Ok, let me just say OH MY ACTUAL GOSH i can't believe how fantastic this foundation is. I hate to admit that this is a fantastic Estee Lauder product (I'm not really a fan of any of their other products). I work in the beauty industry, and i have tried so many foundations and not one seems to look seemingly flawless on my problem skin. My skin has breakouts, acne scarring, and i tend to get dehydrated and flakey. This stuff just smooths my skin, covers my scarring and breakouts, and stays on for hours and hours! I never have to touch this stuff up during the day, and usually foundation just slips off my face. However it is thick and it is cakey and it is a bit like putting cement on your face in that it wont budge once its applied, but if coverage and long-wearing is what you want then this foundation is it! I wasn't too worried about paying AU$66 for this as I have used Chanel foundations at around AU$95 and at Estee Lauder you can have your eyebrows done with any purchase over AU$50 from the range (and what a fantastic job they do!). I am going to put a pump in the bottle just so it stops the air from going into the bottle and possibly altering the effectiveness of the foundation, and that would be the only thing i could suggest to improve the product. I'm so happy i've finally found a foundation that ACTUALLY STAYS ON and looks fantastic and from now on, i'm not going to change.
Cleansers -Shiseido - Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid
miss_mac 6/4/2005 10:05:00 AM
I felt this product far too drying for my skin. I have oily skin, however this product really gave me that taught feeling on my skin. As soon as a dried my face i felt the need to apply a moisturiser straight away and no good cleanser should do that to your skin. It definately removed my dirt and oil but maybe i should opt for a slightly creamier cleanser next time.
Blush -MAC - Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery
miss_mac 6/4/2005 9:53:00 AM
You would never think by looking at the colour of this blush that it would suit you, but don't be fooleried! This is the perfect blush colour for shading beneath the cheekbone, creating a gorgeous sheer warm rosey-plum colour that defines extremely well whilst adding a hint of natural colour.
This product is completely useless. Did nothing for my blemishes and to be honest, it didn't feel like it either. Usually when you apply a blemish treatment you can feel the sensation of it actually working, but i was very disappointed. I wont be purchasing again.
I loved the effect this highlighter did, and it is the perfect colour! Not too heavy and the smell is divine! If you use this you have to remember to shake the bottle before using it as i think it is oil based so you need to get the right amount of shimmer when applying. I found it a little hard to blend at first but once you get the hang of it, you will create a beautiful shimmery effect especially on the cheek bones!
This product was ok on my hair. It wasn't extemely moisturising for my dry ends and the main gripe i have about it is the fact that i payed AU$25 for 150ml! It only lasted me about 4 weeks and i find that too expensive for the amount i payed. I use a fantastic natural shampoo and conditioner which makes my hair feel beautiful without weighing it down and for AU$20 for 1L i think i will be sticking to that.
I have to say, as an acne sufferer from the word go since puberty, i was very dissapointed with this product. I finished up the bottles and i noticed absolutely no difference in my skin what-so-ever. This product also made my skin very sensitive and it felt very delicate to touch, also made it very red. I have been on Roaccutaine for my acne and that cleared it up for about 18 months. When it returned i decided to give Proactiv a go since i'd seen it on TV and watched that all the stars use it. I was fooled. Not only was the product useless, but so is the company that distributes it. The customer service was appauling. I waited 3 weeks after paying for the kit to be delivered, and after trying to cancel my so called 'membership' to the company i was still being charged for the item. I am now on a 10 treatment course of micro-dermabrasion and finding it really works for my skin without drying it or making it too sensitive. It is expensive, but the only thing curing my acne and scarring from picking (i know, im naughty). Please don't be fooled by this product's 'claims' that it will cure your acne, try something you can easily buy or return first.
Highlighters -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat No 1
miss_mac 6/4/2005 9:27:00 AM
Such a fantastic concealer and highlighter for the eyes. It takes away my dark circles instantly and the light reflecting pigments help to highlight my brow bone. I wouldn't recommend this concealer to cover blemishes as the formula is too light, try something a bit thicker for that particular problem. However, as a eye concealer it works wonders!
I love this shade because even though it looks very 80's bright pink in the compact, it applies very sheerly to the face and gives me a tickled pink look. The slight glitter also enhances my cheekbones. Don't be fooled by the colour of this blush, the results are gorgeous, especially on a medium-olive complexion.
This bronzer is a fantastic shade of a colour for a medium skin tone. It is such a natural shade and blends in smoothly with my complexion. Gives a nice hint of glow, makes me look like i've just come home from a holiday in Hawaii! The price is high down in Australia at AU$70 for the compact but it is by far the best, most natural looking bronzer i have ever used.
I love this gloss as it is a very pale, moisturising shiny formula that looks fabulous on it's own or with a nude coloured liner. It suits my skin tone very well and looks so sexy with smoky eyes. The gloss glides on extremely well and does not feel sticky or glumpy at all. The only grudge i hold toward this product is the fact that the gloss can tend to leak around the opening which can make it hard to keep clean.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Idealist Micro-D Thermal Refinisher
miss_mac 6/4/2005 9:17:00 AM
I really hated this product. The second i applied it to my skin it burnt like hell! I have oily, acne prone skin and obviously the consultant neglected to tell me that it may sting if you apply it to active acne. I had to rinse it off with cool water straight away. I urge anybody with the slightest sensitivity or any active acne to stay away from this product as the thermal action is far too harsh.
Moisturizers -Chanel - Hydramax+ Moisture Boost Fluid [DISCONTINUED]
miss_mac 6/4/2005 9:11:00 AM
Fantastic moisturiser for an oily or acne prone skin. Even the oiliest of skins still need moisture and this product gives all the hydration without the slightest slick. Skin feels smooth and soft and suprisingly hydrated without any residue. This product is worth the price, the packaging is practical and simple and the scent is divine!
This cleanser is great for usage in the shower as the plastic bottle wont break. You only need the smallest amount to create a generous lather to really clean your face. I have fairly oil skin and this really helped my skin without making it feel dry or taught. I'm personally not a fan of the smell of tea tree (even though i know it has wonderful antibacterial effects on my pimples) but i have become used to the smell after using this product for over a year now. I would definately recommend it to a combination to oily or acne prone skin type.