What the gal under me said! Whenever I wear this I get compliments on my skin. My main concerns are pores and light redness in my cheeks. I look for a foundation that has buildable coverage, a natural satin-ish finish, and that has sunscreen. This has all of those things! At first I was a little put out by the teeny tiny bottle, but I realized less is more with this foundation, so it is no longer an issue. I have found that I like the results best when it is buffed in, with a brush like MAC's #130. Shiseido has a buffing brush that looks quite nice, I bet that would work like a charm as well. LOVE.IT.
Liquid -Estee Lauder - Nutritious Vita-Mineral SPF 10
JaneWayne 1/1/2012 2:26:00 PM
We are always on the quest for the HG, even when you are pretty much sure you have found it, there is always something lurking around the corner that might be even better. I am starting to realize that if it's not broken, don't try to fix it. My thoughts about this foundation are pretty much in line with anyone who said that this is designed for those of you blessed with perfect porcelain skin. I have been having wonderful results with Shiseido's Perfect Refining Foundation, but sometimes I just want something more natural and quick. My skin is not horrible, but this foundation made me look like my head was made out of paper mache. That's all I am gonna say. I could go on about dry skin, oily skin, but it won't matter because I had no desire to test out longevity whilst looking like a 3rd grade art project. You can always ask for a 10 day dram of foundations at Estee Lauder, so try it because you take the plunge.
Why can't some companies just think of a name for a lipstick for Pete's sake? Upon some internet detective research, I see that the color I purchased is BR-735 (Tawny?)...a lipstick that looks dooky brown when you look at it in the tube. When you put it on though, it's MAGIC. A MLBB (my lips are not dooky brown) color that stays on, feels like you are wearing nothing, and no funky smell! I don't know if any of you have noticed this, but when you first open it, the angle tip has a slight concave curve to it, like something made to go on a lip! Shiseido figured out that our lips are not flat! I recommend checking out their lipsticks.
I am usually not a fan of floral fragrances on myself; there a a few rose perfumes that I really like. I am all about spicy, woodsy scents. My friend that works for Lancome just gave me a huge tester that was half full. Not bad! Fresh and clean, slightly floral without any one particular note screeching at me. I had to look up the notes! I won't call it my HG, but I will say it is possible that this will become one of the few florals I don't mind wearing. UPDATE: So the other day I am sitting on the couch with my husband, and one of our cats jumped up with us. My husband said, "Somebody just got out of the litter box!" About 1-15 minutes later, here comes another cat. "Wow, you too?" It wasn't the Fresh Step. It was the Miracle that I had been wearing prior to holding the cats. :/
First let me say that the commercial for this mascara sets me off every time I see it...the model (who is CLEALY wearing Lambchop-ish falsh lashes) crumples a pack of false lashes because (they want you to think) she doesn't need them. Gimme a break, Maybelline. We all know she wasn't born with it, and it's definitely not Maybelline. On to my review and a slight rant with no spellcheck in sight. ...don't say I didn't warn you. I noticed a difference. At this point in my life, i am tired struggling to make myself look like I don't have practically clear, very thin, sparse lashes, I am not going to spend 10 minutes trying to make sure every lash is in place. I just want to put it on and be done with it. Life is too short to fuss with eye lashes. I am tired of SAs with perfectly thick, lush lashes ask me if I "have tried a primer/their magical mascara/blah, blah, blah" , all while batting their eyes at me. Yes I have tried those things and no, they didn't give me lashes like yours so just save the sales pitch. I have come to accept that you can't change anatomy. I just want to look like I have lashes. This makes me look like I have some. So, there ya go...it does its job. UPDATE: Gotta bump the stars down. While I don't expect a miracle, I DO expect to not look like a junky that is coming down off a bender a couple of hours after applying a mascara. Smudgy McSmudgerston!
Whoshore's review KILLED me. Who could not find that helpful? Maybe someone from UD clicked no...but I digress. Everyone is spot on, this color is a dream. Just enough warm color to not look washed out, creamy feel, perfect coverage, and then you taste it. What IS that? Blerghghhh. I have never tasted rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover, but I'm pretty sure it tastes like Urban decay's Sellout lipstick. Just as an experiement to see if it's just that shade, I am wearing Midnight Cowboy lipstick as I type this and yep... it's kinda funky too, though not as bad. (Grandma voice) I remember when Urban Decay first came out with lipsticks and polishes, I do not remember them leaving a pill residue taste in the back of your throat...well, the lipsticks, I mean. Anyway, I am not not mad. If they fix this taste issue, I'd have a HG lipcolor.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick- Pink Parfait
JaneWayne 12/4/2011 9:50:00 AM
Good gracious, is this frosty. I tried it on the other day, and when I turned to my friend, the look on her face alone let me know it did not work for me. Even tweaking it with liner did not help. I cannot help but think of Barbie/the 80's when I see frosty pink lipstick. The texture of Estee Lauder's Pure Color lipsticks is very nice...super smooth and pigmented. A few other reviewers suggested that Parfait Pink might work well on people with a fair complexion, but it is a hot mess on this pasty gal. Just a heads up. I could also do without the scent. What IS that, anyway?
What can I say that has not already been said? This is a surprising Patchouli. I bought it for myself thinking my husband would be following me around calling me a dirty hippy. You either love it or hate it, eh? To my surprise, my husband came floating into the kitchen with his nose in the air, sniffing, like a cartoon character does when they follow cartoon aroma swirls. "Whaaaaaat iss thaat smeeell?" I was secretly relieved he liked it because even though I bought it because I like it, it's nice not hear wisecracks every time I put it on. To top it off, I have received many compliments from all sorts of people (who can't believe it's a patchouli scent), and I am certain the local health food is excited that they are getting new customers coming in looking for it. Read other reviews for detailed note descriptions, I suck at that. It smells good.
It took a couple of uses for me to fall in love with this. I have pretty fine curly hair and it is hard to find a smoothing cream that isn't too greasy. This is perfect! I get the best results from squeezing out a teeny tiny bit and working in smaller sections with my fingers. The first time I used it, I got several comments about how healthy my hair was (*snicker). The smell is a little too sweet, but it's not the worst-I mean, it COULD smell like Terax (gak). This is definitely staple material!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Sin
JaneWayne 8/9/2011 7:07:00 PM
I am a long time fan of the original Primer Potion...DEVOTED to it. I picked this up to shake things up, and trusted that it would do the same job as the regular PP. Oh, no,no,no,no.no. How about one eye was completely nekkid...the other in stripes. Hot. I have the oiliest lids on the planet (My lids can eat through Liquid Longlast in MINUTES without primer) and this does not hold up. Kudos to improving the packing and offering different shades, but I will stick to the original.
Treatments -Carol's Daughter - Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie
JaneWayne 6/20/2011 10:02:00 AM
I started with the Black Vanilla shampoo and was relieved that it didn't eat my scalp alive. I was even more excited that it left my hair soft and free of tangles. I figured the condish would be just awesome and ran out and bought it. After a couple of uses, I ended up with a broken out scalp and neck. It did leave my hair looking really nice, though. At this point I am going to just let my hair tangle up into one big dread lock because I am tired of wasting money on products that don't work for me and having an angry scalp.
I should have known not to listen to the SA with the PERFECT lashes. I could tell she was blessed naturally, and that any mascara would work for her. I am a long time fan of Urban Decay, and have tried many of their products with much success. Not with Big Fatty. Big Fatty was a Big Fatty Fail for me. Like a few other reviewers, it pretty much gave me a natural look, which for me means a no lash look. If you have light, sparse lashes, save your money.
Picture a goth girl sitting on a velvet couch in a clove smoke filled club. She's mysterious in her black satin corset and Louis Heel boots. Oh Jeez...I am no good at this. This is a deliciously dirty, mysterious scent. This is the only scent with a jasmine note that doesn't smell like pee on me. You just have to take a risk on spray it on your skin, that's when the magic happens. If you like Prada EDP, I think you will like this. If you like fruity florals, you probably won't. All of MAC's scents are unisex...but this one is the most masculine, IMO. Va va voom.
This smells a lot like Oolong Tea to me. Sorry if that's not helpful. Loved it at first but it gets a little screechy on some days. Don't reach for it that often.
When this perfume first came out in 1993, I was a poor art school student in love with JPG's work. I remember going to Sak's the give it a sniff, only to be told that "they were out of samples". Determined to get my hands on this, my friend and I went back when a different sales girl was working. I went up to the counter with a fake British accent, going on and on about how fantastic this fragrance was. My friend went along with it, and what do you know, I got a sample. Oh, come on. We have all been a sample troll at some point. ;) I now of course have my own bottle, and I still love it. It reminds me of a 1950's vanity table, topped with powders and potions and a lovely vase of flowers. Timeless.