Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair (Serum)
seacolourr 5/9/2013 2:04:00 PM
Let me preface this by saying I am a high-end cosmetic brand junkie. I love treating myself (all too often) and getting a beautiful chancel compact, a lovely Guerlain bronzer, a YSL lippie, anything that comes with a little velvet protective pouch, i'm into it. Ironically enough, I never really had the same feelings for skincare. It's not interesting to me, and I don't care to splash out cash on skincare. I mean, I've been using dove soap on my face for the past two years, and for a really long time I just used whatever store brand moisturizer looked good. I recently received a sample of this when stocking up on the Bronze Goddess perfume. I really wasn't too interested in trying it, but i was curious since a bunch of bloggers & youtubers sing the praises of this on a monthly basis. So I used it for the first time a week ago, and I was blown away. My pores looked tighter, my pimples were healing and on their way out. The one random cystic blemish that I had been treating with no avail, was nearly gone, and my dark pigmentation areas were suddenly brighter and less noticeable. I thought I was seeing things so I asked my boyfriend to double check. This product is phenomenal. Not only does it condition skin and prep it for the treatments and moisturizers you put on top of it, it nourishes skin and helps it look the best that it can look. So amazing. I finally ran out of my sample last night and I felt like a crazy woman digging into the package, pulling out scissors, etc. I felt really desperate, and that's when I knew that I didn't want to be without this. Go get a sample, and see if your results are close to mine! I'm off to purchase the fullsize right now!
I consider myself a contour queen. I have quite prominent cheek bones, but i love making them even sharper. I love contouring my forehead, tightening my chin, and sharpening my jaw etc. obviously, for me, contour products are a must in my everyday routine. Even in my laziest state, I never skimp out on contouring. I've tried so many contour powders. Kevyn Auction Sculpting powder, Mac pro sculpting cream in Coffee Walnut, Tom Ford shade and illuminate, etc. While those area all lovely and provide a nice brown shadow with different undertones (Kevyn Aucoin- gray undertone, Mac Pro Sculpting cream in Coffee Walnut- green undertone, Tom Ford S&E- rich brown with neutral undertones), I was looking for something completely cool, with a gray undertone. This is perfect for that. I really like the purple tone in this, because it really mimics the shadow of a bone. That being said, do not go OTT with this, because chances are, you will look like a corpse. The muavey tones help this work nicely for pale skin, and not look too harsh. This is a nice cross between the illamasqua hollow and delirium cream pigments. I'd really recommend this for a cheap contour. It's really nice for everyday, I haven't pushed my other ones to the back of the drawer over this or anything, but it is really nice and natural. Maybe not perfect for a night out, but great for a daytime natural look!
This was my very first mac product. Way back when I first started Youtube, and realized that makeup existed outside of the drugstore. When I first got it, I wasn't impressed, I found the texture sticky and hard to blend, and I also felt that it was too red for my pale yellow skin & cheeks. I've gone through periods of using this for months and a time, and then pushing it to the very make of my blush drawer. Overall, I really like this blusher. It's a nice red toned pink color that's very natural and not offensive. My favorite way to apply this is with a real techniques stippling brush, or just with my fingers. With the brush I just tap it in once and then pop it right on my apples and blend to my desired sheerness. I feel as though the blush has gotten creamier over time. I should also point out that I have the original Ladyblush, way before Mac reformulated their cream blushes. This is a really beautiful blush, and I would definitely recommend it. It's quite versatile and works for all seasons, really. & While most days I wear this alone, it makes a great base for blush combos. I love putting this under Mac Springsheen & Blushbaby. So beautiful. I'm in the process of trying to get through the one I have now, and when I run out, I'll pick it up again.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Gumdrop
seacolourr 4/7/2013 3:29:00 PM
I really like this color! I'm a sucker for lavender/lilac lips in the summertime. I picked this up at target the other day on clearance for $2.98. It's a really beautiful cool toned lip product, so it makes your teeth look a lot whiter, and really brightens your complexion. It goes on light and smooth, and it's a lot more moisturizing than the other lip butters in my opinion. You don't need a mirror to apply this, and that's the beauty of it. It's a perfect summer lip product. It's a lot more blue toned than the Revlon Lilac Pastelle, which is a pinky lilac. They look beautiful together. All in all this is a great part of the Lip Butter line, and a definite purse essential.
This product is an interesting one. I originally purchased it because I had heard it was a dupe for Nars Gaiety. I'm surprised to see people still comparing them as similar because IMO they're not close at all. Pink passion is a really bright yellow based warm pink. there's absolutely no shimmer. It's quite pigmented, and borderline chalky. I found it applies quite patchy, & can be abrasive if you're not careful. Gaiety on the other hand is a light blue based babydoll pink with subtle silver shimmer running through it. It's not as pigmented so you never really run the risk of rocking clown cheeks, and it's more flattering for pale skin. I uploaded a photo of Pink Passion side by side as well as swatches (gaiety is on top, pink passion is on the bottom). Really I'm not fond of Pink Passion. It looks harsh on my pale skin, and because of the texture, it doesn't look good over bronzer. It's not a bad blush, it's pigmented, and it's a nice color if that's what you're looking for. The texture is what kills it for me. I just prefer Nars Gaiety for color, texture, and application. Check out the photo I uploaded and see for yourselves which one would better suit you!
Whoo Hooo! Oily skin girls can rejoice! The prefect sunscreen for those with oily skin! This product is phenomenal. This goes on super liquid-y but dries matte and really helps your makeup stay on all day. While this is a chemical sunscreen, which i ultimately don't prefer over zinc oxide. I don't find that it burns my eyes like a lot of other sunscreens do. It also doesn't have an overpowering scent, as most chemical sunscreens do. The bottle is quite small and you don't get a great amount of product for the price, especially considering that you're meant to use it every single day, and perhaps even multiple times a day. I don't think that issue would deter me from purchasing it again though. It has just been wonderful to implement into my new daily routine. I have even stopped using a primer because i find this holds my makeup so well, which means, if you have dry skin you might want to make sure you moisturize extra before applying this. Pros: Mattifying No harsh smell Doesn't burn skin or eyes Doesn't break me out Not oily No white cast Protects well (went to an all day event, and forgot to use sunscreen on body, everywhere was burnt except my face) Cons: Chemical sunscreen Small bottle for price Kind of hard to get used to applying because it's so liquidy Overall I'd really recommend this to those in the market for a new sunscreen. I will keep repurchasing until I find a non chemical sunscreen that works just as well.
Oh man! What a wonderful product! I just hit pan on it today which sparked my interest in writing a review. I bought this a few years back when i was a bronzer virgin & had dry skin. I'm super pale and i really liked how this gave a subtle bronze with a hint of glow. Never ever looked orange or overdone. Fast forward three years and now I have a drawer full of bronzers and suuuuper oily skin. Needless to say this went to the back of my highlighting drawer and i didn't pull it out again until recently. knowing what i know now about makeup & bronzers I don't think i would recommend this as an all over bronzer, but it goes beautiful paired with virtually any cheek product as a highlight. the four quadrants also make beautiful glowy eyeshadows. I reach for this way more than my Dior Amberdiamond and I think that is due to the fact that this is so versatile, not only in application, but in color. The two top colors are a warm golden brown and a warm pink, and the two bottom colors are a nice white gold and a cool taupe color. This means that this works with a variety of cheek combos. I use the top two when i want to look more golden (usually in summer with all of my peach blushes) and the bottom two when i want more of a cool toned glow (winter and spring with all of my plum and pink blushes). The packaging is sturdy and it comes with a nice big mirror. the product itself has a nice consistency. It's not smooth like butter or anything but it's pretty soft and pigmented. this has lasted me a really long time, so overall i'd say it's definitely worth the three dollars. going to pick myself a backup today!
I love this nail treatment! It's absolutely amazing. I have hypothyroidism, a common disease notorious for causing weak & brittle nails. My nails grow fast, fortunately, but I was having a lot of problems with chipping, flaking, and breaking away, so i decided to give this a try. I am so thankful for this product! it has allowed me to grow my nails to a healthy length without having to worry about them flaking or chipping or becoming weak. I work in a library so not only am I typing all day, i'm moving books around, toting boxes places, and doing a lot of stuff that would have put my old nails in danger of breaking, and that's how i know this product is truly worth the hype. I would be so lost without this. It has turned the health of my nails around 100%. I apply this once every week or two weeks and it prevents breakage completely. I even got my boyfriend hooked on this! He now uses it every once in a while. I just finished up my first bottle and placed an order for my second one. I usually buy it on ebay anywhere from $7-$9, or pick it up at ulta with a coupon. definitely don't pass this one up if you have weak nails!! So worth it!
Pressed Powders -Kevyn Aucoin - The Celestial Powder: Candlelight
seacolourr 2/19/2013 12:09:00 AM
OH MY GOODNESS. HOLY GRAIL. This is a must have guys! I never thought I would fall into the routine of using a highlighter daily and I still can't believe I have. I've never enjoyed highlighters, and I always found them to be an unnecessary step that was less interesting than blush and bronzer. I have purchased countless highlighters, including the infamous Dior Amber Diamond and was left hugely unimpressed. I never had a highlighter that made me want to go for the extra step in the morning and put it on until now. Candlelight is an amazing yellow-toned satin finish powder with a slight sheen that blends into the skin and looks beautifully natural. The texture is so soft and buttery, it feels like a cream. I lovelovelove this product so much. Such a must have. I'd definitely recommend it five times over the Dior Amber Diamond no matter what skin tone, or type you have. I really think this is a truly universal powder. I know that term gets thrown around a lot but I cannot see this product looking bad on anyone. My routine for this is as follows: After I apply my bronzer/contour and blush, I take this with a synthetic Real Techniques Contour brush and follow the contours of my cheek bones on top of the blush, and then I sweep around and put some on the apples of my cheeks. Then I sweep some on the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow, on top of my eyebrows (where they arch), and then sweep the rest under my eyes for a little extra brightness. A little goes a long way so while the price is steep, it's definitely worth it. For reference: I am super sheet-of-paper pale, and this doesn't seem to look bad on me; However, this is a yellow toned powder, so if you tend to avoid yellow tones, maybe this would be something to pass on. Also, I have oily skin and I do not find that this emphasizes that or my pores at all, which is very unique. Please, if you're in the market for a highlight go for this! I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed!
Liquid -Make Up For Ever - Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
seacolourr 2/16/2013 1:51:00 PM
Originally, I was really on the fence about this product. I bought it when I heard everyone rave about it, and how those with oily skin didn't need to set this with a powder and their face stayed matte all day. What I like about the foundation: Smooth application. GREAT color range, especially for my pale, pale skin. The shade #15 is bang on my skin color which can be incredibly difficult to find. Really good coverage. Lasts all day without a setting powder when applied in thin layers. Another thing I really like about it is that it can be built up or sheered out. Some days I sheer it out and use concealer for my blemishes, but most days in the morning I just slap a lot of this on to conceal allllllll my flaws. I do really like this foundation, it's great. Usually I apply it with a real techniques buffing brush and then I go into my Chanel Loose powder and set my tzone. This leaves my face looking near flawless all day, and only a little bit of oil shines through. I never use this with a primer, but I can image that would be amazing for hot weather, because I could not see the foundation budging. Definitely recommend it! I'm glad that it offers great coverage without feeling heavy and keeps my face flawless looking all day.
Bronzers -New York Color - Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny 720
seacolourr 1/26/2013 2:36:00 PM
I really wanted to like this bronzer. I heard a ton of Youtube gurus and bloggers rave about this product. And hey, it was only three or four dollars so I thought why not. Super disappointed with this product. First off. It is not super pigmented which is usually where I ,as a super pale girl rejoice, but this product had little to no pigmentation unless I really dug into it. This means it applied super uneven to my cheeks, which made me look splotchy and sick. Secondly, the color is not meant for naturally porcelain skin. It's a very tan orange color, which looks ridiculous as a contour for me. This also did that weird thing that certain powders do when you go to apply more product after you've put some on, and your brush picks up the oils from your face and deposits it into the product causing it to get hard a shiny. I literally had to SCRAPE the first three layers off of this product because when it gets hard and shiny like that, it's like plastic. NO color pay off at that point. Overall, this was just more work than it's worth to make look good and use on my face. I'm all for a deal, but I don't think that this is as great as everyone says. I'd recommend the Rimmel bronzers over this in a heart beat, and those are just a few dollars more. Maybe I just got a dud, I'm not sure. But I don't think I'll be repurchasing to try it again any time soon.
I am a blush girl. Blush is my favorite makeup to buy and my favorite makeup to use. That being said, I am rarely interested in a lot of drugstore blushes, mainly because I let myself get enamored with MAC and Chane etcl. Being a college student, and it being the beginning of the semester money is tight. I decided to venture to the drugstore and pick up a few things to fulfill my urge to buy makeup. So glad I decided to head over to the the Covergirl section. The nostalgia factor is through the roof with these blushes. They have that signature noxema scent, that I personally love. It takes me back to watching my mom & my sister put makeup on as little girl. I picked up a few Covergirl blushes that day, but this one is by far my favorite. I really like it because it is a nice peachy neutral shade that can double as a bronzer for me. It's pretty pigmented, and it lasts all day on my combination skin. This color is perfect for those of us who don't like to think in the mornings and just want to whack something on so we don't look dead. It brings life and color to my face, and it does that all on its own. Usually I apply a bronzer, blush, and a highlighter and I don't have to do that with this. There is a slight shimmer but I find it is not that noticeable. My only complaint comes from the packaging, but that doesn't bother me too much. It's a weird small rectangle pan that's quite hard to fit my HG blush brush (Mac 168) in. It's really no big deal though. I keep it in my makeup bag and it's never broken or anything. The brush that comes with it really sucks too. I'm one of the few people that usually doesn't mind the applicator that comes with products, but this brush is rubbish. I normally toss it out. Overall, I am definitely excited to pick up some more shades because the pigmentation, formula, and color selection is fabulous.
I really love this powder! As a makeup collector, I'm surprised that it took me so long to try this out. I think it is an essential worth checking out for anyone that collects makeup, or loves learning about the history of makeup! After doing some researching I found out a lot of cool stuff about this specific product. Apparently the powder puff design on the package (used to be an orange cardboard package, it has since been repackaged in a plastic container with a sifter, but still has the original orange powder puff design on the lid) was designed by a set designer for the Russian Ballet in the 1930s. Which leads me to the next point, this powder has been around since 1935. This means they must be doing something right! Makeup items are constantly being discontinued, so the fact that this has been around for 78 years is a testament to it's greatness! As far as performance, I think it is a great addition to my powder collection. I brush this over my face when I'm done with all my makeup, and I do not have to touch up all day! It lasts for a FULL 8hr work/college day. That's amazing. I also like the fact that you get a lot of product for the price which is around $5-$6 depending on where you get it. I also own the Chanel loose powder which I paid a little over $52 for and I have to say, I prefer this. It's a lot more finely milled, and it holds my oils back a lot better. I really wish I would have found this before I picked up the Chanel. This comes in a variety of colors, as well as a few translucent shades, which could work for everyone. I know one of the big topics about this is the smell. It's a strong mature scent that reminds me a lot of my great grandmother, but once it's on the face, you cannot smell it at all. Although, if you're really sensitive to smells, or you just have super sensitive skin in general (I have pretty sensitive skin and the original scented version has never broken me out) there is an unscented version, and it comes in a teal box. Regardless of which version you get, I definitely recommend leaving the plastic sticker that comes over the holes on the product and only poking a few of the holes out, otherwise this product gets very messy. Overall, I'm thrilled with this product. I love that it's such a staple in makeup history (looks awesome sitting out on my vintage style vanity), and I love that it's a quality product that really works to keep my makeup in place, and keep my skin shine free, while looking natural and not cakey! Definite repurchase, if I ever run out!
I'm really pale, and this is the only bronzer that I've ever hit pan on. That should say something. Nars laguna is a beautiful gold tinted bronzer with neutral undertones, and a slight shimmer. I don't find that the shimmer translates to the skin though. This can be used for contouring, although something completely matte might be better. I really love how it compliments my skin. I usually brush it over my cheeks and my forehead and it makes me look so healthy and alive. Also, the texture is like none other. So smooth, so creamy. Not powdery or cakey at all. Just be careful to not over apply it. Because it is so smooth, it can make you look muddy if you are not careful. My only complaint is that when you hit pan, you have to be suuuuuuper careful with this. No putting it in a makeup bag, or anything where it can get slammed around, because it will shatter, and you will be left with nothing.
I am a bit on the fence about this product. I don't really like it, but I don't dislike it all that much either. I bought this when I first heard all of the raves for this product. Those raves mainly came from people comparing it to the Touche Éclat. So I was suckered in, purchased it in the lightest color (I'm super pale) and ran home to apply it. Upon first application I was pleasantly surprised. It offered medium coverage, and brightened significantly. My excitement was short lived. A few hours later it had settled into creases that I never knew I had (I'm only 19) and it made my eyes look crepe-y and wrinkly and just all around terrible. I do think this product could work for some people. Maybe those with more oily skin, but either way in my opinion, this product is waaaaaayyyy too heavy for the under eye area. I like it for brightening a lot, and sometimes I'll use it to touch up during the day, but I have to make sure I packed on the eye cream or else my under eye will just look dry and flaky and this will do nothing but highlight the flaws it causes. I'd say it's worth a try if you think it could work for you. I don't think it's a bad product, it just didn't work for me. I've since tried the Touche Éclat, and I prefer that, just because it's a lot less heavy.