Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Check out the lipstick shades that are offered by Lime Crime Makeup by clicking here!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
No matter how well you protect your skin, sun, stress and pollution bring daily damage. Now a potent moisturizer works overnight to deliver a unique complex of eight rapid and delayed-release antioxidants that defuse this free-radical activity. Helps keep skin strong and prevent visible signs of aging.
Pros - A little goes a long way, a bottle will last a long time, moisturizes well, feels good on the skin, light scent (no strong perfume smell), I think it could be used in any climate.
Cons - expensive (around $42 depending on where you get it).
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It's a deep blue, almost black in color. Not quite navy, not metallic but it still holds some of these qualities. The shimmer that it has is very slight and doesn't feel rough to the touch like some shimmers can. This polish applied easily, dried quickly (I have a coat of Seche Vite as a topcoat). I am in love with the little bottles because I never use an entire bottle of nail polish and I think I might actually be able to do that with these.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Overall, I am not that impressed with them. They are easy to use but require several coats for it to be opaque and not see through, I wish they applied thicker like normal nail polish. And if you don't put a top coat on right away (and apply it nice and thick), they wash off!
I feel like it's kind of like using Crayola markers or something to draw on your nails, just doesn't apply how I would like it to. I would rather use a skinny tipped brush like the L.A. Colors Art Deco nail polish. I have liked the results I have seen with that brand and I will have to try it sometime.
Pros - Easy to use (holds just like a pen), variety of colors, endless possibilities for designs. Check out this advertisement, for ideas!
Cons - Washes off if you miss any part of the top coat (which is good if you get some on your skin), hard to use with a non-dominant hand, have to apply several coats (i.e., you want to do a french manicure, apply white to the tips several times to make it white enough), kind of pricey (around $7 for one pen - watch for coupons you could use if you want to pick some up!)
Also, I don't know about other locations but in Southern California, these are constantly sold out at all the stores, the only colors that are ever left are ones like light pink or navy blue. Have you found this to be the same for you? What do you think of these nail pens?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
The first time I tried it, I didn't think much of it. In fact, I thought it flaked all over my cheeks as the day wore on. But it must have been the eyeshadow or something that I was wearing because I have been reaching for this every day now for about the past two weeks and I love it! I literally have no complaints about it.
Pros - Lengthens, deep/inky black, separates each lash, can apply multiple coats, lasts all day, easy to wash off and remove with a normal makeup remover, doesn't make my lashes feel dry or brittle, affordable ($14 at Macy's), the wand allows you to maneuver it with ease to reach all the lashes you want to coat with the mascara.
Cons - I can't think of one, I really am impressed with this formula.
There is a great gift with purchase going on at Macy's right now (online and in the store). You can click here to see the description of the gift with purchase on Macy's website!
I will post pictures of what this mascara looks like on my eyes tomorrow. Let me know if you like this mascara as much as I do or if you have any other suggestions. I'd love to hear what you all think!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
According to Phisoderm, this cream cleanser:
- Thoroughly removes dirt, oil and makeup without drying the skin. Vitamin E helps moisturize, while natural aloe and chamomile soothe and soften skin.
- Is pH Balanced
- Is for normal to dry skin
- Dermatologist recommended
- Alcohol free
- Soap free
- Aloe and chamomile to help nourish the skin
Pros - Removes makeup thoroughly, leaves skin feeling soft and not tight, lightly moisturizing, affordable, rinses fairly clean, bottle will last a long time, sturdy bottle, pump top allows for ease and control of how much product comes out.
Cons - Doesn't entirely remove waterproof cosmetics, I wish the cap/pump was a different color, smells a bit perfumey (might not be good for people with sensitive skin).
Phisoderm has a bunch of different cleansers that can be chosen based on whatever skin type you have. I think overall, this isn't that bad of a cleanser. I would like to check out their moisturizing products and see how I like those as well.
What's your favorite face wash? Have you tried any Phisoderm products? I'd love to hear what you think!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Pros - You can see that 'Enchant' is a kind of grayish, dusky green color, it's good for a smoky eye look that is slightly out of the ordinary. I especially like it applied wet.
'Fairy Wings' was really hard to photograph (I apologize), it has sparks of violet and looks beautiful layered over another color (like layered over black). Since I think it's more appropriate as a layering color or a sheer wash on it's own, I would never apply it wet but I thought you guys might like to see that. I also like to use it as a highlight to my brow and cheekbone.
These shadows last a long time (product & wear-wise) so they are well worth the investment and would be especially for colors that you can't find anywhere else!
Cons - The one thing I do not like about these shadows is the container, they spill easily and do not seal tightly, causing me to get violet sparkles all over my bathroom, makeup case, etc. I find it annoying and I am tempted to transfer them into better containers.
I am definitely going to check out more Lime Crime shadows in the future, Doe Deere just revamped the website and they are now offering double the amount of product for the same price! I am for sure going to get some of the brighter pigments in the future.
Go to Lime Crime Makeup to see more color options and to buy a few for yourself!
Does anyone else have these shadows (or other Lime Crime products)? How do you like them?
Monday, October 5, 2009
Low and behold, Neutrogena Clean Replenishing Shampoo.
I love this shampoo. It has a clean, subtle scent which I look forward to and does an excellent job of getting hairspray, etc. out of my hair. I also enjoy the package design, it's kind of minimalistic and sharp looking. I love a clear bottle that shows you how much shampoo you have left. I think I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.
Pros - rinses clean, smells light and wonderful, modern/clean package design, affordable, don't need a lot of product to get it to foam and clean your hair, moisturizing.
Cons - I got this at Target and I wish there was a conditioner to coincide with it, my Target doesn't offer it but I am sure other places do.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
All swatches seen below are over 'Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner,' which I received a sample tube of at Sephora! (See product info on Sephora).
You can see in this picture that this palette has a pull out drawer which reveals the eyeshadows, eyeliners and makeup primer. There is also a mirror which stays shut with a hidden magnetic closure and a little book of 'inspiration' is hidden beneath the two doors with the peacock feather print on them. I personally don't think the mirror is necessary but I know there are people out there that appreciate that feature.
Pros - affordable (when you do the math, this equals $3/eyeshadow, not even counting the primer & eyeliners), good pigmentation, sturdy construction (I feel like I could carry it around & it wouldn't break), good size pans of eyeshadow, good range of glitter and matte eyeshadows, suitable colors for both day and night, will last a long time.
Cons- the drawer that pulls the eyeshadows out can get annoying and stuck-feeling, I wish it opened like a compact instead.
I really like this palette and I can't wait to show you guys some looks that I do with it! Soon to come!
What do you guys think of this palette as well as Urban Decay's other Holiday releases?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here is a swatch of 'Fusion' by Coastal Scents, I threw this color in when I ordered the Camo Quad that they just came out with (review here.)
Overall, I really wish this gloss was more pigmented that it is, I have these glosses in a few other colors (Strunt on Nude, Monroe A Go Go, Mega Mauve & Near Peach) and I think that it their only downfall. They are much more sheer that they appear that they would be in the tube. I like that this is 'wearable' but I was keeping my fingers crossed for something that would really pop when I put it on.
Pros - Easy application, small/easy to fit in a pocket, purse or bag, affordable (they lowered the price since they first came out!), variety of pinks, nudes and peaches; not sticky, smooth feeling on the lips.
Cons - Not nearly pigmented enough, especially with the lip trends going on right now, the brush/cap can feel cheap (bristles stick out funny) and the stopper can pop out and get stuck in the cap - resulting in a messy situation. Be careful when you first open to see if you got one that is going to come apart!
What are your favorite lip glosses, lipsticks, etc.? Which ones have the pigmentation you have been looking for?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is the new Camo Quad that just came out and is available at Coastal Scents. It is a good size compact, fits in the palm of the hand. Anything to help with dark circles and dullness is something that I am definitely interested in! You can get similar palettes from lines like Ben Nye, Makeup Forever, etc. but this is a more affordable choice for the average buyer.
According to Coastal Scents:
4 primary corrector shades: cream color correctors: Apply to clean and moisturized skin prior to using foundation; can be used on any area of external skin with imperfections.
- Mint Green - use to cover rosacea or red skin conditions; mint neutralizes redness; great for broken capillaries around the sides of the nose and cheeks.
- Yellow - used to cover and hide black, blue or purple imperfections of the skin such as blemishes.
- Lavender - use to even out skin tones such as too much yellow; correcting olive skin/ offers an overall balanced finish and healthy glow.
- Sky Blue - counteracts orange tones caused from uneven or too much tanning/self tanners/sun; neutralizes dark circles.
Pros: Nice/buildable coverage, applies smoothly, affordable palette (about $8!), multitude of corrective concealer choices to cover a wide-range of skin issues, good size - will last a long time, foundation applies easily over the top of it, clear lid so you can see what's inside.
Cons: Cream concealer may be too much coverage for those not used to wearing a lot of product on their skin, will take some practice for people not used to using concealers that don't match their skin tone.
Overall, I think this is an excellent correcting/concealer set. It's affordable, a nice size and the coverage is what I have been looking for. I can't wait to reach for this on the mornings when I need that extra help to appear "fresh-faced."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- Super Freak (hot pink and rainbow glitter)
- Ooh & Aah (black and silver glitter)
- Stalkerazzi (brown glitter)
- Mad Mad Love (light pink glitter)
Pros - fun, bright colors that can be applied in a subdued manner or with a heavy hand for extra attention, stay on well without flaking, apply easily and smoothly.
Cons - sometimes my eyes are sensitive to these liners and feel a bit dry and itchy there the liner is applied (important note to those with sensitive skin/eyes), can be hard to wash off, sometimes hard to get enough product on the brush due to the shape of the container.
Keep an eye out for this gift set to still be available some places, it's well worth the price and the set was being sold everywhere last year, you never know who might still have a set or two lying around!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This first one, my octopus necklace, which you can get on Modcloth. I just really love the look of this one. I opted to get the bronze/gold one instead of the silver because I wanted to make sure you could see the contrast of the detail on the tentacles, eyes, etc. and looking at the pictures on the site, it just didn't seem like you really could on the silver one. This necklace has a good weight to it and feels like it will last for awhile. I have gotten a ton of compliments on it and I think it really spices up a look. I highly suggest it!
My second necklace I received as a Christmas present this last year. It's an heart cut out of acrylic and is lasered engraved to show the veins and arteries. I think this is a stunning necklace. It's a fairly large size (approximately 2-1/2" x 3-1/2") so it can really be worn as a 'show piece' that speaks for itself. The color ranges while worn from being a vibrant red to a more dark, subdued red. It's hard to capture on film.
Since this rests against the skin and is large, it can feel kind of warm so I like to wear it in the Winter more than Summer or when it's warm out. Otherwise, it can feel a little uncomfortable rubbing against my skin. Other than that, I think it's a beautiful piece of jewelry!
I haven't been able to find this necklace anywhere online but I think I might have found the Etsy seller that this necklace was bought from. The seller is StudioHalo. It looks like this seller has taken a break but I am sure with enough encouragement from perspective buyers, they would get back into business soon!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Eek! I really don't recommend these nail stickers. They are a pain to put on, even if they do apply quickly. They don't tear off easily at the tips after you stick them on, so you can see that I already having 'chipping' when I haven't even worn these stickers for an hour yet! The stickers also don't fit my nails properly and I don't think I have abnormally tiny fingers/fingernails. If you look at my thumb you can see how ill-fitting they are.
Pros - Nice not to have to wait for polish to dry, I think this Black Strass is a nice, glittery color that isn't too flashy but gives me a little pop in what I have on my nails.
Cons - Poor fit, hard to find ones in the package that fit well, hard to get even two uses out of one package (not cost effective), don't tear off easily which can leave jagged edges at the tips, there aren't many color options both in-store and online.
Overall, I don't think anyone should buy these except for the convenience that they give. If anyone is going to be looking closely at your nails, do not reach for these. They won't give you a clean look unless you happen to be a whiz with them. If they fit better and tore off smoothly at the tips then I would be all for them but until that happens, I think I'll stick with regular bottles of nail polish.
Well, this cream doesn't do anything it claims, it doesn't fade or make under eye circles appear any different than they normally do. I didn't notice any change other than a nice, moist eye area from putting this cream on every morning and night for the past month.
Pros - moisturizes eye area, absorbs into skin quickly, light feeling, hardly any scent.
Cons - expensive for the amount you get, even if it does last for a long time. Does not fade dark circles, reduce puffiness, etc. I don't think it doesn't anything it claims except moisturize.
Here's a picture from when I first started using the cream a month ago:
Here is a picture from this morning.
See? Hardly any difference. Don't waste your money on this one. It's moisturizing and that's nice but it doesn't do anything to fade dark circles or aid the eye area is any other way. I think if you are looking for a moisturizing eye cream, there are a lot of different and probably better choices. As of right now, I think Benefit should stick with the cosmetics and not go into lotions, creams or other regimens.
Do you have any suggestions for an eye cream? I'd love to hear what you use and love!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am a big fan of face masks and I have to say that this is one of the most interesting face masks that I own.
First off, it's almost like it's not even a face mask, more like a super, creamy face wash that heats when rubbed or in contact with water. This mask doesn't dry like traditional clay or 'gel' masks that you peel or rinse off. It stays more tacky and sticky to the touch but you can feel it opening your pores and working to stimulate the facial skin (or wherever you apply it). It has macadamia nut oil, which leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth.
Pros - Warming, feels like it increases circulation, relaxing, nice/soothing scent (not overpowering), washes clean, affordable, one bottle lasts a long time, moisturizing, smoothing.
Cons - Gets really warm when rubbed or when water touches it, could be very shocking or uncomfortable for some. The exfoliating particles might annoy those with sensitive skin, due to the fact that the pores are being opened by the warmth.
In the directions, it says to use this mask once daily but I think that's far too much, once a week would be better.
Overall, I really recommend this to people that like face masks and don't have incredibly sensitive skin (I think the combined heat and exfoliation would be too much for that skin type). I like that it's not a traditional face mask and that it is a twist on what we have come to expect from them.
Avon doesn't send this anymore but you can still get it from people who are selling it on eBay or other sites. Give it a chance!
What face masks do you suggest or recommend? Any favorites or secret recipes?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Larissa at Eyeko was nice enough to send these products for me to review - thank you very much, Larissa! (I was SO excited to get them, especially the Highlighting pen).
Touch and Glow Highlighter - This is my favorite item out of the three. This easy to use pen can be used with just a few twists and you have all the product that you need and it is ready to go. Just apply it to your brow bone, the inner corners of your eyes, the tops of your cheeks, wherever you want their to be a glint of shimmer. I think that this would work on almost all skin tones and would provide the shimmer (or glow) you are looking for without being too glittery. I cannot think of any cons with this product, I think it is well worth the money and "cute" to boot! I already find myself reaching for it every morning!
Touch and Go Concealer - I'm really disappointed that Eyeko doesn't offer this concealer in a variety of shades. Having a generic skin tone color does not work for a majority of people. For me, this concealer is too dark/too yellow and doesn't do anything to offset the bluish undereye circles that I try to cover. On top of being too dark, I don't think it offers enough coverage as a concealer. I think it's more like a tinting that occurs rather than giving coverage.
I would not buy this, it's not worth the money, and I don't think the majority of people would find it useful to conceal undereye circles or anything needing 'heavy' coverage. The pros of this product would be that it is cute, portable and isn't at all messy when you are using it. Overall, If you're lucky enough to have a medium skin tone, with yellow undertones, then give this a try, it might work for you.
Eyeko Tinted Cream - Bronzing or tinting cream is not something I would normally buy. I don't tan (I wear sunscreen all the time) and personally, it's not the aesthetic that I am normally wanting for myself. Nonetheless, I do admire a sun kissed glow on other people and for that I think this cream is great. As you can see in the picture below, it's a dark, golden, copper color. I feel that when used sparingly (very sparingly), it does give off an excellent, youthful "glow" that so many people are after.
I also love that this cream is infused with jojoba oil and infused with vitamins. I feel that if you want a sun kissed look, it is much better to go after it through creams and tints like this rather than going to the tanning booth or sitting outside. It's so important to protect yourself from the sun!
Overall, this cream is an excellent value, the container is fairly large, with a screw-on lid, which allows you to bring it with you without worrying about it spilling or exploding all over your bag. Definitely order it if you like a tanned/bronzed look and want to nourish your skin at the same time!
Remember, Eyeko offers FREE shipping on all orders. If you order, use the Code: E4321 - you'll get a free gift!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I got my order from Tairrie B. of Blasphemous Girl Designs in the mail a few days ago. Check out her store here!
Let me just start off by saying, 'yes! This is exactly what I have been waiting for!' From the moment I removed the envelope from my mailbox, I was in surrounded with the smell of the perfume that only Tairrie B. can create. I kept smelling the envelope all day long at work, just to make the anticipation of opening it when I got home that much better! I think that the cost of this package is almost worth it for the oil alone (which is notoriously hard to get ahold of, as she makes the vials/sets in limited quantities).
According to the description on her store site, the perfume has a secret recipe which contains the following:
Without giving away my secret I will say it captures theAnd I will say this - it is TRULY delightful and wonderful to be the owner of it.
essence of a sugary french vanilla birthday cake drenched in angel, dipped in
bergamot with a hint of nutmeg, a pinch of amaretto, a side of chocolate covered
cherries and a touch of Tairrie.
The jewelry and other pieces that came in the package aid in creating the atmosphere that the perfume evokes. I think one could almost say that the pieces are created around the perfume, that is how much I think the perfume/oil can stand on it's own. I know for certain that when I wear these pieces, I will be proud of my purchase and feel fulfilled in what I ordered from her. I only hope that I have the willpower to not use the oil too fast because I don't know when I will be able to pick myself up some more!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
You can find these liners on CoastalScents.com. Tell me, what gel/creme liners do you like? Any suggestions that will help me create that perfect cat eye?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Cons - Leaves a very light residue (which I just remove with a splash of water at the end of my routine), other than that, the only thing I can think of is that it is inconvenient to have to pay shipping on items like this (makes them more expensive than they should be), so get on Avon's email list - they are always sending out free shippng codes, deals, etc.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Eyeko Face Off Wipes were on of the first things that caught my eye when I went to Eyeko's website. I was intrigued by the immensely 'cute' packaging and the idea of being able to tote around a little makeup wipe that not only works well but is not something your 'ashamed' to pull from your makeup bag.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Cat Eye - I love this, classic and looks fantastic on everyone!
Candy Colors - LOVE this trend that is happening right now! Check out Limecrime Makeup, for some seriously intense colors that I am sure you will fall in love with! (Review to be up in the near future). Also, check out Shrinkle (see picture above - that's her!) and you will be sure to be impressed with some hardcore inspirational looks!
Extreme Smoky Eye - I've always loved this! And I don't think people should only wear it at night, I think that wearing a smoky eye during the day is like your own little, secret confidence booster!
Gray Eyes - As in gray eyeshadow all around the eye - romantic and sweet, I love this as well.
Big Hair - Maybe because I was born in the 80's, I have an innate sense that this is such a great look for women or men (with the right haircut of course). The higher the hair, the closer to God? Nonetheless, I love it, give me teased, back-combed hair (done with a a touch of classiness and intent to make it look good). It is wonderful that we are going to get to see it all around us!
Dark Lips - Love, love, love them! Bold, vampy, and altogether sultry. I think a dark lip can ooze confidence and sex appeal. I think it shows the rest of the world you are comfortable in who you are. And I definitely don't think it needs to be reserved just for that Friday-night-out.
What are some of your favorite brands to achieve some of these trends? Any recommendations for me?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is the second Eyeko nail polish that I have. The application on this polish is much better than the application was for 'Pretty Polish,' which you can read about below. As you can see, it is a rich, deep blue-black creme color. This is two coats with Seche Vite as a topcoat. Drying time was normal and this photo was taken after a day of wear.
*Pros - rich, creamy color. Average drying time and wear seems good for this polish. Super cute bottle, one I wouldn't be ashamed to display!
*Cons - Be careful with these bottles, they have a wide mouth to them and it would be easy to seal the lid shut if you get to much polish on the rim. Check before you screw on the lid.
As I stated yesterday, Eyeko Cosmetics, offers free shipping worldwide! You can use code: E4321 to get a free gift with purchase!
When I ordered from them, it took a little less than a week for my shipment from the United Kingdom to make it to California. I was pretty impressed!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
*Pros - lovely, feminine creme color. Perfect for people that are into light, non-threatening colors. Also has the cutest bottle design! Be sure to check them out!
*Cons - sheer, streaky application, this is with five coats - that's too many for the kind of lady that I am. This color takes forever to dry and it dented easily for be for about a whole day after I first applied it. It never seemed to completely dry.
I am going to review the other polish that I got, 'Vamp Polish,' tomorrow. I am hoping I will like it better because Eyeko seems to have some super cute things. They also offer free shipping on all orders which I think is fantastic!
You can view their nail polishes, as well as other cosmetics on their website, Eyeko.com.
Friday, August 21, 2009
You can buy this polish on Amazon!