Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Everyday Mineral Brushes and Clinique 3 Step System

I apologize for taking forever to update my blog but I've just been caught up with some things. I've decided to split up my Everyday Minerals review into sections as it would take a while for me to give a full review of the products so I will start off with a review of their flat top brush and long handled kabuki brush. As well, I will review the Clinique 3-Step program for combination skin sometime in the winter.

Everyday Minerals Brushes: All their brushes are made out of synthetic hair

Long Handled Kabuki Brush ($10) - I use this brush to apply my blush and bronzer and so far, I have not experienced any problems with this brush. It is so amazingly soft and the bristles stay in place! I've washed it several times and everything has remained in tact. The physical appearance is aesthetically pleasing with a thick handle. The brush measures 4 inches in length which makes it easy for those of us constantly on the go.

Flat Top Brush ($10) -
I use this brush to apply my foundation and it is a dream to work with. It allows for an even application and the uber soft bristles feel so good against the skin. This brush looks exactly the same as the long handled kabuki brushes except for the bristles which is cut straight across whereas the bristles on the kabuki is curved.

Everyday Minerals make some really amazing brushes so it is definitely worth a try. From my experience with this brush, I have no had any issues with shedding and it is just so SOFT! The price of the brushes are very reasonable as well but for those looking for a bang for their buck then I would definitely recommend getting the Personal Custom Kit for $34.00. You can choose any 6 full sized items from their website which amounts to a measly $5.66 for each item. That is much cheaper than any product from the drugstore and their products last for a very long time.

Tip: I recommend washing your makeup brushes weekly to avoid any potential skin breakouts. The oils that you transfer from you face to your brush can make your brushes quite dirty especially if you are a regular makeup user. I use facial cleanser to wash my makeup brushes and I lay them to air dry overnight.

Clinique 3-Step Program for Combination Skin (2): Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion, and Dramatically Different Lotion

I used this product for 2-3 days and I returned it. I was really looking to forward to trying out the product and I wish I had not. This product was a complete nightmare for my skin. The first day I used it, my skin became extremely inflamed and started to burn after the first 2 steps! Initially, I thought it may have been my Everyday Minerals makeup since I tested both products out on the same day but EM was definitely not the culprit. I avoided using their moisturizer and just applied some Nivea onto my skin to soothe it. The following day, I decided to give it another go and skipped the second step which was the clarifying lotion (toner, I suspect that it had alcohol in it) and parts of my skin ended up feeling like sand paper. I just assumed that it was the cold weather drying out my skin but little did I know that it was Clinique's so-called solution for better skin. I started to break out after the second usage but I decided to give it another go. I used all 3 products and I was on the verge of tears. My skin was blistering red and it was burning. On top of that, my skin was flaking. I needed a moisturizer badly so I kept on applying Clinique's dramatically different lotion. That just made things worst and my skin kept on getting more dried out. It finally dawned on me that Clinique was the source of my skin woes so I washed everything off with good old Cetaphil and applied cold cream to my skin. My skin still burned but it was gradually easing off. I promptly returned the products and was refunded my $80.00. I have heard other people with positive experiences with Clinqiue but for myself, it was horrible. I don't ever see myself using this product again. In a span of 3 days, my skin was at its all time worst.

I hope everyone is having a good summer so far! :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Drugstore Goodies

I went to the drug store with my mother the past weekend and I picked up a couple eyeshadows from Quo. They both come in cute compact containers and were pretty cheap. One was a regular pressed eyeshadow while the other was a loose mineral powder.

Eye Shadow in Petal (2grams): This is a matte shadow in a soft pink shade. It goes on very faint and works well as a base for you eyeshadow or highlighter. I would recommend this for everyday wear.

Mineral Eye Shadow in Russet (1.5grams): This is a nice copper brown colour with quite a bit of shimmer which may be better suited for a nighttime look. It is actually quite nice and I am looking forward to using it as an eyeliner. I would apply it wet to bring out the colour. However, Quo is not the best for mineral makeup as it contains more ingredients that I would like it to. I prefer Everyday Minerals by far!

This is totally off topic but I bought another bikini for the summer season! I am so sick of this dreary weather. I can't wait for sun to come out!

Check back for my upcoming reviews on my favorite makeup company: Everyday Minerals! =)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Intro and E.L.F Review

Hi there!

This is my first time blogging so please be kind! Haha I am by no means a makeup expert or makeup professional. I'm a university student that has just developed a great interest towards makeup and a love for recieving goodies in the mail! My recent addiction to online shopping, makeup specifically, has lead me here. Personally, I find that reading online reviews really helps me with my purchase decision so I decided to join the bandwagon of makeup bloggers! Enjoy

E.L.F Review - Brushes and Lipglosses

Over the past year, I have become extremely conscious of what goes on my skin so the only products that I felt comfortable using from E.L.F were their lipglosses and makeup brushes. For those of you unfamiliar with E.L.F products, 90% of their products are priced at $1.00! You can save even more with their special discount codes that you can easily find online.

1.Total Face Brush: This brush is absolute garbage! I cringe just thinking of this brush touching my face. It sheds a lot leaving the bristles all over my face and it is so rough. If you can help it, just put that dollar towards something softer.

2.Bronzing Brush: The bristles on the brush surprising picks up the colour from my blushes well but once again it is very rough against the skin.

3.Foundation Brush: I havent had much opportunity to use this brush but just from sweeping the bristles acorss my face I like it. It is very soft and probably one of E.L.F's better face brushes.

4.Eyeliner Brush: This is actually my first eyeliner brush. I usually use the pencil liners but I like this for what its worth. It's quite soft and doesn't tug at the skin but stiff enough to line the eyes.

5.Concealer Brush: This brush is much too small to actually use as a concealer brush. I tried using it a few times but it took way to long to cover blemishes and don't even consider using it to cover underye circles! It will take half the day instead I use this brush as an eyeliner brush and I find that it works much better.

6.Defining Eye Brush: This brush is okay nothing too special. It's nice to have extra eye brushes around. The bristles are soft and for a dollar, it's a good product.

7.Eye Shadow Brush: After reading the raves about this brush I decided to order two and boy, do I wish I bought more. This is actually my favorite brush from E.L.F. This brush is super soft and I use it one on my eyes and the other as a concealer brush. I love love it! If you plan on buying anything from E.L.F I suggest you stock up on this.


8.Candy Shop Lip Gloss - Melon Mayhem: The lipgloss is packaged in a tin of about 3 inches in length. Some might find this a bit big for travel. I was really looking forward to this but when I opened it and saw the glitter in the gloss, I was less than pleased. It has a distinctly plastic smell to it as well. The colour is very sheer which I like but the glitter makes it look extremly teenerbopperish so personally, this is not the gloss for me.

Super Shiny Lip Shine SPF 15 : I love that this gloss has SPF so I bought 3 of them. =) The glosses glide nicely on the lips and stay on for a couple hours. They do a pretty decent job of keeping the lips moisturized but I usually apply Carmax before I put anything on my lips. This product smells like the grape flavoured Tynenol pills that I was given to as a child! I'm a big fan of this product and would definitly recommend it.
  • 9.Pink Kiss: This reminds me of a Barbie Pink which is a definite no go for me. For those of you that are looking for a pale pink gloss then this is the lipgloss for you.

  • 10.Goddess: This is actually my favorite of the three. The colour is actually much darker than they swatch they show on the website. It's a nice mauve colour with a metallic sheen to it. My description probably isn't doing much justice to the product but I would definitely recommend this product.

  • 11.Malt Shake: The colour of the gloss is once again much darker than the website swatch. It looks more like a dark berry which is actually quite nice.

12.Hypershine Gloss - Vixen: Just as the name suggests, this gloss is very shiny. I make sure to use a very small amount whenever I apply the product. The colour in the container is a vibrant, almost hot pink, but when applied onto the lips, it leaves a nice pinkish tint. It also smells like coconut, Mmmm! Use this product sparingly or else you will risk looking like an overglossed teeny bopper.

F.Y.I: In regards to shipping to Canada, it cost me about $15.00 in shippings fees and the products took about 3 weeks to arrive! So be prepared to wait. There are also custom fees to worry about if your order is over $20.00 before the shipping charges are applied.

You can purchase their products on their website: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/