Treatments (Eye) -Olay - Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex
Tashi09 5/17/2013 3:10:00 PM
I do keep on buying this stuff, which seems to last a long time. I wouldn't swear to it, but I have the vague idea that when I use it, my hooded eyes are lifted just a bit. And I find the texture to be very agreeable otherwise, so why not? I like that it isn't sticky or greasy or scented or too moisturizing. The price is a bit much, but it does feel more substantial than the Regenerist eye cream to me. Have you noticed that there are few raves on eye creams?
Cleansers -Tatcha - One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Tashi09 5/5/2013 12:50:00 PM
Really wowed by this. Haven't used it long term yet, but it takes all makeup off, even the eyeliner stuck in my lashes from tight lining. It leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean, yet soft and lovely -- like, what could possibly go wrong?
I love it and have tubes of it all over the house. I hate to put on lipstick without putting this on first. My lips never get chapped anymore. And I'm happy that it's unscented -- no irritating peppermint or cloying fruit. It's perfect.
This is the lightest-feeling and most tolerable mineral sunscreen I have ever found. (Chemical sunscreens are highly irritating to me, and mineral ones tend to make me break out unless it's a powder.) The texture of this is elegant and mousse-like. I appreciate the lack of scent. The light tint is hard to notice one way or another, and definitely beats the orange cast of EltaMD 42. A winner, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will keep on working for me in the steam heat of summer. EDIT: But... I do seem to get minor breakouts when I use this in really hot weather. Maybe that would happen anyway?
Liquid -Urban Decay - Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Tashi09 4/5/2013 11:15:00 PM
I'm not big on liquid foundations at all, but mineral powders aren't quite doing it for me any more. So I tried this. It really doesn't feel like foundation, which makes me happy. And I like my shade, 2.0, a lot. There's no debate about whether it's too yellow or too pink. It just looks right. This never happens! I hope it won't make me break out when the weather gets steamy, but we shall see.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Tashi09 2/13/2013 8:53:00 PM
And I thought it was nothing but matte powder shadow from now on at my age! I love these. I started with the new Grey Smoke, a light shade that looks great -- very elegant on my lids and as an under eye liner. Then I got Plum to use as a more intense liner, close to my lashes. Yes, I want them all! So easy to work with, very subtle shimmer, and great colors.
Powder -Laura Mercier - Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15
Tashi09 1/30/2013 7:28:00 PM
Have to put in a good word for this. Yes, I bought this product again. I don't know why I stopped using it in the first place -- I have spent a year trying to chase down a more perfect mineral makeup, without much success. (I am sensitive and I had read about the evils of the bismuth stuff. But this has never bothered me.) Real Sand is the best color match I have ever lucked into in any foundation. The coverage is good, and it lasts through the day. I actually prefer the soft matte finish of the pressed powder to the slightly sparkly loose version (which can somehow go a little gray on me). I put it on with the soft, dense, Sephora Mineral Powder Brush 45, and am very careful not to pick up too much product. Yes, I have made a mess with it a time or two!
My face flushed bright red in the store and I tried this on. Really amazing how well this covered! I thought I had found perfection, because in spite of the limited selection, 02 Soft Beige looked pretty darned good. However, I soon realized this has fragrance in it. WHY? No talc, mineral enriched... I never dreamed it would have fragrance. That's always a deal breaker for me.
I have bought the small size of this several times. It lasts awhile and I don't resent spending the money. I enjoy using it more than gunky health food store bottles that are less expensive but have stronger fragrances. (I could be deluded about the difference.) I'm amazed by the way this moisturizes without any pore clogging issues. I love it, although I'm not as happy with some of the scented products in the line. Rose Geranium just isn't a personal favorite of mine -- and how did she manage to come up with a mineral sunscreen that smells like chemical sunscreen?
After I had been matched to Warm Sand and Sand (which were too orange/ yellow on me), a new BB salesperson got me to try Cool Beige 3.25. That's just the kind of color name that scares me, because pink is not my "undertone," but I do have a lot of redness in my skin and am very afraid of turning pink or ashy. However, this turned out to be a perfect match -- such a good match that I blend a little and can't see where I've put it. The SA pointed out that it's actually a lighter shade than Sand, in spite of the number. And it's a little more neutral than most of the Bobbi Brown shades. I use it as a concealer and then put mineral powder over it. And then I'm so evened out, I feel like I need blush -- which is unusual! I may not be able to use this through the summer, but so far I haven't broken out from it. I find it very easy and convenient.
Powder -Trish McEvoy - Mineral Powder Foundation ALL
Tashi09 11/3/2012 9:33:00 PM
I had been afraid of the Trish counter for awhile. And not without reason! The makeup is beautiful but seemed out of my price range. (Actually, it's no worse than most until you start buying the whole system.) I really needed a new mineral powder with no sparkles, no chemical sunscreen (Bobbi Brown), and nothing to break me out (algae extract -- Jane Iredale). I was ready to try anything, and Bare from Trish McEvoy seemed to fit the bill. Beautiful color, smooth coverage, SPF 15. Even the price was OK -- until the guy popped the little square tablet into a $20.00 compact and the bill came to $58.00 with tax. Arrgh!!! And it's a two-tier compact, with no sponge or puff to go in the other half, so I feel like it's wasted if I don't buy something else for that slot. I had clearly stepped out of my comfort zone with this purchase, and expressed my resentment by returning the compact and carrying the powder around in the plastic container it came in. The powder itself is gorgeous. Bare looks like it would be too light, but it's perfect. Did I read something about color matching technology? But itt doesn't cover everything and I do need to reapply during the day. (Admittedly, it did cover and last much better when the guy applied it over a primer. But primers really mess with my sensitive, oily skin.) A somewhat guilty and conflicted purchase; not totally sure I'll buy more. UPDATE: I have been testing other MMUs like crazy while using this. It's growing on me. Nothing else looks quite as natural. My skin must be behaving well, because I like the way this smoothes me out without looking flat. I look alive in this. (But I have tried on some really atrocious color matches in Amazing Cosmetics and Korres lately.) I still wish Trish would offer this in its own simple compact.
Is this a love it or hate it product, or what? Really not good for my sensitive, oily skin, which broke out in tiny white blistery pimples within a day or two -- after the huge ordeal of finding the right shade. Major pore clogging, and I'm almost 60! I suspect it's the algae and/or pomegranate extracts. Yet it seems to work for many.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Organix Products by Organeem - Theraneem
Tashi09 10/18/2012 4:32:00 PM
This is a shampoo that everyone in my family was surprised to like, and we have gone through many bottles. Okay, not everyone is a fan of the scent a first, but it fades quickly and is worth it. We all tend to have thick hair that gets a little oily, and this works really well. It's on the thin side and distributes well, so I never feel like I missed some whole area. I had been losing what seemed like a lot of hair before I tried this -- not anymore. No itchy problems, no dandruff. Just fresh, clean hair that can often go an extra day without washing. I don't have a huge problem controlling the amount that comes out of the bottle, either.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
Tashi09 9/19/2012 12:28:00 AM
Just adding to the raves! I am crazy about the color and texture, and now they have added a little smudging tool to the other end. I keep buying the brown, which is just the best, smoothest, deepest brown ever. Also, I just read the great "put it in the freezer for three minutes before sharpening" tip, and I expect that will take care of the only con. Thanks, Makeup Alley!
I was one of those people who had been wearing Black Honey since the 80's. Now I just keep buying Just Kissed. I love the subtle vanilla flavor and the sheer but creamy red plum color. MLBB, HG, this is it for me. I tried to find something new when Sephora stopped carrying LORAC in the store, and I have found some beautiful colors that last longer on the lips. But I can't deal with any obvious perfume, and this is just my absolute favorite even though I reapply all day long. UPDATE: I'm afraid this is on the way to being discontinued. Sephora no longer has it online, and neither does lorac.com. I did find a couple of tubes at beauty.com.