I have this in 05 Illuminateur. I have been looking for a replacement for MAC's Shroom and EL's Tea Biscuit, which is discontinued, so I have tried a lot of e/s and ran across this. Even though it looks pink in the pot, on me it's a very light shampagney-gold with pink undertones, which is the exact right shade for my rosy very light skin. I was first put off by the pot since it's pink and i'm a totally anti-pink kind of person. Additionally, I don't like the packaging. It's too big and it's hard to open the few times around. I do like the supplemental applicator, but use brushes instead. But it is so beautiful on the skin, I can't compliment it enough. It says that it can be applied with a slightly wet brush, but I hated the application when I did that. It is easy to get the right amount of product and layer it on the lids. It's a great highlighter for the inner corner, the brow bone and cheek bones as well. This is my first e/s from Bourjois, but I think I will be repurchasing this one as it is almost identical to MAC's shroom e/s, costs less and comes in a bigger pot.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream
Kayraven 1/12/2012 7:16:00 PM
I was looking for a new hand cream in every drugstore brand available where I live and in organic cosmetics all over the place, but nothing could absorb fast enough, which is the most important quality I look for in a hand cream. And then I ran over this and tried it at the spot - it really absorbed quickly, not as fast as I would like, but the fastest I could find. It moisturizes well enough and does not leave an oily residue. I hate the smell though, it's tacky and artificial, which is not the usual case with Neutrogena. But since it's not very strong I cope with it. Minus one lippie for that. Overall it's great and given the price a total bargain. However my HG is still L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream, but I don't justify the price so much, especially now that I've found this.
I am on my second bottle of this and absolutely love it! I have been using Lancome's Bi-Facil before until I found this. It's quite the same thing, but costs much much less. I also tried RoC's Multi-Action MU Remover Milk, which stung my eyes and wouldn't get eye MU off without rubbing hard. So I went back to this. It is very gentle, doesn't sting the skin, doesn't require any long rubbing, doesn't smell much and conditions the lashes and skin with the oils. It does a great job removing waterproof and strong MU like gel and liquid eyeliners and mascara. I also use it for removing long-wear or matte lipstick, also works great. Tip: first, shake well before use. Then apply to a cotton ball or pad and press it gently to your lid. Hold it for a couple of seconds (depends on how much eye MU you have on) and wipe it all off. Most probably all of it won't come off with one wipe and you might want to wipe once more to get rid of everything. I would not recommend using it on your entire face because the oils in the liquid could clog pores or break out sensitive skin. UPDATE: I have realized that this is what has been erosive to my eyes after the sales girl pointed out that it was too harsh! And I was blaming Estee Lauder eye creams! This has totally eaten away and burned out my extremely sensitive eye area. This is a nice product unless you have sensitive skin. Switched to Clarins' Instant Eye Make Up Remover, so much better!
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Himalaya Herbals A-N-P Cream
Kayraven 10/4/2011 8:33:00 AM
I am quite raving about this. In general I'm a HH fan, so I was eager to try this one out. I had pre-period breakouts and nothing I used could tame that. After two applications my skin cleared up so much, I ran to the store to stock up on this. It did wonders to my skin. Right now I'm using it and when I have breakouts once a month it helps so much even I could compliment my skin and can get away wearing less MU. The good thing is that it clears up the skin, has a more or less neutral scent, has a good package, where I could get all of the product out (once you can't get it out through the cap, cut the top and get the rest out with your fingers), doesn't flake when I put MU and is dirt cheap. The bad thing though is that you have to apply it in a very thin layer and have to be careful with that cause if you don't do that you'll have greenish dried cream spots on your face. Definitely a keeper.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Original Moisturizing Creme
Kayraven 10/4/2011 6:45:00 AM
Thank you very much everyone! I've been on a search for my HG moisturizer for 4 months now. I waisted a lot of money and tried every drug store brand - Vichy, La Roche Posay, Roc, Bioderma and many more. Gladly I ran over the reviews for this product. In Europe, where I live, they don't sell this exact product, but I've gotten a lipo-balance intense cream, which is very similar to the original formula (anyone who runs across that name - it's probably the same, or not?) and I LOVE this! It is lightweight but not runny or too liquid, it goes on very smoothly and does not have a strong scent - more like how the old drugstore custom-made creams smelled. You don't really feel it on your skin. The skin is very soft and smooth after it has dried. And there is no awful oily residue (oily shine) afterwards, it sinks in so you don't see that it's there. I found it hard to find a decent cream that leaves your face glowing, not shining for the same price. It goes well under the makeup and doesn't flake (like Bioderma does) and I find it great to blend with foundation for a luminous finish. But it takes a while to absorb, which I really don't like (4 lippies) The packaging is good, it's in a jar so you can get all the product out, which is good, but the jar is a bit too heavy and I'm always afraid I'll break it if it falls on the bathroom floor. And not too convenient to carry it around. But on overall it's a great, wonderful product. And is a great value for money. Will be sticking to this one for now.
I do not agree with all the negative reviews! It does seem to look nothing but flawless when you use more than a pump on your face. There's a big difference with finger/sponge/different type of brush application. You should try all and see which one works the best for your face. If I apply it with a flat brush or my fingers - it's perfect, if I use something else, it's cakey and in my pores. I never layer anything on top but a concealer. And it works great. In the day light it looks much better than under the lamps. I also wouldn't really use it without a primer. Or mix it with a moisturizer and you'll be perfect. What truly made me buy it was the discount and that it fits my skintone perfectly, since it's hard to. I have nearly transparent skin with a pink undertone. So I have this in #1. I like the coverage, very much like it. Shame it's so damn expensive and the packaging sucks. It's heavy and I can't take it with me sometimes, also it's a pump, where a lot of product is left over in the bottle. Since price and not worth the money, I'll be looking for something else.
Mascara -Giorgio Armani - Eyes to Kill - Excess Mascara
Kayraven 9/6/2011 11:43:00 AM
Okay, I am not raving about this. Here's why. I'm a mascara freak so I own a wardrobe of them. I have tried every high end mascara out there and most of the budget ones. So I've bought the Excess Mascara and tested it to measure up with my other mascaras. I applied Excess on one eye with two-three coats to make dramatic dark standing out lashes. In general the lashes felt soft, silky, long, bu it clumps!!! After two coats the lashes started to stick together and I was left with 8 thick lashes. So I did it all over with two coats. For the other eye I applied two other mascaras, review each one of them. 1) Max Factor 200 calories Dramatic. The same, absolutely the same. But Max Factor's mascara allows more layering, what is virtually impossible with Armani's. 2) Givenchy Phenomen Eyes. Please don't kill me here, but this is the best mascara I have ever tried. It did all that Excess did, but holds the curl better and gives longer lashes and it doesn't clump. Like at all. Nothing has beaten it so far. Then I've tried applying two good coats of Excess and finish it off with Phenomen Eyes. An you know what, it was MAGIC! Full, silky, dramatic, perfectly separated, all you would ever want your lashes to be. Therefore, my all time favorite is still (№1)Givenchy, but now (№2)Excess has moved Diorshow Extase and YSL Effet Faux Cils down. The verdict: Excess is a great everyday mascara that leaves the lashes long and silky. But if you want more drama in your look use something else.
It is similar to the St Ives Apricot scrub, but I find this much better. It's richer and more moisturising. Since it has no oil and is completely organic (Like LUSH or Body Shop, but like MUCH cheaper) it's very nice cause I can use it both for face and body. I love that duality! BUT: if your skin is easily irritated and very sensitive and thin DON"T get this for your face. Body only! I really have a hard time cleansing my skin from break-outs and this stuff helps me a lot! I really really really like the big abrasive granules, They really break the top layer of the skin, exfoliate deeper and do the best job in getting those nasty blackheads out! No cleanser would do that for me. The packaging is best! TIP: If I can't get the product out anymore just cut the top half of a bottle and get the rest out with my fingers. That's why it's my favourite packaging. This is really cheap for the quality you get. It is HG and is definitely a keeper. Hope this helps and you would enjoy it as much as I do!
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm MAX Lait SPF 50plus PPD 35
Kayraven 7/9/2011 5:16:00 AM
This is new and I've just gotten it. What I like is the smell, the way it doesn't leave any whitish tint or any white even on black clothing. The package is lovely. I totally love when the cap is on the bottom, my favorite! It's light and not anywhere close to oily. It has good moisturising properties and a comforting texture. BUT it doesn't sink in, it takes 3 to 5 minutes to dry completely. That makes me not really comfortable with it as I'm quite impatient. I have tried quite a lot of sunscreens, but I haven't found any better than LRP and Bioderma. They're both french and have "light" versions of sunscreens (the only ones I buy cause they dry quicker and don't have that awful oily feeling and look. I still haven't chosen which sunscreens I like more, they're both good quality. Bioderma is cheaper though, but I do tend to fancy LRP more somehow.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios SPF 30 AC Fluid Extreme
Kayraven 7/9/2011 5:02:00 AM
This is the best sunscreen for the face I have ever tried. For my fair skin and oily T-zone it's the perfect fit. I like the liquid consistency and the whitish tint it leaves on the face. If you haven't noticed the smell is very light and almost unnoticeable (I'm very picky on smells).It does not feel oily or greasy, it's perfect moisturiser/sunscreen. In winter I use only this as a sunscreen. In summer I wear a high SPF 30+ facial cream and this sunscreen, because skin needs more protection and moisture. I don't love the packaging though, I like when the cap is not up, but down. It's a minor thing, but I would like it that way more. I have tried quite a lot of sunscreens, but I haven't found any better than LRP and Bioderma. They're both french and have "light" versions of sunscreens (the only ones I buy cause they dry quicker and don't have that awful oily feeling and look. I still haven't chosen which sunscreens I like more, they're both good quality. Bioderma is cheaper though, but I do tend to fancy LRP more somehow. This one is a definite HG. But I totally regret getting it in 30 and not 50. Next bottle will be SPF 50!
Styling Products -Matrix - Vavoom Take Me Higher root lift
Kayraven 7/9/2011 4:44:00 AM
I've tried root lifters from L'oreal Professionnel, Wella and JCrew, but NONE of them could beet this root lifter. It truly does wonders. I thought L'oreal's prof range was the best for styling, now I know better. This makes hair very flexible, has an extra strong hold (L'oreal Professionnel's #5 hold didn't do as much for me). I love the long staying power, I can use it once when I style my hair after washing, but then I can restyle and maintain the look (plus the it-trend bed head) until the nest wash. I use it with Vavoom Shape Maker and it's the best brand that I could find for myself. HG. Ruy again until there's something to beat this. And love the price!
Chance Eau Fraiche is a chypre floral fragrance. It still reminds me of a good old men's eau de cologne, which is why I see lot of reviewers point out the masculine notes. This fragrance to me is fresh, dewy, very light and somewhat watery. Here the top notes are citruses and cedar; middle notes are pink pepper, water hyacinth and jasmine; base notes are teak wood, iris, amber, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. It seems like a very perfect fresh unobtrusive fragrance, which I totally enjoy. The lasting power is much better than the one of usual fresh scents, though still not too satisfying. I also like the bottle very much - minimalistic and convenient to carry in a bag. The colour also represents the fragrance's attitude very well. What I don't like is the simplicity of the composition and I personally find this fragrance too tiring to use for a long time and a bit boring. Unfortunately, there's no 30 ml package, which is not good for me. Wouldn't repurchase because I like to change fragrances and I think the bottle would last pretty long.
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Pure White Linen- Light Breeze
Kayraven 9/12/2009 10:15:00 AM
I have been looking for the perfect fresh summer morning scent and finally have found all the right things in this scent. It's incredibly fresh, weightless, transparent, airy, unobtrusive, subtle scent. Adore the citrus fresh opening, which turns into a soft flower smell. It also beautifully smells like tea, one of not many truly beautiful tea scents. It makes me feel like caught in a gentle summer breeze on the seaside in Italy. Also I have noticed that my mood lifts noticeably after I put it on in the morning, which is a wonderful sign. Pure White Linen includes Darjeeling tea, bergamot, orange zest, grapefruit, watery kumquat, freesia, osmanthus, linden, rose, teak wood, cedar, soft skin accord and acacia honey. It's a great scent, however I dislike very bad staying power, which is often the case with fresh scents. I also love the pretty clean bottle, I find its minimalistic design very appealing. Wouldn't repurchase because of the quality.
This is the only Clinique product I HATED as soon as opened it, instantly. The smell is awful, completely intolerable! I can't stand all this alcohol. It's also terribly dehydrating and tightening. This is for extra oily skin, not normal as stated. The worst toner I've ever tried. Even Garnier's toners do better. The price is of course not justified in any way. The bottle design is horrible as well. Would never buy!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Kayraven 2/9/2009 12:27:00 PM
This is actually on of the least moisturisers, which don't make my skin look oily in the end of the day. I guess that's due to the fact that it's a lotion and is not very rich. But I simply love this! It's really soft, moisturising and smells pleasantly. Also I don't like the packaging. Clinique's design doesn't look very appealing to me at all. In addition it is a tad too pricey for a simple moisturiser. I wouldn't pay that much so wouldn't buy. However, if I would have the money and no alternative, I would gladly purchase this.