Skin Type=combo with the occasional hormonal breakout Tone= DDD with golden undertones MAC NC 50 Pure Luxe Cosmetics is just one of many gems that I discovered after finding MUA. It quickly became one of my favorite etailers with the cheap, jarred samples and wide array of colors. I stumbled across the loveliness that is the silica powder purely by chance. I was just trying various products to get a feel for the brand. PL describes this as "Unbelievably feather light. Silica is a nautral oil absorber and light diffuser, giving you an all-over soft appearance. The "slip" silica offers as a primer will make this a staple in your cosmetics case". I must say... It lives up to these claims... Kinda. I don't use it as a primer. I use it as a finishing powder. It gives a soft air brushed appearance when used as finishing powder. I can't really speak on how well it absorbs oil. I don't have particularly oily skin and I use sunscreen daily so oil control wasn't a huge factor for me. It creates a nice glow when I brush it on later in the afternoon to freshen up. Like most etailers, the packaging is nothing special. A regular 'ole sifter jar. No frills but effective. I'm not at all upset about this it keeps the price dirt-stinkin-cheap! 1/4 tsp sample=$1.50 10Gr jar=$6 20 20 Gr jar=$10 30Gr jar=$14 Make Up Forever has released High Definition Powder. This too is 100% silica. I have both. The MUFE version is a slightly finer mill than PL. The PL performs just as well for half the price. I have to admit that the MUFE version is in a much nicer package! lol.
I used this a few years back and absolutely hated it. My lips peeled something terrible no matter how I wore it... By itself, over lg, under lg... Nothing mattered. It just didn't agree with my lips. I decided to give it another shot since I now know about the wonderfulness of all things retinol. This doesn't do much for plumping (hence the 4 lippies. If it doesn't plump then don't say it does. I'm talking to you Avon) but it does make my lips super soft. It also makes my lg/ls last longer. Even if the color wears off I am left with a great healthy shine. I got this on the cheap from Ebay so I would repurchase again.
I picked this up during a recent eye\lip liner binge at Walgreens. It is a juicy cool purple like all of the lovely reviewers said. I didn't have the same problem with the color not showing up. From past experience with rock hard pecils, its become second nature to wamr up my tips before application. But if this extra step is just too much for you Jordana makes a lovely easyliner retractable pencil in a very similar color called Purple Fusion. True color that actually transfers to the skin. Imagine that!
Foundations -Revlon - Custom Creations Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
MommaMayhann 11/30/2007 12:57:00 AM
This is a brand new foundation line just released by Revlon.It comes in a plastic jar. The jar is divided into two chambers of different shades. One lighter and one darker. The foundation comes in 5 different shades, ranging from fair to deep. each shade gives you 5 different shades you can select. (one jar = fives shades) You select you the shade suitable for you by twisting the pump (let's give a big whoop for the hygienic pump... Whoop!) to one of the numbers one labeled around the top of the jar. Inside of the pump there are some handy dandy mechanics at work that mix different amounts on the color to give you your "custom color". It cost 13.99 at Ulta. So far the concept sounds great right??!! Well that's what I thought... This is some raunchy stuff. You have to "prime" the pump at certain area on the bottle before you can start selecting your color. I swear I thought that my bottle was busted. I had to pump it WAY too much. By the time I finally got it flowing that whole "Ooh, new mu" high was blown. When it did come out, it was a greasy mess! You can fry chicken in all the oil that is in that stuff. To me a lot of product came out with just one pump and it was still oozing after you pumped it. I can see this getting messy. It felt heavy even on the back of my hand. I would imagine if you have VERY dry skin that this product may be half decent for you. I didn't dare put this all over my face. I tried to wash the test patches off of the back of my hand and the water just beaded up like it had been scotch-guarded. I just read that in early '08 Revlon will be releasing a water based version. Even with the whole "custom color" jazz it still didn't offer a shade that was dark enough form me. I am an NW 43... I know that I am brown but damn... I am far from the darkest. I bought the "deep" shade... Deep shmeep! Yeah it's deep if your are in Iceland. It didn't even come close to my skintone. As you can tell I am sorely disappointed over this whole color issue. I am surprised by Revlon. Their Colorstay is my HG liquid. I found my perfect match. Custom Creations is full coverage though. Well at least it was full coverage on the back of my hand. I gave it two lippies because the concept is way cool even if the the execution is terribly flawed. I see a lot of us MUAers plunking down the cash just to give it a whirl. You know that were are suckers for cool concepts... Just look at how many of tried BE! Oh... Sorry for the icky pic I uploaded... It was the only one I could find on the net and I snagged it form EBay! LOL!
Have you ever stumbled upon so dang fantabulous that you have to tell every one you know about it? Well this is it! I first stumbled on the NYX brand a few years ago at my local beauty supply store. I picked up a few of the loose pigments as they were 3 for a $1... I only picked up three because I didn't know 1) much about makeup (I was just starting on the slippery slope of makeup whoredom) 2) most cosmetic companies must be smoking crack for the prices the charge and 3) NYX shadows are little pieces of highly pigmented heaven pressed out in pots! I will admit that some of the colors are "hit or miss. But what cosmetic line doesn't drop a stinker from time to time. Besides, the same color that gives you a sultry, "come hither" look may leave me looking like someone a big ole hot bowl of WTF... All of the shades that I have last for hours. But I ALWAYS wear a primer (UDPP, Lumene, or Mary Kay which ever one I am in the mood for. I swear you could put the most craptacular e/s on and it will stay perfect with any of those, but I digress. Back to the review). No creasing or fading at all. Great color payoff and all that jazz. They go on very smoothly and blend quite well. All in all, NYX puts out super quality eyeshadows. And no, not one of "those good quality for the price" type of deals either. Just plain good. Besides, I like doing other things with my money... Like eating... Why spend $20 for one shadow when you can spend $20 for at least 4 shadows! cherryculture.com has the singles for less than $3 right now. Hop on them MUAers! You know you want to!
I am sold on this. For me this works as well as UDPP and Mary Kay. No creasing or magically disappearing e/s.it is more pasty than both UDPP and MK but notheing that I can't work with.I gave this 4 lippies simply because I find it more difficult to blend than MK. I do like the fact that it dries fairly colorless on my NW 43 lids... Unlike UDPP which leaves the skin a little hazy after it dries. This is not a good thing if you happen to miss an edge or something. I will probably end up using Lumene or MK once its said and done. Which ever one I can get cheaper at that particular. Yes. I am a cheap monkey and I don't care who knows it.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Midnight Swirl - Cran-tilly Lace
MommaMayhann 11/24/2007 2:58:00 AM
I purchased this because I wanted... No. NEEDED lips like the lady in the advertisement. Boy was I disappointed. If you recall the woman in the advertisment had a juicy, deep, OPAQUE lip color on. This gives you sheer buildable coverage at best. By the time you build it though, you have enough lip gloss on to luge on your face. The color is pretty and the gloss is very flattering to a wide variety of skin tones. It's just not what I expected it to be. Like buying really nice black slacks and getting home to realize that you have really nice midnight blue slacks. I wouldn't repurchase because buying it a second time isn't going to turn it into whay I want it to be.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Concentrated Duo - Sassy
MommaMayhann 11/16/2007 6:47:00 PM
LOVE THIS DUO!!! No need for me to repeat all of the lovelyness that has already been put out about this color... I just had to make a recommendation... Try it over MAC FL in Peep. I did and it the muted teal turned into a nice zingy teal... Nice, fresh and wearable.
I grabbed a sample of this in my order from Pure Luxe. As usual, They have a winner. The website describes it as "Smoky plum with a surprise hint of violet flash" This is not exactly how it showed up on me. This color is almost pure iridesence. In the jar it looks like a warm dark pink with a touch of purple.You can see the iridesence while it is still in tehe jar. On my NW 43 skin the background color almost disappears and what is left is a beautiful.... Well, oil slick-esque effect with out the grease. It's subtle enough that it isn't OTT but it is an eye catcher. I wore just this and a black tightline and I was getting stopped all day. The picture on PL website doesn't do this little gem ANY justice. Give it a try. You can't go wrong with a $2 sample that will last you a while. PL is VERY generous with the sample sizes.
This is a great color in the pot. Though it was a lot more sheer than I expected it to be. I use it with Pure Luxe Cosmetics Liner Gel (great great product by the way) and use it to tight line. It does make my eyes pop. I said that I wouldn't but it again because 1) it will last for ever using it as a liner and 2) MAC FL in Blue Peep is my HG for bright blue liners.
Love it! This is a wonderful plummy brown on me. I wore a light wash of this just on the lid and crease with MAC FL in Blue Peep and it was pretty dang spectacular if I must say so my self. I did wear Clinique eye shadow base to lighten it up a wee bit... The base doesn't do squat for keeping the shadow in place but it does help ti lighten colors for day time use.
Skincare - Body -Dr. Bronner's - Lavender Liquid Soap
MommaMayhann 11/16/2007 8:35:00 AM
Dang this brings back memories! All my mother used was Dr. Bronner's soaps while I was growing up. I picked some up on a whim the other day from the local health food store. I fell in love with it all over again. The DH is a sucker for anything lavendar so he was an immediate fan. I like this soap because I can use it for my entire family. The 13 y/o man child and I have compromised because this doesn't smell too "froo-froo" as he says and I don't get assulted with the scents of Axe and every other stinky boy body wash. It's gentle enough to use on the 7 year old and 6 month old (I dilute it for him, a little goes a long way) but strong enough to cut through the 7 y/o playground stench. I wish they would update the packaging though. The bottle gets a little wore out over time.
I have been buying this color for the past three years. It is very sublte on my DDD skin. You almost can't see it on my lid. All that comes across is a very quiet metallic finish. Is subtle enough that I have used it as an e/s and base. It makes it possible for me to pull of frosty champagne colored washes without looking like I just rubed chalk on my lids. I love the color. I nly gave it a 3 for packaging because the tops on several of my MK pencils have cracked in the past. I will continue to buy this. You can find it dirt cheap on ebay all of the time.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eyeliner Gel Blue Peep [DISCONTINUED]
MommaMayhann 11/16/2007 8:09:00 AM
I love this color! I scored this from Ebay for a great price.... 5.99! I have spent the past few months looking for a teal or turquoise liner that would show up and stay true to color on my NW 43 skin. After spending a pretty penny on things shades that didn't fit the bill, I finally won an auction. I admit... I was a little scared of this color when I saw it at the MAC counter but I instantly fell in love when I tried it on. The only reason I didn't plunk down the cash then was the counter was out of it. It shows up on my DDD skin exactly as it looks in the pot!
I just grabbed this during Ulta's 3 for $10 sale. I couldn't be happier. This is my first step into the world of Ulta shadows... And I can't wait to run all over it! The quality can't be beat for the price. They glide on super smooth jst like brands that cost three times the price. The pigment is great and (so far) they seem to stay very true to color. Galaxy is a true, deeply pigmented black with a glitter. In the pot it looks hella glittery, mabey even OTT. But once it's on, it calms to a nice sexy sparkle. Nothing ridiculous. I was pleasently surprised. It's a very wearable color. You don't look like you came straight to work from the club.