Eyes -Unlisted Brand - Careprost~Generic Brand Latisse
oyster480 4/24/2012 12:18:00 AM
I have been using this product for almost 4 months now, nightly. Around 2 1/2 months I noticed my lashes were getting longer, noticeably, but nothing mindblowing. At this point tho, I am noticing a lot of lash loss. Before my lashes were relatively short, however now I have weird gaps on both eyes. I noticed another reviewer mentioning this. I also have uneven growth, and the snuffleluffgus effect, some sparse looking, longer lashes on one eye. I know everyone's lashes are different, however these gaps are alarming me. I never had them prior to using careprost, and like I said, i'm noticing a lot of lash loss particularly when I wash my face, even though I am gentle around my lashes. I don't wear makeup daily, and when I do, I use Almay non waterproof mascara... I am unsure why I am having these side effects with careprost. I will be discontinuing use. I also noticed a lot of darkening around my eyes and concealer is now a must. Before I thought the lash growth was worth it, but now with these sparse weak looking gappy lashes, forget it.
Based on reviews, I bought Hue without trying it on in the store. I wish I had, Hue to me looks slightly peachy pink. On my lips, it is too light and I look washed out ( I am NC20). Another thing I dislike is that this formula sinks into every line and if you have any dryness on your lips, it will cling to it. I recommend trying it on in store before purchasing.
I had high hopes for this pencil. I was sick of fiddling with brushes and jars for gel liner. I wanted a pencil to give a softer definition to the eye, liquid seemed too harsh for everyday use, and shadow just did not stay on me. I tried this with primer underneath in hopes of increasing its longevity. The one plus is the color, hematite, its a dark grey that compliments my brown eyes well, it has a soft metallic sheen but not overly metallic. However, this pencil is very creamy and it smudges if I even touch it with my pinky finger. I hoped it would set and stay, but as with most pencils, it starts to smear and any tears or touch of any kind smears it. For it's price, it's not worth it. Still on the hunt for a waterproof eyeliner. :(
Brows -Shu Uemura - H9 Hard Brow Pencil - Seal Brown
oyster480 1/23/2012 5:42:00 PM
After reading stellar reviews I ordered this pencil off the Shu website. It took about 2 weeks to reach me, and I was excited to try it out, I was sick of dealing with pots and brushes for eyebrow gel and wanted a quick way to shade in my eyebrows. I have decently full eyebrows, but wanted to fill in sparse areas and define them more. The pencil is a bit longer than your average eyebrow pencil, mine was not sharpened the distinct way that some other reviewers here have mentioned, it came from the Shu manufacturer sharpened like a regular pencil. I read that it works when mixed with the oils in your eyebrow, so I tried to start filling in mine. I literally had to scrape and scrape for about 5 mins to get any product onto my eyebrows, I had eyebrow hairs I had scraped out falling onto my cheeks, this pencil just would not transfer. After having used it several times, it does get easier to work with, but intitially I was going to give up. The color is a cooler brown, I am asian with dark brown hair, but this pencil does not give me precise lines or the ability to feather in strokes. Altogether unless your brows are the exact shade of brown, you will look like you have powdered in your brows. so if you are going for precise or super natural looking brows, this pencil is probably not it. I guess I don't mind the color, as it is decent, however, it is nothing special, not for the price. At least for me, this is not the type of effect I was hoping for.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Meteorites Pearly White 04 Pastel White
oyster480 1/9/2010 4:22:00 AM
This highlighter reminds me of when you pick up a glittered greeting card and you're left with that glitter dust on your fingers. The balls are a mixture of white, pink, beige, and green, and when I inspected my cheek after dusting this on, I could see specks of each color, tiny green/pink/white specks. I put on a heavier dusting and didn't see much of a difference. I did not get a white or pink sheen which is typical of most highlighters, just tiny glittery looking specks. I don't see it diffusing or capturing much light to impart much to my cheekbones, I just see it reflecting like glitter. I am constantly drawn to highlighters and hoped that at such a steep price, Guerlain would deliver. Unfortunately, it's more of a sparkle item on me, it doesn't leave the nice, glowly, pearly sheen that I was hoping for. I am currently leaning more towards the fair end of the skintone spectrum, and on me, the Pearly White does show up a bit if I concentrate my application with more of the white/pink balls, but like I said, it's more fine glitter than the sheen or shimmer that I was hoping for. Surprisingly, I like Revlon's Brighten better than this, and so far, Dior's highlighter seems to be my regular standby.