Good idea, terrible execution. No colour, the Emperor's New Clothes of tints. Moisturizing? Not in the least! Waxy, hard texture, lack of colour, very very short-lived (wipes off by itself in like, 2 secs) = yes.
TBH Dior Airflash = HG for me. However this is a good option for general use. It is aptly named, it photographs beautifully. It makes it look like you have good skin, not good foundation. I don't mind the sparkles because a setting powder on top tones them down, and they're not that bad in the first place, so long as you are indoors. Love the fact that this 1. Doesn't break me out, 2. Looks glowy, yet matte, 3. Is a no-brainer for photographs, 4. Little bit goes a long way, 5. Looks very good and natural when applied with clean fingers (lots of foundations don't, they need a brush), 6. Long-lasting, 7. Cheaper than high end foundations. Sometimes I mix this with a bit of moisturizer, and the effect is awesome. . I used this on my wedding, the first day when I did my own m/u (there are three days in my culture).. everyone was praising my skin, etc, that day! And in reality it was marked with acne scars, dull, blah... this foundie really saved me.
Tinted Moisturizer -Smashbox - Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
blooiejagwa 11/1/2011 8:03:00 AM
Overpriced garbage. Salespeople have a way of pushing (read: lying about) certain products... not that I am averse to that, it is their job. But it is myself I am disappointed in. Surely I would have had enough common sense to resist their gift of gab and tempting promises! Yet I bought this. This was a while back, perhaps two years. Hated it instantly. Hate it yet. . It never works. It has a horrible texture, the finish, contrary to the claims, is nowhere near natural, it is greasy, separates into weird patches on your face over the course of the day, oxidizes slightly...and...worst yet: causal agent of horrific, catastrophic breakouts. I am blaming this alone, because I've had it for TWO friggin years... whenever I use this... either that very day, or the next, I break out terribly. It punishes the complexion. When it's on, it looks awful, I look better with no makeup. When it's off, I realize I have fresh pimples directly due to this.
It makes my skin itch even when i use a tiny bit. Looks good initially but wears off unevenly. I much prefer my Dior airflash because it looks natural and lasts long. The only thing that's good about this are the brushes that come with it, and the 'warmth' powder makes a brilliant bronzing powder if used with restraint.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Tapestry Taupe
blooiejagwa 10/31/2011 7:38:00 AM
Chalky ugliness. The colour might not work on warm tones but i could still make it work...if it weren't for the horrible texture and pigmentation issues! CG Mink is v good quality, expected this to be likewise.
edit- already on my second bottle of this, and the tri-cleanse thingy. Both of them are gorgeous. BTW you can screw off the cap and clean the opening, contrary to what some reviews are saying. . Good exfoliant, I use it every other night. . Sometimes i leave it on for a couple of minutes, like a very quick mask, in order for the enzymes to have sufficient time to brighten/exfoliate. On days when I've used tons of m/u, this is a Godsend. It really helps my skin feel clean. Worth the price? No, but a must-have regardless.
Obviously the e/s are great and work well, what you would expect with any loose pigments. I want to echo the review below me: eye primer... Beyond awesome. I use it all the time now... Listen-- my eye makeup stayed on from when i applied it ( afternoon), lasted through a party, AND onto the following morning (i purposely went to sleep with eye m.u on, to test this e/s base out). So yeah. Good stuff.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
blooiejagwa 10/31/2011 2:53:00 AM
/ I can't give an honest review on the anti-aging 'preventative measures' claims, but i do like it under moisturizer. I *think* it has a brightening effect, seeing that my skintone is very even and bright... although any number of reasons can be attributed to that, e.g the good genes courtesy of my as yet unwrinkled parents, my regular skincare regime which includes an exfoliant every few days, my adamant protocol of sunscreen or staying out of sun when possible, good moisturizer, or my face masks every few days. So i can't be certain that this serum brightens or truly hydrates. However, as psychological, soothing reinforcement that perhaps i won't look like i came out of a train wreck in years to come, it is wonderful. What else would justify the unnecessary expenditures we vain and worried customers make? -- Edit- when i use just this as serum i get small pimples under the skin. This is a recent thing, perhaps i have become sensitive to one of the ingredients? Rating dropped accordingly. edit: just wanted to add that, for me, using rosehip oil in recent months has made an actual, significant difference that one can gauge: scars have faded, skin is smoother, under-eye lines are gone, no pimples. With ANR i still (when i use it) get pimples on occasion. With rosehip oil, nope. And with ANR the results are not cumulative--when it's on, it feels good, but if i stop using it for a day or so, my skin is back to normal. With rosehip oil, the results are more lasting (to me anyway). .btw as an aside--the whole patents pending worldwide thing is rubbish--you can patent anything and it doesn't make your product any better than any other product. Read beautyandthebullshit. Blogspot . Com blog on this (not affil) So now, i sometimes use both, R.oil during the day, ANR at night-- just to use up my ANR, but once it's finished, I won't repurchase as I have found an all-purpose serum, better suited to me. If i was a rich old fart, I would use both, and if you ARE rich, I suggest that, as r.o. has actual documented antioxidant properties, vit c, vit e, all those naturally occurring whatnots--but ANR has hyaluronic acid and their ferment thingy--so a combo of the two sounds cool. >>>>
Pressed Powders -Chanel - Poudre Universelle Compacte
blooiejagwa 10/29/2011 3:42:00 AM
edit: i've had this for over a year, and i can honestly say that i've found better powders: Clinique's almost powder compact, Diorskin Sculpting Powder, and Guerlain meteorites. These all give me a better result that doesn't look like it's sitting on the skin. -- t have this in peche. I think it's just ok. Good, not great, setting powder. Lasting power is ok. Everything is adequate but not special enough to justify the price. I'm sure i can find a good, similar powder for less, once i'm done with this.
Eyes -Estee Lauder - Deluxe Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette
blooiejagwa 10/29/2011 2:52:00 AM
I love that this offers both matte and shimmers. It seems a lot of thought has been put into this product because the colours work beautifully with each other and on their own. This is a no-brainer travel set because it always looks good, sophisticated, and elegant, and you can get a variety of looks. I wish they'd included some fun colours, i mean really interesting ones, but otherwise it's awesome.
This is a peach toned nude. It is my Hg. Lasts ages over lipliner. It works well to blot out my pigmented lips for other lipsticks, as well as by itself (with a good lip liner). Not long-lasting, just normal staying power, but the texture, colour, and finish are exactly what I like. All the Rimmel lipsticks I've bought are perfect for my purposes--this one is no exception. PS i love the scent of rimmel lipsticks but you might not.
Feels beautiful, looks beautiful. Texture is soooo perfect. Despite being moisturizing and soft, it doesn't bleed. Colours are pretty. It is an all-star product for many reasons.
Sometimes i don't need foundation but want a bit just to look polished... That's when i use this. I actually prefer this to my precious dior airflash because the colour matches perfectly. Coverage is so-so but the finish is natural and the longevity... Lasts till you take it off. I would repurchase but cannot find this anywhere.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
blooiejagwa 10/25/2011 4:11:00 AM
I like it for hair treatment, but what is awesome about it: using a couple of drops on my face. I add it with normal moisturizer at night, to make it richer. My skin is even toned after doing this, and very smooth, to the point that i do not need foundation. EDIT: I bought a raw organic pure virgin (white solid at room temperature) jar from Whole Foods, it absorbs much better/faster than the other (organic raw pure kind) that i was using. I don't know why, but i prefer it even more now. It works well with extra virgin olive oil, as a body oil. It also has a very faint coconut scent, whereas the other one was totally unscented. I like the coconut scent more.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Lipstick- Rose Tea
blooiejagwa 10/25/2011 2:16:00 AM
Colour: soft pale rose. Dupeable for sure (hence i wouldn't rebuy) . Feel: soft, creamy, thick. You can definitely feel the lipstick on you, it's not weightless or sheer. If you are not used to lipsticks this might be annoying, i don't mind it. It is actually drying on me despite the creamy, moisturizing feeling... 'creates' lines in the lips, i don't know how to describe it but it looks bad. . Wear: doesn't last long (ie about the same longevity as ds lipsticks like rimmel) . Packaging: i hate this! I have the one from the summer bronze set, or whatever it's called, with hilary rhoda in red lips and navy suit modeling the line... All the lipsticks in the set, this included, are put in flimsy packaging, the lipstick part literally falls out of the tube thing and u have to put it back in, and it wobbles and doesn't wind up properly. Overall: mediocre, have seen plenty of shades like this in cheaper drugstore lines, it's not special--very useful to have, though. One lippie off for the horrid packaging and lack of longevity.