I loved the previous Dior Nude foundation, and when I ran out I went back to repurchase, but somehow the new version is different and I was not convinced by the colours. So instead, I decided to purchase the brand new BB Creme. I have been wearing it for a week or so and so far I like it. No pore clogging or breakouts whatsoever, coverage falls between sheer and medium and lasts reasonably for about 8 hours. I don't get too oily from it either and it is light and comfortable to wear. It oxidises/darkens a bit after about 15-20 minutes on, but the colour is not unpleasant, especially since it is early February and my skin is deadly pale. I have it in 2 and I am around NC20-25, LM Nude, Dior 020 or 021. Another great product from this range. One lippy off though for including so much alcohol in the formulation.
I purchased this as a treat for myself when Zuneta had a special offer, so I ended up paying less than retail price, still crazily expensive though. Yes, is it is a nice foundation with a lovely texture, it covers reasonably well (at least medium) and almond parfait is a good neutral colour for NC20 ladies. Is it worth the price though? No. I actually don't think a foundation is ever worth more than £40/$60; after all, it is just pigment mixed with water and silicones. Milk Aquarelle is not massively long lasting, it is very uneven after 11-12 hours, my average work day. It does not provide much skin care benefit and it clogs my pores a little. I put on my makeup at 9am and by late afternoon this is patchy and settles in fine and laughter lines (i haven't got many), especially when you build up the coverage. Several people asked me whether I was tired while wearing it (though, I was, so maybe I shouldn't blame it on the foundations), not a compliment really. All in all, it does not wow me and I'd rather spend my hard earned cash on foundations from Becca, Burberry and Shiseido, all superior IMHO to RBR's offering.
Sunscreen -Biore - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen
fvger 5/28/2012 7:39:00 AM
This is just a warning. Based on the ingredient list here, I bought this sunscreen thinking that it contains a mix of chemical and physical sunscreen. Imagine my disappointment when I received it and found out that it has only chemical sunscreens and provides no protection over 354nm. So, yes it protects from UVB and UVA2 but not from UVA1 rays which means it's good for winter, but useless for summer.
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
fvger 3/13/2012 1:27:00 PM
This is the product I wanted to love 6 years ago (the whole Becca ethos was so appealing), but at the time LSC and my hormonal acne-prone skin did not get on at all. Last summer I walked past a Becca counter (rare sight these days), got chatting with the MUA and decided to try the mineral powder along with the LSC again. To cut a long story short, I have been wearing LSC almost every day ever since. My skin issues have more or less settled and now being in my mid 30s I enjoy the luminosity I get from the LSC. My skin definitely looks much better (and younger) with it on, even though it does not cover much. I use a mineral sunscreen first as I have some hyperpigmentation and then apply LSC liberally. For extra coverage I sometimes use the stick foundation on red areas, but other times I just mix in a tiny amount of Dior forever foundation. I don't even use concealer, only powder. I like Becca's loose powder, mineral pressed powder or Laura Mercier's universal powder, all work well on the T zone after the LSC. Of course I need to blot a couple of times during the day, but the LSC outlasts my 12-hour working days. It's also reasonable value as it lasts around 4 months with daily usage.
Tinted Moisturizer -NARS - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
fvger 3/12/2012 10:44:00 AM
I couldn't wait to try this and bough it as soon as it came out. Alaska was a bit too yellow for my NC20-25 skin, but not too noticable. It wears well for 10 hours+ and looks lovely and luminous, but I broke out terribly after wearing it just for 4 days. I stopped for a week and wore it again over the weekend, but I had 3 cystic pimples by Sunday evening. My pores are prone to clogging but I have not had cystic acne for 2 years despite wearing foundation or TM every day. How sad...
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Thickening Spray
fvger 3/6/2012 10:39:00 AM
I used this spray years ago and from what I remember I kind of liked it. I decided to repurchase it a few days ago in search for a thickening product for my fine hair. I tried it this morning and not only did the spray do nothing for volume, it actually left my hair like straw. To my surprise (and shock and horror), they have changed the formula and ALCOHOL is now the 2nd ingredient which explains the 'new' smell as well. What a rip-off for 21 pounds.
Liquid -Giorgio Armani - Designer Lift Smoothing Firming Foundation
fvger 1/24/2012 1:58:00 PM
The SA has matched me (NC25 with some hyperpigmentation) to 5.5 which turned out to be a bit orange under natural light (5 was ashy and 4 too pale). As for the colour I could have lived with that if I had been truly impressed by the formula. While the coverage was good and lasted on the skin, it did not look natural and had no luminosity whatsoever. I looked older with it on. As much as I like GA foundations in general (Luminous silk, Lasting UV etc), this is just not a winner. It also left my face itchy after wearing it on 3 consecutive days, so in the end I returned it. CD Nude and the new SU Face Architect foundations are better options for normal/combination skin IMHO.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Cosmedix-Clarity Serum
fvger 7/12/2011 5:16:00 AM
I have been using this serum for almost 2 years and my skin has been pretty clear ever since. For the first year I used it every night, now I can easily skip 2-3 nights a week. I only use a small pump worth of serum on my whole face and if I have a spot I just pat a bit more onto the area. In winter when my face is dry I follow it with a moisturiser. Whenever I remember I mix in a bit of vitamin c powder. In the morning I wake up with smooth skin and unclogged pores. This has cleared my hormonal acne and simplified my skincare routine enormously-what's not to love about it? IMHO it's worth every penny!
Bronzers -Christian Dior - Diorskin Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora
fvger 5/18/2011 5:29:00 PM
Utter disappointment...I bought Aurora over the weekend and was so much looking forward to trying it. On my NC20-25 skin (Becca Nude, Bobbi Brown Sand/Warm Sand, Dior Nude 021) it showed up as a rather unnatural pinkish peachy shimmer that did not impart a healthy glow whatsoever. It did not improve skin tone or luminosity and failed to perform as a bronzer. In a frantic attempt to get it working I tried it over two different foundations with and without bronzer but to no avail. By the way, ethylexyl palmitate is high up on the list and within 3 days it clogged some pores on my cheeks. I love Dior powders in general but Aurora is overhyped for what it is. Thumbs down.
I have worn this foundation for a week or so and despite the hype it left me underwhelmed. While the colour match of B20 is initially OK (me=Becca Nude, Dior Nude 021, Nars Fiji), this product oxidises to a not very flattering darker shade within 3-4 hours of wear on my combo but not super-oily skin. It hides pores well and has a natural sheen to it, but provides little or no coverage. Since I don't see a major difference with and without there is not much to recommend about this foundation. It might work for someone under 25 with perfect, normal skin...
I purchased my first Cosmedix product 8 months ago and I find this line very good. Cosmedic products have really helped my mild hormonal acne and hyperpigmentation spots. They are also well formulated without too much silicones and unnecessary chemicals and don't cause skin redness, allergic reactions or further breakouts. I have been using the Clarity serum for 8 months with great results and repurchased this twice (one bottle lasts for about 3-4 months). Brightening serum, pure C and the the berry scrub are all good, though not essential, but I love the purity peel. Try Cosmedix if you can.
Let me start with saying that this is a great foundation. It is light, fresh and provides reasonable (on the sheer side) coverage. It holds up well (only tried it in winter) and does not oxidise. The colour 30 is beautiful; yellow/neutral and a fantastic match to my nc25 skin. The only bad part is that I need to blot 3-4 times during the day, but I can manage that. I also wear this with the new Dior Nude sculpting powder in 32 and they complement each other well. I have had no breakouts with this at all.
I bought this in Nude and it turned pinkish orange within 4 hours on my winter-dry combination skin. It also had a greyish undertone that made me look sick. It held up OK, but nothing spectacular. Thumbs down...
This provides very sheer coverage and while it makes you look fresh, it is not all that special. For this much money, it should be singing AND dancing, but instead it is just a mediocre face colour that melts off your face after 2 hours and clogs your pores. Save your money (or spend it on Armani UV LSF and Dior Nude; you can almost buy both!)
I don't understand the hype. This foundation is not finely milled, it is a bit coarse and the finish is neither natural nor smooth. But the worst is that it irritates my skin like crazy and it also broke me out just in 2 days. This is going back to the store....