Lots of reviewers give this poor eyeshadow bad reviews because of the texture. Some prefer Typographic to Carbon because the texture of Typographic is so much better. I own both of them, so I can compare them. Yes, the texture of Typographic is smoother and more intense than the texture of Carbon. But Carbon is a Matte and Typographic is a Matte2, so there has to be a difference. And as good as Typographic is, itīs a dark grey, not a pure black colour. I used Typographic a long time, but I always longed for a pure black, so I recently bought Carbon. I never regretted it. The texture is soft and when I blend it, it blends to an ashy black (!) colour. No blue or gray undertones, just soft pure black. Honestly, I do daytime office looks with my Mac eyeshadows, so I donīt use it all over the lid or for a smoky eye. But I love this as an eyeliner on my upper lid, slightly washed out to a soft line with a smudge brush. Or used wet as an eyeliner with an eyeliner brush, it gives a precise black line. It is a no-brainer for me to reach in the morning, draw my line and then Iīm good to go. Totally wearable for office and makes my amber eyes pop better than any other colour. Anbd I own a lot of the famous MAC colours from Club over Patina to Naked Lunch. I like it better than any other Mac eyeshadow to line my eyes, because I always was a fan of a classic black liner and always will be. Itīs a classic, no-nonsense eye shadow and if I had to give up all other eyeshadows, I would just to keep this one. Plus, I have a Pro Palette from Mac to prevent me from having thousands of eyeshadow containers standing around in my bathroom and having to search every morning for my eyeshadow colours. Which was a reason not to buy a black eyeshadow from another brand. I really recommend this eyeshadow.
Letīs start by saying, I never bought a MAC brush. I own a few Bobbi Brown brushes and some cheaper drugstore brushes. Unfortunately, you really can tell the difference between the cheaper brushes and the good ones. You can spend a lot of money buying brushes and I danced around the MAC counter for a while, sighing and trying to decide, which of these eypensive brushes could be the most useful for me. You donīt want to buy the wrong brush or one, you donīt really use, when youīre spending 30 Euros on a single brush. I bought a MAC holiday brush set then and was severly disappointed about the bad quality. I returned it and then, I somehow found Sigma brushes in youtube reviews. I ordered them online and decided to go for the eye kit, because I needed good eye make up brushes. Sooo glad I did! The quality is awesome and the brushes work for me. I use them every day, some of them more, some of them less, but in the end, it was totally worth the 50 Euros I spent on this kit. The reason, why some of the brushes are not used so often has nothing to do with the quality of the brushes. Sometimes the brush just doesnīt work for your eye type. My eyes are small and the E 40 is way to big for my eyes. Others like the E 30, E 55, E 05 and E 65 work perfectly for me. But, you got to try the different brush types out and with this kit, you get a broad range of brushes. I even plan to buy more of these lovely brushes from Sigma, now going for the smaller brushes like the E 15 flat definer , the E 45 tapered beldnign brush or the E 21 smudge brush, as I know from my experience. Highly recommended.
I went to a MAC counter to test a few colours. Haux was among them. From the beginning, I was suspicious, that the colour would be too red for me. While trying it in the artificial light of the MAC counter, it looked really good and the SA told me, that this colour would work for me. I had to buy the colour online because the store doesnīt carry pro pans. I went back to my office and then I looked in the mirror. Whoops. I looked tired, bruised and like I had a terrible hangover. The shade really brought out my undereye circles (although I used concealer) and made me look sick all over. As I thought about it, this is actually the shade of my undereye circles, which are reddish-purplish-blueish. For reference, Iīm a MAC NC20, BB sand with dark lashes, dark eyebrows and amber eyes. For anyone with this colour of undereye circles, this is probably not the best choice. I highly suggest trying out the colour on a MAC counter, if thatīs possible.
This was my first paintpot from MAC and I admit, I bought it because of Lisa Eldridgeīs tutorial. Sheīs very pale as I am and the colour worked for her, so I decided to give it a try. For reference: Iīm a BB sand, MAC NC 20 with amber eyes and black lashes and eyebrows. The colour is a tan colur with the tiniest bit of shimmering silver in it. MAC describes it as a mid-tone neutral taupe with a satin finish. I usually look awkward with warm browns on my lids as they donīt really emphasize my eyes. But it must be the shimmering silver in this colour, that prevents it from being overly warm. It looks really like a mid-tone colour in a true sense, being neither too light or too dark on my lids. Thatīs what makes it perfect to give my eyes a little depth and a certain smokiness without being too overpowering. I assume itīs my pale skin colour that makes it look like that. Whereas Iīm not sure, it has the same effect on darker skin colours. I use it for everyday make-up looks and itīs so versatile. I simply wash it over my lids with wedge, omega or copperplate on top for a quick and polished look, when I donīt feel like putting a sophisticated eye-make-up on. I use it with soft grey and cool browns to create a lighter smoky eye for daytime. And I can build it up with black khol liner and dark grey crease colour for an evening look. The only negative point is, I canīt use the colour on its own, because it is a little on the warmer side of colours and I have to "cool" the warm tones down with other shades. But great as a base colour on my lid. I use my hands or a brush to apply the paint pot, both ways work well. Allover this colour is a neutral everyday colour with so many options to use it. I donīt regret buying it and if it suits your skintone and eyecolour, give it a try.
I bought this in Germany at a pharmacy near the french border for 22 Euros and itīs called "Vichy Aqualia Antiox cure fraiche desoxydante resultat peau neuve". A skin renewing treatment with antioxidants in translation. In fact, it is a high concentrated vitamin c treatment with vitamin e and meant to be a 21 days treatment. Not for permanent use, but a cure I use in spring to enlighten and "wake up" my skin, when I feel my skin is dull and I have an uneven skin tone. I battle with hyperpigmentation and my skin scars easily and heals slow, so I need a cure from time to time to even out my complexion. It comes in a brown bottle with a pipette and you have to mix the liquid in the bottel with a sachet before the first use to get the ingredients together. And - very important- you have to keep the bottle in the refrigerator to keep the serum fresh because of the high concentrated ingredients that are a bit unstable. Itīs a liquid serum you can use in the morning or (!) in the evening under your usual cream. I prefer to use it in the evening, because Iīm not fond on using high concentrated antioxidants in daytime. They tend to be a little unstable. The serum tends to be a little sticky, but not greasy. Maybe another reason for using it at night. Because of the high concentrated vitamin c, you should avoid the eye area and the serum should not come into contact with your clothes because it might cause stains. For me, this works well. I use it 21 days and my skin is less dull, more even and toned. I also like the fact, that you mix it just before the use. But you have to check first, if your skin likes high concentrations of vitamin c and e. Otherwise, you might get a burning sensation and trouble with your skin. I use also vitamin a and a sensitive as my skin is, I never had problems with high concentrated antioxidants. Ingredients: Powder phase: ascorbic acid vitamin c:11%, sodium citrate, dipotassium phosphate Serum phase: Aqua, dimethicone, glycerin, propanediol, dipropylene glycol, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, alcohol denat., ethylhexyl palmitate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, peg-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, dimethiconol, neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (citrus polyphenoltm), methylsilanol/silicate crosspolymer, tocopherol (vitamin e), ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide / ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, disodium edta, isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate, capryloyl salicylic acid, xanthan gum, allyl methacrylates crosspolymer I did try other vitamin c serums for permanent use as skinceuticals ce ferulic, but this one is less expensive than others and easily available for me. I would recommed it if your skin tolerates vitamin c and e and you have a dull and uneven complexion. Especially recommended in springtime for dull winter skin.
I first saw this product on a Lisa Eldridge tutorial on make-up removal on her website and was intrigued, but didnīt know the company or the products. Purity Organic Skincare is a british brand with Ecocert and the philosophy of "beauty without cruelty" and "less is more". Their products are designed for sensitive skin with few, but effective ingredients. For more informations, check their website www.purityorganicskincare.co.uk. The interesting thing is, that their products are reasonably priced from 4.99 to 8.99 GBP. I ordered it online on the companyīs website and paid 4.99 GBP for the 150 ml cleanser, which is a great deal. Why I bought this: My skin is combo-acne-prone-dehydrated-sensitive. I was interested in this cleanser specifically, because I was searching for a real good cleanser for make-up and sunscreen removal. I usually wear SPF 50 and a light make-up, so itīs pretty important for me, to have a good cleanser. I also wanted to do a double cleansing of my face, but never suceeded in finding a cleansing oil, that worked for me as a first step of the cleansing routine. Then, my pores clog easily and that makes a deep cleansing even more important to take all the suncreen and make-up off. The product: The conditioning cleansing lotion is a white lotion, but not too fluid and more on the cream cleanser side from the texture. When you spread it on your face, it feels rich and comfortable, nourishing and cleansing at the same time. Any scent you can detect in this lotion, comes from the ingredients as it is fragrance-free. I found the scent to be very subtle and slightly fresh, just lovely and clean. It also doesnīt linger on your skin after you wash the lotion off. And it is definitely described as a make-up remover, so not just a face cleanser, but a real make-up remover for the face. Caution: This is not an eye make-up remover! Itīs written on the package, that you have to avoid eye-contact. Usage: I remove my eye make-up first with Bioderma. I put the lotion on my dry skin and massage it gently in. I can feel the lotion dissolve all the products on my face while feeling very smooth and soft. Then I splash water on my face to remove the lotion and the make-up. I also tried it with muslin cloths and you can use them too to take the lotion off. The CCL takes everything away and leaves your skin already very clean. I tried also double-cleanse with only the CCL for the first and the second step and it worked perfectly. Result: My skin was clean and supersoft without having a greasy residue on it. A very clean skin-feeling in fact, but not stripped of all the oils as many cleansers, which make your skin squeaky clean while stripping all natural oils and barriers away. To be totally honest, I was a little bit unsure first, because Iīm used to Cetaphil, which is even milder than this cleanser and builds a protective barrier. And my skin was and felt unusually clean. This lotion has avocado oil in it , that dissolves the sunscreen and make-up to give you clean and moisturized skin and makes it something between and oil and a cream-lotion cleanser. But donīt be afraid of the oil, it has a 2 on a scale from 0 to 5. I check every product religiously for comedogenic ingredients. Thereīs isopropyl palmitate in it and according to zerozits itīs a 4. I wonīt lie to you and say, itīs completely free from comedogenic ingredients. But itīs only one ingredient and I gave it a try, because I use Cetaphil with SLS as a comedogenic grade 5 ingredient, not to mention the bad parabens in it and it works for my skin. Ingredients: Aqua (water) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Glycerin Isopropyl Palmitate Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf powder Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour Euphrasia Officinalis Extract Rosa Centifolia Flower Water Cetearyl Glucoside Benzyl Alcohol Cetearyl Olivate Cetyl Alcohol Sorbitan Olivate Cetearyl Alcohol Sodium PCA (Amino Acid) Dehydroacetic Acid Alcohol Update 01/04/2012: Hate to say it, but the alcohol proved to drying out my skin slowly. I know, they have to use something as a conservant for the lotion, but alcohol? I found another ingredient, which doesnīt go well with my skin. Not a flaky effect after use, but a slow process of drying out followed the use of this cleanser. I took 3 lippies off, but the product worked for other people and my skin really is hypersensitive.
Cleansers -Bioderma - Sensibio H2O (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire)
franzvonstuck 3/23/2012 6:37:00 AM
Once again, a huge fail for me. This works as an eye make-up remover quite good, but on my face it really did a bad job as a cleaning lotion. I wated to try this because everyone raved about it and I fell for the hype. So, first time I used this, I removed my eye make-up and that worked beautifully. I can easily see, why make-up-artists have this as a staple product in their kits. After removing your eye make-up with this cleanser, you can immediately put on new eye make -up. Iīve seen this effect with no other cleanser. Your eye-area is clean, but no sitcky residue, no film is left. And I believe, that this cleanser can remove a quite heavy eye make-up. However, the downfall came as I used it on my face. Itīs true, that it doesnīt give an allergic reaction. But it dried my skin out like hell. I couldnīt believe it, as it was said to be one of the most gentle cleansers around. But the next morning as I tried it again, I saw no difference. Drying out my skin completely while using this. My pores really shrunk and crumpled from the dryness this cleaner caused. I gave it 3 lippies,because it does an amazing job as eye make-up remover. But I wouldnīt buy it again, because my usual, much cheaper eye make-up remover was as good as this. I really donīt need this special feature of immediately-ready-to-do- a-make-up-again as I use it in the evening and then go to bed.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios SPF 30 AC Fluid Extreme
franzvonstuck 3/23/2012 6:22:00 AM
The ingredients and formula have already been posted, so I concentrate on how this worked on my skin. My skin is combo-acne-prone-dehydrated-sensitive. I watch out for comedogenic ingredients in the sunscreens and thereīs a lot of ingredients to watch out for, considering the uge list of ingredients. However, with hyperpigmentation and acne-prone skin, thereīs no use in whining, because I definitely need good protection. Unless I want ageing-spots and clogged pores allover my face. This is meant for oily/combination skin. Dry skin might feel a little uncomfortable, because it has a mattifying effect and I have to use a good moisturizer underneath. It tends to give my skin a flaky effect, but this effect disappears after 5 minutes. As I said, I always use moisturizer underneath my sunscreens and even with my moisturizer, this one feels like itīs slightly drying out my skin. On the other hand, it doesnīt leave a freakish white cast on my face and disappears after a few minutes. I wore it without make-up on top and thatīs what I would prefer with this sunscreen. I feel, that my Kiehlīs super fluid works waaay better under foundations and generally. Why I even consider this sunscreen, when Kiehlīs is better? Honestly, this is way cheaper here in Germany than the Kiehlīs one. A 50 ml bottle costs about 11 Euros while Kiehlīs costs 39 Euros. So this would be a sunscreen for weekends or outdoor, when I donīt wear make-up. I didnīt break me out and didnīt cause any allergic reactions.
Another scent from Clean, that really works for me. Maybe you have to have the body chemistry for this type of scents, because most of the Clean perfumes smell defintely not as laundry detergent or something like that and I couldnīt detect the lemony overkill some of the other reviewers described. Anyway, this is one of the "warmer" fragrances and as the name tells, one of the sweeter fragrances from Clean. The top is build of Ornage, grapefruit, lime and orange blossom, the heart is made of lily, rose and geranium and the base is musk. To me, itīs just the warmer version of Clean EdT and therefore, I obviously like it. Honestly, if I had to give up all perfume brands, but one, I would choose Clean. At least two, the Clean EdT and Sweet Layer, really, really, really smell very good and yummy on my skin. Plus, here in Germany, the Clean Scents are not well known, so I donīt smell this perfume on every third female that passes me by. I have to order it online, because itīs not sold in any beautystore nearby .
Love. This. Fragrance. The top is build of forest fruit, jasmine, bergamotte, orange, grapefruit, lime, orange blossom, the heart is made of rose, violet, lavender, geranium and the base is musk and heliotrop. The result is fabulous. This fragrance smells delicious on my skin, like fresh-out-of-the-shower-delicious. So fresh, yet so yummy. You want to sniff all day, just to remind yourself how incredibly good this fragrance is. It makes you always feel fresh and smelling like you just stepped out of the shower. Some people only get a strong lemony smell from this perfume. So, my weird skin chemistry finally did me some good and made this perfume work for me. I detest too artificial or heavy-sweet smells and I can stand only light and fresh scents on my skin. But as my skin boosts every single perfume, this perfume doesnīt smell lemony or too spritzy on me. If you hate it, then it doesnīt work for you. And donīt make the same mistake that I did and buy the Clean eau de parfum. They are two totally different scents and I donīt really like the EdP, because on my skin, it smells like an old ladies perfume.
Living near the french border, I have no trouble getting french pharmacy brands. I can order them easily online or drive to a french pharmacy nearby. The thermal water comes in different sizes: 30 ml, 50 ml, 150 ml or 300 ml. I donīt know, if these sizes are available outside france or germany. I own them in two sizes, one smaller 50 ml for travelling and a big 300 ml for my cleansing routine. I paid about 2 Euros for a small bottle and 6 Euros for a big bottle. Where I live, the water is very hard and harsh. The thermal water eases my skin and counteracts the effects of the hard water. This thermal water is multifunctional and works in every season. In summertime, I use it to calm down my skin and give it a refreshing spritz. Although I use high-protection sunscreen on my face, the skin can feel exhausted and warm when I spend a whole day outside. In wintertime, it soothes my poor skin, when the difference in the temperature outside and inside gets too much for my skin. In spring and autumn, it helps my skin to adjust in the change of the weather. Itīs part of my skincare-routine too. After cleansing my face, I spritz it on and let it dry. Afterwards, I apply toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. It calms my skin like nothing else. You can use it to calm down or refresh your skin, whenever you need it: during a flight, on the beach, in the office. Needless to say, that I have sensitive skin and I love this thermal water. Especially people with sensitive skin or people, who live in a city with very hard water should try a thermal water. Highly recommended. Update 05/08/2012: I found a wonderful new way to use this for me. I have too sensitive skin to do a real double cleansing in the evening , but I still searched for a way to take the major part of my make-up away before the actual cleansing. And hereīs my routine: I spitz my face generously with thermal water and spritz a cotton pad with thermal water until itīs wet. Then I move the wet cotton pad over my face and it takes away a lot of my make-up. Iīm so glad, I can finally do a gentle double-cleansing and I feel better removing the make-up before I cleanse my skin. If you have ueber-sensitive skin, the thermal water soothes your skin while taking away your make-up. Update 28/04/2012: I found this incredible video from intothegloss with famous facialist Isabelle Bellis showing, how to use thermal water (she shows it with LRP thermal water) during the cleansing process. Worth trying and worked very well for my skin. Hereīs the link: http://intothegloss.com/2013/04/how-to-wash-your-face-part-1-one-isabelle-bellis-cleansing/ She also suggested in an interview not cleanse your skin in the morning with an actual cleanser, but spray it with thermal water, wipe or dab the thermal water off and follow with a mild toner. This is also very good in areas with hard tap water. For people like me with ueber-sensitive skin, this is just awesome and Iīd recommend trying these techniques.
This product was designed for people, who undergo an ance-treatment and need help for skin protection and soothing. Whenever people say, it too greasy and shiny, please, keep the aim of this cream in mind. It should build a protective barrier for the skin while having a harsh retin-a-treatment. Of course, itīs a richer formula and not mattifying. Iīm not having an acne-treatment, but still bought this cream during a harsh winter-period. My skin is combo-acne-prone-dehydrated-sensitive. The cream does a really good job in protecting the skin and it does sooth the skin. My aim was not perfect hydration, but I needed something for my skin while having the minus 20 degrees outside. The weak point fo this cream is the not-so-hydrating effect. It a richer formula and more on the side of creams for the lack of fats/oils in your skin rather than for the lack of moisture in your skin. But for my purposes, it was perfect. You could use a serum for more moisture. I tried it as a daycream and wanted to substitute my other winter-cream from Avene, the rich compensating cream. However some reviewers broke out from this cream and I wondered why. I didnīt break out, but thereīs shea butter in this cream.No matter how I tried, I could find no source in the internet, that could exactly tell, if shea-butter is comedogenic. Some say it is good for acne-prone skin and reduces any inflammations, others claim it as comedogenic. In the end, your skin decides, whether you break out from shea butter or not. I didnīt break out from shea butter although Iīm prone to breaking out from the common bad oils for acne skin like coconut oil, sea buckthorne oil or cocoa butter. The cream was soothing and protecting my skin during harsh and cold weather. Instead of this, when the climate got milder, I switched to my normal Avene balancing cream, which I like it better because of the hyaluronic acid. But thatīs just my preference and I can honestly recommend the Clean AC cream.
Fragrances -Dolce & Gabbana - Fragrance Anthology L'Imperatrice
franzvonstuck 3/20/2012 2:44:00 PM
When it comes to perfumes, itīs difficult to advise other people. The fragrances smell really different, depending on which skin you spray them. So fyi, my skin is like a loudspeaker for any faint sweet or heavy underlying note in a perfume. It boosts every perfume towards sweet and heavy and even the employees in the beauty stores are always surprised, how my skin transforms the perfumes. No wonder, Iīm super picky when it comes to perfumes and have to try out tons of perfumes before finding a suiting one. I went on the search for a summertime perfume and it really depresses you, when you try tons of different scents and they never develop in a right way on your skin. The employee of the beauty store told me, it had grapefruit in it and I love fresh fruit scents, but a good (!) fruity scent is hard to find. Anyway, she put it directly on my skin and sprayed it on a test strip too. I only sniffed my skin and thought, this could be right. As always, my skin added a sweet touch to the perfume, but the balance could be maintained. It developed beautifully and gave me a light fresh-fruity scent with a little bit of creamy warmth without being overpoweringly fruity, crispy or candy-sweet. At first, I didnīt know why, but the smell of Līimperatrice on a test strip told me the truth: This was a very green, very fruity perfume with only the lightest sweet undertone. It is build whit a top of red currant, kiwi and rhubarb, a heart of watermelon, jasmine and pink cyclamen and a base of sandalwood, musk and grapefruit wood. Without trying, I would have thought: Too green, way too green. Some of the "green" perfumes surely donīt smell too sweet on my skin, but donīt smell good either. But this is a perfect summertime-perfume. Light enough, leaning towards fruity and only the tiniest bit of warmth in it to prevent it from being too green and fruity. This is nothing like the tropical punch fruity scents or the sweet red fruit scents, that make you smell like a 8-year old girl chewing tropical fruit gum. It doesnīt hit you in the face with its fruitiness, but gives you a light juicy breeze. Reminds me of a fruit sorbet. And I only tested it once and a female co-worker instantly gave me a compliment for smelling sooo good. This perfume worked for me and my skin.
The same procedure as with every other organic moisturizer. I was thrilled by the incredibly good ingredients and none of them would be comedogenic on my skin, so I decided to give it a try. My skin is combination, acne-prone and dehydrated. I bought it together with the cream cleanser and the rosehip oil as a trial size. It gave me the weirdest feeling on my skin. My skin felt like it couldnīt breathe and I had constantly the feeling, my skin was too warm and sweating although you couldnīt see anything. I really feared, it would give me a major skin breakdown like Weleda once did. But thankfully, that didnīt happen. Generally , it left me with an uncomfortable feeling and I donīt want to use this again. Glad, I bought only a trial size. I recommend it instead of the bad reaction I had, because the ingredients are over-the-top good! If your skin feels comfortable with organic skincare, then this is a must for you. The lovely thing about this moisturizer is the fact, that itīs one of the few which donīt have comedogenic oils or other ingredients according to what Iīve been researching. You always find soybean oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil or other highly comedogenic oils in organic skincare. But you got to know your skin reacts, because I know some people react towards even non-comedogenic ingredients. I truly believe, that itīs a very good moisturizer with amazing ingredients, but not for me.
Another fail for me, when it comes to organic cleansers. I soo wanted to love this one, because it has such incredibly good ingredients and comes from such a lovely brand. But honestly, this cleanser didnīt work for me. I bought it as a trial size in a christmas gift pack, together with a trial size of the vital moisturizer and the rosehip oil. Thankfully, the rosehip oil really worked for me and was the original size of 20 ml, so the 23 Euros werenīt wasted money. I dindīt get a really clean feeling on my skin, but a film seemed to build on my skin. And I never use gel or foam cleansers and normally use Cetaphil, so Iīm used to gentle, creamy cleansers, that leave a clean, but not squeaky clean skin. And my skin was feeling, but this happens with almost every organic skincare product, like it was on the verge of an allergic reaction. It has something to do with the oils or waxes in the cleanser, but no matter which ingredient, I simply cannot use this cleanser. I donīt believe that itīs clogging pores. I checked the ingredients before buying it, because my pores clog easily. For my skin, the ingredients would have worked as far as I can judge. If your skin tolerates organic skincare products, try it.