I like this alright. The color match for my pale skin is very good. But, the coverage is more sheer than I thought it would be, and you really need to do a few layers to blur out dark imperfections. I like to use this on pimples or acne scars because once you get the level of coverage you want, it stays put pretty well. The downside to this little goodie is that it doesn't look so hot as an under eye concealer. When I use it under my eyes, it cakes up and settles into fine lines. Ick. My YSL Touche Eclat is still the king of the mountain for that area. However, I like this and will probably get it again when I run out of it since it doesn't appear to break out my sensitive skin.
Eyeliner -Cover Girl - Perfect Point Plus Eyeliners
plumblush 4/28/2013 10:02:00 PM
I have been buying the brown color, expresso, for millions of years. If I could only have three things in my makeup kit, it would be this eyeliner, my By Terry foundation, and my Korres lip balm in Pomegranate. It's not that this is the best eyeliner in the world. It's not. If you want one that will really stay on forever, you need to buy the MAC fluidline liners. But this little baby multi-tasks like nobody's business and that's why it's handy. I can use it to line my eyes, fill in my brows and line my lips too. When I go out without makeup on, I carry this in my bag just in case I change my mind and want to gussy up a bit. For the price, this is so worth it. You can buy them in multipacks!
Bath Treatments -LUSH - Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
plumblush 4/28/2013 9:38:00 PM
So, here's the things about this product--it works. Yes, ladies you just slap this stuff on in the shower, wait a minute or two, rinse it off, and then feel like you have put lotion all over your whole body. It's actually a rather remarkable little product. I have very dry skin, but loathe the greasy feeling of lotion all over my body. That, and I'm often too lazy or late to slather myself up after a shower. So, this stuff is really a godsend for me because I can just do it all at one time. The negatives of this product are the price and the smell. The price is OMG expensive for such a teensy bit of product. I can only afford to use it every other day or I'll be buying a $32 container of Ro's every week. Oh well. I have just resigned myself to that and continued to buy it anyway. So, then there's the smell. I know everyone else is rhapsodizing about the scent of roses. And, it does smell nice in the pot. But when it heats up in the shower and you get about halfway through the container it starts to smell like old beer. Sorry, guys. I know it's blasphemy to say that about such a crowd pleaser, but I'm slathering it on and holding my breath. After you rinse it off and put on whatever perfumes or sprays you're wearing it's still potent, but bearable. I wish they would make the same product with a different scent. However, it is so wonderful that the stinky smell has not prevented me from making it into my 3rd pot already.
Everyone should buy this. Yes, seriously. Everyone. This is the most beautiful foundation I have ever worn. In fact, it is the foundation that I dreamed existed somewhere out in the universe, but until I found this one, never did. I have ruddy, super-pale, sensitive and dry skin. I also have very large pores on my cheeks. Because of this combo, I can never find foundation that doesn't cake up on me, look too matte, or just sit on top of my skin like, well, makeup. The closest things I have ever found to this kind of finish are BB creams or tinted moisturizers. But, those can be greasy or emphasize the imperfections they aim to blur. This stuff is magical. It has a lot of slip between your fingers, kind of like the Armani Maestro foundation. But, it spreads beautifully and leaves you with this GLOW. You can see my real skin through this, but an evened-out, dewy version of my skin. This stuff is really expensive, but I will buy it until they stop making it. This, plus a little Touche Elcat and Nars Orgasm Blush, and I look like I just woke up, no matter what time of day it is. Recommend!
Has NARS discontinued this? They may have. But, I like this product a lot, so I thought I would leave a review just in case. These lip lacquers feel gross when you first put them on your lips. They are thick and goopy, and it comes in a little pot, so you have the choice of gumming up your fingers or using a lip brush. In addition to that, they smell vile. If you have used Turkish Delight, just imagine the peculiar plasticky smell that gloss exudes. But, honestly, the look of this stuff makes the other peculiarities of its odor and texture unimportant. When you look at it in the jar, it is a disco ball sort of lavender. But, if you have pigmented lips like I do, then you know that products with a bit of a gray tinge are just the ticket for toning down your lip color to a nice pearly pink. This lacquer does just that. The most similar lip product to this I can think of is another of my favorite glosses, Harlow, also by NARS. I like to layer this over Oh Lilac, a Maybelline lip balm.
Holy cow are these good for the price! I'm a bit of a lipstick snob. Though I seem to have tons of everything, the ones I reach for the most are my pricier NARS and Chanel lipsticks because of the texture. These Maybelline Color Whisper things have broken into that rotation. Because this product feels so light on your lips, you'll think you have to layer on quite a bit to get any sort of color. Nope! My favorite of the bunch, Oh Lilac, manages to dull down my pigmented lips with just a few swipes. I like to wear it with Nars Harlow or Chastity to oomph it up some. I did take a lippie off because as some other reviewers mentioned, a few of the darker redder and plummier colors turn fuchsia on your lips.
Ok, I admit it. I bought into the hype with this lipstick and had to follow the rest of the lemmings off the Kardashian cliff. This lipstick has almost a cult-like following because Kim K uses it and looks like a million bucks. Though to be fair, good genes and great plastic surgery probably helped more with that then this little lipstick. This lipstick is, as others have described it, a baby pink. It is pretty cool-toned and leans towards mauvey. It also has chunks of glitter in it. Whenever MAC puts shimmer in lipsticks, they really go for the gusto and this is no exception. When the color has worn off (which doesn't take long) I am left with hunks of glitter on my lips. I know to expect that, because despite their expertise in making better colors than anyone else, the good people at MAC can't seem to get this glitter thing downgraded to shimmer. (If you're looking for a lipstick that can do that, go to the Chanel counter. Theirs are otherwordly.) I have very pigmented lips and the color payoff on me isn't fantastic unless I use concealer first. But, that's mostly because my lips are so dark, and not the fault of the lipstick. What it does do, is leave me with a very nice MLBB kind of look. If I want nude, I need something with a bit more coverage, like Myth. I like to use Piree gloss by Nars with it.
This was a surprising purchase for me. I didn't even know this brand existed, but picked up a tube at a drugstore somewhere in Fort Lauderdale on vacation. The texture of it is extraordinary for the price point. I don't particularly love MAC lipsticks because I think they're sort of dry despite the lovely pigmentation. Instead, I reach for NARS or Chanel because they manage to have both slip/moisture and staying power. This lipstick has it all. I would have no idea this was a DS lipstick if I didn't know better. The color is pretty good too. It's a lovely, pinky coral. It does pull a bit hot pink on me, and sort of changes colors after it's warmed up a bit on my lips. The only other line I have ever tried that changes colors on my lips like that is Tarte. But it's not too bothersome. All in all, I would try another lipstick from this line because I think you get an awful lot of value for your money.
You need this in your life. Seriously, it's that good. These potted eyeshadows are compared to the MAC paint pots often, and they are similar. Though, to be fair, they have a bit more slip and don't last quite as long as the paint pots in my opinion. To solve that problem, I actually layer this color over my MAC paint pot in Painterly. Viola--the perfect, long-lasting shade to make my blue eyes pop. I wear this combination to work nearly every single day. If I'm feeling really ambitious and have the time, I put on a little of MAC's excellent gel liner, Dip Down, on as well. I have almost all of these, and wear one or the other of them every day. But, without fail, when I wear Bad to the Bronze, someone tells me how lovely my eyes look that day. This is too cheap and wonderful to skip.
This lipstick is the exact same color as my lips. So, I like to put on a bit of carmex and wear this to the gym or out to the grocery store to even out the color of my lips some. It has very small glitters in it that will hang around even after the color has worn off. It's no unpleasant looking, but neither is it particularly attractive. If you have dry lips at all, you will need to wear a balm underneath or a gloss on top. Also, the color wears off much more quickly than any other MAC lipstick that I own. So, all in all it's a nice lipstick, but not one that I would buy again given the fact that it dries out my lips and disappears within half an hour.
Turkish Delight does look nice on your lips. I'll give it that. It's a milky pinkish color that helps some of my paler lipsticks look less concealer-like. But, the smell--whew! Geez Louise, the smell and taste are absolutely awful. Until I read other reviews stating the same thing, I thought I had a rancid tube of gloss. It's surprising, because my favorite gloss in the world, Gold Digger, is also a Nars Gloss. I have no idea why this one is so funky. The chemically smell and taste make it not worth it.
I like the Lip Shimmers. They're light and impart a nice, natural color. This is a very cool brown shade that has, as another reviewer noted, mauve undertones. It looks lovely against my pale skin and makes my eyes pop. It's a good buy for the price.
Highlighters -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat No 1
plumblush 1/24/2013 6:51:00 PM
This product is one of those must-have things in my life. I don't have terrible under -eye circles, but I do have some discoloration This erases the shadows and gives me a luminous, glowy finish. I use a tinted moisturizer rather than foundation because I am a fan of that dewy, glossy kind of look. This facilitates that wherever I put it...under my eyes, on my lids, in my cupid's bow. I've tried the drugstore brands that claim to do the same thing. Some of them can duplicate the look of this product by 98 percent. But, they can't duplicate the light, easily-spreadable, non-creasing finish. This doesn't settle into the fine lines around my eyes, but rather glides on and blends like a dream. I love it. Must have.
This was a surprise find for me. My skin is so sensitive that I usually don't use cheap face products. But, this one is so worth the $7 I paid for it and more. It comes in a tiny little jar, sort of like a gel eyeliner. You do need a brush to apply it, but that's no trouble considering the coverage it gives. I dab it on with the brush over my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer, and blend it out a bit with my finger if I need to do so. It stays put and does not break me out. It does pull pink, so if you have strong yellow undertones to your skin, this might not be a good match for you. But, with my rosacea and overall redness, it does a good job. Usually, I use Amazing Cosmetic's concealer in the little tube. That one is pretty great. But this one is far better for about a third (or less of the price). I am absolutely buying again!
Tinted Moisturizer -Stila - Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
plumblush 1/21/2013 9:04:00 PM
I love this product. It also breaks me out something awful. So, since it's so pretty on, I wear it for special occasions when it's worth it to me to battle the resulting zits on my chin. It feels heavy after you apply it, but gives the skin a unique, dewy glow. I wear it on its own or under foundation. This product prompts people to tell me what beautiful skin I have. I agree with them--it DOES make my skin look great. Sigh. It's a shame I have such a love/hate relationship with it.