I have a few of them, and only because they were on 3 for 2. I am not a lipstick person, I much prefer tinted lip balm. So I thought these would be just right for me. But I have found them to be very hit or miss. Swatching on my hand and liking it, does not translate to the lips - although I find that with any lip products anyway. I got Lollipop, hated that one so much - way too pigmented and bright for me. Peach Parfait is nice, but too sparkly. Creme Brulee makes me look washed out. Berry Smoothie is the only one I like. But I have found that the staying power is pretty rubbish and I hate the packaging so much. To me they look cheap and getting the thing out of its holder is hard work! Wouldn't buy them again. Skin: NW20-25
I could write a review for each and every one of my mac shadows, but I have so many! I only got into mac about 7 months ago when I got sick to the back teeth of spending so much money on drugstore shadows and being so disappointed with them. The colours never seemed to suit me, the colour range isn't there - they just seem so generic and boring. On occasion I may find 'the one' but I have spent so much on finding them. I also found that most irritated my eyes or just disappeared that there was no sign that I had put any on! I also found that shimmery ones were waaay too shimmery and just accentuated anything I wanted to disguise, or matte ones looked flat and dull. So one day I went to Mac and never looked back. I have to say that £10 per eyeshadow is not expensive. I have spent say £10 on a trio of drugstore eyeshadows that contains hardly any product and probably only ended up using one of the colours! But with Mac I can pick and choose what I want, building up my own personal palette, which is so exciting! They all blend and look differently, can be paired up in so many ways, some can look different depending on what you pair it with - there are so many options its unreal! One eyeshadow in my palette I may regret buying, but teamed with something else can change my whole view on it. I have never been able to do this before. I do agree with others, there are some awful fakes on eBay and Amazon. I cannot believe they are allowed to get away with it. As a buyer you have no idea what is in these products, and what is the point of saving a few pounds if they - at best - muck your skin up! I have learned the hard way from buying cheap knock off blusher. Luckily all I got was some minor blister-type breakouts, but it could have been worse. The only reason I realised they were fake was while depotting them to put in a new blusher palette. They smelled different, the casing was different, and there was actually a lot less product than it showed in the pan. After the breakout and seeing them depotted I threw these away, so didn't save money on getting these 'bargains'. Please, get them from Mac or authorised stockists. Its not worth it. And besides, these knock off can only leave a bad impression of what is great make up.
Glamour Magazine (UK) are once again giving a sample size of this away again, so this is my first outing with this mascara. I have heard the bad reviews on it, but seeing as it was free I decided to give it a go. Actually I don't think its that bad a mascara. I have certainly used a lot worse (They're Real) but it still doesn't beat my fave Clinique mascara. This one does tend to flake by the end of the day, so no good for me as I wear contacts. But I didn't get the panda eyes, and my lashes were certainly fuller than normal. Not too much length added though. Trouble is that by the end of the day, where it is flaking, it means that its all but gone after about 7/8 hours. But, another layer half way through the day should sort it out and also stop the flaking I suppose. I wouldn't buy it full sized though, as I don't think its good enough to warrant the price.
Paint pots are a dream! I have Bare Study, Quite Natural and Painterly. Bare study is my least used one as I find that it dries my eyes out a bit, and to be honest I don't like the shimmer. I know the shimmer can be toned down if used as a primer but I just don't on with it. Quite Natural is a fab eye shadow, which really brings out my blue eyes. I adore this and use it all over the lid, with coffee eyeliner smudged out and Brun or Handwritten pushed over the top of the liner. I love this smokey look. But I do need a primer underneath this one, for some reason is creases on my oily lids. Painterly is such a wonderful primer - it matches the skin tone on my lids superbly, cancelling out any discolouration. It doesn't dry my skin out and makes the best base for any colour I put over it. This is my newest purchase so haven't played too much with it yet, but I am so pleased that I do not have to wear an additional primer under it. I am considering another colour, but I have so many eyeshadows now that I would have a hard time choosing :o) The price of these are fantastic. They may seem pricey at first (£14.50 from MAC direct) but they last so long! I have hardly scratched the surface of these babies! One thing you must do is make sure the lid is tightly screwed on after using, as I have heard they can dry out quickly.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Nails Inc - Jubilee Special Edition
dizzielittlerascal 6/2/2012 10:17:00 AM
I have just tested this in store. This polish is limited edition to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. Its is jammed packed with red, white and blue glitter which covers the whole nail, with equal dispersal of each colour. It is SOOO fun!!!!!! One coat is definitely enough and even though its glittery, its so easy to apply and not messy in the slightest. The bottle is magnificent though, the lid being encrusted with jewels - so pretty on a dressing table! Having said that, I am not so sure I could wear it all the time - its kind of a gimmicky product that could only really be used now and again, but with Britain celebrating all sorts of things this year (Olympics etc) this can only add to the festive cheer!
Lip Treatments -MAC - Tinted Lip Conditioner- Fuchsia Fix
dizzielittlerascal 6/2/2012 10:04:00 AM
This is fabulous! I got this today (with a shed load of other MAC items) but was initially looking at lipsticks. But no matter what, I cannot get on with lipsticks. So I spotted this little gem. In the pan it looks scarily pink, but on the lips it is a pretty pink colour which can be either used as a wash of colour or built up to a lovely rosy pink. It tastes just fabulous, and leaves your lips feeling so moistened. I do have to keep reapplying, but I wouldn't expect anything else to be honest. The only thing I hate is the packaging. Yes, it looks beautiful and shows the product off in all its glory, but I so wish you had the option to buy it in a tube form - much more convenient and hygienic than sticking your finger in it. I also think that putting it in a tube rather than a plastic jar would bring the price down too, as I think paying £11 for a lip balm is a bit much. But then its still cheaper than paying for a lipstick that I don't get any enjoyment or use out of. I love it so much I might go back and get another colour. I find these suit me down to the ground, as I like to have strong eyes, but less intense lips. Oh, and the added SPF 15 is a huge bonus too :o) Skin: NW20-25
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm sphere -medicated tangerine
dizzielittlerascal 6/1/2012 7:45:00 AM
Got this after spotting it pop up all the time here on MUA, so was intrigued. So I ordered a couple from Amazon. Not sure if they are worth all the hype to be honest. Yes, they look cute and are so different, but they are larger than I thought they would be and when smelling straight from the product, it smells really plastic and cheap. Luckily this is much better when applied to the lips, and tastes quite good too. I have found that it does last on my lips as it kind of just sits there, not sinking in. It is fairly moisturising but not enough to justify the high price for a substandard lip balm. Good for novelty value though I suppose.
This is the only stuff that calms my itchy dry scalp down. Doesn't matter which shampoo I use, I itch. The more I itch the more my hair breaks off. It does take a couple of applications to get going, but when it does its fabulous! Then I can stop for a while, and just use it when my scalp is back to being itchy and dry again. Yes, it is expensive, but my 75ml bottle lasts me months and months.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Panoxyl Antibacterial Aquagel 2.5%
dizzielittlerascal 5/30/2012 5:51:00 AM
I only use this when I really have too (i.e. when I have huge angry spots) because this stuff really dries my skin out. To a point where chunks of skin can be peeled off. However I would rather this than have a spot that refuses to go away and hurts! I actually found this when I had a rash all along my forehead which was itchy and wouldn't go way (down to stress at the time) so a doctor actually recommended it. It really worked too, but now I tend to only use it when I have too. Its strong stuff.
Eye Makeup Remover -La Roche Posay - Physiological Eye Make-Up Remover
dizzielittlerascal 5/30/2012 3:20:00 AM
This remover is terrible. Granted I wear a lot of eye make up, but this was awful! Even repeated soaks with cotton wool didn't remove all of my make up. I was expecting a lot more for the price (£9.50 in the UK). The only good thing was that it didn't irritate my ultra sensitive eyes, hence the 2 lippies. Disappointed.
I adore this polish! I do need to put a few coats to even resemble what is in the bottle, but I just love this shade, with all its bits of shimmer in it! I do wear a top coat so don't know how chip proof it is without it, but I just love the way it applies, and doesn't take too long to dry. I wish all of Essie's polishes were like this, as I have found them to be very hit and miss. Skin: NW20-25
Styling Products -Ojon - Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
dizzielittlerascal 5/24/2012 6:02:00 AM
I got this few months ago in my UK GlossyBox, and I have to say I love it! I use it every day, this really helps my frizzy ends look better. I like to wave my hair with my straighteners, then I use this 'serum' to run though my hair. It makes my hair look so shiny and healthy! I say 'serum' as its quite runny, but a little goes a long way. I have no idea how much this costs, I don't think I will need to find out for a long while as this bottle is lasting me ages - I have hardly made a dent in it since I received it. I also love it as it doesn't weigh my fine hair down, which is fab as most serums do just that, they can make my hair look limp. Not this stuff!
Ok, so I am rushing to write this review, but this is the first time in a long time I have been bowled over by a perfume! I have just got a sample of this via Glossybox (UK) and I am head over heels! The vanilla is the first thing I noticed, then tones down to a beautiful powdery scent. A lovely, sexy, wanna hug you, smell. Divine!
This covers my hyper pigmentation brilliantly! I have a LOT of acne scars and a few large spots due to the wicked purging stage I was going though using my Clarisonic Mia, but this stuff covers it well. The only downside is the pump bottle, its hard just getting a tiny bit out (as this is all you need) so a lot gets wasted. And that's not fair - shame on you Mac! But overall, I think its fab.
OMG, what a beautiful matte deep red rose colour this is! Highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. I have teamed this with Nars Miss Liberty and it looks gorgeous together! Beautiful. Skin: NW20-25 Combo dehydrated.