Eye Shadow -MAC - Making it Easy mineralize eyeshadow trio
wondrfull1 5/12/2011 4:09:00 PM
I found this at CCO a few weeks ago and have been wearing it at least twice a week since. It is a very flattering color combo for fair-skinned redheads – and probably other skin/hair types, but I can only speak for myself. I use the lightest shade for my lid, the peachy medium brown shade for the crease and the darkest red-brown to deepen the outer crease. The look is clean and understated, but the peachy tones are so lovely with red hair. Making it Easy and a black winged liquid eyeliner makes for an easy (hey, it's aptly named) and polished look. A little coral blush and lip gloss, I'm good to go! I may just have to grab another one before they're all gone.
I agree with the reviewer who said this smells like cologne. I recoiled as soon as I sprayed this on my face, and knew I'd have to return it. The manly scent is really overpowering, I could smell it on myself for hours. I do love the smell of lavender, but this does not smell like lavender to me. The combination of fragrances in the Lavender Fix+ is almost musky. When I went to Nordstrom to return it yesterday, the SA told me they've been getting a lot of complaints that it smells like Old Spice. So there you have it.
I'm surprised by the first review of this item. I think this is a wonderful travel-friendly palette and the eye shadows are Stila's usual outstanding quality: smooth, highly pigmented, and easy to work with. I usually prefer the matte formula, but the shimmer on these isn't over the top. The colors are gorgeous as well, and they look the same on my eyes as they do in the palette. The only color I probably won't be using often is Flamingo, the bright fuchsia color... I'm just not a fuchsia eye shadow kinda gal. I purchased it on Stila's website last week for $12, but yesterday I saw some at Nordstrom Rack for $9.97! Doesn't get much better than that.
As others have stated, Etrusque is a gorgeous color. The only reason I'm not completely thrilled about it is that it looks almost identical to Urban Decay's Half Baked on me. Half Baked has been my favorite gold eye shadow up until this point, but the colors are so close that I don't think it's necessary to own both. On my fair skin tone, the only difference is that Etrusque is less metallic than Half Baked.
I love the Pearlglide Intense eyeliners, I hope MAC brings them into their permanent collection. I'm not usually a glitter gal, but these aren't over the top. So far I've purchased Undercurrent, Designer Purple (both from the Art Supplies collection) and now Lord it Up (A Tartan Tale collection). On me, the color of Lord it Up is almost identical to Urban Decay's Whiskey, which is my favorite brown eye pencil. Urban Decay has yet to release Whiskey as a full-sized liner, so Lord it Up is a nice alternative for me. Lord it Up is just a touch warmer/bronzier and has teeny sparkles in it – like a darker version of UD Bourbon. MAC describes it as a bronze with pearl, and as usual I find the description inaccurate. I'd say Lord it Up is more of a warm shimmery dark brown. Glides on super smoothly and stays put all day. I knocked off one lippie only because the pencils are so soft that it's hard to get a real thin line unless you sharpen constantly, but that's just a minor gripe.
I grabbed this on whim yesterday and I'm so glad I did. I went to Nordstrom with some Back2Mac empties and had every intention of picking up a new red shade to add to my collection. I wanted Lady Danger, but found out it was only available at the MAC freestanding store. I didn't see any other reds I wanted, but See Sheer suddenly caught my eye. I swatched it and thought that I must have ten colors like this, but I got it anyway. Once I got home and put it on my lips I realized I'd found my new favorite every day lipstick. The closest colors I have to it in my collection are Made to Order (now my OLD favorite every day color) and Ravishing. Ravishing is definitely more opaque since it's a Cremesheen. It's also a little bit lighter than See Sheer and more orange-coral. Made to Order and See Sheer are both Lustres, so they are buildable and more moisturizing than many of the other formulas. See Sheer is a pinker, less frosty Made to Order. It's also more flattering on my warm, fair, slightly freckly skin tone. I love that it's sheer enough that I can put it on without even looking in the mirror, too.
When I tried this on, I didn't think it would work for me. I am fair-skinned and I have bright coppery red hair. Warm shades usually look best on me, and this seemed to be too cool. I did some experimenting by mixing it with a couple different lipsticks and lip liners, and found a winner with MAC's Chicory lip pencil. Transformed Cyndi from a berry/dark pink shade to a coral/light red. If you have fair/warm skin and this looks too cool on you, I recommend trying it with Chicory or another warm liner... it makes all the difference!
This is my new favorite blush! The perfect coral color for the summer. I've seen other reviewers compare it to MAC Melba, but I have both and they look very different on my fair, slightly freckly skin. On me, Melba is more peach and even leans toward red if I put on too much. It is a lot more pigmented than Instant Chic and I have to apply it with a very light hand or use a stippling brush. Both are beautiful colors, but I think Instant Chic is harder to overdo because it's lighter and the Sheertone formula is more buildable than the Matte. I'd recommend this blush to anyone looking for a color to brighten up their face without overdoing it. This one's practically fool-proof.
Conditioner -Bumble & Bumble - Alojoba Conditioner
wondrfull1 4/19/2010 2:50:00 PM
What a waste. My hair is in better condition with no conditioner at all than with this. I have fine, straight hair that doesn't tangle very often, but the Alojoba conditioner left it all knotted up and reeking of perfume. I've tried several Bumble & Bumble products now and I just don't understand the hype. All their shampoos contain sulfates which are very cheap and bad for the hair. If you want a conditioner that actually conditions, I suggest Abba Moisture Scentsation.
Cleansers -Urban Decay - Clean and Sober Oil Free Makeup Remover
wondrfull1 12/24/2009 2:05:00 AM
Youch... this stuff burns! I just used it for the first time 10 minutes ago and my eye is still stinging. I say "eye" because I didn't dare use it on my other eye after I swiped the first one with it. I can't tell you how well it removes makeup because I'm not a masochist. I barely touched my lid and felt a horrible burning sensation, like I had put ammonia in my eye (not that I've tried this, but I can imagine). Luckily I still had the one good eye to guide me to the hall closet, so I could grab my trusty Pond's cold cream to put out the fire. If you have sensitive eyes, stay away from this stuff. I'm hoping it'll work as a brush cleaner or toilet disinfectant because it's not going near my face again.
Well Dressed has quickly become one of my favorite blushes. I wear it more than any other color because I use it as sort of a base coat. For me, it is too light to wear on its own, but it looks wonderful paired with other blushes. I've started wearing it underneath my other favorites such as Fleurry, The Perfect Cheek, Blushbaby, Gingerly, Pink Swoon, Cantaloupe and various others. I put Well Dressed on the apples of my cheeks and the other blush on my cheekbones... it gives the most wonderful light pink glow. I don't like wearing a cheek highlight during the day because it's a bit too much, but Well Dressed is a nice alternative. And the satin finish is definitely my favorite MAC blush type. It's soft and glowing, but not glittery – perfect for daytime, since sparkly blushes are kind of overkill in the sunlight.
This shadow is my favorite matte highlight. It's very versatile and goes well with my cool and warm toned shadows, since the color is almost identical to my natural skin tone (just slightly lighter). I love the Matte2 texture as well... It's so soft and creamy, blends really well and gives my eyes a polished look. As an added bonus, it doubles as a concealer when applied with a damp brush to a pimple or minor skin discoloration. Love this stuff!
I realize I am in the minority here, but I think Flipside is a terrible shadow. Like jojo4411, I found the color payoff pathetic. The first time I used it, I tried to apply it as a liner (wet) and it didn't show up at all, even though I applied it on top of UDPP. I wanted to give it a fair chance, so I tried it again this morning, this time on my lid. I packed it on with my 239 brush on top of UDPP and it showed up a little bit, but it was very sheer, just a translucent bluish shiny tint. For comparison, I applied MAC Talent Pool in the same manner on my other lid. Wow, what a difference! Now this is what the color is supposed to look like: an opaque, pearlized teal with slight golden sheen. I wiped that little bit of Flipside off of my one lid with a wet tissue and put Talent Pool on instead.
Usually I love the quality of UD shadows, but this one is a dud. I didn't try it on top of a paint pot, but hey -- for $16, I shouldn't have to work so hard to get the color to show up (especially since I already have another shadow that does the job better). Maybe I got a bad batch, maybe it's just not compatible with my eyelids... I don't know. But this one's going back to Urban Decay.
I went to Ulta yesterday, but before I left, I decided to check out mascara reviews on here. I was almost out of my Estée Lauder Projectionist (not a bad mascara, but not worth $20), so I thought I'd give another brand a shot. I saw the reviews and knew I had to try this Doll Eye mascara for myself.
Ulta was having a Buy 2, Get 2 Free sale, so I bought 2 Doll Eye mascaras and got an eye shadow trio and felt tip eye liner for free. This was my first NYX purchase and after trying the mascara, I already know I'll be going back for more.
All the glowing reviews on here are true – this is an amazing mascara. I have short, sparse, light lashes and I gave up long ago on the hope that a mascara could give me the illusion of long eye lashes. I just settled for mascaras that didn't clump and made them look a bit fuller, but the Doll Eye mascara makes my lashes look fuller and LONG. They don't look like fake eye lashes, but they look way longer than I've ever seen them. The mascara didn't clump at all and I only needed one coat. I'm telling you, those little fibers are magic. My only complaint is that I didn't hear about this sooner! Oh, and I would be ecstatic if NYX came out with a brown/black shade.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - ExpertWear Eye Shadow- Turquoise Jewel
wondrfull1 5/4/2009 7:33:00 PM
I don't usually like drugstore brand eye shadows, but this one surprised me. A lovely swapper gave this to me as an extra, right after I swapped with someone else for Urban Decay eye shadow in "Shattered." I swatched them both on my hand and they are the exact same color! It's a beautiful frosty light teal that looks amazing with blues, greens and browns. As other reviewers have stated, the color payoff is wonderful. It stays on all day when worn over a base like UDPP, and holds its own with my MAC and Urban Decay eye shadows.
I would definitely purchase this again, but there is so much product in the case (almost twice the amount of Urban Decay and MAC shadows) that I doubt I'll ever need to. Sorry, UD Shattered, you're going back up for swap!