Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - One 'n Only - Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo
marticica888 6/24/2011 12:58:00 PM
This is the only shampoo that does not make my hair shed like a cat in the shower. I dont know what it is about it that does that, but i really notice a huge difference when i clean my drain after the shower after this shampoo and other shampoos. Ive tried other argan oil shampoos and they were a no no. Either didnt make my hair feel clean or made my hair shed like crazy. The one-and-only shampoo makes my hair feel clean without being weighed down or dried out. I also used the mask from this line and its great. When I think about it, this stuff isnt that cheap at $10 a bottle considering i can get liters of redken and purology for about $15 because of my professional license. Overall I have re-bought and will continue to re-buy. I just wish they would come out with liters of it so I dont have to buy it so often or buy two bottles at a time.
Loove it! Much more pigmented than Posie Tint. Posie tint is too sheer on my NC40 skintone and when I build it it takes off my foundation resulting in very splotchy cheeks. This has much more color and a little goes a long way. The first time i used it I actually overapplied and had to tone it down with powder. I like applying liquid stains like these to a stippling brush like the mac 188, and stippling it onto the cheeks because this does not move my foundation around like if i were to apply it with my fingers. Staying power is great too. Im just so overjoyed about the pigmentation of this because I can finally mix it with Moon Beam for gorgeously glowy peachy cheeks.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Strawberry Body Butter
marticica888 5/23/2011 11:26:00 PM
Love the texture, but not this particular scent. It reminds me alot of the cheap lotions i used to have back in junior high, lol. After it sinks in the scent becomes more subtle, and more bearable. It has a wonderful whipped texture to it, and it sinks in immediately leaving no greasy residue behind, just nice supple skin. Again, there are other scents I prefer but some of the textures can be heavier or lighter, but this one is perfect. The packaging, standard body shop tub container, is good for body butters because you dont have to sit there and squeeze a tube with both of your hands to get the product out (since butters are thicker). I dont mind having to dip my hands or use a spatula with it. Overall, i will use up what i have and probably wont repurchase.
Should have read the reviews before making a purchase. Super expensive, sheds, and the bristles are pretty scratchy. I expected more from mac. Ive used much cheaper brushes that were waaaay softer and did not shed. This is going back immediately.
Great product for under $5, absorbs oil, doesnt leave a white residue, and has a great clean citrus scent (the best smelling dry shampoo so far, tied with Tigi Rockaholic). My can has lasted me a good amount of uses, probably the same amount as tigi rockaholic would. I did notice a completely empty can with the rest of the cans when i was purchasing this, so thank goodness i didnt get a dodgy can. I have already repurchased this and Im in love, especially with the quality for the price.
What a gorgeous blush. It is in the nars orgasm family. Pink with gold shimmer. It is more pink though than peach on my NC40 skintone, but the gold shimmer is visible which is gorgeous and gives a highlight effect to this blush as well, so no separate highlighter needed! I just like to blend this out all over my cheek, from my cheekbone to the apple, so the gold is nice and visible. The texture is perfect, not crazy pigmented to where i have to be careful applying but not sheer either to where I have to pile on a few coats for it to show. It is a small size, about the size of an eyeshadow, but it is baked so it means it will last a while. Could be a dupe for benefit bella bamba, but the texture of this is even better than bella bamba, which i find slightly grainy in texture and I get a very uneven application (with the bella bamba). Overall you cant go wrong picking this up, it is lovely and inexpensive for the quality. I will be repurchasing when I run out.
Toners -Formula 10.0.6 - So Totally Clean Everyday Cleanser
marticica888 3/25/2011 1:44:00 AM
Loooove this! I needed a gentle non drying toner to take off my mario badescu silver powder treatment, and I did not want to spend $15 on the mario badescu toners. I stumbled upon this, and for being fairly inexpensive it surprisingly contains pretty good ingredients, and is not alcohol based. It leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight, dry or dehydrated. It does not burn or sting, it feels just like water, and it has a pleasant, not overpowering or strong scent. I do not use it as a regular toner after cleansing but only to remove the mario badescu silver powder which i use about 3 times a week. Overall great buy for under $10. I got mine at Ulta.
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - High Shine Moonshine
marticica888 1/14/2011 9:58:00 PM
Gorgeous. Super pigmented and i actually love the application. this has me wanting to buy the other colors as well. Moonshine is a silvery lilac color. It applies much lighter than it looks in the tube. It is extremely pigmented and it lasts all day even without a primer. I like to apply it straight from the applicator to my lid, then blend out with one of my eyeshadow brushes. I wish bare minerals would come out with more colors for these or have them in a set. Simply lovely and will repurchase when i run out.
Foundations -Too Faced - Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation
marticica888 12/16/2010 2:39:00 PM
Soooo bummed this is discontinued. This foundation was amazing. It literally looked like you're painting on another layer of skin. It did not look fake at all nor did it look like you're wearing any foundation (if you have the color match down). It definitely is for warmer skin tones, and i was somewhere right in between miami tan and st barts bronze, but now that my skin has lightened up a little in the winter im a perfect miami tan. Bought another tube online and saving it for special occasions where i really dont want to look like im wearing any foundation.
I work at a store that sells benefit and have always overlooked this product since i hate cream based blushes and highlighters on my oily skin, or, they always take my foundation off upon application resulting in some highly blotchy cheekbones. I dont know what got me to try this a few days ago, and i was stunned at the results. Perfectly glowy high cheekbones! and my foundation stayed on! Throughout the day people kept commenting on my great complexion. The next few days I would put it on again when i got to work and the compliments still kept flowing, even though i did not change anything in my foundation/skin/ makeup routine besides this little gem! Its actually quite alot of product for the price, it lasts a veeery long time. This is even better than Girl-Meets-Pearl (benefits newest highlighter). Girl meets Pearl would always take my foundation off when applied, even when it was just dabbed on. But Moonbeam? No. I just cant believe this has been sitting under my nose the whole time. Everyone seems to buzz about High Beam, but Moon Beam is where its at for a natural look. 5 from me!
Loooooove this mascara. I have fairly wimpy limp lashes that lack in the volume and curl department, but are an ok length. Basically, i cannot wear any mascara without my trusty shiseido mascara base which makes me have halfway decent lashes. This mascara is sooo awesome. I hated it at first as i felt like the brush wasnt depositing any product onto my lashes but after a couple of uses that changed. The brush is perfect for building volume AND separating, so you have virtually clump free lashes. I also like that the wand is nice and chubby too, kinda like CG lashblast. I was asked by few people if i was wearing false eyelashes, and a few other people assumed i was wearing them. Also, no smudging or flaking and it keeps my curl in quite nicely too. Love and will definitely repurchase!
This is a great scrub for dry skin. I had a moment when my normally oily skin was going through a dry phase, and i mean dry, flaky, tight, and no oil/shine on my face, not just dehydration. It has a light almost gel cream texture with fine granules. After you rinse it off, it leaves a layer of moisture on your skin so you might even be able to skip moisturizer unless you are very dry. The cons are its a little expensive, and the granules might irritate sensitive skin. I would advise oily girls to stay away from this as it might leave you feeling more oily and with the need to use a separate foaming cleanser afterward to get the essential oils off your skin that were left by the scrub. However it is perfect for dry, non sensitive skin.
This is a gorgeous soft peach blush. A true peach, not too orangy and not too pinky. The color is probably something close to nars orgasm, but without the shimmer. The pigmentation is awesome and texture of blush is very soft. It has different sections of matte and shimmer, however, when you look real close the whole blush appears to have slight shimmer throughout. However, once applied to my skin, it applies matte.. there is no shimmer. Weird, but i like it! I prefer my blushes to be more matte as shimmer tends to enhance my pores in a bad way.. i always add highlighter on top of blush if i need a glow. This is a very wearable color probably for any complexion. As it looks rather light, i was thinking it would not show up on my NC40 comlexion, especially on top of powder foundation, but it did! Very natural looking, but the color can be built up for more drama. It also comes in a gorgeous leather case which definitely stands out from my other blushes. Overall, im glad i purchased this. I have been wanting it ever since it came out, but could not justify the ~$30 price tag.... so i waited and bought it on ebay for under $10! what a steal! I would re-buy but it was limited edition... there probably are good dupes of it but im happy with it now.
Ugh, awful. It is a rather thin lotion, and when applied, it rolls off your face in little balls. I wanted to really try wearing this so i struggled to gently take off the excess 'balled up product' off my face and apply my foundation. It does feel matte at first, in the sense of very smooth skin that feels a little tight, not in the velvety matte primer type of sense. It also smells quite a bit of alcohol at first. Anyways, it doesn't work. I was oily within a couple of hours. I dont understand all the positive reviews on this product. Thankfully i only had a sample packet to try and didnt waste money on the full size product.
This blush looks like a sunburn on my NC40 skin- actually just what i was looking for. It is extremely pigmented and caution is needed when applying, so i use a very fluffy supersoft brush like ecotools blush brush and blend out from the apple of my cheek. The color is so natural and lovely pink. It gives life to my complexion. It has a glow from the shimmer, but nothing too crazy, just enough to set it apart from the average pink blush. Im pretty happy that it is not matte, because if it was matte it would look like a solid block of color on your cheeks. Really happy about this purchase. Nars-like quality at such a low price. And it has jojoba oil which is actually GOOD for your skin and wont clog your pores. Winner for me.