Self Tanners -St.Tropez - St.Tropez Tinted Self Tanning Mousse/Whipped Bronze
Hevz555 5/18/2011 5:33:00 AM
I have been using this tanning mousse for about 3 years now. I have tried every other self tan out there in between purchases but always come back to this one. It is the easiest, darkest and most natural self tan I have come across. I always think I will find something better, or darker - but never do. I use the st tropez mitts to apply this with latex gloves underneath. Never get any streaking, the colour guide is pretty dark so would be hard to miss bits, I can even do my hands with ease with this product. It can wear off in patches - eg elbow creases and hands will wear off quicker but if you exfoliate this shouldn't be a problem. I am naturally a medium skin tone and this comes out deep golden brown colour, very similar to the colour I get when I naturally tan. Have given up purchasing anything else and will just stick to this from now on.
This is a lovely highlight colour for those who prefer their highlight to be a bit more on the white side as opposed to a creamy beige. Leaves a lovely sheen and no glitter and even though it is a frost it is very pigmented and feels more creamy when applying.
This colour is a very bright warm orange in the pan and is very scary looking when swatched. However on my NC37 skin it works perfectly, it is quite pigmented so a little goes a long way but it blends out with ease and ends up looking like a deep peachy red colour. Looks very fresh and bright and lifting on the cheeks. It's not my favourite blush ever but can imagine this being beautiful with a bit more of a tan in the summer months. The overspray leaves a nice subtle shimmer on the cheeks, not glittery as I thought it might be and the overspray does go quite deep so you will get a good amount of it before it runs out.
Lipstick -MAC - Sheen Supreme Lipstick - Supremely Confident
Hevz555 3/29/2011 10:48:00 AM
Woah mama! I have very pigmented lips and LOVE my nude lipsticks but this is nude extreme! It's at least a shade lighter than Myth, possibly 2 shades lighter than Creme d' Nude. The only way I can seem to wear it very sparingly and only being used to tone down my rosey pigmented lips which means I don't get the full benefit of the moisturiser and glossy finish :o( I have to rub it in a bit as the colour doesn't seem to go on evenly. I bought this thinking it would stop me having to wear a nude l/s and gloss separately. Unfortunately it doesn't. I do really like the formula and love the packaging but it's far too pale, can't imagine this being wearable for many people.
Liquid -Estee Lauder - Double Wear LIGHT Foundation SPF10
Hevz555 2/2/2011 7:15:00 AM
Absolutely love this product! My skin is not acne prone or sensitive and is quite clear. I have more issues with uneven skin tone. I loved doublewear but found it far too heavy for me so was delighted when they released this. Much sheerer although covers well, easy to blend, the staying power is as good as doublewear. Have worn this is hot and humid conditions and it stays well. Did not become dry on my combination skin. Is classed as "photo-friendly" and that is definately true. The one thing I dislike and I am deducting a lippie for is that there is definately not enough product in the tube and it seems to run out very quickly.
Love this product and don't have a bad word to say about it. Gets rid of all of my makeup in one go. I use it by using a few pumps in my hand, rubbing over my face and removing the oil lightly with a cleansing wipe. Stubborn mascara can take a few rubs but always comes off eventually. I find using makeup remover wipes on their own to be quite harsh. Sometimes I follow with an additional cleanser to get all of the oil off but most of the time I don't. No breakouts or reactions. Have been using this for a few months now and not even halfway through yet (and I don't use this sparingly).
The sole purpose of me buying this was to have a white foundation which I could mix with my other foundations through the winter months and when other foundations are slightly too dark. Not many brands carry a pure white foundation so I purchased this. This is very thick. I tend to wear medium coverage foundations so this by itself would definately be the fullest coverage foundation I have come across. However, a teeny tiny bit of this into my darker foundations is the solution I was looking for. It does end up giving my foundations a bit more coverage but I don't mind that and I really do just use a tiny amount which is enough to lighten any foundation. It works wonders on my undereye area so I have also been mixing a tiny bit with my concealer and it completely covers my undereye area. Very happy with this product. Such a small amount is needed so I probably will never have to purchase this again.
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Daywear Plus Sheer Tint [DISCONTINUED]
Hevz555 1/25/2011 6:45:00 AM
Could not live without this product. If I had to pick one item of makeup I would pick this up! There are 2 versions of this as described below, I have used both. I went to buy a new one and they only had the tube with the gold cap which I was told is the new version of the other 'old' tube with rounded cap. Apparently has been improved, has more antioxidents in it blah blah blah! To me they are pretty much the same product. This new one is just like the old one but less scratchiness because of the little beads, definately seems to have less beads. The scent of cucumber is just amazing. The sheer tint is very subtle, I am NC37 and can hardly notice a tint at all. But it does cover and I'm amazed how much better my skin looks immediately after application. My skintone is evened out and it leaves a nice subtle dewy finish (not oily, I am combo/oily and can easily wear this without looking greasy). I can wear this with just concealer and skip foundation most days - or I mix this with a small pump of my foundation and feel that is enough coverage. Will continue to buy this over and over again, it is quite pricey but I think it is worth it. My previous tube lasted me about 5 months.
Loved this years ago and have just recently rediscovered it again. I use it after moisturiser and under foundation just on my cheeks and temples and it does give the most gorgeous glow. On no makeup days I fix this with my moisturiser for an all over glow and to even out my skintone which it does beautifully. I'm not religious with wearing this so can't comment on how well it works longterm. Even though it is not classed as a highlighter the glow can be seen under most foundations (I use various ones) from sheer to medium-full coverage and is not too overpowering. It is lightweight so I can use it on my combo-oily skin and does not cause any problems.
I agree with a lot of the previous comments about it not looking like it does on photos. I needed 3 good coats to get it to look opaque, but it is not a coppery gold colour on me, it's a bright metallic shimmery pink with some gold irridescent in certain lighting. Saying all this I do really love the colour but it is not at all what I was expecting. The bottle is really quite small and the brush had quite a bit of splaying going on which I was not impressed with!
Hands down the best concealer I have ever used!! My undereye problem is bags. This conceals and brightens at the same time and makes them look 10x better. I keep catching myself in the mirror and thinking this is the best I have looked, ever! I use the pro longwear foundation too, flawless combination. I use my fingers to apply and blends easily. This lasts all day, 10+ hours easily and still looks flawless! HG for sure.
This is the best foundation I have ever used! And I have tried A LOT!! I have combination/oily skin and this is the first foundation I have tried which does not leave my skin dry or oily. After wearing for 10 hours+ it doesn't look greasy or cakey. It applies matte but I do powder on top in my oily areas. You can skip this step if you don't have oily skin. I only have to do this once maybe twice a day. I use my fingers to apply this and the finish is flawless, have had several comments about how good it looks (which I have never received before with other foundations). It feels light in texture - similar feel to EL DW Light but more covering. It doesn't trasfer - can finally wear white shirts without worry! :o) I found it ran slightly light, I am NC35-37 but got NC40 is this and it's a perfect match. The pro longwear concealer is also amazing, together they don't budge all day and look flawless, no more bags under my eyes! The only slight issue I have with this foundation is that it is a bit harder to get off at the end of the day but I think this is a small price to pay for flawless skin all day! Thank god this is permanent otherwise I would have to get about 10 bottles.
This is the first palette I have purchased where I can use every single shade! It has every neutral you would need from light to dark to create any look for day or night. The packaging is perfect for travelling or just to have everything in one place. I am NC37 and can use every shade without problem, even virgin does not appear too light for a highlight, actually it is my highlight of choice at the moment. Sidecar is one of my favourite shades but the glitter fallout is annoying so I just do my foundation after my eyeshadow when using that one. All the others are creamy, easy to apply and a dream to blend. I was surprised and the lasting power of these shadows. After applying my makeup at 7am and returning home at 7pm my eyes still looked perfect. Face gets touched up during the day but eyes don't. Fav shades so far are smog, sidecar and darkhorse. 24/7 pencils are great. Applies creamily, smudges easily and lasts in waterline. For all the Mac, BB, YSL etc palettes that I own this is so far my favourite.
Really don't have anything negative to say about this mascara. I would compare it to diorshow but the brush is designed better so that it doesn't clump, at all! Very impressive. My HG is still MUFE smokey lash but being in the UK it's hard to get, so this will compensate. This has not smudged on me all day and has held my curl nicely.
Only problem with this product is that it is too pretty to use!! I can't bring myself to use it. I have swatched it lightly and it looks amazing, I think I will stare at it for a while longer before I can actually get stuck in with a brush. I actually really like the packaging, I love the bright colours.