Eye Shadow -Lancome - Color Design Eyeshadow in Mochaccino
koolkatie13 4/26/2012 5:21:00 PM
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS EYESHADOW! I use this to fill in my eyebrows and contour my face every day. And sometimes, I use it as an eyeshadow too. ;) Color description: A cool-toned, slightly ashy-toned medium brown-taupe. It is also matte. Texture, blendability, pigmentation: Not the softest or most buttery shadow I've ever used, but has a very nice, smooth texture. It is very pigmented, but it's still quite blendable. Having black hair and extremely light eyebrows, it is always hard to find a brow product that isn't too red, orange, yellow, gray, warm, dark, whatever. I just personally prefer how I look with lighter brows than most people with my hair color. Now, let me tell you, this is the perfect color to fill in the sparse areas and darken them just a bit. The gray-but-not-too-gray, ashy tone of this brown color is very realistic. I am in high school, so most people don't really fill in or darken their eyebrows. No one can tell that I do. I also love using this to contour my cheekbones, jawline, and nose. I don't contour my jawline every day, but I do contour my cheeks every day, and this is perfect for the same reason that it works as a brow powder. Natural shadows always have a gray undertone, and I cringe whenever I see girls with orangey-brown stripes under their cheekbones. This lacks that warm or orange tone, so it just looks like I have perfect bone structure. What I do is take a soft, fluffy, smaller-sized powder brush and tap the side a few times in the eyeshadow (What I mean by the side of the brush is that small "corner" of many powder brushes - where the dome ends and the bristles stop. I apologize if this is confusing). I then gently make a line with the brush where I want the hollow of my cheekbone to be, then buff out with the center of the same brush. This distributes the color flawlessly, with no streaking or patchiness, as this can be an issue with some contour powders. To contour my jawline, I take a smaller, denser brush and get some of the product on it. I focus most of the product right under my jawbone, to deepen the shadow, and on the very side of the jawbone, by my ear, to make the bone look more angular. I then buff out with a small powder brush. Works a treat. Again, no one can tell that this is makeup, and I often get compliments on my bone structure. :) If you have those weird, light Asian brows, or are looking for a natural contour color, please give this a try!
Foundations -Cover Girl - Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation
koolkatie13 1/16/2012 12:46:00 AM
I really love this foundation, but I have one gripe about it. It gives me a satin, natural-skin finish, with light-medium and buildable coverage. It really does look silky on the skin. Wear time is pretty good - it lasts a full school day for me, and it settles into the nasal-labial lines on my face slightly, but I get that with all foundations. I apply it with my fingers, because I think it looks the most natural this way. It does have a stronger cucumber fragrance, which may not be the best for more sensitive-skinned people. It feels very comfortable on my face. Now the one complaint - Maybelline, where are the yellow-toned shades? I've tried 325 and 320 so far, and both are too pink for me. 320 is a good lightness for my skin, but it's slightly too pink. It's not very noticeable, but noticeable enough for me to see. Being Asian, I have a hard time finding foundations that are yellow enough for me. If anyone knows a color in this range that would fit someone who's roughly an NC20 - NC25 and very yellow, please tell me! :) But otherwise, I really do like this. <3
SKIP TO THE END OF THE REVIEW FOR A BASIC RECAP! :) I know this foundation doesn't really get a lot of love on this website, but... I love it. I wear it almost every day now. I am only in high school, so I don't like wearing foundation that is very obvious, and I had read here that this gave a nice, natural dewy look. And I adore dewy. Matte just looks too dry and cakey to me, and I have normal to drier skin anyway. I wear this foundation in the color 210, which is actually not the best match for me. It's a tiny bit too dark but it's just perfectly yellow enough for me, which is astounding, because I am the most yellow person I've ever met! But I can make it work, with some bronzer on my neck. I will be going to repurchase this in the color 130 once I finish the bottle. The coverage of this foundation is probably light-medium, and it does have a thinner texture, so it may be hard to build up the coverage. It won't cover anything major, but it will even out your skin and blur minor imperfections. The finish this gives, on me, is perrrfect! Dewy, fresh, natural, beautiful, with no shimmer whatsoever. I have legitimately had people come up to me and gawk at my face, like, "Holy crap, your face is like freaking airbrushed." And one of my best guy friends asked me, "Do you even wear makeup, or is your skin naturally that good?" He was sitting right next to me, close to my face. Now THAT is a compliment; it proves to me that this foundation is virtually undetectable. I prefer to apply this foundation with my fingers. I have not yet tried it with a stippling brush or sponge, but I find that fingers give a more natural look than a traditional flat foundation brush, which can look a little streaky. I can really work it into my skin and blend around the hairline/jawline with my fingers. What I do is I dab a little of this on my cheeks, forehead, and sides of nose, and blend it in. It doesn't dry too fast, so you don't have to work in areas. Wear time: This is where the reviews get a little iffy. My skin is a little dry, so oilier gals may want to stay away from this. I do wear a primer under this (Monistat Anti-Chafing Powder Gel - LOVE) and a tiny bit of setting powder on top, just on the sides of my nose and around my hairline, where I get a little oily. I don't set my whole face with powder, because I don't like dampening down the beautiful glow this gives me. I personally do not have issues with this melting, "evaporating," greasing up, or anything like that. I can wear this from 7 AM to 3 PM, and all I get is a little bit of settling on the sides of my nose and in the nasal-labial folds, and a tiny bit of oxidation, which I get with any other foundation anyway. The shininess isn't anything a basic powder can't fix. I know this varies from person to person, but the wear time isn't anything for me to complain about. Oh, and the packaging is beautiful. Definitely looks high end, sleek, and classy, and the glass has a nice heft to it. And the fact that there's no frost on the glass makes it easier to see the shade. Downside - no pump, a little inconvenient to pour out on your hand, but it's not something I'd complain about. Besides, you don't have to wait forever for it to come out, like the Maybelline Superstay 24H Foundation, which is super thick. Oh, and, this doesn't break me out, which is always a plus! :D OVERALL: Pros: * Gives a beautiful skin finish, but a little dewier * Light feeling on the skin * Offers yellow-toned shades * Looks really natural and glowy * Lasts all day on me * Gorgeous packaging * Very inexpensive * Widely available at drugstores and Target, Wal-mart, Ulta, etc. Neutrals: * Light-Medium coverage (may be a pro or con depending on your personal preference) * Thin texture (ditto) Cons: * May not last all day if you have combination or oily skin * I'm not sure, but if you have pinker-toned skin, you might not have an exact match * The shade range isn't the biggest I've ever seen * No pump