I use this loose powder in Beige or Creamy Natural, over the Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer in Fair to Light. The finish and staying power of the loose powder is waaayyyy better than the shiny blotchy finish of the pressed version. The brush that comes with it, is actually pretty good, and I end up using it most often out of laziness :-) This helps even out my TM with my concealer spot areas, and also gives me a matte, but natural finish. This might be TMI, but I used to wear Everyday Minerals, and my husband keeps telling me how natural my skin looks now, instead of "all powdery" like when I wore mineral makeup :-) I have worn this alone and it also looks great. This absorbs oil as well as the Organic Matte Finishing Veil, with a little bit of sheer color.
I was using Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic cleansers, moisturizers, and treatments...until I tried Burt's Bees! WOW..BB's are SO much better! I love this herbal blemish stick! I use it every morning and every night after cleansing. BTW-I use the Peach & Willowbark pore scrub every morning, and the Chamomile and Soap Bark Deep Cleansing Cream at night, and my very oily/dry combo acne prone skin has never looked so clear and glowing! Yes, fennel scents aren't the best, but the smell only lasts a matter of seconds, and honestly it doesn't bother me so much now. Yes, your blemishes might seem to swell up when first applied, but then this stuff literally sucks them dry afterwards! I was breaking out pretty badly, (probably from the KMF products), and this blemish stick, along with the BB's cleanser and scrub, have dramatically cleared my skin in only one week! This works just as well as any BP or Salycilic acid product I have tried, without the irritation from those types of products. I'm telling everyone I know to go buy Burt's Bee's! UPDATE: I have taken the advice of other reviewers and popped out the ball, and now apply using a Q-tip, this has eliminated all the "floaties" from going into the bottle, THANKS :-)
Scrubs -Burt's Bees - Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
Goldie_Loks 3/16/2008 8:24:00 PM
I love this wonderfully peach smelling facial scrub! I use it every morning, and BB's Chamomile and Soap Bark Deep Cleansing Cream every night, and my very oily/dry combo acne-prone skin has never looked so clear and glowing! I had never used a scrub b4 in my life, and was honestly afraid to b/c I always thought my skin was too sensitive to use a scrub. But this scrub isn't harsh at all, in fact, it leaves my skin feeling moisturized rather than stripped.**UPDATE: I have switched to St. Ives Invigorating scrub...this one does not exfoliate enough so I'm still left with scales all over my face, even with repeated use. St. Ives only takes once a week and gets rid of all the flakes!
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile
Goldie_Loks 3/16/2008 8:18:00 PM
I was using Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic cleansers, moisturizers, and treatments...until I tried Burt's Bees! WOW..BB's are SO much better and SO much cheaper than KMF's! I love this deep cleansing cream, I use it every night and the Peach & Willowbark pore scrub every morning, and my very oily/dry combo acne prone skin has never looked so clear and glowing! The cleanser isn't harsh at all, and I hardly notice the menthol scent, it does smell slightly of halls cough-drops, but I actually think it's rather pleasant, and it does not sting my sensitive eyes at all! These two products along w/the herbal blemish stick have dramatically cleared my skin in only one week! I'm telling everyone I know to go buy Burt's Bee's!
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear Concealer Stick - Light Organics
Goldie_Loks 3/12/2008 11:55:00 PM
I originally was using the concealer in "Fair", but since you have to use quite a bit of this concealer to cover blemishes, it was looking too light over my TM. So I just purchased in "Light" and it's a MUCH better match! Now, I can glob as much on as I need to, and the color blends with my TM, (btw I use the TM in "Fair" and "Fair to Light"). Also, I don't understand what people mean when they say this has a bad scnet...it doesn't really smell much like anything! I still prefer mineral powder concealers, but am forcing myself to use this stick one b/c I love that it's organic, and am tired of the powdery mess that MMU leaves behind!
I tried this moisturizer and the Cell Mate 15 one. For reference, I have very dry/very oily acne-prone combo skin, but this moisturizer works better than the Cell Mate 15. I think anything with a chemical sunscreen will cause breakouts, at least on me it does! I'm not sure why KMF didn't use a natural sunscreen like Zinc Oxide in their Cell Mate version. This moisturizer is almost perfect , it hydrates well, doesn't leave your face shiny/greasy, and it does not cause breakouts. I love the smell, it does smell lightly of roses. My only complaints are that I wish it had SPF (from zinc oxide), and that it comes in a 1oz size!! I suspect 1oz won't last anyone very long, and could get quite expensive.
Cleansers -Kiss My Face - Clean for a Day Creamy Face Cleanser
Goldie_Loks 3/12/2008 1:46:00 AM
I bought "Clean For A Day" after trying the Start-Up cleanser. Even though KMF recommends the Start-Up cleanser for people with combo/oily skin, it was just drying out my dry areas and not helping with oil control, and it smells like a floor cleaner we all know and love. You might think "Clean For a Day" would leave a residue on your skin or cause more oilies throughout the day, but that's not true at all. In fact, this cleanser works much better on my very oily/very dry combo acne-prone skin. It doesn't overly strip the skin, but gets it good and clean. And THIS cleanser smells like something I'd like to eat...an orange vanilla cremesicle! No breakouts either! I think this cleanser might be the first ever created, that works well on ALL skin types. UPDATE: Have switched to Burt's Bee's products (see my reviews for those), and my skin is much clearer, glowing, and much happier, and my bank account is much happier too!
Some of these blushes are VERY light, but there are a couple shades that will provide a decent amount of color. Love the compact, and love that it doesn't break me out!
I have 4 shades of the blush: Natural Organics (avery light sheer natural pinkish shade, won't work well on medium-darker skin), Blushing Organics (a medium/light natural peachy/pink shade good for fair-medium skin) Rosy Organics (darker rose color, shows up the best of all the shades, better choice for fair-medium-dark skintones) and Mauve Organics ( the revers 2 shades of the Rosy Organics blush, same color but a lighter effect).
Masks -Kiss My Face - Obsessively Organic Pore Shrink
Goldie_Loks 3/10/2008 12:01:00 AM
I have never in my life, used any kind of face mask..until now that is! I got the Pore Shrink in a KMF kit, and I love it! I only use it once a week. It dries quickly, and a thin layer is all you need. I have very oily/dry combo skin, and this sucked all the oil right out, without over drying the dry spots (although you will need to moisturize afterwards!). I don't have terribly large pores, but I do notice it does shrink the ones on my nose, the only spot my pores are ever really noticeable. It does seem to hep with controlling breakouts as well. I like the way it smells, minty and fresh! Also, this did not sting my eyes at all.
Treatments (Eye) -Kiss My Face - Eye Witness Eye Cream
Goldie_Loks 3/9/2008 11:55:00 PM
When I first tired the Eyewitness eye cream, I wasn't sure it was moisturizing enough to help my under-eye fine lines. But it does a fine job of doing just that, it's just that it absorbs so nicely, and doesn't leave your eyes are shiny/greasy. I do believe I am seeing improvement after just 1 week! It doesn't sting my eyes AT ALL, and I have the bad habit of accidentaly getting creme into my eyes when applying! It's perfect for a daytime eye cream b/c it wears well alone, or under makeup.
I always thought I could never wear anything with a sunscreen in it, due to it causing breakouts. I was VERY hesitant to try this on my combo (very oily/very dry) acne-prone skin, but I'm SO glad I did. I bought the KMF kit for normal to oily skin, and now I'm hooked on the entire line! This moisturizer is excellent for oily skin, it's very lightweight, blends in easily, and leaves NO SHINE behind...plus sun protection! I wish KMF had used natural sunscreens like Zinc Oxide and Tit. Dioxide, but since it's not breaking me out, I can get over that! Remember that A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY, if you try to use too much it will be difficult to spread and blend in, and for the high price it's good that less is more, yeh? Also, it smells very pleasant, almost like soft roses and something else I can't quite put my finger on...UPDATE: Have switched to Burt's Bee's products (see my reviews for those), and my skin is much clearer, glowing, and much happier, and my bank account is much happier too!
Toners -Kiss My Face - Kiss My Face Balancing Act toner
Goldie_Loks 3/9/2008 11:41:00 PM
I likethis toner! I have combo (very oily/very dry) sensitive acne-prone skin (yes, I am that unfortunate!). I had stopped using toners all together for the last year, but wanted to try this one since I love the entire Obsessively Natural KMF line! It smells great, a soft citrus scent (much nicer scent than the Start Up Cleanser), and doesn't leave a weird sticky/shiny film on your face, and does make your face soft! AND...it's alcohol free!! What else can you ask for?? UPDATE: Have switched to Burt's Bee's products (see my reviews for those), and my skin is much clearer, glowing, and much happier, and my bank account is much happier too! I do still like this toner though!
I do love this cleanser, it's in a clear gel form, and washes off your face completely without leaving a sticky film behind like most creme cleansers do. I would have given it a "5", but it smells a little too much like Lysol floor cleaner! I love "natural" scents, but I have to hold my breath when I use it! Of course, the scent is not going to stop me from using it, b/c it works very well on my combo/oily acne-prone skin! Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, be careful when opening and pouring, as it's a gel and will flow out quickly and easily!**UPDATE: This cleanser dries out my dry patches too much, and doesn't help with oil control on my t-zone. I've switched to the "Clean For a Day by KMF, and it smells great and works great for combo/oily/dry skin. UPDATE 2: Have switched to Burt's Bee's products (see my reviews for those), and my skin is much clearer, glowing, and much happier, and my bank account is much happier too!
Styling Products -Suave - Healthy Curls Finishing Hairspray Extra Hold
Goldie_Loks 3/9/2008 11:26:00 PM
I love the entire Suave Healthy Curls line, and this product is no exception. I use this after the mousse, on the parts of my curly hair that need extra control (like my bangs). This stuff smells great, just like the rest of the line. It gives a nice hold, and plenty of shine, and isn't too crunchy (even on wet hair). I wish it didn't have alcohol, but I guess I can get past that. I have at least 20 different brands of hairspray, some VERY expensive too, but I always reach for this one!
I have this in Bronze Organics-Fair Skin, and it is a great color for fair to light skin! Not orange at all, but a beautiful sheer sun-kissed golden. Very natural bronzer shade. I do prefer the powder bronzer on top of the Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer, but I would use this liquid bronzer alone in the summer for an extra natural sun-kissed look. Also, it has a nice finish when it dries, very similar to the TM.