I purchased my 3rd bottle today. This is a great product. I have combo skin (normal with an oily t-zone), and my cheeks tend to get slightly dry in the winter. I have hyperpigmentation and a few fine wrinkles on my forehead and the start of a few crows feet. This serum has faded my hyperpigmentation ever so slightly and my wrinkles are much less noticeable. I am really surprised this works so well for me. It is also very comfortable to wear and moisturizes without feeling greasy. I was contemplating switching to EL for my skincare, but I think I'll stay with this as long as it continues to give these good results.
Liquid -Boots - Botanics Virtually Weightless Color Adjusting Foundation
calicatattack 9/19/2010 1:55:00 PM
I recently rediscovered this while shopping my stash. I had put it away for the winter because it was a bit dark, and pulled it out recently as I'm a little darker. I have this in Fair. I am NC25-30ish, neutral beige. This product is called a foundation, but I would agree with others that it's more like a TM or a tinted primer. It has enough pigment to even out skin tone and it leaves a satin/semi-matte finish. I can wear it in place of a primer under foundation or wear it alone with powder. I love the texture. It is mousse-like and goes on smoothly. I can hardly feel it on my skin. The color names are a bit odd. I am not "Fair" skinned but wear it in that name, but this product runs dark, so anyone lighter than NC 20-25 would probably not have a match. I'm going to purchase the lightest one for winter. (I think it's called "Extra Fair") The color range in the Boots lines are my only gripe about their products.
I also got this as a perk from Sephora. I never would have thought to purchase this because 1) I prefer powder blush for ease of application, and 2) the color looked bright in the bottle. But I was pleasantly surprised by this product. The pump is nice and keeps the product neat and clean. And the color is really nice. The product is quite sheer upon application, but buildable. Applied lightly and blended with a small flat top brush, it gives a sheer reddish pink flush. It is flattering and youthful on my complexion. I am EL DW Ivory Beige, MAC 25-30ish, neutral leaning yellow with brown hair and eyes. I found it applied well over foundation without shifting it. And a teeny bit goes a long way. Will purchase it in other colors.
I really like this lipstick. I am light-medium neutral leaning yellow complexion. I've always liked reddish lipsticks so I'm happy to have added this to my arsenal. It looks brownish in the tube, but looks berry-red on my pigmented lips. It really pulls my look together when I don't want to wear much eye mu. I wear a rosy blush, neutral wash on the lids and this on my lips. Will repurchase.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorstay Soft and Smooth Lipcolor in Blissful Honey
calicatattack 7/13/2010 4:12:00 PM
I am reviewing the Revlon Colorstay Lipcolor in Blissful Honey. My tube does not say "soft and smooth" on the tube. I bought this at CVS on a BOGO50% off. I consider the price very reasonable. The packaging is simple and functional. The color in the tube is the color that appears on my lips, which is an amazing feat as colors always look way different on my pigmented lips. The color is a dark orange with the slightest shimmer from the glitter. The glitter doesn't show up as bits. I am medium with brown hair and eyes. I am beige neutral leaning yellow. I wear MAC F&B in C3. The color is really flattering. It makes me look healthy. Just some bronzer on my cheeks and MAC Untitled paint on my lids. The lipstick is smooth going on and lasts about 3 hours on me which is incredible. It doesn't dry out my lips and doesn't look crepey like some long lasting lipsticks do. This is a great, fairly priced lipstick. Will definitly buy again.
I purchased this last week. I agree with the others that it is similar to ST. On my skin, this has more brown and less purple-y/silvery frost than ST, and makes it more wearable for me. I have to wear neutrals at work and this e/s fits the bill. I like both a lot. I am light/med beige skin slightly yellow with ruddy cheeks, brown hair and eyes. I purchased Hey e/s at the same time. Hey on the lid with PFG in the crease is a really nice neutral combo.
I received this shampoo and the matching conditioner as samples with an online order. It said that it was for aging hair. As I have quite a bit of gray these days, and have noticed my hair becoming coarser, I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. My hair feels softer and healthier. I have medium/thick dark brown hair, just past the shoulder length hair. My scalp is normal. My hair is wavy and the texture ranges from fine to coarse. Needless to say, I purchased the jumbo pump bottles.
I've been using this in #2 for a couple of months. I like it enough to continue to use it, but I don't love it. It helps to blur my undereye circles, but doesn't cover them up all the way. If my circles are especially bad, then I use either The Balm's Time Balm Concealer or MAC's Studio Sculpt Concealer first, then lightly apply MUFE's Lift Concealer over it. This concealer is the only one I've found that isn't too heavy and cakey for daytime use. I will repurchase and use until I find something I like better.
I am loving this color! On my skin, it changes from brown to grey/brown/purple depending on what other colors I use with it. I've been wearing it with MUFE 127 (taupe) all over, Mystery on the lid, and Vex as a highlight. No eyeliner. Add a light coating of mascara and it's a great daytime smokey look. MAC Warm Soul blush and Hi Def lipstick. It's a really nice neutral polished look. I am MUFE 118 / Merle Norman L22. Light/Medium skin with neutral/yellow-beige undertones.
Foundations -Merle Norman - Luxiva Flawless Effect Liquid Foundation
calicatattack 2/19/2010 10:15:00 PM
I hadn't been inside a Merle Norman store in about 20 years. I remember going with my mom and both of us thinking that the make up was too pink based. I didn't wear much makeup back then (occasionally some concealer and translucent powder). I remember thinking that they're products looked like old lady makeup. After that, we never went back. Fast forward to 2010... I started wearing liquid foundation last year. I have been blessed with good skin and never felt I needed it. Not to mention that I am lazy when it comes to getting ready/dressed to go out. Well, last summer my face experienced extreme hyperpigmentation for the first time. It has faded a bit, but it's still noticeable without some form of TM or fdtn. Well, I was reading reviews and surprisingly, Merle Norman makeup was getting good reviews. I figured, it's been so many years since I last stepped foot in one of their stores, they must have adjusted their color selection somewhat. I went there and asked the SA for a MMU and a medium to full coverage liquid fdtn. She brought out Luxvia Flawless Finish Foundation in L22 and poured a sample. I applied it with my fingers and really liked the finish. It was a perfect match (I wear MUFE HD in 118). It is medium coverage. I applied it lightly and it blended away my hyperpigmentation and left a satin finish. It looked like my skin but better. I was hesitant about how it would hold up throughout the day, which I told the SA. She poured a very generous sample and gave it to me. Fastforward 2 weeks... I have worn this 3 or 4 times a week over the last couple of weeks and I have to say that it looks amazingly natural. I put on a light layer all over, then go over my problem areas with a second light layer. You only need a small amount of this product for your entire face. I only need concealer under my eyes (I have super dark circles) and a couple of small, really dark pigmented spots. I top it off with finishing powder and it looks so natural and healthy. It doesn't slide off of my oily nose/chin and doesn't emphasize my semi-dry (winter) cheeks. The foundation doesn't sink into my pores or fine lines. And the big test was whether it would last long enough. Well, it lasts all day (12 hrs)! I don't need touchups. Just blotting once and then a light dusting of powder. I am going to Merle Norman this weekend to purchase a bottle (even though I still have a few more applications left in my sample!).
Lipstick -MAC - Lustre - Honeyflower [DISCONTINUED]
calicatattack 2/16/2010 4:57:00 PM
This is one of my all time favorite lipsticks. I have the most difficult skin color/tone to match and my coloring is constantly changing. Yet, no matter what color/shade/tone I am, this lipstick matches. I have pigmented lips that are a pinky mauve. Honeyflower appears as a carmel/bronze/peach on my lips. It's very natural and pretty. As others have mentioned, it's a color I can put on without a mirror. I have a tube of this in my purse at all times. I have repurchased this at least 4 times, and will continue to repurchase!
I love this color as an all over color for a casual yet polished look. I wear a primer, then brush this all over with Grain as my highlight, a bit of mascara and I'm good to go. It is very neutral and matches almost all my blush and lipstick shades. This is what I had hoped Malt would be on me. Malt pulled slightly reddish and made my eyes look swollen and tired. But Bisque is a perfect pink/mauve based beige. This is one of my favorite go-to colors for workdays. Will definitely repurchase. I'm between MUFE HD 118 and 120. Light/medium beige skintone, leaning slightly warm.
(I originally posted this under the foundation. oops.) I purchased the PR pressed powder in light/medium along with the foundation. Can't find a color match in the fdtn, but the powder is perfect. I have combo skin (oily nose, dry cheeks) and this powder worked really well. I wear it over my MUFE HD foundation and it looks perfect. The PR powder has a glow to it and really complements the MUFE fdtn. This powder is truly a setting powder. I use a fluffy powder brush and apply lightly all over my face. It is not a blotting powder, thus it doesn't provide oil control. (at least not for me) Albeit, it didn't cause me to be any oilier on my nose than usual. I took a lippie off because the packaging sucks. It's big and bulky, yet the mirror inside is small. And the brush it comes with...no good. I wear MUFE HD 125. Can't find a match right now in MAC. Edit: I was recently color matched to MUFE HD 118 and I still don't have a good match in the PR foundation. :(
This is a really pretty highlighter. My skin is light/medium and it gives a nice glow. I use a light touch and it's not glittery. I wear it all over. Would purchase again, but I probably won't have to as a little goes a long way. This color goes reaaly well with Warm Soul and Superduper Natural.
Mascara -Maybelline - Define A Lash Volume Mascara
calicatattack 1/11/2010 2:53:00 PM
I've been using this mascara for several days and I really like it. I have the volume in waterproof, very black. I've had horrible luck finding a mascara that doesn't cause raccoon eyes. Well, this is the one for me. It doesn't smudge, and it gives my eyelashes the oomph I needed for day to day wear. It also doesn't flake off throughout the day. I have dark lashes that are neither too short nor too sparse. I put on 2 coats and then comb through. Will repurchase. :)