Great for spot cleaning. It gets rid of the excess product of my brushes wonderfully for such a low, low price. I would repurchase.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Defining/Angled Eye Brush
rapunzelfalls 8/22/2010 11:41:00 AM
Mine came a little rough. However, after using a deep conditioner the bristles became very soft. I've had mine for several months now and its still in great shape. I've never had a problem with any of my ELF purchases shed on me yet. I use this brush to pat color on my crease, then blend it out using my ELF blending brush. Highly recommended, for the price this product is incredibly.
Mine came a little rough. However, after using a deep conditioner the bristles became very soft. For $1, this brush is amazing. I've had mine for several months now and its still in the same shape I purchased it (well, actually better shape -its softer now). I've never had a problem with any of my ELF purchases shed on me yet and I have quite a few. It is very dense for a blending brush and can pick up quite a bit of product. The only reason this product doesn't get a 5 from me is because, frankly, I have used softer blending brushes. However, I would still highly recommend this brush. :)
Highly recommend. I bought this because of the many, many raves and I'm really glad I did. Its incredibly cheap and does the job. I've had mine for several months now and its still in tip top shape -nothing as fallen apart yet and the bristles are just as dense as before. Mine didn't come scratchy. I would repurchase. :)
Lotions/ Creams -Jergens - Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
rapunzelfalls 8/22/2010 11:24:00 AM
My Skin: Dry/Sensitive When I first starting using a self tanner, this one was my favorite. However, after experimenting with several different brands this one just isn't as amazing as I had thought. I still use this regularly -on my feet and hands. It just doesn't cut it for the rest of my body. There are other brands that develop faster and last longer which I prefer for my body/face. Also, I completely agree with zumaboo989 's review below.
My Skin: Dry/Sensitive I don't really have acne prone skin, but this thing broke me out like crazy. Boo. D; Also, like many have said below -it does nothing it terms of color. However, I don't believe any gradual tanner will work on anyone's face who washes it twice a day. I wouldn't repurchase.
My Hair: Thin/flat platinum blond. Healthy. I use this conditioner 2-3 times a month to tone done the brassiness of my hair. It does a decent job at that. However, its not the best. You have to do it more than once in order to see noticeable results if used without the Shampoo. Unlike others, this conditioner leaves my hair extremely soft and manageable. It doesn't dry out my hair or tangle it. Its quite lovely in that aspect. It *does* have a unpleasant smell. I don't feel as though its nauseating though. It does smell very strange and.. chemically I suppose? And the smell *does* linger. However, its not as detectable if you shampoo and conditioner using your regular poo/co after using the Shimmer Lights Conditioner. If you just use the Shimmer Lights Duo you will smell like it all day. I would repurchase.
I use this after I cleanse my face to remove any residue and close my pores. Its a great product. It feels very refreshing. And it is comparable to Sea Breeze, they both give them same results yet Equate's Astringent seems to cleanses a bit deeper. I would repurchase.
Makeup Brushes -Coastal Scents - Foundation Concealer Brush Large
rapunzelfalls 8/6/2010 1:55:00 PM
This is a so-so brush for foundation purposes. It applies foundation pretty streaky. Especially if you're applying anything thicker than tinted moisturizer. However, I think it makes a great brush for other purposes. The bristles are very soft and fluffy, but not very dense. And although it does waste a lot of product (the product tends to stick to the bristles until you cleanse it) its great for applying mud masks so you don't have to get your hands dirty. For that purpose I would repurchase.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
rapunzelfalls 8/5/2010 6:06:00 PM
I really like this product. Its very similar to the UDPP and the KVDP (Kat Von D Primer). It helps your shadows stay without creasing or smudging. All the good stuff primers are suppose to do. Like many have said below, the package is much more convenient than the usual tube. Compared to the prices of the UDPP and the KVDP, this one is cheaper because you get more for what your pay for. The Too Faced Primer is an oz larger than the UDPP, yet the same price. It is more than 10 ozs larger than the KVDP for only $3 more. I would repurchase but the KVDP is honesty my favorite.
In the beginning, I really loved this mascara. It really thickened *and* lengthened my lashes. It only flaked on me if I applied too many coats or sweated repulsively (I forgot to take off my makeup once when working out, my bad haha). It smells incredibly nice, too.. hah. I found it easiest to remove when I washed my face normally, applied EVOO on a cotton pad and let it sit on my lashes, then washed my face again. However, with repeated use it became harder and harder to remove. My lashes literally began falling out in clumps whenever I would touch them. :( I wouldn't repurchase.
It truly is a great versatile brush and a definite must have, in my opinion. I have used this brush for foundation and blush, and it does both jobs wonderfully. This truly is a great brush for an air brushed application, or at least as close as you're going to get. Compared to my ELF studio powder brush, it applies my foundation a bit thinner. Which allows for a "natural" look. I love using it with my Revlon CS because it helps thin out the thick consistency. This brush has never shed or bled on me and I've had it for over a year, it was my very first makeup brush and my very first MAC purchase haha. I'll admit, I've abused the poor thing from time to time -I blend my foundation pretty manically with it and have left it in my purse but its still kept its shape. The Coastal Scents Black Stippler Brush is definitely *not* a dupe. Its absolutely horrible as is the rest of their brushes. I haven't tried any of the other dupes, so I can't comment on those. I know Sigma and Studio Tools has one and a few other brands might as well.
I absolutely love this brush. I have two that I use everyday. One for my blush and one for my highlighter. I've even been thinking about purchasing an other for my bronzer. The bristles are incredibly soft, dense yet fluffy. The bristles, also, dry much faster in comparison to my other brushes and retain their shape much easier. Highly recommended. I would repurchase.
My Skin: NW40/Dry A great highlight color or all over wash. Its a beautiful creamy vanilla shimmery color. Its described as being shimmery on the website, so I'm not sure why anyone would purchase it if they're not a fan of shimmers. It lasted all day without smudging, I used Kat Von D's spectacular primer underneath. It even looks natural on my tan skin. Mine came in prefect packaging. I would repurchase for sure. :)
My Skin: NW40/Dry This foundation is one of my HG foundations. It definitely does what its suppose to -stay. I've worn this in 90+ degree weather or when working out and sweating like a fiend and it didn't even budge. Its probably one of the fullest coverage foundations I've ever used, it can cover up almost anything without the use of concealer. It doesn't accentuate my dry skin, either, which a lot of foundation tend to do. It gives a matte finger which I love. I apply it with my ELF Powder brush or my MAC 187. I wouldn't recommend applying it with a standard foundation brush because it can look/feel rather heavy. It applies wonderfully with your fingers, too. I don't feel as if its difficult to remove (wash off) but that may be because I've always washed my face twice -once to remove my makeup and an other time to remove excess dirt and oils. I've tried several foundations. Too many probably and I'm always coming back to this one. The only negative is that it doesn't come with a pump.