Forget it, maybelline makes the worst, low-pigmented blush. And don't get me started on the brush. I'm not an expert in brushes but come on this thing scratches my face. I know it's cheap but still? No-no.
Years of wearing false eyelashes daily had made my eyelid (along the lash line) super dry and flaky. It was terrible. They were swollen and cracked.. and too sensitive for any moisturizer. It would just sting because the skin is broken. Can you imagine? On eyelids!!! Who gets that?? :( So anyway, somehow, I stumbled upon this Skin Hydrating Booster. After using it for a couple of times, I really saw the difference. My eyelids actually healed completely. If it can do that for my chapped, screwed up beyond all repair eyelids, think of what it can do for you! :) My regime: One drop, rubbed together and pat on eyelids and under eye. Careful not to get any in your eyes, will sting!! Five drops mixed together with Clarins moisturizer, spread on entire face. It's a little expensive but really worth it for all the sensitive, dry skinned ladies out there.
Forget the rest, this is the best! This really soothes and smooths dry lips. Creamy, non-colored texture... I love that it has no scent also. I basically get dry lips when I'm sick so fragrance right under my nose is a no-no! The packaging is no fuss and practical. And it's so cheap. The best ever. :)
Yes, this liner is really dark and rich... Goes on smooth and doesn't pull. Kinda cheap, too. But it smudges. I know, which pencil liner doesn't? Still, I can't accept it and will still be searching for the perfect pencil liner. This is so close to perfection - but it's not!
This is the first liquid liner that I've used since I was a teen, and I never changed brands. I've used the black and brown, both are equally good. It's cheap, it's dark as hell, and it stays and stays.... Unless you cry, then it will come off a little, but it never runs. Ever. And it's not even waterproof! It's easy to wash also, just dab it a little with water or cleansing wipes, it comes off like eraser dust. I'm kinda shocked why there is a low rating for this lovely underrated product. Definitely my HG, hands down.
This is a really great cleanser. Gentle, yet cleans perfectly. I have normal, combination skin and didn't need to use a product targeted for sensitive skin, but this works well for me. I wear full make-up everyday, and my cleansing regime would be to remove my make-up with cleansing wipes, then wash my face with Ultra Calming Cleanser. It is indicated on the bottle that the product should go on a dry face, but the SA told me that it would be better to moisten your face, unless your skin is sensitive even to water. A little goes a long way. I like that it gets slippery and smooth, and there is no fragrance, too. After washing off with water there is no tight feeling at all, and my face feels soft and moist, even though I don't tone or moisturize... bad, I know... It is not expensive - the bottle can last at least 6 months for me! Only downside is the packaging... I would much prefer if it was a squeeze out bottle, but then again all Dermalogica bottles are like this. Overall, my skin became better after using this cleanser for less than 1 year :)
Frankly, I'm a lazy person who won't bother using primers so purchasing this really shows my trust in Shu Uemura. Lol :) I am using their Face Architect foundation and it is very good, but with this base, it becomes even better - my combination skin does not become oily mid-afternoon, and foundation lasts longer even without loose powder. Ok, so perhaps other primers do the same... I dunno, but this just works for me. The mousse texture is light and easily absorbed. No need to wait until it "sets" to put on your foundation. Really a dream for me. The two paired up does not over matify the skin which is a plus. Just natural, even toned skin. (I'm using the pink shade, which is suppose to make the skin look a little rosier and fresh. There is the beige shade also.) Now who won't like that? :) Downside is that the pump is a little difficult control... the amount I pump out every time is different. It can be quite annoying. Also, i find it pretty expensive since there's barely any stuff in that bottle - I predict I'll finish it up in a few months. But look past these two setbacks and you have a great primer. Highly recommended if you use Face Architect, I think they make a great pair.
Liquid -Shu Uemura - Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation
lovejess 3/26/2011 9:46:00 AM
I've been using this foundation for 2 years now, definitely a HG - don't plan to change brands at all! Before my bestie recommended this (her mum was using this, she was using the creme foundation also from shu), i was switching brands looking for the right foundation... and this ended the search :) The texture is light, but mind you, it does cover up pretty well minor imperfections such as little pores and blemishes. Leaves a nice even skin tone without looking too matte or dewy. Packaging wise, it is as minimalist as the Japanese... Nothing luxurious-looking, no gold finishes, but it is practical and the pump allows good control. And when it's almost finished, you could unscrew the cap and to dig out the remaining when there's not enough liquid to use the pump. Only con is that it tends to get a little oxidated at the end of the bottle... making me look extremely yellow. This is easily overcome by mixing the old foundation with foundation from a fresh bottle. I suggest using this with Shu's UV base (I'm using the pink shade). These two paired together, and you have flawless, oil-free skin for at least 6 - 8 hours for combination skin! Amazing. And I don't even dust on loose powder.
*EDIT* : Anyone having trouble with the intensity of the color, just use a brush instead of your finger... I did just that and bam, the color showed up perfectly. Lovin' it right now! I feel so guilty about my previous review. --------- just bought this yesterday and i'm regretting it now. i was contemplating on MAC or shu uemura, but somehow i decided on MAC since they are popular for their pigmented eyeshadows. this is evidently not the case for Carbon, at least. the colour is absolutely too light and not pigmented enough. strangely, i tested shu uemura's and it was waaay more pigmented but i didn't buy it cuz it was slightly metallic. (was looking for a matte eyeshadow). overall i wouldn;t recommend it to anyone. i think some drugstore brands are better than this, really :(