Lotions/ Creams -MMU Cosmetics - Honey & Goat Milk Body Cream
Aiko_Aiko 5/26/2003 4:05:00 AM
I'm sorry to say that this was not a winner for me. Like the Jojoba-e butter, this was simply not moisturizing enough for my dry skin. A second application did nothing to combat the discomfort, and I was once again left with the rather weird sensation of being coated in something like powder (?!) Not really unpleasant, just odd. The surface of my skin looked smooth, and felt soft to the touch, but the benefits didn't seem to go beyond that. I'm sure this works well on others, but my skin likes to reject all but the most extreme attempts to moisturize it, and this was sadly no exception.
Scrubs -MMU Cosmetics - Sugared Seas Body Scrub - Various Secnts
Aiko_Aiko 5/26/2003 3:13:00 AM
I guess I had a unique experience with this scrub! My skin is not usually sensitive, but this really stung whenever I used it. I can use MMU's sugar scrubs with no problems, so I can only assume that it was the salt in this I was reacting to? The stinging sensation was enough to deter me from using this more than a few times, even though I adored the scent I'd chosen for it and it did a fairly good job of exfoliating. Oh well. Life goes on.
I've had a few facials done using products from the Yon-Ka line, and while the facials were great, this was the only product that I actually purchased afterwards. (I'm pretty happy with my skincare routine, but thought this would be a neat addition.) The gel is quite thin, so a lot of product dispenses at once. And if you absentmindedly place the uncapped tube on your bathroom counter, be prepared for a spill! I don't mind the smell, and when first applied the gel has a nice cooling/soothing effect on my skin. But once it's dry and ready to be removed, it's decidedly less than soothing! It might be that I don't apply a thick enough layer, or that I'm not catching it at the right time in the drying process, but the amount of rubbing that it takes to get off can't be doing any favors to my skin. It does work as far as exfoliation goes, but I tend to only use it on my nose and chin, where the pressure required to remove it is less bothersome. In short, the novelty has worn off, and I've realized that I much prefer a traditional scrub for manual exfoliation.
I have a few tins of these gloss duos, and for the most part I'm happy with them. They come in great shades, give great shine, and you get a decent amount of product for the price. The texture is a nice change from thicker, stickier gloss formulas, very light and creamy. But they do tend to disappear a lot faster than other glosses I've tried. And carrying the tins around with a lip brush for application (or re-application) can be a bit of a pain. If I saw a color I really loved I might buy more of these, but I consider them an indulgence, not a staple.
This feels slightly waxy on my lips, which is not my ideal texture for a lip balm (I'm still getting over my addiction to Dr. Pepper lipsmackers, so this feeling will probably fade with time). But I DO love the scent (fresh lime) and the fact that it is very moisturizing. I also really love that this has SPF 15, and doesn't taste extremely bitter like some other lip balms with sunscreen that I've tried. I have the traditional twist-tube, but it also comes in a squeeze tube form. Both are only about $4 CDN, and definitely something I would consider repurchasing.
This formula just didn't impress me. It's prone to clumping, doesn't hold a curl, and does very little in the way of lengthening or thickening my lashes. However, the clumping is nothing my eyelash comb can't take care of, and I've only noticed a little flaking or smudging at the end of some very long and busy days. So it's not altogether terrible...it's just too ordinary to make it worth the price for me.
The best thing about this concealer is the likelihood of finding a great color match. It's quite thick and creamy, and can be a bit tricky to apply without a decent concealer brush. I can't use it under my eyes, as it looks caked on and creases terribly. But it works well as a spot cover, and blends quite easily on moisturized skin (forget trying to blend it on dry skin). I wouldn't consider it a 'holy grail', but for the price, color selection and quality it's definitely worth a look.