Polishes -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color
zoeykim18 9/30/2010 5:29:00 PM
Love the rounded pro wide brush as it allows me to get close to my cuticles without flooding them. The formula is great not too thick/thin just perfect. Most colours are opaque in one coat, which makes them great for Konad-ing/nail stamping! These are my go to polish for a fuss free, speedy quick manicure. And they are dirt cheap for the quality as they are on sale often at $4CDN.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA, GLYCERIN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, VITIS VINIFERA EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS WATER, METHYLPARABEN, PANTHENOL, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, HYDROXYISOHEXAL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE, BUTYPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, PARFUM. Just providing the ingredient list. Will add review once I finish the bottle. But quick take on it so far is cheap, gentle, alcohol free toner with good ingredients, that feels & smells good too.
Lip Gloss -Sally Hansen - Diamond 12Hr Lip Treatment in Baguette #6698-36
zoeykim18 7/13/2010 5:10:00 PM
This gives an "I just finished eating a cherry popsicle" lip colour that is super cute & sexy for summer. It has a sugar sweet smell that disipates quickly. The formula is smooth & thin but a bit sticky (probably b/c it's supposed to be long wearing). The packaging is sleek and the cap has polka dot rhinstones. The brush is plastic and firm, so it's great for precise application. There is no way this wears for 12hrs but I'd say 3-4hrs. This is probably my best impulse buy thus far, it was on sale for $3.99CDN at Rexall.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - ultra sun protection lotion spf 50
zoeykim18 6/21/2010 9:06:00 PM
I actually use this as an oil control product. I use it daily on my T-zone and I only have to blot once a day! I use to have to blot every 2-3hrs =S Also it is quite sweat resistant, like even after I've sweat I am still pretty matte! I use it all over my face as sunscreen only when I am going to be outside for an extended period of time (i.e. more than an hour) but I don't use it all over daily b/c it seems to dehydrate my cheeks. It has a very runny fluid texture so it flows out of the container without having to squeeze it. It leaves a soft matte finish and works well as a primer undermakeup too. A great multi-purpose product!
Moisturizers -Shiseido - Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer (Oil Free)
zoeykim18 6/21/2010 8:05:00 PM
This is a nice light moisturizer for combination/oily skin. It's has a very fluid texture. However, it doesn't leave a matte finish nor does it control oil in any way (if ur looking for something to control oil I highly suggest trying Shiseido sunscreens). This is just a basic moisturizer that does not clog my pores and makes my skin feel comfortable. But I believe it is over priced at $40CDN since it doesn't have any actives or antioxidants.
Foundations -Cover FX - Mineral FX Pure Mineral Foundation SPF 15
zoeykim18 6/21/2010 7:55:00 PM
This is the worst mineral foundation I have tried thus far ( I've tried BE & EDM). It only provides sheer coverage and to get even light coverage you really need to buff on a lot of product which of course makes it look cakey! Also the texture is not very fine milled so it doesn't feel smooth going on. In addition the packaging is absolutely horrilble! The sifter holes/slots are much too big so even though I only uncovered 1/4 of the sticker, too much product comes out. And the top of the sifter area is too shallow so you can't swirl your brush into the product or it will fly everywhere. Also, u can't rest the cone lid thing upside down b/c the top is not flat. The only good things about this product is it's a nice matte finish and it comes in a wide colour range of warm, neutral & cool. I really want to love this company since they're Canadian and I like their concept/idea of a skincare approach to makeup for all skintones and types, but unfortunately their product just don't deliver for me =(
This foundation applies like velvet butter across the face and my skin looks poreless & smooth. It provides medium-full coverage and the finish is a gorgeous satin. For those that dislike fragrance the melon scent may be too strong for you but personally I like it. Just as the reviewer below I am gutted that I can't find a shade match ='( I am NC20/25 and Honey #110 was the closest match but it is too dark (more of an NC30 shade) and #105 Nude is too light (about NC15) but both had good yellow undertones. This would be my HG if it came in a shade that matched me but if I can't find anything better I am willing to buy #105 & #110 to mix, it is that good!
Moisturizers -Cosmedicine - Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion
zoeykim18 6/1/2010 3:22:00 AM
This leaves a matte finish immediately after applying but makes my skin oily within an hour and even oilier throughout the day! So, it basically does the opposite of what it's supposed to do! And to top it all off this gave me breakouts (clogged pores & small cystic acne, which I am usually not prone to). With all face products I do the half face test, so I can say with certainty this was the culprit! I'm so disappointed b/c I was so excited to find what claimed to be such a multi-purpose product; moisturizer, primer, oil control & SPF all-in-one! It sounded perfect but unfortunately ended up being too good to be true =(
This applies very sheer, so my swatch above is with 4 coats! Thank goodness for Seche Vite or I would never have the patience for this polish, This is a nice lavender colour with a slight grey undertone. The texture is also quite watery/runny. Personally, I do not like the smell, it's too sickly sweet but thankfully it dissipates within a day of wear.
This is a very effective yet gentle cleanser. At first I didn't love it b/c it doesn't lather/foam as much as I would like and it kinda smells, feels & looks like dish soap. But I realized how great this cleanser really is when I got a severe skin reaction/irritation to a sunscreen where everything that touched my face set it on fire except this cleanser did not burn or aggravate it at all! With one full pump, it removes all traces of makeup (I tested by following with Bioderma and my cotton pad wiped clean). This works best with your hands as it didn't really work well with my Clarisonic (which btw u don't need as long as u have a good cleanser like this and a good daily physical exfoliator). This is my HG drugstore cleanser!
Cleansers -Shiseido - Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam
zoeykim18 6/1/2010 2:32:00 AM
The texture is creamy and it lathers up nicely. The packaging says there are "purifying granules" which I thought were going to be exfoliators/scrubby but although u can see them in the tube, you can't feel them on ur face. It cleanses my skin well without making it feel stripped. And a little goes a long way, it took me nearly 2months to finish my travel size tube.
Toners -Shiseido - Pureness Balancing Softener alcohol-free
zoeykim18 6/1/2010 2:13:00 AM
I love this toner. It feels so refreshing on the skin. And although this is alcohol free it still has that cooling feel of alcohol that I as an oily gal crave. It doesn't irritate or dry out my skin and it really does make my skin feel "balanced." The pump packaging is great too! Have repurchased twice and will continue to repurchase!
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
zoeykim18 4/24/2010 7:19:00 PM
HG eyeliner! Pigmented rich black colour, smooth application, long wearing, great for tightlining, doesn't smudge/melt onto my lower lid. Perfection!
The colour is pink with lilac undertones, similar to NYX Power & MAC Blooming Lovely. It has medium pigmentation as you can slightly detect the colour even on my pigmented lips. I love the smooth, moist formula of Rimmel's Vinyl Gloss but hate the citrusy fragrance that thankfully dissipates once applied.
Lip Gloss -Annabelle - Le Gloss Lip Shine in Breathless
zoeykim18 4/12/2010 10:00:00 PM
Unfortunately, this does nothing for my pigmented lips =( Just looks like clear gloss with very slight sparkle. I don't detect any fragrance nor can I taste anything discernible, which is great. I also like the squeezy tube packaging that ensures no product will go to waste. I actually use this as a primer under dry lipsticks (fills in the fine lines for smooth application; any l/g with similar consitency will do).