Concealers -Estee Lauder - Smoothing Cream Concealer
evillittleme 7/22/2011 8:54:00 PM
This is my HG concealear. I've been using it for 5+ years and have never bothered trying many other concealers it is just so good. I use #02 Light and this is the perfect concealer for my very fair skin. This blends like a dream and really does concealer all kinds of flaws - under eye bags, pimples, acne scars etc. Love love love it!
My dermatologist recommended I buy this after I had a C02 laser done . It felt great on my skin after the treatment and helped ease the 'burning' sensation, which was great because I wasn't supposed to touch my face afterwards. Now, I use it to set my makeup and also as a moisture-booster throughout the day, especially when my skin is really dry. This product is seriously worth its weight in gold. It's amazing! It has a really great moisturising effect. I often have skin so dry it flakes off underneath my makeup - this product improves that out of sight. I keep it in my handbag with me and just spray it on the problem areas throughout the day. Love love love.
I love this moisturizer. My dermatologist recommended I use it when I had terrible cystic acne as a teenager and I have used it on and off ever since. PROS It is dirt cheap It comes in a great pump pack (which is hygienic) Never breaks me out Feels very moisturizing and is perfect for oily, acne prone skin CONS It has no SPF in it Does not always cut it in winter for extremely dry, flaky skin It is a no-frills product, so does not come with some of the other 'big ticket' ingredients included in other moisturizers.
This is one of my all time favourite products. My dermatologist recommended I use it when I had terrible cystic acne as a teenager and I have been using it on and off for about ten years. It never breaks me out or irritates me. It is a simple product, but one I will continue to buy again and again.
This used to be my HG self tanner but I'm not sure what happened to it. The first bottle I ever bought I got from David Jones in Australia and I adored it. It was the perfect colour for my vampiric shade and was really easy to apply. The colour was dark but so natural. I bought my second bottle at Harrods in the UK and again loved it. However, the last bottle I purchased in Australia had different packaging to the other two and if I'm not wrong, the formula has also changed. I don't know what they've done to it, but I'm not a fan of the new formulation at all. I find that the colour is far too light - almost non-existent and I have to apply layer after layer to get much colour at all. This new formula also stains my hands and nails really badly. I never had this problem with the old stuff and I find it really annoying - I hardly look tanned at all after one application but my hands are a delicate shade of Chico Baby. Not attractive. Considering the price, I can't justify purchasing a product that I have to layer and layer to get the colour I desire. I won't be buying it again.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Exact Eyelights Quad - Green Eyes
evillittleme 7/6/2011 10:26:00 PM
I'm quite surprised that people are saying that they don't like this product. I'm thinking perhaps they are trying to apply it only using the big fat brush that comes with it? You def need to apply the product with different brushes - the fat one is only good for the base coat (the lightest colour). In particular, I've found that the darkest purple colour needs to be applied with a really thin, hard brush so that you can get it as close to the lashline as possible. This would have to be one of my favourite products. I have blue / green eyes and this eyeshadow just makes them pop! It is not too garish or dark for daytime wear, but gives a really polished, professional look. I have had several comments about my eyes since wearing this eyeshadow. My tip would be to make sure you follow the colour application instructions on the back of the pack (so that you are applying the right colours on the correct part of the eye). It also really pays to invest in some good quality eyeshadow applicator tools, as the one that comes with the packaging is not going to cut it for you.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
evillittleme 7/6/2011 12:38:00 AM
My skin is all over the place - throughout my teens I suffered terrible cystic acne, which left me with craters all over my face. Several years and many very painful operations later, my skin is finally looking better, but I do still suffer from very unpredictable combination skin. I have been on and off Accutane for the last eight years, along with a variety of other antibiotics, Differin, Retin A etc. Some days my skin is so dry it's flaking off me in droves, yet other days it will be so oily nothing will control it. With all of this in mind, I can say that although I do like the La Mer cream it is no miracle cream. My skin seems to respond to it only moderately well. I've probably gone through about 8 jars, swapping with cheaper products every now and again when I'm short on cash. To be honest, I think this will be my last bottle. I used to swear by this product, but after about 4 years using it, I can honestly say that I just cannot tell the difference between this and the local pharmacy products (like Cetaphil or L'Oreal) ...except that this costs signifantly more and lasts far less time. My skin tone and texture got so much more benefit out of laser treatments than it ever did with this - fair enough, I'm sure, but considering that three bottle of this stuff cost the same as a C02 laser treatment, I just cannot see the point. This does not live up to the hype.
I didn't mind this scrub at all however my favourite in the St. Ives range would undoubtedly be the apricot scrub. I found this one to be almost too gentle and it was no good at removing makeup. I would probably buy it again, but I don't think it will end up being a staple in my cupboard.
Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
evillittleme 7/5/2011 12:38:00 AM
This would have to be one of my favourite products. I don't use it every night or even religiously, but somehow I always manage to come back to it. I find it so good for removing makeup and to get rid of dead skin cells. My skin is prone to oilyness though so I can't use it every night or else it strips my skin of its natural oils.
Skincare - Body -Sally Hansen - Airbrush Legs in Light Glow
evillittleme 7/4/2011 1:49:00 AM
Sally Hansen is pretty much the saviour of my life. This is only a slight exaggeration. My sister is def also a fan judging by how often she swipes my can and demolishes the lot before I even get a second look-in!! I have never found a product that works such miracles for my legs! They literally look airbrushed to perfection every time I use this product. I have really skinny beapole-like legs that are vampire-pale. Self-tanners generally tend to look terrible on me becuase they accentuate my skinny knees and ankle bones and make them look an awkward and unnatural shade of orange. Sally on the other hand never does! The best thing about this product is the fact that you can blend and blend until you get it right. It is like makeup for your legs, so even if you start out with too much on or you don't like the way it looks, you can keep blending until you get a colour you are happy with. It doesn't dry instantly, unlike some other self-tanners on the market, which is actually a plus. You do have to make sure it's dry before you put clothes on (pretty much like all other fake tanners) and it can get on the bedsheets at night. SMALL price to pay as far as I'm concerned. I seriously feel like a million bucks when I have this stuff on, and feel confident enough to get my legs out in a miniskirt or short dress. I am the clumsiest person alive and have at least three bruises on the go at any one time - this covers every bruise, bump, freckle, vein, etc you can think of. My only complaint is that it washes off in the shower if you scrub too hard with a loofah, which is sad because it looks so good I'd prefer it stay on! It can be a little exy, depending on when and where you buy it...Sales time is always good but full price it's around $30AUD. However, I've tried some of the cheaper Sally imitations on the market and they literally don't have anything on it.
I bought this product several years ago as a change from my regular Shiseido foundation. Compared to other Shiseido products on the market (i.e. Hydro-Liquid Compact), I was not a fan of this one. I found the product was actually tough to get on my skin and I had to keep rubbing the stick over and over the same spot to get it on me. I did not like the feeling of it either. The colour was off for my skin tone (far too orange), so it did not give me even coverage. After multiple failed attempts to use the product successfully, I never bothered to use the rest of the stick and it has been sitting in my makeup drawer ever since. Considering the price is somewhat exhorbitant to begin with, I wouldn't bother.
I was recommended this product when I had severe cystic acne as a teenager because it is not too thick and doesn't clog the pores. Fast forward seven years and I still love it, but I must say it is not my first choice mainly because of the price, and the fact that it does not last very long (around two months max). In terms of the product itself, it gives a pretty light coverage that is relatively even. I don't use the sponge as I'm not a fan of applying makeup with a sponge in general. I think it tends to waste too much product and I was also paranoid about the germs / bacteria when I had bad acne. When I feel like treating myself, this is the foundation I buy, but as a broke uni student I can't really justify shelling out that much on this to use as a day-to-day foundation.
I have revised my rating for this product. Whilst it is quite reasonably priced and feels extremely silky going on, I don't think it gives great all day coverage. When you first put it on, it gives a nice matte finish, but I have noticed that by the end of a long day at work, the coverage has all but vanished. On the plus side, the colour was perfect for my very fair skin, giving it an even tone without making me look like a ghost. I'm not sure I would buy this again - I prefer the Maybelline Liquid Mousse to this one, as I think it gives far better and longer lasting coverage.
This would have to be my favourite foundation. Not only is it very reasonably priced (about $17AUD from Coles or Woolworths), it gives great coverage and lasts all day. I have actually had several people ask me what foundation I use / if I even have makeup on when I wear this product. It looks like satin and just gives a perfect finish. It is also a perfect colour match for my very fair skin. I have gone through about six bottles (give or take a bottle that my sister has tried to steal from me!) and will def keep buying it in future.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Makeup
evillittleme 7/4/2011 12:20:00 AM
I got this foundation on a whim because I found it in the bargain bin at Woolworths for $4.20. Some of my best makeup finds have come out of the same bin but in this case, let me say I can understand why it was in there. I bought the lightest available colour and while the colour match is good for my skin, I do not rate this product at all! For one, the coverage is quite uneven and wears off after a few hours. However, my biggest complaint is the effect this foundation has had on my skin! I have quite sensitive skin but I've never had such a weird reaction from a foundation - on my chin, the skin has dried out so much it is literally flaking off me! I look like I have chin dandruff. The rest of my face is so greasy it is like an oil slick. I cannot wait to scrub this nasty stuff off my skin the minute I get home! Not to mention it smells really weird when you put it on. Quite unpleasant. I've never really used Cover Girl foundations before and after this experience, I won't bother .