Polishes -Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear - Mint Sorbet
chrisssay 4/11/2012 4:23:00 AM
I love how opaque this polish is, especially after only two coats. The mint green is quite nice against my tanned skin. I do wish it was slightly lighter or more pastel. I'm not too fond of the long brush as it was really easy to get excess polish on the brush. It's not a huge deal and at $3 CAD I'm definitely willing to work with it.
I received this nail polish in a Luxe box subscription and I'm so glad they included this polish in my box. I agree with other reviewers that this polish is a nice candy apple red shade. It looks great on my lightly tanned skin. I only needed one coat for it to be opaque. I look forward to purchasing more China Glaze polishes in the future.
Lip Treatments -eos - Smooth Sphere Organic Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
chrisssay 11/28/2011 2:13:00 AM
I completely agree with the reviewer below me, I found the lip balm left a slight film of wax on top of my lips. I don't felt it moisturized my lips very well and I have to reapply frequently. I absolutely love the packaging which is what drew me to the EOS lip balms but I won't be repurchasing this item again.
When I first started out buying MAC brushes, I did my research and found this one (and the 239) to be the most recommended brush. I asked a makeup artist to recommend me one e/s brush if I could only pick up one and she recommended me this. So I picked one up during MAC's 20% friend's and family sale last year and it was completely worth picking up. Prior to this brush, I thought my blending skills were quite decent. After this brush, my blending skills have increased a couple of notches if not more. I've received several compliments on how nicely blended my eyeshadows look since using the 217. It seriously helps bringing my colours together. I find the bristles to be stiff enough to blend but not extremely stiff that it hurts upon application. Although I mainly use this brush for blending, I also use it for application of e/s to my crease and then blend. (I know some ppl like to use this just to blend). If I could only use one e/s brush for the rest of my life, this would it as it not only blends well but applies e/s well. I would love more 217s but I'm holding out for the next F&F sale.
Overall, I'm quite disappointed with this product. Not too long ago, there were quite a few raves about the jasmine lip butter on youtube and blogs so I decided to venture to Sephora and pick this up. I am not wowed/amazed by this product in any means. Sure, it does moisturize however, I find myself needing to reapply very often almost within an hour. The scent is okay, it does smell like jasmine however the scent is very faint and I can't smell it when it's applied on my lips (this may be a plus for those of you who like unscented products). I find it applies on slightly thick (granted, it is called a lip "butter") which I don't necessarily mind but it makes me realize that I prefer lip conditioning products that don't leave you feeling as if you have anything on your lips. My lips are deep pink and I don't find that this lip butter tints my lips a different colour in any way (not that I expected it to but just in case anyone was wondering). Overall - this is an okay product but nowhere near HG status. I won't be repurchasing.
I'm a NC40-42 in MAC foundations and I chose the Smart Shade foundation in Light-Medium. Initially, I liked this product for when I wanted less coverage than my Revlon Colorstay (which I usually use). However, the past few times I've used this product, it's come out orange. I am quite a few shades lighter than usual so I'll have to give this product another try in the summer when I'm darker. At this point, I wouldn't give it another try.
Bronze has easily become one of my favourite warm MAC e/s. It's definitely a gorgeous warm bronze e/s with the ever so slightest hint of copper in certain lighting. I love how buildable and blendable this e/s is. My absolute favourite e/s combo is Bronze in my crease and Patina on the inner 1/3 of my eye - amazing for summer! I can't wait to wear this when I'm more tanned and out in the sun.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Hello Kitty -- Pink Fish Tinted Lip Conditioner
chrisssay 3/24/2010 3:20:00 AM
I purchased this with the Hello Kitty collection simply because I love pinks and Hello Kitty for that matter. However, I thought it was pretty pricey (around $17 CAD) for a lip conditioner - especially when I felt it didn't do much to hydrate or heal my dry lips. I used it for a bit but I felt my c.o bigelow chapsticks/glosses did a way better job and for almost half the price. I recently got into using this again and I must say, I'm loving how this sheer blue-based pink lightens my deep red lips. As for application, I find this works best when my lips are fairly smooth and to avoid this product when they aren't as it will only accent any dry patches. I still have over two-thirds of the product left but I foresee myself reaching this more often.
I actually use this cleanser as a spot acne treatment whenever a whitehead shows up. I'll apply a generous dollop on the zit at night, keep it on and wash it off in the morning. I know this isn't a recommended way of using the product but I found it makes the acne disappear by morning every single time. Mind you, my skin is generally clear and I only use this cleanser when a zit pops up. The cleanser has a slight chemical smell but it's not a nuisance. Will repurchase
I wanted to try out a gel cleanser for a change and I just find this cleanser to be okay. It is quite cool and refreshing as its name and I don't mind the "clean" scent that it has. It doesn't remove my makeup (for reference, I usually wear a quarter amount of revlon colourstay foundation set with powder and some blush) very well at all. I find myself using a makeup wipe prior to using the cleanser to ensure my makeup comes off. I'll probably won't repurchase this cleanser again as I'm determined to find a better one.
Although this product is quite light, refreshing (as appropriately) and quite cheap, this product isn't quite for me. I'm looking for a toner that will be able to remove all/most of the makeup that my cleanser might miss and this toner does not make the cut. I do however, appreciate that this toner is not excessively drying like other toners can be. I'm now looking for a more heavy duty toner and will not be repurchasing this particular one.
I'm not usually a fan of Glaze lipsticks as I find I really have to pile it on but the light lavender pink shade in Bubblegum was calling to me so I had to pick one up. On my pigmented lips, this applies as a sheer light lavender/purple with a hint of dark pink (which is probably due to my deep pigmented lips). I find I have to wear a base (e.g. dim lip erase) with it to have the lavendar tones show up. I wore bubblegum the other day (without a base) with Victoria Secret lipgloss in Beautiful and it was simply gorgeous! My bf rarely, if not never, comments on how nice my lipstick/gloss combos look and he thought it looked amazing. (He's probably just too used to the light pink/nudes that I sport).
On me this is a light medium brown with golden shimmer and it truly makes my dark brown eyes pop. Cocomotion is easily blendable with a soft dark brown e/s in the crease. Add a highlight and I'm out the door. I can't wait to sport this look more in sunnier days. I did have a little bit of fallout which is expected with most pigments. I first purchased it at my CCO and I loved it so much that I bought it again when it was released in a collection last year (although I probably don't really need it as I still have plenty of my first jar).
I have medium pigmented lips so I like to gravitate towards lipsticks that will lighten my lips. However, I find Hue lightens my lips a little too much and applies quite streakily. It's so light that it settles in the lines in my lips. I definitely have to work to make this lipstick look decent and will often find myself reaching for a gloss immediately after application. Needless to say, I will not be repurchasing.
From the initial swatches released online, I knew I wanted this shade. However when I swatched it I felt it was okay compared to all of the other lippies relased in the spring colour forecast collection and skipped it. Upon a second visit to MAC, I swatched it again and went on a whim and picked it up. I'm completely glad I did. On my deep pink pigmented lips, it shows up as a semi-bright mauve pink. Definitely a my lips but much better shade! I can see myself grabbing this for days when I just want a nice light pop of colour. Lustre finishes are one of my favourites as I find they do give a slight sheen/glossy kind of look. I would say Laugh a Lot is semi-opaque.