Dec 282013
 

I saw these 5th Ave Fashion Star Makeup Remover Wipes when I was at Ross in Orlando a few months ago. They come in a variety of fragrances (which I really don’t care for) with different colors.Fashion Star wipes

When I first picked them up, I thought wow 60 wipes for only $4.99!!! This is a great value! They seemed to be a nice size as well so I figured I’d give them a try.

fashion star wipes on handWhen I opened the pack I was pleased to see that they are indeed a nice size. I can get my makeup off with 2-3 of these.

Pros:

  1. Inexpensive
  2. Nice size
  3. Removes makeup
  4. Doesn’t burn my eyes

Cons:

  1. Not moist enough
  2. Would rather not have a fragrance, but if I had to have one, I’d only want a fresh scent.
  3. They taste really bad. No I didn’t put it in my mouth. LOL! But when removing my lip products I could taste it. Yuck!

 

Jun 082013
 

DSCF9178I didn’t realize that I was totally out of my favorite Ponds wipes and needed more ASAP.  While on the way home from the gym earlier this week, I stopped at Kroger’s grocery store. Before leaving the store, I went down the cosmetic Aisle ( my favorite area of the store LOL!) to see if the Ponds Wipes were on sale. Unfortunately, they weren’t. :-( Since they’re about a $1 cheaper at Target, I chose to just try a less expensive product.  I noticed a new item by the Loreal skincare area.  I picked up the pack of wipes and decided to give these a try since they’re cheaper than the Ponds wipes and I didn’t feel like driving to Target.

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 They’re a good size.  Depending on how much makeup I have on, I can get a clean face with 3-4 wipes.

Clean face with Loreal wipesSee how brave I am to post a picture of me without any makeup?

So the big question is would I recommend these wipes? My answer is yes. I like them, just not as much as my Ponds or Alcone wipes.  They definitely get the job done. Most importantly, they didn’t burn my eyes even though I had a lot of eye makeup on. I do wish they were more moist and I’d prefer the fragrance to not be so strong. I also wish you got more than 20 wipes in a pack (whose idea was that?). Overall, I don’t regret purchasing them. It’s just unlikely that I’d buy them again, unless I can’t get to Target for my Ponds wipes.

Have you used the new Loreal wipes? If so, how did you like them?

 

Feb 272013
 

Loreal perfecting base I purchased the Loreal Magic Perfecting Base last month when I saw it on sale at Kroger’s grocery store.  I’ve had my eye on this primer since 2011 when I saw my friend and fellow Makeup Artist Jennifer use it for a photoshoot.  The reason I hadn’t purchased it sooner is because it was a bit pricey.  Before last month, I hadn’t seen it cheaper than about $13.  That’s a lot to me, for a drugstore primer that I haven’t used before.

Loreal Primer on Krogers shelfHere’s a picture of it on sale at Kroger’s.  I started to get 2 of them, but since I hadn’t used it before, I decided to wait and try it out first.  I ended up waiting too long to try it and by the time I went back, the sale was over. :-(  I’m not sure why it was a close out sale because the product hasn’t been discontinued.  I even checked the packaging and it was the same as the ones that were regular priced.

Loreal Primer openedHere it is opened.  I like that it’s a pale pink color.  So cute and feminine. ;-p

Loreal Primer on handHere it is on my hand.  The consisitency is similiar to a thick gel.  When rubbed into the skin, it just melts and provides a barrier between your skin and the product. It feels similar to MAC Matte gel, but a bit thicker.

Overall, it’s not a bad product, especially for less than $7.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer I’ve ever used in my life, but I can tell the difference between wearing it versus when I don’t wear a primer at all.  My makeup blends better and my skin is definitely smoother.  I didn’t notice that much of a difference as far as controlling oil, but I don’t think this product is even geared towards absorbing oil so I can’t hold that against it.  Again, I’ll say I can notice a difference when I wear it versus nothing, but I do have to blot a few times throughout the day. I’m proud to report it didn’t leave a white film so it’s safe for women of color to wear without appearing ashy. *whew*

Even though I do like the color ( my favorite colors are pink and purple.)  I don’t like the jar.  I’d rather squeeze or pump out my primer.  Yes, I know with jars, you’re able to get all of your money’s worth by scraping everything out, but I prefer tubes and pumps because they’re more sanitary.  Unless I find it on sale, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Jul 292012
 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been on a never ending search for the perfect make up remover wipes.  So far Pond’s Original wipes have consistently been my favorite. 

I FINALLY got my hands on the Alcone Make-Off Wipes at IMATS LA.  I have heard soooo many great things about them.  I’ve been intrigued for years after 1st learning about them from Erin of Scandalous Beauty.Check out the size of this wipe.  It’s like a face towel.  I LOVE IT!!!

So what are my thoughts? I like them.  The only cons I have are the fragrance (which after using them for a while doesn’t bother me as much), the claim of all makeup being removed with only 1 wipe ( I need 2 which is good…but still needed more than 1) and the accessibility barrier ( I can only get them online or at trade shows).

These are the softest wipes I’ve ever used.  They feel absolutely wonderful on my face. Every single one of these wipes is moist.  Definitely a benefit of them being individually wrapped. My face feels clean without feeling dry.  I recently used them on one of my clients and she was very pleased.  I purchased the 80 pack.  Wish I would’ve bought more.  I didn’t want to get too many though since I had never used them.

Overall I’m pleased with them and I will buy more. Have you tried these wipes?  What are your thoughts?

Apr 092012
 

I received these wipes as a Klout Perk. As you know from my many cleansing wipes posts, I’m a huge fan of wipes. They’re so convenient.
I also received a moisturizer that I’ll review in another post.

So what are my thoughts about the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes? I don’t care for them.  I’ll finish the pack because I don’t want them to go to waste, but I’m not pleased with them nor would I purchase them.  One of my biggest issues with wipes is them not being wet enough.  I know that sometimes when you get a new pack of wipes (except for my trusty Ponds wipes) the first few may be a little damp, but not wet but these seemed barely moist. I also didn’t like that it took 5 wipes for me to get my face clean.  Even by the 5th wipe, it still wasn’t wet. It was just damp.  :-(  On a good note, They didn’t burn my face, lips, or eyes.

The texture reminds of me of the Neutrogena wipes. They’re pretty sturdy and soft.  I’m sure they’d feel even better if they were actually wet.

Have you tried these? If so, what were your thoughts.

 

Feb 202012
 

And the search continues for another brand of makeup remover wipes. This time I tried Noxema Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths.  They were on sale at H.E.B. Grocery Store for $1 off.  Which brought them down to $2.89.

I’ve never seen or heard about these before.  I’m not sure how long they’ve been around.  I figured since there were pretty inexpensive, it couldn’t hurt to give them a try.

So what are my conclusions?  They’re okay.  There’s a fragrance but it’s not too strong.  I noticed that my skin felt smooth, refreshed, and hydrated.  There was no burning on my eyes, face, or lips.  I don’t care for the texture of the wipe.  It feels very flimsy.  I do like the fact that they were moist and removed my make up with 2 wipes.   I’d only buy these again if they were on sale and I was out of my favorite Ponds wipes.  Overall, I’m glad I purchased them to find out I have another inexpensive option out there.

Have you ever heard of the Noxema Makeup Removal Cloths?  If so, have you tried them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about them.