Moisturizers -First Aid Beauty - 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30
DeeIncredible 3/6/2012 6:59:00 PM
I purchased the First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream solely for the sunscreen that it provides. I realize that SPF 30 doesn't offer a lot of protection from the sun's rays, but after trying several different brands of sunscreen that stung my face and eyes, I figured I'd try this brand, since it's supposed to be suitable for sensitive skin. I was so happy to find that the FAB 5 in 1 cream does NOT irritate my sensitive skin at all. Finally, a sunscreen that doesn't sting! Even when I run several miles outdoors in extremely hot and humid temperatures, this cream doesn't irritate my skin. That alone would make me repurchase this cream, since this is the ONLY cream with sunscreen that has never stung my skin. I was skeptical that this cream would be moisturizing enough for my dry skin at first as it has a very thin consistency, but thankfully, that is not the case with this cream. It provides an adequate amount of moisture without feeling too heavy or greasy under my makeup. Another good thing about this cream is that it doesn't leave a white cast on my face like many other sunscreens do. The finish is dewy, but not white, and I don't find it greasy-looking at all. I personally think it makes my skin look healthy and hydrated. Keep in mind that I have dry skin; I'm not sure how this would look on oilier skin types. I have worn liquid foundation, cream foundation, and mineral powder foundation over this cream, and I haven't had any issues with the cream affecting my makeup's staying-power. A lot of sunscreens that I've worn in the past made my makeup look shinier and wear off faster, but I haven't experienced that with the 5 in 1 cream thus far. Overall, I really love this cream. It's rather expensive ($38 for 1.7 oz), but I will repurchase this when I run out since it's the only sunscreen I've tried that doesn't burn my skin. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has similar sensitivities to sunscreen. I hope that First Aid Beauty will release a similar product with a higher SPF in the future so that I'll have more skin protection when I go to the beach!
Moisturizers -First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream
DeeIncredible 2/28/2012 11:10:00 AM
I purchased First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream after starting a rosacea treatment (Metrogel) that was severely drying out my skin. Never before had my skin been so dry and irritated, and the moisturizer that I was using at the time (Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream) wasn't relieving the dryness at all. This product was recommended to be by a fantastic SA at Sephora, and since a 6 ounce jar of this was cheaper than the 1 ounce jar of Clinique lotion that I had been using, I figured it was worth trying. I am so glad that I tried this. My skin is extra-sensitive, so a lot of lotions burn when I apply them, but not the FAB Ultra Repair Cream! This stuff actually soothes my skin, and it completely got rid of the dryness that I was experiencing after just a few uses. This has become my HG facial cream. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my face feeling or looking greasy, and my makeup applies easily on top of it. I live in a place that is hot and humid in the summer and cold and windy in the winter, so in the summer, I only use this at night, but in the winter, I use it as my day cream and night cream, since my skin gets extremely dry in the winter. My skin has looked and felt so much better since I started using this. I've been using this for going on 7 months now, and I'm just now about to use up my first 6 ounce jar, which is currently $28 at Sephora--a true bargain, if you ask me. I've read several reviews where people complain about the jar, but I see no problem with it. This lotion is a bit thick in texture, so a pump dispenser simply would not work with this lotion. I use a clean q-tip each time to dip the cream out of the jar, and that's perfectly hygienic, in my opinion. I will gladly repurchase this as long as Sephora sells it. I purchased this cream for my dad, who also has rosacea, and he loves it just as much as I do. I highly recommend this to people who have dry, sensitive skin. I hope that they never discontinue this product!
Since I have somewhat fair skin, I purchased the Cover Girl Simply Ageless foundation in shade 210. I wear shade 115 in Makeup For Ever HD foundation, for reference. I purchased this after seeing my mom wearing it. It made her skin look flawless, so I just had to try it, even though we have different skin types. My mom is 62 years old and has a great complexion, with a few wrinkles. My skin is dry and I have moderate rosacea with reactive redness on my cheeks and nose. This foundation is very easy to apply. When I first purchased this, I was amazed at how much time this foundation saved me in my morning routine! Prior to wearing this, I wore Revlon PhotoReady (which worked okay for me), and it took a lot longer to blend it in evenly. Applying this foundation is incredibly easy. I have to say, this foundation really looks fantastic on me. The medium coverage that it gives me looks so natural, and I've received several compliments on my "skin"--not my makeup--while wearing this. It covers my redness perfectly, doesn't dry my skin out, and doesn't emphasize dry areas on my face. Plus, my foundation looked flawless all day long without wearing a primer underneath, even though I live in a very humid area. Unfortunately, though, my love for this foundation was short-lived, because I started breaking out a few days after wearing this. I usually don't break out at all; I usually get a blemish once every few months, if at all. So when I started seeing 3 blemishes popping up at a time, I knew that this foundation was the culprit, since I hadn't changed anything else in my makeup routine. My mom hasn't broken out from using this, but she doesn't have many sensitivities to cosmetics. I, however, have extremely sensitive skin, and something in this foundation didn't agree with it. I didn't give this product a low rating, though, because I believe this could work very well for a lot of people who have skin that isn't so sensitive. Plus, the packaging is great, in my opinion, because it's sturdy, and it has a compartment to keep the sponge in, which is great for travel. It isn't bulky packaging, either. I definitely recommend that you give this foundation a try if you're looking for a reasonably-priced medium coverage foundation that's easy to apply.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Redness Solutions Daily Relief Moisture Cream
DeeIncredible 3/30/2011 3:38:00 PM
I have had a persistent redness on my nose, cheeks and chin for a few years now, and my skin tends to be dry in the summer and very dry in the winter. To top it off, my skin is very sensitive; many lotions make my skin burn terribly, and I cannot tolerate any fragrance on my face. I purchased Clinque Redness Solutions Daily Relief Moisture Cream because I have heard from numerous friends that Clinique is the go-to company for sensitive skin products, and I had high hopes that the cream would be soothing and get rid of some of my redness. I am currently on my third jar of this product, and this is my opinion of it: Pros: -Whereas most lotions irritate my skin, this cream feels very soothing to my skin. I love putting it on after a shower because it cools my face down quickly. -It does not INCREASE my redness like other lotions and, therefore, my redness has improved somewhat. -It moisturizes my skin very well without feeling or looking greasy. -It does not clog my pores or break me out. -The jar, although small, lasts about three months through twice-a-day use. Cons: -I really do not like putting my fingers in the jar as the cream always gets under my fingernails. But given the cream's thick consistency, a pump may not work for this product, so I can deal with the jar. -The price. One jar is $40. Will I buy this product again? Until I find something better, I will continue to repurchase this; however, I am hoping to someday find a miracle product that completely eliminates my redness.
Concealers -Avon - Beyond Color Radiant Lifting Concealer
DeeIncredible 3/30/2011 3:15:00 PM
I purchased this Avon concealer mainly to cover dark circles under my eyes. I do not normally have dark circles unless I am sleep deprived, but when the circles appear, they are pretty bad, as in everyone I work with knows right away that I didn't sleep much the night before, just by looking at me. So, I thought I would give this concealer a try since there were several positive reviews, and of course, the price is not bad at all. Here is what I liked about it: The packaging is fairly nice. I normally do not use any applicators that come with my cosmetics because they generally aren't very useful, but Avon did a pretty good job with the brush applicator for this product. The concealer comes in a clear tube--nothing fancy--but that doesn't bother me. Excessive packaging is a waste, in my opinion. Here is what I did not like about it: I have fair skin (I usually wear the next step up from the lightest shade in most drugstore foundation brands) and, although I purchased the lightest shade of this concealer, it was WAY too dark for me. I used it sparingly and blended it as best as I could, but it looked orange on my skin. I typically just wear a medium coverage mineral foundation, and to my dismay, the mineral foundation did not cover the orange hue of the concealer. In addition, the concealer did not blend easily. I tried first blending it with my fingers and next with a sponge, but the concealer looked uneven. Lastly, and most importantly, the concealer did not conceal my dark circles. Even when I added more of the concealer, my dark circles were still obvious. Would I purchase this again? Definitely not. Maybe it works better for those with darker skin tones, but I would not recommend this to people with lighter skin. My search for a good concealer continues...
This was my first NYX blush, and I absolutely love it. I bought it because I am a huge fan of the Makeup Geek blog, which gives this blush rave reviews constantly. It was only $5, which is a fantastic price for such a great blush. This is a matte peachy-pink blush. It looks great on my fair skin, and I love that it's matte, because matte blushes (in my opinion) look more natural than shimmery ones. I'll warn you--it is VERY pigmented. I lightly tap my brush into the blush, and it's the perfect amount of color for me. When I first tried it, I made the mistake of applying too much and, needless to say, I looked like Bozo the Clown. So if you're fair, apply it very lightly to avoid a clown face. This blush also lasts all day, even through walking my dog, running errands, working, etc. I highly recommend it, and I will be repurchasing it when I run out. I think this will last a long time, though, since I don't have to use much each time.
It is a shame that this duo has been discontinued, as it is probably my favorite TF duo so far. The colors in this duo look great together. The lighter shade is a gold color and the darker shade is a shimmery deep olive green. The color payoff is amazing, and this eyeshadow has not creased yet. Then again, none of my Too Faced eyeshadows have creased. I always use a primer, though--ELF mineral eyeshadow primer. One of the best qualities of this duo is that it can be worn during the day to work, since the gold isn't over the top and the green isn't too dark. I get tired of wearing browns, so this duo gives me a chance to wear unique colors. This eyeshadow can also be worn during the evening; I line my dark brown eyes with black MAC Fluid Line eyeliner, and it creates a Cleopatra look, which makes my eyes really pop. I have purchased a back-up of this eyeshadow, and I will be sad when I have none left. Get this while you can!