I haven’t been posting for the past month or so primarily because I have been considering making changes to the blog. For those who are not interested in reading this post I have a disclaimer below. For those who want the full story of precise way in which this blog will be changing please read on.
This blog will not be closing, nor will it be moving to a new domain name. Further more I will continue to make posts about makeup. Posting will resume March 1, 2013.
The 4:1 series is a list of the good, and bad products in a given category that I have used. This is not a survey of all foundations that are out there, it is simply drawn from the various products I have used. While this is not all inclusive it should alert you of brands that you may want to give a second look, and some brands that you should rethink.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin - I actually like all of the Neutrogena foundations that I have tried. I simply chose this one as the highlighted foundation since it is my preferred Neutrogena foundation. While the color match can be a bit frustrating since it is relatively narrow the quality and finish of the foundations is great.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – This is a more recent foundation purchase (review coming soon) that I picked because of the need for a better match. It is a nice mid-weight foundation with both warm and cool colors on the lighter end of the skin spectrum. The only real negative is the expensive price point.
L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup – despite what the name says this foundation is not what I would classify as shimmery which is typical of ‘luminizing’ foundations. I like the decent range of colors, the low price point and the ‘satin’ finish similar to that of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
I am thinking of revamping my review method and rating system. This would be to make reviews more standardized. After yesterdays review of an OPI nail polish I realized that my color preferences played a larger role in the rating of products than they should. This is not to say that I will not allow any wiggle room for my color preferences, since this is something that regardless of how objective I try to be will come into play. However, I think qualities such as pigmentation, texture and longevity of wear should weigh heavier than if I find the color pretty or not.
While I have not completely figured out the details to how I will be changing the rating system I will share it with you should any changes be made. I will also be adding that information into my site FAQ. I have not decided if I will include the breakdown of ratings in my reviews, since for brevity it may be necessary to leave them out. However, it will ensure I always cover the same topics when reviewing a product.
I would rate this product 8/10
I went through a phase where I was pretty set on only owning OPI and Essie polishes. I am not quite sure why I was so enamored with these two specific brands. Especially since prior to that phase I had never even used any high end polish brands except at the nail salon.
Since than I have found that the majority of OPI polishes are just not to my liking. This is by no means saying that they are bad, per-say. They just do not fit with my ideal polish consistency.
I would rate this product 7/10
In the past few months I have needed to change the color of the under eye correcter that I use. This is in part due to a change in the color of my under eye circles. I am plagued with extremely severe dark circles, which were for a long while of a blue-ish color. However, with the use of eye cream I have managed to get the damage around the area to lighten slightly. However, the new dark brown hue requires a color not made by Bobbi Brown. Hence my purchase of the NYX full Coverage Concealer.
I would rate this product 8/10.
I originally got this idea from Drivel about Frivol. She got the term from the Hunger game series, it is in many ways used to describe a very natural looking beauty look. I was planning to post what makeup items I would use to achieve this look, however I realized that I had done this already. I wanted to direct you to my previous post on my favorite travel items. Since, these are the items I would use to create my beauty base zero look.
I know that the Clinique mascara is my holy grail mascara. However like most makeup aficionados I am always on the hunt for something better. For me, this means less expensive since that would be the only complaint I have about the Clinique mascara. Unfortunately this mascara is not it, While it is a nice mascara it just does not live up to my good old Clinique.
I would rate this product 6/10
Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover – I am aware that this product is not quite as ‘good for you’ as as my previous purchase nail polish remover. This product works just as well however, and is still 3 Free. Plus I got it using a gift card to Sephora so it cost nothing to me.
AHA+ From Acne.org – This product has been hugely helpful at improving not only the texture, but also the coloration of my acne scars. While I do still would like to see more improvement I am not at least comfortable enough to not have my scars covered.
Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat – This is not a fast dry polish top coat, but I still really enjoy it. my polishes seem to last significantly longer than with my previous ULTA 2-in-1 top and bottom coat.
I went through a phase a while back where I became almost obsessed with finding the perfect lip primer. I am not entirely sure why I was so interested in this since I am still not convinced that it is necessary for the type of makeup I wear. However, since I have them I use them. Just please keep in mind that with this review it is taken into consideration that this product is not a necessity for me.
I would rate this product 5/10