Wow,ridiculously beautiful color! I was checking out the blushes to find an another natural color that I might be missing,I swatched Breezy with my fingar and instant love.It has a gorgeous duochrome sheen that makes it a really unique blush. I generally love the quality of mac blushes and this one is no exception.It is really soft,blendable and pigmented.I think it has less shimmer than the other ones in the line with the same finish.The finish is more like a glow that it kinda reminds me of Chanel's blush with the US formula. I have a fair skin(around NC15-20),a light hand and proper blending is a must for such intense color.Thankfully,such light application doesn't overshadow the beauty of the color.It looks pinker on my skin,the red tones are less obvious.The duochrome shimmer doesn't highlight my pores,and the staying power is good on my oily skin which is typical mac for me. I was going to get Nars-outlaw,the colors feel similar but I am totally glad that I get this one.This is a beauty in a pan.
Perfection! When it comes to Guerlain,they do pretty much everything very well.Bronzing and highlighting is the brand's signature and this products also does not disappoint but performs beyond dreams. I don't really like the concept of bronzers.To me,they never look great or natural.I am a NC15,living in a warm city.My skin gets tanned easily,while I use high SPF on my face,I can't say that I am that careful for the rest of my body which leaves me with a bronze body and a white face during summer. The bronzers I have are the ones that can mostly used as blush or contouring color so this is my first real bronzer.I was thinking that I would use this as a "no blush" blush but this baby turned me,the bronzer virgin,into a bronze goddess.My review is for the shade 00: Guerlain offers a wide shade selection.The 00 is for the cool undertones If you find bronzers have a tendency of turning orange on you,you probably need a bronzer with a decent shade formulation,such as this one.The 00 leaves a soft sun kissed color on my face.It is not orange,gray,muddy and nowhere near looking unnatural.It is not very intense,which doesn't mean that it is not pigmented.The sheer veil of color looks totally gorgeous and real. The texture is perfect like all the other Guerlain powder products I have come across,truly soft,buttery and knowhere near powdery.The product has micro shimmer but it doesn't really transfer shimmery on the face.It is more like glowy.The soft powder blends like a dream,doesn't look patchy like some extra pigmented Nars-Mac blushes and it does not emphasize imperfections(pores-dry patches) but hides them.With the perfect formula,it does not sit on your skin like patchy powder.A good product melts into your skin as if it is your own coloring and this is exactly what this bronzer does. On my oily skin it lasts really long.I wear make up for long hours and pretty much all of my work remains until I take it off.The fading process of Guerlain products impress me.When they wear off,they don't turn out to be patchy.It is more like the color on your face fades all together level by level so after 8-9 long hours,the color looks less intense but still well applied. Unlike many other Guerlain products,this one is not heavily fragranced.It definetely has a smell-quite floral that is,but I don't really smell it during the application or on my face. I really like the packacing and the fact that it does not come with a useless but huge brush.The compact is a beautiful art deco piece,it feels classic and nostalgic,and of course elegant.I wish it was a little heavier though. The bronzing technic is growing on me.Terracotta looked so beautiful on my cheeks that it encoureged me to use it on the rest of my face.So far,I surprised how great it actually turned out even with my inexperienced application.I got compliments on how alive my skin was looking from people that really don't like make up so I am totally convinced that it's effect is beyond real Of course,this is an expensive invesment.But it is Guerlain,a brand that represents luxury,so I don't find it necessary to take points down.I personally think that it is worth it.The terracottas were first launched by Guerlain and they seem that they know what they are doing.I prefer having a real Terracotta over 2 Nars/Mac bronzers or any other(Dior,Chanel or drugstore).Last word: Perfect!
I finally got my hands on Guerlain blushes that I had been lusting after for a long time.They don't have many reviews around unlike Chanel blushes which are only a little bit cheaper ,but I couldn't just leave Soleil Couchant without any reviews. Guerlain doesn't offer a wide selection of blushers but the ones they have come with basic colors/textures that will work for everyone.Soleil Couchant is a neutral beige-coral tone.I am NC15 and I am into natural looking blushes.This one adds a great warmth to my face without looking over done. There are 4 colors included ,and swirled all together they create a gorgeous sheer veil of natural flush.The powder is sheer yet pigmented at the same time.You won't end up with patchy cheeks which is sometimes the case with highly pigmented Mac/Nars etc. blushes.It is not hard to use the top and bottom colors individually,the first row is lighter than the bottom so I swirl all the colors and layer with the first row if I want more highlighting. The self highlighting -contouring claim doesn't sound very wise.Such invents often remind me of Loreal(remember that one sweep smokey eye thing?).A true make up lover would not let the job to a blush itself when there are perfect brushes/blushes/highlighters and techniques out there.But I am surprised to find out that Guerlain manage that thing pretty well.I swipe with Mac 116 or 109(I have a smaller face),and sometimes with 129.I swirl a little-if I do more,there comes a lot of product which is excessive for my pale skin.With all those different brushes,the darker color is placed under the light one on your skin.It is perfect!I don't like my blush or highlighter to look obvious and such natural color change of this blush leaves your cheeks with pure perfection. The texture such a dream that it makes Chanel's US or Dior blushes feel chalky.It melts into skin like no other powder and not only it doesn't emphasize pores or dry patches but hides them.Soleil Couchant is one of the shimmery shades but I wouldn't call it shimmery.The word "illuminating" is a better fit. On my oily skin,the color remains for at least 8 hours before it starts to fade and when it does,it doesn't look patchy again. Guerlain did a fantastic job on packacing.The heavy golden compact doesn't look tacky like Ysl does sometimes.Inside the compact,everything is perfectly designed and feels truly luxury unlike Chanel.The brush is soft and well shaped.I don't use applicators much but at least it works for touch ups. Like all the other Guerlain powder products,this one is also heavily fragranced. At 50 bucks a pop,it is hard to recommend rushing out to buy this but it contains 9 grams of product which makes a good invesment and the gorgeous quality makes worth to splurge.So the next time you want to spoil yourself,turn your back on Chanel,Dior or others,and visit Guerlain counter first,because this blush is perfect in every way as a luxury product should be.
Bioderma's Sensibio cleanser is already very famous,so is the Sebium but White Objective from the H2O range doesn't seem to have many reviews around so I thought it would be nice to add one already. I used Sensibio's sample and I was quite pleased.Then I intended to buy the full size but White Objective was on discount so I got this one instead.I thought the two can't be very different and they are definetely not. Like the other H20's,this one also looks like clear water absent smell.I really don't like fragranced skin care products so that is a good thing.On my comb to oily,slightly sensitive skin,this cleanser does a great job at removing all the make up without extra effort while leaving no residue and causing zero irritation.It doesn't take much product to remove an avarage make up that consists a medium coverage foundation,long wearing concealer,eyeshadow base,long lasting eyeliner etc.My deadline for the long lasting products are Mac liquidlast eyeliner and inglot's amc black gel liner.They can be removed with WO.of course,an oil based eye make up remover is the best for such stubborn things but WO is also effective too. I don't have any other whitening products in my skin care routine.I have some subtle post-acne marks though.I don't think a make up remover will be enough alone for that matter but we will see.I am already in love with this product and if I see some change on my dark spots,well I can't give a rating that is higher than 5 stars which is I already think it deserves. I love the packacing either.Simple and useful.I will buy this over and over.This is everything I would expect from a makeup remover.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Les Meteorites balls powder
nekroze 2/27/2012 12:43:00 PM
It took me a long time to appreciate this product but I finally did.Before laying your $$$ on this you should know what you are looking for and what these colorful little balls will give you.I got this and expected to get a soft glowy highlighter effect.Well,It is pretty different from my vision so I threw it away for some time but for the last weeks I am using it religiously and it already became one of the essential steps of my make up,whether it is light or full. I have Mythic(old name), and Perles Imperiales. Step by step ,my thoughts about the legend: 1)Colors:Meteorites may look like they give no color but it is not totally true.They are hard to swatch but on face,the tint make a slight difference which is perfect if you choose the right color.The wrong color,however, may turn your well matched foundation into something not so perfectly matched.Mythic gives a neutral tint,while Perles Imperiales is pink.Both works well on my NC15 skin.Perles Imperiales uplights my dull complexion a little better but on a foundation that pulls pink I prefer Mythic.I wish I had a warm toned Meteorites to compare either but a third jar is not something I will buy in a near future. 2)Coverage:I saw some comments about coverage.This has zero coverage people.It is not subtle or something.The coverage factor just does not exist. 3)Shimmer:Well,I hate all over shimmer which is mainly the reason I don't use my Nars and Laura Mercier shimmery setting powders.The sparkle Guerlain gives is really subtle and tiny.It gets visible under strong artificial lights but no one will see a piece of chunky shimmer when they look at your face. 4) Effect: Radiant and slightly correcting.This will not work as a cheek/browbone etc highlighter.When applied all over your face,you see a really soft difference but once you realize that something doesn't have to be strongly visible in order to work,you can't live without that.Yes,radiance.Soft,healthy and invisible as if it is the effect that you skin(or foundation) has.So try it on your face if you has the chance to.Finger or arm swatch doesn't cut it. 5)Texture is what you would expect from Guerlain,it is totally smooth.It does a good job on my cheek pores,doesn't emphasize dry patches. 6)Powder duties:I have comb to oily skin and I wouldn't say that it works great as a setting powder but I don't always feel like using a real setting agent,especially on powdery foundations and prefer getting away with only Meteorites.On normal to dry skins,it will probably be working well as a setting powder. 7)Smell:The classic fragranced Guerlain stuff.I am rarely sensitive to smells but I can see this might be a deal breaker for some. 8)Price: Even though this looks really expensive,I don't quite agree since you get 30 grams of product which is simply gigantic.It really is a good invesment for your stash of course is you like it and not going to throw it away like I did once. 9)Packacing:Minus points.The ones I have came with the cardboard packacing.I adore the black sequin pattern of Perles Imperiales but still both look cheap and impractical.The cardboard is not well glued on the edges and I can see that at some point,I will have to move these balls into an another container and it is not entertaining me.The cardboard works for UD,Too faced,The balm but not for Guerlain.You can at least expect a sifter or a more puff that has a ribbon on it etc. but sadly,they are not there. Application:Igenerally use Mac-187 for all over app,and some smaller brush for highlight areas If I want more radiance.The puff isn't terrible either. One thing important that you probably should take the product with your brush from the balls,not from the lid if you want to control the shimmer level better. My rating is actually 4.5/5 Will I buy it again? Definetely! I also really want the pressed version of this,but since it is so pricey,I will be counting on my not-so-travel-friendly jars until a future that doesn't look very close!
It is surprising that it has so many negative reviews.I am about to finish my bottle and I feel pleased about the results. First of all,people you need to realise that this is NOT a STYLING product.There are many argan oil based products for styling but his one is for treatment.And it does the job pretty well,for me at least. The second: this needs to be applied to wet/damp hair.It's no wonder you hate it when you use it on dry hair.It gets awfully sticky and oily,as if you haven't washed your hair in weeks. So when you know how to use,it is a great product.It does not contain silicon.Silicons will work good temporarily but they don't treat your hair. I have straight hair and it is(or was) pretty damaged with bleaching and dying.It is a lot better now,after months of well caring. Argan oil adds great moisture to my hair,which is normal to oily.I use it after the shower,massaging to my hair and it gets super soft! The fried parts seem less crunchy and frizzy.As I said,my hair is better now,I still use it and have the same good results.This became an essential step with my hair care and I definetely will purchase again
As a long time fan of anything about cosmetics,I can easily say that this is one of the biggest sales gimmick I have ever seen.Especially after it came out ,it was on everywhere.I didin't pay much attention first but then some of my fav beauty blogs mentioned it,so I went and paid and got a little pink sponge for a funny(in a tragic way) price. First of all,I am a light application loving girl.I am pale so I have to be careful with my blushes and stuff.As for the foundation,I love sheer and natural coverage.So here are my thoughts about BB coming: 1)The amount of foundation you have to use with BB is just ridiculous.I use brushes to apply foundation,not fingers.I like sheer and buildable products so spending so much of a product is not a problem for me.But this is extreme.An example : if you need 1-2 pump for fingers,2-3 for any brush,I need min. 4 pumps for the BB.and I dont even layer/build my foundation for more coverage.Buying a new high end foundation when I need one is not a problem for me but the fact that it will be lasting for not more than 2 months maximum is not amusing me. 2)the effect: I don't understand this.It is not creating a magical look or something.it just gives you the effect that any right brush-foundation duo and some avarage blending technique can give.it also lowers down the covering ability.My fav brushes for foundation is mac 187 and 130.I love the new Shiseido brush as well.Hakuhodo,a brand I am new to,seems to have perfect foundation tools .I got G5552 and it is perfection.So what does this sponge has? nothing unique.Besides eating your foundation up and requiring longer time for application. 3)cleaning: painful.I have to use a cleansing oil to take off the foundation totally.I clean my brushes with mac's make up cleanser after each application and shampoo about once a week.even washing a brush takes less time.and with BB you have to do it everyday.It is not sweet,really.if you are concerned a lot about the bacteria and breakouts(i dont experience any),you will not enjoy the cleaning process. 4)price: ok this is the real deal breaker.BB is made of suede.it sounds fancy.like "look,it is not a cheap sponge material,you see?" But the truth is a suede sponge is what you use for your shoes.and they don't/can't cost 20 bucks.But an unstoppabable hype creates the illusion of a 20 dollar sponge is actually worth it.With the price of 2 BBs,you can go and buy a brush that you can use till the end of your life,not only from Mac,but from many other or even better brush producers. I will stop here.it is only the cons here.One pro is that it actually works good with cream/liquid blushes/highlighters.So I sometimes use it.But buy it again? definetly not worth it.I already have two and this is not something I will go and buy again unless I win the lottery or someting.
Gorgeous color but it is not one of the best formulas of Zoya(Zoya fan here).I found it a little thick and streaky.the brush streaks disappear after it dries down though.I had minor chip wear within the end of 2. day.it is not bad but not great either,considering that many Zoya polishes,especially cremes last longer on me.I don't think it is sheer but the formula makes the application tricky.I used two coats,the 2. one is applied after the first totally dried down and had full coverage and no VNL on my long nails.the finish is nice.it is a decent glossy creme.I love that it is a dark,almost blackened green but still it looks definetely green and you don't need a harsh light or something like that to show the beauty of the color.I will buy it again since it is a perfect color after all.Similar to Nars Zulu,which required 4-5 coats.what a nightmare! Envy is a good choice from the pile of dark green cremes.
Sunscreen -L'Occitane - Sunscreen Veil High Protection SPF 30
nekroze 1/11/2012 4:20:00 PM
Epic disaster.it caused a terrible breakout on my arms and shoulders.and this is the first time I have ever had a breakout from anything.I still have subtle acne scarring on my upper arms.This was my first product from the brand among some other body lotions and face creme but I gave it all away without even trying them on,after the incident with the sunscreen.Now I am even afraid to walk into the store.
another product that is hard to review.I am not sure what I feel about this one.After hearing all the rave about lemony flutter,I knew I had to get it.My nail care is as important as my face care since I am a nail polish junkie.Lemony flutter,a new addition to my nail care family,looks like a nice product but I am not totally convinced that it does the best job at keeping my cuticles moisturized and soft.This stuff is really greasy,so I prefer putting it on before I go to bed.it doesn't get absorved super quickly.It feels fine but the effect wears off.I believe that the super greasiness makes you feel like your cuticles are getting better when they are actually covered with the oil.it works nice on feet,toes and lips but the result is the same.no long lasting goodness. I love the smell and find the price decent considering the amount of product it carries.Will I buy again? yeah,'cause I enjoy using it but is it the deal breaker for me? No,it is not.I will rely on my orly cuticle cream and mavala cuticle oil as my HGs.lemony flutter is nothing miraculous for me but still I like it as a multipurpose product and it's worth checking out.
Wow.I would have never guessed that I will be reviewing an another mac foundation but here it is.unlike some people,I actually had good luck with mac foundations to this day.But like many other make up snobs,I stepped up to higher brands(chanel,armani,guerlain,dior,laura mercier etc) but in the end,mac has proven that they will always have some perfect offering.I have been using matchmaster for over a week and I am definetely impressed.I am a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation girl but I wanted to get something with a little bit more coverage than none and got this one and here are my thoughts: my skin: I have a comb to oily face,very oily on the t zone along with some small dry patches on some spots.I don't have many imperfections or acne problems.There is some unevenness in skin tone,slight redness around cheeks and some subtle post acne marks. texture:matchmaster has a light texture.not too watery or heavy.it spreads evenly with fingers.the formula is definetely powdery and semi matte.it definetely is not glowy but I wouldn't say that it looks unreal and chalky like some mattes do(for example like chanel mat lumiere).It feels comfortable on my skin and looks very real.I prefer looking more glowy than matte but I have to face the fact that a perfect foundation that gives a perfect glow and controls oil doesn't really exist.So I prefer using a decent foundation for oily skin and solve the glow problem with highlighters/illuminators.MM looks like real skin,healthy and natural so it deserves a plus here. coverage:I read some really different comments about coverage,some saying it is sheer,some say it is full.I would definetely say that it is medium,or a little less than that.I prefer sheer coverage so you might get the point.It covers nice but it is not overdone.The powdery texture can make it hard to layer the product over and over so a brush that provides more coverage would help better if your desired result is better coverage. color match: This is the real deal-breaker for me.it is the BEST match I have ever had.I have always had good luck with mac's colors but this is even better.I am nc15-nc20 and picked the 1.5 shade.When I tried it in the store,the saleswoman didn't apply it much to my jawline and neck so that I could see the difference.Well,I couldn't because it was almost invisible! I really couldn't believe it.I don't know if the new color range suits me better or if this foundation does its matching trick as it claims but all I can say is having an invisible medium coverage is the best. Staying power:It stays well on my oily skin for hours.I didnt wear setting powder during testing and it kept me oil free pretty well.After 6 hours I blotted my T zone but I wasn't definetely looking like an oil slick.It also does not disappear from the face after a long day. another plus: no highlighted pores.I have some large ones around my cheeks and I didn't have a problem with that either. I am surprised that it contains 35 ml of product.So it is 5ml more than the regular mid/high end foundations which makes it even a better deal. I use MM without a moisturizer and doesn't have a problem with that.I sprayed Fix on my face and it makes the little subtle dry patches go away. I loved mixing MM with a liquid illuminator and together they are making my dream foundation.So it is a blessing for an oily gal who likes to look young and glowy. the best tool:So far,I am using it with the 187,or 130 for more precised application.Fingers work too when I am in a hurry.109 gives better coverage,but I don't use it as mine sheds when used to apply foundation.I think the old school foundation brushes like 190 aren't the best choice for a powdery foundation like MM,but all other brushes,sponge and beauty blender gave good results. WelI I think,this is the longest review I have ever written.I totally love MM and would buy it over and over.I splurged on many expensive stuff to find something like this including mat lumiere,vitalumiere aqua,nars sheer matte,lingerie de peau,armani lasting silk etc and MM is the real deal for me.And with some illuminator added,it is so hard to get better than this!
I really love this stuff.I will buy my third tube tomorrow,so I can say that this is a HG for me. I am not a big fan of time consuming make up products or extra steps during applying mu.My face routine consists 10 minutes of basic products.But ever since I have started to use this,I don't wear my mascara without it.it lenghtens and adds volume to my lashes.it helps to hold the curl better as well.I generally use waterproof mascaras and it makes the removal process so much easier.Also I actually believe that it takes care of the lashes as well,because mine got so much better since I added this to my routine.But the best thing about this product is that it helps mascara to stay longer and prevents smudging.I can definetely tell that when I wear this,I see barely no smuding(especially on lower lashes).I tested out it with several different mascaras,with wearing the base on one eye and only mascara on the other.I can definetely tell that fact from this experiment. The trick is to apply mascara at the right time.You should move before it is dry but wait until it is not totally wet.The brush is a trouble,this is the reason why I reduced a star.it definetely makes your job harder.But I kept the brush of my old studio fix mascara and threw PP's away so the problem is solved.The result is so much better. overall if you have always something missing with your mascara alone like me,give bases a try,especially this one.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15
nekroze 12/10/2011 8:34:00 AM
This is a nightmare.I have already written a positive review about this product but I deleted it because editing the old comment wouldn't just explain my experiences. I got 3 shades of this lipstick.one was on discount and I loved the colors of the other two and bought them with their regular tags. At first I loved everything about these.the colors,packacing,finish,feeling on the lips etc.I used the shade "natural honey" very often especially at times my lips became drier,as it is sheer and feels a lot like a slightly tinted lip balm.well,the fairy tale ends here.Everytime I wore that lipstick,my lips peeled off and felt terribly dry.no need to mention that peeled lips are painful.And I never blamed YSL for that result.I was like "oh well I have the flu anyway",it is normal to have such lips".but during few weeks this lippies were in my bag and I finally realised that they WERE the reason of the disaster on my lips.I don't have any dryness nowadays,and I always exfoliate and use treatments for my lips,as I love wearing mattes most.Obviouly Rouge Pur Shines are working terribly wrong on me.To be sure,I wore that again on the other day.it wears off quickly,so I refreshed it several times.with every refreshmant,my lips began to feel more and more tense.At the end of the day I was in pain and able to wear only the most effective lip balms for several days afterwards.So my point is proven.Whatever YSL is using in their formula is not something very pretty.I read Temptalia's review about a YSL lip balm and she had the same experience.I see that there are many fans of those but it seems like things can go wrong.Cosmetics often cannot be returned in my country so you can't go to the local retailer and say that their 30$ fancy thing has turned out to be poison for you.it took me a while to realize the problem so I wouldnt be able to do so anyway. The best thing about this lipstick is that it doesn't last long ,since I would never want something like that to cuddle my lips for a long time.yeap,I am being sarcasic.will I buy it again ? hell no,I have already threw them in the garbage.
when I first saw the pictures of this collections I was like " a silver foil-how original".so I went and got peridot and never looked at the other two.what a big mistake that was.I have already found the cheapest dupe for peridot(local brand) and I don't find it that gorgeous,even if it was the most anticipated one of the three. So after the peridot incident,I visited sephora again with a friend.She took graphite,saying that it looked nice,put it on her single nail and my reaction was "OMG!!!".What a terrible mistake I made when calling graphite"meh".it is unbelievably beautiful,almost a duochrome foil.it has a unique spark,my nails look like they are flashing between silver,gold and some green.it really lives up to its name and the theme of Chanel's fall collection. the formula is great.it has a full opacity with 2 coats,easy application included.I also bought a dupe of this.even the color is similar,it doesn't have the beautiful effect that graphite does.it has already become one of my all time fav polishes and I definetely do not regret for splurging for this.well done Chanel!
pretty! I wouldn't normally pay this amount of money on a gloss,since glossses are one of my least fav make up instruments.I am a shine-free lips girl but every once in a while I see a pretty gloss and add it to my stash.Cosmos reminded me of Mac's famous Date Night dazzleglass,which I adore and that is mainly the reason why I bought Cosmos. unlike dazzleglasses,it has a good color payoff and the shimmer is smaller either.But it is sparkly -and I am loving it! the texture is good,not too thin or tacky,feels comfortable but nothing revolutionary.staying power is fine,it is a little better than avarage gloss. The doe-foot aplicator doesn't pick up much product and it distributes evenly.but then I thought "here is the color and shimmer?".So I put on a little more and there was the look I craved for. the price is obviously not budget-friendly but I think it is not worse than dazzleglasses,considering the amount of product both carry.so I am greedy for new shades of Glossimers.