Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Application Face Brush
livefaststaypretty 5/15/2013 9:27:00 AM
I use this brush for the Bare Minerals matte foundation, and find it effective - application is fine, and I like that the bristles aren't soft. I don't have a problem with scratchiness. After the first couple of uses, however, the level of shedding has become absurd - I'm left with more small pieces of brush on my face than makeup! Poor, brittle bristle quality.
Have to agree with past comments about the colour of Minor Crisis... I have an olive complexion and can usually handle darker pinks as part of a "natural" palette, but this just didn't look natural on me. Huge shame, as the product concept is brilliant. Still wearing it, but only when I'm feeling bold!
Oh no. Just forked out £20, tried it on, and already worried this is going to become a very expensive addiction. Lovely colour, very feminine - my one warning would be that it's not a dramatic look. For me, it's a little too tame for evenings. Because I'd wear this every day - and because its one downfall is a lack of staying power - this could run out quite quickly...
Yes, it would stay put through a typhoon, and yes, that's amazing - but the little fibres that make up this bizarre mascara are irritating in every sense. Apparently other people have had better luck though, so it's worth a shot.
Freaky stuff. This felt like rubber on my lashes, and was almost painful to remove. Didn't do much for volume or curl either. But, if you cry a lot or like to swim in full make up, it should do the trick.
This slightly shimmery, medium beige paint is honestly one of the best things in my make-up bag. It brightens up my eyes, and, teamed with black eyeliner and mascara, it looks sleek and polished. Smooth, easy to apply (no precision instruments needed), and stays put all day. But, compared to the other paints I've tried, it's much harder to control the tube - either refusing to come out, or oozing unstoppably. Unfortunate, but I'll put up with it.
Hmm. There's a reason more mascaras don't use a comb wand. This mascara is very good at what it does, creating long, black, almost false-looking lashes, but it didn't work for me - the simple but slightly bizarre reason being that I don't have perfectly evenly-spaced lashes aligned in one straight line. Who does? If you do, congrats, you've found a great mascara. If not, you'll probably find that any lashes located behind the first row, or too close together, will be fused together into a few long, thick monster-lashes. I think this is one for the sparse-lashed girl, with time and patience to spare.
There's something funny about this cleanser... it smells chemically and unpleasant, and leaves my skin feeling strangely rough. And one wonders why they bothered putting exfoliating beads in it when there are only about five of them in each bottle. Nevertheless, after about a week of use, my skin looks fine. For the expense, though, I would expect better.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
livefaststaypretty 2/28/2007 7:07:00 PM
There are so many raves for this little product that I won't add another, but I will say that I got the best results with a very fine paintbrush - £2 from an art shop, instead of the £15 or so you'd blow on an unnecessarily fancy MAC brush. Also, it lasts longer, and looks softer, if I go over the line with a charcoal powder eyeshadow. Easier, and much more forgiving, than liquid liner.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Show Offs in Bambi [DISCONTINUED]
livefaststaypretty 11/15/2006 8:10:00 AM
I'll grant that this is a unique colour in a pretty little pot (well done BeneFit for changing the packaging for Show Offs - though it's a shame you get less of it now). I was expecting peach tones, but when applied, Bambi is more of a pearlescent bright pink. It's girly and pretty, but far too sheer for me. On its own, it's barely noticeable - just the tiniest hint of colour - and it didn't suit my olive complexion at all. It refused to apply any more solid, and wore off fairly quickly too. Maybe if you find a good eyeshadow base, it's worth a shot.
I've always loved Prescriptives lip glosses, and this didn't let me down - wonderful texture, just the right amount of glossiness, and not at all sticky. But there must be better colours out there. I prefer the satin side to the matte, but they're both more golden than I expected - a sort of burnished beige with shimmery flecks, that just says 'old lady' to me. But I do think it would look more flattering on someone with a lighter complexion (and maybe smaller lips?); on me, it just overwhelmed my face.
Great if you like a bold, smudgey line. Not so helpful if you don't. It drives me crazy that I can never get this fat crayon to hold a defined point, and I do feel a bit like I should hold it in my fist and draw a big daisy on my cheek with it.
Eye Shadow -Elizabeth Arden - Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow
livefaststaypretty 10/31/2006 1:29:00 PM
Finally, I've found the cream eyeshadow I've been looking for. Rich, pretty colour that's creamy but crease-free, and shimmery without going patchy. I have Beach Girl, which is a warm golden pink - but not in a cloying, Barbie way. With my olive skin and lots of black mascara, it's the dreamy princess look all grown up.
The team behind BeneFit are marketing geniuses. Like much of their stuff, this is an average product in beautiful packaging - you'll feel like a fairy princess while you're using it, but the effect is a glittery sprinkle that looks a bit silly. There are far better highlighters out there. Although I'll admit, Kitten does smell great.
This is the perfect natural lip gloss, in my view - lovely soft rose colour, and a texture that's shiny without feeling sticky. Really easy to apply with the wand, though I usually use a finger to smooth it on.