Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation

Hey guys! I’m back with a review, and it has been a LONG time since Iv’e done one. Today I have another foundation review ( I have a lot of foundations, I’m looking for the perfect one).


Sorry, the picture is sideways. Whatever, WordPress.

This foundation was way cheap. And I mean CHEAP. It was about $3.50 or something at Wal-Mart, and wherever I seem to go it seems to stay in the $3-4 range. This is what  drew me to it first, because I think I first bought this when I didn’t have a job. And when your a teen without a job, you’re not exactly rolling in the dough.

You get an ounce of product, which is usually how much product you get in most foundations. It comes in a glass bottle, which is kind of nice, but then there’s the dreaded screw top cap. I was kind of disappointed at first because of it, but less so after I actually opened the foundation up. It claims to make your skin 100 % poreless and feel lightweight rather than heavy on the face. The effect they promise is fresh, clean, and natural.

When you open the foundation up, there is a little surprise underneath the cap. Its kind of a spatula, used to scoop the foundation out of the jar, making the wasteful aw-crap-I-poured-too-much-product moments happen less often.

Now for the reality check that is my opinion.

The formula when you actually put it on goes on kind of watery. It seems to be a mostly water based formula, so it melts with the skin pretty nicely.

The bad thing is that it sets very, very quickly. Its kind of like Revlon Colorstay in the way that it sets almost twenty seconds after you put it on your skin. The bad thing about it setting so fast is that if you get the wrong color (which I do all the time and DID do  for this) is that you can’ t blend it as much as you like to make it really fit you. So be careful in your color selection! Mine was too orange.

It does make your face pore less in an airbrushed, natural kind of way. There’s no shimmer, mattifiers, or anything like that. It covers my imperfections very well and feels very light. It has no scent added to it, but it does have a smell which I believe is different for everyone, because of the way you smell and how the product reacts on your face.

The bad thing is, it isn’t oil free. Almost three hours into the day, my oily/combo skin is an oil slick and the foundation literally melts off my face. Um, ew?

I’m not sure whether it is just my skin type or the certain bottle that I got, but I started breaking out like CRAZY while using this. And I have pretty good skin in my opinion, and even the oils in the product didn’t scare me at first. But if you have acne prone/oily skin, this is most definitely not for you. It’s more for people with dry/normal types of skin, who could use a little moisture. Even then, it would probably be best to set this with a translucent powder.

Would I buy this again for myself? While it is a pretty good foundation in terms of price and coverage and feel, it isn’t for me.

Who is this foundation for? Those with dry/normal skin with perfect color choosing powers and a quick hand who need good coverage but don’t want to pay more than $5.







Raving Review: Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Heat Wave

Hello there! I’m back and I have a kind of outdated review ( as in like this product came out early 2011 or late 2012) but I’m going to do the review anyways. It’s one of my favorite products and I use it like, every day I wear makeup. It’s just SO pretty.

I’ve had this product for about a year now, and I’ve barely made a dent it it. It’s practically still full, and it will take me quite a while till I use it all up. I love the pretty packaging, the mirrored paint and black designs along the edges. It’s kind of scratched up from being shoved around my makeup bag and collection and stuff, but the case is still pretty sturdy. If you drop it, it will probably break still, because it is a baked product, and those are famously non-resistant to klutzes like myself. So I’m really careful with my baked products.

Sorry about the flash, but I hope you can read it anyway. You get quite a bit of product, and it can be used wet or dry. Sadly, this isn’t paraben free (an almost beauty/health hazard–parabens are found in cancer!) but I don’t have too much of a problem with it since I don’t use much paraben-products anyway. I also love that its cruelty free.

So pretty! This product is once again, baked, with brown tint and gold veining in it. It is really shimmery, but more of a sheen than a shimmer. When you swipe it onto your brush, you get a good amount of pigmentation on it, and shimmer, which is why after like, a year, its still pretty un-dented.

It blends pretty easily, and they have shades for every skin tone. I bought mine for $8 at Walmart. I love this and use it every dayyy.

Rating: 5



This Week Was…Naturesque

This week I took pictures in my backyard. The neighborhood chickens eating backyard scraps, the summer berries in our back yard (organic berries in Hawaii, yummy), and my new moccasins (ironically from K-Mart). It was the last days of summer, until school began again. No more lazing around anymore. Time to get back into the swing!

Raving Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily Combination Skin

Hi! This is my first review on this here blog, so it’s pretty darn exciting for me. I mentioned this product in my last haul post, and mentioned that I would do a full review on each of those products.  So here is that full review!

Revlon Colorstay foundation for Oily Combination skin doesn’t promise much on the package. It promises only two things: 1) Wears up to 24 hours and 2) Flawless look, lightweight feel. That’s it. Nothing else. The one I bought is for oily combination skin, which is what I have, so naturally this product is oil free. You get 1 oz. of product and it retails from $8-11. I bought mine for around $10.50 at Wal-Mart in the shade 370 Toast.

Today I actually start a dancing job at a cultural tourist attraction (I live in Hawaii, tourism is everything here) and I need a pretty full coverage foundation that will stand the lights, movement, sweat, and hours. Reading a bunch of other reviews online finally convinced me that this was the foundation that I needed in my life. And I was almost right; almost.

When you put this foundation on it sets pretty quickly, making blending it after about 15-20 seconds extremely difficult. I use my Eco Tools foundation brush, but if you wanted to make it a bit easier for yourself, use your fingers. When it came time to wash my foundation brush out, it was nearly impossible. I used baby shampoo, then my own shampoo, and then finally a bar of Irish Spring body soap. And there was still some foundation residue in it. I’m the kind of girl that likes a squeaky clean brush, so that was some thing I really didn’t like. Dirty brushes breed bacteria, bacteria gives birth to blemishes!

Once its set it doesn’t move. Your skin is flawless, even toned, smooth, not sticky, just right. Perfect, even. I don’t use a concealer under my eyes when using this because I find it makes me look extremely cakey if I do. I have terrible dark circles and tragic wrinkles underneath my eyes that are hereditary (mind you, I’m sixteen). This foundation really does the trick in making my face smooth, poreless, even, and just a better looking me. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, although yes, a bit pore-suffocating. But not enough to really clog and ruin your skin. This covered my dark circles, my dots of acne scars, my blemishes, the redness around my nose, and a bit of my beauty marks but not the entire thing. The coverage I would say is Medium-Full Coverage. I don’t have bad skin, but not good skin either. I love it. I love it so, so much. I know that this foundation will stay on while I dance and wont melt off my face.

I was in love. I loved the flawless coverage. And I even loved the wear time. It wore on my skin for about 4 hours without being incredibly greasy looking. It got a little bit shiny on my face after that, but a sheet of blotting paper fixed that right away and I wore this foundation for another four hours without retouching. And that is no small feat, especially coming from the girl whose makeup melts off in about 3 hours tops. This lasted, not the full 24 as promised, but a good 8 hours. And I knew could last at least 12.

Now, the things that I didn’t like so much. The list is small, though, don’t worry.


  • Screw Top Bottle (beauty bunnies all around the internet rave their hatred for the dreaded screw top foundation bottle!)
  • Either I got the wrong shade, or they all have cool-neutral undertones in the foundation.

The screw top bottle made me pour way too much foundation for my face onto the back of my hand. I only needed a nickel sized amount for my entire face, and instead I got a half dollar sized.

Also, here’s a picture of me with the foundation on the back of my hand.

There’s a kind of grayish cast where the foundation is on the right side of my hand. I need a foundation that will photograph well, and not make me look, well, gray. Maybe if I mix it up with one of my more darker foundations it will come out right. What do you guys think? Color too light, or just doesn’t photograph well? Have you had similar issues?

The next time I go back to Longs Drugs or Walmart, I’m going to pick up a few darker shades of this foundation. I love the formula and the wear time, but I can’t have the wrong shade.

Overall Rating: 4.5 (darn my lack of shade picking skills!)

Buy it again?: Yes (And again and again and again)

xoxo Carol

***8/4/12 I also noticed that this does not make me break out at all while using it.

Beauty Haul (and some back to school stuff too)

This is the first ever beauty haul post that I’m doing, with little reviews poked in here and there. Eventually in a few weeks I’ll get around to reviewing all the products that I got (which is no small feat, girls). But for now I’ll just do an overview of everything.
For me school starts on July 30, which means that I have two weeks to get my act together. I went school supplies shopping and threw in a lot of products, vowing to actually make an effort this year. I got a lot of things, and probably more makeup than I actually needed–me and my friend are having a product wars; seeing who can buy the most products and clothes and yada yada yada all that girl competition jazz. But anyway! Here’s a picture of all the products that I got.

This is all the stuffs I got at Wal-Mart for back to school. Your probably wondering why there’s a thermos in there, but I’ll get to it. I really love my Aladdin lunch kit. The thermos is suppose to keeps your drinks/food cold for up to 6 hours, and the lunch box has a built in ice pack inside! You can get yours at Wal-Mart in the tupperware/home stuff section, or you can go to Shop Aladdin  and get your own there! I have the Hybrid Stainless Steel Food Jar which is only $13 at Wal-Mart, and the Chill Sandwich Pack which they don’t have on the site. Sorry!

I also got:

  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
  • Yes To Blueberries Overnight Hydrating Cream
  • Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
  • Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love Blotting Papers
  • Revlon Colorstay 24 hr Foundation for Oily/Combination skin in Toast
  • Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
  • NYC Color Creme Blush Stick in Urban Spice
  • Bio Oil
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stick in Red Revival
  • A Cute Striped makeup bag 🙂 it was only $7

So thats all the stuff that I got at Wal-Mart. I would’ve gotten more but we were in a rush to get me to my dance class that Friday (I live 30 miles away from the nearest Wal-Mart).

Reviews of all this stuff will be coming up soon! I’m thinking of some new features that would be interesting to read on my blog, so whoever you are reading this, stay tuned!!!


School Blues: getting out of the summer rut and back on track

Ah, summer is coming to an end for me. No more lazing around in bed, sleeping in oversize shirts and staying up till 4 am watching Season One reruns of MTVs Awkward.
No, it’s time to get serious. It’s time to get organized. It’s time to finally get on with that AP U.S History summer assignment you’ve been neglecting.
Trying to get back into the swing of things isn’t the easiest thing to do. For me, the first day of school at my high school is July 30th, which for most people, is still summer. There’s probably a lot of girls out there dreading the start of summer, but alas, I am here to help.
So how do you do a drop and recover from all those high calorie BBQs, Skin damaging sun rays, dry hair, and an unreachable switch to turn you from ‘summer’ to ‘school ready’? Here’s a list of five tips from me:

1. Take care of your hair.
Good grief my hair looks insane. It’s never been one of my habits to use a brush, but I really should start. Get a haircut, use a deep conditioner, and don’t expose your locks to harsh environments, such as any hair tool with the word -iron in it. No curling irons, no flat irons, no crimp irons etc. By the time school starts your hair will be in great condition.

2. Take care of your skin
The summer is usually the time when we just go ahead and fry in the sun, steep in astringent pool/sea water, and are having so much fun we forget the well being of our most prominent feature: our skin. Use a rich moisturizer to bring your skin back to life. Combined with a body scrub in the shower, you’ll walk calmly in those shorts in school without worrying about your scaly arms and legs. And hands and feet. Blech!!
So school starts in a week and your face has a zit bigger than a speed bump? Never fear! To be honestly honest, the biggest acne cure secret I have is: drink water. Drink water like you’ll never see it again in your entire life. Usually when I get acne even though I wash my face night and day, it’s because I don’t drink enough water for my body to flush out toxins and other gunk that gets into my pores. So now I’m a fluid addict. Decaffeinated tea is also good for the skin, with hydration and the added benefit of antioxidants, so drink up!

3. Get organized.
The bedroom is the window to the soul, right? So how can you focus on your classes (and most importantly, you) if your soul is cluttered up and your favorite dress is missing? Clean out the clutter and the old and prepare for the new. All summer I’ve been throwing out crud I never even knew I had in my room, and by the time school starts again, I will be at peace. Plus, you’ll need to have your clean enough to keep your homework in, and for me, failing because I can’t find my work is not an option.

4. Go on a shopping trip.
Last years outfits? Please. You’re gona need some new stuff if you don’t want to be a–dare I say it?—repeat offender. go buy some new outfits. Even check thrift stores, you can find really cute things, it will surprise you (plus, the denim is already broken in, so you don’t have to go through that uncomfortable my-jeans-are-new-and-kinda-hurting-me phase with your skinnies)

And lastly, and most importantly:
5. Take care of your body.
A healthy body always looks good in new clothes! Start working out if you haven’t already caught on to the fitness craze. And hey, maybe your crush that your way to shy to talk to will like the svelt-er you.