Damn...the reviews here are so suprising, I thought this mascara would be a popular one. Anyway - I got this free (buy 2 get 1 free offer) but the regular price is a bit too much (£9.99)...£10 for a DS mascara doesn't really make me too happy, but sometime's we've gotta let our hair down and splurge a bit, right? The packaging is super sexy. I'm not one for packaging but this really tickles my pickle. Black, sleek, sophisticated...ok, enough of the rambling on packaging! The brush is good. It's quite big and chunky, but not excessively big. I have this in 'smoky black' and the colour is true to the name. It's gorgeous...not a pitch black, but still black enough to make my green eyes pop. The best way for me to apply this mascara is to layer it ontop of another one (max factor masterpiece in particular) - this gives me fluttery, volumized lashes with a good bit of length. My lashes aren't anything special naturally...pretty thin, average length...but this mascara makes them look quite long and thick. I don't get clumps with this. If you have a lot of excess product on the wand, wipe it off with a tissue first. My wand never really has lots of product building up on it so I don't generally have to do this. No smudging or flaking throughout the day either. Quite a good mascara, I'd repurchase it again based on the actual product itself, but the price is not worth it IMO. £7-8 would be more suitable.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
mu5icbtch 12/29/2009 8:30:00 AM
I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION! Why on earth is the rating so low? I'm sure even great lash is getting better reviews than this ;) Anyway, I'm not a liquid foundation fan at all. I use TM's and Creme foundations, because they seem to be the only ones that don't break me out or make me look like a greasy frying pan by the end of the day. But I was craving change...the whole year wearing the same foundation got kinda boring. I saw this in Superdrug for about £10.99 or something, and it was on special offer - buy 2 get 1 free so I thought what the heck... I'm an NC42 with yellow undertones and tan skin, and I chose the shade W8 in this which I think could best be described as a light caramel colour. I think the name is golden cappucino or something like that...it's such a good match. My face is slightly lighter than my neck so I need my foundation to match my body, and this blends in with my body colour really well! They have a wide range of colours to choose from so I think many people will be able to find a good match. The packaging is great - the UK version comes with a pump bottle, not sure if the US one does. Either way, it's very hygenic and allows me to control the amount I want. 2 pumps is enough if I use a foundation brush, and 1 pump is enough if I use my fingers to apply. The consistency is runny, no doubt about it, especially as I'm used to thick TM's and creme's! However, it doesn't run all over my hand when I pump it out, so it's not *too* runny. It glides on very easily, with no streakiness or patchiness. Loads of people have said this foundation gives no coverage...are we using the same thing here?! I get light-medium coverage with this depending on how much I use. Covers my acne scars very well (granted, my acne scarring is minimal and small...but still.) I'm very pleased. It also covers any reddness I have in my cheek area. It feels so light-weight on my skin. It honestly feels as though I have nothing on...it feels lighter than my usual TM, even!!! I really like how it doesn't feel heavy on my face. I have really sensitive, acne-prone skin and this hasn't caused me irritation or additional blemishes. The ingredients are good as it's oil-free....but jeez, why did they put SALT in this foundation!? Can someone tell me what this does for the foundation, cuz I have no idea. Lasting power is good - lasts on my combo (oily t zone, normal/dry cheeks) skin all day if I put blot powder ontop. Doesn't get excessively greasy...sure, I need to blot once or twice with blotting paper, but that's practically nothing!!! I really do like this foundation and would repurchase again!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 266 Thin Small Angle (Synthetic hair)
mu5icbtch 12/27/2009 12:13:00 PM
I like this brush. Not amazing, but does a great job at filling in my eyebrows. It's never shed once either.
Got this for christmas from my momma. I was actually really excited about this as I'd eyed it at the LUSH store for a while but never thought about buying it as I'm not a big fan of their products...but I'm pleasantly suprised with this! The smell is very nice, if not a bit overpowering. I love the vanilla notes, but the tonka makes it a bit strong. Despite that, it still smells nice though. It can feel slightly greasy but when rubbed in properly, it's so moisturizing and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily. I use it after my shower on freshly towelled skin...seems to absorb best this way. Once on the skin, the smell is divine. My boyfriend couldn't stop grabbing me, and my whole family kept commenting on how good I smelt. Really like this and would recommend!
Nothing special IMO. Looks gorgeous in the pot...a deep blue grey with subtle glints of shimmer...but on my lids, it just looks like a dark navy blue, kinda muddy. I'm an NC40 and on my tan skin it doesn't look harsh, just dull. I used this as an eyeliner also...nothing special. Luckily my friend gave me this and I didn't buy it.
I really like this lipstick. It's a pinky beige with a slight hint of peach to my eyes. The colour is very flattering on my NC40-42 skintone....I think it'll look nice on medium toned girls in particular. A downside is - despite the cremesheen formula, it shows up every damn crack in my lips, even if my lips don't feel dry or look dry before applying it. It's crazy! Exfoliation and a good lip balm are essential for me with this lipstick. The formula itself...I'm not quite fond of it. I wish it was a satin finish, so it'd be less shiny. I think it'd be MUCH more flattering. But oh well. It's quite sheer so it doesn't give you a heavy, cakey opaque colour on your lips when applied. I don't swipe this on, I dab it on. Don't think I could pull it off when swiped on TBH. It doesn't last very long either, because of the formula, but I don't mind touching up throughout the day. Put ontop of a tiny bit of Myth lipstick, the colour lasts longer. I'd repurchase this as it flatters my skintone very well and goes great with either a smokey eye, lots of eyeliner, or thick jet black lashes. Not a lipstick I'd wear when I'm going for a natural look though. Wish I could give it a 3.5 instead of 4 lippies cuz of the crappy formula.
This is too harsh for my skin. I thought it'd be a good exfoliator whilst being moisturizing at the same time...it's not. Weird thing is - it doesn't exfoliate my skin, yet leaves it red and sore. The nuts or seeds or whatever they are just scrape against my skin. The actual soap itself as no moisturizing properties for me. It smells nice but that's about it really.
ITA with the review below, this stuff reeks of grass and dirt. My friend gave me a bottle for my birthday, thank lord I didn't pay for it. The packaging is kinda tacky...but it's great in comparison to the smell of the juice inside of it! Lasting power is very good though, lasted all day and even held up a bit after my shower.
Loose Powders -MAC - Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
mu5icbtch 12/23/2009 1:31:00 PM
For reference, I have hectic skin. It's combination, sensitive and very acne-prone. Cut short, I really like this powder and would definately repurchase. Anyway. I use my 187 brush to apply this all over my face, 3 swirls in the pot is good enough for me. I'm an NC42-44 and this doesn't leave my face looking white or chalky, so I imagine all skintones could carry this off as it really doesn't leave any traces behind. Last night I went clubbing for 8 hours, non-stop dancing. It was hot as fire in there! When I went to the toilets to check up on how I was looking, my face had barely oiled up. Honestly! My cheeks/forehead were a little dewy, and my nose was kinda shiny, but no oil spills! Seriously, I was amazed. I have the type of skin that usually oils up in the t zone just driving to my university, yet 8 hours of bumping and grinding in some hot sweaty club and the oil had been kept pretty much under check. In combination with my blot powder, it makes my makeup last all day aswell. I have long days at university and only wear a TM which isn't known for it's longevity, but with P+P ontop, it lasts all day until I get home. I don't get any breakouts from it either, even with my incredibly acne-prone skin. I really like this and would recommend it for anyone with oily skin :) Bad sides are, it's expensive and very easy to waste product as the packaging lets loads of the powder be wasted.
Laneige claims this is an Oil-Free primer that corrects skin tone and maintains makeup with sleek finish. It also has seaweed extracts that 'controls the sebum secretion to give matte and fresh skin all day long. Its fixing gel fills up the skin creases to create the sleek and even skin texture; Like a silk film on the skin that maintains your makeup longer. Suitable to use when you want to boost the lasting power of makeup applied on the T-zone that is prone to be shiny, and create the sleek skin tone by covering the skin flaws.' Sounds pretty good, huh? For reference, I have combo skin (oily t zone, normal cheeks) that is very sensitive and acne prone. This primer gel like in texture, clear and very thick. After cleansing my face and applying moisturizer, I squeeze a small amount of this out and spread it over my tzone, then on my cheeks. It then pat and smooth it in. It leaves my skin feeling soft, but not too velvety. My makeup doesn't glide on effortlessy, but it goes on quite easily. It doesn't make my skin feel like I've slapped on something heavy or anything. As for the wear of my MU...well, I don't think it helps much at all. In fact, I find my MU wears off my nose more quickly when I wear this primer, but the rest of my face stays made up for the whole day. It doesn't do much for oil control, cuz by mid-day my nose resembles a Texas oil spill and my forehead and chin are shiny. Overall I'm not too keen on this - it doesn't keep my makeup on all day and does NOTHING for oil, which it claims to do.
Hmmm...I don't know about this. I'm an NC40 with yellow undertones and use the shade 'Bronze' in this foundation. However, I find it a bit too pink for me, and too light. It makes my face look strange, unless I only use a tiny bit. However, if I do only use a tiny bit and use my fingers to apply, it looks pretty nice on my skin, and very natural! I can't build this foundation up though - obviously because of the pink undertone but also because even 2 layers looks kinda cakey on me. £13.99 is way too much to pay for this, 30ml for an average foundation that hardly caters to any skintones apart from fair with pink undertones. Bronze is the darkest but it's still light for me and too pink!
This product is disgusting. I'm an NC40 with yellow undertones and this panstik in Olive looks like a really pink slightly orange thick mask...didn't blend well, thck, cakey, made my skin oil really quickly..it does provide very very VERY heavy coverage though.
I really like this EDP. I'm 19 years old, and I know some previous reviews have said this is an "older, more sophisticated" fragrance. But damn...this scent is so classy, I love it! I've recieved so many compliments on it - from both sexes - and I really think this could quite possibly be my HG fragrance. It's pretty pricey but the lasting power is great, one spray lasts all day on me. However, I could not wear this everyday as although it's pretty light, I sometimes get migraines when I wear it too often (then again, I'm very migraine prone!)
I hate this lip balm. REALLY hate it. It stings my lips sometimes when I put it on....anyone who has ever used lipstick sealant or who has forgotten to neutralise their contact lens will know what I am talking about here – it stings big time. The sting subsides in about two minutes after application and I am left with lips that felt ever so slightly sticky and tingly…yes, that’s right, my lips felt as though they were buzzing with static electricity. However, an hour or so later, my lips still feel quite moisturised. The dry skin softens slightly but rather disturbingly it starts to lift and I always would wonder whether the stinging and tingling was actually a burning. The ingredients are not that good IMO. Petroleum – just like Vaseline. Lanolin – good for moisturizing. Spermaceti – sperm oil from the sperm whale...ahem. Theobroma oil – cocoa butter to you and me. Beeswax – furniture polishers here we come. Paraffin wax – back to the Vaseline again. Camphor – a carminative (makes you burp!) and has some anaesthetic properties. Menthol – the “cold rush” ingredient – this is what makes the balm feel cold on application. Salicylic acid – aspirin... Interestingly Carmex was originally designed to dry up cold sores, hence the presence of the Salicylic acid. If the drying properties of this acid are strong enough to clear up a cold sore I cannot see what good it will do for my chapped lips – in fact, quite the opposite and maybe explains why my lips were peeling. After about a month of using this, my lips began to get VERY VERY VERY dry. So dry that I would be crying in pain each morning, watching them bleed and crack whenever I opened my mouth. I've never experienced seriously dry lips before in my whole life until this. Then a little more time went by, and the dryness began spreading around my entire mouth...I had to go to the doctor because I was sick of people asking if I had herpes round my mouth!!! Anyway, turns out the carmex was the source of the problem - my doctor told me to stop using it and had to give me some concentrated moisturizer high in urea to use on my mouth and around it. I would never buy this again.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
mu5icbtch 12/5/2009 9:09:00 AM
OMG I am in love! I've never liked gel liners. I remember buying MAC blacktrack a few years back and I hated it. However, I was kinda sick of using pencil liner as it would fade or smudge throughout the day. Liquid liner always looked to harsh on me, even though I'm a tan NC40... Whilst in Japan I saw this and seeing as it came with a free brush, thought I'd try it. I got it in black. First off let me say...the brush it comes with is amazing. Seriously. It lets me do the perfect line - and I've always had problems with getting my eyeliner looking straight! The brush is soft yet pretty firm. I love it. Onto the actual gel liner...I love it just as much as the brush. It's a very rich black colour, yet doesn't look harsh on me. It makes my green eyes pop - I get compliments all the time on how much my eyes stand out when I wear this. It's much richer in pigmentation than the MAC gel liner. It's very creamy in texture too, and I only need to use a tiny bit. It lasts all day with no smudging or fading.