Out of all the sunscreens I've tried, this one is the winner. It doesn't leave you feeling uncomfortable and sticky, in fact it's quite light and does live up to its claim of absorbing excess oil and sebum. I first got this as a sample and was so enamored that I had to get the full size. It is extremely pricey, especially compared to other sunscreens, for example Peter Roth's uber dry sunscreen, 4 Oz, $26, while this is $65 for 2 oz. However, I've had this same tube of Natural Protector since April and use it daily, and I still have more than half the tube left. I don't know if it justifies the price tag, but the product truly does live up to what it claims, in terms of oil control and being lightweight yet hydrating. And smells heavenly. Highly recommended!
Liquid -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 [DISCONTINUED]
shadyy 5/12/2009 5:59:00 PM
I've been using this foundation for 1-2 months, previously I haven't used anything of the sort besides tinted moisturizer. Coverage is quite good, but don't expect full coverage. It will even out your skin and diminish freckles but if you have redness from acne or dark acne scars, it'll only reduce the redness by a bit. If you have flaky skin, be sure to moisturize well or exfoliate before using this because it WILL accentuate any flakes you have. When this foundation is first applied, it looks kind of dull, but give it around ten minutes + and it'll absorb into your skin and look completely natural. I find it makes me look doll like! It also controls my extremely oily skin very well. Prior to using this foundation, my bare skin would look like someone slathered grease onto my face. Now, I just glow! As for sensitivity issues, I have not broken out from this foundation. Regarding oxidization, I only have this problem if I let it sit on my face (i.e., dabbing dots of foundation on face before blending with a brush or something) for too long without blending or I let it sit on the back of my hand. Then it just turns orange. However, I place a dot on my finger and apply it to my face immediately then blend. No oxidization problems, I haven't had a problem where it turned orange or darker while on my face. Now the cons. I know everyone loves the packaging because it's a great, hygienic pump. But this baby CLOGS. The foundation crystallizes/solidifies (this does not affect application) and clogs the pump. You have to open it up, take out the tube and clean it out. Just because of this I will NOT be purchasing when I run out. It's a pain. Great product, but I won't sacrifice my time in the mornings to unclog a pump that shouldn't clog! This is THE single most frustrating thing I've ever come across from a make up product. I'm paying $45 and the least Dior could do is make a pump/formulation that doesn't clog. It happens every few weeks or so. Unfortunate. I'm around NC20-NC25 in MAC and use this foundation in 021 Linen. edit:// 3/10/11 So I caved and rebought this since I couldn't find another foundation with the same finish as this. My new bottle doesn't clog anymore! Great news.
Made me look like a cherub. It certainly is gorgeous, it lives up to its "transparent pigment" technology, but it didn't work for me.
Concealers -Stila - Stick Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:57:00 PM
I've used this for a while and it's lasted me a while. I was introduced to this by a Sephora SA. It's kind of greasy but worked very well for me while I was tanned in the summer. I never had a problem with it coming off after a long day. I'm now on my second tube, now that its warm again I'll be using it!
It's really sheer. The color is gorgeous in the tube, however. And it's nice and moisturizing. :)
Eyeliner -Clinique - Brush-on cream liner in TRUE BLACK
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:52:00 PM
This stuff lives up to its name. This is REALLY black. Stays on all day and glides on. Good stuff. :)
Eye Shadow -Hard Candy - Old Skool Eye Shadow Quad
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:50:00 PM
It's pricey. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking when I popped 28$ for this palette. But it's a good palette and the colors go great together. I really adore the gold in this duo. Colors are pigmented and the brushes are tiny, kind of hard to use but they get the job done.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:45:00 PM
It's greasy. But it gets the job done with one fell swipe! Hahah. Awesome stuff.
Cakey. Dry. Doesn't sit well with me at all. I regret buying it. It does cover up well, however.
My HG shadow for everyday. It's sooo beautifully smooth and pigmented. It's a purpley brown with a subtle shimmer on the skin. Doesn't crease on me with UDPP. LOVE the packaging. <3 NARS. Kinda pricey but it's quality.
On my second, only because I lost my first since it was so small, haha. Use this with UDPP and you have a great, cheap eyeliner. Doesn't smudge with UDPP. Love, love, love it. Can't beat the price either. On bad days, it does skip. But that's only 2% of the time.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:33:00 PM
On my second tube. The best primer. Gone through 12 hour days without my liner/eyeshadow budging. The packaging sucks because you have to saw it open to get at the rest. Otherwise, I love my UDPP. Highly recommended. <3
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
shadyy 4/7/2008 5:31:00 PM
Used for one week. I ran back to Sephora to switch it for UDPP right away. :\ The consistency is a lot more moisturizing than UDPP which is a plus. The only thing wrong with Shadow Insurance is that it CREASES. Not too badly, but noticeable. UDPP does its job perfect.