I recently bought this in the waterproof formula for the summer. I had heard good things about it. I like my mascaras to be volumizing so this is the tube I picked up. What a disappointment! It lengthened well, but the bristles on the brush were spaced too far apart to pick up my lashes and put the product on it! The formulation left much to be desired and I ended up with spidey eyes! I hate it! And the brush itself juggles, it has this weird clip towards the end in the wand, so I don't have much control when applying. Definitely will not repurchase.
I think this masque may be one of the best deals on the market. Available in drugstores and some health food places, it works wonderfully. It tightens my skin, draws out impurities, and feels very refreshing. Takes a while to dry, so not a masque to use when you want a quick face treatment. i use this maybe once or twice a week and am almost out of my bottle. Will repurchase, especially for the price! It's not as good as something like LUSH's Mask of Magnaminty, but it's pretty darn close.
I bought this because it seemed like everyone's HG blush. I use it almost every day. Did it live up to the hype? Not exactly, but it's a lovely color on my skin. The peach is very complimentary for both summer and winter, and though the shimmer in the pan was a bit alarming to me, it did not transfer to the skin as much, so I don't feel "shiny" when wearing this blush. It's finely milled and does not feel chalky, and it's easy to blend. It goes on fairly sheer but builds very quickly-- beware of that! Start out with a little and then build up to the level of intensity that you want. I would purchase this again if I ran out, it's a good day to day blush, it does not make me look old like some of the more plum shades tend to do. This is also my first NARS blush, and I will be looking into other shades as well. I've used this for almost eight months now, pretty much daily, and have yet to hit pan, so it lasts for a long time. It wears well and does not need to be touched up. The packaging looks expensive out of the box, but the rubbery texture of it attracts powder like nothing else! Now my container looks kind of gross. So make sure to keep yours clean if you buy it!
Powder -Tarte - Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
salvedeigenetrix 8/16/2012 6:03:00 PM
I got a sample size jar of this in my Sephora VIB 500 points little gift. I love it; its' the best finishing powder I've found and I'll purchase the full size version. It's very finally milled, sets make up quite well and gives a nice finish. Plus, I have very oily skin and this kept my make up looking fresh throughout the day. I did not need to touch up. Definitely worth it, IMO.
I can't live without this lip balm. Where the more "commercial" ones fail, this one always gets my lips soft again, no matter how weatherstripped or chapped they are. It was my only salvation when I was on Accutane (nothing else worked) and it helped in the dry, crazy, dusty heat of the Middle East.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
salvedeigenetrix 9/30/2011 10:09:00 PM
I think this is one of the best jojoba oils on the market for the price, and Desert Essence is strict about their sourcing, so I have a lot of faith in it. I use it mainly to oil the ends of my hair, but also as cuticle oil or as a carrier oil for essential oils. It's an excellent product for the price, doesn't go rancid, and a little goes a long way.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
salvedeigenetrix 9/30/2011 10:07:00 PM
Hello, Holy Grail of eye primers! I've used many before, and nothing has held a candle to how long this keeps stuff on my eye. Even after a day of crying, taking a nap, and general life drama, I wake up, look in the mirror, and everything is still in place. This has earned a permanent place in my cosmetics bag.