I bought these for the sole purpose of using them in a clinical setting. That being said, I think these pins have a lot more potential than the styles they show in the packaging. They were not tricky to use at all and I got it down pat on my second try. I love that I don't have to use a giant "toothed" clip to hold my hair up which sometimes doesn't even hold all my hair (though I must say I have quite a lot of hair that is of medium thickness and it is just above the boobage. It is also virgin hair, so it has plenty of slip). These pins are quick, easy, and stay in your hair. I found that the trick to keeping the hair in place is to keep twisting your hair until it forms a coiled snake on your head. You can't just twist it loosely, stick the pins in, and expect it to work. I also think that it might not work too well on hair that has a lot of layers; the result would be less neat I imagine. I have to applaud whoever came up with these gigantic, twisted pins! I might get a few more to give away since I know I'll be asked about them!
Eyeliner -Tarina Tarantino - Eye Dream Hyperliner - Puppeteer
euroasian 6/9/2010 2:14:00 PM
I was getting lazy and not reviewing products that I had tried recently, but I felt like I had to write a review for this one. It seems like Tarina's products don't get any love on MUA and I think that she does have some gems in her collection. Puppeteer is a beautiful dark brown with a hint of bronze shimmer that applies quite smoothly relative to other shimmery eyeliners I have tried. (Ignore the swatches they have on Sephora; Puppeteer is darker than Locket Book IRL). It is very pigmented and long-lasting (it takes a bit of soaking with mu remover to get off), and applies like butter. If Sephora ever stopped carrying TT products it would be difficult in finding a good substitute for Puppeteer.
The search for the perfect red ends here. Delicious maraschino cherry red. Perfect application, perfect drying time, perfect coverage.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Volupte #9 Caress Pink
euroasian 1/19/2010 8:03:00 PM
I would have to say that YSL makes the best lipsticks. Amazingly smooth and pigmented, this lovely cool pink shows up exactly the same as the colour of the bullet. The formula is like butter; it just glides on. The finish is opaque after only one swipe, so it's not for the faint of heart. Now I just need more colours.
Mascara -Shu Uemura - Mascara Basic [DISCONTINUED]
euroasian 1/19/2010 7:03:00 PM
I'll be honest; the first time I tried this I was disappointed that it seemed like it just coated my lashes with a tint. Prior to this my go-to mascara was Heroine Make's Volume mascara, but after using Shu a few times and learning how to layer it I have grown to love it. It really makes you look like you have naturally long, fluttery lashes. I love this mascara for a daily polished look or for evenings when I wear a stronger lip. If you hated it after using it once or twice, I suggest playing around with it a bit more and getting the hang of the application technique. The result is well worth it, imo.
This is one of the streakier OPI's. I love the colour as it is pretty much neutral and goes with a lot of different outfits/colours. I can see a hint of lavender, and I think that keeps the hands from looking "dead". It can streak like nobody's business though. Word of advice, the application technique for this is similar to LAPD and other thinner OPI's; you gotta lay it on a bit thicker than usual. Two moderately thicker coats and you'll be less likely to see streaks.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Professional Natural Smudge Brush #11
euroasian 12/30/2009 2:20:00 PM
Really soft and easy to use. Unfortunately it sheds like crazy! Did I get a dud?
I bought Lambada, a glorious true red, and Wild Lilac, a beautiful soft purple. I must say I'm absolutely in love with Lambada; it's the red I've been looking for as long as I can remember. It's a true true red; other so-called true reds that I've tried were either a tad too warm or too cool. The colour actually reminds me of the red on the Canadian flag, lol! Applies smoothly, dries quickly, but is a bit chip-tastic. Wild Lilac is very lovely as well, but as with most pastel polishes it is a wee bit goopy. I also think WL chips easier. Gosh is available at most SDM's I believe.
I bought these in the trio stack, which included Jasmine, Quince, and Pomegranate. I normally stay away from lip products that come in a pot form, but for such a great price I decided I could just constantly use hand sanitizer. I really don't see how anyone could find these moisturizing. They are sticky, heavily pigmented (even more so than most glosses), and do not moisturize at all. Even my $2 Bonne Bell lip balm is better at keeping my lips moist. Disappointed.
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Rose Lip Treatment SPF 15
euroasian 11/5/2009 9:42:00 PM
Fantastic product! The best TLB I have ever tried. The colour is just enough tint to make the lips look healthier, and it is soo moisturizing! It also lasts quite well on the lips without being sticky; I have had it last through a bowl of hot soup. I also love how sturdy the packaging is, unlike those cheap plastic ones that crack easily. This lip balm reminds me a bit of Bonne Bell's Dr. Pepper, but without the cloying taste and scent. What a great find!
Side by side, this is quite similar to Nars Desire. On the skin, however, this is a much more wearable colour; it shows up as the kind of flush you would get after running for bit. I am an NC 10-15, and I have to use an extremely light hand in application, as it is highly pigmented. I would imagine that this would be a bit easier to wear in the summer when I get a tad darker. Though I don't reach for this as much as say, M Pink 30, I still like to have it as part of my growing Shu collection.
Probably the best gel eyeliner out there. I purchased the colour M Brown, and it's a rich, ground coffee brown with no hints of red whatsoever. It is extremely pigmented, so you might have to use a lighter hand than what you're used to, and it does dry slower than other gels, but I appreciate that because it gives you some time to correct mistakes or smudge it out if you like. Beautifully pigmented, extremely long-lasting, and applies like silk. I've tried MAC Dipdown and Bobbi Brown Espresso, and while both are good, the former just doesn't last as long as I would like, and the latter...well, there isn't anything wrong with it, but Shu just applies more smoothly and evenly. P. S. I believe that the glass jars that house gel eyeliners actually keep it fresh longer, and putting it in plastic just doesn't make sense.
I was told by the SA that this is the newest version of P pink 34, released this spring/summer(?) I normally veer towards matte blushes since they look more natural, but the nice lady said that the pearl finish is almost imperceptible, so I caved. This shows up on my PPP (Studiosculpt concealer in NC15) skin with one little dab on each cheek; it is easy to go overboard and end up looking feverish, so be cautious. And it is such a lovely glow! It conjures images of children with chubby, rosy, healthy cheeks. I almost want to say that this colour is the powder version of Bobbi Brown's Pale Pink Pot Rouge. This colour is my favourite blush of the moment.
Lovely neutral pink blush that will go with just about anything. I'm a true PPP (Studiosculpt concealer in NC15), and it takes only a bit to show up on me. This shows up as a lovely, natural, healthy glow, like you've been out in the snow. Compared to M pink 30, this is cooler and a bit muted. This blush would be great for days when you're going for heavy eye or lip makeup.
My first Shu blush experience. This is a pink with a dash of peach to it, and I say this in comparison to Nars Mata Hari which is a pink with a dash of blue. This blush is so smooth and clean looking on the skin, it almost looks like a wash that you would normally get from a liquid/gel blush. It warms up my skin and goes with practically every lip colour I have. I personally love the packaging; clean lines, simple design. Fantastic. I now have a new brand obsession.