumbling across this and giving it to me )
I'm on my second or third bottle of this. I can't say I LOVE it, but I like it more than anything else right now. I wanted to stop using foundation because they always looked bad on me. On top of that, I'm really lazy and don't like to moisturize if I can help it (I have oily skin, so generally I can get away with it). Lastly, I wanted something with SPF. SPF: SPF 15 is great for everday, but not that strong so I may consider getting something else with a higher SPF. Coverage: It's a TM so coverage is sheer, but I like how it evens out my skin tone. Doesn't do much for covering scars, acne, pores, and hyper pigmentation; just a little coverage. But sheer is what i wanted.The colour matches will with my skin (medium-light) Others: A medium-thick cream, spreads okay, sometimes it doesn't spread too well if my face is too dry (which is weird for an oily person). It doesn't cause pimples which is a plus. Sometimes I have to wait for it to absorb/dry before applying powders (but that's normal). Not sure if it makes my skin more oily, but it certainly does nothing at all to help the oiliness. Keep squeezing the bottle because there is tons of product left after you think it's done but really it's not. I have a spare bottle right now. Will continue to purchase until I find something better at a good price.
I love nailpolish but i dont like spending a lot of money on them (the most expensive I'll go is 5 dollars). therefore, i end up buying a lot of 3-4 dollar nailpolishes (espeically if they are on sale). However, cheap nailpolish often means not so great lasting power. I tend to chip nails or get peeling (espeically peeling, i used to be able to peel off an entire nail in one pull) because i use them for everything (prying things open for example). Anyway, i saw the reviews for this and thought it would be the product for me: and I was right. As a topcoat it gives: - a great finish - smoothes out minor imperfections on my colour (ex: nicks i make my accident) - definitely makes my polish last longer (probably it could go for over a week, but i'm fickle and i usually change my nail colour before then) - doesn't go on thick - definitely dries quickly - however, i still try not to do too much with my nails and allow it to dry for as long as possible (preferably overnight) - it gives that "hard" finish to nails which i really like The cons are: - kind of pricey - it was $8CDN at Shoppers, but considering how often i use it and that i can use it with anything, i deem it worthy of the spending - my brush is weird, the bristles seem to be stuck together (they dont splay out for nice application), and oddly bent (like a soft 'J' curve) - this makes application a little bit harder and weird - thankfully it doesn't make application streaky when i do repurchase (and i will be repurchasing) I hope the brush will be better and that mine was just some sort of factory defect. overall: worth it, love it.
Styling Products -Nexxus - sleek memory straightening smoothing spray
allxdolledxup 4/21/2010 4:46:00 AM
Love this! I have dry thick black poufy hair. At first i wasn't sure if this worked, but when i don't use it my hair is usually poufy. It doesn't make your hair stick straight, but I use this with blowdrying. Scent: one friend said it smells a little like coconut? and this was a guy friend, and it's always a big plus when your guy friend tells you your hair smells nice Price: 15dollars is a lil ehh... but considering i feel it gets the job done and well, i'm willing to spend the 15 Feel: It's a lighweight spray - and if you're like me who is a little heavy handed in product (i spray a lot of this on because sometimes I get the mentality that more is better), you'll appreciate that it doesn't weigh hair down (if your hair is thin, limp, and easily oily, it might be different. No residue on my hands afterwards Use: I use this on 50% towel dried hair, spray liberally, blow dry (often without a brush), again, not stick straight and i haven't tried this with an iron, but definitely less poufy, smoother, and i don't get a weird "kink" in my hair that i usually do To Compare: I've used sunsilk hydra tlc, extra strength frizz ease, heat protecting frizz ease, got2be smooth operator, body shop's smoothing balm and something from l'oreals salon line, plus a whole bunch of other stuff, but i feel this is the best for me and the best price compared to the salon stuff i've tried. So definitely try this out - espeically if you have thick, dry-ish hair, that gets poufy!
i really wanted to like this! I've had to problems with hair colouring before and i've tired pretty much any brand out there. So i got this in the darkest brown i could buy(not as dark as i would like it to be). first it felt that there may not be enough product to go on my hair (which goes just past my collarbone) so that worried me, i've never had that problem before. i liked how speedy it was and no strong smell. okay so after the time i washed it off and i didn't see a big difference, at first i thought i saw hints of a lighter tone (my hair is black so that's pretty good) as time went on i realized that the rest of my hair remained black while my roots were this dark brassy brown! i thought it wasn't as noticable until a friend asked me if i had touched up my roots. which is really sad, i've never had this problem before, and i am so tempted to dye over it if it weren't for the suggestion that you don't dye too soon after another dye job. also, it's kind of expensive $15 (i get better results with the regular nice and easy) but i had a couple so it was around $12 (still expensive) in a nutshell.. expensive, ineffective, made my roots a different colour to my hair :'(
Hair -The Body Shop - Poppy seed oil reviving mask
allxdolledxup 3/1/2008 5:31:00 PM
I really like this mask. It's different from any of my other masks and even conditioners. according to my hair stylist, i have dry hair and i need to use a weekly mask. Texture: A very thick cream Smell: Poppy seed? it's a pleasent natural smell. it doesn't smell fake but not like overpowering plant either Use: I pretty much just squeeze out the excess liquid in my hair and then slop this stuff on. Feeling: Unlike other hair masks/conditioners this doesn't feel slick at all. In fact like other reviewers have mentioned i thought it wouldn't do anyting because my hair felt so incredibly "normal" not slipperly and kinda heavy from the product.when this dried my hair was really managable and soft and clean. clean is a big thing because usually washing off the normal masks take forever. my only gripe is the tub, but most hair masks i know of some in tubs. i just always get water stuck in it, clumsy girl that i am. also i sometimes i wish there was more product for the price. overwall i suggest everyone try and i will definitely rebuy
Love this! I was trying to find another colour that was mentioned in Allure magazine, but since the picture was so small i mixed up the colours and bought this one instead (that's why i should try to remember product names) anyways, glad i got this. At first i was apprehensive, but reading the reviews on here made me feel better. I'm of medium-pale asian skin. I like the antique-y smell of this stuff, like roses??? Anyways - the brush it comes with is ridiculouslty small, I'll probably use it to apply eye shadow all over the lid or something, if and when i find it again. The colour is this beautiful bright pink with some shimmer, it totally brightens my face and it's basically no-fuss for me. I don't usually use blushes cuz i'm all worried about it not matching and all, but this look really nice and i think it would suit most skins. i basically just grab my brush swirl it around (that's my only gripe, a small thin strip makes it really hard to get product on) and then put it where i think it should go - the apples of my cheeks.. makes me look so cute and sweet - i took a picture while wearing this and someone said i had a doll-face :D never looks clownish and at 3.99, there's enough product to last me a while (i haven't even hit the pan yet!) so besides the crappy packaging and even crappier brush (name one blush that comes with a decent blush anyways) I totally suggest you try this one. at $4 a pop, you might as well.
okay, my stats: - big pores on nose - oily - only the occasional pimple - non-sensitive skin now the mask: texture: like a paste with bits in it smell: it does smell like corn to me... like corn tortillas or something, and it does smell really earthy as well... it must be the clay feel: it stings at first for the first few uses, but lately, it doesn't sting at all, i don't know why - maybe my skin changed? use: spread it on, wait for it to dry, and then massage the excess off over the sink and rinse off the remainder with warm water. result: it always takes longer for it to dry around my nose, and when i massage to exfoliate it's more drier around my cheeks, chin and forehead - but around my nose it's still sorta pasty. i think it means it's soaking up more oil or something because i get the most oiliest there. skin is always smooth and soft, sometimes i feel there is a residue left but that may be just me nore rinsing well enough. cons: don't like tub masks, it's like dipping your hands in and stuff. when it dries it flakes and the bits fall everywhere. other than that it's pretty good. will probably not be good for dry/sensitive skin types but it's packaged on there to be for oily girls.
Cleansers -The Body Shop - Moisture White Cleansing Powder
allxdolledxup 1/2/2008 6:09:00 PM
i'm still on my first bottle... it lasts a long time! even though the bottle is only half full when i bought it. i already bought two back ups notes on the product: packaging: lightweight white bottle with a tiny spout. i have no problems with the spout really, i rarely overpour the powder out. my only gripe is that the bottle is opaque and you can't tell how much is left and all that. texture: comes out as a grainy powder but makes a smooth foam that's not like crazy lather, but not bubbly like a foaming you get from gell cleansers. use: i wet my face and my hand - i pour some onto my hand and then i just scrub it all over my face... sometimes i add a little extra water if my face isn't wet enough, or else it'll end up making a paste on my face results: definitely softer smoother skin. i think my school does look clearer, but it wasn't too bad to begin with, just a couple of acne scars that are pretty much faded. it doesn't irritate or cause more pimples... i think it's especially good for my oily skin because it seems to "dry" it out a little, unlike other cleansers which makes me oily again only after 15minutes. the pros far outweigh the cons, and i'll be using this until i can find a better cleanser! thumbs up
Cleansers -The Body Shop - Camomile Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover
allxdolledxup 12/31/2007 4:27:00 PM
I already have two tubes that i`ve been using of this product, one in the washroom and on in my room depending on where i am when i wanna remove makeup. I wasn`t using waterproof mascara before so the regular stuff in the bottle was fine, but then i started using CG Lash Exact in waterproof, and if you`ve read the reviews, you know it`s really hard to take off. using the regular removed with it means a lot of lost lashes and a lot of smudging and tugging. So i tried the waterproof version of the remover. and i LOVE it. some notes: Texture: creamy like a facial moisturizer Smell: plasticky - but you don`t smell it when you use it Use: use with cotton pad, takes one cotton pad for both eyes usually and with full makeup Effectiveness: very effective - no dragging really, i just hold it over my eyes for like 1 minute and then ``sweep`` it across the lids Feel: like putting a thick layer of moisturizer on the eyes and then rubbing it off - eyes feel non-greasy yet my eyes feel moisturized. Cons: i wish it came in a bigger package, the squeeze tube is good though.
Lip Treatments -Palmers - Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter
allxdolledxup 12/10/2007 3:51:00 AM
OOO, okay I love lip balms and stuff. My fave was Rosebud Co. Rose Salve, but it's really hard to come by where I live. So when my tin ran out I went looking for an alternative... after trying 3 or so alternatives (Nivea's Pearl & Shine, Random Body Shop Born Lippys, and SoftLips Indulge, to name a few). None would moisturize as well as my Rose Salve, and none tasted good/gave a good lip look either. But then i bought this on a whim in the lip balm isle. $4CDN, which i consider cheap compared to what I paid for the Rosebud Salve and Body Shop Balms. And so my review: Pros: - lovely texture - smooth and kinda slippery (Which is what i like) - colourless - i thought it was going to be brown because of the flavour, but it's nice and clear - normally i'd like some kind of pink or red colour, but no colour is way better than a bad colour, and this would be good to wear over other lipproducts - it also acts as a really subtle lipgloss - which is suck a bonus for me - smell - like hershey kisses..mm good. and with a hint of mint - smell fades which i don't mind, i don't buy balms for the smell - taste - no taste as far as i can tell - i squeezed a little out and actually tasted it - which is good so that i'm not tempted to lick it off or something - packaging - nice squeeze tube, a pleasant change from pots and sticking my fingers in things - big lettering and white so i can find it easily when i leave it somewhere Cons: - not really used to squeeze tubes, so i have some kind of fear that it will burst when i squish it in my pants pocket - i tend to squeeze either too much or too little out - no spf, but really most of the balms i use didn't have it so i shouldn't really be complaining now. anyways loves this product and will def buy again ^_^
wow this messed up big. they give you alot, but if you have black hair you really need to put a lot a lot (AND i left it on for an hour). i don't think i did because the hair at my roots is a vibrant colour but the hair everywhere else is like a faded dull red/maroon (i had the fuchia flash) now i'm just trying to wash it out and i might even dye it all black and then just get it professionally streaked. i think the prob is 50% product and 50% me sucking at using it. all in all, this is a big disappointment... may be good if you have streaks that are fading and you want to add more vibrancy maybe.... :(
Lipstick -Cover Girl - TruShine lipstick - Valentine Shine
allxdolledxup 10/11/2007 3:46:00 AM
I don't know if I like this. I've been looking for the perfect red forever now (I have a bunch of red lipsticks lying around somewhere). This is a really pretty colour and it blots nicely too (but I'm just too lazy for blotting) It doesn't seem to go on smoothly, even when I put lip balm underneath - it tends to "skip" parts of my lip @_@". It has the lasting power of... well something that doesn't last very long. I will continue to give this multiple chances though because it was mentioned twice in Allure (one being in the best of beauty award thing). Oh also, the packaging sucks, first, it's not sealed to being with so some of the ones are the store already looked "used" and then the cap came off in my makeup bag and smeared on another lip tube (luckily, not the inside of my makeup bag). Maybe it dried up causing the dry, skipping texture. who knows...