Heather H.'s (sokolum) Beauty Product Reviews
The best matte black base I have ever used!
I have tried other matte black gel liners as a base and they always end up creasing or blending away in chunks, and my lids aren't too oily either. The Tar Smudgepaint doesn't flake while blending and lasts all day without creasing.. I usually apply with with a fluffy synthetic brush and apply it semi-sheerly on top of an eye primer. It can also be applied opaquely as a liner. My only complaint is that I wish there was more product for the price.
It is full coverage, but it can be sheered down.
This is probably my favourite MAC foundation currently. It is a MAC pro product and can be ordered by phone or purchased at a pro store. I am a NC40 with Studio Fix Fluid or C40 with Studio Fix Powder, and I am a C40 with Full Coverage Foundation.
It is definitely a full coverage foundation, but when I use my Sigma F80 to apply it, it becomes a medium coverage. It has a dry-ish, matte texture and lasts throughout the day on my skin (normal to dry skin). I prefer not to set it with a powder because I like the finish that it has on it's own and it doesn't feel like it's going anywhere.
It really is a "Longwear" polish!
Currently, I am day six of my "Longwear" manicure with only two small chips on my right hand, one on my thumb and one on my index. This is a nail polish/gel hybrid that does not need a UV lamp.
The brushes are wider than the traditional Revlon brush, which I prefer. The consistency of Stiletto (black) was smooth, opaque and almost had a shiny jelly consistency and Sequin (silver foil) was a little thicker. Both dried fairly quickly. I applied it at night, even though it says it cures in regular light (energy saving bulbs helped maybe??). I could have probably gotten away with only one coat of Stiletto. I find them to be a little pricey, but I picked these up on a buy one get one 50% off.
Overall I am quite pleased with the durability of these polishes. I usually change my manicure every two or three days, but I want to try and last as long as possible with this particular manicure to thoroughly test it out.
Provided me with more than I expected!
I have always had short, sparse, stick straight lashes and I have always dreamed of longer, thicker, curlier lashes, so I was ecstatic when I found out about Latisse. It wasn't available in Canada until late 2010.
I browsed their Before and After photos and my lashes were most similar to an Asian woman's lashes on the website so I imagined my outcome would be similar. It took a few months to achieve the final results, but I am more than happy with the results. My lashes are thicker and longer than the Before and After photo I benchmarked.
I have one side effect, a little darkening of the outer corner of my eyelid. After the 16 week course, I reduced my application to once every other day. I found that I started shedding my long lashes when I reduced my application to once every two days.
Before and after photos: http://www.beautylish.com/f/ymvcjm
Soft pencil liners that come in a large variety of colours!
I've been using Annabelle kohl pencil liners for many years now and I always go back to them. They have the largest colour selection of kohl pencils at the drug store and they are affordable. They are soft (but not so soft that they melt and bleed everywhere) and long lasting.
Gives a beautiful glow!
I am a NC40 in Studio Fix Fluid and I was finding it to be too matte (it emphasized my pores), so I decided to try Studio Tech. I am a NC43 in Studio Tech (NC40 & 42 were too peach). Last time I tried Studio Tech my skin was oily and it was not a good combination because it made me break out (because of the wax ingredient). My skin is now normal/dry and it works beautifully. It gives my skin a glowing, flawless appearance. I would say it is a light to medium coverage foundation at most. This is currently my go-to foundation.
So-so pigment and unblendable
When I swatched the eyeshadows at the store, they were amazing! So creamy and opaque. I fell in love with the iridescent Midnight Mist, which is a dark blue/purple duochrome. I purchased it and couldn't wait to try it the next day.
I used Urban Decay Primer Potion and a base, then applied the shadow. It applied alright, but when I tried to blend, it became patchy.
Too Faced must have changed the formula since the testers were put on display. :(
Prevents skin scrapes
I've had this handy little tool for 2 years now and I use it mostly for blackhead removal. I use the outer edge of the smaller side to press the blackheads out. Before this tool, I would use my nails with tissue and I would occasionally scrape my skin, leaving embarrassing scabs on my skin. This tool has totally eliminated the scrapes and easily removes those nasty little blackheads.
My only issue is that I wish the handle was a little larger and round instead of small and flat.
Not for chapped lips
After seeing numerous videos on YouTube about the EOS lip balms and having the Lemon Drop lip balm recommended to me by several people, I bought it.
I found it to be a below average lip balm that was smooth and glossy, but had no lasting power and seemed to just sit on my lips, rather than hydrate. The smell was okay and the packaging is unique.
In the end, I feel that the hype was all about the packaging because I found it to be just a slightly below average lip balm.