Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder (ALL)
AwsElle 3/21/2013 2:37:00 AM
One word: Amazing! I had heard so many amazing things about this powder and even though I had serious doubts about how well a drugstore powder would compare to high end brands, I decided that it was definitely worth a try since it is so affordable - even if it was horrible it wouldn't break the bank. I will never spend over $50 on powder ever again! This is the only powder that has ever kept me shine free all day long (at least 8 hours without having to blot or re-apply)! The only negatives about this product is that the packaging since the lid falls off so easily.
I know this foundation is marketed as being a light coverage foundation that you can apply "without thinking about it" but I actually find it to have a very good coverage - on my skin it is definitely more of a medium/buildable coverage and I find that I have to be quite careful with how much product I am putting on as it can look quite cakey if you use too much. The finish is not as dewy as I had expected, especially when compared to Chanel's Vitalumiere but it does have a nice satin finish and can be worn without being powdered (I can't quite pull this off with Vitalumiere). This is the foundation that I use on night's out or for special occasions where I need my makeup to look good for an extended period of time without having to worry about blotting or re-applying, in fact, I find that this foundation actually looks better after a couple of hours on my skin. However, I do find that it does tend to cling to any dry parts on my face so I always moisturize thoroughly first. Also, I have tried many different application techniques and I find that using my fingers works the best. I am torn about whether or not I would re-purchase as it was quite expensive ($50 Canadian) and it is not a foundation that I would wear day to day and I am not a fan of the smell but it is very nice for days where I need a more flawless finish. For reference: I have normal-combination skin. In the winters my skin is fairly normal and I don't really have any issues with oiliness but my cheeks to get quite dry and in the summers I do struggle with some oiliness through my t-zone. And I am NC20-25 and I have the shade B20.
I was really intrigued by the company's ethos of using natural, vegan, and sustainable ingredients but the clincher for me was the cute packaging! During the colder months, I use it on my face both during the day under my makeup and at night before bed. I don't find it to be too greasy and it works wonderfully under my makeup. That being said, during the warmer months, I only use it at night and not under my makeup as it does tend to be a little too rich for me when it is hot out. The only problem that I have with this product is the fact that it does come in a pot-style container. Although it is very cute it is not the most hygienic to be dipping your fingers into the cream - so of course, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and to not double dip. For reference: I have normal-combination skin. In the winters my skin is fairly normal and I don't really have any issues with oiliness but my cheeks to get quite dry and in the summers I do struggle with some oiliness through my t-zone.
Eyeliner -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - Define Stay-Put Eyeliner
AwsElle 6/1/2012 2:53:00 AM
I have this eyeliner in the colours vintage gold (antique gold colour, as would be expected from the name) and sedona (a warm coppery/red brown, also as to be expected from the name). I had been looking for an alternative to Powersurge by Mac, which I like using on my waterline but would often find it smudging very early on in the day. I managed to buy these from Hautelook for $11 Canadian, which I think is a steal considering it is £15 (about $24 Canadian)! Vintage Gold is now the only eyeliner that I use on my waterline - the consistency is very creamy yet it really lives up its name of "stay-put eyeliner), as it does not budge at all throughout the day/night! Sedona is the same in terms of longevity and texture but I don't find the colour as easy to work with - it can end up looking a bit too warm and coppery on the waterline but it does look quite nice when smudge alone the upper lash line. I love this eyeliner so much that the next time Jemma Kidd was on Hautelook, I ended up purchasing 3 more in Vintage Gold, just to make sure I would never be without it!
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
AwsElle 6/1/2012 2:34:00 AM
I spotted this at my local grocery store for $3.06 Canadian and there was no way I was going to not buy it! There are quite a few colours that are great Mac dupes - the standout being the 'definer' on the right hand side, which is nearly identical to Club by Mac, in fact, I think the pigmentation of the 'definer' colour is even better than Club. The texture of these eyeshadows are soft and buttery, which make them very easy to work with and the pigmentation is great. The packaging isn't exactly anything to write home about but that is to be expected if you're only paying $3.06! I am in love with this palette and will definitely be going to purchase some more to have as backups and for stocking stuffers!