Chatterbox is a really pretty opaque neutral toned pink - almost with a hint of coral. The formula is so creamy, it doesn't tend to dry out the lips. It's a nice bright color without being overtly neon. Although, I feel that sometimes, it's a little too bright for my taste, especially for a day time color. I like to use a little dab of gloss to tone it down a notch for a day at the office. However, for a nice evening look, I'd recommend pairing this lipstick up with an intense black smokey eye. It looks amazing.
This is a beautiful pinkish bronze blush. It's very soft and super, super pigmented. The staying power is remarkable. I lasted a full 8 hour work day. Annabelle, despite being a Canadian drugstore brand, is on par with MAC and Nars when it comes to blushers. I made the mistake of applying it with a dense blush brush (with a heavy hand, no less.) Like I said, this blush is very, very pigmented, so my cheeks look extremely flushed the entire day. Go light on this and be sure to apply this with a big fluffy brush.
Viva Glam I is what started my love affair with red lipstick, but Russian Red is what really solidified it. Russian Red is a really intense medium red with a bluish undertone. It's a matte finish, so it can be a little drying, even with a primer. You could always try using an lip exfoliator before applying this. This is an awesome "evening type" lipstick. I don't like wearing it during the day time because I feel that on my olive complexion, it does seem too look way too dramatic for the office. I tend to always pair this color up with a winged cat eyeliner for that perfect subtle look. Definitely a must have for anyone that loves reds.
I purchased 5 of these (at $2 a piece) in two different finishes - 2 in Glimmerstick Diamonds (Golden Diamond and Twilight Sparkle) and 3 in Glimmersticks Chrome (Ultra Violet, Electric Pink and Night Star)... and boy was I disappointed. The Diamonds are just okay. They tug and pull at your eyelids, but they're workable and they don't tend to dry out. They are the only reason this review got an overall one from me. The chromes on the other hand... my goodness. These have got to be the worst piece of crap eyeliners I have ever used. Not only do the pull and tug on the skin, but they are dry as hell. Also, they're really chalky... kinda reminds me of that colorful schoolyard chalk. Which is a shame because the colors are very pretty especially Electric Pink and Ultra Violet. Avon has some hits and misses; this is definitely a miss. I certainly won't be repurchasing these.
I like to consider Pink Nouveau to be my HG pink lipstick. It is just the most beautiful cool toned bubblegum pink ever. The formula is rich and creamy and it effortlessly glides on to your lips without pulling or tugging. It is quite long lasting. I've lasted about 4-5 hours without any touch ups. One thing that I've noticed is that it does tend to settle into my lip lines after hours of wear, but that's something that can be easily remedied by using a lip primer. It seems like the kinda shade that would look good on ANY skin tone. Like all MAC products, this lipstick is a bit pricey for someone on a budget, but I believe it's worth every penny.
I have a love/hate relationship with MAC's lustre eyeshadows since what you see in the pan is not always what you get. The application is almost always uneven and extremely sheer. Greensmoke is one of MAC's better lustre shadows. Greensmoke is an ashy olive green with equally ashy golden undertones and sheen. At first application it is a tad bit sheer, however, I find it's very build-able. I always use it with Nyx's White Eyeshadow Base to get the maximum color payoff. I like to pair it up with a black/grey shadow in the crease for a nice smokey look. Also, I haven't noticed any fallout either so that's definitely a plus.
I'm a sucker for cute packaging. So when I first saw this at Wal-Mart, my initial reaction was "Oooh! Pretty box! They look just like the Benefit Box blushes!" Anyways, I picked this up in the color Smooth Talker, which is an obvious Benefit Sugarbomb dupe. I LOVE this color. It gives my cheeks a healthy peachy glow. My only gripe is that the color does tend to fade away after a few hours and you might have to do touch ups through out the day. The packaging, like I mentioned before, is awesome. But the brush that comes with the box, is pretty much useless and impractical. When I take this blush on the road, I usually have to take a blush brush with me, but other than that, this product is total win for me. I'll definitely be picking up a couple more colors soon.
Pressed Powders -Smashbox - Photo Set Pressed Powder
Ruby885 4/10/2013 7:12:00 AM
Smashbox has tons of great products. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them. I purchased this for $35 in the color Medium. I gotta say, this is perhaps the worst powder I've ever used. It does absolutely nothing for my skin. It literally sits on top of your skin because of how unblendable it is and worst of all, it settles into the expression lines making your face look cakey. For $35, I feel like this was a rip off. The packaging is sleek and professional looking, but that's about the only thing this product has going for it. Oh and as another user pointed out, the powder puff that comes with the compact is indeed cheap and flimsy and it picks up very little product. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with this. Maybe swap it or give it away to a friend, but either way I won't be repurchasing this, that's for sure.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Spa Resource Makeup Brushes
Ruby885 4/10/2013 6:50:00 AM
I have 7 of these brushes - Powder, Foundation, Stipple, Blush, Smudge, Cream Shadow and Eye & Brow Definer. I got all of these brushes for under $7 a piece, which in my opinion, is a pretty awesome steal. These are actually very good quality brushes. They're super soft and I've had almost little to no shedding during washes. The only brush that I probably don't like is the Eye & Brow Definer because of how rough and scratchy it is. But other than that, these brushes are superb in terms of softness, application and price. These are great for someone on a budget who doesn't wanna splurge on higher end brands. The appearance is pretty nice too. The brushes are really similar (if not identical) to the Bobbi Brown brushes with the black ferrule and wooden lacquered handle. I'll most likely be repurchasing when time comes to replace mine.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Heavenly Face Brush
Ruby885 4/9/2013 7:19:00 PM
I got this brush for $30 at my local Sephora. This thing sheds like crazy. Now, I haven't had any shedding on my face, but when I wash this brush, the bristles just flare and drop out, which is a shame because this brush gives you some excellent coverage. It's absolutely phenomenal for applying liquid foundation. I'm not sure if I just got that one bad brush out of the batch or what, but I have ELF brushes from the Studio Line (which cost about $3 a piece) that have little to no shedding. So you can probably imagine my frustration when I got home (after spending $30, mind you) and washed my Heavenly Face brush only to have it shed all over the place. I find it odd that BE would put out such a shoddy brush because I have a few other Bare Escentual brushes namely the Flawless Face, Heavenly Line and Buff, Tapered Blush, Maximum Coverage Concealer brushes, which have never shed even after years of multiple washings. The only reason I'm giving this an overall rating of 2, is because despite it's shedding, it provides excellent foundation coverage. I most likely won't be repurchasing, and I wouldn't recommend it either. Save your money, and put it towards a better brush.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Deep
Ruby885 4/8/2013 7:10:00 PM
I like to use this as a blush rather than a setting powder. (As a face powder it makes my skin look really weird and reddish *buerk*) It gives my cheeks a nice healthy warm glow. Occasionally, I'll use it for contouring, but I prefer it as a blush. The packaging is alright... it would be a lot better if it had a compact mirror and applicator, but I suppose that's okay since I don't use it much for it's intended purpose anyways.
This is one of those classic Avon perfumes you can never go wrong with. I got my first one for Christmas in the 8th grade and it's been a part of perfume wardrobe ever since. It's a perfect scent for spring or summer days because so light and flirty. Not a fruity scent, but more of a sweet powdery smell with a hint of musk or wood. It's light and subtle enough for me to wear it at work and not draw attention to myself. It's really inexpensive too. I think it goes for between 10 or 15 dollars. I got this a part of the Sweet Honesty bundle that included the Perfumed Skin Softener, Shimmering Body Powder and Antiperspirant - all for $12, which I thought was a steal. I would definitely recommend these as well since they leave the skin smelling beautiful.
I donít like the way people always put this fragrance down, because it really isnít THAT bad. Itís definitely not something I would wear in the summer time, but itís a perfect scent for winter evenings. A nice, sensual mix of Oriental florals, spices, woods and musk. I will say though, that it does come across as a little strong, but as another user already mentioned, it does mellow out very nicely. If you're afraid that it might be too strong, you can always try the Imari perfumed Skin Softener or Body Powder. They tend to have the same scent, just not as strong. And no, Iím not an old lady.
I order a huge amount of Avon products last weekend and among the items I ordered, was the SuperShock MAX Mascara. Iíve always been a fan of Avonís mascaras Ė namely their Super Extend Extreme and Washoff Waterproof Mascaras. This is definitely not Avonís best. As others have already stated, the wand for this mascara is a huge turn off. The brush is so awkwardly shaped that itís hard to work with at first. In fact. I still have a difficult time picking up my smaller lashes with this brush. The formula itself was okay. It doesnít do a good job of seperating the lashes, but I noticed that it does volumize quite a bit. Itís not runny or goopy, but it does feel kinda tacky on my lashes. The packaging is kinda cute, though! All in all, I feel that there are better mascaras out there. I feel like I shouldn't be complaining either.... since I only paid $4.99 for this, but still. Like the majority, I probably wonít be repurchasing this either.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee
Ruby885 5/25/2012 2:14:00 AM
I picked this up because my local drugstore was having a sale on Revlon products. I figured that since Colorburst Lipsticks were such a great buy that I'd try out the Lip Butter. I was not disappointed. This color is one of my favorite nudes at the moment. It's a lot similar to my actual skin color, so it does kinda mute out my lips, but I usually just swipe some sheer colored lipgloss over it. The texture is nice an creamy, although, I did notice that it started to dry out my lips towards the end of the day. I would definitely recommend this and I would also repurchase this myself. Might just go back tomorrow and pick up a few more shades.