Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
purplescarf6 4/4/2013 4:38:00 AM
I simply do not understand why it has taken me this long to write a review on this product, for it has been a lifesaver for me. I have Seborrheic Dermatitis on certain areas of my face. I was prescribed prescription medications for it, but those were inconvenient and costly to use at times. In comes Aquaphor. I had been using it as a lip balm for my extremely chapped lips (for which it works wonderfully) and I decided to experiment and use this on my SD. It worked just as good, if not better than the prescription meds I was using. It calms down redness and smooths out the texture of my SD overnight, literally. It will be red, flaky, and irritated when I go to bed and smooth, soft, and with the softest touch of pink in the morning. Incredible. It is very inexpensive, and available at any drugstore. For me, this is one of those products that I know I won't ever really stop using, no matter what new fancy products they come out with. It's a miracle worker, really. If nothing else, this makes a fantastic lip balm, especially applied liberally at night; you'll wake up with silky-soft lips. I'd imagine this could be used for many other purposes but I have not experimented with those yet.
I have a love/hate relationship with this. I love it because the color is gorgeous, reddish pink and super flattering on me. The price is super inexpensive. I hate it because it doesn't last long at all on me. I avoid wearing this simply b/c I don't want this to come off on my boyfriend or wear off while eating. It just doesn't last, which is a big issue with me being a busy high schooler who doesn't have the time or energy to check her lipstick every five minutes. If this was a stain or had at least a matte finish I would wear this all the time but it's currently sitting in my "rarely use" pile. I will not repurchase.
I really like this foundation. I'll start out by saying why I was attracted to this in the first place: it seemed to offer a shade light enough for my pale skin. I've been searching for an inexpensive foundation pale enough to suit my skin for weeks after finally giving up EDM Semi-Matte (the one other foundation that matches me.) This is it for me, color-wise. This won't be light enough for absolutely every pale girl, as demonstrated by a previous reviewer, but it works really well for me. It is, as others have mentioned, a neutral-leaning yellow. This had me worried that it would leave me looking orange but it had a counteracting effect, surprisingly enough. As for the finish, it goes on pretty dewy-looking on me. I had to set it w/ pressed powder, which I don't like doing, and it got a bit greasy-looking towards the end of the day, which isn't normally an issue for me. I would consider this a con, however minor. The packaging is gorgeous, among the best low-to-mid-end I've seen. It's a bit expensive for drugstore makeup, but I feel this is high quality for drugstore so I can justify the price. I'm not 100% sure I'll buy this again, but unless I find something better I will repurchase.
I love this blush. Super pigmented, easy to blend, affordable, cute packaging: what's not to love? It makes my cool-toned, pale skin go from drab-looking to healthy and vibrant. I get many compliments on this. A girl at school said the other day that I always "look like a doll" with "perfectly rosy cheeks". I can think of one con and one con only: if I apply too much it can make me look a bit clownish. This is easily solved by applying very little and adding more later if needed. I will repurchase, although I'm not remotely close to needing to; this lasts forever.
Let me start off with the background of how I got this. I am a drugstore girl. Being in high school I have a limited budget. However, I was looking for some nice neutral eyeshadows that offered a wide variety of looks. I searched around on MUA and found this. I put it on my birthday list. It was and is my first non-drugstore (besides EDM fndtn) I have ever purchased (or in this case received). That was 8 months ago. I've only hit pan on 1 eyeshadow of the 12 (YDK, my favorite). I adore this palette. I actually got rid of all my other eyeshadows and only use this now. There isn't a color I tend to "avoid" and/or don't use. I use and love them all. Judging by how long they've lasted me thus far it'll take 2+ years to go through this palette. When that happens I will most definitely repurchase. I can't think of a con. Some may consider the price a con, but these are really high-quality shadows and considering how much UD shadows usually run for this is a great deal. I would recommend this to anyone who has any need for neutral shadows.
Why in the world has this won so many awards? This stuff is simply awful! I, like many other MUAers, bought this as my first mascara ever. That was a loooong time ago. I haven't bought it since. I remember all it did was make my lashes (thin, long, brown) look black and stick together. Clumpy, yet no volume or added length. Seriously, don't buy this. Please, just don't. Also, advise any girls getting into makeup against this and save them the trauma.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
purplescarf6 2/10/2013 2:51:00 AM
I'm just going to add to the dozens of rave reviews and say that I love this and think it's the best mascara ever. Just as others have mentioned, it gives ridiculous volume and wonderful length. It's dirt cheap. I got it for less than 3 bucks at Walgreens. I get doll-like, multiple-compliments-a-day lashes for less than a drink at Starbucks. Awesome. The packaging is lovely and simple. The brush it great, big enough to do its job but small enough to get itty-bitty lashes. The formula is on the wet side, but not so wet to where it gets everywhere when you blink. I can only think of two cons, and they are easily avoided (at least for me). It can clump if you apply too much. I don't normally have an issue with this at all, but sometimes if I cake it on it can clump together. Again, highly avoidable. Secondly, it doesn't hold a curl the best. I avoid this by curling before and after I put it on, and BAM! issue solved. I do understand if you have lashes that are stubborn when it comes to curling this can be an issue though. Bottom line: Seriously, I don't see why anyone wouldn't try this at least once. If you like (or love!) it, then you just found a great, affordable mascara. If you don't like it, then hey, you only lost 3 bucks! I have and will buy this over and over and over. And over.
I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this by now, seeing as I've been using this for a really long time and I love it. First off, this is sheer. Some may view this as a con, but on those woke-up-late-only-have-five-minutes-to-do-makeup this is fantastic. Secondly, the color is perfect for me. Sheer red, just as described, this lights up my face (pale, cool-toned skin, brown hair, blue eyes). This makes me look more awake and put together, even when I don't have any other makeup on. However, this is pretty expensive for what it is, and the packaging is ridiculously and unnecessarily bulky. Despite those cons I have and will repurchase over and over. I love this and would recommend it to anyone.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
purplescarf6 2/10/2013 2:25:00 AM
If you're reading this review right now you might realize that I had already written a review on this. It was a huge, raving review that probably hardly anyone was able to get through. That was mine. I deleted it, b/c reading back through it hardly any of the info is accurate for me at this point, so if you read it and know what I'm talking about disregard it. First off, I'd been using this foundation for about 2 years, for a couple of reasons: 1. It's fairly inexpensive. 2. It is one of two foundations I've found in the dozen+ I've tried that matched my super-pale skin to a T. (I use the "Fair" color.) (The other is Drew Barrymore's Flower brand foundation, which I use the LF1 color.) 3. It has minimal ingredients and they don't irritate my skin (no oils or fragrance). I knew it worked pretty well for me so I kept going back to it. There are a few reasons I'm looking for a new foundation, however. 1. I don't like the finish. It's powdery and a bit cakey-looking and settles in the creases around my nose. 2. It doesn't last all day. It looks noticeably faded by the time I get home from school (7 hours after putting it on). 3. I'm finding that I like the feel, application, and overall experience of liquid foundations better. 4. I have to order it online. This probably isn't too big of a deal for most people but I just prefer being able to go to my local Wal-Mart or Bartell's and have it in my hands immediately. Overall, if you really prefer mineral foundation this is what I'd recommend, but if your preference isn't in the mineral category I wouldn't say this is the best out there. I won't be repurchasing.
This foundation is just okay for me, which is disappointing considering how hopeful I was for this to be my HG. I'll start out by saying that while this gave really full, flawless, gorgeous coverage, it felt heavy. Like, one time when I wore this to school I told my boyfriend I was wearing my stage makeup. Not good to feel like I have a mask on my face, no matter how little I put on. Secondly, the packaging sucks. I don't mind the unsanitary aspect, though I bet a lot of people will, it's just super heavy and bulky. Another issue for me was this: it was too dark for my super pale skin. It got pretty close to matching, I have to say, but there was a visible line where my neck meets my face. This is not just a Revlon problem, this is for over 90% of the foundations I've ever tried, so take this comment with a grain of salt. A huge plus for me was that it lasted the entire day, from 7 am when I put it on to 10 pm when I took it off. I think this is one of those foundations that you'll have to try it to see if you like it though, so if you buy this do it at a place w/ a good return policy. Also, this is pretty expensive for a drugstore foundation. I won't be repurchasing.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
purplescarf6 2/10/2013 1:39:00 AM
*Sigh* I love this foundation. I LOVE it. However, I have cool-toned, super pale, Irish-English skin that 99% of foundations are too dark and orange to match to, even wearing the lightest shade. I saw this foundation and its rave reviews here on MUA and of course I had to get it. I got the lightest shade there was, Ivory. I hoped and prayed that it would be light enough. It wasn't. There was a very visible orange line where my neck meets my face. If it wasn't so dark on me I would totally repurchase. The formula is wonderful, full coverage but not heavy feeling (like Colorstay and Colorstay Whipped both were for me). It lasted all day, and covered every single flaw, even dark under-eye circles. But sadly, it was just too dark. My search for the perfect pale drugstore foundation continues. If you are not super pale and want a full-coverage, long-lasting, affordable foundation, I would definitely recommend this. BTW I gave this 4/5 instead of 5/5 b/c of the color issue.