Broke me out like crazy!! I had just gotten my skin back to where it needed to be with a mandelic acid serum (15%), but decided I needed to try to eliminate some of the flakiness and peeling from using the product, so I bought an all-natural sugar scrub, with soybean oil as the main ingredient. The next day, my ENTIRE FACE was broke out. It's three days later and I'm still dealing with it. DO NOT use this product if you are acne-prone!
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Boudreaux's Butt Paste
PheistyChick 4/11/2011 12:05:00 AM
I use Bordreaux's Butt Paste for stubborn adult acne (I alternate with this and Tea Tree Oil mixed with jojoba or coconut oil) and it works like a charm. I slather it all over my face overnight, and by morning, any zits are mostly gone and my skin is nice and soft. Also works great on cracked dry skin...on your face or pretty much anywhere else on your body. The secret "healing" ingredient in this stuff is the boric acid...the same thing you used to find in the old Pond's Cold Cream (only they used Sodium Borate...buy the generic stuff now if you want the old recipe of Pond's).
For those of you looking for the old version (with sodium borate, mineral oil, beeswax), try the Family Dollar or Dollar General brand. I've been stocking up on it ever since Pond's changed their recipe. What is wrong with them, anyway?? Why would they change what works? There's also the Jergen's brand that you can get at Walmart. It has a pink lid on it, and here are the ingredients: Mineral Oil, Water, Beeswax, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Borate, Frangrance, Isopropyl Myristate, DMDM Hydantoin, Red #4 So obviously, the Family Dollar brand is preferable because it has less strange chemicals in it. I certainly hope that at least Jergens and the Family Dollar stores keep making the good, old-fashioned cold cream, because it's definitely helping me retain my youthful glow. Not sure what I'll do if they stop...maybe make my own?
Just a really nice, gentle cleanser that gets the job done. No frills, and it's relatively inexpensive if you purchase other Acne.org stuff (due to high shipping costs). It hardly smells like anything, which I prefer, anyway. I wash my face twice with this, just to be sure I'm getting all the makeup an dirt/oil off, but I probably wouldn't have to. I don't use very much at all but it still does the job. I will be repurchasing simply because I've found that it works and doesn't overdry my skin. My skin is clear now (yay!), but I can't exactly attribute it completely to this product alone because I use the Acne.org AHA and M2 Skin Refinish every-other night.
I have been using Acne.org's AHA for about a month, now, every-other night before I go to bed. On the off-nights, I use M2's HP Skin Refinish 20%. I can say that this stuff is truly great, especially for the price. Yes, the shipping is a lot, but for the quantity of the product, it's really dirt-cheap, even considering the shipping costs. It's hard to tell whether the AHA is killing my acne, or if it's just the M2, but I can say that when I have had a blemish, I simply put a dab of this on it a couple of times a day, and the sucker breaks down within a day or two. My face hasn't been this clear since I was a pre-teen--and I'm 35! Nothing else has worked on my acne, btw, including glycolic and salicylic acids. This product has great moisturizing properties, and I have used it as a moisturizer under makeup for those days when I feel a slight breakout coming on. It really seems to keep the breakouts at bay, and so long as you don't overdo it with the product, it doesn't ball up or roll off under makeup. (I use Everyday Minerals, so maybe this isn't the case with liquid makeup.) Yes, there is a burning sensation when you first apply it. I actually prefer that, since it means it's doing what it's supposed to. You don't need to apply much at all, and a tube should last you quite awhile. For those who broke out after using AHA, you should continue using it for at least two weeks. Your skin is more than likely purging the congested gunk that's below the skin's surface. If you're still breaking out after two weeks with no improvement, then it's safe to say that Acne.org's AHA isn't for you. So don't give up so quickly! ;-) Again, it's difficult for me to say which product is clearing up my face (the M2 or the AHA), but I can say that my face has never looked so good. I forgot to add: Please use sunscreen!! Because AHA is basically a resurfacing agent, you have to use sunscreen. If you don't (and if you already have lots of melasma and acne scarring) you will damage your skin and you'll be very unhappy which will lead you to hate skin resurfacing agents. And that, my dears, would be a crying shame because skin resurfacing agents are fantastic. You know how men say that beer is proof that God loves them and wants them to be happy? Well, things that take off layers of a woman's damaged skin to reveal young, healthy, happy skin are proof that God loves US and wants US to be happy. Use sunscreen. (And this is coming from a sun-worshiper. Trust me.) Sorry for the long review. Cheers.
I got supremely lucky and found this blush at TJ Maxx, paired with some NARS lip gloss for $29. The color looked close to Orgasm (which I've been pining away for), so I snatched it up. I'm so glad that I did. I have olive skin, and this color looks great on me. The shimmery-ness is subtle and natural-looking, and it truly makes you look like you're glowing. It also doesn't settle into my fine smile lines like some of my other blushes. I do believe that I've found my HG blush. Although I love my Pixi blush, this one has replaced it due to the natural, glowing look it gives. It looks great any time of day and I don't have to use a lot of it to get the look I want. Yes, the price is high, but worth it, IMHO. How can you put a price on a natural-looking, youthful glow?
I saw this at Ulta and had to try it, and I'm so glad I did! The shadows are so versatile, and blend beautifully. I use this every day for work, and am also able to 'glamour it up' with this nifty kit at night and on the weekends. Although some have complained that these shadows aren't actually "natural", I've found that with my darker skin, this is the only 'natural eye' palette that actually makes it look like I'm wearing eye makeup and brings out the color in my eyes (hazel/brown). $34 is a very small price to pay for such great shadows that you can literally use for every occasion. I've been using it for a month, now, and I can tell that this item will last me six months or even a year. Also, my husband loves the way my eyes look since I started using this kit. He says they look 'super sexy'. Score!
Cleansers -Bliss Labs - Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
PheistyChick 11/5/2009 7:58:00 PM
I got a sample of this while staying at W Hotels in Minneapolis. I had forgotten my salicylic cleanser at home (dumb, dumb, dumb), so had no choice but to use this. I have to agree with other reviewers about the dryness, but it works as a nice, gentle cleanser in the PM. I wouldn't recommend in the AM. It didn't break me out at all (which is good, since I'm sensitive to breakouts). Since I got this free, I can't complain about the price, but I've heard that it's pretty expensive. There are other gentle cleansers out there for less money.
Lipstick -Too Faced - Lip of Luxury - Celebrity Meltdown
PheistyChick 10/26/2009 6:44:00 PM
Such a pretty lipstick! The color is perfect on my skintone, even though I'm a darker olive. I wish I would have had it this summer when I was more tan. The shimmer is just enough to make your lips stand out and isn't overpowering. The staying power is amazing, even after drinking coffee all morning. The packaging is really pretty, with a large rhinestone on the top. I'm not a big one for 'bling', but it's a nice touch. :-) I will be repurchasing this lovely product! (And I'm really, REALLY falling in love with Too Faced, in general.)
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Source Naturals Wellness Colloidal silver
PheistyChick 10/25/2009 10:17:00 PM
I haven't tried this brand of CS in particular because I make my own. I've been making it for about six years, and I use it constantly in one way or another. I carry a bottle of it with me wherever I go, especially while traveling and shopping. It's a great hand--and everything else--sanitizer. I spray it on my face a few times a day to kill bacteria, and I drink tablespoons of it at a time if I'm sick or have a sore throat. I've used it on my son's ear infections, and have used it for pink eye on a friend's child. I also drink it if I think I have food poisoning. It works on burns and lesions to help them heal faster (hospitals use the stuff) and with less or no scarring. I gave it to my mom's cat who was on her deathbed (the vet said she was not going to make it) and after three days of drinking silver in her water, she was out chasing (and catching!) birds.* This stuff is awesome, and there's no way you're going to turn blue by using it occasionally for cosmetic purposes. I'm not blue, and I've been drinking the stuff for years. (If you do drink it, make sure to take a pro-biotic to replace the friendly bacteria in your digestive tract.) The Argyria scare is just bunch of tripe that Big Pharma started. But that argument's for another website. ;-) If you use it a lot, I would highly recommend buying a generator, since it's pretty expensive at the store. *BTW, I have to state a disclaimer: These are simply my opinions about Colloidal Silver, and that I am in no way saying that CS cures any sort of disease or illness.
Mascara -Napoleon Perdis - Long Double Black Mascara
PheistyChick 10/25/2009 2:27:00 AM
I wish I would have driven back to Ulta and given the snotty little girl who sold me this garbage a piece of my mind. She assured me--quite snottily--that this was THE mascara to buy, after I questioned whether or not it smudged (due to my oily eye area). This mascara is runny and nasty. It goes on horribly (very, very wet) and the wand design just plain sucks. Thankfully I received some other goodies with this purchase that made the whole ordeal not so bad. Don't bother buying this. It's truly the worst mascara I've ever tried.
Love this blush so much! The color is stunning and it blends into my skin so nicely. It has staying-power, as well. Amazing, esp for the price.
This is my signature fragrance. My husband bought it for me for Mother's Day two years ago, and I've been wearing it ever since. I love the sophisticated smell of it, and it was a nice substitution for my Fendi, which was my favorite since I was a teenager. I always get compliments on my Black Orchid, especially when I pair it with the lotion. I personally really love this fragrance, but you have to like dark, sophisticated (and even a little complicated) scents for this one to float your boat. If you're more into playful, clean, bright florals, run the other way. My only reasons for not giving 5 lippies is due to the price. This stuff is expensive.
I bought this about a month ago. I won't be repurchasing because I'm convinced that the packaging was designed by my husband as a cruel psychological joke so that I'll never pay $12.00 for drugstore lip gloss again. Yes, the packaging is really that bad. The colors are gorgeous. I love both of them. The nude color looks great during the day, and the more cherry-colored one is great for the night, so they get kudos for being a versatile product for any time of the day. It's also convenient to throw into your handbag. Too bad putting it on isn't equally convenient. The packaging makes it tough to squeeze anything out once you get about half-way through one of the colors. I took the liberty of breaking off some of the annoying black plastic stuff around the tubes that make it a little easier to get at the nude color, now, but it's still clumsy to use. What stinks even more is that it doesn't last very long, so you're constantly battling with it. Overall? Nice colors with a nice shine, but doesn't last and the packaging is from the seventh layer of hell. For $12.00+? Don't waste your money.
I've been using this product for a month, now, and am very, very happy with M2. My breakouts are down to just a couple zits instead of an entire crop of them, and my scars/melasma are disappearing. My skin looks the best it has since I was a pre-teen! Yay! I also have to add that I use Acne.org's AHA on the nights I don't use M2, so I think that's helping, as well. It is sticky, but not to the point where it bothers me when I sleep. I feel like it's protecting my skin at night. It does sting a bit when I put it on, but that tells me it's working. It smells strange, but I could care less about that so long as it works. I already bought another bottle to put in the fridge or give to my mom for Christmas, and also purchased the moisturizer. From what I've read, you get the maximum benefit from this product if you use the M2 moisturizer along with it. UPDATE! Two months in, and still amazed. This stuff is so awesome. I'm starting to think, though, that it's truly the best for people with olive or darker skin. I've read a lot of reviews, and most of the fairer-skinned and super-sensitive-skinned people who've used it aren't pleased with it. Since I'm darker/olive complected, it works awesome on me. Yay! Nearly all of my discoloration has faded, and my acne is totally under control. I'm also starting to notice fine lines disappearing, which is an added bonus. Thank you, M2! 1 Year Update: I have been using M2 20% Skin Refinish for one year, now. I'm still on my second bottle, so I'm very happy with how long it lasts (and I use it nearly every night). ACNE: Totally under control. I haven't had any bouts with the cystic stuff that I've suffered with throughout my entire life. Just occasional hormonal zits that are tiny. Blackheads haven't disappeared, but they're much less frequent and large. TEXTURE of SKIN: My skin is smooth, radiant, and I've been told by many people that I look younger than I did a year ago. Makeup stays on all day, now (I use Everyday Mineral powder foundation). Pores are definitely smaller. REDUCTION of SUN SPOTS, SCARRING: This--next to its ability to control acne--is the best thing about M2. I still have some dark spots from acne and the sun, but I would say that they've diminished by about 70%. I haven't been religiously applying sunblock, so I know this is the reason why. When I did apply sunblock, the dark spots on my olive complexion all but disappeared. So, for those of you who are having issues with your scars and dark spots (melasma) not disappearing when using M2, PLEASE use sunblock. You'll notice a huge difference. I can tell you that the last year has been a journey with M2. There were moments when I started doubting its miraculous powers, but I'm glad I stuck with it because I know that if I hadn't found this product, I wouldn't have the confidence I have now. It truly was a miracle-worker for me. I used to be afraid for people to see my skin in harsh office lighting or on a bright, sunny day. I no longer worry about it. I can't tell you how freeing that is. I actually feel pretty!