Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude
beckyrod 2/22/2012 12:12:00 AM
On my pigmented lips, this is definitely a "my lips, but better" shade. The color is very flattering on my fair-medium, warm skin-tone. It's subtle, but adds just enough color, and works with any make-up look. I love the classy packaging; black with a Chanel-looking, quilted pattern. The top clicks when you close it, reassuring me it's closed securely. Staying power is average; lasts a couple hours but I do have to reapply after eating/drinking. This lipstick does slightly dry out my lips, even though I apply chapstick first, but I don't use it every day so it's not enough to bother me.
I'll just add to all the other positive reviews-I LOVE this mascara. It applies very easily, and no matter how many coats you apply it doesn't flake or give that clumpy, spidery lashes look. It makes my eyelashes look soft, beautiful, and natural. It lasts all day on me, and I find it easy to remove at the end of the night. It's also one of the cheapest drugstore mascaras I've come across. Highly recommend.
I have extremely oily skin, so I can't go a day without these. They come with 50 sheets, and they only cost a dollar! Before these, I used the clean & clear blotting sheets, but those cost about $6. Compared to a dollar, that's just ridiculous. So glad I found these!
Liquid -Cover Girl - CG Smoothers All Day Hydrating Makeup
beckyrod 2/17/2012 6:24:00 PM
I bought this a few months ago because I was tired of all the heavy, mask-like foundations I'd tried that were very difficult to wash off and irritated my skin. This felt very light and hydrating, yet didn't make me look oily(and I have very oily skin). My skin had no negative reactions to this. In fact, within 2 weeks of using this I noticed a difference in my skin for the better. My breakouts decreased, my skin felt smoother, softer, and just healthier after I washed the makeup off. The coverage is light to medium, depending on if you use concealer or try to build it up, but after all the good effects it was having on my skin I didn't need full coverage. Price is great, about $5 at Walmart for 1 oz, and you can often find it on sale or buy 1 get 1 free. Cover Girl also offers coupons very often. So, why only 3 lippies? THE COLOR SELECTION. Cover Girl makeup has ALWAYS had very pink undertones. I am fair-medium with a very warm undertone(pretty much yellow). The closest shade I found was soft honey, which seemed to match indoors but in the sunlight it was obvious it didn't match my neck and chest. It looked too dark and beige, no yellow undertones at all. Buff Beige looked like it might have enough yellow, but was a tad too light. If Cover Girl ever comes up with more shades to better suit warm/yellow undertones, I'll definitely try this again. But I would definitely recommend this to ladies with neutral/cool undertones.
Primer/ Corrector -Revlon - PhotoReady Perfecting Primer (color 001)
beckyrod 2/7/2012 11:15:00 PM
This primer is a staple in my makeup routine, I'm so glad I decided to try it. Before using this, I didn't really think it was necessary to use a primer, and I was terrified they would break out my sensitive skin. I recently started using L'Oreal True Match foundation again, which used to transfer onto everything and melt off my face. Now with this primer, it lasts 12 hours, and I only have to blot my oily t-zone once throughout the day. I've noticed my concealer and blush apply better and last longer as well. I also use it on my eyelids, which get very oily, and my eyeshadow lasts all day. This primer goes on so smooth, and instantly makes my skin look matte. I could probably wear it alone just for that wonderful matte look it instantly gives. I've been using it for 4 weeks now, and no breakouts. I love the classy bottle with pump it comes in, and there is no distinct scent that I can detect. It regularly costs about $11, so I recommend waiting for a sale and checking Revlon's website and the Sunday newspaper for coupons. But I do recommend it to EVERYONE.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
beckyrod 2/5/2012 12:04:00 AM
I used this 6 years ago when I was 18, and stopped because it would melt off my face. It had no staying power on my oily skin. A couple months ago, I went back on the hunt for a good foundation, and was frustrated and disappointed with everything I tried. I have a very hard to match skintone(fair-medium, with very yellow undertones), and extremely sensitive and oily skin. I tried Revlon Colorstay, Maybelline Superstay, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Cover Girl, Boots Lifting & Firming, the list goes on. I couldn't for the life of me find a close enough color match, every foundation had a noticeable pink undertone, and most of them irritated my skin/caused breakouts. 4 weeks ago, I saw a commercial of the L'Oreal True Match foundation and how they added a few colors, so as a last resort I decided to try it again. I'm SO GLAD I DID! My search is over. W-3 and W-4 are both great matches for me. Now that I'm more experienced with makeup, I use it with Revlon's Photoready Primer, a translucent setting powder, then a misting spray to set it all, and this foundation lasts me 12 hours. I only have to blot ONCE throughout the day, and even if I don't, my skin just looks dewy, not oily or greasy. It's very blendable, buildable, and has great coverage, but sometimes I still need to use concealer on my most stubborn trouble spots. It looks natural, never cakey, and hasn't caused any breakouts or irritation. I highly recommend this to oily/normal skin gals who have a hard time getting color matched. Sorry for the super long review, but thanks for reading, and I hope this helps in your search.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
beckyrod 1/23/2012 11:03:00 PM
I finally gave in to the hype and purchased 3 of these-audacious asphalt, bad to the bronze, and tough as taupe. All the others seemed too bright and wild for my simple and boring taste(lol). I've been looking for a nice, simple greyish eyeshadow, which is why I picked up audacious asphalt, but once applied it had too much shimmer/glitter for my taste. This is where tough as taupe comes in...in the little pot, it looks like a sandy/brownish color, but on me, it comes off grey, with no shimmer! Woo hoo! I got bad to the bronze solely based on all the great reviews I read for that single shade, honestly thinking I wouldn't like it. But once I tried it on, I fell in loooove. It is very beautiful, and actually compliments my warm skintone rather nicely despite the shimmer. These suckers also stay put on my super oily eyelids! There is no budging/creasing/fading. I highly recommend these to eyeshadow fanatics. Superb quality.
Concealers -Maybelline - Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer
beckyrod 1/9/2012 12:22:00 AM
I loooove this concealer. I'm so grateful to makeupalley and the positive reviews I read for steering me towards it! But every store I've gone to lately has it on clearance or has completely removed it from the shelves, so I fear it's being discontinued. =( I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin, and this is the only concealer I've used that actually covers my dark spots/blemishes, undereye circles, AND hasn't caused a terrible reaction from my skin. I use it in the shade cream, which is a yellow-ish color that works perfect with my light skin but warm undertones. I'm definitely going to stock up now that it's on clearance, so even if it's discontinued, I'll have enough to last me years. =)
UPDATE: What's with all the bad reviews?! Seriously people, this is a DOLLAR. I'm STILL using my first one, it hasn't dried out on me. Make sure the cap is on tight, and STORE IT UPSIDE DOWN. Even if it does start drying out, just wet it! Original Review: I've never been able to apply eyeliner to my upper lashline with ANY eyeliner, only the bottom, but with this eyeliner it's extremely easy! I have it in black, and it's very creamy and dark. I also love how cheap it is($1!), and how soft the tip feels. I've been using it almost every day for the past 2 months, and it still hasn't dried out on me! I just make sure I store it upside down in my makeup bag.
Powder -Sheer Cover - Sheer Cover - Mineral Foundation
beckyrod 9/2/2011 3:46:00 AM
I've been using Sheer Cover for about 5 years, and it was the first makeup I found that matches my fair-medium, warm/yellowish undertoned skin. I use the medium selection, which comes with buff and latte. Buff is a good match for me all year round, but during summer when my skin gets slightly tanned, I like to use the latte as a bronzer. I have very sensitive and acne-prone skin, and this has never made my acne worse or irritated my skin. I've tried other drugstore mineral makeup, such as Maybelline and Loreal, and they irritated my face and made me break out. I do have to blot often due to my oiliness, and it doesn't last me all day. Towards the end of the day you can notice the powder starting to crease and set into any fine lines. I do NOT recommend ordering from the website or infomercials. You will get locked into monthly payments, and they keep sending and charging you for new kits before you even finish what you have. Now that I know my shade, I order from ebay and amazon. I pay about $15 a powder, and the powder usually lasts me 4-6 months. All in all, I recommend trying this if you know your shades and order from ebay or amazon, or can find it cheap anywhere else.
After reading all the wonderful and positive reviews and watching tutorials on youtube, I went straight to pick this up. First of all, even though they do seem to have a wide selection of shades, I still couldn't find one that closely matched my skin. I have fair-medium skin with a very yellow undertone to it, and all the colors have very beige and pink undertones. After trying about 5 different colors from the oily/combination line, the closest matches I found were fresh beige and golden beige. Fresh beige is too light with a pink undertone, so it washed out all the natural color from my face and made me look pale. The golden beige looked like a good match in my bathroom, but once I went outside, it looked too dark and orange-ish on my face. I still tried it out for about a week, but it just looked way too beige and unnatural, and was obvious it didn't match my neck and chest. The staying power and coverage is excellent though, I applied it with my fingers and no primer at around 1 pm, it covered my imperfections very well, and it still looked fresh at 11 pm. I've never been too picky about foundations having a pump, so that didn't bother me. There happened to be a sale going on when I got this, so it came out to 6 or 7 dollars, but regularly priced, I think it's over-priced for a drugstore foundation so I'd suggest waiting for a sale. It didn't seem to break out my sensitive and acne-prone skin, so I'd recommend it to anyone with cool and neutral undertones. Unfortunately, the color choices just don't seem to work for people with truly warm/yellow undertones. I took one lippie off for color selection, another for the heavy feel of the foundation on my face, and one for the terrible paint smell.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Acne Free Night Repair Leave-on Foam
beckyrod 9/2/2011 2:58:00 AM
Update: After 5 months, I'm still using this every night, and still waking up to better results. I can't ever go without this. Original Review: This is my first review here on MakeupAlley, but I was so surprised by this product I just had to review it! I have always had very sensitive and acne-prone skin, but my skin started breaking out like crazy about 4 months ago. Every morning, I'd wake up with 2-3 new pimples, even after washing my face twice a day and using treatments/moisturizers for acne. It was driving me crazy, I tried EVERYTHING I could get my hands on, changed my entire skincare routine, changed my makeup, nothing worked. So I was browsing through the skincare department of the grocery store one day, and I came across this. I remembered seeing the maxclarity foam commercials on tv, and they always caught my attention, but after trying ProActiv(the benzoyl peroxide literally BURNED my face), I was very hesitant to try something from another infomercial. This foam seemed like a generic version of that, with salicylic acid and retinol, and I had always heard that retinol could help with acne, not just wrinkles. It also happened to be on sale, making it $4, so I figured, what the heck? I've tried everything else. That first night, since my skin is very sensitive, I tested it out only on my forehead. I figured if it irritated my skin, I could always cover it with my bangs. It burned and itched slightly when I first applied it, and I was very tempted to wash it off like the reviewer before me, but I stuck with it and left it on. The following night, after washing my face, I applied it only to my forehead again, and it didn't burn or itch as much as the night before. The third night, after not having a reaction to it like I thought I would, I applied it to my whole face. It never burned or itched my skin again after the 1st night. I have now been using it for about a month and a half, and I LOVE it. It has cleared up my face like I NEVER would have imagined it could! It cleared up the pimples I had within 3-4 nights, and even though I still get a couple pimples here and there, this foam clears them up completely within 3 nights at the MOST. I'm so glad I found this stuff, and I'm surprised there aren't more reviews for it. I haven't used the face wash or day time foam, because they both have benzoyl peroxide, which I discovered my skin is allergic to after trying ProActiv. But I DEFINITELY recommend this night time leave on foam for anyone suffering from less than perfect skin.