I've recently started using the Proactiv system, which was given to me by a friend. The system alone was drying out and irritating my skin (for the first few days I wanted to tear at my skin! ouch!). So I read reviews and went to the closest Proactiv kiosk and got the green tea moisturizer, and wow, has it made a difference. I've never regularly used a moisturizer before because my skin is so greasy and I hate the feeling of more grease. This gel goes on, sinks in, doesn't feel greasy, and doesn't make me break out. I love it! The price for the amount you get is a little steep, but it's worth it to me. While the Proactiv system will help my acne (it seems to be 1.5 weeks in), I'll keep using this moisturizer!
I've been very desperate to find something to help my acne lately, and feel like I've tried everything--benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and prescriptions. When I saw that this had an ingredient I hadn't tried yet, I was very excited. It did help my skin... for awhile. It helped my pimples without drying them out too much, which I liked. The tube, while not beautiful, is nice because you can get every last bit of product out. I did stop using this product, however, for a few reasons. For one, the tint has to be blended into the skin--a wet q-tip took care of it, but I don't know how much of the product I was actually removing from my skin. Secondly, in the areas that I was using the treatment, I got a ton of whiteheads, which I'd never had before, and they won't go away. All in all, I'd say it's worth a try if you feel like you've tried everything.
I am cool toned, so I usually stay away from most bronze-ish eyeshadows because they tend to be too warm/reddish/orangish for me. I received romp in a swap and was pleasantly surprised, it goes fine with my cool toned complexion. I like to wear this on the outer lid with grain on the inner lid and era on the crease for a daytime look. You don't hear much about romp, but I think it deserves more credit than it gets.
I originally started buying paints to use on days I didn't have time to do a full eye. However, I ended up loving them as an e/s primer. The only primer that I've found to be comparable is Benefit's F.Y.Eye, which comes in a jar and I find this tube easier to get the amount of product I want without getting it all over my fingers. The color is a golden bronze that is not too warm for my cool toned skin. I use this on days when I want to dress my eyes up a little bit.
I originally tried the waterproof version of this, which I liked well enough, but I had a really hard time getting it off and it wasn't worth it to me. I usually curl, apply mascara, and curl again. The formula is drier, which I like, goes on easily, has a nice brush, doesn't clump much, and does lift your lashes--though only when they've been curled before and/or after mascara application. The day I bought this I put it on in the car and didn't curl my lashes at all, and while it added a lot of length, it didn't lift my lashes on its own. Definitely worth using the entire tube, but I think I'll keep looking for something that better lifts my lashes.
I've always used Clinique mascaras and have been pretty satisfied, but lately I've been wanting to try something that would lift my lashes (I have straight asian lashes). After reading the MUA reviews, I decided to try the waterproof, since many people have mentioned that the waterproofness is what seems to keep their lashes curled. I curled my lashes, applied Lash Lift, and curled again. It is a drier formula, which I like, went on pretty smoothly with no clumps. The waterproof formula lasted even through a sweaty walk, though the curl fell out a bit. However, at night, my normal eye m/u remover didn't take it off, nor did the Olay daily facials I use after that. Ended up using cold cream, but my eyes were stingy and red. I ended up taking it back and exchanging it for the regular formula, which I like a lot more. Also, I accidentally bought the brown/black color, which I didn't think would look very good on me since I'm asian and have black eye brows & lashes. However, it looked just fine--just not as dark.
I originally became interested in paints because I thought they might be nice to throw on when I don't have time to do my whole eye (I really don't like cream shadows, and powder shadows crease on me without a base). This paint ended up being about the same shade or just a titch darker that my natural eyelid. So, now I'm using this everyday as a base. Although I believe MAC's website describes this as having a shimmer, I don't really see it. I haven't had a lot of oozing problems, but I rolled down the end before I even opened the things (thanks to you ladies wonderful reviews!). I have tried a lot of eye bases, and this is the best one I've come across (Benefit FYE is good too, but the packaging of the paints are easier).
I bought this e/s to use a crease color. I am light skinned, cool toned Asian with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. I've always had a hard time finding a crease color that's not too dark and not too warm. I thought that this would be the perfect cool brown, and it is the greyish-brown that other reviewers have mentioned, but for me, the color was blah and the satin formula was really hard to blend--my eye makeup looked streaky. Swapped this one away.
I am a light skinned, cool toned Asian with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. I've always had a hard time finding the perfect crease color because I don't really have a crease--I just put a darker color that complements the rest of the e/s I'm wearing to give some depth to create a "fake" crease. That said, most of the colors that people with normal eye creases wear often turn out too dark or too warm for me. This one has reached HG status for me--I wear it everyday and it seems to go with everything. I always pair it with Shroom as a highlighter.
I was so glad when MAC brought this color out. I have hazel eyes, and I was told once that turquoise/aqua colors will really bring out the green in hazel eyes, so I went through this phase where I tried every MAC tealish color (shimmermoss, surreal, steamy, tres teal, etc)--but they ended up looking too unnatural and garish for me. What I love about aquavert is that it doesn't scream, "I'm wearing green eyeshadow!" I apply most of my shadows pretty lightly, and with this one, there's a goldish green shimmer that doesn't even look green unless you're up close, but it really brings out the green in my eyes from any distance. The veluxe pearl formula goes on very well, and the LE green packaging for this one is adorable.
I love this color. As described below, it is a taupe plum color in the frost formulation. I do think that this is a unique color as I haven't found anything like it in the permanent collection, and I have worn it during the day and at night. I have paired it with dovefeather, shale, satin taupe, botanical, and flirty number. Great versatile neutral.
I love MAC's e/s and I love plum/burgundy shades, so I thought that I'd really like this one. As midsweettalk says below, this also turned out a grey/smoke/black color with some red/burgundy sparkles to it--which looks horrible on my PPP cool toned skin.
I was really excited to try this product since I've been lemming that Clinique black honey shimmering berries shimmering tones mosaic thing. However, I was really disappointed with this product--it did not offer much color, but instead, glittery shimmer. It has nice packaging and if you like high shimmer, you'll be happy with this.
Lip Treatments -Fusion Beauty - LipFusion Lip Plumping Gloss
lindseylouike 2/2/2006 10:56:00 PM
Got this as an RAOK in the fruit cocktail color. This gloss is thick and sticky, and since I'm not much of a gloss person, I wasn't too into that. It made my lips tingle and plump with less lines, but it wasn't like Pow--Angelina Jolie lips! Though the color looks dark hot pink in the tube, it goes on as a YLBB pink. The packaging is very nice; which I believe it should be for the price. My verdict: nice gloss, though not worth the money to buy it again.
I got a mini w/ a Sephora GWP and was pleasantly surprised. The results aren't dramatic, but they are noticeable. The thing I like the most about this gloss is that it isn't sticky; it really sinks into my lips and feels comfortable. My lips get a little numb from this gloss and look fuller with less lines. The color is a pure pink, but the color of this gloss actually sinks in and tones down, which I like with this shade.