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Posted in Tagged by Anita on September 20, 2010

I combined all three parts x)

1. What is your favourite thing to buy besides makeup?
Oh gosh…I’ve exhausted so many different hobbies, I still haven’t really decided what to stick with XD I go back and fourth. Books, maybe. Or my computer.

2. What is (are) on your wishlist right now?
A lot. XD  I organized a not-so-fancy bookmark folder so I could drag links to things I want. But if I am supposed to list beauty-related wants, weeeell that’s more of a constantly updated shopping list LOL. I’ve been wanting to get an eye cream, because my Clinique Repairwear is running out. I’ve been looking at the ones from Neutrogena, this or this. Probably the first, because I’m cheap x) I’ve been wanting to try out the Rosebud Salve from Sephora, but I’m not sure, because I own the one from C.O. Bigelow, Rose Salve, and it’s awesome, and also seems to be immensely more popular than Rosebud Salve. And the most coveted of all…TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. ME WANTS THIS.

3. What do you love about blogger?
A lot. XD I just like WordPress’ interface a little more.

4. What is your favourite/most recommended product(s)?
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve, a great lip balm – Blistex Medicated BERRY (NOT MINT) balm, another great lip balm and probably my favorite, aaaand…St. Ive’s Medicated Apricot Scrub…and Maybelline Full n’ Soft. I think that’s all, lol.

5. What do you believe in?
…I don’t like to put that stuff on the internet, lol…this is a beauty blog, not a controversial topic blog c:

6. Share a beauty secret!
This weird little thing can do wonders for your skin! Tip: if you want to get a free cleanser with it, L’oreal sells scrubs and cleansers for various skin types with a built-in scrubbie like this one. The cleanser itself is kind of drying, though. I would suggest trying the one for sensitive skin.

7. What’s your favourite sunscreen?
The off-brand rite aid “Sheer Lotion,” I guess. I don’t really have a preference.

8. Where would you like to visit one day?
Japan!

Part 2:

1. What’s your favorite makeup brand, and why?
Hmmm…that’s a little difficult, but I’d have to say Maybelline. They have lots of great stuff. Concealer, lipstick, foundation, mascara, they do well on everything!

2. Do you collect a certain type of beauty product (blush, lipgloss, eyeliner, etc.)?
My eyes tell me to buy every mascara I see, but I hate having them because they dry out and I can’t use up 3 different mascaras in 3≈ months 😛

3. Do you have any makeup-related pet peeves?
No pump in foundation. Every. foundation. should. have. a. pump. Also, when the product comes in a tube with an applicator, and the product overflows when the applicator is inserted into the stopper >.<

4. What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to all girls?
Makeup-wise? Never buy products on whim. Always look into the product online first. Whenever I do this, I almost always wind up taking the product back, or at least wind up being disappointed in it.

5. Who’s your favorite band or artist, and why?
So many to choose from…sorry, gotta pick more than one. XD The Beatles, for supplying the best in happy poppy rock music. Gorillaz, for being the best at mashing every genre together to create some of the best music evar. And Radiohead, for being plain AWESOME. I can listen to In Rainbows (and various songs from other albums) and just be totally hypnotized.

6. What’s your clothing/fashion style?
I used to like variations of colored t-shirts with any type of neutral pants. Usually jean skirts or leggings. But now I’ve been migrating a bit. I looove puffy sleeves. XD

7. What’s the priciest beauty product you’ve ever bought? Was it worth it?
This, probably. And that sort of depends on your point of view. A lot of the brushes were kind of crap, but a lot of them I use all the time. It’s great for beginners.

8. What’s an occupation you would NEVER consider doing, and why?
Anything that required social skills. Like a salesperson.

Part 3:

1. What is your favorite time of the day?
Generally I like early in the morning. I’m a late-nighter and tend to wake up at around 11 AM, and the sun isn’t as high in da sky 😦

2. What kind of car do you drive? And what do you wish you were driving?
Gotta wait a year on that, lol…but if I had a choice of color, I want it to be pink. Did you know that pink cars are the least likely to be stolen? And black cars are the most likely? Did you also know that the car my parents wish to lend to me is black?

3. What is your ultimate weapon against pimples?
Meh, nothing really gets rid of them. I only have one zit cream, and, guessing it’s the benzoyl peroxide stuff, it makes the area in which it was applied red and sore. Masks minimize the appearance of them, sometimes. My only weapon really is cleaning my face twice a day. If I miss one, I’m almost guaranteed to get a pimple. I have one as we speak from being lazy last night.

4. What is the best product that someone recommended to you and who was that person/site?
Hmmph. You could say most of the beautystuffs I own were reccomended at some point, whether it be direct or indirect, since I research most of what I buy. Recently, though, these would have to be it.

5. Have you ever had a bad experience with customer service at a makeup counter/store? Which counter/store?
Well, almost every time I’m at a beauty store or a makeup counter or anything like that, the people always eye me up like I’m going to steal something. While waiting for my mom to be done shopping for a dress, me and my sister were looking at the Chanel stand, and the lady there stared at us, and asked us if we needed any help. Four times.

6. What is your favorite kind of pizza?
Just cheese, I’m picky. x(

7.What is your MAC shade?
Never got it officially matched or anything, but I would guess around the 15 range, and from experience I’m pretty much completely neutral. Pinky tones are too pink and yellow tones are too yellow. And that L’oreal True Match color match thing also said I was neutral. 🙂

8.What is your favorite concealer? And can you tell me a little about it?
Best one I ever tried, which my sister bought and let me try, is the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer/highlighter. Lasted really long without creasing, which are the two big baddies in concealers for me. But currently I just use the regular Maybelline concealer stick.

9. If I visited you in your home country/state and you had to show me around, where would we go/what would we do?
Hmmph…I live in a pretty boring town…maybe get some crabs? But I live in Maryland and don’t like crabs which is practically a crime to the locals xD

10.What do/did you like the best about high school?
Probably the fact that I started doing much better in it than I did in middle school 🙂

11.What is one food you have tried before but will never eat again?
Coke, definitely. I’m don’t hate it that much, but since it’s bad for you, I figure I should just never drink it ever again and I’ll never know what I’m missing. xD

12. If you won the lottery, what is the very first thing you’d do with your money?
It really depends on how much. If it’s a small amount I may put it away for the future, possibly cheating and taking $150 for a replacement for the iPod I bought three years ago with my own hard earned cash that is starting to crash and burn. But that is only a might, as the new iPod nano model makes me want to puke. Otherwise it’s hard to say.

13. What are three features that you could change about your physical appearance?
Teeth, tummy, and a little less thigh 🙂

14.What’s your favorite cereal?
Harumph….Almond Honey Bunches of Oats and Berry Special K. Oh, and shredded wheat.

15. Do you prefer tying your hair up or leaving it down?
My hair is too short right now, but I bet when it grows long enough that is what I’ll start doing 🙂

16. Besides blogging, what is your favorite pastime?
Computering…xD

I don’t know who to tag, so…if you are reading this, you are obligated to repost it! 😛

Please excuse lack of posts…

Posted in Uncategorized by Anita on September 8, 2010

…as it may continue till I get a break XD

I’ve been putting every ounce of my attention into school. But when I do go on some sort of break, I’ll try and sit down and make a billion posts set to post periodically.

Until then, FAREWELL~

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

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