I initially bought this as an addition to my anti-acne regimen and found although making my skin silky-smooth, it also dried it out too much. I will still continue to us it as a body product. I also sliced a bit off and tried it as a brush cleanser with warm water--it works really well! Got the staining out of my MAC brushes and now they look almost new.
Lipstick -Revlon - Superlustrous Lipstick - Demure (LE)
ciaobellakate 2/8/2013 11:43:00 PM
This is such a nice sheer peachy color with a bit of frost. The vintage packaging is gorgeous. I'd love it if I could find this exact shade sans frost as it's quite sheer to the point where you have to build it up a bit. If you have dark lips this may not even show very much on you.
Oh. my. god. This is the most flattering shade of lipstick I have ever seen. It took me a while to move over to berry lipsticks, but now that I have this I will never go back. Ladies-- buy this lipstick! You'll feel Old Hollywood glamorous; understated and classically pretty.
I have a hard time describing the color of this lipstick, mostly because I suck at describing colors. It's like a pinky browny shade with pearl. It's so pretty! Apply with a light hand for a nice everyday look or build it up for night time with a smokey eye. I'm a total sucker for Revlon lipsticks, particularly the Super Lustrous range because 1. huge color selection 2. smooth lightweight feel 3. amazing color payoff.
Oh my! Such a pretty pink lipstick! I don't want to say it, but I think I may like this better than MAC's Creme Cup. This is an ever so slightly darker shade with more of a blue tone. Definitely wearable enough for every day.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
ciaobellakate 2/8/2013 10:53:00 PM
Nastiest cleanser I have ever had the displeasure of using. I never bother to write scathing reviews but DAMN. If you're looking for a pretty pink cleanser that is overly frangranced and makes your skin peel like you're standing over the fires in the 7th circle of hell, try this!
I really like this lipstick. It's not a straight-up nude, it's warm with a peachy hue. Very flattering and creamy. Took one lippy off because of the not-so-great staying power.
I only just bought this blush and have used it a few times but I can already say I LOVE IT! It's so creamy! I cannot believe how little of the product you need, you really only have to tap a stippling brush in it very lightly and you have enough for both cheeks. I think this would be very flattering for many skin tones. First time I tried it it came out more of a light pinky color, but after a few days of tanning it now shows up as a apricot pink. It is really gorgeous. Staying power is not as good as Stila's Convertible Color, but for the price and how little you need it is not even an issue for me.
I love the Kate Moss Rimmel lipstick line and not just because it also has my name on the packaging (though I do find that little touch adorable, carrying around a lipstick that's somewhat personalized). This lipstick is a lovely dark nude color with a creamy consistency. The staying power is pretty pathetic but for the price (less tha $8 aud) hence the rating of 4. The annoying scent seems to go away the more I use it, but that's probably just me getting used to it. I prefer this one to the 03 shade as it's a tad darker and more wearable for my fair-to-medium warm skin tone. Great everyday lippie.
I found this one in my mother's nail polish collection. I'm usually a vampy/black polish kind of girl but it just looked so subtle and understated-ly classy that I had to try it. Very much an everyday wear color if you wanted, it's not the kind of shade you'd ever get sick of. It's a warmer tone than what comes across in photographs and two coats is all you need for adequate coverage. I recommend a putting Essie's Shine Of The Times over the top as it's a lovely combination.
One of my most worn lipsticks. It's a lovely medium pink with a hint of shimmer. Subtle enough for everyday wear. And dirt cheap!
Moisturizers -Sothys - Creme Reparatrice / Active Cream (Oily Skin)
ciaobellakate 8/7/2012 4:11:00 AM
I bought this after experiencing a recent bout of cystic acne. It seemed to take a while to work in terms of blemish control, but with all acne products persistence is key and I have really noticed the benefits now after a few months of use. I use this after removing my makeup with jojoba oil and then exfoliating with sodium bicarbonate. These three products have been my saving grace. I am completely blemish free *knock wood* and will continue this regimen so long as it continues to work. Sothys Active Creme absorbs well, doesn't just 'sit' like some other moisturizers. Isn't too thick, just emollient enough to make my skin feel adequately moisturized. I can wear it day or night, it's very comfortable and works well under makeup. The thing I have fallen in love with is how much it seems to have minimized by scarring in a few short months. I wear far less makeup nowadays because of decreased hyper-pigmentation and breakouts. Fantastic product.
Mascara -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara
ciaobellakate 6/6/2012 8:46:00 AM
This mascara made me love my lashes again! It took me years to find a non-smudge, lengthening mascara that worked for my embarrassingly short lashes (most of them would just cause them all to clump together) that I got to the point where I hated all mascaras and thought I might just give up until one day I received this as a free sample, tried it and thought "Wow!" It's very expensive, though keeps far longer in the tube and has far better results than any chemist brands that most are drawn to for their low price. I love it!
I always seem to come back to this moisturizer after fleetingly trying new ones. I forget how good it is. I use both the lotion and cream, but prefer the cream as it is amazingly emollient without being heavy or comedogenic and is fantastic during the colder months when I am more prone to breakouts. I also use this on my body and it helps with any dryness I might have. I have been using this for years and will be for years to come.
I get this stuff cheap from Singapore, so for me is is great value for money. This is a fantastic gentle exfoliator and for me works better than any other I have ever used. The closest thing I have used to this is Sothys Gommage, yet that does not compare in terms of results. It is gentle yet extremely effective. Apply, rug gently in circular motions and watch the balls of dead skin rub off. I am always amazed at how much of my stratum corneum it can pick up without making my skin feel stripped. I love it.