Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
raspberrysorceress 10/22/2011 10:09:00 PM
I'm yet another who doesn't really understand the hype surrounding this. I received the travel size with my Naked palette, and after one use I knew I didn't like it at all. It has a goopy consistency and smears all the rest of my foundation off around my eye area when I try to blend it in. It never "dries" per se and so I get very fine lines left over from my brushes when I'm trying to blend my eyeshadow. This is too much hard work. I'd prefer a MAC paint pot over this any day.
Tinted Moisturizer -Nivea - Visage Young Be Beautiful Tinted Moisturiser
raspberrysorceress 10/22/2011 3:33:00 AM
Back when I was a lot younger, this used to always be advertised in magazines and was supposed to be the best thing to wear to school when you weren't allowed to wear foundation, or for a natural look. Being naive, I purchased this but I even remember back then struggling to make it work - it looked so much darker and surprisingly, more fake looking than wearing foundation itself. Recently I was given a few of these for free from a relative who works closely with Nivea, and yet even though I've improved in applying my makeup now that I'm more mature, this is STILL as rubbish as I remember it being. This is supposed to adapt to your natural skintone, yet on my fair skin, this looks completely and utterly ORANGE. This is at least an NW25. It's also near on impossible to blend, I tried brushes, a sponge and even my bare fingers. Nothing would blend this in, and it looked completely unnatural and fake. I was orange, streaky and a complete mess. When I think of a tinted moisturizer, I think of a 'natural' look, somewhat of glow. "Barely there" even springs to mind. In the case of this, I can't think of anything more unnatural. I wanted this to work, but it really doesn't. This just reinforces my belief in that when it comes to cosmetics you get what you pay for.
I can't give this enough praise. I used to always have crappy, short and damaged nails before I discovered this. The tips of my nails would always flake, be weak, bend, and chip really easily. I literally always have this on my nails now, either on its own or underneath a colour, and my nails are the longest (and strongest) that they've ever been in my life. I even get asked if I wear fake nails! It has diamond dust and calcium deposits which are all good properties for nail strengthening. For the price, this is amazing. I've gone through about five bottles now and I doubt I'll ever find anything as good.
I love Cutex nail products and this is one no exception. This is the best affordable top coat ever; I like using it on it's own, over nail strengthener polish, and more so over matte nail colours which I want to make appear glossy. This works as a great seal, however it doesn't prevent chipping and certainly not for 10 days as it claims to do on the package. Otherwise, I love the finish of this because it makes my unpainted nails look well-manicured and looked after. This is a great multi-use top coat.
Highlighters -MAC - Glitter Brillants - Reflects Pearl
raspberrysorceress 10/18/2011 2:56:00 AM
I love wearing this glitter on nights out over the top of a neutral lid (such as painterly paintpot or brule) or even over a smokey eye. This gives the look a bit more of a glamorous edge, and being a pigment it's multi-use. I wore this to a formal once and after a night of dancing it didn't budge. There's soo much in the pot and you only have to use minimal, so it will last you absolute ages. This is definitely a staple of mine and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Eyeliner -Clinique - Brush-on cream liner in TRUE BLACK
raspberrysorceress 10/16/2011 6:57:00 AM
This is such a nice liner. I used to always use the Bobbi Brown gel liner but heard great reviews about this one and decided to try it out. Having now used both, I prefer this one MUCH more; the Clinique one glides much more smoothly across the lash line and doesn't pull or tug and wears for absolutely ages with no smudging. As the name suggests it's creamy, smooth and VERY black. This one also contains more in the jar than the B.B one and is a fair bit cheaper, so I am definitely a convert! Best eyeliner ever.
This was my first Illamasqua product, so I was really pleased that this is such an excellent foundation. I originally bought this to use as a concealer because I'd heard about how much of a full-coverage it provides, but I made a mistake of buying a shade a bit too light to use alone (RF 115) but doing so has actually been a blessing!! I find that majority of my foundations (except for Nars in 'Siberia' ) are a little too dark or pink for me so I decided to experiment and began mixing a bit of them with Rich Liquid Foundation, and found that it makes for a perfect match. The consistency is so thick that it reminds me of concealer in a squeezy tube. Because of this, I would never wear it alone, yet mixing it with E.L Double Wear (an already full coverage foundation) it looks surprisingly very natural and I haven't had any issues with masky/cakiness. Also, because my skin has been pretty crappy as of late I like wearing heavier foundation so this is perfect to mix with regular ones to provide that little bit more coverage needed. I have trouble using this with a foundation brush, but I find that with a beauty-blender sponge this applies and blends flawlessly into my skin. Absolutely love this one; another foundation that's a keeper.
I love Chi Chi nail polishes - they're the best of their kind for the price. I think they range from 5-$10 dollars a bottle depending on which size you get, which is actually really good when you're living in a country that has a renowned over-priced cosmetic industry. They come in such an extensive range of colours varying from brights to neutral hues and are of such good quality. I really like the applicator brush and how the colour stays on your nails for so long! Best cheapy nail polish ever.
If I had to choose which nail-polish colour was my favourite for the warmer months, this is the one I'd choose. It's just so vibrant, fresh looking and really pretty. It just screams Spring/Summer, yet it's not like those tacky fluorescent nail polishes that were made popular back in the early 2000's. Hot n Spicy is vibrant but it also has class.
This is the absolute best every-day use foundation ever. Firstly, for an extremely fair-skinned girl like me, the shade Siberia is an absolute perfect match - no foundation I've ever tried has ever been so accurate. I use a mac 109 brush to apply it and it's a complete dream to blend; it's smooth and buffs beautifully into the skin. When examined up close in the mirror it looks so incredibly natural, not at all cakey or heavy, yet still manages to conceal my very minor cystic-acne scarring. Definitely provides a medium coverage - I don't understand how some people can say this is sheer. I'm not so sure whether I'd call this 'glowy' upon final application, but it's certainly not matte either - perhaps satin is a better word to describe it (it's nowhere near as shiny as pro lumiere though). I didn't bother to set it with powder because of this, but due to the natural oils in my skin coming through after a few hours I'll be sure to do so next time. I love the sleek packaging, I bought the pump to go with it so I can keep re-using that for all the many bottles I'll go through in the future. I was in such raptures over this that I actually squealed after I first finished putting it on... finally I've found my holy grail.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
raspberrysorceress 10/8/2011 8:04:00 AM
I really like this foundation, but I can't get past the fact that their lightest skin-shade 110 is considerably too dark and too pink on me. If there was a lighter, more neutral shade, this would be SO much better. This foundation leaves your skin looking flawless and it photographs so beautifully - your skin looking luminous and infallible. It blends seamlessly into the skin, and what I love most is that it's so lightweight yet it conceals imperfections so discreetly that you're left wondering how on earth it does it! It's not heavy whatsoever, yet it's extremely natural looking. It stays on the skin for a good length of time and requires minimal touch ups throughout. Living in Australia, I had to purchase this online which was a bit annoying. Bring MUFE here, please!
One of the best corals for Spring/Summer. I love the frost finish because you can either wear it frosty or put a gloss on to mask it. The colour is a bright, more reddy/pink than orange but nonetheless a very pretty colour for the warmer months. I can imagine it looking amazing on tanned or olive complexions, but still looks pretty good against my fair skin.
Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion 64
raspberrysorceress 10/6/2011 7:45:00 AM
When I bought Pro lumiere foundation earlier this year, the woman at the counter did my makeup for me and this was the blush she put on. I was instantly in love and received many compliments. I put it off for months because it was so much more expensive than other blushes, but I could never quite find one just as 'perfect' looking as I remembered this being. Needlessly said, I eventually bought it. It's a cool toned pink with very small particles of finely-milled glitter and smells of roses. It looks so beautiful in its pristine Chanel packaging and even more beautiful when on your cheeks. This is a very luxurious product and well worth the money if you can afford to dish it out.
I have always loved the packaging of this mascara and for years told myself I would try it. I'm usually not a fan of Maybelline mascaras, they've always been pretty average to me, yet this one's the best I've ever used by them. It really lengthens the lashes and opens the eyes and I absolutely love the wand. I don't even curl my lashes when I use this because it gives a really natural, lengthened look which I like. One of the best things about this is that it's super easy to remove. Once it's off it's off; no morning-after raccoon eyes or unexpected smudging. This is a great mascara and one of my favourites.
I'm another one of those exceptionally fair-skinned people who struggle to ever make bronzer work. My skin tone is roughly an NW5-10, and I usually steer clear of bronzers because they're either dirty, brown, muddy, ruddy, orange or too red. I really don't need to use much of this at all because it can look over the top, but for light contouring purposes this is absolutely amazing. It's quite long wearing as it stays on my face all day which is great, and now I can't imagine doing my daily makeup without it. Definitely a staple of mine. Worth all the hype.