Infusion d'Iris has broken my previously marked dislike of "powdery" fragrances. I simply love it, and I'm not sure why, considering it's really not in my normal genre of perfume. It's light, airy, and somehow still reminiscent of incense at the same time. Once my miniature is done, I'll definitely be looking to buy a full sized bottle.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
FangBanger 7/4/2011 1:07:00 PM
I have to admit I'm writing this because I saw the review below me and I love Purity myself. (No personal offense to anyone meant!) My skin is super sensitive and reacts to foaming agents. I used to have acne as a teenager and went on Accutane, which helped immensely. But ever since then, I have had to be pretty careful about what I use on my face. Two cleansers work for me very well: Purity and MAC's Cleanse-Off Oil. Purity wins only because I don't have to use very much of it and it lasts much longer than the MAC. (I bought one of the travel-sized bottles in February and just finished it yesterday.)
I don't know what to say about Purity that maybe hasn't been said, other than I have tried to use the original Cetaphil instead several times, since the Cetaphil is more easily available to me, and it just isn't the same. Texturally, I guess it is, but other than that it can't compare. My skin is happy and calm while using Purity, whereas with other comparable cleansers (ones that don't foam) it looks dull. I'm happy with it and I don't intend to try anything else unless it starts to give me trouble.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Palette - Greed [DISCONTINUED]
FangBanger 7/4/2011 12:33:00 PM
Please tell me why I've been shelling out money on pricier eyeshadows when these palettes exist. I mean, seriously! The pigmentation is amazing, especially in the matte colors and the glittery black one. I love the texture; these are quite easy to blend. I haven't used an eyeshadow without a primer in years (I use MAC's Painterly paint pot) so I can't really attest to how long they'd last on their own, but I'm willing to bet it would be a good while. Honestly, I'm using Greed more than any other palette I own. It's got everything I want: the peachy neutral colors, the dark dramatic charcoal/blacks... love it. My eyes are green with grey and yellow flecks and I use all the colors in this selection.
The only qualm I have with Wet 'n' Wild is the fact that their products are made in China and then shipped back here. I don't mean to sound ridiculous, because that keeps the costs down, but it makes me wonder about their business ethics. It's like companies that have their cosmetics made in Mexico. I have to wonder how we're benefiting from a $4.99 palette of six gorgeous eyeshadows.
I do love the Classique EDT! Interestingly, the EDP is too much on my skin- I can't stand it. However, the EDT is one of my favorite perfumes and it smells wonderful. It has a warm combination of vanilla, amber and rose, and I disagree strongly that it has a "brash" or "old lady" smell. The trail is great too: distinct but not cloying.
Luckily I just got a new bottle in a swap, so I will be happily spraying once more. Most of Gautier's scents seem to click with my chemistry, but in a more gourmand way than anything else. That's not to say they're too sweet, because they're not in my opinion, but they all tend to have a rice pudding drydown. (Not a criticism... I like that!)
I will gladly add to the glowing reviews of this blush! I didn't mean to buy blush the other day, seeing as I just bought a new pan of MAC Peaches... but I did. I am human. This looked so pretty. When I got home, I swatched it immediately and thought, "Uh-oh, this is PURE glitter." However! Once I used it for the first time on my cheeks, I fell in love. It doesn't have glitter at all, or so it seems, just a fine golden shimmer that is very flattering. The color itself is hard for me to pin down- kind of a peachy, warm pink, I guess.
I have to talk about its similarities to NARS Orgasm, sorry everybody! I've had the same pan of Orgasm for more than two years, and it's getting old and grimy, so I think Dolce Pink will be a good replacement. (I know some people don't believe in throwing old makeup out, but I tend to if I don't use it all up within a certain amount of time.) On me, the colors are virtually the same and I actually like the texture of Milani's product better. I don't know if it's a dupe that everyone can use, but I feel comfortable saying it is a great dupe for me.
Yowza, what bad reviews!
I just got this last week to replace my Dior powder/concealer routine, which was great in winter but now has my face looking unattractively shiny in spring. I was looking for a fragrance free, lightweight foundation that I could mix with my moisturizer in order to make a tinted moisturizer. I never wear straight-up foundation, so this has worked really well for me! The Almay one I got so attached to last summer seems to have disappeared, so I looked around a bit and settled for Photoready, which had the fewest ingredients, and unlike its competition, Fit Me, a pump. Also, Revlon doesn't do animal testing anymore, and that's a big deal to me.
The product itself I like just fine. It's sheer (the way I use it) and has a slight amount of shimmer. I don't see any big sparkles and I don't think it makes me look like an extra from "Twilight." I use about half a pump mixed with my moisturizer, and it gives me an even coverage that perks my skin right up. Because of this, maybe, I don't need to use a setting powder. Granted, I haven't worn it out into triple-digit heat yet, which will be my biggest test. Since I also have darkness under my eyes, I build up the coverage and use little dabs there, after my moisturizer/foundation mix has set in. :) It is watery and not at all thick or creamy, which for those of us who run for the hills when something has oils in it, is a blessing. (Okay, I actually really like cleansing oils but I don't tend to like them in my face makeup...)
Being NC15, I bought Vanilla, but I think Shell might be a better match once the summer truly hits. I don't spend my time outdoors very much, but I find my face does get slightly less pale and pulls warmer, and Shell is a smidge darker than Vanilla.
This is a good concealer for the price and the type. I am NC15 and the lightest shade works well. It has a good consistency- doesn't settle into lines, doesn't clump, and doesn't cake. I think the lasting power is respectable! I use it under a powder, so that does help. I strongly doubt that it would actually stay for very long on its own, but what product does?
The coverage is fairly opaque, but not obviously so. I like it for my own needs. I have slight dark circles, but my worst problem is little purple veins just under my eyes, and it works really well for those. Since I'm only 22, I can't really say I bought this for its "ageless" properties, but only because it was marketed specifically for the eye area. Hopefully I'm also doing myself some good by using it- but who knows!
I don't actually own J'adore (yet). I am house-sitting right now for a friend, and she has a bottle of the EDP sitting on her bathroom counter that looks a little, shall we say, sad and underused. So, me being me, I've been sneaking sprays every day for the past week. I'm not bathing myself in it- that would be really rude because it's not my perfume- but I have been wearing it long enough to realize this is the only true floral perfume I've ever worn (besides Cabotine by Gres) that smells GOOD on me. And I mean very, very GOOD. It's an abstract scent in the sense that I don't get one flower (or fruit) over any of the others, but I love it. I never thought I would. However, it is strangely addicting.
This is coming from someone who normally wears Orientals or Chypres. I seriously can't stop sniffing my wrist while I'm wearing J'adore! And to be honest, I haven't smelled it on any other women as of late. It smells familiar, yes, but not in a boring way. I think it probably does smell different on everyone's skin, otherwise I'd have no interest in buying a bottle. This is truly a warm, pretty masterpiece. Its only crime is being very lovely and frankly, inoffensive. So, sue me for liking it, because I love it. It was original for its time, even if it isn't now.
I sense a graduation present to myself in the near future...
Okay, I'm starting to look like quite the MAC addict with all my reviews... which isn't really the case... though yeah, they do make quite a few things I'm very fond of. :) One thing I LOVE about MAC is their lipsticks. All of mine, except for one, are from MAC. The one that isn't is from an Italian brand called Kiko. Anyway- Viva Glam Gaga II is spectacular. I HATED the first one, and I don't know anyone personally who can wear it. I couldn't. Her second one is lovely. I entered my local MAC store to buy my blush (Peaches) and then decided I wanted a nude lipstick. The girl tried a few on me, including Hue (too sheer) and Blankety (too grey). Finally she grabbed the new Gaga, which I was skeptical about just going off the promo posters. But- and this was a good point- she said that Gaga and I have similar skin tones, which now that I think about it, we do. Surprise- hello, new favorite lipstick! Since I prefer "peachier" nudes, I pair it with Subculture lip liner or wear it under Love Nectar. (I have mentioned this in several other reviews, but I am NC15 with auburn/copper hair.)
This is my only lip liner, but I do love it. It's like a peachier, slightly more nude version of my own lips. I bought it paired with Viva Glam Gaga II so that I could warm it up a bit (although I can wear the VGGII on its own if I want a very nice "mod" look). However, I can and do wear Subculture under Love Nectar in particular, and sometimes by itself with a clear gloss or lip balm because it makes for an extremely flattering, but subtle nude.
Hands down, my HG gloss! I always re-buy when I'm at the MAC counter, because inevitably I'm running out or running low. I can wear Love Nectar over all the lipsticks I own, including Ravishing, Viva Glam Gaga II, See Sheer, Crosswires (all MAC obviously) and a few I bought in Europe as well. The Lustreglasses sometimes have a gritty texture or are TOO tacky for my taste, but Love Nectar is very creamy and smooth. I can wear it by itself, or as I said, over lipsticks to give them a nice, enhanced sheen. Just for perspective, I am NC15.
Yes. If you are looking for NARS Orgasm lip gloss on the cheap, this would be a good place to start. It's quite a nice gloss, and since my lips aren't naturally super pigmented, there's no problem for me with the color showing up. It's got an okay texture- not sticky, but not tacky enough to stay on for very long. Personally I find it to be VERY close to Orgasm, which I did have a while back, and I won't pay 24.00 for that particular lip gloss again. :) There's no reason not to give Peony a try if you're curious. I don't have anything bad to say- I think the only thing I don't like is the way it leaves gold shimmers on my mouth when it's all gone.
I was lucky enough to purchase this when I was in Italy in mid-January, when it was still new and unavailable in the states. (I see you can buy it at Nordstrom's now?) It is one of my favorite perfumes at this point, especially since it's warmer outside! I think that makes Vanitas bloom in a way that I didn't get to experience in the chilly, windy Florentine winter. I've gotten many compliments from both men and women while wearing this, and I'm not even close to being done with my bottle... I think it's reasonably similar to Bright Crystal, but definitely not as sweet. I prefer Vanitas actually.
Yummy, but too sweet. One of the girls I was sharing a room with on a recent trip to Italy was wearing this, which made me remember I actually owned a bottle somewhere at home. Granted my perfume collection is neither extensive nor inventive, I like what I like and my scents are, if not similar, within the same family! (I have many samples of other "types" of perfumes though, because I looove perfume and trying new ones. No sense in buying full bottles just to try them.)
My favorites are Estee Lauder's Pleasures Delight, Flowerbomb and Vanilla Noir from Bath and Body Works. Seeing the pattern here? ;) Magnetism fits right in, somewhere between Vanillary and Flowerbomb. I can only say- if you like oriental vanillas, you will probably be intrigued by Magnetism. The thing is, the basil note (on me) keeps it from being banal.
This is one of my favorite blushes. I adore the way it looks on my skin... just perfect. I'm starting to dislike products with shimmer, especially for my face, so I'm eschewing NARS Orgasm for Posietint at the moment. Posietint photographs SO well, it isn't even funny. I wore it last night to a New Year's Eve party, and of course there were loads of pictures being taken- I LOVE how my skin looks in them! I do use this stain under my powder, and I allow it a few minutes to set, but after that it doesn't budge for hours and hours.