Love love this mascara. It gives my lashes great length and volume without clumping. I'm not sure if it's the formulation of the mascara, the brush or a combo of both, but it's just pure awesome. I've tried to go back to drugstore mascaras but haven't had much luck, so until then, I'm sticking with this baby.
I bought this because it was dirt cheap and I like how it came with 4 colours so I could experiment with highlighting. I would say this product is decent but to be honest, it didn't do a lot for me. I found it to be a little too slick and I didn't really get the look I was looking for with this. Also, all the colours ended up looking the same on my face, which negated one of the initial reasons I had purchased this. If you're on a budget and need a basic and a shimmer that isn't obviously shimmery, this will probably work for you. I now prefer powder highlighters but if I use a cream base, I go to my Joe Fresh cream highlighter in "Champagne".
I've heard great things about the shu uemura one as well, but it's pretty difficult to get a hold of here in Canada. But I've heard this was a good alternative, and I don't know how I lived without this baby before. I've had it for about 5 months now and even if I don't wear mascara (sometimes I like to give my face a break from makeup), I'll curl my lashes to open up my eyes. I have the typical short, sparse Asian lashes. Lash curlers I've had before only got the middle section of my lashes and a couple of hours later, the curl would be gone. This curler, though, holds the curl like nobody's business and it gets ALL my lashes. And the curl lasts all day! You do have to be careful not to pinch your eyelid like some have said, but with practice, it's not difficult at all. You can purchase this at select Shoppers Drug Mart for $20CDN (that's where I got mine), and I even got a great gift with purchase as well. Score! I'll definitely repurchase, but with an extra replacement pad that comes with the curler, I doubt that will be for a long time.
This highlighter was put on me by a MUA over a cream blush and I was in LOVE, so I ended up buying it immediately. This product gives you a natural glow from within look without looking like a sparkle fairy came to visit you. And bonus - you get a lot of product (10g/0.35oz). This will probably last me forever. I agree with some other reviewers in that the packaging is not the most optimal, but I haven't encountered any problems with it yet. It's just not the most convenient to use because you have to screwed the cap on and off.
I've been wanting to buy this for awhile and even bought its cheaper dupe from E.L.F. but to be honest, I felt the E.L.F. one was a bit ... much. The colours were nice but just not for everyday wear. Back to the NARS duo, I finally decided to splurge and on my NC25ish skin, it gives a very nice subtle glow to my skin. The bronzer is a very natural looking matte colour and the blush is a lovely peachy colour that is quite shimmery when you swatch it but when I apply it on my cheeks, it's not very shimmery at all. I love the packaging of this product and it is especially great for travel because it contains both blush and bronzer and comes with a nice mirror as well. At $50CDN, it is quite pricey but you do get the full sized (0.16oz) blush included which is $32 by itself. The full-sized bronzer is 0.28oz vs the 0.16oz in this duo, but the bronzer is usually $39 on itself so I think if these are your colours, it's a good value.
I was debating between this and the Naked 1 palette but ultimately decided to go with this one because there were 3 matte shades and I much preferred the packaging of the Naked 2 vs. Naked. The case is very sturdy, and comes with a large mirror and a double-ended brush which is pretty decent for basic application. I love traveling with this and the shadows are very well pigmented. This is definitely a splurge but you can wear these neutral colours everyday for a simple look or for a more dramatic evening look.
I'm so glad I listened to all the great reviews on here and from youtube and purchased this gem. I have the usual sparse Asian eyebrows. I have this in natural black - the colour is more gray so I was a little skeptical when I first opened it but when I applied, it looked very natural and not too "made up". It's perfect for my brown-black hair. I think this has replaced the Lioele auto eyebrow as my HG eyebrow product. Although I really like the Lioele one, this looks more natural and I have a feeling it will last a lot longer. More pricey, but also more readily available for purchase.
Brows -Lioele - Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in #3 Gray Black
elles143 7/20/2012 4:23:00 PM
Finally found an eyebrow pencil that was suitable for my sparse Asian eyebrows. It's very difficult to find gray/black products in North America. It goes on light so the brows don't look as drawn in, making it look natural. I use clear mascara over it to set it. My HG eyebrow product will definitely repurchase.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
elles143 6/22/2012 9:49:00 PM
My favourite and most used brush! I use this for my brows and for eyeliner and it's fabulous. I got this for under $4CDN at Walmart and for that price, it is a steal. Will definitely re-buy when the time comes.
I bought this for only $7 at the BE outlet and I wish I had bought more! I find the colour to be super-flattering and great for an everyday lip colour.
I tried this on my hand on my hand at the store and loved it but once I got home, I didn't look how it looked on my lips. As for the moisturizing aspect, I found it was okay but not as effective as lip balm or vaseline. It can also be tricky to open.
I love this! It's super easy to apply. I use it a bit as a highlighter since I don't find my circles that dark but this works well for giving your eyes a little more pop and a more awake look. One downside for others is that they only have 2 or 3 shades so if their colours don't work for you, you're out of luck.
I bought this to cover up a tattoo and I know others have had success with it, I just don't have the patience to apply multiple layers and wait forever for it to dry. I've used it to cover blemishes and it's great for that but for that price but really, any concealer would work for that.
I use the shampoo, conditioner and spray and that really well for getting volume so I was expecting a lot more from this product. I don't find you get volume, and it doesn't absorb oil that well either. I do use this to tease my hair and it's good for that.
Shampoo -Cake Beauty - satin sugar hello true clean revitalizing hair shampoo
elles143 5/14/2012 1:23:00 AM
I love Cake and their products so I was so excited when I got this on sale. I agree, it doesn't lather much so I can never tell if I've used enough but I do find it leaves your hair feeling clean after. I recently just purchased the conditioner so we'll see how they work together.