Liquid -American Beauty - Perfectly Even Natural Finish Foundation
katield 3/19/2009 3:02:00 AM
This is my new HG foundation. Something about this brand struck me as being for more "mature" skin but even though I'm only 23 I decided to try it out at Kohl's. I'm so glad that I did!
It's very light yet has good coverage, the price is right - only $15 for an average sized bottle - and their shades are much less pink than a lot of similarly priced brands. Makes my skin look FLAWLESS, I'm serious. It's almost too good to be true.
Almost. It has horrible packaging - twist off cap and a big gaping glass mouth. This might work for people who use foundation sponges and whatnot but I use my hands and it's super annoying. Normally I'd take off a lippie but this foundation is actually such a great deal that I don't really mind. It would be a dream come true if it came in a squeeze bottle or something. One can only hope.
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Preference Shine Extending Hair Color
katield 10/28/2008 9:27:00 PM
I bought this in 9GR, Light Reddish Blonde. My hair was pretty much medium brown when I decided to use this so I had no expectation of achieving the results on the box, I was going more for the tone. This had a pretty decent amount of lift to it but nothing too special but the color is perfect. It's a caramel-apricot kind of shade that is not easily distinguishable as "red" hair. It's a very unique color but is still natural looking.
Yeah, the stuff smells bad. It's hair dye, it all smells bad, just deal with it. The formula wasn't excessively runny and hardly dried my hair out at all. I'd like to think I'll continue buying this brand and this color but I'm always changing my mind but for the time being this is my go-to color.
I got this as a free sample at Ulta and I guess it gets the job done but it's nothing special. I really don't see the point in high-end mascaras - most of them are really not any better than the better drug store brands that sell for at least half the price. I wouldn't waste my time or money with this.
Liquid -Clinique - Superfit Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
katield 10/28/2008 9:16:00 PM
I tried this free sample that came in Allure and had to go out and buy it. I wish they would actually tell you what shade is in the sample because when I went to Sephora the shades were displayed completely at random and it's very hard to gauge the tones from the bottle. I had to try on just about every color and wound up with Cream Whip.
I can't imagine anything actually keeping my shiny T-Zone from reappearing throughout the day but this goes on very lightly and works pretty well. It feels almost powdery soft - not chalky or anything, just very light and smooth - on the skin and blends in beautifully. The formula is very runny and like the previous reviewer said I wish I was able to see how much I have left.
I love how cheap this is but who knows how long it will last. I traded in my Smooth Operator which was not working out for this and could buy more than two of them for the same price. So far, so good.
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Lipstick - Watermelon
katield 10/28/2008 9:06:00 PM
I was so excited when I found this color. I love the formula - it's soft but not super-moist and the color really brightens up my skin tone and it also makes it look tan. It's also more matte than a lot of brands offer. I love the case, especially compared to the Dramatically Different cases I'm used to from all the give-aways. I have fair/medium skin with olive tones and this really looked great on me.
Conditioner -TRESemme - Vitamin B12 & Gelatin Anti-Breakage
katield 10/17/2008 1:40:00 AM
I used to be a prestige-brand junkie until I realized that I really couldn't afford to be, at least as far as hair-care was concerned and let me tell you this stuff works almost as well as Redken's All Soft. It honestly makes my hair feel exactly the same but it just doesn't stay as shiny for as long. It's like $6 for a giant bottle as opposed to $15 for a normal sized one of Redken so I think I can deal with it. Will most likely be buying again and again since I can actually afford it.
I haven't bought this yet but I plan on it. I can't believe it's got such a low rating. I just sort of haphazardly sprayed it on on the way out of Macy's and didn't really take much notice of it initially. But as the day wore on I kept smelling my wrist over and over again. It's such an interesting scent and usually "interesting" scents smell funky but this was really light and fresh despite being so nuanced. Scents as complex as this one smell different on everyone so I wouldn't suggest anyone ordering it blindly - who does that anyway? I'm trying to convince my boyfriend to buy it for me since I'm a bit broke at the moment and it isn't exactly cheap but I would really urge people to give this scent a chance.
Tinted Moisturizer -Tarte - Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Mosturizer (Smooth Operator)
katield 10/17/2008 12:51:00 AM
I don't know why I felt the need to try something other than Benefit's You Rebel Light but I'm assuming that I'm like a lot of you ladies and like to try out new things. I went into Sephora looking specifically for this product since I saw that it had relatively good reviews on here and I figured I might want to try something with a bit more coverage. I should've quit while I was ahead when I couldn't decide between Conceal which was too light and whatever the next shade was which was too dark. I wound up with Conceal because I figured I could always add bronzer or something and it was going to be winter soon anyway. But it's too light. When I put it on in the morning I kind of look like a ghost. I guess I can only blame myself for picking the wrong shade but they apparently don't even make "my shade." If I had gone with the darker color it would be just the opposite problem. They only make like five shades or something but I feel that this formula is too opaque for such a limited amount of options.
It really did make my skin look good and relatively flawless at Sephora and it does now. For about an hour. Then I need to reapply. This crap costs $36, I don't feel that I should I have to do that at all. I look horrible after a few hours no matter what amount of highlighter or blush or anything that I apply. I guess when this slides off it takes everything else with it. I have oily skin and have yet to find a primer that doesn't make me break out so right now that's not an option. If You Rebel can make my skin look great and all it is is a tinted moisturized why should I need a primer under this stuff to get similar results?
Another problem is the packaging. You Rebel also has a stupid twist off cap and when you first start a new tube some product squeezes out a bit when you don't want it to. But this stuff has a much thinner consistency and it's unnecessarily difficult to twist the cap back on while keeping the product in your hand and not get it all over the bottle. If you use a sponge or whatever to put foundation on this probably won't be an issue for you but it is for me.
Not gonna try this one out again.
I was debating between this and Cherish in the store and the SA said "You might as well buy Creme d'Nude since it won't always be here." So I did. In the store, it really looked great on me. I have fair/medium olive-toned skin and it didn't wash me out and didn't look frosty at all. Well, once I actually wore some from my tube it looked VERY frosty and I looked like I was stuck in the 90's. I have very pigmented lips and I've never had a color look so light on me aside from Myth which I would never, ever buy. So I was really disappointed because I thought this was the pink-nude that I've been looking for - it certainly seemed that way in the store so I don't know what happened. However, if I put some lightly pigmented lip gloss on over it - I used HIP's in Precious - it actually looks amazing. But I don't buy products that NEED to be combined with something else in order for them to look good on me. I could understand if it was NYC or Wet n Wild, but this costs $15 - yeah, I know MAC is cheap for a prestige brand, but still. I know I won't be purchasing again but just be aware that the frostiness of this color may not be as apparent in the store as it might be later.
Oh god this color is soooooooooooooo pretty. I was at Ulta and saw that Stila had some set of eye shadows and this convertible color which I had never heard of. The eye shadows didn't seem interesting and didn't work on me but I was about to buy the set because this color was so amazing. Then I realized they actually sold it separately and snatched it up immediately. I ALWAYS look horrible in florescent lighting no matter what I do. Unless I apply foundation or highlighter RIGHT before I go into the store I look washed out and tired. But this color added to my cheeks and lips made me look awake and fresh in a way that nothing has ever made me look under those florescent lights. It's the prettiest pink ever and while it's bright it doesn't scream at you so it didn't clash with the smokey eye I had going on. I usually think Stila is a little too expensive for the hit and miss experiences I've had with them and their sparse packaging but since this functions as both a rich lip color and blush the $26 price tag is certainly reasonable. I will definitely be purchasing again although I might try Peony next.
Lipstick -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - Lipsticks - All
katield 9/25/2008 12:12:00 AM
I bought English Rose because I thought it looked like a nice, creamy nude pink. As soon as I stepped outside I realized how frosty it was. Uck. It doesn't last long at all, not that I'd ever want it to. It's getting exchanged tomorrow.
This really calms down my skin when it gets red. Since I have oily skin I was happy to find something in a toner form instead of some sort of cream. It was on sale and has lasted me a long time. I use it to clean my face at night if I'm being lazy, too. The only thing is why couldn't they put this in a squeeze bottle? I hate when companies do this. I'd be glad to pay the extra five cents it could possibly cost to make it easier to use. Otherwise, it's a great product.
Doesn't work at all. Smells. What's the point?
I've been using this as an eye make-up remover for years. I can't fathom buying anything else because one jar lasts FOREVER and is cheap to begin with. I use tons of liner and shadow every single day and all i need is a fingertip's worth on each eye and I'm good to go. I have oily skin and it has never made me break out or look greasy or anything like that. The perfect make-up remover.
I had to immediately buy this color when I saw it at the MAC store and couldn't wait to put it on when I got home. Problem was I had to put on four coats. Four coats? Of a nail polish that costs $12? That's unacceptable. I liked the color a lot but it wasn't as interesting as it looked in the bottle. Maybe that's because I had to layer so much of it on before you couldn't see the whites of my fingernails. Quite a let-down. This was my first and probably last MAC polish.