Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
What I liked:
- Maybelline Pure Concealer Blemish Treatment Stick - this has 2% salicylic acid in it, making it great for breakouts. However, this was not my intended use. Lately I have discovered that lining my lips (outside them, obviously) with concealer not only makes my lips look prettier and less rough, but also makes my lip gloss look better and stay in place. This is especially good if you're doing a strong color. This little stick is as easy to use as a lip liner, ergo perfect for this chore. PLUS, salicylic acid around the lips will do well to prevent those nasty little lip wrinkles! $1.24 in the bin.
- Karma Beauty Mascara in Royal Blue - I don't have a link, this is one of those cutesy products Target has begun selling. It's a fun line, go browse - they're usually very cheap. Anyway, if you're dying to try colored mascara, this is the way to go - I love royal blue, because it makes the whites of your eyes look whiter, hence your eyes look brighter overall. But for blue eyes, anything in a magenta would work too. This was a cheap trial of blue, and it's a GREAT blue, not like, HELLO blue lashes, but just a subtle blue that you can only tell under very bright light. Good mascara overall, especially for the $0.94 price tag.
- Revlon Marble-ous Match in Orchid Me Not - This was not in the clearance bin, but I was dying to try it, so it made the list. It's a combo eye crayon/ liner, and the liner is a marble of two colors. It comes in 5 dual ended colors, all of which looked interesting to me, but I went with the Orchid, because it had purple-y colors in it, and I was intrigued. This one has a liner that is purple and gold marble, then a crayon that is a bronze with a slightly cooler undertone (maybe just the slightest hint of green?) The colors are VERY pretty. I did my whole lid in the crayon, then lined top and bottom with the marbled liner. The nice thing about this is that it's VERY subtle, which is good for anyone. This would be my go-to for the days when I want to look like I'm not wearing much makeup, ergo perfect for everyone else's "everyday" look. :-p The nice thing is it's an all in one - you wouldn't need anything else but mascara. $8.99
Things I did not like:
- Maybelline Super Away Lipcolor Remover - This gloss is supposed to remove your lip color like an eye makeup remover. One thing that sucks about red lipstick is the stain that it leaves on your lips - usually a good sign for the quality of the lipstick, but not fun to remove. Naturally, to test its true virtue, I attempted to remove red lipstick with it. Result? Red lipstick stain. No noticeable improvement, except that it's glossy, so my lips were moisturized. Now, it might be better with lip liners, etc. However, my guess is that this made the clearance bin because most women like to keep their lipstick ON. Thumbs down. $0.94 lost.
EDIT: I figured out a better method for the Revlon Marble-ous Duo Stick: Put a neutral eye shadow all over your lid (I used Clinique's Daybreak - it's a great one!), then take the crayon part and use it in the crease just like you're drawing an arc over your eye - it just sweeps naturally, go with it! Then line as usual with the liner. Looks awesome!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
To really pump up your lashes, apply one coat of mascara, then, using a Q-tip, pat lashes lightly with translucent face powder. Immediately follow with another coat of mascara.
I tried this tonight for the first time and it works AMAZINGLY!! It really bulked up my lashes. I will caution you to try this leaning over a mirror so that you don't get any powder in your eye...learn from my experience people.
Sidenote: I got the Urban Decay Lounge - it is every bit as AWESOME as I expected!! It's got red, green, shimmer, the works. If I can figure out how to post pictures, I might put one up. This stuff is not for the faint of heart, though...it's taken me a few tries to get to the "dark maven" stage, as opposed to the "I've been punched in the face while suffering from severe allergies" stage. However, it is SO worth the effort!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I have noticed that the prices range from the disgustingly cheap (eye shadow for $1!!!) to the relatively expensive, so fun could truly be had with the 20% off.
Enjoy, and let me know if you find something I need!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Now, I have the brows from hell. They would grow all the way down to my lash line if I'd let them, and they're DARK...much darker than I ever allow my hair to be. However, for some reason, the right one (and only the right one) tends to grow sparsely in ONE spot - incidently the only spot where I would never pluck, the thick part right above the inside corner of my eye. It's not something anyone would ever notice, but I hate it.
Anyway, this looks cool because not only is it color that doesn't seem to go on like mascara (a brow product pet peeve of mine), and then a separate end with gel to hold it in place.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
SO, enter Maybelline, who loves to solve the problems of the cheap and makeup obsessed. Plus, they manage to have their foundation NOT smell like Noxema (ahem, Cover Girl). And to top it off, Target had it on sale and so did CVS, so it was a natural assumption that it would become part of my coterie.
What I love:
- Good coverage - I put it on with a brush, because I am tres snob like that, but I start from the outside of the face and work in, and I like the coverage.
- NOT HEAVY - mark this day in history - for once, I like a liquid...it doesn't sit like a 400lb gorilla in my (very small and totally happiness created) wrinkles
- Many colors - and, GET THIS, at (my) CVS, they even had samples you could try to check color. I got classic ivory. Yeah, I'm pale. Shut it.
- It stays in place - Now, I would never, ever, ever talk badly about my favorite tinted moisturizer. However, they have a tendancy to disappear right around 1pm. And since no one I know has retired yet, this is typically before end of working (schooling?) day.
What I don't love:
- Actually, NOTHING! So far, I'm really liking it! Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles!
- OK, wait, I have one - if you don't wear powder over it (which I always do, so this is not a problem), you can look slightly shiny. But it could be construed as good shiny (ie glowing). Your choice, really.
- Jergens Natural Glow Body Lotion- I have used this every year for the past 3 to get a "tan," since natural sun is something my body neither needs nor accepts willingly. It's been since Sunday morning and already I look tan enough to expose my legs (no visible veins...). Plus, they have done something so that the smell is not so...smelly. Do not be afraid to choose the darkest one. Believe me, this is the only way it's worth it. I have tried Target, CVS, and Walmart's generic versions. They are all good, but I have to say I've seen the most immediate change with the name brand. It's only about $2 more. I use it every day as my regular moisturizer, and a bottle lasts me about 6 weeks.
- Philosophy Microdelivery Peel - This is the only home exfoliation I have EVER liked...and I try everything that does not cost a fortune. It has two steps, one where you put Vitamin C crystals on your face (for physical exfoliation), then the second where you add activator and it gets all warm (chemical exfoliation). It makes my skin super smooth without drying it at all (often promised, rarely delivered...). And while it IS expensive, a little goes a long way. I recommend it with Philosophy's Makeup Optional set.
- Lancome LUCI Eye Shadow Du0 - Not only are these colors AWESOME alone, they blend to make all these different shades of peachy pinky bronze. Amazing. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? In my opinion, definitely, provided you will use them on a regular basis...this probably exempts me. Plus, who can resist the packaging???
- Sephora Sleep Mask - Yes, yes. Very "old Hollywood." But I'm telling you, if you can find one that fits nicely, you will sleep much better, especially if you sleep in a room with lots of light in the morning. It could be because it pushes your eyelids closer together, so they crust more, so you feel more fresh-from-deep-sleep-ish when you wake up, but I liked it. My friend Megan has sworn by these for years, and I always tried, but never found one I liked...til now. They gave these away for free dollars at the Knoxville grand opening of Sephora, but they're available everywhere. Rule of thumb: You want it to be loose and dark, with a back strap that is NOT an elastic cord. I don't have a picture because it's not available, but if you find one you want me to "approve," let me know.
Things I do NOT love this week:
- Jergens Natural Glow Facial Lotion - Use this if you really love having your face break out. 'Nuff said.
- Lancome Eye Shadow in Strut - Perhaps not everyone will appreciate my desire for leprechaun green eyelids, but I'm sure everyone can understand my frustration when, after it arrived, I realized it was a WHOLLY unexciting shade of pathetic hunter green. BLAH. Money back, por favor.
- DuWop Prime Venom - I bought this Friday at Sephora, VERY pumped that I could blend my regular lip gloss with the awesomeness of DuWop Venom lip plumpers. Verdict? Buy some chapstick, because this is just glorified balm. While I do still love DuWop's gloss Venom collection (Pink shimmer is my new favorite), I still say, for the optimal lip plumpage, go with Too Faced Lip Injection. Personally, I love the Techno Buff, because it's an awesome neutral, and offsets the slight redness that comes with the plump. It appears as though Techno Buff is not available online anymore, but the Techno Glow looks nice...
So, an overall good week - 4-3, score one for beauty. And it's only Wednesday...
Things I'm wishing I had $$ for:
- TheBalm Balm Shelter - I've heard that this is a great tinted moisturizer, which is my favorite way to get coverage (boo to traditional foundation), plus it's extra SPF, which is nice. But I must use some of what I have before I splurge.
- DuWop Reverse Eyeliner - Clearly for $24, I can use my typical wet Q-tip method. However, this is intriguing. I have previously bought a rendition of their reverse lip liner and was unimpressed, but DuWop does do things well...I shouldn't have bargain shopped.