Makeup Brushes -Silk Naturals - Fiber Optic Blush Brush
lemon_rosebud 1/27/2009 2:23:00 PM
What I love about this brush is the price and that it's small enough to fit into my makeup bag or purse. As you can see from the picture above it's the size of a lipgloss. Performance wise it's not anywhere near as good as other duo fiber brushes (like SK Highlighting Brush or MAC 187) I guess that's to be expected, while the smaller brush head is great for percise application it doesn't really fan out, you kind of have to dot the blush onto your cheek and then blend out. My brush sheds and bleeds when I wash it so the tips aren't exactly white anymore. I hope w a few more washings this will no longer happer. For 5.99 it's not bad to try it out and I like that I can now take my more pigmented blushes w me since this brush fits in my bag.
Lipstick -Cover Girl - TruShine - Blushberry Shine 415 [DISCONTINUED]
lemon_rosebud 1/20/2009 10:19:00 AM
I'm not a fan of lipstick what so ever. Actually I'm beginning to figure out that I don't like to bring attention to my lips really, as they are very full and I like to highlight my eyes. Which brings me to the point, this lipstick is amazing! I think the color is neutral enough to not bring attention to my lips but deep enough that there is some color on my lips and they don't look deathly. I hope that makes sense. I picked this up on a whim when I saw the forum raving about it and I'm so glad I did.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
lemon_rosebud 11/19/2008 5:55:00 PM
I love this brush, I was never really crazy about cream blush until I picked this lovely up. It's the perfect size and works like magic on cream blushes. I simply swirl the brush into the blush and then dab onto the apples of my cheeks and then blend the blush outwards. The brush head is synthetic so I don't recommend it for powder as it will pick up a lot of product and not soak up any into the bristles. Another fantastic brush from SK.
While I love this brush very much, I don't think it compares to the 187. I find this brush to be less soft/dense as the 187. That being said, it is compelety worth the $12 if you can find it, pick up two! I have one for blush and a different one for bronzer. It's the perfect size and while I don't recommend it for liquid foundation, it's perfect for powder. I highly recommend it!
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
lemon_rosebud 5/22/2008 3:23:00 PM
For the price and the amount of sheets you get in a pack, C&C is my go to for blotting papers. My only complaint is when you near the end of the pack the papers don't stick as well to the tape and then they get all messy. Those of you that use these, I'm sure you understand what I'm saying. I love these little guys and they truely work and get out all the oil from your face. A+ from me.
Misc Beauty Tools -Sonia Kashuk - Metal Eyelash Comb
lemon_rosebud 4/30/2008 10:42:00 AM
I have the tweezerman comb which I love but that sucker is sharp and had unfolded in my bag several times, leading to finger pricks and even drew blood once! So obviously I needed to find one less sharp so I'd stop worrying everytime I reached into my makeup bag. I picked up the SK one and it's great! The combs aren't as close together as the tweezerman comb but closer than the plastic ones so it works great for my makeup bag. The ends of the comb are a tiny bit sharp but it doesn't unfold as easily so it hasn't been an issue yet, besides you want the comb to have pointed ends so it gets through your lashes and any clumps of mascara. It's easy to clean with a little makeup remover and with TLC (the joints are a bit loose so that's where the TLC part comes in)I don't think I'll have to purchase another one for a long time.
I have an oily T zone. I've tired monistat, Rimmel, Cat Cosmetics, Smashbox...you get it - A LOT of primers. I have a feeling that Carmindy's line may be made for people with little to no oil issues - my Rimmel orange primer held up better than this one. The packaging is very nice though as it comes with a pump which I find very convenient. It's luminizing, which is well and fine it looks like WnW's St Tropez. In my experience the shimmer stays on your hands and doesn't really make it to your face also once you apply foundation, in my case powder, it's not noticeable. Fine. I'm oily so I tend to get a little glowly anyway. It has a very slick feeling to it and I find one pump covers my entire face. Unfortunately, midway through the day I experience melt down and I might not as well be wearing primer at all, that's how extensive the melt down is. I've tried more coverage and less coverage and it doesn't hold up either way. The search continues.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - bamboo eye shading brush
lemon_rosebud 4/17/2008 5:33:00 PM
I needed a taklon brush for my pigments and discovered this lovely brush at walgreens. For $3.99 I thought it was worth a try and I'm so glad I picked it up! Synthetic bristles don't soak up as much product and so this brush is perfect for eyeshadows, pigments and otherwise. I head is very flat and fits perfectly into my eye area. I loved it so much I picked up another one the other day! Definitely a great buy!
I was thrilled yesterday to discover the E.L.F Compacts at Target. I picked three up and depotted my Milani singles as soon as I got home! I've never depotted before and was a little worried if my singles would fit into this compact and they did! I depotted Milani and Jane singles and both fit nicely into the compact - I peel the Milani stickers off the back of their pots and fixed them to the back of the compact. I've cut down on clutter in my shadow drawer and plan on buying more of these compacts! Great product!
I went to order the long handled kabuki because I had heard such great things about it then at the last minute I ordered the sample kit as well. I had tried mineral makeup before and just hated it, it's just so inconvenient. It's ingenious really because it's just 4 bucks for shipping and you get quite a lot: 3 foundations, 1 blush, 1 concealer. What I really love is that the samples come in jars, which is nice since I hate the whole funnel/bag process that I have to go through with most samples such as pigments. I lucked out and the foundation matches me quite well but for 4 bucks I'm ordering another kit just to try out other colors to be on the safe side. Also the jars are generous for being so tiny. An excellent idea by Everyday Minerals.
A darker version of Egyptian Sands. Another neutral palette that is wearable and has a good amount of staying power. If you're new to WnW, I would go with Egyptian Sands over Belgian Chocolates due to its more neutral shades as this one is definitely on the warmer side, I find myself reaching for Sands more often than this one.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - Long handled Kabuki
lemon_rosebud 4/1/2008 12:43:00 PM
I love this brush! Soft and dense at the same time, it's so tiny but really does the job! As a matter of fact I'm ordering another one today.
I picked this up at Walgreens for 62 cents. At that price I would say it's a bargain but I would not pay $3.99 for this. Mine is a little grainy, making me wonder if it's suppose to be an exfoiliant? I wanted to try a natural lip balm since that's all the rage these days but I think I'll stick with carmex. White in the tube, imparts a nice sheen to lips, a bit grainy feeling to me, slight fragrance that wears off immediately.
I bought 5 of these brushes because I was trying to reach a free ship price limit also I had heard nice things about it and thought, "why not?" It's a little meh. The bristles are a bit more fanned out then I would like, they're not as straight as the picture implies. Also it's a bit thicker then I thought. I used it with a cream liner and I think it works alright, but I prefer my NYX lipliner as I like a thinner line and as I said this one is a bit thick. SO overall I give it a neutral rating, not the worse brush for my purposes but I will keep looking for something else.
What I love about these brushes: They're soft, large enough to cover entire lid, and cheap. I like to be able to use a clean brush for each shade and since these are $1 it's easy to do that. I think right now I have 5 total. They're also readily available so I can pick one up if I forget to pack it or lose one. Mine do not shed or bleed and I haven't broken one yet but I have lost a few to friends who love them as well.