Eyeliner -Laura Mercier - Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Mahogany Brown
sj3663 9/15/2012 5:42:00 PM
My favorite eyeliner ever and the only one I really use now. Still working on my first pan...this stuff lasts forever! If I ever run out, I'm buying another!
This is my favorite foundation! Light coverage but buildable, neutralizes my redness. Wears well all day and even through tough sessions at the gym (I don't bother to remove my m/u first!). I use 38 and in years past when I guess I spent more time outdoors, I would mix it with 20 (I think) in the summers when my color was a bit darker. Love that it's in a pump bottle now! Lasts a long time...good value.
I'm enjoying the colors in this palette! Well, the Day and Classic looks are what I'm using. I don't know that the other is for me...not fitting into my lifestyle currently, at any rate. There is a good bit of fallout from these shadows, so I'm applying before my other makeup, so I can clean up under my eyes. I don't usually use e/s as liner, but this is working just fine! I am pleased with the "staying power"...just took a nap and my eye m/u looks fine! I don't use an eye shadow primer (gasp!) , so I imagine I'll be even more pleased if I ever get around to that! I do not like the packaging, but the getting six shadows I really like compensates for that. It's not that the packaging isn't sturdy, just...not aesthetically pleasing to me. I also find the price very reasonable, as I could spend a whole heck of a lot more trying and failing to put together colors that work well together. I just don't have that kind of time to spend! Overall, happy with this purchase.
Conditioner -Rusk - Sensories Calm 60 second Conditioner
sj3663 6/13/2009 11:13:00 AM
I love this conditioner! I have fine hair (an average amount) that is highlighted. The damage from highlighting makes my hair feel rough/strawlike and can tangle easily at the ends. My hair is usually chin length or a in inch or two longer. I need only a tiny amount of this conditioner and I rinse right away and my hair is tangle free and smooth. I've used this off and on for about 12 years and exclusively for the last 2 or three. A bottle lasts FOREVER. I can't recall when I bought my last one. Works great for me!
Styling Products -Sexy Hair Concepts - Root Pump Plus
sj3663 6/1/2009 8:39:00 PM
Good product for me! I have fine hair, average amount, but no natural lift at the roots. I think I've used a good number of the root-boosting products on the market and this is definitely a favorite-have repurchased at least 5 or 6 times. One can lasts me several months, so I think it's a good value at about 16 dollars.
I like this lipgloss. I haven't noticed the smell some people mention. I think I've used Dreamy and Flirt. Both are good colors for me and have decent staying power...I just don't expect a lipgloss to last all day. It's not a big deal to me to reapply! This is one of my favorite d/s l/g brands.
Cleansers -Equate - 3-1 Facial Cleansing Towelettes
sj3663 6/1/2009 7:02:00 PM
I like 'em! These are not my primary method of makeup removal, but they are great for removing makeup before the gym or wiping off after, If I need to freshen up my makeup for an evening event and don't have time to totally start over, I use these to remove all but my eye mu. They're unscented and really gentle on my sensitive skin. I like them as well as any other cleansing wipe. They serve their purpose well! Note: To totally remove ALL of my makeup, I would typically use three sheets.
Too abrasive. Exfoliation doesn't have to be so harsh! Also, makes a huge mess...yuck. I now exfoliate by using Murad BHA/AHA cleanser a few times a week or by using the Aloette enzyme peel. Both great on my sensitive skin.
Love this stuff. Always have several tubes around and I apply every night before going to bed. My lips are always soft and smooth. One of my essentials!
Treatments -Murad - Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex
sj3663 5/20/2009 10:15:00 AM
This stuff has worked for me--for what I wanted it to do. This year (I'm 31) I realized *finally* the damage sun does to my skin and that sun exposure is no longer just making me a pretty tan, but is causing hyperpigmentation--large blotchy "freckles" on my cheeks and nose, and a large brown splotch over my upper lip, darkness around my mouth in general. So, I'm doing the sunscreen thing everyday now, but was anxious to lessen the hyperpigmentation--heavy foundation and concealer just won't last on my face in the heat of the summer here. So, I researched a bit and landed on the Murad Environmental Shield products to try. I started off using the Daily Renewal Complex every other day only--I have redness and easily irritated skin. The serum is applied to a damp face after cleansing and it DOES sting a bit for about a minute. Not really enough to cause discomfort. Three weeks later, I am hunting for the places on my face I was applying extra concealer to. (Still faintly there,but MUFE F&B is covering without additional concealer--was using MUFE Full Cover). I am so pleased-especially since I thought it might take a really long time for ME to see results, using only every other day. The past few nights I have been able to apply the serum nightly--I've built up a tolerance?? I can honestly say this serum does not irritate my redness anymore than anything else. (My face is red from the light friction of a soft washcloth). Using the serum at night, my skin is as "calm" as it ever is by morning. This stuff is expensive, so I'm hoping with vigilant sun protection I won't need this again. And, since I've seen recipes for homemade Vitamin C serums, I might try that before purchasing this again. BUT, if I ever have the HP problem again and I need it gone FAST, I would buy this again with no hesitation.
A pretty, shimmery beige shadow. It just about matches my skin tone-maybe a bit darker, if anything. I have very deep set eyes and like it on my eyelid-the subtle shimmer brightens my eye without being over the top. Initially, I was disappointed the color wasn't lighter (I really was looking for a highlight color), but I'm finding shroom useful! I don't know if I'll purchase again, may try something new. EDIT: it's not really working. Tried applying as a wash without another color and it shows up almost a peachy champagne color that is not complimentary to my skin and I looked a bit sick around the eyes. I think I'm sending this one back. :(
I like this liner! It's soft, applies easily and is easy to smudge. I like that it's subtle, it's not nearly as purple-purple as the photo on the MAC site (at least it's showing a very true purple on my monitor!!) It's more like a deep brownish purple. Very flattering to green eyes and wearable with neutral looks. Perfect for me. Edit: The weather got warmer and the eye kohl started to smudge too badly to keep. So, back to MAC and I hate it because I really like the color look.
Lip Gloss -Bobbi Brown - Shimmer Lip Gloss - Rose Sugar
sj3663 5/16/2009 5:18:00 PM
I'm working on my second tube. A bit pricey, but lasts me a long time. This is a stick lip gloss, but I don't mind that, so not an issue for me. Long-lasting--which I appreciate as I need something to stand up against my coffee drinking habit!! Most important, pretty,pretty color on me (cool,fair,blonde).
Blush -Clinique - Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid
sj3663 5/16/2009 5:13:00 PM
I say I'd buy it again, but I don't think I've ever run out of a blush! I'm very fair, cool-toned with blonde hair. I've had a very hard time finding a blush that doesn't look dirty/brown or orangey on my skin and this one is none of those things! I do have to use it sparingly--I am quite pale and have to blend-blend-blend to avoid bright streaks/spots of color. Looks pretty and fresh!
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - Wear Infinite Quad in Very Violet
sj3663 5/16/2009 5:07:00 PM
I think this is a decent little quad for the money. Looked nice on my fair, cool compexion/against green eyes. It's a good stand-by for me. I used the top right and bottom left colors the most. They are a bit chalky/dusty, but not annoyingly so (to me). The e/s makes it through the work-day with no problem. I might not buy it again, since I've discovered other brands, but I don't regret the purchase! The packaging stinks--early on the "hinge" of the cover broke and THAT's not been fun (makes it hard to carry and I take my makeup bag everywhere!)