I've been hunting around for the HG mascara and have tried all kinds of brands, both inexpensive and high-end. I used Definicils a long time ago and remembered that it worked ok but I wanted to try something different this time. The version I have is the waterproof one, they didn't have the non-waterproof in stock at the time of purchase. This mascara lengthens but does not add much volume, which was the effect I was hoping for. It doesn't clump as much as some others I've tried. It gave me those "spider legs" type lashes and I don't really like that look. My lashes are long but rather sparse and I always want them to look fat (not clumpy fat though). It was a pain to remove as well... I've used all sorts of removers with this one, from oil cleansers to gel based and cream removers. And I usually need something that comes off quickly because I don't really want to spend the time at the end of a hard day's work removing my mascara. This was the biggest turn off for me. All in all, a decent performer. Perhaps the non-waterproof version won't be such a b*tch to remove but I don't think I'll be bothered with Lancome mascaras for a while because this is pricey stuff.
Eversince the condition of my lips has gotten better, I have been able to wear lipsticks again (previously, I only wore gloss). I like the sheer kind, preferably with some sheen as anything matte tends to look rather severe on me. I came across these High Shine lipsticks by Stila when browsing their counter and bought the shade called Michaela. Sephora says this is a coral shade, which is quite true but it's more coral-peach than coral-pink (if you get my meaning). Unfortunately, the colour seems a wee bit orange on me, which is not entirely flattering (it looked different in the shop lighting, so do take it out for a test run before buying). Although it has shimmer, the texture is smooth but I found it to be rather soft, hence be careful not to leave it in warm temperatures as it might melt! The lipstick is housed in a silver aluminium(?) tube with light flower etchings on the inside. Overall, this is quite a nice lipstick and I wouldn't mind purchasing again but in a different colour.
I was quite pleased with the Palmers' Cocoa Butter stick that I've been using as my regular lipbalm lately. But I was reading reviews and was yet again tempted by another product that gets good ratings. And I'm talking about the RoC Enydrial Lip Balm. It didn't look particularly interesting and is not that cheap for a drugstore product. I bought it anyway and immediately tried it on. I was very surprised that it didn't have any taste or scent at all. It applies smoothly and my dry lips instantly felt comfortable and moisturised. I've been using this for three days now and my lips have not suffered any reaction so far. It's a fantastic daytime lipbalm! I'm still rotating between Palmers' and Vaseline at night. My recent lipbalm routine has definitely helped my lips look better. I can wear lipsticks again, which used to look terrible before! EDIT: Unfortunately, this stop working for me after a few weeks of use, it seemed to be rather waxy and dried out my lips. So, I'm changing the ratings from 4 to 3 lippies :-(
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Colour Juice Stick - Strawberry Fields -
kanine 5/10/2007 8:34:00 AM
This is marketed as Glam Shine Cream in Asia and the one I tested is called Strawberry Fields. I believe it's the same shade as the reviews here. I like the colour, it's a sweet mauve-pink with fine glitter. It's quite glossy and the shimmer does enhance my lips. However, the texture felt a little gritty due to the glitter bits. And I really don't like that in a lipstick, which is why I normally tend to shy away from such products. I would probably get Clinique's Butter Shines instead, although several colours contain glitter/shimmer, the consistency is much smoother.
Like a true lipbalm junkie, I purchased another lot of lipbalms eventhough I already have something I quite like. Vaseline's Lip Therapy is good for night use but I didn't find it suitable for the day as it's a really slippery and my lipcolour tends to slide off. Palmers' is an easily accessible drugstore brand and this balm costs about RM14 (US$3.80). Sadly, I discovered I was allergic to the lipbalm that contained SPF15 but this plain one goes on like a dream and my lips did not react adversely. It's so smooth and the consistency is neither thick nor waxy like most lipbalms. It's moisturising and the scent is faintly vanilla (quite wonderful). Also, it can be used on any part of your body that needs a bit of TLC. Of course, I don't swipe this elsewhere as I'm already using it on my lips. My only gripe is that the tube is quite fat and it's not something that can be carried in a small evening bag. Still, I have one in my everyday bag and on my nightstand. In fact, this has recently replaced my Vaseline!
I like the Lustre range of lipsticks from MAC the most. The texture seems less drying than the rest. Lustering is a bright 80s pink in the tube... thankfully, it looks a lot more muted on my rather pigmented lips. I don't think it's very sheer as there is a definite splash of colour and it goes on slightly glossy. I would only wear this at evening functions because I find it a tad bit dramatic for day use. It's still a little drying after a few hours but the colour holds up well even through a full 8 course Chinese dinner. It's not something I'd repurchase though.
I'm not certain if this is the same but the one I have is called Addict Ultra Shine 2 Sheer Lipcolor. It's in the shade #570. I normally stay away from lipsticks since I find most quite drying. And I don't usually wear stuff with shimmer or glitter. However, this baby changed my mind completely and I'm starting to look at lipsticks more. The colour is a pretty coral-pink with very fine golden shimmer. It looks quite bright in the tube but it goes on really glossy and semi-sheer. The formula is fantastic, my lips tend to be rather dry but I've never suffered any dryness from wearing this and I don't feel any grittiness. It's not very long-lasting though, the glossiness fades after a while. But the gold shimmer and a slight pop of colour linger even after my morning coffee and breakfast. It comes in a silver tube encased in a blue, opaque cover. Not the usual packaging I would go for as I tend to prefer "simple" looking things. It costs RM82 (US$22 --- oh yes, the price has gone way up in Malaysia) and is not a cheap purchase. However, I would still buy it again because I really, truly love this lippie!
Lip Treatments -L'Occitane - 10% shea butter anti-drying lip balm
kanine 5/7/2007 8:02:00 AM
Like a true lipbalm junkie, I purchased another lot of lipbalms eventhough I already have something I quite like. Vaseline's Lip Therapy is good for night use but I didn't find it suitable for the day as it's a really slippery and my lipcolour tends to slide off. L'Occitane's 10% Shea Butter Anti-drying Lipbalm is a horrible, expensive joke. The scent is terribly strong (soapy) and there's a putrid aftertaste that sticks to the back of my throat. I don't even know what possessed me to purchase this disgusting lipbalm and what's worse... the stupid shop I went to was selling this in pairs only. So, I have TWO of these! It's incredibly costly (RM72 for two, US$19) but the saleslady was saying so many nice things (of course, she would) that I thought it would be a good buy. I should have known better and tested it out first, however the tester was quite mucky looking so I didn't bother. This is probably the biggest regret I've ever encountered in the beauty product department.
Like a true lipbalm junkie, I purchased another lot of lipbalms eventhough I already have something I quite like. Vaseline's Lip Therapy is good for night use but I didn't find it suitable for the day as it's a really slippery and my lipcolour tends to slide off. I've been reading all the fab reviews on Palmers and decided to give it a go. Palmers' is an easily accessible drugstore brand and this lipbalm costs about RM10 (US$2.70). I wasn't disappointed. It's smooth and doesn't have a strange waxy aftertaste. It's not too thick or thin and feels just right. It's quite moisturising and I love the faint vanilla-ish scent. It's also rather long-wearing and is the perfect base for my lip colour. Plus it has SPF15, which is just perfect for daytime. The tube is like most lipbalm tubes and fits into my pocket nicely. EDIT: After using this for two days, I discovered I'm allergic to it... probably the SPF. My lips are quite sensitive. Hence, I'm changing the rating from 4 to 2 lippies.
Like a true lipbalm junkie, I purchased another lot of lipbalms eventhough I already have something I quite like. The Vaseline Lip Therapy is good for night use but I didn't find it suitable for the day as it's a really slippery and my lipcolour tends to slide off. I came across Water in Lip at a local Sasa and recalled reading good reviews here. However, I don't like it. Don't get me wrong... it's not a bad balm but there's a rather waxy taste to it. I didn't find it as moisturizing too. The packaging is really cute though.
Nivea lipbalms have been around the local drugstores for ages but they never interest me until I started reading several good reviews here. I bought the Repair and Protect balm and do I love it. Goes on smooth and feels quite soothing too. It has a light butter-ish scent that's quite pleasant. The packaging is pretty good too, it's in a fat swivel stick that goes up and down easily. All in all, a terrific drugstore buy!
I like the colour of this lipstick, it goes on a bright coral-pink on me but it's nothing special. I don't enjoy its consistency as I find it drying. The colour lasts quite long though.
I completely forgot I had this and recently rediscovered a new tube as I was unpacking (I just moved to a new home). I don't think this lipbalm is very moisturizing as my lips still feel dry-ish after an hour of wearing it. It has a soft vanilla scent that does not really bother me and feels a little tingly due to its menthol content. I would say it's "so-so". There are better lipbalms out there within a comparable price range.
note: I bought this in Australia... it is not available locally in Malaysia.
I don't usually wear lipsticks (I only have 3) and often prefer glosses, tints or balms (of which I own too many). But when I want to feel more "glam", especially on nights out, I would turn to lipsticks. Amorous is a beautiful rosey-berry shade, with more pink than plum on me and none of that silly glitter that seem to plague most lipsticks out there. It goes on quite smooth and lasts pretty long. It does get drying after a few hours but I'll slap some lipbalm or gloss on and the colour would look "refreshed". Not a bad lippie but not what I was looking for either. I just prefer something more moisturising and shiny.
I seem to be on a lippie review spree and might as well continue until I've reviewed nearly every current lip product I own. I bought MAC's Lip Conditioner in tube and pot form. I didn't fancy using the potted one because (1) dipping my fingers into the product is not entirely sanitary, and (2) it has a strange plasticky scent. But being the beauty junkie I am, I just had to get both types. The tube form is better and I use this more often. The scent does not seem as overwhelming and it feels more buttery. However, it isn't as moisturizing as I'd hope and barely helped my dry, chapped lips (until I discovered Vaseline, that is). Will not repurchase.