Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
SuzyCutie 7/2/2012 12:28:00 PM
Would I buy this again..I don't know; I think this may be going back to the store.It is a perfectly good foundation-those who used Translucide in the past may find this to be somewhat of similar product.HOWEVER... I have decent skin,but I'm also turning 40 in 2 months. Fine lines are a creepin' up on me,and I refuse to do Botox. My motto is this,stolen from the Facts of Life sitcom: "you get old,you get ugly,you live with it." So what I'm trying to say is that I need coverage-not a whole lot,but coverage that is light to medium,doesn't suck every ounce of sebum out of my pores (I lean to the dry side with oilier T zone) and doesn't cost a king's ransom. This is sort of good,but not excellent. Like others mentioned-get it if you don't need a lot,have a normal,even complexion and are just looking for a little glowy pick up. If this is you,you're very,very lucky.(And thousands of women hate you-just kidding!!) I was very thankful for testers-(someone is listening; go L'Oreal!!) but found many of the shades ran light. If you're W3 in True Match,you may find yourself in a W4 or even W5 for example.I got W5 and I think it's still too light for my NC25 skin; it looked ashy.I had a far better match in the Visible Lift creme with Natural Buff,both for color and coverage. If you run dry you want to go with the VL-it's a bit more $,but won't settle into your pores. I found the cheapest at Wal Mart for 10.97 and had a $2 off coupon.Check your newspapers-there are at least 1-2 $2 off coupons every month for L'Oreal face products.It does contain a broad spectrum SPF 20,so that is a plus.If this doesn't work for you,definitely check out the new Visible Lift.I am in no way affiliated with L'Oreal; this is just my personal experience with both products.
If you live somewhere where the relative humidity rivals that of the temperature,you NEED this. This foundation has a little something for everyone-salicylic acid for the oily skinned,hyaluronic acid for the drier skinned among us (like me.) It has gotten beastly hot and muggy in Florida lately,and anything water based slides off in less than a minute.I found while trying this on yesterday that it just beaded rather than streaked,so that was a huge plus (this was in 95 F,by the way.) I love Colorstay,but up until now the liquid types have not worked well for me. This looks promising; I'm about NC 25 ish and wear Nude 200. I'm not entirely sure if this is the best color match, so if you review this foundation could you PLEASE indicate what shade you are and what universal shade you wear (i.e. MAC)? This helps so much when going to the drugstore as it is impossible to try it on in store here. Nude is VERY yellow based,so if you need a yellow based shade,great, if not,you know what to stay away from. As others have mentioned,a little goes a long way; I wish it came with a little spatula or something to scoop out the product. It can be sheered out and basically needs to be for good coverage. This doesn't feel as cakey as the regular CS, so others may like that feature. It claims to last up to 24 hours, but I don't want to try that out (I don't break out often,but am destined to if I don't wash my face at night.) The least expensive you will this for is at Wal Mart for ~$10-$11; I had a coupon for $3 off Revlon at CVS and then got $4 Extra Bucks for that purchase-just FYI if you're trying to pinch pennies.
Lipstick -Cle de Peau - Extra Rich lipstick in R2-Red Abundance
SuzyCutie 2/2/2012 1:13:00 PM
I fell in love with this color after seeing it on Amanda Seyfried in Marie Claire magazine; Amanda is the new face for CdP,apparently,and wore the color beautifully.I have never in my life A. HAD to have something in a magazine that I didn't eventually talk myself out of and B. spent $60 USD on a lip color.Were it drugstore,hey,no problem,but $60.For a lipstick.I'm still stymied. I bought it about 6 weeks ago and have been wearing it almost every single day,so I guess in the whole scheme of things it's not *that* bad? On to the lipstick-it is a gorgeous warm red,the pigment is excellent,the packaging is pretty (though I was expecting a bit more elegance for the price; it feels as though it's made of plastic).It doesn't look as amazing on me as Amanda,but I'm not a Hollywood actress and don't have access to all the airbrushing and photoshop and whatever else they employ.Let me go on to describe the finish before I start admitting how old I am,the number of wrinkles/grey hair,etc etc etc... The finish I would describe as "satin",the color saturation of a matte but non drying.In the magazine it looks a lot more glossy/sparkly,but it is not that way in real life.It's just perfect-well,except for the price tag and that the bullet seems a bit shorter than my other lipsticks.I hope it has the same lasting qualities as the concealer does (which I also use.) I have tons of red lipsticks,but this is by far my favorite-this week,anyway.
I am so on the fence about this fragrance; I think I'd buy it again but I'm not sure if I love it THAT much.I too snagged the refillable bottle at Marshall's unsniffed,which is completely out of my character.Usually I find something I love in a magazine,debate over the purchase for eons then finally break down and buy it.My two latest acquisitions-Pure DKNY and Gucci Guilty were done in such a manner.This DOES change..A lot. The fragrance you put on 15 minutes ago will be undetectable 20 minutes later,followed by something different.I stink (no pun intended) at describing notes of fragrance,so to me it opened with a citrus and..Coconut scent; like I said,I don't do scent descriptions well.I think that's probably the fig.I do get the salty smell (which is supposed to be caviar,but to me smells like a walk on the beach on the rocky Maine coast I grew up on.) Angel (also by TM) I can't wear; I love the scent in theory but it just clashes with my chemistry.I find Angel Innocent too sweet,and have never tried Alien.I like this as it's different ENOUGH from my usual floral oriental choices that I can switch it up a bit.
Stick -L.A. Colors - Mystic foundation/concealer stick
SuzyCutie 5/30/2011 6:52:00 PM
If you had told me my holy grail stick foundation would be only $1.50 USD,you could have bowled me over with a Q Tip. I love the relative ease and convenience of a stick,but have a hard time finding one that works well and has good color match. To date I've used Bobbi Brown (probably the best,but my skin tone has deepened considerably and it is too light now),MAC (good color match,so so on the formula),Max Factor (d/c'd),Pixi (absolute crap!),L'Oreal (d/c'd,too drying) Px (d/c'd) and EL (the shade I used was d/c'd; not sure if they make it anymore anyway). I have been on a tear with Dollar Tree products lately,so I picked up a Mystic in Beige (I'm probably NC25 or a bit darker now; I wear Merle Norman in Creamy Beige-this is the only foundation I have had matched to me recently.) Beige seems to be a *tiny* bit light,but the next shade appears to be a bit dark and it isn't really noticeable,so I might stick with the former.This gives good coverage while letting my freckles show through (my face is covered in spite of using sunblock religiously). I have combination/sensitive skin-no itching,breakouts or worse,highlighting of every stupid little fine line and patchy coverage.I have no idea what it looks like in photos yet,but I'm not terribly worried about it for under $2. Pros: cheap,incredibly cheap.Satin coverage,wears well,no irritation,convenient,cruelty free. Cons: limited shade range,flimsy packaging.
This is going back for an exchange; the color is okay (reminds me of MAC Soda-da) but the formula? 3 streaky coats to get any sort of color.I should have gone with my first choice (a coral) but since most of my polishes are some sort of orange or coral I thought I'd think outside the box this time. I guess that's what I get for thinking! Scent isn't bad; it does smell a bit like suntan lotion as others mentioned.I hope to find something that works a bit better next time.
Nice concept,but doesn't deliver for me; the packaging is rather obnoxious and can't seem to get a decent finish no matter what the tool used. I'm somewhere in the NC20-25 range and chose 180-Nude Beige. The shade is..Orange and pink at the same time on me.I didn't think it possible,but it is.It FEELS nice,but between the horrible oxidation and patchy finish it is hardly worth using.I use the same color in L'Oreal and that seems to blend in much more seamlessly than this.I WANTED this to work; who doesn't like the convenience of smoothing on a compact cream makeup? Maybelline has wonderful mascaras,but the foundations don't deliver for me.
Lotions/ Creams -eos - revitalizing care hand and body lotion in nourish
SuzyCutie 4/1/2011 3:27:00 PM
I love EOS products; I have used the lip balms and shaving products with good results. I like that A. they don't test on animals and B. their products don't have a lot of weird chemicals. Onto the lotion: it is scented,but not overly so; kind of reminds me of something I've smelled before but can't put my finger on it.Jasmine,maybe? At any rate it is a wonderful scent, and the moisturizing properties are great as well. It is a bit $$ for drugstore (~7.00 USD) but I couldn't pass it up once I smelled it.My legs are dry and scaly and this soothes them very nicely.I also find myself reaching for the bottle during the day when my hands get dry.I will be buying this again when I run out.
Would I buy this again? Yes,if I ever used it up! I bought this today as I have a tattoo I *may* need to cover on my inner arm; I'm in the midst of trying to secure a job and don't want to be discounted on the basis of my ink. I tried it under the eyes at first,and a dab will do ya,as they say.A minuscule dab,that is.The formulation is VERY concentrated,even more so than my Erase Paste.The store was out of the "light" shade; all that was left were medium and dark. I'm around a NC20,BB Warm Ivory,MUFE 20; maybe a tad darker since moving to points south.At any rate somewhere between a NC20-25 with yellow undertones; the medium was a perfect match.It didn't creep into lines under my eyes (bonus) or fade during the day.I have yet to try it on my tattoo,but I think it will do a fair enough job of covering it.For $6,I'm not expecting anything miraculous but this works rather well (I also have industrial size dark circles from allergies.) If you are looking for a heavy duty concealer but balk at the prices of Erase Paste or even LM Secret Camouflage,try this one out.
Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
SuzyCutie 11/4/2010 6:45:00 PM
I just bought my 2nd bottle of this (Sephora F&F sale.) For me this trounces all over MAC Fix +; it just stinks it happens to be almost 2x the cost.The All Nighter lasted me 6 + mos,and Fix + generally has to be replaced every 2-3 for me,so maybe it works out in the end. For me,AN does what it says it will do; my makeup stays put and doesn't look caked on.It also seems to freshen my complexion-I'll take all the help I can get! My staying out till the wee hours were over some years ago,so can't vouch for keeping things in place whilst dancing the night away. It doesn't irritate my skin or make me feel greasy,and a spray or 2 works very nicely.
I walked into Dillard's fully expecting I'd get EL Double Wear; it's a bit flat on my skin but it does last well in the high temps and humidity. My car's AC belt decided to go MIA so I am regularly experiencing melting foundation issues. I think my skin is normal/combination on any given day,but perhaps not oily enough for DW's extreme matte-ness.Dillard's last day of a GWP for Lancome was yesterday,so I decided to give Teint Miracle a shot.First of all,the shades run really light! The shade I-and the SA-thought I'd be was far too light (second to lightest is what I usually run.)I ended up being a Buff 6 (W).I think I am also a little darker in the face since moving south; I use sunscreen religiously but have a lot of freckling.I normally run about NC20,*might* be closer to 25 now-not sure.The warm shades have a strong yellow undertone which is great for me,but some people may want to opt for the neutral (N) for that reason.Coverage is light but probably buildable; I don't need a lot of coverage in general-just enough to tone down redness and perk up a bit.If you're REALLY oily it probably won't work for you; the finish is rather dewy/glowy. It feels nice and light on the skin and stays on pretty well. For the reviewer who mentioned the scent: it reminds me a bit of MAC MV2,but I'm also wearing MV2 so not sure if I'm just smelling THAT or if the foundation is reminiscent of it as well. I give this one a thumbs up for wear,look,color match,packaging and kindness to sensitive skin,but $37 seems like a steep price (says the woman who used to buy Vitalumiere!).
Deodorants -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Tea Tree Deodorant Roll On
SuzyCutie 10/20/2010 8:47:00 PM
I've been using-and USED to successfully use-Fresh, and for almost $20 it had BETTER work without fail. Well,it stopped working,and that presented a problem. This is my first autumn in 80 degree temps; in my home state I'd be shopping for fleece right now,but that's another matter. I went to Big Lot's and happened upon these for a whopping $2 and change.What the heck,right? $2 is a lot more palatable than $20.Tea tree is a natural anti bacterial, so I figured it would at least quell any offensive odors emanating from the underarm region.Lo and behold,no stench.No wetness.I even did the Mary Katherine Gallagher trick-nothing.I'm sold. Would I buy again? Heck yes! I'm thinking a hoarding deodorant ala Elaine on Seinfeld with the sponges is in order,and if A&E comes to do a documentary on me I'll at least have fresh pits.
Pressed Powders -Cargo - blu_ray high definition pressed powder
SuzyCutie 10/18/2010 2:43:00 PM
I happened to find an Ulta in my area that was less than 1/2 hour away; I am blown away by the choices I have now by moving south (ME to FL). I'm like a kid in a candy store! Anyway,I looked around for a long while and didn't see anything that I couldn't live without-THEN I saw that they carried Cargo.$$ has been tight so I've been just working on replacing stuff I am running out of rather than spontaneous purchases,BUT I'm hitting pan badly on my EL Lucidity powder and DH was buying,so..I tried the Blu Ray powder and was instantly impressed.I have not used it in photographs yet,but I do notice it makes my skin look refined but not masky or overly powdered.I've used a kabuki brush to blend it in as a setting powder and a bit on a puff for my nose,as nothing seems to stay on there long.I use some Fix + or rosewater to lessen the matte effect. I am NC20 in MAC products and find that 10 works well; I tried 20 but I could see it on my skin. The 10 seemed too light at first,but no chalky look, which is a plus. It doesn't come with an applicator,but I generally don't use the one that is included with powders anyway-no great loss.It retails for $30 and appears pretty neutral; doesn't look too pink or too yellow.
Crème -Graftobian - High-Definition Glamour Color Creme Foundation
SuzyCutie 10/15/2010 10:21:00 AM
I've been out of work for a while due to some medical issues so I have been "shopping my stash"; I have enough foundations to last me a good amount of time in spite of trying to convince myself otherwise.I decided to rediscover the Graftobian, which I bought last winter and have used a handful of times. Don't get this if you're on a time constraint; this takes time to buff in and blend so it doesn't sit on the skin and look ghastly. Secondly, get a flocked sponge, dampen it and use that to apply with. I think a foundation brush would work well too. Since moving south my skin has been more combination to normal, rather than combo to dry; I no longer have the "getting stuck in my small pores" problem BUT I do have the medication fueled facial flushing.I need medium to full coverage now because of it and this works well. I don't mind saying (especially if it helps someone else out) I am in the tail end of my 30's,and while acne has never been an issue I AM starting to see the lines cropping up here and there.This foundation doesn't make me look 25 and I don't expect it to; what it does do is blend in seamlessly,perfect color match (I'm NC20,BB Warm Ivory,MUFE 20 in F&B, EL DW Shell.) It's really inexpensive and wears nicely; get a sample size if you're unsure of what color to go with. Sorry! ETA: the color that worked the best is Prima Donna; thank you to the sweet member who messaged me and asked :) I had inadvertently left that out.
I bought this after nearly hitting pan on my BB Nude on Nude palette,which I don't think I've ever done on anything.I love my matte nudes,and I love them even more when there are no red/peach tones in them.This is what you will get with Madrague-straight up cream and light brown.The shades have decent pigmentation,very soft,little to no powdery fallout.They stay put well over an eyeshadow primer,basically echoing what other reviewers have mentioned.Lately I've been wearing red and coral lipsticks, and this is the perfect eye palette to complement them.