Crazy expensive but does exactly what it says - makes your hair instantly smooth, silky, and shiny. I have frizz-prone dry colored hair and I blow dry with this (even though it's not technically a heat protectant) and the difference was noticeable from the first time, and even better, has not worn off after a month or so of daily use. It's also great for touchups during the day. Not greasy or heavy at all, it really does absorb right away like good hand lotion, and bonus!: it doesn't break me out. I'll be selling a finger or whatever to buy it again :)
Pretty browned-over pink, no shimmer. I have a hard time finding a pink that doesn't look like clown makeup on me so I'm really happy with this! Feels very moisturizing and nice on. I like that it is not quite lipstick but is more pigmented and creamy than say a balm or a stain. Staying power is decent considering the formulation. Also I think the stylized bamboo case is cute, and the reflective end can work as an application mirror in a pinch. Me: NC40, olive asian skintone.
Eyeliner -Sonia Kashuk - Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner
sashimigirl 8/6/2009 6:33:00 PM
I really like this. I don't like pencils cause of sharpening, plus they never give as defined a line as I want. Liquid liners are messy and a pain. I've tried dark eyeshadow applied with a liner brush, but they don't have much oomph or lasting power. So I went looking at Target for a cream or gel liner in a pot and this was the most attractive option ($8.99, cheaper than the HIP). I got cocoa, which is a very deep brown. It applies very smoothly (I use an angled tip liner brush) with line definition and staying power of liquid but with better control and more error proof. Exactly what I was looking for!
It's surprising how hard it is to find a mid-deep toned brick red w/o shimmer these days...this is the shade I've been looking for!
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
sashimigirl 2/18/2009 2:57:00 PM
Love this brush! I use it to stipple on liquid foundation. It leaves a very natural finish, and was easy to figure out even for a brush and liquid fdtn novice like me. Excellent quality too, I wash almost daily after each use and it's stayed super-soft and shed maybe 2 hairs. Only drawback is that it's so dense it takes a full day to dry out after washing! I'm considering buying a second to trade off with. Also, it would be awesome if there were a larger size.
I have sensitive, oily skin that's under treatment for all-over acne (blackheads, whiteheads, comodones, cystic, you name it and I've had it in the past 3 months.) Skin board rec'd this after I asked whether the pricey probiotic moisturizer the spa rec'd me was worth it. So since I had some greek yogurt in the fridge anyway, I tried it that night...mixed some up w/some lemon juice and slathered it on after my shower, and left it for about 10-15 minutes. I can't tell after one use if it'll have any long-term effects, but after rinsing my skin seemed very calm and soothed and felt like velvet :) I also noticed that some of my flakeys were reduced. I think I'll keep doing this just cause it feels nice, it's inexpensive (I always have yogurt around anyway), and my skin seems to like it.
Amazing price and average results in terms of color, didn't fry my hair (always a plus)...but it did nada for my grays.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Matte Formula
sashimigirl 1/16/2009 1:15:00 AM
I really like this brand of MMU - great range of shades, good product, excellent customer service. I can't even get an exact match at MAC and I found one at EDM (I am somewhere between NC40 and C40, EDM I am Sandy Medium.) Plus they are very responsive to customer requests - they are making new shades all the time based on feedback. Plus the sample kits are an absolute steal - you can order as many as you need to figure out your perfect shade and all you pay is a little more than $3 shipping per kit. The concealers are *the bomb* and covered all my acne scars and red spots no problem. I used the matte formula and I would say coverage was medium, but the concealer did such a great job that I didn't need heavy coverage. The blushes come in great range as well. So it *breaks my heart* that I cannot use EDM foundation because it makes me break out. :( But I understand that is a very individual thing. If it doesn't make you break out this is an excellent line.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze, Forever Fig 510
sashimigirl 1/12/2009 11:31:00 PM
Pretty nice for a drugstore gloss. Packs a decent color punch, not too goopy or sticky, impressive lasting power (for a gloss, nowhere near 8 hrs though...mine lasted till lunch, about 5-6 hrs). Plus it smells delish! I'm NC40 (golden/olive) with highly pigmented lips and this showed on me as a subtle peachy-coral-beige with very low shimmer. I usually hate wearing oranges cause they look obnoxious on me but was able to pull this one off easily :) Perfect for daytime/work and looks very pulled together with some matching liner.
Makeup Brushes -Ulta - Professional Series Retractable Kabuki
sashimigirl 12/12/2008 2:13:00 PM
Love, love love this brush. I've had it for more than 6 months now and it is still as soft and dense as when I first bought it. Stands up to regular washings w/o turning rough, or bleeding weird dyes, or shedding. Retractable packaging makes it very easy to travel with too.
Makeup Brushes -Coastal Scents - 3 Pcs Limited Edition Brush Set
sashimigirl 12/8/2008 5:54:00 PM
Great value if you are looking for a basic set of brushes. This was offered beginning Thanksgiving weekend 2008 and as of 12.8.08 is still available though they say quantities are limited. The set is 3 brushes: a full-size kabuki, a round blush/powder brush, and a concealer brush that could also be used as a fluffy/larger eyeshadow or blending brush. the kabuki and power brush are goat/sable hair and black, the concealer brush is light brown taklon. All three brushes are decent quality, the bristles are very thick and soft, not scratchy at all. They made it through a washing just fine, no excessive shedding or tangling. The kabuki brush is similar quality to the Ulta Pro retractable kabuki brush I bought for ~$30. The powder brush is way nicer than a basic quality one I bought from the drugstore one day cause I was desperate for $10. Concealer brush is about the same quality as a Sonia Kashuk one I bought for about $7...maybe fluffier. Maybe they are not the absolute best brushes you can buy (though they work just fine for me), but at $10 for the set? That's a steal! Coastal Scents shipped pretty quick considering I am on the opposite coast and opted for USPS 1st class shipping. Brushes came packaged with plastic wrapping around the bristles of each brush, the brushes inside an organza drawstring bag, and all in a bubble mailer. I think these are higher end brushes for Coastal Scents, because they included a free gift of a baby kabuki with brown bristles that was obviously of lower quality. **EDIT 12/10/08**: okay, on a second wash I got that weird dye-washing-out issue that others have noted in their CS brush reviews, plus once they dried the natural hair brushes (kabuki and powder) got a little rough. I'll still leave the set at 4 lippies cause they are still decent quality and the price is amazing. But you should know about those issues if they are important to you.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - Medium Plus
sashimigirl 9/17/2008 8:23:00 PM
I don't generally use foundation because I hate the feel and look of liquid foundation on my skin, but got sucked in by the idea of MAC doing a mineral powder foundation. The quality! The color range! The MAC name! lol. It's sold as a setting powder but I think a lot of people use it as a sheer-coverage powder foundation, and that's how I've been using it. It comes in a compact with a see-through lid. The powder itself is "domed" and has subtle glimmer swirled in throughout the product. There's no puff included, which is ok with me because I think you really need to use a brush, but I would have liked a mirror... I've had this a few days and I really like the product -- I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin that usually breaks out in zits or a rash at the drop of a hat if there's one irritating ingredient in the product. So far my skin is liking this, even though it does have a chemical sunscreen in the formula. Interesting since I usually am allergic to those. I use a kabuki brush to buff it on over my moisturizer and concealer in the morning. I have some freckling and usually some light acne scarring and this does a good job of giving sheer coverage and also diffusing light enough to soften the imperfections w/o looking like a mask. I prefer this sort of natural coverage, but you can build coverage. At the store the MA spritzed Fix+ on my face first *then* buffed on the Mineralize -- and this gave medium coverage. Before I used this I only wore concealer and Sheer Select Loose Powder. Using the Mineralize it does seem like my skin is more "protected" from the elements -- less itchy and just less "reactive" overall. It does look a bit chalky to me by itself so I spritz Fix+ after as suggested by the MA and that gives it more of a dewy look. I have oily skin and it doesn't control shine that much, but it doesn't make it worse either. My usual Sheer Select pressed powder seems to work fine for touchups. The tricky part seems to be finding the right shade. I'm a NC35/40 Asian w/golden undertones and was first matched as a Medium Dark, which when first put on seemed like a good match. But because I have oily skin the stuff turned too dark and a little orange after a few hours. So I exchanged for the next lighter shade, Medium Plus and it's much better, especially once it's been on for an hour or so. So, oily gals might want to consider buying a shade lighter. Edit 9/21/08 - spoke too soon! Gah it's too pink. I give up. I'm gonna go back and try StudioFix now. Too bad cause besides the shade issues I really liked Mineralize.
Cheap, lasts forever, does the job, and easy to travel with. Very gentle on my skin. I don't wear foundation so you might need something stronger if you do, I don't see this taking off full makeup. Only drawback is that I have to mail order it since no stores sell DHC where I live! If you moisten the powder and lather it up before you get it anywhere near your face, I don't see why you'd ever inhale it...
Very pretty reddish-brown. I've been wearing nude/shimmer/gloss shades all summer so I wanted something a little more polished for fall, and this fits the bill. It's a cream lipstick but finishes to sort of a semi-matte on me. (If you want a more shiny finish, Polished Up is a very similar shade but has almost a patent gloss to it.) I have tan Asian skin and have trouble finding a nice neutral color that doesn't disappear or turn purple/orange on me. This has enough pigment to make a visual impact w/o looking goth or overdone. I could see it being too dramatic if you have a lighter skintone though. Good staying power, nice quality as all MAC lipsticks.
Another great shade from the Slimshine line. I was surprised at how dark this comes from the tube - I'm an NC35 and this is definitely for more dramatic days or even nighttime with the right liner. Sheer but deep purple-burgundy. Very shiny, almost a gloss! It doesn't wear very long, you will need to reapply every couple of hours even if you don't eat or drink (or whatever...) I *have* blotted it which makes it sort of a more boring, plummy ylbb shade...when I need something more blue-based for the office. But taking Prudeaux's shine and vamp away sort of kills the fun. ALSO. You need to make sure your lips are exfoliated cause this shade will highlight any dry skin/flakes on your lips. Like with the other Slimshines, I love everything but the fact that you have to repurchase so quickly since you need to reapply a lot and it seems like you don't get a lot of product per tube.