This stuff is a miracle! It really sucks the oil and crud out of your pores deep down, and you can see and feel it working. Plus, it has kept my acne at bay since I started using it a few times a week. It was the missing ingredient I needed to make my daily Proactiv regimen really work for my skin.
This is some great stuff if you're looking for dramatic lashes at a cheap price. Definitely follow the advice of the other girls' reviews and do ONE EYE AT A TIME! It's best to throw the black mascara on immediately after using the white primer. It's not too clumpy, and you can build up a few coats in order to get to that "fake lash" look. I didn't try this on my lower lashes (I have a feeling it could flake or smear down there), but it's perfect for my upper lashes for a night out.
I'm kinda undecided on this one. I LOVE Tarte's lipglosses (I have Bonnie & Clyde and Danny & Sandy), and I was looking for a pink gloss combo. So, when Tarte came out with Elle & Emmett, I knew I had to have it. The darker side (Elle) is really lovely--the perfect pink gloss I was looking for. However, the lighter side (Emmett) is pure white frost: I mean MAJORLY frosty. It looks awful on its own, and it doesn't even look that great layered over Elle. I've heard some girls use just a dot of it in the center of their lip to make their lips look fuller, but even that doesn't work for me that well. So, I guess I half love Elle & Emmett, but $20 is way too much to spend for 1 great gloss and 1 sucky gloss.
This is the only kind of deodorant I will buy. It gives me great wetness/odor protection (though I don't have a big sweat problem or anything). It also is sheer just like it says, without the chalky white mess! The thing is that you have to be careful not to put on too much because, of course, you can cake it on for a thick white layer. About 4-6 swipes per armpit is about right. But even then, it's not completely invisible, so be careful with your black shirts. Still, this is by far the best deodorant I have ever used, and I just keep buying it again and again.
In a word: nauseating. I can't even begin to imagine how some of the MUAer's love this perfume. Maybe the Sephora sample that I got was bad? It's really hard to describe this perfume, so I guess you could say its most prominent feature is that it's unique. Uniquely awful, that is. It's somehow baby-powdery, sickly sweet, and rancid all at once.
Okay, so I wasn't really excited to try this given that it's Paris Hilton. But I got a free sample, so I decided to keep an open mind and try it. At first, I was pleasantly surprised when it smelled really sweet and pretty. Unfortunately, after about half an hour it really turned on my skin. It smelled revoltingly sweet, with the distinct scents of vomit and alcohol mixed in! It smelled just like a girl who had had WAY too many sugary wine coolers and puked them up all over herself! Which is hilarious, of course, because that's exactly what I imagine Paris smells like.
I bought the Paradise Found set, which contains minis of Flush, Dollface, and Snow Bunny. This was my first experience with Tarte's famous cheekstains, and they absolutely live up to their reputation. First, the packaging is very cute (which I've come to expect from all Tarte products). The minis are smaller than I had expected (think of a triple-thick tube of chapstick), but there's still a ton of product, and they are the perfect size for dabbing the right amount on your cheeks. I can't really imagine wanting one of the giant-sized cheekstains. As for the colors of Flush and Dollface, they really are gorgeous (read the separate reviews). While I certainly didn't buy the set for Snow Bunny, it is a nice freebie addition. It consists of cookie-scented, clear gel with whitish-silver micro glitters. They're not shockingly huge pieces of glitter, but it's definitely more glitter than shimmer. It will be fun for nights out, I suppose. Overall, I am completely thrilled with the set.
I am completely in love with this eye shadow quad! It's very pricy but worth every penny in my opinion. First, I have to mention how gorgeous the packaging is. It's a tiny black box with the Givenchy logo imprinted on the top. You lift the lid to discover the 4 lovely shadows and a mirror. The shadows flip up to reveal a second level underneath containing three eyeshadow applicators. The eyeshadows themselves are incredible. They are silky and long-lasting, with just the right amount of pigment (medium-to-highly pigmented, I'd say). There are two matte shadows on top--raspberry (purplish-magenta) and plum (deep purple). Below these, there are two shimmery (not frosty or glittery) shadows in pearly rose (pinkish lavender) and warm taupe (a soft purplish-brown color). The colors are all gorgeous and work well together to make the perfect purple-shadowed eye.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - aSquirrel makeup brush set
SouthDakotaPrincess 12/23/2005 10:26:00 AM
I should preface my review by stating that the only makeup brushes I have previously owned were crappy, scratchy, drugstore-store type brush sets. As such, I am no expert on brushes, and it wouldn't take much to impress me. But, that said, I was absolutely in love as soon as my A'Squirrel brush set arrived at my door. I had no idea that makeup brushes could be so soft! The brushes are beautifully designed as well, and they seem to be of high quality because they have not shed at all in the year that I've had them. I got the #4 set, which contains 9 brushes in all, including 4 squirrel hair brushes and 5 made of sable. A white goat-hair kabuki brush was included for free. The squirrel brushes are somewhat softer than the other brushes, but all of them are wonderful. The company A'Squirrel had really fast shipping as well. Highly recommended if you want a top-quality brush set without the name-brand prices.
This mascara does not need another review pointing out its many flaws, but I have to write one more review to be able to add new product listings, so here goes: it clumps, it smears, it flakes off like crazy, and it has the worst mascara brush ever conceived. I use the term "brush" loosely here: it's more like a mascara comb, it has so few "teeth" to coat and separate your lashes. I give it 2 lippies because it is very black, and it does show up on your lashes. It must be some kind of sick joke that this mascara is raved about in all the magazines. EDIT: I had to take off 1 lippie because I discovered another horrible flaw with this mascara. Even after it has dried, it still smears! I end up with black smudges under my eyebrows where my lashes touch my face. This is in addition to the awful flaking underneath your eyes! The only good comment I've seen about Great Lash on MUA is that it provides light darkening of your lashes. If that's what you're after, try Maybelline Full n Soft. Stay away from this garbage.
This gloss is simply incredible. The colors are exactly what I was looking for: a sheer red-glitter gloss, and the other side, while it looks kinda brownish in the tube, is actually the perfect deep red-berry color on my lips. The dark-red side is highly pigmented as well. For example, you put it on your lips, go to the bar and have a beer, and feel like you have no more gloss on your lips, but when you look in the mirror, the color is still glued to your lips. It's like a long-wearing lipstick, except it doesn't dry out your lips. And it comes in the oh-so-cute tarte tube.
I'm amazed the bottle didn't break when this stuff fell down from Heaven. It's the only foundation I have ever tried that is worth a dime. It stays put, all day, period. Be warned, however, that it does take practice to apply it correctly. This stuff is thick (spackle is not much of an exaggeration), and it dries fast. It is imperative to use moisturizer before you put this on. I use Neutrogena's Dry Touch sunblock, and it is a perfect base for this to keep it from going on too thick and mask-like. Second, you must apply it to only 1 area of your face at a time and blend before moving on to the next area. It even doubles as a concealer: just use the slightly dried foundation around the rim. The bottle sucks, though: it's hard to get foundation out and it invariably turns into a huge mess after a while. There is a LOT of foundation in there too. Even if you use it everyday, you cannot finish the bottle before it gets too cakey and needs to be replaced (every 6 months or so). Great stuff, though!
I love these even more than regular Lipsmackers. They have the same great scent, but in a cuter package and a lighter, "wetter" formula. They're pretty moisturizing for my lips too. My only complaints are the silly-looking and useless keychain top and the lack of sunscreen. But still, a great find!
I tried this on at the duty-free store and have to say I'm rather disappointed. It smells nice, but it's just really boring. Nothing memorable about it at all.
Brows -Maybelline - Brow Styling Gel [DISCONTINUED]
SouthDakotaPrincess 11/12/2005 10:50:00 PM
I got this in clear, and it's really good stuff for keeping my long brow hairs in place. My only complaint is that the brush is too long, so you get styling gel on your face as well as your brows. Come on, who has eyebrows that wide?