This is a pretty eyeshadow. It is light brown in color, but has a translucent shimmer, which makes it more versatile. It can be swept over other shadows to add shimmer or worn as a conservative shadow on its own. I ordered several EM shadows & this is my favorite so far. Only downside is having to pay for shipping from the web site.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Star Secrets - Diane's Tuberose
beautifulskin 7/23/2008 9:56:00 PM
This is a nice medium rose color; my lips but better & really brings out my blue eyes. It's a little too dark for my taste, so I dot it on, instead of smearing it. I appreciate the flat matte color, with no frost or sparkle, & I can layer gloss or a lighter tinted lipstick over it. But why do so many drugstore lipsticks have such a strong cosmetic or medicinal smell? This L'Oreal lipstick line is one of those. It's enough to motivate me to pay more for lipstick that doesn't have such a strong smell. Nevertheless, this shade is natural muted rose that I can wear day & night.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Deep Action Cream Cleanser
beautifulskin 6/18/2006 6:32:00 PM
Would I buy this product again: Emphatically not! Menthol doesn't belong in a face cleanser. It also seems that when this cleanser is called "deep action" I'm supposed to be fooled into thinking that because my pores are both burning & cool after being "washed" with this cleanser, that some kind of deep cleansing took place. No, that was just the menthol coming in contact with my skin. Does this cleanser clean? Yes. My face felt less oily. However, the back of the tube said the cleanser would lather, but I rubbed it between my hands & nothing happened, except the cream spread around on my hands. It acted like its name said-- you are spreading a menthol skin cream on your face to clean it. I bought this because it looked like more secure packaging than Cetaphil to take on vacation, but I wish I had read the list of ingredients on the back before I bought this & I hope I don't break out from using it...I'm going to put my Cetaphil in a travel bottle & slam dunk this tube in the trash.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes - Fine Wink [DISCONTINUED]
beautifulskin 6/18/2006 12:29:00 PM
Love this color! It's a light rose e/s with a touch of shimmer that applies a slightly deeper color than a PPP's natural eyelid color. It's one step lighter than true rose. I was exclusively using matte milk chocolate/mocha shaded eyeshadows, after facing the fact I don't apply highlighting & shadowing e/s well, in the crease, on the brow bone, etc. This is a one swipe & go eyeshadow color. Discreet, natural-looking, & cheap at about $1.99. The container is circular with a screw-on lid. A small complaint is no applicator is included. But the color is versatile enough I'm going to buy a spare.
I was pleased with the matte finish for this nail strengthener & it did make my nails stronger, as long as I was wearing it, but I would still like to find a nail strengthener that doesn't chip & Nail Envy does. The bottle I bought a couple of years ago was $12 & while I wore it for awhile it is not my HG nail strengthener.
This is a finely-milled metallic walnut brown, similar to a metallic bronze, only brown. : ) An unusual drugstore shade; I look forward to wearing this shade at night. It's a little dramatic for me (PPP) to wear during the day. Update: On additional applications it's too dark for me to wear, day or night, unless I want someone to think I have bruised eyelids.
I started to dislike the mintiness of Burt's Bees balm (& so far they don't offer a non-mint version : p) & started looking for something else. I was looking for a non-petroleum chapstick that wasn't too minty when I ran into Lip Honey. I didn't even realize that it was mint-flavored until I looked at the label closely, because it smells & tastes like slightly-sweet beeswax. Only problem was when I went back to Whole Foods to get another stick of Lip Honey there were none in stock. The sweet beeswax smell & taste is the best thing about this product and after application it lasts as long as any other chapstick. Ingredients: Castor Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Honey, Pure Peppermint Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin, Carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate and Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Evening Primrose Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Bee Pollen Extract, Royal Jelly Extract.
Lipstick -New York Color - Liquid Lipstick - Christine
beautifulskin 3/15/2005 3:20:00 PM
Other reviewers have described the color of this gloss accurately: a peach lip gloss with gold shimmer. I just don't like the color, I think it's too light. If I was going to wear this, it would only be during the spring or summer. Not going to repurchase.
Eyeliner -mark - on the edge hook up liquid eyeliner - nefertiti
beautifulskin 2/9/2005 10:03:00 PM
The color of this eyeliner sounds fairly odd, a kind of glittery green. But it is really pretty on. It applies as a kind of jungle green with metallic gold luster in it. A unique color, but subtle. I'd recommend.
Eye Shadow -mark - I-Mark Custom Pick Shadow -Tiki
beautifulskin 2/9/2005 9:58:00 PM
I didn't think I'd like the shimmer, but Kiki is subtle & kind of like a bronze/brown e/s with built-in highlights. I agree with the other reviews. A unique, but not too loud, e/s you can wear both day & night. Would repurchase.
Lipstick -Revlon - Moisturous Lipcolor in Mauve so Moist
beautifulskin 1/31/2005 9:57:00 PM
Thank you fellow MUAer for suggesting Revlon's "Mauve So Moist" as a cheaper version of NARS Dolce Vita. Having purchased NARS' Dolce Vita a few months ago I did a test comparison & can say I completely agree with your assessment "[Mauve So Moist is] a pretty close match, nice and sheer but slightly more glossy [than NARS Dolce Vita]". Other than perhaps a bit more shine, I can find no appreciable difference between the NARS & Revlon shades. And I certainly like the difference in price. My only complaint is I wish sheer lipsticks had more staying power, but I guess that's lipstick for you. However, Revlon may be discontinuing its Moisturous lipsticks. They're 50% off at several chain drugstores this week.
The general idea of this lip gloss was intriguing-- put an ingredient in gloss to make your lips sting & perhaps make them slightly swollen or rosier by increasing blood flow to them. This lip gloss does make your lips sting, like chili peppers would-- but it doesn't plump your lips or make them redder. It's adequate as a sticky gloss, but doesn't make good on its claim. Lots of perfectly fine lip glosses can be had more cheaply than $15 a tube. Wouldn't repurchase.
Other -Tom's of Maine - tartar control & whitening toothpaste
beautifulskin 10/11/2004 2:12:00 PM
After reading MUA reviews I bought this toothpaste thinking this would be a relatively cheap teeth whitening treatment (at $5-7 a tube) if it worked. I think my expectations were too high. My teeth have a naturally yellow cast to them. After using this toothpaste for two weeks, I can see that after brushing my teeth they definitely look more shiny & polished. But do they look whiter? Not that I can see. This is really not a bad toothpaste, even though it has no fluoride. It doesn't taste bad; it just hasn't whitened my teeth much. After giving this toothpaste a few more weeks I'll update this review. I think I'll be moving on to Crest White Strip, even though I think they're about $30 a box. Follow-up 1/18/05: May have *slightly* whitened teeth. Probably more noticable change with whitening strips. Will try those.
Based on the Makeup Alley reviews for Aveda's Large Paddle Brush I went to one of Aveda's storefronts & checked out their brush selection. The saleswoman told me that the Large Paddle Brush is meant for people with REALLY long hair (mine is shoulder-length), so I bought the vent brush. It is a really pretty brush fashioned out of honey wood. The saleswoman assured me, "Aveda make our brushes to last, unlike other brushes like Goody's, that makes them so you have to go out & buy another one in a few years." Well, exchange the words "Aveda" and "Goody" and that sentence would be true. I compared this vent brush to the other vent brushes I have & this one was rougher on my tangles. I didn't prefer using it. After a couple of months the finish started to flake off around the bristle holes & the finish started to buckle in-between the bristle holes. I don't know if this was due to regular wear-&-tear, brushing while my hair was wet, or the mousse I use, but if it can't withstand regular use I can't recommend it. (The Aveda paddle brush has a sponge/foam base for the brisles, so it's manufactured a little differently than this vent brush.) I think a lot of Aveda products are ineffective, especially considering the price. Guess I'll be saving up to buy a Mason-Pierson brush.
My hair is easier to style, is more piecy, and has more body when I use this mousse. I prefer mousse to gel b/c I like styling hold & body without shine. I would repurchase this product, although it should be a long time before I run out.