looks super bright in the tube, but goes on sheer and pretty. it's fall and i'm still using mine (mainly because that's how i roll, but also because it's sheer enough that it doesn't scream "i'm a summer colour!"). imparts a good amount of shine, with no shimmery particles, and lasts for a long time, even through sips of coffee and a bit of food. it's a great peachy pink that would be flattering, i imagine, on most skin-tones. for reference, i'm a pale asian girl with yellowy/warm undertones, and it looks pretty good on me (if i'm allowed to say so myself). it smells kind of like cake batter, which could be bad or good, depending on your preference (i prefer non-cake-smelling things, but once it's on you can barely smell it). it's not overly sticky, almost feels like vaseline texture, but you will feel the need to reapply after a few hours because as it dries, you can feel it getting a little stickier. however, the good thing is, as it dries, the colour remains as the gloss gets a little bit more matte, so if that's your thing, then it's good. i would recommend trying this colour out. of all the le gloss colours i bought, this is the nicest one.
Bought this in West Side Wine, which is a great sort of pinky-nude, with more of a warm undertone. I only needed something to use to set my NYX cream blush, but this actually works pretty well on its own. I have really pale skin in the fall and winter, and it's really great. Of course, it's not as pigmented as I'd like it to be, but it's matte and if you use a proper blush brush (I use Ecotools blush brush), you can get a pretty good blush on your cheeks. Over a cream blush, it works perfectly to set it. And no shiny particles of glitter. Thank goodness! I would buy this again, if I ever hit pan. It's really great over my cream blush, and the 3$ price tag is great. I can withhold from buying coffee for a day, and have blush for ..oh gee...who knows how long it'll last. There's a ton in the package (8.1 g / 0.28 oz) so I should be set for the next little bit.
went to shoppers drug mart, saw it for 11$. then i went to the states and saw it at walmart for 2$. in retrospect, i wish i had bought at least 5 of them - they are awesome! my first time using it, i had a sample from one of my magazines, and it worked so well that i literally used the sample until it was bruised and abused (it was a tiny thin version of the real thing). the real thing has a green side to buff and even out the nail, the white side is what imparts the shine. if you're impatient like me and like instant results, you'll like this. i even took to shining boyfriend's nails when he wasn't looking (he wasn't too pleased hehe but he did acknowledge that it works -- for those who end up trying this on their significant others, the green side will remove the shine if you buff over it). the shape is almost awkward, but i can understand the reasoning behind it, so i don't mind. my only gripe is that the sides (the part you hold?) doesn't have any purpose. i wish that they had extended the shine-side onto the grip-sides, so that you could use every part of the product.4 i have heard it works over nailpolish, but have yet to try that out, but hope it does - my polishes can lose shine when i'm washing my hands too frequently. still, it's fantastic, and i am going to search walmart in canada to see if the price is any more reasonable. otherwise, i am going to go back to the states and stock up. (imagine what i have to claim at the border: "oh, i just bought a lot of nail buffers..") i highly recommend this!!!
Highlighters -Revlon - Age Defying Spa Illuminator Bare Light
ajaeee 6/15/2011 4:34:00 PM
I have this in Bare Light and it's awesome. AWESOME. I mix it with lipsticks to use as blush, but I also use it to highlight where I need. Top with a little loose powder, and you're good to go! Bare Light is less pinky than pink light, but be careful because for some skin tones it is still too pink. It's pretty creamy and if you're not careful you could end up using too much. The good thing about it is that you can kind of mete out how much you use, IF you pry the brush part off (thankfully, that is fairly easy). And it has an on/off switch so you don't end up with illuminator exploding all over your stuff. Yikes. Like other illuminators, be careful how much and where you put it because unless your skin is that young, youthful, already-dewy-but-hell-lets-put-some-makeup-on-and-look-that-much-better, it will make you look sweaty and sparkly. Edward Cullen after rigorous exercise is not a good look for anyone (at least, not in my opinion). Seriously though, go try it. It is awesome and the tube lasts forever and ever and ever.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
ajaeee 6/15/2011 4:10:00 PM
I think in general, any recycled napkins work. OR! Those great bathroom paper towels!!! I have a whole roll at work (the kitchenette automatic dispenser stopped working, and somebody had put a few out...so I nabbed one for my desk. Honestly awesome. At the end of the day before I leave the office, I rip a piece off and blot my whole face (no rubbing, please!). It's simultaneously gross and cool how much oil these things pick up. Best of all, it's free. But I still rated that I'd buy it again (or steal another one from the kitchenette). Once I somehow run out of the whole roll I have here.
I did something bad, and I bought lipstick without consulting MUA first. Or swatching. The tester had disappeared for it, but it looked really nice from the top of the tube (don't follow my example and do what I did - always swatch and try your best to check reviews!). It turns out the colour is great on my lips, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. It's a very subtle pinky red colour (in the tube it looks almost like there's a touch of brown, but I'm very bad at explaining colours so who knows?!), and it makes my whole face look made up. It doesn't make my teeth look yellow either. It's creamy and buildable, and it's great as a sheer wash of colour or if you want to wear a stronger lip. As others have said, it may just be a universally flattering colour - the woman I was standing next to at Walmart pretty much scanned the entire rack and grabbed the second-to-the-last tube as though that was her only purpose in going there. She had completely different colouring from me, but I guess she loved the colour too. Anyway, go get a tube. For 6$ CAD, it's worth trying it out. If you don't like the colour, you'll for sure find somebody who does.
Lip Treatments -C.O. Bigelow - My Favorite Lip Balm
ajaeee 6/13/2011 3:30:00 PM
C.O. Bigelow knows - it is my favourite lip balm. And I've been a lipstuff junkie for years (once, when I was in high school, my best friend sent me that "LipBalmAddicts" site...I don't know if it still exists, but it was still funny...), so that's saying something. My Favourite Lip Balm (MFLB from here on in) is kind of liquidy and glossy without the sticky. Seriously, this is glossy balm. None of that waxy stuff that you get with other balms, which I guess some hate and some love. It pretty much just slides on and keeps my lips moisturized quite awesomely. I wear it over my lipstick and it keeps me from looking like a cracked-lip-scary-witch. It smells awesome and has shea butter and sweet almond oil, which is a nice change from the slightly-stickier mentha balms that CO Bigelow is known for. MFLB is strictly moisturizing. It smells good too. In a pinch, it will work for moisturizing cuticles too, I've found. Although you're probably better off getting actual cuticle cream...but as I said, in a pinch it will do. All in all, I will be repurchasing this again and again (yes, those B&BW B2G1 sales are all going to MFLBs). Awesome :)
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous-- Love That Pink
ajaeee 6/13/2011 3:23:00 PM
LTP is a creamy awesome retro-type pink. Yes, I said retro-type. I did go there. I think it's matte. It seems matte to me. And it's a great colour - it stays forever when I use it (unless I'm eating a lot). Be careful if your teeth are not as white as they'd like to be, because it does seem to emphasize that fact. My favourite use for this lipstick is actually as an emergency blush. Yes! It is a great colour for blush. I swipe two swipes onto my left palm, put a tiny drop of my Revlon Age Defying Spa face illuminator (Bare Light, for reference's sake) on top, blend a little and dab dab dab, blend blend blend, top with loose translucent powder...All of a sudden, my cheeks have life! Just don't go swiping directly onto your cheeks. You may risk clown-facing yourself. A tiny bit is all you need! :)
I have mega protein because I forgot my mascara at home in Toronto, while in the States (Hawley PA whatup!), so I bought this at the Walmart. Of course, I had to buy it without checking MUA because I didn't have US data on my phone. It's got a thick brush, and a fat handle, which I don't mind. The brush is nice, but I'd prefer if it were thinner. I have long lashes, and the formula is a little watery (again, I like that, if I'm wearing contacts...), so it ends up on my glasses if I don't wait a little bit for it to dry. It also gets all over my skin if I blink. I suppose this is a case of your eyelashes may vary. Nowadays, I use it when I want my lashes to look a little bigger - I put some clear Great Lash on before I swipe on two coats, and then I take a tissue and wipe a little to get rid of the excess (lightly wipe, lightly!). Together the two make my eyelashes kind of dramatic and big, but only because they're long and curly to begin with. All in all, I did say that I wouldn't buy it again, because I'm sure I can get that effect with other better mascaras with thinner brushes and less watery formulas, but it is a good mascara. It's very good on the wallet hehehe.
I got this at Walmart for around 4 or 5 CAD$, after reading the rave reviews. The one I have is the waterproof formula. This mascara is actually pretty nice. I prefer the regular mascara brushes to the plastic kind, but this doesn't hurt - it's a nice thin brush, which I prefer to the WnW protein mascara's huge fat brush. It doesn't clump up until after 4 coats (I tested hehe), but if you're quick and do each coat while it's still wet, it works quite well. I haven't had any irritation in my eyes from it, which is awesome because I tend to get eye itchies from some mascaras. It was easy to remove too. I do like it for every day, although I do have long lashes to begin with so I don't necessarily need the extra length (I use clear Great Lash most of the time) - it's not so watery that when I blink, it gets all over my glasses. It works well with the whole natural-look thing, so if that's your look, you would do well to get this mascara.
Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Temptress (LE)
ajaeee 6/11/2011 11:19:00 PM
Dare I call a product MLBB? Naw, I won't...but this lipstick is awesome. I am going to buy another tube just in case it stays LE and doesn't make it to regular status. So does this mean I dare call a lipstick/colour HG? Perhaps... Temptress is a pretty pink, kind of cool-toned but works on my pale-yellow tone skin. I think it's because I have enough pink in my skin..but that may not be a good thing (the pink, not the fact that it matches). It's slightly more sheer than I expected, but it's totally buildable. It's got enough shimmer to give off the effect of "hey by the way, I'm wearing lipstick!" but it's not like "SAY HELLO TO MY LIPS!" Anyway, all in all, this has to be one of my favourite shades of lipstick. For me, it's kind of what I will wear as my nude, MLBB shade. Flashy? Yes, I am. Buy Temptress. If you don't find that it's your shade...well, you know where to find me.
Lipstick -Revlon - Matte lipstick in Mauve It Over
ajaeee 6/11/2011 11:10:00 PM
I got this because I need a matte lipstick in my arsenal, and it just seemed like the right colour. It is very similar to my lip colour, but I'm on the fence about it. It goes on great, and it's a nice colour - rose but on the brown-ish side. I just can't figure out if I need to get used to matte, or if it just lacks colour for me. It doesn't look bad on my skin though, so I will still wear it every so often...I just don't see it as a must-have-it-in-my-bag-everywhere-I-go lipcolour. Still, if you're looking for a matte lipstick that works well with black hair and pale yellow-tone skin, this might work for you. Definitely swatch it first though, or try it if you can, because some people find it too brown.
I've had my tube of Dare for more than 3 years, and I've only recently started wearing lipstick again, so I finally took the plunge & opened it. I thought I would have a gross, crumbly, terrible formula lipstick, since it had been so long since I'd bought it, but it's awesome. The waxy sweet smell is something that most people hate, but I actually love the smell. I'm not sure why. The lipstick itself is a corally warm pink, and I love it. On my Asian skin (fair, more on the yellow side but with enough pink that I don't look sallow) it works pretty darn well. I can actually pile it on if I want to - I don't though - and it won't look garish at all. I'm a little iffy on whether I should use this old tube or not, but if I decide to get rid of the old tube, I will definitely repurchase it because I love this shade.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 5 Pieces Brush Set (Mineral Makeup)
ajaeee 6/8/2011 3:48:00 PM
+1 for running the brushes across my face for no reason. They are that soft, and they hold up so well after washes (just wash them properly and you're good to go). The price is also quite irresistible.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
ajaeee 6/8/2011 3:38:00 PM
I love this liner brush! I use it with my Maybelline Eyestudio cream liner, and it's perfect, especially when I just want to put a bit of liner (like right into my lashes, without going on the underside of the lashes to tight-line). It holds its shape really well, and if it ever decides not to go wacky on me, I'm going to buy another one. It's very affordable, and it's easy to handle too.