I found this BB creme to be lacking. I chose Creme Glow and for reference I am between NC25/NC30. It is not an exact match but close enough. With a little blush and bronzer it works as far as color goes. I was expecting more of a whipped texture based upon the name Air Buffed. Instead it is more a hard, waxy texture in the container. Certainly not a deal breaker for me. I've used the brush it comes with as well as my Real Techniques brush to apply it. It didn't make a difference in terms of coverage. I think the coverage is light. I still needed a concealer to cover up the redness around my nose and cheeks. I don't know how they can claim this is a full coverage creme?? Also, it feels kind of heavy on my skin. I still needed a light dusting of powder too. For almost $40 USD I expected more. I will be returning this product.
This powder did not work for me. It left my skin looking flat, dark, and a bit chalky.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara
vanillafuzz 12/27/2012 12:05:00 PM
First off let me start my saying I never, ever ever pay this much for mascara but I thought I would try it since of all the good reviews. It does not disappoint! This mascara has become my HG of mascaras....yes it is that good! I have it in black and wear it daily. Pros make my lashes very long and kind of curled. I always get compliments on my long lashes when I wear it. You can definitely achieve a "fake lash look" with multiple applications if you so choose. it lasts all day on me and doesn't smear or flake away. Cons Pricing. I think I paid around $32 USD which for me is a lot of money. Half way through the tube the brush gets kind of clumpy so I have to be wipe it away otherwise it will apply clumpy. Overall, I would definitely repurchase this mascara again. For me it has become a regular staple in my cosmetic arsenal.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20
vanillafuzz 11/10/2012 3:37:00 PM
The color medium is a very good match for my NC30 skin. It is easy to use and glides on easily. I've used both my fingers and my Eco bronzer brush to blend it in and either way of application works fine Upon initial application my skin looks flawless and completely smooth. I still need to use a concealer to cover up some redness and acne marks but I expected that since this is not a foundation. I would describe this as a combo of a tinted primer/tinted moisturizer. After about 2 hours or so it disappears and my face looks dull and blah and my pores become quite noticeable. This would be an ideal products for someone who has dehydrated/mature skin if you can get it to work for you. It is rather expense at $48 USD so I'm unsure if I will be repurchasing this again.
Pros: Decent coverage. It actually evened out my redness and provided some coverage of a few small pimples. Very light weight on my skin and looked natural. It was very easy to blend. I just used my fingers and it was very easy to use. Cons: While I like that it comes in a small tube, the formula is runny and just kept running out of the tube! I would have to cap it while applying it otherwise it would drip out on my bathroom counter. Very limited color choices: Light and Medium. The light was too light for me and the medium was a bit dark and pinkish. For reference I am NC30. It is not sold in the US. I think it is only available in the UK. I had to order this online. Overall, this is a good BB cream if the color options work for you. If Garnier came out with more color options this would definitely be a repurchase.
For only $1 I really can not complain. It is sheer and melts onto the skin. It does a great job of evening out the skin. It wont cover any pimples but it will provide light coverage and give you very natural coverage.
It is sweet and warm on my skin and smells very sensual on me. I always receive a lot of compliments when I wear it.
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
vanillafuzz 3/2/2012 10:42:00 PM
I really am liking this product. It has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but less than a foundation. It does a good job of evening out my skin tone and redness and doesn't cake or settle into fine lines. The best part is that it works wonderfully for my oily, dehydrated skin. Very natural looking! I also love the squeeze tube because it is very hygienic. I still have to use a concealer to cover any pimples but I had to do that with just about any foundation. My only criticism is that I wish it came in more colors. As of now it is only available in 2 colors: light/medium and medium/tan.
Foundations -Maybelline - Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation
vanillafuzz 1/20/2012 11:12:00 PM
I will not buy this again! First off, you have to shake it very hard in order to get any color. Initially it comes out white. It is very difficult to control how much comes out of the bottle. It just squirts out and it ended up all over the floor. Once I was able to get some out it was too difficult to work with in that it was hard to blend. While I like the concept of the product it is not worth the $$.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
vanillafuzz 10/19/2011 10:59:00 PM
I am really liking this foundation. it looks so natural and undetectable on my skin. It provides light to medium coverage and completely evens out my skin tone. My skin actually looks "glowy." Just for reference I have dehydrated, combo skin with a few dry spots by my nose and oily spots on my forehead and checks. This foundation enhances my skin and doesn't highlight the dry spots or make me look any more oily. This is quickly becoming an hg for me.
I have "complicated" skin in that it has been nearly impossible to find a foundation that works for it. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin that is dehydrated in addition to be being oily and dry. I decided to try this foundation and was rather surprised at how much I actually liked it! It is easy to use, provides really good coverage and looks very natural on my skin. Pros Easy to use, especially with a sponge. I toss it in my purse with no mess either. Coverage is medium while still looking natural, dimensional. It disappears on my skin, even on the dry spots or dehydrated parts. It covers my redness on my cheeks and acne. It is not a matte finish but a slight dewy/radiant finish but doesn't look oily or sparkly. Very affordable. I bought mine at Target for under $7. It works great for mature or dehydrated skin! Cons The color choices are limited. It doesn't provide all day coverage. I definitely need a touch-up mid-day. Overall, I think it is worth trying and this is something I would buy again.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
vanillafuzz 3/21/2010 5:19:00 PM
I found this to be not worth the money. It settled into fine lines on my chin and just didn't look natural. I ended up returning it.
It is definitely matte! I have rather oily skin and this kept my skin shine free most of the day. However that was the only highlight of using this powder. It looked very chalky on me regardless of the brush I used. I even sprayed a light mist of water on my face and it still looked chalky.
This is becoming my HG for sheer foundations! It goes on very silky and dries to a matte, almost powdery finish. I find this foundation perfect for summer. The coverage is ok in terms of evening out skin tone but I find I still need some concealer. I do wish it offered a bit more coverage and more color choices. One interesting note...it appears much darker than it is. I bought the medium color and when I squeezed it out I thought it was going to be very dark but once I blended it in, it disappeared on my skin.
Tinted Moisturizer -Boots - No7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturiser
vanillafuzz 7/5/2009 10:58:00 PM
This was way too greasy and heavy for my skin. By mid-afternoon my looked very greasy and oily. I ended up returning it.