This is extremely sheer, which makes it look really natural on my face--and is easier to apply than the well-reviewed Chanel bronzer. It has more color and less shimmer than the body bronzer, so I use it on my legs too. Of course, the color transfers, so don't use it when wearing white.
This is an HG bronzer for me, along with the d/c Guerlain 20 which I have several backups of. I really love the color this one gives. It's perfect for my pinkish NW20ish skin without being too pink or orange.
This cleanser worked well for me. I use it after my oil cleanser, and it actually seems to dry out my skin less than the SkinMedic cleanser, which I had used before. My breakouts stopped (until now) since I started using this, but that may be because of the new topical I'm using. The pump packaging, and the fact that you get a lot for the money, are other advantages. Edit: It did end up drying out my skin, so I switched back to the Obagi Gentle cleanser.
I love the moisturizing texture and vanilla scent of the lip chics, but the original colors were too bright and too cool. Unfortunately, I delayed buying it after one blogger said this had almost no color. But when I tried it on, it was the your lips but better color I've been waiting for: A kind of warm, rosy nude. This is definitely the lippie I reach for first.
I generally don't like sparkly lip glosses but this one is gorgeous. It's a reddish coral color that looks bright in the package but is gorgeously sheer when applied. It's just pigmented enough to light up my whole face when I wear it. It's supposed to be permanent according to the sheet the Chanel counters got. I'm glad Chanel is keeping this one around.
I love both the color and texture of this one. More flattering than tea rose on my NW20 skin, and the creamy hydrating texture is great. I already bought a second one after the first one broke off.
This is probably my most repurchased item. It's the BEST conditioner I've found so far for my thick, dry hair. It's heavy enough to hold down the frizz and has a lot of slip, so it really helps me detangle. I bring it to my hairdresser when I get a blowout, and he can always tell the difference when I use this vs. other masks. It's expensive, but less so than Kerastase's Masquintense, a competing product that isn't as good.
This is one of my favorite eye definers. While it's chubby, it does allow you to draw a relatively thin line and "cat eye" it pretty easily. I wish there was a color warmer than this one and less warm than Tanzania, but hey, that's life. The smudger on the end works decently, but a longer more tapered sponge like the one on Trish's pencils would be better.
Eyeliner -Vincent Longo - lip & eye pencil- White Glimmer
CityGirlNY 7/4/2010 7:34:00 PM
This is the perfect shimmery (but not too frosty) white eyeliner for the inner corners. Too many of the shimmery whites are chubby, making it hard to draw a fine line. Not this one! And the color isn't a blinding white, but is rather sheer. If you buy it on sale on the VL website, the price is decent. I've bought several backups.
This is an amazing MLBB color on my pigmented lips. It's cool toned but doesn't clash with warm toned blush or shadow because it's so sheer. It doesn't last long, but what do you expect in a gloss? I wish it were cheaper, but that's Chantecaille for you. Have rebought several times and always have this one in my bag.
Mascara -Elizabeth Arden - Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara
CityGirlNY 7/4/2010 7:28:00 PM
I've been using this for 3 weeks, and it's my new HG. My lashes are long and dark, so I'm looking mostly for volumizing and holding curl, and this does it. With 2 coats over a primer, you get major volume without clumping or that Tammy Fay look. Also, it's very black and glossy without being too wet. There is some flaking but that's true for almost any mascara--try the Clarins Double Fix for that. As far as price goes, $19 isn't too bad next to the Dior and YSL mascaras. I'm glad the MUA reviews helped me find this one!
Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - Complexion Primer Potion-Brightening
CityGirlNY 5/27/2010 4:20:00 PM
A great primer for those who want a brightening effect on cheeks and other areas without a lot of shimmer. It also makes my foundation go on smoother. It doesn't mattify though, so if you need that, you may want to look for another primer. But for those with dryer skin, this is great.
As an NW20, this is just beautiful on my lips--a perfect brownish rose, without shimmer, that doesn't make my lips disappear. I missed the Neo Sci collection so bought it off Ebay. I wish MAC would repromote this one!
Cleansers -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Bear Naked Wipes
CityGirlNY 3/31/2010 4:36:00 PM
I really like these. I use them mostly to clean up my mascara after application and to clean my face in the middle of the day if I want to apply something else. They're not oily, and they're "wetter"--as well as cheaper-- than the Shiseido wipes that I had been using before. My only worry is that the wipes will dry up faster than they would in a box type packaging. I'll update about whether this happens. (Regarding removing mascara from the lashes--like any oil free wipe these won't do that. I use a cleansing oil or an oily remover for that.)
Treatments -Joico - Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm for thick or coarse hair
CityGirlNY 3/26/2010 1:20:00 AM
This is it, my deep conditioner HG. My hair is thick, past my wait, and frizzy. I need a THICK conditioner, not something watery, but it also needs to have slip to detangle. This one blows my previous favorites--Kerastase Masquintense and Moroccanoil Masque--out of the water. It moisturizes like nothing I've ever seen, and yet it doesn't weight down the hair. And compared to the other brands, it's cheap--we're talkng $13-17 for 8 oz. My mom, whose hair is finer but also dry from color, said it was miraculous also. HG, HG, HG!