This is the best eyeliner I have used to date. I'm a huge fan of cake eyeliner, as I feel they smudge the least and I like that they don't dry out. This is the first eyeliner I have used that does not smudge at all and lasts throughout the day. I was previously using Laura Mercier's cake eyeliner which smudged significantly less than all gel liners I tried (BB, MAC, Wet 'n Wild) but still transferred a little bit throughout the day. This definitely beats the LM. I find this is blacker than LM and smudges less (in that it doesn't smudge at all). I find both have equal lasting power. They cost about the same, so if you're looking for a cake liner, I would choose this over LM. Cake liner takes a little getting used to since you have to mix it, but once you get the technique down, cake liner is the best form of liner in my opinion.
Liquid -Prescriptives - All Skins Mineral Makeup 16 Hour Wear / SPF 10
holliday 9/6/2009 6:25:00 PM
I loved the way this foundation looked. I've used Virtual Skin for the past several years and was able to get a great match in this foundation as well. It made my skin look even and flawless, and it lasted throughout the entire work day for me without needing any touch-up. Unfortunately, my skin did not react well to the formulation and caused me severe dryness and irritation. This foundation is great if you're not sensitive to any of the ingredients in it.
Treatments -Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA
holliday 6/23/2006 10:29:00 PM
Fantastic AHA product, and so much cheaper than other alternatives. I found this at Rite Aid for 50% off, so I figured it couldn't hurt. It has made my skin so much smoother and my pores look much smaller as well. It has really helped cut down on mild acne breakouts for me as well. I also luckily did not experience any initial purging from this product. I have combination skin and this has made it look so much better. I highly recommend, especially for the price!
Bronzers -Guerlain - Terracotta Multi Effect Bronzing Powder
holliday 6/16/2006 12:23:00 PM
This is one of my favorite bronzers. It has a small snowflake of shimmer. I am an NC20, and this gives the perfect warm glow that is not too dark or too orange. The shimmer is subtle and not very noticeable. I would definitely buy this again if it weren't LE. The packaging is really cute also.
A warm rose color with a lot of gold shimmer. I have very pigmented lips, and the color did still show up. It suits my warm nc20 complexion well, and it is subtle enough to wear during the daytime and to the office. The gold shimmer is really beautiful. It smells like bubblegum, but I didn't find the smell to be as strong as the juicy pops. I would buy it again.
I don't get the hype. It's not a bad blush, but it's so meh. I don't think it's that similar to Orgasm. Luminous is much pinker and less natural looking on me (NC20). I think it might be too pink for my liking, it's also super frosty. Maybe I would like it more if it was never compared to Orgasm. It's cheap, but I still prefer Orgasm. They're different enough that having both of them isn't out of the question. I also hate the packaging. I never use this.
The colors are not particuarly unique (which is why I took off one lippie) - warm peach/champagne, brown taupe, and a deep cranberry. I really like this trio, it suits my warm coloring (NC20, brown eyes) better than any of the other Fresh trio palettes. The shadows have good pigmentation and are very soft. I found they blended easily. Fresh can be hit or miss with their shadow quality, but I found these to all be good quality. They are small though. But the packaging is really cute.
I like the color, a plummy-taupe. But I'm still on the fence about whether I like this color on me (NC20), it might be too cool. Nice color, but the quality of the eyeshadow is seriously lacking. I haven't had much luck with other NARS shadows either. The texture felt chalky to me, and I found it more difficult to blend than other comparably priced brand shadows. The color also faded really quickly, and can apply streaky sometimes. A NARS SA told me that the powder shadows are best worn over the cream shadows which seemed like crap to me. Why do I need another product to make this one useable? I would not buy this again because the quality is sucky, I hardly use it so I probably won't ever be faced with having to buy it again.
I'm an NC20, and this looked horrible on me. It was way too dark and plum/brown for my complexion. The pencil glides on smoothly, but isn't glossy at all. The color just didn't work for me, it made me look dull.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Les Meteorites balls powder
holliday 5/1/2006 2:36:00 PM
I'm an NC20 and I use this in Mythic as an all over finishing powder. I caved to the hype, but love how this makes my skin look. The multi-colored balls even out my skintone and really reduce the redness. The shimmer is not very noticeable, and it gives my face a wonderful healthy glow. It seems to brighten my entire complexion. The smell didn't bother me at all, in fact, I kind of like it. The scent disappears really quickly after anyway. It is pricey, but will last forever.
NC20. I don't think this really works as a bronzer. I definitely don't use it as one, but I do like the product a lot as a blush. It's a warm brownish pink and SO frosty (which is true of all the shimmering bronzers). I like this as a blush and a highlighter on my cheekbones. The color is pretty on my cheeks, but all over is way too much for me (and I'm only 21, so tacky shimmer usually isn't a problem for the places I need to be). If you want a true bronzer, this is not it. This was really cheap, though.
Blush -L'Oreal - True Match Superblendable Blush in Bare Honey
holliday 5/1/2006 12:05:00 PM
I like this much better than I thought I would. The powder is fine and blends well. I don't wear True Match foundation, so I didn't choose this based on that. I am an asian NC20, fairly neutral - but warm colors suit me very well. This is a light beige, honey is pretty accurate, that's slightly peachy. It looks great when I want a very natural, tan look. This also works well for contouring. The packaging is so clunky and horrible. I never use the brush or the mirror provided in the bottom, and this would be so much better if they did away with that.
This is the prettiest of all the soft lights IMO. It looks white, but flashes peach and pink on the skin. I am an asian NC20, and this looks really nice and subtle on my skin. The powder is soft and finely milled like all the other soft lights. I apply it to my cheeks on top of blush, and it gives the most gorgeous glow. It's not really shimmery, but iridescent. It comes in the same screw top compact as the rest of the soft lights, except the packaging is white instead of black. Well worth the money, it will last ages. It's LE, so get it while you can.
I am an NC20 and this matches my lids perfectly. My lids are really oily and every shadow creased on me after a few hours. But with this, everything stays put. I have had no creasing at all. The packaging is terrible, though. It's hard to regulate how much comes out, and even though I unfurled the end, at times it still squeezes out anyway. Plus, this really dries out my eyelids making them flaky, and then when I apply, it accentuates the flakes it created which looks horrible! It works really well, but I hate that I can't use this every day without getting scaley lids. Maybe UD PP is a better bet.
This is a powder foundation with a matte finish that comes in the most fabulous packaging. The packaging is really the only thing that makes this special. The foundation covered nicely (sheer to medium coverage, can be built up easily) and the powder was silky, but it's difficult for me to justify the price when I can get similar (or better) results from cheaper foundations (I'm not really wild about powder foundations anyway). This didn't break me out or dry out my skin. I am an NC20 and bought this in V2003 which was a good match for me. Oh, but the packaging really is exquisite.