Sunscreen -Skinceuticals - Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
BaltimoreBelle 4/15/2011 3:53:00 PM
I love this product b.c it is matte and I have sensitive, oily / combo skin that can get aggravated from other sunscreens. I make sacrafices in other categories of health/beauty (such as forgoing manis/pedis) so that I can afford to spend more on quality skin care products that are more investments in long term health. I wear a drug store (Neutrogena) sunscreen as my daily sunscreen, but before exercising outside or when I'm going to be out for long periods of times, I will opt for this. I know this should lose potency over time, but I still reach for this a year after purchasing it. If I start to notice that I'm getting tan or feeling the sun's rays, I'll have to toss. This is one of the only sun screens not to break me out. And I wore it hiking through the desert when I didn't have access to running water to properly remove it before sleeping.
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
BaltimoreBelle 7/13/2010 10:57:00 AM
Expensive? Yes. I could probably find the same ingredients in something for half the price but would probably have to order it. When I bought this, I had so many breakouts (and so many different kinds of breakouts: cone, white heads, black heads, below the surface, etc.) and picked this up at Sephora. It reduced a lot of my irritated and red breakouts along my hair-line over night and brough a beneath-the-surface one to a healing cone. I continued to use this morning and night until the situation was a lot better, then rotated it to every night, then once every other night with some Retin-A on alternating nights. Really great product, just remember to wear sunscreen during the day!
My all time favorite tinted moisturizer is LM Oil-free. However, This actually keeps me matte longer and provides better sun protection. Because Cosmedicine products are tested by Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine, I believe they are effective and well-formulated. However, color-wise, they are lacking. These products are more skincare than make-up to me. I have this in "Medium" and its pretty orange. I will use this maybe for the added sun protection but fear it will look pretty fake in natural lighting. P.S. I bought this at TJ Max for $10!
This is the most romantic fragrence I've ever smelled. Absolutely lovely. I tend to hate, actually abhor, rose fragrences. They are usually too cloying or old-lady smelling. But this is wonderful. And its so contradictory, being so fresh smelling and yet aged and contemplative at the same time. I highly recommend!
I love, love, love this mask. It gives me such a fulfilled feeling to look at all the debris this sucks out of my pores. It definitely gives the skin a little work out, maneuvering this mask off your face can be challenging. But I'll take the temporary discomfort any day to see how clear and poreless it leaves the skin!
Bronzers -Stila - Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzing Powder - Shade 01
BaltimoreBelle 11/9/2009 9:53:00 AM
I absolutely love the colour payoff in this product. I have tried several bronsers and find this one is the most flattering. I have yellow undertones in my pale skin and this really brightens up my entire face. Most days I only wear sunscreen and this bronser and it's all I need. Also, love the SPF 15 even if its just an add-on to my normal SS.
Although this isn't my holy grail, I'm still pretty in love. It gives me the freshest, summeriest look, which is a lot for a not naturally tan person like myself. Paired with pretty lip gloss and brown mascara, I love the natural look it gives.
Loose Powders -NARS - Sparkling Loose Powder Machu Picchu
BaltimoreBelle 6/1/2009 2:43:00 PM
I love this for a subtle highlighter just on my cheek bones. It looks great over Laguna, in my opnion. I just dot a little circle and go.
This is my HG mascara...like others have said, it does not add volume but the lengthening I get far surpasses that problem. When I wear it, it does create the illusion of fake eyelashes and I've got tons of compliments when I wear it.
The glossy formula leaves my lips looking amplified and smooth, but not overtly so. I love how neutral this lip gloss can be; I liken it to the perfect pair of jeans that goes well with any outfit. I love using this for a subtle and natural glowy face.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined [DISCONTINUED]
BaltimoreBelle 4/7/2009 2:21:00 PM
This is the best highlighter I have tried. It adds a touch of color and such a great glow! I finally found my HG!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - CVS Cocoa Butter Lotion
BaltimoreBelle 4/7/2009 10:30:00 AM
I love this dry oil! Yes, it takes a while to dry. However, I put on lotion first and then put this over. It smells incredible and gives my shiny calves and arms! Perfect for a beach party (minus the mosquitoes that could ensue).
Eye Shadow -Shiseido - Silky Eye Shadow Quad - Earth and Sky
BaltimoreBelle 4/2/2009 11:12:00 AM
I absolutely LOVE the colors. The sheer blue looks like an 80s throwback in the container, but it applies quite sheer and I use just the tiniest amount in the corners of my eyes and sometimes near the white of my eyes. I skip eyeliner and use the dark copper and brown to add dimensions. Cannot say enough great stuff about how well the colors work together to create either a subdued day look or an interesting but not too flashy night look. So versatile. I gave the packaging a 4 because I expected it to last longer.
I absolutely adore this shampoo and the paired conditioner. It gives so much volumes and really helps control the oily scalp and oily forehead area. It is too early to determine if it is slowing hair loss, but I will update in a month if I can tell a noticeable difference. I highly recommend this for people with a multitude of hair issues, such as oily scalp, dry ends, clogged pores around hairline, or with flat/thin hair. Good luck.
I wanted to add some life to my dull skin but have a hard time finding bronzers/highlighters/blushes with coloring that does not accent my breakouts, oily face, or texture issues. Surprisingly, a sheer swipe of this gives a lot of great color and brings my skin to life. Too much would look clownish, but using it with a light hand is the focal point of my makeup!! Love it.