Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock spf 70
rosycheek22 4/22/2010 10:41:00 AM
This made my dry/combo skin look oily to the point where I wanted to use a powder (and don't normally). I definitely would not want to wear this everyday. On the plus side, it didn't make me break out like most OTC sunscreens do. It didn't even break out my chest. That got it one more star than I would have otherwise given. The smell is also light and pleasant--and I hate most smells. The shaking thing in the package is a nice touch. The sunscreen part of this product is one little tiny star. I still got sunburn! And I was outside for a short amount of time in the late afternoon. (In April--running errands.) Granted, I almost always get sun on my upper chest unless I'm wearing something with a physical barrier like titanium or zinc oxide. But I was a sucker for the whole "helioplex" marketing blah blah. Going back to Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection. That works for me--no sunburn even on my upper chest--and it really is something I can wear and not look remotely greasy.
Liquid -Shu Uemura - Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation
rosycheek22 2/24/2009 7:56:00 PM
I have been using Shu's Fluid in Foundation for probably eight years. I always liked it, liked the sheer coverage, the buildability, the way it made my skin look healthy and soft. The only thing I didn't like was how quickly it wore away from the sides of my nose and my chin--places where I most needed coverage. Face ARchitect is much longer lasting, and is slightly less sheer. But it isn't remotely heavy make up-y. It makes my dry-ish/combo/sensitive/ruddy skin look amazing. One note, I wore 764 in Fluid in Foundation. I got the same color in this and it's a little bit lighter. For me, that works, but just as an FYI: The colors aren't exactly the same.
Eyeliner -Shu Uemura - refillable eyeliner in black
rosycheek22 7/4/2007 10:36:00 AM
I am a totally 100% over the top Shu Uemura psycho obsessive. I could not bear to add up how much money I spend each year between the store, counter at Bergdorf's and online. My embarassingly over-loaded (though I hardly wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis) makeup bag is all Shu. That said, I am not nutso about this liner. Goes on perfectly, love the pen, love that it's refillable. But it does not stay on my skin. (Pretty fair, dryish, I'm 33.) It totally disappears. I have had three make up artists tell me that is impossible--but I am not making this up. Would def recommend trying it--it's so easy to use and doesn't irritate my very irritable, sensitive eyes. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it'll work better for you.
Self Tanners -Kiehls - Sun free self tanning lotion
rosycheek22 7/4/2007 10:28:00 AM
I was way into this tanner the previous two summers (and winter vacations), but this year I'm feeling like there has to be something better out there. It's so runny--which makes it a little harder to apply than the gradual lotion/tanners I've been getting used to. The color is believable, but after a few days or a few applications, it does tend towards orange on my fair and unevenly tanned/tannable skin. (I run outside and my arms and chest get color even when I use SPF 50 for babies but my legs are impervious to sun). On the plus side--no nasty smell. Sorry, Kiehl's. I will definitely continue to use--but am on the hunt for something bigger and better.
Like this a lot better than the JErgen's. Doesn't smell bad. Works really really well if you have a bit of a tan--seems to piggy back and build totally believable color. If you have no color, it builds a natural-looking color, but in order to get my legs (which seem to have lost all natural pigment) looking remotely tan I had to turn to a self-tanner. Would still recommend going through steps as if self-tanning--I usually slater creamy Vaseline on hands and dry elbows, ankles, etc. Does take a few mins to soak in, but in the summer I usually spend 1/2 hour in the bathroom post-shower lotioning and potioning anyway. Lack of smell is definitely a selling point.
I am totally loving this stuff. I hardly ever buy body washes because a) they usually smell so fake, yucky perfumey and b) unscented Dove soap works just fine on my sensitive, dry skin. But this stuff smells really good--especially in summer. It's kind of nutty, unusual, not overpowering. MMMMM. It feels totally decadent and delicious, so creamy and yummy and leaves my skin so soft--and looking more like healthy, young skin versus sun-destroyed and dull. In the beginning of summer, I didn't want to wear bear my limbs because my skin was -so- dull and yuck. But even after the first use, I could definitely see an improvement in the texture of my skin. After a week, my skin was looking soft and sexy. My favorite summer beauty find. (Kind of nasty tub ring issues because I live in an apt with horrible drainage issues, but I will def clean the tub more often to get my skin looking this good!) Did not notice sparkles.
Treatments (Eye) -Kanebo - Sensai Eye Contour Balm
rosycheek22 7/4/2007 9:58:00 AM
Just got this product as part of a "gift" from Bergdorf's. (Most evil little gift I've ever gotten, chock full of lovely and effective little things that cost -way- more than I want to spend on beauty products.) So far, I have been using for a week and I am LOVING this. Will check back in a few days, but this cream seems to have knocked out the horrible dark undereye bags that seemed to pop up out of nowhere shortly after my 32nd birthday. (Just had my 33rd.) Am thinking I can stop saving for Juvenesse and spend that money instead on the wonderful Re Vive creams I also received samples of in that insidious "gift" from Bergdorf's. I have dry/PMS-combo, sun damaged fair skin--but am also INSANELY sensitive especially around the eye area and this cream doesn't bug me at all or cause my eyeliner to schmear all over my face. Gave 4 lips because I've only been using for a short time.l
Like others, I was surprised by this blush. I wasn't considering it at all. But then a MA ambushed me, told me how much she loved it. I don't use a highlighter or pale colored blushes, but I was too tired at the end of the day to argue. She put it on my eyelids as well as my cheekbones. I didn't buy it, but when I got home I couldn't stop admiring myself. It brought out my cheekbones w/out that awful too shiny thing so many highlighters have going on. Gives a subtle glow--versus an overtly sparkly look. My husband told me I looked lovely. I've been thinking about it for the last two weeks and finally bought it tonight. Beautiful on lids w a black smoky eyeliner look!
I am so glad I just tried this blush! I have been looking at it for years, but have avoided it bc of the orange name and rust colored look in the pan. But it's beautiful on my skin. I am fair/ruddy, with dark brown hair. I wear both warm and cool colors. This is definitely easier to wear than the Red 19--doesn't look orange at all on my skin as long as I apply with a light hand.
Makeup Brushes -Shu Uemura - Badger Hair Fan Brush - 7.5 EX
rosycheek22 3/1/2006 9:08:00 PM
This brush is perfect (!) for creating a natural flush with the fantastic, long-lasting, buildable, deeply pigmented Shu blushes--not for brushing away excess eye shadow. In that respect, it is an invaluable tool.
Been wanting this for awhile and finally bought it, so happy I did. Was thinking I, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes, fair/med skin, should be moving away from greens, but this is lovely. Like others have said, it's a true green but has that gorgeous subtle gold shimmer. And, like all other Shu products, is buildable. If you hate Shu's packaging (which is not meant to be used daily), buy the $6 compact--it holds 4 shadows.
I just bought a Fluid "S" on ebay. I know what shade I wear in the water-in fluid foundation, but wasn't sure how that would translate to the "S" line. ** Color wasn't a match for my skin, I bought one of the darker colors and it's still too fair for my fair/med skin. That said, this would be a great product if I were to find the right color. Now that it's winter, I like the water-in fluid better for my dry skin. I second reviewer who said it's like liquid skin: your skin, only even-toned and smooth--Calomine lotion smell notwithstanding. I asked Shu for color guidance and rec'd this answer:
All Foundation shades are comparable to each other and range from 300 to 900 on a scale of yellow to red hues. Depending upon your desired effect, you would choose either a match of your skin tone, or a shade more red or yellow to achieve the desired complexion. 300’s have a red/pink undertone, 700’s have a slight yellow base, and 900’s have the most yellow undertone. 500’s are the neutral family. The next number values refer to the light to dark factor. The higher the number, the lighter the shade in the YR range and vice versa.
These e/s are excellent. I've known about Shu's blushes and mascaras for awhile, am kicking myself for not exploring their e/s sooner. Great blendability, lasting, subtle shimmer not that overly sparkly crap--gorgeous!
Just wanted to let you all know Shu Uemura sells a compact for $8, with mirror. It'll hold 4 e/s, or 2 e/s and 1 blush. Or 2 blushes. Wish I'd known before, so thought I'd let you all know. They also sell one that'll hold 12 e/s, 4 e/s & 4 blushes, or 6 blushes for $15. Shu sells on their website. www.shuuemura.com
I 2nd reviewer who said this creates perfect smoky eye. Color is gorgeous: grey with a little purple(?) but not too much. Mmm. I love it. Blends so nicely with other e/s. Can be as sheer as you want it.
This color is beautiful. (FYI, I have hazel eyes, dark brown hair and fair/medium/ruddy skin.) It brings out my eyes, just as the other reviewer noted, so well w/out being too frosty or jarringly pale. It adds a little pale goldish sparkle, but the sparkle isn't the kind that makes you look like you're too old to be wearing sparkly eye shadow. I will wear this everyday, and as a base for other colors.