This is a super product for me. It's not perfect, but I do love its good points: * I achieved a perfect color match (never happens) * Blendable, buildable * Excellent coverage without looking cakey * Looks like skin, not like a mask * OUTSTANDING, MIRACULOUS oil control. It's seriously like nothing I've ever tried. What's IN this stuff?? There's one con for me, and it's a big one. Somehow, even though the finish is satiny and somewhat transparent, this foundation makes my skin look, for want of a better word, dull. I own several other foundations that, even though they're not a good color match, serve to kind of "light up" my complexion. Not this one. I can't figure out what the issue is, exactly, but it doesn't really make me look my best. Oh well. I can live with it : )
Treatments (Eye) -Ole Henriksen - Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
Snackmeister 6/1/2012 4:47:00 PM
This made my eye area sting, and my skin is pretty much made of cast iron. Nothing ever irritates it. I can't speak to any lifting or firming effects because I don't really deal with puffiness, droopiness, or wrinkles in the eye area, yet. Received in an introductory Ole kit, and would not repurchase.
Moisturizers -Ole Henriksen - Truth Revealed Super Creme SPF 15
Snackmeister 6/1/2012 4:44:00 PM
I'm not a fan of daytime spf or moisturizers because both seem to aggravate and coat my already oily t-zone. Yet, I know that daily spf is a must and I do indeed use a facial sunscreen with a high spf for days spent outdoors, but I'm embarrassed to say that I've usually skipped sun protection for days in the office, instead relying on my spf 15 foundation for that incidental protection...until now. This cream is really a treat. It's rich yet light, absorbs instantly, dries pretty much matte, and doesn't feel like I'm wearing much of anything. Yet it improves my skin's texture and obviously provides a bit more sun protection than does my foundation alone. It doesn't make me too much greasier as the day goes one, and it smells like yumminess, too. So, yes, I like it.
I've tried a few scrubs in my day, and I like this so much that I've decided to stick with it. Yes, it's a bit pricey for a scrub, but I will happily pay the price again and again....here's what I like about it: 1) It's effective. For my oily, congested skin, it does the job and leaves my face baby-smooth without irritation. 2) It rinses perfectly clean. No slippery film, no moisture layer, nothing remains after I rinse. Just clean skin! 3) It smells so good, like an almond cake. If I could change just one thing, it would be to have it packaged in a tube. I use it in the shower and water tends to drip into the lil' pot. :)
This one had to grow on me, but boy has it ever. The color is nothing to write home about--but somehow perfect with many looks. The formula is the typical NARS sheer; it's a tender veil of color with one swipe and a nice glossy full-color look with two or more coats. It brightens my face. I love it.
I won a tube of this product, and in this case the manufacturer's give-away worked like a charm. I LOVE this product and I am buying it again. It's very spendy for me, but I really want to keep it in my stash. I have fine, thin shoulder-length, very wavy hair. I am always treading the line between achieving perfect volume and taming fly-aways. A tried-and-true shampoo-conditioner combo will work for me one day and then the next day will completely bomb, so my hair either looks great (80% of the time) or really, really bad 20% of the time). In a nutshell, I haven't figured out what to do with my hair to keep it looking consistently great. This product always delivers, though. I get volumized and fluffy yet manageable hair every single time, no matter what shampoo I pair it with. It's never let me down yet! To be fair, though, I must say that I only use it once or twice a week. I don't know if this product is intended for everyday use, with its protein. If anyone can help me with advice, I would be grateful.
This feels creamy and substantial on my lips, neither slick nor waxy but perfectly in between. The finish is more of a satin. I use this product in the morning under my lipstick or gloss and liner. It's PERFECT for sheering and evening out light applications of your more matte lipsticks. And I'm addicted to the light mint scent. It's moisturizing enough for me, but I have to add that I don't really have a problem with dry lips. However, I use Aquaphor on my lips every night because I don't believe this product is moisturizing enough for nighttime lip restoration.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Party Pink
Snackmeister 1/22/2012 11:39:00 PM
Magentaaah! A very classy shock of creamy magenta that makes my face come alive. It's intense but you can apply it over balm to sheer it out or apply it on dry lips with your finger for a stain. An hg for me and I will definitely repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Eucerin PLUS Intensive Repair Hand Creme
Snackmeister 1/22/2012 11:29:00 PM
Absolutely my HG hand cream. It absorbs instantly and leaves my hands smooth like satin. Very light scent that doesn't interfere with any fragrance I'm wearing. And it keeps my hands very soft and my skin supple through the cold Midwest winters. My daughter loves it too.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous in Kiss Me Coral
Snackmeister 1/21/2012 1:45:00 AM
Well, that's it. I don't know why I spent so much time trying various MAC and NARS lippies when my perfect orangey-reddy-coral lippie was waiting for me the whole time, right there at the drug store. I received this l/s as an extra in a swap package...I ditched the MAC coral lippie and held onto this one for dear life. Great, smooth formula, color that draws a bit of attention without overwhelming my face. Me: NC 17, brown/greyish green.
After using MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 for about 18 months, I tried this product and I'm not going back. I've tried my share of foundations and this is the best product I've found so far for my skin and issues: 45 years old, oily t-zone, huge pores, some acne scarring/discoloration, uneven skin tone, a very few fine lines. What do I like especially? Well, this product is easy to apply, it provides really decent medium coverage without cakiness, and it blurs my imperfections. It is quite matte AND it is mattifying (i.e., it seems to diminish or soak up a bit of my natural oil production). This may not be for you, but I find the finish diminishes the look of my pores and my textural scars. It doesn't cake too badly in fine lines. It also lasts most of the day on me, and it looks even better when a bit of my natural oil breaks through. It stays pretty well put when I blot with blotting sheets. I see that many have mention their application methods to minimize streaking or cakiness. I have never had a problem so I want to mention that I simply touch my finger to the surface and blend over a small area of my skin, then repeat. I never scoop out any amount of product as I find this leads to streaking and even pilling. My method really doesn't take too long and the results are very nice. I use the third darkest shade in this line, which is noteworthy since I'm a MAC NC-20 in the summer and NC-15 in the winter. If it's helpful, I'll note why I prefer this to the MAC--it's so much lighter in both look and feel, and its finish is matte as opposed to satiny. I found that sheering out the MAC really compromised its coverage, whereas I can apply just a bit of this stuff and it still has superior coverage. My oily, uneven, scarred skin isn't horrible, but it's certainly not at all a good feature. This foundation isn't perfect (as with mascaras, I've begun to think I'll never find a perfect one) but I like it enough to look in the mirror think that the lady staring back has pretty nice looking skin : )
I'm no fragrance expert but I've owned and sampled hundreds over the past five years (thanks, MUA!). This is one of the dozen I've kept after a huge paring-down. I'm a bit puzzled as I read the reviews because this fragrance, on me, is much less floral and much warmer, yet still very light, if that makes sense. The wood is right up there for me after the first five minutes of wear, enveloped by the barest hint of the tea, peony, and lemon (strong tea scents make me a bit ill), and thus I find this fragrance less bright and more calming. If I were to go out on a limb, I'd say it's faintly watered-down incens-y, too, almost reminscent of Passage d'Enfer but less spice. Unique and striking on me, but really it's a scent just for my enjoyment, since sillage is poor as is staying power.
I'm giving this a "4" because I need to mess with it a bit to get it to work for me; however, once I do what I need to do, it's pretty near perfect. Let me explain: my skin is oily and large-pored in the t-zone, and I'm beginning to experience hyperpigmentation spots and fine lines/sagging. I have never been able to find a foundation that stays fresh looking and true to color all day. Now, I don't mind blotting--I'm quite used to it and, yes, I still have to blot my t-zone 1-3 times a day with this foundation, except in the deepest winter. But still, the finish is incredible on me and stays pretty darn nice on all but the most sultry of days. So, what's my beef? Well, my perfect winter shade falls in between NC 15 and NC 20, so I have to keep both shades on hand. Also, here in the winter, this formula tends to cake up and I can't blend it across my face, so I have to add in a dab of moisturizer as well. I mix one dab moisturizer, one pump NC 15 and one pump NC 20, and there I have it--my HG foundation. Another thing that I love about it is the SPF 10. I'm one of those people that hates sunscreen on my face, and, since I have an inside office job, I like to believe that this product shields my face adequately on work days. One more tiny gripe: I hate that the lid is matte. When the product drips onto the lid, it's impossible to wipe the surface clean. It's quite a tenacious product : )
Eye Shadow -MAC - Go - Starflash Collection ] [DISCONTINUED]
Snackmeister 12/30/2010 10:58:00 PM
Go is a gorgeous eyeshadow and the formula is indeed nice, but it's one of those colors that doesn't work for me unless I blend it with something else. I can't even really make it look right with any of my many browns in the crease. It just completely washes me out. If I put it over my sage green NARS e/s as a base, though, it turns into the richest, most complex olive-bronze--gorgeous! Another way I can wear it is to put Go all over the lid up into the crease, blend Era over the Go in the crease, then line with a chocolate brown. I'm NC 15, medium brown hair, grey-green eyes.
I agree with all of the positive reviews below. I'm pale and pull warm and this shade makes my eyes come alive. I use it at least once a week, and, with my huge eyeshadow collection, that's saying something. Especially essential on weekends for an easy glow.