link to them online), but if you sign up for their emailing list, they will send you a 15% off any purchase coupon, which would make these $30.
The heel is 3.5 inches tall, although they look a little taller than that. These are somewhat narrow (I normally buy Wide shoes from Payless), but they fit snugly on my feet. Even new and fresh off the shelf, they are comfortable to walk in. I bought these in size 7.5, which is what I wear, and they are true to size, in case you want to order them online.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I was so excited to finally get this (just about the last person on Earth). I've been looking for a natural, peachy shade for the summer, so I finally had a justification for buying new makeup. I picked Peach Parfait because I saw Emma Stone wearing it in the Revlon ad that everyone's seen. The lighting of the ad, plus her fair skin made the shade look a lot more orange, but I've heard that Peach Parfait's that shade that just complements everyone.
Peach Parfait is a sheer peachy pink with golden micro glitter. There isn't too much glitter, but you can spot them lurking in the tube and when they catch sunlight. Even with the glitter, I think this shade is very natural looking. I did find that it applies patchily unless my lips were perfectly exfoliated and moisturized. I didn't even know I had dry flakes until I put this on.
I've heard people rave about this as the miracle product — looks like lipstick, feels like gloss. I don't know what shade they were talking about, but it wasn't this one. The above shows a normal application, and a heavier application. I had to press down harder, and swipe the lip butter twice to get the color intensity of the heavier application.
Here's a picture of my bare lips. I've been sick, so my lips have been paler than usual this week.
And here's a heavy application. It restores to my lips a lively, natural pink. I do like that while the glossiness fades away in about two hours, the product is able to stain my lips that pink color. The stain stays put even when I apply lip balm over it, so I can get that glossy feel back without losing the color.
I'm not sure how to feel about Peach Parfait. It's definitely a lovely color, and without it, I couldn't have looked anything but pale and sick, but it's definitely nothing special, and nothing worth raving about. For something that's supposed to be a lip butter, it doesn't apply very smoothly. It doesn't carry much pigment, and is at best a tinted lip balm — a common drugstore find. Was it worth the $7? Not really. But do I regret buying it? Not really. It's wearable, it's cute, and that's what I was looking for.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Drugstores have been pushing out foundation primers for years. I remember being in middle school and wishing I could afford Revlon's Beyond Natural primer because $12 was a whole week of lunch money, man. But anyway, those primers never amounted to much success. For the most part, they only worked for people with dry skin, since they were, in the very least, capable of smoothing out pores and lines. If you wanted oil control, you opted for Smashbox or Make Up Forever and their ridiculous prices. I've been using Victoria's Secret primer, which performed adequately for my under-eye area. That bottle's gone, so I got Revlon's new primer in the Photo Ready family. It retails for anywhere from $11 to $14.
It comes in the same glass bottle with a pump as the foundation. The only difference is that whereas the foundation carries the standard 1.0 fluid ounce of product, the primer only comes with 0.91 fluid ounces. Even so, this primer's still a lot more affordable than most primers on the market.
The primer has the consistency of both mousse and gel. I'd say it feels like 50% gel, 40% mousse, and 10% liquid. It retains its shape when you pump it out, and it doesn't slip around or drip. It also has a strong plastic scent that you can detect when you're applying it, but thankfully, it doesn't stick around for too long.
It's easy to smooth out and rub into the skin. It glides right into my pores and fine lines. I got this mostly to fill in the fine lines under my eyes, so my concealer wouldn't cake up.
See how the lines on my hand seem less prominent? The primer also masks a lot of the shine on my face, which, as an oily-skinned person, I do like. Compare the shine and the lack of between the first swatch and the last swatch. Velvety smooth, me gusta.
Foundation applies beautifully over it! In the above picture, I'm wearing L'Oreal's mineral powder foundation. The primer peeks through and still provides me with a nice, even glow (note: not shine!) that usually airbrushing achieves.
And after six hours with absolutely no blotting nor powdering, this is what my face looked like. Notice the foundation fading and piling up around my nose and on my blackheads. I found that blotting helped reduce blotchiness, but powdering encouraged it. I would prefer the primer to hold up both ways, but hey, I'd rather blot oil away than pile on more product.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I finally broke my Colossal streak! I've been using the Colossal mascara from Maybelline for three years now. While I like it very much, I thought I'd change it up and try something new this time. I didn't stray too far, and chose the Falsies instead.
The brush is curved. Not sure what to say about this, because I didn't find application to be easier with this, but it wasn't a problem either. I've heard that the curvature helps hold the lashes' curls better, but nothing holds my curls... so again, not quite sure what to say about it. The tip is kind of blunt, so it's a little hard to get the inner lashes without touching the eyelids.
The above is a shot of my bare, but curled lashes. Excuse my overgrown eyebrows. I've been sick.
This is one coat of the Falsies. It gives me a lot of volume, despite being a really wet mascara. It doesn't give too much length, and only darkens the wispy ends.
And in this exhibit, we see that this is not a layering mascara! This is only the second coat, and I experience the spider lashes. Ew. I'm okay with this though, since one coat gives me a lot of volume already.
Since this mascara is so wet, it takes a while to dry. When it does dry, it stays put. I wore this for the first time when I visited Stanford a few days ago. It was hot and humid, and the campus tour lasted at least an hour. Add an hour for lunch in this heat, two hours for snapping pictures like a tourist, and three more hours for the drive to and from. When I got home, I thought this mascara would be all over the place, but it wasn't at all! I was so surprised, because mascara is usually the first thing that gives out and smugdges on me. Even the Colossal doesn't fare this well! I had absolutely no smudging under my eyes, even after such an engaging day. I'm very impressed, considering that this cost me $5 on a fortunate trip to Wal-Mart.