Pressed Powders -Chanel - Poudre Douce Almond Powder
twitches 12/18/2008 6:58:00 PM
Never in my life did I think I'd spend $115 on my face at one time, but this powder plus the Teint Innocence cream to powder foundation was completely worth it! I've been wearing MAC's Studio Fix for years simply because I liked the simplicity of putting on a foundation that did not require a separate powder to "set" it, but this powder is so finely milled, it glides on like a cloud and helps hide those fine lines and large pores one tends to collect in middle age. My friend at work even thought I'd had Botox when I made this foundation and powder switch - can't get much better than that!
Crème -Chanel - Teint Innocence Cream to Powder Compact Foundation
twitches 12/18/2008 6:53:00 PM
Rather than reiterate what has already been said about this foundation, allow me to share a little anecdote that solidified my suspicion that I'd made the right choice in switching from the MAC Studio Fix I'd been wearing for the past 15 years: I'm turning 40 this year, and have been obsessing with a co-worker of mine, who shares my love of all things makeup, over the little wrinkles that are showing up here & there . When I switched to this foundation about two weeks ago, I purposely didn't tell her, just to see if she noticed a difference. Today we were chatting at work when she suddenly stared at my forehead and shouted, "Oh my God, did you get Botox?!" When I told her that, no, I had not spent $400 on my forehead, but had spent $55 on new foundation, she admitted that she'd been trying to figure out for weeks why I looked "different" - she really thought I'd had "work" done. Needless to say I will be continuing my use of this foundation (along with the Poudre Douce pressed powder) for some time to come!
Love this although I must say it's solely because of the smell. I honestly have never found ANY difference between toners - they all do basically the same thing as far as I'm concerned, and I don't like this being in a spray bottle instead of something more simple; it feels wasteful to spritz onto a cotton ball. It is refreshing and doesn't have any negative effects, so if you want to indulge in something that's overpriced by smells FANTASTIC, (in my humble opinion) you might give this line a try. Some of the other products in the pumpkin line are more effective, like the serum or the moisturizer, but why not go for broke and get the whole system!
The entire pumpkin line is out of this world and worth the high price - and this is coming from someone who thinks most skincare is bunk and who usually spends about three bucks at the grocery store for her cleanser! I am very sensitive to scent and personally the fantastic smell of these products sold me even before I saw how healthy they made my skin appear. Also you don't have to use a lot of it at a time, so that helps with the cost. If you want to spoil yourself, find a salon that sells Rhonda Allison and give the pumpkin line a try. All of it (especially the serum) is wonderful.
Fantastic nude color, with a nice, creamy consistency. A slight peach tint to it. I like Myth and would say this is similar but it does not have the heavy, chalky consistency Myth does. With that one, I feel I must wear some gloss over it or it's too chalky. Not so with this one. Truly awesome. I hope it stays around.
THIS IS MY HG FOR CYSTIC ACNE. I do not generally have acne problems, but once every few months I will get a cystic acne spot on my chin. They are painful and can last up to two months and are just ugly - or they were, until I found this miracle stuff. As soon as I feel one coming on, I start putting the Spot Treatment on, and I reapply it often throughout the day. Yes it stings, and it can dry out your skin if you are not careful - don't overload on it, it's best to reapply a small amount several times a day rather than glop on a lot once or twice. If I do this for about a week, the cyst will disappear without EVER actually completely forming or even becoming noticeable to others. The painfulness of the cyst usually goes away in about three days as well, as opposed to having this huge THING on my face that hurts like hell for a month or two. This stuff is a miracle and if they ever quit making it I will weep.
Lips -Burt's Bees - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers in Champagne
twitches 7/26/2008 3:13:00 PM
I like this Lip Shimmer for when I want a bit more color than the Radiance, which is a pure white sparkle. Just a hint of pink but still more neutral than anything. Feels great on and is surprisingly long-lasting.
Cocoa is a nice neutral brown that is not too shimmery - a very natural brown color with some pleasant tingle and pretty darn good staying power. I love that the lip shimmers are slim enough to fit in my front pocket and easy to apply. Many of the colors in this line are awful, but this one, Toffee, Champagne, and Radiance I just love. And you really can't beat the price.
Maybe it's because my lips are so terribly thin or because I am pale, but on me this color looks like a nice nude lip balm with a bit of shimmer - not too white or shiny, but a little added shine over my natural lips. I like the staying power of these lip shimmers, too, and although there are only a few colors I can wear from this line, the ones I can wear I reach for all the time. I really love this one!
Powder -MAC - Mineralize Foundation / Loose - Light Medium
twitches 7/5/2008 4:51:00 PM
This powder wins hands-down for stupidest packaging I've ever seen. The sponge is not useful at all and it's a little difficult to get the powder out with a brush, but other than that, it's an OK mineral powder to wear as foundation in the summer months. I wear Studio Fix in the fall and winter and it just felt too heavy for July, so I thought I'd try this, and it is lighter and provides good color. However, the SA told me that this is the exact same formulation as the pressed powder version, so if I buy it again I'll get that so as not to mess with this silly sponge business.
Many lipsticks that most people say create a perfect nude lip on them turn pinky or coral on me. This one does the trick. I guess I have slightly gray skin or something (!) - I can see the muddiness that people complain about in the color, but it turns perfectly nude on my lips, and I really love it. If you've had trouble finding a satisfactory nude lip color, you might give this a try. Easy to swipe on without even using a lip liner, I almost use it like I would a balm.
I have been searching for YEARS for a red lipstick that did not turn pink or orange on me, and this is IT. It is a true red and the matte finish only makes it more stunning. I am an NC30 very pale with green eyes, and reds have never looked good on me. I even stopped for coffee on the way home and although a lot of color was left on the cup, in the mirror the color was still bright and fresh. If you have always wanted a red lipstick but have never been able to wear one without feeling ridiculous, get this one! It is the best!
I wanted to create a smoky eye and the MA recommended this over the greys and blacks I was looking at. I doubted her judgment as this looked too brown but bought it anyway, man am I glad I did! It really does work as a smudgy liner without going overboard - I wear it during the day and it is not too much.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Strobe Rays Tinted Lip Conditioner Stick
twitches 6/3/2008 7:04:00 PM
I'm with the previous reviewer - just bought this today and am already on the website buying more. I've been looking for the right TOTALLY NUDE lip balm and for me, this is it. I was looking at Slimshines and Lip Gelees and the MA never even suggested this - so glad I found it on my own. I like the feel of it, it's a bit slick but not sticky, and the shade is just perfect. My only wish is that it was not such a wide stick; it makes it a little harder to just swab on the lips and go the way I like a lip balm to do, so one lippy lost there. I also hate that this is a limited edition item, and normally I won't touch those but this was such the perfect nude I couldn't resist.
A nice enough lip balm, with a tingly sensation, but be warned it is more pigmented than you might expect. I was actually surprised by the amount of color; it's like putting on a lipstick. But it feels like a balm and the slim little tube is easy to apply. The color is VERY taupe and frosty, not a natural or nude shade at all, but it's a color I can pull off OK so I don't mind. Not a bad little lip balm for the price.