I have very fair, very oily skin with very large pores that can be very sensitive. Loving the convenience of a powder foundation, I am on the hunt for the perfect pore filling, non-irritating, long lasting, perfect colour foundation. I thought I found my holy grail in Lorac's Oil Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup. Sure, the price made me cringe a little (Sephora), but the texture was so amazing, and the colour so perfect for me that I splurged. So first I tried it with a damp sponge. Not much coverage at all. So next I tried it dry. Great colour, not much coverage. Doesn't hide large pores. But hey ... my skin didn't react! Woohoo! Alas, it's coverage is so sheer that I only use it as a powder to set my liquid foundation (Cargo Oil Free) and since I'm seeing the bottom of the compact after only a month of light use, given the price I doubt I'll repurchase.
Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Nnail 2/6/2009 9:37:00 AM
At 44, puffy eyes in the morning are probably inevitible. The worst was that one eye would be puffier than the other (ack!). After reading the reviews, I decided to take the plunge and try Garnier's Nutrionist Caffeine Roll-On. I had read that you need to use it morning and evening for it to work, and work it did! I rarely wake up with puffy eyes now and when I do, a quick roll over each nasty little pillow and they're gone within minutes! Then I followed with my regular moisturizer. So far I haven't had any problems with the packaging and the ball doesn't tug at my skin (although I admit that I store it with the roller pointing downwards which keeps the ball moist).
Based on previous reviews I had really high hopes for this product. Alas, it doesn't cover my dark circles or my red spots - on its own or combined with concealer. It also likes to stray into those pesky little fine lines around my eyes. I still find Dermablend Cover Creme does the best job at covering those red spots - a little goes a long way - but unfortunately I'm down to the last little bit and can't seem to find it in Canada.
Blush -BeneFit Cosmetics - Sheer Cream Blusher in Hush! [DISCONTINUED]
Nnail 4/10/2008 2:38:00 PM
The sales girl applied this lovely peachy colour to my cheeks and it looked quite nice, even in natural light, on my very pale, slightly freckled skin. But then I went home and took a closer look. Horrors! Thanks to oily skin and large pores, each pore was filled like peachy ponds of blush. Not attractive at all. The more I rubbed, the less noticeable the colour deposits ... probably because the colour was pretty much rubbed off! Had high hopes, but in the end it's only another product for the garbage can. At $20 Cdn, I wish I had kept my receipt to return it.
At 44 years old I'm not new to mascara. I know how to apply mascara and usually with little effort end up with beautifully long and fairly natural looking lashes that last all day. L'Oreal's Telescopic mascara almost made me want to give up mascara completely! Other reviewers have mentioned that the brush takes getting used to and so I tried ... and tried ... and tried. No matter what I ended up with spider legs on my eyes (ewwww), even when I used a lash brush. After a few days of fighting with the product to reduce clumpiness and then having to wipe the flaking mascara off my cheeks as the day progressed, the tube was tossed into the garbage.
Mascara -Rimmel - LASH MAXXX Mascara Extreme Black
Nnail 4/10/2008 2:12:00 PM
Brush keeps clumping to a minimum ... but I still needed to use a lash brush. The mascara built my lashes up to a very nice length ... but as the day went on, the length of my lashes were reduced to normal length. After a week of wear, Lash MAXXX just doesn't live up to my expectations and the search continues for a lengthening mascara.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion Combinaton/Oily Skin SPF15
Nnail 8/15/2007 11:15:00 AM
I love the Olay Complete Care SPF 15 and was thrilled to see a version for oily skin. At 43, I still have VERY oily skin and every little bit helps. Alas, this version not only made my skin oilier, but I also broke out. Back to the original version!
I'm on my second bottle of Benefit Benetint and love this product! I'd heard so much about it and, while browsing through the Bay one day I worked up the courage to ask the salesgirl about it. Her bubbly enthusiasm about Benetint was cute, but I was still a skeptic. She said it's their best selling product and is super easy to apply. Hmmm. I took a seat and let her do her thing. Using the brush she made a little "X" on the apple of my cheek (look into a mirror, smile, and apply to the fleshy round part of the cheek). Then, while still smiling, she used her fingers to dab the product towards my temple, then rubbed lightly to blend. She repeated on my other cheek and I took a look. I have to admit, the scary blood-red in the bottle blush turned my cheeks into a nice, natural glow (I have pale, somewhat freckled skin). She is also right about how easy it is to apply ... I've had no problems duplicating her effect (although a little warning - work quickly as the product dries fast). The liquid can be applied over or under powder. One bottle lasted me over a year so the price was bearable. It has a strong smell of roses (I actually like the smell), but it goes away quickly and I've never broken out from this product (bonus!). ** UPDATE ** I've recently purchaed a new bottle of Benetint and wonder if BeneFit has changed the formula. You really don't have much time to blend in the product. Because of this, I've removed a lippie.
I purchased a bottle of Lise Watier Metamorfix Liquid Transformer almost a year and a half ago and, with almost daily use, I'm only now reaching the bottom of the bottle! I've used it with various brands of eyeshadows and have found that it works best with the more pigmented eyeshadows (which also tend to be more expensive) like MAC, Mary Kay (Black Onyx) or Estee Lauder Color Intensity Microfine Powder Eyeshadow (Khaki). A little trick I learned on Makeup Alley is to scrape up a little of the colour shadow into a loose powder. I add a drop of the Transformer into the lid of the shadow container, dip a fine eyeliner brush into the liquid, into the colour powder, line eyes and voila! All day staying power liner! I will definitely be buying another bottle.
Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Color Intensity Eyeshadow
Nnail 7/29/2007 9:05:00 AM
Colour - 27 Khaki. This is a beautiful, highly pigmented shadow in a khaki colour with subtle flecks of silver. I use it as an eyeliner with the help of Lise Watier Metamorfix Liquid Transformer. Easy to apply and lasts all day. A little trick I learned on Makeup Alley ... sometimes eyeshadows have a film over the top ... I scrape a little of the shadow colour first and then dip my eyeliner brush into the powder.
Eyeliner -Prestige - Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Smoke Green
Nnail 7/29/2007 8:57:00 AM
I bought this eyeliner because of the previous positive reviews (BE 04 Smokey Green). Yes, it's cheap, glides on easily without tugging much on my eyelids and is easy to blend/smudge. Unfortunately, by the end of the workday it had worn off a fair bit. I tried it again, this time adding some powder shadow over top for staying power only to have it fade still. I really like the colour (smokey green), but I'm going back to my old standby ... powder shadow (currently Estee Lauder Color Intensity Microfine Powder Eyeshadow in 27 Khaki), a fine liner brush, and a drop of Lise Watier Metamorfix Liquid Transformer. Put a drop of the Transformer on the lid of the shadow container, dip the shadow brush in the liquid, rub in shadow to form a paste on the brush, line eye and voila! All day staying power! A little trick I learned on Makeup Alley ... sometimes eyeshadows have a film over the top ... I scrape a little of the shadow colour first and then dip my eyeliner brush into the powder.
I purchased Maybelline's Volum Express Mascara in Blackest Black by accident - I meant to buy their Unstoppable Mascara which I'd been using for a while now. I figured "What the heck, how bad can it be?" Well ... BAD! The curved brush could be a great idea if it wasn't for the gobs of product on the brush. I wipped a lot of it off, but then it only proceeded to glob on my eyelashes. Not a pretty sight. The packaging notes "No Clumping" - hmmmmm. Perhaps I got an old batch. Then again ... I'll stick with the Unstoppable version - I've gone through several tubes with no complaints (makes my lashes nice and long). Little tip though ... eventually even this mascara can get a little thick, but cleaning off the brush with eye makeup remover fixes this nice and quick!