This is one of those products, that's really hyped up, but is totally worth it. It's a thick balm, with a lemony kind of scent, nothing too overpowering. It applies pretty smoothly, considering it's a balm. When applied, it doesn't feel sticky or tacky, and it's not shiny or glossy.. you can't really tell you're wearing anything. It totally beats the 8 hour cream imo; it's more moisturizing, smells better and it's cheaper. Normally, when i wake up in the middle of the night, my lips would feel dry. But with this, that's not a problem any more; my lips stay moisturized till the next morning. By the way, i only use this at night, because it doesn't contain any spf (i use the Everon lip balm by Weleda for that). My only complaint would be that it's kind of pricey for what it is. And it's not the most convenient packaging (glass). But still, i would rebuy this and would recommend it to people who are looking for a super moisturizing lip balm, and for whom normal lip balms just don't quite cut it. And it doesn't contain any petrolatum/mineral oil, yay!
Treatments (Eye) -Clarins - Special Eye Contour Balm
ltsAlwaysSunny 3/19/2013 5:56:00 PM
This is targeted for dry skin around the eyes, which is exactly what i have. So when the SA told me about this, i was so sure this would be it for me. But this irritated the skin around my eyes, it felt really inflamed! It didn't stung my actual eyes, but just the skin.. felt like it was on fire. And i didn't find this moisturizing in any way, it absorbed quickly, but therefore felt like it was never there. The consistency is nice though, but i wouldn't describe it as a 'balm', as the company does. It's more like a thicker cream to me. And i like the packaging; sleek and hygienic (tube form). But, i would never buy it again! Especially since it's so expensive.
I can't say enough good things about the lipbalm. I'm using this for over 7 years now and I come back to this everytime. Sporidacally I would try different lipbalms, just because I'm a skincare junkie and get bored of this one sometimes. But ive never found one that even came close to this one. It's just really moisturising without greasiness. 2 applications a day (morning and night) is enough for me. It leaves a nice sheen on the lips, but nothing obvious. The scent may be a little offputting for some, but I like it. I cant really discribe it.. I smell a hint of vanilla, more i cant say. Packaging is really simple and hygienic. Just as a lipbalm should be. And a big plus is that its 100% natural and organic.
This is the best foundation i ever came across. Lately i've been on the look for a foundation with light coverage that will even out the skintone. And this is just that. It really leaves a beautiful finish which is undetectable with the bare eye, even in bright sunlight. It takes away the redness in my complexion and makes it just look really fresh and healthy. It stays color true, i didnt expierence any oxidation whatsoever. As with all sheer foundations, this will not cover scars, acne, pimples etc. This will only even out the skintone. How i use it is, I shake the bottle up real good and poor a bit on the back of my hand. So far, i find it applies best using a plain foundation brush. On application it feels really cooling which is nice. I have dry skin and dont find that it dries my skin out or anything, if anything it actually hydrates my skin. The color range is absolutly great and the SA really helped me pick out the right color. I am fair skinned (NW 15-20) and got the color number 20. The consistency is pretty unique, its kind of a watery gel like texture. The only downside would be the pricetag. I live in Europe, so here its extra expensive compared to the US (48 euros). But that wont stop me from buying it again when i run out!
I ran into this product on my search for the best under eye concealer ever. I wouldnt say this product gets that title, but it comes pretty close. My skin is fair, so i got the lightest version (number 1) and its a good match. Surprisingly this doesnt crease, unless you apply a ton ofcourse. I dont find that its super pigmented compared to lets say, Mac's studio finish concealer. So when i apply this on its own or just one layer, it wouldnt conceal my dark cicles completely. But then again, nothing conceals them competely. So what i do is, i apply a color corrector (for example bobbi brown) and put this on top. And it works really good! My circles are less obvious and i look more awake. The area doesnt look creased or cakey. And another good thing is that it doesnt make the area look greyish or anything like that. I would recommend this and repurchase.
Cleansers -Shiseido - The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
ltsAlwaysSunny 10/7/2010 6:01:00 PM
The smell, consistency, lather and packaging are great. But this really dries out my skin. I think this is better suited for people with combo/oily skin. It's also pretty expensive.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPF30
ltsAlwaysSunny 10/7/2010 5:56:00 PM
This is the most awfull sunscreen i've ever used. It just leaves a creapy white cast on you're face which make you look like a ghost! The product is really difficult to spread, feels way heavy but not moisturizing. The packaging is ok, but the color (kind of blueish/turqoise with an orange cap) is ugly. I regret spending that much money on it, it's not worth a single penny.
Cleansers -Clarins - Cleansing Milk for dry to normal skin
ltsAlwaysSunny 10/7/2010 5:43:00 PM
This cleanser smells divine. A very nice, clean and herbal scent. It cleanses really well, removes all of my makeup (foundation, concealer, blush etc). When i go over it with a cottonpad soaked in toner afterwards, there's nothing coming off my face. You have to use it correctly though, otherwise it won't work. Clarins advises to use their suction-cleansing method, which feels soothing when applied in the evening, but is kinda time consuming in the morning. But that's okay with me. The way i use it is: i warm the cleanser in my hands, apply it all over my face and neck, lay hands flat against face and lift them off quickly. Do not massage! i'll do this for like 6-10 times. Then i'll take it off with a damp tissue and follow with a toner. Afterwards my skin feels clean, but not tight at all. My skin is glowy and best of all, it didn't break me out. The only downside of this product (besides the high price ofcourse) is the packaging. You can't really control the amount of cleanser coming out, there's always a little bit too much product coming out, even if you barely squeeze. Overall, great product, little pricey, not sure if i'll repurchase (cause i always want to try new stuff).
This foundation is great! I haven't come across a better one. The coverage is medium to full. It gives you a radiant, healthy and natural finish and evens out the skintone. For my fair skin, color 010 'Beige Porcelain' is a perfect match. I find that this foundation gives a better coverage than the Teint Idole Ultra, but looks more natural. And Teint Miracle doesn't oxidize on me, unlike the Teint Idole Ultra. It's quite long lasting, it stays put for like 7-9 hours. The packaging is very nice and hygienic: a glass pump bottle with a charming cap on it. I would definitely repurchase.