Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
Pattycakesquare 9/25/2012 11:24:00 PM
I have used this product daily for over a year now and haven't felt the need to switch to anything else. However I do still have a problem with being really 'shiny' after many hours. If i blot and reapply a little it does appear a little cakey. But overall its one of the better powders I've used in the last few years.
The online representations of these colors, vs. what they look like in person (and on your eyes), have very little in common! I was pretty hesitant to select Cassis as it looked too teen-purple, but thought what the heck, I can use it as eyeliner if it's too bright. Bright?!?! No! Gorgeous, deep, amazing, YES! I am pasty white and purple tends to make me look bruised. This went on so softly and smoothly, no fallout anywhere, and it stayed true all day. It looked so pretty on my hazel eyes! I just couldn't believe how pretty this shadow was when it was on. It is not the "grape Kool Aid" color that it appears in online photos! If you have any concerns about creasing, use Urban Decay Primer Potion on your eyelids (I also dab a little underneath my lower eyelash line) and your eye shadow will stick like glue. Stila eye shadows seem to really love the UDPP. I get all-day wear from them.
I've been using for a week now, and really like this concealer a lot. I have fair, delicate, sensitive skin, adult acne, redness, dark circles, and oily T-zone and eyelids. This stuff goes on smoothly and blends very well with my finger or concealer brush. I prime with Photo Finish Light primer, then conceal with Fair/Light HD, and set with my BareMinerals foundation (Fairly/Light). This combo covers all my problems, looks flawless, and does a great job through the whole workday. I have a few small wrinkles, and it doesn't seem to crease. Even my eye makeup has stayed put over it. The only issue is, you have to work fast when you apply, and get it nicely blended before it dries, or it will cake. However, that property lends itself to buildable coverage if you need it. I love the color match to my skin - no more freaky orange concealer! Also, use a good cleanser to dissolve all this makeup off, to prevent further breakouts. Can't wait to see how this stuff holds up to the tropical Houston climate this summer!
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
Pattycakesquare 9/22/2012 10:35:00 PM
I adore this mascara!!! First of all, it's the cheapest around. I get it at Walgreen's for $2.99, and it's well worth it!! The brush is excellent, very similar to L'Oreal voluminous. The color is also excellent, very nice, rich black. The formula is very thick, so you may need to scrape off a little first. One coat is really all you need, two if you want to go a little more dramatic. It adds length and volume better than anything else I've tried-and I've used the higher end mascaras too. And, this formula is very long lasting. I don't even need to do a makeup check at work, because I know it didn't smear all over my face. It washes off nice, doesn't pull out any lashes while getting it off either. Go get one, because you won't regret it!
While I'm nagging my best friend in the whole about my own personal issues, having dinner with the family, working the club dancefloor, or striding along the mall floors, my makeup stays put. Studio Fix fluid has been a foundation that makes me a glamorous vixen converted from an ordinary girl next door. First of all, this foundation isn't going to melt off the face if set with a blot or loose translucent powder. Many people tend to forget that patting some powder on top of foundation is like baking cake, without the dough, you just have raw soup. This can be sheer to opaque in coverage so it can used everyday to just that one night with that one cute guy that you were making your cousin talk to at the wedding reception. One of the benefits is that it is oil free. For 1 oz. you can stretch this anywhere from two to seven months depending on how much coverage needed or usage. For $25.00, I consider this a mid range high end cosmetic that had delivered me better results than even more expensive brands. But let's talk about the cons, shall we? This doesn't photograph completely well, it does brighten the areas where it's applied so a white flash from a camera can result in a shade or two lighter than what you see in a mirror or regular daylight. The trick to counter this is applying a light dusting of bronzer to the outter areas of the face such as a quick dust on the forehead, temples, cheek hollows, and jawline. Be careful not to apply so much that it looks unnatural, just a couple light strokes will do. Next con, no pump. It's more sanitary to have a pump for a foundation so there are no messes spilled from the bottle nor is air exchanging bacteria inside and outside the bottle. A pump can be purchased, however, separately for this.
I recently purchased this lipstick in the colour 440 "Cherries in the Snow" a cult colour from Revlon that has been around since 1954 apparently. I bought it on a whim after seeing a video online without swatching it beforehand. Not knowing what I would end up with, it turned out to be one of the most GORGEOUS lipsticks I've tried. It is an intense raspberry pink with the slightest hint of purple that would make your teeth look pearly white. It goes on creamy and thick without drying out my lips or wearing off too quickly. It is so moisturising that the lipstick is just as effective as a lip balm. Plus, you get two for the price! The overseas shipping was also very speedy (I live in Germany). Colour pay off, longevity, comfort, fair price...What more could you want? I was very surprised how well Revlon as a drugstore brand can live up to high end products or even surpass them! It looks expensive on the lips though it's not. I am very satisfied with my purchase and I would definitely recommend this lipstick to anyone as I think it would suit any skin tone, may it be cool or warm. A true delight to wear.