Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Temptress (LE)
aredore 4/2/2013 10:19:00 PM
I've been looking for a bright pink for spring, and based on the stellar reviews for everything Revlon Super Lustrous purchased temptress - the pinkest creme color I could find for my cool skin tone. I was very afraid of adding to my ever growing collection of mauves, but surprise! the color is a very rich and pigmented bright rose. It's a vivid "true pink" just shy of a hot pink or fuchsia on my lips. Bonus: the creamy texture is comfortable, feels protective and not drying (yet) has a nice sheen without shimmer, and there is NO SMELL OR TASTE. Since added flavors are usually such a deal breaker for me (if it tastes bad/ artificial I never finish the stick and it goes rancid) I may end up buying more sticks of Super Lustrous in more daring colors.
Lip Treatments -Blistex - Complete Moisture Lip Balm
aredore 3/19/2013 8:41:00 PM
I am always forever trying new lip balms, tragically torn between what works and what tastes good. I think Blistex makes some of the better balms on the budget market (provided you STAY AWAY from anything labeled "medicated") but they really, really taste bizarre. This one is sort of a fruity flavor reminiscent of the flavored powder put in children's prescription medicine to make it palatable. I won't be repurchasing it because of the taste, which is too bad, because it was a nice, feather-light balm that did what it said on the package.
A great cheapie mascara for those looking for a "natural" look. If you like long, glossy, thick, false lash look, this will be a disappointment. If you like your lashes to look natural, well-defined, and a tad darker and longer than normal, this mascara is surprisingly the best I've found for the job. I will absolutely re-buy this.
I am not a moron who can't sharpen a pencil. I swear. Every time I buy any kind of liner - lip, eye, or brow - when it comes time to sharpen the pencils they just get mangled. Every. Goddam. Time. (And I am an artist. I know how to sharpen a pencil!!) This was beautiful color and a creamy, long-wearing formula. Too bad I ended up mashing the tips and sharpening the outside wood into a point instead. F this. Buying retractable liners from now on, even though they are stupid-expensive.
Stick blush in "Tulip" was my first NYX product and do I ever love it. Firstly, it was a balm to my wounded beauty soul for when NYC mysteriously discontinued their line of amazingly inexpensive high performing stick blushes. (again... WHY???) Tulip is a bright and warm "true pink." Not mauve-y and not coral either, but somewhere in between. Moreover, it is shimmer free, highly pigmented, and has a luxurious, creamy texture. It was absolutely perfect for spring and summer wear and a nice change from the muted rose tones I usually wear. Not that it's winter, I'm back to wearing it. Gotta love how awake it makes me look. Get a stick! They're cheap and good!
Cheap, old-fashioned cake makeup in stick form. That is what this is. 3 lippies.
I lucked out and found the last 01 "Bellini" in the sale bin at Ulta. This is the perfect pink for me. Balanced between peachy and and purple, this is a wonderful bright pink gloss that goes on light, bright and sheer, with a barely perceptible gold shimmer. It is indeed, Super Shiny, but it is also a featherweight formula with a slight taste of melon. Too bad they have discontinued this. It's a shame. This could very well end of my my casual summer color.
Lip Treatments -Blistex - Five Star Lip Protection
aredore 4/29/2012 3:19:00 PM
Those who rate this lower than the other blister products are flat out WRONG. (Sorry.) I read the labels, and this was, I think, one of the only Blistex products that didn't contain menthol or camphor or other ingredients that aggravate chapped lips! This is smooth, creamy, contains SPF 30 protection. and is very moisturizing. Unless you want color, what else do you want? Also, it smells and tastes like smarties candies.
Lipstick -Sally Hansen - Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy l/s
aredore 4/29/2012 3:14:00 PM
I found "soft orchid" in the dollar bin in CVS and it is a lovely, fashionable bluish mauve-pink. It goes on slightly fuschia. It's a light weight, moisturizing formula. I give a medium rating, becuase it wears off quickly and I'm the type that tends not to reapply frequently enough, but for many months this was my favored lipstick. Think it's too bad that these have been discontinued, but at the same time, the market is so bloated with excellent makeup offerings. Ultimately, I think asking 8 dollars for a drugstore lippy is just asking too much.
Lip Gloss -Cover Girl - WetSlicks Lip Gloss - ShimmerShell
aredore 4/29/2012 3:00:00 PM
I am baffled by the positive reviews for the wetslicks. I have this color -shimmershell - and it wears, on me anyway, like shimmery version of my natural lip color. But that is the only ok thing. This is a sticky formula that tastes and feels like vanilla-vaseline. If this doesn't bother you - the wetslicks are a great bargain. It bothers me though and I regret the 5 dollars I spent on this.
Polishes -New York Color - Long Wearing Nail Enamel
aredore 4/27/2012 10:29:00 PM
The bad first. This is a thin and streaky formula. Goes on like watercolors. I got it to look passable in two coats (sandwiched between two clear coats of Sally Hansen - I once accidentally dyed my nails yellow by not using a basecoat. Never again.) You just have to squint and look sideways. I believe this is why all the NYC polishes are shimmery - to distract you from the streakyness. Overall I'm still highly impressed with this $1 ($1!!) nailcolor. I usually hate to do my nails, but this dried before I could f-it up too bad. The color I picked is a light silver-blue called "cashmere." I think it's quite pretty.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Ageless Restoratives- Anti-Oxidant Moisture SPF 20
aredore 4/27/2012 10:08:00 PM
This product is too expensive for what it is. It's antioxidant content is not really as good as they would have it sound. Soy and caffine everybody. Not quite. But this is a great thick and creamy night moisturizer for drier skin types. It improved my skin texture slightly - but I think this is more of a "hold steady" product than a "dial back the clock" one. I never had a problem with breakouts either. I would recommend it for someone new to the anti-aging thing or a younger person just needing more moisture. I'll finish my bottle and look for something with retinols next time around.
I buy this eyeliner/ bowliner every time I go looking for brow pencil, even though I basically hate it. I hate sharpening my pencils. I hate the crappy, splintery wood you have to shave off to get at the crayon. I hate how the crayon end always snaps of in the sharpener and you have to start again. I hate how the product just balls up on your eyelids and comes off in bits. But I give it two lippies and keep coming back. It;s war of attrition in the cosmetics aisle. NYC and Wet n' Wild know that the easy twist up versions from other brands are over priced and over-packaged. They know I will come back for $0.69 eyeliner/browliner because I sure as hell am not spending 4.99 on it. Only this was the last straw. I'm finishing this stick and then I'm done.
Mascara -E.L.F. - Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara
aredore 4/27/2012 9:48:00 PM
$1. I got fed up with mascara and and just wanted clear. I have blonde, long lashes and using just a little bit of clear on my lashes, over say, a dark brown eyeliner, has a magnifying effect. I it's a great "natural" look. No one can tell you are wearing makeup. They just think you're naturally that good looking,
I have two of these: Pink Please (025) and Warm Me Up (235) I love "Pink Please!" I found it in a discount bin in my local CVS and I haven't seen it on the shelf since. (Discontinued??) If it has been, I need a dupe. It's a neutral petal pink with just enough brightness to be trendy, but neutral enough to be wearable and versatile. "Warm me Up" was a little disappointing. It was more mauve-y than intended (I seems to be collecting various shades of pinky-mauve) and darker. But I like it as a Fall/Winter neutral. Packaging is nice and solid, better than one would come to expect for drugstore brand and the colors are great. The texture is a little thick and waxy and the smell (Paraffin marshmallow) is a little odd. They might as well have left it unscented.