Foundations -The Body Shop - Nature's Minerals Foundation
summerrain1994 1/28/2011 9:36:00 PM
The only thing that I really liked that this foundation was the sifter... other than that, I really didn't like the foundation too much. This was my first mineral foundation and I was extremely disappointed. First of all - it covers little to nothing on my face. My setting powder literally covers more! Second of all, it oxidizes... after a few hours my face is orange! Not sure what I'm going to do with it now...
Cleansers -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil Foaming Face Wash
summerrain1994 1/28/2011 9:32:00 PM
Though this product doesn't really treat my acne, it does clean my face (make up and dirt and everything). I do agree with the other reviews that it is drying - however, when I use my carrot moisture cream with it, my face is fine. I like that it foams because I find that it cleans my face much better and with just one pump.
I bought this product for highlighting the inner corner of my eyes - I think it was hyped up way too much, though it's not a bad product. So, bought it for highlighting, and it's not bad for that. It's a little tough on the inner corner of my eyes though, because it's hard to blend. It's odd because it goes on SUPER opaque but practically blends away when you use your fingers. I would recommend this more for an eyeshadow base than for highlight - if you do want to use it for a highlight, though, set it with a bit of white powder to make it last. One thing I love this for, though - rimming my bottom water line!
I usually this product for two years and my skin was literally perfect. Buyer beware though, if you have sensitive skin like I do, it will fry your face as first! My face was bright red and hot for a week, and then my skin was completely clear after that. Unfortunately, it's effectiveness seemed to wear off after awhile. After two years I started getting acne again, and though I've tried going back to it, it just never worked again.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set
summerrain1994 1/27/2011 7:02:00 PM
Ecotools brushes are my favourite brushes to use for my face and eyes. These are no exception - they are clean, dense, and soft. Though I wouldn't recommend using them for the "intended" purpose (each brush says what it should be used for on the handle), they are really great. My favourite is the "highlight" brush, which I use for my crease. It's super soft and get for blending! The only con is that they have very short handles - I don't mind, easy for travel, but some people mind. The little case is just adorable!
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
summerrain1994 1/27/2011 6:59:00 PM
Ecotools are my favourite brand of brushes, and this brush is no disapointment! It's thin and perfect for putting on eyeliner in thin lines... the handle is long and the bristles are easy to clean. ----- UPDATE: Had to bring down my rating because after awhile, the brush didn't seem to make as precise lines. It would fray when I tried to apply the eyeliner to my eyes. It works well still, just not for fine lines. I can see why people like it for their brows. I might try to buy another and see how things go.
Primer/ Corrector -Boots - No7 Shine Free Make-Up Base
summerrain1994 1/27/2011 6:57:00 PM
I was really turned off primers after using Smashbox Photofinish... luckily, I decided to give it one more go when I ordered No7 Primer off drugstore.com. I was pleasantly surprised - my skin gets very oily during the day, but this almost completely cleared that up! I can literally go eight hours with this underneath my foundation and my face is just a tiny bit oily. The only thing I don't like after this product is how it leaves your skin feeling after putting it on (not "silky") - it's got an odd texture and if you put it right on top of your moisturizer (without waiting for it to dry) it almost balls up. Luckily, the weird texture goes away after you put on foundation.