Am amazing blush that imparts a perfect flush. What's so awesome is the fact that it's totally buildable. The trick, for me, is to apply it with my fingers. I rub a little product on my forefinger, the way I would a lip gloss, and literally tap it on my cheeks. A makeup artist taught me that it's the best, most natural way to apply super-pigmented blush. The shade manages to be both natural and super-chic, and I totally love it.
I've tried several natural oils to combat my dry facial skin (olive, jojoba, evening primrose) but nothing seemed to truly penetrate and help clear up the occasional dry patches I get on my cheeks, which drive me NUTS. Finally, last night, I tried cold-pressed avocado oil. I applied it to my face after I washed with my Clarisonic, as I would a regular moisturizer. I have to say, I'm so impressed. My dry spots seemed to have just about disappeared and my skin looks dewy and healthy - and it's only been one night. I'm definitely going to continue using this every day. I'm also keen on trying on my highlighted hair - I heard it moisturizes amazingly well. *UPDATE* It's been a little over a week and I've been using the oil daily, sometimes twice a day. My skin looks FAB. Dry patches are gone and I seem to have an overall glow. I actually stopped using moisturizer and simply apply the oil after I wash my face. I'm interested to see how it holds up when the weather gets a bit colder.
I really love this blush! I bought it in # 6 Rouge Passion (bright red) on an absolute whim in Bloomingdales over the weekend (literally in two minutes flat. it was purchased) but I'm really happy I did because I noticed right away how healthy and vibrant it made me look. I always gravitate toward red-hued blush, as it always giver my light-medium skin a healthy, chic flush. The product is definitely powdery but blendable, and it's totally buildable, too. I like that it's an all-season blush and it'll look just as great in the winter as it does now. The price is definitely a bit steep, but a little goes a long way.
Foundations -Laura Mercier - Moisture Supreme Foundation
Peri 7/12/2012 11:24:00 AM
I really love this foundation. I'd been using a few others (Chanel, D&G, MAC) and while I was happy with them, I was looking for something newer and more hydrating. I've never tried the old formulation, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I love the fluid consistency - it's very thin - and how evenly it applies. I use a damp sponge and build, depending on how much coverage I'm after. I always look dewy and uncakey. It doesn't cover imperfections that well, but it does even out skin tone and give you a subtle glow.
I'm so thrilled with Wella's T14 toner, that I'm compelled to write a review to help others. A little backstory: I've had ombre hair for the past few years and I love it. The other day, I got a haircut and asked the stylist to re-do my ombre color, since she took 4 inches off and the light ends were gone. Basically, she she spent hours on balyage (hair painting) but the end result was a uniform brown - no ombre. I told her I was unhappy and went back a few days later, and SAME THING. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I went to CVS and bought an old-school frosting kit. (Clairol Frost & Tip). I applied to my ends and after 15 minutes rinsed. The placement of the color was great, but it was definitely light orange, not beachy blonde. Yuck. After some online research, I went to Ricky's here in NYC the next evening and semi-impulsively bought Wella's T14 toner (formerly Silver Lady) and 20 developer. I poured 1 oz. of toner into a bowl with 2 ounces of developer and mixed. It turned blue, which is what neutralizes orange tones. Long story short(er), I LOVE the result. It's cool-toned blonde that's not brassy. I left the formula on about 15-20 minutes (I kept it on the right side of my head a little longer by accident and like the result better than the left, but overall, nobody would see a difference but me). I think this stuff really works if you're looking to remove brass from brown hair that was lightened with permanent color. I'm SO happy I found it.
As much as I adore Nars cosmetics, I'm not a gigantic fan of Nars' skincare products. However, I noticed my skin was looking dry and dull so I gave this a shot. My skin isn't really sensitive or acne prone, so I was shocked when I woke up to find, as a previous reviewer mentioned, cyst-like bumps on my face. I'm not certain what, exactly, caused the breakout but I know I won't be using this again. Oh, and I didn't even sleep with it on ... I left it on my face for about 15 minutes and rinsed it off well and I still broke out. Oh well. not sure why I even stray from my foolproof hydrator, olive oil mixed with a bit of general moisturizer, which never breaks me out.
I happen to love this product, being the sucker that I am for any liquid/creme blush. A caveat: I typically don't care for Benefit as a brand - I find them more about cutesy packaging and cheeky taglines than solid products, but this is an exception. It's a coral/mango-hued stain that has no trace of glitter or shimmer and definitely imparts a perfect, flattering pop of color. Yes, like all cheek stains you have work fast to blend it, but it's not difficult or streaky. In fact, I got married this past fall and still had a bit of a tan, and I used this on my cheeks and it stayed on all night, and looked so natural and chic in photos.
If you're obsessed with THAT color you know, the fashion-forward one that's featured in every J.Crew catalogue and runway model then this is for you. It's a very of-the-moment red-orange that's extremely bold (or sort of subtle, depending how you apply it). One swipe across my lips and the matte formula seriously pops. However, If you mix it with a little Carmex and apply with a brush, it's not as bold. I think it's flattering for most complexions and instantly adds a little "cool" to your look. It's so chic that Harper's Bazaar editor and street style icon Joanna Hillman has said she ONLY uses this color (Google her and you'll see how awesome it is).
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - PH Matchmaker Bronzer
Peri 3/21/2012 4:07:00 PM
I'm always looking for great bronzers and tried this on a whim. I really, really like it. I didnt see the light version at my drugstore, so I went with the regular bronze shade and I love how there aren't any traces of pink or orange. Just imparts a warm sunny glow. I use a large brush and gradually build - I notice if I swirl the brush a lot at first, it picks up too much product and I look a bit muddy, so I start slow. There's the subtlest hint of shimmer but on my skin, it's barely noticeable. One small complaint I wish the packaging was more streamlined. It's pretty clunky to tote around (as I like to do with my daily makeup items), but not the biggest deal. Looking forward to seeing the result in the summer when I'm a little tan. Worth a try!
I'm seriously shocked that I don't absolutely love this foundation. I've been hearing about it literally forever and my colleagues live for it (I'm a fashion and beauty editor) but I never got around to trying it. What I'm so surprised about is, on my skin, it looks like I'm wearing powder foundation. It literally sits on top of my skin and looks sort of cakey and cracked, unless I dab some cream or highlighter over it. I can see how people think it looks natural, as it's so lightweight, but for me it's the opposite of dewy, even when my skin is perfectly moisturized. In fact, I look severely dehydrated, yikes. I'll stick with mixing my Laura Mercier and Dolce & Gabbana foundations for the perfect shade and consistency.
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Coppola Keratin Complex Keratin Color Care Conditioner
Peri 2/29/2012 5:09:00 PM
I've been getting Coppola Keratin treatments for a few years and I noticed that sometimes, the results last way longer than others. I realize now that it truly depends on the products you use. Two treatments ago, I washed my hair with products that weren't from the Coppola Keratin line (Shu Uemura conditioner, Kerastase, etc). I noticed that not only did the treatment not last very long, but my hair got frizzy and weird. This time around (I got the treatment in August) I've used NOTHING but the Color Care conditioner and the Replenisher and my hair still looks great. The success and longevity of the treatment wholly depends on sticking with the products.
Got this color when MAC re-released it some months back and I kind of forgot about it. I recently started using it daily and I have to say, it's one of the best shades EVER. It's absolutely perfect as a blush. I dot a bit on my fingers and blend and I'm left with a gorgeous shade of pink. It's completely buildable and it blends quite easily. A little goes a LOOOOONG way, so I'm not terribly worried about running out ... yet.
Primer/ Corrector -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)
Peri 2/15/2012 5:04:00 PM
After hearing about this endlessly from pretty much everyone under the sun, I decided to take a chance and try it for myself. I'm so glad I did because I totally LOVE it. I don't have dark circles or bags under my eyes regularly, but I do feel that I often look dull and tired, and this completely brightens me up. I love the fluid texture much thinner than typical concealer and the shade is perfect for me (I use No. 2). I apply it OVER my foundation, which I find works best for me. Other reviewers have complained that the gold casing is annoying because it attracts fingerprints, but that's not something I particularly care about I'm not obsessed with packaging, I'm obsessed with results and this totally delivers. Plus, it's super long-lasting which is nice.
LOVE this lipstick! It's semi-sheer and balm-y yet imparts a deep, vampy, super-chic shade that's amazing for fall and winter. I love, love, love it. I also love that the shade is more mulberry than brown. When paired with a pinkish flush on cheeks, it's extremely editorial looking and stylish. The staying power is decent for the light formula. Other users have complained about bleeding and feathering, but I haven't found that. If that becomes a problem, Make Up For Ever recently released an amazing no-color lip liner for dark shades, which helps!
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Peri 1/23/2012 2:54:00 PM
I recently developed a serious interest in lessening my dependancy on manufactured products and trying natural oils found in nature on my skin. I've used olive oil, jojoba oil and various blends. While they all served me well (no breakouts, somewhat hydrated, etc) the outcomes were nothing spectacular. Last night, after I washed my face with my Clarisonic, I tried extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer. I simply took a small amount and lightly rubbed it on my face, under my eyes and on my lips. This morning I woke up to glowing, dewy skin and I noticed the slight tired-looking circles beneath my eyes have started to fade, as has a small cut on my cheek. Also, my nose is alwaaaaaays dry and flaky when I apply makeup, and today it's totally smooth. I'm excited to keep using this nightly, because right now, I think this might be a winner.