This sounded so promising- I am one of those Carmex addicts, but was looking for something that was just an everyday balm. The scent is lovely- I can't believe it's Carmex! BUT- as others have said, it is the consistency of lotion- and that's not a good thing. There's a reason I don't use my hand cream on my lips unless it's an emergency- the consistency is just too weird and unnatural on lips! On one hand, it soaks right into your skin, leaving no moisturizing stuff leftover. On the other hand, what it DOES leave behind is this chalky white color that actually accentuates all of the flakes on my lips. What they should have done was kept the exact consistency of the tube version of the medicated Carmex and just taken out the medicated aspect of it. The smell is great- but it's just unusable for me. I threw it away after maybe 10 uses.
Ok, I gotta be honest. My maid of honor, who works for Clinique, insisted that I use this in the auburn shade for my wedding. I was really hesitant, as I've had bad experiences with auburn brow pencils looking a bit too intense. So for years, I'd just been using a blonde shade of brow powder. However, once I used this I was in love. It's very thin and offers great precision. Best of all- if you have red hair, this will match your coloring without leaving you looking like a clown.
Wow, what a beautiful lipstick. It is FUCHSIA. I am usually pretty conservative with lipstick- usually a nice berry or a rose. Maybe I'll whip out a retro red. But this lipstick caught my eye and I actually thought to myself "I'll try this on just to see how wacky this looks." But to my surprise it was incredibly flattering to my fair, cool skintone. It goes on very satiny, but doesn't feel dry. It's a very cool color, but my two bridesmaids- one very fair with slightly golden undertones, and another with a little more olive skin- both wore it, and it looked great on both of them as well! For people like myself who might be a little scared to wear a bright shade, try this. You might be surprised!
I actually bought this lipstick going to the MAC counter intending to buy MAC's Vegas Volt. I had heard great things about it for fair skin, but when I tried it on it just wasn't for me. But my eye had immediately gone to the tube of Lustering in the display. It's just a beautiful bright pink with the teensiest bit of mauve, I guess? I always go for either a red or berry lipstick- I never buy pink. But for my fair, cool skintone, this is very flattering. It's a shade that offers a great, bright pop of color, but it's also very wearable. Love it!
I got this shade in a set of 10 of OPI's most popular colors. There were other, more "ballet slipper" pinks, and more grey-nudes and I this one fell under my radar for a while. It didn't look too exciting in the bottle. I finally used it and it's really one of the most flattering neutral nail shades I've ever tried! I ordered the full sized immediately. I have very fair, cool skin and the polish shows up as a combo of a little pink, a little nude and a little mauve. It also has a nice opacity, which can be hard to fin with light, neutral shades. It may not be the most exciting shade, but I'd say this is a must have for everyone's polish collection.
Wow, this stuff really packs a punch. I had a CoverGirl formula, which I liked because it was a nice wash of color. I was kind of hoping for the same effect with this, but it really goes on bold! It's almost a little too much, so I put it on before I leave for work, and it tones down a little by the time I get there. I don't find it too drying, but again, to kind of tone down the color, I put a little Chapstick on over it and it feels great. I also love the tip because you get apply a very precise line. And it really does last a long time!
Wow, I LOVE this stuff! I've almost always used a powder with an angled brush. However, I felt like I couldn't get a very crisp line- I always seemed to make a big hazy line. I was going to buy the Anastasia brand from Sephora but double the price, but they were out of my shade. I decided to see if Sephora had a similar product and they did! And I actually liked the shade a little bit better! It's a nice, thin felt tipped pen- it's great for detail work. Now, there are only two shades- medium and deep. I'm very fair with red hair and thought the medium would be too dark, but it's actually the perfect shade! That being said, I think some people might find it a little too auburnish if there is no red in their hair. But for me, it's perfect. I find there's kind of an adjustment period but I think it's one of the best brow products I've ever tried. I usually brush my brows quickly before apply this stuff in short strokes. Also, I find that if you go over it again with a brow brush, it kind of softens the hard edge. If you put it on really thick it CAN look a little like a Sharpie. I even find that there's a slight bit of hold to it which I love, as my brows are a little wild sometimes.
Mascara -Maybelline - Define a lash volume WATERPROOF
redheadedbitch 12/16/2010 12:21:00 PM
I cannot get this stuff off of my lashes! Doesn't budge with my makeup remover, soap, Noxema- NOTHING. That alone makes me not want to use it. Plus, those plastic applicators always poke my eyes and irritate them. Plus, I find this stuff kind of clumpy. And I don't find it particularly volumizing. The nice thing is that it holds a curl. My lashes are very straight, and if I curl them, this mascara ensures that they stay curled until I (TRY to) take it off.
Wow, I really like this lip balm. I actually got it for free with some Neutrogena sunscreen- otherwise I probably would not have bought it. This is probably the best lip balm with SPF I've ever used- maybe one of the best balms in general! I recently got a Chapstick brand lip balm with SPF and the consistency is just...weird. The feeling and taste is unpleasant, and it makes my lips chapped just from me rubbing my lips together constantly. However, the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer feels like regular lip balm- no real fragrance or flavor. Very light- perfect amount of slip and waxiness. I put it on and can just kind of forget about it. I shouldn't be surprised- everyone in my family has sworn by the Norwegian Formula hand creme for DECADES. Plus, the container is kind of cool looking :-)
Lotions/ Creams -C.O. Bigelow - Cooling Foot Cream
redheadedbitch 6/18/2010 12:32:00 PM
I got this as a gift. I keep this stuff around because it feels great on tired, overheated, swollen feet (which I often have.) Its cooling sensation is soothing, and it smells nice. However, that's about all it does. I don't have the driest feet, but this stuff hardly made a dent in terms of moisturizing. If you have seriously dry, cracked feet, go with something else.
Scrubs -Biore - Pore Perfect Pore Unclogging Scrub
redheadedbitch 5/28/2010 12:25:00 PM
I bought this kind of on a whim when my local Rite Aid was having a "Buy a Biore cleanser, get pore strips for free" sale and I was buying some pore strips anyway. I remembered that this got pretty good reviews on here, so I decided to try it out. First of all, I find this scrub to be pretty gentle. I like that it is cream-based, and not too scrubby. I don't really think the beads do a whole lot- I think it would be just as effective if it were just a cream cleanser. After I rinse it off, my skin feels clean and very soft and supple. I feel I can use it every day. Some have said it is drying, but I always use moisturizer right away and have always found it to be just right. I should probably mention my skin is on the oilier side. Also, this scrub is kind of tingly, which I know is just from the menthol, but it always make my skin feel so much cleaner than without it! I think it really does help my pores, too. And -ok, this is gross- it seems to help them to be easier to purge with a lancet as well. Overall, I wouldn't say this is a life-changing cleanser, but it works just fine, is inexpensive and you know what? My skin has been looking pretty perfect since I've been using it.
I had really high hopes for this shampoo. I am growing my hair long, and this product got so many good reviews for people growing their hair that I had to try it, along with its conditioner. To me, it's really nothing special. My hair looks dull, and I have a TON of split ends- I hardly ever have split ends and now basically my entire head of hair has them. UGH. I also feel like this leaves some build-up on my hair. Also, I used to be able to go for around 3 days without washing my hair, and now 2 days is really a stretch. I know there's got to be a great drugstore hair care system- I just need to find it!
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
redheadedbitch 4/16/2010 12:10:00 PM
I really love liquid liner, and this is the best one that I've tried. They really nailed the design of the "pen" portion of it. With other liquid liners, the tip is either too flimsy or doesn't give enough, and it can tug on the delicate skin of my eyelid, causing a jagged line. This tip just glides over, creating a perfect line. It is a really rich black, too which I like- if you're going to do the liquid liner look, go all the way, baby! I have had my current tube for almost two years now- I know, I know I should throw it out- but it's still leaving a nice rich line, so I'll just keep using it until it dries out. The next liquid liner I purchase will definitely be this one.
I love, love, LOVVVEEEE Lush's face masks. I just love the whole concept- masks made of mashed up fruit and herbs and great things so fresh that it has to be refrigerated. As a former employee, I've had the chance to try all of them, and I have to say Brazened Honey is their powerhouse player. In my opinion, this is the best face mask you can buy outside of a luxe salon. I feel it works pretty well for moderate to mild acne, but it's best for skin that is some what dull and needs a bit of a wake-up- so basically perfect for someone like me in my mid-twenties. I do have sensitive skin, and I find it can be a little harsh- especially with the scrubby nut shells in there. In my mind, I feel it is like a cheaper, all-natural version of a mini-peel- after I use this, my skin just GLOWS. It sloughs off all of the dull, dry skin and makes my face look super clear, bright and healthy. I think it even helps with acne scars! Total HG.
Fragrances -Narciso Rodriguez - Narciso Rodriguez for her
redheadedbitch 3/19/2010 9:43:00 AM
Wow, I love the scent of this. This deep, musky, complex fragrance is exactly what I look for in a perfume. I can't stop sniffing myself- my boyfriend loves it, too. We rode our bikes together around our neighborhood, and he said he could smell it in the air as I rode past him- how lovely! However, I think I'm allergic to it. I got a nice sized sample of this at Sephora to try out and ever since I've had itchy bumps on my neck and chest. This is the only thing I've been using that's new to my routine. I haven't been spraying it on my wrists because it's pretty strong and I do'nt want to overdo it. However, today I did and now my wrists are all itchy!! Nooooo! Does anyone else have this reaction?? Also, I find that by the end of the day there is no scent left on my skin- at least to me. Maybe I just become used to it. But for something that applies so strong, you'd think it'd last longer. I'm going to keep trying this- maybe my skin will get used to it?? But as lovely as it is, I can't see spending $80 on it right now if I'm allergic to it.