Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit (Rococo)
mu5icbtch 12/4/2009 2:23:00 PM
I really like this stuff! I got it yesterday from my local MAC store, not expecting to like it much because 1) I generally hate anything shimmery and 2) It looked so dark in the pan. However, this really does work for me. I'm a tanned NC40 and this DOES NOT look orange on me at all. It's not glittery either...no big chunks. I use my 109 brush to apply on my cheekbones, maybe a bit on my chin and nose if I'm feeling festive ;) Makes me look glowy and doesn't look garish at all.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Cleanser
mu5icbtch 11/30/2009 1:38:00 PM
I remember buying this sometime last year and hating it. I used it every morning for about a month before I got fed up and chucked it. It made my combo skin oil up even more throughout the day, barely 10 minutes after I'd used this.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - IQQU - Advance Sunscreen SPF 35 UVA/UVB
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 12:58:00 PM
So disappointed with this. I read the reviews on Michelle Phan's website thinking this would be great...anyway, first off let me start by saying I have sensitive acne-prone skin. This broke me out so badly - whiteheads and cystic acne, in the space of 2 days! It also got really greasy on my combo skin (oily t zone, normal cheeks). Michelle Phan claims you only need to pea size...my ass! No sunscreen will give you decent protection with a pea size! I like Michelle's videos but as for her products...I wouldn't go there again.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 12:51:00 PM
I loved the way this powder looked on me, honestly I did. It's got a really nice texture, very creamy even for a powder, and made my skin look flawless when applied over my TM. It gave a nice matte finish that didn't look *too* matte if you know what I mean. However, this broke me out like a mofo! Big whiteheads, cystic acne under the skin, red bumps...it was horrible. I looked at the ingredients list and it has some pretty bad offenders in there - Jojoba Seed Oil and Talc being the main culprits. Any oils in makeup make my combo skin (oily t zone, normal cheeks) break out like crazy, as does talc on most occasions, and this was no exception. I'm really upset that it broke me out, otherwise it could've been HG material.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 188 Small Duo Fibre Face brush
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 12:45:00 PM
I really didn't like this brush at first. However, I've grown to really like it and use it all the time! I use it to apply blush mainly, but you can use it for a lot more - foundation, highlight, powder etc...I love using this for blush because it allows me to build up and places the perfect amount of colour on my cheeks. Blends very nicely too, and never sheds!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 12:43:00 PM
Really like this brush, I use it all the time. I've used it in the past to apply liquid foundation and it stippled it on very well - however, on my combo skin (oily t zone, normal cheeks) because it didn't buff the liquid product in very well, I got oily pretty quickly. However, for applying powder and bronzer it works great. I apply blot powder with this and bronzer - you can pick up little or a lot of product with this. Doesn't shed on me, and has stayed in perfect condition despite purchasing it 2 years ago and washing it about 5 times a week. You can also use this to apply blush, highlighter etc...although I find it a bit big for my face. You can push it together so it's smaller though, then it'll work for you.
Really like this brush. It's expensive but it doesn't shed for me - when I first got it it would sometimes shed when I was applying MU, but now it doesn't shed at all (and I wash it about 4 times a week!). You can use this to apply liquid foundation, powder, blush, contour, highlight...it's so versatile. Personally I use it now just to apply my contour and highlight because I've got several other blushes to apply powder, blush etc...but if you just wanted one brush, this would be a good one to invest in as you can use it for practically all your face MU. Picks up a good amount of product, blends well, feels soft and not scratchy...would definately recommend.
I love this brush. I use it for many things - applying eyeshadow, blending, crease colour, contour for my nose...it's so versatile and it hasn't shed once since I purchased it 2 years ago. Pretty pricey but well worth the investment.
Styling Products -Aussie - Dual Personality Heat Protection
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 12:35:00 PM
This is my favourite heat protection - it's not HG material, but the best I've come across so far. The spray comes in a white bottle which has a purple label, it has a pump spray rather than an aerosol type spray which is also purple and the lid is made from clear plastic. I personally use this when my hair is about 70% dry after washing, brush it through and wait till it's airdried completely before using my straightening iron. Sometimes I use it on dry hair aswell, but I prefer using it on damp hair. I notice better results doing it this way. I chemically straighten my hair 2-3 times per year (being biracial, I have naturally curly hair boo!) and straighten it once a week with a hot iron. Thus, my hair is very prone to dryness, breakage and splitends. I've used this heat protection for perhaps 2 years now, and I have had less breakages and it looks less fly away than it did before, it looks more shiny too. To touch it feels soft. It must be doing something because my hair used to fry whenever I used hot tools on it. What I love the most about this is that it doesn't contain alcohol - which most heat protectors do. This is the main reason I buy it over and over again, because it's the only one that doesn't dry my hair out with the alcohol. It doesn't cause build-up or make my hair greasy. The smell isn't disgusting (but not amazing either) although I had a compliment the other day from a guy who I was sitting next to when I swished my head over my shoulder - he said my hair smelt "well nice", and when I smelt it, it was the smell of this heat protector, so some people must like it! The bottle contains 150ml of spray and is about £4.49 in Boots. I'd definately repurchase.
Skincare - Body -Johnson & Johnson - Baby Oil with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E
mu5icbtch 11/29/2009 11:57:00 AM
I can't believe I waited so long to try this. I got it from Boots on special offer - only £1 for a 300ML bottle. I use this after a shower when I'm still wet and massage into my skin, then lightly dry myself with a towel. Oh man, it leaves so skin SOOOO smooth and soft. I can't stop touching myself (ahem)...Anyway, this restores all that missing moisture and makes my skin look really good. I don't find this greasy at all. I really like this and would repurchase!
I strongly dislike this fragrance. I was in love with it last year when I first brought it, thinking it smelt sweet and cute. I remember getting a compliment or 2 or it. Then I just started to hate it. It smells like rotting flowers with some sweetness thrown in. Lasting power is great though - I can smell the stench on myself all freaking day.
This is my HG conditioner. I use it with the shampoo, and the results I get are really good. My hair is dry, damaged, split-ends, seeing as I chemically straighten it twice a year and use a flat iron once a week...my hair's not in that good condition, to say the least. This leaves my hair so soft and smooth, shiny, no fly-aways, easy to manage. I REALLY LIKE IT! You get a huge ass bottle so it'll last ages aswell.
My hair is very dry, damaged and has split ends after years of chemically straightening and dying it. I needed a shampoo that wasn't too harsh on my hair. I've been using baby shampoo for about 11 months now and wanted something different as I wasn't really happy with it - content, but not really into it. Anyway, this shampoo claims to naturally replenish lost moisture with deep hydrating botanical proteins whilst nourishing and fortifying the hair with vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5, resulting in healthy, shiny, manageable hair. First off, I really like the packaging. I'm not into fancy bottles so this suits me perfectly. I also love the fact you get 355ML...it will last forever! The actual shampoo is blue in colour and looks pretty cool if you're bothered what the colour of your shampoo is ;) Upon aplication, it lathers well, not excessively, but good enough for me. I don't like shampoos that lather too much as they tend to dry out my scalp and hair. Anyway, after risning, my hair feels SO clean. With the baby shampoo I sometimes felt there was still product or oil on my roots...with this, it feels nice and clean without feeling stripped. Overall I'm very happy with this and I'd definately repurchase. INGREDIENTS: Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamide MEA , Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Glycerine , Glycol Distearate , Sodium Chloride , Lauryldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Dimethicone , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , Fragrance , Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride , Polyquaternium-7 , Tocopherol , Panthenol , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , FD&C Blue No. 1 .
Benefit describe this Dallas powder as being "the perfect combination of bronzer and blush". They also claim that the powder will give your complexion a "natural-looking glow that will leave you looking younger, healthier and more vibrant". The powder comes in a square sturdy cardboard box. If you have tried any of the face powders that Benefit do, the boxes are all pretty much the same. The same size and style, just different decor to the lid. I don't like the box - takes up a lot of room in my MU bag and just isn't that practical. When you remove the lid, there is a plastic tray that sits over the product itself. This is to protect the powder and also house the brush which is included. On first glance this powder does look pretty dark. For something that is supposed to be the perfect combination of bronzer and blush, this looks far darker than any bronzer I have previously used. The instructions suggest you "Sweep the brush across the powder a few times and blow off any excess. Dust on to the apples of the cheeks, across the forehead near the hair line, down the center of the nose, and finish with a quick whisk across the chin". I'm an NC40 with naturally tan skin with a slight yellow undertone. With this in mind and the colour of the powder in the box still looking hell of a dark to me, I decided not to "sweep the brush across the powder a few times", but instead to give it one little sweep before applying only to my cheeks. It barely showed up. So I applied more until I could see colour appearing on my cheeks. The colour is ok, but you could buy a dupe of this for much cheaper. It's like a muted dusty rose bronze with hints of brown in it...too much and you'll look like you've smeared a moudly chocolate bar on your cheek. I would NEVER think of using this all over my face - this is NOT the colour you look when you're tanned...sunburnt maybe, but not tan! I think it looks quite natural (with good application) on the cheeks, but I definitely wouldn't be able to create the same effect on these other areas of my face. The shimmer in it annoys me quite a bit too as it seems to clog my pores and break me out whenever I use it. The smell is like off-roses...it's nasty. This is too expensive for what it is. I wouldn't repurchase.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Hello Kitty -- Pink Fish Tinted Lip Conditioner
mu5icbtch 11/23/2009 1:10:00 PM
I didn't like this much at all. I remember when it 1st came out I purchased 3 of these from maccosmetics.co.uk thinking it would be amazing due to all the raves about it...but on my NC40 skintone it looked like such a hideous bright bubble gum pink - tacky, childish....uggghhh. It was pretty moisturizing and the packaging was cute but that's the only thing I liked.