I resisted buying this for so long because of the price tag. Also, I have a ton of natural eyeshadows, so I didn't think I needed this. I am so happy that I finally caved and bought this. The colors are beautiful and complement my blue eyes and fair skin so well. The only reason this doesn't get a full five stars is because I wish there was a better mix of matte, satin, and shimmery shades. There are only two shades, which limits my "daytime" looks. I'm also very happy with my mini primer potion and two-sided 24/7 liner. This is my first Urban Decay purchase, and will probably be my last, unless I need another Naked palette. (I find the Milani liquif'eye eyeliners to be of the same quality as the 24/7 liners) All in all, a wonderful purchase if you use natural eyeshadows often.
I bought this expecting a dark, gunmetal gray (go figure, right?) However, it is closer to silver than gunmetal. It's not a bad color, just not what I was expecting. I'm probably going to put this one in the "eyeshadow base" category, rather than cream eyeliner, though I may use it as an eyeliner with little to no eyeshadow on for a holiday party or something. The packaging is fine -- I like the shape of it, and the look of it. There isn't much product in there, though. It also seems like it looks dried out -- even though it's brand-new! (It's not dry, it just looks that way.) Overall, if you're looking for a silver cream liner, go for it. If you're looking for a true gunmetal, this isn't your best bet.
This is pretty and applies fine, but is nothing special. I can't attest to the staying power at the moment, as it's only on my toes and polish there last forever!
I love this. It makes my fingers look longer and more elegant. The application was smooth -- no problems there! For a fun yet subtle twist, try putting a matte top coat over the top, then painting a super-shiny, clear top coat on just the tips. It's an elegant twist on a French manicure. I highly recommend this color.
The price of this is right. However, I'm left a little disappointed. The application and staying power have been just fine. Nothing special, but nothing horrid, either. However, the color in the bottle is not what I was expecting. In the bottle, it's a black base with tons and tons of blue shimmer. It was more black than blue on the nails. I have to be in the sunlight and staring at my nails at the right second to catch any of the beautiful navy shimmer. Overall, this is fine -- just not what I was expecting.
I LOVE this. This is my first MAC purchase ever. Cyndi is beautiful -- I can sheer this out for a daytime look when I'm getting ready to head to the office, but I can swipe on another coat for when we go out for happy hour after work. I thought Cyndi would be too intense for my fair skin, but I was wrong. Love it!!!
Cleansers -Soap and Glory - The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser
ksheats 6/24/2010 10:49:00 AM
Let me just say that I have never repurchased a cleanser, and I have never bought a backup of ANYTHING. I have two backups of this cleanser. I noticed that my nose (and the rest of my face) felt immediately smoother the first time I used this. Each time I use it, my skin looks better! The included muslin cloth is a great exfoliation, but it's gentle enough to use every day. I went home for a long weekend and forgot to pack this. After only one day, I noticed a difference...in a bad way. As soon as I returned home, I went back to using this and my skin looks great again. Yes, the process is a little tedious -- you have to apply some (I concentrate it on my nose and chin, but put it everywhere) and rub it in for 60 seconds, then let it sit for another 60 seconds (I fill this time by brushing my teeth) and then rub it off with the cloth. Though I rinse the cloth and hang it up to dry each time I use it, I noticed that I have to machine wash this every now and then, because it starts to smell a little funky. :/
This color is stunning -- like NARS Orgasm. The quality, however, SUCKS. It's goopy and thick and dried with bubbles. My nails are looking busted right now because of the way this applied. I've only applied it once, but I'll re-do it and try to find a new technique because I'm in love with the color. I'll probably purchase this again, just for the color. Maybe the crappy quality won't be as noticable on my toes. The packaging is nice -- I really like the shape of the bottle.
I bought this because I needed a new waterproof mascara for the summertime heat. I have long lashes, but they can't hold a curl to save their lives... For starters, I don't mind a white primer (though a gray would be better). I just have to apply it pretty sparingly and really layer on the regular mascara over the top. I like the curve of the brushes, but they're FAR too fat, so it's incredibly difficult to work with. The mascara held my curl OK, and gave a decent amount of length and volume. But this smudged like a mother. The reason I bought it was so it wouldn't smudge, and it smudges worse than my non-waterproof mascara! The worst part is that when it does smudge, I can't get it off because the darn stuff is waterproof! Ugh. I'll continue to use it up when I won't be out for a while -- maybe out shopping or something.
I got this for free from E.L.F., which I'm ecstatic about. They sent me Frosting Fanatic, and the color is horrid on me. I am very fair, and the frosty, goldy, tan color makes me look like a hooker. (a hooker with bad make-up choices, at that) Texture-wise, it's not bad. A little thick and sticky, but not terrible. I like the tin, but it gets the gloss everywhere, because the gloss is distributed unevenly in the tin. Maybe I'd like this more if it were in a different color...
I don't have an oily face at ALL, but lately my chin has been getting a little greasy (I'm blaming the hot weather). I picked these up at Target and wish I hadn't. Like I said, I'm not all that oily, so I only blot my chin and occasionally the bridge of my nose (on days when I wear glasses). These did nothing. I used three for just my chin, and my chin felt like it did before I blotted! I love E.L.F. products, but these just didn't work for me. Glad they were only a dollar...
HG pencil eyeliner. 'Nuff said. Staying power is great. I often get a little smudging on my lower lashline on the outer corner, but it stays on my waterline for hours. I won't buy another brand of eyeliner! I prefer liquid or cream liners for my top lid, but if I'm doing a simple look, I'll apply this on my top lashline. But I use this on my upper and lower waterlines and lower lashline every day.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Head & Shoulders Citrus Breeze for oily/fine hair
ksheats 3/18/2010 8:26:00 AM
This made my fine, oily hair even more limp and oily. It worked ok on my dandruff, but not great. Smelled so-so in the bottle, but really reeks when it's on my hair, even after I rinse. I actually follow this up with my TRESemme 24 hour volume shampoo. I'm going back to classic Head & Shoulders v
I love the color of this! I actually have it on my fingers and my toes right now. On my fair skin, it's a beautiful dark red plum shade. However, I wouldn't buy this again. I may be too used to the OPI brush (which I love), but I found the brush too skinny to work with. The application was streaky for the first and second coats. The third coat came out beautifully opaque, though. I can only go about three days before the polish starts to chip, whereas OPI lasts much longer (on my nails, anyway). The only reason I bought this in the first place was because my local Ulta was having a sale (free Matte About You with purchase of $16 in Essie products). Overall, I love the color but I'll stick to OPI.
Overall, I love this foundation. I have the lightest shade, Ivory 110, and it's a perfect match for me. Pros: I love the SPF 15 It stays FOREVER Easy to apply (Most women, including myself, hate the packaging. I do have a remedy, though. I use a double-sided concealer & foundation Essence of Beauty brush from CVS and use the concealer brush side to dip in the bottle and dot it on my face, and the foundation side to blend) Cons: I have the normal/dry version, and this tends to look cakey/blotchy around my nose, chin, and forehead, even with a primer (I use Monistat Anti-Chafing Powder Gel), before I even set it with powder. Overall, I'll buy this again--it doesn't feel heavy to me, and it is enough to cover my acne scars and very red cheeks. I usually use one coat on my forehead, nose, and chin and use two coats on my cheeks. I still have to follow up with a concealer on any blemishes and my dark circles, though.