I had this initially in Bisque 320W which was OK but a bit dark and really yellow for me so I switched to Bisque 260N which fits much better. They didn't have the neutral shades in the previous versions but they're great--make sure you try a bunch of different shades and undertones. The tube broke off the pump in my Bisque 320W. I'm not sure if it was a defective bottle; it's not like I was using it roughly or anything. The packaging seems fine on my 260N. I went through a lot of foundations to find this one. I tried Nars Sheer Glow, which was great, but I think it broke me out a bit. This one definitely doesn't do that. The one weird thing about this foundation, at least on me, is that it doesn't look good at all (waaaay too matte) if I just wear it with regular moisturizer. However, it looks great if I wear it with my La Roche Posay SPF 60 Ultra Fluid Lotion. Then the glow of the sunscreen comes through and you don't need to use much foundation. I set it with a powder and it seems to stay on all day. It looks natural with the sunscreen if you use maybe half a pump for the whole face. I apply with a foundation brush. Great coverage and you don't need much product at all.
This is really dramatic! The comb deposits the mascara and thickens while the brush feathers out the lashes so they're not clumpy. The best way to apply it is to rotate it up while gently applying pressure (to curl it up a bit). Chanel's Inimitable is really good but I think this one is better. Unless you like bold lashes all the time (I do) this is better for night. Like many really great mascaras, it's not the easiest to apply. It takes some getting used to but it's definitely worth it.
I have tried L'Oreal Feria and it fried my hair, and Hydrience and ColorSpa are OK, but this is the first at-home hair dye that I can say I really love. It didn't fry my hair at all and left it glossy and natural. I wasn't too particular with the timing but I gather from the other posts that people were leaving it on too long at the roots and got a two-tone colour in the end. So, just be careful and do a strand test at the beginning (although I didn't). I used light golden brown on my dark brown hair and it didn't lighten it in a fake way, just gave some rich and reflective colour. This is the first time I've thought that I could just keep using a dye and make this my new hair colour. I highly recommend it, though be sure to choose the right colour for you, watch the clock, and if need be do a strand test.
I've been using this for almost 10 years. Love it! I will never use Blistex, Chapsitck, Softlips-- those are all addictive and bad for your lips.
Highlighters -Clinique - Fresh Bloom Allover Colour all shades
fritzlechat 3/20/2008 12:42:00 AM
The only downside I see is that it's a bit expensive for Clinique, but compared to other brands it's not too bad. The first one I got was Almond Blossom. I use the outside shade on my cheekbones as a highlighter and the flower colour on my cheeks and blend. It looks natural and contours the face. The second one I got was the Posy. It's my least favourite of the three I have, but still nice. It's a very subtle pink. The outside colour also makes a nice highlighter; I would apply it the same way as Almond Blossom. The third one I have is Plum Poppy and it's great. Very pigmented. It looks like you're really blushing. The outside colour is too dark for a highlighter, so I just sweep my brush all over and blend it onto my cheeks. So glad they're not discontinuing it! Though I definitely won't need more...they last forever.
Moisturizers -Lancome - Pure Focus Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion
fritzlechat 8/29/2007 9:27:00 PM
This moisturizer has so much fragrance in it that it irritated my skin and stung when I tried to moisturize dry areas. It dries really quickly and mattifies so it doesn't seem like it moisturizes at all. I agree with a previous post that it feels nice going on, but I'm not sure that has any pragmatic outcomes--just because it feels nice doesn't mean that it's actually doing anything for your skin. It's really expensive, and Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel works better and is fragrance-free for less.
This is a great mascara for a night out. It takes a bit of practice to get it right, but once you do, it looks like you're wearing falsies. The best thing to make application easier (and to make it look amazing) is to start with the Lancome Cils Booster XL (or some other primer) and then put the Fatale brush at the base of your lashes and rotate it up. This makes it more expensive (since you have to buy a lengthening primer) but it is well worth it.