Home » Community » Elite User » summerlotus5's Profile » Reviews
Here are all my reviews:
  • Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
    8.0

    Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

    Good Staple Brush for Everyone

    I am not a fan of UD foundation, but my mother had this brush and I used it once and fell in love. I'm not sure if its the sleek design, the plush thick bristles, or the fact that it just gets the job done that I immediately had to get my own, but I can't imagine putting on my face without it. I'll start with the cons because they are few: This isn't a do-it-all brush like some of the brushes I have gotten from Sephora--it is limited in the space it covers with each sweep, and will not apply fine powder well. It is expensive! And I find that it needs more regular cleaning than other foundation brushes, and to retain the super soft feeling you need to add some unscented hair conditioner after cleaning. Okay, here's the pros: I have yet to find a brush that will compare with the same quality of finish with the widest variety of foundation, I have tried liquids (matt and luminous), mousses, creams, cream to powders, and thick powders and all seem to come out perfectly. There is a trick of working in circles, but after you get the hang of it, you end up using less foundation than with lower quality brushes. In summation, despite being expensive and a little more maintenance, this brush would make everyone's foundation much more happy to go on.

    March 18, 2013

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme

    Okay, I was expecting a lot out of TooFaced's new BB "cream" because I so love their liquid BB cream, but it might not be my ideal foundation. Pros: Comes is a greater variation of colors and the lightest just disappears on my skin. Its super light weight; blends well and builds well. Offers superb coverage. When applied correctly, it gives you that beautiful velvet finish. Works well with other products either layered on top or underneath it. Cons: If you have dry skin in any place, this will show each and every flake. A through scrubbing, followed by a thick layer of lotion and topped with primer is required for me in this winter dryness. I hope it works better in the summer. Application and "getting it out" of its container is tricky. The little brush it comes with, while good quality for a finishing powder does not pick up this no-budge color well and I needed a round foundation brush (Urban Decay's Blurring Brush) to pick up the color and transfer it to my face. Overall, I think that this product is too dry, at least for winter time use. I think that if you are willing to go that extra mile, you get very pretty and polished results, but I am to lazy to do this every day :-). Next, I am going to try adding Moroccan oil to see if it softens the cake and helps application. I hope TooFaced looks at feed back and reissues this BB cream!

    February 23, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

    Yes, this is incredibly expensive luxury. That being said, I treat this as my primary source of skin and hair repair and my "heavy duty moisturizer." I am one of those people who really doesn't take care of her skin--I'm outside a lot, sweat a lot, get wind and sun burn, I don't wash my face as often as I should, and sometimes I even fall asleep with my makeup on--but for the past six months I've been using this organic oil and my complexion and hair have never felt better. Also, I cleaned out all my other "stuff" I used to use trying to "fix" my problems. In the long run, I spend less money by investing in a single good product, and my cabinet is clean for once.

    November 26, 2012

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

    Clearly this is a love it or hate it product. I was recommended this "serum" and its sister moisturizer to help with keeping even skin color during my hormonal acne swings. Applying the serum feels and smells pleasant, like a cooling tangerine moisturizer, though it doesn't actually "moisturize". And discoloration seemed to fade, but in about an hour my skin was peeling! What?!? I'm not just talking about a few flakes, I mean it looked like I put Elmer's glue on my face. I cannot tell if the peel is the product lifting off my skin or if my skin is falling apart. I went back and checked that somehow I didn't end up with a face peel sample by accident, but nope. Went home and had to use olive oil to get everything off. Yikes. And no, I'm not allergic to oranges. My advice is save your money and make an oatmeal avocado mask at home.

    November 26, 2012

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence

    I recognized from the smell from my grandmothers self made concoctions--rose essence with herbal water and alcohol makes the best toner around! The only catch with DIY is rose infusions typically have a short shelf life and are seasonal luxury. BUT if you want a do it all toner that not only looks luxurious, but feels and smells like a million bucks, AND cleanses without over drying, this is one expense that will not disappoint. I can only think that those with super super oily skin who use alcohol-heavy toners will be disappointed...maybe. Or if you have an adversity to floral smells, but even my BF uses this as an aftershave, though I didn't say that...

    November 24, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick With Sila-Silk Technology

    Okay, so for your every day lipstick, the cost is not reflective of the product. Don't expect this to stay on while drinking that glass of wine, nor last through that ten hour work day. BUT if you are expecting to be sweating buckets or are under hot lights, this stuff will stick to your lips no matter what! I do a lot of dancing, both on and off of stage and I love the gold-nude Charming color that makes my lips oh-so-pouty. Also, Photo Finish is true to its name sake; for whatever reason, the color of these lipsticks come out well in digital photography. The product is thicker than normal so in the short term of a few hours, lines do not appear on your lips. This is a good choice of lipstick for that few hour event or for performers.

    July 8, 2012

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Frederic Fekkai Beachcomber Leave-in Conditioner

    I've been using this leave in conditioner for years to achieve the beachy hair look. It isn't going to make your hair stick straight like most leave ins do, but it will add an amazing texture, even to my thin, flat strands. It might not be enough umph for really thick and curly hair though. I stuck with this because it smells like walking into the ocean mist, and works well with the sister product Beach Waves. For extra super texture, I apply sprits of this in my hair after getting out of the shower, pool, ocean etc. and braid my hair--when dry WHAM! insta surfer girl locks.

    June 30, 2012

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup

    If you are a fan of the Beauty Balm trend, or love tinted moisturizers, this is a product you should try. It comes in a good selection of colors, feels almost like a pliable silicone, and blends really well into the skin, providing a sheer coverage that is breathable. It does leave a dewy-ness to the skin, so those who are VERY oily probably will not like this. Withstands sweating well. Also, a multitude of other products I use layer well on top. I use this without foundation, and need only minimal cover-up in problem areas. AND it is broad spectrum sun coverage! The only down side is the tube is quite big, and therefore expensive if you decide it's not for you.

    April 15, 2012

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Benefit Benetint
    9.0

    Benefit Benetint

    Lovely color, long lasting

    The hue of this tint is a very faint rose that deepens over time, and is easy to layer. If you are looking for a true deep red or purple, this isn't the product for you! Being a dancer and overall an active person, I look for make up that can withstand buckets of sweat and this tint refuses to budge from morning till I clean it off. Wonderfully food proof, doesn't dry the lips, and doesn't leave any residue so you can kiss away without worries. Best of all, you can layer on lip balm and other lip products without loosing the base color. The only reason it is a nine is because it's so darn expensive and I want to get all the colors!

    March 18, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
    10.0

    Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

    Amazing Product

    Being a gal that loves the outdoors, I constantly battle sun, wind and cold when keeping my lips soft and supple, and my "secret" has been burt's bees lip balm. I find keeping lipsticks and lip gloss in check through the whole day a pain, and sudden Burts came out with these little beauties! Thus far I have the Pink Blossom (nice light pink color, almost bordering on the nude side) and Hibiscus (an amazing coral tint without the in- your-face orange undertone). The color is amazingly sheer, almost like lip gloss minus the stickiness, and the moisturizer is ever relenting like Burt's old school lip balms. Unlike older products there is a faint perfume of fruity-floral that just makes this so yummy! At first, the $7 price tag seems high until you give it a try. For anyone who wants a no fuss way to keep lips smooth with a splash of color.

    January 11, 2012

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

Welcome to TotalBeauty.com!
Ready to unleash your inner beauty junkie? Enter your email and check the boxes below to get free samples, exclusive deals, discounts at Total Beauty Shops, and expert beauty tips delivered straight to your inbox!
Email to a friend