Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
nikkitries 8/26/2010 2:21:00 AM
yuck. save your money. this is so chalky and basically unblendable. i don't know what i was thinking picking this up. i was at target and figured why not. now i know better! unfortunately this is a case of 'ya get what you pay for'
the color is okay, definitely comparable to all that glitters. but it really doesn't last. i'm used to higher quality shadows so that might be it, but i find this fades away to nothingness within 5 to 6 hours even with a primer. i guess you get what you pay for though. i'm more and more disappointed with the nyx brand with everything i try from them. i'd rather save and buy one good thing than 10 small cheaper things
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure in Choco-Latte
nikkitries 7/23/2010 12:41:00 AM
i really like this as an "almost-nude". its a little dark to be a true nude but works well for that same effect, though it is a bit more cool toned. love the sally hansen brushes, they are perfect for my small nails. doesn't apply streaky at all. very beautiful, easy application
i love essie brushes as i have really teeny tiny nails. they work well and i avoid opi because their brushes are harder for me to deal with. the tradeoff for essie is that tho their brushes are awesome, the application can be very streaky at times. i find van d'go to be a beautiful color that compliments my warm toned fair skin very well. however, it does take a good 2-3 coats to get an even application.
i got this about two months ago and it has quickly become my favorite blush. i went in hoping to decide between gina and gilda but the ma told me right off that my pale warm toned skin would look better in gilda. (which is weird because i thought for sure those were the reasons i'd want gina!) she tried both on me and she was definitely right. gina made me look even paler and made me look yellow (maybe MORE yellow as i'm kinda yellow-tinged), but Gilda brightened up my complexion and made my hazel eyes pop! This is a beautiful peachy, corally blush that has a matte finish. i like pairing it with albatross highlighter (sometimes mac by candlelight) to add my own shimmer as i prefer shimmer to matte blushes. definitely recommend to fair to medium tones with warm undertones!
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad - Pink Petals
nikkitries 7/23/2010 12:23:00 AM
i hate these cream shadows and really wish i hadn't bought them. i get that they're cheap, but they really don't do a good job. they are really hard to work with because they're so hard and take so much work to blend out. they don't crease if you apply them lightly enough, but they don't really look that great on, even as a base. they don't compare at all to my higher end paintpots and benefit creaseless cream shadows. if you're looking for some bases and require them to be cheap, check out the nyx jumbo pencils. they work so much better.
I hate this color. In the bottle its a pretty coral-y, peach, but on your nails its just...orange. and if you put on a top coat, it turns neon orange....yuck.
LOVE IT! i am seriously thinking about picking up a backup on ebay...
Went in looking for instant chic, but it was sold out. Melba looked extremely similar to the display instant chic though so I thought I'd try it on. SO glad I did. This is the prettiest soft peach blush I own, and trust me I own manyy. I really can't beleive I didn't ahve this before! Definitely at least try this on! Especially warm toned, fair skinned girls :)
<3. makes my face look great. haha. pretty peachy, but also a little gold. doesn't really make me look tanner though but that's not what i wanted it to do either
Lipstick -BeneFit Cosmetics - full-finish lipstick lady's choice
nikkitries 3/28/2010 1:04:00 AM
LOVE. best wearable nude i've been able to find. beautiful with a smokey eye
amazing but not as a bronzer, as a highlighter. leaves a pretty pretty shimmer that's subtle and not too over the top. it can get there though so use a light hand! don't like that it can sometimes look too powdery.
Eyeliner -Bare Escentuals - Fashionista Liner Shadow
nikkitries 2/3/2010 1:07:00 AM
very very messy, but does a good job for a soft brown look. my favorite brown liner, but i also don't have many others :)
good staple matte brown for the crease. works well for me. its a bit on the expensive side though and its not too unique a color
Love <3. Works very well for applying shadow into the crease, but I like to take my 224 after and blend out. took off a lippie because it does shed. very little, but still