Showing posts with label Physician's Formula. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Physician's Formula. Show all posts

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Physician's Formula pH Matchmaker Blush: A Surprisingly Good Gimmick

Physician's Formula has some of the more quirky, inventive releases from the drugstore because they attempt to lure in customers with happy boosting plant extracts and pH adapting products. I'm not easily fooled by these claims but ages ago there was a good deal at CVS on Physician's Formula so I nabbed the pH Matchmaker blush in Natural for a few bucks. Packaging and exaggerated claims aside, it's actually a very nice drugstore blush!

The pH Matchmaker blush comes in a clunky black plastic compact and contains 6 grams of product. It retails for $12.95 which is expensive for a drugstore offering. Physician's Formula is frequently 40% off and CVS sometimes has $7 off $10 coupons for the brand. There are only two shades to choose from: Natural and Rose. Natural is a midtone pink with a touch of coral and from looking at online swatches, Rose looks a bit more like a deep pink. I wish there were more shades to choose from although the marketing behind this claims that "Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect blushing glow". Not sure if I believe that....

Upon opening the compact, you get a nice mirror with a little switch to the right hand corner. Switch it on and two bright lights will come on. This is supposed to somehow help you apply your blush in dark places but I'm not sure how many people would find this useful. Personally I find the lights way too bright and a bit blinding. The blush flips up to reveal a flimsy brush that is useless. I would much prefer a simple, clear cased compact with no blush and no lights. Brands could save money, reduce packaging costs and make their products much more appealing all in one go.

Despite all the packaging complaints, the blush has a nice formula. There are little raised dots with silver shimmer overlay that come off as you swirl your brush in the pan. I could do without the shimmer but it's not noticeable once applied. The blush itself seems to have a little pearl in it as well but it's still very smooth and soft to the touch. The swatch above looks matte and on the cheeks, this blush gives the face a healthy satin appearance. The color is perfect for a variety of complexions and the powder is easily blended to give a natural flush or you can build it up for an intense cheek. Freshly applied, this looks like a much more higih end blush than it is. Lasting power on me was so-so and lasted about six hours before fading.

Physician's Formula has a few quirks to work out with the packaging with the pH Matchmaker blushes but I really like the color of Natural and the powder itself is not powdery or hard to work with. Did it change color on me? Not that I could tell. But it's still pretty nonetheless and worth a gander if Physician's Formula happens to be on sale.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Fortnight Face #6: All About Lips

The last two weeks I had a lot of no makeup days so I didn't really make much progress with the last fornight face. This week I want to explore more of my bright and bold lip options so I kept the rest of the face really neutral but glowy. Besides the lip products, most of the picks for this fornight are tried and true favorites so I don't think I'll have a difficult time thinking of looks. 

I picked a variety of strong colored lip glosses and lipsticks as last week I went quite nude and my-lips-but-better. None of these lip products really match each other so I plan to wear everything separately. Firstly I have the Etude House Color Pop Lipgloss in Sunny Pop, a bright tangerine that appears quite similar to the L'oreal Shine Caresse Lipglosses I love so much. I've missed wearing red lips so I have the Wet n' Wild Mega Last Lipstick in Red Velvet to satisfy my matte red lip craving. I've had this lipstick in my collection for a long time but have probably only worn it once and never got around to reviewing it. Expect a swatch and review on the blog in upcoming weeks! Next is the Jouer Lipgloss in Birchbox Pink, a sheer hot pink that I love. The most fall appropriate lip color is the Lancome Color Design Lipstick in All Done Up, one of my favorite deeper lip shades.

For cheeks I chose two nude shades, Rimmel's Powder Blush in Santa Rose and NYX's Stick Blush in Hibiscus. If I'm using the cream blush and wanting a bit of highlighting action, I'll have theBalm's Mary Loumanizer to help me out. I've been using my Mac MSF Natural in Medium Deep in the contours of my face as an extremely subtle bronzer since my skin is lightening up for the winter time.

For the eyes I chose two neutral eyeshadow palettes that I always want to reach for, put on my vanity, and then neglect and promptly store them away again. The Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Bronzed Hazel Eyes has a lovely array of champagnes, golds and bronze taupes and the Pixi Winter Makeup Eyes Palette has a few mattes I will be taking advantage of. For eyeliner I have the Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil Liner in Brown and the Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Black, two standard drugstore pencil liners that get the job done. Finally I included the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown, a bronze shade, for extra lazy days when I just want to swipe on a cream shadow. I stupidly forgot to take the cap off the pencil to show you the color but you can refer to my previous review to see more photos and swatches.

I'm happy to report that I've definitely stuck with my Fortnight Face series and it doesn't even feel like I'm  being forced to use certain products (which was my original worry). Perhaps after a few more weeks I'll give myself a little two week break in which I can have a free for all fortnight face where I can change up products on the daily like I used to. We shall see.... Do you prefer having a set makeup routine for long periods of time or do you rotate products often?

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Fortnight Face #4: A Study in Contrasts

It's hard to believe that I've already been sticking to The Fortnight Face series for almost two months and I actually find myself wishing I can keep using certain products from the last pile of makeup picks. For the rest of September I'll be playing with some slightly contrasting shades and finishes that should still be easy to pull off. I find myself having only something like 15 minutes to put my face on these days so I'm often haphazardly slapping on product and hoping for the best. Thus, neutrals seem to be dominating yet another fortnight face. 

For cheeks I selected a matte muted plum blush, Wet n' Wild's Mellow Wine, and a shimmery peachy pink one, Becca's Flower Child. I opted for a sheer powder highlight in the form of Revlon ColorStay's Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten and a matte bronzer, Bourjois' Delice de Poudre Bronzer. The highlighter is really subtle and looks nice paired with the matte blush. When I'm in a rush, a quick sweep of Flower Child should give my cheeks enough glow that I can skip highlighter. I don't see myself using bronzer a whole lot at the moment but I added it to the mix just in case and it multitasks as an eyeshadow.

For eyes I chose the MUA Undress Me Too Palette and the Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Galaxy. The eyeshadow palette is a great mix of both warm and cool tone shades although cool tones seems to dominate a tiny bit more. For liner I picked out an old neglected E.L.F Essentials Shimmer Eyeliner in Boldly Bronzed (one of the first things I ever reviewed!) as well as my standard Physician's Formula Gel Liner in Black if I want a very clean liner look. I can also use the matte black eyeshadow in the palette for a smudgy liner look.

I'm rather excited about the lip products for this fortnight as it's all about going brightly bold or nicely nude. Firstly I had to toss in the Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hotel California because I have yet to try this lip gloss that I chose from my last Apothica sponsorship shipment. This gloss is an incredibly seductive shade of red and I think it's so perfect for this time of year. I plan on wearing the gloss alone so I hope it's quite pigmented. In contrast to this daring red, I went for a sweet and safe old favorite, Mac's Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Whim. I usually want at least one non-fussy lip product that I can apply without constant touch ups and Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuchsia-ristic is one I've been wanting to go back to. Last but not least is Nar's Cruising Lipstick which I will layer under Fashion Whim.  
How are you transitioning your makeup routine for fall?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Disappointing Products Not Worth The Hype

Despite researching and testing multitudes of beauty products before making a purchase, there are a few duds here and there in my collection. These products are not only disappointing because they don't work for me but because a vast number of other people seem to get on well with them. Perhaps some of you will disagree with me about a few of these products and I'd love to hear why. Please don't be upset or confused as to why I don't particularly fancy any of these products; they just didn't live up to the hype for me!

The Blinc Mascara came in one of my Birchboxes and I was super stoked to try out my first tubing mascara. Unlike regular mascaras, the Blinc formula coats each lash in water resistant tubes that supposedly adds volume and length. Instead of using eye makeup remover, the tubes only remove with warm water and the pressure from a cleansing tissue or fingers, if need be. The tubes coated my lashes alright but there was barely any difference before and after application. There was absolutely no curl factor which is my top priority in mascaras. It was a pain to have to use warm water to remove the tubes instead of just a few wipes of eye makeup remover. This gimmick just didn't work out for me but if you already have super long, thick lashes and want a natural look, you might like this.

When I bought Mac's Patina Eyeshadow, I was ready to fall in love and pronounce it my new favorite shadow. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out that way and it's almost a complete dud in my book. I expected it to be a "shadeshifter" color because it looks sort of beige but gray with hints of green, not to mention Patina is often said to be an underrated Mac shadow. But on me, Patina looks like, well, nothing. The pigmentation is lacking and the shade comes off as chalky on my eyelids. They look rather dusty and despite the frost finish, there is barely any sheen. I bought this shadow thinking it would be a great all over lid color but now it's relegated to being a less than mediocre blending shade when I'm going for a smokey eye.

The Physician's Formula Eyeliner Trio in Glam Green Eyes was a disappointment simply because I love the same product in the brown eyes shade. The trio I have for brown eyes is pigmented and creamy; the liners stay in place all day and look great. The Glam Green Eyes trio was on sale for 75% off I believe so I got it for a steal but nonetheless, only the black shade is useable. The other two shades are a shimmery gray-green and a shimmer lilac. The shimmers are quite chunky and make the gel liner patchy. The pigmentation is barely there so I would get absolutely no definition with these shades. The colors also fail as cream eyeshadows as they do not blend very well onto the eyelids due to their dry formula. For the price I guess just having a good black liner is a decent value but I wish the other shades had better pigmentation so they could function as eyeliner.

When Temptalia gave the Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks scores of A across the board, I had to jump on board and try one. I picked up Heavenly because it looked like the perfect midtone pink with yellow undertones. Sad to say, I'm not as in love with the formula which I found to be drying and somewhat uneven. My lips craved moisture and I can only get away with wearing this with gloss over top. The smell is another disappointment as it smells like... outdated cosmetics, for lack of a better description. The scent is rather off putting and I would rather have no scent in my lip products than an unpleasant one.

Ever since I was interested in the beauty world, I was enthralled by the Benefit Boxed Blushes due to their pretty, shimmery blushes and adorable packaging. Most people seem to get on with the boxed blushes and when some of their most sought after shades, Coralista, Bella Bamba and Hoola, were released in the limited edition Powda Wowza Box, I jumped on the bandwagon. The colors in the box look flattering and they swatch easily on the fingers but once applied, I find it hard to notice a difference. The texture of the blushes are extremely powdery to the point where a few swipes across the cheeks lead to over blending. Coralista and Bella Bamba have a generous dosage of shimmer and very little actual color. While I am tempted to try some other shades like Hervana, my poor experience does not bode well for my stash of Benefit blushes.

In the past year I've gone nail polish crazy just like every other beauty loving person out there. I tried out the Julep subscription box since there was a promotion where you can get your first box for one cent. In my box I received two polishes in Demi and Leighton and I was very excited to try both as I do not have similar polish shades in my collection. Those of you who read my reviews on these polishes will know that I had terrible luck with the Julep formula. Leighton was extremely streaky and too thick to easily apply while Demi chipped within two days. These are expensive polishes at $14 each for only .27 ounces of product (standard polishes are .5 ounces). Save your hard earned pennies and look elsewhere for a reliable nail polish formula.

Check out the video below to hear my thoughts and to see some (pathetic) swatches of a few of the aforementioned products!

I was surprised at how few products I could find in my current stash that deserved to be on this disappointing line up which means I actually enjoy most of my beauty products. Periodically I give away products that I don't get on with which you see in my empties posts just to clear out my collection of anything not worth having. Research is essential in building a solid makeup collection and although you may find a few duds, you learn and move on. What works for others, might not work for you and sometimes it's down to trial and error. What are some disappointing products you've come across? Do you love any of the products I didn't like?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Collective "Best of Drugstore" Haul

My makeup buying ban went bust and here's what I have to show for it. An innocent little foray into CVS last month for a pack of lashes and some Duo glue started this mess. Granted I didn't purchase this all at once. It took at least five separate drugstore trips to accrue this massive (to me) pile of beauty goodness. I do not believe I paid retail for any of these products as I only purchase drugstore cosmetics when they are on offer. Swatches of most of the items can be found in the video at the end of this post! Individual reviews with swatches will be linked or forthcoming!

I just finished the last bit of my daytime moisturizer and everything in my backup stash is too heavy for the summer heat. I love the regular La Roche Posay Toleriane moisturizer so I bought the La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid to try this time. This moisturizer is quite pricey at around $30 but I had a 30% coupon from CVS and figured it was a good enough deal.

I picked up quite a few things from Maybelline as I have had great experiences with their eye products. I already reviewed the Expert Wear Quad in Plum Smokes. I have had the Color Tattoo Shadow in Bad to the Bronze on my wishlist for quite some time and I'm happy I finally picked it up. I ran out of mascaras in my backup stash so I really went mascara crazy the past month. I like having an arsenal of new mascaras at home.... Not sure why, I just do. I only have one or two mascaras open at one time as to not let too many dry out and go to waste. As you can see I already tore in the One by One Waterproof Mascara and it's great! My experiences with Maybelline mascaras are unmatched by another other brand. I also picked up the Colossal Waterproof Mascara and the Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara.

Wet n' Wild was 40% off at Rite Aid so I finally broke down and bought two of the eight pan Color Icon Palettes in Comfort Zone and Petal Pusher. I also scooped up the Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine and a Megalast Lipstick in Red Velvet.

The L'oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner in Gold Charge was 50% at CVS and I have yet to have a gold eyeliner pencil in my stash so I figured why not. The L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe have been on my lust list since their inception and I am SO pleased with them. I'm already eyeing a few colors from the recent collection. The L'oreal Single Eyeshadow in Gilded Bronze was a random purchase just to qualify my total for some Rite Aid rewards but it is a very nice eyeshadow. I already swatched and gave a preliminary review of L'oreal Rouge Caresse in Sunset Angora because I knew a lot of people want to know about this ASAP. 

Believe it or not I've never tried a Covergirl mascara despite everyone loving Lashblast. I purchased the Natureluxe Waterproof Mascara and the Lashblast Waterproof MascaraI was shocked to see the prices of these to be between $8-$10 because I always thought Covergirl was more inexpensive than most drugstore brands.

I told you I went mascara crazy! CVS had this amazing deal for $7 any Physician's Formula product and I spotted this Physician's Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara twin pack. This brought my total down to $4 and I had $6 in Extrabucks so I picked up a pair of Ardell lashes and paid only $2.97 (including tax). Score! I've never tried a Physician's Formula and I picked this twin pack out of the other two twin packs review unseen. Hopefully I like this mascara but I wish it came in a waterproof variety.

Lastly I picked up a few packs of lashes. I originally bought the Ardell Flare Short Lashes and Duo lash glue for my Pin Up tutorial. I was so impressed with these lashes that I wanted another pack and I ended up with the 110 Lashes. I have yet to use the 110s but they look beautiful in the packaging.

Watch the video below to hear more of my thoughts and mini reviews. I also swatched most of the products and included close ups!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beauty Products To Beat The Heat

Summer is in full effect as I type and the heat, sun, and sweat are threatening to melt off makeup in minutes. Luckily for us, the right beauty products can have us looking fresh and primped without the drama of running mascara or sunburnt lips.

Sun protection is a must everyday of the year but a high SPF is especially important for summer days. My favorite sunscreen is still Shiseido's Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPR 38 PA+++. This sunscreen has an added fragrance which masks the usually icky smell of most sunscreens (I know, fragrance is usually a big no-no but I can overlook it if I really like the scent). This sunscreen also makes a nice primer for makeup as it keeps my skin from getting oily.

Instead of wearing heavy foundations, I like to use a concealer to banish dark circles and imperfections and top off everything with Neutrogena's Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation. As you can see by the large portion of visible pan, I've had this powder for about two years and it's been featured in past favorites posts. This powder does not look cakey but gives visible coverage and wears beautifully throughout the day. This impresses me more than Mac's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to be honest because it has superior oil control.

My face often turns a reddish hue when the temperature rises so instead of using pink or red blush, I opt for coral and orange shades. I love cream blushes for warm weather despite my usually oily skin and Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Rude does the job nicely. The orange cream blush blends into my skin effortlessly and lasts throughout the hot day.

If my skin and makeup needs a bit of a refreshment, a few spritz of Melvita's Eau Florale de Rose soothes any irritation. I have been obsessed with rose scented skincare recently and this sample of organic rose water that was in my last Birchbox has been a staple in my makeup bag. 

My friends who are not makeup wearers or enthusiasts are often surprised when my eye makeup is still vibrant and neat after a full day of sweating in the summer sun. There is no secret really; I just use Urban Decay Primer Potion. Too Faced Shadow Insurance works just as well and if you're on a budget the E.L.F Mineral Eyelid Primer is just fine too. Priming your eyelids will do wonders, trust me.

Pencil eyeliner is not the best choice for hot weather as it is more prone to smudging and running. I much prefer gel or cream liner and the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liners (wow, what a mouthful!) are great. Waterproof liquid liners also tend to be great for summer weather if you prefer that formulation.

Waterproof mascara is something I can wear year round simply because waterproof formulas hold a curl much better than regular mascaras. But using a waterproof formula on your lashes is especially important in hot weather because you don't want humidity or sweat leaving pools of black under your eyes. I have had very good results with Maybelline waterproof mascaras and I am currently using and loving the Maybelline One by One Waterproof Mascara.

On the lips I often like to wear lipgloss rather than lipstick because I want a lightweight, glossy pout. Lipsticks can be drying over time and too high maintenance. Too Faced's Glamour Gloss is one of my favorite lipglosses of all time but I especially love it in the summer because it gives the lips a cool, tingling sensation. The cooling sensation is perfect to trick your lips into thinking they are moist and incredibly hydrated. Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef is another hot weather favorite because of the added SPF15 and the super fun pop of color shouts summer without being too over the top.

What are your favorite warm weather beauty products?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Can't Say No to Taupes!

I told myself I would not buy any more eyeshadows for awhile because I just have SO many. But then I get a $5 coupon off any Physician's Formula product and CVS was giving $7 Extra Bucks with the purchase of any Physician's Formula product AND I had this palette on my wishlist already. There were too many taupes in the Physician's Formula Eye Candy Palette for Hazel Eyes (what a mouth full!) for me to pass up at such a great opportunity.

The packaging has changed somewhat in that the clear plastic top now sports the brand name instead of just a "P". I don't really have a preference for either of these designs and I do like the weighty feel of the plastic.

Overall the pigmentation and quality of the shadows is standard for what Physician's Formula usually makes, which is a good thing. The taupes lean towards the cool, silvery side which is fine with me. A taupe is a taupe and I love all taupes :)

The one bright, pop of color in the palette was the most sheer shadow. I wish they would have replaced it with a better shade (of taupe!) to be honest. The pop of color makes the palette look more appealing I guess but other than that, it's pretty useless. The super dark color that I swatched next to the pink is probably my favorite. It's a dark cool toned brown taupe that has awesome pigmentation :)

Now I have a total of four of the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Palettes! You can see that I gravitate towards the neutral palettes.... I got all of them on sale or discount so I think they're well worth the money. I might get a few more of these if they have another sale even though I really don't need anymore. These retail for about $12 so they're quite pricey for drugstore but you get a decent amount of product and many shades to choose from. I recommend them if you're looking to build your collection of eyeshadows or if you want a travel friendly palette. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Physician's Formula Swatches and a Drugstore Dupe!

I've hauled a few new Physician's Formula eyeshadows recently during CVS' Beauty Clearance Sale and I wanted to show you some swatches of what I picked up.

A few of the shimmer strip eyeshadow palettes were 75% off so I had to get one since I've had good experiences with some of the other ones I've tried out before. You can see swatches of the other two palettes I have HERE. I wanted a sultry palette filled with shades that I probably would not purchase on their own so I ended up buying the Smokey Green Eyes palette. I swatched eight out of nine of the shades (out of order) just to give you an idea of how amazing these shadows are.

The shadows are buttery and creamy, packing a lot of pigment with just one or two swipes. I can definitely see myself taking this palette with me on trips if I want a smokey eye.

The lighter shades are also very pretty and give an opalescent finish. These are by far one of my favorite brand of eyeshadows. Check out Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips next time you're at the drugstore! To be honest, I actaully have never used any of these palettes on my eyes *embarrassed* simply because I have too many shadows :(

I also picked up the Baked Eyeshadows in Baked Sugar since I'm a big fan of neutrals and shimmery champagne pinks. When I got home I realized the trio looked very similar to another trio in my collection, Wet n' Wild's Walking on Eggshells. I swatched the pink champagnes and the midtone browns but for some reason skipped the shimmery off whites.... Not sure why I didn't swatch them.... Just out of sheer laziness I guess :X

The Wet n' Wild shades are more pigmented but also a tad more powdery (but not really in a bad way). The Physician's Formula shadows are sheerer but I suspect that they would be more vibrant if used wet which is how they are marketed. They are called Wet/Dry Eyeshadows.

Nonetheless, the shadows are strikingly similar and both trios are great drugstore finds given their smooth texture and high pigmentation and blendability. I highly recommend either of them; you don't need both of them since they are so similar. The Wet n ' Wild trio is much cheaper at $3 while the Physician's Formula retails for about $8. I got both of these on sale so I think I paid around $4 for both (during different sales). For a neutral lover like me, I don't mind having pretty much two of the same thing since I love these shades so much :)