Joining the Corps de Ballet bandwagon. LoL. As everyone else has described, this is a beautiful rosey/plummy(?) bronze lipglass. It does remind me of VGV, but this one's much better. I despised VGV's chunky glitter! I could *feel* the glitter on my lips. Not good. CdB has more of a microshimmer. Looks like superfine crushed diamonds on the lips. Aaaah, dreamy. LoL. For an extra special finish, I like to add just a touch of Oyster Girl in the center of my lips to punch it up even more. Why, oh why is this LE? It's wearable enough for almost anyone, regardless of complexion. Convinced now? Thought so. You GOTTA go get this!
Eye Shadow -Bobbi Brown - "Gunmetal" Shimmer Shadow
MostAdorable 12/7/2006 2:59:00 PM
This shade is a shimmery blue-tinged charcoal grey. The perfect color for a subtle smokey eye that's safe for daytime wear. Matter of fact, if you have seen MAC's eyepaint in Grapito, I would basically describe this as the powder form of that color. Gunmetal is just a bit softer in intensity, but it definitely is along the same vein. You can even see the exact amount of navy blue in it that Graphito has. That said, I still need to figure out just how I want to wear Gunmetal. Just got it, and haven't really had the time to experiment. Overall, I can see it being a nice addition to my collection. As always, Bobbi Brown's eyeshadows actually wear most of the day without creasing or budging. Goes on soft and velvety smooth. I have always secretly preferred BB's shadows over MAC's in terms of the staying power. BUT, MAC has a bolder and better spectrum of colors. If not for that, I would be interested in MAC ONLY for their lipglosses, because their shadows always crease on me after an hour or two...
When I like it nice and smokey, this definitely does the trick!! Upon a recommendation suggested to me by an online chat with a MAC artist, I use Graphito paint as a base from lashline to crease, then very *lightly* layer MAC Beauty Marked over it, soften the crease with the tiniest amount of Sketch eyeshadow, and use a tiny bit of Ricepaper on the browbone. Blend it through, and the end result is GORRRRGEOUS. The color of Graphito itself is a deep charcoal grey with silver shimmer. It does have to be applied carefully (as others have stated), but once you figure that part out, the rest is smooth sailing. The review below shows a perfectly dead-on photo of what Graphito looks like, if you've never seen it in person before. In another review, I believe someone said something about seeing some blue undertones in this. Oddly enough, I can see them too once applied. I don't think this is a color that I could wear totally on its own, since it DOES have such cool tones. But it really is THE perfect base for a smokey eye. It will help keep your eye makeup in place allllll day. Even while you're running around Christmas shopping. ;-)
This is a GORGEOUS color and has now become 1 of my faves (aside from Stila's Brown Sugar lipglaze). I have read other reviews stating that there is a bit of a similarity to C-thru gloss by MAC, and I can see that. BUT, somehow this one is much more wearable. To me, Vanilla looks more like a champagne color. When applied, I can almost see the slightest bit of pink in it, which is probably what helps to neutralize it so it won't give that bland washed-out look the C-Thru can give. The consistency is perfect. Not overly sticky, but certainly not a 'runny' gloss either. There is a bit of a pearly shimmer to it, and a slight vanilla scent to it. The only thing I would really dispute about on this one is the price. Even though it's a pretty high-quality gloss, with all its pros, it could still stand to be a good $5.00 cheaper I think. I know that most people have said that their pet peeve with this is having to click to get the gloss to come out. Oddly, that part doesn't bother me. I have learned to 'click' cautiously...
Hmmm. Before I started my review, I looked at this pigment for the longest time trying to figure out the best way to describe it. It's that serious. LoL. It is pretty much a deep, but still somewhat neutral plummy brown with gorgeous bronze shimmer. Yeah, I think that sums it up! :-) I'm not completely sure what collection this one is apart of, but how the heck did I miss it all this time? It's now one of my fave pigments, especially because of the beautiful gloss I can get when I mix it with clear lipglass. Actually, when I think about it again, for some reason, it actually reminds me a bit of an existing eyeshadow. (Twinks perhaps)?? I don't know. My only gripe with this so far is the fact that it doesn't seem to last very long on my oily lids before I start to see some creasing. Other than that, I would HIGHLY recommend for other DDDs.
Eye Shadow -Bobbi Brown - Shimmerwash Eyeshadow in Chocolate
MostAdorable 11/3/2006 3:17:00 PM
This is a pretty chocolate brown shade. Somehow, there is a little something extra in the undertones that keeps it from being the usual flat, boring brown color you see in other cosmetic lines. When I apply it, it seems like there are either some type of slight plummy or reddish undertones. SOMETHING that I can't put a finger on. But, anyway, it's a gorgeous but simple no-brainer color for me when I'm in a time pinch and just want to put something on to give me a nice wash of color. It's versatile enough to be worn neutral (on it's own), OR I can deepen it a little more and create a nice smoky eye when combined with other colors. Huge rave from me. And in addition to it all, I definitely need to throw in there the fact that Bobbi Brown's eyeshadows last soo much longer than MAC's on my oily lids.
One of my favorite glosses. It is a soft, pretty neutral gold shimmer that will really spice up whatever lipstick you pair it up with, and add a pouty fullness to your lips in the process. This, and Love Nectar HAVE to be in my makeup bag at all times.
I could have sworn I did a review for this already. LoL. Anyway, it really is the perfect neutral. It's of a mid-toned pinkish brown. NO grey undertones (thankfully). Now depending on the lipliner I use, I can keep it at a very soft color, or deepen it a little. I do agree with the fact that this does not have quite as much staying power to it. But that is rather common among the lustre formulas. It's glossier, thus sheerer than a matte, which of course = it fading sooner than you'd probably like. Other than that, a true winner. Reminded me of a deeper version of Entwined lipstick from last year's Naturally Eccentric collection. So if you like that one, you'll probably love Instinctive.
Cleansers -Clarins - One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
MostAdorable 10/2/2006 11:25:00 AM
Wonderful cleanser. I actually rec'd a deluxe sample of this from Gloss.com. Normally, I don't even think twice about using any of the Clarin's samples I get. But for some reason I gave it a try. So glad I did! I have combination/oily skin, and after using this every single night for a week, my skin looks so much better. It looks clearer and oh so smooth. Nearly velvety to the the touch. I have to admit that I would have definitely overlooked this product if I didn't have the sample to convince me. I have since upgraded to the full-size. I highly recommend this one!
Beautiful color! It has already been described perfectly in previous reviews - a fleshy caramel-pink with subtle golden shimmer. For some reason, this color reminded me just a little of MAC's Lust lipglass, which was a huge disappointment. Stolen Kisses looks much more natural and wearable on me. It is a bit on the pricey side to be honest. But, you DO get quite a bit of gloss, so it makes more sense than...say perhaps...Stila's lipglaze - which gives you 3 drops of gloss for nearly the same price. :-X
Finally, a beautiful smoky eyeshadow! This color flashes a shimmery forest green iridescence in the pan. When applied, it's more of a soft, wearable black. I, like everyone else, wish that there was more of the green shimmer visible when applied to the lids. Still a nice color though, and seems to wear pretty well throughout the day. Which is great, because I HATE to see a highly pigmented color wear off unevenly in splotches. It looks so tacky when that happens!
Hmmm. If I didn't know any better, I would SWEAR this is just Supreme lipglass repackaged, because it reminded me so much of that color. This is a bronzey brown gloss that would probably be fine, but for some reason (and maybe it was just mine that's like this), but it was so thick and sticky on my lips, it felt somewhat pasty. And especially with those glitter particles in it, it just felt weird. Definitely not as smooth as I had expected it to be, considering MAC changed the formula of its lipglasses awhile back *just* so they wouldn't be sticky like this. I don't know. The color is cute, but there's something off about the formula that I couldn't put my finger on. I may try out Languish lipglass as a substitute since I have read reviews on how similar the colors were. Maybe that one will have a smoother formula than this one does, and will still have the gorgeous color payoff as well.
At one point, Beaux was my absolute fave lustreglass. I'm slowly rethinking that now. I bought Love Nectar awhile back. I was really just going by the color alone because I did not have time to try it on at the counter. Didn't even try it out until a few days passed. I was surprised when I finally did. In the tube, this is a soft peachy-pink with golden shimmer. It reminded me alot of soo many other MAC colors. On the lips though, it really melts into a beautiful pink champagne shade. It's super shiny, so it gives lips that full/pouty effect, especially when it's worn over lipstick. Although it looks as if the gold shimmer it has should be a bit on the chunky side, it's not too bad because thankfully once applied you really can't 'feel' the glitter.
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Technician Glaze
MostAdorable 5/19/2006 1:24:00 PM
I have used soooo many silicone-based 'smoother' products in the past that were supposed to serve a similar purpose, but I have to admit that I have found Tech Glaze to be far more superior. I have tried Shine, Biosilk, and even Redken Glass, but none of them have given the results I got with this. Perhaps the fact that it's much thinner is exactly the reason I like it so much. It doesn't just 'sit' on my hair and make it feel like it's greasy and weighed down. It's a very light product that really melts into my hair and absorbs nicely. In all honesty I can't really say that it gives my hair a high gloss shine, just more of an added healthy vibrancy if that makes any sense. I can tell you that it has really and truly made my once-frayed split ends a thing of the past. I especially like to use Tech Glaze as a protector when I am heat-styling my hair because I can tell that it has made a noticeable difference when I do that. My hair actually behaves when I hot curl it or even flat iron it now. I have just recently discovered the world of Frederick Fekkai products, and I'm so glad I did! They are all a bit pricey, but worth it.
I originally purchased the FF travel size 'gloss set' which had the shampoo, conditioner, and gloss cream in it. The very first time I used the products, they weren't initially too appealing to me. After rinsing out the shampoo, and conditioner, my hair was soft. But it also felt very dry at the same time. It looked 'poofy' and dull and took a bit of effort to detangle. Once I started to blowdry it, the difference became clearer. As my hair dried, it emerged with a thicker and healthier appearance than it had before, and had an incredible shine to it that was amazing. My scalp felt soo incredibly refreshed and clean! I used the trial sized bottles a few more times after that, and then moved on to purchase the full sized products. I do recommend using the gloss cream with this shampoo, as the products apparently seem to work a bit better when combined like that. You will need the extra boost of moisture from the glossing cream during the blowdrying process after the shampoo and conditioner. I have never been one to purchase expensive shampoo, and if anyone would have told me just a few months ago that I would be shelling out 20.00 for shampoo, I might have laughed hysterically at the thought. But here I am... head over heels in love with the Fekkai line of products. Highly recommended if you have dry hair. This shampoo might weigh your hair down if you have oily hair.