Product Reviews by WinterWheat

Misc Beauty Tools - beautyblender - the sponge

5.0
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Feb/24/2010

Thanks, MUA, for introducing me to yet another expensive product I am determined to use for life. I use CoverFX cream foundation to cover largish swaths of melasma left over from pregnancy and a childhood spent in the sun. This stuff is THICK, and it's easy to overapply. I've used my fingers, brushes, cheap drugstore wedge sponges, you name it, and I still end up with too much product …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Myself

4.0
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Feb/08/2010

I didn't like this at first. It looks like a sheer butterfly-wing lavender-taupe on my nude lips, which washes me out. But then I discovered that it's the *perfect* top layer to add dimension and a certain je ne sais quoi to nude lipliners. MUFE Aqua liner #5 over the whole lip, followed by a layer of Myself, concentrated in the middle of the upper and lower lips, is my magic …Read more

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Blush - MAC Cosmetics - Beauty Powder in Personal Style

5.0
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Feb/08/2010

LOVE. Others have mentioned Emote and Strada, both of which I own and love too, for different reasons. Like Emote and Strada, Personal Style has no shimmer and is so muted that it seems almost colorless, like some kind of nondescript powder formed out of baked clay. When I set the three next to each other, Strada looks like a completely neutral grey-brown clay, whereas Emote and Personal Style …Read more

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Lipstick - Lipstick Queen - Natural Sinner

5.0
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Feb/04/2010

Great Caesar's ghost, does this make my teeth look white! Natural Sinner is a medium terracotta rose color that goes very well with -- sorry to mention it, b/c it shows up everywhere as a comparison color, but here it truly IS apt -- MAC Spice lipliner, which is described by MAC as "pink cinnamon stick." The same description could be applied to Natural Sinner. I also have Rose …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Warm Me Up

2.0
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Jan/29/2010

I SO wanted to love Warm Me Up. Indeed, I bought it sight unseen (except for the MAC online swatch). Verdict: I've never used a lipstick that so brilliantly succeeds in making me look like a corpse. Doesn't matter what liner I wear with it; it just saps the vitality from my face. Ironically, I've been able to salvage it by using it as a cream blush instead, and it looks great …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Boadicea the Victorious - Complex

1.0
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Jan/05/2010

Luckyscent describes Complex thusly: "The mood is Gothic; the scene, a dungeon; the scent, an unsettling dip into olfactory taboos. This is leather at its darkest, spiked with metallic studs of violet, lashed with the aromatic essences of basil and sage. Cistus labdanum straddles the boundary between the herbal and animal realms, before submitting to the whip of leather – tarry, bitter …Read more

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Paint Pot - Soft Ochre

5.0
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Dec/26/2009

*raises hand* Super oily lids here, and this is my HG eyeshadow primer. I can even see the difference in photographs. Dewy, shiny, or shimmery are hex words for me, with my hooded eyelids. Eyeshadows tend to creep and blend on my oily lids, so what started as a nice light/neutral lid color and a slightly darker crease color will merge within hours into one medium-toned, drab-looking wash of …Read more

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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Telescopic Explosion

3.0
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Dec/20/2009

I'm giving this mascara 3 lippies to average what I'd like to rate the wand (5) and the mascara itself (1). I happen to love the brush. I think it's genius. It's like a little spherical version of the Lash Blast wand. It's easy to maneuver and does a great job of reaching the lashes in the outer corners of my eyes, the ones at the very end of the top lid, that ordinarily …Read more

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Eye Shadow - Haux

4.0
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Nov/30/2009

This is the crease shadow I reach for when I'm wearing mauves, plums, and purples. I find it to be much more plum than brown or taupe--indeed, I'd call it a taupey plum rather than a plummy taupe/brown, as others have described it. Then again my olive skin tends to play up pinky tones. Given that it's practically purple on me, I don't think of it as a neutral, but it's …Read more

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Lip Liners - NARS Cosmetics - Papua

5.0
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Nov/21/2009

I'd give Papua 6 lippies if I could. It's my HG pink/nude liner. Most colors with "nude" or "natural" in the name are far too warm for me; they apply looking tan, peach, or caramel. On the other hand, cool-toned light-to-medium pinks tend to look Lindsay-Lohan artificial. Papua is a truly neutral nude-pink, with enough earthiness in it to lend real definition to …Read more

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