Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Stippling Brush
traxfever 6/28/2012 1:52:00 PM
I don't like this brush at all. I bought it to use for foundation. It might be okay for people who swirl with the brush but I stipple all the way through if I am using a stippling brush. This brush hurts my face so much that i can't stipple. My skin is not sensitive at all, and I use other scratchy brushes just fine. I would only recommend this brush to people who plan to use it for cream blush. For powder blush it will kick off too much excess powder. The second issue is the handle. The handle is so big. I know it's supposed to stand on its own, and I have to have it that way bc it wouldn't fit in my brush holders. It knocks over countless times everyday. It's an inconvenience. Also light metal doesn't feel right in my hands. Its weight balance is weird and I like a couple of other RT brushes enough to let go of my issues with the handle but not for this one.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Charm
traxfever 6/8/2012 11:46:00 PM
It doesn't stain my lips at all but when built up, it does give nice light peachy nude color. It doesn't completely block out natural lip color though so it appears to lean more pink on me. I like the packaging. It's easy to apply. It's not drying(not very moisturizing either), and it stays on for a decent time. But it is the only lip product I have ever used to cause bumps on my lips. (I rarely have allergic reactions...) It calms down in a day but this is certainly going back to the store. It's good product if you are not allergic to it.
I LOVE this foundation. The regular colorstay was always one of the foundations I use on regular basis. It was fine but it did look cakey in my opinion and oxidized pretty badly on me. Whipped is so much better!! It has all the pros of the regular colorstay and then some. The coverage is buildable without looking cakey. It oxidizes less on me, and gives me a better finish. It's not completely matte. It looks natural to me. I initially did not want to buy it because I tried the sample packets on the display. With the amount given in the sample, it did absolutely nothing for me. But I decided to try it after great reviews. I definitely need to use quite a bit of product to reach the coverage that I need but this can be built up so easily. It's one of the best foundation I've tried recently. Don't like the packaging though. The enormous glass packaging and reflection make it look like there's a lot of product but not really. It's 0.8oz. My cvs had it for 15.99 which is a lot for ds foundation. I will surely get through this quickly. Maybe even within a month, but I will definitely repurchase. I am NC20-25, and I use sand beige. It's a good match as far as darkness goes but it leans pink imo. I would research or look mainly at shade on display. It's impossible to tell from the jars themselves.
Treatments -Philosophy - Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector
traxfever 5/28/2012 8:47:00 PM
I bought this for my post acne marks. I have been using it for two months now, and it's working for me! I only started seeing a difference after a month of use but it's been working great so far. My face is not mark free by no means (Probably need procedures for that...) but I think this is will get me close to it if I continue to use it. I use two pumps all over my face and jaw/neck area where I have marks every night after cleansing and toner. My only complaint is the packaging. I can't tell how much is left and also little amount always dries around the pump area exposed to air. I decided to try this after not seeing results with many hydroquinone products, and I am so glad I did. Little expensive but definitely a must have for me.
First off, this line is quite expensive for a drugstore nail polish line, but it's often on sale... I bought five polishes and the top coat one sale. I have no complaints about the application process, and I quite like the doubled, wide brush. Two coats are enough for opacity. When they dry, they're one of the shiniest polishes I've tried. And they are quite long wearing. But the one big fat con is that it takes couple days to completely dry. I will get nicks and smudges after it's been full 24 hours. The shine and gel like look is pointless if my nails are covered in nicks and smudges. I might help to put on fast dry top coat and then put colorstay top coat on but I won't be getting any more.