Wednesday, January 9, 2013
So after reading temptalia's blog on the armani eyes to kill limited edition eye shadows in 24 and 27, I caved in and purchased them during one of their online sales last year. I just wore shade 24 yesterday - it's a black color with gold/copper specks in it (you should really read temptalia's reviews). I absolutely love that color. It's a very great smoky eye look for day or night; i can see myself wearing it often. I've heard that the armani eyes to kill are similar to loreal (the parent group is the same); but I think the shades are not really dupeable. I think this shadow would look good on anyone.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I intially read about this little gem on makeup alley. It had received rave reviews from every one that had tried it. I didn't know where to get it from so when I went to a SDM, I thought I should try to find this lip balm. I think a few years ago when I first bought it, it cost me around $6, but the price has increased to $10. There are a few different types of RoC lip balms (I have this one and the one with SPF). I had decided to initially splurge on this balm (after trying carmex, blistex, vaseline, soft lips etc) because I would end up with peeling on my lips or a white ring on the inner corners of my lips. This lip balm is not natural by any means in my opinion (read the ingredient list), but I absolutely love it. It really softens my lips and does not cause any peeling whatsoever. It also has no scent or color and is not too shiny (so it's a great way to soften lips before applying my lipstick/gloss/stain etc). I can apply it morning, evening or during the night and it's easy to carry around; I really think this little beauty is underrated and is quite comparable to higher end lip balms (such as caudalie and fresh)
I really don't like taking too much time when applying makeup. Sometimes, the steps are too long and just take forever! I purchased the dior skin natural glow sculpting powder with spf 10 last summer in shade cafe moka (050) because for some reason I feel that even though I have dry skin, I think powder foundations are the lazy woman's way attempt to look some what decent before heading out the door. I was looking for one product that would work as foundation/powder but wouldn't make my skin dull looking. Anyways, I got this in the darkest shade available at the nordstrom counter. I had read some nice reviews on the product. The shade seemed a bit off for me as an overall face powder but I think the combination with the blush and the bronzer works well if I apply it to my cheekbones just as a blusher/bronzer. The texture of the powder seems soft and crumbly. Regardless, I paid around $60 US and in my opinion is not really worthwhile. Also, I don't like that the packaging is not smudgeproof. There is a brush applicator included that is not soft but it does the job (esp. if you carry the compact around for touchups)