Great moisturiser. It replaced my HG! I was very sceptical and worried at first, because I had a lot of events to attend and I was sure that this would break me out. However, it did not. In fact, it helped my skin heal! Additionally, I have extremely oily skin & there are certain days of the week where I have to wear makeup for 12 hours. On these days I feel extremely self-conscious because around hour 8 my makeup just starts deteriorating. Usually, whenever I try any new product, it just makes my skin even oilier & I feel embarrassed that I was walking around like that. However, this product made my makeup last longer than usual! I love it! My makeup still deteriorates and slides off, but with oily skin that's going to happen no matter what and there's *nothing* you can do to stop it. Using this product however, helps a little. The only thing I hate is that it pumps out WAY too much! It's ridiculous and wasteful...
*Sigh* I've been on an eye cream "journey" for almost a year now. Still haven't found the perfect one. I thought this one might be good, seeing as I really like the Sukin moisturiser. However, that was not the case. I don't have dark circles, but this eye cream gave them to me! I looked so sick and tired... Plus, my undereyes got all grey and scaly because obviously they were dry due to the lack of moisturisation from this cream. It did get rid of some of the lines under my eyes, but that other than that I looked like a zombie... I also started getting milia because despite the fact that this really isn't moisturising, it's apparently too heavy for me. Going back to my high-end stuff. It gives me lines, but at least my undereyes are luminous & I don't look like I've come back from the dead! Will be trying more high-end eye treatments in the future.
The colour is gorgeous, but the formula is crap. First off, this has a very interesting scent. I've never smelt a floral lipstick before & tbh I think it's quite weird but I don't necessarily dislike it. However, this lipstick is MAJORLY DRYING. Personally, I have oily lips & this dries them out *instantly*. Most drugstore lipsticks and balms make my lips dry, but I think this may be the most drying lipstick I've ever encountered. In fact, Rimmel is the brand which has made most of my most drying lipsticks! Very disappointing.
Way overhyped on youtube. I have the one in vanilla and macadamia & I don't get what's so great about it. It's just a standard lip balm... Everyone goes on about how amazing it smells, but it just smells like cocoa butter.. Nothing revolutionary. It's not extremely moisturising either and just sits on the lips, feeling heavy. It's okay when I wear it under my lipstick, but alone I can't stand that heavy feeling on my lips & I have to wipe it off. Not crazy about the packaging either. So overall, this product is just "meh". I'd definitely pass on it. Edit: I've realised this also makes my lips peel every time I wear it. Sigh...
Treatments (Eye) -Jurlique - Herbal Recovery Eye Gel
st3f4n42srb 5/4/2013 12:01:00 AM
Meh. It's alright. Doesn't do much, though. I don't have dark circles so I can't speak about that, but for lines this does pretty much nothing. Some of my lines are even enhanced now... So i'll definitely be trying other eye creams. Disappointed. I was actually sceptical as soon as I smelled the gel, as it reeks of alcohol. And sure enough, alcohol is almost at the top of the list of ingedients! I don't get it.. Why would they do that? Why would they put alcohol in an eye cream? That seems counter-intuitive... Needless to say, i've had better results with MUCH cheaper products.
Very pretty. I was looking for an orangey nude and I found one in undressed. It's a beige shade with peach tones. Looks great with my extremely pale, cool-toned skin & dark auburn hair. It's very autominal (It's actually the colour of autumn leaves!) & completely different to any other colour I have. As for the formula, it's definitely not long-lasting, but I didn't expect it to be, seeing as it's a nude, & quite a bit lighter than my lips. In terms of hydration/dryness, it's better than average. It will still dry your lips out, but not as much as other Rimmel lipsticks. I'd call it middle-of-the-road as far as drugstores lipsticks go. I guess in general there's no lipstick which won't dry your lips out, otherwisse it'd be considered lip gloss... Anyway, I love this lipstick & will be wearing it as much as I can!
Moisturizers -Jurlique - Herbal Recovery Night Cream
st3f4n42srb 4/21/2013 8:26:00 PM
I love Jurlique. Everything they have just ... works. Jurlique never fails me & I'd be happy to buy all of my skincare from them (and am slowly doing so). There's not much to say about this night cream except that it's good. It isn't over-moisturising & therefore doesn't break me out. It's just moisturising enough & I like the texture. The scent isn't my favourite, but what can you do.. It's not extremely offensive or anything. One thing I find really interesting is the effect this moisturiser has on my oil. Before using this, I'd wake up & there'd be pools of oil all over my face. Now however, I find that there are just tiny pin-sized dots of oil, just coming out of my pores. Additionally, this product makes your skin feel quite silky after you've applied it. I'm not sure if it does anything for lines, but I have one on my forehead & due to the fact that I started using this & the clarisonic at the same time, I'm not sure which one helped. All I know is that its appearance has been lessened. As for the packaging of this product, I generally like it. The glass jar is very nice & I like the little protective cap. I would have preferred a bottle with a pump, though. All in all, this is a good night cream for someone with oily skin & I definitely recommend it.
Moisturizers -Biotherm - Pure.fect Skin Hydrating Gel
st3f4n42srb 4/8/2013 7:41:00 PM
Once again, another high-end product bought due to the recommendations of others. And once again, I'm displeased. It seems as if everyone on youtube & in the blogosphere loves this stuff, but for me it just didn't work! The product claims to be a hydrating gel with anti-shine & anti-blemish properties. Personally, I wanted it for the anti-shine aspect, as I have oily skin & need my makeup to last for as long as possible. However, this product did not live up to its claims. The packaging is gorgeous (especially the box) & I love that it has a little plastic case over the lid because it means you can travel with this product without having to worry. The scent is also beautiful & fresh (if this were a perfume I'd definitely buy it) & I really like the texture of the moisturiser. It feels like a cross between a thin, watery moisturiser & a silicone primer. I also love the way it makes my skin feel so silky. However, this is where the positives end. Despite the claims of the box (and of other people), this product makes my skin oily! Seriously, within a few hours i'm a total grease ball! It feels so gross... Additionally, this product is not hydrating enough. The product states that it is a 'hydrating gel', but to me it's just like putting a primer straight onto your face. It gives pretty much no moisture. And it is for that reason that I think my skin is producing so much oil - because it lacks moisture! I've also found that this product makes fine lines look like deep ones.. Furthermore, I don't know that this product broke me out, but I do know that in the week I was using this product, my skin was breaking out, getting more & more pimples every day. However, when I switched back to my old daytime moisturiser, I woke up the next day with an entirely clear face! So I can't say for sure that this product broke my skin out, but I do think it's highly likely given the evidence, as well as the fact that fragrance has been known to break my skin out before. What I can say is that the "anti-impurity" side of this product obviously doesn't work. So once again I find that drugstore prevails over high end.... My $8 neutrogena moisturiser is infinitely better than this. I'm just going to have to give this away to someone, because I will not be putting this on my face again. To conclude, this product is aimed towards oily-skinned blemish-prone people. However, I am of this exact skin type & this product does not work for me. I'd recommend this product for those of you with non-sensitive normal to combination skin.
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
st3f4n42srb 3/8/2013 6:34:00 PM
It's aight. I used to use this daily for one or two years before they changed the packaging & I just bought it recently in the new packaging, because I needed *something* to replace my skin stays clean (hg foundation). First off, I love the new packaging. Good on Almay for creating a glass pump bottle. It looks great & it's very convenient & doesn't waste product. As for the formula, it's very good. It's not cakey or too thick, but it's not thin & runny either. Coverage is medium (which I Iike). What really disappoints me though is the colour selection. I have pale skin so I chose the lightest shade (200) & it's just too dark & yellow. All day while I was wearing it I felt so self-conscious & was trying to find ways to hide my neck & chest because my face was yellow as a banana, but my neck & chest were completely pink! So that pissed me off... In relation to oil control, it's alright. I have 12-hour days so of course at the end of the day I was an oil-slick, but hey what's new. The important thing is that with a very good powder this can get through 6 hours with minimal oiliness. That should be good enough for most people. So to conclude, I love the formula & the packaging, but I am really upset about the colour selection. I just don't understand why they would make the palest shade so yellow.. It's very rare to see an extremely pale yellow-toned person. I'm just so upset that I can't wear this EDIT: Apparently they have a lighter shade called Ivory which would have been *perfect* for me, but it's not available in Australia. I hate this country... However, I've just now bought the Ivory shade off of Amazon, so I'm happy.
Liquid -Shiseido - Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++
st3f4n42srb 3/6/2013 6:18:00 PM
I wanted to like this product SO badly, & I thought it would be amazing due to all of the reviews. However, I was not impressed. My drugstore foundation is a lot better... Let me start off by saying that I have oily skin, a few pimples & some redness/scarring. First off, the consistency was a problem for me. It's so thin & runny, but somehow no matter how I apply this foundation it ends up looking cakey!! If you have perfect skin with no pimples, it may not look cakey. But if you have any lumps on your skin, it's cake central. No matter how little I apply, it's just cakey. I've tried using fingers, a brush & a damp sponge. The sponge was the worst because I think it just soaked up the foundation, as when I tried to apply it it was like I had put nothing on my face. Another point of importance is the coverage. This is a full-coverage foundation, a fact which I dislike. It just looks so unnatural... I prefer sheer-medium coverage. As for the oil control, I was expecting great things. However, this did not live up to the hype at all. By the end of the day I looked like I'd dipped my face in oil. It was literally my entire face. That doesn't usually happen. So to conclude... I give this foundation 2 stars because it's pretty much unwearable & therefore definitely not worth the money. I am extremely disappointed in this oily & hard-to-work-with foundation. Other random notes: - It dries extremely fast, so you have to work fast. - It's very difficult to remove, you need an oil-based makeup remover. - I'm pretty sure it broke me out (must be the ridiculously high spf content). - I also think it has whitening properties (even though the bottle doesn't say it) because I've noticed a HUGE difference in my redness from day 1 of using this. - It has a strong sunscreen scent. - You have to exfoliate your face really well because this foundation will cling to any dry patches & be even cakier than usual. - I recommend this foundation for someone who is completely blemish-free & has normal to slightly oily skin.
Lip Liners -Rimmel - 1000 kisses stay on lipliner in wild clover
st3f4n42srb 2/21/2013 6:36:00 PM
Great colour. I was trying to find a liner to match my natural lip colour & this is the one! It's pretty much my exact colour. I don't like that it accentuates any dryness/flakiness on your lips, but whatever. I'm sure all liners do that. Anyway, it's a great colour & I will purchase it again.
Lip Liners -Rimmel - 1000 kisses stay on lip liner in Tiramisu
st3f4n42srb 2/21/2013 6:33:00 PM
Not a fan. I was trying to find a lip liner to match the natural colour of my lips, but this was just way too brown. In general, the colour just doesn't work on me. The lip liner is also drying, but I suppose they all are. Meh. It's alright if you like brown liners with slight pink undertones.
Meh. Doesn't really do anything for me. For mosquito bites it only provides relief for about half an hour. As for pimples, it neither helps nor hinders them. Not sure why everyone's raving about it... ? I should also add that it has an extremely thin, liquidy consistency & no matter how careful you are, this will get on your carpet or possessions at some point. It's unavoidable. Plus, despite the fact that I clean under my nails thoroughly, this stains the underside & it makes me very self-conscious about showing anyone that side of my hand. I gave it 3 stars because it has never made any of my problems *worse* but it doesn't do much to make them better either. I think it would be good for people with very mild skin irritations/mosquito bites. I'm allergic to mosquito bites, so it really does nothing to help me. I do remember it being good for chicken pox though, as long as one applied it every hour or so.
I wanted to like this product so much... =\ I'm not sure why these lip butters are so hyped up, they do nothing for me. I have the lip butter in raspberry pie, which is a beautiful dark pink shade. The lip butter is really quite pigmented, just slightly less pigmented than a lipstick. The problem is, this product dries my lips out! The reason that I was so excited about owning a lip butter was because pretty much all of my lipsticks are drying (because they're all drugstore). Lo & behold, the lip butters are only slightly less drying than my lipsticks! Not. Impressed. I should also mention that I have very oily skin & lips. My lips are never dry unless I apply drugstore lipstick or one of these lip butters. I like how light the product feels on the lips, but it also has a thin, greasy texture to it, whilst simultaneously sucking the moisture out of the lips. Weird. I also dislike the colour selection. They have so many pale pinks, all of which look exactly the same. There are no mauve shades, & there are only 2 other shades in this collection which appeal to me. What I will say though, is that the packaging is gorgeous & I LOVE the scent. It smells like cake batter!! You don't get very much product though, & these are very expensive where I live ($21-$23). I got mine on ebay. All in all, i'm seriously disappointed. If I had bought these in Aus, I could have paid $7 more & gotten a YSL lipstick. SO OVERPRICED!! Edit: Forgot to add, these are not long-lasting at all. I gave this product 3 stars for pretty packaging, a cute scent & good pigmentation.
I LOVE this!!! I thought it would lack pigmentation, but it is a lot more pigmented than I thought, & the colour is lovely. I also love the consistency of this lip butter, as it isn't thick & I don't feel like I have this huge layer on my lips. I can't stand that... I also love the packaging. I think it looks so cute & I for one love that it's in a pot. It's just so convenient & this is the kind of thing you can just apply to your lips without a mirror & there's no way you can mess it up (unlike with lipstick). Imo, there's no point in having something in a tube when I'm just going to go in with my finger to smooth it out anyway. I also like that this has a very subtle rose scent, as I truly cannot stand rose scents. This one is kind of earthy, & I enjoy it. One thing I do not like however, is the fact that the lid is often so hard to open! It sometimes takes minutes just to open it... However, that may just be the one I have. In relation to moisture, I have no idea how well this works because I don't get dry lips. I personally just use this for colour. All in all, I will DEFINITELY buy this again, especially since it's so cheap at only $12!! Love <33 I really hope to get this in plum & jasmine also.. EDIT: Just put it on right now because my lips are hurting & it feels amazing... Plus, it's so pigmented, yet so natural-looking. Korres lip butters make my life!!! This is what a real lip butter is. Revlon is CRAP.