I have repurchased this multiple times. I take makeup claims with a giant grain of salt. I don't really take any claims seriously until I've tried it out. This was on the sale, and well, I needed a new eyeliner. My mac blacktrack just dried out on me, and I was delaying buying a new pencil eyeliner, and I thought it was about time I tried out the marker trend. Definitely easy to put on. I put on my eye makeup (eyeliner, shadow, mascara) on the train. I could do this super easily. I tightline, and then I line the top of the lashes, and then I wing it out at the end. I can do this one handed...on a moving train. If you can't do it sitting at home, practice. This makes it super easy. You can use the tip of the marker to make a perfect wing by pressing it sideways and drawing into the inside of your eye. I really love how this works, and the best thing is, after a few weeks, I think my lashes are actually longer and thicker. I have asian lashes, this is pretty amazing. My lashes have always been pretty plentiful, but this really made them longer, and filled in some of the empty spots I had along my lashline. I will repurchase this forever, but will probably try out the regular pen type from PF as well, and decide which one works better. I will say that this will smudge onto my upper eyelid because I'm asian...but that's really what happens with every eyeliner I try, so that's not really a killing point for me. I suggest you try it, and if you hate it, well, make sure you buy it from CVS/Walgreens so you can return if you can't work it.
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Romantic
prblms4loki 1/27/2013 2:24:00 PM
Before the lip balm stains came out, I used the marker ones. They didn't work so well, but for events, I loved having a longlasting red lip that I could just gloss over. Well, now I've found a better solution. This is that ever elusive unicorn, the easy to apply red lip. It's a crayon, essentially. You color in your mouth, the red is glossy, it is a true red, it is gorgeous and it lasts forever. And when it's gone, it's not lipstick ring mouth, it is a lightly stained berry tinted mouth. It's amazing. I will wear this forever, and this is completely the reason I wear red lips more now. lipstick has always been a fav, but my lipsticks are getting supplanted very quickly by this Revlon line.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
prblms4loki 1/27/2013 2:22:00 PM
MLBBx1000. My former MLBB superstar was a mac viva glam and of course, now it's gone. I was thrilled to find this gorgeous mauve that can be built up, but also sheered out to look absolutely natural and gorgeous. It is more mauve than pink, and doesn't look too pigmented on. It simply looks natural, it looks gorgeous, it wears forever, and is amazingly easy to apply. I love the packaging, I love the twist up, and I love that it's very very comfortable on, moisturizing AND long-lasting. A definite winner here.
I love this blush. It is incredibly pigmented, and looks gorgeous on. I had a mauve frost from a MAC LE line that I just hit pan on, and have been looking for a replacement. It is that line between mauve and plum, but it is dark, it is pigmented, and it will make you look like a clown if you do not blend it out. I am a neutral light (NW 20 or thereabouts) and applied with a duofiber brush with an extremely light hand, this looks great. It blends very well with my complexion, adds the color I really need after foundation and lasts all day. It also seems to keep the foundation underneath it on all day, but I just really appreciate the very natural flush it gives. I lightly brush my brush over the blush, and then lightly stipple it gently onto my cheeks. If I accidentally overloaded the brush with color, a quick run over my cheeks with the powder brush I used after foundation will tone it down, but still leave noticeable blush on. This is pigmented. Use with caution, but the color is just absolutely gorgeous. I would recommend even lighter gals take a look, especially for the winter when everyone needs a little color.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
prblms4loki 1/27/2013 2:09:00 PM
As an avid fan of the lashblast line, I was pretty excited to try on their newest offering. I picked it up right when it went on sale, and at first I was mightily disappointed. It reminded me of the Lashblast lengths - in the yellow tube, because I didn't feel like it really plumped up or lengthened my lashes. I will admit there were no clumps, but that's not really a huge issue for me. Overtime, I found that I liked it more and more, especially when I compared it to the original Lashblast, which seemed a lot wetter in comparison. I like the drier formulation, I like that I can build it up over time, and it doesn't get too crunchy. It is a good day to day mascara, but for the nights out, I will still bust out the CG Original Lashblast to give me that wham fringe.
BB Cream -Skin79 - Vital BB Cream SPF50++ Hot Orange Label
prblms4loki 1/27/2013 2:06:00 PM
Definitely a drier formulation than other BB creams I have tried. This bb cream is meant for oily skin, and the formulation makes that very clear. Every cream I have tried has resulted in a shiny looking result after I apply if I do not powder. This one dries down quickly, and looks satiny (but not shiny) almost immediately. I tried wearing this by itself, but as it is winter, it was not the best fit for me right now. Currently, I am using this mixed with a more moisturizing bb cream, and it is controlling the oil while providing enough moisture. I would try this cream again in the summer by itself, but I would not recommend it if you have normal-dry skin. This is definitely one that is meant for the oily skinned gals. For reference, I still do use a powder on top of it to set - a colored powder. The shading on this is definitely more yellow toned than pink/neutral toned, but achieves neutral tone when it sets for a bit. It lasts pretty evenly, but can cause flakes/dryness if your skin is already dry and you wear it for an entire day. I will use what I have left, but I will likely not repurchase.
I was very unhappy with my purchase of this product. BB creams, for me, are supposed to be pigmented and last all day, with or without a powder on top. The oriental, at best, wore 4 hours on me, and was completely gone by the middle of the day. The rest of my bb creams that I've tried usually can last through the end of the workday, but this one was not successful in doing that. I have a lot of broken blood vessels under the skin, and while other bb creams were successful in covering them easily and keeping them covered through the day, I found that layer after layer after layer of the Oriental could not cover them up. When I finally tried a thin sweep then multiple layers on each broken blood vessel (which takes a hella long time), and topped with powder as usual, the result looked like I had a genuine makeup mask on. I haven't seen myself looking like I had that much makeup on since I decided to raid my mom's foundation drawer when I was five. It was not an attractive look. The shade match was good - I am a neutral light/medium and it adjusted well. I'm sure for someone that doesn't need a lot of coverage and has normal-dry skin this is great, but it just didn't work for me. I left it with my mother, who has dry skin and could use some brightening up.
My favorite BB cream thus far. The color is nearly a dead-on color match for my skin, and a pea-sized drop covers my entire face. I don't blend, I don't rub, I don't brush it onto my face. I dot the amount I have over my chin, cheeks, forehead and nose, and then sweep the dots across the face. It means I don't rub it all off by trying to blend it in, and it achieves great opacity. The initial result is incredibly shiny, but I always top my bb creams with a powder, so it is not a concern for me. I love that with a powder on, this still looks incredibly natural on the skin, and does not look like it's sitting "on top" of the skin, as some foundations and powders are apt to do. I am very happy with this purchase. I don't feel like there were any skincare benefits here, whitening, clarifying or otherwise, but I do appreciate the SPF, and given that I apply a relatively thick layer, feel confident that the promised amount of SPF is probably on my face since the proportions are right. For reference, I am a light neutral skintone, neither pink nor yellow undertoned, but I would say this has more pink undertones than yellow, but it is not a true neutral.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
prblms4loki 5/5/2012 4:34:00 PM
NOt the oil control wunderkind that it is for everyone else here, but it does a decent job of mattifying my face after I apply my bb cream and provides enough coverage that blotting and then touching up through the day looks seamless. I appreciate how blurring the effect is, and I like the shades offered. It is sheer enough that you can get away with a shade or two darker to color correct for a tan or anything, really. I will likely repurchase due to the fact that it blends so easily, but I do wish they would revamp the packaging to lose the puff (since no one uses it anyways) and make it less bulky!
Yes this mascara is hard to remove. Yes, you will have to use a cold cream and/or a makeup remover to get rid of it. However, it is easier to remove than true waterproof mascara - so in my mind, it is worth every minute I have to spend on removing it. This mascara is definitely my favorite of the lashblast line. If you don't like the chunky brush of lashblast, forget it, it's not different here. They come in fun black colors like blue tinged black and brown tinged black. I pick up blue black and I definitely get a hint of blue when I use it. Instead of curling my lashes, I use the brush on top and beneath my upper lashes, and that automatically pulls my lashes up and curls then. This curl LASTS ALL DAY. I don't even own an eyelash curler anymore, and for an Asian girl, that's pretty ballsy. This mascara will probably last 24 hours on me, but I've only tested up to maybe 20. There is no falling of the curl, no smudging underneath my lower lash line, this stuff goes on and stays put. My only caveat is that when originally opened, it is a bit more wet than I prefer in a mascara, but after a week, it settles down to a nice consistency, and I use this up in about 2 months (well within the limits of sanitary usage, but also not too quickly that I feel bilked). It is awesome, the color is great, I love the brush, and I will repurchase this until the end of time. If they discontinue, I suppose I could go back to another LashBlast mascara, but it just won't be the same...
Old classic - my mom had this in her cabinets when I was young, and I find myself repurchasing over and over again. Granted, the packaging could be a bit more hygienic, but given that we're dealing with a thick heavy cream that is rinsed off, I don't bother myself too much about it. I massage it into my eyes and onto my face at night to remove makeup. I don't do the facial thing that a lot of women seem to mention here, but I find that just massaging gently into my eye area removes my crazy mascara and bb cream with ease. After it appears all my makeup has been removed, I rinse the cream off with water only, and then follow-up with Purity. Using these 2 steps have helped enormously with my new makeup routine, and I think is more gentle than using Oil Cleansers alone and or makeup removers in addition to purity as it would end up drying out my skin too much otherwise.
EDIT 1/27/13: This gave me blackheads in the area near my nose, I have discontinued use and moved onto another bb cream. Background: generally clear skin tone and pimples that don't tend to break through the skin. I have a lot of red dots on my face - broken blood vessels under the skin, and without makeup, tends to be very obvious. Missha perfect cover manages to melt into my skin. I use a lot, usually almost a full pump, to cover my entire face. Clearly, when I'm applying it, you can see it spreading out, but I just sweep it across my face, tap it a few times to finish blending, and then reapply where I look like I need more coverage. I tend to skip concealer except for my undereyes since I use a lighter concealer there, but I really don't need concealer with this bb cream. I have tried foundations, TMs, mineral foundations, I've tried a lot. It is very difficult to find one that melds with your skin while providing full coverage and relatively the right color. Although the coverage is absolutely full for this product, my skin does not look like the bb cream is sitting on top of it. With a finishing powder, it melds right into my skin and keeps my skin "clarity" while providing coverage. This alone makes it worthwhile for me to repurchase unless I find another bb cream (this is the first one I tried) that would do the same. The scent is strong - my powder brush carries the scent even though I only use it to put powder on after my bb cream has dried, but I find I don't notice it through the day. I have to blot multiple times through the day, my powder and the bb cream are not enough to keep my oils at bay, but I do appreciate the heavy coverage enough to tolerate the oils breaking through. The color match is a smidgen too pale for me, but I use a powder that's just a bit darker, so it all works out. I use enough that the SPF is at least mostly there (I know, you have to use a certain amt per sq inch of your screen, but as I use the same amount of sunscreen that I use bb cream, possibly less, I assume my coverage is about even. I use a lot of bb cream for my face. Plus, it's sunblock, not sunscreen). I have not found this to break me out more, but I do find that it will remain shiny and oily looking unless I set it with a powder. Cleansing requires a heavy cleaning cream as well as Purity to keep my skin completely clear.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
prblms4loki 1/9/2012 3:22:00 PM
So lovely. Such a great product. I have trouble with most cream shadows - PaintPots do not last on me and take forever to apply properly. I didn't want to shell out for the Benefit shadows - but these, these are amazing! I love the colors - though I'm going to echo everyone else and demand more neutrals and shades! - and they go on and do not move for the entire day. I have bad to the bronze and the shimmery white. I wear bronze by itself and it's an easy everyday look, and shadows go on more vibrant and more true-to-pan over the white than on my skin. They dry down quick to an almost dry feeling - not anywhere like a creme - more like a primer feeling almost. I truly recommend you try these - they are absolutely worth the money and there are often BOGO sales at drugstores! I'm on the hunt for Asphalt and am hedging on a few of the other colors!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
prblms4loki 9/30/2011 1:10:00 PM
I purchased the Everyday Values organic unfiltered Coconut Oil from the grocery section at Whole Foods. It comes in a 14 oz jar, so for hair products, that makes this pretty cheap. It works fairly well. I slather it over my dry hair and massage into my scalp. I cover it with a plastic shower cap, and let it soak in for about an hour. Then I shampoo twice with moisturizing shampoo, and then condition as usual. After my hair is no longer dripping wet, I take a little more of the oil in my hands and rub it through the ends of my damp hair. Then I blow dry, without any additional product, and sleep on it. The next morning, I have the best hair I've had, in a long long time. My hair hasn't looked this shiny in years. Possibly ever. I'll try it next time with air-drying it, which I have never ever been able to do with any type of product or haircut or perm, so I will update with new results when I have tried it! I do recommend you try this if you have rough, coarse, or dry hair. I also have dandruff sometimes, and so I tried massaging this into my scalp, with no bad effects. My dandruff isn't gone, per se, but it's reduced, certainly. My hair looks gorgeous, and finally has settled into waves, which is a vast improvement from its formerly schizophrenic curl/straight state.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous Million Lashes - waterproof
prblms4loki 9/30/2011 1:04:00 PM
I bought the regular version of this at first in Carbon Black. It gave me a lovely deep color and relatively well-defined lashes. I switched to the waterproof when I ended up with smudges under my eye after day one. I have been using the waterproof for about a week now, and it's...okay. It's not great. The brush is a little spiky for me, and I'm one of those people that sets the mascara down at the lashline and squiggle it up. This irritates my lashline when I do that and so it's got one minus point already for that. It doesn't volumize as well as my previous mascara did, but does give lovely length. It picks up every lash and defines it very well. THis is probably a good mascara for most people who are looking for longer, defined and not too voluminous lashes. I prefer a more robust look, and this formula is a little to wet to achieve the feathery look I prefer.