I have oily skin, so I've had problems with cream blush in the past. This one is different: it gives me a very realistic blush with no streaking or pooling. The color is a deep brown-based pink that mimics my own natural flush. The packaging is sleek and trim and a little goes a loooooooooong way.
Powder -Jane Iredale - Amazing Base Loose Finishing Powder
TrixieVixen 3/20/2003 9:14:00 PM
I like to wear this just around my eyes (it really works great for my dark circles) and on the redness around my nose. The Bisque shade is great for my skin-tone and seems to magically erase redness and shadows. It doesn't feel like you're wearing anything on your face and topped with my Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre, gives me a subtle, slighty glowy finish that always gets me complimented on my "youthful" complexion. No complaints here!
I remember reading in magazines about how Camouflage Cream was a miracle concealer that all these actresses and models couldn't live without. I bought the hype and, unfortunately, an overpriced tube of my own. The MA steered me toward Y/O medium and dabbed some under my eyes and around my nose. I looked fabulous in the flattering makeup department lights and forked over my money. When I got into my car and checked my rear-view mirror, I almost screamed at the hideous pinky-orange smears on my face! I marched right back inside and returned it. Overrated, overhyped and not worth the huge price tag!!
Loose Powders -Prescriptives - Magic Liquid Powder
TrixieVixen 1/7/2003 1:45:00 PM
This is a truly unique powder that is worth the rather steep price simply because there are no current drugstore products that can compare to it. It gives a great luminous glow to your skin that appears natural rather than glittery, it feels cool and wet going on, and looks wonderfully subtle in all types of light--even daylight.
This is a true yellow powder, but looks extremely natural on my yellow-toned complexion. I stray from time to time, but I always return to this for my everyday loose powder. Fine texture, no scent and evens out my skin without foundation--and it's reasonably priced too!
Bought this expecting a "dewy glow"--made my pores look gigantic, turned orange and made me break out horribly. Be warned!!
Gloss is my favorite beauty product to buy and I love a natural looking "your lips but better" effect. Pout is a lovely shimmery peach gloss with a liquid texture that looks great over a nude liner. It has a very pleasant fruity taste, which is a drawback for me because I'm always tempted to lick my lips when I wear it.
A must-have for camouflaging undereye circles! My beloved Ben Nye Mellow Yellow just didn't have coverage opaque enough to mask my dark circles so I was forced to continue my search. My sister raved about BeneFit's BO-ING and let me test hers before I took the plunge and purchased my own pot. I have pretty fair skin, but the medium shade works very well for me, especially after self-tanning. The only downsides are the limited color selection and the price. I wouldn't recommend using this anywhere besides your eyes as it is very opaque. Also, a little goes a long way--I found that if I use too much, it tends to crease. The price is pretty steep, but the pot is really big and you get a lot of product.
For those of you with yellow-toned skin who want a concealer that can stand on its own, look no further. I don't like allover foundation, but I need a concealer for redness and shadows. I became frustrated with concealers that looked great in the bathroom mirror, but made my face look like it was covered in streaks of calomine lotion once I hit daylight. Solution: BN Mellow Yellow fair. For my fair yellow-toned skin (MAC NC20) it's a perfect skin match, has never broken me out and is extremely affordable. One pot lasts FOREVER and the coverage is sublime. Definite Grail for me!
I find that using a mattifying product as a base instead of traditional foundation helps my skin look more natural. MAC's Matte is a favorite of mine because it doesn't look streaky or flat (common problem I've had with mattifiers) and can also be used to refresh your makeup throughout the day. Some people squawk about the price, but for the money you get a HUGE amount of product. I'm also a sucker for the sleek packaging.
Prestige liner in Mochaccino has definitely become my "holy grail" lipliner: great pinky-brown (a great YLBB, unlike MAC Spice, which is a tad too orangey IMHO.) It's also extremely cheap--I get mine at Drug Emporium for 1.99--and the packaging and textures are identical to MAC and BeneFit liners. I prefer to use a liner and gloss combination in lieu of lipstick, and this is the most versatile pencil I've come across.