One of my go to colors for the office or for a regular day out. It is a very wearable pink. So many pink lipsticks on the market are blue based or too light for my pigmented lips. I'm so glad this lipstick is not blue based and looks great still on my warm toned skin. It is a matte lipstick and if you wanted extra moisture, place a balm underneath or gloss over. It has a very slight light creamy brown undertone, but it is mostly pink. Kind of tawny pink. It looks great on my coloring (light yellow based skin and dark hair and eyes). I found it to be very wearable for office use and had many compliments on this lipstick!
This has become my favorite eyeshadow color! I have light yellow based skin (Asian), black hair, dark brown eyes. This eyeshadow really compliments my coloring. I received the most compliments from this eyeshadow than any other. It looks espresso brown in the pan but when applied in a sheer swatch, you can see the purple undertones. It didn't come up red for me. For more of red undertone, go for Mulch. I think purple suits the greatest variety of undertones and I love that thus brown eyeshadow has just a hint of it. as you build up the color, you get more of what you see in the pan. Beautiful color!
I really wanted something for my under eye area. Cream based products typically scare me because I do have oily skin. I also have oily skin around my eyes but I wanted to try this product since the #1 shade was a great shade for me. I have fair golden based skin (asian skin) and #1 is just slightly lighter than my skin tone, which is great for under eye circles. The concealer was a great color on me and it really did brings some "boing" back to my eyes. It made my eyes look bright. However, as I said, I have oily skin. This does not last all day or even half a work day very well... It slipped around even with powder. I was disappointed. I would reapply this every 5-6 hours. It does have a tendency to sink into the creases if you're too heavy handed. Warm it up with your finger tips and put on a very thin layer. This has a medium/medium-strong pigmentation. I can see this working for women who don't have oily skin. I don't believe it works that well as a concealer because it doesn't seem to stay put very well and doesn't dry well like a good spot concealer should. I would just use this for under eye circles, honestly.
I was looking for a soft peach from MAC. When I asked the counter girl which she preferred: Melba or Peaches, she said Melba looks better on warmer skin tones and there's more pink in it. While Peaches has no pink, I can barely detect pink in Melba. It is really slight and only in certain lights. It goes on more of a brownish peach with a hint of pink. If you know MAC's eyeshadow soft brown, it kind of reminds me of that, except a little more pink. I have fair warm toned skin and this blush almost acts as a slight bronzer for me. It makes you look more sun kissed, bronzed, but not too much obviously. It wasn't what I was looking for but its still a good blush color!
Offers nice colors but very disappointed with the staying power. I have oily skin and lids, and after about 4-5 hours, the eyeliner is pretty much nonexistent.
I believe this lipstick is best suited for yellow or olive based skin tones. I'm a fair skinned yellow based skin tone (fair asian skin) and this is the best red I've used thus far. Russian Red is better for neutral or cool toned women, or dark skin. But Russian Red looked too bold on me. I tend to shy away from red, worried I will look too clownish. But this lipstick, with one coat, is not too bold but gives a great color payoff and beautiful luster. Two coats or more obviously makes it more bold but the creaminess and slight luster keeps it from looking too severe. The sales lady said it had orange tones in it. I have mid color berry lips and I bring out the pink in many lipsticks. So while I could see a little bit of orange, it also came out a little pink for me because of my natural lip color. But the little bit of orange (pretty subtle) gives the lipstick a little warmth, which compliments warm skin tones. I can imagine this lipstick still looking great on fair skin cool toned gals if they paired it with the right blush!
The formula of this kind of reminds me of a less moisturizing EOS balm. It is a waxy lip balm with a little color. It doesn't moisturize the lips well and doesn't sink into your lips. The only thing I can really see this product being good for is using it as a foundation for some other lip product like lipstick. It doesn't have a good color payoff (I know that is not the intention with this) but it doesn't moisturize well enough. If I wanted a tinted balm that moisturizes well, I usually go with Fresh Lip Treatments. Those ones actually moisturize and have a nice color payoff.
I have acne prone skin and my skin is also sensitive so I'm always super cautious on what goes on my skin. Luckily I was able to receive a sample of this because I was able to realize how it didn't suit my skin, saving me the money. I tried this on at two different times. The first time, I gave it about 3 nights. The first night, I was pretty amazed on how much dewier my skin looked the day after, even when I put my makeup on. However, with this I noticed little bumps forming on my temple and cheeks. They were small but I noticed new ones coming in with continued use. I thought maybe my skin needed time to adjust but I didn't want to find out. Another time I tried it. About a year later, I tried a sample again. Tried it for 4 nights and noticed some pretty deep and painful pimples/cysts starting to form deep under my skin. Even though, I'm acne prone, I do take great care of my skin to a point where I barely get pimples now. So to feel these big, painful bumps starting to form was a surprise and I knew it had to be the Genefique.. I stopped worried my pimples/cysts would come to a head. They were coming out in clusters which is usually a sign for me of something irritating my skin. I was really disappointed because it does appear to give your skin a nice glow for the next day. But for acne prone, or sensitive skin girls, take caution! I really would give this product a 2.5. I think it does its job as for making your skin look refreshed but it is just too much for my sensitive skin. Why are Lancome skin products like this for me?
This color is like that of a deep red wine. I never really ventured out towards dark nail polishes, worried that it will look too vampy. But this shade is dark but sophisticated in my opinion. Because it goes on kind of sheer at first (you need to build up at least 3 thin coats to get a good dark color), the nail polish kind of has this slightly translucent quality about it. It does not go on opaque at all. But the effect you get once you built up all the coats make your nails look kind of like blood. Gives off a cool vibe. lol. But it still has enough translucency and berry tones in it to not come off too goth. I like this color a lot!
I realize this is a great cheap hairspray. My hair can get frizzy and lose its shape easily. After learning about a hair changing tip about taming all my loose hairs (from breakage) by using hairspray and combing it through your hair; I used the only hairspray I had which was this one. And my hair looked instantly better! It calmed down my hair, took out some of the fluff from blowdrying, and tamed all my little flyaways when I combed this hairspray through. My hair looked like a million bucks! The style held up well as well. You can use too much of it and it will cause your hair to look greasy.
Cleansers -Jan Marini - Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser
loveisblind1 6/11/2012 8:43:00 AM
I have oily, acne prone skin that needs a lot of maintenance to prevent pimples. Glycolic acid peels have always worked for me in the past so I was excited to use this. I tried using this once daily and then after a month, twice daily. I did notice my skin looks fresher after I used it and believed it helped somewhat with the texture of my skin. But for oily skin (acne prone), it didn't work in preventing pimples. I gave it at least 2 months to see if it would change my skin. While it didn't irritate my skin, it didn't do anything for my pimples. Actually, I had two of the biggest pimples I've had in years a couple weeks into using this. My skin is naturally prone for pimples of this size and have to use certain cleansers to maintain it. So the cleanser twice daily (for over a month) was like not really washing my face at all when it came to my pimples. BUT when used once in the morning (to have fresh, dewier skin) and a Salicylic acid cleanser (for acne) at night. I've been able to fight it off better. Really, the salicylic cleanser (Neutrogena oil free acne wash) has been keeping my acne at bay but the jan marini cleanser will really help making sure my skin isn't so patchy and dry in the morning. And since the neutrogena really is stripping and drying, the jan marini cleanser is great for keeping my skin more balanced. One note, benzoyl acid does not work well with glycolic acid. Benzoyl acid can cancel some of the effects of glycolic acid. I am very acne prone and this cleanser is more of a 3.5 star product. I'm still on the search for a better day time cleanser.
This is a semi-opaque dusty grey/cobalt blue nail polish. It has finely grained, silver glitter. I usually don't do blues because they often can look too young and not appropriate enough for the office. But this blue is not a bold blue. The dusty grey undertones makes it professional looking enough even with the slight glitter. It looks beautiful on pale skin. It is very sheer with one coat, and semi-opaque with two. The more coats you apply, the bluer the nails are. Its a professional, beautiful color. Its apart of the Holland Collection. Gorgeous!
This color is the closest color I've found for Tiffany Blue. I found many inspiration pics of Tiffany nails on the net. I did mine with two coats of this polish with white tips and I've received compliments on it! Its a very classy color. I don't really like really thin nail brushes as China Glaze has but the formula goes on pretty smoothly. I love the color!
This is a beautiful green polish. It is not a creme finish polish. The finish is kind of what you may see in a new, nice car. The glitter is understated and doesn't take away from the beautiful green color. It is a forest green. It is a very classy green and looks great on fair skin. The polish looks great with 2 coats and I love the formula. Butter London polishes are expensive at $14 a pop but I love their color lines and formula better than OPI!
This nail polish isn't what I expected. I thought it would be a little more tan based but this color is still pretty nonetheless. It reminds me of a much sheerer version and understated version of OPI's Metro Chic but made of fine glitter. The glitter is not noticeable until you look closely at the polish or in sunlight. In some lights, the polish looks grey/purple. In other lights, the purple undertone is more obvious. It is a very professional color. It goes on very sheer and you must do 2-3 coats to get some color that shows. I hate to do so many coats just to get a color that shows up just a bit. It works very well for the office place and for people who don't usually do go for crazy colors.