I tried a lot of US products for my breakage. (I straight-permed my hair, I love to pull my hair). But only tsubaki's damage care can cure the problem! Best shampoo and conditioner.
Well, I got to say, when u first put it on, it's very cakey, but after few minutes it looks much softer. But I have severe dry skin and this accentuates my flaky nose. So it's a No for me, even though I found my skin looks healthier with this foundation.
Moisturizers -Alba Botanica - Sea Moss Moisturizer with SPF 15
whitebook 11/16/2009 3:43:00 PM
This is not moisturizing enough for dry skin. It's very light. Too light to hold any makeup while wearing it under the foundation.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
whitebook 10/5/2009 12:05:00 AM
This is very similar to Lancome LA BASE PRO. I am attracted to this due to the price. I mixed it with liquid foundation, and the foundation immediately turn very light on skin, which is a plus. I am using NYX the Make Up and studio fix separately. I use this primer and the two, well, it feels great, it looks a little bit better, smooth and even, but it's not wow. (FYI, i don't like the MakeUp and Studio Fix that much, just that I bought it, and I need to finish it.) So, i don't know if it's the foundations or what. I am not very surprised.
Update: the dimethicone or whatever clogs my pores!
Ironically, this is the worst makeup I've ever had.
(Well, I don't like the smell, but I can't blame it.) This thing never sit on my skin! There is a "very high transferability". When it got such a high transferability, layering won't do anything for coverage! I I can't even tell it's full or sheer, because it's so uneven on your face. Build-ablity is Impossible!
The funniest thing is, even it's liquid-cream form, it still can be cakey on my face! By the middle of the day, it's worse! You can see some of the MU went into your pores, and you can see your pores are now beginning to be clogged!
I didn't believe people would throw MU they just bought into trash cans, but now I do! I threw this away after acknowledging there is no return on opened cosmetics.
Lip Liners -NYX - Retractable Lip Liner - Natural 01
whitebook 8/24/2009 5:03:00 AM
This is one of the NYX product that made me WOW. I was using lip liner by MAC and came across to this at drugstore, I tried it, not only i love the color, it lasts as well.
I don't know if my hair are chemically treated, (Japanese straight perm 2X) this thing just act weird compared to other anti-frizz serum I've tried. The minutes you put it on it's really moisturizing. But after I washed it after 2 hours, it made my hair very heavy, which means I need to brush harder (more hair being pulled.) But it does made the hair more shiny, and less frizz. The straw effect did happened to the end, but it went away after shampoo.
Top/Base Coats -Rimmel - Base Coat and Strengthener
whitebook 7/25/2009 9:26:00 PM
it's very pretty and dries quickly, but it's not strengthening my nails. good for lazy ppl like me.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Tendskin
whitebook 7/25/2009 8:04:00 PM
I love this! I was very skeptical at the beginning, i bought all the stuff from walmart for about 7 dollars (including the spraybottle and measuring cups, good enough for 2-3 8-oz batch), once i put the 18 aspirins in the alcohol, the smell was horrified and i just dumped everything! But after reading the discovery and ingredients of the tendskin company, who said that they discovered this treatment accidentally when a dentist administrating a painkiller for his patients, I gain confidence that the tendskin is probably aspirin and alcohol. So, I did the mixture and used it on my legs with ingrown hairs and razor bumps (red little dots), and it really helps just one application, the red dots are now invisible! Anyways, I still need to use it more often to see if it can take off the ingrown hairs. Will update later! For the ones who wants to try this: please go to http://makeupalley.com/user/notepad/carekate
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Hemp and Tea Tree Soap
whitebook 7/25/2009 5:00:00 PM
I was thinking picking up the mild one for babies, but my local CVS doesn't carry that! So I pick up this one, and turns out I like it very much! It reacts with water in a unusual way, it foams up pretty quickly and can be washed off pretty quick leaving the skin squeaky clean afterward. There's no visible gunks on my body, so I can't tell how it dissolve the dirt. But I used it on my brushes and I saw the MU melt RIGHT THE WAY without rubbing. I use it only once on my hair, but it stripped off all the oil from my long hair, don't recommend for normal to dry hair. Used on my face once, it was okay, but I am allergic to glyercin so I don't dare to keep using it. But there is one thing I discovered (well maybe it's just me.) I wore fake lashes sporificially, so I don't know how to clean up the glue gunk left on the lash. I don't own a eye makeup remover because none of them indicates they can remove the glue, my search on the internet says the same thing can be done with mineral oil, soap or tweezer. I tried, but they are all tedious to work with. But this thing, takes off glue gunk like no others! i put few drops, rubbed a little, and the gunk just came right off and my pair of Adele lashes looks new again! In conclusion, this is a very versatile cleanser, its fast action with the water can save some time on rubbing. I like the simple ingredients so you can quickly pinpoint what ingredient is causing the trouble when there's a reaction. Also, I like the idea of using it to clean EVERYTHING, so you don't have to "think"! update: I've noticed some residue in the strainer from this soap, also I tried it on my face and it's too drying for my face.
As a moisturizer? No! I used it with sugar as a scrub, and it works amazingly. So one day, I read the bottle it says it's for severe dry skin, so I put it on my face for a day since I have some peelings on my nose. A BIG MISTAKE! the day when i wore this is okay, but the second day, i developed this rough bumps on my forehead, my face, my jawline! Wanted to cry so badly! After that, I tried to stay away from glycerin! Until today, I still wonder why they said it's for severe dry skin, when it causes such horrific reaction on my skin! : <
It's smooth, very easy to blend in. it gives me velvet fresh skin. However, it's not very long lasting (4 hours the most). It's very easy to be removed. It's like an emergency thing, like going to meet your bf at late night and you don't want to look too horrible without MU. Never clog pores. You can use this as a tinted primer before the powder foundation, that's what I did wiht my Studio Fix
I am a Unlisted Brand junkie! Since they are the ones who don't pay advertising, it got to be something when it shows up in MUA. Well, I was introduced to have baking soda (0.88 at Walmart) as a facial scrub, I did it once a week for about 3 weeks, it was fabulous the first two weeks, clear shinny face, I was very happy. However, the 3rd week, I don't know if it's solely related to the baking soda, the night I was done with the scrub, I got a very dry itchy arm, then my jawline and my arms were filled with itchy rashes. I rushed to the derm next day, and he said i got the contactitis(sp?). And then I searched online about contactitis, and the web says it might due to contact with chemical that's very basic/acidic, sometimes it won't take one day to happen, sometimes it takes few days to actually accumulate on skin, and developed symptoms. Since baking soda is basic, so I began to suspect if it's the baking soda. Anyways, it took two months for the scaling and itch to be controlled. After that, I would think clearly before I tried something.
Aspirin is an NSAID, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug, it would help the relief of inflammations. Some people wonder if the Aspirin Mask is safe, actually topical absorption means the drug would be absorbed and stayed in the tiny blood vessels on your face, and a little percent got traveled to the main bloodstreams. (Otherwise oil lovers are having their blood vessels all clogged up by now?) By the way, we all wash off the mask at the end right, in that way, so actually a big portion of the Aspirin got washed away. I think it's safe to use it, but I won't suggest using it everyday, once to twice a week is good, and try to limit up to three tablets each time (more than 1 mg seems too much.) You still need your skin to "be itself" sometimes. Anyways, after seeing it got a rating of 4.2 from almost 2000 reviews, I know it must be something, so I tried it. (BTW Walmart has the smart health brand selling 200 tablet for a little bit over a dollar,) they are uncoated, and dissolve immediately once they hit water.) The result is good (but not excellent... yet), I think whenever your face is scrubbed by granules(sugar, salt, baking soda), it will be smooth and glowy, but this one seems to tame the redness in no time. Since my skin is not acne prone, I can't tell if it makes any difference to acne. I think it's a very cheap and effective "scrub." UPDATE: Too abrasive! the result is temporary, I got irritated skin afterward
Lip Gloss -NYX - Diamond Sparkle Lipgloss--Walnut Sparkle
whitebook 7/2/2009 2:08:00 PM
Very nice, non-sticky, long lasting and cheap, better than Dior Gloss