Product Reviews by ankaz

Makeup Brushes - BECCA - Creme Blush Bronzer Brush

5.0
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fromankaz

Apr/09/2011

This review is for brush #34. Truly a great brush for cream blush.
I got it in a swap and when I saw it I was sceptical how it can possibly do the job of applying the cream blush. It looks like oversized foundation brush. But somehow it does and and the blush looks very natural and evenly applied. I use it with Becca, Illamasqua and BB cream blushes. I also tried it with Hourglass tints and …
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Makeup Brushes - Laura Mercier - Wet/Dry Definer brush

5.0
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fromankaz

Jan/03/2011

A great little brush. It is flat with rounded tip, rather small. I have so many uses for this brush. I use it to add a bit of color to my lids, line my upper lid, do a smoky eye on lower lid. It is very precise and as the name says, it can be used dry or wet.
I find LM brushes to be exceptional, some much better than Mac brushes. This one is one of them.
I like it so much that I'm …
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Crème - Laura Mercier - Crème Smooth Foundation [DISCONTINUED]

5.0
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fromankaz

Dec/15/2010

This foundation costs $50 for 1oz of the product. It comes in a jar with little spatula - not very higienic but I don't think there is any other way to pack it. This is because it is a very thick cream reminding a concealer more than a foundation.
Color selection is not the best (only 6 now) but I'm NW 20 and I use Blush Ivory. I had a sample of Warm Ivory and I was able to use it …
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Makeup Brushes - MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Blush Brush #55N

5.0
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fromankaz

Dec/09/2010

This is the best stippling brush for cream blushes. I got it from Sephora for $39 +tax. Since I got it, my Mac 187 is unloved and used only for a bronzer.
This MUFE blush brush was created to use with HD blushes but I use it for all my cream blushes. I dip the ends into the blush, apply it on my cheeks and blend, blend and blend. It gives me a perfect natural effect.

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Polishes - NARS Cosmetics - Purple Rain

5.0
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fromankaz

Nov/07/2010

Beautiful deep purple color with pink, blue and red undertones. It's very elegant and glamorous. Perfect for fall, winter, holiday parties.
I love purple np and this one is just gorgeous. With Gelous base and Seche Vite top coat, this np last 5-6 days without chipping.
I only wish the brush was a bit bigger.

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Eye Shadow - NARS Cosmetics - Tzarine Duo

5.0
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fromankaz

Oct/08/2010

I totally love this duo. I'm not a big fan of Nars duos and actually this is a second one worth keeping (Brumes is the other). Colors are great for my blue eyes: lightat for the wash, the dark for my lower lid and adding depht to the upper one. The only complaint I have is the glitter in the darker color. Why Mr. Nars do you love chunks of glitter in your products???
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Blush - BECCA - Cream blush in Wild Orchid

5.0
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fromankaz

Jun/20/2010

I was lucky enough to swap for this blush. When I got it I was shocked by the intensity of the color. I didn't think it would work for my NW20 skin tone.
But.... I applied it with the Mac 187 and totally love it!!
It looks like delicate natural blush. I just have to be careful not to use too much and blend/stipple it properly.
So the color is just perfect for fair to medium …
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Lipstick - Laura Mercier - Stickgloss in Brown Sugar

5.0
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fromankaz

Jun/15/2010

I'm not a lipstick lover but this one is an exception. The color is great for my NW20 complexion: it adds some color to my lips but doesn't empower them. Great for heavier eyer makeup.
The texture of the lipstick is great too: smooth and creamy, not drying. Staying power could be better but most lipsticks need to be reapplied after a few hours.

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Makeup Brushes - MAC Cosmetics - #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

5.0
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fromankaz

May/02/2010

One of the best brushes I own.
It is perfect for application of cream foundations. Can be used for liquids as well but the finish you get with cream is unbeatable: no streaks! I mostly use it with Chanel cream Teint Innocence and La Mer treatment cream foundations and I have to say that the first one looks much better. I had such a hard time with this foundation prior to using 130. It …
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Makeup Brushes - Giorgio Armani - Blender brush

5.0
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fromankaz

Apr/18/2010

I use this brush to apply liquid foundations and GA foundations. It does the job really well: I get a smooth, streak free application.
When I got it, I was surprised how small this brush is but it actually is a plus as it lets me get foundation into small areas around the nose.
I really like it and even though I have quite a few foundation brushes, I reach for this one all the …

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