Eye Shadow -Hard Candy - Kaleyedescope Baked Duo in Rush Hour
sassynurse05 2/20/2011 11:12:00 PM
I love the colors of this baked duo but if I do not wear a primer under this eyeshadow it creases and disappears after about 5 to 6 hours. I rarely--if ever--have shadow crease on me. The colors are easily buildable. They are certainly not as intense in the package upon first applying them, but easily become those shades with a foam sponge applicator or with a bit of packing. They work great wet for liner. This eyeshadow is shimmery, "foils" when wet and has small glitter that can sometimes fall out. The peachy/coral side of the duo is light enough to use as a highlight on my brow bone even with my very fair skin tone. As one other reviewer stated, it's even usable as a blush. The brown has a reddish undertone and is gorgeous with brown/hazel eyes. One of the main reasons why I say I would not by this product again is that I have used the product multiple times and haven't even put a dent into it--it's going to last forever. I am disappointed at how easy these can "crack" or "break."
I am 5'10 and have hair that is about an inch from my waistband of my jeans. It is naturally a bit wavy, tends to be dry on the ends and embarrassingly oily at the scalp. I have bangs that are side swept and wear the length straight. When I am at work, I have to have my hair up and generally wear it in a bun or french roll with a clip of some sort. I struggle with static. This shampoo/conditioner/serum has cured all my hair woes. I can actually go a day without shampooing my hair and face the public without a hat! I can put a stocking cap on to walk the dog, take the hat off and not look like a science project about electricity. My hair is easy to brush, I can even use my fancy boar bristle paddle brush without looking like the bride of Frankenstein. I have eczema in my scalp, this has halted the "dandruff" that creates. I use a tourmaline wet to dry hair straightener or a tourmaline hairdryer to style my hair and no longer fight with tangles and limp hair. I work as a nurse, and have to be careful about scents and often get told that my hair smells good, and have had no complaints of the product's fragrance. I happen to enjoy the "clean" smell it has. Highly recommend this product. A local store carries the packages of 12 oz shampoo/conditioner/serum packs for 25 bucks. I seek out the 30% of coupons that they run to "stock up" on this product. Barely need to use any of the product to clean my hair, a 12 oz container lasts a long time for me. The shampoo does get a bit difficult to get out of the bottom of the bottle as you near the "emptier" stage. I am sooo happy that a patient of mine suggested this product to me. I am hooked.
Mascara -Wet 'n' Wild - MegaVolume Thickening Mascara
sassynurse05 2/19/2011 7:01:00 AM
This mascara is my favorite "day time" mascara. I am lucky in that I have long feathery lashes naturally. I have overly high expectations of my mascaras and am often dissatisfied with mascaras because I want too much out of them. This is one of the few that tends to never fail me. With two to three coats it separates my lashes very well, fanning them out like a false lash looks like in the package. It never clumps on me. Many mascaras cause my lashes to shoot straight out, but this one does make them curl upward. It doesn't make them look much thicker and only slightly longer; it mainly gives them a rich black color and separates them nicely. It does not irritate my eyes. It easily washes off. The wand is comfortable to work with in that it's fairly long and skinny. I feel that it effortlessly applies to my lower lashes and efficiently applies to all of my top lashes. (I do have larger eyes). The con of this mascara is that the "swiper" to take product off, often gets jammed into the cap and can make a gloppy mess. It's definitely for people who want a natural "fanned out" look. It won't make your lashes super long, or appear much thicker. I like the fact that it's a "soft" mascara in that after I apply it and it dries, my lashes don't feel stiff--they are still touchable and easily can be combed. Because the product doesn't require much effort in applying and never seems to fail me or makes my lashes too spidery I frequently use it when I am in a hurry to get to work. The higher end product I would most compare this to, is L'Oreal's Bare Naturale mascara.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad 806 Canyon Stone
sassynurse05 2/19/2011 6:26:00 AM
Maybelline use to have a compact that had these colors, or ones very similar to this, back in the late 80's. (ok so my mind remembers these as being the same, heck that was a long time ago.) I wore out about three of those compacts, my parents even took the palette to a brick store to by bricks for their house in these colors because they are so fabulous. LOVE LOVE LOVE this palette. I am a huge fan of the l'oreal wear infinite eyeshadows. I feel like they are easy to play with the intensity--in that you can use them light handed and have sheer color or simply change the application tool/brush you are using and they go on intensely. These colors make my brown eyes pop! I do usually have to add a lighter highlight shade in the winter as I get very fair. I love the deep brown in this quad and use it as my eyeliner constantly. I work 12 hour shifts and these shadows last without creasing the entire day. This is when I don't use a base. If I do place an eyeshadow base like Palladio's herbal eyeshadow primer they are almost difficult to take off. Very little fallout occurs when I use these shadows. I enjoy that these are matte shades. They work well with metallic shades to mix textures, I especially like combining it with Maybelle's chocolate mousse trio. I see these colors as being very workable for someone with a deeper skin tone as well. The color payoff is phenomenal and the texture is so easily blended. I use them wet as well, and all shades work great as eyeliners. The lids on these packages are flimsy and I generally depot them and put them in a different container anyway. (PS my depotting technique involves placing the palette on a candle warmer for about a half a minute to a minute then using a tiny jewelers screwdriver to "plop" the pans out. It generally leaves enough glue on the pan that you can then place the pans in a Lucite container. May I suggest the lovely clear hinged containers that Russell Stover chocolate mint candies come in. NO KIDDING! It's marvelous.)
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst lipstick in Lilac 001
sassynurse05 2/19/2011 5:24:00 AM
Three things prompted me to buy this particular lipstick. The first being the great reviews on colorburst lipsticks in general. The second being that I purchased Revlon's super lustrous lipstick in Berry Haute approximately one week earlier. The third being that I bought Wet 'n' Wild's Petal Pusher palette and was looking for a slightly subtle berry/purple toned lipstick to compliment the eyelooks I have been creating. I generally LOVE bright lipstick, but I also like soft pink/mauve tones. I really liked how Berry Haute accented my lips but wanted something slightly less intense, so I chose lilac. When I got home and tried the color on, I was more than impressed. First of all I was suprised by the pink undertone of the color. This makes the shade immensly easy to wear and flattering. The color is a luster/sheen. The color is smooth and easy to apply from the tube. I would personally market the formula as "moon drops lite." I have a fuller buttom lip and a "cupie" top lip and sometimes have problems with lipsticks migrating to my cupids bow or to the ridge below my lower lip. This product did not do that. The color very much reminds me of the inner bud of the pink lilac bush we have in our back yard. To me it seems very similar to loreal's color of hope but more flattering and wearable. It is an attractive soft sophisticated, polished color. I enjoy that the tube has a "color dot" on it donoting it's color so that if you own more than one product from the same line you can easily tell which color you are grabbing. The tube is very attractive, and seems high end as compared to other products in it's price range. I also like that the tube has some "heft" to it as I tend to keep my lipstick in my pocket and find that this helps keep them from falling out. The cap comes off easily, but does not give me the impression that the cap would come off unintentionally. The wear is average to slightly beyond average before needing a touch up. I have wore this color with cool toned makeup looks as well as warm toned makeup looks and it looks appropriate with either one. There is no strong smell to the lipstick, it feels moisturizing, smooth, and has a weightless comfort to it. It did not dry out my lips. I encourage people with fair to mid medium toned skin to try this color out. If you are darker tone than that, I think it might become more nude on you. Definately a color to try out if you are a mauve toned lipstick lover. I have been a member of MUA for eons and this product impressed me so much, that it encouraged me to write my first review!