Highlighters -MAC - Iridescent Pressed Powder - Delicacy
ironosora 2/10/2008 11:44:00 AM
When I first started applying makeup, I thought there were only eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks. Years down the road, an MA at a MAC counter brought highlighters to my attention and my mind jumped to bright yellow BIC markers. But she handed me a sleek black compact full of a sheer white powder and tons of shimmer and I fell in love without even putting it on and bought it, taking it home with me. The two blushes that I use, personally, are Mocha and Dollymix. Since Dollymix has its own shimmer, I don't find using the highlighter necessary but this little powder takes Mocha from matte on my face and perks it up with subtle shimmer and wonderful glow. I love this powder, its very nifty and great to wear. If I were to ever run out, I'd look for backup but am disappointed as I can no longer find this little beauty on the website. My coloring: Dark brown hair, golden eyes, pale gold-toned skin.
Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I could not get this blush to work for me. I applied it very, very, very lightly and still had to do a run of shame down my dorm hallway to get to the bathroom to rid myself of the manic-girl appearance. I didn't like like I'd been in the cold, I looked like I'd been in the cold shouting at someone. I did look genuinely crazed +_+ I think part of the problem is that dusty reds don't very often compliment my gold-tone skin. It needs to be a very bold sort of red to work and that generally works best as lipstick or clothing. As a blush, it was just very unflattering and quite scary-looking to be honest! My coloring: dark brown hair, golden eyes and pale, gold-toned skin.
If there's one sensation in the world that I despise, its sticky. I usually love MAC lipglosses so when I got this, I applied it happily...and HAD to run to the bathroom. Tissue wouldn't get it off, it just stuck dust to my lips so I had to brush my lips roughly on a towel to get this off me. I hated the feeling, I couldn't even see if it was decently shiny because I was pre-occupied by the glue I had just rubbed all over my lips. I would never buy this again, there are plenty of other clear glossy products. It was unscented, too, which disconcerted me a little bit as I'm used to the vanilla-ish MAC smell. I find this product simply not worth its value.
Bought on a random whim. I'm actually very pleased with this little green wonder. I use this on the outer part of my lid and then Honesty on the inner part for a nice green/brown, forest-like coloration with Shroom as a highlighter. I find it to be very flattering. Its not an overwhelming green color and can easily be toned down, unlike some shadows that enjoy standing up and shrieking "Here I am!" and refuse to be taken down. I'd definitely repurchase this shadow when or if I run out of it. My one complaint about it, however, is that it can sometimes blend almost too well and sometimes ends up on other parts of my face, somehow. I've yet to figure out how. My coloration: Dark brown hair, golden eyes and pale, gold-toned skin.
I bought Beauty Marked when I was just casually browsing the MAC counter. It looked so beautiful, sitting there. A gorgeous, sparkling currant-color. I was excited with my purchase but upon swiping it on my hand, it turned black. Flat, charcoal-like black. I was not thrilled, needless to say. I swapped it away immediately. My coloring: Dark brown hair, golden eyes and pale, gold-toned skin.
I'm in love with a little black compact and bright pink powder called Dollymix. This has become my new favorite blush! I randomly swapped for it when I was approached with a request off my list and decided "oh, what the heck". When it arrived, I was a bit reeled by the brightness of the pink and more than a little hesitant to be wiping it on my cheeks, seeing as this was the same day I found out NARS Crazed made me look...well...crazed. I grabbed a blush brush and lightly, lightly tapped it into the pot and swiped this over my cheeks. It was amazing! A nice, candy pink that didn't look like I'd had a run-in with the Mattel factory. Its a very, very daunting color in the pan and, if applied with a heavy hand, can really make you look like a doll. But applied lightly it compliments my gold-toned skin and gives me a pretty, girly flush that looks natural and healthy. The little dots of shimmer are also very nice and just make you look positively glowing. I'm currently searching diligently for a backup of this blush, its a keeper! My coloring: dark brown hair, golden eyes and pale, gold-toned skin.
Its a gorgeous color in the pan, but I agree with everyone here about exactly how much you have to apply for color to show up. I like glitter and shimmer so it doesn't exactly bother me but in other cases and blushes from MAC, you can get more instant results with colors like mocha and then add shimmer with a highlighter. But overall, I like the color of this blush and would buy again if I were to run out, and if I could find another one. Its a gorgeous shimmery purple in the pan. It works well with my golden-toned skin and doesn't wash me out. Its a nice, cool color that isn't too coral or too pink or too anything for that matter. I have dark brown hair and golden eyes.
This is a very gorgeous looking MSF. In the pan, its a shimmery pink with veins of dark pink. Applied to my medium, gold-toned skin it looks very, very light and shimmery. The shimmer is actually more evident than the pink color, though there are traces of the pink. Its not very pigmented at all so it does hold true to being a member of the N/Neutral collection from MAC. Overall, its a great MSF and I recommend having this if you like hints of color and not a ton of pigmentation but if you're looking for color, I'd stick with a regular blush.
EDIT: After using this for a time, I'm realizing that this isn't great on me at all. Its just a bunch of pink shimmer on my cheeks after I add enough to actually make a color show up. Its a better highlighter than a blush, but I have a pressed powder for that.
This is it, everyone. I have found a blush! I decided to stop trying to figure out my cheeks alone, a cold and painful journey, I might add, and stopped by the local MAC counter to chat with a MA. I told her I was looking for a nice, natural blush to compliment my golden-toned skin. She ran her fingers expertly over the blushes and snatched out...a bright orange. I instantly recoiled but she laughed away my fears, whipped out her brush, swiped my cheeks and handed me a mirror. My jaw dropped. It was natural, beautiful and subtle! Not like the 5-year-old games where it was painful obvious you were wearing blush. Wearing just this blush, I went to a store where a number of my friends worked and instantly got a plethora of compliments. I immediately returned to purchase this. EDIT: Now that I've been using Style for a few days, I'm seeing that I'm really not as happy with this color as I might be. Its quite orange on me, despite what I previously thought. I have very gold tones to my skin and a natural pink to my cheeks so this blush only looked fake on me after a little wear. I've decided to go with Mocha, a dream blush for me. While this blush certainly WORKS for me, its nowhere near perfect.
A very sheer, beautiful peachy-pink frost lipstick from MAC's 2007 Finery collection. Personally, I'm not a lipstick gal. When its given to me, I give it away. I never use it, never. But this is beautiful on me! Its not a mess to put on and stays pretty well, too. It has some beautiful shimmer to it, too. For someone who likes sheer things, this just adds to my collection. I don't like highly-pigmented things for my lips. At all. But this lipstick does me well. It enhances my lips instead of painting on a whole new color and look. I don't think that a real lipstick girl would like to take this for a night out and would prefer it for a 'lazy day' but for girls like me, its perfect for any time. Using this color will allow you to play up another feature, like I like to play up my eyes. Its a gorgeous color, overall, and pretty sheer so it'll do well for what I believe is any occasion.
Hair -Unlisted Brand - Easy Straight Hair Straightening System
ironosora 11/28/2007 8:39:00 PM
I have thick, wave hair and LOTS of it...this product did NOTHING for me. I was so disappointed in this product. I did everything right. Immediately after blow-drying my hair, the left side of my hair was straight and nice but the right side seemed completely untouched by this product. It says not to wash for two days and by the time I stepped in the shower again, it didn't even look as though I'd treated it. All this left me with is a damaged towel and a disgusting-smelling room. It smells worse than salon chemicals. It was disgusting and didn't even work. My hair is still as wavy as its ever been and its been around 2 weeks since taking this straightening system to it. I'm disappointed that I wasted my money on it and will never do so again. I even went to my hairdresser to see what could be remedied and all she did was sigh in vexation and hold up what was a sad comparison to my once lustrous, shiny, wavy hair...which had now gone dry, crunchy and just unhealthy. I can't wait for it to grow out so I can have my nice, neat hair back...I'll NEVER use this again. I followed the instructions down to the WIRE. Exact timing, exact placement and no added improvisation. This product just isn't worth the money and if you take the pains to read, you'll see that there is no satisfaction guarantee OR money-back guarantee. The hotline doesn't have a complaint place and they don't respond to emails.
The color looks so beautiful in the bottle, but when I applied it to my nails, it was an awful contrast to my gold-hued skin. But, like all OPIs, it went on streak-free and neat so I can't complain about the quality, its just, in no way, my shade.
Not a fan of this color. At all. Its pretty in the bottle, but its terribly sheer and you need at least 3-4 coats before the color shows up. And then it takes forever to dry. Its nice for those who like sheer polishes with shimmer and a hint of color, but for people like me who like rich color, its not for you. I wouldn't repurchase.
One of my favorite colors. Ever. Its a gorgeous color with lots of shimmer. In different lights it alternates between burgandy, a dark fuschia and an orangish color that resembles Music Hall Curtain Call. Its sort of hard to find, so snag a bottle if you can. I swapped for a pretty full botlle and am desperately searching out a backup, so grab it before its gone. Its an absolutely stunning color in that 'I'ms taring at my hand ALL DAY' sort of way. Get it, use it and love it. I guarantee you will.
I bought this for the name, being a musician, and I must say I am hooked! It looks wonderful with my golden-toned skin. Its a great sparlky orange/bronze color, but isn't pumpkin orange and certainly doesn't look like it'd be more at home in a Crayola package. Its a gorgeous color and I recommend it.