I absolutely love this color. I have had acrylics on for a while to help stop my nail-biting habit and have had 5 different colors on them so far. This is my favorite that I've worn and have gotten the most compliments on. I was afraid it would be a bit too different for everyday wear, but I somehow don't find it clashing with anything. I am no longer so afraid of blues! It's a bit deeper than I would normally believe a periwinkle to be, but it's a beautiful color!
Not a fan of this mascara. I usually go for mascara's that promise length because I have short, thick lashes. This did nothing to lengthen them, didn't hold a curl, or even really make them standout in general. I can see this working for someone who wants a natural look though, as it isn't clumpy.
I got this as a gift from a friend for Christmas after she remembered me saying how I wanted it in a recent trip to VS. And I have to say, I really like it. I have it in Bittersweet, which I believe is supposed to be brown but it actually almost a black/brown, which I have no problem with. The first couple times I used it, it was a bit dry, making me have to go over the line several times. But since I have used it more, more color comes out and is quite easy to use - more than brush-like liquid liners. I have also started using a base under it (TFSI), and I think having this on before application helps. I do think I would repurchase if I ran out, and do recommend this for people who have a hard time using the brush-like liquid liners.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
ckramer 7/20/2008 10:06:00 PM
I have to say, I am really impressed by this product. Because of the bad reviews, I always stayed away from the True Match display - too many reviews of it causing breakouts (and being a teen, I feel I have to be more careful with my skin) and having no lasting power. But after I heard a friend rave about it, I decided to give it a try. Like the reviewer below, I have a really difficult time finding foundations that match me. I am pale with warm undertones, and it seems like almost all pale shades in drugstores come with cool/pink undertones, making me look like I put my foundation on in the dark. But W2 is basically a dead-on match for me, and I love how blendable it is. When I first apply, it gives me a slight powdery-matte finish, but within an hour when it has mixed with the oils in my skin, I find a really natural (not too matte, not too oily) look that I'm pleased with. Now, to address the breakout problem. I'm a lucky teen that has pretty good skin (not naturally oily or acne-prone), but I take very good care of it, and I don't end up having to deal with breakouts very often. I've been using this for about three and a half weeks, and I have not broken out from it. I'm wondering if it's the sunscreen that's making some have this effect and others not? Either way, I'm guessing you will have to just try for yourself and see how your skin reacts to it, if your naturally oily and/or acne-prone. The reason for rating this a four, is the lasting power. It's not bad, but it's not great either. I feel like I have to touch-up with powder about 4 hours after applying, which I suppose is pretty good for a drugstore foundation. The glass bottle packaging is a little annoying, but I have found that after I shake it up, there is a good amount of product left in the cap and I can just dab my finger into the cap and then onto my skin. All in all, I am happy with this product and will be repurchasing when I run out. Price: A little over $8.00 at Walmart, 9.99 at CVS
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Denim Blue
ckramer 4/29/2008 7:35:00 PM
I was recently looking for a good kohl eyeliner, and I picked this up because it was suggested as a good drugstore one on the boards. I picked this up in Denim Blue, as well as Jet Black, and I like both. I initally pulled the cap off of Denim Blue and was disappointed because it wasn't as dark of a blue that I thought it would be, and it didn't look like it was going to be a soft kohl pencil. But it's both - a very pretty dark blue, and after the first use, it became a soft, easy-to-use pencil. It glides easily along my waterline, and is decently pigmented. I can't comment on the lasting power on my top lid (I applied it there once, but it looked ridiculous and I immediately removed it), but the lasting power on the waterline is very average - much less than Revlon Colorstay and Clinique Quickliners. I would say it lasts about 2 hours, maybe 3 on a good day. It does smudge, but not too bad - just a bit on the outer corner of my eyes. I usually stick to dark brown eyeliner instead of black due to how pale I am, and I love mixing up my makeup routine with this kohl pencil, which looks dark but not too dark. I also love how it compliments my dark brown eyes. My friend who has ice blue eyes uses it a lot, and it looks great with her eyes as well. The price was great - it was $2.49 at Walmart, which is great for a high school student like me!
I am surprised this only has 2 reviews! It's a beautiful dark brown/coppery shadow with no glitter, just shimmer. I originally picked it up because I love dark brown shadows - they make my dark brown eyes pop, and contrast nicely against my fair skin. But, a lot of dark browns are too much to wear during the day, I find, because of my light skin - it looks too heavy. Toasted is definitley a dark brown that is wearable during the day. I love to use it on the whole lid, but it is also is a great crease color. Lasts very long and has great pigment, like all UD shadows. Will repurchase if I ever run out!
I love this color! I would describe it as a peach color with a rose tint to it, only noticable in some lights. I have fair skin, and this is a great shadow to apply when I want a natural look - I never look overdone when I wear this. I love applying it when I look tired - for some reason it makes me look more awake. Very silky and pigmented like all of UD's shadows. It is expensive, especially for a high school student, but because of the amount of pigment, it will take me a forever to use up!
I really, really like this stuff. I had always shyed away from the Hydra TLC products when I was in the hair aisle due to my fine hair - I figured it would just get weighed down when using a moisturizing shampoo. But, I got a sample of the shampoo, conditioner, and styling cream, and ended up loving it so much that I went out to purchase the shampoo and styling cream (I wasn't in need of conditioner at the time) when I ran out. The shampoo leaves my hair very smooth and soft with just a tiny bit of the scent (which I do like). I also follow-up after I shower with the styling cream, at least for now in the cold weather where my hair gets incredibly staticy. I paid $1.30 for this at Walmart, thanks to how I can always find coupons for Sunsilk. Will definitley repurchase!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Honey [DISCONTINUED]
ckramer 3/29/2008 10:35:00 PM
At first, I couldn't really get this product to work for me. I usually line both my top lid and waterline with Clinique Quickliner in Dark Chocolate, and when lining either with Honey seemed to make my eyes look almost naked. Then one day when I lined my top lid with liquid liner and left my waterline liner-less, I thought, why not try again?, and I applyed it on the waterline. Voila - the perfect way to use it. It doesn't exactly show up in a way where I would expect people to notice that I am wearing gold liner, but it makes me look more awake and almost gives my eyes a little "glow", if that makes any sense. It also lasts much longer throughout the day compared to every other eyeliner I have used; I commend UD on their great formula! Will repurchase if I ever use this up!
I liked this product when I first bought it - it gave my skin the perfect amount of moisture after my twice-daily routing of washing my face and applying toner. But, then I noticed the sparkles. This moisturizer didn't give my face any 'glow', the sparkles just made it look incredibly greasy - like I hadn't washed my face for days. Gross. I like Clean & Clear's Morning Burst Shine Control much better, and I also love their new "Soft" moisturizer. I would definitley recommend those if you were not happy with this!
I picked this up about 6 months ago over the summer when I wasn't even looking for a shine product, just browsing through the hair aisle at Walmart. I had always passed up John Frieda's shine serum's despite the rave reviews, and serums in general, because I have fine hair - I figured it would just weigh it down. This was the first spray version of a shine product I had come across, so I grabbed it. I'm happy with it. I use it on dry hair after I have styled it, and it does add shine. Like most reviewers, I spray it on my hands first and then work my hands through my hair. I do this twice, and I have found that if I do it even once more, it makes my hair look greasy and it gives it a wet sort-of feeling. So, if you have fine hair, just make sure you use this in moderation! And, like most reviewers have also said, the spray top does leak, nothing major I have noticed though. I am happy with the product, and I am glad I picked it up. PRICE: $4 USD (purchased at Walmart)
Styling Products -L'Oreal - Studio Line Upright Spray volumizing foam spray
ckramer 2/17/2008 8:24:00 PM
Horrible. Stay far, far, FAR, away from this product. I absolutley love the way this product is packaged. A foam spray - cool and easy to use. BUT, it doesn't deIiver on my long, fine hair. I bought this over the summer, and I remember hating it after the first use. I sprayed it onto my wet roots, and rubbed in with my fingers. My hands became sticky and gross. Then I blow dryed the rest of the way, and my hair was even more weighed down more than usual - which I didn't know was possible! It seemed to leave a weird film on my hair too, and it felt gross and hard to comb through. I used it a few more times, using more product sometimes, and less other times, with the same result or worse. Obviously, I won't be repurchasing.
My favorite lotion, hands down. My skin gets severly dry in the winter, and this is the best product to make my skin feel amazingly soft. I get really bad bumps on the back of my arms - red, itchy, dry, and ugly. Recently, I used Bath & Body Works lotion on them for about a week, and to my surprise it did nothing. Then I found this little gem - I put it on right before I went to bed, and I woke up with bumps you could barely see that weren't red! I love the scent, and will continue to repurchase!
Another winner from Sunsilk. I always passed up the Hydra TLC line when I was in the grocery store - I have fine, straight hair that doesn't get dry. I figured it would make my hair greasy or weighed down. But, winter came to Boston and my hair became overcome with static. I would run my finger through my hair and and POOF!, my hair would everywhere. So, I got a sample for Sunsilk's website, and I love it. Because my hair is so fine, I only use this on the bottom half of my hair, where it gets staticy. When I use this, my hair smells amazing, it extremely soft, and truly static-free the whole day. I love the bright pink squeeze bottle, too. I probably won't use this during the summer months, but it will be a staple in my hair routine during the colder months! Price: 3.23 at Walmart (I also had a $1.50 off coupon!)
Tinted Moisturizer -Stila - Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
ckramer 2/17/2008 6:36:00 PM
Not a big fan of this product. I agree with the reviewer below - this looks great when you first put it on. Your face looks like it has a glow to it, and it doesn't look like your weighed down with a ton of makeup with the dewey finish it gives. Then in about 2 hours, it seems like I never even put any on. My skin looks super oily and almost dirty. I used this for about 2 weeks most days, and I noticed it started breaking me out. Not badly, just a few zits here and there, but I am a lucky teenager who doesn't really breakout, so I knew it was this product. I stopped using it and I stopped breaking out. It's also pretty expensive ($30 in store, $32 at Sephora website), but they give you 50 milliliters so it definitley lasts a while. I do have to give Stila credit, though, for making such light shades. I am easily able to pick out a shade that fits my super pale skin. Won't repurchase - I am actually returning it tomorrow!