Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Body Oil with Sesame
jennasings 3/18/2008 1:45:00 PM
I love love love this! The scent is not overpowering, and it disappears quickly, and it truly moisturizes my skin. The one complaint that I have is that the top loosens very easily, which gets oil all over everything in the vicinity of the bottle. I like to pour it into a few separate bottles to prevent that from happening, though. My legs have not been dry and scaly since I started using this a few years ago.
The only reason I say that I won't buy this again is because the smell is just weird. I think it's supposed to be almond, but it quickly turned into a rancid cherry sort of smell for me. I also like Neutrogena's body oil a lot better. Overall, though, this is a good product. It moisturizes well, and it lasts a long time. If scent doesn't particularly bother you, go for it!
Concealers -BeneFit Cosmetics - You're Bluffing [DISCONTINUED]
jennasings 3/18/2008 1:39:00 PM
This concealer did not do a very good job of hiding the redness that it was supposed to cover. The staying power was also sub-par: even with a primer, it came off after a few hours. I'm using it frantically because I just want to get it out of my box of makeup, but once it's gone, I won't buy it again.
My skin is in the process of changing a lot, so maybe that's why this didn't work for me. Whatever the reason, I was so prepared to make this my HG, and I was really sad that I paid so much money for it when it wasn't. I have a fairly oily T-zone, and I still felt overly dry after using even a little bit of the product. It also didn't do a particularly spectacular job of clearing out my pores, and I had a difficult time rinsing it off. It did shrink some of my more cystic acne, but didn't make it any less painful. The smell is nice, and I like Fresh's committment to natural ingredients, but this just didn't do it for me :(
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush
jennasings 3/18/2008 10:44:00 AM
I have weird combination skin, and until I was about 20, I got acne around my nose. Since then, I've gotten it around my chin. I tried tons of stuff (pretty much everything short of laser treatments), and when my parents got this for me for my birthday, I was really excited. It has made a huge difference in my skin! Now, I only get a few pimples around my period, and the red marks from previous acne flare-ups are fading. I use it twice a day with CeraVe cleanser, and I can't rave about it more! The price is prohibitive, and I would have never bought it on my own, but if you have a relative who likes to spend money on birthday presents, I highly highly recommend this!
Eye Shadow -Mary Kay - Signature Eye Shadow in Lucky Penny
jennasings 3/18/2008 10:06:00 AM
I think this color is great, and it stays all day with a primer, and for most of the day without it. It combines really nicely with a true gold color for a pretty, yet subtle metallic eye. I find the small case that it comes in a little annoying, but other than that, no complaints!
I have tried tons of concealers on my sensitive combo facial skin that shows every single blemish or irritation for years after the blemish or irritation has cleared up. This is the only one that has both stayed all day and not made me break out. In addition, I have hereditary undereye circles, and they and any other imperfections disappear with this concealer and a little bit of MAC Mineral Powder. I will say that I have not tried this without a primer, but I never leave the house without primer, so that aspect does not particularly matter to me. I was a little concerned at first because it looks EXTREMELY yellow when it comes out of the tube (I used light ivory), but it blended into my skin perfectly. I'm an NW20, and I think this concealer might be my HG!
Treatments -Clairol - Clairol Nice'n Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss
jennasings 3/18/2008 9:48:00 AM
My hair grows kind of quickly, and while my highlights never fade or turn brassy, they do start do dull a little bit a week or two before my next appointment. Since I started using this, my hair has stayed shiny, and my roots are less noticeable because of the gleam. It didn't make my hair greasy, meaning that I could still skip a day or two in between washing, thus preventing my highlights from fading. I recommend whole-heartedly for us highlighted beauties who don't feel like having to go to the salon more often from over-washing!
I was really excited about the price when I bought these, and I think I bought four different color combinations. Nouveau Neutrals has a really great combination of colors for an every day eye, but I thought the other combos were kind of odd pairings. Also, the shadow breaks incredibly easily, and it makes a huge mess. For a dollar apiece it doesn't matter, but it was kind of frustrating.