Bought this while on holidays in the US - I went a little over board in the MAC store (everything is SO cheap compared to Australia!). I had low expectations of this, thinking it was just another up-sell from the S/A... But I'm so glad I got it. Best mascara I've bought. Love it!! Separates, thickens, curls, adds volume. It does it all! I've had no issues with clumping, flaking or smudging - however it is early days still.
I've been using it for a few months now, in fact I've almost finished the tube. It's a very pleasant moisturizer. Although it does feel a little greasy, it sinks into my skin as soon as I put it on. I don't believe it has caused me to break out at all, which is a very good thing (I think salicylic acid is one of the ingredients which would be why). The only reason I don't use this during the day is because it lacks spf. It's a great moisturizer although I do find it a little on the costly side. I will repurchase when I run out.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
Min90 10/25/2011 1:58:00 AM
I've been using jojoba oil as a moisturizer each night for maybe about a month or so. At first it made me break out quite badly for a couple weeks but I persisted. I can't say it has cleared up my skin, but my skin is definitely a lot more hydrated. Less oily too. I guess I will keep at it, perhaps it will take another month to clear up. Also, this is great for hair. I rub a little into the ends each night and the next day my hair is so shiny and smooth.
This stuff is great. Gets rid of EVERYTHING - foundation, sunscreen, mascara, you name it. It all comes off in one wash. I like the smell and the consistency. The oil washes right off - there is no residue left on your skin. My skin is left feeling just lovely and clean. I bought a sample a couple of weeks ago and so far it hasn't made me break out. I have already purchased a full bottle! Definitely recommend!
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Extase Flash Plumping Mascara
Min90 8/7/2011 8:45:00 PM
I have only had it for about a week and I find the brush really weird to use, just can't get the hang of it. I do like it, however I don't love it. I'm hoping once I get used to the brush I will be able to get the best results (and monies worth) from it. I also noted the formula feels really liquidy; more so than anything else I have used before - so it takes ages to dry. I like the colour (very deep black), and it does lengthen my lashes - although there is so much clumping. I will update in a couple of weeks if there is improvement. UPDATE: I do not like this mascara. No matter how I apply it to my lashes they will come out all stuck together in huge clumps (and I even tried scraping off ALL the product from the brush before applying). The only thing I liked was the packaging. Such poor results from such an expensive product... I DO NOT recommend buying this.
Its a good, basic all-rounder scrub to keep on hand. I always have a tube in my bathroom. I use it on my face, body and even feet!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Min90 8/2/2011 10:53:00 PM
I used to like this in my teen years. My skin absorbs it quickly and it doesn't leave too much of sticky or oily residue afterwards. However it made me breakout like crazy and I didn't find it that moisturising either.
I started using this in my mid-teens as I had developed pretty bad acne. For the first four years it worked wonderfully. Definitely helped clear my skin, although it never fully stopped my acne. Then it just kind of plateaued. I guess my skin became used to it and it lost its effectiveness. In winter I couldn't use it everyday as it dried my skin out too much and it would actually make my skin worse. I would give it a go if nothing else if working for you. On a side note: don't get any of this stuff on your clothing, towels, bed linen, etc. Bleaches everything it comes in contact with - so make sure you wash your hands after using!! Cannot stress that enough.
Have been using it for a couple of years and I have no complaints. It's a simple, gentle cleanser. I use it twice a day and it doesn't aggravate my skin at all. I use a makeup remover prior to cleansing, but this will remove anything I have missed. Doesn't leave any kind of residue on the skin either.
Foundations -Chanel - Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Make-Up ] [DISCONTINUED]
Min90 8/2/2011 10:20:00 PM
I really do like this foundation. I have somewhat fair skin and I found the colour 20 Clair a little too dark (I think it was the lightest shade too), but still doable. Gives more of a dewy finish than it does matte. The formula was thicker than my previous foundation yet it feels and looks like I am wearing less makeup than before. I am doubtful I will be able to wear this nicely during summer as my skin becomes oilier. However it's perfect for winter! As my skin becomes dryer the moisturising aspect of the foundation improves the overall quality of my skin. It retails around $85 in Australia, but I got it for $60 off Strawberrynet. Overall I am very happy with the Pro Lumiere, and I am confident I will repurchase (until something better comes along!).
I use it regularly just as a touch up powder. It's sheer and has a kind of airy finish to it which I like - it doesn't become cakey at all, even after reapplying several times. I have zero complaints, yet I don't really have anything fantastic to say about it either? I bought it at duty free when I was going overseas on holidays, so I can't really comment on the price. When it runs out I will probably try other brands, but if I can't find anything I like I will definitely come back to this.
Scrubs -Kiehls - Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Min90 7/7/2011 1:54:00 AM
The scrub has definitely got the most refined particles out of all the body & facial scrubs I've used before. I use it once/twice a week and it does do a great job at smoothing my skin. I have never felt any of the tingly sensations that other users have - and I'm quite sure I've used it up to the two minute period. Besides the obvious smoothing effects I have noticed perhaps a slight reduction in pore size as well as breakouts.
I bought this lipstick for the colour (012/Sky Pink) as it was a really lovely bright but slightly pastel pink. However I was very disappointed with the texture - very dry and difficult to apply as it would not glide very well over the lips (which was a surprise to me as my other Revlon lipsticks didn't have this problem). I find I need to apply a balm beforehand to get the most out of it. Which is a shame since it was a little on the expensive side too.
I really like this lipstick - it's the only one which I wear regularly. I found the pink to be a really wearable not-quite-pastel pink. The texture is really creamy and smooth - almost like wearing a balm. The only downside is that you need to exfoliate your lips before wearing it because it does accentuate any dry spots you may have. I did find it quite pricey though (AUD $25.00) - this would be the only concern I have with repurchasing.
I've recently purchased this product after seeing so many positive reviews about it. I have been using it for about a week and I am already noticing the pores, on my cheeks & nose especially, are slowly becoming smaller & tighter. My skin has definitely been a lot less oily since I have started using it - it has managed to keep my skin fresh when I'm outside in the warm weather & even while playing sports! I am definitely going to consider using the rest of the rare earths line! Just an update: I noticed if you use a cotton pad to apply this toner, the pad tends to filter out the white clay in the liquid. So it is best to apply directly to your face using your hands.