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I wasn't too keen on this scent in the first place, but the more I smelled it on other people, the more I grew fond of it. This is awesome to spray in your hair. It reminds me of caramel or cotton candy. If you like sweet things, then try this or the toilette spray.
March 17, 2012
A+ for product, C for packaging
You can ask anyone I know or work with and they will tell you what a Nars addict I am. I absolutely LOVE this brand. Don't get me wrong, there are products within the line that I don't like--that's typical with any brand. I heard amazing things about the loose powder. Normally, I just go with the Make Up For Ever translucent powder which I still LOVE, but I heard amazing things about this. It's "tripled milled" so you get the finest-grained powder imaginable. This comes with a pretty little white puff that is machine washable. A lot of people complain that the puff doesn't fit in the package, but that doesn't bother me at all. The powder has a plastic cover with holes, and then a removable mesh net that fits on top to sift and refine the powder even more. This is the WORST part of this product. This allows the product to get everywhere if you're not careful. One thing that helps is to gently shake it side by side, or to place and press the puff on top of the holes and quickly tilt it. I would love to redesign this packaging if I was ever offered the opportunity (one of my dreams is to work for Nars! LOL!). The case is cute (as with ALL Nars products), but it's a matter of getting used to the packaging. Luckily, there is a LOT of product so you really get your money's worth, even if you waste a little bit. Something that works is to buy a mini loose powder container with a sifter if it really bothers you. Back to the product--I absolutely ADORE this product. The first couple of times I was a little skeptical despite my Nars addiction, but the more I use this, the more I LOVE it. This is NOT a powder foundation like Bare Minerals or Smashbox Halo powder. This is a VERY sheer powder, almost like a tinted translucent powder similar to Bare Minerals' Mineral Veil, except this is much more refined and smoother. This makes your skin look so smooth and poreless. There are several different tints so the sheer powder enhances your foundation (if you wear it, or even if you don't!). This gives you one of the most amazing finishes that most other powders don't even come close to creating. There is a trick to applying this powder--you want to use a sponge or a puff--do NOT use a brush! (you can use a brush but you won't get the best result) These are Francois' words himself! The way the powder is made is that it goes on better when it is sponged on your skin. Even though this will make your skin smooth, flawless, and won't give you a cakey, powdery look--my absolute favorite is to mist LIGHTLY afterwards with a setting spray or Evian spray to adhere the powder together that's going to give you the most natural, smoothest, perfect finish that even my former favorite Make Up For Ever HD setting powder can't match. I LOVE THIS POWDER!!!
March 16, 2012
Another miss with Nyx!
I am a makeup shopping addict. I don't care if it's super expensive or super cheap, if I hear good things about a product, then I want to give it a try. I love the premise of Nyx; an affordable line of quality cosmetics that gives drug store brands a run for their money. This year they have come out with a plethora of NEW items all at the same time and that thrilled me. Normally I have had bad luck with Nyx lipsticks/glosses in the past and I was hesitant because normally Matte lipsticks do NOT go on me very well. I decided to give this a try (at least if I didn't like it, I could always return it back to Ulta). I got the super bright fuchsia pink MLS 02 (because I love bold colors). What I love about this lipstick is that it's VERY pigmented (as with any Nyx products which is what I love about them). However, my lips are VERY pigmented, and this lipstick isn't nearly as pigmented to cover my lips evenly, even with primers. it's not so matte (Which I kind of like). It's more of a semi-matte rather than a full matte (there is a tiny bit of shine). I like semi-matte textures because they tend to go onto lips a little better. What I did NOT like is that this, along with other Nyx lipsticks, do not go on very evenly on my lips. I get a lot of "clumping" with this lipstick and it feathers very easily. Also, it "peels" off any time I press my lips together. I have been extremely disappointed with Nyx lip products overall. I play around with makeup a LOT and I made sure to exfoliate my lips prior to applying makeup; but also I've tried applying this lipstick on top of bare lips, on top of lip primer, on top of eyeshadow primer (a make up artist tip for truer pigmentation!) and on top of lip liner (blended on top of the entire surface of my lips), and I received similar results. I did get the better results when I used it on top of lip liner that had been blended all throughout the surface of my lips (Which also gave it the most matte effect). In the low-down, the norm continues that myself personally cannot pull off matte lipsticks, let alone Nyx lipsticks in general. I know that many women cannot pull off matte lipsticks (especially those with lips prone to dryness). From my experience, matte lipsticks photograph beautifully but in person they do not often appear as nicely. I wish I could be like other women who have had nothing but praise for Nyx lipsticks and who can wear them beautifully. However, it's just not for me.
March 16, 2012
I got this in a set. I usually use the handy buki though. This works well, but I'll stick with my buki. Same problem I've had with the buki is that the bristles come off. It does work well to blend and cover your face.
March 13, 2012
I've been using the Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel which has 1% glycolic acid in it. I wanted to try this to get that little extra "umph" with the higher percentage of glycolic acid. I tried a few samples of this and I fell in love!! Yes, if you have SUPER sensitive or delicate skin, then you probably shouldn't use this. However, I do have sensitive skin and my skin was not irritated at all using this. In fact, my skin felt better after using this than most cleansers I've used. The trick with glycolic washes is to lather it up on your skin and then let it sit on your skin for about a minute. That way, the glycolic acid can do its magic and eat away at the dead skin. I have VERY dry, flakey and acne-prone skin and this has done something wonderful for my skin after only a few uses. I use this with my clarisonic to get higher performance and exfoliation. Any time my I was my skin with other cleansers, my skin can often be red or not noticeably bright. With this, I noticed an IMMEDIATE brightness that I have not seen with most other cleansers I've used. My skin was NOT red at all despite it normally being prone to irritation and sensitivity. My skin felt remarkably smooth and a bit firmer and plumper after every use. I've always been extremely jealous of people with perfect skin who don't do anything to take care of it; but yet I take care of it and it still looks bad. I was just born with bad skin that I am fighting merciless to improve. Believe me when I say my skin has come a loooong way from where it was, but I still have a long way to go. I have started noticing a smoother surface starting to appear in my normally patchy uneven textured skin and I know that's thanks to Peter Thomas Roth products. He developed these products two decades ago to solve his own skin problems and I am starting to believe in his products because of the changes I have seen in my own skin. I will continue using this wash in hopes that I continue to see improvements in skin clarity and texture.
March 10, 2012
Okay, I'll probably continue use
Then again, there isn't a mouthwash that's perfect. I do notice a change in whitening. It tastes a bit weird, but it doesn't have alcohol so it isn't drying, It doesn't necessarily freshen my mouth. After gargling, I often I have to rinse out with water because this leaves a lot of foam in my mouth.
March 7, 2012
Normally I had been using Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 prior to my latest appointment with my dermatologist. I like that it was a thinner fluid sunscreen because it went on my face easier. However, it was a hit or miss whether it would cause breakouts or not depending on how frequently I've been using this. SO, the nurse assistant actually hooked me up with a few sample tubes of this sunscreen and WOW!! I'm impressed. Apparently it has a lot of things that people find questionable putting on their skin, but I'm surprised I haven't had a breakout using this, even when I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, plus rosacea and eczema. This also lightly hydrates too. Since I have very dry skin, most moisturizers tend to be too light for me and thicker creams cause me to break out, so this is a good small added hydration on top of my moisturizer. I like that this absorbs just as well as the Clarins, and you're going to have to shake it verrrry well prior to pouring it out. This stuff is much cheaper than Clarins (Anthelios costs about $30 whereas Clarins costs $38 for the same fluid volume). However, it's a little harder to get as opposed to Clarins; you either have to order it online or buy it at the Pharmacy counter at Walgreens or CVS (you don't need a prescription but your dermatologist can prescribe it to you). Like the Clarins, it's going to leave a slight white veil over your face, but at least this leaves a matte finish. It's suitable to wear under make up, but like any sunscreens, you're going to need oil blotting sheets or a little powder after a few hours. My skin feels very comfortable outside in the sun, I don't feel any burning at all and this is under the strong Arizona sun that will only get stronger as the summer approaches. Yes, it's a small bottle (1.7 oz) for $30 (your doctor may give you coupons) OR you can find it for a few dollars cheaper online (don't know about the freshness or the reliability of the seller). Give this a try! It's a no brainer that sun protection is a must!
March 5, 2012
I tried a sample of this and I think I had an allergic reaction to it because after I wiped and washed it off, I had about 100 small little red bumps ALL over my face and neck. I haven't had a reaction this bad in a long time. Yes, it did exfoliate quite well, but it's not worth it. Hopefully all the bumps will be gone by tomorrow, or at least most of them. This also has the worst orange smell to it that was unpleasant for me. I'm very disappointed!
March 5, 2012
I normally steer away from tinted moisturizers because they either make me too oily, or make my skin feel dry because there's not really much moisture in them. Also, I have quite bad skin (regardless of my tireless efforts), so sheer color isn't for me and I have to opt for full coverage foundation even on days when I feel so lazy and don't want to do makeup. When Nars jumped on the tinted moisturizer bandwagon so late in the game compared to other brands, I had faith because I knew that Nars was holding back to create something that was going to excel above other tinted moisturizers. First off, there are NINE colors to choose from--which is plenty more than the average three or four that brands usually make. Therefore, you're more likely to find a shade that is actually going to fit you and you're not going to look awkward with a mask of a different color. There's spf 30 in this too--which is quite common among other moisturizers. This isn't going to leave you with a shiny slick like other moisturizers can, it leaves you with a dewy complexion (hence the name Radiance). What I find that separates this from the other brands is that this makes claims that it can REDUCE hyperpigmentation and even the skin tone in as little as four weeks. I do have a bit of pigmentation on my chin from hormonal acne, but I'm curious to see if I see any improvements (it's far too soon to tell). I feel that I do get quite a good amount of coverage with this--far more than other tinted moisturizers. Of course you're not going to cover everything, but I noticed that my complexion looked SO much more even, even though I could still see a few dark spots. A lot of people are going to freak out when they see the $42 price tag, but they do not realize that you get a MUCH bigger bottle than other tinted moisturizers which are close to price in range. So far, I think you get your money's worth. Even before the tinted moisturizers officially launched in Sephora stores (when they were only available at Nars boutiques), within a MONTH, this product has already created a cult following and in most places are already selling out. So give this a try! You'll love it!
March 2, 2012
Lately my skin has been going through extreme turbulence--one month it's dry, the next it's normal, the next after that it's an oil slick. Needless to say, during my oily time I bought one of these powders. As much of a HUGE Nars fan I am, I was still a bit depressed to pay $45 for a pressed powder. What I love about it is that it's ultra refined and it never looks cakey on my skin--even on my super dry flakey patches on my chin. This absors oil and kills shine very well too. These powdered foundations come in many more shades than the original pressed powders. Large Sephora stores will have few, but they won't have the full line unlike Nars boutiques. The colors will match anyone beautifully. This powdered foundation has SPF 12 in it, as well as the fact that it gives better coverage than the standard pressed powders. What I don't like is how big and bulky the packaging is. I do like that it has a big mirror, but this "compact" reminds me of one of the older Blackberry phones in terms of size. It's not pocket-friendly, that's for sure. The bottom raises to reveal a cheap white sponge. That really irritated me!!! Yeah, I suppose you'd be able to replace them easily with any sponge from the drug store, but if I'm going to pay $45 for a pressed powder, I want a pretty sponge--not a cheap and flimsy piece of latex! Also, even though you think you find a shade that is closest to you, unless you buy this at a Nars boutique, you're not going to have easy access to ALL the shades to ensure that you find the best fitting shade for you. I would like a little better consistency between what Sephora stores and Nars boutiques offer. Fortunately for me, I still rely on liquid foundation because I need the fuller coverage. Therefore, I'm only going to need a little bit each day to remove shine and touch up on areas needing a little bit more of coverage. However for someone who relies solely on a powder foundation--unless you're a Nars loyalist, you may run out of this extremely quickly and another $45 will be used up.
March 2, 2012