Liquid -L'Oreal - Cashmere Perfect Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
DeedeeL 7/27/2004 12:58:00 PM
This is an excellent DS foundation, although I wish the coverage were a little better, and easier to build. It feels like Chanel's DPF going on, but it doesn't allow oil to breakthrough for hours whereas I would get shiney with Chanel in 45 minutes. It also doesn't contain all those awful dimethicones that Chanel does, which probably helps with the oil control factor. This won't work for dry skins. Not sure what other reviewer meant about comedeogenic ingredients, but there are none on the label that appear in any of my lists. This feels so light on your skin, it is a good option for oily girls seeking light to moderate coverage, and the colors aren't bad either- and it's under $11. I'm wearing natural beige which also had a "W4" next to it- it's a little light for me but I'm sort of tan right now, normally a MAC NC35.
Skincare - Face -Ole Henriksen - Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser
DeedeeL 7/21/2004 12:12:00 PM
A confounding product that manages to strip your skin to taut flakiness with each use while simultaneously failing to remove the makeup and grime. How does it do that? I mean, how could something foam up that much, dry out the surface that much and still leave stuff behind? Perhaps Ole should get an award for this one. Clearly he's on to something, I'm just not sure what.
Eye Shadow -Almay - Bright Eyes Shimmer Pearls - Dawn's Early Light
DeedeeL 7/21/2004 12:07:00 PM
This product is just dumb. Three rows of three 3-dimensional cream shadows, that basically show up as some non-distinct, maybe warm toned, sheer shimmer on my eyes. And they crease quickly. To add insult to injury, my local CVS charged me over $10 for this crap. Oh, and the packaging is a really inspired gray plastic disc with a clear cover. Blech. There's a reason I don't use Almay.
While this is a nice lipstick, it's just that. I'm ticked that I bought into the hype for such an incredibly un-unique lippie. It's just a bronzey peachy lipstick, with some shimmer. That's it. Oh, and the SPF does seem to offer protection as my lips didn't burn when I wore it on the beach. But it's not all that sheer, or multi-dimensional and it's certainly not complex, or lip building or anything like that. Classy chanel packaging.
Initial appearance is an off-putting deep sparkly brown, but on the lips, it reads as a complex bronzey plum shade that is just gorgeous paired with a little bronzer and a subtly shimmery eye. No smell, no taste, and leaves some pigment behind after shine evaporates. (note, however, this looks ghastly on me. just trying to provide a helpful review- lol!)
At last, a paler nude that I can actually wear! This is a very subtle shimmer champagney peach shade with a Julie Christie circa Dr. Zhivago vibe, that looks gorgeous paired with smokey eyes, or a faux tan w/ lotsa black liner. It leaves peachy pigment behind after it wears off, like all Mania lipsticks so I can avoid the "concealer lip" issue created by so many nude lipsticks.
What Kealoha said. :-)
Fantastic orange based red flecked with subtle shimmer (gold), this is the perfect resorty color for this MMM for spring and summer. It's smooth and sheerish like the sheers but instead of evaporating it leaves a lovely stain. Going back for more.
What can I say? This is definitely my thing. I think the citrus and incense combo either works brilliantly for you or it doesn't. I'm a fan of incense-y scents (Messe de Minuit is a winter staple) so this is perfect for my summer needs.
While I like this concealer alot, it's something that is available in different form from most asian lines. First, RMK comes to mind, as does the relatively cheaper I Nuovi. This is what I call your basic dryish, matte full coverage concealer, if this is what Cle de Peau is all about then I have no idea what the fuss is over. The downside to this product is the fact that it probably isn't great for acne prone skin, as it has a few comedeogenic ingredients in it, including Sorbitan Sesquioleate. It does come in a good range of colors, the O 40 was perfect for my MAC NC35 summer/fake tan skin. I'll probably keep it because I adore the artsy packaging and it's nice to throw into a small evening bag for touch ups. I think this was around $36 or so. Available in US from Henri Bendel.
This is a very high quality, not too sticky, fairly long wearing, nude caramel shade of gloss, as nice a shade as you will find in any higher end line. Sadly, it has a repulsive floral stench/flavor not present in my shimmery Glam Shines. Wouldn't repurchase.
Bronzers -L'Oreal - Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder - Cannes After Dark
DeedeeL 4/26/2004 1:50:00 PM
This is a really nice bronzer in the vein of Guerlain's Terracotta- think that reddish/orange- but divine if you're the right coloring. A high quality, finely milled pressed powder bronzer, Cannes After Dark was the only shade that looked like it would actually show up on my MAC NC35/MMM skintone. It's fantastic, I'm so glad I got this one. Subtle gold shimmer isn't really perceptible once on the skin. The packaging is similar to the Shine Delice blushes but larger, and a titch nicer, with a clear layer of lucite over a bronzey shimmer compact cover. I should buy another.
Pressed Powders -Sonia Kashuk - bare minimum pressed powder
DeedeeL 4/12/2004 1:35:00 PM
I bought this in a panic when I realized on my way to work that my beloved japonesque teeny sifter full of MUFE Super Mat loose powder was still on my bathroom counter at home... and I cannot go an hour without blotting and powdering. So, I ran into Target and grabbed this product in Translucent. It's a perfect sorta pale yellow based beige... great new packaging (large white compact with mirror and puff inside), no comedeogenic ingredients, and kills shine instantly. My only complaint is that this is one of those powders that goes on almost too matte and too heavy at first but it dies down quickly once it contacts your skin's oil. I wouldn't recommend this for dry skin. But for normal/combo/oily girls this is a very refined, silky powder with surprising coverage at an excellent price ($8.99). Ten times better than L'Oreal's pressed powder and sure beats those awful Isopropryl palmitate-ladened NYC powders or gritty Cornsilk and CG concotions.
Eh, I'm not thrilled with this. It is a liquid bronzer on the order of NARS body glow or the Benefit one. It has noticeable shimmer in it, and I would say it is definitely more bricky/orange based that the powder Gold Coast bronzer. It dries very quickly so you have to work quickly to blend it into large areas such as legs, which is what I wanted it for. I also found that it emphasized scaley drier areas of my legs. Not suitable for my face due to comedeogenic ingredients like stearic acid and isostearyls. Smells sort of frangipani-ish, but not overwhelming. Comes in a 4 oz. bottle, with a rather wide mouth. Pump would be nicer.
This actually does what it says. Within four consecutive days of twice daily use, I have seen a marked decrease in the redness on my upper cheeks and around my nose. And no, it's not from the vivid green tint, which disappears upon application. Non-comedeogenic too. Note, that I do not have rosacea, I'm just one of those people who is constantly red from Retin A use or my heavy duty glycolic use. So I cannot opine on whether it would work for rosaceans.