One of MAC's iconic paint pots, Indianwood is a lovely color to be used as a base or by itself to provide a gorgeous patina to the lids of your eyes. I use Soft Ochre for every day use when I am just trying to cover up redness on my eyelids, however when I want to put something on my lids and keep it simple I will often put this color on and go. Sometimes I use it to provide a nice base for browns or other complimentary colors. I have hazel/brown eyes and love the consistency of MAC's paint pots. They have no equal and this color is one of the most beautiful.
I find this mineral foundation problematic. The current shade I am using is the second color I have tried and I must admit that I think I have heard such great things on you tube I convinced myself it was good. BUT, as often as I have tried, I am not sure it looks good on me. It seems to leave a very powdery appearance to my complexion that I can't seem to get rid of even using Fix + or UD's All Nighter. Because I am older perhaps a mineral foundation is just not for me. Hmmm.....
I like this DS mascara. After reading something about it I thought it worth a try - and I do that a lot in search of a really good mascara be it high end or low - and think it is as good a mascara as I have had in the past year. I like the brush (skinny but effective) and the consistency is good with no flaking or smearing in my experience. It is not the most volume creating mascara I have found but I usually use it in conjunction with my Cover Girl 24 hour Last Blast and the combo works well. Definitely as effective as either Tarte's "Lights Camera Lashes" or Benefit's "They're Real" as both of those higher end mascaras are good at lengthening but not so great with volume. Recommend this for the money!
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
3110hello 3/17/2013 9:38:00 PM
Generally, I love the Real Techniques brushes and this is one I use every day. I have all kinds of brushes, MAC, Sigma, etc. but I have to say - for the price these brushes are very effective. Of course I love the Pixiwoo sisters and watch all their videos but regardless I think these brushes are fine quality for the price. I use this brush mostly to apply mineral powder foundation and blush. One of the great things about a low price point is that you can buy two or more of them and feel very little pain! Recommend!
Be careful. When reviewers say this is a very full coverage foundation they mean it. This foundation is very heavy on the face but it does cover. My concern, however, was with the mask like feeling it gave my face when I used it. I don't know whether it is just the chemistry of what's in it and my skin but it also slid off my face and generally felt very uncomfortable the times I wore it. It is very matte but way to heavy for me. I would definitely get a sample or two from Sephora and try it before you buy a bottle. Could save you some money.
For years I have primarily used Nars' Laguna as a bronzer. I still love it but had heard a lot about Hoola and so I decided to give it a try as I hit pan with my Laguna. I do like this product. It is matte, stays true to color on me and blends very easily. I have to use a lighter touch with it than with Laguna but so far that has not been an issue. I am sure I will continue to use both as I think that Laguna adds just a touch of light radiance to my face that the Hoola does not, however I would recommend this to anyone with a deft hand. I didn't find its effect "muddy" on my face at all. Nice product.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
3110hello 2/25/2013 7:21:00 PM
Wet & Wild eyeshadows are the most pigmented, easy to blend eyeshadows in the drug store and they are by far the most affordable. This palette is a classic set of shades with several being almost exact dupes of other, more expensive shadows. My favorite MAC shadow is one called "Club" and I swear this palette has a color that is so close - a beautiful green/brown duo chrome - I am amazed. This is my favorite larger palette from W&W, with other loves in smaller palettes. Highly recommend!
Waited for ages to get one in my part of the world after listening to so many talk about it on You Tube. Now I have easier access to it than to Sephora and at first I found myself going there often - using their coupons and gathering up "points" to use for other purchases. I do like the fact that they have these consumer perks and I also like the variety of products & prices of products they carry. However, I have found over time that I am going back to Sephora more - for several reasons. First, I admit to loving some of the high end make up brands that Sephora sells (Laura Mercier, Dior & Nars) and I like how one can experiment with the products and easily get samples. Secondly, I find the Sephora SA's more informed, generally which is helpful. Finally, I get frustrated at the "prestige" vs other brands way in which the coupons apply. All that said, I still frequent Ulta regularly and find that they carry some brands (Nyx) that no one else does. Bottom line is that it's not all that I thought it to be but I just love make up and so I enjoy the store!
I purchased this Dior polish about two weeks ago and have worn it several times because I absolutely love the color! An almost tannish grey, it applies like butter to the nails and is gorgeous. I have received compliment after compliment wearing this color and understandably so! I buy and wear an obscene number of polishes. I almost always change my polish every night - every brand out there. I have to say that Dior polishes, generally, are superior to any others I own (OPI, Debra Lippman, Butter, etc.) and although VERY much a luxury item (the cost is OUTRAGEOUS) I must admit that I would sacrifice three to one most polishes I buy for one of these. Moral of the story: if you see a Dior polish, especially this one that you love and think the price is too high - just tell yourself you'll give up the next three substandard polishes you would have bought for the one excellent one! (Smile) Love this polish and the color.
Misc Beauty Tools -Sephora - SEPHORA - Whole Store
3110hello 2/18/2013 8:11:00 PM
Like a fellow reviewer, I, too, feel like Sephora is MY Disneyland. I love make up and they have wonderful high end brands and pretty much allow a customer to play around with the product with abandon such that she knows what she is buying. My Sephora has very nice Sales Associates who are generally knowledgeable and friendly and they are always willing to provide me with samples of foundations, etc. so that when I buy I don't buy blind.The few products I have had to return have been accepted - no problem at all. My complaint regarding Sephora would be that I never leave without spending too much money (more my fault than theirs) because they do not provide many "sales" promotions, which I am sure they could give up some of those profits to manage. Since an Ulta has come to town I admit to liking a mix of low end w/ high end products at one location and Ulta does often have coupons and allows one to accumulate "points" toward purchases. Sephora might want to consider a marketing modification to compete with Ulta. Money I spend now at Ulta used to go exclusively to Sephora.
I find this palette very practical with well pigmented neutral colors, equal matte and slightly shimmered helping me to crate a nice natural eye with ease. I do find the consistency of the shadows somewhat loose and so always stay aware of fall out and shake the brush off before application to my eyes. I particularly like the mixture of the colors in this palette and would easily take this with me if I travel for a complete look. Very nice, basic neutral eye look.
Powder -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Transparent 001
3110hello 2/1/2013 11:49:00 AM
This inexpensive powder is surprisingly good. The texture is nice and it is mostly transparent, leaving your skin blotted and fresh looking. My one complaint is the packaging as the lid will not stay on and so I would not buy it with the intention of throwing it in your makeup bad or purse. Worth a try for the money.
Obviously not among the majority here - I much prefer the LORAC PRO Palette to this one. Actually purchased this by accident at ULTA thinking that this was the PRO palette and was irritated at myself when I got home to realize I had picked up the wrong item. However, not one to EVER turn down an eyeshadow palette, I decided to keep this and use it - which I have. at least half a dozen times now. I have brown eyes and frankly don't find that these colors do anything much for them. In the pan the colors look pretty and I love rose tone anything but I have yet to come up with a look from it that impresses me. Tried a variety of combinations but find them too shimmery and off color for my particular eyes. I am sure these colors are great on others - just not me. I actually went back and purchased the Pro Palette and find it much more suitable to my needs - a nice combo of matte & shimmer shades and will probably(?) give this one to a friend. Could it be I am reaching palette overdose? Even the new UD OZ teasers aren't pulling me in...
I have been using this product for some time under my eyes and find it very effective. As a "mature" woman, I have lines under my eyes and have started to use my urban decay primer potion as a base there before I use my pro longwear concealer. Seems to keep the concealer from settling into my lines and totally brightens my under eye area while hiding any dark circles. Happy with this one.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
3110hello 1/26/2013 1:24:00 AM
Okay, I have a confession to make. Although everyone raves about the Revlon Color Stay Foundation and I have tried it and own it now, I just find the L'Oreal True Match line more appropriate to my complexion. I have regular to dry mature skin and this foundation goes on easily and looks natural throughout a long day of work. I find it MUCH less "greasy" than the new Revlon "Whipped" Color Stay and much less off color that the Color Stay regular foundation. So, I sometimes mix it with a few drops of concealer or a HE foundation I have but overall, for the cost I have always found the True Match foundations better for me. The Lumi line is no exception. Worth a try for the money.