Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
ladybgn 8/18/2012 1:46:00 PM
yuck, i fell for this while waiting to get another product. the color is off, it doesn't even me out and there is no halo effect. back to nordstrom you go...
Loose Powders -Unlisted Brand - Bella Pierre - mineral powder
ladybgn 8/18/2012 1:43:00 PM
I purchased this with a groupon of some kind. i was like, eh, whatever, it's a good deal, why not try. i have to say, i'm pleasantly surprised by the results. compared to BE, it feels more lightweight and i experienced no slippage during the day; with BE - i was a greasy mess by mid- to late day and i have combo skin; that shouldn't happen. anyway, i got a starter kit and i combine ivory and cinnamon. totally happy at the moment.
This review is for the 0.5oz parfum extract (aka pure perfume). I tried all of them - the EDT, EDP, Drop on a Petal, etc - and none of them compared to the Parfum Extract. Yummmm - and it should be for $140 for 0.5oz; it comes with the stopper top to dab on your pulse points. I give the EDP credit - it did have staying power - but, the dry down was harsh (screamed 'perfume!'). I prefer the the Parfum Extract; it stays close to the skin and true to the notes and the dry down is nice and soft. People may bawk at the price, but hey, it's pure perfume...
I have been on a 2-year hunt for the best/right foundation for me and feel like i've tried just about everything - too many to name - from high to moderately-priced, and some were ok, some fine, some good, but NONE compared to this. i was matched perfectly the first time, E30. Amazing. I'm 34 and have sun spots and large pores, but otherwise pretty good skin. I used the serum/primer (was skeptical, but now live for it) and then apply the cream compact fnd with a brush. it isn't oily or cakey, it blends very well and covers without looking like makeup (crazy!), then i set it with their powder, which, if used properly, works to make this waterproof. it stayed on ALL day long with no touch-ups (and i have an oily t)! It also dubs as a concealer. Amazing. So, I went into my makeup bag and returned every single product that wasn't as good as this (at least 4 or 5 items). HG.
Skincare - Face -Revive - Moisturizing Renewal Cream
ladybgn 11/29/2007 3:51:00 PM
Smells great, has never broken me out, works as a moisturizer and gentle exfoliator. Expensive, but I think worth it for a night cream.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup
ladybgn 11/29/2007 3:49:00 PM
A little goes a long way. I apply this with a light hand and with a large powder brush. Sand is a good match for me - yellow undertone, light skin. It controls oils well and gives good coverage. I've tried the liquid as well, but like the powder much more - it looks more natural once my oils come in.
I use this to cleanse at night only - the oil acts as an emulsifier of oil, dirt and makeup and doesn't strip my face of it's oils. I love the smell, but am so-so on the packaging. Will likely re-purchase if it continues to work and doesn't break me out.
I really like this product. It will last a LONG time because a little goes a long way. It's the texture of canned shaving gel - squeeze out a little and mix with water and you get this foamy cleanser that's really nice. I use this after the purifying oil cleanser by kanebo as part of their 2-step cleansing process. So far, so good.
I have been on the prowl for a HG liquid foundation and this may be it. It has been sooooo difficult to get a color match and texture that I like. For reference, I am 33 years old and have combo skin (oily T), yellow undertones. When I go for yellow undertone, they end up being way to light. When I go a little deeper, they turn golden. So, finding a yellow undertone that isn't too light has been challenging. I've tried LM (from TM to liquid to cream), Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Mac - you name it! In Kanebo, I have found a great match in the Liquid Finish Foundation - - Natural Beige (203) . It's a little pricey ($47), but a little goes a LONG WAY. It offers light to moderate coverage and has exceptional blendability. I also started using the cleansing oil and creamy soap to remove make up and cleanse and I've been very, very pleased thus far. These too, especially the creamy soap, will last a very long time. I am on the fence about their lotions and emulsions. I purchased at Nordstrom. A word to the wise, get samples and try them out because the color in the bottle looks darker than it appears on your skin.
I love that the glittery effect of this eye souffle; it's not over the top. I also like that it's very long-lasting and that the effect is buildable - from sheer to very intense (and fun) for a glamorous night out. They are long-lasting, but I think the color choices are not great. Will not repurchase until they introduce more 'wearable' colors - even the beige looks sallow.
Loose Powders -Becca - Fine Loose Finishing Powder - Wheat
ladybgn 7/6/2007 6:48:00 PM
Fine and sheer and can be applied without fear. The color is comparable to NARS Eden, but in my opinion, controls oils far better and is more in line with my needs - I use loose powder to set, not to provide pigment. It looks VERY natural. Like NARS, you get a lot, so I recommend putting some in a separate container/sifter for ease of use and for sanitary purposes. Lately, these powders have been nearly impossible to get - the website is sold out, Sephora online and in the stores are also sold out. I got mine (last one) from a Neiman Marcus store. If you can find your color match, give it a try! UPDATE** it imparts too much pigment; I went back to LM translucent.
Love this corally lipstick. I line with nude pencil, apply and blot and it provides an understated, young, fresh look. Makes my green eyes pop.
Tinted Moisturizer -Cover FX - Cover FX - Skintint
ladybgn 7/5/2007 5:54:00 PM
On the market about a month, I think. I bought it at Nordstrom in E Light, which looks much darker than my skin, but not when it's applied to my face. The grade E means my tone is balaned between yellow and pink and Light because I'm light. It's a whipped, light-weight consistency when it comes out of the pump and glides on when applied. I was skeptical as to whether it would even out my skin enough (because it was like applying air), but it did - and almost magically. I wait a few minutes before setting with loose powder and I'm left with a healthy appearance. It's oil free and has an SPF of 30, which rocks. It's a little on the pricey side, but it has many of the benefits of skin care (check out the Norstrom site for more info). It's COMPLETELY different than any tintied moisturizer on the market. So far, I love it. As for HG, it's between this and DuWop Revolotion Face. Note: they are completely different textures. UPDATE** I think I'm too oily for this. Or, I may need to set with powder.
I always keep my makeup casual, though when dressing up, I always think of darkening my lips/makeup, which isn't necessarily needed. I think that this pink is a FABULOUS way to be glamorous. It looks shockingly light and bright in the tube, but looks amazing against warm-toned skin and green eyes. It made my eyes look even lighter than they are. Also, using a nude lip pencil, I can mute the shade a bit and use it for everyday color.
This is a very nice alternative to red. It's a tanerine shade without being 'orangy'. I line my lips with a nude pencil, apply this and blot. I apply a very light coral/bronzer and keep the eye very neutral and nude (eye base mainly). It's a very fresh look.