This is my only hand/body lotion and it's for good reason. It absorbs well yet lasts, even in an extremely dry climate. I have uber-sensitive skin with keratosis pilaris and this lotion seems to help a bit (at least not made it worse like some other lotions have). As it has no scent, so I love how it doesn't clash with anything else I use fragrance-wise. It's the only lotion my family likes now--a state of emergency is issued when we are running low. The simple ingredients are a plus.
Nice bright yet sheer pink. Nice smooth, non-sticky texture. Nice taste/smell. Too bad it lasted for under 30 minutes. Will not repurchase.
Lip Liners -Unlisted Brand - mineral fusion - splendid
saffronia 5/31/2011 8:03:00 PM
This is my daily lip liner. It matches my natural lip color perfectly. It keeps gloss and lipstick in place as any liner should. I also love that I can simply pick one up when I'm at Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage. What's so extra special about this liner is the benign ingredients. I only wish it was an automatic pencil...
After my beloved MAC Slimshine in Gaily was discontinued, I began searching for a suitable replacement--something sheer and not too orange nor too pink--that perfect shade of coral. Well, after quite some time of trial and always error, I tried out Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate. The main difference is in the sheerness (Korres is more sheer), and the flavor (Korres is much more subdued). Pros: Pomegranate looks like a beautiful sheer coral, is not sticky, has a nice natural glossy shine, and tastes fantastic (which to me means no real discernible taste/smell). Cons: like any gloss, the effect is short-lived and the jar packaging is not the most sanitary. Don't think I'll repurchase. The search continues...
Nice brush and application. Lashes looked nicely defined without looking spidery. Looked great for about 2 hours, then flaked and smudged. Also, this mascara smelled very strong--strong enough my eyes watered a bit throughout the day...pity...
Throughout most of my cosmetic-using life, I've been searching for a product to "get rid" of my under-eye circles (mine are of the blue-purple variety). Most of my trials of concealers have ended in the product A.) not doing anything--no coverage, B.) disappearing within a few hours of application, C.) creasing, and/or D.) separating and look splotcy. Products I have tried and failed me are: YSL Touche Eclat, Makeup for Ever HD Concealer, MAC Select Cover (the best of the lot), Benefit Eye Bright pencil, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, the list goes on and on. This Sally Hansen/Carmindy brightener is the best "concealer" for under-eye circles I have found so far. It blends smoothly, last throughout most of the day, and, as opposed to covering my circles, it more or less deflects them--making them not as noticeable. It's not perfect as it does wear off toward the end of the day, but it is definitely the best I've used so far--the least it does is make one look refreshed. Will try CG Simply Ageless Corrector when I'm out of this as it was highly recommended by a friend--I'll be shocked if I prefer it, but I'm always lookin'... ***EDIT*** 8/20/2011: Tried some other products, and I still haven't found anything better. ***EDIT*** 5/27/2012: as this is getting harder (impossible) to find, I've had to switch over to MAC's Pro Longwear concealer--best thing I've used in life so far!
Dervish pretty much matches my natural lip color. It is a bit cooler on me and shows up a bit pinky, but not too blue/pink or too brown (Spice was way too brown on me). I like Subculture for warmer, more peachy-nude colors. **EDIT** 8/2/2011: I don't bother now with more than one lipliner; now it's Mineral Fusion in Splendid--my perfect shade.
Perfect lipliner for a more nude lip. It is on the warmer side on me, but not too orange or brown (Spice was way too brown on me). I like Dervish for cooler, pinker colors. **EDIT** 8/2/2011: I don't bother now with more than one lipliner; now it's Mineral Fusion in Splendid--my perfect shade.
I love this as a lid color. Nice subtle shimmer. Color is more of a shimmering sandy peach, but not too orange. Long-lasting, color stays true, and is super-blendable, like all MAC eyeshadows.
Cork is my daily go-to eyeshadow for the crease. The color is a warmer medium brown, a bit more yellow than red or orange. It blends with my red hair nicely. Easy to blend. And, as with all MAC eyeshadows, the wear, color, and texture is excellent and true.
Perfect for all-over lid color. Color is a neutral pinky-peachy-beige; not too pink, orange, or yellow (at least on me). Finish is more matte. And, as with all MAC eyeshadows, the wear, color, and texture is excellent and true.
Perfect for highlighting under brow and in the inner-corner eye area. Color is a light off-white with subtle shimmer. I honestly cannot find anything that comes close to MAC eyeshadows in wear, color, and texture.
This is my one and only blush. The color perfectly matches my natural blushing color. I remember the first time I bought it, I thought it looked way too bright, but the MUA insisted I try it--SO glad I took her advice. To me, it is the perfect neutral rosy-cheek shade--not too pink, not too peach, and not too red, and, it has a more matte/natural finish. A friend of mine from Barbados who has very dark skin loves this color too; it seems to be universally flattering.
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
saffronia 11/14/2009 8:05:00 PM
This is my HG finishing powder. I really cannot go a day without using this stuff--with or without foundation underneath. I am a bit oily and find it doesn't absorb oil as well as MAC Blot powder, but the finish it gives is airbrush-quality and worth the occasional shiny nose. ***EDIT*** 5/27/12: After trying MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, I have completely switched to MAC's. MUFE's HD powder started to exacerbate flakes and cast a whitish-ghastly look on my already extremely pale complexion (NC15-ish). MAC's is fitting the bill nicely and not upsetting the drier areas while absorbing better in the more oily areas.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
saffronia 11/14/2009 7:59:00 PM
I am quite "blessed" with oily eyelids. This, and UDPP have been miracleworkers. I do much prefer the packaging with Shadow Insurance though, so my search for eyeshadow primer has finally ended--happily.