Monday, January 14, 2008

Starry Diary Compact

by Vanessa Garcia,

There are days where I like bringing a few eye shadows in my purse for touch-ups when I am on the go, after the gym, or for a dinner party after work where I don't have time to do my makeup and look fresh. Sometimes it's hard to bring certain makeup items in your purse like eye shadows because it often gets crushed or lost, and also carrying all your brushes and eye shadows can get heavy. But with the Starry Diary Eyeshadow Compact, all that hassle and worry is out the window with this one stop shop of eye shadows!

The Starry Diary Compact has a wide variety of 36 sultry and silky powder eye shadows, that you are sure to find colors that suit every outfit. It also has two double-ended sponge tipped eyeshadow applicators making this compact ideal for travel in your purse. And don't let the picture on the website fool you as it looks super large on the website, but it's actually pretty small, smaller than the size of a checkbook. The compact itself has a magnetic closure to keep the eye shadows safe and prevent any mess when traveling; and it also has a mirror inside the compact making it really easy for taking along with you and for super easy touch ups.

Some of the eye shadows however I found were a bit too sheer for my taste. I had to give a few swipes of my finger or the sponge-tipped applicator on some of the eye shadows just to get the color to show up on my eyelids, and they sort of look “washed out” at the end of the day, but this can be avoided if an eyeshadow base or a primer is used, which can perhaps also add vibrancy and more color on the eyelids. Also the pots are tiny, but a little goes a long way with the Starry Diary Compact!

Overall, I found this compact to be very cute and handy. It has a wide variety of colors for an everyday look anyone can pull off which is perfect for in the office and at school, or fun and sassy bright colors for a night out with the gals all in one convenient, easy to use compact! It's definitely nice to have around and makes a perfect gift for gals of all ages.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Princessa Lipstick

by Vanessa Garcia,

I am not much of a lipstick kind of a gal...mainly because most lipsticks have a weird or overpowering taste, and I have just always loved lipgloss and the subtle color it gives. To be honest, I don't have high expectations for lipsticks because I usually find myself being disappointed with them, either the color is off, or its the perfect color but it's too creamy or has a weird taste or smell, but I had the opportunity to try the Princessa lipstick in “Dazzling Pearl” and I was really impressed! When I first received it, I quickly noticed the tubing, it was very compact and cased in a sleek black tube. I liked how the bottom of the lipstick is clear so that you can easily see the color. All the princessa lipsticks are very well pigmented with just a touch of super fine shimmer/glitter, not chunky glitter to where you might look like you are from outerspace, but a nice subtle shimmer which you can sport for any look, anywhere.

I was really happy with the color I received, “Dazzling Pearl” is a the perfect nude color, a light nude brown, with a hint of sparkle. It's just absolutely gorgeous on the lips for any complexion in my opinion, and I think it's perfectly paired with a smokey eye look. If it seems to “wash you out”, you can always use a taupe or brown lip liner to give it more depth and add some lipgloss for voluptuous lipss. Also, the taste or smell of this lipsticksis very subdued and not overpowering like other lipsticks, and it has a nice pleasant scent, very tolerable compared to other lipsticks I have tried. I honestly loved this lipstick so much that I ordered all the other colors too! My other favorites are “Dazzling Ginger” and “Sparkling Coral”. My mom was here for the holidays, and I gave her a couple of the other colors I ordered since she loved how it looked and she too loves the colors.

I am just so obsessed with these lipsticks right now and all the gorgeous colors Princessa has, and mostly because of the amazing price! At $1.99 a piece it definitely beats a lot of other lipsticks including both drugstore brands and high end brand lipsticks. I have tried everything from Revlon to Nars, and this is definitely up to par and right up my alley. Now that I found a great lipstick, I am definitely sticking to it and I now can say I am “lipstick kind of a gal”!