Powder -Merle Norman - Luxiva Ultra Powder Foundation
cmayes71 1/21/2013 5:01:00 PM
Love this powder foundation! It is everything I could want in a powder foundation. On days that I don't want full coverage I just wear this. When I am going out I use this over the lasting foundation. I am pale and use this in light. The packaging is very sleek and user friendly. It gives a matte finish and wears well. If you get a correct match in this, you really can't go wrong. The new packaging is a nice update. I really cannot detect a fragrance in this. Some people may be more sensitive to fragrance in products than I am.
This is the one foundation that I keep coming back to. This foundation feels moisturizing but is non greasy. It wears like ELDW but is not as drying on me. It is lighter feeling. I am super pale and use vanilla. I wear ecru in ELDW. It is a very good match. I use the ultra powder (light) over this if I need more coverage. Merle Norman really deserves more attention than it gets. Merle Norman carries some of the best cosmetics. Their skincare is amazing! They have changed their packaging to reflect a more modern image.
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage
cmayes71 12/26/2012 8:44:00 PM
I received this as a gwp. It is very nice. It cools the eye area. It smooths my lines and gets rid of the crepeyness. It really does seem to de puff my under eyes. I find it is very soothing to use. I don't have dark circles so I can't comment on that. It is a nice undereye serum. It is often included in gwp's so it is very affordable.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
cmayes71 12/26/2012 8:39:00 PM
This stuff is amazing. It has been out a long time. I finally decided to try it because of my winter dry skin. This gives my skin the moisture it needs. It feels wonderful on. It makes my face feel cool and hydrated. It is not greasy at all. It absorbs right in. The next day my fine lines are barely noticeable. My skin looks plump. I love it and will continue purchasing it. It is oil free. I also like the eye massage that goes with this.
This is my favorite pressed foundation. It gives my skin a radiant finish. It makes me look like I have great skin. I have scars and melasma. Usually I use it with a little concealer but when I want more coverage I will use it with a liquid foundation. I am super pale. The medium works for me. The medium color is very forgiving. It seems to blur my fine lines. It does not settle into lines. I will purchase this as long as it is being made. Love it!
Powder -Becca - Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation
cmayes71 12/26/2012 6:00:00 PM
I had high hopes for this foundation but, for myself, I prefer Laura Geller balance and brighten. The Becca foundation felt dry on my skin. It did not provide a radiant finish like the balance and brighten does. For the record, I have tried many pressed mineral foundations. This one is not my favorite. It works for my 19 year old daughter, however.
I had stopped using Bare Escentuals for a few years. Recently I tried the matte version in fairly light. I fell in love. It has great coverage and does not accentuate lines or pores. It is matte but not flat. I used the original prime time, hydrating mineral veil, well rested as concealer and faux tan as a bronzer. The finish was beautiful. It did not get shiny after sweating. This is my daily foundation now. Truly amazing!
This is a beautiful perfume. I have many fragrances but this is my favorite. It is like perfection in a bottle. It is not too spicy, not too floral. It's just right. I get compliments galore. It is amazing layered with the almond coconut body souffle. Sometimes I will also use Laura Mercier Vanille Gourmande edt with it. L'Heure Magique is sexy and mysterious smelling. It is different from all of my other fragrances. It lasts but is not overbearing. It seems like it would appeal to almost anyone. You can change it up by using any of the gourmande collection products with it. It's just pure lovely! It's not foody.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
cmayes71 2/19/2012 12:47:00 AM
I love this moisturizer! I wish I tried it sooner. This feels great on my skin. It smells nice, makes my skin glow, moisturizes well. I don't get the negative reviews. This is a very good moisturizer. Try it for yourself. I have used many that are more expensive. This works for me.
Palettes -Urban Decay - 15 year anniversary palette
cmayes71 9/3/2011 10:11:00 PM
This palette is beautiful! Omen may be my favorite color. Typically, I stick to neutrals but I wanted to branch out into using more colors. This palette has some lovely neutrals, brights and dark colors. I love all of them and am glad to have this in my collection. The texture of the shadows are wonderful. I have not experienced fallout when I use Urban decay sin primer. The packaging is beautiful but I would rather have had something with a flip top rather than having to take the lid off. It has a "secret" compartment under the shadow pan but it is too shallow to be of any use to me. All of the colors are useable to me. I thought junkshow would be too bright but it isn't. They look beautiful on my pale skin.
Foundations -Gerda Spillman - Bio-Fond Cream-Make Up
cmayes71 8/6/2011 1:20:00 AM
Over the years I have read a lot about Gerda Spillman Bio-Fond Make up. They had a free shipping offer so I thought I would give it a try. I really love this makeup. I am 40 years old and have pretty good skin. I do have some horizontal expression lines on my forehead and a little crepeyness under my eyes. Unfortunately, I have large pores on my nose and cheeks. This makeup does not accentuate lines or pores. You don't have to use much at all. The deluxe compact is beautiful. I have many foundations, mostly high end, but this may be my favorite so far. The color, weekend, was a perfect match. It covers well and does not feel like I'm wearing makeup. I've said this before about other brands but this may be my HG. This is the only foundation that looks good on me in all lighting. I like to use Meteorites powder over it. Update: Still love this foundation! I have foundation ADD. I have tried others but came back to this. It looks like I have flawless skin. It does not cause acne. A little goes a long way. It is my favorite foundation. It has been referred to as makeup of the stars. I can see why. It wears well, photographs well, and feels like I'm wearing nothing. Nice shades as well!
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
cmayes71 8/6/2011 1:12:00 AM
Today I picked this cleanser up in Sephora. I was out of purity and wanted something different. I really like this. I hardly detected a fragrance in it. It cleansed really well. It was relaxing to use. It seems to have exfoliated pretty well. My skin seems a little brighter after using and not dry at all. I would probably only use this in the AM. At night, I like Clinique take the day off balm.
Liquid -Estee Lauder - Maximum Coverage Foundation
cmayes71 12/31/2010 8:13:00 PM
This stuff is amazing. I use it as a spot concealer for my face and body. It covers spider veins, scars, acne, etc. This is hg for sure. I hope they never quit making it. You get a good amount for the money. It will last a long time. It's waterproof also.
Surprised at the negative reviews on this. This is a gorgeous color on my pale skin. It's very moisturizing. I use Sue Devitt telina gloss over it. People have asked what lipstick it is. This will be one I repurchase!
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Egyptian Magic Healing Cream
cmayes71 12/13/2010 9:32:00 PM
My skin started getting crepey looking. It is dehydrated. I love egyptian magic. I put it on before foundation. At night, I put it on after my favorite moisturizer. It is not greasy and it smooths my skin out like nothing else. It's also great on scars. I also tend to get acne on my chin. This has not caused any acne for me.