I was first drawn to this foundation due to the list of noncomedogenic ingredients. It's difficult to find a foundation that is safe for my break out prone skin and I was able to find a good match for when I got tan. I have combination oily skin that is also dried out most of the time from using acne treatments. I've been trying this out for over a week and even on days when my skin is in really good condition-not dry and freshly exfoliated, this foundation will somehow still manage to create a layer of dryness on the surface of my skin. It looks horrible and my bronzer and blush do not sit right on top. This might be good for some one with extremely oily skin that doesn't also suffer from dryness.
On days that I do minimal makeup, this is what I reach for to brighten up my under eye area. I have this in shade 2 and I'm about NC25/30 and it has a peach undertone that helps neutralize any darkness there. It is a very lightweight concealer so it won't cover up all my dark eye circles but it just brightens and lifts the area. If you 're looking for a good coverage product for the under eye area this is not it. If your under eye area is not that dark, this will do. I love the light texture since I've got dryness in that area and this never accentuates it and its sort of moisturizing. It would be nice if this had a bit more coverage but for now I like it enough to buy it again.
I own a few other Benefit box blushes and never really saw the need to have this one but boy was I wrong. I have quite a few other coral blushes but I still felt that this one is special enough to have. It's the most lively shade of coral that is the perfect compliment to a tan. Along with a good fake tan I am loving this for the summer. The blush is nicely pigmented and has a very lovely slight sheen that gives such life to the skin. This is the sort of color that makes you look happy.
Palettes -Tom Ford - Shade & Illuminate, Intensity One
angelixia07 4/25/2013 12:04:00 AM
This is a duo of a cream contour/bronzer and highlighter and it is beautiful! The texture of both products is so smooth and easy to blend and the pigmentation is perfect. The highlighter gives off the most natural and beautiful sheen and the bronzer blends so well that it is practically impossible to get that bronzer line no matter how much you put on. The stay power is very well even on someone like me who had oily/combo skin.
This is a fantastic moisturizer for people with extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin. I suffer from the latter, which made it extremely difficult to find a moisturizer that will not make my skin worse. I can could in one hand the moisturizers that will not cause me to break out and this one moisturizes better than any of them. This is still a rather light moisturizer and will not completely fix the problem when my skin is extra dry.
These are awesome all-purpose wipes that are great to have around. Ingredient wise, they are very similar to the Equate makeup removing wipes but these are much cheaper and packaged much better. It's a great basic moist towelette to have around for anything you can think of. I use them to remove the makeup off my face other than my eye makeup before I cleanse and it does a good job of getting it all off. On lazy nights I'll just use this and an eye makeup remover and go to bed. You can get a pack of 80 wipes for less than 2 dollars. The packaging of these are better than most wipes. It's not one of those peel off the sticker and pull out a wipe or a bulky tub that you stick your wipes in, its just a plastic packaging with a plastic lid top that really seals in the moisture in the wipes. It's the same opening packing idea as the Mac wipes, which also retain their moisture well. My main issue with many drugstore wipes is that they don't come with this type of packaging. Even the tub that you stick the wipes into will not prevent drying out before all the wipes are used. The only other drugstore brand I've seen with this packaging is the CVS brand makeup removing wipes.
This is a rather pigmented warm nude pink gloss. It easily highlights any dryness since it is so light and pigmented. There are also some noticeable glitter particles throughout that I don't care for since they don't look very subdued or natural. I rarely reach for this and will not repurchase.
In the packaging, I thought this would come off way too much of a frosty pink but I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. It's a luminous shade of warm pink that isn't frosty at all. In fact it applies rather naturally and has a nice satin finish. I find that it goes on beautifully and is easy to build up. I am acne prone as well and this doesn't break me out on my cheeks. I think it's definitely worth trying especially for the price. It's a beautiful blush that would look good on lots of people. However the staying power is not excellent, I find that it fades on me after 4 hrs.
I wanted to try this due to the great reviews and comparisons to the Kat Von D Tattoo concealer, which is also supposed to be really good. I am actually quite disappointed with this. Yes, it is extremely pigmented but its difficult to use it at full pigmentation without it looking cakey. I even use a synthetic blending brush to blend it into the skin or under the eyes but a lot of times it will still look cakey. I usually dispense it onto the bank of my hand, smear it flat against the skin, then dip the blending brush into the product. If I want full coverage, there is no way it will not look cakey. I have this in medium, which is a good shade match for my skin-NC25. However, the concealer is so yellow that it doesn't counteract blue or purple under the eyes well at all, it just makes the shadow look ashy. The medium shade definitely needs more peach in it. It's ridiculous because I have NC25 skin, actually I have more yellow tones in my skin than NC25 and I still find medium too yellow. How are the NW people supposed to use this? I would imagine this would be good on covering blemishes and marks but the ingredients in it are so comedogenic (ex. lanolin oil) that I wouldn't dare dream of putting it on blemishes. Good thing is that it seems to come with a whole lot of product and since its so pigmented, that one tube will probably last at least a year if not more even with daily use. I find that compared to my HG, Mac Studio Finish concealer in NW25, this is very lacking in color and texture.
Very wearable gunmetal shade with a satin finish. Texture is smooth, pigmented and blends easily. A lot of gunmetal shades appear too metallic/frosty on me but this shade has a nice balance of black and silver. Pairs well with a deep gray or soft black in the crease like Mac Typographic.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Satin Eye Shadow Single in Nude Slip
angelixia07 4/20/2012 6:38:00 AM
This is a champagne taupe shade in a satin finish. The texture is soft, smooth, glides on and blends effortlessly. Staying power is good with minimal creasing over a primer.
Makeup Brushes -Louise Young - LY38A Tapered Shadow Brush
angelixia07 4/20/2012 3:48:00 AM
Excellent brush for any precise crease work. The shape of the brush is tapered perfectly to fit into the crease. Retains its shape well after washing.
Makeup Brushes -Louise Young - LY24 Fine Eyeliner Brush
angelixia07 4/20/2012 3:44:00 AM
Very fine liner brush that's good to have in any collection. It works well to create a razor thin liner to to do a precise winged liner. Great quality and wears well.
This is just a basic flat lay down brush for eyeshadows. The shape and even color is very similar to the Mac 242, which I have and love. The two are very comparable and any differences are insignificant. The red handle and gold farrel is very attractive but other than that very similar brush. The hair type is different, on the 242 I believe its made of a mix of synthetic fibers or its all synthetic fibers and the S113 is made of natural fibers but I find they they perform similarly.
This is a fairly small round and flat shaped brush that is supposed to be used for highlighting. It's made of goat hairs, which is very soft and good quality. Works well with both my cream and powder highlighters. The handle is red and the farrel is gold plated, which is very attractive but also makes it pricy.