Cleansers -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Chamomile Facial Cream Cleanser
itscake4me 2/27/2012 4:50:00 PM
I was curious about Salma Hayek's line, so I figured I'd start with a simple cleanser. So far, I really like it. It doesn't lather and is really gentle. It also doesn't dry me out. It does have quite a fragrance to it, though. This hasn't bothered me any. My face feels clean, but not tight, after using this cleanser. I will most likely repurchase once I'm out. You get a decent sized bottle for around $6 or $7, so I found it be reasonably priced. I'm looking forward to trying out other products from the line!
I was a little surprised when I saw all the negative reviews here. I have three of these, the plain peppermint and the Pink Punch, and Peach Kiss. I find these to be pretty moisturizing. Yes, I've had much better lip balms, but these aren't bad. Peppermint (which is not tinted) was pretty basic; it didn't really tingle like some minty lip balms do, and didn't have much of a taste, which I didn't mind. Again, moisturizing was okay, although I probably have to reapply this more than other lip balms. Pink Punch (which is tinted), wasn't so nice though. It was about as moisturizing as the Peppermint, but the color looked horrible on me. It was a very cool bubblegum pink, and was not flattering. I'm sure it looks great on other skin tones though! Peach Kiss is much better. It doesn't give of much color, but more of a muted shimmer. It doesn't stand out as much as Pink Punch, and is much more flattering and easy to wear. I probably won't repurchase the Peppermint, and definitely will not be getting Pink Punch again. However, I might repurchase Peach Kiss.
I received a travel sized version of this, in medium, with a BeneFit sampler kit. At first, I HATED it. It was fairly thick, and I'm used to concealers with a more thin consistency. Also, the color was so odd. It was a tad dark for me, but more than anything is just seemed so orange. I tossed in my makeup bag and forgot about it. I recently dug it out and figured out I better try to make use of it. I can't use this to cover blemishes. The pinkish-orange tint stands out too much against my skin tone. However, I did discover that this is great for the under eye area. I have very slight dark circles, but also my face casts shadows underneath my eyes, so I usually need something to cover them. I normally use a light mouse foundation and dab it there, but this works so much better. It really brightens the area, and the consistency works well against my somewhat dry skin. My only advice is to apply using your fingers, rather than a brush. I normally use a concealer brush, but it looks unnatural with this product. Overall, however, I'm glad I found a use for this. I'd definitely recommend this for college students who, like me, don't get enough sleep!
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
itscake4me 12/12/2011 3:25:00 PM
I avoided trying this for a while simply because I couldn't stand to use something by Monistat on my face. But I finally broke down and tried it, and I'm so glad I did! I haven't used Smashbox, but I have used a few other higher end primers, including Bare Minerals, Lancome, Laura Gellar, and a few others. This feels just like a high end primer, though. And it performs just as well. This makes my foundation go on so much smoother and it looks more natural. It keeps it looking fresher for a very long time to. I couldn't stand the Monistat bottle though. Just a squeeze tube, nothing wrong with that, but my room mate saw me using it and was a little freaked out. I explained of course :) but it's still awkward to use around others, so I transferred all the product into an old MUFE primer bottle with a pump that I cleaned out. Works like a charm. I would definitely recommend trying this out. I know this has caused breakouts for a few, but I think its worth a quick gamble. I'll probably never buy another primer again, other than specialty primers, like my MUFE green tinted primer. I'm really happy I tried this and would definitely recommend it anyone who wants to save some money!
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P.
itscake4me 11/18/2011 12:31:00 AM
Like many others, I bought this in a small Benefit kit for $10. It was a great deal, and this product really grew on me! I always just use this as a cream shadow, usually as just a wash of color or as a base. I think this color looks different on everyone, it really depends on your skin tone, because the product itself is pretty sheer. The color is rather shimmery, but I think it's gorgeous, especially if you pair it with a darker matte brown. My favorite part of this product though is the fact that it really holds up. This really does not crease on me, and I don't even need primer underneath. Any shadows I use on top of it also stay! I really love this product and would recommend it. Very versatile, you can use it for a natural look by itself, or add others and it can be quite dramatic :)
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo
itscake4me 9/24/2011 12:03:00 AM
I bought this shampoo after using the Almond and Shea Butter formula, which was really nice. I don't know why I switched, curiosity I guess! Comparing this next to the other formula, this is a bit drying. However, it does clean very well. Almond and Shea Butter could leave my hair feeling a little heavy, but it was very moisturizing. This gives my hair lots of volume and shine, but my hair is left with that squeaky clean feeling. It's way too drying for everyday use, for me personally. I won't be buying again, but I will use up the bottle I bought. It was super cheap, so no huge loss here.
I have very dry skin and often am left with flakes, dry itchy spots, and even cracks at the corners of my lips. Even Cetaphil was not gentle enough for me, so I moved on to this and I'm so happy I did. It has greatly helped my dry skin. This cleanser almost looks and feels like lotion. Probably not the best for those who don't have dry skin. It takes off some makeup, but not all, so I have to use wipes beforehand. It has not caused any breakouts, but I am a bit biased since I'm using acne meds at the moment. Overall, I would greatly recommend this to anyone who wants a cleanser that is not stripping in any way!
I just recently bought Colorstay for normal/dry skin in Ivory. I figured I should check it out since it's so popular. I typically use L'Oreal's Infallible foundation, so I compared the two. Colorstay has a weird coloring system. I've heard that within the skin type ranges, the undertones kind of change, and this made choosing a color kind of confusing. Buff, which I believe is the next down from Ivory, was too dark for me, but Ivory is a tad light. I wish there was a little more selection for the fair colors. Coverage wise, this is good, but not as good as Infallible. I have some acne scars and redness to cover, and this fell a little short. About two light layers evened out most of my skin tone, but I still had to dab extra on problem areas and they still showed through. If I didn't have acne scars though, the coverage would be perfect. I would say it's medium coverage. Lasting power was good, I might even say that it lasted longer that Infallible. I still looked fresh throughout the day, which doesn't happen with a lot of foundations. As for the packaging, it comes in a sleek glass bottle, but it does have an open mouth. I would personally prefer a pump, but it isn't a deal breaker. Overall, it's a good product, but I will stay with my Infallible. However, if my acne scars clear up soon, I can see myself switching to this.
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo
itscake4me 8/26/2011 5:25:00 PM
This shampoo is pretty average to me. Nothing special, but it's not too bad either. For the price, it isn't bad, but it won't do miracles. Using just the shampoo alone doesn't dry out my hair like a lot of shampoos would, but it doesn't moisturize mine either, although the conditioner is very moisturizing itself. I probably won't buy it again, but it wasn't a complete waste of money.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - I.T. Natural Foundation Brush
itscake4me 8/25/2011 6:02:00 PM
This is a fantastic foundation brush! I use it to apply my thick foundations and it always gives me a natural, seamless look. It costs a bit over $30 if I can remember correctly, but it was well worth it. It has never shed any hairs, and the it comes with a cap to protect. A great investment in my opinion.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour
itscake4me 8/18/2011 10:55:00 PM
I just recently tried this product and I'm really impressed with it. It's a small squeeze tube with a cool metal applicator and the eye shadow is a cream shadow with some shimmer in it. It says "8 hour" on the packaging, but I don't think that is quite right! These do last pretty well, but as with anything, it fades eventually. The color goes on easily, but it's kind of hard to build to a deeper color. However, I feel like you don't need much and I love the way it looks. Best of all, it takes only seconds to apply this and the metal applicator is cooling, a nice pick up in the morning. Overall, I think these are a little overpriced, as they are around $20. But I've had fun with them and would most likely purchase again.
Primer/ Corrector -Make Up For Ever - HD Microperfecting Primer in 1 Green
itscake4me 8/2/2011 6:34:00 PM
I needed a green tinted primer for my inflamed skin. I'm currently on acne meds and my skin is irritated and very dry. I was at Sephora and had to decide between this and Smashbox's green primer. I picked this primer up mostly because of price. Overall, I like it and will probably repurchase if I still have a lot of redness once this bottle is gone. It doesn't feel like Smashbox primers, it has a thicker feel. And the box claims that this adds moisture, and I find that it does some. My big complaint is that the bottle is smaller than it looks, so I feel kind of ripped off. Also, the pump gets sticky, meaning that sometimes I get more product than I need. Overall, though, I will continue to use it!
I have this in a sample size, so I don't know what the packaging is like for the full sized product. Mine is in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. The product itself isn't bad, but for the money I would have to pay for the full size, it isn't worth it. My eyemakeup does stay on longer witht this, but it seems like the higher-end the eye shadow, the less this helps? Weird, but that's what I've noticed! The color is kind of yellowish, so it look awkward when I apply it anywhere above my crease. I'm pretty fair, so if you're deeper toned, this may be problem. Overall, I probably won't buy again. I'd rather try a different eye primer.
I picked this up instead of my usual L'Oreal Infallible foundation. At CVS, Infallible was around $16 and this was around $7, so I figured I'd try it. For a drugstore foundation, I found this to be extremely long-wearing. More so than Infallible. This stuff really stays on! However, there are a few problems with it. For one, the color selection I found to be rather limited. The lightest shade, called Ivory I think, was a tad to dark for me :( although, this foundation is very thick and kind of hard to apply. It will give you good coverage, for sure, but at the same time it can look unatural or overdone. However, because its fairly cheap, I'd recommend trying it out! Even when I don't use it all over, I still can spot apply it on blemishes that are hard to cover. I don't know if I will repurchase as soon as I run out, but I might keep a bottle around!
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel
itscake4me 4/26/2011 2:28:00 AM
I was looking for just a simple spot treatment with some salicylic acid to put on zits over night. I saw this and liked the fact that it would not only zap the zits I had but also help fade any mark they would leave behind. Well...this spot treatment really didn't do anything. I think it might have dried out a few blemishes here and there, but that is about it. It never really helped heal the blemishes faster, and I never noticed any improvement with fading the marks that pimples usually leave behind. I felt like I was just putting this gel on my face for sh*ts and giggles and seeing absolutely no results. Definitely not worth the price. Don't remember how much I paid for this, but I know that there are cheaper salicylic acid spot treatments out there.