After having tried all sorts of concealers, this is the one product I would bring with me onto a stranded island. I use the color OB2-DF-ALABASTER which works well with my fair Asian skintone. I personally use all three colors as concealer instead of foundation. It's a little thick to use all over my face. I believe it's considered theatre makeup so I wouldn't use it as an all-over foundation frequently either. As a concealer, the coverage is amazing regardless of blemishes, hyperpigmentations, dark circles, you name it. The coverage is as good as that of Ben Nye. The texture gets slightly oily so it doesn't cake as long as the skin is thoroughly moisturized.
I love this scent. The smell is very feminine and floral and lasts throughout the day.
I loved Love, Love by Moschino but decided to try Funny! simply for its cute packaging. The smell is very floral, hip, and fresh. The only problem is its weak staying power. By the end of the day, I can barely smell it on myself.
Sunscreen -Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF50
evelynhg1107 3/11/2012 4:47:00 PM
I got this from StrawberryNet for $15 which is not bad for SPF50 but I found the smell overpowering and the texture way too oily for my combination skin.
Styling Products -Schwarzkopf - Osis+ Dust it mattifying powder
evelynhg1107 6/27/2011 6:37:00 PM
I have very thin, fine, flat hair and if you hair like that, you will know how difficult it is to achieve light, fluffy hair. I have tried all sorts of volume sprays, curling iron, straightening iron, and styling mousse. Most effects never stay for more than a couple hours at best and they leave my hair feeling greasy; some even flakes of white residue. I'd rather have flat hair then gross hair. It creeps me out. Dust It definitely outlasts the other products I have tried and it also provides the most effect. My hair easily fluffs up, easily achieving the "tousled look." Almost like yeast for hair - it literally starts fluffing up. If my hair falls flat after a few hours, I just stick my fingers under my hair to the roots and toss them a bit. Voila! The downside to the dust is primarily how difficult it is to wash the product off. I spend twice as much time with twice as much shampoo yet there are still barely any foam. A deep cleansing shampoo is recommended to thoroughly remove any residue still stuck onto the scalp. The salt shaker packaging also makes it difficult for those without eyes grown onto the back of their heads to determine the appropriate amount for each application. Instead of sprinkling the dust directly from the container onto my hair, I tap some into the lid then empty the lid onto my hair roots. Rub the dust in circular motion onto the hair roots, not the scalp. A pinch or so is enough for each section of my hair. I use the dust mainly for the top/back part of my head so 4 sections or so are usually enough. Don't use too much dust or your hair is going to feel like it got drenched in glue. You'll be spending half an hour that night trying to shampoo it off. Despite the not so friendly DIY packaging and difficulty to remove, I think this is the best product to really achieve full volume that lasts the entire day. A complete life saver for those like me with dull, flat looking hair.
The SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge is a very light weight whitening facial moisturizer/treatment with a gel-liked base. It has a mild fragrance which I find surprising because most SK-II products either stink (like the toner) or has absolutely no scent. I personally think the fragrance is refreshing and quite likable. The gel-liked texture is none greasy but I always end up using more product than other SK-II creams like the Sign Signature because it is absorbed so instantly that I need to dig into the pot. It is very moisturizing but even though I have oily combination skin, it still leaves my skin a little dry in the winter so for those with dry skin, this may not be the best cream to use during cold weather. As with all SK-II moisturizer, I was told that the product should be thoroughly massaged into the skin. The whitening and regenerative effect is not instantaneous but I have not had any negative reactions so the pot is worth going through before I decide whether or not to repurchase.
This review is not for the melting version. The Sign Signature cream is very light weight and fluffy with almost absolutely no scent. It is absorbed instantly and does not leave a greasy residue. The primary purpose of this cream is to reduce wrinkles but because I'm 21, I don't battle with wrinkles as of yet and hence, I can't say much about the effect. However, my dad has been using SK-II all his life and at the age of 56, he has youthful, elastic skin. I often joke about what a bimbo he is but people around us agree that he looks 40 at most so clearly, SK-II has been working its magic. The cream is relatively moisturizing but despite having oily combination skin, I find it still not moisturizing enough for the harsh winters which is quite a disappointment. I will repurchase in the future solely based on its capability to reduce wrinkles and restore elasticity.
Back in 2006, Optima's Vitacreme B12 created a hype and all my friends raved about it. 4 years later, I decided to give it a try. Some of those friends are still swearing by this product till today. Tissue regenerative cream? Just the sound of it promises desirable results. No wrinkles? Yes, please. No scars? Don't mind if I do. I purchased my tube in Shanghai with a price equivelent to $30 USD for 50ml. The cream itself is pink with a fragrant, almost baby-liked smell. I have heard complaints about the strong fragrance but I personally find the smell rather relaxing. If you have oily/combination skin like me, you DO NOT want to use more than a pea-size for the entire face. When I first started using the product, I used a little bit more than I should and my face felt so oily that an egg would have fried on it. As desperately as I wanted to love it, I was initially quite put off by the greasiness but decided to continue using it for a couple weeks since I knew it wasn't a miracle cure. I only used it as a night cream given that it was too oily for me to use during the day and it lacked SPF. After about a week, I noticed less peeling (around the nose and lip area) and a smoother, firmer and more even complexion. The results felt pretty obvious under my fingertips. I can't even dream of using this around my eyes since it's too moisurizing and might cause milia. I would say give this cream a couple nights if you find it too greasy in the beginning. Use sparingly and the 50ml tube will last for a very, very long time. Also, I have heard that combined with toners from Clinique or Olay will cause the skin to itch and rash. Of course, I have not proven this yet but it wouldn't hurt to be safe.
My HG foundation! It gives a dewy, sheer finish but also provides a medium to full coverage. I find myself using less concealer after applying this foundation. I love the dewy finish especially on more drying areas of my face such as the cheeks but it can also be a little oily for the T-zone so it's a good idea to use a oil control primer prior to applying the foundation. I use the Clinique matte compact powder as a finishing touch for the T-zone. Despite the shininess it gives on the T-zone, I like how it doesn't cake because the texture is light and smooth. It doesn't look like I'm wearing a mask with this foundation. The price is also fairly reasonable for a department store brand. I'm Chinese with a fair skintone and a yellow undertone. I use 28 Light which is a little bit darker than my natural skintone but blends seamlessly into my neck. It gives me a healthy look. I loved it so much that I bought a few extra bottles in case Clinique decides to discontinue it. The only complaint I have is the packaging. I would much prefer it if it came with a pump. With a huge hole at the opening, it's easy to spill or overuse. Instead of pouring the foundation directly onto my foundation brush or the back of my hand, I pour little by little onto my middle finger and dap the it onto my face.
I have fair, yellow Asian (Chinese) skin and I was debating whether to try the signature Yellow or go with Ivory 1&2. I visited a local representative and tested the colors on my neck. Ivory 2 was too dark for me, Ivory 1 had a pink tint (Yes, even when most Caucasians find it too yellow, it's still too pinkish for my Asian skintone) so in the end, I decided to go with Yellow. I was using Dermablend's Skin Concealer in 20 Nude and as much as I loved it, the color 20 was about 1/2 a shade too dark for me. I was lucky to be blessed with mild undereye dark circles which Maybelline's Age Rewind Concealer in Light could easily take care of. My purpose for the MK concealer was to conceal some hyperpigmentation. I cannot imagine using MK concealer for undereye dark circles. The texture is just too thick and creamy even more so than Dermablend. Rule of thumb is to moisturize thoroughly. I stipple the MK concealer around my hyperpigmentations with a brush and the yellow tint can easily mask any redness. I find that stippling is a lot easier than smoothing it on because of the thick texture and stippling also helps me conceal better. The funny thing about using a finger to dab concealer on is that more often that not, I end up concealing around the blemish or hyperpigmentation and leave the centre unconcealed. This may not be the best concealer and I do prefer Dermablend but color-wise, MK's Yellow is the best fit for me so far. I can't say for undereye dark circles but for hyperpigmentation, I think this concealer works really well.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - The Brush Guard
evelynhg1107 7/7/2010 11:51:00 PM
First off, I am most impressed with the shipping. I'm in Canada and I paid around $15 CAD in total for the shipping + 1 variety pack + 1 eyeshadow/liner pack. On the website, it says to allow 2~3 weeks for international delivery but I received the packs in 2 days - excluding the weekends and July 1st Canada Day. This is the fastest USA-to-Canada shipping I have experienced thus far. As for the Brush Guard, they are great when it comes to keeping the brush hair in shape after washing and drying. Like others have commented, brushes will not dry faster but I usually leave them to dry overnight, even before using the Brush Guard so I don't find that an issue. I wash my foundation brush everyday after morning usage and leave it in the Brush Guard to dry till the next morning. I believe on the instruction manual, it says that the edges on the net may fray with use but moderate fraying won't harm the effect. Besides, they are relatively cheap to replace. Overall, I give it 4 out of 5. -1 because drying takes extra time but other than that, a great investment to keep your bristles looking new.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo - Twice the Spice
evelynhg1107 6/24/2010 3:37:00 AM
I got this as a sample and after using it for so long, there's still 3/4 left to it. I absolutely love the duo! They are very blendable with a hint of shimmer. The color is also easy to build so I don't get a bulky chunk of brown shade like I've been punched in the eye. I'm Chinese with warm skin tone and the beige/bronze duo is perfect for my skin tone.
This is possibility the worse tinted green base in all of cosmetics history. I can't imagine what Physicians Formula was smokin' when they decided to launch it. It's impossible to spread and very drying. The green is not blendable AT ALL so it's extremely noticeable. Neutralizes red? Yes, because your face will end up green. Buy it only if you want to look like Shrek.
Blush -Prestige - FreshGlow Baked Mineral Blush -Pink
evelynhg1107 6/23/2010 1:18:00 AM
I love the color! It's like a soft, sheer pink with a tint of shimmer and it blends very well. Doesn't break me out. My HG blush.
I love everything from Clinique - the skincare products to the make up. Adore EVERYTHING; except for this toner. I've seen so many ads promoting this toner so I decided to give it a try and I picked out #3 because I have oily/combination skin. Not too sensitive or acne-prone though. After I paid for it, I read the ingredients and saw alcohol right behind water (if I remember correctly) and since ingredients are listed according to their amount in the product, that is a lot of alcohol! I was a little surprised because I thought alcohol is just generally bad for the skin and of all brands, Clinique? I opened the bottle and lord, it smelled like rum. After a few days of using it, it did not break me out but did cause a little drying if I didn't moisturize enough. Sometimes it stung so bad I teared up. In the end, I returned it after 1 week of usage. I'm actually quite disappointed in this product but I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and it works great for me.