Tinted Moisturizer -Bobbi Brown - Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (Spring 2011)
actionwoman 5/6/2011 11:40:00 PM
I love the texture and the natural look of this foundation. It goes on smoothly but is not greasy. It covers my ruddiness yet looks natural. I bought the light-medium tint, which is slightly darker than my natural color, but the SA told me that it better cover redness than the light tint. I look like I have a mild sun tan, which is fine for the summer. I may try the light next time and use my yellow primer underneath, but for right now, this is easy/perfect for the hot/humid weather of Hong Kong. I wore this to my ballet class last night, and it stayed put after sweating like crazy - I'm very pleased! UPDATE after four days of wearing this, I have a skin reaction on my cheeks - the skin turned red and bumpy - I haven't used anything else different, so I think it must be this. Bummer. Changed from 4 to 3.
I keep coming back to this cleanser. I started out with level I, and even though my skin is pretty sensitive, this doesn't bother it besides slightly stinging. It definitely helps my dry skin turn over faster, resulting in less flakes - they come right off. I am also using Sage Smoothing Cream (12%) at night and spf 30 during the day.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - White Recovery EX+ Brightening Cleansing Oil
actionwoman 8/9/2009 9:05:00 AM
I noticed that though this is called "whitening" it says on the bottle that the oil PREPARES your skin for whitening products. Not sure how that's different from their other cleansing oils, but it doesn't matter to me, because I like this one the best. I've tried other Shu Uemura cleansing oils and they've dried out my skin, but this one is different and I really like it. Before, Fancl was my favorite but this one seems to rinse off better and I like the feel of my skin after using it. The scent and the packaging are also really nice. However, it's really expensive. Unfortunately that never stops me.
I've used and like Lancome mascaras before, so I was expecting that this one would be just as good as the ones I've used in the past. Wrong! As someone mentioned, it's very dry so you need to work very fast and is difficult to remove (I have the waterproof version) even with eye makeup remover. It also makes my lashes uncurl - I use my lash curler then apply this and they're straighter than they were before curling. The shape of the part you hold in your hand (the top) is too curvy and makes it awkward to hold properly. I'm disappointed that I paid about $30 for this. f
I have tried Shu Uemura's, Shiseido's and DHS's cleansing oils and found something wrong with each of them. I happened to walk past a Fancl shop on my way home and decided to try their oil and am glad I did. It's not as expensive as Shu Uemura or Shiseido and I found that it mixes more easily with water than the other two, which makes rinsing easier. Shu Uemura's oil left my skin dry and irritated (I tried two different formulas with the same result) and Shiseido has such a strong scent. The DHC sample I tried seemed like nothing more than olive oil.
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Bioderma AKN Spray SPF 30 PPD 26
actionwoman 5/29/2007 11:38:00 AM
I love the texture of this - it's light and non-greasy. I usually use Sage SPF 25 but find that the Bioderma feels better and doesn't cause my face to have an oily sheen and is great under foundation. I didn't have any problem with the white cast as others have had. I'm on my second bottle of this and will repurchase again.
I love this mascara because it's the ONLY one that doesn't smudge, even after I run for 40 minutes. It's easy to get off w/ just water and I preferred it so much more than a similar mascara (can't remember the name though!) because the other one dried out within a month. No, the texure isn't as nice as Lancome and it doesn't lengthen lashes as well either, but since my lashes are already long, it's okay for me - all I want is something that doesn't smudge or dry out right away.
I often switch between foundations. I've been using NARS oil free but lately my skin has been pretty dry from using Green Cream, so I decided to try this, since I'm already a fan of their compact foundation. Tony from Barneys in NY chose the lightest shade for my fair often ruddy skin. It evened out my skin tone, got rid of the redness, and lasted all day. You don't need very much, so even though it's pretty expensive, it will last quite a while. UPDATE: 4/07 - don't like this as much as NARS after all - it doesn't blend as well and the texture is sort of chalky.
Blush -T. LeClerc - Powder Blush- Orange Braisee 06
actionwoman 8/13/2006 8:46:00 AM
Over 2 years ago I had a makeover done at the T LeClerc counter at Barneys in NY by Tony. He was the only makeup artist who gave me a subtle, gorgeous look (NARS made me look way too made up) and this was the blush he used. I don't now why I didn't buy it back then, but I went back there a couple of days ago and asked him to give me another look using that same blush and I ended up buying it among a few other items. I'm fair and and the ruddy side - this blush over the T Le Clerc hydrating liquid foundation in Porcelaine makes my skin look pretty and polished. Don't let the harsh orange color in the compact fool you - it's beautiful on the face. T LeClerc cosmetics are expensive, but they last a long time, and this blush, unlike NARS blushes, lasts all day and requires only one swipe across the apples of the cheeks.
4 lippies because there is not much product for being so expensive. That being said, however, this is the my absolute favorite shade of lipgloss. I have fair skin/blue eyes and so many glosses and lipsticks are too dramatic for my skintone. This one is perfect - it's nude shade looks natural but polished.
I've been looking for a natural colored lipstick w/ moisture for a long time, and this is perfect. Since it's sheer, it's easy to put on w/o a mirror. It gives my lips just enough color/shine for an everyday casual or work look. I'm fair, a bid ruddy, and blonde/blue eyes and this looks great on me.
A BB makeup artist applied this color during a makeover about four years ago and I'm still wearing the shade - it gives my lips a nice color but is not too dark or too neutral. I'm PPP w/ blue eyes/blonde hair and I usually have problems w/ lipsticks being too dark or dramatic looking on me - this one is perfect: I feel like I'm wearing color but it's not overwhelming. This lipstick is the longest I've ever consistently worn.
This is from the Tame line. I find this shampoo way too drying for my hair. The last time I was at Ouidad, my stylist told me not to use this w/ the Tame Conditioner - she said using them both would be too drying, so I'm going to try the Curl Quench shampoo.
Moisturizers -C.O. Bigelow - Incredibly Moisturizing Face Cream
actionwoman 2/8/2005 10:44:00 AM
This has a nice texture & I love the packaging, but it stung my sensitive skin so I had to wash it off. I wanted to like this and was very excited to find it at Bath & Body Works, but it's not for me.
I think I've found my HG foundation. I prefer cream to powder foundation over liquid and have tried several. Shieseido - love but it runs out too quicky & I can't find the right color; Shu Uemura Water In Cake - great color match for me but gets a bit dry/flakey. T. LeCerc (I use vanille) is creamy going on (I use it sparingly using a foundation brush, not the sponge it comes w/) and ends up a matte finish w/ NO flakes. It lasts ALL day and when I set it w/ banane powder, my combo acne prone skin looks as flawless as it'll ever look. The last couple of days I can't stop looking in my compact mirror because my skin looks so great! You don't need a lot of foundation if you use a brush. If you find the right color match to your skin, you'll only need to apply to the areas that need coverage (for me, it's my ruddy cheeks and nose).