I can imagine l'eau du ciel as a lightly savory soda pop made with sweet grassy rainwater from an era long gone. A time I can only wish to have known where floral flavorings weren't considered quite as adventurous as they are today.
Roses and patchouli. I didn't get to do a side by side comparison, but it's almost exactly like one or both of the Juliette has a Gun scents: Lady Vengance and Miss Charming. Possibly a combination of the two. It's cute, but I own both of the Juliette scents so didn't feel the need to purchase this one.
Reds are just sooooooo dramatic. Truth be told I rarely wear a bright lip color just because it's so time consuming. And then I spend too much time being paranoid about whether or not it's where it's supposed to be. It's worth it though if there are situations where only red lipstick will do. Everyone needs a perfect red lipstick. Russian Red is mine.
This was one of my very early MAC purchases, it's been kicking around in a drawer for a few years. I only bought it to wear over Russian Red lipstick (which is a perfect red, btw), but the lipglass just never looked right on it's own. It was too much of an orangey red and unflattering the few times I dug it out and applied it the way I would any other lipglass. I finally figured out how to make it work though. One layer of a glossy lip balm (I like Perfumeria Gal), three dots of Russian Red lipglass on lower lip, spread to both lips with finger. The result is a pretty strawberry-lip-stained look.
Applied lightly, Grenadine is a nice cool berry, but a little too high-maintenance for my tastes. It's a little more pigmented than I'd have preferred so I always apply lip balm first. Looks even more spectacular with a layer of Sugar Trance lipglass on top.
Lipstick -MAC - Slimshine in Bare ] [DISCONTINUED]
elsier 3/21/2008 7:18:00 PM
Bare is a nice safe color. It's been described pretty well in the previous reviews. So I really just wanted to mention that the color and formula is almost exactly like Benefit's Silky Finish lipstick in Skinny Dip. While I love the sleek slimshine packaging, my one minor complaint is that the MAC logo on the outside flakes off from being carried around in my pocket.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Iridescent Pressed Powder - Belightful
elsier 2/14/2008 12:25:00 AM
It's a pretty old-gold bronze (more gold than bronze really) color that I can use lightly as a blush. I'm thinking it'll look even better in the summer. If you're naturally tan all year round this would make an excellent bronzer. The packaging is cute, but not particularly sturdy. I dropped this powder, while it was still in it's box, and the product in the pan had chipped a little bit. This makes me think it would be too fragile and messy to carry around in your bag. I wouldn't purchase this one again even if it was available in the future just because of the flimsy packaging. Having said that I am thinking of picking up the pink version, Sassed Up, or maybe just trading this one in. It would make a better winter blush on me.
I went into MAC specifically for this paint pot, thinking it would be the pretty matte pink eye shadow I recently decided I absolutely had to have. In reality it was kind of a drab greyish lavender pink. On the bright side though, Perky turned out to be just the thing I was looking for. I got that one instead.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Paint Pot in Perky [DISCONTINUED]
elsier 2/13/2008 11:26:00 PM
Perky is an aptly named paint pot. It's a light pink eye shadow that makes me look fresh and awake. It's the usual creaseless paint pot formula, it lasts for ages. It's the perfect color and texture. Paired with black eyeliner, it's my new favorite easy daytime look. I haven't been excited about an eyeshadow, in well, forever. I went in planning to buy Girl Friendly, but came out with this one instead.
I just picked this up today and I'm loving it. It's basically a gloss in lipstick form. I was expecting a beige nude with a little bit of shimmer. But it goes on like a clear lipgloss with very finely milled glitter that makes your lips look glowy, not glittery. It looks like I'm not actually wearing a color. The texture is a bit rough, but applying lip balm fixes that.
My first lipstick purchase outside of my comfort range, pinks, plums, or dramatically dark colors. I have an irrational fear of colors in the coral range. But this is a good non-scary coral, probably because of the lighter formula. It's a sheer peachy pink. More peach than pink. The glitter is barely noticeable. Looks better on than it does in the tube.
I was a little bit skeptical when I first saw it. It looks like a bright bluish purple in the tube. It transforms into a pretty, sheer, cool, plum color once it's on.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Dry Skin Therapy Calming Creme
elsier 2/10/2008 12:38:00 AM
I just finished up a bottle of this. It worked well enough, but I doubt I'd repurchase. It did calm my dry winter skin some. It was ok for use on my face. And the lack of fragrance was a refreshing change of pace. But for an excellent all around calming lotion Lush's Dream Cream is my first choice.
I've gone through 3 bars of this already. I'm not in love with the scent, smells like a mix of unsweetened peanut and cashew (or some other kind of nut) butters, and a tiny dash of chalk, or maybe clay. I have super dry skin, esp. in winter. I love this bar for it's texture. It glides on sooooo smoothly, it really does melt on contact with the skin. Some of the bars I've used in the past tug unpleasantly on my skin. Though I didn't really notice that until I started using this bar... I'll continue using it as long as it's being made.
Circus peanuts!! I got two bottles of the stuff "for free" as part of the year end sale. I can see the banana candy references, but circus peanuts are the first thing that came to mind when I tried it for the first time. I love the scent, but doubt I'd actually repurchase this. The ingredients list isn't too impressive considering the price tag.