Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu
bellissima16 5/20/2010 6:16:00 PM
Very lovely shade of pink w/ a bit of gold in it. Slightly sheer, but not too. The smell is admittedly a little unusual, but nothing you can't work with. Got mine off ebay, so not in the fancy gold case but who cares, the price was right. Definitely quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
bellissima16 2/24/2010 6:15:00 PM
Just got this and think it's pretty great stuff. I've tried a couple other primers, (Avon's Face Perfector, Clinique's Pore Minimizer), and while they're okay, I think this easily surpasses both-- both in terms of initial application results, as well as overall wearability. First, it truly does make your pores disappear-- yay! And it does this as well, or actually better, than the other two mentioned. I agree with many other reviewers who've mentioned that the biggest downside to this product is its packaging. Hopefully, L'Oreal will soon get a clue and market this in a tube as it should be. Meantime, get yourself a little spatula, and that way you can keep your fingers (and bacteria) largely out of the jar. UPDATE - I'm afraid that after using this for a few months, I'm less than in love. It does go on nicely, and initially seems to make a real difference, it's just that once your make up is actually on, (assuming you use liquid makeup which I do), there really seems to be no difference in terms of how it looks or wears. It really does nothing to keep oil at bay, so ultimately, what is the point?
This review is actually for the Big Waves Definition Creme-- not the conditioner, (I couldn't figure out how to get the site to let me post a review for a product that hadn't been reviewed yet.) Anyway, wanted to post, regardless, to warn unsuspecting others, as this stuff is utter GARBAGE. It is billed, on the front of the tube, as being "for defined, wavy, super shiny full hair..." To which all I can say is, HA! It made my ordinarily fairly shiny, shoulder length, slightly wavy hair feel like sticky, tangled straw, and look even worse. After using it, I looked like one of those pitiful "before" pictures used to sell various hair-styling products on late night tv. It was so bad I had to immediately rinse it out and begin styling my hair all over again-- but not before tossing the offending junk in the trash. Steer clear.
TRULY great stuff that actually does what it promises. I can't believe what a well-kept secret this stuff is, considering how beautifully it works. Wish I'd found it years ago. But here's the key-- at least for me-- contrary to what most people probably do, I don't use it as a primer, but put it on AFTER both my foundation and my powder. If I do it before, I don't know, somehow my makeup just doesn't look as good. It's as though it somehow stops things from gliding on, and you get a less polished finish. But if you use it after-- and, again, even after your powder, (assuming you use that), and just gently stroke it on top wherever you need it most, you have to wait just a few minutes or so for it to dry, and then it's completely invisible, doesn't muck w/ your makeup and truly does the trick. Love this stuff and am so glad I found it.
Foundations -SKII - Air Touch Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
bellissima16 4/26/2008 3:14:00 PM
Okay, I'm afraid after dropping $200 plus on this (both for the machine and a refill), I'm less than in love. The gadget IS very cool, and in principle it's a great idea. And I sort of get how good it can potentially make your skin look. HOWEVER, I wasn't 100% pleased initially, or nearly as ecstatic as some other reviewers sound, as the color I'd ordered (OP3) turned out to just be too light, and thus if I applied enough to get decent coverage, it looked masky. Thought, okay, well, I do like the way this thing works, I must just need a darker color. Ordered OB4 - which turned out to not really be any darker, just yellower-- and significantly so, which really doesn't work at all for me. So - like I said, 200 bucks in, and in all honestly, I prefer my true match. If they ever really make this in a good range of colors, I think it'll be fantastic. For now, wish I could somehow put my l'oreal true match into the little bag and get it to spray that on me!
Bottom line, this is cheap stuff. It's also inexpensive. How much you like it will depend on how much the former bothers you, and how much the latter matters to you. Let's start w/ the packaging: the "gloves" aren't the usual ones that come with hair color, they're basically hand-shaped baggies -- extremely thin and not very well-fitting. Then there's the bottle, which instead of having a twist off cap requires you to find a pair of scissors and snip it off. Again, hardly an insurmountable problem, but just inconvenient enough to be annoying. Finally, there's the product. I've only used this once, so maybe didn't give it a fair shot, but the med. brown developed SO dark so quickly on my hair that I felt I had to wash it out before the time was up or I was going to wind up looking like a crow. Consequently, it didn't really do all that good a job of covering the gray, but again, maybe it didn't have a fair chance. My conclusion -- not worth the savings. I'll stick w/ Clairol or Garnier or L'Oreal or pretty much anything else.