Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Milk of Magnesia
poivre27 5/6/2011 5:17:00 PM
I don't have super oily skin, but I have a definite shine on my nose after only a few hours of wearing makeup. I read the raves here on MUA so I decided to give it a go since other mattifiers aren't really helpful. For a few days I applied it in different ways (under moisturizer, over moisturizer, varying levels of product). It did not keep me matte for longer than 3-4 hours. Last week, I was going to a party so I decided to use it all over my face instead of just my t-zone area. It really didn't do much. A couple days later I broke out like a mofo. My skin had been clear for at least 5 months (AMAZING for an acne-prone girl like me) but I screwed it up in only a couple of days. I had red spots all over my face that almost looked like hives. My skin wasn't smooth any more, it was bumpy and itchy. Took me about a day to realize it was the MOM. Now I'm worried about how long it'll take me to recover from this reaction and whether scars will remain. NEVER AGAIN. I will only reach for this shiz when I can't poop.
Lipstick -Rimmel - Lasting Finish - Funtime Fuschia
poivre27 3/19/2011 1:55:00 AM
I bought this on a whim for $4.99, and I am so glad I did :). It's a great bold lip colour. I am an nc20 (uploaded a pic for the review). The consistency is creamy and lasts on the lips for a very long time. It wears so well that it's a little difficult to remove without makeup remover. Overall, great colour for a small price. This is one of my favourites. It also pairs well with Rimmel's Fuchsia Fever lip gloss :)
I love this colour. It's the perfect blend of bright & cheery, while staying sexy and interesting. It's more of an ornage-red than a true coral. I find the colour weak at 1 layer, but wonderful with 2/3 layers on. I have uploaded the 2nd pic on this review page. I am an NC20 and this shade looks great on me. It also wears very well, and stays pretty dewy-looking for hours.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
poivre27 2/8/2011 8:00:00 PM
I've been using this product for about half a year. I have acne prone skin that mostly has scars/red spots and not too many bumps, a few pitted/ice pick scars on my cheeks, some large pores, combination skin. I find that using this product on a well-exfoliated face gives me the best results. I use my moisturizer (Neostrata smoothing cream lvl 3), wait a couple of minutes, then use the magic perfecting base. It's best if I put at least 5-10 minutes in between using my primer and my foundation. This has a very fluffy, mouse-like texture which can seem greasy, especially on oily skin. However, it somewhat mattifies my nose & oily areas. I especially like using it over my ice pick scars on my cheeks, it makes them less visible and blends it a little better with the rest of my face which is for the most part really smooth. My scars are not very big but let's face it, we are our own worst critics. If I can make them smaller or look smaller or even invisible, I will do what I can. I also enjoy using them under the eyes. I don't have any age-related wrinkles because I am only 23 but I do have some "lack of sleep" eye bags and fine lines. The consistency of this product allows it to fill in ridges or powers while still being able to hold on to the foundation. I enjoy using it best with a natural looking foundation, or LM TM. It's not as good a product to use with a more full-coverage foundation like EL DW, for me at least. For that I prefer something more like Smashbox photofinish primer. I also think that for me, using MORE of the product works better on my face and keeps it very smooth. I don't quite use it all over my face, but I use it almost like a "serum" on key areas of the face. I used to use very little of it and it would not make much of a difference for me. Until I got into the hang of using it a lot. This way, it lasts quite well on me for an everyday look. For very special occassions I may not use this product, but for a night out or to dinner I would not hesitate. I do like the lasting power of this, and the natural look it gives. It is not cheap but not a huge expense, either. It's sold for about $17CAD at SDM, but you can always find it somewhere on sale. I got mine for $9. I would much rather pay for this than smashbox or my laura mercier oil-free primer sample (did not like that one at all, it smelled so weird!). The downside to me is that if I haven't exfoliated or I'm having a bad skin day, this product tends to "pill", especially with mineral liquid foundation. Also, if I have a pimple bump, or a pimple that is healing, it still doesn't quite hydrate the area enough and can leave a dry ring around the pimple. I probably just need to use polysporin or something more hydrating on the pimple instead. I had to play around with it a bit to become very satisfied with it. Overall this is my favourite daily primer! Very close to HG. I feel like it's an eraser I'm lightly dabbing on my face. It really does give the illusion of my skin looking better :)
I purchased this because I've been told that this is a good basic black to have. I've used it for different eye effects. The bottom line is that this is a very mediocre product. It's fine for most looks but I find myself reaching for a black colour I have in a Maybelline palette WAY more since it's very dark and pigmented. Carbon is not very easy to move around and blend. The colour is not a deep black, more of a shadow, which is allright for some looks but you definitely need a liner/deeper black for a really dark eye. I would not buy this product again, I would either get a cheaper black (like WnW, Revlon), or a very good quality/HE black e/s.
When I first used this curler, my lashes looked fantastic. It held the curl well for a long time. For curling the lashes, it's a 4.5/5 product. didn't even wear mascara for a week or so. It is a bit expensive ($24 Canadian), but considering it's a beauty tool that should last long, the price is not bad. However, after a couple of weeks, my lashes really started falling out. Nothing else really changed on my eyes besides using this curler. I'm sad that my lashes fell out with this so I gave it a 3/5 (for my own experience with it) and I won't be buying it again. I prefer Quo's professional lash curler for daily use. I would use the Shu Uemera if I wanted a really curly and dramatic look every once in a while, otherwise I would not need it daily.
Blush -Bourjois - Little Round Pot blush in 95 Rose de Jaspe
poivre27 10/5/2010 7:49:00 PM
Good product imo for the price ($19 Canadian), since I don't wear blush that often and didn't really want to pay $30+ just for it. This colour gives me a nice rosy flush without looking sparkly, glittery, or tomato-faced. It is also easily blendable making it great for day-to-night wear. I really like the curved little brush it comes with. It's very convenient for on-the-go application or any touch ups, picks up a LOT of product (must tap off excess) and is easily washable. If I want a more sheer look, I use a blusher brush or MAC's tapered face brush. Negatives - besides the brush it comes with, packaging looks a bit like what you'd find in a little girl's purse? With the above being said, I probably would not buy it again, because I like experimenting with a lot of makeup. This should last me a LONG long time anyway. I'm about an NC20, pale olive.
Love this. Have nothing else to say and nothing to complain about.
Lipstick -Korres - Mango Butter Lipstick in Natural Purple 25
poivre27 10/5/2010 7:39:00 PM
I 2nd coriforia's review. All I want to say is that I LOVE this lip butter, if I say any more I would be duplicating her post!
Besides its use for cuts and small burns, like others have mentioned, this is great for pimples. I use the Polysporin triple antibiotic which has polymycin B sulfate 0.13%, bacitracin zinc 0.79% and gramicidin 0.03%. I have just a few active (but healing) acne blemishes due to makeup that broke me out. I used this on the pimples and they healed much quicker than they would without polysporin. One thing I really hate is that dry ring that forms around a pimple when you wear makeup just to cover up that pimple (especially if you've used a drying agent such as benzoyl peroxide). When you use polysporin over the pimple it minimizes and pretty much makes that dryness disappear under the makeup. This should only be used as a spot treatment 1-3 times a day or a couple of times only if your entire face is red and dried out. I am also taking a topical antibiotic for acne (clindamycin) so I use polysporin under the antibiotic, but use it over top of the antibiotic cream for the 2nd or 3rd daily spot treatmenet. It cost me about $10 at wal-mart.
My favourite hand cream <3 definitely HG. This cream is good for dry hands without feeling heavy, oily, or too perfumy. My hands are not very dry but I like to have that bit of extra protection on them and this product is light enough to work with what I want. At the same time, I know people with very dry hands who use this and love it. It may not be the best if you're clinically dry, but I can't speak for that. In Canada there is another hand cream in a thin, long tube of 75mL that is similar to this (has chamomile and glycerin in it) as well as the Glysomed dupe with the Life brand. You can purchase those and imo they're pretty much the same thing (just different packaging and a little bit cheaper). Anyways I've tried a few different hand creams, latest one being The Body Shop's almond hand cream which is alright in itself, but I found it too "cream-like" which ends up feeling a bit greasy as the day wears on. With Glysomed you don't feel greasy and you can use it several times a day without feeling like you've used too much or transfer on your clothes/hair/etc.
This sucks. I had my lashes curled with Shu Uemera's curler, then applied this mascara which just removed the curl! This would not happen with my other mascaras. It made my lashes look stick-straight and quite spidery. No curling, no volumizing. I like the packaging but that's about it. It never gave any sort of dramatic look to the lashes. Maybelline's Full 'n Soft is 100x better. For $10 CAD it's not worth it.
Pros: - medium coverage for undereye circles (and the lids) - no creasing or caking whatsoever - lasts a long time - perfect for days when you don't want to wear much makeup - looks great paired with my benefit erase paste under it - you only need a small amount if you have minor/moderate circles Cons: - drying, but probably not a problem for most people - can irritate sensitive skin/eyes - I don't like the roller, because if you really ROLLED on the product around your eyes, you'd be using too much - not many colours Overall I am very happy with my purchase and glad Garnier got SOMETHING right! :)
Really brightens the eye area. You don't need to use a lot, in fact use less than what you *think* you will need. It is not a miracle product but it is the best one I have tried. In addition to a bit of Garnier's anti-dark circle eye roller and some MUFE HD powder on top to set it, I don't even worry about the darkness under my eyes any more :) The only cons for me are that, although it doesn't look cakey, it still has a sort of "made up" look which I'm picky about. For this reason I use very little of the product because I like a natural look. I would rather have very slight dark circles than to be overly made up. Yes I would buy this again unless I find something better =P
Saw the good reviews on this brush and I remembered I partially had some Clinique foundation done on me with this brush, and how nice the finish was. So I picked up this brush a few days ago. I tried it with different foundations (Lancome, Clinique, MUFE HD) and I was right, the finish was pretty good. However there were two problems with it in my experience. I hated USING this brush. 1 - At the store it seemed SO soft, I was excited to start using it. And although the bristles were soft, they seemed a little too stiff together for me. I prefer foundation brush that can move and bend very easily with my face. I don't have terrible skin but it is uneven in texture especially around my cheeks. In that sense I found this brush to feel almost itchy while using it because of it's stiffness. Even after I washed it 3 times I still found it a little stiff for me. I am used to using the MAC 130 brush softly on my face to stipple and swirl onto my face, so maybe I've gotten a little spoiled on soft brushes and soft technique! 2 - I had no desire to use this brush after the first time. I just didn't like holding it, I didn't like the way it looked, and I didn't like the feeling I got after applying foundation with it (sort of like an "after-brush" effect on my cheeks). I returned this brush and don't miss it at all. Sorry for sounding picky but this is what I felt about the brush!