Blush -MAC - Prim & Proper - Liberty of London [DISCONTINUED]
prncss 3/14/2010 1:37:00 PM
This looked boring in the pan until the MA tried this on me and I was pleasantly surprised how great this looked on my NC35/40 tanned skin. It is a matte terracotta color that is in between a brown and a peach. This gives me a beautiful summer healthy glow that I could wear everyday. If you like neutral eyeshadows, this would make a great pairing along with a neutral lip. It is a great alternative if you are sick of purely peach, pink and bronze blushes because this is right in between. I find that this pairs really well with the Ever Hip lipstick and Perennial High Style lipglass in the Liberty of London collection, which are bright coral colors. I also match this Free to Be eyeshadow, a matching coral eyeshadow. I use bronzer all over to pull this summer beach look all together. Prim & Proper will definitely be my summer staple.
I bought this when MAC Ripe Peach was sold out in stores. Peach Nuance has been discontinued, at least in Canada, but you may be able to find some leftover stock. I paid $27.50 CAD for this, and this packaging is even better than the MAC packaging. It comes in a beautiful dark blue square compact with a gold plate embossed with the Estee Lauder logo. This is great because it comes with a brush (better for touch ups or travel use than daily use) and a sizable mirror. Overall, however, I thought this blush was over hyped. Yes it is absolutely gorgeous in the pan, but this is not really pigmented. Like others have said, this is really sheer. You have to really dig your brush into the powder to get any product. Once applied, this does not show up very well on tanned skin so you have to layer it a few times to build the color. On my tanned skin with yellow undertones, this does not show as a pure peach color and looks more like a nude bronze color. I find on tanned skin, cream blushes show up better for peach colors. I'm glad I bought this as part of my makeup collection but there are much better peach blushes out there, and will not repurchase.
This is a bright and cheery coral. It is a true to color coral that looks the same on the lips as it does in the tube. It is not too orange and it is the perfect consistency of being creamy and not matte. I suspect this would look good on all skintones and it looks beautiful on my medium tanned skin. I was worried that this would look washed out on my tanned skin but this gives a youthful, fresh, and healthy summer look. This looks gorgeous paired with bronzer on the face!! It is great for an everyday summer glow look, especially when paired with the matching lipglass, Perennial High Style. I also match this with the Prim & Proper blush that is part of the same collection, which is a nude coral bronze color, and Free to Be eyeshadow, a matching coral eyeshadow. Bronzer pulls together all of these colors really well without it being too dramatic. Love, love, love it! Get this while it sells out.
This is like vaseline in a tube. It is thick, moisturizes chapped lips really well, clear color, and slightly greasy. So, you have to let it sit for a bit and absorb before applying lipstick if you want any color to show. This works great and I love the easy squeeze tube. The only thing I hate is the smell. It smells like I've lathered soap all over my lips. I almost threw it out upon first use but I didn't want to waste it so I kept it. Now I don't mind the smell so much but I will not repurchase after this is done. My favorite is Kiehl's #1 Lipbalm in Vanilla.
I have NC35/40 medium tanned asian skin and had trouble deciding between Shade #14 and Shade #16. Both shades are very similar except #14 has more yellow undertones and shade #16 saves the step of applying bronzer, as it is a tad bit darker. I purchased this in #16 but would recommend #14 for NC35/40 skin. Pros -beautiful packaging; very compact and not bulky (fits in my Coach wristlet) -very fine powder, not cakey -nice sized mirror Cons -there is no place to put the sponge! what's the point of having such pretty packaging if you can't even apply the powder outside of home? (unless you want to carry a separate powder brush that will get the inside of your purse dirty) -light coverage; the powder is too fine and barely covers (I prefer Maybelline dream matte to this) -poor lasting power; within 3-4 hours the powder had completely faded and I looked like I was not wearing anything at all (I applied this with my EcoTools Kabuki brush) -Pricey; this costs $42 CAD This is a pretty compact but offers too little coverage for me. It is better suited as a blotting powder, more than a foundation powder. Overall Tarina Tarantina products are a big disappointment after trying their eyeshadow, lipsticks, and powder. Would not repurchase. Update - I ended up returning this a month later.
This is my most favorite color of the Eye Dust collection and it is my go-to color for an everyday daytime look. It is a unique color that compliments my NC35/40 tanned skin without being too natural or too over the top. Most neutral shades tend to fade on my skin but this is a subtle shimmer gold and pink, without screaming "in your face" pink. Many people compliment me on my eyeshadow when I wear this. As for the formula, it clings to the brush easily and doesn't have a lot of fall out like other pigments. It is also easy to blend and sticks to the skin well. This has decent staying power but touch-ups are needed around midday. Would definitely repurchase. Would also recommend this in Chiffon.
I have NC35 asian skin and I find it really hard to find gold eyeshadows that show up on my skin. They usually end up looking flat or yellow. Cream shadows have great pigment but they crease. The most success I've had with a gold shimmery eyeshadow is Annabelle Chiffon. It is highly pigmented and the shimmer definitely shows up. In the pot, it looks like a yellow or lemon colored but it is actually a light gold color. The formula clings to the brush easily and doesn't have a lot of fall out like other pigments. It is also easy to blend and sticks to the skin well. This has decent staying power but touch-ups are needed around midday. I apply it under my brow as a highlighter and on the corners on my eyes and it makes my eyes stand out beautifully! Would definitely repurchase. Would also recommend this in the Golden Pink color.
I purchased this in the Brow Duality version with Camille, a matte highlighter, and Sand, a shimmer highlighter. I paid $30 CAD for this which is cheaper than the Benefit High Brow that is $26. This is a better deal since this comes with 2 pencils in one. I like the Camille better than the Benefit High Brow because High Brow is too pink, whereas this is a softer apricot version that goes well with my NC 35 asian skin. This looks so natural and blends easily with the fingers. It is not too creamy and it lasts all day. I apply this underneath the arch of my brow and apply beneath my lower lips and on the cupids bow of my top lip. This is one of the few makeup items that I use everyday. The Sand highlighter is a shimmery highlighter that I apply on the corners on the eyes, and under my arches when I want a more dramatic look. The shimmer is too subtle on my medium tanned skin and I prefer the Wet n Wild Idol Eyes pencil more! It is much cheaper. I would purchase this again but only in the Camille and not the duo-version. It is expensive but I will continue to re-purchase unless there is a comparable drugstore version in a matte color.
I bought this in three colors: pink, blue, and white but I ended up returning this shade because this did not show up on my NC35 tanned asian skin (the pink shade is my favorite). I expected this to be a white shimmery powder that I could use to highlight my brows and the corners of my eyes, but when I put this on I could only see a purple iridescence. Some people say that the little opening at the top is too small for an eyeshadow brush but my Spa Resource brush that I bought from Walmart for $3 fits perfectly into the opening. This formula clings to the brush easily and doesn't have a lot of fall out like other pigments. It is also easy to blend and sticks to the skin well. This has decent staying power but touch-ups are needed around midday. I love these pigment dusts but I didn't like the prism color. Would recommend this in the Chiffon and Golden Pink color.
Styling Products -Jonathan - Green Rootine Silkening Creme
prncss 3/1/2010 12:40:00 AM
I've been using this for a few months just to give this a chance and I do not like it. I have stomach length thick asian hair and I apply this after I shower and towel-dry my hair. This creme leaves a lot of residue in my hair that actually takes away my hair's original shine. Also, this weighs down my hair and makes my hair even thicker so my hair does not dry stick straight. It dries wavy and looks lack lustre. My hair looks healthier and shinier without applying this. I did not notice any silkening or conditioning. Also, the smell reminds me of toothpaste like another review said below. I would not repurchase.
I love the packaging of the Tarina eyeshadows! They are silver colored oval compacts with a pink mirror on top, with hand set rhinestones. It is so pretty, I just had to have one to put in my purse. The "baby sparkle" shade was a disappointment though. Baby sparkle appears as a light cream pink with big chunks of glitter. (It is a different shade from the picture posted) Like most glitter eyeshadows, this has huge fallout. My major gripe about this, however, is that it has virtually no pigmentation. The light pink does not show up on my NC35 tanned asian skin. I layered this 3 or 4 times with my eyeshadow brush and still no color showed up on my skin. All I could see was the glitter. There was also a lot of fallout on the pan and it gets really chalky and messy. What a disappointment because the packaging is sooo pretty. I am going to exchange this for another color. Overall, this is a low quality produce with pretty packaging.
Liquid -Wet 'n' Wild - Intuitive Blend Shade-Adjusting Foundation + Primer
prncss 2/28/2010 11:35:00 PM
I'm a huge fan of the Wet 'n' Wild Tinted Moisturizer but this was a disappointment. Like others said, you have to mix the bubbles and blend it on your face really fast, just like you do with any other primer. It's difficult to get consistent results. Sometimes I get barely any color that it doesn't even out my skintone. Othertimes, I get medium coverage but the color has pink undertones and doesn't suit my NC35 asian skin with yellow undertones. What's the point of a shade adjusting foundation that doesn't produce the same results each time. I am returning this and going back to the Tinted Moisturizer.
Accessories -Tarina Tarantino - Multibead Stretch Bracelet
prncss 2/28/2010 10:31:00 PM
I paid $39 CAD for this at Sephora. This bracelet is part of their Jewel Box collection created for Sephora and is considerably cheaper than bracelets from their regular line which usually run about $75 CAD. This comes beautifully packed in a see-through plastic jewel case with pink confetti paper. For the price I was expecting a much heavier bracelet but this weighs next to nothing and feels like a cheap plastic bracelet from Claires or Ardene. It is all hand-made though. Upon examining it closer though, this bracelet has real swarovski crystals which sparkles from afar. It has beautiful large cubes of crystal in fuchsia with plastic rose beads and a plastic heart bead. There is a small tarantino tag and the thread of the bracelet is made from a thick stretch plastic. It is pricey but given that its a collectable I don't mind the price and will re-purchase in another color.
Lipstick -Tarina Tarantino - Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen
prncss 2/28/2010 10:05:00 PM
I purchased this at Sephora for $25 CAD. This is the same shade of lipstick featured on the January 2010 Sephora Brochure and in the Tarina Tarantino ads. It comes in a silver metallic tube with a pink stripe and bow printed on the tube. Unfortunately, this does not have any rhinestones like the other Tarina products. As for texture, this glides on the lips very easily even without lip gloss. It feels moist on my lips but it is also highly pigmented and not sheer like some moist lipsticks. This is creamy, has a lot of color and is unscented, which is nice because many people are sensitive to fragrances. Because the formula is so creamy I don't see the tube lasting a long time with daily use. Fuchsia Lining is a Deep Pink with a Coral/Orange tinge. It is warm-toned. This looks so good on the model but she has really pale skin and it really seems to pop on her lips. However, against my NC35 tanned asian skin, this color looks like a deep red with orange. The pink does not show up on my lips at all, so the "fuchsia" name is misleading. I will be exchanging this for another shade. The formula is great but this color did not work for me.
Skincare - Body -Dr. Bronner's - Lavender Liquid Soap
prncss 2/27/2010 11:36:00 PM
I ran out of my Cyber Colors lavender cleansing oil that I bought in Hong Kong and I didn't want to shell out $89 to buy the Shu Uemura, so a friend recommended this cleansing oil for me. I have been using this as a facial cleanser for 3-4 weeks without breakouts. I have not noticed dry skin like others have experienced but I always follow with serum and moisturizer. This makes my skin squeaky clean and cleans all traces of makeup and oil on my skin, so I can see how others would get dry skin if one doesn't follow with moisturizer. I only use an amount the size of a quarter to clean my face and I love the lavender smell. My only gripe about this is that it burns when it gets into my eye, so be careful not to get any wash in the eye.