This is my secret weapon to prevent my hands from getting dry and scaly in the winter. Before bed, I apply a good lightweight moisturizer to my hands (I use Cetaphil), then apply a layer of Lemony Flutter over it. In the morning, my skin is soft and hydrated. I find this method to be more effective than either Lemony Flutter or moisturizer on their own. I took a point off for the strong scent, which reminds me of furniture polish.
My favorite shampoo was discontinued recently and I bought Xtramoist after someone raved about it on a forum for folks with curly hair. This shampoo cleaned my hair really well, left it very soft and shiny and did a nice job on my curls, but I had a ridiculous amount of breakage a few days after I started using it. Something as simple as running my hand through my hair would cause the ends of my hair to break off. My fine hair is prone to split ends, so I switched to another shampoo out of fear that my hair would become a frizzy mess. As soon as I stopped using Xtramoist, the breakage stopped. This might be okay for someone with thick hair, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with fine hair.
I was planning to buy The Multiple in Copacabana, but bought this instead because I thought that a liquid would be more versatile. I've been blending this with my concealer (Diorskin Nude Hydrating) and really like the results. I mix about two parts concealer with one part Illuminator. Adding the Illuminator makes my "mature" eyes look more awake. It doesn't diminish the effectiveness of the concealer and it doesn't creep into lines. The combination also does a better job concealing capillaries and blemishes than my concealer does alone. I suppose it's because of the light-reflecting qualities. I apply foundation over this and still get a nice youthful glow. For my taste, Illuminator has too much glitter to wear alone or on top of foundation. Because this is highly pigmented, I recommend trying it before you buy. If the shade you chose didn't go well with your complexion or your makeup colors, you would end up looking very strange.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium
Superfancy 6/8/2011 12:03:00 PM
I've been using this for about three years and I like it. It looks better when it's applied over moisturizer (I use Dr. Hauschka's Normalizing Day Oil, which is quickly absorbed). When I want light coverage, I apply it with a kabuki brush; for heavier coverage, I use a cosmetic sponge. It looks natural and doesn't usually require touch-ups. My only complaint is that it enhances pores and wrinkles somewhat. The container travels fairly well, but the plastic dome can pop out of the cover if it gets bumped around too much.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Underground 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Superfancy 3/29/2011 10:29:00 AM
As I've gotten older, I've started to tone down my eyeliner. Dark liner on the lower lash line mimics and draws attention to the puffiness under my eyes. Underground is one of the few eyeliners I can still use because it's a very subtle taupe with a hint of pink. It goes well with the neutral shadows that I prefer. The color doesn't make my eyes look tired.
I am not a fan of shimmery eye shadows, but I really like Naked Lunch. If I'm wearing it during the day, I tone down the shimmer by applying it over a layer of Blanc Type on the lid. I apply Blanc Type to the brow bone, Wedge in the crease and a golden brown eyeliner to the lower lash line for a neutral look.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Deluxe Concealer Brush
Superfancy 1/12/2011 1:21:00 PM
This is an amazing brush for the price (I paid about $2 US at Walgreen's). It applies a lot of product onto the skin, so I put just a tiny dab of concealer on the brush. The stippling technique that another reviewer mentioned works really well for covering blemishes and capillaries. The bristles don't stiffen after washing and the brush hasn't shed.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - PK Peace-Keeper Natural Nail Paint/Polish
Superfancy 8/10/2010 2:25:00 PM
I was worried that, because this lacks many of the nasty chemicals that most nail polishes contain, it wouldn't last very long. I was happy to find that it lasts about as long as regular polish. It dries to a slightly more matte finish than regular polish, but I like that. I have this in Paint Me Stunning (pink) and Paint Me Patient (beige). Sadly, I have not become stunning or patient since using them, but I am very satisfied with them.
This is my HG conditioning product. Once a week, I rub this on my scalp and the ends of my hair and cover my hair for half an hour before shampooing it out. I have fine, curly hair. I used to get lots of split ends but haven't had that problem in the three years I've been using neem oil. I've stopped using daily conditioner because the weekly oil treatment is more effective. One bottle of this lasts me approximately 18 months.
I have fine, curly hair that tends to get split ends. I had high hopes for this shampoo because I've had good luck with Aveeno products. If I had reviewed this after the first two shampoos, I would have given it a five. After the third shampoo, however, the texture of my hair changed and it became unnaturally shiny. My hair looked like a brunette version of Easter egg grass. My hair didn't feel healthy; it felt chemically stripped. I'm glad that I bought the travel size, because I had to throw it out. It took two shampoos with another brand and one deep-conditioning treatment to get my hair back to normal.
Skincare - Body -Aura Cacia - Sweet Almond, Skin Care Oil, CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Superfancy 5/11/2010 8:29:00 AM
I am happy with this as a nighttime moisturizer for the face. I was surprised at how heavy this oil is. It is much too heavy for me to use as a daytime moisturizer. It hasn't produced any miracles, but does the job without clogging my pores or making my combination skin oilier. I would advise against using this oil as a "precleanser" to remove makeup. I tried it once. While it immediately dissolved my makeup, it didn't remove it. It left a thick mixture of oil and makeup on my skin. It was difficult to remove, even with warm water and a washcloth.
I've been using this for several months and I love it. As other reviewers have mentioned, it doesn't have the typical self-tanner stench. Don't go by the price per ounce when comparing it to other self-tanners. This is much thicker and richer than most, so you use less. It's also more effective, so I don't apply it as often as I did the drugstore brand that I used to buy. The 5.0 ounce container of Lavera lasts me several weeks longer than the 7.5 ounce tube of drugstore brand self-tanner does.
Concealers -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
Superfancy 3/30/2010 8:06:00 AM
This is the best concealer I've found for my *ahem* mature skin. It covers undereye circles very effectively without accentuating lines. It doesn't look heavy or cakey. The conisitency is wonderful--it feels like a high-quality moisturizer. My only complaint is that it comes in only four shades. The Ivory (001) is a close match for my skin, but a little too yellow. None of the other shades has a pink undertone, so blending two shades wouldn't help.
I wanted to love this product, but it didn't work for me. As other reviewers have mentioned, you have to apply it over moisturizer because it it so dry. Even over moisturizer, this product has a very heavy, cakey appearance. It emphasizes every pore and wrinkle. I have combination skin, but get some dryness on my cheeks in winter. I have had to put this product away for the winter because it looks even worse over dry skin, even if the dryness is very mild.
I've been using the Cleansing Cream and the Clarifying Toner on my combination skin for about two years. I love the results and won't use anything else on my face. My pores are smaller, my skin is much less oily and I have fewer breakouts. The redness on my face, which I assumed was natural but was apparently just irritation, has decreased. Although it's expensive, I now spend less money on concealers and oil-control products, so it's worth it for me.