Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Enzo Milano Curling Iron
mac222 3/15/2013 3:05:00 PM
Last year I purchased an Enzo MIlano curling iron. After it arrived I plugged it in and waited...and waited...and waited. While the light came on it did not heat up, ever! I contacted Enzo Milano CS and was told to ship it back to them in CA and they would check it out and get in touch with me. I sent it priority mail and it arrived in CA about four days later. Around four WEEKS later, I finally heard from them via e-mail and was told to call with my CC# to cover the return shipping fee, along with "warranty fees and handling charges" totaling $60! I would now have the original purchase price of $130, plus my shipping fee of $10, plus their fees of $60, totaling $200 for a curling iron that has not created one single curl (but loads of hassle and wasted $$$) I just couldn't justify spending almost half of the original purchase price just to get the new iron shipped back to me in NC! I told them to keep it. Terrible terrible experience and AWFUL customer service, DO NOT PURCHASE!
Skincare - Face -Ole Henriksen - Truth To Go Wipes
mac222 10/26/2012 7:37:00 PM
Just might be the best make up remover wipe out there! I have sensitive combination skin and these are the first of several facial wipes tried that do not make my skin feel extra greasy or extra tight after using. I have had these for a bit but had not used until coming in from gardening and wanting to wipe off the sunscreen and grit that had built up on my face. So perfect! Super cleansing, but non-drying - just a nice clean feeling. I will be reaching for these often and replacing when I run out.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar for Dry, Sensitive Skin
mac222 10/14/2011 9:53:00 PM
I am a bit new to the Philosophy line and did not realize that the Hope in a Jar was offered in a dry skin formula. I originally bought the regular version and while I finished the jar, I found I had to supplement it with something as it wasn't nearly hydrating enough on its own for my combination skin. The original lotion has a very mousse-like texture, whereas this formula has a creamy feel to it that seems to sink into the skin better. I have moved on to the Miracle range for some of my Philosophy products, including a moisturizer, but will re-purchase this for day use to alternate with that slightly more expensive cream for night. I am very pleased in general with the Philosophy products and am enjoying experimenting to find the right mix for my skin. I previously used Dermalogica and while it too is an excellent line, I have changed much of my skincare routine over to Philosophy and have seen good results.
I had heard about the MUFE aqua creams for some time now and after deciding on what colors to try, I chose #13 Warm Beige for my first. In a word - AMAZING! This is like Mac's Paint Pot, but with more color, more shimmer, and much, much more SEX appeal! I put this on by itself and loved the champagne beige sparkly lusciousness! I looked like a goddess! (One that doesn't try to hard to look like a goddess that is.) I immediately went out and bought two more colors! Also works nice as an eyeshadow base with other colors in the crease. This would be fantastic in summer with a tan, but is great now on my NC25-30 pale fall/winter complexion.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
mac222 7/25/2010 5:23:00 PM
Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I am really pleased with this foundation. The coverage is almost complete...in fact more than I have experienced with other foundations. I like a little less coverage during the day to see some of my own skin showing through, so I have done some experimenting with this and have found that I like it best as my evening base. (I use MUFE's lighter weight F&B for daytime.) Using a sponge, standard foundation brush, and fingers were all strike-outs for me with this. However, after seeing a m/u pro use a buffer brush to apply, I tried that and oh boy! I use this in the PM when I go out and want to be at my best. It is always stunning and perfect! Truly gives a "Wow-she's pretty" look to your face!
This is my HG foundation for the daytime. I love the natural look and feel of this on my skin. The gel-like consistency does take some getting used to, though. Just be sure to shake this well before applying. I have experimented with different application techniques: dry and wet sponge, foundation and stippling brush, as well as my fingers. I find that using a sponge smears the product around too much before it sets, and the brushes left uneven coverage and streaks. I use my fingers and it takes only a minute to have a very realistic and natural looking base. I use MUFE's HD foundation for the evening when I want a more flawless look with greater coverage. These two foundations are the perfect pair for me.
As always with TMcEvoy, this is a great quality brush. It has a good basic blusher shape, is lush and full and has a stylish clear acrylic handle. While I find that this does a nice overall job, it's extreme density can be a bit much when applying my darker, more highly pigmented blushes. Even if I dust or blow it off, it still tends to deposit a whole lot of color. It's not a big deal, but I would rather build my color up slowly versus trying to blend it out or remove it after having applied too much. I need to buy something else, like maybe a fan-style brush, to supplement this for applying my darker/pigmented blushes. I still use this quite often though for applying softer blush shades as well as highlight.
This is a great brow brush! It has a very small, angled, firm-bristled head that is just right for the job. I am really into building up my brows right now and this is one of my go-to tools. You can't go wrong with McEvoy brushes for style and substance, and this is another sure winner!
I don't really have too many complaints about this brush, but must confess that I purchased it mostly just to complete my brush set versus my having a true need for it. I really like to use a brush to apply l/s and l/g, but find that I use my old retractable one most of the time. Although this is overall a nicely made brush, the actual brush part of it is bit small compared to most other lip brushes I have used and loses a lippie for that.
When I started updating my old McEvoy gold handled brush collection, I bought several non-essential brushes that were new to the line. The #10, one sweep color brush was one of these. It is a nice brush and of the same exceptional quality as all of the McEvoy's brushes. I find that it is made for a very sheer application of shadow and has to be used with the right colors-too sheer and you can't even see anything. However, with certain of my e/s shades it works very well and lives up to it's name of one sweep.
Lovely, lovely product from MAC. I have been on a lip obsession lately, and have been buying lip products like there's no tomorrow. This was in a MAC lip haul along with a new l/s and two new l/l's and another Dazzleglass. Of the five wonderful products I bought, this is probably the very best thing! I like to wear my l/g with l/l and l/s, so I was not concerned with the supposed lack of pigmentation that some of the other reviewers have noted with this. I felt like it really showed up and definitely gave my lips just the right amount of pink shimmer I was looking for. It looks great over my Angel and Brave Mac lippies!
I am falling in love with MAC lips first! I have been slowly gathering all of their lip liners and have to say that my latest, Beurre, is my favorite! A deep plummy rose shade, this l/l fills a gap in my m/u stash. I have many of my nighttime l/s that this will be perfect with! The cremestick liners have an amazing texture and go on so beautifully. I'm addicted! I agree with the reviewer who said that this plumps up their lips-mine too!
When confronted with all the l/s choices at the MAC counter I usually just get overwhelmed and can't decide. I was determined to add another lippie to my meager stash though, so I reached out and grabbed Brave. It looked pretty in the tube and it looks even better on. I have full lips, especially the bottom one, which are fairly pigmented and I like a l/s that finds a balance between showing up on my lips and not being too dark or dramatic. This one fits my criteria! It is a pretty rosy nude shade that I think will be a great everyday staple.
OK, so I finally bought the classic Spice l/l from MAC and am so happy I did. Each time I would go to the MAC counter to get it, I would be lured off by some other shade, but not this time. The more I get into my m/u, the more I appreciate a really good, versatile product. Well, this is certainly one! A true neutral, Spice can be worn with so many of my lippies it's crazy! This shade gives great definition and is easy to use to overdraw your lips if necessary. I agree with all the hype. If I had to choose one l/l this would be it!
Lip Gloss -MAC - Dazzleglass Creme in Sublime Shine
mac222 12/13/2009 4:19:00 PM
Now I know what all the fuss is about! Although I have been gathering MAC products somewhat compulsively lately, I had never tried the gloss before. Well now I want to collect them all! They are so pretty and most particularly this color. I chose a pink and this lovely coral and adore them both. I layer this with a coordinated liner and a nude coral lipstick. This gives a fullness and shine to the lips that is just so sexy and WOW!