I wouldn't use this mascara for regular wear, but it's good for theatre. I really like my other mascara (MK Ultimate) the best, but for theatre you go through a lot of mascara pretty quickly so this is the best for the price and the quality. I get it in black.
I love my lip gloss color - Truffle. It is neutral with just the right amount of beautiful color. I can wear it everyday by itself, or over a lipstick for a more rich effect. It does seem that you should be ablet to get more out of it - but I suppose that is just the nature of lip gloss in a tube and a wand. The wand can't reach everything. The only other down side is that the gloss feels just slightly grainy. Not enough to really bother me though.
This is the only makeup I use for the stage. I had tried a few other things - but ever since I got my Ben Nye stuff, that's it! This looks great on the stage and won't melt off under all those lights! The creme foundations mix well to match skin color - I have one that's a touch to dark and one a touch too light, so I blend them on my face with a sponge applicator. The only bad part is that after dancing and sweating under lights for a few hours your face does feel yucky. I always go into my dressing room right after a show and get the bulk of it off my face with baby wipes. (Yes, baby wipes!) This really helps to prevent breakouts from happening. Then wash it all off when you get home. For anyone who is in theatre, this is definitely the makeup to use. Definitely buy one of the stage kits - they are the best deal.
This primer is very nice. Other primers I have tried always end up in the crease of my eye. This one does not. It's especially great for when I do theatre makeup - my cream shadows for the stage always end up in the crease of my eye, but with this primer it all stays in place!
I love this mascara. I use the black-brown for everyday wear and the black for evening or for theatre underneath my fakies. :) It think it's one of the best mascaras out there.
I love this stuff. It keeps my lips moisturized for a long time.
I used to sell Mary Kay and when this came out I was excited. But it was actually one of the few products I DIDN'T like. I really thought it settled into fine lines and didn't look that nice. I tried it on myself and also gave it to my mom to try. She didn't like it at all either. I haven't tried any other facial highlighters, but I don't really need one, so I'm not inclined to go looking around for another one yet.
Lipstick -Clinique - Different Lipstick - Tenderheart
bekah_rae 12/14/2007 2:32:00 PM
I love Tenderheart! It is one of my favorite lipstick colors. It is natural, but with a nice amount of color. Nice for everyday wear. I have bought this and recieved it in GWP. I would definitely buy it again. I also think that Clinique's lipsticks are very moisturizing and have a pleasent scent. (Not that they are perfumed, but I have tried some lipsticks that smell funny!) The only thing nad is that it wears off pretty quickly on my lips so I find myself needing to reapply often. Other than that it's great.
I mentioned this on another review, but the Clinique system worked for me until I got into my early 20's. After that I didn't like it as much. I think that it's true that this might be better for people with oily skin. Which is why it probably works very well for teens who are going through all those hormonal changes and acne prone skin, etc. I used this all through out Jr. High and HS and it was great. I hardly ever had any bad breakouts. But now that my skin is all balanced out this doesn't work anymore. But I did love this product while I used it!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
bekah_rae 12/14/2007 1:28:00 PM
I agree with one of the precious posters below - this worked for me when I was younger and then it stopped working as well. I remember hearing somewhere that about every 7 years your chemical balances in your body shift - and it was probably at about 22 that I finally stopped using it. It was fine, like I said, when I was younger, but after that it made my face feel greasy. Even when I used a little it seemed like too much. And it started to make me breakout. I don't think I ever actually paid for the stuff - I always got the free gift with purchase that came with it that I used.
Moisturizers -Mary Kay - Velocity Lightweight Moisturizer
bekah_rae 12/14/2007 1:23:00 PM
I use this moisturizer year-round and I like it a lot. I used to use Clinique's moisturizer but I felt like it made my face feel greasy. (Maybe I was using too much.) And then I used the Timewise moisturizer from MK and that made me breakout. When I switched to the Velocity my skin clared right up. I find the light-weight moisturizer to be perfect for my skin. I am considering trying out another skin care line when I run out of my Velocity stuff, but if I don't find something else that I like better, I will definitely go back to this.
I've been using this cleanser (and the moisturizer) for awhile. I was using the Timewise line for a bit, but it made me breakout so I switched to Velocity and I like it much better. It is gentle and cleanses very well. It makes my face feel very fresh after I wash with it. I've been wanting to try a different cleanser just because...but if I don't find anything else I like then I will definitely go back to this.
Eye Makeup Remover -Mary Kay - Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
bekah_rae 12/14/2007 1:12:00 PM
I love it! This is great for everyday makeup removal, and it is also great for removing theatrical makeup as well!! I am in theatre and this stuff is great at gently removing all the layers of gunky makeup around the eyes - cream shadows, liquid eyeliner, mascara, eyelash glue! The only down side is that I do find that you have to use quite a bit to get it all off. But it works very, very well.
I've been using BE since March (about 9 months) and I love it. My skin is combination oily/dry, I am very fair with yellow udertones. I use the fairly light foundation (I think...) and it is a great color match. My skin does not break out as much as it used to when I was using liquid foundation. In fact, I actually don't wash my face at night (I know, it's horrible) but my skin is so much clearer now! I haven't switched face wash or moisturizer or anything else in my facial care routine, just my makeup, so I know it's the BE. I feel like I get just the right amount of coverage that I like without feeling either too bare, or too heavy. And at the end of the day my face feels just as good as it did in the morning. It looks very natural and is quick in the morning to apply. As is true with every product out there, this is good for some people but not all. If this worked great for everyone, there wouldn't be any other products out there! For me, I love it. I have turned my mom, sister, friends, roommates onto this. Some like it and some don't. But those who like it, love it! I don't think that any product is a bad product just because it doesn't work for some people. Everyone's skin is different, so the best products out there are the ones that work right for you. Don't let all the bad reviews on BE turn you away from trying it - but don't get mad if it doesn't work for you. I can't tell you how many different brands of makeup I tried before I found something that worked well for my skin!