I just got the new full sized tube of this and I'm incredibly disappointed. I remember wearing it in the past and liking it so maybe they changed the formula or I got a bad one? I don't know, but it did nothing for my lashes. It barely applied enough to make my lashes black (I think mine is the color blackest black), let alone add volume or length. I think part of the problem is that the tube is about a half inch in diameter so the brush as a result, is absolutely miniscule width wise. I am returning this and I certainly would not purchase it again.
I'm very much on the fence about this stuff. I bought it for my vacation this week because I wanted my polish to last at least the five days I'm gone and it is failing me. The first chip appeared to be just a chip and it was on the very edge so I don't think it was due to nail bending. However, the latest chips have been from my polish pealing right off my nail bed area. I use orly nail defense as my base though and I have had pealing like that without seche vite so that's why I'm on the fence. I'll give it another shot and go lighter on the base coat and change my review if it works out better. edit: I gave it another shot and it's still not working for me! I have a lot of chips on the tips of my nails. my nails are pretty stiff, they don't bend and then snap back so I know it's not chipping because of bending. I'm so disappointed!! if there is some secret to applying it so that it lasts a long time, do message me and let me know. should I do two coats instead of one? should I wait a full 24 hours after I apply the polish to add the top coat?
Mascara -Essence - I Love Extreme - Volume Mascara
sam23 4/15/2013 5:02:00 PM
I also have the one in the Hott pink tube and I would also RAVE about it it's so wonderful. It's volumizing, it holds the curl in my lashes, it gives amazing length. I have tried a few mascaras including benefit they're real and tarte lights camera lashes but this one far and away takes the cake! I even bought another kind of essence mascara to try because I liked it so much. I would absolutely buy this stuff again and again, I'm addicted to the false lash look it gives my lashes.
Liquid -NYX - Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation - Ivory
sam23 3/3/2013 1:45:00 PM
Love it! I went from revlon colorstay to this stuff and it's soooo much better. I found the revlon colorstay extremely oily and it was absolutely ruining my foundation brush. This stuff isn't though, it's a nice consistency, stays all day, I just set it with a little powder and it's good to go. ivory? (I bought the lightest shade) works excellent on me and I also wore ivory in the colorstay. this foundation is a tad bit more yellow toned but at the same time it's pale enough it doesn't seem to make a difference. This foundation has excellent coverage, medium to full I'd say. I would definitely recommend this to others. I also like that the tube is so heigenic (sp?)
For the price, I think this is definitely a worth while product! I use it with an organix sulfate free shampoo. I do not notice any color protection from this so I gave it 3 lippies but it smells pretty good, and leaves my hair in pretty good shape so I would still recommend it, just not for someone who is trying to maintain red hair color.
I hate this foundation. the only thing I like about it is that ivory matches my skin. otherwise, it's terrible. It's so runny, the jar packaging ALWAYS dispenses too much and putting it back in isn't the most sanitary. it sticks to every little peach fuz hair on my face, and I don't have that many and they are normally completely blond and un-noticeable. It sticks to the dry areas around my nose and emphasizes the crusty-ness. I just hate it! I've tried it with primer, I've tried it without, I've tried applying with my hands, a beauty blender, and the real techniques expert face brush (which is the best brush ever imo with any other foundation). and no matter which application method I used it always emphasized my little hairs and dry skin. I would not recommend this unless you are pale like me and desperate to find a drug store foundation. and I hate it even more because revlon started testing on animals!
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
sam23 1/31/2013 1:05:00 AM
Best foundation brush of life! I love it, I'm just thrilled about it. It's so soft and offers streak free application. No shedding thus far, hair density is perfect. I have no complaints at all.
what a great mascara!! I swapped for a sample from an ipsy bag and I loooove it. I just used it today for the first time in a while and it works so well, instant mega length!! I would definitely buy this in full size. it gives volume and excellent length.
I love this stuff!! it's my base and top coat. when I bought it, I had started painting my nails so frequently they were turning yellow and peeling from the stress and chemicals and this has helped a lot. I notice a lot less pealing, my nails have a better chance of growling longer. I always do two coats of this as a base, then however much color I want and then another coat of this on top the next day. I got this like 4-5 months ago and I'm already down to like 1/3 of the bottle haha but I paint my nails like three times a week lately. I will definitely get a $3.50 off ten coupon and get another one of these at ulta when I run out. I tried essie grow stronger before this and it just did nothing at all in comparison.
Freaken LOVE this product. I bought the half sized bottle just to try it out and I'm definitely going back for more. It works so well and so quickly and my nails don't feel weird like I've just soaked them in horrible chemicals when I'm done. my nails used to peal really really badly and now that I'm using this and an orly base coat, I notice it a lot less, and they are also no longer yellow. I don't think this stuff has acetone either (I could be wrong) which is great. This is an excellent purchase, it's a little spendy but trust me you need soooo little product it's worth it.
Tinted Moisturizer -Tarte - Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer
sam23 12/31/2012 1:15:00 PM
I just got this for xmas in agent 02 and it's perfect for me. My skin is a little more neutral (it's a bit yellow toned) but it's sheer enough it doesn't make too much of a difference. I set this with a small amount of mineral powder and it looks great and covers everything I need it to and it stays in place all day! I also like that it's spf 20. I will definitely have to grab another tube of this when summer rolls around.
I have this in hot tamale from an RAOK swap and I actually really like it. I'm super pale, so it shows up well on me even though it's not very pigmented. I haven't worn it much so I'm not sure what experience I had with the staying power. It does blend well though, I just kind of stipple it on with my finger tip. It was nice to get this as a surprise RAOK extra because I can't buy this brand for myself because it is tested on animals, but if I get it for free without asking for it, I'm not funding animal testing.
Mascara -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara
sam23 11/19/2012 6:32:00 PM
I LOVE this stuff, love it. it's so great, I would say it's definitely comparable to Tarte lights, camera, lashes, at about half the price. I love when I have it on and I touch my lashes for any reason (not the most sanitary I know), it feels like normal eyelashes, they don't get all crunchy and gross. This mascara gives me excellent length and good volume although it could be a little bit less clumpy. That's the only con for me, that it adds a smidge more clumpiness than tarte's lights, camera, lashes, but in every other way the two mascaras are almost a complete dupe. I would definitely re-buy this, especially considering you can get it for about $7 if you print a 3.50 off 10 coupon for ulta or cvs is always having sales on physicians formula. I definitely recommend everyone try it. ohhh also, I have noticed in the past that I have areas of sparse lashes and when I was using this for a while, those areas disappeared, my lashes would re-grow in and they are more even in length now.
I will start by saying I can't actually go out and buy this because it is tested on animals but I got a sample/mini with my sephora order recently and I tried it out this morning. I'm not impressed with the volume at all, I get okay length with it, but I am impressed that it has held my lashes in a curled position all day which is virtually impossible with my lashes. I even took a nap and they still look nice. But the thing that brought this down to two stars is the smell! it's so off I hate it, it's rose scented and I really dislike it.
Lipstick -Tarte - Glamazon Pure Performance 12 hour lipstick
sam23 11/14/2012 11:36:00 AM
I like this a lot! I got it in bold which is a very bright coral pink color and its definitely completely matte. I don't think it's necessarily moisturizing but its not drying at all either IMO. It lasts a long time but not 12 hrs, it leaves a nice stain though when it rubs off so you don't necessarily have to reapply immediately. This reminds me of Mac satin texture in a way. I will definitely get more colors in this!