Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Review: Revlon Eyeshadow Quad in Coffee Bean

Hey everyone, today I will be reviewing this eye shadow quad. This was in one of my previous haul post and I’m here to share my thoughts on this product with you. Keep reading to know more.

Pros: This quad helps with an instant neutral eye with directions on the back. Neutral shades are all matte.

Cons: Poorly pigmented, not so vibrant, and hard to make the color come out. Creases fast even with UDPP.

Overall review: I was very excited about this in the beginning when I first bought it but then when I used it a couple of times, the colors didn’t show up that much. The only color that is much pigmented is the darkest color. It is good for creating accents in your crease. That’s the only very useful color. When I use the other colors as the directions describe it, it doesn’t work though. My lids are the darkest part of my face and even with a primer, the colors don’t come out. Overall, I like the quad, but it’s very poorly pigmented.

Rating: 7.5/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned nor am I being paid for this post. I bought everything mentioned with my own money and these are my 100% honest opinions.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Random Post

Well, my Indian friend was over at my house and she loves the dramas. She showed me this hot couple who appears in Indian serials which are dramas (sort of). I just love the song. You just have to watch it! Enjoy, let me know if you like random posts!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Review: Chapstick Fresh Effects Lip Balm in Invigorating Green Tea Mint

Hi girls, so now everyone knows that it is the winter time and my lips become dry. I just hate it, but only one lip balm works for me. Yes, these are the new Chap Stick Fresh Effects Lip balms. I purchased six of them during Walgreens instant rebate sale. It was like 2 months ago and after finishing up two tubes, I can honestly give you a review. Keep reading to know more.

Pros: It makes your breath fresh and makes it smell like mint. Moisturizes and stays on all day. Doesn’t just sit on your lips; it penetrates deep inside the lips and kind of gives a cooling effect. No stinging!

Cons: No cons! It’s amazing!

Overall review: I love this lip balm. It’s by far the best on I’ve ever used. I’m the type of person who reapplies lip balm every couple of minutes, but with this balm I don’t have to. It also provides a good and smoothing base for your lipstick or lip-gloss. I really love this lip balm and they are available at all drugstores including drugstore.com.

Rating: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I paid for it myself. I am giving my 100% honest opinions and I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Review: Essie Winter '09 Collection Review

Hi girls, today I have a review for you. The new Essie Winter ’09 Collection came out and I love it. I got it from a website, but I don’t remember which site it was. I’ve had them for a month now. I was going to post swatches but then I already have some polish on so I didn’t, but on my next polish review, I will. The three colors in this collection are Mint Candy Apple (the turquoise green), Lollipop (the bright red), and Rock Candy (the sheer light pink color). This is my first time ever buying Essie and I love them. Keep reading to see why I love Essie so much.

Pros: The colors are very winter appropriate. The green and sheer light pink color is perfect for those cold snowy days. The bright red is perfect for any day and it’s not too bright. These polishes aren’t sheer at all. You can get away with two coats. I just love all of them. I think Rock Candy is supposed to be sheer for the winter months.

Cons: The only polish I had a problem with was Rock Candy because it’s very sheer. I used a base coat with it later on and it comes out better, but you can’t get the color in the bottle.

Overall review: I love them. They are the best. The good thing is that they don’t have all that bad stuff in the polish that you wouldn’t want. The colors are fairly pigmented and not very sheer except for one, but it seems like it’s supposed to be like that. I have to say that Essie polishes are quite brilliant. You girls can expect me to be reporting on all Essie collections from now on.

Rating: 9.3/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I wasn’t sent these nor am I affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. I am not being paid and these are my opinions and aren’t influenced by any company or any person.

How to: French Manicure

Hi girls, so I was experimenting yesterday and I came up with this French Manicure. The hand above is my friend’s but I also have it on my nails. She is a better nail model than me. It's very easy to achieve!

Products Used:
-OPI Natural Base Coat
-Essie Rock Candy Nail Polish
-NK Cosmetics Nail Polish with thin brush
-China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat

1. First I put the OPI Natural Base Coat on all of my nails. It provides a nice base and my nail polish doesn’t chip off easily. Sometimes when I get bored I try chipping my polish off, but I can’t because this base coat literally grips onto the color.
2. Next I put on two layers of Essie’s Rock Candy from the new winter collection. (Review coming soon). It’s like a pinky polish that is best for manicures.
3. Then I started with the tips. I grew my nails and then the white part shows a lot. I don’t file them or anything, but you can if you want to. I start by lining them with the thin brush and then just fill in the rest. You can also use those strips that come in curvy, zigzags, and straight as a guide line.
4. Finally, after all of that has dried, I put on the China Glaze Patent Leather Topcoat. It makes my nails very shiny. They really look like they are made of glass. Well anyone can do it, with some practice and a steady hand will do the trick.
Enjoy playing around with your nails now!

Disclaimer: I purchased everything with my own money. I am not being paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above. These are my opinions and aren’t influenced by anyone or any company.

Review: E.L.F Studio Blush in Cadid Coral

Hello my lovely readers, today I have a review for you that will blow your minds out. It’s a review on the E.L.F Studio Blush. Well, everyone thinks that E.L.F tried copying Nars on their packaging. Well, I don’t consider it a copy since they are exactly duplicates. I have a Nars blush in the ever so famous orgasm and I really can’t find anything in the two blushes that aren’t alike. I purchased Candid Coral which I am reviewing today. It’s such a pretty coral color; the picture above doesn’t do any justice whatsoever. You have to see it in person. Mine was $1.50 since I purchased it with a coupon code for 50% off. I hope you enjoy. Keep reading to know more.

Pros: Long lasting, smooth, buildable color, not too shimmery. It’s very pigmented and very pinky coral, just the way I like it!

Cons: When you put it on alone, it MAY emphasize you pores based on your skin type and your age. It emphasized one of my older client’s pores so I had to use a line and pore filler.

Overall Review: I really like the smoothness of it. It’s very comparable to a Nars shadow. Its goes on your cheeks very smoothly and it’s much pigmented, but not too emphasized. For a lady that I used it on, she was about 56 years old and she didn’t want any foundation so I used powder and then put on this blush and her pores looked HUGE. It was like attack of the giant pores. Then I had to use a line and pore filler to make them look smaller. Otherwise, this blush is amazing. Next time you’re looking to buy Nars, consider the E.L.F studio line first!

Rating: 9.5/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I purchased these products with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned nor am I being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own and not influenced by any company or person.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Review: E.L.F Corrective Concealer Palette

Hi girls, I’m on a roll today with all the posts I’ve put up. Well, two months ago I purchased this corrective concealer palette from E.L.F.com and I wanted to share my opinion with you on it. Sorry for the weird picture above, I still have to figure out how to make the lighting better. This palette was $3 but I had a coupon code then so it only cost me $1.50. There is a green shade to cancel redness, 2 nude shades to conceal dark circles, and a lilac shade to make a yellow complexion look less dull. Keep reading to know more.
Pros: The 2 nude colors definitely highlight under your eye and brighten. The lilac shade gives some of my clients a nice dewy finish and the green concealer makes a pimple look less red. It works on many of my friends.

Cons: Crappy brush, unsanitary way of using it. You need a big concealer brush to use it properly. The two nude colors don’t exactly cancel super dark circles.

Overall Review: This palette is okay. Its best for using under your makeup. The nude shades are best to use under your eyes before you put on your normal concealer as a base and to moisturize you’re under eye area. It works differently for other people because I’ve seen it working better on fairer skin. Overall I do like it, but the consistency is very thin.

Rating: 7.5/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this company nor am I getting paid for this post. I purhcsed this with my own money and this is my 100% honest opinion.

Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Please

Hi girls, so about a week ago, I went to Rite Aid and they had the instant rebate coupons on the Maybelline Color Sensational lip products which included the lip glosses, lip liners, and the lipstick which I am reviewing today. The shade is called Pink Please and it’s a true pink. I would consider this the perfect pink because it’s not peachy nor is it bluish based. It’s just the perfect shade. The pictures above don’t do justice, you just have to go and see it in store, but again with the price. It ranges anywhere from $6.99 to $7.50. I got mine for $3.00 because the deal made the lipstick $5.99 and then with the coupon you got $2.99 off so its $3.00. I would compare it to a cream sheen formula from MAC in every way. Keep reading to know more.

Pros: It’s very creamy and pigmented. The color you get in the tube is the color that will appear on your lips. It doesn’t wear off easily, I have to use an oil based makeup remover or else it stays on. It smoothes out your lips so the lines on your lips don’t appear and you have perfect looking lips. The packaging is super pretty. I love it!

Cons: It tastes weird.

Overall review: I really love this lipstick. I bought an extra one for using on my clients because I love it so much. It’s exactly like a M.A.C cream sheen lipstick in pigmentation and every other possible way you can think of for a fraction of the price. These seem like they are on clearance or something that’s why they are so inexpensive. Go to Rite Aid and get in on this awesome deal!

Rating: 9.5/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclosure: I purchsed this with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned nor am I being paid for this post. This is my 100% honest opinion.

Lux Naturals Haul

Hi girls, so today I’m going to share with you my haul from Lux Naturals. The owner was nice enough to send me a couple of products to review. I still haven’t used them yet, just a couple of products. I just want to show you everything and my overall thoughts and then I will review them individually within the next 2 weeks. She told me to pick 3 soaps, a candle, Shea body butter, and a body butter bar. The jar pictured above is the candle in the Tahitian Vanilla Scent. This smells amazing. I actually lit it a couple of times and the aroma spreads everywhere. She sent me the 4soaps because she sent me their best seller. They are pictured above. I chose the Watermelon Handcrafted soap, the Red Apple Handcrafted soap, the Sweet Pea Handcrafted soap, and their bestseller which is the Moonlight Pomegranate Handcrafted soap. She also sent me the Sugar Cookie Shea Body Butter which smells amazing. I also chose the Mandarin Mango Body Butter Bar. All of the products smell very organic and just amazing. They actually smell like the real thing unlike other gimmick companies who put fake fragrances in their soaps and don’t put as much love and care into their products. This company is way better than Lush because Lush probably puts fake oils and that negative stuff. This company’s’ products are all natural and awesome. I’ve tried the body butter bar and the normal butter and the butter actually has a butter consistency. It turns into oil as it melts in your hand and it really moisturizes. Where I live, it’s snowing today and my skin is super dry so I put it on and my skin was instantly moisturized. More details and a full on review coming soon, thank you guys for reading!

Disclosure: I was sent these products for FREE. I have no affiliation with this company nor am I being paid for this post. These are my 100% honest opinions and they aren’t influenced by anyone or any company.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mini Rite Aid Haul

So today I was at Rite Aid because there was a sale on Revlon products and I took advantage and bought a neutral quad. I got it in number 02, Coffee Bean. I also got the lip-gloss in Pink Afterglow. I love these two products to death. I will NOT post swatches, but I’ll have pictures of everything above. My mother also got me a Hurricane Nail Art Paint with the thin brushes to do manicures in white. It was $1.99and the both Revlon products were $6.99. That’s a pretty good deal for a neutral quad and that means that one product was about $3.50 each. Now that is a real good deal. Also, I don’t think I’ll be doing weekly good deals. I’m very sorry about that. Well, I’ll most likely be posting about 4-5 posts a week and like 3 each on weekends. Well, I hope you enjoy and reviews coming up soon!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the following companies nor am I getting paid for this post. I purchased these products with my own money and I these are my 100% honest opinions.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Review: Kirkland by Borghese Signature 15-pc limited edition brush set

Well the newest Costco catalogue had come out and I was around the 10th page. As soon as I flipped the page, this brush set caught my eye. I saw that they were duo-fibered and that really got me all excited. That very day, my parents were making their monthly trip to Costco and I secretly told my mom to get it for me. My dad totally thinks its ridiculous paying $14 for an eye shadow (M.A.C.) so only she knew about it. When they came back, I was super excited. I washed all of them and I had the urge to wash off all of my makeup and re-do it. I did, and it was so fun. Well now after using it for so long, well about a month I can finally develop a review on them and I must say that they are awesome. For all of you who are asking me to do a Sigma Brush review, I have asked them. I just need them to accept. They are probably very Sigma and MAC comparable. Well now let me save something for the review itself so keep reading to know more. They are no longer on the website unfortunately, but they might be in-store, you’ll have to call and ask them. Well, all I know is that they are really a bang for your buck because they are only $26.99 for 15 pieces. It comes with a powder brush, bronzer brush, angled foundation brush, eye shadier brush, eye blending brush, sponge tip smudger brush, flat eyeliner brush, and eye liner brush with spoolie. It also comes with a travel case, and eyelash curler, and travel brush set with a mini brush to conceal, flat eyeliner brush, powder brush, and mini blender brush.

Pros: They are anti microbial, they don’t shed, and you don’t have to wash them often and not be scared of getting pimples from using the same brush over and over again. They are very soft and eco-friendly because they are synthetic. They are professional quality and I also have another kit that I use on clients.

Cons: Kind of smelled weird when I first opened the box, but after washing them they didn’t smell bad at all.

Overall review: These are very affordable and MAC quality as well as Sigma quality. They are professional and could be used as a starter kit for younger girls who like wearing makeup, but can’t afford MAC or even Sigma brushes. They are very soft and don’t scratch gentle/sensitive/dry faces.

Rating: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies above nor am I being paid for this post. My parents purchased this for me and this is my 100% honest opinion.

Review: Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadows in Skinlights #730

So, I've tried many cream shadows previously and there are many that suit my clients’ eyelid types, but this one is universal. It’s the Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadows and they come in palettes of 4 colors and I have the one in Skin lights which are skin colors. They are all shimmery and can be found at all drugstores that sell Revlon products. It ranges anywhere from $5-$7. I just love them so much that there are not really a lot of cons. Keep reading to know why.

Pros: Stays on pretty long, doesn’t crease, fairly pigmented, and very shimmery. Good to add a pop of shimmer and can also be used to highlight your cheek bones. It’s not over priced at all which is good. They also last a while; about 5 months to estimate.

Cons: You don’t get a lot of product in each pan of color. Unsanitary way of usage.

Overall review: these are very shimmery which some people might not like, but they are still nice for everyday. The pans don’t have a little brush or anything so if you dip your finger in it every day, it’s kind of unsanitary. When I use it on other people I always kind of scoop it out because if I keep on dipping the brush in it, it’s very unsanitary.

Rating: 8.5/10

Packaging: 7.5/10

Disclaimer: I did not receive this product for free; I bought it with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned nor am I getting paid for this review. These are my honest opinions and aren’t influenced by anybody or any company.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Review: Good for you Girls Skincare Line

Hey everyone, this is a review for a skincare line. Kim Grustas, the owner of Good for you Girls skincare sent me their mini complete skincare kit. This skincare line is mainly targeted towards tweens. I consisted of their Gel Cleanser which is soap-free. It washes away impurities and with all the good products in it, it balances a younger girls’ skin. Our soap-free, gel cleanser gently washes away daily dirt and grime without stripping or irritating skin. Natural surfactants and organic extracts create a beautiful lather that effectively cleans skin of impurities while organic chamomile, antioxidant rich green tea and vitamin E sooth and protect. This is what is says on the website and it actually works for me. Then in the kit comes the refreshing toner. This is the description on the website: For those with blemish issues our Blemish Wash helps deep clean pores and fight bacteria naturally. Delicate Jojoba beads loosen excess oils and impurities while an effective blend of tropical fruit enzymes and meadowsweet extract fight bacteria. Organic calendula and chamomile extracts help soothe skin and calm redness. I also got the Oil-Free Moisturizer. This is the description on the website: Maintain skin's healthy moisture balance without clogging pores. Our lightweight facial moisturizer absorbs instantly to help protect against moisture loss. Organic extracts and aloe vera help replenish nutrients while green tea and organic chamomile extract helps to protect from free radical damage and inflammation. Everything that the website says, it does. I can actually give you honest opinions: When I took the toner and put it on a cotton round and I rubbed it all over my face, a lot of dark crap came out. It was weird, but then I looked at my face and guess what my face actually looked much purified. Now, the moisturizer also worked nicely too because it isn’t oily like other moisturizers and it absorbs quickly. The cleanser is also amazing. Now, I want to leave something for the actual review so let’s get started. Also, there is a surprise at the end so keep reading to know more.

List of ALL the Good Ingredients in the Skincare from the website:
• Organic arnica extract - Chosen for its anti-inflammatory properties.
• Organic lavender extract - Chosen for its antibacterial properties; it tones and revitalizes skin, and is well-known for its soothing, calming aromatherapy effect.
• Organic chamomile extract - Chosen for its anti-inflammatory properties; it is very calming to the skin.
• Organic calendula extract - Chosen for its antimicrobial skin healing properties; it is also used as a humectant.
• White/Green tea extracts - Chosen for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; they reduce free radical damage, and are healing to the skin.
• Black tea - Chosen for its astringent and toning properties.
• Comfrey extract (Allantoin) - Repairs skin tissue and promotes new cell growth.
• Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate) - An antioxidant, moisturizer and stabilizer.
• Organic olive oil - An antioxidant, moisturizer and skin smoother, rich in vitamins and minerals.
• Organic avocado oil - Used as an emollient. Nourishes with Vitamins A & E; also considered an antioxidant.
• Organic jojoba oil - A liquid plant wax that creates a protective film on skin to maintain moisture.
• Organic sunflower seed oil - High in essential fatty acids. Moisturizes and conditions the skin.
• Glycerin - Plant derived skin-softener and humectant.
• Witch hazel distillate - A non-alcohol astringent, chosen for its antibacterial properties. It is cooling and soothing to the skin.
• Organic aloe vera gel - Chosen for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is cooling to the skin, and stimulates repair to damaged skin.
• Spirae ulmaria extract (Meadowsweet) - Targets clogged pores and reduces sebum.
• Organic rose hip oil - Provides a natural moisture barrier to the skin; Tones and soothes.
• Organic borage oil - Excellent for dry skin, acne, and dermatitis.
• 100% Natural Aromatics - A combination of natural essential oils and aromatics. No synthetics.

Pros: All of the ingredients are all natural. The cleanser makes my skin very soft and it doesn’t dry my skin out. It doesn’t make me break out and since I have dry and sensitive skin, it doesn’t irritate me. Then, the toner is amazing. It’s better than any toner I’ve ever used. It is not alcohol based and doesn’t sting my skin. It actually gives a nice cooling effect. It removes all the dirt from my skin. I actually used it after I came back from my 6 hour job and I touched my face only a couple of times during the day and after I used it, a lot of the oil and gunk showed on the cotton round. I was going to put a picture, but it’s very gross. Tell me if you want to see the crap. Lastly, the moisturizer really helped balance my skin out. After using everything, my face felt very pure and my pores felt unclogged. I didn’t want to put a moisturizer, but there is actually no oil in it which is good. It absorbed into my face quickly and moisturized nicely.

Cons: No cons, I just love the skincare products.

Overall Review: I think this company is by far the best one out there. It has really improved my skin in the first use and I hope to purchase another kit. Also, one kit lasts 4-6 months which is really a bang for your buck. I just love it!

Rating: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

SURPRISE: Kim was nice enough to give me a coupon code for my lovely followers. The coupon code is “OGPFM”. Use it to purchase something and get 15% off of any product; I really like the skincare line. Here is the link to their website:

Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free, but I would never lie to you. This is my honest opinion and I am not being paid for doing this review. Also, I am not affiliated with this company nor will I be compensated financially.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Review: L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

Hi girls, this will be a review now. I recently found this mascara which is called L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara. Now, it wasn’t available in the U.S. till like the past month. I purchased it from Rite Aid for $9.49. It was pretty reasonable considering that it’s a dupe for the Givenchy mascara also pictured above just to compare. I’ve tested it out for 2 weeks and now I’m here to give a review.

Pros: This mascara separates each lash nicely and makes the lashes appear long and thicker than they are. Gives the falsie effect.

Cons: You have to apply about 2 coats because the first time it kind of clumps and then the second time it just combs through your lashes to get the clumps out. That didn’t really happen on one of my eyes but it did on the other. Very dramatic looking lashes which some people might not like, like me.

Overall review: I would recommend this mascara to anyone who wants false looking, dramatic lashes for less. Especially good for people with thin lashes who want to get mascara inside their inner lashes without getting the mascara on their eyelids. It did go on my eyelid, and I got irritated so it isn’t good to put on eye shadow when using this.

Rating: 7.5/10

Packaging: 9.5/10

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me unless otherwise stated. I am not being paid for these posts and I am not affiliated with any companies or businesses above. This is my 100% honest opinion.

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