I got this the trio Midnight Garnet for 50% off at CVS almost a year ago. I've hit pan awhile back. There's not much to say. Although I try to use other shadows for everyday use, I always end up going back to this one. Color payoff may not be so intense, but I can still manage to wear this for a night time and look amazing. The shades are so easy to use to and hard to mess up. It comes off quite shimmery as well. If you're fairly new to makeup, I would highly suggest this trio. Before I wrote this, I wasn't planning on buying a back up, but I might just do that in case they get discontinued.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Renew Intensive Skin Therapy
xxhna 1/31/2011 9:50:00 PM
DEFINITELY THE BEST LOTION/CREAM EVER. EVER! This was given to me by my aunt awhile back because she noticed that my hand area had ezcema on it. I'd been suffering from ezcema since I was in 4th grade and never really grew out of it. It tends to come back once in awhile but when it does, its ugly and painful. She told me that this lotion really works and it'll clear up my skin. To be honest, I put this away and forgot about it till I ran out of hand lotion one day and tried this on. It absorbed into my hands fairly quickly, and then I noticed the bumps had softened! I was quite happy with this. After just a few days of usage, it was GONE. OMG. I was suprised that this worked so well! Then sometime after that, I went walking in the city with my friends. It was the middle of winter and the wind was so cold. I realized after going to the bathroom that my face was all red! I didn't have anything on me except this lotion so I figured why not try? I didn't have anything else. But it totally did the trick! The redness on my skin cleared up and my face stayed moisturized and comfortable for hours! I don't know why I never heard of this lotion before. This is definitely the HG of lotions for me! I have sensitive skin and it just makes everything about it so much better. The bottle maybe twenty something dollars, but man, IT'S WORTH IT. When you suffer from ezcema and you find something like this. It's exciting!
Lip Gloss -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - JK Jemma Kidd Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss
xxhna 1/31/2011 1:53:00 PM
I got this product on discount so it was a good buy for the most part. My only gripe with it would be the application. I wish it had a slanted tip or something. But other than that, what a fantastic gloss! I was a bit skeptical about this at first because these kinds of glosses usually leave my lips looking extremely bright and pink, but this gives me a natural just drank some kool aid look. I love it. It feels quite nice on the lips with some slip. Staying power is alright. I typically apply lip items every other hour so the same goes for this. I would definitely buy again!
I bought this at Ulta with a coupon so the price came out relatively cheap. Maybe ~$6? I was looking for something that would reduce the appearance of blackheads on my nose and forehead. Using this is kind of weird. The first time, I spilled a bit of powder. Now I take a qtip or cottonball and soak it in water then dip it into the powder. I apply on my nose and forehead, and sometimes on my chin area. I go do whatever then afterwards I rinse off with some warm water. If there's still some residue, I use toner to take it off. After my skin dries, I can definitely tell the difference in my skin. I don't know what it does to blackheads but I don't see them! And that's all that matters. I do this as a treament 1-2x weekly or whenever I need it.
I love glittery polishes and this has got to be one of my top favorites! I bought the silver one on a whim when I visited CVS the other day and now I want to buy more! I was a bit wary of how it would actually look 3d. With my first application of about 3-4 coats, I definitely saw some of the 3d effect but not a whole lot. So I was kind of disappointed. But later on I happened to glance down at my nails and the 3d was in full effect! There was a large bright white light beaming down on them so I definitely saw it. It was so pretty! I couldn't stop looking at my nails. I had some appliques on too so it added to the look. I am looking to buy the purple and pink polishes! Hopefully they release more colors in the 3d series! Definitely a great buy for me and would buy again!
Loose Powders -Shiseido - The Makeup Enriched Loose Powder
xxhna 1/31/2011 1:32:00 PM
I've been using this as a setting powder for almost a year now. I like it, but I don't really love it. I'm on the market for a new powder atm. Though it does its job by setting my makeup and holding off shine for a few hours, I had tried drugstore powders who performed the same or even better than this powder. I might like this powder more if it easy to bring around. Would I buy this again? Maybe? If it was on sale. My skin is combination. In winters, I tend to be dry. And summers, slightly oily. Coverage is sheer and application can be a bit annoying because it comes with a puff, but you can always use a brush if you'd like.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - Good to Go! The Fastest Drying Top Coat
xxhna 1/29/2011 7:17:00 PM
This is my favorite top coat ever! It makes my nails shiny and dries them quicker than anything. I apply 2-3 coats depending on the polish. I wait about a minute to let the polish settle, then I apply this. I wait about 5-10 min maximum and my nails are dry. Love this stuff for when I'm on the go! I'm already on my third bottle since I started using it last summer. It is a bit pricey but it lasts a long time.
So I finally gave in and bought this lipstick at my local CVS. It was 75% off so that pretty much bagged me. This lipstick is gorgeous. It looks so natural and pretty on my lips. It gives me that MLBB look. I love it! I'd definitely buy it again. The only thing I wouldn't be too fond of is the packaging. It's not as attractive compared to other drugstore lipsticks. And I think the company tests on animals. Other that, the lipstick itself is great. I feel this pink would compliment most skin tones.
THIS PALETTE IS GORGEOUS! All the hype is right! I love every single shadow! They go on smoothly and easily. There's a 12 shadows so you can create a look suitable for whatever occasion. I might buy another palette if it ever stocks again. I think this is a wonderful starter palette for anyone whose just beginning to wear eye makeup. The color aren't crazy and would look lovely on everyone.
This is one of my favorite concealers! I love the packaging! Its such a knock off YSL's Touche Eclat. Though shade choices are limited I was able to find a good match for my skin. My color is either the 2nd or 3rd shade from lightest to darkest. The 2nd shade works well for me during my lighter months, and the 3rd for the summer time. What I love most about this concealer is that it is so convenient to use. I don't have to squeeze it onto my hand from a tube or anything like that. I can just sit in my car and apply this if I had too. Definitely an HG product for me! =]
I actually really like this mascara, it was one of the first I ever used. I went through several tubes before I discovered that drug store mascaras were just as good or even better. The pros are definitely that it gives your lashes volume and does not clump. It never smudged on me either. The cons are definitely the price. And just because I can find something less expensive that delivers the same results is a con itself. If this wasn't so pricey I'd buy it more often.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Zeno Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device
xxhna 1/25/2011 9:41:00 AM
CRAP. Do not buy. Save your money for something else. I guess I just bought into the hype when I purchased this. This is one product I regret buying. I would use this on new pimples and the treatment just made them worse. Don't do it!
I'll be honest, I only bought this because the packaging is GORGEOUS! I love black & gold. And its name. Ugh. But yeah, it doesn't make me look like I have a million lashes, rather far from it! It simply coats my lashes and separates them. No clumping with this formula. But very little volume. Sigh. I wouldn't repurchase again. I can buy other mascaras for the same price that actually live up to their hype.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
xxhna 1/25/2011 9:34:00 AM
This is my HG liner. I've been using it for years. Before I had always used kohl liners or liquid liners. They always flaked or never stayed on for long. But this stays on foreveeer on me. I'm really glad to have found this! I recommend this to anyone who wants an eyeliner that has great staying power. The only con to this is being able to work the brush properly to line your lids. With practice, it gets easier every time!
My FAVORITE lip balm ever! I'd buy it more if it were more affordable. I love the packaging of it too. I just really wish it were cheaper.