Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Cotton Blossom - all products
jatkins 4/28/2013 9:21:00 PM
My favorite Bath and Body scent ever. Love this! It is a clean but slightly sweet scent.
Lotions/ Creams -Hawaiian Tropic - Shimmer Effect Coconut Papaya After Sun Lotion
jatkins 3/26/2013 4:16:00 PM
Really pretty! On a scale of 1-10, I would give the moisturization a 7. The very finly milled bronze colored glitter is mixed it. It gives a slight shimmer. The only real negative- it does transfer to clothes. It's not that bad though. So, don't wear black when using this...or if you do, keep a wet cloth near by to wipe the tranferred shimmer off. I do recommend this lotion...if anything....for the amazing beachy scent.
Love it! I've been looking for a decently priced coral blush for a long time. I've never had one before and really wanted to try one for the spring/ summer. When I first saw the glitter in this I wondered if this would actually be wearable. I hate glitter on my face! Like one reviewer said, as long as you tap the excess off your brush (do not use the brush it comes with), you will get rid of most, if not all, of the glitter. The color is a gorgeous natural color. The packaging is cheesy looking and really flimsy. I really hope I don't drop this on the tile or it will be trash. As far as the actual product, I highly recommend it! The price isn't great at $7.99 at WalMart, but it is way cheaper than most other coral blushes that are generally only available in higher end brands.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude
jatkins 2/22/2013 6:05:00 PM
Amazing! I lucked out. After reading such glowing reviews and seeing that Youtube people (I hate the term "gurus") keep talking about this eyeliner, I had to get it. I went to Walgreens. This was the only color they had left in this line. So, I bought the last two. These go on my waterline very smoothly, they last all day, and the color is perfect. I've been using white off and on for a couple years. Sometimes I shy away from white because it is so harsh. This color is a natural and perfect color. I can't think of a negative thing to say about it other than the fact that it will need sharpening at some point. I just hope the wood in the pencil is good enough quality that it does not splinter on me. We'll see. This is just great stuff and I would truly recommend it.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - arm and hammer-spinbrush
jatkins 2/22/2013 4:52:00 PM
Best tooth brush ever! I used to own a Sonicare, but it died. This one is better. This has a spinning head at the top of the bristles and rising and lowering set of brustles at the bottom. Mine is not rechargeable. I belive it takes batteries. It was $8.97 at Walgreens an worth every penny. This makes my mouth feel like I just left the dentist. The brush does all the work with the dual motions. Love it!
Eyeliner -Jordana - Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen
jatkins 2/10/2013 7:25:00 PM
I also have this in black and brown. This is just as easy to apply as it would be to use a fine point pen on your eyelids (not that you should do that). The color lasts all day. I have been using these eyeliners for about three weeks with no problem. They are pretty wet when first applied, but they dry quickly. I have only had one negative occurrence with these. The other day, part of the liner wore off and onto the top of my eyelid after approx. 10 hours of wear.....but that has only happened that one time since I started using these on a daily basis. I noticed one of the reviewers mentioned that you should not use these in your waterline. Can I just say that no one should ever ever ever use liquid eyeliner in their waterline. Yikes! These make for a perfect winged eyeliner. Every felt tip eyeliner I have ever tried has dried out within two weeks. These are still going strong. I would recommend these to anyone that wants a long wearing eyeliner that is easy to remove at the end of the day. These (all but one time) have lasted on my eyes until the end of the day when I took them off with makeup remover. Update: Yesterday I wore this liner for 16 hours straight (not by choices; it was a long day) and it smudged all over my eyelid by the time I got home. So, this defintely isn't as heavy duty as some gel liners, but it is still great for the price and for a liner that I will use for a non-physically active non-long day. :) I still prefer to wear it on a day-to-day basis because you don't have to tug on your eyelids to get it off like you do with some gel liners.
This is the prettiest Christmas nail polish ever. I love it over OPI's Red or Sally Hansen's xTreme Wear in Black. Gorgeous! I can also see myself wearing this for 4th of July as another reviewer mentioned.
Pretty big red with little green glitter with tiny silver glitter. It looks like cherries when applied over white or clear polish. Very cute. If you are looking for a truly holiday looking glitter, I would suggest CG's Twinkle Lights rather than Party Hearty. Twinkle Lights is a gorgeous gold, green, and red glitter. It looks like a lit Christmas tree in a bottle.
Moisturizers -Trader Joe's - Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer
jatkins 2/10/2013 4:16:00 PM
Pros: * Oil free * Super moisturizing * Anti-aging * Paraben free * Absorbs quickly * Dirt cheap * Huge bottle compared to other moisturizers Cons: * Can only be found at Trader Joe's. The closes TJ is about 30 minutes from me.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - Pro-FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat
jatkins 2/10/2013 4:04:00 PM
Love this stuff so much! I bought the salon size bottle (2.5 fl oz.) at WalMart for $3.99. This stuff is amazing. It adds an extremely high gloss look to even the dullest nail polishes. It feels like I have a gel manicure because of the thick consistency. It makes all of my polishes go more than twice as long without chipping compared to any other top coat I have used. That includes high and low end. This stuff makes my nails dry so fast. I can apply this over polish that is not dry yet and it will seal and dry within two minutes tops. This top coat is pretty much magical compared to all others I have tried. I promise....I've tried and own a lot of top coats...and they're about to be donated to my young nieces. Also, I have never experienced bubbling on my nails like one of the reviewers mentioned. This stuff has worked perfectly for me. Tip: Even with cheaper nail polishes- if you reapply this every 3-4 days, your polish can last up to two weeks. Reapplying is not a problem for me since this dries super fast.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
jatkins 2/9/2013 9:28:00 PM
I have finally found my summer foundation!!!!!! I have been wearing it (applied with Sigma F80) for the past couple days. This stuff is amazing. It does what it says. I will continue to use my Bare Minerals original formula and Revlon Colorstay (liquid and whipped) foundation for the winter months with this CG foundation reserved for summer only. I can strongly recommend this to oily ladies or those that live in very hot temp areas. I am not oily, but I live in Arizona. So, even the driest skin will get a bit oily by the end of the day in our 115 plus temps. Here's my explanation in my pros and cons. Even the cons make this product work for me. Pros: * Extremely matte * Bronzer and blush last all day over this foundation * Consistent wear throughout the day and into the evening * Buff Beige is a perfect shade for me. This is the first time I have worn a liquid foundation that was truly a perfect match and doesn't change on me. * PUMP BOTTLE!!!!!!!! * Drugstore accessibility Cons: * Would be very drying for someone with already dry skin * I need 2.5 pumps to get medium- full coverage. So, I don't think this is a concealer quality. * Even though I found my perfect shade, I doubt everyone can get away with not having to mix shades because there doesn't seem to be a lot of options. * Even with a great foundation brush, it takes some time to blend into my skin. In comparison to the fast drying quality of Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation, I feel that Revlon blended faster. I think that is just what you get when dealing with a matte liquid foundation. Update; I changed the way I apply this. I have tried a beauty blender, a Sigma F80 stippling brush, an extra large foundation brush, my fingers, and the elf flat $1 foundation brush. The elf brush wins! I use less than half the product with this brush. I only need 1.5 pumps and I get really good and smooth coverage. That brush is really easy to clean and is dry by the time you need to use it again. The foundation combined with the elf $1 foundation brush make for the perfect foundation application and finishing product.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
jatkins 2/9/2013 12:06:00 AM
I really regret buying this. It is super drying. For something that contains a fruit name in the title, I would think that it should at least smell good. It smells artificial and really chemically. I feel like I need at least twice as much lotion as usual when I wash with this. I think it is going in the trash soon.
Powder -Bare Escentuals - BareMinerals foundation #2.3 Medium Beige
jatkins 2/6/2013 3:32:00 PM
I used to wear BE original formula when it first came to stores. I quit usuing it a couple years ago becuase it would make me oily. I just recently started using it again. I think it will be my winter foundation only. I love the coverage and glow it gives me...but I will hate that "glow" once my Arizona summer is in full force. It's weird because without makeup, I am not oily at all. But with this foundation and extremely hot temps, I get oil in my Tzone.During the winter, this is amazing. So, I highly recommend it for my skin type in the not-so-warm months. When summer comes around, I will try the matte version again. Also, just an FYI- I use this over Hardy Candy Skin Perfecting Primer. I like BE's Primetime, but not as much as Hardy Candy.
Just awful!!!! Waste of my money! I purchased the ones for green eyes before reading reviews because PF has never failed me yet. I can't believe I am writing a negative review of a PF product. These claim to be 100% waterproof. If you swatch them on your hand, they wipe right off. They claim to last on your waterline. They don't even show up on my waterline. These are absolutely horrible. Do not buy these. The eyeliners from this line are great; the kajals are awful!
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
jatkins 1/25/2013 1:16:00 PM
I really did not have high hopes for this product. I am pleasantly surprised. It will not be my everyday foundation because it is pretty sheer and can turn oily by the end of the day. However, on my lazy weekends when I don't want to look like death incarnate, I put this on. I can't imagine that it would hold up on a hot active day, but it is pretty good. If it does positive things for my skin like it claims, I'll continue to use it. I'd recommend this to anyone with non-oily mostly-clear skin.