Lips -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet
oscarnabby 11/14/2011 9:07:00 AM
My favorite red lip product ever!!!! And for reference, between lipsticks and glosses, I can probably create about 50 different shades of red lips. It was super love at first application....I couldn't believe how much I loved this color :) This is also my favorite of the lip butters, followed closely by Pink Truffle. I have already repurchased...I bought one to keep at home and one for my purse. This is a very classy looking red!
Moisturizers -Cerave - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM
oscarnabby 11/1/2011 8:20:00 AM
I rated this product a 4, but at the same time, I doubt I will buy it again. The reason is, I actually like it better for a daytime moisturizer, but don't use it for that because it lacks SPF. As a nighttime moisturizer, it is alright for the summertime, but too light for winter. I also don't wake up with the kind of glowy, moist skin some other nighttime moisturizers give me, so I don't intend to buy this again. Otherwise, it is a good product, in that it works well under makeup, and it didn't break me out at all.
These lip butters make me wish I'd never bought any other lipstick before, because all my old lipsticks are being completely ignored now. The texture of these is divine. As another reviewer said, they hug your lips nicely, fade evenly, and they don't dry out my lips at all. These provide a very attractive glossiness. No fragrance and no flavor. Sturdy attractive packaging. Paid about $4.50 each during a recent Rite Aid sale. Here's a breakdown of the colors I've tried, from my favorite to least favorite. Red Velvet: a very pigmented neutral red, great for fall and winter. Possibly the single most flattering red I've ever worn on my lips. Creme. Pink Truffle: A beautiful rosy brownish pink. Most people would call this MLBB. It's also very pigmented. Creme. Sugar Plum: A sheer berry plum. Kind of reminds me of a more subtle Clinique Black Honey. It is more translucent than some of the other shades. Sheer creme. Fig Jam: A sheer rosy amber. The stick itself looks pretty brown, but it is sheer like Sugar Plum and when applied is a very pretty, natural looking color. I almost took this back to the store after swatching it on my hand, but I'm glad I didn't because it looks really nice when it mixes with the pink pigmentation of my lips. Sheer creme. I like the name too, and it's pretty for fall. Berry Smoothie: A pretty light-medium pink, almost neutral, but the slightest bit cool-leaning. This one has pink shimmers in it, but they don't feel gritty. Well pigmented, but not as much as Red Velvet and Pink Truffle. Peach Parfait: Pretty clear peach, with subtle golden shimmers. Will be very pretty in the summer with a tan. Pigmentation is similar to Berry Smoothie. Raspberry Pie: A dramatic magenta...very pigmented. Creme. This is the only one I've returned, as it is just too far out of my comfort zone. Those of you who like statement lips will love this one, if it works with your coloring. It is not for the faint of heart. A word of warning...the actual stick is very soft, so don't twist the product too far out of the tube to apply, as it might break off. I only twisted one up about a third of an inch and it broke right off and fell in the sink :( Edit: I purchased Candy Apple, Cherry Tart, and Sweet Tart as well. Candy Apple: A medium warm tomato red. Creme. Less pigmented than Red Velvet, and a bit translucent. Sweet Tart: A medium warm pink. Creme. Similar opacity to Candy Apple. It kind of reminds me of the Candy Pink Colorburst Lipstick. Cherry Tart: A blue based red. Shimmer formula. Slightly translucent. Of the three reds, I feel that Red Velvet somehow looks the most "natural". Candy Apple and Cherry Tart, though pretty, seem to jump out from my face more than I like.
Polishes -OPI - The Muppets Collection - Warm & Fozzie
oscarnabby 10/28/2011 8:10:00 AM
I love this polish. I think it is absolutely perfect for autumn wear. Both previous reviewers have described the color well. I hesitated to buy it because I already own Color Club's Wild and Willing, and thought it might be too close to that one to justify owning both, but I compared both in the store before I purchased, and though they are similar, Warm and Fozzie has a more burnished bronzy base, while Wild and Willing has more rusty, amber-orangish tones. Both polishes are right up my alley...I love this type of nail color for fall. I'm actually thinking of wearing them together, and using the other color as an accent nail color, for an effect that I'm sure nobody but me, or another totally hardcore nail polish fanatic, will even notice :)
I have the non-holo version of this too; the version with more of a brown base. I love this polish. It is so thick it could be a one coater, though I always do two. It reminds me of a beautiful granite countertop, actually. I don't know why I would want my fingernails to look like miniature granite countertops, but I love this very neutral, very unusual polish very much :)
This is a very cool lipgloss. I agree with the first reviewer's description of it as being along the lines of Clinique's Black Honey, but having a pink outcome. I was concerned that this might turn out too hot pink for me, but it looks great (I'm around the 20 range). It doesn't look like an unnatural tacky pink, and I also felt that it brightened and enlivened my coloring. I also like the smell of these lipglosses. Texture is right in the middle, IMO, not too greasy/slippery, like vaseline, but not as sticky as say, a Colorjuice gloss. I'll buy again when I run out, and might buy one for my daughter as well, because I think she'd love it :)
I also love this product. I have it in the cherry, grape and peach varieties. Now, I'm not very picky about the odor and taste of my cosmetics, and I don't find these unpleasant on either count. The cherry is my favorite, especially for light makeup days. It gives my rather unpigmented lips a very fresh wash of reddish pink...I'm actually quite obsessed with this lip balm right now. The grape is also very flattering. It's got enough pink in it to not give the look of hypothermic lips. The peach on me is not very noticeable, but I like it anyway. I find the unwaxy texture of these to be very nice, especially since I unconsiously smoosh my lips together alot. They also last well on me....a couple of hours at least. Ironically, especially when you consider how juvenile the packaging is, I feel like the look on my lips is pleasantly grown-up, and the amount of shine these provide on my lips is just perfect for me at age 44...I don't care for a very wet-shine gloss at this age.
For me, this flakes all over the place, within a couple of hours. It's a pity, because a fresh application provides just the look I dig for my lashes~it makes them a dark, full, fluttery fringe. But to look in the mirror within a couple of hours and see what looks like a sprinkling of dirt beneath my eyes and all over my cheekbones is a deal-breaker. This is the second Maybelline mascara that I would absolutely love if it didn't flake; the first was the regular Full & Soft. And flaking makes a mascara an absolute "never repurchase" in my book.
Lipstick -Milani - HD Advanced Lip Color in "Ignition"
oscarnabby 9/13/2011 8:09:00 AM
This is a really gorgeous summery color! I'd also call it a pink-leaning coral. My favorite way to wear this is just one light coat on my lips...that way a bit of my lip texture shows through, and it is sooo pretty! Makes my skin tone look very vibrant and healthy. I subtracted one lipstick because it doesn't wear that well; it does start to feel drying and waxy, and has below average lasting power. But I'd still buy it again if I used it up, because it is seriously the prettiest coral lip product in my huge collection of lipsticks and glosses.
Wow, so far I absolutely looooveee this blush. I wasn't sure if I should get it, because I already own a Wet n Wild blush that is a deep reddish berry color, but a 40% off sale and $1 off coupon helped me aquire this blush for a mere $3.19!! Now, I know what these other ladies are saying about the pigmentation on this blush...it is incredible, and needs to be applied VERY carefully. Here's how I do it...I lightly lightly touch a big duo fibre brush to the blush, then dab it on the apples of my cheek in a slight circular motion. At this point, I look like a 10 year old playing with Mom's makeup. Then, I grab my flat topped Elf studio powder brush, and blend the blush out from the apples of my cheeks, back along the cheekbones. Presto, instant movie star who has been skiing all day in a glamorous location, effect!! Just kidding. But it really does look very pretty, in a lovely fall-winterish way. In comparison to my Wet n Wild blush, I'm glad I own both, because the Maybelline blush does not contain the gold shimmer of the other blush. It is not completely matte, but there is no shimmer or glitter in the Maybelline blush, however, it leaves a nice satin finish on your cheeks....kind of like the Happy Booster blushes from Physician's Formula. I would say that the lasting power of the Wet n Wild blush appears to be superior as well. I'm very happy with my purchase, however, and would definitely repurchase if I lost or broke this blush. Or in the unlikely event that I actually used it up. My skintone is in the MAC 20 range.
There is really nothing wrong with this nail polish; I selected that I would not buy again because it isn't what I was expecting it to be. It's almost an exact dupe to Cover Girl's Disco Dazzle, except that I would say that the fine glitter is more dense and holographic in the NYX polish, but it's nothing that anyone but a nail polish-aholic would ever notice. So for readers who don't know what this nail polish looks like, it is a clear base in which is suspended lots of fine, silvery holographic microglitter, and some larger round holographic glitter. I couldn't tell from the Cherry Culture swatch what I was going to get when I ordered this, and I was looking for multi-colored glittery bling. Oh well, it was only $1.80, so it's no big deal that it's a dupe to something I already own. Also, I can't comment on wear, because I change my nail color every other day. Application was decently even, though the surface of the polish was rather rough when dry.
This deep purply-magenta polish is so pretty and classy-looking! I found application effortless (I used two coats), and it looked so flattering and sophisticated on my hands...I just wanted to wear nice jewelry the whole time I was wearing it to complement the beauty of it! Wear was fine, but I change my polish every two days or so. I paid $8.50 at a local beauty supply, so it was about $3 more than what I usually pay for a polish, so it feels like a splurge, but definitely a worthwhile splurge. I would buy it again if needed.
I gave this two tries and then returned it. The colors look so beautiful in the package, but the crazy glitter fallout is the deal breaker for me. The other poster did an excellent job describing the colors. L'Oreal eyeshadows are very hit or miss, and this was a huge miss for me. Obviously I wouldn't ever repurchase, since I have to really dislike a product to bother returning it!
I have no complaints at all with this product. Right now I am using it in Light/Medium and it matches my skin perfectly (probably between a 20-25 right now). I use it under my eyes and on pimples and old scars. I use this product after I apply my foundation. I squeeze a half of a rice grain size on my index finger, work it up a bit with the other index finger, dot it under each eye and blend, and then use what is left on spotty areas. This method does not completely blot out imperfections like undereye circles and blemishes, but I feel that it blends them in well enough that they don't jump out at me when I check my reflection in the mirror. It's kind of like smoothing on a second layer of foundation, but for some reason, actually smoothing on a second layer of foundation never gives me the perfection of coverage and finish that this product does. I don't have results like the first picture posted above at all....but everyone's results are different, so I'm just stating my experience with this product, for the record.
I have to stick up for this polish too. I'm an avid reader of nail polish blogs, so I knew beforehand that all the Texas collection sorbets were sheer....that was a big part of their appeal for me. This particular color looked so juicy and beautiful on the blogs that I even went back to get it (I already have Milani's Rad Purple and thought they would be too similar to bother), and I'm glad I did. The formula and color are, IMO, superior to the Milani polish, and I feel that the sorbet polishes have some of the best application of any polishes in my extensive collection (probably 300+, but I'm afraid to get an accurate count). Also, I don't have a problem with visible nail line. I like different effects from my polishes....sometimes I'm really in the mood for the lighter feel a sheer polish imparts, and I think that sheerness gives a very delicate, feminine effect to a manicure. And it's not like visible panty line, sheesh!! I get my OPIs for $6.00 at my local beauty supply store.