I *love* this eyeshadow! As others have described, Arena is a light, peachy color with a satiny finish, perfect on my older lids. Right now I am using it this way: First I apply Malt or Bisque all over my lids; then Kid or Era in the crease; then, a tiny bit of Arena right on and above the crease. Finally, Blanc Type on the browbone and RetroSpeck in the inner corner. It's all very subtle, but Arena gives the look a perfect pop of light, bright color. I've also tried it w/ darker crease colors like Mulch, and it's still gorgeous. For color reference, I am fair w/ dark brown hair and eyes, and have rosacea and natural red tints in my hair. Reddish shades tend not to look good on me. Ricepaper and RetroSpeck work well for me as highlights, and Shroom does not. I could imagine Arena looking great on both lighter and darker skin tones. However, my best friend has very dark hair, light skin, and looks great in purples, and I would be surprised if Arena worked as well for her, though I will try to remember to ask.
I recently ordered the Stars Makeup Haven Large Freestyle Magnetic Palette, Model # 1010, for $19.00 + $5.95 S/H. The palette arrived reasonably quickly, w/in a week or so. The magnetization is poor. My MAC pro pans barely stay put. By comparison, both the Unii Palette and Z Palette have excellent magnetization. Also, the lid will not close, even when there are only a few pans inside. I will be returning this.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Galderma - Epiduo (aka Tactuo in Canada)
BrownEyesPaleSkin 2/21/2011 10:25:00 PM
I am just beginning treatment with Epiduo. I picked the prescription up today ($25 w/ insurance). In the past I have had 4 courses of Accutane, which for me was a miracle drug but has become inaccessible. Currently my skin is broken out w/ cystic acne, blackheads and I have rosacea and uneven pigmentation. Not a pretty picture. I hope to keep updating my progress, and am hopeful about this product based on reviews here. Fingers crossed. EDIT: 3/1/11 - It's been about 1 week of use, once a day in the evenings. I've noticed some stinging around my eyes the past few days after application, even after applying it more lightly. So far no redness or peeling; generally no changes.
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Active Light Makeup SPF 25 ] [DISCONTINUED]
BrownEyesPaleSkin 6/30/2009 6:25:00 AM
While my skin is quite pale, it is also subject to rosacea and breakouts. Going with darker foundation looks unnatural; finding lighter shades that match my skin while toning down redness and breakouts is a challenge. So far, Revlon's ColorStay Active Light Makeup SPF 25 is working well for me. I am slightly tanned and using the Sand Beige, but may try the Nude as another reviewer stated that Nude is not really that dark. I tried the Buff, and right now it is too light. Pros: The consistency is thick, spreads easily, and gives me time to work it into larger pores. The formula is sheer enough that I can use it to spot treat breakouts without it looking caked on. The finish is neither shiny nor matte; just a nice, natural look. It feels weightless, with no itch or tightness at all. I don't notice any obvious smell. The packaging is more portable than a glass bottle in my purse. Cons: I have been using this off and on for a week, and am concerned that it may be the cause of some breakouts. I will begin using it daily to determine if this is the case, because otherwise this works well for me. It is not waterproof, despite the packaging claim.
I got this as a sample at Sephora. In the store, everyone agreed it looked great on me (PPP, NC20). Just a beautiful, natural looking touch of brown on my cheeks. Later, and in daylight, it seemed too orange. Will not purchase this, but will look at other NARS options.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Concentrated Duo - Lively #308
BrownEyesPaleSkin 3/19/2007 12:33:00 AM
I bought this BOGOF at Walgreens, so the price was reasonable. This duo is dark green and beige. I used the green wet, as an eyeliner, hoping to play off my dark brown eyes. Unfortunately, the look was more muddy brown than deep forest. The beige was fine, dry, over most of my eyelid, but I have other neutrals that work better. Would not buy this duo again, but am going to look into some of the other colors.
I tried hazel, which didn't work for me because of the red tones. My hair has many red highlights but my eyebrows don't, so the red stood out too much. Otherwise, a good product.
Toast to Shine is too pale for me, and has too much glitter. Nude Lustre is still my favorite.
I mix this with crushed aspirin and Cetaphil to make a thick paste, and use it about once a week and on breakouts as needed. Mixing dilutes the over-drying effects I get with the Masque alone. When I purchased my jar over 6 months ago, Sally's wasn't carrying the tubes; it sounds like the tube packaging is difficult, so I hope they haven't done away with the jars. EDIT: Couldn't find at Sally's, Wal-Mart or CVS, and finally ordered online. The jar was about $5; the shipping was about $7.