I find this lipstick stains my lips quite a bit, so I have to spend the time using a lip scrub to take of the rest of the colour. You can use this as a strong lipstick or you can use it like a lip stain. I also like adding a bit of lipgloss to give it shine.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Jamaican Black Castor Oil
LishWilliams 2/22/2013 7:43:00 AM
This product came into my life at the perfect time. Though stress my hairline started to break. I tried not to get my realaxer service, and used all the classic 'make your hair grow' greases from the hair shops. Nothing worked, then I was introduced to bjco. I used it day and night on my hair line for about 3 months. My hair line is back, and thicker then ever. It doesn't smell great, but it does the job. It also works wonders on my lash line. I would say this is a must forever one! I think it may be a bit to thick for European hair, so give it a try, but everyone should have it for eyelashes and eyebrows. My HG product! Edit: it's really important to get bjco from a reliable brand, as some use additives, such as salt or dilute with other oil. I use tropic isles from sheabutter cottage.
Beautiful colour on my NC50 skin. It glides on perfectly, I normally add some carbon to the outer corners, just to smoke it out, and sometimes some woodwink in the tear duck and massive false eyelashes (if I'm going out)
The only brushes I found really useful in this whole set was the Deluxe crease brush. The base shadow brush is a poor mans 217, which does the job, but I mainly use it for cream products when I don't want to stain my 217. I find the eyeliner brush to thick to get a fine line, but you can buy a fine liner brush separately which I don't understand. The angle brush, again is to thick to get a detailed finish, I don't use the detailer brush, so I can't comment. The case is useful, it has space on the opposite side to add your own brushes, which is great. I feel this brush set falls under the umbrella of false economy for me. I could have brought a brush like the deluxe crease brush, and my 217 and my 239. Instead I brought this brush set, realised it wasn't that great, then brought my mac ones anyway. Maybe this is me being cynical (and I'm sure I am) but I feel that this set lacks brushes that should have been put in, that are sold on there own. Pros •brushes clean really well •the case is useful •synthetic hair ( good for vegans/ veggies) •loads of demos on YouTube buy creator •great for people who might not have the money to spend at mac •no shedding Cons •some of the brushes are to thick for detailed work • might need to buy other brushes to achieve simple looks that the brush set should include.
This brush picks up loads of product, and it cleans really well if you use MAC brush cleaner (which is amazing btw) the hairs are soft and it doesn't drag or pull over the eye area. All in all, I really like this brush, and the finish is fantastic
I normally use MAC studio fix fluid or studio sculpt (which I love) so I decided to try some thing new. The colour range is fantastic. I went to different MACs and was given different colour match's 1 said 8 and 3 said 7.5 (I wasn't testing MAC I just happened to be buying stuff in other counters and just asked) I got a sample of 7.5 and 8..... I'm an NC50. I only have cool tones in my skin, so 8 was horrible and after waiting for it to oxidize my face looked red and the foundation looked really flat on the skin. I tried the 7.5, that was much better, but again the foundation just looks really flat on the skin. I feel you have to really work to give the foundation life buy doing contouring, highlighting and concealing. As time goes on and other makeup brands are bringing out new fantastic formula's, I feel That some of MAC foundations are so out dated! More companies are doing better colour ranges for woc, so MAC need to really up there game. Matchmaster is there newest foundation and its pretty much like studio fix fluid in a different bottle (mainly a pump you don't have to buy separately) If you buy this product you will get a medium coverage, with a satin finish. The bottle comes with a built in pump, so you don't have to buy one, and it comes with quite a bit of product so it will last a while. I'm not crazy about this foundation, but I can see why people like it. It's just not for me.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray
LishWilliams 2/22/2013 4:39:00 AM
The ingredients of this product seem really decent, and the price is fantastic. I used my MAC studio fix foundation and my MAC SF. My face looked a little to matte for me so I sprayed this product on my face....big mistake! My makeup looked very worried and oily, and I'd just put it on :( maybe I'm not using it right??? The main use for this product for me at the moment is to dampen my beauty blending sponge or dampen my pigment eyeshadows....all of which I could do with my Lush eau ma water toner.
I've read a few reviews on this, I have 3 of these brushes and haven't experienced the crazy shedding, but mine has lost a few hairs. Before I brought my 217, I thought I would get a cheap version first, so I brought this and to honest, it does the job. I use this when I have t got time to clean my 217 or I use it for cream shadows that I don't want to stain my 216 with. Again like the elf eyeshadow brush, you need to have some glue for when the wood comes apart from the metal, which is no biggy as the brush is £1.50. I would suggest this brush to people who are starting out with makeup and just want a few tool to practice with, before they spend the big bucks.
I got this product on line, from elf. I have to say its a bit to dark for me, I normally use mac spiked which is perfect, but I'm not sold on this product. Also I found that the gel sometimes 'sweats' I live in England and its not that hot for the product to do that, and makes me feel about awkward about using it. The little brush inside is really handy, and so is the powder. I think I'm going to give this product another go, and do an edit, but as it stands.... I'll stick to my MAC spiked.
I have a few of these brushes. If you do purchase one, keep some glue handy, as the handle does separate from the metal it's easily fixed with eyelash glue, but it's not a problem, the brushes are £1.50. They do shed abit, which is to be expected from the price, but they pick up product well, and the hairs are soft. I use these brushes if I don't want to use or leave my MAC ones dirty if I'm in a rush.
I use this brush to apply my face powder, or my blush. It is super super super soft, picks up product really well and it cleans like I dream. I use a bit of MAC brush cleaners on a cotton disc and it drys so quickly. I have two, I brought one for my mum and my friend. It's dirt cheap, I got them when elf's website was doing 50% off.
This is a beautiful colour for any skin tone. It has a mirror shine finish, that you would expect from a glass at MAC. It has a light vanilla fragrance, which isn't over whelming, but quite nice. The wound to a perfect size. The packaging is fine, it would be nice if the MAC logo didn't rub of on the side, but that's only a tiny problem. All in all, I love this colour, it has ok staying power, but comes of really easily after a night out, so no scrubbing to get it off. Love this stuff
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Deep Dark
LishWilliams 2/21/2013 12:25:00 PM
I love this, I use it over my foundation or if I want a sheer coverage I use it's own. I find if you use to much it does give an orange/red tone so if your an NC50 use this product with a light hand. I might try deep next time.
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
LishWilliams 2/21/2013 12:10:00 PM
I love this foundation. I have a slight love hate relationship with this product as I believe it is breaking my skinout... I'm 80% sure it is, I haven't seen any reviews who have said that, so maybe it's just me :/. I'm not sensitive at all so I have no idea what's going on.....anyway, I'll review this product. I love the dewy glow this gives me. The finish is perfect for my normal to combo. If you have oily skin, this might not be the foundation for you. It's a sheer coverage to medium coverage. I wouldn't say you can layer up this foundation as to many layers= hot oily mess! This foundation does transfer quite a bit, which is the biggest negative, but for the finish I get, I can forgive this slightly annoying flaw. If you want a light, dewy/ light reflective, sheer coverage foundation, that gives you that j-lo glow.....get this foundation!
NC50 here. If you like that vamped up autumn look, go no further! This a a beautiful lipstick on dark or light skin tones. I like to use MAC nightmoth lip pencil, and a little bit of clear lipgloss to give me that extra edge. Be brave and have a go!