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September, 2011

  1. La Roche Posay Effaclar gel moussant purifiant

    September 17, 2011 by donnaalba19

    My Rating: 

    I first tried La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel a year ago, and I have been loyal to it ever since. I’m on my third bottle now, and this liquid mild cleanser is an absolute must for me.

    This is by far, the best cleanser I have ever used: gets all my makeup off, doesn’t burn my eyes and my skin feels extra clean after using.

    I have combination skin that can break out from dryness as well as too much oil on my T zone. This cleanser does a great job of getting oil/dirt/makeup off my face.  I would say it prevents acne by getting the excess oil of my face, tightening the pores and by not irritating the blemishes I already have.

    Is paraben-free , but it does contains some chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate. While the cleanser does not contain any standard acne clearing ingredients such as salicylic acid, it incorporates zinc PCA, which  reduce acne causing bacteria.

    I wash my face twice a day with the Effaclar Cleanser and though my skin feels a little tight, I make sure I moisturize well right after ( ATM im using Embryolisse Lait Concentre).

    I had quite a bit of clogged pores on my T zone, but now they are starting to dry out, which I believe is due partly to this cleanser.

    Oh, and I only need a tiny drop of the cleanser for my entire face, so one bottle lasts me for about 4 months.  It retails at 22$( on sale  16.81$ on Amazon). I bought mine from France for about 10 Euros.

    I am somewhat of a product junkie, I like this product so much and I’m sure I’m going to stick with it for a while, but I still want to try next  Bioderma creoline H20.

    xoxo

     

  2. OPI: Lucky Lucky Lavender

    September 12, 2011 by donnaalba19

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    Lucky Lucky Lavenderit’s a milky light purple/lilac with some pinky undertones -type of color. I’m not exactly sure if I can describe the color better. I will try it again: It’s a very creamy blend of pink and purple that looks very sophisticated and low key. What I mean is that I can wear it effortlessly at work or at a job interview, without looking trashy or too funky.

    The application is perfect. Non streaky, it goes opaque in 3 coats and quite shinny in 2 coats. Without a base coat/top cout it lasts me for about 2-3 days .

    Out of laziness, I don’t put so much effort into the basecoat and/or top coat use. I hate applying layer after layer plus I’m looking for a zero dry time, on-the-go nailpolish.Does it sounds complicated enough?Because its not!:|

    The color it’s a very wearable pastel, terrific for medium to deeper skin tones or in the summertime when you have a bit of tan going on..

    Personally,I wear this color all year round! That’s how insanely good it is. And very flattering.

    The only downfall is it’s a limited edition from OPI Nail Polish 2010 Hong Kong Collection, but I was fortunate enough to find it at Sephora, and Im almost sure its available online.


  3. Reviw:Too Faced Shadow Insurance

    September 8, 2011 by donnaalba19

    My Rating: 

    I don’t have particularly oily lids, but I do have combination skin. Sometimes I find it hard to wear eye shadow or liner because it migrates off my lids. This is particularly troublesome as the seasons change, and the balance of my skin changes; In order have a more finished/even  look I decided to use  the Too Faced Shadow Insurance to keep my eye makeup in place.

    Now let me just tell you I’m one of those odd people for whom TFSI failed to work its magic on. Basically, the product itself is average:

    1. Firstly it didn’t stop my eye shadow from creasing. It delayed creasing, but it didn’t stop it.It didn’t last long enough for a full work day, and I started creasing after only 3 hours-4 hours.
    2. It also never seemed to blend as well as I would like, plus I had to wait 30 seconds for the product to  dry.
    3.  I hated the design. When I first opened it, some water leaked out of it. I had to closed it again, shake it and give it a little squeeze.  I’m almost sure that  in contact with air the formula dries significantly and this is causing the product to settle after a while.
    4.  If I try to apply some lighter eye shadows, the yellow undertone of the primer makes them fade away.

    Yet, the only advantage of this primer is that it can act like a color corrector and create an even tone on my lids. Due to the creamy formula, I could apply it under my eye before I used a concealer.  The product sets the concealer, and helps to lock it in place and prevent it from settling into fine lines.

    I noticed a significant discoloration on the color itself. With  my eye-shadows appear more vibrant and truer to the initial color.

     

    Verdict: If I have to use a primer, I will stick to Urban Decay Primer Potion. In my opinion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance is a major disappointment.