The colour is too frosty for me and for some reason it makes me feel a bit nauseous - maybe because of the minty taste and smell. No lip balm has ever made me feel nauseous but this one does, weird.
This is meant to be used with the FANCL oil cleanser and although I don't know what difference it makes if you use the FANCL cleanser or not, use an oil cleanser before this in any case. The washing powder lifts up the oil well so it's very drying if you don't use an oil cleanser before it. I don't think this cleanser is anything special and it irritated my eye area so I'm not too sure about it being gentle either. My face didn't feel tight after using it (if I used an oil cleanser before) but it didn't make my skin feel amazing so I wouldn't recommend this.
I've usually steered clear from Gosh eye shadow palettes as the colour combinations are so weird. This one is an exception, however: shimmery shades in shampagne, light brown (top two), brownish plum and light copper(bottom two). I'm NW15 so they suit me quite well and can be worn all together or as pairs. The palette doesn't seem to have a lot of pigment in it so the result is pretty sheer. Not worth the full price, imo.
Lipstick -Christian Dior - Rouge Dior Replenishing Lipcolor (New Formula)
solai 6/22/2009 10:58:00 AM
I always thought Dior lipsticks were no better than the rest but I was wrong - this is the best lippie I've ever tried! It's not sticky, moisturizes and it stays on. Sheer perfection. I took off one lippie for the price as it's quite steep...
Moisturizers -Biotherm - Aquasource Non Stop (Dry Skin)
solai 6/20/2009 10:24:00 AM
I think this product is pretty average. It moisturises quite well (good for winter) but doesn't make my skin look any different than if I'm using cheaper products. It also doesn't make my skin look amazing or different. I only buy this occasionally when they have travel size sets for a cheap price.
Toners -Biotherm - Biosource Softening Toner Alcohol Free
solai 6/20/2009 10:21:00 AM
This smells nice and is alcohol free but I don't see any point in using it. You get the same effect, no visible effect that is, with anything much cheaper.
Cleansers -Biotherm - Biosource Softening Cleansing Foam
solai 6/20/2009 10:18:00 AM
This cleanser is meant for dry skin but I find it very drying. It softens the face somehow but leaves it very dry and you can't use it around the eye area - major stinging! I had a full sized bottle of this a few years back and it didn't sting my eyes then, just did a crap job at removing my eye make-up (that wasn't even waterproof). Maybe they've changed the formula? I think this cleanser is only average and not worth the price and definitely not for someone with really dry skin. I took one lipstick off as this started seirously irritating my skin and made it literally squeaky clean - don't buy it if you have dry skin!
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Nails Inc - South Molton St
solai 6/20/2009 10:11:00 AM
This is my new favourite nail polish. It doesn't streak, gives the perfect sheer layer of colour, dries quickly and doesn't chip straight away! The colour is a light, cool pink and gives a very natural finish, slightly correcting the colour of my nail. When I use this with a nail whitener on the tips, my nails look like I've just added clear polish - only better! I apply only one layer so the colour isn't obvious. If you're looking for streak free, durable nail polishes that dry quickly, you should definitely try Nails Inc.
I got this as a part of a set (three miniature size bottles) and I have to say I'm not impressed. The colour was sheer enough for me but chipped really soon and applied streakily on bigger surfaces (nails on big toe and thumb). I think this might be because of the small size of the brush (full size bottles probably have a bigger one?). The colour was ok enough, a cool pastel white, but it just chipped way too quickly for the price.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
solai 6/6/2009 10:47:00 AM
I like the semi-matte formula because it lets your skin "glow through" but doesn't look shiny even if you apply it quite a bit of it. I have sometimes quite bad zits around my mouth and chin but no zits elsewhere and red cheeks and nose. This formula evens out the redness without any concealer so I only need to add some concealer on the zits. I have dry skin so mineral foundation works the best in summer for me. Unlike many products meant for evening out redness from the face, mineral foundation doesn't show much so I'd recommend trying it out.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Original Glo Formula
solai 6/6/2009 10:37:00 AM
I have dry skin but I found this foundation way too glowing for me. I don't know if you're supposed apply only the tiniest amount to avoid the weird shiny look or use it only as a highlighter but in any case, I didn't like it. If you plan to apply more than a light layer, get semi-matte or intensive.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Glo Illuminating Powder - Catwalk Pink #345
solai 6/6/2009 10:33:00 AM
I like this product because the price totally matches the quality (cheap and enough pigment). I wanted to try contouring my face with a darker colour and this was a perfect buy for it. There's plenty of colour, enough different kind of shades AND it works great as an eyeshadow palette too! A good multitasking product perfect especially for travelling when you don't want to lug around loads of stuff. Also great if you haven't tried this kind of products before and don't want to invest on something more expensive yet.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner
solai 5/9/2009 9:47:00 AM
Dries quickly, doesn't smudge, lasts, easy to remove and really cheap! The brush is a bit flimsy but I always apply eyeliner with a separate brush so it doesn't matter. I'm sure this is the same as any of the more expensive liquid eyeliners but the only one that isn't over priced.
Moisturizers -Ren - Frankincense and Boswellia Serrata Repair Cream
solai 5/2/2009 2:16:00 PM
I love this cream as it sinks right into my skin and leaves it feeling really fresh. It's a little too light for my skin so i apply it twice. I wash my face with water in the morning and can usually feel the moisturiser glide off and know it just sits on my face. This does nothing of the sort and makes my skin soft and fresh :) The scent isn't all that nice, though, but that's only a minor detail. I don't know if the cream will make a huge difference for your skin but if you're looking for a range that makes your skin feel great and fresh, you should try REN.
I didn't think they could do something even better than Masterpiece but this is it. It separates my lashes naturally, gives length and is even better when you build it up.