Bronzers -Cover Girl - Trublend Bronzer in Golden Sunrise
MissHarleyQuinn 10/18/2011 9:00:00 PM
I've been using these bronzers for years, I've bought every single color, and this is my honest take on it. It will DEFINITELY show up orange-y and weird if you don't allow your foundation to completely oxidize/settle before application. It is a very fine, shimmery loose powder and it is EXTREMELY MESSY. It's actually one of the few reasons I hesitate when picking this bronzer up. However, the wonderful thing about this loose powder is its versatility. I use it as an all-over bronzer. I use it on my chest, neck, and arms for an all-over glow and it works beautifully. I've had no issues looking orange-y with this stuff whatsoever. You need to have a light hand during application. In fact, I keep the poof separate from the bronzer and only dip it lightly in the cap to get what i need, then dust the first parts only on my neck/chest...i use what's left to contour my cheeks and FINALLY blend it into the rest of my face with my blush poof. It's a very tricky powder to master, but it will make your skin look flawless if you use it correctly. Oh yeah, and don't use it on your chest/neck if you're coming directly from the shower! The powder will instantly glue itself to any part of you that is slightly damp/humidity-stricken and won't come off for anything. hehe.
This stuff is great. When people with combination skin ask me what to use, this is what I tell them to buy. Doesn't cause break outs like MAC studio fix has been known to do to people, oxidizes true to color, and stays on through pretty much anything. This is my go-to when I need a longer-wear, heavier coverage foundation. I think Estee Lauder often gets a bad reputation as being an 'old lady' brand because of its brand messaging/packaging, but this was my STAPLE going through my teenage years and still something I would go back to anytime as an everyday foundation, and I just turned 22 this month. Something I LOVE about their packaging, however, is the size of the top of the bottle. Although this bottle isn't equipped with a handy pump, the top of the bottle is petite enough to give you just the perfect little dabs you need, without being overly messy.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
MissHarleyQuinn 10/18/2011 8:40:00 PM
I can't believe the awful reviews on this product either! As a setting powder, or for spot coverage, you cannot get any better than this...unless, you know, you consider MAC studio fix or something. I've used this for YEARS and it covers up virtually ANY blemish and doesn't come off. Stays on, stays matte, covers anything. It's great for blending. I have often used it over liquid foundation/under blush and bronzer to set the foundation and provide a little bit more coverage over lighter coverage foundations. Works like a charm. My only gripe is the packaging. The stuff pretty much ALWAYS shatters after I've gotten about halfway through the powder, and it also goes very quickly.
Jeez laweez, I can't believe all the terrible reviews on this toner, but let me tell you why. I'm naturally a level like, 3 or 4? I have med-dark brown hair, and I'm a platinum blonde now. When I don't feel like spending over a 125 to get my hair done, I let my friend (an aveda grad) do it in her kitchen for like 20 bucks and this is what we've learned - you cannot leave this stuff on for more than a few minutes, especially if you've been using a high level developer to bleach it and the pores in your hair are still very much open. If you rinse it out when you notice it's starting to turn, it will turn out BEAUTIFUL. I've never had an issue with this stuff coming out anything other than perfectly white-blonde. I have pretty awesome hair, too. I wouldn't put anything on my hair if I had the slightest doubt that it would ruin it. I used it on my friend's hair, too, when I took a strand of it from black to platinum, and you just have to pay attention to it the entire time.
This foundation used to be the stuff of legend. When I first started using colorstay, it was my mom's go-to, as she has a lot of discolorations in her skin from medication she used to take. I was a young kid, didn't know anything about makeup, but when she let me use it for "special occasions," I remembered how creamy smooth it went on, how matte it stayed, how well it layered under blush and how long IT STAYED ON. It was a fabulous foundation, and when I started buying makeup, colorstay was my first choice. Fast-forward a few years. They changed the formula. Then they changed it again. And again. And again. Long gone was the matte, almost powder-dry feeling foundation I was used to. What I was left with was a cake-y, sticky, shiny shell of the foundation colorstay USED to be. I switched to Estee Lauder Double Wear after that. This foundation is still good, don't get me wrong, but it often looks splotchy when layered with blush or bronzer, and with moisturizer, it's slippery on my skin. Not what it used to be. I still buy it once in a while when it's on sale, but I wish they would bring it back to its original formula that made it so desirable by novices and MUA's alike.
I LOVE this color! I've been searching for my perfect red, and I do believe I've finally found it. I've got very light, platinum blonde hair (I'm naturally brunette, but for the sake of how I look, I've signed up on this site as a blonde,) and light, creamy skin. I've got bright blue eyes and it's difficult for me to find a perfect red lipstick that doesn't look too garish against my features. This was the perfect solution. On the swatch at the store and the sticker on the bottom, it appears to be almost a dark wine color. However, if you look at the actual stick inside the tube, it appears to be a rich, dark red. I was hesitant to buy a "berry" shade, as I thought it would come off too purple-y or, even worse, pink-y. When I got it home, I was pleasantly surprised that the color was neither of these. It is a deep, deliciously bloody red. It's a creamy texture, lasts pretty well, and I get compliments on it constantly. I've uploaded a picture as well. It's a crappy macbook photo, but you can probably see, it's far from the berry disaster I was dreading.