Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Magic Lumi - Light Infusing Primer
LylaLeah 3/11/2012 7:37:00 PM
I have had this for over a week now but have been using it every day. I am a big fan of dewy / glowing / radiant / highlighted skin and as a new Mom, I find I only have time to put on moisturizer and maybe some eyeliner in the morning. If you aren't getting that much sleep, this product is great as you look energized and radiant like a pregnancy glow. I wouldn't say it gives the dewy look though as your skin won't look wet. I use this alone or mix it in with moisturizer. It doesn't really work as a highlighter for the cheekbones alone - you would need to use a NARS multiple like copacabana for that or Revlon's spa illuminator in bare lights / benefit's high beam for that. I dont understand what another reviewer said about it being "thick" because its the exact opposite - its actually quite runny in consistency as was the tester so I'm not sure what batch that person got. That would be my complaint actually - that it's too runny so you could waste product. You only need the tiniest pump. Second complaint is that you can't really tell when the product is going to be finished or how fast you are using it but many high end products are like that. It does exactly what it says it is going to do for your skin which is add light so for that it gets a "repurchase".
I like this product but its not a HG. I got it in a Christmas kit with the shower gel and body butter. I love Korres so was curious to try their lip butters so I was happy to buy this in the kit. I use this by itself or as a primer under my lip stick for smoother application. If you put too much on you will get a white film but I don't have that problem as I use more sparingly. I wouldn't recommend this as a night treatment or something for severely chapped lips (Smiths rosebud salve is better for that). Its more something to put on when you don't want to look too "made up" and gives a gorgeous "your lips but better" look Pros: moisturizing, smooth, great colour and I love the pot Cons: Too expensive and I think I would like to see what else is out there before I would come back to this colour. I would try some of the other colours first. Overall? I love the product but its not my HG colour so I won't repurchase this colour but I am happy I have it.
Love this cream. Its thick and sinks in your skin. I love the fragrance. My husband loves thick hand cream and I find that this can be used for the hands as well as its quite thick. I also have the Korres Guava shower gel which I wouldn't repurchase and the lip butter but I would repurchase. I got hooked on Korres body butter a few Christmas' ago when I got a few of the trial size body butters. This isn't my favourite scent of the body butters but its a great product and you get a lot for your money.
Highlighters -Revlon - Age Defying Spa Illuminator Bare Light
LylaLeah 3/11/2012 7:06:00 PM
A HG product for me. I can wear it under my cream blush or by itself and it gives my skin the most beautiful glow of healthy happy skin like I just came back from a spa. Let me start by saying I was a huge fan of Revlon's skinlights and had it in all the colours which isn't something I would usually do. When it was discontinued I was sad and still held on to my stash and would use it even though it was past the "expiry date". Bare lights is the perfect colour for my skintone. Its an amazing highlighter and does exactly what I want it to do for my skin in two minutes. I squeeze a little on the brush and put it over my cheeks and then work it in a bit with my fingers. I actually quite like the brush because it helps to control the product. Mine keeps coming off so I don't like the packaging. I had to buy these in the USA as they didn't sell it in Canada and now I see its being discontinued so I'll drive down to see if i can buy another one of these and the pink colour before its gone. I don't know what Revlon's problem is as this is a popular product and Skinlights had quite the cult following. Probably/hopefully they will just repackage it and come out with a new version in the near future!! Love this product!!!
This has been my *go to* colour for the past year. I wear it every other day as it takes seconds to apply and can be worn smudged, on the waterline or as a smooth line. I'm surprised this doesn't have better ratings.The price is high which sucks but if I were to find this exact liner at a drugstore price ($6-$11), I would rather stick to that as it isn't that unique of a colour to justify the price. However, that being said, I would say that 75% of the time when I go for the drugstore dupe of a product I love, it ends up not being the same and then I have to go buy the original so I wasted money purchasing the supposed dupe. MAC eyeliners are great in that they do not dry out unlike many drugstore brands. This pencil doesn't tug and stays put all day. I love the colour and find it the perfect shade for me - I have blue eyes and didn't find that it was a navy blue like another reviewer - it was a perfect flat medium grey. I see that "Industry" eye pencil by MAC gets much higher ratings so I will check that out next time but I am quite happy with this liner and would repurchase for sure.
Eyeliner -MAC - Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
LylaLeah 3/11/2012 6:49:00 PM
I rarely write reviews anymore being a new Mom but I LOVE this eyeliner. It's highly pigmented and glides on smooth like a dream. The colour is a perfect black-dark brown with hints of gold specks. I would say this is a HG colour for me and I alternate between this and grey utility as I don't have time for gel liners anymore. My only complaints are that it doesn't sit well on the lower waterline for me and kinda smudges so I need to do some cleanup below the lashes. Also, the pencil is super soft so you use up a lot of product when you sharpen it which hasn't been a problem with other MAC liners I had. I thought this was limited edition as I bought it at the CCO but saw that they sell it in the stores so I will be repurchasing for sure!
Eyeliner -Marcelle - Marcelle Hypo-Allergenic Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
LylaLeah 10/4/2007 9:08:00 AM
This is a great drugstore find. The texture is smooth and creamy and does not budge. Compared to MAC pencils, I find that these stay put longer and don't migrate. I bought Mulberry which is a beautiful deep shimmery purple. Actually, it is quite similar to MAC Macroviolet fluidline (which I also have). I love the Macroviolet colour but sometimes it applies unevenly and its not great to bring for touchups. So I bought this colour as well and it is great for a smokey eye or for a neutral eye look with a pop of colour. I was tempted to buy the Midnight blue colour but it was also too similar to the stila smudge pot liner that I have. I also almost bought the deep green colour which is similar to MAC Tarnish but as I have that and it is still quite large, I am going to wait a while. The bronze is also beautiful and shimmery. Every colour I swapped on my hand were beautiful intense colours. Anyways, I am quite impressed with the quality and texture so I will be repurchasing more colours and would recommend Mulberry to anyone.
Polishes -Rimmel - Underground Play Fast Nail Polish in Hard Edged
LylaLeah 9/29/2007 11:43:00 AM
I am in love with Rimmel's new PlayFast underground polishes. Rave dries extremely quickly to a shiny/glossy finish. The brush design is flat and wide which makes it very easy to apply the polish in a few quick strokes. The formula isn't clumpy or goopy so it makes it easy to give yourself a professional looking manicure or pedicure. This stuff dries so fast that I was waiting around after doing my nails trying not to mess them up when I jammed my hand in something 5 minutes after applying and expected my nail to be damaged but they were completly dry so I am quite impressed! Also, the next day after I applied this polish I went on a long and strenous hike in Whistler, B.C. where you need to climb over rocks and grab onto branches and dirt to make your way up the steep mountain. There is a part where you need to grab onto metal chains to prevent falling off the mountain and climb up ladders etc. While I may have been dirty, my nails were in great shape and no chipping whatsoever!!! Quite impressed. This never would happen with Revlon polish. Two-three coats is all you need for gorgeous nails. Hard Edged is a bold and chic blackened purple with lots of dark purple, brown, red, plum shimmer with green and gold popping through in the right lighting. It is beautiful, unique and I am quite happy to have this colour in my collection (which is basically all nude pinks and a few bright reds so if I can get into this shade, anyone can) You can see a number of pictures on my site here: http://beautyconfessions.blogspot.com/2007/09/berry-nice.html
I am in love with Rimmel's new PlayFast underground polishes. Rave dries extremely quickly to a shiny/glossy finish. The brush design is flat and wide which makes it very easy to apply the polish in a few quick strokes. The formula isn't clumpy or goopy so it makes it easy to give yourself a professional looking manicure or pedicure. Rave is a beautiful berry. While it is not as complex as Hard Edged, it is a beautiful berry / blackened burgundy with shimmer and lots of shine. Two-three coats is all you need for gorgeous nails. You can see pictures on my site here: http://beautyconfessions.blogspot.com/2007/09/berry-nice.html
Packaging: The packaging isn't the best as the cap has fallen off a few times in my purse. Price: I bought this in the winter as a splurge for my birthday. I think it is overpriced for a lipstick. On the otherhand, I buy more expensive lipsticks on occasion but felt this one doesn't live up to the price. I would rather buy YSL lipstick. Colour: Usually I stick to the gold/pink/peach colour family. I am not crazy about lipstick because it usualy dries my lips out (like MAC). I like that the colour is a very SHEER purple with blue shimmer because otherwise I would not wear it. I don't like overpowering lips. I like that this is also like a gloss. The blue shimmer is supposed to make your teeth look whiter. This colour is very "work appropriate" and grown up so I usualy wear it to interviews or work. Texture: I like how it is glossy and not too "thick". But after a few hours my lips are irritated by the sparkles. I would not repurchase because of the packaging, the price and that the blue sparkles are slightly irritating after a while. I still wear it and keep it in my purse but it will last me a long time so I am not going to repurchase. But other then that if you find a great colour, like sheer purple with blue shimmer or don't mind those other things I mentioned then go for it... I love the gloss/lipstick sheer texture!
Received this in a swap. Great product. I love the packaging and it reminds me of Stila's twist up glosses. The tip is slanted and you only need to click up a little bit of product so there is no waste and it is slim and fits in your purse or pocket. I love this peachy-gold colour. This has a fragrence and a smell to it but it doesn't bother me... it doesn't smell/taste cheap. I love how it adds shine to my lips. I usualy wear this alone and not over lipstick but you can if you want to lighten a colour. I usualy wear light colour lipsticks or gloss and stick to gold/peach/pink colour family. This is a great addition. Would definetly repurchase and look for more colours of Jane Fabulizer's.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - GlossShow Lindsay Pink
LylaLeah 7/4/2007 9:05:00 AM
Cute packaging. This comes in pot form (which I'm not crazy about but I deal) with a silver screw-top circular lid and sqare plastic see-through container so you can see the colour of the product which is useful. I got this for Christmas from my sister along with some other Dior products. I dont know if I would spend $24 or whatever on this gloss but I'm going to answer "would you buy this product again" meaning am I happy that I own it/would I buy it the first time... then yes, not "once this runs out I am going to buy it again". There are many similar products out there so its not too hard to find a colour dupe. The colour isn't exactly unique. When I bought this in the winter I loved it but in the spring I wasn't using it so much because it was looking weird with my makeup but now that it is summer again and I have a tan it looks gorgeous again. I use it with a dark smokey/brown bronze eye . The gloss isn't too sticky and the colour is pretty and multi-dimensional. Light pink gloss with pink and silver sparkles. But a tip: if you are looking for a cheaper version then I would suggest trying Maybelline Diamonds liquid which is also not sticky and the texture is not as thick as this Christian Dior gloss. I don't know exactly what colour would be similar but just the shimmer on those is much more subtle if you are afraid of the sparkles on the Dior gloss.
I have had this brush for a number of years now and it looks like I have just bought it. Great condition and it washes up very well. The brand name doesn't fade on the handle (unlike MAC). The bristles are soft and like a dream! This is comparable with high end brushes for a fraction of the price. Great quality brush! That being said, this is labeled as a definer shadow brush. I find the head to be a bit on the large side (think MAC 217). This brush is good for using a wash of colour or you could also turn it on its sidfe (pretend you are going line with it) and you can use it to place colour in the crease and blend. This brush doesn't get lots of love from me becaue I have other brushes so I gave it a 4. Great quality and if the head size works for you then that is great!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 263 Small Angle (Ox & Synthetic hair)
LylaLeah 7/4/2007 8:35:00 AM
I've tried a lot of eyeliner brushes (artstore brushes, highend, drugstore, flat/angled/tapered you name it) and have been using them for fluidliner, applying eyeshadow as liner, using highlighter/irredescent shadow for the inner corner, tightlining, and filling in eyebrows etc. I find it is a must-have brush in one's stash. I must say 263 is an excellent brush! I find the 266 is too scratchy. It hurts my eyes and I get lots of fallout from eyeshadow when I am using it as liner and it ends up flicking into my eyeballs and then I need to put my fingerpad on the eyeball to dig it out (gross). Anyways, this gives a perfectly precise line. It is easy to flick out the ends to give the cat eye look (266 fails horribly at that and it ends up looking like a square). You can change the angle to give a thicker or thinner line. It is very easy to get close down to the lashline and tightline with this brush (I wouldn't even attempt it with MAC's 266!) That being said, an IMPORTANT NOTE for Canadians. QUO has a great eyeliner brush at Shoppers drugmart called the liner/brow brush for a fraction of the price. This is also an excellent brush! The bristles are a bit stiffer then the 263 but it is much softer then the 266 and also gives a great thin line (not as thin as the 263 though). I had this for 4 years but then it accidently fell off my dresser and bent out of shape while I was in a rush so Im going to have a new one. So if you are looking for an alternative to 263 or 266 then try that out as well. Both are HG status for me.
Makeup Brushes -Lise Watier - Lise Watier - Blush Brush
LylaLeah 7/4/2007 8:18:00 AM
I love this brush. It is the pefect size for my cheeks and doesn't leave the blush streaky. I swirl my brush in the blush and tap and then apply to my cheeks and kinda blend it in with tiny circles. I have had this brush for a long time now, (at least since 2004 but maybe it was 2003) and it is in excellent condition (hairs in place and it doesn't shed, no fading of the name on the handle unlike MAC). I prefer this brush over my MAC blush brush which is a little too large for my cheeks. The brush is soft and not scratchy. I will definetly repurchase when I have to. I have another Lise Waitier brush for the eyes with a sponge brush on the other end but I find that scratchy and don't like it. I will defintly be looking to purchase more brushes from Lise Waitier regardless.