Time & Space is part of the Neo Sci-Fi Summer 2008 collection. It is listed as a frosty copper and is a Veluxe Pearl. It comes in a special edition neon orange pot (and a neon orange box!) The color description is just right but in the pan it looks like Patina. It goes on very smooth and shiny and is the color of a freshly polished copper pan or penny but not as reddish. I love coppers and this is rather nice with Patina (more of a brown) or with Evening Aura (a peachy shimmer.) Love the orange pots. Fun.
VIntage Gold is a tarnished gold, sort of a gold-khaki, rather like a darker version of MAC's Handforged khol pencil. It is dark. I use this as an accent color with Spun Silk (pinkish beige) and Hazelnut (pale cocoa brown.) Right now, MK has dc'ed their Signature line in favor of a new mineral line. So you can pick these up from a rep with a lot of leftovers or on Ebay. (I AM NOT A MK REP btw.) They come in a flat, half rounded oblong, with a sliding plastic cover. They are meant to go in one of several Signature palettes (a small palette like an eyeshadow or blush case, a makeup palette with space for 3 to 5 of these or a big travel case with space for many of them.) You can also use it as a single and use the plastic cover.
This is from the Signature Line (the semi-oval shaped shadows that fit into the platinum compact.) Lagoon is a duet--having two colors, a bluish silver rather like MAC's Rondelle, and a navy blue shimmer. The colors are muted and not garish. The texture is smooth. The color payoff is medium, meaning you will not get a very dark navy unless you really layer on the shadow. I wear it with crystalline, a slightly pinkish white shimmer and hazelnut, a neutral brown like MAC Cork. It is very pretty and makes dark brown or dark green eyes pop. It doesn't go on dark if wet, you really have to get the color on the brush. If you want a dark, smokey but not garish color, this muted grayed navy is really wonderful. They are discontinuing the Signature line (mistake!) for a new squarish palette, so you can get these very inexpensively on Ebay. Without the palette, they have a sliding plastic cover.
This gloss is a light peachy gold, with sparkles, but not too many. The consistency is sticky, but not quite as sticky as MAC Lipglass. It looks great on any kind of lip color--but I love it over a chocolate brown liner. A very versatile color that goes with nearly any complexion.
This color may become discontinued--MK is revising their line. The color is a silvery mocha beige and can look a bit dead-ish on your lips UNLESS....you line with a neutral or chocolate liner and top with a creamy beige gloss. If you do like that metallic grayish lip look, this is fine by itself. Then this looks like a wonderful mid tone beige nude with good density. The MK colors are thicker than, say, MAC lipsticks (except Amplified Creme or Matte.) Really stays well and looks very professional.
Eye Shadow -Mary Kay - MK signature eye color, rose mist
jd-jd 5/3/2008 10:23:00 AM
Rose Mist is a wonderful pinky neutral that doesn't irritate my eyes (pinks usually bother me.) The texture of MK shadows is soft, but the color pay-off is less than you get with MAC or Stila. Still, I like these shadows--it's hard to mess them up because they don't go on in a dark blob. I'd say their staying power sans primer is average to low-average. The cassette these come in is a half-lozenge shape (rounded on one end, flat on the other) to fit in the Platinum cases from MK. Well, these have been discontinued in favor of a very sleek new squarish case with rectangular single (smaller) shadows. And Rose Mist and other of these shadows are going bye-bye, too. So if you like them, I suggest looking to find one of the large palettes on sale (auction site? craigs?) and fill it up as these are not easy to carry unless you keep the plastic sleeve that they come in. This is a clear plastic cover that more or less keeps them covered but the single shadow is hard to hold by itself. Not impossible though.
Aha! This is one of those MUA product finds that are as great as they are reputed to be. Thanks, MUA gals. This is an egg-shaped callous rasper, with a bottom part with a grater-like plate, and an upper egg to hold the scrapings. There is a glue-on strip of emery for fine finishing. You scrape this in one direction across the callous and off it comes. Pros and Cons. Pros: Takes off callous wicked fast. Saves on pedicures or the time you have to take for that step in the pedicure. Con: It will dust skin scrapings not only into the holder but also while you scrape, so you should do this over a waste basket or newspaper. If you get too enthused, you will take off more skin than you should and have raw, tender skin that will hurt. Diabetics should probably not use--too much chance of injury. See your foot care specialist.
Ok, this is a winner in the Slimshine line, generally a very good line of glossy lipstick in pretty, bronzed brown metallic tubes. The color has been compared to MAC "O". I can't wear 'O" happily, but this color is a bit more sheer and it looks great. It is a coppery berry with some brownish tones but not a deadening, 80's brown. There is a rosiness to it that livens the lips. I love it with a dark neutral lip liner. I'd be happy with just this as my only lipstick, though I also love "Bare" for a more neutral, light look. This is a real winner. The texture is light and soft, the shimmer is just enough to enhance lips. Love it.
Ok! Finally, our Walgreens stocked Lash Blast and in Black. So I tried it out. The price is about $5.50 in our area, which makes it less expensive than L'Oreal (my usual) or Revlon. So I don't have to wait for a BOGOF sale or other thing to buy a replacement mascara. The brush is this celebrated rubber bristle teddy brush, and they are so PROUD of it that the mascara is packaged to show the brush, with a cap over the tube that you discard when you open the package for the first time. The tube is also very FAT and very ORANGE. This mascara makes my lashes longer and thicker but not terribly so, and I needed three coats to get the effect I wanted. Didn't seem runny or gummy (problems I have with Maybelline mascara.) It is more LENGTHENING than VOLUMIZING in my opinion. It did not irritate my eyes. Dries well, didn't smear. I'd buy it again.
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme SPF 15
jd-jd 4/30/2008 8:13:00 AM
I got a good sized sample jar of this when I bought some foundation and a bag from EL. The creme is pale pink, in a pretty double-layered jar and smells of lily of the valley. This is the problem; it is heavily fragranced. I tried it ANYWAY for a few nights and it actually does firm and lift (I am over fifty so my skin, though not wrinkled, is not so taut anymore.) I love how fresh it makes my skin, but the perfume has to go. The consistency is quite heavy--like CDLM, but it smooths out quickly to a thin layer. I would LOVE to buy it but not with that perfume. Maybe they will come out with an unfragranced version--I wrote to them.
This is sort of a misnomer: naturale, yes. Voluminous, no. It does live up to the billing "No clumps" which is the main problem with Voluminous regular. The difference here is the wand, which is a comb-brush design (the Voluminous regular is a teddy-bear brush.) UPDATING! On my second one of these (BOGO 1/2) and I am liking the finer, softer fringe effect. This is slightly lengthening and volumizing--you get a soft effect. No clumps seem to form. You can build up nicely without a lot of globbing on the lashes. I will rebuy. In fact, this is looking like a potential HG.
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick
jd-jd 3/13/2008 11:08:00 AM
I have this in Honeynut. This is a beigy-nude, slight shimmer. The texture is creamy and the color is relatively sheer. I wear it with a nude pencil and it is a great "not made-up" look. One of my favorite lipsticks. No scent, feels great on lips.
Lipstick -MAC - Slimshine in Bare ] [DISCONTINUED]
jd-jd 3/9/2008 10:13:00 PM
I had a hard time choosing a Slimshine--many of the colors are very nice neutrals. I was between Mousse and Bare, and went with Bare. I have medium pigmented lips, and Bare is fairly light--if you have anymore pigment than me, you might be better off with a darker version of Slimshines. The color is pinkish beige with warm shimmery tones--a true nude. I wear it with Beurre liner which is even a tad dark for this and I have to make sure to blend well. I'd think a slighly lighter liner might be needed, or else line and fill and go over with Bare. The finish is slightly opaque and milky, and slightly shimmery. Not too sheer, but not opaque like a matte or a frost. I like it because you can put it on with no mirror because it is slim and compact. For blondes or summertime when you want a neutral bare lip, this is great. I might not repurchase as it is similar to a lot of lipsticks I own.
I keep going back to this shampoo. It comes in a larger size with a pump and I love pump shampoos. (Those tall skinny decorative bottles do not do it for me.) The shampoo thickens hair by adding acacia gum, so this will coat hair and a cleansing shampoo now and then will help. The smell is herbal--typical aromatherapy scent of Aveda. I like it. It really makes my hair shiny and thick. My dh, who has thinner hair even than me, and it's going bye-bye, loves this shampoo! I left it in the shower once (I usually take baths, he showers) and he commandeered it permanently. I'm glad he likes it as then he USES it (hey, guy, water is non-toxic, unless you are the Wicked Witch of the West.) It fluffs up what he has of hair and he loves aromatherapy scents (uses Tom's of Maine deo for example.) So good for all the family. I may return to this when I use up my TiGi Bedhead stuff.
I am also not sure if this is making my eyes water, or was it the Clinique mascara (worst EVER on me.) But I love the Technikohls. The texture is smooth and doesn't tug. The self-sharpening is nice, too. The color is a paler version of olive, a bit light. I am medium-fair with green eyes, and it didn't show on me very strongly, but is great for day when I want emphasis behind my glasses (I look naked-eyed without a touch of pencil on lower lid and in corner of eye.) I like the PowerPoints for softness, but the Technikohls seem to be easier to put on. They don't seem to last quite as well as PowerPoints. This is my third: I have bountiful brown, which I love, and greyprint. Of the three, I wish this were darker but it is a nice, gentle neutral green.