I don't hate So Sweet, So Easy. It just doesn't suit my C5/NC42 coloring AT ALL. The only reason why I'm writing this review is to caution warm toned people AND people who are darker than maybe NC35 to steer clear. I gave it 4 lippies because that seems to be the average & I didn't want to ruin it's rating.
Not the easiest in the world to blend and you have to use a tacky/sticky base (unless you use a mixing medium), but the color is so gorgeous that it's well worth it. I don't find it chunky at all and I like that you can quickly get an amazing bright blue wash or build up the intensity, if you so wish. I would highly recommend this to my fellow brown eyed girls, as well. I'll definitely re-purchase.
Lipstick -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick
NikkiDagger 7/19/2011 12:29:00 AM
I have a mini Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Athens and LOVE it. The color looks beautiful against my warm/neutral C5/NC42 skin, the taste is pleasant (exact same taste as a MAC Plushglass) and the product itself plumps my top lip just the right amount. If you have thin lips and are looking for something that will make a significant difference, keep looking. But, if you have decent sized lips and want them to look a bit plumper or have a more full look, then this is for you. Athens seems MATTE (maybe SATIN), btw. I have no idea if all Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Sticks have the same finish/texture, though. I got mine in the "Travel In Style" set with a mini Monica Lip Polish & whenever I want a glossy finish I put Monica over Athens. They go perfectly together!
Lipstick -MAC - Style Warriors- Brave New Bronze [DISCONTINUED]
NikkiDagger 6/30/2011 1:29:00 PM
I'm C5/NC42 & this is my new HG nude. Freckletone previously held that spot, but I must admit that I had an issue with its Lustre finish. Because, it wasn't quite opaque enough & the slight glossiness kept it from looking exactly the way that I wanted it to. I MUCH prefer Brave New Bronze's Satin finish. It blends in beautifully with my skin tone, without looking like I have concealer on my lips. I have CHERISH (which is permanent) and it's a VERY CLOSE DUPE. So, if you're desperate for BNB, I'd recommend getting Cherish.
Lip Gloss -Guerlain - Divinora-DUO GLOSS Gorgeous Diamond 502
NikkiDagger 6/19/2011 3:43:00 AM
This is gorgeous, just like the name says! I wish that is was less expensive, but it's so smooth and pigmented that I'd say that it's worth the price. I also wish that is wan't LE. If they ever re-promote, I will definitely repurchase. Whenever I wear this I put the fuchsia shade all over and the light goldeny shade in the center of my lips. I am MAC C5/NC42 for reference and I always get complimented when I have this on (^.^)
I LOVE Victorian. Which was honestly a complete surprise to me. I always think that pinks look good on other people, but never thought that I could personally pull off a pink lip. Victorian is a light true pink with a yellowy-golden sheen. I do not own, nor have I ever seen a single lippie anywhere close in color. I think that the yellow/gold in it warms it up just enough to be really flattering against my C5/NC42 coloring. But I'm very confident that cooler, fairer complexions can easily pull this off, too. FYI, whenever I want to gloss it up, I use Virgin Kiss Lipglass on top. I'm definitely going to snag another one if MAC ever re-promotes it!
Fab Orchid is a super pigmented, inky purple that glides on beautifully. I just wish that MAC made the same color in a Powerpoint or Pearlglide. Because, I have oily lids and this transfers when I use it on my top lash-line, unless I use a sealer. And, of coarse it's rubbish on the waterline. Which is why I took off 1 lippie. The only way that this would have ANY staying power whatsoever on the waterline, is if you set it with an eyeshadow. But, you would have to have a shadow that was the exact same color. It makes an AMAZING BASE base for purple shadows or any shadow with purple in it, though. So I'd definitely consider repurchasing.
Loud & Lovely is a beautiful shade of pink against my C5/NC42 skin. I love it. BUT... colorwise, it's almost an exact dupe for Pink Poodle Lipglass. Which is a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing, because when I run out of Loud & Lovely, I don't have to spend $18.50 again. All I have to do is go and spend $14.50 on Pink Poodle. It's a bad thing, because I had to pay an extra $4 to find that out. LOL! Loud & Lovely isn't sticky at all and Pink Poodle is only slightly sticky, so it's pretty much 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, IMHO.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion
NikkiDagger 3/11/2011 3:42:00 PM
All I have to say is, Perversion is long wearing and the blackest black ever, so I am in LOVE!
Eye Shadow -Sugarpill - Poison Plum Pressed Eyeshadow
NikkiDagger 3/4/2011 11:33:00 AM
My Poison Plum is not at all dry. So, I can only assume that those who complain of its dryness got their's from a bad batch. I purchased mine in mid-2010 and as far as I can tell, the "dry" ones came from late 2010-early 2011. I really REALLY love mine. As much as I Iike MUFE #92, I think that Poison Plum suits my warm/neutral MAC C5/NC42 coloring a bit better. I have and will continue to suggest this to purple lovers, especially those with warm/neutral skin tones and I'll definitely repurchase when mine finally runs out. Also, I have to mention that the service was excellent and shipping was relatively quick.
I LOVE Impassioned. I wanted it after seeing Nic from Pixiwoo use it. Although it's on trend for Spring/Summer 2011, it's not just a trendy color. Because, bright lippies are in every Spring & Summer. I'm C5/NC42, so I wasn't 100% sure that it would look good on me. I wished for it anyway, though. If it was super opaque and as bright on as it looks in the tube, I don't think that it would be very flattering on me. BUT, the Amplified finish gives it the perfect opacity to look amazing (IMHO). I have never had a lippie that comes close to this color, so I can't think of any dupes and will definitely be repurchasing when I run out.
(C5/NC42 for reference) I've been on a red kick lately. So I've tried this, Ruby Woo, Dubonnet, Red Hot (which looks like a SATIN Russian Red), Brave Red, M•A•C Red, Lady Bug & Russian Red. Guess which one is my favorite. LOL! I am so in love with So Scarlet. It looks the way I expected Dubonnet to. Ruby Woo is my HG pin-up red, but I think that So Scarlet may be my HG red PERIOD. Although, I have to mention that it's not a TRUE red. It's more of a berry red. All of the pics that I've seen online just don't do it justice. This is definitely a lippie that you HAVE to see in person to really appreciate how gorgeous it is. FYI, in the tube it's looks darker & brownish. I received mine in a swap. So when I opened it, I thought to myself, "Why did I want this?" But when I tried it on, I fell in LOVE! I actually didn't even know that it's LE until today. Which makes me sad, because I would definitely repurchase. I really hope that it gets re-promoted before mine runs out.
I think that I've finally found my HG pin-up red lippie! I thought that Dubonnet was close, but seeing Ruby Woo next to it, I realize that it's just not. IMHO Ruby Woo seems like Russian Red for warm/neutral skin tones. Compared with Russian Red, my experience with Ruby Woo is the opposite of other's experiences, because Russian Red looks a bit more cool against my C5/NC42 coloring. I honestly didn't think that I would like Ruby Woo very much. But as I said, I really feel like this may be my HG pin-up red! It pairs perfectly with MAC's Cherry Lip Pencil and I'm so glad that it's not LE, because I will definitely be repurchasing when I run out.
I really like this & I kind of didn't expect to. For some reason it's more flattering against my C5/NC42 coloring than the lipstick. Plus it's more opaque & less sticky than most lipglasses, which was another pleasant surprise. It works well alone or on top of RR and other red toned lippies, so I will definitely repurchase.
After trying Russian Red & feeling a bit... underwhelmed, I turned my attention to Dubonnet. I'd been lemming it for weeks & when I finally got my hands on it, I didn't waste any time in putting it on. It's actually slightly darker than I'd expected, but gorgeous none the less. I wouldn't say that Dubonnet is my HG red, which I have yet to find, but it's certainly the closest I've come to date. I am C5/NC42 for reference and I'm pretty sure that warm/neutral toned people NC30 & up would look AMAZING wearing Dubonnet.