Makeup Brushes -Lancome - Precision Liner - Brush #14
kgrinn 6/18/2008 8:32:00 PM
This brush is useless!! After putting it into the shadow it does not apply any color onto my skin! Use MAC 263 instead. I would say it is only good for theatrical makeup, or when you want to be really dramatic (with only liquid eyeliner then applied to the brush).
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 263 Small Angle (Ox & Synthetic hair)
kgrinn 6/18/2008 6:44:00 PM
I use this to use powders as eyeliners. This is such a great brush! It's the only brush I've tried that works so well and actually distributes the color as I want it to (most won't put down the color I've put on them).
Fragrances -Yves Saint Laurent - Babydoll Perfumed Sparkling Body Powder
kgrinn 6/18/2008 5:10:00 PM
I was surprised when I received this product. I bought it at the YSL Online US Beauté Boutique. The canister, though very pretty, is made out of cardboard. I was expecting inside there to be the puff on top of a perforated top in which the powder was beneath. Instead there is just the puff and apparently the powder is contained inside the puff. When I bought this I thought it was much cheaper than I expected for a scented powder, but now I understand why! Although I must say I'm glad I have it. For me, powder is the ultimate fragrance accessory.
Palettes -Yves Saint Laurent - Love Collection Multi-Usage Make-Up Palette
kgrinn 6/18/2008 3:15:00 PM
What a gorgeous palette! I have to say that it's a lot smaller than I expected, but then again I'm not disappointed. I think this palette will last me quite a long time. I ordered it (june 08) at the YSL US online boutique. It came in a sheer black ysl draw bag (which I think only comes with purchases from this online boutique) and has a red velvet cloth case. The red case surprisingly has no indication of YSL I'd be careful because the white gold case can very easily mark and it's hard to get these off! I used a wipe to clean of my finger marks but it only left streaks. I dried it with a cloth a couple hours later when I noticed it and that has worked fairly well. The outside of this case works well as a mirror, and the mirror inside is also very handy. oh, and btw, I have green eyes and light brown hair with a medium complexion. The gold eyeshadow is orange based and like to use this underneath the bottom lashes as a liner. The light eyeshadow is a very basic with a beige base -it's a nice shadow to own. The reddish shadow is rather purplish and I think would be hard to use outside this palette. All of these shadows are perfect for blending! The highlighter is very nice and has Yves' signature etched in. I'm not so skilled with highlighters yet, but this is impressive nonetheless. The pink lipstick on the right is the only sparkly lipstick. It is like a dream! The middle lipstick works into a very nice light, nude pink on me. The darker lipstick is perfect for this palette and matches the dark shadow. I could see doing a whole look revolving around this lipstick and the dark shadow. The gold gloss works well over lipstick and is not as goopy as it may seem. When on alone it does not look gold, but for me it highlights my natural color. The blush has a little white (with YSL on it in gold) heart-shaped puff to use-- very cute! The blush really looks great with the colors in the palette and is my first highly pigmented blush. Overall this is a handy palette that is unique and a great alternative to basics. Everything within this palette is satisfactorily long lasting. I'm very happy with this purchase! R.I.P Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent <3
Palettes -Yves Saint Laurent - Opium Powder For Eyes And Complexion
kgrinn 6/16/2008 6:25:00 PM
I've really enjoyed this powder. It is perfect for the upcoming gold trend by Chanel in fall 08. I like to use my big powder brush and put it on my cheeks. I have to take off one lippie because up close the consistency is a bit off. It also doesn't seem to work well as an eye shadow.
Great beauty buy! This is a great eye shadow stick, and sun kissed is a perfect color for this upcoming gold trend by chanel in fall 08. I use this as more of a liner on my top lid. It is very flattering and will last a very, very long time. I love it!
Polishes -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Nail Lacquer - Pink Clouds
kgrinn 6/14/2008 1:06:00 PM
I love this color. It's on my toes right now and looks divine. It can be used in any season and is long lasting. I've never found a better color! It's worth the price because I think it's a unique shade that is tough to come by.
I like this hand soap a lot. I like how it's not flowery, sweet, or just another scent. It seems more organic (not in the certified sense) and has a more natural appeal, which is how I think soap should smell. I also like thinking of how jam packed white tea is with antioxidants, even if (and I'm not sure whether or not) this soap doesn't deliver the benefits. This soap is at my bathroom sink, so I use it multiple times throughout the day and it doesn't dry out my hands. I bought 5 for $15 at a sale!
Hair Styling Tools -TiGi - Bed Head Hair Straightener (Blue)
kgrinn 6/3/2008 9:09:00 AM
I swear I have the thickest head of hair you will ever see. Most people will say, oh my hair is thick, but trust me, until you've seen mine you haven't seen anything. I naturally have brown-blondish curly hair. Not tiny curls, but big soft ones. My rountine: after brushing wet hair to part, I air dry. I can only brush my hair when it's dry right before I take my next shower. Otherwise I look insane with a huge puffy mane. I never thought any straightener could straighten this crazy thick hair. But this does! I can straighten it all perfectly in 30 minutes or if in a hurry I can straighten it for a not-so-perfect-but-straight look in 10 minutes. Improvements that could be made: straightens wet hair and dries at the same time, and a thicker paddle to straighten faster.
Misc Beauty Tools -Tweezerman - Deluxe Lash Curler
kgrinn 6/3/2008 9:00:00 AM
This review is for the plastic tweezerman curler. It is perfect for me. No other curlers can work for me. I can't even get my lashes in my mom's shu uemura that works very well for her! This seems to show that lash curlers really are individual fits. For me, this is such a good curler that I often just curl my lashes after eyeshadow application and use no mascara for the day (I have dark full strong lashes).
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Color Surge Duo in Strawberry Fudge
kgrinn 6/3/2008 8:37:00 AM
I really love this duo. I think the colors are universally flattering. I've always wanted a pinkish shadow and this is it! I got it as a GWP and it's long lasting. Plus I love the little packaging. I've never seen eyeshadows packaged like this and I think it's about time they were! I opted out the little brush for one with bristles (I hate those hard shadow brushes!) I will buy once my sample is out.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 #6
kgrinn 6/3/2008 8:34:00 AM
I have this in another shade, #17, and this formula is very different. This is too smooth and easily comes off. Also, if your lips have some bumps from dead skin it is very (more so than other lipstick) noticeable. I always saw this is a coral but I have realized it is more of a pink and I do like this shade. I used to love this lipstick but since I got #17, I've realized that this formula isn't up to snuff. The packaging is very lux and adorable. I would only buy again if I saw that my formula happens to be different from the majority of these lipsticks.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 #17
kgrinn 6/3/2008 8:28:00 AM
This is a good long lasting lipstick. It is very different from the same product in a different shade, #6. Unlike 6, this seems to be more grainy (which I like) and seems more tangible than the way too smooth #6. This color is very bright and something I would have shyed away from at first, but I love it now! Depending on how much you put on it has a large range of shades, so it's very versatile.Plus the packaging is very cute.
Lip Gloss -Clarins - Colour Quench Lip Balm - 15 Grape Juice
kgrinn 6/3/2008 8:23:00 AM
As the previous buyer said, this does have a ton of lavender glitter. However I use this as a lip stain and it works very well. I'm not a fan of this style of packaging-- a tube with slanted edge to squeeze out balm. I would definitely say this is a gloss, not a balm.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur #34 Golden Copper
kgrinn 6/3/2008 8:20:00 AM
This is extremely long lasting! It even lasted through my night shower. I usually look for pink shades in lipstick but I got this as a GWP and was very surprised at how flattering it is. Definitely recommended!