NW10, dark brown hair, golden brown eyes. Very intense reddened-pink colour. Matches my blood undertone perfectly, so with a light hand and large, fan-type brush (or similar... nothing dense!) I get the only natural flush I've ever seen. I enjoy plums and hot pinks, but this red is natural in a way those can never be. Make sure to dust off the top first or else your first swipe on your cheek will have collected far too much product. You can use powder to sheer it out, but prevention's always a better approach. Highly recommended, LE of course. frown.
[NW10; golden brown eyes; dark brown hair] Breathtakingly beautiful reddened raspberry. Cool, but not strikingly so. I've seen it worn on a neutral complexion and it was just as lovely. Packaging is luxe but not over the top. Staying power is incredible. Typically I eat off my lipstick within an hour, but this shade stayed on for several. And during that time I'd been knocking back the diet cokes as usual. Very impressed. The lipstick dried down to a soft stain, still intense, but didn't crumble or gather into particular lines or crevices in the lips. Would buy again although I think they may be d/c this shade. Rats!
[NW10, golden brown eyes, dark brown hair] Lovely complex taupe, neutral in tone, leaning more brown than grey. Suits its name entirely. Packaging is divine-- dark metal, snaps shut, has the brand's etching. Quality is superb- soft, touchable, blendable. Price is up there, but not astronomical given you're paying for great packaging and perhaps to opt in to Burberry's special aesthetic. I would buy others from the line, certainly. However, most seem to lean quite warm, which I cannot do. So I will wait for them to expand into cools the way BB finally did.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - High Impact Shadow Duo-Double Date
Kitty_82 11/18/2010 6:09:00 PM
me: NW10, golden brown eyes, dark brown hair The light side is a cool greyed brown that qualifies as taupe, and the darker side is a cool brown. Alone the light side is a perfect light opaque wash of taupe that does not turn or flash pink, orange, green, or silver. All other taupes (and I mean all!) eventually (or immediately) do this to me. It's great with just chocolate liner. The dark side added to the light side creates an exceptionally sophisticated daytime smokey eye. The colours are matte, but not dull. It took me so long and I am so, so happy, I want to sing! I finally have my lawyer face on today! Got Chanel Impertinente for my lips, and I feel like a million understated bucks.
Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste in Plum Attraction
Kitty_82 10/17/2010 5:08:00 PM
nw 10/15; hazel eyes; dark brown hair Stunning berry/burgundy flush on my pale skin. Typically I use Narcisse, so this is quite a change for me. But Plum Attraction gives a lovely depth and does more for my cheekbones that that lighter shade. The downside is that the blush is so very pigmented-- more so than NARS-- that it is very, very easy to apply too much right off the bat and have to work to undo the damage. It will look like windburn even after corrective attempts. So be judicious in your application and you should be fine. I expect this is a universally flattering shade.
Mascara -Estee Lauder - MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara
Kitty_82 10/11/2010 7:11:00 PM
Terrible mascara. Worse than mediocre. Made my lashes group together in thin points that don't even extend particularly. Very wet and messy. Moreover the brush is too long and unweildy. Not recommended at all.
Misc Beauty Tools -Diamancel - Foot Callus Rasp #20
Kitty_82 10/4/2010 7:43:00 PM
Phenomenal foot file. It seems flimsy and is very expensive, but it made my skin impeccably smooth on the first try. I callous very easily and very badly... much worse than any man I've known. This has made me self-conscious for years. The #20 file has changed my life. It does take some time to file my feet down, but the result is pain free, even and buttery-soft, even before I apply cream. Just magnificent. Highly recommended.
Extraordinary foundation. It took me a long time to learn that a grain of rice size of the foundation is sufficient. At first, I was using far too much and it looked like I was wearing a kabuki mask, especially since I use the lightest (not available in the US) shade. Used properly, the foundation is very, very good. Coverage is remarkably even and full. Finish is matte and soft. I have taken off a lippie because this really is outrageously expensive--- it is not worth this much. I would spend $80 on this, but not $120+. If money is no object for you, do consider this. It is the best foundation I've ever used.
An ultra-feminine guilty pleasure. I wear this when I want to smell like my little girl self. (I warned you I felt guilty about it). Not sophisticated but at least it doesn't smell of food. It is soft, sweet, delicate, all baby powder and perfect full flowers. Not edible, but very caress-able.
NW10/15; golden brown/hazel; dark brown Browned medium neutral red. A good daytime red. Not for the very meek, but doesn't require tremendous courage either. Soft, slick, almost glossy. Good wearing power, but I don't challenge my l/s much, preferring to reapply frequently. No scent, feels good on the lips--- a bit heavy in a greasy way, which is better than a matte way. Highly recommended.
[NW 10/15; golden brown eyes; dark brown hair] This e/l twist-up pencil is a perfect brown/black for everyday. Unfortunately, the amount of product you get is paltry, the tip of the pencil is hard to get sharp (stays thick and blunt) for any kind of precise thin-medium line, and the product is very smudgey. It mixes with the oils in my skin in a way that gel, pencil or shadow lining doesn't. I will not be re-purchasing (would have to buy one a month with the small amount you get) in this or any other colour.
NW10/15, golden brown eyes, dark brown hair On my skin Basalt is a silvered taupe, with just a tiny hint of taupe and perhaps a whisper of lavender. Mainly it is useful as a silver wash. Preferred to Stila Cloud in its colour and packaging. I have been wearing this as my wash with some dark liners and rose lips for my January look, and the result is a soft, wintery beauty. Chantecaille e/s comes in hardy packaging, which is surprising to me since I associate the brand with a withering, pretty, ethereal kind of look. It's a great bonus. Would definitely purchase again, but the amount of product is generous so I doubt I'll need to.
Beautiful neutral-cool lilac shade. I kept buying too-sheer lilacs, or ones that turned grey and made me look like a corpse. Thank goodness I stumbled on this at a salon and the SA told me it applied just like it appears in the bottle. Indeed, it does, and with just two coats I have a perfect, flattering (for my NW10 hands) lilac. This is even prettier with OPI's Altar Ego layered on top. It makes the lilac a little... prettier. Don't ever see the need to buy another lilac, although I am aware that may be Nail Board blasphemy!
Polishes -OPI - Altar Ego Bridal Edition Nail Polish
Kitty_82 1/19/2010 3:54:00 AM
An absolutely stunning shade of very sheer, irridescent pink that enhances the beauty of the polishes I top with it. I haven't yet tried it by itself, but it is worth every penny for its amplifying effects on my other nail looks. Lately I have been wearing it over OPI's Done out in Deco and over OPI's Bubblebath, with very pretty results. Highly recommended staple.
Lipstick -Dolce & Gabbana - The Classic Lipstick in Ultra (190)
Kitty_82 1/3/2010 4:40:00 PM
NW 10/15; golden brown eyes, dark brown hair. Stunning bluish/pink red lipstick, almost a dead ringer for Guerlain's Folie de Grenat on my lips in shade, texture and wear. I tried Devil (or Diabolic? something like that) and it was too bright, as in Armani Shine #8, and Iconic, which was a little warm for me. It was a little redder and a little less pink under Saks lights than in every day life, but that's no real problem since it's still flattering for my skin tone. Just slightly less unique. The price is steep but in line with other very h/e lipsticks-- you pay for the luxury and knowledge of your little luxury. Hey: I don't buy purses over $40 or shoes over $100, so lipstick is my indulgence! Feel was a creamy matte, finish was a subdued satin, and the wear was average. It needs a liner if you're going to do more than pose for a camera (ie. live life). The packaging is gold but not garish like the other gold lines (YSL and Guerlain, I'm talking to you). Would definitely check out more shades from the line on my next trip to NYC, but would not make a major effort. Still prefer Chanel and Chante for quality.