Bella Bamba is not a very unique colour, but it is pretty. It's a bright shimmery watermelon-coral fusion. It is very pigmented, and best used as a blush with a duo fiber brush. I reach for Coralista and Sugar Bomb more than Bella Bamba, though I'm not sure why.
Eye Shadow -Shiseido - Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow in H4 Spring Plum
starrysim 7/6/2012 11:55:00 PM
I love the texture and crease-free wear of the Hydro Powder eyeshadows, but Spring Plum was not as good as I expect from the line. I found it a bit gritty (a BIT, not seriously gritty), and got too much shimmer and not enough colour payoff for my liking. I ended up swapping it to someone who was thrilled to receive it, so I think I'm in the minority in disliking this particular shade.
Loose Powders -MAC - Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
starrysim 7/6/2012 11:50:00 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to get a handle on these types of light loose powders, and this one is no exception. It feels really cool to the touch, and I can see how it smooths the skin when I swatch it, but I can't seem to get a hang of application. I've used all types of brushes - natural, synthetic, duo fibre, fluffy, dense - and invariably they cause a big cloud of flour-like mess and don't make a huge difference in the appearance of my make-up. For me, it's just not worth the messy application and the time spent to apply. I also hate the packaging - there are way too many holes that are way too big, and powder inevitable sifts up during storage, even if I try my best to not turn it upside down. Like I said, it's just not worth the bother for me. I'm trying the pressed version now.
I didn't expect a miracle from Moroccal Oil, and I didn't get one, but it's still a decent product. I apply a tiny amount, a glob about the size of my pinky nail, onto just the ends of my wet hair. I've been using it about twice a week for 3 months, and I think my ends are not as dry as before, but also not miraculously moisturized. I still need a heavy duty moisturizing conditoner, like the Joico KPak line.
I am rarely impressed by scents anymore, but I loved this right away. I ignored it for a long time because the bottle, while pretty itself, looks really awkward with the oversized cap. Call me silly, but I gravitate towards perfumes with bottles that I find attractive. That being said, I received a sample of this and fell in love. It reminds me a bit of Ange ou Demon Le Secret, in that it's floral but tart at the same time, so it feels fresh and refreshing for summer. I'll be picking up a full bottle for sure, despite the out of proportion cap.
I love the colour of this Fluidline - it's a deep purple with subtle shimmer, and the shimmer actually translates when applied on skin. However, the consistency is gritty and doesn't apply as smoothly or as pigmented as a traditional fluidline like Blacktrack. It's nice to have as an alternative to black liner, but don't put too much effort into tracking it down unless you're gaga over coloured Fluidlines. I myself find pretty much all coloured fluidlines lacking in pigmentation.
Ok, first of all this isn't pink. It's a rusty coral, if that makes sense. I'm a cool NW20, so I just wear it in the summer when my overall look is more bronzey or warm. Otherwise, it's a typical cremesheen glass - super moist, non-sticky, smells delicious, heaven in a lipgloss tube.
I own the shade Plaza, which is a bright but not overpowering fuchsia. I absolutely love it. It applies very creamy and moisturizing without feeling thin like the Rouge Coco Shines. Despite the creamy, slippery consistency, lasting power is very good. I love that it wears off evenly and leaves an even pink stain. As for the packaging - it's unnecessarily bulky, but feels solid and luxe. There isn't any obvious scent that I'm aware of. I'd love to pick up a few more shades for sure.
I love Pink Before You Leap! It's like a pink version of Hollywood Blonde, which is one of my all-time favourite polishes. It's a silvery light pinky micro-glitter. It's almost see-though except for the glitter. The glitter isn't like conventional glitter - it's very very fine and subtle. It's like icing sugar vs. regular sugar, much more refined and soft. I can totally wear this alone, but it's also great as a topper for other colours.
Virgin Orchid is a really pretty slightly shimmery pink with coral undertones. It's actually a very unique shade. Go for this if cool, purple-based pinks don't work for you. I think this can work on both cool and warm skintones. The texture and coverage are great, and wear is average to above-average. I just wish Essie would come out with a wider brush.
I'm not sure why Naked Lunch is such a popular shade. It's not a particularly unique colour, and the texture isn't outstanding either. I use it to blend my shadow into my brow bone, and as a highlight on the brow bone. It has a harder texture, which means I can't use it as an inner corner highlight because it doesn't show up well, but it also means that it's great for a brow bone highlight because it's never harsh or frosty. I never use it as a lid shade, I just can't pick up enough or get it show up as anything much (I'm NW20). I don't think it's a must-have shadow, but I can see how it can become a staple for some people.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Cremesheen Glass - Richer, Lusher
starrysim 6/10/2012 12:14:00 AM
I adore cremesheen glasses! They are incredibly comfortable to wear, soak into lips nicely and never dry them out, never feel sticky, and have the amazing signature MAC scent. Richer, Lusher is a nice subtle coral shade for everyday. It's not bright, but it does show up on my lips.
I'm really surprised, this is a fantastic eye makeup remover! I'm especially pleased because I just forced myself to finish a bottle of Biotherm Biocils dual phase remover, which was very inferior. The Lise Watier one has a nice floral scent, never stings my eyes, and best of all, gets all traces of my eye makeup off. There is no black residue under my eyes when I'm done rinsing it off, and I don't need more than one cotton pad to clean off both eyes. Highly recommended!
I love the general idea of Hue:Pinkaura. It's a light floral that's just slightly aquatic. However, I think it turns too artificial on me, though I have gotten compliments on it. The packaging is ugly, and the price is steep, but if you can get it for a decent price it's worth a try.
I Love Winter was an LE shade in the Iced Delights lip bag for Holiday 2011. It's a versatile brown-pink nude that's not sheer at all and provides opaque, comfortable wear. It does lean quite brown, but not 90's poo-brown. It's very similar to Pro Longwear in Soft Sell. It also reminds me a bit of one of my old favourites, Laugh a Lot, except it's more brown.