Monday, April 21, 2008

The error of my ways

I will admit it, I was a product snob. Turning up my nose at any product that wasn't beautifully packaged or neatly stocked on the shelves of a high end store. Mary Kay, Avon and similarly marketed products received none of my attention until recent times. I had a bad experience with a Mary Kay facial cleanser a few years back and that probably tainted my view of that product line as for Avon, well I thought it could provide nothing more than chapstick. Recently, my dear sister ordered some Mary Kay products from a family friend and she so graciously ordered some products for me. The two colored lip glosses pictured above, pink diamonds and beach bronze were little unexpected treats. The application was so smoothly I could not believe it, there was nothing that screamed "lip gloss on a budget" about these products. Once on your lips, the color is very light, giving you the slightest hint of color. Beach bronze is pictured on the left and pink diamonds on the right . The glare that you see is from the shine of this lip gloss but both colors are pretty sheer. I really don't like the color pink but in person you really cant tell that my lips are pink and I am ok with that. For $13 which in reality isn't so cheap for lip gloss, I would get Mary Kay lip gloss again. It is available in 13 colors.
Are there any products that you will not buy from a low end line or can any product make it into your makeup bag?

20 comments:

The Frugalista Files said...

I like Rimmel eyeliner, L'oreal Voluminous mascara and Sonia Kashuk lip glass and brushes.

Other than that, I'm on team M.A.C. The Mary Kay lipstick looked good on you. But it's the same cost as M.A.C. I would feel like I was cheating on M.A.C. if I hooked up with Mary.

antithesis said...

i like "beach bronze".

i will not purchase wet n' wild, milani or watever, fashion fair, or any lines of that nature. outside of that, i'm pretty open. drugstore cosmetics are fine with me as are sephora, mac, and department store items.

Product Junkie Diva said...

LOL @ Frugalista and Antithesis, I see I have some die hard MAC users reading this blog, but after my introduction to MAC I am hooked on the lipglass and lip plush...love it!
@ Antithesis out of desperation I needed a dark lip pencil (this was before my trip to Mac) and I tried a milani deep brown and it wasnt bad, though I doubt I will be dabbling in that line again. Wet and Wild is a big NO NO for me. I remember a few years back there was a recall of their products because women were becoming sick after using their lip sticks. Turns out they used some swamp water from Mexico to make the lipstick and it had some bacteria in it. I didn't like the look of the line before that news so I certainly wouldn't check for them now.
Product Junkie Diva

Don said...

nothing like a woman with sexy glosses lips. that is definitely an instant turn-on, or interest.

antithesis looks like she has some gloss going on in her profile pic.

Don said...

*sexy and glossed lips

Product Junkie Diva said...

As always thanks for the male perspective on this topic Don. :-)
Product Junkie Diva

PBW said...

I'm pretty much Bobbi Brown, M.A.C. and Bare Minerals. I'll try other stuff, but usually return to these three.

Jewells said...

Do this lip glosses give you that dreaded "white line"?

Product Junkie Diva said...

@PBW I have been hearing good things about Bare Minerals...thx
@Jewells by "white line" do you mean white residue as the gloss fades away? If so there is nothing white left over from this gloss.
Product Junkie Diva

Traycee said...

I refuse to buy any drug store make-up( Yuk !!! )...They just don't have enough pigmentation in them for me ....I have worn strictly MAC now for 12 years... I love Chanel make-up and Dior but I can't always afford it...

Product Junkie Diva said...

12 years with one line is a long time Tracyee, you must have all of the limited edition products :-)
Product Junkie Diva

Traycee said...

@ Product Junkie Diva.....Oh no I use my make-up ...LOL....It doesn't last that long ...Plus make-up spoils....I don't keep most make-up longer than a year

Product Junkie Diva said...

@Tracyee,yes I think makeup should be changed every 6-8 months right? something like that.
Now I saw that pic on your blog and you have a large makeup kit..do you think you will finish that within a year? And I am waiting on your makeup tutorials
:-)
Product Junkie Diva

Traycee said...

@Product Junkie Diva.....Oh yeah It will last about a year.....I wear make-up almost everyday and when my family or friends have something special ...I do theirs too...My girlfriends are good for coming over before they go out to get there make-up hooked-up...They make a joke "I going to the House Of Traycee" ..

Product Junkie Diva said...

Now you know I am sitting at the edge of my seat for a makeup video from you Tracyee.... :-)
Product Junkie Diva

Brownee said...

Mary Kay you say? Who knew! Lol, but I will only buy colors I can sample on-site. Other than foundation, I'm not not too much of a name brand snob. When it comes to experimenting with colours (eys n' lips) I'm pretty open.

Product Junkie Diva said...

Since you are a foundation snob Brownee, which is your foundation company of choice?
Product Junkie Diva

Anonymous said...

Did I say snob? I meant I'm brand loyal, lol. But my favorite foundations are Chanel, Vincent Longo, and Smashbox.

A friend insisted I try Estee Lauder's Double Matte formula. I must admit if one has oily skin that stuff is the business.

Brownee said...

*Comment above posted by me.

Product Junkie Diva said...

@Brand loyal aka Brownee ..lol Thanks for the information. I have a nice smashbox lip gloss that I need to do a post on...thx for the reminder. :-)Foundation is another thing that I don't own because I don't wear it so this info is good to have.
Product Junkie Diva