I always buy peachy pink blush as it's very flattering on my pale warm skin. I've used NARS Orgasm and Armani Sheer Blush #2 in the past and love them both so thought I'd try this as it looked similar and was cheaper. I find it very pigmented so can't use too much on my very pale skin. Also, it has more golden shimmer than Orgasm.
Conditioner -Jessicurl - Jessicurl - Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner
LeighS 9/30/2009 11:01:00 AM
I wish I didn't like this so much because it is really hard to obtain in the UK (even more so now that the only website stocking it - naturalfrizz.co.uk- has closed down) and it was expensive (£11.95). But it is a lovely moisturizing conditioner for dry, damaged hair.
I have damaged hair from highlights and using hair straighteners a lot and my hair is long and fine. This is an excellent leave-in, it does help straighten my wavy hair and it is very moisturizing so literally only a pearl sized amount is needed. I use it on mid-lengths to ends to protect my hair before using heated appliances.
My lips are chronically dry and I think always will be and I've tried practically everything including lip balms, Vaseline, Eucerin Aquaphor etc. The latter two are excellent for night time and Ceralip is equally good. I like the tube, it's very hygienic. Love that this is gentle and unfragranced as I have sensitive skin.
My favourite nail colour. It's more of a turquoise or teal than green though. Really flattering colour and lasts ages without chipping.
Perfect peachy nude liner for me (MAC NC15). I use with any lipstick shade.
Treatments -Nexxus - Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor
LeighS 8/26/2009 9:57:00 AM
This is a Holy Grail product for me. I have long, highlighted hair which tends to frizz and this is the only thing that saves it. I use it once a months before a deep conditioner (Regis Olive Oil Masque) and my hair always looks healthy and shiny afterwards. It's quite expensive but the bottle lasts ages with only monthly use.
Conditioner -Regis - Design Line Olive Oil Conditioner
LeighS 8/26/2009 9:53:00 AM
This is my favourite conditioner yet. Moisturizing on my dry, coloured hair without the use of nasty coating silicones. A nice but not overpowering or synthetic scent. It's green and I find it gets all over the shower/bath but that's the only downside I've found. Have repurchased several times.
I usually use oil cleansers on an evening to remove my sunscreen and make-up but they are all quite expensive and hard to obtain in the UK and as we are in a recession I thought I'd try a budget cleanser. This is only £3.21 and I love it. I've been applying it to my dry face and then removing with a wet muslin cloth then usually remove eye make-up and tone with Bioderma Crealine. My skin is really clear and soft with no irritation at all so I will definitely buy this again. My skin is normal to dry and fairly sensitive.
I bought a travel size (50ml) of this to take to a festival and it was only £1. I have normal/slightly dry and sensitive skin and this is perfect. It doesn't irritate, has no annoying fragrance and is very hydrating. I went back and bought 2 more for only £1 each. I usually expect a 50ml moisturizer to cost £10-£20 so this is a real bargain with great gentle ingredients.
Self Tanners -St.Tropez - Everyday Daily Moisturiser
LeighS 6/11/2009 8:26:00 AM
I didn't want to like this seeing as it's more expensive than other brands but it is outstanding in comparison. I got it in Boots for around £8 on special offer while usually it's £13. After using it just once on my extremely pale arms I had a lovely natural tan with no streaks. Can't recommend this enough-amazing.
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm MAX Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
LeighS 5/2/2009 1:53:00 AM
I have been buying this sunscreen lip balm for years now, it is the best of its kind and the only one I'll use. I've tried Avene's (very whitening) and various other types of sun protection for lips but none have the high protection of the Bioderma. It is SPF 50+ with an outstanding UVA protection PPD of 38 and it leaves no white cast. I have dry lips but this is quite moisturizing. It's the only lip balm I'll wear outdoors.
Sunscreen -Avene - Very High Protection Cream SPF 50+
LeighS 4/25/2009 7:22:00 AM
I have tried the following formulas of the Avene tinosorb-based sunscreens: Cream, Emulsion and Lait (all SPF 50+) and the Lait SPF 40 for children and so far the Cream SPF 50+ is my favourite. As far as I know, the SPF 50+ all have a PPD of around 20 (although I'm not an expert), and they are all slightly fragranced. (The Lait SPF 40 for kids is unfragranced). The fragrance doesn't irritate my sensitive skin but I dislike it. The Cream is designed for dry and sensitive skin (which I have). The Emulsion is for more normal or oilier skin types. I don't like the Lait 50+ because I find it more shiny than the Cream and Emulsion. The Cream and Emulsion are both reasonably matte and with only slight white cast IMO. I have tried both in winter either alone or over a moisturizer (I wait at least 20 mins after applying moisturizer) and I prefer the Cream because it is not runny and so it doesn't tend to migrate towards eyes when I apply it to eyelids. In the summer I use Bioderma Photoderm sunscreens on my face but wear any of the above Avene sunscreens on my lower neck, chest (to avoid staining clothes) and eyelids (because they don't sting eyes while Bioderma does). I love this sunscreen but I wish they would make all the Avenes unfragranced.
Sunscreen -Avene - SPF50+ Emulsion (2007 formulation)
LeighS 4/25/2009 6:59:00 AM
I really like Avene's chemical sunscreens especially for winter (in summer I like Bioderma for the higher PPD). I love that Avene's sunscreens such as the Emulsion, Cream, Lait (all SPF 50+) and Lait for kids (SPF 40) don't contain avobenzone so wearing a bit of make-up over them is not much of a problem. (I mostly use MAC Blot Powder to mattify skin about 20+ mins after sunscreen). Out of the 3 SPF 50+ formulas my favourite is the Cream because it's not runny so doesn't migrate into eyes. The Emulsion is quite runny although I still wear it on my eyelids without any stinging. The Emulsion also has a nicer finish than the Laits because it is more matte. So out of the 3 I would say the order of preference is 1) Cream 2) Emulsion and 3) Lait. They are all very slightly whitening but not as much as most other sunscreens IMO. The only problem I have is the fragrance which I dislike but luckily it doesn't cause any problems for my sensitive skin.
I have bought 3 of these mascaras in a row so it must be good. Usually I try a different mascara every time. I have fairly long but fine, fair lashes and this mascara makes them nice and thick. It's great for volume and I love the fine brush.