Makeup Brushes -Sigma - F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki (was SS197)
drbenzene 1/5/2012 9:27:00 AM
LOVE this brush. I really can't express how much I love it. It's so amazingly soft and applies my foundation smoothly. It doesn't flake, since it's synthetic, and is easy to clean. It doesn't absorb the foundation. It's perfect for stippling foundation on. Totally recommend.
Great product for drying makeup brushes. The best part about this system is that the slots reshape your brushes while they dry because brushes will typically flare out after washing and become really misshapen! I find that to get my brushes to dry in the 4-6 hours as Sigma claims, I have to use the smallest slot possible that the brush will fit in...but this is also what the instructions say to do. If you squeeze it into a smaller slot, it will dry within this time frame!
LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!!! I recently switched from a mineral foundation, and although I was hesitant to use a liquid again, this product is amazing. It stays on ALL day, which was hard for me to believe even after I tested it for 10 hours. My face looked exactly the same as when I applied it in the morning! It doesn't have a cakey finish and looks very natural. It has a great build-able coverage...I typically want medium coverage and use about 1.5 pumps to achieve this, but it could definitely be built up to full coverage. I'm an NC20 and I top it off with the MAC mineralized skin finish natural in light plus. I found this color a perfect match to my skin tone, thanks to my MAC SA! It also works wonderfully over the MAC studiofinish concealer!!
I have tried a lot of different mascaras and this is by far the worst for the money that I paid ($14!). I have medium length lashes, and this mascara clumps and flakes like crazy. I though the brush was cool and looked like it would do a good job separating, but I cannot apply this without it clumping all of my lashes together. And because the brush is small, it's impossible to unclump them! By the end of the day, I have black flakes all over my face. I will be going back to my Benefit BadGal Lash or DiorShow for sure.
I am an eyeliner freak...I wear it everyday and I've tried nearly everyone out there from Clinique, Lancome, Bare Minerals, etc...this is by far the BEST eyeliner I've ever tried! I have it in Caviar Ink and Mahogany (discontinued) and I love them both. It stays on all day, doesn't smudge onto my eyelid and literally glides on. I must say that I do use Urban Decay's Primer Potion which is a must for any eye makeup enthusiast. I did experience the drying of the pot for my Mahogany, but it's still totally usable, just not as "gel" as it used to be. But I've had both pots for over a year and neither is cracked or dried out...not even close. My Caviar Ink pot is just as good as it was when I first got it. Definitely recommend and I'll probably never switch!
I started using a primer because I realized I was touching up my make up every afternoon. After reading the rave reviews on Smashbox's Photofinish Primer, I headed to my local Ulta only to find it sold out. I instead purchased the "Light" version and I'm really glad I did! It works wonders underneath my Bare Minerals foundation and I don't have to reapply my make up anymore!! I love the matte feeling, not to mention its really lightweight. I prefer the texture of this "Light" version to the original, which feels greasy IMO. I have sensitive skin but am susceptible to breakouts and this hasn't caused any skin problems. I love it, will definitely purchase again.
I purchased this mascara to find something for my wedding in June! It doesn't clump, dry out, fade, or have any of the other problems typically associated with crummy mascaras. It smells good :) The applicator brush makes your lashes separate nicely and I find that I can put two coats on with it looking overly done. It is a little pricey, but I'm used to spending about this much on mascara so it's not out of the ordinary for me. I think I will probably stick with this mascara for the big day!
Primer/ Corrector -Clinique - Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
drbenzene 1/20/2010 5:19:00 PM
I am getting married this June so I bought this product to hide my large pore around my nose and T-zone. After using it once, my pores disappeared!! I used to try and hide my pores with make up but this stuff works wonders at concealing them. I haven't found that it clogs my pores at all, but I only use it on my nose and part of my cheek. You don't need to use a lot of the product, a small dot of it goes a long way. I have fairy light skin and the light color matches my skin tone perfectly and disappears once applied. For $17, its a great product that last a long time. I highly recommend this product if you are trying to hide large pores!!!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
drbenzene 1/20/2010 5:12:00 PM
This is a fantastic eye primer. I purchased it for my wedding in June after reading the many positive reviews on it. I wear eyeshadow and liner daily, but have had problems keeping it on and by the end of the day it's never there and/or smudged. But this primer potion has worked wonders!! My shadow stays put and my eye liner doesn't smudge anymore. What's great it the feel of the product is very light so I don't feel like I'm wearing it. The applicator is really easy to use and you don't need a lot of it either! The reviews are true, buy this product!!
I LOVE this product. I've never used a brow pencil or powder before because I decided that I needed something to fill in my dark thick eyebrows because they were looking sparse. I already use Bare Minerals make up and decided to try their brow powder. I was nervous because 1) I have really dark eyebrows and I wasn't sure if the brunette color would work for me and 2) I didn't want it to look like I was filling in my brows. Well it's a fantastic product!!! The powder looks so natural I can't even tell that I'm using it...it almost looks as if it's thickening my eyebrow hairs rather than just filling them in. It's pretty easy to use and blends very well. I highly recommend this product.