Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface
theymightbejenny 7/30/2012 11:42:00 AM
This is my all-time favorite blush, which is saying something considering how many I have. It's the perfect everyday pink shade that's not too cool-toned, but also not peachy. Peachy blushes tend to look orange on me, so it's always a struggle to find that perfectly balanced warm pink color. Honestly, this is it. It has a lovely matte finish and blends very nicely. It's my default blush - when I don't know what to wear, I throw this on because it looks good with everything. My only issue with it is that you have to keep it someplace dry (aka, not in your bathroom), otherwise the clay in the blush will absorb water and harden the surface. It's also a bit pricey ($25!), which I'm not a fan of, but it is pigmented so it will last a long time (and you can always knock a few bucks off with an Ulta coupon). I've nearly hit pan on my first one and I am definitely going to repurchase!
I got this product (mini size) in a cheap-o set from Sephora. The only color choice you could get was Medium, so I figured I'd never use it and swap it immediately (I have light skin). But for some reason, I decided to give it a shot.
WOW. The salmony color of this just brightens my undereye area like nothing else. Even though the color looks kinda dark in the pan, it comes off way lighter on my skin. You know how if you use an undereye concealer that's just a tad lighter than your skintone, it can look ashy? Well, this gives you a bright/lightened effect without that weird ashiness going on. It's awesome.
Coverage is fine for me, though I don't have severe dark circles. The texture of this product is the only thing that is really lacking - it's pretty true to it's name - paste-y. Now, too runny of a concealer and you'll get creasing under the eye, but too thick of a concealer and it can look cakey after setting with powder. This leans on the thick side. HOWEVER - if you use a face primer, it won't be an issue. I always use primer first (Hard Candy Sheer Envy), and Erase Paste glides on like a dream, and stays put longer. So if you're having trouble with the texture, try that.
The price is a high for my budget, but it lasts a long time (I use it every day and I'm still not even halfway through my mini-pot). If you can get it in a swap or get it in a set, I really recommend you go for it. It's surprisingly good.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
theymightbejenny 6/20/2011 10:42:00 AM
This foundation is pretty good, but not perfect. I have the lightest color (classic ivory) and it is just a bit too light and yellow for me, but the next color is just a bit too dark and pink. However, when I mix this with my favorite TM (Neutrogena HSE) which is just a tad too dark for me, it makes the perfect color. The finish is definitely on the dewy side, so I don't recommend this for oily skinned folks. I have combination skin and when I use a primer and set with a powder, this does last all day on me. I would say it has medium coverage - you can sheer it out or build it up according to what you need. It also seems to resist oxidizing (turning pink/orangey) as well. It's quite runny and the bottle doesn't come with a pump, so it's really easy to pour out way too much and make a mess. It's also a little pricey ($12) for my tastes. Overall, I'd probably purchase again despite the lack of a perfect color match, because it does last and the finish and coverage are ideal for me.
I have to echo what everyone else has said - this foundation is only for very dry-skinned people! I have combination skin, and I was an oil slick in just a few hours, even after setting it with my trusty dream matte powder. It's unfortunate, because they have a pretty good color range (I found a near perfect match in 115) and right after applying, the foundation looks amazing - not matte, but not too dewy - and it gives a natrual, light-to-medium coverage, which I prefer. The glass packaging looks classy and modern, but there's no pump. It's somewhat pricey for a drugstore foundation (~$12) as well. Overall, just not a very versatile product. It might only work for those with truly dry skin, but even then, I'm not so sure. Only buy/try this if the store has a good return policy!
Pressed Powders -New York Color - Pressed Face Powder
theymightbejenny 6/8/2011 3:50:00 AM
Yeah, this isn't that great. I needed a powder, remembered the decent reviews it got here, and picked this up for less than three bucks. I bought the color "Naturally Beige" which matches me fine - it's slightly translucent so there's some wiggle room. I chucked out the sponge and use a brush to apply. The texture is just average - goes on smooth enough, but can get cakey if you apply too much. The good news is that it doesn't break me out, but the bad news is that it doesn't last all day. In fact, if I don't use a primer, I'll get shiny in just a couple hours. So a big thumbs down for oil control. Lastly, the packaging is just so incredibly cheap. I dropped it on the counter (less than a foot drop) and it shattered. I can't count how many other products I've dropped like that and none of them broke. Even thought it's dirt cheap, it's still not worth it.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Blossom
theymightbejenny 4/22/2011 2:05:00 PM
Ol' Burt worked some fine magic with these tinted lip balms. They're sheer (but not too sheer - it should show up on pigmented lips) with a super smooth, hydrating texture. It doesn't feel like their regular balms - these are smoother. Pink Blossom is a neutral, creamy medium pink that I can see working on just about any skin tone (FYI, it's deeper than the color on the cardboard packaging). It's good both on it's own or for layering. I like to put peachy glosses over top for extra zing. It gives a slightly glossy finish - basically what you would expect from a lip balm. Very natural. There is a slight bubblegum-like scent, but nothing strong or lasting. The only problem I can find with these is the price: $6.99. Yeah, pretty spendy for a fricken pink chapstick. But if you're like me and you want something basic and pretty that you can throw on any ol time, this is worth it. Just make sure to find a coupon or two. Oh! I almost forgot. This also makes a decent cream blush if you're in a pinch.
Yeah, Sketch is awesome. It's a burgundy wine color with just a hint of sparkle. I thought the reddish tones might not be flattering, but was surprised by how well it complemented my brown eyes (though it would look even better on green eyes!). I love to do smokey looks, and Sketch works so well to play them up with a bit of color. It's also good as a liner for daytime looks, though avoid it on your lower lashline, as it can make your eyes look irritated. I think the texture could be just a little softer, but it's still nice. I love this shade and would definitely repurchase.
Grain is the perfect, my-lids-but-better color. It's a soft, peachy pink skin-tone color that doesn't lean too pink or too peach or too yellow. The pictures here don't do it justice. It has a soft, flattering sheen - no frost. I like to use this as an all-over lid color, an inner corner highlight, browbone highlight, or even a cheekbone highlight. It's such a pretty, staple shadow. I can't sing enough praises. If you are slightly cool-toned and have problems finding that perfect versatile lid shade, do yourself a favor and pick this up.
I'm on the fence about these glosses. On the plus side, these have: - Good color payoff in one swipe, especially Strawberry, the bright reddish pink. - A lot of sparkle in them without being frosty or gritty. - Non-sticky texture. - Nice packaging - kinda reminds you of Chanel, no? - Great color selection. You're sure to find something you like. The downsides are: - It's pretty expensive (~$7.50) for a drugstore gloss. - The applicator is this weird, awful paddle shape that isn't angled and makes applying difficult. - It has a buttercream scent, which I personally don't like much (though it doesn't last). - There isn't a lot of emollient base (clear jelly stuff) in these glosses so the colors tend to sink into my liplines. So overall, they're decent. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, like the scent and the applicator. I think they're worth trying, and I would probably buy again if I run out and if they're on sale.
Wow, what a surprise. I saw these new blushes and my eye went straight to Luminoso, the beautiful shimmery peach. I assumed that these blushes would be like the Hard Candy baked blushes (more like highlighters), but oh, how I was wrong. Luminoso is PIGMENTED. And the sheen is actually very subtle, almost non-existant. I love it! The color comes off like a true peach - it's not orange and it's not peachy-pink. It has a finely milled texture and the staying power is average. I personally think these are just a tad expensive (around $6-7), but I bought mine on sale. I sort of hate Milani's bulky gold packaging, but who cares - at least it's not flimsy. The brush that it comes with is stiff and useless, so don't bother with it. Overall, this is a really nice blush, especially for the drugstore. I will probably pick up the other two I saw.
I was pleasantly surprised by this product. I bought the color 10, which you would think would be the lightest, but it's actually just a bit darker and yellower than 15. It covers the redness around my nose, my undereye area, and my blemishes pretty darn well without looking ashy or cakey. Granted, I don't have severe redness or really bad dark circles, so if you do, this may not work out. But if you're just looking to conceal some minor imperfections, this is a great jack-of-all-trades concealer. It blends out nicely and smoothly enough that I can put some powder over top and totally skip foundation/TM. It's also the cheapest of Maybelline's concealers (around $6) so that's a plus. I'm a fan of the wand applicator/packaging, but that's just me. I'd purchase this again, no question.
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
theymightbejenny 3/16/2011 2:50:00 PM
This is a decent mascara if you want a clean and subtle lash look. It doesn't clump and doesn't flake. That said, it doesn't volumize very well, either. But because it's not very dramatic, for me, it looks really nice in the daytime when I just want to wear mascara and nothing else. Sort of a "my-lashes-but-better" look. It's inexpensive, too. If it didn't smudge on my lower lashline (I have oily eyes), then I'd give it a 5/5.
This mascara is pretty bad. The "Falsies"? Hardly. Not too much volume or length to speak of, and it's not nearly as black as it could be. It did, however, give me fluttery, appropriate-for-daytime lashes. Lots of separation, and the curved brush really gets every single lash. But that's where the honeymoon ends. This mascara flakes just after an hour or two and irritates my eyes. Very, very flakey mascara. And what's worse - if you're like me and you have oily eyes, the flakes will melt and become a smudgy mess. Terrible. I also despise the bright fuschia tube, but that's just me. I've heard that the Black Drama version of this mascara is way better (they claim to have fixed the flaking problem and it's much blacker) so that will be my next purchase. Overall: Great wand, daytime-appropriate, doesn't live up to product claims, isn't dark enough, and flakes and smudges like crazy.
NYX makes great glosses, and this is no exception. In fact, it is my favorite. Perfect is a peachy pink with fine silver and gold shimmer. It's not frosty, but it has finer shimmer than Smokey Look. It has color, but it does lean to the sheer side, which makes it, ahem... *perfect* for me (ba dum, tsh) as I like jellier glosses and more subtle lip looks. If you are looking for a more opaque gloss though, go with Smokey Look (peachy) or Natural (natural nude) or Beige (pink). Sometimes the opaque glosses can glob up on my lips if I don't apply balm first, which is one reason why I love Perfect. It's moisturizing, can be applied hastily if needed, and is neutral enough that it goes with everything. It has that cherry candy scent that I love (but a lot of people don't...) and a shiny finish. The price is great (about $5), especially for how much product you get (15 ml). Love it.
Blush -Rock & Republic - Contrived Blush - X-Rated
theymightbejenny 11/29/2010 12:45:00 PM
If you're looking for the most pigmented blush in the entire world, here it is! X-Rated is a deep raspberry pink with no shimmer. R&R's site had me believe it to be darker and more plummy, but it is actually very pink and very bright. Now, I love me some pigmented blushes, but this is ridiculous. Even with a skunk brush, I have to be careful. It is a flattering color when applied well, but it's so easy to go over the top with it that I have to take off a lip. Blush application shouldn't be work! So, light-skinned folks beware. However, if you have more medium-dark skin and find that blushes disappear on you, this may work out really well for you. R&R gives a generous amount of product, but the price is hefty. If you can find it on sale, give it a shot.