This is my holy grail foaming face wash. I can't live without it, and it has done wonders for my skin. It's a simple, foaming, non-comedogenic facial wash with simple ingredients and which leaves no residue behind. It's great for just a quick face wash, or with Clarisonic Mia or a washcloth. Great for environmentally-stressed oily/acne-prone skin. Soothing.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer
Jeda21 11/20/2012 1:35:00 PM
I needed some intense moisture as fall was coming and my skin was dried out from sun and environmental stressors. This is a great cream but it burns/stings a little when applied after I use my clarisonic. And God forbid I apply this accidentally anywhere near the eye area. The packaging includes a little tab that keeps the product moist/safe even if you forget to screw the lid back on overnight. This white cream feels very smooth and blends in very well. No white is left over after application. I prefer white or clear products to products that contain dyes and colors.
Primer/ Corrector -Neutrogena - Shine Control Primer
Jeda21 11/20/2012 1:32:00 PM
I was looking for a cheap but usable primer for a week-long business trip. This little gem, along with long-wear foundation did the trick. The cream is dry to the touch and a tiny little bit gritty but not at all noticeable when applied with a brush. Blends in very well. My skin doesn't tingle nor burn when I apply it, and it doesn't create a white coating, it blends well. I have oily t-zone and acne-prone/sensitive skin.
I got this as a last recourse after my retin-A did quite a number on my usually combination skin. I've been having sensitive, dry, and flaky skin for over two weeks. This flash balm really moisturizes and absorbs well. I was a little worried that the aroma would make my sensitive skin act up, but it hasn't stung or had any adverse reactions, thankfully. It's the only moisturizer I trust now, because everything else stings like all get out.
Expensive but delicious and I'm obsessed with it. I went on a moratorium for a while because they closed my local store, but alas, I had to go find another store nearby! So here I go again. Just as an FYI they have a buy one, get one at 1/2 off if you purchase it off their website. No I'm not related to them nor get anything for saying this.
Eyeliner -Clinique - Cream Shaper for Eyes-Egyptian
Jeda21 6/13/2008 3:09:00 PM
This is my #1 favovire eyeliner right now, pending a good solid application that doesn't go on my bottom eyeline, or else I'll get racoon eyes. Very blendable, soft and non-tugging, high pigmentation. All around I'm very pleased, especially since I'm not getting any reactions on my very sensitive waterlines. I only wish it would come with a sharpener.
I was sort of pushed into adopting this product into my skin care regimen by a recent visit to an esthetician in a popular local-branded chain of spas. They say that it helps with skin cell turnover and that it can tingle... so far so good, because it's helping dry out a rash of annoying hormonal breakouts on my cheeks and under my chin/by my neck. We'll see how well it keeps working. Doesn't seem to have sensitized my skin at all, so I'm still willing to give it a chance. Smells like cod liver oil...
Deodorants -L'Occitane - Purifying Roll-On Deodorant
Jeda21 6/13/2008 2:54:00 PM
I was very pleased when I finally got a hold of this product, as it had been sold out for ever on sephora.com. I actually called in one day to my local l'occitane shop and they saved two for me (the shipment had just come in, lucky me!). It's clear and smells clean like a combination of mint, lavender, and cardamom. It lasts all day once I allow it to dry off after application. I read that this has some of the healthiest properties and avoids many of the dangerous deodorant/antiperspirant ingredients found elsewhere.
Skincare - Body -Dr. Bronner's - Lavender Liquid Soap
Jeda21 6/13/2008 2:51:00 PM
I've been very excited to try this liquid soap line but when I started using it (it's been about 3 months now) I've begun breaking out on my shoulders, chest, and upper back. So I'm afraid I'm going to have to go back to a creamy cleanser for sensitive skin.
Conditioner -Dr. Bronner's - Organic Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse
Jeda21 6/13/2008 2:47:00 PM
I found this to clump my hair together and cause scalp breakouts due to a lack of rinsability. Threw this away as soon as I could. I have colored hair that's naturally wavy with normal scalp.
I'm pleased with this cleanser at the moment. It's a liquid gel that you foam up on your palms then apply on your wet skin, massage on and then wash off. It's similar to the Cetaphil normal to oily wash, and is also a wee bit cheaper than my bioelements decongestant cleanser. I'm still looking for my holy grail though!
I got this at the checkout impulse buy stand at my local ULTA. I got the brown/black color that looks quite nice actually. It does darken the lashes, and thickens. HOWEVER.... Smells like turpentine or some other type of nasty chemical. As I was moving my hand with the wand closer to my eyelashes, the first time, the smell made me stop in my tracks and take a wiff of the offending wand. On the lashes it's wet application so it clumps the lashes together requiring post-wand combing, and when you brush out the lashes with a comb or with the wand, flakes fall off and into your eye or onto the undereye area to create a nasty undereye smudge. Lashes look clumpy with the particles left over. Definitely not a favorite for sensitive, contact lense wearers like me. I'm going to use it up as fast as I can because I can't throw it away, and I no longer have the receipt :(.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner
Jeda21 2/19/2008 10:01:00 PM
I really like how mild and pleasant this toner is on my combo/congested skin. I don't have any stinging whatsoever, even if I accidentally dab the cotton ball close to my orbital bone. It helps me get residue from cleansing out of my pores, and in the morning, it allows me to have enough moisture on my skin so that I can apply moisturizer and prevent those annoying winter flakes.
Ok so I heard they went fair trade, and that it's always been organic and I finally caved. It was expensive at 7.99 but I heard that it goes a long way. Well... yes the aroma is delicious because it's almond all the way, and yes, it's natural. The aroma reminds me of Italian amaretti cookies. However, about 20-30 minutes after using it in the shower as a shower gel, my arms and back get itchy. It may have to do with the sudsing that's beeing a little too efficient in cleansing my skin. I have even tried applying one of lush's moisturizing bars just after using this, and before leaving the shower but I just have finally come to the determination that I need something a lot more moisturizing for Chicagoland's harsh winters.
These are my favorite eyeliners but it's important they be good and sharp for each use. Very pigmented, blendable, and smudgeable. Think or thick lines, I can't go wrong with these. I'm very pleased. No harsh chemicals or dangerous preservatives. All good, and I can't go easier than with a pencil since I'm a klutz with gels, creams, and liquids! I've tried the black/brown (perfect for my brunette eyelashes and brows, black (intense,exotic), and black/grey (steel bluish gray). They're now my staples.