Jesse P.'s (twodogblog) Beauty Product Reviews
Pretty but Chalky
This blush is a beautiful color in pan and goes on as a golden shimmer with pink undertones. I like it for my skin tone but I don't think the color in the pan is represented on skin very well. I haven't tried any other colors so I am not sure if this is an issue with other shades. I was impressed with the packaging and quality of the product for the price, but if I had paid $30 for this I would probably be disappointed. It is somewhat chalky and I didn't find that it stayed on past 6 hours. Overall, I would purchase again because I like the golden glow Candid Coral provides and the price is unbeatable, but this product is by no means perfect.
Light and Refreshing
This night cream is actually pretty light on the skin. It smells great and goes on very creamy, but more importantly in a night cream it leaves a light moisturizing feel on the skin. I use this in the mornings because I have dry skin and the moisturizing properties last all day under my makeup. At night I use heavier creams on my wrinkles and use this all over. The pomegranate and birch scent is really fresh and light. Definitely a nice night cream that is versatile enough for oily or dry skin types!
Smells Great and Ultra Mousturizing!
This Honey & Shea Butter body butter doesn't skimp on the Honey. I put this on my arms and knees and I can really smell the honey. Overtime it is less strong, but I can still smell the lotion on my skin. The butter is extremely moisturizing and helps keep my usually dry skin soft and smooth. I have tried MANY Shea butter based moisturizers but this is my hands down favorite because it not only works, but smells so sweet.
Soft, Shiny, Smelly
I got a whole set of Ojon products from Sephora and this was included. Fortunately, the other products (shampoo, conditioner, glossing creme) didn't smell like this. I put this on my hair once or twice a month before bed. The next morning when I shower and style my hair, it is extremely soft and has a nice shine. I do have to wash my pillowcase though because this stuff smells like I spent the night at a smoky bar. If it didn't smell like musky smoke I would give this product 5 stars, but it is just too strong a smell for me to use too often.
I really like this mascara because it is so versatile! With one swipe you can achieve dark, natural looking lashes, but if you want a more dramatic look it is easy to build up! With 3-5 coats you will have MEGA length! It doesn't flake off during the day, even when placed on the lower lashes. My only complaint would be that it definitely gets a little clumpy if you're not careful, which can cause the lashes to feel stiff (a weird pet peeve of mine). Despite that minor flaw I do like this mascara and will keep using it!
I can't decide if I love this mascara or if I think it's just average. The brush does a great job of separating and coating my lashes, and I feel like it really adds length, but not volume. My favorite think about this mascara is that is does not make my lashes feel stiff or heavy. I can still touch my eye without flaking off mascara or feeling like I am touching just product and not actual lash.
I have been using this for about 4 months, and have another brand new tube waiting to be opened. I feel like my lashes are longer, but that could just be the power of suggestion. I am going to try out some other mascaras and come back to this. At first I was wow-ed, but I think there may be better options on the market.
Great Wear Time
I bought this on a whim just to bump a Sephora purchase up to $50 for free shipping. I had never tried cream eyeliner but I figured for a few dollars it would be a good experiment. I ended up loving it! This liner goes on so smooth, and once it dries it really stays put. I always have issues with pencil liners fading or just sliding off my eyes and creating dark circles, but that doesn't happen with this product. It has serious staying power! The brush that comes with it is total crap, but I never expect the brushes that come with products to be useful. I will buy this again when I run out, but I don't know when that will be because there is so much product in that little pot!
Not worth a $1
I was excited to try out NYC. polishes because they are so inexpensive. I have had success with other NYC products, like blush and eyeliner, so I had high expectations for their nail polish. Unfortunately it peels of in less than 24 hours. The polish doesn't hold up to anything! Even with a top coat I couldn't get more than 2-3 days of wear before they became embarrassingly chipped. The polish doesn't go on consistently and in light colors it is almost impossible to get a nice even finish. If you're looking for high quality, inexpensive polish check out SH Hard as Nails Extreme Wear.
I think foundation is one of the hardest products to find that truly suits your face, skin tone and type. I have dry skin, and I have several large freckles that I like to cover as much as possible. This was my first mousse product and after a few attempts I really like it. I do layer it over a primer but the coverage is fairly good on its own. It doesn't make my freckles disappear, but they are toned way down. I also think this minimizes pores and gives my face a nice smooth, even finish. My only gripe is that even though it is matte it does give my skin a little bit of a shine after a few hours. This is easily fixed with a little finishing powder.
I work in a hospital and so I am constantly using harsh hand sanitizers that can really dry out my skin. This cuticle cream works wonders to undo the damage I do all day long. I apply this 2-3 times a week before bed, and every time I give myself a manicure. It is great to help soften up the cuticles to push them back, not to mention the softening benefits on the rest of my finger. A pot will last you a long, long time, possibly years! I can't remember what it costs, but whatever it is, its worth it!