I bought this based on the good reviews here and must give my 2 cents.
I have over 12 foundation brushes of various price ranges from Eob to Trish McEvoy. For the price this brush works and its as cheap as you can get. I dont mind the smaller head altho the brush length is slightly longer than I believe that a found. brush should have but the much more expensive Trish found. brush is even longer.
My only real complaint is that the black lacquer of the handle cracked and peeled off after only two washings showing the natural wood underneath. Only brush this ever happened to me. For an inexpensive found. brush with black ferrule and black handle, I would recommend the Lumiere found. brush. For a drugstore found. brush I would recommend Perfection (found at Walgreens) or POSH. Best found. brush overall is Lancome. Prescriptives and Trish are overrated.
I have over 17 kabuki brushes. (Check my pic to see some of my collection) The Lumiere may be the best kabuki brush ever. It's the softest and it puts on mmu on like a dream. My skin looks poreless after I buff for a while. I bought both the short and long handle kabuki. The long handle kabuki is kinda misleading because the handle isnt that long and the head is much smaller than the regular kabuki for $2.00 more. Still, I love them both. I sort of wish I had ordered more but I really dont need any more brushes.
I also ordered the Lumiere foundation brush and it's a great foundation brush. The Lumiere brushes are superb and I love the black ferrules with the black handles. Very upscale.
Bought this at Boots when I was in London. This is a beige creamy/milky cleanser that you can washo-off and wipe-off. Comes in a 5oz (150ml) tube. I have tried using it with both methods and it seems to be deep cleansing since I feel the tingling in my pores everytime I use it (sometimes almost to an uncomfortable degree). The last time I felt that much tingling was using Noxema in my youth. I'm much older now and have combo/dry/dehydrated skin. This did an okay job removing most of my m/u (I still saw stuff when I used toner afterwards).
It's suppose to "unify the complexion" and make it radiant, which it didnt do. Strictly a mediocre d/s cleanser.
I have dry skin. So dry that most cleansers for dry skin still leave my skin tight. This doesnt. It is a smoothing milky gel that doesnt foam. I could probably get the same result with cold cream but this washes off. I love the carrot oil smell. ETA: I just tried removing makeup with it. I was only wearing powder and it didnt completely took it off so I am deducting a lippie or two
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios XL SPF 50 Lait Veloute
GuerlainAds 7/24/2007 9:16:00 PM
Bought this for 16.50 Euros in Galeries Lafayette in Paris which was a mistake because I found out that there was a pharmacy right across the street that was selling it for less. I have tried Canadian LRP and I dont see much of a difference except that the LRP 60 L had a PPD of 15 vs PPD of 31 for this one. This is water-resistant while the Canadian 60 L is not. Both gives you plenty of shine and have a lotion texture. This thing is that I tan easily and I got my first suntan in about 3 years using this one sunny day in Rome, Italy. Three years ago, I got a tan using Coppertone Faces 30 during 2 hours in the california sun but I expected it from using inferior American sunscreen. I wasnt suppose to tan much using this!
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Posh- Travel Foundation Brush
GuerlainAds 7/24/2007 10:34:00 AM
I like this better than the EoB travel foundation brush because it's bigger. The head is almost the size of the regular POSH foundation brush for half the price. $4.99 at Eckerd. Great value!
Makeup Brushes -Japonesque - Salon Collection - Large Kabuki
GuerlainAds 7/11/2007 11:44:00 AM
As mentioned below, the Salon Collection is made by Japonesque for Walgreens. It's a nice looking kabuki with brown hair and metallic brown handle. I've heard good things about Japonesque so I was very disappointed in this brush. It shed like a mofo and might be the worst kabuki I have bought after a Crown kabuki. I have about 17 kabuki brushes. For the $12.99, I suggest the POSH kabuki for a good drugstore option at the same price. Second choice would be Essence of Beauty Kabuki at your local CVS
On the recommendation of the board, I tried 2 of Crown Brushes kabukis as well as a brush from each line. Overall, I was very disappointed with the quality.
The Badgerhair Kabuki, in particular, was horrible. First of all, it had a musty smell which I have never found on any other brush I bought and it sheds like a mofo! It started shedding as soon as it came out of the plastic wrapping and never stopped. I had heard that badger hair is very soft (not as soft as squirrel) but I have to say that it's not nearly as soft as my POSH kabuki which was around the same price.
The regular black hair kabuki that was slightly less than the Badger Hair Kabuki was a little better. It didnt shed nearly as much and didnt smell but it wasnt any better than a cheaper kabuki like Lumene's which I got for $4.99
In another words, save your money and go to your local drugstore and buy either POSH or Essence of Beauty for your inexpensive brush needs.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
GuerlainAds 5/13/2006 12:23:00 PM
I didnt experience the white cast or pilling that others have experienced.
My main problem with this sunscreen is that it stings when I first apply it on my face. I have a high pain threshold so I could bear it but it was uncomfortable enough that I would prefer not to use it on my face ever again. The silica feels thick, powdery, yet smooth upon application.
I tried the Neutrogena Age Shield SPF45 and I would have to say that I vastly prefer that sunscreen to this one even though the PPD is not as high. (The PPD is probably about 8+ for the Age Shield). The Age Shield feels lighter and it doesnt burn my face. The Age Shield also had the flip-top which the Dry-Touch doesnt have. Annoying.
$10.99 for 3oz at my local CVS in NYC.