Monday, May 24, 2010

My Summer Favorites

Well, I'm out of new products at the moment. I thought I would go over some of the previous posts with the intent of reminding you of some of my summer favorites.

All of these products for one reason or another are essentials in my makeup kit and all are long wearing. I'm really looking forward to that lighter and easier makeup season this summer. Our community pool opens this holiday weekend and you can expect to see me in my waterproof LashBlast and SPF 30+.

Here's to summer. Cheers!

Monday, May 17, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Greasepaint Sticks

The MAC Cosmetics line has all kinds of interesting and fun products. They come out with new lines almost every month it seems. These items are from the Art Supplies line that came out a few months ago. 

I'm always looking for interesting products and from the reviews I read, the Greasepaint Sticks were really cool and came in some excellent colors. They are billed as eye crayons and seem to have a nice build-able coverage. In other words you can build up the intensity of the color on the eye. 

I picked these up in 2 shades and I must say the color is awesome. I got Dirty and Uniformly Blue, and love both of them. Dirty is a gunmetal shade and Uniformly Blue is an excellent navy. These are fatter than an eyeliner, so are in theory are great for sultry eye. I absolutely loved the color of both sticks.

They also applied very easily, slid on and I was able to blend the color on my lid to get a great smokey look. But they were a complete disappointment in the wear category. They are billed to be water-resistant and long wearing. My oily eyelids creased them after about 2 hours. I tried them on top of my Clinique Touch Base for Eyes the next day, and they creased again. I haven't tried them over my Urban Decay Primer Potion yet - but the whole point was that they were supposed to be long wearing without primer.

Overall, the concept and colors are terrific, but if you have oily lids they don't last. I'll let you know if I try them with my Primer Potion, but I'm currently so bummed out about them that it might be a while.

Available at MAC stores and online.

5/17 - Editor's Note: I tested these with Primer Potion today, and while the primer managed to stop the creasing and smearing - it also made them impossible to blend! My favorite part of them is the blending. So yes, I'm still disappointed and will continue to experiment on how to use them best.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Instant Self Tan

It's self tanner time, at least for me. Spring is no time to be blinding your co-workers and self with exceptionally pale skin. But I'm not a fan of "orange" tanners either, so it's tricky to not look like a pumpkin. 

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy line has a few self tanners, and Instant Self Tan Lotion appealed to me. I've had good luck with the tinted instant dry type of tanners. They look brown when you apply, and tan nicely as opposed to some kind of orange shade. I picked this one up on a whim and have to say I really like it.

It's brown and shimmery when squeezed from the tube. Applies very sheer, but with enough of a tint that it allows you to avoid the standard streaks that come with most self tanner. It gives you a bit of a tan tinge and the scent is a combination of oranges and coconuts. It has very little of the nasty "chemical" smell you get with most tanners. All of this was pretty impressive. Most impressive was the tan I got after a nice full day of wear, not orange and tinted just enough to take off the white glow of spring from my arms. I wouldn't recommend wearing with a white t-shirt or bra because you will get some transfer of the product. Those are safe for the next day, post shower. But for the most part, it dries and does not rub off. Neither is it sticky or slimy. 

Like I said, I was surprised and impressed with this product and think it will be a repeat purchase. Retail price is $12, but they are currently running a special - 2 for $20.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Laura Geller Chocolate Volume 2 - Berry

I received the Volume 2 auto-delivery from QVC of the Laura Geller Delectable Chocolate plan. This volume is Berry themed and very pretty.

For a full review of the products, please see Volume 1 here.
This kit includes:
  • Balance -n- Brighten in Fair (my choice)
  • Blush -n- Brighten in Berry
  • Marble Eyeshadow in Raspberry Creme Truffle
  • Eyeliner Pencil in Eggplant
  • Shine & Shield Lip Gloss in Fresco Berry
The colors are all so pink and spring. The lip gloss is absolutely strawberry and just so fun and pink. The eyeliner is in the ever popular color this spring - eggplant. I have to say, it's just like the Bare Escentuals kit shade so I feel like I just got a duplicate. They seem to perform similarly, so I won't be running out of eggplant eyeliner any time soon.

I think my two favorites in the kit are the eyeshadow and the blush. This is a pretty popular shade of Laura's blush and is a great pink shade that I think works pretty well with most skin tones. It looks great on me and I'm almost out of my current pot. The eyeshadow is a beautiful bronze raspberry shade that is great dry, but really shines when used with a wet brush. It just brings out the deep intensity of the color. 

Overall, I really like the kit for spring and if you didn't get in on the auto-delivery you can likely pick it up on eBay new. I like this method for picking up individual items that maybe the buyer didn't like, but you love (seriously the eyeshadow and blush are worth it).

I purchased this kit.
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