Anita's Fantabulous Beauty Blog

Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin Review

Posted in Moisturizers, Rating: A, Review, Skin by Anita on September 25, 2010

Got this for $6.50 at Dollar General whilst in search of a new night time moisturizer. Oh my gosh, where do I start?

It’s rich, velvety, freakin’ luscious…at first I didn’t like how heavy it felt (probably due to the oils) but I just used a little less and it solved me problems ^_^

Consistency is a tad heavy as I said. Just don’t use too much, as it is easy to do with the way the bottle is (no gaping hole when you lift the lid,  just a small peephole for squeezing)

Glides on very nicely, feels like butter! You don’t get this with oil-free moisturizers – actually, you can feel a resistance with them. This just smoooooooths on.

Absolutely fantastic! Will buy again 🙂

Rating: A

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Neutrogena: The Transparent Facial Bar Review

Posted in Cleansers, Rating: A, Review, Skin by Anita on September 24, 2010

“Neutrogena” (which is what it’s actually called) is a transparent orange soap bar for the face. This is my first experience with soap bars other than for the hands.  Let’s see how it does!

(Kiddy ibuprofen – I can’t take pills, I’m a “gag” queen x])

When you take it out of the box, it’s wrapped in plastic. As soon as I opened it, my first thoughts were: “Staaanky.” I got used to it though.

To use it, I rub my wet hand vigorously over the bar, then work it into my hands to create a lather. If I find the lather to be less than satisfactory, I rub the bar again to pick up more soap. It bubbles up very nicely into a rich lather.

If you haven’t done so, wet your face I had already washed my face and realized I needed to take photos, so I just wet the side of my face to show how rich and velvety the lather is:

The camera doesn’t pick it up too well, since my skin is so pale I guess…but it looked practically white when I was rubbing it in.

After washing, I didn’t feel unbearably dry, which is kinda what I expected. It may have felt a LITTLE dry, but that is to be expected.

Another thing I expected was that it wouldn’t bubble up well, or that I’d have to use a lot of it. Those turned out to be false, too — it bubbles up really nicely, despite the relatively minuscule amount used.

Overall a great product!

Rating: A

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Review, Photos

Posted in Eye, Mascara, Rating: A, Review by Anita on August 29, 2010

You might have noticed the sort of better quality of the photos? 🙂 Our bathroom walls were painted green, and I think it does jazz the photos a bit. The stark white walls made it kind of bland. I still haven’t quite figured out how to use the focus fuction – the way it works is that you gently press the capture button to refocus, and press fully to capture. The way it adjusts is blurring as it focuses on different objects, and then “beep”-ing when it successfully found the object – and reverting to blurr when it failed. Even though in the focusing process it can always focus on the object very nicely, it can’t “hold” the focus. It always fails >.< So I’m trying to figure out if there is such a thing as manual focus so I can take advantage of it.

Anyway…today I’ll be attempting to review a mascara, even though I originally shunned the idea on account of my focus woes. I actually managed to get some pretty decent close-ups

Voluminous comes in so many different forms…I’m not going to sit here and name them all, but some of the main types are the classic Voluminous, and Carbon Black, both of which come in waterproof varieties. I’ve not a clue the reason behind coming up with a version that’s black-er than the original, but I got it just because it was the version I’ve seen in a few reviews. I also got waterproof (bad idea), not realizing  the difficulty of removal. Voluminous sells for $5.50 at Walmart, but for around $8 at other drugstores.

The brush may look clumpy, but you’re good with clumps as long as you don’t try to apply a third coat.

The trick with this mascara (which probably will end with mascarafied lids) is to place the brush at the base of the lashes, pull up, wiggle where needed and release.

(Two coats – yes, not the most flattering picture ever, and I do realize I’m not taking it at a good angle to show how it really appears, but my focus gave me so much trouble that I just had to use what turned out.)

At one coat, you have good volume and no clumping. At two coats, you have OUTRAGEOUS volume, but at the cost of some slightly clumpy tips, if you don’t do it right.

I haven’t tried the non-waterproof, and I don’t intend to until I finish this tube. I don’t like to have multiple tubes of mascara, because I can’t finish that many in (what is it? three months?).

It doesn’t flake, budge or smudge for the whole 12 hours (ignore the black spots in the photo, I don’t know remember what they were from but it wasn’t the mascara, especially since I had just applied it :P). But the cost is it’s a pain in the butt to remove. I use my trusty Neutrogena oil-free makeup remover, which removes most if not all of it if I use two swigs each on two cotton pads. I use one on both eyes, then the next to get rid of the stubborn mascara. Despite this I’m still going to use it, just so I can be more hygenic and actually finish this mascara so I don’t feel guilty about throwing it out in a few months.

Overall, it’s a great mascara. The next tube I want to get will probably be the classic NON-waterproof, just because I find the intense black to be a bit harsh, even against my brown hair.

Rating: A

ELF Mineral Booster V.S. ELF High Definition Powder

Posted in Face, Rating: A, Review by Anita on August 9, 2010

After forcing myself to put the peanut butter away (the dot gives me cravings) I figured I’d just do a comparison review of these powders, seeing as I was too faced with the which-one-should-I-buy problem when browsing ELF. Ultimately I decided to buy both, ha. (and btw, I caught a cold today, and will probably be out for about a week :p)

I’m not completely sure of the point of these things…lol. But they seem to both be powders that mattify skin (booster, $5 for small (shown above) and $8 for large) or give a radiant complexion (HD powder, $6), leave it silky to the touch and minimize the appearance of fine lines/pores.

“Achieve the ultimate, translucent “photo finishing touch” to your makeup, our Mineral Booster melts into your skin, infusing it with key vitamins A, B and E to promote healthier skin that’s noticeably silkier and smoother. Completely sheer and ideal for all skin tones, Mineral Booster gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pores for a beautiful even finish. Wear alone or buff over our Mineral Concealer and Foundation to lend extra staying power and to achieve a professional and stunning porcelain matte look that will last all day. ” (source)

“The high definition loose powder creates a “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.” (source)

I’m not sure if either of em mask the appearance of wrinkles – didn’t notice any difference on my skin, but I don’t really have enough of em to tell, I guess. I tried it on the back of my hand, since I’ve seen people do that to show how it blurs them, but again didn’t notice a huge difference. Maybe it’s just for photos.

Also lemme mention that some people complain that the HD powder washes out their skin tone, due to the fact that it’s, well, white. I didn’t have this problem — both blend out to be invisible — but darker skin tones beware.

One thing annoying about using foundations with regular powders is that my skin feels…weird. It doesn’t feel soft or supple like it might if I wasn’t wearing any, but there is some resistance. This is something I absolutely love about these powders. It DOES  feel nice and silky to the touch, with less resistance than bare skin. I suppose this would be great for, erm, situations where your face might be touched a lot…lol. The HD  powder is a liiil bit softer.

The packaging for the mineral booster is perfectly fine, no complaints. HPD, HOWEVER…good golly. First of all, you need to keep the puff in there or else the powder will get all up around the sides where the cap screws on, wasting a lot of product. And due to this flaw it’s not really easy to get powder out since one would traditionally shake the container to transfer some powder onto the lid.

Another thing to note is that HDP has lil sparkles in it and MB doesn’t. Man — my foundation, moisturizer, and now my setting powder ALL have lil sparkles! I never actually noticed these types of sparkles making a huge difference though…

Overall? Darker skin tones, ones who prefer matte finishes or likes the idea of mineral makeup better might want to migrate towards MB, whereas those looking for a cheaper price tag who have fair skin tones and don’t need to worry about the whiteness or have dull complexions might like HDP. For me, I prefer the booster for the better packaging, effortless blending (the white may not ghostify my skin, but I do have to blend it), and because it’s mineral makeup. One less thing to worry about giving me zits 😛

And now, an image that I thought would serve some sort of purpose but ultimately didn’t:

I like using the complexion brush from the ELF studio line to apply powders.

Winner: Mineral Booster

MB Rating: A(plus?)

HDP Rating: A

Clean & Clear Morning Blast Morning Glow Brightening SPF 15 Moisturizer Review

Posted in Moisturizers, Rating: A, Review, Skin by Anita on July 26, 2010

I’m seriously loving Clean & Clear lately. This moisturizer ($5) supposedly moisturizes dry skin, “brightens” skin, is oil-free (yay!), yadda yadda yadda.

The “glow” comes from a bunch of tiny microsparkles, the kind you might find in some foundations (like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind). My skin is usually kind of sensitive to any sort of sparkles, but nothing happened with this buddy. Right after applying (I found that 1 or 2 pumps works best…1 if you’re in a hurry as it soaks in quicker, 2 if you have dry skin. My skin is seasonal and so during summer I get more sweaty/oily and so I would use just one pump.) the sparkles are there (well on my hand, at least). But it did fade off my hand after a few hours when I checked my hand and saw the sparkes were from a good bit to just a couple standing sparkles left.

In case you’re worried…the sparkles aren’t extremely apparent at all. I had to use my hand and hold it up to the light to see them at all – they are completely invisible as sparkles on the skin.

The formula is great. I think this would be good for dry skin (and good for oily, as long as the sparkles don’t just enhance the oiliness). But the formula is very thin and goes on extremely lightweight – maybe it’s me but I’ve always translated more lightweight = less moisturizing. I’m normal-to-combination (as in I get not so bad dry patches and have an oily t-zone, but it’s not to any extreme. All of my skin abnormalities are close to normal, but still apparent.).

Another thing I love love love about it is how quick is soaks in. I’ve been going on a semi makeup strike–as in, I want to stop wearing most makeup for a while, but I can never resist temptation when I wake up in the morning and take a gander of my nekkid face–and this is just absolutely perfect for someone who just wants a nice daily moisturizer but doesn’t wear makeup, since it can brighten dull complexions which I usually don’t see in products like these.  Also, it is very nice sunscreen since you can reapply without being shiny since it soaks in!

I think if you have oily skin, you might like this since it’s not shiny – but it does promise to brighten which can just make oily skin look worse. For dry skin–unless you have REALLY bad dry skin since it doesn’t seem to have intense moisturization powers–this might work wonders for you.

Rating: B

Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner in Black Review

Posted in Rating: A by Anita on July 12, 2010

This here eyeliner pencil is part of the Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencils. It promises long wear with no smudging or budging. For $5-6, does it live up to it’s claims? It For the most part.

It glides on perfectly and is a very rich, dark black.

Smudging? I don’t have hood lids, but I like to occasionally use a single thick line on the top lid, and this is what I did with this – it must have touched my upper lid somehow, because it DOES leave a bit of “shadow” there from rubbing against the eyeliner. But besides that it stays put. One thing I do to lessen the smudging problem is to set it, before it dries, with a little bit of matte black eyeshadow. As long as you don’t overdo it, this will keep it smudge free, at least for me. But I could be dead wrong; I suspect the “smudging” problem was actually because of using moisturizer on my eyes. I stopped doing this and am wearing this eyeliner right now – I’ll edit later if I have smudging issues during this time.

Rating: A