Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - "gunmetal" enhance eyecolor
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 1:03:00 PM
One of my all time favorite shadows! This is a very beautiful shimmery, dark gray color that can be worn many different ways; lighter for a more subtle effect, heavier for a smoky eye look without creating a "black eye." I have never found a department store version of this color that can match the depth of tone, superior finish and application of this shadow. What a great product and what a great price!
If you are looking for better-quality brushes at a reasonable price, these are a Godsend! The brushes all use superior hair or nylon bristles and last a long time if you take care of them well. I used to use these brushes when I was a make-up artist for my consultations because they give great results, are reliable, and are cheap enough that if something were to happen to them I could replace them rather cheaply. Great quality at a great price.
Mascara -Estee Lauder - MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:53:00 PM
Estee Lauder companies (EL, Clinique, Origins, etc.) are concentrating more of their product development toward new mascaras since Lancome continues to be the industry leader in sales, and that just irks Lauder. This mascara is obviously an example of creating a product and rushing it to the market without proper development and customer feedback. This is the clumpiest most worthless mascara I have ever used. For $20, it is just a waste of money. The mascara is clumpy and has a tendency to flake off onto your cheeks. EL has much better mascaras than this and the promise that this will volumize your lashes by 300% is ludicrous. By the way, this mascara is supposed to employ a "Speed-meter" brush that deposits the product in record time on your lashes, however the EL woman I worked with would always advise customers that the key to getting this mascara to work was to "take your time and go slowly." What's the point of the speed-meter brush then?
Cleansers -Olay - Clarifying Daily Facials for Combo/Oily Skin
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:47:00 PM
I am so conflicted about this newer version of the Daily Facials. I was a devoted fan of the original cloths for normal/combination skin since they came out in 2000. They were the most brilliant thing for removing make-up, dead skin, etc. without over-drying. However, these newer versions seem to dry out my face and irritate it. I switched to the sensitive skin formula, but found it wasn't exfoliating enough. I have now moved onto the Dove cleansing pillows which I find gives the right amount of exfoliation without drying out or irritating my skin.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum - Fragrance Free
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:43:00 PM
This fragrance-free version feels so different than the original; I love it even more! The original felt a little thicker and more "plasticky" on my slightly oily skin, this new version absorbs quicker and leaves a velvety finish. This is an amazing serum that really helps to correct skin discolorations from past acne and helps to diminish pore size. I love this stuff!
Hair -L'Oreal - Excellence Cremelights Highlighting Kit
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:54:00 AM
If you're up to the challenge of highlighting your hair at home, this is the best kit to use. I have used this many times and have gotten gorgeous, professional looking results. The trick is to use the cap and leave the bleaching agent on long enough, especially if you have darker hair like I do. The cap is kinda a pain to use, and you'll look like a dork, but it really is the key to getting professional looking results. The formula is also fantastic and really creamy and non-drying for being a bleach. I recommend this all the time, it is a superb product, just take your time.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Touch Tint for Eyes - Nude Sparkle [DISCONTINUED]
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:47:00 AM
My all time favorite eye-shadow base. I never have a problem with this creasing or fading. It also intensifies whatever powder shadow you apply over it and creates longer staying power. This is a gorgeous shade that looks good on everyone, a natural sparkly shade that also evens out skintone. I cannot live without this.
Ohh, how I really wanted to like this. The feel of this make-up is very similar to my beloved Shiseido hydro-compact that was discontinued years ago. It has a real smooth, refreshing feel upon application. However, every time I used it I broke out horribly. Horribly! This is such a shame since I really liked the finish and the coverage. I've even gone back to it every once in a while to determine whether the foundation was really causing the breakouts, but alas, I always broke out again.
Liquid -Clinique - Clarifying Makeup Clear Skin Formula [DISCONTINUED]
missmarie1977 9/30/2003 12:40:00 AM
I used this for a while in Pure Ivory and found that it covered well. However, you need to be very careful in how you apply it as it can look rather heavy and accentuate pores if you don't blend it well enough. This is definitely a foundation for problem-prone skin with sins to hide. If you have clear, normal skin, this is going to make it look worse. It is interesting how this makeup does smell like cloves which are added to the formula as an anti-bacterial agent. Beware if you're sensitive to salicylic acid as this does contain some and can dry out your skin if you're on the drier side.
Ugh?! What is this foundation? When I sold worked for them, we only sold it to people who had been devoted to it for years. I could never get the hang of this dual-phase, liquidy, formula. The coverage was streaky, too sheer, and really difficult to apply. People must like it since they had to bring it back after they discontinued it, but I don't know why this foundation would win over any new converts.
This has a tendency to "separate" on my somewhat oily skin. I could never find a good color match either; the lightest color, Breeze, was too yellowy and the next shade was too dark. This also felt rather thick on and could tend to slip and slide. Another bad Clinique foundation.
One of the best brow definers I've ever used. The pencil is actually more of a powder in pencil form, which lends a more natural look. The powder stays on all day and is easy to use. Use short, feathery strokes, blend a bit with the spoolie end and you're good to go!
Treatments -Lancome - Sensation Totale [DISCONTINUED]
missmarie1977 9/29/2003 5:50:00 PM
I'm still on the fence about this. I haven't noticed a real difference in my skin while using this product. The lightweight lotion/serum has some reddish, holographic, mica in it to give your skin a "glow." However, I already have my own natural "glow" due to oily skin, so it's kinda unnecessary for me. I did have a hard time applying my foundation over this due to the high silicone content. Make sure your foundation is either silicone-free or has low amounts of silicone (which is pretty hard to do.)Overall, a do-nothing product for me.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Idealist Micro-D Thermal Refinisher
missmarie1977 9/29/2003 5:43:00 PM
Oh, I wanted this to work so much! I kept trying it at work on my hands and made them baby smooth, so I had high hopes for my face. Unfortunately I broke out in blackheads that then rapidly turned into large painful cysts. I don't think it was "bringing up old stuff" under my skin because I was using exfoliating and dermatological products at the time, so there was no "bad stuff" to bring up. I don't know what this did, except pure evil. If you have perfect skin this would work just fine, but then if you had perfect skin, why would you need a skin resurfacing treatment?
Fantastic, no-frills, AHA treatment for oilier skin. This lightweight gel smoothes my skin and exfoliates at the same time. I think it's also helping to lighten old acne red spots. It's getting harder and harder to find anymore, but I hope to keep using it.