Eye Shadow -L.A. Colors - 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow (all colors)
burberryrose 2/10/2011 12:51:00 AM
These colors are so gorgeous. I purchased it in Tea Time--which seems to be pretty popular--and it includes various neutral shimmery golds ranging from bronze and copper to orange-gold and sepia. The colors go on smoothly with the appropriate eyeshadow brush and blend well with little fallout. They stay on reasonably well but at the same time are quite sheer and shimmery, so they won't really work for a dramatic look.
I love this color. It's a deep shimmery orange-gold with hints of bronze. My favorite eyeshadow look involves lots of gold tones, so this is a great color for my collection. It goes on quite creamy and has loads of pigmentation. I usually blend it away with an EcoTools eyeshadow brush. I would suggest using it as eyeliner above/below your lashes, as a crease color or as an outer V color as it is a bit too orange to look good slapped on your lids unless you add a shimmery, light gold color on top. The pencil can get a bit messy but I've used it a few times and it still maintains its nicely rounded/pointed edge.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
burberryrose 2/5/2011 9:03:00 PM
It's VERY moisturizing, and the packaging is adorable: I see people paint the little eggs with nail polish, which I am quite tempted to do. However, the flavor leaves much to be desired. It smells and tastes exactly like 5 Gum--or whatever it's called--which takes me back to the horrible years of middle school when gum was basically currency. Even if I didn't have such terrible memories associated with the smell/taste, I wouldn't enjoy it: I can't put my finger on it, but it's just a little too fake and overpowering of a flavor. I had the honeysuckle flavor originally, which was a little better but similarly nauseating. It's a shame because these are the only two flavors the drugstore closest to me sells, and it's the only one in miles that even offers EOS. I will continue to use it because it's moisturizing and my lips are currently craving moisture that is often unable to be provided by my beloved Lush Maple Taffy balm...but I would really love to find the product in Lemon Drop, or tangerine (I LOVE citrus scents).
Wow. I LOVE this. I know that there are recipes out there for making your own lip scrub, but having attempted many of them and failed, I prefer to leave the scrub-making to the professionals. This smells and taste like lemons--not bitter at all, though. On the contrary, it's quite sweet! The tiniest dab will rid you of any crusty flakes. You rub it on and lick it off--it's DELICIOUS. Afterward, my Maple Taffy lip balm goes on very smoothly. This does not burn or irritate my lips, although many products do. A+! I will use it until I am all out.
Oh my gosh. I got this on a whim hoping it would be similar to Covergirl's Trublend which I adore but was getting a little sick of...needless to say I am going back to Trublend and am sticking to it! This has a lightweight, blendable texture but even the lightest shade--Ivory 01--is too dark for me as it has SEVERE pink undertones (I try to avoid pink undertones due to extreme redness in my skin). It accentuates even the slightest dry patches on my face and makes my skin look greasy in other areas. Could be because my skin's not in the best shape--but even when my skin was breaking out before, Trublend actually helped it by lightly concealing and evening out redness! I felt confident and flawless, yet I barely considered what I was wearing makeup, and hardly ever touched up. With Dream Liquid Mousse, I feel less confident, and my skin looks dry with red patches shining through--disgusting! The coverage is light, which for me is one of the main factors in a good foundation, but even the slightest bit of powder over it creates a dried-out look. I was nearly in tears today, that's how horrible I felt with this makeup on. Please don't buy it! I will keep it around as a spare foundation just in case, but I will not repurchase! Fortunately it was pretty cheap and Trublend is still there for me (THANK goodness) but all in all, a poor decision on my behalf. If you have combination skin and suffer from redness, do not purchase this foundation.
I guess I'm not the world's foremost authority on nail polishes as I don't paint them very often, and when I do I just use drugstore brands (a few in my collection are NYC, Maybelline, Revlon, Sally Hansen) but as of late I've begun to really enjoy painting them. I was looking for another nice Fall color in addition to my favorite red, a metallic burgundy by NYC...maybe a rich brown or deep purple...and today on a whim I picked up this Revlon polish in 903, Hot for Chocolate. It went on smoothly and didn't cake up when I applied multiple layers. It's a gorgeous color: dark brown and very shiny. My other varnishes (especially one I own from the NYC "City Collection") don't apply nearly as smoothly. I'd like to pick it up in a purple color. I also have this in some various red color (don't recall the name; I got it a long time ago), and the color has changed drastically. It's sort of a dusty red and it's quite dry. They don't age very well.
Wow. I have only had this eyeliner for a few hours (I got it after hearing great things about it here) and I adore it. I sneakily swatched two colors on my hand at the store--Charcoal and Blackberry--to compare the two, since I was torn between them. My opinion? Charcoal was actually a bit clumpy, dry-ish and much too gray. I really wanted either a dark black or a mauve color to line my upper waterline with...not a gray. The last eyeliner I had was gray and it didn't last at all. Blackberry was a gorgeous, smooth purple-black, so that's the one I went with! Once I got home, I tried it out quickly and oh my gosh! It's amazing! It glides on smoothly, but the pigmentation is fabulous. I even washed off my mascara and it stayed perfectly. Also, the swatches stayed on really nicely--it was my hand, but even so; it took a heavy duty makeup remover to remove the swatches. A+ for this eyeliner!
I absolutely ADORED this lip gloss! I purchased it last November and used it obsessively. The glitter was a little much, but the color was excellent: a rich but sheer red. The taste is amazing too. EXACTLY like licorice...and I adore licorice! I would recommend blotting your lips a bit after applying to get rid of the "Disco Ball" factor. I hope this gloss will be around this holiday season too! B&BW, if you are reading this, please keep it around until then!
I have this lip gloss in Juicy Apple. It is an extremely pigmented red color, so if you don't like extreme pigments, stay away! Because it is so pigmented, I blot my lips lightly and apply Vaseline over it for a more natural look. The sunscreen is a nice touch, so I will often wear this to the pool (not so much for the color, but for the SPF 15 factor). However, it isn't AMAZING. It doesn't last very long on me and has a sort of thick consistency. I like the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss a little bit better, since it's more sheer and easier to apply (the brush tip on this lip gloss can get somewhat messy). All in all, I probably wouldn't buy this again. I have found drugstore glosses that are just as good or even better, like Bath & Body Works' Liplicious line (not exactly drugstore, but as cheap as).
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Define-A-Line Eyeliner in Ebony Black
burberryrose 9/3/2010 8:16:00 PM
Some major points... I love the packaging of this. Anything green makes me happy! :) The smudge eraser on the end is a nice touch, but I don't usually use this kind of eyeliner when I wear it on my upper and lower lash lines, for which I might require a smudge eraser (I wear a smokey eye for dance performances). I prefer liquid when I do that style. On a day to day basis I like to softly line my upper water line ONLY--I love a natural look--and this does a pretty darn good job. Compared to my Prestige waterproof eyeliner, this goes on much more smoothly (and with much more color!) and doesn't flake into my eyes (which I hate!). It smudges a little bit, especially if you clear your eyes of "goop" frequently, but it's not very bad smudging at all. Of course, like other eyeliners used on waterlines, it doesn't last very long at all, so I just touch up at break. The drugstore by my house doesn't carry very many eyeliners, so I'm pretty much stuck with this one, but it works fine.
Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Foundation Brush
burberryrose 8/24/2010 10:58:00 PM
This is for the white-toned brush (not the orange one that comes with a concealer brush). This is the first foundation brush I have ever used. Up until this point I would just use my fingers to blend in the foundation, but I was looking for something that would make applying makeup faster in the morning. I have to say...this does the trick! It is SO soft and does not shed at all. Don't be alarmed if you see it streaking at first...just continue gently blending and you should be fine. The application process was quite fast. During the day, I went to a variety of public bathrooms to see what it looked like in various other lighting situations. It didn't look cakey or unblended--I was worried it might. The area right between my eyebrows was quite dry and flakey though, but I think that had more to do with the current state of my skin (I've been traveling a lot and breaking out too) than the brush. By the way, this cost me $11. Kind of expensive...but worth it, I think. EDIT: I have been using this brush faithfully each day since purchasing towards the end of August. Here are a few more details: -This absorbs a lot of the foundation. Now, that isn't the end of the world, since I am really looking for a foundation application process that will feel light and look totally natural on my skin. If you're going for the full coverage look...maybe try a smaller brush. For medium coverage, I would just add layers. -Sometimes it is hard to blend into certain facial features, like my nose, chin, and the area between my nose and lips. For those areas, I apply (using the brush) to a point where I can't do much else, and then just use my finger to gently blend it in. Again, not the end of the world--it's very large, so that's why that can be hard.
Pressed Powders -Cover Girl - CG Smoothers Pressed Powder
burberryrose 8/20/2010 10:28:00 PM
I love this powder! Today I was traveling around a very humid area of the country and my face felt and looked oily, so I just whipped this out and used a big fluffy blush to apply it. I love the fact that it looks EXTREMELY natural on my skin--not cakey at all--even with several touch-ups, and retains the moisture in your skin (which is important for me, since I sweat easily and my skin can fluctuate from very oily to very dry). I got this in 710, Translucent Light, although I really should have gone for 705...it's a bit dark for my vampire-ish skin. However, it is really very translucent, so the color isn't a huge issue. I don't mind the smell...I think it actually smells good...and the compact is super cute! I wouldn't recommend using the little velvet pad that comes with it, however, because it gets extremely dirty and oily quickly, and it's hard to clean. Just use a fluffy powder brush! It will give a lighter coverage and is much easier to clean. I do tend to get tired of my makeup quickly, and am always on the hunt for a perfect powder, but this is a good fall-back option.
I have mixed feelings. The vanilla flavor is nice, but often overpowered by the sunscreen's flavor. It doesn't moisturize for very long. Also, the packaging is pretty awful. The several that I have tried have been unable to twist downwards, so if you put the cap on after using it, the tip breaks off...not the end of the world, but not ideal either. Also, this used to burn my lips horribly! It doesn't anymore, but still...
Lip Treatments -SoftLips - Pearl Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15
burberryrose 8/14/2010 8:21:00 PM
HATE this product. It looked absolutely gorgeous on the shelf at Target, but once I actually tried it...bleck. The taste is unplaceable but revolting, and the color is...well...awful. I thought it would be a shimmery pink. Nope! It was a whitish-purplish-nudish color. The only thing I liked about this was the fact that it came with a free Vanilla chap stick, which was unfortunately very cheaply made and fell apart quickly. Also...a few weeks ago I saw a similar product marketed. This time it said something about pink, and had a pink-tinted cap, making it look like it was indeed pink. Nope again! It was the same "Pearl" product with different packaging. I have two of these if anyone wants them. They will be sitting in my makeup drawer until I can find someone to give them to.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - SONY CP - B & C Komomo Chan Lip Cream
burberryrose 8/14/2010 3:41:00 PM
I love this lip balm! It is adorable and fits in my purse, no problem. The flavor/scent is AMAZING...if I could eat it, I would. I have had this for more than a month now and there is still a lot of product left (I use it every day, too!). It is very moisturizing and gives your lips a natural, glossy sheen. I found this at a Japanese market by my house.