I actually really liked this foundation. I use the 'dark' shade for my tan yellow undertoned NC40-44 skin and it suits me well. Doesn't look heavy or thick or cakey...looks like skin basically, but provides pretty good coverage. It does get greasy on my combo skin throughout the day, but if I put it ontop of a powder I don't really get oily. It's expensive and you don't get a lot of product for your money but I think I'd repurchase.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - studio secrets - anti shine mattifying
mu5icbtch 1/6/2010 8:12:00 AM
HG oil control product! I'm the type of person who hates primers. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and they usually always cause me irritation or breakouts. Not to mention they never help my combo (oily t zone / normal-dry cheeks) skin stay matte for more than an hour anyway. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting much from this. L'Oreal come out with a good face primer? Ha...it was laughable. I saw this for £9.99 in Superdrug, for a 20ml bottle. The bottle is very small, but the design is good. It's a pump dispenser bottle so it makes getting the primer out very easy and more hygienic. First thing that I love about this primer is the fact that it only has 2 or 3 ingredients. No extensive list that I know will cause my skin to breakout...off the top of my head, I think the ingredients are cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, and crosspolymer...see - a very easy list to remember! I use 1 pump for my face - it's more than enough, but I find it too tempting to push the pump all the way down when I'm using it. 1/2 a pump would surely be sufficient. Anyway, I focus this on my t-zone and then spread the remainder on my cheeks. It leaves my face feeling silky soft, allowing me to apply my foundation/powder effortlessly. In regards to lasting power, this is where I'm amazed. My skin generally oils up within an hour after applying makeup, no matter what the weather is like, or what makeup I'm using (liquid/creme/TM/powder/mineral powder etc...) -- everything oils up on me. Even in this cold British winter weather where it's snowing...my face still looks like a frying pan. So I was really amazed when the first time I wore this, after 6 hours rushing about driving around with the car heating on full blast and running up and down stairs and chasing my 2 year old around...my face hadn't oiled. Seriously. Even my nose - which is the oiliest nose in the world - was matte. I was so ecstatic that I walked straight past my partner in the middle of the street, only for him to run over asking why I ignored him, and me replying "Never mind about that...LOOK HOW MATTE MY FACE IS!" (yes, I got a *very* evil look and plenty of insults hurled at me for saying that). Not one part of my face looked greasy, I didn't even look dewy, I just looked matte. For days that I don't want my face to look completely matte with this primer, I just spritz a spray of makeup mist to give me a more dewy look....even so, my face doesn't oil up like it usually does when I use makeup mist. I also haven't experienced breakouts with this or irritation. Also, my makeup lasts all day whenever I wear this primer, something which it never usually does. I rarely have to blot...maybe once if I'm being extra active. I would definately repurchase and recommend for all you ladies who are sick of the oil spills.
Powder -Unlisted Brand - Earthen Glow Minerals-Cover Me Foundation
mu5icbtch 1/5/2010 8:49:00 AM
I do like this foundation quite a lot. It buffs in really easily and gives me really good coverage ontop of my tinted moisturizer. They have a wide range of colours to choose from...I'm using Jeanne, which is a really yellow toned tan colour. The website claimed this colour was "Ideal for women with tanned complexions of Asian, European, Latin, and African American and mixed race descent with light complexions and yellow undertones." -- I'm mixed race with a light complexion (NC40-44) and yellow undertones but this colour is too yellow for my liking, it looks like I have kidney failure if I apply too much. Next time I'll order a different colour though. No breakouts or irritation for my sensitive acne-prone skin with this foundation, which is miraculous as my skin messes up with just about every product out there. It doesn't look chalky or flaky at all....no emphasis on any dry patches and looks pretty darn natural. It lasts all day too. Gets kinda oily on my combo skin (oily t zone, normal/dry cheeks) but if I set with setting powder I don't have much of a problem.
Lipstick -Maybelline - color sensational - coral fire
mu5icbtch 1/5/2010 7:11:00 AM
I'm in love with this lipstick. I've searched high and low for several years trying to find the perfect red lippy to no avail. I've tried MAC, Clinique, Rimmel, L'Oreal etc...and have been unsuccessful each time. I'm so glad I found this one from Maybelline! First off, packaging is good. It's simple yet womanly. I don't care much about packaging but it's practical and doesn't look ugly, so thumbs up for that. I'm an NC40-44 / tan skinned / yellow undertoned and this lippy works perfectly for me. It is true to the name - a slightly coralish red. Not too bright, not too dark. The texture is smooth and silky and doesn't show up any flakyness on my lips, it's very moisturizing without being overly shiny or glossy. Lasting power is good for a DS moisturizing lippy... I think I've found my HG red lipstick and would definately repurchase!
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Earthen Glow Minerals - Mineral Mousse Foundation
mu5icbtch 1/4/2010 11:19:00 AM
I just had to try this out as I was so sick of every foundation breaking out my sensitive, acne-prone skin. This foundation is supposedly enhanced with Vitamins C, E, K, Primrose Oil and Argan Oil. I have this in the shade 'Lollie' which is described as "a golden yellow toned foundation for those with Medium Tanned complexions and strong yellow/golden undertones". First off, this shade in particular is VERY yellow toned. When they say yellow...they mean yellow! I can only use a small amount of this - any more and l resemble homer simpson. I'm an NC42 and have yellow undertones, but this just takes the ****! This is meant to be a full/heavy coverage foundation and I'd definately agree with that. Seeing as I use such a small amount, I get more of a medium coverage, but if I use more I'm sure it would give very full coverage. Despite the concentrated formula, it doesn't look too thick or heavy on the skin. I have to moisturize REALLY well before applying otherwise it goes on patchy and flaky. I was expecting the texture to be similar to that of Maybelline's dream matte mousse foundation but it's a lot different...mine is personally more watery. Anyway, this leaves me with a matte finish, but despite that, I still need to set it with powder otherwise my combo skin (oily t zone, normal/dry cheeks) starts looking like an oil spill. I haven't suffered breakouts or irritation from this. Overall I think this foundation is pretty good, but nothing to rave about. I'd probably repurchase in a different shade next time.
I don't like this polish. It looks stunning in the bottle, and when first applied and still wet on my nails, it looks nice too. But when it dries...it's the most flat, berry coloured red ever. Reminds of of the colour of BBQ sauce but more berry coloured. On my NC42 tan skin it looks so dull and boring. The formula is nice and everything, but the colour just doesn't tickle my pickle.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - New Flat Top Brush
mu5icbtch 1/3/2010 1:28:00 PM
Wow, this has become my favourite brush! I use generally use this for applying my MAC blot powder or my MAC studio sculpt foundation....works great for both. I love that the brush is dense, yet soft. For applying powders, it gives me an even finish and doesn't deposit too much product, so I never look cakey. As for applying my studio sculpt foundation, it also works really well - buffs it in and allows me to apply with no streaks. I haven't had a problem with shedding or anything like that. I'll definately purchase some backups of this!
I do think this is a very nice colour, really....but it just doesn't work on my skintone. I'm a very tan skinned, yellow undertoned NC42 and it doesn't flatter me much at all. On my skin it appears to be gold with a slight copper. I think if this goes well with your skin colour it'll look gorgeous - plus the texture is really nice and it blends super easily. But unfortunately I'll give it a miss.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Volupte-peach passion
mu5icbtch 1/2/2010 8:28:00 PM
First off - £21 for a l/s is heartbreaking. Seriously heartbreaking. And although I like this l/s quite a bit, it's not worth the money at all. Anyway! On my NC42-44 skin this looks like a peachy corally pink. It looks similar to the colour on the girls' lips in the 2nd picture shown above - NOTHING like the colour on Temptalia's lips! I have to wear a lipbalm under this otherwise it'll make my lips look flaky and dry...even though this is supposed to be a moisturizing l/s. Lasting power sucks...it probably lasts for 5-10 mins then it's gone.
Really like this soap...it smells like gummy bears (or as my boyfriend says - butterflies and rainbows?!) Appearance-wise it is so gorgoues; pink/purple with little stairs on the top of it. I use this in the shower everyday and it leaves my skin feeling clean but not squeaky clean, as if my skins been stripped of moisture or dry. My skin just feels fresh & clean. The smell doesn't linger once I'm out the shower but I didn't really expect it to. However, when I'm in the shower lathering it up, it smells really good. Here in the UK Lush products aren't that expensive so I definately didn't break the bank buying this either.
I really don't like this stuff. It didn't make my teeth look any brighter (my teeth are naturally very white, but still, I was expecting some brightening!) and the lipgloss has shimmer in it....BLUE/GREEN SHIMMER! Why on earth would I want a blue green shimmery lipgloss at 19 years of age? Packaging is similar to that of a DS l/g, price is too expensive, doesn't have good lasting power....I'm thankful I got this as a present and didn't waste my own money.
I purchased a sample of this just out of curiosity. Is is miracle water? No...but even so, I do quite like it. First off, yes, it does smell. It doesn't smell nice, but I can't place my finger on what the smell actually is. However, it's not offensive in any way. I apply this after cleansing my face - put a few drops on my fingers, rub them together, and pat all over my face until it absorbs and sinks in. They say to use a cotton pad: don't do this! It absorbs much more product than your hands will absorb, so best to do it with your fingers/hands instead. I then apply my normal moisturizer and that's it. Honestly, I haven't noticed a huge difference - after all, I only had a sample which lasted me about 2 weeks. But I am planning on purchasing a full sized bottle. I like that it makes my skin look more fresh as opposed to dull, and it seems to help with breakouts too! Makes any breakouts I have at the time go pretty quickly, and perhaps prevents them to an extent too. I only use it once every 3 or 4 days as it quickens the skin renewal and I don't want my skin being totally raw! This is nothing miraculous, I can assure you of that. It's way too expensive aswell. But I think skincare is definately a thing to splurge on if you've found something that works well for you. UPDATE:- I think this is breaking me out. Also my skin doesn't seem to be looking glowy or healthy anymore.
I really don't think of this as a bronzer. I think of is as a highlight. On my NC40-42 skin, this doesn't deposit hardly any colour whatsoever. It leaves me with shiny shimmer. I usually hate shimmer but this is actually quite pretty. In daylight, this is way too much...you'll look like you've just walked through an exploding shimmer factory and only just made it out alive. For nighttime, however...it looks very nice, gives me a shimmery, shiny 'glow'. This retails at around £18.11 or something like that...NOT worth the money IMO.
This is a good mascara. The shade 'black' is very pigmented, smooth upon application, no clumping. The wand is really nice. Sometimes it'd flake though. It lengthened my lashes quite well, was able to create volume if I layered. However, I would repurchase. I don't like mascaras that flake and leave me with black circles under my eyes!
One word: WOW! I honestly wasn't expecting much from this as I've tried several of L'oreals hairdyes in the past and never liked the results. But I was sucked in by the shiny hair and "no ammonia" plastered on the packaging. Cost me about £5.50 from Boots, which isn't that bad. I got the shade 'dark brown'. I applied this on towel dried hair and rubbed into my roots and lengths of my hair. Left it on for about 10-12 minutes (my hair is really porous so I never leave it on the full time), rinsed off and conditioned. BTW, this dye doesn't smell overpowering at all. This is the FIRST TIME a dye hasn't turned my hair pitch black. My hair is brown...not medium, but not dark either...in the middle. I always want it to be dark brown, but every single time I've dyed it it comes out black and never even fades to the colour I want it to be. Anyway, this didn't turn my hair black! My hair is dark brown, as stated on the packaging. It is darker than what was on the box, but that's expected with most dyes TBH. It's only slightly darker than it appeared on the box so I'm not annoyed about it. My tip is to leave it on for less than the time stated on the box. Also, this is the first dye I've used that hasn't left my hair feeling brittle, even more damaged than usual, or dry. My hair is actually SHINY(Miraculous thing for me, because my chemically-straightened hair rarely shines) and feels so soft! I would definately repurchase.