Tinted Moisturizer -Physicians Formula - Healthy Wear SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer
scabooter 5/4/2010 12:37:00 AM
Overall, I believe this is a good product. I'd first like to state that I'm a PPP (NW 15-20) and that the lightest shade (Ivory to Fair) is a good match for me. However, I am very olive skinned and I think this would not match somebody with very pink undertones. Unfortunately the color range is very limited, but if you are fair do not necessarily be intimidated, even by how it looks so dark pumped out of the bottle. The packaging is awesome, I love the airless pump bottle, as I know I will get my money's worth out of the product. As other users have stated, this does feel a bit sticky on the skin (feels like you are wearing sunscreen), which is not how a lot of us want to feel in the summer, but it's a trade off I am willing to embrace for such great sun protection, and setting it with loose powder helps to take away some of the sensation. This covers surprisingly well and complements my skin in a way that's still natural looking.
Overall rating: 4 lippies. This product does what it says and it smells delicious to boot (like coconut). I have curly hair and it's very hard for me to strike a balance between getting the moisture I need and not weighing down my ringlets. My hair always feel hydrated without feeling heavy after this conditioner. Price: Kind of high for a drugstore product, especially considering the size. Packaging: I really love the packaging. The squeeze mechanism helps to avoid clogs and is so handy to dispense. My only complaint is that I wish the plastic was see through so I could tell how much product was left.
I have been on a quest for the perfect highlighter and I think this may be it. I tried a few MAC MSFs but found them too shimmery. Mary Lou-Manizer by TheBalm was a lovely powder without too much glitter but I could not get a light enough application. My other HG highlighter is High Beam from Benefit, but I find it a bit heavy duty for every day use as it catches a lot of light. I received this highlighter in a swap from a lovely MUAer and I have to say I adore it. The color is smooth and even. It catches the light and shimmers softly without sparkling, which is exactly what I was hoping it would do. It reminds me of a candlelit glow. I have combination skin and this product agrees well with all parts of my face. The coverage is light yet easily buildable. I feel this is a highlighter that would be appropriate for women of all ages and colors as it definitely gives a more "classic" look than some of the highlighters aimed at young consumers and is refreshingly devoid of chunky shimmer. I took one lippie off for the price ($26), but such a little goes a long way that I can confidently say it will be years before I have to repurchase this.
These are just beautiful. I have not had any problems with these polishes chipping; by the time my mani grows out and I remove it I just have normal tipwear. The colors also retain their depth very well: they continuously look "just polished." I am very very happy with these polishes. Veruschka, the green one, is my favorite. It's a medium hunter green and photos do not do it justice. Savita is a close second. In certain lights it leans very blue but it is definitely purple. Harlow is not my typical sort of color but someone who likes pinks might like it more. Application is very very opaque and dries quickly. Streaks are very visible so a liberal application does the job. I adore these, bought the Fall collection too and would repurchase.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Moist Hemp Facial Moisturizer
scabooter 1/7/2010 1:26:00 AM
I really like this moisturizer. It's really thick and creamy and it has a pleasant cooling sensation on the skin, yet feels light. When it dries it has almost a powdery finish and feels natural and clean on the skin. The scent is also very mild and clean. It seems to almost have a mattifying property also. My boyfriend uses this ever since I told him that moisturizing is win and he bought it because it had a huge pot leaf on the lid and I was taking forever looking at polish in Sally's. Whenever we have a sleepover I find myself skipping my own moisturizer and stealing some of this instead. He likes it too and it works well on his dry skin. I'm going to buy some for myself. I only wish it came in a more sanitary package because the jar is not my cup of tea.
These nails are freaking awesome. Just, wow. I have gotten acrylics in the past, and these really do look better. The colors are clean without being overwhelming. These also hold up to anything. I've done housework, shopping, walked the dogs, cooked, etc. and these nails are still on strong and not chipping. I filed them down because they are quite long and an unnatural shape, but I love that the package offers 12 different size nails. The fit is perfect and I will definitely re-purchase. The main con with these nails is the adhesive. It's really strong (I glued my fingers together, and I am not a clumsy person), yet runny so be careful. It will also strip the finish off of the nail if you smear it. When you put these on make sure you coat the entire nail evenly and stick it on fast, because otherwise weird air pockets will be under the nails where they didn't adhere as well (looks like pale splotches). For $5.00 can't do any better, and should be impressed that you can do this well!
This is definitely the best drugstore eyeliner I've found. It's super black and slides on easily. Staying power is great, also! At the end of the night this is usually still intact, though admittedly in the summer my outer corners would smudge a little bit. I like this better than some HE e/l I've tried and grab for it every day. Will definitely repurchase!
Ick, grease slick. This does not absorb well and does not feel clean on the skin.
I got this brush a few weeks ago, and honestly I don't know how I lived without it prior. I have the EoB and Sonia Kashuk dupes... they are just not the same. The #219 is much firmer and more tapered and allows for very precise application. For the first time in my life, I am able to apply just a hint of dark color to the outer crease without making it look like a mess. It also creates the perfect smokey eyeliner. It is expensive but I love it so much I think it's absolutely worth it.
I LOVE this polish. It is a rich hunter green with a frosty matte finish that reminds me of that expensive glass you see on Christmas tree ornaments. I know that everybody complains that Zoya mattes chip like crazy, but I'm on day 5 of this mani and it still looks as fresh as the day I did it. All I used was a base coat and two coats of polish on my long natural nails. I am so in love with all of the Zoya Matte Velvets, but this has to be my favorite. I'm glad I didn't listen to all of the negative feedback about them chipping, either, because I would have passed on a product that works perfectly well for me. The price is a bit steep, but this eBay vendor has amazing deals on sets: http://myworld.ebay.com/borinaig/ I would DEFINITELY repurchase this.
I bought this in the green color (Emerald) and after just one use I love it so much I feel the need to review already. The color payoff is excellent, even without a primer on my black lashes. The staying power is also amazing. I fell asleep with it on and this morning it's still intact and vibrant. My only complaint is that I wish the brush had finer bristles. The product can get a little bit gunky on the large brush, but by applying it slowly I was able to avoid a mess. Overall I love this and really look forward to trying the rest of the colors.
Palettes -Unlisted Brand - BH Cosmetics - 120 Color Palette 1st Edition
scabooter 12/14/2009 5:36:00 PM
I bought this palette after seeing rave reviews and tutorials on YouTube. Let me start off by saying that I paid $0.06 for this on eBay plus $12.00 shipping, so mine was dirt cheap. It is not an awful palette. However, the colors are very chalky, some stain, and the shadows are fragile and easily breakable. As another reviewer stated, these are almost "too pigmented." I use this mostly for "fun" makeup... clubbing, Halloween, conventions, etc. and it is suitable for that purpose. I rarely reach for this on a normal day, and when I do it is usually only for a black or white. I also have the 88 palettes and overwhelmingly prefer them, using them almost every day.
As other reviewers have said, this is a highly pigmented creamy lipstick with a hint of gloss. It definitely has a brown tint to it, but on me it looks more cool toned than orange as another reviewer stated. It resembles more of a berry/wine color on my skin, while in the tube it looks a bit warmer. I can use this to add a light stain of color to my lips or create bold lip color. Love this and will definitely repurchase, though it was $6.00 when I bought it two weeks ago so the price may have increased from what another reviewer stated. Still cheaper than most drugstore lippies!
I was so excited when Sephora dangled this in front of me at checkout for so cheap. Now I know why. I've had better Bonne Bell eyeshadows. This is going back. No pigmentation, and the texture is just... weird. It's chunky or something. Shame on Sephora, this was not nice.
This is literally the first perfume I have ever had to wash off. I've scrubbed my wrist with dish soap three times and I can still smell it. It's making me kind of queasy, and I'm not being dramatic. I wasted 100 of my Beauty Insider points on a deluxe sample of this (now on my Swap List) because on the Sephora site it was described as a "mossy wood" scent. Are they on crack? It smells like somebody threw a bag of jolly ranchers into a field of flowers and poured musk on top. The insert from the company even describes it as a "fruity floral." This is a horrifying, bizarre combination of 12 year old girl and 60 year old lady in a way that does not harmonize to connote a playful yet mature woman. I would rather smell the Juice Bar body spray I used to wear in third grade or my grandma any day.