A very good quality basic brown that would suit anybody. It's not too dark, so it's not to OTT for day time, or work, but can be built up seamlessly and quickly to a dark, smokey eye. I would buy this again. It's smooth blendability and ease of use is fantastic and consistent with UD e/s.
Oh dear! How does HC justify bringing out something as appalling as this? This is NOT make-up. This is for novelty purposes ONLY. Packaging is very cute but unforch the make-up is not high quality. The mascara makes your eyelashes curl in all sorts of strange ways without volumising. The eyeshadows are hard and do not have enough pigment to show up. The eyeliner is tiny! Even if it worked, how the hell would you sharpen it? As it happens, it's hard, sharp and doesn't do anything. The blusher is okay but the concealer is not of any quality that makes it useful. Overall, useles piece of junk, and probably too expensive just to have as novelty value.
Highlighters -Urban Decay - Flavoured Body Balm in Mai Tai
Sue_raisin 11/15/2005 10:01:00 AM
You know when you look in magazines and you see celebrities with glowing skin? Well this is the effect that this body balm gives you. It's a big, flat tub which comes with a sponge to apply. It smells very sickly sweet, I usually apply it as soon as I've showered so that it gives the scent a chance to fade a bit, otherwise it would be too sickly. It makes your skin glow, with the help of tiny bits of glitter and shimmer. It comes in three different flavours/colours. Mai Tai is a golden tan colour. It's not a liquid or a gel, it's actually quite solid. I would buy it again although I think it would take me a long time to use this all up.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner - Mullet
Sue_raisin 11/15/2005 9:12:00 AM
I like this, but prefer Spandex because it has different colours, it's slightly more obvious. I wear this on top of Mildew eyeshadow. It lasts well although it's inevitable that you get some glitter loss, however it's no worse than any other brand. a bit too much for work but great for a fun night out.
Liquid -Laura Mercier - Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation
Sue_raisin 11/3/2005 7:44:00 AM
I have tried a lot of foundations and was really hoping this would be my HG. The LM counter I went to was doing a special event where the international make-up artists were coming in to do make-overs, so I thought "that's just what I need" and booked my appointment. They applied it with the LM primer. You need to be quick to work with this foundation, no gentle 'swipes' across the face, you need to take your sponge (they heavily recommended a sponge, a foundation brush/fingers would make it heavy and mask-like) and 'jab' at the skin to blend it. I find if I don't blend it enough I get patches where the foundation has stuck, so be thorough. The colour match was ok, they have quite an extensive range of colours, although I've had better colour matches, but hey, no make-up line's perfect. It lasted all day and looked natural. I would say, if you're in a rush and don't have the time to spend on the blending, don't use it. I came into work one day with a dark patch of foundation where it had collected (my fault, I hadn't blended enough) and it looked like I had a moustache. I'd walked around like that all day. So, to sum up, a good buy if you've got the time and the effort, otherwise choose something quicker, or just save it for special occaisions.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner - Spandex
Sue_raisin 10/28/2005 8:06:00 AM
Amazing glitter eyeliner for those that dare. Gorgeous colour, with multi-coloured sparkles. Really easy to apply, I use about 4 coats for a solid gliiter-y line. some have said that the applicator doesn't pick up much product but I don't find this. It picks up plenty. Takes a few mins to try, but once it does, it sticks like glue. I wear contact lenses and haven't found a problem (yet). Definitely buy again. I've got mullet as well.
Mmmm...this is gorgeous. Use it straight from the fridge for a soothing, cooling treat. Smells delightful, I have combination skin (it used to be quite dry, and then it went normal and now it's gone all weird and a mixture of everything so I'm calling it combination) and recently been suffering a few breakouts - I had to wear a hat yesterday so that people knew which head to talk to). I applied this straight from the fridge and it seems to be very soothing on my sore skin. I've only applied to my spotty areas at the moment, I'll try it all over another time and update this review. In the meantime, lovely mask, will buy again, however it's a girl's perogative to change her mind...
Skincare - Face -Avon - Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant
Sue_raisin 10/10/2005 2:16:00 PM
Considering this is only £12, this is just as good as a lot of the high-end products out there. Teeny, tiny grains exfoliate really well without doing any damage or being too harsh. It's non-foaming, creamy and, if you use the right amount - a little goes a long way - one tube lasts a good while. I am already on my third tube and will be using this forever more, coupled with my Angels on Bare Skin.
Lip Gloss -Urban Decay - XXX Slick gloss in Carney
Sue_raisin 10/10/2005 1:52:00 PM
Mmmm this is so LUSH! A MUAer described it perfectly as buttery of texture - bang on. Beatifully soft, smooth and moisturising...gorgeous colour, beautiful, comfortable lipgloss that feels more of a lipbalm than a lipgloss. No stickiness at all, completely non-sticky, absolute joy to apply, feels gorgeous but doesn't last very long. However small price to pay for such a beautiful product. Don't carry it around you - made the mistake of putting it in my bag uh-oh. Brought it out of my bag once i got to the office only to find huge gouge in the gloss where my bus ticket had poked into it. Would buy again.
Loose Powders -Lancome - Colour ID Loose Powder Brush
Sue_raisin 10/10/2005 1:47:00 PM
What a fab idea - really convenient, easy to carry and easy to use. Fantastic packaging too, fits neatly into your handbag. Texture of powder is fine, finer than MAC's, mattifies well with no powdery build up if you apply a little too much (I find this happens with most powders I've used). Extremely light formulation that looks very natural and cannot be detected. Excellent product, very impressed. Admittedly the brush can't be washed but as long as you keep the lid on it shouldn't pick up too much bacteria.
I bought this because I was told by the SA that it was the 'market leader' primer. I'm a bit of an old-hand when it comes to primers, I have used enough to know what works and what doesn't. This falls into the 'doesn't work' catergory. It's expensive - £24 - but you get a reasonable amount 1.5 fl oz (more than you get in your average foundation). It is a gel-based primer that feels nice on the skin, very cooling, as all gels are. It doesn't dry as fast as some primers out there. After I applied my foundation I didn't notice any difference to the way my foundation looked. It didn't look any smoother or any better. I also didn't notice any significant difference in the amount of time it made my base last. My foundation lasted just as long without the primer as it did with. There are seemingly no benefits to this primer. Very disapointed. If this is the market leader, I really don't know why. Packaging is nice though, looks very smart. Tube comes with a screw cap so nice and convenient. For a brilliant, but rather indulgent primer go to Guerlain and get the midnight star. For a slightly (but only slightly!)cheaper alterntive try Laura Mercier. Won't buy again.
I use this underneath my BB TM because I want it to last longer and sometimes my skin turns foundation/TM orange so I was hoping it would stop this. Apparrantly this primer is the 'market leader' - but I've heard better things about the LM one. Anyhoo...lovely, smooth, cooling texture that dries very quickly to a natural finish. Some primers make your skin look fantastic when you apply it on its own (e.g Guerlain Midnight Star serum) but this made no difference to my bare face whatsoever. It doesn't make my TM go on particulalry smoothly, if I'm being picky, but then I've not tried the TM without the primer - maybe it's the TM that doesn't go on smoothly, not the primer. I'll try again and update. In the meantime, this cost £26-28 in the UK. Will update soon.
Self Tanners -Lancome - Flash Bronzer - Deep self-tanning milk
Sue_raisin 5/23/2005 8:01:00 AM
This stuff smells terrible - not of anything in particular, just weird chemicals. It's efective enough, has a nice dark colour but the smell is pretty overpowering. It also works really well if you can't be bothered to exfoliate. Can go patchy if you don't keep re-applying and moisturising. Wouldn't buy again. Works well enough, but I'm looking for that little bit extra.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Addict Lip Gloss - A Treat of Lollipops - 271
Sue_raisin 3/22/2005 10:37:00 PM
Love the 151 in this range, was a little disapointed by this colour as I didn't find it showed up very well on me, however I love the formula and everything else about this lipgloss so although I wouldn't buy this particular colour again, Dior Addict Lipglosses continue to be my favourite range.
Mascara -Boots - No7 'Full Impact' (False Lash Effect) Mascara
Sue_raisin 2/14/2005 7:07:00 AM
RUBBISH RUBBISH RUBBISH. this mascara is APPALLING. It's suppose to be a false lash effect mascara but doesn't thicken, lengthen or define. It's crap - and it's expensive. I tried different ways of applying, just in case there's a nack to it but nope, nothing. It's very thin and I can put 6 coats on and it still does nothing. Oh, it does something. It smudges and gives spidery lashes that stick together. Rubbish. Am appalled at this attempt at mascara.