I really liked this lipstick. I normally stick to MAC for my nude shades, but this was on sale at Bliss, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's exactly the type of nude I love, with a bit of pinky-rose mixed in to give it some life. It looks great on its own and very pretty with a nudey-pink gloss on top, like MAC's 2N or Young Spark.
I'm 50 and just purchased this in Mister Toast, based on the great reviews I saw on MUA. This is a really good product. I have "thin" skin beneath my eyes with some blue-ish veins that show up. Mister Light does a good job at muting the dark coloration (it doesn't wipe it out completely, but does diminish by about 80%). Surprisingly, it can also be used very effectively to cover a zit or a Botox bruise. I used to use Touche Eclat, which could only be used under the eyes as it concealed zilch on the face. Mister Light can be layered on to cover blemishes as well as a much "tackier", opaque concealer. I had a deep purple Botox injection bruise on my face last week and I was able to cover it completely with this, which surprised me. Good stuff!
I really like the way Honeylove looks and am fortunate that it does not show the grayish undertones on me that some people have described. FYI, I am an NW25 with rosy lips. When I apply Honeylove (or any other MAC nude like Underplay or Velvet Teddy), it looks very beige and "dead" for about 5 minutes, then gets pinker from my own pigmentation. I have brown eyes, blonde hair and fair skin...Honeylove definitely has a light pink tone on my lips and I bet it will look great with a little summer tan.
This is a gorgeous gloss over any nude lipstick, particularly MAC's Half and Half or Underplay. It adds just a smidge of peach and shimmer which lightens and brightens the nude look. I am going to grab another one ASAP, since it's an LE.
I was in a bit of a buying frenzy in the MAC store yesterday and against my better judgement, bought this lipstick. Nothing wrong with it, I'm just more into a nude lip look now. But in the interest of looking "festive' for the holidays, I thought I should mis it up a little. This really is a pretty shade. In my bathroom, which has a ton of natural light, it looked much lighter than in the store, both in the tube and on my lips. It actually does show up with a little pinkish tone mixed into the overall copper color. The formula is great..smooth and longlasting. This is a color that can be almost neutral if applied with a light hand or really dark and dramatic if you pile it on. While it's not exactly my cup of tea, I give it high marks for both the color and the formula. I think this would really beautiful on someone with pale skin.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion
mkdallas 10/24/2007 9:13:00 PM
B&BW has a really nice metal sink caddy set of this lotion, along with the hand soap for sale for $15...nice price for two full size bottles. Another plus with the set is the addition of a pump on top instead of the usual top. As perviously stated, the fragrance is yummy (pretty strong, too!) and the caddy set would make a great gift for the holidays.
Gels/Soaps -Bath and Body Works - Temptations Simply Divine Cherry Pie
mkdallas 10/24/2007 9:06:00 PM
Just bought this today based on all the good reviews here and although I haven't used it yet, I can say that the fragrance is incredibly yummy! Like all the other reviews have said, the scent is exactly like a real cherry pie; a little sweet, fruity and yet a little tart, too. I actually started drooling a little when I sniffed it, LOL!
This is a really good product for my particular skin issue. I've got nice smooth skin (no zits, small pores), but have quite a large patch on either side of my face of brownish skin that I got from sunbathing while I was pregnant. The SA at MAC applied this with a fairly large eyeshadow brush (rather than a normal, smallish concealer brush) and I was so pleased at how well it covered the discolored areas. It seems like the secret to success is to blend it all well into my hairline and then again a little bit onto the cheek itself, so there's not an abrupt difference in shade. I would NOT use this under my eyes; it's so opaque and thick that I'm sure it would get into fine lines and crease up. The other place it's terrific is to cover any red areas on the sides of your nose and under your nose. Set it with loose powder and you're done for the day!
I used this palette for the first time last night and was really pleased with the results. I am 49 (with good skin, minimal wrinkles) and while my brown eyes can take a lot of makeup color, I'm starting to realize that at this age, a more subtle hand is better. The colors in this paletter are really buildable, which is nice. I used the blush (darker on my skin than it looked in the pan) and the mauvy-brown shadow on my lids, with the pinkish highlighter on the brow bones. I agree with the previous poster who said the brushes weren't the worst. I was traveling and they were all I had with me; I thought they worked pretty well considering the small size. This is a great kit for producing a subdued, classic makeup that can be kicked up a notch if you desire. Not too much shimmer, either.
I just bought "Flattering" Mattene lipstick today and love it. While it could be considered a nude lip, there is enough pigment to give your face some color. The formula is awesome; texture similiar to Amplified Creme and really good staying power. Interestingly, when the SA swiped my hand with this in the MAC store, it looked pretty pink. Once outside and on my lips, it is a much more neutral, MLBB color.
To my amazement, this product does work! I've been using it diligently for 10 weeks now. I saw some noticeable new length at around 6 weeks, but this week I'm noticing a thicker lashline. My lower lashes were pretty sparse but I am actually seeing a dark lashline now, i.e. almost like a touch of dark liner cross the lower lash line, which I've never had before. I am pleasantly surprised by this, because it means less mascara! Will continue to use and rebuy. UPDATE (10/19/07) I want to just reiterate that this stuff is really effective!!! It seemed to take the full 12 weeks on me to produce big results, although I could definitely see a difference after 2 months. I went out the other night and as I was applying mascara, it was just amazing how much longer my lower lashes were...like, almost to the point of getting tangled, LOL! Top lashes are also longer and thicker, but my bottoms were the ones which were really sparse and to my amazement, that ain't the case anymore. I will totally repurchase when the product is gone.
Lip Treatments -Soap and Glory - Sexy Motherpucker Lip Gloss
mkdallas 9/22/2007 12:25:00 PM
This stuff is unbelievable! I bought the 3-pak gift set and every color is so wearable...even the one that looks like the color of poopoo, LOL, is a really light neutral on the lips. They totally inflate your lips and do have a pretty hefty sting factor, although not an unpleasant one like LIp Venom. I've tried every lip plumper in the book and this one is awesome. It's become such an HG product that I'm halfway through 2 of the tubes and ran out to buy another 3-pak because they were selling out so quick at Target. The creator of the Soap and Glory line is Marcia Kilgore, who started Bliss. At $24.99 for 3 totally wearable colors, this product is beyond a steal. Run, don't walk, to your nearest Target before they're all gone!!!!
OK, I know I'm also in the minority here, but I love this product and the color is really pretty, not dead-looking, on me. I have a medium to fair complexion with brown eyes and blondish hair. I agree with the other poster that this stain has a warmth to it. You will definitely need to add a gloss on top as it is a drier consistancy. This is a great option for people looking for a warmer, peachier alternative to the standard nude lip. I don't know how longlasting it is, as I am "road-testing" it this morning, but just in terms of prettiness appeal, I think it's a great product. I can totally see how it wouldn't work on some skin tones, but then the whole nude lip thing is pretty touch and go, depending on your coloration. This has a bit of a J. Lo look when it's on, but in my opinion is still warm enough not to require strong eye makeup when you wear it, i.e. I've got no makeup on other than foundation and blush and the lip stain gives a nuetral, polished look.
I just purchased a brand new offering from Stila; Long Wear Lip Color in "Treasure". It's a lonlasting formula that also claims to be moisturizing. Today was the first test drive and I'm quite impressed. First things first: the color palate is a little random. "Treasure" is a really nice rusty bronze color, with just a little shimmer. It is a little darker than my own lip color (medium pink) and it went on very smoothly. The lipstick itself is like a skinny crayon; the thinner tip gives you enough control that you really don't need to use a lip liner with it. It stayed moist for awhile, although I'm a lipgloss junkie, so I added a very light peachy gloss (MAC Moonbathe) over it just to keep things slippery. This lipstick really looks pretty with the gloss on top. Staying power was excellent; 4 hours and one dinner later, I still have substantial color on my lips, even after using a napkin. I would give it 5 lippies, but the other colors did not seem very flattering to most skin tones.