This was in impulse buy. I thought, if they didn't work out, at least I could use them like stencils for liquid liner -- like a guide. Nope. Either I have tiny eyeballs or these things are huge. On me, these are way to large and the shape is wrong for my lid shape. No amount of adjusting helped. Also, they are super sticky and are a bit uncomfortable to remove if you're fussing with it and adjusting. After just 30 minutes with them, my eye lids are a bit red, puffy, and I have a headache, oddly enough. Having said that,the delicate inner corners refused to stick. I'm pretty sure the headache is from repeatedly pressing them down. I suppose this is what the glue is for that's included in the box. The packaging is cheap for the price. I would have liked to have seen them in a metal tin or something, not a flimsy cardboard box for $60. As I played with them, they became less and less sticky as I applied, removed, and reapplied them. I wanted to like these. I don't. (sad face)
Oh, Maybelline Voluptuous Lash Stiletto Mascara . . . how I hate thee. Let me count the ways: 1) You smell funny, like wax and paint. 2) Your applicator feels like an artificial Christmas tree branch on my lashes. 3) You clump. A lot. 4) After you're done clumping, you flake.
This brush functions as a cross between a flat shader and a fluffy blender. The bristles are very soft and it appears to be solidly put together. As for function, I like it, but only for a certain style. You can pack on color with this brush, but it takes more work than with a MAC 239 or other flat shader. This brush will blend as it applies, which is nice, so it kind of makes up for it. I use it exclusively for one or two color looks were I don't want a seriously heavy color. I get a really soft application with this brush.
My problem with this brush that retails for $18 for is that I am almost positive it is a private label Luna Series BK10 Oval Camoflage available from Crown Brush or Morphe Brushes, just a little fluffier. The ferrel, handle, etc. all look and feel like the Luna Series with a private label silk screened onto the handle. These brushes retail for around $3. I'm not impressed with the quality of this brush as compared to the price. For nearly $20, I want something a bit higher quality.
Still a good brush just not worth the price.
Misc Beauty Tools -Eve Pearl - Tri-fold Eyebrow Razor
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 9:29:00 PM
I am very happy that I bought this for 60% on a discount website because the quality is so disappointing.
From the picture, it looks like this is a metal straight razor. It's not. It's plastic, flimsy, and the blade is cheap. It's a steel blade, but it's flimsy and cheap and impossible to sharpen.
As far as hair removal, these do an ok job. They are a little rough and can make your skin look dry. I'd suggest moisturizing afterward.
These retail for $5 and even though that is very cheap, I think it's too much for the quality. I bought two of these, one for personal use and one for my kit. Once these go dull, I'm going to try to find a better quality tool for hair removal.
I really like this mascara. I received a trial size in one of the Smoke Out kits and fell in love. I have little stubbins for eyelashes, so this small, tight brush works really well for me. You can't apply it quickly, or you'll get Spider Lashes, but overall it meets my three basic requirements for mascara: 1) doesn't smell like paint, 2) doesn't clump with one coat, and 3) doesnt' flake off after four hours.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Black Out Mascara
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 7:58:00 PM
This mascara was ok in how it applied but it didn't wear well for me. It flaked after a while and if you happen to cry while wearing this, you're likely to look like Alice Cooper afterward. It was pretty ridiculous. I've never had a mascara run that badly. Wow.
I really like Opulash. Normally, I prefer Lancome mascaras, but Opulash really surprised me. This formula is moderately thick and not runny at all. The brush is HUGE but it's manageable. I do tend to get it on my upper lid if I'm not careful. One coat will give you a very natural, feathery look. Two coats will up the drama. Three coats may clump. Coat with care. It wears well. I haven't experienced any flaking or smudging and it doesn't run much on me, even when I cry. It's not terribly difficult to remove, either. I use an oil-based cleanser and it comes off with gentle massage. I'd definitely keep buying this, since the price is much less than Lancome.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Shakedown Matte Eyeshadow
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 3:27:00 PM
Shakedown is a great taupe eyeshadow, leaning more toward a deep mushroom. Not only do I love this as an eyeshadow, I contour with it sometimes. It's smooth, very easy to blend despite being matte, and it's very pigmented.
I bought this because I was trying to find the neutral shade in the Smoke Out kits. This wasn't it, but it's almost exactly the same as my skin tone, so I use it almost every day. It's great to clean up the edges of darker shadows, fading them into your brow hightlight, or as an all over color for neutral looks. This isn't a chalky matte and it is very pigmented.
I'm writing this review specifically for the shimmery coal shade I bought. My review of the original Rose is not bad. This stuff, however, is horrible. What could you possibly put in a lip stain to make it taste like paint thinner? Whatever it is . . . it's heinous. I've never had to wash a product off of my lips because the taste made me feel like I was being poisoned. Until now. 1) it's very drying, 2) it's much too shimmery for me, and 3) it tastes of paint thinner.
Blush -The Body Shop - Lip & Cheek Stain - 01 Rose Pink
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 3:19:00 PM
I like this shade. The formula is very thin and it's relatively comfortable to wear. It can be built up to a more intense pink, which I like. This one has no shimmer. It also doesn't taste bad, which I think is important. I use this under red lip liner and lip stick to give them a good base.
Lip Gloss -Chanel - Rouge Allure Laque Dragon no 75 [DISCONTINUED]
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 3:16:00 PM
Dragon is described as a true red, but on me, it pulls very blue-based. Regardless, I love it. It's my "special occasion" red lipstick. Like any other intense red, it takes insurance in the form of lip liner and it also takes a little babysitting throughout the day. Dragon stays on my lips for hours and leaves behind a nice stain. The formula is between that of a lipgloss and a lip stick, so it's very thin but very opaque. Even the applicator is nice . . . one of the few redsI can apply without a brush.
Santal is a peachy nude with slight shimmer. It is gorgeous on my moderately pigmented lips and is my go-to nude color. The formula is thinner and more sheer than some of the darker shades and I do find myself reapplying it more often but it still is beautiful. I use it with a lip liner and that helps quite a bit. This stuff is awesome. It's expensive and when I have to buy a new one, I can't go out to lunch for a week but it's totally worth it.
Lip Gloss -Hard Candy - Mouthing Off Sheer Lip Shine
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 3:04:00 PM
I love these. They are a little sticky (hence removing 1 lippie) but overall, they are a nice, inexpensive gloss that lasts about 2 hours on me if I don't eat or drink. This is one of the only shimmery glosses that don't make my lips feel weirdly numb. Chanel Glossimers do this to me and I'm not sure why. But Hard Candy's Mouthing Off Lip Shines don't and I'm really happy with them. My favorite shade is Gossip and if I could by 50 of these, I would.
Brows -Make Up For Ever - Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector
theserpentsapple 9/30/2010 3:02:00 PM
I have these in every color for my freelance kit and I use number 4 for myself. These take practice to get right. You can easily look like Groucho Marx if you're not careful. I apply these with an angled art brush. Not a stiff angled brow brush, you want something a little floppy. I get the teensiest, tiniest amount and then dab it on the back of my hand. I then paint in soft, short strokes over my extremely sparse brows to simulate the look of hairs. I really like these, but I find that they can sometimes struggle to dry down. I suspect this happens when I've applied too much. I still set these with a little eyeshadow or brow powder, but it really helps to do extremely bold brows, editorial looks, or completely re-create areas were you or your client may be missing hair.