I found the colours red, orange and green, to be the most dominant in this flakie polish. The formula is easy to work with, considerably easy to remove, and the amount of flakies to be dense enough for one coat over other polishes. It looks especially pretty over dark colours like black, but lighter colors as well! I would repurchase.
I'm so pleased with this product - I finally bought it after hearing about it for literally years! The formula is extremely creamy and pigmented, with a slightly sticky feel. I have only used it as a base for brightening shadows, not as a stand alone eye shadow. I like to do a highlight in the inner corners of my eyes, and I have found this to really improve how long the shimmery shadow I use on top, lasts. The price is more then fair, and I would repurchase. My only complaint is that the pencil is plastic, so I am not sure how well sharpening will work, but I have not worn it down enough.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
TimeAndBlame 8/23/2012 2:10:00 AM
I have somewhat oily eyelids, and do find my shadow the crease after a few hours without a primer. Until recently, I have used MAC Painterly Paint Pot and I was satisfied - so I didn't look around for others. This came with my UD Naked Pallette so I did try it; and can I just say I am IN LOVE? I apply a small amount with the applicator, and use my finger tip to blend over my whole lid area, my lower lash line (if i'll be using liner/shadow there) and if I have excess on my finger I will sort of pat it onto the beginning of my eyebrows (where I fill them in). I admire the fact that it doesn't have a smell, doesn't bother my skin personally, and how it seems a little goes a long way. The staying power is amazing. I really feel it "grabs" the eyeshadow nicely.. makes it seem more pigmented, blendable and obviously longer lasting. I would repurchase and recommend for sure! It can seem a little bit costly to some, but I do think it's worth it!
I'm sure it has been said a hundred times - but if you are a neutral lover you have to get this pallete! I admire that there is a both matte and shimmery colors, I find them all equally useful. I don't have any complaints about this, the packaging is nice (I didn't realize it was velvety though, from photos lol). The pigmentation and lasting power on this baby is wonderful! My favorite and most used shades are - sin, half baked, smog and naked. Opps - I lied I do have one complaint - the brush it comes with isn't really the greatest, but it did include the primer potion which I had never tried before (and love it now). I know it seems pretty pricey, but when I worked it out to if they were individual shadows from say MAC - well it's definitely worth it!
I can't believe no one has reviewed this! Prism is from the (you guessed it) Prismatic Collection. The polish is slightly hard to describe.. it's full of glitters - silvers, reds, green, gold etc - but it's somehow not over the top. The base color is a sheer blue-y purple at the first coat, but I found it to be completely opaque at three. You could likely get away with two thicker coats. It kind of shifts between blue and purple as it's main color, depending on the lighting situation. As expected with such a glitter packed polish it is a bit of a pain to remove, and does require a top coat to smooth the glitter texture but overall it's a beautiful polish. I would repurchase, but I believe this collection is no longer available (aside from eBay etc). The wear time was great when used with a top and base coat, I think this would also be lovely as a top coat on certain polishes such as purples/blues.. I would recommend if you can get your hands on it!
I usually am attracted to colors like purple, blue, aqua etc.. but this "barbie pink" looked fun for summer so I decided to give it a try. For a cool toned pink it didn't look to bad on my NW15 skin! The packaging, brush and price were all great in my opinion. However, I am not sure if the bottle I bought was older or something, because the formula was quite thick. It was streaky on the first coat, but was mostly opaque at the second. The lasting power was mediocre when using a base/top coat. Overall I wasn't impressed with the formula, but the cheap price made it not so bad to have experimented. I would not repurchase, but now am on the hunt for a better barbie pink!
I cannot believe I've never heard of this lipstick before! I went into MAC and told the SA that I was looking for a berry-red, that was not overpowering or too "out there". I am NW15, and my daily lipstick is Twig (also by MAC) which is described as a brownish-pink, shows up as more of a darker pink reddish color on me. I wanted a lipstick I could layer with it, to step it up a notch for evenings and such. I'm so glad I was introduced to this! The color pay off is great, as most other MAC lipsticks, the packaging is attractive, the subtle vanilla scent is lovely and pretty good staying power. I would repurchase and reccomend! Especially to those who are afraid of bright reds like Russian Red, but want to venture into the world of reds lol :)
This brush is okay in my books.. but I feel the price is higher then the quality unfortunately! I admire how soft TBS brushes usually are, however these were sort of too soft, yet stiff. I wasn't able to pick up enough shadow, or apply the way I usually would.. I don't use cream eye shadows but it seems it would work better with those, as opposed to dry. The brush itself is nice looking, but just didn't deliver in the way I had hoped. Would not repurchase, nor would I recommend to someone.. Unless they are looking for a cream shadow brush maybe!
Hair Styling Tools -Brocato - Vibrastrait Oscillating Flat Iron
TimeAndBlame 6/19/2012 4:01:00 PM
Recently my Paul Brown hair straighter has "died", after using it steadily for a few years. I had hopes for something with a similar style/effect and up to the same temperature (450 degrees fahrenheit). I thought the vibration sounded gimmicky, but it was on sale and I decided to give it a chance.. Thank goodness this salon had a great return policy, because it is honestly one of the worst I have used! Considering it was closer to $200 then $100, I would expect better packaging at least. The product has a very cheap plastic feel, and becomes very hot (the plastic) unlike other irons I have used. I've used many different irons: CHI, BaByliss, Paul Brown, NP group, Kenneth Bernard, and even cheaper ones like Revlon and Conair. This one has felt the cheapest unfortunately. It does straighten hair, don't get me wrong, but my hair didn't seem softer but rather more stiff and dry. The vibration as I predicted WAS very pointless, despite being advertised as a major feature on the iron. I found it annoying, though it's able to be turned off. Luckily I was able to return this and get a different one. I was very unimpressed and would NOT recommend or repurchase. P.s I thought maybe I just had bad luck with it, so I asked the stylist/employee at a different branch of the salon where I got it and she actually told me it doesn't sell well, and none of the stylist recommend or like it. Also reviews from other sites I checked after, often stated it broke after a few uses.. Oh well, at least I got to try something new haha! :P
I've got to be honest - when it comes to fragrances I am more of a gourmand, and warm sort of girl. But when I stumbled upon an amazing deal on this, I decided to try something new. The bottle is simple but still attractive in my opinion. The scent is what could be accurately described as: beachy, citrus, crisp, and clean. Rightfully so since the main notes are musk, green tea, citruses and flowers. I do detect the slight bit of musk as I don't find it overly feminine, but certainly not masculine (if that makes any sense!). It's what you would expect from Roxy, it's perfect for a day at the beach or on a warm summer night that you don't want something overpowering or heavy. It's light, inexpensive, non-offensive, and smells great. My main gripe is I find it only lasts up to 3 hours (with one spray) but I will be trying with two. I don't know yet if I will use this enough and still love it, to need to repurchase so for now I would say "no" in all honesty. But I would still recommend for this season and the younger ladies in particular! Not to discriminate lol, it just really smells like a scent a younger girl in her teens to early 20's would appreciate the most :)
As with all Orly polishes, I really admire the practical packaging (the grip handle in particular). Despite the name Purple Crush didn't show up very "purple" on my skin tone at all! I am quite fair, NW15 to be exact, and this was more of a bright almost *hot* pink. On others I could see the slight violet hue being more prominent, but on me, not so much.. I should say though, as a color I thought it was gorgeous and perfect for summer! But unfortunately the formula leaves much to desire: streaky, drying to a dull finish, and despite using a top/base coat I had a large chip the very next day. So disappointing! I would not repurchase or recommend, as I can find plenty of other polishes that are similar, with stronger staying power.
The smell is natural and subtle - I find it quite pleasant. I tend to be a sucker for scrubs, personally I just feel more cleansed with the sensation of sloughing away dead skin (ick, I know!). The scrubbing particles in this one are not only natural but gentle, using rice beads and walnut shells. That may sound harsh but trust me, it really isn't.. The formula is on the thicker side, but I don't find that bothersome and it lathers very well on a pouf. My skin has been seeming more healthy since I began using this: less dull, less itchy after shaving my legs, and just overall more moisturized. The price seems quite fair to me as you get a generous amount in the bottles I have seen at least. I would repurchase, and recommend!
The Body Shop actually calls this brush the "Sun Luster Brush". It's rather pricey at just over $23 CAD, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I am quite pleased I did - the hairs (synthetic) are incredibly soft, more so then any brush I own. They recommend this for use with their bronzer but I actually use it with my MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle. I find S&G a little to glittery usually, but because this brush isn't dense or rough, it doesn't collect so much product. Which could be a negative or positive.. depends on what you're looking for! I think it's great for adding a highlighter/bronzer and blending the two. And even as a blush brush I found it satisfactory! I like the it has a bit of a wider bottom bit, so it sits upwards steadily and the packaging is nice. I would repurchase, but hopefully won't need to anytime soon!
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser
TimeAndBlame 5/23/2012 4:13:00 AM
I must say I'm rather surprised at the many negative reviews. This product really has helped my skin in multiple ways: cleansing it and removing makeup without drying out my skin, reducing oiliness, even seemingly improving the black heads on my nose. I also noticed the small random bumps I would get (sort of like pimples just more under the skin and less red) have greatly reduced! I actually picked this up on a fluke, I notice the drugstore was out of my previous favorite face wash and this was very budget friendly so I figured I'd give it a try and I am very glad I did. It smells pleasant yet slightly medicated (maybe the Salicylic acid?), so not everyone may like it. The texture is very creamy and doesn't lather, the formula does leave my skin slightly tingly especially if I leave it on as a sort of mask for a couple minutes. My one complaint is that it seems to be a little more time consuming to wash off with just hands and water, but a face cloth fixes that problem. I would repurchase, and recommend!
Ahh Essie, you have disappointed me.. For the summer I have been searching for bright colors that I don't usually wear. I tried China Glazes Peachy Keen (its more of a milky pastel orange then peach) and was also let down. This is an ever so slightly darker orange, and in the bottle I thought it would look nice with my pale skin. The formula was very streaky, even the third coat was. And it chipped the very next day, even though I used a base and top coat. The color is in the bottle is gorgeous, no doubt about that.. But my search for a creamy orange still continues. Would NOT recommend or repurchase.