When I think of the money I have wasted buying eye pencils I want to cringe. Applied with an angled liner brush, (I use ecotools) this makes the sexiest eyeliner in the world. It is the most perfect shade of brown ever made. It is matte and dark with absolutely no red undertones. It sets off my fair, cool skin, blond hair and dark brown eyes beautifully. Applied dry it is soft and alluring. Applied wet it is stunning and dramatic. Is it pricey? Yes. But it is worth every damn penny. The color, the texture, the ease of application and the durability of wear are what makeup dreams are made of.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Plinko 8/9/2011 8:23:00 AM
I'm glad I discovered this. I though Urban Decay's shadow primer was good, but I hated the packaging and was bothered by how tight it made my eyelids feel. As far as I'm concerned, Too Faced has a much better product. The Too Faced product doesn't make my eyelids feel like they are encased in concrete. My shadow blends beautifully over the product and wears all day long. I like the tube and appreciate that A) I can use all of the product I paid for, and B) there is no sponge tip applicator. I found the sponge tip on Urban Decay's primer useless because I always ended up using my finger anyway. I've switched to Too Face Shadow Insurance and I ain't lookin' back.
This is a pretty peachy/pink versatile color that can be worn with a variety of looks and does not clash with anything you might wear. I honestly don't think the quality and color are anything special. However, I love the slim packaging, and I always keep one in my purse for on-the-go touchups. It was expensive, but reserved for this use, it has lasted me a very long time.
I always skipped defining my eyebrows out of sheer laziness. I only began defining them about a year ago after I heard someone say the brows are like a pretty picture frame for a pretty picture. That made a lot of sense to me. Since then I've played with powder and pencil liners, and this is my favorite. The color is perfect for my shade of blonde hair. The texture is great and the gel on the other end is perfect for coming unruly brows in place. I appreciate that it is cheap and easy to use. A light hand is all that is needed, don't press! Nice feathery strokes will help you define a polished and natural looking brow.
This is not at all what I generally gravitate toward fragrance-wise. It is extremely sunny, and I tend to like darker fragrances. There is just something about it that I just can't quit. It is refreshing to wear in the oppressive heat of summer. The combination of the tea, the citrus and the fruit that I get is just so summery. I normally hate fruity perfume, but for reasons I can't explain, I love this. I get the comparisons to Light Blue, but this, to me is superior. Both make me think of blinding sunlight, gauzy white sundresses, and lemon ices at first spray, but in LB the cedar note eventually takes over and I end up smelling like a rabbit cage. Le Secret remains sunny and lovely by comparison. My one complaint is the lasting power. My dry skin devours this and I most reapply frequently. This is an expensive potion, and it is an EDP, so I expected better. One final thought.... It occurred to me that this is one of the few instances that I have liked a flanker better than the original.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Kate Walsh - Boyfriend
Plinko 8/5/2011 9:00:00 AM
Full disclosure........ if I had known who Kate Walsh was, I probably never would have tried this. Celebrity perfumes are a pet peeve of mine. It seems like celebs just slap their names on pedestrian fruit cocktail muck just to make a quick buck. If I had known she was an actress, I would have walked past her display at Sephora without a second thought, and it would have been my loss. This fragrance is really special. I appreciate that she had a concept that she wanted to achieve, and while I'm not sure she achieved the masculine mingled with feminine vibe she was going for, the end result is something I definitely want to wear. It's also something I want to wear a lot, and as a woman who needs a fragrance buying intervention, that is saying something. Too me, this isn't masculine at all, except that maybe it is not what we as a society consider "feminine" at the moment. It is not out of the shower clean, it is not a fruit salad, it is not a garden of pale flours, and it does not smell like a bakery. What I get is arid vanilla, not sweet at all, with spice, spice spice. It reminds me a bit of Organza Indecence, another favorite of mine. It wears close to the skin and it is very sexy. It does not sound terribly original, and yet, it is. Other than OI,I can't think of a fragrance with a similar bent. Also, kudos to Kate for the cute packaging which is whimsical without being tacky. It's not pink! It's not in a garish plastic bottle! P.S. As i was writing this, my five-year-old son told me I smelled so pretty. This is a keeper, for sure.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme
Plinko 8/4/2011 10:29:00 AM
I seriously ought to be endorsed by Eucerin. Their products are top shelf. I use this product day and night and I don't think I'll ever feel the need to try anything else. I'm 35 and I have a large worry crease between my eyebrows. I'm not sure why, or how, but when I use this cream, it actually disappears. I know this for sure because several times over the years I've been stranded without it and the crease pops back up like an unwanted guest. Luckily, I can get rid of it with one application. I have very dry and sensitive skin and this is very gentle and very moisturizing. It really plumps up my skin. I know most people are wary about jars, but I think this would be very hard to squeeze out of the tube. I also wash my hands before I dip in, so I just don't worry too much about it. As for it smelling like butter, yes it does, but only briefly. It doesn't bother me. I much prefer the smell of buttercream frosting to a synthetic, perfumey flowery or citrus mess.
Eye Shadow -Almay - Intense i-Color Eye Shadow smoky-i for browns
Plinko 8/4/2011 10:19:00 AM
Wow. Almay is a brand that traditionally just does not work for me. I picked up this palette because the colors were exactly what I was looking for, but jut could not seem to find. Here's the thing though, I was going for a natural eye, not a smokey eye effect. I'm fair skinned and cool toned and most summery, bronzy shadows are just too orange. This set is perfect. The color payoff is great and when worn over a good base, the color lasts all day. This completed my "everyday summer" look along with Benefit's Bella Bamba blush, Revlon's Demure lipstick and Peony Colorburst lipgloss and some brown liner.
Searching for the perfect blush has been very, very time consuming. Now that I found it I don't know what I'll do with all my free time. This is the perfect peachy-pink blush for me. To me it is Orgasm dialed down a notch and Deep Throat amped up a smidge and just a tad bit pinker. I love that it leaves a healthy sheen on my cheeks rather than a glittery glow. I don't know what I'd do if it were ever discontinued, really, I love it that much. I'm a fan of Benefit's boxed powders in general. I just wish they were packaged differently. It does bother me to shell out $28 for a product that looks banged up after a week of use.
Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Demure (LE)
Plinko 8/3/2011 2:45:00 PM
This is by far my favorite lipstick ever. I'm not clear on whether or not it is limited edition. If it is, I'm screwed. I can't do nude lipsticks because I'm very pale. I need a pop of color to not look like a corpse. The thing is, sometimes I just don't feel like wearing a bright lipstick. My eyes are my best feature, and I always wished I could do the smoldering eye thing, but with bright lipstick, it is all a bit too much. This is the perfect compromise. It is a glistening peachy pink that looks polished, and, well, demure. It is enough to look like I've made an effort, but will not compete with a smoldering eye look. An added bonus is that topped with Revlon's colorburst lipgloss in peony, I can pull it off with a natural eye look as well. One last thing, this is a peach lipstick that can be worn by cool skinned gals because there is just enough pink in it for us to pull it off.
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Plinko 7/22/2011 8:21:00 AM
I thought I would love this, but it ravaged my dry, sensitive skin. The skin around my nose looked like it had been burned. Then, it started to peel. I would definitely test this product on a small patch of skin before slathering it on your face. I've never had a reaction to a skin care product like this before.
Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Lip Color - Sandwash Pink #22
Plinko 7/22/2011 8:14:00 AM
I find Bobbi Brown products, with the exception of their pot rouges, to be completely underwhelming. I understand that their mission is simple, natural beauty, but honestly it just seems that their products are way over priced for colors that are nothing special, formulas that are just okay and packaging that is awful. I bought two BB lipsticks on a SA's recommendation and fond the application very dry and chalky. Sandwash Pink is a decent enough neutral color for me, but I've found prettier colors much cheaper. Also, I am not hard at all on my makeup and the caps to both lipsticks split down the middle in a little over a week of use. At the price they charge for these things, the packaging should be iron-clad.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
Plinko 7/15/2011 9:09:00 AM
I picked this up when my Carmindy/sally Hansen foundation became impossible to find. I thought I loved the Carmindy/Sally Hansen foundation, but obviously I didn't know what love was. L'Oreal Visible lift is tremendous. My skin has never been this fresh and glowing. For reference, I have fair, dry skin. I have quite a bit of redness and blue veins that I like to cover. Also, I like a satin or dewey finish as matte finishes make my skin look dull. This foundation covers and blends beautifully. I don't need to wear a concealer. It lasts all day as long as I set it with a bit of powder. I find that soft Ivory is perfect for winter and Nude Beige is perfect for summer. If you like a matte finish or have oily skin, this probably is not the foundation for you. But, if you have dry skin like me this can't be beat, in my opinion. This even beats out the high-end Chanel, Lancome and Clinique foundations that I've worn.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme
Plinko 4/13/2011 9:03:00 AM
I feel compelled to write a review for this product because it completely saved my skin. I began using Olay Regenerist when I turned 35, and is turned the skin on the sides of my nose red and raw. The result was ugly and painful. One overnight use of this cream cleared the problem right up. I've continued to use this product and wake up with glowing skin each morning. Fantastic.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Plinko 6/22/2010 9:12:00 AM
This is the workhorse of my makeup bag. It is not only a great lip balm. It is a fabulous night cream and eye treatment. Skin always looks glowing and refreshed in the morning. A tiny dab is great for imparting a healthy glow to cheekbones. A small dab is also great for highlighting brow bones. It is the perfect brow gel as well! It not only tames my brows, but if I put a small dab on a brow brush then dip the brush in powder brow definer, I get a softer and more natural look than a pencil.