I was interested in a bb cream or a primer, but this had good reviews as a foundation for oily skin. QVC had it for a one time only value with the brush, so I ordered it. I got the shade "Light" for my neutral NC/NW20 skintone & this is the most perfect shade of foundation that I have ever used. It gives light, natural coverage. Evens out my skintone really well. It wears all day without fading. Stays fairly matte all day & move of all...it doesn't break me out! I love it. I did try it under another liquid foundation for more coverage, but it didn't work for me as a "primer". It worked well mixed with my Napolean Perdis China Doll Foundation that is just a touch too dark for me & that gave it a bit more coverage on a day that I wanted that. Did I already say that I love it? Well I do.
Lipstick -FLOWER Beauty - Kiiss Stick Velvet Lip Color-LS2 Petal Kiss
beaniewienie 1/27/2013 10:27:00 AM
Again, I was tempted to give this a 1 for packaging because all of the product information is on a sticker. If you peel off the sticker so that you can enjoy the innovative, lovely tube that they have designed for this lipstick you loose all knowledge about the product. Knowledge is power. How will I have any power if my OCD makes me take off the sticker & any remaining adhesive? The tube itself is white with a rose gold metallic plaque that, at least, tells you the brand name. There is a color swatch on the bottom of the tube that is very true to the color of the lipstick inside. Petal Kiss is a nude/pink medium tone lipstick with a velvet matte finish. It's not flat looking on the lips, but has a lovely velvet smooth texture & finish. You can easily get full coverage from this lipstick & it's not drying to my lips. No real taste or smell & that is a huge plus. $6.98 for .12/3.5g at WalMart
Lipstick -FLOWER Beauty - Kiss Stick High-Shine Lipstick-LS12 Sweet Peony
beaniewienie 1/27/2013 10:17:00 AM
I love the packaging on the Flower products. There's not much different that you can do to a lipstick tube, but these are new & different & have the large metallic looking plastic plate with the brand name on the side & a fair representation of the lipstick color on the base of the tube. The most heinous thing is that the name & information about the lipstick is on a sticker & when you remove the sticker (because I can't stand to leave it on) you remove all identifying knowledge about that product! Really?! Now that is fine if you are a person that owns 1 or 2 lipsticks, but for MUA that is unexceptable. So I was torn between giving his 1 point for the worst packaging or 5 for the best, because I do love the tube itself. Sweet Peony is a basic medium pink. I don't consider it "high shine". It isn't glittery or shimmery or highly glossed. It has a slightly glossy finish. You get good coverage with one swipe & full coverage with a couple of layers. It wears well, average for a lipstick, but doesn't dry out my lips so I love it! $6.98 for .12oz/3.5g at WalMart
Mascara -FLOWER Beauty - Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara-Black
beaniewienie 1/27/2013 9:55:00 AM
I love the look of the tube on this mascara. A dark brown with gold printing. The brush is a "figure 8" (rounded & larger at both ends, cinched in middle) with rubber spikes & applies the mascara very smoothly & grabs each lash. It did not do anything extreme & it didn't do much to make my lashes look any longer or thicker. It smells vaguely of licorice. $6.98 for .25oz/7g at WalMart
Polishes -FLOWER Beauty - Nail'd It Nail Lacquer NP5 May Flowers
beaniewienie 1/25/2013 9:31:00 PM
May Flowers is a pretty medium pink cream nail polish. It goes on smoothly & not streaky (like a lot of pinks seem to). Gives good coverage with 2 coats. I used Revlon Colorstay Base & Top Coat with this polish, but I have had it on for a week & have only had to touch up the tip of one nail. That is great for me because I am hard on my fingernail polish. $4.98 for .4 fl oz at Wal Mart.
Lip Gloss -FLOWER Beauty - Lip Service Lip Butter in LB7 Sheer Snapdragon
beaniewienie 1/25/2013 9:25:00 PM
Sheer Snapdragon is a deep coral (more reddish than orange). Sheer, but definitely adds color to your lips. Shiny, but no glitter or shimmer. It wears well for a glossy lip product. It does have a floral scent that disappears after a few minutes. Non drying to my lips. I love the white tube with the coral tinted lid & the flower name on a "gold" plate, but it is a bit bulky. $6.98 for .12oz/3.5g exclusively at Wal Mart.
What A Dai-sy! lip gloss is a lovely peach cream gloss. Medium pigmentation & coverage. Non sticky. Wears well, but it is a gloss so you need to reapply. It doesn't dry out my lips & I love that. The tube feels quality. Clear body with a white cap & a doe foot applicator. It doesn't have taste or fragrance. $6.98 for .18oz/5g at WalMart only.
M·A·C's lightweight whipped formula saturates lashes root to tip, adds volume, extends length and creates curl, while conditioning for softness and flexibility. The final result: extreme dimension that won't smudge, clump or flake.
13 ml / .44 US fl oz
I like Mac mascaras. False Lashes is my favorite, but I like Opulash, Plush Lash, Studio Fix Lash, & now In Extreme Dimension.
It has a plastic bristled brush with bristles that go all around the tip of the brush to grab all of those corner lashes.
It goes on smoothly. Stays all day with no flakes or smearing. It washes off easily with my Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Cream.
I like the tube, too. It's black with Mac printed all over the base of the tube in white. I think it's pretty. :}
Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax, Polyisobutene, Polyvinyl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Paraffin, Silica, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Isostearic Acid, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Pantethine, Panthenol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cholesterol, Kaolin, PTFE, Nylon-6, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, (+ Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Black 2 (CI 77266), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)
Eye Shadow -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Eye Shadow Quad In Smokey
beaniewienie 9/29/2012 12:00:00 PM
Smokey Eye Quad Color Key: 1. cool charcoal-lovely medium toned-satin finish; 2. warm smoke-dark green with soft shimmer; 3. silver mist-silver with a beautiful pink duochrome; 4. pearl teal-mid-tone teal green with shimmer. Fine-milled pigments leave a light, velvety finish that spreads and blends easily. Rice lipids & vitamin E condition, nourish and protect lids. Paraben free. Fragrance free. Not tested on animals. $8.49 (You can usually get it on sale online or at CVS) for 4 wonderful e/s. These have the texture & pigment of high end eye shadows. Silly rose petal compact that is bulky & has one sponge tipped applicator stuck in the middle of it. I will depot the e/s, but I am sort of enjoying the rose for now.
Eye Shadow -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Eye Shadow Quad in Neutral
beaniewienie 9/29/2012 11:50:00 AM
Neutral Eye Quad Color Key: 1. toasted almond-matte light tan; 2. shimmering bronze-gorgeous; 3. champagne gold-shimmery gold; 4. frosted blush-shimmery light peachy-pink. Fine-milled pigments leave a light, velvety finish that spreads and blends easily. Rice lipids & vitamin E condition, nourish and protect lids. Paraben free. Fragrance free. Not tested on animals. The rose petal compact is bulky & silly, but also very cute. The sponge tipped applicator in the center is useless. I will depot the e/s like I do everything, so that is not a big deal for me. You get 4 beautiful, creamy powder e/s for $8.49. I would like the Toasted Almond color to be a shade darker for contouring, but that's just me & easy to work around. The shimmer in the other 3 is pretty. Not coarse like a lot of the less expensive shadows are.
Treatments (Eye) -Nuance by Salma Hayek - AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Eye Treatment
beaniewienie 9/29/2012 11:39:00 AM
This is not a bad product. I just prefer the Nuace Smoothing Anti-Aging Cream in the tube. It gives me more moisture (which is what I need). The Super Eye Treatment also stings my eyes if it get into them. .5oz-$19.99 Ingredients-Water, Butylene Glycol, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Stearic Acid, Dl-Methicone, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1.
Moisturizers -Nuance by Salma Hayek - AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Lotion
beaniewienie 9/29/2012 11:33:00 AM
I love the Nuance products. I don't know if this is "ant-aging" me, but it is a really nice moisturizer for oily skin. It sinks in immediately, & I don't get oily or break out from it. The price is very reasonable. 1.7oz-$19.99 You can almost always get it on sale online or BOGO 1/2 off at CVS. Ingredients-Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Potato Starch Modified, Phenoxyethanol, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance, Algae Extract (Algae), Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, BHT, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Lactate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Sodium PCA, Methylisothiazolinone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1.
Moisturizers -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Nutrifying Night Cream
beaniewienie 9/29/2012 11:23:00 AM
I have combo/oily/easily dehydrated skin/that breaks out from everything. And, I'm old, but anti-aging products seem to always break me out. I'm loving the Nuance line & this cream is perfect for me at night. Hydrates my skin. No breakouts. 1.4 oz-$16.99 You can almost always get it on sale online or BOGO 1/2 off at CVS. Ingredients-Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), O-Cymen-5-ol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 4 (CI 14700).
Skincare - Face -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Wild Lime Exfoliating Facial Gel
beaniewienie 8/14/2012 10:04:00 PM
This is a really nice product for smoothing the skin. I've only used it 4 times, so I can't say what it may do for my skin with longer use, but I do like it. I smooth on a layer, let it set on my skin for several minutes & then rinse it off. It does have an odd smell, that isn't bad, but I wouldn't buy it in a perfume. I love all of the Nuance skincare that I have tried & this is another nice one. I have combo/oily/old/easily dehydrated skin.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact SPF 20
beaniewienie 8/14/2012 9:57:00 PM
I bought the shade "Nude". I'm neutral NW20 & Nude works well. I chose it because it seems to be about the same depth of color as Blush, but a bit more yellow toned. Not a strong yellow. I like to use my fingers to apply it. It is hard for me to tell how much I am using with the sponge & I feel like I am using too much. It evens out my skintone without giving much coverage. It looks very natural on & wears well on my combo/oily skin. So it's just an okay product for me. Not bad. I just don't love it as well as my Mac Pro Longwear for coverage.