Unfinished Business! 1/12

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'm back with my second Unfinished Business post, where I do quick reviews on products I've either shown here before and never mentioned again or accidentally never showed you at all. The whole point of these is to be concise and get to the point (nice change from my usual rambling!)--here's the first one if you missed it!

1. Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Body Lotion: I like this brand's hair products and thought I'd feel the same about their body lotion, but I'm really not impressed with this. It definitely has that super-smooth, oil feel to it that Dove's cream oil lotion has, but I don't find this one to be as hydrating. It takes a while to settle into your skin, and it's absolutely not long-lasting enough--if I put some of this on before bed, I wake up the next morning feeling dry. It's also a bit weird to use something on my body that smells the same as products I use on my hair, but I still enjoy the scent. I'll use it up to not be wasteful, and then go back to my beloved St. Ives Naturally Indulgent.

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Foundation: YouTube's MakeupbyTiffanyD was raving about this product, and despite the fact that we both have oily skin, I'm not a fan of this. I love the thin, but kind of moisturizing consistency it has (it almost feels more like a skincare product) but the finish of it leaves me totally confused. It dries to a satin, but it also has a very powdery look to it that I can't imagine would be flattering on mature skin. It clings to any dry patches and flaky bits in the worst possible way and when I try and layer some more product on to double as concealer, I wind up with massive cake-face. I can't even powder over this foundation and with my oily skin, that's a real necessity. I also hate the applicator, as it's a twist-up-until-the-product-comes-out that inevitably leaves me with more foundation than I need.

3. Benefit Hervana Blush: You all know of my obsession with blush, so naturally I had to pick up Benefit's newest boxed powder. Swirling all these shades together leaves you with a pretty, rosy, mauvey color that's a nice change from Benefit's typically brighter blushes, especially as Hervana is a bit more on the matte side. I love the color and finish, and it's definitely unlike any of my other blushes, but something about this doesn't seem to be as long-wearing on me. My other Benefit blush, Bella Bamba, only fades slightly throughout the day (as just about all blushes do on me) but this one seems to break down much more quickly. It doesn't take long for it go from a soft rosy cheek into just a gentle flush of color. I still wear it all the time, but this definitely won't be my preferred cheek color on class-work days when I need my makeup to hold up.

4. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion: I'd forgotten how much I love this stuff. Normally, I think just about all toners do the same job and I didn't have a preference until I re-discovered this. I don't like the smell or urine color, but it really is a terrific toner--makes you feel clean but not squeaky or tight, and doesn't leave your face with a tacky feel. This rediscovery will probably end up in some further exploration into their line!

5. OPI Give Me a Coral Sometime!: One of the few times OPI has done me wrong, I almost can't believe what I'm writing! This was in the clearance section at ULTA for good reason--the formula is incredibly sheer, doesn't apply as smoothly as the rest of their polishes and overall looks a lot less flattering on the nail than it does in the bottle. It's a shimmery, loud, pinky-coral color that sounds perfectly suitable for summertime, but there's something about its shade on my skin tone that is entirely unappealing. 

6. Soap and Glory Clean on Me Body Wash: I showed this in my recent Day in Pictures post and am really enjoying it. It has the same fabulous fragrance their Hand Food hand cream does (Coco Mademoiselle, or something?) and while it's not a replacement for lotion, is definitely more hydrating than most body washes I've tried. It's a very thick and creamy, but still sudsy formula that feels absolutely decadent on the skin and the pump-top just makes it even better! I'm in a bit of a Soap and Glory obsession right now, and their makeup wipes and plumping lip gloss are next on my list!

7. NYX Brow Shaper: A standard chubby wax pencil to keep unruly brow hairs in place. Normally I just run clear mascara through, but while both are equally easy to use, I tend to prefer this one. Sometimes the mascara leaves my brows with a bit of an unnaturally "wet" look (it's just not right for eyebrows to glisten) and I don't have that problem with this wax even though it sets them just as well. You also might prefer this if you find brow gel leaves your arches a bit stiff. Plus, this way, there's no tube of gross dingy, cloudy mascara.

Speaking of eyebrows, I got mine threaded today (post on all that here) and they're more arched and curved than how I usually wear them. I definitely don't hate it, but it'll take a few more days for me to decide how I really feel.

More product reviews and one of my favorite nail polishes coming up!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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