Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Product Review: Recent Beauty Product Purchases (Summer 2013)

I love to experiment with different makeup. Same general "face" that I put on, but I like to experiment with different products. I'm just a highschool girl who doesn't have a real job, so naturally I'm on a budget. Meaning I generally stick with drugstore brands. There are a few exceptions, but as a general rule of thumb, what I get can be purchased at Walgreens or whatever your local drugstore/grocery store may be.

I have fair skin of combination/oily type, prone to breakouts and excess oil, and of course, lovely acne scars [Did I seriously just admit all of that...publically!?!? Apparently so. But only because it makes a difference in makeup choices. I wish it didn't.] that just won't go away no matter how hard I try (and I do!). I also do a lot of things outside and a lot of the time forget to take my makeup off before I work out. So I have to be really picky with what products I use - meaning I prefer products that are long-wearing/waterproof, non-comedogenic, and offer good coverage/color.

 This past week I ran out of almost all of the basics (foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, lip balm, self tanner AND lotion). I will review the products I chose in that order. As you can tell, I was in a Maybelline state of mind and for drugstore makeup, their products really are pretty good.


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Skin Perfector. 


  • Lightweight
  • Non-greasy
  • light-medium coverage, can be worn alone or with foundation
  • long wearing
  • Will not cover big breakouts without help of concealer (then again that's not what its designed for)
  • Color has a very pink undertone
Due to the pink undertone, this BB cream does not work well for me personally. It makes it look like I used bubble gum pink blush as a primer, even if I use a  more yellow toned powder on top. 

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse.

  • Lightweight
  • Really does smooth and soften skin
  • Non-greasy
  • Great coverage
  • Airbrush looking effect without the hassle
  • Good color selection
  • I believe the applicator sponge that's included with it contains latex (not positive, but it smells like it) and since I'm allergic to latex, to be on the safe side I use a latex free sponge or a foundation brush
I really like this foundation! It makes my skin look soft and smooth, without being too matte or shiny. I set it with Maybelline Shine Free Pressed Powder (translucent). The color works well for me, as it doesn't have a pink undertone.


Maybelline Color Tattoo and Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal


  • Highly pigmented
  • Waterproof/smear proof (therefore long wearing, but easy to remove)
  • Can be used as shadow or liner
  • For some reason the dark blue one is already drying out and flaking off the brush before I even put it on?
So far I've only used this as an eyeliner, and I apply it with an angled shadow brush/ eyeliner brush. I like it alot. Another plus is that it comes in uncommon, yet awesome colors!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Waterproof

  • Obvious lengthening
  • Clump free
  • Decent amount of volume
  • Very waterproof
  • Flaky when trying to apply more than one coat with drying in between 
I have shorter lashes so I always am looking for a good lengthening mascara, and this product definitely does the trick! Works even better if you curl your lashes before applying.


Maybelline Baby Lips 
  • Moisturizing
  • Natural looking color
  •  chapstick, lipstick and lipgloss ALL IN ONE
As you can tell by my reasons why I like it above, I'm a minimalist when it comes to lips. I prefer my eyes to be "the most memorable feature".  


Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer (buildable self tan)
  • Natural looking color (at least I think so, someone please tell me if it looks obviously fake!!)
  • Non-streaking
  • Dries quickly
  • Odorless
  • Not exactly moisturizing
Overall I really like this product. Probably because I'm super fair skinned and burn rather than tan when I try and am too busy and penniless to go to a salon and have spray tans that turn out orange. :) 

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer

  • Non- greasy
  • Doesn't make me break out
  • Gives a nice glow
  • Really thick so its harder to spread so you end up having to put a lot more on than you need but I guess that's OK

More posts like this to come! But this isn't going to turn into a total beauty blog. Ew. Just no. No one would want to read that! 


  1. I don't have a lot of acne but have an aaawful time finding a good foundation/ tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone ( I have a bit of rosacea).Do you have a suggestion on a foundation? I don't want anything heavy. And try Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Washable mascara,I use it and it gives great length and volume! I wouldn't advise getting waterproof, just because it breaks the lashes off :)Great post though! Very helpful! :)

    1. I'm having the same issue... Currently I'm using the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse with the Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation.I'm not really sure whether or not I really like it though. I can never find a color light enough for me thats not bright pink. I might break down and go to Sephora and see if they can help me.
      Mary Kay sells a good liquid foundation that comes in tube form, a version in light, medium, or full coverage. I like it alot but I've been out for awhile and no longer have a distributor :/
      http://meggygrace.tumblr.com/ shes absolutely fabulously helpful with all things makeup,
      drug and department store brands.
      Ug finding the right foundation is so frustrating I want to cry sometimes! And thanks for the mascara tip, I've tried that... Didn't really work for my lashes. But I really like the Maybelline Lash Discovery and the Lash Stiletto - both non clumping :)

  2. I love your makeup reviews, I'm horrible at buying makeup so this really helps. You should write more! Oh, and I soo sorry about your computer!!! :(

    1. Thanks! I'm in the process of writing more. Yeah it sucks about my computer :( Lost absolutely everything, nothing is recoverable :( Be sure to back up your stuff!


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