I don't find this moisturizing, but it gives the best glowing (not oily) finish to the skin in conjunction with a sheer foundation (I use MUFE F&B). When I first tried this alone under foundation I felt that it wasn't enough to moisturize my dry cheeks where I spotted dry patches, but it moisturized fine everywhere else where my skin tends to be normal. Not the best moisturizer, which is why I took one off, but on look alone it creates an allusion of dewy moisturized skin. I think it looks so natural because the shimmers are so finely milled it looks like natural radiance. I also use this sans makeup as a very natural looking highlight on my face and collar bone.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - First Base Eyeshadow Primer
heyitskaren 2/3/2009 1:29:00 AM
-the color is beautiful (but can be replicated) -makes eyeshadows appear creamy and intensified BUT -blending is nearly impossible -anti-creasing capabilities are non-exsistant -the packaging is not secure Overall this acts more like a creamy eyeshadow, and for fifteen dollars two dollars extra would get you the Shadow Insurance/UDPP or UDPP in Sin if you like shimmer. The color is beautiful though, and reminds me of summer when you want something understated and pretty. I'll probably keep this and put this over Shadow Insurance or UDPP so it'll actually stay through out the day.
there is SLS in the ingredients list, i know that's supposed to be damaging for your hair, but the conditioner balances it out and is supposed to negate any damages caused by the shampoo as well as harmonize with the conditioner. this is an alright shampoo, it cleans my hair very well but it isn't anything special. instead, i use Sexy Hair Chocolate Soy Milk shampoo which is SLS free and five times more conditioning than All-Soft.
the initial smell of it seems really nice. it's floral and smells clean, almost leaning twoards a shampoo smell. a very elegant smell and i tend to use this more at night time, there is a hint of sweetness that harmonizes with the floral scents. after several hours on your skin it leaves you with a light floral musk. i took off a lippie because to me, after smelling it all day it tends to make me queasy and then i have a headache all day. a lot of perfumes do that to me, but i was kind of surprised and sad that this one did.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
heyitskaren 7/22/2008 11:34:00 AM
this was an impulse purchase i regret very much. the lady told me that it was non greasy, and won't clog your pores. so i tried it out and it seemed fine at the store. so i was driving home and i could still feel a slightly greasy residue. i did the three step process and tried out the moisturizer. it felt like the moisturizer sat on top of my skin, and it always felt like there was a film over my face and neck.i looked at the ingredients list and the second ingredient was mineral oil. i'm paying 21 dollars for a bottle of water and mineral oil? i could just go to any drug store and pick out a cheap bottle of moisturizer and it'll have the same ingredients list. plus, a couple of hours later i noticed that i broke out on my chin. uhhh, i hate this stuff. ingredients: Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, Mineral Oil (paraffinum liquidum), Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
i love this gloss, like everyone said before me, it is very pigmented. i love to put this on because it makes my lips look sooo smooth. what i actually noticed after the initial gloss has gone away, is that it stains my lips a cute pink colour, which is my favourite part of this gloss. the stickyness the the same as any gloss, which is somewhat sticky. i'll buy this again.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Frizz-Ease Hair Serum
heyitskaren 6/10/2008 3:00:00 AM
this claims to combat frizz and add shine. i use this because it's silicone based, which does the best job to protect your hair from heat damage (silicones does not conduct heat as fast). while my hair is damp i add a couple of pumps to my medium length hair and air dry. then, i flat iron my hair. what i've noticed is that there is less breakage (like the dreaded split ends using a flat iron gives you) and my hair feels a lot more glossy. also, the ends of my hair have become less brittle. other than that, i've used this to achive beach waves, but it did not combat frizz very well. i love protection my hair gets from this product so i only gave it a lippie off.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Moisturizing eye makeup remover liquid
heyitskaren 5/20/2008 2:49:00 AM
it's seriously like wiping veggie oil all over your lids. it works very well though, but so do other makeup removers without so much oil. i just hate the feeling all over my lids, and even wiping my lids with water and a towel afterwards doesn't get rid of that oily residue. i recommend this though, if you use a lot waterproof mascara or use eyelash adhesive in some way as with only a couple of wipes will remove most of the glue and mascara. i only use this when my neutrogena oil-free remover can't do the job.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
heyitskaren 3/26/2008 10:38:00 PM
I don't know why, but i bought urban decay primer potion the same time as shadow insurance, i used both, one on my left and right eye. UDPP's side seemed to adhear more duochrome sparkle than shadow insurance. five hours later i checked both of them out, i cried during the five hours and because of contact lens irritation, i also rubbed both eyes. the UDPP side had absolutely no creasing, but the color was very washed out. shadow insurance also had no creasing, but the color was still there, somewhat washed out. shadow insurance won my test. but i seriously think that both of them are pretty great, which ever one you get. on the negative side, i prefer UDPP's creamyness, i also experianced like, an oily residue my first time applying from shadow insurance. UDPP or shadow insurance does not take away any color payoff from your shadows, i beileve it enhanced them. I would totally buy shadow insurance again. BTW: their first five ingredients are the same (so i'm thinking it's probably nearly the same product?) UDPP: Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methicone, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride). Shadow Insurance: Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Triethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Lipstick -Neutrogena - MoistureShine Soothing Lipsheers [DISCONTINUED]
heyitskaren 3/5/2008 6:31:00 AM
I love peach sorbet, it's the best color of lipstick that i own, it's like the color of my lips after i brush my teeth hahaha. sparkling nude is aright though, i don't know if i like it yet because in some light it looks a bit shiny instead of nude, but sometimes completely nude in indoor lighting (i like matte nudes most of the time). the lipstick goes on quite sheer, and has a somewhat strong minty feel to it, but after a while you get used to it. i paid eight dollars for each and i was quite dissapointed with how much you pay and how little you get! first it's slim and it's only about an inch in length. i took a picture of it haha.
once used sparkling peach on the left and peach sorbet on the right:
Lips -Neutrogena - Moistureshine Lip Sheer in Sparkling Nude 5
heyitskaren 3/5/2008 6:19:00 AM
i thought this was an alright product, it's really nice on the lips but has a very minty feel. i don't like this color in perticular though, because it's too shimmery for my taste (i like somewhat matte nude lipstick). The packaging is great though, it's slim and silver. This is an over all great product, but 8 dollars for how much you get is a rip off! i took pictures of it and you'll see how little you get haha. sparkling nude on left and peach sorbet on the right:
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow
heyitskaren 2/28/2008 7:46:00 PM
EDIT: I took pictures!! :) I bought two of the colors at bogo, I have the purple one, and the one called sub-lime. I loved the packaging in this because it comes with a brush (a small version of 224 it looks like) and is very nice to carry around in your purse or something. I have tan-ish skin, and these are very hard to wear on its own, as in these won't show up very well. also, their lasting power is non-exsistant. But i don't think these are supposed to be worn dry, i tried them wet and they are wonderful wet, the colors come out and the lasting power has increased significantly as well. they even put a place where you can mix the eyeshadow. This collection i think they were aiming twords a spring/summer collection because they are pretty pastel and washed out looking. I took one lippie off because it's horrible dry, and another lippie off because i felt that you were more for the container than the eyeshadow. Sublime swatch sublime sublime head in the clouds head in the clouds swatch
Blush -Cover Girl - TruBlend Naturally Luminous Blush - Shimmering Sands
heyitskaren 2/17/2008 8:30:00 PM
this really isn't a blush, it's more of an illuminator. Don't expect it to actually add color to your cheeks, because it will only give you tiny micro-sparkles of gold. I love this because I like to use it in the summer on my shoulders to give it glow/sparkle. it's extremely beautiful when the sun its my skin. But this isn't really ideal for blusher use, that is why i gave it a lippie off. You also have to remember to clean the applicator that comes with it, or it's break-out city for your face! The color of this is not coral, but more of gold sparkle.
this is cream in consistancy, to me, this feels like slightly melted wax. There is also a hint of oilyness. When i tried this i got this as a sample, i slathered it on my face and i thought it did a decent job evening out my skin tone, but what i didn't like about this was it felt like it wouldn't dry. Through out the day i would touch it and i would still feel a sort of, you know, a waxyness, like it was still trying to dry. The dewy look is from the tiny sparkles in the foundation, which isn't too sparkley (it wouldn't make your pores look larger). Except when you touch it, it doesn't feel too heavy on your skin. I took two lippies off because this stuff would absolutely will not dry, also, everytime i touched my face I would feel this oilyness on my fingers i hated. This also has no spf and is a pain to remove. The strongest point of this foundation is the way it evens out your skin tone (but then a lot of so-so foundations can do that).
i've always thought that cover girl was the best at making mascaras, lash blast is no exception. I found that it does give significant amount of volume, and does a pretty good job lengthening. Lash Blast does not clump, or is not too runny, lash blast coats your lashes thicker but does not clump them, resulting in naturally thick lashes. I ran this against my favourite mascara called Multiplying Mascara and i believe that i like Multiplying mascara better. But lash blast is still a really good mascara for d/s, i believe this out done a lot of higher end mascara like Lancome cils design pro and MAC prolash.