Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
sarahalthea 4/12/2012 9:57:00 AM
Have it, love it, use it daily and recently discovered another use for it - for foiling shadows prone to fall out. A quick spray on a lay down brush prevents crappy fall out and enhances dimension.
Ladies, please take a look at the list of ingredients before you purchase. Ingredients: Aqua,Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea Butter),Glycerin,Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer,Squalane,Butylene Glycol,Tocopheryl Acetate(Vit. E),Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba Seed Oil),Panthenol,Physalis Alkekengi Calyx Extract,Vervascum Thapsus Extract,Algae Extract,Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract,Vitis Vinifera(Grape Leaf Extraxt),Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract,Michelia Alba Leaf Oil,Pelargonium Graveolens Oil,Rosa Damascena Flower Oil,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate,Pentylene Glycol,Polysorbate 60,Sorbitan Isostearate,Tetarsodium EDTA,Citric Acid,Arginine,Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol,Sodium Benzoate,Methylisothiazolinone,Potassium sorbate,BHT, Iron Oxides(CL 77491),Linalool,Citronellol,Geraniol. Let's break it down to basic English: water, shea butter, carrier agent, humectant, carrier, preservative (Vit E - also promotes healing and glowing skin), jojoba oil, botanicals, emulsifiers, more preservatives, fragrance. You can create the same mask by essentially mixing water, shea butter, a Vit E capsule, a dash of jojoba and a couple drops of essential oils that are not harmful to the skin. There's nothing spectacular about this product except the impressive price.
First off, I have a bone to pick with some reviewers, giving poor ratings because of sample. Rosacea and otger serious skin problems take weeks to even begin to clear up. This cannot be done in a couple days with a sample! Second, there are absolutely no ingredients that cause irritations or peeling. I suspect any redness or stinging or peeling is from already irritated skin. My point being the skin in question is the problem, not the product. I first used this as a sample too on my windburned skin. It burned like crazy because my skin was chapped and anything else toiching it would have burned as well. That being said, in 20 minutes time, the redness went away and it felt better. I love this cream. The best mild cream!!!
BEST SCRUB EVER! I have used a gazillion scrubs and this one is hands down the best. I was blown away with how soft and even textured it felt immediately after. And when I woke up this morning, I didn't feel any flakies or rough texture (especially on my nose). My skin felt soft and smooth. I have combo skin, but tend to get a little red using ahas. This scrub has literally changed my life. A fine textured stub with chemical ahas that doesn't dry or irritate is tantamount to the holy grail. Incredible!
Brows -Make Up For Ever - Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector
sarahalthea 2/26/2012 10:31:00 AM
I use this mostly on my brow tail ... I'm impressed with the staying power and undertone. I found that applying it before bed gives the most natural appearance. I use an angled Stila liner brush and carefully blend into the tail area. It tends to look a bit overdone so if I sleep in it, I wake with brows looking naturally full and the color oxidizes enough to pass as real.
I love this fragrance. It is similar to Issey, but slightly warmer and softer. It isn't as biting. It also reminds me of Sunflowers, but cleaner and not as sweet or strong. The fade-down is beautiful. It reminds me of a clean sunny day!
First of all, the full size is the same size as the sample: 2 oz. for $5 US. And you can find value sets for $14 including this and a f/s nail polish. Scent: Yes, it smells like powder and rose and a bit sharp but as far as scents go, this is pretty mild. It's not as mild as Dior's rose-scented np remover, but it won't make your eyes water or get you high. Removal: I had 6 coats to remove. I'm sure that's disgusting for np freaks but that's how I roll. This removed everything with 2 cotton rounds. Amazing. No rubbing til my nail beds hurt, no repeated dips into the bottle. I used a very small amount and it really grabbed up the color and kept it. Impressive. Result: Sounds weird, but my nails look shiny and feel slightly oiled. I didn't get any 'squeak' from the np remover, and my nails don't feel brittle at all. I have to wash afterwards, but if I left them as-is, it wouldn't look freakish at all. So yeah, it's expensive and not the easiest product to purchase last-minute, but my nails look healthier and are stronger since I've been using Butter London NP and Essie top and base coats. I won't ever go back to a drugstore formula again.
Awesome product but doesn't fit my fair skin tone. :-(
PROS: Using fingers to blend, it sheers out to almost-natural coverage. When applied properly, it makes me sad to remove it at night. Color range is excellent - meaning the undertones are subtly different and matching is crucial. It *is* a 15 hour foundation. Feels lighter than EL Double Wear. Builds to FULL coverage. No need for concealor if used correctly. No need for powder. Doesn't break me out. Dries/sets quickly. CONS: Can look slightly matte/powdery. Tricky to get coverage without looking flat and paint like. Fingers are best used -brushes deposit too much product. Can accentuate dryness. SPF 10 is useless, imo. Expensive but a little goes a long way. No light reflecting properties. I need to add highlighter after it sets. How I use it: I work around my eyes with shade 2.1 and blend to tops of apples. Then I blend in 2.2 for the rest of my face. When I get a little color, I'll have to switch to 2.2 for around my eyes and 2.3 for the rest of my face. I'll keep using it til something better appears.
Treatments (Eye) -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Eye
sarahalthea 1/31/2012 3:00:00 PM
Hmmm.... I like that this isn't a rich eye cream so it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. I can wear makeup over it without worrying about it moving. I have noticed a difference, in that over the last 6 months of use, my wrinkles haven't really grown. It is light enough that I use it on the lid to prevent creping, without having my eyes get irritated. However, I'm actually not a fan of the packaging. Given that this is so expensive, it seems like a waste of product to use a pump. I only use a little bit, so what gets lost in the pump is enough for at least 5 additional applications. That's nearly a week of milage!
I received this as a gift and have been using it faithfully. After 4 weeks of daily use, I really haven't noticed too much of a difference in my skin, other than slightly better texture. It is hard, however to attribute it solely to this product, as I have also used my Clarisonic and other great skin care with it. Overall, I think it's OK- hasn't caused any major problems and my skin feels softer. But I haven't noticed a reduction of redness in areas that I focus on application (nose area) or a reduction of pigmentation in skin spots. Perhaps if this product were more reasonably priced I would buy it again, but I simply can't justify spending $78 on this. I would rather shell out a few more bucks and go with Dior or perhaps switch over to Sadik (same as Dior for a fraction of the cost).
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Extase Flash Plumping Mascara
sarahalthea 1/31/2012 12:03:00 AM
The best volumizing/lengthening mascara. It even curled my lashes! I LOVE this mascara!
Tinted Moisturizer -Too Faced - Beauty Balm- Vanilla Glow
sarahalthea 1/21/2012 9:40:00 PM
Oh my god, this product is AMAZING! A tinted SPF balm that has hydrating properties, acts as a primer, thicker than a moisturizer, lighter than a foundation, with unbelievable coverage that doesn't sheer out.
Blush -Make Up For Ever - Microfinish HD Blush - #5 Nip Slip
sarahalthea 1/21/2012 9:09:00 PM
The quality of this product is phenomenal! it is a great matte blush that lasts all day