This lip conditioner is great. I have the tube, and I use mine every night before bedtime, and I also put on a little in the morning while I'm getting dressed for work. I wipe any excess off with a tissue before putting on any lipstick or gloss because I personally don't like the slippery feel of this under either of those products. If you do not see immediate results with this lip conditioner, I would recommend using it at least once a day for an entire week or 2, and then see how you feel about it. Products like this are similar to skincare products... you may not see a dramatic difference overnight. I would love to try the tinted version of this (in the beige color), but right now, I can't even entertain the thought of purchasing it until MAC gets wise enough to put the tinted conditioners in a tube!
This color is a deep beigey neutral in the tube. Applied, the neutral beige is still there, but as the reviewers below have noted, I too could see slight mauvey undertones in this. But, that's actually a good thing for me, because I think it's probably what keeps this color from greying out on my pigmented lips. You probably will still see the greyness if your lips are not very pigmented though. Lightly applied, this color gives me a very polished, MLBB look. Just perfect for a light makeup day. Love the moisturizing texture as well. Not as dry as some of MAC's other lipsticks can be. Update: I wore this lipstick today with a few dabs of MAC Cavalier lipglass blended into it. Very pretty neutral pink result! I just *have* to try more of MAC's lipsticks! =)
Highlighters -Bobbi Brown - Shimmerbrick Shimmer Brick Compact (All colors)
MostAdorable 8/30/2004 10:54:00 AM
I am just a little bit undecided on this. I recently ordered it, and maybe I just need to experiment more before I can draw a final conclusion on this product. So far, I do like using this over eyeshadow to give a holographic effect. It's a great browbone highlighter and gives a very pretty, angelic glow. =) I also like using the shimmerbrick lightly over my blush because I noticed that it tones down blush color to keep it subtle but noticeable because of the extra shimmer. The thing that really annoys me about this product is its huge price tag. I am sure it will last forever, but I just have a problem with the fact that I paid 35.00 for shimmer. That's kind of pushing it, so I doubt I would by this again if I ever manage to use what I have.
This is a very nice shade. Applied lightly, it is a nice neutral brown on me that does not look orangey at all - as most brown lipsticks turn on me. This may be a keeper. I wear mine with Chestnut lipliner, and it's a very pretty combo without being too vampy dark brown.
I actually like this brush. I think it works much better than the MAC SE 129 brush I used to use. Much better! I really just started wearing blush a few months ago, (and even still, I don't wear it every day), so I'm not quite a 'pro' at applying it yet. This angled brush is a fool-proof way to target your cheekbones better so you don't have color sporadically sitting on your face.
I got this at a Sephora store. I was looking for a foundation that was light and airy since (fortunately), my skin does not need heavy coverage. My skin is normal/oily, with the oiliness mainly in the t-zone. I am not prone to frequent acne breakouts, nor do I have sensitive skin. Thanks to using Proactiv as little as once a week! - the old acne scars I did have once before are now nearly non-existent so my skin is pretty clear, but not perfect. Now, back to the foundation. I was matched up with the shade 'S9'. I thought it was too yellowy/orange just looking at it in the bottle, but it applied like a dream with a small wedged sponge. It still looked orangey when it first came in contact with my skin. After one or 2 swipes of the sponge however, the foundation blended right in and I couldn't even see where it had gone. I also couldn't feel it on my skin. It wasn't sticky, or oily or masklike. I loved it, and I purchased it. When I got home, I experimented with it a bit more. I used my Prescriptives foundation brush that I've had nearly a year now. It had been at the bottom of my makeup bag because I could never find a decent foundation to use - including Precriptives' very own brand! The brush worked quite well applying Lorac though. After I applied the foundation, I set it with a loose powder I normally just wear alone every day - Cornsilk Translucent powder mixed with Vincent Longo Cafe Creme loose powder. It's my own personal *creation* :P A light dusting of this powder was applied using Sephora's 'bronzer brush' because it is so perfect for 'buffing'. If there are ANY lines left from the foundation application, this particular brush fixes that, and leaves you with a seamless, airbrushed look afterwards. This is the best foundation I have found so far, and it didn't make me oily at all! I'm not a big foundation person though, so I know I won't be using this every single day. I just wanted foundation for days that I am in the mood to wear it. Besides, what makeup bag is really complete without it? If I notice any changes in this product, I will update my review. I personally don't think this particular foundation would work for people with acne prone skin, people that do NOT have yellow undertones, people that are looking for heavy coverage, people that have extremely sensitive skin, or dry skin. If you fall into one or more categories, you may want to try something else more compatible with your specific skin care needs, because I don't think this foundation addresses those.
Moisturizers -Sephora - Super Smart Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
MostAdorable 8/5/2004 10:39:00 AM
I received a sample of this with my last Sephora order. I really didn't want to speak too soon, (especially after the bad reviews this seems to be getting), but this moisturizer seems to be doing OK so far. In fact, I have just ordered the full sized version of it for my combination skin. I have normal/oily skin with a super duper oily t-zone. I actually use this as a nighttime moisturizer, which I'm sure is not its intended use since it has an SPF ingredient. Personally for me - I think it would be a bit too heavy(?) for me to use during the day. Plus, I already have a light lotion that I like to use during the day. I like the Super Smart moisturizer after I remove my makeup to kind of 'calm' my skin (after using toner). What I have found out about this product is that you *have to* use it sparingly. It seems to have a wax-like feel to it if you use too much. I haven't experienced any breakouts from this (so far). I will update if there are any changes though. Update: This is my 2nd week using this, and I like it more and more. I am not sure how, but I have even noticed a bit more balance in my skin. It has helped to cut down on the super oily areas, while it moisturizes all other areas. This may have a permanent place in my skincare collection.
I am still kind of unsure about this color. In the tube, it is a lavendar/pinkish-grey color. But, for some reason, it also seems to have a teeny bit of a bronzy undertone to it as well. If you swipe a bit of the gloss on the back of your hand and then wipe it off with a Kleenex, look at the Kleenex and you will see what I mean. It will look bronzey on the Kleenex - no pink. It's strange how most of MAC's lipgloss colors have that same bronzey undertone. Very strange. It's almost like they keep using the same 'base' formula over and over again or something. Like all of their colors are really just 'Oh Baby' in disguise :x Anyway, once this color is applied, you really don't see the grey undertone, or the bronze. Just the lavendar pink. It doesn't look too bad on me, but again - I'm a little tired of what appears to be the recycling of the same old colors from MAC. I thought this new collection would be promising, but it doesn't look like it's very special at all.
This has got to be my new favorite makeup brush. It easily applies a wash of color to eyelids without overdoing it. It is not a flimsy brush at all. It is very large and fluffy (fluffier than most eyeshadow brushes I've ever seen), and it's nice & soft. It's also very sturdy. Even after it has been washed, it holds up quite well & returns to its original shape after it dries. I recently decided to purchase another one from Sephora as a backup. It never hurts to have a spare. I highly recommend this brush because I've found that it makes such a difference.
This shade has the same color depth as glossette, but it has more of a rosey-bronzed color to it. It's great for a soft and natural look. Looks pretty with Latte Lick under it as a base, and with chestnut lipliner. The result is a very neutral brown that's not too muddy looking.
Icon is a nice shade. I got it free when I returned 6 MAC empties. Surprisingly, it must be one of those colors that works really well with pigmented/pink lips, because I only see the gray undertones towards the end of the day as the lipstick starts to wear off. With a light hand, this can be a very natural looking coppery color with just a teeny hint of plum to it. As everyone probably knows by now, MAC's lipsticks can be kind of drying, so I may either use a little bit of MAC lip conditioner before applying the lipstick, OR I may top the lipstick with a little lip gloss. I have used a few dabs of Cavalier lipgloss over it, and it really turns into a gorgeous berry color. It's a very pretty combination.
I got this eyeshadow over the weekend when I visited a Sephora store. I was really looking for an eyeshadow that would show up as a soft, neutral pink against my MAC NC55 complexion. The salesperson helped me try on a few colors, and none of them really worked. Then, she pulled a color that applied beautifully. I told her I would like to buy it. After I got home and looked at my new eyeshadow, it looked strangely different. It was more of a beigey neutral color. I saw no beautiful pink like I *thought* I saw in the store. I'm not sure if it's because the store lighting was so different, or if the salesgirl accidentally pulled the wrong eyeshadow box after she put the tester back. Whatever went wrong, I hated Kashmir because I thought it was too light and would be very ashy against my skin. I wanted to get it back to the store right away!!! A few days later, I scoured the makeup counters at the local mall and when I stopped by the Lancome counter, I found a soft neutral pink eyeshadow that was perfect! It was even better than the one I *thought* I'd picked out 75 miles away the weekend before at Sephora. The color was very soft and natural - enough to wake up the eyes without being overly done up. When I got the eyeshadow home, I did an experiment. I used the Lancome eyeshadow, and then went back with Kashmir and used it as a brow bone highlighter! On my skin, it lightens my brow in a subtle way without all the gold flashy glitter most commonly associated with brow bone shades. I was soooo amazed at how pretty the combination was. So, maybe this color does have a place in my makeup bag after all. The little tin packaging is adorable, but you have to be really careful when you're trying to get that lid off.
Lip Gloss -Mary Kay - Lip Gloss- Almond Glaze (#3145)
MostAdorable 4/30/2004 1:56:00 PM
I received a sample of this from a Mary Kay rep. Looking at it through the little clear window in the sample pack I was not sure if I would like this color. But once I applied it, it was prettier than I thought it would be on me, and I have since ordered the full size. The color is sheerer than I would like it to be but I can work with that. I love the light vanilla smell of it. Basically, I would put this in the same category as MAC's Latte-Lick lipglass from the Tastease Collection: It smells wonderful, has a hint of color, and would be a very good 'base' color: Which is a color you can use to help neutralize your lips and then add a second color on top to get a richer color. That's what I plan to use it for anyway. The possibilities are endless. Update: This lipgloss is so thin, it barely shows on your lips longer than 10 minutes. If you prefer some staying power to your lipgloss (and who doesn't), then this gloss would not be a very good choice for you.
As everyone else has stated, Viva Glam is very similar to Lust. It does have a slightly plummier undertone to it once applied. Maybe that's the reason MAC has so many colors that seem to be so similar -the undertones are usually what's different about them. Anyway, I still am a bit undecided on this particular color. Maybe I just need to experiment with it a bit more. It looks very pretty in the tube. Not as flat of a color as Lust.
Cleansers -Bath and Body Works - Pure Simplicity Oat Oil Control Face Cleanser
MostAdorable 3/24/2004 11:24:00 AM
I am on my second purchase of this. I think it works well. It really helps my oily skin feel clean and fresh afterwards. A word of advice though - do NOT get the cleanser near your eyes. It will sting them and have them feeling super dry and will also make them look red and irritated. If you can learn to avoid your eyes while using this product, and get over the stupid packaging, I think you would be quite pleased with it.