I have this in Ivory. At first, I wasn't sure I liked it - it is very pigmented, and looked a bit heavy on me. Now, though, I love it - I only need a teeny tiny bit. Also, I stopped using the concealer brush, and I just dab it on lightly with my finger; I think the warmth helps thin it out a bit.
Cleansers -Chantecaille - Flower Infused Cleansing Milk
supercat12 1/19/2004 9:44:00 PM
Chantecaille is my HG skincare. I have been using the Cleansing Milk along with the Water Flower Fluid,as well as the Jasmine and Lily Mask, and my skin looks better than it ever has before. I have skin that is dry, but ever so slightly oily in the t-zone, and I get some breakouts around my jaw and on my cheeks. This cleanser cleared everything right up. Also, as my others have noted, this does not irritate my sensitive skin (I cannot tell you how many cleansers gave me hives!). I do take off my makeup with a Shiseido cleansing cloth before using this, just to get that superclean feeling. If I don't use makeup, I just use the Chantecaille.
Mascara -Shu Uemura - Mascara Basic [DISCONTINUED]
supercat12 1/19/2004 9:34:00 PM
Of course, my HG mascara *would* have to be the $27 one! This mascara is perfect, really. It seems to reside at the perfect juncture of dramatic and natural; it's not *in your face* mascara, nor is too lightweight (hello, Almay Insider). Also, it doesn't clump, or smudge on me. Ever. And it holds a curl like nobody's business. Really, the only drawback is the outrageous pricetag. I must admit though, that I have spent so much money on mascaras I hated, that I will stick with Shu from now on.
I'm loving this! Looks very natural with no clumping, and is so cheap! I have not experienced the dreaded 2-week clump, but the mascara does seem to be a bit "drier" than others I've tried.
I was pleasantly surprised by Hoola. I am a PPP so there is no way that I will ever look like I achieved a natural tan. Hoola is a great, not too dark, non-shimmery bronzer that looks very natural when applied with a light touch (and the right brush). Sometimes I add a little Stila Tutu over it. I also have been pleased with the packaging, which has travelled surprisingly well.
Concealers -BeneFit Cosmetics - It Stick [DISCONTINUED]
supercat12 7/28/2003 11:40:00 PM
I don't love this, but I keep it in my purse as a handy concealer for when I get a blotch or a pimple. It's an okay color for me (PPP), and doesn't get too dry or cakey. When it (eventually) runs out, I won't repurchase.
Masks -Chantecaille - Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask
supercat12 7/28/2003 11:33:00 PM
Okay, I will be the dissenting opinion here! I love this stuff! I was talked into it by an MA, but I'm so glad. It does sting slightly at first, and I only leave it on for 7-8 minutes, but it makes my face glow, and I can generally go without foundation after using it. I use it before I go out at night, or when I want make skin to look really beautiful (or when I'm too lazy to go get a facial). It *is* expensive, but I know I will repurchase.
This is my favorite powder foundation. I have it in Peach, which looks as though it is too dark in the pan, but matches my skin really well. It has a very smooth look to it, and is not at all heavy. I like this much better than MAC StudioFix which tends to look dry and cakey/powdery on me.
This didn't work for me at all. The color was too light, and it was dry and hard to blend. There are much better concealers out there IMO.
This is my favorite stick foundation, and one of the only (maybe the only) foundations I've ever repurchased. I have this in Natural Light Ivory, and it works perfectly with my fair skin. I often use it as a concealer, or as an eyeshadow primer. Blends very well, and I like it much much better than the Bobbi Brown stick.
I have this and like it, but won't repurchase, as I have found that saline soulution works just as well. You only need to use one drop of solution to create eyeliner - using too much can dilute the shadow and make it too liquidy/change the color.
After telling me that he didn't like any of my perfumes, my husband took me fragrance shopping last Valentine's Day. We must have smelled every perfume in Marshall Field's and decided on Allure, which we both loved at the time. Now, though, my love is waning a bit. It smells a bit harsh and chemical-y on me. I've also noticed that a few people tend to have allergic reactions to it. Unfortunately, my husband *loves* it and always comments when I wear it. So I'll keep wearing it.
Eyeliner -Bobbi Brown - Sepia Ink Long Wear Gel Liner
supercat12 7/28/2003 5:42:00 PM
I love all of BBs gel eye liners and Sepia is no exception. A really nice warm brown that stays put *forever*. The only caveat I have found is that the gel eyeliners can dry out in the container.
I was shocked that this blush worked for me. It looks way to dark/bright in the pan, but looks surprisingly natural on. It gives me a great, natural flush, as though I've just been exercising.
This is one of my favorite shadows to use as a liner. Not too dark (much less intense than black). I use it either wet or dry (over gray or blue pencil). I don't like to use this as an allover color, however, because it just doesn't blend well for me.