Archive for March, 2010

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Posted in Health and Beauty on March 31, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’ve been using my Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer for a long while now, and it’s time for me to find a new bronzer. As much as I worship and adore the beautiful color, the shimmer in it is driving me CRAZY. I can’t wear it without getting it all over my clothes and everything else I come into contact with (including my boyfriend’s face). The next best bronzers I know of are the Urban Decay Baked Bronzers ($24), so I gave them a try.

There are three colors in the collection: Baked, Gilded, and Toasted. Baked is a soft, golden bronze, Gilded is a tan with shimmering gold flecks, and Toasted is a matte bronze.

Baked is a very soft, buildable bronze color. Great for pale skin! It isn’t too overpowering like 90% of bronzers on the market are. No shimmer or glitter in it, it just gives you a natural-looking splash of color. Not as pretty as my Snow Bunny, but it’s a classic bronze shade. You MUST build a couple of layers for decent color, though.

Gilded is for ‘warm’ skin, not pale skin (unfortunately). It is a soft, shimmering gold/tan color that totally disappears on pale skin. My mother, who has a little more color to her skin right now, looks utterly fabulous in this. It highlights her skin and makes it look glowing, youthful, and slightly shimmery. She puts a light blush on the apples of her cheeks and then dusts this over her entire face. There is no glimmer/shimmer fallout like with the Too Faced Bronzers. I’m very sad it hardly shows up on my skin!

Toasted is more of your average bronzer. It’s darker than Baked, but it’s just as matte (no shimmer/glitter). You’ll get more dramatic color, though it is still buildable, so you don’t have to end up looking like you smeared terracotta on your cheeks.

Honestly, they’re very nice bronzers. Light, natural, and good for your skin! They are made in the same way the Laura Geller Baked products are- starts as a mousse and ends up a light, baked product. Unfortunately, the colors don’t compare to my Too Faced Snow Bunny, and I’m not 100% happy with it. It’s just…too sheer for me, and I don’t want to load my cheeks with layers of bronzer to get good color. A so/so product in my opinion.


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in ‘Eden’

Posted in Health and Beauty on March 28, 2010 by sbulletforever

I usually use my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base for my eyeshadows. I like that it brightens my lids and keeps my shadows and liners from creasing, but it isn’t perfect. Someone suggested that I try the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden ($18) to get the same kind of look with better results, and here’s what I thought:

By far, this is the best eyelid primer on the market. The UD eyeshadow primers come in three shades: clear, shimmering champagne, and matte. Eden is the matte shade that gives eyelids a lift by tinting them with a nude color. Almost like a concealer for your eyelids! You only need a small drop per eyelid and it blends beautifully.

This primer keeps your shadows and liners in perfect condition, far outshining my MAC Paint Pot. I accidentally overdid my BLACK CREAM EYELINER, the stuff you know will smear, before going out to a club. I figured I’d have raccoon eyes by the first dance, but low and behold I only had the tiniest of tiny grey creases from a whole night of dancing and an eye covered in black cream liner. I almost didn’t see it was there.

This is a must for daily use. You can wear it underneath your shadows and liners, or you can use it by itself for a natural, bright look.

Buxom Lash Mascara

Posted in Health and Beauty on March 26, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’m a huge fan of Buxom products (they make the most amazing lipglosses!), so I decided to give their new Buxom Lash mascara ($18) a try. I’ve heard rave reviews about it on Sephora and wanted to know if it was better than my NARS Volumizing Mascara.

This was definitely a disappointment. It promises to volumize lashes up to 300%, but I didn’t see results even close to that. Even after using my eyelash curler the mascara didn’t add any length, volume, or definition to my lashes. The brush gives you individual, spidery lashes and it clumps like crazy. There isn’t any mascara fallout, thank goodness, like a lot of lengthening mascaras have, and it didn’t smear. But I tried everything to make the mascara look good- I tried using one coat, then two, and tried using my fingers to pick away the clumps and make my lashes fan out. It just didn’t end up looking good. I could barely tell I was wearing mascara, and it looked terrible on close inspection.

I’ll never leave my NARS Volumizing Mascara again. I had high hopes for the Buxom Lash, but it failed horribly. It wasn’t even an ‘okay’ mascara. I’ll just stick to buying Buxom Lipglosses from now on.

Clarisonic = Life, Love, and Happiness

Posted in Health and Beauty on March 22, 2010 by sbulletforever

I always dread winter. My hands crack and bleed, my skin dries out and turns Snow White pale, and I just generally look like death until the summer. And lately, my complexion has looked especially dull and spotty. I was seriously considering getting a nice facial until my boyfriend lended me his Clarisonic brush. He gave me the extra brush head he had and told me to give it a try- he never uses it.

It’s a handheld brush that it super easy to use. You put it on a charger to charge, then you put you brush head on and press the only button on the handle to turn it on. You can hear and feel the sonic vibrations pulse through the brush, and it’s intense.

So I put some soap on my face, got the brush a little wet, and went to work. My face and chest have been breaking out recently as well, so I thought I’d see what it could do for my breakouts and dull skintone. I saw a difference on my FIRST USE! The dead, dull skin on my face looked polished and smooth and I couldn’t believe how well the brush had worked. I’ve only used it a couple more days since then (twice a day), and I can’t imagine life without it.

The sonic vibrations help make your soap work harder and helps stimulate your skin cells. You can pretty much be guaranteed healthier, brighter, clearer skin in two weeks or less. It’s ingenius! My chest is already clearing up for summertime and I just bought a new bikini that I want to look amazing in.

Don’t settle for a washcloth! Clarisonic will change your skin and make you feel like a million bucks. Sure, it’s pricy ($150-200), but it’s a great investment. Worry less about scheduling facials and buying emergency products for days and weeks when you don’t look your best. It’s great for oily AND dry skin, dull skin, young and old skin, and everything in between. This brush will replace those extra expenses and give you long-term results.

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder

Posted in Health and Beauty on March 12, 2010 by sbulletforever

I’m a big fan of skin primers. Mineral makeups are almost always a medium/buildable coverage deal, and sometimes I need FULL coverage. Skin primers help give me that extra mile that makes me look flawless even when my skin isn’t. Also, after a long day, sometimes you end up looking shiny. Primers help fix that.

So I tried out Too Faced’s Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder ($22.50) and liked it. It’s a very unusual powder that gives you that flawless, smooth glow to your face without making you look pale. It does take some getting used to.

I put the powder on (with the sponge provided) after my moisturizer, but before any other makeup. It’s a white powder that blends really easily into your skin and it can go with any skintone. But you REALLY need to blend it in to avoid looking pale/cakey. It won’t irritate dry skin, which is nice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give any extra coverage for things like blackheads.

The powder leaves your skin feeling extremely smooth and gives a great base for concealer/foundation/powder. I use it underneath my Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten primer, since the two do very different things, and beneath my Jane Iredale mineral makeup. I never have an ounce of shine with this- not even at rock concerts! And my skin looks so smooth and tight, it’s almost surreal. Yes, this TIGHTENS skin. It’s chock-ful-o’ vitamins and minerals for your face that basically rejuvinate it. You can see a difference in your skin’s quality within days of using the Absolutely Invisible Translucent Powder.

If you have oily skin, this is truly a must. But I will warn you that this DOES NOT mix well with liquid foundations. Powders, especially mineral, are the way to go when using this primer. Use a light hand with this so you don’t overapply and look cakey, but I’ve yet to have a problem with that.