This is my HG blush. The colour is gorgeous, it's a warmish pink, that doesn't lean too warm, and matches everything. It's got a bit of peach to it and is great as an everyday blush, or buildable for a night out. Pigmentation is great, and the product is finely milled. Not a huge fan of the brush that comes with it, but I can use my own. Cannot recommend enough!
I bought the Vice Palette after reading Temptalia's review and looking at the gorgeous swatches. This palette has some great colours and pushes me to use some brighter shadows that I may not be as comfortable with, while still providing some "unalarming" shades that I can wear on a day to day basis. The winning colours for me in this palette are "Blitz" and "Penny Lane". They are vibrant and utterly gorgeous. The brush I don't find especially usable (similar to the Naked brushes). What I really enjoy about this palette is the packaging. It does have that rubbery finish, so yes it picks up finger prints and things, but it is fairly travel friendly for having 20 shades. It isn't as compact as either of the Naked Palettes, but is SOOO much more manageable than the UD 15th Anniversary, or BOSs.
Fantastic blush - love the colour, love the quality. Highly pigmented, so make sure you don't apply too heavily (unless you want that type of look). This is a really fun, bold colour. I'm glad I purchased it to amp up my makeup looks on weekends.
This blush has very quickly become my favourite. I already own "Katie" and "Chased" by Illamasqua and love the brand. The blushes are pigmented, blend smoothly, and are fantastic colours. What I love most about this blush is the colour. I have fair skin and green eyes, and warm eyeshadows look ridiculous on me, but my skin persists in being warm anyways. While cooler blushes (like the first two) are easy enough to pull off - this one just complements my skin SO well. It's not too warm or too cool - I think it would look fantastic with most skintones. While a little pricey, the product is definitely worth the money.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Single in Brulee
sierray 8/6/2011 2:37:00 PM
This is my go to all-over shade. It's the same colour as my skin and erases any veins showing through my eyelid. The application is smooth. It works as a highlight for natural looks. I've already bought a back up (for $2.97 CDN how not?) and will continue to repurchase. This has become my most frequently used e/s.
This beautiful palette is part of Too Faced's fall 2011 line. It is NOT the same as their Smokey Eye Palette. I originally went into Sephora intent on buying their Matte palette, but was disappointed with the swatches. This was sitting beside it, so I started swatching it. The colours are fantastic! I took it home with me and have been playing around a bit. All the colours are highly pigmented. They go beautifully with my cool skin. The cards it comes with are fun, but not really necessary. I also don't stick to the three in a row combos. While these certainly work, there are a lot more options when you start mixing and matching. I really love "Smoking Jacket," "Smolder," and "Up in Smoke"... "Cloves too". I actually love the whole palette. Would certainly repurchase if I lost the palette or went through it.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Mr. Pumice - Pumi Bar
sierray 6/8/2011 8:04:00 PM
After seeing the great reviews on MUA I walked over to my local Sally's and picked one up for $2.50 Canadian. My feet are disgusting, I'm so embarrassed that I never take off my socks. I frequently spend half an hour on each foot with files to try and get rid of the calluses to no avail. I spent five minutes on each foot in the shower and my feet are practically perfect. I can't wait to use this daily so I won't have to do such a long scrub. I would recommend this to everyone!
I love this brush! I now own two - one for mineral makeup and one for blending. This allows me to apply my mineral makeup foundation perfectly and buff my blush/bronzer/highlight in. For $10.47 at Wal Mart it's an amazing price. The brushes are much better than Quo.
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Bella Pierre MIneral Foundation-MF2 Ivory
sierray 4/20/2011 2:13:00 AM
I love the BellaPierre shimmer pigments, and I've been wanting to try their foundation for a while, but it's very expensive. However, I've started to see their kits in Winners running from $15-30. I purchased the All Over Eye and Face Kit in Fair. This kit comes with Ivory Foundation (9g), Desert Rose Blush (9g), a makeup base, two shimmer pigments, a foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush. I love this foundation. It matches my skin perfectly and gives great coverage. I find to get it on nicely I stiple first, then buff it in. The only downside is the crappy packaging. It can be a bit messy (and wasteful if you've got powder in the lid that falls out). Still, well worth it for $30. I would pay more for this now that I know it's good, but not their online prices. The mall kiosks are usually a bit better. EDIT: Now that summer has hit Ivory doesn't look fantastic on me. I have switched to "Cinnamon" I still love this product though!
Eye Shadow -Quo - Minerals Matter Eye Quad - Peacock
sierray 4/20/2011 1:27:00 AM
I purchased this quad at a 40% off sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. I had been eyeing it for a while as the colours look stunning in the pan: a rich purple, a vibrant teal, a yellowy green (not sure if that description is quite right), and a pale bluey purple highlight. This quad divides the four shadows with metal pans, and opens from the centre rather than the side. It has two flaps, one reveals the purple and the highlight, the other reveals the turquoise and green. When I opened my sealed package one of the mirrors had fallen out. Since the colours were so beautiful I thought I would just glue it back in. When I actually went to use it I was so disappointed! The pigmentation was incredibly poor. I probably did at least eight layers of each to get them to show (using a primer)! They were also difficult to blend. Even at 40% off, which put them at $13.20, I would not repurchase. I was able to return this because of the broken mirror.
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Bella Pierre - mineral powder
sierray 4/19/2011 1:10:00 PM
I love the BellaPierre shimmer pigments, and I've been wanting to try their foundation for a while, but it's very expensive. However, I've started to see their kits in Winners running from $15-30. I purchased the All Over Eye and Face Kit in Fair. This kit comes with Ivory Foundation (9g), Desert Rose Blush (9g), a makeup base, two shimmer pigments, a foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush. I love this foundation. It matches my skin perfectly and gives great coverage. I find to get it on nicely I stiple first, then buff it in. The only downside is the crappy packaging. It can be a bit messy (and wasteful if you've got powder in the lid that falls out). Still, well worth it for $30. I would pay more for this now that I know it's good, but not their online prices. The mall kiosks are usually a bit better. UPDATE: I find that through the day this tends to come off in patches on my skin. It also sinks into my pores and emphasizes them.
I love this product! When I first purchased this three months ago I found I had some difficulty with application/blending; however, with practice I now find it easy to apply and it makes my cheekbones look beautiful. The applicator also took some getting used to, but as I use this product everyday it's well worth it. It is expensive, but as you need very little it should last a long time.
I bought a GOSH nailpolish in "Miss Grey." It was absolutely awful! The application was streaky and it chipped so quickly. I put it on, let it dry, then watched TV for a few hours. When I went to turn the TV off two of my nails were chipped! I did nothing strenuous. I even had it on with Seche Vite top and base coats, which, in conjunction with OPI polishes I have never had a problem with. Decent price (especially when they go on sale), nice colour and nice packaging.
I really love this lipstick. It's a shimmery nude; it makes my lips just a shade lighter than my skin tone. Creamy and goes on nicely. I don't remember it being too expensive either (definitely under ten dollars). The packaging is quite nice: clear with a silver tube in the middle. I like how I can see (at the base of the tube) the colour of the lipstick (rather than opening to check it out). I would definitely buy more lipsticks in this range from Quo.
I bought this palette because of the 16 baked shadows that were supposed to be especially vibrant, and that could be applied wet or dry. Applied dry there is no vibrancy, there is hardly any colour. It's really difficult to get the colour to transfer from the shadow to my brushes. Most of it ends up on the spaces between the eyeshadows, which just makes a mess. Applied wet however, some of these shadows are really beautiful. With my skin tone I'm not really able to utilize the red and the orange, but the blues, greens, and silvers are fantastic. It does come with three blushes, two of which are more like bronzers to me. They're too shimmery for my taste (I know I was warned with the name of the palette). Okay palette, but these shadows underwhelmed. Thank goodness I bought it on sale.