Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Setting Brush
rhildo 6/4/2013 8:01:00 PM
I bought this because I wanted a small face brush for contouring and this does that job and more. It is marketed as a setting brush, which it does very well - I have dry skin so only really use powder to set my undereye concealer and, if needed, through my T zone - the small size with a tapered head makes this brush amazing for this task as it only puts powder where you want. Oh, and it won't disrupt your concealer because it is so soft and precise. It is fantastic for highlighting and contouring for the same reason, it allows an unparalleled sense of control. Overall a very underrated and fantastic brush!
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Stain Balm - Crush
rhildo 4/15/2013 1:17:00 PM
I adore this colour, it is very buildable, looking nice when applied minimally or when built up to a more opaque colour. It is fairly moisturising, making it very wearable, and I often find myself reaching for it over other lipsticks because it has a good balance betwen hydration and pigment. Plus, the colour lasts longer than the balm, I find it lasts a good 6hrs with some fading. I find that the colour works very well with my skin tone, and due to the translucency of the product, I can imagine that it would work well with many different skin tones, allowing some natural colour of the lip show through.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
rhildo 4/15/2013 1:13:00 PM
I LOVE this product, I have worn it so much, it is a total MLBB (slightly more pink-purple). I am fair but have quite dark lips naturally, and, as I was hoping, this makes me look a bit more 'put together' without looking too obviously like a lipstick. I find that the stain wears well and the balm is moisturising, although I do tend to reapply through the day. The nice part is, though, that I feel able to do this without a mirror, thanks to the design of the packaging and subtle colour. Only real complaints are that the writing has worn off all my JBKBS tubes and the scent is a little odd. Oh, and I don't know why it is called 'honey,' it doesn't have any honey tones in that I can see!
Pressed Powders -Bourjois - Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
rhildo 4/15/2013 1:05:00 PM
While this is on the pricier side for a 'drugstore' powder, it is definitely worth it. I bought this on a whim as part of a boots 3 for 2 deal despite the fact that I have always used Rimmel Stay Matte before, and I was not disappointed! Firstly, the packaging is nice, although not as beautiful as some high end ones, it feels sturdy and has a really nice mirror in. It has a light coverage that is useful for touch ups when a cheeky bit of redness peaks through my foundation and I am enjoying the finish - not too matte, but stops you looking shiny. Plus it is non comediogenic etc, so practically good for you... I personally like the scent, which is quite light and fruity, although I accept that some people may not. Give it a sniff first if you want, but even if you don't like it, it doesn't last.
Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo - Raisins
rhildo 4/15/2013 9:13:00 AM
I bought this on a whim, and probably wouldn't repurchace purely because of the price. However, it does work out as a similar price to 2 mac shadows... Both colours are exceedingly pigmented and really lovely, with just the right amount of very fine shimmer. The deep purple-brown really flatters my green eyes and I always get compliments when I wear it! Plus the packaging is TO DIE FOR!
I really did not like this at all. I thought that it would be lovely and moisturizing for days when my skin felt extra dry, but it just made me feel greasy (very unusual for me!) yet still clung to dry patches and settled into pores like nobody's business! The only thing that I can say for it is that it is very pale, possibly slightly pale for me even in winter, and that is saying something! Also, I like the idea of the packaging with a little box for the sponge, but in reality, it makes it very clunky and the sponge makes it go on even worse than fingers or my usual brush! I can't think of anyone who this would work for, if you like it, I would definitely recommend trying another foundation, you can do so much better for a similar price! Oh, and even though I have not used this much, maybe once a month for the past year in hope it was better than I thought it would be, it has started to dry out and I have managed to hit the pan. Plus it does not last well on your face.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude
rhildo 1/25/2013 12:47:00 PM
I have worn this so so often since I bought this, mainly as a liner on my waterline to help brighten and as a soft inner corner highlight, and sometimes to help crisp up eyeliner and as a base for more glittery shadows all over the lid. In short, I love it! Will definitely repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow
rhildo 1/25/2013 12:44:00 PM
I have this product in 3 different colours (On and on bronze, eternal gold and permanent taupe) and I would own more if some of the nudes that are available in the states were sold across the pond! I have read that some people have had troubles with applying the product. I found that the gold was a little glittery and grainy, so went on better with fingers, as I think the warmth from my hands helped it apply well, but both of the others look nice either with a synthetic brush or fingers. They last well, although I don't tend to have creasing problems, and really help powder eyeshadows stick well. I can't compare to a MAC paintpot as I don't own any, but I don't feel the need with these. I have one Benefit creaseless cream shadow, which I love. It has a slightly smoother texture, but the Colour Tattoos are definitely comparable! The only thing that I would ask for would be a couple of nudes, maybe one more shimmery and one matte.