Lotions/ Creams -Palmers - Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
missykeyana 3/9/2013 12:50:00 PM
This lotion is good for light moisturizing of normal to oily body skin. It has a nice chocolatey scent that isn't cloying and fades quickly after application. However, this is a better summer than winter lotion for me. In the winter, my skin is more prone to dryness and itchiness, and this lotion is not enough. I said that I would buy it again, but probably just a mini to keep in my purse for my hands.
This is my go-to lipstick when I do a smokey or bright eye look. On me, it is a nude with enough pink in it to keep me from looking completely washed out. Revlon's creme finish is thick enough to mute my two-toned, mauvy brown, pigmented lips. The Super Lustrous formula is a touch drying, so I always apply lip balm underneath. I also like to wear this color for natural makeup looks with a little nude or clear gloss to keep it from looking too flat. I recommend that tan and darker ladies give this a try if you are looking for a good nude lipstick.
This is a good silicone-based primer if you like primers. It provides a smooth base for foundation. It didn't break me out, but I didn't find a difference in foundation wear with using it or my regular moisturizer with sunscreen.
This is a bright blue with a satiny finish. Even without a white eye base, the blue pops against my caramel skin. With primer, it lasts all day until I wash my face. This is a good blue to try out if you are new to wearing bright eye colors.
I had previously bought an eye brush from Revlon and I really liked it, so when I saw this brush on clearance in Ulta I decided to buy it. The blush brush comes in a thick, clear plastic bag. The label says it is made of "natural" hair, whatever that means. The handle is red and black, and it is the length of most brands' travel brushes. I actually don't mind a short handle because I am very nearsighted and I get really close to the mirror when I do my makeup. It picks up blush well and deposits and blends fine. However, this brush feels very scratchy on my face. It's also shed a few hairs on my face, which I can't stand. Perhaps there is a quality control problem with Revlon's blush brush because there are several reviews here that praise it. I, however, won't be purchasing another to test that theory.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
missykeyana 3/9/2013 11:03:00 AM
I paid six dollars and some change for this at Ulta after reading the good reviews here and on the nail board. I wouldn't have called it a cream at all because it has a greasy consistency, like thickened chilled coconut oil. Despite this, it is a good product with a nice lemon scent. I apply a thin layer to my cuticles and rub it in after washing my hands and moisturizing with a hand lotion. When I do this consistently, my cuticles are soft and free of cracks.
Other -Vaseline - Petroleum Jelly with cocoa butter
missykeyana 3/9/2013 10:52:00 AM
This product is really awesome! I always kept a tub of regular Vaseline in the house, but it has been totally abandoned it for this wonder. Something about the addition of cocoa butter makes this better. It's less greasy and more absorbent. I use this on my lips after showering, on my feet after lotion to seal in moisture, and as a eye makeup remover. The big tub will last me a long time, but I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
missykeyana 3/9/2013 9:48:00 AM
I like the balmy consistency of this product. It doesn't dry out my lips and it gives them a pretty deep berry color. However, because my lips are very pigmented, I find myself having to layer to get this to show up on them. I can get the same effect by using Revlon Lip Butter in Fig Jam with less layering. I wouldn't call it a dupe, but it's close enough for me, so I won't repurchase.
Primer/ Corrector -Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
missykeyana 3/5/2013 9:07:00 PM
I got this as a 100-point perk from Sephora after reading reviews from across the beauty blogosphere. It is white with a lotion consistency and a heavily silicone feel. When I rubbed it into my face, it sank in nicely and made a smooth canvas. I didn't notice a white cast and it didn't break me out. Unfortunately, I saw no difference in the wear or look of my foundation when using this or my Olay Complete SPF 30. For that reason, I will not be repurchasing.
I bought the sample size. As I applied the product, it stung my eyes and actually BURNED! I didn't even know mascaras could do all that. Still, since I needed to leave for work, I soldiered on. My eyes itched all day at work and even more when I removed the mascara. I also noticed that I lost several lashes, which is not normal for me. I've never tried a mascara that stung and burned my eyes...until this one. Will not repurchase in any form.
I was introduced to this fragrance by a former coworker who loved this fragrance. When she wore it, I made sure to stand back as far as possible to avoid the smell! Not too long after that, I was actually gifted a bottle, and it smelled horrible on me too! It has a weird note that immediately calls to mind bug spray! I wish I could say that it was simply a chemistry issue, but I hate this on every woman I've encountered wearing it. It is immediately recognizable, and it often leaves me with a headache.
I've been using this foundation for the past week or so and I'm pleased with it. I was intrigued by all the raves when this first came out, but I'm cheap, so I waited until CVS had their annual clearance sale and picked this up for three dollars and some change. One thing that caused me a lot of trouble was finding a shade match. In the Colorstay liquid (oily/combination) I wear Rich Ginger, with a little Caramel mixed in during the summer. However, in the Whipped formula, Rich Ginger was way too light and made my face look ashy. I can get away with Caramel, even though it's a teeny bit too dark. My perfect color match would probably be between Rich Ginger and Caramel. There is a slight smell to this foundation, but not as strong as the liquid Colorstay. It dissipates after application. Putting on this foundation is fun. I swipe a just-washed finger across the surface and dot o the back of my hands, then use my fingers to glide the foundation onto my face. After a first light coat, I go back and pat a little extra in trouble spots. This foundation takes a few minutes to set, and when it does, it leaves a satin finish. It's almost like my skin, but with less flaws. I dust translucent powder over it because my skin gets oily during the day. I notice that I have to use blotting tissues after a few hours with this foundation, compared to the liquid Colorstay that wears like iron. However, I haven't noticed any transfer issues. It hasn't broken me out, either. This will not be my go-to for those occasions when I need my face to be 'done' and stay until I wash my face. I have the liquid Colorstay for that. This, however, will serve well as an everyday foundation. I don't regret trying this, and I will use it up. However, though I said I would buy the product again, I'm actually not sure yet. I recommend this foundation to you if you like interesting textures or applying foundation with your fingers. You may have to try more than one shade, so get one from Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens so you can return it if it doesn't work out.
I decided to move up to a higher SPF to ward off the worsening of hyperpigmentation. I was already using Olay's lotion in SPF 15, so this product was the first one to try. It has a smooth consistency and no discernible fragrance. It doesn't break me out, which is key. However, I can't consider this a moisturizer because it doesn't moisturize my skin. I have to use something underneath to hydrate. (On the other hand, it does not make my skin greasy, which is a plus.) The sunscreen in this will burn and sting any scratches, picked pimples, or freshly exfoliated skin. Overall, this is a good sunscreen and I would repurchase.
This product has become a staple in my hair routine. I have kinky, fuzzy, coily 4a hair, and I use this product as a moisturizer after co-washing or shampooing. It's substantial enough to moisturize my hair, but light enough not to weigh it down or make it greasy. I also pair with the spray from this line to refresh second (or third or fourth!) day wash 'n' go's. I enjoy the smell, though it dissipates soon after application. Overall, this is a very lovely product which would work for a variety of hair textures despite its location in the "ethnic" aisle.
This is a very useful product. I keep one in my purse and use it on my cuticles, scars, dry spots, and even my lips in a pinch. The packaging is very good; it does not come open or get smashed in my purse. The smell is, like other Palmer's Cocoa Butter products, chocolatey and I really enjoy that.