I received Orgasm in a swap. I LOVE NARS blushes and own several but surprising i didn't have Orgasm mostly because i have Deep Throat and never felt the need to buy it. And after receiving it in a swap, i still think i wouldn't buy it. My first blush and once HG blush was Urban Decay's Afterglow blush in Score(now discontinued) which i think is a good dupe for Orgasm. But that doesn't mean I don't like Orgasm. It gives me a nice healthy glow and i think it's a great every day blush. it's very hard to overdo this blush. but i don't think it's for everybody. And by that i mean, if you don't like shimmer STAY AWAY from this blush(and obviously, stay away from Super Orgasm). Orgasm is also pretty sheer. I think it's sheerer than Deep Throat. I'm a NC25 and one application of Deep Throat gives me enough color for the day whereas I need to apply Orgasm twice. And i feel like Orgasm fades faster during the day compared to Deep Throat. Although Orgasm is darker than Deep Throat in the pan, I think Deep Throat is more pigmented with less shimmer. Deep Throat also has smoother texture and a little bit lighter(and by little i mean only a tad bit). Overall, I think Orgasm is definitely dupeable and there are better alternatives. Honestly, I would buy Urban Decay's blush in Score again instead of buying Orgasm.
i love this foundation! it's almost HG status for me. i was using palladio wet/dry in cypress beige before this and my major gripe with it was the color selection. it was an ok match for me but it was too dark for me in fall and winter and a shade lighter was too light. i'm a nc20-25 for reference and i bought the too faced amazing face in warm vanilla. this looked like a perfect match when i was at sephora then when i applied it the next day and nearly freaked out that i had bought a shade too light. it turned out i was being paranoid over nothing. for me this looks a little lighter when first applied but within 5 minutes after it settles in, it's a perfect match(i experience this with a few other powder foundations too). and it didn't oxidize or make me break out! :) also, i have combo/oily skin and this did a pretty good job keeping my oilies at bay. the spf is a plus. usually powder foundation with spf tend to feel heavy and chalky on me but this is totally soft and light on my skin. the coverage on this is adjustable but i would say it caps at medium coverage. if you need full coverage i would recommend using a concealer first. i'm just so glad i found this because i've had such a hard time finding a powder foundation that actually matched my skin. most powder foundations tend to be a tad too dark or light or were just too chalky. some people might think it's a little pricey for too faced but i used to use smashbox high definition liquid + function5 powder foundation. so compared to that, the price of too faced isn't bad at all. i think it's totally worth the price. the color selection is limited though, there's only 5 shades. but if you can find a shade that matches you, you should totally give it a try. i would definitely repurchase this.
this is one of my favorite blushes. it's a bright peachy coral that gives a really healthy glow. i'm a NC25 for reference. and it looks great on me all year round. i love that it goes on sheer and is buildable. it looks very scary in the pan but it's gorgeous on! and you get a good amount of product for the price. it's 9g of powder(which is the size of an average pressed powder/twice the size of most blushes). i bought this a year ago when it was $24 for it at sephora, but now it's $26(just a $2 increase but still a good price).i hate the bulky tin it comes in, so i depotted put it in my Stila sheer powder compact since it's so much slimmer and it has a mirror! overall, i absolutely love this and would highly recommend it. i would repurchase it, but i doubt i'll ever run out of it.
this is my HG shimmery peach blush for summer. I absolutely love it! I use MAC blush in Peaches for most of the year, and was looking for a good blush for summer when i'm a tad darker. i'm a NC20-25 most of the year and i'm a NC30(at my darkest) in summer. this blush gives me a nice glow and the shimmer isn't too over the top. it makes me look radiant! i think this gives the same amount of shimmer a bronzer would. this color could easily be used all year round too. my friend actually uses this all year round which is why i decided to give it a try. compared to Peaches, it's a little bit darker and obviously has shimmer. i definitely recommend giving this a try. and i would buy this again, but MAC is so generous with how much product you get i might not need to buy another one anytime soon.
i love this brush! but if you like full/dense/fluffy blush brushes, this isn't for you. i love that it's a little more flat with the domed tip. it applies blush perfectly! i find that with the fluffier brushes, i end up picking up more product than i would like. at least with this brush, you can build up the color. i also think that the shape allows for better control too. i would even dare to say it's my HG blush brush. and i love that it's soo soft and cruelty free. and at $3 from Target, it's a steal! i might even pick up a second one, because like others have said it's a very good multi-purpose brush.
i just picked this up today. i have this in the limited edition white Liberty of London compact that's supposed to officially launch in 2 days. i'm a NC25 and this probably doesn't show up on medium or darker gals. i really love this beauty powder. i'm not a fan of most of the MSFs, they're too heavily shimmery to me. This is perfect! it gives a nice radiant glow without being too shimmery. i feel like this has a more natural looking sheen to it than the MSFs do. i use this on top of my sheertone blushes and it gives a little shimmer to them without altering their color. it also helps that it comes in the cute white limited edition compact. i'm a total sucker for white. and when it's done i can pop it out and put my blot powder in it. i used to use a lot of Smashbox softlights. i had several different ones. And compared to those, i like this much better. i found that with Smashbox SoftLights, depending on the shade, the texture could get a little powdery or cakey. This doesn't get powdery or cakey at all. it goes on really smooth, even when my skin is a little dry. i totally recommend this if you're fair–light/medium. if you're darker, i say skip it cuz it'll just be a waste of money for you. i would definitely repurchase this but i doubt i'll need too. it takes me a while to go through beauty powders.
this is one of my favorite foundations! not quite HG though only because i've tried many Avon and/or mark foundations in the past and i always have a hard time finding the right color because i'm always in between their colors. it's always too orange or too light. i hate the limited color range of their foundations but for once, this one was a pretty good match! I got this in Creamy Natural. I'm a Mac NC25 for reference and i have combo skin with oily t-zone and acne prone. This did not make me more oily or break me out, so i'm happy :). and i tend to not like foundations that have too much silica and this one has silica a little further down the list. so it doesn't feel too slippery/jelly-like some of foundations that have too much silica do(i'm talking to you Revlon mineral mousse, that was just gross and pore clogging). it gives a nice natural finish. so my skin looks radiant but not too shiny or shimmery. it's a nice break from matte foundation. it's a great foundation for travel too. it blends really easily and very easy to work with. you could easily just use your fingers, but i like using my Sonia Kashuk synthetic flat top blush brush with it to give that airbrushed finished. overall, love this but not HG only cuz it's so hard to find a good color match with Avon. i got lucky with this one. just give it a try. luckily with my other Avon foundations, Avon is really good about returns. And their customer service is really nice about sending you different shades in hopes one will match.
i'm on the fence as to whether i like this more or less than Colorstay. I used Colorstay for combo/oily skin in Sand Beige. I use PhotoReady in Nude, i ordered it online and seeing it in stores. i probably could use Shell, but Nude isn't too dark for me. Nude is pretty close, i'm a NC25 for reference.i think it's a little bit easier to blend only because Colorstay for combo/oily skin dries fast so you gotta work fast to blend it out. to me, photoready looks darker in the bottle. the shimmer in it doesn't bother me at all. i don't think it's too shimmery but i can see how some ladies who are used to more matte foundations may think this is a glitterfest. i actually don't notice the shimmer except under direct light. i just set it with my mac blot powder to tone down the shimmer. compared to colorstay though, this is more of a medium coverage whereas with colorstay i got medium to full coverage. i would not recommend this foundation for photos. it'll totally wash you out because of the spf20. the powders that are part of the collection are bleh and have too much shimmer in them but that's a different review. i almost forgot, the awesome pump! it makes it so easy to control how much comes out. a full pump is more than enough for me to cover my whole face. i've tried to figure out how to open it to dump my colorstay in it when i'm done. i'm not complaining about the price because i got it BOGO. i'm pretty on the fence about this one. i might repurchase it but i still have another bottle to go through when i'm done with this one. i haven't broken out from it yet and i've been using it for 2 weeks? maybe 3. i like that it feels a little bit lighter on my skin than Colorstay but at the same time it's not as long lasting. overall, i like this foundation for the most part but i wouldn't go out and say it's better than colorstay by any means.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
petitepoire 1/26/2010 7:53:00 PM
This is the best freaking brush for cream blushes. i got tired of applying cream blushes with my fingers and i hate how foundation brushes apply blush. This brush is PERFECT. it's a densely packed flat top brush and it's made of synthetic fibers which is perfect for liquids and creams. it applies cream blushes perfectly giving a beautiful flush without any streaking or striping. i would recommend this to anyone who wants a good brush on a budget. it's $15 at Target which is a little high for Target prices but it's more than half the price of a MAC brush. i think it's totally worth the price because it's really well made. i'm thinking about buying a second one to use with foundation.
i absolutely love this! i love the texture it's not sticky/greasy/gross like Stila's convertible color. i never used the mac's blushcreme blushes but i heard they're close to Stila's CC. but these cremeblend blushes aren't like that at all. it's pretty close to how NARS cream blushes are where it goes from cream to a soft almost powder finish. but i would say these are more dewy than NARS cream blushes. i have combination skin and can be acne-prone. and these don't feel greasy on at all. don't get scared by the color in the pan, it goes on pretty sheer but buildable. the color reminds me of Benefit PosieTint but much easier to work with. this cream blush blends really easily. i'm not quite sure if this would work for darker gals. i'm a NC25 for reference. it's great for me during winter since i tend to get dry cheeks. so this cream blush keeps my cheeks moisturized. i looked at the ingredients and it contains a lot of fruit and plant-based oils. oh and i love the way it looks on my lips too! i recommend putting on some lip balm first. i would definitely buy this again. i hope MAC makes them permanent and comes out with more colors in this formula. EDIT 1/28/10- I recently bought the Sonia Kashuk flat top blush brush from Target because i found myself buying more cream blushes lately. It's freaking perfect with this blush!!! it'll give you that flawless flush that applying with your fingers or a foundation brush would never give you. It makes applying cream blushes so much easier.
Lotions/ Creams -Yes To Carrots - C is Smooth Body Moisturizing Lotion
petitepoire 12/25/2009 5:34:00 AM
i love this stuff! fast absorbing and non-greasy! and i love the pump packaging! it leaves my skin very soft. the only reason i'm not giving it 5 lippies is because i think it's a little expensive. i don't think you get enough product for the price. i have normal skin but since the weather's been colder, my skin's been drier and i've been using a lot of this. if you're really dry, i don't recommend this. I know i should use a heavier lotion for winter but i really hate that greasy feeling. you could probably go through a bottle in 2 weeks to a month easily. and unlike some other lotions, i feel like i have to use more of this to cover my body. i really like this lotion but i might not repurchase because of the price.
i bought this a few years ago. and i just never got around to writing a review for it. this is my favorite peach eyeshadow. it has the perfect amount of shimmer and sheen. extremely flattering and helps brighten up the complexion. i use this in my regular day look together with Sellout. i love the quality of Urban Decay shadows. the texture is so smooth and extremely blendable. i like the cute token-shaped pot it comes in. it's a great durable plastic that's also recyclable. i recently depotted it and put it in my MAC palette. i hit the pan a year ago and i'm almost ready to buy a replacement. i will definitely be buying more every time i run out.
Mascara -Rimmel - Volume Flash The Max in Extreme Black 003
petitepoire 11/7/2009 1:35:00 AM
another miss for me. GlamEyes is still the only Rimmel mascara that works for me, but CoverGirl Lash Blast is still my HG drugstore mascara. this mascara didn't give me any volume but it did give me length which was not the reason why i bought it. true, it is the biggest brush Rimmel has ever come out with but i think the combination of both the sparse bristles on the brush and the wet light formula makes it not so effective. i like that it didn't clump, but i got a little smudging though. not the most terrible mascara ever but not the best either. never buying this again. EDIT 11/12/09- Right out of the package, it doesn't do much for my lashes But i found that after a few days, once the brush has collected more product on it from being pumped in and out, it works pretty good. it's given me pretty much the same results as CG Lash blast which i like. it almost looks like i'm wearing falsies. so i'm bumping it up to 4 lippies. i would consider maybe buying this again.
i love this powder! it's my HG blotting powder. and i think $21 for 12g of powder is so worth it. it's cheaper than most high end powders and i like this one much more. it's really light on the skin like Urban Decay's De-Slick but much softer in texture and no weird smell. I like that it doesn't add any color to the skin. I got this in light which works fine for me, but i do wish i went with medium instead. with light, i do get a little bit of a white cast if i over apply. it does a really good job at controlling my oily t-zone. and i like MAC packaging, it's simple and durable. i actually depotted this and stuck it in my Hello Kitty beauty powder compact. would definitely recommend this and i would definitely repurchase this! EDIT 1/1/10: Dropped it down from 5 to 4 lippies only because it's shatters very easily especially if you carry it around in your purse. it started off with a tiny crack in the pan and over time it got worse. now only half of it is still pressed and the rest is in pieces. and i NEVER dropped it. but i still really love this product. so until i find something better or if Maybelline changes the packaging for Dream Matte Powder. I'll still repurchase.
Pressed Powders -Urban Decay - De-Slick Mattifying Powder
petitepoire 10/28/2009 11:39:00 PM
great lightweight powder. it really helped control my oily t-zone. and it didn't make me breakout. the sponge it comes with is useless. i use a retractable kabuki with it. the compact is cute but a little clunky and heavy. i like it. my biggest complaint is a smell. it's kinda a powdery smell. like a mix between baby powder and crayons. and i think the price is high. it's about $30. i mean that's pretty average for high end brands but for the quality of the product i don't think it's worth the $30. i love Urban Decay and i think this is a good powder but this isn't my favorite. i rather stick to MAC Blot Powder. it's cheaper and doesn't have a smell.