I said I would buy this again, but I haven't purchased it quite yet...but I would. My hair stylist use this on me, and I have to say that it does deliver the finished look of a wax/pomade, etc. with the hold of a light hairspray, without any crunchiness at all. Yes, I do believe that it doesn't have the hold on it's own to last "all" day without some hairspray, but my short hairstyle still has separation, volume, and texture several hours later, and is very soft! I think the price is a little high for the amount, and as you spray it seems like quite a bit comes out. It's one of those things where I think you may end up using more of the product than you thought, so I can see the bottle emptying fairly quickly! But, this is just my thinking from the beginning only. I personally liked this product, but styling products are different for everyone....I say give it a try!
Primer/ Corrector -Everyday Minerals - Pick Me Up Pink [DISCONTINUED]
Kari1 6/30/2009 12:07:00 PM
So, I purchased this concealer based mostly on the reviews here. Let me tell you, I was blown out of the water! I can't believe that this light pink powder actually toned down my "big time" redness, and evened out my complexion. It even smoothed out, or "blurred" an area where I had some blemishes that hadn't been concealed yet. I just used a little mineral concealer under my eyes, and I used just a touch of LG balance n brighten fair for a little more coverage. So I see now that this works really well as a primer as well! I stayed fresh and matte with PMUP on as I had no other primer on underneath this time. As for packaging, mine came with an option for a closed sifter attached to it...so that makes it much better than the older version! This powder is not chalky or glittery...but blends into your skin and seems to be really transforming. I would just say to try a sample if you question the full-size! If you have any issues with redness at all....they don't have to be severe, I would recommend this since it will last you a long time and it really is inexpensive for the amount of product you receive.
Man....I swear out of the dozens and dozens of ladies who have tried this....I am the ONLY one that had problems with this product bleeding into the lip lines (when I smiled, there they were on the bottom!) I looked as soon as it was dry too... And that was one thing I was really hoping wasn't going to happen....I kind of used the tip to "line" my lips so maybe that was a mistake, though I don't see how that would have made any difference. I bought the Cinnamon color...probably a little brown for some, but on me it wore a plummy-brown....I wouldn't exactly say "light" but i don't think it's as bad as some reviews....I don't mind the color, I just mind the bleeding issue. I might try one more time with Flirty Nude, with more of a smudgy technique. But if that doesn't do the trick then I'll have to return it, and that will be the end for me with these lipstains! Pity though....I so wanted them to work for me like everyone else....I forgot to say that I thought the stain did go on quite evenly, but I do think it's best to be applied on smooth lips. The stain didn't really make it through the kind of eating that I did, lol....but it wore off evenly. I put a little MAC tendertones over the top, and it really looked lovely...just a more moist look! I still recommend these....**EDIT/UDPDATE** I solved my "bleeding" problem by using UD ozone lipliner (clear)...complete perfection....no feathering at all! I must say, that I do not think this is a "doesn't come off until you take it off" stain, but I do like the light weight feel of it, and the way that it wears off evenly....looks great and wears great with a balm over it!
I have to agree with the positive reviews! I have been having terrible luck with mascaras, probably for the last year....both high-end, and drugstore. Everything has been taking the curl right out of my lashes...until I tried this. The regular Voluminous wasn't even giving me good results....just thicker squatty lashes that clumped...but I digress. Yes, the brush can be a little "unstable" when you go to put it back in the tube...but, I can deal with that. I found it took give "decent" volume, I say better than good definition and length too....I kind of need a little of everything. I wouldn't call this dramatic, but a little more "oomph" than "natural." But....that's great for me....and it kept my curl! Mascara is such a hard thing to say, "Hey...it's going to work for you!" But...I'd say definitely give it a try!
Now...I ended up keeping this one, and apex....I am an NW20...with slightly pigmented lips. I found this "gloss" actually showed some of the "duochrome" that I could not find with a lot of the other colors. It is a caramel color, but the peachy tone that they refer to definitely shows through on me. I used a little of the neutral zone lip pencil, but did not fill my lips in. I find this color not so "unoriginal." I thought it gave me a very fresh nude, ever so slightly peachy lip. Nice....and I'll pay the money for the lip gelee...so....one or two, what the hey!
I had to return this particular color for the bleeding aspect of it...ahhhhh reds and the 34 year lip lines!!! But, with that said....I wouldn't kept it in a heartbeat if it hadn't been for that little problem. I love sheer liners....and I ended up buying (and keeping I should add) three of them: the brick color, Neutralzone, and Part nude....I will say, some do have a liitle frost, or shimmer to them...which I will say removes their "glossiness" and gives them a little more coverage IMO. The neutralzone and partnude...very glossy with a lot of slip...no frost. The brick color, which is a frost, has more "grab" to it on the lips than the others....if that makes sense. And more coverage by far.....Definitely not a glossy lip liner on this one...but that's ok with me...just found it interesting, and maybe you will too.
Ok...so, I think you either love these or hate these at this point, huh??? I'm sort of in-between.. I do think that these have not lived up to their hype, that's for sure: (little if no duochrome, glossy look turns to a lip gelee sheen, verrrrrrrrry sheer, sometimes the liners have more pigment than the glosses which gives you a ring IMO, so you need to fill in....or watch out for this..) I had to return Boundless, and the matching lipglass lip pencil (redstroke I think) as I soon found out that the color migrated and traveled into lines and just looked odd. IMO, less is more with these glosses. I have used 3 of them, and have found that if you use too much, even to build the color, the gloss started to collect in the center of my lips. So...there was that. I do feel these are sort of like lip gelee in a tube with a tad more of a glossy look and a little more pigment for me. My lips have a little pigment, nothing crazy...I kept Apex and Optical. I actually felt that I could see the duochrome in the Optical to tell you the truth. I used it with a little of the Neutral zone lip liner....and I found it to be a perfect nude for me surprisingly. You could see the peachy tones show through the caramel gloss....and I didn't fill in with the liner. I thought it wasn't a too "unoriginal" color IMO, like I thought it would be. Very fresh.....so...personally, I feel they dropped the ball with the fancy "color spectrum" and pretty tubes as usual. But, there are people that enjoy this simply because it's not "sticky" and it's "balmy." Personally, I felt BLOOM cosmetics made a fabulous sheer gloss in a wand form without being too sticky, and it had fantastic wear.....let's see MAC copy that! But that's just wishful thinking on my part....
I used to work for EL....and I used this all the time. But, you have to be someone who is looking for a foundation like this. This is a long-wearing, little more than "medium coverage" (not all " medium coverage" foundations are created equal IMO) kind of foundation. They have categorized this a couple of different ways for skin types through the years, so I don't know if they say for combo/oily skin or n/oily skin or what these days but I have combination skin, with just an oily T-zone....I just love the finish, and the wear and the coverage. For me, it does what it says without a heavy feel....for me. Now, you need to know what you're doing with this...and you need to make sure you get good help finding a good shade for yourself if you have a hard time with that. Those that needed a warmer, slightly lighter version of Fresco, they now have Desert Beige...which is what would have saved me from mixing me up a shade that worked for me all those years ago!!!! I know that I always took pale pics with this foundation on and then realized that you there just are cerain foundation w/spf's that you have to be careful with...and use an all-over face color....I was also told that photographers don't use foundations w/spf for shoots....makes sense I suppose....
I enjoy this product, and color!!! Now, granted....it might not be the red to make everyone happy, but I think a good chunk of ladies will enjoy this shade. I also have found it very difficult to find sheer red liners, so I was excited to find this at all! I have paired it with NARS scandal gloss, and it's fantastic....I'm warm toned gal, and I guess I just don't see the orange qualities of this screaming at me...though I agree it could work with some corals to give them a little more oomph!!! I feel that this is quite pigmented for a sheer liner, and is still hanging in there after some of my gloss started to fade. So, I think it wears nicely as well. But, I haven't been eating or anything like that....I just think sheer liners have there place, just like sheer lipsticks....It's not what I grab when I want a 24 hour, no budge look, but I love having options! And, yes...the price is steep, but everything Chanel makes is....and though I don't think I would pay full price for it, I certainly will continue to look elsewhere for a better deal.
This is my second NARS gloss...babe was first, now scandal....a beautiful sheer, yet buildable red! This has the same consistency as Babe...I can only get a little gloss out at a time, and maybe that's good because you don't just want to goop on a ton (and you certainly don't need to with these). Scandal, like Babe, is a tacky, sticky, almost laquery lip gloss when applying. So, if any of these descriptive words turn you off to glosses, you should pass. People complain of the tackiness of MAC glasses a lot, but I think that MAC's even spread easier than these...I feel these hardly have any "slip" when applying. But, I don't mind any of that....I like a sticky gloss that stays put, and shines. The sheerness is flippin' fantastic, and I think almost anyone can wear this red! This gloss wears nicely and keeps it shine. I love it because you don't have to wear a liner with these, it's as if they have a self-plumping effect on my lips by itself. But, when I want a little more definition, I pair it with Chanel sheer liner in Grenadine.....fabulous! Sometimes I feel as if the top of the packaging doesn't lock completely with these. But, I haven't had a leakage problem yet, so I guess it's just me! These are thumbs way up for me!
Lipstick -Avon - Perfect Wear All-Day Comfort Lipstick SPF 12
Kari1 5/17/2007 2:16:00 PM
Holy Hannah!!! If you are looking for a near "neon" looking red, then "24 hr. red" is your color! This is a little bright for me, and I would consider this a true bright red.....kind of hard to see any other tones in it. But it may show a little different on others. I would not consider this all that "wearable" to everyone. I think it's a little too cool for me, but it wears very well. I think Avon's color swatches are generally always off, no matter what the product. But, I would not hesitate to try other colors....and return if I'm not pleased. But, if you are looking to spend a little less money for a long-wearing lipstick...I would recommend atleast trying these. I would like to see a slimmer package for the product. The lipstick itself applies a little "wide" for me. I also forgot to say that this color applied very smooth with a little sheen, and then started to "set" as a few minutes go by. This color "set" to a matte finish.
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals in 1.2, fairly light
Kari1 5/15/2007 6:56:00 PM
I have this and mix a little of the light with it....I'm a nw20....and this combo is perfect for me, however....I must say that I too have a problem with this product's lasting ability. Waterproof? It clearly starts wearing off me as time goes by...and the redness around my nose starts peeking through and it looks like I have it on everywhere else but there! strange....And yes, it does accentuate the pores on my face. I have to blend those areas out with a sponge. I like the "natural" feel and ease of this product (and spf, of course) but I can't use this for every occasion. Also, there is no oil-control for me either...I get a shiny t-zone and there is just nothing there to control that within an hour or two! I just wish it could be improved! I want to love a mineral makeup, and I can't love this one. EDIT** I want to be clear: I don't want people thinking that I expected a BE product to take away my combo-slightly oily T-zone skin...and make it normal. But, when a company goes out of their way to say how certain products in their line (cosmetic, not skincare) deal with those issues, then I expect to see something in return. And I did not....I have a good skin-regime, and on my skin "blotting" had to be done more than ever....simple as that....but that's just me.
I am writing this review also comparing this to the SSC version. I used the SSC version about 3 weeks ago, and had great results. I just used a sample of the Philosophy product and I found a couple differences. First, the grains are finer and it smells better!! Even though I tend to be a little sensitive in the cheek area, I didn't have any trouble with the scrub itself. Just remember to "massage" the product, not "scrub" just like the directions say. When the activator went on, I definitely felt a more intense warming sensation than the SSC version, and more foam. I left it on, and used the rest of the product on my hands...just like I did when I used SSC's product. Gently removed with cloth, and rinsed my hands. Everything was great...I patted dry, but then a few minutes later I noticed a tightness to my skin that I didn't get before. I went in to the bathroom to finish with a serum and moisturizer, and I looked in the mirror and saw that my face was all dry! My hands looked about 15 years older!!! I have to say that I was shocked by this, seeing that I couldn't really find this happening to anyone else. I have to say that I will stick to the SSC version. But I must say that I have no trouble with Philosophy's Hope in a jar....It moisturizes me well, and I haven't broken out from it like some have experienced......who knows....
I love this liner!!! It's a great deeper red with no coral or pink tones to it. I believe that it could be used with a more burgandy toned red as well. This is not a bright red liner, but a more deeper tone. Great staying power in my opinion, and I have had no breakage or bleeding issues with this. Love these...
Treatments -Serious Skin Care - C-Extreme Results Advanced Power C Skin Resurfacer
Kari1 4/19/2007 12:29:00 AM
I received this in a kit, so I only know that individually it is cheaper than Philosophy's version...though I haven't used that one. First let me say, that I have a combo/slightly sensitive(cheeks), slightly acne-prone skin. I just got done using this after watching this product be demoed for years on HSN. I feel that if you have any sensitive areas, the product will stimulate them...especially if you massage the product too intense. I felt that Part 1 does have a slightly "odd" scent...so after massaging part 1 (a little too intense I can say now) I waited 3 minutes, and then applied Part 2 which is the reacting gel. This is pretty thin stuff, and ya just don't know how much you are going to need at first. Now I will say there was a definite "warming" sensation and a foam as soon as I made contact with my cheeks. But after that, the foaming was pretty much non-existent. It was like *poof* it disappeared. I used a little more, but really....nothing much happened. I massaged it in lightly and then let it sit for 1 minute, and then wiped it off gently with a wet washcloth. It says to "rinse," and I can see that might be best next time versus the washcloth if you tend to be sensitive. My skin looked better, and was very soft. Very good exfoliation...and I will also say that I used what was left on my hands, and wow!!! They look fantastic....so, I will say that I look forward to using this product every couple weeks or so!