Diane (the original version, not the variations-on-a-name which have come since) is a sophisticated, elegant floral chypre. It reminds me of other floral or green chypres, like Eau du Soir by Sisley. I am surprised by some of the negative reviews, but that might be because it does not smell at all like the sweet and fruity fragrances which are popular right now (and which I hate).
Eyeliner -Estee Lauder - Estée Lauder 'Double Wear' Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
tabloid 11/30/2012 3:46:00 PM
I love this eye pencil - it has replaced Clinique's Cream Shaper as my HG eyeliner. It stays on all day without smudging or flaking. I notice that most of the reviews here are for Onyx, the black shade, but since I find black too harsh for my coloring, I chose Graphite instead, and I am very happy - it is a perfect shade of medium grey.
This is a bright purple - not a mauve or a plum, but a real purple - with a very subtle shimmer.
I love this color, I love the way it feels on my lips - but it dries them out! Very, very surprising from a lipstick that is supposed to be moisturizing. It feels like a gloss and doesn't last all that long (which is what I'd expect from a gloss-lipstick hybrid) but it's as drying as a matte, long-lasting lipstick. Too bad, because the color is gorgeous.
This is a perfect 'The Lady is a Vamp' shade, a very deep plum with suble burgundy micro-shimmer.
I bought this shampoo together with its companion conditioner because I'm always on the lookout for a good volumizing shampoo for my fine, limp hair and I generally like L'Oreal products. What a disappointment! The volumizing effect was only so-so, but the reason I hate this shampoo (and its conditioner) because it really, really dried out and damaged my hair, leaving it looking and feeling like straw.
This is such a beautiful shade = a pale cool beige, with a very slight pink cast. The wear is excellent. A real winner.
Liquid -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15
tabloid 9/4/2012 8:06:00 PM
This is Dior's latest foundation - it comes in a glass bottle with a pump. It's fairly pricey (as are all Dior products) but a little goes a long way - one pump of the foundation is enough to give good coverage, so a bottle should last a long time. From the name and the company's description, I thought the finish would be dewy, but instead, it's matte. I'm not complaining, since I have combination skin with an oilyT-zone, but women with dry skin might not like this foundation. It's long-wearing (I didn't have to blot my face until the mid-afternoon, hours after I first put it on) and best of all, it doesn't change color during the day. That's been one of my bugaboos, foundation which looks fine when I apply it in the morning but turns darker or orangey as the day wears on). This is terrific. The foundation comes in an impressive selection of colors. I chose Linen 021, which is a neutral light-medium shade of beige without any hints of pink, peach or yellow. I usually buy foundation with a yellow undertone to counteract any redness in my skin, but this is so neutral and the color stays true, so this works just as well.
This is an absolutely beautiful color! In the bottle, it looks like a nude with a pink cast, but on the nails, it's a muted, dusty pale pink with an opaque creme finish. Anyone looking for a classic, understated look should check this one out. The only reason I took one lippie off was that the application is a bit tricky; the first coat went on a little streaky. although the second coat levelled it out. I seem to encounter this problem a lot with pale colors (but rarely with darks or brights). However, I love this color so much I would definitely repurchase. Update: I decided to add a lippie to my review (bringing it up to 5) for two reasons: first, because the color is so perfect, it deserves a 5; and second, because even after four days, there isn't even a tiny chip on the polish (and I am VERY hard on my nails!).
Concealers -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat No 2
tabloid 8/21/2012 12:40:00 PM
I got this as a sample from Sephora in three shades - No. 1 is too peachy-pink but No. 2 is the perfect shade for my light complexion (the third shade was way too dark for me). I don't really understand why this is supposedly a cult favourite - in my opinion, it's overrated and overpriced. My Magic Lumi highlighter pen from L'Oreal does the job just as well, at a fraction of the price. And as other reviewers have noted, it is a highlighter, not a concealer.
Loose Powders -Clinique - Blended Face Powder and Brush
tabloid 8/21/2012 12:33:00 PM
I love this powder! I put it on over my foundation in the morning and it keeps my oily-combination skin shine-free for hours - no touch-ups required. The little brush that comes with it is pretty useless, though, so I always use a big, fluffy powder brush instead.
This is a "dirty" fragrance - and I mean that in the very best possible way. Very very sexy.
I received this as a sample from Sephora. My skin has really taken a beating this summer; it is naturally oily and the high heat and humidity we'be had these past few weeks have left it feeling and looking rough. This mask really does what it's supposed to: it deep cleans and exfoliates, and my skin looks clearer, smoother and brighter than it has in quite some time. I was a bit concerned that it might irritate my rosacea-prone skin, but that hasn't been the case. I felt a slight tingling while the mask was on, but there is no redness at all.
What a gorgeous scent - a fresh, light, complex citrus fragrance which even lingers on my skin after I take a shower (unlike many other shower gels, whose scent disappears right after you towel off). I will definitely buy this again and again.
We've had a very hot and humid summer, which makes my skin even oilier than usual, so I bought this cleanser thinking that it would help control oil and deep-clean my face more thoroughly than my usual cleanser. No on both counts - my skin seems to be just as oily and before, and this cleanser does not do such a great job of cleaning my skin. I use it to take off my makeup but I find that it doesn't do a thorough job of taking off my eye makeup: there's always a some mascara residue left behind (and I wear regular mascara, not the waterproof kind). I also have this feeling that the cleanser doesn't wash off completely and leaves a film behind - but maybe this is just a subjective feeling. The gel doesn't lather very much and feels thick and viscous no matter how much water I mix it with.