I bought this with the limited edition pink ribbon for breast cancer case at my local drugstore. I like this a lot better than my cheap, came with a Clinique GWP tweezers. I think that these little tweezers do a fantastic job, they are a little on the spendy side though. I picked the mini ones because I like to get really close to my mirror when I pluck my eyebrows and I travel a lot. After reading the reviews on here, I am going to save up for the regular size. I think that these are great, I can't imagine how awesome the full size must be. I would repurchase. :)
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Topcoat
gildedangel 2/6/2009 11:13:00 PM
Wow, after using this product I looked at the reviews and I was shocked. I bought this on a whim because all Sally Hansen was 40% off at my local drugstore. I wanted to start using a topcoat because I am a little tired of my nail polish chipping after 3-4 days. I actually quite like it. I have been wearing it for a few days and I have had no chipping at all. I don't know if it really strengthens your nails, but I don't really care, that is not what I bought it for. Granted I have never tried any other topcoat, so this is probably not the best one in existence, but I like it. I like how shiny my nails look too. I think that my favorite part is actually the brush hahaha. It applied very evenly and nice for me. I waited until my nails fully dried before I applied this and it worked great. I actually recommend it (sorry to be the rebel here). If you want to try it I suggest getting it on sale in case you don't like it like the other reviewers. :)
This is such a pretty nail polish! It is a light forsty lilac color that is so pretty and subtle, I love it! It goes on a little sheer, but only needs about three coats. I have worn it for two day and so far it has not chipped at all. I think that this is a great quality nail polish for the price. I bought it for $2 at Walgreens, highly recommended if you like subtle but a little funky nail polish.
Primer/ Corrector -MAC - Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
gildedangel 2/6/2009 10:58:00 PM
I am not really sure about this product just yet. I have been using this for about a week now and I am pretty sure that I like it. The product itself is nice, it really helps to smooth out my skin and I actually like that it is slightly tacky. I use just powder foundation, so that stickiness is great because I do like a heavier coverage. My face looks flawless except for my zits. It is also SPF 50, which is a huge bonus, and I do like how little product I actaully need to cover my face. Now for what I dislike. There is very little oil control and redness reduction in this product; have problems with both and this really didn't help with either like MAC claims. The packaging is not good. It is in this oddly shaped sqeeze tube and I swear that the printing is upside down because my tube cannot stand up that way on its own. I wish that it was a pump too. I do love the pink/green sparkles in the plastic though. The price really gets me too, I mean it is only 1 oz. All in all I will probably repurchase because I do like it, but this product is no miracle in a squeeze tube by any means. EDIT: Holy cow, this stuff is really drying out my skin! I am getting huge scaly flaky patches all over my face. I use not only two moisturizers wet but I put glycerin on after that and this primer is sucking the moisture out of my face! I will have to wait for spring to be able to use this whe my skin get back to normal. I will no longer repurchase.
Bronzers -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - So Ceylon [DISCONTINUED]
gildedangel 2/6/2009 10:31:00 PM
This is a really nice bronzer for me, I am pasty pale and this is dark, but not so dark that I look weird. It has really pretty rosey tones to it and shimmer. I got one with very little glittery veining so that is really nice, mine is more rose-pink based as well so it doesn't look orange on my skin. All in all this is super pretty, you might still be able to get it on MAC's website, it is kinda on and off on there. Oh, and MAC raised the price of MSF's to $27! Ahhh!!!! Nooo!!!!! :(
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Winsor & Newton - Natural Grip Round #6
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:39:00 PM
I just found this brush and I love it! This is a great dupe for the new limited edition MAC 226, only this brush has white synthetic bristles. It blends like a dream, I can't believe that I found this brush for only $3! It has a clear handle with a purple grippy part. The bristles are long and come up to a point. It is fairly dense, but it is fluffy too. I love it and use it everyday and I highly recommend it! I found this at a university bookstore lol so I do not know exactly where you may be able to find it, but I can't imagine that you would not be able to find it at a craft store. :)
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Winsor & Newton - Series 340 #4
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:30:00 PM
I originally bought this brush to use as a contouring brush after using its big sister the #5. It worked ok, but it is too loose to use for that purpose for me at least, but if you want to have a more natural contour this would be a great brush. Its about $7 at Micheals.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Winsor & Newton - Series 340 #5
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:25:00 PM
I use this as my foundation brush and I really like it. It is very soft and does a great job with my powder foundation. I do tie up the base of the bristles with a hair tie so that it is denser, more like a kabuki brush, mostly because I am cheap hahaha. All in all a great brush, its about $10 at Micheals, and I recommend it.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Winsor & Newton - Series 240 #3
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:21:00 PM
I love this brush!!!! This is a brush that I use for blush and it is SO soft! It is white goat hair and it is softer than its MAC counter-part the 129. It is like applying your blush with a kitten. Yeah, its that soft and amazing. The handle is black and white and is available at Micheals for about $11. Its great, if you need a blush brush go find this!!!
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Loew-Cornell - #6 Filbert
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:15:00 PM
This is a great multi-purpose brush. I got this at Micheals for a few dollars. I use it for concealer, lips, and smuding eyeshadow. It is kinda comparable to the MAC 194, but that brush is bigger. I don't know about the MAC one, but this brush is made of synthetic fibers.If you want one that is closer to that brush go for the #8 filbert, but I like the smaller version because it is more precise for me to use. Great brush for the money, I would recommend! :)
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Robert Simmons - Angle Brush
gildedangel 1/31/2009 8:11:00 PM
This is my HG eyeliner brush! This is a paint brush, I found it at Micheals for about $6. It has brown bristles and a blue handle, and is comparable to the MAC 266. This is what I use my MAC fluidline with, I prefer the angle brushes over the thin liner brushes for myself. Great brush, super cheap, washes well and is just awesome! :)
This is an average powder brush, I had to wash it several times before it stopped being scratchy on my face. It is the brush that comes with the starter kit. I use this for highlighting on my face and for applying a finishing liquid. This brush is nothing special, I just use it because I already had it; it wasn't used for a long time before I found it at the back of a drawer. Does shed a bit, all in all not highly recommended.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Studio Basics - Mineral & Bronzer Brush
gildedangel 1/31/2009 7:57:00 PM
This is a double-sided brush sold at pharmacy stores in the cosmetics section. One side is comparable to the MAC 187 stippling/skunk brush. The other is a normal dense blush brush, kinda like a MAC 129. Now for my take on it These are both decent brushes, they do the job. Obviously they are not MAC quality, but they are certainly not bad, and for $10 I think that it could be worth the price for most. I really like the blush brush side, it is very dense and relatively soft, I actually use it to contour my cheeks more than for blush. The stippling brush is ok, it is not very dense but it is really soft. I like to use the stippling side for my mineral makeup, and my cream-based makeup, mostly blushes and bronzers and it works well for that. I have been told that this type of brush is great for liquid foundation as well, but I do not use liquid foundation so I do not know for sure. The one problem I had with this stippling brush was that when I washed it, there was weird green stuff coming out of the brush, which I assume is dye from the black bristles. It took about 8 washes with baby shampoo to get that crap out, GROSS!!! This is my only real hangup on the brush, and why I personally would not repurchase it. All in all, it is a great alternative for a duo-fiber stippling brush if you don't want to shell out a lot of money and are willing to wash it a lot before you use it, and you get a blush brush too! EDIT: Ok, I now hate this brush, it is going from 3 lippies to one. I rewashed the stippling brush and the white fibers dried a deep bright green. EEEEEEWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I put that on my face?!? Gross! DO NOT PURCHASE EVER!!!!!!
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Loew-Cornell AMM brush
gildedangel 1/30/2009 11:47:00 PM
I really like this little brush. It is most comparable to theMAC 217, but it is a bit different. It is not as dense and fluffy, and it uses a brown natural bristle instead of white goat hair. I use this for applying eyeshadow to my crease and blending it out. Cute little brush, it is very cheap and you can find it at your local craftstore like Micheals. Much cheaper than the 217 haha. Would highly recommend if you are looking for a fluffy blending brush.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Loew-Cornell ADM brush
gildedangel 1/30/2009 11:42:00 PM
This is a great brush that is comparable to the MAC 219 pencil brush. I mostly use this for smudging or for applying an inner corner highlight, but it can be used for many different purposes. Great versatile brush, very cheap and easy to use, would highly recommend! :)