Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie Nail Polish (She's Pampered)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $8.50

THE SKINNY: Every girl needs a go-to red nail polish. She's Pampered from Essie could be just that shade.

The red is bright -- but not obnoxiously so -- and the polish goes on easy and sticks to nails. It's not easy to chip either.

Plus it looked great and had a nice shine for more than a week. What more can you ask for in a polish?

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Essie polishes come in hundreds of shades. And they are giving some away during the month of October.

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $33 for 1.7 ounces

THE SKINNY: This primer was not at all like what I expected. It's also the first true face primer I have tried.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is a medium to thin thickness white gel/cream that you apply before foundation to help give it staying power. Unlike a BB cream (what I thought it would be like), this product has no tinting and does not provide additional coverage.

It does contain sunscreen -- a real bonus if your foundation does not -- and is easy to use. It did seem to help hold my powder foundation all day.

The formula was a little too thick for me. I could feel and see a little shininess after application. (But in the winter this will be welcome.) If you have drier skin, this is definitely a bonus.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer gets great reviews on the company website as well; check them out if you are thinking about buying.

-- Tested by Carrie

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Josie Maran Infinity Lip and Cheek Oil

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $18

THE SKINNY: I was not sure what to think of a lip and cheek oil to be quite honest. I have been hot and cold on Josie Maran products as well. But Josie Maran Infinity Lip and Cheek Oil was a pretty nice option -- for lips.

The color was bright (much like the package) and went on and looked a lot like a gloss. You could feel the moisture and I liked the way it looked on. Plus, as far as a lip gloss is concerned, it was not overly sticky.

As a cheek stain, I will pass on future use. It was too thick and creamy for that part of my face. I could feel it on and did not like how much different that part of my face felt.

So I guess I am still hot and cold on this one. Go for it as a lip product, but pass on the cheeks.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Josie Maran Infinity Lip and Cheek Oil comes in six shades, including Limitless Pink (which I tried) at Sephora.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $5.99

THE SKINNY: It seems like Jergens has a "new" formula every season.This one is better than what I remember from the past.

My skin is already especially dry (and winter is not even close yet) and this little packet was enough to coat my legs and got them feeling better after just one use.

The lotion went on easy and smooth and had a simple, light fragrance. It did not irritate my skin or leave a greasy feel behind.

It was just right, really. And for less than $6 -- plus you can buy it wile picking up groceries -- this seems like a major win.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer at drug and grocery stores everywhere.

-- Tested by Carrie

Friday, October 10, 2014

Buxom Lash Mascara

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $19

THE SKINNY: I was fascinated by the fun little wand inside the mini tube of Buxom Lash Mascara, but it wasn't as great as I had hoped for.

The formula was a little too thick and gooey for my taste. It tried to stick to lashes and stick lases together. It took a little extra work to get nice and even separation.

After that it looked really good and was not flaky.

But I wanted the application to be so much better. There are too many options to fight with your mascara.

KEEP OR TOSS: On the fence. OK as a sample, but I would not buy it.

CHECK IT OUT: Buxom mascaras comes in full and mini sizes at Sephora.

-- Tested by Carrie