I don't care if it says sheer, clear, invisible, or any other synonym, but it seems like nearly every solid deodorant I picked up left a white mark on my brown skin. After trying numerous products, I was fairly happy with Lady Mitchum Clear Gel except that sometimes it leaves subtle flakes on any dark clothing. One lucky day, I picked up this Almay antiperspirant on a whim and now I'm hooked.
Faced with similar products and similar promises, what's a bargain hunter to do? For the sake of comparing apples to apples (instead of a splurge with a steal), I picked up both the Almay and Revlon long-wear eye liners each promising to last 16 hours. I planned a couple days to test these out but, at the end, I'm still undecided. Since everyone has different expectations with makeup, I noted key points about each. To hear my thoughts, read more
Color-changing cosmetics seem to be the big fad these days. Smashbox O-Glow, which changes from a clear gel to a pink cheek stain, gets most of the attention, but Almay is making a sizeable push for its own "Smart Shade" foundations, blushes, and concealers. The concept is pretty simple: The formula is white when it comes out of the tube, but it changes color when rubbed on skin.
Almay claims that it "transforms into your ideal shade," but watch the wording. This doesn't mean that the product magically senses your specific skin color and adjusts accordingly; it means that the end result will be a shade that should complement your skin. Don't be mislead into thinking that the product is that smart. (If such a result were possible, then Almay wouldn't need to make multiple shades, right?)
To find out what I thought of the concealer, read more
Almay has announced model and actress Leslie Bibb as their newest brand ambassador. You may remember this funny lady from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Iron Man, or even from her brief stint on Entourage.
This time, Leslie will be acting in commercials and appearing in online, in-store, and print ads. Also, I just discovered that she is going to be in the new Summer movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, which I can't wait to see. Looks like big things are happeneing for Ms. Bibb, no? Other Almay ambassadors include the lovely Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp (who kinda looks like Blake Lively, don't you think?) and model Marina Theiss. Do you think Leslie is a good fit?
Recently I ran out of my favorite makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, and thought I'd take a more affordable one for a whirl. I picked up a package of Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($4.94), which were reasonably priced considering that you get 80 pads in one container.
Almay makes these pads in oil-free and moisturizing versions, and I hemmed and hawed over which one to choose. In the end, since the pads were going on my eyes, I went with the moisturizing formula. A better name for the product might be Greasy Time Fun Pads, because, lemme tell you, these things are very oily. They'll leave a bit of oil on your eyes, which might be annoying if you wear contacts. I always blot up the excess oil with a cotton pad, because I don't want to have oily eyes.
So why is it that I still like these? To find out, read more
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for all of your excellent suggestions for last week's Beauty Mark It challenge. You found some good ones! Before I share them, though, I want to address some of your questions about liquid liner.
Practically nobody gets liquid eyeliner right on her first try—or for that matter, her second, third or fourth try. While this product isn't impossible to master, it does take practice to get to a point where you can apply it easily. If you're a novice, start by using the liner brush on your hand; that way, you can see how different pressure works. From there, you can work on your eyes.
If you need some liquid eyeliner suggestions, read on. Erinjg says Almay liquid eyeliner is "wickedly long-lasting, yet has never irritated my contact lenses." And Jlgb4008 raves about Wet N Wild MegaLiner, saying, "It has fine-tip brush, so it's easy to apply thick or thin lines easily." Check out other readers' suggestions in this handy widget, and come back tomorrow for this week's challenge!
Welcome back to part two of Triple-Threat Mascaras. In part one we took a closer look at three mascaras that curl, lengthen and volumize. So if you've been on the hunt for a multi-purpose product that can make your lashes long and lush for every occasion, look no further. Here are four more triple-threat mascaras you'll be sure to love.
Givenchy Parad'Eyes Volume, Length and Curl Mascara ($23) is a mascara lover's dream! It curls, lengthens, volumizes (up to three times more volume), and plumps. All this and it's water-resistant, too. Available in black or brown.
For three other triple threat mascaras, read more
Now that Beauty Week is over, here are some mild makeup removers to help wipe your makeup slate clean. These makeup removers are strong enough they will thoroughly remove all of the residue on your face from the day, but gentle enough they won't irritate your eyes causing redness and sagging skin. Makeup removers are also great for quick fixes for spot treating messes. Just dip a q-tip on them and you're good to go. Here are my top three choices:
This oldie but goodie has never irritated my eyes or my skin. It's a no frills, oil and fragrance free eye makeup remover that you can use all over your face, day or night. It's also super easy to take off; just rinse with water. This Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent is $14.50.
Napoleon Perdis Foaming Makeup Remover, $25, is so cool! You can put it in the fridge to chill it. This foaming marshmallow-like makeup remover leaves your face feeling fresh and crisp. Use water if you like, or just wipe everything away with a tissue.
For one more, read more