Monday, February 28, 2011

MAC Fix+ Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC, online

Price: $19.00

Description: 3.4 fl oz; "An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!"

Directions: I use this after I put moisturizer on and after I finish my makeup to set it. I also use this for wetting a sponge to apply foundation and to foil eyeshadows.

Review:

Pros
  • great setting spray - takes away any powder look
  • adds moisture to the face - great for any dry areas
  • love the bottle - sprays an even amount all over face
  • does not change the way makeup looks on face

Cons
  • tad on the pricey side

MAC Fix+

Sunday, February 27, 2011

MAC Brush Cleanser Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC, online

Price: $12.00

Description: 233 mL; Cleans, disinfects, and conditions brushes

Review:

Pros
  • Cleans the brushes completely
  • Dries within seconds
  • tons of cleanser - will last a long time
  • only takes a small amount
  • price is fairly cheap for the amount of product

Cons
  • Bottle is not the most convenient - I put some in a travel spray bottle to easily spritz a paper towel and wipe the brushes on it

MAC Brush Cleanser

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Unscented Pocketbac Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Bath and Body Works, online

Price: $1.50 (usually 5 for $5)

Description: Hand sanitizer

Review:

Pros
  • very small and compact
  • easy to carry around
  • cheap
  • slight smell of hand sanitizer, but not overpowering

Cons
  • none!

Unscented Pocketbac

Friday, February 25, 2011

Vanilla Bean Noel PocketBac Review & Photos

Rating: 8/10

Price: $1.50

Sold: Bath and Body Works, online

Description: Hand sanitizer

Review:

Pros
  • small size - easy to carry around
  • slight vanilla scent
  • not too strong

Cons
  • still smells slightly like alcohol

Vanilla Bean Noel PocketBac

Thursday, February 24, 2011

NYX Pearl Eyeshadow Base Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 5/10

Sold: Ulta, online; NYX, online; Cherry Culture, online.

Price: $6.00

Description: Apply before eyeshadows for a 100x's pearlized effect

Review:

Pros
  • good pearl pigmentation
  • easy to blend
  • turns a matte shade into a shimmer

Cons
  • Creases horribly! Within an hour of putting eyeshadow on, even with a primer!
  • has an oily consistency

NYX Pearl Eyeshadow Base

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NYX Yogurt Jumbo Eye Pencil Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Ulta, online; NYX, online; Cherry Culture, online

Price: $2.00 to $5.00

Description: Use as a liner or shadow; applies smoothly without pulling or tugging

Directions: Apply on eye as either a liner or shadow

Review:

Pros
  • unique color - golden, pinkish, peach
  • great for shimmery looks
  • applies without difficulty

Cons
  • primer is needed

NYX Yogurt Jumbo Eye Pencil

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NYX Iced Mocha Jumbo Eye Pencil Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Ulta, online; NYX, online; Cherry Culture, online

Price: $2.00 - $5.00

Description: Use as a liner or shadow; applies smoothly without pulling or tugging

Directions: Apply on eye as either a liner or shadow

Review:

Pros
  • Beautiful color - golden brown
  • Great for neutral looks
  • Applies smoothly
  • Very creamy

Cons
  • Will crease if primer is not used

NYX Iced Mocha Jumbo Eye Pencil

Monday, February 21, 2011

NYX Black Bean Jumbo Eye Pencil Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 8/10

Sold: Ulta, online; NYX, online; Cherry Culture, online

Price: $2.00 to $5.00

Description: Use as a shadow or liner; applies smoothly without pulling or tugging

Directions: Apply on eye either as a liner or shadow

Review:

Pros
  • very creamy
  • extremely pigmented and opaque
  • great base for smokey looks

Cons
  • will crease if good primer is not used

NYX Black Bean Jumbo Eye Pencil

Sunday, February 20, 2011

MAC Bare Study Paint Pot Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price: $16.50

Description: Soft beige with gold pearl (Frost)

Review:

Pros
  • Great shimmery base for all colors
  • Works as a shadow base and highlight (just put from lashline to brow bone)
  • beautiful color
  • blends easily

Cons
  • None!

MAC Bare Study Paint Pot

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MAC Indianwood Paint Pot Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price: $16.50

Description:  Metallic antique bronze (Frost)

Review:

Pros
  • Great pigmentation
  • bronzy gold color
  • amazing for a base (works well for gold and bronze tone shadows)
  • very creamy
  • no problems blending

Cons
  • use carefully if you have fair skin, sometimes I feel this color is a little harsh on my green eyes and fair skin

MAC Indianwood Paint Pot

Friday, February 18, 2011

MAC Constructivist Paint Pot Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price: $16.50

Description: Metallic brown with red pearl (Frost)

Review:

Pros
  • Great color payoff
  • Very beautiful color for smoky looks

Cons
  • Slightly harder to blend than most paint pots
MAC Constructivist Paint Pot
 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Benefit That Gal Primer Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 7/10

Sold: Sephora, online; Ulta, online; Benefit, online

Price: $28

Description: Brightening face primer

Directions: Wear alone, or under makeup

Review:

Pros
  • smooths the skin
  • has almost a sticky texture to it
  • brightening effect
  • spreads easily
  • a little goes a long way
  • keeps makeup lasting longer

Cons
  • doesn't keep face matte

Benefit That Gal

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Polish Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $8.00

Description: Opaque, matte nude color with a cool undertone

Review:

Pros
  • Great nude color for my skintone (not too light, not too dark)
  • pink undertone
  • very opaque (needs about 2 coats)

Cons
  • None!

Essie Topless & Barefoot

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Frenchville Coffee Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: depends on candle - the tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz.

Description: Fresh brewed coffee with a hint of french vanilla

Review:

Pros
  • smells just like strong, brewed coffee
  • slight hint of vanilla
  • scent throw is amazing

Cons
  • None :)

I cannot express how much I enjoy this scent. If you're a coffee lover, enjoy this candle!
Dupe alert: Yankee Candle's Hazelnut Coffee - CBV is much better, and cheaper!
 
Candles By Victoria - Frenchville Coffee
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Eggnog Review & Photos

Rating: 2/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz.

Description: A blend of vanilla and rum

Review:

Pros
  • smell both vanilla and rum
  • scent throw is fairly good

Cons

  • Personally, I do not think it smells like eggnog and I'm not a fan of the scent

Overall, I'm not a fan of the scent, but if you like the smell of eggnog (or vanilla and rum) this may be the candle for you!

Candles By Victoria - Eggnog

Candles By Victoria - Eggnog

Sunday, February 13, 2011

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Ulta, online; NYX, online; Cherry Culture, online

Price: $2.00 - $5.00

Description: Use as a liner or shadow; applies smoothly without pulling or tugging

Directions: Apply on eye as either a liner or shadow

Review:

Pros
  • extremely creamy
  • very pigmented
  • outstanding base

Cons
  • easy to apply to much - which makes it easier to crease

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil Swatch

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 5/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $5.00 - $8.00

Description: Creates a perfect canvas for foundation application; smooths and evens out complexion; prolongs the wear of foundation; minimizes pores

Directions: Apply before face makeup

Review:

Pros
  • Smooths and preps the face for foundation
  • has a more moisturizing texture; rather than oily or silicone-based
  • good amount of product

Cons
  • looks orange on fair skin (only comes in one shade)
  • does not keep foundation on all day
  • does not keep the face matte


Overall, I think this foundation may be good for darker skin tones with normal to dry skin, but for my fair and oily skin tone it did not work.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Tropical Kisses Review & Photos

Rating: 4/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz.

Description: A fruit cocktail blend of peach, strawberry, pineapples, grapefruit, orange, apple slices and shredded coconut

Review:

Pros
  • very fruity smelling
  • strong scent throw

Cons
  • Personally, it smells like cough syrup
  • not much of a coconut smell

Overall, the scent is strong and may be great for those that love fruit smelling candles. Unfortunately, this one is not for me!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Benefit R.S.V.P. Creaseless Cream Shadow Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Sephora, online; Ulta, online; Benefit, online

Price: $19.00

Description: Sparking champagne; warm-toned

Directions: Use as a shadow base or a liner

Review:

Pros
  • beautiful color - great for neutral looks
  • very creamy
  • a little goes a long way
  • very pigmented

Cons
  • creases more often than paint pots
  • plastic-y

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MAC Painterly Paint Pot Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC Counters & Stores, online

Price: $16.50

Description: Nude beige (cream)

Directions: Apply as a base for shadow or to conceal the eyelid

Review:

Pros
  • conceals the eyelid
  • great base
  • helps shadow stay on longer

Cons
  • creases if I don't use a primer

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 8/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $10.00 - $13.00

Description: Minimizes the looks of fine lines and pores; skin feels smooth and resurfaced; matte finish; suitable for all skin types

Directions: Apply before makeup as a primer

Review:

Pros
  • creates a smooth barrier
  • has a matte finish to start with
  • smooths away pores and lines
  • marshmallow texture - very unique
  • keeps makeup on slightly longer than usual

Cons
  • container makes it hard to get the product out
  • only contains .5 oz.
  • doesn't stay matte all day

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Monday, February 7, 2011

MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 7/10

Sold: MAC Stores, Counters, and online

Price: $16.50

Description: Pale gold with icy shimmer (Frost)

Review:

Pros
  • Multi-use
  • Great for brightening the inner corner and under-eye area (I use this instead of concealer sometimes)
  • Color works great for all skin tones
  • Great cheekbone and brow bone highlighter
  • Can also be used on the lips for a "glossy" effect
  • Use as an eyeshadow base

Cons
  • Can emphasize dry areas
  • May crease if used on the eyelids
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