Pressed Powders -Laneige - Sliding Pact SPF 24 - Healthy and Lively Skin
realpeak 7/4/2011 3:40:00 PM
I have the sliding pact whitening ex SPF50 PA+++ which is different to this one but still in the sliding pact line. It's my favourite powder! I love it for setting my BB cream - a light dusting with a big fluffy brush is all that's needed. It does not look cakey or powdery at all. Very natural looking. I have the lightest shade #1 and it's a fine match for my NC20/25 skin. I love the compact and the fact that is has a mirror which makes it perfect to carry in my bag. It's not an oil-controlling powder by any means, it just keeps my makeup in place and makes my face look nice and bright. A definate repurchase for me!
Woodwinked was one of my first MAC shadows I purchased about 5 years ago. It looked gorgeous in the pan, I think the MAC website sums is up pretty welll as an antiqued bronzey gold colour. Woodwinked works really nice on my skin if I have a tan going on, however, if I'm in my natural NC25 state it does tend to lean rather orange (a lot of other light skinned reviewers on here have mentioned this problem aswell). But when I'm an NC30/35+ it looks really nice and makes my eyes pop. If you have tan skin definately give it a go but if you're light-fair skinned then try in store before buying!
I wasn't too impressed with this tanner tbh. The best thing about it is that it does not smell at all like most self-tanners, which I love! I find the liquid formula to be very messy and I usually end up finding on my walls, the floor, bedsheets...so I have to be extra careful with it. It applies pretty easily but I find I need a lot of product to fully cover my body without streaks. This wouldn't be a problem if the bottle wasn't so small for a pretty expensive price! You do not get a lot for your money's worth at all. It is drying so regular moisturizing is a must. The colour is pretty natural but can turm very orange if I apply 2 coats. 1 coat is really all I can get away with before I start looking rather orangey. The lasting power is terrible! When wearing He-Shi I have to top up my tan every 1-2 days which is so much hassle and like I said earlier this product is not cheap...but yes, it fades very quickly which I do not like at all. It's a decent tanner but I will not be buying it again.
Self Tanners -Unlisted Brand - St. Moriz Self Tanner Foam
realpeak 7/4/2011 7:41:00 AM
One of the worst self-tanners I have tried! I'm an NC25 with natural golden tones so I find that most tanners do not appear orangey on me. However St Moriz does indeed turn me orange...how people say this is a completely brown tanner is beyond me, on me it's probably 30% brown and 70% orange. 1 coat does not leave me that dark (brings me up to about NC27) but if I use 2 then I just turn radioactive orange so there is no medium here. The mousse formula is very easy to apply with a tan mitt but it's so drying...my skin was always left feeling dry if I used this often, no matter how much I moisturized. It faded very ugly even with regular exfoliating and moisturizing - scaly and patchy. It rubbed off on my clothes even when I was not sweating. Lasting power was virtually non-existant, I was having to top up my tan every day or two which was a constant hassle. The smell was soapy upon application but within minutes had turned to one of the most strongest DHA biscuit/wet dog smells I've ever experienced with a tanner not to mention it transferred all over my sheets and pillows. I've never had a mousse that transfers everywhere until St.Moriz. Yes the price is cheap but I think that just reflects the quality of this tbh...I would not repurchase!
Gorgeous colour, horrible formula! It's so watery and streaky that I need a whole load of coats to get full opacity and no streakiness. The colour is a gorgeous pinky lavender colour that will flatter most skintones. For the price there's no excuse for the formula to be so difficult! For that reason I would not repurchase.
I use oatmeal every morning as a face wash. I have very sensitive acneprone skin so do not like using chemical-loaded cleansers. Bubzbeauty has a great video on how to use oatmeal as a cleanser so if you need to know how check that out. Anyway, oatmeal leaves my skin so soft and smooth to the touch, doesn't strip or dry my normal skin out whatsoever. It's great for all skin types - cleanses, exfoliates, moisturizes and rejuvenates skin. My skin looks brighter and clearer after rinsing it off which I love. Doesn't irritate or break me out which is great. I normally just use oatmeal and water but occasionally add some manuka honey perhaps once a month for a real treat. I love the sweet smell that the oatmeal naturally makes when I add the water to it aswell...cheap, natural and works wonders for my skin. The only downside is that it can be VERY messy...I always scoop the oatmeal from my sink after using and put it in the bin so it doesn't block my drains.
Cleansers -Clearasil - StayClear Skin Perfecting Wash
realpeak 6/30/2011 5:10:00 PM
I got this on offer - 2 for £4.99 at Superdrug. I do not use the regular version, I use the sensitive one. I have very sensitive skin that reacts to most cleansers and prefer using something gentle. This is a nice wash. It contains a small amount of salicylic acid to help with minor breakouts. It's the most moisturizing cleanser I've used...when I rinse off, my skin is left sooooo soft and smooth to the touch and does not feel dry or stripped at all. It has very very small exfoliating beads but I can hardly feel them. I use this after my oil-cleanser and it gets all the residue off. So far I do like it but would not recommend it for people with bad skin...it's too gentle to treat that. But for my skintype which is sensitive with a few breakouts here and there, it works very nicely. I love the pump lock packaging too. UPDATE: Still really liking this...my skin is clearer than it has been in a LONG time! So much that I've stopped wearing foundation unless I'm going on a night out...I'll definately be repurchasing!
I am a big fan of BB creams. Granted, I do not believe the anti-wrinkle and skincare hype like most people do, but I still like them. This was one of the first I tried a few years ago. I just purchased a new tube a few weeks ago. I'm an NC25 right now and use #23 (though I have used #21 in the past when I was NC20). The colours do have grey/pink casts as most BB creams do. This is because they are designed to mask out the yellow tones that most Asian people have to their skin. The greyish pink cast makes yellow skin look more beige. Personally I quite like it as I have yellow toned skin (although I'm Dominican, not Asian hehe). It doesn't look too grey on me at all, give it a few minutes and it blends into my skintone. The consistency is pretty thick so a little goes a long way. I put a dab on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin then pat and blend out. It makes my skin look almost airbrushed but still manages to look natural. It's not cakey or heavy looking as long as you moisturize extremely well beforehand. If not it can look like a mask. It doesn't feel as lightweight as some other BB creams I've tried but even so, it's doesn't feel too heavy on my skin at all. Coverage can be anywhere from light-full depending on how you apply. I use my fingers or a damp sponge and find these methods work best, especially my fingers. The ingredients list isn't anything special - lots of silicones and chemicals just like you average BB cream or foundation. However, it contains Arbutin which can lighten skin over time and a few oils to help moisturize the skin which I like. It also has an SPF 42+++ which sounds great in theory but you will NOT be able to get this sun protection unless you use a teaspoon full of BB cream...and lets face it, if you do that you will look like a cake face. So still use your regular sunscreen underneath. The smell is really nice - a bit like baby lotion and herbs mixed together or something. I have very sensitive acne-prone skin and this does not break me out, thankfully. The lasting power is AMAZING...it will last all day and night on me without the need for primer or setting powder, and I never touch-up during the day either. I got this for $13 at the Duty Free in Korea for the 50ml tube, which is very reasonable. If you're looking for a natural yet good coverage foundation then definately give this BB cream a try! UPDATE: Still really liking this BB cream. It looks so natural yet makes my skin look much fresher...I always get compliments on my *skin* when I wear it rather than my makeup. Great stuff. #23 is looking a little bit dark on me now I'm just below NC25 but more than NC20...still workable though.
Highlighters -Sleek - glo face & body highlighter - peach shimmer
realpeak 6/27/2011 8:17:00 AM
Very pretty but you really need to use a light hand unless you want to look all shiny and metalic. Gives a really nice golden glow - somewhat similar to how Too Faced Snow Bunny looks on my skin but more flattering and slightly less shimmery, more pearly. Looks pretty when I'm tan, not so much when I'm not. Great along the tops of the cheekbones, a dab on the chin, a little on the nose. It's a very reasonable price too.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Good things - stay clear purifying cleanser
realpeak 6/27/2011 8:12:00 AM
Oh this cleanser is dreadful...broke me out in red bumps all across my forehead and cysts on my chin. The smell is nasty, it does not remove makeup well and leaves a residue on my skin, left my skin feeling dry after rinsing off yet turned me into an oil slick 5 minutes later.
Treatments -InnisFree - white tone up sleeping pack
realpeak 6/26/2011 7:48:00 AM
This is a really great product. I'd tried the Laneige water sleeping pack in the past and hated it - broke me out, made my skin very oily. This one is much better. It has berry extracts and its designed to bring 'clarity and brightness' to the skin. It feels great going on, my skin instantly feels hydrated and smooth. It isn't heavy at all or sticky like the Laneige one. After rinsing off in the morning my skin looks nice and plump and feels really soft. No breakouts or irritation whatsoever.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
realpeak 6/26/2011 4:40:00 AM
This was my first MSF. It is rather glittery so a light hand is essential unless you want to look like you're auditioning for Saturday Night Fever. It doesn't really deposit much colour on me, just leaves a bit of shimmery glow. Of course the glitters can accentuate pores aswell so be careful of that. I just use it along the tops of my cheekbones and a dab on my chin. I prefer using this for night time looks as I think it's a bit too much for day time wear. I'm giving it 3 lippies as it's not a very special highlight (like the MAC by candlelight one, which is gorgeous) and can be duped pretty easily.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
realpeak 6/26/2011 4:36:00 AM
I was not too fond of this gel liner. I've repurchased twice but I will not be repurchasing again. This liner does not wear well on me, it seems to smudge and fade away within a couple of hours. My HG is the skinfood gel liner and that lasts on me all day, even on the waterline. I did not like the free brush it came with either as it picked up too much product and I found it harder to get a straight line, I prefer my MAC small angled brush for more precise application. The colour was not as rich as other liners I've tried either.
BB Cream -MISSHA - M Watery BB Cream SPF25 PA++ [DISCONTINUED]
realpeak 6/25/2011 8:23:00 AM
I wasn't too keen on this BB cream. The SA recommend this for dry-normal skintypes. My favourite BB cream is the Etude House Moistfull Collagen, and I thought this Watery BB cream would give me the same nice hydration as the former. The colour is darker than most other BB creams I've tryed, but by that I mean more...grey beige, if that makes sense? I don't think the colour is flattering and it didn't do anything to make my skin look brighter like other BB creams. It blended on the skin nicely. Coverage was decent, anywhere from light to just below medium depending on how applied. It didn't give a dewy finish but it wasn't matte either...as the day went on my skin got more dewier, albeit a bit oily on my t-zone. Lasting power was okay but not as long-wearing as most others I've tried. This BB cream caused my skin to breakout in painful red bumps along my forehead and cheeks. I took a look at the ingredients list and my skin is sensitive to quite a few of them. I wouldn't repurchase, there are much better ones on the market.
I have not had much success with Laneige products (their cleansers, toners, foundations...) but thought I'd give this a go anyway. I purchased #2 which is the one without the shimmer. The colour left quite a grey cast on me, with a slight pink tone. It didn't do much to make my skin look brighter or anything. The texture is thin and the coverage is light. It can be built up but personally I couldn't even get this to medium coverage. It just about covered redness and evened out my skin, but that was it. It got rather oily on my t-zone within a matter of hours. I love hydrating BB creams but this left me too shiny for my liking. It didn't break me out or irritate my sensitive skin (I only used it 3 times though so who knows) which was good. However that is really the only plus point about this. All my other BB creams are long-wearing and last without touch-ups throughout the day/night but the lasting power of this one was not so good, seemed to melt off my face. I would not repurchase.