Foundations -Hourglass - Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
mokey1 4/12/2013 5:55:00 PM
I dropped in at Sephora to pick up a concealer, and was accosted (I know this is a harsh word, but if you've ever been to Sephora, you'll know what I mean) by an associate. I told her I wanted to be matched for Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. She did just that...but did she stop there? She asked me if I was using a primer before applying my foundation and I said, 'No". Big mistake. No. I got dragged (Walk with me) to the Hourglass display and she proceeded to 'school' me on primer and foundation. I got to experience the Sephora 'exclusive' Hourglass line. Primer and foundation were applied. She gushed over how great my skin looked and asked me to check it out in the mirror provided. It was all I could do not to scream...I looked like a Kabuki dancer. Firstly, the foundation was waaay to light. Secondly, I could SEE the foundation on the top of my skin. Was this problem with the Hourglass primer or the foundation. Not a clue, but I was not about to buy these products. After the associate saw I was not impressed, she was all about getting me checked out and out the door. As far as I'm concerned, I will NEVER set foot in another Sephora. What is their deal, anyway?
Treatments -Nature's Gate - C for yourself Vitamin C texturizing serum
mokey1 3/21/2013 3:02:00 PM
I purchased this and am happy with the esthetics of this product, i.e., how it feels, absorption, etc; however, when I wrote to the company asking about the types and percentages of active ingredient (Vitamin C), this was their response: Thank you for contacting Natures Gate. I am unable to provide you percentage information as this is considered proprietary to our suppliers and/or formula. Thank you for your understanding to this matter. Best Regards, Chelsea Nunez Natures Gate Marketing Assistant Toll Free: 1-800-327-2012 Ext. 250 I'm sorry, but this is unacceptable, considering you can go to Amazon and view creams and serums with the percentage of Vitamin C clearly stated for those types of products. It makes me feel that Nature's Gate has something to hide, i.e. that their claims that C for Yourself is a 'potent, yet gentle' Vitamin C serum is not backed by facts.
OK, so it's not the BEST mascara on the market, but here's why I use it ( all the time): I have 65 year old hooded eyes. My lashes are long, but thin. Most regular mascaras wind up transfering to my brow bone. I hate wearing waterproof mascara, because it's a mother to remove. Enter Lash Stiletto. It is not a volumizing mascara, however, I have read many anti-aging beauty articles that tell older gals to stay away from that type of mascara because it weighs down lashes making hooded eyes look tired. This mascara's strong suit, in my opinion, is that it dries fast and doesn't smudge. First and only non-waterproof mascara to do this for me. It provides color and some lenghth, to boot..good enough for me.
As an older woman with hooded eyes, I have to say that this mascara has been a god-send. Every other mascara I've tried...high end or low...has made me look like a racoon by the end of the day. I was on a quest for the perfect waterproof mascara (often smudged by the end of the day and hell to remove) when I found L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes. Of course, it's not perfect. For those who have given this bad reviews, my suggestion to avoid clumping and spider lashes would be to apply the conditioning product first and IMMEDIATELY apply the mascara to that eye. If you wait, you will not get the desired effect. You may need to use a spoolie to separate lashes if you have longer lashes like I do. This is a step I am happy to execute to achieve a look that doesn't smudge by the end of the day.
Sorry to see so many bad reviews for this product. I have both this, and the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner. The Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen is my favorite, hands down. Why? The L'Oreal product comes out very liquid and is easily smudged. This is the 'fatal flaw' that I equate to almost all liquid eye liners I have tried. As ofther reviewers have pointed out, the Revlon pen is a bit dryer as it comes out of the container; you have to shake the pen EVERY time you apply the liner to dispense the product. That means between doing each eye. As the product is less 'runny', it allows you to apply a more precise, thin line. After it is applied, it does not flake off or smudge, unlike other liquid eyeliners I have used. If you are going for the heavy Cleopatra-look, this is probably not the eyeliner for you; however, it you want a nice subtle line that has staying power, for the money, I highly recommend this product.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Once Removed Polish Remover & Nail Treatment System
mokey1 1/31/2010 8:06:00 PM
Once Removed remover was reformulated because it contain an ingredient that was a precursor to the drug GHB, a highly addictive substance. People with really serious GHB habits were known to drink Once Removed right out of the bottle if they needed a fix and had no other options. Word got out about Once Removed & the manufacturer got a lot of grief from parents, journalists and lawmakers; hence, they changed the formula so that Once Removed no-longer contains this substance. Update: I think this brand may have been discontinued due to all the bad press. A Google search pulls up lots of nasty commentary, but no sales links.
Just a note about this Milani nail product regarding comments that it has a very matte finish. If you will notice on the bottle under the Milani banner it says 'Nail Art'. This is not the same finish as the Milani 'Nail Lacquer'. It is made in the matte finish to allow the user to apply nail art on the surface and have it adhere well. Once the art (rhinestones, decals, etc) is applied you should apply a good top coat to seal in both the color and art. If you choose to apply the color without the art flourishes, you will need to apply a top coat to get shine with this product.
This is the ONLY product that takes off ALL my waterproof eye makeup.. Cheap. easy to find and effective...who could ask for anything more?
Extra Life Top Coat has the same formula as Revlon's Colorstay Nail Enamel's clear sealant. Make sure your two coats of colored enamel are dry before sealing with Extra Life Top Coat. I've had my mani last for almost 10 days with this stuff. I can't live without it!
Polishes -Revlon - ColorStay Always On Nail Enamel [DISCONTINUED]
mokey1 8/19/2008 3:01:00 PM
I purchased this polish in one of the darker colors several years ago and HATED IT. Very hard to apply and impossible to remove. I was browsing one of my local discount beauty supply stores recently and saw this in a sheer called Absolute Bliss. For a buck, I decided to give it another try. OMG! This stuff was amazing! I applied it on a Saturday evening and it was still in place 10 days later! It kept most of it's shine for the entire 10 days, but I removed and reapplied it because you could see the new nail growth at the bottom of the nail. As for removing it, you must use 100% acetone remover. It's sold almost everywhere as an artificial nail remover (I use ONYX professional strength from Walmart). Takes the stuff off with no problem. On my last trip to Ulta, I noticed they carry this color along with two other sheer polishes. They also have a red color (Always Romantic) and since it was a BOGO, I broke down and bought the darker shade. I figured maybe I'd give it another try after the success I had with the Absolute Bliss. I will try to update this entry after I try the darker color. UPDATE: I returned the polish I bought at ULTA. Seems Revlon changed their formula for their Colorstay polish and reviews are less than glowing. I found the Always On polish at www.cosmeticsandmore.com and plan to order additional colors.
Highlighters -Revlon - Skinlights Face Illuminator Lotion [DISCONTINUED]
mokey1 6/23/2008 6:08:00 PM
First off, let me say that I do not have any affiliation with this website or company, so hopefully the makeupalley poobahs will let this pass. That said, for all of you ladies who love this discontinued product, go to www.cosmeticsandmore.com. They carry this product under its other name Revlon Skinlights Instant Skin Brightener.
Toners -Thayers - Rose Petal Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
mokey1 3/14/2008 2:14:00 PM
I have used many toners in my 60+ years; however, this is my HG. I clean my sensitive skin with either Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Avene Gentle Cleanser and then follow up with the Rose Petal Alchohol Free Witch Hazel. Also, I've found it helps with controling my seborrheic dermatitis, along with Cetaphil moisturizer. Since I've been following this routine, I have had very few flare-ups and rarely need to use the RX that my dermatologist prescribed for the S.D. Can't rave enough about this product!
Skincare - Body -Johnson & Johnson - soothing Vapor Baby Bath
mokey1 11/21/2007 6:56:00 PM
I use this product in tub of warm water as a foot soak when I give myself a pedicure. It softens the tough skin on my heels and smells wonderful, too!
This is a very pretty color; however, I was a little disappointed in how it appears on me. I expected a much deeper frosted rose color. This reminds me too much of the Pink Pearl Cutex polish I wore as a teenager. I think I'll try another color of this polish next time I need to purchase. BTW I've been a China Glaze polish fan ever since I had a pedi at a spa in Berkley Springs WV. Outstanding polish for selection of colors and wearability!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Delights (all shades) [DISCONTINUED]
mokey1 9/19/2007 12:07:00 AM
MUAers have been screaming at Maybelline to d/c this product since it hit the market. They've got their wish. I found this for a buck at the Dollar Tree and thought, why not? Took it home and tried it out. As other reviewers have stated, this shadow is difficult to apply due to the packaging; however, I didn't find it was that bad looking. I think what folks tend to overlook with this and other cream shadows is the finishing powder layer that needs to go over the shadow to set it. Any cream shadows tends to crease and slide off if not applied over a base (foundation, concealer or base product) and then covered lightly with loose powder. You probably won't get to try this technique with Color Delights shadows, but give it a try on the next cream product you use.