21 posts tagged review
These are both “long wearing” brow products meant to last through sweating, swimming, rain, etc. Perfect for spring/summer coming up!
The Anastasia Brow Pomade ($18) is definitely for those who want fierce, strong brows. The brow pomade will give you eyebrows like all the makeup artists, girls who work at MAC, etc. It goes on almost like a gel liner but then dries to more of a powder finish which I really like. Once it dries it stays put and it will be hard to blend out so you have to work rather quickly. I like to wipe some of the excess off on the lid so I don’t apply too much product on my brows for a softer look. I find the brow pomade to be a little tricky to look super natural, so if you want really natural looking brows this might not be for you. But if you want an intense brow this is for you and you work it girrrl.
The Makeup Forever Aqua Brow ($20) is a little less intense than the Brow Pomade in my opinion and goes on a little more natural. Since it’s more of a gel than a cream like the brow pomade it’s a tad more sheer and not as dramatic. This is more of a wet/gel product at first but dries on the brows more like a powder.
So if you want a more natural looking brow that lasts all day I’d recommend the Aqua Brow, if you want more intense brows that lasts all day I’d recommend the Anastasia Brow Pomade. I find both to be as long lasting as the other, the main difference is the intensity on.
Review on Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder!
Retails for $34
This powder claims to have a luminous, demi matte finish. Like all products in the “Naked” line it’s supposed to be very natural looking.
Extremely light weight. Your skin doesnt feel like it’s wearing a mask like some more heavy powders. Not as “buttery” and silky as my Benefit Hello Flawless Powder but still smooth nonetheless.
This powder has a satin finish. Not matte, not glowing although on the box it says it’s luminous. Never looks cakey even when applying a few layers.
The coverage is pretty decent for a very natural looking, light weight powder. When applied after foundation it covers up any redness from a pimple or acne scars that my foundation didnt cover. You can keep adding more for more coverage and it will never look cakey.
I really, really like this powder! When I use a more luminous foundation this won’t make my skin too matte, it creates a perfect satin finish. Looks extremely natural and feels light weight yet isnt too sheer and still has a light to medium coverage.
Maybelline’s Fit Me powder is extremely similar and also one of my favorite pressed powders. I do like Urban Decay’s more because it has a more coverage and looks a little better on the skin.
Review on Korres Wild Rose Brightening Sleeping Facial $48 at Sephora
I got this as a deluxe size sample about 2 weeks ago as a 100 point reward so if this is still a 100 point perk… GET IT
This product is a like a moisturizer but it works to brighten your skin tone while you sleep lightening imperfections like age spots, acne scars, etc. It’s thicker than most moisturizers and VERY moisturizing so I use this as a replacement for a moisturizer when I use it. It has Vitamin C which is really well known for brightening and evening out the skin tone.
So basically, it works. The first night I used it I noticed my skin look a lot more even for only one use. I then began to use it every other night for a week and it has dramatically lightened my acne scars. I even let my bff use it for a night and she agreed her scars were quite a bit lighter than the night before. This product is great because it evens your skin tone while you sleep and you wake up with a more even, super moisturized face. You only need a little because it’s very moisturizing so this bottle will last quite a while.
I’d definitely recommend going to your local sephora and getting a free sample to try or buying it if youre trying to get a more even skin tone. I was very impressed :)
9/10. Would be 10/10 but it’s a tad too thick and can feel greasy if you apply too much.
Review on OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener!
This will just be a mini review/rave on how much this product has changed my life. Okay that was a bit dramatic but really.
My nails were very brittle and even if they did grow somewhat long they would peel or break. This product won’t help your nails grow faster than they normally would, but it will help them stay strong so when they get long they’ll stay long. Even by just touching my nails they feel a lot more hard when before they would easily bend. My nails don’t peel or break anymore. This product makes me feel like I have super strong acrylics or something it’s amazing.
How I Use:
Apply two coats before nail polish or to bare nails. I switch my nail polish about once or twice a week so I reapply OPI Nail Envy twice to three times a week.
Where To Get:
This product is sold at most drugstores and places where OPI is sold however I bought mine on Amazon for about half the price here.
So if you have really thin, brittle nails like me I HIGHLY recommend this :)
Today I’m reviewing the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzers. It comes in two shades Warm Tan and Rich Bronze and retails for $11 at Target. A great cheaper alternative to Chanel’s Soleil Tan Universal Cream Bronzer. I have a light tan/medium beige skin tone and I use Rich Bronze, the darker of the shades, which I think will work well for people who have a medium to tan skin tone. The Warm Tan would be great for those with very fair to lighter skin tones.
This cream bronzer is SO creamy! Blends like a dream I can even use it after powder and it will blend out fine, however it’s easiest to blend over foundation with no powder. It’s very pigmented yet will blend out more sheer if you keep blending so it’s very easy to use. I use it as a cream contour and it creates a really natural looking contour because it doesnt look like powder it looks like skin. It’s not wet or sticky feeling like some cream blushes/bronzers can be. I’ve been using it with a Real Technique’s Expert Face brush because it’s synthetic which is best for cream/liquid products and the hairs are tightly packed together so it helps blend better.
I find this cream bronzer to last longer than my usual powder bronzer since it sticks to the face better and won’t melt off with my face powder if I get oily through out the day. It’s also great for dry skin because cream products are more moisturizing than powder. I still go over it with a light layer of my powder bronzer just to help it last ALL day.
Overall this is an awesome product and I highly recommend it! Don’t know how I went all this time without having a cream bronzer because now I’ll never look at bronzing the same way again…
Review on Garnier BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin.
Formula/Texture: SO creamy! Blends like a dream and feels super light weight on the skin. Very moisturizing. The formula is a bit watery so watch out for that when squeezing out the product. The liquidy, runny formula helps the BB Cream feel so light weight on the skin. Whenever I wear this I forget I’m wearing face makeup! It makes my skin look really flawless and smooth. Leaves a satin, slightly dewy finish. Add some powder on top if you prefer more of a matte look.
Coverage: Surprisingly awesome! Most BB Creams offer a light coverage but this gives a solid medium to buildable coverage. I can cover almost all of my scars and when I add on more product to certain areas to build the coverage it still looks natural and doesnt cake up.
Longevity: Not the longest wearing foundation ever, however it its very long lasting compared to other BB Creams I have tried. This BB Cream is supposed to be an all in one product such as moisturizer, foundation and concealer in one so skip moisturizer to help it last longer. I wore moisturizer the first time with it and I got a little oily after 3 hours, when I didnt use moisturizer I went a good 5 - 6 hours without any shine. When I use a primer or setting spray it lasts me most of the day only having to blot once.
Overall Thoughts: Awesome BB Cream! I recommend it for all skin types since it is moisturizing. Us oily skin gals will still need to use powder, primer or a setting spray to help it last longer though. It is a little more expensive than other BB Creams but you get 2 fl oz unlike most foundations/BB Creams being only 1 fl oz so you get double the product. Only comes in 3 shades which is unfortunate, I’m an NC 35 in MAC and I use the Medium/Tan shade and it’s a tad too dark but blends well! Makes your skin look super flawless and smooth. Love it :)
Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow gradual self tanner/moisturizer. Around $8 - 7 at drugstores.
So I was browsing the beauty section in Target and came across Jergens new Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer. I’ve tried their Natural Glow gradual self tanner before and really loved it so I figured what the heck I’ll try this one. Get more tan while I moisturize my skin? Sign me up. I bought the shade for Medium to Tan skin tones, there is also one for Fair to Medium skin tones. They also make a version for your face.
Both of their Natural Glow gradual self tanners apply like a moisturizer, they come out white like any other body lotion which I love because it’s mess free. I apply a thin layer over the areas I want to be more tan and go to sleep and it never transfers onto my blankets or clothes. Also make sure to WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER. I didn’t and after 3 days I was left with super tan hands/palms! I should have read the back of the bottle… lol. But after I started washing my hands after I never had dark palms again! I’d recommend applying it before bed so while you sleep the lotion will do it’s magic because during the day sweat, water, etc could remove some of the lotion.
After day 1 you will see a slight tan but after day 3 you will look significantly darker. After I reached the tan I wanted I started using every other day or ever 2 days to up keep the tan. I went from medium/fair to tan in 3 days. The tan isnt orange looking at all for my medium skin tone. If you are very fair or pale I wouldnt recommend going with the one for medium to tan skin it may be too dark for you, go for the one for fair to medium skin tones!
Overall, I really love this! Mess free, no odor or smell, moisturizes & works fast! Just make sure to wash your hands after you apply, apply a thin layer evenly over the skin, and apply sparingly over elbows and knees (says so on back of bottle). I also highly recommend their other Natural Glow moisturizer, but it will work a tad slower :)
Review on Anastsia Beverly Hill’s Bold & Beautiful Kit.
This kit retails for $36 at Ulta, Nordstrom as well as http://www.anastasia.net/ and will be available for purchase on Sephora.com by the end of Feburary.
This is a GREAT little kit for traveling, it has your brow and eyeshadow needs in one. It comes with 2 volumes, Volume 1 Bold Brows and Volume 2 Beautiful Eyes.
Volume 1 Bold Brows (my favorite volume in the set) comes with a brow wax, brow powder, duo ended brush with angled brush and spoolie, and mini tweezers. The brow powder is a medium taupe shade, great for blondes, brunettes and black hair, it’s a great universal brow powder shade. I don’t think it would be ideal for those with red hair because it’s a little too cool toned/ash. The brow wax is a dark brown and could be used alone to tint the brows and keep the hair in place and still look very natural.
Volume 2 Beautiful Eyes comes with 4 shadows, a matte cream, shimmer peachy pink, medium taupe brown with sparkle and a very deep shimmery purple. It also comes with a duo ended brush with a flat shader brush and pencil brush. The eyeshadows are creamy and pigmented, not too powdery and a lot of fall out.
Overall i reeeally love this kit especially for the compact palettes. As a college student living in dorms I don’t want to store a lot of makeup since i’m already limited on space and I love that I can use this every day and have all my brow and eyeshadow needs in one small space :)
So this is one my best friends Kristin & her beautiful face (hehe) and she was telling me how she bought some lipsticks from Drew Barrymore’s new line called Flower at Walmart. The lipsticks are sold for $7 each.
In top picture from left to right: Black Rose (high shine finish), So Gladiola (velvet finish), Petal Kiss (velvet finish)
In bottom picture from left to right: Petal Kiss (velvet finish), So Gladiola (velvet finish), Black Rose (high shine finish).
She says they are creamy & soft on the lips!
Her instagram is @kristinkimchi :))
Review on Wet n Wild MegaLiner $3 at Walgreens, CVS, Riteaid & other stores that carry Wet n Wild.
Hi guys, so this is one of my FAVORITE liquid liners. The main reasons is because it’s matte, and most liquid liners are have a glossy finish.
The Tip: This is a brush tip liquid liner not a felt tip or pen tip. The brush can be difficult to work with because it’s a very fine brush tip. Felt/pen tips are easier to control (think Loreal Liner Intense or Maybelline Line Stiletto) for beginners. I wouldnt recommend this for people just starting to use liquid liner because it may be harder to make a straight line. The very fine tips allows you to create SUCH a thin line and makes it so easy to create a sharp wing. It took me a few days to get the hang of using the brush but now I can create the wing in seconds!
The Formula: The finish is matte and the formula is slightly thicker than most liquid liners. I always wipe off the excess liner off the tip on the inside of the bottle because there is too much liquid liner on the brush at first and it can get messy creating the line.
The Lasting Power: This liner lasts on me all day without smudging! However if I take a nap (which I have been doing a lot lately) it will transfer on your eye lids and such, but for every day wear it doesnt transfer or smudge.
Overall if you want a really precise, matte winged eyeliner this is GREAT. Plus it’s super cheap at $3 it’s a steal! They also make other colors as well like brown, blue, teal, etc great for summer and spring coming up :)
Revlon Nearly Naked 7 - 10$ depending on where you get it (Target & Walmart have cheapest prices)
Texture: Very creamy and easy to blend. However it dries pretty fast when you try to build up any coverage it starts to get a little flakey and not flattering, so you cant really build up to medium/full coverage. Feels very light weight on the face, not heavy at all.
Coverage: The coverage is light/medium. I have acne scars and some acne and it took a few layers to cover most of it, it still didnt cover all my problems but I didnt really expect it to. Being sold as a “naked” natural looking foundation usually doesnt mean super full coverage. The main problem I had with it was it dried too fast to layer & build up more coverage. If you apply it and blend it out quickly it will look very nice and natural. However if you try to build up the coverage it will dry too fast and get flakey and patchy.
Finish: When you first apply the finish is dewy and then dries to a satin finish with a sheen, it’s not super matte.
Lasting Power: Longer than i thought! I have combination/oily skin & it lasted about 8 hours before I started looking oily or had to blot. I only used a moisturizer underneath no primer or setting spray. If you have normal to dry skin you wouldnt need to set it with powder. With a primer or setting spray it would last even longer!
Overall thoughts: It’s not my perfect foundation because I like more coverage, but I do think it can be a great foundation for some people! It would be a good every day foundation for those who want light coverage. It feels super light weight on the skin & does look natural. If you try to build up the coverage it begins to look patchy/flakey :)
Review! On Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow & Hair Powder. 12.50$ each. In stores at Ulta December 26th, 2012.
The Hypercolor Brow & Hair Powders are very pigmented powders that you apply on your hair or brows for either streaks, colored ombre, colored brows, etc that wash out when you shower/shampoo your hair. I personally love the colored/dip dye ombre look so thats what i went for :)
First Picture: Top Row: In The Pink, Teal Tornado, Electric Blue. Bottom Row: Ultra Violet, Megawatt Green.
Bottom Left Picture (my hair) colors used: Electric Blue (top) & Teal Tornado (bottom). Bottom Right Picture color used: In The Pink.
How To Use For Hair:
- Style your hair first, i think it works better than using the Hypercolor powder then styling. So first curl, straighten, etc then apply a little styling cream, leave in conditioner, hair serum, etc on the section of hair you want to color.
- You should use gloves & a towel under your hair because there is product fall out that will get on your fingers/arms while applying. If you dont use gloves (i didnt) then you just have to wash your hands after, the powder comes off fine!
- Rub the section of hair in the powder & the powder will glide on. I used my fingers to blend the powder to create an ombre effect so it goes from a faded color to a more intense/vibrant color.
- Spray hair spray on the areas that you colored to set the powder so it lasts all day! But spray from afar because if you spray too close it will fade the vibrant color. I definitely recommend hair spray because it stops color from transferring onto your clothes.
- Take a shower at the end of the day to wash the color out! I would not recommend sleeping with it because it will get on your pillow/sheets.
My new clear storage unit! I got it at http://www.muji.us/store/storage/acrylic-cases.html for 27$
They do have other styles/sizes, the one i have is the 5 drawer. But i think eventually i will get the 2 drawer with larger drawers when i accumulate more makeup. The 5 drawers are pretty thin, but fits all my compacts/blushes/lipsticks, etc easily. The only thing it did not fit was my MAC Paint Pot, so if you have thicker/bulky products go for the 2 drawer. Shipping was really fast took about 4 days! Overall i’m very happy with it! It fits more than you’d expect! I do have another spinning makeup organizer i use for my every day makeup so this doesnt fit ALL my makeup but then again i do have more makeup than most people so one may be fine for most :))
* i got the lipstick holder on top at Amazon & the makeup brush holder as eyeslipsface.com :)
Review on Urban Decay’s Naked foundation 38$ at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstom & Macy’s.
My skin type is combination oily and i want enough coverage in foundations to cover up my acne/acne scars. My main concern with this foundation was that it wouldn’t be enough coverage for me & that it would not last on the oily parts of my skin.
The coverage: the coverage surprised me! It’s a medium coverage foundation with build able coverage. You can get fuller coverage to cover acne scars and such. The thing i really like about the coverage is you can keep adding & it will still look natural!
The finish: The finish is very flawless and natural. It has a sheen & isn’t completely matte however if you were to set it with a matte powder you could achieve the matte look! It feels super light weight on the skin and does not look cakey at all. It also doesn’t oxidize/turn darker on my skin through out the day.
The texture: The texture is very blend able and pretty liquidy, in my experience the more liquidy a foundation is the lighter it feels on your face and the more natural it looks (in my opinion).
The lasting power: Is pretty good! Without a primer/oil control products it lasts me about 5 hours so if you have dry/normal skin it should last you all day. When i use my regular primer, powder, setting spray, etc it will last on my combination skin for around 8 hours. It’s not the longest lasting foundation ever but i still really like it in conjunction with my other products :)
So overall i really like this foundation and recommend it for those with dry, normal and combination! If you have really oily skin and don’t mind touching up through out the day then i’d also recommend this for a very natural looking, light weight foundation with pretty good coverage :)
So i’ve been using the Beauty Blender for about 2 weeks every day and i LOVE them. I love them even more than brushes which i was not expecting. I’ve tried the cheaper version at Ulta which i didnt really like & i prefer the original Beauty Blender a lot more because it’s more bouncy/spongey. They are also more spongey and bouncy than the triangle cosmetic sponges which are not meant to be reused. But one cheaper version at CVS looks very similar and bouncy :)
What is a Beauty Blender?
A fancy makeup sponge basically! lol I use it with foundation and concealer under my eyes to blend. It’s 1 for 20$ or 2 for 25$ at Sephora.com or Beauty.com (beauty.com was free shipping so i bought it from there). I have a few pimples and acne scars so thats what i need to cover. It does sheer out the coverage a bit because it’s wet but i can still build up to full coverage :)
How i use:
I run one under luke warm water (not hot/not cold) till it gets darker pink then squeeze out the water until the Beauty Blender isnt dripping. I try to squeeze out as much water as possible! It will double in size when it’s wet. I prefer using it wet because it soaks up less of your foundation and helps blend better. Then i apply dots of foundations evenly all over my face then go in with the beauty blender and press lightly to blend. The finish is FLAWLESS which is why i love it so much. It blends like a dream and very fast i can apply my foundation a lot faster than with a regular brush. There is no streaks at all. And it makes my foundation feel lighter on my face which is weird lol. The finish is a little dewy because it is wet but i really like that, it looks very natural and healthy and airbrushed! You can always apply powder on top, i do :)
How i wash:
They have a beauty blender cleanser you can buy but i just use my Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (the yellow bottle). I get the beauty blender wet and squeeze out some water and roll the beauty blender in the soap. You want a layer of soap all over the sponge. Then i keep squeezing the sponge so the soap gets deep into the sponge, while you squeeze youll notice it’s getting more foamy and foam is foundation colored. Then i rinse and squeeze until the water isnt soapy/bubbly anymore and it’s all clean :) I wash after every use! These should last 3 months each if you take good care of them. I got two so i could use them for 6 months! I also got two because it’s 2 for 25$ or 1 for 20$ so it’s a better deal :)
- It does sheer out the coverage a little over raised pimples, so if you have a lot of raised acne it may not cover all your want it to cover. I have a few pimples at a time and it works well but with more severe acne i can’t say if it will give you super full coverage!
- You have to wash after every use, i usually wash my other brushes once a week
- They only last 3 months
- Blends very easy and flawlessly & blends quickly
- Makes your foundation look natural & feel light
- Your foundation never look cakey
- Great if you have dry skin because it doesn’t accentuate dry patches/flakes