Pros: - Slight shimmer which creates a very nice glow, whether it is day or evening - It is medium to heavy coverage and very buildable - Formula is very smooth and applied very smoothly - Very durable - Vast colour selection which is great Cons: - It looks dry and cakey therefore I dont know whether I should set it with a powder cause the powder would make it look even worst. And if I dont set it the shimmer will be noticeable. - It really emphasizes your pores and smile crease Overall: I have mix reviews for this product, it is weird, It is a medium to heavy coverage, soo easy and light to apply, durable and slight shimmer which is fine. I hate the fact that it lookk dry all the time, and it really shows my pores in the middle of my face. I like it in away but i hate it as well. Would I buy it again? Maybe not. ---------------------------------------- UPDATE I finally found out how to use this foundation to the best of it. The answer...A stippling brush! Apply it with a stippling brush and you get the most amazing flawless application ever! By stippling it on, the appearance of lines and pores reduces to nothing, it does not look cakey anymore, and you get a nice even flawless canvas complexion. I use to use a foundation brush and the results are just really different to when you stipple it on. Also applying it on with a stipple brush reduces the amount of product you use. I simply love this foundation now. *To me it photographs really well*
Cleansers -Shiseido - The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
kathrynb23 6/10/2010 12:35:00 AM
Pros: - Removes makeup very well - Leaves skin feeling very clean - Does not have and harsh beads that feels like it scratching your skin off Cons: - Does leave skin feeling dry Overall: I did like this cleanser, but I do think that normal cleanser can do the same job and for less of the cost. I usually only get expensive skincare during the Christmas season and Mother's Day, only because they are usually half the cost, and they have gift sets which come with everything for you to try, soo you dont need to spend a lot to buy them seperately. I do find this cleanser to dry my face out, it removes makeup very well for some odd reason, I dont think that this cleanser should be use everyday, cause it does seem a bit harsh. Would I buy it again? When Christmas come around, yes
Moisturizers -Shiseido - White Lucent Protective Moistuizer SPF 16
kathrynb23 6/10/2010 12:08:00 AM
Pros: - Absorb very quickly - Leaves skin very hydrated - It is not thick and sticky - Scentless Cons: - The Whitening/Brightening was none existent, which makes it no different to a cheap moisturizer( To justify this, I have been using the product for over 1 year) - Very expensive Overall: This moisturizer did nothing for me, I think the thing that made it sell/appealing was that it whitens/brighten your skin gradually. That never happened for me,and also for the 3 other people that I got to try it as well, which absolutely pathetic! Missing the whitening/brightening factor it is no more than just an overpriced moisturizer. I know that unless I get Michael Jackson surgery I can not go from tan to pale, but I thought it would at least brighten my face a little and also make me look healthy. After using it for over 1 year hoping that it will work, I just quit because I can no longer afford this rubbish and started using their normal skincare range instead. It was never sticky, did not leave any residue, absorbed very quick, never left my skin dry which was good, but my $15 moisturizer did the same thing as well and even better it brighten my face making it look glowing and healthy. Would I buy it again? Never
Pros: - Very thick, which means it would last longer then the average gloss Cons: - Colour is awful when applied on - Very expensive, especially consider the size of the tube, you only get and inch worth of product - The gloss is very dificult to apply Others: - Is scentless and taste less unlike the philosophy gloss Overall: The only thing I like about this gloss is that it last very long and very thick. It is soo difficult to use, I would have twist the tube wait for about 5 seconds for the product to flow out, and when I think that not enough, I twist a little bit more and it all just start spewing out of the tube. this colour is just not nice at all, I thought it would be a natural colour, turn out is was too brown. Stila is not widely available in Australia, and it is also very expensive. For the money that you spent, and the amount that you get in one tube, I feel I was ripped off big time. Would i buy it again? Not this colour
Pros: - Does not fade into a clump of glitter (Like most blush) - Glitter subtle and does not over kill the colour - The packaging design is compact and cute - Last very long - If blended properly on face, this colour is perfect shade for that tan skin or holiday skin that we get during the summer months (I know not everyone get holiday skin during summer, in that case oh well) Cons: - Even though packing is cute etc, hate the rubber, it means if it get dirty you can never clean it properly, and I'm soo anal about keeping my makeup clean. - Very expensive, especially here in Australia, and it not widely availbale here in Australia. Overall: I always wonder what the hype is with NARS blushes, it was not till I got Dolce Vita and Organsm that I realize what I missed out. I love their blush soo much that now I'm on a roll of collecting most of the colour. The blush is very blended, easy to use, the gliter is very subtle, colour is very pigmented dont need to use alot. The thing I love most is that, when blushes start to fade, they usually leave back a layer of glitter residue, this does not do that. NARS is not that popular here in Australia, and that is a shame, because Australia is very behind with makeup. I only know of 2 places that sells genuine NARS product, and they are very expensive. Would I buy it again? Absolutely.
Pros: - No Clumping - No Smudging - Gives Volume Cons: - No Length - No Curls, even if you use eyelash curler, the curls dont last - Dries slowly Overall: Bourjois products are usually a hit and miss with me. This product for example was nothing special. I hate the fact it dries soo slowly, and everytime when I apply mascara I always feel the need to sneeze and its always been the case with me. Would I buy it again? Nope
Pros: - Gives really nice length and volume - Curls very well, and the curls actually stay in for a very long time - Dries quickly - Waterproof - Does not smudge - Does not clump Cons: - Nil Overall: I purchase this just a few days ago and I love it. It is inexpensive and works lovely. It does not clump, give amazing length and curls, the volume is just a bonus. After I applied and curled my lashes, my lashes looked really thick, very long, and curly, my mom actually thought I had extension on, and a few people thought I had false lashes because they were just soo beautiful. Would I buy it again? Definitely
This is my all time favourite mascara i always get it in 001 which is Black or Intense Black. I never ever repurchase the same mascara, nor do I ever finish up any of my mascara except for this one. I just love it soo much I've purchase another 2 tubes, these would be my third and fourth tube of this mascara. I love how it lengthens my lashes, it doesn't give so much volume but at least it doesn't clump. it spreads and seperates my lashes out, holds my curls in all day, dries very quick. It doesn't smudge nor do I get fall out on my cheeks. It's easy to apply the and the packaging is just so adorable. I've never tried the waterproof version, but I'm just so happy with this version I dont feel the need to try the waterproof. Even when I walk in the rain or when I get tears in my eyes, I never had a problem with this cause it never smudge, it doesn't run for me. Removing it is just so easy, you dont even need eye makeup remover, it always comes off when I cleanse my face at the end of the day. I still adore this mascara to this day even though I have 40 other different mascara, i still love and always use this.
Crème -Smashbox - 'Camera Ready' Full Coverage Foundation
kathrynb23 6/2/2010 1:29:00 AM
Pros: - Smooth application - Dries quickly - It very durable Cons; - It makes your face look powdery and cakey once dried, for those who does have dry skin, this will draw attention to your flaws Overall: I did not like this product, it did not have a nice complexion to at all. My face looked very cakey, and dried after I use it, when my skin in fact is very hydrated and smooth prior to application. it really made my face look like its got a lot of bump and dead skin.
Moisturizers -Biore - SkinPreservation Hard Day's Night
kathrynb23 6/2/2010 1:21:00 AM
Pros: - Leaves skin feeling very soft - Thick formula yet not sticky Cons: - Nil Overall: I use this moisterizer every night after I have a shower, it leaves my face feeling soo soft and moisterize, I just dont have anything bad to write about this product.
Pros: - Easy to use strips - Removes not only black and white heads, but also dead skin - Does not leave skin red or sore Cons: - Can be a little more evironmental friendly by having smaller packaging (the box really exaggerates the comtents on the inside) Overall: I dont use this product as often as I use to anymore, but every now and then I still do. It removes, a lot of dead skin that sit on my nose. it removes the white heads very well. I use to use it every 2 wks and I notice my blackhead on the side of my nose were disappearing slowly, now I have hardly any blackheads at all. I biore products!
This 3 step skincare system from Clinique did absolutely nothing for me except cause me break outs, made my skin from being normal to oily, and it made my face very sticky. I'm the lucky few who dont get zits/pimples on a regular basis, but this product gave me everything I did not want. I would love to have love this product but I'm sorry clinique it just did not happen for me. I generally love everything else from clinique especially makeup but not their skin care. I only got this item from their christmas special when it was sold in small bottles, but it was still a bit expensive back then for me.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Rose Petal ] [DISCONTINUED]
kathrynb23 6/2/2010 12:58:00 AM
Pros: - Small and compact - Easy to apply - Easy to control the consistency to give you that natural colour with a slight shimmer Cons: - Fades very quickly Overall: I actually like this product, it's not exactly the best blush I've used, but it is something I would keep in my makeup bag for those touchup that required during the day. You dont need to use too much of the product a little goes a long way. It does have a slight shimmer to it which gives that glowing effect I love. It does not particularly last that long on my face.
Pros: - Did not smudge - Did not clump - Easy to use wand - Gave volume Cons: - Did not lengthen - Did not curl as well Overall: This was my very first mascara. Back then I had very short stumpy lashes, so this gave me volume but not the length. It was waterproof, and smudge proof, which was handy because I use to rub my eyes a lot when I first started wearing makeup.
Pros: - Nil Cons: - Clumps, soo therefore I loose all the volume in my lashes - Makes lashes very stiff, soo they wont curl - Does not lengthen - Brush is difficult to use - Dries soo slow, and it gets very messy. Overall: I only purchased this because it was on sale and the packaging was a little different. I was soo disappointed in this. Worst brush ever, formula was just bad. Did not worked for me, I wish it did though, read soo many good reviews on it.