Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Romantic
MyNameIsHoney 1/16/2013 8:00:00 PM
As a balm, this is actually decent...I was surprised at its moisturizing qualities, which stayed for several hours. The stain is good too except that it tends to leave a ring around my lips and in the middle where my lips tend to rub together, making them darker. As the stain lasts several hours, I've had to make sure I fill the rest of my lips in every few hrs so the lines around and in the middle of my lips don't stand out. I like this colour although it tends to look more of a tomato red on me. For reference I have NC42 skin (tho not as yellow), and mauve-pink pigmented lips. So perhaps it's just me, bc many others here say the stain is strawberry in colour. In any case, I really like this product and it deserves its cult following. I will not repurchase bc I found the colour I was looking for in another Revlon product: the Lip Butter in Cherry Tart (also has a moderately staining quality).
This is a good mascara for me for everyday. I say this because it is fast drying, so as mentioned by a couple of other reviewers here, I can only really get a couple of coats on before it dries. Sometimes this is good because I have the unusual habit of sometimes sneezing after my makeup is done--I know, weird--so a slower-drying mascara sometimes leaves smudges under my eye and on my lids. I've also noticed that while benefit is very good at providing length, it doesn't give as much volume/thickness. For now, I might stick to my other go-to mascaras-- Lancôme Hypnose or Diorshow, to give me both volume and length. The brush is good at separating lashes, I'll admit.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Instant Heat Tamer Spray
MyNameIsHoney 12/9/2012 8:52:00 PM
I was determined not to be taken in by the hype surrounding this product. After all, being of Indian background, I have thick, coarse, wavy hair that often does its own thing. Each strand is so thick and wiry that it's very hard to get them to lie even on each other, even when I crank my iron up to 210 degrees Celsius. However, when I tried this spray based on friends' suggestions, I was amazed at how smooth and shiny my hair was. It actually produced much straighter results than Sebastian Trilliant, and cost $23 less! Silly me, I never realized that the heat protectant spray I was using was as much as fault for my disappointing results as anything else. The smell is pleasant and fresh, and as noted by others here, it does not leave a sticky residue, as Trilliant often did. I will be repurchasing, as this is everything I am looking for in a heat protection spray.
Scrubs -RoC - Gommage Douceur Gentle Exfoliating Cream
MyNameIsHoney 12/2/2012 1:19:00 PM
This is a fantastic exfoliating cream. I notice an actual difference in the radiance of my skin right after use, and it leaves my face smooth and extremely soft. But this is what makes me think it's not just in my head: my mom even mentions that I look fresher and brighter after I use this, without even knowing that I used it. It's not that cheap, but it's still quite a bit cheaper than other exfoliants I'd been tempted to use (Kate Somerville, I'm looking at you...). I will repurchase because it doesn't leave me with dry skin, and I can use it twice a week for the radiance I desire. I use it at night (bc I don't have time to do it before work in the AM), and use Nivea cream afterwards. Super soft skin the next day!! Getting your makeup to look good takes so much less effort when your skin is in good condition!
Tinted Moisturizer -Boots - No7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturiser
MyNameIsHoney 11/5/2012 6:23:00 PM
Delivers what it promises. Not much shine at the end of the day, light coverage, smooth texture, and hydrating, I love that the medium is a good colour match, and that it has SPF15. Will repurchase if I run out.
I'm so happy I did my research before getting a bold red lippie, bc had I not, I likely would've just gone with the hype for Chanel Dragon or MAC Ruby Woo. NARS Mascate is a *BAM* sort of red, with neutral undertones, and a truly matte finish. I really think it would be perfect for both cooler and warmer skin tones bc it pulls neither identifiably blue or orange based. When applied with a lip brush and some attention, this baby absolutely stays put. I wore it to a dinner party and it lasted for 8 hours, through a 4-course dinner, plenty of drinks, and several dabs with a serviette when the food got a bit messy. Most amazingly, I found it to be not the least bit drying! Really! I think because of the boldness of colour and non-drying quality, this may become my HG red lippie. I don't wear it often but when I do, I want it to be damn good. Subtracted a lippie for packaging: I love the sophisticated look and feel of the tube, however the lack of a "point" to the product makes it difficult to apply precisely straight from the tube. I use a brush to apply first, and straight from tube for touch-ups.
So, I knew I could expect pigmented but wow. One dab per cheek is all I need. A swipe would be overboard. This is right up there with the pigmentation and staying power of tarte natural beauty and nars Taj Mahal, which are hands down the best blushes I know. The colour I will admit is nothing unique. It's lovely, don't get me wrong, but it is a regular medium rose pink with slightly plummy-brown undertones. I like this bc it's is quite natural. Blendability is easy bc it is so finely milled. This has now become my staple everyday blush when I don't want the shimmer of my other standard pink: MAC Warm Soul. Would repurchase but I now own so many ridiculously pigmented blushes that I could go years without needing another. No qualms with packaging; the beveled plastic cover is quite interesting in my opinion.
Ok, clearly I'm not doing something right. I was obsessed with owning this for a while so when I got my greedy little hands on it, I was thrilled. The texture is well described here, as is the beautiful complex shade. However, I had issues with opacity and payoff...perhaps it's meant to be sheer and buildable? But from various reviews here and elsewhere, that's not the impression I got. It's not to say it isn't lovely, but I did find that it took more layers than I expected to reach full opacity. In addition, I don't have particularly oily lids. I'd say they're about average...but this does not last a full 8 hours on me. I have a couple of eye shadow primers, sure, but I really wasn't expecting to need one. My maybelline Bad to the Bronze is still the longest lasting cream shadow I have, and it's a fraction of the price. I love the color and shimmer, but sadly I doubt I'd repurchase this one. If anyone has any advice (I.e. use more, switch brush textures--I find it better to use finger or stiff flat brush rather than soft) please feel free to message me bc I'd love to make this one work well for me.
Polishes -Chanel - Les Vernis Nail Colour Pirate #08
MyNameIsHoney 10/22/2012 9:35:00 AM
I love red nail polishes and at least twice a season, I wear an in-your-face red. This certainly fits the bill. It is classic red and has a cooler-leaning undertone that makes it flattering on a range of skin colours. I consider this more of a jelly, and I did find that application was a little uneven. However, it was still fairly easy to use. I found that it took 3 coats to reach the same depth of colour as the bottle. I have said I won't repurchase bc this is a standard neutral red and while I love the idea of a classic Chanel red, I'm sure I can find a dupe in a less expensive, but still good quality, brand. Shine and wear time are both very good on me. I use butter London nail foundation as base, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry as top coat.
Good dry time, wide brush, which I like because I have wide nail beds. Shine is quite impressive too. However, this bubbles more than other top coats, in my opinion. I don't dunk the brush enthusiastically into the bottle or anything, but I typically still have one bubble per nail. Likely will not repurchase, bc I hate bubbles!
Top/Base Coats -Butter London - Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat
MyNameIsHoney 10/20/2012 1:59:00 PM
This is a really excellent base coat, which is great, because it is effing expensive. I actually got this free by complete fluke, when I ordered Artful Dodger and Yummy Mummy and got this with AD instead. (By the way, BL's customer service is excellent.) it does what it promises-- my polish lasts a week with very minor tip wear if I'm hard on it...and the colour is very easy to apply. It's comparable to my Rubberized base coat by Orly for Quo. I'll probably repurchase because I'd rather spend a lot on a bc that works rather than frequently buy a cheaper one that sucks.
I completely agree with the review by Luminousfeline below. I was almost disgusted to see the effect this base coat had on the colour I applied. The base, though dry to the touch, seemed to almost 'melt through' the colour, and pooled in a way that left it impossible to repair. Because I was using a shade close to blood red, the effect was actually sort of gory! As a topcoat, the drying time is mostly what puts me off. I too have painted my nails in the evening, say 6-ish, gone to bed at 11, and have woken to find dents and imprints on my nails. This one is so not worth it...I'll finish it as a topcoat for when I'm using a metallic polish that doesn't show imperfections as easily, or perhaps for toenails. Will not repurchase.
Love this and my hunt for the perfect nude for my skin is over (for reference, NC40/42 in MAC). This is a nude with warmth that doesn't make me look sallow, but is chic and sophisticated. It is almost entirely opaque with 2 coats (perhaps I apply thicker coats than many?) but you might feel like 3 coats works better. I have had no issues with formula, and I prefer the wide OPI brush because I have wide nail beds. Have had this on for a few days on with an average topcoat, and don't have any chips so far. Very happy with this and would repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
MyNameIsHoney 10/16/2012 7:12:00 PM
***EDIT*** on Dec 2, 2012: I knocked this down to a 4. I will leave the original review below because only one thing has changed in my opinion. After using this several times, I've noticed that try as I might, I just can't seem to work with the blackened-burgundy shade with burgundy shimmer to show up as anything other than black. While the shimmer is very obvious in the pan, it just doesn't seem to translate onto my skin, regardless of how I blend or which primer I use. There is little to no fallout, mind you, just that the shimmers almost seem to blend right into the shade, versus standing out. It's a little disappointing because it is a beautiful shade otherwise. My opinion of the other shades hasn't changed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Extremely pigmented - On a primer, lasts extremely well - Colours are great and have a subtlety and range that you don't often see in DS brands - fallout is minor but on a primer this is minimized, and seriously, the palette is $5...I'm prepared to be lenient. - Quality is comparable to many high end brands - packaging is flimsy but again, I'm not expecting sturdy for this price - Will repurchase if I run out and am in the US at the time
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection - Petal Pusher (736)
MyNameIsHoney 10/16/2012 7:09:00 PM
Awesome product for soooo cheap!! These shadows are wonderful quality...yes there is a *tiny* amount of fallout with the glitter shade, however, (1) with a primer this is minimized, and (2) seriously, it's $4. I don't care about fallout with a price like that. Pigmentation and blendability are easily comparable to many high end brands, or even better in some cases. Will definitely repurchase but this is a purple palette, so I don't think I'd need to.