Here's my story. I have been to the Mac counter looking at Eye Brows but couldn't find a color match.(fling and lingering) I've known about Maybelline's similar product, but put off buying until now. I got Light blonde. (I bleach my brows dark blonde/lt. brown) After reading all the reviews about the malfunctioning dispenser I was careful to twist up a small bit of the product. Starting applying lightly to my brow and Doh! It broke off. Okay, I'll try it again...twisted up and applied finishing one brow and then had to twist up for the other eye and Hell no, the twist thing wont work, and the black twister just came off. The color was perfect and the wear was good and was still on hours later when I returned it to CVS.
I agree with everyone on the aggravation of sharpening this pencil. I did manage to successfully sharpen it with a metal sharpener. (Plastic would not work.) I like the spoolie at the other end and also the texture was okay for me. So why don't I like it overall? The color: I bought blonde, lightest shade, and it is more like a brown hue.
BB citrus facial scrub with its nutmeg, clove and orange ingredients mixed with nut shells might make a nice potpourri. Applying it to your face however is one of the worst things you could do. I'm looking for a new scrub since my old got d/c. It will not have sharp edged shells. It will have rounded beads that exfoliate without causing tears in my skin and won't have irritating and really strange ingredients to break out my skin. If you have this use it on you feet...seriously!
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Brightening Eye Color-Nouveau Neutrals
seaswan 4/2/2013 6:58:00 PM
The picture here and on elf's website look nothing like the colors in this quad. NN has a peach, lightish brown, pastel silver green, and olive green. All have shimmer. None have pigment. elf's brightening quads can be decent for a buck. Butternut, Day 2 night, silver linings to name a few. Nouveau Neutrals is a fail!
I have tried almost every drugstore hair color Clairol, L'oreal, Revlon, also some at Sally's including their Ion brand. I have dark blonde hair with blonde highlights (Natural brunette). I have to touch up my roots with a base color. Nice n Easy is the best hair color hands down. Why? The color on the box is the color I get, (No orange, I'm speaking to you Colorsilk). I used neutral light blonde by ION that had made my hair light brown instead and messed up my highlights. It covers grays really well (okay I have a few)! It fades like every hair color, but it doesn't go brassy when it does. It doesn't dry my hair out and it's easy to apply. I leave it on for 50 minutes. (I use blondes #102, #104 range). It's Nice n Accurate!
Dream Bouncy blush is firmer than the much better d/c Dream Mouse Blush which had a creamier consistency. I bought this in Peach Satin a pretty hue with glow, and applied with fingers then tried a brush. It was light on pigment and not very buildable and the staying power was weak making me want to bounce this off the wall!
I had high hopes for this Blush when I read that it has a cream to powder finish. The consistency which is not a cream is between the d/c Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush, (which I liked) and Maybelline bouncy blush.(which I didn't like) I payed $6.00 (elf's most expensive blush) in Tease. A very nice peach with a touch of pink hue. The firmness of the blush is a bit tough to pick up from the pot container with fingers or a brush. It applies creamier and is buildable with good pigment. Hopes still High but.... It settled into the pores on my cheeks which the (MDMB never did) leaving me with the connect the dots look. It never really turned over to the powder and faded on my normal/dry cheeks in about an hour...Next!
Been using this studio line combo for about 7 months in Ash. I have medium/dark brown eyebrows that I lighten to a med/dark blonde. The kit has a cool taupe powder and a warmer light brown gel with a small two sided brush. I love elf's studio line packaging for this. I use the cool toned powder for filling in my brows. I don't use the gel side to often because the color can make my brows darker than I want. The negative is that the wear and the pigment could be better.
Does this keep my shadow on longer? No. Does this make my naked eyelid look smoother? Umm .In the nude color; Yes. In the thick Glittery Champagne color? Heck No! Does this cost a buck? Yes it does. Do I recommend it? Not if you want eye shadow to cling on your eye and last longer than usual. I believe that it what a primer is for right?
Trying to find a YC vanilla scent that I like. This one is not it. Like Christmas Cookie it smells like the raw batter more than a baked good. Too heavy and thick....Next!
I read the negative reviews and know, that in most cases, it's not the product but the application which has a bit of a learning curve to it. I've been using this since it came out and the original Permatone product: MaxFactor Lipfinity before that. Proctor and Gamble (owned MF and owns CG) Here's how I have been applying it. Take the doe foot out of the color tube and scrape off most of the product, then outline and then fill in with one thin layer. (Play around with it and find out how much you need to cover your lips but do not apply more color, wait another day to try again.) The next step is crucial! Don't put your lips together. Keep them apart until the product dries at least 3-5 minutes. I usually put the color on, put my mascara on and then apply the clear topcoat. Do apply on clean dry lips. Don't apply it too thick. Don't blot your lips. Don't put on the top coat to early. I promise there will be no flaking or balling up of the product if applied correctly. Also use the top coat that comes with it. Any lip balms with Vaseline or mineral oil will take this right off. If you follow these steps and practice you will have long wearing lip color that lasts for 6 -8 hours easily, with no transfer onto anything or anyone and the shade you put on will stay that way without turning into some other hue. (Now it isn't a tattoo so If you eat, drink and swim all in one day it will get lighter but it won't disappear!) I stopped wearing "regular lipstick, lipgloss etc. Since I have been using this my lips are not as dried out as when I used traditional lipstick and I use it on days that I'm staying in for that reason. I keep a top coat in my bag for reapplying when needed. For removal like I said anything with mineral oil or vaseline, or just leave it on and by the next day it's gone. Outlast has the best selection of colors and there is at least one for everyone! I have back-stock of this stuff. Mac came out with it's version of this and it's good, but for twice the money. Maybelline is good but this is better. Once I got the hang of applying I learned how to mix colors, apply with my finger for a "stain" look, and even reapply (if needed) where the color started to fade. For me this has been one of the best inventions in cosmetics. Give it a shot and maybe you'll feel the same.
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Rendezvous
seaswan 3/9/2013 9:35:00 PM
On me, unlike the photos posted Rendezvous looked like an overripe tangelo...way too orange! Not as orange as the tube hue, but close. The lip drying Peppermint oil was as annoying as this color.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
seaswan 3/9/2013 2:12:00 AM
It would be great if this dollar curler lived up to the positive reviews, but it didn't! Not a good curl on my lashes and was a bit big and awkward (eye area) and the curl I got didn't hang around long. I've used revlon in the past (silver one) and been pretty happy with it until I bought another one at Target and What?? Something has changed...for the worse. So I'm hunting for a new eyelash curler. Elf has some great products>>this one..not so much....Next!
It's been a challenge finding an DS foundation for my winter dry skin with the following criteria. Buildable, natural looking coverage, good shade selection, and no mica or other glitter like ingredients. (lack of sparkle is why I went with the VL Smooth instead of the VL Serum). Did some research, checked reviews here and off to to CVS I went. In the store I first picked up Buff Beige which is in the middle of the display but is darker than the shades to the right & left of it. Odd layout by L'oreal. I had a coupon so bought Natural Buff and Natural Beige. $15.99 for .85 oz bottle. N. Buff is a pretty good match leaning light so N.Beige balances that out. Application was creamy, and blended well (with a separate buff brush and/or fingers) and the coverage is medium without primer. My skin looked nice and dewy, even when I put powder on the glow was still there, (oily skins should shy away), with no settling in lines, pores or dry patches. VLSA feels very light. It also wears well, color stayed true and my skin still looked just as nice later in the day. Removed easily with Olay SS face wash. Now...on to the bad and the 3 lippie rating: The brush top twist click bottle. What a pain! I cut off and removed all of the brush bristles, to be more hygienic and have more control over application, then I pour it into a smaller jar that I have. The foundation itself is 4 to 5 lippie rating but had to deduct L'oreal's annoying packaging. Ulta has stopped carrying this and I have a feeling this will be D/C soon. So if you like this foundation..Stockpile alert!
Masks -Paula's Choice - skin recovery hydrating treatment mask
seaswan 2/27/2013 7:26:00 PM
How have I not reviewed this? I love this mask. I soothes my skin more than any of her moisturizers. It has great ingredients and no fragrance. I apply this all over including my eye area and leave it on overnight. I wake up with such soft skin. I think this mask would be good for just about any skin type except oily.