Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
rosademarzo 6/16/2013 7:54:00 PM
best-eye-makeup-remover-ever I rub it in with my fingers, then remove it with some mild baby wipe. Then rub it in again, wait up for a minute and then use the wipe again. Everything is gone, be it three coats of 3 different brands of WP mascara, gel eyeliner, cream e/s, primer, anything. I'll never bother buying cosmetic eye-MU remover ever again.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor - Always Sienna
rosademarzo 4/19/2013 8:36:00 AM
This product really stays put for many hours, even after eating and drinking. You’ll have to reapply the gloss though, otherwise it’ll feel drying, as with all the products of this kind. The gloss gives an amazing finish. I pair it with a simple eye makeup – a bit of brown on the crease, some eyeliner and mascara. The usual updo for bad hair days, large earrings, and I look more put together than when I invest more time to do an elaborate makeup. The color compliments my black hair and medium/fair skin pretty well. Even better in winter, when I have lighter skin. I can only get it by travelling to a neighbouring country, where it costs 11 us dollars. Would I buy it again? Heck yeah! This review is for Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in Always Sienna.
Great concealer, doesn't crease on me if I take my time to apply it. I've got hyperpigmentation spots, and it works fine covering them up if I layer it, and still - I wouldn't call it a full coverage concealer BY NO MEANS. So, if you need really full coverage, go for something else. I use it on my under eye area only. I blend it with my fingers for best results and always set it with translucent powder, otherwise it will run away off my face after a few hours. I've got a big issue with large pores around my nose and Pro Longwear Concealer doesn't accentuate them - which is a huge plus for me. I find that NW shades conceal and brighten up the under eye area better then the NC shades (even though I'm NC). Cons: the stupid pump we all dislike; it retails for 45 US dollars at Brazilian MAC stores and Brazilian Sephora
Makeup Brushes -Urban Decay - Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
rosademarzo 4/6/2013 10:06:00 AM
This brush applies foundation nicely and effortlessly, has just the right size, but it soaks up waay too much liquid foundation to my taste. When I use it to apply full coverage foundations I end up with a sheer coverage, so I need to go over it a second time, almost doubling the amount I need. The brush feels sturdy and is nicely made. It's remarkably beautiful. Urban Decay must have hired some awesome designer for this. The packaging it comes in looks cute from the distance (it's Urban Decay!) but it's in fact very cheap plastic, flimsier than any yogurt cup and useless, for it doesn't fit: when you try to attach the cap you end up damaging the bristles. After using the brush around 3 times to apply foundation, I usually wash it (baby shampoo, warm water) and notice tones of foundation flowing off. Besides, it's kind of hard to get it clean, but I don't really mind. I have fun washing my brushes. The brush stops applying fndt nicely after only 3 uses because it's thoroughly saturated with dried out foundation, so the bristles clump together. And if you consider that ordinary Revlon Colorstay retails for US$ 33 (and there's no bogoff whatsover), MAC's Studio Fix Fluid for US$ 72 and Teint Idole for US$ 105 where I live..
This concealer doesn't really work as such. It doesn't conceal anything on me, it just sits there, piled up over my foundation. If I try to build it up, it just become more obvious and still doesn't give coverage. In general, I do like many Essence products and sure will keep trying new ones whenever I can (not available in my country), but this one was a disappointment.
I've got this in shade "06 berry me!" The formula is streaky and doesn't cover well. The weird hourglass-applicator makes things worse. Lasting power is a bit above average, but I wouldn't call this "longlasting".
Pressed Powders -Unlisted Brand - Marchetti Po Compacto
rosademarzo 2/2/2013 9:08:00 PM
Because this compact powder is rather coarsely milled, it's no good as a whole face powder. I use shade nr. 04 (much darker than my skin tone) for contouring and I also mix it with blushes. I like the fact that it is a true brown with no noticeable orange undertones. Nr. 03 would work for that purpose too. Why would anyone buy this? Because of the lack of alternatives here in Brazil. This powder is readily available in my town and is not the most expensive one. Packaging is quite ok. The little sponge is useless, as usual. Marchetti is a brand from Rio Grande do Sul, South Brazil.
What a great brush! Super soft. After some washes: no shedding at all and it has bravely kept its shape. It's perfect for applying powder and for contouring as well (!!) Highly recommend!
This is an excellent little duo of matte brow-shadows plus stencils!! The colors work really well and you can balance them as you please. It looks very small, but it took me a long time to run out of it - and I bought a new one as soon as I got the chance!! The packaging can't be beat: surprisingly durable and thoroughly handy. If you still don't know how to make your brows look nice and even, go get this! Even the little brush works! My only complain: the stencils - all but one fit my brows. The others are way too big.
Sorry to spoil the party, guys! I agree with everyone below me that this is a great foundation, great staying power, a dream to blend, etc, etc. BUT: it transfers like mad!! Onto my cell phone and everything that touches my face, and worst of all: it transfers to, stains and ruins my compact powders, blushes, eyeshadows and brushes!! NO WAY!! (My good ol' trusted Revlon Colorstay - you've never done this to me!) The only way I see around this is acquiring 3 or 4 complete sets of cheap makeup brushes and never ever double dip again!
gossmakeupartist has just reviewed Revlon Colorstay! He raves about it!! (the guy must have reviewed more than a 100 foundations on his channel, from over-professional ones like Graftobian or Kevyn Aucoin to Maybelline or Rimmel). Here’s my own opinion on this most reviewed foundation: I like Revlon CS a lot; it works for my combination and sometimes oily skin (right now I’ve got the one for oily/combination skin with “softflex” and SPF 6). But it is also true that there are so little options where I live. And it costs no less than whole 32 dollars in my town. It stands up hot weather quite well, but on those 90-degrees and 90% humidity days it does melt away. I need to moisturize well my whole face before application and especially my under eye area – which I accomplish successfully with Nivea Creme. If I didn’t moisturize, it would look patchy, even on my often greasy t-zone. AND I need to wear a high SPF underneath during the day - otherwise I get bad sun spots. In the evening, I may use primer and/or Milk of Magnesia only on my nose. Wayne Goss, who refers to the high approval rates on makeupalley on the video’s infobox, applied it with a standard foundation brush (like me! – It must mean something! :-)). The only cons he sees are the SPF (he regards it as risky when photographing), the missing pump (like everyone else) and the high price in the UK. Here are his words: “It’s better than it used to be”, “staying power quite incredible”, “don’t notice smell at all” (Huh?! Did I get it right?!) “It looks like skin and feels like skin”, “you don’t need to settle with powder” – although he does it, “photographs really nicely”, “All the formulations are absolutely beautiful”, “It’s one of the best drugstore foundations available”, and that it will continue to be an absolute favorite of a whole lot of people “because it’s just amazing”. Who am I to disagree?
AWESOME for your undereye area before makeup!! Nivea Cream will counteract that concealer-dryness dilemma like nothing else!! Pat it twice under your eyes 10 minutes beforehand - it will sooth, smooth, hydrate and really treat the undereye area (don't put on your lids if they're oily, though!) My concealer goes on like a dream, I swear! I reckon this is the most versatile product among thousands, and it has been around for generations - it must mean something! I use it from feet to knees, then hands, elbows, eyes, lips. German hairdressers swear by this as a leave-in for your hair. I've always heard stories about old grannies (South American and European ones) with amazing young good-looking skin that would tell you - "Only Nivea Cream all my life" - I reckon they are true. I'll update on this in two decades.
Conditioner -TRESemme - Climate Control Conditioner
rosademarzo 11/27/2012 8:38:00 PM
Very pleased with this conditioner! Leaves my hair nice and soft. I use it only once a week since it feels so "heavily nutritious" on my hair. Purchased a 32 FL OZ bottle at the duty-free, and it felt like an awesome deal for tones of product. In my country you pay much more for TRESemmé products in way smaller bottles. I guess one should use a clarifying shampoo every now and then when using this.
Sunscreen -Vichy - Capital Soleil SPF 30 Face Emulsion Dry Touch
rosademarzo 11/27/2012 9:26:00 AM
I can't believe I've just paid whole 25 dollars for this!! It's the worst spf face lotion ever! It feels and LOOKS exactly like smearing white toothpaste on my face - it leaves me like I've just seen some ghost, completely baby-powder-white. To make things worse, due to decades of oily skin (and this stuff is supposed to be for oily skin) I have large pores on the center of my face, and this lotion fills them with totaly visible little white dough beads. On top of it all, because I'm in Brazil, the farmacy won't take it back - I feel cheated, no less, no more. This is not the first time Vichy products disappoint me, but will be the last one for sure. (This review is for Vichy LABORATOIRES UVB+UVA SPF 30 Capital Soleil dry touch)
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 222 Tapered Blending Brush [DISCONTINUED]
rosademarzo 11/3/2012 8:52:00 PM
hmm... sorry to disagree, guys! This brush didn't work for me. It's simply too big to blend on my lids and crease. Besides, it has lost its shape big time. Mine is still nice and soft, but it looks nothing like the ones above. I've given it three lippies because I still have to try to give its old shape back and see what happens (no brush guards anywhere in sight). If I would buy this again? I don't even bother. MAC-eye brushes cost around 60 dollars at Brazilian MAC stores. Will have to wait till my next trip overseas to get new brushes. (It's no longer displayed on their website - maybe discontinued?)