Lotions/ Creams -Lubriderm - Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion
f33xc0re 8/29/2010 1:40:00 PM
I am CRAZY about this product. It's a beautiful face moisturizer that won't cause acne (which is really important to me), but there are tons of other great ways to use it. In the winter if my skin is especially dry I'll slather on some right out of a shower. Throughout the day I use this whenever my hands feel dry. I love the fact that it's unscented- I get eczema breakouts once in a while and other lotions with fragrance will just irritate it. It's fairly light and absorbs quickly, so there's no greasy feeling after maybe 2 to 3 minutes. Five lippies!
I'm definitely not raving about this peel-off mask. I will say it does not cause me to break out, which I find to be a major plus, but on the other hand, it does not do much of anything. The peeling off is fun, but in terms of my skin I see almost no difference except for a short while after I use it my face will feel slightly softer. It is very cheap... I think about $3.49. If you just want to treat yourself to an inexpensive mask once and a while to relax, this could be a good one. If you are looking for a real improvement in your skin, I would recommend the Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask.
Masks -Freeman - Feeling Beautiful - Facial CLAY MASK Avocado & Oatmeal
f33xc0re 8/28/2010 2:29:00 PM
This is the best mask I've ever tried, hands down... I've tried peel-off masks, moisturizing masks, and pure clay masks, and none compare to this. After using other masks, I find my skin either irritated, or extremely dry, or just the same! This gives the perfect amount of moisture, cleansing, and soothing. My skin is left smooth-looking and calmed... I find my acne has seen a slight improvement since I've been using this daily. I definitely recommend this.
I have found the best sunscreen for my face that I could hope for! I've tried quite a few sunscreens that claim to be "non-comedogenic" or "won't cause acne," but they ALL end up doing exactly what they claim not to- Clogging my pores and irritating my skin! I found that sweat-proof and very high SPF sunscreens are especially bad. I put Eucerin Everyday Protection on every morning right out of the shower after blotting my face dry with a towel and it's wonderful... Once it dries, there is no white residue or streaks on my face, and my skin does not even slightly burn (like it did with other sunscreens)! I'm so happy with this, I'll never switch! If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin and want a good everyday sunscreen lotion for your face, this is IT!
I really love this scrub! I know they changed it a few times, so the one I used was called "blackhead eraser," not "blackhead clearing scrub," but I'm pretty sure they're the same thing. This is one of the best cleanser/scrubs I've ever tried! It's very mild and creamy and leaves your skin super soft. It doesn't have much exfoliating power, but my skin still looks more even-toned. It helps curb breakouts greatly, too, with use twice a day, leaving it on for 30 or so seconds. Although the claims of fewer blackheads in two days are not entirely true, I did see a marked improvement in the appearance of my blackheads in a few days. I would definitely recommend this to someone with acne/blackhead problems.
Nice extremely gentle cleanser... Will get the job done without any irritation or breakouts. It's very mild, though, so if you are looking to get makeup (especially oil-based or long wearing makeup) off, this is not the product for you. It has a watery consistency and is fragrance free, and won't leave residue or scents to irritate your skin. Also it won't dry your skin out, which is very nice if your face is particularily dry. One great thing about it is that it does not require time for your skin to adjust to it (meaning no initial breakouts), good for those of us who are acne-prone. On the other hand, it won't work below the very surface of the skin (meaning it won't get into and cleanse your pores). I would say its best uses are for people with dry, sensitive skin, but I think all skin types will benefit from using this. I personally use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser once a day on my face and every so often (once or twice a week) I will use a scrub and mask. For especially hot weather when I'm sweating a lot, I'll use it multiple times a day. I also will use it for other sensitive areas of skin that can't take harsh soaps (yes, it's good down there, too), and I'll mix it with a tiny bit of tea tree oil to clean my piercings.
Treatments (Eye) -Promaxyl - Eyelash Renewal serum Rapidlash
f33xc0re 7/3/2010 12:42:00 PM
I'm very surprised that I'm one of the only ones with a negative review of this product. I bought this at my local drug store hoping that it would improve the length and thickness of my eyelashes, which are naturally long (but I'm going for even longer ones), as well as make my eyebrows look thicker (which are on the lighter side), and found it completely ineffective. I experienced no/unnoticeable growth or improvement of my eyelashes or eyebrows, even after following directions carefully for the recommended period of time. SO disappointed at the waste of money. Even worse, not only did the product's claims not come true, but I had many people commenting on the purplish area around my eyes! I have dark circles under my eyes to begin with, but this make them an unnatural bluish purple (like I had been punched in the eyes), which luckily disappeared after I stopped using Rapidlash. Additionally, the applicator is difficult to use. If you are debating on buying this, though, I would recommend giving it a try, only based on the fact that it was given great reviews (other than me). However, it is not an uncommon side effect of using this that the area around your eyes darkens temporarily, so be aware.
I got this at a discounted price, so it wasn't much of a loss, but I must say this is not a great product. Very average, don't expect anything more than a fairly nice conditioner. The smell is alright, and will last relatively long (I could still pick it up off my hair after one washing). Definitely not worth it's price, though. Not more moisturizing than what you probably use every time you condition your hair. The formula is odd, too... I remember when I first got it it had large dried bubbles on the top, and it was almost a bit chunky. Wouldn't have minded that at all if it were effective. I would not recommend this if you are looking for deep conditioning and moisture.
I never seem to be able to get a smooth shiny finish on my nails that lasts. I'll always end up bumping my nails into something hard any denting them- Even a half hour after brushing on a top coat! The application of the product is almost flawless. It goes on very smoothly and the surface dries quickly- Which keeps the shine while the rest dries. When I saw this product, I did not have high expectations, because I assumed that because of its fast drying time, it would be hard to apply it quickly enough for it to not get brush strokes, also an issue for me. I was so wrong! The consistency is relatively thin so it can go on without problem, and yet dry very quickly after that. It's amazing! I would not say one coat of this will dry in 30 seconds... BUT this is really not a problem, even the most impatient of people can wait a few minutes before touching it. Another great feature of this top coat is that it will, in my experience, keep the nail polish from chipping for more than double the normal time. I've had people asking if my nails were done professionally. Good luck!
If it were possible to fall in love with a nail polish, I would be madly in love with this. I was literally SHOCKED at how amazing it is when I first put it on. It's the perfect top coat for me. I must say I love the matte look too... It's more subtle than a shiny glaze. If you're someone who simply can't get a perfect finish either because of bubbles, or touching it too early, or just not being able to smooth out your polish before it begins to thicken, this is THE product for you. It's matte, so a little roughness on the finish won't be noticable and there's no shininess to accentuate the imperfections, also it dries really fast! If you're even a bit interested in a matte look for your nails, give this a try, I'd pay way more than $10 to buy this again.
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
f33xc0re 5/31/2010 2:36:00 AM
I'm quite satisfied with the results I got with this. It provides a very nice coverage, and isn't drying like some other foundations I've tried. It also comes in many different tones/shades to match your skin. It works well to cover any acne I might have at the time. I typically only use this as a concealer or if I wear other makeup. But even if used every day, the bottle will last a long time, which I guess is expected from the price. As far as how long it lasts on my face, it does fade slightly throughout the day, but still outlasts most foundations, so I can't really complain. I like using a soft foundation brush and then going over that with a makeup sponge, but it's still hard to make it look completely natural, especially because it cakes onto all the tiny little hairs on my face. Well, it's much better than having a huge red splotch, which is more obvious! I'd definitely buy this again... It's my go-to makeup for covering blemishes and dark circles, and evening out my skin tone.
Skincare - Body -Sally Hansen - Airbrush Legs in Light Glow
f33xc0re 5/31/2010 2:03:00 AM
Really nice if you're looking for a sun-kissed glow, fast. With this product, it takes less than five minutes to get nearly flawless looking legs! It will cover up minor scars and blemishes, and even make stubble much less obvious. Your legs end up looking glowing and slightly bronzed. Please be sure not to cake it on, or the hint of shimmer it gives will no longer be a hint. I usually spray twice into my hand before I'm satisfied with the coverage. This product in combination with a self-tanner also works wonders. Another great feature is its longevity.... It will still be on days later if you don't wash with soap, and it won't transfer to your clothing once it's dry. Sounds perfect to me!
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops
f33xc0re 5/30/2010 8:58:00 AM
I must say I'm disappointed with this product. For some reason, it's a struggle to get my nailpolish to even dry completely within an hour or two. With this, I expected to cut down to even 15 minutes. I will use three to four coats (one base, one top, and then either one or two coats of color) normally, or sometimes just a coat of a clear treatment. I DID find that when I followed the directions for the Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops on only one layer of polish, it was effective. HOWEVER, it began to peel off/chip faster than if I air dried it. With multiple layers, I found it very ineffective. It will make your nails slipperier, which will make it harder to dent/smudge for a short while, but once you wash the solution off with soap and water, this effect disappears. In short, this product is NOT anywhere near as effective as it claims.
I have been using this for about a week, as directed, and the claims on the package have been true so far. I have seen about 30% growth of the tip of the nail (which, in the first place, are only a millimeter or two long), definitely more than how much my natural nail grows. My nails are extremely damaged from acrylic nails which I would, impatiently, rip off when they got old-looking. I didn't want to have horribly damaged nails underneath the pretty fake ones, but I couldn't help ripping them off and I loved the french tip look, so I've been trying to grow them out to even half the length I got with fake nails. This has helped much! I will definitely continue using it. It is not, however, the best nail polish... Not very smooth as a base coat, and it chips somewhat quickly. ALSO, do not use this on your nails for an extended period of time, because it will dry them and damage them to the point of brittleness. Listen to your nails. If you feel your natural nails are getting excessively dried out, discontinue Maximum Growth and treat them until the moisture is restored. I use this on and off every other week or so, but once my nails reach a good length, I'll switch to a moisturizing base coat. I would say give it a try, it'll be worth it.
I'm truly amazed by this product. After dying my hair constantly and frying it with my straightener, my hair was left very damaged, especially because my hair is baby fine. When I shampooed and conditioned my hair, I would guess about 10 to 50 hairs broke off, and whenever I straightened my hair, the floor would be scattered with hairs. I've now used this twice (within two weeks, but for some reason, I didn't experience protein overload), and my hair is SO much stronger. Now literally about 90% of the hair I lose is just natural shedding (coming from the root)... I'm very impressed. In the past I tried to combat my hair breakage by moisturizing it with deep conditioners, and leave in ones, but nothing compared to the results I got with this. It did, however, dry out my hair temporarily, but this is easily overcome-able with deep conditioning treatments and hair lotions, etc. It took my hair about two or so days to recover, and I couldn't be happier. I would very strongly recommend this to someone with fine/weak damaged hair. I'm so glad I found this.