Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When I first started my blog, I was very connected to the beauty channels on Youtube. The makeup hauls, tutorials, and reviews kept me glued to my computer for hours on end. To a certain extent, I still watch those videos but I realize that fashion has become my greatest love. In order to rejuvenate the beauty product fanatic within me, I have decided to do mini reviews on this blog as often as possible. I don't want to neglect the original reason I started Beautygirl24. I still love to try new things, and lately I have been shopping for beauty products on a regular basis. Here are my overall thoughts and impressions on three products.

1) MAC Cremeblend Blush


As many of you know, MAC reformulated their blushcremes and they are now called Cremeblend blushes. The color I have is a soft, muted coral (Something Special). I don't own any of MAC's former creme blushes so I really can't compare the old version to the new one. I can say without a doubt that I love Something Special. The color is very flattering on my light skin tone, and it blends very easily. I use mine with a synthetic stippling brush so that stray hairs don't get into the product. I like to top mine with a powder blush, typically with Benefit's Coralista. The lasting power when paired with a powder is about eight hours. I don't think that any creme blush lasts for the same amount of time when worn on its own, so I recommend using either a powder blush or even just a setting powder to ensure it lasts all day. Keep in mind that I have combination to oily skin. Those with dry skin may find the wear to be even better!
Verdict: Recommend!

2) Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara


This mascara is comparable to my beloved Cover Girl LashBlast. Yup, you read that correctly. This is amazing! In fact, the tube you see above is my second. I seldom repurchase a mascara because I am almost always let down by the results. Not this one. The wand is even similar to the Lashblast:


I have unfortunate stubby lashes. You can't detect that I have any without mascara. I love the volume that this gives my lashes. Two coats and I'm satisfied with the overall appearance it gives. I would also say that my lashes are noticeably longer as well. And you know the best part? The formula is free of any parabens and harsh chemicals so you don't get that crunchy feeling when you touch your lashes. They remain soft and conditioned. I will contine to repurchase.
Verdict: Recommend!

3) Redken Spray Starch Heat Protectant


I have long used the Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray before blowdrying my hair straight. I really had no complaints with it either. It smelled incredible, the price was slight, and it did protect my hair against heat. I was just getting bored with it and wanted to try something different. Enter Redken's Spray Starch. I picked this up at Ulta about three weeks ago for 14 dollars. My initial thoughts: this is a bit more pricey than the Tresemme. It smells horrible! I can't quite describe the scent, but it isn't pleasant. It works just fine at protecting my hair from my blowdryer and flat iron. It also provides a bit of volume, which is something I didn't get with my previous thermal protectant. I do appreciate that. However, the smell really kills it for me. I know that may be a silly reason to dislike a product, but it's a reason nonetheless. I will most likely go back to the Tresemme once this is gone.
Verdict: Pass



Have you tried any of these products? Let me know your own thoughts and impressions!
♥ Noelle


20 comments:

  1. Oh! Thanks for the reviews, esp. the Redken starch spray!

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  2. Thank you, so much sweetie for the kind words!!! Hope you're having a great day!!!

    XOXO, CC

    thecupcakecartel.blogspot.com

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  3. Chaotic Cookie: No problem!

    Miss Cupcake: Thank you, I hope you feel better soon!

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  4. I know what you mean about spending hours at a time watching beauty videos on youtube. I have also expanded my interest to include fashion as well. I loved your reviews. They were very informative and concise!

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  5. That mascara packing is too cute!

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  6. I love reading mini-reviews - they are so helpful.

    I have an Olay creme blush - and the stray hairs in the blush drive my crazy! I only every like my blush applied with the MAC 129 (crazy shedder!!) though I've tried synethetic brushes and the 187..so now I just smear some creme blush on the back of my hand and use the 129 to pick colour up from there - time consuming but not as messy!

    Non-crunchy mascara sounds amazing...I'm loving maybelline Falsies - but it is VERY crunchy LOL!

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  7. b_ra: I love youtube! It's so addicting! I'm not as bad as I used to be though ;)

    Nicole: I agree! And it's actually really lightweight too. I find the handle to be perfect for application.

    Ella: Yes, I hate brush shedding, one of my biggest pet peeves. Luckily, my Sigma stippling brush works well and I haven't noticed any strays. As for the PF mascara - I love that it leaves my lashes soft.

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  8. Thanks for the reviews, that blush looks really pretty. I haven't tried any of these products but now I'm more inclined to ;)

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  9. Redken products always disappoint me. I've just never had luck with anything I've tried from them. :(

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  10. great reviews..i love lash blast and now i'm tempted to get the PF!

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  11. Love this post! The Mac blush looks amazing!

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  12. Great post! Going to give the Mac blush a try, in 'Something Special', looks so grogeous! Loving your blog, now following! Miss Walker xoxo

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  13. Great review! I really want to try the PF mascara. I will have to pick it up soon as I am almost of of my current mascara.

    Danielle
    Sweet As Honey
    http://sweetashoney2.blogspot.com/

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  14. Veronika and Danielle: I hope you guys enjoy the mascara if you buy it! I love it!

    Natasha and Miss Walker: Something Special is gorgeous and I think it would look great on almost anyone! I like that it complements my pale skin, but I think it will look wonderful once I get a tan too ;)

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  15. I was looking at the Physicians Formula mascara today at my drugstore because it was 40% off. Man, I should have gotten it lol

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  16. Becky: Oooo, try it sometime! I've been reaching for it even more than my lashblast!

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  17. I liked very much


    a kiss from Brasil !

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  18. I love trying mascaras. Thanks for the rec :)

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  19. Isa Maria: I would love to go to Brasil! Kisses from California ♥

    Gigi: No problem, I really do love the PF. Can't stop wearing it!

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  20. Quite a helpful review of the products you have here. There are facial products that really work for some but not for others. It's good that you've found the splendid blush and mascara for you. Do you have a picture with those on? We'd love to see it. I hope to see more reviews and hauls for facial care.

    Just keep on blogging and sharing the love!

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