Eye Shadow -L.A. Colors - 12 palette e/s in traditional
blueberryfrost 1/28/2013 5:40:00 PM
I like a lot of the LA Colors makeup, for the price it isn't a bad line. I get a lot of use out of this little $1 palette. The browns are perfect for everyday wear... I find myself grabbing this all the time for a quick neutral eye. I especially like the dark browns. The pigmentation is good when used over a base or primer. Actually, I use the LA Colors concealer stick and it works great as a base... no creasing and the colors will last all day. I have a ton of eyeshadow but this is my go-to for an everyday look... brown eyeshadow, mascara, some peachy blush, pink lips and I'm good to go.
Oh, I love Tabu. I discovered it last winter, and bought one of those two-packs at Walmart for $6. I love a lot of "retro" scents, and I definitely love heavy, musky orientals - like Obsession for example. On me, Tabu is pure sexy deliciousness. Smooth amber, smoky incense, sweet syrupy almost-cola notes. This is so cheap but smells amazing, it's now one of my favorites in my huge perfume collection. It is perfect for fall and winter - goes well with a cozy sweater and jeans, but you can dress it up, as well. I'm in my mid twenties and do not consider this to be "old lady" at all - I think young women these days consider any fragrance that doesn't smell like a cupcake or fruit basket to be old lady. I have been told I smell "beautiful" when I wear this. I can see myself wearing this for many years to come.
I effing LOVE Punky Colour by Jerome Russell!!! The colors are so beautiful, and very pigmented and rich color. I have used Manic Panic, and in my experience it washes out way too fast and is a waste of money. Punky Color will not budge and even on unbleached hair, the color is still very strong (if you have black hair though, you will need to lighten your hair). My colors of choice are Rose Red (extremely beautiful magenta/hot pink/with a touch of purple) and Red Wine (pinkish burgundy red).They look great mixed together. Anyway, Punky does not budge in my hair, even with daily washing it looks amazing for at least a month or more. It has a thick cream texture and smells like grape juice. My procedure is: Paint on punky color with tint brush on clean, dry hair. Wrap hair in plastic bag or shower cap, then cover with hair turban. This prevents it from drying out and keeps the warmth in. Leave on as long as possible (6-8 hrs) and rinse out. Do this on a day when you aren't going anywhere... the longer you leave it, the longer your color will last. Yes when you shampoo it will stain everything in sight because it is SO pigmented, but clean your bathroom with bleach and you'll be good. Also, your hair is likely to stain anything it touches when wet, so you should blow dry or keep it in a bun until it dries. And to protect your pillow from staining (even when dry, the first week or so, it will rub off on stuff) put an old t-shirt around your pillowcase to protect it. If you are willing to take some extra care, Punky is amazing for unnatural shades. I get compliments all the time on my magenta hair. I order it online from ebay or amazon for $8-10 shipped. I can't rave enough about this stuff.
Night Magic is a lovely, simple powder fragrance. It's a sweet powdery scent with a touch of vanilla and some musk. I got a set of the spray, roll-on deodorant, body powder, and skin softener for $10, so it's a total bargain. I happen to like powdery scents, so I love this one. Night Magic is a sweet powder, compared to Sweet Honesty which is more of a clean laundry powder scent. I love it on days when I want to smell nice and fresh; it's not strong or overwhelming... reapplication will be needed after a few hours. I love wearing this before bed.. here's a convo between me and my fiance one night: Him "mmmm you smell nice." Me "what do I smell like?" Him "like love."
I bought this last winter because my skin was horribly dry (to the point of snagging on my clothes, gross!) and I grabbed three different lotions at the store, hoping one of them would help my lizard-like skin. Well, this is the one, coupled with regular Vaseline jelly on rougher spots, that took care of my needs. First, the price was good. I can't remember the exact price, but I believe it was around $4 at Walmart. It comes in a simple pale yellow bottle with dark blue flip-top lid. The first thing I noticed when I applied it was a delightful, but faint, fragrance. It has a light fruity-floral scent, not overwhelming at all, but it smells great! However, this is a feminine scent - so men may not want to use it if they don't like "girly smells". It isn't strong and fades quickly, though...so it won't compete with any perfumes you want to wear. The texture is also very nice. It applies smoothly, and absorbs quickly, and my skin doesn't have that gross sticky feeling some lotions leave. It just feels soft and smooth. This lotion has been better than all my Bath and Body Works lotions I own. I have actually used up the whole bottle, and that RARELY happens with me. I buy a lotion, get tired of it after a few weeks, move on to something else. But this one is great for everyday use, after shower and before bed. I use this all over, and apply Vaseline jelly on my rough spots at night before bed, and my skin feels great now.
I am really pleased with this new lip gloss...I've tried 'em all and it takes effort for a gloss to stand out to me. First, the price is good...I purchased mine for a little over $5 at Walmart. Second...the packaging is pretty, it reminds me of Estee Lauder-type of packaging, sleek tube with gold lettering, and small slanted applicator tip. Third, the gloss itself is quite nice. I chose the color "Saucy Mauve". On me, it is an everyday, MLBB shade, with shimmer (yes, it's noticeable shimmer...I like it, & doesn't feel gritty). I very much like the color, and it goes with everything. The color payoff is medium coverage, which I like. The texture isn't sticky, and it isn't runny either. It is more creamy...like a lip cream, kind of. Because of this, it isn't super shiny and glossy, it has medium shine. You can wear it to work or church and not feel like your lips are crazy-reflective. And, it smells quite pleasant actually, it has a faint vanilla-caramel scent and slightly sweet flavor. It isn't strong though and fades quickly. My only gripe is that I've had it in my purse for about a week, and the gold lettering on the tube is rubbing off already. Anyway, I definitely plan on buying more of these, since I love the one I have.
Remember BBW's scent from a few years back called Fresh Pineapple? The new Coconut Pineapple smells almost identical to it. I liked CP the best out of all the new coconuts (Passionfruit wasn't too bad, but Mango smelled weird on my skin...like coconut cream pie gone terribly wrong). I love coconut anything, but the pineapple note steals the show in this scent. It is upbeat, fruity, hello-I'm-pineapple, pineapple. And it's delicious. Layered with the lotion, the body spray is light but noticeable throughout the day. I felt the spray was a bit stronger than my other BBW sprays. I kept getting wafts coming from my shirt of yummy pineapple throughout the day, like an ice cold smoothie. Also, I love the cute yellow color of the packaging. To me, this was the only new coconut scent worth buying. It is fruity, and fun, and I got a compliment: "You smell so sweet and nice!" Try it!
Delicious! I absolutely love Bali Mango. It's a fresh, fruity fragrance with sweet notes. Like a mango smoothie, or eating a piece of mango candy. I really enjoy this scent! The body spray packs more "punch" if you layer it with the lotion. I liked Hawaii Coconut as well, and bought both, but Bali Mango is my personal favorite. I didn't care for Fiji Passionfruit at all, though (but no surprise there, passionfruit scents tend to smell a little gross on me...like fruit left in a trash can, ew). Mango scents sometimes have a strange after-smell, overly ripe, or slightly rotten. Bali Mango is just sweet, smooth mango, a hint of sugar and citrus notes...no weird notes creep up to ruin it. For a yummy fruity fragrance ideal for summer, I suggest trying this. Also, I must say the packaging for Bali Mango is adorable (as were the other tropical scents); I like the bright coral color of the lotion bottle with the hisbiscus design label. But unfortunately, this line is being discontinued, so get it while you can.
I got a sample of this, dabbed some on my wrist, and delighted in the delicious, sugary, tropical fruit scent. I had to apply it a few times to really smell it because the scent is very light. After continuing to sniff, it dawned on me that Taj Sunset smells nearly identical to another fragrance I own...Bali Mango by Bath & Body Works. They both have that bright, sweet, tropical vibe. They smell practically identical with similar lasting power. So I suggest buying Bali Mango and saving yourself a lot of money, unless you're an Escada collector and just have to have it.
I saw that NYC had revamped a lot of their product packaging, so I chose this and one of the Kiss Glosses. The packaging now is very similar to Cover Girl Wetslicks, long oval tube with a cap that snaps into place. I chose this gloss in the Brighton Beach Peach shade... a pale, shimmery, frosty peach color. I think NYC did a good job updating their liquid lip shine product...gone is the thick, heavy texture and weird perfumy floral scent. Now, the texture glides on smoothly, with enough "tack" to make it stick around on the lips for a good amount of time. Thankfully they changed the scent, it is now a fruity vanilla. For some reason, I swear I've smelled this same fragrance somewhere in another product, but I can't remember where so that annoys me, LOL. But overall, the new scent is way better than the plasticky-floral scent they had before. This particular color (Brighton Beach Peach), doesn't give much pigment when applied. I didn't really expect it to, based on how it looked in the tube. It gives a slight shimmer, and faint peachy glow which is nice for a natural look. Looks nice over pink or peach lipsticks too. The applicator is one of those elongated spatula doe foots, that is becoming more popular in lip glosses now (NYX Diamond Sparkle, Rimmel Moisture Renew, etc), and I like it better than the regular doe foot. Oh, did I mention yet that this gloss is mad cheap? I believe it is about $2 at Walmart. So, nice work, NYC. This is a great gloss for the money.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet! I've been wearing this for as long as I can remember, at least since I was 12-13 (about 10 years). I've repurchased it many times, because it is one of the most satisfying vanillas I've found. Vanilla Fantasy is not like BBW Warm Vanilla Sugar...which places more emphasis on the brown sugar than the vanilla. It is similar to VS Vanilla Lace...it's definitely vanilla, but with depth - not too much complexity, it's just right. Vanilla Fantasy is sweet and warm...things like caramellized sugar crystals, vanilla extract, the creme inside a pastry come to mind. It also has touches of amber and musk, which gives it a feminine and sexy feel. You won't feel like a walking cupcake, but you'll feel delicious and comfortable wearing it. Most vanilla fragrances are inviting and appealing to others, and I tend to get the most compliments on Vanilla Fantasy. I wore it today and got a "you smell awesome" comment! This spray lasts a pretty good amount of time, and it layers well with most perfumes. This wonderful stuff comes in a $6 bottle available at any drugstore. Also, Parfums de Coeur recently redesigned their packaging, and instead of the fairy-capped bottles, they now come in sleek, simplistic bottles. Now young girls and grown women alike can buy this without feeling weird with childish packaging.
I saw this on ebay for about $5 shipped, so for such a good price I decided to try it. In almost all cosmetic brands the standard "ivory" shade suits me pretty well, so I was pretty surprised when my tube came and the foundation that squeezed out was an orangey tan color. Really? This is supposed to be ivory? I checked the tube and it indeed was marked ivory. No ivory I'm used to seeing has looked this olive and tan. Despite the WTF moment I decided to apply it anyway, and once blended into my face the orangey tan smoothes out a bit. If I use this sparingly with my usual powder over it, it looks okay. The slight darker-than-natural shade isn't all that noticeable. Now for the good things...I do like this foundation, the coverage is in the "just right" region for me. I can apply it at 8am and by 8pm my face still looks smooth and even. It hasn't made my skin feel oily or break me out yet. I am not sure if this comes in lighter shades but if it does then I'd gladly buy it in another color. I'm just not used to seeing a shade marked "ivory" that would be better labeled "medium natural" or something.
Very sweet flavor of white wedding cake and buttercream, simple but good. This is suitable if you want something vanilla-like. Not my favorite MLS cake flavor (I prefer Pink Cake) but I like it. I think it's flavored too because it tastes sweet. I love My Lip Stuff, I've been buying these balms for years...you just can't beat the price and the creamy texture is lovely.
EDIT 5/30/11: Just wanted to update that lately, I have really been enjoying using Dark Kiss. I love the berry-candy with a hint of something darker. It is feminine and playful, flirting with sexy - not quite seductive. Liking it lately, and upped my rating from 3 to 4. [/edit] I have Dark Kiss in the body spray, lotion, and body cream. The scent kind of varies between the three, in my opinion. It starts with an earthy blast of incense, then sugary berries appear (to me, smells like black raspberries and blackberries, perhaps plum), and it also has something floral with candylike notes too. Some people have mentioned a cotton candy smell, and I can agree with that. Also, many reviewers note the similarities Dark Kiss has to Midnight Fantasy. Dark Kiss and Midnight Fantasy are indeed similar because of the sugary berry notes, but they are by no means dupes of each other. I own both fragrances and they are noticeably different. Midnight Fantasy is unashamedly blueberry-raspberry gumdrops on my skin, smooth and sweet; while Dark Kiss is berry-cotton candy incense, sweet with an edge. Actually, to me, Dark Kiss smells like Midnight Fantasy mixed with Lolita Lempicka. The sweet berry and earthy notes smell like a combination of the two perfumes. So, Dark Kiss tends to layer perfectly with both of those. Personally, I'd rather wear Lolita Lempicka or Midnight Fantasy, but Dark Kiss is good for keeping in my purse to spritz on when my perfume has worn off. Also, as I mentioned earlier, the scent tends to smell slightly different between different products. The Dark Kiss body mist has more of a berry cotton candy scent, while the lotion and body cream really features the earthy, incense type notes more strongly.
Ever since I was a kid, I tend to get really bad dandruff for a few months out of the year. For a few years the problem went away, but within the last year or so I'm noticing it's back again. I have to be careful what shampoos I use because some of them make the problem worse. With my dark hair, I can't ignore it. When it gets bad, T Gel has been the only thing to knock it out. My mom used it on me as a kid, and I still keep it in my shower now. I try to use it at least once a week, and it does a great job of getting rid of the flakes and also clarifying my hair at the same time. It's strong stuff, and yes, it's like medicine for hair, so it doesn't smell good. I'm used to the scent now and it doesn't bother me. Like I said, it's strong so it does dry out my hair...so I always follow with a thick conditioner. I like using Aussie's That's Deep conditioner, and it helps take the tar smell away and makes my hair soft and shiny. Using these two together gives me nice, bouncy, healthy looking hair. This seems to be the only thing that works on my flakes, Head and Shoulders doesn't cut it. The key to using this is to leave it on the scalp for a few minutes and give it a chance to work on the skin. You can't just lather and rinse and expect it to work. Lather it up and shave your legs or something, then rinse and condition well. Oh, and, I've tried the Neutrogena brand which can be kind of pricy (about $12-17), but the Dollar General version works exactly the same for several dollars less (about $4 I think). If you have flakes and are tired of it, give T Gel a try.