Friday, July 30, 2010

Sigma Makeup

Click the box above to go to Sigma Makeup. They are offering a free gift with a purchase of $30 or more. This is an awesome deal :-)
I own 2 set of their brushes myself and LOVE them ALL!
They are affordable and dependable which is VERY important in a makeup brush.
So if you are in the market for some makeup brushes this is the company that you have been looking for!

I am going to have a review on my youtube channel on the new set soon but I do already have a review of the Naughty In Black Travel Set so if you are curious about that check it out.
I am going to link my youtube channel below

Thanks so much for reading and if you have any ?'s on this post please let me know.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

MAC Lovelorn Lipstick

So I just got this lipstick yesterday when I back to MACed 6 shadow pots. This is a very pretty pink lipstick that is a lustre formula which means that is has a gloss finish.
I find no need to wear any gloss over it but it does wear off fast. The color of this lipstick is described on MACs website as an "emotive blue toned pink" whatever that means LOL! Pretty much there are all different tones of pink yellow, blue, and some with more orange in that would be considered a coral color.
I am a fan of blue toned pink and red lipsticks as they make your teeth look whiter lol.
My MAC sales lady told me that lovelorn is a bit darker then the Viva Glam Gaga lipstick that I also have and will include pictures of next to this but I have to do it when I get home cause I am at work right now. She told me that this is much easier to wear then Gaga though and I tried it on and she was 100% right. It is a bit darker and is easy to wear. I would only wear this if I had on a majority of cool toned makeup. For example I wouldn't wear espresso on my eyes and a peach blush and lovelorn for my lipstick instead I would wear a cool toned shadow like satin taupe and a cool toned blush like well dressed or Hardy Candy Living Doll.

All in all I really like this lipstick a lot and think that it would look good on a lot of people. I forgot to mention that lovelorn being a lustre formula means that it is build able so you can do a sheer wash of color or put it on bright and bold.

I hope this helps someone that is looking for a GREAT pink lipstick.
Below is a picture of the lipstick.


My Concealer Search and What I came across along the way....

So lets start this post off by saying I am quite the concealer nut lol. I love to have a flawless face and the biggest part of this addiction is I don't sleep worth a crap so covering my under eye circles is important to me.
I think that finding a concealer for the under eyes is quite a challenge especially as you get a little older (I am 26) and get fine line under the eyes for the concealer to settle into. Damn those little buggers. When a concealer settles it never looks pretty. There are some concealers that will settle once during the day and you spread it out and it won't do it again and then there are some that will keep settling in the lines ALL day.
I am going to cover a lot of concealers in this post and I will mention how it wears on the face covering any redness and breakouts but honestly my main focus is going to be the under eyes since it is so hard to find the right concealer for under there.
If I don't answer a ? about a concealer and you are dying to know or just want to know lol just leave a comment below and I will answer it for you.
OK lets get this going cause this is going to be one long post.

Okie dokie so I am going to cover ALL MAC concealers in the first part here because I have tried ALL of them NO I do not currently have ALL of them because I returned what did not work for me.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer
- This concealer is WONDERFUL for covering anything on your face that you want covered. It is VERY creamy and thick. It lasts pretty long on the skin and the finish is completely opaque. It like any other concealer I have ever used accentuates dry spots.
Under the eyes this concealer settles just once and when you smooth it out it won't settle again so that is good. This concealer really helps with covering dark circles but it can be a bit drying under the eyes. I do very much enjoy this concealer on days where I barely got any sleep but on days where I am well rested I find it to be to heavy.
So I keep this concealer around for facial concealing cause it works GREAT for that.
Also I did not know this had SPF in it so that is pretty awesome SPF 30 is very high for any face item so that is a plus in my eyes. ****= 4 stars

MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer- Oh man my least favorite concealer that I have ever come in to contact with. It is so dry! You stick your finger in the pot and its still dry. I would use my finger to warm the product thinking that they may help with the over creamy-ness of this concealer. This is a HUGE no no for under the eyes! I tried it a few times and NO matter how you applied it brush, finger, sponge whatever it settled over and over and over ALL day.
I can see this concealer being good for someone with bad acne and or acne scarring like the pit scarring. It is VERY opaque on the skin. Do me a favor if this is a concealer that you are wanting to buy please go to a counter or store and try it before you buy it because this is such a heavy concealer that I can see it not being good for a lot of people. **= 2 stars

MAC Select Cover Up- This concealer comes in a little squeeze tube and the others are in pots so right away that is a sign that this concealer is way thinner then the other 2. I like this concealer a little goes a long way but I needed something that was in between the consistency of this and the other 2. It seems a bit too thin. This is just OK for under the eyes. I don't prefer it and I really don't prefer it for any breakouts I just think that I have other concealers that do the job better then this does. For redness this is great. If you apply it before your foundation or tinted moisturizer it works great. No redness at all and it stays put but honestly that is the only thing that I would use this concealer for and I highly recommend giving it some time to dry before you put your foundation over it or you are just going to rub concealer all over your face. **= 2 stars

MAC Select Moisturecover- I just bought this concealer a week ago and I was VERY hesitant to do so because this was the last concealer that MAC offers that I haven't tried. I wasn't thrilled with the other as you can see so I pretty much saved the best for last. This comes in a tube like a lip gloss with a doe foot application and to be honest I prefer them in this style packaging. First off there is no germs going on the concealer to cause more breakouts and I can travel with this far easier then any other concealer that MAC offers. The formula is just what the name says moisturizing which I find 100% completely necessary for under the eyes as with other concealers tend to cake and make my under eyes more dry then they already are. It glides on super smooth and covers with a medium coverage. This works better then ANY other concealer that I have bought with the intentions to use under my eyes.
It works great on the face as well. As I mentioned above when you have a break out during the healing process it gets dry and flaky this is normal but when going to conceal something like that it can be very troublesome. This concealer being moisturizing really helps with that. It still accentuates the pimple you will never get away from that 100% but it isn't near as bad as any of the other concealers that I have mentioned and will mention.
This is now my HG (holy grail) concealer! It doesn't settle it covers nicely and works well on the face with break outs and redness so I HIGHLY recommend this concealer to anyone looking. *****= 5 stars

All the MAC concealers that I mentioned you can buy from or at any MAC counter or store. They ALL retail for $16.50 which is nothing compared to the cost of other high end concealers. Yes drugstore concealers are cheaper by a couple bucks but save yourself the hassle of color matching and actually getting a good one and try something out from MAC to suit your needs they have a great return policy if something doesn't work out for you.

I am going to periodically update this with new concealers because there are A LOT to cover so keep checking back to see what has been added and if there is a concealer you would like reviewed let me know in a comment and I will review it!

My thoughts on Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion

So the other day I went to my local ULTA and saw that Covergirl was having a sale on their line buy 2 get one free and I have been needed to get a new Lash Blast Volume cause my mascara that I have been using is drying out. So I figured this would be the best chance to try out Lash Blast Fusion.

The first day I used my regular Lash Blast an all time favortie of mine and I was VERY happy with it and remembered why I loved it so much before I went looking for new mascaras lol. So this morning I had to get up and get ready very early in the morning (4AM) and I figured what the heck why don't I try this new Lash Blast Fusion mascara. Well at first look it is just the same as the original but when you pull out the wand there is one MAJOR difference! The mascara which I purchased in black is GRAY! Yes GRAY! I love deep dark blackest black mascaras so I knew from then on that I wasn't going to be very happy with this mascara. Well after one swip of the wand there was little to NO difference in my fairly long lashes. So I kept going and going and going and there was nothing happening. It made them long separated but NO volume what so ever. Plus it did not make my lashes pop like they normally would with a regular black mascara. What I mean by that is since it is gray it makes the lashes look dull and lifeless. I could see this mascara being good for a day where you want a "natural" look.

With all this being said I am most likely going to be returning this mascara and getting a third Lash Blast Volume. I can not see myself grabbing for this. I like lengthing mascaras but not ones that don't make my lashes pop being deep black. This kind of makes your lashes blend into the background if you know what I mean.

I suggest trying this to see if you like it cause you just may. I can see a lot of regular Lash Blast user not liking this at all! It really gives you NO volume at all. So yeah try it out if you love it AWESOME if not then return it as I am. I know that if I wouldn't have gotten it and at least tried it I would have been curious about it until I did.

I hope this post helps you with any questions you may have on the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion.

Thanks for reading

I will add some pictures of the 2 mascaras so that you can see the difference when I am not at work.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just an explanation of why I am here....

Hello everyone,
I am first going to start out by telling everyone my name, it's Ashley. I want to also explain the name of my blog. It is Kallisti's Korner. The reason for that name is because Kallisti means the fairest of them all. It runs off a greek goddess named Eris to whom was the goddess of chaos, translated into latin her names is Discordia. The movie sleeping beauty is partly inspired by the goddess Eris. The golden apple is a symbol of the whole story of Eris.
So practically the reasoning for me naming this blog Kallisti's Korner because I want this to be a little korner (I know it's not spelled right I was trying to keep it cute with the K) of beauty for all women of every size, race, shape, culture and style. I am mostly going to be doing beauty product reviews, for instance makeup, hair product and possibly some DIY blogs. I want to inspire others to find inner beauty by finding the goddess in themselves. Everyone in this world is different so this blog is not going to be geared towards one type of person. I will do my best to vary the things that I talk about but if you have any request please feel free to ask.

I live in PA in a small town. I was born and raised in Allentown PA and I am very thankful to no longer live in the city. I live with my boyfriend to whom is the kindest most generous and understanding man I have ever met. I have a 4 year old little girl who is the apple of my eye. My boyfriend is not her father but he is getting better and better taking on a father role in her life. We have 1 cat, her name is Discordia go figure right LOL. She is a holy terror and drives me completely nuts on a daily basis! I would rather have 3 more kids then deal with her 1 more day. On another note she is beautiful, she is all white with 1 blue eye and 1 green eye. I am not being sarcastic when I say she is a terror! She literally bounces off the walls all day, kind of like a free style walker. BUT this is my family and I love them all very much.

I am a nurse. I haven't been working very much lately and I am looking for another job but for now I have a lot of time on my hands to do this blog. I love my job but I am returning to college very school to finish up my RN so that my family and I can live a good life.
I am going through a lot in my life and would rather no discuss that on here but I have been through hell and back in the past 2 years and I would give ANYTHING to turn back time and change the mistakes that I made. I seem to be a bit angry and depressed lately because of the challenges I am facing to repair all the damage that I caused. I was never an anger person in my life so I am hoping that I can return to my normal self after I have repaired the damage that has been done. I don't know if that will happen because I think there is deep scaring in my soul.
I am now 26 and feel like I have lived the life of a 40 year old, yet most people tell me I look like I am 19. I have very dear friends that have stuck by my side through all the terrible things that have happened, that's how you know that they are true friends!

I am a natural blond! I tell everyone my natural hair color looks like spun gold.

I dye my hair black because I like to... I like to change this up with my look a lot. I recently had black and red hair and just tonight I went back to all black because my hair was looking dingy.

I have my septum pierced because it's something that I have always like. I tuck it up while I am at work. I did have the left side of my lip pierced but I recently had to take it out because I had my wisdom teeth pulled. I have 10 tattoos and they are going to keep on coming. I have tear drops on my fingers (NO I am NOT a gangster nor did I kill anyone, it's a long story but nothing violent) I have my daughters name across my inner right wrist and her middle name on my inner left wrist so when other read it from right to left it read Abigail Rose. I have a skull with a human heart as it's brain on my right inner fore arm, this mean I wear my heart on my sleeve and I think with my heart. I just started another series on my upper right arm to shoulder and that is a skull surrounded with flowers including my birth flower my daughters and my boyfriends. I have 3 stars from big to small down the sides of my neck on both sides. I have a fairy on my back (that needs to get covered) that's a bad tattoo from when I was 16 and last my never LEAST some Chinese writing on my lower back that will be covered when I start the work on my sides. I am trying to finish my sleeve then move on to my sides, 1 on my leg or more LOL and my chest. I am sure I will figure out many more to get after those are finishes. I love tattooing although my family hates it. My daughter says she wants to be just like me when she gets older and it terrifies me!

I will be writing many makeup reviews on here. These are products that I have bought with my own money, they were not given to me what so ever! I am also going to do reviews on hair products and some cooking recipes that have been passed down in my family that I think others may like. I may add in a few DIY projects some days as well.

If you have any questions and or requests please let me know.

Thanks so much for taking the time to get to know me and what I want to do with this blog.