Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
flixbix 10/4/2011 11:28:00 PM
I have oily skin. This evened my skin texture, made my skin look flawless, made my foundation last longer and kept my face matte all day. It doesn't cost too much for perfection! Tomorrow I will try over sunscreen to see if I can get away with this without foundation. Fingers crossed!
Sinks right in--not greasy. Perfect for under makeup. Got this as part of the Sephora sunscreen kit. Won't re-buy because I'll be trying other new things.
Liquid -Korres - Ginger and Vitamins Foundation, SPF 10 [DISCONTINUED]
flixbix 8/19/2011 9:47:00 PM
LF5 is too orange for me even in my darkest tan--and I get quite dark. I think it's just too orange! However, the texture and coverage is phenomenal. I will try LF4 next, if I ever run out of this. It might take 5 summers since I don't use much foundation. I agree with other reviewers who say that the coverage is just one step above tinted moisturizer. Perfect and not mask-like.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
flixbix 8/6/2011 12:12:00 AM
Bought "Caramel" over last Sephora F&F event and had to wait until I got a tan to wear it. I expected to be disappointed, but it matches my summer tan perfectly. Coverage is perfect. Texture is natural. This was my wedding foundation and my skin looks perfect in the pictures. I have to stop using the word perfect. I did experience the oiliness that other reviewers mentioned, but I have oily skin and every foundation exacerbates my sheen. My Shiseido blotting sheets help me through the day. I might buy a lighter shade this F&F for the winter months!
I don't know how many years I have owned this product and hated it. It's sat in my makeup bag. I refused to throw it out because when I swiped it with my fingers, the blue was so beautiful and sheeny. Yet, with a sponge applicator, there was fallout, chalkiness and it was just impossible to blend. Plus, it just looked terrible on my skintone. I'm asian. This summer, with a dark tan, I decided it was my opportunity to go bold with all the colorful eyeshadows I never use--and this was one of them. With a brush instead of a sponge applicator, this shadow blends perfectly, is amazingly pigmented and lasts all day! Now I am tempted to buy other Prestige shadows...
What a waste of money! I totally bought the advertising, which is the only great thing about this product. Clumpy, smudgy. Panda eyes within a couple of hours! How can they put this stuff on the market? At first it is indeed "watery" as some reviewers have stated. After two or three swipes, there's no notable difference. After a few more swipes, the situation becomes severely clumpy. There's no in-between! I have tried several times.
Treatments -Clinique - Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
flixbix 6/22/2011 6:16:00 PM
I have bad allergies and also hormonal acne, both cause break-outs from time to time with residual acne scarring. This helps mellow out the redness and reduces acne scarring over time. I wouldn't say my skin is completely free of dark spots after five weeks of use, but it is looking the best it's looked in over 6 months. It does not seem to have faded any of the older dark spots from sun damage. Overall, I would buy this product again because it's worked better than others I've bought for the same purpose and does not cause me to break out.
I fell for the #56 foundation brush and went back for this set. Just tried the concealer brush today and I feel like I just discovered the airbrushes all over again. I was doubtful of its ability to cover smaller blemishes, but because it buffers in the concealer, it covered marks of all sizes. Brilliant! This will go with me on EVERY trip.
Definitely soothes and does not cause my oily/combo skin break out. Calms, nourishes and moisturizes. I actually think it helps me not break out. It is not strong enough to be a rich moisturizer for chapped, flaky winter skin, but I read that oils aren't meant to do that anyway. However, it's more moisturizing than oil free gel-like moisturizers. I notice red, inflamed areas are less so. Also, I like the texture and feel of oils more than creams. Price wise, it's not the cheapest, but it's not the most expensive either.
Of course I would buy this again--I just did! I owned this one before the whole Shu Uemura craze (I bought that one just because I couldn't resist), and I must say, it is the BEST curler on the market. I owned the Revlon one before too. If you find that your curler doesn't catch the lashes on the edges of your eyes, then this one is for you. It's good for peeps with eyes that aren't so deep set. I lost this on a trip and stuck it out with the Shu Uemura until I realized I could get it at Sephora. Woo-freakin'-hoo! When you put this side-by side with the Shu, you can see the significant difference in curvature. Worth. Every. Penny.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Professionnel Platinum Air Brush #55
flixbix 3/31/2011 9:32:00 PM
I must say that this is my first foundation brush--but it is AMAZING. Absolutely no streaking and completely easy to use. Streaking was my biggest problem as I had always applied liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer with fingertips (I felt sponges waste too much product). I went in to get my free birthday gift from Sephora and decided to splurge on this. Absolutely the BEST single beauty purchase I have made in my life. Applying foundation with this brush is 10x faster than applying concealer alone and it looks so much more natural too. I also have a small screw-top travel jar that I've started using with this brush. I use it to combine foundations/tinted moisturizers of two different tones plus moisturizer to make my perfect shade. So happy.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in #1 NUDE
flixbix 3/22/2011 11:18:00 PM
Love this! I've had it for a while and I don't think I knew how to use it best until I read how to here. Letting this dry is key. Not putting any gloss or balm ensures all day wear. Since I usually have chapped dry lips, I've found it most useful to slick this on not long out of the shower. This just lasted through a big, crazy, buttery lobster meal! The tacky sticky texture is not my favorite, but I'll take that over lipstick that doesn't last.
Lipstick -Maybelline - color sensational in Crazy for Coffee
flixbix 3/18/2011 1:29:00 PM
This will be my go-to lipstick starting now! I have had this lipstick for at least a year, maybe two, just sitting in my makeup pile. I've tried it on several occasions--sometimes it looked too brown, sometimes too red. Well, finally, I set up a mirror in my sunny bedroom and I can see it's the PERFECT natural shade for me. Not natural in a nude way, but natural in an amped up way. woohoo.
This was too blue for me. I was looking for a deeper purpley berry. However, it's absolutely stunning under some chocolate brown gloss. Try it!
Treatments -Clearasil - Rapid Action Treatment Cream
flixbix 2/18/2011 12:08:00 AM
This is the "vanishing" one with the big 4 hours on the tube. Incredible! Where have you been my whole life, Benzoyl Peroxide? I have used BP in the past, but the flaking was too much. This winter, I used this every night with a moisturizing cream on top and a salicylic moisturizer every morning. This has stopped every big painful zit in its tracks. Well, almost every. I find that when I'm not diligent, the painful, hormonal zits come, but once I sick this one them...they go away.