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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Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Vamp It Up, Red Velvet, Think Pink Review

Posted in Lip, Lipcolor, Rating: B, Review by Anita on September 25, 2010

(Vamp It Up, Red Velvet, Think Pink)

Mega Last Lip Color – $3, steal! – is a long-wearing lipstick with a matte finish*. But it isn’t matte. They LIE. It’s semi-matte.

The website claims:

Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn’t cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips. (source)

Four-hour? A bit of a stretch. These last two to three hours on me. *While it says semi-matte on the website, in-stores it simply says “matte finish.” Color is incredibly opaque, and can go on a little bit cakey. Doesn’t feather or bleed, either. However, it is a little drying. I myself never seem to notice whether it “feels” dry or not until the next day when my lips may feel a bit tight. The packaging is cheap. Really cheap. The plastic part surrounding the lipstick refuses to stay in the tube. And that gets a little bit frustrating.

  • Think Pink – a light, pretty blue-based pink
  • Vamp It Up – a dark purple (Note: photo washes out color)
  • Red Velvet- a deep blue-based pink  (Note: photo washes out color)

(Compared to Revlon Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Suede, the only other red matte lipstick I own)

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Vamp It Up

Vamp It Up

Think Pink

Think Pink

Rating: B

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

Avon Glazewears Complete Set Review & Photos

Posted in Lip, Lipgloss, Rating: B, Review by Anita on August 23, 2010

In hopes of banishing my bad luck for good, I went on a mad rampage, signing up for every single contest that came into my rss reader. And when I did, I would turn to my so-called comrades and bellow, “Look, see? I won my first contest! Haha! Haha, ha! HAHAHAHAH!!”

AND I’VE DONE IT.

Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog held a contest to win the complete set of Avon Glazewears. I’m telling you, the one thing I avoided like the plague were the outrageously awesome contests. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment. I went for the lil things. The only reason I entered this was because she was giving away…like…25 of them? I figured my chances were much better x)

The set includes 16 shades of lipgloss in 4 different formulas; Intense (immensely pigmented), Shine (didn’t find them to be a ton shinier, but they were the more generic types – didn’t really fit into a category), Sparkle (sheer color with tons of sparkle), and a plain clear gloss.

The formulas…they seem to last about 1-2 hours on me. I find that they, particularly the Intense ones, sort of “set.” As in, after a few minutes I rubbed my lips and found that it felt a lot thinner – I thought, “wow, it’s fading already?” but it was actually setting, and still looked the same. That’s a plus – applies thick, but dries thin. It isn’t the most moisturizing formula ever, but it didn’t dry my lips out.

The Sparkle formula…well, maybe it’s just me, but…

IT BUUURNS! I mean like NO SCREWING AROUND IS MOM TRYING TO COOK AGAIN BURNS. It’s probably just me. I’ve never heard of anyone having the same effects. Also, when it fades it leaves all that glitter. Booo 😦

In my set there was three different kinds of applicators, sort of randomly chosen for each shade. We have this weird slanted applicator, which is used in all the shades except for Cherry Liqueur, Clear, (short doe-foot) Iced Pink, and Rave (standard doe-foot):

This shorter version of a standard applicator:

…And the standard doe-foot applicator.

Rating: B

More photos:

(Intense: Intense Plum, Crimson, Cherry Liqueur, Brown Sugar, Sweet Maple. Shine: Mauve, Darling, Tickled Pink, Island Glow, Iced Pink. Sparkle: Mocha Latte, Rave, Apple Cinnamon, Mirage, Dazzling Diamond. +Clear)

Intense Plum

Crimson

Cherry Liqueur

Brown Sugar

Sweet Maple

Mauve

Darling

Tickled Pink

Island Glow

Iced Pink

Mocha Latte

Rave

Apple Cinnamon

Mirage

Dazzling Diamonds

Clear

Review of Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Posted in Moisturizers, Rating: C, Review, Skin by Anita on August 11, 2010

On the surface, this may appear to be the holy grail of basic nighttime moisturizers. While the photo makes it look dull, I think the packaging is nice and elegant. The cream is rich, and has a very nice fresh scent. Moisturizers very well.

After I finish cleansing my face, applying my toners, and if I’m feeling like it, applying my mask, my skin feels like the Sahara desert. I take out this heavenly jar of wonderfulness. It feels very nice in my hand, by the way.

I open the lid with ease. I dip my fingers into the pot of hope and joy and rub it onto my awaiting face. A sense of release bursts through me as the plastic cage on my face is relinquished…

But wait.

Yeah, it can never be that good, huh? Especially when you can pick this little jar up at the drugstore for $3.

BEHOLD, THE INGREDIENTS:

Water, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Ceresin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Laureth 23, Fragrance, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

First of all, if you’re worried about such a thing, it’s packed full of comedogenic ingredients. And while I’ve not a clue if mineral oil has any effect on my skin, I do know that Isopropyl Palmitate is the worst thing since MJ’s above-the-ankle pants. I have rosacea, and from my experience, it doesn’t just go away. You can flair it up, you can calm it down. But it won’t die. Isopropyl Palmitate is to my skin as blow torch is to shaving cream can.

If you don’t have rosacea, I think you’d like this product. I’ve probably had about 2 or 3 pimples within the several month’s time of using this, but that could have been because of a lot of things.

I’m sorry, Mr Ponds. We’ve set one too many arguments ablaze for my to consider reconciliation.

Rating: C