I used to love Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas, but since it has been reformulated, I no longer have luck w/ it. It doesn't prevent creasing for me and it tends to dry out quickly in the case. I've switched to Touch Tint in the tube, and it works much better for my oily skin.
I bought Touch Tint to replace the Touch Base for Eyes that I used to use. Since it's reformulation, I haven't had much luck w/ Touch Base: doesn't prevent creasing anymore (at least not for me) and it dries out too quickly. I find the Touch Tint easier to blend and much longer lasting. I have oily skin so I do tend to 'crease' but it's only after several hours w/ Touch Tint. I'll buy again...
Misc Beauty Tools -La Cross - Professional Eyelash Curler
Elle_B 4/25/2005 3:44:00 PM
I've learned that eyelash curlers are a lot like bras - it all comes down to "fit." This product seems to have mixed reviews but it works very well for me. It curls all of my lashes, doesn't pinch me at all, doesn't leave an annoying red indentation at the inner corner of my eye, etc. I find the curl to be long-lasting. The silicone gel pads (see? like bras :-) allow you to touch up your curl after applying mascara. This is the best eyelash curler I personally have ever used. But again, it's all about fit.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
Elle_B 4/14/2005 12:46:00 PM
I'm 40 w/ oily, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. I started using this last year when I noticed my first true "fine line." I like that it doesn't make my skin feel greasy as a lot of anti-aging products do. I have noticed a slight improvement in the lines - I hope it will slow the progression of any others that may be forming. One of our local news stations has a segment "Wrinkle-Free Friday" in which they explore the latest anti-aging treatments. The dermatologist interviewed said that OO Regenerist Serum is a good alternative to Strivectin (a stretchmark cream which has also been hailed as a wrinkle fighter) - same ingredient, same concentration, far less money. Strivectin costs over $100.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Elle_B 4/14/2005 12:05:00 PM
I'll admit that I never actually purchased DDL but I've tried it when I got a GWP. This just doesn't work w/ my very oily skin. It didn't seem to absorb into my skin. Rather, it just felt like an oilslick sitting on my face ... who needs that? Several years ago, a dermatologist I went to asked what products I used. When I mentioned Clinique, he said, "Not the Dramatically Different Lotion, I hope." :-) It was the only product he mentioned by name to avoid. He confirmed what I already knew. Not good for super-oilies, like me.
My derm doc recommended this years ago, but I still had problems w/ breakouts - probably b/c as other reviewers noted, it doesn't remove all traces of makeup. I decided to try it again because now that I'm older, I use some pretty harsh stuff on my face (chem exfoliants)and wanted a gentler cleanser. I use a makeup remover first, then wash w/ Cetaphil. It doesn't leave my face "stripped" of moisture like some other products I've used. It's not my Holy Grail cleanser, but I'll probably continue to use sporadically unless I find something else that I love!
I bought this after reading the reviews here on MUA. I have *very* oily skin on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. I found Absence helped w/ the "shinies" a bit. It's been 2 1/2 hrs since I applied it and I'm starting to look "dewy." I'll probably be glistening within another hour or two. To be fair, though, I've never found anything that controlled my oil more than a couple of hours. What I DO like is the primer aspect. It doesn't settle into my large pores as other primers tend to do. The biggest plus is I find that I can use less of my JI loose minerals to get a decent coverage over my rosacea prone skin. Anything that helps me stretch my budget is a plus!
This duo is great for my eye color - it really brings out the flecks of gold in my hazel eyes. It's pretty subtle on my medium tone skin, which is fine for everyday, but it can be layered (and layered again!) for more POW!
Powder -Jane Iredale - Amazing Base Loose Finishing Powder
Elle_B 4/5/2005 6:45:00 PM
I've been wearing Amazing Base in Warm Sienna since Jan. '05. The wonderful woman who owns a day spa in my town let me borrow an unused pressed powder tester for a few days, then let me borrow the loose powder for a few more days. I personally found the loose powder easier to work with. I use a Kabuki brush, altho' I may try the sponge technique on my cheeks where my pores are larger. Overall, I have problem skin - extremely sensitive, rosacea, prone to breakouts, oily and prone to peeling. Although not perfect, the JI really tones done my redness and reduces blemishes. I do tend to get shiny after about 3 hours, but oil blotting papers help a lot. (Most foundations I've used in the past "faded" within less than hour after application.) While I do need to do an occasional touchup of my reddest areas, I bought the Bare Escentuals refillable compact (retails for $25), which is perfect for carrying in my purse. Although it's pricey, the pot I bought 3 months ago still has a lot left in it. I love the sunscreen properties. It does take a little practice to master application. At first, I was a little too heavy-handed and found out that I erased virtually *all* the color from my face. I actually found myself wishing that I owned blush (which I've never worn in my 40 years)! My technique is much better now and I'm getting all sorts of compliments on my skin. Never thought THAT would happen! By far the closest thing to an HG foundation I've come across.
This is on my Christmas list! I've sampled the EDP several times and it mixes well w/ my chemistry. When I first spritz, I really detect the lime and icy pear. After a few minutes, it starts to smell woodsy and almost peppery - not my favorite. Fortunately, this phase doesn't last long and it dries down to a nice, sweet (not cloyingly so) vanilla scent. I found it to be quite long lasting (which is important to me) and a less heady alternative to my other fave, Angel by Thierry Mugler. (I like foody scents on me.) Since it is a heavier scent, I definitely recommend that you try it before you buy it.
I just recently started on a vanilla kick - a friend turned me on to vanilla when she bought me a bunch of BBW Warm Vanilla Sugar stuff. I found the BBW Splash doesn't last at all for me, so I'm on a *quest* for the perfect, long lasting vanilla scent. VS Vanilla Lace isn't it, but it's not bad. It smells really strange when I apply it - almost like rubbing alcohol. I also feel a slightly sticky residue after applying. It dries down to an almost cotton candy smell. It's long lasting (which I appreciate and smells nice), but it isn't "The One." It'll do in the interim, though, especially since it's not expensive. :-)
I'm not great at describing notes, but here are my thoughts on Fendi. I went through a phase in the early 90's where I really liked this scent. It's very powerful and not frilly at all. I'm a rebel, so I did wear it during the day, but I found it was best if I sprayed it into the air and then walk through the mist, rather than spraying directly on my skin. This was my "Power" scent: it seemed to make me feel invincible during those job interviews, board meetings, etc. Again, a little bit goes a long way (definitely *not* for the shrinking violet)...very long lasting, too.
Mascara -Estee Lauder - MagnaScopic Maximum Volume Mascara
Elle_B 2/27/2004 8:25:00 PM
This is the 1st mascara I've gotten excited about in a long time. I received a sample as a gift-with-purchase and love it. One coat is all it takes to lengthen my lashes. I don't have a problem w/ clumping. It makes my lashes feel soft, not "scaly" like some mascaras. It doesn't flake on me and best of all, it looks as fresh when I take it off at 10 p.m. as it did when I applied it at 7:00 a.m. The price is absurd, but I'll check eBay.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Warm Vanilla Sugar body splash
Elle_B 2/27/2004 8:00:00 PM
I'm addicted to this scent! I have the silk splash, the glycerin soap, the candle, the air fresheners, the firming lotion, the exfoliating scrub, the anti-aging lotion, the regular lotion... My only complaint is that despite layering it, the scent fades so quickly! (And yes, I've sought the opinions of other people instead of just trusting my own nose.)
Although I loved this scent on a friend, it didn't work for me. It smelled sickeningly sweet - almost syrupy. I recommend obtaining a week's worth of samples so you can try it out thoroughly before taking the plunge.