Cleansers -Avene - Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar
ningurl 2/22/2013 9:26:00 PM
I have dry/dehydrated skin that is prone to getting blotchy and sensitive when the weather is really cold (like it is this 2012/13 winter). I didn't mind using this in the fall, but atm, its a bit too drying for me. With that being said, the fact that is a BIT is pretty good given that its a bar and not a creme cleanser. Yes, I would buy again any other time of the year, but with the humidity being so low, its just a touch too drying, emphasizing my flaky nose and cheeks. It has a faint, yet lovely smell, rinse clean away (I have well water) and doesn't break out my acne prone skin.
Palettes -Laura Mercier - Artist's Palette For Eyes
ningurl 1/30/2013 8:18:00 PM
Wow! I absolutely love this palette. I am very fair, light grey eyes and light brown hair and am considered a 'soft summer' in the seasonal palette world. I have a hard time finding shadow colours that are vibrant, yet greyed down enough, but this palette does it. EVERY colour in here is wearable for me, and one of the browns even works for an eyebrow colour. Yes, its expensive, but SO worth every penny. If I ever run out, I will repurchase.
This is the ipidemy of old lady stench. I sold fragrance for years and not one single man said he enjoyed it. Only rich little old ladies with fur coats would purchase this. When you're trapped in a small space with some old woman, and you can't figure out what that smell is, it smells musty and sophisticated, yet sucks all the air out of your lungs, you can bet its Youth Dew.
I have really REALLY dry skin up here in the cold fridgid Canadian north. Nothing seems to be working for me so I was recommeneded this. My skin is starting to peel and flake its so dry. I found this to be a nice light moisturizer, but I think it may be best suited for every season here in Ontario EXCEPT winter as its still not moisturizing enough. With that said, I'm very impressed that I do not wake up with any tiny whiteheads (like what cetaphil did), its not greasy, gets absorbed right away and doesn't have a funky smell. I will definately use this for all other seasons, but in the mean time, my search continues. I will repurchase when needed.
Shampoo -Live Clean - (Exotic Nectar) - Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo
ningurl 12/25/2012 6:31:00 PM
I have unprocessed (but blown dry) hair that is prone to static and frizz, yet is on the normal-dry side. I have frizzy ringlets at my temples but a SLIGHT body wave hair throught the rest. Normally, I would have to put a dab of conditioner on my temples, risking flat hair at my roots (I have limpish roots), but now since I use this, I dont need to. It seems to moisturize my hair enough without weighing it down (I have bra strap length hair) and my frizzy temple hair has seemed to be an issue of the past. I will continue to use this through the Canadian winter, but it may be a touch heavy come summer. Price is in my budget at around $6 at walmart.
Absolutely garbage. Got this with the packaged deal. I want to love it, as I love the concept of it, but so far I've used it twice and each time, more than 10 bristles have stuck to my face. Whats the point in giving me a brush to use if its coming apart? Again, the concept of a flat brush is awesome, and I love how its supposed to work (fits in the pan of powder perfectly) but its just no good. Its also scratchy. My Everyday Minerals kabuki is soooooooooooo much better.
Tinted Moisturizer -Pur Minerals - 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
ningurl 12/7/2012 9:50:00 PM
A cosmetician at shoppers drugmart gave me a sample of this to try (she squirted it into a pill container for me) since I have such a hard time with foundations either causing breakouts, not matching my skin or drying my skin out more (i'm dry/dehydrated with normal t-zone, prone to breaking out). I've used this twice now and LOVE it. I'm an NC20 with a touch more yellow in my skin and yet this TM seems to moisturize just enough for my dehydrated combo skin and it blends into my neck color perfectly. I dont notice the sparkles that others mention, maybe the newer formulas dont have it? There is no scent and I like that because scents drive me crazy or cause irritaion to my skin. I also like that its a bit thicker than a regular TM, so I can use my Mac foundation brush to apply this. I find that if I pat it into the skin, I get a perfect, healthy, dewy look. Of course, it doesn't cover zits, but again, its a TM, not full coverage. I'm going to use up my sample and if I'm still zit free, I will definately be purchasing this. I should also add that I'm using Light.
Lip Gloss -mark - Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain--Bare
ningurl 12/6/2012 6:43:00 PM
Totally not worth $12 Canadian. Lasted MAYBE an hour, no lip stain on my fairly dark lips, the mint flavour was kind of weird and the lip applicator wasnt pratical (twist up pen and product comes out of a brush). It wasn't horrible compared to some other brands I've tried (looking at you Rimmel), but it did not live up to its claim of lasting for hours (and no, I did not eat or drink) and again, no color payoff. Will not repurchase.
I have dry cheeks, normal t-zone. The formula for dry skin is still too drying on my cheeks and can make my pores look large BUT it really does last all day, does not rub off, looks great in photos (I use it for bridal makeup) and covers almost all flaws as its a buildable coverage. If you want sheer, apply with a dampened sponge, if you want full, use your fingers. Sometimes I just used this on undereye circles or blemishes as it can be THAT good for covering up things. Have repurchased several times.
Makeup Brushes -Lise Watier - Double Applicator Eyeshadow Brush
ningurl 11/20/2012 5:21:00 PM
Not a horrible brush, but a tad too stiff for what I want. The sponge end is a neat idea, but I purchased it before LW launched the version that you could remove and insert a new fresh sponge, so now I'm stuck with an end that USED to have a sponge applicator. Its now long gone and ratty looking.
I purchased this because I wanted something that I could mix with my current under eye concealor to help 'brighten' the under eye area. I think I found what I was looking for. My first thought was to try the YSL touch éclat, but I dont have $50 CAN to blow on make up, not to mention, I tried it when I was at Sephora and wasn't too impressed. However, I was at shoppers drugmart and saw this little guy and thought I DO have $12 I can spend. I purchased light for my NC 20-25 skin and find the color just right. It doesn't last all day, but it DOES lighten up the dark circles enough to make me look awake in the morning. I also use it on my cheekbones and brow bones for the dewy look and have been impressed so far. It also mixes well with my Lancome effacernes, and works well alone by itself. I'm happy I found this. As with all twist top pens, its kind of a PITA cus either nothing or all comes out with just a few clicks. Dont expect full coverage, it really is just a highlighting pen.
I received this in a swap and now own Skyline, a fun electric blue. The pigment is true to color and lasts on my lids all day when used as a liquid cat eye effect. I haven't tried to use it as a shadow, though I'm sure you could if you wanted. I really wanted to give it a 5, however the packaging is a bit odd. The brush that comes with it is not user friendly, its kind of large if you're planning on applying a nice even neat line, and using it to dip into the pot can be just as challenging. I just use an angle brush that I currently own, dip it into the pot and draw my line on that way. I would be willing to try other colours.
On my THIRD (gasp!) pan of this I love it so much. Its a nice soft white with a satin finish. I use it to just brighten up my eyelid area as I dont like a heavy makeup look for the day. I sometimes use it as a highlighter on my cheeks and inner corner of my eyes for that airyfairy look. I'm an NC20-25 and its just the perfect color to make me look 'fresh'. Maybe one of these days I'll get my MAC pro card and take advantage of the 40% make up artists discounts, but until then, I'll just keep buying the pan refil and save the few bucks.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet as I'm almost done my 2nd pot! I am a MAC NC20-25 with dry cheeks, normal t-zone. This color is my go-to blush shade because its almost the same color of my cheeks when Im blushing. Theres a wee touch of sparkle, but not enough to look garish, I would call it a satin finish if anything. Its a cool dusty pink and everytime I wear this, someone always comments how I look 'nice' or 'fresh'... wierd comments, but I know that its meant in a good way. The staying power is great as I would compare it to MACs blush staying power. As a make up artist, I recommend this color for anyones makeup collection. You can't beat the price of $7!
Not too bad. Didn't volumize as much as I'd hoped, but didn't flake, smudge or irritate either. Comes off quite easily. The plastic comb brush is kind of large, so it was somewhat difficult to get to the outer lashes. Overall, it just gave a natural look that seperated eash lash nicely.