This a good, finely milled powder that seems best suited as a finishing powder. Applied with a damp sponge or brush gets you a bit of coverage but not enough for me to use on its own. I use this to set concealer and liquid foundation and I'm happy I received it in a swap, otherwise I wouldn't have tried it! No complaints!
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - Prime Time Primer Shadow - Urban Nature
keyelement 6/13/2013 12:36:00 PM
This is one of those products I loved - the color is so unique, a moss green grey almost with a pink sheen, but I just never used it! Lasting power is great, pigmentation is stellar, and I loved the color and recommend it for you but I wouldn't repurchase because my stash is huge and $18 for something I use only once every couple months is too much. I actually swapped mine so someone else could get some use out of this gorgeous product.
Some shades are absolutely amazing. They are hit or miss, though. Between full sizes and samples I've tried maybe 35ish or so shades from various collections, and let me just tell you the most important things: - Do NOT buy full size without trying a sample first. Their descriptions are wildly inaccurate at times, and you never know when something will be sheer or have a freaking black base. I've gotten the most beautiful taupe or golden colors based on how their little samples look on the screen, only to find that any amount of manipulation turns them ruddy and black. Not ok. - Wait for sales. $8 for ~1G in a 5G pot is WAY too expensive. Concrete Minerals and noella beauty works give you way way way more, over twice as much product, for that price. So given that you have to invest time into either trying samples or looking at a bunch of swatches online to know what you're getting into with any given shade (and no return policy), they're expensive, and while there are unique shades you're going to find just as unique and interesting shades in other companies (Darling Girl, Persephone, Dawn Eyes, etc) I wouldn't recommend Meow for eyeshadows. (Foundation and other face products are a different story!)
Highlighters -Meow Cosmetics - Crystalline Cat Glow Powder
keyelement 6/13/2013 12:26:00 PM
Reposting since this is a duplicate listing also under Loose Powder... This highlighting powder is DIVINE. You NEED this. It is the type of product that gives you that ethereal, movie star glow. There is no shimmer, just a very refined GLOW. I use it daily with a gigantic fluffy brush as a finishing powder, using a smaller and denser brush for cheekbones if I want to really make it obvious. Otherwise it is just that magic finishing touch that gets you compliments and makes you feel beautiful. There is no powdery finish or whitish cast. It truly is wonderful and at a very affordable price point. I'll never try another highlighter or finishing powder again - Meow really does have the best of the mineral world.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Blue Magic Coconut Oil
keyelement 6/13/2013 12:17:00 PM
This is NOT a conditioning product. It is basically Vaseline with coconut scent - it doesn't even smell like proper coconut oil! I bought it when in a hurry and looking for coconut oil, not realizing what a nightmare it would be to put petroleum in my hair. It took cornstarch to get it out, and 2 all over treatments with a ton of cornstarch to mop it up out of my hair. (30 minutes of shampooing, using Goo Gone, olive and jojoba oil, conditioner, you name it - couldn't get it out. Had to call out of work to go get cornstarch to fix it once it was in.) I can see using a tiny amount if you just need to seal your ends- otherwise, this is not a product someone with Caucasian hair needs and it's getting 1 lipoid because it is not labeled as a styling product on the jar and the instructions are just as misleading. If you're looking for coconut oil, make sure it is real and pure! This product will make your life miserable otherwise!
This seems like a hit or miss shade. Personally, I knew what the opacity was like when I bought it so I wasn't put off by needing 3 coats to get the shade I wanted. It is indeed a great lilac jelly type color. One coat makes me look like I have hypothermia, 2 may be streaky, but 3 is gorgeous. I like it a lot. I bet putting it over a bright opaque pink would be really interesting since lilac-pinks aren't so terribly common (at least at the DS!) It's not my favorite color ever so if I lost it I wouldn't cry about it but I will definitely wear it again.
(Note: My comments about the formula I've repeated in other shades of this product.) I am a HUGE fan of Bite Beauty products. I absolutely love that they're made only with food-grade ingredients, and the smooth matte black packaging appeals to me. With that said, their lipstick formula - at least on me - is extremely moisturizing and creamy. The pigmentation on all 10 colors I've tried or owned is absolutely incredible! With Retsina I find the color to be a very pinky nude - very pale and neutral. This particular shade is actually a little too pigmented for me - not like a mod shade, but I can't wear it at full opacity because I don't dig the pastel look for my lips. It's great for every day if it's toned down a tad with balm or gloss or just slightly sheered out. Some people might not like the very faint sweet scent these lipsticks have, but I love it - same with the faintly sweet taste (very faint). Because of the creaminess of the formula, the longevity suffers a bit - I LOVE the formula so I don't mind reapplying, but if you don't blot, it won't last more than 3 hours or so if that. I don't even care though - I love it so much!
Loose Powders -Meow Cosmetics - Meow Minerals Crystalline Cat Glow Powder
keyelement 6/1/2013 3:49:00 PM
This highlighting powder is DIVINE. You NEED this. It is the type of product that gives you that ethereal, movie star glow. There is no shimmer, just a very refined GLOW. I use it daily with a gigantic fluffy brush as a finishing powder, using a smaller and denser brush for cheekbones if I want to really make it obvious. Otherwise it is just that magic finishing touch that gets you compliments and makes you feel beautiful. There is no powdery finish or whitish cast. It truly is wonderful and at a very affordable price point. I'll never try another highlighter or finishing powder again - Meow really does have the best of the mineral world.
Lip Treatments -Bite Beauty - Beauty SPF 15 Sheer Lip Balm in Carmine
keyelement 6/1/2013 3:44:00 PM
This balm wasn't very moisturizing. Pigmentation was ok but it was such a hard product you had to rub it back and forth a bunch to get product to apply. Packaging was great - I love the rubberized black theme of the brand - but this balm wasn't impressive. The color disappeared so rapidly I couldnt believe it. I am a very loyal fan of this brand but I swapped this particular product.
I seem to feel differently about the Lip Shine glosses from Bite Beauty. This shade in particular, Vintage, is the perfect MLBB gloss. It isn't very sticky, and has a pleasant grapefruit type scent to me. I don't get the chemical scent others pick up on. It is vaguely sweetened also which I also love because it's so subtle. It comes in a clear tube with a rubberized black top and slanted doe foot applocator. I bought three shades of this gloss and I regret not stocking up since they're discontinued!!!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
keyelement 6/1/2013 3:35:00 PM
I agree with all other rave reviews. Coconut oil really is wonderful and you should try it. I have a jar from Trader Joes that cost less than 5 bucks in NYC. Cheapest yet most valuable beauty product ever. I use it on cuticles, feet, face, hair. I love the toasted coconut smell of the oil and the way it melts in your hands. Yum!
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Pencil - Taupe
keyelement 3/4/2013 12:08:00 AM
After using twist up brow products like Anastasia's Brow Wiz (brunette) and Maybelline's Define-a-Brow (light brown), I was broke for a while and figured this ridiculously inexpensive pencil was worth a shot, especially since finding a cool brown brow pencil at the drugstore is surprisingly difficult. I LOVE this pencil for my brows. It's very soft, so needs sharpening every other use, but the color is perfect for dark blonde and light to medium brown hair, and it is waxy enough to last all day on me. It's never traveled or smudged and I've been on the same pencil for months! I imagine it would smudge as an eyeliner, but that would be advantageous if you were to use it as a base for eyeshadow and pat shadow on top to fix it in place. Try this pencil!
Eye Shadow -Too Faced - eye shadow palette in sweet dreams
keyelement 3/3/2013 6:32:00 PM
I love this palette - it's probably the best value palette I've ever purchased. The variety of colors is great - my only beef is the texture and quality of a couple of the shades don't match their counterparts in other palettes. (For example, Peach Fuzz in this palette sucks so much, it's chalky and sheer, but in the 2012 holiday palette it is smooth and pigmented.). With two blushes, a bronzed and highlighter this really is an amazing palette - I got to try lots of colors and products from Too Faced than I would've otherwise. Tea Rose blush is my favorite of all time, and I've fallen in love with the matte bronzer. If you come across this palette somehow, grab it up!
I am a HUGE fan of Bite Beauty products. I absolutely love that they're made only with food-grade ingredients, and the smooth matte black packaging appeals to me. With that said, their lipstick formula - at least on me - is extremely moisturizing and creamy. The pigmentation on all 10 colors I've tried or owned is absolutely incredible! With Cava, I find the color to be a purplish nude - like a nude with lilac undertones. The color is more cool than neutral, in my opinion. I put one layer of this on, blot, then top with a gloss (usually their gloss in Vintage since it matches well). It's great for every day. Some people might not like the very faint sweet scent these lipsticks have, but I love it. Because of the creaminess of the formula, the longevity suffers a bit - I LOVE the formula so I don't mind reapplying, but if you don't blot, it won't last more than 3 hours or so if that. I don't even care though - I love it so much!
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush # 57
keyelement 2/1/2013 12:04:00 AM
I use this for the undereye area and it honestly does what I thought no brush could - buffs in the perfect amount of product to the perfect, natural finish. I've used this with creams (Benefit's Erase Paste), thick liquids (MUFE Full Cover, Benefit's Stay Don't Stray), and powders (BE Well Rested) and it's performed like a champ for all of them - and I have serious, zombie dark circles. I highly recommend this brush - worth every penny and I can't believe I waited as long as I did to purchase it.