Liquid -Bobbi Brown - Natural Finish- Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
Jy87P 2/28/2012 8:39:00 PM
My skin is finally somewhat manageable after I made the switch to organic products. Right now this is the only thing I use that isn't organic, but it's hard to find natural foundations unless you order online. The BB guy told me this doesn't have parabens which is one plus. This product is targeted toward normal/combo-oily types and I think that's accurate, but if you're leaning more toward the oily end you def need some kind of primer and/or powder. It's also suppose to be med-full coverage but it's more light-med imo. The consistency is good- not watery but not too thick. For my day to day look, I only use one pump. If I want heavier coverage, I use about 1.5. I'm pretty fair skinned and am using the Sand 2. When the product comes out, it looks super light, but for most liquid foundations you want to go one shade lighter because it will oxidize when you put it on your skin. I normally hate foundations and am very low maintenance, so this product has been an okay experience. Although it's not "clean" in terms of purity and ingredients, it hasn't made my sensitive skin react (shocking) and gives me a "no makeup" look. I wouldn't buy again because it's so darn expensive. Better to invest that $$ into a serum or moisturizer=]
One of the few products I would consider buying again and I never buy the same thing twice! That said, the packaging and usage of the product are not great which is why I only give this 3 stars. Organic/natural doesn't mean it has to be old school; the product can use improvements for sure. The product itself is great, though. I mostly used it for my t-zone which is clogged ALL the time. I don't think this would be good for drier skin types because green clay is quite powerful. My skin is combo and when I used on my cheeks it was a tad drying. I love that this has only 2 ingredients- perfect for people w/sensitive skin! (Green Clay (montmorillonite) that has been sun-dried, purified and ground to a very fine, velvety powder and pure Matcha green tea (Camellia sinensis)*). The best time to use this is after showering, I feel like my pores are being sucked clean (sorry for the gross-ness lol)! My concerns with this product are simple, 1. Not the easiest mask to make. This was partially my fault b/c I didn't use a spoon or bowl to mix it up, I just poured a small amount on my hands and slowly added water. I recommend having a separate spoon/bowl to make this. For the proportion, I agree with the recent reviewer that it's best when the mask's consistency is thick- kind of like a pudding texture. When it's too watered down, it dries on your face in like 2 minutes and does nothing. The second issue I have with this is the friggin packaging. It's just a glass jar with no spout and a plastic cap...sadly, I accidentally nudged it off my sink and it broke =[ And I feel like the cap is not very airtight- dry clay should stay dry so it's probably best to not keep this in the bathroom where there's a lot of humidity. Hope this review helps!! =]
This was on sale at Target for about $10 (orig.$19) which is pretty pricey for a cleanser that's only 3.4 fl oz but I heard good things about Weleda so decided to give it a try. Now this is formulated for people with normal/dry skin (I have sensitive/oily) but since it's getting cold where I live, I figured it would be okay. Verdict: I only use this at night because it leaves a slight film on my face which I actually like because I don't like putting a bunch of stuff on my face before I sleep (let your skin breathe!!!). Also, water doesn't really get the job done- what works for me is splashing my face with warm water, pouring a quarter size of cleaner in palm and massage all over face, then take a cotton ball or pad and wipe off cleanser. This method takes off all my makeup along with the cleanser so my skin feels clean but moisturized and comfortable. Overall I do like the formulation of the cleanser but the bottle is so bulky and you have to be careful pouring it out or you'll literally pour half the bottle down the sink! I would buy again at the sale price but def not for full price.
I received a sample of Viva La Juicy with a Sephora purchase and I freaking loved ittt. Normally, with samples, I don't end up using the whole (tiny) bottle but this one I used it up quick so decided to buy a bigger size. SADLY when I bought the bigger size (1 oz) at TjMaxx, I realized the scent wasn't lasting as long as it did when I used the sample (???whyy). The ingredients didn't change so it was kind of strange and made me wonder if they send semi faulty bottles to places like TjMaxx, I don't know. But since I already opened it and I got it for like, $30 I'm going to use it up. The scent reminds me of fruit and cookies- it's sweet but not too sweet, and is a great fragrance for colder weather. Don't use more than 2 spritzes or you'll make people around you nauseous lol, overall I would purchase again but next time I'll probably buy it for full price just in case =p
I like to use natural products as much as possible so Tarte is my go-to when it comes to make-up b/c of the better ingredients and super adorable colors and packaging. I bought this foundation earlier this summer and so far, it's been good. PROS- nice range of colors with more of a yellow base which is what most people look best in, concentrated consistency so you only need to use one pump or less, and better ingredients than other high end foundations. CONS- hard to spread evenly because it's thick, pump can get clumpy/clogged probably because it's so thick, and it's pretty expensive. Also, I have oilier skin and this would be best for normal/combo and I can't really tell if there's any anti-aging action going on. For now, I'm going to use all that's left because I've been breaking out and scarring more than usual and this covers really well, but don't think I will purchase again.
I'm a huge Tarte fan and when I saw this palette on Sephora.com I was so excited to get it! Now, I'm not a big make-up girl I like to be as natural as possible but still experiment with colors once in a while. I think this kind of palette is better for someone who likes to do their eye make-up on a daily basis, I realized I barely use it which is a waste because there's an expiration date (as does all make-up but Tarte especially because of the more natural ingredients). Also, since the palette does not come with any brushes, I had to purchase a few new ones...the quality of the shadows are nice, but the packaging really sucks- the shadows are all clumped together with nothing separating them so I have to be careful that the shadows don't mix and get dirty. AND the thing is huuuuge, I seriously cannot take this with me anywhere T_T so in terms of functionality, it fails in my book. Overall, I'm glad I purchased it because it's a great deal but wouldn't purchase again UPDATE: I've been trying to use this more consistently so I can get my money's worth. What I've noticed is the matte colors are much more versatile and rich but the glittery colors have a ton of fall out. Also, most of the shadows tend to be on the dry, powdery side which I'm not a fan of. I do enjoy the mascara that comes with the set but the eyeliner is like a liquid liner in a stick form so be careful! It goes on super heavy and does not blend well.
Cleansers -Acure Organics - Facial Cleanser Cleansing Gel
Jy87P 9/1/2011 2:52:00 PM
I've been using Acure products for the past month or so and so far, I like most of the products. This cleansing gel is one of my faves, I have oily, sensitive skin so most products (even natural ones) usually irritate my skin. From the start, this cleanser was mild and non-irritating but also left my skin clean! It smells kind of like fruity vitamins and the consistency is a thick gel so you really only need a pea size to lather up. For the ingredients and quality, the price is really great (~$15). I love that I don't need an extra make-up remover, just make sure you work the product in thoroughly and all your make-up should come off =] UPDATE: I got this cleanser over the summer and it was great for the hot, humid weather. However, now that it's getting cold, I found it to be a bit drying (I have pretty oily skin). SO I would definitely recommend this to people who have combo/oily skin that live in warmer climate!*****Another update! Haha =p my 11 year old sis started getting little breakouts on her t-zone from puberty and this helped her a lot. I wish I had known about organic options when I was a kid...skincare habits should start at an early age so the pores aren't damaged/weakened later on in adulthood. Just my opinion, I'm not a derm (maybe I should be? ^^)