I love the new limited edition liners from Stila. They are super shimmery and four very unique colors. The product is much creamier now and very easy to apply with a lot of shimmer. Jade is a dark dark olive green with slight golden shimmer. It is almost a blackened olive but not quite. Its what MAC's sweet sage should have looked like. The Mac sweet sage is much lighter with more gold. This reminds me most of MAC Rosemary and Thyme except its slightly darker and less gold than R&T. Very great color. Lasts all day with slight smudging after 8 hours of wear. Its definately not a jewel emerald tone, very much an olive green. Retails for $16 and comes in a large round pot with clear base and color coordinated lid. I love that you can really see the shimmer when you wear these new liners.
Hair -Nick Chavez - Perfect Plus Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner
ziebam 1/31/2006 3:48:00 PM
I got the shampoo and the conditioner as well as the mousse. I got the chestnut collection as I am a brunette. The three pieces work well together. Stops frizzies, my hair looks shiny, has bounce to it. Very pretty. As far as the color enhancing, this falls a little short. I had blond highlights a while ago and have since gotten rid of them. I like a color depositing shampoo to deposit a lot of color. QVC.com says this will add a touch of vibrant color and get rid of roots. It did make my hair look better, it just didnt have enough color depositing for me. It added some color, but I wanted more color. I prefer the Artec shampoo and conditioner over this. However this is much better than the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette pieces. The shampoo and conditioner retail for $29 while the 5 piece set with the mousse retails for $39.50. It does leave a mess in the shower too, must clean immediately or will stain. My hair looks great when I use this but I still prefer other lines. Good but not spectacular.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo-Blackberry Frost
ziebam 1/31/2006 10:07:00 AM
This color surge shadow duo is one of the newer releases from Clinique. I have actually been slightly disappointed with some of the newer colors from Clinique. They seem to be getting less pigmented. Blackberry Frost is a purpley navy duo. One side is a very cool light lilac and the other side is a cool navy purple with silver shimmer. This duo definately has more blue in it than red. I found the dark color to be a little hard to apply. Wasnt as smooth as some of my other Color Surge shadows. The lighter shade is super shimmery.
However, I did punch this duo up with the liner. Added the new Stila Amethyst cream liner and used LM eggplant cake liner to the inner rims and this duo looked stunning on my brown eyes. I think the quality isnt as good with this set. Retails for $17.50 and comes in a silver compact with sponge applicator on one end and a tiny brush on the other.
At $10, this product was a steal. Five top quality brushes in a black brush roll. WOW! I can say that the original price of $59 is a rip off though. In this kit you get 5 synthetic brushes:
-Lip Brush: Great brush with lid. Excellent quality.
-Angled liner: Stiff brush for eyebrows or lining.
-Crease Brush: A short dense domed brush. Since the bristles are shorter than the All Over Eye Brush, you can get more pigment. I use this in the outer crease.
-All Over Eye Brush: A longer bristled dome brush, perfect for the crease. Reminds me of a taklon Trish #29 windshield brush. I dont like using this brush all over the lid. I felt like this kit was really missing a flat head shadow brush for all over eye application. My biggest complaint about this set is that I just dont think its complete. missing a few essential brushes IMO.
-Powder Brush: Fluffy soft synthetic brush. I prefer this for blush. I think it picks up a nice amount of color.
Overall, the quality is fantastic for $10 and a must have for everyone in this price range. Other than that, this is very similiar to the TooFaced Teddy Bear brushes.
Blush -MAC - Beauty Powder in Softdew (Catherine Deneuve Icon)
ziebam 1/31/2006 9:51:00 AM
Softdew is a limited edition pressed powder from the Catherine Deneuve Icon 3 collection released January 2006. Comes packaged in a silver compact with diamond pattern on the front in light olive, dark olive, pink, and dark burgandy. Kinda like the Thunder quad. Softdew is a very sheer rosey brown powder. MAC.com lists this product as, "Microfine, beautifully tinted and slightly shimmering. An exclusive limited edition face powder created specially for the Beauty Icon series and packaged in the collection’s signature compact of champagne chrome with a colourful harlequin pattern. Available in two warm tints. Limited edition." Retails for $20.00.
I actually really like mine. I thought the Tahitian Sand, a light peach, looked too light so i got this one. As a blush, I had to layer it one to get enough color, but when I did, it worked well with my light olive complexion, NC30. It did fade slightly throughout the day. However, i love this as an allover face powder. I have sallow/yellow undertones and a light wash of the Softdew all over really perks up my skin. It just kinda slightly nuetralizes the yellow and adds just a hint of color to my skin. I love this. The change is really subtle but I like the effect this powder gives.
Lichen riche is the new eyeliner kohl pencil from the Catherine Deneuave Icon 3 collection released January 2006. Its a limited edition. Lichen is a blackened olive shade. Not as dark as Tarnish but deeper than Rosemary & Thyme. Similiar to my BB Ivy gel liner when its really sheered out. And also slightly darker than BB Hunter. Glides on smoothly and great for smudging, but it also tends to smear under my oily lids. I have to use a sealant with the eye kohls or they dont wear all day for me. Retails for $13.50. Because the color is so similiar to other shades, I am returning this.
This is by far the best part of the Catherine Denueve Icon collection. This limited edition 4 pan palette retails for $35 and contains four shadows. You get Thunder, a shimmery light taupey mauve, Frost formula. Rye, also a Frost formula, is a shimmery golden light olive gold. Sketch, Veluxe formula, deep dark burgandy. My least favorite shade in the set and the only existing shade, rest are exclusive to the compact. Finally, the star, Scarab, a shimmery olive gold dark green. Super gorgeous. The colors are all super pigmented and glide on smoothly. I tend to just wear the two greens together with Lichen eye khol which is my favorite look but I have also used the Thunder on the lid, Sketch in the very outer lid/crease with Scarab in the crease blended into the Sketch and the Rye on the brow bone. Gorgeous must have quad for green lovers.
When i saw these new shimmery smudge pots, i just had to have them. Immediately picked up Bronze and Jade. Bronze is a beautiful shimmery golden bronze color. Its slightly warmer than BB Bronze gel liner. The BB gel is also slightly darker in tone. This one is a true warm bronze while the BB has a plummy quality compared to Stila. I thought this might be smudging slightly but after switching mascara, this lasts solidly 6 hours with the slightest amount of smudging after 8 hours of wear. (i have very oily eye area). Afteer 12 hours, small smudges under the eyes. This new smudge pot from Stila is super smooth with no drag at all. Very pigmented. Much better quality than the original smudge pots since they are smoother and pettier shades. Retails for $16 and is limited edition for Spring 2006. I do need to layer this for enough color but you can see the golden shimmer on the eye. Great new shade.
I love cutesy packaging so when I saw a picture of the new TooFaced palettes online, i just ordered them. The new palettes are gorgeous, three palette in Sugar Plum (roses/plums), Brown Sugar (nuetral creams/browns) and Thin Mint (aquas/greens). All are packaged in a cute black compact with pink writing on top. Inside is a large mirror and four stripes of colors like a Shimmerbrick except the width of each stripe does fit the head of a fluffy brush. I really like that each strip is wide enough for most brush heads. The only thing I didnt like was the faint rosy scent of the palettes but that isnt too overpowering and it fades quickly. These compacts are supposed to be for eyes and face but I really think you can only get away with the sugar plum one on the face.
Each palette is gorgeous. The sugar plum is my favorite. Fabulous stunning blush on my NC30 skintone. i do have to blend this so i dont get streaks of color, but once i do the color is stunning. its a browned rose with just a hint of shimmer to it. Lasts all day, richly pigmented and no breakouts. As a shadow this has a strip of light shimmery pale pink, shimmery medium pink, shimmery rose and shimmery plummy pink. Looks cute on the eyes but prefer it as a blush.
The Thin Mints is the aqua collection. You get a shimmery pale blue, a shimmery medium minty green, a shimmery deep teal and a shimmery deeper blue based aqua. The colors are super pigmented and last all day without creasing. I did find the lightest green to be a little less pigmented but it still works beautifully.
Finally there is the Brown Sugar collection. A shimmery creme highlighter, a shimmery light gold, a shimmery light to medium brown and a stunning shimmery chocolate brown with purple undertones. The colors dont see overly unique or special, but i just love the combination on my brown eyes. the four shades work well together and doesnt make my eyes look tired like some brown shadows can.
Each palette retails for $25 and is well worth the cost. The packaging is super cute and the shadows inside are nice quality. I would repurchase these.
This bronzer brush from Prescriptives is the best skunk brush on the market. I purchased the Lancome skunk brush and then the MAC 187. The Prescriptives bronzer brush blows both of them away. Its called a bronzer brush but it looks just like the skunk brush. It has the same two toned bristles. The big difference is that the Prescriptives brush is much fluffier and way softer. the quality is amazing. You dont get a heavy application of color, just a very sheer layer. I love this for bronzer, you dont have to worry about uneven color deposit with this brush. The MAC and Lancome were super similiar so I swapped the MAC away. The Px brush retails for $32 which I think is quite reasonable for such a nice brush. highly recommend.
Kid is a veluxe shadow that i have in several palettes from MAC. Its a very matte light pale brown. Basically no color shows up on my NC30 light olive complexion. Very bland color. Maybe this would work for someone with lighter skin. Horrible color for me.
I think this has to be the worst quad MAC has ever come out with. Laze is part of the Icon Catherine Deneuve collection released January 2006. It is limited edition and retails for $35. I remember when i started purchasing MAC quads they were $28, then $30, then $32 and now $35. But i digress, this palette has three existing shades in Vanilla, Kid and Shale. Vanilla is a simple off white highlighter shade, its has some shimmer in the pan but it doesnt show up on my lids, classified as a velvet. Kid is a veluxe shadow, a matte soft pale brown (boring) and Shale (satin) is a pretty shimmery purple with golden shimmer. The new shade is Laze, also a satin, a boring matte pale pale pink without much color. Very similiar to Look See, yogurt and Pinkling from the Chromozone 2 palette. Shale is the only interesting color in my opinion. The rest of the palette is boring and nuetral. Kid and Laze arent very pigmented either. What a waste of $35. I am returning this despite the fact that i collect these since this palette has nothing special in it.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Color Surge Impossibly Glossy Pink Champagne
ziebam 1/23/2006 11:16:00 AM
The new color surge glosses released spring 2005 are great. THese are high shine lipglosses with no scent and alot of pigment and not that sticky. Comes in a slant tip squeeze tube and has a great selection of colors with a lot of product in there. The only down side is that these dont last too long. I guess cause these arent too sticky that they just dont last. Did not make it through a light snack, a couple hours tops. But the colors are beautiful. Pink Champagne is a soft shimmery pink with golden shimmer throughout. Its a pale pink on my pigmented lips and i would prefer just a tad more pink cause this one almost looks like just nude gold wet looking shimmer. Needs just a tad more color, but its still pretty. Retails for $14.50. Great product and i can get away with this color, but there are better shades for me.
Chromeglass is a new collection of metallic lipglosses released January 2006. All the shades are limited edition for now. Retails for $16.50 and the tube is a teeny tiny big longer than a regular lipglass. Kind of a ripoff for $2.50 extra. But anyways, the color is gorgeous. Uberpeach is this frosty metallic soft peachy pink shade. Lots of metallic shine and just enough color for a nude peach lip. Very pretty. The tube has a brush applicator instead of the wand and the formula is much less sticky than a lipglass so it only lasts a couple of hours tops. the color is gorgeous with my nc30 skintone. Love it!
Lip Gloss -MAC - Catherine Denueve Elegant Peach Lipglass
ziebam 1/22/2006 11:37:00 AM
This is the perfect soft peachy nude lipstick! STUNNING. Part of the Catherine Denueve Icon 3 collection released January 2006. Retails for $14 and is limited edition. Comes in a tube with wand applicator. Same MAC formula, sticky with the faint vanilla scent which i love. The peach is enough color, gorgeous with a smoky eye. I love this with the new Thunder quad/greens. If you like light colors for the lips, this is a must have. Perfect for my NC30 light olive complexion.