The one I am reviewing is the one I bought in the UK, so is different from the US I believe. I hate this stuff with a vengeance (and I love the LRP line). I bought this to help me clear some spots on my chin but instead of helping it, it irritated them and gave me dozens of tiny whiteheads. Didn't risk using it again as I am sick of the sight of spots. Purging or not.
Cleansers -Olay - Daily Facials for Sensitive Skin
dizzielittlerascal 7/23/2012 7:39:00 AM
I have gone through a lot of cleansers which has partly led to me having pretty bad skin (although some of it is to blame on hormones too). So I decided I needed to stick to only a couple of things, using this to take off make up and then followed with LRP foaming wash. The combination of these two have been better for me. I have found these Olay cloths pretty good for removing make up, although it is not so good for removing eye make up - which is ok as I prefer to use a separate remover and be more gentle when it comes to my eyes. These cloths foam up well although I do have a hard time keeping them in my hands as they slip around! I am thorough when it comes to rinsing as these cloths contain petroleum and don't really want a layer of this left on my skin. Following up with a separate cleanser helps to remove everything. My skin feels clean and not too tight afterwards and have not noticed a reaction when using them. I have been using them for about 4 weeks now. Price is reasonable too especially when you can find them on bogof most of the time. The packaging is pretty rubbish though (a cardboard box with the wipes being in a flimsy plastic package), the ones I have is a 'refill' pack, but I cannot find the tub to refill it in anywhere! I can only find the refills! lol Just to add: If you have active acne, do not use the cloth where your breakout is. This will be too irritating, I would suggest just gently use the lather with your fingers on the affected area. I usually use the cloth on the non affected areas, lose the cloth, then use the remaining suds on the rest of my face.
I actually really like this! I bought this with the conditioner as it was buy one, get the other half price, so this made it rather competitively priced, and along the same price as drug store shampoos and conditioners (£12 for both). My hair feels so soft during and after, and doesn't make my head itch - where most shampoos do! Smells lovely and only a small amount needed. My hair is porous so couldn't say if this held the colour any longer as I have recolour quite often any way. I am quite impressed!
I really like this mascara. I wear contacts and have found no irritation, smudging or flaking from this. I found the rotational wand very easy to use and certainly helped me applying a good amount of mascara on my sparse lashes. It also gives me good volume and length. I do find it a little harder to remove but I haven't lost any lashes when I have to take it off. It also dries quite flexible, but I don't know how buildable it really is as I find that when I have gone through the lashes once, it is enough! It is also a good true black.
Wow, this has to be the prettiest blusher/highlighter I own! I love pink, but this is more a redder pink than I own, and really really suits my NW20-25 skin well. It is highly pigmented so you need to be very careful with it. I use a Mac 187 brush and swirl around the blush and gently place it on my cheeks. This way I get a beautiful dark pinky glow. There is shimmer but I don't see it being too glittery - just glowy! Very flattering :o)
Eye Makeup Remover -Boots - Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
dizzielittlerascal 7/14/2012 2:33:00 PM
This, to me, is the best eye make up remover I have used. It got all my make up off and didn't sting my eyes. But, for crying out loud, they have discontinued it and replaced it with an 'eye brightening make up remover'. Why reformulate a good product? This new one is compete garbage. I am hopping mad. This new one has made my eyes sting, eyelids burn and did not do its job well. I am sat here with red eyes and they are watering like mad. Now I have to hunt for another product - took me long enough to find this one as it is!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
dizzielittlerascal 7/13/2012 5:32:00 AM
This is a fab product. I think some people get confused with this though, this is meant to be used in conjunction with your moisturiser. If you follow the instructions which comes with this it states that you use this following their 3 step programme which is cleanse, tone and moisturise. This is to aid moisturising and is for people with dehydrated skin, or for skin which needs an extra boost. It is not intended to be used on its own. Use this very sparingly, you honestly do not need a lot at all! I don't personally use it all over - just targeting the more dehydrated areas (for me its the cheeks and forehead). Doing this means that I do not end up with an oil slick of a face due to my pores over producing oil to hydrate my skin (especially on my cheeks).
After seeing a lovely fellow MUAer do a FOTD wearing Nars Flamenco it really made me want to try a red lipstick again. But alas, I cannot pull off red (I am around NC20/25ish). I did sort of try with Mac's Cherry lipliner (lol), but no, just no. My lips kind of disappeared too! I really wanted the Nars one but at well over £15 without even looking first (I don't live that close to a Nars counter) I started looking for 'dupes'. This isn't called a dupe for it but looked pretty similar when looking at swatches online. I have no idea if this is anything like Flamenco, but for the first time in my life I have found a red I can pull off. I suppose because when applied with a lipbrush it doesn't scream red, but its red enough. Its a lovely moisturising lipstick too, so doesn't highlight any flakiness or flaws. It also doesn't try to make my lips look smaller, which is great as I like them the size they are! Now, whether I dare to wear on a daily basis I don't know. I am usually a heavy eye, nude lip girl but there are always days when I do go for a much paler look - so maybe I should try it!
Skin: NW20-25 Combo dehydrated. A few blemishes to cover. Hyperpigmentation/redness - a fair bit to cover. This is my HG foundation. Shade 32 fits me perfectly. This rather gelish foundation doesn't apply like you would think it would when you first pump it out. It glides on the skin to give a sheer cover, evening out the skin. Beautiful finish, not too dewy and definitely not matte either. Very buildable, this means that if you do have more to cover this will do the job fairly well. However you will need concealer too if you have a lot to cover. If you like med/full coverage this is not for you. But I love the fact it doesn't show off every pore on my face, doesn't settle into fine lines I may have, and looks just like my skin but better. You cannot feel this on your face either which is just the way I like it. This foundation does everything I have ever wanted in a foundation. If you want to know the difference between this and the Mac version, the difference is huge! When it comes to lasting power, this wins hands down. Macs is more watery and more dewy on my combo skin but because the formula is even sheerer than the MUFE one, the shades are more forgiving. I have found it hard to match my skin tone with this one, mainly because its so hard to get hold of in the UK. But once you find it, its so worth it. Hands down MUFE is so much better than Macs, even though you get less than half the amount. Another huge bonus with this one over the Mac version is the fact I can rely on it not to break me out!
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
dizzielittlerascal 7/5/2012 7:54:00 AM
If I could give these a zero I would. These are nothing like the Shiseido or even the Tweezerman curlers. I couldn't even get them to go near my lashes let alone try and curl them! On closer inspection they weren't even lined up properly. Honestly, I don't know why I bother with E.L.F stuff (except their eye primer which rocks!) as its almost always a miss with the quality of their products. I assume this is down to lack of quality control.
Please Nars, sort out the packaging on this powder as it seriously sucks! Mine only arrived this week as I had road tested this for a day after being made over at Space NK, and I really liked the finish, and colour match (I have this in Beach and am NC/W 20-25 depending on the foundation). In the (messy) tub it looks scarily orange, but it matches my skin tone perfectly (and I am no oompa loompa!). So anyway, like I said, it arrived and I was so excited to get this - only to open the box and a tonne of powder literally poofed into the air smothering me with this powder. Not a good start. Off to the sink to give it a good clean out and it all looks pretty again (the packaging in a clean state looks lovely and is large, compared to most). But I am almost too scared to open it again, so will have to be armed with towels. I have owned loose powders before but this is mess city. Be warned!
I used to love this brush, but after only using this for a few weeks it has 'splayed'. A few of the hairs are at an angle, which is weird as I know how to look after these brushes. I don't know how to pull it back together. I have to say I am disappointed as I own several MAC brushes which I adore.
I love this cleaner, especially for spot cleansing. Trouble is the bottle sucks, so I got myself a travel sized spray bottle and transferred it into there. This way I can spray directly onto the brush or onto tissue without wasting so much product - this is too expensive to waste! When using this I find that my brushes dry faster too, which is good for me as I wash my brushes just about after every use!
I got this Paint Pot in a swap, and I have to say this is hands down my favourite paintpot to date. I love the fact that one layer gives a deep grey with a hint of sparkle, but can be built up for a more definite dark grey. But most of all I love it as a base, and today I have teamed it with Mac's Greensmoke, and black mascara. No, its not natural or minimal, but a beautiful smoky eye - just how I love it! Can't wait to team it with other colours and see them in a new light!
Shampoo -John Frieda - Full Repair Full Body Shampoo
dizzielittlerascal 7/1/2012 2:48:00 AM
I colour my hair on a regular basis, but to be honest its not in too bad a condition, I only have a little dryness on the ends. I got this with the conditioner as I wanted some help in giving my hair some volume (its fine) while looking after the colour. I have used the John Frieda line before and I like it as it doesn't irritate my scalp. This shampoo and conditioner (like all of the line) has the most annoying packaging. 9 times out of ten the lid gets stuck and I have actually split my lips trying to prise it open. Also, so much water collects around the lid, so if you need to transfer it from one place to another you need to unscrew it and empty it. Like I mentioned, I colour my hair, but with this 'colour safe' shampoo the colour has faded at about twice the speed as normal. Not a happy bunny. I also notice that I need to watch out for build up too, as this does tend to build up quicker than other shampoos (probably to do with the volumising ingredients in it). I use a tested (by me!) clarifying shampoo that I know doesn't strip colour. So I know its not the clarifying shampoo causing the fading. With all of this said, it does gives your hair more oomph, and my hair does feel healthy, its just that I don't feel that its good for colour treated hair. And its seems to be always on offer too, so turns out to be not too costly. I would return to the JF line, but will probably stick with the Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner.