I absolutely love this. I needed a powder to take with me for touch ups, something that had a little bit of coverage, but would still look natural. I tried MUFE Duo Mat Powder foundation, and it was way too cakey for me. I went to a makeup counter and told them what kind of powder I wanted - and that I'd be willing to get something sheerer if it was more finely milled. She told me there was no such thing. Imagine my surprise when Lioele's Volume Cookie Pact looked almost completely natural on my face! It covers decently enough - less than the MUFE powder, but enough for me. It evens out redness, and controls oil well. And it looks surprisingly natural. Of course, if you looked hard enough, you'd be able to tell that I had powder on, but it didn't show any more than my translucent Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. It's also SPF 25 PA ++. There's a little bit of a sunscreen scent, but I actually like it. The packaging is really gorgeous - classy, and in silver. There's a carriage on the front, and even a little rhinestone. It's also kind of bulky, but I can deal with that, as it seems pretty sturdy. I've had too many pressed powders shatter on me due to cheap, flimsy compacts. Lastly, it's affordable and a great deal, considering everything- much cheaper than other powders I've tried, powders that were very much inferior. This sells for around 25 dollars on Ebay (I bought this from the seller bigclothcraft - I highly recommend them! They have free shipping from Korea that is relatively quick, and prices that aren't jacked up) for a whopping 15 grams. One downfall is that it only comes in two shades - 21 and 23. I'm usually around NC 25-30, and 23 is just a tad light for me (although I can still work with it) so if you're any darker, or much lighter, it'll be a problem. I absolutely love this compact though, and I'll definitely be repurchasing when I run out.
Greatest black shadow ever. Super black (blacker than MAC Carbon, at least), matte, less than 3 dollars, around where I live. I use this to line my eyes everyday, and it works great. HG status, hope they never, ever discontinue this. The package is a little difficult to open at first, but it loosens a little bit after a few uses
I love this! While I wouldn't use it as my sole source of lip moisture, it's very moisturizing as a lip color. It goes on beautifully, it's cheap, and the packaging is cute.
I have this in the purply-pink shade, Pinot. I absolutely love this - I tend to hate the fuss that comes with lipstick, and the hassle of lip gloss. But this gives a buildable flush of color that is maintenance free and beautiful. It's not very expensive, either, and I love the packaging - the doe foot makes application easy, while the squeeze tube allows you to get to every last drop. I think they're discontinuing this though, so if you can get your hands on some, get it! I love this, HG status.
It's gorgeous on the skin, super smooth, and smells amazing. I do prefer matte blush though, and it's not the most original color. I also don't prefer the box packaging. I will keep and continue to use it until it's finished, though.
I bought a few of the special sets of minis that benefit always offers (they're always a great deal!), and this came in a few. It's a deluxe sample size that comes in a tiny little tube with a doe foot applicator so I can't comment too much on the full size packaging, although I have tried it out at the store, and it was very difficult to control. The product itself isn't great. It helps a little bit, but it doesn't make my shadows much brighter, and I don't notice any difference in the wear time of my eye makeup. I definitely won't be repurchasing - it's way too expensive for what it is.
Bronzers -Bonne Bell - Glimmer Bronze in Sun Kissed Shimmer
damuko 11/1/2012 11:46:00 PM
I have this in Gold n Glitz. It's around five dollars (where I live). The powder is finely milled and extremely versatile, I usually use it as eyeshadow, but for special occasions I've worn it how Holly Ann Aeree does, all over the face. I've also used it as a cheek color, and I know people who use it over their collarbones (and as a body shimmer). It's shimmery, but not TOO shimmery. The packaging isn't a work of art, but it's sturdy enough, cute, and I don't have to pay more for it. Love.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Color Surge Duo in Strawberry Fudge
damuko 11/1/2012 11:39:00 PM
I got to try this in one of their GWP compacts with another matte shadow and a blush. The burgundy shade I hate - I hate metallic sheen in crease shades, and this color in particular always makes me look bruised. But the pink shade is absolutely beautiful - it's a duochrome that shines very gold, especially when you rub it in. It looks gorgeous in the inner tearduct, or accenting the lower lashline. I'd buy the duo for this color.
I bought this hoping it would be a more subtle, more long lasting substitute for my brown Maybelline gel liner, but it never ended up showing. Of course, that was never what it was meant for. I still use it under my crease and into my lashline to make my powder liner last longer, but it still doesn't work as well as some other primers I've tried. I'll keep using it til it's gone/too dried out to use, though.
Eyeliner -Sephora - Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner
damuko 11/1/2012 11:31:00 PM
I like this a lot. It's one of the more smudge resistant pencils I've used, an it's really fantastic to keep in your bag for touch ups/emergencies (like when you've been up all night, studying, and you stumble in to take your final the next day without a stitch of makeup on, after which your friends insist that you go out with them. Embarassing? Yeah, a little bit.) because it's got a smudger and sharpener built in. The amount of product you get for the price is a little steep, so I wouldn't recommend it to be used as an everyday kind of thing, but as something to keep in your bag just in case, I think it's great. You can pretty much do a whole (if monochromatic) eye look with this.
I bought it to use as a foundation touch up kind of thing, but it was far too orange. It ended up being really great as an undereye concealer (which is what it's marketed as, anyway). It has just enough coverage, it's not cakey at all - which really surprised me! - and even though i normally hate the click pen-brush type packaging, this one works fairly well (after the initial few uses, one click brings up a decent amount of product, i use one click about every two days), and I'm actually very glad they went with this instead of a pot/wand/tube, because it deposits just the right amount of product, exactly where I want it to go. I apply it right at the line where my dark circle starts, wait a few minutes for it to set, and just blend the edge. It does a surprisingly great job at brightening. I used to think BB corrector in Peach was amazing, and it does correct my circles, but it leaves my skin looking very sallow. This is amazing. HG status.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye booster eyeliner + serum
damuko 11/1/2012 11:16:00 PM
I never thought I would use liquid liner, but here I am. The pen packaging is sleek and functional, the brush tip is precise and easy to control, and the formula doesn't flake or smudge at all, while being easy to remove. It's not the blackest of formulas, but the 'ultra black' shade is a decent enough black. If you buy it in 'black', you'll end up with something that's more charcoal. I haven't noticed any lash lengthening, but I love this enough that it doesn't matter. HG status.
There are only two foundations I consistently return to; this and MUFE's Face and Body. This works really well applied on top of foundation that's been applied several hours ago to touch up, when i don't want to use a powder (on areas that aren't very oily, like my cheeks. The redness tends to come out after 5-6 hours). It's also what I used when I'm in a hurry, as it blends really easily, has a nice slightly-dewier-than-satin finish, and great medium coverage, while looking very natural.
This looks absolutely beautiful on the skin. Of course, it's more suited to certain skintypes (personally, I think it'd work the best on generally smooth skin that gets red easily) than others, but I have yet to find another foundation that looks as natural and feels as weightless. It's not my HG, but it's pretty close.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair (Serum)
damuko 5/17/2012 4:54:00 AM
The reason why people have been finding the product effective for only a couple of weeks is because of the packaging. The serum is housed in a weighty and substantial, but translucent glass bottle. This is where Estee Lauder goes wrong. When light interacts with many of the active ingredients, they soon become null and useless. To counteract this, I keep my bottle in the box and try to apply it in the dark as much as I can. The concentrated version of this serum has an opaque packaging, which i think is much better for storage. The serum itself is very hydrating. It didn't break me out, although I've heard reports of it doing that. It's not worked any miracles yet, but my skin feels so much better when I use it, and it appears to be a little bit brighter. A bit expensive, but by no means the most expensive skincare out there.