Amanda K.'s (amandakevins) Beauty Product Reviews
The only bronzer i will use anymore
I just.. wow. amazing. gives such a perfect glow, can be layered for a darker colour around the contour areas, lightly dusted for the regular bronzed look etc etc.
i wore it on a night out and my friend said YOU LOOK LIKE YOU WENT TANNING FOR TWO DAYS. i didnt. but just the fact that you can get such a convincing bronze from a powder? amazing!
lives up to its name.
if you're looking for a product that will "erase" the lip area, this is it. im aware that many people would think, "why not just use concealer?" To me, the answer is, because concealer dries and cracks on my, and many others' lips and the surrounding area. Since this is rather waxy, it adds moisture while paling out the lips. It comes in 2 shades, i use the darker shade [even though im very light], and its excellent. i have also used it on other women with skin that ranges from very light to medium dark, and had no problems.
Bottom line: its a great product that holds true to its promise, but i would say if you only need to "erase" your lips very rarely, you could get away with not having it in your collection and use your concealer. I prefer this though!
Perfect size, perfect brush
I use my 150 so much that I actually have two-and at the price that they're at, you know for a person to have 2 is a pretty big deal! I have used it for Blush, Powder, highlighting, setting, bronzing, everything! This is as fluffy as a brush can get while still having precision, I find. The only brush I have that is bigger is a GIGANTIC Sephora Platinum brush, which is very dense and quite frankly HUGE-its bigger than half my face, rendering it mainly for body use, because its too dense for even loose powder.
All in all this is a great brush, and, to me, a staple for anyones collection, be it for personal or professional use.
Great for contouring
I know this brush is mainly used for a quick wash of colour all over the lid, but I find it actually to be the most effective at contouring the face. For areas like the sides of the nose and the hollows of the cheeks, especially. I use it with my Blunt blush and it works fantastically. Its also great for a brow highlight, especially if you're like me and have much space between lid and brow =]
Very efficient at hiding my undereye circles!
I was looking for a peachish shade to act as a corrector and a concealer in one. It has never really caked when i wore it, conceals while also correcting and i apply it straight from the tube-what more could i ask for? I personally like it better than Bobbi Brown's correctors and concealer. It is surprisingly creamy considering it is a stick concealer, and glides on very nicely. The photo finish undereye brightener [also by smashbox] over top of it completes the look. I will likely repurchase =]
Best cosmetic glitter there is!
All shades are fantastic, and the 3D shades really offer something interesting. The reflects are great, especially reflects pearl-I point out RP because I have used it for my eye area, as a cheek highlighter, dabbed it on the cupids bow, centre of the bottom lip, everything. It is so fine, making it very versatile-you can create a dramatic look [layering this over blackground PP looks perdy!], or a very light daytime shimmer. I am a big fan of RP. I also have the blackened red which is BEAUTIFUL for a dramatic eye, also layered atop Blackground PP. I have fuschia, reflects blue, green, red, 3D gold, 3D copper, purple, reflects bronze, etc. Love them all. And I will repurchase if I ever run out. If you buy a full size, you will likely have it for a long time!
Great job, Benefit!
I must say I was always rather disappointed with everyones fave Bad Gal lash-didnt add much of anything, and definitely didnt stick around for very long!
First, I will say that I am typing this review at quarter after midnight. I applied this mascara around 5pm. I have never, ever said this before, about any mascara, BUT They're Real! still looks just as fabulous as when I first applied it earlier in the day! Incredible!
I'm sure you will read buttloads about the brush, so I won't talk very much about that-I'm sure you've heard it all! It really is as awesome as its being made up to be. Trust me! I always wanted to try a mace-shaped [i.e the little spiked ball] mascara, but the one that was very big a few years ago was discontinued [I think it was Guerlain, but unsure] and it didn't seem like it would add much regardless-the little ball just seemed to be a bit more of a hassle, for much more than my tried and true mascaras. That curiosity stayed with me, drugstore versions never did anything, so i stuck with the classic wands. This combines the best of both worlds, and it combines them very well!! The little ball really did come in handy, and the wand really did what was promised as well!
Benefit hit the nail on the head with this one-I personally prefer mascaras that provide drama, separation, length, lift, curl and volume, but I have only found a handful that provided with everything. Lengthening formulas are garbage for me [lashes are already very long!] curling formulas are silly [i can use a curler], volumizing is great, but majority clump [defeats the purpose-i can just gel my lashes together if i want that], etc. This achieves all those tasks, then blows all the past multi benefit mascaras out of the water.
If I had a camera that would show how great this stuff is, I would definitely attach a picture. But Im pretty sure any picture I could add wouldn't serve the mascara any justice, or at least not the full props it deserves.
Congrats, Benefit! Will definitely be repurchasing!
fantastic, especially for clients.
these provide the drama of strip lashes, but with the ease of clusters-i.e. that whole inner portion problem that most of us have with big strip lashes, where the insides are the hardest? GONE. create drama and depth, without being obvious. great for personal use as well as professional use!
half point gone for price though-i picked up a few pairs at the mac warehouse sale, four $4! i see that they charge 18 CDN for them-what a difference!
Smooth Sailing is the ONLY blue nail polish worth having..
while I am no pro at nail polish, when there is a unique shade that jumps out as much as this one, I must wear it.. that being said, after I applied this [I am no pro, I actually quite suck at putting nail polish on, but it STILL looked great.. now THATS a sign of a quality polish] my BOYFRIEND, that's right, a MAN, MALE SPECIMEN, WITH A Y CHROMOSOME, noticed how nice the shade was. I COULD SHAVE MY HEAD AND HE WOULDN'T NOTICE.
i no longer need any other blue polish. I dislike dark navies, I hate bright pastel blues, and neon shades just never work as well on the nails as they seem to in the bottle. This is the perfect shade, with the perfect amount of shimmer.. not too in your face with the glitter, its actually very hard to make out that they are individual particles unless you really study your nails. In addition, its such a unique tone.. its very difficult to describe, but you can clearly see it in the lovely Linda's review directly below this.. I won't take a picture of my nails, because my nail-painting skills will not show this for what it truly is-remarkable.
Smooth Sailing is by far my new favourite nail polish.! If you haven't already got it, I suggest you snatch it before its too late!
Lush Light Bronze
this is a very pretty warm colour. it leans slightly more orange/brown than the Gold Go Lightly but in a good, warm way.. not like Snooki, Oompa Loompa orange, just warmer.. i am very fair skinned and it still didnt look orange on me, but gold go lightly was barely visible! this is a very pretty shade, and formula of the careblend powder is lovely on the skin. it is very gentle, and i quite like the summery depth that it gives my skin, but its not a HG for me.. if i didnt have my regular Golden bronzer, i think this would be my HG, but its definitely up there =]