Powder -MAC - New View- Light/Medium Natural and Shimmer
Lorna_Korma 8/10/2008 6:21:00 PM
This product is a baked powder compact which can be used as a finishing powder over foundation or on it's own for a very sheer coverage foundation (for those blessed with near perfect skin!). The majority of the compact is dedicated to the natural skinfinish. When I first tried the product I found it very difficult to get any of the product on my brush but after a few uses the initital layer wore down and I found I got sufficient amounts of powder on my brush. I have managed to yield good results from using both natural and synthetic brushes and using a flat top kabuki gives a heavier coverage. I use the natural powder over my MAC Mineralized powder foundation to give my skin a polished, glowy look as I dislike the cakey, powdery look regular finishing powders give me. I find it delivers just enough glow without making me look like I'm sweating and after a night of dancing I still look fresh faced and dewy. I find it is also good for touch ups as it is very sheer and I don't get a 'spongey' look on my nose. The shimmer side takes up about a third of the compact. In this shade it is a very pale, almost white shimmer. I use it as a highlighter on cheekbones and brow bones. I think it would be too much to use it all over the face as it does give a high sheen effect on the face. I gave a 3 for the packaging quality as I have not placed much confidence in the integrity of the compact lid, whether it will withstand being transported in my make-up bag, only time will tell but I am noticing a few cracks in the lid already. Obviously, being a high-end cosmetic you will expect to pay a premium price for this product, which I do not mind. This powder gives a finish to my skin that no drug-store product ever could so I can totally justify the price (18 GBP). This shade is perhaps too dark for very fair skinned people and also has a slight yellow undetone to it. I have been lucky in that it is the perfect shade for me but I suggest anyone wanting to try heads to a counter to test first. I would definitely buy this product again if it were in the permanent line!
Misc Beauty Tools -Everyday Minerals - Flocked Sponge
Lorna_Korma 7/17/2007 2:46:00 PM
If you are finding that mineral makeup is not for you then you must try it with this sponge! I had given up on MM because it did nothing to cover my large pores. With the flocked sponge I can have me foundation applied in a minute and it looks flawless! I dip the dry sponge into the mineral powder and then blend onto my face, it gives a very smooth application. The only downside to this is the issue of storage, the sponge does come in a little plastic bag but this will become dirty and bacteria filled over time and cannot be cleaned easily. I would love to see EDM produce a little plastic box to store the sponge in!
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
Lorna_Korma 7/17/2007 2:42:00 PM
I have been taking advantage of the free samples on offer from EDM for quite some time. Postage costs about £5 to the UK and delivery is about 2 weeks. In the kit you can choose from 3 foundations, 1 concealer and a Blush colour. I find the bluch colours last me months as you get a sample size jar that is packed to the brim with product, the same goes for the foundations. So far EDM is my mineral brand of choice because the products are such value for money and you can sample for FREE!
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Original Glo Formula
Lorna_Korma 7/17/2007 2:38:00 PM
This formula shouldn't work for me because I have oily skin and large, open pores. I am so envious of people with normal skin who can achieve that glowy, dewy look without looking like they've just had their face dipped in vaseline. Because EDM offers free samples I thought I'd give the Original Glo formula a try, and boy was I surprised. I use a flocked sponge to apply my minerals as I find it gives me the heavier coverage that I want in less time, it also guarantees that my pores will be covered. The Original Glo formula gives me a very natural glowy look, it's not overly shiny but I use a dusting of powder over the top to set anyway. I tend to use this formula for day wear as it doesn't look too heavy. This stuff will not budge either, after a busy 14 hour shift at work my skin still looked smooth and even!
I really enjoy Philosophy products and have been an avid user of their skincare products for the past year. My usual regime consisted of the Purity cleanser but as a sufferer of the oilies I decided that my morning routine needed something more specific to this skin type. As I was already so impressed with the other Philosophy products I had used, I decided that the obvious choice was the On A Clear Day Super Wash. I made my purchase on E-bay as I live in the UK and find Philosophy products hard to come by for a good price. The 3.3 oz tube cost me around £14. The blurb claims that this wash will clear clogged pores, fight blemishes and wash away dirt and grime. For £14 I was expecting something far superior to something like Clean And Clear or any other cheap brand spot fighting wash. After a month of using this wash I have not noticed any difference to my compexion. I still break out in spots and my pores are still clogged, infact I now have a dry patch on my nose to add to my woes. Another thing that I don't like about this product is it's harsh chemical smell, it's not very uplifting first thing in the morning. My overall view of this product is that is works no better than the cheap spot fighting washes out there. It smells funny and costs far too much for little or no benefit to the skin.
I have chronic dark circles and the beginings of under eye bags (and I'm only 24 *sniff*) and often find it difficult to conceal the darkness. I have tried many concealers that claim to cover dark circles but I think that mine are just too dark and because they are almost like craters under my eyes, it is difficult for me to hide them. I got a sample of the cover creme because I figured if it can cover scars and tattoos it can cover my dark circles. I always use a peach corrector under any concealer I use as it helps to neutralise the look of them and prevents an ashy colour when concealer is applied. I applied the dermablend on top of the peach and I noticed that the coverage is comparable to Benefits Boi-ing. I did feel a bit disappointed about this but wore it on my face all day anyway. The reason that I have given this 4 lippies is because even though it wont cover very bad dark circles, it doesn't budge all day and I still looked fairly fresh after a day of running around at work. This is not a miracle worker but at least it wont run down your face when you sweat. If anyone can reccomend a solution for my under eye "dents", as I call them, then please let me know!
This stuff is very expensive (I paid about £15) so it loses marks for the cost from the offset. I used this religiously every night until the tube ran out and I my eyebrows did grow but I don't think it had anything to do with the product. The instructions that come with the product request that you do not pluck your brows whilst undertaking the treatment, so I didn't. All I got at the end of the tube was some sparse regrowth that I would have got anyway. I can see how this would dupe people into thinking this product worked for them. I now use the Ardell Brow and Lash Growth accelerator because it only costs £6 and works just as well, if not better (although it doesn't smell as plesant!).
The packaging for this concealer is quite naff considering the price. What you get is a stick with a twist top that you use to dispense the product. The stick is covered in little stars and has a clear middle so you can see how much product is left, although after looking at the website recently it would apear the packaging has now changed. As this concealer is marketed as an "Illuminating healer and concealer", I was surprised to find that the product was quite dull looking, almost like a pink mud. I twisted the top until a small amount of the product was dispensed onto the built in brush and applied to my under eye area. This concealer is quite thick and does not blend easily, if you don't have warm fingers and well moisurised skin then the concealer will be pretty much a disaster. Apparantly it contains special pigments that adapt to skin tones, I didn't really notice this. This product did nothing to illuminate my skin and the limited colour choice means it's not going to suit all skin colours. I'm just glad I got mine off of E-bay for a quater of the price!