Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - FastDry - Hannah Pinktana
shazzer65 2/10/2011 3:46:00 PM
I agree that this polish on its own is pretty sucktastic. It looks really pretty in the bottle, but on my nails, it was super sheer and dried to a dull, almost matte finish. The formula is super gloppy, so it looked terrible when I tried to layer it over a darker color, but I finally found a way to make it work. I added a few balls and an eyedropper full of thinner, let it sit for a few minutes, then shook that bottle like a Polaroid. I already had Revlon Perplex on my nails, so I applied two coats of the thinned down HP, and the end result was a deep purple with tons of sparkly rainbow goodness. Because of the weird finish, I had to top it with two coats of SV in order to get a smooth surface and add a little depth to the holo effect. I'll use this for layering, but when I run out I will not repurchase HP unless the formula gets significantly upgraded.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Rockstar Pink
shazzer65 1/3/2011 5:48:00 PM
I'm not much for glitter polishes because they are a PITA to remove, but I love the colors in this and the fact that the texture is not super chunky. Plus, it was on sale at Wally World for $2, so I had to try it. I applied one coat over SH Insta-Dry in Pronto Purple, then topped it with a coat of CG Fairy Dust. Sparkelicious!
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
shazzer65 2/18/2010 5:58:00 PM
I've been test driving this product for the last few days. The jar is a bit of a PITA to deal with, but the primer itself is one of the better ones I've tried. It has a whipped, marshmellow-ish texture -- similar to my current HG, TF Primed & Poreless -- and does a pretty decent job of keeping the oilies at bay. So far, it hasn't broken me out (knock on wood) and I'm loving the fact that it costs a fraction of what I've spent in the past for various primers. Today I paired it with one of the new color correctors from this line and I'm very happy with the result. I still want to try the mattifying one when it finally becomes available, but if I run out of this primer I will most likely repurchase it.
Primer/ Corrector -Too Faced - Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
shazzer65 9/21/2009 3:55:00 PM
I've tried quite a few primers over the last couple of years, and was beginning to think that I would never find one that would make my skin look good without breaking me out or leaving me looking like I just had a close encounter with the Exxon Valdez. Until now. After using Primed and Poreless for a month, here are my thoughts: Pros: Lightweight texture, leaves skin feeling silky smooth with no visible pores. Has improved the texture of my skin after one month of use. Provides perfect base for foundation, whether it be powder, liquid or creme. Decent job in terms of oil control, stays on even when I'm a sweaty mess. Plus, it hasn't broken me out or caused any weird reactions. Cons: Can highlight any flaky bits, but a good exfoliator and moisturizer will take care of that. I love this primer, and will definitely repurchase it when I run out.
I have a lot of hair. The texture is fine-ish, but damn there's a lot of it! It's also naturally wavy, so I need to use a little something to keep me from looking like Roseanne Roseannadanna. I bought this on the recommendation of an SA at Sephora, and here are my thoughts... Pros: Doesn't feel heavy or greasy, a quarter-sized blob is the perfect amount for my current hairstyle (chin length A-Line Bob). After styling with blowdryer and straitening iron, my hair feels silky and looks great. Cons: It's hard to get the product out of the bottle, plus the lid keeps snapping off. Also, I think this stuff is drying out my scalp and now I'm all itchy. It's also pretty spendy. When I run out I'm going to try something else.
Love this palette! The colors are gorgeous and highly pigmented, plus the texture is buttery and easy to blend. The color selection is good, too. I can put alot of different looks together with this puppy! The only downside is that I have to order these from the UK, but the shipping is fast (4 days!) and pretty reasonable. I highly recommend the Sleek Palettes!
I really, really wanted to like this. The packaging is very distinctive and super cute, but the liner itself is such a disappointment. Empire is a very pretty shade of purple (on the bluer end of the spectrum), but the pigmentation is crap. I had to apply three layers just to get it to show up. Forget about using this on your waterline -- the staying power is not that great, and I had to keep reapplying it. Laaaaame. I had better results when I used L'Oreal's HIP Cream Liner!
I've never used a lip primer before, so I have no basis for comparison. Having said that, to me this product is a super waxy version of Chapstick. It feels kind of odd, but it doesn't seem to be drying out my lips too much. I've only tried it with lipgloss so far, and it did seem to stay on longer, but I need to try this with lipstick before I make a decision as to whether or not I like it. Would I buy this again? Probably not.
Crème -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation
shazzer65 7/28/2009 8:11:00 PM
UPDATE - 09/17/09: I've been wearing this over the TF Primed and Poreless, and my skin looks freaking amazing. Pores? What Pores? My only complaint is that after six weeks, I'm almost out of foundation. At $34 a pop there should be a larger quantity, but I'll end up repurchasing it anyway. Bumping this up from four lippies to five. ORIGINAL REVIEW: The packaging is super cute, especially if you like purple. The brush that comes with it is crap, so I apply this with my EcoTools kabuki brush. The texture is super silky and blends nicely, plus it dries down to a powder finish fairly quickly.The coverage is good; I only need to use a little dab of concealer to cover what’s left of the problem areas and I’m good to go. Color-wise, I lucked out. My skin tone is in the NC 20-25 range, so I bought Illusion, which matches my skin tone so well that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation. My only complaint is that I’m not getting much in the way of oil control, so I need to try this with a couple of different primers in order to find the right combination. Would I buy this again? Sure! This is the perfect foundation for when I’m in a hurry and can’t take the time to do my usual TM + MMU routine.
I walked into Sephora last night, and two SAs immediately came over and asked if they could try a couple of concealers out on one of my tattoos. They wanted to compare MUFE Full Cover and Kat Von D's Tattoo Concealer, so they applied them on one of my newer tats -- a brightly colored flower on the inside of my wrist -- and MUFE won, hands down. The KVD concealer has decent coverage, but in order to cover something up 100%, it would have to be applied in layers which could be a bit time-consuming.
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - Extreme Camouflage Cream
shazzer65 7/24/2009 11:22:00 AM
I walked into Sephora last night, and two SAs immediately came over and asked if they could try a couple of concealers out on one of my tattoos. They wanted to compare MUFE Full Cover (which I was planning to pick up, so of course I gave them the go-ahead) and Kat Von D's Tattoo Concealer, so they applied them on one of my newer tats -- a brightly colored flower on the inside of my wrist -- and MUFE won, hands down. The KVD concealer has decent coverage, but in order to cover something up 100%, it would have to be applied in layers which could be a bit time-consuming. One coat of the MUFE was sufficient to completely obliterate part of my tattoo. I can't wait to wear it today, so that I can see how well it will cover the scars on my chin and lower lipline. This stuff rocks!
Polishes -Sephora - Sephora by OPI - Mermaid To Order
shazzer65 7/23/2009 4:08:00 PM
This has become my go to toenail (and sometimes fingernail) polish for the summer. I picked it up for a superluxe, totally decadent pedicure that I got as a birthday present, and it lasted almost two months without chipping. It even lasts a decent time on my fingernails, which is a frakkin' miracle considering how rough I am on my hands. Every time I wear this, I get compliments on the color. This is a fantastic product but it can be difficult at times to get the bottle open, especially if I have lotion on my hands. There's no traction whatsoever on the #$*ing handle! Despite that, I've purchased several more colors, and have another half-dozen on my wishlist at Sephora. Two thumb(nail)s up on Mermaid to Order!
I purchased this as part of the Sweet Tease Look in a Box, and I am so glad that I didn't pass on it! It must have been the store lighting, but when I was looking at this set at Nordie's, I just wasn't feeling either of the shadows. What finally convinced me to buy the set was the knowledge that I could swap the shadows if I didn't like how they looked in regular light. As it turns out, I love both of them! Gleam is a warm, peachy-pink with quite a bit of gold shimmer, and is perfect for a summery daytime look, especially when paired with Mulch and a bit of black eyeliner.
I purchased this as part of the Sweet Tease Look in a Box, and I am so glad that I didn't pass on it! It must have been the store lighting, but when I was looking at this set at Nordie's, I just wasn't feeling either of the shadows. What finally convinced me to buy the set was the knowledge that I could swap the shadows if I didn't like how they looked in regular light. As it turns out, I love both of them! Mulch is a warm, golden brown with a bit of a bronze sheen, and is perfect for a summery daytime look, especially when paired with Gleam and a bit of black eyeliner.
I purchased this as part of the Sweet Tease Look in a Box, and I am not impressed. Quality-wise, the brush is nothing to write home about, and the texture of the mascara itself is a bit runny. I have fairly long lashes, and this left major fallout after one blink. Ugh. The last thing I need when I'm in a hurry is a product that smears all over the place.