Thursday, March 31, 2011

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Product: Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Shade: Deep Brown and Ultra Black

Long Wearing: Yes! It doesn't even smudge!

Price: $11.00 at CVS, but i got a "Try it free" rebate. Yay!

Overall Review: So, i have been noticing that a few of my eyelashes are falling out and it started freaking my out a little. I was skeptical to see if these lash growers actually worked and to what extent. The only one that I know works 100% is Latisse, which is an FDA approved medication that is proven to grow and thicken your lashes, but Im not paying that much (Its about $120 for a 1 month supply). 

Then I saw Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum on their website. I trust Physician's Formula and have used their products. From the claims it makes on the box and website, it seems a dupe for Latisse for mere pennies considering the price of Latisse.

Some claims are:
  • Instantly and visibly boots lash length, lash volume and lash thickness
  • 100% of women saw enhanced lashes instantly
  • After 2 weeks, over 75% of women saw longer, fuller and more enhanced lashes
  • After 4 weeks, over 91% of women saw longer, fuller and more enhanced lashes
  • High-tech Japanese formula is long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant
  • 24-hour wear
I tired it and I LOVE it. I haven't worn it long enough to see results, but i have noticed that my eyelashes have stopped falling. I haven't done anything different, except use this. 

I love the deep brown shade, which i chose over the Black shade because black looks very done-up and ready to go out on my skin, because it stands out so much. The deep brown is an everyday shade and one of the prettiest brown shades I have seen and own. 

The brush is amazing and applies the formula smoothly and precisely. You can make it as thin as you want or thick.

For those of you that dont want eyeliner but just the serum, they also have that in Clear.

TRY IT! Try to get a hold of the TRY IT FREE sticker. I think it is only at CVS.






Rimmel Perfect Match Foundation



Here are the swatches.

If you have tried this, please comment.

Im still trying to find the right shade...maybe Warm ivory or even soft beige. This doesnt look like it got darker as in the new formulation for Rimmel Lasting Finish.



CoverGirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation



Please help me find my color in this!

Everyone seems pink!

I got Dune, because it looked yellow. Until i notice its pink! Im thinking i should get sandstone...because that seems the most yellow out of the swatches, but it might be a little too dark (maybe NC30).

Covergirl told me get Aspen...clearly its wrong since it...pink!

The one i did try (even though the color was wrong), i LOVED it. Fantastic coverage, yet looks like you arent wearing anything.



Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

 New version:
Old version:


I used to use 200 Soft Beige in the older version, but i guess i got lighter, because it is so dark on me.



Anyone who is using this, please put your shade and comments below.

CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector



I love this! It is sooo yellow its perfect for NC25 girls. I use this under my eyes and on my face. I love it! doesnt crease or settle into lines.

This doesnt come off either, like Mac's does.


CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

I am having a really hard time finding my shade in this. Almost all of the shades have pink in them. I was colormatched online saying i was Warm beige. It was PINK! Then the rep told me i was Buff Beige, which was also pink. I then went a little lighter, and saw Creamy Natural. It looked yellow when i did a quick swatch, and i was so happy. When i got home and it dried, it had a hint of pink in it (damn), but i used it anyway.



After it is dried, it looks okay, but there is a slight difference in color between my face and neck (neck is more yellow than face), but it doesnt look bad.

However, despite the shade trouble, this thing has wonderful coverage! It covers everything up, but it doesnt look like you have anything on. Im rather oily, and it doesnt melt off, although it does get shiny. All my other makeup, settles into my (nonexistent laugh lines)...this one doesnt. I love it!

I am going to see if Natural Ivory is good for me.

I just hope CoverGirl realizes that there are a LOT of people with yellow undertones and should make shades that are truly yellow toned. It will open up their market for millions of people!

Here are the swatches for the two shades i got:

BUFF BEIGE in HDR







E.L.F. Limited Edition Summer Ready Eyebrow Kit

Price: $4.99 at Target. Not available online


What is Included: 4 eyebrow stencils, tweezers, Eyebrow Gel, Powder, Clear Eyebrow Gel and brush.


My thoughts: I love this! I never owned an eyebrow kit and wasnt going to pay $30+ for one (see below for possible dupes). I never really thought i needed this especially the powder and the gel. I could use the stencils for shaping my eyebrows, if i didnt end up liking the the powder or the gel. Boy was i wrong! I LOVE THIS! 


It just gives your face more oomph. My eyebrows are black, so i didnt want a color that was too dark and dramatic. The gel and powder combo that came with this (you can buy it separately here, for $3. More colors available), is perfect for my dark eyebrows. Its very subtle. I thought the light shade would be too light, but i love it. I wonder how the medium, dark or ash shade would look (comment if you have these please). 


The stencils are amazing! The tweezer is a little smaller than normal, but okay..not the best, but good.

Possible Dupes:





Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Reviews Coming & Reader's Input!

Sorry for the delay everyone.

Ive been very busy.

I will be posting my review either tomorrow or the day after for the following:\
  • CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation
  • CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Corrector 
What else would like me to review?
Please list in the comments section. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nutra Sonic 2-Speed Travel Companion vs Clarisonic MIA: PART 2

I forgot to mention the two brushes that come with the Nutra Sonic in my intial post...so i am doing it now.

I also included this in my original post, but wanted to make a new post so it will be clearly evident.

Sorry about that.
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Normal Brush: This the brush that is blue in the middle, as seen in the picture below. It is MUCH better than Pretika's Brush which resembles sandpaper when put on the skin. Its fine on the low setting, but MIGHT be slightly bothersome for those with sensitive skin, on the high setting. I dont have sensitive skin and tired this brush on both settings...they were fine, but the high setting was a little bit too much for me, but it didnt make me red, unlike the Pretika. Shouldnt be a problem though. Not as soft as the Clarisonic's but very close.


Sensitive Skin Brush: This brush is soft! Just like the Clarisonic brush. I used it on both high and low speed and it was wonderful...not bothersome at all, regardless of setting.

Now, you might be thinking that if i use the sensitive brush, my face wont get the results that you would achieve with the normal brush, due to the softness, etc. That not true! My face is glowing as we speak when i used the sensitive brush and it was glowing yesterday when i used the normal.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nutra Sonic 2-Speed Travel Companion vs Clarisonic MIA

Okay everyone, I just got my Nutra Sonic today. Took forever!

And i have to say...WAAAY better than the Pretika and VERY much a dupe for the MIA if not better.

What Comes with it: 
  • Nutra Sonic Travel-Sized Handheld Unit with Universal Charging Base 
  • Brush for Sensitive Skin 
  • Brush for Normal Skin
  • 1 oz. Skin Polish Microdermabrasion Creme 
  • Travel bag 
Price: $44.95 with Free Shipping (Original Price on website $49.95 - $5.00 coupon code = $44.95 [HSN.com]).

My thoughts: The sensitive skin speed is comparable to the speed of the Mia. The normal skin is much faster than the MIA..it oscillates 400 times per second comparable to the Clarisonic's 300 times per second (regardless of the size, Mia, Classic or Pro).

It is definitely a GREAT substitute. The brush is soft, not hard like Pretika's which was unbearable on the skin. The only thing is that since the entire brush moves (which to me is a plus) opposed to only the inner brush moving in the Mia, you might get some water spray especially on the Normal Skin setting, but whatever...its a deeper clean and stronger exfoliation than the Mia.

Normal Brush: This the brush that is blue in the middle, as seen in the picture below. It is MUCH better than Pretika's Brush which resembles sandpaper when put on the skin. Its fine on the low setting, but MIGHT be slightly bothersome for those with sensitive skin, on the high setting. I dont have sensitive skin and tired this brush on both settings...they were fine, but the high setting was a little bit too much for me, but it didnt make me red, unlike the Pretika. Shouldnt be a problem though. Not as soft as the Clarisonic's but very close.


Sensitive Skin Brush: This brush is soft! Just like the Clarisonic brush. I used it on both high and low speed and it was wonderful...not bothersome at all, regardless of setting.


Now, you might be thinking that if i use the sensitive brush, my face wont get the results that you would achieve with the normal brush, due to the softness, etc. That not true! My face is glowing as we speak when i used the sensitive brush and it was glowing yesterday when i used the normal.
Measurements:

The Nutra Sonic head is bigger than the Clarisonic Mia's when you are only considering the brush that actually moves.


Bottom Line: If you want the Mia but dont want to pay the $150+tax, stop researching for "dupes" and get the Nutra Sonic 2 speed travel Companion. Here is the link.

Please comment especially if you have a Nutra Sonic. Thank you guys :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The BEST Brushes! MUST BUY!

Okay everyone,
this post will be about the best brushes I have and they arent even expensive!

First: E.L.F Studio Powder Brush ($3.00)
I have had this brush for over a year and it is amazing! It hasnt shed at all..not one hair has fallen out nor has it ever bled. It is just like i bought it today.

I use this to put on my pressed powder foundation (MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder). It does a fantastic job of giving great coverage (full if needed).

You cannot go wrong. It is also very soft!

Second E.L.F. Studio Kabuki Face Brush ($5.00, but got it for $3.99 at Ross)
I bought this brush last week and I love it!

It is super soft! Softer than bareMineral brushes, which are known for their softness, but also for their shedding). Didnt shed or bleed at all.

I use this to put on my E.L.F. HD Powder.

Third: EcoTools Bamboo Powder Brush ($8.00-$10.00, but got it for $3.00 at Big Lots)
I bought this brush about a year ago and i love it!


It is super soft and hasnt shed or bleed since i bought it.

I use this to bust on my MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation over my Boots no7 Lifting and Firming Liquid Foundation and used to use this brush with my E.L.F. HD Powder before i got the ELF Kabuki.

Fourth: Studio Tools Large Foundation Brush ($7.00 at Target)

This is the best foundation brush ever! Its huge, soft but firm to give you good coverage.
Better than the high end brushes out there that are twice its price and even more!
It hasnt bled or shed since i bought it a year ago.

bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15

Product: bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15

Description as stated on Website: Our ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a naturally luminous finish that won't clump or cake. It's clinically proven to improve the appearance of your skin over time. The creamy minerals diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles without drying out your skin. Its silky, soft texture looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and buffs on beautifully. Made with only the purest, highest quality ingredients. It's makeup so pure you can sleep in it.

Real Results

  • 98% of women said this foundation leaves skin soft, smooth, and younger looking*
  • 90% of women saw improvements in their skin's appearance with continued use*
  • 93% of women said this foundation makes skin look more radiant*
*Based on an independent consumer study

Coverage: Buildable (Sheer to Full)


Price: $25.00

Shade: Light

My Thoughts: I hate this foundation! Why? Here we go... I went to the Bare Essentials counter in Macys. The girl who matched me did a fantastic job and i was so happy that i found a shade that matched. I also had a lot of acne scars, which were covered up flawlessly. I was so happy. I had makeup on, but you couldnt tell. Yay! I loved it so much i bought their Full Flawless Face Brush ($28) and Mineral Veil ($19).

So far so good right? Not so much.

I tried 100x, literally, to try and get the coverage and the look of not wearing any makeup, yet still covering up my scars, like the girl had did for me at home...but i couldnt get it. I was soo frustrated I went back to the Bare essentials counter. Told her my problem, she told me to show her how i do my makeup..said i was doing everything fine and dont know why it wasnt working. By not working meant, my face was darker than my neck...I didnt even put that much on, because i didnt want my face to get even more darker...my scars werent even covered yet! I went home after she showed me the technique again...still no luck.

I got fed up and went to Sephora. They admitted that the technique has to be perfect in order to achieve the results I desire and they had tobe trained for weeks to  make sure they applied it correctly and there were still people that didnt get it. Again, i showed her how i apply my makeup...she did it on the other side...same story...scars still showing through, hardly any makeup, yet face is much darker than neck. She changed shades too, but we determined this was the perfect shade and couldnt figure out WHY the BE girl put it on perfect, but neither the other BE employee, Sephora Employee or I could duplicate her results.

After one month of looking like a clown, i returned EVERYTHING. Makeup shouldn't be THIS hard to put on.

Clarisonic Update: 16 Days Later

Hello everyone,

Hope everyone is doing well. Sorry for the lack of posts.

I wanted to give you all an update on using the Calrisonic.

I have been using the Clarisonic for 16 days now, twice day (morning and night).

I have gotten so many compliments from family, friends and even strangers, on how good and radiant my skin looks.

My acne scars that would not go away for over 2 years are almost completely gone! About 20% left. Otherwise, my entire skin is clear, free of blemishes and scars.

I also had a few wrinkles on my forehead. they have also dramatically disappeared.

Again, I dont use any fancy cleanser. Just the Wal Mart equivalent of Olay's Regenerist Cream Cleanser. (Side note: I bought Olay's, Equate (Wa-mart) and Up&Up (Target), but like Equate brand much better).

However, it IS pricey ($150 + tax), so I am looking for a good dupe/alternative, which I found and am waiting for it to arrive! Yay!

Of course Ill let you guys know my take on it once it arrives.

Thank you for reading. Please dont forget to comment :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner

Product: e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner

Shades: Metallic Olive, Midnight and Plum Purple

Long Wearing: Yes! Better than some high end brands.

Price: $3.00 each at Target or eyeslipsface.com

Overall Review: The metallic olive is my favorite out of all three. It is a good eyeliner for everyday, without the boring brown. It looks beautiful on NC25 skin and has a nice metallic finish. It was also the smoothest and easiest to apply, with great pigmentation.

The others were okay, but I'm not fond of them. I am going to return the other two. The midnight blue looked streaky when applied and everytime i would try to go over the line to make it darker, it would take the previous deposited pigment off. It was annoying. The same happened with the plum purple. Its interesting how both the ones with the issues do not have glitter/metallic in them. Maybe thats why these weird things are happening....Anyone else have this problem? 



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Update: BEWARE of Pretika!!!!

After using The Pretika System for two days now, twice a day...one thing is very evident...
If only the darn brush was softer it would be PERFECT!

I seriously had high hopes for this product and didnt care about the people saying that the brush was too harsh and abrasive. I just thought they had really sensitive skin....but, they are RIGHT. Th brush is soooo rough, you dont want to use the brush anymore. My sister became red from it. It is seriously like rubbing sand paper on your face.

Pretika is sending me their softer trial brush, but I'm shipping this piece of junk back!

DO NOT BUY PRETIKA!

I Just bought the Nutra Sonic 2-Speed Travel Companion with Skin Polish from hsn.com for $50.00 including shipping. Here is more information about the product.

It is actually supposed to be better than the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic oscillates at 300 times per second, whereas the Nutra Sonic oscillates at 400.

Shout out to the person who posted about their Nutra Sonic!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pretika vs Clarisonic

 



Initial Impressions: Well, I finally got my Pretika today. I like how the Pretika brand includes an extra Facial brush, unlike the Clarisonic. It does not come with its own cleanser, which is fine, since I use my own anyway. It also comes with a charging station with outlet.

Comparable to Clarisonic? YES! It does the same exact thing for a fraction of the cost! I got mine for $32.50 off Amazon.

Similarities: I love it how this is actually a real dupe. IF you have read my other posts, you know that what others might consider a dupe (such as the Olay being a Dupe for the Clarisonic) is not what I consider a Dupe, because, in my case, in order to be a dupe, everything has to be similar except the price. After all, that is why you want to buy the dupe…instead of the original because it’s cheaper right? (Side note: Olay is NOT a Dupe of Clarisonic. See my post for a detailed look).

The similarities between the Pretika and the Clarisonic are listed below:
  • The mechanism is the same. They both oscillate
  • Both are waterproof
  • Both clean just as well as therefore will provide you with the same benefits
  • Chargeable
Differences: The Pretika is actually a dupe of the Classic Clarisonic (the ones that is $200), NOT the Mia, which is what I have. For those of you that don’t know, here the differences between the  Mia and the Classic….

The MIA:
  • Is smaller, less bulky and easier to carry around
  • The timer shuts off at 1 minute. There are no intervals in between.
  • There is only one speed
The Classic:
  • Bigger, bulky, has a charging dock/station that might be a nuisance to carry around everywhere.
  • Two speeds
  • It beeps every 20 seconds to tell you to go to the next portion of your face (forehead, cheek, chin, etc).
The Pretika beeps at 20 second intervals too, which is somewhat nice.

The Brush: I have heard a LOT about the brush. I will tell you this; it’s not the same as the Clarisonic in several ways, such as…
  • The Pretika brush is bigger than the Clarisonic. Remember, the outer rim of the Clarisonic, is stationary and only the inner brushes move. Including the outer portion of the brush, the Pretika is still fairly bigger.
  • The Pretika Brush is a little on the rough side, but nothing too dramatic. I still use it on the normal speed. If that is too harsh for your skin, you can go for the lower speed, unless you have very sensitive skin, then go for the Mia.
Final Thoughts:  I have  a MIA and honestly, I think I am going to return it. The Pretika is its exact copy but under a different brand yes, the brushes are a little different, but that doesn’t bother me. Between $150+ and $33 it’s a no brainer! 

Worth it? YES!

I hope you all found this helpful.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clarisonic Update!

Ok everyone.

Sorry for the lack of replies, but I wanted to make sure I gave you all a thorough review of the Clarisonic Mia. I know I already did one...but that was just my first impression.

I have been using the Clarisonic for a week now and there are my thoughts:

Worth the $150+? YES! This is the best thing you can buy for your skin. I know its a lot, but it is worth every single penny. If you can afford it, buy it! If not, dont worry, i got your back...i will be reviewing the Pretika version soon..should be coming any day now.


Noticeable Differences: My skin glows. It is more radiant. My scars have gone waaay down and are much lighter (50%). As a result, I am using less makeup. See below....

Daily Routine BEFORE Clarisonic: 
  • Wash face with Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser
  • Wash face with GRISI Mother of Pearl Soap (helps reduce appearance of scars)
  • Apply Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream SPF 15
  • Apply Primer (Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Chafing Relief Powder-Gel) - Exact dupe of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
  • Apply Foundation: Boots No7 Lifting and Firming Liquid Foundation in Nude.
  • Dust on Powder: MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC30.
Daily Routine AFTER Clarisonic:
  • Wash face with Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser using Clarisonic
  • Apply Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream SPF 15
  • Apply Primer (Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Chafing Relief Powder-Gel) - Exact dupe of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC30.
  • ELF HD Powder: To make my makeup last longer.
As you can tell, I dont need to use the heavy/full coverage liquid foundation anymore. Yes, the MAC Powder Foundation is also very pigmented, as I have used it as foundation in the past without using liquid  foundation (because i couldn't find a match for NC25). However, I dont apply nearly as much as I would. I just use a flat top brush like Elf Studio Powder Brush (The best brush EVER if you want a nice full coverage powder application), but with a lot less product. I just Tap the brush in the powder and brush it on...3-4 times for my entire face. Thats all.


Clarisonic is AMAZING!!!!


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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Clarisonic Mia vs Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

Justa quick first impression review and comparision of the Clarisonic and Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.

Is Olay Comparable to Clarisonic? I am going to start with the question most people want to know and the answer is NO! It is definedly NOT similar at all. Why? See differences.

Differences: The mechanism is completely different. In the Olay version, the brush head just rotates. The Clarisonic oscillates, which I believe is key to getting the results associated with the Clarisonic. The brush head of the Clarisonic is softer than the Olay but that didnt bother me. After cleaning my face with Olay, i still had residual makeup left over.

Similarities: Both will clean your face, but if you are looking for the amazing results associated with Clarisonic, the Olay product will definitely NOT give you those.

My take on the Clarisonic: As soon as I turned it on, I could tell the difference between the Olay and this. Night and Day! I used my favorite cleanser (Olay Regenerist). The timer automatically goes off at 1 minute, but i do it for 2, concentrating on the areas i have post acne scars.

After I was done, i just dried by face and just went downstairs. My mom instantly knew the difference! She thought I had makeup on of some kind, covering my scars. I didnt even put lotion on! She said my face is lighter (as in skin tone), brighter/radiant and as if my scars were 50% down in pigmentation! Amazing! She didnt say anything when I used my Olay system yesterday.

Price:
  • Olay $29.99 at Walmart
  • Clarisonic Mia $150.00 at Ulta.

Disclaimer: I just want to let you know that in no way shape or form am I saying the Olay is a bad company. I love their stuff and have been using it for years! I trust their products completely. I only wish the brush was oscillating. I also buy everything with my own money.

Remember to comment and thank you for reading :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I just bought a Clarisonic!!!!

I finally bought the HG!

I'll do a review asap.

I will compare it with the Olay version and the Pretika version which should be coming within the next two weeks.

Please don't forget to comment.

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

Okay,

So I bought the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, which is supposed to be a dupe/alternative to the $200 Clarisonic Skin Care System.

I haven't tried the Clarisonic yet (side note: they are the same company behind the Sonicare Toothbrush). "The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone,"as described on their website. Comparing that to the Olay, it is nowhere near the same in terms of speed. The movement is very different. Olay is rotating whereas Clarisonic is oscillating. It moves so fast that you cant even see it. I think THAT is the key into getting radiant, clear, pore-less, wrinkle free, scar and acne free skin, which is what people are reporting with the Clarisonic.

Now Olay is a GREAT brand, that I trust and use all the time. I am 27 years old and people still mistake me for a high school student (mA). I honestly do not think that the Olay is similar in terms of a dupe for the Clarisonic. Why? Because a dupe or an alternative implies that everything is the same or very similar, except the price. Here, the Olay has a different mechanism than the Clarisonic, as already mentioned. The speed is no where near the Clarisonic. After I used it, i wiped my face with a white towel, on purpose, to see if anything was left behind. Yes! There was stuff left behind and I used it twice!

I am going to return this and try and find the real alternative to Clarisonic....Pretika SonicDermabrasion Facial Brush, which retails for $25 - $40, depending on where you buy it.

Hope that helps!
Please leave your questions or comments below and I will do my best to answer them.