Moisturizers -Bobbi Brown - Extra Moisturizing Balm
Aprilx 10/8/2001 11:30:00 AM
I love this stuff, even though it costs $75. I have extremely dry skin that is red and rough. After using this for one day, people actually commented on how good my skin looked. It has an SPF of 25 and is really heavy. I don't think it would be the best choice for someone with combo or oily skin. It is a great addition for the upcoming winter.
I just wanted to find a nice, inexpensive tinted moisturizer for the summer with some sun protection. I certainly didn’t want to spend $30 for the Laura Mercier one; I just think that is too much money for a tinted moisturizer that you could easily make with some SPF moisturizer mixed with your regular liquid foundation. Well, I have to say that I love this one! The color selection is limited, but I found one that worked for me. This goes on really sheer, but has great staying power. I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin, because the consistency is rather rich and could encourage breakouts. For my fair, dry skin, this stuff is a really good, light summer formula.
L’Oreal Rouge Pulp is a really good gloss that comes in colors ranging from the conservative to completely unwearable shades. I picked up two – one in Blushing, which is a nice pink/nude color and one in Heat, a bright orange/red. I love them both! The colors were really flattering and they lasted really well for gloss. One thing that may bother some is the smell. They have that distinct perfumed smell like Chanel or Yves Saint-Laurent. I don’t mind this smell, but if you have a sensitive nose, you probably won’t like it.
To try to exfoliate away all the winter dryness and look a little more fresh this spring, I picked this little product up at my local Whole Foods. Unfortunately, for those of us with time issues, this is one of those masks that you have to leave on for at least twenty minutes or more. After dampening the skin, you put a thin layer on your face and neck. I usually leave mine on while I do a deep conditioning treatment on my hair. Rinse after twenty minutes and voila. I have used this once a week for three weeks now and think it works fine. One thing that concerns me is that the mask did get a little warm on my skin, which does not help with my redness and sensitivity. As long as you don’t have sensitive skin and thirty minutes to spare, I would recommend this.
I was surfing my CVS and saw this cute Stila knockoff for virtually no money. I bought the pink and green Hawaiian print flip case, which is a cheap knockoff of the Stila four-pan palettes. This palette has two compartments and a band to hold the case together (instead of magnets in the Stila palettes). It is just so cute. I bought the “Pinkie” eye shadow combo, which has both dark and light shimmer pink colors. They can be applied either dry or wet for more pigmentation. I wasn’t expecting anything great, but I really loved these. The color lasted and didn’t crease – perfect! This is a wonderful option for vacation makeup packing – my lotions can spill on this, my luggage can get lost and beach sand can rip this up without breaking my bank. A surprise rave that I highly recommend. The palette comes in three choices of print and there are at least four or five color duos to chose from for the eye shadows.
Moisturizers -Osmotics - Blue Copper Firming Elasticity Repair
Aprilx 6/13/2001 8:43:00 AM
A little definitely goes a long way with this formula. What first struck me was the unpleasant smell and the heavy feeling on my skin. It took a long time for the moisturizer to sink into my skin. I applied this before bed and when I woke up in the morning, my skin felt tight and was rather red. It could have been a mild allergy to the ingredients or the active ingredients doing their job – either way, I didn’t like it. And, the tightness of my skin didn’t help with my fine lines disappearing either. I have to say that if you have skin on the oily side, this repair crème may work better for you. I can’t recommend it to you based on my experience. Osmotics is usually good at giving away samples, so be sure to sample this first before shelling out your $100.
I guess I have mixed feelings about this. I was looking for a foundation that covered some of my redness and evened my skin tone, but was light for summer. This foundation is interesting – it is 75% water and feels like skin in the compact. You can apply using a sponge or a foundation brush. It is a liquid to powder finish that finishes extremely light. I found it really looks great on my skin, but it is hard to layer it to get a medium coverage. It is formatted for all skin types and contains seaweed. This is offered in thirteen shades, so you will certainly be able to find one that works for you. This is a little pricey and the compact will not last very long, but the quality is excellent. I recommend this for those of you wanting light coverage and with fairly good skin.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
Aprilx 6/13/2001 8:39:00 AM
I have dry, sensitive skin that flakes and breaks out in my "T-zone" area. Also, I have rough, red patches along my jawline that are somewhat bothersome. All of this in addition to significant sun damage on my forehead - creating some lines. So, I bought the Creme de la Mer (CdLM) instead of the Serum or Lotion. It is an extremely rich cream that smells like cold cream. I only apply at night before bed, but it can be applied twice a day. After one week (which is how long the SA told me it would take to see results), I was not sold. It has done nothing to help the patches on my jawline, but did firm some of the small lines I have around my eyes, mouth and on my sun-damaged forehead. I would not buy it again. For $85 an ounce, I'd better have found the holy grail of moisturizers. Maybe I am expecting too much from a moisturizer? I just think that my drugstore Eucerin works just as well for me.
I love, love, LOVE this new line! I sometimes use the Stila Convertible Color and often have problems with the consistency. This is a similar product that, in my humble opinion, is much easier with which to work. I bought Neffrose, which is a mauve/brown color. This product can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyes for color. I really like it except for the amount of money you spend, there is very little product. A nice splurge.
This is a unusual hair product. It is about $6 for 2 ounces, but a little goes a LONG way. With so much coloring that I have been doing to my hair, it was looking a little frizzy and dry. This product is a God send! I have used Body Shop Coconut Oil, Siebastian’s Potion #9 and Khiels Silk Groom – all of which I hated because they either weighed down my hair too much or didn’t last throughout the day. A pea-sized amount of this in the morning after I blow-out my hair really works. It not only tames the frizzies, but adds a shine and gloss without weight. This can be used, especially for naturally curly hair, to separate pieces as well. I definitely recommend this!
I thought I’d give this a try mainly because they are cheap, but just to see if these looked any better than my Stila shimmer shadows. Well, I’m a little mixed. I tried the Crushed Blush color, which is a light pink shimmer color. It comes in a small, soft stick form and is easy to apply (mostly because it is so sheer that you can’t really mess up). It is a nice shimmer in an unimposing way. However, I think that my Stila Moonlight looks just as good and has better staying power. If you are looking for a shimmer color for spring, I think this is a good way to experiment without breaking the bank. I would recommend getting a color that you might not spend on a $20 Stila shadow. This was $5.50 at my drugstore.
Scrubs -Kiehls - Kiehls Papaya and Pineapple Face Scrub
Aprilx 6/13/2001 8:30:00 AM
I have extremely damaged skin on my checks from over exfoliating in my youth. I also often get dry flaky skin that would greatly benefit from an exfoliation. When the Kiehls SA recommended this product, I was a little skeptical. She said that instead of using it as a scrub, I should just apply it to my face in the shower and leave it on for a minute before rinsing. She claimed that the enzymes would react to the warm steam and gently exfoliate my skin without tearing it. It works really well. Whenever my skin is feeling a little dull or overly dry, I use this (maybe once or twice a week).
This really separates well and looks a little more natural for every day wear. I really like their Naturally Glossy Mascara. It is just a simple mascara that gives more of a full look than a lengthening effect. It is not waterproof, so it is easy to remove at night with your regular cleanser. I would recommend it.
Moisturizers -Olay - Olay Complete - Fragrance Free
Aprilx 6/13/2001 8:26:00 AM
Olay Complete UV Protective Moisture Lotion is really great for winter or year-round for those who are not a PPP (Pale, Porcelain Princess) like me. This moisturizer goes on really light and absorbs quickly. I chose the fragrance free one and really love the coverage. The SPF is only 15, so like I said, it is good for winter. It is a great inexpensive option.
This has a soft shimmer to it and offers medium to full coverage. It also has an SPF of 15. They always try to "colorprint" me and never can - I don't know if it is me or the poorly trained sales associates. Anyway, they told me this time that I was a "red" and gave me "Rich Petal 19" color. I have found that this foundation does not blend well unless you add some moisturizer or a dampened your sponge. It is extremely thick and heavy and I found that it was just too much for a daytime foundation. I like wearing it at night to go out - especially with the shimmer effect. I would not buy this again, but it is nice for a trendy item. This retails for $40.