Foundations -Jane Iredale - Pressed Powder in Bisque
minerva1 3/8/2013 1:50:00 AM
This is the best mineral powder ever. It looks so natural on my skin and it stays on all day. It is expensive if you buy it in stores, but buying it through cheaper internet sites makes it reasonably priced. It can be used also as a concealer.
I really wanted to like this mascara because I like mineral make up. And both the Smooth Mineral Pressed Powder and the Smooth Mineral Lipstick have been fantastic. But this product wasn't for me. I don't get the brush - it wasn't effective and it left clumps of mascara on my lashes as I was putting it on. I got smudges under my eyes after about 2 hours of putting it on and by the evening it was flaking and dropping on my cheekbones. Also the black was more of a brown/black as opposed to the blue/black that I prefer. I went back to Super Extend.
I am loving this mascara. I get great coverage with smooth application and no clumps. The brush makes for easy application. I get no smudges or smears with it and flaking is a thing of the past. It's a great price - as long as I buy it when it's on special - and then I buy 2.
Concealers -Mirenesse - Powertouch Line Smoother Pen
minerva1 8/11/2011 8:01:00 AM
This is my favourite under eye concealer. I use moonlight. I have very pale skin. I have tried their icon sealer and their under eye primer and they weren't that effective. But this is fantastic. It reduces the appearance of my under eye bags and my dark circles and it makes my eyes look brighter. It's a bargain if it is on sale (and it is on sale quite regularly). I think it is as good as YSL eclat - and the packaging is very similar. In fact, it actually glides on more smoothly than the YSL. I really recommend it.
Shampoo -Modern Organic Products (MOP) - C-System Clean Shampoo
minerva1 4/10/2011 7:12:00 AM
I am loving this. I have always been concerned about using 'natural' products and ones that don;t test on animals. My hairdresser recommended this....and he is usually right about what is good! It doesn't have an intrusive smell. It only requires a tiny amount to wash my hair - which is about shoulder length. I just put a squeeze the size of a 5 cent (Australian) on my hand. It was expensive - but a little goes a long way. It's not heavy and it doesn't make my hair limp or stringy. It's great!
This used to be my favourite mascara. I used it for 6 years and was perfectly happy. However, when I bought my third to last one, after about a week it was dry and clumpy coming out of the tube. I thought that I must have just been sent some old stock - and I was such a faithful user that I ordered another. Same thing happened! Once more I bought another and after a month it was clumpy. I rang them up and they suggested that I put a drop or 2 of warm water in the tube to loosen the mascara. Well that worked but it started to flake when I was wearing it. So I said goodbye to it and have moved on to Avon Super Extend. It looks the same on as the Secret Weapon and it is cheaper.
I bought this lipstick in Rosy Brown. It's a gentle warm brownish red shade on my lips. It's lovely and smooth. It's quite pale on first application - but a second application darkens it and strengthens the colour. It is a great price - because I only ever buy it when it is on sale in the Avon catalogue. I am so impressed with it that I am going to try other colours in the range.
I really love this. I wear Warm Sienna and it is a perfect match for my skin tone. An easy application and a great finished look, Very natural. But ditch the sponge in favour of a good brush. It feels light on my skin and covers my roseacea perfectly but doesn't look like I am "covering" my roseacea. It is expensive though and for a while i kept justifying it too myself, but now I wear it as "best" and use a Mirenesse powder as "everyday".
I was really pleased with this. I use Vanilla and I get good, natural looking results that stay on most of the day. I do need to touch it up if I am going out after work. The fact that there are only four shades means that the Vanilla isn't as perfect a colour as the Jane Iredale that I also use, but it isn't as expensive either. It comes with a sponge but I felt that it is too thick when applied with that so I have ditched the sponge in favour of a brush and the results are better. I do have to use concealer with it but that doesn't bother me because I prefer the light dusted look of the powder. My biggest complaint with it is, that although the packaging is fancy looking - and I am sure that most of the cost is related to that - Mirenesse doen't make refill for the powder. So everytime you have to buy the whole compact over again. It is such a waste.
This shampoo was recommended to me by my hairdresser. It is gentle and most of the time I just wash and repeat and don't bother with the conditioner. It makes my hair manageable and super shiny. It also does what it says it does. It helps keep my colour looking good, not washed out until the next colour (about 8 weeks) I have to use some mousse product to style my hair while drying it - but my hair doesn't go limp after half a day. My hairdresser recommended changing to a different brand after about every 2nd bottle because my hair gets "used to it". So I interchange it with GHD's colour care shampoo - which is also great.
My favourite ever lipstick was The Body Shop's Clover Pink, but since they are now owned by L'Oreal (the world's worst animal testers) I don't buy from the Body Shop any more. So I had to find something to replace my Clover Pink. Anyway, after a long and exhausting search - filled with disappointments because the others just weren't right- I came across Bloom's matte range of lipsticks. I did already own some Bloom's (pout and vixen) but DUSKY PINK in the matte is perfect. Soft, easy to apply, lasts a while without needing a touch up and wipes off without the need for removers. In fact, I think that it is better than the Body Shop's because they used to get waxy and difficult to apply as I got to the end of the tube - and they had started to taste rancid. Dusky Pink is great until the end. At $24 (Australian) it is a bargain.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - NIVEA body Intensive Moisturising Lotion
minerva1 1/17/2010 2:06:00 AM
I have only just discovered this. I try to do the right thing and only buy products that are not tested on animals and so I am often having to pay more. I found this on sale at Big W and it was great. I have got really dry skin and it moisturises but doesn't leave my skin feeling tacky. It give a nice sheen too. And lasts. I also don't have to use a lot to get a good coverage. I use it every mornig after my shower. It seems to absorb better then.
Treatments (Eye) -Mirenesse - Power Lift Superstar Eye Serum
minerva1 1/17/2010 1:55:00 AM
I got a free sample (thank goodness, because it is really expensive) and I thought I would give it a try. It claims to reduce bags and dark circles. I used it for a week and didn't see any visable change but the skin around my eyes felt tight - dry tight, not "this is working for me tight!) but I kept going. At the end of two weeks my friends started saying that I looked really tired and when I checked I realised I HAD dark circles. I wasn't having a sleep problem and I didn't have dark circles to begin with. So I binned the product, went back to my Ella Bache Special Eye Cream and was back to normal in 3 days. Never using that again - free sample or not!
I was using Ella Bache SBR and paying AUS$120 a bottle. Then I had a little set back in my finances and needed moisturiser and bought this at my local discount department store(AUS$15). I wasn't expecting much but I must say I am totally converted to it. It's not heavy, it absorbs well into my skin but my skin still feels moist, not dry. The cream is reversing (albeit slowly) my redness caused by rosecrea and my skin has gone back to looking smooth again. I am exceptionally pleased with it and will buy it again. In fact I am contemplating buying the cleanser and night cream in the same range. (as it is I am just using the Nivea Sensitive at night and it is working just fine!)