Foundations -Bare Escentuals - bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
Megsaroo 4/28/2012 6:15:00 PM
I switched to bareMinerals several years ago (at least 6 years ago) from Revlon Colorstay and it is completely my HG foundation. However, it's definitely a hit or miss foundation - I have slightly dry/slightly oily skin depending on what cleanser I'm using and what time of year it is and while it looks and feels awesome on me, when my Mom and sister tried it, they weren't fans. I find for me, my skin needs to be slightly oily (and/or moisturized) for it to "stick" to my skin. I've used different primers, but they seem to make it simply slide off my skin. I've noticed that my skin definitely is healthier and I have only the occasional breakout since switching (which is amazing). I get compliments all the time about how glowing/dewy my skin looks and it's honestly because of this foundation. And yes, you MUST tap your brush off, otherwise it gets everywhere (I'm a rebel, I don't do the swirl :-P - just tap into the foundation, tap off, then buff) My only complaints are: 1) I find it doesn't last all day - if I'm going out again at night, I definitely need to reapply (at least to any blemishes, under eye circles, etc) and 2) I HATE the container. I feel like I'm wasting so much because you can't get the last little bit out. (Especially when you figure out how many containers I've used in the last 6 years).
After using DiorShow (and a disastrous turn with DiorShow Waterproof) for quite awhile, I got a sample of this from Sephora and ended up switching. It takes a couple of coats, but I really like how it thickens up my lashes (though I don't really feel like it looks like it lengthens them). My only complaints are 1) It seems super messy to apply (I'm forever getting it on my eye lids, which is weird because I've never had this problem before) and 2) It takes forever to dry. So while I search for my mascara HG, this is my go-to.
Mascara -Christian Dior - DiorShow Mascara Waterproof
Megsaroo 4/28/2012 5:54:00 PM
After using DiorShow (and having it my be my HG for quite awhile) - I thought I'd try the waterproof version since the regular formula made my lashes look awesome, but did run/smudge a bit. Bad move. This stuff clumped so bad I looked like Tammy Faye (and it still ran a bit). Awful awful stuff. For how expensive it is, you'd think they'd have a MUCH better formulation.
Cleansers -California Baby - Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash
Megsaroo 4/28/2012 5:25:00 PM
I have pretty sensitive skin, so when I started buying this for my infant son, I figured I would give it a try as a facial cleanser and shampoo as well. I used it on and off for about six months and have had some very mixed results. My hair is a little longer than shoulder length, wavy, very fine with the bottom half previously bleached, but now light brown. After using the shampoo, I felt like my hair was definitely healthier and softer and the previously bleached part wasn't fading as much. However, I did notice that I had to wash my hair more often (now every other day). I did still have to condition my hair though - you won't be able to skip it with this. Then I noticed that along my hairline on my neck, I was getting big pimples and whiteheads. As a facial cleanser, this worked fairly well (to be honest, as a new mom, I was using it off and on - my skincare regime definitely suffered during those sleep-deprived first days) and it left my skin soft and clean (even managed to wash off my Bare Minerals makeup with ease). However, around 6 months (when I was getting better about taking care of my skin) I started noticing my skin was breaking out worse than it ever did when I was a teenager. I thought it was my post-partum hormones changing and started washing my face more (2x a day) and behold, my face was getting even worse (we're talking full-fledged acne by this point - all over my face). Distraught, I came and read reviews on here and saw that someone else found that it made them breakout - but several months after starting to use it. I immediately changed both my shampoo and facial cleanser and low and behold, the pimples along my hairline on my neck and my acne went away. Like the other reviewer, I'm guessing it just took awhile for it to buildup on my skin. Though for me I'd give it a 1, for my son it works really well - I'm guessing because he doesn't have the same oils and his skin doesn't need to be exfoliated like an adult's does, so I'm giving it a 5 for him (and an overall 3 for both of us). So while I could use it in a pinch - I'll never use this on my face/hair more than a couple times again.
I've been using this BWC cleanser for about a month now and I have to say, I've been VERY happy with this cleanser. I usually have ridiculously sensitive skin, but I haven't reacted at all to this product and I love the feeling of it on my skin - it feels almost like smooth silicone. After applying, I wait a minute or so (leaving the cleanser on my face) and then rinse off. I definitely think my skin looks "fresher" after using this. My only (minor) complaint is that it is slightly drying (most likely due to the AHAs) - however, if you have a good moisturizer, you'll be fine. I recently bought other BWC products, so I'll review how they work (and if they work better together) once I've used them together for awhile. On a side note, I was using this in conjunction with the Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic Acid cream (as recommended by a dermatologist I saw on PBS), but it turned out to be too much for my skin (had a burning feeling on my face after a week). So right now I'm just using the BWC cleanser and will use the Alpha Hydrox probably once a week as an exfoliation treatment.
Cleansers -Biotherm - Biosensitive Self-Foaming Cleanser
Megsaroo 11/4/2008 5:59:00 PM
I used this product for about a week thinking it was great then one morning after cleansing (I hadn't even put on the matching toner and moisturizer) I broke out in the worst hives and rash I've ever had by far. I have sensitive skin, but I've NEVER reacted to a product like this. It was absolutely horrible - it took over a week and a half taking of potent allergy medication and not washing my face with this product for my skin to recover. I will never purchase another Biotherm product period because of my experience with this product. It is not for those with truly sensitive skin, buyer beware!