Lovely - no shimmer, creamy and gives the most believable glow. The perfect color for my NC20-25 skin. I use a kabuki brush to blend the color high on my cheekbones, lightly over my eyelids and sometimes I use a little on my lips but a nude lip-look. I looks really pretty with a pop of color over it like, MUFE Aqua cream in Fresh Pink. Very nice.
Tinted Moisturizer -NARS - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Katras 3/28/2012 2:03:00 PM
Like many ladies out there, when I heard NARS came out with a TM I had to try it. I chose Finland for my NC20-25 skin and the color is perfect, coverage is medium and helps minimize any redness I have around my chin and nose, and if you are like me with minimal under-eye circles, this does the job in help covering them. The finish was smooth, and almost velvety with a slight glow to look like skin, not makeup. I've been using it for about a month now and so far no breakouts, which is huge because my skin is very sensitive and reactive. It lasts a good five hours on my combo-skin, which is pretty good for me because I spend the majority of my day indoors writing. So why the four lippies and not five? Well, I knocked off 1/2 a lippie because this stuff is loaded with silicones! I think I counted about 10, which in my opinion is overkill not to mention I hate silicones. I knocked off another 1/2 a lippie because, at least in Winter, moisturizer is a must - it will show every flake on your face. In the Summer, I think it might be a good choice (although some might find it a touch too heavy). Overall, it is very nice but I don't think I'll buy it again due to the silicones, but if ever in a pinch for a nice TM, NARS is where I know I can turn to. Update: 5.24.2012- Stopped using continually as I noticed blemishes beginning to develop. I think it was the silicones, my skin hates them after awhile.
Such a beautiful color, like shimmering sand and its finish reminds me of the way crushed velvet glows in a soft light. The color is beautiful and gives your eyes a beautiful light, making you look more awake. It lasts fairly well, a couple of hours on the waterline, a couple more hours on the bottom lash-line. Will repurchase as long as it is made.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
Katras 3/25/2012 10:08:00 PM
After reading all the glowing reviews, I decided to buy this from Cherry Culture ($2.99 US) and am shocked - it is everything everyone said and better! Despite being dirt cheap, it really beefs up my lashes, without weighing them down, and subtly lengthens them. I really don't see myself buying any other mascara but this. Thank you MUA!
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask
Katras 3/23/2012 11:34:00 PM
Very nice, I use this while in the shower - I'll wash my face, rinse, and then massage this on for a good 2-3 minutes and leave it on until I do my final rinse. My skin is left feeling impeccably clean, smooth and rosey. Will repurchase.
So maybe 3 months ago or so I bought this on whim, probably dazzled by magazines touting it as the ultimate face saver or something like that but I finally got around to using it this month and now I'm wondering what took me so long! I was never much of a "primer" user, but I have to say that applying this before my makeup, my makeup lasts longer, doesn't crease as much and mid-afternoon dryness is no longer a worry. I have no idea what they are talking about my "tightening" effect but I as for looking awake and glowing (remember, just smooth it on, don't rub it in), I definetely agree with. Lovely stuff!
Every Winter, without fail, my hair and scalp dry up into a frizzy and flaking mess, but by brushing my hair with a mixed boar bristle brush (flip head over, brush 3 minutes, flip upright, brush another 3 minutes) and mixing some rosemary oil with my shampoo my scalp rarely flakes and my hair is left shiny and almost frizz free. Will always repurchase!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Microfiber cloths
Katras 3/10/2012 12:59:00 AM
It's too cool for me; using very little pressure I removed my cleanser with them and cool water but they left me red in the face - literally. I guess my skin is far more sensitive than I thought, because I was left not only red in the face but rough. Its been 4 days since I used it that one time and my skin texture still feels a bit rough.
Moisturizers -Burt's Bees - Radiance SPF 15 Day Lotion
Katras 2/14/2012 3:37:00 PM
I was running out of my moisturizer and needed something "cheap" and quick. I've always like the premise behind Burt's Bees and love their replenishing lip balm, so I thought "why not?" Big mistake - although I like the glow it leaves behind, it feels heavy on my skin, despite the thin lotion consistency, and its smell is just bit to "fragrancy" for me. I hate waste so I'm using it as a body lotion. Will not repurchase.
Tinted Moisturizer -Wet 'n' Wild - Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer - Natural
Katras 2/13/2012 1:47:00 PM
Would have been perfect - it's cruelty-free, cheap, didn't break me out and has SPF, but darn it all it's just a touch too dark and pink. More yellow, less pink would have been great. I'm MACs NC20/ 25 and find things are just too dark/ pink for me... Oh well, mixes quite well with moisturizer for a sheer-er tint.
Quite nice neutral dark brown, not too dark or red, although I did detect a touch of red which I'm not keen on (especially on my brows). I think what makes this brown so nice is the hint of gray, giving it a sultriness on the eyes and a wearability on the brows, especially on brown eyes like mine which don't really fair well with browns. What is really nice is that you can control the opaqueness in layers - slight definition in crease to full on brownie-smoky eye.
I love yogurt masks! I had a terrible cold and underneath my nose was left very raw, red and peeling - not pretty. I remembered reading about the yogurt mask and rushed to the fridge, I used the 2% Fage Greek yogurt, and slathered on generous helping and left it for 20 minutes. To my pleasant surprise, not only was the redness reduced significantly but the dry peeling skin was whisked away and my skin was super smooth. Definitely a part of my smooth skin arsenal.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Eminence Sweet Red Rose Cleanser
Katras 11/19/2011 10:41:00 PM
Definitely lovely - the smell of fresh roses each time you cleanse your skin, its great ingredients, its ability to remove light makeup (tissue off) and the glow it leaves behind is worth every penny, however it is the number of pennies that has me taking a lippie off.
Mist lightly, although very pretty and feminine, sweet but not sickly so, it can bring on a headache like nobody's business if used carelessly. Usually, I like to apply perfume behind my ears and at the nape of my neck, but with this scent I find it best to apply behind my knees and let it waft upward. I don't think I'm going to repurchase but I will keep it and tread very lightly when using.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Plus White - 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel
Katras 11/6/2011 12:37:00 PM
I think legingbot said it best, it's best for "minor staining"; you aren't going to achive Sarah Michelle Gellar white. It's good for maintaining the natural "pearl" of yor teeth, especially if you are a constant tea drinker like myself.