I love this! Does exactly what's its supposed to, no more no less. It is a very specific product - it eliminate shine and lasts all day without providing coverage or highlighting properties. It is an anti-shine powder and that's all it is, no surprises. I love it because it does one job and does it well. There are many multi-use pressed powders out there that are use to set makeup/concealer, add coverage, etc. but this is exactly what it promises and is dependable. I sweep it onto my T-Zone and do not worry about shine for the rest of the day. Comes in one colour so I'm not sure how well it'd work for darker skinned girls, so that's a minus, and it's pricey in Canada at $30 but I got it on sale and haven't even dented the surface. Adorable packaging with a Marilyn Monroe-esque girl on the front and a handy mirror. Love it!!!
Concealers -Physicians Formula - gentle Cover concealer(light)
vmaria 12/28/2010 5:15:00 PM
I use this for undereyes and nose area currently. It is a medium-heavy coverage solid concealer in a lipstick format. It is creamy and applies well when patted on, lasts pretty long, but gets cakey with the amount of coverage needed for my undereye area. I think it'd fare well for blemishes as it is skin-toned and long-lasting. It's a shame I've only seen it in a shade meant for fair-skinned, pale girls. Shade selection is extremely poor. Price is good though, especially on sale I got this for barely $4 at a local Rexall for 50% off. I'll continue to use it on my nose area as it blends fairly well, is moisturizing, and cures the dryness around there.
I got this in a sample and I like it, nice texture when lathered between hands then applied to face. Smells clean, no fragrance, essentially soap for your skin. Makes my skin squeaky clean which is less than ideal as it feels almost too clean (literally squeaky when rubbed), but doesn't do much harm. An average cleanser perfect for people only looking to clean pores, having normal skin. I think it might inflame breakout because of the soap-like quality to it.
UGH. My initial reaction - brush was okay, didn't do that well by itself, nice full lashes but no WOW! factor. Comb clumped horribly, I hated it. I read the MUA reviews and thought, "Did I get the wrong mascara? Or are you all blind fools!" Obvs I was at fault you guys are all amazing<3 The trick is using it right. I curl my lashes, then use the brush to acheive almost maximum thickness and definition, then comb through with the comb ONCE OR TWICE to get that dramatic seperation and darkness. Lovely fringe. Not heart-stopping, insanely long, but pretty good for what's it's supposed to do. I like it, a /lot./ Try it out - it's worth a shot. And it's not too hard on the wallet!
Concealers -Revlon - Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer (New) [DISCONTINUED]
vmaria 11/24/2010 11:15:00 PM
This is an okay concealer, best I've used from BeneFit's Erase Paste to Phys. Formula ones though. It is super moisturizing and blends very well, though you're better off 'patting' with the pad of your finger (switch fingers) for heavier and more even coverage. I like that it isn't too visible - somedays it looks like I'm not even wearing makeup. I wear it over corrector, as by itself it does not work too well for my dark, hereditary under eye circles (I haven't bothered to try from experience). It brightens (get a lighter shade), and multitasks as not just an undereye concealer. Lasts pretty long, all-day in fact, with slight wear, but avoid using it on blemishes slides right off. The texture is rich and creamy, and price isn't too bad. I'd recommend the Laura Mercier ones but they're pricey. Good dub for MAC's liquid concealers. Does what it's supposed to, and is a good bargain. I'll probably use it until I find that HG product.
HG blush. I've used several from their line, both powder and cream, and this surpasses them. Very sheer (but colour can be built up), a true neutral, and a silky, natural finish. Gives this 'glow' to the face, as if it's a bronzer too, and looks good on people with pink undertones AND golden ones. I love how it can be swept up the cheek bones for a contour without making you look red. I am the PALEST wintergirl, and people told me I looked tanned! Works with most makeup colours so you don't have to worry about clashing hues. This a staple and go-to. Really wakes up the face and makes you look radiant. Price is pretty good, and shape is perfect to getting an even amount of product on brush (swipe it). Guess what's on my future Christmas lists to Santa? (;
I liked this, seeing as it applied sheer and a lovely rose colour. Looked natural, though I prefer Revlon's Barely Buff colour which acts as a bronzer/blush/contour. It blends well (I used a Quo blush brush) though a flatter cream blush brush would have probably picked and applied product better. I don't like the circular shape of the tin though - the brush picks out the middle and leaves tricky rings of product as you wear it down. I end up struggling to get the remainder of the product on the brush. Overall, nice consistency (really velvet), a nice price especially when even slightly discounted, and lasts for a couple months. Colour is a wee bit intense on my SUPER!pale skin, but otherwise would be good for all skintones if you built it up to the right consistency. Also, careful to apply to cheeks and not entire side of face. You'll look like you did some heavy lifting (;
I got this as a well-sized sample, used it for about a month. I don't really get breakouts and don't have problem skin, so I can't say whether it helped me with those things. It didn't break me out, at least. A little goes a long way with this, and it lathers up nicely. Pleasant smell (and taste wow!) You can feel it deep-clean. However, it's not as moisturizing as you would think and my skin felt tight afterwards. Not a fan of Lancome considering they test on animals. I pass on this, it offers no viable benefits for normal skin that I've seen.
I loveloveLOVE this. I actually only picked it up at my local Rexall because it was 50% off (a rare deal indeed) and was surprised by how much I love it. It truly multitasks, being a lovely eye-opening colour on the browbone, an glowy goldish white on the lid, and a great highlight. Extremely pigments and shimmery, but not so much that it looks tacky on my pale skin. It adds definition to my non-existent cheekbones and illuminate my face. The size is ridiculous - a whole pot thing that I doubt will ever use up under 3 years. The packaging is adorable and convenient. The price is a little steep, but well worth the money.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Concealer in Light
vmaria 7/6/2010 6:05:00 PM
Works well in conjunction with a yellow-tinged base concealer under my eyes. Also works on blemishes, and miraculously well as a eyeshadow-primer (I only use it by itself to even out the area) and as a mask for my veiny under-brow area. I love that it matches my skin perfectly (I'm very, VERY pale, but with a golden undertone.) I pat it, and it lasts all day without creases. The click-pen packaging is smart and hygenic. Good price, too. <3
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Gentle Cover Concealer Stick (Yellow)
vmaria 7/6/2010 6:01:00 PM
I like this as a base for concealer. It covers my hereditary undereye shadows pretty well, and is a creamy formula. The trick is to use the edge, since it's hard to apply precisely, or your finger, then gently rub or blend it in. Then a light touch of concealer hides the yellow. And the price doesn't hurt my pockets like the good-for-nothing BeneFit Erase Paste.
Shampoo -TRESemme - Fresh Start Waterless Foam Shampoo
vmaria 7/6/2010 5:59:00 PM
The packaging is nice, the price dirt-cheap, and it's designated for curly hair. In theory, it's a perfect fit for me. However, it does absolutely nothing for me - waterless? It contains aqua! It wets your hair, but doesn't add volume nor soak up oil, or add moisture. Especially since wavy hair and curly hair is not for brushing - you can't pull it through evenly. $4 waste.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple High Foaming daily cleanser
vmaria 7/6/2010 5:52:00 PM
mmmmm I love this. To elaborate on that: PROS stops my skin from being shiny in the summer doesn't dry out skin a little goes a long way easy-to-use pump prevent breakouts aesthetically pleasing no shaking required LASTS FOREVER CONS smell can be unpleasant at first cap can be easily lost I probably will switch up to the original Purity Made Simple during the colder months for better hydration, but I like their line of cleansers.
I guess I like this product. It controls my wavy hair, adds shine, and leaves it pretty soft. The only downfall isn't this product - it's my hair. It got fluffy the first time, and I thought 'ok, I'll just use some on my dry hair.' Now it leaves stretches of my hair ... kinda fluffy, frizzy, and the rest looking nice. Also, it doesn't really control frizz all that well. It wears off quickly. All-in-all, it's a great product, smells nice, but my hair just does not respond well to serums. Will use until something better comes along. The cap, though, can spill over sometimes and leave the bottle greasy. Yuck.
Styling Products -TRESemme - tres two extra hold hairspray
vmaria 7/6/2010 5:44:00 PM
I don't like this hairspray. It's cheap ($5), but makes my hair stiff and unpleasant to touch. I'd like it for updos if it didn't leave a matte look. Will not repurchase.