Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Foundation Brush
emysiu 7/15/2008 11:30:00 PM
Thank you MUA reviewers! If I did not find out about Essence of Beauty on this site, I would have gone out and spent a hefty sum on makeup brushes. Instead, I went to CVS and bought the Conceal & Foundation Duo, or the orange bristled brushes in the image on the top of this web page. Even though it said that it was "great for minerals" on the package, I've been using it to apply my cream foundation (Maybelline Age Rewind) and what a difference! My face is a severe combination of dry irritated cheeks and oily t-zone. This brush has been making all the difference in the application of my foundation, making my makeup actually help cover up my blemishes and bumps rather than accentuating them. The brush is amazingly soft; I don't see how anyone could find them prickly or irritating. It's products like this brush that make me continue to believe in finding good quality makeup items for low prices!
Like other reviewers, I also found Queen Helene's Mint Masque a bit too harsh. In fact, I feel that it irritated my sensitive combination skin and added to the breakouts I was getting all over my cheeks. I am so thankful to have found this mask from DHC because it does just the opposite! It really helps suck away all the impurities from my skin, especially after I exfoliate, and leave it baby-butt smooth. It truly is the most effective product I have found so far that gets rid of clogged pores and pimples without drying out my skin. Because it is so good, I really am willing to shell out the extra $$ by replacing other items in my skincare regimen for cheaper alternatives. Overall, a good product from DHC!
Crème -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
emysiu 7/11/2008 9:26:00 PM
I just purchased this today at a sale of 40% off in Riteaid. After sifting through many reviews on makeupalley as well as from www.makeupforlife.net (if you haven't gone to this website, do go now!!), I was convinced that this would be something to try for my sensitive, combination with dry irritated cheeks and oily to normal t-zone. <> First of all, I would tell anyone who is considering this foundation to not go by the odd numbers = cool undertones and even numbers = warm undertones system. I have Asian yelow undertoned skin and I went in thinking that the Light 4 (nude) would work best for me, but instead winded up choosing Medium 1 (sandy beige) because it was a better match. <> Second, I noticed that the foundation comes in more varieties than I thought. I chose the liquid foundation in the screw bottle instead of the pump. The ones in the pump came in both the regular instant age rewind but also in one that came with avocado. I wasn't sure what was going on but the same colours were not a match across these types. For example, the Light 4 in the screw bottle liquid formula looked significantly lighter than the avocado formula in the pump. So don't rely on the numbers, once again! <> Along with that, if you go for the screw bottle instead of the pump, I recommend picking up a package of cosmetic wedges to help the product stay germ free. Also, because it seems that the one in the bottle is more liquidy than the one in the pump, the wedges will help distribute the foundation better than fingers. <> I feel lucky, as the Medium 1 winded up being a great match to my skin tone. Texture was smooth and felt like it sort of melted into my skin. Coverage was good in that I simply dotted it onto a blemish or two and they disappeared. Staying power is something I still have yet to test out and will update this review with (thus the four lippies). I'm living in hot sunny California weather: ideal conditions to see how wel this product will last! UPDATE: Yes, it holds up pretty well as long as I don't rub my face or anything. But I can see how that can prove to be a challenge if sweat starts to build up and roll down! <> Overall, I feel this is a good product for any frugal makeup user to try. I think that this product will work better for dry to normal skin types rather than oily types, particularly considering that it is summertime right now. However, this will make a good foundation for all skin types in colder weather. It seems though, looking through all the reviews so far on MUA that many different skin types are benefitting from this foundation. I think this is worth a try, especially considering the Maybelline 40% off sale in RiteAid now (it expires on July 11)!
Cleansers -Sukí - Suki Naturals - Moisture Rich Cleansing Lotion
emysiu 7/9/2008 11:35:00 PM
My sister has been using Suki products for a while now including their cleansing lotion. I happened to try it when I was out of facial cleanser and really was pleased! It smelled good, felt nice on my skin and left it not tight but refreshed. My sister has really dry skin and this has been working really well for her along with the rest of the Suki skin care line. I'd purchase if it weren't for the price tag but I do recommend this if you have dry and irritated skin!
It's only been four days since I've purchased this serum and I can already see a difference in my skin! I was a total serum newbie, but this product from L'oreal has got me convinced that it's worth the money and time. My skin was terribly irritated and dry with blemishes and scarring all over my cheeks. This product actually made my skin feel much more moisturised and look healthy. I put it on before my lotion both morning and night. My scars have been looking less drastic and my skin is glowing for the first time in months! Go out and try it! *EDIT*: I've been using this for over a month and this just is not working out. Upon closer research as well as prolonged use, I've finally realised that this product is not doing anything for my skin. The special ingredient really is a bunch of pseudo scientific hype and this product in general is burning up my skin (is it the alcohol?). Good luck to those who try it!
Initially, I only used this as a moisturiser, rubbing it into my skin. Now though, I've found that it works best for me as a "toner". My face is pretty sensitive and I get clogged pores easily but using it this way has been so good to my skin! It has helped my acne issues a lot. After I cleanse, I put a few drops of this on a cotton round and use it on my face. I rub a little harder in the places that are dry. I think that my skin absorbs it better this way than when I rub it in with my fingers. Plus it actually picks up left over makeup/dirt on my face really well. My skin glows and is so soft! I follow up with Clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion during the dry winter months and it helps those dry places really go away. UPDATE: After half a year, I just can't use this anymore. It's making my clogged pores worse and just not as hydrating as my skin needs. Instead, I use it on my body and that works just fine.