Another thumbs-up for this very inexpensive pore vacuum! I place two uncoated generic aspirin in my palm and spritz them with my toner (Lush's Eau Roma Water). They crumble in a flash. I add a tiny dollop of pure aloe vera gel to keep the grains together, and apply the mixture to my nose and chin. To remove it, I wet it well, and use the grains as a scrub. This has made a big difference in the appearance of the pores on my nose and keeps my chin clear. Thank you, Diane H, for inventing this fantastic technique!
When Sephora online finally opened its doors to Canadians, I knew I had to add a Shu eyeshadow to my first order. I was curious about the highly lauded metallics, so I chose a Sephora exclusive, ME Gray 944. The clear square case is clean and simple, letting the shimmery taupe-grey shadow shine through. Of course, regardless of how pretty it looks in the package, the real test is on your lids. This shadow is outstanding. One coat provides gorgeous soft colour and twinkle. Another brushed on top adds luxurious depth and richness. I just checked my eyes after 8 hours wear, and it looks like I just applied it. I must get more of these! They're quite expensive when translated into Canadian dollars, but each contains almost double the product amount of a MAC shadow (2.8 g. vs. MAC's 1.5 g.), so that helps a little!
Before Lipglass, I used to think clear glosses were virtually all the same. Wrong. The amount of shine this provides is unlike anything I've ever seen before. It's blinding. (I took a photo of myself wearing it, and the camera flash created a huge white spot over my mouth!) It's not particularly moisturizing, but I always wear a lip balm or conditioner first, so that's not a problem. This is one of MAC's signature products, and it should be.
I ordered this when I was feeling adventurous, but when it arrived I had to ask myself: what was I thinking?? In the tube it's charcoal black with coppery glitter. Dubiously I dabbed a little on my hand. Yep, it was sparkly -- and grey. But amazingly, it doesn't appear grey on the lips. It deepens their natural colour to a plummy tinge, and the glitter catches the light to add a playful touch. I usually wear this over lipbalm alone, but it's a great way to add depth and glitter to lipstick, too. It's products like Tux-de-Luxe Lipglass that epitomize MAC's unique place in cosmetics, I think. Thumbs up!
Lip Treatments -Yves Rocher - Yria Smoothing Lip Base
SueG 3/18/2003 10:49:00 AM
This transparent cream is meant to be applied as a base before applying lip colour. It contains rice oil, touted as being moisturizing. I don't know about that. On the lips it feels ... odd. Perhaps I've been using glosses and balms too long, but this stuff doesn't feel moisturizing to me. It does give a smooth finish, but it's strangely dry feeling at the same time. I much prefer a moister base, like MAC's lip conditioner. Like many Yves Rocher makeup products, this lip base has a light floral-y scent which dissipates after application. It comes in a 10 ml. tube and lists for $18 Canadian, though YR offers so many special deals, you shouldn't have to pay anywhere near full price.
Studiofix has been my #1 foundation for quite a while now. Coverage can be customized, depending on whether you use a sponge or brush to apply. (I use a kabuki brush.) NC15 is a great match for my very pale skin, making it look finished without being chalky. I'm spoiled for the ease, speed and polish Studiofix provides. I can't imagine going back to liquid foundation.
Buttery is a beautiful champagne-yellow shade with soft shimmer. It looks great along the lower lashline, as well as smudged at the inner corner of the eye, to brighten without harshness. Using Buttery eye kohl, Nylon shadow and Crystal Beach lipglass, you can coordinate a pearlized pale gold MAC look for your whole face!
Lotions/ Creams -She Australia - Angelic Body Butter
SueG 3/9/2003 1:41:00 PM
For deep moisturization after a bath or shower, this cream is hard to beat. Its ingredients include cocoa and shea butters. Angelic Body Butter is thick, pearly pink and fragrant, thanks to its gorgeous coco-vanilla scent. A small dab on a fingertip spreads a long way. I'll definitely buy this again! I purchased it at Adore Beauty, www.adorebeauty.com.au.
Lip Liners -Jane Iredale - All Natural Lip Liner in Spice
SueG 3/9/2003 8:03:00 AM
Jane Iredale lip liners have become my staple liners. They're standard size pencils which fit a MAC sharpener. I have three: Spice, a pinkish nude; Rose, a rosy mauve; and Terra Cotta, a browned light red. They glide on like silk, with good pigmentation, and are easy to blend over the entire lip. A good value at approx. $9. US.
Lotions/ Creams -Avon - Naturals Strawberries n Cream Body Cream
SueG 3/7/2003 8:04:00 AM
I sampled this scent on the page of a brochure, and ordered this product on that basis. The thick consistency was fine, but the scent was not what I'd expected. After using it once, I began to detect an unpleasant plastic note. I abandoned the cream after that. It's too bad -- it had potential.
Select Cover-Up has become my default concealer. I use NC15, the same colour as my Studiofix, and it's a perfect match. You need only the tiniest dab from the tube. It has good slip without sliding off your face, and enough opacity to cover both undereye circles and skin imperfections without looking cakey. An excellent product from MAC! UPDATE: They've discontinued NC15. Aaargh.
This is one adorable lipgloss. It comes in a pewter-finish compact with flip-top clear lid. A little matching retractable lip brush is included. I tested this wearing MAC lip conditioner only -- no liner or lipstick -- in order to gauge pigmentation and wearability. Romulus appears deep wine in the pot, but the colour on the lips can be controlled by the amount of product on the brush. There's no discernable smell or taste. The consistency is soft and smooth, and feels weightless on. It didn't slide off easily, or migrate onto the teeth. Despite its name, I wouldn't call this a high-shine gloss. Instead, I'd say it's a customizable almost-lipstick, well-pigmented and pleasant to wear. A winner! You can find this online at Adore Beauty, http:www.adorebeauty.com.au.
Skincare - Body -Cake Beauty - Dream Puff Bath Lounge
SueG 3/1/2003 9:40:00 PM
I really wanted to love this. When sniffed in the bottle, the lavender-marzipan combination is unique and delicious. In the bath, though ... it's ho-hum. The bubbles are average, but don't last long. The scent dissipates so much, only a light lavender survives. To my mind, it's expensive ($26 Canadian for 13.5 oz.), and really not worth the splurge. A disappointment.
Tin-Tin is another winner in the MAC Kohl lineup. It's silky smooth, richly pigmented and looks great. The deep silver shimmer brings a spark to the lashline without veering into disco territory. Gorgeous!
A gorgeous soft rose with a whisper of brown that looks very natural on this PPP. This is my staple, go-with-anything blush. The tinned product has a large surface, which makes sweeping your blush brush across it a breeze. I'm really pleased with this.