Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
julma 3/5/2012 6:38:00 PM
I like these for a lipstick base. I find that applying lipstick or liner over my bare lips is uncomfortable. This stuff helps. It isn't too waxy or greasy and thus the other products are given just enough slip to go on smoothly. I wouldn't, however, use this for a heavy duty, scary chapped restorative balm. For that, I would use something more greasy (maybe that would stay on overnight). I think the packaging is cute. I also love the smell and the fact that this is paraben- free, gluten- free and organic!
I really don't understand all the hype around these products! How exactly are they any different from any other moisturizing lipstick? If anything they are worse because they aren't very long lasting. The pigmentation of the lip butters also varies depending on the color (so it's a gamble what you're going to get every time). Yes they are relatively cheap, but I'd rather save up for something long lasting which has good pigmentation in all the colors. I also don't really like the look of the product, its cheap plastic packaging and makes me (a 24 yr old) look like a 12 year old with a lip gloss addiction (when I pull these out of my purse). I also find that the lip butters are kind of messy. The product smudges around the tube.
This broke me out badly. There's nothing wrong with the foundation per se (although I'm not really partial to the uniform matte look this gives) but it just didn't work for my skin. The packaging is also quite heavy so it's not easy to carry around in your purse or to take on a trip. I wouldn't repurchase this. For the price, I think there are nicer foundations.
I'm not sure what to do about this product. Yes, it does last a long time. It doesn't seem to flake or give you raccoon eyes like other mascaras. It also seems to be very waterproof which is good. BUT the overall look doesn't really work for me. It doesn't seem to coat your lashes evenly. It gets very gloopy and doesn't seem to separate or volumize much... It's darkening though! I don't know... Maybe this is one of those products that you need to wait for it to dry a little bit before it's really good. I suspect that is the case. Either that or maybe you need to consistently wipe the wand off on a tissue. Either way, it's not worth the trouble for me.
I'm not sure that I absolutely love this but I definitely like it. Lovely wash of warm pinkey color all over the cheeks. As others have said, looks darker in the pan (fair skinned girls: don't be scared!). I am pretty fair myself (NARS Mont Blanc) and this looks lovely on me. I also use a little on my lips under a gloss. The only issue I have with this is that it can be hard to build up the intensity (which could be a good thing if you are an amateur with makeup). Sometimes I find that I need to use a powder over this. Otherwise, nice product, nice color.
Tinted Moisturizer -Clinique - Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15
julma 6/6/2011 3:17:00 AM
I like this product! Originally I found this to be very oil-slick-y on my face. It made me look shiny in picture BUT THEN I discovered I was using it with an overly greasy moisturizer. I then switched moisturizers (to a garnier one) and I am having no more problems with my greasy-shiny face. I like this because it is a multi-step product. I don't really have to bother with foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen. It's all in one step with this (although some may want to use this in conjunction with a moisturizer if you are prone to dry patches as I am). I have combination skin (very oily t-zone) and this is wonderful. It smells so nice and doesn't break me out. You may want to apply this with your fingers. A sales girl convinced me to buy a foundation brush to go with it...I didn't find much of a difference (in fact the foundation brush got a little streaky at times). Overall, a nice product but needs to be paired with the right skin care.
Bronzers -Bare Escentuals - Faux Tan all-over face color
julma 5/2/2011 2:09:00 AM
There isn't really anything wrong with this product per se but I really don't like the packaging. It'd very small and the mineral ness is very messy. I really like the feel of sweeping my bronzer brush in a big pan (pot?) and this doesn't really do that. Instead you have to move the sifter and shake some product into the lid. Then move your brush in the very small lid. It's not the easiest since bronzer brushes are huge and this lid is quite small. Having said that, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the product itself. The color is nice if used in small quantities. It isn't too sparkly or shimmery and not too orange either. It also isn't as muddy as other bronzers that I have used.
Lip Gloss -NARS - Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days
julma 4/26/2011 9:57:00 PM
This is alright. I like it for a lowkey day, maybe work or school. It's a definite peach color without any pink to it. I like the feeling of this product and the general concept (and color) but for some reason I just don't really reach for it much. It's probably that it requires sooo much sharpening to get any kind of precision with the pencil (which does cause some wastage). I also find this color (which is beautiful against my Amy Adams-ish skin and dark hair, think Mont Blanc foundation) hard to match in terms of blushes. It's genuinely difficult...as it doesn't really go with pink blushes. I guess I might have to purchase a peach blush just to get through this pencil... Overall it's nice and there's nothing wrong with it per se (although the high price, frequent sharpening and hard to match blusher problems might discourage some) but I'm not sure I would buy this again once my pencil is done.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipgloss - Firecracker (Summer 2010)
julma 4/26/2011 9:34:00 PM
I love this! I am not a gloss person (although I love lipsticks) so I was skeptical but wow...these are gorgeous! Firecracker is the perfect summer organgey-red color. It's sheer-ish but still gives you that pop of color that you want. It's also very buildable. It isn't sparkly and doesn't have chunks of glitter in it.It's just a nice orangey-red gloss that doesn't overwhelm and could look great on a lot of different skin tones. The price is also right since I like this better than mac glosses or other high end brands. The downside is that it is not very longwearing, but that is to be expected with a gloss.
I like this product. It's probably not the BEST for the (high) price but it does the trick. What it is: a pinkey-milky eyeliner style thick pencil. It is supposed to be used as a highlight for inner corners, under the brow and on the waterline. THE GOOD: I find that it works as a fairly subtle under-eye brightener (even though this is not the recommended use). If the under eye region is moisturized this use for it shouldn't be a problem. It also works as a pretty good highlight. THE BAD: On days that your under eye region is not moisturized this does not blend well at all. If you have dry skin this might not work as an under eye brightener for you. it is also fairly expensive. The thicker pencil also needs a good sharpener (otherwise you will destroy the pencil causing wastage). I have a 3 dollar Annabelle duo one that works wonders. A good sharpener is really key here. Overall: I would buy this again if the price doesn't bother you and you have generally tired eyes (like me!) but if you are poor or have dry skin (especially under your eyes) i would skip this and get something more hydrating.
Blush -Clinique - Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Mocha Pink
julma 3/27/2011 11:47:00 PM
I love this blush! When used with bronzer this gives that summer sun kissed look. I'll wear a berry gloss and light gold or bronze eyes and tons of black mascara soooo pretty. It's like a pinkey neutral color (more brown in it). This could also be used down your nose or on your forehead (it looks a little like a bronzer when applied). I use foundation to cover up redness and imperfections so I'm not always keen to add more pink/redness with blush. Mocha pink solves all of that by giving me color without making me look red or ruddy. I also love the compact that it comes in. It has a nice big mirror and it even comes with a brush! The compact is also very sleek and clicks firmly shut. On top of t all clinique specializes in skin friendly non scented products, so no unpleasant odors or bouts of acne to deal with. I'm so glad I bought this!
Oh my gosh! I love this! I almost did not buy this but the sales assistant convinced me to and I'm so glad that I did. It's a lip pencil that applies smoothly and goes on slightly glossy without being sticky (your hair in the wind will never stick to this) and not to heavy. Baroque is good for people who want a red evening lip but are too scared to go for a red lipstick and want something bold-ish but not too crazy. It looks amazing on my pale skin with cool undertones (somewhat like Amy Adams, I wear Mont Blanc). Baroque is a wine-ish red without being purpley at all. I also like the application. I find it goes on really precise, unlike lipsticks that are often fat and hard to apply unless you use a brush. This product gives the precision that you normally only get with a liner. Love this product. The only things that might turn people off are the smell (faint clinical kind of smell) and that it is slightly waxy. It also comes in a pencil format which might result in wastage in you do not have the right kind of sharpener. Luckily, I got my hands on Annabelle's 3 dollar duo sharpener (which does big pencils and small ones). It works really well and will allow me to use this product for a long time without wasting any.
This made me look kind of dead (as do most nude gloss/lipsticks). I wanted to love it (it is cheap and reminds me of the sixth grade) but alas, the color just isn't great (its a nudey-brown). It goes on really uneven and just kind of sits there without smoothing out. It also has that strong synthetic smell/taste. It's just not a very flattering color (and likely wouldn't look good on a lot of people). I think for a similar price you can get much better glosses (like Revlon glosses).
I got this on a recommendation from a fellow pale girl. It works surprisingly with my pale, dark hair and blue eyes look. I usually mix it with Revlon's colorburst lipstick in Lilac (100) and it creates a lovely mauvey-pinkey brown color. Perfect for a classier daytime lip, or a night out. Another advantage to this lipstick is the fact that it is moisturizing and doesn't have that awful smell/taste that lancome lipsticks sometimes have. I'm not a fan of the higher price (although it is cheaper than other lancome lipsticks), the round packaging (which always rolls right off my vanity) or general dinkiness of the packaging compared to other lancome products. But in the end, I would buy it again for the color. When it is combined with the revlon lipstick it is such a unique color and something different from my usuals lipsticks (plums, pinks, dark rose). It's nice to wear something different once in awhile.
I love lipsticks, so naturally I have almost every shade of plum-ish pink that MAC offers. Here's some info for people like me: Captive is darker than Craving (Craving is more pink). Captive is almost like a wine color. The texture is a little drying, maybe not the best moisturizing lip, but still, its long wearing (much more so than plumful, as I found out at a dinner party). Plumful is Captive's buildable cousin. I think that Captive is maybe a little on the dark side for me (NC20 ish, NARS Mont Blanc) but it creates a good night out look and if you blot your lips after applying it, it leaves a nice wine colored stain on your lips. I've gotten more compliments on captive than anything else I've tried. Still, lots of pale people like me don;t like to wear anything too dark, so this might run a little dark for paler folks. I think this would look lovely on darker skin tones though. EDIT: I actually find this to be a little too brown for me in the winter. Maybe it would look nicer with a tan or applied with a lip brush (to lessen product).