Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Avon Solutions Skincare Line - Total Radiance

These are four products that I've been using and have really enjoyed. I think the two stand out products for me are the eye gel and the thermal cleanser. Like I mentioned in my video I thought of thermal cleansers as sort of gimmicky before trying this product because I had been disappointed in the past. This one really is a deep pore cleanser I think. I know if I haven't exercised in a while my nose tends to be a little rough, not as in dry skin but as in yucky pores ; ( So I always notice that I really exercise I can sweat out all the bad stuff and my nose will be so remarkable smooth. It's like ever better than using a pore strip! The results I get from this cleanser are kind of close because it heats up and scrubs and cleanses. So I like to really let it heat up on my nose I feel like the hotter the better.
As for the eye gel, I'm impressed with the size for starters because I've seen a lot of brands that charge an arm and a leg for eye creams because they know they can get away with it. The beauty industry is always telling us women your eyes show the signs of aging blah blah women are so afraid that quite often they will pay a good sum of money for an eye product. Now I'm only 21 yrs old so obvious this isn't like industrial strength eye cream/gel but really I like it. I like it's consistence for under makeup, there's no tackiness even though it's a gel and it's such a generous amount I feel like i'll never use it all up lol.
The other products are great as well I'm really enjoying using them and overall I'm pleased with my decision to purchase these particular items and I think they really suit my skin type.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mark's Pro Golden vs. Nars Laguna

Well there are couple differences like price (10$ vs 32$) and there isn't a very visible shimmer in the Pro Golden and the Laguna has a sheen that isn't very visible either. Obviously there's packaging as well, Laguna comes with a weird sponge applicator (umm...yeah who uses that??) and Pro Golden comes with a very surprisingly good brush applicator. Both have mirrors. Now Nars offers 3 shades and so does Mark. But I could try all 3 Mark shades for less than the cost of just one Nars shade!!! That means I have more options for less cash...I'm all for it!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mark's Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Peachy vs MakeUpForEver's HD Microfinish Blush in #6 (Quickie).

So some people might be surprised that I would dare to make such a comparison but truthfully this is just a comparison and I'm not intending to say these are dupes. I don't like to use the word "dupe" because that insinuates that they are the same or exactly alike. Obviously they aren't but I'll leave that for the review. So here it goes:
I like them both. In my video review I mentioned I preferred the Mark Just Pinched, which is true for one reason. See the colors are practically identical. If anything the Peachy is more sheer, feminine, and fresh-faced looking but the huge advantage I think it has over the MUFE HD blush is that it doesn't rush you to blend quickly. The MUFE has a fast setting time. And blush is something that I'm crazy about! I love it! But it can be tricky, for instance, it is a total transformation. It can make you look fresh, youthful, alive, alert, perky, happy and so on... Or it can make you look older, tired, flustered, ruddy, makeup challenged and worse if done wrong. So those are the things I like to consider and with a fast dry down time you run the risk of not having it well blended or improperly placed by the time it sets. And sure, make up is removable that's the beauty of it right? But if blush is something I'm putting on last then I don't want it to mess everything up and have to start over again because I hate removing a patch and then trying to redo it, it just never comes out the same does it? So the Mark Just Pinched edges out over the MUFE for a couple of key reasons:

1. Easy of application. Apply with finger of from the product itself.
2. More blending time means more time to get it right.
3. Softer color means it is more buildable & I'm less likely to over do it.
4. Only 7$ and it's been featured in magazines & won an Allure award!

So yeah unless you just have to have to spend 25$ on a blush by MUFE I don't think it's really necessary. I haven't seen anything spectacularly HD about mine and I don't think it's really worth 25$ it's just a cream blush when you get down to the bottom line.