Foundations -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals Ready Foundation
yayitsanne 9/2/2012 1:59:00 PM
This foundation is HG for me. It's everything I've ever been looking for - great, non-cakey medium to full coverage in a pressed powder. I have normal skin and this isn't too oily on me (like original BE foundation could get after a long day) or too dry. It does run lighter than the regular foundation by BE. I was a fairly light when I tried that foundation and am a medium beige in this. It photographs well. I have been applying it with the flat topped precision face brush. The coverage is very buildable. I did experience some itching with the original foundation but haven't with this.
I'm not a fan of loose eyeshadow as a general rule, but I make an exception for Fyrinnae. This particular shadow is awesome and unique. It's a taupe-y, shimmery light brown with lots of pigment, but what makes it special is the red glitter! Yes, red glitter sounds over the top, but really, it's just teeny, subtle little sparkles - this shadow is fun, but completely work-appropriate. It definitely looks best when patted over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, or else you lose some of the sparkle and shimmer. And the icing on the cake: a generous sample is only $2!
This is an awesome palette. I pretty much only wear neutrals so it's perfect for me. Many times there will be a great neutral palette with one or two crazy colors thrown in, which I never end up wearing. This doesn't have any of those, so I make good use of all the shadows! Even though they're all neutrals, you can create so many different looks with this palette, from daytime to dramatic. The eyeliners are awesome too. The only thing I don't like is the flocked texture on the outside of the box, which makes it get dirty easily, but it's what's inside that counts, right??
Eyeliner -Cover Girl - Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze
yayitsanne 9/19/2010 3:19:00 PM
This eyeliner is amazing! It is like a matte brown, even better version of UD 24/7 in Zero, AND it's less than half the price. It stays on forever. The color is perfect - not sparkly, and just deep enough to make my blue eyes stand out but not as harsh as black on my light skin. I can put it on at 6 in the morning and it's still there at 6 at night, even on the waterline. I also like the smudger that comes on the other end. I was very skeptical that Cover Girl would have such a good eyeliner, because their other eyeliners are awful, but this liner is my favorite, even compared to MAC, UD, etc.
I love this bronzer! It's the only bronzer I feel looks natural on me. I have fairly pale skin - NC25, maybe darker in the summer - and any other bronzer I've tried just looks like mud on my face. I like that this bronzer is very sheer, so I can build it up to where I want it without looking dirty. I apply it with a kabuki brush and have no problem getting product on my brush. If you are looking for a deep, dark bronzer or have dark skin, though, this bronzer is probably not for you!
I love this foundation. It evens out my skintone while looking extremely natural. It's not full coverage, more medium-buildable. For particularly horrific zits I still need concealer, which is okay. Most foundations heavy enough to conceal all blemishes are suffocating, anyway. I set it with Clinique superbalanced powder and it doesn't feel heavy at all. A makeup salesperson at Macy's actually refused to try a foundation I was looking at on me when I was wearing this - she said my skin looked so good, why would I want to change what I'm doing? I'm NC25ish and shade 8 matches me perfectly, and I've had no problems with this breaking me out.
Powder -Clinique - Superbalanced powder makeup (spf 15) [DISCONTINUED]
yayitsanne 4/12/2010 3:37:00 AM
Love, love love this powder! I usually use it on top of my foundation and my skin looks smooth and flawless, matte but not unnaturally so. It doesn't cake or look overdone. It also provides decent coverage on its own. I love that it comes in grinder; you get the benefits of loose powder in a less messy form. I'm NC25 and use shade 2. The only thing I don't like about it is how the container looks, the tan bottom is so ugly! I can't take points off for that though, because there really is a great product inside.
Lashblast volume is one of my top 3 favorite mascaras, and I like Lasblast length for natural "no makeup" days, so of course I couldn't wait to try this when it came out. I think it's great! It definitely volumizes and a lot more than length, and lengthens slightly more than volume. My one complaint is that it's a little on the expensive side for a drugstore mascara (between $8-$10 from what I've seen so far) but there are always sales going on.
Moisturizers -Cerave - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM
yayitsanne 4/9/2010 2:49:00 AM
Fabulous nighttime moisturizer! I was afraid I'd be put off by the gel-like texture, or that it wouldn't be moisturizing enough because it's not creamy, but no. I have combo skin and it provides the perfect amount of nighttime moisture without feeling too heavy. I have noticed some small improvements in my skin as well, such as less redness in my face, and just an improvement in overall texture that I can't really pinpoint. I was really just looking for something that would moisturize well so that's a nice bonus! I love that it comes in a pump bottle - most nighttime moisturizers come in tubs, which I'm not a huge fan of. The price isn't bad either. The packaging isn't beautiful or glamorous, but I keep it in my cabinet anyway, and with such a great product inside, I can't complain!
Moisturizers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15
yayitsanne 4/9/2010 2:42:00 AM
I love this moisturizer. It's cheap and gives my combo skin the perfect amount of moisture. I like that it has SPF (obviously not enough for a long day in the sun but enough for running from the car to a building and back a few times) but doesn't smell like sunscreen. I've never had a problem with it stinging or burning my face. The packaging isn't the prettiest, but I like that it's in a pump bottle, and really what can you expect in terms of aesthetics from a cheap drugstore product?
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
yayitsanne 4/3/2010 10:14:00 PM
This product is decent, but not worth the $59 price tag, especially considering the lack of color choices. I'm NC25ish, with pretty neutral undertones leaning more towards warm, and fair looked too light/chalky, while light was too yellow. In theory, it's a great idea: the powder itself and the packaging are great. I just wish it came in more colors and the price was $20-$25 less.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Non-Stop Eye Color -- Butternut
yayitsanne 3/19/2010 3:57:00 PM
I saw a new ELF display at Target the other day and decided to pick this up since it was only a dollar. I'd never tried anything from ELF before, so I settled on this because brown eyeshadow is something I have quite a lot of, so I figured I'd have a lot to compare it to and be able to judge the brand. I'm really impressed, and surprised at the low reviews of people saying this particular quad is not pigmented or long lasting. Maybe they got a quad from a bad batch, because mine is great. I hope this quad reflects the quality of the entire brand and isn't just one of those random standout products you come across in certain drugstore brands that are otherwise terrible. The colors are pigmented and smooth, especially the two darker ones on the right side, the quality of which I would compare to MAC shadows. The two on the left aren't bad either, and are good for blending out the darker colors. I've never tried it without a primer, but with a primer the shadow stays on perfectly all day until I take it off. My only complaint is that the shadows are so small it's hard to get certain brushes in there! However, I also recently bought the Studio Tools smudge brush, which is smaller, and it's been working great for these shadows... the MAC brushes I have are a little too big. The packaging is cheap, and although I'd love to buy another one of these to leave in my purse, I'd be too afraid it would break, but I can't ask for too much for something that cost a dollar, especially when the product inside is great. I do like that there is a tiny mirror included, though!
This is the only bronzer that doesn't turn orange or look unnatural on me. I'm not a huge bronzer person but in the summer I like to use it just to even out my face with my body; since I'm militant about keeping my face out of the sun, my face stays a lot paler. I like that it doesn't have shimmer and that it goes on pretty sheerly at first so I can build up to the color I want. The box is cute but not very durable or portable.
Excellent powder for setting foundation and touching up throughout the day... does a great job controlling oil. The colors run VERY light; I'm NC25ish and use medium dark. In reality, it probably doesn't matter very much what color you use, though, since the product is so sheer. I just can't give it a 5 because there are less expensive products out there that give similar results, and I burn through these compacts pretty quickly.
Not a fan. It feels heavy on my skin; my face feels suffocated, if that makes sense. I also don't feel like it helps any foundation I've tried with it stay on longer or go on more smoothly. Also, if I don't wait long enough between putting on moisturizer and this, or this and foundation, it will ball up. Not good in the morning when I have limited time to get ready!