Lipstick -Revlon - Fuchsia Shock Super Lustrous (Shine 815)
1017 5/21/2013 11:48:00 AM
I found these new SL "Shine" formula lipsticks by the new SL lipgloss display at CVS. The Shine formula feels a lot like the Pearl formula. If there is any difference, it is a bit less frosty. I am MAC NW20 (pink in skin), almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. Out of the three new Shine formulas I bought, Fuchsia Shock is the standout and a keeper. It feels & looks like what you imagine when you read "Shine", a glossy lipstick. I really, really like it. It is a sheer fuchsia color that is very, very wearable while still making a statement. The shade is a touch more berry/purple than SL Pink Pop lipgloss (which feels more of a hot pink next to Fuchsia Shock). And it feels like a true fuchsia especially sitting next to the very purple toned Berry Haute (I have the three swatches on my hand). This shade also doesn't seem to have that "frosty" curse I had with Kissable Pink & Pink Cloud (the two other Shine formulas I tried). Lovely, lovely shade. And if you have always wanted to wear a fuchsia, but they always felt too *POW*...try this shade! It is heaven.
Lipstick -Revlon - Kissable Pink Super Lustrous (Shine 805)
1017 5/21/2013 11:39:00 AM
I found these new SL "Shine" formula lipsticks by the new SL lipgloss display at CVS. The Shine formula feels a lot like the Pearl formula. If there is any difference, it is a bit less frosty. I am MAC NW20 (pink in skin), almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. Kissable Pink is a medium neutral to warmer pink. It can work for both summer and winter and is quite nice. It is just kind of "eh" on me...it is very middle of the road...nothing special, but a nice basic. I don't think I am a huge fan of this finish. Some can look glossy and nice while others come off as too frosty. This issue makes it a bit hard to wear for casual settings (I am talking yoga pants & t-shirt casual). I know I sound wishy washy on this review, I was just very indifferent to the color. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.
Lipstick -Revlon - Pink Cloud Super Lustrous (Shine)
1017 5/21/2013 11:32:00 AM
I found these new SL "Shine" formula lipsticks by the new SL lipgloss display at CVS. The Shine formula feels a lot like the Pearl formula. If there is any difference, it is a bit less frosty. I am MAC NW20 (pink in skin), almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips. Pink Cloud remind me of the old SL Lipgloss Pink Whisper. Pink Cloud is an icy pink. Not quite as silver flecked as Pink Whisper (more wearable), but too cool for me in the summer. I would describe the color as a soft pale pink.
Styling Products -Paul Mitchell - Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil
1017 5/21/2013 7:29:00 AM
I love the smell of the Wild Ginger line. And for me, the smell is the best part of the Styling Treatment Oil. It also didn't seem to weigh down my hair, but it did pull out some curl. It really feels no different than most of the modern serums (drier, less greasy formula from the serums of the past, silky feeling, etc-better than Frizz Eaze). This reminds me a lot of L'Anza's Healing oil in look & feel. I still much prefer the original MoroccanOil Oil Treatment as when I apply it to my hair it looks & feels nourishing and doesn't pull down my curls. Where as (like just about any other serum I have tried), the PM Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil just feels like a serum (not nourishing). Not to mention, I am never thrilled to see "castor oil" in the ingredients list of a hair products. This is why I think this pulled out my super fine curls.
Lipstick -Maybelline - ColorSensational Vivids Shocking Coral
1017 5/19/2013 11:02:00 AM
Wowser! My NW20 skin, naturally rosey lips, almost black hair & brown eyes are loving this! Beautiful pink coral...think more of a watermelon than "coral"...(on me) there isn't enough orange or red to push this to a full on coral. It is a bold color, but so not overpowering at all. Now, honestly, I have no idea how often I am going to wear this shade because I have a bad habit of buying beautiful colors of lipsticks & eyeshadows and never really having the chance to wear them. But I still collect them like shiny little bobbles ;) If I didn't, I wouldn't be here I guess.
It is just an average mascara for the most part. However, many average mascaras just darken your lashes & do a little bit. This does give you a very, very dark, emphasized lash line. When I had done one eye & compared it to my naturally dark lashes on the undone eye, there was NO MAJOR difference. All this mascara did was to make my lash line heavier and darker. It isn't as crazy as L'Oreal Voluminous, but not quite as natural as Maybelline Full n Soft. It does leave the lashes looking very soft and natural. I still prefer the Disney eyes I get from CG LashBlast Volume (orange tube). It is a regular bristled brush in a chubby hourglass shape (not like the thin hourglass of Lancome Hypnose). Final thought perfectly adequate. But nothing special. Thick lash lovers may like it. Also, unlike my LashBlast, this did seem to transfer a bit to my lower lash line than. Now, I don't love it or hate it...it is just there. If I want BAM eyes I will stick with LashBlast.
Styling Products -DermOrganic - Firm Hold Volume Foam
1017 5/15/2013 10:32:00 AM
Before I discovered DevaCurl Styling Cream, I would have said this stuff is the bomb! But now I prefer the styling cream. However, this does a really, really good job and is $10 less than DevaCurl. The Deva will make it more "shiny". But this foam gave me wild, full, sexy hair (almost beach hair, but I had more curl). Wild is the best way to describe it. I have fine wavy to curly hair. Here is how I would break this down: Pros: *Great Volume all over - I might keep just to use at the crown *Full wild/sexy hair (Think ChrisIssack "Wicked Thing" video) *$10 less than DevaCurl products *Fairly decent frizz control *Can be used by itself Cons: *Dirty Feeling - You will probably want to wash your hair the next day...it will feel a bit dirty. *Decent frizz control, but my hair wasn't as shiny as with the DevaCurl Foam, this left it more beachy I think this is definitely worth a try. If you have really thick coarse hair, this may not be what you want. It seems like something more suited to plump up fine hair. I am currently deciding if I am going to keep it or not. I don't need it now that I am using the cream, but it is pretty darn good, not sure I am ready to part with it.
This is the first and only Deva product I really like for my hair . It does exactly what I needed on my fine wavy/curly just above the shoulder (when curly) hair. I needed curl definition, frizz control, suppleness & something to give my hair some heft so the curls would clump nicely. Something that when the wind blew it wouldn't be like a thousand pieces of thread blowing in the air, but nice chuncky curls blowing around. I wanted soft, moveable summer hair. I am still figuring out the perfect product cocktail, but this stuff can be used by itself too (it just left my crown a touch flat). I would prefer to find a dirt cheap gel or something to mix it with so that I can use less of this very expensive styling cream. It has been playing nice with Dep & LA Looks blue gels & also works fantastic with ISO Bouncy cream (ISO is pretty cheap for a non drugstore product). I use this styling cream almost like you would a leave in conditioner. And unlike other creams that feel like they should be working like a leave in conditioner, but end up leaving your hair dry & parched feeling, this one leaves it feeling soft & controlled. FYI - I tried the Volume Foam, and it felt like I needed to use a ton of that to do what the styling cream does with much less product. But the Foam does an even better job on frizz control than the cream (where you use it). If I had money to burn, I would use them together, but I don't.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24 hr # 30 Seashore Frosts
1017 5/8/2013 7:09:00 AM
I love these Color Tattoos...probably my most favorite new makeup product. Bad to the Bronze is neutral perfection. I fought getting these new LE colors, because I need more colors like I need a hole in the head. But I broke down and bought the purple one & the much sought out Seashore Frost. The gold in this shade I thought would really balance the green/blue shade...It could look amazing. But two things went wrong for me. First, the shade really didn't make my brown eyes pop much at all. Second, I love the duochrome, but no matter how I tried, application looked uneven. And I am not talking "mixes of green, blue, gold". I am talking one part looks green/blue, one part looks gold. It looked very patchy...no matter what I did. I do love the LE purple shade I bought...that one looks amazing. But this one did not work on me at all. NW20 with almost black hair, brown eyes.
I am MAC NW20, almost black hair, brown eyes. Pinch o Peach was just "off" on me. MAC Dame is a much better choice for me. I could wear Pinch O Peach with plain eyes & lips, but it didn't play nice with my other lip colors or eye makeup. I had been living on MAC Dame that I bought over this past winter. I assumed it would not work in summer because it worked so well with all my pink shades & winter looks. So I purchased Pinch O Peach assuming this pink with a touch of peach shade would work on me better with my bronze eyes & coral lippies I use in summer. It started to skew very orange on me. Not orange, orange, but there was a terracotta tinge to it once it was on my naturally rosey cheeks. I actually saw so much of this peachy/orange/ terracotta type color that I was flabbergasted to see how many people were saying here "what, peach, there is no peach in here"...oh yes there is...at least on me. So I went back and tried Dame with my summer lippies & it worked! I could not believe such a blue based pink would work in summer on me, but it did. So what I have learned from this? Here we go: *Dame is much more versatile than I ever gave it credit for being. And for light NW's...you should try this! I can not believe that after 15 years of playing with makeup, I found a blush that works all year round. *Pinch o Peach is probably as versatile as Dame is on me on someone with more yellow skin tones...highly rec'd it for light NC's. *Your skin tone will influence it clearly, but Pinch O Peach is appropriately named. It is a pink with a pinch of peach in it. If you are straight NC, yellow toned it will probably feel like a light wearable pink. If you are light NW, pink toned, you may feel/notice that pinch of peach in the blush. And if you are a red head or a blonde, or have olive tones, you might like Pinch O Peach better than on me (with my very dark hair and eyes, but very fair pink skin) I hope this helps.
Not sure what to rate this. It is a disappointment as I expected just perfection from my beloved CeraVe. If you are hoping to wear this under make up...DON'T. It won't work for you that way. This is a bare face product (but I do have to put some of MAC F&B over it to deflect the white cast. PROS: *If you are looking for a non-irritating sunscreen for the face, this may be a contender...but this is for those days you are going to be outside all day and wouldn't think about wearing makeup. *Zinc sunscreen *I can use it, but I don't know if I will use it for anything more than those all day outside outings. CONS *Invisible Zinc my butt! For me it blended fine, but there was a ghostly white cast *I had a freak out after wearing it two hours. I looked at myself in a close up mirror and I felt like it was "gathering" in my lines/wrinkles. *I don't feel comfortable with it on. I definitely feel like I have to wash my face ASAP. I gave it a 3 because it doesn't burn or irritate my skin and I can use it on my body if need be or give it to my husband. But this is not what I was looking for to wear under makeup and up my SPF protection at the same time.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Whisper in Coral Ambition
1017 4/28/2013 12:26:00 PM
Really pretty soft peach/pink coral as opposed to a redder/more orange coral. This is great for those of us who love the idea of coral, but have a hard time pulling it off. I am still trying to gauge whether I can make this work on me. Sometimes it looks so soft and wonderful, other times it looks a bit to peachy for my pink based skin tone. I do think that once I get some sun and fully switch to my summer makeup routine this will be a great addition. I am hoping this will be as easy to wear in summer & my one stop lipstick shop in summer the way Lust for Blush was in winter. The only thing that is bugging me slightly is that if you have not perfectly clean/smooth lips, this will catch on stuff and look beaded. I will see how that plays out. But for now this is a 5 for the pretty color alone and the summer ease. I am NW20 (pink in my skin), almost black hair, brown eyes, rosey lips)
UPDATE : IMO Quenched is the main reason I love this line. I love the simple gloss with SPF it delivers. Perfect for easy breezy summer days. The other shades are hit and miss depending on your skin tone. But nothing beats the texture & soothing of Quenched. These do not have lanolin or beeswax in them, so A+ for anyone with those issues. I don't care about the cutesy packaging (kind of surprised how many people comment with love and hate for the packaging...it's completely irrelevant to me. My praise comes from a non-irritating ingredient list & cheap, easy, soothing product itself. ORIGINAL POST: I have the clear basic Quenched (no color, just a soft glisten to the lips, smells fruity w/SPF). I am quite happy. I have been dealing with major lip issues (allergic reaction or fungal or really dry lips TBD). But they are slowly on the mend. This is the FIRST lip product I have been able to use in 6 months that is portable (I use jojoba oil and Aquaphor at home) and makes my lips look supple again. It doesn't sink into my dry creases. It leaves a glossy sheen across the lips, not sinking in to the lips. Yet it is not the goopy mess that a lip gloss can be...it is much more like a great lipstick sans color. The plain Quenched is hands down my favorite. For the first time in 6 months my lips look soft, supple and polished. Now, I am not saying this cured my lips...they were looking up on their own. But they would still look bad under lipsticks (if I could find one that doesn't irritate me) after a while. With the Baby Lips I feel like I have my old lips back!
This is a curly haired fave. But with my uber fine waves that I encourage into curls, this is just too much for me. It does feel nice and smell wonderful. But it is just too heavy for my fine locks and ends up weighing everything down. Now, my DH who has coarse, tight curly hair, loves this stuff. He has gone through cans and cans of it. The scent is just a nice coconut, not too girly. He loves the moisture and heft to smooth his hair down & take out fuzzies. So if you have tight curls and/or very thick coarse hair, you probably love this. If you are fine haired...probably going to be too much.
Well, add me to the masses. I have no idea if I "need" a highlighter and honestly didn't really get the idea of it. I had tried a few other ones before but they never seemed like a big deal. Then I committed to try to "get" the idea of a highlighter. I have NARS Copacabana liquid which was the nicest of what I had tried so far, but I came to the conclusion, I may need to try a powder to really check out this highlighter concept (plus I wasn't thrilled with the liquid concept). So after scouring the reviews and checking samples, I opted for TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. I am officially a convert. It went on effortlessly. It didn't look like a strange metallic streak, but I would just catch hints of light reflections...nice light reflections. There is no glitter on my cheeks either. This is a desert island product. You can use it as a highlighter, and eye shadow, a blush (sort of). I am honestly amazed. Now I am still not 100% sold on the use of highlighters. But I am very confident that I chose the right one to start with. FYI - I am NW20, brown eyes, almost black hair.