Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm
jasminefire 3/20/2013 1:20:00 AM
At first I was hesitant due to L';Oreal's penchant for fragranced skincare, but I took a small leap and bought a trial-sized little jar for $5.99. True, it is a tad odoriferous, but not to the point of irritating my sensitive neck. The vaseline-like consistency is soothing to the touch, and my neck and chest do feel and look smoother. (I haven't dared to try it on my even more sensitive facial skin yet.) So far, so good. I like it!
The texture is commendable, smooth and easily applied. But Revlon needs to take a lesson from Maybelline and produce a wider variety of shades for warm-toned (particularly yellow) skin. I'm between shades and the lighter one is too ghostly and the darker one too pink-tan. I had high expectations, only to be seriously let-down.
Though I have a vast palette of OPI, I keep going back to this beautiful and immensely flattering neutral. The perfect nude for yellow/olive-toned skin.
Previous I had tried this in the summer and returned it, feeling it to be too oily-feeling. Now in the midst of winter and after a bout of eczema, it suits me just fine. Very smooth, natural-looking light-to-medium coverage in a shade (Nude) complementary to my light yellow-toned Asian skin. Until it's summer again, my HG foundation!
A bit mystified by all the uniformly rave reviews. Like all heavily pigmented concealers, it does crease, so I decided to pair it with my beloved noncreasing--albeit much pricier--Lancome Effacernes Waterproof just under my eyes and Glamoflage blended into the bottom crescent of my undereye circles. Very nice! The little pencil can be used to conceal permanent eyeliner or brows that have fallen out of favor. A good buy for $6.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
jasminefire 10/18/2012 2:48:00 PM
First off, I have long, fine, medium-thick hair with a lot of body, and I color with a high-llft product and then style with a blow dryer and a flat iron. My hair needs a substantial amount of moisturizing, so it responds well to "conditioning cleansers" such as this one and Wen. (I'm thinking that the trick of using one of these cleansers is to follow up with some kind of volumizing styler near the scalp to avoid the flat look.) This is an acceptable, lower-cost substitute for Wen, which I liked very much when I obtained it with a $10 offer that came in the mail. One pump does not equal one pump from the Wen container, so you do end up using quite a bit of it each time, and the bottle is surprisingly small. The vanilla scent is pleasant enough to me, though I miss the tingle of mint in Wen's Almond Mint formula. Might one effectively add a drop pf mint oil to this? And for that matter, could one also MAKE one's own cleansing conditioner with "1/4 shampoo and 3/4 conditioner"? A lab experiment worth trying...
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
jasminefire 9/4/2012 4:35:00 PM
Really wanted to like this one. Good pump container, natural-looking light coverage, decent selection of shades (though there should be one between the lightest and second-lightest warm shade). As the day goes on, however, I notice some mild flaking on my cheeks and forehead, and that spells irritation. It would probably be my HG foundation if not for the offending ingredient.
I noticed an Asian girl with monolids wearing a bronze shadow with black liner on top, so I reached into my stash and pulled this out to try again. (I'd bought it to use as an undereyes liner, and I nixed it then because I need a darker color beneath.) Smoothed from lashes to just above the fold, it looks beautiful with a little black liner and mascara. Highly recommended for women of color, it enhances olive/gold skin and brown eyes.
At first I as wildly in love with this color, but I started to notice that it is simply too orangey-artificial in natural light. My skin is light yellow, and I was hoping for my HG neutral. Back to the plus side, the matte formula is fairly long-lasting and the case is an elongated bullet shape that's easy to differentiate from my other lipsticks when I'm fumbling in my purse.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Extra Volume Collagen Mascara Blackest Black
jasminefire 1/11/2012 5:26:00 PM
Sculpturally gorgeous container housing clumpy, 99-cent store quality mascara.
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Recovery Cleanser
jasminefire 11/21/2011 12:53:00 PM
Finally, an HG cleanser for my dry, sensitive skin. It's creamy and thorough--if it doesn't dissolve all the makeup the first time, use it again with no resulting irritation. It melts eye makeup as well. Highly recommended!
Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
jasminefire 10/9/2011 5:17:00 PM
Having read negative reviews, I was extremely hesitant to try this product until a $10 deal arrived in my snail-mailbox. I sent a check in, knowing they couldn't ding me for future membership shipments. Within a few weeks a generous box of products showed up, and I was pleasantly surprised by the much-vaunted (on tv) "conditioning cleanser." It seems to be just what my fine, color-treated and flat-ironed hair needs. I now have shine and body, and the drier areas look much healthier. If you're on a budget, definitely spring for the $10 offer in the mail! You won't regret it.
So many disappointing aspects of this product: the unpleasant smell, the lack of staying power, and the additional unwanted lightening of haircolor. Try John Freida's 3-Day Straight instead. It even lasts longer!
Good basic sunblock suitable for sensitive skin and beauty budget limitations. Been using it for years, and even when I try something new I always go back to it.
Moisturizers -Cerave - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM
jasminefire 7/12/2011 6:32:00 PM
This is an excellent nighttime moisturizer for sensitive skin. The ceramides and niacinamide are additional antiaging protectants. if you use the heavy-duty retinol-type products only every other day, this is the one to use in between.