I'm going to give this 4 lippies because it's really, really good if you want a light foundation/tinted moisturiser. DO NOT BUY THIS if you need a lot of coverage. I have pretty clear skin, the occasional tiny blemish and sometimes my complexion can be a little uneven or pale and in need of some oomph. Like most girls, I find it difficult to leave the house without my mask on. Even with clear skin, a bit of war paint goes a long way to help your confindence. I find this foundation perfect for my needs. Its thin and doesn't look like you are wearing make up. It is also a dewy finish so you look fresh. Yes, I will agree that sometimes it looks a bit sweaty but just swipe over your t zone and chin with some MAC blot powder or MAC loose translucent powder and it looks beautiful. I also take my blot powder with me for touch ups during the day. I have given up trying to find the foundation to last all day with no touch ups. For me, it is just a fact of life that my nose gets oily. A little maintenance during the day is not difficult. The smell is yummy but strange as I am used to the other MAC foundations that have no smell. It also is a plastic bottle so that is perfect for me as I drop things all the time. It takes a little bit of getting used to- the lesser coverage. But I have recieved so many compliments on how fresh I look, I'm happy to step it down a notch. It is also great for going out. I like to do fun eyes or really bright lips and sometimes with a thick foundation it really just looks like you are too done up. I don't want to look like I apply my makeup with a shovel. Price wise, this is amazing. 120mls for AUD$60? Hell yes. It will last about a year I think. Some people on here have said it lasts even longer. The only thing I am a little annoyed about is the colour I bought. I'm an NC20 and the MUA gave me an C4. I think it is too dark, but considering how thin it is, it kind of just washes on and blends well so its not so bad. Next time I will probably go for a C2 or C3. Its summer in Australia now so I am more tanned than normal. I was hungover when buying it and didn't take much notice so its more my fault and the MUA is probably just one of those people who are trying to make the world a more tan place, one person at a time. I use my 187 to put it on. Fingers don't work with this for me, it tends to stick to my dry patches. Everyone has a different way though so just find what works for you. No SPF takes the one lippie off. In Australia I should really have one and I am too lazy to ever apply one before make up everyday. Yay for Face and Body!
I really like this lipstick. Amplified is my favorite finish and I find it so easy to wear. Creamy and bright but doesn't dry out your lips. Up The Amp is a very magenta purple. I really wanted something more lavender and pastel, but ended up with this. It looks quite dark on me because I'm so pale. I've got to be careful I dont look to gothy with this one! I'm NC20. Love to wear this lightly buffed on to my cheeks with a 190 brush too.
I have had this for six months and use it most days. You would think it was brand new! Not even a dent. It's such a good colour for yellow toned women (NC20) as a base under neutrals, browns and golds. I also use it as a base for bright colours, it adds slight iridescence and lasts for like 24 hours. The only time I don't where this is when I wear a blue based pink blush or lipstick. It clashes because Rubenesque is really warm and peachy. Smooth as butter and gorgeous! Also I apply with my finger, the warmth makes it so smooth going on to the lid. I know some people like to use a synthetic brush.
Ok so I agree with all the reviews saying this mascara CAN be difficult to work with. I sleep on my stomach and end up face down a lot of the time so when I wake up I often have smooshed up, bent eyelashes that are all over the shop. So for this I like that Zoom is a very wet mascara. It wets all my lashes so that they go back to where they are supposed to be. It takes a bit of mucking around to get the mascara looking smooth and groomed but the result is worth the work. My days at work are usually 12-13 hours long and it lasts all day without flaking. Then it comes of easily in warm water. All the reviews saying that L'Oreal and Maybeline or Lancome make better and cheaper mascara? I couldn't comment on that because I refuse to use these brands as they are tested on animals. Gross. Paying $10 more to not burn animals? I'm for that.
I really like this kohl for my water line. Its extremely black and glides on heavily and deep in colour. I won't wear it on my top lid- I prefer Blacktrack Fluid Line. Smolder kohl prints onto my crease line no matter how much primer or shadow I wear and that is really annoying. It stays forever on my water line though. I highly recommend this as a basic black kohl.
So, I am an Aesop addict and it is the only face and body brand I will buy. I have suffered from psoriasis and dry skin forever and is the only thing I trust on my skin. The packaging is also aesthetically pleasing even if Carl Yung quotes are a bit much for shampoo. So anyway, the Fabulous Face Oil could not have a more appropriate name. It IS fabulous. I use it as a night serum and sometimes when I am hungover in the morning and my skin is really lack lustre. I find it is hydrating, nourishing and plumping. I wake up with the softest, brightest, clearest skin.The smell is incredible. All Aesop stuff smells amazing. Some user commented it smells like diesel fuel...? Its juniper berries, jasmine and ylang ylang, so I'm not sure how she got that. Its a strong smell though and it puts me in a good sleepy state in the same way chamomile or lavender tea does. It is expensive but I only use two or three drops for my whole face and neck so I guess it's ok and you get bang for your buck but I still think it's over priced (like most Aesop products). I feel like I will use this until the end of time and it is an ageless product. Only con I can think of is I have had a few minor blemishes since using it, but if my skin is as soft as this, and as bright as this, I will brave a few blemishes.
Ugh I don't understand why anyone would buy this. My mum loves it and I gave it a try but it just has no oomph! It's such a full on colour but goes on so wimpy. It's so sheer and comes off within minutes. I just don't get what anyone would like about this. People who say its such a great red that just suits anyone, why do you need a lipstick that suits everyone when MAC alone stock so many different reds. Each suiting different tones perfectly. Well Lady Bug didn't suit me and I find it so boring and a waste.
I probably wouldn't buy this again because Pink Nouveau is more suited to me. I find Saint Germain quite chalky but dabbed on is quite good. The colour is awesome, if anyone has ever drunk Saint Germain, it tastes like this product looks! It's a really Barbie, lollipop, neon yet pastel pink. Very pale and looks a bit concealer lips if your not careful. I've heard that Nicki Minaj wears this and Pink Nouveau. I think it looks better on darker women, I'm probably too pale for this one. Still I will use it up before I go and get PN.
This is a colour that is difficult to explain and I think is probably very dependent on what colouring you have. I'm a big fan of peaches and oranges. I'm NC20 and unlike most people- I never feel like NC20 is too yellow. I'm a classic peaches and cream complexion so those tones really suit me. However I work in an industry where wearing Morange or Vegas Volt is not really appropriate, so I wear Ravishing as it is more muted. Really good formula as well. Creamy but still stays for a few hours.
Brows -BeneFit Cosmetics - Brow Bar - Brow waxing/shaping services
Cb0205 8/17/2011 2:03:00 AM
I've had three bizarre experiences with te Benefit Brow Bars, each one worse than the last. Will never go again. The first time was when my Mum and I were in Sydney Myer in Chatswood. We were browsing at the MAC counter when a Sales Assistant from the opposite BBB came over to my Mum and told her she had fantastic eyebrows. She then asked whether she could tint and wax them. We thought this was a bit strange that she had come into another brand's section. Mum was flattered and said sure, if you want...? The SA took us over to the BBB and was just gushing about Mum's eyebrows and she couldn't wait to play with them.... Weird. I then asked if we would be paying seeing as she asked us. The SA told us it would cost $70 for a wax, tint and something or other!! Mum was just amazed at the audacity of her ASKING to do them and politely refused service and we walked away. The second and third visits were at Myer Melbourne City. I went in to see if they could tint my really lackluster pale and skinny eyebrows. I told the woman I don't ever pluck them because they are so thin anyway and I use a MAC pencil to fill them. She rolled her eyes and said I needed to stop plucking them. I told her again and she just gave me a patronizing look and said they would take a few months to grow back after my over plucking! So I ignored this blatant rudeness and told her I wanted a tint to make them a bit more prominent. She said that she thought it would be a silly idea and I should just stick with product. So she sat my down and preceded to draw the most revolting drag queen, thick, almost ginger eyebrows on me. I have very cool toned skin and dark brown hair... Why would she pick a reddy colour for my brows!? She did not follow my natural shape at all and they were so over the top and artificial. I told her I really didn't like what she had done and that I prefer a more ash and natural look. She just brushed it off with a 'this is what your brows should be like and your not used to it yet.' She then refused to take it off for me, saying 'give it a few hours.' I left feeling utterly bullied and humiliated. AND with a small ginger ferret on my forehead masquerading as brows. So a year had passed since this experience and I went in today to get a tint. I stuck to my guns and told them I just wanted a tint. So the SA sat me down and tried to sell me and my friend so many products while we waited. No I do not want to try this blush, no I do not need new concealer, no I am not interested in a spray tan! So eventually it was my turn for a tint. The woman didn't ask what colour I wanted and just started whacking on dye. When I said to her "This is a really ash brown yeah?" She said no it was a red brown! I told her I actually want a really cool brown she just said "Trust me it will look good". Well it didn't. It looked a very rich red brown and didn't suit me at all. Then she wanted to wax my very thin brows. I what would you wax? And she replies with this gem "You think a wax will get rid of hair but it's actually not going to get rid of any, so don't worry." Why would I pay for it then? At $35, for no change... Why? So she got really shitty and said "Whatever they are your brows." So she cleaned me up and filled in some of my gaps with an extremely heavy hand (which really hurt). My whole eyebrow area was bright red from all the digging and roughness so I asked for a bit of concealer (that they were trying to sell me before). She picked up a bit of translucent powder and dabbed it between my eyebrows. I asked her again if she could please use some concealer as I had to go back to work and she rolled her eyes and said "Omg I'll just get you a make up artist then shall I?" and stormed off. I said thank you to her as she walked off and she just said "Yeah," quietly- not even looking at me. What on earth?! My friend had a good experience and her eyebrows looked good so maybe my experience was random grumpy sales assistant. But after having some bizarre experiences I will not go back. As we were leaving and paying, another SA who was there was smirking and talking about us to the SA I had. She said to me "What? You don't like them!" and I said "No, they are good!" but she just gave my SA a sly smile and took my card. I really prize customer service and it's what keeps me going back somewhere. When the SA have their own shit going on, I don't want to know. I do not want to deal with your attitude. Don't bring it to work. Its not about you, it's about my brows! Never again Benefit!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
Cb0205 8/7/2011 2:16:00 AM
The ONLY foundation brush in my opinion. Not much more I can add to this- everyone else is right when it comes to the airbrushed gorgeous look. Only thing I will say is that mine doesn't shed at all. I think you have to be careful when you clean it. Don't ever run it under a tap facing upwards. It will loosen the glue holding the hairs and then you may experience shedding. I'm pretty careful with mine and am yet to have a loose hair. Best brush!
Just bought this yesterday, I'm usually a Studio Fix gal. Can't stand (cantstandyaaa) Select SPF 15- worst. Love the silicon base of the Studio Fix, love the coverage, love everything about it- except the glass packaging! I have had it smashed in my make up bag, dropped it on the floor twice, it goes everywhere with it's sharp nasty glass and staining formula. After a complete meltdown on a Monday morning after smashing another bottle of it purchased a week before, I couldn't take no more! So off I went to MAC to cry. The MUA reccommended no more glass for me and that I should try the Studio Sculpt as it comes in plastic. It also has 10 more mls for the same price. It's gel based and a full coverage. Struggling with the thickness of it but my trusty 187 blends it out nicely. I'm an NC20 and the colour is quite yellow but makes you glow. Only issue I have with this is it makes me look quite greasy. Even with a powder it's really oily on me. I look like I smeared Lucas Paw Paw Ointment on my nose! But I would rather be a happy albeit oily gal than a perfect skin crazy gal sitting in a pile of glass and orange gloop on the floor of my bathroom with cuts all over my hands from trying to scoop it up.
Aw this was also my first MAC blush too. I have a big soft spot for this blush, and I don't wear it all that often anymore but whenever I do dip in to the Pinch O'Peach I remember how pretty it is. I'm NC20 and it's so lovely on fair skin. Not peach at all, this sheertone blush is a really sweet baby pink. Only problem I can think with this blush is that it is quite sheer but it's buildable.
When you wake up on Sunday morning and your hair is all crazy and your head hurts like a mofo and you need to drag yourself down to get a coffee just to survive the next half hour, pop on this colour. Pair it with a pair of sunnies and your most badarse leather jacket. You need attitude for this shade, it's so intense! It's my HG red. I don't know how anyone can say this is an orange. Yes it is a warm red rather than a blue, but definatley no Morange. Best matte, yet still slick formulation. Brings out my inner rockstar every time. (Or your inner Betty Draper, if you are so inclined.)
Worst lip stick ever! I know everyone loves this, but I think it is so overrated. It's chalky and makes your lips so dry and look chapped even after an exfoliation and moisturise. It's a blue-red which doesn't suit my NC20 skin at all. It smooches (technical term) everywhere too, all around my lips and I look like a clown. I actually recycled this in a Back2MAC even though it was almost full. I just hated it. Lady Danger is my HG red lip stick. It's a 'Matte' formula as well but does not dry out like Ruby Woo. It is also a lot brighter and orange based.