Been using this since January and it has done absolutely nothing. The only thing I like about it is it doesn't leave skin feeling tight and dry after use. Other than that, though, this is a complete waste of money.
Meh. I have combination skin; this wasn't moisturising enough, even for my oily areas. My skin felt parched throughout the day and I couldn't wait to get home and slather on my Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche. The consistency is very thin and I would only recommend this for VERY oily skin. Not impressed.
Hands down the best cleanser I've ever used. Simply (and eloquently) put: there's no shit in it, just what you need to clean your face without SLS. It's a clear gel that lathers up nicely without drying my face out one bit, and I have sensitive skin. The smell is "sterile". I only use one pump of this instead of two; I find two pumps of cleanser to be too much and a waste of product. FYI: this is not a make up remover, you will need to buy a separate product. If you're looking for a cleanser that will wash the day off and won't dry out your skin, this is 100% a HG product.
So pissed. I went to Differin because after I stopped Benzoyl Peroxide (the whole Acne.org thing), then went back to it, my skin somehow couldn't handle it anymore. I knew there would be flaking and redness while using Differin, but at least BP actually DID something to my acne - this has done absolutely nothing and I've been using it consistently for months. Today I got Epiduo from my doctor, let's hope this works out better..
Lip Treatments -Paula's Choice - Lip and Body Treatment Balm
liseyloo 3/15/2013 6:27:00 AM
Love this! A look at the ingredient list: castor oil, candelilla wax, lanolin, shea butter and jojoba - this is packed with the good stuff, and that's just to name a few! I have the new packaging which comes with a metallic blue lid. The plastic is nice and thick; I've dropped the tub a few times and it hasn't damaged it one bit. It's a decent size - larger than your Carmex or Burts Bees tins. The balm is colourless and hard; you need to warm it up with your finger. The texture is nice and thick - think castor oil - and the staying power is great. I slather this on before bed and wake up with product still on my lips, which I like because that's telling me it's slow to absorb and thus providing a moisture barrier for my lips. Also, the occlusive texture does not clog the pores around my mouth, a huge plus! I can see this lasting me a long time which is perfect because this has become a staple in my daily/nightly routine.
Rubenesque is a bit like Nars Orgasm for eyes. I love this paint pot! Everyone tells me to use copper shades on my eyes since they are blue, but since I'm very pale and cool-toned, it's hard to find a coppery colour that isn't too orange (i.e. warm). Rubenesque is a pinky-copper, not an orangey/yellow-y copper, which needs more than one "coat" to really stand out. However, I like the fact that one "coat" will provide a light wash, as it's perfect for the office i.e. not too bold. Tip: I like to add a dot of this in the inner corner of the eye to really brighten them up. :)
Heartbroken! I'm usually a huge PC fan, but this stuff is rubbish! First of all, the texture is a light oil, which is just.. odd. Secondly, the (tiny) vial leaks, so be very careful and always store it upright. Thirdly, I saw no results whatsoever! None! I smeared this greasy stuff on every night for a week and NOTHING. For fast-acting zit-zapping, I'll stick to my beloved Acne.org 10% AHA lotion. Very disappointed in this "miracle" product.
I simply have to pay my respects to this wonderful matte e/s for it has served me faithfully for YEARS! Before discovering Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, this was my go-to eyebrow powder. It's a lovely, cool brown, and since I no longer need it for my brows I've been wearing it all over the lid which I LOVE! So flattering on my grey-blue eyes and PPP NW10 skin. 5/5. FYI: I don't believe the photos posted here do this e/s justice - it's darker and cooler IRL.
I'm so excited - MAC finally brought this out in NW10 here in Australia. I purchased this because unfortunately Estée Lauder have changed their Double Wear formula and my shade is way too yellow now. The finish isn't as matte as Double Wear and you would need to re-apply powder if you're like me and get an oily T-zone after about an hour. It also, IMO, is not as long-lasting as Double Wear. However, I am willing to put up with this because I am just that relieved to have found a decent foundation that is pale enough for my seriously PPP skin. 3.5/5 (I rounded up)
I, like many others, have had a great experience using Satin Taupe. I'm happy to say that on my NW10 skin it actually applies just as it looks in the pan. I have grey-blue eyes and this cool shade complements them nicely. Lately I've been applying it all over the lid and then patting my Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow - Black Pearl on top, which adds a gorgeous sparkle that I can *just* get away with for daytime. I encourage everyone to try Satin Taupe, IMO it's one of those shades that can look flattering on everybody. :)
These aren't out yet here in Australia, so I got my Mum to buy me some while she was in the States on holiday (jealous!). Anyway, I'm in love with these! I currently own three: Cherry On Top (fave), Rose of Attraction and Lust For Blush. What I am most impressed by is the lasting power of the stain that these leave on the lips - you really don't need to touch up unless you want to re-add vibrancy. NOTE: those who are a cool PPP like me may find that Lust For Blush is a little more brown rather than "blush". Just an FYI. :) I definitely recommend these and the price is fair. I guess the only downside is the packaging looks a liiiiittle cheap. I still give them 5 lippies though!
I'm not easily impressed by foundations. Here's why: 1. I'm SUPER pale; 2. I hate touching up throughout the day; and 3. My t-zone gets greasy after about an hour. Double Wear somehow combats all of these issues. I do not have to touch up once in my eight-and-a-half-hour working day. I repeat: ZERO touch-ups. That is the most unbelievable thing for me! My skin stays matte forever! I can't tell you guys how happy I am to have found Double Wear. I was always hesitant to try it because I thought it'd be way too heavy; fortunately it is easily blended out with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I encourage you to give this a go, I believe the trick to getting it right is being light-handed. My shade is Cool Bone 1C1, for reference. An alternative to Double Wear which I also love is Stila Stay All Day Foundation (comes with its own concealer, too). EDIT: SO devastated - EL have recently changed their formulation of this product and it is now WAY too yellow for me. SIGH. Sometimes things can be too good to be true (for long).
Treatments -NARS - Optimal Brightening Concentrate
liseyloo 2/3/2013 5:55:00 AM
This retails for $115 here in Australia (at Mecca). I managed to find it quite a bit cheaper on eBay (the love of my life!). To be perfectly honest, guys, I haven't noticed any change in my skin from using this three days a week for about a month (I work three days a week and don't like to wear anything on my face when I'm not working). In my opinion, it's just a liquid highlighter/luminizer masquerading as skincare. The liquid is pearlescent white; about the same consistency/texture as a liquid moisturiser, but a little lighter. It's filled with mica (tiny light-reflective particles)... Not so sure how good that is for your skin once it absorbs! Anyway, the packaging gets 5/5 because it comes in a sleek bottle with a pump that dispenses a small amount of product each time, which is really all you need. I'm giving this three lippies because I'm open to giving it more time to work/see the results, and it hasn't done anything bad to my skin e.g. give me a reaction (I'm very sensitive) or break me out. I hope that was somewhat helpful, to my knowledge this is the only review on MUA for this product, so I've tried to be detailed! :)
Let's just be real for a second: it's a LIP BALM. You know what should be exorbitantly expensive? A house. A car. Maybe a Tom Ford lipstick... Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of this product. Its smell is beautiful and fresh without being overpowering, the texture is silky and luxurious and it imparts a very faint, baby-pink glow. But then I open my eyes and come back down to earth. I'm not paying NINETY TWO DOLLARS for a bloody lip balm! If this made my lips look like Angelina Jolie's, fine. But it doesn't! And a reviewer mentioned that it didn't even keep her lips hydrated during a flight. Sure, it looks gorgeous and angelic and the packaging is luxurious, but don't fall for it! I'm assuming that you work hard for your money, don't waste it on something that contains parabens and could be out-performed by Chapstick. (FYI, I got a sample jar of this from Mecca and have been using it for a couple of weeks, but definitely won't purchase the full size) Now go on, give yourself a pat on the back for not falling for another rip-off. ;)
My Mum has palette number 202 - Intense i-color trio for blues. How do I know this? A few days ago I could not stop staring at her eyes and demanded to know what e/s she had on! She had lined her upper lid with, and applied a touch in the inner corner of, the bottom shade in the trio: the copper. She'd also applied a light wash of the darkest chocolate colour in the crease for definition. It was such a soft look, but it was so gorgeous! For reference she'd be about an NW20-25. As soon as I'd found the culprit for her mesmerising look, I swatched all three colours on my fingers and was pleasantly surprised at the colour pay-off. I haven't used these e/s myself so I'm not sure of the staying power. HOWEVER, I know Mum is a makeup amateur and does not use any kind of primer (hell, she wouldn't even know to powder her eyelids before e/s), so I'm guessing the staying power is pretty great! Anyway, I want to talk more about the copper colour because I find it quite unique. It's not your usual orangey copper! I myself have blue eyes and can't stand copper shades that are too orange because I'm cool-toned and they look ridiculous on me. This is annoying because copper is meant to "pop" blue eyes like nothing else. This copper, however, is more like a peachy-pink, IMHO. More soft and feminine, and definitely more wearable for an everyday look. Moving on, Almay is cheap and hypo-allergenic, both of which are always a plus. Mum has very sensitive eyelids and this has never given her a reaction. The packaging is plain plastic (meh) but the palette closes with a reassuring click, which I like a lot because I cannot stand the thought of shattered e/s ruining my makeup bag. The other two shades in this palette are a lovely, light champagne (perfect as an all-over wash for day) and a cool-toned chocolate. For the price, I highly recommend this palette. And get on to that copper shade - it's gorgeous!!