Lip Liners -Make Up For Ever - Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil
GucciDiva 2/26/2012 10:14:00 PM
The ultimate lipliner. I tried MAC lipliner and hated how slick/hard to control it was. I bought this in 16C because I wear a lot of fuchsia lipstick, and this is the perfect fuchsia to go with a variety of shade. It stains my lips and doesn't dry them out. I've been pairing it with YSL golden gloss in 49 and it looks amazing. It even works on its own with clear gloss over. I am definitely getting more shades.
I like this color, I find that fuchsias look much better than reds on me. However...the formula is awful. It is both greasy and drying.
Hate this red....it looks horrifically clownish on my pale, neutral skin. This looks cheap & tacky in a Christina Aguilera-ish way. The formula is awful and dries out my lips. If you're pale and neutral toned, try NARS Jungle Red for a saturated red lip that isn't tacky.
This worked for about a week, then it started turning my lips into a dry, greasy mess. Also the package is a pain in the ass because it's very easy to squeeze out wayyy too much. And it smells weird.
I adore this mascara. I like my lashes long, feathery, and clump free. This achieves that and looks like I have natural camel eyelashes. It doesn't flake or smear, and it comes off easily when I remove it. Highly recommended.
This is a nice mascara, if you like your lashes fake looking and weighed down. I like my lashes to look long, feathery, and clump free. I have short but thick lashes. With this mascara, it requires a lot of work to remove the clumps. I like to do 3 thin layers of mascara, with this I can't do more than one. It flaked off.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion
GucciDiva 2/25/2012 3:33:00 PM
I love the richness of the black, and the ease of applying this. It goes straight on with no tugging. With that ease of application, comes easily smudged eyeliner. It looks great on my waterline for the first few hours, then travels south. I love the rich deep blackness, but it's not worth it to have to constantly check for smears.
I am horrible at applying eyeshadow, I can never figure out the whole blending thing/using several shades at once, and I only like neutral tones. I have pale skin & blue eyes. This makes my eyes pop. I use my finger, lightly touch the shadow, and apply it to my lids. Sometimes I apply a bit more. Other times, I take a damp angled brush and use it to line my eyes. It makes them look vivacious, extra blue, and defined, without an obvious made up look.
Top/Base Coats -Lippmann Collection - Addicted to Speed
GucciDiva 2/25/2012 3:28:00 PM
My HG topcoat. When used with Barielle Nail Camo, I have found the perfect long lasting top/basecoat combo. I work a lot with my hands, and go at least 5 days without chips. When applying this, be quick. Don't dip the brush back into the topcoat while working on one nail or that nail will have already dried and you'll be screwed. If you're using a bright/dark color such as red, be sure to wipe the brush after each nail to avoid the color transferring into the bottle. The one problem is...when you get to about 50% of the bottle, it become extremely thick & goopy. It's worth it for the incredible wear and fast drying though.
The best lip gloss I have ever used. Unlike the normal NARS lipgloss, I find the formula of this to be consistently excellent. It is smooth, shiny, long lasting, thick, not too sticky, and moisturizing. I have the colors Piree and Place Vendome. Piree is the perfect sweet sheer peachy pink nude. It makes my lips look naturally good. I also use it over Chelsea Girls lip lacquer, and over Maybelline Coral Crush to tone it own. Place Vendome is a gorgeous raspberry pink that isn't too out there, and can be applied as sheer or opaque as you want. Very very gorgeous. UPDATE: I Just got 413 Bleecker as well and it is a PERFECT red. It looks juicy and luscious. Love it.
One of my favorite NARS products. I am pale and have a fear of orange lip products. When applied lightly, this gives me a touch of sheer, yet vibrant orange, that doesn't overwhelm my face. The formula on this particular shade is quite moisturizing.
This is a nice accompaniment to Dolce Vita lipstick. The first time I wore it, I used the wand to put it all over my lips. This made it look too terra cotta-y and brown. It is extremely pigmented. Now I apply it by using my fingers to dab it on, and that way it's the same pretty color as the lipstick. NARS's lipglosses have an inconsistent formula. Angelika & Wonder are moisturizing to my lips, but this is pretty drying. Not my favorite NARS product.
This is a gentle, yet effective exfoliant. I use it about 4-5 times a week. After I wash my face, I leave it sopping wet, then pour some of this into my hand with a bit of water. I rub it together a bit so that it starts to be a paste, then massage it into my skin. I do this for about a min, then leave it to sit for another min or so. When I remove it, all my flakes are gone and my skin looks rejuvenated and feels soft. This is especially good for those of us who have oily skin that is prone to flaking. Before I would exfoliate once a week with something heavy duty and suffer for the rest of the week with flakes, but this gets rid of that problem. I have also just started using Ziana and this is gentle enough to get rid of the flakes without causing irritation. High recommended.
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Aztec - Indian Healing Clay
GucciDiva 2/25/2012 2:56:00 PM
This is great IF USED IN MODERATION! I was using it once a week and it really helped to calm my skin down. I got mask happy and used it 3x a week and my skin got pissed, but now I'm back to once a week and it's working well again. MY METHOD: I mix about a tablespoon of it with apple cider vinegar and a drop of tea tree oil. I mix it in a dixie cup with a chopstick. Be sure to use apple cider vinegar and not water, water makes it clumpy, while the acv gives it a thick, smooth, whipped texture. I apply this either with my fingers or a foundation brush. It takes about 10 min to dry, then you start to feel the pulsation. Don't move your face. I leave it on for about 40 min. When it's time to take it off, I look like a crackly faced zombie. I remove it by taking a wet washcloth and pressing it into the clay to soften it. DON'T SCRUB IT OFF WITHOUT SOFTENING, YOU WILL REALLY HURT YOUR SKIN!. Then I gently wipe it off, and soak the stubborn bits a little more. I'm pretty pale, so my face is bright red for about 45 min after. This is normal. After removing the mask, pat your skin dry, then apply moisturizer. Wait a bit and apply more moisturizer. I do this at night. The next morning, my skin looks glowy, feels smooth, and my acne hyperpigmentation/current zits look much reduced. If you use this once a week, your skin will be happy.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
GucciDiva 2/25/2012 2:48:00 PM
I got the shade nude. I don't like heavy foundations, and I heard that this is good for a nice natural look. It matched my skin pretty well, but I actually found it drying. At the same time, it made my skin extremely oily, so I just looked like a hot mess. Also, the tube sucks and I always squeezed out too much because with the lightest touch, it goes crazy. This made my acne worse too...not cool. Ugh. This might work for people with more balanced skin than I. I recommend MUFE face & body if you want a nice natural finish that doesn't make your skin go psycho.