Treatments -Bliss Labs - Peeling Groovy Facial Serum
hkeeley 11/12/2010 10:46:00 AM
Received a sample of this from Sephora, Am almost done with the sample and I really like the results. Have been using for about 2 weeks, 1 x a day, every other day. Pores on my chin and around my nose seem much smaller, even after applying my normal,daily moisturized w/SPF 30. There is definitely a stinging sensation and as someone with rosacea, I expected the worst but my cheeks never got red. That, in and of itself, is a miracle. In fact, I am very careful about not using too many products on my face. I can't use Retinol but suffer from the same aging issues- dark spots, fine lines, more persistent wrinkles, etc. There aren't a lot of affordable options but this one might be the one....$65.00 isn't cheap, but if it works and lasts at least three months, it's equivalent to drugstore retinol products that I can't use.
After spending countless hours trying to find a line liner closest to my natural lip color (I had the Sephora woman hopping!) I have discovered the perfect match. Nars "Rosebud" is the shade for me!!! The lip liner's performance (ease of application/durability) was equal to any good liner. The color, however, was perfect. It's the liner that goes under any shade of lipstick and when worn alone, accentuates the lips and adds just the right amount of color paired with a clear lip balm (for Saturday's errands when you are dressed casually and don't want to appear "done up.") to look totally natural. Expert advice tells you to find the color that matches the inside of your lips. Easier said than done. But I recommend a place like Sephora where the salesperson isn't promoting one brand over another and is willing to jump around from brand to brand to find that perfect shade. I must have tried 10 different liners - too pale, too brown, too pink, too red...until I finally discovered Rosebud- a brownish pink - medium tone.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Soft Touch Eyeshadow - Ombre Essentielle - Ivory
hkeeley 3/1/2008 9:45:00 AM
Ivory - looks white-ish and shimmery in the compact but when applied has a beautiful gold tone to it. It is a lovely shade that is a great "base" or "neutral" lid color. Though shimmer is a no-no for older women, this isn't so shimmery that your eyes look crepe-y. Most ivory eye shadow looks too white on my eyes and too cool for my ruddy/yellow/red combo skin color, this one was perfect. Gave my eyes a wide awake look without that ghost look that true whites/ivory can sometimes do. It was a wonderful find and one I would definitely repurchase. Staying power was the same for most eyeshadows thought with the UDPP, it was there for the entire work day. Blended well with other non-Chanel eyeshadows too.
For aging skin where the trend is "less is more" this does the trick. More Magazine states that the biggest mistake older women make with their makeup is heavy foundation, too dark lipstick and the use of finishing powder. Amen to that! The trend is lighter, more youthful colors (sheer pinks and flush of color) and a lighter foundation. The liquid formula allows for sheer coverage and buildable coverage in areas that might need more help. I recently purchased the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer and under the Chanel liquid, the results were fabulous. When the Chanel SA "did" my face, she put it on fairly heavy (as all SAs tend to do) and even with the heavier than normal appl. the results were luminous and natural. The pump bottle allows complete control of how much product you dispense. I used one and a half squirts into the palm of my clean hand and applied with a foundation brush (mostly on cheeks, chin and nose). Its consistency is much more liquid than any other foundation from a pump but the coverage is still good. It felt light and easily blended out with the brush. It did not settle into fine lines or creases/folds. It didn't leave my skin feeling dry either despite its lighter consistency.(and the cold climate I live in) The bottle contains a lot of product. I would say for those women who are trying to get a more natural finish, this is the product for you. I can't comment on color selection because the one tried on my face at the Chanel counter was a great match for my ruddy, aging, combo and sometimes bizarre-o skin. I am fair but I have a lot of "color" in my skin - and sometimes it appears to have a lot of yellow, and sometimes a lot of red. Go figure. As an aside, after I had purchased the foundation, the SA gave me a huge amount of skincare samples and I was blown away by the amount. They will last me months (and I even shared some with friends)
CG newest mascara is certainly living up to it's name "lashblast" - thick wand, thick tube -great lashes! Thick, dark and very natural. The rubber bristle wand does a superb job of keeping the lashes separate and despite being so chubby, it gets the little inside lashes quite well. No smudging, no flakes, no change in the lashes look the entire day. And the best part of CG's mascara formula - it washes off very easily. This is a beauty bag staple!
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals Foundation #2
hkeeley 2/3/2007 8:00:00 AM
Had a serious situation with this powder foundation. Caution ladies! If you use permanent hair color in blond shades, the porous nature of colored hair WILL pick up the color from the face powder, whether you finish with the Mineral Veil or not. Spend almost $50.00 to rid the strange orangy-pink tone from my bangs and side pieces that touch my face. Hairdresser had to use Redken'e Pre-Art and then a Shades EQ in "blue" to lift and remove the orangy tone. I have no major complaints with what Bare Escentuals did to my face- liked the coverage and thought it was fairly natural looking, but the impact on my light (ash) blond hair was bizarre and too expensive to have to fix again. I have written to the company to give them a heads up (worth doing testing on colored hair - especially blonds) I am no longer using the product