Misc Beauty Tools -Sonia Kashuk - Metal Eyelash Comb
Sugar76 11/4/2002 6:50:00 PM
Wouldn't have known Sonia Kashuk made a metal lash comb had it not been for MUA. Three words: effective and inexpensive. Need I say more?
One of my favorite neutral lipstick shades. I concur completely with the last reviewer's description of Scratch. The tiny specks of glitter give the shade a frosty cast, but is still wearable for everyday.
I agree with the majority of the reviews. Nice product, but it dried out too quickly. I had to pitched mine with over half the product still left. Would consider repurchasing if it was packaged in a tube.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - 03 Long Handle Lip Brush
Sugar76 10/7/2002 2:25:00 AM
This is from Sephora's Professional brush line (item #85241) made of sable hair. A good lipbrush due to its firm and contoured bristles. Since I now prefer my lipstick brushes to be capped,reversible, or retractable, I use this occasionally as an eyeshadow/eyeliner tool. I have used it to apply pressed eyeshadows on my lower lashline and have applied it wet with loose pigments to line; both with good results. This brush also works well with BB gel eyeliners if a thicker line is needed. It holds up well to cleanings and hasn't shed a single hair. My only complaint is its unwieldy handle length. The bottom line: a good affordable brush that has many uses.
My first introduction to the world of pushbrushes. The bristles are taklon with a flat squared edge. Good tool for applying cream liners as well as loose shadows wet to line. Though the pushbrush method makes applying eyeliner a breeze, it's difficult to achieve a very thin line. I agree that this particular brush is not stiff enough, especially if you want to line with a pressed shadow. But for it's intended purpose as a cream eyeliner brush, it works just fine. After several months of use, the bristles actually splayed a little. I was able to reshape them after cleaning, but after a number of uses, it splays again. On a side note, there are extreme differences between the long-handled and travel size version of this brush. The long handle version is red with white taklon bristles. The travel pushbrush is black and has black bristles that are scratchy and just too rough in general to use around the eye area. Perhaps with more cleanings it may soften up a bit.
This product underwhelmed me more than anything. In the period before I discovered mineral foundations I purchased a full-size bottle in Cashew. It's a decent foundation that offers light to medium coverage and didn't break me out. I did find it wasn't as easy to blend as other liquid foundations. I highly suggest sampling Zhen products before purchasing. www.zhenbeauty.com
I have Radiant and concur with all the previous descriptions. The texture is blendable and not very creamy, thus making it ideal for oily skin. It has caused no break-outs. One slight rant: it fades faster than other cream blushes I own (L'Oreal Iced Plum and Smashbox Ultraviolet Skintint). The Cheek Wash is sheer, and takes quite a lot of product to show up on me. This can get expensive at US$23 a pop. Overall, Radiant is a nice blush that gives a wonderful flushed glow, but is too pricey for not having much staying power.
I have the Skin Tint Stain in Ultraviolet. Don't let the gothic color in the tube fool you. It's a cool-tone non-shimmer dark berry/plumish shade that goes on very sheer giving a natural flushed look. Wonderful as a cream blush for oily acne-prone gals like myself. I love its blendable but not too creamy texture. It also lasts longer than CK Cheek Washes. A little goes a long way so the tube will last for quite some time (the full-size tube contains 0.25 oz of product). However, this product is not so multi-tasking as it claims to be. I find it too drying for my lips and the shade doesn't look right as an eyeshadow. Despite all this, it still ranks as a top-notch blush.
Just when I thought I had found the perfect matte sunscreen for my oily acne-prone face, reality slaps me...hard. After several days of use, I started to notice clogged pores and small blemishes. Since it's the only new product I've introduced to my skincare routine, I knew the culprit had to be Coppertone. Such a shame because not only is it greaseless, it was cheap. (Purchased three tubes for half off the original price). Little good a bargain does me...but I will use it for my body instead. If you're looking for an inexpensive sunscreen with a matte finish and is not breakout-prone, then this product may be just what you're looking for.
So-so eye cream that doesn't deliver what it promises. I had used it diligently for a year, morning and night, but did not see my undereye circles become any lighter. Other than that, it is a suitable choice for those with oily skin. It soothes and moisturizes, without fear of milia developing around the eye area. With that said, there are drugstore brands that can accomplish the same thing without breaking the bank.
A wonderful mascara for those who prefer the natural look. I was an avid fan of Maybelline Lash by Lash until it was discontinued. I can honestly say I like Kate more than Maybelline's. It lengthens without clumping, but doesn't really fatten lashes. The most unique feature about this mascara has to be the wand. Take a look in my profile for a pic, and you'll see what I mean. It doesn't look like anything special, but it performs amazingly well. It grabs each lash beautifully and deposits just the right amount of color without flaking or smudging. The formula also doesn't wilt my curled lashes no matter how many coats are applied. Available in five shimmery shades: black, brown, maroon, navy blue, and hunter green. I have a couple in black and one in hunter green. The shimmer hardly shows up, so is wearable for daytime.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Sugar76 9/10/2002 12:42:00 AM
A great eye makeup remover unless I am wearing waterproof mascara. (Unfortunately, these pads do nothing when it comes to removing waterproof mascara, so I deducted one point from the overall rating.) These pre-moistened pads don't leave any residue and there is no stinging around the eye area. I also use these pads to clean up my microfiber brush case. A couple of wipes is all it takes to remove the makeup residue from where the eyeshadow brushes lay.
I have this in Smashing Filter, a matte creamy/ off white color. It's a great base shade for other shadows and the browbone. The texture is very fine and applies smoothly. These shadows are easily blendable and have amazing staying power. There just aren't enough raves for Smashbox shadows, perhaps due to the limited color selection. For the palette afficionados out there: the single shadows are exactly the same size as MAC and Jane. There is very little glue holding the pan to the pot and the screwdriver method makes it a breeze to go through the two layers of plastic. I suggest that everyone give these shadows a try if you happen to stumble upon a color you like.
Ondine is a medium plum with gold shimmer. Looks darker in the pan, but applies sheer. This is the only Nars single shadow I own, and the pigment is quite nice compared to the less than desirable shadows in the Rapture palette. Very pretty as a crease color or liner. Be careful when using this shadow wet, because the texture does change. I didn't find it lasting very long on my oily lids, even with the aid of a base. For such a pricey item, I was expecting better staying power. Ah well. At least the packaging is sleek. If I ever reach the bottom of this pan, I will carry the compact in my purse. The mirror is just the right size for travel and I won't have to worry about it shattering.
Palettes -Trucco - Holographic Colour Collection Angel Face
Sugar76 8/26/2002 10:06:00 AM
This is a fun palette consisting of five iridescent shades: Angel Gold, Angle Blue, Angel Red (more pink than red), Angel Violet, and Angel Green. These shades are seemingly innocent looking in the pan, but when swept over dark eyeliner, they dazzle like gems. You get better results by applying with fingers than a brush, but I find that for more precise applications, I need to use a sponge-tip applicator. The color payoff is a little muted, though. My preference is to use them as eyeshadows, though these colors are not confined only to the eye area. I mainly apply a wash of one or two colors over my lids and blend. They look subtle until they catch the light. This palette has whet my appetite for more iridescent shadows...next purchase: Hard Candy's Dillusional Eye Quartet.