I just wanted to re-iterate the fact that Bobbi Brown downsized this product from 0.38 oz. to 0.13 oz, which is more than half of the product gone and yet the price remains the same. Absolutely mental. It almost infers a lack of respect to her customers. No joke here, the formula isn't 3x as better as it used to be.
Moisturizers -Dermalogica - Clean Start Bedtime for Breakouts
shmooo 9/24/2011 2:20:00 AM
This is the SECOND tube of the Dermalogica Bedtime for Breakouts tube that I have finished. PACKAGING: Firstly, I think they changed the cap of the tube. Previously, there was a somewhat pointed opening, which was helpful because this product is viscose. The newer tube has a rounded opening, which sucks. Fortunately, I just switched the caps. The tube is great and sanitary, I rated it a 4 (new cap really sucks). PRICE: I gave it a 5 because it is a little bit pricey and I think a tube lasts about 4 months. I bought it for...$29+tax CAD I believe. **IMPORTANT NOTE** this product is under the wrong category. It should actually be under "TREATMENTS". MY SKIN: Used to be perfect (except for dark circles), until I hit my second year of university and was stressed out 24/7. I began suffering from breakouts, etc. Now, I maintain relatively healthy skin with the help of an arsenal of products. This product is one of them. My skin is now: prone to acne (fyi acne is a CHRONIC condition, it'll come back if you stop treating it), prone to congestion, enlarged pores, oily in the t-zone as well as the inner cheek area, and prone to hyperpigmentation. HOW TO USE: I never use this as a spot treatment. Instead, every night after I have washed my face with the Clarisonic, I apply this product all over my entire face. I do this every night because I'll notice more clogged pores when I don't use this product. EFFICACY: It has definitely helped keep my skin clearer than it was before. If I don't use this for a few nights in a row, I develop more breakouts because my skin is congested. It also reduces the redness on my face. This product does not irritate my skin, which is very rare in an anti-acne treatment. OVERALL: I have/would/will continue to REPURCHASE this product because it is effective. If you're trying this out, give it a few weeks before you discard it. It's difficult for me to understand why people stop using products that they don't think are working (I can understand if it's breaking them out, but most people here seem to stop using products after a week or 2) when acne has been affecting people for much, much longer than a few weeks. Acne is not going to just go away in a few days because of a couple of new products you've introduced into your regimen. If you've dealt with acne, most likely it's been for years. Patience can be very beneficial when dealing with acne/blemish-prone skin. Hope this helps :)
To start off: I have darker than average, heriditary dark circles. Adding onto the genetic factor, I am a high-strung university student who does not get very much stable sleep. Put those two factors together and we are talking bad, bad things here. Normally, I would use a THIN layer of Benefit's Erase Paste after my foundation and then Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer on top of that. Needless to say, that is a VERY pricey combination, but it worked well to conceal and brighten my undereyes. So why stray? The combination is destined for creasing and if I wear eye make-up, it WILL somehow throughout the day, smudge under. I always set with Benefit's Powderflage or LM's Secret Brightening Powder by the way. Enter: Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle Roller. It has taken the place of my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer! Thank goodness because I have a brand new pot of the old formulation which I want to savor for my blemishes (heard the new formula was subpar compared to the old formula). Anyway, this really does help brighten and keep my undereyes looking a little less dreadful. Even if I was in a rush, I could skip Erase Paste and solely use this to brighten up the undereyes. The formula is SO nice. I always shake the product prior to applying and roll it under my eyes. I then use my ring finger to pat it all around my undereyes, using the triangular method (everywhere above the cheekbone basically). The best thing is that this does not crease nor cause my eye make-up to smudge. Because I purchased this for around $12 on sale, I rated this a 1 in dirt cheap. I'm sorry, but please tell me the next time you find an eye brightener/concealer for $12 that is 15 ml (HALF the size of a FOUNDATION!), and works as well as this does. Amazing value for what it delivers! Love this. I always see it on sale, so try picking it up then! HTH :)
Misc Beauty Tools -Sephora - SEPHORA - Whole Store
shmooo 1/25/2011 1:30:00 AM
Sephora, owned by parent company LMVH, is a friend and foe. I love it because they carry a lot of brands that are inaccessible to people above the 49th parallel (Canadians!). However, despite the fact that the majority of Sephoras in Canada are extremely close the the U.S., they somehow have decided that it was appropriate to drastically increase the price of every single product offered at the store in comparison to U.S. prices. Sorry, but the last time I checked, the Canadian and U.S. dollar were pretty darn close together. There should be no reason why most products have around a 30% added "bonus". It's really frustrating. I've stumbled upon some amazing beauty advisors over the past few years. Despite this, there seems to be a great deal of variability in product knowledge (of course this is to be assumed), but one BA attempted to color match me and it was what most people call, an EPIC fail. The whole V.I.B. thing is cute and all, but seriously, I remember 2 years ago, I had reached 100 points and received a 0.5 oz of dr. brandt's microdermabrasion in a jar. It currently goes for around $85 in Canada (it's probably around $65 in the U.S.!) so the retail value was around $40 (accounting for inflation here). Nowadays, I have to spend $500 before getting anything remotely close to something of that value. Perhaps a F&F sale once per season would make up (no pun intended) for it's downfalls. The only thing that keeps me going back is their amazing return/exchange policy and range of brands.
This is a dupe for Nars Bougainville lip gloss! I love this lipstick. It's vampy, but not outrageous. I feel comfortable wearing this during the day. It's a plummy color that really whitens your teeth and the formula is great. Enough moisture to not dry out my lips, but not so balm-y that it slides around. I can see it working on every skin tone. I'm NC30/Nars Sheer Glow in Stromboli
WOW. I love this mascara. It's my HG mascara. SUPER TIP: this mascara is at it's prime when it is half dried out. I swear if you want volume and length from this mascara instead of length alone, spend half and hour pumping the mascara wand in and out. I know this isn't recommended blah blah but honestly, my sparse, short, Asian lashes have never been so volumized and lengthened by anything else. I've tried loads of high-end and drugstore options and this is my absolute favourite out of the dozens I've tried. This tube of liquid gold is seriously underrated. In a way, I don't mind because huge demand for the product would probably cause the price to increase, but at the same time it'd be great for this to get some loving! Buy it, you won't regret it!!
JUST AN FYI: I didn't want to taint the reviews, but this is just for anybody who is interested in this product. It was LE, but is being repromoted in MAC's Style Black collection. Instead of 4.5 oz, MAC is screwing us a 3.4 oz, but it will be in a tube instead of a tub(YAY), and it will retail for 19.50US/23.50CAD. Style Black will be released Sept 24 09 in the US/Canada and in Oct internationally.