I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION! I am what some may call a foundation slave, I've tried everything from BB, to Rimmel and nothing seems to work for me (perhaps I'm too picky..?!) I have problematic skin, psoriasis, scarring from spots, blackheads, redness around my nose and HIDEOUS dry patches around my eyebrows. So clearly I need a miracle worker. I want skin that looks clear, glowing and soft, and I have finally found the foundation that does that! I use my MAC makeup sponge, apply three squirts of Teint Miracle on the back of my hand, and BLEND BLEND BLEND into my face. I'm left with a gorgeous base on which to work my concealer magic! Because this is a light foundation, it's not going to cover every single little bit of imperfection on the skin. However, because its so light, it's blendable, it doesnt leave tide marks, it doesnt sit in creases under the eyes, or in laughter lines, and its glow is second to none. It doesnt look like foundation, it looks like healthy skin with a few normal imperfections! My colour match is spot on (No 2), has SPF, the bottle lasts for ages, its got a pump that I love, and it just does everything I need! As you may be able to tell from my slightly mad gushing, this foundation is worth trying. Head to a counter, ask for a sample (Lancome are really generous with theirs), get a colour match and you'll see what I'm wittering on about (: x
I am forever searching for the 'no-foundation foundation', I have bouts of guttate psoriasis, which flares up in winter. So I'm left with very dry, flaky patches on my cheeks and forehead that no amount of moisturising/exfoliation can completely disguise. So after priming to the max, and keeping my skin as smooth as possible, I don't want to use a foundation that a) accentuates dry patches and b) makes me looked caked in gunk. My current go-to is Lancôme's Teint Miracle, which is light, doesn't cake, and has a beautiful finish. So! When I headed to the counter fully intending to repurchase that exact foundation (in shade No.2), and the mua suggested I tried their new foundation, the words "full coverage" and "long lasting" didn't really float my boat. However I picked up a sample promising to try I out. And I'm so glad I did! It's full coverage, but easily taken down with a few drops of moisturiser for a more relaxed daytime look, and the best part is the look on my skin! It's like velvet, not caking in my dry patches, not greasing up when I'm running around all day at work. It goes on looking gorgeous in the morning, and pretty much looks the same when I take it off 10 hours or so later. I'm usually very wary of huge claims, but if you are near a Lancôme counter, pick up a sample and try it, I honestly think you'll be as happy as me! Needless to say, I bought the full size the next day, and I'm still loving putting my makeup on every morning (:
Lotions/ Creams -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea butter
Jadeypops 9/30/2011 10:31:00 AM
This is a wonder product! I suffer from pretty bad psoriasis (guttate which is tiny little spots of it everywhere... absolute nightmare) and I generally try to avoid the steroid creams for it. As a last ditch attempt I bought this. After about two weeks I started to notice an improvement in my skin (this bout of psoriasis had been bugging my for about 6 months with nothing helping). Kept using day and night, and lo and behold! My skin has cleared up, minus a few tiny bits left on my back. Im not saying this will work for everyone, but its really really helped me. And for the low price of it, I'd say anyone with psoriasis really should give it a go. Plus, my skin has never been softer! It sinks right in, isn't sticky, and keeps my skin moisturised all day. Reall boosted my confidence having lovely clear skin again (:
Liquid -Revlon - Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup SPF 15
Jadeypops 9/30/2011 8:22:00 AM
This foundation is bloody annoying. Straight out of the tube and on my skin it is perfect (I use the light and the colour match is dead on). However, half an hour later and I take a look at my skin.... OH DEAR. Patchy, its oxidsed to a delightful shade of orange, tidemarks, dry skin patches, spots are like a glaring beacon... Its just so frustrating that it blends beautifully, and the initial colour is perfect. WHYYYYYY does it have to be so useless given any length of time on my face? Very dissapointed, thought I had my HG (and for a damn resonable price), but ALAS. Just no. One lippie for the inital colour and blendability though, I musn't be too mean... :P
I struggled a bit with this product at first, but I think thats because I didnt know how to use it properly. The little booklet that comes with it does have some really good tips, but I think trial and error worked out best for me! First of all, the consistency is really good... although I do find if I'm not concentrating and apply too much to the undereyes it does tend to crease up in a matter of minutes., thats only because I've put too much to start with. It's tacky and thick, and when used VERY sparingly it works a dream. The colour match was really good, I use the lightest one, and with blending I can get my really dark eye-bags looking more like I've had a good nights sleep. However, I find it's use on my spots and discolouration from scars the best thing. I apply with a brush, starting with the tiniest amount and build up from there, eventually tapping over it with my finger to blend it completely in. I havent found a concealer so far that can cover up the redness that my foundation cant fix without looking fake-y and claggy which is brilliant. One more thing, the pot (even though it's quite pricey) does last for absolutely ages, I've had mine for a year now after using nearly every day and there's still over half left. It doesn't break me out, even though I've had it for so long. Always going to repurchase (:
Oh dear. I never tend to buy high-street foundation, but I was caught short one day and grabbed this. First (and maybe its bcause I'm used to having my foundations matched for me) I COULD NOT find a suitable colour, they are quite close to skin shades, but not close enough if that makes any sense. Upon application this also oxidises, so a colour I though was pretty close gave me an orange tinge (not so great) and really visable tide-marks. Points off for that. Secondly, texture. It is smooth when on the back of my hand to be applied to face, except it manages to become some kind of monster... its really hard to blend, which for a liquid is strange. The coverage is ok, but I wouldn't say it was much over a quite highly pigmented tinted moisturiser. And the overall appearance once on my face is A) bad colour B) patchy and C) quite oily, even though its oil free. It makes my dry patches look ten times worse, and my redness is still showing through, so I look basically hideous. Never buying again, even in an emergency. Its definitely worth paying a little bit extra and getting something that I know isnt going to make me look horrible!
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
Jadeypops 9/29/2011 7:22:00 AM
I got a sample size of this at the Lancome counter when I bought my Hypnose mascara. And inevitably, as samples I get usually do, it sat in the bottom of my make-up bag until one glorious day that I saw it and decided to give it a go. I LOVE IT. Its so effective at removing eye make-up, it's laughable to think I used to use facial wipes and thought they were ok. The texture of this is like a light oily liquid, but its nothing like the old fashioned removers, it doesnt leave my skin feeling greasy and icky after use. Give it a quick shake, apply onto cotton pan, hold onto the eye for a few seconds and wipe. All make-up that was on my eye is now on the pad. I also wear contact lenses, so have to be a bit careful with what I use because my eyes are quite sensitive (once made the mistake of trying Clinique's clarifying lotion... OUCH!) but this doesn't irritate at all. Suffice to say that as soon as my sample size ran out I bought the full-size version. Which also lasts for absolutely ages, I've had mine a good few months now, use it every day and still got over half a bottle left. Brilliant product, my HG eye make-up remover (:
First thing I'm going to say is that the woman manning the counter matched my skin-tone VERY poorly. I ended up paying quite a bit for a foundation that is too dark for me. However, I'm keeping it because in the summer with a tan I think it will be the perfect match. I use this specific foundation with L'Oreal Studio Secrets primer and my BB foundation brush, and it glides on. Its very blendable, and the thing I liked most about it is the ability to build up the coverage. Sometimes I want very light coverage, and sometimes (often) I really do need something a bit more 'there'. However the finish is quite matte on my skin, I'm absolutely in love with the dewy look, so I do tend to either mix a bit of High Beam in with it before applying, or highlight when I'm finished. I dont generally need to conceal too much after I've finished my base which is always a winner with me. This foundation doesnt clog my pores or make me breakout at all, but I dont generally have issue skin (unless using Dramatically Different Moisturiser Lotion!!!) I just wish I'd had the correct shade to start with, and for me the finish it a bit too matte... But with a highlighter this is a excellent all-rounder foundation (:
PERFECT. What else can I say? I've used this blush, and specifically this colour for about five years now and have strayed (to BB Shimmer Brick) but I always come back. It lasts forever, the smell is gorgeous, the colours are really easy to wear, and the shimmer in it is so flattering. Its so easy to blend so it doesnt sit on the skin looking fake. Its hardly expensive, which makes it so lovely to purchase! Lovelovelovelove it :D
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Jadeypops 9/28/2011 8:11:00 AM
I bought the Clinique 3-Step system, because at the time my skin was horrible. Very congested, tiny bit oily on the nose and chin and dry everywhere else, blackheads, breakouts... you name it, it was somewhere on my face! So after taking my sisters advice (the kit worked perfectly for her, annoyingly) I splashed out. This moisturiser is the bane of my life. The texture on my fingers feels like its really going to soothe my face, but on application it turns into a nightmare. My skin destests it, it bring out bumps on my chin and around my nose, it doesnt sink in so my foundation slips off my face halfway through the day. Horrible! EVEN WORSE: after getting my skin to a decent point (clear-ish and smooth again) I decided to give this another shot. I dont know why, maybe I was having a crazy day. Bumps again, redness around the chin and nose, doesnt do anything for my dry patches, and just sat on the skin bugging me all day. What can I say? If you have perfect skin, maybe it might be ok as a light moisturiser, but in my experience it'll make your perfect skin an absolute nightmare. It's definitely never having a place on my make-up table ever again!
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
Jadeypops 9/28/2011 7:48:00 AM
OH MY! Tried this, as I'd seen the quote from The Times ("actually works, really, truely, brilliantly" Or something along those lines) and thought if THE TIMES is reviewing it like that then its got to be worth a shot. SO, went out (found it in Asda of all places) and couldn't believe the price... £7 for a generous sized tube. So far so perfect! Home, tried it out... and nearly cried. It is exactly what I've been looking for, for my skin. I've tried for years to perfect that no make-up clear skin look which is ridiculously hard with my nowhere near perfect skin. So, product information: This doesnt cover everything, I still have to use a concealer (Erase Paste, or my BB Stick Foundation), but it does exactly what it says on the box: blurs imperfections. It reduces redness, to a point where just a tiny tiny bit of concealer is needed. But it blends like a dream, smells divine, lasts for ages and gives that dewy glow that I am completely obsessed with. PLUS its actually good for your skin, I feel like I'm doing it a favour by using this. If in any doubt whether to purchase I would say go for it, its cheap enough for it not to be too much of a problem if you dont like it, but I'm almost certain most people are going to adore this. My new HG foundation!!!
I bought this after having a consultation on the Bobbi Brown counter. Went on perfectly and looked incredible at the counter (as foundations inevitably do when applied by a professional). However when I took it home and applied myself, I couldnt stand the texture. It felt like tar on my face, and if I didnt apply a large amount of powder (never a good look) it made me look like I'd dipped my face in olive oil. Lovely. HOWEVER. After ignoring it, I came back to it a couple of weeks ago. Armed with my new Bobbi Brown foundation brush I decided that its time to give it another shot. I used it more as a concealer over my Garnier BB cream, and OH MY! Because I wasnt using it as an all-over base, it didnt feel so heavy. And as ever with Bobbi Brown foundations the colour is perfect for me. I definitely recommend this more as a concealer than a foundation because I think it's just that little bit too heavy (unless you have very dry skin, which I dont). Overall, now I've worked out a way that works for me I love it. And because I'm usin it as a concealer, the tube lasts for absolutely ages. Winner all-round I say!
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
Jadeypops 9/28/2011 6:30:00 AM
I just bought this after trying it out on one of the counters in Boots. I have redness around my nose and chin, and a couple of scars from spots, nothing major but cant go without foundation kindof skin. So far so good, my skin in really soft and smoother than before. Although I haven't noticed any major reduction in redness, I think thats mainly just because I haven't been using it long enough. I absolutely love the light-reflecting particles, I have a thing for 'dewy' skin, and this really sits well under my foundation. Although I'm still hoping for the redness claims to work, because it's a damn expensive primer otherwise! Only reson for the markdown is the PRICE. I nearly had a heartattack (as did my partner) when the total for this and the eye serum came to £102.... so unless it really really does make my skin look even I'm definitely not going to repurchse. ********************************************************************************** EDIT!!! ********************************************************************************* I've now been using this for 2 weeks, and I'm so damn pleased! The redness around my nose and chin has definitely reduced (to the point when takin my makeup off at night, my boyfriend commented on how fresh faced I looked and asked if I'd been detoxing!!). My skin's texture is amazing, biiiiiig pores around my nose are so much less noticable, I now pop on a primer and BAM! Smooth skin :D This did cause me to have a couple of whiteheads after about day6, but I perservered (it cost so much, I wasn't throwing it out!) and I'm so glad I did, the tiny amount of breakout is well worth the skin I have now (the skin I've been trying to get for the last 3 years!!!) My acne scarring isnt as reduced as the redness, but its getting there. I'll report back after week 4. Loving this right now!