Booo I hate it when perfumes I like are LE...but unfortunately that seems to happen to me most of the time lol. I won't go into depth describing the fragrance notes of Be Givenchy firstly because I'm not really great at it and secondly because the reviewer before me did a flawless job. On me, Be Givenchy is a pleasant, light, non-offensive fruity-floral that stays quite close to the body, so its appropriate for office settings. Its not terribly unique and when I first smelt I got the feeling that I'd smelt it or something similar to it before, but I think it smells nice and that's all what matters to me. The only reason I'm giving it 4 lippies is because its staying power could definitely be better but since its an eau de toilette I'm not too surprised. The packaging is alright - it's a sort of stocky glass cube. I wish it wasn't so bulky though because you kind of have to stretch your fingers to hold it and I'm worried one time I'll drop it. I'm more inclined to wear this in the spring/summer just because it is so light and I personally prefer wearing oriental vanillas/gourmandy fragrances (eg Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Escada Magnetism, etc) in the fall/winter :) I would repurchase, but I don't think I'll be able to just because its LE.
Liquid -Shu Uemura - Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation
desertrose08 9/10/2010 1:41:00 AM
I never ever thought I would get to say this...but yes I have found my HG foundation. I'd actually reached the point where I'd given up on ever finding a foundation that wouldn't break out my super sensitive skin. After seeing the glowing reviews for Face Architect on MUA I thought ok just one last shot and if this breaks me out I'll just go out bare faced forever. Pros: -doesn't break me out!!! -matches my skintone, isn't too yellow or orange or pink (yes I'm looking at you MAC) -melts into my skin (doesn't look like I'm wearing foundation ie isn't chalky, powdery, etc) -buildable: can apply one layer for light coverage, two layers for heavy coverage Cons: -pricey: $60CAD but it's worth every penny I tried applying it with a foundation brush and with a wet cosmetic sponge and I prefer the sponge a thousand times. With a foundation brush I would often get streak marks and spend time trying to buff them out but with a sponge my foundation just looks air brushed.
I got this as part of my Sephora birthday gift. It didn't do that much for my lashes in terms of volume or length but on the other hand it didn't clump. I think I'll stick with my Cover Girl Lash Blast.
Like everyone else I got this as part of my Sephora birthday gift. I wasn't a fan of this year's gift - its basically just a really random assortment of miniature size cosmetics that don't even go together (a mascara, white eyeshadow, and green eyeliner) but anyways that's besides the point. The color itself is a sort of metallic deep green (but not forest green). Its not the creamiest eyeliner I've seen and you have to swipe it quite a few times to get it to show up.
Eye Shadow -Sephora - Colorful Mono Eyeshadow - Aspen Summit (23)
desertrose08 8/31/2010 3:31:00 AM
Like almost everyone else I received this as part of my Sephora birthday present. Its a super frosty, glimmery stark white shade. Its pigmentation is decent - not amazing but not bad. Its far too frosty for me to wear to university so I doubt I will be using it often, if ever.
Meh...a rather poorly pigmented matte black eyeshadow. Definitely nothing to write home about. I wanted a black eyeshadow that could double as a liner but this isn't pigmented enough to fit the bill.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Trio - Shimmering Sands
desertrose08 8/27/2010 8:29:00 PM
This is the best drugstore eyeshadow I have ever purchased. No joke. The pigmentation is superb, the consistency is buttery soft, the colors are universally flattering. The only shade I don't use is the pink highlight shade because I prefer using a matte eyeshadow as my brow bone highlight especially if I have a shimmery color on my lid.
Wow this was actually a pleasant surprise. I've always snubbed Sephora brand thinking it would all be cheap quality but I was proved wrong by this lipstick. I purchased this in Tender Rose 04 which sephora describes as pinky brown. I didn't get any brown in this shade whatsoever - on me it was a soft rosy pink shade. It surprisingly moisturizing, goes on super creamy and has a soft shine. The only reason I took a lippie off is that because its so soft every time I apply it a new dent appears in the actual tube of lipstick so I'm worried it will break off eventually. I had the exact same problem with the Armani Sheer Lipsticks. The smell is a very strong bubblegum scent - specifically the scent of bubblicious I think its called, which is kind of annoying but not annoying enough for me to take another lippie off for.
This is apparently the best liquid liner for the price on the market right now. I can sort of see why; its felt tip makes application easier than a brush tip, its long lasting, and lastly its affordable. The only downfall in my opinion is how shiny it is, long after it has dried. Until I find a better liquid liner, I'm sticking with this one.
On me this turned into a super sweet, heady, generic teeny-bopper scent - basically cotton candy. Its not a bad smell per se, it's just really unoriginal. Two lippies for lasting power and strength - I sprayed this on in my room and a few minutes later my brother who was in his room was asking where the strong candy smell was coming from.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
desertrose08 8/13/2010 5:00:00 AM
So I had a rather interesting experience with this product. For the first month I absolutely hated it and vowed to return it to Sephora. I thought I was doing everything right - all the youtube gurus had gone time and time again about how less is more when it came to eyeshadow primers and that you needed the tiniest amount possible. So I obliged and applied a thin coat of primer on my lids and waited for it to dry before applying eyeshadow and yet it creased every.single.time. within an hour or two. I figured I was just some kind of freak of nature with eyelids so greasy no product in the world could help me. So the day before I decided to go to Sephora and return TFSI I decided to give it one last shot - but apply a lot* of product this time. I mean whats the worst that could happen - it would just crease again right? WRONG. It actually worked. My eyeshadow lasted ALL DAY and when I mean all day I mean over 12 hours. So I figured this was some kind of a fluke and I tried the same thing the next day, I applied a generous, even coat of TFSI all over my lid, waited for it to dry and applied my eyeshadow. Again it lasted all day. I don't go a day without TFSI now. Point of the story is, if you tried TFSI and its not working for you, try to apply more than you were applying before and it just might work for you. I'm pretty sure my lids are as greasy as they get and my eyeshadow hasn't creased once since I've amped up the amount of TFSI I use. *Note when I say a lot I mean about the size of a small button on each lid.
I wanted this to be an opaque soft pink gloss - but unfortunately on my pigmented lips it provides little more than just clear shine. It's not sticky which is nice but it really has very little pigment. I now use it to layer over lipsticks.
Loveee this lip gloss. It's not sticky, its pigmented and gives my lips a beautiful plummy mlbb look. The best part is its versatility - if you need a professional, office friendly look you can swipe Snog on once and achieve that and at the samet time if you want the high shine look you can achieve it by applying two or three coats of Snog. The smell is a little fruity and while it isn't the best, it isn't bad enough to take off a lippie.
I'll keep this short and sweet. Pros: -Decent coverage Cons: -Super limited shade range -Looks chalky/powdery/ashy -Broke me out horribly on cheeks -Expensive
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
desertrose08 8/13/2010 4:33:00 AM
Hahahahaha this is why I love MakeupAlley. Any recycled napkins will work - they don't have to be Starbucks. Work just as great as blotting sheets and best part - they're freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.