I am happy with this color as either an eyelid highlight color or an over lid wash color. This color is very similar to MAC Phloof. This is a frosty champagne color that has a slightly cool/pink/silver tone to it. I always apply these shadows with my finger. They really do stay on all day and don't really wear or wash away during the day. I wasn't quick to believe the hype on these, but they really are great!
I'm surprised this one doesn't have better reviews. I really like using this as an every day kind of shadow. I use this on top of primer, and then usually use other shadows on top. This is a great base color, depending on your skin tone. I'm nc20-25, and this does a nice job of evening and brightening my skin tone. I like that this is not too yellow or too orange in tone for a neutral light color. For those with eyelid discoloration like me, this does a great job of helping out either as a quick color for the day or a base for other colors. I always apply these shadows with my finger. They really do stay on all day and don't really wear or wash away during the day. I wasn't quick to believe the hype on these, but they really are great!
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
lexijojohnson 6/20/2012 8:17:00 AM
I don't have an issue with the product itself, but the color really did not work for me. I was hoping for this to be a sheer MLBB color (since so many had described it as that), and it ended up as a plummy-muddy color (I'm NC20-25 for reference). I liked that it is a minty lip product, and that it glides on nicely. It seems like the color would definitely stay put, but not feel drying. I also bought one of these in Cherish, and that color really did not work either.
I was investigating the different options for oxygen cleansers and masks and came across some reviews for this product. I thought I would give it a shot, so I ordered on ebay, and have been using this at night for about a week. This seems to be clearing up my skin already! It seems to be drying up the bumps that I had (as a result of trying a new BB cream, I suspect). This has an interesting, cooling sensation when you put it on your skin. To me, this smells a lot like the LUSH Coal Face soap. The bottle recommends that you do not get this in your eyes - I would definitely advise to heed that warning! I leave this on my skin for a few minutes, and then rinse. The bottle recommends to rinse with cool water. I would do this if I was at the sink, but since I'm in the shower when I use this at night, I have just been rinsing with regular warm water. I'll try it with cool water sometime. I feel like one pump is a good amount with which to cleanse your face. This gets the job done, and your skin feels really clean, but not stripped. I would recommend this to someone who is having issues with their skin and would like something to help their fight for clear skin. I got this on ebay for $8. I believe this is sold at stores as well - on the neaclear website they have a store list. A lot of grocery stores are listed, as well as ULTA, and CVS. Amazon.com and ebay also sell this.
I have not yet done a review on a Rx. I went through some time where my skin started to act up and I needed to try a new OCP. I went on Yaz, and have been on that for about a year. I started to read about Spiro, and how that can also really help hormonal acne. I went to my MD, discussed my options with her (she had also discussed Accutane), and we decided to try me on Spiro first. After maybe 6 weeks, I started to notice a difference. My hormonal breakouts on my jawline are now gone, and I get a blemish here and there, but they are just from clogged pores. I would recommend this to someone who is having trouble with hormonal breakouts that does not have any kidney issues, who is looking for something that can compliment an OCP regimen.
I first tried the China Glaze Fast Forward top coat. I really didn't care for that - it smelled like sweeter version of White Out, and didn't work very well. This top cost dries faster, does not have the obtrusive scent, and doesn't smudge or do anything weird to my nails.
This is a really lovely bronzer for those of us who are pale. I am NC20, and this is great for me...gives me a little bit of color without being overwhelming or sparkly. It almost works as a contour color, and is very neutral in tone (not orange, not muddy brown, not red-brown). I used to own the original Chocolate Soleil and found that this Milk Chocolate version is not as strongly scented (or maybe just smells more like milk chocolate which is a bit more toned down) as the original, which made me happy, because I am the minority that doesn't love that strong chocolate scent. I had a little bit of a tough time deciding to get this or not because I thought it was likely very similar in color to the PF Healthy Wear bronzer in Light that I already had. However, this item offers far better quality (as it should for $29!), and is absolutely matte, where the PF Healthy Wear is lightly shimmery. In comparison, I found the TF to be infinitely better in pigment and so much smoother - the PF is chalky and feels cheap when compared to the TF. For those of us that found the original Chocolate Soleil to be a bit too ruddy and maybe a hair darker than we wanted, this new Milk Chocolate version may be just what you've been waiting for!
When I first saw the swatches of the OPI NYC Ballet collection, I was pretty excited. I thought that I would want at least 3 colors, but only ended up getting this one. I already had Sephora for OPI Flurry Up! at home, and thought that this was likely to be so similar that I wouldn't want to get this one. I tried this in the store and liked it, and found that it wasn't so chunky as the Flurry Up. I got it home, and compared the two (I have a pic in my profile), and indeed this one is much less chunky than the Flurry Up. The large sparkles in this one are not as much of a dark silver as the sparkles in Flurry Up, more of a light, bright silver. I have used this over nude polishes, and also over opaque colors; it looks great with both. One caution is that this is hard to get off your nails! It takes a little elbow grease, but if you don't mind, this is a lovely color, and a great addition to my NP collection!
This is another great shadow from Catrice. This color would be a great dupe for MAC Copperplate, and a few other taupe-grey colors that are popular. I really like almost all of the Catrice shadows I have tried, and this one is no exception. This is a matte, taupe-grey color that looks great on the lid or in the crease. It blends easily, has great pigment, and lasts all day with primer. This is a great shadow to add to your collection!
This is a pretty good dupe for the MAC Naked Lunch shadow. This is a champagne-peach color that has a bit of frost to it, but not overwhelming, and not shimmer. This is a nice all-over the lid color, or also looks great just as a highlighter shade in few areas. The texture is nice, and this lasts well throughout the day with primer. I don't reach for this often, but I also didn't reach for MAC's Naked Lunch often when I had it. This is something I would probably be more likely to use on someone else and think it's gorg, but on me it's just OK. While the quality and cost are great, I don't think I would buy again only because I'm not reaching for it.
BB Cream -Unlisted Brand - Baviphat - Dream Girls BB Cream for Oily Skin
lexijojohnson 4/18/2012 8:16:00 AM
I have been testing out BB creams lately and wanted to try one that is good for oily skin. This product is great for oily skin, but it is super thick, sets super fast, and because of those two things is hard to blend and hard to work with. In terms of color, this is super light and super pink. It would be bes suited to those who are NW20 or lighter. This really works well for oily skin- it didn't move all day (10 hours). If you can work fast somehow with this, those in those shades mentioned above with oily skin will likely be happy with this!
I am not sure that I would repurchase, but I'm leaning more toward yes than no. First, when this comes out of the bottle, it looks like there is no way it is going to match your skin. I am NC20-25, and got this in #21. It came out as some mid-toned color with grey/pink undertones...but, it kind of just melted into the tone of my skin, and settled nicely. I like the look this gives me skin - finished and even-toned, but not completely matte. The scent of this may bother some people. I find it pleasant - kind of an orange blossom or other citrus/flower scent. The staying power of this leaves a little to be desired, but I've definitely had worse. This also feels very nice on the skin - I enjoyed how moisturized my skin felt while wearing this. I'm trying BBs right now for the first time, and I have a few more I would like to try - so more reviews are coming! I will be happy to be able to compare this to other BBs. My only criticism is that this can stick a bit to any dry spots you might have. Edit: I'm pretty sure this is breaking me out. I'm going to try other BB creams and hope for a better outcome.
I don't have a lot of positive things to say about this powder other than the shade (it is more yellow toned) and the scent. I was pleased with both of those, but everything is lacking. The packaging (per usual for PF, IMO) is bulky and heavy and not good. It comes with a brush, as most of their powders/brushes do, but they are not good quality, pretty useless. I wish they wouldn't bother including them and then the packaging could be less bulky. I found that this powder just kind of settled over my pores, which was weird, and didn't do much or last long. PF powders are spendy, for being a drugstore brand, and this just doesn't do the trick for that price. I'm NC20, and this matched me nicely, but just doesn't get the job done to keep my face matte.
I am lucky to have a few swappers that I now count almost more like friends that are in EU and can get these Catrice items for me that are not sold in the US (our loss!). I have been really impressed with the pigment of these Catrice shadows. The packaging is thick clear plastic that is a bit clunky, but really cushion an impact if you are a klutz like me with your makeup. I actually depotted mine, and they came out really well and are now nicely lined up in my Z-palette. I have 4 of these now, and would like to add to them. This shadow is a pretty neutral mid-tone matte brown. I would describe it as a mix of UD matte shadows in Shakedown and Secret Service (leaning maybe more toward Shakedown). It isn't too warm, and isn't too cool. This has great pigment, is a true matte shadow, and you get a lot of product in the pan. This could be used as a nice lid or crease color to do a little more intensified neutral, or could be used along the lash line with a liner to smudge/smoke out the eye. A great shade for many skin tones - great quality, low price, highly recommended!
I am lucky to have a few swappers that I now count almost more like friends that are in EU and can get these Catrice items for me that are not sold in the US (our loss!). I have been really impressed with the pigment of these Catrice shadows. The packaging is thick clear plastic that is a bit clunky, but really cushion an impact if you are a klutz like me with your makeup. I actually depotted mine, and they came out really well and are now nicely lined up in my Z-palette. I have 4 of these now, and would like to add to them. This color reminds me a lot of MAC Mystery, but more smokey/deeper color, and with WAY better pigment. I often wear this as just a liner, or use this one top of a liner to smudge it out - it's smokey and gorgeous and a little goes a long way. You get so much product with these shadows, and they are really intensely pigmented (at least the matte ones, IMO). I love these shadows, and highly recommend this shade!