I don't think i could live without this anymore. In a desperate bid to combat the crazy humidity where i live, i bought 3 volumising hair products within 2 weeks. First one was the Thickening cream by Marc Anthony, then the Bodifying cream by Percy & Reed and this is the last one. To start off, i have very superfine babyfine hair whatever you call it. You could hold up a strand in the light and it looks almost invisible. It falls flat from the top to the ends. I could spend an hour with a curling tong and when i go out, everything just collapses, even with hairspray. I know they make mousses for this purpose but i hate the smell of it and it tickles my sensitive nose. Plus it could be a chore to wash out. So the first two cream-based products i bought worked. They worked for sure, in particular Marc Anthony (er, not Jennifer's ex-husband) who promised 10x volume. I did get Tina Turner-esque volume when i used it in wild abandon. The problem was, it felt really artificial and stiff, and it ended up tangling all my long (to the hip) hair. (I think this could work better for men or girls with short hair) I could probably deal with this in sacrifice for bigger hair once in a blue moon, but heaven, no, not everyday. And as the hours passed, by nighttime, the stiffness that once held the hair up became slightly greasy. Not great. The Percy & Reed cream is the same as Marc's, only to a lesser extent. It feels slightly more real, but also less hold and volume, and gets a little greasy at the end of the day too. THEN! Comes this little gem. I trawled through ALL the reviews here and finally realised how this works. So what it does basically is to CUT all the unwanted grease in your scalp - that's the number 1 culprit for a flat and limp crown. So what happens is my scalp feels like it's super clean as if it's just been freshly and thoroughly cleansed by some very healthy, sulfate-free shampoo. And it feels like that for all day long. Adding to that, the top few ingredients are all flower extracts of some sort that sound fantastic for the scalp. Unlike the other two products, this is a clear liquid in a spray bottle. So i don't get 10x Tina Turner volume as i get with Marc's, but what i get is a fluffy and clean-feeling crown that i can run my fingers through all day long. And that's what this is for! I won't elaborate on how to use this, but please read the review DIRECTLY below mine. This lady's got it all right. Maybe i will go back to Marc if someday i desire to be Tina Turner, but for now, Aveda will help me achieve natural, fluffy crown on a daily basis. Thanks Aveda! I won't be without this!
Prior to purchasing this product i had been using Sephora's Express Nail Polish Remover. Whoever invented these removers in a bottle is a mad genius. I no longer have to struggle with cotton pads in the midst of a manicure to fix botched nail polish. Coming back to my original point these retail for the same price as Sephora's but i very much prefer Bourjois in so many aspects. Using the Sephora one kind of stinks up my room but the Bourjois one doesn't, and has a nice fruity fragrance. The Sephora one also leave my fingers and nails with a strange dry/sticky feeling and i definitely have to wash my hands after, which dries out my nail beds quite abit, while this one is clearly more moisturising. Lastly the Bourjois packaging is far superior because the sponge in the bottle seems to be of higher-grade - just denser and firmer because when you swirl your finger around it gets the polish off more easily. Great product and a must-have for home manicure addicts.
I first saw this product in a magazine spread where they had a few readers mugshots printed on a full page.. their faces were almost life-sized so you could even see their pores and tiny facial hairs! They had a shot without makeup on, and a shot with just teint miracle on. It was amazing how natural the foundation looked and i don't think the images had been retouched or tampered with because i'm a photographer/graphic designer :) Then I tried this out at a mall on the back of my hand and found that the liquid was soft, runny with a super easy to spread consistency and blended in like a dream with no streaks, nor did it settle into the lines. And the price? Yup, it was just as expensive as it felt. I had just purchased a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (which i didn't love, though i love Chanel) so i thought i would keep the Lancome in mind for my next purchase. Fast forward a year later at the airport where i found this for 10 dollars less and i bought it without hesitation. I used this throughout Winter and i LOVED it because it kept my skin hydrated, dewy and glowy. The magical part about this is that although it gives coverage, it feels very very light and it is almost undetectable. I'm almost through with my first bottle... and while there are new foundations from various brands with enticing new formulas popping out every season, i'm going to stick to Teint Miracle for one important reason - this has been the ONE and ONLY foundation that i can wear on my undereyes WITHOUT it settling into my fine lines. I have very terrible dark eye circles and i spent the last 10 years piling on alot of concealer which unfortunately made me look alot older than i am. After i discovered Teint Miracle, i could get away with just this and a light dab of Bobbi Brown Corrector! Hello fresh and hydrated undereyes. On a good day, i can skip the Bobbi Brown completely! All i need is a half a pump to one pump to cover imperfections and even out my skintone and it feels so light and comfortable to wear! My ex-HG foundaiton was the Giorgio Armani face fabric because that was also super natural and texture-perfecting, but it had a semi-matte finish which i could probably get away with when i was younger, but now i crave for dewiness and hydration. HG liquid foundation ★★★
Nostalgia! This brings to mind the MAC shadesticks that were sadly discontinued a few years ago. Shadesticks are automatic twist-up fat pencil eyeshadows that don't require sharpening... they are definitely convenient things! I did like them so i was happy to see them back with the Beth Ditto collection. This time, MAC's made them dual-ended - a highlight with a slanted tip on one end and a darker, not always complementary shade (in a good, unpredictable and interesting way) on the other end with a rounded tip. I'm reviewing the shade Beth Mask. It's pale peachy-pink on one end and on the other side we have a beautiful reddish rusty bronze. I have to say i absolutely LOVE the rusty bronze end because it warms up my brown eyes and warm complexion so beautifully so. I can't see how anyone will not be able to pull this off, both warm and cool-toned ladies. I think ladies with green eyes are going to love this - they'd look regal like ancient cats. On the other hand i am disappointed with the pale peachy end. The color is pretty but it tends to settle into lines and the coverage is uneven. As an illuminator i don't find it the least illuminating. It's not exactly shimmery nor metallic either. Maybe just a cream with about 5% of metallic thrown in which makes it, sorry to be rude, half-arsed. However i am glad to report that the darker shade wears pretty well and it does not transfer, not even on my oily lids. It's super convenient to do touch ups since you don't have to mess with a brush and is ideal in your to-go make up pouch. Something negative that's stayed since the Shadestick days - the screwed-up twist-up mechanism. You know some twist-ups (even in lip balms) go abit crazy that when you twist them up sometimes they don't go down and you had to manually depress them to keep them in? That's happened again even in this new product and it disappoints me that MAC didn't fix that. Nonetheless i'd buy this again for how convenient it is and the beautiful rusty bronze shade.
I was walking around Sephora holding a box of favourite Clinique mascara (the famous tubing one) all ready to pay up and then i detoured to the MAC counter for abit... that's when this shiny blue tube caught my eyes so i was like "o hai, so what does this new mascara do?" The SA described the saintly powers of this new mascara - washes off with warm water (!!!). I love that because who wants to antagonise the undereye area and encourage premature wrinkles when washing off mascara? I smell a potential HG candidate... So i've been using exclusively tube mascaras because they come off in the bath, but... there are usually 3 types of mascaras in the market... Type 1: Never stays, smudges. Type 2: Stays and never smudges. But a total ass to wash off. Type 3: Stays. But flakes off. (i.e tube mascaras) And you know what, this Extended Play mascara is er, none of the 3 types. Because it stays and never smudges, BUT is easy to wash off. Just what the hell is it made of?? There is also a kind of mascara (most mascaras!) that grey out after a couple hours, you know what i mean. They just don't look as black as when first applied. This one stays black AND glossy. That is huge news. And they aren't hard dull-looking spidery legs that make eyelids itch. And this is mad because it defines lashes like crazy. I would buy this alone to use for my bottom lashes because the brush is so small and it coats the tiny ones so neatly. They turn out really long and cute like Twiggy in the 70s. I love so many things about this mascara that my review sounds so scatterbrained! I am going to raid the MAC store now if this is LE. Oh, one lippy off for the rubbery scent. But really, i inhale anything to have Twiggy lashes.
My derm had put me on another round of Oratane (oral medicine for acne which controls oil thus causing skin to be on the dry side) and this time, a Retin A cream which would make my skin more sensitive to the sun. I asked for a sunblock that could protect as well as moisturise the dry patches and was given a sample of this. Previously i have used Japanese brands Biore and Sofina with great results because they have a very thin consistency and no white cast, and have always steered away from European ones because they are thicker and make it look like you have a white mask on your face. Hence this Bioderm is my first European sunscreen. I was skeptical but gave it a shot and i ended up finising the tiny sample tube and travelling a long distance to my derm's office just to buy a full-sized tube. What this does for me that Biore and Sofina don't is that it has moisturising ingredients in the formula so that you don't have to apply a separate moisturiser before your sunscreen, which may dilute your sunscreen hence making it less effective. My skin feels hydrated throughout the day (at least for 6 hours since i work in an air-conditioned environment all day long) as compared to when i put on my regular Avene moisturiser (which i already deem as a very good product). The best part - it leaves my complexion with this incredible glow which i never had or i've never had from even the most expensive foundation or excercising. It's glow and not greasiness, and i recommend this to women who have dry skin and patches and dull skin or those who don't get enough sleep like me. It really hides my dryness and dullness. Looking glowy and dewy aside, i found out that this product as very high PPD (38!) as compared to 8-10+ for many other off-the-shelf suncreens like Biore. PPD is the measurement of protection against UVA rays which causes (gasp) premature aging. Not common knowledge, at least for me and my circle of girlfriends, but something every woman oughta know. Lastly i have very troublesome and acne-prone, whitehead-prone skin but this doesn't clog me up or break me out in any way. p.s Not recommended for oily women, though!
I'm an obsessive compulsive dark red/burgundy lipstick collector and i have almost tried every one from every brand available in my city. Most brands either make 1 or 2 of such dark colors (except MAC) or even none at all so it's not difficult to track them down. Now i have about over 10 in my drawer ranging from the cheapest NYX line to the more expensive MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Guerlain, Giorgio Armani, younameitigotit. Some were too bright, some too dark, some brown/brick, some too purple...Of the dozen that i own, the ones i loved best were MAC's Dubonnet - i was almost ready get a second helping as it was so well-used till about a centimetre was left - and also Bobbi Brown's Scarlet from their new line of lipsticks. Both were amazing, Dubonnet suited just about every occasion and outfit, lasted like crazy and wore so well, Scarlet's hue lit up my face and made my complexion look brighter. One day on a boring department store trip knowing that i've tried everything i decided to test Chanel's Lune Rousse for fun. I was wearing Dubonnet then and the both were really deadringers that i wasn't compelled particularly to buy a dupe. Then i walked away and asked my boyfriend what he thought of it. He gave the nod and said it was nice. Then i asked him if this was better or the one i was wearing this morning was better. This is usually a difficult type of question for him - there were times i asked if this lip or hair color was better or that, this was better or that and he always says he can't tell. How do you expect men to tell burgundy from scarlet? But he promptly replied, this one you're wearing is nicer. Such a rarity i thought, so i bought it! At first i couldn't understand why he said this was better, it took about two weeks of wearing before i finally realised - this one is just abit blue-er than Dubonnet. The latter is slightly more browned. I'm an NC30 Chinese with warm yellow undertones, slightly tanned, very prone to muddiness when i wear overly warm lip or blush colors, yet very prone to looking retarded when i do too cool ones. And though i cannot wear overly blue tones as a general rule of thumb, wearing something slightly opposite of your natural tone does help counteract it. In this case, the additional, say 5% of blueness in Lune Rousse chased away some more of my sallow yellow undertones and make me look fairer, brought out the pink flush in my complexion. Bobbi Brown's Scarlet (aforementioned) also does this, but that in my opinion is slightly too overly blue and thus is less versatile than this (not for every outfit). I know i'm almost being too scientific in describing the colors but it's so crucial in finding your perfect lip color. Months later, i've been wearing Lune Rousse every single day and i haven't gone back to any other lipstick, amazing. It's not too bright, neither too goth dark or for daytime and doesn't age me, yet dark enough to look pulled together and mysterious, wears very well, is very moisturising, has sturdy packaging, goes with my every outfit, goes with any blush i wear. I really urge ladies who've tried the famous Dubonnet but found it too brown or brick to sample this. Or if you are one of those who have a difficult time finding the right balance between warm and cool dark red lip colors to wear, please try it!
Treatments (Eye) -Korres - Materia Herba Moisturising Eye Cream [DISCONTINUED]
milkypop 10/31/2011 8:35:00 AM
I never used to use eye cream on a consistent basis because my under-eye is very prone to millia, i have relatively oily acne-prone skin and some products even break me out in pimples around the eye area (hello Clinique's All About Eyes). Also, though i have hereditary dark circles i am not so prone to undereye wrinkles, so i stayed away from eye cream. However as i got older (im 27 now) i just feel like age is catching up on me. The signs are there, my undereyes look more hollow now and tiny fine lines are beginning to show. High time to stock up on a reliable eye cream, right? Honestly i wasn't expecting to find a miracle worker or anything like that. I just wanted something that hydrates over the long hours of a day without irritating my skin, and something formulated WITHOUT the harmful substances that most cosmetic companies put in their products (parabens etc). I'm so happy i found this. As we know, NOTHING ever erases undereye darkness (especially since mine are hereditary). I used to buy undereye concealers like mad because i was so terribly embarrassed by my dark circles and i would never step out the door without concealer. It was so bad to the extent that I always told myself "concealer is the first step to looking even remotely human". After using this for about a month, though the darkness is not quite reduced, my undereye area just looks alot more plump, healthy and they feel tender and moist like a child's skin. Coupled with the moisturizer in the same Materia Herba line, i stopped overloading on concealer and i don't even go out with foundation anymore because this just makes my skin look so healthy and radiant. This eye cream is really really hydrating, without being greasy. It locks in moisture over long hours. I only need to use this at night because that's all my oily skin needs. Would buy again despite the heavy cost. It works and i'll stick with it.
Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion 64
milkypop 7/20/2011 1:32:00 AM
Okay, i caved in, i did. Just two weeks before this, i had brought home its sister Rose Petale which i loved dearly and hugged to sleep at night, and I thought all i needed was one Joues Contraste for the rest of my life, but no. This was calling out my name everytime i walked past the Chanel counter As we all know JC blushes are very expensive and if we had to buy one we better be sure the color worked, so i was afraid of Pink Explosion because it seemed so cool and blue-based that it would never work out on my warm, warm NC30 skin. Hell! It looks like pure love and nothing of that bubblegummy pale pink i was half expecting. This went perfectly with my deep berry (cool-toned) red lipsticks. You know when you're doing a heavy eye/lip and you want to keep the complexion as clean and pristine as possible but still you can't go without blush if not your facial contours look all flat? Yes, this is what you need. Rose Petale does the same but is a tad warmer in comparision and in my opinion, goes well with anything or even nothing at all, but Pink Explosion in some strange and lovely chemistry adds further pizzazz to berry lips.
Now now now! Fair-skinned girls sit up! You CAN work this blush. Fancy a winter just got in from the cold flush? This is it. Don't turn away from how crazy dark this looks in the pan. Because the deeper a blush, the more natural it appears on skin like a true rush of blood, AS LONG AS you apply it correctly. I'm a fair NC25, i already own and love Fever's more cheerful, brighter sister Frankly Scarlet, a red raspberry. I wanted something more "autumn/winter" that would go with my wine/cranberry lipsticks and i'm glad that i've found it in Fever. Sometimes Frankly would be a little too bright for my mood, so Fever is perfect when you want a natural flush without looking too saturated in the gamma levels (sorry for jargons, occupational hazard of a graphic designer). Frankly Scarlet imparts a younger, cheekier kind of flush which i do love as well, but Fever just makes me feel a little more grown-up and sophisticated, but still cute. So how do we use this? One day i was enlightened when i wasn't wearing any makeup and found out my natural flush was the area of my cheeks right beside my nose. This was when i got in from the cold. I know it's the convention to go all the way up the cheekbones close to the ears but frankly you can't do that with a pigmented blush without looking like a clown or a relic from the 80's, not at least when you want your flush to look believable. Next, use a FAN brush (if you're a newcomer to pigmented blushes because this kind of brush has looser bristles which won't pickup too much pigment) but for my case a normal blush brush works as long as you continue reading my tips. Tap a coupla times onto the pan. DO NOT apply directly to face after tapping on the pan. Swipe off the excess at the back of your hand a coupla times, THEN swipe or tap lightly onto cheeks of said area. Build up until desired. Believe me, your pale pink or peachy blushes will never give you that elusive Snow White flush.. deeper blushes will. Hey, they resemble blood, which is what makes us flush naturally! And MAC makes them so perfectly as their powder is very finely-milled and sheer.
While i'll admit that i'm a Chanel whore, i have never given their blushes my attention. After collecting almost Chanel everything (eyeliner, eyebrow, eyeshadow, lipstick (tons of em, yes), nail varnish, foundation, mascara, you name it i got it), every time i wanted to give their blushes a chance, but when i swatched them on my NC30 skin, they simply showed up as chalky, lifeless pale generic stereotypical pinks with cheapish looking shimmer, the kind that you could get from drugstore brands. Time and time again i confirmed it with myself that Chanel blushes were truly overhyped and way overpriced. Being fond of highly pigmented blushes like MAC and NARS and also a discophobe, i steered clear of their shimmery pale colours. So one day i bought a beauty magazine and one of the looks called "Neo Natural" featured this blush. How could it be, i wonder. The color on the model's cheeks hardly even looked like the chalk i had swatched all the time. It looked perfectly in harmony with her warm skin, almost melted in. Is such a cheek colour humanly possible?! Trudging through the reviews here, it was about 90% positive and a HG for everyone. Some say they've used up 3 of these. One lady even said the angels sang when she put it on. I doubt i could be so lucky as to get it work on me since it hardly showed up when i swatched. The price was another issue. I was unwilling to make a $40 risk for a blush when i already have about 50 more in my drawer which should last me through the next 3 generations. Since i pop by Chanel every other day anyway (lol), i decided to try it out, though rather apprehensively. So i couldn't have been more wrong. Now i don't want to exaggerate but yes the angels sang. I hugged my virgin JC to sleep that night. I have never ever experienced a powder blush of this quality. I have avoided shimmer all my life because i do not like glittery particles on my face (who blushes glitter?!) and shimmer usually highlights any flaws on the complexion. But this is not the same. It makes cheeks look unimaginably soft and ethereal. Now the color, the color! All my life i'm been searching for a clean, clean pale pink that is neither warm to the extent of muddy or cool to the extent or barbie. After buying a million blushes i gave up and blamed my NC30 skin. This is the one. This is the one. I have a few other favourites, but they don't always go with any lip or eye color. Rose Petale goes with EVERYTHING because it is so clean and minimal and neutral. I've had problems coordinating other blushes with a dark wine like my favourite Chanel Rouge Allure Fatale lipstick and Rose Petale is perfect for it because it just endows your cheeks with a soft barely there glow without taking the attention away from your features. For that reason, this will be my HG. On a side note, a scenario that a reviewer below described totally sold me... she said something like "it's the kind of pink appropriate to wear to have tea with the queen". Thank you fellow JC comrade, you helped me find my HG blush. I'm all set and ready to meet the queen for tea as long as i'm wearing my Rose Petale.
Eye Shadow -Bobbi Brown - Long-Wear Cream Shadow - Beach Bronze
milkypop 3/2/2011 9:12:00 AM
I fell in love with this because the pigmentation was awesome and it was totally budge-proof when i swatched it on my hand. Needless to say i went home feeling very uneasy about not buying it and i'm glad that i have and own it in my daily makeup arsenal now. I love beach bronze because it's a very natural brown to work with. When used as an all over lid colour it creates a very believable depth that my eyes don't have, and doesn't scream eyeshadow. I even use it as a subtle lower lid eyeliner simply because it's so long-wearing and doesn't turn me into a panda-raccoon freak of nature. Though named "bronze" i like to think of it as a honey brown that Winnie the Pooh would approve. For girls into natural brown eyes this is a very good product to work with for your daily look. Though marketed as "metallic", i don't really find it that overwhelmingly metallic, not in a crude way at least. When i looked at my eyes close up under good light, the microshimmers are really tiny and beautiful, they come in an assortment of unique colours that look like the infinite galaxy, and not your typical discoball over the top type of sparkle. What a subtle product with good detail! The packaging comes in a square glass jar with a round plastic screwlid. I expected this to be chunky and heavy but it sits in my makeup pouch just nice and sturdy, no complaints. Will buy again. Now i wish Bobbi would come up with more more more shades.
This is a reality check type of review. Depending on what you expect from this product, this is either for you or not. What it offers: 1. Due to its tubing formula it lasts forever and will never smudge (but it does flake a little). 2. Its unusually small brush suits small eyes as it makes it easy to navigate through your lashes without mistakes or accidents. 3. The bristles on the brush are tiny and fine, and help to seperate well. 4. No crispy effect here - lashes remain soft. What it DOES NOT offer: 1. No curling properties, even when used with a curler. For those with stick straight lashes look elsewhere. This won't lift you up. 2. Not much length or volume despite being advertised with the word "extension". In other words a very "natural" looking effect which you either like or not. 3. Not as black as i'd like. It does turn a little grey when dry. Not sure about you but on the overall i don't think this product is as exceptional as others here have described. I consider this a trustworthy product but it delivers average results. It doesn't differ that much from the other cheaper tubing mascara i've tried Imju's Dejavu Fibrewig so i am not sure the price difference can be justified. Probably won't re-purchase. Next, i'll check out Helena Rubinstein. UPDATE: So i compared it side by side with Dejavu Fibrewig (one eye with each) and disappointedly so, Dejavu gives me longer lashes and makes them blacker and glossier. Won't rebuy.
Oh man, gotta write a review for this one. I admit i've been quite a product snob and have never been interested in MAC lipsticks, favouring Chanels and Guerlains and YSLs.. but.. i'm way surprised by the quality of this Amplified Creme lipstick that MAC has perfected. The last "perfect" lipstick i've used is the new Rouge Pur Couture by YSL which i loved like hell and swore i would collect all the colors. It had a buttery light texture and it lasted forever. Dangerously enough, i think this lipstick has knocked YSL outta the water. The only two flaws i found with YSL was that it still bled into lines and sometimes it was just a little too slippery to do a precise application. Amplified Creme however does none of that. It lasts just as long without any bleeding, feathering nor seeping into lines. It's creamy, but not slippery. It glides on in full pigmentation with one coat. It fades evenly. In other words, it fulfilled all my expectations of a lipstick and i didn't find any reason to give it less than a 5 lippy rating! Okay, so i don't like the vanilla scent at all but i only get a whiff of it when applying and no more after that. Now onto the color, this is a beautiful brick red with a brown-base, but the brown in there does not give you an old-hag mouth. I'm afraid of browns as they dull me out but this doesn't.There is no orange or blue or pink going on in there. I have other red lipsticks which i love (Chanell Allure Laque Dragon, YSL Rouge pur Couture Le Rouge, Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle), but for those days when i desire an antique-ish English brick red that isn't bright or loud, yet undoubtedly full and pigmented, this is perfect. I might have fallen in love with this as i tried it while wearing my favourite dress, a navy blue short babydoll with white peter pan collar and white cuffs. They were meant for each other, navy and brick!
I won't argue about the quality of this product. Becca makes good things worth your money. But this is a word of warning for girls NC30 and above, this shade is not for you. On my pale hand which is about a NC20 or so, it's a damned pretty barely there nude pink, but on my face which is is one step darker, this color seemed a little too light to be noticeable, even browning it out accentuating the yellowness in my tone I'm trying to hide always. Being unable to show up, I tried layering more. Well it did show up but by then it looked really "blusher" kind of fake which is a no-no for me. I always believe the right application of blush should allow your own skin to show through. So there you have it, lovely but not for everyone. You've been warned..