I'm so disappointed! I have super oily skin, its actually gotten worse in the last month or so, and I thought I would give MOM a try as I know its something of a cult product. And after only 2 uses its broken me out in some of the worst cystic acne I've had in years. Whats strange is that my skin never reacts to products, I'm lucky in that I can always use whatever I want but this really did a number on me. And to add insult to injury it didn't even do anything. I tried it without applying make up after so there was nothing sitting on top of my skin and still I had an oily face, even oilier than usual actually and I now have spots in places I don't ususally get them, on my nose and jaw line. I'm not saying this doesn't work because looking at the reviews on here, it obviously does but be careful with it because if it can make me break out with my bullet proof skin, I'd hate to see what it could do to someone with sensitive skin. EDIT: I posted this review on January 3rd, its now the 23rd and my cystic acne break out caused by using MOM has only JUST faded. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT. I usually never say that but as mentioned before, my skin is anything but sensitive, so if it can do this to me...
Blush -Unlisted Brand - accessorize - Merged blush (sensation)
cessica 12/6/2012 10:30:00 AM
I have to start off by saying that I adore this brand, the foundation, powder blocks and lipsticks are to die for. However the merged blushes are just awful. The wash of colour is so sheer that you barely get any pay off and for £7, they're just not worth the money despite being quite cheap. If you like shimmer and you like barely there blush, then this is for you but I thought that it made my skin look greasy. A lovely LOOKING product but by far the weakest of the brand.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - MUA Heaven And Earth Palette
cessica 12/6/2012 10:23:00 AM
Eye shadow and foundation are the two products that I refused to scrimp on. I was always so certain that you get what you pay for and so for a while, was a bit hesitant to try MUA. But when I noticed that their Heaven and Earth pallette (a supposed dupe for Urban Decay's Naked pallette) was only £4, I figured, what did I have to lose? ...OH. MY. GOD. This product is incredible. For £4, the quality and quantity of product you get is aboslutely mind blowing. The shades are spectacular (each one has a shimmer finish, so if you're looking for matte shades then this isn't for you) and with the help of a primer, stay on all day and night. Honesty, I would put this up there glady with my Naked Pallette, and actually I've found myself reaching for my MUA one more than I have my UD. Buy this! Its £4 and its probably the best drug store buy of the year.
Primer/ Corrector -Dermablend - Corrective Foundation
cessica 10/25/2012 8:50:00 AM
I had been on the hunt for this product for a long time, having seen the Lisa Eldridge acne tutorial on YouTube. First thing I have to clarify is that although I do have acne prone skin, I don't have acne. My spots themselves are pretty small but oil...yikes. Sebum is my mortal enemy. So on the grounds that everything I'd ever used seems to either oxidise and turn me into an orange or melt off my face within the hour of application, I wanted to give this a fair shot. I bought it in the stick formula as like the MAC foundation sticks, I thought it would be easier to work with. The first thing that struck me was how God awful the shade selection was. I ended up being (somehow) matched with Opal (15) and it makes me look like a zombie. I don't use it all over, just on problem areas but jeez...I look like a orange and white dalmation when I'm done. I'm the palest shade in literally every foundation range going but this stuff is like Kabuki make up. Its pure white. I applied it with a concealer brush and I would certainly recommend that as you do get a lovely finish but I think I might need to do some mixing with another product to get the colour right.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Stippling Brush
cessica 10/19/2012 11:57:00 PM
Move over MAC, these girls mean business! I was utterly blown away but how amazing this brush was. I've used my MAC 188 for so long and was pretty content with it until I saw that Sam had released her own line of brushes. I love the PixiWoo sisters on YouTube and so had to give it a try. And wow! I paid over £20 for my 188 so was a tad dubious at first that this brush was selling for £10.99, over half price. The packaging was fab, I love the instructions on the back and Sam's signature, I thought it was a lovely touch. The brush itself is a gorgeous design, I adore the pink and the fact you can stand the brush up on its own made my day haha. So much easier for drying! The one thing that had always bothered me about my 188 was how much it shed. I took it into MAC and told them what was happening but they told me I was washing it wrong, which is odd as I happen to use their brush cleaner o_0 This on the other hand hasn't shed a single hair even when washing. It's still as soft as it was the day I took it out of the box and it's honestly a joy to work with. I have large pores on my cheeks and using this brush with pretty much any of my foundations and then a powder made them all but disappear! It's also great for blush and concealer on larger areas. I can't wait to try more brushes from this range but cannot recommend the stippling brush enough. Well done, Sam!!
YouTube has a lot to answer for! I avoided this foundation for so long on the grounds that everyone and their sister on YouTube had deemed it impossible to work with. But that really REALLY isn't the case. I've used every application method I could think of with this foundation from my Real Techniques stippling brush to a good old fashioned damp sponge and it always blends wonderfully. As far as colour goes, this is the closest to my skin tone and when applied with a stippling brush gives a really lovely (not quite airbrushed but close enough) effect. The consistency IS thick but all you need to do is use a tiny amount or even add some moisturiser to it and you'll be fine. One of my favourite things about this product is whilst I do find myself needing a little powder later in the day, it doesn't oxidise and turn you into a human clementine which is my number one pet hate with foundations!! Like everyone else, I wish Revlon would put a pump on the bottle as I've lost count of the numer of times I've knocked it over and lost half the contents on my bedroom floor but that aside, it's good packaging. One of the first drug store foundations I'd come across that was in a glass bottle as opposed to plastic which was a nice touch. It's far from my HG foundation (I'm still working on that hehe) but it is a good buy. Take it from someone extremely picky, do NOT be put off by the bad reviews. This is one of the best drugstore/high street products out there and is really worth a try. :-)
Liquid -Clinique - Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Make Up
cessica 10/19/2012 11:31:00 PM
I was so deeply disappointed in this product. I went to my local Clinique counter as I had just run out of my Even Better foundation (one of the many I use, I'm do not a foundation monogamist lol) and after having a chat with the lady at the counter, was convinced to try the anti-blemish range. Now despite having very oily skin and mild acne, I'd never bothered with the anti-blemish foundation because most foundations sit well on my skin with a touch of powder but eager to see what the fuss was about I purchased the foundation in shade 2. And oh dear. At first I was so excited about how well the colour matched my skin and then by midday I looked like an oompa loompa! And contrary to what the woman (who was so lovely I feel bad saying this) had told me, it actually made my pores even more prominent. My face looked like an orange golf ball. A rather expensive disappointment I'm afraid :-(
What a complete disappointment. I had my eye on this mascara for a long time and finally bought it last week thinking that I would finally give it a shot and my goodness, did I waste my money. On the tube, this claims to lengthen and volumize, giving your lashes a waterproof false lash effect. I found none of this to be the case. The wand, not unlike Urban Decay's Big Fatty is too big to actually work with and the product combined with that factor makes my eyelashes look clumpy, cheap and even the cheap highstreet price tag of £4.99 seems cheap for this ghastly product.
I first used this foundation when I recieved a sample of it in a magazine last year and I fell in love with it. It was so soft and so flawless, but I was such a devotee of MAC Studio Finish that I didn't bother purchasing until last month. And it was awful. For a matte foundation, this consistency is so repulsively oily and it broke out my skin within mere hours of applying it. I thought perhaps it was just my skin adjusting to gave it a few weeks but my skin only got worse. It slips off very quickly if you have oily skin and looks hideous if you set it with powder so you can't win. All in all a real disappointment and I won't be buying this again.
This is one of my many HG products that is forever in my make up bag. Its one of the best powder foundations in terms of pigmentation, colour spectrum and staying power. I tend to use it with a blending brush from Mac to set my concealer rather than use it all over my face as I find powder foundations to be a bit too much for my skin. But I adore it. Brilliant for touch ups and cult product for a reason, well worth a purchase.
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Sandalwood
cessica 6/22/2011 8:08:00 PM
I don't know about the Sandalwood colour, I have this in Gray Matter. But I have to say this is a total joke of a nail polish. Lasting? It promised 10 day chip resistence and yet a mere two days after applying it, I had to remove it because my nails looked like I hadn't paid attention to them in about a year. They were chipped and scratched beyond belief. I won't be buying this line of nail polish again and I strongly suggest others steer clear of it as well. It may only be around the £5 mark but that's still a lot of money for a product that doesn't deliver what it promises.
I really like this product even though I haven't bought it for a while. I'm in the midst of a love affair with BeneFit's Moonbeam so I've betrayed it! But this is gorgeous, the glow it gives you is so natural and not glittery which is something I find with a lot of illuminators. I have oily skin and I've never had a problem with this unlike some of the other poor reviewers I've read. Good product, just a tad pricey for what it actually does.
Despite this being one of BeneFits worst packaged products, I love it to bits. Its so soft and subtle, ideal for every day use. Also as its not a powder, its ideal for summer if you don't want to look cakey and overdone in the sunshine. Beautiful colour and great staying power. Love it. :)
Blush -Maybelline - Expert Wear Blush 'Precious Pink'
cessica 6/22/2011 7:55:00 PM
This blush -if it can call itself that- has the least pigmentation of any product I have EVER used. Honestly don't know what the point is. I even de-potted it and used it in an old Clinique mineral pot thinking that crushing it would make it better. But again, nothing. I ended up throwing this out a mere week after I'd used it. Utterly useless, sorry, Maybelline.
After the utter catastrophe that was the Falsies, I was sure that Maybelline would redeem themselves with this. But again, they just didn't deliver. This was clumpy and smelled terrible. The only way I can describe it is like a cheap shampoo. All chemical. Ugh. Whilst it dries quite quickly, that only makes matters worse as you don't have time to clean up when it smudges and clumps together. Dreadful product.