Another disapointing Clinique product. I loved the idea of an anti-acne concealer. It wasn't terrible at concealing, but only so-so. Better then most cheaper concealers, but definitly not the best in it's price range.It doesn't make your blemishes complete dispear like some other quality concealers would. But here's the big problem: I ran out within TWO WEEKS! There is SO little product and you need a decent amount to get okay coverage, it's ridiculous, how can anyone who has actual acne even use this? I don't have that many pimples either. I've used other concealers that have lasted me months if not years with regular, everyday use, and offer much better coverage. And it did nothing to heal blemishes either.Total waste of money, never again.
Liquid -Clinique - Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Make Up
viennah 11/16/2012 9:19:00 PM
I wanted to love this. I mean an anti-acne foundation, sounds perfect, right? Unfortunately all the colours were WAY too orangy-pink and fake on me, despite what the Clinique sales lady tried to convince me. Sorry lady, it's not "just the store lighting", none of these colours match my skin! It was only an average foundation performance-wise. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't make my skin look gorgeous either. Nothing special, and no anti-acne miracle worker. There are better foundations in this price range. No love. I returned it.
I first tried NARS Oil-free back in circa 2009, and it became my HG. It had a very unique thick and dry consistency that at first that was a bit difficult to use, but once I got the hang of it, it went on beautifully, was easy to build, gave me perfect, flawless complexion and looked so natural. Stayed on all day and night without caking. Unfortunately its been discontinued and replaced with the Sheer Matte. The Sheer Matte is still a great foundation, but it's has a different texture than the old Oil-Free. It goes on thinner and lighter and resembles other liquid foundations in consistency. The coverage is light but buildable, especially with a light dab of powder (I use Makeup Forever powder, they work great together). I find Sheer Matte doesn't spread as evenly though, sometimes it leaves streaks. Still, NARS is the only brand that doesn't get cakey, oily and gross on me by the end of the day, so it's still the best foundation for me. Wish it came with the pump though, I've never gotten around to buying it (it's sold seperately). I have light skin with neutral-to-yellow tones, and Gobi is the best match, though Deauville is very close as well. It lasts forever and a bottle goes a long, long way. But I'd give anything to have my dear old NARS oil-free back. Sigh... this will do for now.
So few products actually make a difference in my hair, but luckily this one actually works! It helps my hair dry faster and smoother with less frizz, and its silicone free! Kinda has a weird texture at first, almost like a light gel, but it spreads nicely through wet hair ad a little goes a very long way. I use it on my ends and work my way up a little bit. I really like it.
Shampoo -Live Clean - (Fresh Water) Moisturizing Shampoo
viennah 11/16/2012 7:11:00 PM
I tried this as well as the argan line by Live Clean, both are wonderful in my hair! True, it's not as amazing as certain pricey salon products, but when the cash is tight, there is no other drugstore brand I will put in my hair! anything from the drugstore leaves my hair dull, dry, frizzy, rebellious... Live Clean is the exception! My hair comes out feeling stronger, shiney and more managable. I love that this is an eco-friendly company as well, and there is "no junk" in their products. After being constantly disappointed by drugstore hair products, and I've tried them all, I'm so glad I finally found this brand. LOVE it.
Shampoo -Live Clean - (Exotic Nectar) - Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo
viennah 11/16/2012 7:03:00 PM
I LOVE this brand, this shampoo and conditioner line in particular. It's much better than Organix Argan Oil S & C, which is the only comparable drugstore product. I'm not going to claim Live Clean is better than certain expensive salon brands, but it is by FAR the best brand you can buy at the drugstore. I won't put any other drugstore products in my hair ever again! The first time I used Live Clean my hair felt stronger and shiney. It dried much faster than usual and with much less frizz. I love the ingredients in this too, no sulfate and no silicone. since using this my hair is no longer dry, it looks so healthy, probably due to the lack of sulphates, and the pimples on my neck and back have cleared up, likely because of the lack of silicones. It smells like real argan oil, which is a light nutty smell, similar to a macademia nut cookie. If you are accustomed to strong floral or fruit shampoo scents it may take some getting used to. I also love that this is a Canadian company and they are a great eco-friendly brand. I strongly recommend!
You know when everyone is raving about a product and how it's changed their life, and you're all like "wow, I need to try this stuff, it sounds perfect for me!" Yet you're not committed enough to ever be bothered to actually go out and buy it, and then years past, and one day you happen to notice it on sale as you're browsing through the aisle, and think "hmmm, maybe it's finally time I give this a try". And then you take it home and use it for the first time, and realize it's been the missing piece to your entire life and kick yourself wondering "Oh my God WHY didn't I try this sooner??!!!". That's how I feel about dry shampoo. Years and years wasted away, frustrated that my hair was so difficult to wash and dry, wishing I could just clean the greasies and wash less often. And this whole time, there was dry shampoo, waiting for me at the drugstore, and I kept ignore it. I normally try to wash every 3 days since I have so much big, long, rebellious hair that is hydrophobic. But by day 3 the greasies have invaded my roots and scalp, and along with the heaviness of the vast quantity of hair it pulls down and flattens out my roots even more. Not pretty. This stuff magically makes all the greasies dsappear into thin hair, and replaces it with tons of volume at the root, rebalancing the shape of my hair. Fantastic. I now use it on days 3, 4, and 5, and wash day 6, I'm kinda stretching it but I'm hoping to be able to last a full week without washing, eventually. There is a bit of a learning curve, I kept spraying it too close to my scalp at first, and putting it on too thick, but I mastered the technique now. I will admit I've never tried any other brand or a homemade dry shampoo before, so I can't compare to similar products, but I am in LOVE with the concept of dry shampoo. I'm still in disbelief over how well it actually works. Don't hesitate, go out now and buy it.
This is my all time favourite eyeshadow. The colour is just divine, somewhere between navy and indigo, soft but bold. It goes on beautifully, though it requires the right brushes. I think it may be discontinued sadly, but luckily it lasts forever!
Eyeliner -Annabelle - Kohl Pencil Crayon in "Black"
viennah 11/16/2012 5:46:00 PM
I always come back to this black pencil. Works better than anything else at the drugstore, and is equivalent to the pricier brands. Love it. It's a HG, can't live without it!
Eyeliner -Annabelle - Kohl Eyeliner - in Fiesta 110
viennah 11/16/2012 5:43:00 PM
Awesome eyeliners by Annabelle, and this is my favourite colour! It's bright, and just the right shade of violet. A little under the bottom lashes is all I need for my eyes to pop, and it stays all day without fading or smudging. Perfection.
Toners -Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid Clarifying Tonic
viennah 11/16/2012 12:01:00 AM
I'm one of the many for whom DDF 10% Glycolic toner was a HG. When it was discontinued, I tried PTR's version in hopes it would be the same, as there were rumors that is was. It turns out, it's not the same. Though they both have 10% Glycolic acid, a very potent AHA, as the main active ingredient, the formula's are not the same and the PTR version has more stuff in it lik chamomile, lactic acid, and aloe. In comparsion, I find PTR to be much more potent and intense, and it stings more. The texture "glides" more on the skin whereas DDF felt more like water. The end result is the same. Overall, I think it's a great product if you are looking for a glycolic toner, but be warned that it is strong and I wouldn't recommend it if you have sensitive skin and/or are new to AHAs, you will need a lower %. It's a great alternative to DDF, but I took off a lippy because if DDF wasn't discontinued I would have prefered DDF.