I received this in a 500 point Beauty Insider prize from Sephora as a small tube with a doe foot applicator (not the pump of the full size version). The primer itself is very creamy and thick, much more so than UDPP. It is also a warm yellow color that is a bit lighter than my NC25 skintone, but blends in well enough. This primer worked well to cover some of the splotchiness of my eyelid, but it didn't make my eyeshadows last unfortunately. I wasn't doing anything more than sitting and doing school work for a few hours when I noticed that my oily folding eyelids had caused the primer to disappear and my eyeshadow to crease. As far as an eyeshadow primer this is worse than useless, but it a very creamy concealer. I just wouldn't expect this to last all day if you have oily skin.
Charming Cobalt is one of the new limited edition eyeshadow trios for Fall 2010. I think this was released as part of the Fashion Week collection. The colors included in this trio are a very shimmery champagne highlighter, a shimmery grey taupe and a matte/satin dark peacock teal. The highlighter color is super shimmery so a light hand is definitely needed. I got this color because of the taupe, and I'm very pleased with it. It applies a bit sheerly, but the intensity can be built up and the color is not overly shimmery like the highlight. The only problem I have with this trio is the teal color. It is difficult to apply and comes out a bit patchy. The color looks a bit chalky when applied and doesn't blend super well. It was actually because of this that I went and bought MAC's plumage eyeshadow, which is a bit lighter but gives the same overall effect. For $5.99 at local drugstores, I would pick this up again just because I really love the grey taupe. :] (For reference I'm NC25)
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Lipstick - Warm Me Up
AriesD 9/7/2010 1:03:00 AM
The reviews for this lipstick seem to be all over the place - especially when it comes to describing the color. The tube I bought is a medium rosy brown shade with slight shimmer that isn't visible on the lips. On my NC 25-30 skin, this lipstick is very close to my natural lip color, but just a tad darker. I find its a very appropriate color for fall and works well with a smoky eye or on its own. The smell is typical of all the other CS lipsticks (play-doh to me), and the texture of is creamy. It glides on smoothly and I feel it's not very drying and lasts a long time. Definitely will repurchase this when I run out. :)
Lip Gloss -Neutrogena - Moisture Shine Gloss in Whisper
AriesD 8/19/2010 7:22:00 PM
I believe this product is discontinued as of this review, but I felt I should write a review in case anyone happens across it in a bargain bin, dollar store or on the internet. In the tube it is a pretty pink-beige with some shimmer. On the lips it goes on sheerly, a bit goopy, but a bit streaky. Luckily it smooths out to an even coloring. The texture is a bit tacky, but it's not overly sticky. I like this lipgloss because it tones down my pigmented lips to a nice light rose with a slight sheen. I don't find the smell to be overpowering, but that's just me. It's really pretty and I wish I had bought another before they were gone.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Pencil - Mink Brown
AriesD 8/17/2010 1:31:00 AM
I was always on the hunt for the perfect brow pencil. Previously I had been using Anastasia pencils because of the hard waxy texture, its ability to last all day, and it came with a spoolie attached. Unfortunately, the darkest color was a red-toned brown and the next darkest color is yellow-toned. Neither of these were a perfect match for a my black brows. I know Fafinette uses this pencil in Taupe, and her hair is dark like mine so I decided to try that one, this one, and a few others. Taupe was too light for me and this shade is absolutely perfect. It doesn't have any red or yellow undertones, so it blends in well. The pencil is just the right texture and it's very pigmented. If you take an old mascara wand, one of those disposables, or even a brow brush, you can easily blend it out. If you press hard the waxy substance will sort of paste your brow hairs together, which I don't like, so a light hand is a must. After finding this .99 cent find I will never go back to using expensive brow pencils :)
Lip Liners -Rimmel - vinyl jelly lip gloss liner in Tasty
AriesD 8/16/2010 11:13:00 PM
I recently rediscovered this lipliner in my drawer while clearing things out. This was my first lipliner and I don't know how it became forgotten. Tasty is a rosy brown color that matches my lip color very well, but gives them that polished look. It applies very smoothly with little to no tugging - the finish is very similar to a very tinted lip balm. Unfortunately these are discontinued, otherwise I would definitely stock up on them.
Bronzers -Stila - Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder - Shade 02
AriesD 8/16/2010 10:03:00 PM
I actually have this bronzer in both shade 1 and 2, and I don't really like either of them. They are both described as matte bronzers on the Sephora website, but there are shimmers in this powder, it just isn't enough to translate to the face. Shade 1 is the "golden" color, while Shade 2 is the "brown" color. However, both shades pull orange on me, which can make my face look very awkward if I put on too much. It lasts a long time and the packaging is nice and sturdy. The color just isn't what I think looks right on my face.
Bronzers -Stila - Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder - Shade 01
AriesD 8/16/2010 9:58:00 PM
Bought this as part of the Good to Glow set at Sephora, which was $10 for this bronzer and the illuminating finishing powder in gold. Shade 1 is described as "sheer golden matte bronze." I used this for a while and I like that it is easy to use with the right brush, and lasts all day. It is also matte, so there was no obnoxious sparkle since I already have oily skin. The only thing I didn't like about this was that is seemed very orange against my skin after application. Still looking for my HG bronzer.
Polishes -Maybelline - Express Finish in Blushing Bride
AriesD 8/15/2010 7:32:00 PM
Very pretty color, but very streaky application. Blushing Bride is a pretty milky nude that applies sheer but with lots of streaks. It gives nails a polished look with one coat, and I think one coat is all you can get before the streaking starts to happen. Didn't notice the drying time to be very long, but what's the point if the nail polish coats unevenly? Even though its a super pretty and natural color, I would not buy this again.
I am a neutral eyeshadow junkie, so I was really excited when I heard about this palette, and even more excited when I heard it will be a permanent addition to the line. I love all the colors in this palette...and none of them have the obnoxious glitter like some of the other colors that have been included in other palettes (Uzi, Grifter...). They are pigmented and blend well. You can create so many looks from neutral day to a dramatic smoky eye. The value of this palette was a big factor in getting this palette. It's $44 for 12 FULL-SIZED eyeshadows, with a dual-ended eyeliner and a mini UDPP. Five of the 12 shades are not available individually. It comes in a nice sleek palette with a magnetic closure, so it's great for travel. Will absolutely buy this palette again if, and when, I hit pan on everything!
I am so happy I picked this up at my CCO. Originally I wanted to pick up Conjure Up, but they didn't have it. This is a scary bright-ish red in the pan, but it gives a beautiful flush with just one swipe. It is super pigmented so you have to have a light hand when applying. I use the 129 and I just tap it into the pan and swipe. It can also be layered for a more intense look. The only gripe I have with this product, and its really the mineralize blushes in general, is the price. Regularly it's $21 and at the CCO its $14.75, so you really don't get the same amount of product for the price. The MSFs are a better deal because its $7 more for about 3x the amount of product. Overall I really like this product, even if it's a bit overpriced.
I really like this mascara - it is very black and gives length and definition to my Asian lashes. However, it doesn't hold a curl very well, but I don't curl my lashes very often so it's not really a big deal. I wish it came in a waterproof formula because I yawn a bunch and when the tears get on my lashes it creates a very raccoon-y mess on my face. I'm actually a big fan of the plastic bristle wands of this line because it helps with the definition. The purple tube is cute because purple is my favorite color, but I wish the tube was skinny like the LashBlast Length.
I bought this mascara because of the growing factor, though I wasn't expecting much, which is probably a good thing. A bunch of people have been commenting on the huge brush, and it is true, the brush is very large compared to some others, but it is actually the same size as the DiorShow mascara. The mascara itself is very black and does lengthen slightly, but it clumps like crazy! It's fine for maybe one or two coats, but anything more will make it look like spider legs. Definitely won't rebuy.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HiP Color Chrome Liquid Pencil - Blue Spark
AriesD 8/3/2010 8:44:00 PM
I'm not sure if this product is discontinued or not, since I haven't seen this in any of the usual stores. The one I picked up was actually from a Dollar Tree, which is really great because it was literally 90% off. Blue Spark is an electric and vibrant blue with a metallic sheen. It's my first blue eyeliner and it really makes the whites of my eyes brighter and my dark brown eyes pop. It is actually one of the few bright eye looks I will wear outside since I'm mostly a neutral/purples kind of girl. It wears very well and it glides on smoothly, however, I think $10 is way too expensive for a drugstore eyeliner. I also have oily eyelids so wearing this alone without a primer is not an option.
Eyeliner -Milani - Liquif'eye Metallic eye liner pencil -black
AriesD 8/3/2010 8:39:00 PM
I may have found my perfect pencil eyeliner. I've been searching high and low for a pencil eyeliner that won't smudge all over my oily lids after an hour or two. This eyeliner has been compared to the infamous Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, but Milani is definitely the winner in my book. Even with primer and set with black eyeshadow, UD doesn't stay on my oily eyelids. This eyeliner is very pigmented and a true black, no green or blue. It applies very smoothly with no tugging. With UDPP under it, it lasted the entire day in a humid environment with minimal smudging, which is a big deal for me. The only con I can see, which is the same with these creamy eyeliners, is that I can't get the very thin line I sometimes want. If I have the time, I'll use Stila's stay all day waterproof felt tip liner, but Milani liquif'eye is great for those days when I need to rush out of the house. :)