I'm not usually a fan of Benefit cosmetics but I really like this mascara. It's a good all-rounder, making lashes look defined as well as longer and thicker. One coat is enough for my daytime look and two coats makes lashes look dramatic for evenings.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Black Out Mascara
alisonb77 1/26/2013 5:10:00 PM
The brush for this is so fat that it doesn't define or separate the lashes and I have to use a lash comb as well. Once I have done this, the end result is dramatic and thick looking lashes but there are better mascaras out there that give the same result without so much effort.
Lotions/ Creams -Bliss Labs - Lemon & Sage Body Butter
alisonb77 9/2/2012 6:30:00 PM
In winter, this is my go-to body cream. It is really moisturising and thick yet doesn't take too long to sink in. And now that you can buy it in the super-size (like they use in the Bliss spas) it's actually not that bad value for money as a little goes a long way and the tub lasts a good while.
Lips -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (All Shades)
alisonb77 9/2/2012 6:25:00 PM
I have never found a stain before that I like. If they are long-lasting, they are too drying and if they're not too drying, they don't have any staying power. Plus they can often be far too matt for my liking. This product though is genius - it's glossy and non drying and literally lasts all day (if I put it on in the morning, I don't have to think about reapplying all day).
This is a great highlighter. It gives a dewy sheen without any glitter or sparkle and can either be used on its own or mixed in with a liquid foundation. I have it in the lightest colour which works wonderfully for fair skin being neither too golden or silvery.
Love this body scrub. Great scent and leaves a lovely - but not too oily - sheen. If only it wasn't quite so expensive, otherwise I'd use it all the time instead of saving it for special occasions only.
I have this in the Super Strawberry shade and absolutely love it. Colour is great and it feels very moisturising and gives a great shine. Plus it's so simple to use - you don't even need a mirror to apply. Only downside is, like a lot of balms, it can sometimes melt a little when the temperature is high.
Love this! I have very fair skin and use this as my daily blusher. The colour is not too brown, not too pinky and leaves a lovely light sheen.
This is a great mascara - makes lashes look full and lush but the overall effect is not quite as dramatic and over-the-top as with the DiorShow or YSL False Lashes mascaras (which is a bonus for me).
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Refining Night Cream With .5% Pure Retinol
alisonb77 1/24/2012 6:49:00 PM
The pump dispenser on this product doesn't work at all - no matter how many times I press the pump, it won't dispense any product. From looking at reviews on the Skinceuticals website, it seems like this is a common problem and it's not just my bottle that is at fault.
Started using these when I was a teenager and haven't outgrown them. I only use once a week as otherwise would be too drying but am always pleased with the results - and there's something about being able to see the results for yourself that makes them so satisfying to use!
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
alisonb77 12/17/2011 9:39:00 PM
Does exactly what it promises to do - ie make you look like you're wearing false lashes. For me, it's maybe a bit too much for daytime but I absolutely love wearing it at night.
Treatments -RoC - Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
alisonb77 12/17/2011 9:36:00 PM
I was very disappointed in this product, especially after reading such good reviews from other members. It made my skin quite flakey and if I used it straight before bed and it didn't have time to sink properly, it sometimes left this weird yellow-ish sheen on my pillow. I stopped using it after a few weeks and can't say I noticed any significant improvement in that time.
Moisturizers -Kate Somerville - Oil Free Moisturizer
alisonb77 12/17/2011 9:32:00 PM
This is the ideal daytime moisturiser for my combination skin. It moisturises my skin without leaving it all oily and shiny so I can put make up on straight afterwards. I also like the fact the packaging is hygienic and you don't have to dip your fingers into the pot to apply the product. However, I do think it's a bit over-priced for what it is - a good, but basic, moisturiser.
Tinted Moisturizer -By Terry - Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser
alisonb77 12/17/2011 9:24:00 PM
This is a gorgeous tinted moisturiser - creamy and moisturising but still very light. I'd buy it again and again if it wasn't so expensive but I can't justify spending that much when other good tinted moisturisers are half the price.