Pressed Powders -Estee Lauder - Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder
cheer992 8/9/2010 3:56:00 PM
i bought this in the horoscope compact and it's so cute! the powder is fabulous. i had previously been using mac msf natural and it broke my normally very clear but sensitive skin out badly. i got used to rubbing my powder brush into the powder to get plenty and dusting it all over. lucidity has a different texture. it's very firmly packed, so you can't get a ton at a time without some work, and if you do, you will wind up with the chalky face. if you dust a little all over to set your foundation, it's gorgeous. i never need to repowder, and at the end of the day, my skin looks perfect still. also-- something HUGE-- my eye makeup ALWAYS bleeds and creases under my eyes along with my concealer. i've tried benefit's powderflage, make up for ever's hd powder, benefit stay don't stray-- none of them worked for me, and if they did, they'd look cakey and heavy under my eyes. this powder keeps my concealer and mascara and liner in place.without looking cakey or ashy. this really is a great powder.
Hair Styling Tools -Sedu - Ionic Ceramic Professional Flat Iron (Original)
cheer992 8/9/2010 3:48:00 PM
i have had 3 chi by farouk straighteners, all the classic in various colors. i also curl my hair with a straightener, and the chi was leaving me with ringlets instead of the larger curls i wanted. i did my research and settled on the sedu. both the chi and the sedu straighten your hair. my hair is curly and thick, so a drugstore straightener isn't going to do it for me. the chi straightens my hair, but it seems like its at the expense of body. it winds up stuck to my head, and ultimately, difficult to curl. the sedu still straightens it pin straight, but it's still full of body. the larger plates are perfect for the curls that i wear. to address some of the cons other reviewer write about: cost-- it is pricey, but for those of us with difficult hair, drugstore brands aren't going to cut it. heat-- unlike the chi, it has adjustable heat settings. i've learned how to use it without burning myself. crimp marks in hair-- that's going to happen to anyone using a straightener with any real heat-- if you clamp it on your hair at an odd angle or for any amount of time, you'll get a mark. you have to practice the motion without clamping it down suddenly. USE A HEAT PROTECTANT. you can't expect to use this kind of heat on your hair and not see damage if you don't protect it. GREAT IRON.
Liquid -Boots - Lifting & Firming Foundation SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
cheer992 8/8/2010 8:55:00 PM
OH.... MY.... GOD. i use chanel lift lumiere foundation. i have used revlon colorstay, chanel vitalumiere and pro lumiere and nars sheer glow. i want great coverage liquid foundation that doesn't look heavy or feel heavy. i was spending almost $150 on foundation because i was having to combine .5(faience) and 2.0(clair) to match me. the lift lumiere bottles are impossible to judge the amount left and wanted a back up foundation if one day i went to pump it and there was no more.i came here and looked at all liquid foundations and sorted the reviews by rating and this foundation rated highest for foundations that had been rated by at least 15 people. i love love the boots radiant glow concealer pen and i've been using the cleanser and toner, so i figured i'd try it. first, it has a pump(yay!) and the top screws off(more on that later). i pumped the amount i pump of my chanel foundation and noticed it is twice as thick. the coverage is amazing, i used less than half of what i used with chanel, its creamy and didn't feel mask like at all. it covered little spots of hyperpigmentation, covered rosy cheeks- gave me a blank slate of even skin. LOVE THIS! so cheap to try. for reference, in mac im nw15, revlon colorstay buff, chanel faience/clair.i bought new ivory in this and it's perfect.
i love this brush... i have really sensitive skin and it is easily irritated by other brushes. i have the mac 180 brush, which is great, but this is softer--the 180 is great for foundation application, but find that the 109 is easier on my skin, and the 180 eats up my mineralize skinfinish natural. this kabuki feels great on my face, i don't feel bristling when i use it, it doesn't even feel like a brush. the other brushes from essence of beauty are just ok, if you buy only one brush from essence of beauty--THIS SHOULD BE IT.
one of the previous reviewers commented that the roller ball applicator may be unsanitary. the properties of this liquid kill bacteria. i don't mind the applicator for this reason. i picked up a handful of these because they are so cheap! cheaper than visene! put it on a pimple and there is a sting. 15 minutes later, the swelling and redness have gone down. next day, almost gone. thanks so much for making this, e.l.f.! i love high end skin care and cosmetics, because in a lot of cases, they are worth it. once in a great while though, there is a drugstore find that surprises you. THIS IS IT.
first of all, packaging(tiger print) is soo cute. long after this great beauty powder is long gone, i'll be carrying this around with whatever other product i've crushed to put in here-- it really is that cute. the powder itself is beautiful. i am very pale, and blushes easily can look garish or feverish on me, but this powder is a very sweet subtle peach. i love it. it requires so little in terms of application, no buffing or working with it, no special brush, just throw it on and it looks great.
Lipstick -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - a-list lipstick
cheer992 8/4/2010 5:06:00 PM
so... i bypassed this lipstick when it first caught my eye at target because it's pricier than my mac lipsticks and i was convinced i'd find the same color in a mac lipstick. after a forever-long hunt-- i couldn't find it and broke down and bought this and i LOVE IT. since then, i stumbled on mac's razzledazzler(from the raquel welch collection) and it's a close match. razzledazzler is a softer peach, while this is a bit more orange. my very pigmented lips altered every other color i tried to wear. these 2 lipsticks have been a great find.
i received this in a swap, I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK! although this is a lustre, the color is much more buildable than other lustres like dressmaker dressmaker. it's a beautiful peachy coral color-- very similar to jemma kidd's a-list lipstick. this is a gorgeous lipcolor; it's the color i've been on the hunt for!
I received this in a swap and she gave me a great dael(thanks gjj!) on this palette... i believe it's only available in salons now. i love mac eyeshadows, but these are far more pigmented! carbon is nothing compared to the "black" in this palette-- it's very pigmented, the most of any i've tried! "copper"(frost) and "brown" (matte)combine nicely for a great smoky eye,"wine" is a deep eggplant, "vanilla" is a pigmented satin color, "peach" is a frosty pale peach, "natural" is a frosty nude, "passion" is a sparky magenta. these pans are HUGE. i absolutely love this palette. if i could find this again, i'd buy it on the spot.
love this msf. i'm very fair(nw15) and i can use this as blush and it gives me a sweet light peachy color...a little deeper than by candlelight, but this color is so light that it's hard for me to over do. another msf that i have 2 of... perfect topping, by candlelight are others.
omg. best. msf. ever. im nw15 and use this as a blush.it's absolutely STUNNING. redhead, petticoat, porcelain pink, light flush, stereo rose, i use all of these as blushes because i am so fair--- this deposits a small amount of color, just enough in my opinion. it is one of the few that i have 2 of. LOVE THIS.
i hate loving this... but i do.i'm a lover of mac lipglasses. i have a ton of them, and always had in the back of my mind this gloss. i didn't want to spend the money and don't care for the smell(is it plastic i smell?it's not great, but it fades quickly) i finally broke down and got it and it's AMAZING. Opaque and pink, it gives a nice shine to my creme d'nude and fresh brew. i hate it because i think for the money, it should smell like something fabulously tasty, but it's too good and haven't found a suitable dupe.
love this!!! i use this on top of matte shadows for highlighting, smokey eye looks, it's stunning. i ran out and bought 3 of these! they're gorgeous!
i bought this because i was building up my msf collection and didn't expect to fall in love with this color. it is AMAZING! Im an nw15 and its absolutely beautiful on my cheeks. it's definitely a deeper color than porcelain pink or light flush, but i absolutely LOVE this. if you can get your hands on this, GET IT!!
I bought this on the e.l.f. website to reach a higher total for free shipping(everything's so cheap you have to buy a ton!)--i have been using mac's brush cleaner, and also have used sephora's. i had preferred mac's because it's such a huge bottle, but the e.l.f. bottle is a comperable size and has a spray top(which i prefer). mac's cleaner is too soapy imo, and brushes take longer to dry. e.l.f.'s gets my brushes clean and they dry in no time-- i use it every day and every weekend i deep clean them with olive oil and baby shampoo. this is now my preferred brush cleaner. try this, it's so cheap!