Eye Primer -Ruby Kisses - 24/7 Eye Shadow Magic Primer
Sagehen 4/20/2013 9:43:00 PM
Hate the extra packaging, but I like the product inside. Does a good job of keeping my shadow crease free, vibrant and in place for an entire workday. I found this at a local beauty supply store and was pleasantly surprised. The packaging looks like it is a dupe of UDPP, which I have not tried, and probably never will as long as this keeps performing for 1/4 the price.
I really like these nail colors. They are inexpensive and perform well: frankly, better than my more expensive polishes. I usually get 5 days of chip-free wear with a base coat, two coats and a top coat. The range of colors is amazing, and there are close dupes to more expensive brands to be found. I don't have any problem with the colors drying up or anything like that, and I also have noticed that their glitters are a bit easier to remove. Nothing not to like about these products - I will definitely repurchase.
DISCLAIMER: The only reason I say no to buying the product again is because it has ben discontinued. I had repurchased several times prior to the discontinuation. It was the only non-shimmery, powder contour I could find for my NC50-ish skin that would actually show up. Not too gray, not too orange, easy to blend, not grainy but not too powdery. I am really sorry to see this product go, especially since no such product has been introduced to replace it.
Eye Primer -Unlisted Brand - LA Splash Enlightened CreamyShadow Base
Sagehen 1/21/2013 1:47:00 AM
I bought the smoky base to wear under dark shadows. Waste of money. Had to track it down since my local stores stopped carrying it. Finally got it, it was hard and dry in the container, wasn't terribly pigmented, had to build it up just to have any visible color and had no staying power. My shadow creased terribly and it did not hold the loose shadow I had applied on top in place at all. The glitter had traveled all over my eyes (It was an LASplash loose powder shadow). Waste of money and time.
I have this product and use it frequently to deepen color in my creases (going through a smoky eye phase). It is well-priced for what it does, and I find with a primer it lasts a long time without creasing or fading from my allergic eyes (they water often). I am not sure what the color of a person's skin has to do with their handling of color fallout (the review below mine), but I find the fallout with this product to be minimal, as it is not as powdery as others (NYX glittery shadows have more fallout but still tolerable). With any dark, matte color one will have to watch out for that and do their makeup accordingly and carefully. I would repurchase and have repurchased.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure in Hidden Treasure
Sagehen 12/4/2012 12:16:00 AM
I also made the mistake of buying the new version of this polish. I wanted the one with the flaky look, and this new version is not it. I will not repurchase. This is nothing special without the previous formula.
Very pleased with this product. I bought it on a whim one day after hearing someone mention it, and thought I would give it a try, since I love red lipsticks. I was surprised to see that it had some shimmer (not glittery) to it, and I really like the cool ruby-red shade. It has the usual scent of NYX Round Lipsticks, which I cannot identify but it is not unpleasant. Not sure how I missed this on my original quest to own every red NYX lipstick lol - I own Snow White, Electra, Chaos, Pure Red, Chic Red, Alabama, Merlot, Angel, Indie Flick and probably others I cannot remember and this one stands out from them. The inclusion of shimmer was a nice touch.
Goopy out of tube, difficult to apply, clumps too much and too easily, too difficult to remove, will not repurchase.
RED for REAL. I bought this looking for a true red blush and I am not disappointed. I am NW 45/NC 50 for reference and this is a vivid red. So much pigment. I just have to touch the pan with my brush and have plenty product. I have to blend this down even then. I love this and several other Ben Nye blushes. I would repurchase.
Blush -Black Radiance - Toasted Almond- Baked Blush
Sagehen 8/31/2012 3:01:00 PM
I like this blush! I am glad I took the time to find it. It is not readily available on the ground near me and where it is sold it is always sold out (there are a great many positive reviews on it all aorund) I find that this is not as pigmented as the other BR blushes I own (Warm Berry, Raspberry, also likes) but it blends well, has staying power and is a fantastic color. This blush reminds me of a much less expensive version of LoveJoy by MAC, It gives me a great natural flush, without a ton of blending required. It is the first blush I can say gives me a my cheeks but better look. I am MAC NW45/NC50 depending on the formulation, for reference.
I really wanted to be able to find a powder sunscreen on the ground, but this was sorely disappointing. I got this in translucent because the "colors" were all too light. First of all, the packaging feels cheap and has no mirror. The "mini-kabuki" brush that comes with it is terrible. I tried it once and it left an angry white streak on my face that I had to buff out. I use it with a regular powder brush and it gives me the dreaded white cast, so I have to go gover it with a dark powder until I finish and will not repurchase. Colorescience's spf 30 in totall clear is so much better. Worth buying online over this product.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Vitamin C Serum
Sagehen 8/13/2012 3:11:00 PM
I had been wanting to experiment with this for a long time since the brand I used changed formulations and increased price. I finally took the plunge and have been very happy. I can now tailor my serum to meet my skin's requirements using several of the recipes found here and on the internet. The information I have found here on this site gave me the courage to do it, so thank you to the ladies (and gents?) of MUA. My skin is happy and my wallet is happier. For you ladies who say it won't dissolve, try warming up the crystals in your hand first and then add your liquid. That has helped me. Also, there is bound to be a little grittiness left over. It seems to smooth out instantly on my skin if I rub in gently.
I thought this would be the answer to my prayers when MAC discontinued my fave foundation (StudioFinish in NW 45 and/or NC50). I was matched at a counter and of course the SA recommended the8.0. I took it and discovered that after several hours it oxidizes terribly dark and ruddy. I have also tried the 7.5 and it still looks "off". I am just trying to use the bottle I have and move on from this awful, overly expensive product.
Powder -NYX - Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation
Sagehen 7/27/2012 6:44:00 PM
I have this product in #10 Caramel, and I am not sure how I feel about it or whether I would buy again. I had hoped that it would be a good replacement for MAC StudioFix since I can never find a good color match. This product is not that heavy (coverage-wise) nor does it have a good enough depth of color for my face. I have found a use for it though, as a powder to tone down the ruddiness of N9 StudioFix powder, and to tone down the MAC Matchmaster foundation I had left sitting in a drawer for all these months. I am grateful to have it for this use, but that just demotes it down to a setting powder, pretty much. I have enough of those.
Blush -Black Radiance - Artisan Color Baked Blush in Warm Berry
Sagehen 7/23/2012 6:00:00 PM
Surprised by the intense pigment in this product! I bought it, and assumed, as with most mineral products, it would require some work to build it up. Boy, was I wrong! It went on intense and got more so as I oiled up! I love pigment, so this is not a bother, and I had been looking for a good warm red blush so I was happy with this purchase. I just wish the packaging was better. It is sleek and compact and all, I just don't LOVE it. The sticker on the bottom with the color number and name is wearing off after less than a month (and what's with the color names of the lipsticks being on the sticker you REMOVE when you open the prouct, and not on the sticker at the bottom?) and I am not sure that mineral powder would survive a fall in that container.