Sunscreen -Aveeno - Positively Ageless Sunblock Lotion for Face SPF 70
yunity 11/11/2009 11:06:00 AM
I agree with the previous reviews. I had high hopes for this one because I love the Aveeno brand, but this stuff doesn't sink in completely, so you are left with a sticky face. And it can break you out. I was getting small whiteheads at first, and then I got these two deeper ones. Stings your eyes too, like many sunscreens out there. It's just not a pleasure to put on your face like some products out there, I actually dread putting it on! In terms of protection however, I feel that it does the job. I think I'm going to use the remainder of the bottle for dry parts of the body rather than the face.
I've worn this lipliner for about... a decade now! Always go back to it.
Meh. Not worth the money. I bought this gloss because it looked so cool in the tube, but that "groovy" color disappears within a matter of seconds. I'm left with an ok (ho hum) rosey color, not too pigmented. Something about the texture or smell or taste... it doesn't feel that high end to me. You can find a better drugstore gloss than this I feel. I just feel like it's false advertising in a way to have something look so different in the tube than the way it goes on your lips.
Skincare - Face -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - 55% Lactic Acid Peel
yunity 9/2/2004 1:05:00 AM
Go and get this!!! I've never done peels of any kind before, but I had my fair share of treatments like Retin-A and Differin, so I had a feeling that I needed to start at a higher percentage level. This was a perfect introduction. Since I'm acne prone I actually did a few minutes of MUAC's 3% Beta Hydroxy serum beforehand, which I actually left on for about 12 minutes despite what the instructions say. After that came off, I could notice my skin looking smoother and glowier. Then I used this lactic peel, and even though it says begin with 1 minute, I left it on for about 5-6 minutes. I left it on for as long as it "felt ok" to do so. I did feel tingling and prickliness, but nothing unbearable. After washing it off and re-prepping my face with the ph solution, my skin is like GLASS! It does look darker and red initially, but the surface texture is unbelievably smoother than before--and I thought the BHA serum on it's own was smooth! Forget overpriced glycolic acid peels, serums and creams that are only 10-15%, usually buffered (Ellen Lange, DDF, PTR, this means you). The peels from MUAC are the real deal.
This feels like Max Factor Adaptive makeup but thicker. It's like mixing Smashbox primer with foundation--usually I mix it with KA SSE and the end results are better than this mousse stuff. The end results with this dream matte mousse are not bad though, if you moisturizer and exfoliate well prior to application--it does have a tendency to catch onto mini flakes and doesn't "disappear" into your skin as much as sit on top of it. I like the way it goes on though, you don't need much of it at a time, and it doesn't seem to break me out. Looks very smooth and nice from a distance. Not the kind of makeup I would use if I need to be seen up close, unless you have skin made of glass. --- Reposted on 8/30/04 --- Ok, after trying it a bit more, it does create a really smooth look that I can't seem to match with my other foundations. It really is like having a primer built in. Still, it can mildly "gather" in some of the porous areas on my cheeks if you look really really close, but I can live with that for the porcelain look it gives. It seems to work best on a face that still has some slick to it from freshly applied moisturizer. I also had good results using it with Almay's nearly naked foundation--I just put it on first, then put the other stuff thinly over top, and it looked better than using either one alone. I think the wetness of the nearly naked somehow complements the "tendency to catch on to flakiness" quality of the dream mousse, and simultaneously adds a little bit of sheen to the finish.
I use this as an eye base. At first I really disliked this product because it accentuated every flake and bump I had on my eyelid. I wanted to return it, but then just recently I tried it again, and only used a teeny tiny amount, concentrated most along my lashline and then blended upward more diffusely. It REALLY keeps your eye makeup on. I have trouble keeping Bobbi Brown geliner on, and that's supposed to be smudgeproof. This paint kept that sucker on, and then some. It works. Just use it sparingly. And I probably wouldn't use it over the whole lid, because it still accentuates the inconsistencies in your skin.
Liquid -Almay - Nearly Naked Touch-Pad liquid makeup
yunity 6/10/2004 10:15:00 AM
Since I bought this last week, I have not used anything else. I absolutely love it. Yes, it can be a bit dewy and perhaps initially there is this greasy sensation but it's not really greasy in the way that would cause you to break out. I prefer to use a sponge with this than my fingers and use a patting motion. I find that it covers quite well depending on how you apply it. Even the color match is not bad, and I have major issues finding colors that match my very yellow toned skin. I do wish there was more product in the container, I don't know how many applications I can get from a container, but I'm thinking about 15 or so. If this product were just a tad less dewy or dried faster, and there was more product, it would be the bomb for me.
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - Glimmer in Nude Beach
yunity 4/3/2004 12:50:00 PM
This is the bomb, a must have in everyone's makeup collection. I use it for highlighting inner corners of eyes, and for adding soft sheen sparkle to finish off an eye look. It's so good, and the kind of shimmer it produces can't be matched by anything from MAC, Stila, NARS, or whoever--an almost wet look, highly refined shimmer. Very nice.
Powder -Sonia Kashuk - dual coverage powder foundation
yunity 3/22/2004 3:40:00 PM
Bah, didn't like it. You know how some powder foundations if you swipe some on your finger, you can see it collect up in the ridges of your fingerprint and not distribute all that evenly? Well, this is just that. Too expensive and not finely milled enough. Though Milani doesn't make a powder foundation, their pressed powder is so much cheaper and beats this in quality by far. Bah.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes - Fine Wink [DISCONTINUED]
yunity 3/19/2004 10:43:00 PM
For those of you who like Stila Kitten but find it a bit too frosty/shimmery, this is a great alternative--and cheap! I would say the quality of this particular shadow is just as good as Jane and Milani. Try it, at such a cheap price you might as well!
I actually really like this product a lot--it's not greasy whatsoever, and really stays put. I got two sticks, one in Breezy Bronze and another in Berry Cool. They are both really great--the Berry Cool gives a very defined look to cheekbones, but looks very natural, healthy. The Breeze bronze is a GREAT bronzer--compared to Nars Multiple in St. Barts, it is more pigmented, longer lasting, and more of a true brown bronze color, whereas St. Barts has a slightly more orange tone to it. Also, Nars multiples have a slightly smooth yet gritty silicone primer kind of feel, whereas this stuff is like a burst of wetness at first, then totally dries to a skin finish--you can't feel it on at all. I like that since my skin is really acne prone. I do have to blend this quickly, and as mentioned previously, I wouldn't use it on a well powdered surface unless you used only a tiny bit, very sheerly. Just use a little at time over foundation, but under powder.
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
yunity 2/21/2004 11:55:00 AM
So far, so good! This is an early review, I've only had this foundation for a day, but I just wanted to write about my first impressions. Coverage is medium, they have an excellent selection of yellow toned colors. Texture is not bad at all, it melds into skin fairly well, and the finish is dry, and comfortably so. I feel that it might actually work in controlling my acne!!! I will definitely update more on this later. I even did a half and half face with this on one side and the Almay Clear Complexion compact makeup on the other side, and this one is superior in my opinion--it blended better, covered better, looked more natural, and the final finish was much drier and smooth--the other one just looked like it was going to slide around on me, and it went on patchy and sunk into pores. I have to say that I'm kinda psyched. Another thing that I'm noticing is that half of my face feels a little bit tighter than the other, like when you apply toner, but not an uncomfortable tight, rather, a good "keeping it together" tight. Am I just rambling? Anyways, I like it, thanks mspicky for reminding me about this product! I would give this a 5, but I need more time with it first.
Milani, thank you SOOOO much!!! I didn't think a drugstore pressed powder would not only have such a velvety texture and an awesome color selection for Asians and other women of color, but it really makes for an excellent poreless finish. In fact... I may have to stop buying my expensive Becca loose powder now. I actually think I prefer this Milani stuff--can you believe it? I'm about a Mac C3, actually a bit yellower if you are thinking in studiofix terms, and I tell you, I'm wearing the 07 Buff and it's so PERFECT. Finding a good color foundation or powder has been such a struggle for me, so I'm beyond thrilled with this less than $5 powder. I'm telling you, it's just as good as the high end ones. Also, I oftentimes find that bronzers out there aren't yellow enough for my complexion either (with the exception of Nars Laguna, but I don't feel like dishing out the dough right now, and I don't want any shimmer). Simple solution: I chose a darker color of this pressed powder, since they are quite golden-dark. The color I chose was 02 Honey Amber. Again, I have to say that Milani has really impressed me--their eyeshadows, blushes, and lipliners are also the bomb. Now all they need is a good powder foundation with these same colors. I LOVE YOUUUUUUUU MILANI!!!!!!
I LOVE THIS COLOR!!!! It's a pinky champagne, and it gives you a wonderful, bright eyed, almost fairy-like look. Here are some colors that I think Phloof beats out: Fairylite pigment, Vanilla pigment, Jest, Nylon, Ricepaper, Shroom, Stila Kitten, Stila Wheat, Stila Starlight. I know not everyone will agree, but I really think Phloof is prettier than all of these--on me anyways. Asian C3 FYI. Too bad it's LE!!!! Waah!!!
UPDATE 2/10/04: Rave! My biggest issue with foundation is that it starts melting, cracking and creasing up on me after even a short workday. I took a good look in the mirror around 5pm and my foundation was falling apart, looked TERRRIBLE. So I tried wiping some of it off and blending it around, resulting in something even worse. Then I remembered I had tossed this into my bag. Not all powder foundations cover uneven surfaces that well (meaning, if you have foundation on your nose, chin and forehead but are missing patches on your cheeks, you may not have good results). But fortunately Palladio is awesome and it just coated over everything evenly and I passed for okay, if not pretty good. Sorry, I'm rambling, but this is truly a great foundation for touch ups and situations like this! ---------OLD REVIEW: This is definitely a great product. The coverage is excellent, the texture is relatively silky (although not as good as Asian brand "twincakes" like Laneige, RMK, Calli, Nadri, etc). This is definitely better than Studiofix IMO. I think the key thing with this product is to apply as little as possible at a time--in my excitement of finally trying it for the first time, I just piled the stuff on and it emphasized every flake and line, though it did cover EVERYTHING. Tried it again with a much lighter hand, and it can look quite natural. My real gripe, as with Aveda Dual minus oil, is the limited color selection. I'm about a C25, and Cypress Beige is just a bit too dark, but workable. Not yellow enough at all for me, it looks grey on my skin. Still, if you find a good color match, you are soooo lucky, this stuff is pretty good.