This stuff is great in terms of coverage... but it broke me out like no other. It took me a while to realize that the concealer I was using to cover breakouts was actually causing them. I love NYX as a brand, but this concealer just didn't do it for me. It just left me with more to conceal. Irony at its best.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
LindsayRoseEliz 7/18/2012 11:11:00 PM
This mascara is fantastic! I was pretty skeptical about it, since it rings it at $2.99, but it proves that "you get what you pay for" isn't always true. It makes your lashes long and beautiful. It's more of a natural look, but you can layer it for a more dramatic look. It doesn't flake, and it washes off well. Overall, I'm amazed with this stuff!
This is the only makeup remover I've ever used that actually takes off all of my makeup, even waterproof. I originally bought the travel, 1 oz. size ($10) just to try it out, and I will certainly go back and buy the 5 oz. bottle as soon as I'm done with my travel size. Don't be afraid of trying this, no matter what your skin type. The oil rinses off your skin with just water, although I would recommend cleansing after anyway. Amazing.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
LindsayRoseEliz 7/8/2012 11:18:00 AM
This powder is amazing! I'm on my second compact of this, which is unheard of for me since I always like trying new things. I never realized how much I loved it until I had to go without it for 6 months while i was in Europe (where the price of this converts to about 15-20 dollars USD). One of the first things I did when I got home was buy another one of these! The fact of the matter is that this powder looks natural, keeps your face matte (or relatively so) throughout the day, and doesn't look cakey if you have to reapply it during those hot summer months. It also doesn't break out my sensitive skin.
I love Black Tied! It's incredible to create a smokey eye or just to use as a liner. It's got beautiful, fine silvery glitter in it, which (miracle alert!) doesn't end up all over my cheeks. I will say that Black Tied seems to have a sort of top layer that you need to break through before it becomes really pigmented. I've noticed that on many velvet formulations from Mac. Before you break through that initial layer, the eyeshadow goes on much better using a tacky (as in sticky) base, especially a black one.
Patina was the 6th eyeshadow that I added to my palette, and I am SO happy that I did! It is a beautiful old gold color with a subtle golden sheen. Even though it's technically a frost, I'd say it leans towards a more satiny finish. It just creates a lovely natural look. I particularly love it paired with All That Glitters and a matte brown in the crease. So pretty!
I bought this blush yesterday, after lusting over it for months. Immediately after getting in my car, I (as any makeup addict would) opened the blush and poked at it for a bit. It has such a cool texture! Then I dabbed a bit on my cheeks and got a bit scared. At first, I thought, "No way... way too bright." But when i got home and looked in a better lighting, I was amazed! This blush puts such a pretty flush on your cheeks. I wouldn't call it natural, since it is a hot coral-pink, but it creates such a nice healthy glow that is perfect for summer. It's really great paired with Essence's Stay with me lip gloss in Candy Bar.
This is a beautiful eyeshadow! It's a soft, redish purple with gold fleck running through it. It's a nice addition to my collection, which is entirely composed of neutrals. I like that it's got color to it, but it's soft and subtle. Plus, the purple tones bring out the green in my hazel eyes. Score!
This brush is expensive, but it's SO worth it. It's my first and only MAC brush, but i'm hoping to add to my MAC brush collection in the future. I am notoriously frugal, so dropping nearly $25 on a brush made me feel quite sick, but I don't regret the purchase at all! It applies eye shadow so well, way better than any other brushes that i have. While I do love my ELF studio brushes, I would rather buy a brush that will last me years instead of a brush that falls apart after a few months. I think the 217 is the next brush on my list...
Even though I LOVED this paint pot, I ended up returning it. Why? Because i have terrible shopper's guilt syndrome. And now i have ohmygodican'tbelieveireturnedthat syndrome. This is the prettiest pinky-pearly-champagne-y base. I also have Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadow in Tattle Tale, which is similar to Bare Study (which is why i ended up returning it), but i greatly prefer MAC paint pots to Benefit's ceaseless creams. While Benefit's cream shadow have a more emollient, creamy texture than paint pots, they crease on me (ironic, eh?) That and Tattle Tale makes my eyes look a little too bright, whereas Bare Study seemed much more subtle. As soon as i'm done with Tattle Tale (which won't be for a while... sob), I'm going to get Bare Study again.
This is a great everyday highlight. It has a satin finish, which I like for daytime as opposed to something frosty. It's very similar to Urban Decay's Virgin, which is also amazing.
Oh, Satin Taupe... you were so disappointing. KIDDING! This shadow is so hyped up. I mean, it is the best-selling MAC eyeshadow of all time. That's quite the feat. While i don't know if it's the *best* MAC shadow ever, it's pretty dang good. I usually don't go for taupes--they're a little too cool for my liking--but Satin Taupe is different. It's a darker brown tinged with a plummy grey undertone. It's particularly good in the crease paired with All That Glitters for daytime or all over the lid for nighttime. Love!
This is such a pretty color. It's incredibly metallic and is a super hero in terms of staying power. It does, however, look slightly orange on my lids (I'm quite fair skinned), even though it doesn't look orange swatched on my hand. It's still beautiful, though! I love pairing it with Satin Taupe and/or All That Glitters. It looks so good!
I finally bit the bullet and got some MAC eyeshadow after the Great Eye Shadow Disaster of 2011 (dropped my z-palette. RIP all of my WnW shadows). What took me so long? Other than the hefty 11.50 pricetag for a refill pan, All That Glitters is amazing. It's a pinky-peachy beige that looks so pretty all over the lid. I would definitely recommend it as a starter shade. The color pay off is pretty good, the consistency is amazing, and the lasting power runs laps around drug store eye shadows. Now that i've experienced the greatness of MAC eye shadow, i will not be buying any more from the drugstore. I'd rather spend $11.50 on a great single shadow than $5 on a mediocre one.
I love the color of this lip stick, and what I love even more is that 100% of the purchase price goes to charity. How cool is that??? I bought it as my first higher-end lipstick. I'm so, so, so sad to say that I've had an allergic reaction to this lipstick. This isn't the first time it's happen by any means, but i was hoping it wouldn't happen with MAC. I think i'm allergic to the scent they use... most things i react to have a vanilla-y scent. I refuse to return it because it goes to such a good cause, so i'm selling it to my aunt, who LOVES it. If you don't have a history with sensitive lips, then get this asap!