All different opinions here. I am NC35 and on my dark lips, this color is a cool milky medium pink. I prefer something a little warmer since I look best in very warm shades but it's certain wearable. It's neither Barbie, nor Pepto Bismol. I certainly dont "Love it" tho.
This is a cream color and I am pretty sure that I could easily find a cheaper dupe of it from the Revlon Superlustrous line.
Lipstick -Lancome - Color Fever Shine - All Colors
thehepburn 4/24/2010 11:48:00 AM
This is for the color "Luminous Tropiques" which is no longer avail from Lancome.com. Swiped on my hand, it looks like a frosty pinkish brown but on my dark lips (NC35), it's a coppery brown with silvery frost. I tried to tone down the silvery frost which looked whitish on my lips with various warmer lipgloss and none really negated the silvery frost. Has the perfumed scent of most Lancome lipsticks. I personally dont mind, altho it's not my favorite lipstick scent.
I got this because it was part of LM's Spring 2010 Must Have Collection for Saks. This is a very sheer iridescent bright pink. I am NC35/LM TM Sand and have dark lips. So on me, it's just a nice youngish girly shiny lipgloss. To me, it doesnt look any different from something a quarter of the price like Revlon's Shine That Pink lipgloss in their Superlustrous line.
Has a faint smell that reminds me of a combination of caramel candy & plastic.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
thehepburn 4/4/2010 4:37:00 PM
I am NC35/C4 in MAC and Sand in this was a good match. For me, this matched all the hype. I am on my second tube. Right now, I am favoring the no-makeup, dewy, not-minding-showing-some-imperfections look and this is my favorite TM after trying 3 others. I like how it DOES have slightly more coverage than the average TM and yet is not a light foundation. I brush on some of LM's mineral powder foundation on days when I want more coverage.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute
thehepburn 4/4/2010 4:25:00 PM
I am MAC NC35/C4 and I normally love the SL lipsticks. Revlon makes the best drugstore lipsticks by far, IMO. This is a very cool-shaded dark pink color, way too cool for my coloring.
When I was 18, I liked the contrast of an almost neon-like cool color against my yellow complexion but that was twenty years ago. SL lipsticks are still great tho and they have a huge color selection. It's just a matter of picking the right shade you are looking for.
Treatments -Boots - Botanics Intensive Wrinkle Reduction Serum
thehepburn 7/22/2007 12:46:00 PM
I bought this on my recent trip to the UK. contains alfalfa to "boost collagen production" This serum in a glass jar with a pump costs six pounds which is about $12.00 to us Yanks currently.
I cant tell you too much about the long term effects because this serum stings too much every time I use it. I have tough combo-dry skin and I have rarely come across a skincare product that stings so much outside of chemical sunscreens. The serum is slightly moisturizing at least
I was really grateful that I had a supply of this on my recent trip to Europe because my skin really dried out and became flakey after the long airplane ride. I prefer oils to serums to augment my moisturizer and generally like the Decleor line but I have to say that while this product helped my skin somewhat, I really wished that I had my Clarins Santal oil with me because I think it would have done a better job with my dryness and flaking
Pretty mediocre cream, especially for the price, It's strictly for normal skin but most normal skins can use just about any moisturizer, especially one cheaper than this one.
The only thing I like about this is the pleasant cucumber smell. The SPF is not photostable BTW
Primer/ Corrector -Sue Devitt - Microquatic Fortifying Primer
thehepburn 4/3/2006 1:13:00 AM
This primer feels more like a gel moisturizer than that slick silicone primers like Smashbox. It smells good like floral sugar and leaves a nice moisturized finish on the skin. I actually prefer the slick silicone-like primers because my primary concern is filling my huge pores so in that regard, I didnt care for this primer.
$40 for 1 oz. Avail at Barneys New York and some Sephora stores
Cleansers -Clarins - One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
thehepburn 3/29/2006 10:56:00 AM
This is a foaming product with gentle microbeads. I like a foam to foam A LOT and happy to say that this does. The microbeads are gentle enough for my dry/combo skin. My skin is kind of flakey in the mornings so I have been using this product for that. I dont really see a lot of results: I would say that it is just an average good cleanser.
This cleanser has "orange extracts" but it doesnt smell like orange juice. Instead, it has a green leaf scent that smelled exactly like Garnier Stop line which also is Vit C based. This makes me wonder if its owned by the same company.
Toners -Estee Lauder - Re-Nutriv Intensive Softening Lotion
thehepburn 3/22/2006 1:27:00 PM
This toner has "elemental gold" flecks in it. As someone said below, it is a gimmick since the gold flecks dont show on the skin. As toners go, this did absolutely nothing. It didnt feel refreshing or soothing or moisturizing or balancing or anything of the things you would expect from a toner. It was a big fat ZERO! I have combo/dry skin. $40.00 for 8.4 oz bottle
This tonic does feel soothing and refreshing. I love the lavender smell. For some reason, most BB products are great for my Asian skin and this is no different. I especially love her Extra line. The only thing I dont like is how thick and heavy the glass bottle is but it still wont prevent me from buying this again, especially when they have a GWP. BB's GWPs usually are very good. My other HG tonic is Lancome's Confort which I have been using for several years but I may like this even better.
Skincare - Face -Mario Badescu - Rose Hips Nourishing Oil
thehepburn 3/22/2006 1:10:00 PM
Pros: This is GREAT for the undereye area. Rosehip Oil is recommended for that and this is no different. It's also has anti-oxidents.
Cons: Even though it is called an oil, it isnt. It is a watery extract. I happen to LOVE oils and I still cant get used to how watery it is. It just pours out of the bottle and more comes outr than what I need.
Still it's very reasonable priced and I wouldnt be adverse to buying this again if I ever run out of other brands of rose/rosehip oils to try.
Lip Treatments -Kanebo - Kanebo SENSAI - TOTAL LIP TREATMENT
thehepburn 3/22/2006 12:51:00 PM
First of all, let me say that I really dont have a problem with dry or chapped lips. I received a sample of this in the last Barney's beauty event and decided to try this out. This has a very thin texture that "feels" as it absorbs into the skin of your lips. I actually prefer something thicker that I can actually feel on my lips.
Bottom line is that my lips didnt feel anymore softer than before this treatment. It also has a very distinct scent that I find hard to describe. It's not unpleasant but might bother others. This retails for $60 here in the USA. Certainly not worth the money when a $2 tube of Aquaphor would work just as well.
WTF? Looking for that all elusive glow, not shimmer, not frost, not glitter, a few people recommended this product on the skincare board. I bought it from the Clarins counter asking how do I use it and I am still perplexed on what it is. Is it a moisturizer? Is it a primer? Is it a mask? I still have no idea. Whatever it is, I didnt get any "glow" from it. I have no idea if I ever looked "refreshed" from using it when noone has ever said so. Total waste of my $40.00