BB Cream -MISSHA - M Signature Real Complete B.B. Cream SPF 25 PA++
aguadora 2/20/2013 10:09:00 PM
Perfect, but expensive. I got mine for 40.70SGD. I'm shade 23.
I wanted so much to like this. Inexpensive and easy to blend onto the face. I love the velvety matte effect the silicone gives. But this seems to be breaking me out, either because of the alcohol or the silicone. Since I've stopped using it, my skin has started to clear up.
I didn't like this at first, because the formula seemed thin and didn't give the dramatic effect I wanted on the first few coats. I was really disappointed. But be patient! This mascara layers really well. Think thin layers, rather than a goopy mess. I can apply 3 or more coats and this does not clump! Another bonus: With this I don't use an eyelash curler anymore. After my fourth coat or so, while still wet, I look down, then use the backs of my fingers to nudge my eyelashes up and towards my eyebrows. BAM. Luscious curled eyelashes.
Mascara -Max Factor - Xperience Volumising Mascara
aguadora 1/28/2013 4:35:00 AM
Straightens my eyelashes, even if I've curled them. Does volumize, but formula is rather wet and can get messy to apply. Also tends to clump after the second coat, so I do brush out with a clean spoolie. On its own I don't like how it looks, like my lashes are black bristles sticking straight out from my eyes, but I use this together with the Maybelline One By One, which I like for the separating, lash-defining effect, but lacks the volume. So I use this mascara first, then the One by One (which somehow helps hold the curl). Will not repurchase.
BB Cream -Unlisted Brand - Cyber Colors - BB Cream
aguadora 1/28/2013 3:55:00 AM
I have the Cyber Colors 4-in-1 Eco BB Cream in shade 01 Natural. I am about an NC 20, and the shade goes on a little pale at first, but soon blends in. Love the consistency, and smell. This provides light coverage. I have a few acne scars and it does not cover them completely, but my face looks more even. It has a matte finish and is not sticky so I can sometimes skip the powder. I have oily skin and this provides decent oil control. What I hate is the pump. Sometimes no product comes out. So I have two tubes, and when one is acting up I switch to the other. The most important to me though: this did not break me out. I have tried two other BB creams (Pure Beauty and Maybelline) and they broke me out. So I like this one. I'm in the middle of trying a whole other bunch of BB creams, so I can't say if this is HG or not. But in case the rest don't wow me, I wouldn't mind falling back on this as my everyday BB cream.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
aguadora 11/5/2011 5:52:00 AM
Great brush. But the week I was wearing this eyeliner, someone asked why I was always rubbing my eyes, and I realized it was because of this. To test, I stopped using this for a while. Then on the days I used this, my eyes would itch a lot, and get irritated It must be the flaking. Applied on the upper lash line in the morning, it transfers to my bottom lashes by noon. It also does not last on the waterline. I've just been using it to touch up the ends of my eyebrows instead.
HG contouring brush.
Smells good, feels tingly... then it made my lips chap and peel off more so than before I'd started using this.
I was so excited to finally be able to get *the* Blot Powder that seemed like almost every girl's HG. The Medium-Dark shade is a good match for my NC30 skin, and it didn't break me out. And I look great when I first put it on. But you know what, the oil control is crap. I can better results with powders like Revlon ColorStay, and even drugstore brands like Rimmel StayMatte and Maybelline ClearSmooth. I only bring this around when I want to look fancy around other people, because, yeah, there's still something to be said about busting out a MAC item. (just being honest) I wish there were some way I could pop out the pan and insert one of my own better powders. :P
Skincare - Body -The Body Shop - Exfoliating Gloves
aguadora 2/8/2011 6:31:00 AM
I've used generic brands of gloves like these since my teens, and when after I got my first job, decided to give the TBS ones a try, to see if they were any better. Hm. I think it's just that psychological effect of having paid a little more for things, so you feel they're doing a better job. After a year of use, they finally got too scratchy for use. Bought myself a pair of the old no name ones from the drugstore, and they work fine. So, yes, I love using exfoliating gloves (in general) and feel unclean when I don't use any, but no, will not repurchase from The Body Shop because in the long run they're not worth it.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Professionnel Angled Liner/Eyeliner Brush #15
aguadora 1/29/2011 9:49:00 AM
I've had this brush for about a year now, and whenever I bring it out (daily) it gets a surge of love from me. Razor. Thin. Just the way I like it. You see my lid space (that is visible when eyes are open) is a little narrow, and if the liner on my upper eyelids gets just a little too thick, my eyes... what's the opposite of pop? Recede? They look smaller. I look tired. So a brush as THIN as I can get it is essential! A millimeter makes a difference on my small eyes. I can get into the tiny inner corners, and the brush is stiff enough for me to wiggle powder into my lashline-- not my water line! If I line my waterline, my eyes look smaller. BUT if I line RIGHT ON TOP of the roots of my lashes, it makes all the difference. This is permanently paired with a pot of black eyeshadow in my kit. (Or navy eyeshadow, which also gives an amazing effect.) To be honest I'm curious about the MAC 263, but for now this does a fantastic job and fulfills my precision lining needs.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
aguadora 4/10/2010 12:56:00 AM
Fantastic brow brush. I use it with my MAC eyeshadows (Concrete and/or Coquette) to get a really crisp outline for my brows. Also a great brush for tightlining. After half a year of use, a few hairs began to splay, but I'll just get another one. At the price, I don't need to look anywhere else. HG.
This weighed down my baby fine hair, but I love it for conditioning makeup brushes (some of them are pony hair, anyways =) ) after washing! Keeps them so soft, and it smells nice. I did transfer the contents to a pump bottle for easier dispensing, but will buy again.
Update: Still loving this, but for winter I got 003 Natural, which is noticeably less pink than 005 Sand. In order of importance to me: 1) Does not break me out! I cannot express how relieved I am over this. A lot of other foundations clogged my pores, but this does not give me whiteheads or zits around the nose and hairline, especially when I sometimes forget to take it off before I sleep. (I know, I know, my bad.) 2) I have found a good match. I use 005 Sand as my winter shade (around NC30). The powder looks too pink in the pan, and when swatched doesn't look like it'd exactly match my Asian yellow-toned skin, BUT I think it seems to make me look healthier, as I can look pretty sallow in the winter. 3) Good coverage, without being cakey. I use a flat-topped kabuki brush to apply. Oil control is decent. I have combination skin, and I sometimes reapply in the afternoon, but usually just touch up my T-zones with pressed powder. It still looks good. 4) Packaging is pretty classy. The muted gold is nice. I'm not too fond of rectangular shaped compact cases, which I find too long, but this one is sleek and slim. I have three other brands of powder foundation gathering dust on my dresser now. I would repurchase this one. (I don't live in the US, so it's still readily available in stores.) Reasonable price, too.
As a lip balm: I've never had cracked, peeling lips until I started using this. Seriously. This dried my lips out even more. Maybe I'm the odd one, I don't know. But I also dislike the smell, it's like old lipstick. Not the cheapest, too. I went back to using Labello blue.