I really like this kit. It truly has everything you need makeup-wise, apart from brushes, foundation and concealer. It's a lot of fun to play around with and the color selection is excellent.
Moisturizers -Chanel - Beaute Initiale Energizing Multi-Protection Cream SPF 15
gate403 2/12/2011 11:16:00 PM
Got a sample of this with my perfume purchase and I've been using it every night for a week. Overall, I don't notice an improvement in my skin. I've gotten better results with Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cream and St Ives Renewal Cream (with AHA and BHA). Not only are those two more effective, they are much cheaper. I don't mind paying for quality but this is not good quality. It's heavily fragranced, which I find unnecessary in a skincare product. I'm acne-prone and it doesn't break me out but that's all I can say for it.
This is best on oily acne-prone skin. Very effective! TIP: If you bought it in the tube (not the tub) and it seems to have dried out or finishes, cut the tube in half, add enough water to make it return to its original consistency and scoop it all out. I did that and I've gotten 1 extra year of use out of that tube! There is a LOT of product left inside! I'm very glad I didn't throw it out.
African black soap is amazing. It really did a number on my acne. I'm a skincare junkie and this is my cleanser of choice for my face and body. I have oily, acne-prone skin and I noticed a difference after the first time I washed with it. The price is simply great because a little goes a long way. Add to that the fact that it's all natural and includes several skin nourishing ingredients, and you have a home run! Definitely try a few different brands to see which one works best on you. The quality really varies between soap companies. Aim for an authentic, heterogeneous looking bar and not something that looks uniform in color and dyed black. My favorite bar is from Ra Cosmetics.
HG will repurchase this forever! one of my absolute best buys. I've used brow e/s and pencil before and never ever has it looked so natural and perfect. I love it.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
gate403 11/25/2010 9:51:00 PM
HG. It looks totally natural and gives a matte, slightly soft focus effect. I'm tremendously oily so my oil reappears after a few hours but I'm very pleased still because this is AMAZING at setting makeup. My undereye concealer always used to crease on me, before I used this powder. I used other powders in the past and it would crease, but with this I get no creasing. HG.
I'm so happy I bought this. Thanks MUA! I'm NC40 and it's a lovely nude red on me. So gorgeous! It's too bad this is LE, I would totally repurchase this. Lovely casual lippie for any occasion that would look great on anyone!
Totally forgettable scent.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parlux - Jessica Simpson Fancy
gate403 11/1/2010 6:13:00 PM
Smells like a generic sweet vanilla, with spicy incense undertones. I would not rank this among the most beautiful scents I have ever smelled, but it's cozy and pleasant, very feminine and people will like the way you smell. It gets the job done.
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - E45 Small Tapered Blending (was SS226)
gate403 10/28/2010 10:25:00 PM
Ladies, don't bother waiting to pay a fortune one day for the mac version. This is incredible. It's very tapered and sleek, like the mac version. I was afraid that it would be fluffier or larger than the mac version but it is just as dense and just as tapered. The photo does not do it justice. Save your money and quit waiting and just get this. Temptalia loves the 226 (she prefers it over the 217) and it's a great crease and inner corner/outer corner brush.
Wholesale body oils is great. The customer service is nice, shipping is reasonable and the oils are reasonably priced. I got miss dior cherie and coco mademoiselle. Miss dior cherie was spot on perfect. Coco mademoiselle had a slightly nutty top note that the original lacks, but it dissipates within an hour and then you're left with something spot on with the original.
5 stars, excellent brush. I also recommend the $1 eyeshadow brush and blending/crease brushes. I have nothing bad to say, this is excellent even if you ignore the price.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - The Brush Guard
gate403 10/23/2010 4:33:00 PM
I can't recommend these highly enough. After using these, your brushes will look better than new. I was thinking about tossing one of my brushes but after I used this I did a beautiful look with it and decided to keep it because the shape was so improved! On top of that this protects the ferrule and is so reasonably priced. :) I recommend getting these from thebrushguard.com, not coastal scents. I got 2 packs and I don't regret it one bit. I will repurchase these forever!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Attar Bazaar Egyptian Musk
gate403 10/20/2010 7:43:00 PM
Gorgeous gorgeous scent! I got 1 dram (1/8 oz) for $8 at my local health food store, which seems a bit overpriced but the scent is amazing. Very incredible mixed in with other body oils. Just adds a lovely, warm, je ne sais quoi. Now I've figured out that I am an egyptian musk lover! it does have a fecal note though haha.
Amazing brush. Worth purchasing and as good as everyone says. Undupable. (Which is not the case for the 217. My $1 ELF eyeshadow brush is just as good as that in my crease.) Most MAC brushes are totally unnecessary and perform no better than ELF or Sigma, but the 239 is a standout.