Easy, useful lightener. The soft, pale lavender will probably not work on anyone darker than medium-toned. For me, though, it's great for lightening my undereye circles, lining the lower waterline, and highlighting the corners of my eyes or browbone. I also have used it at times when I need to clean up my eye makeup during the day without too much fuss (without pulling out wipes, concealer, etc). It's a makeup bag essential.
Highlighters -E.L.F. - All Over Color Stick in Spotlight
Fiammetta 12/9/2010 3:42:00 AM
Lovely highlighter. Blends smoothly. I put a dab on the tops of my cheekbones towards my temples, and it catches the light beautifully. I think I like it better than High Beam. It is very pale, and so will probably only suit fair complexions. One caveat: it is not an all-over color at all. Lisa Eldridge on youtube does a FANTASTIC tutorial on highlighters used in a subtle way, if you need help on how to use them.
Lips -Beaute Cosmetics - Weightless Lip Creme in Masochist
Fiammetta 11/26/2010 8:33:00 PM
Stunning blue-red liquid lipstick, and it applies like a dream. As others have said, it doesn't dry completely at any point, which perhaps will keep it needing some upkeep over a longer period. Nevertheless, it is smooth and highly pigmented and really just plain comfortable to wear. Very much an option for a pin-up look.
Beautiful cool pink, with a slight lilac-y hint to it. I receive a lot of compliments on it, but it's not at all a stop-you-dead-at-20-paces shade. It's a smooth 2-coater (I can't think of any opaque polishes that can do with 1 coat), and dries reasonably quickly. Probably would look amazing on medium-toned women, but still suits my pale, yellow-toned self just fine.
Liquid -Laura Mercier - Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation
Fiammetta 9/10/2010 12:11:00 PM
The foundation is good enough, but I have come to realize not the right formulation for my generally dry skin. Nevertheless, for good near-matte medium coverage, this foundation in Warm Ivory does fine for me. I use this as a nighttime foundation when I'm going out, but will probably have to opt for something more hydrating in the winter months.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipgloss - Nude Lustre
Fiammetta 9/10/2010 9:57:00 AM
Beautiful, beautiful pinkish nude. It's shiny, it has good color payoff, and it doesn't call too much attention to my mouth. I do like the consistency of these glosses. They manage to be non-sticky and still stay put for a decent length of time. I can put on Nars Orgasm, black mascara, and this gloss, and call it a day.
I doubt I'll be adding anything new to the chorus, but here goes. Naked makes figuring out what makeup to put in your suitcase a lot easier. There are shadows for every occasion, blendable, warm neutrals. There's much more shimmer than glitter, and a few mattes. I have only had the palette a week, and haven't explored all of the shadows yet, but the quality is more than worth the money. The only caveat I can see is that this palette may not work for those who can't pull off warm tones.
Moisturizers -Kiehls - Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
Fiammetta 8/22/2010 2:42:00 AM
This is my warm weather moisturizer of choice. I have dry skin, and this keeps my skin hydrated without leaving any residue. It is definitely not to be used in place of real sunscreen, of course.
Lovely medium pink that manages not to be too cool because of its sheer consistency. Jelly-like, buildable color. One is nearly clear, two is an inobtrusive sheer pink, and three or more is a rich yet very soft color (as seen in others' pictures).
Gorgeous, shimmery cool true red in the lovely, easy Misa formula. What's not to like?
This is my go-to for bright white french tips. Easiest to use, what with the rubber top and thin brush. I have needed to thin the bottle (I used that Poshe thinner), but that's probably due to the bottle being left open for longer than others while I apply.
I love China Glaze in general. I think it may have the easiest, smoothest application of any of the most well-known brands. Dries quick, too, so there's no need to wait between coats if I don't have the time. For Audrey is a lovely, soft teal that, yes, people seem to like on me. And it is versatile-- I've use it under holos and sheer glitters.
I've tried numerous base coats, and this one was easily the best of the lot. Applies smoothly, and is quite thin. I usually use some sort of strengthening basecoat, then the Bonder, then the color, and a fast-drying topcoat. Previously I was lucky to get 3 days out of each manicure, but now the color lasts about 5-7 days, and I am very hard on my nails.
I couldn't look away from this bright orange-red creme when I had it on my tips. I have both cool and warm tones, and found this perfectly flattering. I do think I'll wear it more in summer, particularly on toes.
Loving this warm, fresh pink. I might even get a second backup bottle. Maybe a bit softer than Strawberry Margarita. Application is smooth, and I used 2 coats to achieve the bottle shade.