Oh my! This is the lipgloss I have been waiting for MAC to make! It's a beautiful cool, blue-toned red with pearl and gold shimmer. It didn't turn fuchsia on me and feels great. Slicker than lipglass and not particularly sticky. For all the shimmer, it's not gritty at all. Great color payoff - the new lustreglasses MAC just launched seem to be more pigmented. I can see myself using this up and repurchasing over and over again - great job MAC! NW20, Fair, Blonde Hair
Wow! This is a stunning, sparkly, nudish-pink. In the tube it reminds me of Pink Bronze pigment - but very faintly. On the lips it is gorgeous. So shiney and shimmery with lots of micro-glitter, yet not gritty. This is the only LE lipglass I've thought of buying a back-up of. I think this is a perfect color for many skin tones that could be worn year round, by itself or over other colors. NW20-25, mildly pigmented lips, blonde hair.
This is gross! I had this put on me in a makeover and it was disgusting. It clumped, flaked, smeared, and made my lashes look awful. I would never buy this - especially seeing at my Maybelline Full 'n' Soft is so fab.
Lip Treatments -Avon - Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 15 (solid stick)
clare0325 4/9/2005 6:21:00 PM
Wow! I am pleasantly surprised by this lip balm. I bought it based on the MUA reviews and I pleased I did. It's in a twist up tube like chapstick and goes on clear without any flavor or scent. It contains SPF15 which is always a great addition, but it doesn't give it a funny taste. My lips were really chapped and damaged when I bought this, but after using it for about 12hours they were soft and wonderful. I apply this throughout the day and when I go to bed for lovely lips. Next time I buy some I'll get them on e-bay where you can buy in bulk for pretty cheap. If you're just trying it first, sign up with Avon and chances are you'll receive some sore of free shipping offer within a week. I think that this is definitely HG material, I just wish you could buy it in stores. 0.15oz/4.2g
I was really let down with this product. It dried out my already dry skin and left me with huge flaky patches. It also made my skin feel tight. I don't think that the scrubbies do much either. It smelt like soap which wasn't particularly pleasant, but I could have dealt with that if it had delivered cleanser-wise. From reading through the reviews again I think it works best on normal skin - not dry skin like me. I can't wait to try their sunscreen though! :)
I love, love, love this moisturizer. I have dry - very dry skin with red blotchies and flakies, but this works wonders. A little bit goes a long way (but I apply extra when I'm feeling extravagant) and it sinks right into the skin. Within 30 minutes my skin looks calmer and clearer, feeling great too. It makes my skin the tiniest bit shiny, but not greasy at all. I'm trying to find another moisturizer that feels like this and moistrizes well so I can use the treatment just at night. It smells fresh and leafy, just what you'd expect from TBS. Great product.
Moisturizers -Korres - Watercress Potent Moisturizer SPF6
clare0325 3/21/2005 1:16:00 PM
Ugh, I think I'm giving up on Korres products. I really wanted to love them, but no dice. This makes my dry skin look shiny and greasy - which I despise. I didn't find it to be that moisturizing despite its supposed potency. I'll be returning this and sticking to TBS 24hr moisturizer with Kinetin.
Makeup Brushes -Christian Dior - Backstage Bronzer Brush
clare0325 3/19/2005 10:26:00 PM
This was such a disapointment. I saw it online and thought it looked GORGEOUS and the description sounded divine. I added it to my birthday list as a brush I really wanted - sight unseen. Fortunately, I got to see it before my Mum purchased it. I saw the display box in Sephora and it still looked good. The bristles were all black as opposed to the brown shown online and it was a bit smaller than expected. THEN (dun dun dun) I touched it...and that's when the disapointment came. This did not feel like a $50 brush. The bristles felt synthetic (though it says they are goat) and weren't tightly packed. It didn't feel particularly soft and I could see it getting scratchy. For comparison I went and felt the Smashbox Powder brush I wanted to check out - it was way softer and felt much better than the Dior brush. I then went and touched Benefit's powder and blush brushes - which felt more like the Dior brush, but cost close to $30 less. I know I didn't buy it and who knows - the display one might be different from those sold, but I wanted to give everyone an idea of what it was like. HTH! P.S. I gave it 2 lippies b/c it does look pretty. :)
Why oh why does this have to be D/C? I recieved it today from a fellow MUAer and I <3 it more than words. It's blue based which I love and makes my teeth look white. It looks like NARS Flaming Dust sheer lipstick which I also love, but it has glitter. Looks great applied lightly as a stain too. I will be searching for another lipgloss like this! I'm an NW20 (pretty pale) with blonde hair and this doesn't wash me out at all. New fave.
This lippie completely blew away all my expectations! It looks scarily dark in the tube, but on the lips it is very versatile, as a sheer berry stain or layered to a deep violet. I like this so much I'm considering a back-up. Looks great against my NW20 skin.
I really love this scrub. I've started using it every night and it's wondeful. It takes off any remnants of face make-up that are leftover, exfoliates my skin, and medicates it too. The scrub leaves my skin feeling silkly, smooth, and clean. I have dry skin and I think that this even helps to hydrate it as well. Definitely a repurchase. UPDATE: I changed my rating to a 2 because after continued use it gave me loads of dry patches that were hard to get rid of.
I picked this up at my CCO on a whim and wasn't sure if it would work. I had a sneaking suspicion that it would make my eyes look bloodshot, BUT it didn't. It looks great with my green eyes and glides on smoothly. Love this and think it will definitely be a staple. I'm NW20 with blonde hair.
Moisturizers -Korres - Mandarin Light Moisturizer SPF 8
clare0325 2/26/2005 6:12:00 PM
I loved this moisturizer at first - it left my skin feeling great, had a nice tingle, and seemed to clear up my skin. However, it then started to sting more and made my face red and shiny - not something I wanted. I thought that reducing the amount fixed the problem, but it didn't. I haven't been using this much anymore because I don't like chance the red, angry skin. My skin is normally not sensitive, so I don't know why this happened to me. I'll probably try using this a couple more times before retiring it, but it's really just 50-50 at this point. I won't be repurchasing, but I am going to try some more Korres products.
Well, I have to admit my newly affirmed love for MAC's paints. I originally bought Bare Canvas as a neutral base, it kept my e/s from creasing, but was never really impressed. Then I received the mini-paint charms for Christmas. I didn't use them for a couple of months, but got sick of my Pearl CCB not cutting it and gave Stilife a try. I loved it! The paints are really easy to apply - try the 242 brush - and keep e/s from budging. I definitely like the sparkly colors best because they are so pretty. The colored paints really help make corresponding colors more vivid and true-to-pan. The simmer does tend to show through though, so a matte paint is best for a matte look. The other thing I love is that you can wear them alone too. They look great blended up into the crease. The only problem is the packaging, which can be a little annoying. To keep paint from spurting out and being wasted, unroll the end and squeeze the middle of the tube (with the cap on) to distribute the paint throughout the packaging. I think the price is fair because you only need a little and they last forever!
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
clare0325 2/25/2005 10:37:00 PM
This is my HG mascara! I use this in conjunction with my Shu curler and it's perfect. Full n Soft holds the curl perfectly, doesn't clump, and makes my dark brown lashes black. It's totally waterproof - trust me, I've had at least 2 major crying sessions in this mascara and it doesn't budge. Doesn't smudge either, but is easy to remove. I don't think it adds length, but I do get some volume. Like the name says it leaves your lashes soft and flexible - not gross and stiff. The wand is great and practically fool proof. I've tried Badgal and FnS beats it hands down. I can't bring myself to pay $20+ for a mascara, but it doesn't look like I'll be needing to - a definite repurchase. P.S.: My lashes are naturally stick straight