Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil Free Facial Cleansing Oil
rlsadc 1/23/2013 10:10:00 PM
I have been using the standard Purity for quite some time. I have very dry skin due to a medical condition, and have a hard time keeping my face hydrated. I use my Mia after this oil and it works really well. This melts mascara off my face like nothing (I wear waterproof) and doesn't irritate my very sensitive eyes. It plows through make up with very little effort, and I dont find much on my Mia brush head. It doesn't dry my skin out, but also doesn't leave a oily or greasy after feel. I hate the bottle. I wish it came with something a bit more controlled to dispense it, like maybe a pump? Anyway, this is my go to cleanser. Love it.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Travel Essentials set
rlsadc 1/22/2013 11:11:00 AM
Well, first things first. I don't like the case it comes in. I don't understand why anyone would use it, but regardless, the price on these sets is just amazing. The quality of the brushes are great. I own this set, the face set, and then the separate stippling brush and expert face brush. I love them all. They apply my foundation flawlessly, and gives me that airbrushed look. Not much to complain about :)
Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - Instructional Eye on Neutral Palette
rlsadc 12/29/2012 11:05:00 PM
I don't understand why this palette isn't more popular. I love it. I have been using my naked 2 palette for the better part of the last year, but I really wanted something with more matter colors. I was going to grab the Naked basics palette (which is all matte, 6 colors, all neutral and $27) but did a little research and found this. I am so glad I did. I love the colors. I am very very pale, and there are so many options with this palette. I am not a huge fan of the packaging, and the "tutorials" are kinda dumb but oh well. You get twice the shadows, and its more than $7 cheaper. Use an eye primer before applying and you're set.
Treatments -Garnier - Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
rlsadc 11/23/2012 1:02:00 AM
Smells great! I can't really say that it makes my hair much softer, but I use it in my daughter's hair (she's biracial) and it really holds her curls together nicely. When I use it in my hair, it def dries faster. Not a bad product, especially for the price.
I really really had high hopes for this foundation because of all the rave reviews. I picked it up, alone with the whipped colorstay in hopes of finding a good replacement for my much more expensive EL Double Wear (that I love). So, first things first, I can't find an exact match. I went ahead about bought "Buff" in the oily/combo skin formula (I have dry skin, but they REALLY didn't have my color in that selection). Buff was close enough, so I grabbed it and figured I could mix in a little of another shade if I decided I liked it. I went ahead and did the whole half and half thing. I did half of my face with EL DW and then the other half with Revlon CS. I felt like the Revlon color was flat and dull. It was just a bad match. The EL color I wear is 1c1 Shell, and it has alot more pink to it. I couldn't find anything similar in the Colorstay line. My biggest complaint is that the colorstay IS SO HARD TO GET OFF COMPLETELY. I tested a bit on my arm to compare shades, and I literally had to use my eye makeup remover to get it off. That really turned me off. I hate the bottle. It's annoying that there is no pump. Atleast EL sells one separately. Overall, I am just not a fan. I really really wanted to love it, because you can NOT beat it for the price. But I think for now I will be sticking with my current foundation routine.
So I finished up my urban decay sample that I had, and I just wasn't ready to splurge on a new bottle. I did some research and picked up the ELF eye primer at target. I figured for $1, what could it hurt? It it absolutely comparable to UD. In fact, I think I like it even more just because of the price tag! I took a photo of some Naked 2 palette colors and also the WnW Comfort Zone colors. This stuff more than doubles the color pay off. I'm sold. Take a look up above and you can really really see the difference. I would say that the consistency isn't as great as UD, and you do have to use a bit more, but that's the only real difference I can tell. Pick it up! You won't be disappointed. :)
I bought this when all the NYX products went on sale at ULTA. I hate it. It's gritty, and just feels ridiculously cheap. I can't use it. The colors are nice, but that's about it. The brush is useless.
Blush -Hard Candy - Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pin Up
rlsadc 10/7/2012 4:57:00 PM
I picked this up a few days ago because I had seen a couple of reviews that mentioned it was great for fair skin and contouring. Figured it couldn't hurt. The color is really pretty on my face. It def has a bit of a sheen to it, a little iridescent shine. My problem is that it just doesn't stay put. The fall out is probably the worst I have ever seen. Even just swatching it on my arm lasted all of two seconds...a swipe of my hand and it was gone. For the price I supposed I can't complain too much. $6-7 I believe. I'll keep looking though.
So, I will start off by saying that the quality of the shadows are obviously great. They're UD, and they never let down on quality. Now, the colors just do not suit me. I am fair skin, with pink warm undertones, and this palette is just too dark. I ended up returning it and buying the Naked 2 palette. I am much happier with it.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Supre- Hempz Herbal Moisturizer
rlsadc 10/6/2012 11:15:00 PM
I picked this up last week at my local salon because I had a little discount for volunteering my hair for practice. Anyhow, I tested out the sample and really loved the way it went on. I think I paid $17 for the bottle, which is def steep for lotion in my book. I usually use Nivea lotions and creams. I like it overall. It's a nice lightweight lotion, that feels really nice. It's not super intensive, but does the job. I love that it rubs in quickly and doesn't leave me with that "Ew, I just put on lotion" feel. So, you're probably asking yourself why I only give this 3 lippies. BECAUSE THE SMELL IS AWFUL! Okay, that was a little dramatic. It doesn't really hit you as obnoxious until you have worn it a few times and you realize that you smell like a bottle of bubblegum antibiotics that you took when you were a kid. My boyfriend used it in a pinch, and I really realized that I just can't stand it. I look forward to trying it in one of their other scents, but the original is no bueno.
I remember when I first bought this, the girl at the counter decided that telling me that the "wax" side is the same think morticians use on dead bodies was a good sales tactic. Well, despite her crappy sales (she made it look awful on my brows as well), I was super intrigued and decided to give it a shot. I have had that same compact for atleast a year now. This stuff lasts FOREVER. I will say that I stopped using the wax, mostly because I feel like it just adds too much and makes my brows look unnatural. The blending powder (basically a dark eye shadow) works great to fill in my brows...but I think I am over this. Since I don't really use the wax side, I feel like I am just putting overpriced eye shadow on my brows. So after I am done with this (which will be awhile considering I JUST hit pan on it), I will probably try something new. It works great, the brushes are so cute and do their job (I lost the tweezers long ago..so I can't remember if I like them or not)...but it's something that I could live without since I'm not into the wax anymore.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush Waterproof
rlsadc 10/6/2012 3:18:00 PM
SOOOO...after reading tons and tons of raaaave reviews about this mascara (and being totally intrigued by the thought of a mousse mascara), I purchased this. I have used it alot of different ways, since I don't normally ever use any mascara alone. I haven't been able to find a place for it in my mascara routine. I went ahead and took pics to compare it to Falsies Flared (my main HG go to mascara), and I feel like it really outlines why this mascara falls flat. It goes give a bit of volume, but not what I expect given that its from the same Volume Express line. I like ALOT of volume and ALOT of ooomph in my lashes. I would think that it would work if you have a really full, naturally long lash to begin with. Mine are are medium length, and pretty fine and fair. I really wanted to love it, the bottle it so cute! I have seen a few comments about the wand, and I love the cuts in the stick. I feel like it helps when I am putting it on...although I can see why it would be annoying. I assure you though, that it isn't going to break. The Falsies wand had the same design, and I have been using it forever.
Okay, so I had heard great things about the Nivea lip balms...and I love their creams and lotions so I figured I would give it a shot (I have been using their products happily for years). I wanted the mint, but they didn't have it at my store so I opted for the next best thing...since it wasn't fruity and sounded extra moisturizing. I was a little shocked by the color when I first popped it open. Its like a bright, weird, yellowish gold color. I was expecting more a creamy color. Then I sniffed it, expecting a warm scent, and was let down. I put it on anyway, and it was fine, nothing awful. I just expected more. I usually use EOS lip balms, and I don't feel like this individual Nivea balm can compare. It didn't do much to soften my lips, and I even had some dead skin on my lips for the couple days I tried to give this balm a shot. I never have that problem with my EOS balms. I put that I would buy it again, because I plan on buying another scent and trying again. I really wanted to love this balm, but I think it missed the mark.
I purchase this in the jar. I have been using it for about a year now, and I use it at night before bed. I use make up wipes to get most of my makeup off, then an eye makeup remover on my eyes...then this. I wouldn't say that I use this everyday, because I just dont feel like my skin needs to be exfoliated THAT much...but every other day would be a fair statement. It has a creamy texture, almost like a skin butter...in that aspect it is different than most other scrubs I have used (in my experience, they have usually been more gel like). I was a little off put by that at first, but the sweet smell pushed me to give it a try anyway. I am so glad I did. This is a bit "rougher" than other facial scrubs I have used, but it's nothing over abrasive or ridiculous. I imagine they did that because of its lotion like consistency, and they needed something that could still work through that. I think it's perfect. Overall, I love it. It's a great, affordable product that leaves my face glowing and soft to the touch.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash
rlsadc 10/6/2012 10:19:00 AM
I love this stuff. I have been using different Dove body washes for the last few years, and I love them too, but I don't feel like they always rinse off very well. I use St. Ives face scrub, so I decided to give this a shot (it's cheaper than Dove too). I am so glad I did! I have pretty dry, sundamaged skin from living in the Vegas sun my whole life, and I love the calming moisture this wash gives. Smells fab too (and I am not usually a warm scent person, but this is more of a almondy/oatmeal smell, unlike most vanilla like smells that come with oatmeal washes). No real complaints at all. The price is perfect, it works great. St. Ives is underloved in my opinion.