I bought about 20 tiny samples of this through Amazon for very cheap. I just wanted to try it out and see if it was for me. My skin is very hard to work with as a lot of liquids cake on my skin or make me look a lot older than I am (26). So I tried this at first like a regular foundation and it got cakey due to using so much. I used on tiny pouch (2g of product) and thought it'd work better. I'm still kind of cakey though. I can also feel this sitting on top of my skin and I don't like that feeling. I normally wear a powder foundation because they're light weight and don't cake on me (funny huh?). The color is a bit off for me as I vary between NC10 (winter) and NC20 (if I get a tan in the summer). I'd say I'm around a NC15 at the moment and this is leaning more on a NC20 color so it's a hare too dark. You probably can't tell unless I told you though. The coverage on this is nice. I'd say pimples and under eye circles could use a concealer. I have large pores, redness in my cheeks, and a few tiny veins to the side of my lips that I like to cover. All except my pores were covered. My pores are still there but not as noticeable. I could see this working for others but for me it gets a little cakey and feels heavy on the skin.
I bought a bottle of this to use on my face. I had read up on sesame oil and found it was supposed to be good for skin. Yes it did moisturize but I still was getting acne and my skin would be dry after the oil was absorbed. I wasn't too happy with the outcome and it's now just sitting on a shelf in my bathroom. Basically I'm acne prone and this didn't help.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Ideal Moisture 48hr SPF25 Sensitive Skin
Miaoudeminou 6/2/2013 4:22:00 PM
So far I'd re-buy this. I have very acne prone skin. This moisturizes just enough without feeling greasy or dry after applying. My acne is actually clearing up right now. I'm not sure if it's this, the Shea Moisture African Black soap, or a combination of the two. Either way I'm happy with my skin now.
Gels/Soaps -Shea Moisture - Organic African Black Soap
Miaoudeminou 6/2/2013 4:22:00 PM
I'm going to start by saying I'm very acne prone. I've tried so many face washes and lotions to get rid of my acne. I'm not sure if it's this, the L'Oreal Ideal moisturizer I'm using, or a combination of both. Will continue to use both though. Love the results I'm seeing. Pores still get slightly clogged but not even close to how bad they were before the two! I love that my acne is gone. Can't say enough good things. Must use a moisturizer as this is a bit drying.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
Miaoudeminou 6/2/2013 4:03:00 PM
I'm going to start this off by stating I am very very very acne prone. That being said, I broke out from this. It felt too thick on my face and didn't work for me. It clogged pores and caused acne. I bought this from Target so I couldn't return it (my store's return policy is that once you open it then it's yours forever).
Concealers -L'Oreal - Visible Lift Serum Age-Reversing Concealer
Miaoudeminou 5/27/2013 1:49:00 PM
Wow... I'm kind of embarrassed. I thought I had already reviewed this! This stuff is pretty HG. I love this concealer. I can take it anywhere and touch up spots. It lasts me most of my 10 hr day. It's opaque enough to cover pimples, redness, some broken capillaries, and my under eye area (not bad but still obvious). I had tried to pick this up the other day while at [a horrible retail store] and grabbed the Magic Lumi one instead. I can't even begin to tell you how much I regret that one! It's going back today so that I can grab the Visible Lift one instead. I can't say enough good things about this concealer. It's cheap enough and lasts a while. Go grab one.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - NSTANT AGE REWIND® THE PERFECTOR POWDER
Miaoudeminou 5/19/2013 2:20:00 AM
I'm actually in love with this powder. I bought the lightest shade (fair 10) not believing when someone else wrote that it matched their NC5 skin. I'm about a NC15 right now and it's too light! I used it under my eyes and it brightened them up so much! I might keep it for highlighting, buy the light 20 for the rest of my face and buy medium 30 for contouring or shading. This stuff is amazing. I was sweating like crazy at work and most powders turn into a mess. This product does not budge. I have very acne prone skin that's combination (mostly normal with some oily spots). I wasn't even paying attention to the shine (so I can't comment on that yet). But the rest of my face looked fantastic and I didn't break out in acne from this. I was glowing, my skin looked flawless...etc. Some mentioned "sparkle" or "glitter" in this and it does have it. So if you don't like flecks of glitter in your make-up then this isn't for you. As for coverage this is pretty good. I'd say dark circles or pimples will need concealer as it isn't full coverage but it's a good medium and covered up redness (cheeks & around my nose is some broken capillaries). I can't emphasize enough how much this makes my face glow and look flawless.
Honestly with this entire brand the only thing I liked was the packaging. Everything's pretty cheap and doesn't last long. I'm not even sure what color I got my blush & bronzer in but I threw it away. Yes there's a lot of color pay off. I'd have to look like a drag queen at first to get it to last for the entire day. As I tried using very little blush to see if I could get a nice natural look out of this and it was just gone within two hours.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Clean Whipped Creme Foundation
Miaoudeminou 5/18/2013 1:37:00 PM
I wanted to like this. It was a weird mousse texture but I liked it. I applied it both with my hands and a brush. The initial application is a dream. It looks great coverage is a good medium and I loved it. Yet after about 3-4hrs this foundation is nowhere to be found on my face. It just melts into the skin and you can't tell you're wearing anything (all coverage is gone). So I threw this away. I was sad because the initial application seemed so promising. I guess if you only need a foundation for a few hours then this would work for you (which is why I left it a 2). I don't think this product deserves a 3. As for color and undertones, this did seem to match okay with my skin. Usually CoverGirl only had weird pink undertones (I'm yellow) and so they don't work for me. I'd say this is neutral.
I had to use Mario Badescu products or my skin gets out of control. It's the only skincare I've been able to find that doesn't clog my skin more than it is and doesn't cause acne or irritation. That being said, I was trying to find a cheaper alternative. I can't keep splurging on $20+/product. So I thought I'd go ahead and try this out since it was recommended to me. I had made a post in a blog about my acne prone skin. I've used AHA before and have dealt with "stinging" so this wasn't much new. I was aware that'd happen. To those who don't like the stinging feeling on their face then be warned not to buy this! As for cleansing it seemed to do jack. My acne seemed to get worse as I was using this. It did nothing to make the acne pop up less, help my skin glow or soften. So my skin just looked awful after using this. I think the only positive thing I can say about this is that I kind of liked how it didn't suds up and it smelled like oranges. Other than that this is a waste of money... I guess unless you have perfect skin already.
I'm going to start this off by writing a bit about MK. My mom has bought from MK since I was a small child. My sister started selling MK within the past few years. Both try to push it off on me because my mom loves the brand and wants me to support my sister. I get this but I went with my mom one time to a hotel meet-up. They had this thing where you could try out and buy the make-up. The make-up I tried there caused my face to be tender, red, and have a few hives. So you can understand why I'm hesitant to re-try MK. My sister tends to think that pushing MK on me for birthdays and Christmas is a good idea. It isn't and I tend to not really use the stuff. So I have this mascara sitting in a box unused. I have one I have used and I'm not impressed. I love Covergirl Clump Crusher so much better. The Lash Love mascara doesn't really separate, give thickness, or length. It's just a mediocre mascara for an expensive price ($15). You could buy 2 CG mascaras for that price. I just don't see the love for this and probably will toss it. I have no idea what to do with the spare I have along with the make-up remover (both still in box). Might be worth trading...
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Gelatin Milk Pore Cleansing Masque
Miaoudeminou 4/7/2013 5:02:00 PM
I was trying to find something similar to what I used here. Well I guess this is kind of right. I used Knox Gelatine to create a peel off mask (it's supposed to act like Bioré strips). Basically you take the gelatin, add water until it looks chunky, heat it up in the microwave for 10 seconds, let it cool a little, and apply to your face (do not get on any hair you want to keep). I personally did not feel like this did anything for me. My pores were not cleaned out. I broke out in acne the day after using it and have come to notice it's the only reason why I've been having pimples. Peeling this off is a pain and hurts like no other. You're taking all the hair on your face with the mask when you peel it off (feels like you're waxing your face but not as fast). The worst you can do is try this and see if it works for you. If it does it's cheap. A package of 4 envelopes of Knox Gelatine was not even a $1 at my grocery store.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips - Coral Crush
Miaoudeminou 3/31/2013 10:59:00 AM
So I usually can't vary too far from Blistex, Nivea, Carmex or natural balms (Burts Bees or any with beeswax). I tried a few different brands years ago and my lips broke out in blisters (EOS). This made me weary when trying this because I didn't want a reaction. I had heard a lot of good things. Trying this wasn't too bad. I like the orange smell it has. My lips are already fairly pigmented but I like colored balms because white or clear ones leave a residue look. Over all this is nice but a bit on the expensive side for what it is (I said a bit because I know there are balms that run a lot more expensive than $6). I wish they could make balms a bit cheaper because I use them so quickly and lose them.
Someone claimed online that this felt tip wouldn't dry out and didn't have the same issues others did. I have a big dislike for felt tips because they don't work for me. The tip is not saturated with product and they dry out within a day or two for me (no matter how I store them- this one was even stored upside down and it dried out). I've had this pen for maybe a week and the tip is just a mess. I can't get any product out so I tried cutting it. Only have the very base almost where the felt & plastic meet does actual product come out. If they could create something that doesn't do this and doesn't have issues like the felt tip pens have, I'd buy them up. I have to say that I do love the product inside this pen. It's nice, it matches my dark brown hair, and it works. If you have a nice shape to your brows but need them to be fuller looking then this would work nice for you. If I didn't have so many issues with the packaging I'd love this and recommend to all. For now I'd have to say you're better off with eye shadow or a pencil instead of this.
Pressed Powders -Sephora - Mattifying Compact Powder
Miaoudeminou 3/30/2013 4:24:00 PM
I have the 8hr Mattifying Compact Foundation. It's in a black oval compact that comes with a sponge and a mirror inside. I love this stuff. It's lightweight, doesn't get cakey, and has decent coverage (no redness poking through). I can use a flat top brush to apply this. It doesn't cause the powder to fly everywhere and there's a seamless application. You can't tell where your skin and the powder stop/start. It's decently priced ($22) for a powder at Sephora. I had wanted their Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder but they didn't have my shade (even the drawer below the display didn't have it). So I got this instead. I'm not disappointed as this looks like your skin yet matte. It's hard to explain. The color selection is nice and worked well for my NC15 (pale yellow) skin. Over all if you can afford this then I'd recommend it.