I'm used to Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream, and got this as a sample with my next tube. I found it more blendable than my usual one, the colour match was good too. By the end of the day, my oily skin ws a little shiny, but there were these lovely golden tones coming through which made my skin look beautiful. I was very impressed and will be ordering a ful size tube through Cosmetic-Love on eBay. For some reason, they're cheaper there than buying direct.
Mascara -Elizabeth Arden - Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara
Sambrookd 9/5/2012 2:49:00 PM
Its very black, so it gets a star. Doesn't clump, but it does flake all over your face. Doesn't build up or lengthen, and the formula is quite dry. All in all, I was very disappointed. I was expecting so much more. I'll stick to Benefit's Bad Gal Lash in future
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
Sambrookd 8/5/2012 4:30:00 AM
This is not a miracle product. But..... Used under and over polish like you would OPI's Nail Envy, this is a good fix for fragile nails. It won't make your natural nails stronger. It acts like reinforcement. If your nails are particulary bendy like mine, you're better off using this under and over polish or it will crack and peel away from the nail. What I am noticing is that now the weakened nail has grown out, the new supported nail growth is less flaky and less prone to splits, and grows longer. Its still just as bendy as before though! I feel like I have thin, artifical nails over my own, thats how strong they are when wearing this stuff. Its a cosmetic quick fix, not a life-long remedy. When using with colour, there's a clear version you can use as a top coat.
I've used a few oil-based cleansers before trying this one - Shu Uemura and Origins are the ones we all recognise. The Origins one is good, but not great. The Shu Uemura is good but expensive. The Shiseido one seems to be the best of both worlds. The smell is light and fresh, the texture is more fluid than the Origins, and seems to get deeper into the skin. It melts my favourite bullet-proof Korean BB cream away like nothing else. Long wear mascara is no trouble for it either. It comes off easily enough with a little water, I massage the lotion it makes to really give my skin a treatment. My usually oily skin is still oily, but less so, and the nasty dry patches on my cheeks haven't reappeared and pores are less visible. I need less brightening products and masks with this, as my skin doesn't get that dullness we're all familiar with anymore. Its very economical, I use two pumps a day, and I think it'll last a year (there's approx 20% left and I've been using it 9-10 months already). I do use a wash-off cleanser in the shower; this one is reserved exclusively for getting make-up off. Unlike some girls, I don't double-cleanse, my skin is squeaky clean and moisturised and doesn't need it. I'd recommend it without hesitation
BB Cream -Etude - Etude House Precious Mineral All Day Strong BB Cream
Sambrookd 11/26/2011 12:07:00 PM
It appears that they have updated the range to four colours now. I normally wear a medium Beige shade (BE) or no2 Benefit. I have dark spots from sun damage, and red areas from high pigment, plus open pores and lots of oil. I'm not troubled by spots or blackhead, but my skin is sensitive. I've tried a few BB creams, but found most to be too grey. I found that no2 in this range was a perfect match, neuralised my pink undertones, lifted my complexion, stayed bright all day. Didn't make me shiny, and in fact had the best oil control of any foundation I've come across. I found it works better without powder on top. It has a high pigment level like a concealer, but let my skin show through - it sorted the dark circles under my eyes without looking cakey. At the end of the day my skin looked fresh, not tired or over made-up. All-in-all I'm very impressed with this range, reasonable value, large size container (60mls) and great colour match