Grain is just Orb with frost. It's very pretty but the sheen makes it less versatile than Orb.
Era is a really great blender color or as a nice, natural lid color or all over wash. For a natural look, I wash with Orb, do lid with Era, and then go back and line with Mulch. Really good look for Spring and very natural.
Great alternative to browns for lining and crease. Slight sheen. A rosy, almost bronze-y neutral. I use it as a liner and crease color in the Spring when I want something other than brown or taupe.
Orb is a really great base "wash" for other eyeshadows. It's not glaring white and not boring beige either. Pale, rosy cream. Hard to describe, actually. If you like Orb but want more frost, try Grain. It's the same color but with more sheen.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Vitamin C Serum
playsindirt 11/6/2012 8:07:00 PM
I stumbled upon this accidentally when I was looking for Vitamin C serum reviews. Dr. Oz had on a couple of dermatologists on one day a few weeks back and both doctors stated that every woman should be using a C Serum for the anti-aging and antioxidant properties. But man are they expensive! I am so glad I found this - it is truly miraculous. I cannot get over the change in only a week. I got all my ingredients at my local health food store. I mix mine as follows - 1T distilled water, 1t L-ascorbic acid crystals, 1t glycerin and shake. It lasts about a week in an amber dropper bottle. Couldn't be easier OR CHEAPER. Initially, I was using it in the morning since that's what the doctors on Dr. Oz recommended but it's a little sticky and I didn't like what it did to my foundation so I switched to a nightime application. My forehead lines and crows feet are softening and my pores are getting visibly smaller. It's almost shocking. Really genius. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other recipes found on this thread.
BB Cream -MAC - Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
playsindirt 10/1/2012 3:25:00 PM
This stuff is amazing. This is my second BB product, having tried Smashbox' entry into this market. MAC's is, hands down, a superior product. The finish is much better (no sparkles) and it works much better as a primer as well. The tube is bigger. It's just all around a better product for the money. The instructions on the box say to apply after moisturizer. This left my combo skin too dewy. After washing, toning, and applying eye cream, I dotted this on my face and blended with a barely damp sponge. Sometimes I top with loose powder, sometimes I don't. Either way - natural, even, perfect finish. Totally going to be my fall/winter ritual.
I have mixed feelings about this product. It is an all-in-one which tries to do many things - mattify, moisturizer, prime, etc. When I first tried it I applied it like a moisturizer and the results were really bad. On the second try, I applied it like a foundation with a sponge and it looked great. It seems a little drying which is odd because the finish is dewy, almost pearl-y. Coverage is pretty minimal but my skin glows when I apply this correctly. Wear is average as is the priming capabilities. It's a fairly decent effort from Smashbox. The REAL downside is the price. Pretty pricey for such a small tube.
Wish I would have discovered this 30 years ago! This stuff is amazing for oily skin. It is essentially powder suspended in toner. After washing and priming my skin I sponge this on with the sponge that I swiped (never used) from my Studio Fix compact. It literally takes 30 seconds. When the alcohol dries you're left with a flawless, somewhat sheer veil of powder and you just look like you have perfect skin. It shrinks pores and keeps my skin matte all day. If I go out in the evening I just reapply and get a fresh made-up look immediately. It really is perfect. I have been a devoted powder foundation user for years but powder foundations just don't cut it in the summer - they're too thick, obvious, and melt right off even with primer. This is amazing stuff and I might use it year round when the weather cools - we'll see.. Expensive, but worth it. FYI - I prime with MAC Prep+Prime SPF 50. I've tried just straight moisturizer and/or sunblock and it doesn't work as well. The neutral shade that I use is pretty much universally flattering on everyone, or so I'm told.
I am confused by the HG status this has with the pros. Is there a secret handshake I don't know? This doesn't hold my fine hair unless I use half the can and it actually makes my hair look dirty. Boo hiss. Bad product.
Beautiful package but I only like this after it's been on for hours. Much better after the dry down. It is a very heady flora and I think it's kind of old-ladyish, which is counterintuitive to their target market and my personal fragrance preference. It is simply too flowery for me, as are all of Jacobs' fragrances.
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
playsindirt 6/15/2012 5:42:00 PM
Wanted to love it. Saw it in Lucky Magazine in a piece about great summer fragrances. I'm a green fragrance girl - grassy, herby, citrus. I thought this would be right in my sweet spot so I drove almost immediately to Sephora to check it out. Two words - acid rain. It is sooooooooo minty that the more approachable notes are almost lost. It also has virtually no lasting power which is so important for a summer fragrance. Yes, it's unique - but not in a good way. The bottle is gorgeous.
I'm over 50 so frosted shadows, in general, are a no-no. I put a very light "wash" of this (meaning I blow on the brush before I apply) over almost all my shadows and it just gives a nice glow as opposed to looking like "60s frost". The container size is big for the price. I think mine is several years old and I'm nowhere near the pan. Also good in the corners at night. I'm sensitive to a lot of frosted shadows and I've had no irritation with Kitten. Great product. I can see why it's always winning awards.
Moisturizers -Cerave - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM
playsindirt 6/12/2012 3:56:00 PM
Really great, cheap night treatment/moisturizer for oily skin girls who need moisture without the grease. Love that I can pick it up at Walgreen's and the fact that it's only $13. I like it much better than the AM formula, which for me is too greasy. My skin looks much better in the morning when I wake up now.
I wouldn't call it Holy Grail - what is? - but this stuff is a great summer powder foundation for oily skin when applied properly. The key to powder foundations, and Studio Fix is no exception, is using the correct brush. This stuff has pretty thick coverage, so if you use a brush that grabs too much product you're going to be in trouble. You will look like you spackled your face. Priming also helps, as does making sure you're skin is exfoliated so there are no flakes. I really think the negative reviews on this product are because people just don't use the right brush to apply it. Get yourself a Ecotools retractable. It's the best, doesn't shed, and dirt cheap.
Well, I wanted to like it. I'm still in search of the perfect powder foundation. I got this at Ulta because I had gone in search of MUFE powder foundation and then realized Ulta didn't carry the line. This stuff looks great, very natural, easy application, yada yada yada. BUT, every time I wear it I break-out. And I'm 54. Not cool.