Eyeliner -NYX - Super Skinny & Super Fat Eye Marker
ohemeffgee 2/16/2013 4:57:00 PM
Let me preface this by saying that I am an absolute eyeliner junkie. I have liners from a million different brands, from Chanel, Urban Decay, Clinique, Stila, etc. all the way down to Wet N Wild and that nameless stuff you get at Mexican corner stores. This is hands down the easiest liner I've ever used in my life. If I'd had this when I first discovered eyeliner, I could've saved myself a lot of embarrassing pictures. I have the Super Skinny version in Carbon Black. There's not much to say about it, other than that it's simply great at what it does. It stays put on my oil field-like lids, puts down a line that's not too dark and not too light, dries quickly, and can be applied by even the clumsiest person alive (me). This is the liner I would grab if I had 5 minutes to spare and needed to squint into my rearview mirror to put on my make up in the morning. It is foolproof and easy. And this might actually be sacrilege, but I like this even more than the >$30 Chanel eyeliner pen (!!!).
I own a lot of Revlon lipsticks, but I have to say, this is one of the best formulas they've ever put out. It's a beautiful matte texture but never drying or flaky or simply nasty to look at. It's a true bombshell lipstick--the color is a vibrant, true red that screams LOOK AT ME! in the best possible way. Every time someone I know sees me in this, they do a double take and either tell me to tone it down or tell me it looks lovely. It's the kind of lipstick you wear for yourself, to perk up a bad day or simply make life less dull. For reference, I'm an NC25 and it goes great with my skintone. I don't need lipliner with this, and it fades evenly after a few hours. I don't get any patchiness or chola lip ring effect, either. The only reason I wouldn't repurchase is that I could never be faithful to one red lipstick. I have a ton, but this is definitely up there among my favorites.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
ohemeffgee 2/16/2013 4:46:00 PM
Since I've hit pan, I figured I should probably review this. This is a pretty good powder, but I have to say that it simply doesn't control oil for me. I use it as a finishing powder for a nice barely there effect, but I wouldn't miss it if I didn't have it around. Bear in mind that my face is an absolute oil slick disaster zone--I know people who adore this powder and can go all day without touching up when using it. But for me... nope. It's Little League when I need something from the MLB. For reference, I'm NC25 and I wear it in Cream. It's a good match. P.S. The packaging is, without a doubt, one of the worst I've come across. It's stupendously bad.
Powder -Neutrogena - Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation
ohemeffgee 2/16/2013 4:25:00 PM
I've never had a whole lot of luck with drugstore foundations besides the occasional Revlon gem. I generally stick with ELDW, MUFE, Stila, etc. but I've been on a drugstore make up kick (trying to do away with spending craploads of money on ineffective HE stuff). I picked some of this up on a whim, since I'm a sucker for pressed powder foundations. They just look so damn convenient and neat...and they've almost never worked for me. This is one of the few that I've worn more than a couple of times. It gives me a great airbrushed look, has medium to full coverage, and doesn't leave that nasty powdery finish behind. I apply with a kabuki and buff well. Try spritzing your kabuki with water for fuller coverage. Shine control is merely average for me, but I've got the shiniest face for miles even with ELDW, so it probably will do the trick for you. It applies very well over silicone based primers or bare skin, doesn't accentuate flakes, and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. In other words, it's a perfect everyday or natural look foundation. I set with UD All Nighter for a my skin but much, much, much better look. For reference, I'm an NC25 and wear this in Nude 40. It's a pretty good match.
Top/Base Coats -Wet 'n' Wild - Clear Nail Protector
ohemeffgee 2/16/2013 4:17:00 PM
Great top coat for dirt cheap. Works just as well as any high end top coat I've used, and can be had for under a dollar at any drugstore you come across. Leaves a glossy, level look, dries quickly, and makes your manicure last over a week if you're careful about it. Best drugstore nail find IME along with Revlon Colorstay base coat. Go out and get some so you can do away with spending $10 on a top coat :)
I wanted to like this. I really, really, really, REALLY, REALLY wanted to like this. I have skin that produces more oil than Saudi Arabia. Almost nothing can control it--not Milk of Magnesia, silicone based primers, or pure bentonite clay powder--and almost no foundations can even stay on for more than a few hours. This one did. That alone made me want to hang tight and never let go. Alas, there was a fly in the ointment. No matter what I did, it didn't sit "right" on my skin. I tried applying it with a kabuki dry, a wet kabuki, a kabuki spritzed with water, a flat top brush wet and dry, a puff, etc. Either it was too sheer and did nothing to disguise my imperfections, or it was mask-like. In both cases, it was extremely powdery. Only a generous spray of UD All Nighter kept me from looking ghastly. The packaging was so convenient and sanitary, the price was so good, the oil control was exceptional, but the finish just killed it for me. I didn't get the airbrushed effect everyone else did, even over silicone based primers, powder primers, and natural gel primers. I tried pretty much everything to get this to work, y'all. I am planning to return mine. For reference, I bought Cypress Beige, which was slightly pink but otherwise a good match for my NC25 skin. If anyone's interested, powder foundations that DO give me that airbrushed effect: Benefit Get Even, Neutrogena Mineral Pressed Powder, Maybelline Dream Matte. Unfortunately for me, they don't control my oil. It seems I'll have to leave powder foundations and their convenience behind and stick to my old liquid and creme standbys ): Three stars for the oil control alone.
FINALLY, a good shaving cream that isn't crazy expensive. Before I got this, I had been using Noxzema to shave with, which was cheap but terrible. I get ingrown hairs and rashes from shaving really easily, but KMF prevents that and actually makes shaving not suck for once. It even gives me a good shave using cheapy disposable razors. LOVE. If this ever gets discontinued, I'm really not sure what I'm going to do. Invest in an epilator, probably.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
ohemeffgee 1/16/2011 4:02:00 PM
To start: I do like Too Faced Shadow Insurance more than this primer, even though conventional wisdom says that UDPP would've worked better with my oily lids. I find UDPP to have a little too much slip on my lids, and it doesn't hold color quite like TFSI in my experience. It's also harder to blend on top of UDPP than with TFSI. I do, however, prefer using UDPP when I have to prime under a base like MAC CCBs or Paint Pots, because, for some reason, it makes my lids feel less "thick" after I've finished adding another 3 eyeshadows on top lol. If you're trying to decide between TFSI and UDPP, another thing to remember is that TFSI comes with a teensy bit more in the package, and the packaging on UDPP (the old geenie bottle thing anyways) is godawful.
My second Greasepaint is this one in Uniformly Blue, which is a glittery, off-black blue that is absolutely freaking gorgeous. If you have the Greasepaint in black, imagine that but with a blueish undertone instead of a red-purple one. As a liner the quality is quite good--smudgeable but you WILL need to prime first if you have oily lids and want it to stay put all day. My only caveat is that it's almost a little too black to be able to see the difference between this shade and just a kohl liner on a space as small as the eye. On the back of your hand, yes, but on the eye...? I don't know if it was worth the extra money.
I'm NC25, and this is a lovely warm pink/coral on me. Good for everyday or for dressier looks. Doesn't overpower any other mu you're wearing. Not a stand-out color but a great "background." For some reason this seems a little slicker than the other MAC l/s that I have, and that gets annoying when I end up having to blot a few times to get all the accidental excess off.
My current cleanser. I'm on my fourth bottle of this stuff, and when I use it 2/day with my Pretika, I have amazingggg skin. It's the only cleanser I've found that does this for me. I docked a point for the awful packaging and the fact that, in order for it to work (for me), I have to leave it on for quite a while before I wash it off (~20 minutes), and that can be a serious PITA. Will not remove your MU. I use an oil cleanser before this one. This is the best I've found in my endless search, however, so I definitely rec if you have acne/lines. Also gives you that great healthy glow.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Liquid Eyeliner in Minx [DISCONTINUED]
ohemeffgee 11/14/2009 6:34:00 PM
I LOVE UD liquid liners, and this one is my absolute favorite of the ones I have. Minx is a beautiful, vibrant, bright, eye catching shade of turquoise that makes people stop and look. The formula stays on all day, through sweat, tears, and rain, as with all the UD liners, and Minx in particular has great last power for me. The first time I tried it, I slicked on a little over MAC Greasepaint, looked in the mirror, and did a double-take. I cannot stress how beautiful the color of this liner is in real life. One of my favorite liners ever (and I have a TON), and the perfect way to spice up a boring eye, or for those days you feel daring, or for clubbing or going out at night...basically for EVERYTHING. Five lippies.
Smog got me hooked onto UD liquid liners, even though I absolutely despise the impracticality of UD packaging. These pots need a nice lip to wipe off the excess liquid on...but anyways--Ecstasy. It's a beautiful vibrant purple with the most beautiful "wet" sheen, and, as with all the liners, it would stay on through a hurricane or some other similarly catastrophic event. I have brown eyes, and this really makes them pop, as well as being just plain beautiful. The formula on this one is a a little bit more liquidy and weak than I'm used too, so I docked a lippie, but I still adore it.
Palettes -Urban Decay - Book of Shadows Vol. II [DISCONTINUED]
ohemeffgee 11/14/2009 6:21:00 PM
Mmmm, love this palette. I've got a ton of e/s, so I haven't been using this on a daily basis, but I am quite impressed. I love Urban Decay shadows, and these are, as usual, excellent quality. I also loved the 24/7 liners included with it, it was a great way to sample them without having to pay the $17. There are some beautiful vibrants (my favorite is Jinx), some nudes, a few great smokey colors (Perversion, Gunmetal), and a few glitterbombs (MCRA). Glitterbombs are not really my thing, but the rest of the palette makes up for it. With UDPP or TFSI, they will last all day, they're as smooth as butter, and blend like a dream. I can't wait to try all the combos I can think of!!!
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
ohemeffgee 11/14/2009 6:13:00 PM
This is slightly tackier feeling in comparison to UDPP, but I adore this more simply because the packaging is simple and to the point. It also contains a tiny bit more product than UDPP, and hey, if I can save money and annoyance by buying this, TFSI it is. It makes even the cheapest eyeshadows last all day, and doesn't affect blendability while enhancing color intensity. LOVE it!