I have very sensitive and oftentimes dry skin, so I have a hard time finding foundation to work for me. I also am very fair with freckles, so that makes it even more difficult. I had been using Smashbox Halo mineral powder for the past year+ and it did the job but would start flaking by the end of the day, particularly if my skin was very dry that day, so a water based liquid foundation sounded great to me. I went to the Chanel counter and had a great MUA, she tried both 10 and 20 on each side of my skin and we mutually decided 10 worked best for my skin tone. I have red tints but this foundation covers very well without needing much. I use a foundation brush, as recommended, and am able to apply lightly and evenly, quickly! While the $45 tag is rather pricey for a tube of foundation (especially when I have a $60 pot of Halo unopened in my bathroom), I'm happy with my purchase and will most likely repurchase after it runs out. ETA: Today was one of the first warm days and by 6pm my skin still looked great, my blush wore off but foundation stayed in place. I wasn't a cakey mess, like I feared, but I could tell I still had coverage at the same time and wasn't bare skinned!
Big fan of this lip plumper. I have rather plump lips to begin with and most similar products don't do anything other than dry my lips out, but this product is great. I can actually feel my lips plumping. I love the color and will wear it just for that fact alone (not too pink or too shimmery). It also doesn't dry my lips out. I often times use this over Dior's Addict Lip Glow color reviver balm, so I have the moisturizing effect along with the plumping and the two colors really complement each other. Dior's products are expensive but they last, I can go through 2 other tubes of gloss in the same time frame as this one tube.
Lip Treatments -Christian Dior - Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
unchainedheart 11/22/2010 10:44:00 PM
I'm a huge Dior lip product fan so I obviously had to pick this one up. It was sold out of my Sephora but I found it at Lord and Taylor's Dior counter (coupon time, too!). I love how moisturizing this product is and there is a good amount in each tube, however the color can from time to time be too pink. I'm fair skinned with very light blonde hair and if I'm wearing pink or am wearing a pinky blush then it can be too much for me. I do think the balm gives a bit of a plumping as well, which is great. I like to pair it with Dior's Lip Maximizing gloss as it takes a bit of the pink edge off. I've had this about a year now and don't wear it every day, so I still have quite a bit of the product left.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
unchainedheart 3/10/2010 9:01:00 PM
I was loyal to Bare Minerals for a few years until I heard about Smashbox Halo. I have dry skin and sometimes with the Bare Minerals after all-day wear, my skin would start to dry and flake a bit, not attractive close up. However, with Smashbox I can wear all day and not have to reapply or put any more moisturizer on than my usual morning routine. Love the packaging, it's very easy to travel with and won't get all over everything like BM. Wasn't a fan of the brush that it came with, so I have continued to use my BM face brush. Only draw back is that it's rather expensive (approx. $59 at Sephora), however there's quite a lot in the pot and will last me a while, so it makes up for the price.
Blush -Christian Dior - Dior Bronze Blush Sunrise Party 001
unchainedheart 11/30/2009 9:44:00 PM
While expensive, as all Dior products are, this blush/bronzer is absolutely amazing. I am fair skinned with freckles and was looking for a pink blush that also had a bronzing effect and not too much of a shimmer that I could wear every day, all day. After numerous tries with various product brands such as Nars, Lancome, Trish McEvoy, Stilla, MAC, Bobbi Brown etc. I decided to try this color and am I ever happy I did. Not only does the color look fantastic and natural and is long wearing, the blush itself last a long time and the colors do not change with age. I'm starting to hit the pan with the two main colors so I'm going to have to invest in another compact but I have no complaints whatsoever. If you're looking for a perfect blush/bronzer combination that is not overwhelming, then splurge and try Dior Sunrise Party.
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Get Started Face Kit in Fairly Light/Light
unchainedheart 11/30/2009 9:36:00 PM
The Get Started Kits for Bare Escentuals are frustrating. You get 2 foundations, however only one (if you're lucky) will work well for your skin color. Light came off as yellow and just horribly caked on for my skin however fairly light works very well. But what am I supposed to do with the extra jar of Light foundation? I ended up giving it to a family member who wanted to try and happened to have a skin tone that matched Light, but not everyone will be able to do that. Mineral Veil is great, I just wish that pot was larger. Warmth, the bronzing powder, is also great used in moderation. I feel that BE should give a smaller pot for the bronzer, particularly in the Light/Fairly Light kit, since the user will more than likely not use a ton of it. I wish I could have just bought Fairly Light and the all-over brush as a set so I wouldn't have waste, buying them separately would have cost almost as much as the entire starter kit. ($60 USD at Sephora) I have purchased new pots of Fairly Light since buying the original starter kit.
Perfect bronzer for those with light skins, such as myself. I wear it all year round, all four colors mix very well, highlighting, contouring, and bronzing perfectly on my face. I wear it all over or strictly as a highlighter on my cheekbones/apple of my cheeks. Sometimes can look too shimmery, so go easy on it during the day. Also, the packaging is too flimsy for me, especially for the price. (Approx. $27 USD at Sephora) The mirrored cover can break very easily and also the actual bronzer isn't always very well put into the casing.
My all-time favorite eye shadow. I've been using Seedy Pearl for about 7 or 8 years now and I've never stopped wearing it. It's my go-to, everyday shadow and I wear it often for nights out. I wear it all over, especially on the lid, and it looks great paired with Stars 'n' Rockets in the crease to give my eyes pop. I have noticed that there can be some problems with the consistency of the shadow, however if it is applied evenly and a little heavily then the color should look great and even. Also, if it is not used fast enough sometimes the pigmentation can start to change a bit, losing some of the pretty pink in the color.
I've been going back and forth with Bad Gal Lash. I have used many other types of mascara however I constantly go back to Bad Gal. It adds the length and volume and is super black, everything I want in a mascara. While Covergirl's Lash Blast is half the price and works in similar fashion, Bad Gal Last lasts longer, doesn't dry out in the tube as fast, and doesn't flake quite as much.
Blush -Bare Escentuals - Warmth All Over Face Color
unchainedheart 4/6/2008 8:46:00 PM
Part of my starter kit, I was hesitant to use because I have very light skin. I was playing around one day and decided to try it and realized that by using a very small amount only on my cheek bones I get a very nice, natural tanned look. I went away on vacation and was able to look like I had that just from the beach look a few weeks after I got back. It can get messy though with application and if you put too much on you can look orange, dirty, and ridiculous. Be careful applying and you'll be good!
I bought the started kit in fair because I bought into the hype. I don't like my skin looking heavily/made up and I have very fair skin with freckles so I have a hard time finding foundation/powder to work well with my skin tone. If you don't use the correct color you will look like a clown, that's what happened to me the first time I used the product. Also, make sure you don't use too much or you will look like you're wearing a mask. When used correctly though, your skin can look fabulous. I'm torn about buying it again but I have a lot left so I'll make my decision at a later date.
I got this as a travel size and am going to pick up a full sized one the next time I'm shopping. I have the Asian Pear Invisible Solid and I love the scent. It's not too overwhelming and lasts throughout the day. I have very sensitive underarm skin and didn't react negatively at all. The anti-antiperspirant works well, too, on top of the deodorant.
Treatments -John Frieda - 100% Shine Glossing Mist
unchainedheart 4/6/2008 8:30:00 PM
Hate the smell but the product is nice. I didn't like the Frizz-Ease serum but decided to try this for the shine. When used as directed on dry, styled hair, it does add some nice shine and also sets the hair a little bit as well, taking away any frizzies on the top of my head.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Band Aid- Blister Block
unchainedheart 4/6/2008 8:11:00 PM
This is a great idea. I bought it on a whim because I oftentimes get blisters, especially with really pretty nice shoes. I wore it on a night out with shoes that have given me blisters before and was fine by the end of the night. Will have to reapply every few hours, though, which is the product's only downfall. Small packaging is perfect to throw into my purse so I can reapply throughout the day wherever I am.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Volume Seduction Plumping Gloss
unchainedheart 3/28/2008 2:14:00 PM
While I did not see any "plumping effect" or even feel any tingling, I did not buy this lip gloss for the lip plumping. I have full lips to begin with so that was not my goal. I got it in color 105, a very light pink with a hint of shimmer, and it is great for everyday and going out at night. The gloss is not sticky and can be reapplied without a mirror.