BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
umave 10/13/2012 12:29:00 AM
I wear it more as a moisturizer/sunscreen than anything else. I don't think it actually gives any real tint. I haven't noticed any of the benefits it claims to have on my skin. I can't use it all the time though because I live in a very humid location and this stuff kind of just melts off after the first four hours or so depending on how hot it is outside. That or it makes my face extremely shiny. I do like that it has SPF 30, so I'll give it that, but really that's not much. Right now I'm just using it to get my money's worth but I wouldn't repurchase.
I bought this as a kind of a "splurge" one day while I was at the mall with a girlfriend. It was $10 so I thought - Why not? I have it in the color Cocktail On The Beach. In the tube it looks like a bright red-orange. My lips have a pink-mauve pigmentation and it gives me a pretty pink-orange tint. The scent is fruity and sweet but not overpowering. It has a slight sweet taste. The consistency is gel-like and goes on smooth. This particular color has no glitter or sparkle. It does not dry out my lips, but I have noticed that the color stays on almost like a stain after the gloss is gone, which I like. It comes in a really straightforward tube package and has .50 fl oz of product. I would definitely buy another color if I found one that I really liked or repurchase this color if I run out.
Brows -Sephora - waterproof retractable eye brow pencil
umave 10/12/2012 11:39:00 PM
I have bought this product multiple times in the course of YEARS. It is my ultimate go-to brow pencil and I definitely recommend it. I love this stuff. I buy this in the color Midnight Brown. Recently I tried another drugstore brow pencil because the price can be a smidge pricey. It is listed for $12 online. I forgot how much it is in-store, it might be the same. All that has done for me is make me remember why I love it in the first place. The thing I love the most about this product is its staying power. I am in humidity almost all the time, and this pencil does not fade away. I wear this product ALL DAY and it 100% stays. Right now I'm enduring and finishing the rest of the drugstore product I bought before I run back into Sephora repenting for my foolishness of trying to find a replacement. For the comment regarding the product amount: This pencil has 0.003 oz, which I admit sounds very little, but I've searched around the Sephora website and other brands have even LESS product for significantly higher prices. MAC Cosmetics who has a similar brow pencil item actually has the same amount of product for a few dollars more.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Facial Cleansing Towelettes
umave 10/5/2012 3:54:00 AM
I usually buy the Neutrogena towelettes, but decided to try these out because of the packaging. I liked that there's a lid and not just adhesive. Plus, the price was roughly $5 so I figured why not. From what I can tell it removes light makeup fairly well. It didn't really work on my waterproof mascara though (L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber) so I'm willing to bet it won't work very well on other waterproof products either. The white tea extract scent is okay. It's a little strong so if you're sensitive to scents, you might want to pass. I didn't experience any extremely unpleasant effects on my skin either - just a little dryness/tightness, but it's nothing a little moisturizer can't instantly remedy. I intend on using up the product, but I probably won't re-purchase. Overall, it's just kind of average..
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Moisturizing eye makeup remover liquid
umave 8/16/2012 4:44:00 AM
I don't know about this product. It's pretty much just oil to me. I think you'd get the same effects if you used your basic kitchen extra virgin olive oil.. I will not buy again. Even though it can break down and remove make up pretty well, I can't stand how gross, nasty, oily, shiny, and heavy my face feels after using it.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous False Fiber Lashes~Waterproof
umave 5/30/2012 4:09:00 AM
I decided to test this out today so I wore just one coat to the beach (I went in the water and all). After the beach we went to the mall, and then after the mall we watched a movie. One coat for nearly 12 hours and my lashes are still long and full. I wore it with Make Up Forever's Aqua liner, and it even lasted longer than that. I am thoroughly impressed. My only gripe with it is the brush could definitely be better. The awkward shape of it leaves black smudges on my lids..but I'm sure with a little technique (or some type of eyelid guard), it can be taken care of.
My first purchase was in Plush Plum (#219) and a month or so after I also bought Nourishing Nude (#818). I forgot what the price was, but I'm going to say approximately $5-7. I usually get a good 4 hours of wear out of one application if I don't eat and drink moderately. I don't really mind the sunblock scent since it does have SPF 15. I don't recommend tasting it either because of the SPF. If you're sensitive to scents and tastes, then you may want to skip. I really love that it goes on like a lip butter and it has a pretty decent color payoff. It's not a lipstick, so the coverage is not full, but it adds a really pretty subtle color and gloss on the lips for an effortless, natural look.
Bought it on sale for $6. Normal price is $9-$10. The color is buildable. I thought 'Dawn' would be a coral but it oxidized into a red. Packaging could definitely be better and more accurate with product color. I have not tested the staying power but a light coat survived throughout my dinner when tried at home. It does not seem to heavily dry out my lips - just keep a balm handy to moisturize. Would buy one more time to give it another try, but otherwise, not very impressed.