Lip Gloss -Cover Girl - Lipslicks Smoochies lip balm
fatbottmdgrl 6/14/2013 2:47:00 PM
I used to love a color called "Cutie" in the old lipslicks colors. I saw these on a display in Wal-Mart, updated as "Lip Smoochies". The first one I bought was the "be sweet" shade which is great for a nice pale-ish pink nude lip. But depending on how I do my makeup, it can be almost "too" nude, if you get what I mean. So I picked up "luv bug" in Target. I like the scent of these, can put my finger on quite what it is, but it's not offensive and disappears pretty quickly. I find the luv bug shade to be a sheer, almost berryish shade on me. I like that these have a slick feel but are not goopy or sticky at all. They don't break down with warmth or heat. You can keep it your jean pocket all day and pull it out and apply and it won't have melted down or gotten out of shape. I like that the bullet is wrapped in the case and there is no fear of breakage. These are not pricey and had a pretty nice variety of colors. Nice for a little pick me up and great for summer when you don't want a heavy lipstick.
WOW! I love these little pots of awesomeness. I have them everywhere. In my purse, at my desk, in my medicice cabinet. First of all, these are just cute, sorry, but wee miniatures of anything are cute and these fit in the palm of your hand and look like a mini vaseline jar. But, as another reviewer said, it's what's inside these little jars that make it so awesome. Very moisturizing lip balm, which just may be vaseline with cocoa butter in it, but it make my lips feel so soft and smooth. I hate dry lips and this really helps to alleviate the dryness. However, I don't just use this on the lips, I also massage this into my cuticles to helps soften them. It also helps soothe cracks on your fingers, if you get those. I handle alot of paper and this happens from time to time. The price is right too, I think I pay $1.79 for these and the product lasts a long time before it runs out. These are very handy to have anywhere. The only downside is you have to apply this with your finger. So you really don't want to share these with anybody.
I discovered this product years ago when I was an SA for Clarins. It was one of the pre-cursors to primers. We were advised to always apply this first, before applying foundation to our clients. I had moved on to other makeup lines and forgot about this little gem, but not too long ago I received a small tube as a gift with purchase and had it in my foundation drawer and pulled it out again. First of all, I press this gently into my skin, do not rub it on, pressing it in will give you optimal results. I let it set for a minute and then apply concealor and foundation. This will make your foundation apply very smoothly and it does give a smooth finish to the skin. It also makes your makeup last much longer and not fade so easily. A small pea size amount is all you need. I have not had any breakouts or skin issues with this product. I prefer this to alot of the other primers I have tried.
I bought this product because I had previously use Garnier regular hair dye and had always had excellent results with it. I bought this in the "Light Instense Auburn" shade and while I it dyed my hair the color it stated (please note, I always use red hair dye, so my hair does have a base of red color) this dye BLEEDS LIKE CRAZY. I always get a bit of rub off on my towel when I dye my hair, but this was ridiculous and the color bled out of my hair for 3 days afterwards. Like most women who dye their hair I use color protectant shampoo and conditioner. They were no help. I would NOT recommend this product. I will definitely go back to using my regular Garnier, but will not purchase this product again. There are far better quality hair dyes.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Revitalift Miracle Blur
fatbottmdgrl 3/7/2013 4:28:00 PM
I too found the sample in the magazine and tried it and convinced myself I HAD TO HAVE THIS. Well, wrong again! I used this for a few days and wasn't impressed. I have enlarged pores near my nose and naso-labial lines and this just didn't do dip squat for me. It's in a flatish squeeze tube and you have to squeeze the living crap out of it to get it to come out. It's a thick, whitish consistency and while it didn't make me break out and I didn't really like the way it felt either. I was expecting "Miracles" per the label and didn't even get a nice surprise out of the deal. $19.99 down the drain (well not really, I bought it in CVS w/ a 20% off coupon, I'm not that danged dumb). I really can't recommend this product. There are less expensive products from better lines. I use Clinique Pore Perfector and gives MUCH better results. It covers the pores much better, and it runs only $18. Can't recommend it.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Spray & Go Moisturizer
fatbottmdgrl 3/7/2013 4:18:00 PM
Here is the concept for this product from the Vaseline website: A line of quick, convenient, continuous-spray lotions. They moisturize deeply and absorb in seconds to leave skin instantly soft, not greasy or sticky. OK, so this is a good concept, BUT, in practice it just has all sorts of flaws. First, if you are not using this on a rug, it will make your bathroom floor slippery as all get out. I had to put my bath towel down and stand on it while spraying, not to mention if you have a small bathroom it is going to spray on the mirror, the shower curtain and everything else. If you spray it in the shower/tub, again, slippery and dangerous. Secondly, it runs out in NO TIME. I don't think I even used the can I bought for 2 weeks before I was out. For an everyday type product, this is not a good value. Maybe if I was on vacation and wanted something quick and easy or in the summer if I wanted a really lightweight formula. All in all, it DID moisturize well, but the value sucked and the concept sucked. Sorry, Vaseline, I love your moisturizers, but I'll be sticking with the old fashioned pump kind. About $5 USD
Ok, as an SA FOR CLINIQUE I am writing this based on my training. Alot of people completely misunderstand this system and the proper way to use the products. I know alot of SA's you all encounter are poorly trained, newbies, or plain just don't give a crap. I care. First of all you must complete the skin analysis, if you the SA doesn't do it, walk away and find another Clinique counter. After you are properly analyzed, and the correct system is selected (1, 2, 3, or 4), based on your honest answers, it should be explained to you how to use it. FIRST, you WILL NEED MAKEUP REMOVER. You wouldn't take a shower with your clothes on, so why do you want to clean your face with makeup on it? (Don't argue, take the makeup off). Then wash with the soap (the bar is better), then take the clarifying lotion (these are NOT toners) on a COTTON BALL and swipe it in downward motion on your face, there should be no makeup on it. This step is to remove dead skin cells through chemical exfoliation so your other products can penetrate better. Then apply your DDML or DDMG (lotion or gel) to put back the water and oil balance, then your serums (if you use them) and then your accessory moisturizer. If you feel the clarifying lotion is too drying, then you bump down one and see if that helps, if you are truly dry or sensitive use the MILD clarfying lotion that comes in the smaller bottle that looks cloudy. There are 3 types of soap, EXTRA MILD (dry skin), MILD (Combo to slightly oily), EXTRA STRENGTH (Oily) Now here are how the Clarifying Lotions work MILD (very dry or sensitives), #1 (Dry Skin) #2 (Dry/Combination), #3,(Oily/Combination), #4 (Oily, GREASE SLICK Oily). There are only 2 balancing moisturizers, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (dry skin, to combo tending to dryness) and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (Combo tending to be more oily and Oily Skin) If you need to ask questions PM me here on MUA.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
fatbottmdgrl 2/15/2013 4:03:00 PM
I have used this for quite some time (perhaps a year or more) along with my Clarisonic cleansing brush. I love that it removes the dirt and makeup, but doesn't dry me out or leave behind residue. It does exactly what it says it does, cleans with drying. I use this every night before I got to bed. Even a small pump bottle last a long time and it's reasonably priced. It's a plastic bottle so you can keep it in the shower, if you like and one pump is pretty much all you need, and a pump keeps the product sanitary and it doesn't get messy. It might not be for the overly sensitive or dry skinned (that's why they make the gentle version). II'm 49 years old and use this. Overall, a quality product for a fair price.
Lip Liners -Estee Lauder - DoubleWear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil in Tawny
fatbottmdgrl 2/15/2013 2:31:00 PM
I have been through several of these lipliners, they stay on like no other product I've used. I didn't used to be a lip liner person. lipstick or gloss was enough for me. But I picked up a really lovely gift with purchase that had this lipliner in it with Tiramisu lipstick and Innocent Pink lipgloss and it made a perfect lip for me. This is a deep neutral pink lipliner with a slight golden fleck in it. I use it under any number of lipglosses and it is extremely longwearing, at least four hours or more, however, if I eat it does wear off, but not completely. I also use it for a longwearing lip with lipstick and then gloss over it all. This comes with a lipbrush on the end for applying lipstick or gloss which is very convenient. A bit long to keep in my purse, but I do anyway. A good reliable lipliner. $21 USD at any Estee Lauder Counter
Foundations -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15
fatbottmdgrl 2/15/2013 2:15:00 PM
I was put on to this product by a client that I was doing a makeover on at my Clinique counter. Alright, I know, you are saying "HUH", she works for Clinique and is reviewing this AND she gave it 5 lippies?? So let me explain, I really love and use Clinique skincare, but I am not wild about their foundations. I have been using Estee Lauder DW for awhile now, but like any beauty junkie, I am always on the lookout for the HG to end all HG's. But, back to my story, this lovely lady "Miss Maggie' shared her stash with me (you find your soul sister, you share) and pulled this out and swatched it on her hand for me. When I saw that it provided really good coverage, I told her I had to have some. She said "OH, I shouldn't have shown it to you, I'll get you in trouble"! Well, I looked for a good deal on QVC and found one. The foundation and the amazing, lovely, soft applicator brush and bought it, in the Fair shade, which is absolutely perfect for my complexion. This is a lovely, creamy formula, the instructions tell you to put a quarter size amount on the back of your hand, swirl the brush into it and then buff it from the nose outward. Following these instructions, you get a very nice even coverage. You must buff this out thoroughly, or you will get a very heavy looking coverage. The key is to get the applicator brush with it. The deal I got was $38 for BOTH the foundation and brush. Regularly the foundation is $38 and the brush is $32. So look for the deal on QVC. I also recieved a sample of the Amazonian Clay finishing powder which I use with this and you only need a tiny amount of powder with this. This is a long last foundation, maybe not as long a ELDW, I will admit, and if you are going out for the evening after an 8 hour day, you may want a light touchup, but other than that, a very good quality foundation, excellent coverage and I can say the 12 hour claim is valid.
Please note that I am writing this review from an SA's point of view. I just attended a training session where we were "updated" on the use and application of this foundation. So basically, this review is to give everyone some tips about the use of the foundation so they will get the best results. First of all, you MUST shake this bottle 15 times so the beads inside can aereate the foundation and "fluff" it up. When it comes out of the bottle, it is suppposed to be "mousse like" . Secondly, they have advised us that this is best applied with your FINGERS. No brush, or sponges, fingers only. The third point was that ALL these foundations are neutrals you just have to see if you are warm or cool toned, because ALL the colors have what Estee Lauder calls "Intuitone" technology to blend with the users skin tone. And lastly, this is supposed to a medium to buildable coverage. I KNOW you are all going "WTF" right now. However, this is supposed to be a "see no makeup and feel no makeup" product, so how and why they can claim a medium to buildable coverage is beyond me. As an SA I find this one of the most difficult foundations in the line to work with. I really feel this is for the women that tell me "I don't want people to know I'm wearing makeup" or for someone young who has excellent skin (and then why would you wear MU anyway)? Runs approximately $36 USD at any Estee Lauder counter.
Well, I bought this for 2 reasons, 1. if you bought it you got $5 Extra Bucks at CVS., 2. I had read some good reviews on it and was curious about how it performed. I can say that I truly like this formula. It's very "airy" and lightweight and when applied, gives a very natural looking flush of color on the cheeks. I have the Cherubic shade which looks to be the most popular by the reviews. The Cherubic shade is excellent for fairer skintones. A little dab on the cheeks is all it takes, but be careful, you can pick up way more product than you want to. Working as an SA, I like this on my "off" days when I want to look put together. Comes in a nice heavy glass jar with a screw top. $13 in the CVS.
I received this as a 100 Point sample from Sephora. I was always curious about this line of fragrance and this was the prefect opportunity to try it out w/o having to commit to a full purchase. WHOA!! This is a very long lasting fragrance. When I first sprayed it I kept thinking, "I've smelt this fragrance before. WHAT is it?" Then I figured it out. ANGEL!!! This has a very similar fragrance note to Angel. However, unlike Angel, I LIKE this. It doesn't have the sickly sweetness of Angel. This is a pure vanilla fragrance that doesn't smell like a sugar cookie. It doesn't seem to offend anyone and yet I can get whiffs of it on and off all day long. I really like that it stays with me, because I do have the problem with weak scents just disappearing an hour after I apply them. I am not saying this is a fragrance everyone will love. But I like it enough that I would probably purchase a full size of it. I do think it's more a fall-winter fragrance than a summer fragrance, but then I have wanted to try the Vanilla Grapefruit scent in their line. Very nice fragrance for someone who is can't take Angel but wants something like it.
These are the newest additions to the Clinique Chubby Stick lines. Eight brand new colors in more intense shades. The new colors are: Curviest Caramel (nude pink), Chunkiest Chili (reddish brown), Mightiest Maraschino (bright red with a slight blue undertone), Heftiest Hibiscus (orangey-pink, tending to more orange), Plushest Punch (fuschia pink), Roomiest Rose (deep rosey pink), Broadest Berry (pink with a hint of purple), and Grandest Grape (deep purple w/ a slight brown undertone). The colors are pretty much named accurately. I pick up the Chili and Caramel Shades. The Chili shade is a beautiful reddish brown and the Caramel is a nice nude with a hint of pink to it, a nice neutral shade. These are closer to a lipstick formulation in pencil form. There is still a lot of moisture in these and they glide on very nicely and wear just a bit longer than the regular Chubby Sticks. I also notice due to the more intense pigment they leave a slight bit of staining, but nothing "popsicle-ish". There are still the pencil form that you twist up from the bottom. We have been encouraged at trainings to "blend" the colors together to create new ones (I've been SA for Clinique for 5 years now). But really, the new shades are lovely on their own and I think anyone who loved the formula but wants a bit more color will really like these. $16 USD at any Clinique counter.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
fatbottmdgrl 11/6/2012 3:45:00 PM
I remember trying the original orange tube Lash Blast and loving it,,,for awhile. Then I tried other mascaras, but when I read a review in a magazine about this, I immediately started stalking the stores for it. I finally found it in Wal-mart. This comes in a bright green tube (not neon, but bright) the same size as original LashBlast. So, does it really crush the clumps?? The answer would be a resounding YES YES YES!!! OMG YES!!! RIGHT THERE...OH Babeeeeeeeee Mmm, yes, er, um, oh *ahem* where was I. The secret to this, is the brush. The review I had read said they analyzed dozens of different mascara wands trying to find what the optimum space between bristles should be in order for the mascara not to clump. According to the researchers, it's not the formula you use, but the mascara wand that makes the difference. This being said, you can really load up on this. I'm a girl who loves her mascara and I can put on three coats of this and NO clumps, It just keeps fanning my lashes out beautifully. And my lashes are not crunchy or stiff. Very soft and no smudging or flaking. Excellent product for everyday use. Don't know if it's what I would choose for a dramatic look or a night out. But for a good, reasonably priced, reliable mascara that doesn't clump. This is your new go to. Approx. $8 USD