I shied away from this for a long time because it is so orange looking. I thought there was no way my pink/red skinned self could wear an orange blush. I finally tried this, and I love it. I kept picking blushes that looked too pink on me and I realized they're all the same color (basically). But this was so different and looks so much better. It's what I was looking for but afraid to try. If you think blushes look too pink, try this one. I could wear this every day! Edit 7/25/11: I have Peaches and Style right now. When I wear them at the same time, ie one on each cheek, they look identical. However, alone I like Style better. Peaches has a nicer texture but Style looks just slightly pinker and I think it looks more natural on. Sometimes Peaches looks orangey/brown on me.
Oh how I love this color!! I had Dazzlelight, but I'm so pale that it didn't work very well as a highlight or really show up on me at all. Phloof works so much better. It is very white looking but not actually stark white. It's basically white but not flat so it has some dimension to it. It's not that shimmery on me. I use this as a highlight and a lid color. I can see how it would be too much for medium/darker skin, but for fair people I think it's a must. When I use it up, and I will, I'll get another. It's probably my first/only HG eyeshadow I've found. If I could only have one eyeshadow, this would be it.
Blush -MAC - Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery
Tygerlilee84 1/7/2011 1:04:00 PM
I've been eyeballing this for a while. I wanted a more plum/cooler blush. I didn't want to spend the money on NARS sin and I did get NYX raisin. I liked raisin at first, but as I wore it more, I decided it was too difficult to apply without making myself looking bruised. So I tried plum foolery and I love it. I love the pigmentation, how it blends well and it is a cooler blush. NARS sin looks more red on me than this does and raisin looks almost dusty purple, maybe even a contour color. I think this is a good in between. So far, I'm super happy with it. Between this and blushbaby, I'm set for cooler blush. Edit: I've decided that this one is a bit red as well. It's more warm than cool on me. It is a more soficticated color but applies blotchy on my skin. At first I thought it was my brush, but other blushes don't look blotchy on and I read another review where someone had the same problem. Anyway, it's kind of a pain to apply and never really looks smooth. I think I'm going to swap this one...
I've been looking for a nice light peach lid color for a while. Samoa silk was too orange, tet a tint was way too dark. I went to CCO and found this. It's perfect! I know a lot of people don't think it's pigmented enough, but I think the pigmentation is fine. I think it just must not show up as well on darker skin. It's supposedly a frost, but there is no shimmer in this at all, which is what I wanted. I'd say it's most like a satin. I love this on the lid with fig1, cranberry, or embark in the crease. It's a great wear-it-to-work color.
Concealers -Sonia Kashuk - Hidden Agenda Concealer Kit
Tygerlilee84 12/21/2010 2:32:00 PM
This is the best concealer I've used so far. I've tried a lot of different ones, and even though this isn't perfect, it's the best I've ever used. The salmon color I use under my eyes. I used to pick lighter colors for hiding circles, this one is darker than my skin tone but if applied sheerly it does a great job of covering the blue tones because it is salmon in color. This is my favorite color of the four. The neutral pale color I used for blemishes. This color is slightly too dull for my skin tone and does an okay job of covering, and it's better than any other one I've tried. The "green" color is way too dark/green for me. It just makes my face look dirty. However I can see how it would work for other people. The powder is nice, just small. I've used it all over my face before. I don't really see a need for it. I kind of wish they had a palette with just the first two colors because that's all I use. I love this palette, however if you aren't medium to fair skin it won't work for you. They need more colors ranges. It lasts as long as my foundation does. Overall, if you have lighter skin and want a less expensive item, it's great, give it a try. If you are darker, I would stay away. Edit: I took away a lippie after using a while more because I can really only use the the salmon color. The Light color I was using for blemishes has no staying power at all. I tap it on and try to powder over it and it blends away. Granted, buying it for the one color is still cheaper than buying a department store concealer, but still. The texture is just too creamy on all the concealers for anything but under the eyes. It's still great for that!
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Small Eye Shadow Brush
Tygerlilee84 9/18/2010 12:53:00 PM
This is the first brush I ever purchased (white handle-they didn't have the black handled brush when I purchased this). I don't remember when that was, but I think it was in 2005 so it's about 5 years old now. It's starting to get a little less flat and a little more fluffy but only when wet so it's still perfectly usable. I love this brush. It was my only brush for a long time so I used it for everything. Then as I learned more how to do makeup I gradually got more brushes and forgot about this one. But now that I have a couple MAC luster finish eyeshadows it's indispensable. It is the only brush I use with MAC lusters. It transforms those shadows from weak, sheer glitter to amazing pigmented eyeshadows. Granted, any flat shader brush will do that, but this one is a great buy for quality to price ratio. I only buy a more expensive brush if I can't find a Sonia Kashuk equivalent first. I'll probably buy more of these so I don't have to clean them so often.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Angled Eye Shadow Brush
Tygerlilee84 9/18/2010 12:45:00 PM
This a review for the white handled brush. I've never tried the black handled brush, and frankly I don't see the need. I am perfectly satisfied with the white handled brushes. This was the second brush I ever bought years ago. It's still going strong. It's a very versatile brush. I use it mostly for doing my eyebrows. I just use a little eyeshadow on my brows and this brush works great for that. I can also use it to line my eyes with eyeshadow if I want a soft, smudgy look. I also use it if I want a very defined outer V. I love all the sonia kashuk brushes I've tried. My mom got this brush too-it's the only brush she owns.
This blush is a peachy/bronze/orange. There is NO pink tones at all in this blush. It's a great neutral cheek color. One of my favorite looks is dark smokey eyes (I use a black shadow on the lid and a dark brown in the crease), this blush, and NYX orange soda lipstick. It looks super shimmery/frosty in the pan, but shimmer in blushes never actually shows up on my cheek, this one included. It looks satin on me. It's very soft but not quite powdery. Very blendable and buildable. It last a decently long time on me. It's a user friendly blush in that it's not soooooo pigmented that you look like a clown easily and blending it out is pretty easy. I really think NYX blushes are especially great for beginners with blush and if you want to experiment with different tones/colors before you invest in something like NARS. I've been very bold trying colors I normally never would have (NXY red and pinky and raisin blush for example) by trying these user friendly, inexpensive blushes. Love them!
Lipstick -NYX - Round Lipstick in Orange Soda #588
Tygerlilee84 9/18/2010 12:12:00 PM
I avoided buying this a long time because it looked SO orange in the tube. I finally got it (about $1.75 on sale so it's dirt cheap). This is an extremely pale peachy orange matte lipstick. It's a pale but bright lipstick so it's good for a nude lip-it's concealer lips but with some color. I wear it with a pale pink gloss on top to cut the brightness a little. It's basically NYX Iris without the frost. Iris is a little less bright too. When I wear very dark eyeshadow it's great to give me soft, glowy lips. I would not recommend this to people who can not pull off such extremely pale lips though, and it's definitely a "young" style. So if you are looking for a nude (and I mean pale nude/concealer) orange/peach, try it!
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
Tygerlilee84 9/16/2010 3:39:00 PM
This is my other favorite liquid foundation. It's the only one I've gotten compliments/questions about what I am wearing. It stays well on me, even with my oily skin. I wear the lightest shade and it is perfect (classic ivory). It's not a matte finish, more soft and dewy. I didn't think I was going to repurchase, but now that I'm out, I'm missing it and want to get more! This is a really great basic foundation. Highly recommend it. And it's got SPF 20 in it (my Revlon colorstay is SPF15 and I don't know how much my EDM is because it's just naturally in it) which is a great bonus! edit: still like it, it doesn't wear particularly long but I have found it applies best with a sponge (as opposed to a brush or fingers)
I tried this foundation in two shades. Ivory, the lightest, is the first time I've ever purchased the lightest shade and it was too light! So it has a nice range of colors. I wear Buff now which looks weird and gray in the bottle but works well on me. This foundation is nice because it does stay put for me, which is a big deal as I work long days. It's a matte finish. It makes me nice and covered up but kind of flat. I like to wear shimmery blushes with this foundation to give my face more dimension. I've tried a lot of foundations and this is my favorite liquid every day foundation. edit: the more I use this foundation the better I like it. I've found it applies best with fingers! It gives me the most flawless finish of my foundations and looks even better set with elf high def powder.
This blush took a long time to grow on me. At first I didn't like it at all. It's hard so it takes a bit of pressure to get powder on the brush, the packaging is a little annoying. The color didn't show up that well on me. I don't know if I have gotten better brushes or have gotten better at applying blush, but it has grown on me. The subtle shimmer is nice and the pink gives me a nice glow. It's a nice basic blush to start out with if you are experiementing with blush and don't know what colors to wear. Just don't use the brush it comes with-totally crappy.
Blush -L'Oreal - True Match Superblendable Blush in Baby Blossom
Tygerlilee84 9/16/2010 3:14:00 PM
This is a neutral pale pink blush even though it is in the "cool" catagory. When I look at the pan, I see slight silver sparkle/glitter to it, but it shows up completely matt on me. I love these blushes. They have be best texture, they apply and blend so easily. By far my favorite blushes for texture and ease of application. As I say this, keep in mind that I find NARS difficult to apply just because they are SO pigmented, MAC blushes are sometimes very hard and it's difficult to get color on brush, and NYX can be too soft and powdery. To me, the blushes are the perfect blend of texture, pigment, and softness. I use a fluffy brush and swipe it a couple times and it's perfect. The color is wonderful on me-the perfect pale pink. Keep in mind this is Level 1 Cool, IE it's meant for pale people. On a person with darker skin I don't think it would work very well. You really need to be very pale for this color to work as a believeable flush. This is what I expected NYX's "Natural" blush to look like. But with "Natural" I couldn't get the color to show up very well. Also, this blush is slightly warmer toned than "Natural", but otherwise the color is identical. Even if this might not be a good color for you, try another blush in this line because they are wonderful! I don't rave very often, but this is definately HG for me. I wish they had more colors though!
This is the updated NYX Red blush. I never tried the original color, but I always wondered why on earth they called it red. This color however is red! It's actually surprisingly wearable. I treat it like I would a NARS blush, use a fluffy brush, pat once in the pan, tap of excess then use that same amount for both cheeks. There is a great youtube video that review NARS blush, but at the end she shows how to use ExhibitA and that's what I do with this blush (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpRsS_3YeKg at about seven and a half minutes). I even use Perfect Red NYX megashine lipgloss, dab one small dot in the center of my lower lip and spread it around. It's a perfect flushed, natural red look. When swatching, this blush is a little bit pink, kind of super bright fuschia. This is a very fun blush.
This is a pale neutral to warm pink tone blush-the warm version of Angel. It is such a pretty color and goes on very light. It would not work at all for darker skin. I'm super pale and I can barely see it when I apply it. I have to layer, but if I'm not careful the color turns more into a hot pink. It's a fine balance of getting it to show up and keeping the color a nice pale pink. I want to like it but it's kind of a pain to get just right. I'm not sure if it's the pigmentation quality or the nature of pale pink (pale pink eyeshadow is difficult to get to show up too). If I want pale pink I usually got for L'Oreal True Match blush in cool #1 Baby Blossom.