Friday, January 30, 2009

Concealers Galore!

Here is a review of a few of the concealers I own.
Names correspond in order from Left to Right.

Givenchy Mr. Bright in #5 my HG product. I love love love this. It's so creamy and moisturizing. Easy to dispense. Doesn't need much blending. Brush is soft. No bad smell. Only downside is that there aren't many shades for dark skintones.
Sephora light touch highlighter in #5 Golden Beige This one has good coverage, the product is creamy and moisturizing. I don't like the brush, it's a bit stiff and hurts my eye. It's also a little hard to dispense Not a lot of shades to select from.:(
Korres wild rose concealer in wrc3 Soft brush, very good coverage. Slight smell. Not a lot of shades offered.
Make Up For Ever full cover camouflage cream in #10 Waterproof, great color selection. Creamy full coverage. Awesome product.
Stila Perfecting concealer in C I have this product in 4 different shades. I love this. It's creamy, high coverage and illuminating. Great shade slection. Make sure you use a little, it goes a long way and can be a bit greasy if you apply too much.
MAC studio finish concealer in NC35 I own this product in 3 different shades. Awesome coverage. Lots of shades to choose from. Still creamy. Need to blend though.

Laura Mercier secret comouflage in SC-3 Lots of coverage. Needs good blending because it tends to get cakey. Not moisturizing.
Laura Mercier undercover pot in #2 Great coverage. No creasing. Moisturizing. Not a lot of color choices.

MAC Select Moisture Cover in NC 30 Another awesome product from MAC I own a few of these. What can I say creamy, blendable. Great color selection.
Laura Mercier eye base in Buff. ( this one they don't sell anymore) Creamy. Not a lot of color choices. This one is not long lasting at all.
Derma Color Camouflage in D65 Full coverage. Lots of color choices.Tends to get cakey and crease. Needs heavy blending.

Mascaras and eyeliners

Oooo this one is a mixed entry.
I want to review three mascaras and three eyeliners :)
Here are pictures of my naked eyelashes :) PS forgive my unruly eyebrows they need to be threaded badly.


My eyelashes aren't as long as I would like them to be, I use Talika Eyelash Lipocils. I don't believe it's aided in lengthening, but it has made them stronger and they tend to fall out less than before I used this product.

Here is just for fun, the left picture has Givenchy Mr. Light concealer in #5. The right picture has Korres Concealer in wrc3. I didn't put on eyecream in that picture. Darn my eyes need an eyecreme badly. :(
Smashbox Bionic mascara with Prestige waterproof eyeliner in black
Mascara
Pros:Lengthening
Cons:Flakage
Eyeliner
Pros:Soft, Easy to apply, great price,rich dark color.
Cons: Not really long lasting, smudges easily.
Mac Pro Lash mascara with Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in zero


Mascara
Pros:Lengthening, curling, slightly volumizing.
Cons: None so far.
Eyeliner
Pros:Soft, Easy to apply.
Cons:Smudges easily.
Diorshow Iconic mascara with Benefit Badgal waterproof eyeliner.
Mascara
Pros:Lengthening, curling, slightly volumizing, Long lasting.
Cons:Slight flakage, Hard to remove.
Eyeliner
Pros:Very rich dark color. Waterproof, Does not smudge.
Cons: None so far.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thevi Cosmetics Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation with SPF15

I've been meaning to try these foundations for a while. A lot of my husbands friends ask me to do their makeup from time to time for events. Color matching is usually a pain with classic brands like Dior and Lancome. For this I'll usually turn to MUFE or MAC, life savers!

Thevi's foundation is much like Diorskin Icone Photo Perfect Cream to Powder foundation.
I ordered one in Almond and Honey Bronze. Honey thier lightest shade was too dark for me, it has an orangey undertone. Honey Bronze has a reddish orange undertone. You'll need to really blend it out. The results are flawlessly smooth and long lasting ( I washed a few dishes after making momos and it was still on my hand) ! They both have microshimmer, I found the Honey Bronze to have a lot of reddish microshimmer which I wasn't too crazy about. I expected more of an olive/yellow undertone for these foundations. I love that the foundation is infused with Vitamins A, C, and E. It's Oil free and Hypoallergenic. Anyskin type can wear this foundation, it provides medium to full coverage yet is provides a dewy soft finish.
Here is my hand with Almond. This foundation is very photogenic. HD almost. Looks seriously good.
Borrowed my husband's arm for this swatch of Honey Bronze, You can see on the edge that it's darker than his arm.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Foundations

I stalk Sephora.com. I love it. I finally got my hands on the Dior twilight palette. I got the email today but it was already sold out. Good thing I check for goodies daily, so I bought it last night. ha ha.

Anyways, today I want to review foundations.

I am a huge Dior fan even with all the crazy fragrance. I own a whole bunch of dior foundations and I'm loving the new Diorskin Nude. I want the powder too.


Freshface foundation in Chalet Girl
Pros:
1. Natural
2. Light to medium coverage
3.SPF 20
Cons:
1.Frequently out of stock.
2.Chalky
3. Not long lasting


Tarte Recreate Antiaging foundation in #6 warm bisque
Pros:
1.Natural, Fragrance, Dye, Paraben, Sulfate free whoa..
2.Hydrating, leaves a smooth finish
3. Photogenic.
Cons:
1. Hard to match undertones (all pink/red)
2. Not long lasting


Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup SPF 25 in #021 Linen
Pros:
1.Lasts alllllllll day.
2.Medium coverage, very natural melts onto skin
3. SPF 25
Cons:
1.Nothing for darker skintones
2.Not moisturizing
3.Perfumed


Diorskin Pure Light in # 200 Light Beige
Pros:
1. Hydrating, melts in your skin coverage
2. Light coverage, illuminates the skin without being shiny.
3. SPF 15
Cons:
1. Almost no color choices all pink undertones :(
2.Fragrance


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra in #2 Buff
Pros:
1.Feels luxuriously soft. Ooooo
2. Super long lasting medium to full coverage.
3. Gives a whiteish cast
Cons:
1.Can cause acne ( it is heavy)
2.Not enough undertones (mostly pink again)


Shiseido The Makeup Hydro Liquid Compact in I20
Pros:
1. Price quality meets recession! ha ha.
2.Light natural (super silky) looking coverage
3. Hydrating
Cons:
1. Often sold out :(


Shiseido The Makeup Powdery Foundation in O20 Natural Light Ocher
Pros:
1.Price
2. Natural looking (but can get cakey because you might need to reapply during the day)
Cons:
2. Nothing for dark skintones
3. Not long lasting


Bobbi Brown Oil free Even Finish Compact Foundation in #3 Beige
Pros:
1. Medium to full coverage
2. Lots of natural looking color choices
Cons:
1. Cakey
2. Not moisturizing can look dry


Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #4.5
Pros:
1. Sheer and lightweight (looks supernatural)
2.Hydrating
Cons:
1.Fragrance
2. Expensive and limited to few stores that sell them.


Make Up For Ever High Definition Invisible Cover Foundation in #120 Soft Sand
Pros:
1.Every color and undertone under the sun whoooooa
2. Medium to full coverage. (Easy to blend looks super natural)
3 Long lasting and it's oil free :)
Cons:
1. Drying
Really awesome foundation for a great price.



Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 in 021 Linen
Pros:
1.Easy to blend. Silky smooth and hydrating.
2.Medium coverage yet looks natural, melts into the skin.
3.Natural minerals
Cons:
1. Chalky on darker skintones.
2.Fragrance.
Darn. I had to lug my booty to 42nd and Madison to get my hands on this. This one is luxurious. Reminds of YSL foundation but less silky and less fragrance.


Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15 Oil free in Light L2
Pros:
1.Very photogenic.
2. Medium to full coverage. Natural looking.
3. Easy to apply and blend. Very silky.
Cons:
1. Smells foul. Yes FOUL eww. Like plastic and god knows what.
2. Oil free but feels greasy. Transfers on clothes if not set
3. Chalky on darker skintones


Philosophy The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15 in Beige
Pros:
1. Hydrating
2. No mess application
Cons:
1. Dewy finish? more like super glittery...eek
2. Very sheer

Feeling Estatic.

Whoa. Today is such a good day. It's been the first time since September 22nd of last year (My wedding day) that I feel like a good wife. I married a chef..a traditional South Asian chef who went to the French Culinary Institute and caters to famous movie stars and rich socialites. You can imagine how hard it has been to feed this husband. lol. I married him not knowing how to cook rice! lol seriously, my mom isn't much into cooking and neither was I. So I've been my husband's trainee for over a year now. I can cook traditional South Asian meals like mataar paneer, aloo banda gobi, goat curry etc. I can even make paneer parantha. awesome I know. My fav is undaa parantha. I'm actually a vegetarian but I do cheat and eat eggs. So you can imagine the challenge of cooking goat curry. He taught me how to make homemade paneer and yogurt. Which I love. But today, today was different. I made breakfast. Pancakes. Usually we both hate pancakes. Especially because we usually make them thick. Today I saw an old apple, prasad from the temple we went to two weeks ago, and I decided to make apple compote with brown sugar and use that for the pancakes topper. I did the pancakes super thin put cinnamon butter on top and then the apple compote. Folded it in half like a crepe and voila. Nothing fancy really. He was really proud that I am starting to think on my own and making things through experimentation. He called me his own personal chef. Ooo I feel so loved.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

J. Lynne Soft Silk Mineral Blushes



Blushes left to right. Crush, Innocence, Paso Doble.
These are highly pigmented easy to blend colors.
Crush from the original collection is a bright warm rose with slight shimmer.
Innocence from the fountain of youth collection is a warm matte light baby pink.
Paso Doble from the latin rhythms icollection s a rich plum color.
I highly recommend you try out these 100% natural blushes with no Mica, Cornstarch or Talc. They are affordable and available in lots of flattering shades. Best of all they are vegan and cruelty free!

Light foundations and tinted moisturizers. Getting ready for Spring!

Lets get ready for that fresh clean look that is hitting the runways for Spring. I own some of these foundations/tinted moisturizers others I reviewed from samples I received. I still have more to review but this will have to do. I deeply apologize for my hairy arm. I'm a bit of a monkey I know. Oh well. I swatch with love on my hand so you can see the coverage level.


Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel in Radiant
Pros:
1. Water/Sweat Resistant. Will last.
2. Feels like silk on the skin.
3. Natural, paraben, frangrance and oil free.
4. Good for you ingredients like Vit E and A as well as alpha lipoic acid.
Cons:
1. Beyond sheer. I would say invisible? lol
2. Comedogenic. Dimethicone is main ingredient. Not for oily skin
3.Highlights dry patches in skin.

Not my favourite. Does instantly soften complexion.
Say hello to my little panther ring. I love that ring :)

Lorac Natural Performance Foundation in NP2
Pros:
1. Another good for you foundation in the line of Natural, Paraben, Fragrance, and oil free makeup
2. Long Lasting.
3. Light to Medium Coverage with lots of color choices.
Cons:
1. Feels very drying. I can see the cracks in my skin when I use.


Lorac ProtecTint SPF30 Oilfree Tinted Moisturizer in (in the buff)
Pros:
1. Moisturizing (nice dewy finish)
Cons:
1. Fragrance, smells like chemicals
2. Chalky
3. Greasy feel even though oil free (I'm sure this will break out a few too)

Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation in #5 Peach
Pros:
1. Leaves skin with a super soft feel. Very hydrating.
2. Blends like a dream. With light buildable coverage.
3. Lots of color choices.
Cons:
1. Fragrance. Smells too much and not in a good way.
2. Brush. Great for on the go application. But not sanitary in the long run. Hard to control the flow.
3. Price. High price point for the amount of product you actually get.


Perricone Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in light
Pros:
1. Lots of Anti-aging ingredients like DMAE, Alpha lipoic Acid and Vit C.
2. Light coverage and very moisturizing.
Cons:
1. Can get muddy looking and tends to ball up during the day.
2. Not long lasting.

Shiseido Tinted Moisture Protection SPF 20 in # 2 Medium
Pros:
1. Very Creamy and blendable.
2. Hydrating.
Cons:
1. Not long lasting. Tends to melt away after some hours.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
Pros:
1. Creamy and Blendable.
2. Very hydrating.
3. Light coverage with lots of color choices.
Cons:
1.Pricey.
My absolute favourite. I use this with my Nars Loose Powder and I have that great no make-up look. My skin stays plump and dewy all day :)

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Luminous
Pros:
1. Very hydrating for oh so soft skin.
2. Light coverage with SPF.
Cons:
1. Not enough color choices.
This one is an awesome light weight affordable tinted moisturizer.

Revlon Age Defying Spa Foundation SPF 15 in Light Medium
Pros:
1. Buildable light to medium coverage.
2. No funky smell.
3. Very moisturizing and long lasting.
4. Awesome lock feature. Makes it easy to clean the brush.
Cons:
1. Need to blend well.
2. Can get cakey.
3. Hard to get a color match the undertones.

Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Shade #1
Pros:
1. Dewy finish.
2. Sheer to light coverage
Cons:
1. Light smell.
2. No color choices. :(
3. Chalky.

Scrubs Part Deux

Cosmedicine Medi-morphosis Scrub in action. You can see the crystals. Reminds me of microderm in a creamy base. Awesome scrub.



Fresh Sugar Facial Polish
Wonderful scent (fruit loops?) and texture (gritty but not harsh, you can see the petals too). If you moisten your skin before you apply it makes the sugar crystals stop on their own so you can't over exfoliate. The oils leave your skin so soft.









Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream. Super moisturizing.




Fresh Appleseed Brightening Exfoliant
Very gritty you can see the appleseeds.

Scrub away the ugly!

I have about 2 months of back dated reviews to post. Eek. So let's start with a talk about scrubs.
Ever feel dull, flaky? Feel like you can't go bare faced because your skin looks muddy or uneven. Or put on that foundation to find that it doesn't quite blend well or looks cakey? Well you might be suffering from dead skin build up. Time to discover those youthful new layers of skin by scrubs.

Now scrubs aren't for everyone. If you have active acne, pustules, papules, open sores. Don't do it! lol. It can spread bacteria or cause more problems. If you have mature or sensitive skin, rosacea, broken capillaries etc, it can cause more irritation.

Otherwise Normal, Combination, and oily skin types can use it.

All about scrubs:
Scrubs are generally manual exfoliatents as opposed to the chemical ones such as AHA/BHA/PHA and enzymes. Which are generally referred to as peels. They can be gritty with just about anything added to them, ground oat/corn/almond meal, ground shells (super bad), polyurethane/jojoba micro beads, salt, sugar etc. Or they can be gommages I love these. When you first put them on they usually use enzymes to soften the skin, then when they try you just manually rub it off. Talk about double duty and they are usually quite gentle too.

Benefits:
Help clear out dead skin cells and black heads. Brighten complextion. Also help your skin care products penetrate better therefore equals less product waste and your products work better and faster. Affordable and fast!
My Reviews:

Facial Scrubs:
Fresh Sugar Face Polish
Pros:
1. Works. Your skin will feel like a baby's booty. I loooooove this product.
2. Stop action. Sugar dissolves with the essential oils so you don't over exfoliate.
3. Super moisturizing. Good for you essential oils.
4. Smells awesome!
Cons:
1. Price. 55$
One of my favs. Definately not for the ones with shallow pockets like me, but every now and then I splurge.

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate
Pros:
1. Works instantly. Whoa what smoothness lasts for hours.
2. Uses Salicylic acid topical and encapsulated. Will exfoliate and help with acne.
3. Instantly brightens.
4. Affordable and really works.
Cons:
1. Updated: after using for 4 days. I broke out. I got two huge zits on my cheeks. WAAAA. Must be all that dimethicone. It was finely milled so I was positive. Especially because of the way it really brightened and softened the skin. I don't think I'll recommend this for oily/combination skin. I trust this will work well for drier skin types.
2. Frequently sold out :(
My Fav hands down. So good, so affordable. I wonder how long before they discontinue or reformulate. Something so good can't last this long lol.

Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
Pros:
1. Gentle. I always recommend this for sensitive skin types.
2. Paraben/Sulfate free.
3. Natural.
4. Price. Good price for the quality.
Cons
1. Smell. Not terrible but not my fav.
2. So so moisturizing.
One of my top recommendations for sensitive skin types. Works period.




Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Self Adjusting Exfoliator
Pros:
1. Stop action Crystals. Whoa never over exfoliate.
2. Anti bacterial. Organic sea salts helps exfoliate as well.
3. Size. For the price you get a heafty load. This thing will last for ever even when you use it the recommended twice weekly. Also comes in travel size.
Cons:
1. Witch Hazel. Can be drying, but good for acne.
Great for teens and men. Those who are prone to over doing it. lol works superbly.

Fresh AppleSeed Brightening Exfoliant
Pros:
1. Gentle even though it is really gritty with all those ground pomegranate seeds and bamboo.
2. Dual product. Also has citrus acids that act as AHA to further exfoliate.
3. Mulberry Root Extract. Further brightens skin
Cons:
1. Smell. Smells like dirt. lol oddly I like it but some might not.
2. Price. 60$ and it's not exactly large sized too
Cosmedicine Speedy Recovery Exfoliating Cleanser.
Pros:
1. Antibacterial. Tea tree oil among other ingredients to clean those pores.
2. Dual product. Uses urea as a chemical exfoliant for further exfoliating.
3. Hydrating. Without being oily.
Cons:
1.Abrasive. Oily/Resilient skin only!
Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish
Pros:
1. Natural. Uses Manann granules for a super gentle exfoliation. Paraben and Preservative free as well.
2.Can be used daily.
3. Willowherb. Antibacterial and anti-irritant.
Cons:
1. Very slow working.
One of my top recommendations for sensitive or delicate skin types. Great for preteens dabbling in skincare. I love Boscia. Very pocket friendly as well.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Pros:
1. Retinyl Palmitate. Antiaging.
2. Moisturizing. Vit E, Aloe, Chamomile all soothe and moisturize.
3.Magnesium Dioxide Crystals to even tone.
Cons:
1. Abrasive so use lightly.
2. Price. 75$ Super pricy!
Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial
Pros:
1. Fast. It's a gommage so you leave it on the salicylic acid helps exfoliate and then you roll it off so you get double the exfoliating power.
Cons:
1. Harsh.
2. Not moisturizing.
Body Scrubs:
Fresh brown sugar body polish
Pros:
1. Moisturizing. Whoa don't need moisturizer for about two days. So silky smooth and radiant.
2. Smell. Bathroom smells good you smell good. It's a sweet citrus scent that's sure to please.
3. Natural. 7 good for you escential oils.
Cons:
1. Price. Eww 65$ WTF? This is the one of the most overpriced scrub yet.
2. Slippery. Feels like ice skating in your tub.
I heart this product badly. lol. It sends me into a sensual frenzy. Ok...that's enough drama. But seriously this is good.
Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
Pros:
1. Dual function. Great facial exfoliant. Even better for your body. You can use it everday on the body. Again silky smooth easy to use.
2. Won't make your tub a skating ring, hence easy to use.
3. Price so affordable comes in different sizes for your budget lol.
4. Unscented. Great!
Cons:
1. Mild. Which isn't a con in my book. You can use this day and night. So be patient until you see results
2. Not moisturizing.
My top recommendation for those who are afraid of the slippery tub and who don't like frill and smell. This works and is super easy to use. And the packaging is super sanitary too.

Clinique Turnaround Body Smoothing Cream
Pros:
1. Acutally brighten and smoothes those ugly elbows,knees and feet.
2. Moisturizing.
3. Saliclylic Acid. Used in two forms topical and encapsulated. Helps with chest and back acne.
Cons:
1. Really slow. Needs a few weeks before you see those results.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body
Pros:
1. Aluminum Oxide Crystals cheaper version of the famous in office microderms.
2. Lactic and Glycolic Acid. Help further exfoliation.
3. Green/White tea. Super antioxidants help with enviornmental assaults to further delay aging.
Cons:
1. Even with the affordable price poduct doesn't last too long.