Lip Gloss -MAC - Soft Wave (Brunette Blonde Redhead)
Merina 2/1/2009 4:39:00 PM
So glad I bought this lipglass! I didn't even see it in person and ordered it online. It's the perfect icy beige color on me (NC25). It's so beautiful with a smokey eye look. Get this now! I plan on stocking up.
Moisturizers -Lancome - Primordiale Night Skin Recharge
Merina 12/21/2008 3:49:00 PM
Fabulous stuff! I bought this cream in a gift set which included the Primordiale Skin Recharge with SPF 15. Since using the both together for several weeks now my skin is baby soft, hydrated, clear, and smooth. I will continue to use this although it is painfully expensive!
Moisturizers -Lancome - Primordiale Skin Recharge Moisturizing Cream SPF 15
Merina 12/21/2008 3:46:00 PM
This stuff saved my skin! My skin is normal to dry now that it's winter and I needed a moisturizing anti-aging cream for my face. I bought the Primordiale Skin Recharge set at Macy's for $98 (included Primordiale Skin Recharge Day and Night Creams and a sample of Primordiale Cell Defense). I had flakies everywhere and was breaking out like crazy. When I started using this set, my skin started to clear up, was smooth and hydrated, and more radiant. The scent is lovely, unlike Bienfait. I will continue to use this and would like to try the Cell Defense next.
I've been using this product for a few weeks now and I'm not in love with it. Foams up nicely and you only need a pea sized amount for your whole face. It leaves a squeaky clean feeling and is good for normal/combination skin. It does NOT get rid of foundation unfortunately. I have to go over my face with a toner (Tonique Controle is great) to get rid of all the makeup on my face. Wouldn't purchase this again as Dove works much better for much cheaper.
Concealers -Christian Dior - Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen-002 Candlelight
Merina 10/19/2008 6:54:00 PM
LOVE this product. I was wearing concealer alone for a while and noticed I still could see some darkness. I have very bad under eye circles. The MAC select moisturecover and Select cover up were not working for me to completely get rid of my circles. I tried this for $33 and am so glad I did. It looks quite white on but it melts into my skin and illuminates it. I love using it as a highlighter and it gives enough coverage to be used alone as a concealer. I thought I had to combine it with another concealer but didn't have to. Although the product itself is quite "liquidy" it manages to cover 100% of my darkness. I hope they never discontinue this!
Flawless coverage and it feels so light on my skin. It reminds me of whipped/mousse foundation but you don't have to worry about getting your fingers dirty. I bought shade 200 for my NC20 skintone. My husband said that he couldn't even tell I was wearing makeup because it looks so natural yet gives phenomenal coverage. I spray on the back of my hand and use a sponge to apply. Get this product now! You won't regret paying the $60 for it.
I'm an NC20 and it looks great on me. It's absolutely gorgeous in the pan and reminds me of strawberries. I couldn't believe the color payoff/pigment in this blush. I mistakenly put way too much on my blush brush and ended up looking like a clown. Like everyone else said this blush makes you look like you have a natural flush (like you just came in from the cold). Absolutely gorgous and so easy to blend! The shimmer is beautiful and brings out my bone structure.
This is a must have toner for those with oily skin. I use this with a cotton ball and it gets rid of any last traces of makeup as well as shrinks my pore. It has mattifying powders in it, so you have to shake it up before using. If ind that this does help control oil on my face. A++++ product and it retails for $21 (6.8 oz). Mine is a little under half way full and I've had it for about 4 months.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - 5 Couleur Eyeshadow - Stylish Move 970
Merina 10/16/2007 8:40:00 PM
A gorgeous e/s palette! The colors blend so well and yet have a lot of pigment. I love how the plums bring out my brown eyes. It is costly at $52, but the packaging is to die for as well as the product inside. Definitely purchase this if you're on the fence, you won't regret it!
Eye Shadow -MAC - Smoking Eyes 4 Palette (Smoke Signals)
Merina 9/23/2007 9:51:00 AM
This is one of my favorite quads. I find myself reaching for this one all the time because the colors are so neutral and work so well together. I love the smokey look I get from it and I always get compliments when I wear them. True, most of the colors you can buy singly and I own them already but it's nice to have them all together in one quad. The black shade blends beautifully, unlike carbon, which tends to streak on me. Get this quad!
LOVE IT. It's not that much different than Lash Exact in my opinion, which I also love. Volume Exact does make the base of my lashes look thicker and then separates the tips of them. Love the fluttery lash look I get from applying this mascara. It costs around $7 which is very reasonable. Doesn't flake or smudge on me, which most mascaras do due to my Asian eyes.
Scrubs -Philosophy - Sweet Coconut Milk Salt Scrub
Merina 6/15/2007 8:54:00 AM
Agree with the previous reviewer in that it doesn't do that great of a job on my feet, but my feet are rough. I do like the texture, it's very smooth and not gritty. It also doesn't have a lot of oil in it which is a nice change. The scent is to die for! I would repurchase and this would be a great scrub for you if you want something more gentle but does a good job of exfoliating.
Cleansers -Lancome - Pure Focus Deep Purifying Cleansing Gel
Merina 6/15/2007 8:49:00 AM
I really do love this cleanser. I've always had great luck with Lancome cleansers. The light floral scent is delightful and it has helped control my oily skin. It has small microbeads in it that are not scratchy at all but help to exfoliate a bit. It does make my pores feel tighter, but whether they really are or not I cannot say. But what I love most is that after washing my face my skin doesn't feel itchy or TOO tight. Costs $21 for 4.2 oz.
My skin has become extremely oily during the summer and I needed some serious help. I decided to try the Pure Focus line and purchased both the cleanser and this toner. The toner is in a large 6.8 fl oz bottle which will last me a long time. It costs $21, very expensive. However, I feel that it does work well on my skin and keeps oilies away if I use a powder foundation over it. I see maximum results when I also use the Pure Focus moisturizer on top but am not going to pay $34 for a moisturizer. After this bottle is used up I'm going to try L'Oreal's since they're the same company at about half the price.
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Multi-tasking Concealer
Merina 6/15/2007 8:39:00 AM
So much better than BE's concealer which covers absolutely nothing on me and streaks. EM's is so much more creamier and covers my dark circles amazingly well! I bought the large size based on these reviews and it only cost me $8 for 6 g which will basically last you for the rest of your life. Multi-tasking is a great shade for MAC NC20-NC30 I believe. I'm like a NC25 right now. I use the BE maximum coverage concealer brush to apply with A+ results.