Pretty damn close to HG for me, and I'm super hard to please! I have oily, VERY fair, cool toned skin, so 90% of fdtns/TMs/etc are either too dark, or too orange on me. I've got some acne scarring on my cheeks from my teenage hell years, and still get a couple nasty cystic s pimples at that TOTM. I prefer sheer-med coverage. I wear this over my biore perfect face milk s/s (god bless Internet shopping!), and it glides on smooth and really disappears into my skin. The color match (#13) is A. MAZE. ING! But keep in mind my skin is quite pink-toned, and VERY pale - if that doesn't sound like you then this shade probably won't work... It's fab for me, though! My husband actually raves about this m/u - he says it doesn't even look like I'm wearing any, but yet makes my skin perfect! Uh yeah, I'll take that! The ONLY negative (other than the slow international shipping) is that I think it could stand to be a little less "dewy" for those of us will major oil problems... However this isn't a huge deal b/c my s/s actually controls oil (incredible, I know!) a bit when I wear it underneath. The packaging is perfect and the price is totally reasonable even with shipping... Highly recommended!
Treatments -Shea Moisture - Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
kellyadams 3/21/2013 10:48:00 PM
I have naturally curly (3a), thick, color treated hair that is prone to horrible tangles/snares. I switched from a low-lather shampoo/conditioner routine to my current HG Salon Grafix Cleansing Conditioner (same concept as wen, but buy at CVS) a few months ago, but I still felt like I needed to repair some of the damage I've caused over the years. I've been a naturallycurly.com devotee for years, so I'm familiar with how amazing Shea butter is on my thirsty hair... I was worried that this product would be too heavy (it's literally the consistency of butter, no joke), but I find that Shea -while VERY moisturizing - rinses easily and doesn't gunk up on my hair. I try to use this once a week, and it's really improved my hair's texture! By that I DON'T mean it weighs it down straight - the combo of my daily co-wash + weekly Shea moisture masque totally improves the health of my hair and gives me amazing curls! It sounds strange, but I actually have more volume and bounce - which I attribute to the hair shaft damage being repaired. Long story short, even if your hair is not VERY tightly curled (4a-4c), this product is awesome! It really feels like it repairs damage, as opposed to just coating with silicones which is what stuff like Pantene does... Try it out!
Pretty good stuff! I'm very oily, fair with pink undertones and bluish dark circles that I'm always trying to cover. This concealer is called "creaseless," which may be stretching the truth a bit, but it certainly creases much less than just about anything else I've tried! Thick/creamy texture and very highly pigmented, this concealer in "fair" is a great color match and covers my circles well without oxidizing to orange later in the day. I feel like I need to touch up a little under my eyes with a brightener by late afternoon, but honestly it's probably due more to my eye m/u smudging than tarte's concealer... Def has great staying power though, which has always been a struggle for me and my oily skin! If your uber pale like me and BB concealer is too yellow for u, give this tarte a try!
Holy Toledo, Batman - this stuff is amazing! I am ridiculously fair with a history (already) of squamous cell carcinoma, so sunscreen is an absolutely essential part of my daily routine. However, I also have very oily/sensitive skin, enlarged pores and still break out from time to time in my early 30s... So I've tried a TON of western sunscreens - from drugstore to very expensive - but NOTHING compares to this s/s from Japan. Texture is very thin/watery and dries instantly to a powdery finish on skin, and yes -actually controls oil under m/u during the day! I think ill switch from a powder fdtn to a TM or BB, because honestly with is s/s as a base, the powder fdtn is too DRY! Amazing. I don't think this formula would work for folks with drier skin, but hey... There are a ton of American sunscreens out there that do! There is def alcohol (yes it does smell a bit at first), but that's what makes it mattify the oil. Also, I had to remove 1 lippie for the teeny tiny size... The price isn't bad, but it's a little annoying only b/c international shipping takes a couple weeks to get the product. Will start stockpiling ASAP :)
Hands down my favorite blush (and I LOVE blush). Beautiful, matte, bright neutral pink that is highly pigmented and long-lasting... Btw, I'm VERY fair and this blush not too intense - it's just right.
GREAT fix for my brown brows that are starting to thin and gray (thank you genetics). I bought the soft brown color and it perfectly fills in and shapes my brows in a completely natural way. If you want really defined/dramatic brows, this wont give you that - bit if you want something that looks natural and easy to apply quickly, this is a great option.
I bought the tattoo liner in Maya (brown) for everyday wear to work etc. I have outlier skin and have always had trouble with my eye makeup moving around on the lids. This liner wasn't 100% smudge/waterproof, BUT it goes on SUPER easily and only starts to fade a little in the afternoon (without eye primer), but no weird raccoon eyes. I've got shaky hands so the application ease is a big plus for me. Recommended.
Awesome drugstore lipstick. I am very fair and cool toned redhead - I am always looking for a pretty neutral NON-SPARKLY pink that is not: too brown, too orange, too nude, or too purple. This one is the perfect pink. I personally would go easy on the eyes if I wear this (instead of gloss or something sheer), but again, I'm very fair. Wouldn't recommend for anyone with yellow undertones though. Like the formula better than any other drugstore stuff I've tried.
For all you very fair, cool-toned PPP's out there who cannot find a fdtn shade light enough or natural enough for your skin - this is for you! I have tried A MILLION different fdtn's - expensive to cheap, mineral, liquid, compact - and MUFE F&B #38 is the BEST fit for my skin hand's down. I was a little worried after reading some of the comments here that this shade would be TOO light (would've been a first for me!), but when I got this in the mail (my sephora doesnt carry this shade, boo) and put it on, it was a PERFECT match. Packaging note: I guess they've updated the bottle, b/c mine has a pump - sweet! Texture: Yeah, it's a little weird at first. Like others have said, it has a watery, gel-like texture that will glob up if you don't keep mixing it. But once you spread it on your face, it sets up very quickly and flawlessly. When I used a fdtn brush I hardly even noticed this fact. Fingers also work fine to apply if you're in a rush, but I've found the brush works best if you're wearing a primer underneath (it can get a little tacky using fingers this way). Scent: definitely noticeable, kinda old-fashioned, but this is sooo not a deal-breaker for me. It's not bad and it fades. Coverage: MUFE F&B is definitely sheer, but for me, that is perfect. Fuller coverage m/u tends to come out "mask-like" on my fair skin, so I've always been more of a TM girl. The coverage of this fdtn is similar to a TM, but the finish is more satin, less "dewey" than a TM (good if you get oily like me later in the day). I like the fact that it doesn't totally cover my freckles, just evens out my skin's red areas and minimizes the look of pores/blackheads. If you have a lot of stuff to cover, this probably isn't the right formula for you, but my skin is pretty clear these days so it works great for me. Oh, it also REALLY has staying power... a big plus for folks like me who live in hot, humid climates! I use this with MUFE lift concealer under my eyes, set with a translucent loose powder and don't touch up throughout the work day. I usually blot a little oil once in the afternoon, but that's it. Bottom line, if you're very fair and have a hard time finding the right color match, TRY MUFE F&B in #38. Check out my profile pics to see what my skin looks like, for reference.
LOVE this concealer! I am VERY fair, neutral/cool-toned, with hereditary blueish eye circles that I'm always trying to cover... I am also starting to get a few fine lines in that area, so "settling" is a big issue for me. I got the lightest shade, and apply it with my fingers under eyes - wow, first impression is that it feels a little cooling and soothes that sensitive area nicely! It's a little moisturizing, but not thick like the cakier concealers, so it spreads easily. I really think this concealer lives up to the "lift" idea for eyes - it really brightens the whole area. The biggest plus for me is that this stuff doesn't settle into my lines under the eyes like other products have (BB, Mac, Benefit), AND the color actually matches me (not yellow-based). I will definitely buy again.
If nothing else, these stila travel palettes are a STEAL at $10, so no reason NOT to pick one up! My favorite part of the palette is the convertible color for lips and cheeks in Hibiscus - I hope Stila will make a full-size version of this b/c it is the PERFECT neutral/cool pink for my redheaded PPP coloring! I'm a fan of the e/s as well... yeah, some of them are a little lightly pigmented, but that actually works well for me since I always have to use a light hand anyway on my fair skin. The lavender/pink combo is very pretty me, I would definitely buy this again.
I'm an extremely fair, cool toned gal with freckles, red hair, etc... It's VERY difficult for me to find a color match in fdtn's! I usually wear a TM, but Houston in the summer is just too humid for that (and I'm on the oily side), so I went looking for a compact powder fdtn (I'm too low maintenence for MMU!). Naturally I am the lightest shade in Aveda's dual foundation - cream - but whatever, it doesn't look orange on me, for once! I've been wearing it all day now (applied it dry with a sponge), and haven't had to blot once... Score! Note, I'm wearing it over a primer, so not sure what it would do on the bare face. Anyhow, I think this may be my perfect fdtn. I'm a fan. Edit: I'm not too thrilled with this fdtn anymore... After using it for awhile, I think it's just too cakey for fair skin. Perhaps that's the case with all compact fdtns though. I also don't think the value is great - you go through the tiny amount they give you very quickly, especially if you use a brush.
Self Tanners -Unlisted Brand - Famous Dave's Moisture Tan
kellyadams 6/18/2010 5:13:00 PM
I'm a pink-toned PPP redhead with freckles and DO NOT tan natually at all. I have tried a million differerent self-tanners, gradual tanning lotions (like jergens, etc), and Famous Dave's is far and away the best thing out there! I ordered one bottle of FD for FAIR skin, based on reviews here at MUA, and applied it this morning after exfoliating in the shower. One of their main claims is that FD is "fragrance free" (ie no nasty fake bake smell) - I can't say it's 100% odorless, but it definitely has less smell than anything else I've tried. On to the color... this is absolutely the first self tanning product I've EVER used that has not looked orange on me. The Fair skin formula is VERY light, I will actually probably need 2-3 applications for the right shade, but the hue is definitely bronzey, not orange. Wouldn't recommend this formula unless you're VERY fair, however, it IS pretty light. Absolutely no streaks or spottiness. The tops of my feet and hands look less than perfect, but that's b/c I had to go to work this morning and wear shoes all day... it's probably not the best way to "set" any self tanner. I imagine if I put this on before going to bed, the feet/hands thing would be resolved. Oh yeah, a little really goes a long way with this stuff - the consistency is very much like a lotion, not like those thin self taners that soak in super quickly. Kind of a bonus b/c it seems like it'll last awhile. I ordered this from amazon and some of the product had leaked out of the top of the pump, so i think the packaging could be improved... But, small price to pay for such a good tanning product.