Lipstick -Clinique - Butter Shine Lipstick - Delovely
velvetmoss 1/16/2006 7:48:00 PM
I can't decide what the Butter Shine line is trying to be. A turbo charged gloss? An ultra transparent sheer? Whatever it is, it's intriguing and so prettily packaged you just have to try it, and the name is marketing genius too! The Butter Shine line is just the barest hint of a pretty color in a wonderfully textured product. It's that texture -- almost as soothing as a lip balm and more addictive -- that keeps you reapplying it. DeLovely itself is a beautiful plummy rosy brown, just a gorgeous subtle color for those of us with pigmented lips. But to make the color stay, you really need to layer it on top of another l/s or l/l. Take a brown or plum you weren't too crazy about and try it with DeLovely. It will just spark up the l/s in a way you never thought possible! I love layering b/c it gives you a look that no one else, guaranteed, will have. DeLovely will give you endless new combinations. And your lips will feel soooo smooth while doing so!
Had to have this, waited a long time, now had to give this five lippies! It's so hard to describe but it seems to bring out the pigment in your own lips while remaining matte in texture...it looks totally different in the tube than on your lips and this truly may be the pink/brown/nude shade that everyone could wear. A lemming that paid off for me!!
Second only to Coffee Gleam, also a Super Lustrous l/g, this is one amazing l/g! Every once in a while, drugstore finds justify the eternal search for hg makeup; this is one of them! The perfect soft cherry color, I can see it matching beautifully to almost any skin colouring! The price makes it an incredible deal. You must try!
This is a great product for controlling breakouts! After going through years of once-a-month, on-time-every-time breakouts I was desperate. This reduced a pimple the size of Oregon and no others dared to return. I use as a cleanser on my combination (but not sensitive) skin, once a day; the thick cream makes it a bit difficult to scrub off, but it's worth it. Doesn't seem to do much for blackheads but my face feels completely clean, clean, clean after use! Moisturizer afterwards is a must. Will definitely repurchase.
Lipstick -Clinique - Colour Surge Bare Brilliance - Blushing Coral
velvetmoss 3/28/2005 4:47:00 PM
This was a GWP for me, too, and never would I think this peachy-gold-and pink colour would work for me, NC42. But it does, and it's just so pretty. Not much colour, just a hint, and a lovely moisturizing feel to it. I don't know why they call it "coral" as that usually connotates oranginess to me...this has no orange and is just perfect for a spring look.
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Soft Shine - Creamy Nude
velvetmoss 3/16/2005 2:03:00 PM
I'm in HG territory here, I can see why other MUA'ers have described years of use, as this is now THE everyday lippie for me. Never thought it would work on my NC42 skin but the rosy undertones are so pretty. Took one lippie off because sadly other reviewers are correct -- it doesn't last long. But then the packaging is so pretty that I love taking it out to reapply!!
This is a wonderful product! I don't use it as a foundation, though, but I brush it on as a powder for touchups. Using this with a brush is a MUST: I was sooo impressed when the SA brushed the surface of the compact and it became just the right amount of powder! Means you need to tote around a small standup powder brush in a separate plastic envelope (or you'll get powder over everything!) but worth the hassle! I use tinted moisturizer, concealer, and then brush on Silk Screen after (or sometimes before) powder blush for a bit more coverage -- then brush on maybe twice more to cover shininess later in the day. I've never seen darkening or oranginess and it feels wonderful over the TM. I'm on my third pan of this -- wore the other ones right down to the metal holder! Try it!
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - translucent loose powder
velvetmoss 1/24/2005 12:30:00 PM
I love this powder, and find it becomes invisible, even on my NC42 skin. It shouldn't ever look white on any color skin -- pressed into the skin with a rolling motion of the puff, it sets perfectly. I recommend the new smaller travel version of this, with a separate 2-pack of velour puffs, that are perfectly sized for the mini-jar. Here's what the LM site says about it: Our essential loose powder is now available in a 3.3 oz mini size container. Mini Loose Translucent Powder can be used to set foundation and concealer. Designed to be used with the Mini Loose Translucent Powder, the new Puff-2 pack sets your powder flawlessly to last all day. ...still pretty expensive (the 3.3 oz was $20 USD, which means you got better value with the big container) and you still have to buy the puffs separately (so I took one lippie off) but I certainly do love the product and now,the convenience.
Concealers -Yves Saint Laurent - Anti-Cernes Multi Action Concealer #1
velvetmoss 1/24/2005 10:59:00 AM
Best concealer ever, and when combined with YSL Touche Eclat, works a miracle on undereye circles! Yes, it's expensive, but I've yet to find anything that comes near it. I don't just use it under the eyes, though, it, like the Touche Eclat, is like a "magic wand" and leaves skin looking soft and hydrated and -- just better looking! I'm only on my first tube, so can't comment on whether it's difficult to get to the end of the container...Holy Grail for me all the way.
Eyeliner -Paula Dorf - Eye and Lip enhancer - baby eyes
velvetmoss 1/4/2005 8:54:00 AM
I took one lippie off for the price but this is a great invention! For medium skin with peachy/yellow undertones, this may be the answer...lining the inner rims with white or blue just looks freaky. This is a far more natural colour and as a result gives you a beautiful wide-awake look! Agree that you can't use both Baby eyes on the inner rims AND a shadow or liner under your lower lashes, but if you are going for the no-makeup makeup look, use Baby eyes on the inner rim and leave the lower lashes alone -- complete the look with dotting black eyeliner at the base of your top lashes and smudge ever so softly. It will look like you got a great night's sleep!
Primer/ Corrector -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)
velvetmoss 12/14/2004 2:38:00 PM
This is just a beautiful product --expensive, yes, but sooo worth it! It comes gorgeously packaged in a kind of a "click wand" and the product itself imparts that glow that everyone is looking -- not a glitter, not a shimmer but a soft, radiant glow that seems to come from your skin itself! Buy it-- it's worth the price!
If you're looking for a light-hearted and very pretty scent, try this...a summer floral that's not overpowering, it's feminine but not girly--someone told me once he smelled hints of green tea when I was wearing it, which is intriguing. Only grumble is the bottle, which cannot be transported easily, so you're left without touchups.