Eyes -Unlisted Brand - Careprost~Generic Brand Latisse
cheetah7 11/22/2012 8:37:00 PM
This review is for Careprost, the generic version of Latisse which I ordered from ADC. I wanted to wait until I saw some results before writing this review. To the point: Weeks 1-2: some curl but very minimal lengthening. Weeks 3-5: some lengthening observed as well as more curl. Week 6: Major lengthening. It's as if overnight they have almost doubled in length. Some hairs on both sides are still a bit shortish and some are freakishly long, particularly the ones in the outer corners. By this time, I started getting compliments from co-workers and family members. Week 8: Yesterday made exactly 8 weeks. The shorter hairs are catching up in length to the very long ones so now I have more long hairs than shorter ones. There is a bit more lengthening compared to week 6.. Curl is about the same. No thickening observed. I don't wear mascara everyday since my lashes are already black but when I do, they look like fake lashes,even with one coat. In fact they almost look ridiculously long and remind me of overgrown weeds. I suppose I'm at the awkward stage where the growth is unruly but hopefully in time it will all even out. How I apply the product: I use a very thin brush that came from an Urban Decay liquid liner which I disinfected prior to use. I then put ONE DROP on a small mirror and dip my brush in there. One drop is enough for both eyes and both brows (at least for me). I find this method the least wasteful. I'm still on my first bottle. Side effects: first 2 weeks I had slightly itchy eyes and eyelids that went away by the 3rd week. I also had hyperpigmentation of eyelids that I still have to this day. I don't mind the look at all since it looks like faded eyeliner. No red eyes and no iris color change. UPDATE: Today makes exactly 16 wks since I started using Careprost. My current results at this final stage are: Very long (almost an inch) lashes, particularly the outer edges. Thickening happened on wk 13 so now not only are they very long, they are very thick as well. They are also darker than before even though my lashes were already black to begin with. The lashes are also pretty much equal in length now because the shorter hairs have finally caught up to the real long ones. Perhaps my most favorite part is the curl. I no longer use a curler and when I wear mascara it looks ridiculous that I always get comments on them. All in all it was worth the wait. By the way, my first bottle lasted the whole 16 weeks which I think is impressive! Tomorrow I will be opening a new bottle to start the maintenance phase. For reference, you can see pics of my results on my profile.
Out of all the ultra fine brow pencils I own/owned, this is my favorite one and currently HG. My hair is dark brown and my brows are soft black. I have had the hardest time finding a pencil that isn't too warm in tone or too dark and most of the pencils I have used always had these issues. The Anastasia Brow Wiz in medium ash is a cool toned medium brown that's just perfect for my brows and looks extremely natural without the reddish tones that most pencils have. It's also the only pencil that's small enough in diameter to allow me to draw realistic looking hairlike strokes. My brows are already thick so I don't use the pencil on the whole brows. Instead I only use them to extend the tails and to fill in occasional gaps in them. The tail parts are the hardest (for me) to draw hairlike strokes without looking unnatural but this pencil allows me to do so and the results look like real hairs. The product itself isn't too creamy nor too dry. To me it's just the right consistency. Application is easy without tugging or dragging on the skin but doesn't deposit too much product either. In fact I found it almost impossible to put too much on even with a heavy hand. The pencil is retractable with no sharpening required and has a spoolie on the other end to blend the product out. Doesn't smudge nor fade and lasts all day from morning until I take it off, even on my oily complexion. In short, it's the best I have used so far. How the Anastasia Brow Wiz compares to other brow pencils I own: Almost one shade lighter than MAC Stud and the same shade but cooler in tone than MAC Spiked. It's also less creamy and finer in diameter. Same shade as Tarte Emphaseyes in medium brown but slightly cooler in tone, smaller in diameter and not as creamy. A bit darker but the same tone as the DiorShow Universal brow pencil but easier to apply. Although the pencil is the same diameter, I find the DiorShow to be too dry, making application a bit difficult. The same shade as Sephora's brow pencil in Midnight Brown but the Sephora one is slightly warmer in tone. The pencil diameter is almost the same but the Anastasia is easier to apply. Overall, it's the best $20 I've spent on a brow pencil and I will repurchase when I run out.
Brows -Tarte - emphasEYES Brow high definition brow pencil
cheetah7 7/26/2012 6:10:00 PM
One of my favorite brow pencil. I like that it isn't too waxy or too soft and smudgy, is waterproof and it last almost all day on me in this very humid weather. Comes in a twist-up slim pen that needs no sharpening and has a spoolie on the other end to brush the product out. The product itself is very thin/narrow and makes it easier to draw hairlike strokes without pulling or tugging. I use it mainly to fill in occasional little gaps in the brows and also to extend the tail just a bit. I have the color in "medium brown" and the only minor gripe I have is I wish the tone was a little cooler. I have very dark, almost soft black color brow hairs and I find it's still a teeny bit too warm. It isn't as bad as other brown pencils I've tried and I can work around this issue by applying it with a very light hand. I might try the color "taupe" next time instead since I heard the shade is cooler and suits those with dark brows and hair.
Eyeliner -Cover Girl - Perfect Point Plus Eyeliners - Grey-Khaki
cheetah7 7/24/2012 2:34:00 AM
I use this product as a brow pencil instead of what it was marketed for because the neutral gray color is perfect for my very dark brows. My brow hairs are soft black and anything brown based just looks weird. This is a medium gray that has no red undertones. It comes in a twist up self sharpening pen applicator. The only gripes I have about it are: the product is a bit too soft for use on the brows and the tip is a bit too wide to draw individual hairlike strokes but since it is not made for use on the brows I guess those issues can be expected. I use it mainly for shading or filling in occasional gaps in my brows and with that, it is perfect. Lasting power is average on my oily complexion. I might repurchase if I don't find an actual brow pencil in this same color.
I don't use this as a mascara but instead as a brow gel. For that purpose it is great and so much better than gel products marketed for brows. Keeps my full brows tamed and polished all day and the curved brush makes application very easy. I alternate between this and Maybelline's clear mascara and both do a fine job in keeping brow hairs in place.
This shade is a brightened medium peachy-coral that leans slightly pink as opposed to orange. Definitely a spring or summer color and goes well with my warm skin tone. It is non metallic but has a slight shimmer. It is a bit streaky on me, even after two coats but lasts just as long as other OPI polishes I own (about a week). To get very even coverage I apply 3 coats of this but 2 coats is all you need to get the color in the bottle. It's one of the many coral-peachy shades I own and I wear it if I want a brighter, stand out coral instead of the darker ones I usually use.
I"m half Asian and my lashes are long, thick but not curly enough. This lash curler doesn't seem to fit the shape of my eyes well since it doesn't catch all the lashes at the very end. It also doesn't hold the curl. A few minutes after applying mascara (regardless of brand) my lashes would straighten out to where it used to be. The only time I could actually get the curl to hold for any decent amount of time is if I repeatedly curl the lashes with it and/or if I don't apply mascara which defeats the whole purpose. Also lately it's been pinching my eyes and the lever pinches my cheeks. I've had this for a couple of months and it's time to look for a better one.
My number one top coat. I 'm very impatient when it comes to waiting for my polishes to dry and this dries them up extremely fast. Five minutes later I'm ready to use my hands again. Doesn't matter what brand of polish I use it on. It dries them all up in no time flat. I do top this up with OPI's top coat by the third day to refresh the shine since this doesn't seem to hold shine for longer than 3 or 4 days, at least not on me. Done this way my polishes last me well over a week with no fading and maybe very minor chipping. A repeat buy.
I have tried so many mascaras from cheap drugstore to expensive department store brands and I must say this is one of the best mascaras I have ever used. My list is very short when it comes to great mascaras and this one is on that list. I already have long and fairly thick lashes to begin with but one pass of this and it looks dramatic. Maybe even a bit dramatic for daytime as it gave my lashes an extra boost of length and body without clumping or grouping. Most mascaras I've used always clump and group my lashes into sections even with one swipe and it didn't matter if it was expensive or not. The results were always the same. I was surprised when this one actually separated my lashes nicely. I was asked on two separate occasions if I was wearing false lashes when wearing this. I don't know how it looks with 2 coats as one coat was more than enough for me. The rubber bristles is easy to use and doesn't deposit too much product on lashes. Lasted all day without flaking or smudging on my oily lids. At $30 a pop it's expensive but I don't use it everyday so it may last a while. I may repurchase when it runs out though.
This is one of my must have MNBB (my nails but better) shades by OPI. The shade is a medium pinkish-beige with maybe a very slight hint of dusty mauve. It's one of my staple shades. I wear this when I want my nails to look understated but polished at the same time. It makes my nails look so clean and fresh. Very safe for work and I'm already on my second bottle. It's also a color I reach for when I want to take a break from the much bolder and pigmented shades of polishes I own. Two to three coats is how you get the creamy color on the bottle but I usually get away with two coats. Doesn't stain the nails even w/out a base coat. I top it off with a top coat as I do with all my polishes. Lasts a week before it needs to be re-done. A definite repurchase.
It's a dark gray/taupe with plum (not purple) undertones. At least to me that's how it looks both in the bottle and on my nails in natural light. I don't see any brown in this at all like some reviewers had described although I could certainly see it looking that way under certain lighting. It almost reminds me of MAC's e/s in satin taupe or urban decay's e/s in straydog in nail polish form minus the shimmer. It's a gloomy fall/winter shade but unusual and unique. I still have a bottle of it from last yr and it's the type of color I get bored with pretty quickly. It needs at least 2-3 coats to get the color to come out. One coat doesn't do it justice. I wore base coat with this the second time around because the first time I didn't, it stained my nails slightly. Worn with a top coat it last (on me) a week and a half with just slight wear and chipping. Overall, a chic, unique and unusual shade but has a tendency to get drab and boring after a while (imo). As always, I love OPI's wide and flat brush as it facilitates ease of application. As for the shade I think next time I will get a shade in the same tone but at least 2 shades lighter.
I just recently acquired this shade and it's like no other orange polish I own. Actually I wouldn't lump this in the orange category, at least not after comparing them to my other orange polishes. I would describe this as a bright, medium salmon color. It has just the right balance of peach, melon and pink. Awesome summer color that looks great against my tan and doesn't look a bit garish or bright. It adds just a pop of cheery color to my manicure and also pedicure. It looks stunning against contrasting wardrobe colors. Two coats is all I need to get even coverage and applied with a top coat, it lasted over a week with minor chipping on the edges which is typical on me. Of course, with OPI's wide and flat brush, application was easy. I didn't get it on sale but since the color is quite unique I felt it's money well spent.
Scrubs -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub
cheetah7 6/19/2012 5:49:00 PM
For someone who has oily, acne prone skin like myself, this scrub is great. It has salicylic acid as an active ingredient which I find very effective in cutting through oils. I use it 3-4x per week to keep acne at bay. When I do get minor breakouts, this scrub dries them up within a couple of days. The scrub is also very good at removing makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I have not experienced any irritation from it but then I don't use it daily so the experience may be different for someone who has sensitive skin and use it everyday.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner - Espresso
cheetah7 6/19/2012 7:50:00 AM
I actually prefer the Wet n Wild mega liner to this even though this one is waterproof and the mega liner isn't. This one comes with a very stiff felt type applicator that I found quite hard to be precise with. It was also very scratchy and tugs at my lids when applying. It was almost like trying to apply the liner with toothpick. The mega liner had a softer and more flexible applicator that I found easier to use. I have both Espresso and Brown Black and on both, the very tips of the applicator (which is important for drawing fine lines) seemed dry and won't deposit any color. I have had to use the sides to get color on my lids so the line ends up being fatter than I prefer. I gave it 3 lippies because both colors I own are very pigmented, especially the brown black which is more like a soft black. Also this stuff doesn't go anywhere once dry. It definitely is waterproof and even on my oily, non primered lid, the color stayed on pretty much from morning until afternoon without smudging. I did notice minor flaking on some spots, especially towards the outer corners of my eyes but nothing really major or noticeable unless looking real close. This stuff has to be removed with oil based mu remover because it won't come off with regular soap and water. Now maybe it was just the ones I purchased but I won't be repurchasing this based on my experience with them.
Essie seems to be a hit or miss for me depending on what shade I'm using. The pastel ones always seem to be streaky and not apply evenly on my nails even though they are buffed and applied over a base coat. I have no problem with the bold colors however. Wear time is about 5 days to a week without chipping although that seems to be average for me whether I'm using Essie or other brands. I do love the range of colors they come in and they are readily available at my local CVS for $7.99. I have had "Peach Daquiri" on my nails for a week now and there is very minor chipping at the edges of my nails but so far so good. With all this said, I still prefer OPI's wider and flatter brush since it's easier to spread the polish on one go but I will continue to purchase Essie for their colors and availability.