As soon as I put this on, me and the MA both went "ooooooooh!" I have pale skin and dark hair, and Icescape is a lovely pearlescent pale pink on me. I sort of feel like if an opal were a lip gloss, it would look something like Icescape. It's a cool-toned color, and I'm a warm-toned gal, but the gloss is sheer enough that it doesn't make me look like I have zombie lips. Definitely a winner in this collection!
I'm on my third tube of this mascara. It's great on its own - I get awesome length and separation, and it holds a curl okay. But I particularly like using LB WP as a sealer for my non-waterproof mascaras, like Lash Stiletto. Looks freakin awesome - my lashes are looooooong! And absolutely no flaking or smudging. I was crying my eyes out the other day and this mascara went nowhere (neither did my eyeliner - thanks, TFSI!). Definitely would purchase again.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer - Purple Shock
highheeled 12/18/2008 11:09:00 PM
I thought this was going to be a really stunning purple. I love purple eyeliner; it goes really well with my medium-dark brown eyes. So, the color of the package...is the color of the liner. Seriously, that never happens. I was surprised that this liner is actually fuschia. But, ever the optimist, I tried it on anyway. And, well. It's fuschia. And it's just not flattering on my NW20 skin. It makes me look ill. Based on the color alone, I would not repurchase this, and I know from using other Rimmel WP liners that they don't last on the waterline at all. At least I only wasted about $5 at Wal-Mart on this.
Hmm...this gloss is surprisingly hard to describe. In the tube, it's a peachy brown with superfine shimmer. Actually applied, I get fewer yellow-y tones and more pink tones, making this gloss so much more wearable than I initially thought. I like how this gloss feels - smooth, not gritty, not drying. And I'm soooo thankful the applicator is a spongetip, not a brush. Makes applying so much easier!
Lipstick -Napoleon Perdis - Devine Goddess Lipstick - HESS
highheeled 12/15/2008 7:14:00 PM
Hess is a really pretty lipstick - a neutral beige shot with pink. I feel like it's a cross between MAC's Cherish and Hue. Works really nicely with a smokey eye. I'll admit, the color washes me out a little bit - I'm very pale, with dark hair - but I actually kind of like the superpale look on me. But this is easily remedied with a little bit of gloss or a tinted balm underneath. Not a bad lipstick, but I doubt I'd repurchase, since I feel like every line has a color like this, and $22 is a hefty price for a lipstick!
If I had a man, I would certainly buy this for him, because it's a deliciously soft, yet definitely masculine fragrance. It doesn't send me into a tizzy of lust, but I have yet to find a fragrance that does.
Lip Gloss -Burt's Bees - Super Shiney Natural Lip Gloss
highheeled 12/14/2008 3:44:00 PM
I'm unimpressed by most Burt's Bees offerings. I find them to be terribly overhyped, especially in a world that increasingly believes that using products labelled "organic" is going to vastly improve the human condition. I bought this gloss on sale at Walgreen's for less than two dollars, and that's about how much this stuff is worth. Sweet Pink and Nectar Nude show up clear. Pucker Berry and Zesty Red have some pigmentation, but the colors are not interesting - a brownish berry and a medium red. Exciting. The formula is way too slick - it migrates outside of my lip line and just looks sloppy. There's no SPF and it's not particularly moisturizing. Laaaaame.
I cannot stomach this balm's smell. Honey does NOT smell like this! As a lip balm, it moisturized okay, once I heated the stuff up so it could actually be applied. But is it worth the smell, and the annoyance of only being able to use it after it's been sitting in a car for over an hour? Absolutely not. There are a billion better balms out there for less than the price of this crap. Blech.
I was so excited to find this on clearance at Walgreen's! And boy, am I glad I did not pay full price, because this serum broke me out like wild. After a week or so of using it nightly, I had to stop - I had pimples all over my face!. Another Burt's Bees product bites the dust.
Not my HG nude, but a nice color all the same. It's a lot like Hug Me, but with more gray/brown and less pink. It's a flat color and rather drying, so I tend to put gloss on top of it to keep my lips from flaking and to give the color some dimensionality. I like it, but I won't repurchase - the Satin formula is the least comfortable of all of MAC's lipsticks.
Russian Red is most striking red I've ever tried...and I've tried many! I have neutral coloring leaning slightly to the warm side, and this blue-based red is surprisingly flattering. It makes my skin look whiter and my hair look darker. This lipstick is Sexy Movie Villianess incarnate. I rarely am brave enough to wear RR, but when I am, it looks fierce!
After reading the rave reviews, I thought Bountiful would be the perfect shimmery pink for me. I have pale skin, dark hair, neutral undertones, and a vast love for anything pale, pink, and MAC. Bonus points for shimmer. I was disappointed that Bountiful was not what I expected, or wanted. It's beautiful in the tube, but it applies with not enough color and too much shimmer. It was like putting on a shimmery clear gloss, like Cushy White, except nowhere near as subtle or sophisticated-looking. For my shimmery pink lipglasses, I'll stick with Cherry Blossom and Cultureclash.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
highheeled 12/12/2008 11:36:00 PM
How did my eyeliner survive before primer? Oh, wait...it didn't. My eyeliner smeared, ran, smudged off my waterline, gooked up in my tear ducts, and in general migrated around my eye area, making me look like a panda, except less cute and cuddly. By lunch, my schmeared liner made me look tired; by 5pm, I looked like a heroin addict. What was the solution? I took baby steps into the world of primers with Lumene's eye base. It was on sale at CVS. While the product was thick and dry, it kept at least 90% of my eye makeup in place. Certainly an improvement, but there had to be something even better. Enter TFSI. I did my research and decided to bypass UDPP - I don't have much patience for products that require me to saw them open in order to access three-quarters of the product. It's a much, much creamier base than Lumene's, and therefore doesn't cake up around the base of my eyelashes. When dabbed on my waterline and left to dry for a moment, my waterline turns into eyeliner flypaper. I put on an UD 24/7 pencil and that shit did not move or fade for almost 12 hours. ON MY WATERLINE. NOTHING stays on my waterline, ever. But TFSI has changed all that. My forgotten eyeliners, tossed into a drawer because they smeared off my waterline within an hour of application, now have new life. My eye makeup stash has been revitalized. Thanks, Too Faced - and here I was, thinking all your products were crappy and gimmicky!
Cetaphil is not the right product for me. It just...doesn't do anything. Except clog my pores (which I think has more to do with Cetaphil's complete inability to remove anything from the skin, so dead skin cells and teeny particles of makeup and grime are staying on my skin and thus getting packed into my pores, ewwwww) and make my skin look dull. My skin needs something more aggressive.
I'm not a big advocate of matte lipstick, but Please Me is one of the few exceptions. The color is a stunning warm, light/medium pink that perks up my NW20 complexion. Being a) matte and b) very pink, it's not the most natural-looking lipstick ever (I get weird looks when I wear bright lipstick to my 9AM classes), but it's quite lovely. I own a million pink lipsticks but this one stands out to me!