Ugh, SO DRYING. This definitely lasts on your lips, but it provides no moisture at all. No matter how good your lips look when you apply them, you will always end up with flakes at the end of the day while wearing this. Do not buy this.
Palettes -Sonia Kashuk - Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
ohgeebus 9/22/2012 3:51:00 AM
Despite all the good reviews I've read for this palette on MUA and seen on Youtube, this concealer palette was not for me. On the plus side, the concealers were nicely creamy once warmed up by the fingertips (on cold mornings, I need to rub a little longer to melt the product). The powder is really chalky, so I use my own. Also, the yellowish green tinted concealer is good for a corrector. However, I personally found it very difficult to match my skin tone. They provide a lighter and darker shade for you to mix together like a paint palette. However, in the mornings when I have five minutes to get out of the house, the mixing process is too long and tedious. I am about 3/4 dark, 1/4 light, but it's too hard for me to get the right shade. I'd rather just have a nice pigmented concealer that is automatically my color. Furthermore, I found that the concealer tended to look a little cakey underneath my eyes if I didn't blend, blend, blend. And if you don't get your exact skin shade (use natural lighting, people!!!), the concealer sticks out against your skin very obviously. Since I don't like to wear foundation all the time, this is a huge turn off. I want a concealer that will blend into my ACTUAL skin tone, not just the foundation color.
I've never used a Revlon lipstick before, but I read several positive reviews on the Revlon Super Lustrous line in general, so I decided to buy Coral Berry on a whim on a trip to Target. I loved coral pink color when I swatched it on my hand, but when I put it on my lips, OMG. So, I have pretty naturally dark lips with lots of deep lines. The color came off twice as orange as it did on my skin, and it settled immediately into my lip lines. I tried to make it work; I really did. I wiped off the initial color, exfoliated and moisturized my lips, and applied another coat. The color still settled into the vertical creases!! I tried to blot the excess color, but the pigment just came off splotchy on my lips. I'm returning this immediately.
I'm surprised how much people hated this product. I personally won't repurchase this, but I didn't hate it. I love the Revlon ColorStay line. All their products are fabulous for my skin type. I use the ColorStay gel liner in purple when I go to work, and it stays on for the entire day. Honestly, the faults I find with this pen are pretty minor. The staying power is phenomenal even without eye primer. However, the blackest black color is really thin. I have to go over the line several times to get a nice opaque black. This is an issue with me because I'm not a big fan of pen liner tips, and I have the tracing skills of a 5 year old. Those two issues combined lead to a very unprofessional application if I'm in a rush. Overall, I just wouldn't repurchase this product because it's just a pretty average pen liner. Yes, I love the staying power, but it's not worth it I have to spend another ten extra minutes getting the color and shape I want.
I've only had this for a day, but from my initial usage, I LOVE this product. It's incredibly moisturizing. I don't think this has shea butter (especially considering this is EXTREMELY cheap :D), but my lips feel as smooth as if I'd used my favorite Korres Pomegranate shea lip butter. The pigmentation isn't as extreme as the packaging looks like, but it does give your lips a nice glossy stain effect. For the price ($3 at Ulta), I will definitely buy it again. It's a perfect moisturizer for your purse whenever your lips feel chapped and in need of a color pick me up.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
ohgeebus 7/4/2012 3:08:00 AM
Everyone seems to have had great luck with this particular gel liner, but unfortunately, it didn't work out for me. Just to let you know, I have extremely oily eyelids. I don't leave the house with eye makeup on without using my eye primer (I switch between Urban Decay and ELF, which IMO work about the same), even if I'm just wearing eyeliner for the day. True, this eyeliner lasts longer on my eyelids than most. I love the consistency of the product. It's very creamy; the pot I got was fresh and ready to use. The brush is crap, but I prefer my own anyway.I got the brown eyeliner. After about 5 hours of wear, the eyeliner creases like hell, even if I'm not particularly hot and sweaty that day. It might not crease on the balls of your eyes, but for me, it creased horribly in the inner corners of my eyes. I thought this would be my HG gel liner--it would've been perfect because it's so cheap compared to other gel liners. For people like me with super oily lids, I recommend using the Revlon colorstay. The pigmentation isn't as defined, but it doesn't budge at all.
I really love this mask overall. I have extremely oily skin, marked primarily by cystic acne and hyperpigmentation. It's a pain to find a mask that actually works and doesn't break me out even more. The Boots mask is incredible. I love how it shows you all the spots where the extra oil is coming out of your pores. It's fabulous. Also, it's really easy to wash off, and your skin isn't left feeling too stripped either (although I always apply moisturizer on afterwards as a precaution). The only qualms I have with this mask is that it makes my eyes sting. I don't apply the mask very close my eyes at all, and the mask has no noticeable fragrance (hallelujah!), so it's really weird that my eyes have this sort of reaction. I don't see any other reviews mentioning this effect either. Also, when the package says "SHAKE WELL!", they mean it. Shake this baby well, and be careful because the natural consistency of the product is very runny.
I loved this product from Lush. Most Lush items I can't buy because my parents have issues with heavy fragrances. The Ocean Salt scrub has a fragrance, but it is very soothing and doesn't smell too chemically. After my first time using it in the shower, I found that my skin literally glowed. The salt can be a little chunky, but I had to be very gentle when I rubbed the product on. But it sloughed off all of my dead skin cells, and my skin was notably smoother. I can't use this everyday because it does irritate my skin if I use it too much. Also, it doesn't do much for overall oiliness and clogged pores. I really just use this scrub to improve my overall complexion.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
ohgeebus 6/13/2012 5:06:00 PM
Pros: It's a very light moisturizer that is suitable for my oily skin. True to its name, the day cream dries matte. I don't have a problem with the smell; in fact, I really like the smell. It's fresh and clean. Cons: Basically, this does nothing for my overall oily skin. A couple hours after applying the moisturizer, my skin is back to its usual oil field state. I'm pretty used to products not working to keep my skin matte, but the seaweed mattifying day cream is pretty expensive. For the price I have to pay, I'd rather not have to worry about blotting by 9 am. Also, while the tub packaging is cute, it's very unhygenic to use. i shudder every time I have to dip my fingers (even if they are washed) in because of all the germs that remain festering in the lotion. So, no. I will not buy this again.
I bought the Plum and Black eyeliners. As a first time ELF eyeliner buyer with no knowledge of other buyer reviews, I had a mixed reaction to each color liner. I tried the plum liner first, and oddly enough, the applicator was really sharp against my eyelid. Maybe I'm more used to using a liquid liner with a synthetic applicator brush. But I touched the applicator pen tip to my lid, and I literally flinched. Applying the liner to my lid was like tapping a sharpened pencil against my eyeball. It hurt a lot. Fortunately, the black pen was much gentler, although I still was uncomfortable with the tip against my lid I struggled through and got both lids done. In general, I think that the color is pretty pigmented for such a cheap eyeliner. However, you have to understand that this is probably one of the cheapest pen liners on the market. The color did not pass my smudge proof test of drawing a swatch on my hand, waiting a few minutes for a dried finish, and rubbing at the liner with my thumb. It didn't rub away, but it smudged...which was disappointing. Compared to my other favorite liquid liner Magic Ink by Benefit, ELF is a lesser liner but for what it's cost, I might buy it again if I ever wanted to do another ELF buying binge.
I didn't have any problem with this being chalky or drying on my skin, but then again, I have oily skin and rarely have that issue with powders. The powder really didn't balance out my complexion anymore than a usual translucent powder would, but it did mattify me very nicely. The fact that it doesn't correct my skin complexion was one thing. But also, I had a very hard time getting this product onto my skin. It takes a lot of "redipping" the brush (I used the Studio Powder brush from the ELF) to get powder all over my face. I guess that might be because its a pressed powder, but I would've preferred if it was a little easier to apply. Update: The powder makes your fast a little ghostly, so be careful of applying with a heavy hand.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Angled Foundation Brush
ohgeebus 1/30/2012 12:03:00 AM
I got the whole studio brush set from ELF, but this was the only one that I really had trouble using. In general, I tend not to use foundation brushes because they're a hassle to use in a rush. But it came with the pack so I used it with my Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation. I started by pouring a moderate amount of foundation to the back of my hand and applying the foundation to one side of the face. I got this annoying streaked finish. I had to blend the foundation out a lot more than I thought I would. The key is to use less foundation with this brush because the bristles are so dense. When I figured out how much foundation was the right amount with this brush, I tried to clean it. This brush is hell to clean. HELL. Trust me, I'm a pro at cleaning brushes, and this one gave me a nightmare. It took me about five rounds with baby shampoo to get the foundation off the inner bristles. The upside to the brush is that I like the weight and the shape of the brush. It's not too heavy because it's made of plastic (although it's not cheap looking at all). Also, the angled shape of the brush makes applying the foundation to my nose area very easy.
This is a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I don't really get why people would buy the UD formula when ELF's primer gets the same results for a penny of the cost. I don't typically wear eyeshadow because my skin (and therefore eyelids) gets so oily that only a few products manage to stay on all day. But I decided to wear eyeshadow for a party that was going to involve dancing and sweating. I wore this primer underneath several layers of eyeshadow, and after about 5 hours, I only saw minimal fading. There was no creasing whatsoever! I totally recommend that you buy this!
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Active Naturals Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream
ohgeebus 1/29/2012 11:51:00 PM
I get localized eczema breakouts on my hands, specifically in my finger creases. Periodically, a layer of skin peels off my fingers, and then it's really painful to bend my fingers until my skin grows back. It's gross. I felt like this cream doesn't completely solve the issue, but it definitely helps with my eczema. I've been using this for about 4 months, and I have only had one eczema breakout. The cream is very moisturizing and it absorbs well into my skin. The real test is that I'm starting my swim season next week, and I'm not sure if the lotion will be able to combat the irritating effects of the chlorine.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Deep Action Cream Cleanser
ohgeebus 1/29/2012 11:46:00 PM
I bought this on a whim on a trip to CVS. I was looking for a new cleanser that wouldn't strip my skin. The product doesn't advertise itself to acne prone skin, but I saw that the product did contain salicylic acid, so I went ahead and got it anyway. The product is nice and creamy, and it leaves a refreshing menthol tingle to your skin. However, my experience with the "tingle" is that it doesn't have any real reflection on the product's effectiveness. I think the cleanser did a fair job in actually removing the impurities from my skin, but it's not really "deep action" because my toner still picked up some grime from my face after cleansing.