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- Reviews: 5
Truly lasts and easy to apply
Let me start out by saying that I have never liked wearing lipstick. It never stays on my lips, although it does seem to adhere very well to my teeth. Since my complexion is so fair (I have been called the â€œwhitest white woman aliveâ€ by someone who has NOT seen me naked), I could really use some lip color to keep me from looking like a zombie. That said, I have tried virtually every lipcolor on the market (with the exception of department store makeup, which I refuse to spend the money on). I have a real problem trying to put lipstick on my lips with a regular lipstick - you know, the ones in the tube. It goes everywhere but on my lips and I look like a 6 year old whoâ€™s gotten in her momâ€™s makeup stash. So when Revlon came out with this product and it came in a thin, pencil-like container, I thought Iâ€™d give it a go. At first the prices for it were outrageous - $7.95. I only tried it when the local Walgreenâ€™s was offering a full price rebate on it. And I loved it! For once I was able to have professional looking lips without â€œgoing outside the linesâ€ so to speak. The best thing about this product now is that the price has come way down. Recently the local CVS drugstore had a â€œbuy one get one freeâ€ coupon for it and the cost was only $4.99 for both. I can handle $2.50 a pop. Also, there are so many shades available. The color that seems to go best on me is â€œBerryâ€. The only thing that I have found that stays on better than this product is just taking a lip pencil and coloring in my lips with that, although I usually end up getting at least one splinter in my lip doing it. I believe Revlonâ€™s ad campaign for this lipstick is â€œit wonâ€™t kiss offâ€. And they are right. This truly stays on during talking, eating, etc. Its slim design fits easily into the smallest of purses and it glides on smoothly. So, when I absolutely, positively have to wear lipstick - wedding, big dinner, etc., this is what I wear. So for color that lasts and splinter-free lips, try Revlon Colorstay lipcolor.
April 29, 2013
Maybelline mascaras are the best
There are certain makeup brands in which I like a specific line of products. In Revlon, I tend to like and use their nail polish the most, in Maybelline, I tend to like and use their mascara the best. It first started with â€œGreat Lashâ€ mascara in that god awful ugly pink and green tube, which they still use. Why? Several reasons. One, the price. Maybelline products tend to be some of the cheapest around. Two, I usually buy my makeup in grocery stores or drugstores (no mall makeup for me) and Maybelline is one of the few makeup lines that most grocery stores carry. Three, whenever fashion magazines do their â€œ50 best makeup productsâ€ list or â€œthe 25 best beauty buysâ€ - Maybelline mascara, again usually â€œGreat Lashâ€ is right on that list. However, this review concerns the Volumâ€™ Express mascara - which is the mascara I am currently using. I know the reason I am using this mascara now is because my local Eckerd drugstore had a rebate on it, it was on sale and, yes, I had a $1 coupon. So if I didnâ€™t get it for free, it only cost pennies. Iâ€™ve been using this particular tube for about 2 months now. The reasons I like it are: 1. price (we already covered that); 2. curved brush (I feel it helps curl my lashes, even though I do use an eyelash curler before I apply mascara); 3. washable (comes off rather easily with soap and water); 4. it does not â€œflakeâ€ onto my skin (meaning it stays on the lashes where itâ€™s supposed to be); and 5. the tube. The color of the tube is navy blue with gold lettering - very rich looking. The one thing I do not like about it is the smell. It has a rather strong odor - not a â€œitâ€™s going badâ€ smell, but a chemical smell I guess would be the best way to describe it. Some days it bothers me more than others. (Like if my allergies are acting up.) But overall, itâ€™s a great mascara and I plan to keep using it.
June 10, 2008
I guess they're trying to keep up...
I am a nail polish junkie. After careful consideration and much soul searching, I must also admit that yes, I am also a nail polish wh*re. Why? Because I buy whatever shade of nail polish strikes my fancy, brand be-damned (except Almay because whatever in it that makes it hypo-allergenic, also does not allow it to fully dry). Also, because if I have not bought a new bottle in a week or 2, I start getting antsy and â€œhaveâ€ to go to the drugstore. Those things to me are clearly signs of a junkie/whore. Now I am not normally a fan of Cover Girl makeup. In fact, in amongst my 42 bottles of nail polish (yes, I counted) were only 2 bottles of Cover Girl - both reddish shades. And though beautiful reddish shades they were, but that got me thinking. Why did I have only reddish shades? So at lunch today, I went to my local Rite Aid and checked out the Cover Girl nail polish selection. At first I had a hard time finding the Cover Girl nail polishes. They were kind of hidden in amongst the other nail polishes. Cover Girl is just kind of blah. And the colors, well pretty colors they were, but nothing that really jumped out at me. The colors were what my mom would wear - pretty pinks, some reds, some tans, you get the picture - neutral colors. (That is probably why I had no greens or purples or oranges in Cover Girl, or more than 2 bottles.) But does the polish itself work, meaning does it last and not chip? Yes, and even though they say it's 3 in 1. I still do the old base coat, 2 color coats and top coat. Why? Cause that's just the way I was raised.
June 10, 2008
Maybe I just need more practice....
This is the first liquid eyeliner that I have bought in approximately 10 years. Why you ask? Because the last time I tried to use a liquid eyeliner, I ended up looking like a $10 hooker after a rough night. I had high hopes that this eyeliner would prove different and that I would have elegantly lined eyes that looked like a professional makeup person did it. Wrong-o! I still looked like a $10 hooker, albeit 10 years older with the rate not adjusted for inflation. Although this may have to do with my lack of skill, rather than the makeup itself. The eyeliner tube, or pen as I shall call it, feels very comfortable in my hand. One thing I did learn (on my own I might add) is that it is best to shake the pen before you apply the eyeliner. That way the color is darker and not so transparent. Of course the color I used was â€œvery blackâ€, so all mistakes were very prominent. Maybe if I used a light brown or medium brown and practiced a lot, it would look more professional. But I think in the future I will just stick with black pencils. Mistakes arenâ€™t as evident and I just seem to have better luck with pencils. Also, the eyeliner itself has a bit of a heavy scent to it. It almost smells a bit chemical, something I have noticed about many mascaras also. And not something I like. So as to not waste money and just throw the eyeliner out, I have figured out a little trick. First I line my eyes with a black pencil and then I use the eyeliner (on the top lashes only) right at the very base of the lashes. It gives more definition than just the pencil - but definitely more of a night-time look also - a bit too dramatic for daytime.
June 10, 2008
For subtle color, it's a winner
I pretty much like all Maybelline products (with the exception of Maybelline Express Finish nailcolor) and this particular item is no different. Usually I line my eyes with a black pencil - any type will do, in fact so long as it is a brand name product - meaning no 99 cent pencils or ones with funky chemical smells - I will at least try it. I am not particularly enamored of any one brand. The reason I am more particular with eye pencils and demand that they be name brands, is I believe my eyes are too important to chance using some 99 cent pencil and end up getting an eye infection. I have no problem, however, using 99 cent nail polish (i.e., Wet and Wild). But back to this particular eye pencil. The reason I chose this pencil is the color - dark green. Every now and then I feel I must use some color other than black and since my eyes are green, I figured green would be a good choice. The Expert Eyes defining liner pencil comes in 3 pieces and has 2 features that not all eye pencils have. At one end it has a soft rubbery triangle, that you can use to smudge, or soften, the line of the pencil, after it is applied to your eyes. I personally have never gotten the hang of using this feature though, and end up looking like Iâ€™ve slept with the eyeliner on - meaning it is everywhere but where it should be. At the other end is a sharpener for the pencil, so you donâ€™t have to buy a special pencil sharpener. The middle part is, of course, the actual color pencil. There is no heavy smell to the pencil and it is quite slim and easy to carry in a purse. A note about the sharpener. I feel the same way about the sharpener on this pencil as I do about the sharpener that comes with the 64 Crayola crayon box. The sharpener never gets the pencil (or crayon) as sharp as when it was new. Also, I believe it is a little pricier because it comes with its own sharpener. For a color pencil, I like it in that it is easy to apply. However, the color itself is a bit on the soft side. I personally like something more dramatic, so I probably will not be buying this particular pencil again. Iâ€™m going to give this pencil a 4 out of 5. If you like subtle color, youâ€™ll like Maybellineâ€™s Expert Eyes Defining Pencil. If you want Vampira-type eyes, try another pencil.
June 10, 2008
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