What a great color! It's sparkly but subtle and feminine. It applies very easily as well. Unlike the reviewer below though, I find it chipped on me on the 2nd day so I applied 2 layers of top coat to protect it a little bit more. I can't stop looking at my nails LOL !
Seaweed's review below is bang on with what I think of Mykonos. What a great color! I keep forgetting to use it but when I do, I always love the effect. It defines without overpowering and gives a polished, sophisticated effect that I;ve never seen in any other color. The glossy effect is just enough, just what I'm always wanting to achieve with other cream shadows. I wore it today and I didn't layer it with a powder shadow to maintain that effect. And it doesn't crease on me, yay! I just put it front and center in my cream shadow drawer so I never forget to wear it. Love it!
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
doris98 3/7/2013 10:36:00 PM
HG, Have repurchased this multiple times. Used to use Lancome Bifacils but that was so much more expensive. I use this with a Q-Tip so as not to waste product. Only thing I don't like is that it leaves an oily residue so it needs to be the first step in makeup removal. Other than that, it's perfect for me.
This is the redness version because I have rosacea. I got this from echemist.co.uk which ships for free (!) and has very reasonable prices for Avene. Where I live, Avene is double the price, or more, and the line is not complete. This mask has a nice light scent, and is very light in texture. When my skin feels dehydrated, and I see dry patches/flakes under make-up, or when my rosacea flares up, I use this on those areas for 10 minutes. It would absorb into the skin, depending on the level of dryness, and I would tissue off any remaining product on my face. The results are not instant nor complete, but quite dramatic, and I would buy this again for sure. I alternate this with the Origins Mega Mushroom Calming Mask because I have both. I don't know if I can choose between, the two. (:
I use whenever I feel like my skin is 'in trouble'. It re-texturizes (I know, I didn't believe it at first, but I can tell it does) and seems to suck out impurities on my face. I let it dry for 10 mins and wash off with water. It will tend to stick to areas that are dry and it'll be harder to remove it from those areas, and that's where I would usually concentrate my moisturizer. Recently, the dryness has been on the lower cheeks near the jaw. I love this and would buy it again. It's $20 which is steeper than Burt's Bees French Clay mask, which I also love, but which I think is discontinued. This is so much more convenient being in a tube, and I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
Masks -Origins - Dr. Weil Mega Mushroom Skin-Calming Face Mask
doris98 3/7/2013 10:20:00 PM
I've been returning to Origins products and got this in a great swap. I have oily/combination/rosacea-prone skin, and this calms down my redness and hydrates any dry patches I have. It has an herbal scent, quite like the Burt's Bees French Clay mask, which I also love. I use this whenever I feel I have sensitivity/redness/dryness on my face. I leave it on for 10 mins and most of it will get absorbed on the dry areas. I then tissue or wash off. For background, despite rosacea, I have pretty tenacious skin and nothing ever (except Murad) breaks me out.
I just recently got this after wanting it for a while and I wasn't disappointed. It's not the easiest to apply though. I put 2 or 3 small dots on my cheek and blend very quickly with a 188. I work with one cheeck at a time because I'm afraid to get streaks. I have to say it's a great natural color for me, and looks natural instead of sitting on top of the skin. . And it really lasts all day which is a big thing for my oily skin. I have Posey Tint too which I like equally.
Makeup Brushes -TheBalm - Powder To The People brush
doris98 2/21/2013 9:00:00 AM
I got all of the new The Balm brushes because I was sucked in by how cute they were. I thought I'd get the double-ended brushes for travel because I didn't want to carry around so many of my Mac brushes and these would save a bit of space. I'll eventually write a review for all of them, but I'll start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by all of them. The Powder To The People brush is the most common of the 5 new The Balm brushes. It's just a regular powder brush that distributes powder (loose and mineral) ok. If I had to choose, this would be the one brush i would skip of the 5. I'm glad I got these brushes. They're not cheap, but not as expensive as some others.
Makeup Brushes -TheBalm - Blend a Hand blending brush
doris98 2/21/2013 8:55:00 AM
I got all of the new The Balm brushes because I was sucked in by how cute they were. I thought I'd get the double-ended brushes for travel because I didn't want to carry around so many of my Mac brushes and these would save a bit of space. I'll eventually write a review for all of them, but I'll start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by all of them. The Blend-A-Hand brush is a stiff, pointed foundation brush that I use for both foundation and concealer. It's stiff enough that it applies evenly, but soft enough that they don't hurt your skin. I believe they're synthetic by the feel of the brushes. The pointed tip allows you to go around the eyes and nose easily for both foundation and concealer. I'm glad I got these brushes. They're not cheap, but not as expensive as some others.
So happy to be the first to review this -- and this is a first impressions review on this product: Tried it for the first time today and I already love it! It's so easy to use! I have an NC20-25 skin tone and this shows up on me just fine. I swiped it twice in a 'C' shape across my cheekbone to get the right amount of color and blended it very slightly with a 188 brush just along the edges (I don't like using my hands on my face). I also set it with a powder just for a bit more staying power. I also tried it on the lips and it shows up a very light coral color. I don't think it will last that long on the lips but I don't mind re-applying. It isn't particularly hydrating, but it's not drying either, despite my usually dry lips.
I'm an NC20-25 and C2 and C3 both work for me, but C2 is a closer match. I love Face and Body! I have rosacea, so I do need to layer more on the red areas, and/or add concealer, but the finish on this is so natural that I don't mind the extra work. I also love how this doesn't transfer, although I do have to powder over this as the finish is a bit dewy. I've tried this layered with either another liquid foundation on top and with a mineral foundation, and both ways work great. It's also a great value for what you get which is I believe 4oz, 4x more than most others. I've had mine for more than 2 years and I'm glad mine hasn't gone bad yet. I do have to shake it up a bit before using as it tends to separate, but the scent hasn't gone off yet so I know it's fine. I'd probably repurchase when I run out.
I've been wanting to use a light eyeliner for the waterline for a while now, trying white, yellow and skin-tone colors. None worked for me to give me a wide-awake look -- until I tried Beryl. I love it! The lilac tones down any redness/yellow in the eye, and it's very subtle but shows up well on my NC20 skin tone. I didn't think I'd like it when I tried it, and I was pleasantly surprised. I bought it right away. (:
I used this maybe 10 years ago when my skin was so much oilier. Retin-A has helped balance out my skin significantly. Now that I'm a 'bit' older, I tried it again, and it works better for me this time. This used to break me out because it was too rich and my skin probably didn't need so much moisture at the time, but it's the perfect amount for me now. I use the daytime version with SPF25. They have repackaged this so I'm not sure that this is the right version. I will switch to this after I finish up my Brighter by Nature SPF 35 as the Brighter by Nature makes me greasier during the day than Perfect World SPF25. I don't like the tub/jar though. I wish they packaged this in a tube to be more hygienic.
I got this as a gift and have been using it off and on, mainly when I need extra hydration. I wake up with great skin that's hydrated but not greasy. It also seems to calm down my redness. Agree with other reviewers about tube packaging being more hygienic, but it sure is a pretty jar. Expensive, too. It has a distinctive scent that's a lot like the Kiehl's Cryste Marine which I also like, but which I think is discontinued. Overall, a 4 rating. And yes, if I had $40 to burn, I'd buy it again.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Quadra Eye Shadow - 18 Kaska Beige
doris98 1/24/2013 11:32:00 PM
I recently got this in a swap, and being only my 2nd Chanel quad was excited to try it. I was disappointed at first because there was hardly any pigment on any of the shadows. What I did was take off the first layer of each color, with a tissue, and the pigmentation has returned. I'm a purple and brown wearer (I have hazel eyes, NC20) so I knew this would work on me. I wasn't disappointed. Because there are 2 dark shades, this could be used in many ways, more versatile than Spices, my 1st quad, which I also love. I agree though that I wish the lightest shade was lighter, with more sheen, as a more proper highlighter, hence the 4 rating. I have yet to try it in other ways, but love it so far.