Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
Laurajh 10/1/2012 8:21:00 PM
I spent 2 weeks trying to make this product work for me. I used several different primers, setting powders and sunscreens to see if something would do the trick...nothing worked. This foundation was almost nonexistent on my nose within 2 hours. I am approaching 40 and am no longer the oil pit I used to be. I still get some shine in my T zone, but nothing major. I couldn't get this foundation to stick around. I should've known better- I used my phone a half an hour after having this applied- there was foundation all over the face of my phone! I think may be ideal for those with dry skin looking for a very dewy light/medium coverage product.
Finally a highlighter for grown ups. No huge pieces of glitter or or dense sparkle. It blends easily, but it does set faster than Becca's SSPs. No oily/slick feeling or look about this either. RBR calls it "Honeyed white gold" which is a very accurate description. The price is a bit steep, but a Zuneta code helps. If you think of it, it's really along the lines of the recent LE highlighters, that Guerlain and others have been churning out.
I can't believe there aren't any reviews on this! I absolutely love this scent. I purchased an 8 ml edp and blew through it in a week. Musk, citrus and vanilla are the notes listed. All of them combine wonderfully to create a very clean, fresh, uplifting fragrance. The musk and citrus balance the vanilla perfectly to avoid any heaviness. I find this so easy to wear- like slipping on your favorite white t shirt on a warm spring day. "Sunshine" does make me think of, just that. Perfection!!!
Polishes -Rescue Beauty Lounge - Grunge nail polish
Laurajh 3/7/2010 12:12:00 AM
This is a perfect everday color with a little flair thrown in. A light taupe with a tinge of lilac that suits my skintone. Many taupes was me out or resemble my light skin too much. This gives enough contrast with 2 coats. It lasts for a week (Orly sticky base and SV topcoat) which is surprising due to the amount of handwashing I do on a daily basis. RBL has me hooked!
Lipstick -Dolce & Gabbana - Shine Lipstick in Sparkling
Laurajh 2/13/2010 10:33:00 PM
This has to be one of my favorite lipsticks of all time! It is a nudish/ coppery/ bronze color. It is a frosty/shimmer lipstick, but not in that 70's model type look. It is part of the Shine Collection, which are supposed to be semi sheer in color. It goes on full color for me~ which is a good thing b/c I don't generally like sheer lipsticks. The staying power is excellent- it lasts through coffee and a meal... and then some. IME, this formulation lasts longer than the colors from the Classic Cream Lipstick. I have too many lipsticks to count, but I don't think I have any that are as unique as this color. Worth every penny of the $30 price tag. If all of the Shine Collection wears this well, I see more of these lipsticks in my future.
This is a slightly dusty milky pink. No sparkle or shimmer. Excellent longevity and the pigment is like a liquid lipstick. My only problem is the funky brush which can splay. I actually took scissors and cut the 2 fibers that just were not going back into place. Check out the swatches on the D&G website, do not go by Saks website.
This is a fabulous creamy lip liner! It is very smooth and the lasting power is fairly good. It is an excellent light nude/ brown that I wear with pink and peach lipstick/ glosses. Even though it is very creamy in texture, I feel like it gives good grip to hold glosses in place. Retails for $20. I'm currently loving this paired with D&G Seduction lipgloss~ makes for a very natural pinky/brown nude lip.
A beautiful bronze with gold, silver and pink flecks. It has very high color pigmentation~ what you see in the tube is what you get on your lips. All of the D&G glosses I have tried have lipstick like pigment with added gloss. This is a bonus for me. I can rarely wear just gloss, I need color so as not to look washed out. Only a small amount is needed. I have to actually wipe excess product before applying The brush can be a problem, but I can over look that due to the great color pay off, lasting power and the small application amount needed. Retail for $29 at selected Saks or online. Do not go by colors on Saks site! The color representation is pretty true on the D&G site.
I have several of these glosses and have been very happy with the general consistency of the product. Dahlia looks like a scary dark purple in the tube. Once applied lightly, it is a very pretty berry plum shade with gold flecks. What I like most about this gloss is that I can wear this alone without lipstick color underneath. So many glosses out there are just plain gloss with a little color thrown in and hardly show any noticeable pigment on the lips. The D&G glosses actually give you the color you are looking for with the shine. The color pigment is exceptional. Lasting power is better than most glosses, on par with Bobbi Brown. I have heard that D&G is replacing the brush applicator with with a doe foot~ that would be an improvement. The brush is easily splayed and can get a bit wonky.
What a waste. According to the product spiel this should be great~ spf, skincare, foundation, right? The product was so thick it was impossible to blend. I tried it over thick moisturizer, primer etc. nothing worked. I felt like I was working in a lab, trying to concoct all of these different formulations! The color still stayed very orange, too. I stopped to think~ why I was going to all this trouble to make 1oz for $50 product work? For that amount, I shouldn't have to do anything except apply. It also felt extremely chalky, itchy and all around uncomfortable. I hardly ever return used makeup, but this one had to go. Of course I got the "stink eye", but I couldn't keep this useless product and in good conscious, I couldn't offer this up for swap.
This is probably *the* best bronzer I have ever used! It gives a nice glow when lightly applied and the color is buildable. I'm somewhere in the light category for complexions (Creme shade in La Mer Foundation powder). I have been using this with a fluffy brush to add some color this winter. It also works well as a contour for cheeks. I've tried the bronzer with a heavier hand to see how it would look for summer and it's gorgeous. No orange, no glitter, no muddiness or any other of the annoying qualities I encounter with bronzers. This is a sure staple for me. It's available exclusively at Bergdorfs or from the Edward Bess website.
Powder -La Mer - The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15
Laurajh 1/9/2010 10:44:00 PM
I hate foundation. I don't usually care for powder, unless it's translucent. With that being said this product fits my needs. I don't have the time or energy to carefully apply foundation everyday and I definitely don't like how they feel on skin, especially in the TX heat. This has enough pigment to give me a smooth flawless, but unmade up look. I received a bad sunburn in Austalia back in 1995. It left my cheek area very red. It covers this very nicely. It doesn't settle in any lines I have, either~ bonus! This can be applied from light to medium coverage with the sponge applicator. It's a hefty compact, which I don't like to tote with me. I apply in the morning and touch up with Le Metier de Beaute mid day. Coverage lasts well, but even more so with a primer. I've also dusted MAC Blot Powder on before applying and it works well for me in the summer, when I tend to be more oily. I will repurchase, but my one beef is that you can't refill the compact. I asked a rep. from La Mer about this and she said it was for "sanitary reasons". Hmm, you can change the applicator sponge (an extra is provided) and aren't they using make up brushes to apply this (even though they are sanitized) that have been used on others? The rep. just gave mumbled one of the comebacks that La Mer has surely drilled into her at training. Just another way to get more $ and waste packaging. Hopefully this will change.
I can't believe I've never tested this scent after owning 15 SL perfumes. Sniffing it from the sprayer it smelled very similar like Clair de Musc, but with different floral tones. I tried on on my skin, bracing for either a love or hate reaction. The first blast was like my original sniff from the sprayer. Then it happened~ total barnyard accord. I couldn't believe it! I had never experienced a scent so primal and raunchy. It is no urban myth that this scent can evoke dirty horse stalls. The dry down was like a newborn foal in a barn - cute and cuddly, but still unpleasant to smell. Watch where you step with MKK, it may be a flowery field or a steaming pile in that field.
For the price and considering my love for the Treatment Powder Foundation, I expected miracles from this concealer. It was not to be. My main concern is under eye circles. This product highlighted the very small amount of milia under my eyes. It made it look like I had goose bumps under my eyes. No matter how I applied it~ extra eye cream, finger, brush or otherwise~ I still had the same disappointing results. It concealed nothing under my eyes, instead it was a neon blinking sign pointing out every flaw in this area. A total waste on me. I'll stick with Sisley or Le Metier de Beaute.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Cherryblossomdiva - Labyrinth
Laurajh 10/28/2009 11:09:00 PM
I have this both in the oil and the spray. I prefer the spray because of the sillage and believe me there is some! I wore this to a bday party a few weeks ago. Three people commented that they smelled pipe tobacco. They were nice, complimentary inquiries, saying something smelled so good. The lasting power is terrific - up to 8+hrs on me. I have worn the original POTL LeE (edp)for 5 years now and love it. This is pretty close to the real thing. I get more of the grass and tobacco notes with the dupe and not as much incense. The original is much drier than the dupe. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find such a gem in a duplication. CBD (Kathy) is quick to answer emails - overall the CS is impressive. Now lets see if her Guerlain SDV dupe is as great too....