Other -Vaseline - Petroleum Jelly with cocoa butter
youngpunkk 3/22/2013 10:30:00 PM
Let me preface this whole review by stating one simple fact: I am in love. I purchased a big tub of this stuff to use primarily as a way to treat and fade some old scars that I have. I knew petroleum jelly would help, but I figured the added benefits of cocoa butter would make it that more effective. It smells amazing so I don't mind having it on my skin, and it also works for pretty much anything else, like others have stated here -- lip conditioning, dry feet and elbows, stretch marks. This stuff is great. Also, the packaging is perfect. The lid flips open so that it's easy to use, and I think the rounded shape of the jar is really cute and aesthetically pleasing. It's going to take me forever to use this up, but when I do, I will definitely repurchase.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
youngpunkk 1/26/2013 3:27:00 AM
This mascara is downright glorious. It separates my lashes perfectly and plumps them up without adding extra weight or making them crunchy. My lashes feel soft and almost fluffy while I'm wearing this. It doesn't smudge or flake, so it doesn't irritate my super sensitive eyes like a lot of other mascaras I have. I will absolutely repurchase this mascara again. I have a decent number of mascaras in my collection, including two high end ones, and Mega Plush out performs them all.
Lipstick -Cover Girl - lip perfection Lipstick in Embrace
youngpunkk 1/19/2013 1:00:00 AM
This is the first, and so far only, Lip Perfection lipstick I've tried, and I have to start out by saying that the formula and staying power are fantastic. I generally pass over CG in the store because I associate it with the powdery blue eyeshadow my mom wore while I was growing up, and so I see it as a sort of dated brand. But on the hunt for a new lipstick a while ago, I came across Embrace, and I thought it looked like a quirky, orchid purple type of shade so I bought it because I had nothing else like it in my arsenal. Unfortunately, it comes out more pink than it looks in the tube. Don't get me wrong, it's still a super pretty shade of magenta/fuschia and I definitely still wear it, but it isn't what I expected when I bought it (should have swatched in store, oops!). I enjoy that the packaging of these has the color of the product as the bottom of the tube (although, in this case, there was a bit of discrepancy between the two, as stated above). The dark purple packaging is nice, too. It's easy to find in my lipstick bin when I want to wear it -- it stands out from all the black tubes that every other lipstick seems to come in. So that's a plus. The price on this, I felt, was a bit steep. Approximately $9 for a drugstore lipstick is a little more than I would prefer to spend, especially when I can get quality lipsticks for around $2 from brands like Wet n Wild. I would repurchase from this line again because I really love the formula, but I don't think I would go nuts and buy a bunch of shades, because of the price.
This has, for a long time, been my go to, favorite mid-tone pink polish in my collection. I love the shade, first of all -- just like the name says, it's a bubblegum pink. It's flattering on my skintone and is great for a fun, candy colored mani. The price on this can't be beat. I bought it from the Elf website when it was only a dollar, but at the current price of $2, it's still an unbeatable deal. The formula is pretty good. Even coverage in two coats, not streaky, dries evenly, wear time is good (though that, for me, depends on the person more than the polish). Is it as great as a high end polish? Of course not. But it's still a great product, especially for the budget minded lady or gent. The reason I only gave this four lippies and not five is the packaging -- I like how it looks, but the top is sort of difficult to grip while painting, and for that I had to knock off a lippie. I'm clumsy enough on my own without needing packaging to make it worse.
Polishes -New York Color - Long Wearing Nail Enamel - Big Apple Red Creme 131
youngpunkk 11/18/2012 9:40:00 PM
This is a gorgeous, candy apple, blue based red. Definitely a classic pinup, true red. And I love it for that. The brush is long and thin and doesn't cover the nail terribly well, but for 99 cents I'm willing to deal with it and work around that issue. This polish is opaque in two coats, though you could probably get away with one thick coat. I wouldn't call it long wearing like the name claims, but if you top it with Seche Vite or another heavy duty top coat, it should last you at least three days. I would not repurchase, just because I have since found other reds that perform better (WnW Mega Last and Butter London).
I really dig this mascara. I bought it on a whim at Walmart because I was feeling adventurous and it only cost a dollar. I am impressed! No, it's not perfect by any means, but for a freaking dollar? Pretty awesome. The formula is right in the middle in terms of consistency; not too thick and not too watery. It has a simple, straight brush which coats lashes well and easily (bottom lashes too). It clumps a tiny bit, but nothing unbearable or tragic. It's a good 'natural' mascara that's buildable, and it's really dark. I think the simple packaging is cute, nice and slim, perfect to toss in your purse. This mascara does flake a bit, and it makes my lashes feel crunchy once it's dry. It isn't a huge deal since I don't make a habit of touching my eyelashes, but sometimes my lashes can look a bit crispy when I wear this. Despite that, I will definitely repurchase this bad boy, and I've already recommended it to other people.
Mascara -E.L.F. - Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara
youngpunkk 11/18/2012 6:39:00 PM
This is my automatic, go-to brow tamer. How can you go wrong? It's a dollar, available at every Target, does what it's supposed to do, and comes with a decent amount of product. I use this every single day, and it keeps my brows put. I've already repurchased this several times, and I'll continue to do so. This is a crucial part of my makeup arsenal. I love it.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer
youngpunkk 11/18/2012 6:30:00 PM
I just bought this the other day while at Target because no other brand had a green concealer that I could find, and I'm almost out of the one I've been using (NYC stick, if you're curious). This is super runny, which surprised me, and therefore a lot of it comes out in one pump, which seems wasteful since I don't want a lot of primer on my face. It feels kind of greasy once it's on the face, which I'm not a huge fan of. Primers are supposed to absorb and diminish oil, not feel like they're made of oil. It blends into the skin nicely, and doesn't leave a green cast. However, it has glitter in it! WHY DOES IT HAVE GLITTER IN IT?! I don't want glitter in my foundation and concealer, so why would I want it in my primer? Total turn off. And, honestly, the glitter is the reason why I won't be repurchasing this when it's gone. Bummer. I feel like it primed my skin well, though, and I didn't experience any break through grease or shine throughout the day. I powdered my nose and chin area (my oiliest spots) maybe once all day, and they weren't even that shiny. I'm not sure that it canceled out my redness as well as the NYC concealer I'd been using, due maybe to how thin this product is. But it did work well on my cheeks, where I have a bit of redness, but not as much redness as my chin and nose areas do. This is also a fairly pricey product for something drugstore. Compared to the NYC green concealer I love, which I paid a dollar for, this was about $13. If it worked well, I'd be okay with the price. But for such a small tube and a product that doesn't entirely live up to hopes and expectations, it's too expensive.
I picked this up at Target the other day because I recently ran out of my other liquid foundation and was looking for something similar, that offered a medium amount of coverage. This caught my eye because it comes in a huge array of shades, including a very pale shade, which is perfect for my complexion. After swatching on my inner wrist, I decided that I liked how it felt, how it blended, and how it looked. Into my basket it went. Once I got it home and tried it on my face, I found that it is incredibly slick and oily. Bad news for someone like me, who has oily/combo skin. I had to keep blotting throughout the day with a pressed powder, but the shine was back after about a half hour each time. It made my face feel like I hadn't washed it in days, and it also caused me to break out a bit. I would not repurchase this product. I wanted to like it and I was thrilled that I was able to find a liquid foundation in a shade light enough to match my skin perfectly, but unfortunately, that was the only redeeming quality of this for me.
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
youngpunkk 11/13/2012 11:57:00 PM
I bought my bottle of this foundation at Big Lots for cheap, though I can't remember how much I paid. I've switched between a few foundations in my collection, so this bottle has lasted me about a year, and I always seemed to go back to this one. Good coverage, fragrance free, non-irritating, doesn't feel slick or greasy on my skin, doesn't feel heavy on my face, gives me a dewy finish which I'm a fan of, and it's buildable, which makes covering spots without needing a concealer a definite possibility. I would repurchase for sure if I could ensure that it would be the same formula as the bottle I just ran out of, but since I'm reading some reviews saying it was altered a bit, I'm not so sure. But I'd definitely hunt your Big Lots stores to see if they have any more bottles of the original formula.