Not the worst ever but I have yet to have a plumper actually work. I have taken pictures and my lips look the same. I don't care much for the tingle/burning feeling. Pardon the vulgar description I am about to use, but it feels like my lips are getting a UTI. The packaging reminds me of Blistex tube in terms of usability. Definitely overrated in my opinion, if plumpers work on you, then you could try this, but I really do not think it is worth the price.
Mascara -Christian Dior - DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
LadyKolie 7/31/2012 2:42:00 PM
First, I am glad this isn't water proof. What ever ingredient that is in waterproof mascaras makes my eye lashes fall out without hours of application. This did make my eyelashes look longer and thicker. However, maybe I didn't work fast enough, maybe I worked too fast, I don't know, I was under the impression you apply your mascara over this while this product is still wet on your lashes. It stayed white, which isn't something I liked. It felt tacky when I tried to put my Diorshow Iconic over the top of it. It took more than one coat to cover the white. It made my mascara clumpier. And it made my mascara stay kind of tacky. Maybe it is just my lashes, or maybe I didn't apply it correctly. My eyelashes are pretty long (now that they have grown back) but I when I wear mascara I would like them to look a little more full. I was hoping this primer would do that, but all I got was more clumps. Unless I figure out what I am doing wrong, I won't be buying this product again.
Eyeliner -Tarte - EmphasEYES waterproof clay eye shadow & liner
LadyKolie 7/31/2012 2:30:00 PM
I have mixed feelings about this product. I just recently started trying cream eyeliners. I huge problem for me is that most of them are, or are claiming to be "water proof". I personally do not want anything that is water proof. Whatever chemical they add to make something waterproof always, always irritates me eyes. Water proof mascaras have made my eye lashes completely fall out and it has taken years to grow them back. However, I rather liked the clay foundation by Tarte, which also claims it is waterproof though it has nothing in it that irritates my skin or eyes. So I thought I would try the eyeliner. Love the consistency. I dip my brush in the product and smooth in it on the brush using either the lid or my palette. I find it easy to apply and to get the results I wanted. I set it with a little bit of powder just to be sure. I didn't have problems with smudging or flaking even in the North Carolina humidity. I did however find it difficult to remove. I do an oil cleansing method of removing my makeup which has never failed me, but this was stubborn. I got off as much as I could without scraping off my eye lids, and still some stayed around my lash line. Fine. Well the next day I washed my face in the morning (the way I normally do), and it was still in my lash line. Fine. However, the deal breaker for me was that it burned my eyes. The first application was fine, and wearing it all night was fine. But all of the next day my eyes burned. Nothing was in my eyes. I had used no other new products, and this was the only thing that was different and still in my lash line causing the burning. Finally, during my shower, I was able to remove the rest of this liner. Thankfully I lost no eyelashes. For whatever reason, whatever chemical they used, burned my eyes all day. I don't know what it is about water proof... but I wish more things were made without it. I really liked the rich black color, and how easy it was to apply for me using an angled brush. But the burning will keep me from buying it again. /sigh
Skin Tone: Nc/nw mix ranging 07-10 depending on the season. Acne prone, sensitive, Combination skin. Silicone and silicone derivatives do not seem to give my skin any extra problems. First, I must state that I have no used this product as an actual tattoo concealer. I have no interest in covering my tattoos. However, as a regular facial discoloration and blemish concealer, this is one of my Favorites. I am using light and sand. Sand is almost my current skin color at the height of summer. Light does an amazing job covering up the lack of sleep showing under my eyes. I like the coverage, consistency, texture (like a creamy liquid), and durability of this product. Definitely long wear. I always wear a primer and use a setting powder, and I have little problems with this product creasing in any lines. It offers the same kind of coverage I have received from concealer when I wore Mac products in the past, however, with out the painful cystic Acne breakout later. The packaging is a easy to use and control squeeze tube, which I very much enjoy. No Spf, so this working amazingly well with Flash photography. I personally like choosing what sunscreen (ingredients) I put on my face. I like my sunscreen and makeup to be two different products, so this is a plus plus for me.
This peachy, golden shimmer is just lovely. I have always been more into mattes, but recently I have been really interested certain shimmers, by Urban Decay particularly. Some of their shimmers are too chunky and the shimmers to big in my opinion. I steer away from those. However, a good handful of their shimmers are finely milled, smooth, easy to blend, stay on the eyes (I always use a primer), don't fade, the pigmentation is wonderful. This is one of the latter. It is so smooth, silky to the touch, a dream to blend, and I find this color to be very nice when wanting to add a little shimmer to a more nude or work day appropriate look.
Love. Absolutely love this color. If you love greys, creamy, silky smooth like texture of a powder, and like fine shimmer, I definitely strongly suggest you try this color. It is warm, it is smooth, blends amazingly,creamy but it is a powder, the color pigmentation is just W.OW. It is a shimmery color (sort of metallic), but the shimmer is so Fine that the eyeshadow stays creamy in texture. Even though I already own this color, every time I go into Sephora or Ulta I rub my finger in the sample container and rub it on the back of my hand. That is how much I love this color. I have been tempted to buy it again when I have only used my new pot three times. I don't ever want to run out.
Alright, So I have several of these, "I have a headache" which is a creamy yellowish skin tone highlight on me. "Leather and Lace" which is a pinky nude. "underneath it all" which is a wonderful crease color. I combine these three when I am going for a more natural "No makeup" look. My Favorite color is "skinny dip". I think it blends beautifully. I find these are creamer and softer to touch than other matte shadows I have used, Namely Mac. And my Favorite I personally am in love with these, and I think they are better than MAC. Why do I think this? They seem almost (maybe just a smidgen less) as pigmented in my opinion, or at least the colors I have tried. They blend smoothly for me. They are Much, Much cheaper, but the cost in my opinion does not affect the product or the durability. I always wear a eyeshadow primer, and these last all day. They do NOT contain bismuth oxychloride, which is a big deal for me. This ingredient has irritated my eyes so badly, it causes itching, burning, and even made my eyes lashes fall out when pushed up against the lash line. Every single Mac shadow contains this ingredient. Which makes me sad since Mac has so many colors. I now it probably isn't fair to judge NYX to Mac considering one is considered much higher grade. But honestly I have found a lot of Mac colors more difficult to blend. NYX doesn't have nearly as many colors. But the ones they do have, and the ones I have purchased have simply been lovely.
Lipstick -Kat Von D - Everlasting liquid love - Lolita
LadyKolie 7/30/2012 10:39:00 PM
I love this color. I plan on taking pictures of swatches of this color on my lips. I agree that it is a dusty rose with a hint of brown. I am also fair skinned (mix or nc/nw 10-15 depending on the season). I love the staying power of this lipstick. It is magnificent. HOWEVER, I strongly suggest a serious moisturize underneath this. I mostly wear matte lipsticks for the staying power, but they are drying. I particularly asked for a more hydrating matte lipstick (if that exsists) and I was directed to this line. Love this line, don't get me wrong, but I did find it seriously overly drying. I am actually not to sure why I put this one with out a lip balm on of somekind anyway. I always do, but I guess I wanted to see if it was hydrating at all and it is most certianly not. SIlly me. IT goes on very smoothly. Dries down to a lovely matte finish and has an extremely long staying power. I am impressed by the stay power. I wear this color alone or I top it off with a little shimmer with forever never of the same lip brand. Love. ::edit:: 08/31/2012 This color also comes in the regular lipstick form. Which I have just switched to and love WAY more. I found this liquid formula far too drying (even with a serious balm) that it was painful. Just not for these baby lips.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
LadyKolie 7/30/2012 5:30:00 PM
I have pretty oily skin, though, I have never noticed if my lids are oily or dry. However, I have always had an issue with creasing. Even when I was young, my eye skin seemed looser compared to others. It runs in my mom's side of the family. Deep set, almond/round eyes. So, since I learned about eye shadow primers, this has been my HG. I have eye shadow creasing issues because of the looser skin and this product makes the color last even longer. I also run a little bit under my eyes so my concealer will sit a little better under my eyes without creating as much. I find this works even better than a skin primer alone. I bought this in the new squeeze tube form. I never bought the old packaging version. It looked like too much of a pain. The tubes I have find contain 10% more product than before too. I always love more for my money. The consistency is creamy, smooth, and not at all heavy. This product doesn't irritate my eyes at all, which I find amazing. The color surprised me, for some reason I wasn't expecting it to be skin toned, but it doesn't look like anything other than my natural skin color when I rub it on. (Nc/nw 10-15). It also comes off easily with my jojoba oil cleansing method of removing makeup.
A million times YES. I know the correlation of Talc to Cancer. There are far too many things in this world that we have surrounded ourselves with that will cause cancer, and health issues. We will eventually die from something. We cannot live forever. That being said. I have sensitive skin. I am fair skinned (nc/nw 10-15. In my notes I speak very detailed about my skin type. Talc is surprisingly one thing that hasn't shown to further irritate my skin. Wear it, or don't wear it, ( I am referring to on my face only here) my skin shows no difference in congestion or my other skin issues. I have tried different things to set my makeup. I have tried all natural (which talc is a mineral and by that technicality is all natural). I have tried silk powder, Silica powder, I have tried corn starch and other starches. They all either made my skin too dry or broke me out. This has been the best powder I have used on my face thus far. It sets my makeup, does not dry out my skin, it doesn't break me out, and it does not make my makeup look cakey not even one bit. BEST part, I can get 22ounces of it for a $1.77 at my local target. Now, if I could only get my money back on the silica and silk powders I have spent WAY too much money on.
Fair skinned, nc/nw 07-10. This is my first encounter with Nars Orgasm. I can see Clearly why it is a cult classic. I am in love with this peachy color. The shimmer is wonderful in my opinion, if you are wanting a shimmer without huge flakes of glitter. It is looks dewy to me, even though it is a powder. Application, smooth, almost creamy. Dream like to blend. Works amazingly well on my skin type. Packaging, is in my style. Thank you, for not including some useless compact brush of any kind. Price... Honestly, I think this palette should be at LEAST twice the size for the price. $49 at Sephora for only 10 grams of product...ehh... not sure it is worth that much. Don't get me wrong the other three colors besides orgasm are just as wonderful. REALLY just as wonderful. I like the gold as a highlighter, and the orange and pink for the apples or for a more dramatic application of the blush as a whole. But the price is so steep, I might just get orgasm alone next time and look for singles (if they exists) or dupes of the other colors.
Highlighters -Smashbox - Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion
LadyKolie 7/30/2012 3:58:00 PM
EDIT:: 01.06.2013 :: I ended up finding this in the long run tacky. It made my foundation shift and sort of clump around the area? I don't know how to explain. I guess splotchy would be the word. I swapped it away... No thank you. I like powders better.
I am Fair skinned (nc/nw 07-10). I am turning more and more towards peachier/pink colors because I feel they work with my skin tone more (currently, during the height of summer), and I see why this is such a favorite. I find a little goes a long way with my skin tone. I like to apply with either the brush it came with, or my favorite blush brush. I can't make up my mind which yet, or maybe there is no difference. It has a semi or satin like finish. It isn't completely matte and it isn't full blown shimmer. I would say it is a less Shimmery version of the other cult classic, Nars Orgasm (which I also recently purchased and love). This blush glides on, it is, as others have said, almost creamy. It is wonderful to blend. Personally, I love the packaging (but it is a bit bulky), Sanitary, secure magnetic closure (though it isn't a style I would normally go for). I like the brush a lot too. I washed it as soon as I got it, it shed little during that wash, and has been wonderful since. I see why this is a cult classic.
I am fair skinned (nc/nw 07-10) and I really like this as a bronzer color. If I apply it with a light hand I can kind of make it work for even my fair skin. A little goes a long way for me. It adds a nice warmth to my skin, especially when I am wearing medium to full coverage foundation. But BEWARE FAIR SKIN people, if you cannot apply this super lightly it will make you just look dirty. It has a good pigment level, applies smoothly to my skin, and blends easily enough. I love that it is a matte shade. I don't have to worry about too much shimmer all over my face. My skin reflects the light enough, I honestly don't need more. Ha. ::edit:: in the end I got rid of this, I don't think it worked as well as I would like. Too warm for my skin tone. It made me look dirty in photos. I use nyx taupe for contouring, but I haven't found a bronzer yet. I like the packaging. Sanitary, secure magnetic closure. I like the brush a lot too. I washed it as soon as I got it, it shed little during that wash, and has been wonderful since. I see why this is a cult classic. But, as much as I do like it, I think I may only use it in the hight of summer. I am as dark as I can get and if I barely apply this it can be too dark it I am not super super super careful. I do wish benefit had another matte bronzer in a lighter skin tone. I think sugarbomb is actually much closer to what my skin actually looks like when I have been in the sun.
Okay, Now I am lazy with painting my nails. I have done it, practiced, watched tutorials. My nail color tastes are probably unusual and bland to most people. I love greys. Often, what is in the bottle doesn't apply as opaquely as I would like. Three or four coats later I can reach the color I want, and then with that many layers the nail polish doesn't stand a chance of even lasting a day on my nails. This is the most I have EVER spent on a SINGLE nail polish in my life, but I really wanted to see if the color worked with my skin tone. I have been really interested in wearing a grey nail polish for a while, but couldn't find one that worked either in opacity or tone. This is the IT grey nail polish for me. I love the color. I think it works amazingly with my skin tone. I love the application brush. I really, truly do. That is probably the best brush I have even used. Now if it was only under ten dollars. Or hell, even fifteen... $25ish after tax... is just astounding... It left me speechless. I will definitely search for dupes and other websites for my next purchase. ::edit:: 11/25/2012 I love this color way more than I should. Seriously. Love it.