I know that Everyday Minerals calls this a lucent powder (which I take to mean a product to add 'glow' or a bit of color to your face) but this particular one is probably more of a borderline blush depending on your skintone. I wear EDM foundation in fairly light neutral and a few dustings of this appear as a peachy pink blush on my cheeks. I think if I used this all over my face it would look weird - like my foundation is the wrong color. I do like it as a blush though, its very sheer and light - you can use a heavy hand and quickly apply it and it will still look quite nice. The shimmer is a bit more noticeable than some blushes but I find it to be attractive and not over the top glittery.
I have to say this is a color I thought looked a lot more exciting and complex in the jar then it turns out looking on skin. When you first look at it, it seems like a gorgeous metallic shade that seems to have purple, brown, grey and maybe a little pink to it. However when you apply it (swatched on hand), it mainly looks like a purple bruise color with a bit of dark silver sheen. On my eyes, it basically just looked like a deep eggplant purple shade. Actually fairly similar to Everyday Minerals Hipster Hippo shade in color, only a little bit darker. I find the name is kinda boring too - especially from Everyday Minerals who usually do a good job giving their colors appropriate and cute names.
I had been wanting a light lilac color and this definitely fits the bill as a matte light lilac/lavender shade. Its not a particularly unique color - you could probably find a easy dupe at any drugstore but Everyday Minerals sample sizes are still cheap and I prefer them to most drugstore brands anyways. I dont wear lighter pastely shades often but this is your typical girly feminine eyeshadow color. I doubt I'll ever run out because I wont wear it often but its cheap and the same great Everyday Minerals quality if you're looking for a shade like this.
Im not usually a huge fan of pinks - I tend to prefer more neutral colors on my eyes but surprisingly this one isnt too bad. Its a touch warmer than many pink eyeshadows and isnt as bright and colorful. Its a nice pearly 'champagne' pink but doesnt scream 'Im wearing pink eyeshadow' when someone looks at you. Its very much one of the pink shades you often spot on celebrity red carpet looks. As far as pinks go, this is surely one I will wear more often - I dont know if I'll ever run out and need to buy another one but I think I might buy it again if I did.
At first I didnt think too much of this eyeshadow but I've really come to appreciate it, and its uniqueness. Its a very pink toned medium brown, which doesnt look all that spectacular in the jar but really makes a fantastic crease color to go with all your lighter pink eyeshadows. I dont wear pink eyeshadow a lot, but when I do I sometimes struggle with what to pair it with to emphasize my crease that wont look mismatched and then I remember I have this shade and it works perfectly.
I cant say this is the most unique or exceptional shades ever - I mean, a pale cream highlighter is not a real struggle to find dozens of varieties of - but I do find myself reaching for this one quite a bit. Its a very neutral cream - not too pink or too grey/taupe but a real cream shade that easily goes with any other color I want to wear but without being as stark as white. It also has a very fine pearliness to it, but I would say it is a lot more matte than most of the other 'pearl' shades Everyday Minerals has. I also love the name Sea Horse, so all in all, one of the more appealing highlighter colors in my Everyday Minerals collection.
I was actually really surprised by this color - not at all a shade that I would have expected with the name Juniper - which I thought might be a greenish dark shade but actually to me, it looks almost exactly like fools gold - a deep grey with both gold and silver in it. Very beautiful. Its also one of the easier shades to blend that I've encountered among Everyday Minerals darker colors - I didnt even need a base to apply it along the crease. If you like In the Garden or Room Addition, this is definitely up in that league.
Lip Gloss -Bath and Body Works - Liplicious Fruit Punch
bubbleheart 6/11/2010 5:00:00 PM
Liplicious glosses are hit and miss for flavour authenticity but when they get it right they really do hit it out of the park. This stuff smells absolutely identical to Hawaiian Punch. There really isnt anything bad I could say except I still sometimes feel like liplicious glosses are a bit thick for my liking - not sticky - just heavier so that you feel them on your lips which isnt always the best feeling on hot summer days.
I got this as a 'reissue' as its a discontinued item but may be offered again peridically in the future as well - in which case I think I would pick up another one. It is extremely pigmented and it is a very dark color so the key is to really make sure you dust off your brush first - if I put on too much this definitely looks dirty/muddy on me but if I just use a few specks it is really one of the best browns I own - not an orangey brown or a reddish brown but just a straight out golden brown. It works as a blush or a bronzer/contour and is especially nice when you have a tan.
Disappointing. I had visions of a bright true summery orange (like the fruit!) but this really ended up being just a fire red/orange. True to China Glaze quality and texture but just nothing at all like the color I was hoping for nor is it really all that unique apart from the fine glitter.
I had been really craving this polish for awhile and finally found it in store and picked it up because I love blue glitter and was excited after hearing all the amazing raves for it. While it IS pretty, it did not live up to my expectations for it and Im not blown away. Compared to my regular $2 Pure Ice blue glitter in 'strapless' this is not even as bright or as sparkly which was a bit disappointing. The lasting power isnt too bad - lasts a good 3-4 days before getting chips on the tips....I used 2 coats of topcoat. Overall, I'd say if you can easily/cheaply find it and think you'll like it - buy it, but if its going to cost you an arm and a leg on ebay or something....dont bother and pick up a cheaper blue glitter that will for all intents and purposes look pretty much the same.
I bought these because I was getting a bit tired of using a gel/cream liner every morning with a brush (took too long when I was in a hurry) and missed the convenience of a pencil but had never found a pencil that didnt disappear in an hour or two but heard the raves for these and tried them. Im relatively impressed by this - it does live up to most of the hype: they last pretty much all day and dont melt/evaporate. They are still not AS long lasting and unsmudgeable as say mac fluidlines, but are really good for a pencil and have lasted the whole day on me when I've needed them to (so long as I do not touch my eyes at all). They are not however waterproof etc - if my eyes water etc they do migrate immediately. Biggest drawback on these - price and how long a stick lasts - Im a bit disappointed at how fast they get used up because they have such a soft creamy formula - they need sharpening after every 3-4 uses and as you can imagine that makes them wear down pretty quickly considering I spent about $20 on one pencil. So overall, not HG and Im still going to try others but pretty darn good considering the pencils of yore. UPDATE: these really arent holding up to summery temperatures. I do not have oily lids or problems with much eye makeup but this smudges on my eyes now that the weather is warmer.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Sea Salt Spray
bubbleheart 3/29/2010 11:10:00 AM
This is by far the most amazing hair care item I've ever used. I have thick hair but it is also very straight and goes flat within minutes of styling it - I've used curlers, mousse, hairspray and various other 'volumizing' products which dont really do much. I was tempted by the sea sprays that were sold in stores but when I realized you could basically make this yourself, decided to try that first - finely ground sea salt and a dab of conditioner mixed with water in a spray bottle - cheap and easy. And it works! My hair looks incredibly full of volume and it lasts until I wash my hair. I really cant say enough about using this spray, it creates sexy beach hair everyday. I pretty much will not wear my hair down without using this spray.
I bought this after seeing an ad for it, and also comparing it to other products with retinol and realizing it was one of the cheapest options if I was going to try retinol for acne scar fading. I ended up paying $28 CDN for it, which was a bit more than I was expecting to pay honestly. My skin gets occasional pimples, and they usually leave behind a red mark that without any sort of treatment will last about 6-8 weeks before fading on their own, of course I usually get a couple new pimples during that 6-8 weeks so Im never able to really 100% have a blemish free complexion. I was hoping that this cream would help to reduce all the redness in my face so I could wear less concealer/foundation. After about 4-5 weeks now, I'll say that I do believe this fades individual blemish marks a bit faster, and reduces their size. However, even for that - I havent been impressed enough that I would buy this again. To spend $30 on this every 2 months (which is all I think this will last, it is already 1/2 empty for me using it every night and I do not use all that much), for the small results it gives just isnt good enough for me. Will continue to search for a cream that actually evens my complexion more effectively.
Im on the fence with this one. It looks really pretty swatched on my hand, a barbie bubblegum shade but on my lips comes out a bit cooler - making it a touch hard to wear with my warm yellow skin tone but with a little effort I can make it work because its not quite so cool and intensely pigmented as say St.Germain. I dont wear bright lips very often so I probably wont get through this very quickly but it is a fun and summery color. It is one of those MAC lipsticks that you really need to have smooth and exfoliated lips for which adds a little extra work if your lips arent perfect on a given day but thats a minor issue. I probably wouldnt buy this color again (or need another like it for a lonnnng time), but it is a cute addition to my collection.