I bought this shampoo because I was in desperate need of one and MUA seemed to like it so why not, right? At first, I really liked this shampoo. Mainly because of the scent. Unfortunately, after getting a different type (Absolut Repair), I could only see the drawbacks of this product. The consistency of the shampoo would be great for anyone with dry (and I mean really dry) hair. It's much thicker and the product doesn't lather well. But for me, it was apparently too greasy for my scalp. I continued on until my second bottle, which was when I decided to switch to Absolut Repair (which treated me much better).
The only other lipgloss I have used and loved was Clinique's so I'll be comparing my experience with it to this one. The packaging wins a lot of points from me. The wand is pretty sturdy and the firm brush itself glides onto my lips smoothly. The formula is also not as sticky as Clinique's (that is, I could get my hair out without an issue) and I really like how pigmented it is. The shade I have is Rosepearl, which is a shiny pink shade. However, because of my already pigmented lips, without concealer, the shade gives me a MLBB sheen. No complaints though because I reach for this lipgloss whenever I need some color to my face. Oh, and I'm not kidding about the vibrance of the shade. Even after I blot the shine off, there is still color (yet very faint, in my case) so it definitely lasts for a while. I will most certainly repurchase this product but a darker shade, most probably.
Mascara -Maybelline - Magnum Volum Express Waterproof Mascara
mayanii 2/24/2013 12:38:00 PM
I'm not a mascara fan, first of all. Mostly because I've experienced a lot of trouble removing them from my lashes completely (even with MAC's famous cleanse-off oil, mind you!) so I swore off them for a good year or so. Then, one day, vanity struck me and I was on a holiday and browsing through the cosmetics section of a drugstore when I saw this mascara on display. Since it was considerably cheaper in the country I was then in, I decided to get it. I bought the mascara in both Brown and Black. I never touched them again until today. Too lazy for eyeliner, I chose to lightly tightline then curled and applied the Brown version. Now, I've never been certain if it was the mascara or eyelash curler that mattered in keeping eyelashes curled, but ten hours later, my eyelashes looked the same as they did in the morning. No flakes or clumps. I started believing in mascaras again after today.
First of all, let me explain that I have never willingly bought an SN eyeshadow. My very sparse SN eyeshadow collection is courtesy of the lovely owner's generous freebie. So far, I have Leisurely, Trip and Bewitched. However, the only color I have worn frequently enough to review is Leisurely. I believe it's either been discontinued or only existed as a sample. Either way, Leisurely is a light golden color that would look great as a brow highlight color. For me, I used it as a wash of color on my eyelid since it's a shade lighter than my skin color. The staying power is incredible, I must say. I had it on for a few hours and it remained there despite any humidity. I'm currently eyeing the other colors in SN's eyeshadow collection (most likely the kits) and will update when I have more. What I really like most is the description that accompanies each eyeshadow color-- very informative and helpful especially since one can't test the products beforehand.
Sometimes, I almost wish that lip-liners would be produced in similar ways as eyeliners. If Revlon came up with a marker pen lip-liner, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat. I really like the consistency and pigmentation of this lip-liner. My lips are naturally pigmented, with my upper being darker than my lower, so Nude really helped to even out my upper lip. However, like another review pointed out, the liner breaks off very easily. I suppose you could say that gentleness is crucial for the liner to remain in one piece but it doesn't really help much. I wear this under my NYX PR and it makes the color pop. Unfortunately, this is the only color I will purchase until Revlon steps its game up.
Finally! I have been looking for both the perfect matte lipstick and a red color that I can wear without looking like I'm trying too hard. I bought this particular brand/type in Perfect Red and Alabama. For reference, I'm a NC37 in MAC and B20 in Chanel. Additionally, I have not worn Alabama yet (waiting for the right time/date) so I'll be reviewing PR only. Once I have worn Alabama, I will update this review. On the website, it says that PR is a bright blue-toned red. Depending on your definition of bright, I must say that the color is indeed eye-catching. I have pigmented lips but in order to bring out the color to its full potential, I applied concealer on my lips before the lipstick and the color turns out to be this amazing light red that is wearable with any outfit. If you're looking for a color that's office-appropriate, you might want to try this color out. If you're around my age range and you want a lip color that is fun yet sophisticated, you might also want to try this color out. The formula is indeed creamy, as the other reviewers have pointed out, but stays on as matte as it possibly can. Don't worry about it being drying -- as long as you've moisturized your lips beforehand, it won't be an issue and this is coming from a woman whose lips naturally make drying out an everyday thing! I might try out the other colors from this line because this is truly the best matte formula I've ever used.
Firstly, I would like to say that I have never been a BB cream kind of girl. Never believed in it and never had the urge to try it out due to the notoriety of BB creams and their impossible two shades (both typically wrong for my yellow undertones). However, when my aunt passed it onto me, I decided to try it out one day because... why not, right? I didn't expect a miracle or anything of the sort. Which was why I was pleasantly surprised that, at the end of the day, it held on firmly under my concealer and foundation layers. Don't get me wrong -- if you're more on the yellow side like me and you use too much of this product, you will look too white. Fortunately, I realized this before I put my foundation on and blotted out the excess. The great thing about this BB cream is that it minimizes your pores and, for me, controlled oil pretty well. Even with primer, my T-zone turns shiny after a few hours but with this cream under it, it only did so after quite some time. I would purchase this product again after it runs out but I don't think I'll need to just yet. While I'm certainly not converting into a BB cream believer, TFC's Power Perfection does give me a little faith in BB creams in general. Update: Like a few other reviewers have mentioned, because of its heavier coverage, this formula does feel uncomfortable on your face if your climate is humid (like mine). I wore this during a particularly hot day and my skin was slightly irritated after I removed it. I recommend a strong make-up remover if you're in the same boat, and a hydrating moisturizer.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
mayanii 3/24/2012 6:14:00 AM
After my Revlon colorstay liquid liner was starting to dry out, and a party to get to, I decided to purchase this. I've already heard rave reviews about this particular product so I had a lot of hopes and expectations. And... wow. Needless to say, this gel eyeliner met them all. I don't think I'll even consider looking back. I've never really wanted or needed a thin line so basically, the brush that comes along with this is perfect. It's soft and it enables the color to glide on smoothly. Didn't smudge onto my eyeshadow either even though I perspired quite a bit. Will update after a few more uses, if needed, but I think I won't need to. :] Update: Since I'm not a frequent makeup user, I found that the leftover eyeliner in the pot turned hard and cold after a while. So I think that means that it needs to be warmed up before application? Because several swipes with my brush had no effect compared to rubbing my pinkie into the pot. Disappointing. However, this is the older formula (hard, glass-like pot) and I recently bought the newer formula (plastic jar) so I will add on another review once I've used the latter.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
mayanii 1/7/2012 4:04:00 AM
For its high price, I was expecting this product to be made by the gods or something... and Clinique did not disappoint. I haven't tried that many moisturizers in the market (Neutrogena was my least favorite though) but I can safely say that this is my favorite. I love matte moisturizers but some can really dry you out and the salesperson assured me that Clinique's wouldn't dry my face out. It's been half a year and my face is doing so much better than it was before. I did not get breakouts from this; in fact, this gel helped to speed up the healing process of any pimples or acne I had. Additionally, I have barely grazed the half mark of the bottle so this small bottle can really last you a while. One pump is all you need for the entire day.
I can't remember how much I bought this from but I have to say that this isn't anything special. Would be great if you're the type to experiment with colors but since I stick to my usuals, this product was a waste of space for me. Pigmentation is poor. The dark colors are dark yet not enough to actually be dark. E.g. the black isn't black enough; same for the brown. I might just splurge on a better palette with colors that I'd actually use next time.
Yes, I went out and bought this after reading the rave reviews on here. I believe it was fate that led me to find the reviews a couple of months ago. I had grown weary and tired of using the ladies' razor blades for my underarms and wanted to desperately find one which wouldn't cause me such grief (the idea of waxing terrifies me) so when I read about this razor, I was half-skeptical. My siblings were surprised when I brought the topic up but I bought the razor anyway. I'm definitely not turning back. It's an amazing razor blade (I'm using the original) and it delivers a really close shave that hair would only grow after a couple of days compared to my previous experiences. My underarms felt really clean too. I'm in love.
A product that falls in between amazing and poor in my makeup bag. Bought this a while back and since I don't use my makeup too often, there is still quite a bit left in the bottle. Hmm, a great thing about this eyeliner is that it is highly pigmented. It dries easily as well (both a pro and a con) but it doesn't flake off if you apply another layer above the dried one. If there's anything to complain about, it would be the tip. I've used eyeliner brushes shaped like a conventional lip brush and while I loved those, it was difficult to get color into my inner eye corners. I had expected to love Revlon's brush, what with the stiffer tip and all, but it ended up being too stiff for my liking. Made my eye itch if I poked at it even gently. I might switch to a gel liner next. Revlon's Colorstay is a good product but I wouldn't repurchase.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
mayanii 1/5/2012 1:49:00 AM
I have been searching for a nude lipstick for a while and when a friend recommended this shade, I decided to give it a try. I'm not entirely sure if I love or hate this product but it does give me what I was looking for, which is a nude color. My lips are pigmented with the upper lip being darker than the lower one and Colorburst lives up to its name by canceling out the natural color and leaving my lips a pale shade. However, like many have said below me, this product does settle into fine lines and if your lips aren't perfectly smooth, every imperfection will be exposed. Not surprising since it is a very light color. To minimize the ghostly look, apply colored lip gloss over it, which was what I did to appear less sickly. I would repurchase if I don't find a better alternative.
Eye Makeup Remover -Biore - Hydra Clear Makeup Remover
mayanii 1/5/2012 12:55:00 AM
I guess it is too soon to tell since I've only used this remover once but because I'm liking it a lot, I decided to review it and update over time. Before this, I was using MAC's cleansing oil and I have to say, both products are drastically different due to, of course, the lack of oil in Biore's makeup remover. The first thing I noticed while using this remover was that it did not have that gritty feeling I felt whilst using MAC's. Biore's was smooth, almost too smooth, that I worried if I wasn't using enough. Then I washed it all off and I was really impressed by how clean my face felt. Compared to MAC's, which left an unclean and greasy feeling that would cause me to cleanse again. Nothing of that sort for Biore. I was extremely satisfied. A setback though is that I wish they had pumps instead of caps for the remover. However, I'm not complaining since the cap still works fine for me.
I like this toner very much. I was really surprised to find that it had alcohol in it because I've used an alcohol-free toner and it definitely didn't feel as good as this one. Like some of the previous reviews mentioned, this toner really exfoliates your skin, especially after I follow this up post-cleanser. It's rare to find the soaked cotton pad free of any impurities so that means it's doing its job well. My skin feels cleaner after every use.