I can't believe I picked up these nail polish at Payless Shoes! I don't know when they started carrying makeup in their stores. I just happened to stop by to get a shoe insert and saw the nice colors they had out. The regular price is $3 a bottle, but I happened to get two for $4 on sale: Red Flame and Grape Gray. Both have been very popular colors this year - the red one is the tangerine red shade that has been on everyone's digits all summer, while the taupe-ish gray one has been pretty hot all fall. I'm surprised that no one has reviewed this brand yet. It is surprisingly decent for the price. The consistency is creamy, with no glitter or pearly sheen, at least for these two colors. It goes on smoothly and hardens to a high gloss. I only needed one coat (!) for the red, while the gray needed two thin coats because the first coat was a bit watery. I took no chances and added a clear top coat to protect from chipping. These polishes lasted about 4 to 5 days on my nails before they started chipping. Not bad.
I didn't realize this had exfoliating beads when I bought it. They hurt a little going on, but then they disappear. I try not to rub this on too hard because of the beads. Otherwise, it is not a bad product. The enzymes really do their stuff and make my skin soft and smooth afterwards. I am not so hot on these beads, so I will probably use up the bottle and not repurchase.
Masks -Freeman - Feeling Beautiful - Facial CLAY MASK Avocado & Oatmeal
judibean 12/18/2011 4:59:00 PM
This is my favorite clay mask! I am using the one in the first picture that is teal-colored. Hopefully they have not changed the formula too much in the new version! I like this one because it includes enough creaminess (from the avocado) not to dry out my face completely as it hardens. I don't have any acne and I'm only oily in my T-zone, so I don't want anything too harsh. This one is perfect. It is also reasonably priced and lasts a long time when used just once a week. The fragrance is strong, but I don't mind it too much because the results are wonderful - it leaves my skin soft and detoxed (not so sure about the latter, but I'm assuming it pulls out stuff from my pores like other clay masks).
This is my HG loose powder. I have combination skin and when I put on my face sunscreen, whether it's the chemical kind or physical kind, I'm always left with a sheen on my face. This powder takes care of it quite nicely and gives the most natural finish I have seen yet (I use the translucent shade). It comes with vitamin C, but I think that's just a gimmick. I can't imagine how the vitamin C is supposed to interact with the skin in dry form, but maybe I am showing my ignorance. I never use the powder puff included in the package. Instead, I shake some powder onto the lid, tap a large powder kabuki brush onto some powder, and swirl the brush over sections of my face. I still get a slight sheen by the afternoon, but it helps keep the oil in check until then.
Styling Products -Sedu - Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Moroccan Argan Oil
judibean 12/4/2011 5:17:00 PM
I recently bought a flat iron and wanted a heat protectant that didn't have unnecessary chemicals whose properties are flammable to boot. There are a LOT of products out there that are supposed to be used in conjunction with high-heat styling tools and yet they actually make your hair flammable??? I just don't get it. This is made of dimethicones, argan oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E. I use it before I blow dry, again before I flat iron, and again afterwards to shine up my hair some more and to help weigh down my super-fine hair just a bit. I use one small squirt each time. Maybe I shouldn't be using it so much, but the smell is pretty addictive. Ha ha. This oil is expensive, and I was hesitant to buy it based on the price, but I found it on sale at Folica. It is now replacing my Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid.
Styling Products -The Body Shop - Coconut Oil Hair Shine
judibean 12/4/2011 5:00:00 PM
I use this exclusively when I travel by air and don't want to check my luggage. It is a lifesaver for flyaways and shining up the ends when they look a little dull. I have fine hair, so I only rub a little bit onto clean fingers each time. The smell always reminds me of summer and brings a smile to my face in the winter! I have had this tin for over a year and it still smells fine with a lot more use left.
I tried Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation originally but found it too oily and sheer. Then I started researching some more and found that many people recommended this one instead. For my NC20-25 Asian skin, I chose 300 Golden Beige - the perfect shade, thanks to this forum! I love the medium coverage and the fact that it keeps the oil at bay for several hours. Like everyone else, I wish it came with a pump. It does not seem that hygienic with just the bottle.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
judibean 12/4/2011 4:37:00 PM
I bought this to use on my oily T-zone to cover up a few faint acne scars. I should have listened to the prior reviewers when they said this is no good if you have oily skin. My face was an oil slick in 2 hours! Also, it has light coverage, and I was looking for something more medium. FYI - I am NC30 and I got Natural Beige, which suited me perfectly.
Hair -Beauty Without Cruelty - Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner
judibean 11/20/2011 9:57:00 AM
I am neutral on this. I wanted a leave-in conditioner that would help detangle my wet hair and that would lock in some moisture in the ends as my hair dries. It does detangle, but I don't know if it helps with the moisture issue. My hair feels the same after I blow dry it. It still gets very flyaway at the ends (you know what I mean if you have very fine hair). I don't feel like I am benefiting from it, but I also don't think that it is making my hair any worse. I will probably not repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -California Baby - Calendula Cream
judibean 11/20/2011 9:49:00 AM
I use this in the winter whenever I have really dry patches of alligator skin on my legs or the backs of my hands. (Usually when I have not been good about applying body lotion on a daily basis.) This sinks right into the skin and feels soothing. If they made this unscented, it would be my ideal winter skin cream. It smells strongly of lavender, which I am not really opposed to, but the scent lingers until you wash it off.
I am giving this 3 stars because it does not leave raccoon eyes and it does lengthen the lashes quite a bit. However, it takes longer to remove and I just noticed that I have two areas where my lashes are actually gone!! I am gentle during the removal, so I can only guess that having thin fine lashes does not mix with this type of removal process. I am going back to regular mascara.
I am one of those unfortunate souls with large pores on my nose that need to be covered up every day. I bought this with high hopes, but alas, it was not meant to be. It does not cover up (or rather, fill in) the pores at all. When I use it and then put foundation on it, the foundation sinks into the pores, leaving that not-so-hot orange peel dimpled look. It works better on my cheeks, but that is not what I bought it for. I wish I had tried a sample first before buying a whole bottle. I will be trying next the Monistat chafing gel that everyone is raving about.
Styling Products -Aveda - Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
judibean 11/20/2011 9:12:00 AM
I've been using this to weigh my fine hair down at the ends and to add shine. It usually does both pretty well. I use two squirts for my shoulder length hair. On dry winter days; however, this isn't enough. The air just sucks the moisture out of my hair and the ends get that flyaway look. This winter, I am using a combo of this fluid and a styling cream on the ends.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Naturals - Purifying Facial Cleanser
judibean 11/20/2011 8:58:00 AM
This is my current day-time face wash. I like that it has only a slight scent that is not cloying nor does it last beyond the wash itself. It foams up well and seems to clean without stripping my skin of moisture. I see other reviewers say it is drying. I can only theorize that it is better for folks with combination skin or more oily skin to start?
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Naturals Cleanser + Makeup Remover
judibean 11/20/2011 8:53:00 AM
This is my current night-time face wash. It works well and does take off foundation. I don't think that Neutrogena is always honest about its ingredients, despite its claims of having more natural ingredients in this cleanser, but I have not found anything negative to say about this. I tend to clean my face and then apply a small amount of jojoba oil all over, so I can't comment on whether this cleanser is drying or not. It beats Cetaphil and Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming cleanser, two prior faves, hands down.