Let me start off by saying that I'm NOT a foundation person. I never used it and actually disliked it. I tried a sample of this Mary Kay stuff when I was 19 and didn't realize for awhile that it made my skin orange. As soon as I found out, I washed it off (in the bathroom at a rest area) and never tried it again. I used powder and when the mineral powder foundations came out, used those because they are so light. I'm not sure what made me try this (probably the reviews) but I'm so glad I did! I've been using for over two years now. I saw a tip on youtube about wetting a make-up sponge before applying and that's how I have always applied. It provides light, sheer coverage for natural gals like myself. I spray the sponge with a water bottle to dampen it, then tip the bottle onto the sponge. I spread out the dime sized amount of foundation on cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, then blend with the damp sponge. The coverage I get is perfect: light and sheer and you cannot tell that I'm wearing make-up at all. I sometimes add a bronze powder over it as well. The price is a little expensive but I can usually get buy one get one 50% off and one bottle lasts over six months so it's really not too bad. It took me a bit to find the best color match but buff matches perfect! In the summer I mix in some of the medium beige (one of the oops colors I started with) in the summer. The mixture is great for a little more tan skin. I'm thinking of trying that Garnier BB cream now, but I'm not sure because this works so well for me....
I want to start off by addressing some issues I've read in reviews: For people who have a problem with the size - try cutting it in half before use. I've done this several times and it's just like a regular size now and you still get the savings - 8 oz bar for $1.39. I've also never had a problem with it melting or getting slimy. I've kept it on the shelf in the shower and a rack and neither made it melt. As for the smell, I think it's a preference thing - I find it clean and kind of woodsy - very natural but that appeals to me. One more note, I find that it lathers great. I mean it's not like shampoos or body wash, but from the reviews I read I didn't expect any lather and it does still lather. Now for my review: This soap doesn't dry out my skin at all (might be also because it's summer time and the air is humid). But I use it on my face - I use a Buf Puf for face and body. I also use this to shave and have no razor bumps or anything. Incidentally, on a whim one day I tried this on my hair. I was surprised at how well it cleans. If I need conditioner I use Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in with a bunch of water (just on the ends as my hair tends to be on the oily side). Overall, I really like this product - it's so convenient to have only one product (that is all natural) in the shower for all my washing! This is also wonderful for traveling - it's a simple easy routine that works great for me!!
I had been using jojoba oil to remove my make-up but it's a little pricey. I read the reviews here on MUA and decided to try this baby oil as a cheaper alternative. I had been using it for about a week and noticed a rash-like break-out over my entire face. My sister-in-law kept asking if I was using a new detergent or something but it didn't even register that it might be this baby oil...until I went home and was going to clean off my make-up with it. I then realized it must be the baby oil making me break-out. It took about four days of not using it and my face is almost back to normal with the rash pretty much all gone! I actually realized I don't need any oil to remove my make-up and just make sure I cleanse thoroughly with my regular face wash! Annoying lesson to learn but it appears to work really well for some...
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Theraplex Hydrolotion
Terick 4/27/2010 9:05:00 AM
I've been using this for like 15 years. My dermatologist recommended it to me in high school. I had really oily skin back then so I really didn't use it much. However, it never makes me break out and is great these days after I use the Buf Puf or microdermabrasion. I only use this at night as there is no SPF, but it makes my skin so soft and keeps it looking wonderful!! I know it seems kind of expensive, but most of the facial moisturizers out there are only like 4 oz. and cost about 10-15 bucks so really this isn't too bad as you get 8 oz. It usually lasts me a year or more as I only use it about 1-2 times per week!
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
Terick 4/26/2010 11:55:00 AM
Let me preface this by saying I hate liquid foundation. I've always found it turns me orange and looks very unnatural. However, this stuff is amazing!! I don't have bad skin by any means just hormonal breakouts every so often and uneven skin tone. I decided to try this based on the reviews and a BOGO sale at Walgreens. At first I went way too dark with the color and didn't really like it. I finally moved from a Medium Beige (240) all the way to a 150 Buff which is quite a change. I apply this with a damp sponge and this allows for sheer coverage and evens the skin tone which is all I am looking for. My skin looks flawless. I even think this stuff has improved my skin!! It's definitely helped my confidence and I'm so happy I found it. If you are not satisfied with this make-up, I would suggest trying a different color and applying very lightly to get natural, flawless coverage.
I use this in the translucent glow and love it as a finishing powder after my Revlon CS foundation. I apply the make-up really light and this is great to set it. There's all kinds of different brands out there and I think this is on par with many and the prices is extremely reasonable.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess
Terick 4/15/2010 2:54:00 PM
I have had this oil in my posession for over 15 years. And I've only gone through about three bottles - although I don't wear it every day. I'm very picky about perfumes as most tend to give me a headache. This is light and fresh and never makes me feel sick - it lasts longer than any more expensive perfume I've ever tried. I just ordered a few more scents from their Web site and am very excited about it :) Oh - the package quality gets a three because it tends to leak at times and can get super messy - but it's cheap and smells great and lasts, so I'll continue to purchase!!
Hair Color -Revlon - Frost & Glow Highlighting Kit
Terick 4/6/2010 4:05:00 PM
This stuff is AWESOME!! I bought it on a whim as I was dying for summer after a long, cold, midwestern winter. I asked a girlfriend if she would do this for me and had an appointment at the salon on Tuesday. She came over on Saturday, and I cut up foil in order to do it like they do in the salon. She just did a partial. I only left on for about 35 minutes (I have medium to dark brown hair) and it came out a beautiful blonde color - what I remember having at the salon years ago!! It doesn't smell strong of chemicals at all and isn't making my hair fall out like the stuff used in the salons. If you have a friend you trust to help you out - I highly recommend this stuff for salon quality (or better) results for a fraction of the price!! Love it!!
I really like this mascara. It's simple and inexpensive (I got mine on sale for less than two bucks) and does the job. I wear this everyday and am so happy with it. I do find it slightly annoying that it takes awhile to dry but I can live with it. I will purchase this again in the future!
So I used to use baby powder in my hair to soak up the extra oil. It works well but the problem is that I have dark brown hair and you could sometimes see the white powder. A friend recommended this to me and I was a bit hesitant because of the price. Well, I'm unimpressed. I know the smell is bad but it didn't bother me too much - what bothered me more was that it didn't work at all. Didn't soak up any oil and just flat out didn't work. I just found a dry shampoo by Tresemme - and it's like 5 times cheaper than this and actually works (although the smell is still not great).
I used eyeliner a lot in my teens and early twenties but got away from it as I got older. I use it mostly for a dramatic look at night and sometimes on my upper lids. I've been using the Avon Glimmersticks and I like them OK. They are the non-sharpening like these but what they don't have is colorstay's amazing lasting power. Revlon isn't joking when they say colorstay - this lasts all day when usually an eyeliner only lasts an hour or two on my greasy lids. I have it in black, brown, cocoa (a nice bronze color), navy, and blackberry (a nice eggplant color that looks great with my hazel green eyes). I didn't realize before I bought this (after reading reviews on MUA) that an eyeliner could actually last all day and night!!
Alright so this another dusted off the shelf product for me. I bought this probably two years ago and was never really impressed. I recently ran out of my Origins Checks and Balances and decided to try this again - something I kept because of the expensive price tag. At a recommendation of an MUAer, I began taking a probiotic supplement to help combat my neck and jawline acne - I cannot thank her enough for that tip as my skin was a disaster after a bout with Retin A. Since taking the probiotic supplement, the balance of my skin has changed and I believe that's why I love this cleanser so much now! It works so well at cleaning my skin without over-drying. I do use Johnson's baby lotion every now and then when it does need some moisture but I absolutely love this cleanser now! I would recommend this to anyone and also recommend a probiotic supplement if you are having "hormonal acne" around the neck and jawline!! LOVE THIS SITE :)
A little pricey for a lip gloss but I admit I really like this stuff! I get dizzy which is a perfect neutral gloss for me (I don't ever wear lipstick). I recently found NY & Co.'s lip gloss though - 2 for 8 bucks and I think I may like that stuff even better!!
OK - So I'm not really a Mary Kay person. It just seems overpriced and doesn't generally work well on my skin. However, I went to a Mary Kay party for my 13 year old neice last year and the lady had me try this and I really liked it! I don't, however, like the finishing lotion that goes along with it - that made me break out - but this scrub is the best! I can actually tell when I need to use it - I notice the face looking dull and this is the best fix! I just bought my second one (the first isn't out quite yet) so it's lasted me just about a year - not too bad for 18 bucks!
Conditioner -Pantene - Pantene Restoratives Anti-Breakage Conditioner
Terick 2/2/2010 11:31:00 AM
I have been using this conditioner for about two years now and, I absolutely love it! I used to get my hair cut and they would talk about the amount of breakage I had. I was desperate to find something that would make my hair shine and would strenthen without weighing it down. This is it!! My hair (and skin) tend to be on the oily side so often conditioners just make it greasy by the end of the day. This makes it so soft and manageable without ever feeling greasy!