Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
BebiMou 1/4/2013 2:10:00 AM
Liquid, creme,tinted moisturizer, mineral powder foundations: This brush is amazing for all. I have one of these and 2 of the other Real Techniques buffing brushes that are all just as good as this one for the same types of products. The only difference is this one has a little curve that gets into the corners of your nose and such. My only gripe with Real Techniques brushes are the super thick handles. They're annoying for storing, but that's all. I have a ton of Real Techniques brushes for the face and eyes and am so satisfied with the quality and function of all. Must have!
I got this from Sephora for $59 and here is the description: What it is: A portable complexion palette for a flawless face. What it does: For the first time, internationally renowned makeup artist, Laura Mercier, provides her Flawless Face essentials in one portable, take everywhere complexion palette. This chic, slim-line compact features Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20, plus two targeted concealers, Secret Concealer for undereye coverage/brightening and Secret Camouflage to cover blemishes and imperfections, along with Mineral Pressed Powder to finish and set the look. For flawless application, this palette comes with a travel-friendly Secret Camouflage brush, a double-sided sponge, and tips and techniques in a step-by-step instructional insert. This set contains: The Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette (Nude): - Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Nude - Secret Concealer #2 - Secret Camouflage SC-2 - Mineral Pressed Powder in Real Sand - Travel-size Secret Camouflage brush - Double-sided sponge - Instructions The Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette (Sand): - Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Sand - Secret Concealer #3 - Secret Camouflage SC-3 - Mineral Pressed Powder in Natural Beige - Travel-size Secret Camouflage brush - Double-sided sponge - Instructions The Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette (Tan): - Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Tan - Secret Concealer #4 - Secret Camouflage SC-5 - Mineral Pressed Powder in Golden Suntan - Travel-size Secret Camouflage brush - Double-sided sponge - Instructions I am in absolute love with this palette. I really am a fan of the LM Flawless Face products. I already had some concealers, powder, primers, tinted moisturizer, and more, and this addition to my collection is so genius. I know the color selection is limited, but if you find a decent match, you'll fall in love. The product value for the price is amazing. The packaging is cute and sturdy, with a decent sized mirror. You really get everything you need for your face routine (if this is the kind of coverage you want, possibly not enough for some). I start with a primer, usually LM, and then go on with the creme tinted moisturizer, concealers for problem areas (love how you can mix for your perfect shade, on with the under eye concealer (creamy peachy/salmon tone), and set with the pressed mineral powder for fuller coverage or just the LM Translucent Loose Setting Powder (sold separately). I use a Real Techniques buffing brush for the tinted moisturizer and a separate buffing brush for the mineral powder. You can actually get away with the mineral powder to set under your eyes since it's not as shiny/shimmery as other mineral makeup. If I'm having a good skin day I can totally skip any foundation and just get away with the tinted moisturizer and/or concealer alone with a touch of powder. This is so good for travel and a "keep at the boyfriend's house" kind of product. I'm considering buying another one in a darker shade for when I self tan, but I deserve to be shot since I own so many different types of foundations, concealers, and setting powders in different colors. Someone stop me! But don't hesitate to get yourself one of these palettes, and like I always say, Sephora has a great return policy, so if you're not impressed, they'll take it back, no problem, and you lose nothing! Get it now, now, now! NOW!
I am in love with this product. I used the original Colorstay for years but eventually moved on to some higher end foundations. This stuff can easily pass as a high end product. If you slapped Laura Mercier or Lancome on the label I'd believe it. As the others have said, it stays on forever, leaves a natural finish, and covers really well. I love the texture and consistency of the foundation and am tempted to eat a spoonful of it sometimes. I only have to powder my forehead, chin, and nose once and that's it for the day...all the way through a 12 hour shift. I can even slide by with no concealer if I'm in a rush. I definitely consider this as one of my top 3 foundations with Estee Lauder Double Wear and Bare Minerals. Try it! I insist!
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - Loose Setting Powder - Translucent
BebiMou 3/8/2012 6:20:00 PM
Love, love love! I've been on a hunt for the perfect setting powder for sooo long. I wanted something colorless, smooth and finely milled, and not full of silica that will ruin your flash photos. This stuff is great. I this is probably 3 times the price of the setting powders I've used in the past, but it's definitely worth it. It doesn't leave any color or chalkiness (it may on dark skin, not sure), it's super smooth and finely milled, and leaves a perfect finish to your foundation, or concealer, or just a bare face. It's great for under your eyes to set your concealer too. If you get the LM Undercover Pot concealer duo, this is the powder that it comes with, so that's further evidence that it's great for setting under eye concealer. This stuff stays put, helps your foundation stay put, controls oil, doesn't stick to dry patches, and just really is a great finishing touch to your makeup. I will buy again, though it won't be for a long time since you get a ton of product which makes the price not hurt so much. The packaging is sturdy and functions very well. The sifter doesn't have huge holes and the holes are just the right size to get out the perfect amount. And then you have the big lid to get the powder on your brush or puff just the way you like it. It may be too big for travel, but you can always put some in a small travel size sifter that you can get at Sephora or TKB trading. So, one more time, I love, love, love this stuff.
I've been wanting to try this mascara for a while. Sephora just started selling a mini version of it for $10. That's still expensive in imo for a mini mascara. I like the mascara, but it's not something that blows my other mascaras out of the water. It's also not very volumizing, though it does separate and define lashes nicely. If it was $10 for the full size, then sure I would buy it. I am returning this though. I have plenty of drugstore mascaras under ten dollars that are just as good and most of them are better than this. And for high end stuff I like Lancome Hypnose Drama/Hypnose Doll lashes, and the primer way better than this. I also love Tarte Lights Camera Action way better than this. Plus, I have gotten several of these as free gifts or in kits, also including Beneft Bad Gal lash, Makeup Forever Smoky Lash, Ultraflesh,etc, which is a much better value. I like it, but not enough to spend that much. Returning it and obviously won't be buying again. Edit: I TAKE IT ALL BACK! HAVE REPURCHASED! I HAVE SO MANY OF THESE MASCARAS NOW IN FULL SIZE AND MINI AND LOOOVE IT! I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING!
Hmmm. I have never heard of a lip balm stain before now, but I'm glad I came across this on Sephora's site. I got it today and I've been wearing it for about 2 hours so far, and it's still there. I have it in Pink Martini, and it's sort of a fushia pink. It's really pigmented and my lips are still very moist as of now and the color is also just as it was when I first applied it. It really feels like a regular lip balm, moist and shiny. I don't know how it will be when it starts to wear off, so I will update on that later. The packaging is really cute, which is always a plus, and it tastes like some kind of cherry candy, which I love. So far, so good.
Treatments (Eye) -Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Eye Cream
BebiMou 11/18/2011 1:49:00 AM
I like this eye cream, but I got it as a deluxe sample from Sephora and definitely wouldn't buy it. It does it's job. It hydrates, has a nice consistency, doesn't irritate my eyes, and that's all I need. I have used products from the drugstore that work just as well if not better. I use the Olay Regenerist Serum (fragrance free) under my eyes on my eyelids and it's pretty awesome. I've been using it for almost a year and there's still plenty left and it's also in a pump. It also primes your undereyes and eyelids well for makeup and dries faster than a cream. I actually have the generic CVS version. I wouldn't buy this Bobbi Brown eye cream cuz it's not doing anything special for the price. To each his own.
I finally splurged on a high end concealer after hunting for a hg drugstore concealer for who knows how many years. I had high hopes for this(and the BB concealer kit with the powder, I used the products together) but I am disappointed. This is going back to Sephora soon. The coverage is not what I expected and the bad part is that it creases like mofo just like the other concealer. I'm 27 and this product makes my eyes look 57 after a couple hours. Forget getting through a 10 hour work shift with this stuff. It looks like my eye skin is falling off or something. I tried it using the Bobbi Brown eye cream (deluxe sample) and a couple other under eye moisturizers, different powders, different brushes, different application techniques, and it's just a big negative. And you can't wear this stuff without a powder unless you want to have shiny under eyes to show off your barely concealed dark circles. I bought the Benefit Concealaholic kit and it has more products for a few dollars more. (and another $32 for the concealer/powder, forget it!) The Benefit includes Erase Paste, 2 different colors of Boing concealer, Lemonade for the eyelids, eye brightener, 2 dual ended brushes, and a mini face primer, all in a really cute palette for $36. It's not the perfect concealer, but there's more to work with!
I finally splurged on a high end concealer after hunting for a hg drugstore concealer for who knows how many years. I had high hopes for this one (and the bisque corrector) but I am disappointed. This concealer kit and the corrector will be going back to Sephora soon. I like the packaging, it sorta reminds me of a contact lens case. I have the newer one with the pressed powder next to the concealer. It's sturdy and simple packaging. Now for the product: The color is right, I like the powder, and that's about it for the pros. The coverage is not what I expected and the bad part is that it creases like mofo. I'm 27 and this product makes my eyes look 57 after a couple hours. Forget getting through a 10 hour work shift with this stuff. It looks like my eye skin is falling off or something. I tried it using the Bobbi Brown eye cream (deluxe sample) and a couple other under eye moisturizers, different powders, different brushes, different application techniques, with the corrector and without, and it's just a big negative. And you can't wear this stuff without a powder unless you want to have shiny under eyes to show off your barely concealed dark circles. This is going back to Sephora and so is the corrector. I bought the Benefit Concealaholic kit and it has more products for the same price as this kit. (and another $22 for the correct, forget it!) The Benefit includes Erase Paste, 2 different colors of Boing concealer, Lemonade for the eyelids, eye brightener, 2 dual ended brushes, and a mini face primer, all in a really cute palette for $36. It's not the perfect concealer, but there's more to work with!
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
BebiMou 11/18/2011 1:26:00 AM
First off, I never thought I'd be writing a review for anything by YSL, cuz I'm not in that price range haha. Like another user, I got a deluxe sample from Sephora and I'm pretty impressed. I tried it today and right away I was happy. I think I have normal lashes, a little on the thick side, very black, wouldn't say they are "difficult". Anyway, I put this stuff on the first eye and thought "Wowww". Immediately my lashes were blacker, fuller, volumized, not clumpy, and just looked great. After a long evening of shopping and then relaxing at home, I have no flaking or smudging. I didn't use a curler today cuz I wanted to see how the mascara performed on it's own. Didn't curl but I don't think it's supposed to. I WOULD buy again if I could afford it, but really, I think drugstore mascaras are pretty awesome and I don't feel like I need to splurge on high end mascara cuz I can get the same results. This mascara actually reminds me of original Covergirl Lashblast (just opened a fresh tube yesterday). So, if you can afford it, have at it, if not, go for the Lashblast!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
BebiMou 11/18/2011 1:15:00 AM
So, I just recently made my first UD purchase ever (and some Benefit stuff, all my first high end purchases yay for me!)...anyway, included with the Black Palette and Vegan Palette is the Zero pencil, which I've been dying to try since it's talked about sooo much in the beauty community. I've been using what are supposed to be dupes for this eyeliner (L'oreal Extra Intense and NYX Slide On) and I have to say I am disappointed. My drugstore dupes are way better than this and half the price. Luckily mine came in travel sizes in palettes so I didn't have to pay so much for them. Both the L'oreal and NYX pencils are much blacker than the UD Zero. Also, the staying power on the drugstore pencils is better on the lid and on the waterline, though I must say the staying power on the waterline on all 3 pencils isn't that great at all. Basically, I'm saying don't bother wasting money on this product. There are better drugstore products out there at half the price. There's also the Milani Liquify and the Covergirl Liquiline (or something like that) and Maybelline Master Drama, which are all dupes, but I haven't tried. I hear they're all pretty much the same BUT BETTER than the UD liner. There may be some other high end pencils that are better, but I can't speak for that. Skip this one ladies.
I don't know what I missed cuz I see all of these great reviews, but I hate these concealers. I have them in yellow, green, and lavender. Yes, they cover up really well, but for me they are too dry and cakey no matter what part of my face I use them on or how much I have exfoliated or moisturized. I wish they worked for me as well as they do for everyone else. I also hate the NYX concealer wands. I love a lot of NYX stuff, but I'm done with the concealers.
Concealers -NYX - HD Photogenic Concealer Wand - Fair
BebiMou 11/8/2011 4:13:00 AM
I bought this concealer 3 months ago in light, medium, and green. I got them mostly for under eye darkness and redness coverage. These concealers cover really well. I like how creamy they are and the texture. That's about it for the likes. They crease like crazy under my eyes no matter what kind of powder I use, or without powder (and my eyes are moisturized nicely). And the worst is that they don't last very long and practically slide off my face when I'm applying them and I don't have really oily skin (and certainly not around my eyes!). I would definitely not be buying again and am actually looking into returning them to NYX. I know they're not that expensive but having 3 of them that are useless to me just sitting there reminding me of wasted money drives me nuts. I can use that money towards something better. I don't recommend this for under eyes. UPDATE: I contacted customer service and they are sending me a free return shipping label and refunding me for all 3 concealers, even though I've had them for so long. Yay for NYX customer service. It really helps when a company wants to please customers.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - One 'n Only - Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo
BebiMou 10/30/2011 6:46:00 PM
Sooo, I've been wanting to try Argan oil products for a while now, but honestly can't afford the Morrocan Oil brand. I got an order from Sally's last week for this shampoo (also the matching conditioner, trial size oil, and the hair mask). I got the small size bottles so I wouldn't be wasting a ton of money if I didn't like the products. I have reaaally thick, wavy/curly, just below the waist length, semi-coarse, dry hair. I'm all about moisturizing products. I have only used the shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask one time, but so far I am really impressed. I had straightened my hair and had a coating of serums and such in my hair so I first used a clarifying shampoo and then the One n' Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair shampoo. The first good sign was that I didn't need to use a huge amount of shampoo for my hair. I usually need around 3 pumps of shampoo and conditioner, but one glob was enough. The other good sign was that for the first time EVER, I was able to comb through my hair while rinsing the shampoo. That's how moist it was. Now, I don'y normally try to comb through wet hair while shampooing, cuz that's just crazy, but I noticed that my hair was just so soft and detangled while I was rinsing that it just happened. I usually comb my conditioner through, and was definitely able to do that when I use the conditioner too. The hair mask was a nice treat as well. I then straightened my hair with one of my usual products and it my hair has been super soft and hardly frizzy at all (even with lots of rain). I'm due for a trim but these products have made my ends look a lot better after one use too. As of now, I'm saying yes to this line of products. I'll give it a full 5 stars after using it longer, if the good results continue. The packaging of the small size is nothing special, I prefer a pump, but no big deal. For such a small bottle, they are expensive, but if the products continue to perform well, the price is worth it, especially compared to the price of the Morroccan Oil brand.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - Hydrating
BebiMou 10/23/2011 4:45:00 PM
I just discovered this product a week or so when I was browsing stuff at Walgreens online. It looked a new and an interesting product, so I needed to try. It turned out that it was on sale so I went and bought it a few days later. Keep in mind, I was a contact lens wearer for about 14 years and then recently got lasik, so I am REALLY careful about what I put in/on/around my eyes. Well, so far, I'm really liking this stuff. It's hydrating, but not greasy. I don't feel like I've sucked all the moisture from my delicate eye area after I use this and it doesn't burn my eyes. It removes pretty much all of my eye makeup (one cotton round per eye, less if it's a light makeup day) including "beauty tube" mascara, eyeshadow with primer, eyebrow pencil and powder, gel liner, liquid liner and so on. A little bit of NYX Slide On and L'oreal Extra Intense might put up a little fight, but easily cleans up with a q tip. It even says you can use this to remove all of your face makeup. I tried it out with a full face of long wearing foundation, powder, etc., and it did pretty well. I used a makeup wipe after that to see how well it did, and there were only a few traces of makeup left on my face. This is a big tube of lotion, which I think will last a long time, not a little bottle of watery nothingness like other products for the same price if not more. I got it on sale to try, but would definitely say it's worth it at full price, which is around 8 dollars. The packaging is great since you can control how much you want to squeeze out, no squirting of liquid, and it just stands up right and looks nice. So far, my favorite eye makeup remover ever. I'm not giving it a full 5 lippies just because it's not often for me to consider a product "perfect". Anyway, give it a try. Drugstores have good return policies. Buy it, keep the receipt, try it, and return it if you don't like it.