Liquid -La Prairie - Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF15
kberly37 1/4/2013 2:21:00 PM
Based on all the internet reviews, I decided to splurge on this foundation. I have never found a foundation I'm "in love" with, but I'm hoping this will be one I commit to. I'm tired of trying new formulas every few months. I have very fair skin, with freckles and some melasma. I also have very sensitive skin, on the combination side with a tendency toward breakouts when using oilier products. Given all my skin needs, finding any foundation is a challenge... especially as crows feet develop around my eyes. After purchasing this at Bloomingdales (Ivoire), I came home and washed my face clean. I then applied moisturizer and eye serum. I waited about ten minutes for those products to soak in and them applied (sparingly) the liquid foundation with my fingers, then blotted with the sponge provided. After the foundation was applied, I applied the creme concealer (around my eyes) with the provided brush, then blended with the same sponge I used for the foundation. A little of this stuff goes a LONG way. My initial reaction to the look was just ok, I wasn't blown away, however after about ten minutes it seemed to dry a bit and I LOVE the look. It looks like my natural skin but without all the hyper-pigmentation and redness. You can hardly notice I have on makeup in sunlight or in artificial light. I usually use power and blush, but I see no need for either now. I think for a nighttime look I will use blush, but I'm digging this natural look. This is only my first day using the La Prairie, so I will be sure to update after a month or so on how it's going, but I'm quite pleased right now. Oh, and NO sinking into fine lines or crows feet. Reminds me of my teenage- young twenties skin. I'm very curious so see how I look in photographs, I'll post that update as well.
I like this exfoliant but it's not the best one I've ever used. It will make your skin very soft after using and it's very gentle but the smell reminds me of old milk. Just OK, not great.
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - does it all styling spray
kberly37 12/24/2012 5:14:00 PM
Would not live without this spray. Hands down the BEST hairspray I have ever found. The mist is incredibly fine and still allows your hair significant movement without losing the style. Its not sticky or crunchy. I use it on wet hair before I style, then finish the style with the Does it All. I LOVE this spray. I've used this for about six years and take the travel size with me when I go anywhere. This is a MUST in my styling kit.
The jury is still out for me on this spray. Overall, I like soft, (run your fingers thru it) hair and this product does the opposite. I think if you have very flat hair it may be helpful in creating a specific style, but it makes my hair course, dull and dirty feeling. It's like a mix of a powder and a wax. You can easily spray too much and have very dirty hair. I'll play with the spray a little more, but so far, I'd not by it again.
Used this Shampoo for a few years now. The smell is heavenly and a little bit goes a LONG way. It makes my hair incredibly soft and smooth. The price is high, but all the Oribe products are on the expensive side.
Styling Products -Oribe - impermeable anti-humidity spray
kberly37 12/24/2012 4:54:00 PM
I use quite a few Oribe products, but I'm not a major fan of this one. I have fine textured curly hair and this spray is meant to seal out humidity. Well I live in Florida and no product has been able to shield my hair from the humidity here, that's not Oribe's fault. What I don't like about this product is the texture it gives my hair. I like my hair soft and bouncy and this makes my hair feel heavy and dirty. It smells really nice, but I would only use this if I didn't have time to wash my hair and I wanted it to smell fragrant. As a styling product, it's not for me.
Styling Products -Oribe - Royal Blowout Hair Styling Spray
kberly37 12/24/2012 4:46:00 PM
I love this product. I've used it for about two years and use it consistently every time I wash and style my hair. I have fine textured curly hair that frizzes very easily. I use Royal blowout when I go strait or when I go curly. Don't use too much of this product or your hair will look greasy and I only spray the lower 3/4 of my hair... I don't use it at the roots. It's on the expensive side of hair products, but when i find something I love, I stick with it. One more bonus... smells fantastic.
I like this foundation but I'm not madly in love with it. As far as the pros, I have very fair skin and the lightest shade works for me without creating a makeup line around my jaw. It i s medium-thick consistency for more coverage which is something I also prefer. I use a foundation brush to apply and only need one pump for a full face of coverage. It doesn't seem to lay in my crows feet nor look cakey, the finish is good. I imagine unless I find a better option I will continue to use this brand. The cons, it's easy to apply too much. Due to the thickness of the foundation you really need to apply a good coat of moisturizer and primer before hand. I recommend a foundation brush for this makeup and sometimes mix a pinch of moisturizer with it, to help it spread more evenly. Another con is it does nothing for my dark circles, I still need a concealer after my foundation under the eyes, but this may be one of the issues with aging that no makeup can address alone. All in all, this is one of the better options I've found. I've used Smashbox, Lorac, Revlon ColorStay, Bobbi Brown and Mac. I was in love with the Victorias Secret Foundation a couple years ago, but they stopped carrying it.
I only use this type of mascara. I use the waterproof, as well as, the regular formula. I have used very expensive brands of mascara that have not produced the results this mascara does. Several of my friends have asked if I have exceptionally long lashes to start or use Latisse and I don't. I have a normal amount of lashes and I think they are of normal length, but this mascara really brings them out and lengthens without clumps or flakes. I typically apply two or three coats, allowing each coat to dry for ten minutes before applying the next. Many times I go completely without makeup EXCEPT for one coat of this mascara. I have taken pictures of the tube and forwarded it to two of my girl friends that want to know what I use. I've stuck with this brand for several years and don't see if changing. You can't beat the price and convenience of grabbing it in the drugstore. The only con I have is the waterproof mascara is difficult to remove (keep in mind I apply a few coats). I have yet to find an eye makeup remover I love as much as this mascara.
I have used this product for almost a year., I love the results. My esthetician used this during a facial and I started buying the product from her, then later found it at a much better price on AMAZON (although Amazon is not a recommended seller) Here are the the pros.... my skin looks FABULOUS after a couple weeks of use. Skin glows, evens complexion tone and skin appears firmer. This is the only product I have used where my Dad commented on my face looking so youthful. My father doesn't notice anything like that, so I took notice when he said it. I use a pump at night and a pump in the morning. Cons.... the price is huge for the amount you get, a bottle will not last very long (about a month). The scent is completely undesirable. You will notice the smell and it isn't pretty but on the bright side, the serum absorbs very quickly into your skin and the scent fades after about 10 to 15 minutes. After about ten minutes, I apply my normal vitamin C moisturizer and a little eye cream. I recommend the TNS serum if you can handle the expense and smell.. One last thing, If you stop using it you will notice your skin goes back to how it was prior. You have to maintain use of TNS to keep the results.