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  • Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer

    As I've mentioned in a few other reviews, I haven't been the biggest Stila fan, but I greatly respect and admire the changes and improvements that Stila has been making. I love that Stila has made several shades of their new illuminator, so there's a perfect one for all people of different skin tones. These blend very well too. The best thing is that there are several different ways you could wear this. You can mix a little with your foundation for an all-over glowing finish. You can wear this above or below your foundation on your cheekbones or where you want to highlight (as a make up artist, I recommend applying this BEFORE your foundation and then blending for a more natural and ethereal glowing finish). You can use this under powder blush for added shimmer. You can wear this on your brow bones too. I like that this doesn't dry my skin and it's also not overly shimmery. You can build up shimmer if you want more. I love the rose-gold because there aren't many illuminators like that shade, but it's perfect for adding very subtle color to your complexion.

    May 29, 2012

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  • Stila Perfecting Concealer

    I do make up and sell it, and I can't tell you how many people I have come in asking me how to conceal tattoos. This is one of my FAVORITE concealers because it is EXTREMELY pigmented and long-wearing. It also looks incredibly natural and is easy to blend. A little goes a VERY long way with this, so a little tube will last you forever. There are a lot of full-coverage concealers in the market, and what is supposed to be a good thing often tends to be a bad thing for most people. What I mean is that in ALL makeup, the more pigment a product has, the more drying it can be for people. Therefore, since full-coverage concealers have the MOST pigment, they can be the most drying. However, this is not the case with this one. This gives a natural finish that blends with your skin well (as opposed to a matte finish which often looks extremely cakey) Also, I've noticed that this line of concealers blend better with most skin types than others, so you're more than likely to find a perfect shade with the Stila concealer than anything else. This concealer will cover EVERYTHING and is very easy to build for more coverage. This is my favorite concealer for covering tattoos.

    May 29, 2012

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  • Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++

    I got a deluxe sample of this. Although I admire what the brand tries to accomplish by making their products all natural, needless to say I have never been the biggest Boscia brand. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to love this, it joins the list of other Boscia products that have failed me. There are simply more cons than pro's when it comes to me. First, I don't like the universal shade. It's a bit too light and too beige. I have a light-medium olive tone and this is not only too light, but too pink on me. I even applied olive-tone foundation on top of this and I looked incredibly pink. If you have a perfect beige (or even more pink) tone, then this is good for you. (Which I find weird because Boscia is a Japanese brand and most Japanese people are more yellow-toned rather than beige or pink-toned). This BB cream is supposed to 'warm up' to your skin and adjust a bit in color, but I did not see anything. In fact, I think my face looked worse after several minutes of letting the color adjust than when I put it on immediately. I do like the way my makeup looks on top of this TEXTURE-wise (it smoothed over my skin), but the color is terrible. Plus, this isn't a BB cream suitable to be used as a primer (which is rare because nearly all BB creams on the market can be used as a primer). It does an okay job at smoothing texture, but it doesn't do nearly a good job like what a primer can do. Next, this BB cream offers little-to-no noticeable hydration. BB creams have a reputation for being labeled as tinted moisturizers with extra benefits, but this did not do anything. I agree with the others in saying that this is likely better for people with oilier skin types. This is an oil-free BB cream so that will benefit that group best. Also, what's with the random 27 number in spf??? What I did like was that this also offers UVA protection at a high level (PA ++). UVA rays are what causes our skin to age prematurely. Another thing I liked was that this did not emphasize any dry flakey spots like Miracle Skin did because they are both similar in texture. The tone is best for light-skinned people with oily skin and beige undertones, but that's basically it. It will even out your skin tone slightly, but do not expect any sort of decent coverage. It does not conceal imperfections like it claims to. However, the thing I liked most was that this contained physical sunscreens as opposed to chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and can cause free-radical damage because the particles absorb the light. This BB cream has physical sunscreens which REFLECT the light so fewer free-radicals are produced. This also does offer some anti-oxidant protection to neutralize the free-radicals that occur on a regular basis. To sum everything up in a nutshell, unless you're VERY curious to try this, I would skip it unless you're very oily, light and beige. If you're not in that group, there are many other BB creams that are much better and offer better protection and benefits.

    May 29, 2012

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  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

    Don't get me wrong, I wasn't the biggest Stila fan in the past. I'm not a huge fan most of the products. Also, normally in the past I have ALWAYS went against felt-tip liners as well, because they do not go on very well with my eyes and they drag on my skin. This has become one of my favorite eyeliners. First off, this is truly waterproof! I cried like a baby during a movie and this did not run, even though my eyeshadow did run (LOL!). Second, this is very smudge proof! I wasn't paying attention and forgot that I was wearing eye makeup, so when I scratched my eye, I remembered about my makeup and panicked-- However, my eyeliner did NOT budge or flake off! You have NO idea how many liners I've used that rub off easily even when they claim that they don't. I work at a Sephora and this usually sells out so fast because we only receive one or two at a time every month or so. So the tester I used was quite old and it was still rich and bold as if it was brand new--not dried out a single bit. Therefore, this has completely redeemed all felt-tip liners in the world because this is an amazing liner. The finish is semi-matte--not too shiny, but not completely matte. I do wish it was more matte though, but it's much more matte than other liners. The tip is AMAZING and firm so you have total control of your pen. The hype is all true with this liner! I definitely will consider ordering other colors from online. Stila has found my attention (try the perfecting concealer--that is divine too!!!)

    April 11, 2012

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

    As I mentioned in a couple other recent reviews, it has taken me a few years to rediscover Smashbox and the products because I wasn't too keen on them originally. Halo is a WONDERFUL loose powder if you want a lot of coverage, but you don't want to have that dry, powdery feeling on your skin. This has moisture particles IN the powder to hydrate your skin all day. Halo is one of the best powders if you want a bit of coverage, but don't want to wear liquid foundation, OR if you wear liquid foundation underneath and Halo on top for super FULL coverage. I like the shades options that Halo has. There is fair, light, light/medium, medium, medium/dark, and dark. Personally, I think Smashbox tends to run a bit darker in their makeup than other brands, so people who have very pale, alabaster/porcelain skin may think that the fair might be too dark. Light is a great shade for me, but I noticed that the light/medium is better for more olive skin because it runs much more yellow. The price of $59 may seem like a bunch to people, but I like that you do get a large product AND a kabuki brush. Also, I like that you get to twist the top to shave the product for new, fresh powder every single time. This powder doesn't look too powdery on my skin either. Yes, it's a powder and just about all powders will leave a powdery finish, but this give a tolerable finish that doesn't look cakey or powdery, especially if you buff it in well. What I don't like about this product is how MESSY it can become! Be careful with how much you twist the top to shave the product because the powder can get all over the container. Also, the container is very bulky. It's not very travel-friendly because of its size. Although this a great investment for Smashbox fans, unless you use powder often, I personally would try something a little more friendly to your wallet.

    April 11, 2012

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  • Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15
    8.0

    Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15

    I like it! Great for Mature skin!

    The last couple years I haven't been the biggest Smashbox fan; as a matter of fact it was one of my least favorite Prestige brands. However, the last several months I have started to give Smashbox another chance and so far I am enjoying many of the products! I think the reason I didn't like it was because my skin was in a very bad place and even though it has taken YEARS of consistent skin care efforts, my skin is now becoming tolerable. Smashbox has two liquid foundation types; Healthy FX and Studio Skin. Healthy FX claims to make your skin healthy from the inside and out with Vitamin C which not only brightens your skin, but also fights against free radical damage. Also, Vitamin C helps revitalize collagen and elastin production in your skin. Also, it's formulated with Ribose to "renew" the appearance of skin. Essentially, this foundation provides anti-aging and preventative benefits for your skin. This is supposed to make your skin look healthier, but also provide some hydrating and firming benefits which is GREAT for mature skin. This isn't my usual go-to foundation so I haven't used it enough to see any anti-aging benefits, but also I'm young so I'm not going to see anything anyways. This foundation is a little bit lighter in coverage, but it is easy to build if you need more coverage in come areas, but it doesn't look cakey in areas that I apply more of the foundation. I also like how this is hydrating because I have VERY dry skin and rosacea, but I also live in Arizona which is consistently dry year-round. Since it IS hydrating and it has moisture particles, it does leave a more natural-to-dewy finish on your skin. Personally, I LOVE the finish, but I can understand if some people who are more oil-prone would not like the finish because it makes it look like shine. This is a great, lightweight foundation that can be used beneath a powder foundation to set, alter the color and add more coverage. This foundation also has SPF 15 too, but do not hesitate to use additional sun protection! You always want to supplement it with sunscreen in case you rub off the makeup. Things that I do NOT like; First, the formula tends to unsettle. If you're using a tester at a store, you may have noticed how older testers tend to squirt out water unless you shake them well, so make sure to shake the bottle every now and then. It takes several squirts for the foundation to return to its expected consistency. Another thing I personally don't mind, but other people may not like, is that the shades tend to run yellow. I like that it's yellow, but not TOO yellow, like typically found in olive undertone foundation. It fits ME well (my shade is L3), but for people who are more neutral or cooler, this may not work for you because this foundation is definitely more yellow-toned, especially when it gets darker. Generally, I like the way this foundation looks on ME, it works well with MY skin. It may not be for everyone, but I enjoy how this foundation makes my skin feel comfortable because it is lightweight and hydrating with added benefits. I may consider using this a few more times in the form of a sample, prior to committing and buying a bottle. But so far, Smashbox has regained my attention, and so far I am enjoying my rediscovery and re-experimenting of their products.

    April 11, 2012

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  • Sultra The Bombshell 1.5-inch Rod Curling Iron

    Naturally, I was extremely hesitant to pay $130 for a curling iron. I did see more consistently good reviews for the Sultra irons than its wand competitors (CHI, T3, cheaper brands, etc.). I wanted a curling iron that didn't have the clip in it and that's exactly what I got and MORE. First off, this curling iron is FAST to heat up. In about 30 seconds it's already heated and good to go. Second, it comes with a mitt to wear on your hand that is twisting your hair around the wand. I cannot stress this enough-- SAFETY people!! You absolutely must wear the mitt because this thing gets HOT!!! I'm not huge on the pink color (I'm not a girly girl), but it's not like I'm wearing that glove outside, so who cares if it's pink. The glove is a snug fit (and I have small hands too), but I like that because it makes styling easier. It protects your hand from the heat well too. Third, I love how this want maintains a consistent temperature too. I have bought way too many items that I had to put down after a few minutes to heat up again. Fourth; this wand DOESN'T have a clip! I absolutely HATE clips on curling irons because they snag and break my hair like crazy! There are two barrel sizes -- 1 inch and 3/4 inch; the 1 inch is more popular, but the 3/4 inch is better if you have shorter hair and/or you want tighter curls. Fifth; you can create your own style of curls. If you want looser, more beachy waves, I like to twist the part of hair and then twist that part over the rod. If you want more spirals, then try to keep the same side of the hair against the wand. You can play around with your hair to get the look that you want. Sixth, and the BEST part; this thing DRAMATICALLY reduces styling time. I have shoulder length hair that is thick and coarse and it usually takes about an hour with a tradition iron. This thing literally takes 10-15 to style my ENTIRE head and the results are better than if you were to use tradition curling irons, flat irons, heated curlers, dry curlers, etc. This gives you the BEST hair of your life. It makes your hair shiny too! Since this wand DOES get very hot, like with ANY hot tool, you want to make sure you use a heat protectant spray!! You can buy these at the Sultra website OR inside Sephora stores (or Sephora online with free shipping). Remember, if you buy this at a Sephora and you don't like it, you can always return it back at Sephora even if you used it. I honestly doubt it though because you will NEVER go back to any other tool for curl/wave styling! I've had this for about three months now and I LOVE it. I still cannot believe how fast it styles your hair (you seriously only need to keep your hair wrapped around it for about 10 seconds for a tight curl or 5 seconds for a loose wave). Your curls will last all day and night too, I promise. In fact, your curls will still look good the next morning!

    April 11, 2012

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  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45

    You know how the FDA is saying how suncreens over spf 50 is kind of silly. Don't pay a couple dollars extra for that false sense of security. This is very thick, but I like to put on lotion before putting this on and that makes it spread much easier.

    April 11, 2012

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sephora Luminous Trio
    6.0

    Sephora Luminous Trio

    VERY shimmery!

    Personally, I like this better as a highlighter for your brow bones. This is very shimmery so I don't like to use it unless it's at night when you can get away with more shimmer. Also, you can use the colors individually. These are on clearance for $5 at Sephora so it's not too bad on the wallet.

    April 6, 2012

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  • Sephora Matifying Compact Powder
    8.0

    Sephora Matifying Compact Powder

    GREAT product, TERRIBLE packaging

    I work at a Sephora and I am a product junkie. Believe me when I say that I have tried it all! Even products that aren't sold at a Sephora! Needless to say, Sephora has REALLY [recently] stepped up their game to produce BETTER quality products that match and even surpass the quality of higher-end luxury products! My skin has been going through a massive change due to the environment/hormones/age/diet/etc. Your skin is always changing because it's the largest organ on your body and it's exposed to external elements. SO, I have been searching for a powder that goes on well and I have tried a lot of HORRIBLE products. Believe me when I say that I have tried EVERYTHING from Smashbox, Nars, Mac, to even cheaper drug store products and EVERYTHING in between. The Sephora mattifying powder compact has beat ALL of these. Sephora must have done something differently with the formula because it is better than ever. It goes on RAZOR sharp, meaning you can't even see any powder on your face. It gives you very natural sheer to medium coverage that does NOT cake on your face and it does not emphasize dry, flaky skin, nor lines. Also, the Sephora compact has the largest range of shades so that it will actually match the color of your skin (no having to suffice with a basic "light" or "medium" powder that's a little off). One thing you need to know is there there are two different family of shades. There are "R" and "D". "D" is the most common and that's for warmer, yellow or neutral tones and "R" is for cooler, pink tones. My shade is D25 and that matches my skin perfectly without making me look too light, dark or too pink! It's perfect! Plus, the coverage lasts for a LONG time! It's great at taking away shine too. I personally like to use a brush because I like sheerer coverage, but using the sponge gives you a soft medium coverage as well. This is a GREAT powder, which is EASILY my favorite because it surpasses higher luxury brands that cake and give a terrible finish. The only thing I HATE about this is the packaging. It tends to break VERY easily. Also, when you have the cap open, you have to flip the product so the bottom compartment is revealed where it holds its sponge and mirror. Like I said, the top cap tends to break VERY easily. So even though Sephora has AMPED the quality of it's products, it still needs to have a major redesign overhaul. It's $20 for a compact which is much pricier than drug store brands, but still MUCH cheaper than other luxury brands like Nars, Mac, Benefit, etc. It's worth it!

    April 6, 2012

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