Although my skin feels great after using this, I can't help but feel that it's doing my skin damage when I rub it off. It's a fine line timing-wise to get it at a point where it's just started to dry so can be rubbed off easily without tugging the skin, leave it 30 secs too long and it's a much harder job. Have tried leaving it on for a few hours as you can supposedly leave it on overnight as a treatment, but the results don't seem to be any different.
At the bargain price of $10, any complaints seek a little unfair with this palette, but Stila sets such a high standard with its eyeshadows and convertible colors, it's hard not to compare. Granted, the quality of the eyeshadows isn't as good as Stila's regular line, but the darker shade (City Chick) in particular is stunning, both as a liner and crease color. I'm not a fan of the pink shade, Valley Girl, but you can put together a gorgeous look without this colour. The convertible color, Hibisucus, is a gorgeous soft pink shade. Stila are referring to the CCs in these palettes as being a blush/lip balm, and the difference in texture to the regular CCs match that description as they are sheerer and don't have as much pigmentation, or the staying power. If you've got a medium to dark complexion you may find the colours don't show up too well on you, but for us fair skinned girls, the overall look is beautiful and really wearable. I'm not a fan of the 'back story' of these palettes - it's a bit gimmicky and 'junior' for my liking, but it's possible with this low price point that Stila is trying to get into younger markets.
I'm on to my 5th bottle of this, and I'm sure I'll keep coming back for more. I love that it's organic and I'm not putting a whole lot of weird ingredients on my face. Even though it's an oil, it absorbs quickly. I find I don't need to need a moisturiser after this as it does such a good job on its own of hydrating. I wake up in the morning with soft, plump and clear skin. Love the eyedropper dispenser - hygenic and it's easy to control how much product comes out.
I've got a fringe, so this stuff is perfect for those in between wash days when my fringe needs a bit of a clean but the rest of my hair doesn't. Unlike spray dry shampoos, I really notice a difference with this. You do need to brush your hair really thoroughly after applying, otherwise you'll look like you're going grey (Stila's website says to work the product through with your fingers, which really doesn't work, especially if you have dark hair). Scent is pleasant, but not obtrusive. The downside is that it does leave buildup on my scalp no matter how little I use or how much I brush it out.
I've lost count of the number of red nail polishes that I have, but this is one of my faces. If you're looking for a classic red polish, neither blue or orange based, then this is the perfect choice. Quality is just as good as the colour, as I can get a week of wear from this with no chipping.
I've been coveting UD's Naked Palette, but since I got this kit, that craving has waned. Some say that the colours are too subtle, but it is called Naked Eye for a reason. All the colours subtly but very effectively enhance my eyes. They tend towards the cooler side of the spectrum compared to TF's Natural Eye Kit. The quality of the shadows themselves are up to TF's usual high standards.
Brows -Unlisted Brand - Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder - Taupe
cosmokid 9/11/2010 9:06:00 PM
The brow bar that I go to uses this product and I would always come away from getting my brows done amazed at how great they look, so I finally bought some. The colourful is a perfect match for my dark brown brows, looks really natural and lasts all day. HG material!
Dark circles, begone! I've had dark rings under my eyes my entire life, but since I discovered this stuff a year ago I barely think twice about them. Erase Paste just doesn't conceal them it brightens the whole area. It doesn't crease or dry out my under eye area and works anywhere I need a bit of spot concealment. I have light skin, but I use the Medium shade (you'd have to be very pale to use the Light shade). It's a shame it doesn't come in more shades, but it's easy enough to mix two of the shades together to get a good match. I would prefer it if it came in a squeeze tube rather than the pot, for hygiene reasons (the spatula it comes with isn't that practical). It can settle into fine lines under my eyes, but If I apply it carefully with a Beautyblender I don't have much of a problem with that.
This looks really bright in the pen, but on the lips it tones down and looks quite pretty. I was worried it would look coral on my lips, but it was more reddish orange. The gloss effect lasts quite well, but I find the colour on my lips fades quite quickly.
After years of trying high end sunscreens I keep coming back to this one. With the spray it's easy to apply and rubs in quickly with no sticky residue. I've never had the remotest sign of sunburn with this, and because it is a spray I find I don't get the 'missed a spot' burnt patches that you can get with regular lotions. It's well priced, easy to get and never fails.
Eye Shadow -Stila - Shadow Pots Eye Mousse in Smoke
cosmokid 12/16/2008 3:17:00 PM
Smoke is a blue-toned silvery grey cream shadow that is like a cross between Stila's Shore and Twilight powder eyeshadows. Blue-toned grey shadows tend to be more miss than hit on me (I'm netural toned), but Smoke works well on me and doesn't have the 'disco ball' factor that silvery eyeshadows tend to have. Today I'm wearing it with Stila's Cobalt Smudge Pot to line.
I've got mid-brown hair long hair that I colour with a rinse every 2 months to cover some cheeky greys. Since using this I've realised I've gone months without thinking that my hair could do with a recolour. This is not only a great conditioner, but it seems to blend any sign of regrowth (even the greys) and has kept my hair looking like it is naturally this great colour. If it wasn't for MUA I wouldn't have looked twice at this product. Just be careful when using it if you have a white shower, as this stuff will stain if it gets on the tiles.
Slate is a softly shimmery grey with a slight brown/green tinge to it (less taupey than Diamond Lil). It's one of my favourite shades as it is so versatile. It can look natural for day when teamed with lighter shades like Chinois, or you can easily vamp it up for a smokier eye (especially when used wet) - this is actually one of the shades in Stila's original smoky eye palette. Today I'm wearing it in the crease and smudged under the eye with Ecru as a wash and Ebony to line.
I tend to wear dark polish, so I like to put on a fresh top coat every 2 or 3 days to keep my manicure looking shiny and chip free. I love how quickly this stuff dries - since I've started using it I've never had the dreaded 'sheet marks' on my nails. The downside - I tend to get a bit of tip shrinkage with this which can make my polish more prone to chipping if I'm not careful. Also, the formula can get a little gluggy after a while, so you have to use thinner. That said, the speed with which this dries more than offsets the cons.
I've been using Avene's Eluage Cream for a while which I love, and started using the gel 4 months ago for some fine lines on my forehead and for my crinkly eyelids. It has certainly helped with plumping up and smoothing the skin on my eyelids (works best if I don't use another eye cream beforehand), but it hasn't had such good results on my forehead (no noticeable difference from using Eluage Cream on its own). The tube is great - the nozzle is quite fine so I never end up dispensing more product than I need.