I heard about this here on MUA (thanks everyone!) and I have to agree... this stuff is amazing! I used their color selection guide and was able to narrow down to 2 possibilities and ordered samples. I got it right the first try-- Beige 3 is a perfect match. I have been using my sample for the past 3 weeks and I still have half of it left (you don't need much). I prefer to mix this with moisturizer to make my own tinted moisturizer but it also looks good using it the normal way. It looks like my skin, only 100 times better. Best of all, no breakouts! Customer service is great as well. It came 2 days after I ordered it and they included 3 extra samples. I highly suggest you try this line. I will be ordering from them again in the near future.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Aloe Cool & Fresh light body lotion
departureofskies 7/10/2010 3:34:00 PM
This is the body lotion I use every day. I have the SPF 15 version and I put on a thick layer every morning after I get out of the shower. It is light enough I can layer other sunscreens over it. It isn't greasy and doesn't smell like sunscreen at all. Plus it is $5 for a huge bottle with a pump top. Vaseline lotions are my favorite-- I use the cocoa butter one at night.
I bought this for my face after seeing the glowing reviews from acne-prone ladies. I tried it on my face and at first it was like wow my face is really soft but then I started breaking out BAD (like pre-Accutane bad) on my forehead and along my jawline. I stopped using this and returned to my salicylic acid regimen and my skin is slowly clearing up. However, I really like this for my body. I have really dry skin and I live in the desert so this is perfect. It is moisturizing without being greasy. I even use it to shave my legs. Bottom line: Love it for my body, HATE it for my face.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
departureofskies 7/2/2010 12:16:00 AM
Simply put, I'm not sure how I ever lived without this.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 5 Pieces Brush Set (Mineral Makeup)
departureofskies 7/2/2010 12:14:00 AM
I had been wanting to try Ecotools brushes for a while so I got this set and the angled eyeliner brush when Ulta had a BOGO deal. I am really pleased with this set. The brushes are sooo soft and don't shed at all. I do use mineral makeup and these apply it perfectly. My makeup looks a lot better using these than when I use my Bare Escentuals brushes. My only complaint is that I wish the kabuki brush was a little more dense.
This is my first (and so far my only) Colorburst lipstick. I seriously love it. I recently dyed my hair brown and my old red/pink lip/cheek colors weren't looking too hot with my new hair. I realized I needed peachy tones so I bought this. It looks orange-y in the tube but it applies a peachy pink on my very pigmented lips. It isn't drying at all when I use a tiny bit of Rosebud Salve under it. The packaging is cute and high-quality. I will definitely repurchase this color and I plan to get more shades of Colorburst lipsticks.
This isn't the best dry shampoo I have tried, but it isn't horrible. It does what it's supposed to do--it soaks up the oil in unwashed hair. It smells decent (slightly citrus-y) and covers any smell your hair might have absorbed (like smoke--gross). It makes my hair feel kind of gritty but I haven't found a dry shampoo that doesn't. No problems with my brown hair looking gray from it either. Tip: This works really well when I put my hair up (like in an updo, not a ponytail). It gives hair a lot of grip and volume so you can mess with it and get it to stay.
Shampoo -Head and Shoulders - Classic Clean Shampoo
departureofskies 5/29/2010 5:09:00 PM
This is my favorite shampoo and I have tried a ton of them. I don't have dandruff but this makes my fine blonde hair soft, shiny, and bouncy. I don't even need conditioner after, which is good because it tends to weigh my hair down. Plus it smells very clean and it's cheap.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Dickinson's Witch Hazel
departureofskies 5/2/2010 9:51:00 PM
My pregnant sister-in-law gave this to me to use one time (apparently no SA or BP when you are pregnant) and I liked it so much I went to buy my own. This is seriously the best toner I have used. I don't even wash my face in the morning any more and just use this instead. This and the Clarisonic made a big difference in my skin. It heals my acne and helps diminish scars but it isn't drying at all.
I got the purple one when this was the Today's Special Value on QVC for $120. I had been having a lot of problems with acne for a couple months before I bought this and this helped quite a bit. I don't break out nearly as bad now, and when I do the blemishes heal a lot more quickly. This really helped the most with blackheads and my skin tone though. I use it at night before bed with my Neutrogena Acne Stress Control cleanser and then follow with witch hazel as a toner (no makeup residue on my cotton ball ever by the way so you know it really cleans). It's expensive but I really recommend this. EDIT 7/31/10: I'm breaking out really bad again and I think using this is just aggravating it. I'm going to have to go back to the derm.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
departureofskies 3/2/2010 2:08:00 AM
This is my new product obsession. I really like the normal liquid Neutrogena eye makeup remover so I thought I would give this a whirl. I like this way better than the liquid kind. It is super moisturizing on my eye area and I never get flaky lids like I normally do. I rub it all over my eyelid gently, concentrating on my eyelashes, leave it for a few seconds, and then wipe it off with a tissue. It takes it all off with no tugging, even my waterproof mascara. I will definitely repurchase, though I think one tube is going to last a long time.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Curious by Britney Spears
departureofskies 2/27/2010 12:58:00 AM
I don't wear this very often but when I do I get a lot of compliments. I like to wear it when I go out as it tends to smell too heavy for day on me. My friend also wears this and people love it on her too. I will probably repurchase when I run out.
I am hesitantly calling this my favorite mascara ever. It makes my lashes look super long, thick, and black. It looks like I'm wearing falsies. The key to getting this mascara to not clump is to wipe the excess mascara off the wand with a tissue first. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because, even though it is "waterproof", it still smudges on me sometimes. I definitely wouldn't wear this swimming.
I've been using this for about a month so I feel I can now accurately review it. I really, really like it. I have fairly dry, acne-prone skin so it is hard for me to find things for my face that don't dry me out but still work on acne. This works well for that. I use it every night and it keeps my skin clear but it is moisturizing enough that I don't need a separate moisturizer on top. (I use an SPF moisturizer in the morning.) I also use the Acne Stress Control scrub and like that a lot too. I will keep buying this line.
I absolutely love the color of this but the formula is gross. It is super drying and tends to peel after a couple hours. Also I hate the want for trying to apply lipstick. It's hard to use.