Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation Review

I wanted to talk about the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals® Matte mineral foundation. This was my very first mineral foundation and I love it. I have never tried the original formula but I have read that it makes a lot of people break out. This matte one intrigued me and Sephora had a mini set with a kabuki and I was sold!



I purchased this in early November and I still have yet to finish it. I do not use this everyday, about 4 days a week. I would say I still have a decent amount left. (At least a month and most likely even more)

I purchased the mini set above and it comes with a kabuki and .05oz of product. (Full size is .2oz) I would like to make it clear right now if your going to buy this DO NOT buy the one with the kabuki. It is scratchy and pokes my skin and I do not like it at all!!!

Foundation on the other hand, I do love. Does it keep my face matte? Yes and no. It keeps the majority of my face matte, all except for my nose. Now keep in mind, I have normal skin all except for my shiny nose. (It bothers me and I am looking for a solution) I am not sure how much coverage I should be expecting but I can say that it evens out my skin tone and covers a good amount of redness that I have.

Lasting power is okay. I would say five hours give or take. I do not use a primer just a moisturizer. Early in the morning I do not have the time nor would I want to apply on so much gunk on my face. *wink*

Now I mentioned that the kabuki in my mini kit is horrible, so you might wonder how I apply it. I use the E.L.F. studio flat top powder brush. (I LOVE THIS BRUSH! I have two!) The brush is extremely dense and soft and I usually do 3 taps. One tap for each cheek and one last one for my forehead nose and chin. I just swirl my brush in the cap after each tap and apply in circular motions on my face. (Buffing it in)


Lastly I want to add that I have to wear blush afterwards so I would appear less pale. Now it does not wash me you per say however I am very very light skinned and when you cover up the redness I look even more pale than before. A little blush just brightens up my complexion.


Packaging: 8/10 (The full size has the swivel where you can "lock" it so it won't leak out)
Price: 8/10 ($28 dollars for the full size and it will last)
Coverage: Medium
Lasting Ability: 8/10
Results: 7/10 (Because it does not keep my nose matte)
Repurchase: Yes
Holy Grail: No (I would buy it again but it has yet to WOW me)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Shiseido White Lucent Line is Love! + New Packaging


My skin has just been irritated and throwing tantrums at me lately. I guess it is my own fault, I tried to give the BeautyMaker items another try and I think it is time to find them a good home.

On another note... after caving in and opening a new tube of my Shiseido cleanser I quickly followed up with my whole Shiseido routine.

(I also have a sample of the serum that I use on my sunspots.)

I love this line so very very much <3.

The last item the cream retails for $98 dollars which I know is pricey but it is well worth it. A fairly thick cream, I only use this at night and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels supple, soft and smooth. What more can you ask for???

On a separate note, Shiseido has repackaged and reformulated their White Lucent line and I am super excited! But I have to wait till I finish my current items. QQ

I am most excited that the items now come with a pump! So much easier than just pouring the product out, but I think the old packaging while not as convenient is more stunning.

One thing I am not excited about is the increase in price. Okay its re-formulated so technically it is a new product but seriously?? My old emulsion was $54 dollars for 3.3fl oz.and the new one is $59 dollars for 2.5fl. oz. So not only are you getting less product it is more expensive.... My excitement has suddenly faded....

       Old Packaging ~ 3.3 fl oz.                                                                       New Packaging ~ 2.5 fl. oz.

You get what you pay for

I was trying to finish up my Aveeno cleanser... almost half done... and I can't take it anymore.... I had to go back to my Shiseido. Aveeno cleans and whatnot but after using the Shiseido, my face looks brighter and feels so soft and smooooothhhhh! I can't help but rub my face!

With that quick rant, I leave you with a quick quote....

You get what you pay for.

High end goods prevail not only because there are suckers out there but because well they are worth it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kevin BeautyMaker Aquamarine Hydrating Serum Review

Watching reviews from Mel and Fuz, I couldn't resist the Kevin BeautyMaker Aquamarine line....

So I placed an order on www.imomoko.com

First one I would like to talk about is the Hydrating Serum....

Price on Imomoko: $19.99 for 30ml

You can watch Fuzkitte's video, she gives a good representation of product.

Ari's Take on it.
It's a gel consistency, is heavily scented (rose scent???) and even though its very light it is also very hydrating. I was very surprised at its hydration. It says its a serum but I don't feel its very serum-like....? I just see it as a moisturizer.

I do like this product. I wanted to love it....but I don't. The scent lingers way too long and it gives me a headache. This product has taught me that I am not a fan of rose scented items.... and I think it is making me break out! *sniff*


Packaging: 8/10
Price: 6/10
Results: 8/10 (even though it made be breakout the hydration results were good)
Scent: 3/10 (Rose scented)
Texture: 10/10
Repurchase: No
Holy Grail: No

Overall if your not allergic to this, it is a good product. I am not into scented items where the scent lingers. It was hydrating enough that I would recommend it to others but I would note, it did make me break out... which is sad ... QQ


FTC Disclosure: I am not sponsored or affiliated with any of the companies / websites listed above and all items were purchased with my own money.

Eyeliner and Recent Purchase! - Lancome Artliner


I have almost given up on pencil lining. It smudges like no tomorrow on my monolids. As for gel liner, I have yet to learn the precision to work with this product. Though I think I found a new way to line my waterline. A little more testing before I get into that.

I was playing with the cheapy ELF liner and as much as it was easy to use, I doubt it would last all day without smudging. (Though I have not tried it.)



Was planning on getting the raved drugstore eyeliner Maybeline Linear Intense. Thought I would wait for a BOGO before I purchase it and then I ran into this website.

(By The Way thats the card that came with my order, not sure when that code expires but feel free to use it! Sorry for the bad picture.)

They sell department store items and a very low price. Drop by and see if anything interests you!


After hearing over and over again how great Lancome Artliner was I decided to give it a try. The only thing that stopped me is the price. $29 dollars for an eyeliner. Since I was such a newb I didn't think it was a good idea to purchase it.... HOWEVER on beautyisrelative it was only $14.50! The Maybeline one was similar is price anyways so I decided to try it! (Not to mention FREE SHIPPING on all orders!!!)

(My very first Swatch! xD)
I just recieved it today and my first thoughts are the pigmentation is good. Very Black. It applied very smoothly and it came out pretty well even for a newb like me. However after I applied it and it smudged when I relaxed my eyelids. (Monolid fold) So we can say it has a very wet consistency. Ran the swatch on my hand over water and it ran. Not very waterproof. Detailed review to come.....


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Favorite Cleanser: Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam Review

Wanted to say something about my current facial cleanser. I did mention my first was the Aveeno Positively Radiant cleanser but it is not my go to cleanser. In fact, I do not like it all that much. My favorite cleanser (Thus far anyways) is the Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam.

I did not initially purchase this. My mom had gotten a one ounce sample and had given it to me. You need the smallest pea size amount. Rub your wet hands together and WOW. Foam galore. After rinsing it off it makes my face feeling baby butt soft and I do believe it does brighten and lighten my complexion. (At least for the few hours after washing)

Now, going on to the brightening and whitening part. It is part of Shiseido's Whitening line so do I see any whitening. I have very very pale skin to begin with. The reason I use Shiseido's White Lucent line is not to make myself all the more pale, but to even out my complexion and discoloration. I also have a few freckles that I wish would disappear.

Overall It is not a miracle worker, You will notice an initial Brightening and Whitening effect. Is it long lasting? You will not turn super pale but it does even out my skin enough that I would say it works. But I must note, this is something that is seen over time and does not become apparent within the first week or so. I would say give it 2-3 weeks.

I did get another one ounce sample with a Shiseido kit I purchased at Macy's and one more from Sephora with my beauty insider points.

Would I purchase this item again. Most definitely. I would say this cleanser is holy grail material. It will be hard to top this product in my book.

Packaging: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Results: 9/10
Scent and Texture: 10/10
Repurchase: Yes
Holy Grail: Yes


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