I love this color! I'm nc25 w/ auburn hair and this is the perfect lippie. I love that you can pair it with a peach or pink gloss to change it up a bit. I personally love the amplified formula because of the full coverage it gives- actually covers the color of pigmented lips. I think this is a big winner. I've worn it every day since I bought it, which is a big deal for me!
I actually returned this. It just didn't have much pigment (except for the darkest shade, which is great, but it nearly all my BB palettes). Also, the shimmery shades were blah to me- fallout and just shimmer, no real color. I have since bought the new holiday palette w/ the two shadow quads and pot rouge and I love it.
Mascara -Chanel - Inimitable Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel (Waterproof Version)
drexalia 9/18/2009 9:35:00 PM
I bought this to use on my wedding day. I love it! Can't believe I didn't try it sooner! I actually prefer it to the original inimitable mascara. Made my lashes look great, lasted all day and night! I have used this with lash primers and it makes the mascara perform even better. I can't believe it's $30 though...even more pricey than my beloved YSL faux cils. Anyhow, it's one of my favorite mascaras, and I've tried a lot of them! If anyone knows of a cheaper dupe, let me know- I can't afford this one for everyday.
I really wanted to like this, but I threw it away. The wand was just too difficult to use-it's big and bulky. That, combined with the formula of the mascara made it a mess. It's so slow to dry, my eyelashes would touch my lid and ruin my eyeshadow. Plus, it's kind of sticky, so it doesn't wipe off your skin like other mascaras do if you make a mistake. The overall effect was ok, but other mascaras are better and less of a hassle. I think if you are going to use a smashbox mascara, bionic is better and easier to use.
It's hard for me to rate this because at first, I love it. For a couple of weeks it looks great and is waterproof. But then it starts to dry up and get flaky and weird and not waterproof. I haven't found a waterproof mascara that is all around great yet, so until I do, this is the one I go to.
Crème -Chanel - Teint Innocence Cream to Powder Compact Foundation
drexalia 5/6/2009 11:31:00 AM
Would I buy this product again? Maybe... I bought this to take when I travel so I don't have to pack liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. I got shade 1.5. I am normally mac nc25, MUFE HD 120, Stila C. Anyhow, I think the shade I got was a little too dark for me. Plus, it seems to turn a little orange on me. I can't get it to apply smoothly-it's seems a bit streaky. I've tried the sponge, a foundation brush, just my fingers- it always ends up looking like i clearly have foundation on. Also, when I put my cream blush (stila CC) over it, it gets even more cakey and weird. So, if someone gave me a lighter color in this to try and it worked out better, maybe I could get on board with this product for travel. Other than that, there are other products I like a lot better that don't cause any of the problems I mentioned above. I will probably stick with Prescriptives Photochrome- their shades match me better and the product seems to apply better, plus it's cheaper.
Concealers -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer
drexalia 4/27/2009 9:47:00 PM
I can't believe I didn't find this amazing product sooner. I have tried everything possible to conceal and minimize darkness and puffiness under my eyes. Nothing works as well as this concealer. It is amazing stuff. It covers like not other concealer I've ever tried and it stays put all day, unlike many concealers which look great for an hour and then disappear. It also covers my small dark spots from acne scars and blends well. I have this in light medium and it is perfect for me. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a product, and I buy a lot of makeup!
Skincare - Face -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Cleanser and toner in one
drexalia 4/16/2009 8:38:00 PM
I love this product. I have actually used up two of the the giant sizes of this that they sell only once or twice a year. This removes my makeup better than anything else I've tried. My breakouts lessened when I started using this. It doesn't have a strong smell (which bothers me in other cleansers). This is one of the only products that I've purchased repeatedly. I highly recommend it.
Treatments (Eye) -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Lift & Lighten Eye Cream
drexalia 4/16/2009 8:32:00 PM
I love this brand of skincare, so I wanted to love this....but I don't. I haven't noticed any difference when using this product. No lifting, no lightening, no reduced puffiness. Big disappointment.
Wow, I was shocked to see the ratings so low on this product. I have long lashes, but they are sparse. My favorite mascara is YSL faux cils, but it's pretty expensive and dries out fast. I like dramatic thick lashes and I thought this did a good job. I will probably buy it again. I am on the hunt for a mascara that does a good job in the volume/thickening department and this one is pretty good. I'll probably try a few others, but I can see myself coming back to this...
I ended up with this product because I decided to buy a lip and cheek color in peachie, but the SA told me there was a cute set with peachie, goldie and a brush that was a good deal, so I bought the set for $45. The product looked crazy shimmery to me, but I figured I find a way to use it. As it turns out, I love this as a browbone highlighter. It also looks great on the outer part of the eyelid and inner part to highlight. You just have to be careful not to apply too much- a little goes a long way! I have used this on my cheekbone to highlight and it's nice, but a little too shimmery for me unless going out for a night on the town. It looks nice if you apply a little to the lower lip. I've yet to try it on my body, but I'll give it a shot. For reference, I'm nc25 and I think this is probably the best shimmy option for my skintone. This comes in a pot and I'm not the biggest fan of pots I have to stick my finger in so I'm not totally in love with the product packaging, but so far so good. I might like this better had I got it in a palette, rather than the jar.
My favorite mascara! I normally use YSL faux cils because I like a dramatic look. However, faux cils tends to flake on me so that is why it isn't the perfect mascara. Plus, I have to comb out faux cils because it can get a little clumpy. Exceptionnel looks just as dramatic in volume and length as faux cils but with no clumping and no flakes! You just have to get the application technique right. This stuff makes me look like I have a ton of long, lush lashes. I just wish it wasn't so pricey...
I was sucked in by the pretty promo pictures for this product in the MAC cremesheen pictures. However, after 3 coats on top of OPI base coat, this still looks nothing like the promo pic. It's lighter, less peach and streaky! The brush is pretty small, so application is a pain compared to OPI's wide brush. I don't think I'll be buying any more MAC nailpolishes. They are just too expensive to perform so poorly.
This is hands down my favorite lipgloss and I own a lot of lipgloss! This is the perfect peachy nude color for my nc25 skin tone. It has a slight shimmer to it and a bit more color than smashbox gloss in pixel, making it my new favorite nude gloss. The packaging is cute, but the little tassel on the top was a bit annoying because it got stuck in the zipper of my rather small "going out purse". I highly recommend this gloss and I think I may have to buy a backup and write to smashbox asking for this to be a permanent color.
I got this in the cargo blu ray set. I didn't like it at first, but since I have it and you can't swap a used mascara, I played with it some more and now I think it's ok...Basically, for my top lashes, it doesn't provide enough color or volume. I like it for the bottom lashes because all my volumizing mascaras have huge brushes and this tiny little comb is great for reaching the bottom lashes. The problem with using it just on the bottom though is it leaves black marks on the skin under your eyes by the end of the day or after a visit to the gym. In order to avoid this problem, I have used this mascara and then topped it w/ clarins sealant. So, this is a lot of effort to get this mascara to work for me and that is why I wouldn't buy it separately. If you don't want a dramatic look, just defined lashes, you might like this.