Eyeliner -Stila - Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
honeyandsweets 8/20/2012 2:39:00 PM
Okay, the staying power of this stuff. Is. Insane. It was about two days and multiple oil cleansings before I removed all traces of this liner. Besides that, the felt tip makes applying this a breeze. Since the staying power of this stuff is so over-the-top, I would reccommend limiting this to club nights and humid climates. This stuff really should have more of a cult following, it's unbelievable!
Soft. Slick. Smudgy. This pencil is all of these things. I initially bought this to replicate ultra-black rocker chick raccoon eyes, whic h this does wonderfully. This is probably the softest eye pencil I have ever used and glides on like a dream with absolutely no tugging. It's also incredibly smudgy, so this is a big yes if you're wanting to re-create ultra-dramatic biker chick punk rock couture eyes, but a big no if you just want a regular black liner that goes on and stays on. And well, even though I do like this product for what it is (I love how easy it is to tightline with it) my name is not Siouxie Sioux, so I don't find myself reaching for this very often. But if you feel like unleashing your inner succubus with little to no effort, definitely give this a try.
So here's what you do: take about one or two pumps in your hand, apply to face, rub rub rub (gently), and wash away to reveal your fresh, squeaky clean face. I love how it takes off every stitch of makeup on me- even waterproof eye makeup. The only minor complaint is thaf it tends to make me feel a little dry after cleansing, but that's really no biggie. Love this! Edit 11/17/12- Just wanted to make a note that my bottle is all used up now- expect to get about 6 months of use from a 6.7 oz bottle.
This is a great little brush for applying potted lipcolor or lipsticks that have come loose from the base of the tube. Picks up a decent amount of color, but when using it to apply a lipstick I notice that I have to go back several times from brush to lips, since it has a little bit of a hard time picking up denser product. Like some reviews have mentioned, the brush is incredibly stiff when you first start using it. Cleansing it will soften it wonderfully. And since you'll be using it with creamy, thick products such as lipstick, this brush will have to be cleaned often. I also really love the amount of control this brush gives, and it allows me to paint an ultra-defined lip with ease. I haven't had an issue with the brush becoming broken and retracting on its own, but I might suggest to others to be a little more gentle when using this to apply product- think of yourself softly painting a delicate canvas. Also, as others have pointed out, the brush does have an opening at the tip to allow the brush to come out. This tip does not close, so dirt can get in if you're not careful. Despite all this, I really do love almost everything about this brush- even the telescopic way that it opens is so fun to play with. Addicting, almost!
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Classic hairspray
honeyandsweets 7/6/2012 1:10:00 AM
Just...no. Takes the worst parts of hairspray as a product in general and combines them. The "hold your breath" chemical smell? Check. The crunchy, stiff strands of hair? Check. Hair style falls out before a single hour is even up? Double check. What I really don't like about this spray is that the actual product makes my hair look really messy- if I spray it over a curl that I just set with a curling iron, it weighs it down and then all these flyaway hairs pop up out of nowhere. Bought this at the suggestion of a Sephora S/A who, now that I look back on it, didn't really know that much about hair. I guess it's partially my fault? Anyway, at least I know what *not* to buy next time!
Yes, this liner has some serious staying power for sure. This would be totally HG for me IF: 1) the applicator brush that it came with was actually useful instead of a stiff little twig, and 2) the formula wasn't so darn goopy! My main issue with this product is that the consistency is, well, inconsistent. When I pull the brush out of the tube, the point is gloppy and covered in lumps of liner. After I wipe the brush off and try to line my eyes, the line peters out halfway since I had to take so much product off the brush. I end up with really jagged, uneven lines- I'm not sure if it's more the brush or the product itself that's to blame, but I'm sure it's both. And I better not make a mistake applying, or else I can expect to spend a good 10 minutes rubbing off an errant line with a pile of moist Q-tips. Yes, the staying power is phenomenal, I just wish that the smoothness of the consistency matched that.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
honeyandsweets 3/25/2012 9:28:00 PM
Y'know what's a nice feeling? Shelling out for a HE, ultra-hyped product and finding out that, yes indeed, it's exactly as good as everyone has told you. I bought this in 110 and it's an exact match! It blends perfectly with my skin, and it leaves a nice matte, yet not overly dry or chalky, finish. I like applying this one with a sponge- I find it gives a really natural look with medium-full coverage. I don't have a lot of scarring or blemish issues, so I can't speak on that, but I really do like how well it evens out my skin tone. Pretty expensive for what it does, but I think it's worth it. I'd be hard-pressed to switch over to something else at this point!
The color looked a little scary to me initially- I like very light nudes, and this one looked much too brown for my taste. I bought it anyway for the collectors factor. I mean, even if the color didn't suit me, I'd still have a great item on my hands. Well, I tried it on, and it's actually surprisingly wearable on my very light skintone- in fact, I kinda prefer it over Myth, which has an eraser effect on my lips unless I put a gloss over it. The darker color contrast looks great against very light skintones. I actually might recommend this for dark-skinned girls who are looking for the light lip contrast look as well. Medium-tone girls might find this a little too close to their skin tone, however, so I might steer them away from this.
I feel like I got a completely different product than what everyone else is reviewing. Clumpy, clumpy, clumpy! It's rare that my lashes stuck together so much from a h/e mascara. Since I usually wear fake lashes, I really don't care about lengthening, thickening, or curling- I just want my lashes to be black. The cute hearts on the tube and the fact that it was for a good cause convinced me to buy it, but...the product dried so fast that I could barely comb my lashes though to separate them. I returned this one after two days. I have to say, the packaging is pretty cute, though. However, I noticed that on Sephora's tester tube, the little hearts on the handle are being rubbed off from use. Boo.
I love the color- it's a nice, sweet, understated peach. But the texture and, oh god, THE SMELL just kill me. It feels chalky and drying on the lips, deposits an okay amount of color, and smells like artificial bubblegum. I HATE THE SMELL. Hate, hate, hate. The color is charming and I could easily get over the so-so consistency, but I can smell this all day long when I wear it. I would gladly pay 3x the price for a MAC dupe to have the vanilla scent rather than something that smells like a little girl's drugstore perfume gone rancid.
Cons: Streaky Slow drying Chips easily Very sheer and takes a bunch of coats to build the color Pros: Pretty color Hate the formula, love the color. It's a sweet, coquettish peachy pink with a pearlescent shimmer that's flattering on a variety of skintones. I'm a pale girl myself, but I think this would look super cute on tan skin. I just hate how streaky it is, though. If this were a smoother application, this would definitely be a 5 for me.
Finally relenting to The Big Orange Cigar was something of a journey for me. I've always been sceptical of CoverGirl, usually regarding it near the tail end of the drugstore heirarchy (roughly, for me it's something like Revlon>Maybelline>L'Oreal>CoverGirl>Wet'n'Wild). That and I've never really been one for drugstore mascara. Until now, I guess. The rave reviews and amazing sale price (found this at CVS for ~$5!) pretty much sealed the deal. I applied the mascara and, preparing to be underwhelmed, was pleasantly surprised! Separation! Volume! Held a curl! And my lashes still felt soft, not stiff and clumpy! I thought this would become HG for sure, until... About two weeks later I try it again, and LB was not coorporating with me at all. A few coats and I ended up with clumps, and lots of them. What was the deal? I'd expect this from a mascara on it's last few weeks, but not a brand new tube. Amazing how fast the same tube went from giving me full, soft, and feathery lashes to gritty, clumpy, spidery strands that stayed that way even after combing through with an eyelash comb. Not cute. Packaging-wise, it's interesting. For some reason, the tube is a fat little thing. Interesting, but for what purpose? Also, this was my first time using a plastic spoolie brush rather than a regular one. A little tricky to use, and I'm not sure that it's much more useful than a regular bristle brush. Anyway, bottom line is that I would definitely give this product five lippies, only if it hadn't turned on me so fast.
I'm struggling to find an opinion to have on this. For a drugstore mascara, it's pretty good. Doesn't clump, separates nicely. Doesn't come off until washed off. The only major con I can think of is that it feels a little heavy on and makes my lashes feel stiff. Isn't really great at giving length, volume, or holding a curl either, for that matter. It's pretty good, but I hesitate to give five lippies just 'cuz it's not all that. I said that I would not buy this again just because I'm not impressed enough to see myself going out of my way to go and buy this.Bottom line: not amazing, but good enough in a pinch.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous in Kiss Me Coral
honeyandsweets 4/23/2010 7:30:00 PM
Super warm red, just barely crossing the line into coral. Very vivid orange undertone. The color is extremely bright, so I recommend just dabbing your lips with this until you're satisfied with the color intensity (it doesn't take a lot!). Speaking of which, I love the color payoff of the Super Lustrous line. Super pigmented, and goes on smooth. Feels pretty creamy on, but just to ward off the inevitable drying, I'd recommend putting a balm underneath.
Oh lord, I'm in love. What a gorgeous color. Some reviewers are calling this a nude, which I'm a bit hesitant to do. To me, this is more of a golden peach with a HEAVY orange tint and some golden shimmer (the shimmer doesn't really show up on the lips, but that's not really a big deal for me). Kind of like the color of the skin on a super-ripe nectarine. Under certain lights this almost looks to be a pumpkin orange. Which for me is fabulous. This is a gorgeous kind of peachy-orange that you'd find Brigitte Bardot wearing in the 60's. Very flattering on my NC20 skin. The consistency is a little tacky, but really, what lipgloss isn't. As for the "ColorStay" claim, well, take it with a couple grains of salt. Wore this through an appetizer, dinner, and dessert, and at the end there was a little coat of the gloss left. Not enough to really see any color payoff, but I could still feel the gloss on my lips, anyway. The scent is pretty heady and reminds me of the smell of blood oranges. An odd choice for a makeup scent, and it may be offputting for some. Regardless this is an absolutely gorgeous color for me, and I'm a little upset to no longer see it featured on Revlon's website, which leads me to believe it may be discontinued. If so, I'm going to hunt down five more tubes of this baby!