Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
LucyBelieves 9/9/2011 12:34:00 AM
Non-stinging, moisturizing but non-pore clogging, fragrance free, wears well under makeup and doesn't make my eyes itch. Expensive but worth it.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - urban environment uv protection cream
LucyBelieves 6/19/2011 12:27:00 AM
LOVE THIS! It is more viscous than the blue spf 55 cream and for me, wears better under makeup. The blue bottle lotion form sucked all moisture out of my skin and I had been using the blue bottle cream off and on for years. I rotated it with various La Roche Posay sunscreens I'd get in Europe but those were always greasy- even the beloved anthelios. In comes the urban environment. I find it works as well for me (if not better) as far as protection, as I apply more urban environment cream without greasiness than I could of the Shiseido 55 cream. It has no fragrance and all around is a better primer for makeup than any "primer," cream or sunscreen I've ever used. It doesn't make my skin feel smothered and causes no stinging/burning. I'm surprised at the negative reviews as I live in a city with 100% humidity and this wears wonderfully on my summer-combination skin. Worth a try though, trust me ;)
Hair -Unlisted Brand - MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL Deep Repair Mask
LucyBelieves 5/28/2011 10:24:00 PM
I use this on my platinum turned dark brown fried hair and it makes it like shiny silk. I love the aroma of this mask and am pleased that all of the differently fragranced components of this line actually complement each other. This mask has more of a fruity smell, most like the leave in conditioner. I find it works best emulsified with a pump of the matching oil. I had read the literature on this line and didn't put much stock into the claim of it reducing drying time by 50% but it certainly does reduce drying time. I have worked with Bumble and bumble, Aveda, Kerastase, John Masters, Moroccanoil... and this line is by far one of the best for damaged hair. I have a lot of fine hair and all the products leave my hair with the perfect amount of weight and slip. My hair is not frizzy or fly away after use but neither is it so super slick that it separates easily and gets stuck in my lip gloss. If that makes any sense? Regardless, I highly recommend!
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Pro - Steel Grey
LucyBelieves 4/20/2011 11:44:00 PM
I love this colour. It appears a bit more mauve than Particuliere and is therefore much more flattering. The polish wears well and lasts a long while. I am in love with this brush. Yes, it is wide but unlike OPI's big fat brush, which I detest, this one is narrow and rounded and makes it easy for me to apply without getting it all over my cuticles. I'm going to check out their other colours next time I'm in the drugstore.
I have this in #'s 6, 7 and 13. I've only worn #6 so far. Love the colour. It manages to be understated and sexy with a full face of makeup or none at all. It covers my naturally rose colored lips without looking fake or corpse-like. It is easily to apply, no mirror necessary. Only negative is it doesn't last super long and that is with balm before, after or no balm. It is not drying but I don't find it exactly moisturizing either. This formula seems thin, which I appreciate as thicker lipstick requires more care when applying and I am not that type of girl. I like to swirl, apply and go. I do NOT appreciate the packaging so much as I always get finger prints on the lovely gold case but they wipe off easily, unlike Nars, for example. I'll update once I try the other, bolder colours.
I thought this would be a nice palette to create a neutral eye with bronzer for the summer. Wrong I was. The main color, which is a Nars I've had before in one of his duos, has big chunky glitter and is not very pigmented. The other two, just aren't contrasting enough to do any good. Granted, if I wanted to work long and hard to make this work, I probably could. But for $45, I returned it. I am not a fan of nars glitter shadows in general, so keep that in mind. You'd be better off buying Edie, Fez, Bali or Ondine singles, in my humble opinion.
I'm not in the target demographic for this one but love it nevertheless. It cleans well, has enough foam for my liking, smells good enough and most importantly, leaves my face soft and has helped with breakouts. It can be slightly drying in winter and I do not like that you must shake it like crazy before each use but I have come back to this cleanser several times already. Worth a shot for some as the price point isn't all that terrible.
Love these and I am overall not a fan of the regular Nars matte lipsticks. This color is a MLBB for me. My lips are naturally quite pink so I imagine that's why it shows up as it's described on me. I have this, Bangkok and the blue based red one and all are great, require no liner and wear fantastically long. The wear off is natural too- no ring around the lips. I do apply balm beforehand. I very highly recommend these!
Does the job effectively without being overly oily. My favorite of all the biphasic eye makeup removers out there.
This is a great lipstick. I have rouge coco in mademoiselle and I hate it. It's drying and the color, while supposedly universal, makes me look absolutely putrid. Paris, on the other hand, has that rare quality of being a non-drying stain with one swipe, or a full-fledged vixen with 3 swipes. 2 swipes and you are in between Lolita and sex kitten, lol. But anyway, this color really is beautiful, unusual, and definitely is the one used on Sandra Bullock for the oscars. And apparently, there was a write up in Prevention magazine for it, as the lady waiting at the counter behind me to get it, asked if I had discovered it in there. Granted, she was about 70, but are you kidding me? So I guess that goes to show it's a color for all ages.
The perfect mascara. Price is steep but I'll gladly pay it for a non-irritating mascara that makes me look like I naturally have soft, full, extremely long lashes.
This stuff is fantastic if applied with a damp sponge. I use the color Sunny Beige (I think), which if applied with fingers or a brush would be slightly too dark. When used however with a damp sponge the coverage is impeccable. I recommend trying it this way esp. if you want coverage that looks like you aren't wearing any makeup. It doesn't last as long as some foundations but the natural look of it makes up for this shortcoming. Also doesn't feel as if you are wearing foundation.
Too orange for me. While it doesn't look bad, I prefer the bronze of Laguna for a natural looking flush. Or if I actually get a lot of sun, I can easily use Casino.This reminds me of some of the Guerlain Terracotta's which have no sheen; I forget which number they are. I just don't reach for it nor do I feel it layers well under blush as it is too orange-y.
Terrific shampoo. It cleanses enough but doesn't seem to leave a filmy residue as so many conditioning shampoos do. I follow up with either the matching conditioner or simply use his leave-in. The fragrance is light and I actually like it. It smells much better in your hair than it does in the bottle. Amazingly enough, this is the only shampoo which has not made me gag during my 3 months of pregnancy. My sensitivity to fragrances is in overdrive :-) Also, leaves hair super-shiny. I must mention that this and the matching conditioner are not the type which make combing wet hair a breeze. But once my hair is dry it is silky and smooth.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Mascara - Blackest Black
LucyBelieves 11/20/2008 5:38:00 PM
Love this for a natural look. Doesn't smudge nor irritate my super-sensitive eyes whereas all the other L'oreal mascaras do. It isn't a highly glamorous look but it provides a lot more length and volume than say, Shu Uemura Basic.