Cleansers -Laura Mercier - Foaming one-step cleanser
CWAHED 11/12/2007 10:26:00 AM
I love this concept but I can't use this daily - it dries me out. I normally use it when I want a deep cleanse and right before my own self facial treatment (scrub, mask, etc.). It is very easy to use and very cleansing but it has a tendency to make my skin dry and flaky if I use it consistently. I adore the texture and how little you actually have to use. It goes it my skin well and rinses very clean.
I use the Perfecting Water - light with my morning routine (and the heavy at night) and I love this. I am not sure if I will ever be able to go back to toners. What is this stuff, really? Toner/moisturizer/water for hydration...whatever it is it is awesome. It removes impurities and doesn't leave your skin dry or tight and it preps the skin for the next step as well. I use the light in the a.m. as I don't need as much moisture or a heavy cleanse.
Moisturizers -Laura Mercier - Night Nutrition Renewal Creme for Normal to Dry Skin
CWAHED 11/12/2007 10:16:00 AM
Another great LM product. I love the mousse thick texture and a little goes a long way. I am fond of items that I don't have to massage into my skin or just sit there on top of the skin and you pray that they sink in - this one sinks right in and really moisturizes for me. I love how it makes my skin look - vibrant, healthy and dewy.
Moisturizers -Laura Mercier - Moisturizing Cream with SPF
CWAHED 11/12/2007 10:14:00 AM
I've never ever worn a moisturizer with SPF in it but I figured at 42 - it was time. I switched to LM in April of this year from CDLM and I love every single product I've tried. I use this after my morning cleanse. I like the texture of it - it isn't to heavy (cream) nor is it too light (lotion) - it is the right consistency and texture for me. It goes on remarkable well and sinks in. It also really primes my skin for the next step. I do not find it to be tacky or too emollient - it is the perfect medium and moisturizes my skin quite well.
I just had an epiphany to try green shadows with my medium brown eyes. I really really want CD's green tropic but I am not really an eyeshadow person and I have eight drawers of cosmetics and the majority of them I barely touch - I made myself a promise to toss the old things and use what I have and then...I will negotiate purchasing new things. I bought the Milani single in clover and liked it but it gave no depth. I went to another CVS with the intention to find the shades of green in the "catwalk" series but I didn't like them - I looked at the quads and found this one. It took me a minute to make the decision but I did and came home. I woke up this morning, prepped my face and lids and began with the pretty mossy green in the top right corner over the lid, I took the darker green and placed it in the outer crease and blended. I swept the brow bone with e champagne sahd ane used the darker gold along the crease and swept over the entire lid to calm down the colors a bit. It took a minute to get used to as I am a neutral eye girl but I could really tell the difference. I added a sweep of Diorshow's brown mascara and was on my way.
Over the weekend...a light bulb went off for me. I am 42 and have been dabbling with cosmetics since I was roughly 13 and it just occurred to me to try green eyeshadow. DUH!!! I have cognac color eyes and consider myself very basic and I am never seen without a neutral palette. It looks on good on me, I am comfortable with it but sometimes I want to have a little fun. I have been lemming Dior's Green Tropic and Stila's green palette as well but I lose interest in things quickly, become frustrated or just don't want to deal with things so I began my search for a cheaper alternative. I have several Milani single shadows and tonight was a major search to find this one. I saw the neat Milani green palette but my CVS was sold out so I headed to Walgreens and I found clover. I have spent the last hour or so playing around with it - wearing it alone, layering it over gold or taupes and using it on the brow bone, etc and I like it. This green shimmer (not too much shimmer) makes my eyes look amazing. I even coupled it with my Diorshow brown mascara and my Goddess...it makes my eyes stand out even more. This color is quite wearable and versatile. It goes on well and it not only blends great...it layers just as well. You can certainly build on this shade. After I use this...I will step up to the plate and get my lemmings but this is just great for me now.
Palettes -Bobbi Brown - Nude on Nude Shimmerwash Palette
CWAHED 11/5/2007 1:37:00 PM
Not much of a variation on this palette. I have the nude on nude palette and quite enjoy the versatility of that one and I am not really sure why I purchased this one...greedy I guess. The shimmer doesn't really shimmer and they look like mud to me - very flat. Not that I want a shiny eye lid but I would like a bit more umpf!
I saw this in fashion mag somewhere and I needed it. I stalked as it hadn't been released yet. I finally found it and ordered it. It is gorgeous in the tube but standalone on me...it doesn't work. Now what I do like it about it is the color - it is a lovely plummy/figgy (think inside of the fig and the darker skin of a ripe plum) shade with great sparkles - because it is so sheer - it is a wonderful item to layer - when I layer it I can bring out the depth of the plum, the brown, the fig and even the sparkles. As my weather is getting colder, I pulled it out this morning and layered it with a chanel fuschia and BANG...heads turned when I walked through the mall to my job. I am going to try it with PS Kiss and see what happens. It is blendable, creamy and just plain versatile.
I love it. It is the perfect color - not to pink. I use it on my lips and my cheeks for a healthy glow/blush. It is convenient and very easy to apply and lasts a long time. I love the fact that it is compact enough to carry anywhere and is a seriously durable must own cosmetic. I liken then to benefit's 911 (which I detested) - as the color is universal and it can be used for every thing and just gives you a sweet healthy glow.
I love it. I had to buy the darkest shade and when I got it, I was nervous it looked too light (I am a NC45). I tried it and loved it. I am now keenly aware of the fact that 1. I wear shades that are too dark for my skin. 2. I do not blend 3. I do not apply the foundations using the proper tools and 4. I don't take the time to do so. I wore this to work one day and had a meeting afterwards. I waltzed through the front door and my life coach said "My God, you look gorgeous. What did you do differently?" I shrugged my shoulders and we proceeded with our meeting. When I left 2.5 hours later and got in my SUV, I caught a glimpse of myself...I was glowing and my skin looked so dewy. It was the silk creme foundation. It does give a radiant glow.
The jury is out on this one - I am not sure I can see any results. I have experienced some breakouts on my cheeks (the area where I use it the most). The consistency is alright as far as any skin care product goes - I've been using it less than a month - so we shall see.
I am torn on this one. I wear red lippies and I like my lips to be soft and smooth to ensure smooth application. I do not think the polish possesses enough "scrub" for me. Maybe it is drying my lips out more...I am not sure. The conditioner is mediocre at best. I think that I will go back to The Body Shop's lip scrub.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer
CWAHED 10/22/2007 1:32:00 PM
I love this. I normally did not believe it or use primers but I am using LM on my skin and I feel compelled to use most of the line that I use. I love the consistency, I love how it goes on smoothly and I noticed the difference of the staying power of my foundation/tinted moisturizer. It really did make a difference.
Hello, My name is Crystal and I am a red lippie whore! Again....or rather second verse same as the first, I have every shade of red that you can imagine. I have ever maker you can imagine. My fave red is KA's Bloodroses but this one...OMG!!! I hadn't heard any reviews or anything on it. Hell, I don't even know who Peter Som is (I'm a plus size girl). I am not sure how I found out about it but I surfed onto Lancome.com and saw it - there were angels singing in the background when I saw it...It...It...must be mine I exclaimed. It was sold out...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I called every major department store in Atlanta - they either didn't carry it or were sold out. I called the Mall of Georgia in Buford (about 30 miles from my house) and they had three tubes. I had them hold it. I waivered. It was so dark, whatever should I do. I was going to get it this past Saturday but opted to pay the $9 to ship it. I was out of town when it arrived. I grabbed the box and ripped it open...the lipstick was intimidating but I took a deep breath and put it on my top lip. Hmmmm I said. Then my bottom lip and...I heard the angels singing again. This color is impeccable. I am a NC45 and red can some times overpower me but this one looks perfect. It is creamy and the color lasts all day. I wore it to see the Dalai Lama today and it stayed put. This is a very versatile color fo the fall season - rich, succulent and sexy. I would definitely buy this again.
It is all about ease and results for me. Just started using LM's line after taking a break from CDLM. I love this one. It is such a great rich and heavy emollient type "water" that really penetrates and goes to work. The only word to describe what it does is Glow. Everything just stays on better and looks better. My partner said my skin was brighter. I don't get any stickiness or residue just a nice fresh healthy glow.