Mascara -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara
buttons723 5/4/2013 11:04:00 PM
This mascara makes my lashes look very defined and natural, but it tends to smudge a little under my eyes. I usually apply 3-4 coats of this and it doesn't clump at all and still looks very natural on me. The brush isn't anything special, but it's not too big or small. The only thing I didn't like about this was the staying power (slight smudging) or the smell. For some reason it smelled strongly like dirt/dust when I applied it.
This mascara lasts well on my oily lids without transferring under my eyes, but I'm not in love with the wand or the formulation. The wand is curved and I always have trouble getting it the right way when switching from one eye to the other. The formulation is decent, but it's too wet for me as it will clump on the 2nd coat. I won't repurchase, but it isn't a terrible mascara either.
This mascara works great for me when I want my lashes looking defined, lengthened, and separated, but not fake. It gives my already long lashes a very natural look. I have extremely oily lids and mascara will usually transfer under my eyes, but this doesn't, which is a major bonus for me. It does not flake either. The mascara texture is somewhat dry and matte-ish. The brush works great and it's not too big for doing my upper or lower lashes. I really love this mascara, especially for the price. It works just as well as some of the $20-$30 ones I've used.
I have very oily skin and after getting halfway through my second jar of this, I'm still not in love with it, but it's not a bad foundation either. Likes: -Blendability and coverage. It can be applied using a brush, bb sponge, or fingers. It has a medium coverage on me. -Lasting power. It stays most of the day for me and it doesn't break down. -Non-oxidizing. I usually have problems with foundations turning orange on me, but this one stays pretty true to the original color. Dislikes: -Smell. It has a weird plastic smell that bugs me during application and for an hour or so afterwards before disappearing. -Packaging. The jar is glass and unnecessarily large and bulky. It's a pain to travel with and store. Also not very sanitary.
As much as I love the packaging of this liner (no need to sharpen) and the slate color, it doesn't stay put with my oily skin. I applied the liner on my upper lid and although the formula isn't to soft or dry, it never seemed to "set". Two hours after applying it, it would smudge and give me raccoon eyes. I had to return it after multiple attempts to keep it from smudging under my eyes.
If you have oily skin, do yourself a favor and skip this foundation. It has a satin finish (should have been a red flag for me since I have very oily skin), and less than two hours after applying this, my skin looked awful as it was shiny and slightly orange from oxidation. This stuff transfers and moves around on my face really easily, and by midday I noticed patches of product where it had worn off. It does not have the staying power or matte finish like ELDW, which is my fave foundation so far. For reference, I use Mac nc 25-30 and shade 30N in this foundation matched me well until it oxidized.
Liquid -Estee Lauder - Double Wear LIGHT Foundation SPF10
buttons723 4/9/2013 1:14:00 PM
This foundation is awesome for people with really oily skin and blemishes or redness that needs covered without being too heavy or mask-like. I love using this on days when the regular double wear is too heavy but I still want something that will cover and last all day. I use shade 2 for my NC 25 skin tone and it matches really well. This does not oxidize on me and it isn't too pink either. Just as an fyi, the new formulation does not have spf in it.
This is my favorite mascara that I've tried so far. I love that the brush is not too big and it separates your lashes beautifully. It works great on the top and bottom lashes. The formula is slightly dry, but I enjoy this aspect since it helps keep your lashes separate and it's almost impossible to make them clumpy. This gives me a very natural look with 1-2 coats, or I can build it up slightly for a made-up (but still not dramatic) look. It stays put for the most part, though sometimes if I'm outside a long time it'll smudge under my lash line a little (I have very oily skin though).
I didn't enjoy this mascara because the brush is way too big and every time I applied it, I would get mascara on my eyelids and below my eyes. It also smudged underneath my eyes by worse than other mascaras have done. The formula was a little too wet for my preference, but it didn't make my lashes clump. It wouldn't have been so bad but the brush was just annoying.
I have this foundation in the new, non-spf, formula. I have never used the old formula, but I love how this goes on my skin and it's easy to apply with a synthetic brush (fav. is sigma F80). I use the color 2N1 on my NC 25-30 skin tone. Excellent coverage and staying power, and it doesn't oxidize on my oily skin. I hate the fact it doesn't have a pump, but I put a mac foundation pump on it and it works perfect. Highly recommend.
Concealers -Hourglass - Hidden Corrective Concealer
buttons723 2/9/2013 1:22:00 PM
I purchased this concealer in one of their new colors, Tan. I have neutral undertones in my skin and wear NC 25 to NC 35 in mac depending on the time of year. It is slightly dark for my skin right now, but I'm still able to use it without have a spot where I applied it so I plan on using this color year-round. I use this concealer for covering up blemishes and dark spots only as it is too dry in consistency (similar to studio finish concealer only in stick form) to use under the eyes. This concealer stays all day on my very oily skin, and it covers really well. It doesn't oxidize or come off as orange colored. I'd highly recommend it for spot concealing especially if you have oily skin.
Cleansers -Boots - No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes - All Skin Types
buttons723 1/25/2013 6:36:00 PM
These work great when you are too tired to do your normal skin/makeup removal routine at night, or if you want to freshen your face in the morning. The best face wipes I have used so far. Pros: -Pre-moistened, gentle (but effective) texture -No oily residue on face after use -No scent that I can tell -Removes eye makeup and mascara -One wipe is enough for whole face and neck (and I wear a lot of makeup) -Snap lid closure and sticker to seal in moisture -Comes in 2-packs of 30 wipes each (or a box of 2) for 10.99 US (at Target) instead of paying 6.99 for 1 pack. Cons: -a little makeup is leftover after use so I usually use a toner afterwards I HIGHLY recommend these for anyone with sensitive or oily skin such as myself.
I wanted to love this foundation since it's full-coverage, but unfortunately it doesn't work with my skin type. I have super oily skin and this foundation stayed perfectly, but it oxidized on me like no other foundation has done. Only ten minutes after application (I tested it the 5th or 6th time I wore it since I thought something else was turning my face orange), it turned much darker and more orange than the original color. I purchased color 48 for my NC25 skin tone which was a great match until the oxidation occurred. The packaging and the coverage were both great but I am going to have to return it and try another full-coverage foundation.
This blush is absolutely beautiful and SUPER pigminted. It actually looks pretty natural on my skintone if I'm careful not to over-apply it. I have a NC 25 to 35 skin tone depending on the time of the year it is. I have found I get the best application with a natural hair brush that isn't very dense so I don't pick up too much pigment as one tap is enough for one cheek. I think I use my sigma F10 brush the most often to apply this as most of my other brushes are synthetic. It doesn't look too sparkly on my even though I have very oily skin. I would definitely repurchase this if I ever lost it, it's a beautiful color.
I got this perfume as part of a sephora favorites set. My husband suggested that I put this in an atomizer and use it in place of febreze, which may not be a bad idea. Smells too much like a dryer sheet or detergent to wear all day unless we're camping!