A light cement grey creme. It is on the warm side (not a cool-toned dove grey). Interesting. Applies opaque and to-bottle after two thick or three thin coats.
Wow. What a pretty duo. I have green eyes with lots of gold in them and this really brings the gold out. I don't use it all by itself, but combine it with NARS blondie (medium warm brown) in the outer v. Lovely warm neutral eye. Also goes well with Bobbi Brown camel - a hard color for me to wear as it is SO pigmented and orangey-yellow-brown - but it really makes this duo pop. Love.
Loose Powders -Bare Escentuals - Tinted Mineral Veil
pricep2399 7/31/2009 6:05:00 PM
Yes this is fab for setting makeup, as is the regular mineral veil. I fall into the light shades of medium tones, so can use both: regular in the winter, and tinted in the summer. But the best use of TMV for me? As an all-over face brightener, for those days I just can't face putting on anything (sick, cleaning house, have worked last two weeks nonstop, other sundry 'ugh' days). Use a powder brush and TMV all over and voila! A healthy glow, and the difference between getting the mail that day or cowering under the covers. 4 lippies overall for crap packaging. C'mon, BE! a sliding cover would be sooo easy!
Ugh. Scrubby beads are large, and few and far between in this crummy scrub. I am using up my tube to exfoliate (kinda) my legs in the shower.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Star Secret Aishwarya Beige
pricep2399 7/8/2009 7:39:00 PM
Love this shimmering pink-ish beige. Not too frosty (eck) not too matte (eck) not too opaque (eck). Nothing particularly stands out but that's why I like this ls, and find myself going to it a lot. One of the rare ls I actually used up and wanted to buy more of. I can't find it in the ds anymore, but saw that drugstore.com had it. So, purchased ... alas, it's not really Aishwarya's Beige anymore, it's Linda Evangelista's beige. But it does look to be pretty close if not the same color, swatched side by side. Makes ya wonder, what happened to Aishwarya and L'Oreal .... the intrigue rolls on .... and so does this lipstick.
This stuff is fantastic. I use it to lighten allover. It lifts just about 1/2 shade if you leave it on 10-15 minutes. Because it only lifts, but doesn't deposit, your hair's dimensional coloring is preserved instead of leaving a flat color that you then have to highlight, etc. When I had highlights, I used it on the root growth to blend. I can see that it would be best on people with, say, a level 6 or lighter haircolor. Anything darker, and no matter what you put on your hair you're looking for trouble trying to lighten outside the hands of a pro.
Wow. What a crappy brush! I've had it for like three years now and EVERY DAY it sheds all over my face. Time to get a new brush, I know, I know, but after shelling out the bux$$$ for this one it is a process to junk it and move on. Laura Mercier seems really hit and miss: some products (secret brightening powder, eye basics, TM) are fantastic, while some - like this crappy brush - are way below DS quality.
Lipstick -Lancome - Color Design - B List [DISCONTINUED]
pricep2399 4/13/2009 4:59:00 PM
Lancome b-list is the perfect nude apricot. Not too nude, not too orange, not too sheer. Just perfect. I would buy again and again, but I can't ... and neither can you ... because it's been discontinued! I hate this. Why do cosmetics companies discontinue perfect makeup and fragrance to chase trends? Profits schmofits. Plus, it seems like the darker colors or the ones that look good on 'minorities' like redheads always get axed. We need an advocacy group! Slinking off to cry now ...
Review of the EDP: one of the most beautiful fragrances ever created. There is a clean soaring note that anchors the middle of this frag - it must be the ylang-ylang - lasting until the dry-down, which is a smouldering amber fire that just goes on and on. It is SO strong (and my chemistry snacks on fragrances) that I've thought of getting the EDT, but the EDP is so nicely-crafted. I gave the packaging only 3 lippies, as this (and all 'classic' Chanel bottles) will leak like Satan on airplane trips.
I am obsessed with this fragrance. A friend wore it and I hated it on her ... but now I love it. My personal theory: once you're around the halfway mark of life, things that smell loamy become weirdly appealing as a way of getting used to death. Not that I think YD smells like 'death' but I do think that's the source of the 'old lady', 'dirt', 'funerals' and so on revulsion regarding this fragrance. I'm especially into the weird rubber note ... it's like a skid mark or a strip from a blown tire, or even like a big fat tire itself just sitting in the middle of this frag. It keeps me coming back to it. Too bad I live in a hot humid place and cannot possibly wear this year around.
DHC deep cleansing oil ... great first-cut makeup remover. I only use it on those day's I've put on a bunch, then follow with Philosophy's Purity. I've found if I try to take eye makeup off with it, the oil sometimes gets in my eyes ... lesson learned. Otherwise it's great.