All of the lip perfection lipsticks are great. This color in particular I got because I wanted a deep, deep blood red color, not that dark but not a bright red either. This is a great in between - it looks very similar to the color on the packaging - it's a deep berry red with a hint of magenta. It goes on extremely smoothly, doesn't crease, is very pigmented, and lasts all day. Even when you wipe this off with a tissue, there is still a stain on your lips. This would get 5 lippies from me if it wasn't so hard to get off.
This stuff is the bomb, seriously. At first I was super skeptical about it because the woman at lush told me it would lash 80-100 washes which is strange for a small bar but I've used it for several weeks now and it hasn't diminished in size at all! So I'm really believing her when she said it lasts a long, long time. Also, this stuff lathers ridiculously well. And, you barely need to put any on your scalp to get a really, really good lather going. It lathers really well and really does a good job soaking up all the oil. After my hair is dry, my roots feel amazingly soft and silky. I hate the packaging though - when they give it to you, it's in a paper bag, and I share a bathroom so I don't have a place I can store it outside of the bathroom which is really inconvenient since the paper bag won't do. Other than that I love this!
Powder -NYX - Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation
NinaSun 3/27/2013 11:17:00 PM
Horrible. When you wear it by itself, it's very sheer, provides almost no coverage, makes your face look powdery, and doesn't last. If you use this as a powder over foundation, you get a cakey look. Don't recommend at all.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Buffing Brush
NinaSun 3/21/2013 5:24:00 PM
Favorite face brush. You can tell straight away the quality is really great - the bristles are very soft, bendable, and mine to this day after having owned them for a year still have not shed a single hair. I typically use this with foundation - I put some on my face with my fingers and then blend out with it and the coverage is very even, smooth, and flawless. I highly, highly recommend this brush - it's worth the money.
This is hands down the PRETTIEST nail polish ever. It was the last one at Ulta and I had just been passing by the nail polish section when I saw it and instantly fell in love. This color is amazing, it looks like a galaxy in a bottle. It has a blue base with turquoise/teal sparkles and emerald sparkles in it and they mix together so beautifully in the bottle and on the nail. One coat is extremely opaque and not streaky at all. I love it so, so much. I've used up almost my entire bottle :( Definitely go check this out!
I used to be extremely skeptical of baby lips because no lip balm other than vaseline has hydrated my lips the way I want them since my lips get extremely dry and chapped pretty often. I decided to give this a try after a long time of not even being interested in it and I have to admit that I love it. I got the flavor/color in quench and it's a sheer lip balm that goes on the lips very smoothly and actually hydrates them as much as vaseline does. I also ADORE the scent - it smells very fruity. The SPF 20 protection is also a good bonus and most days I just wear baby lips to give my lips a nice sheen. I'm in love with this product.
I love this color from Essie. It's not too frosty, not too pink, and not too matte- it has a slight shimmery look to it that looks very pretty. It's a baby pink color but also can pass as a nude-ish color also. I love the finish of it but you need to put at least 2 coats on for the color to be opaque enough. The first coat does create streaks but usually 2 coats eliminates that problem. Overall, I am very pleased with this nail polish.
I'm glad I got a sample of this first from someone at Lush instead of buying an entire bottle. Just from using the sample, I hated it. I use a lot of dry shampoos because I wash my hair maybe 3 times a week at most and so dry shampoo is a must. Firstly, I hate the packaging. Even from looking at the big bottle, it's hard to apply. Some people drizzle it over their head, some put it on their hands first. I put it on my hands first but i couldn't get it all over my scalp and it was very messy. When I put it on my head and tried to rub it in, it looked like flour. I have jet black hair and the powder would not disseminate in my scalp so it just looked like a floury mess. It also did absolutely nothing to absorb the oils from my roots. So, I ended up with a floury mess and still oily hair. And for the price of the big bottle I think it is absolutely too expensive for the bad quality. Will never purchase a full size.
Primer/ Corrector -NYX - Studio Perfect Photo-loving Primer
NinaSun 3/20/2013 12:26:00 PM
This primer is amazing. The best one I've used so far. Previously I had the Too Faced primed and poreless one but that one smelled odd and didn't go on evenly or make my face smooth, so I switched over to this one. It doesn't really have a scent, which I like, and a small amount goes a long way. When I apply it and smooth it out on my face, my face feels SO smooth and silky. When I put foundation over it, my foundation is creaseless, extremely smooth, and looks almost airbrushed. I love it and I use this primer pretty much everyday. It's also super cheap.
This color is very pretty but swatches online are misleading. It does have a decent amount of shimmer/glitter pigments in it but when you apply it with a brush you only get the color and no shimmer, which I like. It is opaque so you would have to apply with a light hand but it is buildable and this color in particular is not too pink, not too peach. A very good in-between mix. However, I really hate the packaging. It's very bulky and seems very cheap and not well put together.
I love this deep conditioner! I leave it on my hair for about 5 minutes and when I rinse it out, my hair already feels smoother than it ever has. When I brush my hair out after the shower, it is completely tangle free. Once my hair is dry, it is super straight, soft, and silky. I love the packaging and how it doesn't have a lid. All you have to do is squeeze it out. I will be repurchasing.
I do really love all of Milani's bronzers and blushes. This bronzer is very pretty when you swatch it, with very fine glitter particles in it, but when you actually apply it with a brush, none of that shimmer transfers, which is good for me since I'm not a fan of shimmer in bronzers. The color is not meant to be used as a contour since it does have shimmer in it but I like to use it a bit on my cheeks and around my face to add that sun-kissed glow. The color does lean a little to the orange side but otherwise I love it. I HATE the packaging though. It feels really cheap and the brush that comes with it is useless. It's also bulky and feels like the top would fall off if I dropped it.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
NinaSun 3/10/2013 9:48:00 PM
I had really high hopes for this product but it just doesn't work for me. First of all, I hate the wand. It's curved but the formula isn't thick/wet enough for me to use the curved side and have it coat all my lashes in one go. The formula is really dry so I have to flip the wand to the other side to have it even coat my lashes slightly. It's a hassle to use so I ended up just using the tip of the wand and coating each lash with the tip but that takes forever so I'm not even going to bother anymore. Super disappointed.
I can't speak for every color in this line, but stay away from Pale Pink! I hate the formula of that color. It's EXTREMELY dry, it's so dry that it's hard for me to even put it on my entire lips without feeling like I'm creating more wrinkles on them. The color is also really patchy and splotchy and looks very cakey - not good at all. It is very pigmented but with it being so drying and hard to work with, I never use it. I also hate how it accentuates the lines on your lips. I have tried this with heavy lip balm underneath and another color and I think maybe it would work better mixed with another color but by itself I hate it.
I bought the shade in Luminous Blue Black. My hair previously was black with blonde bangs and my hair down is a little lower than shoulder length. One box was more than enough to cover my entire head. In fact, I could have covered it 2-3 times extra because it's a foam formula instead of a liquid. That's the first thing I like about this product - you get a lot more product because of the foam dispenser than regular liquid hair dyes so 1 box will probably work for really long hair too. Also, I didn't have any patches and the color was exactly what I was looking for - a bright deep jet black. I also LOVE the conditioner that comes in the box - It made my hair extremely smooth, silky, and shiny. Yes, it is a bit on the pricey side but I think for the amount of product it's quite good.