Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Binge
3110hello 5/8/2013 11:23:00 PM
Perhaps my favorite 24/7 liner by Urban Decay, this blue is a great color to use on brown eyes. I find these pencils can be used as a liner or as a base on the eyelid or other colors. This one is particularly nice to line the lashes. Generally, these liners are not as long lasting as the name would suggest and I don't recommend using them in the water line but the color range is fantastic and the colors remain vivid.
I have had a compact of this foundation for at least three years. I keep it in my purse as a powder/foundation master fixer during the day. I would buy another in a second if this one ever ran out but I am unsure as to when that will be. This MAC product is very effective and the range of colors is such that finding one to match your skin is a snap. Highly recommend this.
Treatments (Eye) -Promaxyl - Eyelash Renewal serum Rapidlash
3110hello 4/29/2013 2:23:00 AM
For a couple of years I used Latisse. It definitely worked. It made my lashes much longer and somewhat thicker however it was expensive and I did not much like the way the liquid was dispensed. Therefore I decided to try Rapidlash. It is much less expensive and I do like the application process much, much better. I don't think it is as effective as Latisse but it does work to make your lashes longer. I use it with the L'Oreal lash serum and the combination of the two work to give me nice lashes for about half the cost of Latisse. I do recommend this product with the disclaimer that it takes a while to start seeing a difference with your lashes. Also, I agree with a fellow reviewer that everyone should always check expiration dates.
This is a very nice "universal" mauvish color that compliments my skin tone wonderfully. The application is great - like most Essie colors - and if worn alone, would be suitable for work or any time you just want your nails to look sophisticated and somewhat nude. It is also a great color over which to layer a lighter pinkish shimmery color to add just a little pizzaz to it. Lately, I have been layering one coat of the Essie with a coat of OPI's "Petal Faster Suzi" which makes the matte "Lady Like" glimmer a bit. Recommend this Essie color as a staple for most nail polish collections.
I like this concealer. I am, however, unsure as to whether I like it better than the MAC Prolongwear concealer I have been using to help with dark circles under my eyes. Both work well to minimize the appearance of darkness and help highlight the area. Neither seem to overly settle into fine (or not so "fine") lines. The MAC is less expensive but I don't like the way it is dispensed as much as the Nars (pump vs doe foot applicator) but I think I like the color match of the MAC fluid more. Bottom line for me is that both are very good concealers. Both are probably worth the expense considering the length of time they last and quality of the product.
I love most MAC products but I have yet to find a foundation from them that I care much about, with the exception of Studio Sculpt (will use it). This particular foundation I find has too much shimmer in it for me and tends to make my face oily as the day goes on. The coverage is decent and the color range is good but frankly even with my dry skin it just leaves too much of a film and does not flatter my mature complexion. I continue to give each new MAC foundation a try - they are usually less expensive than most HE foundations but to date it is the one area I find lacking with the line. Can't recommend this product.
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
3110hello 4/18/2013 1:10:00 PM
Should have had a sample made up to try before buying this - especially at the cost. I know that while I am always on the hunt for the "perfect" foundation, I should learn that not everything I read or listen to is accurate. Kept hearing about how great this foundation was, especially for mature skin, and decided I had to try it. I did have a Sephora SA help me find the most correct color (sometimes I am not so sure about the younger SA's at Sephora, by the way) but when I got this home I found it difficult to apply evenly over my face and I didn't much like the consistency of it either. As the day wore on this wore off (quickly) and seemed patchy and unflattering. NOT what I would expect from Yves Saint Laurent. So now I mix it with a little of other things in the hope of getting some use out of it but have to admit I still gravitate mostly toward my Nars' Sheer Glow. I would not recommend this. It is very expensive and not very effective.
I am not sure why - considering my overall dislike for powder highlighters on mature faces - but I bought this based on the you tube hype I was listening to ... big mistake. I paid $45 for this product in "diffused" light. The price, for the result you get, is almost obscene. (and, to boot, mine came through the mail from Sephora slightly cracked) I had hoped that this might be a subtle enough highlighting powder for my more lined 58 year old face. No way. I have to say that initially I didn't see much of any effect. None. Then I worked with it a little bit more and could see some effect, but precious little. It is my opinion that this is a case of a very high end brand coming out with a new product which generated a lot of hype for not a lot of quality product. I, frankly, have not purchased one Hourglass product that has worked for me. Considering the prices, I may not be experimenting with their line any longer.
I am totally in love with Dior nail polishes. My latest acquisition is a pinkish nude color named Incognito. It is almost the perfect nude color for my complexion - as close to a natural nail as I have found which is a nice alternative to brighter or darker colors. I find it difficult to locate nudes that don't look chalky or just the wrong shade for my complexion. I am so impressed with these polishes and that is in spite of their very high price.
Love, love this eyeshadow. I have brown / hazel eyes and this color really flatters me. I usually love these types of colors and the MAC Pro Longwear shadows are of such a high quality - they blend well and can be used on the lid, in the crease and under the lower lashes to create any number of great looks. You can combine this color with any number of other, more vivid bright ones or darker. Very much recommend this.
So many make up artists raved about the Beauty Blender that I decided to try it. So, I paid what I consider to be an outrageous amount of money for a sponge, ordering it from Sephora. At first I did not like it at all and it sat in my cabinet after the first time I tried to use it. Then, I decided to give it another try and voila! I actually realized what the fuss was all about. It definitely makes my foundation go on with a nice air brushed look. It also ultimately helps my make up from looking too powdery once I am done. I would recommend it but think it is an acquired taste and one has to work with it to appreciate it. Good luck!
One of my favorite pinkish neutral polishes, this Butter London color is one of my favorites. I like the consistency of their polishes and there are several that are staples in my stash of many. I can wear this color at almost anytime and feel like it compliments my hands. Highly recommend.
I bought one of these in the color "Miami" and it is the most gorgeous pinky shade of coral. The formulation is creamy and seems to stay on longer than average lipstick. I would remark that as you expect, with the Dior name comes a higher price point and so I think it a good idea to know the color is one you like before buying. The quality of these is excellent.
I have been using this as a primer for about a month. I have used it under both liquid foundation and powder foundation. I like the feel of the formula generally although on the skin it feels a bit too matte/dry - but it does seem to help reduce the look of the pores on my face. I believe I like the look of it with liquid foundation better than powder. Although like with most BB or CC creams it has little to no actual coverage. The really down side for me is that I am almost sure it is breaking my face out. The first few times I used it I noticed some breakout patches but it took several times to connect the dots. I find that if I totally remove it at the end of the day (which I should anyway) it helps. However, I am sure my skin is having some type of adverse reaction to this product. I am disappointed since I think it does shrink pores but in the long run I don't think I will be repurchasing. This product is costly and I am confident I can find a good primer for less that won't break me out. I like MAC's Matte combined with their primer so I may go back to that. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this product.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer
3110hello 4/3/2013 10:56:00 PM
Having seen several uses of this product by makeup artists, I thought the concept very user friendly and that I would try it as I am always on the look out for a good drugstore concealer. I was very disappointed in it. I did not find it covered imperfections at all with the formula being almost transparent and somewhat greasy. Such a shame since I really did like the potential of the applicator. Didn't like this at all.