I liked the non-WP of this for a bit, but then I gave it away about a week later. The formula is wet, dries quickly and leaves my lashes really stiff, stiffer than even some WP mascaras I have. You have to work and work fast with the brush or the end result is a spider legs type of look because they aren't separated. I stuck with it because the formula does lengthen and thicken really well and while the brush is bigger than my ideal I thought it worked well. But it just isn't worth the hassle.
Well gosh is this a love-hate product. The color I got, 415 Sunset, is a gorgeous dusty mauvey coral. The vag-shaped applicator is excellent. It really helps to contour the lip shape better. And although it doesn't last through eating and drinking, technically speaking, this can indeed last six hours in my experience. The bad news? Everything else! For one, I love how L'Oreal advertises the cap of the lip gloss as a mirror. Not very useful when you are applying the gloss while HOLDING the cap. The color of this gloss, while pretty and true in tone of the packaging, is not as bold or vivid as the tube suggests. This is a light coverage gloss. But all of that is forgivable. The worst part of this gloss is the texture. It's slimy, sticky, thick gloss. Equivalent to the feeling that you smothered your lips in molasses. And if that wasn't bad enough, from my memory this is the first gloss I've ever used that managed to dry out my lips to the point of chapping them. L'Oreal's claim of this gloss having a hydrating formula is a total joke...this stuff eats through lip balm and has no moisturizing properties whatsoever! It makes the gloss last, but I wouldn't really want something with this texture and feeling to last, and thus this simply isn't the product for me.
I bought this on sale for $2. My hair is dry, quite frizzy and needs something good to tame it. I put this in my hair towel-dried and comb it through, and then air dry for a few minutes before heat styling to give the conditioner time to set into the hair. While this doesn't vanish my frizz, my hair is definitely much softer and sleeker with it than without it. My hairstyle also seems to hold a bit better. It doesn't weigh my hair down which is my biggest complaint for leave-ins. For the price I'd say it's worth a try. I'm surprised I like it because I tried Fructis years ago and hated it.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Go 360 Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
kilyblst08 3/22/2011 8:25:00 PM
This did a fine job at cleansing off makeup without sucking out my skin's moisture, but for some reason it burns on contact and leaves my skin red and irritated, something that I never experience with cleansers. My skin is not very sensitive, I just prefer sensitive cleansers. If you have very sensitive skin I would heed caution.
I like the Colour Riche formula, but this color does not come close to flattering me. The reviewer that said this looked like a gray mauve from '97 was spot on. Washes me out big time. If it had more pink or were deeper it would have worked, but as is it literally makes me look sick.
EDIT: I stopped using Fit Me, but after wearing this foundation I noticed it broke me out. Although this will vary by person, I wanted to mention this. When I first heard of Fit Me I wasn't the least bit interested in trying it because a) Maybelline shades have previously been a $10 headache and b) Since L'Oreal owns Maybelline I figured they repackaged True Match for a little employee bonus (I was proven wrong when the ingredients list came out, however.) I got a magazine page sample chart (the one shown in the photos) and figured, why not? I swatched all of the miniscule amount of testers of light shades and the most blendable was 125 Nude Beige. 120 matched but had an odd gray/white tone to it that didn't work for me. The shades that end in 5 are supposed to be cool toned, but 125 in particular seems neutral. Despite this the only reason I tried Fit Me was that I had coupons and store sales that totaled the foundation to $1.79. The packaging is sleek but impractical, as previously noted. A foundation without a pump doesn't necessarily bother me as much as a thick foundation without a pump. Fit Me has a light, creamy texture that will be a major PITA to get out of the container as it gets used up. Fit Me had a tolerable but odd scent of Oil of Olay mixed with suntan lotion. It applied very smoothly and evenly with a standard foundation brush. The coverage is light. Very, very light. Not "a step up from a tinted moisturizer" light, but rather it IS a tinted moisturizer. Smells, feels, looks, and covers like one. This concealed barely anything and did nothing more than leave a slight sheen and slightly more even skin. As someone with mild acne and moderate pigmentation issues, this isn't appreciated. I was able to build True Match but this is not buildable whatsoever. The foundation looks fresh for a few hours before noticeably breaking down. I also noticed that this foundation transfers easily, mainly because I found it to not "set" well, leaving a tacky feel even after a powdering. I would recommend Fit Me only to those who want a sheer to light foundation that is easy to blend and work with. Personally, I will not buy Fit Me again.
At the very least, De-Crease got the job done. It kept my shadows from creasing through most of the day. However, it is a very dry primer, not a tacky or wet one, and as such I find it doesn't grab color as well as some other eyeshadow primers and leaves colors a bit dull. The color of the primer itself is surprisingly opaque and required a good amount of blending for the color to go away.
Lip Gloss -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Gloss -all
kilyblst08 2/16/2011 7:57:00 PM
These sure smell nice, but they definitely don't feel right. Very sticky and not a whole lot of shine, they were barely worth the $4 clearance price.
A shimmery, poorly pigmented beige. Can't image anyone pulling this off without a generous amount of pigmented gloss on top, at the very most, not anyone around my skin tone (NC25). The only Super Lustrous lipstick shade I have ever been disappointed with. Seems promising, but not a good nude shade at all, sadly.
I feel like this will be a mascara that will be divided between those that love it and those that think it's simply okay. I will be part of the latter group. Mainly because the consistency of this mascara is strange and one that will be of personal taste. It's very mousse like, and very sticky. It's not especially thin or thick, yet both at the same time. Almost like it was designed to be wet without the problems that come with wet mascaras. (namely, clumping) I find the consistency does help give me both volume and length without clumping, although it tends to stick lashes together especially with the blasted plastic-bristled wand this mascara has. The Colossal never stuck my lashes together and neither did Falsies. (Albeit the latter did clump them together.) The mascara tends to glob on the wand from time to time which makes it difficult to work with. The mascara is plenty black; I don't think I've ever ran into issues with Maybelline's mascara pigmentation. It doesn't flake as bad as some other Volum' Express mascaras but it still does flake a bit, I have the non-WP. All in all it's not an impressive, innovative or even great mascara on any level, but not a horrible one.
I will attest to some of the complaints. The balm broke on both of my Just Bitten lipstains. And the colors on the packaging have nothing to do with the color, you must swatch them to know what they look like. LOVE these. I have one in Frenzy (plum toned red) and Flame (coral pink) and they are wonderful if you want something less heavy and more long wearing than a traditional creamy lipstick but not as drying or high-maintenance as a dual-ended lipstick. The best thing about them is that you can completely control how pigmented the color will be on your lips. You can lightly spread the formula across the lips for a wash of color or fill them in for bleeding pigment. They also last a decent amount of time on me (about four hours). Surprisingly I don't find them drying at all. I can barely feel the stain on my lips. The balm, while it existed, smelled awful but did the job. I had no issues with either of the markers drying out. Definitely will repurchase, in hopes Revlon will fix the packaging and presentation.
Average gloss. Very glittery, not much color, not sticky, great flavors.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Totally Toffee
kilyblst08 12/5/2010 6:59:00 PM
I'm giving it four lippies, just because I think the color itself would look gorgeous on other skin tones and I like the CS formula. This color sadly washes me out and doesn't give my lips any definition at all. I was hoping for more of a caramel toffee as shown in the photos, but this pulls a mauve-toned brown nude on me; quite unflattering for NC20/25. It's a pretty nude shade, but in no way on me.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse
kilyblst08 11/20/2010 9:24:00 PM
Can't really say too much bad about it, but I can't say anything good either! Short version is it did nothing to my hair in small amounts and made it crispy in large amounts. Tried it in many different ways and didn't get the smallest boost of lift from this mousse. Boooooo.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Gel
kilyblst08 11/14/2010 7:27:00 PM
While this treatment helped initially, after using it for over a month I've noticed its faults. It's good for applying to a new breakout, because it works by drying the pimple. The problem I had was I found it too harsh to use continually on the same area. That is a problem because this treatment only worked half the time. Overall, I won't repurchase it. There are acne treatments that aren't as harsh and do a better job. This is a "better than nothing" treatment to me.