I bought this product yesterday and I am returning it tomorrow. I usually use Aveeno SPF 15 stuff in the morning, and NeoStrata/Clinique in the evening. Acne-prone skin, oily with dry spots. I've never tried Lush products before and the "naturalness" was inticing. Imperialis gave me huge zits everywhere overnight. I got a horribly painful one on my lip, on my chin and on my eyelid (of all places). Hideous stuff. I will stick to drugstore brands from now on. Organic/natural isn't always better.
Scrubs -Queen Helene - Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub
charmressa 5/25/2007 12:32:00 AM
A staple in my daily fight with acne/oily combo skin. Works miracles! I use this in the morning and then at night I use the Body Shop's tea tree wash/toner. Haven't had any problems at all, and the teeny tiny granules are perfect in this scrub.
This one's a keeper. Nothing else compares!
I have oily lids and MAC Eye paint is the only product that prevents creasing for me. One con is the little tube... you have to be careful when opening it and using it because the stuff just likes to poop everywhere!
OPI is amazing. I have tons of nailpolish just sitting in a bin that turned goopey and nasty after only a few uses, and OPI just kicks arse compared to drug-store brands. This color is particularly exciting... definately goes better with a tanned skintone, and is quite lovely to apply. No goo, no streaks, nothing. When the polish dries it is perfectly smooth. I've had problems with other polishes where my nail looks bumpy and kind of "dented" in spots after drying... but this stuff is awesome. Can't wait to start a collection... a bit pricey, but worth it. Buy one get the second half off!
Eye Primer -Clinique - Touch Base For Eyes in Canvas
charmressa 3/24/2006 12:13:00 AM
This is the first time I've used a "base" before eyeshadow application and I must say - crease be gone! To make it work, you have to apply a little bit to your lids and let it DRY before putting on any eyeshadow (cream or powder). Works great, but it is expensive... about $18 at The Bay in Canada. Update: This crap dried out after a short while... I use MAC eye paints now to combat creasing eyelids.
After my horrific experience with Tweezerman's eyelash curler and Revlon's curler (with the red rubber), I finally found this Shiseido curler at The Bay in Calgary, AB (NE store... Shoppers also has it in the NE by the Dairy Queen) and it is a keeper. Comes in a shiny dark purple package with an extra piece of rubber. Replacements are 5 dollars, and the curler cost me 16 CDN. Update: It has been a couple of years and it still works amazingly! I will never have to buy another curler again.
Do not purchase this. I returned my Revlon curler after less than a week of use because the red rubber part kept slipping off on one end, and Zellers barely took it back. I went to London Drugs and bought this instead of their London drugs brand (I should've bought that one instead like the lady said) and I was mistaken. First of all, it does not open far enough for me to get my lashes onto the silicone pad. Secondly, it pinches like crazy because of the poor design. Thirdly, it rattles and is cheaply made. I am using an old curler from High School with this new one's silicone pad, but it is a temporary solution to my dilemma. What a waste of metal... wish I could recycle the body of this Tweezerman curler!
I've never plucked my eyebrows, and I intend to keep them that way. I find that pencils are hard and difficult to use on the brows, so I went and got this neat little kit because of all the great reviews it got on here. This product is really great and lets me keep my brows just the way I want them with ease. The brush applicator's bristles are hard plastic, and I only need to use a tiny bit of powder to get a really natural, fuller look to my brows.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Pavlovich Mast or Grease
charmressa 1/22/2006 7:35:00 PM
Dr. Pavlovich's Mast (or "grease" in translation) is for everything, from chapped skin to baby's bum, this stuff does it all. It is manufactured in Yugoslavia or Bosnia, one of the two (my parent's home country) and looks like yellowish, lumpy cheese when you open the plastic pink jar. Smells like almonds, and sure enough that is one of the ingredients. It is literally a greasy type of treatment that is utilized by my mother for chapped/cracked hands - she swears by it. It is extremely difficult to find, and can only be purchased at specialty Greek/European food stores or online at yu4you.com. It costs about 8 dollars US I believe. Great for dry elbows!
I just bought this at Community Natural Foods in Calgary, AB and this stuff is great. Better than chapstick as far as moisturizing goes, and it leaves a sweet little peppermint tingle. I purchased the reddish tint and I do not find it too shiny or dressy, but just perfect. I am slowly switching to more organic cosmetics, and this is my first purchase thus far. Turns gritty after a while on the lips.
Eye Makeup Remover -Clinique - Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
charmressa 1/21/2006 2:44:00 PM
I use flat cotton pads with this eye makeup remover and it does the job. The only disadvantage is the price, but I've had this bottle for a few months now and it is better than the greasy Marcell remover I used to use. Will re-purchase unless something better comes my way. Sometimes stings my eyes if I don't shut my eyes tight enough.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Moisturel Sensitive Skin Cream
charmressa 1/21/2006 2:30:00 AM
This 120g jar was recommended for my acne-prone combination skin to use before bedtime. It is OK, but I am looking for a new night cream. The reason being it is very greasy and uncomfortable before bed. My whole face shines with grease when I put this stuff on after cleaning my face thoroughly. It is unscented, which is good, but I won't buy it again because of its greasiness. Good if you can stand the oil... bought this at Shoppers Drug Mart.
I've used about 3 jars of this stuff already and it works GREAT for my skin, which is acne-prone and just awful as far as dryness/blackheads go. I don't mind the fragrance, and it does not irritate my skin at all. I've literally spent hundreds of dollars on different types of moisturizers for my problem skin and this one does not cause me to break out.
It is light and instantly absorbs into my skin. I use it under makeup as well. The other moisturizer that I sometimes use but am "discontinuing" use of is Moisturel, because it leaves my skin feeling extremely greasy.
Nutrissime is great if you have hard-water problems, and keeps skin soft after taking a shower or washing your face with mineral-infused water (ours is from a well on an acreage). It is a bit pricey for the small jar, but I will buy more when this one runs out.
Lipstick -Oriflame - Hydra Comfort Lipstick - 544 Very Berry
charmressa 1/21/2006 2:19:00 AM
I got this lipstick from my god-sister, and she got it as a gift from her cousin in Serbia & Montenegro. I don't know why she didn't use it, because it is awesome!
Keeps your lips moist. Shade is red with a hint of coral in it, probably from the micro-glitter embedded into it. It is not a "long-lasting formula", but it stays on without re-application for hours. No dryness whatsoever. Compact, attractive dark-blue packaging with a silver band around the middle. This stick is "made in Belgium".
This shade is good for fair to dark skin, and is not cakey or overpowering.
I'd love to obtain more from within Canada or the USA, but unfortunately one can only get this product through Ebay since it is manufactured in Sweden and distributed everywhere except Canada/USA.