I didn't realised how good this foundation is until I tried a range of other foundations: Dior Forever Flawless, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, Revlon Photoready, Bourjois Healthy Mix, Giorgio Armani Luminious silk to name just a few. This foundation is very light, buildable and blends seamlessly. It feels like you haven't got anything on your skin. The SPF 15 is a bonus a well. I like that the packaging as well, very sleek and thumbs up for the pump action.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Anessa Perfect Essence sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++
sweetpeas2 6/11/2012 3:12:00 AM
I took the chance to venture out of my comfort zone given the good reviews and also that it is also by Shiseido, and I regret it! I have been a loyal user of Shiseido sunscreens, I've used the blue packaging version, and most recently white tube called Urban Environment UV protection SPF 30 and 50 - which I love. This Anessa sunscreen feel really light and watery and like a previous reviewer pointed out, is loaded with silicone! I am not a fan of products laden with silicones and apart from this, my skin breaks out when I use this product. It's a shame that this sunscreen doesn't agree with my skin. I've gone back to the white tube again, and it's great - doesn't leave a white cast and removes easily with my cleanser! Will be trying the new Shiseido Perfect UV sunscreen soon.
Excellent pigmentation and no shimmers - love this matte clean peachy shade. Very flattering on my medium olive skin tone. I got it on impulse when Illamasqua had 20% off - I was sold when I felt how soft the powder is! I have tonnes of NARs blushes and I have to admit I prefer the feel of the Illamasquas. I have been using this new blush all week and will be checking out the other shades soon.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer - Noir
sweetpeas2 4/20/2012 8:35:00 PM
LOVE this pencil for it's staying power and zero smudge. I use it over the Stila/Nars eyeprimer, and it doesn't budge or smudge until it's removed after a 10 hour day. Beats Mac Powerpoint, Estee Lauder's Doublewear, Revlon's Colorstay and Milani Liquify hands down. This is my HG eyeliner.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I
sweetpeas2 4/4/2012 5:37:00 AM
This oil is great for dissolving makeup but its clogs my pores badly! I have NEVER experienced breakout/acne to the extent I have with this cleanser in my life! I have used Fancl oil cleanser in the past without any problems and it was a bad mistake to switch to Shu, after reading all the hype. I find that the breakout only appears after 2 - 3 days of continuous usage. I now have to treat my breakouts and it's taking a long time! I would not recommend this product to people with sensitive skin. Very dissapointed.
The color is a true taupe, unlike Satin Taupe which has too much red undertones for my liking. Very creamy formula, does not irritate my eyes and the shimmer is delicate. Lovely for everyday wear with some black eyeliner. However, staying power isn't too great compared to Mac's but for this price, I can't complain as I can have one in each bag! Buying backups as I love the shade.
Blush -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free - Nude Glow
sweetpeas2 9/30/2010 8:24:00 PM
Looking at the pan color, I didn't think much of the color but on my skin, it gives the most natural and amazing glow. It's great for layering on to get the look you want. I like that it's matte without the shimmers that tend to sink into the fine lines. It's a great find for me and I've been using this everyday at the expense of my Nars and Bobbi Brown blushes! Staying power is great too, I didn't have to touch up during the day. I believe this has been discontinued but get one if you can find it ;)
I have been holding off writing a review for this product eventhough I've been using it for 1 month. I have to say that I do like the coverage and finish of this foundation. And this is coming from a NARs and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation fan. I think you've got to get the right shade for your skin tone. I tried a shade too light and it looked garish on me but 06 gives the most flawless finish! I really struggle to see any 'sparkles' like some claim. Overall, I would definitely buy it again when it runs out ;)
This is my staple! I love the intensity of the color which is a deep brown, almost a soft black. Unlike the Powerpoint pencil which is supposedly waterproof, this pencil doesn't budge or smudge. My search for the perfect eye pencil ends here!
One of my absoloute favourite Nars blush. I love the matte finish and color: it has just the right balance of Peach and Pink. Highly pigmented as with all Nars blushes and stays on all day. I absolutely love Nars blushes and would replenish it any day but I doubt it'll hit the pan anytime soon.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Born With It
sweetpeas2 4/14/2010 2:33:00 AM
I love this color, it's a gorgeous nude color which doesn't make me look washed out! For extra oomph, I add a touch of gloss. Great texture, not to shimmery, perfect for everyday or with strong eye makeup. I'm Oriental with medium skin tone.
This is a gorgeous true peach color which works really well over tanned skin. It gives the glow from within and looks very natural when applied very lightly with Nars Yachiyo brush! I love the matte finish and it's my absolute favourite among my stash of Nars blushes. Staying power is second to none.
This is my ultimate eye liner!! Most eyeliners I've tried smudged and leave me with panda eyes but this fabulous little gem just stays where it should be! I've only used it on my top lids and I'm going to try it on my waterline. It's a true intense black and application is a breeze. No messy sharpeners! If you're looking for a waterproof liner that doesn't change color on your lids, this is it.
This product works well when used lightly to correct discoloration of my eyelids, however it creases really badly!! I started to notice the product settling on my eyelids after a couple of hours, even when I powder my lids lightly after application. I've gone back to my Urban Decay primer potion and Laura Mercier eye basics as they stay put for a good 8 hours at least until it's removed.
Toners -Garnier - Sensitive Soothing Senseation Toner
sweetpeas2 1/27/2010 8:51:00 PM
Top marks for this toner! I like the fact that it's alcohol free and the ingredient list seems impressive. I have tried many different brands of toners from Shiseido, Kiehls to supermarket brands such as Witchhazel and nothing compares to the quality of this product. Unlike some that leave my sensitive/combination skin feel tight and dry, this toner gently removes any makeup residue and leaves my skin feeling soothed and clean. I'll be stocking up on this product in case it gets discontinued!