I actually bought this by mistake, I wanted to buy Painterly but forgot the name... but it actually turned out to be a happy accident! This is my first paint pot from MAC, it's a lovely champagne colour with a shimmery sheen, sometimes I wear it on it's own to brighten up my eyes but it works so well as an eye primer! I put a thin layer on my eyes, up to my crease and a little bit more above and it makes my eyeshadows brighter and keeps them in place all day. I have very oily eyelids, but this really works to lock my eyeshadow in place until I remove all my make up at night. When used on it's own there's no fading or creasing, I like to use a synthetic brush for application.
Bought this stuff from Camera Ready Cosmetics, well it's every bit as fantastic as the other reviewers say it is! This stuff cuts through foundation, gel eyeliner and cream-based products like no other! Love the turpentine scent infused with vanilla. So what I do is pour a little of the cleaner into a bowl, and then dip and swirl each of my brushes in, then dry off with a paper towel. I tend to start with my eye brushes first. It works so effectively on both synthetic and natural hair brushes, and dries ultra-fast. I have the 8oz bottle but I wish I bought the 32 oz bottle because I can see myself going through it quite quickly. Other than that, definitely believe the hype!
I have had this brush for over THREE years, and not one single bristle has shedded and it is still in perfect condition! This brush is brilliant for applying shadow to the lower lash line, it has a tiny dense head, which makes it great for precise shadow application on any area of the eye lid. Much better than the MAC 219 brush. I also use this brush to apply shadows in outer corners of the lid, or for blending eye liner on the upper lash line. If you buy this with one of those No7 £5 off vouchers, you only pay £2.25!
So like a ton of other reviewers I got this brush only because it was included in the Naked Palette. I really love using it for cream/gel products because it's synthetic. No need to use it for my eyeshadows because the 239 brush is perfect for that. I use it to apply my MAC Paint Pots and occasionally TSFI. I use the this brush to apply eye shadows that are hard to apply due to their pigmentation. For example, MAC Greensmoke is one of my favourite eye shadows but the pigmentation of it dry is low, so I spritz it with some Fix + and use this brush to apply it to my lid easily. Using this brush wet really does bring out the true intensity of any eye shadow, so I love using it for that purpose. It doesn't get product stuck in it's bristles, is easy to clean and hasn't shed in almost 2 years since I bought the palette.
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - E40 Tapered blending brush (formerly ss224 )
Parisa909 3/8/2013 10:57:00 AM
If you have small eyes, don't even consider this brush. I thought it would be a perfectly good dupe for the MAC 224 brush, well it most definitely isn't. The head is far too big, and the brush it just not dense enough for serious blending work. The large size of the head didn't enable me to have precise blending control and all my eyeshadows would blur into one big mess. Very cheaply made, the bristles would fall off with every wash. The 224 is in a league of it's own when it comes to blending, and completely worth the investment.
Okay, I have such a love/hate relationship with Seche Vite! Whenever I use it on my natural nails, I'll give it a day until there's chips galore. But... that gorgeous, glossy hi-shine keeps pulling me back in! Now, I almost always go once a month to get acrylic nails done at my local nail salon, if not then I use press-ons and then paint my nails. Used this way, Seche Vite is amazing for quickly drying my nails and giving it that ultra-glossy shine it's renowned for. I use it once a week to freshen the shine on my acrylic nails to that professional, just-had-my-nails-done look. Even though the last quarter of the bottle always becomes thick, gloopy and unusable, I keep purchasing it for that delectable mega-shine. It's so addictive! So, on my natural nails, it's a disaster, but on my artificial and acrylic nails, it's fabulous!
I'm Persian, and I have extremely dark brown eyes, almost bordering on black. I love emphasising my eyes and I'm having a huge love affair with purples at the minute. I've tried Urban Decay's 'Fishnet' and it's identical dupe MAC 'Stars 'N' Rockets' but wanted a shade of purple that wasn't quite as bright. Satellite Dreams is just everything I wanted it to be - a cool shimmery purple with slight lavender undertones. It's not too dark, like Nocturnelle nor too light, like Parfait Amour. It's a Veluxe Pearl and has fabulous pigmentation. I apply it with my 239 brush, gently packing it on, I never need to use too much. For everyday, I use Urban Decay 'Sin' or MAC 'Stars 'N' Rockets' in my inner corner, Satellite Dreams all over the lid and crease and blend thoroughly with Wedge. My MakeupGeek gel liner in 'Amethyst' compliments Satellite Dreams wonderfully. But for night-time, I basically repeat my everyday look but add Trax to the outer corner, Urban Decay 'Fishnet' in the crease and use either Nylon or Ricepaper to blend everything. Then I add MAC Liquidlast liner to my upper lashline and use Blacktrack fluidline on my waterline. Such a versatile and pretty eyeshadow, brown eyed girls, you NEED to try this!
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Fishnet
Parisa909 3/7/2013 8:24:00 PM
The word 'dupe' gets tossed around very casually regarding similarities between products, but Fishnet is an even BETTER dupe of MAC's 'Stars 'N' Rockets'! It has exactly the same gorgeous duochrome, a mixture of light pink-purple with a blue iridescence. It has better pigmentation and lasting power - at the end of the day Stars 'N Rockets fades, but Fishnet doesn't. If you're stuck on which eyeshadow to get, go for Fishnet. Beautiful purple shades like this really make brown eyes pop!
So I have very thick (real) waist-length hair, and hairspray for me is essential to keep my hairstyle in place. I've been using Elnett off and on for the past couple of years and always seem to come back to it. It really keeps my hair in place all day long, typically when I've finished styling my hair I will spray a generous amount all over, or if I've french-braided or put rollers in my hair I will spray it on to keep the style secure. I use the 'Diamond Strength' formula, which is great for when I've used heat either straightening or curling my hair, it stops the style from 'falling'. I even tip my hair upside down and spray at the roots for volume too! I love how the fine mist distributes evenly onto my hair. Will always keep repurchasing, despite me hating the scent!
Even though I own a TON of eyeshadows (both Naked palettes, custom MAC Z-Palette) I had nothing remotely similar to Stars 'N' Rockets so I decided to buy it. It's a beautiful duochrome, a mixture of light pink-purple with a blue iridescence. It's a Veluxe Pearl, my favourite MAC eyeshadow finish so the pigmentation and application are both excellent. Now, it is quite bright, but I can make it work in the daytime by wearing UD 'Sin' in my inner corner, Stars n Rockets all over the lid and blended out with Wedge. The key to making it work is to blend with browns such as Wedge, Kid or Cork. Another way to wear it is 'Sin' in the inner corner, Trax all over the lid and Stars 'N' Rockets in the crease, but still blended with brown. This way you get a hint of Stars 'N' Rockets if you're not sure of wearing it on the lid. Oh, and if you layer it over a black base, it turns into the most gorgeous purple-blue! (I've included a photo)
Concealers -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer
Parisa909 2/14/2013 9:19:00 PM
My fail-safe base products are Double Wear foundation, Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder and thanks to a recent impulse purchase, this amazing concealer! Prior to buying this I was using the Maximum Coverage foundation on my dark circles and other areas. However, whilst it does do a great job of covering up everything, it settles into fine lines like nothing else, so I decided to give the Double Wear foundation a try as I utterly adore most of the Double Wear line of products - I find them to be reliable and long-wearing. I'm NC25 in MAC and the shade #2 'Light Medium' is such a good match for me. The formula is surprisingly light and spreadable, not thick or heavy-duty which is a welcome change! The doe-foot applicator allows me to spread it under my eyes and other places without the need of a brush. Now, coverage wise, I'd say it's high-medium to full coverage, layering it won't make it cakey but one layer is fine for me. After applying it, I take my BeautyBlender to blend it into my skin, and I'm so pleased it doesn't settle into my fine lines. It has a semi-matte finish and once applied and blended in, it's not going anywhere. This stuff is seriously budge and transfer resistant.
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Makeup Geek Gel Liner - Amethyst
Parisa909 2/4/2013 11:42:00 AM
I've been searching for the perfect purple/violet gel liner for a while and... I think I've finally found it! Amethyst is a rich-toned purple gel liner from YouTube Guru Marlena's Makeup Geek line of products. It applies smoothly, is water-resistant and has magnificent pigmentation. I'm so impressed at how high-quality it is - even as good as YSL Creme Liners! Now the colour is something I've never seen from any other brands, I have Violet Ink from Bobbi Brown but that disappointed me because it's a blackened violet, but Amethyst is a beautiful purple. I use my Real Techniques liner brush to apply it to my upper lashline, and to my waterline. On both these areas it lasts all day, with very slight fading at the end of the day. I am super happy with their customer service! I ordered my gel liner on a Friday and received my item the following Saturday. Furthermore, it was so cheap in UK prices! $8 = £5.08 plus shipping costs of $5.77 (£3.67) = $13.76 = £8.74. FANTASTIC value!
Quite possibly the loveliest peach blush in existence! No orangy or pink undertones, just a true peach. Looks natural on my cheeks for a nice glow, and will go with nearly every eye makeup look. It's matte and lasts all day on me without fading. Now, as it's a sheertone, the pigmentation isn't as strong as MAC's other blush lines. But even though I really have to swirl my brush in the pan multiple times, it means it's impossible to over-apply. Love it!
The worst lipstick I have ever used. Awful, chalky formula, drags across the lips and emphasises every single tiny lip-line. The colour itself is extremely unflattering, like corpse mouth. You could easily get the same effect using a concealer stick all over your lips. Don't waste your money, get Rimmel's 'Nude Delignt' at nearly the same price!
Amber Lights is a golden orange, with a tinge of copper. Itís doesnít have a great deal of shimmer, more of a pearly sheen, and itís very warm-toned, so it looks gorgeous mixed with golds such as Goldmine and Woodwinked. Itís perfect to wear with a brown shade such as Romp or Mulch, either in the inner corner or crease. Even though itís a Frost finish, itís so pigmented and applies like silk to my eyelids.