In the space of 2 weeks I've bought 13 bottles of nail polish from eBay, 10 of them being Essie. I've been lemming Van D'Go for ages, I love peachy pink shades. It's part neon, but part subtle, with strong pink undertones. Very eye-catching. Not that bad of an application, 2 coats and I was done. I always use Seche Vite as a top coat for that glossy shine.
Gorgeous pearly white with shimmer. 3 coats needed for maximum opacity but definitely worth it. If you inspect your nails very closely you will see that there's blue and green infused into the glitter. A very worthy alternative to stark white nails (which I also love!).
For some reason, I'm just not in love with Red Lights Ahead... Where? I don't know why, the application is flawless, 2 thin coats and the wide brush makes it so easy for an even finish. I find that the red shade falls a bit flat on me, it's not a classic red, more of a red with a hint of coral/orange. I think I was expecting more a true tomato bright red, ordered Essie's 'Lacquered Up' so I'm hoping it's everything I wanted RLAW to be.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Nails Inc - Baker Street
Parisa909 5/13/2013 7:46:00 PM
I first saw Baker Street on Beyonce and was amazed at how bright and her blue her nail polish was. I LOVE cobalt blue so it had to be mine. Now, in inside lighting this colour looks like a flat cobalt blue. Outside, the colour really stands out and has a nice vibrancy. It has a smooth, rich application, it's my first Nails Inc polish. Lovely colour, don't be deceived by the bottle, it's much brighter on your nails!
Such a pretty little delicate duochrome of pink, red and green flashes. It's very sheer and layering multiple coats never reaches full opacity, but it gives an interesting edge when applied to your nail polish of choice (Looks amazing over OPI 'Mod About You' or Essie 'French Affair').
I bought Jo'Mina purely for it's unique colour, a gorgeous electric lilac, unlike anything I've ever seen. Illamasqua polishes apply so smoothly on my nails, zero dragging of the brush and the colour see on the bottle is exactly what you'll get on your nails. Jo'Mina requires only 2 coats to reach opaqueness, you could probably get away with only 1. The shade looks absolutely amazing against my light-medium NC25 skintone. Yes, Illamasqua polishes are expensive but I only ever try to buy their unique shades which other brands don't have.
Blanc is a true white polish, not sheer and completely opaque. Now personally I love wearing white polish, I know to some it looks trashy but hey, I like what I like. White nail polishes are notorious for being thick, uneven to apply and requiring a lot of coats to even out streaks, but with Blanc all you need is 2-3 thin coats. It dries pretty fast with a shiny finish. I thought Orly 'White Out' was a great white polish, but Essie blows it right out of the water in terms of application and speed of drying.
First things first, Licorice is a straight-up black. Not black with a brown undertone, not black with a red base, it's just completely black. Needs just 2 coats to reach fully opacity and dries to a glossy finish, which I make even glossier with my trusty Seche Vite applied over the top. Everyone needs a staple black in their nail polish collection, and Licorice is definitely one of the truest black polishes on the market.
Primer/ Corrector -Estee Lauder - Matte Perfecting Primer
Parisa909 5/7/2013 9:16:00 PM
Right off the bat I just want to say I LOVE this primer! I don't want to be without it, ever! I have oily-skin and throughout the day my T-Zone gets terribly oily to the point foundation rubs off, particularly around my nose. I despise over-powdering my face, it starts to resemble a speckly, flaky mess. After reading a couple of reviews I stopped by the Esteé Lauder counter and picked up a tube of the primer. It has a thin consistency, spreads evenly and has a whitish appearance that completely disappears on contact with my face. I only need around a 10p sized amount, and I always apply after moisturiser, letting it sink in for a minute or two. Love the sleek, streamlined packaging. It really does a great job of controlling oil all day long, since using this primer everyday foundation hasn't rubbed on my nose once. In the UK right now we're experiencing some very hot weather, so I've been able to test it in different situations. Even though I feel my face getting warm and sweaty, everytime I look in the mirror expecting my foundation and powder to have melted off, it remains almost perfectly intact. I say almost because after a full day of being in the sun a little bit of oil creeps through, but in that dewy sort of look. It doesn't just work with my beloved Double Wear, I've been testing it with my Cinema Secrets foundation, which is a cream formula and it holds up brilliantly with the matte primer underneath. It's basically like a heavy-duty anchor! I definitely won't be without this primer now, and will 100% repurchase.
I've always been interested in professional make up that the pros use in film and television. A quick google search led me onto the Cinema Secrets brand and I decided to purchase a foundation palette. The biggest factor for me was having a foundation that photo-friendly - as much as I adore my Double Wear foundation it has the worst case of flashback and ghost-face. So I bought the foundation palette in the shade #302-65A. I'm a NC20-25 in MAC terms, and the foundation colour matches me perfectly. Now, this foundation is full-coverage, and I mean FULL. It will hide everything, which is why it's most often used as a concealer. Cinema Secrets says it can also cover tattoos, I don't doubt it. I have oily-skin, so primer is essential! You only need a small amount to cover your face, I apply the foundation with my Cosmo Sponge. Because it's a cream formula, I have to set my entire face with my Neutral Set powder so it stays in place all day long. In regards to flash photography, it photographs so well! Absolutely no case of ghost-face whatsoever. It's also highly matte, and leaves your face looking flat. The other colours in the palette are terrific to contour with, with the added benefit of doubling up as foundation shades when you get a tan. I love it so much I bought the foundation itself - still the same shade number. It has a simple screw top packaging with a transparent lid, but I do like the fuss-free no frills approach to it. So, if you're looking for a full-coverage, professional-grade foundation that photographs brilliantly, give one of the Cinema Secrets palettes a try.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #168 Large Angled Contour Brush
Parisa909 4/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I bought this brush a while back thinking it would be a great all-rounder for blush application and power contouring. Well, for the latter it does a great job in conjunction with my beloved NARS Laguna. For the former however... only so-so. I find that it applies too much, and it looks choppy and uneven. Bristles are super-soft and it hardly, if ever, sheds. I like applying my Dior Amber Diamond highlighter with it also. Nice brush, but not a must-have for me.
I've suffered major blush woes in my life, mainly because I've never found a brush that applies it exactly where I want and gives me complete control to use. Sigma, Real Techniques and Bdellium tools, I've used brushes from these brands but I never was completely satisfied with the outcome. But, all that has now changed since I bought the 116! The most recent brush to my collection, I utterly love it. I was so torn between the 129 and 116, but I'm so glad I went for the latter. It's small head applies the blush EXACTLY where I want it to be applied, and distributes colour on my cheeks evenly, no matter what the blush formula is, loose, sheertone, shimmer etc. I just turn it on it's side and then apply my blush upwards towards my hairline. I think it works so well because the hairs are natural, not synthetic. Very soft too. No more blush issues for me!
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Makeup Geek Gel Liner - Mobster
Parisa909 4/21/2013 2:23:00 PM
Okay, so after falling in love with the gel liner 'Amethyst', I went back on the Makeup Geek website to order more. I ended up purchasing 'Mobster', because I needed a true brown gel liner, no shimmer, no copper tones, just simple old brown. Well it's exactly what I wanted, in terms of colour and formula. It applies smoothly, and once it dries it lasts all day, no fading or cracking. The only thing is, you really need to keep your eyes closed when it dries as it has a tendency to transfer to my browbone. I really love the Makeup Geek gel liners, they're long-lasting, easily rival the high-end brands and are fantastic value for money.
I love bright, neon pinks so I picked up Collide with no hesitation. It’s a gorgeously bright hot pink with bubble-gum undertones. It takes 3 coats to reach maximum opacity, dries relatively fast and has a nice shine to it. It's expensive - £13.50 in the UK, but, there is an almost ‘dupe’ for it though – Model’s Own Bubblegum. I would say though that Bubblegum is a tad more cool-toned, so if Collide is out of your budget, try Bubblegum.
One of my all-time favourite nail polishes. Such a gorgeously divine bright neon pink with a strong blue undertone. The duochrome effect is what makes it so lovely. It's a shimmery polish that dries glossy, and is perfect for holidays and summer.