gunmetal is a dark grey shimmery shade, perfect for a smoky eye. But the reason I gave it a 3 is because of the glitter in it (in addition to fine shimmer). It just looks strange when you have 2 or 3 loose glitter particles on an eye, like it was not meant to be there and got there by accident. So it's a deal breaker for me. That's too bad, because again it is a very pretty shimmery eyeshadow.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Renuvaderm - Hydrating sunblock cream
dianaschu 1/14/2008 10:24:00 PM
I wanted to try this line ever since getthatglow.com stopped selling Paula's choice products. I got a few samples to begin with (samples are really generous and come in actual mini pump bottles). I was looking for a sunscreen for winter that would provide UVA protection and yet not too greasy, not drying for my winter skin and that would not break me out and layer well with my mineral makeup. I think I found exactly what I was looking for - this sunscreen is perfect for me. It's is SPF 30 and it has micronized Zinc Oxide in it, which provides a great broad spectrum protection.
I think Orgasm is highly overrated and not that outstanding. Yes, it's Nars, yes it's beautiful packaging, good quality makeup, pretty shimmer and it's featured practically in every beauty and fashion magazine. But to me the shimmer is too intensive and color payoff is not that great. Plus it's overpriced.
This is my favourite eye shadow in my collection. Number one, it's Stila and I do think they make the best eye shadows out there (so silky and smooth). Number two, it's a perfect color for my brown eyes. it's very tricky to find a perfect brown eye shadow (I can't have any red undertones in it - it makes me look tired and as if I just cried), but this one is just right. It's deep brown with gray tones to it. You can use a fluffy brush to apply it sheerly like a taupe wash of color, or you can use a dense brush to layer it on for a smoky look. Beautiful!
I love Stila eye shadows! They are my favourite. They go so smoothly like silk, it's so easy to blend them and staying power is one of the best ones out there even without a primer. This color is a pretty bronze with some olive green tint to it. It's shimmery, but the shimmer is so fine that on the lid it looks more like glow, not shimmer.
I got it as a free gift. First I thought the color was very interesting, sort of bronze with some silver shimmer in it, definitely different. Then after I wore it a few times I realized it doesn't work for me because it has some purplish undertones which makes it look a little reddish on lids. Unfortunately I can't wear any eye shadows with red undertones, It makes me look tired. I really want to try "in the garden" now, because I think it's very similar, only without purple in it.
the chunks of glitter is a little bit too much in there. Plus it's white and looks a little strange when I use it as a highlighter (I have medium skin). Doesn't really work for me that well.
Loose Powders -Everyday Minerals - Tinted Silk Dust [DISCONTINUED]
dianaschu 1/14/2008 9:36:00 PM
My favourite finishing powder! I used to get dry patches in winter from using mineral makeup and BE's mineral veil on top, I think that's what was drying out my skin. Silk dust is much better and I love the fact that it's tinted so it doesn't give me the ghostly appearance.
I add a little bit of sunscreen bronzer to it and it turns into a perfect base for around my eyes for under eyeshadow. But the main reason I do it is because of some sun protection. Like most people I can't use chemical sunscreens around my eyes (it stings!) plus any cream on my lid during the day will melt my makeup away, so this is perfect.
Eye Shadow -Everyday Minerals - Eyeshadow in Mystic Night
dianaschu 1/14/2008 9:29:00 PM
Gorgeous vibrant shimmery color, perfect bluish purple, thus a high rating. But staying power is poor, whether you are applying it dry or foiling it. Creases and fades withing a couple of hours. But I find it the case with all mineral eye shadows.
It's a basic highlighter for cheeks, nothing to write home about. Looks nice when lightly swept on top of cheekbones over any matte blush. Looks identical to good china eyeshadow, but you get more product.
Misc Beauty Tools -Everyday Minerals - Flocked Sponge
dianaschu 1/14/2008 9:22:00 PM
I do like those, but not the new ones (the ones that cost 3 for $1) . I really miss their old style sponge, it was more expensive but thicker and sturdier and I think it gave a better finish. The new ones are just too flimsy. On the bright side, their shapes enables them to be stored inside a foundation jar on top of the sifter.
I don't generally like brown blushes, nor do I like glitter in it, but there is something about this blush that just looks so pretty! It has a barely there rosy tint to it and sparkles are golden. It looks nice for going out, but definitely not for daytime use. I upped the rating from 4 to 5 when I got this blush in pressed form. It's perfect! It has less sparkles and it's a little darker than loose powder. So it makes a great glowy bronzer, not an orange (I hate orange bronzers), but a rosy one. Very pretty!
When you first apply it (very light-handedly) it looks pretty. But then it pretty quickly turns brownish streaky orange, just like the majority of everyday minerals blushes, unfortunately.
This blush is probably the best for people with very pale skin. On my medium skin it barely shows up and I have to buff a lot which results in too much powder on my cheeks.