Lipstick -New York Color - Ultra Moist Lip Wear Retro Red 308B
sunmaid 4/24/2007 2:02:00 AM
I'm giving it a five with a little consideration to the price. The color is perfect for me, I'm an olive nc35-40. I also tried Sheer Red, and to me this is the winner. The formula is creamier, the color brighter and more of a true red. It does bleed and feather, so some sort of lipliner or reverse lipliner is a must. It holds up pretty well, and the stain that is left is a decent color in itself. I don't like the packaging at all, but for the price ... who cares?
I almost purchased a full bottle because I loved the initial smell so much. I mean, I wanted to hate it, but the fruity smell was neither cloying nor plastic. It smelled really good, a true fruity smell for about 20-30 minutes. Then, like Miami Glow and Still, it started to smell funky and furry. To me, J Lo perfumes just don't have a nice base and to me that is what distinguishes really great perfumes. It was a really acrid, harsh smell that eventually turned into just a blah but still noticable smell. I would rather it just fade away entirely. Anyway, the delicious fruity smell did not last particularly long so I will always remember to check it out on the skin before purchasing. Ibiza Hippie and Rockin Rio are better choices for similar perfumes, at least for me.
It is pigmented, but there is also a translucent quality that doesn't come in most cream to powder formulas. In texture, it reminds me more of NARS cream blushes, almost gel-like and buildable. I wanted this not as a blush, though, but as a corrector for undereyes. I read on a beauty blog - beautyaddict - that a Becca MA used this scarily bright peachy coral blush for the undereyes. It does really work, which is amazing. You still need a light concealer but it gets rid of the blueish darkness that peeks through even heavy concealers. And I have very dark and very blue circles when I don't get my ZZZZs. I wouldn't waste it on my lips, lol.
I am torn with the review. I saw the color listed in the credits for a picture in Allure and I had to have it. It is gorgeous, and IMO fairly unique. It's definitely more pink than lilac and the silver shimmer is gorgeous. Lilac sky is not too cool either because it's sheer and even though I'm tan and olive-toned and I thought this would look like a frosty porny mess, it looks beautiful and natural-ish. It feels great at first but the sparkles last much longer than the color. The problem with this lipstick and with Chanel lipsticks in general is that the tube of lipstick breaks off far down the column. Third Chanel lipstick that has done this on me; no other brand to date has broken off. This makes it difficult to apply and the color is so sheer that it does not lend itself to application with a brush.
If you want more options for neutrals, this is a good choice because the colors are rose and dusky lavender but they are muted and matte so they can be applied subtlely. It's a good choice for green-eyes, too, because there is enough pink and purple pigment to pick up the eye color, but not so much you get pink bunny eye or bruised eye and you can wear it to the office or other conservative environments. It doesn't scream eye make-up, just pretty eyes. I really like to wear the rose side as a wash, and the lavender smoked out from the lashline and into the outer corner, for more drama just add black liner, the duo is neutral enough for that. A champagne highlighter with some pinkiness like MAC Jest or Stila Starlight looks great with it.
This palette is sheer - which isn't bad if you want a neutral/natural look. They're pretty colors - almost gold. The brush included isn't horrible, probably not the best you could use though. The darkest color for lining is not so great - it would be better to line with something else. If you don't have similar colors, I would recommend it. If you already have these colors then this is nothing special formula-wise. It is nice to have basically a monocromatic palette with various intensities though.
Aubergine is a good description - the swatches as Sephora and drugstore.com are not - the Nars site is pretty good. You can smudge it if you want to or you can leave it neat, and that's what I want in an eyeliner. It is bright so it doesn't go on too darkly. I agree, good for green eyes (and I imagine all other colors).
For me, this is a blush. I'm medium, olive-toned, brown hair, and it's peachy maybe with a little bronze,and lovely shimmer. There's a ton of product in a multiple, and I warm it up on my hand first and it glides on well, just use my fingers to blend it in better and everything looks nice and glowy. I've tried it on lips and it looks good layered with some gloss. I think it could be good on eyes, making it a somewhat true multiple.
I take large leaps of faith when ordering NARS products because I rarely go to a counter. When I received this I was scared - it's coral red! That's not right! I had images of looking like Bozo, so I put it up for swap. Then I decided to try it, you only live once after all, and I loved it. I see no browniness when I put it on. Just a good, healthy coral-red flush when barely dusted on. Considering the hint of product needed to create the desired effect, I see no reason that I'd ever run out of it but if I did, I would repurchase in a heartbeat.
This looks gorgeous in the pan. On skin it looks totally different, but gorgeous still. It looks straight-up tawny gold, maybe a little peach in the compact, but on me there is definite pinkiness enough to qualify it as indeed a blush, and a very glowing, natural looking one at that. I have medium olive skin.
I wondered what the name referred to so I checked wikipedia: "In Brazil, the sertão (meaning "backland" in Portuguese) refers to the semi-arid region in Northeastern Brazil comprising parts of the states of Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and Piauí."
Okay, for seem reason I didn't really read the product description before obtaining this. I was like "easy eye brightening - I'm there!" I thought it was a double-ended pencil. So when it came and it had springs and spongy applicators, I panicked. It's actually two very small tubes filled with loose powder - one shimmery, one matte. Each end has a differently shaped applicator - one is more rounded, the other pointed. I am merely a journeyman (if that) when it comes to technique, but this is fairly goofproof. It works! Easy eye brightening.
I thought this was going to be heady, HG type stuff. It wasn't. The one thing it does that no other product in my stash can replicate is covering eyebrow straggles. So if you wax like me and hate looking at outliers, this is good for covering them. I really can't think of a similar color to it, it's pinky and yellow and cool all at the same time. It's almost borderline too light for me - I wish they would come out with one that was more golden. The one big gripe I have is that it really shows up in photos with flash, it looks very chalky blue-pink.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
sunmaid 4/25/2006 11:25:00 PM
Without Aquaphor, my lips would be a bleeding, chapped mess. So, I love it. I've also used it for softening skin on feet, elbows, and hands and during the winter when I walk my dogs to protect my entire face. I've tried the little tube of it - packaged like lip balm. To me, this was not nearly as effective as the large tube or the tub for my lips. I don't know why.
This is great for applying bronzer, but I like it more for blending after doing contouring or buffing away some over-zealously applied blush. Everything looks blended into the skin after going over it with this brush. It gets the job done.
First off, I am a huge fan of "Blow Out." That means that I love to hate Jonathan Antin. And so, I was very much ready to despise this product because I watched what a whiny prissypants he was while developing it. Alas, I like it. Trust me, this isn't what I wanted. First, the smell is grand so I just like my hair smelling this way. Second, the results aren't half-bad. I use a very small amount, warm it up in my hands and run it through my hair. It causes my hair to curl up a little in nice chunky sections. So far, out of all the texturizing products I've used - mostly low-end though - this is by far the best - no greasiness, no frizzing, a little heaviness, but sometimes that is what's needed.