I love this mask. I got a sample first, not expecting it to do anything other than possibly smell nice - but I was very, very surprised. MAC's skincare has never really worked for me so I usually skip it. But this stuff is amazing! A little over five minutes on and it left my face was softer than anything I have ever used before. The last time my skin felt this good was after a professional facial - too bad this is limited edition. The price is okay if you have a Pro card, but full price is a little much. At least it will last a very long time because I only use such a tiny bit.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick
eisdamme 7/6/2009 8:40:00 AM
I love the idea of longwearing lipstick, but I've never found one that actually worked. Lipfinity was about the best of the lot, but it was really drying. (Not to mention I had to apply the topcoat so many times during the day, and even then it would flake off.) MAC had some lovely colors, but wouldn't last two minutes without pilling and peeling. So I'd given up on longwears entirely before I tried this. I had zero expectations for this product and only made the purchase because I knew I could return it if it didn't work. At $10.99 it was pricey, but again, Walgreens is less than a block from me, so returning it is no real hassle. Although it was a tossup between the bright red one (Tomato ...someting...?) I decided on #1 Nude. The color was nice - not remarkable, but darker than my lips yet still light enough to look like it could be natural without being to grey or too orange. (I'm PPP, slightly lighter than NC15, green eyes, black hair, freckes and barely any pigment in my lips) Application was easy, and after about three minutes it had dried to a tacky but not full-on sticky finish. On its own this would have been an annoying feel, even though the color didn't seem to budge, but with some Carmex over it, it's amazing. No movement, no flaking. No pilling. It lasted over ten hours without turning into a peeling, uneven mess. My only gripe is the color selection. I wish they offered a wider range or colors, and definitely more shimmerless options. (Deep matte black-red, where are you?) This could well become HG for me as a longwear - I'm reserving judgement until I try the red.
I wish this weren't LE. It's sheerish but still manages to give enough color to my barely-pigmented lips. Although I passed on most of Fafi, this lipstick was truly a standout for me. Looks amazing over Vino/Plumsoft liner with Palatial LG over it. I don't often find myself buying backups anymore, but this is definitely worth buying another.
This masque is pretty awesome for the price. I picked it up for 3.59 at Walgreens. My skin is seriously dry, yet I have crazy open pores and lots of blockage (along with flakes) in the nose/cheek area. The first time I used it, I noticed definite pore shrinkage, and some of the blackheads seemed less noticeable. My face felt a bit tighter, and a wee bit dry, so I followed up with toner and moisturizer. I like mint-scented things, and have never had a reaction to mint before, so the smell wasn't an issue. Cheap price, but the packaging isn't the best---it was a bit hard to get from the tube, either not enough or 'splat!' too much.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
eisdamme 1/4/2007 3:16:00 PM
If I don't use this stuff before I apply any shadow, I know to expect half my shadow to be worn off in a few hours. UDPP is awesome. Completely worth the money even if it does smell a little like cat pee to me. It goes on my eyes, it's not like I have to put it up my nose, so...
Blush -MAC - See Thru Cheek Colour - Awash in Pink
eisdamme 5/23/2006 6:19:00 PM
Love it! NC15 superpale, and this shows up as a nice cool-pink flush. Awesome with black lined eyes and Not So Shy! stain/Cellopink gelee on the lips. Fairly easy to blend (I just use my fingers) and lasts all day. It's a shame this is limited edition.
This is the only way I can actually wear nailpolish anymore. Before this I'd stooped due to the fact that regardless what basecoat I used or didn't use (and FYI the latest was Stickey) or what topcoat I did or didn't use (Seche Vite, Poshe, Jessica, and countless cheapie ones) nailpolish didn't so much chip on me as peel off in one solid piece, like that old peel off polish from the 80s---sometimes taking a fine layer of nail along with it. The longest I'd had polish stay on my nails was about four hours, if I didn't touch anything. Chip Skip worked with good polish (Lippmann, Essie, OPI, etc) and it also worked just as well with cheaper stuff (Wet & Wild, Milani, NYC). I'm not sure how this works or what's in it, but I've also tried the 'swiping the nails with nailpolish remover' trick but it didn't work as well as this. I don't mind paying $10 for it, as it's not thick, won't goop up, and will probably last forever. Not to mention the fact that I haven't been able to wear polish for years until last week. Awesome.
I was definitely a victim of the hype, and purchased this quad as soon as I could get my hands on it. The reviews definitely put me off, and I expected to be seriously underwhelmed when I finally recieved it. But. I'm actually really pleased with this. I'm very pale, a little lighter than NW15/NC15 (though I can wear both) -- so I think this is why the colours show up so well on me. It's definitely not as bright as it looks in the adverts, but against pale skin there's quite a contrast. I didn't get a chalky feel from any of the shadows, and I find myself reaching for this as much as I hoped I would. I'm glad I got a backup.
Lipstick -MAC - Pro Longwear Lustre in Jazz-y-Razz
eisdamme 2/16/2006 1:47:00 PM
This is quite possibly my HG for day lisptick. I bought it because the initial one that I wanted (Lishious) was not instock, but I actually like this much better. In the tube it didn't look that spectacular, and if I hadn't tried it on I wouldn't have considered it, since it looked pretty light. I'm extremely pale skinned (think Casper) and this was just dark enough to make my lips look like they have a little colour, but pretty natural looking (a light neutral pink with a slight brown/tan cast to it) It goes on rather smoothly, takes about a minute to dry, and has lasted all day after several tests. Everything else wears off in no time thanks to my mostly liquid diet and the frequency that I drink it, but not this. Just a couple touch ups of the gloss overcoat and totally good to go again. No crazy smell, no peeling off my lips in weird shapes like Lipfinity. I love this stuff & I love this shade.
Lip Gloss -Neutrogena - Moistureshine Lipgloss in Glam
eisdamme 1/16/2006 4:35:00 PM
Bought this on a whim after seeing some layout in Allure on bright glosses a few years back. I wasn't sure that this would look good on me at all. I'm extremely pale, and had never really worn anything in the coral family before. I was totally surprised when I loved it. It's not sticky at all, which is a major plus. It's not shimmery or gritty, and though it could be a wee bit more moisturizing, I'm quite pleased with it. The color is superbright in the tube, but on my lips it's a sheer melon/strawberry colour. Just enough to look like I have some colour in my completely unpigmented lips. The taste could be better---either more like Colorjuice (I must be insane...I actually LIKE the smell/taste of that stuff) or like nothing at all. It's got a faintly medicinal taste/smell to it that's kind of annoying, but not enough to keep me from reaching for it. Looks awesome with teal/gold e/s.
Hands down the absolute best eyeshadows I have ever used. Easy to blend---and most have fabulously smooth textures (with the exception of the lustres, which for me were a bit harder to use...but still awesome). Great staying power, and especially nice when used over a MAC paint as a base. Kickass shade range, and with the ability to blend and layer these with other shadows, pigments, paints and CCBs the options are pretty much endless. Most of them work amazingly well wet, too---which is so nice. I've used several wet on my waterline with no irritation at all. I only wish they didn't have so many limited edition shades. Still, for the price, these are the best.
Used this when I was in High School. Harsh. Overdrying. Ow. Just bad stuff. Dried my cheeks out to the point of peeling. It does work fairly well to remove black dye from the ears after dyeing my hair, though. Also removes the dye spatters from the countertop.
Definitely the best cheapie mascara I've ever used. Lasts a fairly long time with little clumpage or smearing. Easy to remove, and has a decent build to it. Especially good for more 'natural' looking lashes. I wear this sometimes during the daytime.
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
eisdamme 6/8/2005 8:04:00 AM
Awesome stuff. It's become my HG for dry lips, a stray hair tamer, cuticle fixer, cheek and lid highlighter, and I even use it on my brows to keep them in place. I hardly notice the smell (I'm weird with smells, though) but I guess (and from reading other reviews) it smells like roses (hence the name, I think). Not sure how different from Vaseline this is, but despite all similarities, is doesn't cause the breakouts with me that Vaseline does, so I will be using this until they stop making it.
Awesome purchase! Being gothly ghostlypale, most blushes look ridiculously dark on my skin, but this was sheer and just the right hint of colour. Leaves my cheeks looking just flushed and not blotchy. Good blendability for a powder, and not too bad on the shimmer factor (though I happen to like shimmer). I'm not sure how this will hold up in the humidity as I like to use a gel stain in the Florida summers. Peachy-pinky shade looks wicked with dark lipsticks and minimal mascara. Fairly expensive but will last forever. Wish they'd throw in a brush with this!