I got the small tube of this and it is not spectacular. It is thick but does not clump very much. The thick brush makes application harder.
Has a fairly strong scent, which is very floral. It is a huge bar which is a bit hard to hold, at least at first.
Conditioner -Pantene - Nature Fusion Moisture Balance
collegestudent88 1/22/2010 2:09:00 AM
I have very long hair, which means that I need lots of conditioner to get it all. This does the job and it is not too expensive, especially if it is on sale. It is not too watery but spreads nicely. Also a fan of the relatively simple ingredients list. However I am not sure if it is much different from anything else I've tried because my hair is already very manageable.
I don't understand the hype about Burt's Bees. Monkey see monkey do? I use one that has nearly the same ingredients as this but is more moisturizing even with the mint oil, glides easily so as not to disturb chapped lips, and is about 50 cents each.
Though I have no interest in the regular lip balms, I love these because they add just a bit of color, don't taste funny in the least, and come in a slim stick which makes it easier to apply. My favorite shades are Peony and Watermelon. Rhubarb applies lighter than it looks but I only apply one stroke on my lower lip and rub my lips together or else the color is too intense.
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Peppermint Castille Soap
collegestudent88 1/22/2010 1:42:00 AM
Natural products do have their drawbacks, and for this one it doesn't lather as well and is watery. This means that you end up using more of it, and it is annoying to deal with the watery texture (like diluted Dawn when you put water in it to use up the last bits) in the shower where it can drip out of your hands. I just mix this up with another shampoo to stretch it out. I don't use it as soap. In fact I prefer to use the soap that I use as a shampoo rather than this. It is far more economical since with just a few strokes across the huge bar I can get a great lather (cheap and natural too). Sometimes I wonder if one of these bars contain the same amount of suds as 2 huge bottles of these.
I got this as a free gift as well. The colors are nice, but it is sticky. It smells nice but I do not like the taste at all (artificial, doesn't taste LIKE anything, reminds me of Bonnebell sticks). However when applied with a lip brush, it is not so bad.
This is my first MAC product and I like it. It makes my eyes look frosty which is nice but I am not sure it looks natural on me. It comes off a bit during the day. I think I prefer to line my eyes with light eyeshadows.
I wanted something to replace the discontinued Featherlash that I had been using for a while, just a mascara to give a bit of color and a bit more length. This one is nice, doesn't clump much, but it is thicker than I wanted and is not like the Featherlash at all. Also, I am not a fan of the packaging because it feels like there is extra plastic that shakes a little when you have it in your hand. It is bulky and takes up space in my bag. Note: it may not have parabens but it has other chemicals in it to make up for that. Not that I care but I think some people are easily delusional about "natural" products.
Makeup Brushes -Maybelline - Retractable Lip Brush
collegestudent88 1/22/2010 1:18:00 AM
I wanted a lip brush to apply lip glosses (probably easier than lipstick) and came across this one, the cheapest one I saw, for about $5. I figured that most small brushes like eyeliner brushes work the same regardless of the price (I even use paintbrushes from art stores as makeup brushes), and thought the same was true of lip brushes. It works great, is the perfect small size for my makeup bag, and does not shed (at least not yet, though I don't use it often). The brush is a bit thick and not pointed at the tip but I don't really care about that. It contemplated getting a more expensive made in somewhere not China brush but for now I will just hope this doesn't have any poisons in it.
I got a huge size of this at Whole Foods on sale and it lasted me 8 months. Not bad...I did not have problems with the fragrance but some people do not like the tea tree oil smell. Not the "most natural" by any means but for the huge size with pump that I got for $8, I am not going to complain. It cleaned alright too.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Midnight Cowboy Rides Again
collegestudent88 12/5/2009 12:15:00 AM
I like the color because it goes with anything, but there is a lot of fall-out like their other glittery shadows which gets annoying to remove. I usually use it a bit as eyeliner .
Misc Beauty Tools -Tweezerman - Metal Eye Lash Comb
collegestudent88 12/5/2009 12:12:00 AM
I do like this comb, but I don't find it any better than my Japanese plastic eyelash comb. I also don't like how it has a handle which gets annoying to put in my travel makeup bag. The plastic one I have has another end to cover the eyelid while you put on mascara so you can put the most on without getting it on your eyelid, and it also folds up into a rectangular shape so you can just put it in a pocket. Now I would give that one a 5.
Mascara -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
collegestudent88 12/3/2009 11:31:00 PM
I would give this 0 stars if I could. Thank goodness this was free because it was TOTAL CRAP! My bare eyes look better than with this organic makeup. The only thing it did was make my lashes darker, it did nothing to lengthen them and made them bunch together without separation. It also takes a while to dry and clumped like hell (and I had it for two months) so there was no point in using an eyelash comb. I understand it's organic but if it looks crap on me and works crappily I don't want it. I also don't like the bulky packaging which is not too environmentally friendly. It went straight into the trash can, never again. I have no idea how anyone gives this 5 stars. Every mascara I have tried including Full N Soft by Maybelline and works WAY better. I don't think it even looks too good in the pictures people have put up, especially the third one. It looks like the "Organic Wear" series has an average at best reputation for most products...if I insisted on organic makeup I'd spend more money for more worthwhile organic products at Sephora.
I used this for my own adult protection and I am not sure if I like it. It makes you white...maybe not SO white, but my face is definitely not the same color after application (even when I have spread it out as much as possible). It has made me break out more than Neutrogena Ultra Sheer. It lacks the sheerness of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer (is pretty greasy). I guess it's great in the "natural" sense but I don't know if I like it for the way it makes me look.