I have these in several colors and have to agree with other reviewer, coming from a Dior girl, these are a good DS dupe for Dior addict lippies, this was actually my first thought upon trying them. Dior addict lippies are my fave and I wear them constantly and these are very simular in texture, lipstick shape, pigmentation saturation etc. They dont wear quite as long but most of these type lippies dont and you really shouldnt expect them to wear as long as its HE twin thats triple the price. I have several of the Revlon LBs and those are ok but I much prefer these. I prefer the shade selection of these as well. If you have been lemming Dior addicts or normally purchase them and just want to save a few bucks, give these a try. While I cant say I will replace my D addicts with these, as I am a Dior girl at heart, I can guarantee I will be purchasing and using these as well!
I love this foundation and that is saying something coming from me, I am a total foundation wh*re!! I literally have everything from drugstore ( Revlon, Maybelline, E.L.F etc ) to higher end ( La Prairie, La mer, YSL ) and everything in between. The First thing I will tell you about this foundation is not to be afraid of the color selection. I am a med to tan complexion and am use to being in the 4-5 number range for most foundations, examples of 2 popular foundations are Revlon colorstay I wear natural tan and in Lancome Teint Miracle I wear Bisque 5, and in this foundation I wear a 5. When I first looked online all of the shades looked dark to me and I am used to wearing the med to darker shades. The foundation matcher on Urban Decay.com matched me and I went with it, when it came in the mail I was thinking my intial thoughts were correct and it was going to be too dark, but it is not as dark on as it looks in the bottle. The 5 is a perfect match. For me this is a matte finish, however I apply it over the Urban Decay tighten and brighten primer and use the Urban Decay foundation brush. So I am not real sure if it may end up more dewey without the primer, but I do not have to set this with a powder and I always set with powder, this is the first foundation I have not used powder with. I do not have oily skin, but do have combo skin and my T zone can get oily after a few hours. This stuff is amazing, it still looks great hours later. My face usually eats foundation, but this stays all day. It is also the best foundation I have found for covering and blurring imperfections such as pores, fine lines etc and still looks totally natural. It is buildable and does not get cakey looking the more you apply. It is just overall one of the best, if not the best foundations I have tried, and I have many. I will definately repurchase.
I am honestly shocked at the low rating this product has. I really love it. Not to mention the fact that it has won several awards, Self healthy beauty award, Marie Claire, Beauty Inc, Allure top beauty product 2012, 2011 excellent beauty product ward, etc. These are just a few of the awards listed in an a Beauty magazine that I was looking at that posted this product as a top beauty pick. Not sure what everyone here is not seeing in this product that everyone else does. Just thought I would mention that for anyone reading this that is thinking of purchasing, dont be persuaded by the low repurchase percentage here. Anyway, now about the product: First off, packaging, this comes in a green bottle. Its pretty typical for what you would expect a Lancome product to come in, its nice and visually appealing. I noticed a few reviewers complaining about the amount of product you receive, this contains 1 fl oz, witch is actually standard for this type of product. I think the sleek design of this packaging can be deceptive, it is not a jar or a bulky glass pump container that we are used to associating with skincare products. I like the s;im profile of this container, its not heavy and can be transported easily for travel. The product itself is a refreshing change from the usual. The consistancy is very silky, sort of a creamy serum, not too light or thick, just perfect. It applies nicely, feels very smooth and satiny and does not leave the face oily or sticky. It absorbs well, but is moisturizing as well. One thing that I really love about this product is that it acts as sort of an illuminizer, giving your complexion that lit from within look, but does this without the sparkles or glitter that most illuminizing products contain. I knew this product was different and I would love it the moment I squirted it in my palm, it is irredescent, like a pearl and a beautiful peachy color, like a peach pearl. It is simply beautiful and has a nice fragrance. the scent is not too stronge or light, just enough to make application pleasant. It leaves my face smooth, satiny, soft and glowing. It works as a corrector, sort of like a primer to blur imperfections and just makes your skin look overall better and healthier. I cannot attest to any long term benifits, as I do not use this product that way. I do not apply this twice or even once every day. I use this on days that I do not wear makeup, I apply this and then a TM and my face looks fab. I use it as a complexion booster/fixer. I have already repurchased this once after running out and will continue to repurchase.
Treatments -Algenist - Concentrated Reconstructing Serum
Jillybean04 10/2/2012 2:39:00 PM
First off, I am a total skincare fanatic. I was raised by a mother who takes antiaging skincare very seriously and does not believe in growing old gracefully or letting nature takes its course. She preached to me about taking care of my skin and not waiting to start antiaging skincare, so I have been using products targeted toward aging since my early 20s. I am now 35 and have used them all. I have used many great products and do credit them to looking young now. I have 4 children, my oldest is a 16 yr old son and everywhere we go together no one can believe I am his mother, I frequently get confused for his girlfriend. That said, aging will still take its course no matter how well we slow it down. I have recently started to get lines or 11s from furrowing my brows and tiny lines above my lips as well as smile lines. They are not bad, but they are there and I cant stand it, so I have amped up my skincare even more of late, much to my hubbys disappointment LoL! He says our master bath and my vanity area already remind him of a retail store. I currently have everything from expensive to medium range priced products and even a few cheap drugstore lines. My skincare arsenal contains : LaPrairie Platinum rare cellular creme, and the skin Caviar line, Cle De Peau Beaute la creme, The entire La mer line ( creme de la mer, the eye concentrate, eye balm,lifting face serum, hand creme etc.) the Chanel ultra corrective precision lines ( line repair and firmimg repair ) Yves Saint Laurent Lisse expert advanced anti age line, Erno Laszlo Transphuse serums and the firmarine line, Dior capture and prestige lines, Shiseido wrinkle resist24, several Ole henriksen products, Peter Thomas Roth unwrinkle line, Lancome High resolution collaser-48 and the renergie microlift lines, Estee Lauder time zone and resilience lift lines, Decleor expression de l'age, Elizabeth Arden ceramide, Clarins serum super lift, shaping facial lift, extra firming botanical serum, contouring facial and tone more by Clarins, the Glamglow mud mask, several products by Pevonia, DDF, Beauty Society etc.,etc,etc.... I could keep going, these are just the ones that I just went through on my vanity table. There are many more. I tell you this and give you these examples so that if you have any of these products you will know I have compared Algenist to them, or if your thinking of purchasing any of them, but mainly so anyone reading this review will know that I am definatly someone that can give a skincare review and that I am not easily impressed by skincare products, I use what are supossed to be some of the best products every day. I received a sample of the Algenist overnight restorative cream and really liked it. After reading the reviews here, their products seemed pretty good and they claim you will see results in the first 10 days so I decided why not add these products to my heap of others. I ordered the full size overnight cream, concentrated reconstructing serum, firming and lifting eye gel, complete eye renewal balm, firming and lifting intensive mask and targeted deep wrinkle minimizer and received the gentle cleanser for free. I will review as many of these as I can, however some of the products are not listed and I do not know how to add a new product, but let me say, I love them all and they work wonderfully together! I loved this line from the first use and I am not easy to impress. These products totally lived up to their claims and perform much better than many of my products that cost way more. My entire order cost what I have paid for one jar of skin cream. All of my other products have sat unused for the week I have been using this product line. Now, the serum review: This serum is very creamy, almost like a lotion/serum mix. It does not leave the face sticky, oily or grimey the way some serums can feel and totally absorbs so that you can proceed to add moisturizer or makeup in minutes. Although it absorbs, it leaves your face moisturized, in fact, unless you have extremely dry skin, you may not want to add anything else. Once absorbed your face feels firm and tightened but not in that bad just washed way, it just feels good and younger somehow. When I first received my products I used the wash, although I currently have one I like, I wanted to use the whole line to give a fair asessment, I then used the mask, the eye gel and serum. It was love at first use, read the separate reviews for more on the other products. My skin looked radiant and felt woderful. I have now used this line for a week, I was going to complete 10 days before reviewing, but I dont need to, I already see improvement. My pores look smaller and more refined, my face glows, my expression lines ( 11s and smile lines) are improved, my overall tone has improved and my skin feels firmer. I can hardly beleive the results, I keep looking at myself to make sure I am right. Algenist has done that much in one week. I am very anxious to see how my skin will look after much longer use. Ladies, if you are considering trying any of the other products I listed, while some of them are very good, I am telling you none of them have done what this stuff does. Go get this, you will love it!!
This stuff is amazing!! I alternate this balm cleanser every 3rd night in my cleasing routine. I know they say you should not swap skincare products and "confuse your skin" but my skin honestly loves it. One of the only reasons I do not use this balm every night is because you really do have to use a hot rag, I suggest a baby washcloth, to remove it effectively. One of the first things my mom, who never uses soaps, washcloths and looks 10-15 yrs younger then her age, taught me about skincare is never use anything abrasive on your face, so I dont like the idea of using a washcloth on my face nightly. On sat. I use Korres 3-n-1 milk protien cleansing emulsion and wipe it off with the Korres milk protien wipes. On sun I use this wonderful balm. On mon. I use Lancome eyes, lips, face cleansing water with cotton pads. I think using the cleansing water really helps to remove any traces of the cream or thick balm that could be left and gives a clean fresh start for starting the rotation again. Tues,Wed, Thurs, same rotation. On Fri. I use the glamglow mask, gotta look great for the upcoming weekend right?! LOL My skin has never looked better. I went into the process of explaining my skincare routine for a reason. I want other women to know that you do not have to use a foaming or harsh cleanser to effectively clean. I do not have acne, but I do have large pores and am prone to awful blackheads and clogged pores. For years I thought I needed something foamy or abrasive to really get my pores clean. I always thought I couldnt use these type cleansers like other women. I have the clarisonic, that I now only use for body, and I use to use proactive, much to my Mothers dismay LOL. Both of these are good products, my 16 yr old son uses Proactive. But I started realizing they may not be the best thing for aging skin, now that I am in my 30s that is a huge concern for me. When I started reading all the hype about oil cleansers etc, with my Mother saying I told you all along, Of course, I decided to give this type of cleaning a try and have adapted my fave products into this routine. My skin looks better then ever and no blackheads or clogged pores. Ladies, trust me you really can deeply clean your face and get rid of acne, oil, sebum etc without anything abrasive. Without stripping your skin of needed nutrients and minus all of that scrubbing and tugging that leads to wrinkles. I recommend everyone try this product no matter what your skin type. I will continue to repurchase as long as its on the market, witch I hope is forever!
Moisturizers -Chanel - Ultra Correction Line Repair Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
Jillybean04 9/10/2012 8:29:00 AM
This is my HG night cream. I am a huge product junky, my hubby jokes that my makeup table and our master bath makes him feel like hes in a beauty department store. LOL So I tend to product hop and use a little of everything I have every now and then and dont really use one skincare line exclusively. Except for this cream. I have tried using others that I have and I always come back to this. I apply every night before bed. Love this stuff. I am a big one on saying that there is no miracle in a jar, but this cream is darn close to it. To start with it is a pleasure to apply, as most Chanel products are. It has a very nice silky, creamy, smooth texture. It is thick enough to be a night cream without being overly so and making your face feel icky as some night creams do. It is not hard to rub in and my skin absorbs it rather easily, it doesnt just sit on the surface of your skin, another problem I find with some night creams because of the thick heavy quality they tend to have. I know alot of people do not care for fragrance in their skincare and makeup products, but I do like a nice fragrance, it makes application more pleasing. This has the typical nice Chanel fragrance. I like the way my face feels after applying this, nicely hydrated, but not overly so, smooth and soft. But what really makes this an HG product for me is that way my skin looks and feels the following morning. I am 34 and dont have any wrinkles yet, I do have some expression lines that I have had since my 20s. I have 11s from furrowing my eyebrows, something I have tried to make myself stop doing for years, and I have smile lines. Upon waking, my expression lines are softer, my skin feels wonderful and my whole face just appears younger, my skin looks plumped and radiant. I dont normally use day creams, I prefer to do most of my skincare at night and just use a tinted moisturizer during the day, but I am considering getting this day cream. I can only imagine the results when combining them together. Also, as a point of interest, even though I cant atest to how it performs on actual wrinkles or more mature skin, I can tell you that my mom uses this and loves it. She has always used high end skincare, La Prairie, La Mer, Erno Lazlo etc. She just turned 60 in July and looks much younger, everyone guesses her age to be in her late 40s or 50 at the oldest, and she loves this and uses it nightly now instead of what she had been using
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
Jillybean04 9/10/2012 7:25:00 AM
I use alot of PTR products and I like his unwrinkle line. I have the serum, the turbo serum, lip treatment, lip gloss, primer and these pads. I cant say I use his products exclusively, I am a complete product junky and hop all over the place w ith different products. That said, I cant really testify to long term results because I dont use this everyday like one should. But I do like the way these products make my face feel. I also like the philosophy micro recovery mini peel pads, I find these to be a bit milder, for those of you that these are too strong for. I probably will repurchase these when I ever run out.
My lips have always been a point of annoyance to me, but as I age and find myself over analizing and scrutinizing every little thing about myself, as we all tend to do, they have really become the bane of my exsisitance. My lips are not overly thin, nor are they full. I guess they would be considered of average size. The thing that really drives me nuts about my lips is that I have lines and what I call lip wrinkles in them. Imagine a dehydrated piece of fruit, like a raison, that kind of effect, though obviously not quite as drastic as a raison, you get my point right? I am not sure if it is a hydration problem, the same as with the raison, what it is, but this is not an effect of aging, they have always been this way. They are just not smooth and pillowy, like the lips of women I so envy. I have invested a small fortune trying to put off getting lip fillers done, as I have a strong dislike of needles and having 4 children has exposed me to enough needles to last a lifetime as far as I am concerned. This is one of the best lip plumper I have found so far. It doesnt surprise me, as I like many of the Fusion Beauty products, I am very shocked that the company does not get more recognition. This plumper does leave my lips a bit fuller and as an added bonus it is very glossy, so great for going over lip colors as well. While it is a very thick gloss, I do not find it to be sticky, the constistancy and thickness help it cling to your lips longer. It doubles as a great night treatment, it is very moisturizing. The sting and tingle that a lot of lip plumpers produce does not bother me personally, in fact after using them so frequently, I find the feeling somewhat addictive, I know, Im weird. LOL But anyway, for those that do not like that feeling, this does produce a slight tingling sensation, but no sting what so ever. I have the Too Faced lip injection extreme and I like that as well, but I think this may be considered a better purchase because of the versatility in multiple uses and although the tube is silver you cant really see whats inside, I beleive it holds more product. I am going to try City Lips next, I just found out about that product and ordered the regular and new extreme formulas. I cant beleive I missed all of the hype about this product, as much of a lip product fanatic as I am. I will review those soon, in continueing my quest for fuller lips with no needles!
this is definately an HG product for both of my oldest girls and I. My girls 9 and 11 are in pageants and competetive dance and I use this for them both. I use it for myself as well. We use the medium shade, as I am a medium complexion and I tan and use sunless tanners and my girls use sunless tanners for their pageants and competitions. It produces a matte finish and I like more of a dewey finish for myself so I apply Too Faced aqua bunny waterproof bronzer and then lightly spray this over it. For my daughters, the matte effect is perfect, when you are under lights on stage anything too dewey or sparkly can look awful. After we apply their makeup we sparay this over their face, neck, shoulders and chest area and top it with a light dusting of Givenchy prisme libre bronzing powder, this stuff is great too, it makes them look radiant and glowing without looking sparkly or shiny. This produces a very natural looking tanned look and wears well, it does not turn orangey, streaky or cakey looking after hours of wear. Another plus to this product is the shade selection I believe will work for anyone, in either shade, light or medium. My daughters went to a little party of their friends they were invited to last weekend. They have had a 2 week break from both of their activities so we have not applied any sunless tanner. When not tanned, my girls have my hubbies more fair complexion. They didnt want to look "pale" so we applied a little of this, I was afraid it may be too dark but it wasnt at all, it looked nice. It is very buildable. The only cons that I have with this product is number one the smell. It certainly does not smell like most Guerlain products, I am thinking this has to do with it being an aerosol. Dont take me wrong, its not very loud or anything but it is there, a hard to explain odor, and it does linger a bit before dissapating. The other con being the can size, it is not very large at all. While it does last a bit longer than I thought it would, it still does not last very long if you use frequently or like us, have 3 people using it almost every weekend. I have to be prepared for their events and I also have 2 other children and help my hubby run our business so I cant worry about running out of this at the last minute, nothing else works as well for them, we have tried them all. So, I order 5 cans of this at the time, 3 cans stay in their makeup trundle and 2 stay on my makeup table. I will definately continue to purchase this as long as Guerlain makes it, and if they ever discontinue it, I will cry!
Eye Shadow -MAC - mac wonder woman valiant eyeshadow quad
Jillybean04 9/7/2012 2:24:00 AM
I am sooo over this brand I could scream! I have never been intrigued to try MAC makeup, but I have to admit, as I am a sucker for packaging some of their cute packaging had been calling to me. So on a shopping trip with a friend I picked up some of their products. Some things from the wonder women line, villans lipglass and stuff from the Lady Gaga line. I soon found out I was correct in my first opinion of MAC products, cheap and overated. It amazes me that so many consider MAC high end makeup, they are not close to high end in price or performance. I honestly do not understand the love affair so many people have with this brand or the high ratings their products receive. This eyeshadow, as well as the others I tried, is awful. It has the pigmentation of dollar store makeup. The foundations are cakey and waxy, the lipsticks are very dry, they feel like chalk. Maybe I am just spoiled on products like Chanel, Dior, La Prairie, Givenchy etc. But I find it hard to believe that so many people actually like this junk. I cant help but think that alot of MAC customers only purchase their products because it makes them feel good to be able to afford a supposed "high end " brand. They would rather have MAC in their makeup bag than Covergirl. Ladies you would be much better off with drugstore products. Everything Loreal makes is far better than anything by MAC. I only gave them 2 stars for their ability to come up with cute packaging and catchy product lines. The packaging is the best thing about MAC. If you dont want to spend more stick to Covergirl.
Loose Powders -Givenchy - Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation
Jillybean04 9/7/2012 1:36:00 AM
I have this in shade 4 tender sun. First off, the packaging is lovely. It has the Givenchy symbol in a pretty pink on the top. I know it shouldnt matter, but I am a stickler for nice and pretty packaging, it makes the product more appealing to use. It has 4 different chambers with different colors. With this shade I have, there are 3 variations of bronze ranging from light to darker and one pink. When mixed together on the face they produce a very pretty fresh sun color. Its totally true to the name of this shade " tender sun" , as it looks like you have been in the sun just that day and have that bronzey just ever so slightly pink tanned face. I am queen of the bronzers. Having a medium complexion, using sunless tanners and tanning beds, I love to accentuate my tan with bronzers and I have tried almost every one on the market, seriously. My fave bronzers are still too faced, their bronzers work the best with my skintone and their aqua bunny waterproof bronzer is awesome! This runs a close second for me. Now for my 2 oldest daughters who are in pageants and competitive dance, this is the best!! The color is great for them. They have a lighter coloring then I do from my hubby, we do apply sunless tanner for pageants and dance, but they still arent as dark as I am. This bronzer accenuates and deepens their tans without being fake or unbelievable. The touch of pink actually makes their tans look more natural like they have been in the sun. I use this on their faces and shoulders, chest neck etc. They are children so naturally their skin is much more delicate than an adult would be, so that is always a concern with any product I apply to them. We have been using this consistantly for a good while now with no breakouts or rashes. Its also perfect for any type of performimg because it gives a slight mattifying effect that helps the longevity of makeup application and keep down " shiny face". That said, it does not in any way leave the face dull. It is very glowy, just not dewey. We will definately continue to purchase this product!
I am not usually a product reviewer but I have relied on the product reviews here so much since becoming a MUA member, I thought it only right that I participate. So I am adding reviews to many of the products that I own. Here goes another. I am on the fence about this product. I think it can be a good foundation but it depends on what you use it for. As for me, I am not one for full coverage foundations so this is not for me. I use this for my oldest daughters, 9 and 11, for pageants and dance competitions. I usually use a professional stage face and body foundation on my girls, but alot of the mothers have gone to using regular foundation sò I decided to try this myself, as it would be much more conveniant to repurchase. The company I order the stage makeup from offers great products but shipping can take up to 3 weeks. I had heard many good things about this makeup, it gets good reviews, is full coverage, supposed to be transfer resistant and was developed to also use on the body to cover tattoos. So this one sounded promising for my girls stage needs. When first applied, it looks great. But it does not wear well, after a few hours, it starts to look cakey and oxidizes orangey. It does stand to its claim of being transfer resistant. After letting this set, it does not rub off on clothing or your hands if you rub your face. Its setting and staying ability does make it a good body makeup. I have found that I can use this for my girls pageants without too much of a problem, its only a few hours and they arent really sweating or wearing this "roughly". But for dance competitions, not so much. They are wearing it for much longer and are actively sweating. The foundation stays, but looks really bad. If you are using this for a short period of time or using it for body makeup alone, you may like this, but for longer wearing times and high activity levels, you may find that this doesnt do the job. I will continue to use this for pageants until its gone, but will not repurchase, I will look for something that I can use for all of my girls needs or stick with the stage makeup.
Primer/ Corrector -Chanel - Le Blanc de Chanel - Sheer Illuminating Base
Jillybean04 9/7/2012 12:27:00 AM
This is a pretty good foundation base. Some people are referring to this as a primer and expecting it to act as one. It is not a primer, it is a base, there is a difference. Ths will not fill in wrinkles and lines like a primer but it will blur and diffuse them by reflecting light. It lays down a canvas for foundation by mattifying the skin and not letting oils break through. It illuminates nicely and works really well with a primer. I use this mostly on my two oldest daughters, 9 and 11, for pageants and dance competitions. It really helps any foundation hold up longer and controls " shiny face". I am not quite sure how the one reviewer below me could call the packaging unsanitary, the product comes with a spatula to remove as much as needed each use. If you choose not to use the supplied spatula, that is hardly the fault of the product or manufacturer, but rather the user. This comes in a glass bottle as many of Chanels products do, with the standard Chanel black cap.It is a great overall base if that is what you are looking for. If you are looking for illumination you will like this as well. If you are looking for a primer or want something that does it all and dont want to add a primer, you may not be happy with this. I will continue to repurchase.
Love it! Just like all LM products. This hand cream stays in my handbag year round. I even have my husband using it, just bought him his own. I am only 34 and dont yet have face wrinles or lines but had started to notice that my hands were starting to look older. I was starting to have the creepy looking skin on my hands, probably caused from the fact that I am an anal hand washer and now that we just added a new baby to the house, our 4th child, I am constantly using hand sanitizer, witch is very harsh from the alcohol. So, having always loved LM products and knowing how rich and moisturizing they are, I ordered this with my last LM order. Now, like I said its in my hand bag always, as well as one in the diaper bag, one in the kitchen that I apply everytime I wash my hands and one for hubby. I started using it on his hands to treat his man hand syndrome. You know what I am talking about, all men that have physical jobs have rough callused hands. We own a home installion company for plasma TVs, home theater etc and his hands are constantly inside a sheetrock wall with insulation and other damaging materials. This stuff has worked wonders on his hands! My hands look way younger, but his are a more drastic difference because they were soo rough before. Now I dont mind him rubbing his hand across my face, they no longer feel like sandpaper! I will continue to repurchase this and other LM products.
I love this, as I do all of the La mer products. The application wand is very nice and I actually use it to apply all of my eye products. I prfer this to the eye cream. It is a good overall eye treatment and moisturizer. All of the LM products are very rich and may not be for everyone. You have to keep in mind that the products were created for burned and scarred skin. No, I do not believe the whole secret formula and lost notes etc story. But the line was in fact first created for burn patients. If you have oily or avne prone skin, you may want to steer clear of all LM products. I have already started to implament skincare routines into my childrens hygenic care. It is never too early to start taking care of your skin. My oldest daughters are 11 and 9 and I have them use LM products when they have spent alot of time in the sun in summer or in the wind in winter. My 16 yr old son on the otherhand, suffers from oily acne prone skin and LM products clog his pores. The eye products give him millia bumps. But, if you have dry skin or normal skin like I do and use these products for extra moisture their great. Will continue to purchase the La mer line.