Gorgeous! I love the look this gloss gives my fairly pigmented lips. It is sheer, but it gives me a gorgeous glossy pinky coral lip. In the tube it's a bright in your face orange and you can see glitter bits, but oddly enough there is NO gritty feel. The glitter isn't obviously visible, but just gives my lips nice dimension. Overall this is a lovely gloss and I feel it's a lot less sticky than other MAC glosses.
I totally thought this gloss would be awful on me, but it's actually quite nice. In the tube, it looks like a pale pearlescent cool toned lavender pink-y color shot through with gold micro shimmer. This is a really gorgeously unique color. It does go on sheer, but it give my fairly pigmented lips a sheer hint of a shimmery pale lavender/pink sheen. Overall this is a beautiful gloss, I think I may just need a backup! Also, maybe I'm nuts, but I think the Hello Kitty glosses are a lot less sticky than other MAC glosses.
Late to the Hello Kitty stuff, but I was oddly drawn to get a few of the glosses. I had originally wanted Mimmy but was given Strawberry Sweet (which I like anyhow). For some reason I find these glosses to be less sticky that other MAC glosses. In the tube it's a gorgeous melon pink with gold shimmer. On my fairly pigmented lips it's a basically almost clear. But it does give my lips a nice rosy glossy tint.
Eyes -MAC - Photo Realism quad Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection
FoXyKiTten01 8/22/2009 5:54:00 PM
I'm a HUGE neutrals kinda gal, so I was quite surprised that I was drawn to this quad. The greens are surprisingly wearable and can be as subtle or dramatic as desired.
Photo Realism is my fave out of the whole quad. It's a gorgeous white gold color with a subtle flash of yellow and green. It's like a yellow/green version of vanilla pigment. It also reminds me vaguely of White Wheat e/s from MAC Inventive eyes quad '05.
Fresh approach is a pretty cool -tone sea foam-y green. I thought I would really like this, but it's just so-so for me.
Image maker was the surprise of the palette. From swatches and in the pan, it looked like it would be the dud of the bunch, but its actually quite beautiful! in the pan it's an odd gray-ish army camouflage green shade..applied it's a lot mossy lichen green. It's definitely a very complicated color to explain.
Last but not least, Grey Range. As previous reviewers mentioned, is very similar to blue green pigment. Gorgeous as a liner.All the colors are smooth and easy to apply. They are also nicely pigmented as well. Overall, this is a fabulous quad! UPDATE**I was a little on the fence at some point because I couldn't get it to be "neutral" enough, but I've been pairing it with UD ruthless e/s on inner 1/2 of lid and its a perfect subtle green-work safe look.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Ruthless
FoXyKiTten01 8/17/2009 9:40:00 PM
I ordered this online, sight unseen. I swatched it on my hand, it looks like a lovely star-lit taupe-y nude. However, applied on my eye its much more dull silver-y gray on my NC30-35 skin tone. Overall I feel it clashes with my skintone and kinda makes me look ashy. I don't particularly like this e/s alone as a wash (which I was hoping to use it as), but it does look "ok" in conjunction with something else. I've been using it with UD e/s in underground. The overall quality is quite nice, very soft and easy to apply. It's not chalky like some of the UD e/s I have tried. UPDATE**I found something to pair this with that makes for an amazing eye look on me. MAC photo realism quad! This is perfect in the inner 1/2 of the lid+image maker on outer 1/2 and crease+Gray Range as liner. Perfect work safe neutral green look!!
I got this on a whim at Target. I hate how there's no testers and the packaging (while stylish and nice) is completely opaque so there's no hint of what color is inside except for a sticker at the bottom which is not very accurate imo. Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised by this. The color is a lovely peachy pink nude lippie that doesn't wash my yellow under toned NC30-35 skin tone out or make me look sallow/ill. It's very similar to MAC l/s in patissiere minus the horrible drying texture/formula. This is a hint frosty, but it is sheerly buildable. The texture is smooth, soft and moisturizing. Overall I love it! Better than MAC l/s and at 9.99 a piece vs. MAC's 14 + change lippies.
Holy crud! This is the first cake liner I have ever owned and it's Faaabulous! I use a tiny spritz of MAC fix+ and the powder magically transforms into a liquid. It is super easy to apply, though for those who have trouble w/ gel liners and liquid liners this could be a bit of a PITA to apply. Anyhow, This stuff is pitch black on and it doesn't budge one bit. I'm quite impressed! I want more colors! This is a little pricy at $21 USD a pop, but it is quite large imo and so totally worth it! UPDATE*** So this stuff does smudge when it comes in contact with water/sweat/etc since it's activated by a liquid. So that part sucks, but overall this is amazing! My cat eye technique has never been this good!
I have been using the Oscar Blandi pronto (non-aresol version) and I wanted to try one of the spray types. So far I'm really impressed! I usually use this the day after a shampoo, and I can go another day after that w/o a shampoo. So in total, I can go 2-3 days between shampoos w/o looking like a total scuzz ball...which is FANTASTIC. The Oscar Blandi one was such a production to put on, but this is so easy..I just spray where I get oily the most (crown and hairline) then sort of rub/toussle my hair and voila..insta volume and no oilies. It does give my hair a "texture" but leaves no whiteness behind in my near black asian hair.
The smell is just "OK" to me. It does smell kinda "tropical", but it fades quickly so no biggie. That's what I did like about the Oscar Blandi one, as the smell was nice and it softly scented my hair. It is a little pricey at about $20 bucks a pop, but I can see this lasting me a long time as a little goes a long way for me.
Styling Products -TiGi - Rockaholic Rock Out Shine Blaster
FoXyKiTten01 7/26/2009 10:30:00 PM
Bought this on a whim and I am quite happy I did! It was about $16 usd for 3.38 fl oz...kinda pricey, but I read the ingredients in the store and liked seeing all the oils (avocado, jojoba, safflower). I didn't really like the past hair serums because they didn't give my hair any moisture. But this stuff smells delish (like vanilla-y cotton candy..doesnt last long though) and makes my hair shiny, silky smooth without weighing it down or making it look greasy. HUGE RAVE! I haven't been really impressed with TiGi products in the past, but this is fantastic! I will definitely be re-purchasing this! UPDATE***I figured out what this smells like..it smells exactly like Philosophy falling in love!
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Minted Rose Lip Balm
FoXyKiTten01 7/20/2009 8:26:00 AM
This was at the Sephora counter when I was checking out, and for some reason I just had to get it! I had the original and strawberry one a long time ago, but they've been long since lost..and I never really felt compelled to get replacements until now. You'd think minty rose would be a gross smell combo, but surprisingly it's not bad. It's more rose-y mint scented in the tin, but on my lips it's more minty scented imo. It also has a light cool minty tingle which I personally like. The tin is uber cute too, though I hate tins and the lid sometimes is hard to pull off. Aside from packaging, this stuff is super moisturizing without leaving a gross white ring around your lips. It doesn't really have any color on my fairly pigmented lips, but overall it gives a nice natural shine. Definitely will NOT be losing this one!
Hair -Kiehls - Olive Fruit Oil Repairative Hair Pak
FoXyKiTten01 7/18/2009 9:34:00 AM
I was looking for a nice hair mask and wandered into the Kiehls store. The sales ladies in there were very helpful and helped me pick this out. I was actually surprised that this didn't cost me an arm and a leg. ($25+ tax for a 8oz tub) The texture is a nice fluffy/creamy texture. It also smells very nice, nothing too overpoweringly floral or sweet. It's a very crisp and clean sort of smell which I like. This stuff totally makes my long hair super silky soft and shiny!! I will definitely be re-purchasing and looking into more of Kiehls products!!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 131 Duo Fibre Powder & Blush Brush
FoXyKiTten01 7/17/2009 9:32:00 PM
After much agonizing debate.. I got the 131. It wasn't as satisfying a feeling as I was hoping, since I have both the 188 and 187. Honestly, the 131 does the exact same thing as both the 188/187. However, I feel it has a slightly different feel when using than the 188/187. It's easier to do a side to side motion with the 131 than with the 188/187. And you can do a circular motion if desired as well which is nice. Also this gets into the smaller "crevices" of your face better than the 188/187. Also it allows for slightly more precise placement of color as well.
Its nice for MSFs and my super pigmented NARS blushers. Unlike some of the reviewers before, I had no problems with streaky application.
Worth the $44? Debatable..but I like it and will use it so I guess it's worth it for me. If you have and are happy with the 188/187, the 131 isn't going to be earth-shattering or anything. But If you want something that's in between the 188 (was too small) and 187 (was too big) in size, this will be juuuust right.
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - About Face - Cashmere Stockings
FoXyKiTten01 7/17/2009 9:55:00 AM
I'm so sad to see the bad reviews on this. This is FANTASTIC stuff! I was debating on getting the MUFE HD, but I just couldn't stomach the price for such a small product. Anyhow, I stumbled across TSS and haven't looked back since! I use level 2 and love how versatile cashmere stockings is..it can be worn alone to even out my skin or over foundation for a nice flawless finish. This also gives my skin a subtle glow which is great!
I usually tap the container upside down to get the product out into the sifter part. Then buff this on with a kabuki. But I recently learned a new technique from TSS creator Heather herself. You dab on cashmere stockings w/ a foundation brush then buff. (refer to my notepad for detailed instructions.) This way you save product.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #168 Large Angled Contour Brush
FoXyKiTten01 7/17/2009 8:35:00 AM
I have the SE version of this and I love it! Its got nice stiff bristles so it's perfect for contouring! The shape fits perfectly into the hollow of my cheeks and makes contouring a breeze. You do have to be careful blend though as if you just do linear strokes, it will create a line. I also ended up getting the 109, which can also be used for contouring, but I prefer it to buff out product (mineral foundation, blush, mineral highlighter, msfs) I find the 168 much easier to use for contouring due to it's angled shape vs the 109 which has a flat top and slightly less firm bristles. Overall I *love* my 168!
I'm surprised there are no reviews for this yet. I originally wanted triple fusion or cheeky bronze, but I found them too metallic-y shimmery for my taste. This is a nice soft shimmer along the lines of MAC refined msf only more bronze-y peachy golden goodness. There's no orange to this unless applied heavily. This is what I wish NARS Luster would always look like on me. It does have decent pigmentation that you can wear it alone (darker skintones, this may be more of a "highlight"). It gives my NC 30-35 skin tone a gorgeous summer glow.