Cleansers -Peter Thomas Roth - Gentle cleansing lotion
MarathonMom 10/15/2004 2:37:00 PM
This is definitely my holy grail cleanser. I was searching for a couple years for a cleanser that was low-lathering, totally clean rinsing, would remove all of my makeup, and would not make my skin feel dry. Plus I wanted one that is fragrance-free. PTR Gentle Cleansing lotion fits the bill to a T. I use this every morning and every night. I also use an eye makeup remover, and this combo gets all of my makeup off. I'm very pleased and I hope PTR never discontinues this.
These are the best shadows I've ever tried. The color you see in the shadow container is the color that you will see on your eye lids. They are very pigmented. They go on like silk and they last. I think BB has an incredible color selection in both the mattes and the shimmers. I just wish they weren't so expensive!
I'd buy these again because of the price, but they are not that highly-pigmented IMO and they don't show up very well on me. Since I started using MK's new primer they're working a lot better. Still, they don't show up nearly as well as Bobbi Brown's, which I think are among the best on the market. I have MK's in white sand, taupe, and hazelnut. They are beautiful and glide on like silk, but again, I wish they had a bit more pigment.
This is an incredible powder foundation. I first found mine at Sally's but then when I needed more they were out so I ordered it online directly from Palladio. I believe they have a $25 minimum order policy so I ordered 3 of them. I use Cypress Beige. For reference, I'm a MAC NC20 and BB Warm Sand. Palladio goes on very smoothly and it lasts on my combo skin for at least 7 hours, and then I need to touch up around my nose and chin. Also, it's transfer-resistant and it will not rub off on your clothes like MAC StudioFix. I highly recommend!
Powder -Mary Kay - Timewise Dual coverage powder foundaiton
MarathonMom 10/15/2004 2:24:00 PM
I really did not care for this powder foundation. I used Ivory 200 and it turned orange on me very quickly. Plus I thought it could be much more finely milled and it doesn't apply very smoothly. I traded it for other products from my consultant.
I haven't checked out the other reviews yet on MK's lip gloss, but it's obvious that MK recently changed the formula and the packaging of their lip glosses. I had another tube of Pink Pout, but it leaked all over my purse and I threw it out. So did all of my other MK lip glosses. Then a consultant gave me this new tube as a gift with purchase and WOW! The tube is a little different, it does NOT leak, and the color seems a bit darker. And the scent is not quite as strong. Furthermore, it lasts much longer on my lips. I'm very impressed and I'm definitely going to buy more of these glosses. However, I'm going to make sure the consultant gives me NEW inventory so I make sure I don't get any of the old tubes that leak.
This is the second time I've tried this. I was hoping that after reading about it in Allure that I would like it the second time around. Nope! It leaves a light film on my face, and I can't stand to use any cleanser that does not rinse all the way off. So now I'm using up my bottle in the shower to shave my legs.
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel
MarathonMom 10/15/2004 2:14:00 PM
This has really helped to keep my skin nice and smooth and even-textured. Sometimes it stings a bit when applied, so I recommend putting very little on at first. No moisturizer is needed on top, but I usually apply PTR's Ceramide Night Renewal over this. I use this before going to bed at night, and in the morning I wake up to soft skin. It's a clear gel consistency and it's fragrance-free. Once it dries it's not at all sticky. This could actually be worn during the day under makeup, but you would need to apply a sunscreen. Using this nightly, it has taken me about ten months to use up one bottle.
This does have a lot of alcohol, so beware. It can sting! But once you've built up a tolerance for it, it really helps to control acne. I've been using this toner on and off for about 5 years. When I'm religious about using it every morning, and at least a couple nights a week, my skin does not break out. If I skip a few mornings, then I start to get hormonal acne right around my chin. It seems that as long as I have this product on hand, I am free to experiment with any cleanser, foundation, powder, moisturizer........ I can put anything on my face as long as I use this toner every morning. It's really worked well for my combination skin. Before I hit 30 I never broke out. This stuff has been saving me. I've experimented with other similar products but I haven't found anything else that works nearly as well for my skin. For the past year most of my skin care products are from Peter Thomas Roth with the exception of this toner from Mary Kay.
I like using this as a primer for my foundation. It makes my skin super smooth and soft and any dry spots instantly disappear. The jury is still out to see if it helps make my skin more even-toned, so I'll update in a few weeks. For now, I'm very happy using Idealist.
These are fabulous. I've been using sable for years. They're soft enough so they don't tug at your eyes, and the color lasts and doesn't smudge and run. You can't beat MK's eyeliners!
I think for the price this is a good foundation, but I'm having a little trouble with the colors. I'm a BB Warm Sand for reference. I have found that in Mary Kay, Ivory 200 is too light. Ivory 202 (which I have right now) seems too olivy. Ivory 204 looks too red when I'm in natural light. Beige 300 makes me look like a slice of Velveeta cheese. Anything over Beige 300 is way too dark. I'm having okay luck applying Ivory 202 with a damp sponge. The coverage is good, and it doesn't seem like it sinks into fine lines. If I apply it with a dry sponge it seems to go on chalky. If I apply it with my fingers it looks like a horrible mask. So a damp sponge seems to be the way to go with this foundation. Overall, for the price I think it's a good foundation if you can find a decent color match. But for me, since I can't get a good color match and I'm having to play with it so much to get it to look right on my skin, I will not repurchase.
Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth - Ceramide Night Renewal
MarathonMom 10/13/2004 7:20:00 AM
This is a very good basic moisturizer for my combination skin. It sinks right in and isn't at all sticky. Even though it's called "night renewal" it is perfect to wear under makeup. I use it more for a day moisturizer when I'm not going to be outdoors. I have found it's not quite moisturizing enough for me to use as a night time moisturizer. It is fragrance free.
Scrubs -Peter Thomas Roth - Botanical Buffing Beads
MarathonMom 10/13/2004 7:16:00 AM
This is a good gentle scrub for everyday use. Some people might think it isn't grainy enough. The jojoba beads are very smooth and round so it takes some massaging to really do the job. I love its citrus smell. PTR recommends you follow this with a cleaner, but it rinses cleanly with absolutely no residue.
Dolce Vita is hands-down my favorite lipstick of all time, a definite YLBB lipstick. NARS makes a top quality product and he's yet to let me down. I will always have one of these around, as long as he's making it.