This review is for Lineur Intense FELT tip eyeliner. The brush liner is completely different and does not work the same way. There are many good reviews of this product so I will add to these reviews by simply summarizing why everyone loves this stuff and giving you some examples of how amazing it is. The BEST eyeliner on the market! Here is why: -You get amazing control when putting on this eyeliner but you MUST get the felt tip. You can make your line thick or thin and really get in between those lashes (if you don't have many, like me) -Lasts all day and even into the next morning without smudging or giving you raccoon eyes, even if you have oily eyelids, like me. -Comes in Black Mica and other great colors. Black Mica has golden sparkles in it -Relatively cheap, considering the quality, and easy to get at almost any drug store. -Comes off easy with eye makeup remover. Comes off easier than waterproof mascara, yet it stays much longer than any pencil liner I've ever used. To prove to you why this product is so amazing here are a few stories I can tell you about the product. -I put this stuff on in the morning and woke up the next morning with it still on, same as the day before. It will probably start to fade after 12 hours or if you cry excessively and then wipe your eyes, when it does come off, it actually flakes off but does not leave you raccooned. -I have put this stuff on during a camping trip and it lasted until the next morning -This is the ONLY eyeliner that has worked for face painting. That's right, I said face painting. Every year me and a few buddies paint squirmy kid's faces and we use black eyeliner to outline what we want to paint. We've tried all kinds of eye liners and this is by far the best eyeliner for drawing perfect pictures on faces, almost as if you were just drawing with a pencil but without the skipping. Suggestion: This is a liquid eyeliner, so expect bold color and expect it's not going to blend like a pencil liner would. I get around this by purchasing a shade lighter or a shade closer to the eyeshadow color I'm going to put near my lash line. I've been able to layer eyeshadow on top of these liners and still get a pretty natural look from it.
Lip Treatments -Victoria's Secret - Victorias Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper
onatural 12/29/2008 5:31:00 PM
I would probably not have purchased this product originally for the price but I got it 50% off (Semi Annual sale going on NOW girls, until mid Jan 2009) so I paid only 9 US. I got this in Baby Pink. I love the color, its a subtle baby pink with shimmer. It is only slightly sticky (not slippery like the Beauty Rush gloss) and I think it tingles when you put it on as well as numbs and the plumping works, but don't expect a major overhaul. It takes a bit for it to work (don't expect instant results, let sit for 10 min or so). I have pretty pigmented lips to begin with, so the color change is a subtle pink frost but it works for me. At first i wasn't sure about the packaging, but it works well for this gloss as it is a thick type of gloss that wouldn't glide on with a sponge-based wand. Instead, it's a twist up that dispenses into a white-bristled brush. The gloss itself is in a nice, sturdy chrome mascara-like packaging. So in a nutshell: -Color: Baby pink: exactly as described with a pearl, slight sparkle finish -Feel and consistency: only slightly sticky, thick -Moisturizes? Yes, a bit, slightly. At the very least it locks in preexisting moisture. Could be slightly drying but not too dry -Smoothing? Yes, it smooths the lines in the lips but they don't disappear as you might expect from a super shiny gloss -Shine: a good amount of shine but not a glassy finish -Plumping effect: moderate -Tingle or numb? A little of both and you can feel it for a while -Lasting power: okay -Cost: I personally don't think it's worth paying full price for it but it's a good product and I'd purchase again on sale.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Aloe Vera Moisturizing Day Cream
onatural 12/4/2008 2:24:00 AM
Bottom line: moisturizes but doesn't really sink in. Made my skin more oilier=more chance to break out. Better: Oil of Olay Complete, SPF 15 Like some ladies here, I got this as a GWP. I've got combo skin, mostly an oily T-zone and, in the winter, my cheeks (below my cheekbones) dry out. I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin (I use products many would consider harsh with no problems). This stuff leaves my face feeling way too oily and, hours later, my face gets even oilier! I've also noticed that it tends to make my skin more likely to break out (and I'm not the acne prone type). It moisturizes, sure, but I feel like it sits on top of my face rather than sinking in. The stuff is definitely a cream (so thick) and it doesn't absorb fast on me. I've given this cream several chances as I really wanted it to work for me, but it doesn't. I would only recommend this stuff to someone with dry skin. If you aren't sure if this will work for you (since there are some good reviews here), ask the sales associate for a free sample (after looking like or actually buying stuff from the store). The last time I was there, the lady set up a little jar of body scrub for me as a sample. They are totally willing to do this if they think you'll be back and the sample is enough to try it.
I tried the Hydra TLC first and liked it okay but when I saw this at my Target (before they stopped carrying it there), I decided to try it. First of all, it smells way better than TLC and second, it doesn't have as much of a greasy feel and it does leave my hair very soft. The way I use it is after shampoo and conditioner, I apply it to my wet hair and comb it through. Then I blow dry (this does make a difference as it makes my hair softer). For reference, I have coarse, naturally straight hair that often lacks body. My hair strands are thick and I tend to get oily after a day or so. My hair often gets tangled so I love using this stuff because it also detangles and tames. The main problem is finding this product. As some have mentioned, this has been targeted towards the Hispanic community and stupid Sunsilk hasn't figured out that it can really be used by anyone and that it is more likely to be popular than TLC. Therefore, you can only find it in areas where there is a Hispanic population. I found it more recently at a Walmart where I use to live but I've noted no drug stores appear to carry it and I'm now living in an area with a lower Hispanic population and can't find it here. :-(
As others have mentioned, this is more of a peachy pink (more peach than pink) blush. It accents your cheek bones so do not expect a super subtle color but do expect a pretty peach color. There is a bit of shimmer but not a ton. I like using this blush on days where I wear pink but still want a high cheekbone look. The color is dark enough give a shaded look but not so dark that it turns into a bronzer. It blends fairly well. For reference, I use medium beige and other neutral colors but I can also get away with using medium summer as my skin has pink tones.
Bottom line: This e/s is pink with gold sparkles (finely ground) that works best as a highlighting color for pink shades. I think most MUers would agree that this eyeshadow doesn't work well alone, so do not expect it to put out tons of pink color or the same color as you see in the pot. The eyeshadow works best in combo with other colors on the pink side of the spectrum. I always love wearing this color when I'm wearing pink because it brings together the look (and I love pink). If you use illusion in combo with purples (I use dark purple near the lash line and a light wine color for the crease and brush illusion across the brow). When you blend illusion with wine-colored or purple shadows (try blushing wines Revlon quad), you'll see that the pink color will come out more, and the gold will serve well as a highlight. Also, I use UDPP which always tends to bring out the pigment in any e/s.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
onatural 11/18/2007 7:14:00 AM
This is still my HG of primers and my search for the perfect primer (like many posters here) has been a saga. The top choices for primers by most posters are this one (UDPP), Lumene (does not work for me at all), and Lancome's Colour Dose (works moderately well, but not as good as UDPP). Providing you don't put on cheap, grainy e/s, your eye shadow will stay put, even with oily lids. I have very oily lids. UDPP will keep your shadow on, and the better the quality of shadow, the longer it will stay. I find that if I use UDPP with shadows that tend to crease more, my color will stay for 8 hours. If I use good quality shadows or shadows that tend to crease less (revlon's 12 hr stay shadow works wonders), I can keep my shadow on if for more than 8 hours, go to sleep in it and if I haven't wiped it all over my pillow, wake up and the color is still present. I've even used UDPP with my shadow before a camping trip and had a girl ask me how I was able to put on make-up while camping. My secret: I put it on in the morning before going camping and my shadow had stayed put until the next day with very little gone! But UDPP is not perfect. It can be a bit drying for some (so I would recommend moisturizing the night before use). You eye shadow will also go on bolder and you will have to play with it a little to blend it (brushes work the best, not sponge applicators). Lastly, although I don't find that my shadow creases, it can fade a bit after 6-8 hours, depending on 1) the oiliness of your lids 2) the quality of the shadow you put on. Still, I have to say that if you are still questioning whether it will work for you, chances are that it will (just look at all the reviews). I would say its one of the best selling primers on the market. AND if you go to a certain place that starts with an S and rhymes with "dora" you can try the product and return it if you don't like it.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation - Intensive formula [DISCONTINUED]
onatural 3/24/2007 7:56:00 AM
This review is for Intensive formula only. Summary: Everyday Minerals Intensive Formula Foundation is the only mineral make-up I know of with only four natural ingredients. It gives a decent amount of coverage, is good for your skin, comes in a variety of colors, lasts reasonably well, looks natural but still gives an air-brushed finish. No noticable smell, it's priced well. Try the free sample (minus the cost of shipping), it won't disappoint. My skin type: combination skin, but mostly an oily T-zone, slight redness in checks, occassional pre-menstral acne breakouts, medium-toned skin, in mid-20s but I frekle really easily. My story: For the past 10 years of wearing make-up, I never wore foundation. This was due to the fact that, before college, I had nearly perfect skin and when my skin started to become imperfect, I guess I didn't care enough to think I needed foundation. After my wedding, I realized that, hey, I look pretty good with a little foundation so I decided to research it. I saw several commercials for BE and, naturally, went straight to MUA and checked out the reviews. Those reviews lead me to this board and to the everyday minerals website. I won't post that here because it's not technically "legal" but you can google it. I ordered the sample kit, applied the stuff and I was sold. Cost: Cheap compared to other mineral makeup on the market and high-end foundations. 12USD for a large 8g pot and 6 for a 2.5g. A little really does go a long way. I've been able to get one sample to last me over a month (and I believe that's suppose to only last a week). Color choice: Color choice is excellent as colors are categorized into three schemes depending on your skin "undertones" (cool-pinks; neutral-browns; warm-yellow/olives) and within each scheme you have a spectrum of light to dark shades. Coverage: Decent. If you have really big blemishes, I suggest you put on concealer before the foundation. Don't expect this stuff to cover up big flaws. However, it does a fantastic job of evening out your skin tone (what a good foundation is suppose to do) and does smooth out subtle flaws. Lastibility and finish: The finish is natural (not shiny, not too chalky). I would say it's more air brush than anything. This stuff lasts reasonably well but I find it does wear off on me after 6 hours. This is because I have incredibly oily areas of my skin (I have hard-core e/s creasing problems). However, the powder doesn't settle into the lines of my skin and it doesn't look so obvious. Ingredients:Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide Note that most people that have reactions to things are alergic to Talc which this has none of. Zinc oxide (I believe) provides most of the UV protection. It's also commonly found in a lot of medications (cream based). Mica is frequently found in eye shadows and is what gives most make-up it's substance. Best part about this foundation: This stuff actually improved the quality of my skin. I had less breakouts (I could sleep in this stuff without worrying about a big zit on my forehead in the morning), my skin toned evened itself out (without the foundation on!), and with UV protection, how could you go wrong, really? Why I think this product has received some negative reviews: It seems like this product would not be good for people with very dry skin. I've noted that most of the negative reviews complain about how it emphasizes lines and dry patches. This is to be expected of ANY powder. There are probably a few reasons for these complaints: 1) these folks don't moisturize or exfoliate before application, 2)Application of the powder is too heavy or 3)powder foundation should not really be used on severely dry skin, especially this formula which actually may suck up oils. That being said, if you have very dry skin, you should be careful with this product. I do have occassional dry skin so I NEVER apply any make up without first moisturizing. You also have to let the moisterizer sit on your skin BEFORE applying the powder or it will go on cakey (another problem people may have encountered). Another complaint may be the how long this product lasts. Again, I can't say it last all day, because for me, it doesn't but what matters is that it lasts a good amount of time and that you don't look like a candle at the end of the day. I would say this stuff lasts long enough for me and it is still on my face, it just fades ever so slightly. If you don't have very oily skin like me, this make-up may very well last all day.
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
onatural 3/24/2007 7:28:00 AM
I've just ordered my 3rd free sample kit and that's only because I'm very picky about color match and I'm cheap...what can I say. Here's what you get in your sample kit: 3 foundatations, 1 blush/bronzer, and 1 concealer. If you're in the western US and order via priority mail (USPS), you only pay just under $4. Shipping can take about 5-7 days, depending where you are in the US. Regardless, you are ONLY paying for the cost of shipping, so this kit is well worth it. Each product comes in a small screw cap container (no sifter and about the size of a standard eye shadow pot) and are stacked together, wrapped in pretty colored tissue paper, and mailed in a slight oversized padded envelop. It won't look like much coming in the mail but, if you use the products wisely, I've been able to get away with at least a month's worth of usage out of one foundation. Application of all of these products is incredibly important for maximum effect and to avoid the powder going all over the place. When you first receive your samples you should tap down the excess of the lids. What I do is get a piece of wax paper (the cooking kind) and open my powders on top of this. It is very likely powder has spilled into the groves of the screw cap so it will go all over the counter if you don't do this. I like to actually tap out a very small amount of the powder directly onto the wax paper (you might not need to do this if it spills onto the paper anyway). I then infuse my brush with the powder. Tap off the excess and apply. Any left over powder can be poured back into the container by carefully folding the wax paper on one end and funneling it back into it. I'm frugal, what can I say? I highly advise wax paper or something like it to do this, don't use regular paper because the minerals tend to stick to it more. Another important thing is to make sure you have a really soft-bristled brush to apply this. Cheap, thick-bristled brushes will make your powder go on chalky or streaky. That equals bad. As for the products themselves, you should check out the reviews here for the specifics (get ideas for the right colors). I personally think the foundations are the best part of the kit. They've improved the condition of my skin and I've got compliments on my skin tone. Looks natural, feels light, no breakouts. Blush colors can be hit and miss and the concealers are okay.
I guess I'll be the first to ruin this perfect rating. I was looking for a plum blush and received this as part of my samples. Before I put up my negative view of this blush let me first start by saying I love EM foundations and YES I know how to apply them correctly. I prefer to use a minimal amount: I tap excess off my brush, make sure there is an even amount on it, and I apply with a light touch. That being said, even with a very small amount of this blush on my brush and taping, I really think this color is too bold. I don't mind if it is dark but it is definitely not natural looking on my skin. Additionally, it tends to apply very chalky-like (which is weird because the EM bronzer and none of my foundations do this) Now I'm a big fan of pink/purple hues: half of my wardrobe reflect these colors and pink/purple eye shadows look pretty decent on me. I could definitely see how this would work wonderfully as a lip color but it just doesn't apply naturally enough to make me not look like a clown. Yes, I want color impact but I don't want to look like a 10-year-old puting on my mother's make-up. Regardless, I feel this blush has probably worked well for the other reviewers on this board because it works with their skin tone, and perhaps they had a finer grain batch that it applied better. I highly suggest you purchase this as a sample before you buy a full size just to be sure this is the right color for you.
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Sunlight Color Corrector
onatural 3/24/2007 6:53:00 AM
I'm really digging EM's foundations, but I'm not a fan of this product. Sunlight Color Corrector is categorized as an EM concealer. Sunlight is truely meant for the very fair skin. I consider my skin color to be medium at darkest but I've been able to get away with using fair-colored concealer, particularly when it comes to covering dark circles. Sunlight is more light than sun. Although there is a slight yellow tint (not too yellow, but just enough to counter darkness), it is more white than anything...which is what makes it TOO light for me. I'm not talking baby chick light yellow, I'm talking baby chick dusted with flour yellow. In fact, the consistency of this concealer made me feel as if I was puting on a cornstach product with a slight tinge of yellow. Compared to the mult-tasking concealer, I felt this product was very chalky and did not go on very evenly. It requires a lot of buffing out and you really need a fine-bristled brush to get an even coverage. Regardless, even coverage (which is more natural looking and important for people who have bags under their eyes in addition to dark circles) doesn't mean you get GOOD coverage. I found that lighter-colored EM foundations (such as light-winged butter) work better as a concealer than sunlight. Bottom line, this product didn't do a fantastic job of covering my dark circles. Mind you, I do have very dark circles but I find that, coverage-wise, it is best to have a cream-based under eye concealer. Secondly, and more importantly for those of you with darker than fair skin, this product will probably be too light. It's good to have a lighter product for under eye circles but too light will make your under eye circles look obvious.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Eyeshadow - Suede Sensation
onatural 3/19/2007 7:02:00 AM
I bought this product to use as more of a base color than for a darker, dramatic effect. I would not purchase this product again because, for me, it's not something that I have to have and I know there are other products out there that do not require fingertip pot application that would work just as well as a base color to build upon. My day to day eye mu routine normally consists of a semi-smokey eye so I like to have a good slightly darker than neutral shade to build color onto. Suede sensation does not go on as dark as it looks in the container but goes on sheer as others have mentioned in their reviews of the product. I do like the slight shimmer (nothing dramatic). On my fair-medium toned skin, it applies only a few shades darker than my skintone but I notice the color change. My eye mu routine: UD primer potion, e/l, suede sensation finger application, revlon powered e/s medium color from quad, darker e/s in crease, highlight with lighter colors. If I dont' use suede sensation, even if I use UD primer, my eye shadow colors don't come out as dark, so suede sensation does serve a purpose. I think creme e/s are making a comeback into my mu routine but I'd prefer to use some other kind of creme-based shadow (sticks have worked for me in the past) because the suede sensation can go on a bit crumbley at first and the application by finger could go on more even (the whipped effect creates uneveness in the application, it goes on light but not always controlled and not consistently). Who is this for? Someone who's looking for a sheer shimmer brown to use as a base to build eye m/u on and one who's eye mu doesn't tend to crease. Also, person should not mind finger application. Again, I wouldn't repurchase because I'm not in love with the product and I feel there are other things on the market that would suit me well and apply easier and more evenly.
Makeup Brushes -Victoria's Secret - Contoured Eye Brush
onatural 2/26/2007 12:32:00 AM
Where has this brush been all my life? This is a good quality, versatile brush that pleasantly surprised me. I was looking for a brush that could: pack on the color without causing too much “eye shadow rainfall”, be used to blend, use in the crease and all over the lid, and not be irritable during application (“pokey bristles”). I found it all in this brush: comfortable, blendable, buildable color application with very little eye shadow falling on my cheeks. So great! The brush bristles are long (right to left) but not flat. It is a bit fluffy (so that you can use it to blend), but stiff enough to pack on color and give you control during application. The other feature I love on this brush is the fact that it doesn’t have a super long handle. This gives you more control and it’s perfect for sticking it in your smaller makeup bag. It is sold for 12 USD online and in store which is a pretty decent price considering other brushes from the department store counters cost twice as much and are not as versatile.
This review is based on the cetaphil brand moisturizing lotion specifically for the face with spf 15. At first, I didn't mind the lotion but I found it does not absorb well and leaves a residue on my face. I also feel my skin is oily after use. I have oily skin and moderate ache around my hair line and forehead. If your skin is dry, this lotion would probably work best for you. It is gentle, doesn't appear to clog pores (but if it promotes a substantial amount of oil, it will lead to clogged pores) and it has spf. Still, I would not recommend this lotion to everyone.
My search for the perfect eye shadow base has been a saga. I tried many products and settled for Lancome color dose about 2 yrs ago. But in the past 8 months, my eye lids have gotten even more oily so that the Lancome CD only lasts 6 hours before my shadow starts moving. I tried Lumene and it does NOT work as well as Lancome. I followed the directions on the box (applied light powder after an application) and it doesn't seem to help. I tried it w/o the powder and w/ different e/s colors, no go. I'm going to return the product. This product would be fine for slightly oily eyelids, especially since the price is reasonable but if you have moderate to very oily lids like me, I don't think this product is for you.