What a beautiful blush! Seriously ladies, NARS blush collection is addictive, my collection just keeps growing! but I dont regret buying this at all. I really like the shade of orgasm, the peach coral tone? But sadly, I can't stand the amount of shimmer, and since I'm more olive-skin toned, orgasm doesn't show up on me, despite the pigmentation. Deep throat looks very very similar to the tone of orgasm, but it's definitely more pigmented and less shimmer. Which is perfect for me! Apply this with a skunk blush, or a really fluffy blush brush, it's beautiful. THough there is still shimmer, its not too noticable once applied on ur face, even if you swatch it, just look at the shimmer but dont pay too much attention the shimmer. A beautiful blush!
I'm a medium skintoned asian, more on the tanner side than fair. How cute does peaches sound? Perhaps in my head, peaches and cream complexion is the best complexion ever. Now, it doesn't really show up strong on my face. I use it on days when I'm kinda laid back, but since I love blushes, I need smth to put on. It's sheer, but not very pigmented. (Could be because I own more NARS blushes, and we all know everything else can't really compare with pigmenty of NARS) But if you want that settle, hint of health radiance (no sheen), this is a beautiful blush. Best application with a skunk brush, dab/stroke in the product and gently buff.
This blush is actually very similiar to Angelika and perhaps other NARS blushes that are the pink shade. But I use this more than angelika just because it has no shimmer and it's great for every day use. I found that this blush, the powder are less packed, which means even a light stroke will make powder come out from the pan. Very natural looking colour, because of the matte. Very pigmented, and you must use a light hand, perferably with a skunk blush for best application.
This is such a cute blush, it looks so dolly in the pan. It's perfect on days when you feel alittle girly. Like all NARS blushes, extremely pigmented so please be gentle with your stroke. The only thing about this product that I didn't l like was the shimmer/sparkle which is extremely noticable in the pan. But like other reviewers said, it actually doesn't show up crazily on ur cheeks, and like we all know, unless you have poreless blessed skin, shimmers are never good. I've always like matte blushes cause it's more natural. But overall, this blush is very pretty, it will last forever because you just need to light dust ur brush (definitely a skunk brush for the most natural application, anything else would be TOO heavy), then light blow or tap of excess and gently buff away. It's most beautiful if it's very subtle and natural looking, a heavy hand will make you look like a clown. Alittle goes a long way, so for the price, yes it's expensive but you're buying the quality. Don't expect too much from the packaging, the rubber touch? not so good. I clicked that I wouldn't buy this product again, just because there are so many more nars blush you should try, why buy the same one again? And the only reason why i'd see I'd ever need to is if i lost it or broke it, even then i'd still buy a new colour.
I was roaming around at the airport in Taiwan waiting for my flight, walked by kiehls and see what I could buy with my remaining NT money lol Since a moisturizer always comes in handy, I picked between the spf version and not. Since I use a separate sunscreen (one with higher spf) i went for the one without SPF, it was only about 980 NT, so about 25 ish dollars canadian? around there. I found it to be a tad to sticky, and I have dry skin. I've seen carmindy from WNTW use this a couple of times and since I'm a avid fan of hers I tried this out. It didn't really do so much. It was one of those meh products. Nthing to love but nth to hate about it. The smell is very light, but it does smell alittle too 'thick' for my liking. It didn't do much for my skin, it didn't make it worse nor did i see an improvement.
Sigh, I needed a big fluffy brush, so I wandered off to coastal scents. I brought the paddle brush and the angle blush brush and the pink small blush brush. Horrible..it sheds. It stinks of paint..could be alcohol, and it leaks colour. How can i put a brush that leaks colour on my face? Ugh... The price was around 25 for all three brushes shipping to Canada. I dont even mind the price if it costs more but the quality of it is so bad that I will never order from them again. If you're looking to buy brushes of mineral website companies, definitely look into lumiere, their brushes are reasonably priced and most importantly it doesn't shed. though they have a limited options, and a big fluffy brush wasn't on their shop list. I noticed their website are closed until november, so I'm excited to see what they have it store.
I use mineral foundation, specifically the entire line from Laura Mercier, so I'm putting on a mineral primer (powder), the mineral foundation, and I set it off with mineral finishing powder. That's alot of powder! And despite how little I use of each, it's inevitable to make me look powdery, plus I have dry skin to begin with, so I was looking for smth that will take away the powderness feel. I've tried alot of toners, water sprays, sure they feel nice the moment you put it on, but it evaporates like water and leaves nth behind. But with Fix+, because it's glycerin based, it leaves your skin quite glowy. Do not spray it too close, or you will look oily bc the glycerin will set it, spray it arm length away, and lightly. You can always re-spray mid day to freshen your face up. Pretty good!
Very cute packaging, and I love the smell. it reminds me something from my childhood but I can't remember what. The packaging is very cute, but I bet it's to hide how little product we actually get. As for the brigtening effect, nth I can really see, but I find that if you apply this under blush, it shows up more and lasts longer. but for the price, it's under achieving in many levels. I prolly won't buy this again, but I love the smell so so much.
I got sucked in by the packaging, and the bright poppy pink that looks so bright. I have a few benefit products, but none that I love. I have dandelion (which i found to not show on my skin tone), ooh-la-lift (does absolutely nth but a cooling sensation), eye-bright ( this one is okay, but I'm lazy to sharpen it so I haven't used it in a while) and benetint (sample size from sephora) As a background, I'm asian with olive skin tone. I love blushes, cause I think they wake you up and without it I look tired and dull. So I have a lot of blushes at home, mainly are colours bordering peaches and pinks and corals but I find them to be most flattering. About like 99% of my blushes are shimerless, borderly matte, bc I find that shimmer is distracting, and I look for the glow with something else. Of all my blushes, I love tints and creams and gels based. Because they are often shimmerless, easy to apply and they stay put. Powder blushes I find to be sometimes too powdery even applied with light hand and looks unnatural. Tints and creams on the other hand gives you the blush within look. With benetint (which is also like tarte nautural beauty stain - the hue and colour I find to be the same) It's more of a red tone, but sometimes we're not all for red tones?! so that's when posie tint comes in. It's exactly how it's described- poppy pink, it's so fresh and waking to your skin tone. So I love the colour, it shows up very natural on me. The consistency is much thicker than benetint, I did have trouble blending at first. Do not apply it like they teach you in the instructions - with the 3 streaks and rub. If you do that..you will see EXACTLY where you put the 3 streaks and looks very odd. I was also told by the SA to not dot, but to turn the brush on the side and stroke in the area till you cover a circle. That I tried, I found it's a waste of product, plus you still get some areas where it's obvious where you applied it. Then i found the perfect way, I dot the brush on my stippling brush (try the angle one from lumiere) then rub and apply on the cheeks, don't stipple or dot though, but just rub. That gives your cheeks the perfect application, without looking streaky and un-nautral. it's beautiful!
I'm asian with thin, straight hair. Silk infusion makes my hair so soft, silky and shiny without weighing it down or looking gunky or like you haven't washed your hair. I use a very small amout, like a dime or so- and apply it on to towel dried hair. I haven't tried it with a straightener yet, because I never find the time to do it in the morning, plus straightener kills your hair, so in long term sake, I let my hair go without straightening. I would compare this with bio-silk, and I would rate this higher than bio-silk just because I sometimes find bio-silk weighs your hair down a bit. Especially when your hair is thin and flat like mine, you don't need to weigh it down anymore. Plus, bio-silk, you can't really use it on dry hair or it will give you that oily look if you apply too much. Silk infusion is a tad expensive, (biosilk is really a great deal if you check it out a costco btw, only about 13) Silk infusion is hard to find, as its not widely available in Canada- but I saw it at the beauty supply outlet and brought the 2 oz one for 50 bucks. Yeah, but I like to have soft manageable hair so I'll chill on the price. The smell is awful, exactly like cologne. Which is worse for me because I absolutely hate cologne, and the smell of anything scented (perfume included) So I use a very little amount, plus on wet hair or else the smell is too over powering for me. The packaging could be better, considering the price. But over and all, this product is worth the hype, but I would prolly only buy this again it's on sale.
This is my first bronzer; at first I wasn't sure which bronzer to buy, it was mostly between nars laguna or perhaps stila and such. But all of them have shimmer, very very shimmery I thought all bronzers are shimmery, I dont' like to have shimmery stuff no my face, if i wanted to highlight, i'd use a highlighter! And then I found this, they only have a matte version for the medium shade, which is perfect! I dust it on with a stippling brush on my cheekbones and temple. It gives me a very health look, I'd still have a glow even if there's no shimmer bc it's a healthy glow. So thumbs up for being matte. The packaging; they can do better. For the price of about 30 CDN, it comes in a metal tin with a lid that doesn't even shut tight. Plus the powder is very loose, so even with a couple of sweeps with a brush, there are loose powder in the tin. So traveling with this thing is a no-no. Other than that, great product! I will buy again..but I dont see my self ever finishing the tin...
Since this is a cheekstain, it gives you a natural flush without any powdery residue, which is great for a healthy glow! Though I find the colour a tad to red, but it still looks very natural, I apply this under my mineral foundation (it won't work on top, even if you are using liquid foundation, I think applying this under looks more natural) I use a stippling brush to apply this, I don't like to use my fingers. I either dab it on the cheek then use a brush to go over it, or dab the brush on the blush and then stipple it on. This blush doesn't have any shimmer, which is good on some days. This blush was alittle over priced, but it lasts forever and ever, it's a huge stick and you prolly wont even have to push the thing up for half a year. Packing kinda sucks though, it comes in a cheap plastic container, doesn't travel well cause my bottom thing snapped off.
Redken's all soft line is great! I have their entire line (shampoom, conditioner, soft ends leave in conditioner and heavy cream!) I looooove the smell of their all soft line, they say its avacado oil, but whatever it is..it smells soooooooo nice! The shampoo is great, best used with the conditioner, leaves the hair quite soft and silky. The price is pretty high for a hair product, but i'm still willing to pay for it lol. They have a new look, but works the same to me. Update: Dec 12, 08: I've bumped this up from a 4 to a 5. After the first review, I actually continously used re brought the entire shampoo and conditioner 3x! Then like the person who loves to try new things that I am, I brought the Redken Smooth down shampoo and conditioner. After using that, I realized how much I miss All soft, and I'm sorry I cheated on you.
I've used alot of leave in conditioners, mostly cause my hair is kinda dry and I like to keep my hair conditioned. Biosilk, now the price is kind of high; but so are most salon hair products anyways. They come in different sizes, i brought the medium sized one for about 27 dollars in CDN; you can purchase it at most Trade Secrets. The packaging could be improved, it's alittle sloppy to pour out. But overall I do like this product, it makes my hair very soft, smoooth, not shiny but not silky either, that's why I gave it a 4! It beast all the other leave in conditoners I've used, but it's not so great that it can't be lived without. I use about a quarter amt on my hands, rub it so it's all over my palm and finger it through my towel dried hair, I use it when my hair is still more wet than dry, it works better when it's wet. I've used it when my hair was completely dried, and unless your hair is fried - don't. The product works much better with wet hair. I wasn' t so fond of the smell though, it reminds me of cologne, but applied onto wet hair, the smell isn't so obvious. I definitely noticed a different in my hair, like today, even though we have crazy winds, back in the office my hair is still pretty smooth with no knot. I did say i would buy again, but only if i find a bargain price, wont' be paying full price at salons, I know they sell it at costco sometimes so i will be sure to check it out. overall if you hair is dry and fine like mine, you should give this a try! Just make sure you dont' apply too much and on to wet hair for sure!
Since the weather is changing and my skin is getting better, I decided it was time to switch from a liquid foundation to mineral foundation again. I used LM moisturizing foundation - this product is good when your face is not cooperating, provides the coverage. I got matched to natural beige, one of the newer colours they added to the line, it looks dark in the container, but it matches my skintone quite nicely. I've only been using this for a few days, but I will update if anything changes, but so far things are looking good. I've purchased her mineral primer with it (expensive but you use soooo little and it will last you a long time) I find that with the use of a primer, it helps your makeup last longer throughout the day, no touchups (who wants to carry makeup with them anyways!) The amount I use for my entire face is so little; which surprised me- it's as little as the BE commercials when she tapped it on the lid. With EM I find myself loading alot to get the coverage I need and going through over a few times with the brush; even though you get the coverage; but end up with a really mask looking effect. But with LM;..sooo little honestly ..tap tap on the lid lightly = done! I've tried out alot of mineral foundations: BE was my first one, though i didn't react to it, i thought the colour match wasn't good, plus not so much coverage. Then everyday minerals, I know we're so hard to satisfy, but with EM - bc it offered SO much colour options, it's a forever ending quest to find the right formula/shade..so after like many sampling I gave up and stopped using it. Though EM's price was good, I did find it chakey and cakey at times, but definitely a cheaper alternative. I've also tried Lumiere, Silk Naturals..but all of which I have stopped using for some reason or another. Then it was LM, sure the price was high, it was 42 CDN for the foundation (40 for mineral primer) but the packaging was genius, such an easy add on, but if you have ever used mineral foundation, that slip cover saves you soooooo much time. After the first time the SA applied this on me, I went to a MAC to look at blushes, and first time ever I got a compliment on my foundation! =) The texture is smooth, I still have to use concealer over/under it for the darker blemishes, but other than that a light coating looks great. Natural and looks healthy. I'm still looking for a good brush to apply, I find my kabukis are too dense, and MAC powder brush sheds, I'm not going to purchase their LM brush..i'm sure i can find something much nicer. I'm using my MAC 187 to apply this with now, pretty good!