I researched this foundation more then any other I've ever gotten, purely because of colour reasons, as I'm extremely pale and can never find a match! There is no illamasqua near me (that I'm aware of) so I decided to buy online, after all my research I decided on shade 115. If you are pale, very pale, this is AMAZING!! I've never seen a foundation as pale! It may even be a shade too pale for me! But I have so many other darker foundations I can mix it with to even it out :) That being said, when you mix this foundation it doesn't lose any coverage or pigmentation. On me it's medium to full coverage, leaning more to the full side but some freckles are still visible through it :) I had read that this foundation can be very drying, for me, this isn't really the case! Except for around my nose but sure that's always dry and red. I have fairly normal skin except for my nose and the odd day when my forehead gets the tiniest bit oily. The lasting power of this foundation isn't exactly amazing and can settle into some lines on your face (I haven't noticed this under my eyes though). I'm still playing around with it and finding the best ways to apply it and what primers do it justice. But all in all I'll be pretty forgiving of minor things because of how close the colour is to my skin. I personally really like the packaging, I know others don't! I like that its quite simple and really easy to get product out.
Mascara -Collection 2000 - Skyscraper Length and Definition Mascara
itsEmmaTime 8/15/2012 12:06:00 PM
I only got this mascara because it was 1.49!! The packaging is gorgeous! And when I saw the brush I got pretty excited... it reminded me slightly of Covergirl Lashblast! The formula itself is quite wet so I think when it dries out a little bit I'll like it better! It's not a HG mascara but it's definitely not the worse mascara I've used! It layers well enough, however it's not a mascara I'd use on it's own so I'd use a mascara that separates very well with it. I agree that it is kind of a heavy mascara and if you use too much then curling your eyelashes was a waste of time! I'll probably only get it again if it's still 1.49!
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
itsEmmaTime 7/16/2012 6:12:00 AM
I got this foundation hoping there was a shade for me.. I'm extremely pale and no drugstore/pharmacy foundations seem to match. I got it in N1 and I was delighted that they had warm, cool and neutral shades available because most yellow or pink undertones in foundation are too yellow and pink! It's not a perfect match for me but it blends out pretty easy so I can make it work :) The consistency is pretty liquidy so I kind of thought there wouldn't be much coverage but there coverage is really good.. medium to full at least, but it doesn't feel to heavy on your skin. The first time I wore this, it wore off after a few hours, which I was not pleased about, but since then it has lasted the majority of the day, and that's without setting with a powder. But I have noticed that in the morning after wearing the foundation my skin is a bit oily feeling and I'm not one to have oily skin, but I don't know if that's definitely to do with the foundation so.. In Ireland this foundation comes with a pump but I know in other countries it doesn't so I guess I'm pretty lucky because I hate foundations with no pump. And the pump is also really easy to control! The price of drugstore/pharmacy foundations is still pretty ridiculous in Ireland.. It cost me around 15 which is about $18! And I know in America it runs around $10 maybe which is only about 8 so that's the only this I'm unhappy about with this product. Overall I'm pretty happy with this, If I haven't found another foundation I want to try by the time I run out of the true match I'll probably just buy it again.
I have a love hate relationship with this foundation.. As in I want to love it but it wants to hate me. I had read some reviews on here and saw that it worked for some pretty pale people, so I thought finally a pale cheap foundation. Not the case.. I don't know how pale these people are who wrote the reviews but they're not pale if ivory works on them!! It's so orange! I look like an oompah loompah with it on! The colour does relax and become a little less orange after a while but if i didnt have a lot of time to wait around for it to die down then i'd be leaving my house looking a bit ridiculous! It's such a shame because I love everything else about this foundation! It glides on, blends incredibly, smells good, lasts fairly long on me but no matter how much I blend down my neck it just looks bad! For anyone who isn't as pale as me I do recommend this but sadly for us palies we'll have to keep looking :(
I have this in the colour Be Natural and it's great! It's pretty cheap and the packaging is gorgeous! It's a bit drying but that could just be my lips because my lips are pretty dry to begin with, the staying power is about average and I think it looks best (at least on my skin) when it's applied over foundation set with a powder, for me it makes it a bit paler which is what I need because I'm essentially casper!
I've had this lipstick for the longest time and when I got it I hated it! I hated the colour and I hate how it felt on my lips, now I love the colour! It's gorgeous sheer and opaque! The staying power isn't great so you definitely need to keep reapplying it but other then that I love it! and it has a lovely smell! :)
I love the bent side of this brush! It makes it do easy to apply eyeliner because you can see what you're doing :) I did trim it to make it a bit thinner but only because I prefer thinner liner! It's an amazing brush especially for someone on a budget :)
Mascara -Catrice - The Giant Extreme Volume Mascara
itsEmmaTime 4/13/2012 5:48:00 AM
I had tried a few catrice mascaras and I'm usually not impressed at all by them but this mascara is great! It was only 4.99 and it works better then mascaras that cost 3 times the price. I love the shape of the wand. Overall I love this mascara both by itself and layered with a different mascara.
I was pretty lucky and found this nail polish for 1.50!!! I'm am in love with the colour! I did have to put on 3 coats for it to be completely opaque but it's definitely worth the time :) It's very true to colour and is quite chip resistant too. One of my favourite nail polishes!
I like this foundation, I don't love it though! The coverage is ok, I kind of expected it to cover better though. The colours run very dark! I have NW20 and I only wear it when I have fake tan on. It does last well and even though there's and SPF of 10 I haven't had a problem with white cast. Overall it's a pretty average foundation, it's nothing special but it's not bad, the coverage is fine for day to day and the lasting power is good. But there are definitely better foundations out there!
I really like collection 2000 and I recently bought the lasting perfection foundation The coverage is really nice, the packaging is great the only thing I don't like about this foundation and all collection 2000 foundations is that they never go pale enough for me :( but to anybody who isn't as pale as casper I recommend it because it's a beautiful foundation.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Natural Collection - Blushed Cheeks
itsEmmaTime 3/5/2012 11:16:00 AM
I have the colour pink cloud and it's gorgeous! it's so natural looking at it gives the perfect flushed look... the packaging isn't great. it's ok for the price but the pan came loose pretty quickly so I'll have to glue it back into place. overall it's gorgeous I definitely recommend it :)
The colour of this eyeshadow is gorgeous! but OMG the glitter in this eyeshadow goes everywhere!! you definitely do not want to put this on after foundation because it wont come off!! it's such a shame because the colour and pigmentation is wonderful.
It's not an amazing mascara really it doesn't add much length and it's definitely not going to do anything for volume. But I do like to use it as a layering mascara just because it separates lashes amazingly! so if my eyelashes get a bit clumpy I use this to separate. I don't think I'll but it again but I'll use it up anyway
I don't love this mascara.. I really thought it would be a great mascara for me because I love huge brushes but I was fairly disappointed because it really just coated my eyelashes.. it didn't seem to add any volume or length. I might try it again in a few weeks when it has dried out a little and maybe then I'll prefer it.