I have this in Stormy and Retox. Stormy is a plummy purple with red and silver glitter and Retox is a pale nude pink with a silver glitter (though a lot less than Stormy). I really only bought these (actually I bought Stormy, Retox was a gift) because Kat Von D made'em, and I am a HUGE fan. I bought them when her line was brand new, so it was a novelty purchase. And the packaging is BEAUTIFUL. With the roses, it's lovely. The glosses themselves are actually quite nice though. They smell super yummy, like cake or something It's delicious. They have a nice texture and are pretty shiny. I like Stormy more than Retox, it's more pigmented and the shade looks really pretty with my colouring. Retox is very sheer, good for the nude lip look, but not really worth $26 in my opinion. They're quite expensive, but they're decent. I would repurchase Stormy (with gift card perhaps, it is a little steep), but I'd pass on Retox. I much prefer her Painted Love liquid lipstick to these though.
Oh I love this colour! The prettiest aquamarine-y, turquoise shade with a pearly shimmer. Lovely for summer! Looks striking on toes. It's a little pricey, but I like the colour a lot, so I'd repurchase.
This is such a pretty gloss. I like everything about it; the colour, the smell (especially! so yummy!), the shine, the shimmer, and the packaging. Oh, and the price too. Can't forget that! It's pretty cheap (for Sephora at least) and you get quite a bit in the tube. It's a nice shade, a soft, shimmery, peachy pink. Not too pigmented, but enough. My only qualm with it is that it has a tendency to goop up in the corners of your mouth. You know when you get that white ring around your lips? But I like everything else about it, and I'd really like to try other shades.
I am so completely in love with this palette. I bought it on a whim, and it's one of the best purchases I've made at Sephora (and I've made a lot!). It's like it was made for me. My colouring's unusual, so it's difficult for me to find shades of eyeshadow that flatter me, especially palettes. I have very, very fair skin, dark blonde hair and dark brown eyes, and almost every shade of this palette looks incredible on me. The shades are: a soft, shimmery buff (kind of a pale, milky beige colour), a matte nude brown (like butterscotch), a super-shimmery rosy gold, a super-shimmery (and quite pigmented) mossy olive green, a matte warm cocoa brown, a shimmery pale gold, a matte, pale lavender pink, a shimmery, golden mauv-y plum (my absolute FAVOURITE eyeshadow shade), a shimmery bronzy brown, and a slightly shimmery, dark grey-ish navy. I use all of the colours, some more than others. But all of them none the less. The pale gold, cocoa brown, golden plum and dark navy the most. The moss green is my least favourite, it looks a little heavy on me so I don't wear it much, and when I do, it requires a lot of blending. I cannot express how much I love the plum shade though. It looks amazing with my brown eyes, and I get compliments on it all the time. I would honestly shell out for the whole palette just for the plum shade alone. It's that good! I wear the gold with the dark navy in the outer corners and creases all the time for a great (and easy!) smoky look. And I get compliments on it almost everytime I wear it. The eyeliners are nice, I really like the plummy brown (it looks great with the plum shadow!), and the brush is decent. The colour payoff is good, they blend well and last, but I give it 5 lippies for the colours!
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
verynicehowmuch 5/14/2011 3:13:00 AM
I just love this stuff. Love, love, love this stuff. It smells so good, and moisturizes well. I use it every day, under lipstick, on it's own for a soft shine, on cuticles, before bed, for everything! Love the cute tin and it's super-reasonable price. It's a beauty staple for me. I've got many of my friends hooked on it!
I wanted to love this. I really, really did. I have sensitive, combination skin, which has a tendency to get very oily in the t-zone (however, my skin's pretty clear, aside from hormonal chin break outs). I hate having to touch up makeup throughout the day, blotting and reapplying powder, and my oiliness drives me crazy. My makeup looks great when just applied, but after a few hours, cue the *whomp whomp*. It gets really shiny, oxidizes (ie. turns orange), smears, and eventually looks dried out and cakey. Just lovely. So when I saw this in Sephora, it was a Hallelujah moment. Skin free of oil, makeup looking freshly applied for 16 hours. 16 HOURS. So I bought it (with a gift card of course, I don't know if I would've shelled out $36 for it) and expected my skin woes to be history. The first couple days of using it, I was in love. I applied as directed (under and over makeup) and though my skin wasn't entirely oil-free and my makeup didn't look perfect for 16 hours, it certainly helped. My skin was significantly less shiny, I required far fewer touch ups, and my makeup looked great for about 8-10 hours. After 16, it had only minor signs of wear. I was pleased. But then, it was like my skin just got used to it. It stopped working. Oil-free skin for a hour less, then another hour less, then almost exactly like before. I was so disappointed. I tried everything; applying it only after foundation, only under foundation, from a few inches away, from a foot away, everything. Nothing worked. I give it two lippies because it does make my makeup look a little better. It may not be oil-free for long, but it keeps it looking fresh for a decent amount of time. I definitely wouldn't spend $36 on it again though! It certainly isn't worth that. I'm curious to try the All-Nighter spray though, I've heard good things about it.
Pressed Powders -Cover Girl - Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder
verynicehowmuch 5/14/2011 2:35:00 AM
I've repurchased this many times, and though I know there are better powders out there, this is my go-to. It's cheap and it works (well enough at least). I have it in the lightest shade and it matches my very fair skin well. It's a little yellow, which usually doesn't work with my cool skintone, but it's like a very soft, pale yellow that seems to make my skin look really fair, fresh and flawless (the 3 f's of beautiful skin!). It sets my makeup quite nicely and gives my skin a perfect matte porcelain finish when applied after foundation. And it does a decent job of controlling oil (way better than the other Cover Girl powders). But I don't love it. It takes some practice to apply (the first time I used it, I applied it like I would my Clean powder for normal skin, it went on really, really heavy. I wasn't expecting it, and I had very thick layer of chalky powder on my forehead that refused to blend. So I warn you, apply sparingly), and when touched up throughout the day, it can look cakey. It has a tendency to mix with my foundation and oxidize (ie. turn orange). But for a drugstore powder, it's decent. It does what it says.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Glosswear for Lips -Black Honey [DISCONTINUED]
verynicehowmuch 5/14/2011 2:14:00 AM
This is my every day lipgloss. It's the perfect gloss for your purse, as it's: - easy to apply without a mirror - a neutral colour that goes with everything, brightens up your face, and doesn't compete with heavy eye makeup - actually pigmented, so it gives your lips a nice rosy sheen (unlike many glosses that go on completely clear) - very moisturizing (also unlike many glosses that with frequent applications dry out your lips) I like to layer it with the Black Honey lipstick to punch it up a little and add extra shine. It's a good gloss; reasonably priced (for a department store brand), conditioning, and the colour is really great. The Black Honey shade is fantastic. However, I don't like it quite as much I like the lipstick. I prefer the higher colour payoff and texture of the lipstick (the lipstick is very light, this gloss is a little heavy if over-applied). The main reason I deducted a lippy is because I find that it has a strange, off-putting smell. I never noticed this when I bought it, but after wearing it for a few months, I started to notice that it smelled a little off, like it had gone bad or something, I'm not sure. Anyways, it's a decent lipgloss, but if given the choice, I'd take the lipstick version.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
verynicehowmuch 5/14/2011 1:57:00 AM
This is hands down, my absolute favourite lipstick. It looks perfect with my colouring (very fair, dark blonde hair, dark brown eyes), and gives that fantastic "just-bitten" look. The contrast it creates against my milky white skin looks lovely. On me, it goes on a sheer, slightly shiny rosy, plummy, almost brownish red (complicated, but the colour is unique and as advertised, looks different on everyone) Best of all, it's goof-proof! I can apply it easily without a mirror, as it goes on incredibly smooth and is moisturizing enough to not stick to flaky skin. One or two coats is my every day look, just enough colour to look polished, not enough to compete with my dark eye makeup. Add a few extra and it becomes quite dramatic. I will definitely keep buying this!