Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nails of the Day: Silver Accent

NOTD: Skin Food "Vita #V1407" and Fergi Nail Collection for Wet and Wild in "Going Platinum"
I have been in love with accent nails lately. Every time I change my nails I always end up doing the accent. This is great for when I just can't decide on which color I want. This way I can have both!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Who's Better? Equate vs Neutrogena: Oil-free Eye makeup Remover

Hello everyone! It is a cold blustery day today in the East Bay. Where did this cold front come from! I walked out this morning and wanted to run back to bed it was so cold. It is still freezing outside as I write this. Any who today I have a comparison review on a popular eye makeup remover vs its cheaper, generic counterpart, Equate's oil-free Eye Makeup Remover and Neutrogena's Oil-free Makeup remover. These are both sold at Walmart and are relatively cheap. Equate is about 5-6 dollars and Neutrogena is about 7-8 dollars. Relativity there isn't a huge difference in price so it comes down to who performs better and in this case I found Neutrogena to work better than Equate. 
These removers have the same idea behind it. They are a bi-level solutions that needs to be shaken before use. Both claim the same results, "effective and gentle, removes waterproof mascara, and no oily residue." Each bottle has the same about of product and almost the same ingredient list.  
I didn't like the Equate one over the Neutrogena for one reason. The Neutrogena remover just worked better than the Equate. Neutrogena worked faster, removed more makeup and was gentler on my eyes. I didn't have to work as hard as the Equate to remove my eye makeup. The Equate remover does work and will get your makeup off but its just not as effective as the Neutrogena remover. I would much rather spend  the 1-2  dollars extra for the Neutrogena remover. 

Winner: Neutrogena's Oil-Free Makeup Remover. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Revlon Photoready cream Blush in Pinched 100

 Hi everyone! Today I have a review on a new blush I picked up really recently. Its the Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched. I bought this at Walmart for $10.00 but I have seen it range from 10-12 bucks elsewhere.  At first I was on the fence about the price. A drugstore blush to be 10+  is pretty pricey but I wanted to try it and I turns out I like it! This is packaged very simply in a pot with a black lid and the product name and color on the front. the back is transparent so the product is completely visible. The set up is nice and simple and the size is easy to store. Some might be deterred to this product because it's in a pot form and see it as unsanitary but all I have to say is to just keep the hands clean before use and the product should be okay.
This is a cream blush that glides on smooth and gives a soft tinge of color to the cheeks.  Pinched is a soft peach color with golden shimmers. The shimmer doesn't really show on the skin so the effect this blush gives is very soft and satin like. Pinched is a very sheer blush that only tints the cheeks on first application but this is a build able blush and at full potential this is gorgeous  Pinched on me makes my cheeks glow from within and give me a very healthy and awake appearance.  I love wearing this when I wear "minimal" makeup because it looks like I have nothing on, just a very healthy, just out of the cold cheek tinge. 
The texture of this blush out of the pot is very soft and creamy. The product feels very light and smooth on the skin and is very bendable  I like to take my middle and ring fingers together to get the product and tap it onto my cheeks. I find this blush to blend very easily and seamlessly in to my cheeks. And because this blush is a sheer and build able product I love the ease and forgiveness this blush has. In stead of me worrying about if ill put to much on and spend time blending, this I can apply and lightly blend and I'm done. If I want more color I can add more.  
Now the down side of this blush being so sheer is that at some times I am using a good amount of the product at one time so I can potentially see this product running out much faster than normal but for me that is okay. Overall I really like this blush, yea its sheer but its forgiving and very manageable. I like my products to be easy to work with and for those who need to work fast.
Happy Chinese New Year! 
Its the Year of the Snake!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 130 Shell Coquillage

Hi Everyone! Today I have a review on the New Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in the color 130 Shell Coquillage. I picked this up at my local Walmart for $7 and some change. I've seen this average about 7-8 dollars at Walmart and Target and about $7-$12 at other places like CVS, or Ride Aid. This is Revlon's newest foundation. Revlon claims for this to give the face a fresh even look, without the look of makeup, so that only you know that you have makeup on. This is a blend-able, build-able foundation that gives the appearance of "naked" skin. 
Shell Coquillage is a light medium shade that is comparable to  MAC NC 30-35 range. I found this to be a perfect match for me. Finding a match in drugstore makeup is hard, especially for me. A lot of colors that are available from the drugstores are always too pink and never yellow enough for my skin and to find one that matches is a miracle. This foundation has an spf of 20 in the formula which is a plus in my book. Many foundation on the market only have 15 spf so for this to have 20 is very attractive to me. 
I have been using this foundation for a while now and I like it. This is an okay foundation. The coverage is light to medium, one layer has medium light coverage and two layers is medium. This dries quickly and  to a satin finish. I do like how light it is on my skin. It feels very light and breathable. My skin does't feel heavy what so ever and I actually enjoyed wearing it. I wasn't really impressed with the lasting power, I noticed after about 5-6 hours it started to fade and my spots were more apparent. I have combination oily skin and this foundation just couldn't handle my oily skin. It started to break down and separate over my skin, on my t-zone area and the thing is, right now my skin is at its driest point of the year and it didn't fair very well. This over acne accentuated my dry patches and made my skin look flaky, however over the parts of my face that are smooth and clear my skin looked great, it evened out my skin tone and made it look even. This would be a great foundation for skin that doesn't have a lot of acne. 
Before with no foundation
 After, with one layer the foundation was able to even out my skin tone and take away the redness but it didn't completely cover all of my acne scars. I later went in with a concealer to further hide the acne. I personalty don't like wearing more than one layer of foundation, so I purposely didn't apply a second layer to conceal my spots.

Here I finished my whole face 
Overall this is a decent foundation. It did even out my skin tone and has sufficient coverage for day to day. The lasting power is not the greatest but some powder and primer will help in prolonging the life of the foundation.  This is light weight and forgiving so this is a good foundation for everyday use. Though it has some faults I really enjoy using this foundation and is glad that I picked it up.