I was disappointed when I first sniffed this sickly sweet concoction, and watched as my boyfriend took a sniff and frowned. He said out loud what we were both thinking; "White Shoulders".
I don't know if they've had a recent formula change with this shade, but mine is flaky, like Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure flaky, only the flakes are smaller. Definitely holo flaky glitter, and lots of it, and very reflective and holo. Dries almost instantly and only a little rough, top coat is recommended. I would have to say ignore the base color for top coat purposes, it's so sheer. Just imagine a chunkier/flaky version of China Glaze Fairy Dust or Hidden Treasure with much smaller flakes and more holo. Gorgeous!
I got this one in one of those eBay lots where the seller doesn't give the shade names, just a generic sort of group shot of the bottles, so I had no idea what I'd find when I opened the box. It's a dupe for OPI Red My Fortune Cookie, which I had only a mini of, and wanted the big bottle. Yay! I still have a bit of VNL after three generous coats but it's such a bright, happy jellyish shade of orange red that I don't mind. It's a great summer color and I can see this on my toes when I go to the beach next week.
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
RotaryGirl 6/6/2009 11:44:00 AM
I am having a blast with these sample kits. So far I've been able to discover my exact undertones and shade match, and that it doesn't break me out. It's like my skin, but better, boyfriend can't see anything on my skin, and I can't *feel* anything on my skin. For the first time in years (my life, probably), there is no difference in color between the place where I've just cleaned the foundation off, and where I've yet to wipe with my makeup remover cloth. Finally a foundation pale enough and in the right shade (primarily Golden Fair) to match my skin!! And no orange oxidation! The last thing that blew me away was that the concealers (I use a mix of Intensive Fair and Pearl Sunlight) didn't settle into the fine lines under my eyes. I thought powder=crinkle but it doesn't do that. I look so much better using this than I did with traditional concealer, foundation and powder, especially by the end of the day, when I'd usually need a major touchup for the cracks, and cream for dryness. Oh my, that's sad. But no cracks now, just my natural fine lines, diffused, not emphasized or worsened. The color is smooth and stays smooth and even, so it looks better all day. I haven't found a blush shade that works for me yet, but these are all highly pigmented and you get a lot, just like all the sample jars they're full. For anyone who can still see visible product, try buffing it in. That's what makes it work so beautifully, and invisibly. Patting it on like powder defeats the purpose. The more you buff, the more beautiful the finish! I also recommend Everyday Minerals' brushes for their softness, performance, and price, as well as the mixing jar for tweaking your shade or finish and/or just having a nice big lid to swirl the brush into. This will be my last sample kit, as I decide which finish I like best, then it will be full sizes, and at such a reasonable price. The shipping is fast, even though it's First Class, it gets here in less than a week. Obviously I'm very pleased, and will be repurchasing.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - New Flat Top Brush
RotaryGirl 6/5/2009 7:30:00 PM
First off, the quality is immediately evident here. The handle is shiny, solid and smooth, the ferrule fits flush, and the bristles are dense, non-shedding and so soft that I feel guilty brushing them against my face because surely this is Mom's mink coat. It makes application a pleasure, and EDM foundation glides on smoothly and evenly. A very good buy for $10, almost unbelievable. Looking forward to delivery of more EDM brushes.
This is a tricky little shadow, not quite what it appears at first, when the brush is loaded with pink, gold and green glitter in the illusion of a deep green base. Once it settles on the skin, it's a fairly bright medium meadow green that blends perfectly with Leaps and Bounds, a lighter bright golden-green, and the glitter rather disappears (not sure where, my face isn't covered in it). Not what I'd wear, ordinarily, but through the magic of individual coloring, it's very flattering on my pale skin. Blends well despite the glitter, at the outer corners and the crease. Very pleased, and will try more shades.
I keep describing this shade as "happy", because it makes me feel happy and bubbly every time I look at it, both in the pot and on my lids. It's light, bright, golden-y green that appears more yellow-golden after it's been brushed on. The finish is smooth and pigmented, highly blendable with very fine shimmer, no chunky glitter here. Much more wearable than it first appears. It blends beautifully with Mistletoe, as if they were made for each other. If I thought I might ever run out, I'd definitely purchase another jar of this gorgeous color.
I'd been scouting around for either a lipstain or matte color that would enhance my natural lip color without bringing too much attention to my rather large lips. This was such a fun discovery, right there on a Walgreen's endcap when I was buying my creme eyeliner. Perfection, and for 99 cents. Of course I'd heard about this famous little number for years, but hadn't been curious till now. Too bad, because I love it. It suits my coloring, and lasts longer than lipstick, defines my lips without dressing them up (adding some gloss on top fixes that if I so choose), basically doing everything I was looking for. I smile every time I apply it, thinking "99 cents! 99 cents".
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black
RotaryGirl 6/5/2009 4:47:00 PM
THE inkiest, deepest, crispest black I've ever seen, makes my blue-greens POP. Lasts and lasts and lasts, even on my waterline. I am in LOVE. I don't really like the brush that came with it, but it works beautifully with a MAC 266. I dip it in the liner to grab some product, then ease it into the bristles using back and forth strokes on the container's lid liner, which helps liquefy and distribute it evenly it for better control, then brush it on. My first time I put way too much on, and got the line way too thick, practice makes perfect and a little goes a long way. This is the happy conclusion to years of searching for the perfect dark black long-lasting liner that wouldn't budge. It's the HG of my HG's. Doesn't bother contacts, either. Makes my old favorite Styli-Style look gray and washed out. And only $4. Fighting the urge to clean out the WnW display of this stuff every time I see it, now. I'm leaving some for you!
Mine is separating and nasty, sitting unused in my lipgloss box. Bah.
Of the four Hello Kitty glosses I purchased, this one is my favorite because it is fairly pigmented in a shade that flatters, which this collection definitely lacked, overall. There, that's it. This review is, I suppose, about as useful as the product. I would never have purchased if not for being a Hello Kitty item and it is worth it only for that reason.
In the tube this appears gorgeous, the promise of happy pinky coral. Of course on application it's too sheer to be of any use as a color product, so it may as well be clear, and for me, such a letdown. Genius on MAC's part because you had to buy two products, this and Cutester lipstick, for the intended, finished look. Or Wet and Wild lipstick in shade 516C, for 99 cents. Just sayin'.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
RotaryGirl 5/31/2009 1:59:00 PM
In a moment of weak lemming lust, I bought a tube, and months later I am in obsessive love and almost ready for a repurchase. I use it every day, with every brand of shadow. It works so well that I can't imagine how I got along without it. I've got uber oily lids but there's something in this that seems to block the oil. I've had days when cheap buck-fifty LA Colors shadow stayed bright and beautiful till bedtime, and other days when Stila faded and creased by afternoon break. It comes down to what I put on my lids prior to applying Shadow Insurance. It works best on clean, bare skin. Bummer. My solution is to wear sunglasses with UV blocking during daylight hours outdoors, and slather on the moisturizer/treatment after I wash everything off at night. The final reason I love this is that it comes in a squishy tube with a teeny opening that always dispenses the exact amount I need. I will buy this until I get too old to wear makeup. Wait, that'll NEVER happen.
Lip Gloss -New York Color - Liquid Lip Shine- 555B Iced Orchid
RotaryGirl 5/31/2009 1:31:00 PM
Beautiful shade and shimmer, dense, luxurious pigmentation, and sadly, the worst smell of any lip gloss I've ever tried. I don't understand why they paid more money to add cheap soapy perfume (copious amounts, even) in the manufacturing of this bargain brand when they could've just left it fragrance-free and made more profit per piece, and sold more, when I repurchased again and again. It performs beautifully, except for that obnoxious smell. I rarely throw a cosmetic product away, but this one went straight into the trash. At $1.72 from Target, it's no great loss, but darn, it was PRETTY, especially for a bargain brand impulse buy. Did you really *want* to sell some lip gloss, New York Color?? Just...grrr. And phew.
Eye Makeup Remover -Unlisted Brand - Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
RotaryGirl 5/30/2009 9:28:00 AM
Mine is the blue bottle that says to compare to L'Oreal and is oil-free. And I love it. I use it on the Pamper's wipes (questions? read my review) for a little extra muscle removing mascara and eyeliner/shadow applied with sealer/primer, and it works quickly and easily. It stings slightly if it gets in my eyes but I learned to rinse before I open them again and I'm fine. There IS a light film left that feels oily, despite the oil-free label, but it's okay since I'm going to moisturize next anyway, and it lessens the amount of tugging over all -a MAJOR plus at my age. I used Bi-facil for years but prefer this now. I'm giving it a 5 since it does everything I wanted it to do when I purchased it, and with no irritation to my skin or my wallet. EDIT: I didn't notice at first, but the smell of this is starting to bother me. I won't buy more when I've used it up. Took a lippy off for that.