I bought this as a full coverage concealer because I have some very stubborn acne marks that always kept showing through. It hides a whole lot but not everything so I was a bit dissapointed. What puts me off using it is that the pump dispenses too much product, even if you are carefull it's still too much. You can actually do your whole face with 1 pump as a foundation. I wouldn't recommend doing that because it does look very cakey as it's not supposed to be used like that. I don't know how anybody would be able to use this up in 6 months (what they recommend), I hate waisting products and try to use as much as I can. But I must admit I do keep my makeup much longer than advised because of that, but with something that goes on my face I try to keep it within reason. I mixed this with my daycream and that works very well but I could still see some cakeyness, it settles in my lines (I'm 28 so there's not much to them but it looks like I'm 10 years older) and it accentuates my pores. So that wasn't really the look I was going for but maybe for somebody without dehydrated skin it would look good. Now after a year or so I'm almost done with it and I just use it to lighten foundations that are to dark. The best way to use it for me is mixing 1 pump of this with the Clinique CC-cream Superdefense, I have the shade light but it's still much too dark for me and with the MAC in NC15 I get the perfect shade. I'm happy I can finally use it and be happy with the result but I can't recommend a product that takes this much work to make it work and overall just looks very cakey. It's surely not a product you quickly grab in the morning to rush out of the house.
This is the first Tom Ford product I ever try and if this is something to go by I will certainly try many to come. I've never been a huge fan of liquid liners or gel liners because I'm just not good at them, they always seem weird on me (I make my line too thick or never get them quite even) I find pencils more forgiving and in the morning I don't have time to fuss about it. This one is just perfect, easy to use, rush-proof and stays put. For me that's all I'm asking. The formula feels dry, it's not as wet as the traditional gelliners but that makes it in my opinion better because you have more control over it. I don't find it thugs at all. Plum absolute looks very dark in the jar but on the skin it looks burgundy. If you look closely you can see some flecks of color in the cream, those aren't noticible on the eyes (not with this color at least). I have used it on my waterline and it worked well (I wear contacts and it didn't bother me at all). The only problem was that the color isn't very flattering on me on my waterline (was to be expected with a redish color but I tried it anyways). I use this with a simpel angeled brush just like I would do with any other gel liner and it works perfectly I'm not so sure how it would work with a fine liner brush (I think it would be difficult to get enough product on the brush). This has lasted on me all day, even on my waterline it didn't budge and I have very oily eyelids. They say you can also use it as a cream shadow, I haven't tried it yet so I don't know if it would crease or not. I'm a bit scared how it would act as an eyeshadow seeing it's more on the dry side. I received this as a gift from my hubby (he was sick and tired of me always saying how I wantend to try out the TF makeup) I think he will regret this present for a very long time seeing I'm now dying to try out more products :).
Moisturizers -Kenzo - Kenzoki Euphoric Vital Ice - Cream
Audny 3/5/2013 12:44:00 PM
In Europe the price is quite ok, 58.73 euro for 50 ml (when generally with other brands you only get 30 ml). The packaging is very pretty, it feels a bit velvety (a bit like nars but less rubbery). Because of this I thought it would get dirty really soon but, no it's still in perfect condition. Also the writing didn't go off (I just hate it when that happens) so that makes me really happy. The smell is very fresh, citrussy, really nice but it's a bit too much on the skin for me. Normally I'm not that sensitive to scents but this cream irritated my skin (nothing major, I still used it up but I was red for 20 min or so each time). I think for people sensitive to perfumes this is a BIG no-no. The texture is that of a very light cream that sinks in my skin well, I have combination skin and didn't feel greasy using it but does leave you hydrated so you won't feel completly dry at first, sometimes I did have the feeling it wasn't hydrating enough on my cheeks but my chin and forehead got really oily after a few hours. I would have prefered if it also had some anti-aging properties or spf, now it's just a basic moisturizer with too much perfume. I have used it cold and room temperture and didn't notice any major diferences, so I would say just go with what's easier for you, you won't miss out on any benefits (unless you like cold cream). I didn't hate it but for the price I would like a moisturizer that offers me more perks than just nice consistency and smell.
I have a deep love for lipbalms, even more than for lipsticks so I don't mind paying a lot for one because I see it as an indulgence. But the By Terry dissapointed me beyond words. I fell for all the rave reviews and thought that it's a shame for me to never have tried it. I won't even comment on the price, it's well known. The quality is really deplorable imo, this makes my lips peel. Once I apply it it feels heavy, leaves a nice pinkish colour, smells good but it doesn't do anything for your lips. It just sits on top of my lips without treating them. Even when my lips are in perfect condition this still makes them peel. What point does it have if it makes my lips worse? The packaging is very luxurious, the product looks and smells nice but it's not effective at all. Blistex does a much better job than this and if you want to splurge, Sisley, Omorovicza are far better choices.
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - F30 Large Powder Brush (was SS150)
Audny 1/27/2013 1:24:00 PM
I tried different big powder brushes from the drugstore before this because I'm more of an eyeshadow person so I mainly invested in good eyeshadow brushes. But all the brushes I tried shedded or were very harsh on my face. So I thought I'll try a sigma one because I have a lot of brushes from them that I like and also many gurus on youtube rave about it. The problem is that Sigma is hard to find in Europe so I had to order it on Ebay. When I tried it on my hand to see if it shed it looked perfect, not a single hair coming off, I dusted it a bit on my face (without makeup just to feel it) and it was very soft. So full of confidence the next morning I used it and I couldn't believe it, I had all black hairs on my face from the brush, it shedded like crazy. I thougt that maybe I had bad luck with that one soo afterwards I ordered a Sigma brush set on Ebay and the F30 was part of it but whith the same problem. I don't know what their problem is but those brushes do nothing else than shed. Now I use a real techniques multi task brush and that is amazing (no shedding, very soft) but I'm still sad and dissapointed by my 2 sigma F30's.
I bought this about a year ago, maybe a bit longer for 26 euro. I gladly pay a bit extra for an amazing product but this one didn't really deliver. Packaging wise nothing bad to say, it's pure luxury, this lipstick really is a looker. It smells a bit like that old people rose, I'm not so crazy about it but then again I never really smell my lipstick and once on the lips there is no trace of smell. The color is very coral, on my lips it comes more orange but that depends on your lip pigmentation and skin tone so I can't speak for anybody else. What I can say is that allthough it feels moisturizing it dries my lips out, they are peeling by the end of the afternoon. The lipstick doesn't wear off very nicely, it goes in all the cracks and lines of my lips and also builds up in the inside of my lips. Not attractive at all. This is very stressful because I have to check each hour (or when possible with work and all) to see if my lipstick is still ok. It's not very long lasting, if I don't talkt too much, drink or eat it will stay on me for +/- 3 hours. All these points are big no noes for me when it comes to a lipstick of this price. Burberry powder products are amazing but their lipsticks and eyeliners need a lot more work to them.
This is my first creme blush and I love it, Iíll definitely be buying more colors. Itís 5.9 g/ 0.19 us oz of product and retails in Belgium at 21 euro. I apply it with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush, itís what for me works best. I canít apply it with my fingers (lack of experience with such products and I have very sensitive cheeks that get red quickly so I donít see what I do). Itís a nice coral color, great for everyday. It didnít work on me (NC/NW 15) with red lipsticks only if they have an orange undertone. Doesnít look greasy at all and stays on for +/- 6h if I donít touch my face or rest my face against my palms. It also didnít travel on my face (my skin is normal for the moment) Iím very curious what this will give in the summer when itís hot and my skin is more to the oily side. I have very acne prone skin and this didnít break me out.
Packaging: the pot comes in a fancy little cardboard box. Itís a mat plastic jar with a white lid with the omorovicza logo on it. Itís nice but doesnít deliver on that luxury feel you get at first. I think for 39 euro (10ml-0.35 fl oz) they can give a glass jar (like Nuxe reve de miel). The By Terry Baume de Rose comes in a similar package but although itís also plastic it feels heavier and colder (keeps the balm from melting too quickly). Price wise itís in the same line as other high end lip balms such as: By Terry, La Mer, Sisley. The colour is peachy rose and has that old school rose smell that isnít too strong and once on the lips you donít smell a thing. On the lips it looks like a gloss. I couldnít use a lipstick on top of it, you have to dab it off and then apply whatever you want but I find it beautiful as it is so when I use it I just leave it like that (plus I feel bad to rub of something that expensive). Consistency: very creamy and thick (resembles the consistency of the Sisley balm) itís more one of those balms that stays on the lips and isnít absorbed so it creates a protective layer but not from within. When applied you get a tingling refreshing sensation, thatís the eucalyptus, this sensation lasts a few hours. The taste of it (if you get it in your mouth or bite your lips like me) is very sweet. It wasnít a miracle product for my chapped lips, it keeps them nice when theyíre already in good condition but the healing will take some time with this one. With my rosebud salve when I apply it at night the next day my lips are healed, not with this one. Is it worth it? Depends on how you feel about it, imo it does exactly the same thing other lip balms a 10th of the price would do. So itís not necessary itís more one of those pleasure buys when you want to treat yourself. In Europe Omorovicza ships for free, you get it in less than a week and you also get 3 free samples. I bought it with a discount code and forgot to apply the code but after an e-mail to their customers service I could replace my order using the discount. They really have one of the most amazing customers services ever and when asked I even got a sample send to me without even ordering something.
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Audny 12/4/2012 8:38:00 AM
I really have a love/hate relationship with this mascara. I bought it 3 times untill now because I love the volume it gives, you would really think I have false lashes and you get great results with only one coat. Now what I hate about it is that it dries quickly and I have a lot of fallout during the day. It's also very heavy on my lashes and some lashes droop. If you like very separated lashes this will not be for you, it's more clumpy but personally I like that look. The tube also dries out quite quickly but I find it gives a better result once it's drier (and even more fallout sadly). I haven't found a mascara untill now that gives me the same look but without the negatives so I think I'll keep on buying it and hope that one day it will just be HG.
Pressed Powders -Christian Dior - Diorskin Pressed Powder
Audny 11/25/2012 7:34:00 AM
I'm going to get a lot of hate for this but i'm really not crazy about this powder. I used it as a setting powder with a brush and it lasted me +/- 5 months so that's good. But it made me look cakey no mather what foundation I used you could always see the powder on my face and it transferred like crazy. I couldn't use it on it's own just to even out a bit the skin because it doesn't do anything. When my husband one day asked me 'what is that stuff on your face' I knew i would never touch it again, he never ever mentioned anything like that with any other powders. To top everything off my compact didn't close anymore after 4 months it would always bounce open, so for the price they ask they could at least give a decent packaging. I wouldn't buy it again, I find that some drugstore products (like Rimel stay mat, the maybelline powders or the sephora brand powders, etc) do and look exactly the same.
Liquid -Bobbi Brown - Long Wear Even Finish Foundation Spf 15
Audny 11/23/2012 10:49:00 AM
Times like these I hate that I live in a no return policy country because I would have definitely returned it. This was advertised to me as a medium to full coverage foundation perfect for oily skin and itís anyting but. First of all the basics: it comes in 30 ml pump bottles (1 fl. Oz) for 41 euro. Iím in the shade Warm Ivory thatís a perfect match (NC15), the range has here 10 colours. I only got out of it a medium coverage, I tried to hide some spots with it by building it up but didnít work. It does even out the skin well and hides any redness. It doesnít last all day without a primer and wears off on the oily parts of the skin. With a primer it stays put. The consistency is quite thick so I need 2 pumps to do my whole face when generally I only need 1 pump so itís not really cost efficient. When applied it feels tacky and shiny, it takes a lot of time to set (more than an hour) so I need to put powder on whether I like it or not if I want to get to work on time. It has a strong smell of lavender so if youíre sensitive to smells it wonít work for you, for me itís ok. Every time I wear it I get pimples on my chin and for the moment my skin is more on the combination side so if you have oily skin it will be a disaster. It gets very oily during the day so blotting is also a must. Luckily it didnít oxidize on me, at least one good thing. Be very careful with the lavender oil in it and the reaction it gives with the sun, for me itís not problematic we only have 1 month of sun a year but in the summer I got a horrible rash (itchiness, redness and burns) with the Lush Dream Cream and that was because of the lavender oil they use in it. I will try it a bit more because I hate to know I have to through 41 euro in the garbage but if you didnít buy it please spend your money on something else.
I've been looking for this lip balm for months, it was always sold out. All the great reviews made me want it even more and I never had a mat lip balm so I felt like I just needed it :). But I'm sad to say it doesn't work out at all for me. First of all what I like about it: I love the smell of it it's like lemon meringue pie, just so yum and the glas jar it comes in makes it look so luxurious you just want to use it. What I don't like: it's very think so you automaticly get a lot on your fingers, maybe more than needed. So I have to really rub it well onto my lips. My lips feel somewhat sticky and I don't feel a lipstick on top would work well for me as it would become a slick mess. The worst part of it for me is, it makes my lips flake. After using it I get those loos skins and my lips are worse off than before. I'm very dissapointed as I was really expecting a great HG product but it's a big fail. My rosebud salve is much better and at a cheaper price.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Travel Essentials set
Audny 10/3/2012 4:57:00 AM
I put off buying something from real techniques for quite a while. I thought not again a youtuber who brings out something now that they are popular. But after months of hearing nothing but good reviews I thought Iíll give it a shot Iíve got nothing to lose and Iím so happy I did it. I bought this set for the domed shadow brush and the multi task brush until now I havenít used the flat foundation brush because I donít like to apply foundation with those. So I knew from the start I would only use 2 brushes and still itís much cheaper than MAC and imo they are much better quality. I paid for the whole set shipping included 31 euro and a MAC 134 is here 57 euro. So I find that really a good deal. I have struggled to find a powder brush that doesnít shed and the multi task brush is a dream, soooo soft and I havenít seen one single hair falling out. Itís very easy to clean and until now it has maintained its shape well. I have tried using it for bronzer but itís too big in my opinion and gives me to much hassle, the same goes for blush, I like smaller brushes that give me more control but that is personal preference. I have also tried it with liquid foundation (because I heard that from gossmakeupartist on youtube) but that didnít work that great. Itís an ideal powder and mineral foundation brush the best one I tried this far. The domed shadow brush I really wanted for concealer and I couldnít be happier, itís also incredibly soft so you donít tug under your eyes, blends everything nicely and just makes the whole concealing chore enjoyable. I also use it to blend spot concealer, works very well with that too, not so great thou for around the nose. I will definitely try some other brushes too, itís a shame that some brushes are only available in sets, then you get doubles of brushes you maybe never use. The case the brushes come in is a nice plus and certainly that you have space to add extra brushes.
Not really what I expected. In the bottle it looked like a gorgeous dark red/burgundy colour. I thought the perfect fall colour. But the real colour is only visible in all it's glory in bright light, a big problem when you live in a country with 300 rainy days a year. So basicly people always think I wear black nail polish. I can see the depth of the colour and how gorgeous it is (because I'm obsessed) but nobody else can see it. I also have a lot of dark colours and they all tend to look the same with the gray weather we have so my friends think I always wear the same polish. I use nail envy as a base, 2 coats of polish and essie good to go as a top coat, like that the polish lasts 3 days untill I see tip wear. The problem I have with OPI bottles is once you'r half way it's more difficult to get the polish out. Overal I find it a pretty good lasting polish but I wish the variations of the colour would be more noticeable.
This was a dissapointing mascara for me especially after reading and seeing some raving reviews (I expected the bargain of the century, a reasonably priced mascara that delivered like the high end ones but no such luck). It made my lashes longer, it's a good black (not the blackest there is but good), volume: I wouldn't say that much (I already have enough volume naturally) so if volume is what you need it won't deliver what you expect. I experienced some fallout during the day and it made my lashes very fragile. They broke like crazy, just mid lash and when I removed the mascara there were quite some lashes on my pad. That was the major reason why I stopped using it, I never had that with any mascara not even waterproof. If it didn't break my lashes off I would have continued using it as an everyday mascara but either way I wouldn't have repurchased it.