Mascara -Estee Lauder - MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara
lory 2/19/2006 11:44:00 AM
Received this as a GWP, and disliked it for many reasons: it smudged, even though I didn't use it on my lower lashes AND used an eyelash comb; it didn't thicken my lashes, and it didn't lengthen them very much. I've used Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara for over 10 years, and it out-performs this as well as the numerous low and high end mascaras I've tried. Tip: Don't bother trying Max Factor Lash Perfection, because it smudges too.
I tried this in Coral Ice Easyliner (retractable pencil) and loved it! I've tried many of the high end and inexpensive pencils, and this one is great! I have trouble w/liners being too dark for me, and I have golden undertones in my skin, so this goes well with the peachy, golden-pink l/s I use. This is a great shade for golden blonde, blue eyed women with yellow tones to their skin who can't wear anything with cool undertones like me.
I received a sample of this from Nordstrom, but tossed it because it was way too sweet for me. However, when my SO found out, he got me another one because he likes it so much--who knew?! Reason he gave for loving it: it smells like cotten candy! Yum, Yum. . .
Received a sample of this. This product would be nice for those with (almost) flawless skin and who desire a lot of moisture. It was too oily-feeling for me, and didn't offer enough coverage to be worth purchasing.
Foundations -MAC - Studio Stick SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
lory 1/21/2004 5:28:00 PM
I was excited to try this, as I love anything that's easy to apply and has an adequate SPF. However, the color choices for me were either too light orange-y. I carefully decided on NC30, knowing that it wasn't an exact match, but really wanted to take it home and try it anyway. At the counter, I could tell from the MUA's lack of enthusiasm (ater trying to find a match for me), that it was going to be a stretch to get a color that would work. I was very disappointed in this product, as there was no color that matched me, it was drying and didn't offer enough coverage. If you have oily or normal skin with not much to conceal, it may work for you. The color choices are very odd, though.
Received this as a Christmas gift. My SO and I held back a giggle when I unwrapped this gift, as we both cannot stand Celine. However, I was suprised that I didn't hate it. In fact, I like it better than the Chanel #5 that I received as a gift last year--which actually isn't saying a lot since I hated it. Celine reminds me of a dryer sheet smell--flowery, powdery, clean. This isn't exotic enough for my tastes, but it certainly isn't offensive.
Don't buy this one--unless you like the racoon eye look! It smudges like crazy--I couldn't believe it when I looked in the mirror 10 minutes later, and it was smudged under my eyes--and I had only lined the top lid! It's going back to Target today!
OK--this is what you want to use to highlight your hair at home. PLEASE don't use L'Oreal Colour Expert--read the reviews first! Thanks to the reviews on it, I didn't try it. I have naturally dark blonde hair, and color it with L'Oreal Excellence high lift Natural Blonde every 4-5 weeks. It's a great color, but I wanted more dimension, so I tried this. I pulled very few strands out of the cap b/c I was being very cautious. I highly recommend that you do a strand test first, esp. If you'd like advice on how to do the strand test, please page me. if you are using this on darker hair, where there would be a much bigger contrast than on mine. I've paid hundreds of $$$ getting highlights foiled in the salon (the most expensive ones in town), with so-so results. In fact, one time, there was some breakage to my hair from the foiling. WIth the L'Oreal process, it isn't baked into your hair, like they often do with foiling, so there's less damage. The results may not be as dramatic, but it certainly is natural-looking--like you've been hanging out at the beach! I wouldn't rave about this if I wasn't extremely impressed. Darker-haired girls, just please do a strand test first to see if you'll like the results. Also, don't pull a lot of hair on your first application--be careful and you'll be happy with this!
Lip Liners -Victoria's Secret - Draw Me a Line Lip Pencil
lory 1/3/2004 9:56:00 AM
I received this in Naughty & Nice as part of a MU set from the VS catalogue. The color is a perfect natural pinky-beige. It goes on smoothly, lasts, and looks great with all my lipsticks. I was suprised that I liked this, as it wasn't something I picked myself. Guess I'll be going to the VS counter to check more of these out!
Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - Sunlight enhance eye color
lory 9/19/2003 1:07:00 PM
Sunlight is my first SK e/s purchase, and it won't be the last. I've searched forever for the perfect e/s wash, and this is it! I love Stila e/s, but the ones I tried as a wash (Sun, Kitten, Delaney) didn't work well with all my other shadows and were too shimmery. MAC's Ricepaper is OK, but has too much of a sheen to it. I've tried so may e/s washes--too numerous to mention here--this one beats them all!
I received a sample of this in 30 Watts--a fairly good color match for my skin. I liked that it didn't turn pink on my skin, as many foundations do. Unfortunately, it made me look very shiny--and I don't have oily skin. My skin felt a little itchy while I wore this--probably from the oil in the formula. I'd try a sample of this if you have dry skin and want a minimal coverage foundation. This has no UV protection, which I want in a foundation.
I have Sun (a peachy shimmer) and Summer (golden brown) which I love. I use them together for a rich, golden look. These are VERY warm shades, so I'd only recommend them for people with golden undertones in their skin, and who aren't extremely pale. I love everything about these e/s--the texture, staying power and infinite color choices. MAC used to be my fav, but not any more!
I really wanted to like this, but it broke me out horribly. I have a list of cosmetic ingredients that are comedogenic, and didn't see any in this formula--but it caused a cystic breakout anyway. I've used Illuminare Fantastic Finish for an entire year since having CO2 laser surgery on my face, and didn't break out once. I wanted to try something new, and it really messed me up. I wore it for a few days, liking the color, texture, coverage, and glow that it provided. Then, the big one hit--along with some samller ones on my nose. This baby went back to the store along with the free gift. The MA told me to keep the free gift for my trouble. Now I have another scar to contend with. Maybe it's just me--but watch out if you're acne-prone. It's back to Illuminare again...
I received a sample of this in Nude. I liked the creamy texture of it, and it smoothed out my skintone. However, after a few hours of wearing it, I noticed that it was very shiny (I don't have oily skin), and orangey-looking. I would recommend this to those who have normal to dry skin and don't need much coverage. I'd wear this in a pinch if I was running to the store and needed a little coverage and UVA/UVB protection. It's just not one that I'd depend on for all-day coverage and a flawless look.
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
lory 8/6/2003 8:33:00 PM
I received a sample of this from a fellow MUA member. This foundation would be great for skin that isn't oily, and has few flaws to cover. It is luminous, and makes the dryer parts of my skin (cheeks) glow. Like others, I found the scent to be a little too strong. For those who have acne scars, discoloration and/or oily skin--I wouldn't recommend this.