Liquid -La Mer - Skincolor De La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15
daydreamer3 4/21/2007 9:42:00 PM
I have been using this foundation on and off for nearly a year now and I can honestly say that it's the best foundation I've ever used. It's absolute perfection!!! It comes in a beautiful pump bottle, and unlike other pump bottles, you really have control over how much comes out. Secondly, I have NEVER found a better color match in any foundation before (and please trust me when I say that I've tried them all!). Creme 01 matches my light olive skin *perfectly*. It doesn't even look like I'm wearing makeup! I have dry, sensitive skin and this foundation is actually hydrating enough for me, and has never caused me any breakouts. If anything, my skin has looked better than ever since I starting wearing it! Afterall, it is a *treatment* foundation. And at this point, why else would I risk putting anything else on my face? Sure you could pay less and get similar results from a MAC foundation, but you will most likely experience clogged pores and breakouts! I also purchased the La Mer foundation brush, and it really makes a big difference! I usually HATE foundation brushes too, but this one doesn't leave streaks and applies the foundation perfectly. (I've tried plenty of other foundation brushes too, and La Mer's leaves them in the dust!!) The only downside is the price. $75 for the foundation, $40 for the brush. But as I said, it's SO worth it.
Crème -Giorgio Armani - SPF20 Shaping Designer Foundation
daydreamer3 4/1/2007 11:23:00 PM
I don't know why I always get suckered into Armani's foundations! They always look so appealing and they get nothing but raves from every beauty magazine. But unfortunately, every time I use one of their foundations, I break out. I just won't learn my lesson! (And you'd think I would have learned after my skin became a mess when using Luminous Silk!) But I passed by the Armani counter at Saks and couldn't resist! I was matched to shade #5.5 and it LOOKED like a perfect match (I had worn LSF in #5 btw), but by the end of the day it seemed to oxidize on me and turn orange. But worst of all, after just wearing it for one day, it broke me out! I have dry, sensitive skin and apparently it just can't handle Armani's foundations. I think it's all the silicones they put in it. It's such a shame because I loved the whipped texture, and it felt less greasy than the Luminous Silk foundation. It covered dark circles well too. But alas, I had to return it. :(
I have had a love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals for years now. This really is a "good for your skin" makeup, and that's one of the reasons I keep coming back to it. I also like the "glow" that I get with it. However, there are just too many problems. For starters, the application. I am MUCH better at applying it now then I was when I first tried it, but it's still VERY inconvenient to apply (not to mention, travel with!). But one of the biggest problems for me, was finding a good shade match. I tried the "Light" kit first. I found "Fairly Light" to be too light and just wash me out, but "Light" was too dark and orange. Then I tried "Medium Beige," and at first I thought that I had found my match. But alas, it still seemed to turn orange on me over the course of the day. So back to Sephora it went. Overall I'm just not satisfied with Bare Escentuals. Their brushes are of horrible quality too! I use to think that it was the foundation that made me itch, but lo and behold it was actually the BE brushes!! The Sephora Bronzer brush was much better and gave me no irritation when I used it to apply BE. But unfortunately I found that it shed a lot. Oh well, I'm sick of mineral foundations now.... LOL And contrary to popular belief, I don't think that mineral foundations look any more "natural" than any other foundation (at least with BE anyway!).
This is my HG powder! It makes my skin so flawless and glowing. It's a light beige powder that can be used as a light bronzer (especially on lighter skins). Some days I just use this along with my Cle de Peau concealer and I'm out the door-- no foundation needed. The only problem is the packaging.... too much comes out sometimes, but that's like that with most loose powders. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out though, because this has become an everyday staple for me. Scott is the best when it comes to glowing skin, trust me! :)
I tried this foundation because I figured that "Moisture Rich" would be good for my dry skin-- and it was. It's hydrating and has an spf of 15. However, I didn't like the feel of it or how it went on. I *really* hated that this didn't come in a pump bottle. Plus, the color I got, "Warm Sand" was just too yellow. I also didn't like the smell... Overall this foundation just reminded me of paint in every way-- like the old-school foundations that women use to wear.... no pump, goopy, un-natural looking. I returned this to Saks.
Foundations -Yves Saint Laurent - Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
daydreamer3 9/26/2006 1:48:00 PM
Being the foundation whore that I am, when I saw all the magazines raving about this foundation, I HAD to have it. I played around with the store testers before caving in and buying it. Here are the positives... the foundation gives a nice finish, the shades are pretty good (I have FFF light olive skin and #4 Sand is a good match), and it gives pretty good coverage despite being sheer (go figure!). However, there are a lot of negatives... the application method isn't as "easy" as they make it out to be. It took me MUCH longer to apply this than my liquid La Mer foundation. The brush is a nice idea, however, it left big streaks across my face that I had to blend in (and I know how to apply foundation with a brush). Plus, I really didn't care for the scent. It's not horrible like Dior, but it does have a perfumey smell to it. So I've decided to return this one and spend the $50 on something better.
I put off buying this concealer for quite a while because I thought that it would be too drying for my eye area. The other reason, of course, is the staggering price. But my dark circles had gone from bad to worse (due to an extremely stressful move from NY to LA over the summer), and I was getting desperate. After trying it out at a Paul Labreque hair salon in NYC, I fell in love with it immedately. I was so surprised at how creamy and natural it looked. It isn't at all drying around my eye area, although I do recommend using a lot of eye cream before applying (Laura Mercier's Eyedration is really good!). My dark circles are pretty bad, so unfortunately I do need to use a lot of product to cover them. But it looks completely natural and never creases (a true miracle!). I have light olive, FFF skin, and Beige is a perfect match! I could not be happier with this product. The price however, (which is now $70 plus tax!) is really hard to get over. But it's well worth it IMO, because it evens out my skin so well by itself, that I don't even need foundation anymore. This is my HG staple for sure! :)
I put off buying this concealer for quite a while because I thought that it would be too drying for my eye area. The other reason, of course, is the staggering price. But my dark circles had gone from bad to worse (due to an extremely stressful move from NY to LA over the summer), and I was getting desperate. After trying it out at a Paul Labreque hair salon in NYC, I fell in love with it immedately. I was so surprised at how creamy and natural it looked. It isn't at all drying around my eye area, although I do recommend using a lot of eye cream before applying (Laura Mercier's Eyedration is really good!). My dark circles are pretty bad, so unfortunately I do need to use a lot of product to cover them. But it looks completely natural and never creases (a true miracle!). I have light olive, FFF skin, and I use Beige. The SA matched me up with it instantly and sure enough, it was a perfect match! I could not be happier with this product. The price however, (which is now $70 plus tax!) is really hard to get over. But it's well worth it IMO, because it evens out my skin so well by itself, that I don't even need foundation anymore. This is my HG staple for sure! :)
This foundation is perfect to take with you when you're going away for the weekend, or if you just don't have a lot of time in the morning to do your makeup! It's very creamy and covers *everything* without feeling heavy. I have this in Beyond Beige, which is the second lightest shade. It matches my light olive skin very well. My skin is dry and sensitive and this foundaton has never caused me any irritation or breakouts. I've recently repurchased it for the second time, and I noticed that Scott has improved the sponge. It still comes in the plastic pouch, but it seems to spread the foundation more evenly without wasting too much of it. I don't use this foundation everyday, because I do find it to be pretty heavy (as in FULL coverage). But I always reach for this stuff when my skin looks bad, because I know that nothing covers better!
Concealers -Prescriptives - Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer
daydreamer3 7/7/2006 11:02:00 PM
I was really hoping that this concealer would be the answer to my prayers, but unfortunately, it was not. While it did give good coverage, it looked cakey from the moment I put it on, and I blended well too! During the day my dark circles started to through, and it also emphasized fine lines under my eyes (and I'm only 20!). I got this in Level 2 Warm, which sounded right and looked right for me, both on the website and in person. But when I put this on it had a strange white-ish cast to it! It also seemed too dry to work as an undereye concealer! I really wanted to like this, but unfortunately, it didn't work out. It'll be going back to gloss.com.
This is by far the worst foundation I've ever used. It gives absolutely NO coverage, the packaging is horrible, and the price is simply outrageous! I have yet to try a Vincent Longo product that I've liked. I think his products are terribly overpriced and are made very cheaply (even the packaging is all cheap plastic!). Oh, and the sponge that comes with it looks like something that you'd use on your dishes, not your face! Just awful!
I got this concealer cheaply off eBay (for around $22 with shipping) to go with my new La Mer fluid foundation. I got the shade "Sand Buff" 03 and it matches my "Buff" 03 foundation perfectly. It covers blemishes and undereye circles pretty well, but it could be better. There is no way that I'd pay $50+ for it, I'll tell you that! The first thing I thought when I tried it, was that it had more of a foundation-like consistency rather than a concealer. It can also emphasize fine lines when used in the undereye area, so I'll probably be using my Laura Mercier Secret Concealer for that. Overall though, it's a great match and I'm pleased with it. :)
Scrubs -Mario Badescu - Almond & Honey Non-abrasive facial scrub
daydreamer3 6/11/2006 7:10:00 PM
I don't know why there are so many bad reviews of this product! It really is the most gentle exfoliant I've ever come across. There are no sharp pieces in it like other reviewers suggested. (Maybe they got a bad batch?) I love the smell-- it really smells like almonds and honey. So many exfoliants break me out or cause irritation, but not this one. I use it about twice a week and it's really kept my skin clear. What I really love though, is that it doubles as a mask! If you leave it on it dries like a mask, and your skin feels ultra smooth when you wash it off. I will definitely repurchase!
Moisturizers -Mario Badescu - AHA and Ceramide Moisturizer
daydreamer3 6/11/2006 6:59:00 PM
This is a wonderful oil free moisturizer. I use this under makeup and it's perfect! It's hydrating enough for my combo/dry skin, sinks right in, foundation goes on smoothly, and I experience no breakouts. It also doesn't have any scent to it, which I really like. I'd definitely repurchase!
This is a really nice, soothing moisturizer. I used this at night (since it's a bit heavy for day), and I woke up with soft, glowing skin. Unfortunately though, it was clogging my pores and causing breakouts, so I had to send it back. It's a shame too because it was a really good moisturizer otherwise.