Primer/ Corrector -Lioele - Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm
izzybella 12/13/2012 12:22:00 PM
I'm currently using a sample of this. It feels like Crisco going on and while I can't read Korean, I suspect it's full of silicones because it has a slippery feel to it. My pores aren't diminished looking but my foundation goes on easier. It has a nice fresh scent, although a bit strong smelling.
Stella has been my go-to fragrance for the last 6 years so I had high hopes for LILY. Initially this smelled nice, but it devolved into something that reminded me of self-tanner. Unfortunately, not a fan but I still love the original Stella.
This is a nice lip lacquer/gloss, but unfortunately I picked a shade that wasn't flattering on me. It has a nice viscous texture that isn't too tacky or sticky feeling, and is super pigmented, like a liquid lipstick. The shade I picked, Nymph, was a pinch too dark even for my pigmented lips (I was looking for a rosy MLBB shade), but I'd be open to trying the other shades from this line. Love that it's scent-free and that it's reasonably priced at $25.
Foundations -Hourglass - Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
izzybella 12/10/2012 6:32:00 PM
I'm currently using a sample of this foundation in Nude. It has a lightweight consistency but delivers pretty pigmented coverage - I'd say this is solidly a medium coverage foundation, but it feels like nothing going on. Unfortunately, this gradually oxidized on me as the day wore on, so I can't say I'd recommend this if you have similar issues with other foundations. Aside from the oxidation issues, this is a good natural-looking foundation.
I bought this in Titian and unfortunately, returned it. The color reminds me of MAC Syrup lustre lipstick in that it's a cool-toned pink. It has a great texture going on, and I love that it's scent-free. However, this has no staying power whatsoever and left my lips feeling chapped within an hour or so. This was my main beef with this lipstick, so it went back to Sephora.
This is pretty good as far as concealers go but I'm still not sure it's worth $70. It camouflages undereye darkness pretty well (but mine aren't particularly dark), as well as the usual acne scars and pimples. It also covers my annoying dark spot on my right cheek pretty well, which is basically my measuring stick for whether a concealer is worth keeping. The packaging is hefty and luxurious feeling and it's pretty pigmented. For now I put that I'd buy again. For reference, I wear NARS Alaska/Custard, MAC NC30, Shiseido O20, BE 1.2/2.0 Light. Ocher is a pinch too yellow for me at the moment but close enough.
This is pretty good as far as concealers go but I'm still not sure it's worth $70. It camouflages undereye darkness pretty well (but mine aren't particularly dark), as well as the usual acne scars and pimples. It also covers my annoying dark spot on my right cheek pretty well, which is basically my measuring stick for whether a concealer is worth keeping. The packaging is hefty and luxurious feeling and it's pretty pigmented. For now I put that I'd buy again. For reference, I use this in Ocher and it's a pinch too yellow for me at the moment but close enough. I wear NARS Alaska/Custard, MAC NC30, Shiseido O20, BE 1.2/2.0 Light.
Skincare - Face -Dr. Bronner's - Dr.Bronners Tea Tree Soap
izzybella 12/7/2012 6:56:00 PM
I bought this because my piercer recommended it for cleaning a new piercing (I was informed that you can also use the lavender, hemp and unscented versions, but NOT the peppermint version of this soap for cleaning piercings). It's pretty watery but you only need a little bit. I ended up also using this as my shower gel, and I enjoy it a lot. I'll definitely repurchase this or try another scent
Treatments -L'Oreal - EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque
izzybella 12/7/2012 12:02:00 PM
I got a sample of this in the last Target beauty bag. Like the matching shampoo and conditioner from this line, I like this masque a lot. It has the same heavenly coconut/vanilla scent and is moisturizing without weighing my hair down. I'd definitely buy this when I run out!
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Thickening Spray
izzybella 12/6/2012 10:42:00 AM
I've been using this for the last week or so. I've tried it on both wet and dry hair but I think the results are about the same in terms of thickening effect, but its harder to comb through if you apply to wet hair and blow dry afterwards. My hair is definitely thicker and fuller looking after I've used this spray. This has a light scent that reminds me of pineapples, but I don't really notice the alcohol smell that others have mentioned. Hold is decent, especially considering how you don't really feel this hairspray (no crunchiness). I put that I'd repurchase this, but only at a discount (or through a swap).
This is my first By Terry product. I'm not exactly sure what it is - the packaging says it's a "extra-smoothing filler long lasting bare skin". I was expecting this to be like a primer, but it's more like a tinted moisturizer/foundation. It goes on well and dries a bit... tight? I felt like my skin was a bit taunt after applying this, but it does even out my complexion quite well. I received this in shade 2 nude glow and it's more or less a match for my MAC NC30/NARS Alaska complexion. I'm not crazy about the scent and the fact that it's a bit drying for my combo skin. It's probably a good thing that I'm not a fan of this product, because at $65, it's expensive!
This is a good heat protectant and leaves my hair soft and silky, however i just can't get over the smell! It's pungent in a grandma's perfume kind of way. I only use a tiny amount applied to damp hair and while I love the results I don't enjoy the scent. The strong perfume in this, combined with the high price make me not want to repurchase.
Moisturizers -Burt's Bees - Sensitive Night Cream with Cotton Extract
izzybella 12/2/2012 11:00:00 AM
This is not a bad moisturizer. I bought this for my boyfriend because his skin has been getting a bit red lately from sun exposure and we think he may have mild rosacea or at the very least, sensitive skin. It hasn't made his skin worse but it doesn't seem to have solved the redness issue either. I've used this on occasion when I stay over and it's a solid night moisturizer. When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels hydrated and supple. I also like that its fragrance-free. I usually use Boscia skin care, but in a pinch, I'd repurchase this moisturizer!
I'm surprised at the low reviews for this cleanser. It's both a chemical and manual exfoliant, since it has both glycolic and lactic acid in addition to the granules. I didn't find it really scrubby enough, but combined with the chemical exfoliants I thought it did the trick. My skin is softer and smoother and I love the scent. It reminds me of a less herbally smelling alternative to ExfoliKate without the tingling.
I've been using this lotion for the past couple weeks and I really like it. It's quite emollient and I only need a tiny bit. It wears well under makeup for Fall and Winter, but I probably wouldn't use this as a daytime moisturizer when the weather warms up because it would make me greasy (I have combo skin). It also doubles nicely as a night moisturizer and my skin feels hydrated and soft when I wake up in the morning. Bonus points that it's fragrance-free. I'll definitely consider repurchasing when I run out!