A quick review: Yes, it does have a somewhat white-ish cast, but it does NOT irritate my skin or cause my eyes to burn. This is quite the rarity for me, nowadays. For anyone with "sunscreen issues" this is worth is try, especially if you can return/exchange at a local drugstore. An explanation: As I've gotten older (but not *old* ;o) I've become more sensitive to some sort of ingredient/fragrance to seems to be in almost every sunscreen, even if it's physical-only, chemical (Avobenzone, etc.), oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free... The biggest sign of this is a problem where my eyes seem to burn/water, even though I don't get the sunscreen near them, and usually powder over it to prevent "travel" during the day. After just a few hours I will feel like I'm squinting, and my eyes are tired... and it's really just the sunscreen! I also have this trouble with a variety of liquid foundations with SPF of various levels and types.
Moisturizers -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Maximum moisture treatment
Callie 9/16/2007 7:51:00 AM
** This review is for a sample packet that I tried four times. I will update when I get a full-sized version and use more. ** I was very impressed with my sampling experience for this product. I have very sensitive skin that often has dry patches AND black heads, so need something to treat the dry areas but not make my face oily, and this fit the bill. "Very sensitive" includes some sort of sensitivity to many moisturizers and sunscreen ingredients; often those products sting! This product did not sting, at all, and in fact felt a little bit soothing. It was very, very lightly fragranced, sort of reminding me of an oatmeal mask. The texture was nice, not too slippery, and almost gel-like. I tried it at night, after showers, and under sunscreen and foundation, and it did great. The full-sized product seems a little pricey, but despite that I plan on purchasing. I've tried many moisturizers: Paula's Choice, Clinique, MAC (loved the old SPF Light Moisture!), MD Formulations, Purpose, jojoba oil, Murad, Shiseido... and a bunch more drugstore brands, too, and I just haven't found anything that seems this effective without stinging. My skin feels smooth and hydrated, and the product doesn't get "drippy" under makeup or with exposure to humidity + heat.
Cetaphil stings, and my dermatologist recommended Aquanil as a way to avoid propylene glycol (which he said can feel like alcohol and sting your skin if you're sensitive to it). Since I've been using it I've had no sting-y problems, and my skin doesn't get quite so dry and flaky as it does with other cleaners.
I have never liked heavy concealers but bought this thinking it would be a better option for bad rosacea days. I am pleasantly suprised, and have been using the cool tone to blend away my redness and the warm tone on my undereye circles. It reminds me of Bobbi Brown's concealer which has a texture that I *love*. This was quite pricey but I may buy again if I still like it by the time I run out. [Oct. 2002]
I loved the color but was sensitive to something in this formulation (I've tried three shades of MAC's Pro Lash mascaras but find them all to affect me this way). I felt that there was a slightly strange/irritating smell to it, and couldn't quite figure it out, so ended up returning it, along with the Platinum Plus (white) mascara I used an as undercoat. TIP: Buy MAC's white mascara at the same time and apply a light coat of that, first. Let dry and apply the colored mascara over it -- it definitely makes it MUCH brighter!
Palettes -Face Stockholm - Pro Palette 15-Pan Compact
Callie 8/5/2002 5:11:00 PM
This is a great 15-pan palette that can hold large MAC e/s-sized shadows. Unlike MAC's palettes the pans are held in securely by foam, and magnets on the back of the pans aren't required. I personally have inserted Chantecaille, Tigi, philosophy, and MAC pans in mine and they all fit perfectly. This product is larger than MAC's 8-pan palette, and a little unwieldy to hold and apply from at the same time, but a great product for storing a lot of large pans securely.
Palettes -Face Stockholm - Pro Palette 4-Pan Compact
Callie 8/5/2002 5:08:00 PM
This is a wonderful, mirrored 4-pan compact that fits large MAC e/s-sized shadows. Unlike MAC's palettes the pans are held in securely by foam, and magnets on the back of the pans aren't required. I personally have inserted Chantecaille, Tigi, philosophy, and MAC pans in mine and they all fit perfectly. They're great for holding in one hand while applying shadows, and the mirror is a nice touch. At $6 per palette I find them quite reasonably priced (bought from beauty.com in July 2002).
Scrubs -Fresh - Sugar Face Polish with Strawberries
Callie 11/20/2001 2:48:00 PM
This product has been excellent for my scrub-sensitive skin. After a little rubbing, the sugar granules dissolve into a rich moisturizing coating that smells wonderful and definitely makes my skin soft.
From Sephora.com's description: "Sugar Face Polish: Pure brown sugar, Fresh's signature ingredient, teams up with skin-soothing wild strawberries in this luscious deep-cleansing mask that leaves your complexion radiant."
After looking all over for an eye cream that will moisturize and not sting my undereyes, I settled on the Px "Visible Action Gel" Eye Specialist. At $32.50 for 1/2 oz. (as of 8/2001) it was quite pricy, but the texture is so wonderful -- like a gel-cream that dries to a velvety smooth finish. It's thicker than my Origins Calm Balm (my other favorite, non-stinging eye cream). I think it may help with puffiness but I haven't noticed a real difference with my dark circles... From gloss.com: "Instantly minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. Optically diffuses the visible signs of aging. Moisturizes continuously. Botanicals fortify the fragile eye area. Oil-Free."
This soap is mild, non-drying, and I feel safe using it on my face or body instead of the Basis Sensitive Skin soap I formerly used on an everyday basis. It doesn't seem to have any special properties, and the only real complaint that I have is that the physical bar has some gritty lumps in it rather than feeling smooth.
I use this in the bathtub after I've removed makeup with a gentle cleanser like Paula's Choice (the clear gel). It does slightly exfoliate, and my skin is left very soft and clean-feeling, without a trace of oil. I can see where this could be drying, so I only use it when my skin is not irritated/flaky because of medication/the sun.
I tried this new mini-brush mascara in Soft Black, and was quite disappointed in that it made my lashes clump together horribly. I was very careful with application and wiped the wand of excess, but this just wasn't the right formula for non-clumpy lashes. Also, there was a slight alcohol-ish smell and my eyes felt irritated right after application. If you have sensitive eyes, have problems with clumping, or hate tiny wands this may not be the mascara for you.
This is called "lash-highlighting mascara". I got the Garnet and Sapphire shades and although they just look black on me they do have a tiny bit of sparkle to them. Although this does tend to flake on me, it does not clump and is not too thick.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - On the Loose Shimmering Powders [DISCONTINUED]
Callie 8/5/2001 12:04:00 PM
I liked the two colors I tried (Mystified and Raisin Cane), and found them to be quite intense when used as shadows -- a little goes a long way.
($16) This covered lip brush is great, in my experience, and I'm not much of a lip brush sort of person. It's smaller and pointier than the MAC 316SE, so is good for precision application as well as all-over color. I love the long length with the handle inserted into the cap, too. The UD brushes (synthetic Taklon, hence the orangey tint) are all so smooth and soft, but are a little stiffer than most natural bristles with a soft texture. However, they give a very even application that can't be beat. The quality of the brush and handle is excellent, comparable to my experience with Prescriptives, MAC, Stila, and Cargo, and the texture of the bristles is wonderful.