L'Oreal has by far the best mascaras in the beauty industry, bar none. Forget the department store-designer brands, these mascaras provide flawless results, at half the price. I love this Voluminous version in Carbon Black! It gives me beautiful, dark, long lashes in an instant. It takes a while to learn to handle the brush as it distributes a lot of product, but it's all a matter of practice. Incredible product at an affordable price.
I'm sadly among those who wasn't impressed with this mascara. The hype for it was such that I didn't even try it first (a really "duh" moment for anyone spending that kind of money on mascara). I noticed it came in a pretty big tube and the wand is huge so I was expecting long, luscious, luxurious, and any other adjective that starts with l, to be applied to my lash transformation. It gave me moderately thick lashes, but nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, the formula made my lashes a little clumpy, and that certainly was annoying since I had extraordinarily high hopes for this extraordinarily expensive mascara. The only unusual thing I can point out about it is its particular scent, a trademark of most Dior cosmetics. I would not buy this product again, since its price is three times what I payed for another mascara that did the job on the spot.
Blush -MAC - Fun & Games - Hello Kitty [DISCONTINUED]
LaGitana 3/1/2009 8:30:00 PM
This will not work at all as a blush if you have a medium skintone like me (NC 42). If you're darker it may work as a highlighter, and if you're fairer surely as a bronzer. It took many layers for it to show up as a subtle glow on my cheeks. I do not have any use for it, other than working it as a highlighting powder over foundation.
I agree that the HK collection is adorable, but if you want a pigmented shade of lipstick this one will not cut it. It's a very sheer pinkish nude, great as an everyday, grab and go shade, but not if you want it to last the whole day. You could use it with Mimmy lipglass (also from the HK collection) and it'll look more polished. I don't think I would purchase again because there are other lipglasses that work just as well alone.
I like Mimmy but I don't love it. On the tube it's a nice peachy pink color, but on it's almost invisible, adding just a hint of color and shine to your lips. If you're looking for a pigmented gloss, this is not it. Yet if it's an everyday gloss what you want you've hit the jackpot. It looks nice alone or combined with other colors (a nice compliment to Cute-Ster Lipstick). I would not buy again because I already own a YLBB shade that's my favorite of all, Love Nectar.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Hello Kitty -- Pink Fish Tinted Lip Conditioner
LaGitana 2/28/2009 10:38:00 PM
I really liked this Lip Treatment from the HK collection. It's a nice purple-pink color, more on the purple side for me (NC 42, beige undertones). It glides on, buttery I think is the most accurate word. Being a LT, you do have to apply several layers for it to show up. The smell is very yummy, reminiscent of cake batter. It may take some time to get used to if you're accustomed to darker colors. The packaging is adorable: mod HK's face on a black cap over the regular LT pot. I would buy again if it came in more colors.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Beauty Powder - Pretty Baby
LaGitana 2/28/2009 10:23:00 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with M.A.C.'s beauty powders. I know they're meant to work as a powder but double as blush, yet this one can't seem to do none of that, at least for me (NC 42, beige undertones). It's a matte powder, so I really have to build it up with several layers for it to show, and when it does it's a very subtle pinkish hue. It would work as a base for other pink blushes I believe. Packaging of course is very cute, yet stylish: a black compact with fuschia glitter and the mod HK on top. Overall I would not buy this again because I would prefer a product that I could use right off the bat instead of having to combine it with other products for it to work.
I have no problem with this liner running or smudging because...what else can you expect from a kohl liner? Actually this color looks black when you try it on your hand, but on my waterline it looks dark green. I think that is the accurate description of this color, a very dark green with some sparkle. I think the price for a liner is a little expensive...but overall it's a good product. My skin is very oily so I wouldn't blame the smudging entirely on the pencil. I find that putting some concealer on the waterline helps a little.
I love MAC glosses and I am ashamed to say that with them, I do buy into the hype most of the time. This is one of those ocassions. It happened to me with the Danse collection in January, were I bought Pas-De-Deux lipglass and the beautiful packaged Lightscapade, both of which I've barely used once or twice. So sad...Anyway with Boundless you basically get a VERY SHEER red/pinky gloss. Don't be fooled at all by the ad were the model wears a very intense red gloss: this is not it in any way. It is basically a sheer red, which you have to reapply several times for the color to actually show up. The texture is lighter than a lipglass or lustreglass but denser than a balm. It's basically a cross between a lipglass and a Tendertone balm. Ultimately, I think this is way too expensive to be a cross between gloss and balm, and I was truly waiting for it to be 3D, which obviously it isn't.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Tendertone Lip Balm SPF12 - Pucker
LaGitana 7/5/2007 1:34:00 PM
Tendertones are a great alternative to lipgloss this summer. They have SPF 12 and are sheer but provide a sexy sheen to lips. No hair or sand stuck to my lips...Yay!! I love the little pots they come in, but the downside to that is having to stick my finger in which is a little icky. Aside from that, they come in nine beautiful shades ranging from tangerine to reddish bronze, all sheer so you don't have to worry about the colors clashing with your skintone. Pucker is an appropriately described raspberry pink with subtle blue/purple flecks. It's more on the cool side, but still looks good on my NC30 skintone. They have a yummy strawberry scent, perfect for these summery days and nights. I would definitely purchase again and I hope they make it permanent in their collection.
Bronzers -Chanel - Irreelle Soleil - Toundra [DISCONTINUED]
LaGitana 6/30/2007 2:12:00 PM
I got compliments with this the first time I tried it on. My co-worker said I looked as if I had "something". Toundra is a beautiful brownish bronze with golden flecks. But as with any bronzer, applying it too heavily will leave you with an orangey, unnatural, dirty looking appearance, so use sparingly only on top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and corners of the temples. It is also great for shading and contouring. I absolutely adore Chanel's luxe packaging but despise their steep prices (this costs about $50). They are truly and indulgence though. An excellent product. Would buy again, if the price where a little lower...we'll have to see how it works on the long run.
Lipstick -MAC - Eclipse lipstick (Moonbathe collection)
LaGitana 6/23/2007 12:28:00 PM
From the Moonbathe Collection (Summer '07). If you're not used to dark lipsticks then Eclipse might be a tad too much. I liked the color although my darkest lipstick is Diva, which is a reddish burgundy. With Eclipse you get a more of a burgundy brown ( my sister told me I looked goth cause she's not used to seeing me with dark colors). But it's not a goth color because the darkness is muted by the golden flecks in the brown which look very pretty with a tan. Although this is a matte, which means the colors are richer, darker and flater, the golden flecks make it less severe. I liked this color and since I am into the "mysterious gypsy" look I think this dark burgundy brown is a nice change. Try this shade with champagne, taupe, golden or bronze eyeshadow too go a for a subtle look. Matching this color with darker eyeshadow might be a little too theatrical, to put it nicely. If you want a glossier, shinier finish with this shade try matching it with a Lustreglass or with its coordinating lipglass, Dark Flower, a brownish plum, also from the Moonbathe Collection. Overall a nice shade for nightime or a nice tan. I am an NC30 (light golden-olive, black hair, green eyes).
Simply luxurious....that is the only adjective I would use to describe this lipstick. From the ingenious (I'm embarrased to say I got a little confused the first time) and suave black and gold push-pop packaging to the soft and silky finish of this lipstick, Rouge Allure is absolutely decadent. And if you, like me, can't afford a Chanel suit or bag then go try one of their lipsticks or shadows...they are just as chic. I wouldn't say Lover is a deep red though. On my NC30 skintone, it went on as a bold red, a little cooler than MAC's Dubonnet, which is a brownish red, and a little less bright than Ruby Woo, a cool red which on me seems to turn fuschia. The finish is very silky and the color seems to stay put for very long. The only downside to this product is the price, but we all know that we're basically buying a name here, though the product by itself is excellent. Since the price is a little steep and MAC offers an incredible range of similar shades for half the price, not to mention the same quality, I'd have to think about buying this again. Price is more of an issue when it comes to this product.
I think BeneFit has one of the best merchandising campaigns out there. The packaging and appeal of their products with their quirky names and retro images makes even the most makeup-phobic gals giggle....BUT...I do have to say that BadGal, as with most of BeneFit's lineup, is a tad overhyped. I have to admit I bought it out of curiosity...darn that cute packaging with the pink and white letters!!! Anyhow, when I first opened the tube I immediately noticed the gigantic wand, which is both good and a little tedious at the same time. Too much product seems to come out. I did notice that it separated my lashes enough and made them look kinda sexy, but they weren't as black as with my old mascara, Maybelline's cult fave Great Lash in Blackest Black (the problem I had with this one was that the "truest black" turned into the darkest circles later on). Anyway, I already spent $19, plus tax, on this and I'm not about to diss it completely. I did like the fact that you get a lot of product for the money, WHICH YOU SHOULD because spending more than $15 for a mascara is a little outlandish. Overall, this is a fairly good product, but I wouldn't bother sticking with it...I would much rather experiment with other brands.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Hothouse lipglass - Strange Hybrid
LaGitana 5/15/2007 4:02:00 PM
This was the shade I liked the most from the Strange Hybrid collection. I just love this color on top of Diva lipstick! It's a wine-raspberry with a touch of silver that flashes blue. I did not try this before buying because I loved how it looked applied on top of the MA's hand, which is a big mistake because you never know how it'll turn out...but I decided to buy it anyway. I noticed that this flashed as a burgundy-ish color, so I immediately thought this would look good on top of one of my favorite reds: Diva (matte reddish-burgundy). I applied Brick liner, Diva and then Hothouse...and wow!!! What a combination! It gives me a vixen/sex kitten/bombshell/Jessica Rabbit (LOL, nothing else comes to mind!) pout. It's sad that this is LE, but I know MAC will keep bringing similar colors.