Lip Treatments -Smashbox - Tinted Lip Treatment in Beam
Swalk88 12/27/2010 3:49:00 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE! After reading the reviews for this I was dying to try it however thought £15 was quite pricey so held out to see if I would get it for Christmas, which I did!! I have such dry lips and after using lipgloss they are usually quite sore and bright red! This however is my savour and lived up to my high expectations! It is soooo moisturising and has a very sheer natural colour with a little shine, absolutely perfect for everyday use. I have been using it for 3 days straight and not had to resort back to my blistex! Will try it under a gloss next time I'm on a night out to see if it helps. So far so good, and think ill get it in shine to. Will buy again and again. Oh, also love the packaging, hate how with a lot of balms you have to stick your finger in them to apply!
I bought this in the little sample kit for dry/combination skin. I have a very oily t-zone but can often get some dry areas as well. When I first used it I thought it was great, my skin felt very clean and the toner was amazing although felt that the moisturiser was quite oily. After a week of using this my face broke it sooo bad I couldn't believe it. I do get the occasional brake out but this was much worse. My skin was actually sore and bright red. Anyway, very disappointed but glad I didn't spend the money on the full size bottles. Would not recommend and not buy again.
I have had this brush for about 2-3 months and I love it (although I generally love all things smashbox!). It is a great crease brush but I like it for applying colours with lots of pigment as it gives a lovely sheer light application. I generally use very neutral colours so when i'm trying out more bold colours I like that this applies it softly allowing my to build up. Its lovely and soft, good quality although quite pricey. Ive washed it often and still in great condition. I would buy again if I ever have 2.
Blush -Smashbox - Heart Breaker Baked Fusion Soft Lights - Baked Starlight
Swalk88 11/12/2010 12:10:00 PM
I got this as a free gift when was buying my foundation and primer from www.justbeautydirect.com and absolutely love it!!!! Think this is the nicest blush i have ever used, suits my skin tone perfectly. It goes on light as a sort of pale pinky colour and builds to a gorgeous rose pink with a very subtle shimmer. I hate blusher with glitter or a strong shimmer but this is so subtle it gives a lovely glow to the skin. Could be worn generally during the day or on a night out. Also noticed that it lasted quite a while which is a bonus. Not sure if this is still available to buy but definitely a good excuse to buy some more make up and get as a free gift - will need a back up, just incase!!! Love love love.
I'm sorry to say that I was quite disappointed with this. I love smashbox and been using the HD Foundation which is gr8 so had high hopes for this concealer. Unfortunately its not that good at concealing much at all. It is quite good for under the eye but dont think it covers very well. My skin breaks out every now and again and this concealer didnt seem to help at all. Its to watery I think. Very disappointed, especially as its quite expensive. Wont buy again.
I was looking for a new gloss and after reading these reviews thought Id give it a bash. I got this in clear,and use it either on its own or over a lipstick and its amazing!! My new fave gloss ever, no other gloss is quite as glossy as this and it gives an amazing pout! Total reasonable price for such a gr8 product. It is quite sticky though and seen as I live in Scotland where it is always raining and windy my hair usually gets blown in it and gets covered in it lol! Will just have to learn some new ways to put my hair up cause no way will I stop using this!
Concealers -Smashbox - Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
Swalk88 8/21/2010 12:01:00 PM
I have been using this for quite a while now and cant live without it. I originally gave it 4 but have changed to 5 because it is definitely now a product that I cant live without. LOVE IT! Ok, Im going to disagree with everyone here and say im loving this! At first I thought it was rubbish and didnt make any difference at all however I kept at it and now I dont think Id go out without it on!!! I have quite big eyes and find that this just brightens them up, subtly so you cant tell ive put anything under them. I do think it is important to note that this is not really a concealer and it wont hide or conceal anything! It brightens and I think thats the reason I like it. At first I was sort of rubbing it in under my eyes and felt it was just rubbing any product I had already put on off. Since then ive been dotting it in the inner corner of my eye and under it, then dabbing it lightly with my finger. This seems to be the trick, for me anyway. My opinion is stick with it and u will end up loving it, at least I have, Down side is it is quite pricey but I cant see it running out anytime soon, and when it does I will defo replace worth every penny!
Foundations -Smashbox - High Definition Healthy FX Foundation
Swalk88 8/14/2010 6:43:00 PM
(EDIT: I am on my second bottle of this and up until about 2 weeks ago, I loved it. However I've noticed that after a few hours it starts to go totally orange and I look terrible! I cant think of anything that ive changed in my daily skin care/ make up routine for this to have started happening. It is making me paranoid all the time and im constantly checking in the mirror!! It was quite expensive so I was going to wait until I had finished it so tried mixing with my primer, however dont get as good coverage when I do this. Anyway, as soon as I get paid Im going back to my MAC ST and this is going in the bucket! Sorry Smashbox!) I have been using this foundation for about a week now and I'm loving it. I use it with smashbox photo finish primer light and love the finish and even look i get with it. I have an oily tzone and (probs should use a powder but I dont like the finish they give) find that this does not feel or look oily on my skin. Without a decent primer though it doesnt have much staying power, I was in a rush once and didnt (stupid I know!) use any and noticed i needed a major touch up very early on in the day. It gives a lovely sheer finish and I have had 3 people comment on it since ive started using it (always a bonus!) Overall the best ive tried so far, quite liking smashbox generally at the moment! One down point is that the packaging is a bit cheap considering how much it costs. Will buy again.
This is probably the best highlighter I've ever used. It looks great on the brow and cheek bone. I use it mainly on nights out and it lasst the whole time. I dab it on then blend with my finger tips. Quite expensive but it lasts for sooo long that its worth it. One down point is that round the edge of the bottle I seemed to get it all gathering which made a bit of a mess and wasted some of the product. Would defo buy it again tho, looks amazing on,
Styling Products -TiGi - Bedhead Superstar Queen For a Day Thickening Spray
Swalk88 8/3/2010 1:41:00 PM
I love this product!!! I have fine hair so most products can weigh my hair down and make it very greasy. This however is amazing! Gives me loads more volume and definitely looks and feels thicker. I love the smell aswell, I do need to use it lightly and brush it through tho otherwise it can still make my hair a bit greasy. Not anywhere near what other products do and would never use anything else now. LOVE IT!!
(EDIT: Recently this has been leaving my hair very greasy, I'm not sure why?? At first I thought maybe I hadn't washed it out properly but it happened every time since even though I'm rinsing my hair through thoroughly? Very disappointed cause this was my HG shampoo and conditioner. Might leave it for a while and then go back to it. :( Until then its down to three lippies unfortunately!! ) I have been using superstar shampoo and conditioner for about a month now and absolutely love it. My hair is quite fine and straight and this definitely makes it look and feel much thicker with a good volume boost. My hair also gets very greasy very quickly and ive found that this shampoo also helps with that, it doesn't get greasy anywhere near as quickly. I love most bed head products and this is no exception. Works great with Queen for a Day thickening spray for an extra boast!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 188 Small Duo Fibre Face brush
Swalk88 8/1/2010 3:01:00 PM
This is definitely my must have make-up brush, I just could not cope without it! I used MAC ST in NW20 and it applied it lightly and evenly. I've also tried it with MAC SF and am now using it with Smashbox HD healthy FX foundation and works just as amazingly well. It's so soft and feels very light on my skin so I don't ever apply too much. I've had it for ages now and still as good as new. Would buy it again without a second thought if I ever need to! Would recommend this to anyone regardless of the foundation used. LOVE IT!!!
I got this blush quite a while ago and absolutely love it!!! It is a beautiful shade and leaves a lovely glow which is not overpowering or to shimmery. I use this all the time, especially on nights out. I cant remember exactly how much it cost but I can remember thinking it was quite expensive. Saying that, mine has lasted for a very long time and no signs of it running out any time soon so I cant complain. Only one slight draw back is that it can go on quite thick and harsh so I try and always apply it very light so as I don't look like ive put it on in the dark!!
I got this as a free sample after buying the nail vanish so thought id give it i go. Im very fussy with mascara and never found one that i really like... until I tried this. My main aims are separation, volume and NO CLUMPS!!! I was so impressed with this. It does need 2-3 coats to get the full effect but separates my lashes perfectly, makes my lashes look full and thick and very importantly doesn't clump - even with 2-3 coats! I've tried loads of mascara's including MAC dazzle lash and CD Blackout and this is the best so far. I use just the one coat for everyday to work etc and use 3 coats when im going out to get a much fuller effect. Cheap 2!!. Was surprised at the bad reviews but it definitely works for me.
I had high hopes for this because a generally love MAC. I was extremely disappointed as it is soooo clumpy. I was aiming for big thick lashes but it was so wet and I ended up with like three big clumps of lashes instead. I've tried it quite a few times since then and still no good. Not worth it and would definitely not buy again.