Treatments (Eye) -Vichy - Oligo 25 eye treatment stick
yuphehe 12/13/2010 6:14:00 AM
A friend of mine recommended this, and I saw it on sale for 15ish so I gave it a try. After using this for several months in the morning before I apply my concealer, I am finding myself addicted to this product. I honestly do not know whether it is preventing wrinkles, but it gives a cooling sensation to the area and makes makeup much easier to apply. I also use this when my lids are feeling dry, and it really makes them feel so much better. I have had terrible eczema on my eyes, and so I have to take extra care to keeping lids moisturized and not use any irritating products. So far this product really did help me. I think the packaging and the way you apply this product is not exactly hygienic though. Luckily I have not had any infections so far.
Ewww..... like many mentioned this smells so bad. The scent is like Lysol + Downy + Plastic. I mean if you don't mind that smell, then it I am sure the alcohol kills the bacteria on your brushes (which is what we want). I read that if you let the product air out then the scent will go away. Having read that I unscrew the cap. What I realized was that the solution actually smells like rubbing alcohol, I can accept that - its just like drinking vodka right? After 4 days or spraying my brush, my brush still stinks. Granted I live in a fogged area and it has been raining, but I really think this product is terrible. So I devised my own method of using this product. I would wipe my brushed with this product (however much it needs), and then using my tea-tree oil toner i'd wet a tissue and wipe all the brushes with that. The tea tree masks all the nasty scents, but it seriously wastes my toner.
Finally got my hands on this. I've been trying to get this product because my favorite blush, Shu Uemura Pink 34C, is the same color as this so the two items are perfect for each other =D. I was worried at first because the color seemed hard to wear, so I first purchased Peach Petal and I really liked it, so I went back to get Lilac Pastelle. Once I paint my nails in Rumple Wiggin, almost exact color for nails, I'll wear this gloss. I am very impressed with the new Revlon lip products, the Colorburst lipsticks, and the summer lipglosses are all very nicely packaged that they look high end. This lipgloss is also quite pigmented for a milky gloss, my lips are purple. I also like that it is not too sticky, but that means staying power is mediocre. This color is not hard to wear in my opinion, and it is very special.
Mascara -Kiss Me - HEROINE MAKE long and curl mascara (black)
yuphehe 5/5/2010 6:26:00 PM
This is generally a good product. It definitely gives some length and keeps the curl well. The not-so-perfect score is because this product does not give much volume (not that its supposed to) and if you are not careful it does clump. It give a somewhat dramatic effect, but unlike my favorite Shu Uemura Mascara, this dramatic effect looks very unnatural, you definitely look like you have a lot of mascara on. I think if it provided some volume as well, the odd sparsely spread strands of long lashes won't look so odd. The staying power of this mascara is very good, I fell asleep with it on, and I did not have spidery eyes in the morning. Overall a good product, but not one that would replace my current favorites. The price is also not too bad.
One of the most inexpensive and versatile products in the market. These creme colors are around $2.50-$4 each and you really only need the primaries: black, white, red, blue, yellow. It does pretty much everything as foundation/lipstick/eye shadow/eye liner. Having this product got me though a lot of beauty buy urges, like orange lipstick or dark purple lipstick (yes I'll probably use those two products once in my life). Instead of buying those, I just simply mixed some Ben Nye colors together and used it on my lips. I staying power is much better than regular lipstick too. Since they are soo pigmented, they also look better though they are a little drying so bring out the aquafore ^^
I was expecting more from this brush. Looking at reviews and touching at sephora, I really thought I would like this brush. But the size of the brush was too big for my Asian Eyes, I do have the folds so they are not that small. The bristles were also a little pokey can the ends. Overall, I think this is only an average brush, and I would probably like it more if it was more flexible or a tad smaller. (the MAC 219 is way too small). I still say that Kevyn Aucion makes the best crease brush, but never owned the Chanel or Laura Mercier.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Small Eye Shadow Brush
yuphehe 5/5/2010 4:12:00 PM
$9 brush, Considering you can get MAC eye brushes around $16, this brush is leaning on the more expensive side from low-end brush brushes. This brush is my dupe of my beloved Shu Uemura 10 that I misplaced, and did not want to put out $30+ for the same brush again. Why is it similar? The brush shape is exactly the same, but i think the Small Eye Shadow Brush is slightly smaller. Most eye brushes I've encountered with this type of bristles tend to be very thin, the Shu Uemura one was fluffy, and although I think this brush is not as fluffy, it is very close especially compared to say Japonesque brushes. I like this type of brushes because it really helps at packing on color, and its stiff so you can really control the eyeshadow in terms of placement and fallout. I highly recommand this brush, especially for those looking for a brush similar to the Shu Uemura 10.
It is rather unfair of me to judge this, but here's the story. I really wanted the Etude House VIP Girl Lipstick in OR205 because of Park Shin Hye (actress/model for this particular lipstick). Being in the US, Etude House is hard to find, and the color has been sold out on the website. So I've been searching high and low to find a dupe of that color. I somehow narrowed it down to Revlon's Apricot Fantasy or Rimmel's Crush. Since my CVS had very few Crush left and they were opened, I was able to look at it, and decided that it looked very similar to the OR205. Well I became quite disappointed because on my lips, it looks very different from the OR205 in the commercial. Granted I've never seen the real OR205, so Crush is as close as I can get. Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks are one of my favorite drugstore products.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #168 Large Angled Contour Brush
yuphehe 5/4/2010 6:49:00 AM
One of the few MAC brushes I've purchased that I really liked. I don't own another high end angle brush, and the cheap ones I've own I did not like (168se, essence of beauty). The bristles are very soft, and I am really convinced that MAC's white bristles are much nicer than their black bristles through the 6 full sized brushes that I own. After much abuse in washing this brush, the shape and density is still there. This is probably my favorite MAC brush and I don't think a cheaper angle brush will be as good quality though I probably just haven't found it. But LOVE!!
This is the typical MAC black hair bristles I think (I only own this and the 109 with black bristles and they are the same), and I am not impressed by the bristles whatsoever. Comparing this to my Japonesque 324 ($19) my Japonesque is 10x softer and they are both blush brushes. I bought this brush because of the unique shape, but the application is not anything special. Since I do not care for the bristles of this brush, I rarely grab for it. I would say that this is a solid product, not bad, but because I have BETTER items that does the same thing, I don't really like it. This is also very expensive so I was expecting more.
Out of all my MAC brushes I think this one is the most special. Although concealer brushes are definitely not necessary, having one doesn't hurt and keeps your makeup sanitary. So for a concealer brush, I think this one is wonderful. The brush head is very thin, yet stiff and soft. The thinness allows you to pick up a small amount of product, and then stiffness offers control while the softness doesn't poke the skin. The shape of this brush is very special because it goes right under my eyes following the tearduct and the undereye circles. I don't think I'll use a different concealer brush for my under eyes with cream concealer, maybe something fluffier will work better with liquid. I've had several inexpensive (190se, ecotools, studio tools etc) and those are all for cream eyeshadows. I definitely recommend this those who prefer to use a brush for cream concealer. If you don't mind fingers, I really don't think this is necessary.
I love Urban Decay shadows, and the ones in this palette are just as great. However there are many problems with this particular palette. The packaging though seems very cute and interesting is actually no good. If you just throw this in your bag, the cover will swivel, so I prefer the flip covers more. The mirror is so small and useless because if order to use it, you have to turn the cover entirely, but then if you do so the palette is very hard to hold so that you can use the mirror. The brush is also no good, but that did not affect my ratings. although I do like all the shadows in the palette they don't really work well with one another. ALL of them are too shimmery, and some are Glittery as well. I like to mix some low shimmers or mattes into my eye looks, so this palette did not make a very good stand-alone palette to me. If you are just going to put this on a vanity to add to your collection, this palette is just fine, but if you want something more versatile, I'd say look elsewhere. t
So I was walking around my walgreens and saw the new collection. I was at first drawn to the nailpolishes because they reminded me of recent OPI launches (Hong Kong and Skrek collection). The collection was not on sale so and it was kind of expensive so I was not going to buy. However the Lip Gloss in the collection matches the polishes and since I just bought OPI's Rumble Wiggin (very similar to Lilac Pastelle) I couldn't resist. The Walgreens Coupon for $2 Revlon lip product was good for one product so I picked the Peach Petal because the color in the tube was just so so pretty and more wearable than the Lilac Pastelle. So I paid $6.77 after taxes for Peach Petal. A little pricey, but I just had to own it. I really really like the color, I am not much of a gloss wearer because i lick my lips (bad habit). Never the less, like any girl out there I've tried several brands of lipglosses. I will not say the consistency or color payoff of this particular one is any special. It is not too sticky which I like, but that also means not much staying power which you have to reapply often. The color is a little too sheer on my lips but non the less very pretty. Overall I am very happy with this purchase and the packaging looks like an expensive product. It would be wonderful if there was a lipgloss in this color but was more pigmented. I took off a lippie for the sheerness, which I know some people like but for this particular color, I want it to show better on my lips.
This is the best Aloe Gel I've used. I was laughing at my friend who at that time just joined MarketAmerica. I think many things she sells are overpriced, but ever since she gave me a bottle of Ultimate Aloe, I've been hooked to this Aloe gel and it has been one of the few products I buy from her. Its Aloe gel, plain and simple. But its a much better consistency than the $1 stuff you get at the dollar store. It works the best on sun burns (I have extremely sensitive eczema skin) and in California sun, this is a must have product for me. My only complain is the price, $17 and 1bottle did not last me though the summer. But this is a wonderful product for people with sensitive skin. The Ultimate Aloe Juice is also a great product for the skin's healing process when applied on cracks and acne. This product is so hard to find, and shipping makes this even more expensive at marketamerica.com. I will be searching for a cheaper more convenient alternative, but until then, I'll keep buying.
Toners -TheFACEShop - Pore Minimizer Controlling Toner With Powder
yuphehe 5/3/2010 6:28:00 AM
This is a decent product. At first I was skeptical because it was my first The Face Shop product, and the ingredients were iffy (I have very sensitive skin). I tend to use 2 different toners simultaneously, oilier days or day time i use this one, I used Arcona Raspberry Toner for other toner. I tended to grab for this one a lot more, and I liked it a lot more. The scent is great, and I do feel a clean face with this product. However, I do not think this product is irreplaceable so I am still looking for my HG replacement (Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil). Overall I think I've had decent skin while using this toner and did not regret getting this.