I really love this palette. My favorite colors are Virgin (my absolute favorite, a light slightly shimmery, but not glittery, white/cream with a sort "airy" quality about it. PERFECT inner corner shade for me), Darkhorse (a gorgeous cool toned shimmery brown color), Sin (a very lightly pinkish toned cream color, with a sort of shimmery/metallic quality), Half Baked (simple golden color but looks pretty), and Toasted (rosy brown shimmer). The two matte colors (Buck and Naked) are decent, nothing special, but good crease colors to add some depth to a natural eye look. Sidecar is really too glittery for me so I rarely use that one, and when I do, I use it sparingly, although I do like the shade of the color (goes well with my fair skin and blue eye color). Hustle (purple-toned brown shade), Gunmetal, and Creep are probably my least used shades. They're not bad, just don't use them much. No complaints about the palette though. They're great colors and fit into my looks well. Not a lot of fallout for me, they have great payoff, and stay vibrant. Worth it in my opinion.
Moisturizers -Ponds - Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream
PillarofAutumn 10/16/2012 1:12:00 PM
I love this stuff. I have somewhat sensitive, fair, easily reddended skin. Lots of things make me break out or cause fairly bad rashes. This one has done none of those things and I've used it on and off for about a year. I mostly use it when I feel like I need some extra moisture, like if I notice some dry flaky patches, I'll use this for a few nights and not only will it moisturize, but the lactic acid ingredient works great for getting rid of dead skin cells. Overall I really like it. The scent is definitely pretty strong, and I'd prefer it be unscented, but it doesn't bother me enough not to use it.
Lotions/ Creams -Alba Botanica - Kona Coffee After-Sun Lotion
PillarofAutumn 10/15/2012 10:30:00 PM
Smell is awesome, just wish it was stronger. This lotion feels really nice, not too heavy, but still creamy. I love the natural ingredients and also like that it has caffiene (supposed to help diminish cellulite). My only complaint is the bottle; it's kind of hard to get it to come out and when it does, it's like a clump rather than a nice squeezable result. It's like you have to shake the bottle to get the lotion to get into a place where it can be squeezed out, you can then squeeze the bottle (which is really stiff feeling) and get one clump, then you have to repeat the process. Annoying but worth it.
I have wavy, thick blonde hair that extends past my hipline. My hair type tends to get oily on the top, and is neither excessively dry or oily everywhere else. I love the mousse and spray gel in this line. They give my waves shine and definition and make them significantly curlier. I usually brush my hair out while still very wet, scrunch out some excess water, scrunch in the mousse to make sure I have some nice shape, spray with the spray gel, and either airdry or diffuse (looks better with a diffuser). The only negative about this product is that if you use too much, it does tend to weigh hair down, but then again, I have very heavy hair to begin with, so this may not be an issue for others. It's definitely worth a try, Walgreens puts in on sale BOGO free pretty frequently and that makes it a fairly good price IMO.
Don't know if I just got a bad one, but this thing is awful. It does nothing. You'd think it'd at least give them a weird kink or something, but no, not even that. The Elf curlers are much better. I also love my Shu Uemura, but it is a pain to try to fit my lases into it, though the results are great.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Perle Single in Sunlit Sparkle (055)
PillarofAutumn 10/15/2012 7:34:00 PM
First off, if you want an all over lid color, this one won't fit the bill. It's very sheer and doesn't have much builability. However, what it's perfect for is layering over a more substantial cream/white color to add a beautiful sparkle. I use it by wetting my brush ever so slightly with a makeup setting spray or water, getting a small-medium amount of product on a soft but flattish brush, and dabbing it over the inner section of my lid. The reason the setting spray or water is needed is because this shadow has a very powdery quality to it that creates a lot of fallout and makes it difficult to apply, but with the moisture, that's solved. I got this on clearance and though it to me a while to find a way to make it work, I'd say it's worth it.
I love this kabuki brush. It does exactly what it's supposed to and at a fantastic price. However, as is common with Elf, some brushes are better than others. I have a total of 3. First one was great, dense, soft, and very high quality. Second was really sparse and slightly mishapen. However, I emailed them about it and they promptly sent me a replacement that was of the same calibur as the first one. I've even found that the sparser of the 3 is great for spraying my UD All Nighter spray on to dab on my face because the bristles are lighter on my face.
All I can say is GLITTER. Way too sparklely to match the type of finish I associate with a product supposedly "mineral". I bought it in Light, which was slightly orangey in my opinion. Regardless, even if the shade matched me well, it's far too glittery for my taste. Only reason for 2 lippies is the "cool" sensation is kind of neat. Not neat enough to make me use it though lol.
I have a love-hate relationship with this perfume. First time I smelled it in a sample (one of the little peel off perfume things in magazines and store ads), it was HEAVENLY, which of course prompted me to buy it. The first few times I wore it, it was pretty close to expectations. Starts off kind of a like a crisp orangey smell, which only lasts a few minutes. It then turns into flowers galore. Not an overpowering kind of floral, but light (I have no idea why this is named "noir". There's nothing "noir" about it. It's all light, white floral scents). The drydown is my favorite. It's warm and soft, kind of earthy, but still with a floral feel to it. However, after I wore it a few times, it started to give me a horrible, horrible headache, smell extremely powdery, and broke me out in a rash all over my arms, stomach, and chest (only spray my wrists, nothing else, and my arms didn't touch my stomach at all). I know for a fact it's the perfume because I tried on several differenct occasions just to make sure it wasn't something else, but yes, it's sadly this. I wish it would smell like it did to begin with, but something in my chemistry must've changed that now makes it smell awful. It's definitely a perfume worth a try if you don't have sensitive skin, because it really does smell nice, just not for me. The sillage isn't great, you have to be fairly close to smell it, but loud floral perfumes can be very overpowering so that's not really a bad thing in my eyes.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner - Busy Signal
PillarofAutumn 10/15/2012 6:42:00 PM
This is a really pretty dark brown color and does have some significant shimmer in it. Not glitter, but shimmer. I use it primarily as an eyeliner and it works great for that, and the few times I've used it as a shadow base (lightly) it hasn't creased on me at all. The only reason I say I wouldn't buy this again is because of the price. Seeing as I use it as an eyeliner more than anything, I could find a suitable one for a lot cheaper (got this as a gift).
I SOOOO wish I was smelling what everyone is describing here. This perfume really must not mix with my body chemistry well, because to me, it smells like a mix of a powdery, grandma perfume and Avon's Skin So Soft. Like another reviewer said, it smells nearly identical to the stuff. There's really no change from top notes to dry down. Just powdery Avon SSS all the way from start to finish. I keep wearing it hoping that I'll eventually smell this delicious, warm vanilla everyone else smells, but it's not happening. Love the idea of this fragrance, but it just doesn't work for me :((
I love this liner. In my opinion, it's just as good as MAC's fluidline, but for much cheaper. Plus, it doesn't seem to dry out nearly as fast (I occasionally forget to screw the cap back on haha). It goes on super smoothly and it takes forever to wear off. I use mine mostly on my waterline/tighline, and it works perfectly for that (although it works just as well on the lid). My only complaint is the packaging, which is slightly bulky and difficult to close; but with such a good product, it doesn't really bother me.
Lipstick -E.L.F. - Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph
PillarofAutumn 7/21/2011 8:34:00 PM
This is THE BEST nude lipstick I have ever tried. I've been searching for a lipstick like this for years and never been able to find one that met what I wanted, until I found this. It's somewhat like a concealer-on-the-lip shade, but that's sort of what I wanted, and even then, it can be applied lightly and it won't give that "blanked out" effect. It goes on smoothly if your lips are exfoliated, and isn't as drying as some nude colors I've tried. I absolutely love this and I've already bought some backups!
This is an amazing brush, especially for the price of just $3. The first one I bought had some shedding, but I just went back to Target, exchanged it, and the new one was perfect. It keeps it shape well, is the perfect density for applying my Bare Minerals foundation, and is super soft. It's also really easy to wash (a lot of dense brushes are difficult to get clean on the inside, but I found this one to be fairly easy). I'd definitely recommend trying this brush!