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Bare Escentuals On The Spot Review | Gentle Travel Eye Makeup Remover

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Bare Escentuals On The SpotBare Escentuals On The Spot is a cool eye makeup removal. It is 24 soft cotton swabs filled with a solution that conditions skin as well as removing eye makeup. This formula is alcohol free and contains aloe Vera, so it shouldn't dry out skin.

Directions for use

Simple snap the swab at the colored ring to release the liquid into the tip. In a sweeping motion gently remove any unwanted makeup.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the opinions of the ladies using the swabs.


  • Quick and easy to use
  • Great for little touch ups
  • Even work on waterproof mascara
  • Good to put in your purse and take on a night out


  • Expensive for the amount of swabs


Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Citric Acid.

To Sum Up

I love Bare Escentuals products and I think this is a brill invention, especially for traveling!

If you would like to buy Bare Escentuals On The Spot it costs $5. Which I don't think is a bad price unless you are going to use them every day, then they would end up being expensive.

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Dr. Feelgood Facial Balm by Benefit Cosmetics Review | Mattifies, Smooths Skin & Reduces Pores

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Benefit Cosmetics Dr. FeelgoodDr. Feelgood by Benefit Cosmetics is a complexion balm that is designed to be put on over makeup to reduce fine lines and pores.

It should not smudge your already perfect makeup application or feel greasy but just give you that extra bit of coverage for a flawless mattified complexion. It can be worn alone or over the top of makeup.

The balm contains vitamins C and E which helps fight the signs of aging and also help with the production of collagen.

Users Conclusions

I have summarized the information below from the opinions of the ladies using the face balm.


  • Very matte
  • Fresh clean smell
  • Long lasting
  • Feels smooth
  • Cute packaging


  • Can cause acne breakouts ( People prone to breakouts)
  • Can be irritating on sensitive skin


Corn Starch Modified, Diethylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isosteryl Meopentanoate, Silica, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Tridecyl Trimelitate, Diethylene Glycol Diisononanoate, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobili) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Directions Of Use

Pat and smooth over makeup with its accompanying sponge. Just remember that "less is more" as one user rightfully said, if you apply to much it can feel slimy.

To Sum Up

The majority of ladies using the Dr. Feelgood balm relish its effectiveness at minimizing pores and mattifyng their skin.

However, some users found it irritating on the their sensitive skin and a few said it made them breakout.

I think it is a little pricey at $28 for a 0.58oz tin, although many fanatics think it is well worth the price.

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You’re Bluffing by Benefit Cosmetics Review | Cream Stick Concealer Covers Redness

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Benefit Cosmetics You're Bluffing ConcealerBenefit Cosmetics You're Bluffing Concealer is devised to cover any redness and imperfections you don't want others to see.

The concealer comes in lipstick type form which makes it ideal to put in your bag if you need a quick touch up through the day.

It comes in a yellowish color cream to neutralize redness and cover up any blemishes. Benefit says it works well for around the nose and chin.

As it is in cream form it should be smooth and easy to apply while also lasting longer than liquid concealers.

Users Conclusions

I have gathered the information below from the users opinions on the site.


  • Great base for powder
  • Goes on smooth
  • Covers blemishes
  • Evens skin tone
  • Covers redness


  • Can feel a little greasy
  • Quite pricey

To Sum Up

The mass majority of ladies using the concealer adore how quick and easy it is to apply. They also like how it covers redness well without looking cakey.

Although, there are a few users who find it a little greasy and quite pricey. I do agree that it is expensive at $22 but most do say it is worth the price and it lasts a long time.

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LashBlast Mascara by Covergirl Review | Volumizes & Lengthens for the False Lash Effect

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

CoverGirl LashBlast MascaraThe Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara is devised to volumize lashes giving you the false lash effect.

Covergirl has had the formula ophthalmologically tested. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for use while wearing contact lens. This mascara is also available in a waterproof formula.

LashBlast is available in 4 colors: very black, black, black brown and brown. The wand is a new design that Covergirl says it has 50% more bristles than the standard brush. This is to make sure very lash gets coated with the formula and to prevent clumps.

Users Conclusions

I have summarized ladies opinions of the mascara from their reviews on the Covergirl site.


  • Doesn't clump
  • Gives lashes volume
  • Lengthens
  • Natural looking
  • Easy application
  • No smudging or flaking


  • A lot of formula comes out with the wand
  • The tube gets very messy over time
  • A bit clumpy (one user found)


Petroleum Distillates, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba), Trihydroxystearin, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Tall Oil Glycerides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Talc.

To Sum Up

There are mixed emotions when it comes to this mascara with most ladies singing its praises and some barely whispering!

The majority of users found it worked well for them and gave them volumized, natural and clump free lashes.

However, others found it to be a little messy and clumpy to use and didn't think it made much difference to the appearance of their lashes.

It is only $6 which is a bargain if it works! Could be worth a try seeing as most people found it worked wonders for their lashes.

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12 Pc Sigma Professional Makeup Brush Set Review | Quality Soft Bristle Brushes with Case

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Sigma Makeup 12 pc Professional KitThe 12 piece Sigma Professional Brush Set is designed to be of the highest quality to give you all the equipment you need to get a perfectly flawless look. This comes with a protective synthetic/leather look case to store brushes, it is handy for traveling.

All the brushes in the kit are made from natural or synthetic bristles, sometimes even a mix of the two. The handles are black and have a silver metal tip to hold the bristles in place, so they should be pretty sturdy even when cleaning.

Sigma have also included a free gift with this set, you should get a SS217 eyeshadow brush with the kit.

The Kit Includes:

  1. SS150 Large Powder Brush.(for applying powder to face and body).
  2. SS190 Foundation Brush (suitable for liquid or cream foundation).
  3. SS187 Large duo fiber brush (should leave skin with the airbrushed look after applying liquid foundation).
  4. SS168 Large angled brush (Ideal for applying blush or contour shades).
  5. SS194 Concealer brush (ideal for concealing imperfections under the eyes).
  6. SS275 Small angled brush (used to apply highlights under the brows and the inner corners of the eyes).
  7. SS266 Angled eyeliner brush (to apply liquid or gel eyeliner to the upper or lower lash lines).
  8. SS252 Large shader brush (ideal for creams and eyeshadow primers).
  9. SS219 Pencil brush (to apply color to the crease of the eye lid, outer corner and upper and lower lash line).
  10. SS224 Blending brush (ideal for blending colors on the crease of the eye lid).
  11. SS209 Liner brush (a firm brush to apply precise lines to the eyes).
  12. SS239 Medium Shader brush (ideal for applying loose or pressed eyeshadow to the lids).

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the users reviews on amazon:


  • Good quality
  • No loose bristles
  • Soft
  • Great value for money


  • Some bristles do fall out of the bigger brushes (according to a couple of users)

To Sum Up

The majority of users relished the Sigma brush set, even comparing it to "Mac" brushes. They love the high quality they received for the reasonable price of $89 for the 12 piece set.

A couple of ladies using the bigger foundation brushes said they experienced some bristle fall out but nothing too major.

I think these are worth investing in if you have enough to spare in your budget, you get a full quality set of brushes for a cheaper price than you would pay if you brought them all separately.

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Lash Stylist Comb Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline Review | Very Black, Thickens, Curls & Lengthens Lashes

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Maybelline Lash Stylist Comb MascaraLash Stylist Comb Mascara by Maybelline has a waterproof formula that is devised to thicken, lift and sculpt the lashes.

This mascara comes in a very black shade and has a comb like applicator wand which is quite unique. It is designed to comb each individual lash to provide maximum coverage and separation.

Maybelline have had the mascara tested by an ophthalmologist and it is safe to be used when wearing contact lens.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the lists below from the reviews of ladies using the mascara:


  • Adds volume
  • Applies evenly
  • Great brush
  • Lengthens
  • Long lasting


  • Difficult to remove
  • Clumps (a couple of users opinions)
  • Creases

To Sum Up

Lash Stylist has very good reviews on amazon and makeupalley with the majority of users commenting on how much it lengthens and thickens their lashes without clumping.

Some users have said they find it very difficult to remove but unfortunately this is the downside to most waterproof mascara's. One fan did say she found it easy to remove with a little baby oil.

Maybelline lash stylist mascara retails for a very reasonable $8.58 considering some brands can be nearly double the price.

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12- Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set by Shany Review | Good Quality with Soft Animal Hair

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

SHANY Professional Cosmetic Brush SetThe Shany Professional Cosmetic 12 piece brush set with vinyl pouch has all the brushes you need for a full makeup application.

This brush set is made from animal hair, the handles are a lovely cherry red color. The vinyl case can come in a range of colors from silver, black, gold, pink, white and purple. You can try and ring the manufacturer if you want a specific color.

This set includes:

  • 2 Blusher brushes 1 large, 1 medium.
  • 1 Fan brush
  • 1 Mascara wand
  • 1 Foundation brush
  • 2 Concealer brushes
  • 1 Angled eyeliner brush
  • 1 Lip brush
  • 1 Brow comb/brush
  • 1 Eyeshadow applicator sponge/brush
  • 1 Eyeshadow brush

Users Conclusions

I have summarized the lists below from the ladies using the makeup brushes:


  • Great value
  • Animal hair
  • Soft bristles
  • Good for travel
  • No bristle fall out
  • Good quality brushes


  • No blending brush
  • Powder brush is small

To Sum Up

The Shany cosmetic brush set has very good reviews overall. Most users find the brushes to be soft and of good quality, they also think the set is very good value for money at $17.99.

There are a couple of users who think the set is not very good quality and find the bristles to stiff for their skin.

I personally think this is a great kit to start with especially for the low price, although I do agree with one user who is disappointed it doesn't contain a blending brush as I consider this quite a vital tool when doing eye makeup.

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Eyeshadow/Concealer Primer “Stay Don’t Stray” by Benefit Review | Reduces Creasing & Prolongs Color

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't StrayStay Don't Stray is an around the eye primer for concealers and eyeshadows. It is devised to stop concealers from creasing and make sure shadows last all day with vibrant color.

Benefit have made it a neutral shade so it should suit any skin tone. It is created with a airless pump for easy use, this also stops contamination of the formula.

The primer is formulated with sodium hyaluronate to hydrate skin and help lock in moisture. Vitamin C and E also help fight the signs of aging, says Benefit.

This is yet another product I have reviewed that doesn't contain Parabens, which as I have said in other posts are preservatives used in many cosmetics and some pharmaceutical products.

Users Conclusions

I have listed below some of the opinions of ladies that are using Stay Don't Stray primer:


  • Creamy
  • Absorbing
  • Quick drying
  • Color correcting
  • Easy to apply


  • Pump dispenses too much product (most people found this)
  • Can crease ( some found this)


Apply the primer over lids and under eyes and let set. Then apply your concealer to under-eye area and your eyeshadow.

To Sum Up

Most ladies that have tried Stay Don't Stray primer seem to favor it, as it is creamy to apply, quick drying and helps eyeshadow last longer.

There is one problem most people experienced when using the primer, they found the pump dispenser wastes a lot of product by dispensing too much every time. Also some found it made their concealer crease after a couple of hours.

I think is a little lavishly priced at $24 a bottle, although not really any complaints from patrons of the price.

All in all a reasonable primer Benefit should just get rid of the pump dispenser and opt for a tube.

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Stila’s Lip & Cheek Stains Review |Shimmering, Fruity & Moisturizing Color

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Stila Lip & Cheek StainStila has created 4 lip and cheek stains including: Mango crush-a shimmering coral color, Pomegranate crush- a deep berry color, Raspberry crush- a shimmering pink and Yumberry- a reddish color.

According to Stila the stains should customize to your exact shade as its infused with naturally staining super fruits. This formula apparently does this by reacting with your pH levels.

The stains also contain Vitamin A,C and E which help moisturize while providing antioxidant protection.

Users Conclusions


  • Natural looking
  • Non drying
  • Easy to apply
  • Glossy


  • Not long lasting
  • Stains unevenly (only a few found this typical)


Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alumina, Sodium Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, Flavor (Aroma), Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol Denatured, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (Papaya), Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract (Pineapple), Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract (Mango), Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Riboflavin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tin Oxide, Benzyl Salicylate, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370).

To Sum Up

The reviews for this lip and cheek stain are very mixed some found it worked for them. They liked the natural color and the nondrying effect.

However, others found it didn't last like a stain should and the color came out a little patchy.

The Stains are quite pricey at around $28.

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Hydrating 100% Natural Lip Gloss Review | Bare Escentuals Creates High Shine Lip Color

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bare Escentuals Natural Lip GlossBare Escentuals is well known for it's amazing natural products. Personally, I think its an amazing company with exceptional products.

As expected this lip gloss is 100% natural, a big plus for those of you that are Eco friendly.

The natural ingredients like Cupuacu butter and Seed oil should help hydrate lips leaving them smooth , soft and non sticky. A subtle Vanilla fragrance is apparent with the gloss.

Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss is available in 12 different shades.

Contains no Preservatives or petro-chemicals seems to be a running theme that a lot of cosmetics have in common these days. While having more natural ingredients are a good thing, having no preservatives does mean they aren't going to last more than a few months or so. Just some thing to keep in mind.

Unfortunately Bare Escentuals did not include a SPF in this gloss, which can help stop lips from drying out as quickly.

Users conclusions

Below I have summarized the opinions of the ladies using Bare Escentuals lip gloss:


  • Nice Vanilla flavor/scent
  • High shine
  • Shimmers
  • Moisturizing
  • Long lasting
  • Non sticky


  • Feather and bleed ( one users opinion)
  • No SPF


All shades contain:Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Flavor (Natural Vanilla), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sorbitan Olivate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Tocopherol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate. (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470).

To Sum Up

All in all Bare Escentuals have created yet another fabulous product. Most patrons found the gloss to moisturize, last, shine and be non sticky.

There was one lady who said the gloss wasn't for her, as it feathered, was sticky and she didn't much like the Vanilla fragrance.

Some fanatics think it is a little expensive at $15 a tube considering it doesn't contain any SPF. However, most said they would buy it again.

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