Liquid -Bourjois - Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
TheLeatherB 5/17/2011 9:41:00 AM
I've been using this new foundation for a bout a week and really love it! The formulation is very light and when applied it almost disappeard into my skin. I already love the regular formulation of the Healthy Mix foundation, but this one looks even more natural and like my own skin. It gives medium coverage. Also it has quite a strong scent, like other Bourjois products. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is that my skin is rather dry in winter and I don't think I will be able to use it then as it dries quickly on the skin and is not very moisturizing.
After using this for 2 weeks strait I feel confident reviewing this. I prefer this e/s primer over UDPP. First of all it feels soft and smooth, and not sticky like other primers. Secondly it allows me to add shadow to my eyes and blend easily as if there was no primer there at all. This is great because with UDPP I cannot apply and blend e/s as easily. With UDPP I'm often left with harsh lines that are difficult to blend in the crease. The downside to this primer is that it does crease after about 10 hours on me, but I wouls still call it a good primer. Without primer my e/s tends to crease after about 3 hours. I rarely require 10 hours of MU wear. i have not been able to try this in hot/humid/sweaty weather yet, so I will update as needed. For now I really like this product!
This polish came out with the Foil FX colelction. It's the first gold colored np I've ever bought and I'm pleasantly surprised. It need 2 to 3 coats to become an opaque light reflecting yellow gold. I could'nt believe how matallicy it looks, gorgeous. Best of all, I had no chipping! Fading around the tips, but no chipping :) It is a bit much for my fingernails though so I will probably be using this for pedi's only in future. The only downside for me is the cool tone, that actualy clashes with my wedding ring. I'll be picking up the warmer toned/bronze from this collection (rage) in the hope it will suit my skintone better.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Collistar Silk Effect Eye Shadow - 45 Cacao
TheLeatherB 6/22/2010 6:04:00 PM
This is one of my favorite eyeshadows and that means alot in my case since I have a huge collection of mostly MAC and NARS e/s. It's a beautiful warm shimmery mid brown with gold flecks. It's a bit like Galapagos by NARS only warmer. The color really brings out the green in my eyes. It applies very smoothly and has good pigementation. It's just easy makeup and I love that. I wear it all over the lid on days when time is short and it just works very well. Packaging is a bit cheapy, but that is easily overlooked thanks to the great quality of the shadow. I also love that it's easily accesible to me and the pricepoint is great (same pricerange as MAC). Will repurchase over and over.
I only got into cream blush recently. I heard alot about Illamasqua so I placed an order online. Wow! First of all I love this color. It's a fresh red toned pink. The color on me is very close to the color I would naturaly flush, and it really works. My skintone is fair NW15/20. The color is comparable to NYX cream blush in Glow, only slightly more red. The color pay off is decent and builds well. Staying power is great. The formulation is lovely and smooth but it feels very light on the cheek, blends like a dream! I also expected it to be more sticky. Packaging is a little bulky, but it does look different, so I like that. So I have not found fault with it yet (I've had and worn it for about 2 weeks). I just love it!
I got this because I was looking for something brighter than MAC's Shroom to use as a highlight. Shroom kind of disapears on me because it matches my skin tone. I liked the Phloof swatch at the counter but once applied it was not good :( It is much too loud and tacky on me. This is not an everyday shadow for most I would say, not if you have an office job in a conservative environment. I'll stick with Shroom for the browbone for now!
This product is marketed as a unisex EDT and I really like that idea. I would describe the scent as floral with a black pepper undertone. Sounds wierd I know, but I feel there is something cutting through the floral notes. I really like the smell on me. However it does fade too quickly for my liking :( Unfortunately I can only give it 4 lippies. I am not sure if I would repurchase simply because I want a good scent to last on me!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Underground 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
TheLeatherB 6/15/2010 3:19:00 PM
This is such a wearable taupe color, absolutely love it. This e/l reminds me of MAC's Satin Taupe e/s only a shade darker. This for me falls into the category 'gorgeous and safe'. It's so smooth and it glides on perfectly. This is one of those products you can just throw on and know it will work. Great basic staple. I love products like this that are apropriate for work and do the trick on those days when you're not feeling creative.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in 1999
TheLeatherB 6/15/2010 3:07:00 PM
I love this liner. I'm very surprised to read so many neg reviews. The color is a gorgeous plum with gold sheen which fades a little to a lighter purple during the day. None of the chunky glitter that the 24/7 liner in Bourbon has. The formulation is wonderful too wich goes for most the 24/7 pencils. It's just everything I wanted this to be. Applies so smoothly and is just what I need to set off my green eyes and dark lashes with. Does fade a little so when I'm going fo a more intense look I apply over Chanel's Brandy liner. I just love it, it works for me!
This is a lovely vibrant summery color. More on the hot pink than on the orange side. I love Essie's range of cream polishes. The reason I only give it 4 lippies is that the application is terrible. It took me 4 coats before it was completely opaque and I don't like how thin the brush is. I love polish and renew my polish about 3 times a week. If you can't stand streaky polish you may want to skip this.
I have this in 10 Lichee. I am very familiar with Clarins skincare products, but I had never tried their make up. I decided to give it a try and I'm really happy I did. This blush is a no brainer. Blends well, looks so natural, stays on. Just love it. The color looks really boring in the pan, but wow on my face it does everything a blush should do: makes me look naturally flushed. For refference I'm an NW15/20. I normally gravitate towards blushes with sheen like Coralista and Deep Thr. I get compliments with those products all the time form people saying they love my blush. That means they are seeing blush. With this product I have had compliments from people saying I look good. That's the difference between a natural looking blush and a shimmery pop of color-type blush. Love both kinds as both are suited for different moods and occasions.
This is going to be a bit of a difficult review. I adore this color IMO it's a cool toned slightly purple nude on my lips. Sounds a bit weird, but it is so flattering! It's like a cool toned Viva Glam V. So wearable and gorgeous on me. BUT: it does not last at all :( After about 15 minutes this fades on me. Also I need to moisturize lips befor applying. This had HG potential for me, but the staying power is terrible. Such a shame.
I read alot of people bash this product after they did not apply it the way you're supposed to :( honestly that's not an fair review, is it?! This product must be applied dry hair before bed and hair must be washed as normal in the morning. I love this stuff. Although it does not eliminate frizz, I believe only BKT will do that, but I will never shell out the hundreds of € to get that done. This stuff just makes my hair very very soft. I use it a few times a month as indicated on the bottle and find myself touching my hair all te time the next day. My hair feels weightless and soft. However it does not make my hair look that much better, it just feels less dry. None the less I gave it 4 lippies because it does do something good and I have tried so very many products in my quest to tame my coarse frizzy hair.
Tinted Moisturizer -Stila - Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Shade 1
TheLeatherB 6/12/2010 7:34:00 AM
If you're looking for a sunscreen with spf 15 with a bit of shimmer, this is it! If you're looking for a even the slightest coverage, skip this! This is not a tinted moisturizer! It does not cover anything at all, would not even consider this light coverage. It does make my skin look radiant, but does not cover the bit of redness in my skin. Will use up, but won't repurchase.
Hits and misses for me with NARS blush. There is no store that sells NARS in my country so I go on reviews/swatches online to buy blush. Unfortunately I did not like Gina for my skintone. I'm an NW 15/20 and peachy blushes look best on me. I was hoping Gina was a bit more peachy, but I found it to be a cool toned dirty orange color. In combination with the matte finish it just makes me look dirty, and not healthy, which I normally look for in a blush. Quality is great though as may be expected of NARS, just did not work with my coloring. Pigmentation and formulation is great.