Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Max Complexion Correction Pads
happyasthesun 12/14/2011 3:09:00 PM
Woo, this did a number on my skin. A little history of my skin: I have very tough skin (i.e., very few products break me out) but lots of scarring, mostly from hormonal acne. I bought these hoping this would get rid of my problem acne, or at least reduce it during that time of the month. First, the packaging: It comes in a neat little jar. However, it LEAKS if tilted in the slightest, even if the cap is screwed on completely tightly, so you must be careful when you store these or take these traveling. The scent isn't unpleasant to me, if a little overpowering. It doesn't last on your skin, though, so it's not really an issue for me. Each pad is surprisingly soaked in solution and to my pleasant surprise there is a lot of solution left in the jar (hence the leakage) which is nice because you're not getting cheated out of any of the actual treatment. I used to cut each pad in half (make sure to wipe off the blades of the scissor afterwards or they'll rust!) because half of a pad had more than enough solution for my entire face. This makes the price less obnoxious, as it is really 120 nights' worth of treatment for $30. Not too shabby. It tingles/burns when first applied and your skin will turn red. I thought that would go away over time, but the redness stayed. In fact, it pretty much highlighted all the flaws in my skin. Old healing acne scars started coming back and getting angrier. I thought this was just the purging phase. But my skin kept purging, and my acne started becoming really painful and popped up everywhere. I don't really want to get into the nasty details but my skin was not in a good place. I will say though that while my acne used to come and linger for literally weeks, with these pads although they popped up everywhere they were gone within a day or two. I tried everything: using it 2x a day (the worst results), using it 1x a day (still sucky), and then eventually just stopped using them and my acne is no longer popping up everywhere. My skin was absolutely demolished by these pads and I'm currently desperately trying to fix it. Needless to say, these remained unused in the furthest depths of my drawer and I refuse to bring them back out, not even if my moral enemy asked me for some skincare help. CONSIDER IF: - Ask for a trial first. As with any products, your skin is different than mine and you could have a pleasant experience with these. - You have tough skin SKIP IF: - You have sensitive skin
I have repurchased these MAC make-up wipes (100-count) three times because I am obsessed with them! If you do the math out per wipe (price/number of wipes) they end up being 28 cents per wipe which is actually on par with some of the drugstore makeup wipes (which cost less, but have less wipes). I can't say for the smaller count of MAC wipes because I don't buy them in the smaller packs. I like the scent, and each wipe has enough moisture that I feel like it's effective without being overly soaked in the solution. This product doesn't break me out (however I do not have very sensitive skin) and while it doesn't remove every bit of makeup (especially mascara, even non waterproof) it gets most of it off so that my cleanser can really get the leftover residue and I'm left with a clean face. When the liquid dries off your face it also feels quite cool and refreshing! I have never had an issue with these drying out before I'm done using them.However, I do use these quite frequently, so I can't say for sure how long these would last if not used for everyday use. I suggest keeping the little metal cover on and using that to help retain any liquid inside the pack. I only need to repurchase these around twice a year, and these count for Back to MAC which is always a plus! CONSIDER IF: - You are looking for bulk wipes that you will use if not everyday, very frequently - Want another way to add products to your Back to MAC list SKIP IF: - You don't wear makeup very often/need to remove it often
This is meant for a sheer, soft look, and that is what you can get with this look. The colors (except for Like a Virgin and In the Buff) all have a very soft shimmer that makes your eyes look dewy, not glittery. I have warm toned skin (NC30) but I can pull these cooler-toned colors off because they are so soft. I love these for just an everyday wash of color because they are so sheer and subtle. However, the darker colors (Like a Virgin, Unmentionables, Lap Dance, Stiletto) are definitely buildable. It just takes some patience. The formula is quite soft, but a little powdery. I find I don't get a lot of fallout from these shadows, and in fact when I tap the brush off I get little to no color payoff (because all the powder just flies away!) So I would suggest only lightly tapping the brush off and/or building color slowly. Also, be careful not to cake on the product to get the color in the pan, because I find that it WILL crease, even over a good primer. Overall, I do love it, but I am a very subtle makeup kind of girl. It's all relative to what you are looking for. CHECK IT OUT IF: - You want some sheer, cool-toned colors with some nice shimmer - You are looking for a very subtle, muted everyday palette - You want to try cool-toned shades (taupes and icy pinks) but you're a little scared of them - You are in search of a good everyday palette SKIP IF: - You want heavily pigmented colors, cause you ain't gonna get it, even with a primer.
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - 5 Camouflage Cream Palette
happyasthesun 10/13/2011 11:47:00 AM
I have this is No. 2, intended for "Asian skintones" (more yellow toned, I guess). I have a problem because concealers that are marketed as "universal" are too pink for me (which does not help to conceal redness/pigmentation) and ones marketed for yellow undertones are way too yellow on my skintone. This palette gives me a lovely balance between the two undertones and it's great because you can mix and match. As someone who tans and pales (? is that the correct verb?) this is a lifesaver because in the end, I'm saving money because I don't need to buy six different concealers. However, only one of the shades (the fourth one from the left) matches me atm. And I'm pretty much at my palest, which means this palette will do nothing for me in the summer. I use the other colors as soft highlighters, though, and it works great down the bridge of the nose or on my cheekbones to give me a brighter complexion without overtly shimmery pink highlighting. The coverage is great, the top layer was sort of dry but once I worked through the top "dry" layer the creaminess is amazing. Doesn't last ALL day, but no concealer does (for me). A decent purchase, seeing as how I've managed to use the other shades as highlighters, but I don't need a palette of concealers too light for my skintone. Won't repurchase, but I'll use it up. For those of you whose skin tones are pale and you can't find the right balance between a yellow- and pink-toned concealer, definitely check No. 2 out