BUY THIS NOW! I could stop writing right now and it'd be enough. These eyeshadows are currently on sale at Sephora and I purchased it just as a filler. I have a weird, sick problem that I can't just order hair or skincare - whenever I buy Sephora I have to have something with color added and I just threw this in my basket and submitted my order. When it arrived I was immediately stunned by the container - love it - beautiful! Once you open the screw top tin, there is a huge amount of eyeshadow. I opted for Telegraph (a matte), which is a more taupish version of Urban Decay's Heist. Be warned, the pictures on Sephora are misleading, I had no idea that I'd ordered a matte - good thing I like the color. The texture is divine and the pigmentation is true. One more thing, don't wait on these. They are being discontinued and already eight shades are sold out. Normally retailing at $16.50, they are now available at $8.25 - Happy Shopping
This is the strangest scent that I've come across in awhile and I love it. As the name implies - it's a strange mix of tangerine and olive - a very Mediterranean scent that lingers long after application. The consistency is very light which makes it perfect as a summer or nighttime lotion - it goes into the skin, absorbing very quickly to easily soothe any rough areas. If you can find this product - get it - in mutiples! Ingredients: purified water, isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, cyclomethicone, isopropyl myristate, peg-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, methylparaben, benzophenone-3, carbomer, triethanolamine, propylparaben.
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
TheWorldsDresser 12/23/2008 12:44:00 AM
I love this product - but I can't imagine using it as a lip gloss! Rosebud salve is my favorite treatment for rough cuticles - it's amazing for anyone wanting to improve the look and feel of their hands. I've also added it to rough patches of skin from snow/sun exposure. If you come across a patch of poison ivy/oak, this is the most soothing thing to put up there. It looks like this has such low ratings from folks who've use it as a gloss, but the texture is a bit too gooey/slimey for me to consider using it that way. Here's what the back says "Rosebud Salve aids in the relief of chapped skin, diaper rash, blemishes, detergent burns and rough cuticles, and it softens rough hands." Ingredients: Petrolatum base, cotten seed oil, aromol with essential oils blended. Warning - this smells like roses - I hate roses - a lot - but this stuff is so good, that I ignore it. I'm on the search for a nonRose scented version of this - please PM me if you've found one.
This product works very well for me, however, I'll add that I only use it for dark colors so I'm not too fussed about any color transfering for next use. Basically, I store it standing up, do my eye as normal, then dip the tip into the eyeshadow and make short, fast strokes until I get the line I want. It takes a few strokes, but it saves me from having to add more liquid liners to a makeup collection that's already out of control. I thought it was a bit overpriced, BUT it is handy and perfect for travel. The finish is smudge and waterproof so have plently of cleanser ready when it's time to take it off.
Talk about cheap thrills! Available at small beauty supply stores, LJL nail polishes come in at least 100 shades that are labeled by number, not name. I got mine for $1 a pop and I'm totally going back for more. The finish is pretty chipless (with the right top coat) and the colors are amazing on the nail, but you will need a couple of coats. The polish is super liquidy so you need to clean the brush against the rim multiple times before applying. I've searched on the net for more info about LJL brand, but can't find anything - please PM me if you do.
This brush is best suited for light blush that requires a lot of product to get the desired color effect. The 129 is NOT intended for highly pigmented brush (think Nars Exhibit A), but rather something more powdery than pigmenty (like Mac Fever of Dollymix). This brush is also great for those who want to create a rounded effect (people who apply blush to the apples of their cheeks) or those who want to create an angled effect (those who apply blush to the high cheekbone area). Finally, keep in mind that this shouldn't be your one and only blush brush, you need to also have a 188 for pigmented blushes (good dupes are Flirt's Highlighter or the Sonia Kashuck skunk). I haven't had any problems w/ shedding, but I wash it with diluted Mac brush cleanser or Clinique's antibacterial brush cleaner.
This is the perfect, PERFECT color to use an office appropriate wash, especially on medium, tan and dark skintones. On light skins, I think it may have a muddy effect, so be cautious. For me it's something that I can quickly put over the lid and have it be a wonderful color that opens my eyes and gives color without being overwhelming. For work, I use it with regular TFSI as a base, but for a neat deeper color, try using Constructivist paint pot as a base.
I absolutely love this line! Just like with any nail polish, you're going to want to use a base coat to prevent discoloration of your natural nail. After applying your base coat, just add one coat of the Almay for full, complete color. It dries to the (light) touch in 90 seconds and dries in full after about 5 minutes. It is a great nail polish to use when you need to be out the door fast. If you want to be chip free for longer than 2 or 3 days, be sure to add a top coat when you have the time - no rush though, this protects itself for a long time. IF you get a nail polish that has thickened, no worries - just buy some $1 thinner from the store. FYI - Color #12 Cashmere is the best taupe ever and is perfect for office and play!
This is a great winter-pink for tan and dark skintones. It goes on very smoothly and is office/work appropriate. This is a must have for me. Apply it with a #129 - for a soft look, apply it right to the apples of your cheeks. For a more intense look, apply it right on the cheek bone, starting at the hairline.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - Beauty Secrets - Nail Polish Dryer
TheWorldsDresser 12/20/2008 3:51:00 PM
This is a nail polish dryer in a spray can with panthenol, vitamin e and wheat protein. Basically, you paint your nails, then spray this over the tips to help them dry instantly. Ok - it does just what it says it'll do and nails try in a snap - it's crazy how fast this works. The downside is that it won't prevent chips beyond 24 hours. I use this for last second touchups...let's say that on the way out the door I need to apply color. I paint then spray and it'll last me the rest of the day/night. Then, when I get home later, I go over it with an actual top coat to ensure the color lasts thoughout the week. This stuff is a lifesaver. It picked up mine huge can (8.5oz) from Sallys for around $5 (I think). FYI - this also conditions your cuticles.
It's a more than average, but not great mask. What it really does is bust out and bring to forefront any impurities in your skin resulting (usually) in a flareup the next day. After a couple of uses, the flareups go away and it becomes more of a maintence tool. As for the texture of your skin, it leaves it feeling remarkably smooth - actually like a baby's bum. Be advised that the packaging is sucktacular and it should be in a pump thing and not a dig-in jar. I will not repurchase this (there are similar products at a lower price range), but I'll happily use it if it comes in a GWP.
This is a minty lip balm infused with vitamin E, jojoba an dalmond oils. Because it is minty, the sensation when it hits your lips is very cooling - it feels as if somone is blowing on your lips. Strange. At any rate, it's very soothing and moisturizing. It takes a while for this to settle into your lips so a little bit goes a long way. At less than $1, you can't beat the price and they make great stocking stuffers.
Jordana's 99 cent polishes are hit and miss, but this Top Coat is definately worth having. It claims to dry the nail within 60 seconds and I find that just one coat of it provides shiny protection. Now, you get what you pay for and the protection doesn't lasy - this will get your through the day (or night) and is great to protect touch ups in a hurry, but it doesn't protect against chipping after 48 hours or so. Still, this is great to keep around in case of emergency and works well with any other polish - I'lll definately rebuy.
This *IS* Incredible Hulk green - the color goes on very sheer, so you'll need ot apply a couple of coats to get a clean/nonstreaky color. It's a good, glossy fast drying, DBP free formula.
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
TheWorldsDresser 12/18/2008 8:17:00 PM
This is a good product for those who use heavy waterproof mascara or those with super dry skin. If you fall outside those two then you should probably avoid this makeup remover. It does a fantastic job of removing waterproof make up, but it leaves an oily film behind, meaing that you have to wash your face after using it. This is fine at the end of the day, but if you need to change your eye color in the afternoon, using this is not the best for your skin. Also be warned, like many Lancome products (which are generally awesome) this has a slight flowery scent which may be off putting for some. Update: Soooo.....yeah....if you don't wash this off after using it, you are going to be left with a visible white film on your face after about 2.5 minutes. This can be embarassing...very...embarassing.