I have weird skin. It's not quite combo, but my skin easily varies between dry, normal, and oily. It tends to first get dry and flaky, then oily, and this results in pimples. I tried the oil cleansing method to get rid of this, but the next morning I had two red pimples on my inner cheek area and it was just ugly. It didn't heal easily, either. It did eventually go down, but every since then, I've had more facial redness and red pimples. It used to be just skin colored bumps, but now they are pinkish red. -__- It's been 4 weeks, and things have not been getting better. I didn't like my reflection in the mirror, and I felt dirty and less confident. Until I used yogurt. I've tried fat free, 2%, and full fat. I prefer greek over normal yogurt, since it's creamier, like a mask and looks like a spa mask on your face. Fat free is more "plumping" and makes my skin feel the softest. It's super easy to remove, too. Fat free doesn't give me as much plump softness, and it's really hard to remove. My face doesn't react well to scrubbing, so I try to be gentle when removing, but it takes forever. 2% is somewhere right in the middle. It's not too hard to take off, and it still makes my face feel moisturized and soft. However, I still follow up with a tiny coat of Vaseline on the parts where my face feel tight. This mask left on for 20-30 minutes has helped my skin like nothing else. I've tried benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It didn't help much. This mask helped reduce redness the next morning (when you wash it off, your skin doesn't look better at all), flattens bumps, and sort of "sucks" out the pus in your pimples. I hate this purging thing, but with this yogurt, it comes to the stage of being poppable very fast, and it's not like all your little pimples become huge gross whiteheads. Just one or two at a time. It also pops some of the pimples that already have a head. Sometimes when I wash the mask off, the pimple is literally gone. I don't know where it went. O_o This mask also works well mixed with squeezed strawberry juice, which has natural salicylic acid. Just make sure to use greek when adding strawberry juice, or else the mask will be too runny. I just choose a small strawberry and squeeze it into the yogurt. I only squeeze out the juice and I eat the rest. :) *An extra note: After I moisturize with Vaseline on my dry areas after the mask, I use the remaining residue on my fingers and lightly brush the pimple areas. Then I put 2% salicylic acid and 2% benzoyl peroxide together on ithe pimples. My skin is really sensitive, and this never has irritated/agitated my skin. It really works. I think the yogurt helps cleanse the pores, which makes it absorb the rest easier. The benefits of the yogurt itself help a lot, too. I could ditch the products, but not the yogurt. After 2 days, my skin, which has been relatively red and bumpy for a few weeks, is much smoother and better. I really hopes this helps all of you. Oh! I forgot. If you have any shallow indents on your face from pimples, this will make them less pigmented and more shallow. I don't have any deep craters, but any light indents do improve after a few uses of this mask. :)
Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild - Megaslicks #577 Red Sensation
GlowingCandlelight 12/16/2011 12:32:00 AM
This lip gloss is so pigmented, it's like a melted lipstick in a tube. :D I love it so much, however on my skin it's a little too much, so I tone it down with a bit of Vaseline. I also add the chocolate vanilla lip gloss I made with this to add a bit of warmth, since I feel it's a bit too cool for me. However, this is one amazing, awesome, lip gloss. It's very creamy and a bit slick when you put it on at first, but not very slick to the point it feels slimy and slides off your lips. It smells like cotton candy.
Blush -New York Color - Color Wheel Mosaic Powder Pink Cheek Glow
GlowingCandlelight 12/16/2011 12:26:00 AM
I had one of these last year and I loved it so much! It was so smooth and silky, and really added a nice glow to my cheeks. However, it shatters pretty easily. I dropped it, and each mosaic piece separated from each other, and it became loose powder, not that I minded. I think my mom thought it was ruined so she threw it away, because I can't find it anymore. I got kind of pissed off about it, but haven't confronted her yet. :D Buy this, and you'll love it forever.
For some reason I grew up with no petroleum jelly... O_o And I have dry skin. I would try all kinds of lotions around the house - Jergens, Vaseline brand lotion, Bath and Body Works body cream... all sorts of stuff. And then I heard about all the uses of petroleum jelly. So of course I went to the store and bought a huge tub for $2.34 and since then, I have always loved this stuff. Although I don't use it everyday on my legs to see if it helps with my mild case of keratosis pilaris (it moisturizes them well, though), it definitely does great work on my face. I'm not a very pimple-prone person, but I definitely get pimples every few weeks, even the huge, painful red ones. I notice petroleum jelly doesn't make them worse at all. Now, it doesn't heal them, from what I see, but it doesn't make them worse. This stuff soothes the skin, so it doesn't aggravate your pimples/acne at all. :) OH! And I almost forgot... I mix it with vanilla and mini chocolate chips and melt them together to make the best lip gloss ever. It's so creamy and nice. It also adds a nice warm touch to my cool lip glosses. It's great in hair, too. I swipe the tub twice with my fingers, rub them together to make the jelly warm and smooth, and run it through the ends of my hair, and rub the rest into the mid-shaft. It reduces frizz and it's not greasy at all. You'll only get greasy hair if you put it on your roots or if you put a lot of jelly (which most practical people wouldn't do) in your hair. EDIT: GAH! I forgot something else... possibly one of it's best uses... It's a great clear mascara and holds curls extremely well on the lashes. I curl my lashes and put a bit of this on with my fingers and it separates them so nicely so they look all defined, and makes them look way longer and thicker. :) As for the growing lashes aspect, I haven't been too dedicated with that, so I can't say whether or not it grows my lashes.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Pears - The Original Transparent Soap
GlowingCandlelight 12/15/2011 12:11:00 AM
ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO WANTS THE ORIGINAL FORMULA: The green Pears "oil-clearing" bar, which is stated to be hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, only has 7 ingredients, EXCLUDING sodium lauryl sulfate. :) From what I've seen, if your Pears soap has 7 ingredients, it's the original one. Well, I don't know if the green bar is the same as the original, but it has 7 ingredients and excludes SLS, like the old version. Reviews also say it smells "clear and clean" and better than the changed amber version. But on with the review for the changed amber soap. Although the formulation has changed (I never tried the old one, but I just bought a green bar), I still think it's a good soap that cleans my skin and makes it feel nice and clean. I just make sure to use a moisturizer afterward because I have dry skin. I'll try the green one and tell you what it's like. Hopefully it's just like the old original Pears soap.
I don't understand how this simple eyelash curler received so many bad reviews. I guess this shows how eyelash curlers are different for everyone. To start this off, I'm Asian and I have a monolid. I think it works great for me, however I think you need to practice a bit with it. When I first used it, it had the tendency to pinch the corners of my eyes, but after a few uses I can just put the curler up to my eye and curl without thinking about it. If you have small eyes, I can imagine this might not work well for you, since I think it works better on larger eyes, just looking at the shape. I got it for $2 and a few extra cents at Target. Great deal, I think. EDIT: I suggest warming this curler up with your hands or against your skin. For some reason, this curler doesn't curl as well when it's cold. :) Make sure it's room temperature or warm.
Carmex, my good friend. I love Carmex so much! When my lips feel hot and dry and swollen, I put on Carmex and instantly I feel much better. The tingling sensation is really soothing and this lip balm makes my lips so much more smooth and back to normal in a matter of minutes. Even though I love Carmex, I believe in only using it for when I actually need it, like in the dry winter months. Although I doubt Carmex is addictive, which is what people claim, I find using ANY lip balm too much when I don't even need extra moisture is bad for the lips. I found my lips feeling like they have a dry glassy smooth barrier over them and they're sealed off from anything else. So don't use any lip balm unless if your lips are chapped, please., although this may just be me. I also love the smell of Carmex! I just bought one the a few days before Thanksgiving and they still smell like Carmex for sure, but have an almost sweet smell to them, but it's still familiar.
For the price, this eyeliner is pretty good. However, I have a monolid, and I found this disappeared from my top lid after a few hours. My "crease", I guess you can call it, is right by my lash line, which makes me a monolid, so all the eyeliner (I only use the black side) travels to the small "crease" and it looks pretty bad, but it doesn't matter to me since I use this for stage makeup. I bought the black/brown duet. The black is creamy to put on, and the brown side is "eh". If you have a monolid, I wouldn't recommend this.
Mascara -Almay - Intense i-color w/ Light Interplay Technology
GlowingCandlelight 12/4/2011 11:45:00 PM
I bought this mascara because at the store where I was it was only $2.99 (US) and came with 15 free eye makeup remover wipes. Also the packaging was just so nice and sleek. So I bought the only color available, which was Chocolate Quartz, which is for green eyes. This mascara said it uses "light interplay technology" and I assumed it was sparkles. The mascara does have sparkles, but they are very fine and can only be seen if looked at closely or if the light reflects off the sparkles at the right angle. They aren't distracting at all and even if you look closely you might not see them. I don't mind, since I'm not a big fan of sparkly mascaras anyway. I have dark medium length lashes, so this mascara looked black on me, fortunately. If you have light lashes, I will imagine it will look dark brown. The mascara brush is HUGE. Compared to Covergirl LashBlast, LashBlast is tiny. I almost laughed, because I thought Covergirl's brush was pretty huge. Nope. After I got over the enormous size of the brush, I applied. I have a monolid, since I'm Asian, but the brush didn't bother me much. However, if you have small eyes, you might not like it, since it would be hard to apply the mascara with the size of the brush. The mascara nicely lengthens lashes, adds a lot of volume and thickness, but still manages to look pretty and not spidery and clumpy. If you have any problems with clumps, you can easily slowly wiggle a spoolie up your lashes, and the clumps are gone. The mascara somewhat curls your lashes, too, if you go in an upward motion, pushing the lashes towards your eyelid. I think it really brought out my eyes. The only problem is that it slightly flakes, and I HATE flaking and smudging. I wore this to my ballet performances, and it flaked a tiny bit. However, even though I am a huge disliker of any sort of flaking or smudging, I didn't really mind it. If you don't put the mascara on your bottom lashes, I find the mascara barely flakes at all. Yay! I will definitely buy this again. :)