Foundations -Burberry -Fresh Glow Gel Stick

on 2/20/2018 8:59:00 AM

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I was so excited for this foundation to launch because the Fresh Glow Liquid foundation is my holy grail! I hoped the stick version would be the perfect companion to the liquid for areas where I need extra coverage, but unfortunately it is not.
I have mature skin that is prone to dryness and dehydration which means stick foundations rarely work for me (with the exception of Tom Ford’s Traceless Stick), but Burberry’s Gel Stick was marketed as having “encapsulated water” as well as ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and add glow”. Well, It did none of the above.

I tested it with and without the Burberry Fresh Glow Primer and the only difference was the primer added a bit of softness to the finish (but only a slight amount). It was not enough to prevent this foundation from drying the heck out of my face. The SA at my counter was pushing hard for me to buy the FG primer...when I told him I already owned it, he stressed I should be absolutely sure to use it with the Gel Stick. That should have been my first red flag. I shouldn’t have to use a primer to get the effect that a foundation alone is said to give. Don’t market a foundation as glowy if it’s the PRIMER that really provides the effect. Simple, right? Alas, me being me, I HAD to try it...after all, it’s Burberry, and until now, I’ve never had a fail from the brand. Sadly this foundation is not useable for me in any way.

Again, keep in mind I’m recounting how this foundation worked for my skin type.
PROS-
-Has a nice cooling sensation upon application.
-It feels slightly hydrating at first but the effect only lasts a few minutes
-It really does blend easily, both with a brush and fingers
-The packaging (plastic and lightweight) has a good closure that snaps shut to prevent the product from drying out or coming open when not wanted.

CONS
-Dull matte finish
-Drying on my skin type (dry/mature)
-Began to break up after about 3 hours, began to appear grainy and dry, especially under my eyes
-Accentuates both texture and dry spots
-Creases and collects in every fine line (and very badly in the not so fine lines!).
-Medium coverage at VERY best...had to build feverishly to even achieve this.
-ZERO GLOW unless you count the tiny shimmer particles that are totally useless (they don’t show on the skin).

I’m beyond bummed about this one. It’s the total opposite of what it’s marketed to be! If they’d have launched this as the “cashmere stick” I think the reception would be much better, because it’s MUCH more akin to the Cashmere Liquid foundation than the Fresh Glow Liquid foundation..

Bottom line, HUGE fail for me. I’m inclined to say this foundation would be much better suited for combo/oily skin that has very few lines or textural issues. However the short wear time and the way it separates/pools, make me wonder if it would wear well on oileir skin types either!
Basically if you already have perfect skin and want a light coverage, matte formula...ya may wanna try this. If you don’t, save your money.


Treatments (Eye) -Laura Mercier -Flawless Skin Eye Serum

on 2/20/2018 8:57:00 AM

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I've used this serum for years to keep my lids and under eye area tight, along with the inner corners of my eyes. I do not have dark circles so I cannot speak to the effectiveness of combatting them. But if you are looking for something to keep things tightened this is an excellent serum. I have experimented with other higher end, more expensive products, and I always go back to this eye serum when the crepey eye skin begins to creep back in. Once I start using this again, it totally disappears. It's non greasy, and it does not pose a problem with my makeup application, or the wear of my makeup. There is a pretty pearlescent glow to it, though to me, it is not a feature that sticks around after absorption. I press the pump down gently so I can control how much comes out. If you press all the way down you are going to get more than needed. Just control how hard you make the press. Once you master this, you won't be wasting product. My bottle lasts over 3 months with morning and night applications, and this is with me applying to the entire area around my eye-under the eyes, around the eye to outside corners, inside corners near nose, and on to the lids and up to the brow. I also like to use it on the corners of my mouth. Great product.


Brows -Wet 'n' Wild -Ultimate Brow Kit

on 2/20/2018 8:34:00 AM

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+God bless the lady in the drugstore for suggesting this product. I was going for ardell's brow pomade, but thank God I bought this one. I'm a make up noob and as you may guess I find quite difficult to use such products. Eyebrow pencils was a nightmare for me. This was the best purchase of my recent cosmetic purchasing madness. So easy to use, perfect lining and texture. It gives the opporunity to blend the two shadows in order to get closer to your own eyebrow color. Natural look. No smudges. The wax helps to fix your brow make up and keeps them in line. I almost forget that I am wearing it. Besides it is quite cheap- 6 euro in Greece. What else could I ask for?

-A little difficult to open the package.

I am still experimenting with contouring products. All tips welcome.


Brows -Essence -Make Me Brow

on 2/20/2018 8:22:00 AM

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I love this, I use it as a brow lightener when I over do my brows. It keeps them in place and the pigment is amazing!!


Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand -PUREARTH - Illumine Elixir Supercritical Face Oil

on 2/20/2018 8:19:00 AM

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instant glow is probably an understatement.. i tried a drop on the back of my hand and it sucked right into my skin leaving it very radiant and lush. its crazy how potent this brand's ingredients are considering they're wild harvested in the himalayas. alsothis oil is supercritically extracted which happens at a much cooler temperature than cold pressed meaning the precious nutrients stay totally alive. i was happy to pay a premium for this magical oil, its really been effective on my face with a nightly routine before bed!


Treatments (Face) -Bioderma -Hydrabio Serum for very dehydrated and sensitive skins

on 2/20/2018 7:39:00 AM

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This is a good hydrating serum, doesn't break me out, and it works very well as a makeup base. It also seems to have a mild cooling effect. Gave it four lippies because, while products that are good for my skin soothe it and calm my redness (that's how I know they're good), with this my skin remains slightly pink and irritated, even though it doesn't feel uncomfortable in anyway. I don't think I would repurchase, because I already use hydrating night and day creams, and I prefer masks for more intense, soothing, hydration.


Foundations -L'Oreal -Infallible Pro-Glow 24HR Foundation

on 2/20/2018 7:15:00 AM

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I really want to like this foundation but I think it has caused a crop of tiny blackheads below my mouth on either side of my chin. I don't usually get blackheads, and as this is the only thing I have changed up, I suspect this is the culprit. Apart from that, I loved the way this looked on me. I should have known better than to trust a drugstore foundation. I've never had any luck with them.


Palettes -Etude House -Play Color Eyes Wine Party Palette

on 2/20/2018 7:02:00 AM

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This is my second Play Color Eyeshadow Palette. The first one I have is the Cherry Blossom that I love, and the Wine Party Palette is no exception. About me NW20 or below, blonde hair, green eyes, and very cool undertones for reference. You get 10 shadows in this palette. These shades makes my green eyes stand out so much! Plus, all the shades work with my skintone even some that lean a tad warm I can wear with no issue. The formula of these shadows is actually pretty pigmented. Usually Korean shadows are very light when you apply them, but The Wine Party palette is very pigmented. On top of that the shadows stay on all day. I use bobby browns eyeshadow base in shore to prep my eyes. I also think a base like NYX Milk would work well too.

I love the colours in this palette! The browns are a mix of mattes, and one shimmer shade. Also the browns make great crease shades. What’s also good is the browns are neutral to cool leaning as some of the colours have a little pink in them. There are 2 almost glitter like shades but they are not glitter bombs. They are sheer and go great over shadows. One is a mix of pink and gold micro shimmer it’s so pretty and it stays on quite well. I think with a sticky base I could get some amazing colour payoff without fallout. The other colour is a gold with a touch of pink shimmer. It applies easily and looks so cool on.

Finally, the Wine shades in this are just gorgeous! They go from a beautiful pinky Wine shade to a plum Burgundy. There is one matte and the other 3 are a pearl like finish. They work great as liners and you do not need to keep layering to get good payoff they are very pigmented are easy to blend and I think look really pretty with my eye colour. I think this palette could work for a lot of people. Some shades take a little work or the right base. Yet, others apply so well and last till I wash my face. I found mine on eBay from a US seller for such a reasonable amount.

The packaging is so cute and it doesn’t feel cheap at all. I love the play color eye series so, much so I want to get the juice bar and cafe one too. I am very happy with this palette I love the colours they would work great with a number of skintones. They are pigmented and last on my eyes all day. They can be built up and they are easy to blend. Love!

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Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand -PUREARTH - Mitti Clay Face Masque

on 2/20/2018 6:47:00 AM

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LOVE! ive been looking for an ethical, natural, yet ultra luxury brand and i think purearth hits it! masks are big in my routine for both hydration and drawing out impurities. i tried may lindstrom's honey mud but didn't enjoy the application process (maybe because of the texture and smell) and also didn't see results.... purearth's mitti clay masque was fabulous.. can't recommend it enough. can't wait to try the rest of their products


Treatments (Eye) -L'Occitane -Immortelle Eye Balm

on 2/20/2018 6:38:00 AM

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I love this eye balm and am onto my second tub of it. I have fairly normal under eye skin, no major issues with fine lines or dryness and only mild dark circles. This product really helps to moisturise my under eye area, keeping it nice and soft. I also find that when I use this, my dark circles appear reduced. I use this eye balm twice a day, and the tub does last a long time. You only need a very small amount. I enjoy the scent, it doesn’t last long at all on the skin - in fact it is completely gone within 30 seconds - and it doesn’t irritate my eyes or make them water. However, I do know people who have this issue so if you have sensitive eyes there is a chance this may irritate you so I encourage you to get a sample or try it in store first. This eye balm sits well under makeup, it doesn’t cause foundation or concealer to pull or seperate. I will continue to use this product for a long time, I enjoy it and find it effective. The only downside is it is quite pricey.


Styling Products -Unlisted Brand -Christophe Robin - Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Oil

on 2/20/2018 6:21:00 AM

It was ok but smelt like baby powder after cleaning them. Baby powder mingled with a faint musty smell :(


Powder -Make Up For Ever -Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

on 2/20/2018 6:16:00 AM

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I think this powder is best as a setting powder, not as a foundation/base. Now used over the top of your foundation, this powder gives the most airbrushed effect I've ever seen. I even prefer it to my Laura Mercier setting powder and MAC studio fix powder (which are my other favourite products I use to set or touch up with. The only time I get asked what I have on my face, is when I am wearing this and it photographs like you've used a filter.

Now the things I don't like are 1) the price. 2) The colour selection. I am golden under toned, and am very limited to the shades I can get. I mostly use 117 which is Golden Ivory (I'm NC30) and slightly light, but the next shade up is 123, golden sand and this is WAY too dark. 3) It definitely oxidises a bit, which is why 117 works better on me, and finally 4) It breaks real easily. As in the powder - especially once you've hit pan with a good sized well. Annoying.

However, all things aside, I will ALWAYS have one of these, especially for nights out etc, just because it makes my skin look so flawless and prefect.

Just for reference, I have combination skin.


Liquid -Rimmel -Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

on 2/20/2018 6:14:00 AM

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Pros: This is a very good, medium/high coverage, transfer- and sweat-proof foundation. It has a demi-matte finish, and it stays wonderfully on my skin for hours and hours. In Romania it comes in a glass bottle with a pump.

Cons: As usual, the lightest shade available in my country (Ivory) is a bit too dark for me, and it oxidizes quite a bit, which is why I probably won't repurchase. It also breaks me out a little, but only if I use it a few days in a row.


Highlighters -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills -Ultimate Glow Kit

on 2/20/2018 6:10:00 AM

I love the other Glow Kits I have but this is a dud. All glitter and little pigment. Six shades but they are so similar that four of them look the same. No "special" duochrome shades. Anastasia highlights are usually very smooth and flattering on my skin but this one gives me bad textured crocodile skin.


Liquid -Maybelline -Dream Satin Liquid

on 2/20/2018 6:09:00 AM

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This foundation offers a decent medium coverage, and an absolutely flawless satin/ slightly dewy finish. It's like blur or photoshop in a bottle. Despite the fact that it's not a longwear foundation, it holds up well throughout the day, it doesn't cake or separate. Sadly, the lightest shade available in Romania (100-ivory) is too dark for me, but I can still use this in the summer if I manage to tan a little.


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