Scrubs -Chanel - Precision Gommage Microperle Eclat
msfrost 6/14/2013 4:25:00 PM
Wow, people don't like this product :s Yes, it's scented, it may upset sensitive skins. I've gone through one bottle and a half, and I will repurchase. The tiny particles feel good on the skin as long as you're gentle with them, otherwise they may feel scratchy. No biggie. You don't need a lot of product, and since you shouldn't exfoliate too much, the product lasts a long time. At the end, my face feels refreshed, baby smooth, and clean. I loooove the feeling afterwards. Just continue with the toner and moisturizer as usual (don't use exfoliating toner or your skin WILL be upset! It's too much) I use this once a week and my skin is happy with it. I can see how some people see this as a "waste of money" because you can get the same exfoliating benefits from much more inexpensive products. Think of microperle gommage as a luxury. If you're willing to splurge on this particular product, know that it's a great exfoliator, it smells lovely, and it feels luxurious. I love it and my skin loves it, and I will repurchase.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
msfrost 6/13/2013 12:46:00 PM
I don't like this. This feels heavier than my regular foundations! The coverage is light-medium. Definitely more than you'd expect from a tinted moisturizer. It's thick, so you really can only use your fingers or a sponge- no brushes- to apply. And it's got this very shiny finish. It's not even dewy anymore, it's just SHINY. I tried applying pressed powder but can look cakey very easily. The lasting power isn't so great either. I do find that my blush lasts longer with this moisturizer. And it's got SPF. So it gets two lippies. This product is over-hyped. I will not repurchase.
Lip Treatments -Christian Dior - Creme de Rose 001
msfrost 6/13/2013 12:36:00 PM
Pretty much the only lip balm I use. It comes in a (very cute) pot, which I don't like because I don't like having lip balm on my fingers. And when I'm on the go, I can't wash my hands and dipping my unwashed fingertip isn't sanitary enough. That's one lippie down. It looks lovely, though. The product is a very soft pink creme. It smells of roses, and it's a very strong scent while the pot is open. Once you apply the product and close the pot, the scent fades, and I can't smell it anymore. (You may or may not like this depending on your preference for scented products. I don't mind that the smell fades.) Application feels luxurious because of the gorgeous pot, rose scent and because it is very creamy and easy to apply. It leaves a slightly glossy, colorless sheen. I haven't found any plumping effect, to be honest. The reason I continue to repurchase this product is that nothing moisturizes my lips as well as this! I love long lasting lipsticks and stains, and I live in a very dry area, so my lips are constantly dried out and chapped, and Creme de Rose is the only product that provides deep, lasting moisture and soothes them. Burt's Bees, Carmex, Vaseline, I find they all "mask" my lip's dryness without really helping. Creme de Rose really feels different. I apply a thick coat before bed as a night treatment, and dab a very light coat just before applying my lip stain or lipgloss of the day. I carry the pot around for any touchups after eating or changing my lipstick color or something. I will repurchase, UNTIL I find a suitable/comparable lip balm that comes in a tube or lipstick packaging (like the Chanel and Estee Lauder ones).
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Ombres Contraste Duo Taupe - Delicat
msfrost 6/12/2013 1:32:00 PM
My HG everyday eyeshadow. This makes my eyes look so effortlessly chic and put together. On days when I don't know what to do with my eyes, or when I want to wear bright lips or cheeks, or just do something dramatic, I use this duo on my eyelids to balance everything out. Or just when I'm pressed for time and want an eyeshadow that's easy to work with and that will guarantee me gorgeous lids. The colors are a matte light brown, and a slightly satiny (although kind of matte. Hard to explain) light beige. They almost apply themselves, and the texture while applying is so soft and silky. Seriously, I adore the way Chanel eyeshadows are so easy to blend, they make up for my lack of professional makeup skills hahahaha. Anyway, the brown color goes all over the lid (it's more pigmented) and the beige color as a highlight (it's still pigmented, but slightly less than the brown), you apply some mascara, and your eyes are done! If you want to dress it up, you can apply a darker brown on your crease. The colors work with anything, it's quite versatile. Some may say that it's not such an exciting duo, because it is quite neutral and matte. Maybe for those who prefer Urban Decay's intense, wild colors, Taupe Delicat will be a boring disappointment. Definitely, it's a very "safe" duo. Which is why I can't live without it. I'll gladly spend more money on a duo that I know will get tons of use, that is appropriate for any occasion, and that works with any makeup (neutral lips, hot pink lips, coral cheeks, plum mascara, "nude" face...) and outfit, and that is just beautiful. I know it's not the most fun Contraste Duo eyeshadow that Chanel offers, but it's the one I like the most anyway. Can't rave enough about it. This duo in 5 words: elegant, versatile, appropriate, matte, staple. This is a must for me when I'm home or traveling, and will repurchase for sure.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Ombres Contraste Duo 50 Berry - Rose
msfrost 6/12/2013 1:13:00 PM
A word to describe this: tasteful. This is a wonderful girly eyeshadow duo by Chanel. As always with Chanel eyeshadows, they apply effortlessly, and have a velvety texture to them. The colors are a light shimmery baby pink, and a matte deep plum. They blend beautifully and pair perfectly for a quick feminine look. The deep plum shade is very pigmented, while the light pink isn't. That works for me, because I use the light pink as highlight only, not as an actual lid color. It looks more like a wash of tasteful, sparkly pink, than a rich splash of pink. I find that for not being loaded with product, this duo lasts a long time. The compact comes with a very useful mirror and a tiny, useless brush. This is a staple in my collection and I will repurchase.
I actually like this a lot. :) On good skin days, or when I'm not going to be doing much, I apply all over my face with my fingers, and then a light powder on top (I use Chanel les beiges, or MAC skinfinish natural), and my face looks amazing, and feels like I'm not wearing any makeup. It smells nice and the texture is liquid. It's so light it feels like you're almost not applying any product haha. The packaging gets dirty very easily, which is a pet peeve of mine. I don't mind having to twist to get the product through the grid. The actual finish is odd to describe. It doesn't really conceal anything, but it makes my skin look healthy and nice. This is what a real luminous product does. As a primer this is bad hahahaha. For liquid or cream foundations it won't work at all, but it's nice if you're only going to apply setting powder. I recommend using this if you are happy with your skin and just looking for a bit of light(?) to it, or something to help your setting powder cling to your face.
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
msfrost 6/11/2013 1:27:00 PM
A nice medium coverage foundation. It has a nice scent to it (I love scented makeup..), and a GORGEOUS packaging. YSL is my favorite brand packaging-wise. So pretty and practical. This is a glass bottle with a chic black stripe at the bottom. It has a pump and a golden cap. Lovely. The product itself is a rather thick liquid foundation. I find I feel it slightly heavy once applied, but it's quite easy to blend. It's easy to apply with fingers, beauty blender, and brush. The finish is dewy, but I wouldn't call this "luminous". It doesn't feel as luminous as the touche eclat product, or the Diorskin or Chanel foundations, so I'm puzzled by the name. It's a straight-up dewy finish. I like it alright, but I don't think it's particularly amazing. Oily skins won't like this. If you put pressed powder you will have a matte finish. Nothing luminous/inner glowy about this that shines through... Good lasting power (a regular workday and it looks good by the end. I haven't tested it longer than that) I won't repurchase it, but I gill continue to use it up on those days when I don't mind the extra thickness on my face, or when I feel like using something other than my current HGs. If you're curious, you should go to a YSL counter and have them apply it on your face. Take the chance to feel it, and if you like it, go for it. It won't oxidize, and it's not a bad foundation at all, just not as good as my favorites.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - 5 Colour Eyeshadow - Earth Reflection 609
msfrost 6/11/2013 1:12:00 PM
No. No. No. This is a silver palette. Honestly, that's all I get from the colors! They're a silver brown, a silver pink, a silver light brown, a silver beige, and a silver dark brown. Yes the colors blend beautifully, because the texture is soft and velvety, and also because you can't tell the slightest difference between any of them! They're just silver. Frosty and shiny. Think the 80's being futuristic with tin foil. Terribly unflattering. The packaging is quite nice and sturdy, the product looks lovely in the packaging, and it swipes pretty enough to guarantee purchase. But actually putting this on my face? NO. I can't make this work. And I can't return it now, it's been so long since I bought this. I wouldn't give this to a friend (at least not one I'm fond of hahaha) And I can't put this up for swaps. So I'm stuck with a useless product that takes up space in my makeup collection. Won't repurchase and won't purchase another of their quints. So disappointed!
Well, Revlon seems to be winning me over! Ever since I fell in love with one of their lip butter colors, I tried out several other products and I have to say, Revlon's color management team and I have really similar taste. Take Lily. A perfect pastely lilac. I can't imagine this color not working for anyone. Dark or tan girls will find the color popping so brightly and pretty, enhancing their skin's rich colouring. Fair or pale girls will find the softness of Lily enhance their skin's softness. I love this. It's absolutely brilliant for Spring and summer, it looks lovely as both a toe nail color and a hand nail color, it's fun, laid back, and can look extremely, EXTREMELY chic with the right outfit and clutch. I like wearing it simply all over my nails, or as a french tip (the tips lily, the rest of the nail nude), or all over the nail with a glittery top coat (Sephora's Only Gold for Me is my favorite with this), or Lily as the base color, and nude polka dots on top. Yes, I have had a lot of fun with this polish, because it's lovely and dirt cheap, so I don't mind it running out. The formula is very liquid, it hasn't become goopy on me yet, and it dries quickly. It's easy to spread, but it does dry fast, so keep that in mind. One coat is enough for a dense color, but I prefer two coats, just because I'm OCD and a double coat seems to look more flawless and slightly richer. Btw, I'm talking about semi thick coats, because thin coats are impossible with this brush (see below) As with my other Revlon purchases, the letdown is the packaging. The bottle itself looks tacky and ugly. The brush is too thick and round (ever tried applying polish with a flatter brush? Makes a world of difference!) And it picks up a ton of product, so it's difficult to apply thin layers, even when you try to dispense the product on the edge of the bottle. Another brilliant polish that is worth more than it's deceiving lame container. I give it an overall rating of 5 and I will repurchase.
Why oh why do I try fantastic products and end up with two HGs?? My first HG is Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light. Background on how I found Diorskin Forever: -- I went on holiday to Vegas and found that I forgot my foundation home. Terrible, because I was meant to leave the hotel and stay away from my makeup bag for 10 HOURS until I returned at very late hours at night. That meant that I needed flawless skin for the better part of the day in windy, hot, dry weather. As much as I like to think that I have good skin, I needed some sort of foundation for that! I promptly went to repurchase Double Wear, but there wasn't any Estee Lauder counter. I remembered I like the Diorskin Creme to Gel compact, and went to the Dior counter to ask for that one. As they didn't have my shade in stock, the SA offered me this. I was getting desperate and took a leap of faith. (I rarely purchase MU without first reading reviews on it...) -- Fast forward to now and this is a MUST for me. How did I manage to look pretty without this miracle foundation?? How do I even explain the finish? It's glowy, not dewy, not matte, perfect, like my own skin but a lot better. You just have to try it on your own face. It photographs beautifully too. Plus, it doesn't feel as if you're wearing anything! That's new. I love the ELDW but in hot weather I do feel it's a bit heavy. Not Diorskin Forever, it blended with my skin and made it ten times prettier. The packaging is gorgeous, it's a glass bottle (a bit heavy for traveling, I'll give you that) with a silver pump, and a dark blue lid. You shake it, then use a pump or two to cover your entire face. Very clean and simple. When you apply it, it smells floral. I personally love the scent, but some may not like it. The consistency is very liquid. The coverage is medium. Once you apply it, it blends easily and bam! Perfect skin instantly. I don't even set with powder, as I don't want to alter the finish. I don't have oily skin, so I can't comment on oiliness. It didn't oxidize or fade or anything. The lasting power was amazing, it stayed all the time I needed it to stay (I did use a primer that one day), but I've found that it lasts all day long even by itself. Gorgeousness in a bottle. I will repurchase forever. (pun intended)
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter - Cherry Tart
msfrost 5/26/2013 7:48:00 PM
So I'm a shameless HE snob. I've gone through two Cherry Tart lip butters already, and bought a spare. And when that one's gone I will continue to repurchase. That tells you something, right? I frankly didn't even know there was glitter in this, until I read the reviews. I still can't see/feel it... It just looks like a shiny lipstick (not glossy or glittery). Anyway, the color is the most perfect shade of red with just a tiiiiiiiny bit of deep pink that I believe would flatter anyone. It isn't sheer at all, but you do need a couple of coats to get a full-on pigmented lipstick look. I love how this makes any makeup look put together and sexy. It feels just like a regular lipstick on your lips (I don't get the moisturizing effect, but that's not the reason I bought it), and it's not drying and doesn't settle into the lips lines. It also doesn't merge out of your lips, even without lipliner (unless you accidentally smudge it with something). The lasting power is nothing special, it's just what you'd expect a lip butter to last- a couple of hours by itself, it will vanish right off if you eat something. For more lasting power I use a red lipliner all over my lips, then add two coats of Cherry Tart. It doesn't need lipgloss, as the finish is already shiny and beautiful. I still carry this around to reapply every now and then. The only reason this doesn't get 5 lippies, is the packaging. The two tubes that I've used have sort of melted a bit and smudged the inside of the cap. I don't even put them in direct sunlight or anything, the formula is so soft, that even keeping it inside your pocket will destroy it. So, I have to take this in my handbag (inside a ziplock bag if I'm using an expensive purse, for good measure) Also, the top of the tube is slanted, as well as the product. My experience with this so far has been that the product sort of slides and ends up with uneven slants. Again, not a big deal, but I don't like how messy it looks. I'm all about lipstick, and among my beloved HE brands (Chanel, Lancome, YSL) I haven't found a red that I like as much as this one. I've even taken Cherry Tart to those counters to find a suitable dupe lol (I did say I was shameless about it...) all to no avail. So, I'll keep purchasing this messy tube of red goodness for a good long while.
This shade happens to be the exact match of my skin, so I can in fact use this as a concealer if I want. My thoughts on Touche Eclat 3: -The packaging looks very pretty, but it's always annoying to be guessing how much product you have left... -I don't think this product will last! I have to click the pen about 3 times every day (per eye) just to get some product out. I'm willing to pay a good amount of money for good quality products, but if I'm going to be hassled into repurchasing every month and constantly running out of product, I'd rather look for something else. -The texture is creamy yet light, doesn't settle into fine lines, and does brighten up the complexion. The application (once it's already on your face) is a dream! -The packaging is great for taking on your purse for quick, painless touchups. I have mixed feelings, I'm not sure I'll repurchase, but it's not a bad product at all.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow Eclosion
msfrost 5/4/2013 2:20:00 PM
As others have mentioned, the glittery champagne color produces a lot of fallout. I've tried different eye shadow primers and setting sprays, and by the end of the day I'll notice glitter on my cheeks and once even on my chin! (My boyfriend even asked if I was trying to emulate an exotic dancer's makeup. GASP.) It's a pity, because it happens to be my favorite color in this quad :( The other colors are lovely though, and create a very light, fun, summery look. They are easy to blend, apply like a dream, and aren't not too pigmented (this, for me, is a good thing!) so you can build up the intensity as you desire or leave them be very subtle hints of color. I find the purple and peach work really beautifully on their own for a quick everyday look. The finish of these eyeshadows (except the champagne) is velvet smooth, but never dull. Just gorgeous. I believe this will work best on warm skintones. I won't repurchase, but I'm glad I got this and I will continue to use it up :)
I got this as a sample in one of Benefit's kits. I don't like this mascara. The wand is too big for my taste, and I just never understood how to apply without smudging mascara over my eyelids and under my eyes. The formula is a tad clumpy as well, and my eyelashes ended up looking a bit spidery. I guess you could make it work with some effort, but honestly I'd rather purchase a "friendlier" mascara with a more elegant finish (this looks like fake eyelashes in the worst way possible. Honestly, I want my eyelashes to look thick and long, but real, not plasticky. Ew.). The silver packaging and price are alright, though. I won't purchase the full size.
My mom stole this from me :( lol I showed her this product because I wanted to complain about it giving me a yellow tone, and she tested it on her skin, and kind of never returned it and thanked me so much for it.... so yeah, it's hers now, I guess. :P The texture is creamy, slightly liquid, very easy to blend. I don't detect any smell (though I mostly never do), and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. The packaging is a plastic tube with a pump, so clever and practical! Great for travel, great for controlling how much product you're using, and it keeps it clean. Alas, my only concern is the color. My skin is warm and I thought this would look alright, but this looks too yellow on me! I make it work with some powder and contouring, but on its own it looks wrong. A shame, since I wanted a bb cream for wearing on its own when I didn't feel like doing my makeup, and I haven't found a tinted moisturizer I like... Then again, my mom has the type of skin that looks as if she's blushing all the time, and this looks perfect on her. It gives her enough coverage to even out her skin tone, but not enough coverage to feel heavy or "makeupy" (she hates wearing foundation) So, I'll give it 4 lippies because it's a GREAT product, but they should come up with more than one shade :( It's so unfair...