Treatments (Eye) -Christian Dior - Capture R60/80 Wrinkle Eye Creme
twostar 1/8/2011 4:04:00 AM
This is a pretty expensive eye cream (received it was a gift) but it actually is a really nice product. The consistency is good - not to hard or soft, and I think that it did improve the fine lines around my eyes after a little bit of use. It wasn't a miracle cream or anything, but it felt good, smelled nice, and was luxurious to use.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
twostar 7/20/2010 4:24:00 PM
I find this moisturizer a bit heavy. For a good drugstore brand moisturizer with SPF I prefer Olay Sensitive Skin formula - it's lighter and easier on those of us with skin that breaks out easily. More importantly, this moisturizer doesn't work super well under makeup; it's too thick. Plus the pump is not working properly on my bottle but that is probably just a random issue. I'm slowly using the bottle I have on my neck - I've found that if you are using sunscreen on your face you can't forget the neck or else they will be different shades!
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
twostar 7/20/2010 4:14:00 PM
I like this powder, generally speaking but I feel like the packaging is kind of awkward. The powder itself is decent for a drugstore brand - takes the shine off and doesn't add any cakeyness to your face. The puff that came with it fell apart quite quickly though - way before the powder was even remotely close to running out. It's a bad idea to put the mirror under the puff too - it gets all cloudy from powder and is not that useful. Overall I think the powder itself is pretty good; just the packaging that really needs to improve.
This concealer is too runny and does not really do a good job of concealing anything. Even at the low price point it's not worth it; will let you down when you need it most!
This feels great going on and does what it's supposed to do. My skin does feel freshened after using it, and is nice and soft. I like the NARS skin products - the packaging is nice, the smell of the products is good, and everything has a nice luxurious feel to it. Will definitely keep buying this!
Eyeliner -Clinique - Brush-On Cream Liner in Black Honey
twostar 7/20/2010 4:05:00 PM
I think this product is for people who are confident and steady with drawing on liquid liner. If you can handle that kind of thing then you should be fine with this. I was never able to make it look good, and eventually the entire pot just dried out (did take a couple years). Back to pencil liner for me...
Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - eye roll on with caffeine
twostar 7/20/2010 4:01:00 PM
This did nothing for my eyes, but on the plus side it does have a nice cooling sensation when you roll it on your eyes. I don't think it's very practical though; most women are going to have makeup on and that ball will pick up makeup over time and get gross. I don't think I'd buy this again.
This didn't work for me at all. It's got an ok consistency when you put it on, but I don't really feel like anything happens from using it. Will definitely never buy again!
Powder -Chanel - Mat Lumiere Luminous Matte Powder Makeup SPF 10
twostar 7/20/2010 3:55:00 PM
Ok, so I have the following foundation powders from Chanel from over the years: Mat Lumiere Double Perfection Vitalumiere I could be crazy but you have to invest a lot initially to buy the compact (in Canada around $75) on the understanding that it's refillable and refills are cheaper. Every time I manage to work my way through a compact though, it seems like the line is discontinued and I have to buy another plastic case! I guess I'm just stupid for continuing to buy it. Enough of ranting. This product is pretty good, as are most Chanel makeup products. Does it justify the price? I'm not sure. I always feel like Chanel doesn't make enough colours in foundation. The powder is nice and smooth and doesn't seem to cake. It's really pricey though and I feel like you can find similar quality for a much lower price elsewhere.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium
twostar 7/20/2010 3:47:00 PM
This is a nice finishing powder. It goes on light and has great coverage. I have sensitive skin and it did not break out or itch at all (as has happened to me with some other mineral powders). Does not cake once on, which is key. Tons of shades to choose from. Decent price point. The only complaint is that it doesn't come with a brush and I like to carry it around with me to do touch ups.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
twostar 7/20/2010 3:44:00 PM
This lip balm is decent - it's not fantastic but it's not terrible either. It basically does what it's supposed to. I like that the packaging is 50% recycled plastic too. It's got a bit of a honeycomb smell to it, which is ok. I'm kind of on the fence about whether I'd get it again. I'd use it if I had it.
I have the HydraTint in Crimson and it's a really lovely shade of of orange-red. I love the coverage - it's a lighter version of lipstick. It seems to moisturize your lips and give it a good coverage with the colour at the same time. Highly recommend!
This is a pretty good lip gloss. It's a very pale pink though so you may want to test it before buying - it will only look good on some skin tones. The consistency is good and it also has a nice smell.
I think is is a pretty good concealer to pop into your purse and use for touch ups. It's a nice thick consistency and seems to blend into the skin very well. I've tried lots of concealers - I hate the runny ones, or the ones that dry out. Laura Mercier seems to make the best ones in terms of texture and how long it lasts on your skin. If you don't try this one you should look at the other concealers they make - there is one where you can mix the colours to match your skin and that is very good as well.
Powder -Chanel - Vitalumiere Eclat de Chanel Compact Makeup
twostar 7/20/2010 1:17:00 AM
I think this is nice finely milled foundation powder - very silky and luxurious. Unfortunately, they have a terrible range of colours (I think only 5 choices), and the one they sold me ended up being too dark/orangey for my skin. I tried to exchange it but after the salesperson argued with me that the orangey colour was the correct tone for my skin, even though I was uncomfortable with it and said I would never wear it. I was wearing bronzer/blush at the time and she was insisting I match it to that. After a lot of fuss, she then said they were "out of stock" of the colour I wanted, and she would call me when they had it. It's really expensive and I will never use it so I'm pretty bummed out about it, and feel angry about being given the brush off at the counter and sold something that does not work for me. It's too much to spend on a compact. MAC has tons more shades, is 1/3 the price, and the salespeople don't treat you like you don't know your own skin.