Really loving this from the first day I tried it!! I was using the ELF $1 one before this and my stick-straight lashes would not stay curled throughout the day (no matter what mascara I used). The day I bought this- I just curled my lashes, without putting on mascara. Wow, my lashes stayed curled for hours!! Also, curling my lashes just got easier. A couple of pumps are all I need and I take much lesser time now. I've been using it for close to 2 weeks now and it performs just as well. I check my makeup after my long work shifts, before I remove it, and my lashes still looks the same as when I just did my makeup! I even curl my lashes after mascara (I know I shouldn't) and yet, I do not lose any lashes unlike my previous curler. I just have one tiny problem of pinching at the corners. If you know any solutions to that, please let me know. Also, the price is definitely not cheap, but for the results I get, I would gladly hand my money over. Give it a try- you won't regret it!
This was from one of my earliest swaps that I really loved when I first got it. This is a blush and bronzer combination, giving me a glowy look when used together. However, as my collection expanded, this colour is no longer unique like before so off it goes. I'm not really fond of the packaging also..
The size of the brush fits the apples of my cheeks perfectly and my blush applies quickly and wonderfully. It feels very soft but the bristles are packed firmly (unlike the Powder Brush which is very flimsy).However, this takes about 2 days to dry so I rotate this with my ELF Studio Blush Brush. I already own a back-up. =)
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush
shoppingaffair 5/29/2011 4:10:00 AM
I got this in a swap and wanted to use it for liquid foundation but it applies very streaky. It is good for sheer blushes though. I believe this brush would be best for cream products but I'm not a fan of them so I do not know how it compares. I love how the brush looks and feels as well as how soft the bristles are. However, this brush takes a full day to dry which can be annoying at times.
I bought this together with Mighty Aphrodite from the Wonder Woman collection released in Feb 2011. I like the bright pink colour it gives me. The mirror inside is a nice touch and I don't really mind the packaging. It's nice to have but I wouldn't repuchase since there are similar colours out there. This actually replaces Two Virtues which I swapped away.. I wonder how it compares to Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused/Flushed..
Blush -MAC - Wonder Woman blush in Mighty Aphrodite
shoppingaffair 5/29/2011 3:58:00 AM
This is part of the Wonder Woman Collection released in Feb 2011. It gives me a healthy peachy-pink blush which is lovely. The mirror inside is a nice touch and I don't really mind the packaging. However, it can be difficult to pick up colour using my brush sometimes so I have to scrap off the top layer lightly with a spatula and it works good as new. It's nice to have but I wouldn't repuchase though.
I was never fond of mascaras until I realised it was my own user error. Recently, I ventured into trying some and bought a couple of used ones for cheap. This was the only one that gave me the best results. My lashes are fine and stick straight but slightly long. Wearing this, I look like I have natural long lashes. LOVE! I only used 1 coat with the wider-side of the brush to lengthen (I don't see volume) then use the narrower-side to separate because I just want it to look perfect. The mascara itself does not clump on me but I just like to run my lash comb through to further define and separate my lashes. My lashes also feel quite soft and not at all 'crispy'. I cannot confirm how well it holds the curl because my hooded lids will push down the tops of my lashes. I'm using the waterproof version which seems to be a little difficult to remove even with an oil. At the rate I'm using, it should last me for quite some time. =) + lengthens and separates + no clumps and not 'crispy' + waterproof (lasted through a long shower) - difficult to remove - not easily available where I am Did I say how much I love this?
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
shoppingaffair 4/15/2011 11:55:00 AM
I actually got a sample of this in #117 and I think that might be my perfect shade after trying a few times (and checking under different lighting). I'm mac nc 15-20. I love how flawless and glowy this makes my skin look with light-medium coverage! While it does not feel thick, I avoid looking cakey by spritzing my face damp before i apply this with my mac 187. I use a very tiny bit only- the sample I got has lasted me 5 applications and I think it can stretch another 3 more at least. I set this with pressed powder and also use a primer underneath, and it has lasted me at least 8h. The only reason I do not purchase is that I don't use it enough to justify the cost. I prefer to use this only for special events when I need to look my best.
I'm sorry to be the first negative review. Yes, I bought this because of the hype about it. Everyone on the internet talks about it and it is sold out everywhere. I had planned to use it on my manicure for the Lunar New Year and I was so anxious about not receiving it in time that I stalked my mailbox everyday. However, this really is a novelty idea While I had fun using it and watching it crackle, I have nott used it since that manicure because I found out that it hardens fast when exposed to air. (I saw hardened polish just above the brush bristles while I was on my third nail). I contemplated using polish thinner but I didn't want to risk the shatter effect. Now, when I look at my 2-weeks-old manicure, I see weirdly chipped black polish. I raved it to my friend so much that she wanted to buy a bottle too but I lent her mine so she wouldn't waste her money. I proved to be right when she returned it to me just days after and said that she's bored of it. In summary, + each nail pattern is different + chipping appears less obvious (i always wonder: is that space the result of crackling or did it flake off?) - novelty - hardens quickly It's just my opinion.. Oh, and definitely use a top coat.
These are so adorable that I bought an army of them! They are cheap, light and smell yummy (at least the ones I picked). I especially love the halloween and holiday scents. I rotate them around so I don't get bored of the scent quickly.. =)
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Irresistible Apple
shoppingaffair 2/7/2011 10:00:00 AM
I only got this because it was cheap (75% off) so I figured no harm trying an apple scent- how bad could it be? It is sophisticated to me, not the usual sweet ones I love but not too bad as well so I'll continue using it.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Orange Sapphire ] [DISCONTINUED]
shoppingaffair 2/7/2011 9:57:00 AM
This is citrus-y and sexy to me. I hoped it would not be a spur-of-the-moment buy that I would regret soon after so I got it in the travel size. I'm not fond of those woody, musky scents but this was acceptable to me. Love the bright orange colour as well. =)
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Twisted Peppermint Body Splash
shoppingaffair 2/7/2011 9:47:00 AM
Among one of my favourite BBW scents, it has peppermint with a sweet note. I love it! I also use this as a room spray sometimes (alternate with Cucumber Melon- my other favourite). I don't use it too often though since it's not placed strategically convenient..
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Cucumber Melon Body Spray
shoppingaffair 2/7/2011 9:43:00 AM
One of my first BBW purchases and I absolutely love it. I don't always remember to use it since it's not placed strategically convenient. Sweet and fruity to me but not to the rest of my family. I use this as a room spray sometimes and oddly, it has a sort of calming effect on me..
I hated it the first time but this scent gradually grew on me. It feels sophisticated on me though I only tried it in the store. I wanted to get a travel size spray but it seems they wasn't any. I'll have to ask friends to get for me when they travel.