Eyeliner -Rimmel - Light Blue Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal
1017 4/9/2013 9:48:00 AM
I read in an article (some magazine at the gym), that this light blue color (pretty much describes the color, light cool blue) would be a great alternative as an inner V highlighter shade. So of course, when I saw it I grabbed it. It works, but just ok for me (NW20, almost black hair, brown eyes). If I were blonde & blue eyed, I think this would be cool. But on me it looks "eh". I much prefer Rimmels Nude for the inner V, but my HG's are NARS Rue Bonaparte & MUFE 23L Aqua Eyes. This shade would also look great for an "icy" wintery look. But again, that isn't my thing.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe
1017 4/9/2013 7:12:00 AM
If you have dark under eye circles and as a result avoid any mascara or liner on the lower lash level, this is the liner you have been looking for. I am NW20, with almost black hair, lashes, & brown eyes (and really bad genetic under eye circles). I never put anything to define my lower lash line cuz it is so dark. Then I grabbed Taupe one day. It gives the soft definition without the hot mess. Browns are usually too dark and well, brown, my lashes are black. Some gray colors can work, but end up still leaving too much darkness. Rimmel's taupe just gives me the softest hint of definition & it seems to stay in place well. And if it does smudge at all, I could barely tell because it is a soft natural color on my lash line.
I have a love /hate relationship with Boy Bait. I love everything about it but the price & that it should be dupeable, but isn't IMO. While price bothers me less with the other Cremeglasses as I only use the ones I have seasonally. But Boy Bait I can slap on any time, any place, any reason. It looks good by itself or on top of any other shade...I could really fly through these...so that is where the hate comes in. I could wear this as much as you would use lip balm...thus, I wish it were less expensive. Oh, I have tried to find "dupes", but no luck. IMO, nothing beats the texture of the Cremeglasses, they are my favorite lip glosses. As for color, I have swatched Boy Bait next to Revlon's Eggnog, Revlon's Peach Petal, Nude Lustre, Flower's What a Dai-sy & Baby's Breath & a few others. Boy Bait has that touch of pink, neutrality, sophistication, yet still beige/MLBB that I need. On me, Boy Bait is as perfect & hard to match as MAC's Innocence Beware (everything similar was just too peach/beige/or icy). Yes, it is a "barely there" shade, but dang it...I love it so much and could use it ALL THE TIME. I am NW20, almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips.
I am waffling between a 4 & a 5 for this. For being labeled "medium hold", I had some big ol' hair after using this. But I kind of liked it. While it did drop a touch I still had nice lift at the crown at the end of the day. As always I used a touch of my AG Recoil, but when I used this mousse, I had great lift at the crown & and cascading curls. The only drawback is that I felt like there was a touch of wildness to my hair. Which is kind of nice and kind of not, depending on my mood. If it were summer and I was just enjoying summer - perfect, perfect hair! If I were in a business meeting, I would have felt a bit less polished. I can't say it was frizzy, but I was left with that "I should have used my MoroccanOil" feeling. For now I will stick with a 5, because of the great lift at the crown. FYI- I have very, very fine wavy hair that with product can be encouraged into curls.
Styling Products -Paul Mitchell - Paul Mitchell -Extra Body Sculpting Foam
1017 4/4/2013 7:17:00 AM
I like the Extra Body version of the Sculpting Foam more than the regular. While the regular is HG for many curlies, I think it works better for those with thick, coarse, tight curls that need a bit more weight. I, on the other hand, have uber fine waves that with love can be encouraged to curls, but a good wind comes, and I am back down to waves. Thus, between the two, Extra Body is my favorite. It still doesn't give as much lift in the crown as other mousse products I have tried (Biolage Whipped, Joico Power Whip), but a very affordable, nice mousse. Despite this being "extra body", it still seems like a bit on the softer side in terms of hold.
UPDATE: Ok, some of my concerns came to be realities. This does require much more clarifying or use of sulfates than I want to do for my color treated, dry hair. If you are fine with using stronger shampoos, this is a nice mousse. But using my regular sulfate free stuff and clarifying schedule, this just started to weigh my fine waves down. I am still giving it a 4, it's a nice mousse, especially for those special times when you need extra hold. But it isn't working for my hair long term. ORIGINAL POST: Power Whip is a new mousse (whipped, but just feels like regular mousse to me) with a hold level of 9 out of 10 on the Joico scale. To give you perspective, JoiWhip is only a 7. The very first time I used this, I almost returned it...it was awful when I first looked at my freshly done hair. I was late but really wanted to re-wash my hair. So I just "shook it out" and all of sudden, it started to look nice. Since then, every time I use it I have gotten better and better results. I have very, very fine wavy hair that can be encouraged into nice curls, but they need encouragement. And they can easily be pulled out into almost straight waves. I used the Power Whip with my AG Recoil and had killer volume at my crown and my curls looked so nice. Also, on the dreaded "day after", my hair didn't feel dry and parched, it still felt nice. So here is the low down: *Volume at the crown = great *Curl definition = once you figure out how to work with it great. Because at first, I just got poof. *Hold = amazing. *Great for fine hair! I think thicker, tighter curled girls may prefer a more moisturizing, looser hold product. Now I have one reservation about this product. It contains beeswax about half way down the ingredient list. This concerns me because my current sulfate free shampoo doesn't have enough ooomph to get rid of that in a regular wash, so I will have to clarify more than usual. So even though I am keeping a careful eye on the beeswax/build up/ irritation issue, I am still giving this 5 lippies. The hold is amazing and so is the lift at the crown. I apply mine with my head bent over. I apply the AG Recoil then apply this in the crown and work the extra down the shaft. I have added the ingredients as listed on the can exactly. There are some ingredients listed twice, that is how it is on the container. INGREDIENTS: (Exactly as listed on the mousse can, for some reason they list certain ingredients twice-also listed above) Water/Aqua, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Isobutane, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-46, Pentapeptide-29 Cysteinamide, Pentapeptide-30, Cysteinamide, Tetrapeptide-28 Argininamide, Tetrapeptide-29,Argininamide,Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cocodimonium Hydroxpropyl, Hydrolized Keratin,Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D'Abeille, Prunus Doemstica Seed Oil, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Glycerin, Opal Powder, Polyquaternium-69 Polyquaternium011, Ceteareth-6 Steareth-21, Ceteareth-25, Diazolidinyl Urea, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyl alchohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Fragrance/Parfum
Lipstick -Maybelline - One Size Fits Pearl Color Whisper
1017 4/1/2013 7:32:00 AM
This is one of the very, very sheer colors from the Color Whisper line. It is a faint dusting of soft pink with a pearl finish. Almost like a pink tinged clear gloss. If you are looking for color, skip this. If you would like a simple no brainer way to polish up your lips, grab this. I am NW20, almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. This did mute down my lip color but did not look like I was really wearing anything. This shade would be great with a smokey eye or just a simple fresh faced no makeup look day. You bold color lovers, skip this. Neutral lovers, grab it.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Whisper - Berry Ready
1017 4/1/2013 7:25:00 AM
Gorgeous rich color on my NW20 skin, almost black hair, brown eyes and rosey lips. People keep talking about how sheer these are, but not all of them. Berry Ready delivered gobs more color pay off than I anticipated. I was almost disappointed because I wanted something I could just pop on, but Berry Ready does require a mirror & liner. It is a bummer I am just getting this shade now as Spring is here, this would have been gorgeous for Fall/Winter on me. I don't wear dark lippies in Spring/Summer. So I am tucking this away for September. FYI-The Bare to be Bold one, for a "nude" lippie again, delivered a lot more color pay off than imagined. It completely muted out my rosey toned lips. So not all of these are sheer.
Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Demure (LE)
1017 3/31/2013 8:26:00 PM
Demure is the my desert island summer lipstick. It is a bit of a work horse color (can seem not that exciting), But I wore it every day last summer with all my summer looks (usually having Tipsy Cheek Stain on my cheeks). If my looks skews orange, corally, peachy, pinky, green, what ever I have thrown at this lipstick, it pulls off effortlessly. It is has become my lipstick base of the summer. If I want to skew more pink, I put a pinker gloss over it, if I want to skew more peachy, I put a peachier gloss over it. In itself, as understated as it is, it a great pinky peach color that can go from beach to date night. On my NW20 skin, almost black hair, brown eyes, naturally rosey lips, Demure falls some where between nude and MLBB. I am NW20 and it wears nicely. It is not a what I consider a nude (aka Revlon Soft Nude or MAC Creme de Nude), but a soft peachy pink lip. It won't be the most exciting color you buy, but it is exactly what I need, especially in summer. Quick, easy, effortless polish. As much as I love gloss, my hair is getting long again, so gloss & I will be fighting again. It's nice to have a lipstick that gives the same light fresh look of a gloss.
So I finally got my hands on this. I am NW20 (pink tones, fair -medium). You were right MUA...you were right. This is a kick butt contour powder. If you are ever lucky enough to come across this, pick it up! I had to order mine via drugstore.com.
Pink Lemonade was my least favorite of the new summer 2013 Lip Butter shades, but they are all amazing, so not really saying anything bad about it :). It is a muted, yellow-pink toned lip, but almost nude. It is the least "juicy" shade of this new batch. This is the shade I am most comfortable wearing now when there is still a foot of snow on the ground. It does still have a summer feel to it as do all of these new shades. This is also the softest shade of the new summer 2013 shades.
Sorbet Lip Butter is kind of very interesting color to me. It is almost a fuscia, but with a warm, summer, juicy feel. And I don't usually see "fuscia" and think juicy, but this is. It is perfect for summer when you miss that bright pop of lipstick but don't want that heavy lipstick/made up feeling. It really does remind me of a fruity sorbet. Revlon did a great job with these new shades having the name of the shade invoke the image of the actual color. Lovely, lovely, lovely wearable fuscia shade for the summer.
I can't believe I almost past on this color. The packaging told me it was too orange, but the name pulled me in. And now this is the lip butter I can't wait to wear this summer with my Tarte Tipsy cheek stain! It is a corally peach color, not really orange at all on my NW20 skin, almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. It is like eating one of those tropical popsicles. "Juicy Papaya" does a great job of describing the color.
Wild Watermelon reminds me of a more sheer, juicy "Love That Pink"( Revlon). It is a pinker, almost corally red shade. It is juicy goodness. I am NW20, almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. I actually think this color may make a lot of people happy because I think it might work well on both pink and yellow toned people (just a guess). I am actually a big fan of all the new shades as they seem so perfect for summer- just sheer and juicy. The Lip Butters are great too because they allow you to wear brighter colors without looking too over done. Sorbet and Wild Watermelon are both bright, but hardly OTT & heavy.
The best way to describe this color is a warm shimmery taupe (warm being the key word, usually taupes are pretty cool). Or you could consider it a cooler bronze. Either way, you get the point that this is neutral perfection. You just slide this on and your eyes look so "done". I actually have to force myself to use other eye shadows now because I could just use this every single day. I am elated! I have wanted a shadow like this for so long! Love, love, love! I am NW20 brown eyes, black/brown hair. BTW - I don't even touch my Benefit Creaseless Creams or my MAC Paint Pots since finding these gems. My Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream eye shadows still get some attention, but most of those are bases.