This is a pretty good baby pink lipstick that's more on a yellowy pink side (Smashbox's pout is more of a cool baby pink and this one is a warm baby pink). I like it. I prefer NARS' formula over Smashbox's lipgloss. It has a better staying power without being too sticky like MAC's. I like this on top of pink or nude lipstick like MAC cherish or Maybelline born with it. It's nice alone too. Definately a winner if you're looking for a nice soft baby pink barbie lips!
This cool toned baby pink lipgloss is cute. Not too heavily pigmented and shows decently on my lips (my natural lips are a little on the red/purple side). about 3 years ago, I was in LOVE with this lipgloss but since then, they have changed the packaging and the formula. The old smashbox lipgloss was more like NARS lipgloss. It had more pigment and wasn't as sticky and had a better staying power. This new formula (and I keep buying this despite my complaint because pout is simply the cutest color ever), is stickier and has absolutely no staying power at all. I miss their old lipgloss formula.
Scrubs -Soap and Glory - Flake Away Spa Body Polish
Juliasyji 4/20/2010 5:02:00 PM
Oh I love this! It was only 9.99 (Canadian) and it comes in a big jar that lasts a pretty long time (and it doesn't make u feel guilty for using it so liberally!) I apply this in the shower to my wet skin and it leaves my skin feeling really smooth and really moisturized (like I dont even have to put on lotion after using this stuff in the shower). The ingredients are mostly stuff like sea salt and other oils. The scent is nice (makes your bathroom smell nice after a shower) But what's really nice about this is the fact that it performs very well. I've used body scrubs that don't really do anything at all. Sometime the scrub beads are too fine or too round or whatever the reason may be, I always felt like I'm in the shower just rubbing nothing onto my skin. THIS ONE is different though. You can really feel the slighyly coarse salt grains against your skin exfoliating all the dead flaky stuff away. I love it, I recommend it and I must say I'm very impressed with Soap and Glory stuff (their glow lotion is really nice too, at such a good price)
Edit: I still love it but im taking one lippy away because my bf complained about the scent being too strong. I guess to me, it wasnt that overpowering but he commented that the scent was too much and that it was overpowering, I never want that response from other people when I put something one as I HATE being overpowered by other people's parfume / scent! I love this. It's a shimmer / glow lotion with a very distinct but not overpowering soap and glory signature scent. Its price was right and it gives you a very subtle hint of tiny little light reflecting shimmer that shows the contours and curves of your arms and legs as light hits them. I remember I had a shimmer lotion from body shop a few years ago (it was a cranberry scent one) and it left me with silver glitter/shimmer all over my hands and clothes and vowed never to wear any kind of shimmer lotion ever again. This one though is a winner. It's subtle, it smells gorgeous and it's a natural classy shimmer lotion that will be my summer favourite! (remember to moisturize with a really hydrating lotion before putting this on because it doesn't really do much for moisture if esp if you have dry skin like i do!)
Tinted Moisturizer -Lancome - Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte SPF 30
Juliasyji 4/20/2010 4:48:00 PM
I bought this TM at a recommendation over SPF before going on a vacation to mexico. I love the multitasking ability of this product and I love that it's packed full of good ingredients that's good for your skin. I did find that if I don't wear a primer first, this is hard to blend with my fingertips (which sucked because while on a beach, all you want to do is blend your SPF like lotion and be on with your fun in the sun. I found myself blending and looking into my pocket mirror to make sure everything was blended). The tint is actually nice, it evens out my skin tone and I use it under my mineral foundation now because I find that it gives my mineral foundation (super weak coverage) a more even canvas to deal with. I like the smell and I like the packaging. I probably would try something less expensive like Korres or MAC's prime and Prep with SPF 50 when I run out of this though. It's nice and worth a try if you want something that will even out ur skintone and also function as SPF (which is a MUST!)
Mascara -Cover Girl - Professional Waterproof Mascara
Juliasyji 4/20/2010 4:41:00 PM
This was my first ever mascara. I have been using it from when I was 15 to about 23 (until I discovered Lacome's hypnose). I really love this mascara because financially, it's a little to no committment type situation. I have bone straight lashes with medium length and volume. I use the waterproof formula because anything else wont hold my curls (I use Shu Uemura's curler). The formula is really nice, it never ever clumps and despite being waterproof, it never dries or flakes (which lancome's waterproof mascara tends to do). I think CG can improve on the wand though. It's really a basic wand that does not do much for volume or length. I mean it's mascara so you can expect to see some oompth in your lashes after applying it but it doesnt give you very dramatic lashes. However, I would purchase this over and over again because of it's formula. It really is one of the nicest waterproof mascaras out there. It leaves your lashes soft and shiny, never dull and flakey. and it really stays on through water. Also if you have a nice expensive mascara that's drying up try using the more densely packed wand to apply this mascara. I have a tube of old hypnose that's probably 5% away from being totally finished and I dip hypnose's wand into this and the effect is amazing. I get length, volume AND shiny, soft lashes that are curled all day long. Cant go wrong with this!
This is a second review of this mascara. I wrote my first review within the first week of trying it and back then I was wearing hypnose waterproof and layering lashblast on top for separation as lancome's waterproof formula tends to flake and clump. This weekend I stayed at my boyfriend's place and didn't have my hypose with me, so I had only lashblast to work with and I LOVE this on its own. It holds my curls, and separates and lengthens as well. Actually as far as waterproof mascara formulas go, I think cover girl beats Dior, Clinique, and lancome to shame. The big wand takes some getting used to and yes it's cumbersome but just take ur time and be patient. I've tried diorshow, bad gal, definicil, hypnose, and other high end mascaras that come in waterproof but keep coming back to cover girl. Price aside, it's just that good. I guess I always stray from cover girl because of their hedious packaging.
This is a good finishing powder and goes well with Bare Minerals foundation. I have dry/ normal combination skin and I find that this takes a lot of moisture from my face and leaves it feeling a little tight/dry and flakey. But as a setting powder it's very finely loose and performs well as a last step to skin make up every morning. I'd probably try MUFE's HD setting powder when I run out of this as I heard great things about that setting powder.
I got this as a sample from sephora and I've been using it for about 3 weeks now. (wow little goes a long way!) I have dry/ normal combo skin and I find that this primer does the job. It's not spectacular and doesn't have a truly wow affect on my skin but it creates a nice soft surface for me to apply foundation and everything else in the morning. I really don't see how this primer is any different than the one from sephora brand or any other clear gel type oil free foundation primer. If I didn't get this as a sample, I probably never would have tried it. I think the one more smashbox, sephora or MAC would suffice. It's really a basic primer in a sense that it doesn't multitask. It doesn hydrate, it doesnt have any SPF. I'd probably invest in a primer with SPF for my next purchase or go back to smashbox primer.
This is a really nice blush. I love the finish it gives (nice light reflecting mineral finish but not an overpowering shimmer). I also like the buildability of this blush! It's not too heavy, but not too light that it's frustrating to use. It's very well pigmented for building up the intensity or down playing it for a subtle hue. I would say the color is very specific to certain skin tones though. I bought this when I was a NC25/NC30. I went on a vacation and now I'm more NC35/NC37. I know it's such a slight change but I just notice how it looked so much better on my NC25 skin. It looked so pretty on my ethereal pale skin rather than my new tanned olive skin. It looks a bit clowny on my new tan. I've switched over to NARS orgasm for the time being. But I can't wait to be pale again and pull this off the way I used to!
Liquid -Clinique - Superfit Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
Juliasyji 4/20/2010 4:05:00 PM
EDIT: Ok after using this for about 3 weeks I can honestly say that the color was reddish/orange toned for my skin (winter C3, summer NC 37- olive/yellow/neutral tone). Plus I'm a little suspicious of this foundation breaking me out! I normally have really good skin but since about 3 weeks ago (hmm... suspicious), I have been getting a record number of whiteheads and pimples. I gave it away today. I would have stopped using it eventually, it was really orangy and made my face look weird in terms of color. This is a decent foundation with decent coverage and texture. I mean, it's clinique, I'm sure it's got skin helping aspect to it but as a foundation, I'm not blown away. Price is good, and I like the plastic squeeze bottle (as opposed to the big glass bottle with a twist lid) and the product blends easily. I'm a dry/ normal combination and I find that this foundation is a bit on the drier side. Just remember to hydrate very well before applying. I'm midly impressed with the staying power though. But with a good primer you can make anything last (I use Lancome's). I set it with a light dusting of setting powder and there is no need to touch up during the day. It's a pretty good foundation, it performs well and lasts a while (with primer under and setting powder over). I guess I'm just not totally WOW-ed about the effect it has on my skin. It gives a regular semi matt foundation look. Doesn't illuminate my face or gives it that airbrushed look. Good for a everyday natural foundation that is probably good for your skincare too.
Moon Beam is the first highlighter I ever purchased and it was one of my first items from benefit. It's a really nice peachy, goldy, highlighter that dries to a subtle purply/pink sheen. what I like about this is that fact that it's a very subtle highlight. You may not notice in your mirror that it's on your face but while you're out at work, shopping or running errands, other people may notice it as certain parts of your face catch and reflect light. I also mix a bit of this into my foundation and it works well as an illuminizer. Benefit's high beam is also a nice highlighter but I recommend moon beam if you want a more ethereal subtle glow/ high light. I do wish they would package it differently though as the nail polish bottle/ application concept is really cumbersome to deal with on the go.
I am on and off with this product. I had the big bottle which i used to set my make up at the end of my routine but found that i didnt care for it too much since i didnt really seem to do much- i never use too much powder anyways. But i have this in a travel size now and i have rekindled my love for it. It's now super dry (winter) here in Toronto and I carry this little guy in my purse and spray my face whenever im feeling dry and dehydrated. I dont know if it's actually doing anything but I love the feeling of fine mist hitting my thirsty skin.
I've been using this color since I was 15 (I'm 27 now) and this was also my very first mac lipstick ever! This is a true nude color with on a pinkier side rather than brown. It's a good go-to lipstick for smokey or dramatic eyes. If layered too heavily, it can make you look washed out. I recommend doing one layer with a tiny dab of gloss in the middle of your lips or just lightly dab all over your lips for a touch of pinky nude on days you want to give you lips a nice baby pink/ nude touch. It's very versatile, and it's a definate stable!
This is such a pretty color. I was really sad to see that they discontinued "missy" in their cream stick (the skinny black shiny lipsticks they carried until early this year) and was on search for something that would replace "missy". Ravishing definately pops. It's a nice orangy, coral-y, peachy color that's intense without being clowny. I recommend this for people who want to add a pop of color without having to resort to red or electric hot pink lipstick. It's classy, vibrant and fun. The finish is gorgeous too!