Like a lot of buyers I am very conflicted about this product and it's only the 2nd day of use. After having paid an astronomical sum of money (AND duty fees for Canada) I am going to at least give it a good try but I am really not enjoying the application and awful stickiness. I will put up with the smell IF it's going to be spectacularly effective. I will have to rethink my make-up routine completely as it creates sticky, uneven patches although I give the serum over 20 min to settle and routinely exfoliate and apply glycolic peels. All my other skin-care is quickly (maybe too quickly) absorbed but not this one. I will write a follow-up as time goes by but for the moment I thoroughly dislike it.
I simply cannot live w/o Bone eyeshadow. I either use it alone over my concealer (top and bottom lids) or with a fluffy brush as an all-over setting powder for smoky-eyes. It pulls everything together and blends perfectly. I think I am on my 4th or 5th. Highly recommend.
Styling Products -Aussie - Aussome Volume Texturizing Gel
BellaG55 9/17/2011 5:59:00 PM
My hair is shoulder-length, medium thick, wavy and I need something to lift the roots. My hair is thinning in front and this keeps my bangs styled and in place. I rub a pea-size of the product in between my fingers then through the hair closest to my scalp for lift. If it dries too stiff you have put too much. Drying with head upside-down also helps volume :) Nothing else I've tried works as well. The price is unbeatable and one tube lasts forever (over a year). I have repurchased several times.
It's very expensive and the packaging is awkward but my hair cannot live without the Ciment Thermique. The saving grace is that a little really goes a long way. One tube has lasted me over a year, using it aprox. 2-3 times a week on the length, especially ends of shoulder-long hair (I use another lift product for my roots). I stopped using Kérastase products while unemployed and, boy, did I notice the difference so I know it's their products. It took a few uses to bring my hair back to where it was. Their formulation seems ideal for me. Ciment Thermique makes my hair shiny, thick, glossy, manageable and less breakable. I love its fresh, fruity smell (not overpowering). It's got great glide which makes it easy to spread a little over a lot of hair. My hair looks better than it was at 17, unbeleivable but true. As long as I am financially able, I will repurchase!
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Glossing Sheer Shine Mist
BellaG55 9/17/2011 5:04:00 PM
I bought this product after careful research because I wanted something that made my hair shine after using setting spray and for the last week before having my hair colour touched up. I love this product, most of all, I should say, because of the light fresh scent. It makes my coloured, sprayed hair shine and does not interfer with the styling. I use it mostly at that point when roots start showing and the salon shine starts fading. It's excellent and I will repurchase.
Treatments -Biotherm - Biopur Instant Touch Pore Refiner
BellaG55 7/19/2010 7:56:00 PM
I have mature skin with enlarged pores on the T-zone. I need a primer to even my skin tone, etc and find that enlarged pores are very difficult to smooth over, even with the finest primers and mineral make-up. I won't say this product is a miracle, because I think once you let your pores enlarge there is not much you can do to permanently minimize them but this product definitely does help. It helps in that it does shrink pores somewhat and prevents shine, therefore primers and foundations don't melt off your face which is huge! You need very little and it absorbs quickly leaving a smoother matte clean look. I layer it under my primer - directly on toned, un-moisturized skin (because my primer will follow) - and the combination is an excellent base for mineral make-up or liquid foundation and helps it stay put all day which is wonderful if you work full time. I've been using it for weeks and it hasn't dried or irritated my skin which is very sensitive, in fact it's helped with redness. I would repurchase it.
Sunscreen -Lise Watier - Sun Smart Universal UV Shield SPF30
BellaG55 7/19/2010 7:34:00 PM
This product's packaging is the best I have seen for any skincare. It is a tube, therefore hygenic and protective of active ingredients inside (therefore less preservatives!) AND it is a pump which allows one to controle how much product one wants. I was desperately looking for a primer plus sunscreen. I am 55; my skin is going through hormonal changes and is very sensitive. I would like to have to apply as few layers of "stuff" on it as possible so I try to combine steps. I need the primer to even out my skin, pores, wrinkles and sunspots. It's a must! It has to have staying power because I sweat a lot. Very difficult time of life! After many tries with different primers, Sun Smart turned out to be The Best Thing, merci Lise Watier! It glides on and is absorbed very easily, evens out and preps the skin beautifully for mineral or liquid foundation. One really does not need very much. Let your skin tell you how much to add. My makeup goes on very smoothly and stays all day. I don't sweat it off: a miracle for me. Just one note: because I do have enlarged pores on my T-zone, I apply a pore minimizing cream directly on my skin before applying the Sun Smart. I find I do not need a moisturizer at all although other parts of my face are dry and sensitive. I am certainly repurchasing this product. __________________________________________ One year later: I repurchased for Summer 2011, used 2 tubes and remain just as satisfied with this product :)