Mixing honey and olive oil, about a dime-sized amount of each, then rubbing it on your hands, is great for badly chapped skin. you have to put your hands in socks, gloves or plastic bags and sit around for a while, maybe an hour, then carefully wash them. The same treatment will quickly help heal chapped lips, just a dab of oil and a dab of honey. Also, mixing yogurt, honey, lemon juice and oat flour, and a little corn meal for exfoliant if desired, is a great facial cleanser and mask. Just don't put on lemon juice before you go out in the sun.
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - #521 - Fuschia w/ Blue Pearl
chickenetti 9/20/2010 1:40:00 AM
This is a pretty fuchsia, very bold, with a kind of blue pearl undertone, as the name states. Since it's cheap, it's great for experimenting. I actually like this color on me, so it's fun for a wild look.
This is a clear gloss with orange glitter, while from the pictures I was expecting a sheer orange gloss. I can still get the effect I wanted by layering it over an orange lip pencil (Jordana has a nice cheap one called Marmalade), but I was disappointed. The gloss doesn't do much my itself, but adds depth layered over a peach or orange color. Like the cherry smell, not really sticky.
I have fair skin, this is a bold, kind of wine/plummy shade on my skin. I like it, it has deep gold shimmer to it. I wouldn't describe it as a pink, sometimes it comes across almost fuchsia. nice cherry scent, not really sticky at all.
Wouldn't buy it again just because the color isn't that flattering on me, but it may be on people with darker skin tones. It's kind of a gold-ish brownish color, but it seemed cool in tone, which doesn't look good on me personally. Overall one of my fave brands, though- just make sure you're getting the color you want if you order it online. Sometimes it pays to look up reviews and swatches first.
This tends to give a greyish cast to my face unless I apply it very sparingly. The packaging and mirror are nice, but the product is so-so.
This is very thin and sheer, and I try to build it but it just won't. At least I can use the brush for a different concealer. The pink makes my eyes look reddish if I try to use it under my eyes, the skin tones are too dark for me, so it is a shot-in-the-dark whether half of the palette will work for you or not. The green is thin and doesn't cover anything. My maybelline green and yellow concealer sticks work better. Plus, it's a greasy formula that feels like it's bad for my skin.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
chickenetti 9/11/2010 1:43:00 PM
I don't see any magical properties from this powder as some rave about it- maybe I just don't know what I'm supposed to be looking for. It works as a translucent powder, but I don't see much of a difference between other powders. You have to apply it very sparingly or it will almost look like you have fine glitter all over your face. It really isn't good for shine control for this reason, it will work to set powder. I like the compact, but I feel ambivalent about the product itself. I got it half off for $3, so I suppose it was worth that price for a setting powder. I would buy it on sale for a cheap powder.
I know I'm a beginner with brushes, I've not used expensive brands, but since I own almost all of the ELF brushes I've not seen the need. You can find just about whatever brush you want between the regular and Studio lines, and they range between 1-6 dollars apiece. Don't be afraid to try a different use than prescribed for each brush- for instance I use the $1 eyeliner brush as a lip brush because it works that way for me. you can find a use for just about every brush, and a brush for just about every use, with some experimentation. You may want to upgrade later, but for starters, here's a great way to get away from silly foam applicators that come with products and get a more professional result with your makeup application without having to break the bank. Plus, you can throw in some cheap makeup with your order and not feel like you're splurging too much! Check reviews first before buying each product, as they are hit-or-miss for cosmetics, especially the dollar line.
The picture on the site is misleading, it is not shimmery, and it is a warmer, plummy purple. It can be applied sheer or thick, like a lipstick or a tint. No objectionable smell, and it looks gorgeous with a purplish eye look. I look terrible in cool purples, so this was nice to find. Will buy again if this one gets used up!
I love these glosses, but this is like a dull, greyish-purple-brown, very unflattering to my fair skin. It is very cool-toned, no shimmer, kind of looks like that Hawaiian delicacy Poi- not a color I want on my lips. It might look good on cool-toned deep skinned women, who can get away with cool purples. For me it made me look like I'd been drowned.
My fave! It's a very flattering color, peachy pink with gold glitter/shimmer. It goes on sheer and adds color. Pleasant smell.
The unscented version is my husband's favorite, it doesn't irritate his skin and it actually works for him and me both.
Eye Makeup Remover -Avon - Moisture effective Eye makeup remover
chickenetti 9/11/2010 1:05:00 PM
This is oil based, but I find it doesn't really leave my lids oily- it doesn't sting my eyes and effectively removes makeup, without any smell I can recall, so it's a great cheap eye makeup remover.
My favorite mascara! It does not become glue on your lashes, and comes off very easily. If you cry or rub your eyes too much, it will give little black flecks, but these brush away easily, rather than giving you raccoon eye. It is not a dramatic mascara, very basic and natural looking, but for the ease of wear and removal, and the fact that I've never had clumping problems with it, I've stocked up and use this one 90% of the time.