Treatments -Clean & Clear - Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 8:48:00 PM
Been buying this over and over for years. Great product for someone who doesn't break out often, but big when it does happen. If I feel a pimple start to form and my face start to itch a layer of this usually either takes care of it or makes it much smaller than I would have expected. Using this twice or three times daily when I do get a blemish zaps it within 3 days. It can sting a little but I don't mind it. Product builds up and makes it awkward to put makeup over it, though I try not to wear makeup when I break out anyway.
Masks -Kinerase - Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 8:42:00 PM
Got a sample as an extra in a swap and tried it out. Fell in love. I have repurchased again and again and will continue to. The tube lasts a long time as I only use it every few weeks, as needed. Great around my time of the month to combat hormonal acne, great after a night out with heavy makeup and greasy food/drinking. A nice purge, I guess. Gets rid of extra oil without being overly drying and tight. I put it on before I shower and leave on about 5 - 7 minutes, rinse off in the shower. Price is steep but I consider it worth it, my skin can be finicky so to have something that makes it better is worth it to me. I like the squeeze tube as it allows me to control the amount needed.
Super heavy and sturdy packaging. Wish it didn't have such a big outer packaging. Great value as it has three full sized shadows (pretty sure - total product weight is .38oz and one shadow is .11oz; but I don't have a full size for comparison) for $65 and one shadow retails for $28. Price is steep but on target for the brand/prestige/quality but it's always on sale. Good value for what you are getting. Affair is a shimmery champagne highlight color, Twisted is a lightly shimmery dark blue purple, and Fatalistic is a dark matte black. Fatalistic is easily my favorite matte black ever - goes on opaque and is truly black. The combination of Twisted on the lid, Fatalistic in the crease and outer V, and Affair as a highlight is now a go-to for me. All apply smooth and last through airport and other holiday travel shenanigans.
Super heavy and sturdy packaging. Wish it didn't have such a big outer packaging. Great value as it has three full sized shadows (pretty sure - total product weight is .38oz and one shadow is .11oz; but I don't have a full size for comparison) for $65 and one shadow retails for $28. Price is steep but on target for the brand/prestige/quality but it's always on sale. Chain Link is a shimmery light grey, Nailed is a shimmery charcoal grey, and Tempting is a shimmery purpley grey. Very shimmery but they all coordinate well. Soft shadows make a little bit of fall out but it is not problematic. Good value for what you are getting.
Lip Gloss -Rock & Republic - Luxe Lip Gloss in Cougar
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 5:42:00 PM
Smooth and long lasting, slick. Doesn't streak or settle. Really nice vanilla flavor. Retail price is on target with high end brands and the prestige of this brand but is almost always on sale, making it a great deal if you do get it on sale. I like the tube packaging that shows the color but not sure what's up with the cap. The top is capped with the logo but the black part of the tube seems to be cardboard coated, which is a little cheap. Nice true red color, great for layering over red lipsticks or on its own.
Lip Gloss -Rock & Republic - Luxe Lip Gloss in Loudmouth
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 5:41:00 PM
Fantastic bright pink color, not too neon but not too subdued. Smooth and long lasting, slick. Doesn't streak or settle. Really nice vanilla flavor. Lasts through a long day of shopping without needing too many touch ups. Retail price is on target with high end brands and the prestige of this brand but is almost always on sale, making it a great deal if you do get it on sale. I am such a fan I bought a back up. I like the tube packaging that shows the color but not sure what's up with the cap. The top is capped with the logo but the black part of the tube seems to be cardboard coated, which is a little cheap.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Color Surge Eyeshadow Trio in Come Heather
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 5:25:00 PM
I got a sample of this in a GWP but I have played around with the full size for review purposes. The GWP I have comes in a swivel compact with a built in mirror on the bottom, very cute. The full size is a normal compact and comes with a double ended brush, sturdy feeling but attracts finger prints. I like the colors - dark eggplant purple, lavender taupe, and a pinky peach shimmer. They complement each other well. Smooth application and lasts all day. In my GWP, the colors are evenly distributed but the full size there is more of the lavender taupey shade. Would buy the full price knowing what I know now about my GWP.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Mango-thon
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 5:14:00 PM
I like brushes to apply lip products but do not like the click pen style of this. The price of the product is right on for the brand but there is not a lot of product and an inconvenient package. Nice gloss - slick and not sticky, unscented and non irritating. I like the shimmery sheer color but the price isn't worth it.
Lipstick -Guerlain - Kiss Kiss Strass - Beige Mousseline 340
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 4:49:00 PM
Pretty tube, very glamorous feeling. Nice and heavy feeling. I saw swatches on a popular makeup website and wanted to try it, but was a little disappointed. Still a great lipstick but not quite the caliber I thought it should be. Has a light scent which is noticeable but doesn't bother me. I thought it would be a great nude lipstick and the photos I had seen looked pretty opaque. I like the shimmer but it applies very sheer and from what I can tell from product descriptions on retail websites, it doesn't mention it being sheer. It is satiny and shimmery like descriptions mention but has a tendency to settle in lip lines. Average wear time. Nice lipstick but not for the price.
Eyeliner -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Lashliner -- Leatherette
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 4:32:00 PM
My HG gel eyeliner. Soft and buttery, glides on smoothly. Stays put and easy to smudge into little crevices. Nice dark black color. Wears well, easy to remove with makeup remover but doesn't smudge throughout the day. Great product from an underrated line - the buxom products seem to be much better for me than Bare Escentuals.
Shimmery multi-chromey goodness in the pot, but it has difficulty translating to the eyes. I apply over a black base to help enhance it. Applies really nice and even. The little jar is okay, wish it had a sifter or some kind of back up plan as I can be a bit clumsy and have knocked some out of the jar. As with all loose powder products there tends to be some fall out, and since it is a dark color it tends to be more noticeable but cleaning up with a fluffy brush and translucent powder seems to work okay. I have a suspicion that it will be fantastic over Fyrinnae epoxy, will report back once I try it out.
I like the small sleek square tube. Feels heavy and sturdy. I saw photos on a certain makeup website and realized it would probably be the perfect MLBB. I was right. Great mauve color, fantastic MLBB. Creamy formula is easy to apply and is exactly what a liquid lipstick should be. Sets up on the lips but doesn't dry up or dry out, stays in place through eating and drinking. Lasts for hours.
Good mid range product for a reasonable mid range price. 6 shadows that can be coordinated or worn with other products. On that front it's kind of eh - it has a limitation on good color combos. I like the color of snatch but hate the frostyness and glitter fall out; though that is the only color miss for me. Love the vibrancy of Flash, I like Mildew but it goes better over a black base. Painkiller is a nice bright. I like the neutral smog and toasted but like to apply them better wet. Came with Zero eyeliner as usual. I with the primer potion didn't have to be separate but then again I don't see any other way to put it. Good solid product for the price and quality.
Big pink tube, can't miss it. For whatever reason though it doesn't always twist all the way shut which leads to drying. Did not like it the first few uses but around week two, I fell in love. Seems to be best when it isn't fresh, which is odd. Adds lots of volume and some length. I go over it with a spoolie after application to separate lashes a bit more. Not a bad mascara for a low price.
Powder -Rock & Republic - Exhibition Pressed Powder [DISCONTINUED]
iwannabeakennedy 1/6/2011 3:30:00 PM
I like the sturdy big compacts that Rock and Republic has. The retail price is a bit steep, but Rock and Republic's perpetual sales make this product a steal. I bought Cashmere and I am NC35-42, depending on the season and amount of sun I have been getting; and it's a perfect match. Great finishing powder over foundation. Does not need much touching up after application. Color gets picked up easily by a brush and provides great light coverage. No breakouts or irritation.