Eye Shadow -MAC - Chilled on Ice (Cham-pale Collection)
goodlight 12/31/2010 8:24:00 AM
I had every intention of NOT buying any paint pots from the Cham-Pale collection, seeing the lukewarm previews. Also, I already have Bare Study paint pot, so I thought this would be very redundant. I was wrong. Bare Study is one I really regret buying, I wish I got Painterly instead. Bare Study is surprisingly opaque, and I did not like it much as a base because of this quality. Chilled On Ice is a sheerer, wetter paint pot and thus works much better as a base. It is pretty on its own (Bare Study, when used all over the lid, is a bit to cybertic for my taste), and works great as a base, too. It is closer to the Jill Stuart eye jellies than the traditional paint pot.
A little goes a LOOOOOONG way. Really. After reading all the reviews on Sensuos Noir (ismellthereforeiam was the most influential in my buying decision), I bought this unsniffed. This did not launch in Asia so I had my husband get it at the dutyfree in Frankfurt airport. I wore this last night and today at work, and I have doubts if this will ever launch in Asia. Sensuous (the original beige bottle) took about a year and a half to launch in Asia, and as far as I know it did not fare well. Sensuous Noir is more 'oriental' than Sensuous (i.e., more spicy and potent) and has a LOT of patchouli. I sprayed each of my ankles and that was it, but I can smell maybe a bit too much so next time I will only be spritzing myself once. At first, it does seem similar to Midnight Poison and Flowerbomb in its candied, sugary floweriness, but on me the candy and flower evaporate and becomes just spicy, musk and creamy (the official description states a 'cream noir' accord, which I think is very apt). It is very strong and spicy, but I like my fragrances that way. I recommend you test drive it for a day before buying. I really loved the top note but after I was left with the musk and the patchouli, I got a little headache.
This is everything I want 100 Strokes (Redhead Brunette Blonde LE) to be. I even took my 100 Strokes eyeshadow to the counter for comparison before buying. 100 Strokes is darker (blacker) and less frosty, this is more true burgundy. I paired it with Sharkskin shadestick and used 100 Strokes in the outer-v. Topped it off with Marked for Glamour (dark grey) superslick liner from the Feline collection. If you like burgundy on the brownish side in a frost finish, you will like this.
Definitely would buy this again, if I ever use this up, which is unlikely because I have too many lipsticks already. Also this is LE. This is a rosy pinky mauvy shade that looks good even with my yellow-based skintone. Very polished and pretty. One of the lipsticks that make me go 'This is why I love MAC'. It is on the moisturizing side for a MAC lipstick.
I have been using a sample of this in 02 color for one week. First of all, I am (or was) not a primer person. I've always thought it was an added unnecessary step that was invented to help cosmetic companies more money. The only reason I tried this was because the sample (1g, but lasted me a long time) was cluttering my vanity table. It does what it promises. It holds foundation and makes it last longer; it smoothes the skin surface and makes your skin look better. A lot of people have been commenting on my skin because of this -- it makes a subtle, natural-looking difference -- and I have decided to go out and buy this.
"I think it looks weird on me." was what I said when I tried on Lavender Whip. The MAC MA at the time said, "No, I don't think it looks 'weird' on you. It actually looks good. You are just not used to yourself looking that way." Her words paved the road to a whole new world of makeup colors for me. Sure, I still think Saint Germain looks awful on me, but those "strange" shades, I think I can make it work. I agree that it may be more work for those with yellow undertones to pull this kind of shade off, but the effort is worth it. Pare it with a cool-toned blush and eyeshadow, and you have the most beautiful muted grey lavender lips in the world. I cannot stop looking at my lips. The formula(amplified creme) is great, coating my lips in just one swipe. So glad that I got this.
Lavender pink that goes so well with Blooming Lovely lipstick from the same Give Me Liberty of London collection! For me this is a wearable, more work-friendly and grown-up version of Saint Germain. I have not worn it over bare lips, because my lips are very pigmented and the red showing beneath would not be so attractive. I think this is a more 'wear over lipstick' type of gloss.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Body Oil with Sesame
goodlight 3/23/2010 10:40:00 PM
If only I had read the reviews before! I would never have imagined the scent of this product.. It is a very STRONG honeysuckle/orange blossom smell, not in a good way. It absorbs and moisturizes well, and does not stick to my clothes. But with the cloying smell, I do not plan on buying again. I don't know how I will use this up (sadly, I bought the Costco sized version) :(
I am SO glad I got this instead of Fresh Salmon. Originall I wanted to get Fresh Salmon, but it was already out of stock online by mid-day of the first release (I live in Korea). I got this instead based on the reviews here, and today I tested Fresh Salmon in the store. Salmon is less coral than pink, and while it was pretty, it did not have the 'oomph' of Colour Me Coral. I have not tried Chris & Tell by Lancome but I imagine it would be like Colour Me Coral, a very bright neon coral. It melded well with my very pigmented lips (MAs always hand me remover before I try on lipstick, telling me to remove my "lipstick" first before trying on the color...). Like other reviewers here Lollipop Loving is one of my favorites, and it is like a more pigmented frost version of Lollipop Loving. Love!
Eye Shadow -MAC - 100 Strokes (Frost - Blonde Brunette Redhead Collection)
goodlight 5/10/2009 10:01:00 PM
It is so pretty in the pan. But with just a little blending I only get gray, nothing similar to burgundy. Maybe I should try layering over a dark base as some of the reviewers below suggested. If only I can get it to look as it does in the pan... :( I blame my makeup skills (or lack of skills, I should say)
After reading other reviews I thought this would be a gourmand fragrance. Turns out on my skin it smell exactly like BABY WIPES (or baby powder). I mean, it smells like really nice expensive and classy baby wipes, but still... So sadly, this is another Guerlain that doesn't work for me.
I never liked cream blushes. I don't know why I thought this would be different. I am just kicking myself for not using the money to buy NARS Orgasm. I mean, there is a reason why thousands buy the product, and it's not all hype, right? Anyway, Nars Lokoum cream blush is housed in the black rubbery Nars case that tends to get a little dirty after some handling. The color is kind of corally but when you swipe it with your fingers or brush (I used foundation brush), you also see pearly gold pearl in it too. The color is really pretty. When you just look at it. But on my slightly yellow fair Asian skin, it doesn't really do anything to 'enhance the inner glow'. It just makes it ruddy, not in a good way. Sort of like when you blow your nose too much with a tissue and you get redness around the nose. It is that kind of redness. So when you put in on, it emphasizes the redness around my nose and mouth, even when I put foundation on the sides of my nose,etc. And the lasting power is not that great either. The main reason I don't like cream blush is because I don't like to rub off my sunscreen. So I apply it after moisturizer and before sunscreen. By the time I patted on my sunscreen it was gone. Will not buy again.
Thanks to the previous reviews I knew what to expect. That is, I knew the shimmer/sparkle layer was just on top and would be gone after one brush stroke. I did not buy this yet but tested it in the MAC store. Actually the testers did not have any of the shimmer left, and what I saw was just the matte layer on the bottom. 'What a Dame!' , once the shimmer layer is gone, does look like a foundation or pressed powder at a glance. But when I tested it out on my fair Asian skin, it was anything BUT. The color shows up really nicely on my cheeks, kind of like a glowy orange blush. The MAC M.A. used it slightly on my forehead and bridge of the nose with her skunk brush and that looked nice, too (first I thought, why is she putting orange on my nose bridge?) I would describe the color as a more intensified Benefit Georgia, if you know what I mean. And the texture is very smooth and velvety. I am seriously thinking of going out and buying this tomorrow.
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - Dr Feelgood
goodlight 12/10/2008 8:06:00 AM
I have huge pores. I used to have a huge acne problem through my teens and 20s. Luckily I don't have huge pock marks but still the cystic acne have left some unruly pores. Dr. Feelgood of course does not magically erase all pores, but it sure helps, and you will notice the subtle and natural difference it makes when you use it. Pores look more "diffused" and "blurred". It also has mattifying properties, and it is not chalky like powder and is colorless, so if you do not like the ashy powder look but want to get rid of the shine this is good for that, too. And I LOVE the smell. I would buy it for the smell alone. It makes your face all nice smelling and non-sticky (stickiness can be an issue if you are an avid sunscreen user), making it perfect for cheek-kiss greetings. The only thing is the price. I wish it would be a little bit cheaper. Also as another reviewer pointed out, I wish there could be a way to improve the application process with the sponge. It eats up too much product. Maybe I will try using my fingers next time...not.
Love love LOVE. (Funny a lot of the reviewers who like this scent start with this phrase) I would wear this everyday and smell it on myself, if only I weren't working. The tuberose is very beautiful, feminine, and in your face. I cannot stop smelling myself when I spray it on. It is a scent that goes with camel colored cashmere coats by the designer. But I cannot wear this because I feel it is too powerful for the office, and I am afraid of offending those who are sensitive to fragrances. BTW, the testers do not really represent the fragrance, I think. Maybe there is a problem with stability because the testers smell different from the newly opened product.