Makeup Fail – Jan 2012

Blinc Mascara, NYX round lipstick in Margartia, Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Palette, ELF mineral infused face primer,
Ulta double ended pencil in chocolate/black & spice/halo

Physician Formula organic jumbo mascara in black, Revlon ColorBurst in Papaya, Almay Eye Remover in moisturizing, Neutrogena oil-free eye remover and Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Romantic Rose

The opinions expressed are of my own. They are based on my personal experiences which are suitable for my body, my habits and my personality.
These products may work for you but they do not work for me. Feel free to comment if any instances you have tips or tricks you want to offer to increase the productivity of the following items mentioned.

My preferences:
Skin tone – Medium Light
Skin – Dry

Everyone has favorites…but here are some products of mine that DON’T make the cut!
I will be briefly listing my pros/cons and if I have a better substitute product.

Blinc Mascara
Can be purchased at
Retails for $24 dollars
Size – o.21 oz
Product comes with a flat straight mascara wand
* Review based on a sample received in my Birchbox

The gimmick with Blinc Mascara that it is the 1st mascara that creates tiny ‘tubes’ of water-resistant coating on your lashes. It doesn’t run, smudge, clump or flake. All you need to is use warm water and pressure, it’ll slide off.

– The product doesn’t run, smudge, clump or flake as it states
–  Simple and Sturdy Packaging
– Easy to remove with water, however there were no ‘tubes’ it felt like thin fabric paint plastic peeling away

– It was a very dry and thin formulation
– It’s hard to apply a thicker coating as the consistency was thin
– The mascara didn’t give my lashes any length, volume or intensity (basically like not wearing it)

NYX Round Lipstick in Margartia (LSS 597)
Type – Lipstick
Can be purchased at
Retails for $3.99 dollars
Size – 0.14oz

This review on this particular NYX round lipstick shade in Margarita and not a review on the brand or type of lipstick.
Margartia is hot shimmery neon pink with coral orange undertones. It was completely unwearable shade on my lips both due to formulation, color and texture. If you did want to salvage this you could use it as a cream blush.

– Affordable
– Good packaging: lid clicks in, lipstick twists all the way down and bottom displays the color indicted
– Almost scent-less

– The formulation seeps into the lines in my lips making the them appear very chapped
– The color leans to a bright neon on the lips

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Palette
Type – Cream/Powder Concealer
This is a Target Exclusive
Retails for $9.99 dollars
Size – 0.14 oz

I’ve heard that loads of people love this palette as it maintains a cult following on YouTube.  I have used this product a fair amount, variation of mixing the colors and with/without powder. However, I find this product make my under eye circles worse and cakey without properly concealing anything. Perhaps this would be more suitable for fair/medium Caucasian skin tones.

– Lovely packaging: clear top with magnetic lid, sturdy and travel friendly
– It comes with 3 cream concealers and 1 powder setting powder (you can mix the colors)

– Cream products can be greasy and messy
– The cream concealers aren’t corrective but rather flesh-tones leaning to pinks
– Cream rather thick so it can emphasize wrinkles or lines in face

ELF Studio Mineral Face Primer
Type – Face Primer
Can be purchased at
Retails for $6 dollars
Size – 0.49 oz

The ELF primer is manageable. It’s easy to use, clear gel texture and can make your face feel smoother. However I would never put this on my face. It smells very strong of plastic, chemical and silicone! I’d prefer Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy primer as drugstore alternative.

– The packaging is very nice and it has bottle pump
– Affordable, ELF often has discounts & coupons
– After application, face does feel smoother due to the silicone ingredients

– It smells very strong of chemical plastic.

Ulta Double Ended pencil in chocolate/black & spice/halo
Type – Pencil Liners
Can be purchased at Ulta
Price – Usually $7 per color
*Item was Ulta exclusive gift

Personally, I much prefer automatic liners to pencil liners.

– 2 colors in 1

– Super flimsy packaging, the lids keep falling off/cracking = nicked pencils
– pencils needs a lot of pressure to get a smooth line
– pigmentation is very average

Physician Formula Organic Jumbo Mascara in Black
This mascara is much loved but not me. It wasn’t able to give my lashes the desired effect and I felt the it was all very bulky. I was very put off by the smell of the mascara.

-Organic Ingredients

– Smells very strong
Bulky packaging
– Chunky mascara brush

Revlon ColorBurst in Papaya
Type – Lip Gloss
Can be purchased at Target
Retails – $6.49 to $8

I love the color but not the lip gloss. I’m not sure if it is this particular lip gloss but I felt the smell was very strong and I couldn’t wear it. I would prefer Revlon Super Lustrous Lip gloss any day!

-Gorgeous color
– Nice Packaging

– Thick consistency
– Smell very off putting

Almay Eye Remover in Moisturizing
Type – Makeup Remover
Can be purchased at Target
Retails $5

I would highly recommend Almay Eye Remover in Oil – Control. I really like this product but I hate the moisturizing version as it doesn’t really remove my makeup but spread it around. Moisturizing version uses a lot of oils.

– Easy to use circle pads
– Affordable
– Last lasting  product as I can use 1 pad for remove all my eye makeup (80)

Cons (Moisturizing Version)
– Very oily
– Messy

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Remover
Type – Makeup Remover
Can be purchased at Target
Retails for $5-6
Size – 5.50z

This makeup remover doesn’t properly remove my makeup. If the makeup is oil- based, waterproof or smudge-resistant the makeup remover doesn’t remove anything. I just ended up with icky raccoon eyes.

– Sturdy packaging
– Affordable

– Too gentle, it wasn’t able to properly remove makeup

 Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Romantic Rose
Type – Lipstick
Can be purchased at CVS
Retails for $9.99

This lipstick is a hybrid product. It’s similar texture to lip balm but it has a bit more pigmentation. However as a lipstick this product is over-priced and not contender against my makeup collection

-Moisturizing texture

– Packaging, the product can only be twisted out and not back in
– Not very pigmented
– Romantic rose color not suited for my skin tone, pale
– Seeps into the lines on my lips


Makeup Fails: Skin 79 BB Cream Sampler

BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm. It’s suppose to give your coverage between a tinted moisturizer – foundation. BB creams also offer natural coverage, concealing properties, anti-wrinkle power, skin regeneration ability, skin lightening and UV protection! It’s a hefty list of things to do for just 1 cream.

[Note] Do to it’s formulation, bb creams are usually recommend for light & fair skin individuals.

Anyways, I was piqued to try it. So I ordered some on Ebay and it shipped from Korea. BB creams can be hard to find in USA but it’s all the rage in Asia due to couple of celebrity endorsements.

Skin 79 Sampler Set ($10 dollar shipped)

1) Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

2) Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Function (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

3) Skin79 The Prestige Beblesh Balm (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

4) Skin79 Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm.

The swatches are from L-R are Skin 79 Super BB Cream, Skin 79 Triple Function BB Cream, Skin 79 Prestige, Skin 79 Pearl.
The bottom swatch is my normal foundation in Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Foundation in 102 Warm Ivory.

Skin 79 Issues

I know there’s a lot of  ‘hype’ about Skin 79 products and BB creams in general but I found it just doesn’t do the job for me.
The coloration was off as forewarned. Despite oxidation, it was either too gray toned or too pink. Something was just off.

I wasn’t interested in the Prestige or the Pearl as I found it had a lot of shimmer.

I didn’t feel like the BB cream provided any real coverage compared to a foundation. It was a lot closer to tinted moisturizer as it was very light. However, I’d prefer a tinted moisturizer because with BB cream it’s still makeup and you have to wash it off or you can break out and stuff.

Lastly the most disappointing factor was the packaging! I know this is just for the “sampler” but the tubes were awful.
Some reason as soon as I opened the tube the BB cream would come rushing out. It wouldn’t stop and it made quite a mess. I felt like I lost a considerable amount of product. I’m not sure if it was this particular seller or if during the shipping there was elevation/pressure change. I was not a happy camper. X_X

Anyways, I wouldn’t recommend this product. I think I have to try out some more BB cream to tell you more.
I just sort of hesitant to believe any product can do all the things that BB creams claim. If you have suggestions feel free to comment.

If you want a good foundation I’d recommend Rimmel Lasting Finish. That’s great coverage without being cakey. If you think it’s too much coverage you can always sheer it out by mixing with some moisturizer.

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Makeup Fails : Physician’s Formula Baked Bronzer

First off this is not a review on the Physician Formula brand. I really like the brand and I think they offer some great products.
So sometime last month, Rite Aid was having a Buy 1 get 1 free on Physician Formula bronzers so I decided to pick this product up. It looks really gorgeous in the packaging. It’s a light tan with spirals of gold through out the baked formula. Since I’ve been watching a bunch of you tubers rave about baked bronzers I thought why not.

Well Physician Formula offers an extensive line of bronzers.
However I would NOT RECOMMEND the PF baked bronzer.
It looks pretty …here in the picture doesn’t it? I wanted to love it.
It entices you with it’s shimmer and easier to handle price tag.

1. The shimmer comes off on your face like GIANT flakes of chunky gold glitter
2. Bronzer is very light, almost not noticeable
3. Consistency of the product isn’t very good. It’s patchy and glitter doesn’t allow even application.

Sorry the photo is a bit blurry but even so you can see the golden glow on my face. If you click on the photo you can actually see the chunks of glitter. I tried different ways to apply it but nevertheless this product is going back to the store. X_X

E.L.F. Review: Super Glossy Lip Gloss 5 set – Plum

If you’ve never heard of E.L.F. They stand for inexpensive cosmetic brand called Eyes Lips Face. How inexpensive?
-Professional Line products $1 each
-Studio Line products $3 each
-Palettes $5-$10

Only clutch is that E.L.F. products can be difficult to find in your local stores. I’ve only seen it at select Targets and my Dollar Tree. However you can purchase their products online at but there’s a shipping charge. Though online store has the most selections and they usually have a promo code going on.

Anyways, there’s a bunch of YouTube rave over this brand and I’ve tried a few items which are usually hit or miss. But for around $1 an item I guess it’s one of the most affordable brands to experiment with.

The set I will be reviewing can be purchased at for $5 as seen linked here.

Los Angeles, Plumtastic, Groovy Grape, Juiced Berry, Pink Lemonade
Size: 0.35oz per gloss

First off, I felt the collection lacked pigmentation and failed to be “plum” shades as it was stated. Most of the glosses applied very sheer and looked almost identical on the lips. My lips are naturally pink and after taking many pictures with the glosses I looked back it was impossible to differentiate between the glosses.

Colors: ( Left to Right) Pink Lemonade, Plumtastic
Pink Lemonade was rosy pink with gold shimmer undertones. I really liked the color and gave your lips a pretty sheen.
Plumtastic wasn’t as dark in color as appeared in the tube. It did show layers of mauve, purple tones. I felt it was too frosty.
Colors: (Left to Right) Groovy Grape, Juiced Berry Los Angeles
Groovy Grape & Juiced Berry were essential the same clear gloss with a hint of silver shimmer
Los Angeles held more pigmentation, strawberry pink with silver shimmer undercoat
Application & Packaging
Lip Gloss came in a plastic tube with twist off cap. For application you just squeeze the tube and gloss would come out of the clear plastic tapered tip. It was very easy to use and I didn’t have any problems with the packaging.

The gloss texture and consistency were nice. It wasn’t too sticky or tacky. The consistency felt very moisturizing and smooth on the lips.

For me what my cosmetics smell like is a BIG DEAL and especially when I’m using lip glosses. I don’t want something nasty smelling on my lips when there’s so many delicious smelling glosses out there. This is my biggest issue with E.L.F. products is their inconsistent manufacturing. I really wanted to like this product but I can’t recommend it because half of lip glosses in the set smelled disgusting!

Pink Lemonade, Groovy Grape, and Juiced Berry smelled sweet like artificial grape candy. I thought it was decent and I liked it.

However…Plumtastic & Los Angeles smelled medicinal, really gross!
I immediately had to wipe it off my lips because it was just very unpleasant. (But the smell didn’t affect the texture or the product.)

Overall (Value, Color Selection, Application, Packaging, Smell)
(2.5 out 5 = value, application, packaging)

I only really liked the Pink Lemonade Lip gloss in this set. I thought Los Angeles had nice color but the smell was horrid. If you do like clear glosses Groovy Grape and Juiced Berry were not bad. I just prefer my lip gloss to have color pigmentation rather than be clear. I didn’t like Plumtastic as the color clashed with my complexion.

So I’d have to say this collection was a “miss” for me in the E.L.F. line. I am excited to know that I do like the lip gloss formulation so I wouldn’t be adverse to trying more of their Super Glossy Shine lip glosses. I still think E.L.F. products have great value. I just hope they smell better next time!