Lotions/ Creams -Palmers - Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
blushie 7/3/2009 1:46:00 AM
I started using this nearly a year ago, and it's a great product. Moisturises well and makes skin look a lot smoother and more even in tone. In the summer though, I have to wash my hands straight away after using it, because otherwise they go tacky and greasy....that's the biggest complaint I have for it. Otherwise, if you're wanting an effective and relatively cheap moisturiser, try this. I used to use the Body Shop's Body Butters, and this is way better and a third of the price.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light
blushie 6/19/2009 3:03:00 AM
My first MAC product...and I've been converted! I've used this for a week before writing a review, because my skin is acne-prone, and a new makeup will usually break be out between 1-4 days. I was afraid the talc would cause a break out, but it hasn't affected my skin at all. My skin's also sensitive, so when the sales assistant first tried this on my skin, my face did feel slightly irritated...but there was no redness or significant reaction, and the second time I used it, it was fine. I tried buffing it in with a kabuki brush, which gave a great finish, but caused a lot of product fallout and wastage....so now I use my Ecotool's blush brush to slowly build up the coverage, and maybe a sponge under my eyes for a heavier coverage. Although the powder's quite a light coverage, it is great if you're looking to even out your own skin. It's almost like putting a soft focus lense on your face! However, it really shines (not literally, of course) when used over the top of foundation...I was amazed at how airbrushed and flawless it made my skin...and my usual foundation is only medium coverage. It really takes it to another level. I originally bought this as an alternative to my summer mineral powder, which is too dark for winter...but MAC's powder had just blown it right out of the water, so come summer, I might be buying the next shade up instead! I wasn't originally looking at MAC, but I find their colour range is better than a lot of brands. Anyone with skin as pale as mine knows how good it is to find skin products that not only match your skin, but are great quality too. This is so worth the money, and in my case, the drive.
Makeup Brushes -Clinique - Clear Handled Eye Shadow Brush
blushie 6/19/2009 2:36:00 AM
Like CelesteB, mine is not clear but silver handled too. I bought this because I did not have a specific brush to deposit colour on my eyelids...and this does the job very well! Only problem, it didn't come out of the little plastic pouch easily, I had to pull it out by the bristles! Needless to say, I won't be using the pouch for fear of damaging the brush. The actual product is good though, densely packed bristles, and in my opinion, a reasonable price compared to some other counter's brushes in my town. I also use less I'll definitely be looking into Clinques other brushes...although unfortunately they don't have a large range!
I bought this just as I was transitioning into wearing lipstick...the sheer pinky colour was cute but not as intimidating as an all out lipstick. It goes on beautifully, and looks creamy with a slight sheen. Lightweight and comfortable to wear, it adds a touch of colour without being overpowering. My only problem was the packaging quality...it took me absloutely forever to wind up the stick from the tube. At one point, I thought it was broken. I was pretty disappointed. It's alright now though, and I still like the product..I would recommend this to anyone wanting a sheer lipcolour just to polish off their look, or anyone like me who wants to try lipstick after only ever using gloss, but is still put off by the full-colour lippies!
Primer/ Corrector -Maybelline - Maybelline Coverstick Corrector Concealer
blushie 6/15/2009 5:48:00 AM
This concealer is fairly good for the price. I used this when I first started out with makeup, and bought it again years later when I needed a concealer but was a bit skint (I fell for the sign on the package with "Voted America's no.1 Concealer!"). I don't like the fact that it doesn't last very long on my skin...my skin is not very oily, and even when I set it with powder, it still fades away after a few hours. Also, I'm gentle with the applicator, but the actual stick of concealer has become wobbly and loose as it's detached from the bottom. It is reasonably cheap though, I like the texture and find it very blendable. The light colour also matches my pale skin, which is great, because I struggle to find the correct colour for my skin. If I'm in need of cash next time I need a concealer, I would probably buy this one again, but I would prefer to buy something a little longer lasting next time.
A gorgeous, beautiful soft brush. I originally bought this as my usual kabuki brush was causing too much product fallout on my new powder. This brush doesn't pick up as much product as my kabuki brush, but it also doesn't waste it either. It allows for smooth, buildable coverage on all the powder's I've tried it with. Only negative is a fibre did fall out this morning, only the 3rd time I'd used it. But at the same time, this brush only cost AU$16, so while you usually get what you pay for, in this case, I think you get more. I just wish my local Ecotools stockist would stock more of these great products!
I absolutely adore this scent...it's the perfect perfume for during the day, and it isn't overly floral either (although the bodywash and moisturiser in the giftpack were sickeningly floral!). I've had it since it was first launched, but through careful rationing I'm only just about to run out...I'm not sure if I'll buy it again though, because I'm sure every 3rd person I walk past is wearing it now, and I like to be a little bit different (although I'm sure I will buy it again eventually, I like it too much). The bottle looks beautiful on my drawers too (the white daisies, clear bottle) so a 5 for packaging. Just gorgeous, and perfect for me who likes light perfumes.
This mascara is great for the price. To be honest, I wasn't keen on the packaging, it looked like another gimmicky mascara that doesn't really offer anything new...but thankfully, I was wrong. It seperates, volumises and lengthens my lashes, which is great for me as my lashes are quite fair (ash blonde), and not very long either, and to top it off, are quite fine...which means they can clump together quite easily with some mascaras. However, this mascara doesn't clump them at all, even after several coats, and it also volumises and lengthens them. I think if my eyelashes were shorter, the brush would be too chunky and impractical, however after some practice, I don't notice it anymore. I use this mascara when I want a high impact, near-false eyelash effect. I love how it highlights and makes my naturally 'meh' eyelashes standout. I will definitely buy this again!
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Lucas' Papaw Ointment
blushie 6/2/2009 5:29:00 AM
I used to get this slapped on grazes and bites as a kid, but rediscovered it last year for dry skin and lips. It's fantastic for the price, and can be used for all sorts of skin problems. A little goes along way too, so it lasts for ages. And because it doesn't look like makeup or have a girly scent (unlike chapsticks etc), my boyfriend will actually ask to use it which makes him a lot nicer to kiss! A nifty little product that's great to have around.
This is the first liquid eyeliner I've used. I bought it because I had seen it recommended a few times, and also because I didn't want to spend a fortune on a product I'd be practising with! I really love this, it was pretty easy to use the first time I tried, and looks better and better with practice. I find that it is quite buildable, in that you can make the line blacker and blacker, you can get a thick or thin line from it (though thin is a bit trickier), and it smudges well for smokey eyes. It also comes off easily when it's still wet so mistakes aren't entirely catastrophic. I've even noticed that if I put it on a bit wonky, it tends to 'settle' as it dries and the line looks a lot smoother than it started out. I would definitely recommend it, especially for first time liquid users or those on a tight budget.
When I swatched the 'natural' colour in the shop, it came out quite a pretty peach colour. However, at home, no matter how it's applied, it is peachy for about 30 seconds then rapidly disappears. It also stings my cheeks slightly until it dries, as if it has alcohol in it or something. I was so excited to think I was getting a blush that would give me a natural looking flush, but sadly not. I'm going to keep experimenting, but I don't have high hopes for it. I suppose it actually does give you a natural look...because it doesn't actually change anything!
I bought this colour looking for a matte, almost a pale doll-pink colour. However, on me it looks more like a nude...it's actually very close to my naturally cool-coloured lips, just a few shades lighter, so it neatens my lips and makes them look polished. I really like it, despite it being quite different to how I anticipated. I was actually scared it was going to make me look slightly hypothermic (because of the lavender/blue undertones), but that it doesn't. The texture is no way near as drying as another matte lipstick I have, although it did highlight a bit of flakiness. With most lipsticks, especially a matte, this is a given though, so I'm not going to rate it lower based on that. It was my fault for not prepping them. I really like it, and I'll probably get a lot of use out of it since I've been in need for a nude lipstick. Not what I expected at all, but great nontheless!
Lipstick -Bourjois - Docteur Glamour - Rose Retabli
blushie 5/30/2009 1:03:00 AM
In my area, its RRP is $22...but I got it for $8.50! A beautiful, simple yet very pretty shade that's perfect for me who's just venturing into lipsticks. Also doubles as a beautiful cream blush, gives a subtle, doll-like flush to the cheeks. On my pale skin, it almost looks like a nude, but I think with the right eye/cheek colours, the pink and peach tones could be played up. Only downside is it appears slightly metallic when it's first applied, but then settles into more of a cream, so it's not a big problem. Oh and I think this colour might be discontinued, as I haven't seen it in the new Docteur Glamour range...that's a major downside, as it's such a gorgeous colour. Lovely and versatile, and the bargain made it sweeter!
It worked really well for a while, it really defined my fine eyelashes. I absoluetly loved it for a clean-cut, defined look. However, about two months after I bought it, it started sticking my eyelashes together and got worse and worse. My application technique hasn't changed as far as I know, so I think it must have something to do with the formula changing after it's opened. I was so disappointed, I won't buy this again.
I am really pale, and I find it hard to find a decent foundation for a good price, that actually suits my skin without making me look ghostly or orange....and this one ticks all the boxes. I'm the palest shade, number 71. It does go on a bit oily looking, which scared me the first time I used it, but this soon turns into a beautiful dewy effect. I'm also don't find the packaging appealing, it's not ugly, I just don't think it represents how good the foundation is. This was the first Bourjois product I bought, and has definitely made me try out other products from the brand. I love it, and will definitely buy it again.