Gels/Soaps -Olay - Olay Silk Whimsy Cleansing Body Wash
misscal 7/29/2011 5:38:00 AM
Compared to the shower gels at Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, and The Body Shop this product is very impressive. It lathers right away when it comes into contact with water, and if you purchase the matching lotion and put it on directly after you bathe the moisture lasts throughout the day. The scent is pleasant. I would describe it as a feminine clean. If you purchase this at Target it's $5.99 and the lotion is $4.49. The body wash is 23 ounces and the lotion is 8 ounces (I wish they were roughly the same size).
I love the mirror because it is large and the quality of glass is rather impressive considering that it's attached to a cosmetic. I normally use the center of the disk to "even out" my foundation. It looks very natural. I don't usually like to use bronze and blush in the same day, but the shades in the disk all blend really well together (though I should warn you not to over do it because you can definitely see the shimmer in the sun). It's a good product and fairly priced. Just be careful not to let the disk fall of the edge of your vanity/counter. It's happened to me twice and both times the powder cracked and the mirror came apart :/
Let me start off by saying that I've never been too found of Mac products. It looks cheap to me and cakey, and after my prom junior year of high school it made me break out for nearly 2 weeks. I must admit though that Mac does offer a multitude of shades and textures of lipstick. Variety is always nice. Then again for $16.50 they damn well better give you a selection. I just recently purchased this and have only used it once since I bought it. The day I used it I didn't think my lips were chapped, but apparently they were because it made my lips look dry and crusty. I took it off, put some chapstick on and then reapplied it and it was fine. I have medium dark hair to my shoulders and wore bronze that day, so the natural lips provided for a nice contrast. I had a diet coke within an hour of putting on the lipstick (with chapstick under it) and of course the liptick got all smeared so I had to reapply. I'm not sure if that is just what happens with lipstick since I don't wear it frequently, but I must say that it was rather disappointing to me that it did not stay on for at least 3 hours considering how expensive it is. This lipstick is not the worst quality, so I would buy it again in the future but ONLY for special occasions
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
misscal 7/14/2011 3:16:00 AM
At first it seems like $8.00 is a lot for this tiny little jar, but it definitely lasts. I wear eyeliner almost daily, so for me to say that it lasts means that moderate users will find this product valuable. One of the nice things is that it automatically comes with the applicator. In stores like Sephora the applicator is sold separately and the cheapest ones (last time I checked) were $13.00! Mind you that is NOT including the eye liner gel itself. I like the way the get rolls on. It takes time to learn to do it swiftly, but I think that's fair to say with any make up product. Once in a while I have to touch it up during the day, but it's not a terrible bother. Over all it's good quality and a fair price. The only improvement that could be made is the brush bristle. Over time the tip sort of molds and so it can be difficult to clean it.
At first I really liked the way the bristles felt on my face. Then I realized that when I was finished applying my foundation (using this brush) you could see streaks all over my cheeks! I may as well have used a painters brush to apply my make up. Giving the product the benefit of the doubt, I decided to give it another try later on. Unfortunately, I had the same results. To say the less I still apply my foundation with my fingertips. It doesn't look as savvy but it blends the best. I would rather look good with my make up on than look good for the five minute span it takes me to apply it.
Hair -John Frieda - Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner
misscal 7/14/2011 2:46:00 AM
For a time I used to use this religiously. I always purchased it at Target. It was kind of annoying that they rarely had the "shine release","original", or "Liquid shine" in sets. They always had a mix and match variety. Perhaps this was just a defect at my local Target and not the fault of John Freida. I do think the shampoo and conditioner brought out reddish tones in my hair, and over all the color did seem richer. Also the product smells very clean (not like pantene clean,a different kind of clean). On the downside it only comes in 8 ounce bottles, so for girls with medium/long and/or thick hair it is not convenient. You either have to stock up on a few bottles or you have to go to Target every 10 days to purchase more. The product didn't seem to do anything in terms of moisturizing my hair or making it healthier, but as I recall it doesn't make any promises in that regard. It's not the worst product out there, but you can do better.
For some reason I was really enchanted with the scent when I was in junior high school. My mother purchased it as a gift for my cousin's wife (but she cheated and they separated so needless to say my mom didn't end up giving it to her). I thought the simplicity of the bottle (and the name of the fragrance) was cool, so I asked if I could keep it. My mother allowed me and for the duration of the year (I was in 8th grade) I used it daily. I would leave it in my locker in the gym and after swim class I would shower and sprinkle it on. I distinctly remember boys around me inhaling it in a rather pleasant manner. After the bottle finished I never really used it any again, but over all I think it is a good product for a woman or young lady of any age.
Crème -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation
misscal 7/14/2011 2:32:00 AM
I actually like the packaging. I never had trouble with the mirror breaking off from the compact as other reviewers have reported. If you look closely the purple has camels and other small engravings. That's a fun distraction. For the cost the quality of the product is far from fantastic. I use Maybelline "Dream Liquid Mousse" and "Dream Smooth Mousse" for a combined grand total of about $21.00 and I am way more satisfied with that product combo than with the urban decay cream to powder foundation alone. In all honesty I don't even understand why they call it a "Cream to Powder" foundation. To me it goes on and stays on like any other standard foundation. Major con: it rubs off easily and the applicator brush is really cheap
I really like the texture of the product. It's thick but not oily or too creamy. When applied to the T zone it functions very much like an exfoliating wash. Just spread out towards the cheeks and forehead and let sit. After about 3 minutes rinse with cold water - if you use really cold water (as cold as you an endure) the effect is even more intense. I have never used the product more than twice in one week, and when I did use it it was never regular. Sometimes I would apply it Tuesday then Saturday of one week and then I wouldn't use it again for the next month or so. Each time I used it (whether it was isolated or not) it never lets me down. I'm hoping the ingredients and quality of the product do not change in any way when the new line is released Fall 2011.