This product does work if you follow the directions. You have to apply it 3-4 times a day, and massage it in, not just dab it on. I've only used this on one area of stretch marks (side of stomach), and a few acne scars, and they have either faded considerably or disappeared completely. This works best on new scars (obviously). The serum is very thick, so I would definitely NOT slather it all over the face. If you have substantial scarring over your face, it's best to just work on one area at a time or look at alternative methods of scar removal. The only cons to this product are that it takes daily use to work, it's a little bit expensive, and that it smells fishy (not a strong smell, but it is noticeable if you smell your fingers).
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
maybeiloveyou 2/8/2008 4:52:00 PM
I find this to be a very average foundation. The coverage is fine, but the foundation doesn't stay on the face very well and comes off on your clothes, hands, etc. The colors are a bit off (despite the wide range) and many of the medium-tan shades look orange. I have combination skin and I found that the foundation made my t-zone look oilier, so this is probably better for those with dry skin. The only time I like this product is when I mix a drop or two with my moisturizer - it makes a nice tinted moisturizer. Save your money ladies, there are better foundations out there!
A good shampoo that leaves my thick hair shiny and soft (I use it with Fekkai's Full Volume Conditioner most of the time). I think that this product won't work well for those with oily hair, as it doesn't work well at removing too much build-up, and that it would be too harsh for those with dry scalps. So this is probably best for those with normal hair. Even if it doesn't work as a shampoo for you, you can still use the shampoo elsewhere, so your $3 won't be wasted. You can also use it to wash delicate items of clothing, make-up brushes, hair brushes, and lots of other things!
Polishes -Maybelline - Salon Expert in Bitten Plum 605
maybeiloveyou 1/24/2008 5:29:00 PM
This was a nice color, but was very, very streaky. The brush and bottle was good, but the polish itself seemed a little too thin (maybe that's why it was streaky?). Wouldn't repurchase.
Fan brushes are mainly used for dusting off any excess powder or shadow that may have fallen the face, but I like to use this as a blush brush too since my blushes are ridiculously pigmented and I have to tread lightly. This brush is well-constructed with soft bristles (not sure what they're made out of) and it hasn't shed much at all. It comes with a nifty little plastic thing over the handle that you can slide up over the bristles so they'll retain the fan shape.
Highlighters -NARS - Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
maybeiloveyou 1/12/2008 11:35:00 PM
This is almost exactly the same as MAC's Vanilla Pigment. MAC is loose powder in a little container and sometimes I tend to spill it, so I much prefer the NARS compact. I think MAC has a more pinkish undertone, and NARS has more of a yellow undertone. I find that I like NARS Albatross better - it seemed to me that I needed more of the MAC pigment to achieve the same effect as Albatross. This really brightens up your face and gives you that special glow. You can use it anywhere you need a little shimmer (lips, eyes, cheeks, shoulders, etc.). Overall, this is a great multi-use product and it's a pretty flattering shade so I think nearly every skin color (including dark ones) can wear this!
This is my HG blush. I'm too dark for Orgasm (the color doesn't even show up) so I turned to this. It's sort of a cinnamon-y, dark rose-ish, brick-ish color? Maybe a blend of dark rose and brick? Too hard for me to describe, you have to see it in person, but it's very pretty. Unlike some other blushes in the NARS line, Mounia doesn't have much shimmer or glitter. It looks GREAT on my skin (around NC30). It gives me a very natural flush and I look healthy and alert. Like with all NARS products, Mounia is highly pigmented, so a light hand is the best hand. Lots of people balk at the price ($25) but I honestly can't see any NARS blush lasting less than 2-3 years - even with daily use. They're just that pigmented! I only wish that this had a sexier name like Orgasm... but that's just nitpicking.
This is around $20 and has many, many uses. You can use it on your lips, as a highlighter, as an eyeshadow, as body shimmer, etc. This is almost exactly the same as NARS Albatross ($25). NARS comes in a compact, and MAC is loose powder in a little container. I think MAC has a more pinkish undertone, and NARS has more of a yellow undertone. I find that I like NARS Albatross better - I'm clumsy so I found myself spilling the MAC pigment everywhere, and it seemed to me that I needed more of the MAC pigment to achieve the same effect as Albatross. Overall, this is a great multi-use product and it's a pretty flattering shade so I think nearly every skin color (including dark ones) can wear this!
I love this eyeliner. It's creamy - so it's great for smoky eyes. The downside is that it smudges fairly easily. If you live in a very humid climate (or have very oily skin), then you probably need to look elsewhere. I actually love using this as a brow pencil. If you use a light hand and then go over it with a brush, it creates the most natural looking brows! The pencil lasts FOREVER, so the price isn't too bad when you know it'll last for 2-3 years (if not longer).
I found this to be an average mascara. At $23, it's sort of expensive since it doesn't last too long. The mascara itself is very dry, and I think that contributes to it drying out so quickly in the tube. I found that it definitely made my lashes longer, but not very voluminous, which is what I was looking for (I have long but thin eyelashes). The brush is nice, it grabs every lash. The scent is fine - not too overpowering or weird. I don't think I'd buy this again, since it didn't really do what I wanted.
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
maybeiloveyou 12/15/2007 1:03:00 PM
I LOVE this mascara! It does what it promises - thickens and lengthens. I have long but thin eyelashes, and I've been looking for something that will give them volume. Faux Cils can almost give the effect of false eyelashes, it's that good. I don't find my eyelashes to be too "crunchy" and they don't fall out when I remove the mascara. You can put on quite a bit of mascara and it won't clump. However, it's NOT waterproof. If you wear mascara on your lower eyelashes (I don't), it will probably smudge. The packaging is elegant, not tacky or overbearing. Faux Cils is expensive, but worth it. And unlike Diorshow, it doesn't dry out after a week.
Foundations -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Glow Sheers SPF 30
maybeiloveyou 10/10/2007 6:38:00 PM
This is marketed as foundation, but it's very, very sheer. At best it's a tinted moisturizer. It feels very nice on the skin as it's extremely lightweight. It doesn't feel greasy or gross. I would be surprised if this product caused breakouts. The coverage is lightweight too, you should use this product if your skin is pretty even already and you just want to brighten it up a bit. It has a bit of shimmer in it that works really nicely in the summer to give you that "glow". I think it's a little too shimmery to use every day, but in the summer or at night, it's great and won't smear off or look shiny after a long (hot) day/night. It also works well as a highlighter if you go one shade lighter. It's slightly expensive at $10.99 for 1.1 ounces, but a little goes a long way.
I use this cleanser once a day, in the morning, even though it says to use twice daily. Since I use it in the morning, I'm not sure if it will remove heavy amounts of makeup. I have combination skin, and it does not dry out my cheeks at all, or leave my face with feeling tight. It's a really nice cleanser, with 1.5% salicyclic acid, and extracts of cinnamon bark and ginger root. It also has (a small amount of) menthol in it, which leaves your skin feeling nice and cool. I think it works great in the mornings to wake you up a little. While I don't have any severe acne, a few small bumps have been diminished. My only real complaints are that I wish the consistency was a little thicker (it's a bit runny and not at all gel-like) and that it came in a pump bottle.
This is great for spot treatments. If you put a fairly thick spot on a large pimple, it will have disappeared the next day. My gripe with this product is that it's drying (but that is to be expected), and that it leaves discolored marks where the pimples used to be (kind of like scabs). The marks fade in a week or so, but I'd rather not have them there at all. You can put a thin layer over your forehead, nose, cheeks, whatever, to prevent future breakouts or dry up smaller bumps. I wouldn't use this every day, and I definitely would not use this if I had sensitive skin. It will probably burn your skin right off.
I have combination skin, with a few breakouts here and there, and this is a good, gentle scrub. You want to exfoliate your face, not sandpaper it! The texture is a bit like fine sand, rather than huge ol' rocks (I'm looking at you, St. Ives). If you want an abrasive scrub, this product is not for you. I'm actually not too fond of the smell, as I prefer unscented products. I find it a bit strong. I only use the scrub once or twice a week, in the morning. I believe it will remove small amounts of makeup. My skin definitely feels smoother - not sure about brighter or more even, but some acne spots seem lighter.