Skincare - Face -100 Percent Pure - Purity Spot treatment
piecesofpurple 8/2/2011 2:44:00 PM
I'm disappointed with this, as well, but since it's truly natural, I'm giving it at least a 2. It's essentially aloe infused with herbs, botanicals, and essential oils that are supposed to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, but for some reason, it does absolutely nothing to help my skin. Maybe the proportions of ingredients are off? Aloe by itself is supposed to have amazing benefits and at the very least, it shouldn't be further irritating my skin, but it seems to be exacerbating my skin issue for some reason. I'm bummed because I've purchased the entire Purity Line-the cleanser/mask, the toner, and the spot treatment and have tried it diligently for almost 3 months with no success. In fact, my skin has gotten much worse, so I'm going to stop using it and attempt to send it back to get a store credit. I do like their other skin care products such as the lycopene moisturizer, the cucumber face wash, the coffeebean eye cream, their lavender honey face wash, star satin eye shadow, and their pink champagne illuminzer. I just got the argan oil SPF 30 moisturizer and I'll review that in a few weeks. Hopefully the high zinc content will have anti-inflammatory effects and help calm my angry skin.
I love, love, love this color! I was disappointed with the Hyacinth, since it looks purple on my skin, which makes it appear greyish and unflattering. I have neutral skin leaning towards warm with golden undertones and I'm very, very pale (NC15). This shade is beautiful on fair skin tones. You only need a little bit and it gives such a pretty, natural looking flush of color. The shade is accurately depicted on the site and the description is accurate as well. It's a soft rose pink shade that isn't too pale and isn't too dark. Since it is so pigmented, I'm sure it can work for darker skinned people, as well, if they apply more of it, which makes it very versatile. The shimmer is just enough to make it appear pearlescent, slightly, without looking un-natural and overtly shimmery. I love pink blushes and am always on the hunt for that perfect pink. This is close to it, but I'm still searching for a very soft, baby pink blush shade. Hopefully, LM can release something like that in the future ;)
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Faerie Organic Mineral Makeup
piecesofpurple 7/22/2011 4:41:00 PM
I tried this product in the "Maximum coverage' formula because I have a lot of post acne scarring to cover up and I hate spending so much time piling on layer after layer of mineral makeup. But, what I've found is that nothing truly beats buying a pressed mineral makeup product and applying it with a flocked sponge. With this method, on a well moisturized face (or at least a little cream concealer on trouble spots) to give the minerals something to adhere to, you get truly maximum coverage. However, with loose minerals, it's kind of a pain to use a flocked sponge and the effect isn't quite the same. In my opinion, this foundation is just average---there's nothing great about it and nothing that separates it from every other "pure" mineral line out there. There are now a ton of companies that don't use bismuth and talc. I also find their instructional video on how to cover acne to be a complete misrepresentation of their product. It's definitely, definitely not that "simple" to cover acne with their foundation! They made it seem as though using a concealer brush with a tiny bit of foundation, while using one or two light coats of foundation with a fluffy powder brush will make imperfections simply disappear. This is really not true and I'm not new to MMU, so I have a lot of different brushes and methods of application to get the best coverage possible with any foundation I use. I moisturized my face, using a light coating of cream concealer on my trouble spots, and used a very dense bristled flat top long handled kabuki brush and a full coverage large concealer brush and after 3 layers of foundation, nothing was covered. It evened out my skin tone, but that was it, so the coverage was sheer (even with the Max coverage formula). So, this was a big "eh" for me. If you're looking for a foundation to just even out your skin tone, try it out, but other than that, please look elsewhere. So far, Larenim pressed foundation and The All Natural Face (pressed or loose) have the best coverage for me. Lucy Minerals has pretty decent coverage, as well, but isn't the best for oily skin. I'm on Accutane now, so my skin has turned dry, so I can use a lot of foundations I couldn't use before. Larenim I can use even with very oily skin. I apply with a flocked sponge and I don't even use a separate mineral concealer because I don't have to. ****EDIT**** I just wanted to update to let people know what I've recently discovered. Any foundation with Boron Nitride makes me itchy---it may not be right away (definitely when I sweat)----and it ultimately clogs my pores and gives me horrible cystic acne. I've been narrowing it down and have finally realized what the common ingredient is amongst all the brands I've tried that use this particular ingredient. For me, Boron Nitride is as bad as Bismuth Oxychloride. Think about it---some people get a severe reaction from Bismuth, while others aren't bothered by it at all. So, why couldn't the same thing be true of Boron Nitride? Or any other ingredient used in mineral makeup? I've put my skin through hell because I didn't want to face it, but alas---I'm away from Boron Nitride and my skin is finally smooth again. Now for the scarring :( And I'm still on the hunt for the ideal foundation without this ingredient.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Hyacinth blush
piecesofpurple 7/22/2011 4:28:00 PM
I live by reading product reviews before purchasing, despite the fact that whenever I read really positive reviews, I usually end up being disappointed with the product. I love, love, love pink blushes and even though I have a bunch, I still search for the "perfect" pink blush for very fair women. So, I was excited to try this product because I like Lucy Minerals' Afterglow blush, but it's very purple-ish. It's really not pink at all, but more of a very sheer fuschia, lilac shade. The pic on the web site does show it as being more purple, but the previous reviewer describes it as being pink, so that's why I decided to try it. It would be beautiful in a shirt, dress, purse, etc, lol, but as a blush, not so much, at least for my skin tone. I'm very pale, but I have a balance of warm/pale olive undertones with pink ruddiness in my face and this color looks all wrong on me. It is very sheer and fool proof and the amount of sparkle is the right amount--not too much. But, maybe the previous reviewer has more cool undertones and that's why it works really well for her. But, if you're warm toned, this probably isn't for you. Go with Afterglow if you're very fair. It's absolutely beautiful! Afterglow is very shimmery, though, so keep that in mind if you don't like shimmer. You can blend it out and it doesn't "scream" shimmer, though, for a daytime, at the office look.
Treatments -Desert Essence - Dessert Essence Blemish Touch Stick
piecesofpurple 7/9/2011 1:04:00 AM
Okay, I'm utterly confused at the positive ratings of this product. It has done absolutely nothing for my breakouts----the small, the big, the old, the developing ones, etc. It's essentially alcohol with essential oils added, which is why it will sting like crazy when you apply it over a recently squeezed or open wound. I knew this when I bought it, but from the stellar reviews, curiosity got the best of me. It doesn't do anything to help with pimples and honestly, pure rubbing alcohol will have the same benefit of this stuff. If you're concerned about the price, you can easily make your own product using with hazel, essential oils (not all that are listed, but maybe lavender, tea tree, rosemary, etc----be creative!) and just refill the little roller bottle as needed. Yes, the essential oils would be a bit pricey, but they'll last an incredibly long time and you get to make a product that works equally well and you can use the essential oils for so many other things (cleaning supplies, facial toner, add some to a cleanser, etc.). The quest for a good, natural spot treatment continues. I've done the DIY routine, but it's not strong enough for my pimples, but for those who have found success with this product, you may do very well with the DIY option.
Powder -Unlisted Brand - Larenim Pressed Foundation
piecesofpurple 7/9/2011 12:53:00 AM
Ya know, it's funny because I'm obsessed with reading reviews before buying a product, but I've noticed as of late that products that I like usually get bad reviews and products that I bought because of the steller reviews never live up to the hype. I've tried countless foundations, especially MMU products and the majority never hold up on the skin. If you happen to have oily skin, get caught in a light drizzle of rain, or you don't have time to touch up your foundation through out the day, 99.9% of mineral makeups will disappoint you. I've tried so many foundations to replace this one and I always end up back to it, no matter what. It holds up extremely well, even if I'm in a pool and being splashed in the face with water! I don't dunk my head, but when water droplets splash me in the face, my makeup doesn't slide off or streak, it simply looks like water droplets landed on a makeup-free face, which is simply amazing. I've tried to stray from pressed powders that contain dimethicone, but I've actually found that pressed formulations that don't contain dimethicone never hold up well on the skin, for whatever reason that may be. Larenim also has some of the best oil control for a mineral makeup that I've found so far. Yes, the makeup can look chalky, but if you have oily/combination skin, it'll warm to your skin rather quickly and look very natural. It never pools up or separates on my skin and the coverage is buildable. I use a flocked sponge for application. I'm NC 15 and 2WM is my foundation shade. I hope this review helps someone who may be hesitant to try this product from all the negative feedback. Also, there's no smell! I have an extremely sensitive nose and there's honestly no apparent smell! Plus, pressed foundations are so much more convenient than lose. It makes application time so much quicker. You can find it cheaper online at other web sites if the 26 dollar price tag turns you off. Also, this makeup hardly transfers, even when I have oily breakthrough, which is such a miracle. I hate having to worry about people kissing me on the cheek and walking away with my pale foundation on their mouth! No worries this, though. A major downside is that if you're looking for heavy coverage, you can achieve it with this foundation, but you'll rip through the pan very, very quickly because the particle size seems to be bigger. For me, I use about 1 pan a month of every day use for heavy coverage of acne, scarring, and strong redness. So, I'm looking for an alternative and keep this around for days that I don't want to worry about re-applying my makeup.
Lip Gloss -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals - Ambrosia Lip Balm
piecesofpurple 6/29/2011 5:50:00 PM
I can't believe this product hasn't gotten more love than it has on makeupalley! I am a complete lip balm/gloss/stick/tint junkie so I've tried them all (for the most part). The previous reviewer commented on the price being high for a lip balm, but if you see how many ingredients (all beneficial--the hydrogenated castor oil, I'm not too sure about, but other than that) go into it, it's a product that offers quite a lot more than others out there. Burts Bees is now charging about 7 dollars for their tinted lip balm and the ingredient list isn't nearly as impressive as The Ambrosia Lip Balm. I have all the colors, with the exception of Mia Rose, which I'll be getting in the mail soon and I am so happy with them all! This is the first natural lip balm I've tried that actually lasts on my lips. I can eat, drink water through out the day, and my lips are still moisturized and pigmented. And trust me, I used to apply lip balm every 2 hours or so. The colors are beautiful, too. Baby Pink is a soft rose pink (not really baby pink because it's not pale enough for that, but it's a very pretty MLBB shade). One of my all time favs Soft Rose is a very wearable, neutral red rose shade with shimmer. Sienna is a bronzey shade that is highly pigmented. And the clear is great for night time. I definitely recommend these. They smell like vanilla cookies! The only downside is that they can clump up a bit if you apply too much because they are so thick. But, that thickness allows it to stay on for so long. My lips have never been healthier and this smooth! I would give this lippie a 5, but the "hydrogenated castor oil" worries me a bit. But, it doesn't stop me from using it and loving it. ****UPDATE**** I've found that for some unknown reason, the shades Mia Rose and Sienna are not as creamy and moisturizing as the Soft Rose and Baby Pink. I can't figure out why because the ingredient list is the same, but the Mia Rose and the Sienna Shimmer are more highly pigmented, so maybe the mica to other ingredient ratio is different because they used more mica to get more pigment, which makes them less creamy. I just wanted to clarify that for those who purchase them and feel disappointed that they're more like a lip stick than a lip balm. If you're looking for more of a lip balm's moisturizing benefits and the tint that it would provide, then go with the Soft Rose or Baby Pink shades.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Foundation
piecesofpurple 6/18/2011 5:47:00 PM
I am so happy with this foundation! At first, I thought it made my face itchy, but it was actually the Retinol night cream I had started using that my skin was getting used to and I tried the Lucy Minerals at a bad time. So, once my skin calmed down, I tried the makeup again and I'm so glad I did because it's perfect. It provides some of the best coverage I've found in a mineral makeup and really controls oil. I have very oily, acne prone skin, so I need a lot of coverage and I need some form of oil control, otherwise my makeup will just clog my pores even more. Mineral makeup is notorious for being bad for oily skin. I've tried brands that actually make me even more oily! However, Lucy minerals does all that it can to at least control the oil, rather than exacerbate it. My only complaint is that their color selection is very limited, especially for truly pale women. The Pale shade is ghost white and cool toned, so it looked horrible on me. I'm NC 15 and have a warm undertone. So, I blend my own color using 3/4 Cream and 1/4 Snow White. When I placed my order, I just told them what my blend is and they custom make it for you at no additional cost, which I think is great. This blend is the perfect color for me. Plus, this brand also has constant specials and sales going on so you get great deals. I was shocked when I received my order today because the foundation containers and finishing powder containers are HUGE. They say it's 30grams but it's the same size as a 50 gram jar from another mineral makeup company I tried. This will last you a really, really long time. I also love the ingredient list. I get so frustrated because with other MMU brands, as soon as they add some beneficial ingredients to the standard mineral base, they charge so much extra for it. But, Lucy Minerals adds their own unique blend of healing ingredients and doesn't increase the price of their product much at all. I feel that this reflects how much they care about their customers by offering something truly beneficial without making it unaffordable to people in these troubling economic times. I also love the ambrosia lip balm, the Afterglow Blush, and the Ultimate Flat Top Buffer Brush and the Full Coverage Concealer Brush. Now, the true test is to see if this makeup actually helps my acne prone skin. I know it doesn't exacerbate it from using the sample size, but only time will tell once I completely switch over to using only their makeup for a prolonged period of time. I'll update later. Update: I'm changing my original 5 star rating to 3 stars. Maybe this product would be better with normal to dry skin types, but with oily skin, it transfers like crazy! It also pools up around the nose and separates. If you wear glasses or sunglasses and take them off, you're left with two big marks on each side of your nose where your glasses were and if you try to smeer the makeup around to make it even again, it doesn't look right. If it was pressed powder, I'd say carry it in your bag to do touch ups (which is still annoying, but doable), but it's loose and there's no way you could really touch it up in a hurry. In the long run, it doesn't really help with oily skin (the oil control formulas and finishing powder). It does nothing to help with acne (no reduction in size through out the day and smaller ones that are going away don't seem to be positively affected by using this makeup). It may even be exacerbating my acne-prone skin, I'm afraid. It also seems to make my face itch, like I initially thought it did and since I've stopped using the Retinol night cream, I can't blame that anymore. I've never had a mineral makeup make me overtly itch before, but this one does. I think it may not be the added ingredients, but is actually the mineral base itself. I'm bummed. I love the company, the owner is helpful, and the prices are great. Maybe in winter it would be a better foundation, but in summer, it's not an HG product. Oh, and for my NC 15 skin tone (warm), the pale olive (3/4 pale olive, 1/4 snow white) is a good shade for me, rather than the Cream and snow white. Hope this review helps. ****EDIT****After many months of trying to make this foundation work for me, it just doesn't. It definitely breaks me out and aggravates my skin and feels very heavy on. Also, the limited color selections are annoying to me. I've tried so many MMU brands that have offered shades that worked for my coloring, so I must not be a difficult person to match. But, their shades "as is" aren't light enough, except for Fair, which is ghost white and cool. When I do color blends, of 3/4 pale olve and 1/4 snow white, it's too pale. I just sampled Lauress Ethereal Foundation and it covers like a dream and feels air light on my skin. I found my perfect match with the first sample try. Now, I just hope it doesn't break me out! I figured I'd share this with you all because MakeupAlley is how I found out about it, so I'm passing along the good news.
I'm reviewing the "full coverage" foundation. The whole blending thing initially turned me off because when I first tried the product, since I don't have an actual blending machine designed for minerals, me using my arm to shake the product isn't as effective, so I would get streaks of dark color interspersed through out when I applied it. Plus, finding your right shade is difficult because slightly too much or too little of the dark shade can completely transform the color and whether or not it appears "ashy". I'm super pale with warm undertones (MC 15) and I use about 12 scoops white to 1 scoop butter gold. I'm giving this product an overall 4 stars, simply because it covers so well. I've read countless reviews for products where people claim it covers well, but when I use it, I beg to differ (and I've used flocked sponges, the wet application method, layered it on, used different brushes, etc). But, this stuff covers exceptionally well and doesn't look mask-like. The key is using a natural, organic cream based concealer before applying the mineral makeup to areas that need the extra coverage (pimples, scarring, under eyes) so that when you apply the minerals, it binds to the cream and provides maximum, opaque coverage. I tried using this foundation without the cream concealer and it applies like a medium coverage foundation would, so I was initially disappointed. But, make sure whatever concealer you're using doesn't break you out! I use SobeBotanicals acne cream concealer with organic oils, green tea, and acne fighting essential oils. At first, I didn't like the cream concealer because I thought it didn't cover enough (and it doesn't, but when used under mineral makeup, the blend is perfect). However, I feel that this makeup is best suited for combination, dry, and normal skin types. I have oily skin and this stuff has ZERO oil absorbing properties! And that's after I use my primer, oil absorbing powder under and over the foundation. It also has a semi-matte finish to begin with and I prefer matte finishes. I also think that because it doesn't control oil and actually seems to make me more oily, it contributes to cystic acne and acne, in general due to clogged pores. It definitely doesn't help acne. Also, due to the oiliness, it transfers very easily, which is embarrassing when someone kisses you on the cheek and your makeup is on their mouth! Or, when your b/f kisses you and you see your makeup residue on his nose, etc. Sooo.... Overall, great coverage, but I need something that controls oil better. And, I found that product from another reviewer here. Lucy Minerals is the best mineral makeup I've found to control oil. She has two oil control formulas and finishing powders and the coverage is excellent, as well. But, her shades for pale, pale skinned people are limited at best. I use 3/4 Cream and 1/4 Snow White to get the right shade for my skin. And, it holds up really well! Even in humidity. I would suggest maybe using the Silk Naturals foundation as a concealer, rather than all over foundation if you have oily skin.
I wanted to love this. The color: Porcelain Kissed by Honey is the perfect shade for my NC15 skin tone and the coverage was excellent. However, it transferred EVERYWHERE. As soon as I applied it, if I swiped my finger across any part of my face, you would see not just a little bit of product, but a lot of product. If I kissed my b/f (a small peck on the lips goodbye, for example) and my nose brushed against his, my makeup would be on his nose or wherever else I happened to brush against him for a milisecond. ****EDIT**** I'm now on Accutane again, so my normally very oily skin has turned dry, so I tried this product again to see how it worked with dry skin types. It's really close to perfection for dry skin. It's like a completely different product! It doesn't seem to break me out and it covers so incredibly well when applied with a flocked sponge. It's also a perfect match for my skin tone (Porcelain Kissed by Honey for my NC 15 skin type). The transferring issue is pretty much non-existent now, which is simply amazing. It also appears matte on my skin, without looking cakey or dry, whereas when I had oily skin, it seemed to leave a "dewy" look. I have awful skin and this stuff makes my skin look nearly flawless. My mother tried the loose powder and was really surprised by how well it covers. It covers better than all of the marketed "maximum coverage" formulas out there and The ALl Natural Face only has one formula! So, if you have normal/dry/to slightly combination skin types, I recommend this product. But, for oily skinned women, it may not work so well for you. Its worth a try, though! It had zero oil control power, which is expected with mineral makeup, but this seemed to exacerbate my oily skin. It also leaves a dewy look, rather than a matte finish, so I wasn't thrilled with that either. Us oily gals don't need any added dewy-ness! This stuff can't withstand any perspiring whatsover. Also, the worst part was that it seemed to break me out horribly. I have acne prone skin, but my skin's been behaving itself lately until I started wearing this foundation. After a few weeks, I had little white bumps and huge, angry cysts all over my face. I waited several weeks after to review this product once I stopped using it to make sure it was the makeup causing the breakouts and it was. My skin cleared up. Now I'm just dealing with the red marks left behind. This pressed formulation reminded me so much of Everyday Minerals pressed foundation, which also had great coverage but a very dewy finish, no staying power, transferred like crazy, and broke me out horribly, lol. Oddly enough, I still use this same company's concealer stick and that doesn't seem to irritate my skin, even though it's made with the same mineral makeup in a cream base. So, I'm not quite sure what was in the pressed formulation that irritated my skin. But, maybe that means the loose powder wouldn't do that. I'm also trying her Liquid foundation to see how that goes. I'll review that in a few weeks. But, everyone's skin is different. The woman who runs the company is super nice and helpful and she does her best to offer clean, green products. So, if you have dry skin, I'm sure this product may work for you. *******FINAL EDIT****** Sadly, this product definitely makes me break out-----horribly! And it makes me itch, especially when I sweat. I've finally figured out what the culprit is----Boron Nitride. Every foundation I've tried with this ingredient (Silk Naturals, Lauress' Ethereal foundation, Faerie Organics Maximum coverage formula, Meow Cosmetics Flawless Feline formula) have given me that itchy feeling and an overt reaction.....and lots of shallow white little bumps that turn into deep cystic acne on my jaw and cheeks. When it gets really bad my forehead starts breaking out, too. For me, Boron Nitride is as bad as Bismuth Oxychloride.
This is truly the perfect foundation! I really hope they don't change a thing about it. I usually stay far away from liquid foundation because of my oily skin and the fact that they never seem to dry 100%, leaving me with an oily breakthrough 5 minutes after application. I also always found liquid foundations to be hard to blend and a lot more work than powder and stick foundations. But, this one is so easy to blend that it literally is a 5 minute application! It blends smoothly, evenly, and dries to a complete matte which is great for my skin type. I'm also very fair with a neutral/slightly yellow undertone and Creme matches my skin tone like a dream. I was on Accutane last year and although my break outs have greatly improved, I still have stubborn scarring and this makeup doesn't cover it entirely, even though the scarring isn't that bad anymore. So, I use their foundation powder on top of it and I don't need a concealer and I only blot once a day. I use one small pump of this and a few swivels of powder dusted on top, add a little bit of blush and my skin has never been happier. I've switched to their skin care products, as well, and my breakouts have diminished substantially. I was still breaking out after I was done with Accutane, until I switched to this line and now my skin is finally under control (cross my fingers). Truly, truly happy! The price is so worth it (and isn't even as bad as some other chemical-laiden products out there). Don't hesitate to give it a try. Note: the foundation powder is slightly lighter and more neutral than the liquid foundation, so if you find the foundation a little too dark, a light layer of the powder on top will even it out. ***EDIT*** After using this product for a while, I'm disappointed with it. It is good for oily skin, but it doesn't look natural on, provides light coverage, and is too dark for my skin tone (it's very yellow based, which is good for me, but is just too dark), despite the fact the Cream in the powder form is a really good match. I'm giving it a 3 for the effort to provide a natural, good for the skin foundation for those who can't tolerate MMU or like liquid foundation better. But, not for me.
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear Pressed Powder
piecesofpurple 10/13/2008 10:55:00 PM
This is the ONLY powder I've been able to wear consistently in a long, long, long time! The smell is a little odd at first, but it definitely isn't terrible, despite some of the harsh reviews. I also have a very sensitive sense of smell where I'm usually bothered by things easily if it's too weird. The smell does go away after an hour or so and after repeated use of the product over the past 4 months, the smell is completely gone; even from the compact itself. I truly do have horrible skin, so I put on my Loreal quick stick foundation, some Silk Naturals heavy coverage blend in some tough spots, and then dust this powder over, which evens everything out and takes the last bit of redness out of my cheeks, nose, and chin area. It's truly amazing.. It looks natural on with no ultra matte canvas, but it's NOT shiny at all. It looks the way normal, clear skin would look if it was perfect, lol, which is the trick after all, right? As for pore clogging... If we really think about it, ANYTHING we're literally pressing into our face may potentially clog some pores, especially tiny bits of powder that are just sitting on the face all day long. There literally could not be a product out there that is not pore clogging at all because the skin has to breathe fully and simply cannot do so while we pile stuff on top of it. Some holy people are blessed with amazing skin that can take the wrath of anything, no matter what they do, but then there's the rest of us that have to find that one product that does the LEAST damage. I think I've managed to find just that. Definitely my HG powder. Please don't take it away! Oh, and I have very pale skin, especially in winter and the Translucent Fair is perfect. I haven't tried the other colors such as the Creamy Natural, despite some temptation. ***EDIT**** Broke me out and the fact that it has corn starch in it is a big no no for me. Cheap filler that feeds bacteria, no thanks!
Moisturizers -Collective Wellbeing - Collective Wellbeing Weightless Daycream
piecesofpurple 9/25/2008 10:23:00 PM
Ugh! Why, why, why??? I finally found a moisturizer that's natural, smells great, decreases redness, and sinks perfectly into my skin, AND most of all, doesn't make me more oily! I started believing that just wasn't even possible if you have really oily skin to begin with, but it is. Unfortunately, it makes me break out. I truly cannot figure out what ingredient/s my skin is reacting to, but I have all these white bumps along my jaw line, chin, and nose that definitely signifies an allergic reaction. The bumps are forming into pimples and red spots after 3 weeks of steady use. ::Sigh:: The search continues....
Treatments -Collective Wellbeing - Change for the Better, Acne Treatment Kit
piecesofpurple 9/25/2008 10:18:00 PM
I read the reviews here and ordered this system the same night and got so excited when it came in. I was hoping for even the slightest placebo effect just with my positive thinking, but nope. I was beginning to think I may just have mutant skin, but I came back here and saw two new reviews by other people with the same negative results as me. I'm glad this works for some, but for me, I had a few pimples I wanted to take care of (I'm on a tazorac regimen every other day and just wanted a simple cleanser with some acne fighting ingredients to help with the occasional pimples that came up here and there). So, on the days I didn't use the Tazorac, I used the night cream and although it does absorb right into your skin and decreases redness, the smell was unbearable. It's not as noticeable right away, but when I woke up in the morning, my hair, pillows, clothes, nostrils, everything smelled horribly like sulphur! Even after washing my hair, the smell is still embedded. When I would sweat, my pores would secrete sulphur residue during the day (after only using it at night). Even after all that, I still stayed true for several weeks because I thought it would be worth it to have clearer skin, buuuut, not only the smell, I have about 50 or so white bumps all along my jaw line, nose, and chin which definitely signifies a nasty allergic reaction. I think it may be all of their products because I tried their day moisturizer and I can't figure out for the life of me what ingredient/s my skin doesn't like, but it continues to break out even after I stopped using the night treatment and only stuck with the soap and daycream. So, sorry to give something a bad review when so many others love it, but I have to get the word out there that it's not a cure all for everyone. I'm still on the search for the perfect cleanser and moisturizer...
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Matte Formula
piecesofpurple 3/27/2008 2:46:00 PM
Well, I had such high hopes for this product, but was disappointed as soon as I applied it to my skin. How does "Matte" equate to a shiny finish? As soon as it was applied, it left a shiny residue on my nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. It looked like my face after 4 hours of makeup wear. After being on my face for 10 min, I had to blot oil. (I usually don't have to blot until 3 hours of regular makeup) It also had a weird, skin-tightening feeling, which is odd because I usually don't get a reaction right away like that. I've tried BE and Jane Iredale, along with various other MMU, and they've all left me shiner than ever. Jane Iredale looked great at first and then 20 min later oiler than I ever thought possible. (It also broke me out in tiny pimples alllllllll over my face after two weeks of use, but this was when it had Bysmuth Oxychloride in it). I've wanted to like Mineral makeup so much because I've been living a more natural lifestyle in every other category. I have acne-prone skin so I know natural is better than synthetic, but not if my skin doesn't like it. I'm sitting here at work and I want to itch my face as I have this EM on. What could be in it that's bothering my skin so much? My pores also look enormous. I've been using the L'Oreal Quick stick for 12 years and I always end up going back to it after everything else I've tried. I'm getting samples from Monave , Silk Naturals, and Elegant Minerals. I'll update if I find a product my skin doesn't freak out to. I know how important it is for us Oily-skinned girls to share what works for us. Raesin Images has a line of completely matte foundations that I think would work better for those who didn't like EM. It doesnt bother my skin at all, but doesn't hold up well to shine, but maybe it would for those who aren't quite as oily as me.