Straight aspirin makes my stomach upset and sure enough covering my entire face with aspirin does the same thing so this didn't work for me. I've tried it has a spot treatment and even used a liquid Advil on irritated red pimples and yes they all helped reduce the redness for a few hours but that was all. BHA is a form of aspirin so using Stridex Maximum $5 (red box) every other night as a part of my nightly routine has helped more than this mask.
I picked up three of these because they were so inexpensive and I loved them at first. That was until I started washing them, water would collect in the handle no matter how many times I shake it. It takes 2-3 days for them to dry (sharing a bathroom with three other people, I really didn't feel it was clean after sitting around for two days since I always keep my brushes put away), so have three was working out. I didn't use the one I kept in my purse very often and instead of keeping one in my travel bag I would just switch the other two every other week. Finally one of them fell apart after the glue separated and I just couldn't be bothered with the high maintenance of a kabuki brush. If you wash your brushes once week and not one for high maintenance things, I would pass on this brush.
I've always been pretty good about wearing body lotion and have used my fair share of different lotions and this has been my favorite and repurchased every time I run out. This is a thick lotion almost a cream texture but the added oil makes it easy to apply evenly. I personally don't find it to greasy and it offers me enough moisture that I'm not looking for anything new. I use to use Bath & Body Works Body Creams but couldn't stand the price and once I found a scent that didn't give me a migraine it would be discontinued or the stupid sales they always have. Dove is the perfect scent, there's a good amount of product in the container that I don't feel I'm constantly going to run out soon and it works plan and simple.
What a great product! I suffer from monthly headaches and this hasn't replaced using Advil to stop them completely but it does relax me until the medicine has a chance to start working. The whole family (husband who suffers from migraines, my 11 year old & 6 year old girls and myself) all came down with the flu. This really helped with relaxing everyone at night. The cooling sensation helped with relieving the high temps until again the medicine had a chance to start working. I do wish the container had a cap instead of the pump collar and I'm going to pick up an extra one to give to my husband to see if it helps with his migraines. He keeps his medicine at home since it's so expensive, so I'm hoping this will help manage the pain until he get home when he gets them at work.
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Daywear Plus Sheer Tint [DISCONTINUED]
careypiper 3/6/2011 1:25:00 PM
I saw this on Pixiwoo a few months ago and wanted to give it a try, so when it showed up at my CCO I picked up a bottle. I've recently switched to TM and tried this as I had been - Moisturizing then using this on top and found that it did give me a little to much shine. So using it skipping my morning moisturizer work better and I only had to lightly powder my face to reduce the shine. I'm a neutral skintone and for me if I wear cooler toned clothes (whites, blacks and dark grays) I'll pull Cool. On those days this would slightly turn orange, so I would not suggest it for anyone that is Cool toned. With that all being said, for a quick moisturizer and some color to even out your skin tone I really started to like this product. However there is something in EL face product that irritated my sinuses. I had a bad experience with Futurist foundation and several months later trying this product all of my same issues came up again. So I was only able to wear it for a few days before I had to find it a new home. Pretty sad since it was still expensive for a CCO purchase $30.50.
I really didn't have long enough time wearing this to review wear and coverage of this product. Because as soon as I started wearing it I starting have a horrible sinus infection that knocked me on my butt and ended up to sick to care about wearing makeup. I then tried wearing this foundation again and wasn't feeling better. I just chalked it up to a bad experience. Fast forward to a few months later and I'm trying EL DayWear Plus and sure enough that damn sinus irritation came back. I don't know what is but something in EL face products does not agree with me.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Proclaim Argan Oil - Hair Oil Treatment
careypiper 3/6/2011 12:47:00 PM
I had dyed my hair blonde for over a decade and my hair was so damaged. I started using Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner but my hair still needed help. Thanks to MUA HB I found out about this a rushed over to Sally's to pick up a bottle. Figuring out how much to use is the key to get this work. My hair is just passed my shoulders and I really didn't have to use very much at all (about the size of a dime). I've since dyed my hair back to it's original color and have to use less and less of it. (I was using after every wash which was every other day, to now once a week) I found transferring to a travel size bottle with a pump has helped with dispensing the smallest amount with half a pump. I do keep it in my bathroom closest in a dark area since the new bottle is clear and not the dark brown packaging to help prevent the oil from breaking down. I rarely blow-dry my hair anymore but when I do I love how straight my hair is when using this oil. Not pin straight like when I use an iron but it works out all of natural wave that on most days seems to have a mind of it's own. My MIL picked up a bottle of the famous Moroccan Oil and I found that it was the same as this better priced product.
If you dye your hair and want something inexpensive this Conditioner is the best. I struggled for years with my overly dyed blonde hair and once joining MUA and finding this it made a world of a difference. My very dry hair started to get some life back to it. I used the Shampoo focusing on my roots and this matching Conditioner mainly on my ends. I did need to add Argon Oil to further help out with the decade of damage I've done to my hair. It's now been over a year since I started using Aussie and have since dyed my hair back to it's original color 6 months ago and haven't dyed it since. My natural hair is slightly oily so I'm going to have to switch to another Shampoo and Conditioner once I've grown out all the damage.
If you dye your hair and want something inexpensive this Shampoo is the best. I struggled for years with my overly dyed blonde hair and once joining MUA and finding this it made a world of a difference. My very dry hair started to get some life back to it. I used this focusing on my roots and the matching Conditioner mainly on my ends. I did need to add Argon Oil to further help out with the decade of damage I've done to my hair. It's now been over a year since I started using Aussie and have since dyed my hair back to it's original color 6 months ago and haven't dyed it since. My natural hair is slightly oily so I'm going to have to switch to another Shampoo and Conditioner once I've grown out all the damage.
This is my favorite NP! Very dark color, but when the light hits it beautiful. Navy with a red/purple shimmer that just glows. Last on my nails forever, easy clean up and I think I'm going to have get a second bottle since I'm almost finished the first.
Tinted Moisturizer -Hard Candy - Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer spf15
careypiper 2/26/2011 2:11:00 PM
I finally gave up foundations and after hearing all the rave reviews on this TM for $8 I had to try it. I'm a Neutral 20-25 and picked up Light. I've been using it for over two weeks now and it has been separating into a part oil and part light pigmented cream. I figured I could live with giving it a very good shaking everyday before applying. However now it has started oxidizing in the container the oily separation is daily turning a darker orange color. So now I have a TM that is more of a Light/Medium and that I have shake the bejesus out of it to get it to an almost workable consistency. In it's new state it still works, but now my face is shade darker than my neck. So I will be picking up something to replace this, which is a shame because it looks great on and hasn't broken me out. I'm just not up for a product that requires so much work and darkens in color over a short span of time.
Concealers -TheBalm - Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer
careypiper 2/5/2011 1:21:00 PM
Quick review - As a longtime fan of the orginial timeBalm concealer and a recent massive breakout from a moisturizer I was in need of something a little more. For undereye and discoloration the original concealer does an Awesome job, but once a raised blemish appears the coverage can be harsh and just a simple coverage. The liquid timeBalm has Tea Tree Oil to help get rid of the inflammation and help heal. I personally did not find the scent overpowering. The formula is easy to work with - I applied before my TM (also theBalm) and after for one pesky blemish and was happy with results. My massive breakout was a rash of blemishes small and large, after one application the small blemishes that I have been battling with for over a week have dimished by 50% so Yes it does work. :) The larger blemishes have reduced in size and no longer red and inflamed. I'm a Neutral 25 and use Light/Medium for timeBalm, BalmShelter TM and the Liquid timeBalm. I purchased the liquid from beauty.com and it was labeled as Nude and after some research it was in fact Light/Medium. The product reads that it should be kept cool. The package seems to be a plastic lipgloss like tube encased in an aluminum case to help keep the product at a lower temperature.
Bronzers -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - Pink Power
careypiper 2/4/2011 12:20:00 PM
I've just received both MSFs from the Wonder Woman Collection and wanted to do a quick review. I'm new to MSFs and before receiving both MSFs from the collection, I've only had a chance to work with Soft and Gentle & Gold Deposit. Pink Power to me is a bronzer mineralize skinfinish since that is the majority of the product. There are three sections (top to bottom) Highlighter, Bronzer and Blush. I picked up both Golden Lariat as a Summer Bronzer and Pink Power as Winter Bronzer. I'm a Neutral 25 in the Winter, who prefers a warm undertone (or NC in MAC terms) makeup on my face. When playing around with both last night the colors in Pink Power seemed vibrate in the compact, but did not apply much color when using a light hand. Swatching the bronzer it reminded me of a warmer BF Hoola or N.Y.C. Sunny. Using a light hand with my 187 it did not pick up a good amount of product (very much like the tightly compacted product of the N.Y.C. Bronzer compacts). I went for the product dead center to have all three on the brush and applied them from the hairline to the apples of my cheeks. Highlighter, Bronzer and blush and was not happy with application. I had to go back with a 168 and added more of the bronzer and still felt that I had to layer it on to have it show up. Currently I prefer Golden Lariat over the Pink Power, because Golden Lariat is 1) an easier application 2) I personally prefer warmer colors. Pink Power is nice for a toned-downed bronzer and could look beautiful if I took the time to work with it.
Bronzers -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - Golden Lariat
careypiper 2/4/2011 11:37:00 AM
I've just received both MSFs from the Wonder Woman Collection and wanted to do a quick review. I'm new to MSFs and before receiving both MSFs from the collection, I've only had a chance to work with Soft and Gentle & Gold Deposit. Golden Lariat to me is a bronzer mineralize skinfinish since that is the majority of the product. There are three sections (top to bottom) Highlighter, Bronzer and Blush. I picked up both Golden Lariat as a Summer Bronzer and Pink Power as Winter Bronzer. I'm a Neutral 25 in the Winter, who prefers a warm undertone (or NC in MAC terms) makeup on my face. When playing around with both last night the colors in Golden Lariat did seem intense. The bronzer is very similiar to UD Baked and the Blush is very close to UD Toasted. I applied lightly with a 187 brush and at first I was pretty sure I was correct in assuming that I would have to wait till Summer to be able to wear Golden Lariat. After applying Pink Power on the other side of my face, I notice that Golden Lariat had mellowed out to a nice "got some sun" almost sunburnt color. Personally I feel I'll be wearing Golden Lariat 75% of the time and year-round. Even using a light hand my 187 picked up a fair amount of product, which was not the case with Pink Power. I went for the product dead center to have all three on the brush and applied them from the hairline to the apples of my cheeks. Highlighter, Bronzer and blush and was happy with application. I could have gone back with a 168 and added more of the highlighter and/or blush but I liked the quick application of all three together.
The color is described as shimmering rosey bronze, on me a NW/NC 25 the color shows up as described. The shimmer is not over the top, just a nice glow. It's subtly pigmented, giving a nice natural flush coloring that last all day. For daily wear it's a great blush, I don't have to be little handed as I do with some NARS blushes, making it easy to just throw on some color and walk out the door. For $12 you get a good size pan (slightly smaller than a MAC Mineralize Blush) in a black compact. The lid is fitted with with a clear see through plastic so you can see the shade inside.