Lipstick -L'Oreal - Glam Shine Cream in Sexy Plum 205
bingky 1/1/2011 10:05:00 AM
I generally like the quality of L'Oreal lipsticks. They cost around $18 where I live, not cheap but not too expensive either. Like other L'Oreal lipsticks I've tried before, this has great pigmentation. Doesn't dry out my lips and fades evenly. I generally prefer satiny or shimmery lipsticks over matte, and this gives a great pop of color for when I want to emphasize my lips over my eyes. Would definitely repurchase.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Moisture Extreme - Natural Rosewood
bingky 1/1/2011 9:43:00 AM
Bought this as part of a three-color set at the airport (hard to resist discounts like that). Like the other reviewer, I thought the color was too muddy, but after some time I tried it again and somehow now i find it a nice neutral color for me. It gives my lips color without clashing with my other makeup. For the cheapest lipsticks in Maybelline's line, these give good color with good moisturizing properties. I do use lip balm underneath it, but I'm comparing it to some of Maybelline's previous lipstick lines that were really drying. Because of those old lines I'd given up on Maybelline lipsticks but this one is definitely good enough to repurchase.
Lipstick -The Body Shop - Delipscious Sheer Lip Colour
bingky 1/1/2011 9:32:00 AM
I've always preferred sheer lipsticks as I find them easier to match to my skin tone. I have this in 06 Sheer Grape, which is a bit plummy-berry (always a good color on me). This costs about $18 where I live, not cheap by local standards but not too expensive either. It has a very slight flavor and smell, enough to be pleasant but not irritating. It leaves a slight color on my lip which I like especially for just brightening up a bare face or for when I go heavier on the eyes or cheeks. It's moisturizing enough that I don't have to put on lip balm before using it. Would recommend for others who are looking for a sheer lip color as well.
I've had this for a couple of years already and it's still in good condition and I still use it. I think the color would suit fair to medium skin tones, just build up as you need. The product is well pigmented and fine-milled and doesn't streak on me, whether I use it on bare skin, or on liquid, cream or powder foundations. It comes with a cute pop-out mirror, about half the size of the compact, useful enough for touching up on the go. It also comes with a very tiny brush. Definitely you have to use a full-sized brush when you first put it on, but for bringing along, I find that it's a plus not to bring a separate blush brush.
This costs about $13 where I live. I haven't tried primer-mascara combinations until this one because I read too many reviews of the first products where it was difficult to cover up the white primer with the colored mascara. I didn't have that problem with this mascara. I have used it both with and without the primer with no problems. My lashes thicken and lengthen in both cases. As with all mascaras there will be some clumping, in this case that's applicable for both the primer and the mascara itself. Easy enough to fix with the old trick of tissueing off the extra product from the wand before using. Also, just use a clean spoolie to separate your lashes after using so they don't stick together. I find these are necessary for any mascara. It's good enough and cheap enough to repurchase, but just being me I will probably try other brands as they come out with new products.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
bingky 1/1/2011 8:45:00 AM
I've been using this for over a year and I love it! I've been interested in gel liners since Bobbi Brown came up with hers but I couldn't make myself spend that much. I bought this the moment I saw it at the Maybelline counters (about $8 where I live). It comes with its own brush. It's a small, very useful brush which I am able to use for both fine and thick lines. I've used this for my upper lid (over the lashes and also tightlining under the lashes) and also for my lower lid. The gel will take a few seconds to dry, which is good for when you want to smudge it for a smokey eye. Just take care not to blink too much so you don't get any on the crease of your eyelid. It is very pigmented (I have this in black) and after it dries it will basically stay on all day. I've never had this run on me and generally if I wear this I can forget about it for the rest of the day. I have oily/combination skin plus I do tend to touch my face so there is a tiny tiny bit of smudging by the end of the day (past the 8-hour mark), nothing that a quick swipe under my eyes won't fix. That's really good performance in my book. The downside to the long-lasting performance is that it can be difficult to remove, but that's an acceptable exchange for me. Also it started drying up after a year (I heard other gel eyeliners are the same). I found a recommendation to submerge the whole pot in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes, and that fixed it. I'm not even a quarter through the pot but if I ever run out will definitely repurchase. I have this in black so I also plan to try out the brown.
Masks -St. Ives - Peel-Off Hydroxy Masque [DISCONTINUED]
bingky 12/17/2004 12:42:00 PM
***UPDATE*** I need to correct my previous previous. I have come to love and repurchase this product, several times over. I used to think this did nothing for my skin at all, but have since realized that the AHAs and BHAs in the mask do a very gentle job of taking off dead skin from my face, with no irritation. When I started using this regularly, my dermatologist also noticed that it was much easier to do my facial/acne surgery. It also helped even out my skin especially when I would have some blemishes left over from old pimples. ***ORIGINAL REVIEW*** I bought this a couple of years ago, and I still have the tube. I don't think it does anything for my skin at all; I am envious of those who say this mask really works for them. No flaky parts or blackheads stick to the peeled-off mask, and though my skin does feel a bit smoother after the mask, by time I wake up the following morning it's as if nothing's changed. I don't get any allergic reactions though, so for a trip I sometimes reuse this product though I know I don't really get anything out of it, except for the fun of peeling it off after it dries. Too bad I don't like this product, in general I find St. Ives products deliver what they promise at really really cheap prices.
I heard about this from many sources and finally decided to try it. The color (dark brown) works well with my lips (though I wouldn't say my lips are the same color). It's a long pencil which cost me just about USD3, very cheap.
At first the tip is a bit hard, but roll it a few times between your thumb and index finger and it'll soften. It's very pigmented and lines really well; I think even beginners will have no problem using this.
Since it does have color, it tends to change the appearance of lighter lipsticks, but under darker lipsticks there's no problem. I also sometimes use this under lip balm for a natural effect.
Of the three or four colors in the Feel Naturale line, this is the only one that comes with a slight shimmer. The shimmer really helps get your skin glowing--no, it's not a glittery, sparkly shine, but a GLOW. Wonderful.
The color is a rosy mauve, and works well with my MMM coloring. I think this would work well with some lighter skin tones and with most darker tones.
The brush the compact comes with is a find! It's a wide, flat brush, which actually does its job well. I hate those thin half-inch brushes most powder blushes come with. The Feel Naturale blush brush is almost two inches wide. A friend who had never used powder blush before tried this and was able to apply it perfectly, because the shape and size of the brush does the work for you. It's of very high quality, and now, more than a year after I bought Mauvelous, the brush is still intact. I don't even remember it shedding one hair.
I am definitely repurchasing--I hope L'Oreal keeps stock!
I love this product!
I've bought this three times, and am now glad that they've released refills for the compacts (obviously I have three so far!). It actually does stay on for 8 hours--I use it in the morning with a wet sponge, and after lunch the look is still very fresh. By 5pm it's a bit faded, but still looks well. I can touch up using a dry sponge without my face getting cakey.
Perfect base for powder blushes. If I want to use gel blushes, I put that on first then PureStay with a wet sponge over. Works like a charm! I'm asian, MMM, and the yellow undertones of the Sand shade works perfectly with my skin. I hope they never discontinue this product.
Very floral, with a hint of fruitiness. Great for those who want to smell differently from others, as this veers away from the current fruity scent trend. I have the spray version, and my problem with this is that the smell doesn't last long! A couple of hours maximum. Sad because this is pretty pricey (about USD19 after 30% off) for a small bottle.
HG. Perfect. If I had to pick just one lip balm it would be this. I use it first thing in the morning to prepare for lipstick. I use it last thing at night to moisturize my lips. There're usually four flavors available so you don't get sick of the same scent/flavor everytime. Perfect alone, under, or over lipstick!
I love this lipstick! Works great with my MMM colouring. It's a sheer but well-pigmented rose, and comes out so naturally on my lips. I've made a couple of freinds try this as well, and it works on them though we have different colouring (will work on lighter and darker skin tones).
The shimmer is very natural (imagine that); I can use it for day, in the office even, without looking like a total idiot for wearing shimmer. The texture is very smooth and silky and you'll never have a grainy feel on your lips due to the sparkles, unlike with other lipsticks. A really great buy. I hope they never discontinue this.
I'm an asian MMM, which means I have yellow undertones. I have this foundation in Sand and it works well. Not great, but good enough. The color match is alright, though in certain lightings (like ugly white flourescent lights in buildings) sometimes the foundation looks too pinkish.
As the bottle warns, you have to work quickly so the foundation doesn't set in patches all over your face. The easiest way to do it is not to do the usual five dots all over the face, but to do one area (e.g. forehead), one dot at a time. This is not a big problem though, and the tradeoff is a foundation that does stay on the face longer than non-long-lasting ones.
The coverage is not too heavy, which means certain blemishes will show through (for me this means a few dark pimple marks). I find this acceptable, as I don't want to go out with a mask on my face; all I really need is a nice long-wearing foundation which will even up my splotchy skin. I suggest you don't try to layer the foundation on too thickly, as I believe this is when it gets cakey, as other reviewers have said. Use a good concealer to hide blemishes or undereye circles instead. The foundation lasts almost the eight hours of my workday. I actually like it better an hour after I've put it on, as by then the just-put-on-foundation look is gone, and the effect is more natural.
The foundation stays on well enough to take powder and even gel (yes, gel!) blushes. I would consider repurchasing this, though I'd try other brands/lines first. I'm off to try Max Factor's Colour Adapt next, as I really want a natural look that will work well in any lighting.
Wow! I never really believed Cinema Secrets' claim to be able to cover up tattoos until I tried their foundation/concealer!
Well, no, I don't have tattoos to try this on, but you really won't believe how pigmented the product is until you try it. I'm genetically predisposed to having dark undereyes (no amount of sleep will take them away), having had them since highschool. I've been looking and looking for concealers that would work on this, and only now have I found my almost-HG.
As mentioned, the foundation/concealer is really well-pigmented. No layering needed, as one layer per area is enough to cover even the darkest blemishes. You'll also be able to find and exact match whatever your skin color is, as they have dozens of shades to choose from. No more having to make do with too light or too dark concealers.
My only gripe with this product is that it's a bit on the oily side, which is a problem for me being here in the Philippines, a tropical country. The heat can make it rub off easily, a problem I can imagine users in colder climates will not have. I will have to reapply in the afternoon if I wish to have a fresher look, and of course I always dust loose powder afterwards to set it.
Overall a really great buy! I bought the small pot for PHP700+ (around USD13) during sale. Now this is expensive, even at that discounted price (30% off, regular price is about USD19) but the coverage and the fact that you only use a teensy bit at a time (it'll last forever, i promise) makes the purchase very worthwhile.