I'm a fan of Lush's products in general, but the eyeliner misses the mark. The bottle is cute - it reminds me of an inky eydropper. Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. My biggest gripe is with the applicator itself - if you like a very thin line I suppose it could work, but otherwise the the point is too fine. It also doesn't pick up enough pigment so there isn't enough liquid to line my eye in one go. I prefer a thicker line so I apply it with an eyeliner brush (Alima #31). The eyeliner isn't waterproof and is susceptible to smudging and flaking (don't rub your eyes!). Another thing about the eyeliner is the added talc. I don't understand why Lush continues to use it in their products when there are other, safer alternatives. Edit: In response to the reviewer above me, my experiences with the product are just that - my own. Please don't assume I have a "bad batch" or that I must be a beginner (far from it). And regarding talc, it is possible to create good-to-excellent cosmetic products without it.
I'm sad this was discontinued. I don't have blonde hair (far from it!) but the citrus oils really cleansed and balanced my oily hair. The Blonde was a perfect choice for people who have greasy hair, although it wasn't marketed that way. I'm hoping it will be reborn as a retro product.
Powder -Unlisted Brand - Buff'd Cosmetics - Concealing Mineral Foundation
Sunbaby 9/28/2012 4:43:00 PM
I've been using various mineral makeup brands for more than six years now (thanks, captivating Bare Minerals infomercial!) but this is the only mineral foundation I've repurchased and continually use throughout the year. In summer, the added kaolin clay does a great job of drawing out midday oil. In winter, I apply fewer layers so that my skin doesn't become too dry. The foundation lasts all day, stays fairly matte and controls oils superbly. It also provides full coverage but can be adjustable by applying light layers. I wear medium warm (formerly almond), which is slightly too yellow for my skintone - luckily they offer custom mixes so I'll have to get one when I reorder. The brand is also Canadian, so I can order as much as I want and not have to worry about customs!
I like this brush even better then the Alima #25. The head is much smaller, so it fits into 5 gram jars with ease. It's also incredibly dense so it provides quick and full coverage easily. I also like the short handle for the ease of manuevering the brush around my face. I have tried many flat-tops and I don't think anything can beat this beauty.
I agree with Liz - this is one amazing brush. It is so soft and dense, it feels like velvet on my face. It's also completely vegan, as it is made with synthetic bristles. It's kind of a cross between a kabuki and and a flat-top - personally I think it has the best of both worlds. It gives fast, even and full coverage, and I notice that my mineral powder is not flying all over the place like it would with a kabuki. Even when I use a kabuki now, I feel myself itching for the Alima brush. I don't like the long handle, but whatever. Shedding is non-existant. I can't say enough about this brush, it's so outstanding.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
Sunbaby 7/30/2006 3:45:00 PM
I'm glad that so many people love EM, because this formula didn't work for me at all. It just will not last the whole day, no matter what I did. When i first put it on, it looks great, but during the day it just fades away. I do however, like the clear jar that it came in - looks very nice and professional. Oh well, I still want to try the intensive formula because accordingly to the website, it's very long-lasting. But the line really needs to add more shades for women of colour, because the choices for darker skin are really paltry. Bah. There are better mineral makeups out there.
Cleansers -Olay - Clarifying Daily Facials for Combo/Oily Skin
Sunbaby 7/24/2006 7:07:00 PM
I FLOVE this product. I've been using it ever since the first daily facials formula came out. Now I've moved on the clarifying version, and I've never looked back. Once and awhile I've strayed, but I have always returned. These leave my skin feeling smooth, clean and fresh. It's also helped to calm my break-out prone skin. As long as Olay keeps making these, I will purchase them.
When I was younger I used to wear this makeup all of the time. I like how the sponge is stored in another part of the compact, and man is that sponge strong and durable! The powder was fine and then it started to turn orange on me! The MAC lady told me that C4 was my colour but it was slightly off on my skin tone. I could've handled it but the orange!? I looked horrible so I won't repurchase (except MAC sponges which are awesome).
Powder -Unlisted Brand - J.Lynne Mineral Foundation
Sunbaby 4/2/2006 3:14:00 PM
I really really wanted this to be my HG because of the raves here and because the customer service is outstanding. But, this makeup broke me out and it also was pretty horrible at controlling oil. Light warm was a fine enough match I guess, and it did hold up during the day. It's good thing many online mineral makeup companies offer samples. Otherwise I'd have been out $18 (American dollars!) I can get cheaper mineral makeup that won't make me pimply or exaggerate oil.
I really like this product. I have faithful fawn and timeless nude. I prefer faithful fawn but find that it was a little darker than I would like. Timeless nude looks like just like me lips so it barely even shows up. The plastic colour of the applicator is so misleading - it doesn't reflect the actual colour. I think it lasts for 8 hours, as it claims. I took off one lippie because the colour is done before I use up the clear lipgloss.
Makeup Brushes -Cover Girl - Big flat top powder brush
Sunbaby 3/8/2006 7:13:00 PM
I think this is a good brush. I use to apply my minerals and it does a good enough job. Suprisingly, this became even softer after I washed it (go figure - it's usually the opposite). It feels nice on my face. I like the short handle too. I didn't notice any significant shedding either (maybe like, 2 bristles). Good stuff. Edited 01/04/06: Bah! After trying out different brushes I realize just how crappy this one really is. It's just not soft compared to other brushes. I only use this now as a just-in-case back-up.
This product was alright I guess. I bought it because I wanted to use a liquid after years of using L'Oreal's QS. I use sand beige, which is just a tad lighter than my colouring, but whatever. It is a little sparkly as other reviewers have mentioned, and it gives a slightly dewy finish which is a no-no for oily skin like mine. It didn't really contribute to my oilies though, which was fine. It lasts for the day (but forget it if it's really hot and/or you're doing a lot of activity). SPF is good but I won't repurchase because the ingredient list takes up almost half of the label and I've become paranoid about makeup ingredients seeping into my skin:)ETA: D'oh! I didn't even know this foundation was being discontinued. My condolences go out to all the HGers of this foundation:)
Lip Gloss -New York Color - Liquid Lip Shine- 552B Cappuccino
Sunbaby 2/28/2004 8:20:00 PM
Ughhhh. Just thinking about this product brings back ugly, frosty, metallic memories of when my lips were well, frosty, metallic and ugly.
For about a year, I used this product twice a day, everyday, on my face. It wasn't too harsh for my skin though, but I don't really recommend it as a daily cleanser. It helped to clear my face up (except for blackheads, why??), but it didn't clean as deeply as I'd have liked. This however, is a great body scrub. The smell stinks though, it's really terrible.
I liked this moisturizer. It's a little heavy so it's better if you wear it at night. No breakouts, just smooth skin for me.