Brows -MAC - Brow Shader - Browning and Porcelaine
CourtneyLovesMakeup 1/11/2009 10:00:00 AM
The best eyebrow powder ever and I've tried Anastasia, which was good but doesnt compare to MAC's brow powder. For years, I had been using a MAC eyeshadow to fill in my brows until MAC came out with this. It's the perfect shade of brown, with no reddish tones in it, which I absolutely hate. I can make my brows look dramatic or very natural, depending on how much of this I get on the brush. It lasts forever, as I havent even it up yet. MAC has discontinued this but I found it on the internet and bought 3 more of them.
Definitely streaky on the first two coats..but by the third coat..perfection! This shade is an opaque but shiny light pink. I think it looks very classy and neutral against my fair skin. At first I thought it would look like OPI italian love affair but the OPI is most of a frosty pink, this is definitely more eye catching and much prettier, in my opinion. Very pretty, I'm happy with this.
Perfect plummy shade, I can even wear this without a lipstick or gloss. So pretty and perfect for my pale lips and fair skin. Very polished looking. Not at all overpowering or too dark. Smooth, precise application...I like this much better than the MAC liplining pencils.
I've been using this on and off for years..the only reason that I stopped using it was because of the price. This is one of my favorite nightcreams that I've ever used. I feel so pampered when I use this. I think the fragrance is relaxing and very mild, a very soothing nightime kinda fragrance. If you are sensitive to fragrances, this is not for you. I thought at first this would be too heavy and moisturizing for my combination skin. It is alittle greasey and I do wake up with a major forehead shine, but this is to wear to bed, not out....I simply wash my face and my skin is absolutely glowing! I have never noticed any breakouts from this, only beautiful skin. Too bad its so expensive.
Moisturizers -Lancome - Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30
CourtneyLovesMakeup 12/5/2008 8:52:00 AM
I've used this on and off for about 10 years or so. It's a great stand-by and does the job. The fragrance is nice and light, the lotion seems to sink right in but still offers protection. None of that annoying white cast that many SPF lotions seem to do. I can put my makeup right over it without any balling up. It is alittle pricey for the small amount that you get in the pump dispenser.
Treatments -Lancome - Primordiale Cell Defense Serum [DISCONTINUED]
CourtneyLovesMakeup 12/5/2008 8:49:00 AM
I got this as part of the Primordiale kit, it was included. I've been using this for 2 days now so I can't say if it has caused breakouts as of yet. So far, my skin is glowy and baby soft with even texture. I love how this goes on so smoothly and makes my skin feel so comfortable. It makes my makeup go on smoothly, I only use mineral powder and helps it look non-cakey. I really have no complaints about this serum other than the price (if I were to buy it separately)
Im not a big fan of toners, I usually don't even bother with them since I rarely break out and my skin is usually fine without them. That being said, I have to say...I LOVE this toner, definitely HG material. This is one of the only toners that I'll ever use. This is non-dryer, I love that it doesnt contain alcohol. It's not a miracle product by any means but it does make my face feel nice, refreshed, clean and cool. I just dab it on a cotton ball and put it mostly around my cheeks, forehead, chin..basically my T zone. The fragrance is nice and Im not a huge fan of fragranced skincare products, but this is tolerable, it smells alittle like roses. I also notice that my face just looks more glowing and healthier when I use this. Definitely a wake up call for your face!
Im usually more into the Lipglasses but wanted to try a lip gelee. This doesnt have good staying power but it does look nice when I first put it on. It's a very natural nudey shiney natural lip look. I'd say it looks like my natural lip color, only more shimmery and "awake". If you are pale like me with pale lips, this will definitely give you a "kick" without looking colorful or gaudy.
I bought this to use as a highlighter under my brown bone. Im impressed! I was using white frost for this purpose for years but honestly starting to think it looked to harsh. Then I tried Nylon but it was just too yellow tinged for my skintone. When I picked up shore leave, it had the right amount of frost/shine since I do like alittle shine below my brow, it's not harsh like other highlighters and not overy shiny or tacky. I think this is great for a beautiful "awake" look and will be using it in place of my others.
HG lipgloss!!! I can't believe that I waited this long to buy Star Nova. Some say its similar to little VI, I dont agree. Star Nova is in a class all by itself and I've tried tons of MAC glosses. I love shiny, glimmery lips and this definitely does the trick. It has tiny glitter particles but will not make you lips look glitter, rather..they will look shimmery and beautiful. The color is a perfect mauve which suits my skintone (NC-20). I truly feel like a hollywood goddess when I wear this. I could actually skip most of my other makeup.
At first, I thought that this would be way too harsh/bright for my pale NC-20 skin. When I applied it with my regular MAC blush brush, it looked very circus-clownish, I hated it. Then, I read some reviews of it on here and most said to go light with it. I switched to my skunk brush and tapped coygirl on the applies of my cheeks..voila! Instant natural pinky glow! This is not a blush to go heavy with...it requires alittle blending and a very light hand. It's best used with a skunk brush if you are pale, otherwise...you won't like the results.
I have this in a miniature bottle, it was part of a giftset which had other VS scents in it, too. This is my favorite one, I like it better than Pink, Angels and all the other VS fragrances. Im really bad at identify notes in a fragrance but all I smell with this is sexy! The name is befitting because I feel like a supermodel when I wear this, very sexy, indeed. It also has great staying power, I highly recomend this one if you want something girly but sexy and not overly cloying.
Conditioner -Organix - Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
CourtneyLovesMakeup 10/14/2008 7:32:00 AM
Just like the matching shampoo, this stuff smells wonderful..however..it left my hair alittle tangled, didnt condition well, felt waxy and didnt smooth onto my hair very well. I felt that it didnt rinse off well, either. It left my hair too weighed down on the ends (I did not use very much near my scalp). Overall, It mininmally conditioned and left my hair flat. It's not the worst out there by far but I won't be repurchasing.
I thought I was going to love this....it smelled GREAT, lathered up nicely. My scalp felt clean, refreshed, no itchiness after using this. However, my hair looked flat, lifeless and felt too soft yet dry.
Looks really pretty when I draw a line on my hand but on my eyes, the glitter barely showed up until I smudged it with a Q-tip. Also, it feels gritty and irritating. I don't think it's the worst out there but I'll stick with my regular MAC liner Engraved. This is really nothing special, I was expecting something much better.