I love this bronzer. It is awesome for contouring. No shimmers and it is so soft. But.... it breaks. I have had four of these in the last 8 months. It just crumbles when you travel with it. I still use it but I can't take it with me everywhere. I've used this on my very fair friends for contour and medium friends for all over bronzing. I use the light shade. I find the medium is slightly orange. I don't personally know anyone who would use the dark but maybe in the summer time. It has no orange tone to it
Bronzers -New York Color - Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny 720
allyson85 11/9/2012 5:39:00 PM
Awesome matte bronzer from the drugstore. I have very little pink in my skin and with a big fluffy brush applied all over it's great. I will occasionally contour with it. The packaging is cheap and flimsy. The color is great and it lasts.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Blush 831E Pearlescent Pink
allyson85 11/9/2012 5:19:00 PM
Best blush for day time. I use this when I don't want to put effort into my makeup. It's a dollar so it really doesn't matter if it breaks. I wouldn't call this coral, nude or peach. It's pink a definite pink. It's not baby or barbie or hot. I have a light skin tone that is very yellow to olive. I have to mostly buy medium foundations and sheer them out if they are drugstore because the light ones are to pink. This works on a variety of skin tones cause it's very neutral in undertone.
Primer/ Corrector -Philosophy - The Present Clear Makeup
allyson85 11/9/2012 4:27:00 PM
This primer really makes my makeup stick around all day and all night. I have never had a primer do that. I mainly use a primer for that reason. I don't find that it wills in pores very much (I feel that the L'Oreal studio primer does that the best.) The smells goes away after a few minutes. I do allow this to sit on my face for two minutes before I apply my makeup. I get out of the shower and moisturize my face. Then I apply this primer and while it is sitting for those two minutes I moisturize my body and brush my teeth. For me this made all types of liquid and cream foundation stay forever. I recently did an all night event for my company and this helped me look fresh all night. I found that with this primer, revlon colorstay whipped mousse makeup with a stippling brush and skindinavia setting spray...holy crap... flawless all night.
I hate this eyeliner. I like the packaging and tip but the product sucks. It takes forever to dry and when it does it still moves around everywhere. Regardless of if it is over a primer or not. Boo
Love the actual liner not the brush. I hate the brush. It's to stubby and gets the line way to think. I love the actual liner. It stays all day and doesn't fade to grey. When I want to do a thick wing this this is perfect.
Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Demure (LE)
allyson85 3/11/2012 8:03:00 PM
Revlon makes some of the best lipsticks, period. I love this color. For me it is a perfect pink/peach/nude shade. I don't wear beige nude lips...I think it gives you a dead face. The formula is amazing and the color is beautiful. It isn't drying but you should either apply a lip balm prior to applying this or exfoliate your lips. Since it isn't to terribly moisturizing the color stays quite a bit longer and it doesn't travel all around your mouth. I love the classic black tube. I've never had a problem with my Revlon lipsticks losing the cap. This is by far my favorite "nude" lip color. I would recommend this color for women who are fair to medium that have neutral or warm undertones to their skin. Tan women may find this shade to light especially if they have very pigmented lips. This could also look almost glowing on women with very dark skin.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
allyson85 2/25/2012 5:25:00 PM
So far this is the best tinted moisturizer that I have used. The coverage is nice, you obviously still see freckles but it helps to neutralize any slight hyper pigmentation and broken capillaries. I love it in the spring/summer when it gets hot...little coverage without having a full face of melted makeup. It does have retinal in it but the package is clear so you either have to keep this in a dark spot where ever you do your makeup or just use a separate retinal product. I love that it is a pump. One to two pumps is perfect for me to cover my whole face. I like that it is oil free as well. It isn't super easy to make your own tinted moisturizer unless your foundation and moisturizer have the same base (water and water, silicone and silicone) I still use a moisturizer when I wear this. I find that if I don't it doesn't give me enough moisture. The shade range is ok, wish it was a bit more on the neutral side ( I find them a bit to pink to really match the skin). This wears beautifully on my face even in the summer.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
allyson85 2/25/2012 5:10:00 PM
I love the texture of this foundation and it blends easily for me. I use the Warm shade range for my undertones. I do have light skin but I have a very noticeable yellow undertone (most yellow color corrector match my skin for concealer). I really really wanted to like this foundation but it oxidizes so bad on my skin. After about 3 hours it is this weird orange shade on my face even with a primer and setting it. Yes I am buying the correct shade for my skin. I've even tried using the Cool and Neutral shades and they still do the same thing. This foundation is oil free and always recommended for people with oily skin. I am keeping it because it can be mixed with other foundations like my Revlon Colorstay (makes it feel less heavy but still has full coverage) and Neutrogena Healthly Skin Enhancer (I prefer to mix these two when the weather isn't so hot or cold). I've never had a foundation oxidize this badly on my skin. *** I am updating this review*** I did some research to test out some different ways to possibly help this foundation from oxidizing on my skin so badly. Having yellow/warm skin and being fair to light in my complexion makes it next to impossible to find a drugstore foundation. I tested out some different tricks that I learned. Seemed to help a little but I want to give it more time. I really love the texture and the color of this foundation so I hope this works
I've had this brow powder in mink brown and taupe. I much prefer the soft brown. The taupe makes me eyebrows appear reddish. My eyebrows are slightly darker then my natural hair color. If they made a color that was in between taupe and mink brown I think that would be perfect for my brows. I find though that using a slightly darker color it makes me use a softer hand and my eyebrows look better. I don't have a lot of eyebrow hairs and I find that pencils make my eyebrows look fake. I like to slightly fill them in with this and then spray a Qtip or my finger tip with light hold hairspray to set my brows
I am not a fan of this mascara. It smells odd and my lashes get very clumpy. I have an awesome eyelash comb that I use to separate my lashes if they get to clumpy but I don't want to be using it every time I put mascara on. The color is nice and it doesn't seem to fade through out the day. It doesn't make my lashes super brittle. I find it flakes a little bit. I like the big wand and I think the tube looks great. I had higher hopes for this mascara. I am on the hunt for a waterproof mascara that stays true to color, doesn't make my lashes to brittle and doesn't test on animals. I used to use L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof until I found out they test on animals :-(
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50
allyson85 1/15/2012 10:33:00 PM
I purchased this moisturizer after I read all the great reviews on it and some of my friends were using it and loved it. I purchased both the spf 50 and spf 15 I don't like to put on extra sunscreen because I have oily skin so I figured what the hey might as well go for the gusto and get the spf 50. I hated it. The smell was way to overwhelming and it felt greasy on my skin. I gave it to my Mom who really likes it. Since I purchased the spf 15 I decided to give it a try and I much prefer it. I find that it doesn't smell as strong and it isn't nearly as greasy.
Lips -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet
allyson85 1/12/2012 11:45:00 PM
I bought these after seeing so many youtube reviews and I really liked what I saw. I am not a fan of lipstick...pretty much any lipstick. I do not like the way they feel on my lips whether moisturizing or long wear or shear. I love these formulas and colors. This color is probably my favorite that I purchased. I have a hard time finding a red that works for my coloring. I love that it is more of a brick red that is shear. Because this has more of a balm texture you will have to reapply this. I don't use this as a balm but more for color. Considering also that red lipsticks are one of the hardest colors to apply this is soooooooo easy. I like the packaging. I like that it is in a lipstick tube and not a chapstick type tube. I like that the lid overs the whole tube and it clicks so it doesn't come off in my purse. I think these are pretty reasonably priced. I have purchased the Dior, Laura Mercier, Fresh and Sephora. I much prefer these for price and color payoff.