Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Star Secret Aishwarya Beige
kohan836 2/23/2007 11:40:00 PM
I have two of the other Star Secrets already (Michelle Yeoh and Eva Longoria) and always overlooked this one as being rather uninteresting. However after reading these reviews I had to go back for another look! I'm definitely not disappointed - this colour a lot better than the other nude lipstick I've been using.( I usually use Mac "Touch" but I find it slightly too dark and brownish). This is lighter and a bit pinkier, much more natural, it just makes me look very polished. I can see this becoming a staple!
Toners -Garnier - Synergie Pure Pore Purifying Astringent
kohan836 2/22/2007 11:37:00 PM
I would never ever touch this stuff again now that I've switched to an alcohol-free skincare regime. Alcohol and astringents dry your skin!! If you have oily skin, you're way better off removing excess oil with a gentle cleanser, using an alcohol-free toner (Paula's Choice is great!) and a light moisturiser, and using oil-blotting sheets + Mac Blot powder throughout the day.
Moisturizers -Garnier - Garnier Pure moisturiser (oil control)
kohan836 2/22/2007 11:34:00 PM
Bad, bad, bad!!! I was using this along with the other Pure products for ages thinking it was doing my oily skin good, but after a while I noticed my skin started looking really dull. I switched to using Dr Hauschka skincare and my skin was glowing! I've never seen such a difference!
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Star Secrets - 707 Coral Gong Li
kohan836 2/22/2007 11:19:00 PM
After a disappointing experience with my first Star Secret (Caramel/Eva), I tentatively bought this on sale. Wow, I'm so impressed! This is such a pretty colour for me (NC40 Eurasian). Its a sparkly coral and although I don't usually wear lipstick without gloss over the top (I don't like wearing plain lipstick as I feel it makes me look older!), I don't need to worry with this one. This isn't a strong colour and can be sheered out so I would definitely recommended it for any warmed-toned girl.
Liquid -MAC - Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
kohan836 2/22/2007 12:04:00 AM
I'm still on the fence about this one. I usually use Mac Hyperreal in NC40 and I love it... When I recently ran out, the Mac MA suggested trying something new so I thought, sure why not... It's lighter coverage than the Hyperreal and definitely dewier (though not shimmery like hyperreal). It's been a little too dewy for my oily skin, but I think that's partly because it's summer here and very humid. However it does make my skin look very fresh. I'll have to test it out in colder weather before I make up my mind!
On me (NC40) this is so close to Paradisco that it's really not worth having both. The sheen to this is nicer and more pearlised than Paradisco, but the colour doesn't really suit me so well. Good as a base for brown shadow but I haven't really found another use for it yet. I will hang on to it, but I won't repurchase.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
kohan836 2/21/2007 9:20:00 PM
This is one of those products that, once you've tried it, you can never live without again!!!! I have extremely oily skin which I work hard to keep under control (Mac Blot, anyone?) and this stuff works like a charm. For anyone who finds that eyeshadow isn't as easy to blend after using this product, my advice is to use a bare-coloured shadow (like Mac Brulee or Bobbi Brown Bone) over the primer, and go from there. Update - I just bought another two of these as backups. I can't bear the thought of going without this stuff!!
I got this as part of the 2006 "warm" mini lipglass/lustreglass collection. I thought it would be the one shade I didn't use as it's darker than I tend to like, but it's really a gorgeous colour, especially for winter. If you can imagine a slightly darker version of Clinique Impossibly Glossy in Cream Soda (beautiful warm, shimmery, bronzey-plum), that's the colour. If I'm wearing Cream Soda in the daytime, I slip New Flame into my bag in case I'm going out in the evening. For ref I am Eurasian, NC40.
I got this as a gift and was really thrilled with it. This is a semi-metallic shimmery pinky-red with warm undertones. Goes surprisingly well with my eurasian NC40 skin. The shimmer is reasonably obvious so if you can't deal with that, stay away! But for someone like me, who usually feels that red lipstick is too strong a colour for me, this is a very wearable played-down sort of red, if that makes sense.
Pros: Nice warm peach shade which suits my Asian NC40 skin colour. Packging is very sleek - I would feel comfortable whipping this out and applying it in front of others as it looks like a chapstick (I don't like to do this with lipsticks or glosses). Cons: Pricey, and this colour is rather opaque for medium-pigmented lips. I have to check a mirror once I apply it to make sure it's even (which I don't have to do with my Mac Tinted Lip Conditioners). Not nearly as moisturising as the TLCs either - I have to apply chapstick first, which defeats the purpose somewhat! Overall, a shade I would wear on occasion, but don't think I'd repurchase - I'll stick with Mac's TLC's!
This is a nice light warm peach shade (matte) that complements my Asian NC40 skin. But it's not very pigmented and quite opaque (sort of chalky) so it takes a lot of product to show up on me, so for that reason I don't think I'd repurchase. However I can imagine this would work well on fair, warm-toned skin.
This is a matte opaque pinky-peach shade. In the pan it looks like a cross between Stila Delicate blush and Rose blush. On my NC40 skin it's a nice pinky shade that suits my warm skin (though I'm sure it'd suit cool-toned girls too). I'm not sure I'd get this again as it's so similar to Rose once it's on. I also wish it was a little sheerer. But it is fairly pigmented and a nice colour so overall I'm happy.
This is a beautiful bright pinky peach colour. I'm not sure I would pay full price for this (i got it discounted), particularly as the mousse formula simply doesn't last as long as powder blushes (they dry up over time). But I'm glad I have it as it's a great cream blush for oily skin.
This is an okay colour for my NC40 skin, but I just find it a little too brown. I much prefer Waterlily rouge pot, as it's much more brightening.
I wasn't too fussed on this when I first got it as it looked quite pink (I'm NC40, yellow undertones, and usually stick with corals/bronzes). But now that I've worn it a few times, I really like it! It is, as others put it, a great neutral colour for a polished look. Though the colour is identical to Stila Lip Polish in Sparkle, it's less opaque and the lasting power is better. And no fragrance, which is a plus. A bit pricey, but if you can get it duty-free or from Strawberry Net, don't hesitate to do so.