Treatments -Carol's Daughter - Monoi repairing hair mask
eternallycrstn 10/4/2012 3:36:00 AM
Best conditioner I have ever used, hands down. I have VERY thick, curly, frizzy, dry hair. I use this mask along with the monoi shampoo. Given how dry prone my hair is I only wash about 3x per week and this has replaced my former conditioner each time I wash my hair. Extremely conditioning and repairing and in conjunction with the shampoo my hair is so much softer, smoother and less frizzy. LOVE
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
eternallycrstn 8/9/2012 1:34:00 AM
I've been looking forward to the touche eclat foundation ever since it was announced and my expectations were VERY high. That said, this does not disappoint. It's formulated without an opaque fillers and thus is sheer to light (buildable to somewhere between light and medium) foundation. It reminds me of a more radiant version of chanel vitalumiere which I loved until chanel discontinued the lightest shade last year. I'm NW10 and was afraid that I wouldn't have a match in this since the US only has 16 of the 22 shades and the lightest cool toned shade BR10 is not one of them. I swatched BR20 and B10 and surprisingly found BR20 to be slightly lighter than B10, and of course more pink based. I would hesitate to recommend this for anyone who does not have normal/dry skin as it is very dewy and I'm betting would just slide off oily types. On my normal/dry skin it is divine and leaves the most beautiful radiant glow, slightly evens out imperfections but looks and feels like I'm wearing nothing. It's also not the longest lasting foundation, but I do usually get about 8 hrs of wear before it starts to wear off which is pretty long lasting for a radiant foundation... but this is definitely not your 16 hr foundation if that's what you're after. I would put this in the category of one step above a tinted moisturizer. Also thoses who are sensitive to fragrance beware this has a very strong cucumber scent, and I mean really strong (think guerlain meteorites ballz type of strong). I've been using touche eclat foundation for about a week now and have had no breakouts, so I'm happy to say this has reached HG status for me. Will definitely repurchase.
I picked up sens eyes at Sephora when my chanel counter was out of my HG, Gentle biphase. Although sens eyes does do a decent job of removing my waterproof makeup, I had a major allergic reaction that resulted in extremely painful swollen eyes after the first day of use. After I stopped using sens eyes the swelling and irritation started to disappear. I'm not really sure what the ingredient in this that caused such a severe reaction, I have never had a reaction to any eye makeup remover in the past and I've used several (chanel, shiseido, lancome, clinique, estee lauder, etc) Asides from the bad reaction, I still didn't find this to work as well as my beloved chanel mu remover, or even as well as lancome bifacil. Given the glowing reviews, I'm sure I'm in the small minority with the reaction, but this is definitely a no go for me.
Eye Makeup Remover -Chanel - Gentle BiPhase Eye Makeup Remover
eternallycrstn 7/29/2012 5:11:00 PM
Despite the price, this is hands down the best makeup remover I've ever used. Being that it's biphase, it's half eye makeup remover and half oil and you shake it up and apply with a cotton pad. I have a really tough time with eye makeup removers that claim to remove waterproof makeup not really working on my eyes. Chanel biphase removes all my eye makeup with just a couple drops. I usually dampen a cotton pad with water and then add a couple drops of biphase and with one swipe everything is gone. The opening of the bottle is very small and makes it easy to control how much product you need. I've been using biphase for a few years now and I recently ran out and when my local chanel counter was out I picked up make up for ever's sens'eyes and had a major allergic reaction with puffy red painful eyes as a result. Lesson learned, from now on I will make sure not to run out and keep biphase stockpiled! If you have sensitive eyes, this is a really great one to try. I've used clinique, lancome, estee lauder, shiseido among others and Chanel is the most gentle on my eyes and does not leave an oily cast as most of the others did as well as completely removing all traces of makeup. It is a bit pricy, but I do tend to use less than I have in other brands and a bottle of biphase lasts me about a year.
Been using this for well over a year now. Ever since Chanel discontinued my shade of Vitalumiere, I had been on a hunt for a similar product. MUFE F&B offers better coverage than MAC's version, and it is more gel like in consistency, vs the MAC which I find much more runny. This is very sheer, like a tinted moisturizer, however it is very buildable. 2 pumps gives me somewhere between light and medium coverage (much more buildable than MAC's F&B) Ever since using the Vitalumiere/F&B types, I cannot go back to using a heavier foundation. Face & Body feels like you're not wearing anything, and is very hydrating on my mostly normal/ dry prone skin. Shade wise I also have a great match in the MUFE, where as in MAC they do not have a shade light enough without my mixing white in (NW10 for ref). I use MUFE F&B in the shade 38, which is a spot on perfect match for my skin tone which is mostly neutral, but slightly cool. Overall, this is a great foundation which never breaks out my extremely acne prone skin, and just looks like my natural skin.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Illusion d'ombre Eye Shadow - Mirifique
eternallycrstn 12/27/2011 1:51:00 AM
Absolutely adore this, it's quickly become my favorite black eyeliner over my beloved BB gel ink. I love the mousse-y gel texture of these, I much prefer them over the Armani ETK, which I found more dry, and harder to work with. Mirifque itself is a very black-black, but it has the prettiest shimmering twinkling effect, which looks like black diamonds on the lash line. As as eye shadow, it makes a gorgeous smokey eye, and blends out beautifully. All of the illusion d'ombre's never crease on me, and last all day. Will definitely repurchase.
Primer/ Corrector -Guerlain - meteorites pearly white light perfecting base
eternallycrstn 11/18/2011 4:49:00 PM
After trying and loving the meteorites perles, I was intrigued by Guerlain's line of meteorites primers. After asking around a bit, I had a few people recommend getting the pearly white version, which is an Asia exclusive as it has more shimmer than the original and gold D'or versions. I am surprised at how much I love it. It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a clear liquid and white pearls. When you pump the product, the pearls get crushed and mix in with the clear liquid. It creates a beautiful shimmery sheen. I personally wear pretty sheer-light foundations (MUFE F&B, Burberry sheer foundation) and I find I use 50% less foundation with this primer, as the primer itself acts almost as a sheer foundation/TM does, improving the clarity of my skin. By itself, my skin looks glowy (but not overly shimmery, the effect is subtle). If I'm in a hurry, I'll just wear the primer by itself, and my skin still looks radiant and clear. With a light foundation on top, the glowy effect definitely still shows through, although I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who wears full coverage foundations as you will cover up the luminosity the primer gives. Since getting the pearly white version, I have tested out the original and prefer the pearly white slightly, it just gives more of a glow to my skin. Although it is an Asia exclusive, it's available through strawberrynet for around $65 shipped. The primer also does help my makeup to last all day, and does seem to do a pretty good job of looking in my moisturizer. Will definitely repurchase this, although I'm not fond of the price tag, one pump is enough for my face, and I believe the bottle should last around 6 months.
I bought this upon launch after hearing Vera Wang describe this as Princess's big sister. I've always liked princess, but wished it smelt a little more mature. This truly is a more classy version of Princess. Unlike princess, I can detect the guava right away, along with the mandarin. I find princess to be more of a youthful valentines day scent as on me it just smells like a box of chocolates and a mixed bouquet of flowers, but it's difficult to pick out what specific florals they are. The florals in Lovestruck are also more detectable, you can definitely pick out the tuberose, along with that lotus blossom right away. I would definitely classify lovestruck as a fruity floral, heavier on the fruity side on my skin, but it's just beautiful. It feels somehow like a timeless scent, and it's one anyone can pull off. I do think they did a good job with the print ads, and the name, it does feel very romantic. In fact I would tie this one for my favorite romantic fragrance with Jessica's simpson's fancy love. As for the bottle, it is pretty, but a little awkward to hold, it's pretty from a distance and everyone who has seen it on my vanity has asked what it is. Would repurchase.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance
eternallycrstn 9/16/2011 4:04:00 PM
Cosmic Radiance is the followup fragrance to last years Radiance by Britney Spears and I must say it is far superior. I have and love the original Radiance... but Cosmic radiance is a much sweeter, more citrusy perfume. It still has some of that radiant feel from the original, but it's a darker sexier version. The top notes are lychee, pear, and mandarin. A heart of jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, peony and the base contains musk, amber, sandalwood and liquid vanilla. Upon first spritz, you get a very citrusy opening vs. the original red berry opening. I get mostly lychee and pear on my skin, although I do slightly smell the mandarin. I do get the heart, and even the base from the beginning in cosmic radiance. I can smell the florals and that creamy sweet base from initial spritz. The base is what I love most about it, it's a much sweeter base than the original Radiance. That Amber mixing with the liquid vanilla creates a very sweet candy like effect. It's a very citrus fruity sweet floral candy like vanilla, but without being a gourmand fantasy type of a scent. I find it to be much more complex than Radiance was. This is without a doubt Britney's best fragrance to date and it's quickly becoming the favorite of my entire collection.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
eternallycrstn 9/15/2011 4:11:00 PM
Received the largest 3.4 OZ bottle of this yesterday. The bottle is pretty, it's a frosted purple with a lot of shimmer all the way around and is very rainbow like in the sun. As for the fragrance, I was worried this would be too much of a tween fragrance for those of us over 25, but I was pleasantly surprised. I purchased this without testing it first when I read the notes. (The top notes are raspberry, dewberry, freesia and apple blossom. The heart has sweet vanilla along with honeysuckle and white hibiscus and it finishes with amber, musk, sandalwood and peach in the base) Peach, vanilla and raspberry are some of my favorite notes in fragrances so when I saw all three in this one I couldn't resist. Upon first spray it smelt like BS Fantasy (which is one my favs) but that only lasted for about 2 seconds and then it evolved into something completely different. For the first 10 minutes, Wonderstruck smells mostly of vanilla and candied raspberries on my skin, then the heart comes through and you do get the white hibiscus and more of the freesia from the top note. The apple is hard to detect, I can smell it when first sprayed slightly, but only for the initial spray, it really is overpowered by that raspberry. There is also a strong note of honeysuckle in this and combined with the vanilla it is a very sweet scent. Once it settles on my skin the fragrance is a very fruity raspberry-vanilla-slightly floral-honeysuckle. Very very sweet, it's definitely a gourmand scent, so you really need to like gourmands to like this. You also really need to be a fan of vanilla, as it really is a VANILLA gourmand. Lasting power is pretty good, about 6 hrs on me. Towards to end of the day when it's down to the base it leaves a nice vanilla-y amber scent on the skin, I never do detect any peach in this at all at any point throughout the day, so if you're not a peach fan, nothing to worry about there. It does remind me slightly of a mix of BS fantasy (which is a sweeter cake gourmand and PH Can Can (very sweet but slightly oriental feel), it definitely has a candied sweetness about it, but it's much more vanilla based than both those. A nice sweet vanilla scent that doesn't feel too young.
UPDATE: Chanel has discontinued my shade - 05 Diaphane and the next shade up 07 ivoire is way yellow and too dark on my PPP NW10 skin, so once I run out I'll have to switch to something else :( This has become HG really fast and I'm really pleasantly suprised. I'm very pale and mostly neutral and just lean slightly towards the cool side (NW10) and have a hard time finding shades that work... Most are too dark, or pale enough but are either very pink or very yellow. Chanel in general doesn't have a great shade selection for either very fair and darker complexions, but after another PPP said she found a good match I decided to give it a go. 05 diaphane is a perfect match for me. My skin is normal/dry and very acne prone and turns very dry in the winter. Vitalumiere goes on like a dream, it feels like you're applying moisturizer instead of a foundation. The coverage is light, slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer... but it is buildable. It's not going to cover any blemishes or imperfections, so I do find I use more concealer than I have with other foundations. A lot of foundations marketed for dry skin transfer everywhere, onto my clothes, my phone, my Dh! This stays put yet it extremely moisturizing and does not dry my skin out. This is your glowy dewy my skin but better foundation. It evens out my skintone but looks like my SKIN and not like a mask. It is expensive ($55) but worth every penny. If you have dry skin I would highly recommend it. Nothing else gives me such a natural glowy look as Vitalumiere. Will repurchase!
Concealers -Tarte - Dark Circle Defense Under Eye Corrector ] [DISCONTINUED]
eternallycrstn 2/25/2011 11:58:00 PM
This stuff is truly amazing. I wasn't expecting that much, but was looking for a new concealer from a cruelty free brand and I'm a big Tarte fan. Prior to this I was (happily) using BB corrector which I love but the dark circle defense kicks the corrector's butt. I have VERY dark undereye circles and a little touch of this and they are gone. I do like the packaging on the concealer, but I wish they would offer it without the brush, as most people don't need a concealer brush every time they repurchase. Color selection is better than last year. They now offers 4 shades vs. 2. But it still is lacking. I bought the lightest shade fair-light (nw10 for ref) and its slightly too dark. Shade wise I'd say its more nw15ish. I (sadly) ended up returning mine for this reason, but if they do come out with a paler shade I won't hesitate to buy it again. For now it's back to bb corrector). Took off 1 lippie for the lack of color selection.
Blush -Urban Decay - Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in quickie
eternallycrstn 2/24/2011 9:34:00 AM
I didn't have high expectations of these when I bought it, as I've always been a huge fan of UD's eye products, but not a fan of any of their face products I've previously tried. The packaging is cute, and I do like the mirror included. The cheek tint itself is highly pigmented. Quickie is described as a light pink, but I found it to be more of a bright pink. It's almost an EXACT dupe of Tarte's TEN cheekstain (which is one of my favourites). However, the comparison stops there. Quickie goes on pigmented, but it doesn't last more than 2 hours on me, vs. the 6-7 hrs of wear I get from Tarte's cheek stain's. I didn't experience any breakout related issues, but only really tried the cheek tint twice. Asides from the poor lasting power, I just didn't love it. The color is pigmented, but just kind of sits on top of the skin, and doesn't look as natural and glowy as Tarte's cheek stains tend to look on me. For the price ($24 for 0.14 oz) vs Tarte ($30 for 1oz) it just isn't something I think is worth the extra money, even if I had experienced better lasting power. Would not repurchase....
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil
eternallycrstn 1/31/2011 11:25:00 AM
Was so excited for these.. and actually opted to buy a few of these rather than buy the 24/7 liner anniversary set as I already own most of the perm. colors in it and I tend to not wear a ton of colored eyeliner, and I don't find they work very well as eyeshadows, so I was hoping these 24/7 shadow pencils would be a good fit :) And I absolutely adore them. I bought 5 shadows: Clinic (a dark teal that leans a little more on the emerald green side.. it is similar to covet e/l but slightly more green), Wasteland (a GORGEOUS olive brown) that is very unique to anything UD currently has released, Morphine (pale lilac purple), Delinquent (deep jewel purple) and Narc (green) similar to mildew. These are WAY more pigmented than the eyeliners. One stroke gives you FULL color. I did a test and wore clinic and deliniquent with NO primer and after 14 hrs experienced no fading or creasing. These wear so well, I'm honestly really surprised. Only downside asides from the names (Delinquent? Narc? Ooooh you're so trendy UD :P) is that you have to work VERY fast with these. You only really have about 15 seconds until they set, so blending can be tricky. I was also happy with the price on these. 0.10 oz for $20 is a pretty fair price considering the price of the 24/7 liners just went up to $18 for 0.04 oz. Plan on picking up some more shades shortly, would repurchase.
Lip Gloss -Chantecaille - Brilliant gloss in Charm
eternallycrstn 1/26/2011 9:59:00 PM
I was mostly pleasantly surprised by the chantecaille brilliant glosses. Charm has been mentioned as the shade Angelina Jolie wears in the movie salt, and is supposively her fav shade in the line. I was told by a friend that if I love Chanel glossimers (and I do) that I would adore these as they were completely non sticky and long lasting. I bought 3 shades: charm, glee & love. Charm is a sheer babydoll peachy shade in the tube. On me it's extremely sheer shade, but adds this subtle peachy glow that I love, this is my favorite shade of the 3. It's not a peachy pigmented color, so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. Keep in mind the brilliant glosses are not for everyone, even the brighter shades are sheer.... But as a girl who prefers to wear very sheer my lips but better shades, I love them. And yes, these are less sticky than Chanel glossimers, but not by a lot. I do find they wear better though. They last 5-6 hrs (without drinking or eating) and I find myself having to touch up far less with these. They are pricey at $28 for .10 oz of product, but I do prefer the formulation (which feels very lip balm like yet with a very lip gloss look) to other glosses and will repuchase.