this is my perfect pinky-peachy nude lipgloss, especially for pairing with dramatic dark eyes or bright rosy cheeks. it's a very simple and basic color but for some reason is hard to get exact, so I'm glad I found this gloss. I adore the strong vanilla scent and the cushy, creamy texture of MAC's lipglasses, too!
this foundation was suggested to me via the MAC website's live chat. I've tried applying it with a regular foundation brush(similar to 190) and also with my 187. it definitely applies better with the flatter brush, but either way it's a little tricky to manipulate how much coverage you want and where. I also felt like sometimes it made my pores really show, and I'd have to apply powder over it. I think this formula would work well but only on very specific skin types.
Skincare - Body -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Tea Tree Gel
wllow 8/26/2008 10:42:00 AM
as much as I love the effects of tea tree oil on my acne-prone skin, the smell is overwhelming to say the least. I had an unexpected stay at the hospital and asked my mom to buy some toiletries for overnight. she couldn't find any tea tree oil at the store, but brought me this gel instead. I was worried at first, but the ingredients seemed pretty good and when I tried it out I was impressed with the smell! it applies easily from the cute tube and quickly soaks into the skin, so I can apply it in the morning and not worry about oily spots. I highly recommend this to anyone who uses tea tree oil or has considered it!
Seeing as this is one of few Tendertones not yet sold out on MAC's website, I'm assuming it's not a very popular shade but I can't see why! this is the perfect gloss for fall, adding a nice purple-red tint over bare lips or any other lip color. I carry this with me at all times! the smell and texture are great, I only wish there was a better way to apply it than with the finger digging around the pot. I hope they keep this shade though, because I love it and will definitely repurchase.
I love this blush, but with my NW15 skintone, I have to apply this VERY carefully! the first time I used it, I tried to apply it like my everyday blush, NARS Orgasm, and looked like an absolute clown. there is a lot of pigment to this, and quite a bit of product, so while I would buy again this single jar may last a lifetime! I have now learned to barely touch my brush to the color, and gently blend into both cheeks. I get a beautiful flush that works perfectly with my coloring and will look great with all seasons. this is a great blush and I'd love to try the other Mineralize shades now!
after trying the colorless version and falling in love, I decided to see if the tints were any good as well. the product is basically the same, plus color, which is great because I love the original's formula so much. the cherry tint is a buildable, soft pinky-red, leaving a stained look similar to the effect of eating a red candy or popsicle. it is very similar to benetint, although I much prefer this stick application. the cherry flavor is faint, which some may be disappointed by, but I am not such a fan of strong, artificial flavors. I highly recommend this tinted balm!
I am literally in love with this. when I was buying some Nivea lotion at the drugstore a few weeks ago, I saw a display for these balms and thought I'd give it a try. I'll explain first that I am ADDICTED to lipstuff. I have dozens of lipsticks, three times as many glosses, and even more chapsticks and balms. the second I tried Nivea's, I knew it was absolutely perfect for me; it reminds me of an expensive balm my mom owns, which I constantly steal. the wide, rounded stick makes for easy application, and the balm itself is almost amazing: it is not waxy, greasy, sticky, hard/dry, etc. it soaks in and softens the lips, so that they feel very smooth and hydrated all day. I have started throwing out all of my other balms, knowing that I'll probably never use them again. I highly recommend and I will be repurchasing many times over.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme
wllow 8/19/2008 10:39:00 AM
I absolutely love this moisturizer! it might even be HG material. I use this all over: my oily, acne-prone face, my hands, my elbows, and anywhere else that might need a little softness and hydration. it has a light, creamy consistency that soaks into the skin and can be built up for areas that might be extra dry(which is great for my face when I'm breaking out). I can't complain about the price, and I love the 99 cent travel sized containers of the stuff! it means I can take this with me everywhere.
completely unnecessary, but I still use it multiple times every day! it's a great way to moisturize my oily skin on the go. the fine mist and clean scent are very refreshing, especially now during the summer, or when I get home from working all day. enkore has a youtube video detailing all the ways to use this product, which is especially helpful.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
wllow 8/18/2008 3:41:00 PM
this is a great foundation brush; I use it every day and it evens out my skin perfectly. application is easy, very fast, and makes my skin look much better with foundation than my previous foundation brush. my only complaint is that my brush has been shedding like CRAZY, even after multiple washes and uses. every single time I use/wash it, hairs of all sizes fall out and it is pretty frustrating because the brush was so expensive!
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
wllow 8/5/2008 1:34:00 AM
it seems to me like Hope in a Jar is very hit or miss, all depending on who's using it. I am extremely acne-prone and oily, though I get dry spots during the winter. I've only gotten to use Hope in a Jar over the past few summer months, but I have to say that I would only use it during the summer anyway. it soaks right into the skin, and it seems impossible to over-moisturize with the stuff. this is why I would only use Hope in a Jar in summer, because it moisturizes but keeps my skin from getting greasy so makeup doesn't melt off, but in winter it would be too dry. it did not aggravate acne; in fact, during my periods(when my acne gets its worst), my acne seemed a lot calmer. I currently am using Hope in a Jar in the morning until it gets cold outside, and a cheaper, thicker moisturizer at night. I'm trying to be stingy with it since it's so pricey! I'd love to recommend this to everyone, but really you won't know if it works for you until you try it.
I'm not a big falsies wearer, so I've only ever used this glue. however, I'm confident that there are glues out there that would be way better. I tried using this product multiple times with some false lashes, each time with the same result. at first the lashes stay in place beautifully, with very little mess. after about 20 minutes or so, though, parts start popping off(sometimes the end, sometimes right in the middle!). I've tried preventing this by stubbornly pushing the false lashes against my lid until the glue is dry, but no matter. luckily, I have never left the house with this on and had this flub happen in public!
when I first saw the Starflash swatches, Smoke and Diamonds was not at the top of my "to buy" list, but so many rave reviews on youtube, MUA, and Specktra convinced me to try it out and I'm so glad I did! although the MAC site describes it as a taupe, I think it's more of a warm, wolfish grey(which may be because of the silver shimmer). a light wash makes pretty, neutral shimmers on my NW15 skin, but I can easily build it up for a gorgeous smokey eye. the color looks like it will be flattering on just about anyone. I have heard lots of people say that this will become an outrageously popular shadow, and now that I've tried it for myself I agree!
Eye Shadow -MAC - Mink & Sable - Starflash Collection
wllow 8/4/2008 9:04:00 PM
Mink and Sable is a great Fall neutral eyeshadow and I'm glad I got it. I am NW15 and on me, the color is a smokey olive green with a perfect golden sheen. it looks great as a solid wash, but does play well with others(especially those also in the Starflash line). I hope it's not LE, although apparently Sumptuous Olive is very similar.
Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Foundation Brush
wllow 8/4/2008 8:59:00 PM
the foundation brush I have is the two-toned one. it is very, very, soft, wide, and provides an even application. I have experienced zero shedding or streaks! I use it to apply my MAC Studio Tech, a cream foundation. it picks up the makeup and deposits it on my face effortlessly, without "eating it up," as other reviewers have put it(which is important when you have a pricey foundation!). this brush makes it easy to build and buff in coverage, so that it lasts for a long time and doesn't look caked on. I highly recommend this brush. I would buy again, although hopefully I won't have to since it's great quality.