Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Peppermint Castille Soap
lizzea 5/24/2013 5:38:00 AM
I use this exclusively to wash my brushes and it does a really good job of that. The product is fairly inexpensive for the large bottle and the scent is strong, but I think it cleans thoroughly and doesn't leave the brush hairs dry or frizzy, so for brush cleaning I highly recommend. I am not sure how it would be on skin and I already have a skincare regime I enjoy and that works for me, so I am not curious about how it works on my skin, but perhaps it would be a good body wash, however there are plenty of good body washes out there. Won't need to repurchase anytime soon as I bought the huge bottle!
Lotions/ Creams -Garnier - Intensive 7 Days Conditioning Lotion
lizzea 5/22/2013 10:34:00 PM
If I found this on sale again (I got this for $2!) I would stock up because its lightly scented, deeply moisturising yet not heavy feeling and was on sale for an amazing price! The claim that your skin is left intensely moisturised for 7 days after application is ludicrous unless you apply this all day every day, but it is a good body moisturiser nonetheless.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - eye studio lasting drama in eggplant
lizzea 5/21/2013 5:56:00 AM
Not as good as the black, which was disappointing as it could have been such a lovely colour on the skin... Too sheer when applied and not as smooth or buttery as the black. It's ok but wouldn't repurchase.
This is a nice, light weight lip balm with a sheer hint of colour which should suit most skin tones. It is expensive for what it is but it is a quality product nonetheless. Feels moisturising but not heavy, which is what I like.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Pomegranate Punk
lizzea 5/20/2013 5:39:00 AM
Beautiful colour, buildable and smooth just like most of the other color tattoos I've tried. Works nicely on tanned skin and can work well on its own or as a base for other colours. I'm so impressed by this line of products, I don't have them all but ones I have, including this, are lovely.
I'm a bit of a top coat junkie, I like to try out different brands so I doubt I'll repurchase this. It's ok and does the job, makes my nails shiny but takes a while to dry and gets thick in its bottle over time.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
lizzea 5/20/2013 4:03:00 AM
Works well to soften cuticles and hs a lovely subtle lemon scent, but is a little greasy feeling seeing as its mainly oil and wax. Will last ages and my only gripe with this is the unhygienic pot packaging... Wish it could come in a squeeze tube although given its formula it probably can't.
Really soft, durable, affordable and well shaped makeup brushes for the face. A minimal kit of basic face essentials that should satisfy any beginner or novice makeup lover. I really like how the brushes are colour coded, it's a nice, cute touch to each of the sets. I hope there are more brushes in the works!
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Vivids - Vivid Mandarin
lizzea 5/18/2013 3:02:00 AM
This is a very bold, pigmented color, not for the faint hearted. It is such a lovely on-trend color that should work well on all skin tones depending on now much or how little you apply. I have a tanned complexion and this colour stands out quite brightly even with the lightest application. Really smooth and buttery and doesn't sink isn't fine lines or emphasise dryness. Affordable too! Highly recommended.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black
lizzea 5/18/2013 2:53:00 AM
So pigmented, creamy and long lasting, not to mention affordable. The scandaleyes line of eyeliner pencils have now become my HG pencil liners! If you've ever been curious to try, you won't be disappointed.
Conditioner -Dove - Damage Therapy Conditioner Intensive Repair
lizzea 5/16/2013 7:07:00 AM
Moisturising, smells nice and doesn't leave a lot of build up in my hair, very affordable and is one of the best conditioners I've ever used, including from the high end category.
Excellent longevity, great colour range, is smooth and blendable and is a product I would highly recommend, especially under the eyes as it works so well to cover my dark circles. Unfortunately the pump dispenses way too much product and that knocks the rating down for me as it wastes so much product. Overall though, a really good concealer.
Loved this colour but hate how quickly this chips. I would have rated this higher if it wasn't for the chipping - chipped on me within several hours, even with a top coat. Not going to repurchase.
Wow. I think I've found my HG concealer! Comes in a great range of colours and is super creamy and opaque but blendable and smooth. It doesn't crease and has good lasting power though it might need a touch up after around 5 or 6 hours. I would not recommend choosing a colour from pictures online because I found that what I thought matched online definitely did not match in store, so definitely swatch this yourself so you don't get the wrong colour. A little goes a long way too. Very impressive product and highly recommended.
Eye Makeup Remover -Maybelline - Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
lizzea 5/16/2013 6:30:00 AM
This is a great makeup remover, especially for eyes and waterproof makeup. I used to think the garnier 2-in-1 makeup remover was my HG makeup remover, but this may be a contender for the title! Effective, doesn't irritate my eyes and inexpensive. So good!