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Shimmering Stardust Eyeshadow By Urban Decay Review | Highly Pigmented Shadows Blend Well & Glide On

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Urban Decay Stardust EyeshadowUrban Decay has devised a shimmering set of eye shadows for spring 2010 called Stardust. These shades aren't for the faint heart! Apparently there is even more glitter than ever before, 40% more to be exact says Urban Decay.

The 9 different shades are listed below:

  • Space Cowboy- shimmering champagne beige
  • Bobby Dazzle- shimmery white
  • Griffith -shimmery yellow green
  • Diamond- shimmering brown
  • 54-sparkly purple
  • Retrograde- shimmering deep purple with a tinge of red
  • Atmosphere- shimmery bright blue
  • Moon spoon-sparkly greyish mauve
  • Void-greyish black with sparkles (like the night sky)

The stardust set has been designed not to have big chunks of glitter that gets every where, it should stay put. The eyeshadow has a long last formula and should glide onto your eye lids with ease. The amount of product you get has doubled compared to the other Urban Decay shadows.

Users Conclusions


  • Shimmery
  • Blends well
  • Glides on easily


  • Glitter fall out ( only a small amount but enough to notice)


To get less glitter fall out from an eye shadow try using a damp sponge to apply it. Stardust would work well for a sexy shimmering smokey eye look. I personally think void and retrograde would work well together.


All shades contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

To Sum Up

A nice selection of colors that most ladies love, unfortunately they aren't as pigmented as Urban Decay promise. Still very desirable though, personally I prefer more subtle shades anyway.

There is a small amount of fall out also which lets stardust down, although if used with a damp sponge fall out should lesson.

Even though Urban Decay have doubled the amount of product you get for Stardust shadow, it is still expensive at $20 for one shade.

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Black Smoky Eyes Palette by Sephora Review | Blendible Long Lasting Matte Colors

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Smoky Eyes Palette by SephoraThe Smokey Eyes Palette by Sephora is a selection of 4 shades of eyeshadow, a eyeliner and a mascara. Sephora put these colors together to create a sexy smoldering smokey eye.

This set comes with handy picture cards with 6 steps showing you how to create the smokey eye. It all comes in a handy travel size palette.

The dark black, grey and beige colors in this collection are all matte effect to contrive a natural subtle smokey eye.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled the list below from the users opinions about Sephora's smokey eye kit:


  • Long lasting color
  • Great color combo
  • Compact kit
  • Blends well
  • Easy to follow picture cards


Eyeshadows: -Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methicone, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens. Eyeliner Pencil: -CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Cera Peel Wax, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Mica Jojoba Seed Oil, Stearyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Tocopherol, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Propylparaben. Gradual Volume Black Mascara: -Water, Synthetic Beeswax, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Carnauba Wax, Acacia Senagal (Gum), Acrylates Copolymer, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbitate, EDTA.

To Sum Up

I was unable to find any negative comments about this collection, although I couldn't find many reviews on it at all.

The comments from users I found said, the collection has a great color combination that is long lasting and easy to apply.

It is a little lavishly priced at $36 but the patrons using it think it is worth the price.

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She Laq Makeup Sealer by Benefit Cosmetics Review | Lacquer Stops Smudging & Fading

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Benefit Cosmetics She LaqShe Laq is a clear liquid solution designed to be put on the top of any makeup to help it last longer without smudging or fading.

It comes with a set of brushes to apply the formula with. The brush set includes:

  • A mascara wand
  • A lip gloss brush
  • A eye shadow brush
  • A eyeliner brush

There is also a brush attached to the lid of the solution. This can be used to put the liquid onto the application brushes, so not too much is used and the solution will stay clean.

Benefit do advise that all the application brushes need to be cleaned after each use to stop contamination.

Users Conclusions

I have summarized below the opinions of the ladies using She Laq:


  • Prevents smudging
  • Long lasting
  • A little goes a long way
  • Stops mascara causing raccoon eyes


  • Makes skin feel tight
  • Looks shiny (one users opinion)
  • A little pricey


Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Acrylates/Octylacylamide Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea.


Dip a clean brush into she-laq and apply over makeup to seal it on. Allow to dry completely for about 1-2 minutes before touching. Wash brushes after each use and store in pouch.

To Sum Up

Most patrons using She Laq found it helped their makeup last longer without smudging and think its a little pricey at $30 but worth it as it last a long time.

Some ladies think its an average product that works well for eyeliner but nothing else. They also found that it was a little difficult to use, as if too much lacquer is used it looks a little plastic and makes the skin feel tight.

This may not be the easiest product to use but when you get the hang of it like many have, it seems to work for most people.

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Conditioning Tinted Brow Gel For Eyebrow Control by Anastasia Review | Holds, Colors & Soothes Brows

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel For Eyebrow ControlAnastasia's Tinted Brow Gel is devised to keep unruly hair in place as well as added a little hint of color to define the brows, this will help to frame the eyes making them pop!

The formula should hold the brows in place all day long without flaking or leaving a sticky feeling. Anastasia has also added a botanical hair conditions and essential oils to help the hair look and feel great.

This tinted gel doesn't contain any harsh chemicals but does have chamomile extract which has soothing properties, so this should be suitable for people with irritable skin.

There are six colors to choose from:

  1. Espresso – for black hair
  2. Caramel – for medium/dark blonde hair
  3. Granite – for dark brown almost black hair
  4. Blonde – for light/medium blonde hair
  5. Clear – for hold without color
  6. Brunette – for medium brown hair

I would suggest purchasing one shade darker then your natural hair color for the brows as this creates a defining look that frames the eyes. I have very fair blonde brows and I use a brown tint. Then it actually looks like I have eyebrows!

Users Conclusions

Summarized below are the opinions of the ladies using the tinted gel:


  • Not too thick
  • Light
  • Holds brows in place
  • Easy to apply
  • Provides natural color
  • Covers greys


Water (Aqua), VP/VA Copolymer, Alcohol Denatured, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Matricaria), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).


Remove the wand from the veil and wipe excess product from around the base of the brush, then with a gentle sweeping upward and outward motion this will achieve the most flattering shape.

To Sum Up

Anastasia has received 5 stars by Amazon reviewers who say the tinted gel helped control their unruly brows with a natural hint of color.

Patrons liked how light, long lasting and easy to apply the gel is and that fact that it doesn't flake like some gels.

I think it is quite reasonably priced at $21 for 10g tube, considering it would cost at least that much if not more to have your brows shaped and tinted at a spa.

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Natural Eye Neutral Eyeshadow Collection by Too Faced Review | Smudge-able Long Lasting Shimmer & Matte Shades

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow CollectionAll the shades in the Natural Eye Neutral Eyeshadow Collection were hand picked by the creative director Jerrod Blandino. He picked the natural colors he thinks will flatter any skin tone for any season or occasion.

The eyeshadows are devised to last all day without fading. The kit includes all over lid colors, highlighting shades and they all should smudge easily to create a natural look.

It comes in a small palette form for portability and also has three how to cards with easy to follow instructions on the best technique to create a sexy natural look.

Listed below is what is included in the collection:

  • A double ended sponge/brush applicator
  • Heaven 0.07oz – a matte ivory shade
  • Velvet revolution 0.07oz– in a matte taupe shade
  • Sexpresso 0.07oz – a deep matte brown
  • Silk Teddy 0.03oz– peach champagne shimmer
  • Push up 0.03oz– light bronze shimmer
  • Erotica 0.03oz– soft charcoal shimmer
  • Nude beach 0.03oz – champagne shimmer with gold glitter
  • Honey pot 0.03oz– gold shimmer
  • Cocoa puff 0.03oz– warm chocolate brown shimmer

Personally I adore these shades, really like some of the names too. Just a little bit naughty!

Users Conclusions

The list below summarizes what the users think about this collection:


  • Easy application
  • Long lasting
  • Natural colors
  • Helpful instruction cards
  • Good value

To Sum Up

Great reviews for the Too Faced Natural Eyes collection. All the reviews I read say how much they adore the natural colors and how easily they glide on.

It is good value for money at $34 for the kit. The patrons also like the handy instruction cards on how to create different natural looks.

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Dramatic Supershock Mascara By Avon Review | Long Lasting Defining False Lash Effect in Black or Brown

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

avon supershock mascaraAvon Supershock Mascara has been created to expand, plump lashes for a false lash effect and is available in black or brown.

The wand and veil is devised to give up to 12x more volume with one dip. The teal plastic fine combed applicator picks up the maximum amount of formula possible to coat all lashes evenly with one sweep, according to Avon.

All Avon mascaras are always hypoallergenic and opthalmologist-tested, so should be suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Supershock mascara won the SELF Health and Beauty award in 2008. Self is a magazine that once a year since 1999 has picked out the strongest product from a variety of brands. If you are interested in the results take a look at the site:

Avon is an ever growing popular brand that is starting to spread its seeds all over the world. I like the brand as its usually cheap and effective.

Users Conclusions

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  • No clumps
  • Long lasting
  • No raccoon eyes
  • Wand separates lashes
  • Thickens


  • Not waterproof
  • The wand doesn't taper in to reach the small inner lashes



To Sum Up

All in all a very popular choice of mascara with most patrons relishing how it separates and thickens lashes.

There was one user that pointed out a obvious minor floor to the applicator. It doesn't taper in at the end like most wands, so it makes it harder to coat the small inner lashes without making a mess.

At $3.99 for a .35oz veil it is a very reasonably priced mascara, considering most are at least double that price.

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A Best Seller Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay Review | Long Lasting & Crease Proof

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer PotionUrban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has a unique veil shaped like a genie bottle in a cute lilac shade.

The primer is devised to provide a totally translucent base that should glide on easily, this is promised by Urban Decay to make eyeshadow smoother to apply, appear more vibrant and last longer without creasing.

Apparently the potion has been improved with its new bent wand, this is designed to make applications smoother and easier.

The ingredients suggest this may not appeal to the more Eco friendly patron as it contains some synthetic ingredients.

Users Conclusions

Below I have summarized users opinions of Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion:


  • No flaking or fading
  • No creasing
  • Lightweight creamy texture
  • Non sticky
  • Colors appear more vibrant


  • A little expensive
  • wand applicator isn't very effective
  • Doesn't work for oily lids ( according to a few reviews)


Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methicone, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

To Sum Up

The majority of patrons adored this potion as it made their eyeshadow last all day without fading or creasing.

However, a few users found it didn't work for them at all, this was mainly ladies with oily lids. They said it didn't make any difference to their eyeshadow, some even said it made the shadow crease more.

The primer is also a little lavishly priced at $18 but most users said it does last a long time, so its worth the price.

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Bare Escentuals Face Forward Collection Review | Great Coverage Sun Protection Foundation

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Bare Escentuals Face ForwardBare Escentuals Face Forward is a collection of RareMinerals and bareMinerals, with these combined they help your skin adapt to the current season, says Bare Escentuals.

The collection is also devised to nourish, invigorate, and promote cell turnover in the skin to help create a fresher, brighter and renewed complexion.

As always with Bare Escentuals all the ingredients are natural and all the products contain sun protection.

Below is a list of the products included in the collection:

  • RareMinerals facial moisturizer 1 fl oz – helps restore moisture in the skin.
  • RareMinerals eye cream 0.17 fl oz – rejuvenates the eye area.
  • BareMinerals Original SPF 15 foundation 0.03 oz – covers imperfections.
  • BareMinerals Original SPF 25 mineral veil 0.05 oz – provides the face with a soft luminosity.

Users Conclusions

I have compiled a list below of what the patrons using this collection think of it:


  • Gentle
  • Good coverage
  • Non greasy moisturizer
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Light weight
  • Long lasting
  • Good value


Titanium Dioxide 25%, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides Light: Titanium Dioxide 16%, Titanium Dioxide 16%, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.Medium Beige: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.Medium Tan: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.Medium Dark: Mica, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.Golden Dark: Iron Oxides, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride.bareMinerals Original SPF 25 Mineral Veil:Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.RareMinerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer:Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cocoglycerides, Jojoba Esters, Behenyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Soil Minerals, Propanediol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Honey, Panthenol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Punica Granatum Sterols, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Trehalose, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Dealbata Flower/Stem

To Sum Up

Basically Bare Escentuals fanatics don't have a bad word to say about the Face Forward collection. They admire the great coverage from the foundation and the lightweight, non greasy feeling of the other products.

One patron says it is the only product that actually works for her sensitive acne prone skin.

It is tremendous collection that is reasonably priced at $30.

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Compact Eyelash Curler By Laura Mercier Review | Creates Dramatic Lashes

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Laura Mercier Eyelash CurlerLaura Mercier's Eyelash Curler is devised to give eye the dramatic eye look by accentuating the lashes.

This curler is 2.5" X 1.5" X .75"/6.35cm X 3.81cm X 1.91cm, compact enough or travel and should be the perfect size to create the best lift and curl for the lashes.

The shape of the eyelash curler is unique compared to others, there is no need to squeeze this curler, as the easel-style handle flips down to provide the perfect amount of pressure with the cushiony pad for lasting curl without grabbing or pinching.

It has a replacement pad at the base for when the other pad is warn out.

Users Conclusions

The list below summarizes what the users think of Laura Merciers eye lash curler:


  • Easy to use
  • Travel size
  • Dramatic curl
  • No Pinching or pulling skin
  • Easy to clean


  • A little flimsy (one users opinion)

Directions For Use

Flip down the easel-style handle and position lashes into curler and gently squeeze. When desired curl is achieved, flip handle up into locked position.

To prevent less lash breakage and fall out, always curl before you apply mascara. This also stops the curler getting sticky and dirty.

To Sum Up

The reviews for the curler are first rate with the majority of the users saying how much easier it is to use. They also cherish the dramatic lashes it creates.

However, one patron did say it works well but the curler itself seems a bit flimsy compared to others.

I think the price is a little lavish at $16, as a metal curler could be bought for less than half. Although, this is a lot easier to use and more compact, plus it has a extra replacement pad.

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Natural Golden Goddess Collection by Korres Review | Smudgable Long Lasting Shades

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Korres Golden Goddess CollectionThe Golden Goddess Collection is Korres best selling color products. All the products in the collection are natural and don't contain Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Petro-Chemicals- Phthalates- GMO or Triclosan.

Korres put these shades together so a goddess like look could be created. It says the colors blend well together, so a natural smokey eye look can be devised.

What comes in the collection?

Below is a list of the products in the Golden Goddess Collection:

  1. 0.27 fl oz Abyssinia Mascara in Black- Volumizing for a false lash effect
  2. Silver 51S eyeshadow- contain primrose oil for easy blending
  3. Golden Bronze 27S eyeshadow- contain primrose oil for easy blending
  4. Golden Brown 34S eyeshadow- contain primrose oil for easy blending
  5. Golden Green 44S eyeshadow- contain primrose oil for easy blending
  6. 0.04 oz Eyeliner Pencil in Golden 6S- creamy for easy smudging
  7. 0.20 fl. oz Cherry Oil Lip gloss in Bronze 37- contains antioxidants vitamins C and E

Personally I think this is a really nice set of colors, could be very appealing for those of you that like the more natural look and ingredients.

Users Conclusions

Below I have summarized patrons opinions from


  • Good value
  • Nice pigmented shades
  • Smooth application for the shadows
  • Long lasting color
  • Lip gloss is moisturizing


  • Gold eyeliner is a little light
  • Eye shadows felt itchy (one user said)


Abyssinia Mascara Black:Water, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, VP/VA Copolymer, Sorbitol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isopropyl Myristate, Methyl Pyrrolidone, o-Cymen-5-ol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-2, Tocopherol, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide].Silver 51S Eyeshadow:Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Squalane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Zeolite, Diisostearyl Malate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed oil, [+/- (may contain) Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake].Golden Bronze 27S Eyeshadow:Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Squalane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Zeolite, Diisostearyl Malate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Passiflora Edulis

To Sum Up

The color combination went down very well with most patrons, as they said they work well together to create a pretty natural look.

However, some of the users found the colors didn't work for their skin tone (usually very light skin ). One lady even said the eye shadows made her eyes itch.

On the whole most people relished this collection and they think it is good value at $39.50 for the set.

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