Love at first sight! The first time I used it, the foundation blended into my skin without alot of effort! I used a foundation brush to blend it around and my skin looked fabulous! The shade called Light matched my NC 25 skin perfectly and dried to a non-shiny finish (I still used some powder to set it). I compare this to Christian Dior's Diorskin.
This foundation is ideal for women with good skin to begin with and have little to hide. I dont think the 'blotter applicator' is an unhygienic issue as long as you apply your makeup to a clean face and you are the only person using it.
It's a great concealer to hide darker under eye areas (I dont have "circles" or "bags," just shadows). The pink sheen and it's slight shimmer draws light to recessed areas. The mineral pigment does a fair job covering the shadows.
Dont use it to cover blemishes, though. The shimmer will draw attention to it.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash
mandy_mann 1/20/2007 2:25:00 AM
I used it in my shower with my trusty body brush and the sweet (but not sickingly sweet) smell permeated the shower. It lathered very nicely (wet your puff or brush well before pouring the wash onto it). It made my skin clean and smell nice.
I love Sheer Plum and this lipstick is Sheer Plum's more opaque cousin. You get rich colour plus shine. I love it.
I had high hopes for this but realized that the gel liner just takes too much work for the finish I wanted. I have learned to work with the dry texture (by taking a swab and putting a glop on the back of my hand, working the product with the brush from there) but I find it more worthwhile to get the versions by either MAC or Lise Watier to get the desired result with less effort.
The shade I used was Sage. I will use it up eventually but I will switch brands.
Sheer Berry is a great lip definer for those who need some extra definition. It goes well with shimmery pink glosses like Annabelle's Rose Reflex. The price is nice too.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush - Cloud Wine
mandy_mann 12/28/2006 10:26:00 PM
Gives my NC25 complexion a nice flushed look. Great for brightening the face with a pop of nice blushy colour. I prefer to blend it in with my foundation brush!
High performance pinky-nude lipliner at an excellent price. Provides smooth application and long-lasting definition. A must-have if you wear rosy-fleshy lipcolours.
Canadian MUA'ers: This lipliner is great with Lancome Juicy Tube in Tickled Pink.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Aloe Vera soothing rich night cream
mandy_mann 11/1/2006 4:22:00 PM
Makes an excellent eye cream. Used as a night time eye cream, one jar will last a while.
Skincare - Body -Dove - Nourishing Hand Wash - Cool Moisture
mandy_mann 10/28/2006 4:04:00 AM
I received a coupon for a free bottle, so I redeemed it. I was curious about the claims, so I had nothing to lose.
It's not so bad. I think it does a "fair" job at cleansing hands somewhat but I dont believe I can really trust it to really get all the gunk off after doing a dirty job.
For usual handwashing, I trust my drugstore brand liquid soap. I would then immediately moisturize with a good hand cream or lotion afterwards. I dont think I would need a special product for handwashing. And with my regular drugstore brand liquid soap, the cost per use is MUCH CHEAPER and far more sensible.
Literally after the first use, the product made my skin glow! It seems to do a fabulous job cleansing the face and helps control breakouts.
It's inexpensive and GREAT!
If you are on Retin A or using any other topical acne treatments, dilute the cleanser with a little water and VERY GENTLY work it over your face in a gentle circular motion. DONT PRESS, scrub or run over the same area over and over. If you are a heavy makeup wearer, remove your makeup with a makeup remover first.
It's pretty damn cute.
I brushed it on moisturized lips and it went on slightly rosier than my natural lip colour. I also notice that the consistency is slightly thicker than my other JT's.
I really like how it completed my lilac face palette. It also fulfills the lemming for a girlie pink lipgloss as well :)
All I can say is 'Wow!' Great colour and shine. The shine I will describe as a lacquered look similar to MAC Lipglass. Rose Reflex is a mauvey-shimmery-pink colour that looks quite powerful in the tube but it looks very nice on the lips (not tacky).
I love the squeeze tube + wand applicator combination. I think it's genius.
I'm definitely looking forward to buying & trying more shades.
Identical to MAC's Wuss! Great with Spice lip pencil and a dab of MAC Clear Lipglass.
Moisturizers -Garnier - Skin Naturals Fresh Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 15
mandy_mann 7/24/2006 2:16:00 PM
This is a very good light moisturizer for combination skin. During the hot days in Vancouver come summer time, it gets very uncomfortable. This lotion gives my skin a nice smooth glow and protects from the sun.
I havent worn foundation in a few weeks and have been going around makeup-less in hot weather. The slight dewy glow from this moisturizer ehances my skin nicely. It absorbs well and makes a nice makeup base.