This is a lovely lipgloss. I especially love the packaging. On the cap, there's a little black bow design which I think is so cute. The shape of the lipgloss is long and rectangular. I have another one in Nude Peach, and I love them both. This one is a brownish-nude, with a hint of pink in it. I don't normally go for brown based colors, but this is very subtle and leaning more on the nude pink side. It doesn't clash with my cool toned fair skin either. It's shiny, not glittery, and non sticky. The only slightly off putting thing is the scent, which is a very strong cherry candy smell, but it quickly fades after application. This is a very nice lipgloss for my more low key days or smokey eyes. It was 5.50 at Ulta, which is sort of expensive for NYX, but I still love it.
I picked this up because the Ulta I was out didn't carry Tokyo, the color I originally wanted. This was a close second, so I got the last one (score!). I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would. It's creamy when first applied, and the color payoff is awesome...almost too awesome. I actually have to dab my fingers over my lips to get of the excess color and make sure it won't sink into any lip lines. If I really sheer this out, it looks like my lips, just with a slight hint of coral to them. Another problem I have is that it's pretty drying once on. It doesn't feel too comfortable on my lips after it has set. When I lick my lips or eat/drink throughout the day, my lips begin to feel slippery and I become parinoid that they're going to look streaky. I'm also eternally parinoid that this will flake onto my lips. Bottom line: if your lips are dry, I would pass this one up. I absolutly LOVE the color though, and will repurchase unless I am able to find a matte lipstick of the same color. I think I'll be wearing it more come summer time. As someone else mentioned, I love the color, but I'm not too big on the formula. UPDATE: I've been wearing this a lot latey, and added a lippy because I find that if I apply my eos lipbalm under this in a thick layer, then apply this and let it set, it looks awesome. It's a tricky application, but I don't need to reapply too much because it stains my lips. Everything said above is still completely true. It's still very drying. But, with a thick layer of lip balm, it counteracts the dryness for the most part. As for repurchasing, I think it's a no, but I'll enjoy it while I have it. I just can't justify buying this knowing I have major issues with the formula. But the color really is gorgeous.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Paris in Bloom
kikidoll27 12/26/2012 9:40:00 PM
I really like this scent. It's a bubbly flower scent with sweet undertones and little to no detctable musk. The packaging is gorgeous. There are pink and oranges flowers, and the name of the scent is written on a pretty piece of stationary. I got this for three dollars, and will buy it again durring another semi anual sale, assuming this is not limited edition, which I think it may be. This is probably my favorite from the Paris line they have.
I originally picked this up on a whim, thinking I could use it for lips, eyes, and cheeks when I go on vacation. See, I have this terrible habit of leaving my makeup at whatever hotel/beach house/family's house I'm staying it, so I always pack light and cheap when it comes to cosmetics (I finally caved and bought one of those giant makeup cases to store everything in, so it's not that big of an issue anymore). Shockingly, I actually like this product! I can't use it straight from the tube though, because doing so gives me too heavy of an application. I normally dust a brush over it and swirl this on my cheeks if I'll be going somewhere where I won't be in a lot of natrual light. I find that this appears really unnatrual in natrual light when I use it on my cheeks. On my lips, it look alright, but I have so many lip products that I never reach for this. If I do use it on my lips, it gives me a bronzey-pink look that compliments my fair skin, but the taste/scent is off-putting. However, I LOVE it on my eyes. It's a pretty flush of pink that brightens up my whole face. It will crease, so I use the elf eyelid primer before I apply this. I load an eyeshadow brush with this product, then apply it to my eyelid, and a bit on the lower lash line. It gives a really nice look with subtle shimmer that catches the light. And for a dollar, it's a great buy. I'm really glad I decided to pick this up.
I like Ulta...I do. And I still go there, and will continue to go there mainly because of the wide selection of brands they carry and their cheap Stila travel palettes with the adorable designs on them. They carry Esscence, whose lipglosses I'm obsessed with, and NYX, whose Soft Matte Lip Creams and other lip products I adore. They also have a wide range of other brands that I like all in one place, and their mix of drugstore and high end cosmetics make it easy to get everything I want in one place. Now, this is about where the good things end. Ulta is insanely expensive! I know it may not look like it, but they are. Compared to Target, their Revlon Super Lustorous lipsticks are two dollars more. That might not seem like a lot, but those lipsticks are some of my favorites. I have around five of them, so I'd be paying ten dollars more for all of them at Ulta than at Target, and with that ten dollars, I could buy two more of those lipsticks at target. Before I shop at Uta, I check prices on the products I'll be buying so I won't get ripped off. Like others have said, they're very vague on their free gifts with pruchase. I've ordered online from Sephora before, and they've given me free samples I didn't know I'd be recieving, along with the promised free gifts. Also, at Sephora, the sales assistants are always very helpful and happy. They rarely look like they don't want to be there. At Ulta the other day, I was looking for my Exuviance concealer (I was in a new city and the Ulta was set up completely differently), and asked a SA for help. After aimlessly following her around, she called the manager and asked, who only told her what I had told her, that it was with Exuviance. After that, I told her it was around 22 dollars. She led me over to a different section and finally found it. All the while, she managed to look unenthused and annoyed. Not a very welcoming feeling. I think Ulta needs to work on their welcoming atmosphere. My Ulta back home has a lot nicer employees, but after seeing other Ultas, I think I just got lucky. Most of their employees have no idea what's going on around them. I really can't understand their sour attitudes. Lastly, like many others have said, the store is very unsanitary. Especially the NYX section. That area is full of smeared lipsticks and broken shadows, andmost things are without caps or seals. I love NYX, so that's a big issue for me. Things around the store are very unorganized. I prefer Target for my drugstore makeup shopping nowadays. It's all very clean and less cramped. I will continue to shop at Ulta for NYX and Esscence and their mix of brands, and I do enjoy shopping there. They just have so many issues they need to have fixed. If there was a Sephora closer to where I live, I don't think I'd be going to Ulta quite as frequently.
Concealers -Exuviance - coverblend multifunction concealer
kikidoll27 12/25/2012 6:53:00 PM
I was in Ulta the other day, and had recently run out of my old concealer (rimmel match perfection). I would have repurchased it, but lately I've noticed that the lightest shade is too dark for my fair skin. On the Ulta website, this concealer was rated well, as well as here on MUA. Common complaints were that it was either too light or it didn't come in enough shades for darker skintones. The latter is an issue, as it only comes in two shades. I'd say that if you're any darker than an NC40, this concealer probably wouldn't work for you. I have it in light, which is the lighter shade of the two. I have a lot of acne scarring, and want to cover them up on a daily basis, especially for school. This is very light, and matches my fair skin perfectly! I just dab it where I need it...and I'm done! A little goes a long way. UPDATE 12/30/12: No change in lippies, but I've been doing my makeup in super weird lighting when I wrote the first part of the review. I was out today and saw my face in a department store mirror, and my face looked close to flawless! I've been breaking out a lot lately (Christmas candy...what I eat often effects my skin), and had a really ugly belmish. It seriously looked almost gone with this on! I actually notice a reduction in redness after I remove this. I guess I can chalk this up to all the anti-aging ingrediants this claims it has. Really loving this concealer so far! UPDATE 1/11/13: Back to doing my makeup in normal lighting, and have been using this every single day. After gym class, I usually check my makeup in the locker room mirror to make sure it doesn't look cakey/my mascara isn't smudged. I used to dodge those mirrors and only look in them for a quick second to wipe off my inevitable 'panda eyes'. Since my old concealer was too dark for me, it highlighted my acne/scarring and made me feel really self concious because it would smear throughout the day. This concealer perfectly matches my skin tone, and has the most amazing (but never cakey) coverage in the world. Really happy with this concealer- I used to spend at least twenty minutes on my concealer alone trying to cover up all my imperfections, but now I can spend the same amount of time on all my makeup. I definitely reccommend this to anyone willing to spend a bit more money to get a great concealer. For anyone wondering, you can get this at Ulta for 22$. UPDATE 3/2/13: I'm not gunna dock lippies for this, but Lord almightly, this looks like makeup in sunlight! And I don't mean makeup, I mean MAKEUP. Like, girl, your face is a cake kind of makeup. But only under harsh, harsh sunlight, which I'm hardly ever in because I...I hardly go outside...*coughs*. UPDATE 4/4/13: Fixed the issue with the makeup look in harsh lighting. It took some figuring out, but what I do is use my foundation (Covergirl 3in1 or Almay Clear Complexion) then apply this concealer where needed, then...and this is what fixes it: I use E.L.F.'s high definiton powder over everything to set it. I've tried a lot of powders, but that one helps make everything blend into my skin and look a lot more natural. Gosh, I love this concealer. UPDATE 6/11/13: Now that it's summer where I live, my skin is prone to oil. Most concealers break down with the oil and start to transfer, fade, smear, and almost 'run', like a mascara would. This one doesn't do that. I think thise is a safe bet for oily skin. But, my skin is also dry around my mouth from makeup wipes I was using, and this doesn't cling to the patches nor does it flake off. This concealer is impressive. I've had it for over six months now, and I haven't even gone throuh half of the tube yet. I went through my Rimmel concealer in literally a month and a half. I cannot say enough good things about this concealer. I used to purchase concealers every time I went shopping, but I haven't bought another one since purchasing this. The 22 dollar price tag is a bit high, but I will definitely shell out the cash for this. HG for sure.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Lemon Drop SPF 15
kikidoll27 12/25/2012 2:33:00 PM
This is the best lipbalm ever. I say this because lemon is my favorite scent ever, and the packaging of these is so adorable! This lipbalm is smooth, mouisturizing, non-greasy and non-heavy. I could go on and on, but there's nothing more to say other than it's perfect for me. I apply it in the mornings for a pick me up since I get up early for school. The scent stays on after it sinks into my lips. I feel like I need to reapply every few hours, not because my lips are dry, but because I adore the scent. I would definitely repurchase this product.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Pomegranate Raspberry
kikidoll27 12/25/2012 2:28:00 PM
I have three of these: Honeydew, Lemondrop, and this one. While this on isn't my favorite, it's anamazing lipbalm...especially for summer. It smells lightly of raspberry. It's light yet mouisturizing, and I like to apply it in the mornings before school to help me wake up. I really like this, and would buy again. I don't see why so many people don't like these. Yes, they don't feel heavy, but I like that. While they don't exactly feel mouisturizing, they definitely are.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Sparkle til Morning (limited edition)
kikidoll27 12/25/2012 2:10:00 PM
This is my new go to palette for everyday. I've had it for about a few weeks now, and have used it daily. I actually really like the brush it somes with, and while I don't use it with the shadows every time I use it, I'll use it ocassionally. It's pretty nice quality, in my opinion. The packaging of this product, however, looks very cheap. But it's a five dollar palette, so what do you expect? The pan it comes in is black, and the lid is clear. There are stickers all over it that cheapen it a lot. I really with wnw had better packaging...and I know it's possible, because elf is pretty cheap, but the packaging for their studio products is impressive. Now for the shadows. The side with the blue definer (which happened to be the would reason I bought this palette): The browbone: It's a yellow cream color, very light, sparse shimmers running through it. While they're not noticible unless you get right up to my face, they're definitely there. I like this color, but I wouldn't purchase it seperately. It's a very common color, in my opinion. The eyelid: Another common color, yet this is so pigmented! I would purchase this color seperately. It has a sheen to it that catches the light in such an unexpected way. If I wake up and don't feel like doing a whole makeup look, I'll pop this on my lid, the browbone I reviewed above on the tops on my cheeks and on my browbone, and the crease color on the opposite side in my crease. Then I'll apply mascara and concealer, and I can be ready in under ten minutes. The crease: Wowza! This is a gorgeous coppery brown with, again, slight sparkle in it. I use it in my favorite eye makeup look (blue definer as eyeliner on the upper lid only, this in the crease, opposite eyelid color all over my lid, and natrual looking mascara). This is so pigmented it's crazy! I would buy this seperately. The definer: The whole reason I bought this palette. I saw it an knew it was destined to be with me. I use this to liner my upper lash line nearly everyday. It's pigmented, creamy, and only has a slight shimmer...but this oneis fairly matte. I would buy this seperately. The side with the brown definer: The browbone: This is a light blush color that I sometimes use to highlight my face if I'm feeling lazy and my skin looks dull. On my eyes, it lights them up and makes my brows look neater if I haven't plucked in a few days (or weeks). I would buy this seperately. The eyelid: Holy Grail eyeshadow right here. It's a very shimmery/sparkley golden eyeshadow that brings out the purple rim around my brown eyes. It's not over the top, nor are there chunks of glitter, which is so important to me in a glittery eyeshadow. I would definitely buy this seperately. This and the blue are my top favorites in this palette. Now, the last two are probably my least favorites, just because one is too pigmented and one is a color I could find anywhere. The crease: This is a common light brown that I could find anywhere. It's creamy and pigmented, but I can't see myself buying it seperately because I already have a lot of colors like this. I like it, don't get me wrong, but it's not my kind of color. The definer: This is a dark brown color that I thought would look really nice all over the lid...big mistake. It's SO pigmented! Even if I tap off the excess, it still goes on super dark and, because of this, it's diffucult to blend. I like it as an eyeliner, but I don't think I'll repurchase it seperately because I can't use it as a shadow, and as an eyeliner it willlast forever. Overall: These shadows are nicely sized. When applied over the elf eyelid primer, the shadows don't crease, smear, smudge, or fade on me. They're not chalky or too creamy, nor are they too powdery. I really love this palette, and am content with every shadow this comes with. This is my first palette from wnw, and now I think I'll look into getting another, assuming all the shadows are of the quality that these are.
I was trolling through Ulta the other day while on the hunt for a new concealer. My old one is unfortunately too dark for me now... I was in the Rimmel section because I saw that their Lasting Finish lipsticks were on sale for four dollars instead of five, and wanted to check out their selection. This color (along with pink blush, which I think I'll go back to pick up) immediately caught my eye, so I swatched it on my hand and saw that it was a gorgeous nude pink that I knew would flatter my fair skin. I ended up getting this, along with a concealer and a lip gloss from Exuviance and Maybelline. When I got back, I stuck this in my makeup bag. This morning, I wanted a really easy makeup look since it's Christmas, and I knew I'd stay in my pajamas all day. I used this on my lips, and instantly knew I needed to review it. I love it! The color is lighter than my lips (natrually, my lips are an almost coral color), so I was worried I would look washed out with this on. It actually compliments my skintone really well! The pink is less prominent than the nude in this color, but it's definitely not a full on nude lipstick, which I'm relieved about. It's very creamy and not drying, and it looks really good with the NYX lipgloss with mega shine in Nude Peach, which I got in my stocking and am wearing with it now. This lipstick is perfect for a low fuss day at the beach or for a nice dinner out, which I can't say about anything else in my collection of lip products, and I'ma HUGE lip product junkie. I am so excited to have finally stumbled upon the perfect nude for me, and am even happier that it's inexpensive.
Lip Gloss -NYX - Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Peach
kikidoll27 12/24/2012 10:56:00 PM
I have fallen head over heels in love with this lipgloss. First off: the packaging. I actually didn't notice this before, but on the top of the cap, there's a little bow design on it. I know that may not be as exciting for everyone else as it is for me, but I just adore bows. The lipgloss itself comes in a clear, rectangular tube with a sleek black cap. The tube is long and skinny, nothing spectacular, but definitely convienent to carry with me in my bag. The color of this gloss is a very pretty peach with some golden shimmers and nude undertones to it. The peach is much more prominent than the nude. The scent is fruity and pleasent, and the taste (not that I eat my lipglosses, but you know how it is...) is virtually unoffensive. I would definitely repurchase this. It is absolutely perfect for me! Since I'm so fair, it really compliments my skintone and makes my skin look brighter. The shine also lasts for a few hours, then I need to reapply. Awesome lipgloss...I'll need to try more of these!
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Sexy Little Things NOIR Body Mist
kikidoll27 12/22/2012 3:32:00 PM
I got the 2 oz bottle as a gift a few days ago, and officially consider myself hooked on this scent. It's a nice, clean smell, but with hints of musk and something almost dark, which I guess is where they get the 'noir' part, mixed in. I applied it earlier this morning and can still smell it now, which is a good sign. It's not overpowering, either. The bottle is a small, rectangular shape that has a label with pretty writing on it with the name. The cap is black, and when pulled off, it reveales a pretty silver squirty thing (nice vocabulary, right?) that I think is really nice, especially when places like bath and body works stick a cheap squirty thing (is it a pump?) on it and call it a day. Bottom line: I'm seriously impressed with the scent of this! When I run out, I might have to pick up the full size!
I've been buying this chapstick since I was really, really little. I love the scent! Of course, my addiction to all things red and strawberry might attribute to that. The color is a sheer red that makes my lips look glossy and slightly redish pink. I also love the packaging. It's a red tube with some information on it, then a white cap. It's very practical, so I'm not worried about it smearing all over my makeup bag like babylips does. Update: Unfortunately, the smell has suddenly become overwhelmingly noticible with this. That's happened with many of my once beloved lippies lately, so I don't know what's up. Won't repurchase.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Be Enchanted Shimmer Mist
kikidoll27 12/9/2012 12:57:00 PM
At last, I have found my HG fragrence. My Dad got me this last year for Christmas. He said it smelled like snowcovered apples. I have to agree with him. It has a very crisp scent, yet it's very festive. I use this around the hollidays for an extra burst of festivity (the glitter!). I'm really surprised by how much I like the glitter in this product. I thought it could go tacky really easily, but this procut manages to keep it classy. It's not exactly glitter, more like irredecent flecks of shimmer that catch the light when I move. I like to spray some in my hair for a pretty sheen, and on my wrists when I'm not weaing bracelets. This is a definite must have for the holliday sason.
Into the Wild from Bath and Body Works has, as another reviewer mentioned, a very cheesy name. It's supossed to smell like an exotic blend of citrus and floral. Or at least that's what a sales asscociate there told me. I think it smells accedential. Like I sprayed one perfume, then put on a conflicting body lotion with it. I don't know how to describe this scent, and it's killing me! At first, I really liked it. However, as I wore it more and more, I got so sick of it! I also noticed that it grows progressively sweeter throughout the day. I haven't noticed this problem with any Bath and Body Works fragrences before, so I'm pretty disappointed with this one. I can't say I'd recommend this to anyone. If you're interested, the lotion is much better than the body spray, in my opinion.