Wow - I do the exact same thing as reviewer dbmiller!! I also have the Nars laguna bronzer and orgasm blush (but not the duo) and I like them but am always looking for less expensive dupes. Like dmiller, I find myself layering this bronzer over the CG Rose Silk blush or Plumberry Glow (a brighter pink). The bronzer is pretty light but it adds a glowy sheen and the blushes are just perfection. Just as good, if not better, than the Nars Laguna/Orgasm combo! I find the CG products last longer on my skin.
The packaging is pretty unsophisticated, but these are GREAT blushes, especially for the price. Yes, there's a strong powdery smell, but it doesn't bother me because I love these inexpensive, long-lasting blushes that come in a great range of colors. One compact will last you a surprisingly long time. One of my favorite colors is the Rose Silk everyone raves about and compares to Nars Orgasm. I have both and they are very close. Rose Silk lasts on my skin a lot longer.
This color is awesome. I'm Asian with golden/olive skin - this looks really good and is glowy. I have Nars Orgasm as well, and it's pretty, but given the price difference and the fact that the CG blush lasts longer, this product beats out Nars for me. If you're the same color range as I am (MAC NC40), the CG bronzers in the same packaging as the blush act as very pretty highlighters that add life to the skin without darkness. More like a brightener. I like to layer it over my CG blush.
I love the matte finish of Nars packaging. I wanted to love this blush, given the hype, but it's just ok on my skin tone (olive). It disappears a bit, I like something with more pigment, and it doesn't last long on me. I do like the glowiness of it, thanks to the gold shimmer spiked into this peachy blush. Cover Girl Rose Silk is a good dupe to this.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Lilash - Purified Eyelash Stimulator
dianaec 1/24/2011 1:15:00 AM
Like many other reviewers I tried lash extensions a couple times and when I removed them my lashes were weak (fell out easily), short, and sparse. I've tried Tarte's lash serum and didn't find dramatic results but it did make my lashes stronger and fill-in - though that may have happened naturally with time as well. Sfter watching youtube reviews I decided to order Li Lash on ebay and a month into it I had dramatic results. I use the product a few times a week. Like another reviewer commented, my lashes seem to have become a bit immune to the product because the results aren't as dramatic - this happened about 2-3 months in. However, I still use it a few times a week and bought a second tube (one tube lasts about 6 months) because I do still feel my lashes are longer and curlier than before Li Lash, even if they're not as dramatic as the first couple months. Highly recommend this product. It may seem expensive, but it's worth it, and it's much cheaper and probably more hygienic than lash extensions.
I've been using this on and off for years and it lasts forever because it's so highly pigmented. It's a dependable go-to in that it always gives quick coverage when you're in a rush! I like the soft matte finish it gives my normal skin and it really disappears into it, so I must have the right color for me. Not too orange as other reviewers commented. Other reviews mention breaking out from this - I haven't had any problems and my skin is sensitive (Neutragena products give me rashes!) but not acne prone. I'm NC40, Asian with a tanned olive complexion. I like the compact - the lock is secure yet easy to open, unlike some other slippery compacts. You can also replace the sponges with MAC ones down the line.
I like this lipgloss. It's non-sticky but doesn't last as long as I'd like it to. The color is creamy pink (perfection!) but I find the texture a bit too thin, if that makes sense, and I reapply like crazy.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
dianaec 11/14/2010 8:25:00 PM
I'm on my 2nd tube of this stuff and really like it. I use it for medium-bad under-eye circles, a small pitted dark scar on my cheek, and redness around the nose. I have tanned, olive, Asian skin - totally normal, not acne prone (saw some reviewers had problems with breakouts - not me) - and use WARM LIGHT/MEDIUM W4-5. It seems way lighter than I should be using, but it's good. The whole L'oreal range has the best colors, I think, for Asian skin. Covergirl is not bad either. But I have no luck with Revlon (ashy or orangey) or Maybeline (ditto). I swipe it on and dab it in with my finger - the heat definitely helps the product melt in. The consistency is not too thick, but the coverage is good. If I need more coverage, I dab on another layer. Love it. I've tried a couple different under-eye concealers from Make Up Forever, Smashbox, Physicians Formula, MAC...and the L'oreal is one of my favorites!!
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Extase Flash Plumping Mascara
dianaec 11/13/2010 3:19:00 AM
Amazing volume. I've tried Iconic, loved it, but this one is even better! Iconic gives more definition and a natural look. Extase gives you fat, blacker-than-black lashes. Not super volumizing, but I found since the bumpy brush picks up even the shortest lashes, my fringe looks thicker. Stays on all day, no suggestion of smear or shadow under the eyes, but removes easily. Paired with the Diorshow primer or Lancome lash primer, the results are phenomenal. My lashes look like doll lashes. Wish this wasn't a $35 CAD mascara, but I'll probably buy again and rotate in with my CG lashblast!!
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
dianaec 8/8/2010 1:39:00 AM
This is pretty good drugstore foundation. The consistency is sheer, quite runny, and blends easily. I imagine you could be off a shade and it would still work, it's that sheer and blendable. I'd say the finish is a bit dewy and satiny. The colors were good for my Asian skin tone too (not too pink or gray). There was nothing wrong with it, I've just found better foundations :)
I like the small can for travel and for my purse. However, the can does suck - the product seems to ooze or evaporate out. Not very good. The hair powder itself is pretty good, and unlike some other dry shampoo sprays (like Baptiste), I don't feel that I am destroying my lungs with chemicals blasting this around my head :) Next I'm going to try the non-aerosol version of Oscar Blandi's. For a drugstore alternative, TRESemme is good.
This is a bathroom staple. I like it as a body moisturizer applied right out of the shower and as makeup remover. I usually soak some up with a cotton pad and hold over my eyes to dissolve, then a few swipes. Then follow with Clinique 3 step routine. I wouldn't risk using it as a face moisturizer.
This mascara was just ok, compared to other drugstore mascaras. It's very wet and I find the comb-style brush deposited in globs so these globs weighed down and straightened out my lashes, even though you can comb through them and get rid of them. Tried to curl after application and things just got clumpy. I really wanted to like this and I really wanted looooong lashes from this, but my HG is Covergirl Lashblast and this just didn't measure up.
This hairspray is THE best I've tried. And honey, I've tried a LOT, at all price ranges. PROS: packaging delivers the finest mist ever, reasonably priced, very dry (won't be wet and won't weigh hair down), hair still moves (should you want it to), available at most/all Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada (easy to find when traveling), comes in a mini size (for aforementioned traveling), never flakes, never sticky, works well with every other styling product I've used it with CONS: the smell (it's not the best - it smells like hairspray from the '50s - but it's not as bad as other reviews make it seem. For this quality at this price, I can live with the scent and the scent is not that strong anyways and it does not linger) Since it was released in Canada about a year ago, I've gone through 3 mini cans for work travel and am still working on my big can.
I'm always on the hunt for an awesome volumizer and this one is quite good. If you have fine hair like me, be careful not to spritz too much onto your hair when it's too close to being dry because it will get sticky. It's best applied when hair is quite wet. I have just-below-collar-bone length thin and fine hair and use about 8-10 spritzes. I like the smell, not too overpowering, and it really does work when you blowdry. Love the glass packaging, I've traveled with it and it's quite durable. My trick is to slide it into a sock before I pack it in my suitcase, for an extra layer of protection. I use this with Elnett (best hairspray ever!) because it's quite dry and I find it zaps any stickiness.