Didn't like this at all, and is expensive for what it is. Is as it says - a lip butter - so is matte and quite thick and it doesn't sink in well. I didn't find it moisturising, and it left my lips looking white-ish, which is not exactly what you want. I hated the papaya smell too - really sweet and sickly, and too overpowering (I personally don't want other people to be able to smell my lip balm from a distance!).
Lip Gloss -The Body Shop - Born Lippy in Raspberry
Berty 1/9/2007 5:30:00 PM
I like the consistency of Born Lippy - quite a high shine balm - but not very moisturising. I also don't like the colour tints (raspberry is a bit of a bright pink), because I was looking for an everyday gloss with no added colour. Not bad for the price, but I wouldn't use it regularly.
Vile, strong smell and no better as a hand cream than many cheaper ones... Yuck.
Mascara -Maybelline - Lash Stylist Waterproof ] [DISCONTINUED]
Berty 4/25/2006 8:53:00 PM
This is quite good, but I prefer Sky High Curves. I quite liked the comb-type wand and it was easier to use than I expected, and it did give pretty good results, but to be honest no more curve or volume than Sky High Curves. Yes, the curve stays and there are no smudges BUT, like other reviewers, I found this was IMpossible to remove. I'm curious to try the non-waterproof version, but if that's no good I'll be going back to the Sky High (non-waterproof)...
I adore the Cleansing and Eye Oils, but somehow the Facial Rejuvenating Oil isn't working for me. I've tried both the Oily/Combo one and the Dry/Normal one, but neither provide enough moisture for my skin. Even though my skin is very much oily/combo, it becomes dry and even a bit flaky with ths product. Maybe it's better used AFTER a moisturiser, as an extra rather than alone.
Moisturizers -Biotherm - Age Fitness Power 2 Nuit - Normal and Combination
Berty 4/13/2006 6:02:00 PM
This product has been a lifesaver for me. After suffering from dry, flaky skin for the first time this winter (my skin is oily/combo), I tried various different night moisturisers to combat it. Nothing helped. The worst, by the way, was Clinique Repairwear (Lotion and Cream) - made it even worse, like an exfoliating effect. A friend recommended the Biotherm Nuit and it's just FABulous. After just a few days the dryness had gone and my skin is now better than it's ever been. It goes on easily and feels smooth. And, unlike lots of night creams which have silicones in and just feel smooth at first but don't actually DO much, with this my skin feels amazingly soft, moisturised and plumped up in the morning. I never knew what 'plumped up' meant until I tried this! A lifesaver, I tell you. Expensive but it actually WORKS.
Treatments (Eye) -La Vitton - Rejuvenating Eye Oil
Berty 3/14/2006 4:18:00 AM
Like some other reviewers, I never would have dreamed of using oil on my oily skin but it really works! I'm using the older version Eye Oil (for sll skin types, not the current Dry/Normal or Oily/Combo). This is MAGIC! I never knew the meaning of 'plumped up' until I tried this! I use it at night (a little bit oily under make-up for me in the morning), and only one drop. Warm between the fingers and pat on under each eye. After only a week or so my eyes were more moisturised, plumped up, and the lines are softer and less noticeable. And this continues. I'm addicted and can't imagine not using it now! *** If you try nothing else from La Vitton, try the Eye Oil *** I'd like to add that all of the products are all natural; it's very reasonable (even if you have to pay postage), and lots of vouchers/gifts; the packages arrive within a few days even overseas; the packaging is adorable; and the customer service is outstanding (always get a speedy, helpful and personal response). Love it - I cannot rave about La Vitton enough!
Cleansers -La Vitton - Water-soluble Facial Cleansing Oil
Berty 3/14/2006 4:16:00 AM
Like some other reviewers, I never would have dreamed of using oil on my oily skin but it really works! Although my skin is combination, I'm using the Dry/Normal cleanser at the moment because I was suffering from dry winter skin. I will switch to the Oily/Combo version in summer. The first time I used this I really had a 'ohmygod, I can't believe I'm rubbing oil on my oily skin!' moment. But this is excellent. I use two drops at night, and it totally removes make-up and cleanses with a minimum of massaging in - even heavy eye make-up. It rinses off quickly and my skin feels soft and clean afterwards but never dry. ** I'd like to add that all of the products are all natural; it's very reasonable (even if you have to pay postage), and lots of vouchers/gifts; the packages arrive within a few days even overseas; the packaging is adorable; and the customer service is outstanding (always get a speedy, helpful and personal response). Love it - I cannot rave about La Vitton enough!
I really like this - the colour is good (have the Dark even though I'm pale, as I have dark brown hair), the texture is good, it stays on all day and looks natural. BUT it's a little tricky to apply. You really do need a light hand. If you go wrong it's hard to wipe it off, and if do one brow more than the other it really shows. I think powders or pencils are easier to apply. BUT the Brow Polish does look more natural if you're careful - just looks like your own brows but darker.
Concealers -Guerlain - Issima Precious Light Smoothing Illuminator Beige Clair
Berty 2/21/2006 8:38:00 PM
Just started using this, after a recommenation from a very kind MUAer, and loving it so far. I had a bad experience with YSL (gave me a red, scaly rash) and it was too chalky anyway, and was then using The Body Shop's Lightening Touch. This is tonnes better then either, and worth the money. I got Beige Clair, which looks very light but goes on a bit darker than it looks and is a good match for my fairly pale skin (and I think it would work for skin a bit darker than mine too). I use it under my eyes and then just a touch on my brow bone. You don't need much, and just tap it in and it blends smoothly. I have a few lines (I'm 29) and dark circles. This covers and lightens and totally brightens my eye area (and therefore my whole face), all without being chalky or obvious like the YSL. AND it has moisturising and anti-aging properties. The packaging is adorable too - the gold pen comes in a black velvet pouch. All in all I'm VERY glad I got this and I strongly recommend it. UPDATE: This has now been replaced by Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator. I asked the SA what the difference was, and she it's only slightly reformulated: she said it's a little lighter (consistency) and that it contains more anti-ageing treatment etc. The colours are now 0, 01 and 02, as opposed to 00, 10 and 20 before. The shades are similar: 0 is rather pinky, 01 is quite light/whitey, and 02 is darker and more tan/orangey (more orange than the old no. 20). The old no. 20 was perfect on, so I'm a bit miffed about the new colours. 01 is too pale, but 02 is a little too orange now. 02 is my best match, though, out of the three.
Powder -La Prairie - Cellular Treatment Foundation Powder
Berty 2/5/2006 10:06:00 PM
This is the first La Prairie product I've tried, and it's so good that I have to write a review. After trying several powder foundations (Clinique, Chanel, Guerlain, among others), I've finally found a powder one that I can use on my oily/combo skin. I must admit that I did prefer the texture of the Guerlain (Divinora Teint Expert Confort) slightly. BUT that made my oily bits too oily, too quickly. La Prairie can be used on oily skin - yay! How happy am I find to find it! It's a lovely, very finely milled powder foundation, that glides on, and provides sheer to medium coverage (depending how much you use). It doesn't make me oilier, doesn't oxidate (hurrah), and looks natural. No cakey look, no flakes. The colours are fine for me. I'm using the lightest, Ivorie. It's a little bit light, even though I'm pale, so I want to try it in Beige Dore. OK, it's pricey, but it'll last for ages as it's big as far as compacts go. The compact is lovely, and handy. As someone else said, if you only ever buy one La Prairie product, get this one. You won't regret it.
Lip Gloss -Neutrogena - MoistureShine Tinted Lipbalm
Berty 2/5/2006 9:52:00 PM
I first got one of these in a swap, and have since asked for some as CPs because I'm addicted (and can't get them where I live)! It's basically what it says it is: a tinted lip balm. I like the fact it's in a stick (easy to apply). Of course thinner and not sticky like a gloss, so doesn't last as long, but is pretty moisturising for a stick type. My favourite colour so far is 20 (Clean). I find it a very natural pinky colour, like your own lips but prettier. Dead handy to carry around, and good value.
Misc Beauty Tools -Tweezerman - Pointed Slant Tweezers
Berty 1/26/2006 9:44:00 PM
Agree with a lot of other MUAers that these are the best tweezers money can buy. They're worth forking out for, and I will never ever buy cheap tweezers again! Not that I'd need to anyway: Tweezerman seem to last for years...
Concealers -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat No 2
Berty 1/17/2006 4:03:00 AM
Like some of the other reviewers I had an allergic reaction to this. It was ok for a month or so actually, using it under my eyes, but then it broke me out in a red, dry, flaky, scaly rash under my eyes. Yuck! It took a while to clear up. I do have, however, a very sensitive eye area and have reacted badly to some other products. But besides that it was too chalky, not easy to blend, and looked too bright/fake. I've just started using Guerlain's Issima Smoothing Illuminator (see my review under that) and it's SO much better.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Intensive Night Cream
Berty 1/16/2006 1:14:00 AM
With dry flaky winter skin recently (even though I have oily/combo skin) I really needed something heavier than usual. I thought this was ok at first, but after using it for a while I'm just not impressed with it. Considering it's a pretty rich cream, I expected it to help the dryness on my skin - but no. My skin has stayed as dry and flaky as before. OK, it's probably dry due to cleansing and winter coldness, but any good night cream should help combat that. I think it might even be making it worse, like having an exfoliating effect. This has made me swear off any 'renewal' or 'repair' moisturisers.. Didn't like the Lotion version either (see my review under that).