Loose Powders -Chanel - Poudre Universelle Libre Translucent 2
themadhattress 8/11/2011 7:16:00 AM
For sure, this is not meant for oily skin. I use loose powder to set my foundation and mattify my skin during the day. When I wear the Chanel Poudre Universelle over my foundation, my skin looks very dry at first. After about an hour, my cheeks and forehead get unnaturally oily and my makeup melts off. The Nars loose powder is a million times better than this. I will keep using it under my eyes to set my concealor because it's too expensive to throw away.
Sumptuous Olive is a pearly golden-y olive shade. I've got olive skin with strong cool undertones and dark brown eyes, and when I use this shadow it instantly brightens my skin and makes my eyes pop. For day, I'll just use it as a wash all over my eyes. For a stronger look, I'll blend a darker shade into my outer-V. Either way, it looks stunning. I find that it quite buttery and applies evenly. I would suggest, however, that people try this on first as it obviously will not suit all skin tones.
Eye Shadow -Make Up For Ever - Diamond Shadow - Diamond Black 307
themadhattress 1/21/2011 6:44:00 AM
In the pan, the color is black with a ton of silver shimmer. On your eyelids, it is a messy matte black with no shimmer whatsoever. It's very difficult to apply it exactly where you want, because it gets all over the place. And blending it sheers it out into a gray. Very disappointed.
I can see why some people are giving this shadow low reviews. It's a vibrant purple, for which the pics above are a pretty accurate representation so I won't go into details describing it. Unfortunately, when applied directly unto the lids, it comes off as a sheerer dirty purple, miles away from the color in the pan. But you can easily get the bright violet to translate on your lids by layering a creamy white shadow beneath. I use NYX Cottage Cheese, but anything similar will do. If you don't mind the extra step, then I think this color is a must-have, especially if you've got brown or green eyes because this shadow will make them pop out of your head!
I went through a tube of this moisturizer and while it was very good, I do not think it was worth it. I have super oily skin, and this felt very light and moisturizing on my skin without every breaking me out. However, it is pretty pricey for what it is and you can get the same, if not better, results from a drugstore moisturizer.
I am not sure what this toner is supposed to do. Dermalogica claims that it helps your moisturizer absorb better, but I do not feel any difference. It comes with a spray nozzle and feels very refreshing to spray onto your face, which is the only reason I am using up my bottle. However, it adds no value to my routine and I will not be repurchasing it.
I switched to Dermalogica about 5 months ago and my skin has completely cleared up and looks so healthy. This cleanser is a clear fragrance-free gel that removes every last trace of makeup off my face. My makeup remover has been collecting dust on the shelf since I started using the cleanser. It does slightly dry my face, but that doesn't bother me since I moisturize my skin afterwards. It is pretty expensive, but the bottle lasts for ages because it only takes a tiny amount to cover my entire face. I think I will be sticking to Dermalogica for now!
I must say, I am shocked to find some negative reviews here. This is probably the best liquid liner I have ever used. It comes in a pen form with a long, yet stiff felt tip, which makes it super easy to apply. I think this is as close to fool-proof as you can get with a liquid liner. The line is black, but not harsh (the reason I avoid liquid liners, I prefer my lines soft and smudged), and it lasts forever. I buy these in bulk, because for such a marvelous liner, it's dirt cheap.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Virtual Violet
themadhattress 10/23/2010 9:47:00 AM
While this is a gorgeous color, a dual toned metallic violet/blue, the quality of the nail polish is the worst I have tried in a while. It's very runny and is hard not to over-apply, which end up in globs of polish on one end of the nail and bald spots on the other.The parts where I ended up with too much polish never dried and were wiped off. Pretty awful.
Tinted Moisturizer -Pixi - illuminating tint & conceal
themadhattress 8/29/2010 6:29:00 AM
NOTE: There seems to be two formulations for this TM, one with glitter and another without. This review is for the TM with no glitter. Gosh, a tinted moisturizer that makes my skin look great and clears my skin?! I have oily skin that I think is a NW35 (do not like Mac foundations so I haven't checked my color in years!) and I use No. 2. The tm comes in a pretty small tube with a rollerball type concealor in the cap. I believe that despite the small amount, the tube will last as long as any other 50 ml tm because it's slightly thicker and it takes a few small dots to cover my entire face. The coverage is, I would say medium. It covers redness and unevenness but is not enough for a blemish. The finish is SO gorgeous. It gives me that lit-from-within glow without any trace of glitter or shimmer. I try to avoid my cheek area because too much of this can make me look oily, but load it up on my cheekbones. I have gone for 18 hours without any sign of it budging, so there's the staying power for you! As for the concealor, it is perfect for blemishes. It glides on so smoothly and never cakes. It's too cool-toned to cover my dark circles completely, but I find it brightens the eye area when I use it underneath my concealor. And the best part about this tm is that a week after I started using it, all my blemishes disappeared and none have appeared since. I haven't had a single spot in a month and my pores are completely clear. I believe it's the retinyl palmitate. This is my dream tm and I will be buying it for as long as they make it!
After years and hundreds of lipbalms I have finally found one that works! It's got a very light smell of peppermint and no taste. Even after it wears off, my lips are the smoothest they've ever been. I always have a tube on me, so it helps that it's so affordable. It also makes a great base for lipstick because it's not slippery. I am in love with this.
I have this in the clear shade, which has a pinkish shine to it. It's described as a lipbalm but I'm not sure I'd say it's moisturizing. It doesn't dry out my lips at all, but they aren't any softer once it wears off. I love the way it looks, however, both on its own and on top of nudes. I would recommend it for looks but I wouldn't rely on it for moisture.
Gels/Soaps -LUSH - I should Coco Soap [DISCONTINUED]
themadhattress 6/27/2010 12:58:00 PM
I actually liked the feel of this soap. It's got coconut shavings so it mildly exfoliates, and coconut oil as a moisturizer, and it gives me the softest skin I've ever gotten from soap. For some reason, Lush felt the need to add this pungent, sour smell (is it perfume?) which only activated after I wet the soap. It smells like rancid cologne and gives me a headache. Ugh, so close.
Cleansers -Clinique - Liquid Facial Soap - Oily skin
themadhattress 6/17/2010 7:16:00 PM
It took me a while to write a review for this product because I cannot decide if it was going to be positive or negative. I think this works well as a cleanser. It definitely removes makeup and never dried my skin. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with the other reviewers regarding its gentleness. I'm not dumb and realize that this is not meant to be used around the eyes. However, it's only natural that every now and then the soap would manage to get into my eyes. But instead of the expected sting, I'd end up with searing pain, and spend the rest of that day with swollen, bloodshot eyes. Did the Clinique people not consider that maybe, just maybe, my facial soap, which I use on my face, where my eyes are located, might slip into my eye and that maybe they should think about keeping the harsh ingredients out? Ugh, Clinique, I am DONE with you.
I got this cool-toned burgundy-brown eyeshadow because it looked so rich and beautiful in the pan, and while it looks just as beautiful on, it was quickly forgotten and stashed together with all the other neutral eyeshadows. Fast-forward to a few days ago when in my hurry to get ready for work and hide the evidence of oversleeping, I reached for Stila Kitten and Barefoot Contessa. While Kitten looked its usual goldeny goegeousness, Barefoot Contessa transformed into a lighter coppery-purple color that blended smoothly with Kitten. It is slightly shimmery, but not overwhelmingly so and still manages to work with my cool toned skin. I think I've found my daily look for a while!