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Archive for February, 2012

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Alright my fellow grease monkeys, here is a product you are sure to love! I discovered this product a few years back, but kinda forgot about when it got lost among the hoards of other matifying products  I had. Well, thanks to a sudden warming of weather and the oil glands on my face going into overtime while trying to make me look extra shiny, I have rediscovered Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder 🙂

Product: The product comes in multiple shades, but I would recommend the “translucent” powder so you can use it year  round without worrying if it matches your skin color. When applying I usually use a Kabuki or large powder brush and evenly distribute it over my problem areas (MY WHOLE FACE 🙂 ) and retouch throughout the day as seen needed.  My one warning however, is that the product can appear to be very chalky if not blended in well, so BLEND BLEND BLEND

Coverage: This product gives no coverage since it is a translucent finishing powder, however it wears very well. This means that depending on how much you apply the product blots the oil without giving your face a flat look. Over foundation, I am still able to maintain a nice “natural” glowy look without looking flat and washed out

Packaging: I think the one downfall of this product is that it has very flimsy packaging. Designed like a large disc,the lid is very loose and if you are not careful you  can easily break it, or loose it in your purse if you choose to carry it in your makeup bag.

Pricing: Between $4~$7 USD depending on size, location, and availability

Overall: I think this is a great oil control product. Even if you choose not to wear any foundation, on bare skin this product works just as well. My only warning is not to overload on the powder because it will leave a white caste if you put on too much.

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Review: Maybelline Falsies Mascara!!!

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Alright, so if you haven’t already guessed from my screen name, mascara is my vice! If I could have only one makeup product for the rest of my life, it probably would be mascara. I’ve spent more money on testing drugstore mascaras, then I have on any other product from the drugstore. With that being said, ladies and gentlemen let me present to you, Maybelline Falsies Volume Express! If you already have tried/purchased it, great, if not oh man are you missing out!

DISCLAIMER: I already have fairly long lashes so this mascara just intensified this and made them gorgeously darker,longer and dense looking

Product: This is hands down my favorite drugstore mascara EVER (well for now anyways 🙂 ). Advertised as being able to increase your natural lashes by 300% yeah, i believe it, this product not only volumizes and lengthens, but it fills in the patches between your lashes as well, given them a deep dark look.  When I first got the  mascara I was really thrown off by the wand. Its kind of spiky, its stiff and has a weird curve to it. But once I figured out the swoop side goes up, I was ready to amaze the world with my “natural falsies”.

Packaging: The bright purple  packaging is definitely  fun and catchy, and the size is comparable to the Covergirl Blast.

Price: Anywhere form $5-$8 depending on location and availability

Overall: LOVE LOVE LOVE! However, I do where contacts and if I where the non-waterproof for longer then ten hours my eyes become very sensitive and itchy, so I would recommend the waterproof mascara.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder

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Okie Dokie so here’s another product where I fell for the hype. A few years back when everyone jumped on the healthy skin bandwagon and used au naturale products that were good for the skin, I was still using pore clogging, carcinigen full, awesome foundations. But after multiple breakouts and a nasty allergic reaction that no one it allowed to talk about, I bowed my head and finally said “Okay okay lets see what this is all about.”

I bought my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder from my local CVS for about $7, normally the price is alot higher but I bought mine during a BOGO 50% off sale.

Coverage: This product is light to medium buildable coverage. However, for my oily skin, this product did NOTHING! After applying I looked like a ashy ghost even though the powder was my color. After 30 minutes the product was non-existent. If I tried to reapply, it just stuck to my pores and magnified them.

Packaging: This comes in a typical compact form with a bottom section to keep the powder puff. The overall compact however is very bulky and after being tossed in and out of my makeup bag for a while, the plastic snap keeping the lid closed, snapped off.

Pricing: Neutrogena as a brand is one of the more expensive ones in the drugstore. Therefore it is no surprise that this product can run you anywhere from $9-$14 USD, depending on location and aailability. 

Overall: I did not like this product. My oily skin did nothing but look ghostly after application and then sucked on the product within 30 minutes. However, i tried this product on my sister who has noraml to dry skin and the finished still looked chalky on her, but lasted a little longer

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Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

After hearing much hype about this product on various websites and video sharing sites, I decided it was time to try this product out. So I drove my lazy butt to my local Rite Aid and bought the Revlon Colorstay for combo/oily skin for $13!!!

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Honestly if this product didn’t work I was going to be PISSED, but fortunately it worked out great 🙂 The product  in it self is a thick and dense consistency, and A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! Wanting to cover all my ugly blemishes the first time I tried it, I was stuck on the idea that more is better, but after massaging a giant goop into my cheek I realized what an icky mistake I just had made

PROS:

Coverage: FULL coverage! Very buildable but you have to be quick with the application because it gets tacky and unblendable fairly quick. Therefore it is best to work in small patches and remeber to mix it with your favoirte moisturizer for a lighter coverage adn feel.

Lasting Power: This stuff is like super glue! Once on, its there all day. I have very oily skin and makeup normally doesn’t stay on for very long, but for me even at the end of the day I need a few makeup wipes to take all the foundation off.

Range: This line of foundations has a  large color selection so it is fairly easy to find the right shade or combination of shades that you need

CONS:

Packaging: Hate is a strong word, but I HATE the packaging of this product! Like other foundations, Colorstay comes in a glass twist top container and you have to pour the product out. This is not only unhygienic, but after using it carefully for a few weeks, it gets really messy and goopy after a while. 

Price: For a drugstore foundation, this product is among the most expensive. $13 really! 

Overall: I would buy this product again, it covers everything, stays on all day even on my oily skin, and since a little  goes a long way, the product lasts a long time since you dont have to re purchase it all the time.

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Hi, my name is “Sara” and I will be blogging about all things things beauty related! I love makeup therefore I test a lot of products monthly. This blog is my attempt to share with everyday people what budget friendly products I think are worth the hype and money and which ones are  duds and better left on the shelves 🙂

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