Lip Treatments -Eucerin - Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect
joy2uandme 1/17/2013 2:10:00 PM
I was looking for a lip balm with spf and stumbled across this. It is really good with a full spectrum spf 30 but it is also moisturizing. Comes in a squeeze tube with a slanted tip. I bought several to try and most were waxy but this is slick, moisturizing and gives a pretty sheen to the lips. Was also reasonably priced and has the highest level--spf 30--that I found.
I bought 2 of these to try them out. They are way slicker than Revlon's or Clinique's version of "chubby sticks." I bought: Fresh Papaya: a shimmery coral Soft Raspberry: a warm rose Both are beautiful colors but they are less of a traditional color balm than the other 2 brands noted. Colors stayed true for me and did not turn bright pink like the Revlon ones.They have a lot of butters in them so pretty moisturizing. The colors fell into my fine lines a tad whether because they are so moisturizing or not. These left 0 stain on my lips unlike Clinique's.These smell like mango but taste very strongly to me of perfumed sunscreen even though they have no spf listed. They will not replace my Clinique favorites, unfortunately because of my dislikes listed above but they are better than Revlon's if you don't care about a stain or long wearing.
Sunscreen -Skinceuticals - Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
joy2uandme 1/17/2013 12:21:00 PM
This left white bits under my foundation. I found I could still feel it on my skin despite it's sheer quality and it's not as sheer or light as La Roche Posay ultra light sunscreen. It also made my rosacea flare, also disappointing because it is a physical sunscreen. I had high hopes. According to Dermstore this version has been discontinued and now they are going with the tinted version which would probably work better in terms of white cast. Overall I was disappointed in this especially in view of the hype it's been getting.
If you want caked on spider lashes, heavy handed like some older ladies that I see walking around, this is the mascara for you. It does volumize but it's heavy. I tried it alone and over the Cils primer which only made it worse. Does okay with a curl but flakes and transfers. Don't know why you would put up with this inferior product for this price. There HAS to be better out there.
Liquid -Unlisted Brand - Aero Minerale Hydrating Mist Foundation
joy2uandme 1/15/2013 10:15:00 AM
I've tried just about all of the aerosol foundations because I'm intrigued with them. In theory they should work well with my need for lightweight coverage but few deliver as I've found out. This is probably the best of the bunch for my mature skin. I bought buff and butter and together they make the perfect color for my NC25-30 skintone, LLL. (Thanks littlemj below.) I have found that if I use too much it can go cakey on me so I use one spray on a sponge of each color and then apply, then maybe another spray to cover problem spots. Then it's best if I let it dry and settle into my skin. Then add concealer. If I try to add more at the get-go I get cakiness. I've found this lasts all day on me and is not super drying. No breakouts from this for me and I have super breakout prone rosacea skin that is a pain in the butt. Normal dry in winter, combination in summer. Price is decent but cans are way smaller than Classified Cosmetics original but made by same company. But better for travel--CC's large tops were a pain. This reminds me more of Suzanne Somers spray foundation with a smidge more moisture. Worth a try.
Update: I got my replacement tube and the consistency was still very very thick and hard to spread. It came out of the tube easier but I could not figure out how you were supposed to distribute this on your face. I tried warming it first to no avail. LRP suggests putting it on the back of your hand first and then spreading it but it literally rolled off my hand before I could warm or spread it out. Yuck. And once I got it on it was in clumps over part of my face and none elsewhere. Still had a reaction to this as well. What a bust! This was the worst of my recent LRP order. Maybe I got a dried up one but this was thicker than tomato paste in the tube and I had to use pliers to get it out of the tube. Then it was so thick it wouldn't spread even after warming it in my hands. It felt oily and thick on my skin--suffocating--all day. It did fill in pores and smooth my skin surface but I had a rash and breakouts from this almost immediately. If this is what a good primer does I'll skip it. Not worth it to the integrity of my skin. I called LRP to see if this was the way this was supposed to be in the tube and they said no. They are sending me another but I have my doubts if it will be any better since this is a new product.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen
joy2uandme 1/15/2013 9:36:00 AM
I liked this but didn't love it. Here's why: I could feel this on my face all day even though it is a super light fluid. It gives me the barest minimum coverage. Just a slight yellow tint really. I'm NC 25-30, Bobbi Brown sand or warm sand, Chantecaille vanilla. If you don't have warmish undertones this will make you look sick as it is very yellow toned. It works okay on me diffusing redness but covers nothing. Still need plenty of concealer. I had some breakouts from this on my chin so bottom line, I'd rather use a moisturizer with sunscreen and then foundation or TM over the top. For the price I expected more. It's just a meh for me.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara
joy2uandme 1/10/2013 3:51:00 PM
This is just okay for me. I bought the waterproof but it's not all that waterproof. Case in point, it does not hold a curl no many how many times I curl my lashes and I try before and after and throughout the day but still I have droop. In addition it comes off very easily which is good at nighttime but during the day it sucks because if I tear up, it fades away. And that's my next complaint: It fades during the day. Several hours after initial application I'll check my makeup and my lashes look less than they did at the start. Surprising since I haven't had flaking, smearing or smudging so it just disappears! I like the skinny rubber brush--it grabs most of my lashes seamlessly--but the wand is long and wobbly which makes it a little difficult to control. I did get mostly length and some fullness with this but the claims as usual are outrageous. This gives a natural look, nothing more. I found it a rather dryish formula and that's my preference but who wants to be continually farting with their eye makeup during the day, reapplying, recurling, etc?? I'd rather pay more and have peace of mind. I may have to revisit Shu's WP mascara.
I had a sample of this first and threw it aside. I then saw Paula Begoun say this was a good cleanser for normal skin types so I dug it out to try. Have to say I love it although it is a tad drying to me in the winter time. Love all of the foam and it works exceptionally with my Clarisonic. In many ways it reminds me of Lancome's foaming cleansers only fragrance free (a plus).I just follow with moisturizer and I'm not unhappy.I do precede this with a cleansing oil as I always do to make sure all sunscreen and makeup is off of my skin but this does seem to clean well nonetheless. Does not cause breakouts for me. I will look into buying a full size when it's bonus time. I also thought to mix this with Clinique's Redness Solutions cleanser which I hate--it cleans nothing--and together this is a winning combination.
Gels/Soaps -Neutrogena - rainbath moisture-rich shower and bath gel
joy2uandme 1/9/2013 3:18:00 PM
My husband and I love the original Rainbath and use it all of the time. Saw this one in the mega bottle at Sam's and decided to try it out since we love the original. Still get mega suds like the original but I hated the scent of this and it made me break out in weird places. I'm old so breakouts on my body are now rare. I've had to use Dove soap to get rid of the breakouts. I also did not find this moisturizing in the least. I'll stick to the original Rainbath. Or Dove soap. For me the classics are winners for a reason.
Shampoo -Pantene - Expert Collection Age Defy Shampoo
joy2uandme 1/9/2013 3:07:00 PM
My 1st Pantene product. I have used Paul Mitchell products for 20 years but couldn't find my faves recently so decided to try some drugstore choices. This is okay. (Sorry I am so middle of the road about this.) It cleansed well, left my hair shiny, untangled and didn't cause a lot of fallout. I think that the claims are ludicrous but it's getting the job done and I can live with the scent (mango with a hint of coconut) about which I am really picky. Doesn't leave me with an itchy scalp. I cannot say with a certainty that it will replace my love for my PM, however.
I just bought this and it was listed as a new product however name is slightly different. Mine is called Triple Resist Reinforcing shampoo with Arginine. Can't say I love this. My hair is fine, slightly wavy, color treated and highlighted. Ear length in a bob. This shampoo made my hair shiny but weighed down and static-y. I combed through without any problems and needed very little conditioner so not sure why I'm getting the static problem. And when I dried my hair suddenly it was very tangled. (How did this happen when I combed through wet hair without a problem?) Scent is very strong fruity floral. Very fake and drugstore-like. Smells cheap. I was looking to replace my favorite Paul Mitchell shampoos but this is not even close to that quality.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Double Extend Eye Illuminator Eyeliner
joy2uandme 1/9/2013 12:36:00 PM
This is a 2-sided eyeliner pencil. One side is color, other is a cream highlighter color for lining. I bought this in Black Quartz which is a beautiful color for hazel eyes and very similar to Clinique's Quickliner in Violet. But the black quartz side is too dry and hard for lining my mature eyes. I even tried warming it with my blow dryer and that improved the consistency but then the pencil tip broke. It has the consistency of a brow pencil. The highlighter side was creamier but not that as great as I'd hoped for brightening the inside corners of my eyes since it is so much creamier. Did not last in the corners of my eyes. Overall a gimmicky bust. I'd do better to buy 2 separate pencils that each worked. Since the quartz color is so similar to Clinique's violet, I will just stick with that one since the Quickliner goes on so easily. Was looking for a brownish plum and this fits the bill but may only work on unlined oilier eyelids.
Although not irritating to my skin, I hated the white cast and feel of this moisturizer with sunscreen. It is oily feeling but dryish at the same time. It did emphasize any flakes I had and I had plenty because of the Neutrogena moisturizer with retinol I was also trying. Makeup does not work that well over this. It will flake and ball up when you smooth your foundation over it. Had better luck with just some concealer over it but still could see the white cast of this. Yuck. Best things about it are that's it's fragrance free and the pump bottle but I think this needs to be updated to compete with the big dogs. I usually love Eucerin but this was not top-notch.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30
joy2uandme 1/9/2013 12:02:00 PM
This made my skin peel like a lizard's. I guess it works better for oilier types and I realize I'm supposed to peel with this because of the retinol but even after a week's time I'm STILL peeling. So had to back off from using this. It does have a scent and for me that scent lingers. Makeup does work well over it except for the peeling that was apparent. I also think the retinol caused some purging for me which is good I guess but I prefer for that to be happening at night and not during the day with my daily moisturizer. Glass bottle is not the best for traveling but works well to preserve ingredients. Pump is great. Did like the luminous look this gave my skin from the mica but found the Olay Regnerist DNA cream with spf 30 to be a better fit for my maturing skin. If you have oilier breakout prone skin, give it a try but for maturing skin types try the Olay one which is pricey but superior if you're at all dryish.