Real life Mildew is ugly. More like a dark forest green with blue and black matte undertones. Not that I examine mildew alot, or anything. lol On the other hand, Urban Decay's Mildew is the opposite of ugly. Having green eyes and light skin, I have difficulty finding the right green shadow. But Mildew is the one! The color is a straight medium green with a little gold undertone to it. Very beautiful and it does bring out my green eyes too! Urban Decay eyeshadows seem to get a bad rap about being glitter-tabolous, but mildew does not contain any glitter whatsoever (for those who fear glitter). All in all a very easy to work with, wearable, and with UD PP stays on all day. [LLL/neutral undertone/ greeneyes/ dark brown hair]
Palettes -Stila - Winter Blooms Palette in Iced Plums
tobytails 12/14/2005 8:08:00 PM
The only eyeshadows that I own from Stila are in palette form, in which I have had very good luck with. When I first saw Iced Plums on Stila's website I became excited for 2 reasons. First, the packaging is sooo adorable. Second, I love plums and purples against my light skin and green eyes. So I put Iced Plums on my personal wishlist and recieved it as a gift. :) I was not disspointed by the packaging, nor the colors at first glance. There's 3 eyeshadow colors and a blush. The blush gives me a pink glowy girly look. The base shade is a light mauve, the crease shade is a muted purple, the liner is a dark violet. Very do-able colors. However, I don't know if I'm applying the colors wrong, but the result is sort of drab. I was expecting to be a knockout! I'm not giving up on this palette yet. I'm going to try different combinations and use other eyeshadows along with this to see if I can get it to work. [LLL/neutral/green eyes/dark brown hair]
I selected this product during on of my most recent Sephora.com hauls as a free sample. I'm glad I got to try this stuff out before committing to a full size. To me, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is like spreading pure silicone over my face. The finish is light and I did notice my pores and other imperfections minimized, however, this did nothing for my oily skin. In fact, I got greasy quickly after putting this on. Plus, I believe my skin is sensitive to silicone based products because a week after using the photo primer, my forehead started breaking out with little bumps. After I discontinued the use of this product, my forehead has since cleared up. Too bad since I had really high hopes for this.
Primer/ Corrector -Sephora - Professionnel Perfection Base Makeup
tobytails 12/14/2005 7:43:00 PM
During one of my many recent Sephora.com purchases Sephora's Professionnel Perfection Base Makeup was listed as one of a free sample choices. I have been wanting to try a primer for a while now and this seemed like a perfect time. The back of the sample packet states that this base is"..packed with pink pearlescent micro-particles and soft-focus pigments, reflects light for a radiant complexion", this got me a little iffy because I have oily skin and I don't need particles that the light can bounce off of. I spread this over my trouble areas before I put on my Tarte S.O and wow, this really knocked down my oil production. My skin lookes air brushed and hasn't become red and greasy like it does in any kind of heat. My skintone looks even and my foundation and blush look freshly applied throughout the day. I still need to blot around lunch time (I apply makeup at 7:00 and lunch for me is 12:30). I really like this product because it doesn't feel like a silicone gel. It's more of a cream that spreads so effortlessly, and so far no breakouts! The best thing about the Professionnel Perfection Base Makeup is that it also can be put on top of foundation as a mattifyer (just in case it's been a horrible, stressful, and hot day). The packet has lasted me well over 3 weeks and I am now awaiting the full sized any day now. Retails for 12.00 for 1 oz at Sephora.
MAC's Prrr lipglass is a pearly peachy-pink in the tube. I have been waiting to try this, but was worried that it may look too frosty. However, on my medium pigmented lips the result is more of a natural/nude look with a hint of shimmer, perfect since I'm self-conscious when I wear a dark lip color. Just like all MAC lipglasses there is a slight vanilla scent and the wear is very decent for a lipgloss. All in all, a perfect nude lip for any time of the day! [LLL/dark brown hair/neutral complextion/green eyes/ medium pink pigmented lips]
Oh how I wish we could do point ratings for products instead of whole numbers. If this were true I would give Tarte Smooth Operator a 3.9. Instead, I rounded up to a solid 4. I'm still a little iffy about the color that I got though. I'm pretty sure I have fair to light skin, but Conceal looks a smidge too dark. After reading reviews, I was both optimistic and scared to try this foundation. My skin is sensitive to silicones, but it seems like most foundations out on the market today are made of -cones, and to top it off I am also oily. But what the hey-I only live once and looking at the price just about killed me. But anyways on to the performance of the SO. After 3 weeks of wearing this everyday, my skin has not broken out at all. What a rave! This light-weight foundation is just that. Light-weight. It will not cover up or disguise anything that is sticking up on your face, but it does spread very nicely. As for my oily skin. Yes, I still need to blot and reapply powder a couple of times a day. However, this may change as I am testing Sephora's primer and starting to rave about it. (Review will come later) My only complaint about Tarte's Smooth Operator is how yellow based it is. This is why I didn't want to give a solid number. On Sephora the color Conceal is described as a 'yellow with pink undertones for light complexions'. I was expecting a nice blend for my neutral complexion, not jaudice. I will use this up unless it causes a major problem, or if people point and laugh. For $36 bucks, it ain't cheap, but a tiny bit goes a long way. [LLL/neutral/dark brown hair/ green eyes/ oily skin]
I'm impressed so far. Usually a product that gets a ton of hype initially on MUA, turns out to be a dud for me personally. (i.e. this summer's "smash-hit", Jergens daily glow disaster). But after reading the reviews here on productville and waiting a while for the 'hype' to die down a little, I decided to break down and purchase Max Factor's Lash Perfection. I got this while on a Target run for 6.99 and there were only a few left on the display. Usually I'm not wowed by Max Factor mascaras due to the dryness of their formulas, but I was pleasantly suprised to find this formula is wet. But it's not the formula that rocks, it.is.the.brush. The brush is like a comb that seperates and coats every single lash, not the majority or a small percentage like other mascaras. It is, in deed, like I have a million lashes. My lashes are naturally long, so with this brush the result is more natural and polished than dramatic. I have had no clumps, no flakes, and no sticky lashes. I will repurchase before Lash Perfection goes into hibernation for the winter.
Wow..where have I been?? Such as great product with such a great little price tag. After experiencing some breakouts from who knows what, I decided to change my products little by little. After reading through reviews for consealers, I stumbled across wonderful reviews for New York Color's cover stick. So, I decided to try this thinking "my skin is already wrecked what else can go wrong?" The "light" shade is a perfect match for my light and neutral complexion. The product itself is a medium thick consistancy that covers up any imperfections including redness of pimples. Yes, I still have a zit on my face, but it is not screaming "look at my how red I am world!" I also use this underneath my eyes to cover up my dark shadows. The only problem that I have with this concealer is that is a little dry. So make sure you moisturize before applying this cover stick. The thicker the moisturizer, the better even if you have oily skin like myself. Other then the dryness issue, NYC coverstick is cheap, portable, and provides great coverage. Can be found at any drugstore for under 2 bucks.
Poetic License, for those who have been living under a rock, is from MAC's 674456 collection this year..Naturally Eccentric for those who lost count. Now, onto the actual product. Poetic License is a sheer peach with hint of pink on my medium pigmented lips. Everyone at work has commented on what a beautiful shade this is. And I agree. This lipglass contains no shimmer, no glitter. Just high peachy shine. However, for some reason Poetic License is a little dry. See above for missing 5th lippie. I don't know if it's the color or if I got a not so great tube, but it doesn't last as long on my naked lips as my Damzel lipglass. To solve this problem, I just layer this shade over my C.O Bigelow mentha lipshine. The tube is a little small for the price (13.50), but hey..it's MAC and we are all addicted. All in all, a great all year shade! [LLL/greeneyes/darkbrownhair/mediumpinkpigmentedlips]
Lotus is a hard color to describe since it's a little bit of everything. But most who try Lotus may agree that this is a beautiful shade of blush. "Breathtaking", in fact Lotus looks beautiful even in horrible dressing room lighting, yellow lighting from a typical restroom, and other unfortunate lighting that we often have to subject ourselves to. On my neutral light complexion, Lotus is a pink-peach-light plum color. Wonderful for all seasons since it gives a natural "glow". But this color, for me, works so well with purples and peaches. The wearbility of Stila Rouge Pots rock my end of season flip-flops off, but it doesn't wear off of my oily skin. The glass pot is t-i-n-y and super duper cute, but really there is a lot of product considering that a little goes a long way. Purchased this for 20.00 at Sephora. Will re-purchase. [LLL/greeneyes/mediumbrownhair/oilyskin]
Shattered is an amazing color in the pot. A beautiful aqua-marine/turquoise color that looking at it just makes me happy. On my lids, Shattered is very similar to MAC's LE Meadowland eyeshadow, so if you have been searching for a color similar to Meadowland, check this out. I find Shattered to have more sheen to it, and thus can create more depth, and maybe a little disco clowinsh if you do too much with it when using it wet. Today, I applied it dry to my lid along with Strip in my crease and black liner and mascara. This combination is such a spring-y effect. I would love to see what this will look like with other colors as well. And maybe I'm crazy, but it sorta changed my greeneyes to blue. But I may need to get my vision checked or buy better lightbulbs, either way Shattered is still a must have! The performace of UD shadows are long lasting on their own, but with my HG primer potion the durability is outstanding! The pot holds a lot of product, so 15 bucks is well worth it![LLL/brownhair/greeneyes/neutralskin tone/oily skin]
At first glance Strip is very unassuming, which is ironic since the name of this product is not.. hooboy.*bangs drum* But anyways, in the pot Strip is irredescent gray/purple/blue, but on me it shows up as a light purple..or almost like a lilac. To compare the color, Strip is a cousin to MAC's anti-establishment, Moth Brow, Idol eyes, ect..ect...Don't get me wrong, I like these colors, but sometimes one can have too many of the same color! Today I used Strip in my crease area and Shattered on my lid, and black liner and black mascara. Maybe I'm going blind, or becoming color blind or the lighting has been screwy in my house, but this combination turned my green eyes blue. But either way, it's a beautiful springy-color combination. Strip is also one of the handful of UD eyeshadows that doesn't contain massive chunks of glitter. Thank you Urban Decay. The product will last a looonnggg time, so the 15 bucks spent is well worth it. And UD shadows are long lasting alone on their own, but paired with my HG primer potion the staying power is unbelievable! I will repurchase if I ever hit pan! [LLL/greeneyes/brownhair/neutral skin tone/oily lids]
I feel that as I am growing older I find myself searching for lipgloss that contain little to no shimmer. I don't mind a little shimmer..it's cute..it's sexy..but glitter..eh no. This is why I love Damzel. First off this is my first lipglass purchase and now I am addicted. The color that shows on my medium pigmented lips is a medium pink color. Almost a brighter version of my natural lip. I can slightly change the color of Damzel by applying it on top of clear lip balm. By doing so, Damzel is more of a pink mauve. With or without balm this color rocks my flip-flops off! Now onto the performace. After wearing ho-hum drug store lipglosses for most of my 'makeup' life, I am now coverted into a high end lipgloss wearing snob. Mac lipglasses along with Stila's It glosses are the most comfortable to wear. Sometimes I have an embarrassing problem with my lips either peeling or drying out, but not with the aboveforementioned lipglosses. The product is not sticky, nor does it shrivel up. It is pretty long lasting as well. I say for me personally 4 hours with talking, drinking, and being in an air conditioned room. It is kind of small though for the price ($13.50). With re-applications throughout the day, I don't think this will last very long. And since this color is LE ( Naturally Eccentric collection Sep 05), I may become distressed if I don't hurry out and pick up more of Damzel![LLL/greeneyes/brownhair/medium pink lip tone/neutral undertone]
Concealers -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Creamy Concealer
tobytails 8/15/2005 2:49:00 PM
Here's a little story about a girl who was in a hurry. The little girl was me and the setting was at Ulta. I ran out of UD's primer potion and needed it for the next day. I knew exactly where it is located in Ulta's Urban Decay drawer, so I grabbed "it", checked out, and went home. After I arrived home the shock and horror arose. Instead of grabbing the Primer Potion, I grabbed the Surreal Skn Concealer in dream. It was too late to return. The store was closed. After I cussed and screamed at myself for what seemed like hours, I decided to test it. I put a little dab underneath my eyes and on some uneven spots. Wow, the creamy formula covers my dark circles well and helps even out my red spots! Dream is a perfect match for my light skin and neutral undertones. The concealer is thick and stands up well to the heat and humidity, as well as the oilness of my skin.Just like the primer potion, a little goes a long way. Moral of my story I kept Surreal Skin Concealer, apologized to myself for the cussing, and returned to Ulta the next day being a bit more careful. Retails for 15.00. [LLL/neutral undertones/oilyskin/green eyes/medium brown hair]
Palettes -Stila - Perfectly Peach Palette (Fall 2005)
tobytails 8/15/2005 2:29:00 PM
I loved Stila's Fierce Femme Palettes from last fall, so I was excited about the Perfectly Peach palette that came out this fall. I wanted a natural look, since I mostly wear purples,greens, and blues most of the time. Perfectly Peach is just that-a natural look. The package itself is the same size as the Fierce Femme but covered in mauve wool and includes a little mirror. The sheet protector covering the product comes with a motivational phrase, "beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder". Well, I didn't really think the colors were all the beautiful when I first opened the palette. The crease and lining shade sort of scared me. But I know from experience that Stila's powder eyeshadows blend well. The base shade is a nice light peachy-pink shade that awakens my eye. The crease shade, a melon color, is my favorite in the palette. It does apply melon, but once blended the color is a nice medium peach that really emphasizes my green eyes. The lining shade is a dark olive green with a hint of khaki. At first I could not get this shade to work for me. To get this shade to work for me, I tight line my upper lids first with a black eyeliner, then I apply a thicker line of the olive/khaki just above the black and by itself on my lower lids. This look does give me a natural look, but still plays up my eyes. The blush is a dark peach, with a little bit of copper. I have to be careful with this because if I apply it with a brush my face looks dirty. Instead, I blend the blush with my fingers to contour my cheekbones to give a ligher coverage. Overall, the shadows and blush last pretty much all day on my oily skin and against the heat and humidity of the summer. Overall this a nice palette if you like a natural look and are ready for cooler weather. Perfectly Peach palette retails for $30.00. [LLL/neutral undertones/medium brown hair/oily skin/green eyes]