Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
myluckypenny 3/21/2012 9:50:00 PM
I've finally been able to get my grubby little paws on one of these in Pomegranate Punk, and I have to say I am impressed for a drugstore product to be able to produce something similar to Benefit's Creaseless cream shadows, however the staying power isn't exactly up to par, and in NO WAY 24 hour wear. The texture is spot-on for the Benefit cream shadows, but you do need to do thin layers to build up color. I use this color on my lids for a wash of color, some Handwritten from MAC in the crease, a bit of Texture e/s to blend between the highlight and crease and some Ricepaper e/s on the brow bone. It's one of my fav. work looks to wear to the office, and looks great w/ my NC30 skin. =) Although this is a lovely color, I'm not a fan of the staying power, as it does fade throughout the day, and I get a good 4-6 hours of wear with it. My eyes are not that oily, but I do see this product lasting me forever, so I will not need to repurchase. I usually find bigger and better things to try by the time I have to run out anyways, and I still prefer my Benefit and MUFE cream shadows over this any day. =D
Ok, I hated the original NAKED, but now that I have this... my feelings are quite mixed... I do like this better because it has more mattes. However, the mattes do leave a little more to be desired. The original NAKED eyeshadow consistencies were much more buttery than those of the new one. The matte black is a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT. It is just as bad as MAC's Carbon... [Sugarpill's Bulletproof is the best black I've tried thus far!] I am used to smoother textures, but they do the job. The blending brush it comes with is not so bad, the shader brush on the other hand is garbage. I'm not a fan of the eyeshadow shade Chopper, since it has larger glitter-bits in it. The colors are quite similar than the original, so I recommend one or the other. Both is NOT necessary at all... but I much prefer the cooler tones for my NC30 skin. LOVE the packaging for this one. I hated the velvet flocking on the original - I would always have to clean off my hands after applying cream foundations or liquid products before picking this up, and it collected dust like no other! The Naked gloss it came with was a happy surprise. I def. like it - a MLBB gloss for sure. Barely sticky, but I've experienced higher quality glosses that aren't sticky at all with the same amount of shine from MUFE. Still, this was definitely not as sticky as drugstore counterparts or juicy tubes. Worth having if you are a beginner in need of a neutral collection. Nice for on the go. I'm more used to dramatic looks, but I have to learn to tone it down for daily/career wear... so I am reluctant to like this as much as I should, but I do admit it is worth having if you don't have a large collection or are in need of a gift to give to someone just starting. I'm just used to building my own palettes, so the idea of preset palettes have yet to completely "WOW" me just yet.
This came with my NAKED 2, and suprisingly, I love it! It is a tad sticky, but minimal VS drugstore glosses. [I find MUFE Labshines and Glossyfuls to be great non-sticky glosses that are my hg] The shade definitely lives up to the neutral MLBB gloss. I have large, pigmented lips and sometimes, they dry out and lose their color when I am dehydrated or don't maintain them well with balms. Most of the time, it's just the weather abusing them... I apply this gloss on, and dry skin disappears without having to use a lip scrub, and my natural lip color is restored to a healthy, supple and plump looking lip. The formula stays in place [even after an hour long session of Turbo Kick at the gym] and doesn't migrate in intense situations... [heat/sweat/movement] Not a big fan of UD products, but the gloss I love, the palette... is still up for debate.
Let's keep this short and sweet, shall we? =D Peaches is a matte peach blush that gives my Asian/Olive NC30 skintone the PERFECT GLOW. That's right, I said, "GLOW"... and yes, it is a matte blush. On medium skin, it works magic. There's something about it that unleashes hidden beauty that your skin had the potential for, just didn't know about until this blush was applied! It's the perfect J-Lo glow without any juvenille shimmer that can accentuate skin imperfections and is a MUST-HAVE in every kit that works on these skin tones. Perfect packaging to me is the refill pans for their palettes. Price is okay, moderate in my opinion. I would repurchase even though MAC products have a tendency to be a hit or miss with my skin, but Peaches is worth it for special occassions where I want to look my best without trying too hard!
You want BLACK? Use Sugarpill's Bulletproof eyeshadow. That stuff puts this black to SHAME! This, however is ok. I prefer MAC's typographic for a smooth blend for smokey looks, but bulletproof is the way to go for the real deal!
Want to be caught wearing the same dress to the club as 3-5 other girls are? Love having your clothes fall apart in the washing machine? Want to build a collection of extra buttons you'll never affix to your clothing as replacements because the clothes are so cheap, it's not worth repairing? Like having static in your clothes, due to materials chosen to construct it and not because of lack of fabric softener in your laundry? Do you like to pull at loose threads in your clothes when you're bored? Feel like getting lost in a massive store that has since expanded 3x's since its inception, and now aiming to be the IKEA of clothing? Forever 21 is for you. Don't get me wrong, they did have cuter clothes a few years ago... But the shapes they cut for dresses are vagina-bearing short now, and barely anything is really "classy" looking anymore. Great for cheap basics for playing with a trend not worth investing loads of money on... But I much prefer www.lulus.com or www.asos.com Sorry F21... I'm kinda over you. You were the perfect stepping stone in learning what I like VS don't like though... ...and as the reviewer mentioned below, I also dislike religious passages being printed on the bags... In-N-Out did this too, and even if I am Catholic, I dislike dogmatism. People should be able to shop freely without this little detail being forced upon our merchandise.
I got this since my MUFE HD has no SPF in it, and I really needed to start incorporating it into my daily makeup routine... Along w/ the reviewer before me, I too received the #23 for free when I purchased the #27... [I am NC30 for reference.] Definitely the #27 is not ashy at all... but a tad pale for my skin... I've used BB creams before, and I have to say Missha's has to be the best in coverage I've tried thus far. For now, w/ my summer tan, I mix 1/2 of #27 and half of my MUFE #123 and it's PERFECT. Aside from those positives, the only cons I can think of are: - You have to wait for it to melt into your skin to match - It's slightly tacky after application, must be set with powder - Lasts about a good 4 hours on its own before getting oily - It's a PAIN to wash off.
Blush -Tarte - Tarte Glow your way to gorgeous QVC collection
myluckypenny 7/23/2011 4:59:00 PM
I'm going to keep this short and sweet since I've blogged about this already and I ended up yammering on-and-on about how wonderful this set was... 1.) BEST set of Summer 2011 for value/quality/quantity 2.) Concealer in Med. for my NC30 skin barely makes the cut. Do yourself a favor and bump yourself up one shade, unless you are looking for the highlighted under the eyes like Kim Kardashian look. [which is still aesthetically pleasing] - I figured myself a light and ordered the medium, but for days I want to go natural, I'm definitely going to have to check out tan in the future. Does not fill in fine lines, very hydrating [may have to set with powder for oily skinned ppl] and blends like a dream. 3.) Cream shadow in Shimmering Taupe = Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows. PASSED out/drunk - morning after, had to work in that same face but w/ powder to reset it. My makeup looked the same for 48 hours. 4.) Fig shadow liner pencil: great color. Who doesn't like plums? 5.) Brushes: way better than my MAC holiday sets! I love them. 6.) Peaceful Amazonian Clay Blush: gorgeous color, not at all sparkly with glitter, but shimmery. Great for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate. 7.) Sharpener: thanks, for putting one in, since I don't have one big enough for that eye pencil... 8.) Lipsurgence pencil lipstick gloss... it's weird to say it all, but it's like putting NARS' Orgasm on your lips. Gorgeous color, hydrating and plumping. 9.) Park Avenue Princess bronzer: deluxe sample, but lordie this thing is huge! Love the color, not too orange, not too muddy, just perfect. 10.) Maracuja Oil: Absorbs well, smells like play-dough to me, but nice sized deluxe sample... cute packaging. 11.) Makeup bag: I love it. has a compartment for everything and then some! It's very high quality, not flimsy at all. It's in my bag daily. 12.) Above average mascara! Great for on-the-go. Sorry, that still turned out long, but geebus - get it already! All those products for UNDER $60, and you're STILL SITTING AROUND on your butt?! Crazy-talk! =D
Bronzers -Smashbox - Fusion Soft Lights - Smashing Dusk
myluckypenny 7/7/2011 4:07:00 AM
I absolutely HATE anything w/ shimmer and much prefer matte finishes on my face EXCEPT for highlight colors or eyeshadows. This stuff makes me eat my words... and I actually have no problem with doing so. Used on my NC30 skin, it gives a golden glow to my face. Yes, you can EASILY overdo this. Use a synthetic brush and a light hand if you can. Great as a highlight color... but after reading these reviews, I'm definitely going to try this as an eyeshadow now! Thanks, ladies! This stuff gives you that glow you see in magazine adverts during the summer. No lie. I have the GWP size from the Sephora Summer Favorites set for $39, which was a STEAL, since I received so many deluxe sized products w/ two full-sized products. The GWP of this is HUGE, and I honestly don't see myself using this up in the near future any time soon. I'm not used to screw cap blushes, but I don't really like it so far. Personal preference - I just like my makeup to be easily accessible and I don't carry my makeup with me, so it's not too big of an issue either way.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface
myluckypenny 6/2/2011 12:25:00 AM
The epic quest for a blush that does not break me out has ended. I've found MAC/NARS blushes tend to break me out, but I really wanted something similar to pink swoon, so I decided to try this. It doesn't last all day, but it does hold up quite well to my 8 hour work days... I hate the packaging, but love that it's depottable. I wish the magnet was stuck onto the pan itself instead of the compact though. Does not break me out = love from me. It is a tad chalky, but I sure do love this! With the right brush, the chalkiness is not a problem. My weapon of choice is the MAC 138.
It's cute, but the novelty wears off quick. I now hate the packaging because it looks like pretend/play make-up for kids, but I adore this blush! On my NC30 skin, it is not so much shimmery as it is "luminous". I use one of my synthetic Sigma f-series brushes to apply, so I can never overdo the application. My cheeks look glowy and flushed. The best part of it all? I have EXTREMELY sensitive cheeks. MAC and NARS blushes break me out. The only ones that could work for me were BE and MUFE HD blushes... until now. Surprisingly, with its scent and having oil content in it, my cheek area does not break out, and it does not irritate my skin! I like the smell - it faintly reminds me of YSL's La Parisienne perfume. No, it does not make me "happier" on first application, but it does make me happy that it is non-reactive w/ my sensitive skin, even with the fragrance... and that the fragrance is pleasant and smells of roses. I definitely would repurchase since I got them BOGO50% off, AND I was able to use the $4 off sticker on one of them... I was able to save enough money to purchase this, the blush in Natural AND the bronzer. Sadly, I haven't touched the other two because I've been so in love with this one. In due time, I'll crack those bad boys open during the summer to play with, but I definitely have no problem displaying these great work horses next to my higher-end stuff because they work - and they work WELL. No regrets buying into the hype. Physician's Formula: chuck the useless brush and make it more affordable already to please your fans. Another great product from Physician's Formula to try is their shimmer stack gel liners! Such a great value for 4 different colors, they have great staying power, and can double as a cream shadow base! Good job, PF! Keep it up, and I might just be a fan for life!
Lip Treatments -Christian Dior - Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
myluckypenny 4/13/2011 3:50:00 AM
I don't fully understand this product... I already have bright pinkish/red lips naturally, so I don't see any color change at all. The formula is quite drying on me, so I usually opt for my Badger brand lip balm in Poetic Pomegranate instead... [it has seabuckthorn in it!] The packaging is extremely adorable. I do enjoy using it, but it reminds me of an old drugstore product I used to use in highschool... I can't remember off the top of my head, but it came in pastel plastic packaging that was pink like this color, and had a silver flip top switch on the side...? I'll use it to use it up, so it doesn't go to waste, but seriously - overhyped, and does absolutely NOTHING for me. =(
Moisturizers -Vaseline - Deep Moisture Creamy Formula
myluckypenny 4/13/2011 3:45:00 AM
I haven't tried this on my face like many reviewers have previously stated, but on your hands, this stuff does the job! I work with my hands all day, and I'm constantly washing my hands to make sure I don't have ink/graphite/dust/oils on my hands that can transfer to any drawings I'm working on. My hands have dried out dramatically in the past few years I've begun drawing like this for school, and I hated using moisturizers that would just sit atop my skin and never absorb. I would have to wait for it to dry before I could do anything, for fear of leaving big grease stains on my papers... Enter this stuff: thick and creamy, just like it says on the bottle... dries fast, and is not greasy. I'm not used to using scentless products, but I usually use this after hand sanitzer as well, and I get my fragrance from that instead. PROS: Under $5, easily accessible, definitely moisturizes. CONS: Doesn't last 18 hours... but an 8 hour day is good enough for me, and that's what it does. [Let's be real, here... shall we, marketing team?]
Ok, so this being my first experience w/ UD shadows, I'm going to have to share why I had an aversion to it in the first place: I hate glitter/frost/sparkle on the eyes. UD just had a bad reputation for being notoriously glittery/frosty/sparkly. That said, I "like" the Naked palette, but it isn't something I absolutely had to have... It is very convenient to get ready and only have to pull out one palette, but I like variety. The lack of matte shadows do disappoint me, but I have enough to supplement the need from my collection. This product is a MUST-HAVE if you are a beginner... I agree with that most-definitely. It even comes with a brush for those that are beginners, but with my collection and experience with different brands, I think it was a waste of $. It does not blend well, nor does it do a good job of picking up product. Not the WORST brush ever - because it does so a sufficient job with the shadows, but not my favorite. Packaging: you already know I'm no fan of the brush. I like the extra UDPP add-on, great for travel. The palette itself: very cute, but the flocking/velvet outside is impractical. I have foundation/concealer/bases/cream products on my fingers from makeup application, and picking up the palette is a pain because I always have to remember to wipe off my hands. It looks adorable though, so I forgive it... but that doesn't mean I still don't grumble about it when I use it. Colors + lasting power = not bad. Definitely above average, but not something that blows me away. Even with UDDP, I notice it fades at the end of my 8 hour days. I don't experience that with my MAC or MUFE shadows... a little surprising since UDPP is their product, you'd think it'd work 10x's better with their own eyeshadows... Either way, great for on-the-go and beginners, not so much for people that expect above and beyond... which means not bad for daily work/school looks - not so much for night's out on the town, photoshoots, special occasions... etc. I would repurchase as gifts to others, but I think I would rather personalize my e/s collection with finishes I can pick and choose from instead of a set palette. They're nice eyeshadows, but I need more variety being someone that's quite picky with their products.
This is such a gorgeous color... reminds me of a black pearl, but with litlte bits of microglitter in it. I really can't take my eyes off my hands when I have this on - the change in color is amazing, and I'm just so enamored with it, I walk into walls staring at my fingers going from point A to B. I seriously have a bruise on my left wrist [I swing my free hand when I walk] from walking into the side of a door while staring at my right hand. Sure, I'm bruised purple and green on my wrist... but the purple and green on my fingertips are even better! =P