I have combo skin that's always dry after cleansing and tends to get shiny/breakout easily. This is the only cleanser that does not make my face feel dry! While it does not clear up my breakouts it doesn't cause them. Removes all makeup and is gentle around eyes. Doesn't feel sticky afterwards either. Such a great cleanser, highly recommend to anyone especially people with dry skin!
A tiny amount of this is all you need. I like how silky it makes skin feel and how smoothly makeup goes on after. Shine control isn't bad but not outstanding either. I can see why some people describe it as feeling 'greasy' but I wouldn't say it's greasy at all just extremely silky and you really don't need a lot of product. I would recommend because foundation goes on so smoothly afterwards but if you're looking for shine control this may not be adequate.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer
kimannpossible 7/29/2012 6:22:00 PM
This did not do anything for me, exact same results regardless of whether I wear it or not! Did not help control shine at all which is what I want. Also I felt like after applying this my face always looked momentarily red/irritated and I would have to wait several minutes for the redness to go away. Needless to say will not buy again and would not recommend this as a primer to anyone who wants mattifying/shine control or has sensitive skin.
Best self-tanner I've found! I love being tan but I refuse to risk the sun damage so I completely rely on self-tanners and bronzers. Product pumps out as a dark foam, very pigmented. I was worried it would dry immediately and be hard to blend but it's not! It does dry quickly being a foam like that but it is not hard to blend in at all. Doesn't leave you feeling sticky afterwards either. Most natural looking tanner I've found so far! I have very yellow/olive toned skin and even though the tanner is deep brown shade it looks great on my skin because you build it up over several uses. I also use this on my face and it looks totally natural (and I don't just think that myself either haha). I would recommend using gloves or having lotion on your hands and washing immediately afterwards to avoid dark palms. Also follow the directions and don't shower for a few hours after applying or you'll wash out most of your tan. I apply this maybe 2/3 days in a row and then every other day for a week and end up with a great tan. After that I just reapply once maybe twice a week to really maintain it. I find it lasts quite awhile though!
Lips -Yves Saint Laurent - Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm
kimannpossible 7/26/2012 6:00:00 PM
I bought this in 02, which is a light peach/pink. Really like this because the colour is so subtle and natural looking. Also because I have dry lips I use this as a balm underneath lipsticks and it works great.
Brows -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Perfect Brow Pencil in Ultimate Brown
kimannpossible 7/26/2012 5:54:00 PM
Goes on very nicely and is easy to be precise with a pencil. Will buy again because it lasts all day for me and nothing rubs it off yet it's easy to remove when I wash my face.
This gloss feels great! Normally I don't like glosses because they feel heavy, sticky, or look way to shiny but this one is very nice. It feels so light on and no stickiness at all! Also I have very dry lips and this is a very moisturising gloss. I don't mind the sponge appplicator and am glad it's not messy at all and no issues with the amount of product that comes out. The finish on my lips is just a nice subtle glossy look, not tacky shiny or anything like that.The colour is a nice subtle coralish pink, very natural shade.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Volupte #30 Faubourg Peach
kimannpossible 7/26/2012 5:37:00 PM
I absolutely love the shade of this lipstick! It's a very peachy pink and actually quite bright. I have yellow/olive toned skin and am a bit tan (or so people tell me anyways) and I think the shade looks great on my skin. Also my friend who is paler than me and not yellow toned wore it and it looked great (even better) on her too! The tube is gorgeous and for someone who tends to have very red lips, the coverage is great! I also have very dry lips so I definitely wear balm underneath this and I do find that after several hours it can get dry but nothing that a touch up or a little balm/gloss can't solve. I do find like others that sometimes it can sink into wrinkles on lips but that is fixed immediately with a quick blot or bit of gloss/balm. Most of the time when my lips are prepped before applying it I have no problem though.
I love that I was able to find a shade perfect for my skin. I have yellow/olive skin that can be hard to colour match so I was really happy about that. I tend to get shiny easily and this powder is fine with that. I do need to touch up after a few hours but it's not that bad. What I love about this powder is that it never looks cakey and blends beautifully! Very lightweight and also does quite a good job of evening out my skin, mind you as a powder it doesn't offer coverage for anything really but if you have a bit of redness or slight uneveness will help with that.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow New Look Mascara
kimannpossible 7/26/2012 5:25:00 PM
This mascara was a bit of a disappointment. I find it very spiky looking and unnatural. I always apply too much mascara even though I scrape off the edges of the brush before applying. And as a result it goes on very wet and lashes get stuck together. Even when it's applied nicely I have spiky spider lashes. Not good! You need to be very careful with how you apply this and the best results are still not that good so overall not worth it.
I have very yellow/olive skin so I have to be careful not to use too much or it looks unnatural but that goes with any other bronzer as well. I love bronzers but I'm also very picky about them because I find with my skintone they can look too brown/orange very easily. For most people however a nice brown tan is exactly what they want! Also this does have the slightest bit of shimmer in it. Very subtle and I didn't even notice it at first but some people may want to avoid that as it can accentuate imperfections.
I really dislike the texture/consistency of this. Just for background I have combo, yellow toned skin and breakout quite easily. It felt greasy on my face! Even after warming the product between my fingers it just felt very thick and heavy. Needless to say I looked shiny after hour or two of this on. I used this more like a concealer because I can't imagine using it all over my face! Also not positive that this caused it but I did notice I was breaking out more frequently while using this. One pro was that the creamy consistency made it a good undereye concealer. Actually did a really good job at covering up undereye darkness w/o looking dry or cakey. Would only recommend this as an undereye concealer. Other than that there are only cons and for the price I would be better off just buying an actual concealer for undereyes.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Ultra Sun Protection Cream Spf 50
kimannpossible 7/26/2012 4:48:00 PM
My favourite sunscreen after trying many! My skin is combination, dry but I get shiny and I break out really easily. Doesn't break me out and I find it really helps mattify and control oil. Is great with makeup, almost like a primer and does not feel dry. Thicker, creamy consistency and feels very smooth, silky on skin, no greasy feeling at all. I love that it is a physical suncreen and I don't notice any whiteness but then again I am a bit tan so probably wouldn't notice. Higly recommend for controlling shine and people with combo skin!