This is really nice! I've owned it for years and it's still as sharp as when I purchased it. It sharpens my very creamy pencils easily and doesn't seem to waste too much product during sharpening either. This is worth spending the extra money on because it performs so well for so long! The lid comes off somewhat easily but that doesn't bother me much. I definitely recommend this!
Self Tanners -Hawaiian Tropic - Island Radiance Self Tanner
novastar 5/10/2011 9:00:00 PM
I really like this product! It's somewhat difficult to dispense only a small amount at once, but that's OK. It's extremely moisturizing and doesn't streak! The color is not dark though, so that's the only downside. I'm NW20 and this brings me to only 1 foundation shade darker.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
novastar 3/19/2011 9:19:00 PM
I like this a lot. It's a good product with a good price. It does clean my skin very well and it helped to reduce flaky skin in some areas where BP dried out my skin. My skin feels smooth and clean after I use this. I use this with the Olay cleanser that comes with the unit. Highly recommend!
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Lipstick - Warm Me Up
novastar 3/12/2011 9:17:00 PM
This is very nice! I am nw20-nw25 and this gives me color without being overwhelming. The scent reminds me a little of cotton candy and it is not too strong. The color actually does last..I'd say about 3 hours of wear.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Glo Illuminating Powder - Catwalk Pink #345
novastar 11/5/2010 8:24:00 PM
This is great! It gives a rosey glow on my fair skin and really makes my skin look much more alive. I don't see too much glitter/sparkle but the color pay-off and color tone is very nice. Definitely worth purchasing and the price is so cheap!
Cleansers -Olay - Daily Facials Express - All Skin Types
novastar 5/2/2010 9:57:00 PM
These are nice! I especially like these for travel. They aren't very wet, but they are wet enough to work well. They have a fresh scent. The wipes remove all of my makeup quite well including eye makeup. My skin is a tiny bit too dry after washing with these, so I add some moisturizer. Overall, I recommend these for a low priced, quick option for washing your face.
Self Tanners -St.Tropez - St.Tropez Tinted Self Tanning Mousse/Whipped Bronze
novastar 4/18/2010 2:32:00 PM
I agree with other reviews who mentioned that it doesn't last long enough to justify the price. However, if you wanted to use this just for special occasions like pre-wedding, it would be worthwhile. There is no orange tint, it hardly streaks at all and dries very quickly. It has a perfumed scent, not like the typical self tanner scent. I use a beauty-round sponge and I wear gloves. Then I apply a pump of the tanner on a section of my skin, and use the beauty round to smooth it over the area. When I'm done, I remove the gloves and apply the tanner to the tops of my hands. This is a great product, but I wish the color lasted longer and I didn't have to reapply so often.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Bent Eyeliner Brush
novastar 4/4/2010 9:03:00 AM
This is an awesome liner brush! Definitely a great product at an awesome price. Highly recommend! I pair this with MAC fluidline and it's perfect.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
novastar 3/13/2010 6:53:00 PM
Amazing product! Completely worth buying!
Powder -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation
novastar 3/13/2010 12:11:00 PM
I really like this! It blurs imperfections and discolorations in my skin very nicely. I bought the "Soft Ivory" shade and I'm about nw20 in Mac. I am not a fan of the brush that comes with it, but that's easily fixed. I put this over Revlon PhotoReady when I want a full coverage look.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
novastar 12/24/2009 6:55:00 PM
I am truly shocked to see that 1. my skin did not breakout from this, and 2. my skin is more vibrant and fewer breakouts! I used an eye cream that irritated my skin and put some jojoba on to see if it would help, and sure enough, it did! I've used it on dry/itchy spots of my skin and it calms it down. This is a surprisingly good find! HG for me.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
novastar 12/24/2009 6:53:00 PM
I had high hopes for this based on some reviews and from the product claims. I didn't really find it to be anything special though. The smell bothered me and I didn't notice any benefit to my skin. Seems a bit expensive, too. Now, I use Cerave + jojoba for moisture and my skin is happy
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
novastar 12/24/2009 6:51:00 PM
I'm on the fence. I would probably buy this again if it was less expensive. Pros: Seems gentle, did not dry out my skin, removed most (but not all) makeup Cons: Didn't remove all makeup, expensive. *Edit: my skin really likes this! It reduced the overall number of breakouts and my skin seems more hydrated. I'll give it 5 stars!
I really like this mascara. I even got some compliments from two female coworkers. It creates length without any extra goop. It doesn't feel heavy, but I did notice a few specks of mascara on my skin after touching my eyes. So, I'd say it's not HG but it works very well.
This is lovely! It's especially nice to wear to work. It's light enough to be conservative for day, but not boring either. It has a slight shimmer to it, not sparkle but shimmer I'd say. It's absolutely lovely. I apply it with a concealer brush for a wash of color on my lids. I'm nw20 and it goes nicely with my skin tone.