Best damn little tool ever for extracting, way less damaging to the skin then fingers or other tools. Easy to clean easy to use and cheap to. Here is a little info from the website I got it from (they are the ones that make it I believe www.clearskincare.com.au) - no more extended, traumatic pimple & blackhead squeezing sessions - a small polycarbonate blackhead & pimple extractor held between the forefinger and thumb - uses unique, patented vertical pressure onto the clogged pore, relieving the contents of even the most hardened, old blackhead or pimple whilst minimizing damage to your skin - minimizes skin trauma & associated scarring - minimizes finger contact & associated infection. Anyhow its great and I can't believe there are no reviews on it yet.
Bronzers -Unlisted Brand - Thin Lizzy - 6 in 1 Professional Powder
trayw86 8/15/2011 4:18:00 AM
I had a sales lady apply this on me in store and and it was so horrible it even had the sales lady panicking about what she'd just done to my face. Firstly I am pale, I do have light golden/olive undertones to my skin except for my face really due to problem skin causing blemishes and redness etc, my face never really seems to tan much during summer so its pretty pale, check profile pick for reference. Anyhow this stuff was way to dark and orange for my skin and it was the lighter version that she applied that was meant to be for lighter colored skin, in the pan the so called 'light' color did look very dark, and when applied it came out just as dark but also seemed to make my face look very red to, it also applied patchy and I immediately thought oh my goodness I look like I've been playing in dry dust outside whilst sweating and smeared it all over my face. Anyhow needless to say, the sales lady immediately removed it from my face without even needing to be asked (perhaps my expression said it all for her lol), I definitely would never ever in my life purchase this stuff and if it ever came down to this was the only makeup in the world and you either had to wear it or go bare faced I'd choose bare faced.
I keep this on hand at home and use it during the day time for my lips and around my eyes after my pawpaw ointment has come off (I apply pawpaw ointment on lips and eyes morning and night after washing my face), I occasionally also use this balm on my cuticles and to soften my hands when they feel a little dry. I haven't had any breakouts/reactions from this balm. I also like the smell and the good for your skin ingredients. Once applied this balm creates a greasy barrier that softens and moisturises the skin, the greasy barrier can however be rubbed in if you don't want it or you can apply a thick amount to make it last a while. I haven't found that this provides any miraculous results but for me it does what I use it for and with its good ingredients I like to think that over time it will be beneficial for my skin (eg keep wrinkles at bay lol).
I've always loved Bonne Bell Lipsmackers ever since discovering them in my early teens. I love the bright packaging and the variety of colours and smells. When I was younger I used to buy as many as I could get my hands on and compare them with friends. Now days I tend to only buy the pink or red colours with no glitter just to add a hint of colour to my lips, I'll continue to repurchase throughout my life as these little lipglosses are cheap and fun and just a nice little staple to have on hand in my handbag.
So far this has been the best mascara I have used in terms of making my eyelashes look great (makes my eyelashes look longer slightly thicker and very dramatic) BUT, and this is why I've given it a 3, it smudges like crazy I'd only been wearing it for 2hrs and by the time I got home it had traveled about 1cm under my eyes making me look horrible (it wasn't hot, I hadn't been crying nor rubbing my eyes) and also this mascara irritated my eyes, I've never experienced this with a mascara before but whilst wearing this my eyes were stinging. I haven't trialed using a waterproof mascara on top yet to see if it stops this mascara migrating south but I'll update when I do, other then that I think I'll just save this for special occasions when I want to look great (with the price of constant touch up and stinging eyes lol).
I've finally found a replacement for BE mineral veil that DOESN'T contain cornstarch or talc. I have been on the search for a long time trying to find a finishing powder that did not contain those two ingredients (they aren't good for acne prone skin like mine), also this doesn't contain any shimmer which is great as any powder I found that didn't have those ingredients had shimmer in them instead making my face look like a glitter ball. This powder set my makeup nicely I stayed oil free through out 4hrs (after that I got home and showered) and also it didn't dry my skin out at all either which is great considering most powders I tried in the past that kept oil at bay also dried my face out. Also mainly it has that nice soft focus effect on my skin that BE mineral veil had, there was no chalkiness just a nice soft focus effect which is great for disguising large pores. This is now my HG finishing powder that I know I'll be using for years to come. EDIT: After the first couple uses I went back to b.e. mineral veil, I found that initially yes this looks great, so good that it could replace b.e. mineral veil for me, however after using it a few times I found unlike b.e. mineral veil I can't re-apply this stuff to much otherwise it becomes noticeable, be mineral veil has a way of mixing with your natural oils as you wear it, and the more I reapply the more it starts filling my pores in without looking noticeable, which is ultimately what I aim for with my makeup.
Firstly this is a deceptive product, what you see as the package is not what you get, its just a big cardboard tube holding a tiny wee little lipgloss. Secondly the product itself is just an over hyped clear lipgloss, as it didn't do anything for my lips that a clear lip gloss couldn't do. The only thing that separates this product from a clear lipgloss is that yes you do get a tingling sensation to your lips for a little while but thats it, my lips weren't any bigger or smoother and just like a normal clear lipgloss it wears off after about fifteen minutes. So really I just wasted money to get a 'tingly' sensation to my lips, had I known I wouldn't have purchased.
Liquid -Dr. Jart+ - Blemish Balm Cream (silver label)
trayw86 7/26/2011 2:15:00 AM
This stuff is ok but it's nothing brilliant. I purchased a bunch of different bb creams after reading the hype on them and this is the first one that I've tried to wear all day. Upon application (over primer) this bb cream appears full coverage and did blend in well with my skin color, however even over primer it emphasized any slightly dry patches I wasn't even aware of prior to putting it on (it didn't make my pores to obvious as I already had a pore minimizing primer underneath however I think without primer this bb cream would have settled into pores making them obvious just due to consistency, how it clung to dry skin and how it wore over the day). By then end of the day however I couldn't really tell that I had put anything on, even trying to remove it with a makeup wipe showed that there was little trace of it left. So whilst upon application it looked full coverage the effect doesn't last, it applies like makeup but has the wear of tinted moisturiser. I think if you were a tinted moisturiser type of person then yeah this stuff would be pretty good, but as a makeup its not ideal.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power - Cream Wash
trayw86 7/21/2011 10:27:00 AM
I had high hopes for this stuff when I used it due to everyone else's great results, I used in on my face, chest and back for about a month, and unfortunately I didn't see and results at all. It didn't make my skin any worse though and it didn't irritate my skin at all like most cleansers seem to.
I first brought this cream after I kept experiencing a red itchy rash at the outter corners of my eyes that kept flaring up. I had tried using more moisturising eye creams that only made the skin where the rash was feel like it was burning and then cause the rash to get bigger, I also tried putting nothing on the rash and it just got extremely dry and flaky and itchy and continued to get bigger (the only thing that didn't irritate it was dr.hauschuka eye balm and whilst I love it it does cost a bit and on top of that I wanted prevention not something just to treat the rash once I had it), I then tried going to the doctor and he put me on antibiotics and prescribed a cortisone cream, I did as he said but since I didn't like the idea of using a cortisone cream especially on my area I only used tiny tiny amounts. Anyhow after the antibiotics and cortisone cream the rash went away for a little while, then it came back, I was so sick of this damn rash and having it in such a noticeable place that I started looking for a solution myself, and ending up purchasing this eye cream. Since I have been using this cream the rash hasn't returned, and anytime the skin around my eyes starts to feel irritated I just put this on and it really feels like its calming my skin back down. So since this cream has kept that nasty rash away I'm giving it five stars.
Ick! Im not sure whether this stuff reacted badly on me or if it was how it was meant to smell. I can't even describe the scent exactly, burning powder and apple? The only thing I know that as soon as I sprayed it I couldn't stand it and had to wash it off. I tried it again a couple days later and it still smelt the same. After that I gave up and just gave it away.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Guess by Marciano 2008
trayw86 7/21/2011 5:42:00 AM
I got this as a small sample, and whilst I do like it im not in love with it. I'd rate it a 3.5 if I could and would choose maybe to if I'd ever purchase it, like if I ever saw it at some cheap price on sale then I'd probably buy it. When I first put it on I get a sweet caramel sugar like smell which is ok, its different as I haven't smelt a foody kind of scent before, then after about ten minutes it starts to smell slightly floral and spicy which is still ok and I'm surprised because normally any perfume with a spice smell in it tends to turn into a ghastly I can't stand it want to scrub my skin off kind of smell, but this doesn't it stays a warm floral kind of spicy smell thats well nice. Its after about an hour of wearing this stuff that I start to to really like it, as it turns into a kind of indescribable mix of vanilla amber and very slight flower with a dash of musk that makes me want to keep sniffing at my wrist, if thats what it smelt like when I first applied it and strongly then I would love this perfume, but by the time this perfume dries down to get that scent its no longer as strong.
I don't wear this anymore only because to me it seems like such a young scent, it would be a great scent for a teenager I think. I guess I think of this as young because this was my first ever perfume I got as a teenager, to me it seems a very fruity, fresh, youthful and uncomplicated fragrance. It also reminds me of summer oddly enough. I still put four stars even though I no longer wear it and wouldn't repurchase it for myself, I have a small sample bottle of it and now and then I like to smell it as it takes me back to my school days when life just seemed so much easier.
Mascara -Maybelline - Pulse Perfection Waterproof [DISCONTINUED]
trayw86 7/19/2011 9:41:00 AM
I like this mascara more then others that I have tried, although I don't think its HG material. I like that it makes my lashes look longer and the bristle brush thing that you apply it with allows for my lashes to be more defined rather then clumping together especially when you press it to vibrate. It also has minimal fallout which I think is my favorite thing about it, I hate mascaras that just seem to continually drop little black specks on your face once they've dried. The reasons I don't think its HG is because its not really thickening and you have to wait a little while for it to dry otherwise it is easy to smudge or in my case since my eyelashes are quite long I get little black dots on my brow bone if I open my eyes straight after applying this, I kind of have to just sit and wait a few minutes or not open my eyes wide.
I like this blush because it has no glimmer or glitter or anything its just a simple matte blush (anything with a sheen tends to make my large pores more noticeable). It also looks pretty much just like the same color I get in my face when I naturally blush and I only apply this lightly to keep it looking natural and not like I have gt stripes down my face. I clicked no to repurchase though its more like a maybe, as I like trying new things and if other blushes don't end out working for me then I would repurchase.