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Unique Formula for Various Looks
In the early 2000's, I shelled out quite a lot of money for Hard Candy eye shadow quads. The colors were unique, beautifully complementary, and lasted a long time. Last week while shopping I picked up a few baked shadows. In general, I like baked eye shadows. When used dry, the powder is light on the eye but it has a flattering glow which no other formula replicates. I found the same to be true of Hard Candy's version. I swipe them on dry for a subtle but wide-awake look; for a more bold, vivacious look, I love to play with them wet. These are high-quality shadows at a very reasonable price.
February 3, 2014
Dry Skin Will NOT Badger You!
Folklore has it that Paul Bunyan once said, "Give me enough Badger, and I can heal the cracks in the Grand Canyon." This should be mandatory for everyone's medicine cabinet. It works on the worst winter-whipped hands you can imagine. I love the little tin. The formula is comprised of organic extra-virgin olive oil, beeswax, castor seed oil, soothing aloe vera, and essential oil of sweet birch. I use it on my hands, especially where they become very rough and red (the small tin is great for travel) and slip some on my lips. This is enormously comforting. It's helpful for softening tough cuticles. Put a little on dry elbows and heels. There's no limit to what this balm can heal!
February 2, 2014
A Nice Moisturizer, Not Sublime
Lancôme's "Absolue Oléo-Sérum Sublime" benefits from a great marketing campaign by the company. Just the name--with the word "sublime" included, specifically--makes you believe that this is a product worth every bit its $185.00 price tag for one ounce. The container is svelte, sleek, seductive. With a golden finish and black writing, it nearly has you convinced before you ever use it that it will restore your complexion to the firmness and radiance you had in your late teens or early twenties (the main claims). The serum ITSELF is beautiful, unlike most others. The peach-gold cream has an opalescent quality to it and a slight citrus smell. It is oil-based, but it does absorb well into skin, leaving behind a refreshed, velvety finish. This is a great moisturizer, but I can do as well for about $20.00 or under in the drugstore. Ingredients include glycerin, hydrogenated lecithin, and soy protein. Probably the most potent ingredient is sodium hyaluronate, but it is toward the end of the list. I had a hard time finding substances which restore firmness, unless you look toward the citrus medica limonum peel oil at the very bottom (lemon is helpful in making skin more taut, but the amount here is quite limited). This is a good moisturizer, albeit not one which delivers incredible results, as the name, container, and company allege.
February 2, 2014
THE ULTIMATE PRIMER!
I no longer have this (I have run out), but there was a time when I gladly gave it to several women who would comment on the cosmetic sites for which I wrote. I'm NOT wealthy, to be sure, but this was one of the first unisex primer which incredibly disguised tiny lines, furrows, and pores and didn't leave a slick or heavy feeling on your face. My husband went to work for years never leaving home without it. It made an enormous difference in the appearance and staying power of my foundation. My skin was close to flawless with this. Too Faced, bring it back!
February 1, 2014
Gigantic Brush Gives Decent Results
I wonder if there will ever be a mascara I won't try. Too Faced wowed me with their "LashGASM" but let me down with "Better Than You-Know-What" and "Better Than False Eyelashes--Nylon Lash Extension System." This is not superb, but it's pretty good. The large brush is a little unwieldy, unlike It Cosmetic's large brush, but it did give good volume, length, and definition. It hasn't my ended my search for the perfect mascara, but it is better than many.
February 1, 2014
"Complexion Perfection" is the Perfect Term for This!
Sometimes I am slow on the draw. My friends sang the benefits of Too Faced's "Leopard Love" collection for ages, but I hesitated because of the plethora of blushes I alreadyown. I finally saw a friend absolutely glowing in a natural way--she had used this trio, and so I caved and bought it on Amazon. I had never seen her so radiant nor so lovely. This trio is definitely worth the higher price that I paid than if I had gotten it sooner at Sephora or Ulta. There are two gentle bronzers--"Peach Leopard" and "Pink Leopard." These are absolutely charming in their rosy and apricot hues with hints of gold. Too Faced suggests that "Pink Leopard" be used all over to brighten and highlight, while "Peach Leopard," with its slightly darker hues, is best used on upper cheekbones, neck, and décolletage to impart a healthy coral flush. "Candy Leopard" is the most luminous, but can be worn by women of all ages. Use this to finish cheeks, applying to the apples. The gold in the colors adds to the radiance of all. If you want to look and feel sixteen again in a sublte way, these shades are for you!
February 1, 2014
It Works, It Really Works!
I've come to associate this brand with innovative, intriguing products which live up to their promises (my "Vitality Lip Flush" goes with me everywhere). "Hello Lashes"™ is a nourishing mascara which tints, primes, and conditions lashes with a mixture of peptides, jojoba, and protein. The tube itself is unique--the end you hold is padded for extra comfort, while the brush is elongated and ends in a round ball much live Givenchy's "Phenom Eyes." The tiny teeth on the brush grasp, color, and embolden each lash (I love it for bottom lashes), imparting volume and lengthen. Lashes are defined and there is a definite "wow" factor, but they remain soft and pliable. I love the formula and the applicator! And yet another winner from It Cosmetics . . .
January 29, 2014
Fun and Functional!
There are times when I wonder what Urban Decay is doing when they create a palette. The colors, while vivid and beautiful, seem unrelated and are hard to use to create an entire "look." This is a nice palette, with hues which can be used together easily, although Vice 2 is my favorite sets of shadows from UD. Lush, plush shadows glide on easily. Some shades, like "Midnight Cowgirl," incorporate a tiny bit of gold to enhance your eyes. The packaging is very unique. This palette includes eye primer, liner, and mascara, along with a cord and speaker for your cell phone. You "plug in" codes for various tutorials. Overall, it's fun to use and the shadows stay in place a long time, especially over primer.
January 26, 2014
High-Intensity Hand Cream for Ravaged Skin
Bliss is one of the more intense hand creams available, with a rich mixture of ingredients, including glycerin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, the wax-like lubricant glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, grape seed extract, macadamia nut oil, panthenol, lecithin, algae extract, and sodium hyaluronate. It has a pleasant lemon scent and, despite the number of emollients, is completely non-greasy. For very dry and/or damaged hands and cuticles, follow with Bliss' "Glamour Gloves" overnight. You will awake with new skin!
January 26, 2014
Gives a Wide-Awake Look When Used Properly
ELF's concoction is very much like Bare Minerals' former "Well-Rested Eye" powder. The color is made to disguise shadows and imperfections, and it does it in a beautiful way. Please be careful when applying powder to the under-eye area, as it can exacerbate wrinkles here. Be sure to use ELF's amazing Kabuki brush or Beautyblender's sponge so that no excess product is left behind.
January 25, 2014