I really wanted to like this - loved the applicator and the cooling sensation under my eyes, loved the silky texture that melted into my skin instantly, and loved the price point. But I had too many problems to continue using it. First, it didn't really help with the puffiness - on days I would be at home, I applied to only one eye and comparison checked throughout the day. No difference. If anything, the brightening effect kind of highlighted the puffiness, even when applied just underneath. Secondly, it creased instantly, despite multiple day-long attempts at making it work. With/without moisturizer, with/without powder finishing, dabbed on, brushed on, buffed on. And I only have one small fold under my eye, so there's not a bunch of lines for it to find - but I'd be left with a big beige line 30 mins after application.
After a few months of happily using this on my ends, I suddenly started getting oily hair that attracted a lot of dust - something I've never had before - my hair is very thick and only needs washing twice a week. I did a little research (yep, did research afterwards as I fell into the hype and bought blind), and it turns out there's barely any actual argan oil in this - so it works as good as the much cheaper brands of cone-based treatments. I tried pure argan oil (from hennasouq...cheapest I found), and my hair is back and better than before! Absolutely no weighing me down, leaves my hair super silky, no chemicals, and I'm back to getting a lot of "how do you get that hair?" comments.
Moisturizers -Korres - Yogurt Cream (Yoghurt Cream)
yasij 10/20/2009 6:04:00 AM
Finally. FINALLY. I live in an extremely humid climate - think condensation dripping off the windows at all hours of the day/night, sunglasses fogging up the moment you step outside, etc. Add that to my naturally oily/combo skin, and it's a beauty nightmare. Skin goes shiny and makeup starts to slide off within minutes. Prepping with primer or trying to save the day with powders and blotting sheets is just wishful thinking. Heavy duty "for oily skin" moisturizers left my skin looking old, wrinkly and tight, but T-zone still a general disaster area. Then I went to Sephora and said I was open to anything, no matter the price, and was pushed to try Korres Yogurt Cream. I hesitated due to lack of SPF, but was desperate enough to try and resort to the SPF15 in my foundation and powder to cover me during the trial period. The cream has the consistency of stirred yogurt, with a slight tangy smell that I only noticed during the first few days but have long since forgotten. Goes on easy enough, and sinks in almost immediately. I'm ready for my powder makeup within a minute or two. And it WORKS. It really works. It's been 5 months and just nearing the end of my third jar - I apply from forehead to collarbones, so I go through stuff pretty quick. I've been through the heat of summer with this stuff and I'm sold. 11 hours after application, I MIGHT have a slight shine to the end of my nose. The rest of my skin stays soft, clear and makeup-ed. The jar is a slight annoyance for dispensing, but I usually apply immediately after washing so I figure my fingers are clean enough. But it doesn't travel well...no matter how tight I close the jar, it leaks during flights (pressure change) or major temperature changes (left in a hot car for an afternoon). A definite HG.
Pros: Cheap as dirt.
Cons: Feels like dirt.
Seriously: It is a fabulous pink shine. But when I grab that crumpled foil tube, hope that the gloss doesn't come gushing out once the cap is off, and finally apply...all of 15 minutes later, it has started to dry on my lips. By 30 mins, it's a bit gritty, has faded around the edges and collected in the center of my bottom lip. The shine is still there, but it is now laying on top of very dry and tight-feeling lips. Shame...the price and color were almost unbeatable.
Meh. That's about it. Great color match for me (NC25), blends great using my foundation brush, and looks fantastic immediately after applying over my daily SPF/moisturizer.
3 hours later: Need to use another layer of powder, nose is a bit oily.
6 hours later: Product has slipped into creases under my eyes and around my nose. Nose is oily again, and product seems to be "breaking up", like the foundation is laying on top of my skin, not blended in.
Like another reviewer, I still use this for quick "just for now" to run errands, expecting to put on my "real face" later on, but never when I need all-day, natural looking, hassle-free coverage. Will not repurchase when this bottle is done.
Makeup Brushes -Trish McEvoy - Foundation Brush #43
yasij 4/8/2004 6:33:00 PM
I had never used a foundation brush before this. Didn't even know they existed. Then swapped for this after hearing reviews, and wanting to get an item out of my cupboard. I'm in love. It took a few weeks to completely master applying it, and once I did, it was quick and completely natural looking. The bristles are very flexible and can reach all contours of the face. Even better: I started using it with my StudioFix powder foundation, and have now tossed away my sponges/applicators. Works great with both wet and dry foundation. So worth the money.
After trying all of the lighter pigments, I came back to Vanilla as the perfect base/highlighter/standalone color. A cream champagne color that flashes just the slightest warm gold, it has just the right amount of shimmer to be used as a highlighter and to add a bit of fun to the eyes. Can be applied wet for a more dramatic look. A definite bargain when looking at how much product you get for $18 a jar...it could last years. Love this stuff, and has quickly become a staple.
This is a creamy, pearlized, baby pink gloss. I do enjoy the consistency of MAC lipglasses, and this was no exception. The color was very pretty on, but a bit too opaque/creamy for me...not my style. This'll be great to layer over darker colors too add a bit of frost, but on it's own, not too exciting.
This is a great pink-brown shine. The staying power isn't the greatest, but at this price, it doesn't have to be. It does have an strong inital perfume, but it wears away quick, and a slight sweet taste. I bought it as an impulse in my quest for finding a new YLBB gloss, and I reach for it over my Chanel and MAC glosses time and time again.
Another fabulous rave for this blush. Before Orgasm, I had been using the same GWP Clinique blush for over a year...on the advice of a friend and MUA, I tried this. OMG! The great pigment! This will last me forever! So THAT'S what they mean by "healthy glow".
What a beautiful color. Pale dusty pink with lots of gold shimmer. Love to pair this with a more dramatic eye. This is my first lipglass (other than the clear one in the plastic tube). I love the consistency, not terribly sticky, and has great shine.
I bought the "curved brush" version of this, and was pretty dissapointed after hearing so much hype about it. It didn't do anything fabulous to my lashes, just extended them a bit. Unlike other reviewers, though, it was not at all clumpy or goopy for me. Just wasn't anything special.
I LOVE these. I bought two during the "Buy One Get One Free" event (Coral Chic and Spiced Cranberry). I must say, when I take the time to give myself a proper pedicure (base coat, 2 coats polish, top coat), it lasts over two weeks, looks professionally done, and has yet to show signs of a single chip. You can't beat the price, and they have a very decent array of colors. I probably won't go anywhere else to get my polishes.
Can't believe I actually thought I owned a decent blush brush until I used this. Two or three taps into my blush picks up the perfect amount. It is the softest, most effective brush I own and cheaper than the higher-end versions ($38). Definitely take it for a test drive, you'll be hooked.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Lip Glide Lip Gloss with sponge applicator [DISCONTINUED]
yasij 5/5/2003 5:00:00 PM
Bought one at Ulta on sale for $3.99 - good thing because it isn't worth the regular $8 pricetag. The color I chose, "Rose Lacquer" (#012) is a shimmery pink/gold/salmon. The shade alone is the only redeeming quality. There is a very distracting chemical smell, and I am not one who is usually bothered by makeup scents. You could not really call this a "gloss", as it has the consistency of those liquid - long lasting lipsticks, but none of the staying power. It goes on very smooth - it has to, any sort of tackiness would gum up the sponge tip (which I had no problem with - felt very soft). The shine comes from the shimmer in the pigment, which fades in about an hour or two. Will not buy again - and I really wish they had testers out for this sort of product.