LOVE this foundation. I am the pickiest person when it comes to foundation because i have difficult skin. I am unbelievably oily, but with dry patches in some places. I live in humid weather so makeup melts off easily. This along with Estee Lauder Double Wear is my ALL TIME FAVORITE. The thing i love about this MAC is they WILL have your exact color. Im NC 42 and it's perfect. Second, it has the perfect matte finish. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless. I highly highly highly reccommend.
I have NEVER EVER found a better top coat!! So ussually my polish lasts for a 2-3 days without chipping. I went without seche vite for a while because my first seche vite (couple years old) dried up. When i went to Sally's Beauty i saw they were selling it so i picked one up to give it another try. I LOVE IT!! It's been a whole week with not even ONE chip! I just went hiking with my friends last night, which forced me to scrape my nails against rocks and i was thinking for sure there would be chips, but theres none! I'm sure i can go on 2 weeks without chips!
Okay. People seriously aren't lying when they say that this is their HG product. This stuff is amaaazzinnng! I thought i had some kind of lip problem, because they were ALWAYS dry and chapped. It made lipsticks look horrible, and even though i was applying Chapstick constantly throughout the day, the problem just wouldn't go away. I tried this product after seeing the good reviews, and purchased it for $9 at CVS. I applied it's jelly like vaseline before i went to bed. I woke up, scrubbed my lips with a wash cloth (to get off all the dead skin) and VOILA! Perfect, softest, amazing, luscious, peachy lips i've ever had. I never had the problem with chapped lips again! Thank you Lanolin!!!
So up until now i hadn't found a perfect foundation for my oily skin, and something that lasts in the hot/humid weather i live in. I LOVE this foundation. It's definitely the best i've found yet. I couldn't have asked for better results. The coverage is flawless, the staying power is AMAZING, and it keeps my oily skin oil free for a couple hours longer. By the end of the day usually my foundation is completely melted off, but with this foundation everything is still in tact! The only thing i don't really like about this foundation is how the consistency is a bit thicker than i would like it to be, the color selection isn't great (i have to mix Sand Beige, and Bronze to get my NC40 color). Other than that, i HIGHLY HIGHY recommend. You won't be disappointed :)
This foundation makes my skin look flawless! It covers my pores, hides my imperfections, and evens out my skin tone...But still managing to keep everything really natural. This is a medium coverage foundation, which i love. It has the perfect coverage for me. Since wearing this foundation, i get atleast 2 compliments a day telling me how my skin looks so "flawless". The only down side to this foundation is it makes me very oily. Within the first hour, i'm super shiny...so i only wear this foundation if i'm not going to be in the sun. The staying power is okay. It doesn't last a long time (especially when i'm blotting because of all the oil). So basically, it gives you an AMAZING finish/coverage...But that amazing flawless face, won't last very long. If you have normal skin this will work wonderfully! Good Luck!
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Black Out Mascara
kaleiokapualani 11/13/2011 1:57:00 PM
I am very picky when it comes to mascaras. Most mascaras are targeted for just one thing (ex. Volumizing, Thickening, etc.) but i actually was in search for a mascara with all benefits, like volumizing, thickening, lengthening, staying curl power, non-sumdge, super pigmented black, and the appearance of having false, dramatic lashes, but without the clump. THIS IS THE BEST MASCARA I'VE EVER TRIED. It does all that i asked for, and since i've been wearing this mascara, i get atleast 3 compliments daily asking if my eyelashes were fake, or what mascara i use because my eyelashes are so long. I LOVE this stuff! The only down side is that it's pretty expensive ($28). But to me the skin and eyelashes are essential basics to having a flawless face and enhancing your natural features, so i think the money is totally worth it. Also, many mascaras i've tried leaves you with raccoon eyes. Even with waterproof brands. This did not smudge at all! Good luck :)
Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - Complexion Primer Potion - Pore Perfecting
kaleiokapualani 11/13/2011 1:51:00 PM
I bought this product last week because i thought it would work as well as my Urban Decay Primer Eyeshadow Potion. There was two choices on the primers, but i chose pore perfecting. Since i have oily skin i had to make sure it said it would be matte, so i looked in the back and it said it will give you a "matte finish". So i purchased it. When i tried it out the next day, i had to blot in an hour and i was even oilier than usual. By the end of the day, all my makeup had completely melted off my face (where i live it's humid, and hot). I wanted to give the primer the benefit of the doubt so the next day i tried it again, and the same thing happened. The last day, i did a test. I put the primer w/foundation of the left side of my face, and just the foundation on the right side. I checked throughout the day on which side was holding up better, and the side with NO PRIMER, was less oily, and the skin looked more flawless! The reason why i don't give this 1 lippie, is because it does minimize your pores by a little. I did see the difference. But as for staying power, and oil control, this is not a good primer. I returned it to Sephora the next day.
Best bronzer i've ever tried. I surf, so my yellow complexion is very dark. Usually bronzers don't even show up on my skin, but this is the only good one i've found. I love the lasting power, and the color. The only down side is it's pretty expensive. I wanted to hold off on buying it, and go search for a cheaper dupe but nothing is as good as casino. This is a perfect bronzer for people with darker complexions, but i think it may be overwhelming for fair skinned people. If you are fair, laguna would probably be a better bet.
Liquid -Make Up For Ever - Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
kaleiokapualani 10/24/2011 2:58:00 AM
Love this foundation! Let me start off by saying, i am VERY picky when it comes to foundation. I have yellow undertones but i am very dark. Comparing to MAC i am about a NC43-45. I am also very very very oily. I need about 3 oil blotters in one sitting. The color selection at Sephora was good, and my foundation matched me perfectly. My favorite part about this foundation is the consistency. Most foundations have a heavy, thick texture...but this foundation is liquidy and light. It makes the application process so much easier and it blends right into my skin. Not to mention, fills in my deep pores making my skin look flawless. The medium coverage is perfect for me, but can be made into heavy coverage. Where i live it's very hot and humid, but this foundation lasts up to 8 hours. The only thing is it doesn't really help with my oil problem. I am not as oily as i am with other foundations but i do have to blot every hour or so.
I love this concealer. I use it on clients all the time. It has heavy coverage, which is vital for concealers, and it has a long lasting staying power. It conceals imperfections like a top brand product would, but the best part is you can get this at Walmart! You only need a tiny tiny amount of this...So be careful that you don't over do it. The only thing is it comes in light, medium, and dark. Theres not much selection and the medium and dark are not that dark. So if you have a very deep complexion i don't think you will benefit from this product.
Pressed Powders -Revlon - ColorStay Stay Natural Powder
kaleiokapualani 9/15/2011 3:33:00 AM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I was using Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for years! I loved it, but recently wanted to go for a more natural/lightweight look. So i decided to try the powder instead. I use my MAC primer, then i put on the powder and it gives me a flawless look! It evens out my skin tone without making it look cakey, and lasts considerably long (for my oily skin). I feel so much more confident now. It's not like i'm wearing a mask anymore. I definitely recommend this product. I wasn't so sure about using just a powder for foundation...But i really really like the turnout.
Cleansers -Formula 10.0.6 - Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser
kaleiokapualani 9/15/2011 3:29:00 AM
If you are looking for a cleanser to get rid of acne, this will not work. I went on a trip, and didn't bring any cleansers. I love the 10.0.6 formula mud mask, so i figured i would give the "Best Face Foward" a try. I have oily skin, and although i do not have many pimples...i do break out with one zit here and there about once a week. I thought that if i bought this cleanser, it would keep things at bay till i find a more permanent skin care system...But i was WRONG! This broke me out pretty bad. I had to rush to Sephora to get acne products pronto. I usually don't have sensitive skin, so i'm not sure if it was the product that broke me out...or if it just didn't clean my face well, which then caused the breakouts. It's been 2 months, and im back to my regular skincare routine. But i'm still trying to get rid of the pimples from 2 months ago.
I must have the oiliest skin known to man. I usually use 2 oil blotters in one sitting. And i LOVE this foundation. I have been using it for a couple years now and it never ceases to amaze me. It keeps my skin shine free, for longer than most foundations. It also comes in my perfect color. I'm NC42 and i fit "Golden Caramel" just right. It makes my pores small and gives me the look of a smooth, even face. The only thing i don't care for it the thickness of the product. It's quite difficult to apply, and you must work quickly. Also, if you're looking for light coverage, this foundation is medium-full coverage.