Horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE for acne-prone skin. Horrible for oily skin. Horrible for dry skin. My mom has tried to wear this stuff, and it makes her look older than she is. The only skin this makeup is truly okay for is perfectly balanced skin with no blemishes to hide. The only thing I like about this product is the way it feels. Dream Matte Mousse is not a dream; it's a nightmare.
I've been using Infusium 23 Shampoo & Conditioner since I was in middle school. It is the only stuff that doesn't weigh my thin hair down, doesn't make it frizzy, doesn't irritate my skin, etc. I've strayed away from it a few times just to try out some new stuff, but I always end up back with it. I use (Colour)ology for a week or two after I dye my hair, and I use (Volum)ology randomly.. maybe when I feel like haivng more volume? hah. The (Moistur)ology, however, is a different story. That stuff makes my hair feel oily, weighed down; just YUCK! But (Repair)ology is my favorite baby :) I can just feel it repairing my hair. My brush glides right through it after a shower. My hair just feels and looks healthy, all the time. I love it <3 UPDATE// I'm very disappointed that they changed the formula on these. After many many years, my hair and scalp officially doesn't like Infusium 23 anymore. Boo, 2 lippies off :(
I bought Milk of Magnesia for 1 buck at Dollar Tree :) and it comes in a BIG 12oz bottle. I've literally spent hundreds of dollars on different kind of primers. It's hard to find one to keep my oil at bay and one that won't break me out. After I found out Milk of Magnesia can also be used as an acne treatment, I was excited! "Experts explain that milk of magnesia has an alkaline nature that naturally draws oil away from the surface of the skin. It helps to keep your skin free of excess oil, a major acne causer. Milk of magnesia also has antibacterial qualities that help to kill bacteria on the skin. In addition, it disinfects. Milk of magnesia also contains zinc, which aids in the regulation of hormones and helps wounds heal." Therefore, I'm not sure why people are claiming it to have broke them out. But everyone's skin is different. Anyway, this as a primer ROCKS my socks off! Usually I have to blot my make up every couple of hours and it was very annoying! My make up also seemed to have oxidized by the end of the day. But not with my dear $1 Milk of Magnesia! I only have to blot once, if any, and it keeps my make up looking perfect! I love this stuff. And if I happen to be constipated, this will also come in handy for that :) UPDATE// I spoke too soon. I got a HUGE, deep, painful zit on my chin. I've never seen a zit this big on my face! I haven't changed anything in my regimen, so that being said, Milk of Magnesia was the culprit for this. What a bummer! I may use this stuff for a very special occasion where I want my make up to stay on all day, because this really works for that, but I'm definitely not using it for everyday use.
The first couple of weeks I used this, I was absolutely in love. I used one pump for my whole face and massaged it in every morning and night - and for the first time in my life, my skin had this amazing glow to it and looked healthy. It was also baby butt soft! Other pluses: it plumped up my skin /making some of my pitted acne scars unnoticeable, and it almost "magically" got rid of redness from pimples. Two SAs at Ulta kept raving about my skin, which was very bizarre to me because I've never had good skin or got compliments from it IN MY LIFE. I also got a free makeover from a makeup artist that has done Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, etc's makeup, and he said I looked better than Kim does without makeup, haha :) The reason why I gave it 3 lippies is because I think it slowly clogged my pores. Now I can literally see every single one of my pores clogged. It also seemed to have stopped giving my face that glowly look. What a HUGE bummer!!! I really wish I could find something that does the same thing for me as this oil did. The search begins!
After reading reviews about this on the web, I decided to go out and get it. It's a pain in the butt trying to find it in stores, but luckily I live walking distance to a Chinese super market. This evens out my skin tone and gives it a soft, pretty look :) It also helps keep my acne under control! It is drying though so I would advise using a moisturizer afterwards. But it is an amazing, cheap bar of soap. It smells good too. Just try it out, you've got nothing to loose :) except maybe that uneven skin tone!
I don't understand why this got such bad ratings. Nearly everyone I know is using/has used and liked this mascara. Mine never clumps the whole three months until it's time to throw it out and buy a new one. It's cheap and it does what it's supposed to do! It's probably not the best mascara there is out there, but for 4 bucks I can't complain.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Heavenly Face Brush
SapphireLily 5/24/2010 6:57:00 PM
This is my favorite brush by far. I see where the name comes from because it feels heavenly on my face. I'm not too sure why people are saying it's hard and/or it sheds, because mine is super soft and never sheds. It makes my make-up give a better and more even coverage. I bought mine from Ulta after falling in love with the tester. It's a tad bit expensive, but I love it! My next brush will be Make Up Forever's Kabuki brush... let's see if this one is still my favorite after that :) UPDATE// Okay, so now I understand why people were complaining. I washed this brush and now it sheds and is not as soft. So off goes one lippie. What a bummer!
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
SapphireLily 5/23/2010 10:05:00 PM
I absolutely love how this covers. But the color selection is horrible and they all have a yellow/orange tint to them. It also seemed to have clogged nearly all of my pores, but then again I have the world's most clog-prone skin. I do like how you can twist the opening and get how much powder you need, but if you twist too much there's nowhere else to swirl your brush in, so you end up tapping off the excess powder everywhere. If that makes sense. Overall, the coverage is great for a powder but that's about it.
I was using Retin-A Micro .04% for a little over a year. I had horrible acne - cysts, blackheads, whiteheads - you name it, I had it on my face. I used Retin-A Micro with both an antibiotic and Benzyol Peroxide Acne Wash. At first I had purging, which I didn't really mind since my face was already covered in bumps. Over the months, my face started clearing up... slowly but surely. I then had the perfect face, with NO trace that I had such bad acne! I did get a few zit here and there, but I finally felt like I had one of those "normal faces" (: Those are the ONLY reasons I gave it two lippies. I kept using Retin-A Micro, even though I felt like my battle with acne was over with. I then started noticing small dents in my face, but I convinced myself they were there before but I hadn't noticed them. I started getting more and more as days went by. I went to several dermatologists, and they all told me they were acne scars. How did I get acne scars when I had no acne?! I asked if Retin-A Micro could be causing them, but I got all "no"s, and that Retin-A Micro can actually help the scars. Following medical advice, I kept using Retin-A Micro. And I kept getting more and more holes in my face. I finally decided to stop the use. And the holes stopped coming. Coincidence? I think not. Now I'm left with a bunch of scars, which makes my face look uneven and horrible. I cry about them everyday. Now my dermatologist is trying to talk me into laser resurfacing - $2,000+. I would rather have a face full of acne, because acne goes away. Scars do not. I searched and searched online if Retin-A Micro could cause scars. I found threads/forums with other people claiming it did. I wish I knew this before. My face is ruined. I'm one of those few unlucky people that had a bad experience with Retin-A Micro. Please proceed with caution while on this medicine.