Sunday, August 19, 2012

CVS Pharmacy Haul

I went to CVS Pharmacy today to pick up some makeup that I wanted to review, so you'll see each one of these products in the future.

Wet & Wild Color Icon Trio in I'm Getting Sunburned: $3.99.

Wet & Wild MegaPlump Mascara in Very Black: $3.99.

Rimmel London Extra Wow Lash in Extreme Black: $3.99.

Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Pink Punch: $3.99.

My total with tax came out to be: $16.04. I only had $20 in my pocket.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Random Update!

Hi, everyone. Sorry I haven't been posting, but I have been busy with work, so I have a good reason. I got my nails done on Thursday at Hair Productions in Auburn, California. I got the shellac since I work with paper all the time and regular nail polish chips off so quickly. I forgot what color this is, but it was $35.00, so it's not bad at all. I am going to go back in two weeks to get them done again, so I will pick a different color. My nail girl used CND shellac and only professionals can buy it.

My next couple of reviews will be on the Revlon Lip Butters and I can't tell you what else or I'll have to kill you. ;) Just kidding. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Product Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips

Today, I am going to review Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips. You can buy these from any drugstore or Target. I purchased two of these from K-Mart for $12.49 each and I purchased one of these from CVS Pharmacy for $12.99, so the price varies from store to store. The packaging is very simple: a clear plastic square with a hinged lid. There's a pan with five colors ranging from light to dark in each one. Physicians Formula says you can use them as eyeshadow, blush, and bronzer. I agree with the eyeshadow and bronzer, but you would have to be dark to use it as blush. I use the lighter colors as a highlight under my browbone and in the inner corners and the rest how I want.

The three colors I am reviewing today are Waikiki Strip, Vegas Strip, and Miami Strip. Each one has different variations of colors ranging from light to dark. The back of the package features a sticker with a little information, but nothing big. Each Shimmer Strip has 0.3 Oz of product. This was made in Italy and the company is from California. There's no ingredient list nor is there a company website.

This what each of the Shimmer Strips looks like. They each have different colors. The texture of the Shimmer Strips is very smooth and easily to apply and blend. I use the middle one, which is Vegas Strip, when I want a very clean, natural look.

Here's all of them swatched on my arm. They do take a couple of swipes to get a good color, but the darker ones seem to be the most pigmented out of all of them. Vegas Strip, in the middle, is the lightest one out of them all while Waikiki Strip, on the left, is the darkest one. They do apply easily and are not too powdery, which means less of a mess. I do enjoy mixing the colors and making my eyes pop.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Water, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine, Yellow 5 Lake.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Product Review: e.l.f. eyelid primer

Today, I am going to review e.l.f. eyelid primer. I bought this at Target for $1.00 because I had run out of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and couldn't get to the mall. This is a whole $18.99 less than the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and it works just as well.

I have already repurchased this product and this is the new one. I always have backups for when I run out because that's just how I am. The packaging for this is just like every mascara and eyeliner in the drugstore, with a cardboard backing and a plastic top that conforms to the shape of the product. The container itself is plastic the color of the liquid inside. In this case, I have the Sheer color. The cap is the widest part of the container and it's black and the container tapers down so that the bottom is the smallest part. This makes the cap easier to open and hold. This product was made in China, but designed in the USA. They do not test on animals. This has .17 fl OZ of product, which doesn't seem like a lot, but it has lasted a couple of months and there's still some left. This has a full ingredient list and some company info.

Inside the container is a lipgloss like wand ending in a doefoot applicator, which isn't the most hygienic way to apply eyeshadow primer, but it does make it easier and a lot less messier. I apply most of the product on my eyelid and then use my ring finger to put it on the rest of my eye up to the browbone. The tip of the applicator has the most product on it and I use that to apply it on the eyelid. My eyeliner stays all day and my eyeshadow doesn't crease or fade away at all.

The color is close to my skintone, which does help so it's not showing through the eyeshadow. It is creamy and smooth and easy to use. I would recommend this product to girls who are just starting out with makeup and are on a budget.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate , Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019).

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Product Review: Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

Today I am going to review Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer. I bought this at CVS Pharmacy a month, month and a half ago because I had run out of my Urban Decay primer and I couldn't get to the mall, so I had to go local. This cost me $12.99, which is $7 less than the Urban Decay primer. This is a repurchase in my book.

The packaging is simple. It's a glass cylindrical bottle with a black pump and a plastic cap. It says Revlon Photoready on the top of the glass underneath five rows of squares that get bigger. It says Perfecting Primer in English, French, and Spanish. This is in 001, which is white. It has 0.91 Fl. OZ, so it has more product than the Urban Decay primer, which is a huge plus. The back of the package has the directions and some company information. This was made in the US using US and Non-US components, so that does make me iffy.

The pump is black and is attached firmly to the top of the bottle. It's just like any other product you may use that has a pump, like lotion or foundation. There's nothing special about it. The only thing about this is that the next day, it gets clogged up, so I get this little clump of product first before getting the liquid. I just warm it up in between my hands and it does melt, so it's not a total waste of product.

This is what the product looks like. It's similar to Urban Decay primer, but it is more oily, so it feels weird. My skin does absorb it quickly. It comes out of the pump just like this, so I don't feel the need to put a lot on my skin. It does have a cooling effect on my skin. Maybe it's just me.

Dimethicone, Isododecane, Aqua (Water), Trisiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Silica Silylate, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Methicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxythanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007). 

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Brush Review: Sonia Kashuk Medium Eyeshadow Brush

Hey guys. Here's another brush review. This one is a medium eyeshadow brush from Sonia Kashuk. I purchased this from Target for $5.99, so it's a great deal.

I couldn't take a picture of the whole brush again, so here's the handle. It's white with a little metal cap on the end. The handle is thick, so it's a bit hard to hold, but I can manage.

Here is the brush part. The silver metal ferrule is firmly attached to the handle. The brush itself is dense and the bristles are close together, which makes it easy to pat on eyeshadow. I have two of these. I couldn't help it. I have not any problems with shedding from this brush. It is a great investment if you have a Target in your town.

Thanks for reading!

Brush Review: Sonia Kashuk Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush

Hello, everyone. I hope your week was good. Today I am reviewing my first brush. I purchased this brush at Target for $4.99, so it is pretty cheap.

I couldn't get the whole brush in the photo, so here's the handle. It's nice and slim and has a little metal on the bottom. It's white with Sonia Kashuk written in silver.
Here is the actual brush part. The ferrule is firmly attached to the handle. The brush picks up just the right amount of product. I use this to apply the Maybelline Earthly Taupe eyeshadow every single day and I have not had any problems with shedding from this brush. It retains its shape after washing and is very soft.

Thanks for reading! xoxo