Liquid -Bourjois - Healthy Mix Foundation ] [DISCONTINUED]
looweehse 1/27/2012 8:43:00 AM
A great foundation. I am very pale and 51 is a decent match, if a little yellow toned but not too bad. The foundation gives light coverage but can be built up to be medium coverage. If you have blemishes like me you will need concealer. The finish is glowy, so if you have very oily skin this might not be suitable. I like the glow, and as I have oily/combination skin I only powder where I get oily. The texture is virtually undetectable on the skin, it's amazing, people don't realise I'm wearing it. It smells nice, has an easy dispensable pump and the price isn't bad at all for the quality. On me is doesn't quite last 16 hours like it promises, but it does last well, around 9 hours I guess. This also doesn't break out my sensitive acne prone skin. The only con is that I can't get a perfect colour match.
Lips -Beaute Cosmetics - Weightless Lip Creme in Masochist
looweehse 7/11/2010 10:03:00 AM
A gorgeous shade of true red, similar to MAC Russian Red, but a bit deeper and more pigmented, (not as dark as Dubbonet). It is almost identical in colour to OPI Big Apple Red nail polish, if that means anything to anyone. Very pigmented, I wouldn't agree that it's 'weightless', as I was aware of the texture on my lips at all times, but for a liquid lipstick, it is light. In terms of colour and packaging I cann't fault it. My reason for not wanting to buy it again is because I just didn't find it to be very practical. It came off, almost completely as soon as my lips touched my drinking glass and left a very noticeable lip mark. It is impossible to eat, drink or kiss while wearing this, and not being a fan of lipgloss I was irritated when my hair blew round and got stuck to my lips. I would love it if this product was to slightly set, it would be much more practical. It's such a gorgeous product, I just wish I could actually wear it out the house! Also worth mentioning the customer service from Beaute is exceptionally good. Masochist wasn't in stock when I ordered, so they sent my a generous sample of the cherry lip blam while I waited for it to come back in stock.
Blush -Beaute Cosmetics - liqui-gel stain in Fever
looweehse 7/11/2010 9:47:00 AM
Fever looks like a deep red in the tube, but can be sheered out to a rose colour. The formula isn't drying, but isn't moisterising either, if you have dry lips you may need a swipe of lip balm over the top. It is very pigmented. If applied straight to lips with the doe foot applicator you can get a coverage rivalling a decent pigmented lipstick, but with the liquid texture. It takes a few seconds to dry, giving you plenty of time to blend and sheer out if desired. It has a very light texture and can't be felt on the lips or cheeks once dried. Has good staying power. It lasted 6+ hours on me before I needed to touch up, and I had eaten and drunk during that time. It has a slightly floral scent, which is undetectable once it dries. But if you lick your lips, it does taste a bit chemically. The packaging is sleek, easy to use (doe foot applicator), and easy to see how much you have left. It's a bit expensive, but totally worth it, I have no desire to use BeneTint, or any of my other red lip stains again.
Moisturizers -Simple - Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
looweehse 6/26/2010 6:24:00 PM
I started using this on my sensitive skin when I was using benzoyl peroxide for my acne. My skin is naturally oily, but the BP made me very dry and flaky. I tried using this and after a few days my skin was wonderfully hydrated, but not oily. And no breakouts, even though I only use BP once a week now, and use the simple moisteriser everyday. It's cheap, easy to find and does a decent job, but it's nothing special. I might try something else once I finish this, but if I don't find anything better I'll definitely come back to this.
Cleansers -Shiseido - Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam
looweehse 5/28/2010 1:12:00 PM
I keep coming back to this cleanser. I have sensitive, acne prone, oily skin - the worst kind to have. Often cleanser for oily skin, over dry and my skin feels tight after, but not with this. A little goes a long way, I use about a pea size amount for my whole face. It lathers up really nicely and easily, and has a wonderful creamy feeling on the skin. It has a few beads suspended within it, which help very lightly exfoliate, (but you'll still need to use a regular exfoliater). After my skin feel soft, super clean, not oily and not remotely dry. It's perfect! The packaging is practical, with a flip cap and squeezy tube. The only thing that gets me is the price. £20 for a cleanser I feel is quite a lot, but I haven't found anything like this, and it lasts several months. Total HG.
I have spent years searching for my HG foundation, and I think this is as close as I'll ever come. I use the sahde 1C1 Shell, for reference I am NW10/15 in MAC. The colour match is perfect in summer, but about a shade too dark in winter, so I lighten it with a tiny amount of Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in 105, a pink toned white. It is medium coverage, not full. It won't cover very obvious acne or pigmented scars, you will need a concealer for that, but it certaintly covers most skin discolouration. It looks virtually undetectable on the skin when applied correctly. As it dries very quickly using a regular foundation brush (like the MAC 190) won't blend it well enough before it sets, so it'll look mask-like. I prefer to stipple or buff it in with my Illamasqua highlighter brush (similar to the MAC 109), or my MAC 187 and it looks flawless. It is best to apply light layers at first and build up, until you know how much exactly you'll need. It sets matte, and so is best for oily skin or people who prefer matte finish. Without powder it will stay matte on my very oily skin for a few hours, but I always powder anyway. I have very sensitive acne-prone skin, and this hasn't caused me any breakouts. The only downside to this product in my opinion, is the bottle lacks a pump. So I have to scoop a little out on a cotton bud and put on the back of my hand. This means it is more difficult to travel with, it's more fiddily to apply, I end up wasting some product each time and it's difficult to regulate how much product you use each time.
This seems to be a love or hate product, well, I love it! At first it smelt disgusting, really strong and not vanilla at all. This lasted for the first 5 - 10 minutes or so, then that went away I was left with a gorgeous sweet vanilla scent with floral tones. It suits me perfectly. It's a very girly scent, which I like as I feel like most perfumes make me smell like my mum, but this is perfect for my age and style. The lasting power is fantastic. I sprayed one spray on each wrist 9 hours ago, and after shopping, dinner, change of clothes I can still smell it strongly. I feel bad for my other perfumes as I doubt they'll be getting much wear anymore! The price isn't too expensive (£25), but not cheap either for me a student, so I've taken off one lippie for that and the weird smell you get for the first few minutes.
I got this is shade 120 which is quite pale with pink undertones (for reference I am NW10 in MAC). As I find with most powders this seems paler than the Illamasqua Rich Liquid fdtn and Cream fdtn in the same colour. But it matches me fine. It mattifies really well, but on my slightly dry areas it didn't emphasise them as much as I expected, and it feels weightless on the skin. But this fdtn would be better for oily skin. The blurb on the box suggests this will cover blemishes, so I took that to mean medium coverage. However, this is really quite sheer. I have lot's of blemishes and acne scarring and it didn't cover them at all. Even after I built it up, (I must have applied about 8 layers with my MAC 182 brush) but still my scars were showing through. It did do a good job is even out general skintone and covering the redness in my cheeks. I would buy this again as with a good concealer this gives me nice natural coverage when I don't want to load my skin up, and is quick and foolproof to apply in the morning. This foundation would be ideal for someone with oily skin that requires minimal/sheer coverage.
Haux is one of my fave shadows. A lovely matte reddish/plum brown that really enhances green eyes. When I fancy an all matte look as a change from shimmer I use MAC Quarry as an inner third lid colour, Haux as an outer thirds lid colour and Embark in the crease/outer V. It makes my green eyes really pop without being too dramatic. I also use Haux over my lid with Beauty Marked in the crease for a smokey eye look. Has a gorgeous texture that's easy to blend whilst still being matte, because it's a 'satin' finish. Will absolutely be repurchasing.
I haven't ever actually had to buy this mascara as Clinique give it away as a sample so frequently, but if the samples stopped coming, I would purchase. This is a nice mascara, not amazing (I prefer L'Oreal Voluminous and YSL Faux Cils). The black shade is very pigmented and dark. The formula isn't dry, it's more on the runny side, but not too runny, just perfect IMO. This means it's easy to build up layers without clumping, and you get a few seconds of 'working time' where I position my lashes either with my finger or a spoolie how I want them to set, and they'll stay like that all day. A couple of minor problems with flakiness on the bottom lashes, so I've taken away a star for that. With one light coat lashes can look longer, thicker, darker but still natural. More than 2 coats gives a dramatic effect (especially if used in conjunction with the Clinique Lash primer or Shiseido mascara base). But I still always maintain definition of my lahes. They just look wonferfully thick and fanned out. I love this mascara a lot, but L'oreal Voluminous still has a slight edge over it.
I bought this online from ASOS.com as part of a set with a shadow and mascara for £18 and was very disappointed. Usually I love Pixi, but not this. I got No.1 - Onyx, which is a standard black. The consistency is very dry (compared to MAC Fluidline and Bobbi Brown Long wear gel), which made it very uncomfortable on the eyelid to use. I also have very crepey, for lack of a better word, skin on my eyelids, and the dry none-sliding consistency made it impossible to get a smooth straight line. This can be helped by mixing the gel with something like MAC Fix+, but then it's a struggle to get the pigment consistent on both eyes. The only good thing about this liner is that it really does set, so would be good to use on the waterline, as a shadow base or if you get watery eyes. Price is pretty standard. But I won't buy this again, it's just too dry and too much hassle for me. Back to MAC Fluidline I go.
PROS: - Comes in a large variety of shades. I got Alabaster which is a perfect match for my PPP skin. - Provides medium coverage, but can be sheered out or built up for a medium-full coverage. - If blended well it doesn't look cakey at all. - Didn't break out my sensitive acne-prone skin. - Didn't cause any oiliness. - Feels light and comfortable on the skin. - Creamy and easy to blend. - Nice slim packaging perfect for carrying around in your purse, or even pocket! CONS: - Very expensive for it's size. - It's a stick, so if you apply it straight to the skin it's not too hygenic. But it's not exactly practical to carry a concealer brush around with you. I love this product so much, so I would repurchase, probably. I just wish BB would reduce the price as it's rediculous for the tiny size! For that reason I'm taking away 1 star.
PROS: - Easy to find pretty much everywhere. - Cheap (at least in the UK) - Does hold quite nicely - Gives hair a nice shine - Does brush out CONS: - STINKS! I absolutely hate the smell, and it lasts all day. - Builds up on your hair, so you can see you're wearing hairspray. - You can brush it out, but it leaves a sticky cast on my hair. - Makes my hair crispy to the look and touch. - Hold doesn't last all day
PROS: - It caters to my very pale skin (I got the shade W10) - Does give full coverage for those who need it, but can be sheered out. I apply it with a regular foundation brush and gradually build it up to full, i find applying it with a sponge gives full coverage quickly but looks cakey. You could sheer it out with a wet sponge. - Didn't budge all day and I have oily skin, also didn't make my skin oilier. - Didn't oxidise - Good investment as you can use it as a concealer, which would take years for you to run out. - I found it easy to blend - Didn't settle into my pores - Not too expensive - The packaging isn't bulky and the lid is clear so you can see exactly what it is. CONS: - Wouldn't be good for dry skin - Doesn't contain SPF like the Studio Finish concealer, this may or may not matter to you. - Obviously with it being a PRO product it's difficult to get a hold of. Especially my shade (W10). - When used as a foundation I go through this stuff pretty fast (2-4 months) which is annoying. This is my favourite foundation at the moment.
PROS: - customisable coverage. it can be sheer - full which is great! It doesn't show up too obviously on the skin, but once you build up to full coverage it's more noticeable, but doesn't look too bad. - great colour range for pale and darker people (I'm 120). - doesn't oxidse, even on my oily skin. - blends well, and easy to apply using either a standard foundation brush (like MAC 190) or a sponge. It also applied well with the Illamasqua highlighter brush and MAC 109. - lasted all day - even though it isn't oil-free it didn't break me out or make me oily. - nice packaging. - not too expensive CONS: - does contain oil, so has the possibility of breaking acne-prone people out - i can see myself going through this stuff quite quickly, it'll maybe last me 2 - 4 months - if you want fuller coverage it takes a bit of time to build it up which is a little tedious if you're using it everyday. Overall, I love this foundation, but it's not HG, just very very good.