Cleansers -La Vitton - Water-soluble Facial Cleansing Oil
bravemary 11/4/2008 9:37:00 PM
I bought this in the oily-combo type. It is fantastic. It cleans without stripping, my pores look great and my skin is not dired out. I even gave some to my eleven year old who's forehead is (was) covered in tiny little zits. This had a very calming effect on her skin and it improve3d immediately. I cannot imagine a better cleanser. My skin is so soft. Even my daughter remarked how good her skin feels and it is all she uses now. The only downside is, you cannot travel with this stuff. No matter how well sealed the bottle is, it leaks. And the moisturizer, another great product, extremely leaky. I cannot express how much I love this product despite the leaks. Update, the moiturizer will now be made with a leak proof bottle, yay.
Treatments -Ice Elements - 2-Minute Miracle Exfoliating Gel
bravemary 4/9/2007 10:23:00 AM
I did not like this. I ordered the sample and used it 2 times. Neither time did I get any kind of "peeling" action or good exfoliation. But the second time I did get a nice burn around my nostril that left a scab for a week. And hurt like crazy. No more for me.
Ok ladies...run and get this! It is fantastic. My little lines are gone, it is super for moisture and it does not seem to cause milia. It is the best I have ever used and so cheap! I was starting to get lines around my eyes and you can no longer see them at all. This is just the best!!
Moisturizers -Bliss Labs - The youth as we know it
bravemary 3/29/2007 10:09:00 AM
I tried this as a sample from Sephora, not wanting to shell out the goods if I didn't like it. But I do like it. It is a heavy moisturizer. Much heavier than Ounce of Prevention PM, so I am not sure I would use it everyday. I have combo/dry skin and it is almost too heavy. So I would say if you have combo/normal or oily this may be too much. Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not get any peeling or exfoliating action. I don't think it is supposed to do that, not sure. But I have tried for 7 days to see if it happens and nothing. Just moisture, no flaking/peeling. I like it, and I swear I already have less lines. I will purchase...when I save up the money for it. I haven't gotten over the price I guess. Big jar however. Also, I do experience a stinging/itchy feeling as I apply, but it lasts less than a minute and is gone. My skin looks amazing. I use this with the Bliss Sleeping Peel cleanser and resurfacing gel. don't use the serum anymore, ***Update*** I had to cave and go buy some. It is too good. I think Bliss is currently sold out....Ok another update, it is fantastic, go get it!!****After years I am still using this. I cannot understand the negative reviews unless people are dumping this on their face. It is the best product and when used with the sreum it is magic.
Lipstick -Clinique - Different Lipstick - Tenderheart
bravemary 3/29/2007 10:01:00 AM
I love this color. I have used it for years and I keep coming back. It is a great neutral that is very flattering. I use the gloss too. This is just a fabulous pinky brown color. It is almost dark on me. I am light with dark brown hair and blue eyes. For me this is a color that stands out, but is not over whelming. Love it!!
Cleansers -Exuviance - Moisturizing Anti-bacterial Facial Cleanser 4% PHA
bravemary 3/21/2007 9:10:00 AM
I have had bad luck with new cleansers lately.I decided to try this because I have been aflicted with a lot of break outs lately. This is one cleanser I cannot use. I have tried for 2 weeks. My skin looks fantastic (on the non break out side), but it is so dried out, that it is painful. The first couple of days, it was ok. Then little by little my skin has gotten so dry (and continued to break out on one side), that I have had to start using very heavy moisturizers and they were still not enough. Then last night at work I was dying to get home and slather more moisturizer on because my cheeks were hurting from dryness. I came home, went back to my Bliss Sleeping Peel items and what a relief! My skin is usually combo/dry. This is far too drying to use. Even with the moisture balance toner, it feels like I washed with alcohol. Very uncomfortable.
Lipstick -Clinique - Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick
bravemary 3/16/2007 8:50:00 PM
This isn't that great to me. I love the color, its very subtle. But after a short time, it just kind of evaporates and my lips peel. I am undecided about re purchase.
This is simply a great toner. I use the Anti Bacterial Moisturizing cleanser and it dries my skin out. But the toner feels so good that I look forward to it after I cleanse. It does leave a little bit if a sticky residue (similar to Philosophy Skin peel pads) that is gone after a few minutes, then I moisturize. I love it!!
Moisturizers -Neostrata - Smoothing Cream (all concentration levels)
bravemary 3/12/2007 12:51:00 AM
I am guessing this will be discontinued since I got it free at skin-etc.com too. And there seems to be a newer one on the market. But I love it. Mine doesn't have a smell (thank goodness). It also is not greasy at all. Maybe if it gets slathered on. But it sank right in, no burning. I only used just enough to feel good, figuring I could add more. It is a great, lighter feeling moisturizer, like a mousse type. My skin felt great as soon as it went on and I am still loving it. It is by far not a heavy moisturizer for me. I am 37, with normal to dry skin, and newly hormonal skin. So far so good with this stuff, its a keeper!
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - Secret Brightening Powder
bravemary 3/8/2007 1:55:00 PM
Now this is good stuff! It is a light weight powder that I have found you don't need much to get the job done. I use it under my eyes, and over any blemishes I may have. It makes a world of difference lightening the dark circles. I will always keep this on hand!!
I didn't like this. Unfortunately I couldn't remember why I didn't like it and I bought it again after not using it for about a year. It makes my mascara smudge. No matter how much eye brightener or powder I use, after a few hours I have mascara (waterproof by the way) all over my lower lids. It doesn't camo the circles really well either. I don't even have to use concealer with the Prescriptives foundation I just switched to. No more of this stuff.
Moisturizers -Bliss Labs - an ounce of prevention pm
bravemary 3/4/2007 10:31:00 AM
This is a great product. It is not sticky at all, and does a fantastic job of hydration. I use it with the Sleeping Peel line and I have 37 yr old dry skin. This is my HG night time moisturizer. I use the AM version during the day. It is perfect. No breakouts and no dry patches. I have been using it for about 7 months now, and it is by far the best I have tried. Even better than the Fully Loaded that Bliss used to make, not as heavy. Great scent. It sinks in quick and does its job. Way to go Bliss!!
Moisturizers -Bliss Labs - An Ounce of Prevention AM
bravemary 3/4/2007 10:27:00 AM
This is a fantastic moisturizer. It is light weight, but gets the job done. I am 37, have dry skin and this is my HG moisturizer for daytime. Get a sample at Sephora and try it. It makes my skin feel great, but does not encourage a greasy feeling later in the day. My skin stays hydrated, foundation goes on easy. I just can't say enough good things, it is the best I have tried and I have wasted a lot of money on other products.
Ok obviously, I am the only one here that does not like this stuff. I am 37, know how to use a lash curler, but this took out any curl that I put in. It was not great at anything, except non clumping and no flaking. But my lashes looked wimpy. Lashout Waterproof has been my best. I wanted to get away from waterproof, but this was certainly not the answer. Luckily I have long lashes so at least I was left with something for definition. Maybe the key here is you need short lashes? I had to mail order it direct to get it too.
This is some pretty good stuff. It removes my waterproof mascara much better than the Nutrogena that I tried and hated. It left a little bit of an oily residue, but I use it before removing the rest of my makeup. By the time I was finished the residue was gone. I also used it with my contacts still in and it was blurry for a tiny bit then all was well. I give it a big thumbs up!