I always use balm cleansers and love to try new ones, even though they all work the same for me - well, they remove makeup and cleanse my skin, no miracles expected. This balm is one of my favourites, mainly because of the scent. It smells quite strongly of rose (not sickly, kind of rose perfume), comes in a nice little plastic jar with a scoop (that I don't use), is very gentle and doesn't make my skin tight as it is targeted at dry or more mature skin.
Primer/ Corrector -Dr. Brandt - Pore refiner hint of tint
notfalling028 9/16/2012 6:05:00 AM
Well they target this primer as "suitable for most skintones" but it's definitely wrong for fair skin! Mine is light-medium and the primer sits on top of it like a fake-tan-orange mess. It will definitely only work on medium to dark skin tones and it annoys me they failed to mention that. I would overlook that if it did a great job with the pores, but it doesn't perform any better than my Clinique, Clarins and Benefit pore refiners.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Diego Dalla Palma Make Up Fixer
notfalling028 6/19/2012 9:19:00 AM
I was shocked when I sprayed it on my face - felt like I was basically spraying alcohol on me! I avoid anything with alcohol around my sensitive skin, so sadly can't comment on whether it actually fixes makeup or not, but you might as well pour some vodka in a spray bottle instead by the smell and feel of it.
Styling Products -Alterna - Caviar Full-Body Volume Creme
notfalling028 6/9/2012 4:10:00 PM
OK, I am very rarely impressed with a product but I was with this one, probably more so than with any other Alterna products (and I have tried quite a few). Normally my hair falls flat when not styled and I have to blow dry it upside down with a volume spray and then tease it at the roots. This is a small cream tube, and a pea-size amount of it gave my roots a lift even without a hair dryer. I just rubbed it in quite thoroughly and my hair looked pretty pumped up when it got dry. It's quite sticky though and quite heavy so you won't like it if you generally don't like to feel any products in your hair. Update: have used it for a while and sadly, the lift doesn't last too long.
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - Dr Feelgood
notfalling028 6/9/2012 5:33:00 AM
It's one of my favourite primers but I don't suggest that you try it unless you have dry skin as it is very rich for a primer and I can't say if it offers any oil control. it does the job though, has pretty natural ingredients and the smell is strong but not annoying. The packaging really frustrates me though as the lid gets stuck way too often and it's also not very hygienic to have your primer in a jar.
Styling Products -Oribe - Royal Blowout Hair Styling Spray
notfalling028 6/8/2012 6:11:00 PM
It's not a miracle product for me as I don't see any magical effect that would justify the price. Just don't see any difference with or without it. I'd buy it again for the smell though as I'm seriously addicted and it smells better than any other blow dry spray I have tried so far.
Styling Products -Oribe - Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray
notfalling028 6/8/2012 6:06:00 PM
I have straight and fine hair and have been trying out different products to achieve the "surf girl look". Oribe smells lovely - the sort of smell you'd expect from an expensive salon treatment. However, no beach hair for me. Tried to use it at is says (spray and let dry naturally), used it with a hairdryer and it doesn't work for me, the resulting look is just like my another bad hair day. I guess my hair is too straight to get miraculously tousled with the help of only one spray.
It did absolutely nothing for my hair, unfortunately apart from making it crunchy. I tried spraying it on damp hair before blow drying, on dry hair, prior to making braids to sleep in - but no "beach hair" look, unfortunately. Guess my hair length (just below shoulders) or structure (very fine) has something to do with it and it might work for somebody else.
Primer/ Corrector -Shu Uemura - UV Underbase Mousse SPF 30+
notfalling028 6/8/2012 5:47:00 PM
I like the SPF factor in it and the slight beige tint. However, it would mostly be suitable for oily skin. My skin is dry and sensitive with some enlarged pores and the primer made my skin feel uncomfortable and it didn't do much to cover the pores at all. Basically, if your skin is not oily you'd be better off with a different primer (in my opinion). BUT it does work perfectly well with just a bare face as a non-greasy SPF.
Mascara -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - Lash Xtension Volume Mascara
notfalling028 5/16/2012 4:58:00 PM
My new favourite mascara, I just can't get enough of it! It has a very big brush - takes some time getting used to, but I adore how it works on my lashes - lots of volume, no clumping and the lashes look soft and not stiff at all. Doesn't smudge on my eyes and lasts all day, no problem. The only thing is, because the brush is so gigantic I can't use it on my lower lashes without staining the skin around so I use a different mascara for my lower lashes.
The colour is absolutely perfect for me - it gives the impression of perfectly natural blush which I love! I mix it with Dandelion to add a hint of pink - and that's a perfect combo for me. But I would really like this blush a lot more if it was completely matte or even had small glitter like Dandelion. Sugarbomb's finish is quite shiny and frosty and, while it's perfect for night time, I just don't like it to be that obvious that I'm wearing blush during the day
I usually really like Clinique mascara, but this one was the thickest consistency and the most clumping I've tried of all their products. I'm going to stick to Lash Doubling mascara as I prefer more natural and defined look for my lashes.
I don't use it as an eyeliner as I prefer gel ones by Mac and Bobbi Brown, however this is probably the best khol I have ever tried. I use it on my inner lid to accentuate the lash line and it makes a huge difference immediately. "Intense black" is just what it says - it's black and it's intense. On my lids it lasts for the best part of the day. A massive bonus is that it's retractable so I can forget about sharpening.
Highlighters -Urban Decay - Urbanglow Cream Highlight
notfalling028 4/21/2012 4:53:00 PM
My main issue with Urbanglow is that it feels too greasy on my face and the finish looks very unnatural and over the top, although I've tried two different shades. Overall, there are much better options available from other brands.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Refillable Buffing Brush (Black)
notfalling028 4/21/2012 3:23:00 PM
In my world, the main purpose of a refillable brush is to carry it in my purse for easy touch-ups during the day...however, this brush weighs more than my phone, it is unnecessarily big, heavy and bulky and I can't see what's the point of that. The only way I found it working for me was when I loaded it with Bare minerals blush in "Beauty". It releases just the right subtle amount of blusher and I could mix it with other multi-tasking minerals etc if I wanted to. Still, Sephora does a much cheaper and lighter refillable brush that makes much more sense.