Foundations -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals Ready Foundation
mhutch79 9/23/2012 2:21:00 AM
Edit: I had originally reviewed based on a swipe of my finger on the back of my hand. I have since broke down and bought it. I think we all need to be realistic about this product despite advertising claims about it being hydrating, etc. THIS IS STILL A POWDER FOUNDATION. I have always had powder foundations, no matter the brand, suck the moisture out of my skin. So far I have combated the dryness with the product by using Hope in jar SPF 20 for dry skin and tarte poreless primer. The hope in the jar is keeping my skin hydrated while the tarte primer creates a barrier as it's full of silicones while also creating a smooth canvas. I also apply very little product. I use a kabuki brush, lightly tap once, buff on half my face, lightly tap again and then buff the other half. If I feel I need it, I will VERY LIGHTLY tap again and buff over my whole face. I then follow up mineral veil. I have also never been to get "full coverage" out of a mineral/powder foundation without looking like a chalky, wrinkled ghost. Because powder foundations simply cannot deliver "full coverage" like liquid foundation. It's been my experience that even cream foundations can't always deliver full coverage. So my result is an evening out and blurring of some imperfection. I have never gotten "full coverage" out of any type of foundation so I have given up. Plus, I haven't found a liquid that hasn't broken me out. So for now, this product is fitting the bill. Also because the formula is different, I do not itch with this like I did the original I am porcelain with freckles. I generally wear the lightest shade in any foundation but I choose Golden Fair. It blends seamlessly into my skin .
I am now on my 2nd jar of this. This boasts of a lot of natural ingredients with some being jojoba, shea butter, and sunflower oil. You would think this would be a super heavy moisturizer, but it's not. It is actually very light. If you apply too much and it doesn't all absorb into your skin, it will feel slightly oily or tacky. I have found that this goes away after a while though. It wears extremely well under makeup - no balling up or anything. I have normal, sometimes combo, sometimes dry skin. Totally depends on my skin and the day apparently. lol For spring/summer, this works great. I do not think it will be enough for the colder fall/winter. I can't comment on the spf quality because I don't understand the whole spf quality things. This is the sunscreen it contains...Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%). It doesn't seem to break me out. I can't determine what is actually causing this but this seems to accentual the fine lines under my eyes and very fine lines on my cheeks. Like it is not actually moisturizing enough or something even though my skin feels hydrated. But I am 33 with freckles so I do have sun damage. I can't determine if it's this moisturizer or my age along with sun damage accentuating the very fine lines. I put the I would buy this again because I have. But I will have to find a new moisturizer for the winter so come next spring, I don't know that I will actually repurchase again. Probably only if I don't find something a bit better.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Colour Riche Caresse- US shades
mhutch79 7/4/2012 4:41:00 PM
I got this in Sunset Angora. It's a very pretty peachy pink/coral shade. It does lean more towards peach/orange on me. This was an impulse buy at Walgreens. I am a total sucker for lipsticks and I think I need help with my addiction. LOL These are not as slick/moist feeling as Revlon lip butters. To me, the lip butters have an almost gloss feel. These are just a straight up moisturizing lipstick - if you have experience with those. The color is moderate. It starts off slightly sheer but can be built up. And the wear seems pretty even. The color lasts longer than the lip butters. Overall, for every day wear, I prefer these to lip butters. The lip butters tend to be shiny and sometimes I just want a more matte look. Now I just need to force myself not to buy a bunch of these like I did the Revlon ones. lol
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Jherri Redding One 'n Only Color Fix
mhutch79 6/17/2012 4:57:00 PM
I am actually getting ready to use this again. I thought I was buying my usual color, but I actually bought one shade darker. Oopps. lol People, you are using CHEMICALS. It's not going to smell like roses. And yes, I find the smell does tend to linger in my hair for a couple of days. But I find this true of HAIR DYE as well. Or for that matter, any hair chemicals such as perms, etc. I have used this several time over the years. I will just be giving my insights and tips. I have naturally red hair and it has removed all manner of dye of from my hair. But you need to understand how dye works in the first place so you have realistic expectations of this product. Dye works by essentially bleaching out your natural pigment to deposit the color molecules. So when you remove the dye, you are left with lighter, brassy hair. That's not because the product is horrible. It's because your hair has ALREADY been bleached to varying degrees. Depending on the condition of my hair to begin with, I will either wait a couple of days before re-dying my hair. Either using a semi-permanent or permanent. If I am not sure what I want to do with my hair or if I don't want to dye it again, I will get a semi-permanent such as Clariol Natural Instincts in a ash or cool blonde color and this will tone down the brassiness. Ash/cool shades neutralize the gold tones in your hair. I always use a clarifying shampoo at the point it tells you to shampoo AND after I am done with the whole process. It seems like an oxymoron, but I am a bit paranoid about leaving these chemicals in my hair. I don't know if it makes that much of a difference, but *I* feel better. lol I also deep condition the heck out of my hair afterwards. I have only noticed this drying out my hair horribly when my hair is already in bad condition - like if I've been dying my hair a lot or using a lot of heat tools on it. I think there has only been one time where I haven't gotten the results I wanted with this. And I'm pretty sure I messed up somewhere along the process. I don't think this is as harsh as completely bleaching your hair, but it definitely can do a number on your hair depending on it's condition starting out. I have found that if my hair is in really good condition, it just dries it out a bit. Nothing that a deep treatment/conditioner can't help with it. However, if your hair is severely damaged, I would go to a salon rather than use this. Hopefully this review will help someone out there.
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
mhutch79 5/27/2012 11:40:00 AM
This has got to be the weirdest foundation. Overall, it's not bad. It's not the best. But it's not completely horrible either. It's a basic drugstore foundation. I got it in the lightest shade. It is very liquidy but it matches my skin and kind of melts in. It didn't settle into pores or anything. It would be a good everyday foundation when you don't want to do a completely full face or just running errands. But here's where the weirdness sets in: If I wear this 2 or more days in a row, I get weird dry patches all over my face. So obviously there's something in this that dries out my face. I've never had this happen with any other foundation. I wish it didn't do this because it would be an everyday foundation for me. I like to use cheaper drugstore foundations for everyday and high end when I want a more polished look. If that makes sense. I will use this up but I won't be repurchasing it as I can't wear it everyday.
Styling Products -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Blue Agave Curl Cream
mhutch79 4/24/2012 6:08:00 AM
I bought the trial/travel size. My hair is just past my shoulders and is fine to medium. The best way to describe my hair is that it's texture is somewhere between a curl and wave. There's more curl definition than wave if I coax it out. I have only used this once. I hate it when other people only review after one use and I don't normally do it either. But I felt strongly about this. I used a nickle sized amount. Finger combed it well through my hair and also combed it through. I blow dried my bangs and let the rest air dry like normal. My hair got a bit frizzy but that's just because it was a windy day. Overall, I don't think this is a bad product per se. But...... OMG! THE SMELL! As another reviewer stated, it smells like men's shaving cream. Thank God the smell went away after a couple of hours. I am not normally THAT sensitive to fragrances but this was horrible. It could be that it was a jolt because normally our hair products usually smell nice. lol I really don't think this is a bad product. Not every product is going to work the same for everyone. But if you are at all sensitive to smell, buy the trial/travel size first.
Ok, this is what I wanted mineral powder foundations to be. It provides a light coverage that evens out my skin. It is NOT a full or even medium coverage foundation. For me, it provides slightly better coverage than a tinted moisturizer. It just makes my skin look better, I have been looking for something that just makes my skin look better without being a heavy foundation. I thought a mineral foundation would do that but they don't. This is very easy to apply, doesn't cake or settle into pores, etc. It's my go-to foundation when I just need something easy and quick to apply. I have worn it for 8 hours (during work) and it holds up fairly well. (Any foundations I use tend to start wearing off after 5-6 hours no matter what I use.) Again, if you are wanting a medium to full coverage foundation, skip this one. I also don't think this would work for oily skinned girls either. EDIT - I am on the fence about this one now. I am on my second one. I still think it's fine for wearing if you're just running errands and wanting some coverage but not full on makeup. I ended up wearing my colorstay foundation applied with the beauty blender sponge one day to work and it made realize how crappy the Maybelline foundation is. lol I like the idea of this - being lightweight, light coverage, but I am no longer impressed. I will probably only repurchase if I can't find any other foundation that I can just "throw" on when I'm running late for work or something.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure First Kiss
mhutch79 6/12/2011 5:14:00 PM
This is a pink shade that, to me, borders on a melon shade. It is definitely pink but has hints of peach and coral. It's the summer shade I've been searching for as I'm fair skinned and true coral shades are too bright for my taste. I LOVE the color...... HATE the product. First, this is a really really thin polish. I had to apply several coats and if you have any imperfections such as nail ridges like I do, no matter what you do, it won't apply well. It's also streaky. I applied on a bare nail last night. It looked horrible. So when I decided to do all my nails, I used CND Sticky Base as I need it for all polishes I use. After several coats to try to get it to look nice, it still looks horrible to me. I have ridges in my nails and even the sticky base didn't help. But I don't think it's my nail ridges. I think it's the polish as I applied several thin coats to build it up and if I look closely at my nails, they look uneven like I have bare patches. Perhaps I shouldn't have used the Sticky Base as this polish is supposed to be a "complete manicure". But the only time I have problems like this is when the polish is poor quality in general. I don't have this happen with say OPI or China Glaze, etc. This is too expensive for me to try any of the other colors and possibly get the same results. I will use this occasionally this summer but definitely not for anything I want to look really nice for - such as a upcoming wedding.
Lip Treatments -L'Oreal - Infallible Le Rouge - Unending Kiss 112
mhutch79 3/8/2011 3:05:00 PM
I have only worn this for less than an hour with no eating or drinking. And yes, that makes this review a bit pointless. I find that long wearing lip products whether lipstick, lipstains, glosses, whatever usually do not live up to advertised claims. I consider getting 3-4 hours of wear "long lasting". The first thing I like about this is that for a quote long wearing lipstick, it's not drying out my lips. But it does have some tackiness to it. I have medium pigmented lips and this color comes out to a soft pink with a touch of rose on me. It's very close to a MLBB on me. But it's a little too pink for that. But it's a very pretty neutral. I can easily just wear this with some mascara and blush and look polished. If I didn't have tons of lipsticks, I would buy more of these.
So I have just used this for the first time. I got a sample of the Straight Making cream for medium to thick hair. I applied about a quarter sized dollop to my hair and blow dried. Holy cow! My hair is frizz free and mostly straight. I don't do anything special when I blow dry except to make sure I'm pointing the nozzle down. I don't use brushes or anything. The only thing I changed this time is I used a comb to lift my hair away from my head to see if that helped dry it faster and it seemed to. I get my hair mostly straight with all products just from pointing the nozzle downwards. I still have to go thru and flat iron. My hair feels like I used too much product for my chin length bob so I'd have to adjust that. But I like the fact that it's silicone free. This is just an initial holy bleep! review. I'm not liking the price tag so whenever I have the money, I will be starting out with the travel size. I don't want to invest a lot of money if this result is a fluke. Based on the reviews, I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this styling cream. I still have enough of the sample to use again. So far I am half way sold. I definitely recommend getting a sample to try first. Personally, I'm tired of paying full price for products that don't live up to their claims. ;)
Overall, I like this mask. It has tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil. So it will clear your sinuses when used. lol I try to use this one a week. I haven't noticed a huge benefit from this when used as a mask. I try to use it once a week and leave it on for 15 minutes. But last month I got a huge red zit in between my eyes like normal. Most acne products don't do anything on me. I don't know why. They just don't. I tried this out as a spot treatment on a whim not expecting anything to happen. In the morning.....the zit was almost gone and the redness was completely gone. I am amazed. Like I said, I have never had any other products - even other mask - work like this. Benzoyl peroxide works a little but only after several days of several application. I don't know if I will repurchase. $25 for a spot treatment is really expensive. But it seems to be the only thing to work for me, so I might repurchase. It will also depends on any benefits from using as a mask. Edited to add: I use this as an all night spot treatment.
Moisturizers -100 Percent Pure - RESVERATROL HYDRATE CONCENTRATE
mhutch79 8/5/2010 5:56:00 PM
I like how these products come packaged in air tight pump bottles. I like how they are all organic, etc. I didn't notice any smell and they do feel incredibly moisturizing and silky. But that's where it ends. I tried this product for 2 weeks and ended up sending it back. While it was on, my skin felt and looked great. But I noticed when I washed my face, my skin was extremely bumpy, rough feeling, and dry. It's like the moisturizer didn't penetrate my skin. And if it didn't penetrate my skin, then how am I supposed to get any benefit of it? I have never had this happen with any other product I've tried unless it's been chocked full of silicones so it was really just sitting on the skin. I obviously didn't keep it long enough to determine if it does produce any of it's claims. So I can't comment on that. I was really rooting for the products that I ordered, but I am just unimpressed. I have used better organic products at lower prices. Maybe I should've given it more time, but they only have a 30 day refund policy and I spent a lot of money to not be happy with the products.
I have only used this twice, but so far I really like it. To me, it is not full coverage. But perhaps it's just me. I have fair skin and all pimples (no matter if I pick or not) get red and nothing seems to cover them. I bought the color cream which seems to be a good match. At first I thought it was a bit too pale for me, but I am always surprised how pale I am really am. Out in daylight, it looks absolutely fine. This has a good consistency and coverage. Best of all, it doesn't make my face feel goopy or dirty like all other foundations do. I actually find that my face feels softer as the day goes on. One pump is plenty to cover my whole face. So far, so good. I do wish it was a bit less expensive, but oh well. I will update if I have any problems but I don't think I will.
Liquid -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 [DISCONTINUED]
mhutch79 4/12/2010 9:35:00 PM
First off, I'm pretty sure I picked the wrong color on sephora.com. - 021. So this was a tad too dark and yellow for my fair skin. But that doesn't matter as this broke me out. I also have this weird thing where I end up feeling gross by the end of the day whenever I wear liquid foundation. Perhaps it's due to the silicone in foundations and how many they have? ???? I dunno. I was hoping this one would be different, but no matter how little I applied or how I applied it, I would end up feeling oily and dirty by the end of the day. I have dry skin, so feeling oily by the end of the day is NOT a good sign. I don't think this is a horrible foundation per se. I bought the Matte foundation as well and it broke me out too. So they just don't work for me. Compared to other foundations I've tried over the years - from department store to drugstore - I do think we're paying for the brand and not the product. Both foundations are not any better than some drugstore ones I've used and that's a bit sad, imo.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
mhutch79 4/9/2010 10:47:00 PM
Like a few other people, I purchased this based on the article in InStyle that recommended this for fair skinned redheads - hence me. How best to say this.....lol It does absolutely nothing for me. It may perhaps wash me out. But there is truly no tones to this. It's a flat nude color. My lips are fairly pigmented and it showed thru making me look even weirder IMO. lol To be fair, I did not try this with full makeup. I don't think that makes a difference as this doesn't even do anything but make my lips blend into my face. I rarely wear lipstick and when I do, I want it to flatter me and be noticeable. This is a fairly creamy matte that made my lips dry out a bit. It seems that the new trend is back to mattes which just translates to dry lips for me. I can't say that I'm completely disappointed. With my brown eyes, auburn hair and neutral fair skin, it seems to be a crap-shoot as to what lipstick shades are going to work on me. As this is such a funky, flat color, purchase from someplace you can return make up and make sure to keep your receipt!