Love love love this! It's beautiful, shimmery, classy, and really brightens up my toes in the winter :)
I received this as a sample in a Sephora order and was excited to try it since the mask I had previously been using was almost out. It said for all skin types, so I didn't worry too much about trying it on my dry, sensitive skin. Not a good idea. This burned my skin and left it red and angry after less than 30 seconds on my face. I had a big blistery patch on my cheek the next morning. Sensitive skin beware!
HG right here! After giving gluten and soy up, my acne all but disappeared and I was left with problem dry skin. So dry, even a quarter-sized dollop of straight oil doesn't fix things. In my search for a fragrance-free, intensive, non-greasy, non-irritating lotion, I tried several, and this one stuck. It absorbs quickly, and moisturizes beautifully and for a long time. I can't speak to the long-term changes they claim, since I am a relatively new user. I will report back, though. (I also use their children's lotion for my hands, legs, and feet -I am a Shi Kai fan).
Crème -BeneFit Cosmetics - Some Kind-a Gorgeous Lite
ECLion 1/15/2013 5:09:00 PM
This is great. Perfect for my dry skin! I don't have a lot to hide -very, very little acne, but a lot of redness. Dry, sensitive skin tends to. After I dab a little concealer on (Benefit Boi-ing in 01), a few light sponges of this is all I need. This dries as a powder and doesn't cling to any dry patches. It's a great, matte, non-drying finish that makes my skin happy and gives me a nice bright look. The only real con is that there is no SPF! For a product this expensive, a little SPF would be nice. I have also heard other reviewers complain about the small amount of product. I use very little, so this should last me awhile -I'll have to wait and see, though.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Beautiful color -not too bright and childish, not too crazy fashion-y. I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes cosmetics and nail polish and this is easy, simple, and fits in with my "girl next door" vibe.
HG body lotion, right here. I love, love, love this stuff. Sure it's pricey, and the pump bottle doesn't lock (like it says it will) but it is actually fragrance free and super moisturizing for sensitive, dry, cracked skin. What do I mean by actually fragrance free? Even FF products often have a scent -it comes from a "masking agent" basically a fragrance that makes something fragrance free, if that makes sense? These products still have a chemical scent that can make severely sensitive people feel icky. I'm one of those, and this, I can say, is truly something I can slather all over my body without feeling sick a couple hours later. Reccommended.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Shea Butter and Vitamin E Body Lotion
ECLion 1/14/2013 5:59:00 PM
This was fine. Only fine. Not great. Not bad. Just meh. I have very sensitive skin and a sensitive nose, and lotions are really hit and miss for me. This one is no exception. There is no fragrance, but there is a weird scent that I find annoying. It is not moisturizing enough for my very dry skin, so I mix it with some vitamin E oil and am good to go. I would not repurchase, but it is a serviceable lotion for someone with normal skin who wants an everyday hand cream.
I have used this shampoo since elementary school and it is the only thing that has given me consistently good results. My hair is soft, smooth, shiny, bouncy, and just clean after using it. I love it. It is a staple in my shower :)
I wanted to love this! I have been using the Weleda Everon Lip Balm (HG, people!) but after returning to the states, it's much harder to come by. Since it has a light vanilla-rose scent, I figured that the best thing to replace it would be a natural vanilla-scented lip balm, right? Wrong. The Badger Balm has an oily, melty consistency (kind of like rubbing olive oil on your lips) and a REALLY strong vanilla scent. I really prefer a creamy, lightly-scented balm for my very dry lips. I know lots of people love Badger, but it's too greasy and melty for me.
Primer/ Corrector -BeneFit Cosmetics - The Porefessional
ECLion 1/14/2013 5:33:00 PM
This is a tough one for me. I do like the product -for me, it does exactly what it says it does. My skin does feel matte and my pores do look smaller (not that they're that big to begin with!). The gentle tint helps make my redness-prone skin a little more even. Porefessional makes my makeup last all day -at least 10 hours. I do put a little more on OVER my makeup if I feel a little dull, and that works great too. The only con is the price. The tube comes in a really big box, but the tube is teeny -the size of travel toothpaste. It's a lot of money to spend on primer, even a great one.
This seems to be a hit and miss, but for me it was a hit. This is actually my first concealer ever. At 19-almost-20, I finally discovered that the reason foundations didn't cover my red cheeks is because that's what concealer is meant for. Duh. With a little spot application of Boi-ing -shade 01 works for my super pale neutral/pink skin -I barely need makeup at all. Crazy, huh? It doesn't crease or crack on my dry skin, and makes covering up a breeze. Due to my paleness, I can put as much of this as I need on. Others with slightly darker skin may need to go lighter. I love the screw-top container, too. No worrying that it will flip open and spill expensive product all over my makeup bag. I'm only taking a lippie off for the price. You get a lot out of the container, but it's concealer, not liquid platinum...
I got the "How to Look the Best at Everything" kit in "Lite" at Sephora, and it came with a sample of several products, including this powder in "Me Vain? Champagne." The color was one or two shades too dark for my very pale, neutral/pink skin, so that was no good. It did, however, dust on beautifully, and a little went a long way. After dotting concealer (Boi-ing 01) over my significant redness and a couple scars, a few swipes of this made my face glowy, smooth, and even, without looking cakey. I really prefer the natural, low-maintainence makeup look and this did the trick. The only real cons (except for the color which is fixable by purchasing a lighter shade) the powdery nature and the lack of SPF. I have dry skin, and the powder did cling a little to some flakier patches. Not as badly as every other powder I've ever tried, though! I'm taking one lippie off for the price and no SPF. As great as this product is, it does seem a little on the expensive side. Reccommended.
Liquid -BeneFit Cosmetics - "Hello Flawless!" Oxygen Wow
ECLion 1/12/2013 7:55:00 PM
I really wanted to love this! It came in the "How to Look the Best At Everything" kit I got at Sephora (in "light"). I knew in the store that the included sample in "champagne" was probably still too dark for my skin, but thought I'd give it a whirl anyway. I was, just as I suspected, too dark and orangey for my pale neutral/pink (NW-15/20) skin. All of the other shades had the same peculiarly orange cast to them. On the plus side, it had very little smell and a small amount seemed to go a long way (two drops was more than enough to cover my entire face). This is a great, sheer foundation, but just the wrong color for me. Very fair girls should look farther.
Moisturizers -Burt's Bees - Sensitive Night Cream with Cotton Extract
ECLion 1/12/2013 6:50:00 PM
I am surprised how well I like this, actually. I rarely purchase the same product twice, but I just might with this. I have very dry and sensitive skin -yikes -as well as a sensitive nose. Fragrances are an absolute no-go for me. My mom passed this on to me, and I absolutely love it! It has no smell, a tiny dab (really a tiny dab) goes a long way, and my skin seems to drink it up! It is too thin (for me) to work as a nighttime moisturizer, so I mix it with a couple drops of sea buckthorn oil and put it on in the morning. It's great, easy to find, relatively inexpensive, and makes for great daytime moisture. The one thing I don't love is the container -dipping my finger again and again into one pot isn't the most sanitary situation I can think of.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Sea Buckthorn Oil
ECLion 1/11/2013 10:02:00 AM
I have dry, extremely, extremely sensitive skin. Even natural/unscented products often cause irritation. I use 3-5 drops of Sea Buckthorn oil at night mixed with Weleda Soothing Almond Lotion (or another gentle moisturizer) and one or two drops mixed with heavy moisturizer (Burt's Bees Night Cream or the like) in the morning. It nourishes, moisturizes, and protects my skin. It also soothes irritation and fades old red marks and inflammation as well as scars. Highly recommended. You may not need to use quite so much -my mom and sisters use only 1 or 2 drops and no extra moisturizer for their normal, acne prone skin. Also, be prepared, -some brands are not de-colored (not sure what the technical term is for this haha) and the oil will be orange. The color fades pretty fast for me -in an hour or so. While the bottle may seem expensive -mine was $16 for 30 ml, it lasts forever. 6 or so drops a day is a tiny, tiny amount. *ETA* If you get the natural oil -color included -it WILL stain clothes and sheets. Get ready to snuggle with a towel.