Yes,God help me, I'll keep buying this stuff as long as they keep making it even tho the amount you get for the price is silly. One pump patted over moist skin makes my skin glow as a quick pick me up. Under tinted moisturizer: it lets the tint go on flawlessly and I only need to use a very small amount and the glowing texture is still evident. Not shine but 'glow'. I do have dry skin and use moisturizer first, then That Girl, then tinted fndtn or loose powder. Use finger application with light massage for all products and buff very lightly with buff brush. Quick and easy. HG primer.
Am I nuts? Paying 52 bucks Cdn. for a tinted moisturizer? No, it's worth every penny! I have dry, mature skin with a shiny nose. NC15 or lighter complexion. Shade # 1 is perfect because it blends in like a tint but evens out skin tone like a foundation. It is creamy and moisturizes but does not make me shiny. Has spf 15 in it but I really need just a very small amount to do the job so it doesn't matter - would need sunscreen addition in summer. Right now I use a small amount of Avon's Ultima day cream with spf 15 under it. After a minute or two while I brush my teeth I apply a pea size amount of Benefit's "ThatGal" primer and let it set for a couple of minutes and then a pea size or so amount of Lancome Tint. Absolutely glowing flawless skin. Quick and easy, use my fingers, polish off with light buff brush. All products, although not cheap, will last awhile because so little is needed for a natural look. All my latest HG products!! EDIT: The only slight downside I've discovered is that colorwise it's ever so slightly greyish on my very pale winter skin. Need to be careful with amount used and will match much better with NW 15-20's or me in the summer. Still give it a 5 tho!
I have NC15 skin and magenta lips when 'au naturelle'! I use a makeup base for a neutral primer and for a polished look I like to use a lipliner lightly applied all over my lips and then a gloss or lipstick over top. I have found that lipliners advertised as non-sharpening such as Avon's, Rimmel's, or MAC's, to be too much like a lipstick in consistency so that., whereas they glide on smoothly they really don't help much with bleeding outside the lipline or helping gloss or lippies last longer. The pencil-type lipliners work better but pull and tug the lips and tend to go on unevenly. ANNABELLE lip liners are the pencil kind that you have to sharpen. They are just creamy enough to slide on beautfully without tugging but solid enough to prevent lipstick from wandering all over your face and makes your lippie long lasting. I have two: SPICE - which is a soft nude pink. Not orange, not too pink. A great base for a soft nude look or to make a stronger gloss or lipstick last longer. PLUM - dark and purple. No red. No orange. Used with a light touch under plum sheer gloss or lipstick gives a long lasting very polished look. The BEST lipliners I have ever used. Period. I am a consumer only and have no vested interested in Annabelle products other than the fact that I happen to love their lipliners!!
Lipstick -BeneFit Cosmetics - Silky-Finish Lipstick
Esmay 12/15/2008 11:19:00 PM
THE GOOD: moisturizing, sheer, glides on nicely THE BAD bleeds like crazy and then is gone within minutes. Tube has a slant but is too big to be applied to thinner lips without lip brush and absolutely NEEDS a lipliner for any kind of stay-putness. Expensive. Packaging - for the price - meh. I can buy a moisturing sheer lip balm-type lippie from mark for seven bucks without all the application fuss.
Moisturizers -Avon - Anew Force Extra Triple Lifting Day Cream
Esmay 10/18/2008 7:47:00 PM
I have purchased this again and will continue to do so. Middle of the road expense-wise but top drawer in quality! Packaged in a jar like so many creams so not the most sanitary but there you have it. The Ultimate day cream was way too rich for daytime use but Force Xtra is just right. The undereye cream in this line and the daycreme moisurizers my skin and seems to work as a primer as well. It has SPF 15 in it. It gives my skin a glowing, more poreless look and I can leave my face bare with a touch of blush, maybe some concealer around the nose area OR apply MAC stick foundation OR Coty translucent powder (both go on beautifully over Force Xtra). Hope they never stop making this stuff. By the way, in another life on this Board I was 'cedarchristie' but I upgraded my software and had to re-register with a new nom de plume on several sites.
Treatments -Avon - ANEW Ultimate Age Repair Cream Night
Esmay 10/18/2008 7:37:00 PM
This product is great for my dry skin. It plumps up the skin, makes the neck and chest look great, smooths out the lines running from nose to outer mouth area and so forth. Makes my skin feel soft and smooth and is very non-irritating. Isn't cheap but good prices on sale. Packaging could be more sanitary as most of these creams and potions could be but yes, I will continue to purchase this. Doesn't clog my pores but I exfoliate regularly. Highly recommend for mature, dry skin especially. It does smell, yes, it does, but the smell goes away quickly. EDIT: Finished the jar and, while leaving it at 5 lippies, I found that it was just starting to make my face too greasy - and I have skin on the dry mature side. It's a good product for those with VERY dry skin but over time it was too much for me. I'm going back to Olay's daytime Beta Hydroxy cream or Anew skin cream in the silver jar.
Skincare - Face -Avon - Ultimate Day Age Repair Cream Creme de Jour
Esmay 10/18/2008 7:30:00 PM
This stuff isn't all that cheap but you can snatch it up on sales. I have dry, mature skin and I'm always looking for something to help out. This ain't it. Just too greasy for daytime wear. Doesn't sink in enough and makes a poor canvas for any makeup. I love the night cream and eyecream in this line, however, and will use this day cream up as night cream. EDIT: Well, now it's winter and I have started to use this day cream and its wonderful! I was using too much before. Now I just put a small dab in the palm of my hand, warm it with my hands and then pat the palms of my hands over my face, patting it in. I leave it while I brush my teeth and then makeup goes on smoothly. However, the SPF is relatively useless considering the small amount needed BUT it makes my face glow - will continue to buy after all.
Yep, I will buy this again. It's not cheap but you can get it on sale and it lasts a long time. Packaging - meh. PRODUCT: I only use the undereye cream at night. It is very moisturizing. Sinks in fast, helps fine lines. Has a smell but disappears quickly. The upper eye stuff I use day and night and moisturizes the area which is very dry. Both products are non-irritating on my very, very sensitive eye area and don't seep into my contact lenses - a HUGE plus. I don't see any 'lifting' going on but didn't expect to either. One of the best moisturizers for the eye area I've ever used. I am not an Avon rep by the way nor is any of my friends or relatives. I buy from some lady who dropped a brochure on my doorstep a year ago.
Foundations -MAC - Studio Stick SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
Esmay 10/18/2008 7:19:00 PM
Not dirt cheap, not expensive - I gave it a 3. Love the packaging, so convenient in a stick - earns a 5 from me! PRODUCT: Solid stick form, good amount, creamy, slides on easy but doesn't melt in the tube. I have dry skin, oily nose, small pores, sensitive. Swiped this on forehead, cheeks, eyelids, nose, chin and spread with fingers while skin was still moist from applying moisturizer. Spread like a dream and looked like flawless skin. Gave a semi-matte, glowing finish and stayed that way all day, no oil seepage on nose, covered slight redness around nostrils. Oh, put a bit on lips as well, over conditioner as a base and works like a charm on my too-pigmented lips. I have "Irish rose" skin and the NW15 was a perfect match for me. It looked quite yellow in the tube but went on beautifully. Would definitely buy again and again. So quick, so easy.