I wrote a whole review on this product, but it's under "BB Cream" because Cover Girl thought they could be clever and rename this product BB Cream which it isn't. Let's just say this product has made my skin the worst it's been in years. It should be renamed Cover Girl Pore Clogging Sunscreen.
FIRST OF ALL, apparently Cover Girl just repackaged their CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer and named it BB Cream. It's the same ingredients and everything. That's not how it works, CoverGirl! Do you not understand that BB Cream and tinted moisturizer aren't the same thing?! To me, that's a crime. BB cream means blemish balm and if it doesn't do what the product is meant to do, then it's pretty much false advertisement. It's like Revlon changing all of their lipsticks and saying they're lip butters even though they're not the same thing. Second, this broke me out! I don't have acne prone skin- so when a product breaks me out, it's a huge disappointment. It also has made me get more blackheads than I've gotten in months. I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 night and day and it's been so helpful. I didn't even realize how bad it got until I looked in the mirror tonight. I've been using it for a week and my skin is the worst it's been in over a year! How does that even happen? Lastly, it doesn't do anything. It has no coverage, doesn't even out my skin, doesn't make it radiant or look good in any way. They should just call this product Cover Girl GC Invisble Pore Clogging Sunscreen. Epic Fail.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Shine Free Pressed Powder
ariellezbellz 6/14/2012 2:55:00 AM
I got it for only $5 at Ulta and it was a pretty good purchase. It keeps me shine free for everyday use, but not if I'm going out dancing or to the amusement park. It's a nice product but the packaging is ugly!
Pressed Powders -E.L.F. - Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder
ariellezbellz 6/14/2012 2:53:00 AM
Keeps my face looking pretty matte for about five seconds. After that, it's like I didn't even set my foundation.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
ariellezbellz 6/14/2012 2:52:00 AM
I love the bronzer in this! Although it has shimmer, it's not so noticeable and it looks great in photos. It's my favorite bronzer ever. I wish they had the bronzer by itself though because I hate the blush. The blush is too powdery and doesn't compliment my skin tone.
Sometimes this product works for me, sometimes it doesn't. It depends on how oily my lids are that day. If you do not have oily lids at all, get this! You won't regret it and your shadow will last all day and for $1, what's to lose?
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
ariellezbellz 6/14/2012 2:49:00 AM
This is a pretty good primer. For me, a girl with very oily lids, it does crease around the 8 hour mark so that is disappointing. So far, it is the best primer I've used, though and I know it's 99% of the beauty community's HG primer. I wouldn't recommend it if you have oily lids and are going to be out for more than 8 hours.
So far, this is the only good foundation I've ever tried. It makes my skin look nice, even, and covers many blemishes. I doesn't cling to flakes or make me look dry. It doesn't last too long, so I wish it would be better in that department. I don't think this is my HG but for my first high end foundation, I liked it and I thought it was worth the money.
I always rebuy this because it's just one of those girly must-haves. It really deep cleans and it's just fun to use for a girls' night! It does help with my skin, but it doesn't do much for already existing pimples and blackheads. It sometimes brings them to the surface and I'm left with a few white head, but those are much easier to pop anyways. Still on the search for the perfect mask, but this is really good and for the price- it's a steal! I know it's a lot of peoples' HG.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
ariellezbellz 6/14/2012 12:26:00 AM
The name is perfect for this product because it's so pure and simple, it doesn't do ANYTHING. I have about 1-3 pimples in all every month and besides that and my blackheads, I have pretty dang good skin when it comes to blemishes. This didn't do anything more than a cheap facial soap would do. It doesn't feel like it does anything for my skin. It doesn't even really lather up. Thank goodness I got this product with my Clarisonic Mia 2 because if I didn't, it would just be a huge waste of money. Also, it smells like my grandma after she comes out of a salon with a perm. For purity, it smells pretty badly of chemicals...
Liquid -American Beauty - Perfect Lighting Line Smoothing Foundation SPF 15
ariellezbellz 6/12/2012 6:15:00 PM
This foundation is one of the nicer ones I've tried. It's definitely better than MUFE HD and a lot of drugstore foundations I've tried. It's really smooth and makes the skin look great. It's not too heavy, but it has a good amount of coverage. I really like it, but it is too orange for my skin and there aren't many shades. PLUS it does oxidize on me which makes me less likely to use it. I wish it would stay on the skin longer as well. Also, it doesn't have a pump which I hate. It's just not sanitary!
I got this at a CCO and was really excited to try this because it's a very talked about lipstick. Although I'm not dark at all, this lipstick is way too cool-toned nude and makes me look dead. The only way I'm using this up is to layer under lipsticks to make it more moisturizing and a lighter color. A pro is that the formula is beautiful!
The color looks great on my olive skin tone, but the formula is drying, so I have to use a really moisturizing lip balm underneath or I layer the lipstick over MAC's Viva Glam Gaga 2. It's a gorgeous color, but there are so many other dupes with better formulas that I would prefer. It is really similar to YSL's rouge volupte in 3, but this one is peachier so I do like the undertone better in this lipstick. Other than that, I know MAC can do better.
I haven't tried many high end concealers, but I know that this is an amazing one. It lasts all day on my oily T-zone and it blends in perfectly for my dark circles. A con, though, is that when it's not on my dark spots or circles and is over my actual skin, it's pretty orange.
I bought this palette for prom because I swatched the Naked and Naked2 palette and thought the colors were similar enough, but the Naked2 formula was better. I really love it, but there is a lot of fallout and the colors are too cool for my olive skin tone. Would have loved more warm shadows. Other than that, it's a really nice palette especially for the price. My favorite shadows are booty call and blackout. The brush it comes with wasn't really good for the shadows, but it is my FAVORITE concealer brush!