I was excited to get a stipple brush. But the brush is not dense enough and I don't use it as much except for cream blush. But even then, its totally wasted.
This is one of the worse mascara's I've ever used. Its clumpy, has no volume, no length, just overall ugh. Its not even jet black, its grey-black.
Mascara -Kiss Me - HEROINE MAKE volume and curl mascara (black)
naj123 10/18/2011 2:02:00 AM
Volume and Curl. I'm Asian, however I don't have typical Asian lashes, (sparse, short, and straight) mine are pretty average, they already have a curl and average length and volume. So this review is from the average lash girl. Price: I bought the 2 in 1 package that includes the remover for around RM 50. Its probably the most expensive mascara I own (I don't splurge on mascara) Package: Its in the maroon plain tube, nothing special, it looks boring. Brush: medium-small sized typical mascara brush with a curve Formula: black and slightly on the drier side, it has tiny fibers for length. Completely waterproof, smudgeproof, oil-proof, humidity-proof. This thing will not come off your eyelashes. Will clump if you keep piling it on after its completely dry. Overall: This mascara is pretty amazing. If you don't have a curl in your lashes, this and an eyelash curler should be best friends. It holds a curl, like nobody's business. Other mascara kind of make the lashes heavier although thicker, thus losing the curl and the whole point. This keeps the curl, the whole entire day. It lengthens, my lashes have never been so long without false lashes and the crazy thing is, they look natural, no insane spider legs. Cons: I guess this a pro too, but it takes forever to come off. I can't use anything but the mascara remover it comes with. I'm very low maintenance, I remove most of make up in 45 seconds or less, now I actually have to put on the remover wait 30 seconds and take off the first layer of mascara and then put on another layer and take off another layer and if i'm lucky it ends there. I tried using soap, other eye makeup removers, nothing works, so if you buy the mascara, you must buy the remover too. So I don't use this mascara on a daily basis because of this. I don't know about the whole volumizing part, it will go on properly with additional coats, getting thicker after the second coat. I usually put on 2 to 3 coats depending on the drama I want for the day. Some days, I don't put on any make up, I just have va-va-voom lashes and it looks really pretty. Totally recommended as long as you have an industrial eye makeup remover
I have Milani in Mai Tai first, and I absolutely love it, probably my all time favorite blush. So I thought, since this is the most famous Milani blush I would also like it. Unfortunately, I do not. I have tanned skin, and all this looks like on my skin is gold shimmer. No color. Whatsoever. I have no idea how this shows up on anyone's skin. I'm giving it a 3 because I like the blush, its pretty, I just wish it turned up on my skin.
Product: I got this in Heartbreaker. ELF Studio Cream blushes sell for $6 a pop, which is pretty pricey for ELF standards. Packaging: Its huge bulky square. Its like a bigger version of ELF cream eyeliners, but like 3 or 4 times the size. I like that it comes with a little cap to make sure the blush doesn't dry out. Very useful, but sometimes hard to take off. It looks like a very expensive product, however, it is not one of those throw in your purses type of blushes. Color: Heartbreaker is a warm pinky-coral. No glitter or shimmer whatsoever, perfectly matte. I think its very very pretty, it might fit most skin tones, I'm on the tanner side and I love the color on my cheeks. I tend to like a lot of color, and a little does go a long way through the right application. Texture: The texture is crazy confusing. Its not cream at all, some say its a mousse. I think its sort of spongey, its not sticky or anything. Almost smooth play-doh like Application: So most of the time I apply cream blush with my fingers because its quick and dirty. But with this blush I need a flat top brush for instance ELF stipple brush works great for this blush. I just stick in the brush, poke at the blush and swirl it onto my cheeks and keep doing it til i get the right amount I want. Staying power: Mediocre. I don't have the same impact of color by the end of the day, unless I paired this blush with a powder blush, then its great. Conclusion: Great blush especially if you breakout easily with makeup. This has not broken me out once, which rates high in my book. There's no sticky oilyness I usually associate with cream blushes. It does give you a pretty matte effect and I think its worth the money if you can get a half off coupon with it. I do wish it came in a smaller packaging, so I can take it along with me, but its too bulky even for travel. The blush feels good on my skin, I will definitely buy other colors!
It didn't really quite wow me like the other cream liners elf has. So I was a bit disappointed in that, it has abit of sparkle in it, its creamy and what not. But there's just something off with the color, I think you can only tell that its purple in the light, other than that its a dull blackish/greyish something.
Blush -E.L.F. - All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade
naj123 3/1/2011 3:12:00 AM
I love this color as a blush. It blends into my skin so effortlessly, as if its my natural coloring. I usually don't wear blush this dark, but it works, its quite pigmented considering how cheap it was. I'm not really sure if this breaks me out or not, so my review might change. Edit: 03/2011 It broke me out after not having acne for months. yup. I'm giving this away to a friend.
I love this color, its a dark maroon. At first I was too scared to get it because it was so dark, but I really think its gorgeous. I got it for half off the original price, so I thought it was really cheap for such a pretty color. The consistency is a bit dry. It goes on matte with a slight sheen, not glossy or sparkly. It looks great with a light application and a heavy one, its quite versatile, especially since I'm quite tanned.
I honestly truly like this mascara, I do admit I don't love it, but it gives me incredible length, but it fails in the volumizing department. I like it because it just goes on so smooth, no clumping and it looked quite natural. I would definitely buy this again considering how cheap it is.
I prefer my eyeliner brushes to have a bit of a slant or atleast be tinier. This kept randomly poking my eye...not cool.
My first red lipstick. yeah, I decided to go for extremely bright. Seriously, when I put this on, my lips scream "LOOK AT ME!" Not that its a bad thing, I am a bit scared of it. I have yellowy warm toned skin and I happen to actually like the color, even though its more cool toned. Its definitely red, but it has a hint of orange and berry. I love the smell, the texture is a bit waxy and dry, but it lasts for quite awhile. I put this on and accidentally forgot to wipe it off before I slept and the next morning it was still there. I would probably keep my face very neutral...
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
naj123 5/11/2010 5:26:00 AM
Maybe I got the bad batch, but I'm not too crazy about this eyelash curler. Yes, its cheap but it gives my lashes the 90 degree L shape, it just looks unnatural. To give it a more natural curl, it requires more work, I have to slowly work my lashes from my lash line to the tip to get an even curl. I like the handle even though I can't seem to curl my left eye as well as my right, unless I use my left hand...then again it could just be me. My eyes are small Asian eyes and this has the tendency to pinch them and its a bit irritating, so not a huge fan of that. I'll probably use this until I find a better alternative. Edit: 03/2011 I actually don't mind it anymore. It works pretty well now, maybe it was a bit stiff in the beginning?
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Intensive Concealer in Medium
naj123 5/6/2010 5:57:00 AM
My skin: oily-combo, acne, acne scars. Skin tone: warm medium with Asian yellow undertones. I wear everyday minerals colors in Light, Light neutral, Light medium, and Golden medium. Rimmel- Soft Beige, MAC 30-35. Package: I got this as a sample with 3 other concealers. Intensive medium suits me the most, in terms of color and coverage. I think the sample size is quite a substantial amount especially if it's just for covering small spots, it comes in a 5gm plastic jar if you're just getting the sample. Texture and color: I would describe the color as a light beige with yellowy neutral undertones. I do think it is a tad on the light side, so if you're quite tanned, I recommend going with the tan concealer because this might look like chalk on your skin. I think the color is perfect for me since I tend to go for concealers a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. The texture is quite thick powder, making it very good for concealing scars and red marks. But its still silky smooth to touch, but I would not recommend layering it heavily on, it will get cakey. Application: I apply using a stiff lip brush, but I guess you can apply using a concealer brush or even your finger. I apply it before I apply my foundation, I don't even blend it in completely because my buffer brush takes care of that when I put on my foundation. I start with spotting it on my blemishes and layer more if needed, then I blend it out a bit. Coverage: I love this as a spot concealer, it works great for my acne scars and blemishes, it even pretty descent for current zits. No more redness or unsightly spots. But I hate this for undereye, every time I try to use this as an under eye concealer, it cakes and settles into my lines and that's a pretty scary thought considering I don't have noticeably fine lines. I stick to cream/liquid concealers when it comes to my eyes, maybe my under eyes are just too dry. Staying power: I think the staying power is average, it does stay better when I apply it wet and with primer. On my super oily days, this does slip and slide especially if I applied too much. It looks like an awful mess because it cakes and clumps together. But I still really like it as a spot concealer because I know I won't break out from this. Overall: I really like this concealer, I admit its not perfect, but I definitely do not break out from this and I like that it blends in perfectly into my skin leaving me flawless. Most days I just put on some of this stuff and some mineral veil and I'm done. I would definitely recommend this.
Makeup Brushes -Coastal Scents - Mini Italian Badger Brush Set
naj123 4/11/2010 5:24:00 AM
This is among my first purchases towards becoming a makeup brush hoarder. Its very soft and I like the short handles. The face brush, has the fullness of a kabuki is nice but if you have tried other brushes like ELF then you'll notice the difference, its a bit scratchy. And it sheds like crazy, I can't stand it, which is why I stopped using it. I do carry the blush brush around in my purse since its a nice small size for my tiny purses. The angled liner brush scratches my eye, so I use that only on my brows. The eyeshadow brush is alright, and the other eye brush I use for smoking out my shadows, but I did have to crimp it because that shed like a mo'fo. The spoolie is a spoolie, nothing spectacular. Since i don't really use lip brushes, I actually use the lip brush for spotting on mineral concealer, it does a pretty good job at it to surprisingly. Its a good brush kit for beginner, but once you turn to better products, you'll start to see the quality difference.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
naj123 4/8/2010 4:41:00 AM
I'm a bit on the fence with this product. See it creates a soft focus, you know how when you take pictures and the blurry pictures kind of makes your face smooth and flawless by "blurring" your flaws, yeah this is what the HD powder does. Its white, like snow white white, but once I put it on, its completely translucent, but I have to make sure I apply well and don't miss any spots, having random powdery white substance on my face doesn't seem like the great idea. The packaging is quite nice and it a lot of product as far as I can tell. It comes with a sifter, but I recommend poking holes instead of taking the sticker straight off the sifter, a lot of product does come out. It also has a makeup puff, its soft and white, but I don't use it because I'm afraid it'll pick up my foundation and it'll ruin the pretty white'ness of the puff. I like this product because when I put it on, it feels so smooth, like my face literally feels like silk. Here's my issue with it, I have combination skin, that means I'm tortured by being super dry and super oily at the same time, this powder is the ultimate mattifier...as in all your oily bits are sucked up. No more gleaming forehead and nose, this would be perfect since I do get a slick like forehead, but on the areas where I'm dry, this makes me shed, flakes of dry skin start peeling off. Not a pretty sight at all, think face dandruff. So when I'm using this product, I have to make sure that my face is clean and super moisturized or I only put it on certain parts of my face. I prefer the mineral booster to this, even though this stuff is great and I do use it as a base for my mineral makeup. Update 03/2011: I barely ever use this, it makes my skin too dry and itchy, I have to super moisturize before using this.