All the hype is true! I have serious heridary dark circles under my eyes, and I have tried every product on the makret, or so it seems. Lately I have been using two products: a correcor in yellow from Lancome and then the Lancome tube concealer (a good choice, the tube, for light circles). A Nordstorm s/a suggested this, I ordered it online and then read some reviews and thought I probably would return it, it would not do much. Oh, I was wrong. This is very pigmented, BUT in a light formula. I'm sure Dermablend would work, too, but it would be so cakey - this is not. I chose Beige as it has a tiny bit of peach/pink in it and also, I read recently that a concealer should be a bit darker than your foundation color (?). This is the third color in a selection of four and I am a NW25. Very happy with this purchase, for ME, it is worth the price, but my circles are terrible.
I have tried them all, Lorac, UDPP, Nars and this is the best. As it comes in a tube it is the best value, you get more porions of an oz then you do with the tube type like Nars by double. Then the performance is just better, I have used the same shadows with ea of the above and TFSI kept my e/s in place better than all.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - 5 Color Eyeshadow - Moonray 820
artemistzitzikilakis 6/25/2012 12:21:00 AM
Got this on Strawberry.net for $29, period, no sales tax, shipping. New in box. WOW. Why did Dior yet again discontinue something good? This is unusal in that it has no dark color for lining, and I use gel eyeliner so that is always a waste for me. I have enought contour colors. It is all GORGEOUS pastels, yellow, peach, blue/liliac, green and pink. They are relatively light with sheen but not glitter - fell like I have "innocent eyes" when I wear them. Great idea, putting all lid pastels - I have close set eyes so must be light on lid - in one palette. Good exp. with Strawberry.net, sent me a CK lipstick, maybe CK m/u only sold in Asia? If you run across this you might consider buying it. As with all Dior e/s's there is unfortunately no matte or near matte colors, hence the rate "4"
Latte Matte: what a wonderful color and formula for the "nude" look on people who do not look good with the traditional beige lipstick. This draws something, maybe just a tiny, tiny bit of rose. I use Limitless Gloss over it in a pink and I have what I need for those smoky evening nights when red or burgundy lipstick won't do at all.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
artemistzitzikilakis 6/22/2012 12:58:00 PM
I recieved this as a Beauty Insider, full size free, from Sephora. Though it certainly helps keep shadow in place I find it inferior in that regard to tfsi or my favorite, Lorac. Adding to the low rating is the terrible applicater. Both tfsi and Lorac come in tubes, but this has a built in applicator, opaque packaging and 1) you don't know how much you have left 2) you get far less for the same price then with the other brands. But if you like this type of applicator I would go with Nars. Again, with Nars you get by weight half the product for the same price.
I have been a long time Lancome lipstick user, but after purchase of number 28 I realize you will not find a better lipstick. I do think Rouge in Love is as good for lasting powder IF you choose a dark color, but 28 is not dark, it is my "nude" and it truly does seem to meet their claim of 50% more pigment. This is a satin and I think the mattes are just too drying and hard to blend, but this is a dream.
Lipstick -Make Up For Ever - Rouge Artist Intense #29
artemistzitzikilakis 6/21/2012 5:24:00 PM
Outstanding lipstick formula and color! This is the only lipstick I will use starting now. It supposedly has 50% more pigment then other lipsticks and I believe it! One caveat, the formulas are pearl, satin and matte - stay away from the matte unless you want very dry lips and difficulty applying. The satin, which #29 is, will give you all the pigment in a somewhat creamy formula. It still feels a little matte and it won't give you hydration much. But this lasts a long time on lips and the color, well, if you are like me, NC25 and can't wear pale beige or pink this is your new neutral. I favor strong lips so this is my "nude" pinky brown daytime look. I can't wait to try the others recommended on the Sephora lip finder MUFE site/application. UPDATE: knocked this down, exchanged for numbers 13 and 35, more berry. This has too much brown in it for me. Seemed harder to apply then the colors I ended up getting, too.
What a find! I got this in a smaller size, part of a gift, but much bigger than just a sample. I first use Clarin's facial exfoliater that put this mask on for about 10-15 minutes. Once I am finished my pores are clean and tight and my skin never felt this smooth. I am sure there are cheaper alternatives but a tube of this will last for years at once a week and I KNOW it works so why bother to find something else?
I bought this and will return it. It is a very flat color, though highly pigmented. If you have very, very light skin it might show up but for me (NC25) it does nothing. It really is blahhhh---
Skincare - Face -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Concentrate
artemistzitzikilakis 6/17/2012 3:35:00 PM
I never tried the original and went straight for this concentrated version. I never thought a non prescription product would make much of a differnece in my skin, save some products for acne, but not aging. Well, I was wrong and now have an expensive habit as this lasts maybe two months. It is awesome and I don't know what it's preventing but it is working now, too. I just see better skin. I tried not using it for a week and there was a definite change, more dark spots, etc. It's not botox and it won't make lines disappear but the overall texture of my facial skin is greatly improved with this product. It is a preferred serum by Paula Begoin, and she is very critical of anything but her own line, so I am staying with it. I do need to try the regular though for just the purpose of saving money,
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Scratch
artemistzitzikilakis 6/16/2012 12:03:00 AM
I feel like I have an innocent look with this light pink, shimmery eyeshadow. I appear wide eyed. The formulation of these (I have Bordelo, same tone but lavender) are just great and with primer they will last forever on you. I would absolutely recommend these shadows to anyone unless you are set on Matte, and they have a nice Peach matte named ABC Gum, too. NOTE: the pic above is way off, it looks brown,but if you swatch this it is a pink, I don't see brown in it and pear it with cool tones for the outer "v" and Handwritten (MAC, pulls some mauve) in the crease.
Sunscreen -Kiehls - Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++
artemistzitzikilakis 6/12/2012 7:13:00 PM
The perfect facial sunscreen. How long I have waited for something like this, that is not mineral so there is no whiteness on my face, that is thin textured, does not cause blackheads or pimples, works beautifully under makeup and is a good price! There are other sunblocks like L'Octaine that meet all but the last description. This is $56 for 4.2 oz, and if you go to the drugstore that will seem outrageous, but if you look at the cost of Shisedo, EL, etc. it is not at all. And frankly very few SPF 50's, or even SPF 25's plus are not mineral. I have enough darkness in my skin to look ridiculous with a mineral sunscreen, and the whiteness does not disipate quickly or under makeup. Whether high or low end in price, it is just hard to find. I am very happy with this purchase.
I tried more blendable shadows from MUFE and Illamasqua, but no one can get this color quite down (a reddish brown) like Mac. In this case, I am glad this is a bit less pigmented then the other two brands of matching, sort of, colors because I am working in the crease and am not adept enough to use hugely pigmented shadows there, especially as they are usually on the dark side. This is one of the better textures for Mac, which I find so inconsistent amoung colors when it comes to blendability, pigmentation, etc. - speaking of Mattes only.
These are the shadows I have been waiting for! It is a combination of the formulation (they just glide on, but tap your brush first), pigment (awesome) and a really great color group. I know MUFE is great but my local Sephora in SF just doesn't carry that many. Illamasqua has a smaller collection, but very well edited. I think these actually have more pigment then MUFE and remind me of the new UD but without the glitter (sometimes I don't want the sparkle). I have Pivot (very light, bright green that looks good on dark green eyes), Agua and Can Can. With Lorac primer these don't budge.
Once again Nars has made a blush that is interesting and very good. I love this on my NC25 skin. It is the most unusual of all blushes. I can tell you that the effect of this pink-brown color is as if you had first applied a bronzer, then a pop of pink on top. How can one product in one pan do that? I have no idea, but it is truel