Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye booster eyeliner + serum
songforafriend 1/24/2012 11:59:00 AM
Usually eyeliner is a complete mess for me because I'm monolid and I have combo/oily skin. This eyeliner doesn't smudge or transfer on me, and it actually does help lengthen my eyelashes! It's a bit expensive for a drugstore product but Physician's Formula is more expensive to begin with anyway. My only beef with this eyeliner is that it's not very dark and it does crease. A non-smudging, non-transferring eyeliner to me is worth its weight in gold so for me I would happily use this again and again.
I bought this because I wanted a non-sparkly version of NARS's "O" and this was the closest match that I could discern from MAC's cream blushes. Okay it's not a match but it still stands on its own. The colour applies with a hint of brown on my skin which I did not expect but I like it all the same because it gives a subtle and natural-looking flush on my face. It's not that malleable for a cream blush. The texture is a little tough so just be a little more careful when blending to make sure it's even. But besides that it's still a good buy.
This stuff claims to be both a base coat and a top coat but what it really is is a complete fraud. It does not work as a base coat. My nails were left in the same deplorable condition as without a base coat. I'd have split and peeling nails up the wazoo. As a top coat, it bubbles like crazy. Granted, it does prolong the life of your manicure like any top coat should, but with the amount of unsightly bubbling that appears that's not necessarily a good thing. Stay away from this product or you will suffer gravely!
This stuff has saved my nails! Previously I had used the Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat. What that left me with was weak, peeling nails. It made me scared to wear nail polish in fear of exacerbating these conditions. I could see the tips of my nails split under the nail polish, and it was so depressing that I went months without applying nail polish. This just wouldn't do. So I began to seek out my miracle product to give my nails back their strength and confidence. I decided to try the Essie Grow Stronger after being unable to find the Essie First Base base coat (the former being readily available at my local Walmart, drug store, etc.etc.). No more peeling nails! I haven't been using this stuff for very long but since purchasing it I no longer fear fun nail colours, and I have this product to thank! It honestly has changed my life. EDIT: I've begun to notice some peeling, but they're still in better condition than before. Took one lippie off for non-HG but still good product.
Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Powder Pink
songforafriend 1/15/2012 11:13:00 PM
This is more of a 3.5 for me. I find this product kind of sticky feeling which makes it a little hard to blend, but this stuff is quite pigmented while not too harsh-looking, which I like. I've only used this as a blush so I cannot attest to its use as a lip colour. The screw-top is a little cumbersome to deal with after finger-stained applications, but overall I like this product and I would buy it again.
For some reason this item was $11 CDN regular price, which was much more than I was expecting, but whatever. Like some other people here, I purchased this based on the reviews of YouTubers. Pros: easy to apply, easy to use packaging. Cons: lack of pigmentation. I have quite fair skin and even after two applications the colour was barely there. Based just on pigmentation this product has disappointed me and I would not repurchase.
At first I really liked this: vanilla and caramel, yummy! But after wearing it for a few months, I've already grown tired of it. Now it smells reminiscent of burnt sugar (which I guess is what you get if you overcook caramel). I still kinda like it and still wear it, but I think I'll try to find a fresher, purer vanilla/sugary scent.
Hair Removal -Nair - moisturizing cream hair remover corse dark hair
songforafriend 8/31/2011 11:19:00 AM
Let me say first, that I hate the smell. And when you add in combination of what I use this stuff for, really not a pleasant picture. But! I'm willing to overlook the smell because this stuff works well. This is the only product I've used that's efficiently removed coarse hair. It's not perfect; it does leave a bit of stubbling and sometimes you really gotta scrape to get the hairs off, but I'd much rather have that than razor burn and ingrown hairs.
This was more expensive than I was expecting, at almost $15. It smells good actually, for a self-tanner, kinda fruity. But I found it incredibly streaky. Also orange-y (and I'm not talking about the smell). I tried the regular self-tanning routine (exfoliate, body butter), then I tried applying body butter twice, but the results were the same. I'd get unever colour, with random blotches of darkness here and there. Bleh. Better off without it. The Lancome leg bronzer is much better, even if it smells like burnt french fries.
This is my HG makeup remover (for now at least). I use this stuff for the eyes as well, because this stuff takes off waterproof mascara as well. Okay, it does sting if it gets into my eyes, but I don't blame the product because it's not meant to be used as an eye makeup remover. It removes Revlon Colorstay (the heaviest duty foundation I use) the best out of all the makeup removers I've tried--still doesn't remove it completely (at least when I use it), but it's the closest. That's enough to convince me. :D
I got a mini version of this in a NARS kit I purchased, not expecting too much of this (I have and love the Orgasm blush in powdered form, thank you very much), but to be honest, I loved this even more. I'm super lazy and hate washing brushes, so this is about perfect for me since I only have to use my fingers. It's malleable and easy to work with. I haven't had my little guy for very long and I've already used half of it, which kinda sucks but I guess that's why the regular sized one is so honking huge. I would definitely buy the full version if I didn't already have more than enough blushes (while unfortunately not having more than enough money), so I'll try to ration what I have left of my mini version. :)
This stuff is kinda meh. I found it to be overpriced for what it does. I like the colour (in the pan at least), but there is nooooo colour payoff. I have to apply so much for it to show up on my cheeks at all. I think I used it for two months and already there's a sizable dent in the pan due to my having to constantly reapply to see any colour. So, in that regard, I guess one good thing about this is that it's virtually impossible to overapply!... Haha, but no, this is not worth the $10 I paid. You're better off either splurging on something with more pigmentation, or taking the other extreme and buying something for less money, since the result will be the same (or better).
Love this concealer! It's affordable (I think I got mine for about $8 CAD at Walmart at regular price, it can probably be had for cheaper), maybe slightly more than what I'd usually pay for a drugstore concealer, but if it works it works! I use this in the undereye area and although it doesn't camouflage the darkness there completely (I don't expect anything to because mine are pretty dark), it does a good job softening it. The brush thing is kind of messy, so I just put a tiny bit on the back of my hand rather than applying it directly on my skin. This stuff is really concentrated--the first time I used it I applied it like I did with my old CoverGirl concealer and it was waaay too much. One dab on the back of your hand is more than enough for both eyes. Probably the best drugstore makeup item I've ever used.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P.
songforafriend 8/31/2011 9:53:00 AM
I would buy this again--in the little mini kit that Sephora had (the little container is actually pretty cute!), but I would never purchase this on its own, which is why I selected no for that option. Compared to the MAC paint pot in bare study, this one is darker in colour. I actually prefer this colour, but in everything else the paint pot trumps the creaseless cream shadow. This stuff isn't as smooth and it doesn't work as well as a base. I haven't tried it as a liner, but I think it would be kind of pointless to use a nude-y colour as a liner. It's not a horrible product, but there are better and for cheaper (like the aforementioned MAC paint pot).
This stuff works for me as a base/primer, which surprised me since I have monolids. It stays put after drying, which I'm happy about. I prefer using this to an actual primer because it's pretty and sparkly and brightens the inner tear duct if you bring it down slightly. I'm not even that much in love with the colour, but it has a nice sheen and keeps my powder eyeshadows in place. Would repurchase, but there's so much product that it would probably take years for me to use up.