I have pretty dry skin right now (not flakey, just tight) and I don't find this cakey at all. The only explanation I could have is that people are using too much; you really don't need to use much at all. I use this because I want to cover redness - not rosacea, just high coloring in my cheeks. I don't have acne so I can't speak for that, but this covers redness like a charm. You barely need to use any, it's fantastic! I find this waaaaay less cakey than other full coverage foundations like Colorstay which was awful for me. I swipe a small amount on my cheeks and forehead and use a Sigma F84 to blend it out. Blends easily, looks natural, and lasts all day. Will definitely repurchase but I probably won't have to for awhile since you get a ton for your money and a little goes a long way.
Fragrances -Coach - Summer Edition Eau De Toilette Spray
addercat 4/3/2012 9:02:00 AM
I am reviewing the 2012 version. I'm assuming the other two reviews were on the 2011 version? Either way, I love this perfume. It lasts a long time on me (I can still smell hints of it 12 hours later). I am horrible at describing scents, so I won't even try as you should test it out before you buy it anyway. I typically go for oriental or floral scents. To me, this is a blend of floral and... cotton candy? I know that sounds awful but whatever the smell actually is, I love it. I tested it at Ulta and kept thinking about it for a couple weeks and finally bought it and it was worth every penny. Definitely try it out! Will be my signature scent this spring and summer for sure.
Wow. I bought the Revlon Lip Butter in peach parfait, which is also kind of an orangey peachy color and loved it and I'm glad I did because I never would have bought Vegas Volt otherwise. I steer more towards nudes and pinks and some reds, though I'm just getting into wearing lipstick daily so I tend to stick more neutral. Anyway, I LOVE Vegas Volt! It's just so flattering! I'm NW20-25. The MAC artist also talked me into What A Blast! pro longwear lip pencil, which is basically a perfect match FYI. Has the usual lovely MAC lipstick consistency and delish vanilla scent. If you're scared of the orangetasticness of it like I was just try it!! You may be pleasantly surprised.
YES. I love this color. I'm NW20 and this is the perfect MLBB color for me. I love lipstick, but I don't wear it very often and am trying to wear it more. Bright obvious colors are still a little shocking to me (on me that is) so something like this is great because it just enhances my lips. Also love MAC lipsticks in general - they feel amazing on and mmm, vanilla! Great color.
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
addercat 3/15/2012 10:21:00 PM
For starters, I have dry combination skin. I occasionally get horomonal acne on my chin but it's pretty rare. I do have some red in my cheeks - not rosacea, just... reddish. I have never used a BB cream before this, and I've been using this for two weeks. I bought this mainly for days when I'm feeling lazy or running late. So far, I am loving this! It hasn't made me break out at all. I'm not particularly sensitive but I have had some skin products give me dermatitis so I'm always a little leery of new stuff. I have dry skin but big pores on my cheeks and I can get a bit oily in the t-zone. I use my regular lotion before this sometimes (Clinique DDML) -- it's fine with or without for me. I don't really know what BB creams are supposed to be like, but I guess I find the complaints about lack of coverage to be a little confusing... in my Walgreens it was in the skin care aisle, not cosmetics. This is for people who want/need little coverage... maybe that's not what BB creams are for but that's what I assumed this would be and I was pleased. It's moisturizing and evens out the redness -- not completely but enough for me. It looks natural and like healthy skin which is what I want. FYI, the light/medium is pretty dark. I am NW20-25 and it works, but if you're much fairer than that it might be a bit more difficult. I honestly think the light/medium would work up to NW35 at least. To wrap up, it does exactly what I hoped it would and I'm very pleased. If you have acne you'll still definitely need concealer as on a scale of nothing to Revlon Colorstay this is about a .5 in the coverage scale. If you just want to have natural looking skin quickly and are just trying to even out minor skin tone issues I think you'll be pleasantly surprised like I was. :)
I actually just have a sample of this but it's definitely going to be the next fragrance I purchase. I absolutely love it. For reference, I am a fan of oriental and floral scents and hate fruity scents. I'm not good at picking out different notes or anything, this just smells really light and floral to me. I love it, I have a few sample vials that I'm using up pretty quickly... definitely a new favorite.
I received this in a swap and I am absolutely loving it so far! It's great by itself but my favorite way to use this is as a "highlighter" over a red lip pencil. I use it just in the center of my lips over MUFE aqua lip pencil in 8C, which is a bright cherry red. It helps add moisture and isn't quite as whoa as putting russian red or something on. Like I said, I also love it by itself though. Great everyday lip color! Also very smooth and moisturizing, and I have pretty dry lips no matter what I do. I am NW20 for reference. Glad I got it in a swap but I'll definitely buy this when it's gone.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Secret Wonderland
addercat 12/17/2010 5:40:00 AM
I really love this scent. For reference, my faves are orientals, florals, and baking scents and I hate fruity scents. To MY nose this smells really floral with a small hint of fruit. The back says it is strawberries, jasmine, and white amber. I guess my love of jasmine and amber outweighs my hatred of fruit scents. :) I always buy the triple moisture cream from B&BW -- I have super dry hands and the regular lotion is way too watery and blah for me. Great scent and I hope to stock up during the semi-annual sale. :)
I actually went to Chanel in search of this powder but in the peach color, and I might still go back for that in the summer, but for my NW20 skin rosee is absolutely perfect, the SA was so right to rec it! I apply it after powder (Universelle Libre) verrry lightly and it just gives a really subtle healthy glow. I don't even want to use the word "glow" because it's more subtle than that, it just makes me look healthy and is the perfect finishing touch. I absolutely love this, and if you're worried about the price just know that this will last you a LONG time. Well worth it IMO!
Loose Powders -Chanel - Poudre Universelle Libre Translucent 2
addercat 12/17/2010 5:31:00 AM
This is my daily powder, and I love it. Since I started using this along with MUFE F&B I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and makeup it's crazy! I love the finish of this and I swear my makeup lasts 4x as long as it did with MUFE HD powder or the MAC equivalent. I still have some HD powder left but every day I bypass it for the Chanel. It works great and a little goes a looong way. It may be a big pricey, but I bought this at least 8 months ago and I'd say I probably have 80% left. Like I said, a little goes a long way. I tip it over onto the poof that came with it once, tap that around my entire face, then use a brush to blend. Fantastic finishing powder. I don't know how this would work on oily skin but for dry-normal I recommend it.
Primer/ Corrector -Chanel - Base Lumiere - Illuminating Makeup Base
addercat 12/17/2010 5:26:00 AM
This primer works. So why wouldn't I buy it again? One, the cost. If it truly "illuminated" my skin and did things other (cheaper) primers don't, I wouldn't care about the price. But it doesn't. I think the only thing this primer has on the Monistat chafing gel is the great scent, which is of roses, and that's definitely not worth an extra $45. I also find the packaging to be incredibly annoying -- you have to tap it before you squeeze it to get anything out, and 9 times out of 10 too much comes out which is such a waste. It's a fine product, it makes my makeup last and smooths my skin but it's not spectacular and definitely not worth the price. All you're paying for is the Chanel name and they make plenty of other great products that actually work if you're looking to buy some Chanel. I'd pass this by.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Dior Addict Ultra Gloss 856 Little Red Dress
addercat 12/17/2010 5:21:00 AM
Words can't describe how much I love this gloss. I went to Sephora with this in mind and when I saw it, it was love at first sight. :) This is a true red with bits of silver glitter -- super tiny, you can't really see it on your lips, it just adds a dimension of shine. It can feel a bit gritty though. It's not sticky at all, but this also means it doesn't last very long (for me). I love combining this with the MUFE aqua lip pencil in 8C. As the other reviewer said, it is super hard to find great red glosses and this one is truly amazing. I also love the Dior brush applicator. Definitely not a gloss you can apply without a mirror though -- it has amazing color payoff. I will absolutely repurchase, and repurchase, and repurchase... ;) NW20 for ref.
Lip Liners -Make Up For Ever - Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil
addercat 12/17/2010 5:18:00 AM
Even though I'm 31 I've never really been a big lipstick girl. I always played up my eyes instead. Lately though I've been taking more "risks" on my lips and it's so much fun! :) I bought this pencil in 8C, which is (to me) a bright pinky-red although I believe they call it classic red or something similar. Anyhow I use this alone, with red lipstick, or with red gloss (a fave combo is 8C + Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 856) and it really just brightens up my face and makes me look awake when I am SO not. :) It lasts, it's easy to apply... only cons are that like others I wish it came in a twist up pencil, and it CAN be drying but from what I've discovered that seems kind of normal for pencils. I really recommend it and it's well worth the price. A staple for me. I'm NW20.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
addercat 12/11/2010 5:25:00 AM
Best. Eyeliner. Ever. I only use L'Oreal and Lancome liner and mascara because my eyes are crazy sensitive and I've found that these two brands do not hurt my eyes. I wasted way too much money trying other lines. Anyway, I've been using this for a few weeks now and it's AMAZING. To give you an example, I am writing this review eight hours after I applied the liner, and the upper lashline has not budged an inch, the lower lashline remains intact, and most amazingly of all the waterline remains black except for the very outer corners. I wear contacts and have watery eyes a lot so this is pretty heroic of a eyeliner to stay this long. So impressed. Plus it's super creamy, glides on easily, and the black is VERY black. Finally found my HG. The only way they could make this better is if the color line rivaled UD's 24/7 pencils. :)
I combine a tiny bit of this in my hand with Phyto 7 and IT IS BLISS. I don't have curly hair. Almost exact opposite -- it's not stick straight but slightly wavy. But it's super damaged which means frizz, and these two products together give me supermodel hair. :) It feels like it anyway! It's just wavy enough, smooth, silky, shiny, and most importantly, healthy looking. I love everything about this product. Well, I'd love it more if it were $5 but this is the first (well, and 7) product I've tried in a long, long line of products that actually does what it's supposed to do and does it well. It may be pricey but a little goes a long way. I have not had to repurchase yet but I'd guess this will last my just past shoulder length hair about 3-4 months with near daily use.