Liquid -Classified Cosmetics - ERA Face Spray Foundation
cnvalle 1/5/2013 8:58:00 PM
I have had my 2 bottles for years and just started using it again. I have to say the finish and naturalness of this foundation is notable. It reminds of the Armani Maestro in that it is thin but offers great coverage. Wears like iron. A big bottle was $55, not sure what the price is now. But if you have trouble getting a foundation to stay on Nd look natural try this.
For my dry skin something that FINALY WORKS. I started with a new Esthecian who uses this line. Best products ever. My skin, even though 58 and dry, looks really smooth, line free and no dry patches around my nose. Wonderful and well worth it.
Expensive and not worth it. Seems like I always had the impression that these were good lip balms. Wrong. Horrible in terms of keeping lips soft in dry weather, has no staying power and no healing attributes. The color is eh...Never buy this again. My Lip smacker Dr. Pepper has nothing to worry about.
Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Elchim 2001 Professional Blow Dryer
cnvalle 1/28/2012 8:13:00 PM
After years of buying hairdryers at Costco or Walmart, I popped for an Elchim. So glad I did. I have the Uragano Ionic, which is about 6 years old. Elchim is a company that gives a lifetime warranty on their products. This means the $120 you pay, will be backed up. I have had it worked on once for the shipping cost of $18. They put in a new motor. Granted this was after four years of about daily use. Prior to that I would go through one blow dryer a year. So our family now has three of these guys and I won't buy any other brand. It dries my shoulder length medium thick fine hair in about 10 minutes and seems to reduce the frying. It has multiple temperature settings which I use. Great product.
Foundations -Kevyn Aucoin - Sensual Skin Enhancer Shades
cnvalle 1/28/2012 8:07:00 PM
This is another of those really expensive products that is actually worth it. Fro $45 you get .63 ounces of this uber concentrated foundation/concealer....Going on trip and need to conserve space? Take this as you foundation and concealer...Its a tiny jar. For foundation use with a primer and slightly damp sponge for a beautiful finish. Ditto for a concealer but I sometimes us a foundation brush. The colors are yellow based. I use the 05 for concealer. The yellow counteracts the blue of dark circles and makes you looks as good as it gets. I don't usually need to powder on top but a light dusting can be used to set.
Horrible formula, creapy colors. I don't know what has happened to MAC. I can find better colors in the Drug store lines. I tried this in a couple shades, with primer and without. I have olive skin - which is pretty common. I don't know who they think is going to wear the weird shades they come up with. Legendary was kind of pretty but too brown. Just a smidge off. When this wears off, it looks weird, runny and dry. Ick.
I bought this in the $40 tube. They now sell a $20 tube, which I would recommend for most people until you know if you are going to love it. A $40 tube may last you long enough to be included in your will. This is SO concentrated a spot covers my dark circles. Its very creamy, blends well with a sponge or finger and stays put. I have light olive skin and use the Light shade. They sell samples from their website which is a really good way to find your exact match. One of my top 3 concealers.
Moisturizers -Dr. Denese - Wrinkle Defense Day Cream SPF 30
cnvalle 1/28/2012 7:45:00 PM
Again, another Dr Denesse products that I think is too expensive - $75 for a four ounce tube. But if you are one of the sunscreen avoiders like me, this may be for you. Its really a tinted moisturizer and a good one for dry skin. This replaced my Sage sunscreen which if I would sweat would sting my eyes. This does not. Again, I can basically smear it one and blend with fingers in 20 seconds, and I am out the door for a walk. So I have a feeling I am a lifer. I just wish it was cheaper.
Skincare - Face -Dr. Denese - HydroShield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum
cnvalle 1/28/2012 7:41:00 PM
I really like this stuff. But a 2 oz bottle is $125!!!!!! Granted I just swipe the outside of the glass eye dropper and use on my whole face, eyes, and neck...Still the price bothers me. But I have desert dry skin and this does seem to form a barrier between me and dryness. I only like this packaging. The four ounce size comes in one of those awful pump things that I think waste product. Never had any issues with irritation etc.
I have semi - full dark brows. But every one in awhile I get crazy with tweezers. Plus the hairline end needs some defining. This wax works well and stays on me. Granted I have dry skin, so may be if you skin is oily, might slide off. The Smashbox stuff is too complicated for me. I do a five minute face. I do use the Smashbox eyebrow brush with this and can do my brows in 20 seconds. SCORE!!!! $20 for this little jar. But I have been using my daily for a year and its about a third gone. Probably dry out before I use it up.
I can't even remember when I first bought these, suffice it to say, I keep a steady supply. I also have my daughter and her friends on the LM Sponge train. When Sephora has the 20% off, I buy multiple packs. My dirty ones goes through the laundry. They don't come out great but good enough to keep reusing till they fall apart.
I tried to be a real makeup snob, but a couple years ago I bought my first jar of this foundation. End of my Chanel exclusive relationship. This stuff, applied with a good primer and a Laura Mercier sponge, gives a really nice finish, medium coverage and stays put all day. Doesn't irritate my really dry old skin. Cheap, effective and guilt free makeup...What more could you ask for.
At my age and OCD about my hair, I have tried EVERYTHING. Kerastase, Alterna, pro-masks. You name it. This is now my HG daily condish. I have shoulder length, wavy fine hair, tends to break easy, color treated. Did I mention frizz? Yea, got that too. I shampoo and and I use one squirt as a leave in. I do it after just barely wringing out my clean hair. I don't believe in the condish and rinse thing... My hair stays tangle free, controls the frizz and I can blow it dry or let it dry natural. Love this stuff. One 16 ounce bottle is about $48 retails but shop around and get it on sale. My last bottles I found for $38. One 16 ounce bottle lastes me at least 4 months. I don't have to shampoo but every third day...
Ben Nye is a pro brand that offers quality and great prices. I bought the Tattoo cover from Camera Ready cosmetics. I was looking for something similar to the Senna peach cover but a little more coverage. This is it. I like to put it one moisturied skin with a taklon brush and then bump it in with a sponge. I use Laura Mercier's. This blends really well with olive skin. I use the light. $8.99 for a nice little jar which will last a long time. Gotta love the price and quality..
Moisturizers -Renee Rouleau - Hawaiian Nourishing Cream
cnvalle 8/27/2011 1:13:00 PM
If you have dehydrated skin like I do, this may be THE one. I was encouraged to buy RR after reading great reviews for years when she offered a 15% discount. I bought this cream, the vitamin and firming serum. My skin is light olive, dry and feels tight. This cream is like a drink of cold water for dry skin. Not heavy, or greasy, it soaks right in. I like to have damp hands so I don't pull on my skin. I typically don't use eye cream - I think that's bunk - and use the same cream on my face as I do my eye area. This one is a winner and has a great light scent. I wish it was a bit cheaper or offered in a larger economy size, but considering how many drug store brands I have tried only to find, they are greasy or don't really moisturize, I have to say this one is worth the coin.