Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Body Envy Shampoo
mayascara 4/22/2013 5:11:00 PM
I purchased the large bottle (40 oz) at Costco and boy do I regret it. I have a relatively oily scalp, and while this shampoo makes my scalp feel clean, it dries out my hair a lot and makes it fall flat. I use it with the Garnier Sleek conditioner which usually does a good job on my hair. The smell is ok and the price is low but I much prefer Pantene volume for a volumnizing and clean-feeling shampoo.
BB Cream -Unlisted Brand - L'egere White Multi BB cream
mayascara 12/4/2012 3:28:00 PM
This is one of the best BB creams that I've tried (out of Missha, Skin79, Garnier and Maybelline). L'egere is a Taiwanese cosmetics and skincare brand, and I first heard about this product from fuzkittie, who is no longer making videos on Youtube. The White Multi BB cream gives medium buildable coverage, looks incredibly natural on the skin, and lasts all day. Compared to the Maybelline BB cream, the texture of the L'egere is a thicker, at first orange-toned cream. However, once you blend it into your skin it turns into a lighter color (I am an NC20 and this is almost a perfect match) and blends in flawlessly. I only use a small dot for areas that need coverage. I have used this for the past year and it does not break me out and looks natural covering my acne scars and active breakouts. Unlike Skin79 and Missha, the L'egere does not have a gray undertone, which adds to its natural-looking quality. The product comes in a 50ml (1.7 oz) squeeze tube, and if you only use it on problem areas daily this should last you at least a year. The downside would be this BB cream only comes in one shade, and this is not readily available in the states, and costs $20+ on Ebay or Asian beauty sites. While this may be pricey for some people, Asian BB creams at Sephora cost over $30 and are not even worth the hype.
NOT FOR OILY SKIN. I purchased this foundation after hearing rave reviews regarding how this is a "perfect layer of second skin" and how it actually gives coverage. In terms of "second skin," maybe I missed something but this doesn't look as natural as people say, I could still see foundation on my face. Coverage wise it's OK... When you first blend it in. I don't know if I'm not using the right moisturizer or what, but every time I've worn this foundation (in the summer or now in the fall), it becomes splotchy on me a few hours in. Granted, I have combination oily skin... But for such an expensive foundation I would've expected more. I should not have caved in and purchased something so pricey without getting a sample, and will not recommend this to oily skinned gals.
I got this as a bonus from a kit, and I have to say the fragrance is way too strong for a facial moisturizer. I do like the non-greasy texture and how it doesn't break me out (I have combination, acne-prone skin), but I have a hard time dealing with the headache from the strong rose-scent at night. This also isn't too cheap so I'll try more drugstore moisturizers to find my HG.
For $38.50, I would expect the packaging to be a little more user-friendly, but it just has a simple opening. The bottle itself is 1.7 oz, the lotion inside is slightly creamy, and makes the skin feel very smooth when I put it on. I don't mind the lemon-citrus scent, although I don't think it's necessary. Two days after I started using this, I got whiteheads in several places on my skin, so it definitely isn't noncomedegenic. It also has a crapload of ingredients for a line claiming to be natural. Overall, I would not recommend this for the high price point.
I've used this as a face wash amd a mask. As a face wash it's definitely too drying for everyday use, so if you buy it for that purpose I'd say use it every other day even if you have oily skin. As a mask, it's excellent for pimples... But if you have it on for too long it might "sunburn" your face as a previous reviewer said. I actually didn't encounter this problem until I used it once right after a shower, it felt like my face was burning and when I washed it off my skin was bright red. Needless to say I will only use this when I have a lot of bumps n preferably took a shower way earlier that day.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Egyptian Magic Healing Cream
mayascara 7/18/2011 1:49:00 AM
My friend scooped a good amount into a sample jar for me to try, and I've been using it for a week so far. I only use it on my cheeks, which is drier than my forehead and nose. From experience I've learned that heavy moisturizers make my forehead grow whiteheads, so I decided not to risk that. This "cream" turns into an oil when you rub it in your skin, and will stay looking oily for at least 10 minutes, so I would not recommend this as a day moisturizer. In the morning, I noticed my cheeks are incredibly moisturized and soft, and I can use a lighter moisturizer for day. However, I noticed after 3 days there were whiteheads on the area near my nose, and it's not going away. I use the acne.org benzoyl peroxide treatment for acne, and it seems to have nearly no effect. I'm starting to think using oil for a moisturizer is too much for my skin, and I'm very glad I didn't purchase this for $29.95 on Amazon. Will update if I see any changes.
This is a nice shine control lotion that doesn't dry my skin out. I use it mostly for my t-zone because my cheeks aren't as oily. The main problem I have is with the pump, it gets out wayyy too much product, since a little bit of this goes a long way. I'd also like to mention that this has alcohol as its 4th ingredient, and I know some pl are iffy about that. It absorbs quickly and controls oil for a couple of hours, pretty good for a lotion that doesn't dry your skin out. For $6 at Target it's worth trying
I had purchased one of the 40 oz bottles from Costco, and used it for over a year... Before I realized it made my hair thinner and fall out. While this might make your hair temporarily soft, it's not really worth it in the long run... And mind you, I have thick hair. I think I lost 1/3 of my hair through using this, worst shampoo I've tried in my life. I don't love any shampoo in particular at the moment, but the Herbal Essence Drama Clean makes my hair very clean and shiny.
Lip Treatments -New York Color - Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
mayascara 6/19/2011 2:30:00 AM
After hearing many good reviews about this, I have to say I'm slightly disappointed. This tinted lip balm smells nice (sweet and vanilla-y) and actually shows up as a color, but the texture wasn't really moisturizing. When wearing it my lips actually felt "stretched" if that makes sense. I did get the two lightest colors but since these are getting discontinued (at least at CVS), I will not be repurchasing or trying the other colors.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. I've been using it for over 3 months and I honestly can't see a difference in my skin, either with pores or acne. It feels kind of strange on the face at first, but you quickly get used to it This device claims to "reduce oily areas, dry patches, and blemishes; fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced; remarkably gentle for cleansing all skin types, even with sensitive conditions such as rosacea and acne" on the box. My nose is the oiliest spot on my face, and it's still very oily. For dry patches, I can't really say this was amazing because I used a heavy duty moisturizer when I did have dry or flaky patches on my skin. As for blemishes... As I mentioned, I saw no difference in my pimples or acne. Although I would say that using it on active blemishes is not a wise choice, because it would irritate the area more. Other than my nose, the rest of my face do not really have visibly large pores. I've seen no difference in the blackheads and pores on my nose compared to just manually washing my face. Although I got it on sale for $121.95, the price is still fairly steep for a device that did nearly nothing for my skin. This is better for people who do not have time to exfoliate their skin, or are just too lazy. For reference I used the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil cleanser at first but then switched to Philosophy Purity Made Simple, which seemed to make my skin feel softer while using the sensitive skin brush. I am currently using the deep pore brush head and am not impressed. Maybe I should just stop using this device. I also noticed that mine did not do the 20, 10, 10, 20 second beeping, are Mias all like that?
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Deep Pore brush head
mayascara 6/18/2011 5:51:00 PM
I'm on the fence about this product. Compared to the sensitive skin one that comes with the Clarisonic Mia, this feels a lot rougher on my skin. So rough that I feel like using this every night might be too harsh, esp since younger skin doesn't need as much exfoliation. I obviously can't return this, but I think I'll stick with the sensitive or normal skin. For reference, I used this with the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
mayascara 6/13/2011 6:03:00 PM
I purchased this cleanser because I heard that this takes off all your makeup, including eyeshadow. Idk if I'm not putting enough on, but this just cleans my face makeup and washable mascara, which my favorite gel cleanser does as well. I do think this is a good cleanser, but nothing amazing (as many people claim). The texture is creamy but thinner than some cream cleansers I've tried. Foaming just a little, when I used it with my hands to wash my face I thought it was just mediocre for the price. However, with the Clarisonic Mia, it works really well. Makes my skin softer and seems to be okay with my acne. It doesn't clear out the pimples but doesn't cause new ones. I use this only at night. The scent doesn't seem "chemical" like the review below mine says, but it does have an artificial scent.
Lip Gloss -Bonne Bell - Lip Lites in Strawberry Parfait
mayascara 5/26/2011 4:20:00 PM
Bonnebell LipLite lip glosses are very underrated. They are pigmented, not sticky, smells great, and doesn't dry my lips. Costing only $3-4 this is probably one of the best drugstore lip glosses out there. That said, I'm mildly disappointed in this color. On my lips, it looks the same as Cappucino, except maybe with a hint of pink. Cappucino is a pale nude that makes my lips look very light, so this does the same. If you're into pink, you might like this one slightly better, but if you already have Cappucino, I'd say skip. The choice between the two for me is really the smell, Strawberry Parfait smells like strawberry ice cream.
Moisturizers -Merlot - Moonlight Radiance Natural Grape Seed Night Cream
mayascara 4/14/2011 12:41:00 PM
Pros: Smells pleasant (very lightly of grapes) Gel-cream texture Cons: Not that moisturizing Kind of expensive for drugstore Comes in a tub (a tube would be nice, I think) Verdict: I was surprised how high of a rating this has, because this doesn't moisturize that well. I have oily combination skin, and my lower cheek tends to feel tight after I wash my face. When I use this on that area, it still feels tight after the moisturizer is absorbed. For other parts of the face it's nice though. This is a bit thicker than the daytime Merlot moisturizer with SPF 15. For $19.99 (sometimes on sale), it's worth a try if you're just looking for a light moisturizer, but it's definitely not what I consider a night cream.