I got this as my B2M lippie, and I absolutely love it! I think any skintone can pull it off. I'm NC35-37 and my mom is pretty fair (Maybe NC15-20?) and she loves this as well. It's very pigmented, lasts pretty well on me during work, but doesn't stay after I take a lunch. (Not unlike my other lipsticks, save for my YSL Glossy Stains) Overall, nice texture & gorgeous color! Perfect for when I want a berry vampy lip :)
I was given a sample of this, and I've tried it for a week. I didn't get the ingredient list, but I just assumed it would be okay...I was wrong. Apparently it has alcohol on the list (pretty high up too) and that's nothing I would want near my face. So this didn't do anything. It felt nice, but that's the only nice thing. The packaging is chic as well, but those are the only 2 good points I will ever give this. As a side note, I'm iffy about makeup brands that try to sell a skincare line. I just don't buy it. And at $60 a pop? No thanks, I'll pass.
So I just bought this yesterday after trying out a 10day sample of Tawny (3W1). Tawny is just a smidgen too light for me, but I have a feeling Shell Beige (4W1) is a little dark. Not sure if I want buy both to mix it though. I prefer to go lighter than darker, just blend it down my neck and ears. For reference I'm NC35, and go a shade or two darker in the summer. It has medium-full coverage, but leaning towards full with the right technique. It doesn't feel 'heavy' or cakey on me, but that might be because I'm used to wearing heavier consistancy of foundations. Those that wear sheer/TM's might not like this. I've got oily skin, and DW doesn't slide of as much as other foundations that I've tried (MAC, NARS, Shiseido). I don't set it with powder though because I don't find that I need to. The only two drawbacks are: packaging and the whitecast on flash photography. I was hoping it wouldn't be that bad, but the flash makes me look ghastly! If it weren't for that, I would probably use this for all occasions. The packaging is horrible. Why don't they listen to what customers ask and include a pump? It kind of irrirates me that they could just dismiss that. Anyway, this hasn't broken me out or irritate my skin. (I wear makeup everyday). Just make sure you remove all traces before you go to bed because this could clog pores. Would buy it again. (reasonable price $46 with tax AND a GWP)
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Small Angled Brush
blua 5/29/2012 6:12:00 PM
Wasn't as firm as I thought it would be, therefore I had to go over my brows a couple more times because it doesn't deposit color as strong as I like (I love statement brows!)....but it does the job. Plus it was under $5, so who can complain?
Eyeliner -Tarte - EmphasEYES waterproof clay eye shadow & liner
blua 5/28/2012 2:59:00 PM
I bought this for CAD $29. So that makes it like $15 for the brush & gel liner. This is actually my first gel liner. I've only tried liquid or pencil (but find both stray) this actually stays on ALL day, does not smudge or give me a raccoon eye effect later on in the day. It's a nice dark black and is easy enough to work with. I'm not too crazy for the brush, but it is nice. I just don't know how to store it since I lost the protective cap for the one end :(. I will buy again when I run out.
I like this alot. The only eyeshadow I have problems with is Sidecar, too much fallout & the consistency isn't great (too much chunky glitter) Everything is lovely. I haven't used all the colors yet, but I find that you can really play your eyes up, or dress them down the color selection. I would have liked to see more mattes though and the packaging isn't that great. (The second palette has better packing honestly). Mine came with a brush & a mini eye primer.
I'm suprised that I actually like this. When I first saw it, I thought the brush was horrendous. Too big and bulky...But, I actually like it. It's a nice rich black, it doesn't clump on me (even after multiple coats) and it doesn't flake or give me raccoon eyes. Not bad Avon (plus I got it on sale!) The smell can be a bit offputting. (a little too chemical-y for me.
I like it, gives a natural flush, and I can build up color. Doesn't last that long for me, by the end of the day it's barely there. But I do use it for a toned-down day look. I don't think I'll be buying it again, even though it is pretty. For reference, I'm an NC35-40.
Lip Gloss -Artistry - Light Up Lip Gloss - Champagne
blua 5/28/2012 2:41:00 PM
Love the packaging! I'm not sure how much this costs because it was given as a gift. But I do love the color. It's glittery and shiney, but doesn't have that 'chunky' texture to it. The mirror isn't great, but hey, it's a pretty cool concept (although GOSH has the same thing fo their lipglosses). It leaves a minty cool sensation on my lips...not sure if it's suppose to do that? It doesn't last all day for me because well: I eat all day, I drink all day. But I have yet to find a lipgloss to withstand all that. Will buy it again! (And all the other colors too)
Caca Noir has left my hair (naturally black - albeit color treated to take out the browns/reds), feeling soft and healthy. Yes I would buy it again. Strangely enough, even though my hair is straight, it has left my hair looking like i've flatironed it. Weird! The downside is the actually process, wait time and the SMELL. UGH, it's horrible in my opinion. Smelt like rotten weed honestly, with a dash of herbs that made my stomach churn. But I did put up with it. I put it in longer than the 2 hours. I was planning to leave it for 6 hours, but it was already 10pm and I didn't want to wait too long to wash it out. (Which took a while because there were chunks of henna everywhere) Please note that it is MESSY, and you should all your equipments/tools around you. Also, you should know that once you henna your hair you shouldn't dye it with any chemical hair dyes because it will NOT react well. Take that into consideration if you like having different colors that cannot be achieved by henna (using bleach, etc) Other than that, I kind of enjoyed the whole process, just wish it was easier.
I bought this in Orchid. I'm a little disappointed because it wasn't the color I was expecting. Although, I feel that it's a little hard choosing colors without trying it on. I'm let down by the packaging, it LOOKS cheap. (It kind of is..but..you know, it could look nicer). The color is pretty though, not as vibrant as I wanted but it has a nice color payoff. I feel like it's weird putting it on though. I find that I need to smooth it out with my fingers because the color is concentrated in the middle of the lipstick. I guess I'd buy it again because it's like part chapstick/part lipstick.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
blua 5/17/2012 12:32:00 PM
**UPDATE** Okay, I've been playing around with this brush for the past couple of weeks, and I can honestly say I'm starting to REALLY like it. I've bumped it from a 2 to a 3.5 (4). I use this mainly for applying foundation (liquid, cream textures). Instead of brushing across the face, I lightly (emphasis on lightly) stipple and glide outwards in small quick strokes. I don't 'swirl' it. It's fast becoming my go to foundation brush, moving my MAC 188 aside (which I might just use for bronzer/blusher). It's almost on par with my Sephora Mineral brush. Bottom line: don't give up on brushes because I might just miss out on something as awesome as this. :) I don't really like this brush...it's soft, and the handle is awesome. But, I just don't. Although I've only ever tried it for foundation, maybe I'll give bronzer & blush I shot. I don't want to write it off just yet, just haven't found the best way to use it yet, or best products to use it with.
Mascara -Tarina Tarantino - Fleur De Lash in Black Opal
blua 5/17/2012 12:26:00 PM
I got this a 100pt gift from Sephora. I like the brush & the packaging is cute. Just not sure if I would actually buy the full sized version. Hasn't done anything to wow me. I like how pigmented it is...but that's about it. It doesn't really hold my curl or any length/volume. I mean it looks nice right after, but it just doesn't stay that way. I do like that it doesn't clump up, even with the many layers I put on. So to me, it's 'meh' but it's not horrible. It's got some merits.
Lotions/ Creams -Caudalie - Creme Gourmande - Hand and Nail Cream
blua 5/7/2012 4:52:00 PM
Love the packaging and the moisture/softness it gives my hands. I work in an office and I find that paper really drys out my hands/nails so I always need some kind of hand cream nearby. The only thing I don't like is the smell, it's almost too sweet. (like candy). But I do like that it doesn't leave my hands sticky.
I'm not sure if I would buy this again. I think I would try out different paint pots though. I throw this on as a quick makeup fix when i'm running out the door. It's a nice burnt brown/golden color and looks really natural. I can use it as a base and also turn it into something more dramatic. If I were travelling, I think I would bring paint pots along just cause of the ease of usage. I'm just not a fan of the pots, I mean I like the glass packaging because it looks fancy .... but it's a bit bulky. I'd rather it came in a tube really. (seems more sanitary then dipping your finger in) This does crease on me, but I do have oily skin. I can live without, but it's a nice product. Nice smooth texture and daily usage for a couple months has only put a little dent. ** I hear that these things dry out (even with a tight lid)...I've had mine for half a year now and it's okay still.