Cleansers -Almay - Cleansing Lotion 1 for normal-combo skin with grape seed
candy_hunter 2/21/2008 5:10:00 PM
This is like an improved version of Cetaphil facial cleanser. It has about the same texture, but without the film residue on my face afterwards. Instead of 1-2 pumps, I just keep pumping until I get a quarter-size amount on my fingertips and start massaging it on wet face. I like it.
Description from Kiehls.com * For All Skin Types * Hydrates and Comforts Skin * Gently removes surface debris * PH balanced * Non-alcoholic toning formula 8.4oz bottle for $15 I've used this toner twice a day for three days. So far I don't have any complaints about this, it does its job, and is at a reasonable price. Edit: Unfortunately I had to return this product because it started stinging my face. I'd say people with sensitive skin should try this with caution.
Scrubs -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub
candy_hunter 2/15/2008 3:24:00 AM
It does its job, and I like it. My skin is slightly sensitive too, but I was glad I didn't get a reaction. This is slightly more grainy than the scrub from the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control line though. Great for normal to combo skin. If you have dry skin, then try the Acne Stress Control Power Scrub, another great scrub from Neutrogena. I think I will use this in the summer, and the Acne Stress Control in winter.
EDIT: I have stopped using this after two weeks. The texture is too thick for my taste, and I think I got more blackheads since I used this. Right now I'm using Almay's cleansing lotion for normal/combo skin, and I think this cleanses even better than Garnier's cream cleanser.
Eyeliner -Laura Mercier - Kohl Pencil in Black Gold
candy_hunter 1/27/2008 8:02:00 PM
I've always wanted a great eye liner for lining my undereye. This color is perfect because it accentuates my brown eyes, without the heaviness of a jet black eyeliner. It glides on very easily, and stays on quite well. It's also smudgeable, so you can create smokey eyes with this alone if you're in a hurry.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Maybelline XL Lip Plumper
candy_hunter 1/27/2008 7:56:00 PM
I bought this because it's free after a mail-in rebate at Wal-greens. The shade I purchased is Seductively Nude (whcih is also the shade Adriana wore on the Maybelline ad). There is definitely a plumping effect, my lips are tingling, swollen and plumped! I like the color a lot too, it's not so nude that it washes out your face, just a sheer wash of nudeness, it's very glossy too. The applicator makes it easy to glide lip gloss onto my lips, and the plastic applicator makes it easy to sanitize it. I think I will repurchase.
Wow, I really wish I discovered this product sooner. It's totally weightless, not greasy, won't make your hair crunchy, and makes my curls look perfect. A must have for anyone who wants pretty curls, whether your curls are natural or permed.
This is a great daytime bronzer for me because unlike other bronzers, it doesn't have shimmer. Makes my skin look nice and healthy. I find the brush included quite easy to use. For nighttime, I'd prefer a shimmery bronzer like Laura Mercier's Golden Mosaic.
Pressed Powders -Laura Mercier - Pressed Setting Powder - Translucent
candy_hunter 11/15/2007 6:17:00 PM
The perfect powder for touch-ups. A little goes a long way, after touch-ups, face looks refreshed, not "another layer of powder on my face." I actually find the sponge satisfactory, it distributes powder on my face well, and very easy to tap off excess powder off the sponge too.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
candy_hunter 11/15/2007 6:13:00 PM
Laura Mercier has always been one of my favorite brands. Their products' quality is always consistent, the colors (face, eyes, cheeks, lips) matches my skin tone well, and they have a great team of makeup artists. None of their products have disappointed me before, and this one is no exception either. I'm using the shade in Nude, it matches my skin perfectly. It's easy to use, I apply a thin layer of it over my moisturizer every morning, and my skin looks evened out and dewy. If I want a matte finish, I can just put on some of their translucent loose powder (another amazing product by LM), and I'm ready to go. So far, I have not experienced any irritation or break out from using this (it's been five days).
This is a really good product if you use it correctly. Try one after using a deep cleansing mask, since a good cleansing mask (like C.O. Bigelow's) can make whiteheads and blackheads come to the surface. Sometimes when I have time, I steam my face before cleansing mask to soften up my skin even more. Oh and see if you can find some Japanese version Biore black nose strips, I find those better than the regular Biore nose strips in local drugstores.
Wonderful eye brow pencil. Looks natural, lasts all day, easy to use. As long as you use a light hand, it's virtually mistake-proof. Will repurchase again. EDIT: Yes, I purchased my second Laura Mercier Brunette eyebrow pencil, lovely product. Now I just wish it came with a brush on the other end of the pencil.
Masks -C.O. Bigelow - Bigelow Purifying Cleansing Mask [DISCONTINUED]
candy_hunter 10/26/2007 3:04:00 AM
Currently my No. 1 cleansing mask! It is as powerful as Queen Helene's mask, but without the overdrying! Works fine on my sensitive skin. I like to follow up with a Biore nose strip after this once every three to four weeks too, because this mask really draws out all the blackheads and whiteheads that are deep in your pores.
Awesome! Absolutely zero clumps, stays in place all day, doesn't flake, lengthens very well. Don't expect any volumizing as it is not a volumizing mascara ;-). *UPDATE* Just purchased my second tube of Define-a-Lash! I love the clean defined look, nothing clumpy or dramatic! I've had a few people compliment on how natural and long my lashes look, which is great!
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 15 Normal/Dry Skin
candy_hunter 6/29/2007 3:04:00 AM
Great product! I cannot believe there is such high-quality foundation in a drugstore! This foundation is better than over half of the foundations in department stores. Blends well, feels light, great coverage, looks natural, lasts all day. I would recommend this to everyone.