Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous False Fiber Lashes~Waterproof
DakotaD 12/22/2011 2:38:00 PM
This is a nice mascara. It separates and lengthens, but with somewhat modest results. It is also buildable with NO clumping and helps my lashes look more natural. However, I still prefer CoverGirl Lash Blast.
This is my favorite face mask! I always experiment with different kinds of face masks, and this one is by far my favorite. You can feel your skin tightening significantly as this mask continues to dry. Not only does it shrink my pores after every use, it also does a great job at shrinking breakouts and sucking up the oil. My face always appears tighter and less oily for a day or two after I use this mask This mask does a noticeably better job than Queen Helene Mint Julep mask, which is also great! But this one is the way to go! The only thing I don't care for much is the scent...but the pros of this product far outweigh the cons.
I look forward to using the Mia everyday because it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. It has also contributed greatly to clearing up my acne. I also love how durable it is, and don't have to worry about breaking it if I drop it in the shower. There are a few reasons it does not get the full 5/5 lippies though: 1) I cannot use this (with the sensitive brush head) on my cheeks as it is too rough. 2) I also wish the battery life were longer (it's intended to last for 20 uses/10 days) as I use this for about 2 minutes each time instead of 1 minute as intended (so I have to recharge it every 6 days or so). This would not be a big deal except that it takes a day to fully recharge. 3) You should replace the brush heads every 3 months, and at $25 a pop...it can get costly over time! All that being said, I'm glad I invested in the Mia, it is a must-have beauty tool!
This puts all other dandruff shampoos to shame! It smells great, leaves my hair feeling soft and clean, and most importantly, cures my dandruff problem. I use it twice a week to do the trick, but secretly wish I used it every day.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Matte Formula
DakotaD 7/17/2011 7:22:00 PM
I purchase this foundation in Multi-tasking, which matches my skin tone perfectly. It applies easily and gives my skin a smooth, silky look. The packaging has also been improved, so I can slide and snap a cover over the holes when traveling and don't have to worry about half of the foundation escaping when I haul my luggage around. I took off one lippie because even though it is a matte formula, it is still no match for my oily skin throughout the day.
Treatments -Neutrogena - On the Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula
DakotaD 7/17/2011 7:16:00 PM
I like this acne treatment because it is one of the few drug store brands that only is 2.5% BP instead of 10%, so it is much less irritating. It does little once a breakout occurs, but works well as a preventative measure, so I will continue to use it.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf15
DakotaD 7/17/2011 7:10:00 PM
I was reluctant to try this product since it was $15 and moisturizers, especially with SPF, always make me break out. Unfortunately, this product was no exception. After wearing this for a day, I had a cystic breakout in areas where I NEVER breakout. I immediately stopped wearing this and my skin cleared up soon after. I will not be trying it again!
This mask does a great job at seeping up oil and minimizing pores. I am always so amazed at how tight my forehead looks when I remove this mask. I find this mask at Walgreen's for $3 (sometimes BOGO), so it is very affordable. Edit: Took one lippie off because after using Freeman's Mint & Lemon mask...this one pales a bit on comparison. Still great though!
This scent is heavenly. I consider it my signature scent. It is long lasting and, equally as important, not overpowering! I have been complimented numerous times on this fragrance and will continue to purchase it again and again!
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power - Cream Wash
DakotaD 7/17/2011 6:52:00 PM
I've never understood the negative reviews on this product. This cleanser is my HG and nothing has ever compared. This cleanser is soft, creamy, affordable and smells nice! And because it doesn't have any sulfates, it doesn't dry my skin out! It works wonders to keep my very acne-prone skin clear and soft!
Styling Products -Clairol - Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel
DakotaD 11/5/2010 11:12:00 PM
I love this product! It smells great, accentuates my curls, has hold that lasts all day, gives me NO frizz, and is only $3! I started mixing it with HE Body Envy to give my hair some more volume which has also worked in my favor. I have received several compliments on my hair since using these products! So glad I don't have to spend $25+ on salon products anymore!
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask
DakotaD 11/5/2010 11:05:00 PM
Overall, this product works well. I usually blot my face once a day and have noticed half the amount of oil come off my face since using this cleanser. That being said, the product claims to reduce oil by 85%, not half. Also, I use Neutrogena Acne Stress Control afterward because I don't feel like this cleanser does a super job in cleansing my skin by itself. However, if you are looking to reduce shine for most of the day...this product will certainly work for that!
I originally bought this treatment to see if it would fade the lines around my eyes (which I acquire from sleeping on my side). After using it for a few months, the lines are much less noticeable and have almost disappeared! It has also helped with my complexion and helped to prevent breakouts which is always a plus. Despite the price, I will definitely repurchase this again as it did everything I hoped for.
This moisturizer is great for most of the year. It is light and glides on smoothly. It does not exacerbate my acne, irritate my skin, clog my pores or make my face look or feel oily. The only downsides are that it is a too light to use during the winter time, and I feel hesitant about paying $12 for a small tube of it. All in all, however, I love it!
This iron makes my hair soft and straightens pretty well, but the plates make my hair smell horrible! In addition, I don't really care for the placement of the buttons because it's easy to accidentally turn the iron off with your palm while you're in the middle of using it. It does the job, but I won't be buying another once this one goes bad.