Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Mineral Eyeliner
taralynn36 1/7/2013 10:33:00 AM
I have 4 of these gems. They are eyeliner in mineral powder form and come in small 5 gram sifter jars. I prefer to use them wet for more intensity. I mix a small drop of E.L.F. Lock & Seal with the powder and apply it with E.L.F.'s small smudge brush and the application is perfect and it will literally last until I take it off. I have uploaded a picture of each using a flash and no flash but they don't really do the shades justice. They are much more beautiful than they appear. Here is a breakdown of the colors I have:
Espresso - a nice very dark brown with just the slightest hint of shimmer.
Twilight - a beautiful shimmery blue-grey. This really makes blue eyes stand out. I think it's a tad bit darker than the picture shows.
Teal - this is one of my favorite eyeliners, it is a blue-green almost peacock color. It is a little lighter than the other colors so I usually layer it for more intensity. The greenish blue shimmer doesn't show up in the pictures as much as it does in real life.
Fig - a slightly shimmery plum-brown color. The shimmer is very slight. This would probably be great for hazel or green eyes but I like it on my blue as well. The purple shimmers are just gorgeous.
These are great deal for $7. I have had twilight and espresso for 6 months and hardly put a dent in them. It takes very little product to line your eyes. I have several pencil eyeliners but I find myself grabbing these most of the time although they take more work. I just wish they made a bronze color.
I wanted to start a review for their blush in general. I own sample sizes of 7 of their blushes as well as 2 full size. I started off in love with their foundations then their blushes. Now I love their mineral liners. Their descriptions of their blushes are very spot on colorwise. On me, they last through most of the workday with minimal fading although when I partner them with MUFE HD blush it lasts longer. Since I have so many sample sizes, they last a very long time. I haven't even gotten close to using up a sample and I had some for 6 months. And they are only $2.50 per sample! The 2 full size I use are for a highlighter and a bronzer. I have uploaded a picture but it is kind of hard to tell the colors but I hope it helps. Here is a breakdown of the shades I use:
Soft Pink - a very light mauve pink. On my Nc25 skin this is to pale for a blush and too dark for a highlighter. I decanted some for a swap and mixed in Snow White for use as a highlighter which I love. It is shimmery as opposed to the glitter in Afterglow
Healthy - A nice bronze color for lighter skin. It's what I use it for and it does make your skin look healthy.
Sweetcheeks - a nice dusty rose - has just a touch of brown
Precious - a pink with a touch of peach
Juicy Peach - a sheer coral that can build in intensity - one of my favorites. Will look great with a tan and minimal make-up during summer
Petal - a true rose pink blush
Afterglow - a highlighter shade that's a pale peach color with glitter. A little more glitter than I like.
Matte Rose - a rosy nude with no shimmer
Matte Apricot - a matte coral nude shade with no shimmer
I have the soft pink & healthy in the full size and I love both. Juicy peach has to be my favorite in the blush line along with Petal. My next purchase will be trying the remaining shades. I highly recommend them.
Styling Products -Garnier - XXL Volume Mousse Ultimate Body Ultra Strong
taralynn36 1/6/2013 5:14:00 PM
I actually like this product. I have fine, color-treated hair that reaches to my shoulders. This gives me volume and it really gives me great hold. Most of the volumizing mousses I have used do not give me any hold but this one does. I can even use a round brush to get a flip when I dry my hair where most of the time I have to use a heat-styling brush for that. It does make my hair feel a little dry though. I just use a 1/2 squirt extra of my serum to make it softer. But I'll buy again because of the hold.
I hate to bring down the good reviews but this just didn't work for me. For the last 3 years or so I have been using the Ion brand from Sally's which I absolutely adore. I have medium blonde hair which I usually lighten with 9v, 10v or 10a. The last time I used it was with the 12v high-lift because I wanted to go more platinum. It worked really well. When I was at Sally's to pick up more the SA was signing the praises of this line to another customer. It sounded great so I thought I would try it. I purchased the 12a high-lift (with ash tones).
It does smell nice & seemed gentle but that's about the only thing good I can say. It did not lift my new growth very much and made it very gold. The previously lightened areas were very ashy, almost green tinted. I followed the directions precisely and use a protein filler before hand. I had 2-toned hair that didn't look great.
I waited a month and used my Ion 12v and my hair looks great again. All one color again. The darker colors may work very well and based on the reviews they must. But I would warn people about using the lightest or high-lift colors.
Highlighters -Hard Candy - Glow All The Way in Doll Face
taralynn36 11/18/2012 11:31:00 AM
I'm very pleased with this purchase. You get a ton of product for very little price. I've tried more expensive, high end products but this is just as good and at a more reasonable price. For me on my NC25 skin, it leaves a slight shimmer that blends into my skin tone. I use a pea-sized amount on the top of both cheekbones and over my eyebrows and it makes my skin glow without being overly shimmery. For me, it really is a glow. It does look pink out of the tube but like the other reviewer stated, it melds into my more yellow but fair skin. I'm going to try the bronze glow to mix into my body lotions for an all-over glow.
Treatments -Avon - ANEW CLINICAL Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid
taralynn36 11/10/2012 11:10:00 AM
This is a fantastic serum. I was going back and forth between this and the Reversalist serum which also has great reviews. I ended up getting this one for $13 from eBay, which quite frankly influenced me to get it. I'll have to say it was worth every penny. I love how this makes my skin look and feel. I occasionally get a few bumps here and there from clogged pores. I've been using this for 2 weeks and haven't got a single one. My skin is so much smoother and I swear my pores are smaller. I use this in the a.m. under my Skin79 BB cream which goes on much smoother. Then in the p.m. I use it underneath my Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. I was worried about using this underneath a retinol product but I have had no sensitivity. As far as the packaging, the bottle looks nice but I'm not crazy about the dropper, a smaller one would have been better. I would like to try the Reveraslist serum at some point but I would definitely buy this again.
EDIT: After using this for 2 months I have not had a single breakout. This stuff really is fantastic. I use 2x a day and still have 1/2 bottle left.
I liked this although I thought it smells a lot like Imari Seduction. When I smell this I think it smells like a mix between Imari Seduction and BB&W Twilight Woods. The bottle is definitely like BB&W edt sprays. I received the set of 1.7 oz with the shower gel & lotion dirt cheap which is nice. I sprayed at 7 a.m. and at 7 at night I can still faintly smell it so the lasting power is good. I really don't get citrus, I smell plum and woods which is why it reminds me of the two I named. It's very nice though.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Cashmere Glow
taralynn36 10/10/2012 7:55:00 PM
The other reviews summed this fragrance up nicely so I won't go into much detail on the scent but instead give you my take on this compared to other BBW products.
This is a nice fragrance but like a reviewer below, I found this to be too much like Twilight Woods. TW is definitely a deeper fragrance while CG is more light and more vanilla. I prefer deeper, muskier scents so I prefer Twilight Woods I think. I might buy Cashmere Glow when I run out of Twilight Woods at some point. I think if you already have one, you probably wouldn't want the other.
I truly think that if this was a color by OPI or another well-known brand, that this would achieve cult status or at least be highly sought after. I typically don't care for Avon's nail polish but it has been awhile since I've tried one. This is truly a beautiful color that is actually hard to describe. It has a whitish grey base with green and lilac duochrome sheen to it. It reminds me of an opal. It is definitely opaque in 2 coats which is a pleasant surprise. I expected that it would be semi-sheer but it's not. The only thing is that you definitely need a topcoat for shine as on it's own it's slightly dull.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Foundation
taralynn36 7/25/2012 11:53:00 AM
Hands down the best foundation I've ever used. I like it much better than MAC Studio Fix powder and Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte. I used N5 & Winged Butter respectively of the previous too and use Creamy Bisque in this line. Now that it's summer and I am a bit darker, I'll try to go up a notch as it's a little light. I use this over Skin79 Gold BB cream and my skin looks flawless. I use both OCC in the foundation and finishing powder (with the Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer brush) and spritz with homemade setting spray. What makes me love this over the other 2 powders was when I was working, I would have to blot after lunch and at the end of the school day I was really oily. With this I don't blot at all. I don't need too. It does a fantastic job keeping my skin looking fresh. I'm so happy with this company that I switched over to their blushes and use their mineral liners which are fantastic. I'm not crazy about the eyeshadows though. I found them hard to blend.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Matte Apricot Blush
taralynn36 7/25/2012 11:43:00 AM
I have both the matte apricot and matte rose in the sample sizes. Because I switch it up, these samples are lasting forever and are perfect for traveling. Both give a nice natural glow to your cheeks. As the name suggests, the apricot gives a coral flush while the rose is a more darker almost peachy pink. I thought I loved the Milani Baked Blushes but these are taking over my cabinet.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Blush in Healthy
taralynn36 7/25/2012 11:41:00 AM
This has recently replaced all my other bronzers. It's marketed as more of a blush but it works best for me as a bronzer on my NC25 skin. It gives a great healthy glow. Healthy is a good name for it. There is a slight bit of shimmer but it doesn't overwhelm your face. It's about perfect. Lucy Mineral products have taken over my makeup drawer. I love their foundation, finishing powder, blushes, and mineral eyeliners.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
taralynn36 5/31/2012 10:40:00 PM
I like these. I used to use one everyday right after lunch as I would notice my skin getting oily around my t-zone. They do a great job at absorbing the oil without messing up my makeup. They work well at what they are supposed to do.
On a side note, I think it's funny how people comment about using the Starbucks napkins. Yes they work and I have used them when I am there. But they aren't free. They still cost money to buy and manufacture.That's why you are paying 4 bucks for a measly cup of coffee. :)
I have several higher end shadows including the UD Naked Palette and I find myself using this shadow again and again. I use it with my TFSI and it literally lasts all day. It's a gorgeous taupe that is slightly cool. I use it as an allover wash with Jane's Eyezing in Dream Cream (which is a yellowish cream) and it's my go to eye look. Like I said, I find myself using these more than my Naked palette.
Treatments (Eye) -Olay - age defying anti-wrinkle eye cream
taralynn36 3/10/2012 2:42:00 PM
I might buy this again. It's very hydrating which is what I'm looking for. My skin is very dry in the winter, especially living in the desert. This does a great job hydrating my undereye area. But I believe products can prevent fine lines and wrinkles but there really isn't anything out there (and I've tried lots) that is a magic cream that will banish lines completely. I have had no allergic reactions, redness, or stinging but my skin is not sensitive. To me, it's a no-nonsense moisturizer for your eyes. Olay shouldn't have named it anti-wrinkle or age-defying though since I really don't think it is.