Top/Base Coats -Poshe - Super-Fast Drying Basecoat
Frank_n_Beans 10/19/2008 9:47:00 PM
I ordered a bottle of this from head2toebeauty.com and I am so glad I did. I have problems with yellowing nails and this really, really helps. I use 2 coats as a base and it dries very quickly. Makes my manicures last longer than usual and it was very cheap (I think I paid $2-$3 from that site). Don't miss this one!
Yes..I Can-Can is one of the new colors in OPI's 2008 France fall line. Color: It is a very dark blue-based eggplant color with slight silvery shimmer. When you look at it from afar, it actually looks like a matte/creme shade but when you look at it closely under the light, you can see the shimmer. This color looks almost black but it is still obvious that it is not black. I am very fair and was worried it would look Goth on me but it's actually pretty flattering with my skin tone. I think it would look nice on darker skin as well. Formula/Application: This is where the polish lost lippies from me. I found it to be extremely streaky and difficult to apply..very unlike my usual experience with OPI. I'm not sure if it is my particular bottle or if the color is just like this...I know other people have had problems with certain OPIs so this may just be one of them! :( Price: Normally this retails for between $7.50 and $7.99. I bought mine for $4.75 from head2toebeauty.com. I highly recommend them, btw.
I just got this tonight as a Back2Mac and I have to say that I am very pleased with it! COLOR: The color is a hot raspberry pink with bright pink sparkles (the MAC website says they are red sparkles but I think they look more pink). I find the color to be very similar to MAC's Flashmode Lustreglass but a tad more sheer. The sparkles in this one are noticeable but under-stated. I am an NW20 and I find this to be very flattering with my skin tone. It is definitely a COOL-toned shade and may be a little much on warmer-skinned ladies. I have blue eyes and this really brings out the blue..so I would recommend to other blue-eyed gals as well. TEXTURE: The texture is really nice. It has much more of a gel-like consistency, in my opinion, than the lustreglass and standard lipglass formulas. I would have to agree that they feel like the Chanel glossimers and do not have the same sticky/tacky feeling as the other MAC lip-glosses. The sparkles are not gritty...I can't feel them on my lips at all. STAYING POWER: So far, the staying power is pretty good. I'd say it's on par with the other formulas MAC has to offer. PRICE: These are $16.50. SIZE: These come with .06 ounces of gloss in the tube whereas the lustreglass formulas come with .17 ounces of gloss...so these are definitely more expensive. I think MAC was a little sneaky with the packaging because the Dazzleglass tubes look bigger than the lustre and lipglasses but there's less product in them! PACKAGING: The packaging is quite pretty...I actually like it better than the other lip-gloss tubes that MAC offers. It's a round, fairly long tube (about 4 inches from bottom to cap). The cap is a shiny black plastic and the tube is also shiny as well. There is a little bit of space in between the outside of the tube and the inner tube, where the gloss is. I think these tubes are also a little thicker. APPLICATION: Application is in the form of a little brush, similar to the lustreglass brushes. However, this brush is shorter and not as flexible, so not as much product goes on with each swipe. I found that I had to dip a couple of times to get the amount of product I wanted. FINAL THOUGHTS: I totally recommend this lip-gloss...it's definitely different than the other glosses that MAC has to offer and I am very happy that I chose it!!
I received this pigment in a swap about a year ago and I don't think I really tried it until just recently. The past 2 days, I've worn it on my lids with MAC Sophisto on my lips and the result is sooo pretty. It really really brings out the blue in my eyes and I think will be perfect for the holidays. I think I may even wear this when I go to a wedding right after xmas. In terms of color..I'd describe this as a taupe with golden highlights. But I see no copper or red undertones and therefore it looks great on fair skin (I have pink/blue undertones). I like this better than Tan and Subtle, which I also have....
Moisturizers -Dove - Deep Moisture Facial Lotion SPF 15 ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
Frank_n_Beans 11/15/2007 11:31:00 PM
This stuff is great! I love the smell of it and it goes on really nicely and seeps into my skin in under 10 minutes. It's very moisturizing and since using this, I've noticed a definite decrease in the little flakies I frequently have in the corners of my nose. I have really good skin otherwise but this has helped make it even better and more glowy than usual. Also-it's super cheap.. I bought this for $5.99 at CVS. FYI- I have normal to dry skin.
This is such a pretty taupe e/s. I found this recently at my local CCO and was trying to decide between this and french grey. I decided to buy this one and I am soooo glad that I did. To me, it is kind of a mushroom color with very slight grey/blue undertones. I have been wearing this non-stop since I bought it and have loved it every time. I love wearing it on my lid over Stila Chinois and with MAC Shroom as a highlight. The texture is fabulous and staying power is equally great. My one complaint is that there tends to be a little fall-out with this because the brush picks up so much (I think it is a Satin) but that is not too big of a deal. For reference, I am a PPP with pink undertones, medium brown hair and light blue/gray eyes.
This is a HG peachy-pink/apricot lipgloss for me. I absolutely love this..I get a lot of compliments on it and it flatters my skintone very nicely. I would describe this as a lighter, more pink version of nymphette with no bronzy undertones. I love wearing this with MAC peaches blush or NARS orgasm and Stila Kitten on my lids or MAC shroom on my lids. The end result is a perfect, glowy, girly look. For reference: I am a PPP with medium brown hair and light blue eyes. I have pink undertones in my skin and have been able to wear this all 4 seasons with different looks..it is so versatile. FYI- not sure if this was LE..I bought it at a local CCO for $10.
This is such a pretty color! I would describe this as a sheer, matte, milky pink. It's whiter than mademoiselle and has more of an ivory tone. I am a PPP so I was afraid this may end up being too light on me but it's actually quite nice and noticeable. I have to do 2 coats though (sometimes I do 3). I think this would work on all skin-tones though and it's a perfect neutral shade for the office or just for a classic french manicure look, without the extra fuss of the white tips. FYI: I bought this on head2toebeauty.com for $3.19.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light
Frank_n_Beans 11/15/2007 4:53:00 PM
I love this stuff! I was recently in need of replacing my old stand-by- MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NW20. I wanted to try something new just because I was bored with always getting the same thing. I decided to try this and I am soo happy that I did. It is so light and airy and it gives a natural, flawless and glowy finish. I apply with a powder brush all over my face and use a make-up sponge to apply under my eyes and on my eye-lids. The coverage on this is very sheer but not so sheer that it does not even out my skin tone and create such a nice finish. I's say it's only really sheer in terms of feeling..I feel like I have nothing on! I've been using this after MAC Select Sheer Tint in NC15 and the two together are wonderful. I believe the price was about $24
I bought into the hype and decided to purchase this. I'm really glad that I did. It's great stuff and it really lengthens and thickens my eye-lashes without major clumping. I also notice less flaking with this product and it's very easy to take off at night. The tube is a little crazy and this is a little expensive for a drugstore mascara IMO...but I still think it's worth it.
The MAC SA recommended this to me as an eye-brow filler- and it works great for that. I am a PPP with brunette hair and blue eyes. As an eyebrow filler, it's subtle and quite complimentary to my skin tone. Recently, I started using this as an eye-shadow and I wonder why I didn't think to use it earlier! It's very pretty in the crease and is a nice match with satin taupe. Yesterday, I wore MAC bisque all over my lid (on top of my HG Stila chinois that I use as an all over eye-base) and then I used bark and satin taupe in the crease and retrospeck on my brow. I did a winged liner with dip-down fluidline and the effect was so pretty and really really brought out the blue in my eyes. I highly recommend this to ladies who have blue eyes and would like a non-shimmery counterpart to satin taupe.
I like this one...it's not a stand-out by any means but it's definitely a pretty whitish pink that's good for the office or day-to-day. Additionally, this one is really good if you tend to have yellow-ish nails from wearing polish a lot. I seem to always have yellow nails even when wearing a base coat and using a buffer after I take polish off. This color does a great job of neutralizing that yellowing/staining and giving me a nice, pretty, clean look. I prefer 3 coats of this but really only because I am so pale. This one has no shimmer in it. I bought this on head2toebeauty.com for $3.19 (I highly recommend them, by the way!)
I recently bought this Fluidline for my 28th birthday and was really excited to try it out. I wasn't disappointed! The color is a beautiful, rich, brown/bronze and it really compliments my blue eyes. It seems to be a little softer than other Fluidlines I've tried..so it spreads out and is a little harder to control..but it just takes a little getting used to. The color doesn't show up as much as some of the other ones but I am happy for this...I like the fact that it is subtle. It is about the only color I've found that I can wear on my lower lash-line without it looking trashy on me. For reference- I'm PPP with brown hair.
Green e/s is not normally something I'm into. In fact, I had a bunch of Stila greens which I ended up giving to my SIL because I just never used them. Sumptuous Olive, however, is different. It's a pretty olive with strong khaki and gold tones. I love it best in the Fall paired with Stila Chinois all over my lid and brow (MAC vanilla would work too), MAC Rich Ground fluidline, Retrospeck to blend and brown mascara. The result is a very pretty neutral eye but with a little more interest than usual. Texture is great as is staying power IMO. For reference, I am a PPP with brown hair and blue eyes.
These are absolutely the nicest lipglosses out there. They aren't sticky, they are smooth and moisturizing, and the color pay-off is quite nice. Plus, you get a fair amount of product..which is good considering the outrageous price ($25USD). I bought Imaginaire for my wedding and just recently bought Magnifique. I can't wait to get more...when I can afford it!!