Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Gelee Eyeshadow - all colors
Teacakeanyone 8/12/2012 4:21:00 PM
I recently purchased 2 of the new Pure Color Gelee eyeshadow in Cyber Ruby (a gorgeous burgundy with brown tones) and Arctic Sky (an unbelievably pretty light blue with pink reflects in it). I'd missed out on all the hybrid shadow formulas recently like from MAC Extra Dimension and Sephora's Prisma colors, so I wanted to give the formula a try. And i was positively blown away when my makeup artist tried Cyber Ruby all over my lid with Arctic Sky in the crease - I would *never* have paired those together and it works beautifully. My eyes have never looked greener!Now the downside - because this formula is different than others and not as powdery, I suspect there's more pigment and less filler product to catch oil. THIS MEANS IF YOUR LIDS ARE OILY, THESE COLORS ARE GOING TO CHANGE!!! The Arctic Sky, while one of the prettiest colors I"ve ever seen, will be going back because over the course of a day (with UD primer) it changes into a murky purplish color. Don't get me wrong, it's still lovely, but the sparkle from when you first apply it is dulled and it's not the color I originally purchased. These shadows aren't cheap, either, so I can't afford to keep something I won't use. I'm still trying the Cyber Ruby. It darkens over a day into a prettier burgundy color, which is what I was going for in the first place. But I've yet to decide if it's just one of those purple-red colors that irritates my eyes. But if you have green eyes or probably blue, this color is the ONE for you, ladies!!!
Sorry to bring down the ratings on this, but I was disappointed when I got mine. I've previously only had a JT in Raspberry Ice. I was shocked, after getting it, that it actually really did moisturize my lips! So being in love with my Lush mocha lip tint but wishing it were easier to apply, I tried the JT in Simmer off eBay. It looks fantastic at first - a shimmery pink-beige. It's also hypnotic to look at in the tube. But when I got back in my car after running some errands, I was very saddened to see that it had turned into a pale milky color as it had warmed up on my lips. I'm afraid that color does nothing more for me than my $3 Bonne Bell lip gloss in Mocha Jolt. I wanted this to be my perfect summer color, but I guess the search continues.
I needed to defend one of my favorite mascaras. Ladies - this is cheap and is not waterproof. But if you use it for a couple months, I honestly believe you will have the same results I did - MY LASHES GREW. I thought that only happened when you use a serum. I've used L'oreals lash growth serum in the past, but had run out. And during that time, I was looking for a cheap mascara that didn't irritate my eyes and was easy to wash off at night (I wear contacts). Enter Mega Protein. It's not perfect for me because it's staying power is very weak and I can't do my bottom lashes. However, it doesn't flake or shed during the day, so that's huge. After using it for weeks, my eyelashes are the longest and lushest they've ever been in my life!
I. am. in. love. This color is GORGEOUS. Best $2 I've spent in a long time. I once had a lovely turquoise nail polish from Forever 21. I adored it. We could have babies together. But...it stained my nails yellow so badly I had to grow them out. Enter turquoise being a hot color this spring; I'm delighted. Wet n Wild revamped and improved their nail polishes? Count me in! I don't have extra $8s these days to try fancier polishes like Essie's Turquoise & Caicos so I'll just say this - if you want a robin's egg-, Tiffany & Co.-blue color, look no further than this beauty. I wish the coverage was a bit better (you need two coats), but for this price and this color - there is nothing bad in the world. *Edit - after using this a second time, I'm not as much of a fan. The formula doesn't resist chips very well and it doesn't do a fantastic job at filling out evenly on the nail bed, i.e. it kind of settles on my nail ridges. But I still say for $2, you can't go wrong. You just have to be more diligent when you apply it.
I was so very surprised to find, after initial skepticism, that I LOVE this! I have very oily lids; after applying some UDP, this genuinely manages to last all day for me. Few things do, powder shadows included. I tried Tough as Taupe, but as others have mentioned it's not the same color on the skin as it looks in the pot. It's also very matte, which I find difficult to blend decently and defeats my goal of a fast eye look. Bad to the Bronze is phenomenal, though. I'm very pale and first thought this was too gold or warm. But its chameleon-like shimmer makes this change color depending on the angle viewed from. It's also delightful in that adding more makes it darker, so a touch more of this in my crease and outer V darkens the look. I also find, since it's a nice light-ish color, I can place this along my lower lids and I don't look zombie-like. Big fan actually! Huge fan for only around $6-7!!!
Keep in mind, I'm SUPER fair. So obviously this is the bronzer in MAC's lineup that is intended for such light skintones. If you're medium to darker, don't even come near this. It's quite light. That being said...I was highly skeptical...and this is perfect for what I wanted! Bronzers have become my passion over the last year, but I've really wanted to get into natural contouring. It's genuinely true that this product is *not* orangey or too brown. Example - my skin is white enough that Benefit Hoola looks macaroni orange on me. So I kid not. But I can do a few passes of this below my cheekbones...and it looks like I have cheekbones! My round face is very happy. Yes, it's not super pigmented --> yes, you should think of it as a layering product. Build up to the intensity or pigmentation you desire. I can see if you were using this all over your face how it wouldn't be ideal. But since I'm using so little each time, I'm very excited I found this purchase as it will last for me! To recap: If you're very fair and want an extremely natural contour - try MAC Golden. :)
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Rainbow Research Henna - All Colors
Teacakeanyone 1/16/2012 6:13:00 PM
I'm surprised I haven't written a review on this yet! I'm very sensitive to, well, everything, so I turned to henna to color my hair instead of chemical dyes. I've been using the Strawberry Blonde (thanks, Whole Foods, for stopping to sell only this color) for 1 to 2 years now. Looks fantastic! Isn't any harder than an at-home "regular" hairdye mix. Yes, mix the powder with hot water, slather on (this is a tricky skill to master) and cover with a plastic shower cap, wait a while (time amounts on the label), and wash out. Honestly easy. Important NOTE - if you use this regularly, make sure you only touch up your roots if you like the color you ended up with. Somehow...I didn't think about it, so my hair now is much darker than originally, but I like it a lot. Each application will darken the color. Nice and cheap and easy - exactly the qualifications I use for my hair and it still looks a million bucks!
Love it! I've seen all the reviews and pictures of big chunky glitter polishes this fall and have been wanting one of my own without breaking the bank. Using my Ulta coupon, I snagged this for 20% off six bucks. As others have mentioned, it's a dupe for a Deborah Lippmann, but for much cheaper. I haven't tried to remove it yet, so I don't know if it'll be a nightmare. But I've officially found my Holiday 2011 nail accent. It just makes me *feel* happy, so it'll be worth it. It's just tremendously fun!
While wandering the beauty aisles of Walmart yesterday, I came across some CoverGirl eyeshadow singles. Yes, these are in the "Queen Collection" for ladies of darker skin. No, my skin color is not "darker" - I'm more in the ivory piano key that doesn't tan range. Regardless, I've really gotten into smokey colors this fall and, having green-ish eyes, I gravitate towards anything burgundy or purple. So I picked up the eyeshadow in Raisin for 3 bucks. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! Go try this! It's beautiful. What I thought MAC Sketch would be, except this is clearly a red-based purple that doesn't pull black. I will be using this ALL THE TIME. I imagine it will be lovely in the crease, as it's just dark enough for that and won't look crazy purple. But my main use will be to either smudge out line or to put on top of crisp liquid liner. Ladies, run and go find some of these shades! If you have hazel or green eyes, though, this is the best $3 color you'll find.
While wandering the aisles of Target recently, I checked out the lovely E.L.F. display. I saw that they have brand new custom eyes palette refills (those small circular single eyeshadows). Loving burgundies and purples, I naturally had to pick up the $1 Aubergine. WOW! That's all I can say. I am totally blown away by this color. I usually have a damn hard time finding purples that are red-based instead of blue-based (I like to make my eyes appear more green). This is a perfect eyeshadow in my book. Such a lush seemingly-multidimensional shade. I may have to go buy two more just for the heck of it. What a homerun! SO incredibly easy for a smokey eye. All I have is this Aubergine and a dark cat eyeliner and I'm good to go. Shock and awe, people. Shock and awe.
I've been looking for an eyeliner sealer for a while as I've moved to wearing mostly eyeliner and mascara these days to save time. Ordered this from Zappos, tried it for a couple days (both mixing directly with my eyeshadow and applying on top of eyeliner) and it just didn't work against my oily skin. Obviously, tons of people like this, but I would advise against this if you have oily skin. My liner was still there at the end of the day, don't get me wrong, but it had distinctly faded. Mailed back, going to try MUFE Eye Seal next (if people don't kill me on Black Friday!).
I first picked up one of these for me and one for my mother - Berry Colada and Sugar Cookie. So far, my mom loves the Berry - a nice purpley-pink with sparkle. The Sugar Cookie for me was a darker neutral than I expected - very nice, but not what I was looking for. So now mom owns both. BUT I was very impressed by the promise of these - $2 and full of color. So I ended up buying 4 more, one for me in Sweet Strawberry and 3 for my boyfriend's family ladies. Sweet Strawberry is GORGEOUS - a fantastic blue-based red that isn't too garish and to my eyes looks plain sexy in the daytime (or any time). It doesn't last too long - I find the shine part is actually the moisturizers that soak in pretty quickly. I was excited to find, however, that the red leaves behind a slight stain. Exactly what I wanted! This product smells pretty good but that doesn't carry over to taste. Guess the ole strawberry Lip Smackers spoiled me. :) *Edit - I emailed Jordana to find out the ingredients, since I'm allergic to vitamin E. Thought others might find this useful! SB-EASY SHINE GLOSSY LIP COLOR Ingredient Name CI # Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate Hydrogenated Polyisobutene Polyethylene Octyldodecanol Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 Microcrystalline Wax C10-C30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters Flavor Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Silica VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Disteardimonium Hectorite 1,2-Hexanediol Caprylyl Glycol Propylene Carbonate Saccharin May Contain: Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) Red 6 Lake (CI 15850) Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) Red 27 Lake (CI 45410) Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140) Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985) Calcium Sodium Borosilicate
I bought this...well, I'm not really sure how I first heard about this. But I'm a sucker for limited edition things, so I headed over to my local LUSH counter to check out the 2011 holiday lip tints. ALL of them are amazing. I loved Celebrate's fragrance, but not its pink frostiness. But really? I was there to try Chilli Tingle. Prior to reading about it, I frankly had no idea orange lip colors were in. Hadn't a clue. But they apparently are. Lush has done an excellent job at concocting a "with it" color that would look good on every skin tone. My sales ladies said that, then added, "No, really - we've seen it look good on everybody." I was pretty dubious, too - I'm extremely pale with strawberry-blonde hair. I'm still not 100% used to it; I don't usually wear lip colors, just gloss. The orange in it really accentuates lips. You have to be careful to not put too much, though! It's crazy pigmented. Warm up the product a bit with your finger and run it back and forth across your lips - layer it. You'll quickly see what I mean. But for under ten dollars, it's a keeper for me! I think I'll have more fun with this in the spring and summer, though; just seems like that kind of color. Oh, and it's not terribly moisturizing - it IS a tint, not a balm. I always have to use something else over it. *Edit - I decided this color doesn't *quite* work for me. I'll be trading it for It Started With A Kiss or the upcoming Latte tint. On lightly-pigmented lips, the orange really comes out if you layer the product; not quite as red as I hoped for.
Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow - Gingerbread Latte Mentha Lip
Teacakeanyone 11/7/2011 5:02:00 PM
So Bath & Body Works has their lip stuff Buy 2, Get 1 Free right now. Going on a splurge, I *knew* I wanted one of the new holiday scents. I love the regular colored tint mentha glosses, so figured these would be even better. This scent is kind of a mix between coffee and spice (hence "gingerbread latte"). I actually expected to like the Vanilla Spice Chai one, but that smells just icky-sweet to me. This makes you want to put more on soon after you first apply! One big difference between these and the regular mentha line, though - the holiday Merry Menthas have shimmer/glitter in the gloss. It's very negligible to my eye and I think it's a perfect addition for the holidays. It's not over the top, by any means. I recommend!
Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow - Sparking Apple Cider Mentha Lip
Teacakeanyone 11/7/2011 4:56:00 PM
So Bath & Body Works has their lip stuff Buy 2, Get 1 Free right now. Going on a splurge, I *knew* I wanted one of the new holiday scents. I love the regular colored tint mentha glosses, so figured these would be even better. The scent is an amazing tart-yet-sweet (just like some real apple varieties) that makes you want to put more on soon after you first apply! One big difference between these and the regular mentha line, though - the holiday Merry Menthas have shimmer/glitter in the gloss. It's very negligible to my eye and I think it's a perfect addition for the holidays. It's not over the top, by any means. I recommend!