The product was all right, nothing amazing. People assume it'll do wonders right away, and I've heard you have to stick with it for a while to see results. This just isn't practical for those who don't want to spend that much money every month, especially if you're outside of the U.S. as prices are always higher once they leave the border. My problem with this is the actual company. I ordered it online and paid with a credit card. Three months later, I still had not received the products I ordered. I e-mailed them and asked what happened. They said they would re-send it. I checked my credit card statement and found I had been charged twice; the first time when I bought it from their website, and the second time when they sent it again. The problem is that I never received it the first time. Another month went by and I still had not received it. So I e-mailed them and asked again. They said they would send it. Three days later, I received it, and it came from an office that was literally two streets over from where I lived at the time (Toronto Office). So the first two times they were sending it from the U.S. (I think) and then they sent it from Canada. I think started to receive a bill in the mail. I had already paid for the product twice and now they wanted a third payment for a product I only received once (I had also since cancelled my 'subscription'). I refused to pay and I emailed saying them my credit card was already charged twice. Then they kept saying (in the best automated way they could) that the payment was never 'validated' and so it hadn't gone through. I went to the bank and discovered it HAD gone through, twice, and I emailed them saying this. Then they emailed me back SAYING THE SAME THING AS BEFORE, and I just gave up. Then I kept getting more bills and I e-mailed them again. I went back to the bank, and discovered that they had returned a portion of the money and now wanted me to pay the bill. But the amount I paid originally, even minus what they returned, was still greater than the bill they sent me. I'm still fighting this and not getting anywhere with them. A few months ago, I gave in and sent them a payment, and they said they didn't receive it. I sent it to the address on the enclosed envelopes, but now I was being contacted by a different office. This company is very inefficient and I will not be dealing with them ever again.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (all)
meowrena 9/8/2011 12:34:00 PM
I bought this in the trio for green eyes (I have brown eyes, but I thought these colours would look nicer). I like that the colours are stacked, but are also removable. The colours themselves are pigmented and each colour has a different texture. The black is really soft and has green shimmer, while the green colour also has green shimmer but is a little more solid than the black. The purple has no shimmer, but it has a bit of a dark blue iridescence to it. It dries quickly and becomes smudge-proof after drying. I really like this trio, and although it can be a bit pricey, Physician's Formula products often go on sale or have promotions.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Hot Topic - Baked Eyeshadows
meowrena 9/8/2011 1:24:00 AM
I really love these! I found these at Hot Topic on sale and I bought them in green and blue and a trio in purple, fuchsia and gold because I don't have a lot of eyeshadows in those colours. I didn't expect too much but I was pleasantly surprised. These baked shadows are a lot better than any other brand I've tried and they are incredibly pigmented and bright. I wish these came in more colours!
Although I think this is a good product, I wouldn't buy it again simply because it's the wrong shade for me. I think the reason why this is so popular is because many people on YouTube use it as a primer in their tutorials, but very few of them state why they use this colour in particular. It is meant to act as a base and as a sort of concealer for your eyelid to masks veins, discolouration, etc. Most apply it with their finger, and this can kind of be a little messy, which is okay for most because it matches their skin tone. However, if your skin is darker, this paint pot isn't necessarily for you. If you use it as a concealer, it won't work the same for you because it's not the right colour. You'd be better off going to the MAC store and looking at some of the darker colours. Most of the paint pots are of the same formula, so you'll still be getting the same product, just in a shade that matches your skin tone. It's the same as if you were purchasing a foundation. The only time that this doesn't really apply is if you are looking for a colour base that will enhance the colour of your eyeshadow.
Best eyeliner I've ever used! This applies so well and stays on all day. It's incredibly creamy and pigmented and is the best eyeliner I've ever used on my water line. It is a bit pricey, so I only use it when I'm going somewhere special, or going to be out for a long time. The only thing I don't like is that it requires sharpening. It applies best when it has a fine point, and in order to keep it sharp, you have to sharpen it frequently. This causes you to lose a lot of the product and go through it quickly. This product could benefit from being an 'automatic' liner (the kind that you twist and the product comes out the top).
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
meowrena 9/8/2011 1:02:00 AM
When I first got this, I thought it was amazing. However, after about a month or so, it started to dry out, and now it applies the same as any of my drug store eyeliners. It used to apply very well on the water line, and now it barely shows up. I know there are ways of "reviving" eyeliners, but I think that a company like Urban Decay can come up with an eyeliner that will stay nice and creamy for at least six months. Also, $20 for an eyeliner is ridiculous unless you get are getting something amazing.
Although I think this is a decent product, I don't think I'd buy this again because I don't find myself using it as much as I thought I would. I absolutely love the colour selection, as most people do, but it can seem a bit overwhelming. This is because there are a lot of colours that I wouldn't use very often (yellow, orange, green, etc) that I tend to forget about this palette. Another reason is because sometimes the little eyeshadow pans become unglued and can shatter all over the other colours. Overall, I think the shadows are great, but if you are someone that likes to use the same colours all the time, I think you'd be better off buying the palette that suits you best (88 warm, 88 shimmer, etc).
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
meowrena 9/8/2011 12:49:00 AM
I think this is a great face primer to use, but I think that the price could be a bit lower considering it doesn't come with a lot of product. The texture is like a creamier version of Smashbox's face primer, and is has a milky-pink colour to it. I find that it smoothes out the texture of my skin, but isn't always necessary to use, especially in the summer. This is because in the summer, it's best to use the least amount of products on your skin as possible. The packaging reminds me of MAC's paint pots (round glass jar with a simple black lid) and so you are meant to put your fingers/brush directly into the product to get it out. This can cause issues with hygiene if you are sharing this product or using it on someone else. Other face primers are usually in containers with a pump to be more hygienic.
Though I will likely purchase this again, I give it a 3/5 because it's just an all right foundation. I don't like to use it on its own because it gives a bit of a shiny finish, which is intensified by my oily skin. It is also a bit expensive (~$20 CDN) and I think for that kind of money spent on a drug store product, it should either be an amazing product or come with more product inside. The reason why I would purchase this again is because it blends well with other foundations. I mix three different foundations together to get the right shade and coverage that I am looking for. I find that adding this to the mix helps to add to the longevity of the others, as this foundation does last a long time on the skin.
When this first came out, I loved it! I thought it was a revolutionary foundation that was easy to apply and easy to blend. However, it did not photograph very well. The formulation is too thick (which is a result of the 'mousse' texture) and the colours were unnatural. The closest shades I could find were either too light and pink for my skin or too dark and yellow. It also applied unevenly, despite how it feels when you apply it, and it does not set very well. It doesn't dry to a powder finish like many liquid foundations so, and so as a result, it is susceptible to "melting off your face" or coming off easily throughout the day. Though I can't give the foundation a good review, I've heard some great things about their mousse blushes, and so I think I may try those out in the future.
I love this colour! I find it similar to E.L.F.'s Peachy Keen blush which is also a favourite of mine. I have medium/tan coloured skin and so peachy colours work well for me. The formula of these blushes are really nice. They are soft and blend really well and have just the right amount of shimmer without being too shiny. I like using E.L.F.'s Powder Brush to apply this.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Proclaim Argan Oil - Hair Oil Treatment
meowrena 9/8/2011 12:09:00 AM
I love this!! It makes my hair feel great and after using this (along with other Argan Oil products from this brand), I haven't had split ends in months. My hair is never dry or brittle and this product actually makes it easier to comb through my long hair. If you're interested in trying out Moroccan/Argan Oil and you don't want to spend a lot of money, this brand is affordable and available from Sally Beauty Supply. Sometimes they have sales on this brand and you can get them for even cheaper. I definitely recommend this product :)
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - EyeStudio Color Explosion Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush
meowrena 9/8/2011 12:04:00 AM
I like this palette. It has a great range of shades within one colour range, and various textures and finishes. The shadows are very soft and blendable, but what bothers me most is that the pans are triangular so it makes it hard to get the eyeshadow out, particularly if you're trying to work with the darkest shade that comes in the v-shaped pan. Other than that, this is a great palette to have if you're looking to try Maybelline eyeshadows or if you want to start building your collection.
My experience with this foundation would have been a lot better had I purchased the correct shade. I bought Sand Beige and it's just a little bit too light for me. Although I do like the application, packaging and staying power, I wish I had purchased the right colour. I live in Canada, so hopefully NYX will start selling their line in more stores (so far I have only found it at Rexall, and even then I've only seen a few of their items for sale). I think with foundations, it's really important that you be able to test it out in person before you buy it.
Conditioner -Aussie - Cleanse and Mend Conditioner
meowrena 9/3/2011 10:32:00 PM
I love this conditioner!! I haven't been able to buy it in a long time because my Walmart is always out of stock. It really does make your hair feel cleaner and healthier, too! I love Aussie brand because they don't use a lot of the harsh chemicals that I react horribly with and the smell is great. When I can't get organic shampoos and conditioners (or if I want to switch it up), I always get this brand. In the meantime, I've been using their 'Moist' conditioner, which seems to work well too, but not as well as the Cleanse and Mend.