I do love this, and will wear it a lot, and probably repurchase if I ever run out. But I knocked one lippy off as it takes 3 coats to achieve the dusty, muted, interesting colour you see in the bottle. With two coats, it's pretty much opaque, but you get kind of a boring rose-red colour. With three, it's one of those interesting, can't-quite-work-it-out colours that you can't stop looking at - a mix of dusty red, bordeaux, purple and brown. Love!
This is just utterly cool and looks really elegant. Photos don't seem to do it justice! Most greiges look horrible on my pale, pinkish skin, which has been really upsetting because they look gorgeous on other people! But Concrete leans towards lilac, which is why it works on me I think. I can't stop looking at my nails, it's such a nice change from all the dark np I wear!
HG foundation for me. I have quite dry skin, except on my nose which is oily, and I use Mont Blanc, which is very light with pink undertones. Most foundations are too dark for me but Sheer Glow has a ton of colours, including shades especially designed for Asian skins. Coverage is medium - it gets rid of all redness but wouldn't cover a big red spot. Keeps shine away and lasts all day. My nose looks airbrushed after I use this, even though I have large pores and some blackheads, so I'm happy! Its really expensive though and doesn't come with a pump, it's just a glass bottle with a screw top - annoying.
I bought this in Free Ride, a pinky beige, and I use it for giving my pale lips some colour without looking like i'm wearing anything. It's matte and really light so it feels like you're not wearing anything too. It's not drying, think it's even slightly moisturing actually. Packaging is handy and flat for putting in my purse, but it could do with having a mirror (especially for the price!) I also use it as a cream blusher and it gives a really dewy natural finish - which is weird considering it's matte on your lips.
Lovely cool toned pink that goes on very natural and sheer (you can see my freckles thru it which I love). Only problem is I find it doesn't last all day on me and I need to reapply if I'm going out in the evening, which I've never had before with powder blush. So I won't buy it again (tho it's huge so will not finish it any time soon!)
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Intensive Night Cream
Svanhvit 3/19/2009 5:43:00 PM
Been using this for a week and I'm very impressed so far. It hasn't stood the test of time yet so I'm only giving it 4 lippies for the moment. Will update if I think it deserves more (or fewer). My skin is lovely and smooth, even-toned and plump the morning after using this, and the fairly deep-set lines I have in my cheeks (from dimples when I smile) are almost invisible! No other anti-aging product I've tried has done this. It's a heavy cream, so sorts out my dry skin, and hasn't caused any breakouts or flakey patches so far. Possibly an awesome cream if it carries on performing this well...I don't normally like Clinique and I got this as a free sample.
Top/Base Coats -OPI - Start to Finish Base & Top Coat
Svanhvit 1/27/2009 6:56:00 AM
Great stuff. I wear dark nail varnish all the time and my nails have never been stained while using this as a base coat. As a top coat it is *very* shiny (as long as you don't make the mistake of breathing on it when you're applying it, like I do sometimes!) and totally prevents chips. I apply one layer when I first do my nails, then a second a couple of days later, and it makes my polish look perfect for about 5 days.
I've been wearing this almost non-stop since I bought it. I resisted for ages, but couldn't get it out of my head after I'd tried it in harvey nicks! At first I found it chipped after a couple of days but now I can make it last 4 or 5 days looking perfect the whole time. I use it with OPI 'Start to Finish' top+base coat, with an extra layer of top coat a day or two later to bring back the shine and protect from chips. Looks great with short nails and pale skin. It's navy blue with a *very* slight shimmer and looks good in all lights. Like most dark colours it's a pain to remove, but so worth it.
LOVE this. Greatest polish ever - so expensive but it lasts longer than almost every other brand and I nearly always finish each one (unheard of for me - usually I get sick of them or they dry out before they're finished). So I think it's a false economy to buy cheap varnish, unless you're crazy about wearing loads of different colours. I have Chanel Le Vernis in Cassis (hot pinky red), Rose Perle (golden pink frost - I've never been able to find this again), Ballerina (pale baby pink), and Rouge Noir (black red. Obviously.) Above all, I love the packaging, it's just stunning.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
Svanhvit 9/30/2008 5:08:00 AM
This looks great on all skin tones, and applied lightly gives a totally natural-looking hint of colour to lips - stops you looking washed out but isn't such a strong look as lipstick, and not so boring as gloss. I agree with another reviewer - it gives you the reddish lips you had when you were a kid! Applied more heavily you can get a pretty, deep brown-berry stain with a dewy glow rather than shine.
Better than the glossing cream for my fine hair (although i love the glossing cream too), because it doesn't weigh it down or make it at all greasy. Rubbing a pea sized amount into my dry ends before blow-drying makes them look almost perfectly soft and healthy. I also use it to smooth flyaways on dry hair - it doesn't give as much shine as the glossing cream but I don't mind this. It may seem expensive but lasts forever as you only need a little. Beware though - if you buy this and don't think it does anything for your hair, try using a little more than you think you should and the results may start happening - that's what I found anyway!
This smells AMAZING, the scent is a 'cool, green tea floral' and freshens your hair beautifully. It gives great matt-ish texture and volume, way better than any other dry shampoo/hair powder I've tried.The only reason this loses a lippie is because it's slightly annoying to apply. You are meant to squeeze the bottle so little puffs come out, but I find this isn't enough for me so usually end up putting some on my hands and raking it through my hair - it would be much easier if it was in a spray can like Batiste or Bumble&Bumbles. It has revolutionized my getting-ready routine - I only have to wash my hair every 2 or 3 days rather than every day, which was time consuming and damaging. I now prefer my hair on its second and third day to when it's just been washed and styled, cos it is fuller and easier to control with no flyaways :) Also, it's expensive but lasts for absolutely ages. Seriously, I think I will have this same bottle for over a year.
This didn't do it for me at all. It sprays with such force that it was impossible to control, and just blew my fine hair around like crazy while splattering the bathroom with dirty brown splodges (and I bought the one for blondes!) Maybe I was using it wrong or had a defective nozzle, but this totally put me off. Also, the fact that it is coloured means you have to be very careful not to get it on your scalp, because it doesn't brush out as easily as other hair powders. The final result was quite a cool matt effect, but also tangled and sticky feeling hair. I prefer Stila's Jade Blossom hair refresher for the amazing smell and texture it gives, or Batiste cos its so cheap and effective :)
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express Turbo Boost Waterproof
Svanhvit 8/1/2008 6:44:00 AM
Yet another waterproof mascara that isn't smudge-proof - what's the point in being able to go swimming in it if it doesn't stay on your lashes all day anyway? It's probably my fault for having oily skin and long curly lashes that touch my top and bottom lids though, and this mascara does give you big thick lashes without clumps. I think it would be great for someone who doesn't have too many problems with smudging who wants a cheap volumising waterproof mascara.
This gives volume but makes my lashes look hard, crispy and unnatural, and makes them stick together rather than defining them because it is so wet. It is also a bit flaky and leaves clumps on your lashes, which is disappointing given that the special brush is meant to avoid this. And you don't get much for your money - there is about half the product inside compared to other MF mascaras, yet it is more expensive. On the plus side, like other MF mascaras it wears really well and doesn't smudge, even in hot weather.