Friday, September 30, 2011

Nude by Nature Nude Complexion Perfection Starter Kit (Medium)

You've all seen Nude By Nature advertised on TV and of course, I'm the sucker who couldn't resist trying it. I bought it from a local chemist in my area for $59.95, the pack consisted of a small tub of Natural Mineral Cover, Natural Mineral Veil and Natural Mineral Bronzer. The tubs consist of 4 grams of powder, not much but plenty for you to try and test it. The kit should last you around 1-2 months if used everyday. It also comes with a kabuki brush, an Undercover Airbrush Primer and an Organic Mineral Eyeliner. When I bought this, I really wanted it to work and thought it would since the TV adverts make it look like the miracle make-up.

First, I applied a thin layer of Mineral Primer to my face and then applied the Mineral Cover all over, followed by the Mineral Bronzer on my cheeks and then the Mineral veil all over my face to set and seal everything. I then used the Mineral Eyeliner followed by my own mascara. It looked great, it gave me lots of coverage and I really did look like I had hardly any make-up on, my only concern is that it was too dark, they only have 3 colours to choose from which makes it hard.

I then left for the day to go out only to look in the mirror 2 hours later and discover that my face had gone blotchy and yuck. I had to try and fix it. The bronzer had stayed on my cheeks but the rest had smudged off and the overall consistency was cakey. It looked like a really cheap, nasty make-up. That was where my love for this make-up ended.

Since then, I've wanted to love it, I've tried it again on several seperate occassions and seen the same thing; after an hour or 2, it's starting to come off and go cakey, not what I look for in a foundation. In saying that, the kabuki brush is great, I still use it everyday with my own blush and I love the brown eyeliner as well. As for the foundation, bronzer, veil and primer, well, they've been sitting in my cupboard for months.

Would I buy it again? Not a chance
Would I recommend it? Nope, I've convinced people NOT to buy it
Should you buy it? Don't bother, there is better make-up out there

Thursday, September 29, 2011

M.A.C cosmetics: Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

The first time I tried this foundation I was very, very picky and it took me months to actually go in and buy it. For years, I tried Loreal, Maybelline, Rimmel, Revlon and all the other brands that Priceline has. I liked them and although they never completely matched my skintone, I was satisfied and hey, $30 foundation was fine with my wallet!

One day I was in the city with a friend and we went into Myer, in one of them just-got-paid moods, ready to give my bank card it's weekly workout. So, I went to the salesperson and asked him to match a colour to my skintone. There was about 30 different shades and he matched one perfectly to my skin, very different from my usual Priceline splurge that left my face orange and neck white. I bought the shade NC20. I paid $49.

That was a year ago and to this day I've stuck to the same foundation, although it's pricey, a bottle lasts a while because I don't have to use as much. It stays on all day so I no longer have to continually retouch my make-up and it looks so much more natural than other foundations I've used. I use a brush to apply it and the coverage is excellent I've had many compliments on my skin since I've started using it. My advice though, go to a MAC store and get the colour matched, they are pros they really know what they're talking about and they'll give you advice for applying it.

Would I buy it again? I have many times and I will many more, so a definate yes
Would I recommend it? yes, I've already recommended it to lots of people
Should you buy it? yes, best $50 you'll ever spend

Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara

Lately, a few of my friends have had the longest, most gorgeous looking eyelashes and when I asked what mascara they used, they replied with 'Maybelline, The Colossal.' Now, I'd already used this a while ago and it was okay but didn't impress me completely so I thought I'd give it another go.
The product itself is in a bright yellow tube with big purple writing, a little different from the usual black ones and the wand is a very thick, bristled one. When applying it, I felt that it was way too thick and I had to wipe excess mascara on the lip of the tube, even then there was too much on the wand. This mascara can look great but takes lots of time and effort to apply as it goes clumpy very quickly.

Although I've tried better mascara, I think this one really depends on you. It looked amazing on my friends but didn't flatter me at all. Maybe I shouldn't have wiped the excess mascara off the wand? Who knows.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.
Would I recommend it? Most likely, but there's others that I'd recommend before this.
Should you buy it? Yes, give it a go. It might look great on you.