This stuff is horrible. Put it on at dinner time and by lunch the next day 3 nails had horrible chipping. Tried it again and had even worse results. No redeeming features at all.
Finally, I have found a drugstore makeup that matches my medium brown skin. I found that this goes on very easily and leaves my skin feeling velvety. It can be easily built up for more coverage. I wish it was more of a medium coverage (instead of light), but I just have to add more layers which is no problem. I top with a mineral powder & a litlle blush and it looks flawless. I found that the 355 is perfect for me. Regarding the packaging, it's not a pump bottle which actually I prefer. I'm writing this after wearing for only 3 hrs so if I find any adverse effects later, I'll repost. Ok...reposting as I've worn this for several weeks now. Still love the color match, but I'm hating how this stuff trasfers so easily. If I barely touch my face I've got color on me hands. I have started using with a primer to stop the shine, but it still requires quite a bit of mineral powder. I guess you pay for what you get. Taking my rating from a 4 down to a 3.
Lipstick -Mary Kay - Signature Lipstick Black Cherry
gdeezy 2/10/2013 3:03:00 PM
Absolutely my favorite color when dressing up or going on a special occassion. It's wonderful on brown skin...not too red and not too purpley like some shades can be. When I want to tone it down I apply MK Raisenberry over it for a beautiful frosty look.
Lipstick -Mary Kay - Luscious Color Lipstick in Gingerbread
gdeezy 2/10/2013 3:00:00 PM
Love it! Looks great on brown skin.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
gdeezy 2/2/2013 10:01:00 PM
I think you have to be fair skinned for this product. Even though it looks very dark, it goes on almost invisible. I have dark skin so on me, it just looks like I've applied a clear gloss. Another problem is that it doesn't last long either. I can't recommend for darker skinned women, but from reading some of the reviews, it must be pretty good for others.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Revitalift Miracle Blur
gdeezy 2/2/2013 9:58:00 PM
First of all, I have a very sensitive sense of smell and I noticed no smell when applying. However after reading one of the other reviewer's comments, I took a sniff after putting on my hand and it does have a kind of an annoying scent. Not perfumey though....than goodness! For me, it went on very easily and made my skin matte and velvety. However, it didn't blur any lines. My makeup did look smoother though and seemed to last longer. I think it's a little more thick than some primers and I wonder if it's because of the sunscreen. I think if not for all the "extra" sunscreen protection, it would be a decent product.
I read the oil infused claims and thought this would be a healthy hair color (if that's possible). Wrong! My hair is naturally black but now is about 40% gray. I used the root touch up method. Left it on for 20 min and applied to entire head for 10 min. It totally dried my hair out even after using the conditioner. I then applied my own conditioner and it helped but my hair was still dry. The next day I noticed that I still had dye on my scalp even though the water ran clear after applying the dye. So I washed again, conditioned again and lo and behold my hair is still dry and I can still scratch color from my scalp! I feel that this product is very damaging and difficult to rinse out. I've got appt w/my hairdresser tomorrow to get a deep condition. My hair feels like dry straw! Oh...I gave 3 stars because the color is very pretty, too bad it so drying. UPDATE: 2 wks later and after a professional conditioning, my hair is till dry and stiff. The color now looks flat and artificial. I definitely do not recommend this color for chemically relaxed hair. My bathroom floor is full of broken hair since using this product!
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer
gdeezy 11/12/2012 8:30:00 PM
I didn't find this cream very beneficial at all. My skin actually looks much worse after using for about 3 wks. It's not very moisturizing at all. I didn't see any lifting qualities either. After using for 3 wks, my skin is dryer, more prone to breakouts, and blotchy. I give up...back to my Avon products. I so wanted to like this because of the price, but it's just not for me..
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
gdeezy 9/11/2012 11:09:00 AM
I wanted to rate this higher, but it seems to be breaking me out on my cheek area. Not small little pimples, but larger kind of painful ones. However, on the areas where I'm not breaking out, my skin is smoother, brighter, and the fine lines are noticeably less obvious....and that after only 3 days of use. I apply and only leave on for 3 minutes and then rinse off and follow with a moisturizer. I'm going to cut back to every other day (been using every day) and see if that controls the breakouts. If not, unfortunately, I'll have to discontinue use. Update -- After using for 2 wks, the breakouts have stopped, so I' rating higher. I don't really see a difference in my skin yet except that it feel smoother immediately folliwng use. I'll update again after using a few more weeks.
Skincare - Face -Avon - Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant
gdeezy 6/9/2012 8:33:00 PM
I'm a little confused. Did Avon change this? The product I used to get (which I LOVED) had 2 chambers. --one with a fine grain and the other with a much heavier grain. You dialed a number to determine how strong or weak you wanted the cream to be. The dial controlled how much of the 2 products was dispensed. It worked wonderful!! However, this product I received this time was just a single dispensed cream with really fine exfolliant beads. It is worthless!! I could make my own with sugar and it would be better. I'm hoping I just received the wrong product and that the original is not discontinued. For the price, I definitely would not recommend this product...at all!
This is just a so-so product for me. It doesn't dry out my skin, but it also does not do a good job of removing my makeup. If you use light makeup or none at all, this would be a decent product for you. It's nothing but glorified soap though....don't buy it thinking it contains AHAs
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Angled Foundation Brush
gdeezy 6/9/2012 8:08:00 PM
Good brush for the price. I've been using for 2 wks and so far no shedding and it's holding up well. It's great for applying foundation around eye area. I usually apply liquid with a sponge and then use the brush to "spackle" afterwards. I like that there is a little cover included in the packaging too for the brush. I almost threw it away as I thought it was just part of the overall packaging.
I've been mixing 2 products for the "perfect" color for more years than I choose to tell, so I decided to try another product. So after a lot of research i decided to try Colorstay. I am a med brown complected African American so there wasn't a whole lot of choices in color. So I purchased the cappucino; however, it had too much red in it for my skin tone. CVS reluctantly let me return it and I got Mahogany. It worked pretty good. A little darker than what I wanted, but it is more yellow based instead of red. For me, I had to build it up for enough coverage, but it seems to cover pretty well. It lasts forever...ok!! I put it on at 5:30 a.m., worked all day, and came home and mowed the lawn in 80+ degree weather. It lasted through all of that. I removed it with no problem with Alpha Hydroxy foaming cleanser. I would probably purchase again. Great for an inexpensive foundation
This works great for me. After reading reviews, it seems most people used it for acne control; however, I use it for the exfoliating effect. I mixed 6 uncoated aspirin with a little warm water until disolved. I also added a little honey. I let it set on my face for about 10 min and then scrubbed before completely rinsing. I swear the lines on my forehead disappeared. 3 days later and they're still gone. Someone had mentioned the aspirin had some kind of acidic effect, so maybe that, combined with the rubbing, sloughed off dead skin. I don't know what it was, but it worked for me. Update: I stopped using for a while for some reason. I started back recently and the results were great again. I am now mixing the aspirin with coffee grounds. tt adds to the exfoliation and also the caffeine in the grounds help firm up my skin. Lovin' it!
I really like this product. I have to admit though that at the same time I started using this, I also started using an aspirin mask. One of these treatments or maybe the combination of the 2 has made a dramatic difference. My skin is much firmer. The mask is not drying to my skin and when I follow with a good quality serum, my skin feels wonderful.