I got this shade in Orange, which is very similar to the blush in Stila's Perfectly Gold palette, except it has a little bit of shimmer and is a tad bit deeper. On me (NC35/40), it imparts a subtle peachy glow, and if you have oily skin like me, it also mattifies without looking chalky. However, I don't think this product will work well for dry skintypes if applied directly to cheeks.
Overall, I think this is a great bargain for such a cute product. There are 60 sheets in each pack, and I got it at a Japanese market for $4.79.
I'm not a mascara kind of girl (I wear glasses so I usually just curl them), but Lash Perfection does well to define and separate for a fairly natural look. The rubber brush is fantastic and reaches even the smallest of lashes. It's very easy to apply; there's no need to wipe the wand on tissue or wiggle the brush at the roots of your lashes. The formula is very basic; if you're looking for a mascara that volumizes, I'd look elsewhere. However, if you want something that holds a curl and doesn't flake or smudge, this is for you.
This is my first IT Gloss, and I am really amazed by its texture, scent and lasting power. It feels light, but it stays on fairly well without the stickyness. The vanilla scent is similar to MAC's lipglasses but I prefer Stila's. Perhaps it's because my boyfriend remarked how good it smelled after he kissed me? That may be it, since he's never mentioned that when I'm wearing MAC or other lipglosses.
Although it seems very pigmented in the tube (reviewers below were spot on regarding its rosey/mauvey/peachy brown shade), the color payoff isn't very deep on my pigmented lips. It only slightly evens out the color of my lips, but the shimmer and shine of this lipgloss is fairly flattering (For reference, I'm NC35-40 with black hair and brown eyes). My next purchase will probably be a lipstick that complements and emphasizes the complex color of this gloss, but for now, it's just okay on its own.
Palettes -Stila - Perfectly Sage Palette Fall 2005
method 8/3/2005 3:09:00 AM
Description from Stila's website: Perfectly sage palette includes eye shadow shades in shimmering champagne, rich sage and deep sage with a soft apricot cheek color.
All three eyeshadow shades have a very nice texture and blend really well, which is no surprise, considering it's Stila. The champagne color looks off-white with a touch of soft yellow, and the sage color is very unique. At first I was quite scared of this shade, as it seemed to be too "loud" and unwearable. However, I used the lightest shade as a wash from lid to brow, lined my upper lashes with sage and blended it up to the outer crease (as instructed on Stila's site). Really cute! The darkest eyeshadow, at first glance, looks black with green shimmer, but it's a deep forest green shade. I've only used this as a liner, but I imagine it would be great to use for a smokey-eye look.
The small problem I have with the palette would be the blush's texture, which I think is actually too soft. The nude peach shade is really pretty, but if I'm not careful, my brush picks up too much pigment, making it hard to blend on my cheeks. Since it's a matte, neutral shade, it can look kind of dull on my NC40/Stila 50-60 skintone, so I like to pair it with Milani Luminous blush on the apples of my cheeks. Overall, I think this is pretty palette, and if I run out of the sage color, I'll be rather sad since I was told these are new eyeshadow shades, exclusive to this Fall Palette.
Eye Shadow -NYX - Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil - Yogurt
method 7/6/2005 1:29:00 AM
The color swatch on NYX's website (nyxcosmetics.com) is fairly inaccurate on my monitor, but the picture on mydivascloset.com is a little bit closer. Yogurt is an iridescent, pastel pink shade, and it glides on pretty smoothly on my lids with minimal tugging. However, I try to swipe it on tissue first to warm it up a bit. On my skintone (NC40), it shows up as a pearly sheen, which is nice for minimal makeup days. It also looks great as a highlighter under the browbone. It doesn't crease on me even without a base, but it doesn't last too long on my oily lids. The good thing though is that it seems to fade quite evenly, and for the price (I got it for under $4 at Longs), the quality is pretty good for a drugstore brand.
The name "Filtered Brown" doesn't sound very appealing, but don't let that fool you. In the jar, it looks like powdered cocoa, but after dusting this on my cheeks (NC40), I get the most natural looking, rosy glow. There is no shimmer in this finely milled loose powder, and a little goes a long way. However, the staying power could be better. For $20, I will definitely repurchase.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Coffee Cake
method 6/28/2005 3:27:00 AM
The only tester available at my Longs was Peach Satin, and unfortunately it was nothing but shimmer on my NC40 skintone. I really loved the texture though (lighter than Stila's Rouge Pots), and upon theporpoise's recommendation, I picked up Coffee Cake a few days later. She described it as a "peachy bronze" and she's absolutely right! It complements my tanned skin, and the shimmer is subtle. It doesn't emphasize my pores like I thought it would (I have this problem with shimmery blushes), and the fluffy texture blends very nicely. Oily skinned girls, don't be afraid of this blush. I haven't broken out, so I think it's safe to say that I won't later. $7.99 at Longs, and I will repurchase!
I admit, I've never purchased Wet 'n' Wild makeup before because I thought the cheap price meant that it was of poor quality. I recently picked this up for $1.99 due to the raves here, but I was still quite skeptical. Then I tried it on my lids, and wow! This is a beige shimmery liquid, and it dries down to a nice and subtle, natural glow. It makes for a perfect eyeshadow base, but it also looks pretty on its own. The lasting power is adequate on my oily lids, and it doesn't crease on me. I actually prefer this to my MAC paint, which dried out my lids horribly. Thanks for the heads up, MUAers!
I am an absolute lip balm junkie, and I don't know why I keep trying other brands when this one is really the best. I go through Water in Lip like Tic Tacs :) due to the texture; it's a very soft balm, glides smoothly and is very moisturizing. I am currently using the minty one, and even though I'm picky about scents and flavors in balms, this is actually nice. The scent isn't strong and fades away quickly, and once applied, I can feel a subtle cooling sensation on my lips. It's also flavorless. The regular Water in Lip (without the minty scent) is kind of like Aquaphor, solidified. Grab some if you can find 'em! Usually $5.99 at Asian markets
Lotions/ Creams -Boots - Mediterranean Milk, Almond and Pistachio Body Butter
method 6/8/2005 1:17:00 AM
Compared to The Body Shop's Body Butters, Boots is much better. Thicker in consistency (kind of like firm whipped cream) and not greasy, this feels wonderful on my skin. The scent is very subtle; if you've ever tried almond jello, this smells exactly like it. Yummy! I can't stop sniffing my skin. :) $9.99 for 6.6 oz at Target (almost the same size as The Body Shop's)
This is one of my first Boots purchases, and I'm so glad Target carries this line! I have this lipgloss in Flirt, which in the tube looks like a slightly deep cotton candy pink. However on my highly pigmented lips, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is the exact pinky-nude shade I've been desperately looking for that doesn't wash me out (for reference, NC35-40). The texture is similar to MAC lipglasses, a little thick but not as sticky. It has no discernable scent or flavor, which is a huge plus for me. Staying power isn't that great, but I'll happily repurchase. $7.99 at Target.
Three words: Must buy backups! In the tube, it looks quite pigmented: a reddish/rose/bronze color. On my pigmented lips, it slightly deepens my natural color, and like a previous reviewer said, it gives your lips a warm glossy glow. The texture is perfect, not sticky (but sticky enough so that it stays on for awhile), and it glides on smoothly. The shimmer is not overpowering; in fact, it's quite subtle. The next important factor for me is that it isn't scented, which I'm happy about. Also, it doesn't dry out my lips. My only gripe is that it's pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for - the best gloss money can buy. For reference: NC35/40 with black hair and brown eyes.
My mom gave me this blush as she collects MAC and always buys doubles, and I'm happy she did! The color may seem very boring upon first glance, kind of like a very pale orange and soft pink, but it gives my NC35-40 skintone a nice glow and brightens up my face. Margin can also be used as an alternative to a bronzer. I like this blush a lot, but I'd love it even more if it wasn't a frost. The shimmer can be a little overpowering for daytime, so I try my best to use a light hand with this blush.
Lip Treatments -Kiehls - Lip Balm SPF 15 in Hue 58B
method 3/30/2005 2:54:00 AM
It always gets great reviews in magazines, so as a lip balm junkie, I purchased this after I ran out of my Shiseido Water in Lip balm. I tested it on my hand and it looked like a very (very very) sheer rose. On my pigmented lips, it just looks like I put clear gloss on it, which is fine for minimal makeup days. However, before purchasing this, I forgot to do the "smell test" and unfortunately, this balm smells odd and artificial. I don't think it moisturizes, but it doesn't dry out my lips either. Too bad; I was expecting more from Kiehls, but I guess I'll just stick to Shiseido and Neutrogena for balms.
Golightly is one of my favorite shadows. The color (a complex olive green) works well with my dark brown eyes, and the texture is soft and easily blendable. I apply lightly as a wash or pack it on the outer corners/crease for a more dramatic look. A very versatile shade for day and nighttime.