Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (general)
itsAshes 6/12/2011 11:12:00 AM
I've recently returned to drugstore makeup after converting to mostly designer makeup for a few years (due to sensitive skin). I've found that Revlon tends to carry lip products that are comparable to those found in Sephora or department stores. Initially purchased Coral Reef and Peach Petal because I was drawn to the colors and they were on sale. I didn't expect such a pigmented, non-sticky, moisturizing, and not over-the-top-shiny product with SPF15 to top it off. I prefer these glosses over my Urban Decay, Sephora and Tarte brands which I thought were some of the best out there. I've since purchased Pink Whisper and Pink Pop and no doubt will keep purchasing all the flattering colors offered - without breaking the bank!
I wanted this to be my face and undereye concealer since I heard a lot of good things about it (and Erase Paste too). However, this product was all sorts of wrong for me. The colors were limited and the closest shade to my light-medium skin didn't have the golden undertones in my skin so i looked a little pale where i placed the concealer. Usually, this is nothing a little spot-applied light bronzer won't fix but it didn't work well with my bronzer and ended up looking cakey. It got stuck in little lines under my eyes and made my skin look like an oil slick after the first hour or so. Also, no matter how sheer I applied this, I still felt like it weighed my skin down. Didn't work for me and I'd recommend staying away from this if you have slightly-oily to oily skin.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner
itsAshes 10/1/2010 3:24:00 PM
I bought this in Soft Sugar which is your basic clear gloss with micro shimmer - just the right amount and not at all overwhelming like teenager-friendly makeup. I love the gloss itself because it's moisturizing and doesn't leave that weird rim of build-up in the corners of my mouth. I usually use it under and over my favorite lipstick for a glossy-sheen appearance. The only downside for me is the applicator. I like the clean twist-up concept (which has never been a problem for me) but the lip applicator itself was made with two small punctures, one of which caused the applicator to split somehow.
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
itsAshes 9/10/2010 5:17:00 PM
I took a six year hiatus from hair-coloring due to a newly sensitive scalp and was a little apprehensive to try this hair color. My hair is dark brown - nearly black, and I wanted something just a bit lighter so I chose Light Ash Brown to color my hair. I used a pH color additive for my sensitive scalp and left the color in a total of 30 mins. (after checking every 10). I loved the results! It didn't take that long for the water to run clear and I've never had to deal with murky shower water since that final rinse. I've paid $125 to color my "virgin" hair before and I was amazed at how much lighter my hair came out with Garnier's product. At worst I thought my hair would look the same with a hint of lighter color but it was actually closer to the color depicted on the box for my starting shade.There is a slight hint of redness despite the 'ash' title but it doesn't make my hair look brassy. I only needed one box for my long hair that falls about ten inches past my shoulders. My only quip was that there wasn't enough conditioner - probably a tablespoon's worth. Update: The color was great...for about 2 and a half weeks. My hair was darker than the initial coloring so I did a touch up - his time leaving it in for about 10 - 15 mins. The color was light again but I dried my hair out. Avoid using this color until necessary root touch-ups (probably the same for most if not all hair coloring products). Following root touch-ups have made my hair, roots included, brassier and not slightly ashy like the initial coloring - even with redness reducing color additives. Dyed my hair back to its dark shade.
I didn't believe the 6000% moisture increase claim before I purchased this product and I don't believe it after using it. The moisture is a bit less than what you get out of a regular chapstick but it still moisturizes better than any other lip stain I've used (which dried my lips). I purchased this in "Charmed" expecting a light pink. The color brightened my face with just a light application and it's definitely buildable if you want to be bolder. Smooth application -I wonder if they could make the product more creamy like a lipstick (which it almost seems to mirror). Pretty cool for a lip stain.
I'm kicking myself for throwing out the packaging and receipt for this one. I really thought the colors would blend nicely, having had success with other PF powders. Another reviewer said it nicely when she compared her skin to those from Twilight and Casper's sister after using this product. I'd add a character from a Tim Burton film to this list of ghostly complected individuals too. Not very flattering looking sickly in the face and too much product comes off with a sweep of this brush. Will probably use this to lighten areas when I apply too much bronzer on them.
Mascara -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo
itsAshes 4/30/2010 5:38:00 PM
I bought this in the brown eyes version and maybe it's just me, but the purple color doesn't seem to pop much on my lashes. I do like the wear of the product though. It goes on pretty smooth and I like that there's more black than purple because I use black more often. This product doesn't seem to irritate my eyes, which is good because they're sensitive. The one caveat I have is the brush, especially for the black end. The purple end has a thinner barrel and longer bristles so I can start application closer to my lids and the lashes get separated nicely. The black end has a fatter base and shorter bristles which has resulted in my bumping my lid and making my eyes water even when I try to be careful not to get too close. Also, the lashes start sticking together because the shorter bristles don't really separate them. The brush is the only downfall, otherwise, I really like this product.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (all)
itsAshes 4/30/2010 5:21:00 PM
I've long been a fan of Physicians Formulas bronzers, face powders , concealers, etc. I was so excited that these liners catered to different eye colors and you get not one but three colors for about $11 total. individually, each color pot is smaller than your average gel liner from other brands but doesn't matter much when you get to try different colors. I love that you can snap each one on and off (fun makeup!) and that it comes with a brush. It glides on smooth and stays put for the most part, except for the smudging on the inner corners of my eyes. I wanted to give this five stars because this product is probably the only drugstore eyeliner I would use, but something in this product makes my eyes itch. I have sensitive eyes and have stuck to more expensive liners for years because of this so I was pretty bummed with my reaction to this product. Luckily, I get to try this product for free with the offer included on the carton so no real harm done. I'd gladly buy this again if they updated the ingredients though. Also, I read in another review that there's no shimmer in the brown eyes version - there is. There is a "natural" brown color at the top, which is perfect for days you don't want a harsh or bold look, a plum-like color in the middle and a dark coal color with micro-glitters in purple, green and blue hues at the very bottom.