I have been using Everyday Minerals for the past year, and it seemed that I just wasn't getting the right coverage despite trying all the different methods to apply it. I was just about ready to reluctantly return to my liquid foundation when I read up on Alima and decided to order some samples. Let me say I am VERY pleased with this foundation. It has a bit of a sheen to it, and I'm very oily so I would only use EM's matte version. But this is gives a pretty, natural finish, and the coverage and colors are much better than EM's. What a difference! It's a bit more expensive but in my opinion worth it. I do use EM's new balancing powder (which is great) and I found that using the flocked sponge (as opposed to the baby buki)gives me more even coverage (as I have large pores). I highly recommend Alima to anyone looking for a quality mineral foundation!
Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Toleriane Soothing Protective Light Facial Fluid
jenafur3223 10/15/2006 11:02:00 AM
Tried this after receiving in a swap. It had generally good reviews so I was hopeful but this stuff irrirated my face and made it break out. When I put it on it soaked in nicely and wasn't real heavy so I was pleased with the texture -but after a week of using this morning and night my skin got red acne like bumps and felt tight. I took a lippie off the packaging because you can't tell how much product is left in the bottle either. Back to the drawing board I go!
I bought this after reading some reviews and decided to try it since I have lots of fine but heavy hair. I like that this spray doesn't dry my hair out, and I like the scent, but it doesn't seem to provide much hold for my hair as a finishing spray. I blow dry my hair with a round brush, curl it w/a large barrell curling iron, and then spray my hair w/hairspray as a finish and kind of fluff it up some so it's not dead straight. At first it looks nice and touseled but within a half an hour my hair is flat again. If I re-apply it does the same thing. I will probably use this when rolling my hair in velcro rollers or hot rollers to set, and then will find something w/better hold as a finishing spray. This just wasn't up to the challenge of giving my hair long-lasting volume.
Moisturizers -C.O. Bigelow - Extra Light Face Lotion [DISCONTINUED]
jenafur3223 9/25/2006 6:10:00 PM
This lotion started off soaking up excess oil and that was great for a few days but it's getting to be winter now so my face got really dry and flaky in some areas. The smell is a little mediciny and the texture feels very matte once it's on. I think I'll hang onto this and try it when it get warm again to see if my skin will tolerate it in the summer when it's at it's oiliest.
I used this for 2 weeks and my skin was aggravated. The smell is kind of strange and the bottle leaked like crazy. I didn't feel it was worth the $12 so I took it back. Will go back to my clean and clear sensitive face wash!
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Complex 15 Therapeutic Face Cream
jenafur3223 7/30/2006 11:41:00 AM
I have used this for 3 years now on my oily skin and it can't be beat for the price. It's noncomedogenic, fragrance free, and is very light and absorbs quickly. I love it! I used to use Neutrogena sensitive skin lotion and that feels much heavier than this. I think this works just as well or even better than more expensive brands.
To my dismay Almay changed their product line as I was using the round non-oily face makeup removers. I was mad since it was the only one I could find that wasn't expensive, didn't leave a greasy film on my face, or irritate my skin. When I compared ingredients to the new one I was very leary since it looked like a different formula. However, I recently bought a box and I have to say I actually like them better than the old version. The towelette itself is much bigger, so one will take off all my makeup. And they don't have a strong odor, irritate my skin, or leave a greasy residue. I use them to either remove my makeup before the gym or if I can't full out re-wash my face after work I'll use one of these, splash my face w/water, and re-apply my makeup. The only downside is I don't like the sticker type closure on the container. I think they should have just made a snap lid or something sturdier since it's a plastic box but oh well. These are a little pricier than the old ones but cheaper than department store versions so it's worth it to me.
This is a lightweight sheer tinted gel self tanner for the face. It says it is hypoallergenic and won't clog pores. I have a very hard time finding a self tanner for my oily/sensitive/acne prone skin, but I've been using this and for the money it's decent. It doesn't have a strong odor, absorbs quickly, but I just wish that it came in different shades (like light, med, or dark) since it takes more than one applicable to get noticable color. I put it on every night and still my face isn't very dark. I guess it will do until I find something better.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Matte Formula
jenafur3223 7/3/2006 5:59:00 PM
I orignally tried the semi-matte formula but switched to this (matte) for summer. I like this product very much...it looks natural, has no shimmer so my oily skin stays matte looking, and has made my skin much more healthier than when I used liquid foundation. Anyone with oily skin looking for a shine-free mineral powder should definetely give this a try. Plus it's very reasonably priced.
Primer/ Corrector -Sephora - Skin Smoothing Makeup Base
jenafur3223 6/7/2006 8:51:00 PM
I changed my review for this since I started having some skin issues. My face started getting very dry and irritated, so I stopped using this and it eventually went back to normal. I think if you overdo it it can be drying, so I think I will use it sparingly from now on. My second gripe is the packaging. The pump dispenses too much product for me to use at once, and the bottle isn't very secure (or very big for the price). This is ok but I will keep looking I think.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
jenafur3223 5/12/2006 8:13:00 PM
First of all thank you to everyone who recommended this product. I have been searching for at least a year now for a mineral foundation I've liked starting with Bare Minerals. I was convinced mineral foundation was not for me since I have oily/sensitive/acne prone skin and every one I tried made me look shiny, unnatural, and didn't give me the coverage I needed. As a last resort I ordered some samples from everyday minerals website and was pleased at how many testers I got for $5! I (reluctantly) tried the semi-matte formula expecting to hate it but on the contrary, I have finally found one I like! It offers 3 different formulas, so I tried semi-matte and it covers so well I couldn't believe it! I have visible pores on my cheeks and chin, and this does a great job of evening out my skin and minimizing my pores. Plus it hardly has any shimmer, looks very natural, has great staying power, and best of all helps control oil which is a miracle for me. The added bonus is the price....much cheaper than bare minerals and is a better product as far as I'm concerned. I would have never thought I could be converted from liquid foundation to mineral foundation but its been done and my skin has never looked better!! UPDATE: I switched to the matte formula for summer since my skin is oilier but still love this product. Will probably use semi-matte in the winter.
This foundation made me break out for some reason. My skin looked rashy and dry after 3 days of using it. I originally liked that it helped control my oiliness but if your skin is even a little dry in any areas this makeup will magnify that. I really was pulling for this one since it was reasonably priced.
Liquid -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Foundation
jenafur3223 3/4/2006 11:03:00 AM
I was intrigued by this foundation even though I have had terrible results from the powder versions. I have oily/sensitive/breakout prone skin and forever am looking for a foundation that addresses all of my needs. I was hoping this would be it, but it just wasn't right for my skin. I hated the sponge applicator - it applied way too much so I used my fingers to apply. The texture is VERY thick so I had to apply it in sections so I could blend it before it dried. Even though I'm oily the finish was just too powdery and mask-like for me. I agree with the other reviews that it indeed dried out my skin (even with moisturizer under it) so the next day I put it on it magnified my dry spots and looked even worse. I am fair so I bought natural ivory and it made me look like a corpse. This foundation reminds me of clinique perfectly real makeup but worse. Back to the drugstore it goes.....
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Dermacia - Lycogel [DISCONTINUED]
jenafur3223 2/10/2006 12:13:00 AM
This was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be light and natural on my skin, and on the contrary it is thick and hard to blend. I have oily skin that can get dry and this didn't help control oil, plus made my face look dry, cakey, AND greasy. When I blotted it during the day it looked worse. Luckily I ordered a sample kit (for $15) but I had to mix the ivory shade to a darker shade to get a normal color for my skin. So even if I liked this foundation I'd have to buy two bottles to mix...at $50 a bottle that's not cheap. I applied it every way I possibly could and got the same outcome. I am very disappointed with this and am mad I even spent the $15 now but I was optimistic about it so I guess you live and you learn. I will wait for Lancome's Magique Matte Fdn to come out...hopefully my faith in cosmetics will then be restored.
My friend wore this perfume and I caught one sniff of it and have to have it. This is one of my fav fragrances. It has a sweet candy smell and I get lots of compliments when I wear it. Too bad I can only get it at Sephora so far but it's worth the trouble.