I went looking for a brown that was not too warm - not too golden, coffee rather than chocolate... there was a lot of deep discussion with the lady at the counter, and then I tried this on. It's good. It's sparkly, but such a neutral colour it's fine for daywear. It's not really a *cool* brown - it has some gold in it, but not as much as most brown lipsticks tend to have. I'm pale with dark brown hair and green eyes, and on me it's a very quiet shade - it doesn't lift my face like some colours do. The texture is good, nice and soft, goes on smooth, stays on amazingly well. Because it's so shiny and shimmery, this makes my lips look very full. I would probably buy this again, but it's LE.
Love this! For days when I want something on my lips, but not much - something incredibly shiny with nice plummy colour. To me this is almost exactly the same nuance as Bazaarish lipglass, but more sheerly pigmented. I love both. The lustreglass gets an additional point for the brush applicator though, it gives me more control. I don't like the price, but I'll probably repurchase if I run out.
Love this! The colour is amazing and it's oh-so-shiny with just the right amount of shimmer. Good for anyone who (like me) has a hard time finding pigmented lipglosses - this gives good colour so you don't have to put half an inch of it on. I like the vanilla scent and it lasts really well. I would like a brush better than the sponge-tip though, and of course it's ridiculously expensive (I'm in Sweden), so it's not a five. I'll buy again if there are any left when I finish this one, since it's LE.
I have two of these, one bright fiery red (Pimento Red) and one darker red (Chestnut). I really like both - I can fill in my whole lips without them being too drying, and they last well. So far, I've only used them under my Shiny Lip Lacquer, but I'm going to get more colours to go with other glosses and lipsticks. If you like a matte look, they're good on their own too. They are 55 SEK here, a very good price.
I was convinced blue and turquoise colours didn't suit me until I had a makeover and got an eye look with Plumage, Melody and Brill. I'm pale, with dark red dyed hair and green eyes. Plumage is an awesome shadow. It works well in the crease, as liner wet or dry, and on its own for a gorgeous smokey eye look - more interesting than black, grey or brown, and really brings out my green eyes. It's very pigmented and still fairly easy to blend. This is my first matte shadow from MAC, but probably won't be my last.
I got four of these. Emerald: a clear, lovely green, cool but not blueish. Amethyst: a light purple, looks great with - Wine: a rich reddish purple/burgundy. And White, which is a pure white shimmer, a great addition to my other highlighter shadows. They last as well as La Femme's matte eyeshadows on me (that is: awesome), and are softer and easier to use. I'll definitely be getting more of these. I got mine from adiscountbeauty.com, they were $3.95. They are the same size as MAC eyeshadows.
First of all: this is the first powder foundation I ever use, so I don't have much to compare it with. My skin is oily and acne-prone, but sometimes dried out and flaky from acne treatment products. The coverage: less than the liquid foundations I've used, doesn't cover blemishes, flaky parts etc at all, but is good for evening out skin tone. The colour range: is fantastic of course. The price: a bit much, but not outrageous. The packaging: I prefer to apply it with a brush rather than the sponge, so I don't really need the sponge compartment - it just makes the compact bulkier. Overall: I don't think I'll repurchase this, at least not with my skin in its current condition. I think I'll use it up though.
The shades available now (June 2004) are all very shimmery, so they show more shimmer than colour. They are very soft and silky, but take a base (I use mac studio fix, it's excellent) to stay on well. The price is very good of course, and the packaging is normal - looks cheap, but at least it's not screw-top pots. I used to throw away the little applicators, but now I use them to smudge eyeliner. I depot all my eyeshadows and put them in a magnetised palette - the pans in these are made of an alloy that sticks well, so they don't need added magnets.
Gels/Soaps -LUSH - Middle Earth Turns To Rock Soap
monik 7/7/2004 3:33:00 AM
When I use this soap, I have to restrain myself from washing my hands all the time so I can smell it - it's soo lovely! I'm a vétivert addict and this is the soap I've always dreamed of. I only wish it lingered on my skin longer. Saving for a bottle of Serge Luten's Vetiver Oriental, so hopefully that problem will be solved soon :-D The texture of this soap is weird but nice, the soap is really creamy and the sand gives a good scrub at the same time. It's expensive of course, but it's really unique so it's worth it IMO. I like lush's non-existant packaging, I enjoy picking out a pretty peace of marble-patterned soap, getting it wrapped, and where I live paper can be recycled but not soft plastic, so it's better in that respect. I will definitely repurchase this, I doubt if I will ever use up the other soaps I have at home...
I like to wear green and pink together, so this pale green that flashes pink is the perfect highlighter. It doesn't show as much green as I had hoped, but it's still gorgeous. I'm a PPP (mac C3) with green eyes.
I really like this shade, I'm a fan of almost black colours - more interesting than black. The texture and pigment is very much better than my other mac eyeshadow (which is a lustre), and I'm beginning to get some idea why people like mac eyeshadows so much. So far, I've found that this looks great with silvery greys - blends very well. I still think mac eyeshadows are unreasonably priced, but I would probably repurchase if I lost this one, it's such a unique shade.
I love the colour, but I can really only use it when I have some extra patience - it's so messy! I need to apply at least four layers for it to show any green tint, and by then there is glitter all over my face! I don't generally have this problem even with very shimmery eyeshadows, so I'm really not impressed with the texture of this - will probably not repurchase, or get any other eyeshadows from mac in the 'lustre' texture.
Fragrances -Serge Lutens - Petit Livre des Parfums (samples)
monik 5/27/2004 7:46:00 AM
I know it may be a bit lame to review a free sample, but I thought the info would be useful for those who wonder if it's worth while getting one. Also, this gives me a chance to review the individual perfumes - since they are solid samples I don't want to put my reviews with the ones for the liquid form - it could be misleading. THE PACKAGE A gorgeous little chubby envelope containing a booklet with perfume info (in French, which I have all but completely forgotten) and cards with solid perfume samples protected by plastic. THE SCENTS Will be reviewed as I try them on, starting tomorrow! (28/5) CUIR MAURESQUE: Too sweet and heavy at first. After a while, when it's faded, it blends nicely with my skin. Still not something that suits me, it's way too mature and way too sexy. Somewhere along the way it reminded me a lot of Lush Tramp shower gel - funny. VÉTIVER ORIENTAL: I love this! I love the smell of vétiver, and Guerlain Vétiver doesn't work on me at all, so I've been looking for another vétiver scent. This is fresh, and warm, and spicy, and has just the right touch of sweetness. Time to start saving to be able to buy this eventually... RAHÄT LOUKOUM: Nope. Only a tiny bit more interesting than the cheap cherry vanilla fragrances they sold in all cosmetics stores a few years ago. Not for me. AMBRE SULTAN: Soft, sweet but not too sweet, very nice and easy to wear (although I imagine the liquid form would be more intense). Lovely vanilla, and a spicy touch of resin. This is a great fragrance and definitely something I can imagine purchasing. CHERGUI: Nice, warm, sweet, I would wear it if I owned it, but I don't want to pay for it. MUSCS KUBLAI KHAN: This has a definite poop-note on me. Ew. FUMERIE TURQUE: Interesting. Would have to try it more to find if I like it or not, so I won't purchase. SANTAL DE MYSORE: Mmm... spices and sweetness... Very nice. Something to consider, definitely. ENCENSE ET LAVANDE: Mmm... spicy lavender and Thai incense... this is a very unusual lavender scent. The incense is like Thai incense from the asian grocery store, not the perfumey kind from the hippie boutique. I would like to smell this on the BF, but I could definitely wear it myself to, on my more confident days :-D FLEUR D'ORANGER: A nice, fresh floral. Nothing special, and I'm not a floral kind of girl, so not for me. UN BOIS SEPIA: Blah. This just smells like something dad would wear. And his taste in colognes is not what it might be, I'm afraid. This might be nice on the right person, it's not appalling, just... blah. BOIS ORIENTAL: Lovely. Warm, woodsy, spicy, I really like this one. It may not be on top of my wishlist, but it's another one I would probably wear quite often if I owned it :-D BOIS DE VIOLETTE: Nice, and pretty special. I would really have to sample the liquid first though, this definitely needs more testing before I know whether I really like it, and if it's 'me'. IRIS SILVER MIST: I expected a boring floral, and was pleasantly surprised by this woodsy scent. This one doesn't just remind me a little of Lush Tramp shower gel, but smells very similar in my opinion. Which is a good thing (still in my opinion). ROSE DE NUIT: Starts like a potpourri, continues like soap. This just doesn't work on me at all. TUBEREUSE CRIMINELLE: Boring! I'm just not a fresh floral person, I'm afraid. At least not this one. UN LYS: Another floral, another no, not for me.
The price is good, and I found a perfect French manicure colour - Icing Sugar. It looks very natural on me and is so shiny I almost didn't put a topcoat on (but I chickened out). Unusually easy to get a smooth application too. If I run out of this colour I will probably buy another bottle. The other colours I've seen aren't that fun, but hopefully more will be available later, since this is a new product. I prefer small bottles and low prices to large expensive ones, because I like to have a lot of different polishes. EDIT: It lasts pretty well. I think I've found the perfect French Manicure pink!
Palettes -Face Stockholm - Pro Palette 10-pan compact
monik 5/25/2004 7:13:00 AM
This is a very thin, stylish palette, and lightweight without feeling too flimsy. However, after a while I couldn't resist digging out the foam insert - I've put a large magnet in it and can now use it for all my e/s and blushes and cake liners (hopefully I will soon need another one :-). The price is ok, and I love having a palette instead of pots, but the foam really isn't a good system if you're not faithful to one brand and/or want to move the shadows around a lot (I have a 4-pan for travel). I will probably repurchase, but I wouldn't if I could find another empty palette without the limiting insert - this is the only one available around here.