There is a reason that this foundation gets so many glowing, gushing reviews! The hype is REAL, and if you have dry skin, I highly recommend trying Diorskin Forever before you search anywhere else. My skin is quite dry and delicate. Diorskin Forever keeps it feeling comfortable, hydrated, and protected all day long. It's very long-lasting, even in the heat and humidity. If you set it with a fine dusting of powder (recommendation: Diorskin Nude Fresh Glow Hydrating Powder), it will be bulletproof and stay on until you're ready to remove it - even if it's 14 hours later. The coverage is light/medium, and buildable. The texture is a slightly watery gel, but it's not runny, goopy, or sticky, ever. The finish is satin; it's not matte, but it's not luminous like Diorskin Nude. Unlike Diorskin Nude, Forever does not contain a high alcohol content, so it will not dry you out or cling to flakes and dry patches! I feel like this is a very versatile foundation as well; you can wear it anywhere, for any occasion, and you will always looked polished yet fresh. Cannot rave about this enough! If you're turned off by the price, be aware that you really only need 2 to 2.5 pumps maximum; a lot of times you can get away with 1 to 1.5 pumps. A bottle should last 8 - 12 months, depending on the coverage you like and how often you wear the foundation. The bottle is very beautiful, in matte glass with a holographic CD lid that stays elegant and free of most smudges. It looks gorgeous on your vanity, and it's a real joy to use each day.
I generally take mascara reviews with a huge grain of salt, and I don't really like to review them. Mascara is nearly as personal as perfume. Your natural body chemistry plus the types of scents you enjoy and find appropriate for your daily life will dictate whether a perfume is "good" or "bad." Same concept here. Everyone is searching for something different, and it really depends on your desired look, as well as how your lashes are naturally. However, because Diorshow is one of the most popular, raved about mascaras ever, I figured I'd review this one in the name of giving some advice. Hopefully this will help someone out there. I'm not a beauty editor or a makeup SA. I'm just a girl who has spent what feels like her whole life since age 13 looking for the perfect mascara. Whenever you read or review mascaras, it's my belief that there are 3 key elements everyone should take into consideration. 1. The reviewer's natural lashes: When I was little, my lashes were super thick and long. As I've aged, they've thinned out. They're still pretty; fairly long and the outer lashes have a nice curl. But my quest has always been to get that lush doll look back. 2. The reviewer's eye shape: I have large, Bette Davis-shaped eyes. This is the key element that many, many girls leave out when they give a review. However, I can almost always spot the girls with smaller or more narrow eyes by their complaints of large brushes. IF YOU HAVE SMALL EYES, DO NOT PURCHASE THIS MASCARA! The brush is not going to make you happy. For girls with that eye shape, I would delve into Lancome's offerings, as I know that they have a lot of various brush shapes and sizes to choose from. I believe Defincils, for example, has a smaller brush. Dior's tend to be quite oversized. If you have average to large eyes, go for the Dior. 3. The look the reviewer is going for: Sophisticated drama for daytime looks, graduate classes, and low key nights out. When I want full-force, over the top drama, I go for Diorshow Blackout, which is another review altogether. (Quick take: False lashes in a tube!) Given all those elements, here is my Diorshow review. Again, take it with a grain of salt, as we may or may not match up on the factors listed above. I love this mascara! For a while I was using Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Volumizing. When I switched to Diorshow, I realized what I was missing in my daily looks: Feathery, natural-ish looking lashes that are sexy yet ladylike. I look like I was born with a fantastic set of lashes when I use 1 - 2 coats of Diorshow. The look is always pin-up girl, but never too outrageous to the point of distraction. I feel comfortable wearing this to grad school classes where I'm expected to look semi-professional. This does the job, but at the same time it adds a touch of glamour, and allows me to look and feel like, well, me. Yes, the formula's a bit dry. To me, that's one of the best things about it. It dries fast but it never looks hard or crusty. The lashes are still soft. Not as soft as the BE, but then again the BE never offered this much volume either. The oversized brush is, for me, easy to use and convenient for my eye shape. The only real downfall to this mascara is that sometimes I need to curl my lashes again afterward. However, I've always broken that beauty rule about only curling your lashes before mascara; I've always thought it looked better to do it after. I never have lashes break and I don't really lose many, so I'm comfortable doing this step after applying Diorshow. I should also add that I've never found a mascara that really curls my lashes uniformly. All in all, I love this mascara. It plays well with others (hint: Layer a coat of this under Blackout and throw all your falsies away forever!) and looks incredible without a primer. I don't care for the price, but $24.50 for a tube that lasts 3 - 4 months isn't terrible. If you don't mind paying a bit more for this type of product, I cheerfully suggest going for it!
Moisturizers -Sephora - Sephora Age Defy Night Moisture Cream
ImSoPrettyLike 5/17/2012 10:00:00 PM
I have incredibly sensitive rosacea skin and I am madly in love with this product. The best night cream I had ever used in my life (until I found Age Defy) was Chantecaille's Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask. (I know the word "mask" is misleading, but if you read the reviews for this product on various sites, you'll see lots of people use it as a night cream.) When I apply it, I wake up with, pale, lushly moisturized, beautiful skin. It's very calming and the scent is gorgeous. Unfortunately, Chantecaille's cream is $79 for 1.7 oz, which is pretty insane, especially since I'm a graduate student trying to keep my finances in order! So I've been on the hunt for a good substitute since July. In February, I tried a sample of Sephora's Age Defy night cream. OMG. The jar says "sleeping beauty" on it, and they couldn't have picked a better way of describing this moisturizer. It's INCREDIBLE. I wake up with pretty much the exact same results as with the Chante - calm, dewy, soft, HYDRATED skin that looks and feels wonderful. Best of all, it's $30 for 1.69 oz. In other words, I can buy almost 3 jars of this stuff for the price of 1 Jasmine and Lily mask. It's a no-brainer; I'm hopelessly devoted to Age Defy! Even when I begin working full-time and have more disposable income, I see no need to go back to Chantecaille when Sephora's cream is just as good, if not better. Note: I highly recommend getting a sample of this night cream before you purchase it, especially if you have rosacea or other sensitive skin problems. Every rosacean is different. What works for me may not work for you. But I have so many horrible skin allergies and deal with horrific dryness; this could at least be a good starting point for someone who battles the same issues.