I love Avon Glazewear but Smooth Minerals tube is just a bit more glam looking like Mac Lipglass tubes. 'Natural Glow'. Its a very sheer coral-leaning nude beige creme. Its nice when you need moisturisation and an elegant natural-but-better look without a ton of attention-seeking look-at-me shimmer and shine. It makes lips look slightly dressed and glossy. The pigmentation is a light tint that it doesn't cover my natural lip color, just evens it out and makes it look slightly creamy. Like a tinted moisture for lips! The feel is very smooth. Would definitely buy again for the formula and pretty tube but I still love my Glazewear glosses as they are a touch more moisturising (after using Glazewear my lips are so conditioned I never need to wear balm) and I like the light scent a little more. About the scent, another reviewer noted her Natural Glow tube of Smooth Minerals smelt chemically - like vaseline or petrolatum - and mine was the same! I noticed that petrolly plastic taste as soon as I tried my new tube and thought it so yukky I was going to throw it away. But the color was so pretty and felt so nice I tried it a few more times and noticed it has faded and is slightly vanilly now. I hardly notice it now so would buy again.
Makeup Brushes -Stila - #24 Double-sided illuminating powder brush
tinkerrbelle 9/27/2012 11:53:00 PM
The blush side is the sikiest smoothest brush I own and being natural hair it cleans easily and doesn't go all greasy after a while (Everyday Minerals do this). When I use it feels as light as air across my cheeks and I also notice my more tricky patchy blushes appear even and airbrushed.The small flathead brush I like too. I use it to sweep on poweder highlighters. Being flat and firm it is also great for those mineral highlighters that always look better buffed and blended in small circular motions to get that glow. I have used mine for 6 months now with no problems. The paint number hasn't faded off (like MAC) the paint on the handle hasn't cracked (like Bobbi Brown), the paint hasn't chipped and the brush has held its shape with no hair fallout.
Most of the shades look browny orangey looking which looks horrid on fair skin. Bloom is a bit better, its a neutral berry shimmer. Its sheer and adds a hint of color and gloss to make lips look naturally glossy, smooth and slightly fuller. It wears well, feels silky smooth, not gritty and doesn't collect into lines, doesn't feather, and doesn't highlight dry flakey lips. Actually it treats and smooths away dry flaky lips so its great for a holiday bag when you dont' have room for a separate balm and lip color. Minor annoyances with this brand. 1. Most shades are SPF18 but Bloom is only only SPF8 why the difference? was going to spend any significant time in the sun. 2. It is *slightly* sticky so you will want to tie back long hari on windy days. 3. It is scented like fresh peppermint and wax crayons. Its tolerable and fades to barely noticible after half an hour but I prefer something more neutral or no scent.
Lip Treatments -Dr. Bronner's - Magic All-One! Organic Lip Balm - Naked
tinkerrbelle 9/27/2012 1:32:00 PM
Its meant to be unscented but has a musty mouldy herbal and honey scent which I find absolutely revolting. Also this made my lips feel super sensitive and far worse after using it. I even tried using when my lips were in great condition for a bit of moist gloss at night and after using it my lips felt sore and tender on both occaisions. Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Beeswax, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Tocopherol
I'm kind of disappointed as the SA's push this as a fresh summer fruity floral but this disappears after a few minutes leaving a super sweet, sugary powdery oriental musk. The old-fashioned kind that hangs around in the air in a sickly headache-inducing way long after the wearer has left the room, and makes clothing stink of heavy musk through several washes. Similar to the effect Vera Wang "Princess" and Thierry Mugler "Angel" has on innocent bystanders. My boyfriend hated it as well, said it smelt like someone very, very old that has lost their sense of smell. FRAGRANCE NOTES: Type - Fruity Oriental Top - Nashi pear Middle - Indole, Peony, Sweet pea Base - Patchouli, Vanilla, White musk, Cedar
I love real Lily of the Valley flowers in my garden so I absolutely had to try L.I.L.Y.. I really wanted to like this because of the beautiful perfume botttle. The bottle is a *stunner* but the fragrance doesn't really smell like Lily of the Valley flowers at all, or Lillies either, so I'm disappointed. The initial spray is floral which is kind of nice, dominated by very strong black and pink pepper notes. Maybe it should have named it P.E.P.P.E.R. instead! I would have to agree with the other reviewer who called the florals "insipid and unexciting" as within half an hour they had evaporated away they are so weak. Its just pepper all the way. They made a big deal out of "earthy" truffle, moss, and patchoulli chypre notes in the advertising too, and I love chypres but to me they just aren't there! Its a simple generic floral fragrance dominated by pink pepper notes with a faint hint of white musk. Perhaps the Oakmoss is lacking as real Oakmoss is now banned in fragrance due to allergies in the EU? The synthetic Oakmoss replacement they put is a weak imitation. Try if you love modern peppery florals. Pass if you like heady floral and chypre classics. Lasting power is around 4 - 5 hours. FRAGRANCE NOTES: Type - Chypre Floral Top - Black Truffle and Black Pepper Middle - Lily of the Valley, Pink Pepper and White Musk Base - Oak Moss and Patchouli
This is a recently release. A non-sticky, pigmented intense lipgloss or liquid lipstick . Lasts me around 3 hours before needing to re-apply. Its similar to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque or Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Lipshine. However it doesn't have that yummy Fig scent or the thick slick feel of the Lancome. I think its a slightly thinner formula. My favorite favorite color is Disco, a bright hot pink creme that works with my fair skin. Its so chic and adds an intense yet still totally wearable neon pop to a nude makeup. Applies evenly, and quickly covers all my lip pigmentation. Portrait is a creamy muted pink creme similar to Chanel Allure Laque in Empire. I think its a nice, pretty, safe color but it gave me a big lipped trout pout. Nocturne is a darkish bright red with gold shimmer. When the color wears of it leaves a rose pink stain with lots of little gold shimmers.Because the gold shimmer in it reflects light, it looks brighter viewed under lights and turns darker vampish in low lighting. Worn full intensitity I feel it needs the lips lining first plus a bit of care to get it looking even. Otherwise it looks jammy with messy smudged edges. It can be applied as a much thinner application, then blotted, which stains the lips and looks quite natural with less effort. This lasts much longer too. Its not really a good color for my fair skin as it makes me look ruddy. I found the shimmers really irritated my lips but it probably wouldn't bother most people. BE306 - Camel - simple chic beige OR508 - Blaze - fiery yellow orange RS404 - Disco - bright hot pink RD203 - Portrait - formal reserved pink RD305 - Nymph - rich fleshy rose RD501 - Drama - deep full blooded red RD607 - Nocturne - intense dark red RD702 - Savage - rich earthy brown
Liquid -Shiseido - The Makeup Dual Balancing Foundation SPF 17
tinkerrbelle 9/14/2012 8:59:00 AM
Its marketed as a long lasting oil-free balancing foundation for normal to combo skin with anti-aging Hyaluronic Acid. It applies perfectly and quickly with moderate buildable coverage, no shimmer and a beautiful, beautiful satin glow finish. It really looks like perfect skin not foundation. No annoying scent, doesn't highlight imperfections or pores, doesn't shift into lines. However it has 2 problems. I would not call it "long-lasting". I simply have to set with alot of powder or it transfers like crazy onto telephones, clothing, jewellery. I've never had this happen before although my skin is slightly oily. The 2nd thing is it oxidises moderately. Not as high as MAC foundation or Maybelline, but enough for me to stop using it. GUIDE TO PICKING YOUR SHADE: - The first letter is the undertone O, I or B, and the 2 numbers after the letter indicate the shade depth, 00 being the lightest and 60 or 70 the darkest. - Shiseido, like many asian makeup call strong yellow undertones "Ochre" or O series. Western makeup is more like to call these "warm". - Balanced neutral undertones are called "Ivory" shades whether fair or deep. They are slightly on the yellow side of neutral to suit the typical Japanese complexion. These shades begin with an I (its not a one its a capital i). - Strong pink undertone shades are called "Beige". These start with "B". Western makeup usually called these cool shades. eg The shade "O20" is called "Natural Light Ochre" and is a yellow based shade around NC15 - 20. eg The "I00" shade is called "Very light Ivory" and is the lightest neutral shade. eg "B60" is the deepest pink-based shade (or maybe B70) EDIT: I still use the Shiseido The Makeup Foundation brush (the one that looks like a tightly packed mini stippling brush) that I got with it and it applies ANY brand of liquid or cream makeup like a high end one. I've found a better foundation is also made by Shiseido which is under their cheaper "Za" line. It doesn't oxidise and still looks great and has the same skincare benefits of Hyaluronic Acid.
Liquid -Shiseido - The Makeup Lifting Foundation SPF 16
tinkerrbelle 9/14/2012 8:43:00 AM
Shiseido describe this as full coverage "lifting" foundation. I think its medium coverage as it doesn't cover that many imperfections and looks quite natural. The "lifting" part is shimmer, its very very fine and adds a beautiful glow. I've got oily skin and it didn't look greasy, didn't highlight imperfections or pores. It does wear off quickly and transfer onto clothing so it has to be set with translucent powder. No annoying scent. I found it itched my skin which I put down to the shimmers (probably Mica which irritates me). Oxidises moderately. I tried the shade "I20 Natural Light Ivory", It is a neutral based to slightly yellow undertone around NC15 - 20. It was too dark for me but they didn't have the lightest shade "I00 Very light Ivory" in stock. "O" = Ochre = Yellow/Warm "I" = Ivory = Neutral "B" = Beige = Pink/Cool
Wierd scent. Oxidises badly and gets even darker throughout the day, so sample first if you have oily skin. Shade 1 is even darker and more orange than NW15 so I don't recommend if you have very fair skin. Mac should consider putting out a NW 05 - NW 10 foundation to suit paler skin, there is a market out there!!
Holo Green is a sheer polish with loads of pale icy yellowish-green shimmers and a few multi shimmers mixed in. It looks opaque in 3 coats and is very very pretty. Its a little bit thicker than some of the others. Love this one I would like more of the Holo shades! Forest Fairy 117 is a beautiful pale, shimmery green. 1 - 2 coats is much more pale and sheerer than the bottle color. To get close to the bottle color it needs 4 -5 coats and that takes several hours to dry all the layers properly. I'm going to try it as a shimmery layer over other blue/greens to see if works that way. I wouldn't buy this shade again.
Bubble gum blue-toned pink. Sheer creme, very streaky, even after 2 - 3 coats. It also chips the next day. I prefer Avon Speed-Dry in Strawberry, which is opaque and smooth in a single coat, and doesn't chip. Or Essie Miami Nice, a deep hot pink with blue micro shimmmer.
Opaque, bright yet muted reddish coral pink creme. Streaky on the first two coats, but with patience and a third coat it can work. Definitley looks better on tan and deeper skintones. On fair skin the color looks both a bit intense yet flat and drab. For fair skin I'd recommend Meet Me at Sunset. The color is a bit fresher and it is less streaky too :)
Bright reddish orange jelly-creme, shiny finish, no shimmer. A slight sheerness lends it a lacquer-like translucency which allows it to glow beautifully. The formula applies smooth and perfectly even in a single coat. It takes a little longer than others to properly cure and resist smudges. I don't have a flash dry product to speed up drying so I get around this by applying over several days. I put on the first coat one day, the next day I add the 2nd coat. Great summer color!
Disappointing. It feels smooth on application but it tingles and reddens my lips then actually makes my lips dry and peel to be worse than before. I disovered the cause is this balm contains peppermint oil which has been proven to be a skin irritant. The "tingling" you feel is not a "benefit", its your skin trying to tell you the product is aging and damaging! Its seriously crazy to put peppermint in a product targeting sensitive or dry skin conditions but there you go Clorox (the company that makes Burts Bees). Peppermint is so stimulating that it causes the skin to flake to protect itself and rid itself of the annoyance, making people think they need to apply more lip balm - when in reality the balm is the cause of their problem! I laugh at people who swear this is so good that they go through 5 tubes a month - if it were working that well your lips your lips would be in such good condition that you would only need to use up a single tube every month or so. If you are going through tons of balms and have them all over your house, purse and car, then I encourage you to break the addiction to the brands you have because they aren't working for you. Seek out a selection of more natural, unscented, quiet work-horse lip products till you find one that works for you so well that your lips are in great condition and you hardly need to use it. For the people asking what is better? Well we're all individual but for me its Natio SPF 30 Lip Balm, Blistex SPF 30 Lip Balm, and Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss (wand applicator, very smooth) are just 3 examples. I look for balms without obvious perfume or glitter and they are usually ok. For me almost everything works better than Burts Bees.