Blush -Rock & Republic - Contrived Blush in Immoral
theymightbejenny 11/29/2010 12:30:00 PM
R&R make my favorite blushes, but I think I got a dud with this one. Immoral is a retina-scorching orange in the pan, but comes off like a bright peachy pink on the cheek. It has the effect of lighting up your skin while being completely matte. Absolutely gorgeous. However, unlike my other R&R blushes, this one seems a lot less pigmented and the texture is harder. It's very difficult for me to pick up product on my brush (even after swirling) - a 180 flip from the others which only need a tap or two to get enough product. I don't know if all the Immorals are like this or if I just got a dud. Judging from the other matte R&R blushes I have, I'm guessing I just got a bad one. Still, it's beautiful. I love the heavy, shiny packaging and the giant pan - I'll never have to buy blush again! I'd honestly recommend R&R All-Nighter over this one, simply because it's a similar color but much more pigmented, however if sheer blushes are your thing, you may want to give Immoral a go.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Salon Grafix Shaping Hairspray
theymightbejenny 11/2/2010 12:56:00 AM
*Finally* a good hairspray for the money that doesn't break me out! This stuff has just the right amount of hold for my everyday style - not too flimsy, and not like glue. It doesn't have freakin water as the first ingredient (aka cheap filler) and it isn't fragranced. Many fragrant hairsprays break me out, which eliminates a lot of drugstore brands like Tresemme, Garnier, Herbal Essences, etc. This is also very reasonably priced - about $5. Not bad at all, considering the next step up is around $10. I'll definitely keep repurchasing from here on out.
Blush -Rock & Republic - Contrived Pressed Blush - Bedroom
theymightbejenny 11/1/2010 2:44:00 PM
Ah, Bedroom! This has to be one of the front-runners in R&R's blush line. It is a very verstile, matte peachy-pink blush. Most blushes described as "peachy-pink" tend to be more on the bright side, but this one is toned down - more of a medium strength hue. It adds depth as well as color. Absolutely gorgeous for everyday, regardless of season. It does lean warm, but I'm an NW15/20 and can easily pull it off. The color payoff and blendability are both great and the pan is huge. Price is ridiculous, but sales keep cropping up, so it's definitely possible to get it less than retail. I think this shade suits a wide range of skin tones, so if you're on the market for an R&R blush and don't know what to try, give this one a look.
Lust - once again, another great blush from R&R (seems they can do no wrong). The color is a medium rosy pink with a bronzey/dusty undertone and a bit of sheen. The shimmer looks a little disconcerting in the pan, but it's nearly invisible on the skin. I hate the word "glow", but that's kind of the effect it has. This blush has insane color payoff and the pan is huge - it will last you forever. The packaging is beautiful and bulky - people either love it or hate it. I personally love it, although the magnetic closure can sometimes be hard to open if, for instance, you're doing your makeup in the morning and have residual primer on your fingers. Not a big deal though. Lastly, these are wicked expensive ($40) but sales have been cropping up all over the place lately. I think this is a lovely everyday rosy blush. If you're on the market for something similar, this is worth checking out.
I've finally found my HG crease color! Root Beer is a gorgeous med-dark brown with a hint of grey and a pink undertone. My skin tone is neutral but leans slightly cool, so this is perfect for me. Very warm toned people may find this pulls too grey for them, but on me it's the perfect neutral brown. It has a soft, buttery texture and is very blendable. It isn't an all-out shimmer/frost shadow, but does have a pretty sheen. The color payoff is great. It's very reasonably priced - about $4.99. The only problem I have is that NYX products can sometimes be hard to find. The only place close to me that carries NYX is my local ULTA - and they don't have the full collection, including this color. I found this at a Perfumania in an outlet mall which was about an hour away. NYX is readily available online, but they're swatches are garbage. So if you're a try-before-you-buy kinda girl, it may be tough to get your hands on. Other than that, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
This is my everyday MLBB gloss. It's an opaque nude pink with both slightly mauve and peach undertones with no shimmer whatsoever. It is almost exactly the same color as my lips and I love that. It's perfectly neutral, so I can wear it with anything. The texture is a bit thick, but not sticky. It has a cherry scent which a lot of people hate, but I love. It's inexpensive - only about $4 - and you get 15 ml of product, which is great. The packaging is very simple and comes with a slanted doe-foot applicator. I can't think of anything negative to say about this product. It is the perfect, no-fail, goes-with-anything gloss. 5 stars!
This is a decent little foundation, given that you can find a match and it doesn't break you out. Certainly not my favorite, but definitely good for when you need coverage fast. It comes with a sponge which works fine for application, but I like to use it best with a flat-top brush. The coverage is medium and doesn't require building. It blends incredibly easily and must have some silicones in it, because it gives the appearance of smoother skin. You can bust this out and have your foundation done in less than a minute - it's that easy. Because it's not meant for oil control, it does require a good setting powder. My t-zone will definitely get shiny after a few hours, so touch ups are necessary, too. The price is right - about $8, but you can find it on sale easily. It comes in limited shades, so finding a match may be difficult. I'm about NW-20 and the lightest shade matches very well. The packaging is downright stupid, however. The asymmetrical top flips open to reveal the sponge, the bottom half twists off to reveal the product, and there is no mirror. So, unless you have a surface to set something down on, you have to hold both halves of the packaging in your hand WHILE applying with the sponge. And that's assuming you have a mirror. Yeah, not a fan of that. It's extremely clumsy. So overall, if you want quick and easy application, you have skin on the drier side, you don't mind powder touch-ups, and you don't like spending a lot of money, you'll probably dig this foundation. *EDIT* I have to take points off - this did end up breaking me out. I wasn't sure if it was stress or the foundation, but it ended up being the latter. Really sucks, because I loved the quick and easy application+coverage of this guy. =(
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
theymightbejenny 10/6/2010 11:42:00 AM
This powder is just okay. It's definitely a setting powder - not a powder foundation. The coverage is slim to none. It claims to be a mattifying powder and does a decent job, but I have other powders that work better. I always have to touch up with this. Fortunately it hasn't broken me out. The price is average. Sort of expensive for drugstore, but you can always get it on sale. The packaging is awful. The top flips up to reveal the powder and the bottom swivels out to reveal the puff and mirror. It's bulky, yet the plastic feels cheap and very thin. I'll eventually use it up, but I won't be repurchasing.
Styling Products -TRESemme - tres two extra hold hairspray
theymightbejenny 10/6/2010 11:32:00 AM
I like several Tresemme products, so when I needed a new hairspray, I gave this a shot. It was very inexpensive ($3 something) and didn't have water (aka filler) as the first ingredient. Upon use, it seemed alright. I like light hold sprays and it performed just fine. It has a scent that lingers a bit which is kind of annoying, but tolerable. After a few days use, I started to notice some small zits on my forehead, the only place I never break out. I figured it was just hormonal and left it at that. But it got worse and worse and I finally figured it out - the hairspray was obviously breaking me out. Into the trash it goes!
Smile is a peachy pink based lipgloss with pretty gold and pink sparkles. It goes on much more sheer than the tube would have you believe, but I sort of like that - it's just enough color for me. The sparkles are indeed dazzling and multi-facted. It is definitely a sticky gloss, but this also makes it very long-lasting. I can easily get 4+ hours of wear before touching up. The packaging is lovely and simple and has a brush tip applicator. It has the standard MAC vanilla scent but no taste. The major drawback here is the price. Dazzleglasses are $18 bucks a pop, which might not be so bad, but you only get 1.92 g of product in a tube (compare that with the 4.8 g you get in a regular lipglass). Yeah. Despite how pretty it looks, I probably will not re-purchase. Since I'm both poor *and* I tend to use up glosses, these aren't good investments for me. However, if you don't mind the price tag and you like long-lasting, glittery glosses, Smile may be right up your alley.
Patina - another color I wanted to love, but can't. People describe this color as a complex, duo-chrome kind of taupe gold color, but on me it pulls very very yellow. I've tried it paired with different crease colors, but can't get it to work out. It's just... brownish yellow. Like I'm healing from a bruise. The texture is great, though. Good color payoff and good blendability. If you are interested in this color, I strongly recommend trying before buying, ESPECIALLY if you are NW. Sadly, I will probably swap this away.
Shadowy Lady is a gorgeous blackened purple. It definitely leans to the cool side and is a matte shade. The problem with it is the texture. Shadowy Lady is dry, chalky, and difficult to blend (or swatch, for that matter). It works well for smudging out liner or as a liner itself because you're using it in a concentrated manner (even better wet), but when used as a crease color over, it's hard to blend and can get patchy. Not the worst in the world, but there's certainly better out there. MAC released a LE shade called Graphology that is ten times better. If you're on the hunt for a good dark purple, I'd check your CCO for that one before you buy this.
Blanc Type is a great matte highlighter if you have fair to light skin. I much prefer matte highlights to shimmery ones, so I had to give this a try. It's a matte^2 formula, so it's very soft and blendable and has good color payoff. On my skin, it pulls just a tiny bit pink even though it's a cream color with yellow tones. It's not a bad thing, but I prefer my old standby highlight Revlon Vintage Lace a little more because it won't pull pink. However, it's nice to have a magnetized round pan highlighter shade that I can throw into a quad and take with me on trips or wherever. I'd say if you're on the market for a good matte highlight and you prefer round pans over single pots, definitely check this out. However, if you are on a budget and don't mind single pots, check out Revlon Vintage Lace instead. The quality is just as good and you get more product.
Satin Taupe and I are like star-crossed lovers. I want our relationship to work out, but sadly it just isn't meant to be. First off, I personally don't think this color is taupe at all. Maybe I just have a defective one or something, but both in pan and on my skin, it comes off as a warm plum brown with strong pink undertones (similar to the picture above from MAC with it in the paper sleeve). I see very little grey in it at all. This makes it difficult for me to wear on my lids (like I so desperately wanted) because they look irritated. It does work much better in the crease, however. The texture of ST is fantastic, though. It's a frost shade, so I expect good color payoff and blendability and that certainly is the case. For $11 a pan, it's definitely a good shadow to have if the color works for you. For me, though (NW20), it's just not versatile enough to purchase again. A huge let-down for me, and I'm a taupe lover.
This shadow looks incredibly boring in the pan, but my god is it fantastic. Copperplate is a matte taupe that leans slightly cool. It is a matte^2 formula which means that it has a soft and buttery texture. The color payoff is amazing and it is highly blendable. This shadow is the BEST for putting in the crease. Whether you want to pair it with a light shadow on the lid for a daytime look or a dark smokey color on the lid, Copperplate will blend it out perfectly and transition it to your highlight color like a champ. Well worth the cash, especially if you get the pro-pan. An absolute staple/must-have. The only tiny issue I have with this shadow is that because the texture is so soft, it sometimes leaves dust in your palette after being dipped in by a brush. But that's no biggie. Unless you are very super warm-toned (*might* pull too grey), you need this shadow.