Masks -Unlisted Brand - Aztec - Indian Healing Clay
malcontent 5/28/2012 7:51:00 PM
Be careful with this mask if you have dry skin. I have thin, sensitive, fair skin that tends to be dry. I use this mask only rarely, as I know it has a tendency to make my skin red and irritated, but I can get desperate with the occasional breakout. I sometimes get a few (deep and swollen) spots on my face at a certain time in my cycle, and the mask can bring them to the surface, calm them, and clear them out faster. The price is red and dry skin though. I've read through the reviews, and, for most people, the redness seems temporary. However, I can expect it to last about 48 hours, and that's not a good look on fair skin that generally has a smooth, porcelain appearance. As well, no matter how much I moisturize, I will get dry, flaky patches. This holds true even if I use jojoba, almond, or coconut oil on my face after the mask. I think this is probably a good product for most people, but it's not really going to control acne on anyone with dry skin, especially as it can exacerbate dryness to an extreme degree. My skin is usually under control, thankfully, so I probably use this mask only a few times a year. Next time I will probably try a VERY thin layer that can dry quickly. It might help if I left the mask on >10 minutes.
I've always been a fan of Nars eyshadows for the pigmentation and the lovely colors. My eyes are blue-green, however, so I tend to stick with neutrals and leave the showy colors to women with darker eyes. But browns and beiges can get dull, and I did want to try something that was different, even recommended against, and see what kind of effect I could get. The color on the left of the pan is a violet-blue that applies dark on my fair skin. It must be blended to avoid looking bruiselike, but after blending and feathering, it becomes a sheer, ethereal, even subtle blue. I use the darker, duller purple for shading and lining, and usually throw in some white or pale, pale pink shadow for highlighting the brow bone. So, I can report that this blue shadow is indeed wearable for blue eyes if one has good brushes, some know-how, and works at blending out the colors. I keep the rest of my makeup neutral, as this would be a tacky look with a red or bright pink lip. Overall though, I think the palette is pretty and fun. As far as repurchasing, no, I wouldn't. There are too many other palettes to try, and this one will last a LONG time anyway.
This lipstick is the perfect everyday shade for me. I have very fair skin with warm undertones, blue-green eyes, and cool-toned dark brown hair. With my coloring and full lips, it's a hard to find a lipstick shade that provides enough color to keep me from looking washed out yet that isn't overtly sexy or dramatic. This one is ideal. The lipstick is creamy, applies well, and goes with almost any makeup look. It's not matte enough to be drying or slick enough that you have to worry it will wear off in ten minutes. Of all the Viva Glam lipsticks I've tried, this has been the most attractive shade for my coloring, subtle without being too subtle. The packaging is well-designed; I've never had an issue with the lipstick breaking, smearing, or melting. It has a faint, pleasant fragrance. This is one I keep in my purse all the time and default to using again and again.
This is one of my favorite lip glosses. I have fair skin and lightly pigmented lips so I need to wear a little color underneath, something like Benetint or just a nude pencil. But this gloss emphasizes the sexiness of my very full lips without seeming as screamingly vampy as darker lipsticks can or washing me out as light pink tones tend to. I feel both naughty and coy in this one. It's light enough not to seem too obvious but glossy enough to titillate. Definitely try this one if you have full lips and fair skin. It provides just enough color and also straddles that line between demure and devastatingly sexy.