Generally I love Rimmel's mascara, until they released the terrible Scandal Eyes but anyway. I used two mascaras everytime, Maybelline Full and Soft and Rimmel Glam Eyes. Because Glam Eyes (GE) has a plastic brush, it does a fantastic job separating my lashes and coat every single one of them evenly. I can also go back with the brush multiple times to build on intensity and length. The mascara really helps with lifting the lashes up and fanning them out, perfect for them fluttery lashes. Now, if you look for a super dramatic effect you won't get it here, that's why I use it with Maybelline Full and Soft to help with the volume department. Maybelline FS really helps with thickening the bases of your lash, it kinda lines your eyes at the same time and has them more luscious. So unless you have natural thick lashes, I think you should probably stick with this and a voluminizing mascara.
I am lazy. At the end of the day I don't want to spend 5 minutes scrubbing makeup junk of my face. Those makeup wipes ain't soft enough, the eye makeup remover stinks my eyes like hell and no matter what I still have mascara residues under my eyes. DHC Cleaning Oil is so simple, I pump half a pump, rub it all over my face while standing in the shower waiting for the water to warm up. Voila, clean soft skin. Then I just wash my face off with a tidbit of Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanse. I used to have oily skin all over, but as I get older and use birth control, my skin is now dry and oily, I have dry flakes all around my nose and chin and DHC cleansing oil helps so much with that.
I have written a review for Candy Apple, in which I adore the color but can't give a squat about the texture of the lip butter itself. I now have amassed most of them, with the exception of the pale cool-toned pinks which does not look good on my NC 25 warm Asian skin and the nudies which are too sheer for my pigmented lips. I love the MLBB like Fig Jam (a tad brown), Pink Truffles, Sugar Plum (a teensy bit more plum than Pink Truffles) and of course Raspberry Pie. Pigmentation is fabulous for lip butters and the color range is beyond what I normally expected from a DS brand. You are bound to find something you love from this line. However, like Candy Apple, these lip butters ain't moisturizing on my lips at all whatsoever. They are kinda waxy and just sit on top of my lips. After a while the lip butter dries off and white lines appear around the inner corners of my lips. Bad bad bad lip butters. I won't purchase any of them again, because I ain't finish them in my life time. However if I used up my Pink Truffle, I would re-purchase the ColorBurst Lipstick in Rosy Nude or Soft Rose instead.
I have been lemming the LM loose powder for a while now and decided to try this first before splurge on the high end one. I like the powder when applied with a stippling brush. The fine fibers of the brush allow a more even and sheer application, truly giving my skin a sort of satiny matte finish. Oil control is no where near my MAC Blot but quite decent, give me about 3 to 4 hours of wear. Also I like using this under my eyes when I am applying makeup. Packaging is terrifying as well as the color range. Translucent give my face a white cast so I have to go back with my bronzer and that defeats the purpose of the product itself. Moreover I cannot take this on the go lest I want white powder everywhere. I think fair ladies with normal skin might want to give this a chance.
Match Perfection was my go to fdtn during the colder season which I used shade Warm Ivory. I applied it over my moisturizer and sunscreen with the Physician Formula ginormous blue flat top kabuki brush and it really gave a beautiful finish. My skin looked fresh, dewy and healthy in a well applied makeup way, mind you it is NOT a natural finish because there is nothing natural about skin that looked airbrushed. I love the finish since I think it looks more flattering under the harsh fluorescent lightning and bleak sunlight. Moisturization, the tool used and the combo of the products are really the key here because I have had this caked up on me like no one business applying this with my fingers. I would say the coverage is about light to med-light, I used my BB concealer to go over my dark circles afterward. Wear time is decent during winter season as my skin is getting drier to 6-7 hours. I have tried the Hard Candy silicon based primer and the wear time would increase to about 9 or 10. More than that I rather reapply my fdtn. As I am getting paler my skintone is less forgiving and Warm Ivory was not a perfect match as I would like. The yellow undertone of my skin is more pronounced and the fdtn is verging on the neutral side, definitely not neutral enough so I often mix in a drop or two of MAC F&B. Would I buy this again? Definitely yes when they have better shade selection and a pump bottle.
The formula is wet, which is what I prefer and is more suitable for my long but straight lash. It really darkens and lengthen my lashes, but doesn't have much in the volume depart. I love this mascara for daytime wear as it doesn't smudge or flake on me, and it really holds my lashes up and fans them out, giving an illusion of bigger eyes. For night time or more dramatic eye looks I simply couple it with Maybelline Full and Soft
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter - Candy Apple
DiAni 4/29/2012 10:11:00 AM
As many have said, this is the color of a candied apple. At first I thought it was a little bit too much orange for my NC 25 skintone but it had definitely grown on me. I can definitely layer this and make the color more opaque and shiny, or just swipe once and press my lips together for a tint of color. Even though it's called lip butter, the product is not moisturizing, it dries out my lips and clings on the dry skin so exfoliate is a must. Also, the round tip of the bullet is terrible for getting a crisp line at the corner of your mouths, especially when the color is pigmented like this.
My boyfriend bought me this with a sensitive brush head for Christmas so I have been using this for about three months. Personally if it was me I would never buy such a godawful expensive thing . - Before using Clarisonic Mia: I have light/medium yellow undertone Asian skin (NC 25), pretty clear but uneven, dull and sensitive. Occasional blemishes happen only when I disassociate monthly. Skin is annoying dry around nose and mouth while oily pretty much else where, also there are numerous blackheads on my nose, clogged pores between eyebrows and chin. - After using Clarisonic Mia: I changed my acne face wash into Cetaphil when I started using this and did not experience any purging breakouts. My skin texture has improved drastically after three months: the pores on my cheeks are smaller and less noticeable, and my skin is much much softer and smoother now (which makes foundation goes on more smoothly). Uneven skin tone has lessened but not much and dry patches are still here. I have blackheads and clogged pores on my chin and nose, but instead of increasing in numbers, they kinda stay the same and easier to extract and eliminate. Also, I haven't had a pimple since using this, even when it's that time of the month. Oh and I love this on days when I wear foundation because it takes off everything (I use makeup remover to take off my e/s and lip products before hand). This is also nice to for lip exfoliating, I just run this across my lips for like 5 seconds. On the negative side, the brush feels very abrasive on my cheeks and so I am hesitant to buy this for my teenager brother since he has breaks out very often and this may worsen it. I will buy the delicate brush head to see if there is any difference. As of now I have hit a plateau of sort and I don't see any dramatic change anymore, but it's very nice to have my skin stays as it is right now. - I wash my brush head with antibacteria soap and warm water every week, air drying the brush head and the cap after every use and store it in a dry place. - To be honest I was expecting model perfect skin after reading reviews about Clarisonic Mia from MUA, but then I realize that kind of skin only exists in Photoshop land and Clarisonic is damn amazing in its own right. I think it is a very worthy product and can replace many creams and serums. Do buy this as a good place like Sephora so you can return if you don't like it.
Eye Shadow -Jordana - Color Effects Powder Eyeshadow Duo
DiAni 3/28/2012 11:16:00 PM
I believe Good Match (GM) is the only matte duo in this entire range, which has both neutrals and bright colors for good measure. The duo is perfect for what I want since I prefer matte eyeshadow during daytime (pearly or shimmery e/s is not very flattering in fluorescent lightning in my opinion). It is buttery soft, sheer and very blendable, which is very convenient for a natural no-makeup look or if I am in a hurry. It is also a very good crease or blending color on my NC 30 skin tone. The packaging looks cheap but sturdy and I like that since it's more unlikely that the shadow is gonna shatter everywhere in my makeup bag on the go.
I am so intensely thankful for MUA, because otherwise I would have never even considered picking this powder up. At first I used W/D fdtn with the ELF flat top brush and buff it into my face. It lasted all day and provided light to medium coverage. The only thing was that it really emphasized my dry patches; and the color while matched my face nicely, was slightly more neutral compared to my neck. Then I tried the powder wet. I applied my moisturizer with a sponge, and then used the same sponge to apply the powder onto my skin. Perhaps the leftover moisturizer in the sponge made the powder creamier, but it blended so nicely into my skin. I get a super nice coverage, and this is when my skin reacted badly to a chemical I was working in lab at the time. It gave me this satiny matte finish, and you still can see my skin texture peeping through. Overall I was very pleased, even my boyfriend complimented on how nice my skin looked that day. I am NC 25 -30 in MAC and I use Cypress Beige. Now the powder matches very nicely with both my face and my neck, probably because my skin can't keep a tan and I am getting paler. It also comes with a decent sponge for touch up and a nice mirror in a sturdy packaging, meaning that the powder won't shatter in my backpack. Yes and the powder doesn't break me out. I will buy the powder again when I am finish with this one :)
My skin has changed dramatically from super oily into combo/dry over the years. I have noticeably dry patches on my cheeks, around my mouth, and on my chin which frustrate me to no end. I can't use MAC Studio Fix because it cakes terribly on my dry patches while slides right off my nose and forehead, which is precisely why I love F&B so much. It doesn't amplify my dry skin, just nice, smooth and supple healthy looking skin for me! Not only that, F&B really gives me that natural slightly dewy look and lets my skin texture showing through. I am really into that no makeup look so this is an absolutely perfect foundation. I just apply my moisturizer, wait for it to dry, then apply the foundation with my fingers. On term of coverage, it is light-medium, perfectly suitable for me since my skin is pretty clear. If any occasional pimple pops up I can just spot conceal it. My face is NC 25 in MAC, but I go for C4 to match my neck and the rest of my body. The price is kinda icky at first, I get it at $32.50 for a bottle of 120 mL or 4 oz., but it's like $8.00 for an ounce of foundation, and a very nice one at that too. Revlon is even pricier than that!
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
DiAni 7/15/2010 2:24:00 AM
The colors are not exact but rather similar between Laguna/ Orgasm and the ELF duo. The NARS duo is superior in terms of pigmentation, the quality of the powder, shimmer, longevity and blendability. Personally I prefer the bronzer in the ELF duo more than Laguna since Laguna has a bit of shimmer and is a tad too pigmented for someone as heavy handed as I am. The ELF blush is lighter in color, warmer/ peachier, and contains loads of chunky golden shimmers, which can be blended away. The powder is rather crumbly and when blended away it barely shows up on my skin (I am NC30), if I layer then I look sunburn :((
I love the shade, a perfect peachy pink that just give me a flush of healthy colour. It warms my face up when I am a NC 30 during the winter but also gives me glowing cheeks in the summer when I get considerably tanner. The pigmentation is decent, medium wear about 4 hours on my oily combo skin and at four mere bucks, this drugstore blush can't be beaten. The only complain I have is the poor packaging, as well as the strong Noxzema scent (it wears off pretty quick thanks goodness) and the shimmers overload. If I use too much, whoooo you can see every pores on my cheekbones.
I have been looking for a mascara that can replace my HG Max Factor 2000 Calories so when Maybelline released the Falsies, I am pretty excited. It gives decent volume, length and separates my lashes well but in no way provides me the falsies look, nor quiet comparable to the Max Factor one. I use the shorter side to build up volume, then the curvy side to build up length and separates my lashes. God knows how many coats I put on my lashes trying to achieve the 'falsies' look! My lashes in the end feels heavy and crisp. The good thing is that the formula does not clump when you putting on more coats of mascara. The mascara wears well during hot and humid weather, I only have minimal smudging at the corner of my eyes. Great drugstore mascara but not my HG material.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Pressed Powder
DiAni 5/27/2010 10:56:00 PM
I bought this in Sand Beige and the colour is a perfect match for my complexion. It wears beautifully, offers from light to medium coverage, and looks very natural on my skin. The only downfall is the staying power. The powder transfers onto everything that touches my skin. Worse, I get oily in about an hour of wear, which is very unusual because my face on it own does not get oily within an hour. Got it at CVS 75% off so I don't feel too bad. I might try it again during the winter, but unless they reformulate the powder, I am not buying it again.