I borrowed this from my mom a couple times when I ran out of my own foundation. It looked really nice, but every time I would put it on, my skin would instantly feel itchy and uncomfortable. I think it also broke me out a little bit. I like the coverage and how it makes my face look, but overall it isn't worth the discomfort to my skin.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Accutane (by prescription)
MakeMeUp14326 10/8/2012 12:23:00 AM
I was afraid of jumping on the Accutane train for a long time because of all the horror stories I'd heard about it. On top of that, I didn't feel like my acne was THAAAT bad...it was annoying, but not cystic. I didn't think Accutane would be the right thing for me. But when prescription after prescription, tons of topical treatments, all-natural skin care products, etc. didn't work, I got frustrated, said "SCREW THIS, I'm going on Accutane." And I haven't looked back. In fact, I wish I had taken it sooner. Sure, I get redness, dry lips, dry skin, and my hair falls out (cute, right?) but GOLLY, I can go sans makeup without wanting to cry. People make a big deal about their side effects, and maybe some people really do have terrible side effects, but mine have been no problem at all. And while I am excited for the course to be over, I do love the fact that my skin is not oily at all and I can probably go a week without washing my hair. All in all, try this is if you've tried everything else without success. Even if you don't have cystic acne, it's still worth it. update: I've been off of Accutane for a month and I just want to reiterate how thankful I am for it. I used to be so embarrassed of my skin that I didn't even want to look people in the eye, and I would stay at home instead of going out with friends just so I could hide my skin. I would wear makeup all the time, even if I was just hanging out at home with my family. In contrast, I go without makeup all the time now.I assume some oiliness will come back, but right now my skin is neither dry nor oily, and I love it. Also, the side effects have subsided almost completely. Accutane has given me so much confidence and I hope I never take it for granted.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Foundation
MakeMeUp14326 3/13/2012 9:45:00 PM
Maybe I'm just applying it wrong, but I cannot seem to get this foundation to look right! It is rather creamy for a powder, so it's hard to blend it evenly across my face. It settles in places and looks patchy, cakey, and weird. I'm going to keep trying to work with it, since everyone else seems to have such success with it. It's not the absolute worst foundation I've ever tried, but it's far from the best, and if I can't learn how to make it look any better, I'm giving up on it.
I don't know if I used it wrong or what, but I shampooed my hair with this tonight, and good heavens, my hair feels so weird. It feels like there is residue on my hair and somehow it makes my hair feel like weird doll hair. Not gonna use this again on my hair, but I'll use it on my makeup brushes.
I think AmLactin does help my KP, but the lactic acid is too harsh for me to use it alone all over my face. I use it to moisturize my t-zone, no problem, but if I use it by itself on my cheeks, they feel tight and start flaking. I want to use AmLactin on my cheeks, though, because that's where my KP is. So what I do is first apply AmLactin, then apply some other moisturizer (like Cetaphil). It seems to decrease my KP and keep my skin soft. Don't expect a miracle, though.
Only get this if you are willing to wrangle this product into behaving. This concealer does not mess- it is super thick and super pigmented. It can do some major concealing. Because it is so thick and pigmented, however, it seems to do what it wants to. It cakes up on dry skin, looks oily on oily skin, and sometimes can seem to highlight blemishes. I still use it, though, because it conceals far better than any of my other concealers, and it's incredibly long-lasting. And it hasn't broken me out, surprisingly. Will I repurchase? Probably, but my heart won't be in it.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Starbucks - Napkins
MakeMeUp14326 12/31/2011 6:21:00 PM
I've never bought actual blotting sheets, because my sister told me about these before I bought real ones. So I can't exactly compare them with actual blotting sheets...that being said, I'm satisfied with how Starbucks napkins take the oil away. They're free and they work. So I will "repurchase". PS I don't know if any of you blot your pizza like I do (it takes away 1/3 of the calories!), but I have come to find that Starbucks napkins are perfect for blotting the grease off a pizza. I tried it out one time thinking, "Hey, if it can take grease off my face without picking up my makeup, I bet it can take grease off my pizza without picking up the cheese!" And it works! It takes all the grease away while leaving the cheese perfectly in its place.
Moisturizers -Equate - Ultra-Gentle Facial Moisturizer (Oil Free)
MakeMeUp14326 12/31/2011 6:04:00 PM
After half an hour browsing the moisturizer section of Walmart, I finally chose this. I got it because 1) it was only $3, 2) it didn't have spf (which is what I wanted because I needed a nighttime moisturizer), and 3) it's for sensitive skin. I have extreme combination skin, with really dry cheeks and an oily t-zone. Most moisturizers are either too greasy for my t-zone or not moisturizing enough for my cheeks. Well, this moisturizer is just right. It's not greasy, and it quickly soaks into my skin. I wake up in the morning with much softer skin. I would give it 5 lippies, but I've noticed a few clogged pores in the morning sometimes after using this, and this might be the culprit. It may be just a coincidence, though, and I'll continue using this unless it starts to break me out.
I used to use Colorstay, but then I started getting acne and I felt like I should wear an oil-free foundation. I tried the oil-free version of Colorstay, but it was really runny and orange and strange, and I really disliked it. Because of my past experience with Revlon foundations, I didn't have high hopes for Photoready, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. First off, it has a PUMP! What a novel idea! Also, most oil-free foundations I've tried have had a really runny, gross consistency, but Photoready is actually pretty thick. I'd say it has medium coverage, so it covers things pretty well, but I still needed to use concealer for blemishes and such. I haven't tested to see if it looks good in photos (even though it has SPF), but if it does, that's also a plus. There's only one thing I dislike about this foundation- the sparkles. I don't want sparkles in my foundation! Aside from that, though, it's a good foundation and I'll probably repurchase.
I just wanted to write this review as a warning. When I last went to the dentist, she asked me if I had been using Crest Pro-health. I told her yes, and she told me that an ingredient in it causes brown stains that are as bad as those caused by smoking. I HAD BROWN STAINS ON MY TEETH CAUSED BY MY TOOTHPASTE! I was horrified and vowed to myself I will never, ever buy Crest toothpaste again.
Shampoo -Garnier - Fructis Anti-Dandruff Intense Cleanse Shampoo
MakeMeUp14326 7/20/2011 6:35:00 PM
This shampoo was gross. It didn't help my dandruff and it left my hair feeling really...strange. It was kinda dry and felt like it had some kind of film on it or something. Not only that, my hair looked incredibly dull and almost looked grey for some reason. So bad.
Moisturizers -Boots - Expert Sensitive Light Moisturizing Lotion
MakeMeUp14326 7/12/2011 2:25:00 PM
I...think this is breaking me out. Not sure what to do now. Maybe it was just coincidental that I got little bumpy things after using this, but i don't know if it's worth it to continue testing it out. Darn the sensitive skin products that break sensitive skin out.
ok, i started writing this hugely huge review about my experience with atralin, but i decided nobody probably cares to read about my whole life story, so i'm just gonna stick to the gist of all of it. i had moderate-severe (but not cystic) acne pretty much all over my face. i have a sensitivity to benzoyl peroxide, so i couldn't find anything that could help me instead. as a last resort before accutane, my dermatologist gave me atralin. ATRALIN HAS BEEN A GODSEND. within 3 weeks, all of the bumps on my forehead were gone. after about a month, all the acne on my chin was gone. the stubborn pimples on my cheeks have taken a bit longer to go away, but they've been consistently diminishing in size ever since i started using atralin. it's been two months and i only have a little bit of acne (mostly hormonal). considering how well it's worked for me, i think it'll only take a couple more months for my acne to go away completely. i go to the dermatologist next month, and for the first time in my life, i'm excited to go. there is only one side effect that kinda gets on my nerves: it makes my skin look oily. i've always had dry skin, so it's really strange to look in the mirror and see a shiny face staring back at me. ah well, just be warned, if you are going to use atralin, stock up on your favorite powder. and then keep your powder with you. and reapply it as often as possible. all this to say, atralin is awesome and has made my life so much better! if you have acne, especially if you are sensitive to benzoyl peroxide, you really should try it. EDIT: i don't know if this is just me and my temperamental skin, but my skin starting getting used to it and it starting working less effectively after about 3 months. now i have to alternate it with another product- i use atralin for about 2 weeks, then give my skin a break from it for a couple weeks, and repeat the process. it's the only way my skin will respond to atralin. :/ kind of unfortunate, because it worked so well for quite a while, i thought it was the only product i'd ever need. oh well, i only have mild acne now, so it has helped me quite a lot. i'd still recommend it to anyone with acne.
I got this because it was oil-free, and my dermatologist said I needed to get oil-free makeup. Well. I tested it out first on my hand to see if it was a good color match (I'm ultra pale), and it seemed quite pale. In fact, the more I rubbed it into my skin, the whiter it got. I think it's because of the spf. Another thing I noticed right away was the weird consistency. Since it doesn't have a pump, I tried to pour a little bit out at a time so as not to waste it. I shook it...and it didn't come out. I shook it again...and it came out in a...for lack of a better word, glop. It just kinda...plopped out. Anyway, as I put it on my face, I was a bit disappointed by the coverage, but what I was most disgusted by was the finish. It was legitimately slimy. If I put my hand on my face for any reason, there would be oil and foundation on my fingers. My face looked SO greasy (and I have dry skin)! Also, since the foundation never really dries, it just kinda slips all over the place and goes where it wants to. Just when I thought my foundation couldn't look any grosser, I looked in the mirror and it had seeped into the dry parts of my skin, making it look like I have wrinkles. And by the end of the day, it was all over the place and had absolutely no coverage. It's possible I just didn't use a good powder over this, but I know there are plenty of foundations out there and I just didn't want to take a whole lot of effort to make this work. So I just returned it. I didn't realize how much I disliked this until I wrote this review, and negative things began spewing from my brain. The only two things I like about this foundation are 1) it's oil-free and 2) it has spf. Other than that, total waste of time and money.
Iffy. My skin never feels very clean after I use this. Cetaphil is too gentle to do any heavy-duty makeup removal. It doesn't do anything harmful to your skin, though. If you're, I don't know, an old lady who doesn't wear makeup and wants to have a cleanser just to be a part of your routine, Cetaphil would be good.