What??! I have read about this over and over, and I guess I had different expectations. It is beautiful, yes it is. But rather than a garden on the mediterranean, I get a perfect potpourri. quite lovely though.
Misc Beauty Tools -Tarte - Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler
Katrinket 12/12/2011 9:48:00 PM
I went in to buy a tweezerman for my mom, but they were out. I bought this. She couldn't use it, her high cheekbones actually got in the way. I tried it, loved it, retired my tweezerman. I have used it for a year. At first, the handles feel weird when you are not used to them, then you wonder why all eyelash curlers are not made this way. Way better results than my tweezermans. drawback: can pinch sometimes. I just close slowly, so I've never actually gotten pinched, but I can see the potential. After a year, the spring broke. I took it in to Sephora, they replaced it no questions asked of course. (New one is gold, old one silver, otherwise identical.) This is why you should buy this from Sephora, or Ulta. You'll probably love it. If you don't, you've bought it from somewhere with satisfaction guaranteed. Do you really need to think about it any more?
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - Full Cover Concealer
Katrinket 12/12/2011 9:37:00 PM
This is my second tube. The first lasted me a full two years! So even though it costs $30, I can't say it's that spendy really. A teensy bit goes a long way. Luckily the tube allows you to dispense teensy amounts. My first tube was shade #4. It was a pretty good match, but I just realized that #3 is a better match. 3 is not any lighter than 4, it's just a different color. As far as I can tell, 3 and 5 are warmer/pinker while 4 is grayer. I know it sounds strange to say warmer and pinker at the same time. Usually pinker would be consider cooler, I know. I thought this the first time when I bought # 4, but I wrongly assumed that #3 would be too light. It isn't any lighter! I had a large sample of #5 over the summer, and that's definitely the color for summer for me. It's 3, but with a bit of a tan. Now, if you are looking for under eye concealer, do not buy this. It is not for that. It goes on like a thick creamy foundation that stands out like a sore thumb at first, then it dries and disappears. Blur the edges before it dries, either with your fingertip or a brush. after it dries, I go over it with mineral makeup. Everyday minerals linen or sunkissed beige matches #3, light neutral matches #5.
This is my third tarte blush. Other two are blushing bride and tickled, love those too! This looked more opaque in the tube than those two, but it applies sheer. It takes a bit more product to show up, but it definitely does show up. This is a perfect color for me. I'm warm-toned, pale, on the yellow side but fairly neutral. This is peachy goodness. Very natural looking. I do love the color of blushing bride, but it definitely looks like I had blush on. This looks like I'm blushing. It has a lovely sheen like all the tarte blushes. Yes it costs $30, but I can't say it's too $$ because you get so much, a lifetime supply really. That said, I REALLY wish tarte blushes came in half size tubes for $15.
Funny, everyone is saying this is thin, but I didn't find it to be so. I will say that it looks best with 3 coats, but 2 will give you plenty of coverage. But if you want it to have the depth of color and the duochrome effect, then you do have to do 3. I LOVE this color, truly I do, but not on my nails. I feel a little trailer parkish with it on. But I like it on my toes in summer, and I like it as a 3rd coat over other things, like dark sparkly blues (eg yoga-ta get this blue, and russian navy)
Wow. I threw this in with an online order, figuring I can always use a dark green liner. But WOW. I don't know why this is so good. It just is. How is it that I can apply a fairly thick line, and not look overly made-up for day? It is a dark green, and yet the color doesn't jump out at me at all when I wear it. It just has the effect of bringing out my green/hazel eyes without shouting "hey look I'm wearing eyeliner to match my eyes." You have to look closely to see the color. It gives a nice soft look, not harsh. Blends beautifully. The eyeliner does not appear to have gold flecks in it. The eye shadow does have gold in it. It's nice too, but I really love the liner.
oooooh....... I love this. It's a very unusual color, I have nothing like it. As the last reviewer said, it's a mix of gray and brown (dark taupe) with a purplish undertone. It's gorgeous in the crease, goes well with sun, kitten, starlight, brings out my green/hazel eyes. It looks dark in the pan, but I can wear this during the day in the crease. Can also be used on the lid for a smokey eye for evening. Really a lovely and interesting color.
I bought this on a whim during the online warehouse sale, sight unseen. It looked way too dark for me, but how could so many reviews be wrong? They weren't wrong! It's magical stuff! Totally wearable, despite being dark. It looks like something I'd never be able to wear, at least not during the day, and not at my age (40). But the moment I put some in the crease and blend, my eyes suddenly look sophisticated. It's not nearly so dark as it looks in the pan. It's a red brown. I have plenty of other med-dark brown that I use in the crease, but this one is special. I think it's the red in it that sets it apart. It's a red blush tone, not a bronzer/orange tone. My eyes are hazel with more green than brown in them. This color brings them out. Highly recommended.
This is my favorite Stila e/s so far. I am actually on my second pan. My skintone is fairly neutral, but with yellow undertones, and pale. I have hazel eyes, and this color complements them well. I don't get any orange or very much pink in this, but I think that's a matter of skin tone. My red-headed friend tried this, and I didn't even recognize it on her. For me, this is a calmer, easier to wear version of kitten. Side by side, the two look similar, with sun being darker. A swatch test shows that sun is quite a bit more pigmented, though. Still a light shadow, however, definitely for the lid. Sun is sparkly, but much less so than kitten or starlight. Sun's sparkles are smaller. Also, sun doesn't have the terrible frostiness of kitten and starlight. I love sparkles, hate frost. Sun is what I wanted kitten to be: an easy all-over wash, for when I want to just get out the door quickly. But it also plays really well with other colors for a more "done" look. Sun goes beautifully with twig in the crease, or rain. I also love it with dark green/olive liners.
I bought this as a less loud alternative to kitten. I was hoping for a more transparent, less frosty version of kitten. Unfortunately, I don't actually find it any more wearable. It's less sparkly, but it has more sheen, which translates to frosty if you apply even a bit too much. I thought I could use it as a wash, but it's too whitish for that. The whitish undertone might make this a better kitten alternative for cool skinned girls. I have light warm-toned skin, so this isn't good for me. It just looks too obvious. It's hard to apply a small enough amount. I've tried all different brushes. I'm sticking with "sun," which is something like kitten and starlight, but with slightly more color and smaller sparkles. But it's definitely only for warm-toned skin.
I have tried kitten before, and found it too frosty for me, impossible to get a small enough amount on the brush. I really wanted to like it, though. I convinced myself that with my nice brushes I have at home, I could properly apply it. So I bought it. But no, it's just terribly difficult to apply well. I like the color and the shimmer, I just wish it weren't so opaque and frosty looking. I've also tried starlight, which people have said is a good alternative, but get same frosty look. I'll stick with "sun," which gives me the kitten look, but softer.
This is a gorgeous color, but yes, you should have warm-toned skin and not be too pale. My skin is warm, but fairly pale. It does have an orange/coral undertone. I can wear it in the summer, but I have a hard time with it in the winter. It's very easy to apply too much. I do like it, though. In the summer, I often mixed it with other things, to give them a little oomph. It was nice mixed with bronzer, and I also remember adding it to one of the paler, cooler edm blushes. I can see how it would be scary-orange on cool-toned skin. Don't even consider it if you have pink undertones! I bet it would be fantastic for someone with warm-toned, tanned/medium-dark skin.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
Katrinket 1/27/2011 8:34:00 PM
I love this formulation and the color. First, the almost lipstick formulation: This has a fair bit of color, and yet I don't need lipliner, and I could almost do without a mirror. It doesn't feel lipstick-y, and by that, I mean it doesn't bother me in the slightest. It feels like my lips are just nicely moisturized, but then I look in the mirror, and hey! I have lipstick on. This is the lipstick for those of us that don't so much love wearing lipstick, but do love color. The color: HG for me. I don't even look at other colors in the line. Why bother? This is the one. If you like this color, you might also check out the gloss in the same color, a sephora exclusive. I think this color is even better as a gloss, very rich and deep. But not too dark! Okay for day or evening Love it. The transparency lets your own coloring come through. I think this is why it looks a bit different on everyone.
I have only tried the sample size, but the results were so amazing that it warrants a review already. Will be purchasing full size. My hair is actually fine, but I prefer this formulation to the spray, as my hair has plenty of body, and it actually needs to be weighted down a bit. My hair is naturally curly, in spirals. This chills out the curl a little bit, which is nice. I'm not actually trying to make it straight, just not frizzy. I let it air dry, which helps reduce frizzies. I have tried MANY anti-frizz products, let me tell you. None of them worked miracles. Some succeeded in reducing frizz, but were crunchy. Some were waxy/gooey. I had ceased to be excited about any new anti frizz product. But wow, this stuff actually works! You have to read the directions carefully, though. Do what it says!
Is your skin tone warm? Then this is your pink! For some reason, good pinks are hard to find for us warm-toned gals! And if you're also pale like I am, it's even harder. I'm a "spring" palette for reference, if anyone out there still remembers color draping.) Fabulous on toes, esp in summer. Great on very short fingernails, as well, probably a little much for long ones, though. Bright, but not hot pink, this is a pink grown-ups can wear. As others have noted, it has a hint of coral to it, a reddish pink. It looks different in different lights, of course. Sometimes corally, sometimes rosy. No cool/blue undertones, as most other pink polishes seem to have. Not boring, not OTT, not muddy, just perfect! Very creamy appearance. Usual OPI quality, no issues.