I have this in Moon Beam and compared to Benefit's High Beam, it seems a little runnier and slightly less pigmented. That having been said, size and price wise it really beats High Beam, and I actually like the fact that it is less pigmented when I apply it to the bridge of my nose and my cheek bones, as it delivers a gentle glow there, looks very natural. My only complaint is that because of it being so runny and the brush being so long/flimsy, a lot of product can come off so you have to be careful. And I prefer High Beam for the brow bone so it shows up a bit more.
I've only used this mascara once but I wasn't too happy with the results.. I find it doesn't separate as well as other mascaras, although it really does create the 'fluttery lash' effect. Funnily enough that's not what I go for in a mascara :p I really had to apply a bunch of coats to get it to show up (I do not like the natural look, if you do then this mascara is most likely perfect for you). I'll use it a few more times to see if I can get different/better results with it, and otherwise my mom can have it, lol.
This is the first BB cream I have tried, and I am pleasantly surprised! I tried both 2 and 1. For now in the winter, 1 is perfect for lighter skin, it isn't as shiny as I had expected and almost feels like a mousse, very fluffy and light, yet it is great at 'blurring' blemishes and redness. It doesn't necessarily work as a foundation, I would say it is between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. The 2 was a little too dark for me right now, and it streaked (which the 1 didn't), but I'm planning on trying it out in the summer again. But prize-quality wise, Collistar products can't be beaten!! Their moisturizers are just heavenly.
This is an unbelievably good cover stick. I got it due to reviews here, so thanks MUAers! I got it in 04 (true nude) which is perfect for my light-medium skintone, and has a pink undertone which is great for dark circles (I find pink works better than yellow for my circles). It is incredibly smooth and has great coverage, and is matte like the name says. For 1,99 Euros it really can't be beaten, the quality is just insane for the price you pay. EDIT: Every time I use this underneath my eyes, it covers my dark circles very well, but it also makes my under-eye look just plain gross close-up. It looks dry and as if there are very thin, short rolled-up flakes all over my under eye area, if I apply too much. It creases a lot under the eyes (as well as on the lids if you want to even out veins), even when using a tiny amount. I also don't really like using it for blemishes as it is just a tad too pink, but I think the 03 would work perfect, as it really does cover blemishes pretty well (especially if you 'tap' it into the skin with a finger (unhygienic, I know)).
Bronzers -Too Faced - The Bronzed & the Beautiful Bronzing Powder
morphinization 3/4/2013 1:19:00 PM
I have the full-sized sun bunny but wanted to try the other ones, and this little kit was perfect! The brush that comes with it isn't too big but incredibly soft, so I just use it with snow leopard and snow bunny over my cheekbones and nose to give me that healthy, glow-y look year round. Sun bunny is a great bronzer but I don't like to use it all over my face due to the shimmer, so I just lightly dust it over targeted areas for a nice bronzed look.
Eye Shadow -Catrice - Made to Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow
morphinization 3/4/2013 12:37:00 PM
Everything about these things is amazing: the consistency, the color range, the colors themselves, the longevity! I have three of these colors and if you apply them lightly, they are great for everyday looks to just give your lids some color. The only problem is that my lids don't deal well with cream eyeshadows so I personally have to use a primer underneath or they'll crease, but I'm not going to take a lippie off for that seeing as even NYX's pencils crease on me. The shades I have are: 050 - Metall of Honor: a bronze color with gold and green tints; shimmery 070 - Mauvie Star: a purple-grey/taupe color; very sparkly - great for a night out 080 - Copper & Gabbana: not a true copper color, more of a dark gold with just a tinge of orange; shimmery
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
morphinization 3/4/2013 12:20:00 PM
This is the ONLY mascara I can use all by itself and achieve the results I'm looking for. It lengthens, separates, gives volume and is amazingly black! The way I use it is to first do two coats along the front, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and then I run the wand along the back of my lashes so the tips are coated. My tips are so light and thin that you can barely see them and this technique makes my lashes so lush and thick, in love! I get similar results when using other combinations, for example: L'oreal Telescopic + Clinique High Impact Curling CoverGirl Clump Crusher + Sephora Atomic Volume Rimmel Extra Super Lash + Maybelline Star Stylist (discontinued, but I kept the brush and use it in other tubes) They say using multiple mascara's works better than just using one but that rule definitely doesn't apply to Jordana's Best Lash Extreme Volumizing, I even picked up all the remaining ones at walgreens so I wouldn't run out any time soon (and I am not the type to have stashes, I'm always on the look-out for something 'better')!
It seems most silicone-based primers get hate due to the fact that they have silicones. I, for one, love silicone primers. I love how they just glide over the skin and mattify oily/combo skin, and manage to make make-up last longer (combined with a translucent powder). This product does what it's supposed to do and it doesn't break me out. I also found the consistency to be a little thicker and less-runny compared to MUFE's, which I didn't like at all. I also love the fact that this primer is paraben-free. Just goes to show that primers are really all about personal preferences! To anybody considering buying a primer I would just say to ask for testers of various primers and see how they feel on your skin and choose whichever one you think feels best!
I often like pink/cool-toned highlighters as they tend to show up better on my skin, but this highlighter is so silky, smooth, buttery and pigmented that it shows up plenty well enough on its own, and I love it even more for its gorgeous golden-white sheen. I also prefer powder highlighters over liquid/gel/cream as they tend to blend out a little better and look a little more natural. I also love that theBalm in general uses better ingredients (it seems that most of their products are paraben-free) compared to other non-drugstore brands.
I really am a fan of the sun-kissed look and tend to tan very darkly everywhere except my face in the summer, so I love to use bronzers to darken up my face and neck to match the rest of my body. That having been said, I use plenty of bronzers to achieve that (Estee Lauder bronze goddess, Orlane bronzer, Nars, Laguna, Collistar silk effect bronzer, Too Faced sun bunny, etc etc) and Hoola is not one of them. Hoola is hands-down the best bronzer for contouring. The product is easily picked up by brushes, deposits enough color, and it is a true brown, not too light and not too dark; and completely matte. Definitely my HG contouring bronzer, even though I wish they would change the packaging. The cardboard box is just a little too cheap/flimsy/boxy (yes, I prefer circular bronzing cases, lol) for my taste, even though I love Benefit's play on words and advertisements.
Bronzers -Unlisted Brand - Collister - Silk Effect Bronzing Powder
morphinization 3/4/2013 8:26:00 AM
I have two of these, one in Hawaii Mat and one in Maldives Mat. The latter is completely matte, whilst the former has tiny, barely-noticable glitter in the pan and when swiped. They both come with large mirrors and the packaging is very attractive, although the plastic push-button can feel flimsy. When compared to Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, the Collistar bronzers are much darker, although the powder is very finely milled and has great color deposit. Hawaii Mat is a few tints lighter than Maldives Mat and has more of a golden tint, while the latter is more of a true brown. For a better idea, the pictures on Collistar's website can give you an idea. The bronzers are both 10 grams (0.35 OZ) so not incredibly big, but big enough. They also have a lightly perfumed scent. My skin isn't overly sensitive, but is normal-combination, and these did not make me break out or give me a rash. I love these bronzers for in the summer as they are quite dark, and they are great to contour with as well. I prefer to use them around the edges of my face and along my nose to give me a sun-kissed/bronze glow in the summer.
Bronzers -Orlane - Bronzing Pressed Powder in Soleil Cuivre 02
morphinization 3/4/2013 8:14:00 AM
As stated before, this is a HUGE bronzer. It is actually meant for face and body, but I just use it on my face and neck with a huge bronzer brush to give an all-over sun-kissed glow. It really is a wonderful bronzer, not too dark and not too light, and I would say it isn't a true brown but more golden (not orange or yellow on my light-medium skin at all). It looks like there are tiny sparkles in the pan but it is matte when applied to skin. I think it is a perfect winter bronzer for lighter skin, although it might not be dark enough in the summer if you tan a lot.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
morphinization 3/4/2013 8:09:00 AM
This is a wonderful mascara. It really doesn't clump and it gives very natural lashes (which I coincidentally don't really like, but I use a very clumpy sephora mascara (atomic volume I believe it's called) over it and just curl it behind my lashes, and I get the thickest, longest and most defined lashes as compared to when I use any other mascara). I do love using this on its own for my bottom lashes, I first use one coat, let it dry and then when they're a little stiff I apply it again. I have very long bottom lashes but don't like it when a mascara fully coats them, this one thankfully doesn't, and manages to gently curl my bottom lashes beautifully. When I use this mascara on its own on the top lashes it manages to deposit a lot of product at the base of the lashes and less at the top, giving a defined lash line and a natural fullness, which many people tend to prefer.
Concealers -Yves Saint Laurent - Anti-Cernes Multi Action Concealer #1
morphinization 3/4/2013 8:03:00 AM
I think this is my new HG concealer. I don't really have bags but I have very thin skin around my eyes, and you can literally see blue veins. This is the only concealer that comes even close to almost fully concealing my veins, it is incredibly creamy and my under-eye area looks brightened and hydrated after applying this. I got it in medium and it is a perfect match for light-medium skintones when a little tanned. I only recently got it so I'm not sure how long it will last, you don't get a huge amount of product for the price (which is a shame), but I'm so happy with the coverage that it is worth it for me.
I just think this color is so chique! Looks great with a little black dress. I love how the catrice nailpolish is packaged and the brush is great, not too big, not too small. The color leans towards taupe-grey, if you want one more purplish-gray (but also a beautiful color) I'd go for Grey's Kelly (fun names!). I prefer to use a top-goat so it lasts longer and looks glossier, no problems with chipping with only one coat, which is saying something as I"m always picking at my lips and hangnails (such a bad habit, trying to stop!).