Let's start off by clarifying things - this is a SHEER foundation that leaves a DEWY finish. It is not suitable for oily skins. It is not suitable for people who want more coverage. I wear Mac NC20-30 (depending on the season) and I purchased the Fit 210. It matches fine but you really have to put several layers on just to even see anything. Therefore, for those who just want a little bit of color to even out their skin tone, you might want to try this. I put this on at 8 am this morning and it is now 2:30 pm. I have an oily T zone with normal cheeks and already blotted once today. After literally just returning from the bathroom, I can tell you that this made my forehead and nose look like an oil slick :( The pour-out style is not my favorite but that is just a minor gripe. Otherwise, the packaging is quite nice and streamlined. It was about Cdn $9 with a relatively large range of shades but given my skin type I won't be buying this again.
I got a huge 4 oz bottle on ebay for less than $20 but was sorely disappointed when I received it. I'd expected a citrusey Mediterranean perfume but ended up with a very strong, leathery floral. It's well made and smooth but old fashioned and definitely for older ladies. The bottle is chic and pretty though and looks quite nice on the dresser.
Fragrances -Agent Provocateur - Agent Provocateur EDP
amwong 1/8/2010 5:05:00 PM
I'm going to say right off the bat that this is definitely a strong, feminine scent that many, if not most, people would describe as "sexy." That being said, it's not the type of sexy I like to smell like. This is a unsubtle, boudouir type floral musk with overtones of powder. Not the old-lady powder thank goodness but fleshy, muffled, dirty sex. Inspires images of dimly lit French brothels where all the women are a little older, jaded and lounging about in corsets. No doubt this will appeal to some people but it's all very ... old fashioned glamorous instead of modern, flirtatiously sexy. The lasting power is pretty amazing though. The bottle has a luscious egg shape but I don't like opaque bottles because you can't see how much is left.
Sold at Sephora for CDN $32. This comes in a solid dark brown/grey and a shimmery dark green/blue. This is quite pretty - particularly the shimmery colour. Both go on as a smooth washes with decent strength of colour and no creasing or migrating. It's a bit pricey for what you get though
Eye Shadow -Calvin Klein - Tempting Glance Intense Eyeshadow
amwong 12/30/2009 6:32:00 PM
This review is for the Darkened Green shade. It was originally CDN $16 at Sephora but they're now selling for $8. It's a lovely dark green with darker green and silver shimmers. It goes on more green than it looks in the palate and gives you a very smooth wash with no creasing.
Lip Gloss -Too Faced - Mirror Mirror Gloss - Envy Me
amwong 12/30/2009 6:25:00 PM
I was honestly a bit disappointed with this one - I was searching for a dark lipstick or lipgloss for fall and this is a lovely eggplant colour in the tube. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out quite so well on the lips. This is a sheer, slightly shiny gloss so the fact that it's in a dark colour means if it's well blended, it goes on so light that you can't even see the colour OR if you try to put more on to get colour, it's super sticky, thick and somewhat unevenly distributed. Since it's a lipgloss, I didn't find it to be particularly moisturizing but I will admit that's it not drying or anything. The packaging itself is fine - a clear, slant tip tube that doesn't leak. Got mine at Sephora for CDN $17.
Lip Gloss -Too Faced - Mirror Mirror Gloss in Damn, I'm Hot!
amwong 12/30/2009 6:18:00 PM
This is for the fire red lipgloss. The packaging is fine - a slanted tip and clear tube that allows you see how much is left. I don't know about the supposed antioxidant properties but this isn't bad. It's not sticky, not shimmery and smells quite nice like very sweet cherries. The colour may be a bit scary in the tube but this goes on sheer with a decent wash of mildly shiny colour. Overall, I thought this was one of the better colours out of the bunch.
Scrubs -St. Ives - st.Ives Heathly Brilliance Brighten and Glow Scrub
amwong 12/30/2009 6:11:00 PM
I'm actually liking this scrub quite a bit for something that's dirt cheap at CDN $4. It comes in a tub, which is way better in my opinion than a bottle because you don't end up throwing away bits that you couldn't get out. The granules are large and rough but I like it gritty like that. It has a lovely citrus scent to it but the one drawback is that it seems to dissolve or disappear quickly so you have to use a lot.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Skin Genesis Pore minimizing Skin Re-Smoother
amwong 12/30/2009 6:06:00 PM
First off, I really don't like the pump on this. True, it's much more hygenic than using your fingers but a lot of product gets claked inside the pump area if you don't use it for a few days and all of that is wasted. As for the product itself, it doesn't really shrink or even hide my pores. It's pretty much just a primer with a little bit of sparkle. It does go on smoothly and feels quite nice but I find that it didn't really do what it promised plus, it's not anti-shine.
I bought this because I wanted a nude lipcolour when doing the whole smoky eye thing and the saleslady recommended Myth. Unfortunately, this seriously does NOT work for my skin tone. It's an ashy pale beige that makes me look like a corpse, instead of freshly nude. The ashy is sort of magnified by the fact that it somehow makes your lips look dry, even though mine weren't and definitely were not flaky or chapped. Like some other reviewers who didn't like this, I'm an NC30 so maybe we just need a different nude shade
This is probably one of my favourite fragrances, right there with Stella Stella and Tom Ford Black Orchid. Plus, Black XS is way cheaper than either of these. Sultry is a good word to describe this. A strong gourmand musk, with enough sweetness to make it feminine and some light florals mixed in. There's a distinctive truffle or almond layer which I find amazing but it's one of those perfumes where it's best to NOT be too heavy-handed in applying because this stuff is STRONG and lasts for hours. Not a big fan of the bottle though. It's not particularly pretty in any way and it's actually a bit cheap looking.
For some reason, I can't bring myself to like Lancome fragrances, which is a terrible shame considering how pretty the bottles are. Tresor is no exception - the bottle looks lovely on the dresser and is relatively easy to handle and spray. For me, this was a little too powdery. It's a soft floral and very feminine in a traditional, chiffon and cashmere-type of girl way. The powdery smell itself probably adds to the softness and if you like that sort of thing, then you'll probably like this perfume. Sadly though, this was just too much of a 'back shelf of mom's attic' for me.
I bought this because it was supposed to reduce age spots but unfortunately, it's failed to anything of the sort. I've been using it for about 5 months now and there's no discernable difference. Even worse, it's not even a very good moisturizer.
Fragrances -Lancaster - Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker ] [DISCONTINUED]
amwong 12/23/2009 5:01:00 PM
I bought this on ebay for $20 so for the price, it's not a huge waste that I didn't find it amazing. It smells like a strange chocolate flower. Medium gourmand and some very faint masculine musk overlaid with green florals. It's not terrible but not something I would want to wear very often either. I will say that this has a very lovely creamy feel to it though, which is one of my favourite types of scents. The bottle is cute of course - like a chubby green flower!
I actually like this one less than the regular Flowerbomb even though the saleslady kept saying how they are pretty close except that the Extreme is more expensive for whatever reason. Yes, it's similar to Flowerbomb in that it has the same sort of floral gourmand smell - almondey and less floral than you would expect from the name. But it smelled less sparkly and more sweet and cloying to me, which isn't really my thing considering how strong of a perfume this is. I would say this is the mature version of Flowerbomb, which isn't to say that it smells like an old lady but just that it's for people who feel like they need to douse themselves in perfume as opposed to it being only noticeable if you lean in. Plus, the bottle is less pretty in my opinion. It's basically a solid, glittery silver which makes it feel rough when you hold it and prevents you from seeing how much liquid is left inside. Considering how this costs CDN $30 more than the Flowerbomb, I'd stick with the original.