It stung my skin instantly on application and my skin turned bright red. It's the same reaction I have to topical vitamin C. Maybe it contains it? Anyway, certainly not for my very sensitive skin. I washed it off right away, applied a generous layer of Rozex, then over the course of an hour 3 heavy layers of CDLM. Why is the Creme the only product in the line that agrees with me? Grrrr.
This product was a disappoint to me as I'm desperate for a new foundation. Firstly, it took a month to arrive in NJ when ordered from the CoverFX website. Secondly, the shade E0 was 'okay' for my uber PPP skin, depth wise it applied about the same a Chantecaille Petal, only orange. I removed the foundation about 2 minutes after applying it as it made my skin BURN instantly, so I would not recommend this for very, very sensitive skinned people, despite what Cover FX may claim. Thirdly, I have extremely dry skin, despite applying a couple of very generous layers of CDLM before applying the foundation, it looked incredibly dry and cakey on application, it also looked and felt like a mask. Not one for dry skinned people either. Shame.
Powder -Chanel - Vitalumiere Eclat de Chanel Compact Makeup
s_o_n_i_a 7/5/2011 1:03:00 AM
Nup, not for me. I'm a devoted powder foundation girl, and I used to work for Chanel, so I was excited about this foundation. Firstly, I had to layer it, layer it and layer it to get a medium coverage. When I finally did it was far to yellow for my uber PPP skin. This is too dark for anyone paler than a MAC 15. Secondly, I have smooth skin from years of Dermabrasion, IPL and more recently, Retin A, and this showed up blackheads on my nose that I never knew I had! It kind of sat on top and highlighted them somehow, weird. I will say though that is forgiving on very dry skin, and it does look polished [as long as you don't look too closely at my nose]. I can imagine a lot of people would love this foundation, it's just not suited to us very very pale girls.
I've been a dedicated user of the creme for 10 years, though it is the only product in the La Mer line that I've had success with. Again, this didn't work for me. Immediately on application it made my skin burn and it left it VERY dry. Thank god I only got a sample.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
s_o_n_i_a 3/15/2011 12:50:00 AM
Skintype: VERY DSPW This is my HG moisturier. I've been using it non-stop for almost 10 years. I have always had very dry skin, I used to have to moisturise morning and night when I was in Primary School! These days I have multiple chronic illnesses that make it even dryer. Add to that I'm rosacea prone and acne prone with occassional ezcema. This is the first product to moisturise sufficiently and not break me out. I find it is extra fabulous after I have had IPL. Yes it is insanely expensive, so I try and buy it when it is available on Strawberrynet [stock is very intermittant].
Skintype: Very DSPW This is a LIGHT to MEDIUM coverage foundation. It doesn't cover pimples that well, they seem to poke thru, even if you try to cake it. However in saying that it has the best anti-shine staying power ever. I use this on the very humid / hot West Australian days [40+ degress celsius]. If you are looking for a light coverage foundation with great staying power, and have pretty good skin already, this foundation is for you. EDIT: I just picked this up again for the first time in 10 years. It really is specatcular. It's sits so finely milled on my dry skin, and it leaves my skin looking poreless and glassy without sitting in lines. Damn I love it. Petal is a great match for my uber PPP skin. Don't be put off, it applies and wears much lighter than it appears in the pan. Great packaging too. :D However it's not very forgiving on very very dry skin, I wouldn't recommend it for winter wear.
Powder -La Mer - The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15
s_o_n_i_a 3/15/2011 12:37:00 AM
Skintype: Very DSPW LOVE the packaging, LOVE the sublime texture and wearability. HATE The price. Gorgeous product, wears beautifully on my very dry skin. Doesn't sit in lines, doesn't cake, doesn't need blotting. Is a full coverage if need be. The shade Porcelain is a tad too dark for my uber PPP skin, so I have to be careful to apply it with a light hand. What shits me though is this is literally half the price in Amercia than in Australia. In Australia this retails for $195 AUD, in Amercia it retails for $95 AUD. What? How the hell can Lauder justify that??? The shade Porcelain isn't available in Australia so I have to get it from the US. After using a mail forwarding service it cost me about $130 AUD, so still significantly cheaper than Aussie retail. Rediculous.
Skintype: Very DSPW I desperately wanted to love this product because of the price, but unfortunately my skin was bone dry again after 5 minutes. Oh well, worth a try,
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - 5 percent Urea Hand Cream
s_o_n_i_a 2/28/2011 6:56:00 AM
Useless product. My hands were bone dry and stinging again two minutes after application. Back to Cetaphil Ultra Hydrating Lotion.
Lotions/ Creams -La Prairie - La Prairie - Cellular Hand Cream
s_o_n_i_a 2/21/2011 4:59:00 AM
I bought this product because Megan Gale was raving about it. Major fail right there. I have extremely dry hands that burn and sting with dehydration constantly. The only thing I've found that works is Cetaphil's Ultra Hydrating Lotion. Anywho, I read the reviews here and thought it was worth a try. Nup. Within 10 minutes my hands were bone dry again. At least with the Cetaphil they stay lovely and moist for 5 or 6 hours.
Firstly let me say I'm a dedicated user of CDLM. When I say dedicated I mean if my house was on fire, it would be the first thing I'd save. Fact. Secondly I must add I suffer from papular rosacea, cystic acne when not on the pill, and my skin put the D in DSPW. If that wasn't enough torment to drive me to distraction daily, I also suffer from Fibromyalgia which makes my skin even more sensitive ie. Evian spray breaks me out. Okay, you can stop laughing now. My skin is so dry that a CDLM 60ml pot only lasts me four weeks if I'm lucky. I'm happy to pay for it as it has literally saved my face. My skin simply will not tolerate anything else. However, it is the only La Mer product that agrees with me. I've literally tried the entire range, and everything other product breaks me out. I got a 15ml Hydrating Infusion sample from DJ's when I made my last purchase. I only used it twice and it broke me out. Not suprised at all. I also didn't find that it added any extra moisture to my skin. I still used the same amount of CDLM on top, and at the end of the day or following morning, my skin didn't feel any softer or more hydrated than usual. So it's not for my chronically fussy skin, but that's okay, me and my Creme will live happily ever after. The end.
My first review for this blush is under my original username SoniaVoguette. 3 or 4 years on, I still use this blush at least every second day. I think I've repurchased it now 3 times. It's such a natural soft true pink colour. I have a very pale transparent complexion and Versace blushes are the only blushes I can wear. They are bright enough to not look muddy and dull, yet sheer and subtle enough to look soft and elegant. Love them. :D
Of course as with all Versace products the packaging is very glam. This is one of my all time favourite blushes, it has such a lovely natural finish, and the pan seems to last forever. :D I'm wearing it in this pic in my profile -
I have this in the COLOUR XL formulae, and I must thank fellow Voguette Katisha for sending me a sample and getting me addicted. Kisses my sweet. I have very fine baby fluff hair, which oddly is prone to major oiliness. I always have to wash my hair daily so as to avoid kidnap by OPEC. If only I could transfer some of that oil to my desert dry skin, hmmm, hmmm, there's one for ya boffins. Anywho, it has done wonders for my hair, it cleans it completely without stripping, and for the first time I can actually condition with the matching conditioner, and strangely, by doing so, it actually make my hair less oily. I couldn't say that it give my hair volume as such, however my hair is actually clean for the first time since Hawkie was Prime Minister [good times kids, hey?], so as a result it has the semblence of body as my 3 hairs aren't oil slicked to my scalp. I also find it makes my hair shiney and smooth, and very easy to style. I also love the fragrance. And I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get 5 - 6 months out of a bottle, which for 20 odd bucks is major mileage. I should say that I did also try the plain Amplify Shampoo and HATED it. Even after one wash my hair was fraggle feral. Such a major difference between formulaes, so if you didn't like one, it's worth trying the other. The end.
After the first couple of wears this started to smudge terribly. I also found that it took almost 10 minutes to dry completely before I could apply my eyeshadow. Back to Lancome Artliner I run.