Liquid -Bourjois - Healthy Mix Foundation ] [DISCONTINUED]
xlouderplease 9/24/2011 11:28:00 PM
This is one of the best foundations I have ever tried! I was thinking of getting Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but after doing a bit of googling I found that this is supposed to be similar. This offers sheer to medium coverage, leaves a satin/dewy finish, feels very light and stays on all day. It is also so easy to apply. I can use a flat top brush for medium coverage or my fingers for lighter coverage. It glides on, doesn't cake on my drier skin, smells AMAZING and is just a fantastic foundation in general. I'm used to wearing full coverage foundations like Revlon Colorstay, but I've been trying to find a good light foundation that will just even out my skintone without looking like 'too much' and this is perfect. My skin looks so pretty and flawless. The only problem I have is that the lightest shade (51 Vanilla) is a bit too dark for my NC15 skin and has a slightly pink tinge but I easily fix this by using my MSFN in Light. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a light, flawless and natural looking foundation.
This is an absolutely fantastic dry shampoo! The tropical and diva versions smell great and work just as well as each other. They're volumizing, refreshing and do not feel greasy or powdery or leave any residue in my dark hair. I only wash my hair two or three times a week and these are great for those days when I feel like my hair is a bit oily, dull and just lifeless. All I have to do is tip my head upside down, shake the bottle a fair bit, and focus it on my roots finishing off by spraying a bit through all of my hair. I always shake in between uses and comb through, never brush, until it's completely dry. It's a bit of a hassle to wash out, but I do have thick hair, and love the end result too much to try another. I would highly recommend and will repurchase over and over again!
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 5 Pieces Brush Set (Mineral Makeup)
xlouderplease 8/28/2011 7:15:00 AM
These brushes are very good, especially for the price! They're very soft, durable and I haven't had any problems with shedding. I find the kabuki to be a bit flimsy but is nice for sweeping off excess powder, the blush brush is a bit big for me to use as an actual blush brush but I like it for all over powder and bronzer, the concealer brush is great for under eye concealing as well as packing color onto the whole eye area, and the fluffy dome brush does a nice job at blending out harsh lines. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good set of inexpensive brushes and would most likely repurchase!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 224 Tapered Blending (Windshield Wiper) Brush
xlouderplease 8/24/2011 9:48:00 AM
This was my first MAC eye brush and I've been very pleased with it! It's very soft, quite fluffy and I am able to use this to apply color anywhere - all over the lid, the brow bone, the crease, and the outer corner. Basically this is a brush I am able to use to do everything. It blends out harsh lines SO well and really pulls together the whole eye look. If I want more definition I will use a smaller more dense brush like the 217, but this is great to use for everyday and when I want to do a more natural look. I also like this for under eye concealer and for applying powder in smaller areas like the sides of my nose. Great brush, good price and lovely packaging - I would definitely repurchase.
I picked this up on my first visit to a MAC counter and was extremely disappointed. It looked wonderful when first applied providing good coverage, a matte finish and blended well resulting in my skin looking beautiful, but unfortunately in the end this didn't work for me. After about 2 or 3 hours of wear I realized it had a yellow tinge to it, oxidized and started to appear patchy. I have dry skin and tried with and without a primer as well as using different applications and multiple techniques but could not stop it from oxidizing or patching on me. I also found that the color in the bottle darkened within a two month period looking nothing like the pale NW15 shade I got. I've never had a problem with any other foundation so I was guttered. I do love the packaging though. Glass bottles and containers are lovely. B having to buy a pump separately kind of bugged me, but at least I can use the pump with other foundations. I will not repurchase and will stick with my Revlon Colorstay.
I absolutely love the packaging of this mascara. I don't know, I just think it's so gorgeous. :) When it comes to the mascara, it is a good mascara - thickens, curls and lengthens my medium length lashes and doesn't seem to clump on me. I also like the bigger wand, it's not too big but just the right size. It is very pigmented and isn't too 'wet' and never smudged. The only reason I would not purchase this again is because it's not that amazing for the price (and I purchased this from an actual department store in NZ) because I definitely find that my favorite drugstore mascaras give the same result and are just as good.
Liquid -MAC - Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
xlouderplease 8/8/2011 6:55:00 AM
While visiting my MAC counter on the search for a great foundation, a MUA recommended this. I was looking for something quite lightweight with good coverage and one that wouldn't oxidize. He applied it with a 187 and my skin looked dewy, natural and I didn't feel like I was wearing anything at all. I purchased this along with an MSFN (My HG!) and 187 brush and couldn't wait to wear it out. After wearing it nearly everyday for two weeks I was wondering why I could feel bumps around my chin and mouth. I went here, Makeup Alley, and read a few reviews and realized it had broke me out. It took a while for my skin to clear up as they were probably cystic, eh, and it sucked - I really did like this foundation! I think it was about $80 in New Zealand, expensive for a foundation that caused acne, but I did get about $50 back from selling it on Trade Me. The packaging was was nice, it came with a pump and I love anything in glass. Unfortunately I wouldn't repurchase. ):
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light
xlouderplease 8/8/2011 6:53:00 AM
I'm actually surprised at the negative reviews! This is my HG powder - I actually have 3 backups, lol. It feels so silky and smooth and blends amazingly. I set my liquid foundation with this using either a powder or kabuki brush and it buffs in nicely and leaves my face looking quite glowy and natural. I do wear this by itself, but as I have dry skin it can flake up around my nose so I moisturize well before applying it. It lasts quite a long time, and on a regular day I only need to touch up my face if it's hot or humid. As for the actual powder lasting, I probably go through 1 compact every 8 months. The first MSFN I bought was $80 in New Zealand which I believed was well, VERY expensive. I did find it on ACW for under half the price so I snapped up a few then for around $32 each - a great deal. I love the packaging of nearly every MAC product and this is no exception. It's very nice looking, sleek and sturdy. I'll be repurchasing this over and over again.
I have two of these in Peach Satin and Whipped Strawberries. I like both of the shades I have; Whipped Strawberries being quite a bright candy pink on my NW15 skin. I've tried a brush and fingers and prefer my fingers as I find it blends far better as the warmth from your fingers makes application easier. This does not look greasy on my dry skin and gives it a natural looking glow. I usually use these under powder blushes as I find they fade a bit if worn on their own. I don't think I'm going to need to buy this again, just because I use such little product that the tub will probably last a while, but if I do I'll be trying out different shades. I found this on eBay for $6, which I thought was a bargain because in NZ they're around $24. I do like the packaging but the glass makes it a bit bulky for carrying around.
I have two of these in Peach Satin and Whipped Strawberries. I like both of the shades I have; Peach Satin being a shimmery pinky peach color on my NW15 skin. I've tried a brush and fingers and prefer my fingers as I find it blends far better as the warmth from your fingers makes application easier. This does not look greasy on my dry skin and gives it a natural looking glow. I usually use these under powder blushes as I find they fade a bit if worn on their own. I don't think I'm going to need to buy this again, just because I use such little product that the tub will probably last a while, but if I do I'll be trying out different shades. I found this on eBay for $6, which I thought was a bargain because in NZ they're around $24. I do like the packaging but the glass makes it a bit bulky for carrying around.
This is one of my favourite drugstore foundations! I use the normal to dry skin formula in the shade buff and it's a great match for my pale skin. I occasionally break out on my forehead (teenage skin) and have a slightly uneven skintone and find this covers everything quite well without caking up. I use a flat top brush or stippling brush and it's pretty easy to blend as long as I do it quickly, otherwise it dries out. I think the best part about this foundation is that it lasts such a long time, and takes a bit to get off. I went to a friends party a few months back and was up all night, but the Revlon Colorstay foundation I applied at around 6:00pm still looked great at 3:00pm the next day! I would definitely repurchase this foundation and have multiple times, except the $40 price tag over in New Zealand is so unappealing that I actually buy it online through eBay like a lot of my makeup. I do wish it came with a pump or something because I find that I do tend to waste a bit of product when I pour it into my hand, but it does look quite sleek and I love the glass bottle.
I LOVE this colour. It's quite a bright true red with tiny hints of shimmer, and has such an amazing glossy pearly finish. As another reviewer said, it really does apply great. It is very opaque and there are no viable brush strokes. On my nails (base coat, two coats of the polish, top coat) it's lasted nearly two weeks and there is only one chip. It's definitely one of my favourite red nail polishes of all time.
I really really wanted to like this lippie.. This was my second MAC lipstick that I decided to buy based on reviews, and eh, waste of money. I have quite pigmented lips (they're a plummy red colour) and this goes on so smooth, but SO patchy. I've tried a lipliner underneath, a lip primer, base, everything, and I can't get it to look 'normal'. Cremesheens aren't exactly the best for me either. I have dry lips if I don't use lipbalm everyday and I actually find the texture far TOO creamy. They seem to slip everywhere and melt into the fine lines of my lips. This lipstick would probably be HG for girls with lips that do not have much colour to them as it is very opaque, which is why I believe it deserves 2 lippies. But if you have pigmented/dry lips, don't waste your money!
I`ve been using the very dry to dry three step system for about a month now, and the difference is amazing! My skin is nearly perfect now; super soft, no acne, hardly any dryness, and still not oily. I used the anti-blemish one for over a year and that cleared up my acne COMPLETELY! But having dry skin, whenever I used that range when my skin was clear, it got even more dried out. I understand how some people are saying that it dries their skin out too, the range of products work for certain skin types and it`s unfortunate that it does not for some. I would recommend trying out sample sizes of these products for about a month first. The price, eh, is another thing.. |: I`m not sure if it`s alot more expensive because I live in New Zealand, but it`s so expensive! It does last a very long time, and I have to believe that it`s better to spend more money on something that does work then waste it on products that don`t do anything! This line HAS to be my HG. Both types I`ve had used worked extremely well, and I`ve tried nearly every drugstore/medicated brand from Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena, etc, but they either made my skin worse or did nothing at all.