I have bought this twice and have used it as a finishing powder rather than foundation. Loved this because no.3 (Light, I think it's called?) was the perfect colour for me! My make up was perfect!! Unfortunately both times, the make up in the case always fell out of its position and ended up cracking/ breaking and so I'd be left with pieces in the green case. Ugh. I got pretty sick of that because after the pieces was broken it was a mess to to open and put the powder on so stopped buying it- also because I stopped wearing makeup for a while. Other than that, it's a pretty awesome powder, I wish the fitting of the case was better.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Rationale Moisture +
leeni03 6/9/2012 11:58:00 PM
I had high expectations of this! I've used rationale's preparatory cleanser for two years now (only used one bottle too!) and it's really good esp for sensitive skin types. My skin is sensitive in some areas (around eyes,nose and mouth) and combination in others. Unfortunately, moisture plus stings on sensitive areas. I guess if you have super sensitive skin like me then this might not work for you. If however, it's dry skin but not sensitive, moisture plus would be a really good moisturizer.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare - Calm
leeni03 6/9/2012 11:50:00 PM
For a period of time I was obsessed with fading my acne scars on my face and my doctor recommended me to use Kligman's formula (which in general lightens the skin and fades hyperpigmentation) to fade my scars. That worked perfectly but I may have used it for too long and the side-effects came to reality- my skin is now permanently sensitive and dry in certain areas of my face- around my eyes, nose and mouth. I tried so many products to combat the dryness and stopped wearing makeup because the areas that were dry would make my makeup look flaky. So I have let my skin 'rest' for about a year. I had previously used some Osmosis line for my previous acne issue but I didn't think that particular product was working at the time so I didn't give Osmosis another chance until I found Calm. While it is recommended that you should try Mend first...and then build up to Calm, it is really expensive in Australia 100 AUD dollar at medical spas etc so I looked for it on ebay. Unfortunately there was no Mend so I opted for Calm. It's half the price on ebay! I've been using it everyday and it is simply the best! My skin now feels super soft and it has definitely reduced the sensitivity in all problem areas. While I don't expect to be sensitive free, Calm has definitely made my skin look better and I do hope there are long lasting effects so that I can start wearing some makeup again! Edit: Minus one lippie. After using this for a month, I've now got two milia on my bottom eye lash line. One of them is so big!! I think the culprit might be Calm since it is pretty thick for the eye area and my cleansing regime hasn't changed other than using Calm.
There seems to be a lot of bad reviews about this sunscreen. While I agree it is pretty thick and gives you a white cast, it is seriously really good at what it does- protecting your skin from the sun. I live in Australia and a while ago, I did a summer internship/ vacation work at a mine in the middle of Queensland for three months. It was really hot, humid and the UV rating there is nearly always extreme, with an average temperature of 35-40 degrees celsius during summer. Before going to work in the mine, I did a lot of research on sunscreens looking for the best sunscreen that can protect my skin from the harsh rays. I found a US government website that had formulated a ranking based on the ingredients, how effective it was in terms of stopping UVA/UVB rays with a ranking of 0 (being the best all rounder) - 10 (poisonous total fail sunscreen). Out of all the La Roche Posay sunscreens, Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream was the best with a 2! (It's a pity I got a new laptop so I can't find this website anymore, so wanted to give the website name and share with you all). So I bought two of these and took them when I went to Queensland. Every time before going outside, I'd put the sunscreen on my face. Unfortunately I never really considered putting some on my neck so by the end of three months, my face was not darker or burnt than when I first got to Queensland but my neck was super dark! I guess this sunscreen might be more suitable for doing outdoor activities such as playing sport or working in the sun rather than using this under makeup. My only complaint is that it's a bit expensive since you can't buy it in Australia. I paid 40 AUD (includes postage fees) on ebay. I only used up only one of the sunscreens in 3 months on a daily basis. So it isn't too bad of an investment. Conclusion: I'll definitely be buying this in preparation for next summer!
This product would be good for people with normal skin, non problematic skin. I, on the other have skin that is very sensitive, combination skin. Sometimes, when I put some of cetaphil on some areas on my face get super red. Definitely, not enough for me. But I think for someone who doesn't have that many problems, it should work very well.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - New Flat Top Brush
leeni03 6/18/2010 4:28:00 AM
Didn't realise this brush was so small. However definitely a great brush! I do have a few mineral foundation brushes such as the body shop kabuki and the ecotools kabuki. I used to use the body shop one for mineral foundation and then ecotools was used for finishing powder. Even though I used the body shop kabuki for mineral foundation, I looked really cakey so I was in search for another one. After reading sooo many good reviews on this brush, I decided to try it. Really really good brush and not expensive at all. I use this for my mineral foundation and it looks much much better, no longer cakey! The only eally minor glitch is that one of the hairs on the brush sticks out just a little bit more than the brush and is a bit annoying since I can't pull it out. I will cut it soon so that it is align with all the hairs on the brush. Definitely sticking to this brush for a really long time! Now to find the right foundation shade!
This eyelash curler is great for Asians because of the shape of the curler - fairly flat. I am of Asian descent so this is perfect for me! It has a long lasting curl. My first eyelash curler was bought from a drugstore in Australia and it was so painful at times to curl my lashes because my eyelids would also get clamped. However, I don't have any problems with using this eyelash curler. I definitely recommend this eyecurler to Asians who have tried using drug store eye lash curlers.
I bought this a while ago. It's a nice concealer with an innovative concept with the powder at the bottom of the pot to set makeup. Pretty much 3 in 1 concealer. It completely covers my eye circles but not so much my deeper acne scars, which is still okay for me. My only concern is that it feels quite thick when applied onto my face. I now use this for my under the eye concealer and jane iredale (in medium) for my red acne scars(jane iredale concealer doesn't hid my dark eye circles- so i guess both of these complement each other) and it's still perfect. Because of the way it feels on my skin, I will not repurchase this concealer again.
Mascara -Kiss Me - HEROINE MAKE long and curl mascara (black)
leeni03 6/6/2010 9:08:00 AM
Lovely mascara! Comparable to Clinque's Naturally Glossy Mascara. Naturally Glossy Mascara did feel glossy and smoother and nicer compared to this mascara. But this one is much cheaper and water-proof! This mascara makes my lashes appear much longer and does hold the curls well. It's definitely a great look for normal- day activites such as going to work etc. Natural and lovely! I also want to try the Heroine Make volume mascara. Should be interesting. But anyway, I will purchase this mascara again!
Treatments -Physician's Choice - PCA Skin Phaze 18 Clearskin
leeni03 5/1/2010 10:27:00 AM
I previously had really bad acne. But then I went to my dermatologist and got a few chemical peels and cleanser products to treat my acne and wahlah! It worked. It took me about 6 months to get clear skin. And then 2 weeks ago, I ran out of the more expensive brand (cosmedix) moisturiser so I decided to give pca phaze 18 a try since this is a little cheaper. Funny that, i used it for 5 days and am now breaking out (with bumps under my skin. :( I guess it's time to go back to cosmedix products.
The line smoothing concealer does not diminish lines. It should do what it says but I'm not too fussed about it since I was hoping it would cover my dark eye circles. It does cover a little, but my panda eyes are very dark compared to my skin colour so... I'll try finding a darker one or buy something different. Also I never knew drugstore concealers were really expensive , at least 20 dollars plus here in Australia! Another 10 dollars or so and I could get something from a department store. Maybe I might try that.
I've never used a concealer before. My skin recently broke out so I wanted find a concealer to cover the redness around my cheeks. Jane Iredale is known to have organic ingredients and other ingredients that are good for skin, which is why this concealer is my first choice to finding a 'hg' concealer. I got this in medium for my asian skin. I'm not light or dark but quite yellow. Medium is a bit light, didn't actually cover the redness around my cheeks. If you put to much on ...you look cakey. And maybe it's just me but it doesn't smelll too nice either? After using this concealer, I will continue to find the hg concealer! UPDATE: After this concealer, I tried Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer. It didn't do a good job so I went back to Jane Iredale and for some reason I don't remember why I didn't like this concealer before? It does cover my dark eye circles and acne. I must have been doing something wrong last time... But yay! Will purchase again!
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
leeni03 11/17/2009 8:58:00 AM
I just bought this today on its own since I have ordered ecotool mineral brush set online so I wouldn't need the other set. Anyway a few weeks ago I bought the stila smudgepot and it came with its own brush. Tried using that one but it was literally a small paint brush and the eyeliner ended up everywhere except for the 'eyeline'. So after reading all the reviews on makeupalley, I decided to try this. And I'm impressed! I just need to practice more and it'll look flawless sometime soon! One small thing that I do find annoying about this brush is that the handle is a bit too long and it ends up hitting the mirror so that I can see. But nonetheless, a good 6 dollars (Australian) well spent :)
Treatments -The Body Shop - Moisture White Brightening Serum
leeni03 11/15/2009 4:16:00 AM
The smell isn't likable and felt really greasy on my skin. Did not do any whitening after using this religiously for two months. Not entirely happy since it cost quite a bit. :(
I finally received this in the mail today (from international shipping). And of course I tried it immediately. I LOVE IT! It's not flaky, doesn't smudge in hot weather ( it was 34 Degrees Celsius) The mascara enhances my lashes to look longer and my lashes look NATURALLY long! Yipeee. The brush is also very gentle to my lashes, when mascara is applied on and it doesn't feel like I'm wearing mascara at all. I only put about two coats so maybe that's why people can't tell that I'm wearing mascara. I much prefer the subtle looking makeup than one that you can tell you've made a big effort in since everyday wear happens more often than the big night outs. This mascara makes my lashes look pretty without the 'obvious mascara' being applied in the day time is perfect. It is mascara is excellent for uni(college) and everyday wear. The price is a bit expensive (it retails for 34dollars AUD but I bought from a very trust worthy ebay store for about 22 dollars). I think it's still worth it since I haven't come across a mascara that looks sooo natural. Definitely repurchasing again! :)