I LOVE this nail polish. The huge chunks of glitter look amazing. Unlike many glitter polishes, this is not a clear polish with a few glitter flecks. You can easily get a solid covering of glitter over your nails with about 2-3 coats. Since it's textured, you can't really mess it up. You can just glom it on until your nails are covered thoroughly, then top with a clear top coat. I find it very easy to apply; a much faster at-home manicure than most polishes for me. This lasts waaaay longer on me than regular polish. I have oily nailbeds & polishes peel off in strips on me after about a day. This can last up to a week & is easy to touch up without looking like a touch-up. Removing it is easy; the thick chunky glitter will pull of easily when dry if you just get under an edge & lift it off. Tip: I just take a metal nail file & pull up the polish in 1-2 solid strips - no polish remover required. If you use polish remover, then it's actually harder to get the glitter off. I also have this in the fuchsia & lavender shades (can't recall their exact names), and the gold is my fave, followed closely by the lavender. A friend gets her nails done with glitter + gel at a salon & mine look nearly as good for a fraction of the price. Granted, it does not last as long as a gel, but the effect is the same.
No olive shades!!!!! Why the limited color selection? I do not know... This is not heavy coverage like the Intensive was either. The formula sounds good (like the old Intensive from years ago, before Laurel Lysine was added - which was the BEST foundation EVER), but it does not deliver. The Matte formula is the better option, although that too has suffered with the addition of Laurel Lysine as far as how well it wears & lasts. Did I mention there are NO olive shades? EM's shade selection has increasingly become TYPICAL - aka, limited colors catering to pink & peach white women. Those of us who are fair & olive or golden or dark, or just not PINK, are ignored, as usual. Considering there are olive toned people in almost ALL ethnicities (ie. Southern Europeans, Asians, lighter Black women, mixed Hispanics, etc), this is incredibly stupid. I can't see how they wouldn't sell...? I'm using Makeup Forever now with a dusting of Olive Fair in Matte over it, but I mourn the Intensive formula.
Mascara -Hard Candy - Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara
SiouxCat 11/16/2011 7:05:00 PM
I call this the drugstore version of BadGal Lash or DiorShow mascara. Similar to those much pricier options, it has a "dry" formula, big brush, & easy application (you'd have to TRY to get clumps). It doesn't flake or smudge much for me. It makes my lashes look long & thick, but never spidery or clumpy. It hits that perfect mark of glamorous lashes that are still natural looking. For $5, this is a total steal. The packaging is really cute too.
Liquid -Sally Hansen - Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Your Skin Foundation
SiouxCat 1/18/2011 12:08:00 AM
This foundation is okay. I use the Ecru color and do find it a nice match for my fair olive skin in winter (which gets quite pale). It's a versatile pale neutral shade that I can imagine working for many people. Unfortunately, the frosted bottle makes it hard to see what color it actually is....The good thing about the packaging is the pump bottle, which is always nice for hygiene reasons & dispensing the right amount. This foundation looks nice IF you apply it carefully. It's a little thick & tacky, and it does not blend easily. If your skin is dry/flaky at all (as it can get in winter), it will produce a very bad cakey look. I have to moisturize well before using it. For an oily skinned girl, this is not ideal (yes, sometimes I get that awful oily/flaky combo from my acne meds). However, it does have pretty good coverage if you layer VERY carefully so as to avoid the cakey look. If you rub it in your fingers before applying, the warmth of your hands thins in a bit so it goes on better. I HAVE to use my fingers; my sephora foundation brush just does not apply it well. It then looks cakey & won't spread with it. The wear is also just okay. My skin got a bit shiny, but nothing out of the ordinary. It withstood some blotting, but by the end of the day had worn off quite a bit. All in all, it is too much trouble w/out enough payoff. Plus, if I tan even slightly, the shade will be too light.
Crème -Almay - One Coat Light and Easy Makeup [DISCONTINUED]
SiouxCat 1/17/2011 11:54:00 PM
I miss this foundation! I think I used the "buff" color. The shade was a perfect neutral with slight yellow tone (great for a fair olive girl like me). I would apply a swipe across my forehead, cheeks, nose, & chin & blend with my fingers & be DONE! It had amazing coverage (and I had mild to moderate acne then), was easy to apply, and blended well. It also wore really well. My oily skin never got really shiny, it lasted all day, and it looked pretty natural considering the coverage was very good. It also did not break me out, even though it was a stick and I applied it directly to my face. At one point when using it, my skin was the clearest I can remember since I was about 12.... Anyway, I'm just reviewing this out of nostalgia. I know Almay will likely never bring it back, but a girl can dream!
Liquid -Calvin Klein - Infinite Matte Oil Free Foundation
SiouxCat 2/1/2009 9:55:00 PM
Excellent foundation for oily skin. Finish is matte, yet natural. I had to blot minimally (I always have to blot), but the makeup stayed in place all day and did not smudge or smear or ever start looking like cake batter (as many liquid foundations do for me). The coverage is medium, but buildable to heavy. My acne is under control, but the few spots I have were covered well, and I didn't need under eye concealer with this. It also doesn't feel or look heavy...very natural. It applied really easily with damp foundation brush. The Natural color works okay for my fair, olive toned skin. It's a tad too peach, but a little of my EM powder on top and it's great. For reference, I use Everyday Minerals in Light Almond or Olive fair, depending on how tan I am (not very tanned right now). I also wear Origins reflection perfection in Linen. This is a great liquid makeup for me to keep on hand when I want a more polished & made-up look. I wore it during a photo shoot and my face did not get that white-ish look some makeup gives you in photos. EDIT: Can't wear this everyday. I think it does clog pores, but is okay to use on occasion still.
Deep eggplant color, less shimmery & pigmented than you'd expect. The color is great & complex...it is overall purple, but a bit grayish. I agree that it goes on sheerer than it should. A few layers gets you there though, and then it works great for doing a purple, smoky eye.
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - lavender concealer
SiouxCat 1/1/2009 8:32:00 PM
This is a very very light, matte lavender shade. It goes on very sheer, with almost no sheen. It is nice if you are olive and want to combat some sallowness in the cheeks or under the eyes. It also helps to keep blushes from turning orange, if you have that issue with any EM blushes. If you are darker complected, this may be too light for you. I would buy it again, because it does the job, but I think it could be taken up a notch. A little more lavender, or a shimmery version maybe?
Nice, deep pink color with a bit of berry. Very shimmery. A little goes a long way. The color is pretty flattering on my fair olive skintone. One of the few colors from EM that looks cool in the container & stays that way on my skin. I wouldn't buy this again though...it is lacking something. A little bit of a generic color I guess.
Very pretty, sheer, pale, muted pink with a hint of shimmer. Looks very natural on my fair olive skin, but still adds enough color to brighten my face. This was a holiday special I got for free with an order. I don't think I would buy it, but I do like it & use it.
The color looks lovely in the jar. There is something sort of sweet like cake about it, haha. It's a deep & warm rosy pink, but slightly muted; not Barbie pink, but not quite mauve-y. It goes on with a little bit of shimmer, more frosty than sparkly. On my fair olive skin, the color looks waaay more orange-y on, and loses the sugary pink look it has in the jar. Not recommended for olive skin tones. I've seen it on other complexions and it looks nice though.
Gorgeous, gorgeous color. A pink lemonade with a hint of peach. Often compared to NARS orgasm by EM fans, it is maybe slightly more pink, but has the same perfect shimmer & glow. The shimmer is more subtle on than in the jar. Unlike most EM blushes, you can actually apply this one a bit heavier as the color is sheerer and more subtle. One of the best EM blushes!
This is definitely the "angel for day". Still too rich for summer, IMO, but lighter with a touch of citrus. I like it almost as much as the original, and it's just different enough to justify owning both :P
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Angelique-Lilas
SiouxCat 9/16/2008 2:06:00 AM
LOVE it! This is one of the most elegant, refined yet quirky florals I have ever smelt. Florals for me tend to smell like something stuffy your mom might wear or they are very young & cute & nothing special. This is sort of artistic, chic and offbeat. It's subtle but makes an impression. This is the perfume a muse would wear. It's romantic in the most non-sentimental way. It smells like a big bouquet of flowers, with all the scents melding together pleasantly on a crisp Spring morning. The notes in it even sound so much more unique than other perfumes: Pink Peppercorns, Jasmine, Seville Orange, Angelica, Lilac, Ylang-Ylang, Cedar, Heliotrope.
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
SiouxCat 9/16/2008 1:51:00 AM
WOW! This is a really nice, high quality, classy smelling fragrance. It's fresh & distinctive, feminine & pleasant. The bottle is very pretty & elegant also. It doesn't try to be sexy or cute. It seems both modern & old at the same time. I recently sat next to someone who smelled AMAZING. I wanted to tell them they smelled like a botanical garden, but I thought I might come off as a weirdo :P. So while I was at Sephora recently I tested this out and that was it! The very same fragrance. It's minty, it's fresh, it's like standing in the middle of a botanical garden on a perfect cool spring day in a pretty, girly dress and feeling both calm and energized. That's how I would describe this scent. I'm so glad I stumbled across this same scent I admired so much on another woman recently. I never tried the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria fragrances before, and I was missing out because they are some lovely and different scents. Now if only it wasn't sold out at Sephora! ugh!