I agree with previous review. This is better than Paula Dorf's Mambo shadow. I was looking for a replacement and I'm glad that there was a similar shadow out there. Unlike most black shadows, the gold glitters add warmth and makes my eyes so sexy! It doesn't flake off on my cheeks nor the color get faded out to grey like PD. Stayed put for over 10 hours so I'm really impressed. Let's see how it holds up during hot summer/clubbing tempt though. So far very good! :)
Concealers -Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer
ILOVEDIOR 2/24/2008 11:16:00 PM
WOW! I have serious PIH spots still in the process of recovering. After searching and searching for concealor/foundation that can cover those spots without makeing it obvious, I decided to give this a chance. Bought #7, #8, #11 because I didn't know which one would make it up perfectly but they all ended up being very useful. I'm NC40/42. #7 (neutral beige with slight peach undertone) works beautiful with dark circles underneath my eyes. #8/#11, I blend the two to cover the blemishes and it does a great job depending on the depth of the color. It's REALLY pigmented so you only need size of a sesame seed!!! Oh, and did I tell you that it stays matte (but not dry) all day long too? I love this stuff!!! EDIT: I found out it can be heavy just alone so I mix it up w/ tiny bit of lotion to thin it out, then set it with mineral make-up. You won't believe how natural it looks!!! All my friends thought my PIH healed up all of sudden!! Suckers.... hahaha!!! :D
"PUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRING~~~!" I love this stuff! except the artificial fruity taste I get. But still I love this lip balm. The texture is light but very moisturizing and the color really tints my lips so it looks super natural. I have this color is purring and looks lovely against my NC 40/42 tone!
Skincare - Face -Skinceuticals - Phyto+ (previously Primacy Phyto+ serum)
ILOVEDIOR 2/10/2008 12:03:00 PM
It's only been less than a week since i received this "MIRACLE-IN-A-BOTTLE" in mail. I had severe Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation on my cheeks from eczema dermatits that got infected. The color was first dark purple/brown. It has been fading than before because I have been vigorously treating with Skinceuticals retinol 0.5% with copper peptide but the redness wasn't going away well. This is where this product came in and started working. Already in a week, my redness are reduced 50% in those spots, the pigmentation 15%. I say that's darn pretty good for using for few days! I feel like finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel so I decided to do this review already! I highly recommend this over other harmful lightening creams or ointments.
I burnt my face badly with Glycolic Acid about 45 days ago. Left me with huge red stripped spots on my cheeks which led to an light straph infection. Sounds fabulous, doesn't it? Well, once the spots closed up by using what the dermatologist have me, I was left with real bad Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. I mean they were like real dark purple/brown! After research, I learned about copper peptide so I started to spot treat the places with CP serum and Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5% every other night. Those PIH places would get real red from Copper Peptide and I know putting neosporin didn't do much for me, I quickly snapped up this item and started to spot treated myself. The "spots" were so delicate from the treatment and trauma from GA. I swear this would really calm it down while helping my skin to renew itself during Copper Peptide. It's so good. I mean it does stings like hell for like 30 secs but the pain seem nothing cuz I know what it will do for my skin. ANYBODY who is experiencing the same problem or have real sensitive skin that reacts easily to products and turn red, I really recommend this. I'm so happy that I found this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
overrated. didn't do much though i liked how small it was. easy to carry around when you are clubbing!!! :)
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
ILOVEDIOR 10/15/2007 11:10:00 PM
Last week, I decided to myself a home-made face peeling and it killed my face. Got red burnt patches in size of salami all over burning, swollen and woozing!!!! (>_<)!!!! Desperately I pattered this creme (to prevent my scars from drying up) all over with neosporin and IT REALLLLLLY HELPED MY SCARS HEAL FAST!!!!!! I used to doubt this creme but something in it DOES have healing power! I'm a convert now!!!
I really like this! It feels light on my dry/combo skin but it does moisturize really well without me having to pile and pile on. Goes great with my foundation without turning it into dirt color on my face. I haven't broken out yet so that's a plus too!
It was good first few times but it broke me out in tiny red bumps yesterday. weird but it's going into my trash. too bad...
I'm about NC42 and Camel works beautifully! It looks a lot light in compact but goes on so naturally and matches my asian skintone perfectly without turning too pink, orange nor grey. It's really humid and hot here and this make up holds it up nicely... but I do have to blot my face once or twice throughout the day. It's not drying even in AC blasting indoors either. 2 thumbs up for this light coverage powder make-up for normal/combination skin!!!!
Powder -Jane Iredale - Amazing Base Loose Finishing Powder
ILOVEDIOR 6/28/2007 6:15:00 AM
Thought this foundation was match made in heaven for few month. The color was perfect, the finish was nice... but one day, I started to break out in BAD cyst acnes all over my cheeks. Thought it had something to do with some of my skin care products or blush I was using, so I spend $$$$$$$ of money switching and changing.... because you know, I believed that mineral make-up was innocent and suppose to be pure. Little did I know, it was bismuth in the ingredient that was irritating my skin (thanks to MUA skin board)!!!! Tossed in the garbage, switched foundation, did asprin mask for few weeks and my skin is back to normal. Don't believe the hype. Mineral make-up isn't as pure as they market. That bismuth ingredient is EVIL and NOTHING close to being natural. EDIT***: Since they have taken out the bismuth from ingredients, I decided to give another try and IT's SOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER! It doesn't seem to shine as much and doesn't sink into pores as much.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
ILOVEDIOR 6/28/2007 6:00:00 AM
When I tried the samples off the site, it looked promising so I purchased a big size in the following week. I liked that this product has no little ingredients as possible, but I realized that that could be a drawback as well. The pigment is too shallow and it's staying powder close to nothing.
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Serum 20 AOX with Ferulic
ILOVEDIOR 6/28/2007 5:52:00 AM
I recently purchased a box set of 6 tiny sample tubes on ebay because I was looking for something to lighten' up my acne scars. 2 days into using it (in the morning before moisturizing), I already see clear difference in tone and clarity in my skin! THIS STUFF IS OFF THE CHAIN!!!!!! Texture of the serum is real light liquid that dessolves right into the skin once applied. No sticky icky residue nor funky smell. EDIT: If you purchased a big bottle, I highly recommend keeping in your refridge and get a small trial size and just fill it up and keep that one in your cabinet. This really helps the product from going bad fast in room temp.!!! :) I do that with all Skinceutical bottle products!
Treatments (Eye) -Burt's Bees - Repair Serum with Attar of Rose
ILOVEDIOR 4/23/2007 5:37:00 AM
WooooOOooOooooO~ I love how simple this product is. Pure plant oils in a jar. But it does more to my skin than all the expensive imported brands I purchased in my whole entire life!!! I'm still in my early 30s so I don't deal with lots of wrinkles, but it does seem to plump up very fine fine lines around my eyes next morning. I might even try it all over my body mix with lotion for extra pleasure~! :)
The minty side of this clay mask makes my tired face perk up before I go to sleep! I don't break out too much so I can't tell on how much it refines the pores, but feels like it's good enough for normal/dry skin girls like me. I like that I have to mix it up right before the application cause many of other clay masks I have purchased always dries up before I finish up the whole tube.