I have sensitive combination skin that leans dry in the winter and quite oily in the summer. This moisturizer comes in an aqua blue glass jar with a screw top lid and is a clear, and tinted slightly blue. It usually includes a clear spatula at the bottom. The packaging is quite pretty and 'clean' in appearance. This is definitely not for dry skin but would be great for someone with oily to combination as this is very lightweight but still fairly moisturizing without provoking more oil production. I use this on my t zone in the winter and on my entire face in the summer. Unfortunately, there is no spf with this moisturizer, but with a formula so light and thin, there is really no point in slapping on enough to get the spf anyway. This dries to a satin to matte finish on me. I also use this as a night cream because although I produce oil like a mofo at night, I also don't want to dry out my skin before I sleep so that I produce more. I bought this for $30CDN at Amore.
Lip Gloss -Physicians Formula - Plump Potion Clear
xPinkStuff 3/4/2011 5:29:00 PM
Okay,so this is DEFINITELY a plumping lip gloss for me. However, it stings the heck out of my lips and is way too strong for me to leave it on for any extended amounts of time. The first time I put it on, I put on a generous amount, being not quite a believer in plumping lip glosses in general. I have pretty average lips,not too thin and not too full and within 2 minutes, this started to prickle pretty painfully and swelled my lips to nearly twice their size. Maybe I had a reaction to an ingredient or something. The lines were completely filled out and they felt very plushy but the size of them really was surprising. My already pigmented lips deepened in colour as well. After 2 minutes, I had to wipe this off and the 'plumping' lasted me about an hour or so without the gloss. So it's waaay too strong for me but what I've started to do is just put a very thin layer on for about 2-5 minutes and then wipe it off. Or put an even thinner layer over chapstick or lipstick and leave it on for the rest of the day. This takes care of the intense glossiness as well and it helps to fill in some of my lip lines. The packaging is ugly and is reminscent of a syrine but you do get a lot of product. The smell is awful,it smells like super chemicals or something. The gloss is very,very thick so this should be relatively long lasting for the most part.The application is with a brush. Overall, I wouldn't buy this again because it stings a little too much for me and I use such small amounts I doubt the current tube will ever be used up. Even if it did though, I wouldn't get it again. I bought this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $6 CDN at a 40% off sale. At walmart, I've seen this for regularly for $13.99 CDN.
Era was one of my first mac products as I was given this as a gift when I first started out into makeup-land. I'm asian with fairly pale skin(don't know my mac colour,sorry) and I quite like this colour. This is exactly like how the other reviewers describe: a soft,tea with milk colour that has a satin finish.It's nicely pigmented,soft and veeery versatile. This can be used to help create more depth beneath stronger, more visible shadows or can be used as a subtle crease colour for a conservative/day look. This is warm colour but its not too warm so I think this would suit most people. I would definitely recommend this as a good neutral colour to buy for anyone.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Alicia Silverstone 5-piece Brush Set
xPinkStuff 12/9/2010 7:26:00 PM
I bought this set for around $16 CDN. I would give this a 3.7 if makeupalley allowed decimals :) Stippling Brush- I originally bought this set because of this brush but it's a disappointment. It's not dense enough to use for liquid and powder foundation so instead I wrap an elastic band around the base of the bristles and use this to apply blush or highlighter. Brow brush and Comb- It's not too bad and not too good. Eyeshadow Brush- This is bit of an odd brush. But I do use this to blend harsh eyeshadow lines and to apply a sheer wash of eyeshadow in a more precise shape. EDIT: I found a discontinued mac brush called the #275 and this brush is almost the same thing,from the pictures anyway. Blush brush: It's actually smaller than the blush brush that they sell separately and this is my favourite brush out of the whole set.It's soft and dense enough to apply blush,highlighter and setting powder sometimes.I have a small face so this is the perfect size blush brush for me. About the bag itself,I think the loops are great for travel and it's not too bad at all. I have a pencil case from staples that is almost the same thing but without the brush loops and the clear pocket. Overall, I think this isn't a essential brush set and the other sets from ecotools are much better but I don't really regret the $16 I spent because I can still use the brushes for some purposes.
I have combination skin with an oily T-zone.I usually don't wear anything else except for concealer and this. I bought this originally to even out my skin tone but now use it as that and as a finishing powder to slightly mattify my face. And it works for about 5 hours before I have to blot and reapply. It's extremely silky so it kind of gets all over the place if you rub the powder too much or too hard. The compact comes with a flat brush in a compartment underneath the powder as well as a mirror. I actually prefer the mirror to be underneath because it remains a little more clean than it would be with the powder. The brush is completely useless so I use my ecotools blush brush with this. I tried this with a skunk brush and it didn't really work as well... I took a lippie off for the useless brush and the $20 price tag (for drugstore,that's a leeetle pricier than usual) but otherwise would definitely buy it again.
Okay, so I have monolids but not oily eyelids. I put on primer before using this but this flaked around the inner corner of my eye and made my eyes irritated after about 2 hours. Around 4-5 hours later, I had to take it off with mu remover that I usually carry for product tests. The finish is also shiny which might not look so great for everyday use. Also, after a few uses to test it out, the 'inner tube' started to come up with the brush so I had to push it back. Not a big deal but it shouldn't come loose like that right? I gave it 2 lippies because the brush is very manageable and the texture of the liquid is nice. It also is super pigmented, it goes on very dark for me. But flaking is a no no for me. Also, a note to the reviewer DKelly10 below, assuming that people who don't like this liner is incapable of applying liner or has some skin condition is very ignorant. The whole point of reviewing is to let others read other opinions.
This is a deeper brick red. I would say this is kind of a 'classy' red, not really a retro or vintage colour at all. I have pale asian skin with both cool and warm undertones and this looks really nice on my skin. The package is matte black with silver. I got this at SDM for around $8. Pros: -Very moisturizing for a matte lipstick,goes on smoothly -Lipstick rolls all the way down! So no awkward scratches on my lipstick Cons: -Emphasizes dryness a bit.But it IS a matte lipstick so... Would I buy this again? Yes, and would even recommend it to other people!
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 5 Pieces Brush Set (Mineral Makeup)
xPinkStuff 7/12/2010 5:59:00 PM
So I've heard about ecotools for a looong time and actually recommend this to my sister who bought the other 5 piece set. Then I just bought this set on impulse awhile ago at Walmart for about $15 (HST!). Washed all of them and none of them shed too! (knock on wood) The Kabuki=The cutest thing ever. It's very soft and great for buffing out everything from liquid to powders. I also washed it and it dried overnight, which is surpising because i have others just as dense that that take longer to dry. The Powder Brush=Really good for blush. I haven't tried it with fdtn yet but I did use it with my msf perfect topping and it is the best brush that I've used yet with the msf.Gives a very soft and subtle highlight. Also it's small enough that I can choose exactly where to place it. Concealer=Very firm and flexible. Just a good concealer brush Eye Brush= Waay too big to use to contour my small-ish eyes. But I use this to blend out harsh eyeshadow lines or for undereye concealer instead. Overall, really good value for the the price. I'd gladly spend $15 on just the kabuki and the powder.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad - 750 Twilight
xPinkStuff 6/9/2010 9:56:00 PM
I actually(surprisingly) really like this product. I got this from an outlet for $6.99 so I'm not too sure about the price at other stores although I know it's around $10-12 at Shoppers Drug Mart. The colours are very creamy and very blendable. All of them except the pink peach have noticeable shimmers/satin finish but it's not TOO much. The first is a blue-gray colour,the second a peach pink that ends up like an extremely pale pink on my lid. The third is kind of similar to the first but it is more of a steel gray then blue. The last is a charcoal. I don't have a crease so can't really say if it can crease on me.I would recommend them because the colours are simple but very pretty and they make excellent bases because my shadows on top look MUCH more pigmented with these underneath.
Shampoo -Head and Shoulders - Classic Clean Shampoo
xPinkStuff 1/30/2010 10:51:00 PM
Not the best shampoo out there but not the worst either. I have really oily hair with some dandruff, and while this keeps the dandruff away it doesn't keep my hair clean. I also have fine hair and this makes it pretty flat since I don't style it at all. Not advertising Pantene but it keeps my hair cleaner for way longer as well as gives me a little more volume to my fine asian hair.I'd buy it again but use it only on days where I'm not really heading anywhere and don't really care.
I have the white one and it works really really well when you want to pack on eyeshadow. I got it for only a $1 at the dollar store so this was definitely dirt cheap.It has only shed..like 2 hairs when i washed so its not that bad at all.If you're lazy at washing your brushes,this is a good brush to stock up on!
First of all, LOVE THIS. If you are having trouble with the pump,remove the white cap that dispenses the product.You'll find two individual ones and you can pump away till both the spf (white) and moisturizer (green) comes out.I learned this from the reviews below :) Pros: -Spf 30:I went out for about 4 hrs on the beach and did not get sunburned at all! Usually I burn after about 3 hrs without spf. -Nice and light but still moisturizing -Cute packaging,has a pump -Dries matte,lasted about 3 hours with no makeup -Didn't break me out so far,I've used for about a month now :) Cons: -Sometimes leaves a slightly white cast if too much sunscreen comes out and I forget to take some away. I got this for about $16 US at Target until I cam back home and found this for $10CAD at Walmart.Still,HIGHLY recommend this.
Eye Shadow -Bonne Bell - Eye Shadow Box-Hip Hop Charcoals
xPinkStuff 9/7/2009 9:01:00 PM
This comes in 4 colours,a black,a taupe brown,light blue and iridescent white. White-Great highlight colour,it has a blue iridescence and I would say it is quite silky in texture. Blue-A cool baby blue and my all time FAVOURITE blue of all time.It's extremely silky and has a nice satin finish. Brown-Comparable to MAC's satin taupe or MAC's patina.Very silky also and has a satin finish,it's a great crease colour. Black: Matte black with some multicoloured sparkles that aren't really that noticeable.Bit chalky compared to the other colours. All in all,a great quad and I highly recommend anyone get it.I believe it's around $5-$6 Canadian too :)
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme
xPinkStuff 8/8/2009 7:59:00 PM
I looove this as a body lotion.Not so much for my face but that's only because I have oily skin. It has a really nice velvety texture that sinks into my skin easily and quickly which is really important as I hate lotions that just rest on top of my skin.The scent I would say as nothing special,it just smells like lotion.It makes my skin extremely soft and smooth and I would definitely recommend anyone reading this to get it.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous - Life's a Peach [DISCONTINUED]
xPinkStuff 4/14/2009 8:37:00 PM
Contrary to the name and the look of the gloss,this actually looks more coral on my lips than peach.With Burt's Bees lip balm as my "base",it looks like a sheer-ish coral pink with peachy undertones.This is also slighly shimmery.It lasted me about an 1 and a half but I do have the habit of rubbing my lips together for some reason so...The packaging is very elegant and it has a doe-foot applicator(yay).Got this for $10 at shoppers but I've heard from other reviews that I could've gotten it for less -_-.Took off one lippie because of the fact that it didn't not last long enough for me.But this is such a nice lip gloss that I think not only will I buy it again,I shall also try out the other colours. EDIT: Put the lippie back because I've worn this for a few days now and I LOVE IT ^^ this actually lasted me about 2 hrs and that's okay but the colour looks soo nice on me and it has just the right consistancy and shimmer for a lipgloss.This is my new favourite lip gloss!