Powder -Bare Escentuals - Get Started Face Kit in Fairly Light/Light
pimpimm 1/24/2012 3:51:00 PM
I got the starter kit as my friend was cheering me on to buy it as if she owns the place. Anyways, I thought the price was pretty good £50 for the starter kit in light which consists of: - Original foundation in "Light" - Original foundation in "Fairly Light" - Bronzer in "Warm" - "Mineral Veil" finishing powder - Concealer brush - Buffing Kabuki brush - Blush (Kind of) brush - Primer The kit comes in a really nice, good quality cardboard box which I now use to store my jewellery. The first problem I encountered with this was that instead of getting a "Fairly Light" foundation, I got 2 "Warms" and to make matters worse, I tried to exchange it at Debenhams and they wouldn't let me as I already chucked the reciept (I know, it's a very bad habit) so I had to ring them and get them exchanged. I watched the DVD guide as the shop assistant was NOT helpful at all and thought maybe I would get some very helpful tips. Anyway the guide video looks like it's been filmed in the 90s but the method was really helpful and I followed every step for my face. Results: This foundation is very natural and subtle. I don't think there is a lot of coverage but it evens out my skin really well. I have very dry skin that tends to look peeled when I use my liquid foundation. Despite the fact that the BE is a powder foundation, it gets worked smoothly into the skin and leaves a soft finish, my skin isn't dry at all, and it probably even "sets" the moisturiser so that it doesn't dry out easily which is what happens to me in the winter. Pros: - Natural finish like your real skin but better. - Not sticky or oily like other foundations. - Can be layered. - Has an SPF which is good for me - I don't like sun creams as they tend to be sticky - Good for skin (if you're not sensitive) because the ingredients are all natural - "you can sleep in it." - Doesn't clog pores. Cons: - May cause people with sensitive skin to break out due to the minerals. - Takes a long time to apply, I buff for ages to layer it on. - Not sure of this but you might "over-buff" your face if you're very heavy-handed with the brush, I've seen my friend attack her face with the brush, which is not particularly that soft anyway. It's a bit like scrubbing your face, but you don't want to scrub your face everyday when you have dry skin. - The starter kit container is too small to "swirl" the brush on the lid but I'm sure the normal sized ones are fine. - The brushes aren't that soft/gentle, some of you may not agree but I'm comparing them to BB - May not have enough coverage for some people. Well this is all for now. I said I wouldn't buy it again because I'd get the products separately. Overall I really like it and will definitely get some more when they run out.
This is the best moisturising lip balm I've ever owned, but I gave it a 4 because I don't really like the smell of it. Some people do though. It just smells a bit like play dough which brought back bad memories of me as a kid, seeing play dough and thought it would be a good idea to eat it!! My lips are very cracked, wrinkly, peeled and dry. I have "thicker-than-average" lips and valine and carmex don't really do much to help at all. I tried a bit of my friend's one on my very "skin-peeling" lips before bed time and fell in love instantly, it was the only lip balm that had my lips soft the next morning. Vaseline just doesn't do that, if I put vaseline onto my "skin peeling" lips it just sits there without sinking in at all. Anyway, I immediately ran to get it that day and finished the pot real quick too. To conclude, this lip balm is really good to be used in private. I wouldn't want to kiss someone with it on (hey, it's called "Kiss Me Tonight" right?), he will probably think I've just stuff play dough down my throat for dinner.
This is one of the weirdest products I have ever come across. I actually have a love hate relationship with it because it's really nice in the summer when the product can be squeezed out the tube easily and melts on your mouth - it's pretty moisturising too! In the winter, however, the product gets so hard it's impossible to be squeezed out. The reason I said this product is really weird is because it's so temperature dominated, I actually wore this in the summer to find the balm hardens on my lips every time I take a sip of icy drink. Anyway, I was obsessed with this 5 years ago and have about 3 tubes so that's why I'm not getting anymore and I haven't gone back to using it since either, although it's probably because my ex got me 2 of the 3.
Eyeliner -Stila - Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Stingray
pimpimm 1/21/2012 8:29:00 PM
This is one of my favourite eyeliners out there. The product glides smoothly onto the skin and can be easily blended/smudged with fingers or a small brush. It doesn't have a waxy consistency like many stick/pencil eyeliners (which needs pressure to apply to skin, and also drags the skin), in fact it is pretty much the same as the ysl waterproof eyeliner pencil which costs almost double the price!!! This eyeliner stays all day as it is both smudge proof and waterproof. It's like Bobbi Brown gel liner on a stick! I also love how practical and unwasteful it is that the product can be twisted up, unlike the ysl one which is a pencil and needs sharpening which annoys me every time because the product is wasted with the shavings.
I love the packaging even though it doesn't look or feel expensive because it's so practical. It's light and compact for travel and the head where the product comes out can be easily cleaned (I guess I have issues with foundation bottles with a pump because it always gets clogged up, plus it's not very space efficient what with all the pump head and the lid) Moving on to the product inside, the finish is amazing. It feels light because it is water-based but also gives good coverage. The finish is more natural if the foundation is worked into the skin by hands (sheer coverage) and gives medium coverage when used with a foundation brush. It can also be layered for better coverage. There is no need to set it with a powder because it is not greasy and the best thing about it is how nice it smells. Most foundations don't smell very nice at all. I'm on my first bottle but will definitely buy it again when it runs out.
Highlighters -Bobbi Brown - Shimmer Brick Shimmerbrick Compact in Bronze
pimpimm 1/21/2012 12:10:00 PM
I'm on my second one of this now and it's the best all-over face bronzer ever as well as lasting for so long!! It is also very versatile. When I want a healthy glow, I use it all over my face so it doesn't look too powdery and the lightest shade can be used as a highlight for the cheekbones without being too shimmery. The dark colours can be used with Bobbi Brown natural for contour and it gives a bit of deepness to the contours despite the shimmer in it, probably because the shimmer is so fine. Each strip of colour can be used for different purposes, as highlight or eyeshadow. The overall look is very subtle so if you want a bronzer that gives your face lots of colour, then this is not for you but if you want a subtle warm glow or an extra deepness in the contour then this would be the perfect product!
I bought this to use as a contour powder due to the rave reviews and because I was running out of the Bobbi Brown Natural Bronzer which I use for contour. I tried the two colours side by side, they are very similar but thought that the Natural has a cooler tone (which was what I wanted) and better consistency so I gave the Harmony away to a friend. The Harmony, when worked into the skin gives a slight glow due to it's sheerness which my be nice as a bronzer for an all over the face glow but not so good for me as a contour powder. So if you want a full face bronzer, go for Harmony and if you want a good contour powder, go for Natural by Bobbi Brown because it gives a better deepness to the cheekbones, jawline and sides of forehead.
Bronzers -Bobbi Brown - Bronzing Powder in Natural
pimpimm 1/21/2012 11:46:00 AM
The most amazing contour colour I've ever come across. It's not orange (very natural as the name suggests), has a cool tone for the winter but can also be used in the summer with a shimmery bronzer for a warm glowing look. I'm running out so I decided to go for Mac Harmony blusher (contour colour) today, got home and tried them side by side but found out that this Bobbi Brown one has a cooler tone and a better colour consistency so I gave the Mac to my friend and going to get the BB Natural again soon!! I just read some reviews that this is really muddy and I agree only when I didn't know how to apply it correctly. I found it's much better when I pick up the powder with the contour brush then swirl it on the back of my hand because you need the tiniest amount, then apply the leftover product on the brush to the face so that it's very very sheer. Then keep repeating the process.