Lip Treatments -Paula's Choice - Lip and Body Treatment Balm
christinepf 2/2/2011 11:46:00 PM
I used to be a Paula's Choice fan but some of the actions of her company lately have really annoyed me. This balm used to come in a large tub and last for ages (it was called Lip and Body Treatment Balm), and now it comes in a much smaller tub that doesn't last long, and is spuriously called Lip Recovery Balm. It is the same product but in a much smaller container, at the same cost as before. I know companies have to make money but honestly, how expensive can the ingredients be? Not very, I think. Paula herself goes on at length about how cheap cosmetics ingredients are. The product is not just a lip treatment, it's for the body as well, as it's name used to state. PC has cunningly rebadged it as a lip balm, presumably because her PR people know that it's not a good look to try to sell a body balm in such a small quantity. In essence, I feel ripped off! I used to use this product all over my body on dry areas - elbows, legs, heels, hands. I can't really do that now as the container is so small. I'm going to look elsewhere for a decent dry skin treatment. It's a shame as this is a good balm for very dry skin ALL over the body (not just lips!!). However, on principle, I will not buy this product again.
Foundations -MAC - Studio Stick SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
christinepf 3/4/2009 6:39:00 PM
I don't know what is in this product but it's the only foundation I've ever brought I would buy again. I have three MAC foundations - the stick, StudioFix powder and Moistureblend. StudioFix makes my skin flakey and Moistureblend doesn't last more than 2 hours. This one by far works the best, which is ironic given I have oily, flaky skin. The only problem is can't use it in summer, here in Sydney it slides right off in the humidity. In Autumn-Winter-Spring though it stays put and looks good for several hours, and I always seem to get compliments when I wear it.
This cleanser removes all my makeup and sunscreen, and it leaves dry skin feeling moisturised and not taut, but I won't buy this again because it irritates my eyes badly. It contains Bitter Orange Oil and Lavender Oil, and I think that might be why. This is a shame because otherwise it's a great cleanser for dry skin.
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Recovery Cleanser
christinepf 7/1/2008 9:06:00 AM
I am disappointed with Paula's Choice. This used to be one of the best cleansers for dry skin on the market - it was excellent at removing makeup without drying. PC has changed the formulation and now it's fairly useless. Not awful, just ineffective. It's simply not true that this cleanser removes heavy duty sunscreen - it barely removes light makeup, let alone anything else. I'm quite annoyed PC did not tell their customers they were changing the formula. The way to tell if you have the new or old formula is that the new formula contains mineral oil and the old formula doesn't. I have nothing against mineral oil, it's just that this cleanser is useless. The only good thing is that it rinses off easily, but even that doesn't help much because it doesn't rinse much off with it ...
Creates a corpse-like affect. Worse than wearing no lipstick at all. What on earth was Mac thinking.
I don't like Lady Bug. I am an NC25 brunette with dark eyes, and it goes orange on me and makes me look washed out. Not a blue red at all. Would probably only look good on red heads and blondes.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
christinepf 6/28/2007 11:43:00 PM
This is really only for very oily skin, or in summer. It's not really a cleanser for 'normal to oily' skin, in my opinion. It cleans well but leaves my skin feeling dry afterwards. But, it is cheap and the pump bottle is practical.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer - Aubergine 281
christinepf 5/22/2007 6:42:00 AM
I have bright green eyes and am always on the hunt for purple eyeliners ... I don't like this one, though. Like some of the other reviewers have said, it is very dark. I have NC25 skin and it looks almost black on me. It doesn't create the 'pop' effect on my eyes that the right purple will. The packaging is great though, as is the price.
This is a beatiful, creamy blue based red that lasts better than most creamy lipsticks. Works fab on my FFF skin and green eyes. A staple of my cosmetics wardrobs and will use it a lot over winter for the 40s look.