I have used wayy too many primers ( make up is my job), including smashbox photo finish, guerlain l'or, skin prep fx, clarins, Mac, benefit etc etc and this is my favorite. It's expensive, but worth it. I think people should do research before bashing the silicone content. In the makeup business it isn't a bad thing for a primer, it makes the application of foundation smooth/even and helps from creasing and clogging. If you find it too greasy, I would suggest a base like the loreal studio secrets ( same as the new Lancôme ones just lest expensive). I recommend this to everyone, or at least give it a try and ask for a sample to be made at your sephora or SDM.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Stephmua93 4/26/2012 11:26:00 PM
I hate this powder! Hate it hate it! It says its hydrating but I feel tight when wearing it. It covers nothing for me, doesn't last long and I hate the packaging.. Too big and it's hard to tell when you're out of product! The color range is awful, and although my customer would always ask about it, I would suggest something else. It's way too expensive for what you get! 72$ CDN where guerlain meteorites compact is only 65$ ... This powder is a waste of money.
I love this foundation. It would be my favorite if it came in one shade lighter! But I do appreciate the coverage, the wear and the overall look of this foundation when I wear it. I've never purchased it, but I got a very hefty sample :)! Anyways this foundation would e perfect if it came in my shade, and if it had a pump!
I love this mascara, but it is not for everyone! Pros: smells amazing, refillable, adorable packaging with a mirror, it's like the rouge g's but bigger, conditioning, really black very volumizing Cons: the brush is hard to hold because of its weight, doesn't curl lashes, and I've seen it actually straighten curled lashes, EXPENSIVE. But if you let your lashes dry then use a curler you'll be good, and the mascara is great for layering, if you like that I would suggest using bourjois curling one on top, or Lancomes cil booster xl under. I wouldn't repurchase the whole thing again, just the refills! It isn't a must have, just a luxury
My HG foundation! Finally a color light enough for me! Not only that but it gives amazing coverage, smells fantastic and lasts forever. FYI, I don't even use concealer anymore because the coverage is so good! It still looks pretty natural though. I also like that I can use my hands easily for application, and the packaging just looks pretty! I also feel like it self matifies so if I'm low, or out of my Mac msfn, I can skip a powder!
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
Stephmua93 4/26/2012 6:40:00 AM
This is the perfect product, paired with and angled brush for winged out cat eyes! Application is easy, consistent and creamy and it lasts for a long time ( product size aaand staying power). I like to use this on my waterline sometimes.. Although Im not sure if it's waterline approved! A must have in EVERYONE'S makeup bag / collection!
Oh feline, you somehow make me repurchase! This liner Is the perfect black, great for the waterline and smokey eyes... IF I have eyeshadow underneath.. If not it smudges everywhere! ... What a shame that I can't find a nicer black but I still think its a must have! Final verdict: perfect waterline/ tight lining color!
If I could have only one mac brush it would be this one! It does a whole lot! You can use this for applying cream products, powder product ls and blending! My primary use is crease color, and blending, but on lazy days I use it for my lid and highlight as well! It's very soft(goat hair) and it just plain looks nice! It is kind of expensive but it's worth the investment! I would definitely repurchase.. I actually own two !
Lip Gloss -MAC - Cremesheen Glass in Partial to Pink
Stephmua93 4/26/2012 6:17:00 AM
Favorite lipgloss of all time! It is not sticky, the color goes with every look I have, smells amazing and I like the modernness of packaging! My only issue is that you get less than a regular lipglass from MAC, but for more money :(. A definite repurchase, and definitely a must have , seeing as it is my holy grail lipgloss!
Beautiful Plummy pink ( if that makes sense!) it's a lot less shimmery than a lot of NARS blushes, but still beautiful! It is über pigmented, and I would suggest using a stippling brush (such as MAC 187) to build color, or else it could get messy! I would definitely repurchase, but I doubt I'll ever get through it because of the pigmentation!
I LOVE this mascara and it has probably replaced my make up for ever smokey lash as my favourite! The packaging is gorgeous and the way it makes my eyelashes look is incredible! Full, and long, almost like false eyelashes! My only problem is if you're not careful it'll clump horribly, so take your time! A definite repurchase!! ( its a little more expensive than my mufe one, 27 instead of 24.. But it's worth it!)
This is my Favorite black polish, I took off one lippie because the brush is too long and skinny! But the color and quality is phenomenal! It is the only china glaze polish I own a) the brush problem, b) it's the only one I've ever been able to find really! I live in Canada.. But ive seen some of their colors at independent nail salons and I've seen their colors so I'm dissappointed! Anyway.. Great polish and I would definitely repurchase!
I have a serious love hate relationship with this polish! I love the color but HATE everything else about it! It took me 4 coats before I gave up on trying to even out streaks and opacity! It chipped super fast and I would not purchase this again
This is first and foremost a nail strengthener! And it has done just that! My nails have been crappy since I wore acrylics (cringe) and this has really helped. But for me it has also helped my nail polish last, like a base coat. Before I bought this, my nail polish would chip the next day, no matter what brand I used, and this really stopped that problem! Plus it dries soooo fast that you can start putting your polish one right away! I bought this particular one, because my friend who works at trade secrets told me it was the one they used on clients as a base! I would repurchase for sure!
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Kook-A-Mango
Stephmua93 4/26/2012 5:45:00 AM
Oooou I love this color! It is a reddish orange, a bit to red to be a coral but lovely for spring and summer! I especially love it on toes! OPI's Cajun Shrimp is a dupe, so you definitely don't need both, especially since they equal in quality. I like this brush because it's big and flat, and glides easily acrossy nails! I could probably et away with one coat, but two is perfect, and as a bonus, it dries super fast and looks super glossy! I would definitely repurchase!