My polish has never looked as good as it does with this topcoat. Glass shine and it refuses to chip. I even tried picking at the polish and it's not coming off. Also I'm loving the fact that my polish has medium size glitter bits in it and the Seche Vite has made it completely smooth so there's no rough bumps. The only thing that might be bad is the fact that it smells very strong. However I kind of like the smell.
Love it. The shade I have is the lightest one and it's the perfect rosy glow, like I just got done "working out." Wink-nudge. The only thing I find wrong is that it only comes in 3 shades and the pump pumps out more product than I need.
I have the .5oz sample size, which will last a while because a little goes a long way with this stuff. I love how it doesn't feel oily when I put it on, it's not siliconey feeling like the original version of Photo Finish is. I like that it's more like a moisturizer. It did keep oil at bay and kept my makeup on all day...which is what it's supposed to do. only 4 lippies because of the price (almost $20 for a half an oz WTF!) I will however repurchase the full size.
I originally bought this for my waterline. I think I must have some seriously sensitive eyes because I wore this 3 days ago and my eyes are still burning. I can't speak as to how long it lasts on the lower lashes/waterline because the second it hit my lid my eyes reacted and started to tear up really bad which smeared the heck out of the eyeliner. However, on the upper lid (not tightlined) it just looks fantastic and goes on sooo smoothly, it also lasted all day. I don't think this is a bad product at all, I just had a bad reaction to it on my waterline.
This is my first foray into face primers....and I hate it. It is greasy and feels really disgusting and makes my makeup run. supposedly it should make makeup last longer but honestly my makeup lasts much longer without the primer. Also disturbing is that it separates in the tube so if you don't shake it up first only oil comes out (like a tube of mustard) This stuff stinks. Also I've gone between using a tiny tiny tiny dot and as much as the size of a pea and the result is the same.
Eyeliner -Jordana - Easyliner for Eyes (Retractable Pencil)
larsonwendy 5/23/2010 10:59:00 PM
This eyeliner reminds me why I'm not an eyeliner fan. Even with a primer it wears off into raccooney little smudges literally within minutes of putting it on. My lids aren't even that oily. On the waterline it doesn't sting but it's not terribly comfortable either...it faded very soon after applying there too. one lippie only because that's the minimum. I did like the retractable tip but that's about it. Boo Jordana!
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
larsonwendy 5/20/2010 12:12:00 AM
Like the last reviewer said- DROP EVERYTHING AND BUY THIS BRUSH NOW!!!! Seriously. I've been applying foundation with a flat "foundation" brush for about 2 years now and then having to go over the streaks with a sponge or my fingers. This completely eliminates the second step and makes my skin look airbrushed. It also covers everything quickly so your foundation dries at the same time (if you've ever had splotchy foundation you know what I'm talking about) It also gets all the product on your face and doesn't cake up like my other two (flat) foundation brushes do. I know it seems counter-intuitive to apply liquid (or cream) foundation with a brush like this but trust me it makes it look a million times better. Oh and it's baby butt soft too.
Concealers -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
larsonwendy 5/19/2010 11:59:00 PM
I was looking for a cheaper alternative to my MAC Studio Sculpt concealer and found it. This goes on smoothly and is a PERFECT match to my skin. It doesn't fall into the fine lines around my eyes and once set lasts all day. It feels like a bit of a rip off though because since the product is a mousse (same consistency as a chocolate mousse dessert) it looks as if there's more there than there actually is. It's also hard to scoop up the right amount of product onto your finger (don't even try using a brush...you'll pick up way too much) so I feel like even though I try and wipe the excess product back in the jar I'm wasting product. (by the way I don't use the product on other people so I'm fine with putting extra product back in the jar) I've only had the concealer for a couple of weeks and I'm almost halfway done with the jar- whereas I've had my MAC Studio Sculpt for almost a year and am only about 3/4 done with the jar. The jars are the same size which leads me to believe that there's not as much product in the Maybelline jar as they lead you to believe by the fact that it's a mousse (ie lots of air as filler) I would re-purchase this only because it is a perfect match and I like the finish. I will only repurchase if I can find a BOGO for Maybelline.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Nicel Night Renew Alpha Hydroxy and Aloe Cream
larsonwendy 5/19/2010 11:47:00 PM
I remain on the fence about this product. I have sensitive skin and anything with the word "acid" in it tends to leave me red and splotchy. This is no exception. I scored this at Big Lots (a liquidation store for those not in the US) for only $1.50. I'd never heard of the brand before but that didn't deter me. I was pleased how quickly this sinks in and thrilled with how light it is. It really does seem to moisturize well. HOWEVER the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid caused some nasty splotches. It did not break me out and the splotches weren't dry at all, but they were red splotches nonetheless. Over all I REALLY do like this cream- I just wish I didn't have the reaction I have to it. I may seek out the other formulas but that may be difficult as my last trip to Big Lots proved not to find the brand again. I am finding that it works great as a night time lip moisturizer. It sinks right in and buffs away dead skin...tastes a little strange- but works better than most lip balms. All in all this is a fantastic product and while it didn't work well for me I would recommend it to others who don't have an issue with sensitivity.
This is hands down the best foundation I have ever used. I have incredibly light skin that is often too light for even the lightest foundation. This matched it perfectly.
I did not buy this but instead used a tester and I'm glad I did. The scent reeks of cotton candy....which is fine if it's a cotton candy perfume but this is supposed to be an Orchid scent. It's nasty and I immediately showered it off as it made me a bit sick.
Blush -L'Oreal - HIP Blendable Blushing Creme - Tickled
larsonwendy 4/25/2010 10:17:00 PM
I got this at Big Lots so I'm not sure if it's been discontinued. The color goes on really sheer but it's still really pigmented. I like it as a base for my powder blush.
It lengthens- but it also clumps up a storm.
What can I say... I love gardenia. It isn't powdery like some gardenia based scents are (which in my mind makes them old ladyish) It turned sort of fruity on my skin after a while. I absolutely love it- but I wish you could get it in other places than Sephora.
My hands have been really dry and cracking. This has begun the repair of the cracking and immediately relieved the discomfort of dry skin. Smells good too.