Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
Pebblez27 11/22/2008 6:06:00 PM
Great mascara for everyday wear. I have naturally long and full lashes but a girl can always do with more volume. I don't think this mascara would be so great for someone who has thin lashes. It doesn't make my lashes brittle. One coat is great for just polishing things up, two coats give me a more sophisticated look, with more volume. This mascara also lengthens. So far I haven't noticed any problems with smudging and I have super oily lids; minimal flaking and no clumping. I usually use Lancome Courbe Virtuose but I've decided that mascara is one of the products that you don't need to dish out money for. All-in-all, great mascara.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
Pebblez27 11/19/2008 10:26:00 PM
This is a good highlighter. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's my favourite highlighter because...this is the only one I own and I don't highlight often. ...'cause I'm lazy. BUT when I do get all excited and want to highlight - this does the trick. It is on the pricey side ($30) though you get a lot of product and will probably never run out of it. It does tend to go all over the place in the pan, but not so much once it's on your face. Use a light hand unless you literally want to be a beacon of light. It's similar to Bobbi Brown's Beige Shimmerbrick, only this is cheaper and easier to use. P.S. I apply with MAC'S 116.
This is one of those colours you're scared of when you first see it. Surely, no one could wear this colour on a regular basis. Oh, ye of little faith. This colour is gorgeous because it blends so well and it can be layered to give you any effect from subtle to bold. I wore it today with Nylon on the inner 2/3 of my eyelid, Rule on the outer third and in the outer 1/3 of crease, topped with Girlie in the entire crease. Finished with black eyeliner and mascara. I got a lot of compliments on it and it's quite a beautiful colour for summer and fall. It can also be combined with a lot of different colours ranging from pinks, to purples, to browns. And, on St. Patrick's day, with greens. ;)
Okay so I originally gave this product a horrid review because it really emphasized the dry patches on my face. I have since seen the light. I have this foundation in 20-Clair ($46 CAN). PROS: - Good coverage, evens out my skin and does so without looking cakey - Imparts a 'glow', though not one that makes you look oily. - Lightweight, doesn't make me break out. - While not cheap, the price is decent for the quality of the product (compare w/ ProLumiere @ $55, and Giorgio Armani LSF @ $65) - If put on correctly, this foundation can give you flawless-looking skin. Airbrushed, even. - Good staying power. You will need to powder after 6 hours or so, depending on your skin. - I wore this today on a cold, windy day and still- no flaking! CONS: - If you don't use a base with this foundation, it will flake. - As every other reviewer has said: the packaging is not so user-friendly. A pump would be greatly appreciated. Are you listening, Chanel? -------------- Overall, this is a good foundation. If your skin isn't perfect (texture-wise, i.e. dry/oily patches) you will need a good primer. I initially tried this with Blanc de Chanel and hated it. I'm now using it with Make Up Forever's HD Primer in green and it rocked! I also find that this foundation goes on better with a foundation brush and finish with a light dusting of powder. Voila! Awesome, eat your heart out Vogue airbrushing, beautiful face.
I got this in a 2-for-1 deal @ my local Napoleon Perdis counter. I wanted to love this but it was just too dark for my skin. Instead of imparting a healthy glow it just looked dirty on my NC20/Chanel Clair skin. You do get a lot of product for your money and the mirror in the compact is a nice touch.
Love. Love. Love. This is the best brush for gel eyeliners, fluidlines, and smudging. The small handle gives great control as do the small hairs. It also sheds time from my make up routine because I can get the perfect line in just one shot. I've tried both MAC'S 208 and 209 and they did not deliver. I think MAC's Pro 231 brush is comparable to Dior's eyeliner brush but I'm never going back from this brush.
Highlighters -Bobbi Brown - Beige Shimmer Brick Shimmerbrick
Pebblez27 11/18/2008 9:01:00 PM
PROS: - This product is great for what it's supposed to do. It's a wonderful highlighter and, with a light hand, it can give that glow-y, "Hi meet me. I'm actually an angel" look. - You get a lot of product for your money - It does dual duty as eyeshadow That said, here are some CONS: - It's far too expensive ($50 CAN). I tend not to use highlighters on a daily basis so it didn't make sense for me to keep this. - It has a tendency to go all over the place and without the right brush it can look garish (I use the MAC 116 instead of BB's Face Blender). I bought this but returned it. MAC'S Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish ($ 30) give the same finish as this. The two look the same on my face (Chanel 20-Clair, MAC NC20-25) so I decided to stick with the MAC.
I love this powder. I love the look it gives me. It literally makes my skin look flawless. Hate the sponge that comes with it, I apply it with Smashbox # 1 brush and the effect is amazing. It's great for setting liquid foundation or cream blushes or it can be worn on its own, either just over moisturizer or over primer. I'm definitely going to buy it again- if I ever run out, there's just so much product. Definitely worth the $50 or so Canadian.
Mascara -Lancome - Courbe Virtuose Mascara (Divine Lasting Curves)
Pebblez27 11/14/2008 10:46:00 PM
This is my HG mascara. I have sensitive eyes and all the other mascaras I tried before this would burn my eyes, not this one. This mascara is perfect for me. I have naturally long eyelashes, but this mascara does a great job of curling them, adding a little bit of volume (doesn't add a lot of volume- about 50% more). I hate the weird spidery look and this mascara is a happy medium between a natural look and a polished look. Love. Love. Love.
Foundations -Chanel - Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Make-Up ] [DISCONTINUED]
Pebblez27 11/14/2008 10:24:00 PM
I bought this in Clair, I have a super oily T-zone and dry, sometimes flakey, cheeks. I got this foundation after returning Tient Innocence because that made my flaking worse. I ended up returning this one, too, because it made my face look like I soaked it in a vat of oil before leaving home. Even with powder to set it, I just couldn't stand the way this foundationg made my face feel. Every time I looked in the mirror it looked like oil was seeping out of my pores. The packaging was decent, though.