Concealers -Maybelline - Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer
sw128 4/19/2009 10:00:00 PM
I dunno, I still have mixed feelings about this concealer. I've been using Estee Lauder's Double Wear concealer religiously, but lately I've been noticing it drying out my skin. I thought this would be a good and cheaper alternative, but its runny, thin consistency doesn't cover nearly as well as Double Wear. I haven't noticed a good staying power, and it seems to accentuate my dry flaky skin halfway through the day. I understand that the payoff of a good, long-lasting concealer may be that it is taxing on the skin, drying it out, but this really isn't effective enough either. The colour match was all right, I'm NC25 and I got the 2-4 shade (I think).
This is a lovely, lovely red on me. Intense, rich, a near-true red that is really class and glamour in a tube. It's also my first MAC purchase (yah, I've been avoiding it)! I tried both Russian Red and Ruby Woo in the store, while both looked very similar in the tube, Ruby Woo was cooler, and the texture was more matte. It also looked more screaming bright on my lips, so I decided to get Russian Red instead. Everytime I put it on I want to speak in a Russian accent. Silly, I know. Love. Yah, it is a little dry. But I find it lasts longer, slipping away to a nice stain.
I'm so in love with this lipstick. Like most of the reviews have said, the colour looks so blah in the tube, but somehow comes alive on the lips to create a very pretty rosy flushed look. I can see how this colour works better for medium skin-toned brunettes. The colour is a complex rosey-brownish-red, I really can't describe it well. The quality is the same as the other Super Lustrous lipsticks I've tried: pigmented, soft, doesn't smudge all over the place, it's just wonderful. Packing is sleek and it has perhaps one of the most important factors for me in a lipstick: no offensive fragrance. I also really like Super Lustrous' Deep Nude, which has a warmer, more reddish tone. I love it for the warmer months.
Lip Gloss -Alba Botanica - Passion Fruit Nectar Clear Lip Gloss
sw128 2/17/2009 11:02:00 PM
Arh, I'm pretty sure I have found THE perfect lip gloss, and I didn't even like lip gloss that much (that was until I tried this). The texture of this is really nice. It's not very sticky, it feels a little more waxy (for the lack of a better term) on the lips. I haven't found it to be extremely moisturizing or long-lasting, but for all the pros, this is great.
127 is a deep, shimmery dark brown, very gorgeous and versatile. The texture of the shadow is so soft and easy to pick up with a brush compared to the other Annabelle single shadows I own, I immediately fell in love. The colour is really intense and beautiful. You should definitely try this.
Based on personal experience, this stuff is GREAT! I've always disliked wearing makeup because of how difficult it is to remove (all the rubbing and tugging on my poor sensitive skin), but this washes off all my mascara and foundation and leaves my skin clean! Sometimes I also massage a couple drops of jojoba oil onto my skin to better loosen up the makeup before I wash with this. The cleanser leaves my skin so soft, and more hydrated than after I use Cetaphil (which is supposed to be extra-gentle, but I find it a little drying compared to this). This is also easy to find (at most health food stores), inexpensive. It smells like pears.
I'm going to be the odd one out and give this mascara a bad review. I've bought two tubes of this, thinking that the first might have been a bad batch, and I'm still not impressed. The formula is thick (almost greasy?). It goes on my lashes slightly clumpy, and gives me major smudges/raccoon eyes after a few hours. My eyelashes are more defined, but I don't see much in the volume department. However, it might just be me with my short straight asian lashes and oily eyelids. Still, I tried Full n' Soft after this, and I love it. Pretty lashes and no smudges, and it's not even waterproof. Forgot to add, this is much harder to remove than Full n' Soft. I hate having to pull and tug my eyelids, waste makeup remover, and lose my already sparse lashes.
Cleansers -Vichy - Purete Thermale Demaquillant Integral One Step Cleanser 3in1
sw128 8/30/2008 2:57:00 AM
I really needed a gentle cleanser that takes off makeup, and this works. I find it very good at removing foundation and concealer if you wipe it off with a wet wash cloth. I rarely wear mascara, so I can't really comment on how effective it is there. I usually follow this up with my usual Cetaphil. My skin's been looking wonderfully soft and glowy lately, and I have a feeling that it's not just a coincidence. One thing I know is that I'll definitely keep using this and see.
Concealers -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer
sw128 8/30/2008 2:50:00 AM
Arh! I think I'm falling in love with this concealer. It covers under eye circles beautifully. I got mine in light-medium, and it's a slightly lighter match that also brightens my under eye area. It's very creamy and dries pretty fast after application, but it really covers over your blemishes and stays put all day. I had a cheap Covergirl concealer before and it compares no where close to this one. The CG had no staying power, and didn't really cover anything to start with. This is pretty expensive, but concealers are so important I'm willing to splurge. Update: six months later, I still use this everyday! I dislike the look of heavy makeup, but this, with a little foundation and blush, I can't leave home without.
Cleansers -Bioderma - Sensibio H2O (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire)
sw128 8/30/2008 2:38:00 AM
I bought this after reading so many model and industry recommendations. I'm a little underwhelmed. It takes off all your makeup, but only after much rubbing and tugging. I know you are supposed to soak your cotton ball with the stuff and wipe, but at 20 bucks a bottle, it's not cheap. And despite what others have said, it DOES leave a shinny film. On the other hand, it takes off regular eye makeup better than anything else I've tried. I might repurchase just for taking off and fixing eye makeup. I can see how models and makeup artists can use tons of this stuff several times a day because it's so gentle, and hey, they can afford it because their skin is their life. But I just need something to take off makeup before bed, and for the price, it just doesn't do.
Moisturizers -Dove - Essential Nutrients - Night Cream
sw128 8/30/2008 2:23:00 AM
I really like this moisturizer! The cream is very rich and nourishing, but it's light when you first put it on and absorbs beautifully into your skin without any greasiness. My skin is bit more oily in the morning though, but on my slightly dry skin, it just looks glowy and well-rested. I find that it helps if you just apply a little dab rather than slathering this all over your face; your skin is still well-moisturized. I usually dislike fragances in moisturizers, but this one has a slight rose-like scent that doesn't bother me. It's cheap and easy to find, perhaps one of the best drugstore moisturizers out there (and I've tried quite a few).
This moisturizer is awesome! I'm not sure if I have the day or night version, mine doesn't specify. Still, I love the fact that it's fragrance, alcohol, and colour-free, which totally agrees with my sensitive skin. It has made my complexion so smooth and clear, without being too greasy or irritating. My only doubt is if it will be moisturizing enough for winter. I guess I'll have to see.
People should really stop complaining about how Cetaphil doesn't remove makeup, how it doesn't lathers, etc. What I don't understand is how people can put soapy cleansers on their face that dry out their skin over time and cause major irritation. Cetaphil is fantastic. It is gentle, yet it gets the job done right. After using it for nearly a month now, my skin is smooth and radiant. It got rid of my redness and flakiness. It also washes off nicely, is fragrance-free, and has a low hazard rating on the EWG website, which is always a plus for anything you put on your skin! Seriously, do your skin a favour. Edit: I got bored with Cetaphil and tried a couple of other cleansers, and my skin was left with breakouts and redness. Cetaphil cleared it all up in a couple of days, and I won't change again.
This is the cream that I've been using for the past three years. It's so moisturizing and calming, probably the only thing that works well for my extra dry skin. I put it on before going to sleep and the next morning I wake up with glowing and luminous skin. If my skin feels stressed and itchy from dryness, this cures all! The only thing I don't like is the greasiness. Don't use too much of it in the morning or your face will shine! EDIT: I've moved onto Nivea moisturizers. Their Sensitive Balance and Regenerating Night moisturizers are excellent without leaving you a greasy face.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Foaming Facial Cleanser - Sensitive Skin
sw128 4/28/2007 6:06:00 PM
My favourite cleanser out of all the ones I've tried so far. I have dry and sensitive skin that reacts badly to other cleansers, which left me with red and itchy patches on my cheeks and forehead. This cleanser cleared it all up, and it's so gentle and not drying at all. It's also inexpensive. The only thing I don't like is the pump that occasionally leaks water into the bottle, so don't leave it in your shower. I'll definitely buy this cleanser again and again. EDIT: This cleanser did an excellent job until I moved on to Cetaphil, which is less drying. While this cleanser is still great, I just can't stand the fragrance and the foaminess anymore.