Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
kayley123 6/27/2012 10:16:00 PM
I have been hearing such great things about the Lip Butters and I finally got to try one, Peach Parfait...unfortunately, this one just did not work for me. Color: It is a GREAT MLBB rosy-pink color with some reddish tones (great on my medium-pigmented lips), BUT it is liberally loaded with peachy-gold sparkles/largish shimmer particles. The sparkles give it a weird duo-chrome look (the base color is gorgeous, the peachy shimmer, not so much). Texture: It felt gritty on my lips (not as scratchy as some, but definitely gritty) and the golden sparkles stuck around while the color did not. The sparkles adhered to my lips AND to the skin around my lips, so I had little sparkles all around my mouth--NOT fun. The rest of the formula was great; moisturizing and smooth; but the grit is a dealbreaker for me. I would not repurchase this shade but I am going to try others; this WOULD be an HG without the shimmer.
Kinda expensive for a sheer lipstick, but the quality is very nice. This color is too pale for me; looks unnatural on my lips. Not really moisturizing, but not drying either--I think those who have SLIGHTLY dry lips would be able to wear this comfortably, but dry/very dry lips should use balm or avoid these. The scent seems lighter than in the Rouge Cocos, which for me was a good thing. I still don't like the scent but it is tolerable. I would buy another color, but not this one again.
I love this color...EXCEPT for the glitter particles in it. It felt gritty! It's really a shame because it's nearly the perfect MLBB color for me. The grittiness is annoying, and as it wore off, it left the gritty glitter on my lips, and made them feel dry. The other Rouge Coco Shine I tried was at least a little moisturizing, but any moisturizing effect of this one was offset by the grit. I also am still bothered by the scent...without the grit I'd be willing to let it slide, but instead it just adds another problem. I do not expect this kind of issue from a Chanel lipstick! Very disappointed. Otherwise I love the color.
This is a lot of fun to use--and fun to touch--the creamy powder is divinely soft, it has an almost spongy texture. EXTREMELY PIGMENTED deep rich black...it has a tiny bit of deep navy blue shimmer that is difficult to see unless you use a thicker layer, but the very subtle shimmer keeps it from being flat. The jars with plastic inner lids are not the most convenient so I only gave it a 4 for packaging. An excellent liner color for me, but I prefer pencils/liquid liners.
Eye Shadow -Giorgio Armani - Eyes to Kill Intense #9 Rock Sand
kayley123 1/22/2012 12:20:00 AM
This is a lot of fun to use; extremely pigmented and fun to touch--the creamy powder is divinely soft and has an almost spongy feel. The jars with plastic inner lids are not the most convenient so I only gave it a 4 for packaging. Also, it is quite sparkly--on me, I get a very glittery effect; not bad, but not really something I'd wear that often. Even with a light application I can see glitter/sparkly bits on my lids (it FEELS lovely, not at all gritty). My SO (who doesn't like me to wear makeup) really hates it anyway so I can't justify even keeping it. I may have to try some other ETK colors to see if they're a bit subtler.
Kinda expensive for a sheer lipstick, but the quality is very nice. I found it moist and smooth, and not drying; did not have trouble with it slipping too much around my mouth. Not exactly moisturizing, but not drying either--I think those who have SLIGHTLY dry lips would be able to wear this comfortably, but dry/very dry lips should use balm or avoid these. The color is just a little too bright for me. The scent seems lighter than in the Rouge Cocos, which for me was a good thing. I still don't like the scent but it is tolerable. I would buy another color, but not this one again.
This is a beautiful shade, nearly an HG for my medium-pigmented lips. It IS rather pricey (but comparable to other HE brands). The packaging quality is excellent. With one thick layer or 2 lighter layers, provides approximately medium/full coverage. However, I am only able to give it a 3 overall because I really can't stand the scent. The shade is great, the formula is not really moisturizing for me, but also not drying or uncomfortable. The scent, though, tends to linger (for me) and since it's right under my nose...and that rose? floral? scent just kinda ruins it. I guess I could leave the tube open to get rid of the scent but if I'm paying $30ish for it, I want it to be perfect without tweaking. Besides, I'm not sure that the lipstick itself wouldn't change in quality (maybe dry out) if left open like that. BUT if the scent wouldn't/doesn't bother you, try this shade, it creates a very natural but polished look. For reference I'm NC20ish; light asian skintone, very dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. Medium-pigmented lips.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush - BBR Collection
kayley123 12/25/2011 5:06:00 PM
I swapped for this 226 from the old BBR release (not the newer MAC Me Over Collection from 2011). I love it, it is soft and blends crease colors nicely on my monolid Asian eyes. MAC brushes are a little pricey but worth it.
This is a very comfortable lipstick. No taste or scent (well, I guess it still smells like lipstick--it smells the same as the lipstick my mom used to use when I was little)--none added, anyway. I do have a small gripe with the packaging: the stick inside the tube I got is very slightly tilted--it hasn't started rubbing against the sides though--and that could just be a one-off defect. The other minor complaint I have with the packaging is that when you twist, you meet some resistance/friction, so that the it doesn't twist up and down as smoothly or easily as I'd like. I don't expect the luxury look and feel of Chanel or anything, but since this is more expensive than drugstore, I'd expect the packaging to be AT LEAST as good as the drugstore ones. The color is very nice, and is easy to layer. It will never be opaque (and it isn't supposed to be), but you can change the look a bit with more layers. The first swipe gives a very nude (tan/skin colored) beige, which on me shows up as mostly a soft gloss (not high, mirror-gloss), but on a second swipe it's a bit more rosy-brown for a MLBB look. I like it a lot, but I don't think I'd buy it again.
This is for the Mega Shine Lip Gloss in 117 Chestnut. This color is just wrong for me, so I wouldn't buy this shade again. A bit too orange-y on me. It has an almost liquid-metal look, to me. On my hand it looks like a slightly pink/red-toned light copper. The pink/redtone doesn't come out on my lips. The gloss itself is pretty pigmented, my natural lip color doesn't really show. The texture is fairly light, and minimally sticky; perhaps a LITTLE tacky but applies smoothly; applying too much/more makes it sticky and feel heavier. There's nothing especially remarkable about the outer packaging, but that doesn't really matter to me, since there are also no problems with it. I do like the flexible, soft, doe-foot applicator and sweet scent. Since the price is pretty cheap, I feel like it was still worth trying.
Lipstick -Edward Bess - Ultra Slick Lipstick in Forbidden Flower
kayley123 10/29/2011 10:54:00 PM
My review for this is pretty much identical to my review for Blush Allure--great formula but the color was all wrong for me. Forbidden Flower is too peachy/orange and a bit too light for me, I get a clown look with it. I got FF in the older packaging, which I like better than the new square packaging. The round tubes seem better made and have a very satisfying "click" when you close them, also the material feels a bit heavier and more luxurious--rather metallic, like Chanel. Despite that, I still had problems with the lipstick rubbing against the sides of the tube, which has happened with all 3 EB lipsticks I have tried--so that is another annoying thing to note. Also a splurge in the price department. I wouldn't buy this particular color again.
This review is for the Blush Allure, Pure Impulse, and Forbidden Flower shades only! I'm torn on how to rate this, because I like everything about it except the colors. And the colors are not bad colors, they're just terrible ON ME. They feel great on the lips, moist but not too slippery, no problem with slipping outside my lips. I do feel the formula sinks into my lips and exaggerates dry spots; and if you overapply it can look a little heavy/cakey. Coverage is medium and buildable; and despite my usual dislike of fragranced products, I like the fig scent a lot (I also like MAC's vanilla scent). However, Blush Allure is much too light on my pigmented lips, I would have to layer it with a darker gloss to make it work for me. I just can't pull off mod lips, and that's the look I get with Blush Allure. Pure Impulse is a nude that does not work with my skin tone, it looks like light mud on my lips. Forbidden Flower is too peachy/orange and a bit too light for me, I get a clown look with it. Also, I had a slight issue with the packaging in that ALL the lipsticks are a tad off-center and so are rubbing against the sides of the tubes--PI and FF are in the older round tubes. They seem better made and have a very satisfying "click" when you close them, also the material feels a bit heavier and more luxurious. BA is in the newer square packaging, which feels light and does not click closed...it feels a bit cheap in comparison, though it does have the "EB" logo on it. Could just have been rough handling on all three tubes that caused the rubbing, but I'm not sure. I lowered the Packaging Quality rating for this one to a 2 from a 3. Also a splurge in the price department. I wouldn't buy these colors again, but I WOULD like to buy a different color.
Lipstick -Edward Bess - Ultra Slick Lipstick in Blush Allure
kayley123 9/4/2011 10:19:00 PM
I'm torn on how to rate this, because I like everything about it except the color. And the color is not a bad color, it's just terrible ON ME. It feels great on the lips, moist but not too slippery. Coverage is medium and buildable; and despite my usual dislike of fragranced products, I like the fig scent a lot (I also like MAC's vanilla scent). However, Blush Allure is much too light on my pigmented lips, I would have to layer it with a darker gloss to make it work for me. I just can't pull off mod lips, and that's the look I get with Blush Allure. Also, I had a slight issue with the packaging in that the lipstick must have gotten a tad off-center and so was rubbing against the sides of the tube. Could just have been rough handling but I'm not sure. Also a splurge in the price department. I wouldn't buy this particular color again, but I WOULD buy a different color. EDIT: I have decided the new packaging is a bit of a letdown; the older round tubes seem better made and have a very satisfying "click" when you close them, also the material feels a bit heavier and more luxurious--they actually feel possibly metallic, rather like Chanel packaging. BA is in the newer square packaging, which feels light and does not click closed...it feels a bit cheap in comparison, though it does have the "EB" logo on it. I'd like to deduct another half "star/lippie" if I could.
This shade is very nice; a great neutral color, though fairly sheer, and required a few layers to show up on my medium-pigmented lips...I am very disappointed with the texture though. I got this in a swap; and when I tried it it was very gritty on my lips. Although this may not be a dealbreaker for some (since I know some people enjoy the sort of exfoliating effect) but I am not one of them. I'm also not really a fan of the scent, which lingered for a little while after application. For such an expensive lipstick (not QUITE as expensive as a few I've seen, especially new ones like Guerlain's Rouge Automatique, therefore I gave it a 4 on price, though I think I'd really like to give it a 4.5) I was hoping for a nicer texture.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Super Antioxidant Concentrate
kayley123 6/12/2009 8:42:00 PM
I have the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate, and it is great! You do have to shake it well and not overuse it, or it will have the opposite effect, it will make you look greasy/shiny. But once you get the hang of it and figure out how much to use, it is the best! The serum is SOOOO silky and glides on ...its NEVER irritating, even near my eyes, and keeps the oiliness in my t-zone in check. Also, its a good primer, it makes application smooth and keeps it on. I just love it. The packaging is opaque, but that's important for keeping the antioxidants stable, so its a small price to pay. The very small opening in the tube makes it easy to control how much comes out so you don't overuse it or waste product.