I recently bought this in Antiqued Gold and I love it. While it was love at first use, I wanted to wait a few uses before I could really give my verdict, and it has stood the test! I see other people have said the staying power is so-so - it lasted me all day at work and I only had to do the briefest of touch ups before going out with a friend after an 8 hour work day, so I'm pretty happy with that! I love how smoothly this goes on, and it works wonderfully with eyeshadows too. I like to blend it gently into a pale lemon yellow shadow on my lid. The smudger is fantastic too. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more colours in this line!
I've lost my Smashbox virginity and I love it! I have the 'Film/Premiere' duo - unfortunately I couldn't find it on the list, but it is to die for. The shades are hugely flattering, and blendable - I did find the illuminator a bit too glittery, but a bonus is that it also doubles as an eyeshadow! This also has great staying power, my foundation may have been melting by the end of the day (time for an upgrade!) but this baby stayed put, no fuss. I love the matte black packaging and the size will last me a LONG time. The price was great for me - you can't get Smashbox in stores here, and I found this on www.trademe.co.nz at a $10 reserve and snapped it up. People don't know what they're missing out on in this country!
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Pair of Shades #37 Starstruck/Golden Lynx
littlepickling 8/27/2008 6:41:00 AM
I love this duo, the colours are very wearable and are great to blend, too. I've noticed a lot of people find Starstruck too sheer - I really love it, I find Golden Lynx a bit too peachy-orange for my skintone, oddly - Starstruck is a nice subtle shadow on me, I also like using it as a brow highlight. I do find that they crease after a couple of hours wear but if you're happy to put a wash of a bit more shadow on every couple of hours, you won't have creasing, and you won't look too overdone either. But that's the beauty of subtle colours like these! I've only given it a 3 for packaging quality because I can't stand the green marble look!
Eye Shadow -Clinique - High Impact Duo in Like Mink
littlepickling 8/27/2008 6:37:00 AM
I quite like this duo, the colours are very wearable and are great to blend, too. I do find that they crease after a couple of hours wear but if you're happy to put a wash of a bit more shadow on every couple of hours, you won't have creasing, and you won't look too overdone either. But that's the beauty of subtle colours like these! I've only given it a 3 for packaging quality because I can't stand the green marble look!
Eyeliner -Revlon - Marble-ous Match - Sassy Brassy
littlepickling 8/27/2008 6:27:00 AM
I just bought this today and was extremely excited to try it out! I've been trying to experiment with different colours to what I usually go for, and this colour combination is absolutely gorgeous. It's a dream to apply, particularly the shadow end - it just glides on, and it blends so well. It did crease within about 3 hours of me putting it on, so that was a bit of a disappointment but eyeshadows just tend to crease with me anyway - I think my eyelids get too oily! It may last longer with an eyeshadow base, which I am currently on the lookout for.. at any rate I'm seriously thinking about purchasing Made For Jade on Saturday, I can see a lot of potential for these babies!
I'm enjoying this mascara at the moment, although it's been a bit overshadowed by my acquiring Estee Lauder Sumptuous days later. This is a really lovely lengethening mascara that also provides ample definition. It's curl holding ability is pretty average, I also tried curling and then using Shiseido mascara base before applying this but it didn't do much for me unfortunately. This also tends to go a bit clumpy with the mascara base, unless I'm doing something wrong? It looks very nice without the base at any rate, and while I think I'll purchase Sumptuous or DiorShow next time, this would definitely make it onto my top mascara list.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Heat Defence Styling Spray
littlepickling 8/27/2008 4:12:00 AM
TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray has a gorgeous scent, goes on as a light mist, holds like a decent hair spray (it's kept my curls in all day) and protects my hair when styling! And on top of all that, I think I paid about $8NZD for a bottle, so I am a satisfied customer. I've been trying to convince my hair straightener junkie sister to buy some of this and protect her hair but she has turned a blind eye to the damage - think I'll just buy some for her anyway!
I really, really like this mascara. It gives me voluminous lashes quickly and a bit of length, and it's a lovely inky black. I've been using it for a couple of days now and have had a couple of compliments - my younger sister, usually opposed to all things make up and appearance, even commented that my lashes looked 'really cool'. This may also be the first mascara I've had that actually gives me lashes like the model's in the ad campaign! Hooray for following through! I do find this smudges under my eyes a bit after 6 or 7 hours wear, however it doesn't run at the first sight of rain or a sneeze. It even takes a bit of rubbing in the shower! This is ok at holding a curl, I think it might just be my lashes that are incapable. This is not clumpy at all for me, I do find that to get the best results for my lashes I need to apply the coats quickly after one another rather than waiting for each to dry, but that's okay, makes it a time saver. I'd definitely buy this again and will be reccommending it to others.
I'm reallly enjoying using this eyeliner. I'd only been using liquid eyeliner on my top lashline for months and was almost scared to go back to using pencil again but this has eased me back in very well. This came in a giftset with the L'extreme mascara and some eye make up remover, $58NZD for the lot - given that the mascara is $58 on its own when purchased seperately, I'm pretty happy with the price. I've never had en eyeliner before that I could use on my top lashline without tug, so I never bothered, just used liquid - but I've been using this on my top lashline with great results, so I'm ecstatic. I also find that I can smudge and blend it well for a smokey eye, which is fantastic. This is just a minisize so will probably run out quickly, but I'll definitely consider buying it fullsize when it does.
I adore this. I picked this up from a sale for $12.50 down from $49NZD so was extremely happy with the price. This colour is a lovely sparkly darker peach and is very flattering. It also lasts quite a few hours, although food and drink will wear it off quite quickly - however I tend to expect this with glosses, so I don't mind. I don't know if I'll ever see it at this amazing price again but if I do I'll certainly snap it up! I'll definitely consider it at full price too, I must go see the other colours in this range.
Lip Gloss -ModelCo - Lip Lights Glamour Gloss in Indian Summer
littlepickling 8/27/2008 3:27:00 AM
I love these! I bought Sienna Sunset and Coral last week and I don't know how I lived without them before. The sheer convenience of them is fantastic - built in mirror, lights in the lid for that dark club or just a poorly lit room. The gloss lasts, only has mild stickiness, not to the point of annoyance. The colours are beautiful - and best of all, I got these on sale for $9.75 reduced from $39NZD. Would definitely buy these again, but it looks like that pharmacy won't be stocking them anymore.
I got this on sale for $32NZD which is quite an incredible price over here. It matches my skin flawlessly (020 - Natural Light Ochre) and does give me, overall, an evened out complexion. The coverage is quite light, however, and it doesn't do much for covering pimples. It has a a slightly chalky texture to it when it first sets, and while I initally thought that was kind of cool, because I have a combination oily/dry (strangest combination!) skin, I soon found that while this made my forehead and sides of my face look fabulous, it accentuated the dry patches I get by my jaw, chin, and between my eyebrows - even when I applied a thick, creamy moisturiser to these areas first. I also found that this HAS to be applied with a brush - if you try and use your fingers it kind of balls up. And it takes ages to blend with a brush. I wish this worked better for me, because it's the first foundation I've found that matches my skin exactly. I wouldn't buy it again, but will consider Shiseido again for my foundation.
I bought Australis Brush On Perfection in Nude a few months ago and I'm somewhat pleased with it. The coverage is good and gives me a glowly look, especially in photos. However when you are squeezing the bottle to get the product out you have to squeeze quite a bit and you always end up with too much on the brush, so I find it easier to apply with my fingers or another brush - kind of defeats the purpose of the all in one brush applicator and foundation. Also mine seems to always leak, even when I click the switch down to lock it. It seems to seep out somewhere under the switch, which is destroying my make up bag - it even gets out from under the cap. Hopefully this is just something wrong with mine and not all of them, because I would like to purchase this again.
I picked up one of the Peachy Sheen shade in this range at a cosmetics & perfume sale a couple of weeks ago and adore it so much that I went out and bought Sunlit Pink a few days ago. This lipstick is incredibly moisturising, slides on like a gloss and lasts like a lipstick. With their sheer nature they're almost universally flattering, too. I found the second one I purchased on the sale shelf of one of the local pharmacies so it looks like they may be discontinued in New Zealand, but I hope not - I really love wearing them. They're also SPF 15, which is great. The one problem I have is that my Peachy Sheen cap always comes off, so I've had to cut the top off it before due to getting other makeup reside on it in my makeup bag. But that just seems like I got a faulty tube, so no real complaint.
The worst foundation I have EVER used. It is very oily, and caused me massive breakouts, even though I washed it off at night and prepped my skin for it in the morning. Bought it in a case of 'help, broke, but neeeeed foundation!' and the label 'Stay Matte' appealed. I'm normally a powder user so embrace the matte love, and this is ANYTHING BUT. Left my skin shinier than when I put it on, and not in a lovely dewy way. Very oily and sheer, little to no coverage - it could not even accomplish the most basic of foundation achievements - to create the appearance of an even skintone. $17NZD down the drain when I tried this out! Back to the powder.