I love Benefit Creaseless Cream shadows and this is probably my favorite, most versatile color. It's a great neutral to cool-toned neutral to wear as a lid color. Benefit describes it as a "brushed chrome" which I think is pretty accurate. The shade RSVP would be a good option for someone looking for a warmer everyday shade. I love these shadows because it's perfect for days when I don't want to spend a lot of time on makeup - I can swipe this on with my fingers and I'm good to go. I don't need a primer. These don't crease on me (maybe just a TINY bit after 10 hours, but who expects shadows to last that long anyway?).
What a huge disappointment. I was interested in trying one of Tarte's cheek stains so I picked one up during Sephora's friends and family sale. This shade is exclusive to Sephora and limited edition. It's a pinky peach shade that's probably easy for most people to wear. This color on me looked so flat and dull. I have plenty of matte blushes that don't appear that way on me. In addition, this blush would fade on me within an hour or two. I was shocked to get into work in the morning and it looked like I didn't even have any blush on even though I had just applied it earlier that morning. I didn't want to have to apply powder blush on top just to increase staying power, as I think that defeats the purpose of the product. I give this two stars because I like the gel like texture and lemony scent. Other than that, this was a total fail. I returned it.
Beautiful pure peach blush that gives a nice glow without obvious shimmer. Great last power as with all Smashbox blushes, which I think in general are underrated. Especially love the unique faux leather packaging on this, and the mirror that comes with it.
Laguna is my all time favorite bronzer and it's nice to get it in this duo because it works perfectly with Orgasm blush. Of course, I ran out of Laguna before even hitting pan on Orgasm, so I had to just repurchase Laguna in full size and I still have my Orgasm blush just from this duo. I think it would be helpful if they had a larger pan for Laguna in this duo. Anyway, both of these products have been well desribed by many other reviewers. Orgasm is a peach pink with fine gold shimmer that is flattering on most skins. Laguna never looks orange and I think is a good shade that light to meduim skin tones can use it. The duo is a good deal instead of paying full price for both, and since these two colors compliment each other perfectly, it's a great choice...especially for travel.
The eye shadows in this palette are unimpressive, but the hibiscus convertible color is spectacular. It's a medum toned bubblegum pink that looks lovely on my cheeks and has good staying power. I blend it on my cheeks with my fingers and it gives a glowy non shimmery flush. It's nice on lips too, but I need to wear a balm underneath as I find it to be a bit drying.
This a great lipstick. I would say that the color is equal parts red, pink and coral. This is a rather bright color yet at the same time it isn't loud or garish. I wear this during the day and also at night. The formula is nice and is easy to apply lightly or build up the color. I love how this instantly brightens my face.
Highlighters -Too Faced - Absolutely Invisible Candlelight
iuhooch625 9/5/2011 10:41:00 PM
Stay away from this if you don't like chunky glitter in your highlighters. This highlighter consists of a transluscent powder with gold glitter flecks. The glitter is just too much for me - looks far from natural. I reach for this every so often for a night look, but that's about it.
I love absolutely love this palette! All the shadows apply quite sheerly, so if you are looking for major color payoff, this might not be for you. The shadows stand out from many of my other shadows, because there is no super obvious shimmer or glitter to them. Rather, it has almost an irridescent shimmer effect that is very subtle and flattering for day looks. This is a great palette for those that look good in cool/neutral shades. I have to admit that the one con is the bulky packaging. It is a major pain and I rarely travel with this for that reason.
I found this to be a decent primer. I like how opaque it made my eyelids after applying, it really leaves a bit more of an ivory color to the lid than other primers I have tried. I think performance wise this was good, but not great. My eyeshadow lasts for probably 6 or 7 hours before creasing. I'll stick with UDPP because it keeps creasing away for much longer.
The consistency of this concealer is very creamy and gel like. I apply it with my fingers and use a very small amount. It covers the undereye area pretty well, but unfortunately I'm not a fan because it settles into fine lines and has a tendency to look cakey.
Conditioner -Yes To Carrots - Pampering Hair Mud Conditioner
iuhooch625 9/4/2011 8:40:00 PM
I love this. I've searched high and low for hair products from cruelty free companies and it hasn't been easy to find something I really love. Haircare brands that don't test on animals are actually much more limited than makeup brands. Anyway, this conditioner is perfect for me because it detangles wonderfully, and that's a huge must for my hair. It leaves my hair soft, moisturized and not weighed down. I'm so glad I discovered this!
I love how neutral this palette is. And by that I mean it doesn't scream too warm or too cool. This stands out from my collection of eyeshadows for that reason. The fourth shade is glittery and waxy, and I never use it - it applies horribly. However, the other shades are wonderful neutrals and perfect for a daytime look. The quality is on par with NYX singles (except for the 4th shade).
I don't know what to say to add to all the other positive reviews. I can't imagine not having this brush. It blends shadows better than anything else I've ever used and is also multipurpose. I can also use this for washes of color, applying color to the crease, and applying a highlight.
Eye Shadow -NYX - NYX Caribbean Collection - I Dream of Jamaica
iuhooch625 8/22/2011 11:45:00 PM
Excellent palette. With these five shades, you can create everything from a super natural, daytime, to an evening look. I absolutely adore the middle color as a lid shade. Quality is on par with NYX singles. Great for travel.
Shampoo -The Body Shop - Banana Nourishing Shampoo
iuhooch625 8/6/2011 7:16:00 PM
I really like this shampoo. My hair was noticibly shinier after using, which is what it claims it will do. Didn't dry my hair out at all. Lathers well and smells delicious, a nice pick-me-up in the shower.