The colour wasn't that easy to work with (dries unevenly and a little streaky), but 3 coats later I managed ok. A nice peach/apricot that complemented my NC40 skin well. I didn't find it chip as others have said - I used a Revlon base and Seche Vite on the top, maybe these made the difference? Overall a decent formula for a cream polish, I just wouldn't buy again cos I like trying different things.
My first non-red toned nail polish - you know, not pink, orange, coral, red, brown etc etc... it is such a pretty yellow i couldn't help it. Not fluorescent or bright, but a nice sorta pastel yellow. The formula is gloopy and does streak a little as expected in a creamy light yellow, but still, looks good, I thought it would make me look even more yellow on nc40 asian skin, but I pulled it off well and got some good compliments. Takes time to apply (3 coats), but is a fun colour that is not too outrageous. I only wouldn't buy it again cos I am not that patient and I like variety.
Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
maashi 3/7/2010 1:05:00 AM
I have never had a problem with puffy eyes, but I do have dark circles (thanks Dad for your bad genes). These haven't made it any better, and I am not sure if the roller ball gimmick is helpful at all, I spread it on with the roller and use my fingers anyway to spread the stuff out more evenly. Probably not worth the money, and the search continues...
Cleansers -Garnier - Synergie Pure Gentle Deep Clean Foaming Wash
maashi 3/7/2010 1:01:00 AM
This is more drying than other 'deep clean' products I have tried - I'll use Neutrogena for comparison, since they're both DS - and I don't think it foams as well, but it gives a decent clean and does its job. It really is for oily skin though, I think it is drying me out a little - I think I am just not as oily as in my teenage years and have to admit that I'm getting old! Probably wouldn't recommend this, especially for sensitive skinned girls.
Primer/ Corrector -Shiseido - The Makeup Pre-Makeup Cream SPF 15
maashi 3/4/2010 8:51:00 PM
This improves ease of foundation application, and the spf in it is a nice bonus, but I don't think it has made my makeup last longer or look any better. It is not slippery like a silicone based primer, but it hasn't made anything 'better' as such. And I haven't broken out from it. A pretty meh product, but it hasn't given me woes either...
Definitely ok for DS prices - I got 02 (pink), decent colour pay off, lasts a good few hours (3-4?), will show up on NC40 skin. No likey the highlight side - no colour just glitter, so not my cuppa tea, but the 'solid'/'colour' side is definitely passable if not more. I probably wouldn't repurchase because I don't want to just buy it for one half, but if glitter is not a problem for you, go for it.
Cleansers -Garnier - Clean Detox Express Cleansing Wipes
maashi 2/10/2010 3:25:00 PM
I dunno why I don't see more reviews of this stuff! Because these are the best and cheapest wipes I have come across. I have used many brands of DS wipes, and this has definitely come out top. Takes everything off (bar waterproof mascara - only because I don't use it), doesn't strip moisture away, unimposing smell, and it hasn't broken me out. Great for overnight bags or lazy times after a long night out. Most of the Clean Detox range I have found is not too harsh on my skin, so I'll keep buying this stuff.
Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser
maashi 2/10/2010 3:19:00 PM
Foams well, a small amount goes a long way, smell is unimposing, cleans well, doesn't break me out. I haven't found that it strips moisture like other MUAers noted, but I have been using this in summertime when I can be an oil slick. What more do I want? Price is the only downside to this I suppose, so I'll have to look around for cheap deals....
I didn't find this very creamy out of the pot, more like a dense powder as someone else said here. Anyway, dries to a very smooth, almost powdery finish, a well pigmented matte brick red that has reasonable lasting power (After 6 hrs of wear on a humid day I can still see some of it), and will show on darker skin tones. Great buy - it has restored my faith in DS blushes, lately I have become almost exclusively MAC. The mirror that opens up from the bottom of the pan is also kinda cute - a bit gimmicky but still good effort. As reference I am NC40, or Bobbi Brown 4.5 warm natural.
Mascara -Chanel - Inimitable Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel (Waterproof Version)
maashi 2/3/2010 3:45:00 PM
I bought this a lot cheaper than it was supposed to be (US$18 ish?), it was somebody's unwanted gift. I have always been concerned about WP mascara because I have only ever had 1 - Avon - and it irritated me.... This is a faster drying formula than other mascaras I have used, and doesn't clump much so I hardly need to use a lash comb. It lengthens well, but doesn't curl or volumise a great deal. It stays put for the whole day. It isn't too hard to remove - takes more work than non-waterproof, but that is expected. I have no trouble with the brush - but I am used to this new type of wand as opposed to the traditional thick bristles. I have no trouble applying with zig zag motion. I don't think it is worth the price tag, but for what i paid for it, I guess it is good, so based on the actual price I have given it 3 lippies.. ----- Update - have lowered to 2 lippies. Thanks to the heat and rain here in Auckland NZ I am experiencing some smudging which I think is totally unacceptable for WP mascara??? Why bother with WP then?
I got this from Strawberrynet not long ago - I believe the entire Scott Barnes line is discontinued? Anyway this is a very finely milled matte powder. Don't be scared of the colour - once you have it on it disappears. VERY matte so if you're dry, this probably is not the best for you, but it does keep the oil at bay and does help make my makeup last, so I am quite pleased with it. I won't buy it again cos i love trying new things, but if you're interested in it, do give it a go.
Eyeliner -Shiseido - Majolica Majorca Jewelling Pencil eyeliner
maashi 1/26/2010 3:28:00 AM
I have this in BR606 (dark brown), WT909 (pure white) and RD505 (burgundy). These are great little pencils - they don't drag, draws a decent pigmented line and is reasonably long lasting. I find they smudge a little in the outer corner of my eye over time (especially if I have yawned!! I get a bit teary eyed when I yawn... is this weird? Lol), but I can deal with it. I use the white in my lower waterline and it stays put, which is good, though the white is the least smooth to draw. Also an interesting observation is that the lid doesn't go very far if you sit it in the back of the pencil, cos my pencils are so stumpy now this is my way to make use of the last of it! (sometimes lids slide into the pencil... like mini UD 24/7's in the super stash!!) I believe three colours came out recently (a moss green, marble and I forgot the other one). These are great for the handbag or as an inexpensive way to experiment with eyeliner in various colours.
Blush -Shiseido - Majolica Majorca Flesh and Blood Blush in Tube
maashi 1/26/2010 3:20:00 AM
I believe this is discontinued, but anyway I stole this from my friend's stash cos she doesn't use it lol. It is a gel blush that is surprisingly good to work with. I have tried Smashbox O-glow and Benefit Posie Tint both of which makes me look splotchy or clown like. This I can spread out to give a natural flushed look. (I have it in RD300, a very scary red in the tube, but spreads to quite a sheer colour) Although I don't get as much wear time out of it (3-4 hrs before reapplication) as the usual powder blush (using MAC as a comparison here, I could still see hints of it it today mid afternoon when I put it on just after 7am). As reference I don't use primer and I am currently using Bobbi Brown Skin fdtn. If MJ ever make this again, I would definitely suggest a try, or see if you can get your hands on it in a swap.
This is the first primer I have tried. I got this in a sample pot when buying a Smashbox mascara... it feels really smooth, must be the silicone in it? And it makes fdtn application much easier - I don't have to work so hard to remove brush streaks. I just don't know if it necessarily made my makeup last any longer? Have used it a few times, I haven't had breakouts, but I just don't know if I am expecting too much from primers. Will keep trying I suppose and use up my sample pot, and update if necessary.
Lipstick -Lancome - Color Fever 125 Drappe de Rouge
maashi 1/19/2010 4:54:00 AM
Nice deep red colour (comparable to MAC Dubonnet, or Revlon Mulled Wine) with slight shimmer, I would say the colour is pretty neutral. Looks good on me, and is fairly long lasting, but the formula is quite drying, so don't wear it without lipbalm, otherwise lip lines will show terribly 'well'!!! I'll keep mine for a day I want to sport bold lips, but I probably wouldn't buy this formula again.