September 2011 Favorites and Flops

One of these items is sort of a cheat, I only have had it a week maybe?  But my lips are such a constant battle, to find a really solid lip balm it has worked its way into my heart already. :)

Hopefully I can make this a touch less rambly than usual.  I am going in no sort of sane order, sorry!

Revlon ColorStay Normal/Dry in 110 Ivory - it's easy to apply, doesn't grab on to my dry spots, stays on quite well despite how oily my chin/nose are.

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer - works as well as my Too Faced Shadow Insurance did but for a lower price, and better than Urban Decay Primer Potion (for me).

Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous - I've worn this most days since I've had it, lightly glowy pink with fairly strong gold sheen; beautiful and easy with fair skin.

Confetti nail polish in Ice Ice Baby - it's a cyan and pink shimmer in a mostly clear base, the cyan flashes quite bright as you can see!  Layers beautifully over lots of colors.

Sonia Kashuk Highlighting duo-fiber brush - I've been using it for blush lately and as long as the product isn't too soft it works so well, good for those of us who have a heavier hand sometimes (cough) which can be especially obvious when you're very fair.

Sigma E05 eyeliner brush - has made me much more enthusiastic to wear gel/cream eyeliners, it's very easy to use especially compared to a thinner brush.

Jack Black Lib Balm - I have the scent/flavor Lemon & Chamomile which is a little lemon parfait but when I was buying it was I was feeling very sick of minty balms (too much Burts Bees lately).  I will get another scent next time!  But other than that, it's a great thick balm that stays on my lips for several hours, not too greasy/thin/slippery.

LORAC 3D Multiplex Eyeshadow palette - texture of the shadows is so soft and buttery, they are the most luscious shadows I've used to date.  There is a MAC Club/Urban Decay Lounge/Too Faced Label Whore type shadow with the red/brown-teal flash that I'm loving so much.  I have to force myself to do other looks most days. :)  The coppery bronze is gorgeous, the light peach is less peachy on the skin and a wonderful not-super-frosty highlight, the silver is brilliantly intense and I love to use it as an inner corner highlight.  The blue and black shades I have used only occasionally, I am concerned though that both shades have developed small cracks, I am guessing they are so soft I must have jostled them when I handled the palette too roughly.  Will need to be more careful!

Pink liquid is MAC Brush Cleaner decanted into a spray bottle - I love how easy it makes to really quite thoroughly spot clean eye and face brushes.  The spray bottle makes me feel as if I'm using less as opposed to pouring out the bottle top, though I think in the end I'm using about the same amount!  Having the smaller bottle up on my desk though encourages me to clean brushes when I'm dawdling looking for something to do.

CoverGirl LashBlash Volume - it gives me good volume and separation, not too wet or dry, only very minor flaking near the end of the day.

Flops -- not pictured.  I had some major failures with products from Sephora this month and October.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in shade 2 - it's a thin sort of liquid in a tube, it was difficult to apply for me with a brush and all of the shades were too warm for my taste.  The blonder shade 1 looked a bit sickly on me, shade 2 went auburn which is too red for my regularly brown with slight red highlights hair.  Regardless it was way too much work for me to apply consistently and it smudged off with the oils on my face during the day like every other product I've had.

Tarte emphasEYES waterproof eyebrow pencil in Taupe - loved the color, applied easily -- but I had to use a lot of product for one day and after three days the twist up mechanism broke.  It may have been for the best because I feel like I was going to be out in a month (or less) and at $19.50 it's just too expensive to burn through like that.

Bare Minerals Prime Time Oil Control primer - I have been hoping to find some magical products that will make it so I don't have to blot 3 times a day at work, but this stuff did not work for me.  It may be that I already use a lot on my face (moisturizer with SPF, topical antibiotic and a sulfur treatment) and it did not play well, I'm not sure.  I didn't try it without those things since they are a requirement for me.  Anyway, the primer balled up the instant I tried to apply it.  I tried smaller amounts, not rubbing, patting, giving lots of time for the previous products to soak in, giving the primer lots of time to dry before applying foundation... nothing worked.  It was quite unpleasant.