Lotions/ Creams -Acure Organics - CALMING LAVENDER + LOTUS FLOWER BODY LOTION
LadyKolie 11/1/2012 5:26:00 PM
This was the first lotion I purchased from Acure. I love, love, love Lavender. I love the ingredients. LOVE. This is my top favorite organic line. Unlike 100%, nothing I have used from Acure has cause me any skin irritation or some kind of allergic reaction. Also most, if not all of their products are Gluten Free, so that is a huge plus for me. The packaging works for me, I have the softer body squeeze tube like lotion bottles of this product, they sit on their opening so lotion comes out with easy. And it is super easy to cut open. I am the type of person that cuts open their lotion bottles to literally use every drop. This lotion isn't that cheap so I am not waiting a dime. I have always had a pretty oily face. But as far as my body goes, it always feels incredibly dry. I find this body lotion very moisturizing, and I apply once a day after my shower. I have currently used this brand for 6 months and I have had nothing but great results with my skin. No Break out any where on my body and very moisturized.
Holy Mollie. Okay, so I don't have too many high end brushes, I am working on it. However, recently I was battling a new eye shadow. Reviews said it was very blendable. Well, it certainly wasn't for me. It made me look like I forgot how to put on eye shadow almost entirely. Instead of returning the shadow, I took a look at getting a higher end blending brush. This retails for $23 bucks. Not cheap. I have spent 17 on a brush before and thought that was a lot, but it was a not so good drug store brush (before I knew about things like makeupalley for reviewing products). In the over all scene of high end brushes this isn't the most expensive. I think everything all over the world should be less expensive, but that's not the point. I bought this at an Mac store in the mall so it didn't come with packaging out side of a plastic cover. Whatever keeps the dust off in the store. I really like the length of the handle. It seems more security put together than some other brushes I have owned. So, as far as application, I took a dark pigment to my pale skin using the 217 picking up only a little product. It had a much higher impact of pigmentation when I used this brush verses the drugs store brush, and was able to actually blend it out seemlessly into the crease of my eye and outer V. I kind of wish I had not waited so long to try this brush. I would definitely without hesitation buy this brush again. And here I thought mac brushes were overrated, I should hush my mouth before I actually try something out. This brush isn't over rated, in my opinion.
I am basically just adding this product. I recently purchased it but I haven't had a chance to use it. I will update my review soon. But I can say I am not a fan of the packaging, it's just not my style nor do i find it useful when organizing my stash. I am a little wary of corn starch being the second ingredient of the product content. I haven't had the best results with corn starch as a product ingredient so far, but that was more for the face and not the eyes. ::shrugs:: we shall see. ::Edit:: 10/28/2012 So yeah, I needed a different brush. Mac 217 really made these eye shadow go from "I don't think this is working at all" to "wow, that looks incredible". For how pale I am, this colour needed a light hand and some serious dispersement of pigment. This shadow was difficult with out the proper tool. The color is really nice.
This so far is my Favorite from the Nars line of lip glosses. Honestly it is the only lip gloss I have used and not found absolutely disgusting within a week of using it. Ten years ago I gave up on glosses. I Tried the Orgasm color because I was such a fan of the blush. I tried Chihuahua because it looked like orgasm with out the glitter on the lips. Love it. Hands down my favorite. Very moisturizing. Doesn't feel overly tacky. Doesn't have a weird taste or smell (to me anyway). Not a huge fan of any gloss packing, but this is the nicest so far. I use a little at a time, just a hint of color and shine. I agree with mmherman review below mine, I also don't have air conditioning in my car, so the hair stuck to lips is an annoying side effect of anything being on the lips and driving. I do find it a bit pricey for the size. Then again it is the only gloss I have used and liked.
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment
LadyKolie 10/2/2012 3:42:00 PM
I have a few things to say, First is I have celiac decease and for that reason I stay away from the Original formula of this product because it contains wheat germ oil. I originally was introduced to this product as a birthday present from Sephora this year. It came with two samples. Rose and Original. I really like the original, and I didn't have a bad reaction to it the few times I used it, but considering my health, it isn't something I want to take a chance on, so I mostly used the Rose. I really like this product line of lip treatment. This past weekend I hopped over to the Local Sephora shop and saw the Advance Treatment. Read the ingredients. It was green for Go. So I snatched it up. I do not know if I can express with words how much I like this. I don't have to apply much and it lasts for hours even with eating and drinking my lips stay moisturized. I was recently going through a dry lips spell which I hadn't had in years. I had given up on the chapsticks I normally used and finally opened my samples, helped a lot. I find that this Advanced formula helps even more. I am also extremely grateful that the advanced formula doesn't not have the sunscreen in it that the others of this line do. I am not a fan of the chemicals used for sunscreens to be honest so this is very, very nice for me. I love the packaging. It seems to keep the balm in wonderful condition. The double twist action keeps it safe from being destroyed in my bag like almost ever other container I have ever used. The only real down side is the cost. $25. It's a lot of money for basically a chap stick. However, a little goes a long way for me and with how dry and cracked my lips where getting even from the other balms and chap sticks I have used I really had to ignore the price and just try it. The upside is Sephora has a great return policy so always keep your receipts. Been using it for a week and I really like how my lips are doing right now.
First, Skin tone: Nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Gobi (currently) and Kat Von D lock it 44. I have Acne prone, sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of allergies. So I choose Nars over Mac because for me Mac has a lot of ingredients my skin cannot handle. I really like this dual eye shadow set. Mostly matte shade, with a smidgen of shimmer so little it still looks matte. I find the application smooth and extremely blendable. Also I think it works well on my skin tone considering how cool toned it is. I am still learning about skin tone and what works for what. I agree with Seattlemama on her review of it, so I don't want to quote her word for word. It is great for subtle day time use.
Eyeliner -NARS - Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner - Via Veneto
LadyKolie 8/31/2012 3:13:00 PM
Skin tone: Nc/nw 07-10 (cannot use mac products) or Nars Mont Blanc (currently) or Kat Von D lock-it 44 I have Acne prone, sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of allergies. I have a very difficult time finding eye liners that work for me. Either because they make my eyes burn and tear, or because they refuse to stay in my water line. This says it is long wear, but it does not say it is water proof. When ever a product says "water-proof formula" I have to stay away from it. It will burn my eyes, my skin around my eyes, and make my lashes fall out. I am allergic to what ever it is that is in waterproof. That being said, This is the best one so far. It has a decent staying power for me. Not ideal, but far better than the others I have tried. Using it in my water line I mean. As for a liner around the eyes it is wonder. It stays and will not move. I cannot smudge it with a brush, so I have to be careful when I put it on. Not too careful actually it goes on really well for me. But it you have problems with stick liners, this one is difficult to remove mistakes from without messing up the makeup around it. I remove this with jojoba oil and a cloth with no problems. I like the packaging. However, I haven't used the sharpener, and probably won't. I didn't even know it existed until I read someone saying how much they hated the sharpener that it came with. However, I do wish this came with more product for the price. Seems pretty high for an eye liner. I will purchase again though since it works so well
Skin tone and Type: nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Mont Blanc (currently August) or Kat Von D Lock-it (42/44 mix currently August). I have Acne prone, extremely sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of topical and internal allergies/ intolerances. My lips are a pale pink at best, so not highly pigmented. I have difficulties with regular lips stick because I have a scar on my mouth from where I was bit by a dog when I was younger and had to have surgery. So this causes one side of my mouth doesn't have the same lip line as the other side of my mouth. It isn't really noticeable to the average person (apparently, that's what they tell me but I think they are trying to spare my non existence feelings on the subject) until I put on lipstick. This story really isn't important to the review of this gloss, but it is why I choose glosses and chap-sticks over an actual lipstick. Also that being said I have never known a lip gloss to have the staying power of a matte lipstick. The glossier it is, the more it will move. The more Matte it is the more of the chances of it drying out your lips. This lip gloss doesn't contain enough color in it to actually change the color of my lips. It does however when used sparingly create a nice coat sheer peachy color and sheen to my lips because of the shimmer giving them a nice moist glow. Which I like. Like others have stated, this does not have a flavor. I like this as well. It doesn't feel tacky the way drug store brands of lips gloss do to me. It also doesn't contain wheat or yeast protein which is a huge deal for me. I will say that the price of $24 for a gloss is steep. Ingredients are: Lanolin Oil, Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Myristyl Lactate, Ozokerite, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera Wax), Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 22 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 75470 (Carmine)
Highlighters -NARS - Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
LadyKolie 8/22/2012 3:23:00 PM
Skin tone and Type: nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Mont Blanc (currently August) or Kat Von D Lock-it (42/44 mix currently August). I have Acne prone, extremely sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of topical and internal allergies/ intolerances. So I will honestly say I think I am being a little bit of a product whore. I don't think everything Nars does in amazing, but I do find myself liking most of their product line over a lot of other companies. Their prices hurt though. So when I pick something up from Nars, I make sure I only want it in that shade until I have used it all up. I have tried a couple different highlighters, mostly in a liquidy type form, and I wanted to like them, but they seems tacky as they dried. They also wore down a little weird. They wouldn't fade or rub off, they would sort of cake and smudge in a ripple like fashion on my skin. So I was in the market looking for an actual powder highlighter. Also I think this is helpful to use more powders than creams if you have an oily skin type. It is my opinion take it with a grain of salt. It does look a little golden on, but I find that yellowish and champagne tone compliment my skin tone unlike pink highlighters. Now to review the actual product. If you have never used a Nars powder blush before, then you are in for a treat. They apply smoothly. They are finely milled and pigmented. They blend extremely well. I love the simple matte black packaging, that kind of packaging attracts me. As a for this highlighter, I really love it. It has a nice smooth shimmer. The color works well for my skin tone a little goldeny, I just have to be careful how much I put on. It is a little hard to see since I am pale, and a little goes a long way. I can trust if I have put it on using a bathroom mirror, and I cannot see it, then that is plenty. If I can see it, I know I have put too much on. I wore this recently to an event, and I was complimented multiple times on how much happier and glowier I /my skin seemed. A fun trick, use a damp brush to apply your highlight and blush where you normally do then blend, once dry/soaked in, apply the same blush and highlighter as a powder with a powder brush. This will give you a longer lasting blush/highlight but it will also intensify the color and pop of the blush and highlight. It is a nice trick if you have oily skin and have difficulty with creams. ::EDIT 11/08/2012:: I love the color of this I mean really it is a wonderful highlighter in my opinion, But some how I missed that it contains Bismuth Oxychloride. It isn't enough to actually make me itch, but it is enough to cause my skin to break out exactly where I put this. :/ Taking off one lip for this reason. I am also parting with the blushes that I love. Damn you Bismuth, damn you.
::Edit::09/18/2012 My skin is much better now after not using This contraption at all. Changed the rating from 2 to 1. I would give it a Zero if I could. Yes, I am that upset with the Mia. I believe fully that over exfoliation was the problem to my breakout. I stopped using the Mia and My skin Cleared up immediately. I seriously suggest if you have sensitive skin to only buy this item where you can return it to get your full money back if it causes you any problems. I also Strongly suggest to NOT experiment using this for the first time before any major event. I fully believe now that "purging" is complete BS or at least for my skin. If you have Acne, Acne-Prone, Oily Skin, I suggest looking into Acne.Org it is a website giving information (completely free) and trouble shooting boards. It is a guide to a seriously affordable (over the counter) regiment that is Benzoyl peroxide based, and it all about how gentle you should treat your skin type. Just like everything it isn't for everyone. Actually, My skin cannot handle the Benzoyl peroxide for long use, but short use Completely cleaned up the mess this Damn Mia did to my skin. I just thought I would share this information to anyone who may be interested. ::End Edit:: Alright, I am currently on the Fence about the Clarisonic. This Mia 2 is the first one I have used. I got it in White. I was excited about trying it, because I was hoping this would clear up the congestion issues I still have with my skin. (for a history on my skin, check my notes if you would like) I should also note that I was using the delicate brush head. Skin tone and Type: nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Mont Blanc (currently August) or Kat Von D Lock-it (42/44 mix currently August). I have Acne prone, extremely sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of topical and internal allergies/ intolerances. I used my own facial cleaning bar (which really helped with my acne when i used it alone) with the Mia. The first few times I used the Mia it made my skin felt great. My Fiance even noted how my skin looked brighter right after I used it. I did notice that my flaking was gone, and that my foundation went on much much smoother. HOWEVER, after a few days I started to go from mostly clear (not large breakouts, but still lots of congestion) to a very large painful breakout. This is the worst my skin has been in YEARS, I haven't had a breakout like this in the past decade. I made sure I only used it for a minute at a time, I made sure I used enough of my cleanser to lubricate the brush, and I made NOT to push down on the surface of my skin. I did use this Twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I think I may have to cut down to once a day. However right now my face has, no joke, 18 very large very tender cystic welts. My wedding is less than 4 weeks away. For right now, I am setting the Mia aside and going back to what I was doing to my face before this MASSIVE breakout occurred. It could be that I used it twice a day, and my skin can only handle it once. It could be that I ended up washing my face three times (still only using the Clarisonic twice) a couple of time because I needed to get makeup off my skin before I exercised. My skin has broken out before from over washing, but still nothing like this. A single angry pimple, not 18 of them. Today marks day two of NOT using the Clarisonic and my break out has already significantly calmed down. After the wedding, I will update my review. I need to experiment with whether or not I can use this once a day, or if this is something I should only use a couple of times a weeks at most, like I would a glycolic peel. Maybe this is just part of the purging cycle... but honestly this close to such an important date, I really can't afford to go through such a dramatic and painful cycle. I can't even cover it up with makeup because of the scabbing. It just looks awful. I don't think this product is horrible. I am sure it works well for a lot of people. But I have extremely sensitive skin. So Please be WARNED if you have extremely sensitive skin. Also If you are trying to get ready for a major event, don't use this unless you have months to go through a proper "purging cycle". Which I just don't right now. AND in all honesty... I am not really buying the whole "purging cycle" theory anyway. I have actually had products clear up my cystic acne and control my congestion without having to go through a purging cycle at all. I tried this product to rid myself completely of congestion, not simply control it, and I haven't achieved that result at all. Actually, I would say a cystic break out is quite the opposite of achieving that goal. I honestly think, even though I have congestion issues, that over exfoliation turns my simple annoyance that no one can really see but me, into painful red sores that embarrass me that anyone would have to look at my face. This is ridiculous. I am just too old for this.
Lipstick -Kat Von D - Everlasting liquid love Forever Never
LadyKolie 7/31/2012 4:06:00 PM
Edit:: 08/31/2012 Skin type and Tone: Nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Mont Blanc (currently July) Kat Von D lock-it 44. I have Acne prone, sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of allergies. Skin tone has a great deal to do with whether or not a lipstick will work for you. Since I am a little on the warmer side, I think this color works well for me. I can use it alone. But I really prefer it on top of Everlasting liquid love Lolita (also reviewed). It keeps the color the same as Lolita but adds a nice golden/ bronzey shimmer. I love Lolita by itself but when I want some dimension and a little more than flat matte color I add Forever Never without losing any of this amazing formula's staying power. As always, I suggest a strong balm underneath matte lipsticks. Everlasting liquid love line is no exception. Which is why I have changed my rating to a 3. If you can handle a super matte drying lipstick with a great staying power good. I cannot. The formula is way way to dry for me, almost to a painful degree. Love the color though. Dried prune lips aren't attractive. This also comes in a regular lipstick form which I am going to try out soon. As for packaging. I like it for the most part. Nothing wrong with.
First, Skin tone: Nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Gobi I have Acne prone, sensitive, combination, oily skin. I have a lot of allergies. Luckily silicone and silicone derivatives are not one of them. This product does not contain any yeast proteins, wheat proteins, or bismuth oxychloride. Thank god. So far no breakouts. I cannot comment on the packaging of this product. I am working with a sample container. The only Sephora store in my area that got this product in was completely out of my shades (the lightest). They were even out of samples in the lighter shades. The color I am wearing and sampling isn't the right color for my skin tone, and they didn't write what shade it was on the sample. I actually have cosmetic grade titanium at home so I was able to mix it in the foundation to lighten it so I didn't look completely ridiculous wearing a foundation 3 shades darker. That being said, I LOVE this foundation. I will buy the full bottle as soon as I know what shade I need. This is FULL coverage. I always use a primer and setting powder. I haven't tried sheering it down at all. I wanted full coverage without having to build to reach full and this is certainly it. I used the equivalent of one pump. ::edit note 08/08/2012 (i finally found brush that actually works in my skin for blending so i use one pump in my palette, dab my brush in, buff into the skin one section at a time splitting my face into four sections, take the time to blend really well, and that way it gives a much smoother airbrushed looking finish for photos) This went on seamlessly. Also doesn't look cakey with this single full coverage layer. I do not "feel" it on my skin, so it isn't heavy. However, as with full coverage, with my skin type, having scars, larger pores, discoloration, along with being so pale, is definitely looks like I am wearing makeup. This smooths out my skin tone, and like any full coverage you need to contour and highlight to bring features back out. It is matte. It will probably stay matte if you have dry skin. I have oily, combo skin, so after about five or six hours it starts to look a little demi matte. Depending on the air (if I am inside or outside or the season) I will sometimes use setting spray or hydrating sprays on my makeup. So far I have used this foundation when I am inside at work. Staying power is definitely long. Most foundations will start to break down or transfer more noticeably as the day goes on. Usually on my nose is the first thing that goes, not this time. At 7 hours this looks fresh, maybe a little better than fresh, because I like the demi matte look and I haven't blotted at all. After ten hours it still looks better than any foundation I have used to date. I am impressed. At $34 bucks and at one ounce for 21% pigment I think it is fantastic and a great deal. Again, One pump covers my whole face. I can't say it will work with all skin types, but for mine this is amazing. Also this contains No SPF, which is my opinion is perfect. I am very particular about what sunscreen I use and I like having control over what chemicals go on my skin. There is no point in wearing spf when you want to wear a makeup at night and take photos when you are out with friends. No spf also means no flashback in flash photos. A definite Plus plus for me. Only time will tell, but this may just be my full coverage HG. EDIT:: 08/03/2012 Worn this every day for a week. It is STILL AMAZING. I was tired of using the wrong shade so I called up my store and they finally got a shipment in, so right after work I ran over and bought a bottle after being matched to Shade 44 (the second to the lightest shade) However, I don't agree with the makeup person that 44 is an exact match, I think it is just a smidge too peachy, and I am going to go back and get 42 so I can mix them together to get my correct shade. I like mixing. Also I want to note that the person who did my shade match didn't use a primer on one side of my face to show me how the primer would make a difference, and didn't set this as all, and it stayed on for hours (5 hours, it was the end of the day) amazingly without creasing on both sides of my face. I will still use a primer and setting powder just because I don't like leaving things emollient to slide around on my pores. I am absolutely in love. HG all the way. I Second the motion I hope this never gets discontinued or worse they change the formula. This is my favorite and I will be wearing this for my wedding in 6 weeks because I know it will hold up and make me look amazing all day. ::Edit:: 09/18/2012 I just wore it for my wedding and it held up better than I could have asked for. I put it on at 9am, and it held up until I was able to wash my face that evening at 1am (That is 16 hours). I never had a chance to blot or anything else, It was a none stop go go go kind of deal. At 4:30 I did have to reapply a little on my nose with a brush and I was able to blend it in for the dinner and a second round of professional pictures without it looking anything but seamless. Some Notes about how I used this for an event: I used Acure all day facial Moisturizer. I gave it 15 minutes to soak into the skin. I then put on my Primer. (monistat anti-chafing gel) It has the EXACT same ingredients as Smashbox but it is only $6. It is from Monistat but it isn't what you think it is it is just cones and no medication the brand name seems to make people uncomfortable). I let that set 15 minutes as well. I applied the foundation with a brush in sections making sure to blend well (1/4 of 42 to 3/4 of 44) . Let that soak 15 minutes. I set with a small amount of power (talc baby powder $3).
Skin tone: Nc/nw 07-10 or Nars Gobi (currently July) This is the perfect nude lip for me. So very many Nude lipsticks are just too dark. When I am going for a "No makeup" makeup look my lips are too pink and looks like I am wearing some lips stick. This color tones it down nicely. It is smooth and has wonderful lasting powder. Like most Matte lipsticks it is a little drying, I would suggest a balm. Has any one else noticed how this is the exact same packaging for Nars Concealer as for Nars Matte lipsticks? I looked at the ingredients list on the packaging and they contained the exact same base (obviously different color choices). I just thought I would mention that. I have to read the labels to see what color I am about to apply when I want to use my nude matte lipstick (Madere) because the shade is only a smidgen peachier than Chantilly concealer. Ha. So for those of you that are actually even fairer skinned and This color is still too much for you (if that is possible for anyone), try one of the concealer, like Chantilly cause it is a pale pale peachy pink.
Skin tone: Nc/Nw 07-10 or Nars Gobi (currently in July) I have started likely more and more Nars products lately. I do like this concealer. I use two shades depending on what I want to cover. Vanilla and Chantilly. Vanilla for covering darker spots, days when I have had less sleep, or as a highlight. I like the Chantilly shade as a corrector for brightening the inner corner of my eyes or covering a blemish that is mostly healed. I actually use a lip brush to apply them. And smooth out with fingertips or a damp sponge depending on space. I find they apply smoothly this way. I do think they crease a little more under my eyes than say the Kat Von D tattoo concealer. I always use a primer and a setting powder. However I think I like Nars Concealer with Nars Sheer glow foundation. I think they blend well together. Has any one else noticed how this is the exact same packaging for Nars Concealer as for Nars Matte lipsticks? I looked at the ingredients list on the packaging and they contained the exact same base (obviously different color choices). I just thought I would mention that. I have to read the labels to see what color I am about to apply when I want to use my nude matte lipstick (Madere) because the shade is only a smidgen peachier than Chantilly concealer. Ha.
Not the worst ever but I have yet to have a plumper actually work. I have taken pictures and my lips look the same. I don't care much for the tingle/burning feeling. Pardon the vulgar description I am about to use, but it feels like my lips are getting a UTI. The packaging reminds me of Blistex tube in terms of usability. Definitely overrated in my opinion, if plumpers work on you, then you could try this, but I really do not think it is worth the price.