Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
tmf1969 11/4/2012 6:25:00 PM
Big fan of L'Oreal's Ever Creme line, but this product, unlike the conditioner and shampoo, leaves my hair flat and even greasy the next day. As one poster noted, best bet is to masage a small amount of the Cleansing Conditioner in for less than one minute (it works pretty fast on short hair), and rinse immediately. I do love the packaging and wish L'Oreal would use the same packaging with its shampoos and regular conditioner. Definitely not a product for those of us with short hair.
Finally I found the perfect pink blush! I'm a fair skinned girl (LM Warm Ivory; BB Warm Ivory/Sand 2; MAC's NW20) who loves the natural look of pink blush, however my skin has a tendency to blush naturally. Anything cut with too much brown looks unnatural and many of my past pink blushes (ie NARS Orgasm, MAC's Dolly etc.) has too much red which ends up looking unnatural. As LM discontinued its Hazelnut blush, I was looking for a replacement. Barley Pink is pretty close to Benefit's Dandelion, however I find that the LM wears much better than Benefit. Slight shimmer but nothing over the top sheen with NARS' blushes. What I like most about this blush is that it is a true ballet pink blush with some slight blue tone to it. On my fair skin it looks very natural. Since the color is not a strong pink, I can see myself wearing a variety of different shades of lipstick gloss ranging from pink, plum, peaches, and even red.
Tinted Moisturizer -MAC - Studio Moisture Tint SPF15
tmf1969 10/24/2009 1:58:00 AM
Being a loyal LM Tinted Moisturizer user for years I often would baulk at the idea of switching brands. (Not that I thought LM's Tinted Moisturizer was the bomb-diggy (which LM's product was far from perfect),at least LM provided a decent color match and it gave good coverage.) However trying MAC's Moisture Tint, I was sold. The TM went on smooth and stayed put, something which is rare for TM's (I often experienced oily break-through in the T-zone with LM and other brands such as BB's, Tarte, and Benefit. MAC's TM was also easier to blend and provided nice light coverage. On days which I experience the occassional pimply, I just apply LM's Secret Cover on my spots and dab a bit of MAC's Prime and Prep loose powder and I am good to go. It's an excellent product for those of us who really dislike foundation but need a little more coverage. Just a warning, do go to a MAC Counter or Store and try the shades. I normally wear the second lightest shade and surprisingly Medium was a very good match for me.
Eyeliner -MAC - Powerpoint Eyeliner - Bordeauxline
tmf1969 9/19/2008 10:27:00 AM
Bordeauxline is a phenomenal color for green and hazel eyes. This liner immediately brightens my eyes and my hazel eyes just pop. I find this shade pretty versatile as this liner can be worn with purple, pinks, plum based greys (MAC's Shale, NARS Tokyo duo and Stila's Viola for example) and plummy browns such as MAC's Sable. The Powerpoint Liners in general are one of the best things in MAC's line and they are wonderful for lining and smudging. Staying power is also fantastic.
Eyeliner -MAC - Technakohl Eyeliner in Purple Dash
tmf1969 9/19/2008 10:19:00 AM
I concur with the other reviews with this line. At first glance it is a lovely shade of pure purple, however this liner is difficult to apply and smudge and the lasting power is not the greatest. The retractable liner also does not allow you to sharpen the liner to a point and gets dull rather quickly. The color also does not translate well on the eye and comes off as an off black, not the punch of purple I am looking for (PPP NC15-20). Best bets are MAC's Powerpoint liners in Bordeauxline or Perma Plum, all though these shades are not exactly true purples but the Powerpoint liners are much better for smudging and the lasting power cannot be beat.
I'm surprised at the low score this MAC shadow received. Gleam was recommended to me by a MAC on-line specialist for my coloring (blonde/hazel/NW15). This shade has become an everyday staple of mine. I can use Gleam lightly as an all-over wash lid to brow with a little brown or dark plum liner smudged when I am in a hurry. Gleam also looks stunning paired with other MAC shades such as Trax, Sketch, Beauty Marked, Mulch, Sable or Mythology. I usually use Gleam on my lid with Sable in the outer V and either Rice Paper or Naked Lunch on my brow bone for a soft, polished everyday office look. I personally find Gleam as a versatile shade with works very well with plums, plummy browns, and rosey brown shades. Works also well with either brown or plum eye liner.
Bronzers -Guerlain - Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder-Blondes 01
tmf1969 5/29/2008 12:13:00 PM
The only bronzer I can use. I must have tried at least 10 different bronzers, both high end and drugstore before trying Guerlain's Blondes. It's beautiful, finely milled powder that looks very natural when applied. What I love most about this bronzer is the different shades used in mosiac form: pale pink, light golden bronze, and soft beige. Using NARS bronzer brush, I just swirl, tap off excess and apply to my cheeks and a bit of color on my chin, tip of my nose and forehead. I also use PD's Bunny, my fave pink blush, for a natural looking pop of color on the apple of my cheeks. Fantastic for fair nuetral or light pink toned skins.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Original Glo Formula
tmf1969 4/21/2008 1:23:00 PM
Although this is one of the best mineral m/u lines out there for shade selections, I do find that applying this particular product is too labor intensive. For me, this is not a foundation where you can just put on and run out the door. I find that I **have** to buff with a cosmetic sponge *and* spritz with my toner for the foundation to set and look natural. Although EdM Glo does deliver the goods, I'm knocking two lippies off because of the amount of work involved to apply and this foundation has a tendency to dry my skin, unlike LM's mineral foundation. For everyday, I only have 5-10 min to do my make-up and I need a bit more time to apply EdM. I also prefer my make-up to be on the sheer side (I'm fortunate that I have good skin). If you are normal to oily skin which needs coverage, this line may work for you. This company is great about samples and offer the option in odering small sizes at a fraction of the cost.
On my quest in finding a suitable bronzer for my pale complexion (MAC NC15/Stila 10W/BB Warm Ivory), I decided to test drive MAC's bronzer. The MAC MA suggested "Golden" to be best compliment my skin tone. Golden is aptly named: golden brown color with a neutral beige overtone. Aside from the shade being very lovely, the product itself is mediocre. The powder is not finely milled as other bronzers made by Guerlain, NARS, and Bobbi Brown. The finish is quite powdery and lays on top of the skin. Although the staying power of MAC's bronzer is excellent (no touch up required for 5-8 hours on me) it looks like I am wearing bronzer instead of my skin being naturally sun kissed. The overall look from this bronzer is not very natural.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Relastin Eye Silk
tmf1969 11/15/2007 12:35:00 PM
As others have said, this product does little in firming let alone moisturizing the eye area. Feel slippery when first applied, then the gel dries. Used for one month and saw no difference. Had much better success with Kinerase. Ingrediants are mostly silicone. If you are looking for a eye firming product, La Roche Posay's Redmeric is a far superior product for half the price.
I'm on my third jar. Is this a miracle cream? No, but it says what it does: moisturizes. I have dry/sensitive skin. I've tried other creams such as Dermologica, Babor, Pervonia, Clinic and Awake and I always return to GLA Extra Moist. Used in combination with the B5 serum for an extra boost and this moisturizer is excellent in keeping my mild problem with eczema at bay. Biggest down fall is the packaging: glass bottle. Cellex C does give you a spatula, however I think the company can use a different jar which dispenses the cream without having to dip down in preventing bacteria.
Yes this product does provide some moisturizing and it does (to an extent) provides some plumping and only a *minor* improvement to my skin tone. But so does my Cellex C B-5 Gel which actually does a better job in moisturizing my skin and is far less expensive. There are also some lovely, alcohol free toners out there (such as Pervonia, Laura Mercier, and Arcona) which are just as good as this product. Overall, this line is just a major disappointment with gimmicky products, lovely packaging and keen advertising.
This is a very basic moisturizer with an SPF of 15 which provides minimal moisture. The moisturizer comes in a glass jar, not the greatest for purity and traveling, and offers minimal UVA protection (less than 3% ZO). In comarison to other lines such as Dermalogica, Cellex C, Avene, PTR and even Olay, there are far better moisturizers out there that do the job for less money. For the cost of $100 and what you get in return, I cannot justify the price. If you are looking for a moisturizer/SPF in one, better off using either PTR or the original Olay Complete, or use a moisturizing sunblock which could double as a moisturizer. Considering that MAC has a very good primer which offers far superior sun protection and is far less expensive than SKII, I returned this product. Just not worth the exhorbitant price tag.
Moisturizers -Origins - Dr Weil Plantidote Mega Mushroom Face Cream
tmf1969 11/17/2006 9:27:00 PM
I'm loving this line. This moisturizer is one of the best I have used for my dry sensitive skin. I have been using the Weil Plantidote moisturizer now for over one month and my skin has improved. Mild eczema has disappeared and this cream provides moisture without being greasy. I use the entire line: cleanser, serum, and face cream. Cannot say enough of good things about this line.
Cleansers -Origins - Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser
tmf1969 11/17/2006 9:23:00 PM
I've used Cetaphil for most of my life until recently when I started to develop mild eczema on my chin and forehead. This cleanser is wonderful to say the least. Along with the serum and moisturizer in this line and Never Say Dry on my problem areas, my mild excezma has cleared and my skin is glowing. At $25, this is the second most expensive cleanser, but since it removes all of my daily make-up thoroughly (I do use this cleanser in conjunction with Abolene and a warm wash cloth on days when I wear water-proof mascara and full coverage foundation), this will be a re-purchase. Cetaphil dries my skin now and I have yet to find a good drugstore cleanser.