I love this eyeliner. A perfect deep rich brown in a formula that is creamy enough to effortless glide on close to the lashline with no tugging, but not so emollient as to smear during the day. The fine point lets you get right up into the lashes with ease so that you don't end up with that tell-tale bit of space between lashes and the liner. It seems like it would be easy to find a great brown liner, but many are too red or too gray or veer to much towards black. Black Coffee is a deep dark rich brown on the neutral side--like the color of bittersweet chocolate, or as the shade name implies, a cup of a strong brew. The Le Crayon Khols are $24.50, but are easily found on ebay at much lower prices. I rated this a 4 as opposed to a 5 only because it doesn't last as long on my waterline as other products I've tried. But overall, it's definitely a liner worth checking out for its high quality and overall texture and performance.
I'm super duper pale and on me, this definitely has enough color to function as a blush/bronzer. One quick swirl and I have subtle, glowing peachy bronze cheeks. However, the pigment builds nicely if you apply a few layers for greater intensity. I don't understand why NARS created such a large tube of product--a much smaller size (and price) would have sufficed. Body lotions come in tubes this size! For $29 you are getting a product that will likely last into the next millennium. My only complaint apart from the super-sized packaging is the shade name. I'd expect the color to be more akin to the Orgasm powder blush and multiple, but this definitely has more bronze tones and fewer peachy pink ones. It's a lovely color, but not exactly what I was expecting based on the name. If you're looking for a liquid version of Orgasm powder blush or Multiple this isn't it. The shade name was probably just co-opted for marketing purposes. Overall, purchase this if you're fair to light and desire a sheer light bronzey peachy pinky shimmery glow for the cheeks.
As a general rule I'm not a big fan of MAC lip products--I find the lipsticks drying and the glosses incredibly, unwearable sticky. Nonetheless, after seeing a picture of someone wearing Cremesheen Glass in Over Indulgence on this board, I knew I had to have it and make the trek to MAC. Pleasantly, Cremesheen Glasses are not nearly as goopy and sticky as MAC Lipglasses (which I did use once in a pinch at college to adhere a note to a wall, albeit temporarily). The glide on smoothly and while they have more body than my beloved Hourglass glosses and some of my other favorites, they are not overly thick or goopy. Over Indulgence is described by MAC as a "neutral brown," but it has definite peach and deep pink tones. It's a very wearable, natural shade that I think would suit many skin tones. It's very similar to Laura Mercier Nude Lips Gloss. It pairs nicely with Boldly Bare lip liner. Cremesheen Glasses cost $18 (while regular Lip Glasses cost just $14) and apply with a doe foot applicator.
Nude uses organic ingredients when possible and the packaging is recyclable. This cleanser ($34) smells of bitter orange water and gently foams to cleanse my skin without over drying. I wouldn't call it moisturizing, but because it doesn't strip my skin, in the heat of summer I do not even need a separate moisturizer. I also credit this for keeping my skin breakout free. The price may seem steep but just one little pump is needed and I anticipate it lasting several months. Ingredients: water (aqua), decyl glucoside (coconut, palm kernel and glucose), sucrose laurate (cane and coconut), caprylyl/capryl glucoside (beet and palm), moringa pterygosperma seed extract, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide (corn and beet), aloe barbadensis leaf extract (aloe vera)*, xanthan gum (fermented sugar), sclerotium gum (fermented sugar), alcohol (corn), glycerin (plant sources), dicaprylyl ether (coconut or palm), lauryl alcohol (coconut or palm), citric acid (beet), pca ethyl cocoyl arginate (coconut), galactaric acid (apple pectin), caramel, dextrin (corn), yucca schidigera leaf/root/stem extract, natural fragrance (parfum), geraniol (essential oil), phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate. *certified organic ingredient
Bobbi Brown has a ton of lip products with 'Baby' in the name--Baby Glitter, Baby Peach, Baby Pink...This is for the Creamy Lip Color in Baby. Just Baby. :) I absolutely adore this shade. It's very natural but adds a sophisticated polish to the lips. It's a bit on the warm side and to my eye it's a natural nudey pink with shimmer (click 'continued' for pic). I have way too many lip products but reach for this one very often and have used up a good amount in the short time I've had it. I'm super fair and this doesn't wash me out or add too much color. It's also ideal with a peachy pink cheek. My only beef with the product is the formula. While I like Bobbi's regular lipstick texture, to me this one seems very thick and almost sticky, and yet it disappears off the lips very quickly. It's almost like a less emollient Clinique Buttershine. If it wasn't for the formula this product would be 5 stars.
Lipstick -Dolce & Gabbana - Shine Lipstick in Naked
Aurelie 7/11/2009 9:42:00 PM
For a "Shine" formula lipstick, this one is surprisingly long lasting and not greasy. The shade is a shimmery pinkish neutral (click "continued" to see pics) that makes the lips look full. This lipstick adds enough color to complete a polished face but is not overwhelming--it would look equally appropriate on a lazy Sunday. The lipstick has a distinct rose scent but I find that it dissipates quickly enough to not be bothersome. The downside is that the lipstick is $30+tax! It's certainly a nice lipstick but not life-altering. If you're looking for a special pick-me-up this may be a good idea. But if you're looking for a $30 miracle in a shiny gold tube (that shows fingerprints like crazy!) you can probably do without this.
Eyeliner -Dolce & Gabbana - Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Stromboli
Aurelie 7/11/2009 9:36:00 PM
I had high, high hopes for the $29 eyeliner. The shade is a soft black with teeny gold glitter particles. Sounds garish but the sparkles and subtle and very fine, making this eyeliner appropriate for both work in a conservative environment and going out of the weekends. Sounds great, right? The problem is that the liner fades quickly (I do not have oily lids and have no problems with liners or shadows smudging or fading) and needs to be warmed before each use in order to be applied smoothly. Otherwise, the liner drags along the lid which can be uncomfortable because of the glitter. I have an old Tony & Tina glitter liner and do not have the same problem with it, so I do not think the issue is the glitter, but the formula of the pencil itself. For $29 I expect a higher quality liner that lasts the day. I'll continue to use it because the shade is unique but will not repurchase.
Blush -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Cream Blush in Sunrise
Aurelie 5/25/2009 3:58:00 PM
A gorgeous pink cream blush that has a bit of warmth to it. Not so much that it's peachy pink, but this definitely isn't a cool pink. Adds life to my pale skin and I love that the formula is smooth but not thick, light but not powdery. Just looks natural and healthy on, and the I love the good-for-you ingredients! I hope she comes out with additional shades!
Rock & Republic Cosmetics are my new love/obsession. I love the fabulous, luxe packaging and the quality of what I've tried thus far is top notch. This shadow is no exception. Brink is a very unique murky blue/green/gold. Very hard to describe so please click continued to see a pic. Not so bright or dark tht you look like an 80s or Easter reject with it on! It's a sophisticated summery color. Extremely smooth and pigmented and lasts all day. A special and unique shade worth the $28 IMHO.
Rock & Republic is my new love/obsession. Vacant is a sheer browny nude with peach tones when on the lips. It's a gorgeous and complex color that can be hard to describe so click continued for a pic. The formula is on the thicker side and not sticky but with good lasting power and a good shine.
Eye Shadow -Rock & Republic - Eye Shadow in Tempting
Aurelie 4/4/2009 2:44:00 PM
Rock & Republic Cosmetics are my new love/obsession. I love the fabulous, luxe packaging and the quality of what I've tried thus far is top notch. This shadow is no exception. Tempting is a very unique heathered smoky lavender with an unusual multidimensional almost grey frost. Very hard to describe so please click continued to see a pic. Not too dark so it doesn't yield that bruised look and works wonders on green eyes. Extremely smooth and pigmented and lasts all day. A special and unique shade worth the $28 IMHO.
Eye Shadow -Rock & Republic - Eye Shadow in Snakeskin
Aurelie 4/4/2009 2:38:00 PM
Rock & Republic Cosmetics are my new love/obsession. I love the fabulous, luxe packaging and the quality of what I've tried thus far is top notch. This shadow is no exception. This is a murky khaki color with equal parts olive and brown and a gold sheen--not a shimmer, not a frost, but a glowy sheen. Very unique. I love this in the crease or for a unique smoky look. Very flattering on my olive green eyes. The shadow is very smooth and lasts all day. The sheen leaves almost a glowing, wet look on the lids. Click continued to view a pic
Blush -Rock & Republic - Contrived Blush - Call Me [DISCONTINUED]
Aurelie 3/27/2009 6:16:00 PM
I love this blush! It's what I wanted NARS Orgasm to be without the crazy shimmer/glitter. This is a shimmery peachy pink that really enlivens the face. It will likely work for everyone, but if pressed I'd say it tend more towards warm (click continued to see pic). The compact is huge, heavy, and luxe and contains a lot of product. This will probably last forever, which is a good thing considering it costs $40!
Lipstick -Laura Mercier - Sheer Lip Colour- Nude Lips
Aurelie 3/22/2009 8:38:00 PM
Love this lipstick. A great warm nude for those of us who can't wear pink-toned nudes. Looks like it has a hint of orange in the tube but on the lips is just a sheer browny warm nude. Paraben-free and lightly scented with vanilla. Click continued for pics
Lip Gloss -Chantecaille - Brilliant Gloss in Flirt
Aurelie 3/22/2009 8:23:00 PM
Love! Perfect spring/summer sheer pinky coral that instantly brightens. Like a glass of watermelon punch! Not day-glo, not so sheer that it's $28 down the drain. Not sticky and gloopy, this formula applies with a brush that doesn't splay (hello, Bobbi Brown) and lets you apply the gloss as thickly or thinly as you want. I don't know whether it's the price, the packaging, the shade or what, but to me the gloss is just luxe and special. Click continued for pic