Treatments (Eye) -MD Forte - skin rejuvenation eye cream
Pamann 5/25/2004 3:40:00 PM
The first couple of wks I tried this it seemed unremarkable. Then I had an allergic reaction to an eyeshadow and stopped using both.Then when I cleared up I retried MD Forte and the puffiness kept coming back- so I thought I was allergic to this. Discontinued use for about 5mo. Then I read a post about milia and the rejuv cream helping so pulled it out and what do you know?- it helped reduce them. So I'll use it till it's gone, but prob won't repurchase- nothing special for wrinkles.
Mascara -Maybelline - Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof
Pamann 5/25/2004 3:23:00 PM
I can't believe that I like anything made by Maybelline, but recs kept popping up. I knew the brush was smaller and expressly bought this for lower lashline because I hate mascara on lower lashes but my blonde lashes look even weirder-so this fit the bill! The tiny brush gets all the lashes and doesn't clump or over exaggerate the lower line. Simply darkens (tints) them w/out excessive product. Highly recommend as a tint.
I bought this because I've never had a great loose powder brush and felt like that's where my foundation application was going horribly wrong. As powder brushes go, this one was pretty reasonable. It is very soft-as everyone mentions, and it hasn't shed a bristle(in 2mo use every day). It a is very dense so it picks up a lot of product- but the deposit is never excessive- no caking or streaking.Your powder formulation would be key,as well, but this brush is the answer to a flawless finish! Would re-purchase.
I bought this brush w/ my Shiseido concealer(and actually confused the recs about Shu Uemura brushes)(Duh) but I really like it! I suspect the bristles are synthetic(probably taklon) and are perfect for applying concealer sheerly in eye area w/out having to rub (I still tap it w/fingertips to set).I also have started to use it to apply foundation where my pores are the most pronounced(nose) to coat them more evenly and give a smoother finish.This brush seems very durable and has not changed shape and I wash it every day.($20 @ Nordstroms)Would re-purchase if need be.
Makeup Brushes -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Push Shadow Liner Brush
Pamann 5/13/2004 1:40:00 PM
I bought this when I bought my MUFE foundation. The MU artist used this brush to thoroughly cover all the annoying pores on my nose and surrounding area.Best technique I've ever encountered- my fingertips just can't cover as well. She used this brush to do the job and I was surprised when I read the package that it wasn't specifically intended for this- but rather shadow. I wash this 2-3x a week and have had it for 3mo and the bristles are still in decent condition- tiny bit of splaying, but doesn't interfere w/ application.Expensive($19)-probably could find similar in art store for less.
Makeup Brushes -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Contour Shadow Brush
Pamann 5/13/2004 1:28:00 PM
(update/edit) I now use this brush for what it was designed for..it works so wonderfully at blending eye shadow.. I lightly stroke downward from the brow bone and it softens the crease color and blends it perfectly into the lid color. It can also help reduce any excess color deposited because of a heavy handed application. I also use it to apply loose powder to my undereye area since the brush is so feathery and deposits a finer layer of dust so as not to excessively accentuate fine lines. Wonderful quality bristles- pretty pink wooden handle. $27.50. Expensive, but a lifetime brush, IMO.
This is a very thickening/ lenthening mascara, but with that comes tiny particles. I wear contacts and little specks are all over my contacts and I have to remove them to get it off.Does leave smudge marks under eye too. Too bad because I did like the effect on initial application- very dramatic. Will not purchase (try to get a sample tube before you buy- then you won't feel too bad if it doesn't work out.)
Loose Powders -Sonia Kashuk - Barely There Loose Powder in Naked
Pamann 5/13/2004 12:51:00 PM
Update 12/05: Now my HG! I swear by this powder and even use it as a primer when applying minerals. The absolute BEST loose! My skin is very oily in T zone, but normal everywhere else and this powder works in both areas w/ out caking or changing color. The Naked is perfect for me(PPP) and doesn't appear chalky or "ghostly" in pictures. Finely milled is the key to this product. Tiny little pot w/ little room to maneuver a big powder brush (big mess every time) but decent price although I would gladly pay double for more product in a bigger container ($7.99 @ Target) Will definitely repurchase.
I was really hoping for a HG , but didn't find it here. I really waited (at least 2 mo) to write this-and try new application techniques- but no go. It would smudge a bit if I really rubbed and pushed(tried SK smudgebrush,Qtip, smudger tip)but I really felt like I was just tearing up the skin on my lids. This color was also too harsh(I'm PPP) and I always wear brown. Also streaked the(line)color when I did try to smudge-then I would have to dab on more color- and blend- sheesh! Too much work! (Obviously) won't repurchase.
Holy cow! 722 reviews- ok here goes #723. I'm very fair (always get the lightest foundation, etc) and light eyes. This is a peachy/pinky color that looks sparkly in compact but I don't see any sparkles when applied. I tend to be very light handed with blush, but this one I have to dip and reapply to achieve desired flush. I apply this w/ the Lancome skunk brush(product has no brush incl) and it gives a very natural, sun kissed, believable flush of color. I think this is the most expensive blush I've ever purchased and it only contains .16 oz of product so I haven't decided firmly if I will repurchase- depends how fast I run out.
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - Anti Gravity Eye Cream
Pamann 4/29/2004 8:46:00 AM
I use this at night- and as other have noted- no real appreciable difference. Definitely no lifting involved. OK in the moisture department- no milia- that's a plus. Still on a quest.
Would never think of ruining the perfect rating of this product- awesome blush!! Wakes up your face without looking harsh or false.Just a nice, sheer wash of color with the barest shimmer. Applied w/ Pinceau brush #3 was a cinch! I'm a PPP and the color is just right.
I have a blush phobia- I like subtle blush, but could never accomplish it until now. I read the raves about this brush and yearned- then heard it might be dc'd(confirmed by the Lancome SA - says the designer passed & would not sell design to Lancome) & ran out to buy this brush! Blush is sooooo easy to apply now- natural and perfectly blended w/ a brush! Who would've guessed?!Fabulous!!
Almost all lip balms are too waxy and this one is no exception. The scent wasn't unpleasant, and the tingly sensation is soothing. But, after a few hours my lips begin to peel and look worse than when I applied it. Cannot recommend.
Misc Beauty Tools -Sonia Kashuk - Metal Eyelash Comb
Pamann 4/5/2004 8:38:00 PM
I didn't even know there was such a thing as a metal lash comb- great idea! Doesn't scrape away too much mascara like plastic counterparts and separates even the gunkiest products I have-makes almost any mascara salvagable. Have to clean after every use for maximum benefits but no biggie!