Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Nutra Nail - Gel Perfect UV Free Gel Color
Eugeniet 9/20/2012 4:05:00 AM
Meh. This stuff is ok if you just want a (very) fast drying polish. Doesn't look anything like the normal gel polish. Fairly easy to use - I finished up with a coat of the activator. The smell is quite strong. This would be great if you need fast drying polish for a special occasion, but won't replace my normal polishes. This is $29.90 in New Zealand, and for the price I would expect a better product. Won't be repurchasing.
I really like this powder. Being a very pale girl, it can be hard to find a powder that is light enough, but doesn't make me look ghostly. This doesn't alter the color of my foundation at all, and doesn't leave my skin 'powdery'. As someone else mentioned, you do get a lot for your money. I got the large size, and put some in a separate powder sifter. Judging by the mount used so far, this will last me for years. While I would re-purchase, I will probably only have to if I loose the big jar - otherwise I'm good for a very long time. I use this along with Graftobian's 'Graceful Swan' creme foundation - a match made in heaven!
I use the grey/brown and the blue neutralizer under my eyes to hide my circles. It works very well, although it can get a little cakey if I'm not careful. Very nice product, and a great all round pallet at a fraction of the price of other comparable quality products. I will repurchase when I run out - which judging by how much I use, will be in another eight or nine months.
Crème -Graftobian - High-Definition Glamour Color Creme Foundation
Eugeniet 6/16/2010 5:16:00 AM
I am a bit lighter than NC15, and use this in 'Graceful Swan'. This foundation is amazing. All my other foundations (and there are quite a few) are now gathering dust in my drawer, as this is the only one I reach for. I put this on with a beauty blender sponge, and find I can get any coverage from sheer (most of the time) to full (when my skin reacted to something and looked like I had acid thrown on my face. It does a really good job of toning down red and hiding dark patches, even when sheered out. It looks amazingly natural, even when I pack it on. I normally use the RCMA no color powder to set this, for a very natural finish, or the Smashbox Halo powder if I want a little more glow. I totally recommend this.
When I first used this nailpolish, I followed the instructions - no base coat, no top coat. Polish looked amazing......for all of about 10 hours, when I noticed the polish on my little finger had almost entirely peeled off. Grrr. So, I figured I had nothing to lose by trying a base and top coat - after all, the polish was barely getting thru a work day. I tried using Orly's Bonder Basecoat and Matte Top Topcoat, and I can now get three to four chip free days. The polish looks slightly more satin than without the topcoat, but still pretty matte. Very nice polish, and I love the unusual finish.
Liquid -Christian Dior - Capture Totale Liquid Foundation SPF15
Eugeniet 3/9/2009 3:56:00 AM
Drat! Why must the first super expensive foundation I've tried be my HG?! I normally wear MAC or Prescriptives (all of which are now gathering dust....). This gives lovely, buildable cover, which makes my skin look flawless - and like I've had more than four hours sleep.... While I would never normally spend $120 odd NZ on a foundation, I will happily shell out again for a foundation that makes me look airbrushed. Update: I had to travel to another city for work today - foundation went on at 4.30am, and is still looking good at 8.30pm - 16 hours later.......not bad at all!
Wow. I LOVE this mascara. It gives me beautifully defined, natural looking lashes, and hasn't clumped at all (and I can normally get ANY mascara to clump.....). Currently have this in black, will be getting it in brown shortly. A great mascara for work.
I like this scent. I love incense notes in perfume, but normally the perfumes give me a raging headache. Possibly because this is a fairly simple scent, it doesn't. On my skin it has pretty good lasting power (about six hours), and dries down to a lovely incense-y smell that reminds me of the incense my mom used to burn when I was little.
Hmmmmm.......LOVE the colour, but I feel that four coats to get a semi opaque finish may be pushing it a little bit. Goes on smoothly, and doesn't streak, but I really wish it didn't need so many coats. A lovely pale blue color, despite the name.
Well, I bought this one against my better judgement - it smelt like it would give me a headache! The first time I wore it, I was expecting to have to wash it off within an hour, since I normally can't tolerate anything that isn't quite fresh smelling (CKOne, for example). I was very pleasantly surprised! No headache, and dries down to a lingering whiff of incense on my skin, which I really like. VERY long lasting - I can still smell it the next day. Lovely evening perfume, but not really work appropriate.
Love this fragrance. I have Moschino's I love love, and the SA told me this was very similar, but without the overpowering orange scent (I like it, partner isn't so keen on it). Very nice, light scent - I wear it pretty much every day. I can still smell it after 10 hours, but admitedly I'm smelling my wrist.
Self Tanners -Christian Dior - DIOR BRONZE Auto-Bronzant Eclat Naturel FACE
Eugeniet 12/15/2008 1:26:00 AM
Wow! I love this product! This is one of the few self tanners that doesn't make my face break out. I use this once or twice a day (I use a lot of AHA's and BHA's, so poof goes the tan......) I'm normally a NC15, and this gives me a nice NC25 to NC30 tan. Looks very natural, and has a smooth, silky texture. Makes a good primer for makeup as well. Retails for aprox $48 NZD
Well, I was using the St Tropez mousse self tanner....... then I got sick of having to put it on every couple of days AND apply moisturizer. So, I looked round for a gradual tanner, and bought this one after looking at the reviews on MUA. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with my bottle of St Tropez, since this stuff works just as well!! I'm very pale (NC15) and I'm using the darker version every morning, which gives me a lovely, non orange tan (now wearing NC30). The smell is very fruity, but it doesn't have that awful 'fake tanner' smell on my skin. I don't think I'd want to use this on my face - using the Dior self tan for the face, which hasn't (yet) broken me out. Roughly three coats (one in the morning and one in the evening, then another the next morning) got me the same level of tan that two applications of St Tropez did.
Treatments -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
Eugeniet 11/10/2008 12:25:00 AM
This stuff is seriously good. I have been doing the 40% Lactic acid peels for about 6 weeks, and I wanted something to maintain between treatments. This has faded the red patches I had on my face (remainders of the very dry, scaly patches the Lactic acid got rid of), and has helped even out my skin tone (I now have almost 'makeup optional' skin!). No change in the pigmented patches yet, but I'm hoping. My skin feels soft, and more moisturized. Currently using it at night, as I suspect it was the culprit that turned my MAC mineralize makeup slightly orange the other day.
Masks -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - 40% Lactic Acid Peel
Eugeniet 10/20/2008 5:40:00 AM
Well, having read the reviews of this product, I took the plunge and ordered this. I put it on about an hour ago, leaving it on for 2 1/2 minutes (MUAC suggests a starting time of 3 mins), the washed it off, put the ph stuff on as directed, washed that off, and slathered my skin with the Paula's Choice extra moisturizing mask. Skin is still stinging a bit, but not horribly, and has a few red patches. Will update on how it is tomorrow, since it seems a bit soon to tell if there is any change...... Day One update: Well, my skin was looking pretty good this morning - only one small dry patch on my chin. I think my skin is a bit brighter, but I think it will take a couple more peels to see any real changes. My skin did feel pretty dry today - like I'd used a light moisturizer instead of my usual rich one. On reflection, I'm pretty disappointed with the packaging - I expected it to be pretty minimalist after reading the reviews on here, but smudgy ink jet printed labels?! Also, as others have commented, the instructions are pretty minimalist - If I hadn't read the reviews on here I would have been a bit dubious about using this. I also think that opaque bottles would have been a better idea - considering how long this stuff is likely to last (you only need a tiny amount) I would have thought this would keep it more stable? Day Two: Dry skin! I put on my normal (quite emollient) moisturizer, and my skin felt like a crispy critter by lunch time. Also had a small flaking patch on my chin. Day Three: Much better... my skin feels like mine again, and the flaky patch is on the way out. My skin is looking more glow-ey and generally 'mine but better' Peel Two: Left it on for three minutes this time - felt 'hot' but didn't sting nearly as much. Skin looks brighter. I have done the second peel three days after the first, as my skin recovered quickly, and the instructions suggest twice a week.