Blush -Sonia Kashuk - Beautifying Blush in Flamingo
x3lipglossaddictx3 3/16/2012 11:27:00 PM
I like this blush! It blends well, and it is decently pigmented. I do have to use a pretty good amount to get this color to show up well on my skin, but I think that is just the coloring. I have another of these blushes, and the pigmentation is great, so I think it is just an issue with my personal skintone. These blushes are silky and blend easily, and you really do not need a lot. I think they are definitely worth looking into!
This blush is decent enough. Like another reviewer said, I don't think the pH really has much to do with the color, so I'm not sure if I believe the color changing hype, but I wouldn't say it definitely doesn't adjust either. The blush itself is okay. It blends easily, seems to last an okay length of time, and I do like the color, but it isn't that special of a color. I don't like the silver dots around the corners. You have to be careful where you put your brush, or all the GLITTER from the dots mixes in with the blush. Some people may like this, but I don't care much for actual glitter in my blushes. I think the price is a little much though. It was $14, and while I did pay it hoping to be blown away over a drugstore product, I probably would've passed if I knew the product was just mediocre. I have this in Natural. I will be keeping it, but not repurchasing. I would rather pay $14 for something more unique.
Highlighters -NARS - Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
x3lipglossaddictx3 2/8/2012 1:24:00 PM
I am absolutely in LOVE with this highlighter! It is my new favorite. It has all the same quality all NARS blushes do; creamy, pigmented, and easy to blend. I think this would look good on all skin tones bc it's not too white and the gold isn't too strong or warm, but it may favor warmer skintones just a slight bit more. It has a beautiful sheen to it that just makes you glow, not look like a disco ball. I think anyone looking for a new highlighter should try it! The price is steep, but it's awesome quality and will last a long time. I doubt you will be disappointed!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Zeno Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device
x3lipglossaddictx3 10/5/2010 10:47:00 PM
I have only had the Hot Spot for a few days, but I'm going ahead and writing a review. I'll update if I have any changes of heart in the future, but I'm doubting that I will lol. What the Hot Spot does is use heat to kill bacteria and cut the healing time of pimples. Good concept, but I'm not sure it does exactly what it's marketed as doing. The Hot Spot doesn't get hot enough to kill bacteria. If it did, our skin would be burned, and more so than just leaving a red mark behind for fifteen minutes post-treatment. It also takes longer than the 2 and 1/2 minutes the Hot Spot can be applied to one area. What makes more sense is that heat alters inflammation. After applying the device, the inflammation has gone down and the pimple appears smaller because of that. I took off one lippie because the Hot Spot can only be used on a very limited variety of pimples. They cannot be blackheads or whiteheads of any sort. In fact, the instructions say if you have any pus in the pimple, Hot Spot will not work. I have found in my case that this is very true. Essentially, the only things that I did see Hot Spot do anything for are small, plain, inflamed bumps. Nothing under the skin, no pus, nothing that I really consider a "zit". Just a bump. Everything else, and either it got better and returned a few hours later, or it was way more inflamed. The other lippie I took off was for the price. $40 is a little steep(to me) for something that isn't permanent. Even the original Zenos have replaceable cartridges, so the device doesn't have to be thrown away. With Hot Spot, you get 80 uses then have to throw out the whole thing. Also, I'm not sure $40 is worth something that may not give any better results than a heating pad. I guess it's really convenience though. The Hot Spot targets a smaller area, probably gets a bit warmer, and keeps track of time for you. On the plus side, the Hot Spot doesn't hurt. It's actually a little relaxing. My skin is sensitive, and I did have a ring of redness after each treatment, but it disappeared within 15 minutes. This seems to be common among users. I'm hoping I will start to have better results...but so far, I am pretty disappointed.
Blush -BeneFit Cosmetics - Georgia ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
x3lipglossaddictx3 8/7/2010 9:05:00 PM
I was so excited to try this, as I love the BeneFit boxed powders I've tried, and I figured since I am a little on the fair-skinned side, this would show up on me. It virtually does not. At all. I think maybe with a good primer, it may work as a beautiful eyeshadow, but as far as wearing on my cheeks goes...no. It does, however, give a pretty glow that helps the skin look more awake and youthful. I won't be buying this again. For way less of the price you pay, I can achieve similar results with other products. Too bad the packaging is so cute :( It'd be so pretty if the pigmentation actually showed up!
Eye Shadow -mark - I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow- Biscotti
x3lipglossaddictx3 8/5/2010 9:38:00 PM
This color is gorgeous. Like the other i-mark custom eyeshadows, it's very pigmented, creamy, and easily blended. These eyeshadows are such great quality for a little price! The only negative to me(and this is with all the i-mark shadows) is the packaging. They all come in a plastic bubble container, and you have to put them in your own magnetic palette. The plus to this is that you can create your palettes how you want to, but it's kinda annoying that they don't even come in a suitable pot. This color is good for all over the lid or highlight. It can be applied wet or dry, but the pigmentation is great either way.
LOVE this eyeshadow!! The color is beautiful, and it would be universally flattering for all skin tones. It's a color you could use to create a very natural and neutral look, or it could be used in more dramatic looks, as well. The quality of Stila eyeshadows is great. They do not crease or fade, even without a primer. They blend easily and go on very smoothly too. The price is a little bit higher than some other brands, but look at the size of the shadow you are getting. These shadows are almost twice the size of a MAC shadow, and you do not pay THAT much more. It's definitely worth it for the quality and amount you get. I will be buying more Stila shadows, and "Kitten" is definitely now a staple in my makeup collection. It will be replaced as soon as I run out!
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
x3lipglossaddictx3 5/19/2010 5:35:00 AM
I LOVE this cleanser! It works perfectly for my skin, which is combination and slightly acne-prone. I purchased the $10, 3 oz. bottle at first because I was skeptical. It has lasted me about 9-10 months, and I am buying more this week. A little definitely goes a long way. This cleanser does exactly what it says it will. It removes all makeup in one step and leaves your skin feeling so soft and clean. My skin's condition looks improved. Breakouts have become dramatically less frequent, and the overall condition looks healthier and softer. I have gotten a lot of compliments on my skin since I started using this in combination with Philosophy's Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas Foundation. To anyone who is wondering about this product, go for it. At 10 bucks, you can at least try it. If you buy it from Sephora and don't like it, you can always return it.
I have only used this product once, so this is really a first impression review. If anything differs after some time, then I'll edit! The price is okay for how much product you get. I got it on sale for $6, and it was usually $8 at my local Walgreens. The deduction in price was mostly what made me decide to try it. This product smells good, sorta like coconut. It reminds me a little of the beach, but it's that same smell the JF Shine Release shampoos have. It isn't strong, but you catch a whiff here and there. It made my hair feel a lot smoother and softer, and definitely tamed frizz. I was surprised by that, and would probably buy it again solely for that reason. As for the shine, I wasn't impressed. My hair was shiny, but not any shinier than it usually is without this. In the product's defense, I may have used too much though...I have very thick and long hair, and usually I have to use more than the package states. Not with this, a little really does go a long way! My hair also probably has some build-up I need to take care of. I'm hoping once I use a clarifying treatment on my hair, I will get start to get better results with this product. I like it a lot otherwise, but I was really hoping for some more shine! The only other downside to this is that the instructions are apply on *soaking wet* hair, not on damp, towel-tried hair, like most you see. It's kind of annoying standing there with my hair THAT wet while I dry it. It added a lot of time to my routine. Many people have had great results with this glosser, and I am mostly pleased with it. If you have been considering trying it, I say it's worth a shot!
(I bought the curved brush, but I am leaving this review here and under the column specifically dedicated to that brush. The formula's still the same! :P) I tried L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara a really long time ago when it first came out, and I loved it. Recently, a friend suggested I try it again because I was in need of a new mascara. I figured I would love it like I did the old formula. I don't. The brush collects gobs of product on the end of it, which can also be very messy. As far as I'm concerned, it does nothing to lift or curl my lashes any more than they already are, either. I'm not sure if I'd like the application better with the straight brush or not. The formula, I'm sure is the same for either brush, and I wasn't thrilled with that either. This formula is VERY wet for a mascara. It makes it easy to smudge while you're applying it and waiting for it to dry. You don't get "bold lashes in one coat", like the packaging says. My eyelashes are already pretty long and thick on their own, and one coat of this hardly makes them any more noticeable than they are naturally. I have to apply at least 2 or 3 to achieve the dramatic look I was going for. This isn't one of those mascaras you can apply additional coats to after it's dry. If you do that, you are asking for Clump City. On the other hand, you must also be careful not to add too many coats while wet, either, or you also get clumps...so it's kinda a negative either way you look at it. Don't get me wrong, this mascara isn't horrible. It's decent in adding volume, and even though I have found it's easy to clump, it doesn't flake throughout the day, and clumps are easily fixed with a comb. It leaves your eyelashes feeling soft and light, no matter how much mascara you apply. It was also reasonably priced. If you are looking for added length in addition to the volume, this doesn't really provide that though.
I tried L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara a really long time ago when it first came out, and I loved it. Recently, a friend suggested I try it again because I was in need of a new mascara. I figured I would love it like I did the old formula. I don't. The brush collects gobs of product on the end of it, which can also be very messy. As far as I'm concerned, it does nothing to lift or curl my lashes any more than they already are, either. I'm not sure if I'd like the application better with the straight brush or not. The formula, I'm sure is the same for either brush, and I wasn't thrilled with that either. This formula is VERY wet for a mascara. It makes it easy to smudge while you're applying it and waiting for it to dry. You don't get "bold lashes in one coat", like the packaging says. My eyelashes are already pretty long and thick on their own, and one coat of this hardly makes them any more noticeable than they are naturally. I have to apply at least 2 or 3 to achieve the dramatic look I was going for. This isn't one of those mascaras you can apply additional coats to after it's dry. If you do that, you are asking for Clump City. On the other hand, you must also be careful not to add too many coats while wet, either, or you also get clumps...so it's kinda a negative either way you look at it. Don't get me wrong, this mascara isn't horrible. It's decent in adding volume, and even though I have found it's easy to clump, it doesn't flake throughout the day, and clumps are easily fixed with a comb. It leaves your eyelashes feeling soft and light, no matter how much mascara you apply. It was also reasonably priced. If you are looking for added length in addition to the volume, this doesn't really provide that though.
Blush -Hard Candy - Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pin Up
x3lipglossaddictx3 11/24/2009 10:37:00 AM
LoveLoveLove this product! I was skeptical in buying it, because I was looking for a blush, not a highlighter. Reading and watching reviews, it seemed like a highlighter was what I'd get. I saw it in the store, and it was too pretty to pass up, and I'm so glad I got it! I can definitely see how it could only work as a highlighter for some. The blush is very frosty shimmery, and doesn't put off a ton of pigmentation. On my skin tone, however, it brings out the peach I naturally have and adds a slight, flushed look. The color payoff is perfect for what I'M looking for, because I don't like dramatic color on my cheeks, just a touch to keep me from looking washed out. The shimmer isn't too cheap/juvenile-looking, and gives you that "glow from within" look. The only thing is that your typical fluffy blush brushes don't pick the product up very well, because they are hard and baked, which is something I've heard people say about a lot of the blushes/bronzers. With a kabuki or a dense, flat top brush, you would probably be better off. The product isn't chalky at all, and it blends out easily and lasts. I would recommend this to everyone, whether you're looking for a blush or something to highlight with. Will buy again!
I have been looking for a good curling mascara, so I really wanted to love this. I didn't. The packaging was cute and different, so I felt that should get a high rating, and the price is not bad. $6 is low-average for most drugstore mascaras, but it gets a 3 from me, because I don't think even that price is worth the mascara's quality. I applied 6- yes, 6- coats of this mascara and saw virtually no difference in bare vs. made up lashes. The pigmentation(mine was in "Carbon Black") sucks, which I've found is pretty rare for a mascara. Pretty much any that you use will put at least some color on your lashes! It did not curl or hold curl any better than other mascaras I've tried, and it is ridiculously wet. I tested out how long it took to dry with just one coat, and my lashes were still wet for twenty minutes after application. Aside from the cute tube, the only pro I can give this product is that it doesn't clump, no matter how much you apply. Saying that, of course it didn't add any volume. I got a TAD bit of added length, and that was about it. If you are someone looking for a slight amount of color, this mascara may be for you...but if you are like the rest of us, and want to spend money on something that makes a noticeable difference...steer clear! I'm taking mine back today. First time I've EVER returned a cosmetic!
I think for the price you pay compared to some products, this is great. I do, however, think it's only suitable for certain skin types. If you have a problem with oily skin or dry skin, I wouldn't suggest to use this. My skin ranges from normal to combination, and overall, I get a nice finish with this product. It covers well and blends easily for me. I also like how the line has a pretty decent range of shades. I find that it is best applied with clean fingers or a sponge. The negatives I found with this product, are that it really clings to dry skin, and throughout the day, I sometimes would feel extra oily in my T-zone after several hours of wear. I think this could probably be fixed with a good oil-absorbing primer and/or setting the product with a translucent powder(or even colored, if you prefer). The reason I did not give this product 5 lippies, is because of what I mentioned with the different skin types and because the shape of the jar makes it hard to get the last bit of product when you get low. No, this is not the best foundation I've ever used, but you get what you pay for. I'd even go as far to say that it works just as well[for me] as some higher-end foundations I've used. I'm not currently using this, but I've purchased it several times, and will most likely do so again.
Powder -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder
x3lipglossaddictx3 8/20/2009 11:44:00 AM
I think this is good for a drugstore product. My favorite drugstore mineral makeup is L'Oreal's Bare Naturale mineral foundation, but this comes as a close second. It blends easily, does not irritate my sensitive skin, and covers pretty well for a powdered formula, but leaves a natural-looking finish. It doesn't last the longest of all makeup I've tried, but it doesn't fade after a short period of time, either. The product will last you a while, so you get a good amount for your money. I've had my container for about 6 months now, and I've used it almost everyday, except lately, because I'm trying a new product. I still have about half of my container left. I took off half a lippie for the brush PF provides...it is awful! It doesn't blend at all, and bristles shed like no other. I'm sure most people prefer to use another brush anyway. Other than that, I like the packaging, and the sifter lid helps prevent big messes. I like to shake a little into the domed lid of the package, and then use a mini kabuki. I took off the other half a lippie because I haven't been able to find many shades in this line. I've found one that is alright, so I just leave well enough alone with that...but people come in allll shades of skin, and I think that some people may have a hard time finding a suitable color for them. I would buy this again.