Top/Base Coats -Butter London - Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat
star811 1/5/2013 1:07:00 PM
I was dreading having to remove the glitter polish I wore for the past week. I had actually planned on going to Home Depot to get a quart of pure acetone and then to Office Depot to get some rubber fingertips because I HATE wasting time on something as stupid as removing nail polish. Little did I know that the two coats of Nail Foundation underneath the glittery layers would make the removal process a breeze. I was able to peel off all the layers of polish with very little glitter remaining on my nail. I was so ridiculously excited I actually took a picture (which I still feel weird about for some reason) just so I could upload it with this review. I subtracted a lippie because it dried out my nails a little bit; however, its benefits far outweigh its costs. Now I don't have to waste time sitting around with acetone-soaked cotton balls and cold ass fingertips wondering when I'll be able to use my hands again.
Cleansers -Equate - 3-1 Facial Cleansing Towelettes
star811 4/15/2010 11:41:00 AM
I hate Walmart, and I don't live anywhere near one, but I really wanted to try these wipes based on the reviews. I had some time to kill out in suburbia so I ventured into that mess of a store and picked up these babies--2 packs for $6. The package is too heavy and bulky for travel, so I've just been using it at home. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just... benign. It does an ok job removing eye makeup, except waterproof mascara, for which I still have to use an oil-based remover. I do like that it has tea extracts and Vitamin E, but it hasn't really made a noticeable difference in my skin. It also has alcohol, and it stung like a bitch when I got a little in my eye. Oops! And those concerned about animal testing will be pleased to know that Equate is cruelty-free.
Mascara -Revlon - Lash Fantasy Waterproof Primer and Mascara
star811 12/10/2009 1:45:00 PM
I've come to the conclusion that Revlon mascaras are suck ass; each one I've tried has failed me. This one is the least offensive. The mascara side is fine, but nothing special. It really is waterproof, but doesn't do much for lengthening or thickening my lashes. The primer side is useless to me since it's wet and heavy, which seems to weigh down and uncurl my lashes. An overall fail.
I didn't have any trouble with excess product on the brush. When I first put it on, it looked fine. The problem occurred a few hours later when the mascara began to run, leaving smudges on my lower lids. Panda face anyone? Eek. I haven't returned cosmetics in years, but this shit is going straight back to the store. The search for a cruelty-free drugstore mascara continues...
Chromalines are essentially paint pots in pro colors. One of those colors happens to be Landscape Green, and I lovelovelove green so I had to buy it. It's a non-shimmery, bold, grassy green color, just like the pigment of the same name. Sweeeeeet. I've been using it as an eyeliner, and it seems to last fairly well (though not as well as a fluidline)--even on the waterline. It applies smoothly, and it's decently pigmented. For me, it's the perfect green eyeliner, except for that it comes in a pot, meaning it'll eventually begin to dry out and crack. I can't use it all that fast, damnit! It's $16.50 for that big ass pot, which seems to be a fair price for the amount of product.
Red Pepper is a matte, soft brick red--like a muted Viva Glam I, or like a deeper Hot Tahiti. The matte formula is really drying, but over a thin layer of Prada balm it seems to be ok and still sticks around for hours. It's a pro color, but worth seeking out, IMO. I just don't know why it's called Red Pepper, when red peppers are a bright ass red. Oh well, I don't really care.
Charred Red is a deep burgundy color; it's almost identical to the discontinued Rocker, but slightly warmer and without the multicolored glitter. The matte formula wears a long time, and as a result, can be very drying. It's a pro color and available at the pro store or through the mac pro phone number. Get it if you're into dark reds or wines, but skip it if you have Rocker (or even Dark Side) because it's pretty much the same shit.
You Say Tomato is a bright orange-red. And by bright, I mean borderline fluorescent. It was terribly unflattering on my NC20 skin. It made me look really yellow somehow; I looked like a jaundiced Ronald McDonald. It seems to be wearable for me only if I use a teeny tiny bit, but then I'd rather use MAC Ladybug lipstick or something. It'd be a hot color if you can pull it off, but unfortunately, I cannot. Eh, what can you do?
With the Instant Manicure, I don't have to deal with the issues I have when I paint my nails: waiting for the polish to dry, a streaky finish, and having my right hand turn out shittier than my left (we can't all be ambidextrous). They were easy to use and and I had no trouble with the air bubbles. I just lined up the bottom of the sticker with my cuticle, pressed down the center, then down the sides. Getting the excess off was kind of annoying, but not a huge deal. It took more time than I thought, trying to get it perfect, but it looks a lot better than my painting efforts. I don't know what to do with the leftover stickers because it's not like I have four extra nails to do; it feels like such a waste tossing them... I'd use them again, and if Avon lowered the price, I'd be a bit more inclined to purchase it.
Electro-lush is a medium mauvey-pink color; it's really versatile and looks great on its own or layered on top of pink, red, or plum lipsticks. It's also less opaque and less sticky than most other lipglasses. The only other lipglass I can compare it to is the beloved Song & Dance, though Electro-Lush is more mauve and a bit deeper. If I'm in a rush and can't decide on a lipcolor for the day, I'll just toss this one into my purse and save myself some time.
Incanto Charms is exactly the spring fragrance I was looking for. It's a sweet fruity-floral fragrance, akin to Incanto Dream (a HG for me) but not as sharp. It lasts a few hours, but I keep the mini with me to reapply.
Floret is easily a HG for me. It's a clean blend of sweet pea, lily of the valley, and apricot. It's very much a spring fragrance. Even though the scent fades within a couple of hours, it's still the best floral in my collection.
Vanille Coco smells good while it lasts, which, by the way, is not long at all. I get mostly vanilla and chocolate, not too much coconut. It's a very simple gourmand fragrance. In no more than hour did the fragrance completely vanish. Consider Exact Friction of the Stars for something a little less fleeting.
Meh. Pale blue with silver glitter, what else is new? Hard Candy Girlie glitter pencil looks almost identical and costs less (though there's a small tradeoff in the quality.) I really thought Reflecto would be darker, like Hyacinth eye kohl, judging by the promotional photos. I can't wear this on my top eyelids either because it just looks strange. It lasts as long as kohls and the glitter goes on evenly, IME. I would not repurchase.
I was really looking forward to Peacocked, but I was disappointed when I discovered it looks exactly like Minted eye kohl but with silver glitter. I love Minted, but couldn't MAC have made it just a little different? On the plus side, it lasts a long time over my UD primer potion and the glitter goes on evenly. But still, I'm not impressed. This eye pencil is my least favorite of the five.