I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, and shaving is a daily challenge for me (I have had to have the hair on my legs and underarms lasered off because it was impossible to shave properly without irritating my skin.) I get a little hair on my upper lip, and while my HG product is LUSH's "Ambrosia", I don't live near a LUSH, and I hate ordering online (from Canada) everytime I start to run out. I bought this on a whim, and I've used it five or six times, and it seems to work really well. My skin doesn't get irritated from the razor, it does seem to help get all the hair off by lubricating the blade, and it smells great. It loses points for two things: It's difficult to get a very small amount out of the bottle because the opening hole is so wide (I think I'd prefer this product in a pump package) and it leaves a residue that clings to my lip. If I forget to wipe my face with a hot, wet washcloth after my skin has had a chance to dry, the residue can irritate the sensitive pores where the hair once was. >< This product was $9.00, which is a little expensive compared to a lot of drugstore products, but for the amount you get in a single bottle (8 fl oz) it seems fair. I love that this product is 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals!
This is my favorite make-up bag brush. I use powder foundation on a daily basis, so I need a really soft, dense brush, and this works perfectly. The bristles are really soft, and the metal seems to be sturdy enough to protect the bristles. The polyvinyl packaging loses a point for the fact that it is not reusable, though it is marketed as though it is (why would you need this bag anyway with a retractable brush?) After about a year, the glue inside the first one I bought started to come apart, and I just recently threw it away and replaced it. I would be upset if a more expensive brush fell apart after only a year, but these are so inexpensive ($6.99 at KMart) and easy to find!
Conditioner -TRESemme - Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
purplesoul 4/28/2013 8:17:00 PM
I am on my second bottle of this conditioner and I love it so far! I have very fine hair, and a lot of it, and it's pretty short (down to around my jaw). It's got a naturally wavy texture, though I wouldn't say it's curly. This conditioner has been great for my hair. I wash my hair every three days (because I have a chunk of hair that's colored) and I use this conditioner on all the not-colored parts. My hair is soft, smells great, and isn't weighed down at all. I bought this two for the price of one at KMart for $7.99, which is an excellent value.
This is a very pretty color when it dries, but I had to put three to four coats on each nail on to have an opaque finish! The consistency is creamy, but the brush makes it difficult to apply smoothly because the polish drips down the handle of the brush when it's been nestled in the bottle. Not a bad polish, but not worth the $8.
FANTASTIC budget nailpolish. Got this at KMart for $1.99. It's a lovely cool mocha color. It goes on slightly translucent, but by the second coat it's opaque, and it dries really quickly. The brush is short and flat and easy to work with. It starts to chip after a day or two, so use a good top coat.
Mascara -New York Color - Big Bold Ultra Volume Mascara
purplesoul 4/6/2013 3:30:00 PM
This is a great mascara for SOMEONE, just not for me. I have long lashes anyway, and this mascara weighed them down. This gave my bottom lashes an ENORMOUS doll-eyed gyaru look, which was REALLY WEIRD, and I've never had that experience with other volumizing mascaras. This is a very dry formula, and the brush is HUGE, so I would only recommend it to someone who doesn't already have a lot of lash.
This is the only drugstore foundation I've had success with recently, as I have extremely sensitive skin that breaks out on contact with most foundations. I'm an NC-15, so I use the lightest shade (fair) and while it goes on a little dark, it dries the right shade. It's very smooth and blendable, drying to a nice powder finish. It gets an extra point for the packaging because it comes with a brush, though loses a point because I'm not sure how you'd be able to effectively get ALL the foundation out of the tube once it starts to run out (unless you roll it like a tube of toothpaste, which is likely to damage the plastic of the tube.) I found this was good to light to moderate coverage, and that it lasted for most of the day with only minimal creasing. A good buy, especially if you get it on sale (it's normally $15, I got mine for $7.50 on sale at rite aid.) Update: 04/16/13- I am no longer such a big fan of this product. It got clumpy after a month or two, and the color seemed to get darker as the pigments in the tube separated. I don't think I'd repurchase this at full price.
Polishes -China Glaze - Stone Cold - Capitol Colours Hunger Games Collection
purplesoul 8/3/2012 12:14:00 AM
This is a stunning dark silver sparkle polish! When it dries it looks like glitter embedded in concrete! It's viscous and easy to apply, and it dries well. Like most China Glaze polishes, it's a little smelly, but it's worth it for the color payoff and precise application.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Eyestudio quad - Taupe Temptress
purplesoul 8/1/2012 11:58:00 PM
This is a decent budget product. You get four shades: a dark brown with copper flecks, a shimmery taupe (that's a little more on the warm gray side in the right light), a red shimmery copper, and a shimmery champagne shade that has a gold undertone. The shadows are soft and a little too powdery, which means that they have to be applied wet or over a primer for maximum effect. Like most maybelline products, they are not very concentrated, so you either have to use your fingers to dig down into the pallette (which you can do- there's at least a sixteenth of an inch of product in the little wells) or you have to pack it on with a flat brush. I use this palette with a more pigmented dark brown (MAC Handwritten) for crease definition over my Urban Decay primer and it works well enough. It will get you by in a pinch, but it's probably not going to deliver a lot of result to someone who isn't already skilled at doing detailed eye make up and who isn't willing to invest in a good primer.
Lotions/ Creams -Trader Joe's - A Midsummer Night's Cream-Unscented
purplesoul 7/21/2012 11:20:00 PM
I worked with paper at my office all day, and it dries my hands out like crazy! This moisturizer hits the spot! It rubs in easily and my skin absorbs it quickly, and it leaves my hands super soft! Vegan, no animal testing, and $3.99 per 16oz bottle with an easy pump applicator! Love it!
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Walking on Eggshells
purplesoul 7/21/2012 11:15:00 PM
A fantastic palette for a pretty everyday eye, perfect for work. The colors are pigmented and soft, and would be complimentary on most skintones. The brown is nice and matte, and looks very pretty blended with the pink. I particularly love the white color in the palette for my browbone, and sometimes I even sweep a little of it down my nose for highlighting. At $3.99 per palette, you can't go wrong!
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails XTremewear in Golden-I
purplesoul 5/26/2012 11:21:00 PM
This is a good budget gold nail polish. Two coats to get it opaque, smooth and easy to apply. It chips easily without a top coat, so be sure to use a good one. The packaging loses a mark because the brush is so thick and so deeply submerged into the polish that you have to be very careful about drip-down.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Single - Kitten 257A
purplesoul 5/26/2012 11:17:00 PM
This is a decent budget eyeshadow. The color is soft and blendable, and I recommend wearing it over a good primer because like most cheap eyeshadows, it will flake off and run over time. I wouldn't recommend foiling it, because even over a primer, it flakes off.
This color is supposed to be for hazel eyes, but it doesn't do anywhere near as much for my eye color as the dark brown or green shades. This product is very soft, very easy to apply, but because it's retractable, once the pointed tip gets used up, you have to constantly refashion a pointed tip by swiping it on a tissue or the back of your hand. This product is not water resistant at all, and smudges too easily and when I wore it over primer on a rainy day I had raccoon-eye in less than an hour. Not recommended, there are better budget eyeliners out there.
Eyes -Femme Couture - Baked Eyeshadow Duo in "In the Navy"
purplesoul 5/19/2012 5:55:00 PM
I LOVE this product. For less than $10 (they're only 8.40 when you have a Sally's card) you get a TON of product, and while it's sturdy enough to ride around in your purse, it's pigmented enough that it's easy to apply. The blues are smooth and blendable, and you can foil them easily for a more dramatic look. I've never had a problem with fading, but because the sparkly pigments tend to migrate downward over the course of the day, I suggest wearing them with a primer (I use Too Face Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion.) I can't wait to go back to Sally's and try more colors!