I agree with the other reviewers that this is nonsticky and moisturizing, as well as good for sensitive skin types. I only wish I had chosen a different color than sunkissed- I was hoping to use it as a bronzer but it is too reddish for my skintone. I am half asian with a golden complexion, and rosy/reddish hues tend to look unnatural on me, but I'm sure it would be a decent contour/blusher color for someone with more beige coloring.
Cleansers -E.L.F. - Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths
Dee652 11/18/2010 2:13:00 PM
This is a great dupe for the neutrogena cleansing cloths that come in the purple/blue packaging. Mine is a bit dried out, probably because of my own doing, but I took off packaging points for that. I don't generally use cleansing cloths as my primary make up remover, so I can't comment on how successful they are at that. They're perfect for when I want to work out or go for a walk in the morning and freshen up without having to do my whole morning routine twice. Just swiped this over my face, put on some tinted moisturizer, and i was good to go!
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation - Intensive formula [DISCONTINUED]
Dee652 11/18/2010 2:08:00 PM
I switched to liquid make up for a bit and when I started using my EM again I realized how much superior it really was. I've run out of my intensive formula of linen that i use as a base to blend with other formulas and colors, and since using the matte/semi matte/glo formulas I have to say that this one is by far the best. It has better coverage than most of my concealers and i think it covers better than full coverage foundation because you can pick a shade that is not orangey and adjust it as you tone changes. I recommend buying the intensive in a lighter base color that's very neutral and mixing it with samples you may get of different tones and shades so you can adjust it as needed. Lasts a long time this way! The only con is that it is so messy.
Meh. Was disappointed that this product has changed from the green tea formula that everyone liked so much- it looks like it may have additional ingredients. Dinky packaging that makes pulling out the super thin sheets difficult. My main gripe was that I couldn't really see the oil that was absorbed, unlike the Clean and Clear sheets that change color. that made it more difficult to do a precise job of removing oil and I wasn't as pleased with the end result. However, $1 for 50 is a great price, and worth it enough for me if I can't find a coupon for the Clean and Clear.
Loose Powders -E.L.F. - Studio High Definition Powder
Dee652 10/17/2010 6:34:00 PM
Packaging: Baffled me for a few minutes while I tried to pry it open with a knife, luckily I figured out it was a twist top soon enough that I didn't break it. But a heads up would have been nice on their part! Product: Really makes my skin feel smooth and silky. I can't say that it made a huge difference in my oil production/foundation hold, but still figuring out how best to use it. Love that i'm not putting another color on my face though, and so far my skin has reacted just fine to the powder.
Loved the low price and wanted to try out a purple eyeliner so I purchased Plum. Unfortunately the color that shows up looks more like a black sharpie pen, but it is very easy to use if you like a precise, dark line. It smudges if I fall asleep with it on so I don't know exactly about its waterproof claim.
Cleansers -Boots - Botanics Moisturising Deep Clean Foam
Dee652 10/3/2010 7:36:00 PM
Switched over from the mousse to this due to the latter's leaky packaging. This emollient-producing gel is much easier to use in the shower and traveling and I prefer it to the other. Paula Begouin says the amount of Sodium Laureth Sulfate is trivial enough in this to make it a good choice, but compared to using a cleansing cream or milk I always need moisturizer after this product. I like to alternate- this in the shower to really get a good cleanse, and the Boots Cleansing Milk to remove make up in the evening without a need for moisturizer after. I do tend to have traces of make up left after this product, especially around my eyes, so I would recommend a make up remover in addition to this.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
Dee652 10/3/2010 7:29:00 PM
I think the highly pigmented color is a great dupe for the NARS duo, but for me it is much harder to produce a blended and natural look with this powder. It can look quite "dirty" if you apply too much initially, and is difficult to undo any mistakes. I tend to make a lot of those- if you're a pro with contouring, I think it's a great idea to try it out for these two pretty colors!
Palettes -Sonia Kashuk - Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Dee652 10/3/2010 7:25:00 PM
I find it absolutely ridiculous that so many colors of foundation can exist for varying skin tones, but concealer usually only comes in light, medium, or dark. If anything, the match is even more important for those of us who want to let the rest of our skin breathe during the day! This concealer takes the same concept of Laura Mercier's secret camouflage with different colors that can be mixed together to get the perfect concealing color, but I find it much easier to and use for touch-ups. Unfortunately my palette didn't come with a handy little brush, so I use my fingers (unlike LMs, which requires a meticulous and light hand with a brush). My skin tends to get very dry for cream-based products, so I put this on immediately after my moisturizer to help it blend into the dryer sides of my nose and undereye area. It's fun to play around with the different colors- at first I used only the yellow-based correcting tint but I'm learning to use the other two on top of that to reduce the need for foundation after. Today I wore the concealer only and I am very happy with the natural, clean look it produced! So far fine for the breakouts- but I'm sure it's a good idea to use it minimally and wash it all off at night, etc. Also, this would only suit fair to medium light skintones- hopefully she develops a darker formulation as well! Final note- for me, this product wasn't a standout until I figured out how to use it best for my skin. Expect a learning curve!
I just needed a generic waterproof mascara for nights I go out or sweaty days- it holds up fairly well and rinses off easily with my face wash and make up remover and is dirt cheap so lippies for that. I find it pretty clumpy/messy, though, and not particularly thickening or defining for my straight long Asian lashes. Holds my curl better than nonwaterproof mascara, but still not the prettiest effect.
I had to layer this product over my primer to get the kind of coverage I wanted. I had hope that the gel-like consistency would yield a smooth finish throughout the hot day, but my face looked even more oily a few hours later than it normally would in that kind of weather. I wore it to a job interview hoping it wouldn't give me anything to worry about, but I really don't think that the very sheer, oily look was what I wanted. As far as make up that sets I preferred the Estee Lauder double wears coverage- this is not make up that worked in my situation.
Moisturizers -Boots - Original Beauty Formula Rose Vanishing Day Cream
Dee652 8/31/2010 12:35:00 AM
I love Boots and the product smelled great, but I returned it when I realized it was a little too good at "vanishing" on my skin. I kept feeling the tightness of my skin even after slathering on loads of the lotion- it did absorb, but no idea where it went to. Will return, especially since I've found more moisturizing oil-free lotions.
Primer/ Corrector -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer
Dee652 8/31/2010 12:31:00 AM
A good drugstore option for a primer- when I wear liquid foundation it's really helpful to apply this underneath. It has a pink tint that confused me, but appears to have no actual purpose/effect. If your skin is fine with silicones, I would say to go for it if you're wanting the smoother application/longer finish effect. *Edit: I took off two lippies because I don't think it does much to prevent shine and I've stopped bothering with this step. Once in a while I'll wear it if I'm going out and wearing full liquid, but too much for everyday. I'd prefer to use something with SPF/moisturization as a primer!
I took a chance on the Medium-Dark formulation hoping to have some nice dramatic bronze results, but I really haven't seen much of a discernable difference in my skin tone. Not sure if this is a. due to my religious use of salicylic acid b. something to do with wearing make up over it or c. due to my application, but I will say that it's given me no skin problems, soaks in nicely, and I needed the spf anyway. However, I have pretty light skin so I'm confused as to why it's not working for me.
Got the freebie sized pot which immediately fell apart upon using. I don't consider this much of a bronzer as much as a contour, as it is not a warm golden tone so much as a brick-brown. It is a bit too reddish for a natural look and an awkward blend of a matte with some shimmer particles. Also unimpressed with the quality of the powder and application- it seemed like the kind of cheap product that comes in the huge value packs of powder eyeshadow. I throw it in my purse if i really need a bit of color, as its somewhat subtle, but I wouldn't buy this product.