Concealers -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles
Lizard31 3/23/2013 6:20:00 PM
This is a pretty good little concealer. I have moderate circles under my eyes and I find that the light shade is a good match for me (nc 20-ish) and it hides my circles fairly well. I apply a little to each ring finger and gently pat it under each eye until blended. Then I either stipple on my foundation or just dust w/loose powder if I'm not bothering with full makeup. At the end of they day my under eye area does look a little dry, however that's the case no matter what I use to hide circles... I'm still searching for my HG hydrating, plumping eye cream or serum. : )
I love this -- it's my go-to scent for the office, especially on days when there are meetings and I want to wear something pleasant and not overpowering. Chance Eau Tendre is uplifting and appropriate all year-round, but I especially enjoy it in the springtime.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Deep Pore brush head
Lizard31 3/19/2013 9:05:00 PM
It was time to replace the sensitive brush head that originally came with my Mia and after reading the reviews (some positive, some negative), I decided to give the Deep Pore brush head a shot and I'm so glad that I did. These brush heads all seem so similar when you touch them on the store display however I noticed a difference when I used this on my face for the first time. The deep pore brush felt firmer but somehow softer on my face. I also noticed that the congested pores on my nose and chin seemed clearer after using this vs. the sensitive brush head. I plan to continue purchasing this one and I'll update if anything changes.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Mr. Pumice - Pumi Bar
Lizard31 7/7/2012 11:14:00 AM
I've used the dark purple/light purple one for years now. My feet look great and my wallet is very happy!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Salux Nylon Japanese Bath Towel
Lizard31 3/26/2011 1:34:00 PM
Thanks MUA for introducing me to the Salux cloth -- this thing is truly a winner. I have used a shower pouf on and off for years and I've always been a little skeeved by how mildew-y they get in a short time. I had seen exfoliating gloves and washcloths in places like The Body Shop but I felt they'd be too rough and harsh for me. I ordered a peach colored Salux from thesaluxshop.com. Great customer service and incredible attention to detail (email notifications and handwritten thank you card enclosed) for such a small $ order. The first couple of time I used the Salux I feared that it was a little too rough for me but I stuck with it and a couple of weeks later I am a total convert. Highly recommend -- for a few bucks why not try it? If you have sensitive skin, start slowly with a light touch.
AmLactin 12% alpha-hydroxy lotion is my unglamorous secret weapon for hands, elbows, heels, upper arms, knees and any other rough spots. I began using it a year or so ago on my hands every night, hoping to keep my dry hands and cuticles under control. I have had mild scarring on the back of my left hand since I was a baby and I am amazed at how well AmLactin has smoothed out my skin and diminished the scarring. This has happened over time (like a year) so don't expect overnight results. It also works very well on KP on upper arms and helps keep my heels smooth between visits from Mr. Pumice. I buy AmLactin at my local CVS where it can be found on the bottom shelf in the lotion aisle (along with the other unglamorous products). It's pricy at $15 or $16 US for 7.9 oz, however you can download a $2 coupon at amlactin.com and if you can combine it with CVS ExtraBucks, you can save. AmLactin doesn't smell great - actually, it smells like something you might need a prescription for - and the bottle is a plain flip-top plastic one but to me, the product inside is what really matters and I will keep re-purchasing. AmLactin may be a little tough on sensitive skins, so remember that your mileage may vary. ; ) I should also add that I only use AmLactin at night. I find it a little tacky feeling on my hands for during the day.
Ugh! I am so bummed out. I got this brush in the mail yesterday and I tried it with powder and also for stippling liquid foundation. It worked great, but then I washed it and the @#$%!! thing fell apart. I mean the wad of bristles literally came right out of the collar of the brush. The brush was also shedding quite a bit as I was using it and it bled black dye in the water, but not horribly. Too bad because the brush is really soft and it works surprisingly well with liquid foundation. I'm still a beginner at this technique and I got good results. I hate to have to order another and pay shipping all over again so I am going to try a K-Mart nearby to see if they have them. My local Target does not carry E. L. F. I'm willing to give it another try assuming that mine was a dud. For now, I'm giving it a low rating based on the quality of the brush I received.
This review is for the Sonia Kashuk Powder Brush 01 (white handle) available at Target for $11.99. This brush is incredibly soft and silky feeling against my skin and I look forward to using it each morning. It gives me a nice light dusting of powder in just a couple of swipes. The handle is long enough for good control and short enough to fit in my makeup bag if I want to take it with me. I have not had any problems with shedding, the brush does not have any odd smell, and I have not washed it yet so I can't comment on whether or not it bleeds color or if it changes any after washing. (I'll update if it does.) Overall this brush is a super value for the price and I would purchase again.
Skincare - Face -L'Oreal - Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer
Lizard31 3/12/2010 9:20:00 PM
This cream is too heavily scented for me and it makes my skin burn a little when first applied. The screw-top jar is nothing special. I haven't used this long enough to reasonably expect to see any benefits because it's just too smelly. Too bad because overall I am happy with the Skin Genesis products that I have used and I was really looking forward to trying this one. I wish I'd saved my receipt...
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Gel Cleanser [DISCONTINUED]
Lizard31 3/12/2010 9:13:00 PM
This is a foaming gel cleanser. It is not overly drying to my combination skin, it removes eye makeup better than I expected it to, and it lathers nicely. About half a pump is enough for me, especially if I'm using it in the shower and I find that the bottle lasts a fairly long time. I alternate this with a creamy cleanser that I use in the evening.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - L'Oreal Skin Genesis Daily Moisturizer, SPF 15 Lotion
Lizard31 3/12/2010 9:08:00 PM
This has been my daily moisturizer for the past couple of years. I like that it has sunscreen (although I wish the SPF were 30 instead of 15) and the pump packaging keeps the product fresh. This lotion has a bit of shimmer in it to reflect the light. It suits my combination skin pretty much year round, although in winter from time to time I do need something a little heavier on dry patches. It is pricey for a drugstore brand so I try to use coupons when I can, stock up when on sale, and use my CVS ExtraBucks.
I am so sad that this color is discontinued. I bought my first tube when the Danse collection was in the MAC store. It hung around for a while before I realized what a lovely and wearable neutral color it is, and by the time it became a favorite, it was discontinued. : ( Since then I have purchased a few tubes off of eBay. This is a nice brownish, mauve-ish color with a golden shimmer that is easy to apply (rather sheer) and looks great even with no other makeup on. I also layer it with a deep nude lip pencil for more definition and lasting color. So sorry it's gone . . .
This is a nice little gloss and it's the only Viva Glam color so far that I find to be wearable. It's not opaque, so it's easy and forgiving to apply and I can wear it without lip liner. This color brightens my face up, although it does leave behind some residual glitter as it wears. MAC Lipglass is my favorite gloss and I plan to purchase this shade again.