Lip Gloss -Clinique - Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Rootbeer
michkal 6/28/2008 10:15:00 PM
Great smooth and moisturizing gloss. The color pretty much matches my lips but makes them look better. The color is sheer and nude. It is not sticky and is comfortable to wear. Great alone or over lipstick.
Blush -MAC - Sheertone Shimmer Blush - Ambering Rose
michkal 6/23/2008 4:06:00 AM
I love this blush, both the formula and color. I normally don't do shimmer of any kind, but this adds a pretty sheen without sparkles. I put a bit of this on over my MAC matte bronze bronzer, and it is pretty. It's not something I'd pick for myself, but the MA put it on me. While I was shopping around the mall I saw myself in the mirror and had to go back and get it. It just makes me look alive and brightens my face. For reference, I am an NC25/30. Before I was using blushbaby, but this is even better.
Lip Treatments -BeneFit Cosmetics - Dr. Feelgood Lipscription [DISCONTINUED]
michkal 6/21/2008 10:34:00 PM
I like this product because my lips are always dry and Im always picking at them, making it worse. The beads take off the flakes but are a bit difficult to wipe off afterwards. The lip balm is great. Its not a glossy balm, and not waxy either like a chapstick. It stays on well and keeps my lips feeling better. It preps lips for lipstick well. I took off one lippie for the expense, but the product is effective and I would purchase again despite price.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Select Sheer Pressed Powder
michkal 6/21/2008 10:24:00 PM
Great powder, very smooth. It never looks dry and powdery on my skin, yet it covers shine well. My normal shade NC 30 was orangey on me so I exchanged for one lighter and it is perfect. The SA said that she noticed most people need to go one shade lighter in this for it to match best. I wear this to set liquid foundation and touch up throughout the day. I like the sponge that comes with it for application.The best thing about this powder is its super light texture. I definitely recommend.
I will add to the raves on here about this lip gloss. The color is a neutral goes with everything color for me. I wear NC25-30 for reference. I prefer natural shades of lip color, and this is a great one. I did not like the coordinating lipstick as much as this gloss. This is one product I have actually rebought. It wears for a long time compared to other glosses.
This product had good reviews so I gave it a try. I have combo acne prone skin and wanted to see if a powder foundation could help control oil in the hot weather. I can't get this to look good on my skin. It looks and feels dry. I wear shade 3. I tried applying with different sponges, but nothing improved the outcome. As with all LM foundations, the shade range is very neutral.
Foundations -Stila - Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup
michkal 6/20/2008 6:47:00 PM
This foundation is good. I have acne prone skin and need some coverage, but prefer a natural look. This foundation provides just that. The color range is excellent. I wear shade C, for reference I am a MAC NC25-NC30. It blends so well I can wear it only where I need it and not over my entire face. I have not experiences any breakouts from this. I do top with pressed powder for a more matte look. It doesn not turn darker on me throughout the day as some foundations can. The shades are yellow based and cover redness well. I have tried many foundations, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I am pretty sure Sephora will sample this for you, so it is worth a try. My only complaint, which is a big one, is that is wears off quickly and I'm left with no coverage by the end of the day.
I was looking for a gentle cleanser for my combo acne prone skin and bought this as it was recommended by Paula B. I find it to be too drying and leaves my skin feeling tight. It is too expensive for what it is. I much prefer my Clinique liquid mild cleanser.
This is the best mascara out there. It lengthens, thickens, doesn't get clumpy, and stays on well throughout the day. It also removes easily. I have tried so many, and this one is the one I keep coming back to. It is good for a dramatic look and layers well.
This is a great gentle fragrance free cleanser that removes makeup well without making my face tight or dry. I have combo acne prone skin and I alternate this with the proactiv system because I find that cleanser does not remove makeup well enough. You get a large amount for a good price. Edit: Removed two lippies because I now find this too drying. I have switched to Cerave foaming cleanser.
Like the reviewer below, I bought this after reading the allure magazine. I am an NC25ish and love this color. The formula is good too. I have such a hard time finding lipsticks and would never have picked this on my own. I wear it with MAC VGV gloss on top and it looks great and lasts. I am glad I found this and have been wearing it daily since I bought it!
Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - Hydrating Treatment Cream
michkal 8/1/2007 7:39:00 AM
Great moisturizer. I have acne prone skin that is somewhat dry and this works well for me. No scent, no residue, and just the right amount of moisture. No breakouts either. I wear this under TM/foundation and it works well for this.
Lipstick -Laura Mercier - Stickgloss in Black Orchid
michkal 8/1/2007 7:35:00 AM
I never would have picked this on my own because it looks scary in the tube. Once it's on, this is a pinky-plum neutral color for me that looks much better more flattering than the browns I usually wear. I top it with violet glace and it looks very pretty. For reference, NC 30, LM sunny biege/vanilla biege/ TM in Nude.
This looks great on the lid alone, but I like it even better in the crease with grace on the lid. This makes for a neutral but not too boring look. Lasts pretty much all day. Flattering for brown eyes.
I've never been a fan of Stila eyeshadows, but this one along with barefoot contessa have changed my mind. This shadow is neutral enough for daytime, but has something about it that makes it unlike other similar shadows I have. Plus, it lasts through my twelve hour shifts along with UD PP, which nothing else does. It is a greyish, brownish, mauve shade with more than shimmer, but less than sparkle. I put this in a four pan compact, which makes it convenient.