Lip Gloss -Physicians Formula - Plump Potion Clear
skiblu 10/30/2010 2:06:00 PM
Lipfusion XL is my favorite, but the price is exorbitant. This is a fraction of the cost, and I think there is more product. In terms of results, I think it is really similar - I feel like it exfoliates and hydrates at the same time, which is what produces the "plumping" effect. I find there to be no stinging. The only thing I don't like is the gloss - stickiness. I put it on only before bed, or while getting ready in the AM - then i have to blot it off. It is too shiny and sticky to wear out of the house as is. But once it sinks in, you can blot it and it has already taken effect so it is fine.
Hate to kill the buzz, but... I don't love this. Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but mine applied streaky and looked gross - like I had dried liquid foundation on my nails. I thinned it out and its a little better, but I think this either needs to be grayer, or pinker, or something - this in between shade looks gross and a little dirty to me. I am very pale, so that is definitely affecting the look of it, but I was also surprised to read so many girls on here writing of how it is the perfect "greige" for pale skin tones. I can't disagree more. I think virtually ANY other gray or lilac or beige would look better on me. Also found the shimmer to be quite noticable, which I don't like.
VERY yellow color gold. I can't imagine it working well on anyone. I will say, though, that I have found the texture of these custom eyes shadows to very quite a bit by color, and this one had one of the nicer textures. Pretty soft and smooth. Maybe a little too soft, but not bad.
Mine didn't have the purple/blue tone others are talking about, it seemed to me to be a pretty true black color. It was dark, but also not well pigmented at all, so it was very difficult to apply because it just looked uneven no matter how much I tried to layer it or keep it sheer, neither way worked. In the trash it went.
I always end up using shimmery taupe eyeshadows. I tend to go for a minimalist look with makeup, and having blue eyes, my best options are usually matte greys (very pretty, but I won't wear them unless it is an occasion in which I don't mind the obviously made up look of smoky eyes) or coppery golds (great for making my eyes look super-blue -- but unfortunately I am very pale skinned and I haven't yet found a good tone that doesn't make me look sickly). Shimmery taupes end up being the middle ground. They look natural and not overdone but still bring out my eyes a little bit. I waited a long time to buy this because even though the reviews were good, no color swatches or photos online really looked like shimmery taupe to me, so I had been leaving it out of my ELF online orders. Then when Target started selling ELF, I saw it in person and realized it was one of the colors I am always looking for. I bought two for my compact, since I previously had in there the two gold colors, the black, and the white-- of which I was only using the white to highlight occasionally. So I switched out the others for two of these and one Sage. I very much like it. It is a little bit darker than I expected, even after purchasing it in-store and seeing the color in person. I guess the lighting in Target made it seem like it would be lighter, but at least on my pale skin, this color does make an impact. You can definitely see it on me, in a good way. So I am guessing that the people complaining here that it isn't pigmented enough must have a darker complexion. A lot does crumble up at the touch of a brush, but it isn't unmanageable. A little wasteful, maybe, since I shake it out so as to not make a mess when I put it away, but for $1 I don't care about wasting a little. Since it is so cheap, I think it will be my new standard shimmery taupe even if it is a little tiny bit darker than usual. Maybe I also just need to get used to that!
I think this is great! Personally, I usually do not want any shimmer in my bronzer at ALL. It can look good if you don't mind everybody noticing that you're all made up, but if you want a natural look, shimmer is NOT it. Nobody's skin shimmers naturally. And amazingly, it is hard to find a matte bronzer! Even products claiming to be matte usually have some shimmer. Also most of them carry an orange tone, which is fine for most, but I am quite pale and have a cool skin tone, so even a little orange is hard to pull off. This is perfect when applied with a light hand-- I like to mix up all of the colors. The reddish part makes it look natural on me, like I'd been in the sun, and the white bit balances out the darkness of the brown quarters. Perfect!
Even though I have really dark almost black hair and brows, I got this in "Light". I always have problems finding eyebrow kits or pencils that don't have a red undertone that makes them look unnatural, but I find that the lighter kits and pencils tend to not have that. So I can't speak of the other shades, but Light has NO red, which is great. Also, even though the powder is a light color, the wax itself is a medium brown, so when I put it on it comes out quite dark-- too dark actually when I applied it with a heavy hand (thinking I could since it was the Light kit). But I brushed a little out, and it is perfect. I do like the brush it comes with, but it is such a tiny short little thing I found it sort of hard to handle. Probably I will get used to it, though.
I get the idea from the previous reviews that this one has pretty extreme reactions to skin chemistry. For me, it is great. Not too feminine, not too masculine. A little sweet, but also musky. I don't experience ANY of this "pine" smell on me. I get tons of compliments, yet most people don't believe it is perfume, they think I just smell great-- which is perfect, I hate smells that are too perfumey. Altogether, I finally found "my" perfume.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Stung - Lip Plumper
skiblu 8/16/2008 11:45:00 PM
This stuff is sold on ebay under the names "Stung!", "Lip Stinger" and "Lip Pulse". All sold by user "fibersyn". Anyways, overall, I like it. It is basically just like DuWop Lip Venom, with a few small differences. First, it is waaay cheaper. $10 for a bottle that holds easily 10x the amount of a Lip Venom bottle ($15). Also, this stuff is not really a lip gloss in the traditional sense. It is a combination of many different oils. It does moisturize, somewhat, and it does look glossy for a bit, but it is really just oil. Hence the "watery" texture everybody has been commenting on. Unfortunately, it is hard to package an oil like that. The rollerball is a bit imprecise, but I can't think of a better way to package it. Another difference from Lip Venom is that this stuff is basically a concentrated version of it. Overall, for the price, the best plumper you can get. I think LipFusion XL plumps a tiny bit more (but only a tiny bit!), and it burns less, but for $50 for a fraction of the amount, it isn't worth it. Anything else at this price does NOTHING.
I agree with the general concensus on most fronts. This provides little to no coverage, but as a primer, it is awesome, so I will continue to use it on my face and eyelids. I don't want or need much coverage anyways. *edit* Turns visibly orange after about 4 hours, especially noticeable in flourescent lighting. I end up with a yucky looking ring along my hairline, and in any creases (i.e. around the nose). Maybe I'll still use it for eyelid primer, but I'm nervous to even do that now...
Skincare - Face -Oxy - Oxy Maximum Daily Cleansing Pads
skiblu 7/30/2008 3:31:00 AM
So, all of my skin issues can really be attributed to laziness. I'm a bartender, and when I drag myself home at 3AM, the last thing I want to do is run up two flights of stairs, grab some towels, go downstairs and wash my face, then run all the way back up. No. So I usually just pass out. When I saw these in the store, I was inspired. I know these aren't intended as a substitute for washing your face, but if you're not going to do that regardless, this is better than nothing. They have salycilic acid, which is what my face responds to (not benzoyl peroxide), and my random zits have ceased completely since I've been using these at night. So, I'm giving this 5 stars, because even if they're not a miracle product for everyone (or in their intended use), they're amazing for me. Oh, but make sure to put a little moisturizer on afterwards... they seem really drying (so much alcohol!), so I didn't even attempt use without.
Bronzers -Almay - Smart Shade Bronzer in 040 Sunkissed
skiblu 7/27/2008 4:11:00 AM
I have yet to find a bronzer I really love. I don't like anything shimmery, in general, which narrows it down quite a bit, and powders just don't seem to look natural. Gels are hard to deal with, because if I'm wearing makeup underneath, it smears it around. So, thus far, I like this product best. First of all, this self-adjusting stuff is nonsense. It is just some white lotion-y stuff with grains of bronzer mixed in (look close: you can see them), which break up and turn the whole mix brown when you start smushing them on your face. Not the most scientific explanation, I know, but that seems to be what happens. The color is a bit questionable. Looks orangey at first, then after some blending looks dirty, then hits its optimal color before disappearing entirely. The trick is to stop blending it in while it is at its best. A little tricky, but not bad. I give this points for being really blendable, and not screwing with my other makeup. *edit* Like the tinted moisturizer, this also turns bright orange on me after several hours. Not wearable, I looked absurd and I was so EMBARASSED when I realized this was happening. Never again.
Moisturizers -Clean & Clear - Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer
skiblu 7/3/2008 9:53:00 AM
I have been using this for years, and it was great. My forehead, in particular, is inexplicably both dry and prone to little breakouts, and this seemed to always even everything out. I had to take off 1, though, because recently it seems to have stopped working so well. I think I just need something with more salcylic acid. Then again, it is hopefully just the weather, and I will be back using this in no time.
I've been using aspirin on my face for years now, and besides worrying a few roommates with my massive aspirin consumption prior to telling them about it, it has been incredible. I usually use it as a scrub, actually, since I don't have much time to sit around with stuff on my face. But, when I have used it as a mask, I've been trying different combinations and mixes to get it to hold better to my face. Seaweed and clay masks have burned or dried me out too much, but I have found honey and fruit enzyme masks to mix well. Aspirin, a bit of baking soda, and honey was actually my favorite for quite a while, but I hate the smell of honey, so I am taking a break from that. Anyways, I swear by this. I will say, though, that it is not necessarily a first time miracle. I think it depends on the state of your skin when you start using it. I had friends who exfoliated frequently who loved it straight off the bat, and others who I presume had to use it several times to get through a lot of dull skin before they really saw the huge difference it made. I try not to use it *too* much, but its so hard. Seems too good to be true, but five years later, it is still one of my only staples, if not the absoutely only one.
This stuff smells so familiar, but I can't figure out like what. Anyways, I'm a sucker for anything claiming to use fruit enzymes, and even though I have never found anything involving them that really wowed me, this was cheap. It didn't seem to do all that much on its own, but when I paired it with some crushed aspirin, I liked the results... similar to using the aspirin on its own, but my skin felt softer, less "tight", and looked significantly more even. So, in terms of my new quest to find the perfect mask to mix with aspirin, I'd consider using it again. I like it better than clay masks (too drying) or seaweed (burns a bit too much... a little scary), but I'm still looking. I don't know if I can recommend it as a stand alone treatment, though.