I. Wear. It. Everyday. It's beautiful. Perfect name, as it is the exact combination of medium rose and gold. The color payoff is phenomenal for the price. I have orange/golden undertones and this gives me a such an almost-natural "blush". The gold in it is not at all glittery but rather a finely milled gleam. I'd been forever sad that I missed out on MAC's "Stereo Rose"...until I found this girl. MAC who? Gorgeous. Buy it.
Treatments -Shea Moisture - Thickening Growth Milk
medinaneenah 11/7/2011 11:03:00 PM
I have 3c/4a fine textured hair. On dry hair, this made my hair hard & stiff. Used as a moisturizer on damp hair after washing & my it twists came out very shiny. Can't say much for the thickening aspects as I don't rub this into my scalp. However, it's a great styler & moisturizer. Imparts great shine & managability.
Nice coverage but it leaves my skin with a pinkish tint that is no bueno. I scooped it up for 2.50 so I'm not that upset about it. I'll use it for quickie-get-out-of-the-house-jobs.
Geeeeeezzz-us! This bronzer is to die fah! Wearing it too death this summer with orange-coral lips. So far this is the only bronzer I can use as an actual bronzer and not just a contour! Imparts lovely reddish-brown, finely milled sparkle to my cheeks. I'm NC 50, NC 45 with my summer tan. I use it with my Milani Bellisimo Bronze, chile stop. The fineness that ensues should be illegal, too good. ... Autumn now, and I'm trying out a few new foundations. This bronzer remains a staple. As a multi-tonal grrl, reddish-yellow undertones, this is a great balancer when my foundations run too yellow/golden. I've found to be (continually) beautitul as a bronzer/blush/contour in autumn as well. I'm going back to my CCO to cop a back-up, pronto!
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous in Kiss Me Coral
medinaneenah 6/30/2011 4:17:00 AM
Dupe for Volcanic from L'Oreal, both are beau-ti-ful lipsticks. Very pigmented & creamy, department-store quality lipstick. I'm an NC 50 & this color does wonders for me: super-duper fly for summer when I get a lil reddish tan & makes the amber in my eyes pop! I wear it with bronzer & loads of mascara, baby I'm fierce! This and Volcanic (which tends a teeny weeny bit toward red) are in constant rotation for me this summer. A orange-coral with a dash of pink, remember color payoff depends on your lip's tone. As my lips are a dark rose-brown, this doesn't come off red on me at all.
The actual color is gorgeous (bright, not neon, coral) but, as many have mentioned, not true to the bottle color. (I found this to be true of Mamba too; it was darker than the bottle color) Since I still have the receipt, this is going back. Pretty but too loud to remain in my collection. I have fairly long nails so it goes too 80s on me. Also, not worth the pain of application for the price tag!
Neutral toned berry pink with warm brown base (mauvey quality) that is very pretty & appropriate for spring. I wore it with a lilac blouse & it was a very feminine look. I'm not really into pinks or mauve since they tend to run so cool, but this was lovely. It contrasted nicely with my golden undertones. It's a lustre so it's soft, moisturizing yet pretty pigmented! For warm girls, this will not be the MLBB that our cool toned sisters are stating but rather a mellow pop of pink. Worth coppin if you run across it. (BB Almond & NC50)
I'm very surprised by this polish. This is my 2nd Borghese polish; I bought 2 in a BOGOHO deal. I was so disappointed in the performance of the first, I was skeptical about this one. But it is phenomenal! Such a beautiful, true plum color. Deep but not dark and when sunlight hits it the reddish quality makes it just sing against my NC50 complexion. I recommend this to those with reddish, yellow or orange undertones. I found the consistency and brush to be just fine. The brush is rather squarish. The formula is very creamy, just thick enough. I love to slowly & meticulously paint my nails a la combing a Zen garden; it is a meditative act for me. So I might be better at it & more patient than most. This is gonna be a fav of mine this spring & fall. It may turn out to be one of the most flattering shades I own!
I really love the color. It's very soft & creamy. For the price, this is a great product. Very pigmented, as so many have stated. However, I have one qualm: I cannot wear it alone as it settles in my lip lines and doesn't apply evenly. I'm left with patches of pigmentation rather than a thorough opacity. Though it is buildable, this does not eliminate the problem for me. I believe the sheerness/weight of the product formulation is the culprit. I've paired it with MAC's Kumquat and found that the problem is resolved without losing the character of Siren. Perhaps I'll also try a lip primer.
Highlighters -L'Oreal - HIP Illuminating Highlighter - Shimmer 894
medinaneenah 3/14/2011 5:11:00 PM
HG highlighter & my first one. I loved this product so much I used it every day summer 2007. It is a creamy highlighter so it gives a lovely dewy glow. As NC 50, both colors work for me. The lighter side is rather "flesh" colored, a slight pinkish quality. I see it blending well into the coolest & fairer skin. The darker side is a very soft, warm rose color and will work well with warmer skin. Product blends to a powdery finish. As an oily grrl, I can attest that this is one cream product that we can do without qualm. I've hunted this down online & the price tag is 70% off the original drugstore price. Can it be anymore of a winner, geez!
SweetbabyJesus!this product is di-vine! Lovely for fall but I prefer as a late winter/early spring "transition" color. Wonderful for WOC, a cameo, sage green with cool silver undercurrent streaking through the bottle; this baby delivers character to your nails. Though I'm warm toned (MAC Select NC 50), the color is so unique it projects beyond the coolness and sets off my yellow/orangey skin so well! I wish Essie gave more product per price & I'm on the fence about the old skool-ish short handle. However, you gotta love the creamy application of Essie, the one included. Opaque in 2 coats. Gorgeous and chip free for 7-9 days, maybe more, with a good top coat. In short, buy it.
Bronzers -Black Radiance - Mosaic Bronzer in Golden Shimmer #3512
medinaneenah 3/14/2011 1:17:00 AM
I'm on my second compact, loved it so much. Lovely, subtle highlighter. (I'm MAC Select NC 50) No big, obnoxious glitter/shimmer particles so great all year round. Each of the 4 squares of product work well alone & are magnificent together. Really like that the squares are big enough to use separately without playing Operation with your brush to get to just one. On par with department store highlighters, like MAC's "Cheek & Cheerful" which are very close cousins (C&C is a tad lighter). Definitely gonna look into other shades.
I don't reach for this brush very often; only when I'd like a very thin, sporadic dusting of powder. The hairs are too long. The brush is rather floppy. I'd recommend it as a body brush. I've used it in my decollege area with better results. The movement of the bristles work better for larger areas, sans face.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
medinaneenah 1/27/2011 3:25:00 AM
POSITIVELY RADIANT DAILY MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 30 I've been using various non-comedogenic, oil-free, hypoallergenic moisturizers since high school. This is the best, ever! STATE OF MY SKIN: I have a yellow-orange undertone. I am tres oil-e, been that way since I can remember. They usta call me "Scarface" in school. Today I get the occasional, monthly pimple(s) during my menses. All in all, if I exercise & eat right, I'm usually working with 4-8 brown spots due to acne scarring. Pro Story: * With mom one day & randomly looked in the best placed mirror (natural light) at home. Suddenly I noticed how much more yellow-golden I was looking. And my mom agreed! Of course winter=paler (or for black folks, "lighter") My first thought was of my (looong gone) summer tan. But what I got isn't the burnished golden brown of a tan. Nor am I merely sans tan. My skin looks like a soft light is on beneath it! Reality: * I can't say my dark spots are miraculously gone. They're still kinda lingering from last month (and the one before that, and.. you get the point). This is no fade cream. (Try Ambi for that) * I love the way my skin looks now. It's not perfect but my complexion is more.. uummm, shall I say monochromatic? My texture has become smoother. My golden undertone is really shining thru throughout my face. I don't think I realized how many various the tones of my face until they became one. * I thought Neutrogena was my HG. Sike! Now I look forward to trying more Aveeno products!
Being new to this "make-up game" (aka approaching it as an artist accessorizing vs. just cleaning up to look presentable to the world) I decided to start cheap & easy. I haven't looked back. When I don't use this, my look is Crease City in about 3-4 hours. I am a oil factory; just call me Olive. With it, no problems. Can't compare it, obviously, but, I notice my colors stand out better when I use it. I'm not much for the consistancy; it is rather chalky. Doesn't spread well. But as I don't go ape with how much I use (hint, hint), it has never caked up or turned on me in any fashion.