BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
fashionbunny 9/23/2012 3:34:00 AM
A lot of people will love this bb cream. I can't use it - I wore this and only this for some light coverage one day. The following day I woke up and my skin was entirely irritated with red bumps, itchy and horrible! I won't be using it again, either my bottle is a baddie or it has an ingredient that upsets my skin. It's also not non-comodegenic so I can't use it at the moment. The coverage was ok, the light was a bit too dark for me, but obviously my review has been coloured by a horrible experience. If your skin isn't too sensitive and you've never had a bad reaction before then this might be fine, but I'll be throwing it in the bin with quite a lot of satisfaction.
Lip Treatments -Clinique - Superbalm Lip Treatment
fashionbunny 9/9/2012 4:14:00 AM
This is a pricey little lipbalm! That said, for someone who rarely had chapped lips and just wanted a conditioning lip treatment to slather on at night, this was perfection. Now I am on some medication for my acne, my lips are crazy super dry, and this just doesn't do the trick. But if you don't notice anything particularly bad about your lips and just want a nice treatment, this is lovely. It feels like it sort of sits on top of the lips at night, and I found it was still slightly there in the morning. It takes some getting used to using at night as it is pretty sticky. It is also wonderfully glossy so some days I put it over the top of any colour that needs a bit more moisture. Like another reviewer, I find that these can turn to the most foul smelling lip balms ever. Even though it sits in a drawer next to my bed, and it's way too little product for it to be past it's use-by date, oh boy can it smell. I have found the same thing with clinique coloured superbalms as well. With this one, I was reluctant to throw it out, so I squeezed out a good long line of lip gloss onto a makeup wipe, and then wiped the top as well. That seemed to get me through the worst of it. I know a friend of mine has previously called clinique and they seemed to be aware of the problem. I already have a back up of this, but I don't know if I'd buy clinique superbalms just because of the awful garbage smell that it can turn to. So on that note, it's a good lip balm if you don't have really chapped sore lips!
I'm reluctant to be one of those people who overstates trivial things, but this seriously changed my life. Ok... sorry I just did that. I had my makeup done at Mecca for a night out, and the lady told me how amazing this product was and showed me how to use it. Since that day I cannot live without this pencil. I noticed I was running out (I probably had a good week of pencil left) and I pretty much ran to Mecca to buy a back up. Having never had the dexterity to do my eyebrows before, I just never bothered. I now love them. As for the product, I think there is one shade, brunette. I used this for an entire year before realising there was a brush at the other end, because I was trying so hard to be careful not to break it. That said, I believe it has come down in price, and is now $39, so I ripped the end off to discover a great little brush. The colour is fantastic, I think it would suit a lot of people. I just use feathery strokes and it looks really natural, it just frames the face beautifully and there is no powdery look or stencilled on feel either. If you've been contemplating this, all I can say is that I absolutely love it and will repurchase forever.
Treatments -Wella - System Professional Repair Mask
fashionbunny 9/9/2012 3:40:00 AM
I was getting some breakage of my hair towards the end, and in denial of needing a cut. One of the girls at a hair store recommended this product. It is pretty pricey in Australia (I think $32.95). The first time I used it, I noticed a huge difference while washing my hair - it went from having bits sort of break off while I was conditioning, to absolutely nothing coming out. It seemed quite extraordinary. After that first wash, my hair didn't react quite so noticeably to this mask, but it still seemed to do good things to it. The smell is quite nice too, sort of like expensive salon smell but it doesn't linger so long to annoy me. I commented when buying it that I hate the tub it comes in. You have to scoop the product out of a big tub with you hands (as is often the way with thicker masks.) But I managed - inside the twist off lid was a smaller sort of "stopper" lid which prevented water getting in. I would buy this again, after I've tried a few other products. It's lovely to use but there are plenty more out there that I want to experiment with.
I never realised what a difference a good cuticle butter would make. I've always had dry peely skin around my nails, and I just didn't really know if there was anything I could do about it. Enter Lush Lemony Flutter. Though I don't fancy the smell (as it's pretty lemony fresh) this does miracle things to my nails, cuticles and the skin around my nails. I think the tub has a best before date about a year away, so I have plenty of time to get through it, though this contains so much product that I doubt I will, making it pretty affordable for the price. I am sure it could be used on any particularly dry areas, (well it says so on the tub) but I've just used it on my nails as it takes quite a while to sink in and requires some seriously relaxing "I'm busy moisturising" time. I don't think I'll ever use a different cuticle product, I just wish they could change the smell a bit, but it's fine.
Luxury in a tub my friends, luxury in a tub. I didn't buy this at first because (1) it's pricey and (2) in the store it smells insanely rosey. But having loved the idea of shower smoothies, I splashed out. This smells a LOT better at home, all lathered up, compared to how it smelled in store, in the little concentrated space of the tub. It just smells like expensive roses. I used it throughout winter as it is somewhat moisturising (though very dry skin might require a little bit more moisture than this gives). I can see what people mean about flakes/chunks. Towards the bottom of my tub, there was one little hard cluster. I can only suggest asking to have a peak inside while in the store to make sure there aren't any "lighter" sections which is what this looked like. Once I worked it through my hands a bit they weren't a problem, and 95% of the tub was fine, but I did find weird "hard" parts at the end of using it. I just loved the smell and feel and ease of use of this product, I will buy it again, though probably not any time soon as it's not a very summery fragrance or process!
I really wanted to try a shower smoothie, and this was the less expensive option. This product is perfectly lovely, but being someone who doesn't suffer many body related skin allergies (face - different story) this was probably just not exciting enough for me. That said it was lovely to use and did no harm. I just can't get excited about it. It mostly smells like calamine to me, which is great if you have the chicken pox, sensitive dry skin etc, but I was like, damn, where is the scent? I enjoyed using this just because of the product itself (cleansing and moisturising? Yes please!) but I won't hurry and repurchase. That said, if there is ever a moment I have some sore skin, I will use it as an excuse to buy this. It's also pretty pricey which makes it hard for me to justify buying another.
Polishes -Max Factor - Max Effect Mini Nail Polish 30 Chilled Lilac
fashionbunny 9/9/2012 3:12:00 AM
I really appreciate the little mini bottles that Max Factor have come out with, since a lot of the time I want to try out something before committing a lot of money to it (nail polish is expeeeensive in Australia). This bottle was $5.95, I think I then picked it up 15% off that. So I was thrilled. I was looking for a lilac colour that wasn't too bright and quite light without having too much of a nude look about it (it had to be opaque). This nail polish really is the perfect colour in terms of what I was looking for. That said, it is a really really thick formula, it dries CRAZY fast, and I found it a bit tricky to apply. I achieved the opacity I was after in 3 coats, but if you look closely it's pretty bubbly and I'm not that impressed with the application. So I probably won't buy this again, but it's not so bad I don't feel I can wear it, and the colour is stunners. Finally, the bottle. It's so cute. That said, it comes with a brush that is really short (since the bottle is so tiny, it doesn't leave a lot of dipping room for the brush). This doesn't help in ease of application, but it's not too difficult either. 3 paragraphs about this tiny little nailpolish.
This shade looks so stunning in the bottle. A gorgeous kind of purpley raspberry colour. For me, the formula was just a bit too thin, so I found it a bit hard to apply. The colour is quite gorgeous, it's a mostly shimmer free gorgeous colour. However, it didn't last that long for me, and these nail polishes are really expensive in Australia, ($16.95) so I expect a lot. It just didn't live up to the hype for me, so I am disappointed to say I won't repurchase. Hopefully it thickens up a bit over time and I might fall in love with it!
This is a gorgeous nail colour... it is what I would call a dusty barbie pink. It is kind of a lilac pink which is incredibly opaque on one coat, but I did two as the first coat obviously was a bit streaky. It is really so easy to apply, the brush is quite a regular brush (not Essie small, not a wide brush either) and the formula is excellent - not too thin and not too thick. Just all around a great polish, I am tempted to try more Max Factor polishes based on the performance of this little number!
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Fast & Gentle Polish Remover - Acetone-Free
fashionbunny 8/23/2012 7:34:00 AM
This nail polish remover is fine... it's fine if you're in desperate need of a remover and this is the only thing in the store - it will get the job done. It smells exactly as you'd expect and it hasn't seemed to hurt my nails in any way, but I'll be sticking to Cutex which I find much more effective.
Tinted Moisturizer -Bobbi Brown - Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (Spring 2011)
fashionbunny 8/17/2012 12:43:00 AM
I have repurchased this extortionately priced product, in spite of the fact that in Australia, this little black bottle weighs in at $70. Luckily, I had someone pick me up a bottle in Sephora in the USA for around $40. The sad thing is, I would probably pay the $70 if push came to shove. I love this product. It is such a beautiful base, and even though I have quite problematic skin, I would be able to wear this and be seen in public. The coverage is quite full for a tinted moisturiser. I am very fair, and wear the shade "alabaster" which in the Bobbi Brown foundations is too yellow toned for me, but as tinted moisturizer, for some reason, it works - it is neither too pink or too yellow. I find it really difficult to get a tinted moisturiser that doesn't leave an orangey hue on my skin, and this is the only one I have found that I've been happy with. I would say that once I finished this I cut open the tube to attempt to get every bit of product out, and I had a good week of product left in there. It is worth cracking out the scissors!
Dry skin review: I had to update my review of this foundation after going on accutane. This was the ONLY foundation I could use with very very dry skin. It became my holy grail. It blends over dry patches and was an absolute life saver. I had to repurchase within a day it was so good. I used it with a beauty blender and it was lovely and dewy. If you have dry skin, I cannot recommend this enough. I have a lot of foundations and none of them did the trick like this. I just wish it worked this way for oily skin so everyone could share the love. I've left my pre-accutane review below. Oily skin review: I actually quite like this foundation - it is my skin I'm not a fan of. I have oily skin, and I put this on one day, before taking a sick day and going back to bed. I remember when I woke up, having not moved for a few hours, wherever I get oily patches, the makeup had slid down. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend for oily skin. I am very pale, and I bought the lightest colour - this is still a tiny bit too dark for me. I mix this with Revlon Colourstay for oily skin in Ivory (too light for me) and the two together actually make a rather nice foundation! I would say the coverage is medium. I am not at all bothered by the "glitter" - it looks more like something you might get in an illuminator than anything noticeable. I've certainly never noticed anything bad about it. There is a rather strong smell to the product - it is certainly not unpleasant, I just notice it, much like I notice it in Bourjois Healthy Mix or Chanel's Vitaluminere. If smells bother you a lot, it might be worth considering. Overall, this is an excellent foundation for the price, and if you don't have oily skin and can find a colour match, it might be one of the best bargains out there in terms of great inexpensive foundations.
As someone who is average at applying nail polish, this is another one of Essie's great polishes in terms of application. I also love this colour for winter/autumn - it is grey/purple with a hint of brown. To me it's the black of a conservative workplace - very wearable and won't offend anyone while still being a little bit interesting! It took me three coats to achieve coverage I was happy with and dries quickly. Two might be plenty to the well practised. There are some essie products that I struggle with applying, but this is not one of them.
This really is a sugary sweet smelling product. To me, it smells a lot like godmother or rock star soap, but in gel form. Because the soaps don't lather so well, this is beautiful in the shower. It lathers up reasonably in hands or well with a shower puff. The smell does linger a little bit. It's an artificial lolly smell, but I actually adore it. I bought the big 500mL bottle at Christmas in July, to see me through till it is released for Christmas. I always feel quite clean after using this too, it has that sort of effect. The glitter has all sunk to the bottom of my giant bottle, which suits me fine as it'd be just my luck to get a giant piece of glitter on my nose for the day or something.