This blush is beautiful! It's subtle and yet gives you a nice healthy-looking flush of color. The powder is finely milled and goes on quite sheer, which I like. It's expensive for the size of the product, but it seems like the compact will last a long time and I would definitely repurchase. The color is a neutral peachy shade that will work well with many other products.
This product goes on with the ease of a tinted moisturizer while providing medium, natural looking coverage. Love it! I have very dry skin with some redness....this evens out my skin tone and doesn't accentuate any flakes. It's basically everything I could ask for in a foundation! I've been on a holy grail search for quite some time and I think this is it for me. I've not used any other LM foundations in years but I'm so glad I gave this one a try.
I recently re-discovered Shiseido products after not using them for a number of years. Since the re-haul of the line, I have to say their quality is fantastic. I bought the Eye Liner Pencil in Violet after checking it out at Sephora. It's a beautiful shade of plum and lasts pretty well. I get some slight smudging by the end of the day but for a pencil, it's one of the best I've tried.
After reading the rave reviews about this product here, I decided to check out the liquid liner for myself. I am so glad I did! I love the Nars color selection but usually had problems with application. These liners come with a thicker brush and are easier to deal with in my opinion. The liner stays in place all day. I have Orchid Taupe, which is darker on that it may appear in the tube; and Heather Mauve, a lovely plum.
This is my new holy grail foundation. I tried it out on a whim and couldn't believe how much I liked it! Level 2 is a fabulous match for me; the foundation seems to just melt into my skin and looks wonderful all day. It doesn't get rid of my redness completely but it tones it down a lot for a sheer foundation. It has light reflecting particles which are very subtle and give a nice glow. My only complaint about the product is the price...$55! Seems a bit pricey but I will still continue to buy this product because it works so well for me.
Add me to the chorus of raves for this product. I was also a long-time hold out because of the price and because I simply didn't believe the product could be *that good*. However, I discovered that you could order the #11 file from Lux Beauty in Canada for about $30 so I finally decided to take the plunge. This lived up to the hype and then some! It easily shaves off all of your dead skin without any pain during or afterwards. Your feet won't feel sore the next day, they will just look fabulous. Diamancel files are truly one of the few products that live up to all the hype.
I'm surprised at all of the negative comments about this moisturizer because to me, it's in holy grail territory! I had a sample bottle that I received free from Drugstore.com ages ago and I never used it. Recently, I decided to give it a try and loved how it just sank into my dry skin and left it feeling moisturized all day. I finished the small bottle and actually ordered the full size. For those who had complaints about the bottle, the company has changed it to a dispenser-type bottle, which makes it a lot easier to get the product out. My only complaint about the product is the price.
I am constantly trying out new foundations even though I have a few I'm happy with (Becca Luminous Skin, Linda Cantello's Hint TM and Chantecaille's Real Skin) so of course when I read about Bliss' new foundation, I had to go to the spa and get it. I wasn't expecting much but I have to admit I've been pleasantly surprised. Due to the packaging, I assumed this would be a tinted moisturizer but it gives light coverage with a semi-matte finish. It blends well, holds up during the day and looks really natural on. For me, Barely is a pretty perfect match. Most of the foundations I use are sheer and I typically don't like using ones with more coverage because they never seem to look right on me. That is why this Bliss foundation is a holy grail for me when I want some more coverage...even close up in the mirror, it looks natural on without flakes. I know people are reluctant to order this from Bliss due to their horrible customer service so hopefully Sephora will be carrying it soon. It's really worth checking out IMO.
I tried the Nars liquid liners when they first came out and wound up swapping the two I had away. Then recently, I discovered Lakme and wound up really liking them the second time around! Now along with Lakme, I have Ghost and Silkwood. These are long lasting but not waterproof. That's my one problem with these as I wear contacts and sometimes need to use wetting drops in my eyes or if it's windy outside (I live in NYC and walk a lot), my eyes will tear. Nonetheless, the liners are awesome and come in a fabulous selection of colors. I only wish Bobbi Brown's gel eye liners would have such a selection! They are a little pricey but the bottle will last quite some time as you only need a little product. A tip: I tried using the brush that comes with the liner and it was a bit tricky. I finally broke down and bought the regular Nars liquid eye liner brush and I'm really happy I did. The longer handle gives you better control and it makes lining your eyes much easier.
This is a nice foundation, definitely one of Stila's better ones. It's a light coverage and it gives a slightly powdery finish. You only need a little bit (maybe half a pump) and it blends really easily. My problem with the foundation was that it didn't last long on me and towards the end of the day, it would start to break up and look a little flaky. If it looked as good in the evening as it did in the morning, I would rave about it but it just did not hold up for me.
The lip glosses are the only Becca products I no longer love after using them for a few weeks. These glosses are just your regular wand glosses, although these have a slightly unpleasant taste. The Pink Gold shade is really pretty, the Pink is too sheer and nothing extraordinary. There are better glosses for the money out there.
This is an expensive product ($23 for 3g) but I love the color. It's a brownish pink and gives a lovely flush of color. It's also on the sheer side, and it lasts well during the day.
Highlighters -Becca - Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector
laura 2/25/2002 5:16:00 PM
When I had a mini-makeover at the Becca counter and the MA told me about this product, I thought I would never buy it. I don't like highlighters or shimmer and I don't own any of these types of product. I was really quite surprised when she showed me the result of the sheer foundation with the Pearl perfector over it in the mirror...my skin looked great! The perfector is subtle, it really gives you just a little glow. I squeeze a little out, rub it between my finger, and apply to my nose, cheeks and forehead over my foundation. You can also mix it with your foundation as well.
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
laura 2/25/2002 5:12:00 PM
This is a fabulous sheer foundation. It blends well, evens out skin tone, and looks really natural. It also holds up well during the day. If you like coverage with your foundation, I don't think you'd like this, but if you're looking for a true sheer, give the Becca counter a call and check out some samples. This is now my holy grail!
This is a hard-core exfoliator, definitely not for those with really sensitive or problem skin. To me, it's very similar to Remede Sweep, which I also like very much. If you use something like Origins' Never a Dull Moment or another gentle scrub, you'll definitely want to check this one out first before buying because it is very different. My skin does get a little red and dry after using it, but I follow up with a toner and heavy moisturizer and the next day, my skin looks fabulous and my foundation looks better than usual. (My skin type: very dry skin in winter, with a combo chin area.) I wouldn't use this without water, as the instructions suggest, as you will definitely be scratching your face big time then. I also wouldn't use this more than 1-2x a week max, depending on your skin. Astara says this is safe for daily use but I find this next to impossible, it is far too strong for daily use, IMO.