|Milani Color Statement Lipsticks Left to Right: Sangria,|
|Left to Right: Stila Liquid Eye Liner, Stila Smudge Stick Eye Liner, Jordana Eyeliner in Brown, Rimmel Scandaleyes in Light Blue, Covergirl Eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe|
|Left to Right: Pink Pop, Coral Reef|
Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in "Lilac Leather": The formula on this polish is really good, albeit expensive at $20.00. It definitely requires a top coat to get a really high shine but it typically doesn't chip for 3-4 days which is so good for me.
Dolce & Gabanna The One Desire Eau du Parfum Delux Sample: This was a really decent sized sample I got using a coupon code with my Sephora online order. I love this warm, sexy, scent. I don't know if I'll buy the full-sized version (as I've got my eye on Molecule 01) but being as picky as I am with perfumes-- I really like this!
Milani Color Sensational Lipstick in Sangria and Uptown Mauve: Sangria looks really similar to Mac's Rebel after it's applied to your lips. The formula on this entire line of lipsticks is really good; smooth, hydrating, and with an artificial fruity scent (which I actually don't mind). Both colors are really blue-toned and make your teeth look incredibly white. They don't settle in to lines or accentuate any lines/dry patches. They wear off evenly after a few hours, but "Sangria" tends to leave a stain that lasts up to 4-5 hours.
Crest 3D Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Professional Effects in Level 5: I love these strips-- this is my third box. The box recommends wearing these strips for two hours. And with my semi-sensitive teeth, there's no way in hell I'll do that. I find if I put them on for 45 minutes instead I still see results after each use and can do it a few times a week. By the end of the 7-count box, my teeth are genuinely white.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Sample: This is by far the best sample I've ever recieved. Granted, I'm a little biased to this line of lipsticks, but still. Love, love, love.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: This is by far the best heavy duty cream I've ever used... and I've used more than any person should. It feels incredibly light, but gives results better and longer-lasting than anything I've tried. It has a slight "minty" scent, and feels like a face cream. It absorbs almost instantaneously and I can cover my whole body with a quarter-sized amount and simply apply it once a day. Honestly, I can't say enough about this stuff. It might be the best thing I've bought for a few years.
Sephora Fan Brush: This has since been discontinued. I got it on sale for $9, regularly $24. It's synthetic and I wouldn't buy it again. I've only used it to apply highlighting powder and it really struggles to pick up the product and to blend it in. If you have any suggestions on other uses, please let me know.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in "Creamy Natural": It's almost impossible not to have heard about this powder. It's under $4 and definitely a good value. While I do like this, and will try to use it up-- I'm not sure that it lives up to the hype. I find it a little chalky and has a cheap makeup smell. However, it's very light, doesn't settle/accentuate pores, and seems to wear well. Some of the reviews of this complained about it being too mattifying. I only applied it to set under-eye concealer and in my t-zone and I thought it only slightly mattified. I definitely need to spend some more time with this before deciding.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in "Turquoise": I bought this one first and the next day came back for the Smudge Stick version in the same color. The black liquid liner in this same line is extremely pigmented so I was really surprised to find out that this one wasn't. When I sampled this in the store I thought maybe the sample was just old or empty but I got the same weak/watery results when I opened mine at home. I love the precision of a liquid liner but I think I might be returning this.
Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla: I keep this in my purse and while I love the idea of a more natural deodorant... I really wish it was an antiperspirant as well. It smells similar to the vanilla scent from Lavanilla's line but mixed with baby powder.
Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner in "Brownish Brown": This was terrible. It was like trying to apply liquid liner with a toothpick. There is absolutely no flex in the brush and it applies in a big blob initially and it's all downhill from there.
Stila Stay All Day Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in "Turquoise": This is amazing. I love the unique color and this stuff really doesn't budge. I use it on my lower waterline to mix things up or will transfer it to a liner brush to create a precise winged liner above my black liquid line. I'll do a dedicated post later in the week.Jordana Fabuliner in "Brown": I love this line of liquid liners. They couldn't be any easier to use and they're so inexpensive. The "Brown" shade is a lot darker than the outside packaging. It's a firm felt tip but applies evenly and precisely (unlike the Line Stiletto). I definitely consider this my HG liquid liner.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in "Light Blue": I haven't tried anything from this line that I didn't really like. My only complaint is that they easily transfer on my water line... but that kind of comes with the territory. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know! This is a matte baby blue and has kind of a "Mod" feel to it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in "Ash Blonde": I still love the Lancome brow pencil I mentioned in my last favorites post, but I'd been dying to try this one, and after lightening my hair I figured it was a good time to make the switch. I love the fine point of this and it's ability to make hair strokes. It's definitely a harder/waxier formula than the Lancome pencil but I love how precise it is.
Revlon Lipgloss in Pink Pop and Coral Reef: I only own one other lipgloss from this line and while I like that this doesn't turn gritty like a lot of glosses do, it's pretty sticky. These are unscented and leave a nice wash of color, but are by no means opaque. I've heard people compare these the NARS' lipgloss, but I don't think they're comparable. They are cheap though and happened to be on sale for $2.50 a piece.
L'Occitane Supple Skin Oil: I love the warm almond, vanilla scent of this. It's a really thin oil, and takes quite a bit to cover your body. I mainly just use this on my upper body and, while I love it, I haven't noticed any significant changes in the "suppleness" in my skin. A lot of reviews on Sephora said that it faded the appearance of scars and I haven't been using it long enough to tell. It's not quite as moisturizing as I'd like but I prefer it to the Caudalie Divine Oil as it's not as "dry" of an oil.