It is almost as hard as the nail pencils you use to whiten the backs... I even tried melting it a little w/ a lighter, but absolutely useless for the eyes, especially the water line.
This is fabulous for a more subtle look--I always look away in horror when I see women w/ pencil marks all over their eyelids. And you can't really overdo it (if you pick the right shade). Also great in lieu of eyeshadow in a pinch, just for the hollows below the orbital bone. Would suggest maybe getting a different firm brush, but it isn't horrible. Great product, all in all.
I know these were the *it* trend a few years back, but I've gone back to it, and am finding it a HG for natural look, especially in summer. Revising review after experimenting a lot and looking at YouTube instructions to give some guidance (which I'm sure would be helpful for any other BB cream) 1) Make sure skin properly exfoliated. It will stick if you have any flakes, and it will not be pretty. 1) Put on moisturizer. I use vitamin c serum mixed with quite a bit of sweet almond oil (and I'm fairly oily). Blot. 2) Use a tiny, tiny, TINY bit. A drop about the size of a pencil eraser. Using more than a tiny bit is what makes you look chalky, so it is essential that you use as little as possible. You can always add more where needed. Pat with a spreading motion on forehead, nose, chin, upper/lower cheeks on both sides, and little under/over eye area. Pat in. Use a tiny, TINY bit more to cover undereye and around nose if needed. 3) Do whatever else needs doing in terms of skin makeup; I generally put on only Tarte gel blush, but eyeshadow etc. would be appropriate here. 4) Use loose powder to set. 5) Mascara, of course. 6) (Optional, but especially good for summer): use a setting spray. I use Skindinavia. 7) Wait for any residual chalky/grey color to fade (see #2 above). I would not use this for a dramatic look--daytime, natural only. But if you want to look great AND look like you're not wearing any makeup, this will give you that and will last ALL DAY long, even in summer heat. ORIGINAL REVIEW: I am a MAC NW 20; I got the #42 and was surprised to see that it is pretty pinky--would've expected the opposite. For those of you who feel that it is too "chalky," keep in mind that this is supposed to be gently rubbed into your skin--I saw a Japanese video on YouTube on how to use it. The MA rubbed it in a bit and then patted a bit more coverage where needed. it won't work w/ a brush or other foundation application technique.
I wear this, and am now constantly told how lucky I am to have such long eyelashes. It makes any mascara look better, but especially good w/ a dramatic black after a comb thru w/ a lash brush/comb thing. But it feels pretty dry going on--there's no "coated feeling" like w/ mascara and I'm not sure whether that's cuz the stuff I got is dried out or not. But in any case, it is the best of any lash primer I've tried to date.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Milk of Magnesia
kingspanky 9/30/2008 3:09:00 PM
I really wish this didn't make me break out with huge, disgusting cystic zits (which I usually don't get), because it DOES cut down on oiliness like no tomorrow. But I just can't use it. Additionally, the drying factor means that putting any foundation over it is a real pain--you then have to find a sufficiently emollient moisturizer to counteract the chalkiness, which can, in turn, moot the positive antioily effect. Still hunting for something that works...
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Renova - Renova Rx cream
kingspanky 7/31/2008 3:06:00 AM
This has made a real difference in the quality of my skin. I'm 34, but smoke, and had started noting some pretty deep smile lines and lines around my mouth... I've been using the 0.05 (?) for about a year. I don't know why people would try Green Cream or something like that when you can get this prescription product so cheaply online... I bought this from MedsMex.com for about $13... at that price I've been putting it on my neck for turkey neck avoidance too. Also: I have super sensitive skin and had to work up to this, but found at first that using the lowest dose (.025?) every third day, then a month later every second day, then up the dose... the key is to be very slow in titrating up and understand you're going to peel for about a month. OH--and wear sunscreen, and don't even think about tanning your face. Had a major disaster last summer vacation. PPS: will inflame acne a bit at first but (for me at least) really helps it in the long run. Just be patient :)
This stuff is ideal for acne-prone, sensitive skin (and I use Renova): cheap, nice lather, rinses well. One of the very few washes that almost never makes me break out, and so cheap that I can invest the rest of my scant student skin care budget on more pricey treatments. UPDATE: I thought I'd try Cetaphil antibacterial sensitive skin bar based on acne.org raves; find that I get *no* breakouts, and my redness is greatly reduced. Switching over.
This is a plummy color well suited to cool-toned chicks, but it still looks pretty good on me (warm/neutral). I much prefer the Bronze Goddess, and wouldn't buy this color again.
this is a REALLY pale, frosty pink. I'm pretty pale myself, but this made me look washed out to the max. Love the formula but the color is no good.
This is my HG, and for $2 and change, absolutely fabulous. I have neutral/warm skin and this is the most flattering thing... I've already bought three tubes. Bought tubes for my sister, BF and mom too for stocking stuffers. Mind you tho: this is much more like a lip balm than a gloss. It feels great on the lips, but doesn't last worth a damn; I just use it in place of chapstick all day long. Totally idiotproof to apply w/o a mirror, so it works. Love this product, and this is the perfect shade for me.
This works really well if you use a light hand and are very careful to get everything. I know this because the first time I tried it everyone was looking at me--not in a good way either--so I popped into the bathroom to check myself out in the mirror and my nose and chin were this really pale neutral color, while my cheeks etc were red--the inverse of normal. Suffice to say: check yourself out in NATURAL LIGHT before going out.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation - Intensive formula [DISCONTINUED]
kingspanky 4/17/2008 12:18:00 PM
It does have a nice finish and seems to last well, but not for oily noses--I used a primer but not a moisturizer, but this stuff seemed to pull all the oil out of my face in one fell swoop, w/in a matter of 2-3 hours. Plus the packaging on the samples is total crap--the sifter top doesn't let anything thru at all, so had to break a nail opening it, and then got powder all over my sink. UPDATE: not wearing anymore because really makes me look like a greaseball, even in cooler weather.
Moisturizers -C.O. Bigelow - Extra Light Face Lotion [DISCONTINUED]
kingspanky 4/17/2008 12:13:00 PM
Love this for my very oily tzone, but have to use Cerave on the rest for real moisture. Indeed, I think it is more of an antishine formula than a real moisturizer. I'm not one to spend much on moisturizer/wash, so this is a little pricey for me, but worth it.
I have very acne-prone skin, using Renova, w/ patchy dry areas. This has never made me break out, which is just about amazing, and really moisturizes well, drying to a matte finish. I don't use it in my t-zone because that would probably end in an oil slick, no matter what moisturizer I use. But excellent--and given the gigantic bottle, perhaps one of the best priced moisturizers when used exclusively on the face.
I received a generous sample, and have been using in the eye area w/ amazing results. Never really seen results before using this. It just opens them up when I'm tired. Note that cap should be kept on; dries out quickly and will poop a little hardened product if you don't. At this cost, need to make sure to conserve. And it is so expensive that I'm hoarding it for special occasions. Will be forced to repurchase soon. But still, best product for eyes I've found, bar none.