Makeup Brushes -MAC - 222 Tapered Blending Brush [DISCONTINUED]
Hisoneandonly 4/18/2010 11:41:00 PM
MAC 222 is very soft and long so it is perfect to use as a crease brush. Since the head is not as full it really keeps the look neat and prevents overblending. I like to use this in windshield wiper motion to put color exactly where I need it. I think a lot of other MAC brushes has dupable qualities but IME I haven't come across another brush quite like this one. I would repurchase this brush, I am so glad I got this MAC 222 out of all the brushes I own I do not have another that comes close to the quality or functionality of this.
Handwritten looks like brown with a hint of reddish tones in the pan. On my eyes Handwritten looks like it does in the pan but with a tinge of purple in addition to the reddish brown. The texture of this shadow is super fine like other reviewers have mentioned, blends easily and lasts all day. For reference, I use UDPP and Soft Ochre under just about everything. The pigmentation is great so you won't need to pick a lot up on the brush. My favorite way to wear this is as a crease color and to line under my lashes. Would re-purchase again, I think this is a staple color.
MAC eyeshadows are a great value for the quality you get! I like many of my MAC shadows better than my HE ones for several reasons. First, most important, is the pigmentation. More often than not the e/s are fairly represented by what you see in the pan (with a few exceptions of course). Also - the blendability is awesome, price is average but affordable, the shade range is really in depth, there are several different finishes to suit every preference and there are unique and even odd colors that you won't find easily in other lines. I would have to say I love about 2/3 of my collection (50+). The packaging is nice - the lid is clear so you can see what color you are looking for. I have de-potted a lot of my collection once I got a Pro Palette. I would strongly recommend to do this when you get an ample sized collection so you can really organize them well. I did mine and then wanted to move them about and they don't slip right out (however if you buy them in the pan without depotting they will pop out). Even the boring and snoozeworthy shades are spectacular on the eyes. It beats scouring various counters, drug store aisles and online for your neutral everyday looks and getting let down by poor color payoff, too much shimmer/glitter or misrepresented colors. If you have never purchased MAC before I would recommend getting whatever it is you think you will get the most wearability out of first and then build your stash with shades you are likely to seldom use. DO NOT make the mistake of bypassing the neutrals - I did for years! I really enjoy the color stories and the MAC corporate culture. The SA's can be good or bad wherever you go but I like that they really let their love of makeup show by looking the part.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - ColorStay Mineral Lipglaze Continuous Coral 542
Hisoneandonly 4/16/2010 12:27:00 AM
Revlon Color Stay Mineral Lipglaze is not my favorite product in the line but Continuous Coral just kept calling out to me! I think that this shade may be a LE shade so if you are on the fence you should probably go ahead and pick one up since there aren't too many shades like this out. I think this is a beautiful shade of coral. The color you see in the tube is about what you will see on the lips. I was a little turned off at first when I applied because this is completely opaque so if you are thinking sheer tint or touch of coral this is not for you! I now love Continuous Coral. It is an interesting, summer-y, unique and pretty shade. I love how this gloss brings the focal point to my lips, I wear a very toned down makeup look to keep it from becoming distracting. I have a fair complexion (NW 20 or 25) and dark hair and Continuous Coral is flattering on me. The gloss is more like a lipstick - it will stick to the lips and it leaves a longer lasting impression than most glosses out there. Also, it is sticky. I get mine at the Pharmacy side of my grocery store and it is usually on sale - I would repurchase this shade again!
Soft Ochre is the best base I have ever tried as far as: Evening out skintone, keeping lids from getting oily without drying them out, keeping shadows in place and making a smooth surface to apply shadows. The first PP I owned was Painterly but since I am more yellow toned it looked a little pastel on me, which is fine after I am finished with shadows but I would much rather have a shade that complements my skintone. This is a must have if you are yellow toned! I just dab on with my fingertips and smooth over with a foundation brush to blend away the edges. I will def. be re-purchasing when I run low!
Makeup Brushes -Revlon - Contour Shadow Brush 1159-05
Hisoneandonly 4/14/2010 1:21:00 PM
This shadow brush is my new fave. I have been using it for a while now and it has taken the place of many other brushes I have for this purpose (crease). AAB's if you want to make your small eyes look larger this is an excellent brush. I use it to make a "form" with my eyes open over where my natural crease would be if it were visible. I start with my color above my lash line and blend the color back towards the outer eye so that it fades gradually, when you have used the majority of the color take the brush over the mid and almost to the inner eye, again above where your natural crease would be if it were visible. Connect the bottom lash line to the top and you create a form to work off of. After that build up the color intensity. Put on a lid and brow highlight and voila! I find that the brushes are dense enough to make a neat form and it is a lot easier than using a pencil - also, it is much softer looking that a hard cut-crease. Of all the brushes I own this is by far the easiest one to use. Don't get me wrong I love my MAC brushes but as you can see in the image for this product it is slightly less rounded out than the MAC equivalent. It is inexpensive, readily avail for purchase anywhere that sells Revlon and versatile. I am planning on purchasing backups of this brush.
Sketch is a beautiful shade, on me I would describe Sketch as a plummy espresso - perfect as a crease color. I pair this up with Soft Ochre as my base, Mylar as a highlight and Naked Lunch on the lids. It is perfect for a dramatic look that is not so OTT - brings out my brown eyes beautifully. A must have!
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Line Eyeshadow 'C' Brush
Hisoneandonly 4/12/2010 4:19:00 PM
I am on the fence about this brush because although it is a great value and good quality, I found that I have to pick up so much color to get it to show - which could be good or bad depending on the look you are going for. I use a base, (MAC PP, UDPP) but the brush hairs are so dense and full that the color absorbs into them. I do like blending out my crease color with this brush. I found that it is dense enough to blur a line and transition to another lighter or highlight color. I give it a three. As far as packaging goes I gave it a low score because the brush is a little on the heavy side in comparison to my MAC, SK, ST and misc. brushes. UPDATE: This brush is best used for laying MAC PP down - I used this to put my Indianwood PP on and it blended it perfect. It is full enough to pick up enough product and the brushes are stiff enough to lay the color uniformly. I love this brush now for this purpose. Also, it is still good to blend out hard edges. Changing from 3 to a 5.
E.L.F. Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is easy to use, inexpensive - only a dollar, and is truly long lasting and does not transfer or move around. I can draw a line soooo close to the lash line with this precision pen. The cap is a little difficult to remove, you just yank of the cap, but at least air doesn't get into it. The only thing that could be negative is that you can't really tell how much is left so just pay attention to how long you use it and maybe buy a back up right away since it is only a dollar. Also, the pen feels a little dry so go slow just in case it skips. I've used lots of liquid liners and this is the best one. I love that it is a dollar - as long as E.L.F. makes these I do not plan to be without one. I picked this up at Target but not all stores carry the line, E.L.F. has a store locator on it's website. Def. will re-purchase!
Copperplate is a new staple for me. I love how subtle this shade looks. I wore this as a crease color and it was just what I needed as an in between for my darker and lighter shades. I would def. re-purchase again, although it does look boring and dupable I do not have another shade like it.
Adding to the glowing reviews of Naked Lunch. I finally got this shadow to build up my nuetral / minimalist shades but I didn't think I would love it as much as I do. I passed by this shade so many times swatching it and thinking it was nothing special. I wore this on my lids with Copperplate all over the crease and espresso in the outer V and this really made my brown eyes pop - which is difficult to do since brown eyes don't really stand out like blue or green. I LOVE THIS SHADE! On my hand when I swatched it - boring and soso. On my lids - it looks like a candle lit glow, so beautiful. I am a believer. I will re-purchase as long as MAC has this shade. You have got to try this on to see the true beauty. Gorgeous. UPDATE: I foiled with this and it looks even better and the texture is much easier to work with this way.
Brows -Maybelline - Expert Eyes Twin Brow & Eye Pencils [DISCONTINUED]
Hisoneandonly 4/9/2010 10:24:00 AM
I got the Expert Eyes Twin Brow and Eye Pencils in Medium Brown. I have only tried this shade and it is terrible. Medium Brown is such an inaccurate description. This is RED! Red as in potentially nice shade to line lips. Not a tinge of red, but RED! If you ever see someone with red brows (that look unintentionally red - they are probably wearing this pencil!). I applied this after my eye makeup so I had to make do with it until I wash off my makeup (which may be sooner than I originally intended). I do like the formula of this pencil, it isn't too waxy and not too dry. If you can find a shade that actually matches I would say go for it but the Medium Brown is so awful that I would never advise anyone get it. Would not repurchase - I don't even want to try the other shades:(
Blush -Hard Candy - Blush Crush Baked Blush- Bombshell
Hisoneandonly 4/7/2010 12:30:00 PM
Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell is more like a bronzer than an actual blush. It is HG status as far as bronzer is concerned! It does look awfully dark. I skipped over it several times before I actually got the guts to get it. When you apply it a little goes a very long way if you are fair skinned like me. I can only imagine how beautiful this would look on olive and darker skin tones as it is amazingly pigmented and wearable. I applied foundation, Bombshell and then smoothed out the effect with MAC 187 duo fibre and the effect was perfection. Lasted all day! Overall, this gave me a nice bronzed look that didn't make me look "dirty" or orange. What a nice surprise!
Nothing beats this classic for truly cleansing the hair! I like how it removes styling products and oil from my hair. It has the same effect as a clarifying shampoo. I try not to spend a lot of money on clarifying shampoo so this is priced perfect. I do use Flex conditioner to go along with the shampoo and it makes my hair soft and clean. For anyone who hasn't used this classic, there is a very fragrant strong scent. It is not for everyone! I would describe as a men's cologne. They say it is the Balsam that is an ingredient. It reminds me of Revlon Outrageous Shampoo (if anyone can find this anywhere please PM me!). I love this shampoo. Classic oldie but goodie that stands the test of time. I don't know what I would do if they DC'd it.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - ColorIcon Palette in Lust [DISCONTINUED]
Hisoneandonly 3/10/2010 10:48:00 AM
Wet n Wild finally updated their packaging with the Color Icon line - the new palettes come with six shades and have matte shades (finally)! I got mine for $3.69. Lust is the purple palette. I wore the two matte purples and the silver/pewter shade as a liner. Verdict: The shades are much better than I expected, I like purple but I am extremely picky with purple shades. The two matte purples are gorgeous, I did not try the sparkly one yet. These are dark, pigmented and smooth. I did have a little more trouble blending but they are very good quality for low end mass cosmetics. Overall, good quality, pretty colors, inexpensive and decent color payoff. Totally worth it if you like purples but are picky with your purples:)