Liquid -Bobbi Brown - Long Wear Even Finish Foundation Spf 15
bassetmomma 2/24/2013 7:40:00 AM
I am a huge fan of all things Bobbi. I especially like her foundations/concealers. She was one of the first MU artists to realize that we don't look good with pink-toned foundation. Her early formulas were definitely too yellow but now I believe she has the best array of foundations on the market. The first time I tried this foundation I made the mistake of applying this with a brush. Don't apply this with a brush! Use your fingers, blending in a small amounts, one at a time. The coverage is medium and the added benefit of SPF is nice. I know some people have complained about the smell but I just bought a bottle and honestly can't smell anything.
Eyeliner -Make Up For Ever - Aqua Eyes Iridescent Navy Blue 3L
bassetmomma 2/23/2013 5:44:00 PM
One of my first MUFE purchases..won't be my last. I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown products but unless you are going the gel liner route, there are slim pickins in her eye pencil department. I have blue eyes. This pencil applied easily, is densely pigmented, and didn't budge all day. A winner. The only drawback is the sharpening requirement but I do find that many twist up pencils tend to dry out anyway. PS..I used BB Grey Eyeshadow on the lid, as well as White Eyeshadow as an all-over base. Great for blue eyes.
At first, I though Dandelion was far too pale, even for me. I wear porcelain shades of foundation from the Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown lines so I'm really fair. Dandelion packed more of a punch than I imagined. It is the pale pink cheek I've been yearning for. As much as I love the pale shades of pink offered by Bobbi Brown, they are very pigmented. I often end up applying too much and having to tone it down with some translucent powder. Dandelion applies effortlessly and seems pretty goof proof. If you are looking for a soft pink cheek, look no further.
I am an abject failure at applying falsies. I get so frustrated that I usually end up throwing them in the trash. I've considered lash extensions but I am afraid they will bend when I sleep or fall off. I also know they can be rather expensive. My alternative: a lash primer. This product was recommended by a group of ladies on another website. I paired this product with my Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. The primer gave my lashes added thickness and length, a more "fanned out" appearance. Pretty darn close to the "false lash" look. Well worth the $15 I spent. I only wish the drugstore offered a separate lash primer. The only ones I see are double-ended products where you get so little primer and mascara.
Marlena, the "Makeup Geek" referenced "Coralista" as one of her favorite blushes long ago, so I've been aware of this product for quite some time. I've eyed it up many a times during trips to Sephora, but my preference for pink cheeks kept me away. I headed out on yet another trip to Sephora, looking for a lash primer and, "Dandelion," "Coralista's" ballerina-pink sister. I ended up taking "Coralista" home because this shade of blush works much better with my red hair and fair complexion. It makes me look alive and awake. "Coralista" is a vibrant, tangerine shade with a shimmery finish. It miraculously doesn't look orangey on my skin, as many other warm shades of blush do. Richly pigmented, "Coralista" didn't disappoint in the wear department. I recommend this product, particularly for fair-skinned beauties, looking to warm up their complexion. If Nars "O" wasn't for you, this one just might be the answer.
I ordered this from QVC the cheapest way I could. I was intrigued by the glowing (pun intended) customer reviews so I had to give it a try. This stuff burns! It reminded me of a product I used long ago from Merle Norman (remember that one??). It was called Miracol and burned just the same. I truly question whether that burning sensation is good for the skin. Inflammation is a bad thing, no? The directions says to put it on your skin for no more than 2 minutes. I could barely last 30 seconds. Truth is, I don't feel that I really need this product. I exfoliate by washing with a cleansing cloth and using retinol products. It's hard for me to gauge whether this is actually benefiting my skin. But when a product costs this much, I expect to be wowed, confident that it's worth every penny. I will stick to St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I feel like a need a little something extra. My vote - save your money.
I much prefer this to "Angel." "Angel" has a dated, frosty finish that I don't like. "Creme Cup" has an opaque, matte finish. I am very fair (I wear Porcelain shades) but this doesn't wash me out at all. It's a pretty pale pink that would work well with a smokey eye. I like to top it with gloss - Mac "Baby Sparks" or Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Gloss in "Pretty Pink."
Eye Shadow -NYX - Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil - Cottage Cheese
bassetmomma 12/29/2012 5:35:00 PM
A great pencil for illuminating the tear duct and inner eye area. Gives an angelic sheen. Cheap, too.
A big thank you to my niece who told me to buy this. Very impressive. The closest thing to falsies I've found in a tube.
I guess I am in the minority when I say that I am disappointed with this palette. I am totally enamored of my Naked 1 and 2 Palettes. What impresses me most about these, besides the dazzling array of colors, is the rich texture of the shadows. I was a little surprised at the texture of shadows in the Naked Basic Palette which I would describe as dry and streaky in application. To me, the quality is no better than some poor offerings at the drugstore ( I'm thinking of Revlon - despise their dried out powders). If you are looking for a very nice, matte collection of neutral eye shadows, Physician's Formula offers a lovely quad - "Canyon Classics."
I don't get the hype surrounding this product. This is a cream with a dry consistency. It's difficult to apply evenly. There is a very limited selection of colors. I was looking for a light pink. The closest shade I could find totally washed me out. It actually looked like I'd smeared my lips with concealer. Going straight back to Ulta to return.
I love Christmas shopping. Somehow I always manage to pick up stuff for my favorite person - me! I've been eyeing up the Naked Palette 2 for a while but I kept telling myself, it's too similar to the original which I already have and I don't need it. Well, I broke down and got it and I am very glad I did. Yes, this is still a warm toned palette, much like the first, but I like what it has to offer. Verve is a great shade for illuminating the inner eye. Half Baked and Chopper are both beautiful bronzes that really make blue eyes pop. Snake bite, Suspect, and Pistol are more cool toned greys, with varying degress of wearable shimmer. Blackout could easily be used as a liner shade or for darkening the outer V, along with Busted. The only shade I don't like is Foxy - a matte ivory that does nothing for me, because it matches my skin tone. In my opinion, Urban Decay offers the best in the way of eyeshadow, hands down. I will never again waste money on drugstore eyeshadow - I have yet to encounter one that didn't fall out, streak, and dissipate in record time. Spend a little extra money on this palette or the original, and be sure to invest in a primer, like Urban Decay's to enhance wear time and prevent creasing.
I picked up Celestial which is a light cool-toned pink. What is most impressive about this product is the texture. It blends effortlessly. Seems to melt right into the skin. I chose the Celestial shade because I am very fair. I was afraid the other shades were either too dark or would pull orange on me. This shade shows up much like it looks in the pot. Pale pink. My only gripe with this product is longevity. I had to reapply only a few hours later. That said, this blush is probably the only cream blush at the drugstore that I can recommend. Revlon's cream blush is difficult to blend and the Maybelline Bouncy Blush has poor color payoff. This one to try if you prefer cream blush over powder.
I own an array of Lancome blushes. I do not think blush is an area in which Lancome excels, overall. I find their shades are either far too over the top with glitter and shimmer, or flat. Miel Glace is the one exception in the line for me. This shade works well with my fair skin tone (BB Porcelain) and red hair. It imparts a warm, tawny glow with subtle shimmer that works even in daylight. If Nars "O" was too much for you, but you are still looking for a warm toned blush with some shimmer, you might like this.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss
bassetmomma 11/5/2012 9:28:00 PM
I am very impressed with Maybelline's Color Sensational Gloss for two reasons. This gloss has a great texture. It feels creamy and not in the least bit sticky. More importantly, it has staying power. It's not like those other long-wear lip glosses that require you to use a very-drying liquid followed by a lip balm. I never liked Cover Girl's Outlast lip product or Revlon's. This one wears on and on. I wore this a week ago when I went out to breakfast with friends. I was accused of reapplying my lip product after my meal. No, I said, "Maybe it's Maybelline." Few glosses I've tried last through a meal. This one passed the test. The color selection is OK. I just wish they offered an opaque pale pink. "Glisten Up Pink" has a far too frosty, circa 1970s finish for my taste. I would still rate this product as the best the drugstore has to offer with regard to lip gloss. Better than Revlon's Superlustrous, or Colorburst, better than Rimmel's. Give these a try.