I'm shocked that this doesn't have better reviews. All my other blushes have been totally neglected since I got this one a few weeks ago. I'm very fair and it looks SO natural on me and lasts all day. I love the texture as well -- very easy to apply. What's not to like?
Eyeliner -Clinique - Quickliner for eyes- smoky brown
april647 11/6/2010 3:35:00 PM
I've used this shade for many years. I'm very cool-toned and VERY fair-skinned, with light eyes, and I tend to feel like most shades of eyeliner look overpoweringly dark on me. However, this soft shade of brown flatters my eyes without making me look inadvertently goth-like. I don't wear eyeliner every day (although I probably should), but when I do wear it, it's almost always this one.
Macks is a really great red polish. As a nail polish addict, I have owned and worn many, many reds, and there are certainly many creme reds out there to rival this one. However, the particular color of this one is absolutely stunning. In the sunlight, it looks rather bright, maybe even a little too bright, but indoors it morphs into a darker, blue-based red. I agree with others who've said it's perfect for fall and winter, or the holidays (it's a very holiday-ish shade of red, IMO), but one could certainly get away with wearing it on toes in the summer as well. I think this is Essie's best "classic" red, and Big Apple Red is OPI's best.
Your grandmother probably used this creme, and trust me, she knew what she was doing. They sell it in a tube now in addition to the classic tin, and although it has all kinds of uses, for me, it's the perfect hand cream. Just a dab will provide intense moisture with no greasy feeling and instantly wipe out any dry, rough spots on my hands and cuticles. My mother used to use it on her hands too when I was a child, and the scent still reminds me of her. Even in price-inflated NYC, a tube of this costs me $3.49 at my drugstore. For such a classic, high-quality product, that's a deal if I ever saw one. What more could you want?
Lip Liners -Clinique - Quickliner for Lips Baby Buff
april647 6/16/2009 12:44:00 PM
I like this liner. The texture is nice and I love that I don't have to sharpen it. The color is a touch on the orangey side for me, but a lot of nude shades tend to do that on me since I'm very cool-toned. It still works nicely with my pink-nude glosses and lipsticks. I'm thinking of picking up Lipblush to try out next.
This is a stunning eyeshadow duo and is what I use for my basic day face, along with dark brown eyeliner and black mascara. I have fair skin and green eyes and this looks absolutely amazing on me. I just swipe the paler color on the lid and the darker one in the crease and maybe blend a little and voila: my makeup looks almost professionally done. I agree that these don't fit so well in the single shadow pots. You can get them in, but you kind of have to smoosh them in (carefully so you don't smash the shadow) with a fingertip. Aside from that though, I adore this product.
As others have said, this is more like a lipstick than a lip balm, which is fine because that's what I wanted out of it. Basically, if you're a lipstick person most of the time, this is a great sheer nude lipstick-type-thing to wear to the gym, beach, pool, or whenever you might not want the full coverage look you'd get out of an actual lipstick. That's how I use it and I'm quite happy with it for that purpose. If you're a gloss person who's not so into lipstick, this might not be the product for you, as it really is more of a non-shiny, lipstick-type product.
I like this gloss. It's almost clear, a very VERY sheer baby pink. The texture is very smooth, which is how I like glosses to be -- it reminds me of my old favorite line for gloss, Delux, which is now discontinued. I don't know if I would purchase it a second time because it's rather expensive for what it is and because there are so many glosses this color, but I'm enjoying it for now.
Lip Liners -Chanel - Le Crayon Gloss - Pink Praline
april647 9/18/2007 2:43:00 PM
This is my absolute perfect lip liner. It's a neutral pink that pretty much goes with anything. I wear it with pinks, nudes, and sometimes just on its own with clear gloss. I can't find it anymore in stores, and I've bought up all I can find on eBay. It's the only liner I've ever liked, I don't know what I'll do when I run out. The only reason I knocked off a lipstick is because I wish this was a twist-up style, instead of a traditional pencil I have to sharpen.
Fragrances -Bulgari - Eau Parfumee Refreshing Towels
april647 8/22/2007 12:40:00 PM
These towels are basically Bulgari's classic Eau Parfumee fragrance in disposable wipe form. I bought them because I am always on the lookout for fragrances for travel that aren't liquid (and thus bypass the Transportation Insecurity Agency's liquid and gel restrictions on airplanes). The fragrance is nice, of course, if you like this sort of scent -- very crisp and citrusy. And applying the slightly cool wipe to one's throat and chest is, as advertised, refreshing. A subtle hint of Eau Parfumee is left behind. Unfortunately, the fragrance dissipates within the hour. I've taken to carrying the wipes around with me and using one whenever the fragrance has worn off, just to use them up, which is enjoyable for now but not practical for the long term. I won't be repurchasing these when I run out.
Fragrances -Narciso Rodriguez - Narciso Rodriguez for her
april647 8/20/2007 4:23:00 PM
This is a really sexy, musky perfume. I got a sample of it from Sephora and tested it out for a few days. By the time the sample ran out, I was hooked, and I am now seriously considering purchasing the full size for this fall. I almost never buy myself perfume, so this is a big deal for me -- my entire perfume collection consists of (1) a million samples in my office, bag, and bathroom, which I usually use up and forget about; and (2) a couple of full-sized perfumes that people have bought me as gifts. But this one is a definite standout. I love the pretty bottle as well.
I have the Amber half of this. I keep it in my desk at the office for when I am going out after work (which happens a couple of times a week) and want to boost my fragrance before I head out the door. This is great for that. It is in solid form, so I don't have to annoy the entire office by spraying perfume around, and it smells really sexy. My only complaint is that it doesn't have much lasting power.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
april647 8/2/2007 5:33:00 PM
OK this is hilarious LMAO. I have recently discovered the magical powers of the brown, undyed, recycled kind of napkins as well (this is the kind used at my local deli also.) They blot oil like NOTHING else! White napkins somehow don't seem to have the same magic powers. Try it, you will be amazed! And they're free!
Foundation is the one thing I've learned not to listen to MUA on, because it's just too personal and unique to the individual's skin. This foundation is great on me. I have totally schizophrenic skin. I don't know if it can even be called "combination" since usually that means an oily T-zone and normal cheeks. My T-zone is oily and I break out there, but it's also where I'm most likely to be dry -- go figure. My forehead can have pimples on it and be so dry it's flaking at the same time. Anyway, not many foundations work for me, but this one does. It doesn't cling to flakes on my skin, and it doesn't turn my face into an oil slick by midday. Mont Blanc worked on me (I'm a cool PPP) but I could have gone with Deauville as well; I actually debated between them for a while in the store. Mont Blanc is pinker so I went with that. The coverage is medium, not heavy or masklike but not too sheer either. If my skin sounds like yours, try this out.
This is my second favorite out of all Essie's pale pink/white neutral type of colors. I prefer East Hampton Cottage, but this is the one I choose when I'm in a salon where that one isn't available. It's quite similar to EHC in that it's a nearly opaque pinkish white, but it's a little more white and less pink, and it's a true creme whereas EHC has a slight pearly sheen to it. Nonetheless, this delivers the polished (no pun intended) look I want when I go to get my nails done. I've never had issues with streakiness, but that's probably just because I don't do my own nails and this looks fine when applied by a pro.