Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
hanabi318 2/24/2013 10:08:00 PM
This face moisturizer is good if you have dry skin, especially in the winter time. It does feel heavy on the skin and my makeup did not stay on nicely throughout the day. I didn't like it because it ended up clogging my pores.
Pressed Powders -Bourjois - Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
hanabi318 8/24/2012 9:41:00 AM
I'm about NC25 and No.53 matches the closest. This powder has a pleasant fruity smell. It definitely leaves a matte finish. I don't think it lasts long by itself as a powder foundation, but it works well as a setting powder. I like the slim packaging and don't mind that it doesn't come with a powder puff because I wouldn't use it anyway. The packaging itself does look cheap. Also, there's some fall out so I would recommend using a synthetic brush and dabbing it on the powder.
I use this translucent mattifying powder to set my BB cream/liquid foundation. I then apply a light layer of the powder foundation that matches my skin tone. I find that this powder does help mattify my face and reapplying it later in the day does not make my face look cakey. I would not repurchase this powder because it is difficult to pick up with my powder brush.
I'm about NC20-25, and No.21 is a bit light for me, No.23 matches me much better as it seems to oxidize a little after a few hours. I only need one pump of this BB cream to give me a thin layer to even out my complexion. I use my fingers to apply this product as it blends a lot easier. I then would set it with a light powder foundation that matches my skin tone. I like that it has a high UV protection, but there is a strong perfume smell that you have to get used to.
Lip Treatments -eos - Smooth Sphere Organic Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
hanabi318 8/24/2012 9:14:00 AM
I first didn't like this lip balm as it was hard, and the product was difficult to apply on my lips. I started to scrape off a little bit of the product and then evenly smoothing it on my lips with my fingers ended up working really well. It doesn't make my lips feel waxy or greasy and helps to apply lip liners or lipsticks on much easier. The packaging is cute but can't really clean it once it gets dirty from being at the bottom of my purse or makeup bag. I don't love this lip balm as there are probably better ones out there to keep on trying.
Besides thickening my eyelashes, it doesn't work the right way.. It doesn't hold a curl and it smudges horribly after about two hours. I've tried to use it after the formula started to dry up a bit, but it's just an awful mascara formula.
When I first tried this foundation, it looked really good as soon as I applied it on. However, there were so many reasons why I didn't like this product. If you have dry skin, your skin's not going to like the finish that it gives. I felt this product just sat on my skin so it easily transferred onto my shirt and it didn't last very long throughout the day. The main reason why I didn't like this foundation is because it broke me out, made my skin feel itchy, and enlarged my pores on my cheeks. I've tried other Maybelline foundations, and they've all have broken me out or enlarged my pores. Just beware...
This is a beautiful cool pink blush. It blends out so nicely on the skin. As you're sweeping the brush over the product, you might experience some loose powder as the product isn't pressed as well as Mac blushes. I would definitely return to this product after I finish it and other blushes I currently have.
This blush looks bright bright pink in the packaging but it's fairly sheer once applied. I liked the color on my light skin tone at first, but I noticed that after several attempts to use this blush, it looked quite blotchy on my skin as I blend it out. I don't have this problem with other matte blushes. The blush isn't long lasting either as it disappears by the end of the day.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
hanabi318 1/20/2011 7:57:00 AM
This is my first waterproof mascara as regular Maybelline mascaras in the past have not worked well for my lashes. I really enjoy the application of this mascara as the wand and the formula help lengthen my lashes, make them look a bit thicker, and hold my curl. This mascara also helps me use up my other mascaras that give me volume but weigh down my lashes. I would put on a layer of the Falsies and apply any voluminizing mascara after and they both work perfectly together. I didnt notice any strong chemical smell. This mascara is hard to remove so I have to use baby oil to remove the residue. Overall, I would repurchase this mascara.
I found a lot of 3-packs of this lip balm on the clearance shelf for $3.00 at Walgreens because they were trying to get rid of the Holiday set packaging. I've tried the flavors in sweet mint, summer fruit, and honeysuckle/honeydew. At first I really liked sweet mint and how it made my lips feel, it's just so refreshing. When I started to use the summer fruit one, it didn't glide on my lips very evenly. I have started to use it again, but this time I swirl my finger over the lip balm and then apply it to my lips. The warmth of my finger really helps the product melt onto my lips better. I find that when the weather is cold or the lip balm is not warmed up a little, the application isn't as good.
I have been using the sample size of this mascara. I like the packaging and the outside rubber coating of the tube. I like the mascara wand because it has a lot of spikes that can get all my short lashes. This mascara doesn't clump, holds my curl, and lengthens my lashes. I like using a volumizing mascara and then barely tapping this mascara at the tip of my lashes to lengthen it. I'm not sure how much product is in this mascara tube, but it would not purchase it at regular price.
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Face Powder
hanabi318 10/17/2010 9:06:00 PM
Physican's Formula is pricey for a drugstore brand, but it was on sale so I wanted to try it. The powder isn't pressed as other pressed powder that I've used before. Once you tap and swirl your brush on the surface, you'll pick up quite a bit of product. When applied, the powder feels very light weight, blendable, but does not look cakey. It doesn't seem to clog my pores nor looks blotchy during the day. I've been using the Translucent Light to set my liquid and cream foundation. I've bought two darker shades to lightly even out my skin tones when I tan and don't want to wear foundation. I like the bulky packaging, there's some weight to it so it feels sturdy. It would be nice if the mirror was underneath the lid rather than the back side of the compact.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Colorstay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Quad "In the Buff"
hanabi318 1/26/2010 11:53:00 PM
This quad really disappointed me. The colors are not very pigmented and don't last very long. It's hard to get any of the product onto the brush and show on my eyelids. I would have to try using this as a bronzer somehow.
This was my first MAC makeup purchase and I found it at the CCO for $10. The color is sheer, but the shine and the light gold color is gorgeous for girls who aren't into wearing pigmented lipglosses/lipsticks. Its name makes me think of how gorgeous your lips could look at a restaurant for dinner.