I absolutely love MAC Paint Pots. You can wear them under eye shadow as a base (or to create different variations of color), or you can wear them alone. One Paint Pot that is perfect for both of these is "Bare Study," which is a shimmy, light gold/beige. It's very neutral but also amazing beautiful and luminescent. If I use a different Paint Pot on my lid, I always use Bare Study between the crease and brow. It really lights things up!
There are essentially no "cons" to this item unless you think the price may be too high ($25). I actually found Bare Study at the Cosmetics Company Store outlet, too, and I was thrilled! Makes it just a bit better in terms of cost. The pros are that it is easy to apply, has beautiful color and shimmer, and is very versatile. Just make sure (as with all Paint Pots) that you screw on the top completely, because these will dry out if not closed properly.
MAC BB cream has been around for a while, both in cream and compact form. I discovered it at the Cosmetics Company Store at the local outlet mall. The BB cream I purchased there is in the photo to the right. Come to find out from the MAC counter at Macy's, it may actually be "surplus" for countries in Asia. The MAC associate mentioned this because the tip of the tube is pointed instead of flat.
Anyway, it probably is for the Asian market, but I love it and am so glad the outlet store carries it. I don't think the one I use has a color name, but it's great! I actually use it as a foundation. It evens out my skin without being heavy -- just a nice, natural look. When I first started using it, I finished it off with MAC blot powder. That particular combination gave a flawless finish -- and still does. I do use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish with it as well -- just to "wake things up" (I feel the "Skinfinish" makes me look more awake!).
The photos at the top are MAC BB Cream in the tube and compact versions -- both available at MAC stores and counters. I tried them both and would definitely go for the tube version -- maybe the compact as well, although I need more time to road test it. Meanwhile, as long as I can get the outlet BB cream, I'll stick with it! I might give the others another try at the MAC counter soon -- I'm a die-hard MAC addict!
You've done your nails but have no time to wait for them to dry, right? Well, the answer for me is the "Out the Door" topcoat. I had tried the "Sinful Nails" quick drying top coat a long time ago and was very pleased, but I wanted something that also seemed to protect my nails a bit more (since the Sinful Nails one was pretty thin).
I read reviews, and it seemed like many people liked "Out the Door." I saw it at my local CVS, but they usually had all of one bottle on the shelf -- or none. Come to find out, Sally Beauty Supply stocks it (both in the size pictured above and in larger bottles). So, I am set. I go to Sally when it's time to re-stock.
Pros: This top coat really does dry your nails quickly. I would give it a good, full 60 seconds at least, though. Smudges are also easy to smooth out if you happen to get too anxious to see if it's dry or bump your nail by accident. Another thing I discovered is that if you put on one coat, let it dry completely, and then put on another, your nails will be super glossy -- almost like a gel! They will also remain un-chipped for at least a week. So, if you have the time and really like your manicure, go for two coats of this!
Cons: It can smell pretty strong and certainly won't last forever. I also found that it can smear colored polish underneath (maybe if that polish is not 100% dry?), so I put one plain clear coat (of any brand) on before using this.
All in all, i would say go for it. This is the best quick-drying top coat I've found!
I've purchased many Rimmel products over the years -- eye makeup remover, powder, foundation, blush, eyebrow pencils, and mascara. Rimmel is a brand that is affordable and accessible. You can find their products in stores like Wal-Mart and Target as well as in pharmacies like CVS or Walgreens.
Several months ago, I simply became bored with my everyday mascara, so I thought I would try one of the Rimmel offerings. Since their products are so inexpensive, it never really seems like a risk to try them. I went for the "Scandaleyes flex," but at that time, I am pretty sure it was in an orange tube. I thought it made my lashes full and long, and it was easy to use. However, my lashes felt a bit hard and sort of "brittle" (although they didn't break), too. It didn't seem to have much flex at all. But, alas, I noticed this mascara in a green tube recently and thought I would give it a whirl. I am very pleased with it. In fact, once this tube is done, I am going to replace it lickedy-split! I suspect that Rimmel may have reformulated this one, and it no longer makes my lashes feel dry, stiff, or brittle. In fact, this mascara gives you so much volume and length that you have to be careful -- the more you brush it on, the bigger they get! If you are the least bit compulsive (like me), you could potentially brush and brush and brush...
I also have problems with my hands, so a nice, big tube like this with a big brush is great. I feel that it is very easy to use, although I have read reviews of similar products where people felt that a bigger brush was difficult to control. For me, it is perfect. Bigger brush means less time to swipe it on and be done! I also like the fact that you can feel and hear a bit of a snap when you close the tube completely (you have to twist to close). It's just a nice little "extra" so that you know your mascara is closed and will not dry out the next day!
Welcome! This is the first of what I hope will be many posts about products I've tried -- whether they are great or maybe, well, not so much. I've enjoyed Sinful Colors nail polishes for many years. In fact, I think I first came across them at a Walgreens in Elkhart, Indiana, when I was living there in 2008. I was kind of addicted to them, purchasing a new color just about every time I set foot in the store. It was all too tempting at their $1.99 pricetag and huge spectrum of colors.
So, I built a collection and even swore by their fast drying topcoat. I mean, it was FAST! So, I was devoted for quite some time. I have since moved in with top coats, but I still love the Sinful Colors polishes. I had been considering the "Sinful Shine" polishes for a while and finally purchased one at a Walgreens at home in NY this past weekend. I chose "Royal Flush" and decided to use it with some Fingers stickers. I have to say that I am not so sure about this polish. It's shiny, but not as shiny as I thought it would be. It also seemed a bit hard to use -- kind of thick. I like to draw nail designs while the second coat is wet, and I didn't have much luck here. Not sure I would buy this polish again, but I will certainly buy the regular "Sinful Colors."