I was on the lookout for a new product for my dehydrated skin and stumbled upon the reviews for Substiane and thought I would give it a go. Extremely moisturising but not heavy and greasy, goes on like butter but leaves my face shine free and feeling so hydrated and comfortable. You only need a tiny amount for maximum results. I think this is going to be a staple for me. Retails for 28 euros here and is also available in spf version (I use the regular one). UPDATE: I took one lippie off as I think it's not doing that much lately for my uber dehydrated skin and found rosehip oil is working much better.
Shade #5 Vanilla Light. This really is a great foundation in the sense that it does not settle into fine lines or cake and looks very natural. It actually reminds me of a tinted moisturiser. However, I can't say that it is perfect (for me) and it did leave me a tad bit shiny.. Therefore, I'm now sticking to by terry's touch expert concealer (shade #2) which I wear as a foundation (I wear #1 under the eye area). I just can't beat the end result it gives, flawless for hours and hours even after a long night out partying and no need to wear powder over it at all. It smooths my complexion out like no ones business and just looks incredibly natural but also does offer coverage. I know it's not the most cost effective way to go - it retails for 34 euros and I go through these pens so fast this way- but this is the one product I gladly shell out the bucks for as I have never been so impressed with any other product or end result as I am with this one. (I apply with a sponge). *The foundation retails for 44 euros/61US$/37.5GBP/
I agree with user kesspring on this one. It's not my most favourite scent to date, but it is a sexy fragrance and I always, always receive compliments when wearing this from the opposite sex. Go figure :) so yes, will re-purchase :D.
Shampoo -Frederic Fekkai - Moisturizing Shampoo with Shea Butter
TinaGreece 4/7/2009 12:43:00 PM
Wow someone call a forklift to lift my hair up please.
Very nice conditioner but I would say it is better suited to normal hair. It left my hair bouncy and soft but seeing my hair is very dry/fried it needs more reinforcement :) so I would not re-purchase. A better option though is Fekkai for Men Light Conditioner.
Conditioner -Frederic Fekkai - Fekkai for Men Light Conditioner
TinaGreece 4/7/2009 12:32:00 PM
I bought this on a whim as it is half price at Sephora here and it's a fantastic conditioner, actually feels more like a treatment. (I use this for me). Leaves my hair very soft and nourished. Nice alternative to when I'm not using my heavy duty products on my fried hair.
Shampoo -Frederic Fekkai - Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
TinaGreece 4/7/2009 12:24:00 PM
This is a great shampoo to get rid of build up etc. I find it leaves my hair very clean and shiny without drying it out at all. I use before my regular shampoo when needed then follow with a treatment. My only gripe is that I find it weird as it is watery and does not lather, (hence I use a lot - which is stupid I know as it won't make a difference :) ) and I feel like I'm shampooing with water lol. Anyhow, it's reasonably priced as it is sold half price at Sephora here, for some reason it's not very popular-but yay for me- however I'm also dying to try Redken's Hair Cleansing Cream, if it's not better, I will definitely re-purchase.
Lipstick -Korres - Guava Moisturising Intense Colour #34 Nude
TinaGreece 3/26/2009 9:30:00 AM
PICS of product. Will update once I try this one. Retails for 12 euros. Well, it has as with the other lippies in this line very smooth and matte texture and it's very pigmented. But the colour doesn't suit me :( It's a warm peach lipstick with brown/beige undertones, if you like this kind of shade, then it's perfect but for me, oh well, moving on.
Lipstick -Korres - Guava Moisturising Intense Colour #17 Pink
TinaGreece 3/19/2009 6:59:00 AM
*PICS*. I love this line of lipsticks seeing as I had mentioned in my other review for #13, they are moisturising, pigmented and matte. However, I'm not really thrilled with this shade as I am with #13- love that one. When I swatched it it showed up as a vibrant medium to darkish pink which looked fabulous, however when I wore this on my pigmented lips it turned out as a your lips but better shade with brick coloured undertones?, so it was not what I was expecting. When I wore foundation on my lips beforehand, it does turn out lighter but still not as pink as I would like or imagined when I swatched it. Therefore, just not the right shade for me but if you like this kind of shade, the lippie is excellent quality. Retails for 12 euros here.
Treatments (Eye) -Clarins - Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
TinaGreece 3/16/2009 7:27:00 AM
I'm so upset with this product, I had such high hopes for it based on the reviews here and the fact that I love the super restorative line, sigh. It's just not moisturising enough for me and thus makes my eye area look dried out, therefore not better as I had hoped. So, I cannot comment on any anti ageing benefits etc. as I can't use it, well sometimes when I have time I'll use it beneath another eye cream or on my face as I feel sorry chucking out an 80$ new item :(
Lipstick -Korres - Guava Moisturising Intense Colour #13 Natural Pink
TinaGreece 3/16/2009 7:20:00 AM
*PIC of product, SWATCHES* I love this lipstick!!! Exactly the texture I look for and like the most in a lipstick. It's butter smooth, moisturising, super duper pigmented and matte, therefore I'm sold! The colour is a lovely medium-light natural pink. Just perfect. I was actually eyeing the Mango range in lipsticks, but when I swatched them I could tell they were too sheer for my liking. I also went and bought shade #17 Pink today and am also contemplating #34 Nude. They retail for 12 euros.
*PICS and ingredient listing* Anyhow, I have this in #1 Fair. My skin is NC20ish. True, for some reason shade #1 looks pinkish on the brush and when you squirt it out, but once blended it turns into a very light neutral beigey with yellowish undertones! Weird I know but I'm so happy about that! phew! But also the texture, WOW!!!! This is seriously the best concealer I have ever tried hands down. I was using Dior's Anticerne Perfecteur Soin Hydratant-Long Wearing Moisturizing Concealer and Kanebo's Concealer (Brush Type) Anti-Cernes for the last year or so and I thought they were great, but lately (i.e. getting older hmpf!) even with the most moisturising eye cream underneath (shiseido benefiance) my fine lines were being emphasized terribly and at the end of the day or night my eye area looked awful! However, once I tried this concealer I was absolutely stunned. My fine lines were not emphasized at all and it completely smoothed out my eye area, I was in awe. This definitely has to be one of the best products I have ever tried and am going to buy backups- which I rarely do. Retails here for 33 euros / 42.5 US$ / 30.5 GBpounds. Now I also want the foundation! UPATE: (Copy paste from my review for by terry's light expert foundation) Therefore, I'm now sticking to by terry's touch expert concealer (shade #2) which I wear as a foundation (I wear #1 under the eye area). I just can't beat the end result it gives, flawless for hours and hours even after a long night out partying and no need to wear powder over it at all. It smooths my complexion out like no ones business and just looks incredibly natural but also does offer coverage. I know it's not the most cost effective way to go - it retails for 34 euros and I go through these pens so fast this way- but this is the one product I gladly shell out the bucks for as I have never been so impressed with any other product or end result as I am with this one. (I apply with a sponge). (concealer worn on right hand side of hand as you see the pic taken in daylight)
Name of product: Baume Eclat Balm-To-Oil Massage Cleanser. Hmm, I've nearly finished the tube and I can't say I really liked it. I don't think it does much, it doesn't take off all my make-up as when I use a cleansing water/toner afterwards, I still have to use quite a few cotton pads to get all make-up off. I found it quite useless and a waste. I see I'm only happy with Lancome's Huile Eclat Remove All Deep Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes and Clinique's Take the day off balm which cleanse thoroughly and in a jiffy.
Cleansers -Lancome - Huile Douceur Remove All Deep Cleansing Oil
TinaGreece 2/22/2009 7:18:00 AM
*Pic of product and Ingredients* I have tried LaVitton, MAC and DHC cleansing oils, and I would have to say this is the best one compared to those. I'm not a huge fan of cleansing oils but I really love this one. It smells heavenlyyyyy and it gets rid of any make I'm wearing with just two goes. Also, it leaves my face soooooo soft and incredibly smooth. I massage this onto my face with circular motions (including eye area) when it's dry, I rinse with water, pat my face with a towel, repeat and I'm done. I usually use this product 3,4 times a week (I wish I could daily) but having dry/dehydrated skin I do try to avoid using products that need rinsing off with water. This and Cliniques TTDO balm are my top 2 (and only) products that I use in this way.
*PIC of ingredients and information*. Will update once I finish the bottle. 6.7oz/200ml retails for 16.60euros/20.86US$ at my local pharmacy. Update: This is too harsh for my skin for some reason, especially on my eyes, it stings and makes them go very red. In addition, it dries out my skin. I'll be sticking to Lancome's Eau Micellaire Douceur - Express Cleansing Water for Face, Eyes, Lips which I absolutely love, or when I run out (seeing the 400ml is only available online and not in Greece) I would purchase the Bioderma Sensibio H20.