After a recommendation by the Make-Up Board for the best eyeliner I bought this one. Those ladies were SO RIGHT! I totally get what all the fuss is about now after I have tried the MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. It went on so easily for a "first-time" liquid/gel liner rookie like me...*I used the Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush also recommended by the Make-Up Board. I bought some for my sister...also a liquid/rookie and she adores it too! Yep. I now have a HG eyeliner in the MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. PS - The Dipdown Brown is a perfect color for the conservative workplace as it is a flat, dark brown.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Juara-Sweet Black Tea Eye Creme
Ponchy 7/7/2008 2:47:00 PM
BIG EDIT on 1/1/2010: Juara did you change the formulation of this product in 2009? I had bought several tubes in late 2009 and every one of them was awful...no longer creamy or moisturizing the new formula actually dried out my eye area and made it tight and genuinely uncomfotrable. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Throwing it all away now...how disappointing:-( **Took it down several Lippies. This is (was..see above Edit!) my HOLY GRAIL of eye creams - hands down. If I could only bring one product on a desert island with me this is it! This product was a recommendation by the ladies on the Skincare Board and they were so, so right! I use it day & night...creamy but sinks in it is perfect under my concealor (Cle de Peau). I am in my 40's and find this product to be more moisturizing then others I have tried including: Dior, Chanel, Bliss, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and all drugstore brands. I know people say that you can use regular face cream as eye cream but I do not agree: Once you try this Juara Sweet Tea Eye Cream I don't think you could ever go back to using a face cream as your eye cream.
Highlighters -Becca - Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector
Ponchy 7/7/2008 2:42:00 PM
I bought this as a result of recommendations from the Make-Up Board. The ladies were right! I really like this, my first ever shimmer product. The Opal was good for my skin color and I must say I liked both the easy of use and the effect it gave me on the apples of my cheeks. A little goes a long way which is why I think it is cost-effective
So far in my search for THE perfect primer this has been my favorite. I'm surprised it doesn't get more love on MUA. It goes nicely. It is not greasy. It feels really very good. It stays put in the summer. AND - my make-up looks great over it: Summer or Winter. I think the price is fair...but it is a small tube. IT even makes your skin look great if you don't wear make-up over it. My combo skin does not experience break-outs from this product. It would be a 5 Lippie if only it had SPF!
Greasy feeling. During the day this made me feel like I wanted to take a cloth to my face and wipe it off. I am a combo-skin and this does not work for me at all.
This has been my HG, never-am-without facial cleanser. I have been using it for 25 years since it was recommended to me by a dermatologist for my acne-prone skin. As I got older and my skin got drier but still occasionally acne-prone I switched from using this with water to using it alone....meaning I apply it on may face and then remove it with a dry washcloth rather than with a wet washcloth. I would NEVER be without this product, period.
This opi "Kiss on the Chic" (2008) is THE perfect baby pink creme in two coats. Perfect for an interview, wedding, etc. Went on cleanly for me with no streaks. I think I have found a new HG pink polish. http://img.makeupalley.com/0/4/4/3/1008573.JPG
SHINY, SHINY, SHINY Fast-Drying Topcoat...around $3 at Sally Beauty. Awesome as a refresher for my mani too! What's not to love?!
A nice, sheer & silky foundation. I use the Armani foundation brush to apply and find it goes on smoothly and gives me the coverage I want (sheer if I want sheer or heavier if I apply a bit more). My sister (acne-prone) and I (combo-skin) like the finished look of the foundation as well as the 'feel' of it. We have both been using it for 2 years now and are very pleased with the product. Price not bad as the bottle lasts a long time.
This is my HG Bonder. (*I do have Stickey and it is nice too...but I find it's green tint can impact the color of my sheerer mani's.) I get exceptionally long wear on mani's/pedi's using this Bonder under my polish. I wont do a mani/pedi without this product. (**Note: I do use a nail treatment on my nails first to correct peeling/splitting so I apply the Orly Bonder on top of that...and then apply my color.)
Top/Base Coats -Revlon - ColorStay Always On Sealant
Ponchy 3/19/2008 12:53:00 PM
Simply a wonderful Topcoat! If only it were "quick dry" it would be perfect. Yes...it comes with a nail color as well...you cant buy the Sealant (topcoat) by itself. But that doesn't matter. You are not buying this duo-pack for the color. You are buying it for the great "wear-like-iron", "super-shiny", Topcoat. (**And so inexpensive to boot!)
For under eye circles this is the best concealer out there...bar none! It is an HG make-up product for me! (*I keep one in my handbag and another on my vanity at home.) I have bought this over & over again for years and would just cry if it were ever discontinued. It is so creamy/smooth it applies like a dream. This concealer has very buildable coverage which is what I need for my 40+ dark circles...and it stays put with just a small (tiny!) bit of any face powder to set it. It is perfect for those of us with dry skin around our eyes. (**Which I find most concealers are not.) I would not be without it...even if it is a pricy product. BUT - even then: The tube lasts SO LONG it probably actually comes out comparable to other less-expensive concealors. NOTE: This is a bit too creamy to cover blemishes. For that I use Laura Mercier Duo Concealor...another HG.
Mascara -Shu Uemura - Precise Volume Mascara Waterproof
Ponchy 3/19/2008 12:39:00 PM
How disappointing it is to read great reviews on a product and then find out it does not live up to the hype...well, for you anyway. I dont mind spending money for a great make-up product so after reading reviews on several blogs I gave this one a try. Not at all volume-producing for me. I have given it several try too...and nothing! I guess I will continue to switch back & forth from the CG 'Lash Blast' to the Lancome 'Hypnose' as I continue to seach for my HG mascara. UPDATE July 2008: OK...maybe I was wrong the first time... I am beginning to like this one now in 3 coats....
Misc Beauty Tools -Shu Uemura - Mini Eyelash Curler
Ponchy 3/19/2008 12:32:00 PM
BACKGROUND: After studying all eyelash curler rec's on MUA I had purchased an ELF 2 weeks ago for a dollar...and like it fine. Except it did not capture all my lashes. And as I am VERY new to this eyelash curling thing I am very tentative about being very 'aggressive' with the curler enough to maybe get all lashes in. (*I have smaller caucasion eyes with fine, straight lashes.) SO: After talking to some Sephora Reps 2 days ago I bought a mini-Shu Uemura. And I really like it. I find it perfect for a person who is new at eyelash curling and it seems to hold the curl. The fact that I dont have to fit all lashes into the curler, but rather I can move the curler from inside to out is not as scary for this 'newbie"...and most importantly is really grabs the outside end of my lashes and gives them a great curl. OVERALL: I like the product and the fact that is comes with an extra pad. The box it comes in is plain and there is no carrying case. I gave it a lower lippy for this reason as well as the price - which is nearly the same as for a full-sized Shu.
I have spent tons of money in search of the best mascara for me. I tried it all: Diorshow, all Lancomes, Estee Lauder, Maybelline, Clinique, other Cover Girls, Revlon, Sephora Brand, etc. I had been using Lancome Hypnose (waterproof) but found it did little to make my lashes really full or keep itself from smudging. As of today I believe I have found my HG mascara in Lash Blast -waterproof. I have much, much fuller lashes and much, much less smudging than any other mascara I have tried. And it is less than half the price of my Lancome. I will no doubt buy this product again. UPDATE July 2008: I am getting flakies with this now... UPDATE: After giving it a really fair chance in 2009 I gave up on this...moved to Maybelline "Full & Soft".