I like this moisturizer a lot-- even though I use it at night only. It's fairly lightweight, and I've noticed a difference in my skin-- it seems more refined porewise. I'd buy again.
I'd probably buy this again... however, its formula is similar to many others on the market (i.e., DDF) which cost less per oz. Of all the Caudalie products, this probably is the weakest link, IMHO.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Diorific Plastic Shine in Tender Beige
a67penguin 11/22/2003 7:42:00 AM
Pssst-- U.S. gals who want to try out the Chanel "Praline" glossimer, but cannot get it here-- this CD gloss is the same shade! More of a liquid l/s than an actual gloss, it leaves a nice stain on the lips and lasts a long time. I'd buy again.
Eye Makeup Remover -Chanel - Gentle BiPhase Eye Makeup Remover
a67penguin 11/22/2003 7:40:00 AM
This is one of the few eyemakeup removers that doesn't make my eyes sting. I prefer the Paula's Choice product price-wise, however, by the time you pay her outrageous shipping charges, you might as well just buy this one. The Chanel product also has this cool bi-level liquidy appearance (sort of like oil and vinegar). I don't know if that has a purpose, but it looks cool.
Gels/Soaps -Thierry Mugler - Angel Innocent Shower Gel
a67penguin 11/22/2003 7:37:00 AM
Having tried the original celestial showers and now the Angel Innocent shower gel, I prefer this one. Same quality (thick, concentrated and suds-y) as the original, but a little lighter on the scent. This one's a bit more citrusy, less oriental (light on the patchouli). Now I think I'll try the perfume out for size.
Lip Liners -Giorgio Armani - Smooth Silk Lip Pencil #2
a67penguin 10/25/2003 8:12:00 AM
Because I copy everything Thinker recommends (you see, that takes the effort away from having to locate great stuff), I bought this sight unseen during the Saks sale. Again, another great Corrine pick. I love this l/l. Armani's formula really rocks-- soft, but not greasy or filmy, this liner will last a good long time, and the color is so great, I could just line in my lips and use it alone as a color. MLBB.
Cleansers -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Therapeutic Lavender Facial Wash
a67penguin 10/12/2003 10:02:00 AM
Very nice gel cleanser contained in a plastic pump bottle. I don't recall exactly what it cost, but Whole Foods has a $5 off $10 purchase going on right now, so I imagine it runs (at this moment) between $5 and $10. Anyway, this cleanser cleans very effe
Treatments -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum
a67penguin 10/12/2003 9:59:00 AM
This little serum is surprisingly effective, although I should've suspected Avalon wouldn't sell anything low quality. Completely non-greasy, it won't cause any breakouts, and will leave your skin lightly moisturized without any sticky residue. I definit
Nice, natural shade, however, the formula isn't as long lasting as Chanel's. I wear this a lot, however. Stands alone as its own color, but also looks nice over a l/s.
Concealers -Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer
a67penguin 8/17/2003 1:34:00 PM
I'm with Corrine/thinker1of3 (big surprise since I agree with her generally about products & stuff)... As she noted, SX08 is VERY yellow based, while 10 is the same "tone," but more beige/neutral. I'm a bit lighter than Corrine-- I wear a LSF/MSF 5.5-6.5 (the higher # when I'm more tan, lighter in the depths of winter), and the SX10 is better suited to my neutral skintone. The 08 will work, but it isn't a perfect match. OK-- onto the "feel" of this product: the SSE is so minimal, that your skin feels free, not caked up (like some foundations feel). This is more of a whipped concealer than a true foundation that you smear all over. You probably can get away with spot concealing in red areas/blemishes with the SSE, whereas you'd need a separate concealer in addition to LSF or MSF. I still like the LSF, though... its a close tossup between the KA and GA. I switch off, b/c the KA might clog pores if I used it daily (see mspicky's comments for info about that). So... I guess now I've enabled thousands of dual lemmings-- for LSF/MSF AND the KA SSE. Sorry about that! :-)
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
a67penguin 8/12/2003 8:10:00 AM
I received a sample of this at the Becca counter. Its positive notes include: the product is light weight in feel, and has a nice SPF (25). The color range is rather impressive, and it isn't very expensive (I believe, around $35). Its negatives (for me anyway) are its inability to blot up any oil and its darned tendency to turn my face into an oil slick within an hour. I might like it when I turn 60 and have dry skin.
Loose Powders -Becca - Fine Loose Finishing Powder
a67penguin 8/12/2003 8:06:00 AM
After trying this powder (in wheat, I'm a MMM, Armani 5.5-6.5), I've decided to swap away my Chanel powders. Anyone wishing to swap for these, pls. contact me. The Becca powder is, hands down, the best I've ever tried. Kudos!
Primer/ Corrector -Giorgio Armani - Luminous Make-Up Base SPF 13
a67penguin 7/31/2003 7:59:00 AM
If you're planning to invest in the GA LSF or MSF, I strongly recommend purchasing this product. Unfortunately, it is only sold overseas (definitely in Asia... I'm not sure about Europe). This stuff WORKS! Smooths the skin, moisturizes lightly, and (best of all!) conceals pores. A definite "must have."
On Gail's recommendation, I bought this in #1. It is lovely. Very vibrant in the pot, however, goes on sheerly-- a flush pink. I'm a MMM, but this probably would be suitable for lighter complexions as well. Very nice shade... sort of like my Chanel roze bronze, but it shows up better.
I have this in "ochre," which is the appropriate shade for MMMs with yellow undertones. Man, this is not easy to come by... unfortunately N-M at KoP doesn't sell this line, so I ordered from Adrienne at Saks-- costs around $65 with tax. The SA at Nieman's KoP attempted to "talk me out of it," when I inquired, claiming it was too dry. Well, it ISN'T. This is, hands down, absolutely the best concealer I've tried (and I've tried 'em all). Save up, pinch pennies, clip coupons if you must, but if you want a comfortable, decent concealer that won't give you the reverse raccoon appearance, look no further.