Blue eyes, red hair, around NW 15. I have both this and the brown matte pallete. Goes very well with red lips, shimmery eyeliner (PF metallic ones), stays on (I use a primer with ANY eyeshadows). Would be suitable for nude/naked/natural eyes look. If you are in law enforcement, medical field, have wrinkley eyelids (you don't have to be old to have those) or just don't like "made up" look, I would highly recommend this nd another brown version. They are both terrific! I have 2 back ups of EACH, that's how fast I go through them. The best part is they make my small, bluish-muddy-greyish eyes POP. People compliment my EYES, not my MU when I wear them. it's getting more and more difficult to find them in Canada: London Drugs, Wal-Mart nd Superstore were the only places I saw them.
Loose Powders -Vichy - Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder
Juliamoore 2/8/2013 2:18:00 AM
I genually LOVE Dermablend. BUT, seriously, companies should start respect customers' intelligence: list of ingredients - Talc, Methylparaben. We might as well buy our setting powder in a baby isle for 1/5 of the price.
I am a typical pink toned, pale redhead. I'm usually the 2nd lightest in drugstore fd. BUT I have ridiculously pigmented lips, berry colored kinda. When I do smoky eyes, it used to be the color I'd go to. As I'm reaching the end of the tube I realize that while the nude color and pigmentation are perfect to cover even my red lips and make smoky eyes stand out more, it has some serious flaws that make me not purchase it. First, it's not a no fuss l/p. You have to exfoliate EVERY TIME before you apply or it will show every single ball or wrinkle on the lips. Second, it balls and disappears FAST. With no eating or drinking - 2 hrs max, but I usually get 1 hour and then I need to fuss with applying it again. Such PITA! I will finish my tube but won't repurchase. For $17 CAN, I'll better get Sephora G19 that smells yummy, goes on sale and stays put for a while. Oh and no exfoliating, I can apply it straight from the bullet!
It's been almost a year that I've been using this product, time to write a review. My hair type: very fine, naturally wavy, shiny but easy tangelled, hates cones and gets frizzy fast. It's almost at my waist length, cut in a V shape. I don't know what compelled me to buy this product, the bottle disign, I guess. But I don't blow dry or straighten my hair. Instead I air dry half way through and just use a low heater setting on my fan to finish it. This milky, serum-like liquid is GOLD. My hair hates serums, cones, coconut, olive oil, Kerastase, Brazilian Blow dry etc, etc. I never see any difference with any leave-ins, styling it is impossible. It's what I call "nasty hair". But my hair loved THIS ridiculous polish. 1 lippie for light, divine, NON-lingering scent, 1 lippie for not building up (it does have ISOPARAFFIN as 2nd and DIMETHICONE as 4th ingredients), 1 lippie for a generous bottle 250ml with a fantastic pump that can dispense as little product as you'd like. BILLIONS lippie for what it does it to my tangled, fine, disobedient hair: smooth, silky, healthy, shiny, but not greasy. It totally gives me that salon, blow-dry look that takes forever or never happens for me at all as the moment I step outside my hair frizzes up and tangles. I literally never wore my hair loose since it grew past my shoulder blades...until I bought this magic in a bottle. Another added bonus is that my hair seem to think it's a defining product as well: my hair gets into locks a-la Victoria secret if I don't brush it for the whole day, but if I want smooth, Pantene look, I comb with a brush and Whoala! Hard to find in Canada. I bought mine in a Suki salon, but now Holt Renfrew carries it. Oh, if you are persistent and a pro-shopper, at Holts they can ask for a sample as all you need is a quarter size for my almost waist long hair.
I feel really bad to write my review after seeing previous comments. But I have had enough of my acne for 20 years and decided to try it!!! I searched internet and MUA and heard of this drug. The moment I read about it - I never fell in love until that moment. I did immediately. It described me and every aspect of my body - facial and body hair (I am pale so it's a peach fuzz but I have a moustache, sideburns too, thick hair on my legs and arms), greasy (not oily, beyond) skin and hair, It was seeping through every pore (Revlon Colorstay would last 5-7 hr only!!! ), my skin texture was like a man - lots of pores everywhere on my face, chest, back, body odour (I tried all antiperspirants, I sweat- I smell like a hourse), irregular periods and ACNE. ALL MY LIFE!!!! My acne was located on my beard zone - side of my face, but mostly chin and jaw line, it would inflame before my period and some cysts would stay under my skin for YEARS. I tried so much staff on my face from ASA and BP to Retin A and lasers and peelings from a derm, it would resist all of it even antibiotics. Cysts were there always, diet, exercise, vitamins, nothing helped. I had a full blood test (6 viles of blood) and my doc just said that he never saw a better blood test than mine.I was prescribed 100 mg of Aldactone (just another name for Spiro) by my derm as the last step before Accutane.So I started it on Dec 25, 2011. First 3 weeks - skin cleared up some, not too much but I will take any improvement. Note: nearly passed out in a store from dehydration, always carry a water bottle, frequent urination, hair less greesy, skin a bit less oily. January 3, 2012 - Mega break out. EVERY SINGLE PORE ON MY FACE!!! I look worse than Freddy Krugger. Even on the nose and eyelids. Thank God it is not cystic just red embarrasing acne and whiteheads. I was lucky I had Dermablend FD helped to look human again. Frequent urination, lost weight, have to drink all the time, my back acne is clearing, upper arm too. But my face, I never broke out on my forehead - it is oily but crystal clear, now every pore is red, open and inflamed. Skin is dryish. Tried increasing the dose - skin started to peel off, went back to 100mg. Is it worth it ??? February 2012 - Getting better, Slowly, My forehead is clearing up first. Don't pick, don't pick.... Chin and jaw better but still pimples are there. Skin dry, tight, weathered, slightly oily T-zone. No more mattifying FD for me. I need smth moisturizing. Went to see the derm, she isn't happy with the result, prescribed clyndamicin, It did nothing. As usual. Waiting.... March, 2012 - Went to see derm, got prescription for Tactuo (Epiduo in US). Wow, worked likes magic for the remaining acne, less irritation than Retin A more clearing up, skin surface is evening out. Lost lots of weight (From size 25-26 jeans into size 24), I have to bring my water bottle with me everywhere. Shaved my arms and legs, it took forever for the hair to grow back!!! No body smell when I sweat, I know why some people need deodorants not antiperspirants anymore. Most important - my acne is backing off, my pores are closing. I put on a FD and it doesn't "fall" into my pores. I can (and need to) use a dewey FD as I am combo and dryish on the sides. My skin looks glowy. I can wear a light-medium coverage FD now (love Lancome Teint Miracle, L'Oreal Absolute with the brush on top). OMG!!! I look like a girl when I look in the mirror, not a polka dot face with pores and grease, I put on a light FD and I am done. My deep scars are there but pores are less, oiliness is down and if I fuss with make up I can cover up those too. Mental note: I am not sure if I could go through this again, but I did put yes as to purchase again. I will stay on this drug for as long as I can as my WHOLE BODY benefited from it. Pros: - cured deep chin, jaw acne, cysts - less facial hair, threading once every 2 months or less, less shaving and waxing on the body - less skin oiliness, pores either closed up or significantly redused - no body smell when sweat, I feel like a lady ;) - lost weight Cons: - huge, gigantic, embarasing break out all over face. Just have to wait 6-8 weeks for the body to get used to new level of hormones. - thirst, urination, dryish skin on the face, a bit tired the first month - sometimes feel hyper, troubles settling down, esspecially if I don't drink liquids - remember to take the dose at the same time every day. - lost too much weight (I was normal already, now look too skinny even for my liking) - loss of appetite (have to make myself eat, esspecially in the morning, used to be the opposite). I don't know if I would recommend this drug. It is quite peculiar and you need to determine your cause of acne first: - if hormones (take a blood test first, try spiro, I'd say, but read available info and acne.org 88 pages of people experience to know what you are getting yourself into), - if staph infection or prone to it, food intolerance/ allergy, wrong skincare - stay away from the drug it is not for you. Good luck and feel free to message me if you need more info on my experience.
I was out of my Hello Flawless by Benefit, so while in Sephora I was standing in a line up when this beautiful compact caught my eye. I have fair skin with lots of rosasea redness and scarring. I usually top my fd with a powder fd on top to achieve an even skin surface. I snatched it and it seemed to go very smoothly. Conveniently there was a Dior rep who quickly colormatched me. So I got this instead. First of all the packaging is gorgeous, you can proudly pull it out in public, it comes in a velvety pouch too, also you can buy refills online I believe (you kind of push out the pan). SPF 25,great for a powder fd. That's it for good staff. The bad is ugly. The colormatch was good, but the color had a grey hue to it that made me look sick. I notice that with lots of SPF loaded powder FDs. I keep using it for 2months, thinking that I was bad at applying my liquid foundation or bad primer, not enough moisturizer, too much moisturizer (I got creative as you can see). Until I switched this product for Laura Mercier version. Only then I had a reality check. This powder oxidized tremendously on my oily skin. I looked like a corpse. Thanks, I can achieve the same effect for cheap, without costing an arm and a leg. If you are on a tight budget try Dream Matt by Maybeline (awesome coverage, no caking at all, big flaw - clogging if used daily). Can afford to splurdge - Laura Mercier powder fd or MUFE Duo Mat.
I got a humangous sample of this fd after buying shimmer perfume spray (they r límites edition nd I'm a sucker for that). After testdriving it for a month I'm still not sure if I'm gonna buy. If not it will be only the price that will make me keep on looking. I find it quite unique. I've lost count to the amount of fd I tried (pretty much from every brand out there). I must have sinned in my previous life a lot that now I'm curse with the ugly, porous, scarred skin like that plus my rosasea makes me look sickly and unhealthy. Of course fd is my friend and I wish I could afford to befriend this one. I got the lightest shade 01 and it was a very natural colormatch. What I love the most is that after you put it on as if all the liquid evaporates and you don't feel anything on your face. As other mentioned it is runny like a TM and watery like a serum but when you put it on the pigmentation is there and it is great . It covers redness and scarring great. It feels light and doesn't rub off on the collars and my beloved turtleneck (only revlon colorstay does that too). It looks like 2nd skin and so natural, satin finish , not totally matt, not dewy, just right. If you hate a cakey look of all fd but struggle to find one with medium to full coverage, try it out in a sample by stopping by a counter. Ok, why would I NOT purchase it if it is all around great and wonderfully. Well, for my uneven skin texture (all types of scarring: icepicks, boxscars, plus dilated pores on my nose and cheeks it is just not enough evening out b/c it is so light in texture. I guess its best feature backfires when it needs to fill in all the holes and ridges, it just doesn't have enough weight to it. I tried it with different primer ( Lancome La base, Nars cone free, Laura Mercier etc) to no avail. It is still a beautiful product and while I move on to my next fd on my list I'll start being a good girl hoping that it will earn me a better skin in my next life where I can wear it and just look so natural and elegant.
Loose Powders -Guerlain - Sublime Radiant Powder Face and Body Eclat Imperial
Juliamoore 11/13/2011 4:01:00 AM
I had a bad luck with The Meteorites Powder so I thought that I wouldn't be tempted by Guerlain anymore. Never say never. I read the review before me and it picked my curiosity. I had to see that amazing sparkle shimmer for myself. So I stopped by Guerlain and paid - $100 CAN. I'm a nut case I know. But girls is it ever PRREEEETTTYYYY. It is a LE so they r avail only around Christmas time.This year it is dark teal, peacock colored bottle (I uploaded the pic, but every year is different bottle, different colored sparkles), the glitter is so fine, it is on the verge of shimmer. It s light cold tone pink almost nude pink. It was puppy love the moment I spritzed it. I know many think sparkles and go EWWWW, this one is one of a kind, you will have hard time forgetting it if you spray it. I don't spray it all over, I use it sparingly, just on my eye shadow brush after I applied whatever eye primer I feel that day (UDPP, TFSI or Lancome eye base with shimmer - discontined now), they all work great you don't need glitter glue. You can go for a nude look on top of eye base in the middle of your moving eye lid so it will catch sparkles or on top of a darker matt eyeshadow to make it special - navy, grey, lilac etc .No fallout unlike some UD e/s.I have a strict dress code at work (black and white) and I wear it no problem. Sounds ridiculuos but it is so fine it deposits into the skin and just glistens and glistens, I can stare at myself forever like that. For night time I put it on my fan brush and on top of my cheek bones, it is neither powdery nor dry, it is pure luxary. I much prefer it to YSL Touch of light even. You can use it above ur cupid bow, in the middle of your lips on top of your lip product. Spray on the hair brush and run through your hair. You will feel like a godess.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Les Meteorites balls powder
Juliamoore 11/13/2011 3:15:00 AM
I hate to rain on everybody parade but I just think that it would be fair to give another side of the story. I bought the lightest pearls after painful cringing at the price ($60 CAN). After all everybody kept saying that it makes their skin look so good. Well, majority is always right, right? Wrong!!! Always listen to your intuition and look at the ingridients. This bl****dy expensive thing is made out of TALC. Yes, cheap baby powder, that's famous for clogging properties- the very 1st ingridient . I loved the look of the box but opening it was frustrating - there would be dusty particles flying all over in the air (I literally saw my hard earned small dollar signs flying around, what a waste of and expensive product). My face is a mess and every little bit of help in terms of make up makes a difference for me. I have HUUGE pores, oily face and I am very picky about my setting powders (I have them all: HD, MAC Prep/Prime, Tarte, Dr. Hauchka, Laura Mercier etc. etc). I use lots of mattifing products due to my skin nature and texture so I end up looking too powdery and overdone sometimes. So a little shimmer just brings me back to life. First of all if you have big pores - don't get it, it makes them so obvious and talc cloggs them, second if you are oily - don't get it, talc will not last and hold oil well. Thirdly if you r looking for an illuminating effect - don't get it, it is way too make-upy sparkly Twighlight type. Who should get it - people with even, nearly perfect skin who r quite burdened with money and carry a big bag around for touch ups. Sounds like Paris Hilton. Try it at Sephora , go outside and look in the mirror then. I bet then you won't be tempted to waste your hard earned money since what you will see won't cost the hype.
Foundations -Dermablend - Smooth Indulgence long lasting matte finish
Juliamoore 9/29/2011 2:35:00 AM
I started Retin A on my skin after everything else failed. If you went through a purging stage you will know how ugly and impossible to cover those break outs are. I am breaking out in red hive like rashes on my forehead, cysts on my chin, a ton of white heads all over cheeks, plus I have black heads all over my nose and orange peel skin on my cheeks. Oh did I mention scar picks and boxing scars on the apples of my cheeks. I have accumulated a collection of FD: GA Liquid Silk (love for winter), Revlon ColorStay (doesn't transferon white collars of my shirts ), MUFE Velvet Mat (summertime fave), Lancome Ultra (my HG before the breakout), B&B Liole (after laser treatments), Korres Mineral FD (everyday but too light for my break outs now) and a dozen of others that I returned. NOTHING, I mean literally, NOTHING , could cover my scars before. I guess over years I got used to the idea of never seeing my face poreless and even -toned (Oh, forgot to mention my rosacea). I saw the starter kit at Winners for $10 and since I just enjoy experimenting,so I bought it. I used it the 1st time without a primer - I went and bought the 2nd kit. 2nd time I used it with Lancome primer and Benefit Hello Flawless powder applied with an angled blush brush before a party and I cried - It was cruel in a way, I saw my face the way it would have been now if I was lucky to have a good skin. It literally erased my scars, hid pores, evened out my moon surface face like I had healthy skin. I think it is a medical grade concealer rather than a FD. It has no smell, thick cream like texture, but it feels light and not heavy at all. I recommend squeezing some on your fingers, rub them to warm it up and start patting on your face (not rubbing or spreading - it is too thick). Watch the magic unfolds in front of your eyes - I usually take my Sephora Platinum FD Brush # 56 to polish it more and buff it in my dialated pores. I recommend setting it with a powder to make the results longer (I love Benefit Hello Flawless it adds the final oompf). After that I smile - I love my look in the mirror. Here are some cons: - color selection is, well, poor - 2 in each category: light, medium, deep= 6 colors only. - transfers on clothes upon contact (dont' rub on your beau's dark suit he won't be happy). - full coverage will matt you out, I need to use my Laguna bronzer that I normally skip but otherwise u will look flat. Also a highlighter and a blush. - not a good choice if u r looking for a FD to hide minor scarring or just a couple of spots here and there, u will find it too much. - no SPF - potographs beautifully but u will need to use a SS underneath But when I have a date or a going out night when u will use anything and everything - I will use as my secret weapon. :-)
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Panoxyl Antibacterial Acne Aquagel 5%
Juliamoore 6/9/2011 7:35:00 PM
Never again. I used it a couple of years ago when I had acne so bad I couldn't tolerate it anymore. That's what I was advised and used for a month. I experienced everything: redness, dryness, skin peeling. I was told that my skin needs just to adjust It never did! By the end of the month the skin on my chin around my mouth cracked and started bleeding. My face was so red you couldn't see the acne. My skin is very sensitive though. I found that BP prescription Clyndoxyl (in Canada, Duac in the states) works much better and gives less irritation.
I like to accentuate my eyes nd cancel my lips. My lips are thin and have wrinkly lines that makes wearing nude lippie a challenge. I can't wear beige based nude as it makes me look like a corpse. So far I found only MAC Hue to be the best but it wears off so fast. As if I eat it. I also need to make sure I put a lip balm before . Not with Chelsea girls. I reach for it all the time. It doesn't settle in my lip lines the opposite - my lips always look instantly lucious and plum. I love to use tarte dollface or Adored blush with it. It lasts 2-3 hours on me and never balls just kind of gets absorbed leaving a nice subtle silver hue. Unlike MAC I don't have to fuss with this lip product. The only problem is portability, you have to carry the brush and the pot. If you want to pair it with a lipliner - Lancome Natural Mauve is perfect and it has a brush on another side.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Adored
Juliamoore 5/5/2011 2:57:00 AM
Pics from http://www.makeupmerriment.com/2011/04/tarte-amazonian-clay-blush-adored.html I bought it in a Limited edition Tarte kit as I already have 2 blushes in Tipsy and Dollface. All the rest are too dark for my liking so I wanted to try smth new. When I saw Adored as a sample I went "Uggghhh. Glitterbomb". I mean the 1st thing you see is silver sparkles - decent size (not as big as Super Orgasm but still), but the color won me over - it is cold-toned pink with lilac undertone. Perfect for my pale skin. I think gals with skin darker that NC/NW 30 won't see it on their skin except the sparkle part. Also since I have dialated pores on my cheeks (aka boxcars nd icepicks) I was worried that it would underline my imperfections like Orgasm did after oxidizing.No not the case. In fact it shows up on my pale skin as a glisten not a sparkle but just a nice sheen of color. I tried it both ways alone (nice pinky flush - very elegant looking) but I find it the best on top of Dollface. I put Dollface 1st and then I swipe my NARS yachiyo brush on Adored and shake it lightly to get rid of too much sparkles (if I do it for a day time look) and put it on top. Perfecto! I look healthy and natural as if I just had a facial done. I never noticed sparkles getting on my clothes or anywhere around my face other where I put them. Makes my blush looks polished and airbrushed. I guess it creates a bit of a multidimentional effect due to combo of 2 pink colors nd the sparkles of course. Try it you might be surprised! Sephora carries it for now. Oh last thing on the bottom of the package there is a special hole to depot it if you'dlike (see the photo).
Eye Makeup Remover -Estee Lauder - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Juliamoore 5/5/2011 2:32:00 AM
I got a very genrous sample of this with my purchase and I have to agree with other reviewers before me - it is not for a waterproof makeup. I used it a couple of time nd found it to be quite mediocre makeup remover. I use it mostly for my errors and mascara smudges while I apply my makeup as it doesn't irritate me. Won't repurchase.
I've become addicted to blushes after the famous "O" by NARS. Since then I graduated to AC blushes by Tarte and they are my lovey-dovey forever. BUT I always struggled with aplication. I found my angled blush brush to be somewhat awkward and I always ended up with 2 uneven cheeks (too much pigment or not enough).Another thing is that I find as I have roundish face and my cheekbones are not too prominent it is hard for me to get the spot right - my blush would look good on one cheek but totally in the wrong place on another. I have Sephora platinum airbrushes for FD and like them so I tried them and no. I was looking for a dummy-proof brush that will make me look NATURAL. I stopped by NARS nd saw a MA holding it low nd behold I was buying it. Am I crazy? Might be I paid around $80 CAN for it: double my budget. But what it does is short of amazing! The tecnicque is different with this one as I was shown by a MA. Instead holding it srtaight up (or perpendicular at 90 degree angle) on your skin, you just hold it parallel to it (like a toothbrush). It is like a windshiels wiper for your cheeks. It picks up much less product so you save on the blushes and due to it is shape it deposits the blush right on the cheekbones and nowhere else. But the best part is that it polishes the color and you get the flush on your cheeks (as if it is coming from under the skin) instead of streaky line of color that looks like you have a blush on. The only thing I need to be careful about is that as it glides on my skin with flat part of the brush instead of bristle tips touching my skin. I find that if I get caried away by polishing I might accentuate my boxscars on my cheeks as they are lower than the rest of my skin and get less color deposited but only if I overdo it with this brush. I also tried it for my Laguna bronzer and EL highlighter and I like it too. Very easy to use, very versatile and VERY EXPENSIVE. I'll skip my coffee for a couple of months to save for another one if something happens to this one.