Makeup Brushes -Sigma - F84 Angled Top Synthetic Kabuki
Annushka 4/28/2013 11:24:00 AM
yay for this brush! i like the angled head better than i like the f82 to be honest! its got a bigger surface to work into your face with and can get into the nooks and crannies abit better. it is more 'pliable' in my opinion, not as dense and can spread everythng around really well instead of just soaking it into the bristles (like the f82) thick and sturdy handle, paid $18 on sigma website. there is no packaging so i gave that a 5, and the price a 3 because that is moderate compared to sonia kushuk and much better priced than mac/bobbi brown or other high end brands gives a great buffing of foundation and leaves no streaks. i use this with my cream foundations and liquids, ive never tried it with powder. i reckon it would be great for powder blush application and even cream blushes too i love mine, it beats my mac 188 and 187 in my opinion. also beats my real techniques buffing brush too
$55 on beautybay.com, 10 eyeshadows in warm colours. cardboard palette so if it drops it minimizes breaking the eyeshadows, velvet lid with a mirror inside. the colours are very wearable and can be combined to make so many different looks. 2 mattes and the rest are shimmer or velvet textures. the mattes are for the crease/transition colours and there are 2 highlight colours (that are shimmery) and the rest are gold tones, black with sparkle, and deep plum with shimmer and a gunmetal plus more. the payoff is so amazing, they are very pigmented and they last all day without creasing when worn with a primer. without a primer, they last about 8-9 hours without creasing which is fabulous, better than mac in my opinion plus cheaper when you think about value. i would reccommend this to women who do not want to buy a whole kit of colours and who want a savvy, smart purchase.
Ive always wanted tot ry this because they say it looks like skin, and it does. It is a cream foundation that i paid $59AUD for, i think its about 10ml (i am not entirely sure though). comes in a container/compact similar to studio fix powder plus foundation, with a sponge at the bottom of the flip top. i can nc30 in this, i am nc 40 in pro longwear and a 4 in matchmaster. I use MSFN in med-dark to set this foundation because it is abit light for me, and the nc35 was too yellow for my tone. It looks amazing on for the first 4 hours, then my oily skin tends to break through. it doesnt feel heavy, but you can feel something there and there is no smell. I apply with a sigmaf84 brush and pat/buff into the skin, and it looks very natural and almost undetectable. the coverage is medium and you can sheer it down to light if you use a wet sponge. it covers my acne scars well though not red pus pimples. i still need a concealer. It does not control oil very well and for me, doe snot stick to my ry patches around my mouth. at about the 4th hour, it mixes with my oils and goes patchy and kid of, fades into an oily mess? i would reccomdned this for people with dry skin, and for those days you only need to go out for a couple of hours. i imagine it would be great on people with dry/normal skin thats why i gave it a 5
I have been using this product for the past night, and for today too (it is evening now). i noticed a big difference when i woke up this morning; my pimples that needed to be popped (they had a little white head) HAD SHRUNK. id purposely left them to see if they would go down in size and they did. i was so impressed, today i popped them and managed to also get a head out of a cystic spot, two in fact. i put the buffering lotion over the two spots still spurting out the clear watery liquid that isnt pus, then also placed healing cream over them, and went to sleep for two hours. woke up to a completely BUMP FREE head. it has eliminated the "after bump" that normally stays for the next 18 hours after i have popped a cystic spot. the product is a white liquid that needs to be shaken before use. it comes in a plastic bottle that has one of those 'precision' spouts for application, you just have to tip it and pour a little onto your fingers and it spreads to easily because it is a complete liquid. when i did put this on my open wound (the pimple spot) it did sting but not too much. i bought it on beatuybay.com for the price of $24-$18 i forgot how much exactly and i have also forgotten the size of the tube, though it is not more than 20ml for sure. it is quite expensive compared to other pimple products such as clearasil and neautrogena but it is by far the most effective. i would reccomend this to anyone who has problems with pimples and who pops their pimples and is looking for an effective treatment to lower the bumps. because i have only been using this two nights in a row (when it says on the bottle to use every other night) i cant comment on its ability to prevent future spots from occuring.
i would buy laguna again in the full size, but i already have peechykeen in MAC that i think is similar to Orgasm. $24 at Sephora. no smell. laguna i didnt think would be good on me because it looks very dirty when swatched but it looks so beautiful. the shimmer isnt too noticeable and the pigment is great. i like how with the duo i could try both products and i did like them both. its a great way to get people to buy the full amount product. orgasm is a peachy-pink colour with a gold shimmer in it that isnt too big either. it is flattering aswell when i put it on. i am NC35 skin tone in MAC. black nars compact with a mirror in it.
Brows -Tarte - Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse & Brow Brush
Annushka 1/5/2013 4:12:00 AM
come sin 3 colours and i noticed they are all very dark. i have medium brown and i have black brows, and this colour is the middle colour and is so so dark. 3.4 g of product for $28 at ulta. The gel is very dry though, i dont know if its just mine. i like the concept of a mousse with colour and hold thats why i bought it. comes with a double ended brush with a spoolie and a slate synthetic brush. this is handy and i like the quality of the brush. it is meant to be a waterproof mousse and i think it is, it is slightly harder to wipe off with a wipe than a wax and colour is. it does hold my brows well throughout the day too. i would repurchase this, probably because its a cute novelty to have. if you already owna wax though, i would just stick to the wax. theres no point having a wax and a mousse, i just was stupid and wanted to spend money.
Blush -Bare Escentuals - Buxom True Hue Blush - Breathless
Annushka 1/5/2013 4:07:00 AM
i have the TRUE HUE BLUSH in TRYST. not this breathless colour. shimmer mauve pink, colour payoff is amazing. no smell, $24 at Sephora so it is expensive. Black square packaging with flip top and a nice large mirror inside the compact. the blush is long wearing and is flattering on me. it kind of acts as a contour and a blush colour in one (only MAC BUFF and CUBIC have this same feature; looks like a blush colour and a contour) i would buy this colour again and other colours in the range, though they are expensive.
i would buy this again because of the price, not primarily because it is an excellent product. this is one of the cheapest purely yellow concealers i have found. i bought this in yellow for $6 at Ulta, 3g of product. the consistency is slightly thick that is hard to spread and blend with foundation. i use this as a high light for my forehead area, undereye and upper cheek to create that glow. doe foot concealer wand that smells abit like silicones, not a strong smell though. this is just meh for me, i would assume though that if i was to buy this as a blemish concealer it would be great because it is very pigmented and thick. wearing this above foundation, would be much better.
Primer/ Corrector -Tarte - Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hr Brightening Primer
Annushka 1/5/2013 3:58:00 AM
water based, waterproof primer with no silicones and other things (it said it on the box but i forgot what it is formulated without and i dont want to give false information) this stuff is so good. no smell, white cream, in a plastic squeeze tube. does what it is meant to, it holds my foundation so well. i dont think it does much in the wa of oil control but i use UD De-slick spray to control oil so my judgement on that isnt too great. the cream isnt thick and it is easy to spread. you only need a little amount for your face too. no shimmer or glitter in the cream too which i like and actually just feels like youve put moisturiser on your face. theres no smooth babys bottom sh*t going on. doesnt feel like a slippery wet plastic (MAC Prep + Prime feels like a slippery wet plastic layer ew) it was $30 at sephora which i will pay again for this product. as fort he brightening part, it is meant to be like a treatment primer that has ingredients to improve your skin as you wear it, not like Benefits that gal brightening primer, that is meant to make you look brighter temporarily. i havent really noticed any brightening going on but regardless, i love this primer
found the perfect setting powder. $8 on camera ready cosmetics, sifter bottle. loads of product that is so finely milled. i am NC30-40 depending on the season and this suits my skin so well. when i put it on my face, there is no strong yellow even if i accidentally put too much on. it seems to bring a subtle highlight, much like ive used a yellow concealer on my cheeks, forehead and undereye (though i havent). it does so well at setting and controlling oil too. doesnt settle into pores and doesnt smell. it would be great in a pressed form too because then i would carry it around for blotting if i needed it. i find that instead of using MAC blot powder, even though it doesnt have much pigment, the Banana Powder makes me look more radiant and healthy. before i bought the banana powder, i though Blot powder was okay, but when i compare the finishes of the two, banana powder wins hands down.
glass bottle, twist cap, no pump. the mac pumps you can buy by themselves fit in here though. i have colour 3W1, i wear MAC prolongwear in nc40 and MatchMaster in 4. i paid $35 at Macys, but this is $50 in Australia. it does control oil very well and it stays in place ALL day. there is no need to set with a powder. the finish is more matte, but not completely matte that it looks flat. there is no smell and no SPF (i dont think) towards the end of the day though i started to looked really 'plastic', my oils had sort of come out, but hadn't turned into a dewy nice look, or even oily and greasy. i looked plastic lol it didnt oxidise on me though. i have very oily sensitive skin and this doesnt break me out. doesnt settle into pores and is a medium coverage foundation. this can be built to full though i imagine it would be terrible looking. i gave it a four because it does what it claims to do, though i dont enjoy looking like fake plastic doll. matchmaster is much better for me and can be sprayed with fix + to make it look natural and it has just as good oil control properties and staying power.
bought this for $8.50 at Target USA. Glass bottle twist cap, no pump grrr gave this a 2 for packaging. SPF 20, i got colour 180 medium beige and i wear NC40 in MAC prolongwear, 4 in MAC MatchMaster (love this one), ELDW in 3W1 Tawny. This foundation feels so light on my skin, i dont feel like there is anything on. there is no smell that i can detect. the finish is semi-matte, it isnt matte completely but it isnt dewy. This colour is surprisingly not as pink toned as many other revlon foundations are. I am closer to a yellow tone, and this colour matches my skin almost perfectly. it does accentuate my pores (t settles in them) but i dont have massive ugly pores, and i only have a few so i dont mind. i didnt oxidise on me. i used to brush to apply this (real techniques buffing brush), and i got near full coverage. It does even out my skintone and completely cover my brownish 2 week old acne marks. It does cover redness very well but i needed a concealer to cover my bright red pimple. i used my hands today to apply and it does sink in faster and give lighter coverage. i then buffed out with a brush because i could see streaks. i did use banana powder to set and i also use urban decay de slick oil control spray so i dont know how well this controls oil (i am very oily in the T zone thats why i use de slick, and de slick works so well for me)
I would buy this product again if this one broke, i wouldnt buy 2 (some brushes i have 2 of because theyre that good). i bought this on ebay for $35 (i think) when everyone was saying good things about it. and it is a great brush. i have only used it for contouring and blush and because it is so dense it does put alot of colour on your face if you dont tap excess powder off. It is small enough to fit into my cheek hole and applies bronzer on my forehead so precisely. it doesnt look blotchy and ill placed like how my other brushes were applying contour. i like how it feels on my face, it is soft. it is natural hair which is why colour picks up so well on the bristles. i plan to use it for foundation next though i know alot of people have shedding problems. i havent had any shedding problems yet as ive only used it with powders. i heard it shouldnt be used with creams or liquids and thats why it starts shedding.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
Annushka 1/4/2013 9:04:00 AM
$29 USD big cake you wouldn't have to repurchase for years if you're not a make up artist. I find that this highlighter has bigger chunks of 'glitter' that tend to look tacky if you accidentally applied too much. It also tends to look silver and in some ways plastic/fake if you accidentally apply too much, which is very easy too do because it is so concentrated. I use a small stippling brush to apply because using a powder brush tends to put too much on me. I've used other highlight powders such as napoleon perdis mosaic highlight which has finer particles and looks much more natural. I also like cream colour bases as highlight and strobe cream is good too. I wouldn't repurchase this because it is so easy to get wrong. The value is good though; the cake is huge. Standard black mac packaging with clear top. I tried this as a eyeshadow today though and it is beautiful; but chicly glitter fell out onto my cheek.
I'm about to buy a second one. This is the exact brush I had been hoping the 239 would be. $25 in America. Don't know what the bristles are but they are dense with a long and thin 'head' not like the 239 that is slightly wider. The thinner head allows for a more concentrated application of eyeshadow and I don't get a dusty ugly outer v that stretches all the way to my temple anymore. It packs on eyeshadow so densely and fallout is less with this brush than it is with any other (for me). Works so well with pigments aswell, the colour payoff is amazing using this as compared to when I use any other brush. The brush head is also firm, it doesn't bend and 'swish' around as much as other brushes do, I'm guessing that's why it's so good at packing on colour. I haven't used this for concealer yet but I plan to; I know it'll make a great brush for that. This brush is worth the money, you would literally only need this brush and 217 for eyeshadow if you're a newbie/novice at make up. I am so glad I've found it, I can now do 3-4 colours on my eyelid without them mushing together and looking gross. This has helped my eyeshadow application go from 'meh' to 'WOW'. A must have!