Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails No Hard Feelings
glowing500 6/18/2013 1:21:00 PM
No Hard Feelings is a gorgeous blue based matte purple/lilac color. By matte I mean that there is no shimmer or sparkle in the formula. A couple of girls at work "oohed: and "awed" over it and asked me what brand and color polish I was wearing. I love this color; it looks so nice on my pale, cool toned hands. I'm on day three and so far no chips. Hard as Nails polishes are great. This one had a thin but not watery formula. It was super easy to apply; the brush fit my smallish nails really well. I used three coats but two would have worked nicely. I will repurchase again if I ever run out of it. The price is right; I bought it at Wal-Mart for less than five dollars or something like that.
II bought this brow pencil is Taupe because of all the love it gets here on Makeup Alley. Let me throw my two cents in: I declare my total LOVE for this product. It was 99 cents at Rite Aid but I got it for 79 cents because I spend so much there every year I get a 20% discount on all regular priced merchandise...Whoop! This brow pencil is great...the color is good for my pale, blonde brows, the pencil is long, it will take me a while to use it up, and the pencil itself is quite soft and waxy which I love. The wax really helps to keep my brows tamed. I used short strokes on my brows and I applied Anastasia clear brow get over my brows when I was done. I have not had to sharpen it yet but I've used pencils like this before, and by that I mean soft and waxy. You have to sharpen them with short quick turns of the pencil sharpener or else you will end up grinding down the entire pencil. This little gem is going to be a mainstay in my makeup arsenal and I hope Wet n Wild never stops making this. I hate to think of all the money I have wasted over the years buying so-so brow products when this little jewel was sitting right there in the Wet n Wild display, like a wallflower at the junior high dance, hoping against hope that somebody will ask her to dance! Plus, I HEART the price! I'm in no way, shape or form a makeup snob. In fact, I usually hate buying expensive products and only do so if I have no other recourse like with Anastasia brow gel. I have yet to find a drugstore dupe for it so I just keep shelling out the $20.00 for it, and winch in pain every time I might add. Maybelline makes a brow pencil that is similar to this in texture, but I could never find a color I liked. Taupe happens to be THE perfect color for my cool complexion, blonde hair and brows.
Cute packaging. I bought this in water resistant and I am in the minority here but I love this. My lashes are long, curly and blonde, as in invisible. My lashes are so curly I never have to curl them. I have no complaints about this product. I had to layer two to three coats but I got plenty of volume, and no smears or smudges! The brush is unique and I like how it deposited the product on my lashes. I liked this way better than Maybelline Falsies which other MAU'ers seem to love, and Cover Girl Lash Blast which I hate with a passion because of that huge, obnoxious brush. I will repurchase this.
A MATTE drugstore blush....YES!!! I am totally in love with this blush. I bought "Roses" which looks so pretty on my fair, cool skin. I saw them in the drugstore and I though "eh". They come in a compact with three colors swirled side by side. To tell you the truth, the colors look blah, blah, blah so I passed them up. I saw Emilynoel83 review these and she said they were matte. O.K...I have a ton of shimmery, glitter bomb blushes but matte is super hard to find, especially in the drugstore so I decided to give the pink/rosy one a try. There are only three colors that I am aware of. There is also a peachy colored one (I went back and bought that one also but it's not suited to my cool undertones) and there is also a tan colored one. All I can say is "WOW". Take your brush, swirl is all around to pick up all three colors and apply it...it looks so natural! I love how my skin looks when I am wearing this blush, I look naturally flushed. You cannot look at my skin and tell that I am wearing a makeup product. I am an oily skinned peep so most shimmery, glitter bomb blushes look horrid on me. All that glitter and shimmer does is accentuate my pores. I get shiny by noon and if I have on a super shimmery blush its Oil Slick City. This Clean Glow blush does not make my pores look like moon craters, which is a good thing. I loved this blush so much I went out and bought one for home and one for my desk at work. Great job Cover Girl! I can remember a time when I would not touch a Cover Girl cosmetic with a ten foot pole. I have noticed that Cover Girl has really stepped up its game in the last couple of years. Maybelline used to be my favorite drugstore brand and I used to purchase Maybelline products over Cover Girl any day. The current Maybelline blushes are a disaster...none of them show up on my skin and this new one from Cover Girl is bound to become a cult classic.
Terrible. Very, very wet and super easy to smear. This product did not volumize my lashes, it just made a gooey mess. I checked the mirror at work one hour after arriving and I had two BLACK rings under my eyes. This is going into the trash.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - All-In-One Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes
glowing500 5/15/2013 5:26:00 PM
I love these. I've tried everything, including the Costco brand (awful, irritated my skin), and I heart these the most. These little suckers take off my makeup, even Estee Lauder Double Wear and Revlon Colorstay and all of my eye makeup. I do have to go over my eyes quite a few times to get the gunk off but I always wear waterproof mascara and liner, which is pretty hard to remove. These are gentle and non-irritating, even on my sensitive skin, rosacea prone skin. One small bone of contention is the packaging. At first I just bought the refill packs without the plastic case. The seal does not reseal them all the way so I had quite a few of them dry out. I finally broke down and bought the blue case for them. I just rewetted the dried out wipes but a package re-design is in order here. Love these, I stock up on these every time I hit up Wal Mart.
This did not work on me. I have super oily lids and my shadow creased by lunchtime when I used this product. I had to take my Sigma fluffy brush to my lids to smooth the creases out. I wish it worked because the price is right but I will have to stick to TTSI.
Rose Hip is a bright, blue based pink lippie along the lines of MAC's Candy Yum Yum...but not as obnoxious as CYY. Face it...CYY IS obnoxious! I've looked at pictures of myself wearing CYYand all I can see is a big, bright clown mouth, plus CYY is so drying and matte, matte MATTE! Rose Hip is opaque but with a slight shine, I would not call it matte. It has a smell, I can't quite decide what smells is like but it goes away almost as soon as you apply it. It's not drying and the lasting power is good, it wears off and leaves a stain on the lips. This lippie really flatters my fair, cool NW 15-20 coloring. I'm pale but I can pull off bright lips. I can see how somebody with yellow undertones in their skin would not like this color. This is worth searching out. I've been looking for this forever and finally found ONE left in a CVS when we went out of town. I like the gold tube it comes it…it looks pricey!
Lip Gloss -Sally Hansen - Moisture Twist 2-in-1 Primer + Color
glowing500 4/5/2013 12:56:00 PM
I have this in Berry Blend which is a very pretty plumy pink color with a nice shine. It really flatters my NW 15-20 complexion. To me, this is more of a lipstick in a tube instead of a lip gloss. The staying power is ok but I reapply lipsticks and lip glosses all day long. I didn't see much plumbing and it also felt a tad dry on my lips, but not a all sticky. I bought this on sale at Ulta plus I had a 20% off coupon so the price was right.
Lipstick -New York Color - Ultra Moist Lipwear - Violet Shine
glowing500 3/20/2013 1:39:00 PM
I am loving this very pretty lippie right now! Violet Shine is a strange name for a lippie of this color. You cannot use the label on the tube to judge the color as the label is a deep, dark plumy color which makes you think the color of the lippie is going to be dark and plumy...not true! This lippie is a pretty, sheer, light rosy pink color. It's shiny with some sheen, not sparkle. I'm very fair, cool, MAC NW 15-20 and this color goes especially well with my coloring. The only problem with it (and with ALL NYC lippies) is that is tends to be somewhat drying. Applying a lip balm is necessary and takes care of the drying quality of this lippie. This was 99 cents at CVS and this was the only color left. It was covered in some horrid tape that I had to use a box cutter to cut through. I'm not sure if the store put that tape on it or the manufacturer did but please NYC, find another way to seal your products. I was ready to toss this into the trash before I was finally able to get it open.
I picked this up when Rite Aid had New York Color products for buy-one-get-one-free. I was searching around for my "free" product" and I saw one of these hanging on the display. It looked WAY too dark for me since I'm blonde and fair but I threw it into my cart anyway. I'm shocked at how much I like this product. I take an old, stiff Smashbox brow brush that I've had for at least 10 years and mix both the wax and the brow color together. If I use a heavy hand, the color is way to dark for me but if I use it lightly it's perfect for my pale, invisible, blonde brows. I've never liked brow pencils and powders marketed to "blondes" because I'm so pale that I feel I need darker brows to make an impact. I can see why some people who say the brow powder alone flakes because it's so soft. That's why I feel that mixing the powder with the brow wax gives the best results. The packaging is cruddy. I threw out the little plastic case since it was too much fumbling early in the morning. The product without the plastic case does not close completely. It's fine the way it is just sitting in my makeup stash but I would not feel safe traveling with it. I still set my brows with Anastasia brow gel and I'm happy with the results.
No, No, No, No...N.O.! This stuff is WAY too orangey and dark for my fair skin. It's is also slick and shiny as heck and it transfers like nobody's business. I wore a white linen sun hat with this and when I took the hat off there was a brown ring around the inside of the brim (ugh). I'm so not joking when I say "brown"...this stuff is WAY too dark for my fair skin. I'm just wondering WHY Physicians Formula just up and decided not to make a shade of this that is suitable for us fair skinned peeps. Even if they did make this light enough for my skin, I still wouldn't like it. It's way too greasy for my oily skin. I'm glad some other people had success with this but this is an epic fail for me. On the plus side, I think the packaging is adorable. .
O.K. Maybelline....get cracking and make the entire Vivid line PERMANENT!!! These colors are way too gorgeous to be limited edition. Hot Plum is a gorgeous blue toned pink with sheen to it. When I think "plum", I think of a dark color and this is not dark at all...it's a super bright, happy color! It feels smooth on the lips and not overly drying or slick. I'm not sure why they peeps at Maybelline thought that this is a "plum" color. To me it's straight up PINK! The color itself is super saturated, so much so that it you swipe it on your hand, a slight stain will be left when you to wipe it off. The quality of these lippies on par with MAC, at a less than half the price. Maybelline and Revlon = GAME OVER as far as drugstore lippies are concerned. They are the BEST!
These lip balms do not get enough love IMHO. Cover Girl does not promote these like they some of their other more popular products. If Pink or Drew Barrymore had full page ads in magazines promoting these balms, they would fly off the shelves. These balms are near perfect, I just wish they came in more colors. They are much more moisturizing than Revlon lip butters or L’Oreal Balms. I have quite a few of these but I like Demure the best. It’s a pretty, pinky, glossy balm. These can be worn alone or under lipsticks or glosses. This shade flatters my fair skin and gives my full but colorless lips some much needed, healthy looking color. I like to keep this in my desk at work, in my purse and in my car. I can apply it while driving & I don't need a mirror. I just slick it on and go. These are pretty and sheer, perfect for high school girls just starting out with makeup. I have a feeling these will be on their way out soon. It seems they have been around forever and you can only find them on the very, very bottom of the Cover Girl display. Stock up if you find these on sale!
Foundations -Wet 'n' Wild - Coverall Cream Foundation
glowing500 2/8/2013 4:33:00 PM
I'm oily skinned and I love this stuff! I found it at CVS, hidden on a bottom shelf. Every time I've tried to buy this stuff it's been sold out. I'm not sure why CVS wants to hide it on the bottom shelf but I'm glad since I was able to snag a couple of tubes. I bought the lightest shade and the second lightest shade and mixed them together, I think the color selections tend to run dark so the next time I wear it I going to try just wearing the lightest shade. I would never consider this a "dewy" foundation. On me anyway, it's very, very matte, so much so that I might mix in some luminizer the next time I wear this product. This product also feels "dry" when I apply it. I have only used my fingers to apply it and I had to work quickly on one side of my face at a time since this product has a quick drying time. The coverage is pretty good. I still had to use a bit of concealer on a few red spots, but other than that it had great coverage. . This product lasted all day on my oily skin. I did have some oil breakthrough that I touched up at lunch time, but other than that, it lasted an entire work day. . Oily skinned ladies will love this foundation. It's not heavy or cakey but the finish may be too drying for those with dry skin. The price was dirt cheap. I think it was a little over $5.00 at CVS but all the major drug stores hold BOGO’s on Wet n Wild all the time. This is a major drug store gem for us oily skinned makeup addicts.