Eye Shadow -Giorgio Armani - Eyes to Kill #19 Silver and Gold
stilagrrrl 1/20/2012 1:19:00 PM
This was one of my first Armani eye shadows and I am pleased with it. The texture is really interesting, similar to MAC's Metal-X shadows but smoother and easier to blend on the lid. Silver and Gold is exactly what it sounds like - in the pot, anyway. You can see the bits of silver and gold intertwined evenly throughout. However, on the lid it leans more silvery, hence my four out of five rating. It's pretty and isn't too blue or taupe, but I was hoping for a really unique gold/silver hybrid shade. This is a very basic silver. So, not a bad color but not as intriguing as it looks in the pot. The staying power is great, although I used a primer. While it applies like a cream (I just used my finger to dab some on) it dries to a powder-like finish but isn't cakey - I could blend another color on top without disrupting it. I will be buying more of these, hopefully in slightly more unique colors.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Brown Butter Cookie 3 in 1
stilagrrrl 1/20/2012 1:04:00 PM
Yummy. Smells just like a fresh-baked shortbread cookie and somehow isn't too sweet. It's also different from a couple of Philosophy's other cookie scents (Cookies and Cream, Frosted Animal Crackers), so if you're a Philosophy addict like me it's worth getting even if you have other foody shower gels.
Bath Treatments -LUSH - Three Gold Rings bubble bar
stilagrrrl 12/28/2011 3:36:00 PM
I really love the scent of this bubble bar - a comforting vanilla that isn't too sweet or foody (apparently it's the same as LUSH's Creme Anglaise body lotion). The only reason I took a lipstick off, however, is because it doesn't seem to make as many bubbles as the other bubble bars, and whatever bubbles I do get disappear in a matter of minutes. I hope LUSH brings this back next holiday season but in a foamier formula.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Ombre Essentielle - 417 Beige Lame
stilagrrrl 12/28/2011 12:57:00 PM
I have to agree with Abfabjeanius's review - this is a beautiful shade but just didn't work with my NC15-20 coloring and light brown eyes. It looks like a true beige with blue-green microglitter in the pan and when I swatched it on my hand, but on my lids it appeared darker and had a distinct orange undertone, making me look tired and washed out. Not flattering. Oh, and the glitter gets EVERYWHERE unless you use the shadow wet. Paired with a bronzer or peachy blush and nude lips I think this would be gorgeous on blue, green and hazel eyes and slightly medium skin (NC25 or so), but it didn't work for me.
How perfect is this polish for Christmas?! I love the red, gold, and green glitter in a clear base because it's so pretty to layer on top of other festive colors (I used OPI's Merry Holidays), but it also looks good by itself. This was my first glitter polish and I was a little taken aback by how hard it was to remove, but I guess that's standard for glitter. Twinkle Lights is definitely a holiday staple for me!
Bath Treatments -LUSH - Gingerbread House bubble bar
stilagrrrl 11/22/2011 1:53:00 PM
A new holiday favorite for me! It's a lovely, mild gingerbread scent with a hint of cinnamon - not too foody or spicy, just right. And it turns the water a very festive pumpkin color. If you want something a little bit sweet for the holidays but don't want to smell like a bakery, get this!
I'm really liking this liner from the Cindy Sherman collection. It's a dark violet with lots of shimmer, not as dark as Laura Mercier's Black Violet kohl liner and bluer than Clinique's Starry Plum Cream Shaper. The shimmer shows up on the lid but isn't overwhelming, which is nice - only a handful of liners that look shimmery when you swatch them actually look that way on the eye. Looks great with pale pink, ivory, gold and of course purple shadows, and would be flattering on any eye color (especially green) and skin tone.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake
stilagrrrl 10/26/2011 11:31:00 AM
This reminded me a lot of Philosophy's Pink Frosted Layer Cake, except not as "pink". I gave this a four out of five because it's pretty sweet - on some mornings I think it might be headache-inducing - and because it doesn't quite smell like funnel cake, it smells mostly like strawberry frosting with just a hint of cake. But overall I like it and it's great for when I want to smell like a very sweet cupcake!
I normally don't gravitate towards taupe/mushroom nail polishes as they normally make my hands look so blah and lifeless, but All Hail the Queen is quite the exception. It's an odd griege shade (looks almost purplish-lilac in some lights) with multi-colored shimmer that keeps it from looking flat and dull. I was surprised at how flattering it was next to my pasty skin, and I love that it can be worn year-round and for almost any occasion.
This is another winning fluidline from MAC's MAC Me Over collection. To my eye it's basically a lighter version of Bobbi Brown's Ivy shimmer gel liner - a shimmery green that leans ever so slightly blue/teal. I like pairing it with gold, beige or mint green eye shadow, but I bet it would look really cool with a pale pink or peach shadow as well. It's not as dark or as versatile as I would like which is why I gave this a four out of five, but it's a nice change of pace from a basic dark green.
Such a gorgeous color to transition into fall - a dusty deep, but not blackened, blue creme. Since it lacks shimmer and isn't as dark as navy or as vibrant as royal blue, it's actually a subtle blue (as strange as that sounds.) I think it would work on every skin tone too.
When I saw the sparkly goodness that is Chanel Graphite nail color I just had to buy it. It's a medium-toned grey teeming with sparkles that have a strange, greenish-golden iridescence to them. I do concede that the finish and color are very similar to OPI's Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, but Graphite is warmer, not really a cool grey like the OPI. If you had to choose, I'd probably go with Graphite just because I think it's more unique, but they're different enough to own both. Great color to transition into fall!
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Illusion d'ombre Eye Shadow - Mirifique
stilagrrrl 9/3/2011 11:52:00 AM
I love cream products so I had to try out these new shadows. Mirifique is a true black with silver glitter. While it's not the most unique color (it's identical shade-wise to Laura Mercier's Eclipse mineral eye powder, which is why I took a lipstick off) or versatile (there's no sheering this out - since it's so dark, I'd reserve it for nighttime wear only, or use as a liner) the texture is amazing and unique - very soft and spongy and unlike a lot of cream shadows I've tried. I think the closest thing might be Stila's old mousse shadow pots, but still not the same as those. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath and it stayed put all night. I applied it to go out to dinner and was too lazy to take off my makeup (bad, I know), and the next morning it was still perfect! And I think this is the first glitter eye shadow that doesn't have fallout. Overall, if you want a sooty black that's perfect for a smoky eye or liner and won't budge, this is it.
I was a little worried this would simply be a shimmery dupe of Penned fluidline, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it's a bit lighter and greener than Penned (also a little greener than Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink and Sapphire shimmer gel liners, and much lighter than Indigo Ink). It's very pretty and unique, and looks great with champagne, grey and blue shadow.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Frosted Animal Cracker 3-in-1
stilagrrrl 8/30/2011 1:45:00 PM
My aunt lived near a Nabisco factory, and sometimes when we visited her we could smell the fresh-baked vanilla wafers permeating the air. This smells just like them! I'm not really getting much of a frosting note, which is good as I prefer to have it smell more like the crackers than frosting. I did only give this a four out of five, however, because the scent is so light - it disappears even as I'm lathering and doesn't linger in the shower, let alone on your skin. Nevertheless this is another great foody scent from Philosophy.