Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in bourbon
bridie13 4/30/2012 2:39:00 PM
Hate how expensive this is, but it's a great brown liner. The gold flecks are especially flattering on blue eyes, in my opinion. I have pretty oily eyelids, and even with UDPP this does fade on me a little throughout the day. However, it works better and stays longer than any other pencil liner I've tried so I continue to purchase.
I honestly don't notice this looking blue on my lashes at all, nor do I notice any "brightening" effects to my blue eyes, but this is a really good basic mascara - thickening more than lengthening, stays in place all day. I'm on my second tube of this for everyday wear.
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder
bridie13 4/30/2012 2:24:00 PM
I'm on my second container. Can't tell a difference between this and MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which is what I used to use. I use this with the ecotools retractable kabuki brush. Great product.
I bought this accidentally (I wanted the regular Telescopic) and didn't notice until I had gotten it home and opened it. I was pretty disappointed by this product - it created lots of clumps did nothing for lengthening or thickening my lashes. If you're looking for a "clean" mascara that gives you a more natural look (but without clumping), try Cover Girl's Lash Exact - the one in the purple tube. This mascara was just a waste of $7.50.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Brown
bridie13 8/4/2009 8:39:00 PM
This is the first non-pencil eyeliner I've tried so I can't compare it to other formulas, but I've been using it for over a week now and I can't say enough good things about this product. I use a small Sonia Kasuk eyeliner brush to apply this - it's easy to put on and stays put all day, even on super humid days. I do always use an eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay's primer potion), but I don't know if that has much to do with this eyeliner's staying power. It is a little pricey for a drugstore product (around $11), but I will definitely repurchase. ETA I now use physican's formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Last Boosting eyeliner in Deep Brown - delivers the same look but much more quickly and easily.
This baby/Barbie pink blush with silver shimmer is perfect for warming up my pale, NC20 complexion. I don't find the shimmer very apparent when this is on my cheeks, and I find it holds up well throughout the day. I will definitely repurchase!
I use this product to touch up my t-zone in the afternoon, after blotting with a Clean & Clear oil-absorbing sheet. I get pretty shiny in the t-zone, especially my nose. I originally brought this product in the "Light" shade, as I'm very fair skinned; I use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish every morning and wear a "light" in that product, as well as in my Almay concealer- and in almost every product I've ever used. I'm just that fair. Mineral Power Finishing Veil Powder in "light" applied just fine with a large powder brush, but when I applied some on my face with the included sponge applicator, it was just white and I couldn't get it to blend into my skin - it looked ridiculous. So, I exchanged the "light" for "medium," which blends in perfectly with my skintone. As I said above, I use this to touch up - I dab some on with the sponge (on the rare cases I need more coverage, I use a powder brush) and it keeps my face matte for the rest of the day. The packaging is cute - I know it's more sanitary for the sponge to be separate from the powder, but I wish I could use the mirror without having to remove the sponge. I've heard good things about Maybelline's Stay Matte pressed powder, so I probably will try that instead of repurchasing this when it's gone. It's a "like but not love" product for me - a good powder but nothing special.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
bridie13 4/27/2009 2:02:00 PM
This product does exactly what it's supposed to, and so well. My skin gets really oily in the tzone - especially my nose; I also use brown, recycled napkins or toilet seat covers to blot, but these are so much easier to carry around in my purse. My skin is pretty sensitive and I've never experienced a breakout due to this product, nor do I feel like it dries my skin out. It just absorbs all that extra oil without removing makeup - perfect!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
bridie13 4/27/2009 1:57:00 PM
Awesome for absorbing oil. I also use Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets because the package is more conducive to carrying around in my purse, but these napkins are nice to have on my desk/in my car or even to just grab one on the go. I've actually found that Chipotle's work a little better than Starbucks'.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Concentrated Duo - Playful
bridie13 4/27/2009 11:38:00 AM
When I first tried this duo I hated it, but I've figured out a way to make it work for me. The peachy shade is so pretty in the package but shows up super light on my skin - and I'm pretty pale. However, this color is almost exactly the same shade as NARS' Orgasm, just a little more shimmery, so I've been using it to highlight my cheekbones when I wear Orgasm and it works well for that, although it doesn’t last very long. The purpley-brown shade also shows up a lot lighter than it looks, but I like really natural eye looks so it’s a nice crease shade for me. Unlike the peach, the brown does last throughout the day. Ultimately, I won’t repurchase this product because I have plenty of crease shades and I don’t love the peach color enough, even as a highlight, to consider this product a staple. I actually really like the packaging, I think it’s adorable.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
bridie13 4/8/2009 9:23:00 PM
Love. Just love. I have very oily eyelids and this is the only product I've found that truly prevents creasing all day. I do think the packaging is adorable - at least until I cut it open in a few weeks to get out all the extra product that the wand can't reach. That'll be a hassle, but it's a necessary evil for me because this is a must-have. ETA that I originally published this on 4/9/09, it's now 4/30/12 and I still use this product. Have tried ELF's primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and MAC paint pots and still think UDPP is far and away the best eye primer for helping eyeshadow and liner stay put all day and preventing rub off onto oily eyelids.
I have this in a duo with Laguna Bronzer. I really do like this product - as other reviewers have said, it gives you a flushed glow, it's buildable, it looks great on many skin tones (I'm pale, but darker skinned friends have borrowed it and it looks great on them, too). It also lasts - I rest my face in my hands a lot during class, and I don't find traces of blush on my fingers or palm as I have with other products. HOWEVER, this is just so expensive. As a student, I don't know if I can justify a repurchase just because there are so many other totally acceptable and far more affordable blushes out there.
I like but don't love this mascara. As other reviewers have mentioned, the product is lenghening and excellent at holding a curl, but not very thickening. Also, I find that you do need to to be pretty careful with application or you get spider eyes. I've never had a problem with it rubbing off, so I'll probably continue to repurchase until I find something I like better. ETA: Maybelline's the Colossal mascara thickens, lengthens and holds a curl better than Waterproof XXL with only one step, not two - will stick with Colossal over XXL for this reason.
This is a good, basic mascara. The pros are that it doesn't clump - ever! - and it stays put very well throughout the day. However, it's not very thickening or lengthening, nor does it hold a curl very well for me. I think it's great for daytime because it gives a natural look with a little extra.