Moisturizers -Marcelle - Golden Glow Moisturizing Cream
missglowstick 5/18/2012 11:38:00 PM
This comes in a metallic silver/gold 50ml plastic jar. Not the greatest packaging (we all hate jars!) but aside from that, this is an interesting and versatile product. I bought it to try it out, with no real need for it. I have a weak spot for highlighters and highlighting products, and this is marketed as a highlighting cream. It was around $18 CAD. Okay, so UNEXPECTEDLY enough, this is like a cream version of NARS Albatross highlighting powder. It is white with reflecting gold pigments. It creates an absolutely beautiful glow, not "glittery" and does not leave any visible sparkles on your skin. However, it's easy to overdo…be careful not to use too much, or you might end up with a very shiny face. I used it under foundation and alone. Under foundation, it acts as a highlighting primer and makes your face a little "glowier" than with just foundation. Without foundation, it evens out the complexion and creates a healthy looking glow (provided you have good skin). It is decent in terms of its moisturizing properties, as well. I got no breakouts from this, and my skin was well hydrated for the entire day after putting this on.
Highlighters -Marcelle - Light Effects in Sea Shell
missglowstick 5/6/2012 10:19:00 PM
I have this in "Equinox" which is a lighter shade than Seashell I believe. First of all, this is super pretty! It glimmers in the compact as it catches the light, but thankfully it is devoid of chunky glitter-type texture that many pressed powder highlighters have. It's very finely milled and goes on almost invisibly - awesome for brightening up the complexion without being over the top. I like Marcelle products in general, and this is an awesome addition to my highlighter collection. I use this to highlight my cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of nose…I also use this as an eyeshadow sometimes and a highlighter in the corner of my eyes. Super versatile and very pretty :)
Colour Selection: There is barely any. Those of us with pale/light skin lost out on this one, because even the lightest shade has a noticeable tint of orange. Texture: This initially goes on pretty nice, like a normal liquid foundation would. Not too difficult to blend. A few hours later, it turns into a simultaneously oily and flakey, cakey mess. Settles into every line and pore and makes skin look even worse than before you put this foundation on. No thanks. Wear: Didn't even get 2 hours out of this before it failed on me. Other cons: Expensive. Will not repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Eye Colour Pot - solid gold
missglowstick 4/3/2012 8:12:00 PM
I have this in "White Gold" and I LOVE IT. I use the cream shadow and loose shadow separately and together when I want to make it more dramatic. It also doubles as an awesome highlighter - even for cheekbones! The packaging is a bit bulky, but sturdy, and the colour is super pretty. I like the formula too :)
This super active concentrate is a technically advanced formulation which helps to cool, calm and reduce facial reddness. This super active blend of Arnica flower, Soloman's seal and Cypress Berry enhanced with vitamin K improves microcirculation and helps strengthen capillary walls, whilst reducing a red, blotchy appearance, natural polysaccharides help to hydrate and restore eleasticity, and a blend of aloe Vera extract with a menthol derived complex, cools and soothes sensitive skin. Okay, so let me start by saying that there are a few things about this product that I dislike: 1. The price. Ridiculously expensive. 2. Hard to find in Canada/US like all Espa products are. 3. You get 4 tiny 8ml tubes. So that's 24ml in total. It doesn't last very long at all. HOWEVER. This works. It reduced my rosacea to almost an undetectable amount after using up just one 8ml tube. It sinks in right away, smells awesome (like herbs and flowers) and definitely, definitely works (for me).
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Espa - Herbal Spafresh
missglowstick 3/29/2012 9:51:00 PM
Espa is British line (made in England) of high-end spa products that are available online and sometimes you can catch them in some stores (I got mine at a small beauty supply store, heavily discounted). Herbal Spafresh is described as An aromatic toner to hydrate, revive and clarify. "Refresh and tone your skin with this pure, gently astringent and naturally clarifying tonic, enriched with essential oil distillates. Enlivening Peppermint revives and refines pores, while Witch Hazel and Elderflower help guard against congestion, outbreaks and blemishes for beautifully clear, revitalised skin." I have the 100ml bottle. It comes in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a sprayer (much like perfume. Looks nice!) It smells very…herbal-y, as expected. You just spray it on your face or onto a cotton ball/pad and use it just like you would a regular toner. I've noticed much smoother, calmer skin with a reduction in shine and pimples after using this twice a day for 2 weeks. I really like it! It's a great product. The only downside is the price and that it's so hard to find in Canada.
I love, love, love this moisturizer/sunscreen. First of all…it's a moisturizer and sunscreen in one, which already makes it awesome. Unlike a lot of SS+moisturizer combos, this is not one bit greasy or oily on the face. It's a thin lotion texture which sinks into the skin almost instantly after application. Does not leave any residue at all. I haven't experienced any breakouts or sensitivity to this product, so I'll definitely continue purchasing! Also, the packaging is perfect. The pump bottle is super convenient and mess-free (and hygienic). It's a bit expensive but definitely worth it.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye booster eyeliner + serum
missglowstick 2/23/2012 10:02:00 PM
This is a great liquid liner. I didn't see any lash growth or increased fullness, but this is an excellent liquid liner. Goes on very smooth, doesn't budge all day and creates a very straight, thin line. As far as liquid liners go, this one is very easy to use. You don't even need that much of a steady hand to use it - it's pretty foolproof! I will repurchase.
I've used this bb cream daily for two weeks prior to writing this review. This means that: 1. No breakouts! 2. I liked it enough to use it for two weeks. Which is awesome. The pros: - Really convenient packaging! Plastic tube with pump & clear lid. Easy to travel with and squeeze out the needed amount of product. - Nice finish. Satin-matte finish but not dry or powdery, does not cling to flakies. - Texture is nice, very smooth and silky. Not too thin, not too thick. Easy to apply with fingers. - Evens out skintone, covers redness well. The cons: - No SPF! This is a big negative for some, myself included. - Only TWO colour choices: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I don't know what the whole "self-adjusting pigments" thing is about, but…it's nonsense. The lightest shade will be too dark/yellow for anyone lighter than NW15. I find that I can get away with it, especially in the summer when I'm a bit more tanned, but it's definitely NOT a perfect match. Overall, this is a nice BB cream. Good coverage, no breakouts & a really nice finish. However, you really have to be one of the lucky ones for whom the two available shades are made because the selection is…slim, to say the least.
The only reason I would NOT repurchase this product is because of the price. It is ridiculously expensive, especially for the amount of oil that you get. However, it totally deserves the 5-star rating. The smell alone is AMAZING. It's like peaches and warmness and light! It lingers for a good 2 hours. This oil is moisturizing, but nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to moisturizer qualities. It's safe to say that the best part of this oil is the scent. You'll totally find yourself sniffing your soft and glowy skin every 5 minutes after using this :D
This actually WORKS, and that deserves at least 4 stars already! I usually have pretty clear skin, but a few weeks ago, I broke out like crazy for no reason at all. Conveniently, I also ran out of my Vichy Normaderm the next day. I saw this at the drugstore for $3, and I generally like Marcelle products, so I bought it. Yes, it has alcohol in it and that is not my first choice of ingredients in face products, but after a week of twice-a-day usage, all the little pimples have practically disappeared off my chin. Another bonus is that it really controls oil production…my face is so so very matte after using this. I would not recommend it to people with dry skin for that reason, but I think it's a winner for those with oilier skin!
I would recommend this foundation to people with oily skin. For those with dry or dehydrated skin, this is a nightmare - it will cling to flakies and make your skin look chalky and dead. However, it is near ideal for those with oily skin who want a "matte" look (this is very matte indeed, aptly named). It applies smoothly and unlike most foundations, does NOT need powder to set it. It does not oxidize or budge all day, and I found the colour match (Ivory for me) to be pretty good. No scent and no breakouts, which is always a good thing!
Treatments (Eye) -Korres - Evening Primrose Eye Cream
missglowstick 12/6/2011 3:07:00 PM
The great thing about it, is that you get a LOT of product in the full-size tube, so it's very good value. In terms of results…well, it's just fine. It's a good basic eye cream, but it doesn't do anything miraculous and there's really nothing special about it. It moisturizes well enough, smells good, has a nice, light texture and feels nice on the skin. But it does nothing for yndereye circles, fine lines, doesn't brighten the undereye area or improve skin elasticity. It's not a good eye cream if you're looking for something with anti-aging properties, but it's a good simple formula for younger skin with no need for anti-wrinkle treatments.
Moisturizers -H20 - Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment
missglowstick 10/25/2011 6:00:00 PM
I have this in the oil-free version. I love it, it's an absolutely perfect moisturizer for normal, oily or combination skin. I'm not sure whether this would be good for very dry skin because of the gel texture (I find that cream moisturizers are better for dry skin). This sinks in instantly, you can't feel it on your skin. It moisturizes to the point of "comfortable" not to the point of "greasy." It just replenishes moisture into dehydrated skin. Does not leave residue or shine. Just perfect, matte, hydrated, soft skin.
Moisturizers -Marcelle - Hydra-C ComplexE Moisturizing Gel-Cream
missglowstick 3/27/2011 8:54:00 PM
I got this on sale for super cheap ($5), because I thought…what the heck? Can't go wrong with a $5 moisturizer. I previously used Clinique Moisture Surge and I love the "gel" consistency. This is also a gel-like consistency, but heavier than that of Clinique's MS. It feels very "rich" and kind of thick going on, but it sinks in IMMEDIATELY and leaves absolutely no residue or oily skin or anything. My skin feels very comfortable and hydrated. I have sensitive skin, and after a month of use, I have not noticed any breakouts or rashes or problems. Overall, it's a great moisturizer and I will re-purchase, even at regular price (which is still very reasonable, $24).